Wednesday, April 22, 2020
SALVATION-GODS FREE GIFT TO YOU-IF YOU ASK HIM INTO YOUR HEART
THANK YOU LORD JESUS. THAT YOU LOVED ME, AND GAVE YOURSELF FOR ME. WHAT LOVE, AND TODAY I RESPOND, I WANT YOU AS MY OWN PERSONAL SAVIOR. AND YOUR PRECIOUS BLOOD PUT INTO A SPECIAL BODY BY YOUR FATHER, WAS SHED FOR ME, TO CLEANSE ME, TO WASH ME, TO SAVE ME. I ACCEPT IT NOW, COME INTO MY HEART PRECIOUS SAVIOR. I PRAY THIS IN YOUR HOLY NAME KING JESUS. AMEN AND AMEN.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
THE DOW WAS UP 118 POINTS TUESDAY-YESTERDAY.
HOARDING OF GOLD AND SILVER
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.(IN 1 HR THE STOCK MARKETS WORLDWIDE WILL CRASH)
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed:(CONFISCATED) their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
16 And he(THE FALSE POPE WHO DEFECTED FROM THE CHRISTIAN FAITH) causeth all,(IN THE WORLD ) both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(MICROCHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark,(MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the name of the beast,(WORLD DICTATORS NAME INGRAVED ON YOUR SKIN OR TATTOOED ON YOU OR IN THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT) or the number of his name.(THE NUMBERS OF HIS NAME INGRAVED IN THE MICROCHIP IMLPLANT)-(ALL THESE WILL TELL THE WORLD DICTATOR THAT YOUR WITH HIM AND AGAINST KING JESUS-GOD)
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:(WORLD LEADER) for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM (6006006)OR(60020202006)(SOME KIND OF NUMBER IMPLANTED IN THE MICROCHIP THAT TELLS THE WORLD DICTATOR AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER THAT YOU GIVE YOUR TOTAL ALLIGIENCE TO HIM AND NOT JESUS)(ITS AN ETERNAL DECISION YOU MAKE)(YOU CHOOSE YOUR OWN DESTINY)(YOU TAKE THE DICTATORS NAME OR NUMBER UNDER YOUR SKIN,YOUR DOOMED TO THE LAKE OF FIRE AND TORMENTS FOREVER,NEVER ENDING MEANT ONLY FOR SATAN AND HIS ANGELS,NOT HUMAN BEINGS).OR YOU REFUSE THE MICROCHIP IMPLANT AND GO ON THE SIDE OF KING JESUS AND RULE FOREVER WITH HIM ON EARTH.YOU CHOOSE,ITS YOUR DECISION.
1 KINGS 10:13-14
13 And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.
14 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon in one year was six hundred threescore and six talents of gold,
16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.
17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
BANK RELATED INFORMATION
DOW MARKET WEDNESDAY-FEBRUARY 22,2017
HIGH +25 LOW -50
TSX -00.00 15,922.57 - GOLD $-00.00 $1,236.27 - OIL $-0.00 $53.67
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.(POSSIBLE QUAKE BRINGS ISRAEL BACK TO LIFE-SO NOISE AND SHAKING-QUAKES WILL ALSO DESTROY ISRAELS ENEMIES)
11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:(ETHNIC GROUP AGAINST ETHNIC GROUP) and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places,(DIFFERNT PLACES AT THE SAME TIME) and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
1 Day, Magnitude 2.5+ U.S.29 of 29 earthquakes in map area.
2.5-154km NW of Talkeetna, Alaska-2017-02-22 15:43:45 (UTC)-20.6 km
3.3-52km NNW of San Antonio, Puerto Rico-2017-02-22 15:43:17 (UTC)-53.0 km
3.4-36km WNW of Valdez, Alaska-2017-02-22 15:14:21 (UTC)-11.6 km
2.7-54km NE of Sutton-Alpine, Alaska-2017-02-22 14:39:21 (UTC)-26.4 km
2.6-74km NNE of Cape Yakataga, Alaska-2017-02-22 14:19:17 (UTC)-0.0 km
4.4-Palau region-2017-02-22 13:04:27 (UTC)-10.0 km
2.5-13km ESE of Esperanza, Puerto Rico-2017-02-22 11:55:24 (UTC)-12.0 km
3.1-98km NNE of Luquillo, Puerto Rico-2017-02-22 10:59:28 (UTC)-37.0 km
4.3-48km ESE of Gumdag, Turkmenistan-2017-02-22 10:54:07 (UTC)-10.0 km
2.9-112km W of Cantwell, Alaska-2017-02-22 10:23:18 (UTC)-0.6 km
4.8-24km SE of Ndoi Island, Fiji-2017-02-22 09:47:39 (UTC)-572.5 km
2.9-64km SSW of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska-2017-02-22 09:12:01 (UTC)-113.9 km
4.7-39km NE of Hihifo, Tonga-2017-02-22 09:02:04 (UTC)-10.0 km
3.0-9km SE of Medford, Oklahoma-2017-02-22 08:57:35 (UTC)-2.1 km
5.3-Scotia Sea-2017-02-22 08:25:36 (UTC)-68.1 km
2.6-5km NE of San German, Puerto Rico-2017-02-22 07:39:46 (UTC)-31.0 km
2.9-18km SW of Big Lake, Alaska-2017-02-22 07:29:10 (UTC)-44.0 km
5.1-231km SE of Pondaguitan, Philippines-2017-02-22 05:31:44 (UTC)-66.1 km
2.9-10km W of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico-2017-02-22 03:43:53 (UTC)-90.0 km
3.3-37km NE of Soledad, California-2017-02-21 22:46:23 (UTC)-1.0 km
STOCK MARKET AND EARTHQUAKE NEWS
DAY AFTER NEW SPATE OF BOMB THREATENS, AND GRAVESTONES TOPPLED IN ST LOUIS CEMETERY.AND ALSO HEZBOLLAH CRY BABY SORE LOSER ARAB MURDERERS WARN ISRAEL IN NEXT WAR AGAINST THEM-NO RED LINES ANYTHING GOES TO GET RID OF INFEDEL JEWS THEY CLAIM.DO I HAVE NEWS FOR THESE DEMONIC ARABS FROM HELL.
LIBERALS SUCK HOLE TO MUSLIMS KEEP ISLAMOPHOBIA IN M-103
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
Hezbollah warns ‘no red lines’ in next war with Israel-Terror group chief Hassan Nasrallah advises Jewish state to ‘count to a million’ before starting conflict with Lebanon-By Stuart Winer and Times of Israel staff February 21, 2017, 10:00 am
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday doubled down on his recent saber-rattling against Israel and warned that his terror group would not hold back from attacking sensitive Israeli targets if the Jewish state goes to war with Lebanon.During a television interview with Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, the terror chief repeated a previous threat to fire rockets at Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona and at a huge ammonia storage tank in Haifa.Hezbollah will not keep to any “red lines” in a future war with Israel, Nasrallah cautioned.“In the face of Israel’s threats to destroy Lebanon’s infrastructure, we will not abide by red lines, especially regarding Haifa’s ammonia and the nuclear reactor in Dimona. Hezbollah possesses the full courage for this,” he said, according to an English translation of his comments reported by the Naharnet website.He also warned Israel to “count to a million” before going to war in Lebanon.“We are not advocates of war. We are in the defense position,” Nasrallah said.Israel and Hezbollah fought a punishing war in 2006, but have maintained a tense calm watched over by UN peacekeepers on the border since then, punctuated by several deadly cross-border incidents.Israeli officials have raised alarms in recent years that Hezbollah may be bolstering its positions in southern Lebanon and in the Syrian Golan Heights, and a court recently ordered an ammonia tank in the city of Haifa to be shut amid fears a missile strike on the facility could cause mass casualties.Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who draws support from Hezbollah, recently called for the terror group to remain armed to “resist Israel,” despite a UN resolution forbidding militias in Lebanon.In other statements reported by IRNA-affiliated Press TV Monday night, Nasrallah offered reassurance to the Palestinians that they have not been forgotten. On Tuesday, a two-day international conference on the Palestinians was set to kick off in Iran with the participation of some 80 delegations.“The most important result and message of this action for the Palestinian nation is that you have not been left alone and that an important and powerful country in the region supports you,” Nasrallah said.The Hezbollah leader commented on US President Donald Trump’s statements last week during a press conference in Washington with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he said that Washington would no longer pursue only a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and would look at any plan the sides agreed on.Nasrallah said that Trump’s apparent bucking of decades of previous US policy supporting the two-state scheme was a positive development in that it showed Israel’s true intentions regarding the Palestinians.Last Thursday Nasrallah boasted that his rockets could reach Israel’s nuclear reactor in the southern city of Dimona, and said he would turn Israel’s reported nuclear arsenal against it.Nasrallah, who had previously threatened to target an ammonia tank in Haifa, claimed credit for an Israeli court decision to shut down that facility last week and said he would do the same with the nuclear reactor.An assessment commissioned by the Haifa facility found that a strike on the tank, which holds some 12,000 tons of ammonia, could cause tens of thousands of injuries or deaths in the area.In response to Nasrallah’s warnings, Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz threatened in a statement to target “all of Lebanon,” including infrastructures there, in retaliation for any attack on Israeli population centers or infrastructures. He also called for “debilitating sanctions” on Iran over its support for its “proxy and stooge” Nasrallah.On Sunday, an Arabic newspaper reported that Nasrallah’s threats last week came after Israel passed a message to Hezbollah warning it of a forceful response to any attack from Lebanon or Syria, where Hezbollah has been helping prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime by fighting against rebel groups seeking to oust him.The message was passed along to the Lebanon terror group via an unnamed Arab emissary, according to a report in the Arabic-language London-based Al-Hayat newspaper. It was not clear exactly when Israel sent the message or what prompted it.International agencies believe Israel has over 100 nuclear weapons. Israel has neither confirmed or denied the existence of its nuclear arsenal, maintaining a policy of “nuclear ambiguity.”
The Palestinian intifada continues to gallop forward... until the complete liberation of Palestine'-Iran’s supreme leader backs ‘holy intifada’ to destroy ‘cancer’ Israel-At conference backing violent uprising, Khamenei says no people in history ever suffered as badly as Palestinians-By Raphael Ahren February 21, 2017, 1:07 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Calling Israel a “cancerous tumor,” Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday expressed support for a “holy intifada” to eradicate the Jewish state, arguing that the international community is headed toward confrontation with the “Zionist regime.”In the opening address of the regime’s sixth international conference in support of the Palestinian violent uprising against Israel, Ayatollah Khamenei hailed the “resistance” against the “cruel occupation,” which he described as the worst case of oppression against one particular people recorded in history. He also accused Israel’s founders of being responsible for the current upheaval in the wider Middle East.“The people of Palestine have no option other than keeping the flames of fighting alight by relying on Allah the Exalted and by relying on their innate capabilities, as they have genuinely done so until today,” said Khamenei, according to a translation of his speech posted on his website.A wave of terrorism some called a third intifada, which began last year and manifested itself mainly in stabbings and vehicular attacks against Israelis troops and civilians, is “moving forward in a bright and hopeful manner,” the ayatollah declared. “And by Allah’s permission, we will see that this intifada will begin a very important chapter in the history of fighting and that it will inflict another defeat on that usurping regime.”“From the beginning, this cancerous tumor has been developing in several phases until it turned into the current disaster,” he went on. “The cure for this tumor should be developed in phases as well.”While the “resistance” so far failed to achieved its ultimate objective — “the complete freedom of Palestine” — it has made important inroads, he said. “The Palestinian intifada continues to gallop forward in a thunderous manner so that it can achieve its other goals until the complete liberation of Palestine.”Addressing some 700 delegates in a Tehran conference center, the supreme leader denounced what he called “compromise strategies” — referring to the Palestinian Authority’s endorsement of a two-state solution based on the 1967 lines — and called instead for “all-out resistance.”Protecting Palestinian identity “is a necessity and a holy jihad,” he said in the presence of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani. “The paradigm of heroic and continuous resistance and holy intifada stands against the compromise paradigm.”“The problem with ‘compromise’ is not only that it legitimizes a usurping regime by violating the rights of a nation,” he said. “Rather the problem is that it is completely at odds with the current condition of Palestine and that it does not take into account the expansionist, oppressive and greedy characteristics of the Zionists.”The supreme leader declared the Palestinian plight as “the most important issue in the world of Islam and as the pivot of unity for all Muslims and all liberated individuals in the world.”No other people has ever suffered as much as the Palestinians, he said. “An intelligent quest in history shows that no people in any era of history have ever been subject to such pain, suffering and cruelty. … It has never been witnessed that a real entity is ignored and that a fake entity takes its place.”No people in any era of history have ever been subject to such cruelty. #Together4Palestine pic.twitter.com/70EUMGn5IS— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) February 21, 2017-The “Zionist regime” was created to harm the stability and progress of the Middle East by imposing a long-term conflict, Khamenei posited. These same forces are now responsible for the “seditions that exist in the present time as well,” he said.Hinting at the clandestine yet solid cooperation between Israel and some Sunni Arab states, the Iranian leader called on all Islamic and Arab countries to support the Palestinian cause. “Supporting the resistance is the responsibility of all of us,” he said.The Muslim world and the rest of the international community have different viewpoints but should rally around the liberation of Palestine, Khamenei said.“With the emergence of signs of the collapse in the Zionist regime and the weakness that has dominated its main allies — in particular the United States of America — it is witnessed that the global environment is gradually moving towars confronting the hostile, illegal and inhuman activities of the Zionist regime,” he declared.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening, during a visit in Singapore, highlighted his recent trips to two Muslim countries — Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan — citing their religious tolerance and friendship to Israel as a model to be emulated by other states.“I think there’s an opportunity to do this today because I sense a great change in the Arab world in many Arab countries, and I hope … to be able to use that newfound attitude towards Israel to help to solve the Palestinian Israeli conflict as well,” he said.The two-day conference is attended by delegates from 80 countries, including some allied with Israel, such as Kazakhstan and Uganda. The Jewish anti-Zionist group Neturei Karta also sent a senior representative to Tehran for the event.A year and half after six world powers signed a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, the regime has in recent weeks stepped up its provocative activities, including launching ballistic missile tests in violation of UN Security resolutions and threatening an attack on Tel Aviv.Netanyahu discussed the nuclear deal and Tehran’s increasingly belligerent rhetoric with US President Donald Trump last week in Washington. The new US administration has indicated that it would take a more aggressive position on Iranian provocations than its predecessor, having already imposed additional sanctions on the regime mere days after coming into office.
Egypt, Jordan say two-state solution is non-negotiable-President Sissi, King Abdullah meet in Cairo to discuss regional developments in the age of Trump, warn Palestinian statehood ‘cannot be conceded’-By AFP and Times of Israel staff February 21, 2017, 7:14 pm
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and King Abdullah II of Jordan agreed Tuesday there could be no concessions on establishing a Palestinian state, the presidency said after talks in Cairo.The meeting between the leaders of the two Arab countries that have signed peace treaties with Israel came after US President Donald Trump’s administration suggested it would not insist on a Palestinian state for a Middle East peace agreement.“The two sides discussed ways to push the stagnant Middle East peace process, especially in light of US President Donald Trump’s administration coming to power,” a presidential statement said.A two-state solution “with a Palestinian state… with East Jerusalem as its capital is a nationalist principle that cannot be conceded.”The statement was an apparent response to last week’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Trump, where the president appeared to withdraw America’s longstanding commitment to the two-state solution.“I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like,” he said, showing receptiveness to Netanyahu’s call for a regional initiative that relied on Israel’s improving relationships with Arab countries.While Netanyahu did not explicitly renounce his own commitment to a two-state solution, arguing that his position “hasn’t changed” since his seminal 2009 speech on the matter, he also avoided explicitly mentioning Palestinian statehood during their joint press conference.The US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley later said Washington “absolutely” supports a two-state solution, but was thinking of new ways to push for a peace deal. She added that it would be an “error” to say the US was abandoning its decades-old policy of backing a Palestinian state.The Trump-Netanyahu press conference caused an uproar in the international community. The UN, EU, Arab League and various nations all emphatically restated their support for two states.On Monday, Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi said Netanyahu was still committed to the two-state solution, as outlined in a 2009 Bar Ilan University speech, in which he publicly declared his support for that framework as the way to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“It did not change since then. It’s still [the] valid policy of the prime minister of Israel and therefore the government of Israel,” Hanegbi told visiting Jewish American leaders from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in the Knesset, referring to Netanyahu’s address. “The principles of the Bar Ilan speech became more relevant today than at the time they were given. The Middle East is not the Middle East of 2009.”Hanegbi interpreted Trump’s comment saying he will back one state or two states, whatever the parties seek, as no indication that the president is withdrawing US support for the two-state formula. Rather, Trump was emphasizing that he is unlike his predecessor, former US president Barack Obama, and was saying “‘Hey guys, I’m not going to impose anything on you,'” Hanegbi argued. He pointed to Haley’s subsequent reaffirmation of US support for the two-state solution to underline the point.On Sunday, Haaretz reported that Netanyahu had rejected a peace proposal, the result of months of negotiations led by then-US secretary of state John Kerry, that culminated in a secret meeting on February 21, 2016, between Netanyahu, Kerry, el-Sissi and King Abdullah in Aqaba.Marissa Newman contributed to this report.
In Lebanon, Le Pen refuses to wear headscarf to meet top cleric-Far-right presidential candidate stirs controversy during Middle East visit; ‘No one presents me with a fait accompli,’ she says-By Guillaume DAUDIN February 21, 2017, 7:37 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen capped her visit to Lebanon with controversy on Tuesday when she refused to wear a headscarf to meet the country’s top Sunni Muslim cleric.On her last day in the Mediterranean country, Le Pen arrived at Sheikh Abdellatif Deryan’s office in Beirut and was offered a white shawl to cover her blonde hair.The National Front candidate promptly refused and made a brief statement to journalists before leaving.“The highest Sunni authority in the world had not had this requirement, so I have no reason to,” Le Pen said, referring to her 2015 visit to Al-Azhar, the prestigious Egyptian institution of Sunni Islamic learning.She said she had told Deryan’s office on Monday that she would not don a headscarf: “They did not cancel the meeting, so I thought they would accept that I will not wear the scarf.”“They wanted to impose this on me, to present me with a fait accompli. Well, no one presents me with a fait accompli,” the candidate said.Deryan heads Dar al-Fatwa, the highest Sunni authority in Lebanon.In a statement on Tuesday, the body said “its press office had informed the presidential candidate, through one of her assistants, of the need to cover her head when she meets his eminence, according to the protocol assumed by Dar al-Fatwa.”“Dar al-Fatwa officials were surprised by her refusal to conform to this well-known rule,” it said.-‘Fascists flock together’-Fewer than a dozen protesters gathered near Lebanon’s Zaytuna Bay on Tuesday afternoon to protest against Le Pen’s visit.“From Beirut to Damascus to Paris to Washington, fascists flock together,” one placard read.One banner read “Fascists out!,” and demonstrators carried pictures of Le Pen and US President Donald Trump.At a news conference to cap her trip, Le Pen insisted she “has never confused the religion of Islam with fundamentalist Islam.”“I oppose Islam as a political project. I am fighting a war against fundamentalist Islamists,” she told gathered reporters.Shunned by European leaders over her party’s stance on immigration and its anti-EU message, Le Pen aimed to boost her international credibility with her first visit to a foreign head of state, President Michel Aoun.The FN leader, whose party takes an anti-immigrant stance, also met Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.Islamic dress is a hot-button issue in France, where the full-face veil is banned in public places.Le Pen’s deputy Florian Philippot swiftly lauded her controversial move.“A magnificent message of liberty and emancipation sent to the women of France and of the world,” Philippot wrote on Twitter.France had mandate power over both Lebanon and Syria during the first half of the 20th century.-‘Lesser evil’-Le Pen has met few top foreign officials since taking control of the FN in 2011. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to meet with her.After leaving Deryan’s office, Le Pen headed to Bkerkeh, north of Beirut, to meet Maronite Catholic Patriarch Beshara Rai.There, she saluted Lebanon’s “moderate” culture, “created by Christians and Muslims.”The candidate also met Samir Geagea, who heads the Lebanese Forces party and is a fierce opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Geagea, in a statement released by his party, said he had “clarified” to Le Pen that Assad remains “one of the biggest terrorists in Syria and in this region.”In an interview with Lebanon’s L’Orient-Le Jour, Le Pen had called Assad “the lesser evil” compared with the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria.But she insisted at her news conference Tuesday that she had never met Assad and does not support him.“What I am saying is that in the interest of France, which is my sole perspective, and in the current state of the situation in Syria, there is no alternative to the regime,” Le Pen said.She has criticized the EU’s calls for Assad to stand down after nearly six years of war that have left more than 310,000 people dead.“Marine Le Pen’s statements in Lebanon are an insult to the Lebanese people and the Syrian people,” wrote Lebanese Druze chief Walid Jumblatt on Twitter.
Latest: Reactions to sentence pouring in-US to increase number of immigrants targeted for deportation-Erdan implies Umm al-Hiran ramming wasn’t a terror attack; Trump issues long-awaited condemnation of anti-Semitism-By Elie Leshem, Ilan Ben Zion and Judah Ari Gross February 21, 2017, 11:44 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
19:38-UK university cancels ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ event over anti-Semitism-Citing the British government’s adoption of a definition of anti-Semitism that includes exaggerated criticism of Israel, a university in Britain calls off an event marking “Israel Apartheid Week.”According to a report on the Jewish Chronicle news site, the University of Central Lancaster event was meant to feature Ben White, a prominent anti-Israel activist, and pro-Palestinian academics.A university spokesman quoted in the report says the session, titled “Debunking Misconceptions on Palestine,” was canceled because it contravened the government’s new definition of anti-Semitism and was thus “unlawful.”“The UK government has formally adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s new definition of what constitutes anti-Semitism,” the spokesperson is quoted as saying. “We believe the proposed talk contravenes the new definition and furthermore breaches university protocols for such events, where we require assurances of a balanced view or a panel of speakers representing all interests.”The British government in December adopted the relatively broad definition of anti-Semitism first put forward in May at a conference of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which is based in Berlin.According to that definition, anti-Semitism includes “denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.”It also says anti-Semitism includes “using the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing-Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis” and “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.”-18:46-US to increase number of immigrants targeted for deportation-WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is greatly expanding the number of people living in the US illegally who are considered a deportation priority.The new guidelines under US President Donald Trump call for the deportation of any individuals in the country illegally if they are convicted, charged or suspected of a crime, which could include traffic infractions.Department memos released today eliminate guidelines under the Obama administration that focused enforcement on immigrants in the United States illegally who have been convicted of serious crimes or are a threat to national security. The Obama administration also focused its enforcement resources on people who had just crossed the border.The new guidelines also call for sending some immigrants caught crossing the Mexican border illegally back to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.— AP--18:33-Jordan, Egypt insist on 2-state solution for Israel, Palestinians-CAIRO — Jordan and Egypt are reasserting support for a Palestinian state, days after US President Donald Trump said that peace does not necessarily depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In a statement during a meeting in Cairo with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, King Abdullah II says that the two sides agreed that any proposals not based on a two-state solution would have serious implications for the region.They say the peace process must be relaunched with the two-state solution as the “only solution for ending the conflict.”Trump said last week he could accept a two-state solution or a single-state arrangement if it is agreed upon by all sides. Administration officials later said the US absolutely supports a two-state solution.— AP-18:20-Simon Wiesenthal Center urges US task force on anti-Semitism-The Simon Wiesenthal Center calls on the US attorney general to establish a task force to deal with a recent torrent of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the US, and urged President Donald Trump, who just condemned the threats for the first time, to lay out a plan to combat “surging anti-Semitism.”“The multipronged threats of anti-Semitism today demand concerted action. We look to President Trump to take a leadership role in addressing the problem of anti-Semitism and hate in America head-on in a speech at a time and place of his choosing,” rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center say in a statement.“American Jewry is being targeted by extremists from multiple sources: On our nation’s campuses, where incessant anti-Israel campaigns have created a climate of intimidation; in New York, home to the world’s largest Jewish community, which reports a spike in anti-Semitic incidents, and just this week, 100 headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Missouri were overturned,” they say.“Further, social media is being deployed 24/7 by extremists to target and demonize individual Jews, entire communities, our faith and values. We need lead leadership from the top to effectively combat the hate.”-17:46-Erdan implies Umm al-Hiran ramming wasn’t an attack-Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan appears to walk back entirely his claim that an incident in a Bedouin village during which a police officer and a local resident were killed was a terror attack.“We had a rough and regrettable incident a few weeks ago at Umm al-Hiran,” he says at a police event in Beersheba, according to Haaretz. “We must not let anyone try to take a local event, during which, sadly, both a police officer and a citizen were killed, and project from it on the relations between the Bedouin population and the Israel Police.”The incident he is describing took place early on the morning of January 18, when police arrived to evacuate Umm al-Hiran’s Bedouin residents in order to make way for a new town.As officers converged on the village, Yaqoub Mousa Abu Al-Qia’an, 47, a teacher and father of 12, packed a few belongings into his SUV and drove from his house, telling friends that he did not wish to witness its destruction. Soon afterward, the vehicle rammed into a group of officers, killing 1st Sgt. Erez Levi, 34, a father of two from Yavneh. Abu Al-Qia’an was fatally shot by police.Police initially asserted that Abu Al-Qia’an was a terrorist, and even accused him of being inspired by the Islamic State group. They said he was shot after accelerating the vehicle in the direction of the officers.But video footage that emerged in the hours after the incident showed the officers fired before Abu Al-Qia’an accelerated, and that, contrary to police assertions, the car’s lights were on.Still, Erdan maintained for weeks that Abu Al-Qia’an was a terrorist.Today he sounds far less assured.“We need to draw conclusions once we find out exactly what happened there and the [Justice Ministry’s] Police Internal Investigations Department completes its investigation,” he says, according to Haaretz.“From there we’ll continue to strengthen this relationship” between police and the Bedouins, “to bolster the police and law enforcement services against criminals who harm, more than anyone else, the dear Bedouin community with whom we wish to continue to live in peaceful coexistence in the Negev.”-17:14-Trump says JCC bomb threats a ‘sad reminder’ of evil-During a press conference at the museum, Trump expands on his earlier condemnation of anti-Semitism, speaking directly about a recent wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the US.“The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community centers are horrible and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil,” he says.-16:16-Capital with Hebrew carving lends weight to Galilee village’s Jewish past-A pair of 1,800-year-old Hebrew inscriptions carved into a capital found last week in Pekiin may lend support to a tradition linking the Galilean village to an ancient center of Jewish scholarship.The inscriptions were found etched into a limestone block buried beneath a courtyard of a building adjacent to the village’s 19th century synagogue during restoration work, the Israel Antiquities Authority announces.The antiquities authority is tight-lipped about the find and refuses to disclose the text of the inscriptions, saying they are still being studied and won’t be published until they appear in a scholarly journal.The IAA won’t say how archaeologists who inspected the inscriptions determined they were 1,800 years old. The IAA does disclose that the inscriptions appeared to be dedications by donors to the synagogue, lending support to the tradition of a Jewish presence during the Roman period.The village Pekiin, in the northern Galilee, is believed to have been the site of a Jewish community since the Roman era, and Jewish tradition associates the modern village with a town mentioned in Josephus’s “Jewish War” and the Talmud as Beka. According to the Talmud, the town was a center of Jewish scholarship during the Roman period and Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai hid in a cave there for 13 years.
ISRAEL SATAN COMES AGAINST
1 CHRONICLES 21:1
1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I (GOD) will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee,(ISRAELIS) and curse (DESTROY) him that curseth thee:(DESTROY THEM) and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee (ISRAEL) shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing;(DESTROYED) and they that strive with thee shall perish.(ISRAEL HATERS WILL BE TOTALLY DESTROYED)
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble;(ISRAEL) but he shall be saved out of it.
1 And at that time shall Michael(ISRAELS WAR ANGEL) stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:(ISRAEL) and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation(May 14,48) even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro,(WORLD TRAVEL,IMMIGRATION) and knowledge shall be increased.(COMPUTERS,CHIP IMPLANTS ETC)
Day after new spate of bomb threats, and gravestones topped at St. Louis cemetery-In long-awaited condemnation, Trump says ‘horrible’ anti-Semitism must stop-After angering Jewish community with reluctance to address hate crimes, US president vows to ‘fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms’-By Times of Israel staff February 21, 2017, 5:55 pm
US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that anti-Semitic threats to the American Jewish community were “horrible” and “painful,” as well as a “sad reminder” of evil.The condemnation came a day after bomb threats were issued against Jewish community centers across the United States for the fourth time in just over a month, and after gravestones were toppled at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis. The US president has faced growing criticism for failing to explicitly renounce anti-Jewish sentiment.“We have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms,” Trump said during a visit to the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC. “The anti-Semitic threats targeting our Jewish community centers are horrible and are painful, and a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”Trump earlier told MSNBC that “anti-Semitism is horrible, and it’s going to stop and it has to stop.” Asked if he denounced displays of anti-Semitism, the president said: “Oh of course, and I do it wherever I get a chance.”Trump later spoke generally of the problem of racial divides. “It’s just age-old. There is something going on that doesn’t allow it to fully heal. Sometimes it gets better and then it busts apart. But we want to have it get very much better, get unified, and stay together,” he said.Trump calls anti-Semitic threats “a very sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate” https://t.co/MzBRzkB6Pa— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 21, 2017-The US president did not give specifics on how he planned to combat hatred, saying only that “we’ll have various things coming out over a period of time, and you’ll see them as they come out and we’ll let you know exactly what they are.”Trump complimented the museum for its work to bring people closer together, praising the “tremendous numbers” of visitors and saying “this building is about love…I think that really helps to get that divide and bring it much closer together, if not perfect.”“Anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop,” President Trump tells NBC News’ @craigmelvin https://t.co/kDXrgRz879— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 21, 2017-Trump’s statements came as more than 170 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis were damaged by vandals, and after Jewish community centers across the country received bomb threats, in the fourth wave of such incidents.Shortly before Trump spoke, his defeated election rival, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, chastised him for his failure to denounce anti-Semitism.In a Twitter post, Clinton wrote that “JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped,” adding that “everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS” Trump.JCC threats, cemetery desecration & online attacks are so troubling & they need to be stopped. Everyone must speak out, starting w/ @POTUS.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 21, 2017-Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt called the cemetery vandalism “another revolting manifestation of #antisemitism.” He also seemed to level criticism at the White House’s hesitancy to address anti-Semitic attacks, adding “Long overdue for our leaders to lead.”Asked about the threats to community centers Monday, the White House said “these actions are unacceptable.”“Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement issued to NBC. “The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”However, the statement left out any mention of Jewish targets, a seeming repeat of the administration’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, which also failed to specifically address the Jewish suffering central to the Shoah.Trump’s statement on Tuesday came a few days after he drew the ire of much of the American Jewish community for declining to denounce anti-Semitism when asked twice about it in two consecutive press conferences.In one memorable instance, the president shouted down an ultra-Orthodox reporter, calling his question “unfair” and telling him to be “quiet.”“It’s not a simple question, not a fair question,” he said. “I am the least anti-Semitic person that you have ever seen in your entire life.”On Monday, his daughter Ivanka Trump, who is Jewish, posted a tweet on her personal account that appeared to address the dozens of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the US in recent weeks.“America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC,” tweeted Trump, who has played a prominent if unofficial role in her father’s administration.America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 20, 2017-Eric Cortellessa and JTA contributed to this report.
Two rockets from Sinai hit southern Israel, IDF says-No injury or damage caused by the projectiles, which land near Gaza; incoming missile alert system doesn’t go off-By Judah Ari Gross February 20, 2017, 10:44 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
Two rockets fired from the Sinai Peninsula struck an open field in southern Israel on Monday morning, the army said.No one was injured and no damage was caused by the missiles, the army said.The rockets hit the Eshkol region, which borders southern Gaza and the northeastern tip of the Sinai Peninsula.A police bomb disposal unit found one of them near the community of Naveh, near the Egyptian border. A second sapper team was on its way to the location of the other rocket, police said.The incoming rocket alert system was not activated as the projectiles were not headed toward a populated area.No group took credit for the rocket attack, but the incident came hours after the Islamic State in Sinai accused Israel of killing five of its members in an airstrike.According to Amaq news agency, an official media arm of the terror group, an Israeli drone struck a car with five Islamic State members in a village in the northern Sinai near the Egypt-Israel border on Saturday.The strike occurred near the village of Shabana, south of the town of Rafah, Amaq said.The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately respond to The Times of Israel’s request for comment, but generally refrains from confirming or denying strikes outside of Israel.The reported attack came after tensions between Israel and the Islamic State’s affiliate in Sinai ratcheted up earlier this month.On February 8, the group, known as the Sinai Province, shot four rockets at the southern Israeli city of Eilat.Three of the four rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile system, the army said.A military spokesperson said the fourth rocket was not shot down by the missile defense battery as it was headed toward an open field.Sinai Province claimed the rocket attack on Eilat early the next day.February 9 also saw two Palestinians killed in a mysterious explosion in Rafah, which the Hamas terror group claimed was the result of an Israeli airstrike carried out in retaliation for the rockets.Israel denied it had carried out any airstrikes in the area.The Islamic State in Sinai has been waging a bloody battle against Egyptian forces in recent years.Last month, Israel ordered all of its citizens in the Sinai Peninsula to leave immediately due to security threats.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.
Police prevent Jerusalem terror group rally, arrest 6-Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine planned show of force to mark release of member from prison-By Stuart Winer February 21, 2017, 6:12 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL
The Israel Police on Tuesday said it had prevented a violent parade by a terror group in an East Jerusalem neighborhood that was aimed at showing solidarity with terrorists.Jerusalem District Commander Deputy Commissioner Yoram Halevi signed off on a order banning the event, organized by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, in the Issawiya neighborhood.Police, with the assistance of the Jerusalem municipality, entered Issawiya and dismantled a marquee tent where some of the activities were supposed to take place Tuesday and in the coming days, the statement said.Six suspects, residents of Issawiya, were arrested for membership in a terror group, disturbing the peace, and conspiracy to commit a crime, police said.During searches on Tuesday, officers uncovered illegal weapons including an M-16 rifle, a Carl Gustav submachine gun, bullet magazines, commando knives, costumes, military uniforms, masks, Palestinian flags, sound equipment, banners and posters.“Police will not allow the existence of any activities by terror groups in Israel,” the statement said. “They thwarted and prevented a violent and illegal show of force that was planned to include the use of illegal weapons inside Israeli territory and that was intended to encourage terrorists affiliated with the terror organization.”After questioning, the suspects were to be brought before a court for an extension of their arrest.Police said they had recently received information the DFLP planned to hold an event to mark the release from prison of a security prisoner, affiliated with the organization, at the end of a lengthy prison sentence. Police did not identify the DFLP member, noting only that he was scheduled to walk free on Tuesday.
Over 170 headstones vandalized in St. Louis Jewish cemetery-Police investigating possible hate crime; burial society director calls attack ‘horrific act of cowardice’-By Times of Israel staff February 21, 2017, 8:11 am
More than 170 gravestones were damaged in a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis which has served the community for more than 100 years.Vandals pushed over headstones on the Jewish graves on Sunday in the suburb of University City, Missouri.”Numerous plots were damaged and [headstones were] pushed over,” Lt. Fredrick Lemons of the University City Police Department told The Huffington Post.When asked whether he considered the attack to be a hate crime, Lemons replied that “Right now, everything is under investigation. We’re looking into all possible leads.” He added that police were reviewing video surveillance footage-Police said that it was likely there was more than one perpetrator, Fox2News reported.Some of the graves, in the oldest section of the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery, date back to the late 1800s. The cemetery holds an estimated 20,000 graves.Anita Feigenbaum, director of the burial society, told the Washington Post that it was a “horrific act of cowardice,” and she described it as worse than any previous anti-Semitic attacks.She said that the burial society was founded “to aid all Jews who needed burial whether they had the money or not. To this day that’s what we do. We are not for profit. We help in this horrible time in a person’s life.”The Chesed Shel Emeth Society was formed in 1888 by Jewish Russian immigrants who found the American Jewish services unfamiliar. The group set up a burial society to arrange funerals according to Russian Jewish customs, and the following year it opened its own Synagogue. This cemetery was opened in 1893.Anti-Defamation League head Jonathan Greenblatt called the incident “Another revolting manifestation of #antisemitism.” He also seemed to level criticism at the White House’s hesitancy to address anti-Semitic attacks, adding “Long overdue for our leaders to lead.”Another revolting manifestation of #antisemitism on same day when we're dealing with #bombthreats. Long overdue for our leaders to lead. https://t.co/hBuwxMAom6— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) February 20, 2017-A local church launched an appeal to repair the damage caused to the cemetery and the local ADL thanked people for their support in a tweet.Remarkable show of support already condemning possible #antisemitism. @interfaithstl many thanks @JCRCStLouis & University City PD.— ADL St. Louis (@ADLStLouis) February 21, 2017-The vandalism was discovered hours after Jewish community centers across the country received bomb threats, in the fourth wave of similar incidents in just over a month.Asked about the threats Monday, the White House said “these actions are unacceptable.”“Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement. “The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable.”US President Donald Trump has been criticized for refusing to address concerns over an uptick in anti-Semitism, shouting down and berating a Jewish reporter who asked about it at a press conference last week.On Monday, his daughter Ivanka Trump, who is Jewish posted a vague tweet on her personal account Monday that appeared to address the dozens of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the US in recent weeks.“America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC,” tweeted Trump, who has played a prominent if unofficial role in her father’s administration.America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance. We must protect our houses of worship & religious centers. #JCC— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 20, 2017-JTA contributed to this report.
7 MILLION YEMENIS CLOSE TO STARVATION THANKS TO ISLAMIC RADICAL MUSLIMS CONTROLLING THE COUNTRY.THE USELESS UNITED NATIONS.
TODAY IN CANADA MOTION 103. THE CONSERVATIVE MOTION TO TAKE THE WORD ISLAMOPHOBIA OUT OF M-103. WAS DEFEATED BY THE LIBERAL-NDP NUT CASES. THIS MEANS THAT ISLAM WILL BE A FAVORED RELIGION OVER CHRISTIANITY AND JUDAISM. BUT AT LEAST 1,200 CHRISTIAN YAZIDIS WILL BE ABLE TO COME TO CANADA THIS YEAR. AND 400 WILL BE COMING TO CANADA TOMORROW. AS ALL THE ILLEGALS ARE FLOODING IN CANADA IN QUEBEC AND MANITOBA. FLEEING AMERICA-BECAUSE THESE ILLEGAL CRIMINALS KNOW. IF THEY STAY IN AMERICA. TRUMP WILL SEND THEIR BUTTS BACK TO THEIR MUSLIM COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY SNUCK INTO AMERICA ILLEGALLY. AND ARE STEALING AMERICANS JOBS. BY WORKING UNDER THE TABLE FOR CASH. AND NOW WITH ALL THESE ILLEGALS COMING TO CANADA. THE LIBERALS WILL SKY ROCKET OUR HYDRO EVEN FURTHER. TO PAY FOR THESE ILLEGALS TO GET HOUSING. AS WELL AS STEALING CANADIANS JOBS. BY WORKING UNDER THE TABLE FOR CASH. AND OF COURSE THE LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT MIXED BAG OF EVERYTHING LOW LIFES WILL TURN A BLIND EYE TO THESE ILLEGALS FLOODING INTO CANADA. AND THEY WILL GLADLY SUPPLY THESE ILLEGALS WITH FREE HOUSING AND WHATEVER THEY WISH TO HAVE IN CANADA. I JUST ASK. WOULD ALL THE MUSLIM COUNTRIES LET CANADIANS FLOOD THEIR COUNTRIES. AND GIVE US FREE HOUSING. WHATEVER WE WANT. AND LET US WORK UNDER THE TABLE FOR CASH. NO THEY WOULD NOT. THE MUSLIMS WOULD CHOP OUR HEADS OFF. AND SAY NO INFIDEL WESTERNERS ALLOWED IN OUR MUSLIM ONLY COUNTRIES. AND IF THEY WOULD NOT KILL YOU. YOU WOULD BE GANG RAPED AND FORCED TO PAY A MUSLIM TAX. AND FORCED TO BECOME A MUSLIM-IF YOU WANTED TO STAY IN THAT MUSLIM COUNTRY.
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Liberals defeat Conservative counter-proposal to Islamophobia motion-Conservatives tabled proposal in response to Liberal MP's motion on Islamophobia-By Aaron Wherry, CBC News Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 4:11 PM ET
With a Liberal call to study Islamophobia still on the table, Liberal MPs voted on Tuesday to defeat a Conservative motion that sought a general study of religious discrimination.The Conservative motion was brought forward last week, just as the House of Commons prepared to debate Motion 103, sponsored by Iqra Khalid, the Liberal MP for Mississauga–Erin Mills.Both motions dealt broadly with religious discrimination, but whereas Khalid's motion made a specific reference to Islamophobia, the Conservative motion did not include the word.Several Conservatives have come out against Motion 103, with some saying the term Islamophobia needs to be defined.Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly dismissed the Conservative proposal as a "cynical" attempt to get around divisions within the Conservative party.The Conservative motion was supported by all opposition MPs, including the NDP, Bloc Quebecois and Green leader Elizabeth May, but the Liberal majority was enough to defeat the motion by a count of 165 to 126.Jenny Kwan, the NDP's immigration critic, and May said during debate last week that they supported both the Conservative and Liberal motions.A motion condemning Islamophobia is also now scheduled to be tabled in the Ontario legislature on Thursday. Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown says he will support the motion."Whether it's hate against any faith, it's wrong. I will always stand in opposition to any form of hate," Brown said on Tuesday.
Liberal MP won't remove Islamophobia reference from motion condemning discrimination-M-103 has drawn criticism from Conservative caucus members who fear it will impede free speech-By Kathleen Harris, CBC News -Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017 7:58 PM ET
The Liberal MP who tabled a motion that touched off a divisive debate over religious protection and free speech says she will not remove the reference to Islamophobia from the text.Mississauga, Ont., MP Iqra Khalid, who led debate in the House of Commons tonight on M-103, said the common definition of Islamophobia is "the irrational hate of Muslims that leads to discrimination," and that her motion must not remove the word."I will not do so, any more than I would speak to the Holocaust and not mention that the overwhelming majority of victims were six million followers of the Jewish faith and that anti-Semitism was the root cause of the Holocaust," she said. "We cannot address a problem if we fail to call it by its true name."Opponents of M-103 have raised concerns the motion will infringe on free speech and could lead to Shariah law in Canada, but Khalid insisted there is nothing in it that would affect Canadians' charter right to free speech.Saskatchewan Conservative MP David Anderson has tabled a motion to counter M-103 that removes the reference to Islamophobia and instead calls on government to "condemn all forms of systemic racism, religious intolerance and discrimination of Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and other religious communities."During tonight's debate, he argued the word "Islamophobia" is undefined in M-103, and that there is no consensus on what it means. Including the word has led to widespread confusion and fears about freedom of speech, he said.Anderson said Conservatives proposed replacing the word with the more precise phrase "hatred against Muslims" in order to reach consensus in the House, but that suggestion was rejected."We're stuck with a divisive term that means nothing, or everything, which is not clearly defined," he said. "And it is of little value about the role of Islam in Canada."Conservatives wrestle with M-103-Anti-Islamophobia motion set for debate-Earlier today, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said the federal government is throwing its "strong and clear support" behind Khalid's motion.Surrounded by more than 50 MPs in the foyer of the House of Commons, Joly said there is a need to counter all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination in Canada."There is no place for hatred and no tolerance of abuse," she said.MPs began debate on M-103, which was tabled by Khalid in December 2016 and calls on the government to "recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear," shortly after 6 p.m. ET today.M-103 has generated much controversy on social media and through online petitions, with some erroneously calling it a "law" or a "bill" rather than a non-binding motion. Some have raised concerns that it could lead Canada on a path to Shariah law.But Khalid insisted Wednesday her motion is much broader in scope than one single religion, and said she is glad it has created much dialogue across the country.-Tackle problem 'head-on'-"We need to recognize that we have a problem and we need to tackle it head-on," she said.While the Liberals made a show of solidarity by assembling dozens of MPs behind Joly and Khalid at the news conference, the Conservative caucus is not united in its position on the motion.Several Conservative leadership candidates have spoken out against the motion, arguing that it could curtail free speech and that it singles out one religion for protection. Others have raised concerns that the motion does not define "Islamophobia."Leadership candidate Kellie Leitch asked people to sign her petition opposing M-103, saying that "no religion should be singled out for special consideration."Sign my petition to #stopm103. https://t.co/OadO9unAWZ #cpcldr #M103 pic.twitter.com/xgLAzSWeY4— @KellieLeitch-Leitch and fellow candidates Pierre Lemieux, Chris Alexander and Brad Trost are all listed as participants at a "Freedom Rally" protest in Toronto organized by The Rebel, a right-wing news and commentary website.-Hatred of other religions denounced-Leadership contender Michael Chong said Tuesday he will support M-103, noting the House of Commons has denounced hatred against other groups, including Jews, Yazidis and Egyptian Coptic Christians.Another leadership candidate, Erin O'Toole, had been in touch with Khalid asking her to remove a reference to e-Petition 411 in the motion because of the broad language referencing "all forms of Islamophobia.""Regardless of what is intended by that description, it is clear that a significant number of Canadians believe that a broad consideration of the term Islamophobia could be extended to mean that simple criticism of that religious faith or of issues like radical Islam could be considered Islamophobia," he wrote in a news release today explaining why he will oppose the motion.The e-petition was signed by nearly 70,000 Canadians and presented the same day Khalid tabled her motion.-Amendment proposed-O'Toole said that small amendment would have helped counter these concerns and left almost all of her motion intact.Speaking on CBC News Network's Power & Politics, Lemieux said he has "grave concerns" that Islamophobia is not defined in the motion. He also questioned why Muslims were being singled out for protection, when reports have shown blacks and Jews are more frequently targeted for hate crimes."It is not at the forefront of discrimination. There is not a problem in Canada," he told host Rosemary Barton. "I'm not saying there aren't isolated incidents that occur, but not enough to warrant what's going on in Parliament right now." NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said anti-Muslim acts and expressions have become "fair game," because U.S. President Donald Trump has served as a model saying it's OK to attack a religion like Islam.He urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take concrete actions against U.S. discrimination against Muslim travellers, but said the motion sends an important message to Canadians."At least we're expressing our desire to stand up against hatred, discrimination, which unfortunately is becoming commonplace with regard to Islam," he said.-Climate of hate and fear-The motion, which was tabled in December 2016 but is being debated in the aftermath of the Jan. 29 mosque shooting in Quebec City, says the government should "recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear."It calls on the government to task the heritage committee to:1-Carry out a study on how to develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia in Canada, while ensuring a community-centred focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making.2-To collect data to contextualize hate crime reports and to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities, and present its findings and recommendations to the House no later than 240 calendar days from the adoption of this motion.3-Make recommendations the government can use to better reflect the enshrined rights and freedoms in the Constitution acts, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Liberals unveil resettlement plan for 1,200 Yazidis and other victims of ISIS-Initiative expected to cost $28M, according to details obtained by The Canadian Press-The Canadian Press Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 4:59 PM ET
Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced Tuesday that Canada has given safe haven to almost 400 Yazidi refugees and other survivors of Islamist extremists in the last four months and will take in about 800 more by the end of the year.The initiative is expected to cost $28 million.In addition to 1,200 government-assisted refugees, the government says it also intends to facilitate private sponsorships of Yazidi refugees.The announcement comes four months after the House of Commons unanimously supported a Conservative motion that called on the government to provide asylum to an unspecified number of Yazidi women and girls.-'Broken promise:' Critics question plan to resettle Yazidis--International leadership:' MPs vote to support Yazidis-Corruption a barrier for Yazidi resettlement-The motion recognized that ISIS, also called Daesh, is committing genocide against the Yazidi people and holding many of the religious group's women and girls as sex slaves.Hussen said many of the newcomers will have greater needs than other refugees."Many have experienced unimaginable trauma and vulnerability, both physical and emotional, and many will have unique physical, psychological and social needs, such as trauma counselling," he told reporters at press conference in Ottawa Tuesday.Although the motion referred only to providing asylum to Yazidi women and girls, the 1,200 refugees will include male family members.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says the government has learned that Daesh also deliberately targets young boys "and, as such, helping to resettle all child survivors of Daesh is vital to this work."-Keeping families together-He also contends that keeping families together will help the refugees adjust to living in Canada and heal from the trauma they've suffered.Although the motion referred strictly to the Yazidi people, the government is not confining its efforts solely to members of that religious group, who live primarily in northern Iraq.-MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-YAZIDIS-Members of the minority Yazidi sect who were newly released hug each other on the outskirts of Kirkuk April 8, 2015.Hussen says Canada has long offered protection to refugees based on "vulnerability, not religion or ethnicity" and will thus focus on "highly vulnerable" survivors of Daesh.Still, he says a "significant majority" of the 1,200 will be Yazidi due to the "high level of violence" they've suffered.While the Conservative motion did not specify the number of Yazidi refugees who should be given protection, Hussen appears to anticipate opposition criticism that the government is not doing enough.-Preserving Yazidi culture-The Yazidi people are "an integral part" of Iraq's society and it's important to preserve that, he argues, adding that's why the government is focusing on "a small number of people for whom resettlement is the best option."Moreover, Hussen says the government is taking lessons from Germany — which resettled just more than 1,000 Daesh survivors from northern Iraq over the course of a year — on how to work safely in a volatile environment to identify and run security checks on refugees and how best to ensure that the necessary settlement services are in place once they arrive in Canada."As many have experienced unimaginable trauma, both physical and emotional, many will have unique psychological and social needs such as trauma counselling," Hussen says in the speaking notes.The government says its plan is supported by authorities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and that it has the consent of the Iraqi government to operate in the region.While the majority of the 1,200 refugees will come from Iraq, the government says some will also be accepted from Lebanon and Turkey.Until today, the government has remained tight-lipped on the program, leaving some critics to assert to CBC News that no Yazidis had yet been brought in by the government.With files from CBC.
Riots erupt in Sweden's capital after arrest, just days after President Trump comments-FEB 21,17-CHICAGO TRIBUNE-Max BearakThe Washington Post
Just two days after President Donald Trump provoked widespread consternation by seeming to imply, incorrectly, that immigrants had perpetrated a recent spate of violence in Sweden, riots broke out in a predominantly immigrant neighborhood in the northern suburbs of Sweden's capital, Stockholm.The neighborhood, Rinkeby, has seen riots in 2010 and 2013 too. And in most ways, what happened late Monday night was reminiscent of those earlier bouts of anger. Swedish police apparently made a drug-related arrest around 8 p.m. near the Rinkeby metro station. For reasons not yet disclosed by the police, word of the arrest prompted a crowd of youths to gather.Over four hours, the crowd burned about a half-dozen cars, vandalized several shopfronts and threw rocks at police. Police spokesman Lars Bystrom confirmed to Sweden's Dagens Nyheter newspaper that an officer had fired shots with intention to hit a rioter but did not strike his target. A photographer for the newspaper was attacked by more than a dozen men and his camera was stolen, but no one was ultimately hurt or even arrested.Bystrom added, "This kind of situation doesn't happen that often, but it is always regrettable when they happen."In 2015, when the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe from Africa, the Middle East and Asia was highest, Sweden took in the greatest number per capita. By and large, integration has been a success story there, save for incidents like Monday night's, which have taken place in highly segregated neighborhoods.The newspaper Dagens Nyheter analyzed crime statistics between October 2015 and January 2016 and came to the conclusion that refugees were responsible for only 1 percent of all incidents. That has done little to assuage the perceptions, even among Swedes, that foreigners are culpable for the crime that does happen. A Pew Research Center study conducted in early 2016 indicated that 46 percent of Swedes believed that "refugees in our country are more to blame for crime than other groups."Trump clarified on Twitter that he drew his claim of immigrant violence in Sweden -- made at a campaign speech in Melbourne, Florida -- from a Fox News segment in which two Swedish police officers were interviewed. The segment was part of "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and featured filmmaker Ami Horowitz, who was introduced as someone who had documented an "incredible surge of refugee violence" in Sweden.The two Swedish police officers whose interview provided the basis for the report spoke out Monday and claimed their testimony had been taken out of context. One of them, Anders Goranzon, said the interview had been about areas with high crime rates, and "there wasn't any focus on migration or immigration.""We don't stand behind it. It shocked us. He has edited the answers," said Goranzon. "We were answering completely different questions in the interview. This is bad journalism."Horowitz defended his work to the Guardian, saying that he was "pretty sure" he told the officers what the segment was going to be about, and implying that the officer's statement came under pressure from his superiors.Multiple criminologists in Sweden contacted by The Washington Post over the weekend said that the notion that immigrants were responsible for a large proportion of crime there was highly exaggerated. None was comfortable referring to neighborhoods like Rinkeby as "no-go zones."Nevertheless, the integration of immigrants into Swedish society is a problem that the government has been struggling to address. "Sweden definitely, like other countries, [faces] challenges when it comes to integration of immigrants into Swedish society, with lower levels of employment, tendencies of exclusion and also crime-related problems," said Henrik Selin, director of intercultural dialogue at the Swedish Institute.Associated Press contributed.
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)
Storms, tornadoes damage dozens of homes in San Antonio area-[Associated Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 20, 2017
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Severe storms that pushed several tornadoes through parts of Central Texas ripped the roofs from homes and damaged dozens of other houses and apartments in San Antonio and toppled auto-carrier cars of a freight train near Austin, authorities said Monday.No major injuries were reported from the storms, which officials estimate damaged at least 150 structures, most of them homes in the San Antonio area, late Sunday and early Monday. The National Weather Service has confirmed at least six tornadoes touched down, though not all in populated areas.A survey team confirmed that a tornado with winds hitting 105 mph struck a residential area about 5 miles north of downtown San Antonio around midnight. Of the 43 homes damaged in the area, three fully collapsed, said San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Woody Woodward.Local resident Lucy Duncan said peered out the window of her home as the storm ramped up, and she saw only a white mist. She said she and her husband quickly rounded up their children and hid under mattress in an interior hallway — just before the roof was torn from their home."We didn't know what was going on at that point. We started to hear the electricity popping and we thought the house had caught fire," she told KENS-TV of San Antonio.Eight buildings in a nearby apartment complex were severely damaged, with some roofs stripped from the buildings and a couple of building partially collapsed, Woodward said.Five minor injuries were reported in the area. Crews estimating the damage said preliminary reports indicate the tornado left a 4½-mile track.Another tornado briefly touched down about 5 miles northeast of San Antonio International Airport. Woodward had no reports of damage from that area, but photos show tall steel towers carrying high-voltage electric transmission lines toppled or buckled in half.Citywide, he estimated that more than 100 structures were damaged.Another 30 to 40 homes were damaged in two adjoining subdivisions about 10 miles northeast of downtown in Bexar County, where forecasters said a weak tornado left a roughly 1½-mile track.A dozen auto-carrier cars of a Union Pacific freight train were blown from their track northeast of Austin near the tiny town of Thrall, where at least two tornadoes touched down early Monday, according to Williamson County officials. The county said about 20 homes were damaged, and the local fire chief said several barns and outbuildings also were damaged.Power outages in the San Antonio area peaked at more than 47,000 customers early Monday morning, mostly in the area hit by the tornadoes. The outages had dropped to about 6,000 by late Monday afternoon, according to CPS Energy, the utility serving the area.At least one high-voltage transmission tower in northeastern San Antonio was bent in half.The storms moved southeast by midday Monday, bringing steady rain to the area but no severe weather.
Removal of fish from Johnson Lake considered to stop whirling disease-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-February 20, 2017
Officials are considering removing fish from Johnson Lake near Banff in an effort to stop whirling disease from spreading to the nearby Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka.The entire Bow River Watershed — which includes Johnson Lake — is infected with the disease that mainly affects trout and whitefish, causing them to swim in a circular pattern before dying prematurely.Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake are part of the Upper Cascade area and testing has shown the disease has not spread to those waters."The Minnewanka system is connected, it's fed by the Upper Cascade, and that's one of the areas in Banff that has two or three of our critical habitat areas for westslope cutthroat trout," said Bill Hunt, resource conservation manager for Banff National Park."We're very concerned about preventing whirling disease from getting into Minnewanka and the Upper Cascade. We have Sawback Lake, Sawback Creek, Cuthead Creek — are all critical habitat for westslope cutthroat trout."Hunt said officials are working on a plan to remove the fish from Johnson Lake, which is currently in the environmental assessment stage. The plan will see the lake closed in the spring and nets used to remove as many fish as possible."We would then open the lake for recreation from the July long weekend to the September long weekend and allow people to swim and enjoy the lake," he said."There will be no fishing or boating to reduce the likelihood of moving fish or mud out of the lake, and then in the fall, after the Labour Day long weekend, we would close the lake again and proceed with netting and perhaps even look at lowering the water levels a bit."The strategy is a slightly novel one, said Hunt, as this will be the first time it is attempted in Canada."We have eradicated fish from lakes before, at Devon Lakes and at Rainbow Lake, using netting and electrofishing techniques we're proposing," he said. "We've never done it on this timeline, it's usually taken two or three years ... But because we can adjust the water levels in Johnson hoping we can do it in a single season."
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
China reports more severe form of bird flu, threat to poultry - WHO-[Reuters]-By Stephanie Nebehay-YAHOONEWS-February 21, 2017
GENEVA (Reuters) - China has detected an evolution in the H7N9 avian flu virus that is capable of causing severe disease in poultry and requires close monitoring, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.Samples of the virus taken from two infected humans were injected into birds in a laboratory and became "highly pathogenic" for poultry, it said.But that designation applies only to birds, not humans, WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said, and there is "no evidence that the changes in the virus affect the virus' ability to spread between humans."A total of 304 new laboratory-confirmed human infections were reported in mainland China between Jan. 19 and Feb. 14, along with 36 deaths, the WHO said in its latest update on Monday.The evolution of the virus may mean that the disease will become more apparent in some flocks, if birds begin to die off, making detection and control easier."This is the first time these changes have been detected. These are the only two cases in Guangdong province, China. So far, there have been no reports if similar changes have occurred elsewhere," Lindmeier said."It is a reminder that we have to keep looking closely," he told Reuters.Animal health experts say bird flu infection rates on Chinese poultry farms may be far higher than previously thought, because the strain of the deadly virus in humans is hard to detect in chickens and geese.In all, since the "fifth wave" of the virus, first identified in 2013, began in October 2016, 425 human cases have been recorded in China, including 73 deaths officially reported by authorities, according to WHO figures."Most of these cases had known exposure to poultry or its environment, that is the main important link to this influenza type," Lindmeier told a news briefing.In all since 2013, there have been 1,200 laboratory-confirmed cases in China, including more than one-third since October, he said.(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)
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)
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
Greece and creditors break bailout deadlock By Eric Maurice-FEB 21,17-EUOBSERVER
BRUSSELS, Today, 08:57-The Greek government agreed on Monday (20 February) to make new reforms to cut up to 2 percent of GDP in spending in the coming years.Greece accepted budget cuts worth up to €3.6 billion that it had previously refused as the only way to break the deadlock with its creditors in talks to unblock a new tranche of the €86 billion bailout programme agreed in 2015.Experts from the creditor institutions - the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - will be able to go back to Athens and prepare reforms on tax, pensions and the labour market with the Greek government.All parties hope that a so-called staff level agreement will be reached in time for eurozone ministers to close the second review of the programme and allow a new loan disbursement at their next Eurogroup meeting on 20 March.The ministers at a Eurogroup on Monday sugar-coated the Greek concessions by offering the prospect of unspecified "growth-enhancing measures" if the new reforms created "fiscal space" from 2019 onwards.Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the decision signalled "a shift of emphasis in the policy mix, from the austerity side, much more to structural reforms". But he gave no details of the supposed shift.In Athens, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos portrayed it as a “decisive victory” for Greece, because "any [austerity] measure taken will be offset by another measure of a similar amount".He insisted that there would be "not a single euro of additional austerity”.But the reality is more nuanced."There is a light at the end of the austerity tunnel," EU finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici said at a press conference after the meeting. But he insisted that reforms must be done first and that potential future growth-friendly measures should be budget neutral.The budget cuts were needed to close the second review, while the "offset" measures could only be agreed on principle and voted later.-'To the liking of the IMF'-"The Greek government can already prepare those measures, legislate those measures if they want," Dijsselbloem told journalists. But he insisted that "all depends on the size of the reforms" that Greece will have to agree first, and whether it continues to meet the fiscal targets set by the bailout memorandum for the coming years."I can never promise the end of austerity," Dijsselbloem said.The size of the new reforms, and whether they are sufficient for creditors to close the review, will also depend on the IMF, which has threatened to pull out of the bailout if reforms fail to make the Greek debt sustainable.The Washington-based fund has been saying for months that more structural reforms were necessary in order to secure Greece's fiscal targets and reduce the cost of the debt.Europeans and Greeks had been saying that the target - a 3.5 percent of GDP primary budget surplus "in the medium term" after 2018 - could be reached thanks to Greece's growth and budget surplus since 2015.Last week, EU commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis pointed out that "the IMF has very pessimistic macroeconomic and fiscal projections. There is a gap between our figures and theirs".Dijsselbloem admitted on Monday that "what we have agreed to now is to the liking of the IMF".-'Too early to speculate'-In a statement issued later, the IMF said that it was "too early to speculate about the prospect for reaching staff level agreement" during the forthcoming expert mission in Athens."More progress will be needed to bridge differences on other important issues," it said, referring to the Greek debt and what "medium term" means when it comes to setting the fiscal targets.The question of how long Greece is required to reach a 3.5 percent surplus after the end of the programme in 2018 was left open when the bailout was agreed in 2015. But it is crucial now because the longer Greece has to meet that target, the more cuts the IMF will ask.Europeans and IMF could agree on a three-year period."We want to make it so that it is more realistic,"Dijsselbloem noted.
Global arms trade highest since Cold War: study-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-February 19, 2017
Stockholm (AFP) - Worldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday.Between 2012-2016, arms imports in terms of volume by countries in Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 percent of global imports, a 7.7 rise compared to the previous 2007-2011 period, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)."Transfer of major weapons in 2012-16 reached their highest volume for any five-year period since the end of" the Cold War, the independent institute said in a statement.The share of Asia and Oceania in international imports was slightly higher (44 percent) between 2007 and 2011.The share of countries in the Middle East and the Gulf monarchies jumped from 17 percent to 29 percent, far ahead of Europe (11 percent, down seven points), the Americas (8.6 percent, down 2.4 percentage points) and Africa (8.1 percent, down 1.3 points)."Over the past five years, most states in the Middle East have turned primarily to the USA and Europe in their accelerated pursuit of advanced military capabilities", said Pieter Wezeman, Senior Researcher with the SIPRI Arms and Military Expenditure Programme."Despite low oil prices, countries in the region continued to order more weapons in 2016, perceiving them as crucial tools for dealing with conflicts and regional tensions," he added.Sipri said worldwide arms imports and exports over the last five years have reached a record level since 1950.Saudi Arabia was the second largest importer of weapons in the world (up 212 percent), behind India, which unlike China, does not have a production at national level yet.The United States remains the top weapons exporter with a 33 percent market share (up 3 point), ahead of Russia (23 percent, down 1 point), China (6.2 percent, up 2.4 points) and France (6.0 percent, down 0.9 points) passing Germany (5.6 percent, down 3.8 points).These five countries account for almost 75 percent of global exports of heavy weapons.France's boost in the export ranking is a result of important contracts signed with Egypt, which acquired Mistral-style warships and Rafale combat aircraft.Aude Fleurant, head of the armaments program at Sipri, told AFP that "competition is fierce among European producers" with France, Germany and Britain in the lead.The United States and France are the main weapons providers for the Middle East while Russia and China are the main exporters to Asia.
16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread:
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.(A DAYS WAGES FOR A LOAF OF BREAD)
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Seven million Yemenis close to starvation: UN-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-February 21, 2017
Sanaa (AFP) - Seven million Yemenis are closer than ever to starvation, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country warned Tuesday, almost two years since a conflict escalated between the government and rebels."Seven million Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from and are ever closer to starvation" in a country of 27 million people, Jamie McGoldrick said."Over 17 million people are currently unable to adequately feed themselves and are frequently forced to skip meals -- women and girls eat the least and last," he said in a statement.Yemen's war pits the internationally recognised government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Huthi rebels allied with forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.The fighting has intensified since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of the government in March 2015 after the Huthis seized the capital the previous September.Since early January, pro-government forces have pressed a major offensive aimed at recapturing Yemen's Red Sea coastline, and retook the southwestern port of Mokha earlier this month."I am deeply concerned with the escalation of conflict and militarisation of Yemen's western coast. It is coming at a great cost to civilians," McGoldrick said.Unexploded rockets have landed inside the rebel-held port of Hodeida, he said, "reducing even further the number of ships and imports" vital for Yemen's food supplies."Given that the country is 80-90 percent dependent on imported food staples, I am compelled to raise the alarm," the UN official said."If left unabated, these factors combined could accelerate the onset of famine."Also on Tuesday, the UN children's agency warned that 462,000 children were suffering from acute malnutrition.The UN aid chief warned last month that the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country was sliding deeper into humanitarian crisis and could face famine this year.Stephen O'Brien said that without "immediate action", famine was "a possible scenario for 2017".More than 7,400 people have been killed since the intervention began nearly two years ago, including around 1,400 children, according to the United Nations.
EUROPEAN UNION ARMY
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)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 DIVSION REGION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.( BE HEAD OF 3 NATIONS)
25 And he (EU PRESIDENT) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.(3 1/2 YRS)
23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king (EU DICTATOR) of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences,(FROM THE OCCULT-NEW AGE MOVEMENT) shall stand up.
24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:(SATANS POWER) and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.
25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes;(JESUS) but he shall be broken without hand.
36 And the king (EU DICTATOR) shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.
37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers,(THIS EU DICTATOR IS JEWISH) nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.(CLAIM TO BE GOD)
38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces:(WAR) and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god,(DESTROY TERROR GROUPS) whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many,(HIS ARMY LEADERS) and shall divide the land for gain.
19 And I saw the beast,(EU LEADER) and the kings of the earth, and their armies,(UNITED NATIONS TROOPS) gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse,(JESUS) and against his army.(THE RAPTURED CHRISTIANS)
Opinion-Should Europeans spend more on defence? By Dalibor Rohac-FEB 21,17-EUOBSERVER
Washington, Today, 17:00-That European allies should spend more on defense instead of relying on America’s military might is the standard refrain of most US administrations, regardless of political party.Last week in Brussels, the new secretary of defense James Mattis warned that the US might “moderate” its commitment to Nato unless Europeans get on track towards meeting the target of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defence, a theme echoed by vice-president Mike Pence at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.It is not an unreasonable request. Only four of Nato’s European members (Greece, UK, Estonia, and Poland) currently meet the 2-percent target. The response of European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to Mattis was that Europeans are somehow making up for that deficit through their humanitarian and development assistance budgets, which is an amusing thought.Yet, there is also a dark side to a hypothetical beefing-up of Europe’s militaries. America’s dominance of Nato, and Europe’s apparent free-riding, has brought one significant benefit. Namely, there has been a taming of the regional rivalries that had long existed between European countries and had periodically devastated the continent. If land warfare between Europe’s democracies has become unthinkable, this is to say that it is unthinkable primarily in the literal, practical sense. There is no capacity to fight any such war: not enough men in uniforms, tanks, guns, or airplanes.A Europe that takes care of its own security without “free riding” on the United States would likely see traditional rivalries return. For instance, by bringing its defence spending a bit above two percent of GDP, Germany would outspend Russia and become the fourth-largest military power in the world.There are some good reasons to believe that this would be a good thing. Yet, it is far from obvious as to whether Germany’s neighbours and partners in Europe would be thrilled by this prospect. Think about the tensions already existing in the EU.-New alliances-Some have blamed Germany, rightly or wrongly, for imposing austerity on economies in the Eurozone’s Mediterranean periphery. Central European countries such as Hungary or Slovakia, in turn, soured to Berlin's leadership following chancellor Angela Merkel’s “welcome” extended to Syrian asylum seekers in September 2015.These disputes might have been heated, but they were still largely amicable. But what would the stand-off over Greek debt or the EU’s asylum policies look like if Germany were not just an economic powerhouse but also wielded real military might? How would it shape the country’s relations with the Czech Republic, which expelled two and a half million ethnic Germans from the Sudetenland after World War II? And what about with Poland? Nobody is suggesting that a Germany that spends 2 percent of its GDP on defense would become a threat to its neighbours. But a more powerful Germany would almost certainly make other European countries – some of which dislike the country's real or imagined domination of the EU – more nervous. It could induce them to form new alliances, including with illiberal and revisionist regimes, most prominently Russia.Europe holds an almost limitless list of contested territories, expulsions of ethnic groups, and other historic grievances. But nearly all have been dormant for decades. That period coincides with America’s dominant position within Nato and its investment into Europe’s multilateral political infrastructure, which has grown into the form of today’s EU.-Need to be careful-None of this is to suggest that Europeans should expect America to keep them safe in perpetuity. With the growing threat from Russia and in light of both US public opinion and the direction taken by the current presidential administration, it is simply no longer an option. Yet if Europeans are to spend more on defense, they need be careful to do it in a way that does not resuscitate the continent’s old demons.That leaves European democracies with only one option: to pursue defense and security policies jointly, at the European level. For that, the EU needs to be reformed and strengthened to create a lean federal polity, which is dedicated to providing a small number of Europe-wide public goods, including defense, and integration with Nato.If Donald Trump’s administration is serious about inducing its European partners to “pay their share,” it should do everything in its power to support the European project, instead of cozying up to those who seek to destroy it.Otherwise, any attempt to make Europeans pay more for defense runs the risk of plunging the continent into conflict – conflict that was the destructive rule, not the exception, for centuries before the era of Pax Americana.Dalibor Rohac is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
China opposes U.S. naval patrols in South China Sea-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-February 21, 2017
BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it opposed action by other countries under the pretext of freedom of navigation that undermined its sovereignty, after a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the contested South China Sea.The U.S. navy said the strike group, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, began "routine operations" in the South China Sea on Saturday amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway."China always respects the freedom of navigation and overflight all countries enjoy under international law," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily news briefing."But we are consistently opposed to relevant countries threatening and damaging the sovereignty and security of littoral countries under the flag of freedom of navigation and overflight," Geng said in China's first official comment on the latest U.S. patrol since it began."We hope relevant countries can do more to safeguard regional peace and stability," he said.The U.S. carrier strike group has not referred to its recent operations in the South China Sea as "freedom of navigation" patrols.U.S. ships last year conducted several such patrols to counter any efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters.Friction between the United States and China over trade and territory under U.S. President Donald Trump has increased concern that the South China Sea could become a flashpoint.China wrapped up its own naval exercises in the South China Sea on Friday. War games involving its own aircraft carrier have unnerved neighbors with which it has long-running territorial disputes.Beijing last week warned Washington against challenging its sovereignty in the South China Sea. It claims almost all of the resource-rich waters, through which about $5 trillion worth of trade passes each year.Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also claim parts of the South China Sea that command strategic sea lanes and have rich fishing grounds, along with oil and gas deposits.The United States has criticized China's construction of man-made islands and build-up of military facilities in the sea, and expressed concern they could be used to restrict free movement.Foreign ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Tuesday expressed concern over what they see as militarization in the South China Sea, Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said after meeting with his ASEAN counterparts.(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Robert Birsel)
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)
EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
Refugee claimants from U.S. strain Canada's border resources-[Reuters]-By Allison Lampert and Anna Mehler Paperny-YAHOONEWS-February 20, 2017
HEMMINGFORD, Quebec (Reuters) - Canadian police said on Monday they have bolstered their presence at the Quebec border and border authorities have created a temporary refugee center to process a growing number of asylum seekers crossing from the United States.The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said at a news conference that it has converted an unused basement into a refugee claimant processing center. Both the border agency and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are reassigning staff from other locations in the province, as needed, to accommodate rising demand.The CBSA said the number of people making refugee claims at Quebec-U.S. border crossings more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Last month 452 people made claims compared to 137 in January 2016, the agency said.The influx is straining police, federal government and community resources from the prairie province of Manitoba, where people arrive frostbitten from hours walking in freezing conditions, to Quebec, where cabs drop asylum-seekers off meters away from the Quebec-U.S.border, the border agency said.A Reuters reporter on Monday saw RCMP officers take in for questioning a family of four - two men, a woman, and a baby in a carseat - who had walked across the snowy gully dividing Roxham Road in Champlain, New York, from Chemin Roxham in Hemmingford, Quebec."Please explain to her that she's in Canada," one Canadian officer told another officer.Police take people crossing the border in for questioning at the border agency's office in Lacolle, Quebec, which is the province's biggest and busiest border crossing. Police identify them and ensure they are not a threat or carrying contraband.They are then transferred to the CBSA for fingerprinting and further questions. If anyone is deemed a threat or flight risk, they are detained. If not, they can file refugee claims and live in Canada while they wait for a decision-"It's touching, and we are not insensitive to that," Bryan Byrne, the RCMP's Champlain Detachment Commander, told reporters near the border. "Some of these people had a long journey. Some are not dressed for the climate here."Asylum-seekers cross illegally because Canada's policy under the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement is to turn back refugees if they make claims at border crossings. But as U.S. President Donald Trump cracks down on illegal immigrants, Amnesty International and refugee advocacy groups are pressuring the Canadian government to abandon the agreement, arguing the United States is no safe haven.On Monday the city of Montreal, Quebec voted to declare itself a "sanctuary city," making it the fourth city in Canada to protect illegal immigrants and to provide services to them.(Writing by Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto; editing by Diane Craft)
Canadian troops in Iraq mount pressure on ISIL around Syrian border-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 21, 2017
ERBIL, Iraq — Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIL in places outside the strategic city of Mosul — including along the border with Syria.The objective: To figure out the good guys from the bad so Iraqi military forces and coalition aircraft can attack.High atop a rocky hilltop Monday, two Canadian soldiers sat in a makeshift bunker located more than a kilometre behind the frontline between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.One bearded soldier looked through a high-powered viewfinder, scanning the small community that lay below, while the other took notes. A camera sat between them in case something interesting appeared.When the first Canadian soldiers arrived in the country in September 2014, their mission was to help train the Peshmerga to stop and hold back a confident and, until then, undefeated ISIL hoard.That was the first phase of the now nearly two-and-a-half-year-old mission, before ISIL lost the upper hand.Now, flying by helicopter from Erbil, the Kurds' capital in Iraq, to the Mosul Dam, one can see the barricades of dirt and defensive positions that helped the Peshmerga stop ISIL from overwhelming northern Iraq.The trenches and stone buildings hastily constructed during that period two years ago lie abandoned today, as the war — and Canada's role in it — shifted from defence to offence.Kurdish forces, supported by the Canadians, kicked off a long-anticipated attack to free Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, from ISIL in October.But the Kurds and their Canadian comrades stopped short of Mosul, as planned. Instead, they shifted to fighting the extremist group in other ways and let the Iraqi military enter and clear ISIL from the city.Briefing reporters on Monday at Camp Erable, the Canadian military camp in Erbil, a special forces officer said the mission has turned toward identifying and monitoring potential ISIL targets in the region.That includes keeping tabs through optical sights and other means, on "key enemy movement corridors" between Iraq and Syria as well as areas inside and immediately outside Kurdish territory.The officer said such monitoring helped locate ISIL forces inside a large town that was sidestepped during the early parts of the Mosul offensive and needed cleaning up.It also means a decline in the number of times Canadian soldiers have actually fired their weapons in recent months, the officer said, as potential targets are relayed to the Iraqis and coalition for destruction.The special forces officer, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, said the nature of the Mosul offensive had meant Canadian troops often found themselves in situations where they were required to fire.That isn't the case now, he said, adding that Canadian soldiers are specifically told to set up in locations where such circumstances are unlikely.The Canadians continue to work with the Peshmerga. At the hilltop encampment, a number of fighters from the Kurds' elite Zeravani stood guard on the perimeter while others relaxed inside.In fact, the special forces officer said his soldiers have started working on a program that will train some Kurds to take on the role of instructors themselves.Capt. Dhyab Mohammed Omar, commander of the Peshmerga fighters, praised his Canadian comrades and the contribution they had made in helping the Kurds fight ISIL."We are always honoured to have them at our positions," he said. "It was my wildest dream to work with the Canadians. Having them show up and help us, we would die for them."While much of the attention surrounding Canada's mission in northern Iraq has been focused on the role being played by the special forces, they aren't operating alone.Roughly 150 Canadian troops are stationed in Erbil, including a helicopter squadron, logistical staff, and medical personnel, all in support of the special forces mission and broader coalition fight against ISIL.Four Griffon helicopters from Canadian Forces Base Valcartier ferry troops and equipment from Camp Erable to the special forces troops in the field every day, zipping low like dragonflies over fields, around hills and past isolated communities to avoid enemy fire."The challenge here is the more (power) wires and the weather during winter," said Maj. Mathieu Bertrand, commander of the helicopter squadron. "We had some fog. But generally, the weather is good."Meanwhile, a Canadian military hospital located within Camp Erable's small footprint, which itself is part of a larger coalition base dominated by the U.S., stands ready to provide aid to those wounded in battle.While the hospital, whose personnel hail from CFB Petawawa, has treated more than 100 patients for various injuries, Lt.-Col. Richard Morin said only 13 had received battlefield wounds. None were Canadian."The predominance of cases we're getting are emergency department-type casualties or patients that you would get when you get over 5,000 military troops all in one place," he said.The hospital has also treated a handful of ISIL fighters who were wounded and detained by coalition forces, which Morin said falls in line with the laws governing war."We actually understand even in conflict, there are rules that you need to follow that … respects the dignity of life," he said. "That's what makes us different."The entire effort is underpinned by logistical personnel, led by Lt.-Col. Dominique Dagenais, who are responsible for Camp Erable and ensuring that everything runs smoothly.Dagenais said the biggest challenge he faces is ensuring new personnel get their Iraqi visas in time to replace those who are nearing the end of their deployments.The Iraqi government has in the past dragged its feet when it comes to Canada's mission against ISIL, including delaying deployment of the military hospital and signing off on a plan to arm the Kurds.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter-Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press.
Islamic State linked group expands foothold in southern Syria near Israel-[Reuters]-By Suleiman Al-Khalidi-YAHOONEWS-February 20, 2017
AMMAN (Reuters) - Islamic State-linked Syrian militant groups on Monday launched a surprise attack on moderate rebels in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights near where the Jordanian and Israeli borders converge, seizing several villages and a large town, rebels and witnesses said.Rebels said the militants were able to extend their area of control in territory that forms a natural barrier between Syria and Israel where the Yarmouk River flows after they overran the towns of Tseel, Sahem al Golan, Adwan and Tel Jamoua."In a surprise attack Islamic State made an attack on positions held by the Free Syrian Army FSA groups which no one expected to happen so fast," said Colonel Ismail Ayoub, a Syrian opposition army defector.The militants launched a wide-scale dawn attack from their enclave where they are entrenched in the towns of Jamla, Ain Zakar Nafaa and al Shajra, deploying dozens of armored vehicles and several tanks to overrun nearby towns aided by sleeper cells among locals who helped the attackers, two rebel sources said.The jihadists were later driven out of at least two villages - Jileen and Heet - after a counteroffensive by Southern Front groups, an alliance of FSA factions that coordinates operations from a joint command center in Jordan, said Abu Yahya, a rebel official in the Jabhat Thwar Surya faction.It includes groups that have received some support from foreign states including Gulf Arab governments.The Sunni hardline militants are members of the so-called Khalid Ibn Al Walid Army, a grouping set up last year from a merger of two main militant jihadist factions who are believed to have pledged allegiance to Islamic State and now control the strip of territory southeast of the Golan Heights.Jordanian army units stationed along the border were put in a state of heightened readiness, a Jordanian security source said, and residents in the area said sounds of mortars were heard clearly from the fighting across the border.A rebel official told Reuters that several FSA rebel groups were expected to get fresh supplies of arms from Jordan in the next few weeks to beef up their defenses against the ultra-hardline Sunni radicals.Earlier this month the Jordanian air force said it conducted air strikes against the militants in the area, destroying an ammunition depot, a car bomb factory and barracks.Militants had reportedly executed several people in Tseel, the largest town that fell into militants' hands on Monday and which has been a haven for tens of thousands of displaced peoples-Tseel and most of the area captured by the militants had until early last year been in their hands until an alliance of FSA groups and rival Islamist groups wrested control and then managed to lay siege on their territorial enclave.The ultra-hardline militants' offensive came as heavy fighting between rebels and the Syrian army entered its second week in Deraa city, nearly 40 km (25 miles) east of the Yarmouk Valley, in the first such surge of violence in over a year and a half.The timing of the Islamic State-affiliated group's offensive has prompted accusations they had exploited the preoccupation of the FSA rebels in ongoing battles with the Syrian army.Rebel advances in a strategic district held by the army have prompted Russia to wage an intensive bombing campaign of rebel-held parts of the southern city for the first time since Moscow's major intervention in September 2015.The capture of Manshiya district would put the remaining government-held part of the city within firing range of the rebels and thwart repeated army attempts to rupture supply lines linking rebel-held areas to the east and west of the city.(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
Seeking to secure Sinai, Egypt builds closer ties with Hamas-[Reuters]-By Lin Noueihed and Nidal al-Mughrabi-YAHOONEWS-February 21, 2017
CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) - After years of strained relations, Egypt is moving closer to Hamas in Gaza, offering concessions on trade and free movement in return for moves to secure the border against Islamic State fighters who have killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers in northern Sinai.Egypt has been at odds with Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, since a crackdown by Cairo on the armed group's Islamist allies. Egypt closed the border, opening it only rarely.But in recent weeks Egypt has eased restrictions, allowing in trucks laden with food and other supplies, and providing relief from an Israeli blockade that has restricted the flow of goods into the coastal territory.The relaxation follows high-level Hamas visits to Cairo, which wants to restore its role as a regional powerbroker and crush Islamic State followers in the Sinai Peninsula, a strategic area bordering Gaza, Israel and the Suez Canal.It builds on what Egyptian and Palestinian sources say are efforts by Hamas to prevent the movement of militants in and out of Sinai, where they have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police since general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013.Egyptian and Palestinian officials say the changes could signal a new era of closer cooperation after years of tension."We want cooperation in controlling the borders and tunnels, the handover of perpetrators of armed attacks and a boycott of the Muslim Brotherhood. They want the crossing to be opened and more trade," one senior Egyptian security source said."This has actually begun, but in a partial way. We hope it will continue."While it doesn't engage directly with Hamas, Israel is working with Egypt on border security and monitoring of Gaza. Military officials have voiced support for any steps that bring greater stability to northern Sinai and Gaza.Hamas has increased security along its side of the border with Sinai over the past year, deploying hundreds of security forces and erecting more watchtowers. The group has also moved to round up Salafi Jihadists, who oppose an Egyptian-brokered 2014 ceasefire with Israel.Hamas, whose charter calls for Israel's destruction but which has no ambitions for global jihad, has not said how many militants it has captured and refuses to call them jihadists.Egypt has given Hamas a list of about 85 fugitives, who it says are implicated in attacks and wants extradited, the Egyptian security source said. Hamas denied links with some of them and sources in the group said extraditions were unlikely though it might make its own inquiries.Hamas has however let Egypt know that it has no interest in stoking unrest in an Arab neighbor that has mediated several truces with Israel and among rival Palestinian factions."If we compare it with a year ago, the situation or the relationship is better but it is not yet what is needed," Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior Hamas official, told Reuters."The needs of our people are great, their need to travel, pursue education or treatment, attend to their businesses and families abroad, and also the need for open trade with Egypt."-MUTUAL DISTRUST, COMMON INTERESTS-The blossoming ties have been advanced by intense diplomacy, culminating last month in a visit by Ismail Haniyah, a deputy leader of Hamas, to meet Egyptian intelligence officials.A series of conferences on Palestinian affairs have also taken place in Egypt in recent months attended by figures from Palestinian factions.Organizers said the conferences were part of efforts to restore Egypt's regional role following the chaos of the 2011 Arab Spring revolts."The situation now is returning to normal," said Elazb al-Tayeb Taher, writer on Arab affairs at the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper, which hosted one of the conferences in November."Egyptian intelligence is restoring its relationship with Hamas in accordance with certain guidelines, chief amongst them being that Hamas does not become a major gateway for threats from Gaza targeting Egypt's national security."Despite mutual distrust, Hamas and Egypt kept communication channels open, with Hamas officials regularly invited to Egypt.But ties hit a low in 2013, after Sisi overthrew President Mohamed Mursi, banned the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and jailed many of its supporters.Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a militant group that emerged in North Sinai in the chaos of 2011 and initially attacked Egypt's gas pipelines to Israel, turned its guns on Egyptian forces. In 2014, it joined Islamic State and has since attacked in Cairo, killing 28 people in a church in December.-'EARLY TO TALK OF TRADE'-Blockaded by Israel and facing the closure of their only other outlet, Gazans dug thousands of tunnels to smuggle in building materials and consumer goods and, according to Egyptian officials, smuggle out arms and fighters.In a bid to crush the militants, Egypt's military razed hundreds of homes and destroyed at least 2,000 tunnels.Curfews, checkpoints and air strikes have devastated an area that once drew holidaymakers to its Mediterranean shore.The desire to secure the area and restore a semblance of normality is as strong for Egypt, which wants to lure back foreign investors who fled after 2011, as it is for Gazans.Egyptians who organized the Palestinian conferences suggested the border might be reopened to trade for 10 or 15 days at a time - rather than a few days every six weeks at present - to build trust.But the ultimate aim is more ambitious; a free trade area and an industrial zone on the Egyptian side to facilitate commerce, allow Gazans to travel abroad, and create jobs for those who might otherwise join the militants."We've gotten to a point now with Hamas where we're working on a framework on which to build for the coming period, and this will be contingent upon controlling the borders and the crossing will be open routinely," said Tareq Fahmy, of the state-linked National Center for Middle East Studies, which co-organized two Palestinian conferences last year."We're thinking of direct trade and all this is pivotal for our brothers in Hamas and the Gaza Strip, but ... trust-building processes don't take place overnight."For residents of northern Sinai, who face a gamut of checkpoints each day, open trade seems an outlandish notion. The conflict has rendered the area a wasteland of demolished houses, sand berms and trenches."It's early to talk of trade. We are still living in a security zone," said one resident.(Additional reporting by Ahmed Mohamed Hassan in Cairo; editing by Giles Elgood)
13 Calgary police members file bullying complaints urging cultural, leadership changes-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-February 21, 2017
The Calgary Police Service is facing complaints by more than a dozen members, urging significant changes to the culture and leadership structure of the force, one of the complainants says."I hope this brings on a cultural change," Jen Magnus told The Calgary Eyeopener on Tuesday."It is necessary. I know that this exists in a lot of police organizations and military organizations and it is time for change to happen."Magnus, a 14-year member, tried to draw attention to the issues by offering her resignation at a public Calgary Police Commission meeting last month.Chief Roger Chaffin refused to accept her resignation at the meeting, asking her to take some time to reflect.Mayor Naheed Nenshi urged her not resign after learning of the emotional meeting.Last week, Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart resigned from the Calgary Police Commission, a day after the commission chair said she may have violated its code of conduct by speaking publicly about the complaints.Magnus alleges she has been bullied, sexually harassed and intimidated. Her public resignation renewed questions about harassment and intimidation on the force.-Need to start holding people to account-The 13 members announced Tuesday that complaints are being filed through a legal team."I believe every employee in Canada has a right to a safe and respectful workplace and the Calgary police should be no different," Magnus said."In order for that to happen, I think they need to acknowledge that changes need to come in the way of the culture and the way the leadership handles things. They need to start holding people accountable."Last October a damning 2013 workplace review surfaced showing a culture of bullying, harassment, intimidation and retaliation.Chaffin said at the time he needed to hear complaints directly in order to take action.He added old attitudes and old police culture are likely still lingering when it comes to female officers, and need addressing."You can't address problems, you can't fix things, you can't get at the root of things if you don't have the information," the chief said at the time.A lawyer involved with the complaints announced Tuesday that sometimes workplace issues become legal in nature."Employers have obligations and employees have rights and entitlements," Rachel West said."Sometimes they need lawyers involved, either in the background or the foreground, to assist them in protecting those rights, obtaining those entitlements and protecting their interests within the workforce or, if they chose to leave the workforce, in order to affect change from the outside."Magnus, meanwhile, says her future with Calgary police is unclear right now."I feel like I am giving up, but for my mental health and my family it is something I have to do."Calgary police have not yet responded to the complaints.With files from The Calgary Eyeopener.
Victoria moves to evict illegal live-aboard boats-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-February 20, 2017
The City of Victoria is taking action against illegally moored boats in the Gorge waterway after limited success in persuading occupants to move voluntarily.City clerk Chris Coates told On the Island host Gregor Craigie that notices are being served to about 15 boats anchored in the tidal inlet that connects Victoria Harbour to Portage Inlet.The notices advise boat owners of city plans to seek an injunction to enforce zoning regulations that prohibit long-term moorage."There's notice served on those folks and then they have 21 days to respond as to whether they're going to comply or whether they want to challenge the city on the injunction," Coates said.About half the boat owners have been served the notice. So far none has responded to the ultimatum, he said.At least seven of the boats are occupied "with some degree of regularity," Coates said.Seven other boats and their occupants left voluntary."They went elsewhere. We're not especially clear where that is," Coates said."We did our best to connect them with services on land for alternative housing," he said.Victoria's bylaw banning overnight moorage was passed in August 2015.The city then applied for and received a licence of occupation from the province, which allowed it to enforce the bylaw.Concerns about the boats include environmental impact on sensitive eel grass habitat as well as on salmon and whale populations.As well, residents living along the Gorge have complained about noise, garbage and dumping of sewage by boat occupants.With files from On the Island.
Thousands of demonstrators across US say 'Not My President'-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 20, 2017
Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day.The protests on the federal holiday didn't draw nearly as many people as the million-plus who thronged the streets following the Republican president's inauguration a month earlier, but the message was similar.Thousands of flag-waving protesters lined up outside Central Park in Manhattan. Many in the crowd chanted "No ban, no wall. The Trump regime has got to fall." They held aloft signs saying "Uphold the Constitution Now" and "Impeach the Liar."Nova Calise, one of the New York City organizers, said Presidents Day was "a perfect time to protest the person that's currently holding the title of President of the United States," adding Trump didn't share the values of those demonstrating Monday.A rally in downtown Los Angeles also drew thousands. Demonstrators there called attention to Trump's crackdown on immigration and his party's response to climate change and the environment. Organizers said they chose to rally on the holiday as a way to honour past presidents by exercising their constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest. They chanted: "Love not hate makes America great."In Chicago, several hundred rallied across the river from the Trump Tower, shouting "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Donald Trump has got to go."Rebecca Wolfram of Chicago, who's in her 60s, said concerns about climate change and immigrant rights under Trump prompted her to start attending rallies."I'm trying to demonstrate as much as possible until I figure out what else to do," said Wolfram, who held a sign that said "Old white ladies are really displeased."Several hundred demonstrated in Washington, D.C. Dozens gathered around the fountain in Dupont Circle chanting "Dump Trump" and "Love, not hate: That's what makes America great."Dozens marched through midtown Atlanta for a rally named with a Georgia flavour : "ImPEACH NOW! (Not My) President's Day March."Hundreds of protesters chanting "This is what democracy looks like" marched through Salt Lake City.The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2kFqWIG) that the crowd marched to push back against Trump and his administration's stance on such issues as the environment, immigration, free speech and Russia.Some people raised signs that said "Not My President," while others held up a large American flag. Protester Reg Brookings warned the crowd that Trump is trying to divide the country by making such groups as immigrants the enemy.A small but unruly group of protesters faced off with police in downtown Portland, Oregon.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/2lfx6xL) the police confronted the crowd in front of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building. Police took some people into custody.Hundreds of Trump opponents and supporters turned out in Rapid City, South Dakota.A larger anti-Trump faction stood on a street corner as part of a "Not My President" protest, similar to other demonstrations being held across the country. A group supporting the president lined up on a different corner at the same intersection. Police were on hand and the groups remained peaceful.The Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/2l1mzDK) reported the anti-Trump protesters held up posters including some reading, "Make America Think Again" and "Build bridges, not walls." Supporters of the president waved American flags and held signs saying "God Bless our Presidents; Go Trump" and "Veterans for Trump."___Walker reported from New York City. Associated Press writers Jeff Martin in Atlanta, Tammy Webber in Chicago, Alanna Durkin Richer in Richmond and Martha Bellisle in Seattle, Washington, contributed to this story.Julie Walker, The Associated Press.
Petition pushes back against move to exclude police from Vancouver Pride Parade-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-February 21, 2017
VANCOUVER — A campaign to exclude police from Vancouver's Pride Parade is experiencing pushback from a group that says not allowing officers to take part risks undermining the positive relationship between the LGBTQ community and law enforcement.Sandy Leo Laframboise, a longtime transgender activist in the city, said more than 2,600 people have signed a counter-petition opposing demands from a local chapter of Black Lives Matter that the Vancouver police be banned from this year's parade."How do you make progress if you don't involve others? How do the oppressor and oppressee work together if they're not involved together, if we don't have those open discussions?" Laframboise asked Monday.Black Lives Matter Vancouver asked police last summer to remove their float from the parade as a "show of solidarity and understanding," to acknowledge the presence of uniformed officers makes some participants feel unsafe.The request from the activist group came shortly after its Toronto counterpart brought that city's parade to a standstill until organizers agreed to a list of demands, including barring police floats from future marches.The Vancouver chapter launched an online petition three weeks ago asking that the Vancouver Pride Society, which runs the event, prohibit uniformed police officers from marching. By Monday, it had collected 875 signatures.Black Lives Matter Vancouver did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but in an open letter published last July it said allowing police to participate is "insulting" to protesters who made Pride celebrations possible."We acknowledge that in certain contexts police presence to perform a job of civil service may deter acts of homophobia and violence, especially at designated queer events such as Pride," the letter said."However, we cannot divorce the policing institution from its historical and continued violence against indigenous and (minority) communities, racial profiling or inaction around our missing indigenous women."Laframboise said while the grievances of Black Lives Matter are real and warrant discussion, the Pride Parade isn't the appropriate venue because it has evolved from a protest march to a celebration of diversity and inclusion.The Vancouver Pride Parade regularly attracts more than 100 floats and crowds in excess of 500,000. This year's event will take place in early August. Police have marched in Vancouver's parade since 2002.Kieran Burgess, executive director of operations with the Vancouver Pride Society, said in an email that the group's board received the counter-petition Monday afternoon and was looking into allowing the organizers to speak at the society's board meeting in March.Laframboise delivered the document alongside fellow activists Velvet Steele and Kristine Andersen."I think it went really well," Steele said after leaving the Vancouver Pride Society office."We're not here to start an argument," she added. "We're not trying to divide the community."The media accompanying the group was prevented from entering the society's office.Laframboise said the Pride society had agreed to meet with them on March 21, about a week before the society is scheduled to meet with the Vancouver Police Board.In the early 1990s, Laframboise was involved in a liaison committee aimed at improving relations between the transgender community and Vancouver police.The self-described transgender Metis activist calls Vancouver police one of the most progressive law enforcement agencies in Canada and commended the administration for its willingness to sit down with community groups to work on policy."Have there been some bad apples? Yes. Have there been some rude police officers? Absolutely. Have there been some issues in the trans community? Absolutely," Laframboise said."But I still want to work with the police to affect changes."— Follow @gwomand on Twitter-Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press.-Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version omitted Sandy Leo Laframboise's last name.