Friday, July 14, 2017
DEFENCE-THE EURO ZONE CENTER STAGE FOR REVIVED ROMES EUROPEAN UNIONS FRENCH-GERMAN ALLIANCE AS BREXIT LOOMS.
Paris (AFP) - US First Lady Melania Trump toured Notre Dame cathedral with her French counterpart Brigitte Macron on Thursday, stopping to pray before a statue of the Virgin Mary.The 47-year-old practising Catholic, chic in a red Dior outfit with her hair pulled up in a chignon, was in Paris at the start of a Bastille Day visit by the US first couple.Security forces kept tourists and passers-by, smartphones in hand, at a distance as Trump and Macron arrived at the soaring Gothic landmark in the heart of the French capital.The pair took in the highlights of the sanctuary with its rector Patrick Chauvet as their guide.They then boarded a boat for a cruise on the Seine river.In the morning Trump visited the Necker Sick Children's hospital, meeting several patients and encouraging them with comments such as "good luck" and "stay strong".At the official start of the visit, the Macrons and Trumps had toured Napoleon's tomb at the Invalides military complex.There, the US president complimented 64-year-old Brigitte Macron, saying: "You know, you're in such great shape... beautiful."In the evening the two couples will dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant on the Eiffel Tower.
OZONE DEPLETION JUDGEMENT ON THE EARTH DUE TO SIN
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold,(7X OR 7-DEGREES HOTTER) as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people,(ISRAEL) and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 And except those days should be shortened,(DAY LIGHT HOURS SHORTENED) there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake (ISRAELS SAKE) those days shall be shortened (Daylight hours shortened)(THE ASTEROID HITS EARTH HERE)
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Boaters blocking air tankers fighting B.C. wildfires, says official-[CBC]-yahoonews-July 12, 2017
Boaters on at least three B.C. lakes are interfering with the firefighting activities of air tankers and water bombers, according to one official.Al Richmond, the chair of the Cariboo Regional District, says there have been several reports of boaters, wind surfers and kayakers preventing the air tankers from landing to fill up with water.The affected aircraft have been using Horse, Watson and Lac la Hache lakes to fight the South Cariboo wildfire near 100 Mile House, he said."It just takes one person and the aircraft can't safely come down," he said.That's why he is asking everyone to stay off the lakes being used by the air tankers or stick to the shorelines if they must be on the water.The RCMP could start issuing fines or even start confiscating boats if the trouble continues, he said, but he'd prefer if they did not have to."We could be using them to do more important things than trying to deal with the silliness going on out there and people's lack of consideration for the firefighting."He blamed the behaviour of the offending boaters on a lack of awareness and understanding of the needs of the aircraft.
Pipelines secured as wildfires rage in western Canada-[Reuters]-By Ethan Lou-yahoonews-July 12, 2017
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Major pipeline companies in western Canada created fire breaks, installed sprinklers and took other measures to protect operations as raging wildfires spread to more than 38,000 hectares (93,000 acres) in British Columbia.Enbridge Inc has taken a natural gas compressor station offline but it said on Wednesday that there had been no significant reduction in volumes shipped.The fires have disrupted timber and mining operations, damaged a regional electric utility and forced more than 14,000 people from their homes in the interior of the province.On Friday, British Columbia declared its first state of emergency since 2003.Enbridge did not specify which pipeline system the station was on, saying only that it was in the affected area, a region ranging from 150 km (95 miles) to 350 km northeast of Vancouver where more than 200 fires were burning.Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd, a unit of Kinder Morgan Inc, removed vegetation along its Trans Mountain pipeline, created a fire break and added sprinklers to keep the area wet, Chief Operating Officer Hugh Harden said in a statement.The company said the fires were about 16 km away from a pump station in Blackpool, British Columbia.EnGold Mines Ltd has suspended all exploration in the region and Imperial Metals Corp said it had significantly reduced operations at one of its mines.West Fraser Timber Co and privately held Tolko, among the largest Canadian producers of forestry products, and Norbord Inc, the world's largest maker of oriented strand board, a plywood-like material used in house building, have suspended operations.Disruptions are expected to tighten the supply of wood products and raise prices.Some of the fires were close to residential communities, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that 10 people had been arrested for breaking into buildings in areas that had been evacuated.In 2016, forest fires in Fort McMurray in neighboring Alberta province displaced 88,000 people and burned 590,000 hectares.(Reporting by Ethan Lou; Editing by Toni Reinhold)
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)
Flooding in Pembina Highway underpass slowed traffic in Winnipeg-[CBC]-yahoonews-July 12, 2017
Winnipeg drivers faced delays on Wednesday due to standing water in the Pembina Highway underpass at Jubilee Avenue.Water started building up overnight on Tuesday, slowing traffic to a crawl during rush hour Wednesday morning.Late Wednesday morning, traffic was still down to one lane in each direction because of the flooding.All lanes were re-open and water had been cleared by Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m., with the exception of lanes closed for ongoing construction.A spokesperson for the City of Winnipeg said the city dispatched a hydrovac vehicle to suck up the water and adjusted traffic lights at nearby intersections to improve traffic flow in the area while lanes were closed."The existing drainage system for the Jubilee underpass is in poor condition and occasionally causes flooding on Pembina Highway," the spokesperson wrote in an email.The area has been under construction since spring in an effort to widen Pembina Highway at the underpass from five to six lanes and improve drainage. The spokesperson said the project will prevent flooding in future.It's part of a $467-million project that includes the extension of Winnipeg's first transit corridor to the University of Manitoba.
Spacecraft reveals beauty of solar system's biggest storm-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-July 13, 2017
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter is revealing the up-close beauty of our solar system's biggest planetary storm.Juno flew directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot on Monday, passing an amazingly close 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometres ) above the monster storm. The images snapped by JunoCam were beamed back Tuesday and posted online Wednesday. Then members of the public — so-called citizen scientists — enhanced the raw images.Swirling clouds are clearly visible in the 10,000-mile-wide (16, 000-kilometre-wide ) storm, which is big enough to swallow Earth and has been around for centuries. Scientists say it will take time to analyze everything.Juno's next close encounter with the giant gas planet will be in September.Launched in 2011, Juno arrived at Jupiter last July.___Online:JunoCam: https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam-Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press.
Swiss private bank Falcon introduces bitcoin asset management-[Reuters]-By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi-yahoonews-July 12, 2017
ZURICH (Reuters) - Wealthy clients of Swiss private bank Falcon will be able to store and trade bitcoins via their cash holdings with the bank from Wednesday, a move that signals the traction the virtual currency is gaining even in slow-changing asset management.The group's new blockchain asset management service is being offered in partnership with cryptocurrency broker Bitcoin Suisse."We are proud to be the first-mover in the Swiss private banking area to provide blockchain asset management for our clients," Arthur Vayloyan, Falcon's global head of products and services, said in a statement."Falcon is convinced that the time is right to enter this nascent market and it is our firm belief that this new product will fulfill our clients' future needs," he said.Bitcoin, the primary cryptocurrency, relies on "mining" computers that validate blocks of transactions by competing to solve mathematical puzzles every 10 minutes. The first to solve the puzzle and clear the transaction is rewarded with new bitcoins.While some remain skeptical, investors have begun warming to the technology, wooed by its explosive performance and the potential that the currency can compete with gold and government-issued money as a store of value.Fidelity Investments said in May that clients with bitcoins and other virtual currencies held on digital asset exchange Coinbase would be able to see their holdings on the Fidelity website, making it one of just a handful of large financial services firms to integrate digital currencies into its website.The virtual currency hit a record of almost $3,000 last month but has fallen over 20 percent since then to $2,375 on Wednesday. Its value has still more than tripled in the last year.Falcon, one of the Swiss banks ensnared in the Malaysian corruption scandal surrounding the troubled 1MDB fund, said the new offering was part of its strategic repositioning.The Zurich-based bank said its bitcoin asset management product had regulatory approval from Swiss financial watchdog FINMA, which declined to comment on individual providers or products."It has been a pleasure assisting Falcon in realising this new product, which is nothing less than a historic milestone for the entire crypto space," Bitcoin Suisse Chief Executive Niklas Nikolajsen said.(Reporting by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi; Editing by Edmund Blair)
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.
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
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.
Defense, euro zone center stage for Franco-German alliance as Brexit looms-[Reuters]-By Jean-Baptiste Vey and Michel Rose-yahoonews-July 13, 2017
PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany set out plans to make fighter jets together and tighten euro zone cooperation on Thursday as the European Union's two biggest economies look to life beyond Brexit.Speaking after a joint meeting of their cabinet ministers in Paris, the first since this year's French presidential and parliamentary elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron also flagged their aim to harmonize taxes within the EU and develop a coherent digital strategy for the bloc."I believe that we have shown shortly after the new government here was installed that we are ready to activate Franco-German relations with a new impetus," Merkel told reporters at a joint news conference.Most of what the pair announced went over old ground, but the plans to develop Europe's next generation of fighter planes together could shape the future of the European fighter industry and its three existing programs - Eurofighter, France's Rafale and Sweden's Gripen.It also comes as Britain's decision to leave the European Union changes the balance of interests for a country that is both a key defense industry player and a military power.France and Germany said their new combat system, which analysts say could involve a mixture of manned and unmanned aircraft, would replace both the Rafale and the Eurofighter.That marks the end of a decades-long split which saw France withdraw from the Eurofighter project in the 1980s to produce its own Rafale warplane under Dassault Aviation. The two aircraft compete fiercely for global sales."It is a sign to the British. It means 'you are leaving the EU and we are driving forward. We are no longer interested in you blocking the EU on defense'," a senior German defense industry official told Reuters.The deal could push Britain further towards co-operation with the United States where London-listed BAE Systems, also part of the Eurofighter program, helps Lockheed Martin make the F-35.-EURO ZONE FOCUS-Tighter cooperation in the euro zone currency bloc was also flagged by the leaders - continuing a theme running through the core members of the European Union since Britain's vote to leave shook its foundations just over a year ago."We agreed we must stabilize the euro zone and develop it further, that a standstill is always close to going backwards so we need some dynamism," Merkel said.Concrete steps in the direction of tax harmonization would, however, be required to make real progress on that integration, and neither leader gave any real details on progress.France and Germany have long pushed for convergence in the way taxes are calculated in the euro zone, but have made little progress even agreeing among each other.German business newspaper Handelsblatt nevertheless said finance ministers from both countries would present a roadmap by mid-September on the subject.The plan would be finalised by December and could then be adopted next year, Handelsblatt added, citing sources involved in the negotiations.Going beyond taxes, broader economic convergence in the euro zone could prove tricky. Macron told regional daily L'Ouest France that changes to the EU's governing treaties were needed, a process that has in the past proved a tortuous endeavor.The emergence of big internet companies that reduce their tax bills by domiciling their EU tax bases in countries with the lowest rates has also given a new impetus to efforts to harmonize taxation.A French court struck down on Wednesday the tax administration's demand for Google to pay backtaxes worth 1.1 billion euros, ruling that Google Ireland Limited was not subject to corporate and value-added taxes for the period under consideration, from 2005-2010.Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday that the European Union had to ensure big U.S. internet companies such as Google paid their share of taxes.Among other measures set out by the meeting was a broad-based EU plan for the digital industry aimed at tackling tax avoidance by the industry's big players and organizing finance for start-ups and cyber security to be prepared for the EU digital summit taking place at the end of September.(Writing by Leigh Thomas and Andrew Callus; Editing by Alison Williams)
EU launches legal probe into Hungary's NGO law By Eszter Zalan-july 13,17-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:33-The European Commission launched a legal probe on Thursday (13 July) into Hungary’s NGO law, which targets, among others, civil society groups partly funded by Hungarian-US billionaire and philanthropist George Soros.The EU executive said that the requirements in the legislation for NGOs, which receive funding from foreign organisations, infringe upon EU rules.Hungary’s government has one month to answer with legal arguments.It has argued that the aim of the legislation is to guarantee transparency, to crack down on money laundering and on financing terrorism.But NGOs and critics dispute this claim, saying that the legislation only serves to stigmatise the, and intimidate critics of Orban’s government.The government accused the NGOs of being agents of Soros, who - they claim - wants to transport a million migrants into Hungary and Europe.Soros’s spokesman, Michael Vachon, in a statement called this a “fantasy”."Soros’s actual position on migration is that the international community should provide more support to the developing countries that today host 89 percent of refugees, and that Europe should accept several hundred thousand fully-screened refugees through an orderly process of vetting and resettlement,” he added.The new law requires civil society groups that receive more than €24,000 funding per year from a foreign organisation to register as a “foreign-funded organisation” or risk closure.They also need to label themselves in all publications, websites and press materials as "organisations supported from abroad”.Dozens of civil society groups - dealing with children’s rights, the Roma people, journalism, and other social issues - pledged to fight the controversial legislation in court and not to comply.The legislation, passed a month ago, prompted mass protests in Hungary's capital city, Budapest.EU commission vice-president Frans Timmermans said in a statement that civil society’s work should not be unduly restricted."We expect that the Hungarian government will engage in dialogue to resolve this issue as soon as possible,” he added.The EU executive said the Hungarian law "interferes unduly with fundamental rights”, in particular the right to freedom of association.The commission says the law could prevent NGOs from raising funds and also restrict their ability to carry out their work.It added that the law introduces "unjustified and disproportionate" restrictions to the free movement of capital, and called the new registration requirement discriminatory.The law also raises concerns because it "does not strike a fair balance between transparency interests and the right of donors and beneficiaries to protect their personal data".The Hungarian government was not fazed by the commission’s decision.Pal Volner, state secretary of the justice minister, said in a statement on Thursday that the concerned organisations are "trying to weaken Hungary's defence capabilities in the fight against illegal immigration”.He also stressed that Soros "made it clear" through his spokesman that he wants to bring hundreds of thousands of immigrants in Europe, according to MTI news wire.The commission on Thursday also stepped up a probe into legislation that targets Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, founded by Soros 26 years ago.However, the EU executive declined to comment on the media campaign targeting Soros, which will be suspended because of a world aquatics championship starting on Friday in Budapest.
Philanthropy needs protection in stormy times By Felix Oldenburg-july 13,17-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:38-Frost, fog, thunderstorms. Only occasional beams of sunshine. This is the current weather map compiled annually from field reports by dafne, the Donors and Foundations Network in Europe.The bad news of new restrictions, denunciation, and shutdowns comes not only from Russia and Turkey, but also from EU member states including Poland and Hungary, where a new NGO law has been passed last month that aims to isolate civil society from international funding.After decades of expansion in influence, not always uncontested, foundations in an increasing number of countries experience a new role: They are among the first victims of populists and autocrats.Perhaps most painfully, much of the crackdown against independent civil society comes not against but with popular support - easily mobilised through accusations including elitism, tax evasion, and outside influence.The fate of foundations is not a fringe issue. Philanthropy funds independent civil society and social innovation where government cannot or will not.Not all of it will prove effective or efficient, but philanthropy is behind some of the origin stories of social movements, as well as billion dollar markets for the good of all.Berlin-based historian Michael Borgolte has shown the strong correlation since antiquity between the number of foundations and the openness and prosperity of societies. When foundations go down, countries are in trouble.-'Shrinking space'-Foundations in Europe have now begun to raise their voice on behalf of their endangered peers - what is becoming known as the "shrinking space" for civil society. In early June, a "Warsaw Declaration" announced a long-term alliance and a new solidarity fund.However, much more needs to be done - and soon.First, philanthropy is an expression of free speech. Just as leaders are expected to speak up for imprisoned journalists, they also need to put foundations and civil society on the diplomatic agenda - from state visits to international treaties, and ultimately sanctions.Second, arbitrary and discriminating regulations, which prevent cross-border philanthropy, must disappear.There is a single market for goods and services in the EU, yet donations and civic engagement face restrictions amounting to €170m in costs for 300 leading foundations alone.This also prevents joint action against social injustice, threats to the environment, or against the challenges of migration and demographic change, according to an estimate by the European Foundation Centre.Finally, donors themselves need to keep their house in order to earn and keep public trust.If they do not increase transparency and act boldly against prejudices they will be easy prey for populists. Foundations need to ask tough questions about their impact, how they invest, and how they can improve accountability.Philanthropy is not an activity of a privileged few, for their own interests. That is the logic of autocrats.Today, everyone can be a philanthropist, as demonstrated by the rise of community foundations, online activism, and ad-hoc social movements.For most of its history, foundations have done well by adapting little to changing times. In order to stand up to the challenges of populism and closing societies, they need to step up quickly.Felix Oldenburg is the newly elected chair of dafne, the network of 25 donors and foundations networks from across Europe, with a collective membership of over 7,500 foundations.
EU restates Balkans pledge, warns of Russia By Andrew Rettman-july 13,17-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 09:29-Italy has warned that Russia is competing with the EU for influence in the Western Balkans, as the bloc underlined its old enlargement pledge.“There are other regional or global powers that are very interested in having an influence in this region,” Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni told press after a summit in Trieste, Italy, with Balkans and selected EU leaders on Wednesday (12 July).He said there were geopolitical “tensions … difficulties … [and] misunderstandings” over the future of the six former Yugoslav nations.He said EU accession “isn't around the corner” for any of them, but he added that: “I don’t think a freeze of this process in the next 10 years could be sustainable for these countries and I don’t think it would be helpful for the EU”.Italy’s summit declaration “reaffirmed … unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans”.It said “integrating the Western Balkans with the EU is a strategic investment in peace, democracy, prosperity, security and stability of Europe as a whole.”It also warned that EU integration could be slowed due to “internal divisions or to external influences”, alluding to Russia, however.The summit’s EU enlargement pledge was given weight by the attendance of French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel.“Political stability in the region means political stability for us too. We know this from experience,” Merkel told the event.The summit, part of the so-called Berlin Process launched by Merkel in 2014, saw the signature of a Transport Community Treaty and the launch of talks on a future Regional Economic Area.The transport pact is to create up to 80,000 jobs in the next few years and lead to €514 million in EU and private sector investments in roads, bridges, railways and energy projects, the European Commission said.The economic area is designed to create “free flow of goods and services” in preparation for the countries’ entry into the single market.The Berlin Process came after the Commission said there would be no further enlargements until after 2019, dampening EU-romanticism in the region.According to British pollster Gallup, more than 80 percent of Kosovars and Albanians and about 60 percent of Bosnians and Macedonians want to join the EU, but just 49 percent of Montengrins and 40 percent of Serbs want to do so.The Trieste summit comes amid Russian diplomatic and propaganda efforts to sow ethnic divisions in Bosnia and Macedonia and to redouble its old alliance with Serbia.Russia also stands accused of trying to stage an anti-Western coup in Montenegro last year.Bosnia did not sign the EU’s transport plan due to objections by the Russia-friendly entity in the federation, Republika Srpska, the Reuters news agency reported.Its foreign ministry criticised the Trieste projects “as some sort of substitute for EU membership” in a statement.The “summit regretted that … and invited Bosnia and Herzegovina to join [the transport treaty] as soon as possible”, the Italian communique said."Very discouraging signal for their Bosnia's] further European perspective," EU enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, said.Meanwhile, Kosovo has said it would boycott plans for a regional customs union in order to maintain customs revenues, Reuters said, with the country’s foreign minister, Enver Hoxhaj, telling press that: “What has been offered to us on the table is not what was presented in February 2017 [at the last Berlin Process summit]”.Russia aside, the Trieste declaration spoke of the need for “good neighbourly relations” and to curb “nationalist” rhetoric.That referred primarily to a recent flare-up in ethnic tensions between Serbs and Kosovars and Macedonians and Albanians.The EU has also lost face in the region due to Brexit and due to long-standing enlargement vetoes by Greece (on Macedonia) and by Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain (on Kosovo).Boris Johnson, the British foreign minister, attended the event along with the Austrian, Slovenian, and Croatian leaders.Johnson, whose country will host the summit next year, one year before it leaves the EU, said: “This is a firm demonstration of our support for much-needed reform to improve the region's security, boost the economy, and to combat challenges such as illegal drugs and human trafficking”.Nikola Dimitrov, the Macedonian foreign minister, said the “desire of the region to join Europe is an opportunity for Europe to feel attractive” in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave.He said Balkans enlargement was “an opportunity for Europe to show it can make a difference and that it can think big and be self-confident.”
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)
EU to scale back Greek asylum aid By Nikolaj Nielsen-july 13,17-euobserver
BRUSSELS, Today, 17:01-Stranded refugees on the Greek islands will soon have to rely on the Greek government for all basic services.Athens is set to nationalise services over the summer that were previously funded by the EU amid concerns that it won't be able to deliver, as some 60 people continue to arrive from Turkey to the islands on a daily basis.Greek socialist MEP Miltiadis Kyrkos, at a hearing on the issue at the European Parliament on Wednesday (12 July), said that the transition of aid from EU-funded NGOs to the Greek state will be a "disaster."Conditions at some of the camps on the islands remain deplorable, with asylum seekers setting fire to tents earlier this week at Moria in Lesbos.Crowded conditions, poor food, and lack of security has pushed many to the edge of exasperation.Human Rights Watch, an NGO, over May and June had also documented the mental health of asylum seekers and migrants on Lesbos.Self-harm, suicide attempts, aggression, anxiety, and depression are becoming more widespread, it noted. Around 14,000 people are stranded on the islands.Their plight is likely to become even worse amid persistent fears that Turkey may renege on its shaky deal with the EU to prevent Syrians from leaving towards Greece.Kyrkos said Lesbos currently hosts ten doctors, eleven nurses, and eight psychologists, who can be accessed 24-hours a day.Once the state takes over, Lesbos will have two doctors, one nurse, and one psychologist, with eight hours per day access, Kyrkos said."It is not possible to leave the islands to the Greek administration, you should intervene," he told Simon Mordue, the deputy director general at the European Commission's home affairs department, also present at the parliament hearing.The warning appears not to have been heeded.Mordue maintained that Greece must now "own the response" to the challenges and that the EU commission stands ready to provide the state with any further funding, in case of need.He also noted that a call for proposals to provide shelter for unaccompanied minors had ended on 30 June."These are currently under evaluation, and to be concluded, and I hope [them] to be signed by the Greek government by 1 August," he said.But broader questions persist on how well Greece has managed the EU funding, given the poor state of reception on the islands.Last winter, asylum seekers on the islands woke up in deep snow, despite assurances by Greek migration minister Yiannis Mouzalas that the camps had been winter-proofed.The EU has earmarked over €500 million for Greece between 2014 and 2020.An additional €362 million has been made available for emergency assistance, either directly to Greek authorities or international aid organisations and NGOs.The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) received a record €340 million from the EU between 2015 and 2016."We are absolutely ready to progressively step back and disengage from Greece as long as this done responsibly," said an official from the UNHCR.Greece has since published calls for reception services on the islands. This is currently under evaluation.The plan is to create an additional 2,000 spaces available for unaccompanied minors before the end of the year.But NGOs working on the islands remain wary."To date, no national response plan has been released, and information about how the transition will be implemented is severely lacking," a group of NGOs, including Doctors without Borders and Save the Children, said in a joint-statement.In 2016, Greece recognised 2,700 people as refugees, compared to over 3,000 since the start of this year.
Iraq collectively punishing Islamic State families: HRW-[Reuters]-yahoonews-July 13, 2017
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Iraqi security forces on Thursday of forcibly relocating at least 170 families of alleged Islamic State members to a closed "rehabilitation camp" as a form of collective punishment.Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced victory over Islamic State in Mosul on Monday, three years after the militants seized the city and made it the stronghold of a "caliphate" they said would take over the world.Iraq's government now faces the task of preventing revenge attacks against people associated with Islamic State that could, along with Sunni-Shi'ite sectarian tensions, undermine efforts to create long-term stability in the country."Iraqi authorities shouldn’t punish entire families because of their relatives' actions," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW. "These abusive acts are war crimes and are sabotaging efforts to promote reconciliation in areas retaken from ISIS (Islamic State)."An Iraqi military spokesman was not immediately available for comment.The HRW statement said the camp, which Iraqi authorities have described as meant for "rehabilitation", amounted to a detention center for adults and children who have not been accused of any wrongdoing. Fakih called on the families to be allowed to go where they can live safely.HRW said forced displacements and arbitrary detentions taking place in Anbar, Babel, Diyala, Salahuddin and Nineveh provinces have affected hundreds of families. It said Iraqi security and military forces have done little to stop the abuses and in some instances participated in them.The group said it had visited the Bartalla camp and interviewed 14 families, each with up to 18 members."New residents said that Iraqi Security Forces had brought the families to the camp and that the police were holding them against their will because of accusations that they had relatives linked to ISIS," the HRW statement said.It cited medical workers at the camp who said at least 10 women and children had died traveling to or at the camp, most because of dehydration.Separately, HRW said it had used satellite imagery to verify that a video published on Facebook on Tuesday, showing armed men in military uniforms beating a detainee before throwing him from a height and then shooting at him, had been filmed in west Mosul. The footage shows the men shooting at the body of another man already lying at the bottom of the perch.Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Al-Hadath television channel that rights abuses were unacceptable and the video needed to be investigated. But he said he was "surprised by the promotion of videos that affect civil peace in Mosul".Three other videos posted this week by the same account appear to show members of various Iraqi security forces beating men in ordinary clothes. Reuters could not independently verify the footage.(Writing by Michael Georgy and Stephen Kalin; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
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