Monday, June 18, 2018
UN RIGHTS BODY REOPEN AMID U.S. THREAT TO WITHDRAW OVER THEIR ISRAEL HATE.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE
UN rights body reopens amid US threat to withdraw over anti-Israel bias-US widely expected to quit Human Rights Council after the body fails to implement any of the reforms called for by the Americans-By Agnès PEDRERO-TOI-JUN 17,18
GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The UN Human Rights Council will kick off a new session Monday under a cloud of growing US criticism and the threat of Washington withdrawing from the body altogether, primarily over its anti-Israel bias.Longstanding US criticism of the council for its bias against Israel has escalated since UN-skeptic Donald Trump came to power.US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley gave a fiery speech before the Geneva-based council a year ago, demanding deep reforms to fix its “chronic anti-Israel bias.”She also demanded the body throw out abusive regimes, like Venezuela and Burundi, which hold seats on the rotating 47-seat council.Despite the tough US rhetoric — which essentially said reform or we are leaving — little has changed.Tired of waiting for reform, Washington a few weeks ago circulated a proposed resolution unilaterally laying out the full makeover it was looking for.But the US received little support and has not yet formally tabled the resolution, sparking fevered speculation it was about to quit, and fears of the impact that would have.“If they withdraw, one can expect serious consequences for the council,” Swiss ambassador to the UN in Geneva Valentin Zellweger told reporters this week.The US draft text called for dramatic changes to the rules governing how the General Assembly in New York elects countries to fill vacant council seats.It called for making it more difficult to win a seat but easier to kick out countries accused of serious rights violations.-Anti-Israel bias-The main US complaint meanwhile is the council’s treatment of Israel.Israel is the only country with a dedicated agenda item, known as Item 7, meaning its conduct in the Palestinian territories is discussed at each of the body’s three annual sessions.A reform process is underway but the council president, Slovenian ambassador Vojislav Suc, told reporters it is aimed at “the rationalization of our work” — not at political shifts like eliminating Item 7.The US is not alone in calling for deeper reform of the council, and just six months ago, it looked like it would be possible to reach a compromise the US could agree to.At a meeting of some 120 countries organized in Geneva last December there was much enthusiasm for a proposal to address each of the council’s agenda items, including Item 7, only once a year.“The US was very happy” with this compromise, which would have dramatically reduced the amount of scrutiny of Israel, Marc Liman, head of the Universal Rights Group think-tank, told reporters.But the European Union failed to reach a common position, prompting countries in other regions to jump ship.“So it collapsed, and the Americans were not happy,” Liman said, explaining that Washington then decided to push through the reforms it wants on its own.In Geneva, word has it that the Trump administration has already decided to slam the door on the council.-Pandora’s box-In a way, such a move would simply return the council to its original state.The US refused to join the body when it was created in 2006, at a time when George W. Bush was in the White House and his ambassador to the UN was John Bolton, Trump’s current hawkish and UN-sceptic National Security Advisor.It was only after Barack Obama came to power that Washington joined the council in 2009.Ironically, Israel could be the biggest loser if the Trump administration pulls out.Item 7 was adopted before the US came onboard, and since Washington has taken its seat on the council, the number of resolutions condemning Israel have dropped dramatically.Louis Charbonneau of Human Rights Watch told AFP the organization was worried that in the US absence, countries like China or Russia could “come along with hostile amendments,” including bids to exclude civil society from the council.“They could hijack the process, and the US would not be able to stop it,” he said, cautioning that this could create “a sort of Pandora’s box situation.”
Khamenei: Israel will soon perish, Palestinians should vote on ‘right of return’-Iran's supreme leader says the main problem with the 'Zionist regime' is its 'fundamental illegitimacy'-By TOI staff and Agencies-JUN 17,18
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday dismissed US efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, vowed the Jewish state will soon “perish,” and called for a Palestinian referendum on the status of its refugees to hasten the “elimination of the Zionist regime.”“The Zionist regime will not last. All historical experiences imply that with absolute certainty. Undoubtedly the Zionist regime will perish in the not-so-far future,” Iran’s supreme leader said on his English-language Twitter account.He was calling for a referendum on the so-called “right of return” of Palestinian refugees, a maneuver he said would spell the end of the Jewish state.“Like all free countries, people of Palestine — real Palestinians — should be polled to determine the political system of Palestine; that governing body will decide on future of immigrants in Palestine. There’s no other solution and this leads to elimination of the Zionist regime,” said Khamenei.Earlier this month, Khamenei said the conflict should be resolved through a popular referendum among those who trace their roots back to before the creation of Israel, including Muslims, Jews and Christians.That would seem to include the Palestinians as well as the small community of Jews who lived in the Holy Land before the mass immigration of Jews in the 20th century and the creation of Israel in 1948. Khamenei did not address the fate of the vast majority of Jewish Israelis, who claim historical and biblical roots to the land but whose immediate ancestors arrived in the last century.He spoke after weeks of the so-called “Great March of Return” protests on the Gaza border, where Palestinians have called for a return to their pre-1948 homes in Israel. Israel has struggled to contain the often violent protests and accuses the Hamas terrorist group of using the demonstrations as a front to launch attacks on Israel.Israel has long insisted that the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees, as defined by the Palestinians, is a nonstarter in peace negotiations. The UN categorizes as refugees not just those Palestinians who were displaced or expelled from their homes in 1947 and 1948, but also all of their descendants. As a consequence, accepting the “right of return” would mean millions of Palestinians being allowed to enter Israel, ending Israel’s majority Jewish status.Dismissing increasingly warm ties between Israel and Gulf states and the Trump administration’s relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem and anticipated peace proposal, Khamenei insisted the main issue was the “fundamental illegitimacy” of Israel.The “Zionist regime” will not have its problems solved if “a few spineless states in region established ties with it. It’s about nations; it won’t be solved by White House’s efforts, moving its embassy. It’s about the regime’s fundamental illegitimacy,” he said.Like all free countries, people of #Palestine–real Palestinians– should be polled to determine the political system of Palestine; that governing body will decide on future of immigrants in Palestine. There's no other solution and this leads to elimination of the Zionist regime.— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) June 15, 2018-In an address to the nation earlier on Friday, Khamenei praised Iranian citizens for showing up at massive anti-Israel rallies last week in support of the Palestinian people to mark Al-Quds, or Jerusalem Day.“This year and despite hot weather, people participated in Quds Day rallies more remarkable than previous years,” said Khamenei in a speech on Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.President Hassan Rouhani also sent a message to the nation, saying, “I believe the land of Palestine will be returned to owners of the land with the help of god.”Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency claimed that “millions of Iranians from all walks of life” took part in the protests in “nearly 900 Iranian cities” last Friday.There was no independent verification of these numbers.Chanting “Death to Israel,” demonstrators protested Israel’s control of Jerusalem, the city where Muslims believe Islam’s Prophet Muhammad began his journey to heaven. Palestinians want East Jerusalem for their future capital. Demonstrators also chanted anti-American slogans to condemn the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14.Iran has marked Al-Quds Day since the start of its 1979 Islamic Revolution. Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem, and Iran says the day is an occasion to express support for the Palestinians.The day was also the last Friday of Ramadan and comes just three days after the Palestinians’ Naksa Day on June 5, which commemorates the Arab loss in the 1967 Six Day War.Iran does not recognize Israel and supports anti-Israel terror groups such as Hamas, which rules Gaza, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Jerusalem mufti: Trump peace plan ‘aims to liquidate the Palestinian cause’-Sermon comes ahead of US envoys Kushner and Greenblatt's trip to region to hold talks on the proposal-By TOI staff and Agencies-JUN 17,18
The grand mufti of Jerusalem on Friday castigated US President Donald Trump’s as-yet unannounced peace plan in his sermon to 90,000 worshipers gathered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.Speaking at Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, the city’s highest Islamic authority, said it was an “unfair plan that aims at the liquidation of the Palestinian cause.”Trump has promised the “ultimate deal” between Israelis and Palestinians and is expected to unveil the plan soon.White House special adviser Jared Kushner and US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt will travel to the region next week and are expected to hold talks with leaders on when to present a Trump administration proposal, as well as to seek ideas on resolving the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.The tour comes amid a nadir in relations between the United States and the Palestinians, with the Palestinian Authority refusing to speak to Washington over the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the subsequent relocation of the US embassy to the city last month. Palestinians say the moves disqualify the US as Mideast peace broker.No meetings with Palestinian officials have been scheduled so far during the tour, but Channel 10 TV quoted a US official saying that if the Palestinians show willingness to meet the pair of US envoys, the American team would be open to a meeting.In a separate Channel 10 report this week, an American official pledged the Trump peace proposal wouldn’t unfairly favor Israel over the Palestinians.“Our peace plan won’t be the Bibi plan. It will be fair, balanced, realistic and fitting,” the report quoted a US official as saying, referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Regarding Gaza, the American official told the television channel earlier this week that Washington has no clear plan for resolving the humanitarian situation in the coastal enclave and was therefore seeking Israeli and regional ideas.Gaza faces shortages of electricity and drinkable water. ael and Egypt maintain a blockade on the Strip which they say is designed to prevent the Hamas terror group from importing weapons and other goods that could be used to build military equipment or cross-border tunnels.The deteriorating living conditions have been cited by security officials as a major factor fueling violent clashes on Israel’s border with the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave.Israel has said the humanitarian situation will not improve until Hamas returns the bodies of two IDF soldiers and the two civilian captives it holds. It blames Hamas for the dire reality, charging the terror group with diverting millions in aid to purchase weapons, dig tunnels, manufacture rockets and train its military wing, instead of using it for the welfare of the people.
Israeli children counter flaming kites with peace balloons-Hamas threats to send 5,000 flaming devices from Gaza toward Israel fail to materialize with residents focused on Eid al-Fitr and World Cup games-By TOI staff-JUN 17,18
As the Hamas terror group threatened to launch 5,000 flaming kites and balloons at Israel on Friday, Israeli children at the Gaza border countered with a message of peace.At Kibbutz Nir Am, which has had a number of fires sparked by burning kites flown from Gaza, children and residents launched balloons carrying candy towards the Palestinian enclave, Hadashot TV news reported.Additionally, kibbutz members on Saturday will replant groves at Nir Am burned by the kites in a message of “they burn and we plant,” the network said.Nir Am is one of a number of border communities to have its fields burned as a result of flaming kites and balloons sent over the border as part of the Hamas-led “March of Return” protests.Hamas threats to send 5,000 flaming kites and balloons into Israel largely failed to materialize with many Palestinians busy with the three-day Eid al-Fitr holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan. Eid is traditionally a time of family visits and festive meals, with children getting new clothes, haircuts and gifts.Attention may also have focused on the World Cup in Russia, with two matches featuring Arab teams taking place Friday afternoon as Egypt, without the iconic Mohammad Salah, took on Uruguay and Iran played Morocco.In light of Hamas’s call for the mass launching of incendiary devices toward Israel, Israeli military aircraft fired warning shots at a group of Palestinians in Gaza involved in the launching of burning balloons.“A short while ago, an aircraft fired warning shots at an incendiary balloon cell and at vehicles in the south of the Gaza Strip,” the military said in a statement.“The IDF views the use of incendiary balloons and kites with great severity and will operate to prevent their use,” the military said.It was the third time in 48 hours that Israel opened fire at Gazans as they attempted to start fires in Israeli territory with airborne arson devices.There were no reports of injuries in any of the Israeli strikes.The method of firing warning shots appeared to be a new tactic that the military was looking to adopt in order to counter the threat posed by these kites and balloons, which have burned thousands of acres of farmland, forests and nature reserves in the regions around the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli officials.Since March 30, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have launched hundreds of kites and helium balloons bearing flammable materials, and occasionally explosives, into Israeli territory, sparking near-daily fires.Earlier on Friday, a booby-trapped balloon was flown into Israeli territory, landing on a highway in the Sha’ar Hanegev region. Police sappers were called to the scene and destroyed the balloon and the explosive device attached to it in a controlled explosion, police said.The military has sought to counter these kites and balloons with teams of soldiers operating drones. Israeli officials have deemed the drone program a success, but it has not provided a perfect solution.The Tax Authority estimated that the damage so far amounts to upwards of NIS 5 million ($1.4 million).Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed withholding tax revenue from the Palestinian Authority to pay for the damage, though critics are skeptical of the plan as the kites and balloons are being launched from Gaza, where the PA has limited control.In two months of mass protests at the Gaza border, more than 130 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli military fire. Dozens of the fatalities were members of terror groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have acknowledged.Israel said its troops were defending the border and accused Hamas of trying to carry out terror attacks under the cover of the protests.Protesters have hurled grenades, improvised explosives and rocks at soldiers, burned tires and flown hundreds of incendiary kites and balloons into Israeli territory, sparking dozens of fires.
IDF aircraft fires warning shots at Gaza ‘incendiary balloon cell’-For third time in 48 hours, Israel opens fire on Palestinians to block the launching of the flaming devices-By TOI staff-JUN 17,18
The Israeli military on Friday said an aircraft fired warning shots at a group of Palestinians involved in the launching of incendiary balloons toward Israel from the Gaza Strip, as well as at vehicles in Gaza.“A short while ago, an aircraft fired warning shots at an incendiary balloon cell and at vehicles in the south of the Gaza Strip,” the military said in a statement.“The IDF views the use of incendiary balloons and kites with great severity and will operate to prevent their use,” the military said.It was the third time in 48 hours that Israel opened fire at Gazans as they attempted to start fires in Israeli territory with airborne arson devices.There were no reports of injuries in any of the Israeli strikes.The method of firing warning shots appeared to be a new tactic that the military was looking to adopt in order to counter the threat posed by these kites and balloons, which have burned thousands of acres of farmland, forests and nature reserves in the regions around the Gaza Strip, according to Israeli officials.Hamas on Thursday threatened to send 5,000 fire kites and balloons deep into Israeli territory on Friday during the weekly “March of Return” mass protests.The Palestinian terror group, the de facto ruler in the Strip which openly calls for the destruction of Israel, said at a press conference that the incendiary devices will be launched from various locations in Gaza during the protest, on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday.Since March 30, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have launched hundreds of kites and helium balloons bearing flammable materials, and occasionally explosives, into Israeli territory, sparking near-daily fires.Earlier on Friday, a booby-trapped balloon was flown into Israeli territory, landing on a highway in the Sha’ar Hanegev region. Police sappers were called to the scene and destroyed the balloon and the explosive device attached to it in a controlled explosion, police said.The military has sought to counter these kites and balloons with teams of soldiers operating drones. Israeli officials have deemed the drone program a success, but it has not provided a perfect solution.The Tax Authority estimated that the damage so far amounts to upwards of NIS 5 million ($1.4 million).Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed withholding tax revenue from the Palestinian Authority to pay for the damage, though critics are skeptical of the plan as the kites and balloons are being launched from Gaza, where the PA has limited control.In two months of mass protests at the Gaza border, more than 130 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli military fire. Dozens of the fatalities were members of terror groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have acknowledged.Israel said its troops were defending the border and accused Hamas of trying to carry out terror attacks under the cover of the protests.Protesters have hurled grenades, improvised explosives and rocks at soldiers, burned tires and flown hundreds of incendiary kites and balloons into Israeli territory, sparking dozens of fires.
EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)
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.
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.
22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
Crews battling U.S. wildfires face hot, dry conditions before rain comes-[Reuters]-By Keith Coffman-YAHOONEWS-June 17, 2018
DENVER (Reuters) - Firefighters battling several unrelenting wildfires in the U.S. Southwest will face windy and dry weather on Friday before possibly getting a reprieve over the weekend, when widespread showers and thunderstorms are forecast.Red flag warnings are in effect for southern Nevada, southern Utah and western Colorado, where winds gusts could reach 45 miles (72 km) an hour and humidity could reach around 10 percent on Friday, the National Weather Service said.Although the wet weather could help efforts to battle two dozen wildfires that are currently burning in the region, it could also cause flash floods, the National Weather Service added.The largest and most threatening blaze is the 416 Fire, which has scorched nearly 33,000 acres (13,000 hectares) of drought-parched grass, brush and timber at the edge of the San Juan National Forest near the southwestern Colorado town of Durango.Fire officials said on Friday that crews had contained 18 percent of that blaze.Efforts have at times been stalled or shut down entirely as people persist in sending aerial drones toward the flames, presumably in the hope of capturing spectacular pictures and videos of the inferno, according to the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.The drones endanger the safety of pilots flying tankers and helicopters to battle the fire, the BLM's Steve Hall told the Denver7 news station.Officials lifted evacuation orders for some 375 residences and 19 businesses in the area. Nearly 1,000 residences and businesses remained under evacuation orders, La Plata County officials said.The 416 Fire and a separate, smaller blaze burning nearby, the Burro Fire, prompted state parks officials to close several wildlife areas to the public. The U.S. Forest Service has closed all 1.8 million acres of the San Juan National Forest to visitors.About 60 miles west of Denver, evacuations from 1,400 homes were lifted on Thursday near the 81-acre Buffalo Fire as crews gained 45 percent containment around the blaze, fire officials said.No one has been injured and no structures have been lost in the Colorado fires, but nine homes were destroyed in a small wildfire in Utah.In southern Wyoming near the Colorado border, the Badger Creek Fire in Medicine Bow National Forest has grown to more than 11,100 acres, according to the Inciweb online U.S. fire information service.The Wyoming fire containment was listed as zero percent by fire officials. About 400 homes in Albany County have been ordered to evacuate.(Additional reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Gareth Jones and Dan Grebler)
Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii's volcano-stricken Big Island-[Reuters]-By Jolyn Rosa-YAHOONEWS-June 17, 2018
HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday approved federal emergency housing aid and other relief for victims of the six-week-old Kilauea Volcano eruption on Hawaii's Big Island, where hundreds of homes have been destroyed, state officials said.The approval came a day after Governor David Ige formally requested assistance for an estimated 2,800 residents who have lost their homes to lava flows or were forced from their dwellings under evacuation orders since Kilauea rumbled back to life on May 3.Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim has said that rivers of molten rock spewed from volcanic fissures at the foot of Kilauea have engulfed roughly 600 homes. The governor's office put the number of residences destroyed at 455.Either tally marks the greatest number of homes claimed over such a short period by Kilauea - or by any other volcano in Hawaii's modern history - far surpassing the 215 structures consumed by lava in an earlier eruption cycle that began in 1983 and continued nearly nonstop for three decades, experts say.The latest volcanic eruption also stands as the most destructive in the United States since at least the cataclysmic 1980 explosion of Mount St. Helens in Washington state that reduced hundreds of square miles to wasteland.The geographical footprint of Kilauea's current upheaval is much smaller, covering nearly 6,000 acres, or just over 9 square miles (2,400 hectares) of the Big Island in lava, an area roughly seven times Central Park in Manhattan.No specific sum of money was sought by the governor for federal disaster aid, and no dollar figure was attached to the package Trump approved under the Individuals and Households Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).The Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reported this week that eligible homeowners and renters could get up to $34,000 each.The program provides grants to displaced residents to secure temporary housing while their homes are repaired or rebuilt. Assistance can also be obtained for repair and replacement costs.In addition to housing assistance, Trump approved relief from several other FEMA programs, including crisis counseling, unemployment benefits and legal aid.Trump previously issued a major disaster declaration weeks ago authorizing money from FEMA public assistance grants for the County of Hawaii, the island's local governing authority.Residents will be able to register for assistance at a disaster recovery center that will open on Friday at the Kea‘au High School Gymnasium. The center will be jointly operated by Hawaii County, the State of Hawaii and FEMA.NO END IN SIGHT-His expansion of FEMA assistance came as the Kilauea eruption entered its 43rd day on Thursday.In addition to lava and toxic sulfur dioxide gas spewing from about two-dozen fissures on the eastern flank of the volcano, daily periodic explosions of ash from the crater at Kilauea's summit have created a nuisance and health hazard to communities downwind.Volcanic smog, or vog, carried aloft by the winds has hampered air quality for parts of the island and been detected as far away as the western Pacific island of Guam.The volcanic activity at Kilauea's summit has also triggered thousands of mostly small-scale earthquakes that have added to the jitters of residents living nearby and damaged facilities at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the island's biggest attraction. Most of the park remains closed.A report from the governor accompanying his request for federal aid documented the larger toll taken on residents of the island's volcano-stricken Puna district, including disruption of power, communications and drinking water infrastructure.It cited an uptick in reports of residents "experiencing acute mental health effects of fear, anxiety and stress" as the crisis drags on with no end in sight.With about one-fifth of Puna's population displaced by the eruption, the disaster has created a "housing crisis in a rental market that was already severely constrained," the report said.In other economic impacts, the report cited losses of nearly $37 million in vacation rentals and $14 million from agriculture, including half of the state's entire cut-flower industry and 80 percent of its papaya crop.(Additonal reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles)
Report rebukes Comey, but says no bias in Clinton email case-[Reuters]-By Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball-YAHOONEWS-June 16, 2018
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former FBI Director James Comey made a "serious error of judgment" when he announced shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election that he was reopening an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail server, the Justice Department's internal watchdog said on Thursday.But Inspector General Michael Horowitz also concluded in a long-awaited, 500-page report that Comey did not exhibit political bias or try to influence the election; nor did he contest the decision not to charge Clinton with a crime.A long-serving law enforcement official, Comey became a controversial figure in the 2016 election, drawing accusations from both Republicans and Democrats that his handling of the probe into Clinton's emails influenced the campaign.Comey later headed a separate investigation into alleged ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. Trump fired him as head of the FBI in May 2017, prompting the appointment of a special counsel now pursuing the Russia probe.Both sides of the partisan divide found something to trumpet in the report. Democrats said it confirmed political bias did not influence the Clinton investigation, while Republicans seized on a newly disclosed text by an FBI agent in mid-2016 expressing his apparent intention to "stop" the Trump campaign.And while embarrassing for the FBI, the report appeared to lack the kind of bombshell revelation that would significantly boost an effort by Trump and his allies to paint the FBI as corrupt and discredit the Russia investigation.FBI Director Christopher Wray told reporters at a briefing that he accepted the inspector general’s report, but stressed it did not find that political bias had impacted its investigations."The report does identify errors of judgment, violations of, or even disregard for policy and decisions that at the very least, with the benefit of hindsight, were not the best choices," Wray said. "We need to hold ourselves accountable."The inspector general's inquiry focused on public statements made by Comey about Democrat Clinton's use of a private email server, instead of a State Department server, while she was secretary of state.In October 2016, less than two weeks before Election Day, Comey sent members of Congress a letter disclosing that a probe into Clinton's emails was being reopened after new emails were discovered, a disclosure Clinton contends contributed to her surprise defeat by Trump. Two days before the Nov. 8 election, Comey said the FBI found no additional evidence in the new emails.John Podesta, who ran the Clinton campaign, told Reuters "the report demonstrates beyond doubt" that Comey was unfair to Clinton by announcing developments concerning the email probe in the heat of the campaign while not revealing the existence of the Russia probe, launched in late July 2016.Comey defended his actions in an op-ed published in the New York Times after the report was released."In 2016, my team faced an extraordinary situation — something I thought of as a 500-year flood — offering no good choices and presenting some of the hardest decisions I ever had to make," Comey wrote.-VIOLATING POLICIES-The report sharply criticized Comey for violating Justice Department policies and accused him of usurping the authority of then Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he held a news conference in July 2016 and announced there was insufficient evidence to charge Clinton with a federal crime over her use of a private server.Comey said Lynch forced his hand when she did not recuse herself from the Clinton probe, even after a June 2016 meeting with former President Bill Clinton aboard her plane raised concerns she was conflicted.Thursday’s report found that while Lynch did not discuss the email investigation with Bill Clinton, she failed "to recognize the appearance problem" created by the meeting and did not try to cut the meeting short.Lynch in a statement called the report "thorough and in depth" and said it "upholds my fidelity to the rule of law" and "affirms that my actions had no political motivation or bias."Trump and his allies have accused a clique of FBI and Justice Department officials of working against Trump.The Horowitz report was highly critical of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two FBI staff members who exchanged highly charged political messages, finding their texts cast a cloud over the FBI and created the appearance of bias.In one newly released email from August 2016, Page wrote to Strzok asking “(Trump’s) not ever going to become president, right? Right!”Strzok replied: “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.”The report criticized the FBI for a one-month delay between the time new Clinton emails were found on Sept. 26, 2016 and when the FBI finally got a search warrant to review them to search for new evidence in late October as the election loomed.Strzok was among a number of FBI employees who failed to act promptly, the report said."The FBI’s inaction had potentially far-reaching consequences,” the report says, noting there were no persuasive arguments to explain the delay.The report added that the inspector general’s office was very concerned about a decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Clinton probe in light of the new emails.Strzok's lawyer Aitan Goelman said the report, while flawed in some conclusions, found no evidence that his political views had an impact on the Clinton probe.Page left the FBI in early May 2018.Wray said Thursday that some of the conduct highlighted in the report has been referred to the FBI's disciplinary arm for possible action, but declined to say how many employees could face repercussions.(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball; Writing by Warren Strobel and Nathan Layne; Editing by John Walcott, Alistair Bell and Chris Reese)
Disgraced comedian Cosby changes lawyer ahead of sentencing-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-June 16, 2018
New York (AFP) - Disgraced US comedian Bill Cosby, who was convicted of sexual assault in April, has changed his lawyer ahead of his sentencing, a spokesman said Thursday."Mr. Cosby has replaced his legal team with Attorney Joseph P. Green Jr (Philadelphia)," a spokesman for Cosby said, without offering further details.Green will replace Tom Mesereau, who has represented numerous celebrities and was Cosby's lawyer for his second trial which resulted in his conviction on three counts of sexual assault on April 26.His first lawyer, Brian McMonagle, represented the 80-year-old during his first trial in 2017 which resulted in a deadlocked jury.Green's first task will be to seek a lenient sentence during the hearing fixed for September 24. He may also be called upon to appeal the conviction, as was announced by Mesereau previously.Cosby's conviction ended the career of a once towering figure in late 20th century American popular culture, the first black actor to grace primetime US television, hitting the big time after growing up as the son of a maid.He became the first powerful man to be convicted of a crime in the #MeToo era sparked by the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.His convictions were all linked to one victim, Andrea Constand in 2014, but he stands accused by dozens more of assault over the years, many outside the statutes of limitation.
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)
Trump announces US tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports-Beijing says that it will retaliate with $50 billion in tariffs in response, rattling financial markets and escalating a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies-By Ken Thomas and PAUL WISEMAN-TOI-JUN 17,18
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion worth of Chinese imports on Friday, instantly escalating a trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.China has said that it will retaliate with $50 billion in tariffs in response, rattling financial markets.Trump has vowed to fulfill his campaign pledge to crack down on what he contends are China’s unfair trade practices and efforts to undermine US technology and intellectual property. During an impromptu appearance on the White House North Law, the president hailed his “very big tariffs” on China.“You know we have the great brain power in Silicon Valley, and China and others steal those secrets. And we’re going to protect those secrets. Those are crown jewels for this country,” Trump said.“‘There is no trade war. They’ve taken so much,” Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends.”The tariffs will cover 1,102 Chinese product lines worth about $50 billion a year. Those include 818 products, worth $34 billion a year, remaining from a list of 1,333 the administration released in April. The government will start to collect the tariffs July 6.The administration also is targeting another 284 Chinese products, which the administration says benefit from China’s aggressive industrial policies, worth $16 billion a year but won’t impose those tariffs until it collects public comment.“It’s thorough. It’s moderate. It’s appropriate,” US Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer said Friday on the Fox Business Network. He added: “Our hope is that it doesn’t lead to a rash reaction from China.”Trump has already slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and European allies, and his proposed tariffs against China risk starting a trade war involving the world’s two biggest economies.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday that China’s response would be immediate and that Beijing would “take necessary measures to defend our legitimate rights and interests.”Geng gave no details. Beijing earlier drew up a list of $50 billion in US products that would face retaliatory tariffs, including beef and soybeans, a shot at Trump’s supporters in rural America.Trump’s decision on the Chinese tariffs comes in the aftermath of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The president has coordinated closely with China on efforts to get Pyongyang to eliminate its nuclear arsenal. But he signaled that whatever the implications, “I have to do what I have to do” to address the trade imbalance.Wall Street has viewed the escalating trade tensions with wariness, fearful that they could strangle the economic growth achieved during Trump’s watch and undermine the benefits of the tax cuts he signed into law last year.The administration is also working on proposed Chinese investment restrictions by June 30.“Imposing tariffs places the cost of China’s unfair trade practices squarely on the shoulders of American consumers, manufacturers, farmers, and ranchers,” said Thomas Donohue, president of the US Chamber of Commerce. “This is not the right approach.”
Australian students slammed for Nazi, KKK uniform costume party-Anti-Defamation Commission says the 'foolish students' from Charles Sturt University 'crossed every line of decency'-By TOI staff-JUN 17,18
A group of students from Australia’s Charles Sturt University have come under fire after photos came to light of them in Nazi uniforms, concentration camp prisoner clothing and Ku Klux Klan robes.The students were attending a “politically incorrect” themed costume party on Thursday to celebrate the end of their exams.The Facebook event told revelers to “grab a kit that would legally get you in shit and hook right in,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Some students were reportedly also in blackface.In one photo posted to social media network Instagram, three students wearing the recognizable garb of concentration camp prisoners, complete with “Jude” Star of David patches, pose while another student in a Nazi uniform stands behind them. The Morning Herald reported the photo was captioned: “Jesus Christ, I Jews you as my lord and saviour #csulater #hazingisfun”Dvir Abramovich, chairman of Australia’s Anti-Defamation Commission, called the costumes “enormously disturbing” and said the “foolish students crossed every line of decency.”“Such vulgar, insensitive and shocking behavior not only mocked the suffering of the victims of racism and genocide, but trivialized the human horrors perpetrated by the Nazis,” he said in a statement.We are aware of an incident that occurred last night that may have involved Charles Sturt University students. The incident does not reflect our University values and we strongly condemn these actions.CSU is currently investigating these incidents and social media posts.— Charles Sturt Uni (@CharlesSturtUni) June 15, 2018-Vice-chancellor of the university Andrew Vann told Fairfax Media that the educational institution would be “taking the strongest possible action” and pursuing the issue.“We’re really disappointed that this kind of behavior is associated with us,” Vann said. “It’s not appropriate, it doesn’t match the university’s values.”The hotel where the event took place said in a statement on Facebook that was later deleted, that it was unaware at the time that the students were wearing offensive costumes to the event, adding they have “zero tolerance and do not condone this sort of behavior,” the Morning Herald reported.