Friday, June 02, 2017
FRANCE WARNS OF RISK OF WAR IN CYBERSPACE.
WITH TRUMP BACKING OUT OF THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL YESTERDAY. THE LIBERAL BUSINESSES AND COUNTRIES ARE HOPPIN MAD BECAUSE THIS WILL KILL THEIR-CARBON TAX SCAM. TO TAX EVERY THING IN THE NAME OF THE ENVIROMENTAL CASE-SAVE THE EARTH-SAVE THE CHILDREN MOVEMENT. THE BANKS AND WHOEVER INVESTS BIG MONEY IN THIS SCAM. ARE REALLY HOPPIN MAD. BECAUSE NOW THEY CAN NOT MAKE BILLIONS OFF THIS CARBON TAX SCAM. BECAUSE TRUMP HAS JUST KILLED THEIR FREE MONEY SCAM OFF THE AMERICAN AND WESTERN COUNTRIES CITIZENS. LOOK FOR THE BANKS AND INVESTERS IN THIS CARBON TAX SCAM TO BE CRYING FOUL THE MOST. BECAUSE THEY WILL LOSE OUT ON BILLIONS OF EASY SCAM DOLLARS. THE END OF THE WORLD FEARMONGERING WILL BE GOING ON NOW BIGTIME FROM THE BANKS AND INVESTERS IN THIS SCAM. BECAUSE NOW THAT AMERICAS OUT OF THIS CLIMATE SCAM. THE MONEY PIT WILL DRY UP. AND THE COAL INDUSTRY WILL FLURISH. THE WINDMILLS AND ALL THE OTHER SO CALLED EASY MONEY GRABS OF SOLAR AND SO CALLED ENERGY EFFICIENCY COMPANIES. AND ESPECIALLY THE GOVERNMENTS LOSE OUT ON TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS BY THIS CARBON SCAM. BECAUSE IT COSTS 1,000 TO 1 TO KEEP THIS CARBON SCAM ENVIROMENTAL FRIENDLY SOCIETY GOING. AND WHO PAYS FOR THIS TAX SCAM. CITIZENS BY SKYROCKETING HYDRO BILLS. AND OTHER TAXES IN THE NAME OF SAVING THE EARTH AND THE CHILDREN. WHEN ALL IT DOES. IS FILL THE FAT CATS BANK ACCOUNTS BIGGER. AND BREAKS THE EVERY DAY CITIZEN. SO THEY PAY MADE UP CARBON SCAM TAX. AND HAVE NO MONEY LEFT FOR THEMSELVES. SO THE PEOPLE HAVE TO COUNT ON THE GOVERNMENT AS THE SAVIORS OF THE ECONOMY. WAY TO GO TRUMPY. YOU STOPPED THIS CARBON TAX SCAM IN ITS TRACKS IN AMERICA. NOW TELL LIBERAL TRUDEAU AND LESBO KATHLEEN WYNN IN CANADA TO END THIS CARBON SCAM TAX GRAB ON ITS CITIZENS OF THIS MADE UP CLIMATE SCARE PARIS AGREEMENT. WHEN EVERYBODY KNOWS ITS THE SUN THATS IN CONTROL. NOT MAN MADE KILL THE CARBON SCAM. JUST SO THE GOVERNMENTS CAN MAKE TRILLIONS IN TAX SCAMS UNDER THIS FRAUD MADE UP CLIMATE CHANGE MIND IMAGINATION EAR TICKLING CULT TAX SCAM.
German industry says Trump's climate pact pull-out harms global economy-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-June 2, 2017
BERLIN (Reuters) - German industry associations on Friday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark agreement to fight climate change, warning that the move would harm the global economy and lead to market distortions.Trump said on Thursday the United States would withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate deal, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from global leaders and executives.He said his administration would begin talks either to re-enter the Paris accord or to have a new deal with better terms for the United States."Trump's climate refusal harms the economy," said Thilo Brodtmann, Managing Director of Germany's VDMA engineering industry association, adding that Trump was "putting campaign promises over the long-term interests of the world community."This would harm the economy as well as the environment, since the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions can go hand in hand with economic growth if companies have planning certainty for investing in efficient technologies, he added."Europe and its allies, as well as important federal states and companies in the U.S., must now hold their course," Brodtmann said. In the long term, Europe would profit from its investment in climate-friendly technologies.Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce warned that some U.S. companies could gain short-term advantages by Trump's decision to pull out of the climate deal."Climate protection can be pushed forward in an effective and competition-friendly way only by all states," said DIHK President Eric Schweitzer.Schweitzer said other countries should stick to their commitments, but warned that attempting to compensate for the U.S. withdrawal by other countries redoubling their commitments would be self-defeating.(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Trump's Paris Exit Could Backfire On U.S. Businesses-JED GRAHAM-5/31/2017
President Trump has reportedly decided to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. There was still no official word from the White House as of Wednesday afternoon, but such a move would be a big symbolic stiff-arm to global trading partners that may have negative implications for U.S. businesses.The potential intermediate-term consequences of an outright withdrawal from the Paris agreement are far from clear, although diplomats from a number of countries have raised the possibility of imposing a carbon tax on imports from the U.S. Still, any such economic measures seem unlikely in the near term, because few countries will want to rush a trade war and U.S. trading partners may want to coordinate their response, if any.Initial reports that Trump would scrap the agreement didn't dent the positive mood on Wall Street initially on the stock market today. But stocks lost ground as Bank of America (BAC) and Dow component JPMorgan Chase (JPM) said that low stock-market volatility would cut into second-quarter results and economic data pointed to slowing Chicago-area manufacturing activity. (Weaker oil prices also didn't help.) Trump previously made up his mind to notify Mexico and Canada of his intent to withdraw from Nafta, before reversing course. While another such reversal might be possible, Trump was set to meet with Paris pact supporter Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a pullout from Nafta would have had destabilizing consequences for businesses and their supply chains. By comparison, the decision to exit the Paris deal may be no more than a public relations black eye.Still, many U.S. businesses, not least those in the alternative energy business like Tesla (TSLA), were hoping that Trump would backpedal from his campaign pledge to rip up the deal signed by President Obama.Tesla CEO Elon Musk warned Wednesday on Twitter that if Trump does withdraw from the Paris accord, he will leave two presidential business advisory councils.Even Exxon Mobil (XOM), Tillerson's former employer, had encouraged Trump to remain a party to the agreement, calling it an "effective framework for addressing the risks of climate change." Increased use of natural gas helped the U.S. slash carbon emissions and "this success can be replicated globally," Exxon said.Exxon shareholders voted Wednesday to require disclosures of possible climate change risks for the company.Trump tweeted early on Wednesday that his decision would come over the next few days, adding in all-capital letters: "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"Obama committed the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 26% from 2005 levels by 2025, and contribute $3 billion to the United Nations-based Green Climate Fund to help poorer countries adopt green technologies. Only $1 billion has so far been delivered.-Impact On U.S. Business? If the U.S. backtracks on that contribution commitment, analysts have said that might curb sales opportunities for U.S. green technology companies in emerging markets. Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) CEO Ben van Beurden has suggested that U.S. companies could pay a price if Trump's action spurs an international public-relations backlash. "The U.S. has a major crop of companies that deliver technologies that are going to be relevant in the energy transition, and one way or another they will also find themselves probably more disadvantaged than advantaged by the U.S. pulling out," Van Beurden told the Financial Times.Shell's Van Beurden also said that a withdrawal by the U.S. could make it a less attractive place for foreign direct investment, though he said that most long-term investments may come to fruition when Trump is no longer in the White House.-Paris Deal Nonbinding-Yet the nonbinding nature of the agreement and individual country commitments means that there's no negative direct economic consequence in staying involved. Measuring U.S. progress toward its goal will take years and the agreement doesn't have an enforcement mechanism for countries that backslide. There's also nothing prohibiting members from scaling back their greenhouse gas commitments.U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have fallen to their lowest levels in decades thanks to a fracking-fueled shift to natural gas from coal. Germany is struggling to cut its emissions as it eliminates nuclear power.Trump could also decide to stay a party to the agreement but re-examine the U.S. commitment, which the White House has suggested is unfair. Supporters of the framework say the idea is to establish trust and, over time, ramp up what initially appear to be fairly modest goals for major emerging market countries such as China. Critics of the agreement argue that it is unbalanced and that U.S. participation will drive up domestic energy costs and harm job creation. Trump has been a longtime critic of climate science's global warming consensus and has pledged to bring back coal mining jobs.Soon after Trump was elected, more than 350 companies signed a letter urging him not to abandon the Paris climate change agreement. "Failure to build a low-carbon economy puts American prosperity at risk," the letter said.Among those companies signing it were household names like General Mills (GIS), Kellogg (K), DuPont (DD), eBay (EBAY), Starbucks (SBUX), Staples (SPLS), Nike (NKE) and Intel (INTC). DuPont, Nike and Intel are all Dow components, like Exxon Mobil.Still, Trump expressed an open mind toward the Paris agreement after entering the White House. Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he had spoken to Trump about the climate pact three weeks earlier and was "cautiously optimistic of a positive decision."Some advocates of the Paris agreement have questioned openly whether Trump leaving the agreement would be better than remaining a reluctant participant seeking to undermine the deal from within.
PARIS — Cyberspace faces an approaching risk of "permanent war" between states and criminal or extremist organizations because of increasingly destructive hacking attacks, the head of the French government's cybersecurity agency warned Thursday.In a wide-ranging interview in his office with The Associated Press, Guillaume Poupard lamented a lack of commonly agreed rules to govern cyberspace and said: "We must work collectively, not just with two or three Western countries, but on a global scale.""With what we see today — attacks that are criminal, from states, often for espionage or fraud but also more and more for sabotage or destruction — we are getting closer, clearly, to a state of war, a state of war that could be more complicated, probably, than those we've known until now," he said.His comments echoed testimony from the head of the U.S. National Security Agency, Adm. Michael Rogers, to the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 9. Rogers spoke of "cyber effects" being used by states "to maintain the initiative just short of war" and said: "'Cyber war' is not some future concept or cinematic spectacle, it is real and here to stay."Poupard said "the most nightmare scenario, the point of view that Rogers expressed and which I share" would be "a sort of permanent war — between states, between states and other organizations, which can be criminal and terrorist organizations — where everyone will attack each other, without really knowing who did what. A sort of generalized chaos that could affect all of cyberspace.Poupard is director general of the government cyber- defence agency known in France by its acronym, ANSSI. Its agents were immediately called to deal with the aftermath of a hack and massive document leak that hit the election campaign of President Emmanuel Macron just two days before his May 7 victory.Contrary to Rogers, who said the U.S. warned France of "Russian activity" before Macron's win, Poupard didn't point the finger at Russia. He told the AP that ANSSI's investigation found no trace behind the Macron hack of the notorious hacking group APT28 — identified by the U.S. government as a Russian intelligence outfit and blamed for hacks of the U.S. election campaign, anti-doping agencies and other targets. The group also is known by other names, including "Fancy Bear."Poupard described the Macron campaign hack as "not very technological" and said: "The attack was so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone."Without ruling out the possibility that a state might have been involved, he said the attack's simplicity "means that we can imagine that it was a person who did this alone. They could be in any country.""It really could be anyone. It could even be an isolated individual," he said.Poupard contrasted the "Macron Leaks" hack with another far more sophisticated attack that took French broadcaster TV5 Monde off the air in 2015. There, "very specific tools were used to destroy the equipment" in the attack that "resembles a lot what we call collectively APT28," he said."To say 'Macron Leaks' was APT28, I'm absolutely incapable today of doing that," he said. "I have absolutely no element to say whether it is true or false."Rogers, the NSA director, said in his Senate Armed Services hearing that U.S. authorities gave their French counterparts "a heads-up" before the Macron documents leaked that: "'We are watching the Russians. We are seeing them penetrate some of your infrastructure. Here is what we have seen. What can we do to try to assist?'"Poupard said Rogers' comments left him perplexed and that the French had long been on alert about potential threats to their presidential election."Why did Admiral Rogers say that, like that, at that time? It really surprised me. It really surprised my European allies. And to be totally frank, when I spoke about it to my NSA counterparts and asked why did he say that, they didn't really know how to reply either," he said. "Perhaps he went further than what he really wanted to say."Still, Poupard said the attack highlighted the cyber-threat to democratic processes. "Unfortunately, we now know the reality that we are going to live with forever, probably," he said.Poupard said France suffers "about 20" very serious attacks each year — "very serious means that they shouldn't have happened and the impacts were very serious for the entire nation."The attack on TV5 was a rare public example. In 2016, others targeted government administrations and big companies quoted on the benchmark French stock market index, the CAC-40, he said.Pointing fingers at suspected authors is fraught with risk, because sophisticated attackers can mask their activities with false trails, he said."We suffered attacks that were attributed to China, that we think came from China. Among them, some came from China. China is big, I don't know if it was the state, criminals," he said. "What I am certain of is that among these attacks, some strangely resembled Chinese attacks but in fact didn't come from China.""If you start to accuse one country when in fact it was another country ... we'll get international chaos," he said. "We'll get what we all fear, which is to say a sort of permanent conflict where everyone is attacking everyone else."John Leicester, The Associated Press.
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.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)
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-7 YEARS.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.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
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.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Commission lays out vision to complete euro By Eric Maurice-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, 31. May, 20:03-The European Commission presented on Wednesday (31 May) its proposal to "move forward" on eurozone integration with a treasury, a finance minister and several instruments to make the financial sector less vulnerable to crises.The document, which is part of an ongoing reflection about the future of the EU, aims to "fill the gaps" in the single currency and to help the eurozone economies to converge."We cannot and should not wait for another crisis," said commission vice president Valdis Dombrovskis, who admitted that "doubts remain about the full stability and safety of the system".He said that the Commission was putting forward a "balanced approach", where "solidarity and responsibility, risk-reduction and risk-sharing go hand in hand".The EU executive is proposing a two-phase calendar.First, it calls on member states to complete the banking union and the market capital union before the end of 2019. Then, until 2025, the "architecture" of the economic and monetary union should be completed with a series of "more far-reaching measures".In the first phase, the Commissions says that the measures already agreed or implemented should be topped up with a financial backstop: the Single Resolution Fund and a European deposit insurance scheme.The fund would be able to rescue a failing bank, while the scheme would protect people’s savings.-'Historical opportunity'-At the same time the "democratic accountability and effectiveness" of the eurozone governance should be improved, with an increased role for the European Parliament, but no specific eurozone parliament.After anti-EU forces were kept from power in the Dutch and French elections, just months after Brexit shook the foundations of the bloc, the EU has an "historical opportunity" to "move forward", said finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici."Status quo is not an option," he said, while putting on the table propositions to increase EU oversight on economic policies.The EU executive says that integrating parts of the EU treaty on stability, coordination, and governance in the economic and monetary union, the so-called fiscal compact, in EU law "could be a necessary step" as soon as next year.The fiscal compact was agreed in 2012, at the height of the financial crisis, in order to "foster budgetary discipline" through more coordination and supervision of national policies.In the second phase, before 2025, the Commission proposes to create an "EU finance minister" in charge of a eurozone treasury.The "minister" would combine the functions of euro commissioner and permanent president of the Eurogroup. The treasury would carry out the "economic and fiscal surveillance" of member states.The Eurogroup itself, which is currently an informal gathering of the eurozone finance ministers, would become an official ministerial council and would be granted "decision-making competences".-Debt mutualisation-At the same time, the Commission lays out a series of measures to reduce risks in the financial sectors, in particular the link between the banking sector and national sovereign debts.The most controversial ones could be the propositions to create a so-called "safe asset" to issue bonds in common and to change regulation for sovereign bonds so that banks are encouraged to diversify their holdings.Although the proposal does not amount to creating eurobonds, a system that would put EU countries' debt in common, it could raise eyebrows in countries like Germany, which categorically rejects eurobonds.The Commission admits that "the question of debt mutualisation is heavily debated" and that the idea "raises a number of complex legal, political and institutional questions".It also said that member states would need to discuss the idea of a European monetary fund or of a “rainy day fund" to help absorb economic shocks."There is almost everything, but in vague terms, for an indefinite future, and subject to conditions," Daniel Gros, from the Centre for European Policies Studies, a think tank in Brussels, told EUobserver.He pointed out that the Commission makes "no clear choice" on how to reduce risks for the financial sector when it comes to sovereign debts, or to let the public sector issue securitised bonds."It is so vague that it is difficult to say whether it is big or not," he said, adding that "the timeline is not important" since the proposals would have to be detailed before being discussed, not to mention adopted.Gros said one likely reason why the proposals were so vague was that there were disagreements inside the Commission."We are making propositions for the future," Moscovici said, as a way to admit that member states will likely be reluctant to endorse all the Commissions's ideas.But he warned that "we can't have a two-speed Europe, nor a two-speed euro"."A two-speed euro has serious consequences," he said: “the increase of political differences and the rise of extremism."
Opinion-Will Nato become a transatlantic Frontex? By Marco Funk-JUNE 1,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 12:12-Donald Trump’s recent speech at the Nato headquarters during the alliance’s gathering of heads of state and government received much attention and criticism.The primary causes of consternation were Trump’s calls for higher defence spending and his refusal to reaffirm the principle of collective defence. However, one sentence went largely unnoticed.During his speech, Trump commented that "the Nato of the future must include a great focus on terrorism and immigration".He said this after talking about how thousands of people are "pouring into" Nato countries without being properly identified.The statement came in the context of a hard-line domestic narrative on migration in the US, and can hardly be seen as an isolated remark.It was not the first time Nato has been called on to conduct migration-related activities – for instance, Nato ships were deployed to the Aegean Sea in February 2016 following a request by Germany, Greece and Turkey.Nevertheless, this mission is limited in scope, with a mandate only to support Frontex (the EU border control agency) and the Greek and Turkish Coast Guards by conducting reconnaissance, monitoring, and surveillance of irregular migration routes.Trump's statement called for much greater engagement, and perhaps even a central role for the alliance in countering irregular migration to Europe and North America.By establishing a clear link between terrorism and migration in his speech, Trump qualified migration as a major security threat that requires joint military action in order to be mitigated.Many European governments, which are keen to reduce migratory flows to the EU, may quietly welcome such an approach, as they themselves have not only agreed to Nato's operation in the Aegean Sea, but also deployed an EU-led counter-smuggling mission in the Central Mediterranean (EUnavfor Med Operation Sophia).-Quiet acceptance-However, more Nato involvement in such maritime activities would come with caveats.Trump’s insistence on allies to “pay their fair share” may lead to uncomfortable deals in which the US makes its support for migration-related efforts conditional upon the receipt of some sort of compensation.It would also give the US a strong voice in how the operations are conducted, and what objectives they seek to address.Given Trump’s blurry distinction between migrants and terrorists, the US’ primary concern in the Mediterranean is the use of migratory routes by terrorists pretending to be refugees. In fact, this was already an issue of concern for the Obama administration, though not a prominent one.Trump’s call for a refocused transatlantic alliance may thus result in diplomatic pressure for a Nato mission to intercept and screen asylum seekers before granting them entry.This would represent a clear break with the current practices – not only in terms of the actors concerned but also the procedure.The involvement of non-EU military personnel in determining the admissibility of asylum seekers would raise several legal questions, not least regarding the principle of non-refoulement enshrined in the 1951 Refugee Convention. This provision forbids the forcible expulsion or return of an asylum seeker to a territory in which their life or freedom are in danger.Of course, Nato member states would need to agree on any joint migration-related action. But given the disproportionate weight that the US holds in Nato, the Trump administration’s priorities would likely dominate the agenda.-US dominance-If Nato does take on a larger role in policing migratory routes, the US would have a much greater influence on EU migration policy, which would complicate an already deeply divided political map on this issue.Member states seeking more solidarity-based solutions would be even more isolated than is already the case.The G7 summit in Taormina, Italy, that immediately followed Trump’s Nato debut, provided a stark example of how the Trump administration’s priorities can affect multilateral discussions.Italy attempted to draw attention to the high number of irregular arrivals it receives by symbolically hosting the gathering in Sicily, and tried to convince attending leaders to open more legal channels for migration such as refugee resettlement. Yet these efforts fell flat.The G7 leaders’ statement focused mainly on border control and returns, without even mentioning resettlement.Nato support for EU border security operations can be valuable, for example when it comes to the exchange of background information for the purpose of security screening asylum seekers.Nevertheless, European policymakers should be wary of any shift in Nato’s focus towards collective border control.Although migration is a challenge that can partially be addressed with the support of military assets, it is not a battle than can be “won” with military might.Further securitisation of migration management will lead to more fragmentation and the criminalisation of migrant flows, and more human suffering as a result.Only long-term approaches to the root causes of migration and smart legal channels that acknowledge the inevitability of human mobility will succeed in reducing irregular flows.Marco Funk is a policy analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels. The views expressed in this article are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the EPC.
US billionaire Soros warns EU of 'existential danger'By Eszter Zalan-JUNE 1,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 18:01-The European Union is in "existential danger" because of "dysfunctional" institutions, a persistent austerity policy and outdated treaties, American billionaire George Soros warned in Brussels on Thursday (1 June).The Hungarian-born philanthropist, who was speaking at the Brussels Economic Forum, said the EU should use the Brexit negotiations to introduce far-reaching reforms and be "radically reinvented", otherwise it risks ceasing to exist."If the European Union carries on with business as usual, there is little hope for an improvement," he said, adding that the bloc was surrounded by "hostile powers", such as Russia, Turkey, Egypt, and, possibly US president Donald Trump's administration.Soros said that he was encouraged by the "energetic way" EU institutions have responded to the autocratic challenges emerging from Hungary and Poland, which have come under a European Commission probe over rule of law concerns.Soros himself has been a target of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, who is accusing him of wanting to bring a million refugees into Europe and who denounces his support of liberal causes.In a speech in the European Parliament in April, Orban, who was once himself a recipient of a Soros scholarship, called him a "financial speculator" who is attacking Hungary.The 86-year old Holocaust survivor who escaped communist Hungary in 1947 is also regularly depicted as a bogeyman, from the US to Macedonia, by conservative politicians and some authoritarian leaders for supporting liberal issues and groups."I am full of admiration for the courageous way the Hungarian people have resisted the deception and corruption of the mafia state the Orban regime has established," Soros said in Brussels about recent demonstrations to protest Orban's actions against Soros-supported activities.Orban's latest measures include an attempt to stifle the Soros-founded Central European University in Budapest and to crack down on NGOs supported by Soros' Open Society Foundations. The measures came under scrutiny by the European Commission.Orban's critics often use the term "mafia state" to illustrate the level of corruption in the country, as Orban and his closest circle is getting richer often by channeling EU funds their way.Soros, who made billions as a speculator, told his Brussels audience that the 2008 global financial crisis hit the European banking system harder than the United States, and called it a tipping point in the EU's move from integration towards disintegration.Germany "felt neither politically motivated nor rich enough to remain the motor of further integration," Soros said.He added that the EU has been governed under "outdated treaties" since the financial crisis, making the EU "dysfunctional in some ways".Soros said the austerity policy forced on debtor countries made it impossible for them to get out of their debt, and perverted the idea of the eurozone as a voluntary and equal union of common currency.-'Multi-track' Europe-He argued that the way to change the trend is to reform the EU by combining the "top-down approach of the EU institutions with the bottom-up movements that are necessary to engage the electorate"."Most Europeans of my generation were supporters of further integration. Subsequent generations came to regard the EU as an enemy that deprives them of a secure and promising future," Soros told the audience."This feeling was reinforced by the rise of anti-European, xenophobic parties that are motivated by values that are diametrically opposed to the values on which the European Union was founded," he added.He spoke of an emerging pro-European momentum that might turn the populist tide around as xenophobic forces lost ground in the Dutch and French elections earlier this year and seem to be falling behind in Germany as well, where elections will be held in September.Soros said the term "ever closer union", something the UK had strongly resisted in the past, should be abandoned.He argued, that instead of a "multi-speed" Europe, a "multi-track" Europe should be the aim "that would allow member states a wider variety of choices"."Member states want to reassert their sovereignty rather than surrendering more of it," the Hungarian-born billionaire said.He urged the EU to act in unison on three issues: territorial disintegration (as highlighted by Brexit), the refugee crisis, and the lack of adequate economic growth. Soros argued if cooperation on these bring positive results, EU countries might be more willing to work together closely.-Brexit will hurt-Soros urged the EU to conduct the Brexit negotiations in "constructive spirit" and resist the urge to punish the UK for leaving the bloc."Brexit will be an immensely damaging process, harmful to both sides," he said, adding that the divorce could take as long as five years.According to EU rules, exit negotiations will have to be wrapped up in two years, with the UK leaving the EU in March 2019.
Italy reaches EU deal on failing bank By Eszter Zalan-JUNE 1,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 15:27-The European Commission and Italy agreed on a draft plan to save the troubled Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) bank, the bloc's executive said on Thursday (1 June).EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager and Italy's finance minister, Pier Carlo Padoan, agreed "in principle" on the steps to restructure the bank by injecting state capital.The bank, weakened by massive amounts of debt, needs some €9 billion in fresh capital and the Italian government will contribute to the bailout with €6.6 billion of public money.To make "precautionary recapitalisation" of the world's oldest bank possible, the bank needs to cut costs, cap the management's pay. Its junior bondholders and shareholders will also take a hit.Under EU rules, if a bank is proven to be solvent, and the private sector shares the burden of reinforcing the lender, the bank can be given a limited amount of state funds.Since this precautionary recapitalisation involves taxpayer money, the EU wants to make sure the bank adheres to conditions to ensure that the bank will be profitable in the long-term. "This requires the bank to undergo in-depth restructuring," the commission said in a statement.The final terms of the restructuring deal will be negotiated over the next few weeks. Italy will also need to spell out how it wants to implement the plan."It [the agreement] would allow Italy to inject capital into MPS as a precaution, in line with EU rules, whilst limiting the burden on Italian taxpayers," Vestager said in a statement."This solution is a positive step forward for MPS and the Italian banking sector," she added.Under the draft deal, the bank will dispose of its bad loans portfolio on market terms – reducing risks on its balance sheet.Its senior management will be subject to a salary cap, which will equate to ten times the average pay of the bank's employees.Compensation of the junior bondholders will be dealt with by the Italian authorities, a commission spokesman said.The deal depends on the European Central Bank confirming that Monte dei Paschi di Siena is solvent and on Italy securing a formal confirmation from private investors, agreeing to buy the bank's non-performing loans.The Siena bank, Italy's fourth largest, had €26 billion in defaulting debts at the end of last year, and was in talks with investors over the sale of its bad loan portfolio.After it failed to raise €5 billion from private investors, the Italian government agreed last December to bail out the bank.Italy’s banks are struggling under the weight of €360 billion worth of bad loans, while the eurozone's third largest economy is facing a slow economic growth and is facing elections in the autumn.
Focus-EU and China move to fill US void By Eszter Zalan-JUNE 1,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 08:49-The EU and China are hoping to forge deeper ties in the face of an increasingly inward looking US at the first summit of EU and Chinese leaders since the election of US president Donald Trump.Chinese premier Li Keqiang will meet European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday and Friday (1-2 June) in Brussels.As Trump seems to be taking the US out of the Paris climate accord and pushes for an “America first” protectionist trade policy, Chinese and EU officials will emphasise the need to tackle climate change and pursue free trade."The summit is likely to give serious signals that it is important to uphold binding rules in a multilateral trading system,” a senior EU official said.However, persistent differences over trade, investment policy and human rights could foil building a closer partnership.-Climate leaders-Following Chinese president Xi Jinping's speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this year, where he defended globalisation, China is looking for a partner to fill the gap the US withdrawal has created on global issues, such as climate and trade.Beijing is also looking for support to step up its presence in world politics after years of feeling that it was being lectured by Western countries."China currently invests massively in multilateralism and global governance, and hopes to be the one filling the leadership vacuum on this, following Trump's election,” Alice Ekman, head of China Research at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) told EUobserver.She said that China "sees the EU as a potential supporter of China's priorities ... but certainly not as a leader". China envisages EU support on some of its priorities, such as the Belt & Road (an infrastructure project linking Asia and Europe), its global governance reform, and anti-corruption campaign.After Trump irked his allies in the EU and Nato last week , the EU is also keen to strengthen the partnership with Beijing.Just as German chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Europe no longer can rely on its old allies, Li also visited Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday.In Brussels, EU and Chinese leaders are expected to put their weight behind the 2015 Paris climate agreement in a statement, detailing how China plans to implement it.“China has gone through a profound transformation, moving from climate 'bad-boy' to climate leader in an era of Trump", Li Shuo of Greenpeace China said at an event in Brussels on Wednesday."The EU-China agreement will become even more important, if another major partner pulls out,” a senior EU official said referring to the US.The EU and China also plan to work more closely on the Middle East and North Korea. And visa-free travel, already available for Chinese diplomats, will be under discussion for tourists.Several agreements will be signed: from better cooperation on intellectual property to launching 2018, the year of EU-China tourism, and working together on joint research centres.-Deep differences-Other issues on the agenda, such as investment and trade, will however highlight the differences.The EU is expecting China to reform its rules on foreign investment, which European businesses say are discriminating against them. An agreement on the issue has been under discussion since 2013, but talks have been lagging behind.“The welcomed commitments from them [China] about liberalisation have not been matched by concrete action. The country needs to walk the talk,” EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said last week at a business forum.A top European business lobby group, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, published a survey on Wednesday about the business climate in China.Sixty percent of respondents felt that, by 2020, Chinese companies will close key innovation gaps with foreign firms.The chamber called the survey a "wake-up call to the whole of Europe" over growing competition from Chinese companies.In 2014, the EU accounted for nearly 16 percent of total foreign investment in China, making it one of the top five investors in the country, but that is only 4.5 percent of total EU investment outflows.Progress is not expected to be made on investment rules on the summit.-Protection-Key differences remain in trade, as well, while the EU ramps up its trade defence instruments to protect businesses from Chinese dumping – especially in the steel sector.The EU has also decided on a new methodology to calculate dumping, which, in effect, will circumvent a previous obligation that stems from China's membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to treat China as a “market economy” 15 years after joining. This would make it more difficult to impose tariffs on the country.EU officials will bring up the issue during the talks, reassuring China that the WTO's discipline is taken very seriously by the EU. “Talks will be less acrimonious than last time,” the EU official said.The trade implication of steel overcapacity and state subsidies by China, the EU's second-largest trade partner, will also be discussed.The commission is conducting 17 anti-dumping investigations and three anti-subsidy investigations against China.EU leaders are also expected to raise human rights issues, especially the treatment of NGOs, media legislation further curbing free speech online, and the militarisation of islands in the South China Sea.Experts warn that, despite edging closer together, this does not necessarily lead to a new alliance."Overall, I do not expert this summit to be a turning point in EU-China relations," Ifri's Alice Ekman said."Many points of tensions remain on the table: from the lack of reciprocity in terms of market access, to recent restrictions on foreign NGOs in China, or the way the severe anti-corruption is implemented on the territory of some member states without prior notification or agreement," she said.
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)
Gravitational waves spotted again, at furthest distance yet-Kerry SHERIDAN-YAHOONEWS-June 1, 2017
Miami (AFP) - Two massive black holes colliding into each other created ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, which have been detected at the furthest distance yet, international physicists said Thursday.The galactic mash-up which produced the gravitational waves occurred some three billion light-years away, and marks the science world's third observation of this phenomenon.The finding further bolsters Einstein's 1915 theory of general relativity, and comes two years after these enigmatic ripples were first detected, said the report in the journal Physical Review Letters."It is remarkable that humans can put together a story, and test it, for such strange and extreme events that took place billions of years ago and billions of light-years distant from us," said David Shoemaker, spokesman for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration.The group includes more than 1,000 international scientists who perform LIGO research together with the European-based Virgo Collaboration.In all three cases, each of the twin detectors of LIGO detected gravitational waves from the tremendously energetic mergers of black hole pairs."These are collisions that produce more power than is radiated as light by all the stars and galaxies in the universe at any given time," said a LIGO statement.The latest black hole collision, resulting in a detectable "chirp" of a gravitational wave, happened when two black holes merged, forming a new one that is about 49 times the mass of the Sun.Its size is smack in the middle of the first such black hole merger detected by LIGO, at 62 solar masses, and the second which had 21."We have further confirmation of the existence of stellar-mass black holes that are larger than 20 solar masses -- these are objects we didn't know existed before LIGO detected them," said Shoemaker, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).- Dark side of the universe -The first-ever direct observation of gravitational waves was made in September 2015, and detected an event some 1.3 billion light-years away.The second came shortly after, in December 2015, and was a distance of 1.4 billion light-years.The third detection, called GW170104, was made on January 4, 2017.It was more than twice as old and more than twice as distant as the first two events."With the third confirmed detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes, LIGO is establishing itself as a powerful observatory for revealing the dark side of the universe," says David Reitze of Caltech, executive director of the LIGO Laboratory."While LIGO is uniquely suited to observing these types of events, we hope to see other types of astrophysical events soon, such as the violent collision of two neutron stars."LIGO's observations are carried out by twin detectors -- one in Hanford, Washington, and the other in Livingston, Louisiana.The observatories, which use laser interferometers to sense the presence of gravitational waves, are operated by Caltech and MIT with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF)."It looks like Einstein was right -- even for this new event, which is about two times farther away than our first detection," said Laura Cadonati, an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology."We can see no deviation from the predictions of general relativity, and this greater distance helps us to make that statement with more confidence."
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
OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).
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)
Ex-nurse Wettlaufer pleads guilty to 8 murder charges in deaths of seniors-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 1, 2017
WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A former Ontario nurse admitted Thursday to using insulin to kill eight seniors and hurt six others while the vulnerable individuals were in her care, in part because she felt angry with her career and her life's responsibilities.More than seven months after her arrest, Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.The crimes took place over the last decade in three Ontario long-term care facilities where Wettlaufer worked as a registered nurse, and at a private home.The 49-year-old, who appeared in a Woodstock, Ont., court, acknowledged under questioning from the judge that she used insulin in all 14 cases.Prosecutors began laying out the details of each incident for the courtroom, which was packed with relatives and friends of her victims.Reading from an agreed statement of facts, the Crown said Wettlaufer told police she knew that "if your blood sugar goes low enough, you can die." She also told police she had refrained from logging her use of insulin in order to avoid detection, court heard.In at least one case, Wettlaufer was spurred to act by growing rage over her job and her life, which built up inside her until she felt an "urge to kill," the Crown told the court.Wettlaufer deliberately injected James Silcox, an 84-year-old man with diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, with insulin the night of Aug. 11. 2007, "hoping he would die," the Crown lawyer said."It was his time to go because of the way he acted," the former nurse told police, according to the agreed statement of facts.She also told investigators that afterwards, she felt "like a pressure had been relieved from me, like pressure had been relieved from my emotions."Silcox was later found without vital signs by a personal support worker, court heard.Wettlaufer also admitted to police that her dissatisfaction with her life led her to inject Clotilde Adriano with insulin, though Adriano survived.Some family members of Wettlaufer's victims broke down in the courtroom as Wettlaufer entered her pleas.Friends and relatives of the seniors who died had said earlier Thursday that they were warned the hearing would reveal information that may be difficult for them to handle.Some, however, expressed relief that the case would come to a swift conclusion.Andrea Silcox said before the court hearing that she was worried about what she would discover about her father's last moments, but said she'd be grateful to avoid a lengthy trial."I will forgive her, I have to forgive her...my father would want that," she said. "Forget? I'll never forget what happened."Arpad Horvath Jr., whose father was also among Wettlaufer's victims, said everyone who lost a loved one will have to live with the pain forever."She took away my best friend and my hero and I can't forgive that," he said.The police investigation into Wettlaufer began last September after Toronto police became aware of information she had given to a psychiatric hospital in Toronto that caused them concern, a police source has told The Canadian Press.In October, Wettlaufer was charged in the deaths of eight residents at nursing homes in Woodstock and London, Ont. In those cases, police alleged Wettlaufer used drugs to kill the seniors while she worked at the facilities between 2007 and 2014.In January, Wettlaufer faced six additional charges related to seniors in her care. Court documents allege Wettlaufer injected those six alleged victims with insulin.Records from the College of Nurses of Ontario show Wettlaufer was first registered as a nurse in August 1995 but resigned Sept. 30, 2016, and is no longer a registered nurse.Liam Casey, The Canadian Press.
Truck bomb kills 90, wounds hundreds in Afghan capital-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 31, 2017
KABUL — A suicide attacker struck the fortified heart of the Afghan capital with a massive truck bomb Wednesday, killing 90 people, wounding 400 and raising new fears about the government's ability to protect its citizens nearly 16 years into a war with insurgents.The bomber drove into Kabul's heavily guarded diplomatic quarter during the morning rush hour, leaving behind a bloody scene of chaos and destruction in one of the worst attacks since the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014.Most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children, said Ismail Kawasi, spokesman of the public health ministry. But the dead also included Afghan security guards at the facilities, including the U.S. Embassy, while 11 American contractors were wounded — none with life-threatening injuries, a U.S. State Department official said."I have been to many attacks, taken wounded people out of many blast sites, but I can say I have ever seen such a horrible attack as I saw this morning," ambulance driver Alef Ahmadzai told The Associated Press. "Everywhere was on fire and so many people were in critical condition."There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which came in the first week of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The Taliban flatly denied any involvement in an email to news outlets and condemned all attacks against civilians.The explosives were hidden in a tanker truck used to clean out septic systems, said Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior minister. The number of dead and wounded was provided by the Afghan government's media centre , citing a statement from the Afghan Ulema Council, the country's top religious body that includes Muslim clerics, scholars and men of authority in religion and law.The blast gouged a crater about 5 metres (15 feet) deep near Zanbaq Square in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, where foreign embassies are protected by a battery of their own security personnel as well as Afghan police and National Security Forces. The nearby German Embassy was heavily damaged.Also in the area is Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry, the Presidential Palace and its intelligence and security headquarters, guarded by soldiers trained by the U.S. and its coalition partners."The terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people," said President Ashraf Ghani.President Donald Trump spoke with Ghani after the attack, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned it as a "senseless and cowardly act.""The United States stands with the government and the people of Afghanistan and will continue to support their efforts to achieve peace, security, and prosperity for their country," Tillerson said in a statement.Afghanistan's war, the longest ever involving U.S. troops, has shown no sign of letting up, and the introduction into the battle of an Islamic State affiliate has made the country only more volatile.Although they are small in number, militants from the Islamic State in Khorasan — an ancient name for parts of Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia — have taken credit for several brazen assaults on the capital."Let's be clear: This is an intelligence failure, as has been the case with so many other attacks in Kabul and beyond. There was a clear failure to anticipate a major security threat in a highly secured area," said Michael Kugelman of the U.S.-based Wilson Center."The fact that these intelligence failures keep happening suggest that something isn't working at the top, and major and urgent changes are needed in security policy," he said by email.Still, there are questions about whether a U.S. pledge to send more troops to Afghanistan will curb the violence."The sad reality is that more foreign troops would not necessarily ensure these attacks happen less," Kugelman said. "But they could help by supplementing training programs meant to enhance Afghan intel collection capacities, which have long been a deficiency in Afghanistan."There are currently 8,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan with a U.S. promise of more to come.Afghan lawmaker and analyst Nasrullah Sadeqizada bemoaned the abysmal security, saying "the situation is deteriorating day by day."In an interview, Sadeqizada criticized U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, saying they have done little to improve protection in the country."If the situation continues to deteriorate, Afghans will lose all trust in the foreigners who are in Afghanistan as friends," he warned.Gen. Mirza Mohammad Yarmand, former deputy interior minister, said more troops won't help, although he urged the global community to stay committed to Afghanistan."I don't think that more U.S. or NATO soldiers can solve the security problems in Afghanistan," he said."When we had more than 100,000 foreign soldiers, they were not even able to secure Helmand province" in southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban controls roughly 80 per cent of the area, he said.In the past year, U.S. troops have largely focused on thwarting a surge in Taliban attacks.The stricken neighbourhood was considered Kabul's safest, with the embassies protected by dozens of 10-foot-high blast walls and government offices guarded by security forces. More than 50 cars were either destroyed or damaged."I've never seen such a powerful explosion in my life," said Mohammad Haroon, who owns a nearby sporting goods store. All the windows in his shop and others around him were shattered, he added.Shocked residents soaked in blood stumbled in the streets before being taken to hospitals. Passers-by helped them into private cars, while others went to the nearby Italian-run Emergency Hospital.Besides the German Embassy, damage was reported at the embassies of China, Turkey, France, India and Japan, according to officials from those countries. Other nearby embassies include those of the U.S., Britain, Pakistan and Iran, as well as the NATO mission.Nine Afghan guards at the U.S. Embassy were killed and 11 American contractors were wounded, with one Afghan guard missing, according to a U.S. State Department official, who was not authorized to talk publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. None of the wounded Americans appeared to have life-threatening injuries, the official said.The BBC said one of its drivers was killed and four of its journalists were wounded. Afghanistan's private TOLO Television also reported a staffer killed; Germany said an Afghan security guard outside its embassy was among the dead.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that along with an Afghan guard who was killed, a German diplomat was slightly wounded and an Afghan staffer had severe injuries.Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the attack, saying that "terrorism has no borders."It "targets all of us — whether in Manchester or Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, St. Petersburg or today in Kabul," she said in the southern German city of Nuremberg."Today we're united in shock and sadness across all borders," she added.She vowed: "We will lead the fight against terrorism, and we will win it."Germany has had troops in Afghanistan for 15 years, primarily in the north in and around Mazar-e-Sharif. It is one of the biggest contributors to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, with about 980 soldiers supporting and training Afghan forces.Neighbouring Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the bomb damaged residences of some of its diplomats and staff and caused some minor injuries.___Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez reported this story in Kabul and AP writer Kathy Gannon reported from Islamabad. AP writers Amir Shah in Kabul, Matthew Lee in Washington and David Rising in Berlin contributed to this report.Rahim Faiez And Kathy Gannon, The Associated Press.
MIGRATING BIRDS IN ISRAEL EATS HUMANS FLESH FOR COMING AGAINST ISRAEL-JERUSALEM
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers (EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN VALLEY) on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog (RUSSIAN) and all his multitude:(ARAB/MUSLIM HORDE) and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(BURIEL SITE OF THE 300 MILLION,RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS)
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.(OF ISRAEL)
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(OF THE ISRAEL-GOD HATERS)
17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF RUSSIAN/ISLAMIC HORDES AGAINST ISRAEL)
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;(AGAINST ALL NATIONS ARMIES THAT COME AGAINST JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL)
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
Russia fires cruise missiles, targets IS positions in Syria-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-May 31, 2017
MOSCOW — Russians warships in the Mediterranean Sea have fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group's positions in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said on Wednesday.The announcement came as Syrian government troops pushed ahead in their offensive against IS and militants in central and northern Syria.Moscow said in a statement that the Admiral Essen frigate and the Krasnodar submarine launched the missiles at IS targets in the area of the ancient town of Palmyra. There was no information on when the missiles were launched.Syrian troops have been on the offensive for weeks in northern, central and southern part of the country against IS and U.S.-backed rebels under the cover of Russian airstrikes, gaining an area almost half the size of neighbouring Lebanon.Most recently, Syrian troops and their allies have been marching toward the IS stronghold of Sukhna, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) northeast of Palmyra.The strategic juncture in the Syrian desert aids government plans to go after IS in Deir el-Zour, one of the militants' last major strongholds in Syria. The oil-rich province straddles the border with Iraq and is the extremist group's last gateway to the outside world.Russia, a staunch Damascus ally, has been providing air cover to Syrian President Bashar Assad's offensive on IS and other insurgents since 2015. Moscow had fired cruise missiles from warships in the past, as well as from mainland Russia against Assad's opponents.As the fighting against IS militants is underway near Palmyra, Syrian troops clashed with U.S.-backed rebels in the country's south on Wednesday, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Mozahem al-Salloum, of the activist-run Hammurabi Justice News network that tracks developments in eastern Syria.The fighting came days after the United States told Syrian government forces and their allies to move away from an area near the Jordanian border where the coalition is training allied rebels.The warning comes less than two weeks after the Americans bombed Iranian-backed troops there after they failed to heed similar warnings.Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said on Tuesday that the U.S. dropped leaflets over the weekend telling the forces to leave the established protected zone.In the northern city of Raqqa, the de-facto capital of IS, warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition destroyed the main telecommunications centre in the city, the IS-linked Aamaq news agency said. The Sound and Picture Organization, which documents IS violations said land telecommunications were cut in most parts of the city after the centre was hit.The bombing came a day after U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached the northern and eastern gates of Raqqa ahead of what will likely be a long and deadly battle. The city has been subjected to intense airstrikes in recent days.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces militia that is fighting IS in northern Syria had struck a deal with the IS offering it a safe corridor out of Raqqa. He added that soon after the Russian Defence Ministry had spoken about the agreement, some IS fighters started moving toward Palmyra.The SDF has denied reports that it allowed IS fighters to leave the city."The Russian military spotted the movement and struck the convoy so it never reached Palmyra," Lavrov said. "And so it will be in all situations when the IS is spotted anywhere on the Syrian territory. It's an absolutely legitimate target along with all its facilities, bases and training camps.""The current situation shows gaps in co-ordination between all those who are fighting terrorism in Syria," Lavrov added, voicing hope that the U.S.-led coalition wouldn't allow the IS to escape from Raqqa.Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes captured Palmyra in March last year and Moscow even flew in one of its best classical musicians to play a triumphant concert at Palmyra's ancient theatre . IS forces, however, recaptured Palmyra eight months later, before Syrian government troops drove them out again in March this year.Russia's defence ministry said its Wednesday statement that the strikes successfully hit IS heavy weapons and fighters whom the group who had deployed and moved to Palmyra from the IS stronghold of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Sunni militant group and its self-proclaimed caliphate.Moscow said it had notified the U.S., Turkish and Israeli militaries beforehand of the upcoming strike. It added that the Russian strike was promptly executed following the order, a testimony to the navy's high readiness and capabilities.Russia has been busy mediating between Assad and Turkey and the West who seek his removal. Earlier this month Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to establish safe zones in Syria, signing on to a Russian plan under which Assad's air force would halt flights over designated areas across the war-torn country. Russia says maps delineating the zones should be ready by June 4.___Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed to this report.Nataliya Vasilyeva, The Associated Press.
Russia says will react to NATO's eastern boost-[Reuters]-By Gabriela Baczynska-YAHOONEWS-June 1, 2017
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia will respond to NATO boosting its military presence in eastern members nearby its borders such as Poland and the Baltic states, Moscow's ambassador to the Western military alliance said on Thursday.NATO's eastern states asked for additional security guarantees after Moscow annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and went on to back militias fighting Kiev's troops in the east of the former Soviet state."NATO countries should understand that all these efforts will not become unnoticed for us and will not stay without response in terms of military planning," Moscow's envoy to NATO, Alexander Grushko, told reporters.Russia has been reinforcing its western flank with new divisions, and accuses NATO of threatening its security by stepping up military drills and deployments on the alliance's eastern end."With these military steps, military activities and military reinforcements, NATO is building a new military, security situation that we cannot ignore, that we should address using our own military instruments," Grushko said.The stand-off over Ukraine has left ties between Russia and the West at their weakest since the Cold War, and NATO, which allies 28 mainly North American and European countries, has suspended all practical military cooperation with Moscow.Grushko, Russia's NATO ambassador since 2012, was speaking in Brussels a week after U.S. President Donald Trump attended his first NATO summit there.NATO was Moscow's main geopolitical rival during the Cold War that followed World War Two and ended in the early 1990s. Some states that were under Soviet influence then have since joined the alliance.During the summit, Trump publicly scolded other NATO states for not spending enough on defense, leaving the Europeans alarmed and wondering about Washington's commitment to their security.Trump has also promised during his election campaign last year to mend ties with Moscow. The scale and nature of his aides' contacts with Russia have since become a focus of a controversy in the United States, however, making any swift rapprochement less likely.Reacting to the NATO summit, Grushko said Moscow was focused on "reality on the ground" in eastern NATO states, and expressed criticism of Trump's demands for more allied defense spending."In real steps, there is no change of U.S. policy through NATO vis-à-vis Russia. And this financial request is a demonstration of that," he said."The situation in our relations with NATO is not very promising and without changes in basic NATO approach we don't see real perspective for progress."NATO says its policies aim to deter a more assertive Russia and to prevent conflicts rather than provoking them.(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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