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Highlights Period: 4 – 10 November 2017

UK to exit EU on Mar 29, 2019 at 11 pm: Theresa May

The UK will leave the European Union on March 29, 2019 at 11 pm (local time), British Prime Minster Theresa May announced today as she set out plans to enshrine in law the exact date and time for Britain s exit from the economic bloc. The prime minster said the EU Withdrawal Bill will be amended to formally commit to a Brexit date and time deadline before the amended version of the proposed legislation comes up for scrutiny by MPs in the House of Commons next week. "Let no-one doubt our determination or question our resolve, Brexit is happening. It will be there in black and white on the front page of this historic piece of legislation: the United Kingdom will be leaving the EU on March 29, 2019 at 11 pm," she wrote in 'The Daily Telegraph' today. The date marks the two-year cut off point after Britain invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to trigger the process of leaving the 28-member economic bloc on March 29 this year following a referendum in favour of Brexit in June 2016.

Missile targeting main Saudi airport was Iranian – US Air Force

The ballistic missile, intercepted near Saudi Arabia’s capital last Saturday, was from Iran and bore “Iranian markings,” a top US Air Force commander has said. The commander for southwest Asia at US Air Forces Central Command, Jeffrey Harrigian, claimed on Friday that the missile, which targeted the country’s main airport near the capital last Saturday, was Iranian. The projectile, which was downed near the airport of the Saudi capital bore “Iranian markings,” according to Harrigian, who added that an investigation was underway into how it was smuggled to Yemen despite the Saudi naval and air blockade… The uncovered wreckage of the missile indicated “the role of the Iranian regime in manufacturing,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said earlier this week, without providing further details. French President Emmanuel Macron, in his turn, simply put it that the missile was “obviously” Iranian – also without giving any proof. While the blame for the missile launch was promptly pinned on Iran, Tehran has firmly denied its involvement. The Iranian Foreign Ministry branded the allegations “destructive, irresponsible, provocative and baseless,” adding that the missile launch was an “independent” response by Yemenis to Saudi aggression.

Germany becomes first European country to legally recognise a baby as neither male nor female

Germany has made history, as the country’s highest court has ruled in favour of allowing babies to be registered as neither male nor female on birth certificates. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe has given the government until the end of next year to pass a law which specifies a category other than male or female. Otherwise, it must eliminate a gender category completely. According to the BBC, activists have described the court ruling as a ‘small revolution’, as the law will make Germany the first European country to give parents the option of a third category when registering their children. Current laws were declared discriminatory, as gender should no longer be seen as fixed from birth but a social construct… Maja Liebing, an expert in LGBTI rights, told CNN: “This judgment is a very important step for intersex people in Germany. We hope it can lead to a rethink in society, to a realisation that there are more than two genders.”

Houthi missile attack on Riyadh a ‘reaction to Saudi aggression’ – Iran’s Rouhani
The recent missile attack near the Saudi Arabian capital’s airport was a legitimate response by the Yemeni people to Saudi bombings, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said. Earlier, the Saudis called Iran’s support for the Houthi in Yemen an act of war. “How should the Yemeni people react to the bombardment of their country? So they are not allowed to use their own weapons? You stop the bombardment first and see if the Yemenis would not do the same,” Rouhani said on Wednesday, as quoted by Tasnim news agency. Rouhani was apparently commenting on Riyadh’s Monday statement claiming Iran was responsible for the attack that involved a ballistic missile launched from Yemen. The missile, intercepted by the kingdom’s air force on Saturday, reportedly targeted Riyadh Airport. Houthi rebels have been accused of carrying out the attack. Rouhani added that the Saudis had made a strategic mistake considering the US and Israel’s “Zionist regime” as friends, and Iran as enemy. “Great powers and the West have always sought to create gaps and differences among nations and countries of the [Middle Eastern] region,” Rouhani said. He added that he hopes “rulers in certain countries of the region will understand the reality.” He also accused Saudi leaders of meddling in Syria’s and Iraq’s domestic affairs, as well as of “strengthening Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS].” In a statement on Monday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) laid the blame for the missile attack directly on Tehran. It said that “Iran’s role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy in this matter constitutes a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally.”

Saudi Arabia blames Iran for missile launched from Yemen, warns it could be considered ‘act of war’

Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of being responsible for the ballistic missile launched from Yemen that targeted Riyadh airport on Saturday, warning that it could be "considered an act of war." In a statement in the wee hours of Monday, Saudi Arabia laid the blame for the attack directly at Iran's feet, claiming it would not have happened had Iran not been supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen. "Iran's role and its direct command of its Houthi proxy in this matter constitutes a clear act of aggression that targets neighboring countries, and threatens peace and security in the region and globally," the statement, published by the official Saudi Press Agency, reads. "Therefore, the coalition's command considers this a blatant act of military aggression by the Iranian regime, and could rise to be considered as an act of war against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia." Saudi Arabia also said it "reserves [the] right to respond to Iran in the appropriate time and manner." The Saudi-led military coalition also announced it was closing off all land border crossings, seaports and airports in Yemen in response to the missile launch.

‘Ebola’ outbreak declared amid Black Death comeback – and this virus is untreatable

HEALTH experts are warning a killer virus that has broken out is untreatable – as the plague continues to spread after making a shock comeback. The outbreak of a deadly virus similar to Ebola – the fatal fever that struck west Africa – has been confirmed in the continent. Marburg, which kills up to 88% of people it strikes, has killed two people in Uganda and is now feared to have spread to another three. A team of experts have been scrambled to the Kween district to contain the virus amid fears it will become a serious epidemic. The virus is from the same family as Ebola, and causes bleeding, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be spread through bites from either fruit bats or monkeys, and can be passed from human-to-human through semen and blood. However, it can also be passed through coming into contact with contaminated clothing and bedsheets, the World Health Organization warns. There is currently no treatment of the virus… Worryingly, it is feared several hundred people have come into contact with the five victims. Dr Diana Atwine, Uganda's health ministry permanent secretary, said: “At moment we don't know if there are other people apart from the dead who have contracted the disease. “Health experts are still investigating in addition to sensitising the population about the dangers of Marburg and we call for public vigilance.” The outbreak comes after Daily Star Online revealed a new Black Death outbreak is spreading fast across Africa after taking root in Madagascar. And among the places affected are tourist destinations such as South Africa, Kenya, the Seychelles and Mauritius. Health officials fear the plague, which has killed 124 people in this latest outbreak, is now running a “high” risk of spreading.

Russian nukes would cause ‘overwhelming damage’ to any potential enemy – Moscow

Russia’s nuclear deterrence is strong enough to ensure a “level of unacceptable damage” to any potential aggressor, the Chief of the General Staff has said. Reporting on the state of the Russian strategic nuclear forces on Tuesday, General Valery Gerasimov said some 74 percent of the arsenal employed cutting-edge technology. “Today the strategic nuclear forces are capable to inflict a guaranteed level of unacceptable damage to any aggressor, including those possessing antiballistic missile defense,” he said. Gerasimov added that Russia was working on improving the arsenal in ways that did not violate the country’s international obligations on proliferation and arms reduction. Speaking at a senior-level Defense Ministry meeting on Tuesday, Gerasimov said the military has improved its capability to detect a nuclear attack targeting Russia over the past few years. Among the 55 military spacecraft launches conducted over five years there were satellites used to detect missile launches from North America. They replace older outdated early-warning satellites. “Further development of the system will provide for a global persistent monitoring of the ballistic missile launch sites,” Gerasimov said.

Period 24 October - 3 November 2017

ISIS claims responsibility for Manhattan terrorist attack, no evidence given – report

The Islamic State's weekly newsletter claims the terrorist group is culpable in the vehicular terrorist attack allegedly carried out by Sayfullo Saipov that killed eight people in Manhattan, according to Reuters. The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) newsletter, Naba, calls Saipov a "soldier of the caliphate," according to the SITE Intelligence Group. Reuters has reported that IS provided no evidence to support its claim. According to SITE, the terrorist group only claimed to have inspired the attack, not coordinated it. Saipov reportedly admitted to watching IS videos on his cell phone, before mowing down people on a bike path in the Manhattan neighbourhood of Tribeca in New York City on Tuesday. Saipov told US officials he was proud of killing eight people and injuring at least 11 others, and he also requested an IS flag be put up in his hospital room. The criminal complaint against Saipov alleges that he was inspired by IS. He was motivated after he viewed a video in which Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, questioned what Muslims in the US and elsewhere were doing to respond to the killing of Muslims in Iraq. Saipov told investigators that he chose Tuesday to attack, because it was Halloween, and he expected more people to be out in public. He had hoped to kill more people on the Brooklyn Bridge

Deadly airborne plague in Madagascar is now at 'crisis' point and the 'worst outbreak in 50 years'

The deadly airborne plague spreading rapidly across Madagascar is now at 'crisis' point as cases have rocketed by 37 per cent in just five days, official figures reveal. The outbreak, the 'worst in 50 years', is being fueled by a strain more lethal than the one which usually strikes the country off the coast of Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) now states there are 1,801 suspected cases - significantly higher than the 1,309 it reported last Thursday. Academics have revealed such a jump in cases over the period of five days is concerning and have predicted it could get worse. The most recent statistics show there have been 127 deaths. Professor Robin May, an infectious diseases expert at Birmingham University, told MailOnline that 'whichever way you look' at the outbreak, it’s 'concerning definitely'. Analysis of figures by MailOnline show the epidemic could strike a further 20,000 people in just a matter of weeks, if current trends continue. It could be made worse by crowds gathering for an annual celebration to honour the dead earlier this week. The 'truly unprecedented' outbreak has prompted warnings in nine nearby countries - South Africa, Seychelles, La Reunion, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros and Mauritius. Two thirds of this year's cases have been caused by the airborne pneumonic plague and means it is spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting. It is different to the traditional bubonic form that strikes the country each year.

Iran threatens ballistic missile strikes on American forces, can hit ‘All US Bases’

A top Iranian military commander has threatened to launch ballistic missile attacks on U.S. forces in the region amid a public effort by the Islamic Republic to show off its advanced missile capabilities, according to U.S. officials and regional reports. Iranian leaders disclosed that their advanced ballistic missile technology, which could be used as part of a nuclear weapons program, is sophisticated enough to strike U.S. forces up to nearly 1,300 miles, or 2,000 kilometers, away, which encompasses all U.S. bases in the region. The head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, announced on Tuesday that Iranian missiles can already "cover all U.S. bases in the region" and that Tehran has the capability to increase its missile power even further. "Based on the policies specified by the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei], the range of our missiles is limited to 2,000km, but we have the capability to increase the range," IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said following an announcement by the country's supreme leader that Iranian ballistic missile technology would be capped at this distance for the short term. While pro-Iran activists cheered the announcement as a sign of moderation on Iran's part, U.S officials and experts told the Washington Free Beacon that the distance cap on these missiles is effectively meaningless since the country's current military technology is capable of striking U.S. forces, a position emphasized by Iranian military leaders. "At present it [this distance] is sufficient because the Americans are in a 2,000 km radius from our country and their attacks will be responded," Jafari was quoted as saying in Iran's state-controlled press outlets.

Saudi Arabia takes first step towards nuclear plant tender: Sources

ABU DHABI/KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has sent a request for information (RFI) to international suppliers to build two nuclear power plants, a first step towards a formal tender, three sources said. The kingdom is considering building 17.6 gigawatts (GW) of nuclear capacity by 2032, the equivalent of about 17 reactors, making it one of the biggest prospects for an industry struggling after the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. The world's biggest exporter of oil wants to reduce the amount of crude it burns at home to generate electricity so it can sell more of it overseas. "Saudi Arabia has just sent the request for information to various companies and it is being examined," one industry source told Reuters, adding that firms had about two months to respond. A second industry source confirmed that Saudi authorities had sent an RFI, which is a request to nuclear vendors to submit non-binding offers to build a nuclear reactor. "We sent a communication to suppliers," a Saudi official told Reuters without giving details. One source said Saudi Arabia planned to organise a nuclear conference in Riyadh in coming months. If a tender proceeds, Saudi Arabia would become the second Gulf Arab state to turn to nuclear power after the United Arab Emirates, which is building four South Korean-designed reactors, with the first due to start in 2018.

North Korea nuclear tunnel collapses ‘killing at least 200 people’ amid fears of a massive radioactive leak

A tunnel at an underground North Korea nuclear site has reportedly collapsed killing up to 200 people. The disaster happened at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the north-east of the country on October 10, according to Japan’s TV Asahi. The disaster has prompted fears of a massive radioactive leak which could spark a Chernobyl- or Fukushima-style disaster. A North Korean official said the collapse happened during the construction of an underground tunnel, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports. Some 100 people are said to have been trapped by the initial tunnel collapse, with a further 100 lost in a second collapse during a rescue operation, Asahi reported Tuesday… The accident is believed to have been caused by Kim Jong-un’s sixth nuclear test which weakened the mountain, according to the report. It was reported earlier this year that the mountain under which the base is believed to be hidden was at risk of collapsing and leaking radiation into the region. Experts said if the peak crumbles, clouds of radioactive dust and gas would blanket the region, the South China Morning Post reported.

Atmospheric levels of CO2 hit record high in 2016, UN says

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement. "Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016," the World Meteorological Organisation said. "Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Nino event," it said. The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN weather agency's annual flagship report, tracks the continent of dangerous gasses in atmosphere in the post-industrial era (since 1750). The report also said that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was three to five million years ago, when the sea level was up to 20 metres (66 feet) higher than now. "Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, we will be heading for dangerous temperature increases by the end of this century, well above the target set by the Paris climate change agreement," WMO chief Petteri Taalas said in a statement.

Trump pulls UN funding and uses the money to help persecuted Christians

"No More Funding!!" This was the message left by Vice President Mike Pence recently at the 'In Defense of Christians’ annual Solidarity Dinner for Christians in the Middle East gala. Pence made these remarks in regards to the Obama Administration's previous mandate of giving the United Nations 1 billion dollars, for funding humanitarian aid in the Middle East. The Washington Examiner previously reported that 'The Obama Administration' was responsible for giving the United Nations 1 billion dollars. These funds were meant for humanitarian aid in the Middle East. The United Nations would then distribute these funds to various organizations in the troubled region. Pence made it clear that The Trump Administration would use the funds for a more worthy cause in the Middle East. Funding the UN will be a thing of the past and his Administration will instead be giving the Funds to faith-based organizations to dispense. Pence said: “Our fellow Christians and all who are persecuted in the Middle East should not have to rely on multinational institutions when America can help them directly,” In the past, the UN wasn't very successful at giving aid to persecuted Christians in the Middle East because that wasn't a top priority for the organization… Pence went on to say: “Tonight, it is my privilege to announce President Trump has ordered the State Department to stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations and from this day forward, America will provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID. The United States will work hand-in-hand from this day forward with faith-based groups and private organizations to help those who are persecuted for their faith. This is the moment. Now is the time and America will support these people in their hour of need.” After his announcement, the Vice President received a round of applause and was clearly proud of this accomplishment.

Catalans race to create a new currency as independence counter-attack builds

Catalonia is working with fintech experts in Estonia to create a new digital currency for the region, it has been reported, even as Spain attempts to bring the would-be republic under state rule. The news comes amid growing fears that Madrid will struggle to impose control over the breakaway region, with experts predicting more of the violence and civil unrest seen during the October 1 referendum. The Catalan government declared the region independent on Friday, but hours later Mariano Rajoy's Spanish government voted to enact Article 155, bringing Catalonia under the direct rule of Madrid. Spain has announced new regional elections to be held in December, and said sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was "welcome" to stand even though Spanish prosecutors have announced plans to charge him with "rebellion". Mr Pudigemont has called on supporters to "democratically oppose" Spanish rule in a television broadcast hours after his dismissal. Now hard-line seperatists are said to be working on a new blockchain currency similar to the "Plan B" initiative cooked up by Syriza in the midst of the Greek financial crisis, The Telegraph reported. Bareclona crytographers are reportedly taking advice from cryptocurrency expert Vitalik Buterin, founder of blockchain platform Etherium, and programmers in digital-savvy Estonia. The idea is to create a currency free of control from both Spain and the European Central Bank… Independence of the wealthy region would also pose an unprecedented threat to the EU far worse than that of Brexit, in large part because of its eurozone membership.

Threat of North Korean nuclear attack accelerating - US defence secretary

The threat of nuclear missile attack by North Korea is accelerating, US defence secretary Jim Mattis said. In remarks in Seoul with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo at his side, Mr Mattis accused North Korea of illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs - and vowed to defeat any attack. Mr Mattis said the North engages in "over-the-top rhetoric" and behaviour, adding the US will never accept North Korea becoming a nuclear state. He added the firepower and cohesiveness of the decades-old US-South Korean alliance would be more than a match for anything the North may try. "North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbours and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs," he said, adding that US-South Korean military and diplomatic collaboration has taken on "a new urgency" as a result. As he emphasised throughout his week-long Asia trip, which included stops in Thailand and the Philippines, Mr Mattis said diplomacy remains the preferred way to deal with the North. "With that said," he added, "make no mistake - any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming." Mr Mattis's comments in Seoul did not go beyond his recent statements of concern about North Korea, although he appeared to inject a stronger note about the urgency of resolving the crisis. While he accused the North of "outlaw" behaviour, he did not mention that president Donald Trump has ratcheted up his own rhetoric. In August, Mr Trump warned the North not to make any more threats against the United States, and said that if it did, it would be met with "fire and fury like the world has never seen". At his Seoul news conference, Mr Mattis said the North is, in effect, shooting itself in the foot. "If it remains on its current path of ballistic missiles and atomic bombs, it will be counterproductive, in effect reducing its security," he said. The North says it needs nuclear weapons to counter what it believes is a US effort to strangle its economy and overthrow the Kim government.

European Union voting to lower age of consent to 13

The European Parliament will vote this week on a motion which could lower the legal age of sexual consent from 16 to 13 years of age across the European Union. Laurent Henry proposed the motion which “could free thousands of unjustly convicted prisoners” if the parliament decides to pass it. “Our prisons are filled with young men that have been robbed of their youth, condemned to rot in jail for an act that should not be a crime. Why are we denying these young men the chance to play a more positive role in modern society?”, he said before the assembly Tuesday. “Some even argue that a law on the age of consent has become superfluous and should no longer exist.” Laws on pedophilia are outdated claims top German immigration attorney, Hans Goldsberg. “There will be the need for a consolidation of national laws under the current European system on the legal aspects of sex. Most of these national rulings don’t represent the modern social complexities of our times and are legally baseless. Some even argue that a law on the age of consent has become superfluous and should no longer exist,” claims the lawyer who has worked for more than 35 years in his field of work. Support for the European motion also exists in the United States. “Just think about how 2,000 years ago the Greeks were a much more open society. We must remember that love between a man and a boy where not as taboo as today,” explains cultural anthropologist, Thomas Black, from the University of Michigan. Adults who have sex with underage children now face from two to six years in prison and up to 12 years according to current European law if they have performed oral or penetrative sex. Currently the age of consent varies by jurisdiction across Europe and is currently set between 14 and 18.

World leaders rehearse for a pandemic that will come ‘sooner than we expect’

The government ministers were facing a new infectious disease outbreak. The mysterious virus was sickening and killing people with alarming speed. Some patients had to be placed on ventilators to help them breathe. The new virus seemed resistant to antibiotics and antiviral medicine. Within a week, officials had closed a major hospital and schools and quarantined thousands of people. Fear and panic spread quickly as people in neighbouring countries became infected and died. That scenario was part of a pandemic simulation held during the World Bank’s annual meeting in Washington this month. It’s not the kind of event that people would typically associate with the World Bank. But it’s the fourth such exercise the bank has helped organize in the past year, reflecting what experts say is the growing awareness outside the traditional global health sector of the increasing threat and economic disruption posed by a global pandemic. The chaotic and “horrendously inefficient” early response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the catalyst for the simulations, said Tim Evans, senior director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank. “We realized that people were just making it up as they were going along, including us,” Evans said, referring to the Ebola response. The bank wanted to “move from a history of panic and neglect to one where we’re going to start to prepare much more systematically to be ready for the 100 percent probability we will be dealing with this again,” he said. “Probably sooner than we expect.’” Outbreaks of life-threatening infectious diseases are spreading faster and with more unpredictability than ever. An unusually large plague outbreak in Madagascar has killed 106 people since August. About 70 percent of the cases are the more virulent form of pneumonic plague that spreads by coughing, sneezing or spitting and is almost always fatal if untreated with antibiotics. In Uganda, officials are on high alert because of a recently reported outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus that has killed one person and may have exposed hundreds more at health facilities and during traditional burial ceremonies. Marburg is a highly infectious hemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola and is among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans… Although there is more awareness about the issue, experts agree that the world is not prepared for the next pandemic. “We still are not ready for the big one,” Klain said, noting that next year is the centennial of the great influenza pandemic of 1918 -1919 that killed at least 50 million people worldwide. “We’re frankly not ready for a medium-sized one. The threat is still out there.”

Saudi Arabia will return to moderate, open Islam and 'will destroy extremist ideas', says crown prince

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia has revealed the country will return to moderate, open Islam. Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud also announced the kingdom would do more to tackle extremism today. Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh he said: "We want to go back to what we were, the moderate Islam that is open to the world, open to all the religions. "We will not waste 30 years of our lives dealing with extremist ideas, we will destroy them today". The conference, which runs until Thursday, aims to show how the country is opening itself up to the modern world and diversifying economically. Prince bin Salman was appointed heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia by his father King Salman earlier this year. The 32-year-old is seen as the face of the modern kingdom and is the driving force behind its long term economic plan to wean itself off dependence on oil by 2030. Last month the ultra-conservative Kingdom issued an order lifting the 60-year ban on women driving. The absolute monarchy was the only in the world where women weren't allowed legally to get behind a wheel but the ban is expected to be officially lifted by next summer. Women in Saudi Arabia are also bound by law to wear a headscarf and require the consent of a male guardian for most legal actions. Recently the country has been opening more areas for women through the government's modernising reforms. But they have sparked tensions with influential clerics upon whose support the ruling family relies. Saudi Arabia is governed under a puritanical form of Sunni Islam known as Wahabism… At the conference Prince bin Salman also announced the creation of a new $500 billion city to be built on the border with Jordan and Egypt. 'Neom' will be run using alternative energy and serve as a worldwide technology hub, according to the prince.

A new Middle East? US President Trump unveils new peace plan

US President Donald Trump has unveiled his newest peace plan for the Middle East. The US will propose a comprehensive regional settlement that will be open for negotiations and allow for normalized relations between Israel and the Arab states. Despite a skeptical Netanyahu, the Trump administration believes that Mahmoud Abbas is truly interested in reaching an agreement. Months after US President Donald Trump's team began conducting meetings in the Middle East, Channel 2's main newscast reported on Sunday that the outline of Trump's proposal for peace in the region has finally been revealed. According to officials in the American government, the proposal will be open to negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The American team that worked on the deal intends to put forward a proposal for a comprehensive regional settlement that will also bring the Arab states to the table and allow for normalized relations with Israel. The arrangement is likely to be completely different from the previous plans put forth by former Secretary of State John Kerry and presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Washington has made clear that it has no intention of proposing an ultimatum, rather hopes that the proposal will act as a basis for negotiable terms; sources in the Trump administration said that the president and his team intend on being "brief and on point," but they do not plan on setting a strict timetable for the talks and said that "we will not impose an agreement on either side." A source close to the Democratic Party recently received the following message from the White House: "We have a concept and you will be happy with it." As part of the new plan, the working assumption of the Americans is that PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas is a serious and interested party in the arrangement- even though Israel disagrees. "If the situation were different, we would not have spent so much time and resources in the region," the US government said. On the other hand, he added, the US administration has also been very attentive to the security needs that Netanyahu raised.

Youngest World leader bans George Soros’s Foundations from Austria

The world’s youngest leader, newly-elected Sebastian Kurz, has informed George Soros that his Open Society Foundation has 28 days to cease and desist operations in Austria or face legal action for “attempting to undermine the democracy of the nation.” 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s youngest ever leader, has told colleagues that action must be taken immediately, after news broke that George Soros has donated $18 billion of his $24 billion dollar fortune to his Open Society Foundation. “The situation has become critical,” Kurz said. “Soros is throwing everything he has behind his push for global control. Misinformation and media manipulation has already increased exponentially overnight. We have no room for complacency.“ Kurz, a self-described truther who says he was “red pilled” by the 9/11 film Loose Change, claims that he understands the Soros agenda, and “there is no way in hell this country will be his fifth victim.” It is understood the Austrian chancellor is referring to the number of national economies Soros has crashed in order to gain enormous personal profit and political influence. Asked why he was banning George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, Kurz said, “Because it’s 2017.“ The news that Soros has released 75% of his vast fortune to push his political and social agenda has caused shockwaves around the world, with many democratically elected leaders expressing fear that the sheer weight of his billions, used to buy politicians and journalists, will be difficult to fight against. Kurz agrees. This is why he has taken fast action. “The specter of Soros is the greatest challenge humanity is facing in the world in 2017. He is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming his blood funnel into anything that smells like money, using this money to corrupt politicians, journalists and the public sector, and attempting to create the world in his image. “The people of Austria have rejected the New World Order, and it is my duty and my privilege to uphold their will.”

‘Severe threat’: ISIS & Al-Qaeda planning 9/11-style ‘big explosion,’ US security chief warns

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL) and Al-Qaeda terrorists are plotting to take down a plane and carry out a devastating explosion on the scale of 9/11, senior US security official Elaine Duke warns. “The terrorist organizations, be it ISIS or Al-Qaeda or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11. They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that,” the acting US secretary of homeland security said during a visit to the UK, as cited by British media. On September 11, 2001, (aka 9/11) terrorists hijacked aircraft and carried out the deadliest attack in history, killing almost 3,000 people. “The threat is still severe,” she stated on Wednesday in London following her meeting with Home Secretary Amber Rudd, where the officials discussed terrorist content online. The terrorist groups are using smaller attacks to keep their members “engaged,” remain visible and provide the flow of finances, according to Duke. At the same time smaller plots can be followed with major ones, she warned. “Creating terror is their goal. A bladed weapon attack causes terror and continues to disrupt the world, but that does not mean they have given up on a major aviation plot,” she said… Just one day before the US security chief’s warnings, Andrew Parker, director general MI5, Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, said that Britain was under unprecedented threat from Islamist terrorists.

US stance on nuclear deal will lead to global chaos – Iranian parliament speaker

US policies towards the 2015 nuclear deal and its sanctions against Moscow and Tehran will spread chaos in the international community, the speaker of Iran’s parliament said. “It seems like they [the US] have started some action which will eventually lead to disorder on [the] world arena,” the speaker of Iranian parliament, Ali Larijani, said following a meeting on Friday with Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the Duma lower house of Russia's parliament. “An example to that is sanctions which they imposed on Iran and Russia as well as the measures they began to take in light of the nuclear agreement signed with Iran,” he added. If Washington fails to comply with the nuclear deal arrangements, the agreement will collapse. “Over the past months, the Americans repeatedly violated the nuclear agreement,” Larijani stated. Larijani said he was surprised to hear US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson openly say that new administrations revise old agreements. “He was very clear – when you [Iran] negotiated, you should have known that the governments change, and the agreements may change as well,” Larijani added. “But then you can’t reach any agreements at all.” The UN nuclear watchdog has confirmed Iran’s commitment to its obligations under the deal seven times to date, Larijani said. He warned that Tehran may respond with reciprocal measures – even if the US quits from the agreement. "Even the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] itself sets out that if other signatories take any measures, Iran may do so as well," Larijani said.

Volcano warning: Canary Islands panic as earthquakes hit La Palma – 40 tremors in 48 hours

Fears of a volcano erupting on the Canary Islands has sparked panic as the Spanish archipelago was hit by more than 40 earthquake tremors in just 48 hours. La Palma was rocked by more than 40 seismic movements of low magnitude and intensity between 1.5 and 2.7 on the Richter scale, according to the data of the National Geographic Institute. The biggest earthquake, recorded at around 1pm on Saturday, had a magnitude of 2.7 and took place in the area of the Natural Park Cumbre Vieja, 28 kilometres deep. The second largest quake, of 2.6, took place at 1.23pm on Sunday in the same area, while the third quake erupted at midnight on Monday, reaching a magnitude of 2.1, according to the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan). The earthquakes from the huge Cumbre Vieja volcano have sparked panic across the Canary Islands, with volcano experts pulled in to examine the unusual seismic activity.

Ophelia poised to tie a hurricane season record more than a century old

The feverish 2017 hurricane season doesn’t seem to be letting up: on Monday, Tropical Storm Ophelia formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane this week. While the storm poses no threat to land, it could become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength — a streak of intense systems that will tie a record last set in the late 1800s. It comes in a season that has already produced five major hurricanes, including three ferocious Category 5 storms, and 15 named storms. The amount of accumulated cyclone energy — a measure of the intensity and longevity of storms — is also 254 percent higher than average with seven weeks left in the season, said University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy.

Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet presents gay marriage bill

“We can't let old prejudices be stronger than love,'' Bachelet said. Chile approved civil unions for same-sex couples in 2015 and decriminalized gay sex in 1999. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet introduced a bill Monday to legalize gay marriage, the latest in a series of recent reforms in a country long regarded as one of Latin America’s most socially conservative. Bachelet signed the proposal, which will be sent to lawmakers, at a ceremony in the presidential palace. She said the measure seeks to expand the definition of marriage between a man and a woman and would also expand rights for gay couples, allowing them to adopt children. “We can’t let old prejudices be stronger than love,” Bachelet said… “It’s the beginning of the end of discrimination based on sexual orientation to access marriage,” said Luis Larrain, founder of the Iguales Foundation. “This day will be remembered as much as the day when women were granted the right to vote, slaves were freed or children born out of wedlock were granted the same rights.”

Highlights Period: 19 August – 15 September 2017

LONDON TUBE TERROR – Parsons Green Tube explosion sparks manhunt for terrorist after bucket bomb left 22 hospitalised when device on timer exploded in rush hour

Fleeing commuters left with serious facial burns after a 'fireball flew down the carriage' of the packed train. Cops are desperately hunting a tube terrorist who injured 22 in a bucket bomb blast at Parsons Green station this morning. The homemade device connected to a timer sent a "fireball down a carriage" as it detonated with a schoolboy among those injured in the rush-hour terror explosion… Police have revealed that the homemade bomb, likened to pressure cooker devices used in 2013's Boston Marathon attack, did not fully detonate. The 2013 bombs, which killed three and injured hundreds, were packed with nails and ball-bearings to cause maximum damage and it is not yet clear if today's device had similar projectiles… The attack follows four previous attacks which saw five innocent people killed in Westminster in March, 22 killed in the Ariana Grande bombing in Manchester in May, eight killed in the van and knife rampage on London Bridge in June and one man killed when a van rammed into worshippers outside a North London mosque.

'Missile launch, take cover': Japan's terrifying wake-up call

"Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground." To the accompaniment of blaring sirens and emergency phone alerts, that was the terrifying loudspeaker message that jolted millions of Japanese awake in the early hours as North Korea blasted its second missile over the country in less than a month. But for local residents on the flightpath over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, there was no question of this becoming a routine event. "I cannot say that we are used to this. I mean, the missile flew right above our town. It's not a very comforting thing to hear," said Yoshihiro Saito, who works in the small fishing town of Erimo on Hokkaido. "It's pretty scary. I heard that it went 2,000 kilometres in the Pacific and dropped in the sea" where 16 of his ships were operating under the missile's flight path. Citizens in earthquake-prone Japan are well-drilled in seeking cover when emergency strikes but with only a matter of minutes from launch to impact, several residents voiced a feeling of helplessness. "It's really scary. The government tells us to flee to stable buildings but we can't do that quickly. Our colleagues offshore can never take cover," said Yoichi Takahashi, 57, a fisheries official in Kushiro on Hokkaido. "It has now happened twice to us ... We'll have restless days from now on," Takahashi told AFP… Breakfast television programmes across Japan, usually broadcasting a light-hearted diet of children's shows and gadget features, instead flashed up the warning message as the intermediate range ballistic missile flew overhead. Mobile carriers in Japan sent automatic text messages to rouse customers awake. Train services between Japan's main island and Hokkaido were temporarily suspended after the launch and bullet train services were also halted.

Mexico's strongest earthquake in a century leaves dozens dead

(CNN)At least 61 people have died after the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in a century struck off the southern coast. The magnitude 8.1 quake, which was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City, was registered off Mexico's southern coast just as heavy rains from Hurricane Katia lashed the east. The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of the capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast. President Enrique Peña Nieto said the temblor -- felt by about 50 million people across the country -- was the strongest earthquake Mexico has experienced in 100 years. In September 1985, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake killed an estimated 9,500 people in and around Mexico City. This one hit late Thursday, when many people were asleep. The states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are located closest to the earthquake's epicenter. They are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico, and were likely hit the hardest. At least 45 people were killed in Oaxaca state, Civil Protection National Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said on Twitter. Ten others died in Chiapas state and three were killed in Tabasco, he said.

41 million affected and 1,200 dead by flooding in India, Bangladesh and Nepal

Because much of North American media has been focused on Hurricane Harvey and the looming Hurricane Irma, few have been informed of an even worse natural disaster taking place overseas. In India, Bangladesh and Nepal, weeks of unusually strong monsoon rains have resulted in at least 1,200 deaths. In total, approximately 41 million people have been affected, according to the United Nations. The New York Times reports that thousands of homes have been destroyed in Nepal, where elephants are being used to rescue people and activists have been constructing rafts from bamboo and banana leaves to save landlocked victims. Despite some successful efforts by aid organizations, hundreds remain missing. As a result, many families have held last rites without their loved ones’ bodies. To make matters worse, Nepal’s flooded areas are in the poorest parts of the country. Many farms are now underwater, and thousands of people are stuck subsisting under plastic tarps in camps for displaced people. As a result of poor hygiene and cramped conditions, disease is beginning to spread. In India, floods have poured into the states of Assam, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal and other areas… In Mumbai, India’s largest city, the city’s transport system is said to be “in chaos.” Mumbai is largely built on reclaimed land and most schools and colleges remain shut. One news report said the city has been “paralyzed by incessant rains.” Reportedly, water is five feet high in some areas of the city…

Hurricane Harvey could be one of the costliest natural disasters in US history

Property damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in just parts of Harris and Galveston counties in Texas could add up to $23 billion, according to a Reuters report based on analysis of satellite imagery. The data from the flood imagery was combined with property parcel maps. The integrated information revealed floodwaters had submerged nearly 30,000 houses in the two counties. The estimated market value of the affected properties seen by satellite is $23.4 billion with 26 percent of that represented by land value while buildings and other improvements made up the remainder. Nearly 18 percent of the property hit by the storm in Harris County is residential. The figure shows only market value and reportedly represents a small fraction of the storm’s reach, as satellite images of the flooding are not complete. Theу cannot expose the depth of the floodwaters or the impact of the wind. All in all, the cost of the storm damage is expected to rise from current estimates of insured and uninsured losses and disaster assistance payments. On Wednesday, Moody’s updated its economic cost projection for southeast Texas to between $51 billion and $75 billion… Earlier this week, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said that if uninsured losses from Harvey reach $150 billion, the US economy would be hurt. “I don't think it would be a full percentage point for a year or anything like that. But it has a real effect. It destroys wealth. If there's $150 billion, or something, of uninsured losses that's real wealth,” Buffett told CNBC.

North Korea warns of 'merciless strike' ahead of US-South Korea drills

(CNN)Joint US-South Korean military drills are underway Monday despite warnings from North Korea a day earlier that they could lead to a "uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war." The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises are conducted annually and touted by South Korea and the United States as defensive in nature. But North Korea sees them as provocative and hostile, perhaps even preparation for an invasion. "The Trump group's declaration of the reckless nuclear war exercises against the DPRK ... is a reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war," North Korean state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said, using the acronym for Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the nation's official name. The piece went on to say that the North Korean army can target the United States anytime, and neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland can "dodge the merciless strike." "The Korean People's Army is keeping a high alert, fully ready to contain the enemies. It will take resolute steps the moment even a slight sign of the preventive war is spotted," it said. It did not provide any details on what it meant by "preventive war." Just last week, Pyongyang said it had finalized a plan to fire four missiles toward the US territory of Guam, an important military outpost in the western Pacific. State media reported that leader Kim Jong Un would assess the US' next move before giving launch orders. Kim would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees," a North Korean statement said last week. As tensions have quickly risen in recent weeks, concerned parties like China and Russia have tried to tout a proposal in which the US and South Korea would pause its military exercises in exchange for a freeze or pause of North Korean missile testing. The US has rebuffed the efforts so far and insisted that the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises would go ahead as planned, arguing they are lawful under international law as opposed to North Korea's missile and nuclear tests. Both US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis said last week that the US was keeping military options on the table in dealing with North Korea. Tillerson said peaceful diplomatic pressure was the preferred way to get Pyongyang to stop its testing of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. But he added that the diplomatic approach "has to be backed with military threat" if North Korea chooses to move forward with destabilizing actions. Mattis also made clear the US' willingness to use force if North Korea steps out of line. "In close collaboration with our allies, there are strong military consequences if the DPRK initiates hostilities," he said… China has urged both Washington and Pyongyang to tone down the rhetoric and stop actions that inflame tensions, missile testing on North Korea's side and military exercises on the US and South Korean side. China's Global Times newspaper, a state-run tabloid, was scathing of South Korea's decision to proceed with the drills. "The drill will definitely provoke Pyongyang more, and Pyongyang is expected to make a more radical response," it said in an editorial. "If South Korea really wants no war on the Korean Peninsula, it should try to stop this military exercise."

N. Korea will ‘never step back an inch’ from nuclear arms development – diplomat to UN

A North Korean envoy to a UN disarmament forum has refused to negotiate its nuclear program, accusing the US and South Korea of using joint military drills to carry out “an aggressive war scenario” and “a secret operation” against the North’s leadership. “The DPRK will never place its self-defense nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table or step back from the path it took to bolster the national nuclear force,” a North Korean diplomat stated at the UN disarmament forum in Geneva, as cited by Reuters. The envoy accused the US and its ally in the region, South Korea, of worsening the situation on the Korean Peninsula, saying that the ongoing joint military drills “would certainly add fuel to the fire.” Pyongyang considers the Ulchi Freedom Guardian maneuvers as “an aggressive war scenario,” targeting North Korea and its leadership, according to the envoy. “As long as the US hostile policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, the DPRK will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table,” Ju Yong-сhol, a North Korean envoy, stated at the UN disarmament forum on Tuesday. Ju also said that the bolstering of North Korea’s nuclear program “is justifiable and a legitimate option for self-defense in the face of such apparent and real threats.” The North has repeatedly called on the US to refrain from military exercises which could “ignite a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula at any cost,” according to the North’s state news agency KCNA. “The situation on the Korean Peninsula has plunged into a critical phase due to the reckless north-targeted war racket of the war maniacs,” KCNA reported on Monday. Meanwhile, Pyongyang has again threatened to strike the US base in Guam, which it earlier promised to attack if “provoked” by Washington. “As you know, we have completed the preparation of the Guam strike. Everything will depend on whether the United States acts sensibly or not. If they do not do so, they will be shamed yet again on the Korean Peninsula in front of the whole world,” Jin Jong-hyop, a representative of the North Korean embassy in Russia, told Sputnik.

Pope: Rights of Muslim migrants override national security concerns

The Pope has said: “We can speak today of an Arab invasion” of Europe. But here he is actively encouraging and abetting this invasion. Does he think the Muslim migrants will include none who wish to destroy the existing society by means of jihad and impose Sharia? Well, he has said that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence,” and so he may indeed think that the Muslim migrants to Europe are just coming in order to enfold the natives in a loving embrace… Pope Francis on Monday urged countries to greatly improve their welcome to migrants and stop collective expulsions, saying migrants’ dignity and right to protection trumps national security concerns. Francis’ politically pointed message was made in view of the Catholic Church’s 2018 world refugee day, celebrated Jan. 14. It comes amid mounting anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe and beyond following waves of migrant arrivals and Islamic extremist attacks. In the message, Francis demanded governments welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants, saying Jesus’ message of love is rooted in welcoming the “rejected strangers of every age.” He demanded a simplified process of granting humanitarian and temporary visas and rejected arbitrary and collective expulsions as “unsuitable.” He said the principle of ensuring each person’s dignity “obliges us to always prioritize personal safety over national security.”… Ignoring critics who say his calls are unrealistic and naive, Francis insisted in the new message that border guards must be trained to protect migrants and that each new arrival, regardless of legal status, must be guaranteed access to basic services beyond health care. That extends to guaranteeing access to consulates, the justice system and the ability to open a bank account and survive financially, he said…. His call was immediately rejected by the leader of Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party, which has opposed government proposals to change Italy’s law to accelerate citizenship for children born in Italy to non-Italians. “If you want to do it in the Vatican, go ahead,” Matteo Salvini wrote on Facebook. “But as a Catholic, I don’t think Italy can welcome and support the whole world.”

EU facing revolt: Poll finds mass support for member parliaments to reject Brussels orders

TWO-THIRDS of voters in eight key European Union countries believe their national parliaments should be handed the power to reject Brussels diktats, a shock poll reveals. A majority of people surveyed in major member states including Germany, France and Italy believe eurocrats’ powers to force laws on them should be significantly restrained. However, at the same time many indicate they are prepared to accept further integration of the bloc including handing the EU more powers over migration, defence and their economies… However, that support comes with the significant caveat that most people want to see their national parliaments handed the power to veto EU regulations that are not in their interest… “Majorities in all eight countries furthermore call for the introduction of a right for their national parliaments to object to and appeal decisions of the EU.” Alongside more powers for national parliaments, a large majority of voters surveyed would also like to see the introduction of EU wide referenda that could be used to vote down Brussels measures.

Period: 12 – 18 August 2017

600 migrants rescued off Spanish coast within 24 hours, largest number in single day this year

The number of people trying to reach Spain from North Africa has at least tripled this year. Spanish coastguards have reported rescuing almost 600 people in just one day, while the UN expects the country to overtake Greece as the second primary route for asylum seekers. On Wednesday, Spanish patrols pulled 599 people from rafts and dinghies in the Gibraltar Strait and near Alborán, an island outpost midway between Spain and Morocco, the coastguard reported on Thursday. There were 35 minors, including a baby among those rescued, AFP reported. The number is considered large for Spain, which is becoming an increasingly popular destination for people seeking to reach Europe in the hopes of asylum. Earlier, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a UN-related intergovernmental body monitoring and aiding displaced persons and refugees, said Spain may overtake Greece as second most-used gateway to Europe for cross-Mediterranean migration. As of August 9, the IOM recorded 8,385 arrivals in Spain this year compared to 12,191 in Greece over the same period. Italy remains the primary destination for refugees, with 97,293 arrivals recorded by the organization. The number of refugee arrivals in Spain has tripled compared to the same period in 2016, according to IOM statistics… The organization warned on Friday that the situation may evolve into a major emergency. “We understand from our experts in the field that Spain now is going through something like what Greece saw in the beginning of 2015 or Italy even earlier,” IOM spokesman Joel Millman told a Geneva news briefing. “Obviously if this grows at the rate it's growing it could be a big emergency.”

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Las Ramblas terror attack

"Soldiers" of the Islamic State group carried out a deadly van attack in Barcelona on Thursday, the jihadist organisation’s propaganda outlet Amaq said. "The executors of the Barcelona attack were soldiers of the Islamic State," Amaq said on its Telegram messenger account, without naming those it claimed were behind the attack… At least 13 people were killed on Thursday when a driver deliberately slammed a van into crowds on Barcelona’s most popular street in what police said was a "terror attack", …the latest in a wave of vehicle rampages across Europe in recent years. The attack caused panic on the streets of Spain’s largest city and drew condemnation from world leaders. The famous Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona’s busiest streets, lined with shops and restaurants and normally thronged with tourists and street performers until well into the night.

U.S.-South Korea war games start Monday as Pyongyang warns of ‘catastrophe’

WASHINGTON – Are tensions cooling in the Korean Peninsula? The United States and South Korea will find out Monday, when the two allies are scheduled to start joint military exercises that are known to anger North Korea, sometimes triggering a show of force. This year’s war games come at a particularly delicate moment. There have been exchanges of war rhetoric between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has further complicated the situation, by stating in an interview there’s “no military option” in North Korea while floating a possible deal with Pyongyang that would leave Seoul hanging. Amid all this back and forth, the U.S. and South Korean military will simulate warfare with North Korea from Aug. 21 to 31, well aware that North Korea could respond with another missile test. “Over the course of the next two weeks I expect tensions to escalate,” said Scott A. Snyder, a Korea specialist with the Council on Foreign Relations who previously was the Asia Foundation's representative in Seoul. “This is always a sensitive issue, but it is more hair-trigger as the North Koreans are very sensitive to the likely additional nuclear-capable aircraft flyovers.” The United States says biannual exercises are defensive in nature, but North Korea and China have long criticized them as a provocation and an affront to regional security. “There certainly will be some reaction,” said J.D. Williams, a retired Marine colonel and defense policy researcher at the RAND Corporation in California. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if North Korea conducted some kind of missile launch — not a test but a defiant demonstration of might.

Islamists say they will make it legal to rape White women when they take over Europe

We live in a Bizarro World, a world where White Genocide is being carried out in the name of “Diversity,” and any objection to this anti-white policy is banned. In our Bizarro World, massive third world immigration into every WHITE country, and ONLY to WHITE countries, is official policy… Immigration is only the first step in this genocidal policy. In every white country there Is a policy of FORCED racial assimilation. In 2008 the President of France declared officially that this program of racial intermarriage was going too slow, and he threatened to use force to speed it up. All whites everywhere must be chased down… Back then, Africans were allowed to condemn the Fugitive Slave Act. But no one is allowed to breathe a word against the policy of chasing down and ending the white race. Applied to any other race but whites, this Bizarro Policy would be described as genocide. The Australian Prime Minister declared that the aborigines were being subjected to quote “genocide by assimilation,” which is exactly what is being done to whites. But no criticism of white genocide by immigration and assimilation is allowed anywhere on earth. In our Bizarro world, criticism of our fugitive white policy is crushed. Anyone who dares to question this Bizarro anti-white despotism is attacked by the three groups I call Screamers, Thugs and Thought Police. Screamers are there to shout down any questioning of white genocide. They shout words like “Nazi!” “White Supremacist!” “Racist!” and “White Separatist!” One minute they scream for diversity because there are too many white people and the next minute they scream there is no such thing as white people. Anti-white screamers do not have to make any sense. They just have to make noise. Then there are the rulers of all our colleges, the thugs. The thugs are the white version of the Polar Bear Hunting done by black thugs. They control all campuses. If a speaker might question white genocide, they simply threaten to riot and the speaker is banned by the faculty “to prevent trouble.” But screamers and thugs are all they can use in America. In Europe and other countries they have their anti-white thugs and screamers, but mostly they just use good old fashioned Thought Police and iron bars to suppress dissent. In Sweden, any criticism of any immigration policy gets you slapped into prison. White genocide is being forced and any objection to it is attacked by screamers, thugs and Thought Police.

Where have all the combat vets gone?

The Marine Corps is facing a troubling drain of combat experience as thousands of battle-hardened Marines have left the Corps during the past several years. The number of Marines on active-duty who have been awarded Combat Action Ribbons has dropped by more than half over the past five years — from a high of more than 40,000 at the time of the surge in Afghanistan in 2011 to fewer than 17,500 in 2016 — according to data obtained by Marine Corps Times through a Freedom of Information Act request. In today’s Corps, fewer than one in five Marines has a single deployment under their belt and the number of Marines who have deployed twice is now less than one in 10, according to Marine Corps officials. The shift reflects in part the Corps’ natural turnover and the reduction in combat deployments around the world. Since the U.S. drew down its troop presence in Iraq in 2011 and Afghanistan in 2014, Marines have had fewer opportunities for combat… The drain of firsthand combat ­experience is putting added ­pressure on the dwindling cadre of senior ­noncommissioned officers who can mentor today’s younger Marines and share hard-won battlefield lessons… ‘Are we still maintaining enough to create the framework where you could rapidly expand with junior forces and be able to structure it in such a way that they would be competent on the battlefield,” Katherine Kidder, a military personnel expert with the Center for a New ­American Security think tank in ­Washington, said.

Iranian President threatens to revitalise nuclear program

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president warned Tuesday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the U.S. continues "threats and sanctions" against his country, which signed a landmark nuclear accord with world powers in 2015. Hassan Rouhani's remarks to lawmakers were his most direct warning that the deal could fall apart and risked ratcheting up tensions with the United States. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said he wants to scuttle the accord, which limited Iran's ability to produce a nuclear weapon while ending most sanctions against it. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said late Tuesday: "The nuclear deal must not become 'too big to fail.'" "Iran, under no circumstances, can ever be allowed to have nuclear weapons," she said in a statement. "At the same time, however, we must also continue to hold Iran responsible for its missile launches, support for terrorism, disregard for human rights and violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions." Earlier this week, Iran's parliament voted to increase spending on the country's ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard… If Washington continues with "threats and sanctions" against Iran, Tehran could easily step up its nuclear activities, Rouhani said in parliament Tuesday. "In an hour and a day, Iran could return to a more advanced (nuclear) level than at the beginning of the negotiations" that preceded the 2015 deal, Rouhani said, though he underlined that Iran's preference is to remain in the accord.

Iran sending warships to Atlantic Ocean amid massive new military build-up

Iran is preparing to send a flotilla of warships to the Atlantic Ocean following the announcement of a massive $500 million investment in war spending, according to Iranian leaders, who say the military moves are in response to recent efforts by the United States to impose a package of new economic sanctions on Tehran. The military investment and build-up comes following weeks of tense interactions between Iran and the United States in regional waters, where Iranian military ships have carried out a series of dangerous manoeuvers near U.S. vessels. The interactions have roiled U.S. military leaders and prompted tough talk from the Trump administration, which is currently examining potential ways to leave the landmark nuclear deal. Iran's increasingly hostile behaviour also follows a little-noticed United Nations report disclosing that Iran has repeatedly violated international accords banning ballistic missile work. Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress and some policy experts also believe that Iran has been violating some provisions in the nuclear agreement governing nuclear-related materials. With tensions over sanctions and Iran's compliance with the nuclear agreement growing, Iranian parliamentary members voted to increase war spending by more than $500 million. This is at least the second recent cash influx to Iran's military since the landmark nuclear deal that unfroze billions in Iranian assets and saw the United States awarding Tehran millions in cash. Iranian lawmakers reportedly shouted "death to America" as they passed the measure, which boosts spending to Iran's contested missile programs by around $260 million. The bill also imposes sanctions on U.S. military officials in the region. Additionally, Iranian officials are moving to set up courts to prosecute the United States for the recent sanctions, which Iran claims are in violation of the nuclear deal. Meanwhile, following several aggressive encounters with U.S. military vessels in the Persian Gulf, Iranian military leaders announced that they would be leading a flotilla of warships into the Atlantic Ocean. "No military official in the world thought that we can go round Africa to the Atlantic Ocean through the Suez Canal but we did it as we had declared that we would go to the Atlantic and its Western waters," Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was quoted as saying over the weekend. "We moved into the Atlantic and will go to its Western waters in the near future," Sayyari said. U.S. military officials reported Monday yet another "unsafe" encounter with an Iranian drone that was shadowing a U.S. carrier in the Persian Gulf region and reportedly came close enough to an American F-18 jet to risk the pilot's life.

The Pope demands a 'One World Government' to 'save humanity'

The Pope has called for the creation of "a one world government" and an unelected "political authority" in a bid to "save humanity" from "climate change". During an interview with Ecuador’s "El Universo" newspaper, Pope Francis said that the United Nations must be granted full governmental authority as it needs more power "for the good of humanity". The most disturbing part of his comments is the Pope’s call for a new global political authority. Pope Francis recently met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to deliver a message "from God". He told her that his "holy message" was to tear down border walls and do everything in her power to take down US President Donald Trump… "Globalization" is the process of transitioning the world into a global government and religious leaders are simply playing their part in this great deception. David Rockefeller famously said that before the people of the world would be willing to accept a New World Order, a "global crisis" would need to occur. World leaders again proclaimed the need for a New World Order with absolute global financial control following the world economy crash in 2008. Climate change, along with the global warming hoax, is how the global elite's attempt to shepherd humanity closer to unified totalitarian rule, with their preferred method of scaremongering demonstrated by Pope Francis here. Religious leaders worldwide are also beginning to preach from the same hymn sheet, instructing their sheep to adopt the components of the New World Order’s one world government. World leaders from a diverse collection of religious communities recently called for world unity in a joint video message. The call is seen as a major step on the road to the New World Order for a world government that was prophesied over 2,000 years ago and was led by Pope Francis, Ayatollah Al-Milani, the Dalai Lama and Rabbi Abraham Skorka. The world religious leaders came together on June 14 to make a joint statement through a video calling on people to embrace ideas of friendship and unity, and to overcome negativity and division in society. In reality, the call for global government by Pope Francis and other wealthy elitists has nothing to do with lifting up impoverished nations or “saving humanity.” Such a government would instead guarantee global surveillance, global wealth inequality and a world run by the exact corrupt interests currently consolidating wealth and power worldwide.

Period 4 – 11 August 2017

Trump: military solutions "locked and loaded" against North Korea threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump issued another warning to North Korea on Friday with a reference to American weapons as being "locked and loaded." "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" Trump wrote on Twitter, a day after his defense secretary said the United States was ready to counter any threat from Pyongyang.

North Korea missiles can reach Guam in 14 minutes, local official says

If North Korea fires missiles toward Guam, they would take about 14 minutes to reach the island, said Guam Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenna Gaminde. She said residents would be immediately notified by the 15 All-Hazards Alert Warning System sirens, located in low-lying areas throughout the island. North Korea announced Thursday that the nation has a detailed plan for a missile strike near Guam using four intermediate-range ballistic rockets. “Our office will be notified from the military and will utilize all forms of mass communication to get the message out to the public,” Gaminde said. Local media, village mayors and social media would be used to disseminate information, she said. “If you hear the sirens, tune into local media — radio, print, television — for further instructions," Gaminde said. North Korea said under the plan, four Hwasong-12 rockets would fly over Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi prefectures in Japan, hitting waters 19 to 25 miles from the island, the Associated Press reported. The plan could be sent to leader Kim Jong Un for approval within a week or so.

North Korea details Guam missile plan, calls Trump's warning a 'load of nonsense'

North Korea says its plan to fire four missiles near the US territory of Guam will soon be ready, as a war of words with Washington intensifies. North Korea has defied threats of “fire and fury” from US President Donald Trump, deriding his warning as a “load of nonsense” and announcing a detailed plan to launch missiles aimed at the waters off the coast of the US Pacific territory of Guam. The scheme to target the island, a key US military stronghold, was intended to "signal a crucial warning" as "only absolute force" would have an effect on the US leader, the North said. “Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” a statement attributed to General Kim Rak Gyom, the head of the country’s strategic forces, declared, referring to Trump. The general outlined a plan to carry out a demonstration launch of four intermediate-range missiles that would fly over Japan and then land in the sea around Guam, “enveloping” the island. “The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA [Korean People’s Army] will cross the sky above Shimani, Hiroshima and Koichi prefectures of Japan,” the statement said. “They will fly for 3,356.7 km for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40km away from Guam.” Guam, more than 3,000 km to the southeast of North Korea, is home to about 163,000 people and a US Navy base that includes a submarine squadron and a Coast Guard group, and an air base.

TERROR CELL SMASHED ‘ISIS fanatics plotted to crash two 186mph trains into each other then use a truck bomb to blow up Vladimir Putin’s Navy Day celebrations’

The group, who are also believed to have planned to cause chaos at the Confederations Cup football party in June, are thought to have tried to get two high-speed trains to crash at 186mph, according to the Mirror. They allegedly tried to place a metal “stop block” on the railway lines at Farforovskaya station, near St Petersburg, but did not fix it carefully enough. Komsomolskaya Pravda said: “Having hit the obstacle, one Sapsan express train was supposed to jump up and hit the second train running in the opposite direction. The joint speed would have been about 300 km per hour, with hardly any chance to avoid a tragedy.”

Dow at 1989 levels, Amazon at $4: What a 1929-style crash would look like today

A Great Depression-style crash isn’t ‘unimaginable’ (and it has nothing to do with North Korea). Much has been made lately about how the CAPE ratio — a popular valuation measure applied to the S&P 500 SPX, +0.13% — has ballooned to levels not seen since the dot-com bubble, and before that, all the way back to 1929. CAPE stands for cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings. It’s also known as the Shiller P/E ratio, named for the Yale professor who created it. While the metric has its share of critics, it’s still considered a standard measurement of market valuation. Aside from where it stands today, it’s safe to say that only twice before have we seen the CAPE ratio top 30. Both times, the bottom fell out of the market… In his blog post, Batnick focused on comparisons to the Great Depression rather than the aberration of the late 1990s. He pointed out that, in the 10 years leading up to 1929, the CAPE ratio went from a low of 5.02 all the way up to 32.56. He cited a Ben Graham article from 1932 in which the legendary investor said, “More than one industrial company in three selling for less than its net current assets, with a large number quoted at less than their unencumbered cash.” In other words, several businesses were worth more dead than alive. Of course, it would have to get almost incomprehensibly nasty for companies these days to be selling for less than their net current assets. “Honestly, for the market to fall 90%, I’m thinking aliens, an asteroid, or another world war seem the most likely culprits,” Batnick said. A Great Depression-esque crash would destroy 28 years of gains and take the blue-chip index all the way back to where it was in May, 1989, Batnick wrote… “U.S. stocks have a valuation that is in line with two of the biggest market peaks of all-time, so if this is 1929, it will be a nightmare for this generation, and a gift for future ones,” he wrote. “And while I can’t imagine a scenario that takes us to Dow 2,400... Dow 15,000, a 32% decline, seems well within the realm of possibility.”

Iranian drone buzzes US Navy jet in Persian Gulf - Pentagon

A US Navy fighter attempting to land on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf had to maneuver to dodge an Iranian drone, which came within 100 feet (31 meters), US officials said. The F/A-18E Super Hornet jet was on the landing approach when an Iranian drone approached, said unnamed US defense officials. The drone, identified as a QOM-1, came within 100 feet vertically and 200 feet (62 meters) laterally, the US Naval Institute reported. The drone ignored repeated radio calls, the US officials said, describing the interaction as "unsafe and unprofessional," according to Reuters… In June, US fighters shot down an Iranian-made drone over southern Syria, saying it had come too close to the encampment of US-backed Syrian militants. The drone was reportedly used by the Iranian-backed militia loyal to the government in Damascus.

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Bodrum, Turkey

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has struck around 14 kilometers from the popular tourist city of Bodrum, Turkey, the US Geological Survey reports. Tuesday’s quake comes less than three weeks after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck in the Mediterranean Sea near Turkey and the Greek islands. The quake triggered a mini tsunami which flooded some areas… It is Turkey’s third earthquake since June.

North Korea ready to teach US 'severe lesson' after UN sanctions

MANILA (Reuters) - North Korea is ready to give the United States a "severe lesson" with its strategic nuclear force if it takes military action against it, and will not put its nuclear program or its missiles on the negotiating table, it said in a statement to a regional meeting on Monday. In a transcript of a statement by Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, which was distributed to media in Manila, Pyongyang called new U.N. sanctions "fabricated" and warned there would be "strong follow-up measures" and acts of justice. It said the resolution showed the United Nations had abused its authority. It said its intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July proved that the entire United States was in its firing range, and those missiles were a legitimate means of self-defense. It was not immediately clear whether the statement was read to the ASEAN Regional Forum on Monday.

‘Germany in three days and France in one hour’ Shock threat to EU from Erdogan backers

WARMONGERING rhetoric is being spewed by Turkey towards Europe after a newspaper close to the Turkish regime declared the country could overrun Germany in three days. Newspaper Yeni Söz, closely aligned to the government, made the outlandish claim on the front page of its daily newspaper. Carrying the provocative headline "Turkey can occupy Europe within 3 days”, the move is the latest in a political spat between Ankara and Berlin. Turkey has been vying to join the EU for more than a decade, with official negotiants to become a member dragging into their 12th year. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attempted to use the migrant crisis as a bargaining chip, striking a deal with Brussels over the crisis in exchange for political sweeteners, which included kick-starting their membership bid… Despite the outlandish statement, the paper attempts to back up its declaration by building their theory on a thesis of the American political scientist George Friedman, founder of the geopolitics institute Stratfor. The paper said: "Friedman said the Turks could defeat Germany in one afternoon and France in one hour, if they have the courage to fight. If you believe the international research institute Gallup, that asked people if they would fight for their country, then the Europeans have already taken out the white flags in the event of a war. Germany is abandoned by its citizens. If we start in the morning, we can have our evening prayer in Bellevue Castle.”… The barmy jingoism is not far off statements Mr Erdogan himself has made. In April he described Europe as a "centre of national socialism”. That same month he called the EU “a continent that is rotting in every which way”.

5.8 earthquake strikes Mindanao, Philippines

A powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, the US Geological Survey reports. The quake, measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale according to the USGS' preliminary information, struck at a depth of 74.4 km several kilometers east of the city of General Santos, which has a population of over 600,000. According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake was widely felt across the surrounding region. “Strong swaying east-west for ~2 seconds,” a witness from Santa Maria located 53 km NE from epicenter told the French based agency. “Then weaker and diminishing for maybe 6 seconds. Felt as if someone were pushing the house from the side.” “Felt it here in Bansalan. Twice & quick,” a witness who felt the earthquake 74 km North from the epicenter told EMSC. Geoscience Australia estimates the earthquake could have been felt by people residing within a 376 km radius. The jolts could also have caused damage up to 30 km away.

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Germany will become Islamic state, admits Angela Merkel

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said, Germans have failed to grasp how Muslim immigration has changed their country and there will be a time when it will have more mosques than churches. “Our country is going to carry on changing, and integration is also a task for the society taking up the task of dealing with immigrants,” Ms Merkel told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily. “For years we’ve been deceiving ourselves about this. Mosques, for example, are going to be a more prominent part of our cities than they were before,” she added. Germany has a population of 4-5 million Muslims, with a higher birth rate. Merkel’s remark is the first official acknowledgement that Germany, like other European countries, is destined to become a stronghold of Islam. In France, 30% of children age 20 years and below are Muslims. The ratio in Paris and Marseille have risen to 45%. In southern France, there are more mosques than churches. In the last 30 years of United Kingdom, the Muslim population has climbed from 82,000 to 2.5 million. At present, there are over 1000 mosques throughout Great Britain, many of which were converted from churches. In Belgium, 50% of the new-borns are Muslims and reportedly its Islamic population hovers around 25%. A similar statistic holds true for The Netherlands. It’s the same story in Russia where one in five inhabitants is a Muslim. Muammar Gaddafi once stated: “There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without sword, without gun, without conquest. We don’t need terrorists; we don’t need homicide bombers. The 50 plus million Muslims (in Europe) will turn it into the Muslim Continent within a few decades.” The numbers support him.

Immigrant population hits new high in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of people with an immigrant background in Germany rose 8.5 percent to a record 18.6 million in 2016, largely due to an increase in refugees, the Federal Statistics Office said on Tuesday. Just over a fifth of the population - 22.5 percent - were first or second generation immigrants with at least one parent born without German citizenship, the office said. The figures come in the build-up to national elections in September, with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Social Democrat challenger warning against a repeat of 2015 when she opened the borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants. Around 2.3 million people in Germany have family links to the Middle East, a rise of almost 51 percent since 2011, and around 740,000 people have African origins, an increase of 46 percent since 2011, the figures showed. The vast majority of the immigrant population, though, had links to other European countries. Germany took in more than a million migrants, many fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa in 2015 and 2016. Merkel's decision to open borders initially hit her popularity and boosted the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, though her conservatives have since recovered.

US detects 'highly unusual' North Korean submarine activity

Washington (CNN)The US military has detected "highly unusual and unprecedented levels" of North Korean submarine activity and evidence of an "ejection test" in the days following Pyongyang's second intercontinental ballistic missile launch this month, a defense official told CNN on Monday. An ejection test examines a missile's "cold-launch system," which uses high pressure steam to propel a missile out of the launch canister into the air before its engines ignite. That helps prevent flames and heat from the engine from damaging either the submarine, submersible barge or any nearby equipment used to launch the missile. Carried out on land at Sinpo Naval Shipyard, Sunday's ejection test is the third time this month -- and fourth this year -- that North Korea has conducted a trial of the missile component that is critical to developing submarine launch capabilities, according to the US defense official. US officials also noted that a North Korean Sang-O submarine was operating in the Yellow Sea and the length of its deployment was notable. Two Romeo submarines were detected in the waters off Japan -- each one operating in the area for about a week. Coupled with reports of increased submarine activity, news of another ejection test comes amid concerns over North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears to have the range to hit major US cities on Friday. Experts believe if Friday's test had been fired on a flatter, standard trajectory, it could have threatened cities like Los Angeles, Denver and Chicago.

Rothschild: Get ready for one World currency by 2018

A Rothschild publication predicts that a one world currency is likely to be put in place as soon as 2018 – eroding individual nations’ sense of sovereignty. The Rothschild-controlled Economist magazine published an article 30 years ago that highlighted the proabability of a world currency by the year 2018. reports: One must also keep in mind that the controlling interest of The Economist is held by the powerful Rothschild family, who regard themselves as the “custodians of The Economist magazine’s legacy.” In essence, the magazine operates as a quasi-propaganda arm for the Rothschild banking empire and related businesses and, is in many ways, meant to prime the pump of public opinion for the globalist agenda to be implemented. The excerpt below appeared in the print magazine on January 9, 1988, in Vol. 306, pp 9-10.
Ready for the Phoenix: THIRTY years from now, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relatively poor ones will probably be paying for their shopping with the same currency. Prices will be quoted not in dollars, yen or D-marks but in, let’s say, the phoenix. The phoenix will be favoured by companies and shoppers because it will be more convenient than today’s national currencies, which by then will seem a quaint cause of much disruption to economic life in the last twentieth century. National economic boundaries are slowly dissolving. As the trend continues, the appeal of a currency union across at least the main industrial countries will seem irresistible to everybody except foreign-exchange traders and governments… The phoenix zone would impose tight constraints on national governments. There would be no such thing, for instance, as a national monetary policy. The world phoenix supply would be fixed by a new central bank, descended perhaps from the IMF.
Only ten years later, in 1998, The Economist was once again engaging the public in an effort to forward the globalist agenda, with an article entitled “One world, one money.” Very much in line with the 1988 piece, the publication attempts to explain why a much more centralized and controlled system would be beneficial to the global economy… Control over a nation’s money supply is, for all intents and purposes, the lifeblood of a state’s sovereignty – without this independence, the state only exists in name but is subservient to supranational powers whose interests lie outside of domestic and national political/economic concerns. “GIVE ME CONTROL OF A NATION’S MONEY SUPPLY, AND I CARE NOT WHO MAKES ITS LAWS,” said Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty. Although the Rothschild family now generally keep a very low public profile, they still have significant business operations across a wide spectrum of sectors. While you may not find any one particular Rothschild on the Forbes’ most rich list, the family is estimated to control $1 trillion dollars in assets across the globe, thus having a strong voice across the geopolitical spectrum that many perceive as a hidden hand manipulating events silently from behind a veil of secrecy and silence. Are you starting to get the picture?

North Korea warns of nuclear war after US bombers carry out ‘provocative’ live-fire drills

North Korean state media has condemned a US bombing drill on the Korean peninsula, warning that the move could spark a nuclear war. An editorial published in state newspaper Rodong Sinmun Sunday accused the US of “military provocations” which are raising the threat of nuclear conflict to an extreme level. “The Korean peninsula is the largest gunpowder area in the world with the highest risk of nuclear war, and is the largest hot spot in the world where there is always a risk of nuclear war. [The US] is surely spreading into a new world war,” the piece reads… The US Air Force sent two B-1B strategic bombers to carry out live-fire tests on a training range in South Korea Friday. Fighter jets from South Korea and Japan also joined in the drill. The US military said the drill “demonstrated America’s ironclad commitment to the defense of our allies”. The exercise, which targets mock enemy missile launch sites, came three days after North Korea pointedly tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, Independence Day in the US. The United Nations Security Council convened an emergency meeting on the situation, and Trump denounced the missile test on Twitter.

Europe's stock markets crash: 3-month low over Euro Bank’s support withdrawal

Stock markets across Europe have crashed to their lowest level in almost three months, after the European Central Bank (ECB) hinted it could soon remove some of its support for the economy. Germany's top share index the DAX crashed another 0.3 per cent on Friday, and France's equivalent the CAC 40 tumbled 0.4 per cent, following up heavy losses for both the previous day. Shares have been hit following the revelation monetary policymakers could start to scale down support for the eurozone. The ECB slashed interest rates and launched a huge money-printing programme in an effort to boost growth and inflation across the bloc.

Merkel's party no longer considers US a 'friend'

In their campaign programme for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have dropped the term “friend” in describing the relationship with the United States. Four years ago, the joint programme of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), referred to the United States as Germany’s “most important friend” outside of Europe. The 2013 programme also described the “friendship” with Washington as a “cornerstone” of Germany’s international relations and talked about strengthening transatlantic economic ties through the removal of trade barriers. But the words “friend” and “friendship” are missing from the latest election programme - entitled “For a Germany in which we live well and happily” - which Merkel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer presented on Monday ahead of a Sept. 24 election. Instead, the United States is described as Germany’s “most important partner” outside of Europe. CDU officials were not immediately available to comment on the change in wording. The change in wording underscores how relations between Berlin and Washington have deteriorated since U.S. President Donald Trump entered the White House in January. During his campaign for the presidency, Trump said that Merkel was “ruining” Germany with migration policies he described as “insane”… A survey by the Pew Research Center last week showed that just 35 percent of Germans have a favourable view of the United States, down from 57 percent at the end of President Barack Obama’s term.

Turkey to build its own aircraft carriers – Erdogan

Turkey is “committed” to building its own aircraft carriers the Turkish President has said. Recep Tayyip Erdogan added that Ankara is seeking self-sufficiency in its defense industry and will not allow anyone to block its military initiatives. “We will build our own aircraft carriers,” Erdogan said at the launching ceremony of the new Turkish Kinaliada Corvette at the Istanbul Navy shipyard. The Kinaliada Corvette has been built locally under Turkey’s MILGEM national warship program aimed at building frigates with anti-submarine capabilities based on Turkish domestic technologies. The Kinaliada is the fourth Ada class corvette built under this project as three such corvettes had already been commissioned by the Turkish Navy. The Kinaliada Corvette will be fully operational by 2019, Turkish media report. Erdogan emphasized that his country should develop a self-sufficient defense industry, which, he said, is “critical to [Turkey’s] security.” “Turkey aims to end its dependency on the foreign defense industry by 2023,” he said, adding, that Ankara already prides itself on its ability to build warships, especially submarines. “The backbone of our plans must be based on national opportunities. If necessary, we must make sacrifices in the way of time and costs.”… The Turkish leader also warned that his country would not tolerate any attempts to block or impede its military development efforts.

China dispatches military vessels & fighter jets to warn off US warship sailing near disputed island

China has sent military vessels and warplanes to “warn off” USS Stethem, a guided-missile destroyer, that sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea, according to Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang. “Under the pretext of ‘freedom of navigation,’ the US side once again sent a military vessel into China's territorial waters off the Xisha Islands without China's approval,” the spokesperson said in a statement, adding that such US behavior “violated Chinese law and relevant international law, infringed upon China's sovereignty, and disrupted the peace, security and order of the relevant waters.” "China dispatched military vessels and fighter planes in response to warn off the US vessel," the statement reads. “The Chinese side is dissatisfied with, and opposed to, the relevant behavior of the US side,” Lu added, calling the US warplane’s maneuvers a “serious political and military provocation.” He said that the US is "deliberately stirring up troubles in the South China Sea, as well as running in the opposite direction from countries in the region who aspire for stability, cooperation and development.” The US Navy did not officially confirm the operation.

China’s Xi Jinping warns of ‘Red Line’ as Hong Kong’s new leader is sworn in

HONG KONG—Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stern warning to Hong Kong, where a pro-democracy movement has provoked mass protests in recent years, saying challenges to Beijing’s authority won’t be tolerated. “Any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government…or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line.

Huge 'Petya' cyber-attack spreading across the world in potential repeat 'Wannacry' hack

A huge cyber attack that initially hit Ukraine has spread across the world, causing major disruption. The hack was already the biggest in Ukraine's history but it has now affected other countries – including the UK, Spain and India – and may be functioning like the massive "Wannacry" attack that crippled the NHS, according to cyber security experts. The attack is hitting major infrastructure in the countries where it has spread and has also affected companies ranging from Danish shipping giant Maersk to the British advertising company WPP. The British National Cyber Security Centre said that it was "aware of the global ransomware incident" and is "monitoring the situation closely". Maersk said that it didn't yet know the cause of the outage but that it suspected it could extend across all of its global operations. Some security experts have suggested the attack could be even bigger than the Wannacry attack, which spread across the world in May. That was most famous for locking down computers across hospitals and doctors surgeries, but it also hit other major international companies. At the time, cyber security professionals warned that a repeat attack could be launched that would be even bigger than that crippling hack… Following last month's WannaCry incident some of the blame was directed at US intelligence agencies the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) who were accused of "stockpiling" software code which could be exploited by hackers. Dr David Day, a senior lecturer in cyber security at Sheffield Hallam University, said he believed the latest attack was the "tip of the iceberg" and said he is frustrated at how it has been able to unfold. He said: "Basically what they (the NSA) have done is they have created something which can be used as a weapon, and that weapon has been stolen and that weapon is now being used. And I think it underlines the whole need for debate over privacy versus security. The NSA will argue that the tool was developed with a need to ensure privacy, but actually what it's being used for is a weapon against security."

Illinois in danger of entering financial 'death spiral'

Illinois' budget crisis has become so dire that the state is in danger of entering a financial "death spiral," as a prominent ratings agency threatens to downgrade the state's credit score to "junk" status. Doing so would increase the cost of borrowing, worsening the deficit and making it even harder for taxpayers to dig out of the hole. “We’re in a death spiral—Illinois has the worst pension crisis in the nation and needs the boldest reforms,” Ted Dabrowski, Illinois Policy Institute’s vice president of policy, told Fox News. “There is no doubt that junk bond rating is on its way.” S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois' credit rating to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year. Lawmakers are now in a special session in an effort to break the budget impasse, prodded by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has referred to his state as a “banana republic.” The state currently faces $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations and a backlog of unpaid bills worth $15 billion. A downgrade to “junk” status would increase the cost of borrowing for critical infrastructure, or refinancing existing debt.

Trump considers Camp David-style summit to resolve latest tensions between its Middle East allies

According to a White House official, US President Donald Trump is considering hosting a Camp David-style summit during which he hopes to resolve the latest tensions between some of the US’ Arab state allies and Qatar as well as the dismantling of terrorism: “It’s not just about the Qatari elements funding the brotherhood but disavowing support for extremism in general.” According to the report, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and five other Muslim countries would be expected to attend, states which have in recent weeks suspended diplomatic relations with Qatar. These select Gulf power states have accused Qatar of financing terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, in addition to accusing Iran of instigating instability in the region. A White House official confirmed that the administration was gauging several options to resolve the crisis in the Persian Gulf, including a model of the peace talks held at Camp David between Israel and Egypt during the Clinton Administration. "It’s a Camp David moment. We’ve seen nothing like this in 40 years, and now the president wants to follow through,” a senior White House official told Fox News. According to the same official, Trump is interested in discussing at the summit the dismantling of the foundations of terrorism and instability in the Middle East, and not only with regards to Qatar. "The president now wants to bring all the key players to Washington,” stated the official. “They need to disavow groups like the [Muslim] Brotherhood for the stability of the Middle East at large. It’s not just about the Qatari elements funding the brotherhood but disavowing support for extremism in general.”

Turkey to stop teaching evolution in secondary schools as part of new national curriculum

Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish secondary schools after being described as a “controversial subject” by the government. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has personally approved the change, which will be part of a new national curriculum being published later this month. The head of the education ministry’s curriculum board, Alpaslan Durmus, said a section on Darwinism would be cut from biology classes from 2019. “We have excluded controversial subjects for students at an age unable yet to understand the issues’ scientific background,” he told a seminar in Ankara, according to Hurriyet Daily News… Writing in a column for Al Monitor, he said debates about the theory of evolution date back to the late Ottoman Empire and have repeatedly surfaced under the rule of Mr Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP). “Since the early 2000s, religious conservatives have had the upper hand in Turkey, and their distaste for the theory of evolution is well established,” Mr Akyol wrote… “Many of them see the theory as corrosive to religious faith and want to ‘protect’ young generations from such ‘harmful’ ideas.” The latest move is part of a wider struggle between secularists and right-wing religious groups in Turkey, which is undergoing constitutional reforms to grant the President dramatically increased powers following a referendum held in April.

Iran's Khamenei blames U.S. for regional instability, creation of Islamic State

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday blamed the United States for instability in the Middle East and said Washington's fight against the Islamic State militant group was "a lie". "You (the United States) and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East...who created Islamic State? America ... America's claim of fighting against Islamic State is a lie," Khamenei said in a meeting with high-ranking Iranian officials, according to his official website. Iran and the United States cut diplomatic ties shortly after Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution and enmity to Washington has long been a rallying point for hardline supporters of Khamenei in Iran. Khamenei has made several statements denouncing the United States since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, while U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken out against Iran in harsh terms since taking office, indicating that he will reverse the previous administration's attempts at rapprochement with Tehran. The Iranian leader has accused the United States and its regional ally Saudi Arabia of funding hardline Sunni militants, including Islamic State, which carried out its first attack in Iran on Wednesday in Tehran, killing 17 people.

Lieberman: Israel, Palestinians 'closer than ever' to peace deal

Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said the country is "closer than ever" to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians. In an interview for Channel 2 News' Saturday edition, Lieberman said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been making "big efforts" to promote a deal. Lieberman also addressed the ongoing crisis between Qatar and the Gulf States, saying that moderate Arab countries "have understood that Israel isn't the problem. Israel can actually be a solution." When asked whether certain factions within Netanyahu's coalition might thwart an agreement, Lieberman said, "If a deal is put together that includes an arrangement with moderate Arab countries, embassies, trade deals, direct flights, I assume it will receive an overwhelming majority both in the Knesset and among the Israeli people."

Saudi Arabia prepares for war: Issues 24-hour ultimatum to Qatar

The situation in the Middle East may be heating up rapidly. Not long after several countries cut ties with Qatar and enacted a blockade against its shipments, one of the most powerful Arab nations has just issued a serious ultimatum. “Saudi Arabia gives Qatar 24 hr ultimatum to fulfil 10 conditions that have been sent,” stated Reza H. Akbari from the Institute for Peace and War Reporting. The indications are that if Qatar ignores those conditions, Saudi Arabia is prepared to take military action. Sky News Arabia confirmed Akbari’s report. “Our sources: Saudi Arabia has informed Kuwait of 10 conditions that [Qatar’s capitol] Doha should apply within 24 hours starting tonight,” the news station posted in Arabic. Kuwait is acting as a mediator between Qatar and other Arab countries. Al Jazeera journalist Faisal Edroos shared the ten demands with the public. According to IFP News, they are: Immediate severance of diplomatic relations with Iran, Expulsion of all members of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas from Qatar, Freezing all bank accounts of Hamas members and refraining from any deal with them, Expulsion of all Muslim Brotherhood members from Qatar, Expulsion of anti-[P]GCC elements, Ending support for ‘terrorist organisations’, Stopping interference in Egyptian affairs, Ceasing the broadcast of the Al Jazeera news channel, Apologizing to all [Persian] Gulf governments for ‘abuses’ by Al Jazeera, Pledging that it (Qatar) will not carry out any actions that contradict the policies of the [P]GCC and adhering to its charter.

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Russia-China agree on first strike targets against West, estimate 70 million dead In 6 hours

A grim Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that the High Command of the Aerospace Forces (HCAF) and China’s Central Military Commission (CMP) have reached agreement on the first strike (nuclear weapons) targets against the West after evidence was revealed proving that the United States is preparing a secret nuclear attack against China or Moscow—and that MoD experts note will cause the deaths of at least 70 million people within 6 hours upon the outbreak of war. According to this report, Russian and Chinese military leaders began a series of meetings in the Kremlin beginning Wednesday (26 April) after confirmation was received that the US was deploying its THAAD Missile Shield in South Korea—and that Major General Cai Jun from the Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission warned about by stating: “China and Russia will take further action to counter this and to safeguard their security interests and the regional strategic balance of China and Russia”. Likewise, this report continues, Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir, first deputy chief of the General Staff's Main Operational Department, further stated that this American global missile shield was aimed at Russia and China presenting a serious threat to Moscow's national security as it would allow the US to launch an unexpected nuclear attack against Russia—and who further warned: “The presence of U.S. missile defense bases in Europe, missile defense vessels in seas and oceans close to Russia creates a powerful covert strike component for conducting a sudden nuclear missile strike against the Russian Federation”. With the West’s mounting incitements to war against Russia with no evidence presented for any allegation made, this report says, Franz Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security, has warned these Western leaders that their militaristic-Russophobic rhetoric must stop before this unimaginable war begins. However, this report continues, Sergey Naryshkin, Russia’s foreign intelligence chief, is now warning that there is no end in sight to these provocations as the ideological war with the West now exceeds Cold War levels and hopes that common sense would prevail on the international scene have so far been misplaced, and who stated: “Our partners in the West have been unable to overcome the inertia...they continue attempts to talk to Russia from the position of strength and without regard for the international law...but I will reiterate that in relations with Russia, such tactics are futile...any attempts by the West to exert pressure on our country are absolutely unacceptable.” Having failed in their economic warfare tactics against Russia, with the United Nations just reporting that Western sanctions against Russia have cost the US and EU over $100 billion, while the Federation has only lost $50 billion, and at the same time was able to create the “Miracle of Russia”, this report explains, Russia and China’s “first strike” this past week against the US dollar has enraged these Western elites “beyond all measure”. Important to note, this report details, is that the West’s impetus for total war against both Russia and China is due to the Western economies all being caught in a death spiral of unimaginable debt they cannot pay—and with Russia and China breaking away from the US petrodollar system and, instead, relying on gold backed currencies, both the US and EU will surely collapse—most particularly due to the fact that America will no longer be able to finance its military power.

North Korea official calls US efforts to rid nukes a 'wild dream'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea's deputy U.N. ambassador said Friday that U.S. efforts to get rid of his country's nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions are "a wild dream." Kim In Ryong told The Associated Press that North Korea's nuclear weapons are never part of "political bargains and economic deals." "In a nutshell, DPRK have already declared not to attend any type of talks which would discuss its nuclear abandonment, nuclear disbandment," he said, using the acronym for the country's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Kim reiterated North Korea's longstanding contention that its nuclear program "is the product of the United States hostile policy towards DPRK." "That is why every solution will be possible when the United States hostile policy is withdrawn in advance," he said. Kim "categorically rejected" Friday's U.N. Security Council meeting on the North Korean nuclear issue - which his country declined to attend - as "another abuse" of the council's authority, acting on instructions of the United States which is a veto-wielding member… U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for new sanctions on North Korea and urged all countries to exert pressure on Pyongyang and implement the six U.N. sanctions resolutions… Kim responded saying: "As we expected, (the) U.S. has taken issue with self-defensive nuclear deterrent of the DPRK, and not only to justify their anti-DPRK aggressive war racket but also to create atmosphere for sanctions against DPRK at any cost." He said the United States "is wholly to blame for pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war by staging the largest-ever joint aggression military drills against the DPRK for the past two months" and deploying "nuclear strategic assets" to South Korea… "The nuclear force of the DPRK just serves as a treasured sword of justice and creditable war deterrent to protect the sovereignty and dignity of the country and global peace from the U.S. threat to ignite a nuclear war," Kim said.

Pyongyang seeks ASEAN’s help to avert ‘nuclear holocaust’ as Trump warns of ‘major conflict’

North Korea is seeking support from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to prevent a potential “nuclear holocaust,” as US President Donald Trump warns of the possibility of a “major conflict” in the Korean Peninsula if diplomacy fails. Washington’s actions and rhetoric are pushing the region to the “brink of war,” North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho wrote in a letter to ASEAN’s chief Le Luong Minh from Vietnam. “As you know, due to the annual war games in South Korea conducted by the United States and South Korea, the situation in the Korean Peninsula is out of control,” the letter, seen by AFP and dated April 23 reads. “It is a fact clear to everyone that when they deploy the means of nuclear strike that can drive the Korean Peninsula into a nuclear holocaust in just seconds... the nature of such exercises can in no way be defensive.” Pyongyang penned the letter just ahead of the 30th Asean Summit taking place in Manila on April 26-28 in which it also justified its effort to develop its own nuclear arsenal as the only means of a deterrent against the United States. North Korea’s chief diplomat urged the ASEAN chief to inform the 10-nation organization's foreign ministers “about the grave situation” and to develop a “proper proposal” on how to preserve peace on the Peninsula… While the US continues to pursue ‘peace’ through boosting its military force in the region, China and Russia are urging for a diplomatic solution… On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said China agreed to impose unilateral sanctions should Pyongyang carry out another nuclear test… “We’re going to be discussing what next steps may be necessary to increase the pressure on the regime,” Tillerson added. “We do not seek regime change in North Korea. What we are seeking is the same thing China has said they seek – a full denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.” Donald Trump meanwhile told Reuters that there is “chance” of a major conflict in the region. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters. “We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult.”

27 April 2017

North Korea puts out new video showing the White House in crosshairs and carriers exploding

SEOUL — A North Korean propaganda outlet released a video clip on Thursday showing simulated attacks on the United States and declaring that “the enemy to be destroyed is in our sights.” The video comes at a particularly tense time in relations between North Korea and the United States, with the Trump administration sending warships to the region in a show of force against Kim Jong UN’s regime. This week, North Korea conducted large-scale artillery drills, showing off conventional weaponry that can easily reach South Korea’s capital, Seoul, the center of a metropolitan region that is home to about 25 million people. President Trump, who has been urging China to apply pressure on North Korea and has warned that his administration will act if Beijing doesn’t, convened members of Congress on Wednesday to brief them on the “very grave threat” posed by Pyongyang. At the same time, one of the U.S. Navy’s largest submarines, the USS Michigan, which carries Tomahawk cruise missiles, docked in the South Korean port of Busan this week. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, along with the destroyers and cruiser that make up its strike group, arrives in the Korean Peninsula area this weekend. A North Korean website, Meari, or Echo, released a video showing photos of the White House and aircraft carriers with a target on them, as if they are in the crosshairs. It then showed simulated footage of an aircraft carrier exploding into flames, with the caption: “When the enemy takes the first step toward provocation and invasion.”… Against the backdrop of missile launches, the caption read: “We will show you what a strong country that leads the world in nuclear and missile technology is capable of.”

North Korea vows to ‘BREAK the Earth’ with ‘5 million nuclear bombs’ carried by children

North Korea's Youth League has vowed to use five million children "equipped with nuclear bombs" to "mercilessly wipe out" the US and South Korea. The Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League has pledged "wipe out the enemies" with "invincible nuclear force" amid rising tension with Donald Trump. The organisation said they will "annihilate all aggressors and provokers on the Earth and display fireworks of the final victory”. According to Kim Jong-un’s officials it is "the will of the Korean youths to resolutely and mercilessly wipe out the US imperialists and South Korean puppet warmongers" and warned the “Earth will break” if it launches a strike. A spokesperson for the Youth League added: "The large contingents of young people are now waiting for the final order of the headquarters of the revolution, keeping themselves fully combat-ready to mercilessly wipe out with five million nuclear bombs. The US imperialists should know that the Earth will break if invincible nuclear force and the five million large contingents of young people equipped with nuclear bombs vent their wrath.” They continued: “Upon hearing the news that the US imperialists and South Korean puppet group of traitors are making desperate efforts to hurt the dignity of the DPRK [North Korea] and bring down its socialist system while openly talking about 'pre-emptive attack', five million youth vanguard of the DPRK are hardening their will to wipe out the enemies with the surging rages at them.”

26 April 2017

China launches its 1st domestically-built aircraft carrier

China has transferred its first indigenously built aircraft carrier into the water, expanding its fleet to two such vessels. The ceremony, held amid heightened tensions in the region, almost coincided with the US deployment of THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea… The launch of the new vessel which has been referred to as CV-17 comes amid renewed tensions between North Korea and the United States in the region amid Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. Photos of the new vessel indicate that the ship has a ski jump and angled flight deck. Earlier reports also suggested that the ship’s hangars were built large enough to accommodate between 28 to 36 aircraft on board. The new ship was rolled out on the same day that the US Army began installing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system onto a golf course in Seongju, South Korea, as a response to the North Korean threat. Beijing has repeatedly spoken out against THAAD over fears that it will undermine its own deterrence capabilities, and previously urged Seoul and Washington to reconsider their plans.

US test fires Boeing's $40m missile in message to North Korea

The U.S. test fired the Boeing (BA)-made Minuteman III missile amid growing tensions with North Korea over the Kim regime’s nuclear program. The Minuteman III is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying nuclear warheads… Col. John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, said the launch “was an important demonstration of our nation’s nuclear deterrent capability.”“Test launches like this one are vital to validating the effectiveness and readiness of our operational nuclear systems, so it is critical that they are successful,” Col. Moss added. Also on Wednesday, the U.S. began installing an anti-missile battery in South Korea to defend against threats from North Korea. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, made by Lockheed Martin (LMT), is expected to be operational in South Korea in a matter of days, according to congressional testimony by Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy recently deployed a strike group led by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the region. The Pentagon’s moves come as the White House is scheduled on Wednesday to host the entire Senate for a briefing on North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will lead the meeting, the White House said.

25 April 2017

China warns Kim Jong-un Pyongyang faces 'great losses' if North Korea tests another nuke

China has finally lost patience with North Korea and warned despotic Kim Jong-un that another nuclear weapons test would push relations “beyond the point of no return”. The Chinese government have also warned that should war break out, it would be Pyongyang that would suffer most. Xi Jinping’s powerhouse is clearly worried about nuclear war breaking out in the region, pleading with Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to behave with restraint. An editorial piece in the Global Times, widely regarded as the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, said: “The game of chicken between Washington and Pyongyang has come to a breaking point.” It added that if North Korea conducted another nuclear missile test “it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return”. The piece continued: “All stakeholders will bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses.” A spokesperson for the Chinese foreign ministry added weight to his leader’s desire to see a de-escalation of tension in the region. Lu Kang said: “The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is complicated and sensitive and the tension is high. “We urge all sides concerned to keep restrained and calm and refrain from taking actions that could escalate tensions.” But the rhetoric coming out of America is not particularly conciliatory, with the US’ ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley urging her nation to “maximise pressure” on the “paranoid” North Korean dictator. For his part, President Trump has pressed China to reign in its hard-talking ally.

24 April 2017

France braces for runoff between Nationalism and Globalism

In the coming two weeks of the French campaign, Marine Le Pen’s challenge is to break through a wall of voter antipathy that she inherited from her father. Emmanuel Macron’s task is to persuade the French he has the gravitas and experience to be president. The far-right Le Pen and centrist Macron both took just under a quarter of the vote in a contest with 11 candidates. Now they must convince the rest of the population that they have what it takes to lead the country after the May 7 runoff. The next round will see two radically different visions. Macron embraces globalization and European integration, Le Pen channels the forces of discontent that triggered Brexit and brought Donald Trump to power. The runoff will also be unique in that it will be the first contested by neither of the major parties, giving Macron, 39, and Le Pen, 48, space to try to forge alliances that might have seemed unlikely until recently… In her speech after the earliest results, Le Pen said that at stake was nothing less than “savage globalization that threatens our civilization.” “The French have a very simple choice: either we continue on the road of total deregulation, without borders and without protection with the consequence of job losses abroad, unfair global competition, mass immigration and the free movement of terrorists. It’s the choice of money as king,” Le Pen said. “Or you can choose France -- with borders that protect our jobs and our purchasing power,” she added.

23 April 2017

North Korea threatens to strike US aircraft carrier to show 'military's force'

North Korea threatened Sunday to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military prowess as two Japanese Navy ships joined a U.S. strike group for exercises in the Philippine Sea. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear powered aircraft carrier with a single strike," according to North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party’s newspaper, the Rodong Sinmum. The paper also likened the USS Carl Vinson to a “gross animal” and said a strike on the carrier would be “an actual example to show our military’s force.” President Trump ordered the USS Carl Vinson to sail to waters off the Korean Peninsula in response to the rising tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests and threats to attack the U.S. and its allies. Vice President Pence said Saturday that group would arrive “within days.” The Vinson and two other U.S. warships were joined by two Japanese destroyers as they continued their journey north in the western Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. The U.S. group also includes a guided-missile cruiser and a guided-missile destroyer. The aircraft carrier had canceled a scheduled visit to Australia to divert toward North Korea in a show of force, though it still conducted a curtailed training exercise with Australia before doing so… North Korea conducted two of its five nuclear tests last year and is believed to be working to develop nuclear-tipped missiles that could reach the mainland U.S.

North Korea could destroy the world with just three bombs, warns Kim Jong-un’s ‘Ambassador to the West’

North Korea's 'unofficial ambassador to the West' has warned Pyongyang could destroy the entire world with just three bombs… When asked about North Korea's military threat, [Alejandro Cao de Benós’] rhetoric became much more aggressive. 'No-one is going to touch Korea,' he said. 'If it is touched the people will defend it with guns and missiles. We have the thermonuclear bomb. With three of those the world is finished.' The political activist, who is the first westerner to be granted North Korean citizenship, dismissed accusations of human rights abuses against Kim Jong-un's government as mere propaganda from Britain and the United States. He said labour camps were strictly exclusive to criminals found guilty after a fair trial.

22 April 2017

"Total chaos" - Cyber attack feared as multiple cities hit with simultaneous power grid failures

The U.S. power grid appears to have been hit with multiple power outages affecting San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. Officials report that business, traffic and day-to-day life has come to a standstill in San Francisco, reportedly the worst hit of the three major cities currently experiencing outages. Power companies in all three regions have yet to elaborate on the cause, though a fire at a substation was the original reason given by San Francisco officials… The cause of the outage has not yet been made clear, though given the current geo-political climate it is not out of the question to suggest a cyber attack could be to blame. It has also been suggested that the current outages could be the result of a secretive nuclear/EMP drill by the federal government. As we have previously reported, the entire national power grid has been mapped by adversaries of the United States and it is believed that sleep trojans or malware may exist within the computer systems that maintain the grid. In a 2016 report it was noted that our entire way of life has been left vulnerable to saboteurs who could cause cascading blackouts across the United States for days or weeks at a time… Whether the current outages are the result of a targeted infrastructure cyber attack or simply a coincidence, most Americans think the impossible can’t happen, as The Prepper’s Blueprint author Tess Pennington highlights, a grid-down scenario won’t just be a minor inconvenience if it goes on for more than a day or two: Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.
Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass transportation, supply chains
Inability to access money via atm machines
Payroll service interruptions
Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may close, and public gatherings.
Inability to have access to clean drinking water
It is for this reason that we have long encouraged Americans to prepare for this potentially devastating scenario by considering emergency food reserves, clean water reserves and even home defense strategies in the event of a widespread outage. The majority of Americans have about 3 days’ worth of food in their pantry. Imagine for a moment what Day 4 might look like in any major city that goes dark.

Paris shooting gunman praised by gleeful ISIS jihadis who warn ‘worse is still to come’!

Twisted ISIS fanatics have praised the senseless shooting of a Paris cop and threatened “what is to come is worse.” Brainwashed extremists have been rejoicing on social media after a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman opened fire on police in the French capital killing one brave officer. SITE Intelligence group, which tracks online activities of terror groups, has revealed that ISIS supporters are “ecstatic” and praised the 39-year-old attacker Karim Cheurfi. The terror fanatics also delivered a chilling message to “Crusader #Europe” warning “what is to come is worse.” This follows ISIS mouthpiece Amaq News Agency confirming that the sick terror cult claims responsibility for the attack… The attack on the Champs-Elysées has rocked France days before the country’s presidential elections. The killer reportedly got out of a car next to a parked police van and opened fire through the window before officers returned fire and shot him dead.

21 April 2017

Marine Le Pen gets poll boost after Paris attack as Donald Trump says her chances of victory have improved

PARIS – Donald Trump has said the Paris terrorist attack would boost Marine Le Pen's presidential chances after a last-minute poll gave her a modest increase in support. The US president said the shooting would "probably help" Ms Le Pen in Sunday's election, because she is "strongest on borders, and she's the strongest on what's been going on in France." "Whoever is the toughest on radical Islamic terrorism, and whoever is the toughest at the borders, will do well in the election," he said… Cancelling visits and meetings on Friday, candidates traded blows across the airwaves as it emerged that the Isil-backed gunman had been kept in custody just 24 hours in February despite attempts to procure weapons to murder police…a policeman who had been deployed in the 2015 Bataclan attack, was killed in the shooting. Ms Le Pen, the far-Right candidate, blasted the mainstream “naive” Left and Right for failing to get tough on Islamism, calling for France to instantly reinstate border checks and expel foreigners who are on the watch lists of intelligence services. François Fillon, the mainstream conservative candidate, pledged an “iron fist” in the fight against “Islamist totalitarianism” – his priority if elected. “We are at war, it’s either us or them,” said the conservative

Japanese destroyers join US strike group amid tensions on Korean Peninsula

Two Japanese Navy destroyers have joined the carrier strike group ‘USS Carl Vinson’ heading towards the Korean Peninsula for a massive show of force as North Korea prepares to mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military. The Japanese warships, destroyers ‘Ashigara’ and ‘Samidare’, left the navy’s Sasebo base early on Friday for a rendezvous with the ‘USS Carl Vinson’ group off North Korean shores, NHK reports. Defense Ministry officials said the details of the joint US-Japan naval exercise are yet to be determined. The drill comes as an apparent show of force aimed at deterring North Korea, which will mark the 85th anniversary of the foundation of its military next week… The American strike group includes Nimitz-class aircraft carrier ‘USS Carl Vinson’ with her air wing, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers ‘USS Wayne E. Meyer’ and ‘USS Michael Murphy’, as well as Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser ‘USS Lake Champlain’. The strike group will operate in the region under the operational control of the 3rd Fleet as part of the 3rd Fleet Forward initiative, according to the US Navy. Its arrival to the Western Pacific was marked by a string of conflicting statements from the White House and the Pentagon. Last week, US President Donald Trump told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that “we are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful – far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.” The news, however, was downplayed by US military officials after it emerged that the strike group was heading to Australia instead of the Korean Peninsula… North Korea said it was ready to defend itself with all means available, including weapons of mass destruction. In a series of extraordinary statements, China, North Korea’s main trading partner and ally, warned that the region was on the brink of an all-out war.

20 April 2017

Islamic State claim deadly Paris shooting - one dead and several injured

ISLAMIC State (ISIS) have claimed this evening's deadly shooting in Paris, which has left one police officer dead, two others seriously injured and a tourist slightly hurt. The attack in the heart of the capital of France has now been claimed by Islamic extremists. Isis have claimed the attack via the Amaq news agency, which named the attacker as Abu Yusuf al-Beljiki, a Belgian national. Police sources in Paris, as well as French president Francois Hollande, have confirmed they suspect terrorism. The shooting took place at 8pm local time (7pm GMT), when a police car stopped at red lights was targeted. One officer was shot dead before the gunman was also slain by another officer. Other police officers were injured, two seriously, while a tourist suffered slight injuries… The attack comes just three days before voters are due at the polls for the first round of the French election. One police officer and the suspect have been killed after the shooting, which has left central Paris in lockdown. Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, has tweeted: “My thoughts and solidarity for our security forces, targeted again.” Some of the French candidates were taking part in a television debate, three miles away from the incident… In a televised debate this evening, Ms Le Pen said: “We are suffering the consequences of a laxity that has continued for years.” There is heightened alert across France with days to go until the first round of the election.

North Korea warns of 'super-mighty pre-emptive strike' as US plans next move
SEOUL – North Korean state media warned the United States of a "super-mighty pre-emptive strike" after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear program. U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong UN, who has rebuffed admonitions from sole major ally China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions. The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, did not mince its words. "In the case of our super-mighty pre-emptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only U.S. imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas but the U.S. mainland and reduce them to ashes," it said… U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said during a visit to London the military option must be part of the pressure brought to bear. "Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilized nations can allow to happen," he said in reference to Kim.

Russia moves troops, helicopters and armoured vehicles to its border with North Korea as Putin braces for war

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is reinforcing his border with North Korea by relocating troops and equipment, according to reports. The move comes as Donald Trump’s naval armada prepares to head to the Korean Peninsula. Video footage is said to show one of three trains loaded with military equipment moving towards the 11 mile-long land frontier between Russia and the repressive state. Another scene shows military helicopter appearing to move towards the North Korean border and manoeuvres across rough terrain by army combat vehicles. Other reports suggest there have been military moves by road as well. There have been concerns that if a conflict breaks out Russia could face a humanitarian exodus from North Korea. But Putin has been warned, too, that in the event of a US strike on Kim Jong-un’s nuclear facilities, contamination could swiftly reach Russia. “Railway trains loaded with military equipment moving towards Primorsky region via Khabarovsk have been noticed by locals,” reported in the Russian Far East – linking the development to the North Korean crisis… The naval port of Vladivostok – where Russia has huge military forces – is less than 100 miles from North Korea. Expert on the repressive state, Konstantin Asmolov, said: “Should the US strike with missiles at North Korea’s nuclear facilities, a radioactive cloud will reach Vladivostok within two hours.” Asmolov, from the Russian Far Eastern Institute, warned that in the event of full-scale war “hungry asylum seekers will flood into Russia.”… Moscow’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said: “Unfortunately, we have to admit that the risk of a serious conflict in this region has substantially increased.” He called for a “demonstration of responsibility” from all sides to avoid escalation.

Mahmoud Abbas: I am ready to meet with Netanyahu under the auspices of Trump

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is ready to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, DC under the auspices of US President Donald Trump at any time, Abbas stated in an interview with a Japanese journalist. In the interview, Abbas stated that he does not see an alternative to a two-state solution based upon the 1949 Armistice Lines. He added that a political settlement would be based upon painful Palestinian concessions and that a halt to settlement construction was a precondition. The White House updated that Abbas will meet with Trump on May 3 in Washington, DC. They added that the meeting is focused upon finding a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

19 April 2017

French police find bombs, make arrests over 'planned presidential election attack'

French police say they have foiled an imminent attack leading up to the presidential election, with the arrest of two men in Marseille on Tuesday. Explosives and multiple weapons were found at the suspects' flat in the southern port city. The two Frenchmen, one born in 1987 and the other in 1993, had met while sharing a prison cell and were known to police as having converted to radical Islam, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said at a press conference. In addition to a machine gun and two handguns, Molins added that an Islamic State group flag was also found in the apartment where the two suspects were arrested. French Interior Minister Matthias Fekl underscored to reporters that the two were "suspected of wanting to imminently commit a violent act on the eve of the French presidential election."… France votes Sunday in the first round of its two-stage election, with security ramped up for the ballot after a series of terrorist attacks in recent years that have made security one of the major issues of the campaign. Authorities, who had reportedly been looking for the two suspects for more than a week, had privately warned the main presidential candidates that there was a threat, campaign officials said. Comments by officials indicated that former Prime Minister Francois Fillon, centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen - three leading contenders - were among those warned of the risk… Officials from Fillon's camp and Le Pen's National Front said they had also received word of a possible attack… France has been under a state of emergency, which has been extended several times, in the face of Islamist militant attacks in Paris and other parts of the country in which more than 230 people have been killed.

Russia claims it can wipe out entire US Navy with a single ‘electronic bomb’

Russia has claimed it can disable the entire US Navy in one fell swoop using powerful electronic signal jamming. A news report from the country – where the media is essentially controlled by the state – said the technology could render planes, ships and missiles useless. The newsreader says: “Today, our Russian Electronic Warfare (REW) troops can detect and neutralise any target from a ship’s system and a radar, to a satellite.” The news report claims a single Russian war plane flew several times around American destroyer the USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea several years ago, disabling its systems and leaving it helpless. The report also claims they are capable to creating electronic jamming domes over their bases that make them invisible on radar screens… The news comes after US president Donald Trump dispatched the USS Carl Vinson, powered by nuclear reactors, carrying almost 100 aircraft and accompanied by destroyers, a cruiser and a submarine to the Korean Peninsula. And the commander-in-chief is said to be bolstering American deployment in the region by sending the USS Ronald Reagan and the USS Nimitz to the Sea of Japan next week. Russia, along with China, is said to have sent a spy ship to the area to ward off the task force amid rising tensions in the region. The ship movements followed comments by Russian president Vladimir Putin who urged the US to show “restraint”.

Le Pen tells rally she would shield France from 'savage globalization'

PARIS (Reuters) - Far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday sought to mobilize her supporters six days ahead of France's most unpredictable presidential election in decades by pledging to suspend all immigration and shield voters from "savage globalization." Opinion polls have for months shown Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron qualifying on Sunday for the May 7 run-off, but the gap with conservative Francois Fillon and far-leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon has been tightening. "I will protect you. My first measure as president will be to reinstate France's borders," Le Pen said to wide applause and cheers from the crowd of about 5,000, prompting the National Front's (FN) traditional "This is our home!" chant. Slamming her rivals, whom she said wanted "savage globalization," she said hers was the camp of patriots. "The choice on Sunday is simple," she said. "It is a choice between a France that is rising again and a France that is sinking."… With pollsters saying abstentions could hit record highs, convincing voters to go to the polling stations on Sunday is key. Le Pen sought to do so by hitting her party's trademark anti-EU, anti-immigration themes hard. "Fight for victory, until the very last minute," she said. "If every patriot can this week convince just one abstentionist, just one undecided voter, we are sure to win!" Getting the crowd to boo the European Union and its border-free Schengen area that she would take France out of if elected, Le Pen said: "Mass immigration is not an opportunity for France, it's a tragedy for France." Promising to immediately impose a moratorium on immigration, she said: "The French sometimes have fewer rights than foreigners - even illegal ones."… "I want to give France its freedom back, I want to take it out of jail," Le Pen said of her plans to pull the country out of the euro.

18 April 2017

North Korean mock-up birthday video shows missiles blowing up US

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea put on a musical show to mark the birthday of founding father Kim Il Sung, which ended with a mock-up video of missiles engulfing the United States in flames, prompting cheers from the audience and smiles from current leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea's state television aired footage of a choral performance attended by Kim Jong Un, the elder Kim's grandson, on Sunday, a day after a huge military parade in Pyongyang, which also marked the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung. The singing was followed by footage of its test-firing of a missile in February which, in the video, was joined by other missiles shooting into sky, passing over the Pacific and exploding in giant balls of flames in the United States. The video ended with a picture of the American flag in flames, overlapping row after row of white crosses in a cemetery. "When the performance was over, all the performers and participants in the military parade broke into enthusiastic cheers of 'hurrah!'," state run KCNA news agency said. State TV footage showed leader Kim smiling and waving in return. "The Dear Supreme Leader waved back to them and congratulated the artistes on their successful performance," KCNA said. North Korea said in February that it had successfully tested a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2, propelled by a solid-fuel engine. During Saturday's military parade it displayed what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic missiles. And a day later it conducted a failed missile test, which drew international condemnation. North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States and amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, it has escalated a war of words, warning of full-out nuclear war if Washington takes military action against it. 

17 April 2017

‘No more tolerance’ – Donald Trump’s trade tsar blasts ‘rubbish’ EU policies

Donald Trump's trade advisor has pulled no punches with the EU over its protectionist policies after critics took aim at the US president for his 'America First' strategy. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, accused the European Union (EU) of holding the entire world back over its restrictive policies ahead of crucial bank talks this week. Mr Ross blasted the organisation claiming its deficits "eats the surpluses of the whole rest of the world". In a scathing assessment New Jersey-born Mr Ross also questioned why the bloc was happy to accept the £399billion ($500bn) deficit with the USA. The United States population is currently estimated at 323 million while the EU's was estimated to be 510.3 million people in 2016. However the US imports considerably more from the EU than it exports with figures from the Census Bureau showing a clear £116,633m ($146,340.1m) deficit for 2016. Mr Ross said the Trump administration is not going to be “tolerant” of the deficit which has been running concurrently for 40 years. And he blasted critics who questioned the president's "protectionist" policies insisting they were talking a load of "rubbish"… Mr Ross was speaking ahead of this week's International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings where trade and debt will be discussed. And he took aim at controversial IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde who last week made bizarre comments about US foreign policy.

North Korea to test missiles WEEKLY as nation threatens 'ALL OUT WAR' with the US

North Korea will continue to test nuclear missiles monthly or even weekly as its vice foreign minister warned the US could face ”all-out war”. Han Song-Ryol revealed the state would continue to test its missiles despite international condemnation and increasing military tensions with the United States. Speaking in Pyongyang, he said: “We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis." He added that the US could face "all-out war" if Donald Trump and his government were "reckless enough to use military means". The comments come following North Korea's failed missile test over the Easter bank holiday week-end, as citizens celebrated Kim Il-sung's birthday on the Day of the Sun… Tensions have continued to escalate on the peninsula, with heated rhetoric being bounced back and forth between North Korea and the US. President Donald Trump tweeted he could have "no choice" but to act if the disgraced country fails to halt its nuclear testing programme. And he warned China that he will "deal" with the country if its neighbour ignores the growing crises. Speaking alongside South Korea's acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn later, Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea should not test Mr Trump. He said: "Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region."

16 April 2017

Erdogan claims victory in referendum making him dictator

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is claiming victory in a referendum that will greatly expand his powers, changing the country from a nominal parliamentary democracy into a presidential dictatorship… Erdogan called Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the leader of the nationalist MHP party, which supported the "Yes" vote, to congratulate them, presidential sources said. They quoted Erdogan as saying the referendum result was clear… Addressing a crowd outside the AKP's headquarters in Ankara, Yildirim said unofficial tallies showed the "Yes" camp ahead. "A new page has been opened in our democratic history," Yildirim said. "We are brothers, one body, one nation." Convoys of cars honking horns in celebration, their passengers waving flags from the windows, clogged a main avenue in Ankara as they headed towards the AKP's headquarters to celebrate. A chant of Erdogan's name rang out from loud speakers and campaign buses. A "Yes" vote would replace Turkey's parliamentary democracy with an all-powerful presidency and may see Erdogan in office until at least 2029, in the most radical change to the country's political system in its modern history. The outcome will also shape Turkey's strained relations with the European Union. The NATO member state has curbed the flow of migrants - mainly refugees from wars in Syria and Iraq - into the bloc but Erdogan says he may review the deal after the vote… Erdogan will be no ordinary dictator. He is, first and foremost, an Islamist in the heart of democratic Europe. He will control a large, well-trained army equipped with the latest NATO weapons in one of the most strategically located countries in the world. It will be very difficult to fight ISIS and blunt Iran's ambitions without Erdogan's cooperation. That's why criticism from NATO and the U.S. for this power grab will be muted. As noted above, Turkey is also a key player in the refugee crisis. Erdogan could make the lives of EU leaders miserable if he opens the floodgates of migrants and allows passage through Turkey into the west. In other words, Erdogan enjoys a considerable amount of leverage. How he uses it will impact the security of NATO and the U.S.

Referendum a victory for all in Turkey: President Erdoğan

The April 16 referendum on constitutional amendments to shift the country’s governance system to an executive presidency marked a victory for everyone in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said in his first comments on the results. “April 16 is the victory for all Turkey with everyone who both voted ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ with the country’s 80 million population, 81 provinces and its 780,000 square kilometers of land. Our citizens living abroad are also an important part of this victory,” Erdoğan told a press conference at the Huber Palace in Istanbul, noting that around 25 million “yes” votes were cast according to unofficial results. Erdoğan also called the public decision to approve the new governance system a historic one and thanked all citizens for their support in supporting his push to create a presidential post with greatly enhanced powers. “Today, Turkey gave a historic decision on its governance system which has been an immemorial matter of debate for 200 years,” Erdoğan said, acknowledging all citizens who headed to the polls regardless of the colour of their votes. “As I expressed while casting my vote today, this constitutional amendment is not an ordinary change. This is very different and very meaningful,” he said.

The US and China are weighing responses to North Korea's failed missile launch

WASHINGTON/PYONGYANG (Reuters) - The United States, its allies and China are working together on a range of responses to North Korea's latest attempted ballistic missile test, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser said on Sunday, citing what he called an international consensus to act. "We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options," national security adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC's "This Week" program. "This latest missile test just fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behaviour on the part of the North Korean regime," McMaster said. He said the president has asked the national security council to integrate the efforts of the Defense and State departments and U.S. intelligence agencies to develop options if "this pattern of behaviour continues and if the North Korean Regime refuses to denuclearize." "There is an international consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just cannot continue," McMaster said. The North Korean missile "blew up almost immediately" after its test launch on Sunday, the U.S. Pacific Command said.

15 April 2017

North Korea threat ‘can’t go on’

● US and China ‘working on a range of options’ after Kim’s failed missile test ● America capable of wiping out nuclear sites, Britain told
The US and China are working on a response to the North Korean missile crisis, Donald Trump’s top security adviser has said. General HR McMaster said China had joined an international consensus that Kim Jong-un’s “threatening behaviour” could not continue. The countries are working on a “range of options” in response to a failed missile test by the regime and growing tensions over its nuclear programme. Trump has urged Beijing to use its influence as North Korea’s biggest ally to resolve the crisis. The president said today that China was “working with us on the North Korean problem”. The test rocket “blew up almost immediately” after its launch from a base in Sinpo early today, the US military said.

14 April 2017

World 'on the brink of thermo-nuclear war', as North Korea mulls test that could goad Trump

North Korea has warned that the world is on the brink of “thermo-nuclear war” as fears rise that Pyongyang is planning a test of military hardware that could provoke a response from President Donald Trump. Tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions escalated further on Friday after reports in the US that Washington was ready to launch a pre-emptive strike, while China called for all sides to pull back from an “irreversible and unmanageable stage”. Evidence of increased activity in recent weeks at the North's nuclear test sites has sparked fears that the country may be about to conduct its sixth nuclear test since 2006 at the weekend. Tension between Washington and Pyongyang has risen in recent days with a US navy strike group being ordered into the western Pacific Ocean. The redeployment of the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson strike group, officially described as a response to “earlier provocations”, was seen as sending a signal to North Korea. Mr Trump described the force as an “armada” and said that submarines were being sent which were “far more powerful than the aircraft carrier.” A North Korean spokesman said: “The US introduces into the Korean peninsula, the world's biggest hotspot, huge nuclear strategic assets, seriously threatening peace and security of the peninsula and pushing the situation there to the brink of a war. This has created a dangerous situation in which a thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment."… Observers predict that the North is most likely to carry out a nuclear test on Saturday, the 105th anniversary of the birth of state founder Kim Il-Sung. The threat of another US show of strength emerged as Washington confirmed that the US had dropped the biggest ever non-nuclear bomb in its history on an Islamic State tunnel in eastern Afghanistan.

Turkey’s referendum – Turkey is sliding into dictatorship

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is carrying out the harshest crackdown in decades. The West must not abandon Turkey. Turkey matters not just for its size, but also as a bellwether of the political forces shaping the world. For centuries it was the seat of a great empire. Today, as a frontier state, it must cope with the violence spewing out of war-ravaged Syria; it is a test case of whether democracy can be reconciled with political Islam; and it must navigate between Western liberalism and the authoritarian nationalism epitomised by Russia. In recent years under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey has gone backwards. This weekend it can begin to put that right. On April 16th Turks will vote in a referendum over whether to abandon their parliamentary system for an executive presidency. A Yes is likely, but far from certain. There is nothing wrong with a strong president, but Turkey’s new constitution goes too far. The country would end up with a 21st-century sultan minimally curbed by parliament. A Yes would condemn Turkey to the elected dictatorship of President Erdogan… Mr Erdogan argues that…Turkey needs a new constitution that will generate political stability. He says that only a strong president can galvanise the state and see off its enemies. Naturally, he is talking about himself… The state is entitled to protect its citizens, especially in the face of political violence. But Mr Erdogan has gone far beyond what is reasonable. Roughly 50,000 people have been arrested; 100,000 more have been sacked. Only a fraction of them were involved in the coup. Anyone Mr Erdogan sees as a threat is vulnerable: ordinary folk who went to a Gulenist school or saved with a Gulenist bank; academics, journalists and politicians who betray any sympathy for the Kurdish cause; anybody, including children, who mocks the president on social media. Whatever the result on April 16th, Mr Erdogan will remain in charge, free to use—and abuse—his emergency powers… Some in the West will point to Turkey’s experience to claim that Islam and democracy cannot coexist. But to give up on that idea would be to give up on Turkey itself… The outside world should not give up on Turkey, but be patient. Partly, this is self-interest. As a NATO member and a regional power, Turkey is too important to cut adrift. It will play a vital part in any peace in Syria. Driving it into Russia’s arms makes no sense. Turkey has also been a conduit for refugees into the EU as well as vital in controlling their inflow. The refugee situation is in flux: the EU will need to keep talking to Turkey about how to cope with the resulting instability… Turkey will remain pivotal after April 16th. If Mr Erdogan loses, Turkey will be a difficult ally with a difficult future. But if he wins, he will be able to govern as an elected dictator.

Turkish referendum polls show 'Yes' vote above 51 percent

A narrow majority of Turks will vote "Yes" in Sunday's referendum on changing the constitution to grant President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, two opinion polls showed on Thursday. The April 16 vote will decide on the biggest change in Turkey's system of governance since the modern republic's foundation almost a century ago, potentially replacing its parliamentary system with an executive presidency. Polling company Konda said the number of "yes" voters stood at 51.5 percent, but said its survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percent… [Pollster] Gezici said many people did not want to express their views during the poll's fieldwork. It put the level of undecided voters at 9.9 percent. "One of the basic problems with the work during the referendum process was the evident increase in the level of people's concern about expressing themselves," Gezici said in its analysis of the results. Two other surveys on Wednesday showed the "yes" vote on 51-52 percent. The mean average of nine polls collated by Reuters puts the "yes" vote on 50.9 percent

13 April 2017

US drops largest non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan

President Trump on Thursday gave the order for the U.S. military to drop its largest non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced, the first time such a bomb has been used in combat. At about 7:30 p.m. local time in Afghanistan, Operation Resolute Support dropped a GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) on a series of ISIS tunnels in the Achin District in Nangarhar province, a Pentagon spokesman told The Hill. The MOAB appears to be the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the United States arsenal… The MOAB, which has a blast radius of one mile, and weighs about 25,0000 pounds, replaced a similar Vietnam-era bomb known as Daisy Cutter in the late 2000s. It is sometimes said that the acronym is short for "Mother Of All Bombs" and has only ever been used in testing. The White House does not yet have a formulated plan to defeat ISIS, but Trump on the campaign trail said he would go after ISIS-controlled oil fields and "bomb the s--- out of them.” The bomb drop comes after Trump during his White House news conference Wednesday announced that he was sending his national security adviser, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, to Afghanistan to "find out how we can make progress alongside our Afghan partners."

Foreign journalists in North Korea gather for 'big and important event' amid tensions

Foreign journalists visiting North Korea gathered in Pyongyang for "a big and important event" on Thursday with tensions high over the possibility of a new weapons test by the isolated state and as a US carrier group sails towards the Korean peninsula. North Korea marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of the state founder Kim Il-sung on Saturday and in 2012 launched a long-range rocket carrying a satellite to mark the date. It tested a newly developed intermediate-range missile last year. Around 200 journalists were invited to witness the nation's most important national holiday, known as the "Day of the Sun". They have been given no further details of the "big" event, although it coincides with a US naval strike group approaching the Korean peninsula and reports that the North's nuclear test site is "primed and ready" for a new underground detonation. A Washington-based think tank that monitors North Korea, 38 North, said satellite images on Wednesday showed continued activity around the North's Punggye-ri nuclear test site on the east coast and showed it was ready for a new test. The images also show new activity in the site's main administrative area and people around the command centre. Vehicles can also be discerned, along with what appears to be equipment concealed beneath camouflage netting. North Korea has carried out five underground nuclear tests to date, including two last year. The most recent test, conducted in September, coincided with the 68th anniversary of the founding of the regime and is estimated to have had a destructive power of 35 kilotons. On Tuesday, North Korea warned of a nuclear attack on the United States at any sign of American aggression. The North is technically at war with the United States and South Korea after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and not a peace treaty. The North regularly threatens to destroy both countries.

‘Riskier than striking Syria’: Beijing warns US against attacking North Korea

China has warned the US against using military force against North Korea, after a surprise redeployment of an aircraft carrier group. Washington’s regional allies said they expect it to consult with them before any action. Tension is mounting in the region as US President Donald Trump said he would solve the “North Korean problem” with or without China’s help. The warning came amid the diversion of the aircraft carrier group ‘USS Carl Vinson’ to the Korean Peninsula and a week after Trump ordered the US Navy to fire a barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian airbase as punishment for an alleged chemical attack in Idlib province. Responding to US belligerence, Beijing called against using force against Pyongyang. “Military force cannot resolve the issue,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told reporters in Beijing. “Amid challenge there is opportunity. Amid tensions we will also find a kind of opportunity to return to talks.” An editorial in the influential newspaper Global Times, which is published by the Chinese Communist Party’ People’s Daily, said the situation on the Korean Peninsula could not be compared to that of Syria. “Taking military actions against North Korea is much more risky than launching a missile strike on Syria. Pyongyang is able to deal a heavy blow to South Korea. Regardless of Pyongyang's nuclear capability, a radiological dispersal device, or a ‘dirty bomb,’ if thrown on the South, will cause nuclear pollution, which will be unbearable to this US ally,” the newspaper warned… US allies in the region, South Korea and Japan, have both asked Washington to consult with them before taking military action against Pyongyang. Both countries station thousands of US troops on their territories. The escalation comes as North Korea prepares to celebrate the birthday of its late leader Kim Il-sung on Saturday, which is a state holiday called ‘Day of the Sun’. Pyongyang has a record of timing demonstrations of military strength to the date, as many observers say it might do so this year to test Trump’s resolve.

Kim Jong-Un ‘orders IMMEDIATE EVACUATION of Pyongyang’ as tensions with US escalate

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered residents of the country’s capital Pyongyang to leave the city immediately, sparking fears he may be preparing for war. Reports in Russian newspaper Pravda Report claim more than 600,000 people - around 25 per cent of the city’s population - are being urgently evacuated, as tensions escalate between North Korea and the United States. According to South Korean media, residents in the kingdom have said goodbye to each other, sparking concerns the tyrannical leader could be about to act after months of nuclear weapon testing. Foreign reporters have been told to prepare for a “big and important event" on North Korea's biggest national celebration, called ‘Day of the Sun’. A tweet from Channel NewsAsia’s Beijing Correspondent Jeremy Koh said: “We’ve been told to be ready to move out at 6.20am, but no idea why. Also, no cell phones allowed.” More than 200 foreign journalists are in Pyongyang as the country marks the 105th birthday of its founding president Kim Il Sung on April 15. Officials in North Korea have already warned nuclear war could break out at any minute thanks to the "extremely tense" situation on the Korean Peninsula. The US sent a navy strike group towards the Western Pacific in a show of force, with North Korea retorting with warnings of a nuclear attack in retaliation to any show of aggression.

12 April 2017

US Navy carrier strike group sets its sights on North Korea

President Trump Tuesday addressed the growing threat out of North Korea, following recent ballistic missile tests and the fear that Kim Jong Un’s regime could be closer to building a nuclear-tipped missile, capable of reaching the United States. The president tweeted a warning to North Korea, writing, “North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A.” He could be planning to “solve the problem” with a 97,000 ton, nuclear-powered, Nimitz-class American aircraft carrier the size of more than three football fields, steaming toward North Korea. That warship, the USS Carl Vinson, is the flagship of the Navy’s Carrier Strike Group 1, and often called "America's Favorite Aircraft Carrier." The strike group, established in 2009, includes the ship’s Carrier Air Wing 2, and embarked Destroyer Squadron 1 deployed with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, as well as Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Michael Murphy and USS Wayne E. Meyer. The USS Carl Vinson is capable of carrying 90 fixed wing aircraft and helicopters… President Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster said on Fox News Sunday that the ships were being redirected toward the Korean Peninsula as a “prudent” measure, because “North Korea has been engaged in a pattern of provocative behavior.” “This is a rogue regime that is now a nuclear-capable regime," he said. The president has asked to be prepared to give him a full range of options to remove that threat to the American people and to our allies and partners in the region.” Tensions are so high that a top U.S. general in Korea will not return to Washington to testify in a congressional hearing… Responding to the U.S. moving the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to waters off of North Korea, the isolated nation vowed Monday to “hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences.”

11 April 2017

Kim Jong Un makes catastrophic promise in face of US Navy

A spokesman for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s government has issued a threatening message to the United States as a carrier strike group attached to the USS Carl Vinson has been making its way toward the Korean Peninsula, according to Fox News. On Monday, the state-run Korean Central News Agency issued a quote from a spokesman for North Korean’s foreign ministry, and it’s nothing less than provocative. “We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions,” the spokesman said, according to Fox. “This goes to prove that the U.S. reckless moves for invading the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) have reached a serious phase of its scenario. If the U.S. dares opt for a military action, crying out for ‘preemptive attack’ and ‘removal of the headquarters,’ the DPRK is ready to react to any mode of war desired by the U.S.” In other words, bring it on. Tensions continue to mount in the area as the South Koreans and Americans hold annual large-scale war games, and North Korea violates U.N. resolutions by launching missiles, Fox reported.

10 April 2017

Islamic State claims responsibility for twin church attacks in Egypt

At least 36 people were killed and more than 100 injured in bomb attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. Islamic State was responsible for two Coptic church bombings in Egypt on Palm Sunday that killed at least 36 and injured over 100, the group’s news agency Amaq said. “A group that belongs to Islamic State carried out the two attacks on the churches in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria,” Amaq said… The first bombing, in Tanta, a Nile Delta city less than 100 kilometers outside Cairo, killed at least 25 and injured at least 78, Egypt’s Ministry of Health said. The second, carried out just a few hours later by a suicide bomber in Alexandria, hit the historic seat of the Coptic Pope, killing 11, including three police officers, and injuring 35, the ministry added… Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on also condemned the bombing of the Egyptian church, Wafa, the official PA news site, reported. Abbas said the Palestinian people and leadership stand with the Egyptian people, leadership and army against “the blind terror that is targeting Egypt.”

Russia freezes co-ordination with US in Syria following American airstrikes

(AP) MOSCOW – Russia reacted to U.S. military strikes on its ally Syria Friday by cutting a hotline intended to prevent mid-air incidents, a response that demonstrates Moscow’s readiness to defy Washington and could even put the two nuclear superpowers on a course toward military confrontation. President Vladimir Putin signalled he was ready to risk a clash with the U.S. and abandon hopes for mending ties with the U.S. under President Donald Trump, rather than accept the humiliation of standing by while his ally is bombed. Russia’s decision to suspend the hotline established after the launch of the Russian air campaign in Syria in September 2015 effectively means that Russian and U.S. planes could fly dangerously close to each other during combat missions, raising the risk of inadvertent or deliberate clashes in the crowded skies over Syria. By freezing the information channel between the two potent militaries, Russia is signalling to Washington that it will tolerate no further strikes on Syrian government facilities… Further upping the ante, the Russian Defense Ministry said it will now help strengthen Syrian air defenses.

Russian pol calls for “retaliatory strikes” against US

The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky has called for Moscow to carry out “retaliatory strikes” against the U.S. in response to the Trump Administration’s air strike on Syria. “This was all planned,” said Zhirinovsky, asserting that the chemical weapons incident was a “provocation in advance” to justify the U.S. air strike and that the gas attack was staged by jihadist rebels. Adding that the goal was to “overthrow Assad” and undermine Russian influence in the country, Zhirinovsky said Syria had the right to defend itself with retaliatory strikes. Noting that the agreement that Russian and U.S. fighter planes would not target each other over Syrian airspace has been cancelled, Zhirinovsky went further, calling for Russian long range surface-to-air missile systems to cover the entire country as well as for more warships to be sent to the region. Zhirinovsky, a member of Russia’s state Duma, also demanded that Moscow declare partial mobilization and put its strategic missile forces in a state of high combat readiness while demanding that “retaliatory strikes” be carried out against U.S. armed forces in Syria “if they continue aggressive actions” against Syrian troops or Bashar Al-Assad. “So they would know, that they will not be allowed to destroy Syrian armed forces like this – with impunity,” he added. Zhirinovsky chided, “Americans are envious of our success, and they have only had military defeats since 1945,” adding that Trump may have been “misinformed” or “misled” into carrying out the air strike. “This confrontation is going to last for a long time and this is a battleground between the U.S. and Russia,” he concluded. Zhirinovsky is a controversial figure, but his rhetoric is not that far removed from a joint statement by Russia and Iran in which the two countries vowed to “respond to any (future) aggression” in Syria. Meanwhile, former UK ambassador to Syria Peter Ford told BBC News that the air strike could actually motivate jihadists to stage further chemical weapons attacks. “Trump has just given the jihadis a thousand reasons to stage fake flag operations,” said Ford. “Seeing how successful and how easy it is with a gullible media to provoke the West into intemperate reactions.”

Erdogan to rethink EU plans after referendum

Turkey's bid to join the European Union will be back "on the table" after next week's referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan told a rally in Izmir on Sunday (9 April). Erdogan described Europe as a "sick man", the term European politicians used to describe the decaying Ottoman Empire. Opinion polls suggest a tight race in the referendum, which if won by the Yes side would grant Erdogan much broader powers.

9 April 2017

Erdogan: 'Europe will answer for their treatment of Turks following referendum'

Turkey will soon hold the Europeans to account for their unfair treatment of the Middle-Eastern country, Turkish Presidet Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday at a rally in Izmir promoting an upcoming nation-wide referendum which would dramatically increase his powers. "I expect a high turnout of Turkish citizens living in European countries. Turkish expats have regularly faced injustices and pressure in Europe. But the Turkish people will soon call [those countries] to answer for what they have done. After the April 16 referendum, Turkey will bring Europe to account," President Erdogan said at a rally in the western Turkish city of Izmir… On March 25, as EU officials celebrated the supranatioanl union's 60th birthday, Erdogan said Turkey could hold a referendum on whether it actually needs to further strive to join the bloc. On March 17, Erdogan urged Turks living in Europe to have five children and reach prosperity, as they are "the future of Europe." On April 2, Erdogan told his supporters that the EU does not want to welcome Turkey in its ranks because "it is a Christian union".

North Korea missiles – US warships deployed to Korean peninsula

The US military has ordered a navy strike group to move towards the Korean peninsula, amid growing concerns about North Korea's missile programme. The Carl Vinson Strike Group comprises an aircraft carrier and other warships. US Pacific Command described the deployment - now heading towards the western Pacific - as a prudent measure to maintain readiness in the region. President Trump has said the US is prepared to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat from North Korea. "The number one threat in the region continues to be North Korea, due to its reckless, irresponsible and destabilising programme of missile tests and pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability," US Pacific Command spokesman Dave Benham said. The strike group comprises the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, two guided-missile destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser. As well as massive striking power, the carrier group - headed by Admiral Nora Tyson - has the capability to intercept ballistic missiles. It was originally due to make port calls in Australia but instead has been diverted from Singapore to the west Pacific - where it recently conducted exercises with the South Korean Navy. North Korea has carried out several nuclear tests and experts predict more could be in the offing as it moves closer towards developing a nuclear warhead that could reach the US. There have been indications from North Korea that it may test an intercontinental missile, even though it is banned from any tests under UN resolutions (restrictions it has consistently ignored)… North Korea has also been closely watching how US President Donald Trump has been responding in Syria. Early on Friday, the US military launched air strikes against the Syrian government, in retaliation for a reported chemical attack. North Korea called it an "intolerable act of aggression against a sovereign state", and said the strike showed it was justified in bolstering its own defences.

8 April 2017

Kremlin tells US it's 'one step from war' as Trump warns he will hit Syria again after his attack on Russia's ally Assad triggers fears of World War Three

The Kremlin has warned the US it is ‘one step from war' over Syria - but the Trump administration hit back by saying it would be prepared to carry out airstrikes again. In the first direct American raid on Bashar al Assad’s forces, President Trump authorised the firing of 59 cruise missiles at a military airfield. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denounced the US for attacking ‘the legitimate government of Syria’ and for allegedly breaking international law without the approval of the UN. Mr Medvedev said: ‘This military action is a clear indication of the US president’s extreme dependency on the views of the Washington establishment, the one that the new president strongly criticised in his inauguration speech. Soon after his victory, I noted that everything would depend on how soon Trump’s election promises would be broken by the existing power machine. It took only two and a half months. The last remaining election fog has lifted. Instead of an overworked statement about a joint fight against the biggest enemy, ISIS, the Trump administration proved that it will fiercely fight the legitimate Syrian government’. But the US President warned he would do it again after unleashing a surprise attack on the Syrian regime with a massive show of firepower… Vladimir Putin yesterday also denounced the US missile strikes as an illegal act of aggression against a sovereign nation… The two old Cold War superpowers clashed at the UN Security Council where a Russian envoy claimed US ‘aggression’ had strengthened terrorism… Moscow compared the US action with the invasion of Iraq by American and British forces in 2003.

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits Albania

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has struck the town of Rreshen, 55 km North of the Albanian capital Tirana at a reported depth of 10km, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The quake struck the rural Albanian town at roughly 4pm local time on Saturday afternoon. According to testimonials on the EMSC’s website, eyewitnesses described the tremor as lasting up to 30 seconds with the strength of convulsions reaching a crescendo as the quake progressed.

3 strong earthquakes rock Philippines, largest measuring 5.9 magnitude

An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale has hit the Philippines, in the Batangas province, south of Manila. The quake took place at a depth of 42.7 km. The quake struck one kilometer outside Talaga in the center of Batangas, located less than 70 km south of Manila, reported the United States Geological Survey (USGS). No tsunami warning has been issued… Power was cut off in several areas with multiple buildings experiencing minor damage, according to Reuters. The quake could be felt as far away as the capital Manila and the island of Mindoro. An estimated 20 million people felt tremors, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), and evacuations are taking place across the affected areas. Hundreds of people located along the coast fled to higher ground following the quakes, while evacuations took place across affected areas.

7 April 2017

WW3 fears: Russia threatened Donald Trump with 'negative consequences' if he strikes Syria

Russia has warned Donald Trump to avoid launching strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime or they could face “negative consequences”. Minutes before the United States fired 59 missiles against Syria, Russia’s deputy UN envoy Vladimir Safronkov said: “Think about negative consequences”. Safronkov added: "We have to think about negative consequences, negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action occurred will be on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise." When asked what those negative consequences could be, he said: "Look at Iraq, look at Libya." The warning comes after President Trump’s passionate speech at the White House, following the gas attack in Syria on Tuesday. Since the suspected chemical attack, the US has since launched more than 50 Tomahawk missiles on the Syrian airfield, where gas assault left at least 80 people dead. The US military believes the strike has “severely damaged or destroyed Syrian aircraft and support infrastructure” – as many as 14 fighter jets have been destroyed… The Pentagon has confirmed Russia was notified of the strike. Spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said: “Russian forces were notified in advance of the strike using the established deconfliction line. US military planners took precautions to minimise risk to Russian or Syrian personnel located at the airfield." However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: "There were no discussions or prior contacts, nor had there been any since the attack with Moscow."… Moments before Trump launched air-strikes in Syria, the US military said they were studying military options in Syria and President Trump insisted, “something should happen”… Washington blamed the attack on the Syrian government, putting it at odds with Russia, which has air and ground forces in Syria. The Syrian government has denied it was behind the attack.

Pro-Erdogan sites take aim at critics in Germany

Websites like the Ottoman Generation and Muslim Mainstream have become gathering points for supporters of Erdogan in Germany… "Our leader until death. 'Yes' until death. The Fatherland until death," is scrawled on a piece of paper. It's a woman's brief love letter to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, complete with two red hearts. She then took a picture of it, along with her ballot, using her smartphone. She then posted it on Facebook, for the world to see. Other online messages are openly hostile. "I stamped my vote as if I were bashing the infidels," wrote one Turkish-German man, who also photographed his note next to his ballot. For Turkey's upcoming national referendum on whether to amend their constitution, voters don't check off a box -- they instead stamp their decision onto the ballot with "Hayir" (no) or with "Evet" (yes)… Most of the Erdogan followers bustling about online are simmering with excitement at the prospect of further expanding their president's powers. But they're skipping over the comment threads on Facebook pages like Muslim Mainstream and News Special 24. These pages only have around 10,000 users. By contrast, a page called Ottoman Generation, which evokes Turkey's historic grandeur, has already been liked 50,000 times.

6 April 2017

Cyberattack on its way to Israel: 2BSecure prepares for Anonymous’ threat

The Anonymous hacker group promises to conduct a cyberattack against Israeli websites every year, asserting that it is in response to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. This week, increased hacking activity was already felt as they prepare for their cyberattack that will start tomorrow (Friday). Israeli intelligence establishments follow after the attackers and provide live updates on their activity. One of these establishments, cyber security company 2BSecure, explained what it is they do. The screens within the company display a map of threats and attacks around the world: “This is how we see which countries and which addresses are attacking and who they are attacking,” they explained. “This information is used to understand the situation at any given moment - and also to compare and understand if these entities are planning to harm any of our customers.” When a warning lights up, the incident is considered a high degree of severity: “There are ongoing attempts that we always see, and we currently see an increase in threats.”

5 April 2017

Trump: 'I'm working very, very hard' on Israeli-Palestinian issue

The US president told the Jordanian king he hopes to be successful in "finally creating peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. US President Donald Trump welcomed Jordan's King Abdullah II to the White House Wednesday and expressed his commitment to promoting negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump said he was "working very, very hard" to bring about a peace deal and hopes to be successful. Abdullah then said Arab countries will do what it takes in order to bring the parties to the negotiating table. The president also thanked Abdullah for his country's partnership in the fight against ISIS. "We will destroy ISIS and protect civilization. We have no choice," Trump said.

‘Threat to planes & ships’: Japan fumes as North Korea test-launches another ballistic missile

North Korea has reportedly test-fired a middle-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, drawing strong condemnation from its neighbors, Japan and South Korea. The launch comes as the US-China summit is about to kick off in Florida. The South Korean military defined the type of missile as a “KN-15 medium-range ballistic missile” or Pukguksong-2, the South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) said in a statement to Yonhap. The launch was performed at about 6.42 am local time from the area near the North Korean seaside town of Sinpo in the South Hamgyong Province, it said. The missile covered the distance of about 60 km within nine minutes of its flight before it landed into the Sea of Japan, without incurring any damage and short of reaching Japan’s exclusive economic zone… Denouncing the launch as “a brute challenge to a number of decisions by the UN Security Council on the nuclear and missile provocations of North Korea,” the country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Cho June-hyuck, noted that such blatant actions engender international peace and security. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called the yet another missile test by North Korea “serious provocative actions in terms of security,” that run contrary to the international law, in particular, UN Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on North Korea.

EU ultimatum issued to Hungary and Poland

Germany, France and 21 other European Union member states will reportedly issue an ultimatum to Hungary and Poland: either they accept migrants or they get out of the bloc. This is according to the UK’s The Times. In the article published on April 4, The Times said that “Hungary has led a rebellion against the quota scheme with a challenge in the EU courts,” while “Poland has ignored the European Commission’s criticism”. A diplomatic source told the daily: “They will have to make a choice: are they in the European system or not? You cannot blackmail the EU, unity has a price.” As reported by Radio Poland online, the European Court of Justice will hold a hearing on the legality of migrant quotas. A verdict is expected by the end of the year. Experts say that the court will likely rule in favour of the scheme. “We are confident that the ECJ will confirm validation,” the source told The Times. “Then they [Hungary and Poland] must abide by the decision. If they don’t then they will face consequences, both financial and political. No more opt-outs. There is no more ‘one foot in and one foot out’. We are going to be very tough on this.”

6.1 earthquake hits near Iran’s second-largest city

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck 89 kilometers from Mashhad, Iran’s second most populous city, the US Geological Survey reported, adding that the tremor had a been registered at a shallow depth of 13 kilometers. The quake hit northeastern Iran, 96 kilometers from the city of Mashhad, which has a population of over 2.3 million people. Tasnim news agency reported several aftershocks, which are expected to continue, while adding that phone service in the affected areas has been disrupted. The epicenter was located at Sefid Sang, a city in Khorasan Razavi Province’s Qalandarabad District, the Iranian Seismological Center of Tehran University reported, as cited by Tasnim. “It was horrible. It made a lot of noise. Everything was shaking,” a Mashhad resident told AFP.

4 April 2017

Cyprus united … over Erdoğan

With time running short, Cyprus needs a strong, secure Turkish president to back a deal to reunify the island. If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wins a vote later this month to expand his powers, the European Union might get an unexpected windfall: a fortuitous last chance to seal a long-sought deal to reunify Cyprus. While there is concern that Erdoğan’s sweeping constitutional reforms would push Turkey one step closer to authoritarianism, on the plus side — at least for Cyprus — it would stabilize and secure Erdoğan’s position at home, potentially making him more amenable to an agreement. And that has both Greek and Turkish Cypriots, and the United Nations, watching anxiously for the results of the April 16 referendum… Ankara has long said it supports the reunification of Cyprus. However, Erdoğan’s interest is driven by a much broader political strategy to win favor with the West and tap into new supplies of natural gas from the East Mediterranean. The reunification after a 43-year division would end the standoff between Turkey and Anastasiades’ internationally-recognized Cypriot government, opening the way for more cooperation between Turkey and the EU.

Erdogan vows ‘good surprises’ & more Turkish ops in Syria as Euphrates Shield ‘ends’

Days after Turkey said it had ended the controversial seven-month Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the military is planning new offensives and “good surprises” in the coming months on Syrian soil. The president said more cross-border operations are likely to follow against militant groups Ankara deems terrorist, including Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Kurdish militia known as People’s Protection Units (YPG). “We have completed the first phase of the Euphrates Shield Operation with the cleaning of al-Bab, Syria, from terrorists. It is now over and there will be [operations] from now on,” Erdogan said, as cited by Hurriyet. At this stage, the Turkish military is planning new offensives in other parts of Syria, Erdogan said. He added Ankara has “very good surprises for all terrorist groups, including the PKK, YPG, Daesh [Arabic acronym for Islamic State, formerly ISIS/ISIL] and FETO [Gulenist organization].” “With God’s will, the upcoming months will be the dead of winter for terrorists, while it will be spring for Turkey and the Turkish nation,” he proclaimed. Erdogan did not specify where and when the new military operations would take place.

3 April 2017

ISIS celebrates St. Petersburg Metro blast that killed 14

ISIS supporters are praising an explosion on a St. Petersburg subway train that has killed at least fourteen people and injured dozens, according to Russian media reports. “We ask Allah to bless the operation by the lions of the Caliphate, we ask Allah to kill the Crusaders,” said an ISIS supporter from the terror group’s al-Minbar online forum. Others celebrated by saying that the Monday bombs made for “a metro to hell for the worshipers of the Cross” and claimed that the attacks — which are still under investigation by Russian authorities — were revenge for Russia’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fight against ISIS and other rebel groups in Syria’s civil war… Photos and videos circulating on social media showed injured people lying on the floor outside a train with a gutted door.

2 April 2017

Migrants and Germans can learn from each other: Angela Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel says newcomers to Germany must learn the country’s values and customs, but that Germans can also learn from them. More than 1 million asylum seekers have arrived in the past two years, and Germany’s been working hard on integration. Speaking in her weekly podcast, in a question-and-answer form with a Syrian journalist who arrived as a refugee in 2015, Merkel emphasised migrants need to respect Germany’s values of “tolerance, openness, freedom of religion and freedom of expression” and also “be a little curious about our way of life.” On the flip side, Merkel says Germans should be open, and “seize upon it as a possibility to learn and experience more.” Merkel meets with three organisations next week to thank them for their help with migrants.

1 April 2017

Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of 'credible' cyber threat

Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks. Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups have developed ways to plant explosives in laptops and mobile phones that can evade airport security screening methods. It is this intelligence which is understood in the past fortnight to have led the US and Britain to ban travellers from a number of countries carrying laptops and large electronic devices on board. Now there are concerns that terrorists will use the techniques to bypass screening devices at European and US airports. There were also fears that computer hackers were trying to bypass nuclear power station security measures. Government officials have warned that terrorists, foreign spies and “hacktivists” are looking to exploit “vulnerabilities” in the nuclear industry’s internet defences. Jesse Norman, the energy minister, told The Telegraph that nuclear plants must make sure that they “remain resilient to evolving cyber threats”.

31 March 2017

Israel to adhere to Trump's requests by 'significantly restraining' settlement activity

PM Netanyahu has updated his Cabinet that Israel has agreed to adopt a policy of restrained settlement construction. The Israeli government will be "significantly restraining" its construction in West Bank settlement, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told members of his Security Cabinet on Friday. This decision adheres to requests recently made by Donald Trump's administration. Under the new policy, Israel will only build houses on land already being used by settlers and will refrain from expanding any settlements. A senior White House official has said that the US "welcomes" the fact that Israel has chosen to "adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes the President's concerns into consideration." "While the existence of settlements is not in itself an impediment to peace, further unrestrained settlement activity does not help advance peace," the official said.

Erdoğan’s power grab

ISTANBUL — The cure-all for Turkey’s ills is close at hand — if you believe Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: a ‘yes’ result in next month’s referendum would restore security and stability, the president promises. Yet opposition leaders warn that switching to a presidential system of government, as proposed by Erdoğan, would threaten democracy. To foreign observers, this may be strange to hear. After all, a number of democracies are governed by an executive presidency, among them the United States. But in Turkey’s case, the term is used as shorthand for a constitutional reform package that — if approved — would represent the most radical political change since the modern republic’s foundation in 1923. Critics, including the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission, fear the new constitution would mark a point of no return for the country’s slide into authoritarianism… Ever since Erdoğan became Turkey’s first directly elected president in 2014, after more than a decade as prime minister and leader of the AKP, he has expanded the office beyond its constitutional limits, effectively remaining in charge of the country. A state of emergency imposed in the aftermath of last summer’s failed coup has allowed him to rule by decree. Under the new constitution, the temporary powers granted to Erdoğan by emergency law would become permanent. While parliament would retain its legislative role, the president could simply bypass parliament by issuing decrees with the force of law… The proposed changes are projected to come into effect in 2019 and Erdoğan could, therefore, rule Turkey until 2029 — that is if the referendum passes

30 March 2017

EU could break up the US: Juncker in jaw-dropping threat to Trump over support for Brexit

European Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump’s supportive comments about Brexit. In an extraordinary speech the EU Commission president said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if the Republican president does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU. The remarks are diplomatic dynamite at a time when relations between Washington and Brussels are already strained over Europe’s meagre contributions to NATO and the US leader’s open preference for dealing with national governments… They are by far the most outspoken intervention any senior EU figure has made about Mr Trump and are likely to dismay some European leaders who were hoping to seek a policy of rapprochement with their most important ally. Speaking at the centre-right European People Party’s (EPP) annual conference in Malta yesterday afternoon, the EU Commission boss did not hold back in his disdain for the White House chief’s eurosceptic views.

US warns China it is losing patience over North Korea

The US ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday said China can and must do more to force North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs. Ambassador Nikki Haley said President Donald Trump would raise the issue next week at his first summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. And, amid reports that Pyongyang is preparing another banned nuclear test, Haley said Washington would not settle for holding another UN debate. "I have no patience for it, and it is not helping anyone. And it's not about me. This administration has no patience for it," she said. "Look, can we change the way North Korea thinks? No. They're not going to cave. China can, and that's the part we want to look at. "I know China says they're worried about North Korea. I know China wants to see North Korea stop with the testing. Prove it. Prove it."… Trump and Xi will meet next week at the US leader's golf resort in Florida, the first face-to-face meeting between the heads of the world's two greatest powers. The talks are seen as crucial for setting the tone in future relations, but Haley warned that -- on North Korea -- Trump would demand results… Asked if Pyongyang goes ahead and conducts another bomb or missile test, Haley seemed to leave open the door to tougher US unilateral action. "If something happens, if this continues down the path that we're going on, I can tell you we're not just going to sit down and say 'Oh, they did it again,'" she said. "This is something that is very serious. This is something the administration is making a priority. And this is something we absolutely expect China and Russia to respond to."

29 March 2017

Hamas prepares for next battle against Israel with new weapon

The terrorist organization has added a new short-range rocket that contains between 160 and 200 kg of explosives to its arsenal. On Tuesday evening, Hamas boasted proudly of the terror organization's newest acquisition- short-range rockets that include an exceptionally large amount of explosive material. The new rockets contain between 160 to 200 kilograms of explosives and will pose a challenge to the Iron Dome system, which is designed to intercept longer range rockets. It appears that Hamas has learned its lesson from past IDF operations and is now directing its attention to Israeli communities closer to the border and to IDF units that will be stationed in nearby staging areas should another ground operation take place. During Operation Protective Edge, mortar shells fired into a staging area located about 3 kilometers from the border, which killed and wounded a number of soldiers.

28 March 2017

Message to Israel: Trump is serious about advancing peace process

Over the past few days, the White House has changed its tone and is sending a clear signal to Jerusalem: despite the hugs and smiles, US President Donald Trump is serious about advancing an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Over the past few days, US President Donald Trump has been vigorously courting after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Hidden within this courtship is a message from the US to Israel that Trump is very serious about advancing a peace process with the Palestinians quite soon. As of now, all of the fantasies regarding a delay or expectations that a peace agreement will be swept under the carpet are no longer realistic… The US’s efforts over the past few days mark a change in the line of urgency and the desire to provide the Palestinians with a signal that the Americans wish to hear their point of view regarding the advancement of the peace process.

307 civilians killed, 273 wounded in western Mosul since February 17 – UN human rights chief

UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has condemned the “massive loss of civilian lives in western Mosul,” where at least 307 people have been killed and 273 wounded in just over a month. Hussein stated that Iraqi and coalition forces “really need to take care in this situation," adding that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is herding civilians into booby-trapped buildings in western Mosul, using them as human shields, and firing at those who flee. “This is an enemy that ruthlessly exploits civilians to serve its own ends, and clearly has not even the faintest qualm about deliberately placing them in danger," he said in a statement, as quoted by Reuters. "It is vital that the Iraqi Security Forces and their Coalition partners avoid this trap," Hussein added, while calling for them to conduct “thorough and transparent” investigations into civilian deaths. It comes just one day after Washington confirmed it will not be altering its rules of engagement in the war against IS.

Monster cyclone rips off roofs & trees, forces mass evacuations in Australia

Thousands of people have been evacuated as a monster category four cyclone smashed into the coast of Australia, with winds over 260 kilometers per hour (160 mph) ripping off roofs and uprooting trees in Queensland. The 50-kilometer-wide eye of Cyclone Debbie struck along the north Queensland coastline; starting with Whitsunday Islands and the nearby mainland. The hurricane strong winds are currently packing a force of roughly 185 kilometers per hour, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said, warning that gusts could reach 270kph near the center. The category four storm has already left more than 30,000 people without power in Airlie Beach, Proserpine, Bowen, Mackay and Cannonvale, Ergon Energy reports.

27 March 2017

2.2mn Yemeni children close to famine, 70% rise in those killed over past year – UNICEF

Children in Yemen are teetering between life and death, as 2.2 million suffer from acute malnutrition, while those killed by hostilities jumped 70 percent last year, UNICEF warned on the second anniversary of the war in the Middle East’s poorest country. Two years into the Yemeni conflict, children continue to suffer the consequences and will soon succumb to starvation without prompt humanitarian assistance and viable efforts to bring peace to the war-ravaged country, UNICEF said in a report entitled ‘Falling through the Cracks.’ Nearly half a million children suffer from severe acute malnutrition, which is manifest in grotesquely slim bodies and stunted growth – a 200-percent increase since 2014, the report warned. The fighting and devastation has forced Yemenis into buying cheaper food or skipping meals, while around 80 percent of families are in debt or borrowing money just to feed their children… Apart from deaths caused directly by fighting, UNICEF cited previous UN estimates warning that at least one Yemeni child dies of “preventable causes like malnutrition, diarrhea, and respiratory tract infections” every 10 minutes, as the country is gradually turning into one of the largest food and malnutrition emergencies in the world. “Cemeteries are filling up with small unmarked graves, the deaths of children unreported to authorities, their suffering invisible to the world,” the UN agency warned. The Yemen war, which broke out in 2015 after Saudi Arabia led an intervention to restore ousted Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to power, has so far claimed the lives of 1,546 children, according to the UNICEF report. The appalling figure adds to the 2,450 children maimed and 235 abducted during the hostilities, while 1,572 children have been recruited as child soldiers to join the fighting.

North Korea 'to unleash deadly blows without warning' as World War 3 tensions escalate

KIM Jong-Un and his North Korean army could “deal deadly blows” without any warning against the US and South Korea, according to reports. The harrowing statement, threatening all-out war, follows what the North Koreans claim are preparations, by the West, to invade their land. The terrifying declaration was made by the head of the Korean People’s Army, according to North Korean news agency, KCNA. The statement said: “They should be mindful that the North Korean Army will deal deadly blows without prior warning any time. As long as troops of the US and South Korean puppet forces involved in the ‘special operation' and “preemptive attack” targeting the DPRK remain deployed in and around South Korea." US and South Korean forces have been closely assessing North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear site in the barren eastern coast for signs of potential nuclear activity, an official revealed. Pyongyang appears hell-bent on continuing its aggressive policies despite warnings from the West to tone down their military testing. The communist country has carried out five nuclear tests with a host of missile launches – despite stern warnings from the UN.

26 March 2017

Car smashes into crowd outside north London pub

Four arrests have been made after a car ploughed into a group of people outside a north London pub. Two knives were also recovered from the scene. Police were alerted to a car collision outside a pub on the Essex Road, Islington just before 11pm, Saturday. The occupants of the vehicle fled the scene on foot after crashing into a crowd, leaving three people injured as they queued for the pub. Two men and one woman were taken to the hospital, where their injuries are being treated as not life-threatening, according to a police statement… The incident comes just days after the deadly Westminster attack, in which Khalid Masood rammed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, before crashing his car into the rails of Parliament and fatally stabbing a policeman.

25 March 2017

EU President Tusk warns of complete breakdown of the Union after Brexit at summit to mark its 60th anniversary

EU President Donald Tusk has warned that the European Union could break down completely after Brexit, at a summit to mark the organisation's 60th anniversary. Tusk called for leadership to steer Europe out of crisis at the special summit in Rome, which is being held today to mark the anniversary of the bloc's founding treaties. 'Prove today that you are the leaders of Europe, that you can care for this great legacy we inherited from the heroes of European integration 60 years ago,' former Polish Prime Minister Tusk said in a speech. 'Europe as a political entity will either be united, or will not be at all.'… European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that 'Brexit, the exit of Britain, is a tragedy' for the 27 other nations meeting in Rome. The leaders had the words of Pope Francis ringing in their ears, after the pontiff warned on the eve of the summit that the crisis-ridden bloc 'risks dying' without a new vision. At the Vatican on Friday, Pope Francis told EU leaders that their Union had achieved much in 60 years but that Europe faced a 'vacuum of values'.

Mass shooting in Lille near Metro station leaves at least three injured and sparks terror fears

A shooting in Lille has left at least three people injured and sparked terror fears days after the attack in London. Armed police sealed off streets near the Porte d'Arras Metro station at around 9.45pm on Friday night. At least three people, including a 14-year-old, have been injured. They were taken to hospital and are not in a life-threatening condition. It is believed the drive-by shooting may be linked to criminal gangs. But the proximity to a train station and armed police response sparked fears of terrorism as Europe remains on a high state of alert… France has suffered a string of Islamist terror attacks during the past 12 months. It comes after it was revealed that the suspected Islamist terrorist gunned down at Paris Orly airport last Saturday originally launched attacks on a police traffic patrol and a packed bar with a pellet gun.

Vatican to hold Islamic prayers for the first time in history

On Sunday for the first time ever the readings from Quran will be heard at the Vatican. This move was initiated by the Pope Francis in order to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians. During his visit last week to Jordan Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, Pope Francis invited Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Peres’s spokesperson has announced in Times of Israel that Abbas, Peres, and Pope Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders. According to the officials, these evening prayers would be a “pause in politics” and have no political aim behind it other than the desire to bring peace and respect to the Israeli-Palestinian relations, states the Associated Press. The Vatican will broadcast the event worldwide through the official website. However, Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the custodian of Catholic Church property in the Holy Land has announced that people should keep their expectations low when it comes to this event.

Catholic archbishop: Europe will be Muslim in 10 years 'because of our stupidity'

Because of their "stupidity," "pagan and atheist" ways, and "laws that go against God," Italy and all of Europe will be Muslim in about 10 years, said Monsignor Carlo Liberati, the Catholic archbishop emeritus of Pompeii. In a Q & A on Jan. 9 with the Italian Catholic journal La Fede Quotidiana, and translated in the Daily Mail and Express, the archbishop was asked if he was worried about terrorist attacks in Italy. He said, yes, but the real problem "is something else." "Italy and Europe live in a pagan and atheist way," he said, and "they make laws that go against God and follows practices that are proper to paganism." "All of this moral and religious decadence favors Islam," said the archbishop. "In 10 years we will all be Muslims because of our stupidity." Archbishop Liberati further said, "We have a weak Christian faith. The Church nowadays does not work well and seminaries are empty. Parishes are the only thing still standing. We need a true Christian life. All this paves the way to Islam. In addition to this, they [Muslims] have children and we do not. We are in full decline."

24 March 2017

Pope Francis' Full Speech to the European Union leaders

The founding fathers remind us that Europe is not a conglomeration of rules to obey, or a manual of protocols and procedures to follow. It is a way of life, a way of understanding man based on his transcendent and inalienable dignity, as something more than simply a sum of rights to defend or claims to advance. At the origin of the idea of Europe, we find "the nature and the responsibility of the human person, with his ferment of evangelical fraternity..., with his desire for truth and justice, honed by a thousand-year-old experience”. Rome, with its vocation to universality, symbolizes that experience and was thus chosen as the place for the signing of the Treaties. For here – as the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, J. Luns, observed – "were laid the political, juridical and social foundations of our civilization”. It was clear, then, from the outset, that the heart of the European political project could only be man himself. It was also clear that the Treaties could remain a dead letter; they needed to take on spirit and life. The first element of European vitality must be solidarity. As the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, J. Bech stated, "the European economic community will prove lasting and successful only if it remains constantly faithful to the spirit of European solidarity that created it, and if the common will of the Europe now being born proves more powerful than the will of individual nations”. That spirit remains as necessary as ever today, in the face of centrifugal impulses and the temptation to reduce the founding ideals of the Union to productive, economic and financial needs. Solidarity gives rise to openness towards others. "Our plans are not inspired by self-interest”, said the German Chancellor, K. Adenauer. The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, C. Pineau, echoed this sentiment: "Surely the countries about to unite... do not have the intention of isolating themselves from the rest of the world and surrounding themselves with insurmountable barriers”. In a world that was all too familiar with the tragedy of walls and divisions, it was clearly important to work for a united and open Europe, and for the removal of the unnatural barrier that divided the continent from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic. What efforts were made to tear down that wall! Yet today the memory of those efforts has been lost. Forgotten too is the tragedy of separated families, poverty and destitution born of that division. Where generations longed to see the fall of those signs of forced hostility, these days we debate how to keep out the "dangers” of our time: beginning with the long file of women, men and children fleeing war and poverty, seeking only a future for themselves and their loved ones… As Saint John Paul II affirmed: "Today too, the soul of Europe remains united, because, in addition to its common origins, those same Christian and human values are still alive. Respect for the dignity of the human person, a profound sense of justice, freedom, industriousness, the spirit of initiative, love of family, respect for life, tolerance, the desire for cooperation and peace: all these are its distinctive marks”. In our multicultural world, these values will continue to have their rightful place provided they maintain a vital connection to their deepest roots. The fruitfulness of that connection will make it possible to build authentically "lay” societies, free of ideological conflicts, with equal room for the native and the immigrant, for believers and nonbelievers… Europe finds new hope when she refuses to yield to fear or close herself off in false forms of security. Quite the contrary, her history has been greatly determined by encounters with other peoples and cultures; hers "is, and always has been, a dynamic and multicultural identity”. The world looks to the European project with great interest. This was the case from the first day, when crowds gathered in Rome’s Capitol Square and messages of congratulation poured in from other states. It is even more the case today, if we think of those countries that have asked to become part of the Union and those states that receive the aid so generously offered them for battling the effects of poverty, disease and war. Openness to the world implies the capacity for "dialogue as a form of encounter” on all levels, beginning with dialogue between member states, between institutions and citizens, and with the numerous immigrants landing on the shores of the Union. It is not enough to handle the grave crisis of immigration of recent years as if it were a mere numerical or economic problem, or a question of security. The immigration issue poses a deeper question, one that is primarily cultural. What kind of culture does Europe propose today? The fearfulness that is becoming more and more evident has its root cause in the loss of ideals. Without an approach inspired by those ideals, we end up dominated by the fear that others will wrench us from our usual habits, deprive us of familiar comforts, and somehow call into question a lifestyle that all too often consists of material prosperity alone. Yet the richness of Europe has always been her spiritual openness and her capacity to raise basic questions about the meaning of life. Openness to the sense of the eternal has also gone hand in hand, albeit not without tensions and errors, with a positive openness to this world. Yet today’s prosperity seems to have clipped the continent’s wings and lowered its gaze. Europe has a patrimony of ideals and spiritual values unique in the world, one that deserves to be proposed once more with passion and renewed vigour, for it is the best antidote against the vacuum of values of our time, which provides a fertile terrain for every form of extremism. These are the ideals that shaped Europe, that "Peninsula of Asia” which stretches from the Urals to the Atlantic…

EU says they can force all members, including Poland, to take migrants

The European Union’s commissioner for migration says there are ways to make all EU members states comply with the program of relocation of migrants among them. Dimitris Avramopoulos made the statement Tuesday in Warsaw, where he is visiting the growing European border guard agency, Frontex. Poland is refusing to accept migrants, arguing they are chiefly economic migrants, not war refugees, and may potentially pose a threat. The relocation plan is intended to ease the pressure on countries that have taken the brunt of the migrant wave: Italy and Greece. Without naming Poland, Avramopoulos said the EU has the “tools, the means and the power” to convince all members to comply and will make an assessment of response by the end of September.

Globalists attempt to destroy Nigel Farage
After declaring that Sweden was the rape capital of the world Nigel Farage is under attack by the globalists. WATCH video at
Nigel Farage is under investigation by the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom over a claim made on his radio show that Sweden is "the rape capital of Europe". The former Ukip leader used his slot on LBC last month to suggest the Swedish city of Malmo saw the highest number of rapes carried out across the continent, and blamed it on “EU migrant policies”. Ofcom is now assessing Mr Farage’s comments, which went unchallenged at the time but later sparked nine complaints. An Ofcom statement said: "We are investigating whether comments made in this programme were materially misleading." Mr Farage told listeners to his 20 February show: “Pro-rata Sweden has taken more young male migrants than any other country in the Europe. “And there has been a dramatic rise in sexual crime in Sweden – so much so that Malmo is now the rape capital of Europe, and some argue, perhaps the rape capital of the world. “And there is a Swedish media that frankly just doesn’t report it.”
Farage has responded, saying: “My reference to Sweden being the rape capital of Europe, can be backed up with statistical proofs from the UN, and the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.”

23 March 2017

Isis claims responsibility for London attack

Isis has claimed responsibility for the Westminster attack that left three victims dead in the heart of London. A statement published by the group's Amaq propaganda agency said a "soldier of the Islamic State" had carried out the atrocity by the Houses of Parliament. It said the man was following a call made by the group to launch attacks on civilians and security forces in countries allied to the US-led coalition bombing its territories in Syria and Iraq.

Belgian police stop suspected car-ramming attack in Antwerp

A person has been detained in Antwerp, Belgium, after he was believed to be attempting to drive his car into a busy shopping street at high speed, according to police. "A vehicle with French plates has tried to drive at high speed into the Meir [shopping street] so that pedestrians had to jump aside," Antwerp police chief Serge Muyters told a news conference. "Our army colleagues forced the driver to stop but he pulled away and ran a red traffic light. We sent a special forces team and the car and the driver were stopped. A man in camouflage was taken away." The car was intercepted at nearby port docks, according to the federal prosecutor's office. Authorities said they found knives, a gun, and a gas can with an unknown liquid in the car, Reuters reported. "Different arms were found in the boot, bladed weapons, a pump-action rifle and a container of as yet unidentified liquid," Belgium's federal prosecutor said in a statement, as quoted by AFP. "Because of these elements, and the events in London yesterday, the case is being taken on by the federal prosecutor's office,'' the statement added. The man is of North African descent and is believed to be a radicalized Muslim, according to the media. The prosecutor said the man has been identified as 39-year-old Mohamed R., a Tunisian national who resides in France.

Police confirm 4 dead, 40 injured in Westminster attack, ‘Islamic terrorism’ assumed as motive

UK police have confirmed that four people have died as a result of Wednesday’s attack and 40 people have been injured. “We think we know who the attacker is,” Acting Deputy Commissioner & national lead for Counter Terrorism Policing Mark Rowley said but stated that they were not willing to divulge the assailant’s name at this time, though they did admit that it “Islamic terrorism is our assumption.”… Five people have died, including one woman, the alleged attacker and a police officer. Many others obtained "catastrophic" injuries, St Thomas' Hospital junior doctor Colleen Anderson told reporters… Shocking videos and photographs show people lying on the bridge, bleeding heavily, with members of the public rushing to their aid. An eyewitness, Richard Tice, described what he saw to RT. “I came out of Westminster Tube at about 2:45pm when police were locking down the tube, ushering people out away from Parliament. I was ushered onto Westminster Bridge, and then I looked across the bridge, onto the west pavement,” he recalled. “For the whole length of the bridge, from south to north, there were people lying on the ground and I was then told that a car had driven from the south end all the way up the pavement to the north end of the bridge. I counted at least eight people clearly injured on the ground.”… Parliament and the surrounding area were placed on lockdown. Staff inside parliament were told to stay inside their offices.

22 March 2017

Globalists meet to oppose Trump’s executive orders on immigration

The human rights arm of the globalist Organization of American States (OAS) has conducted hearings aimed at opposing President Trump’s executive orders relating to immigration. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), a “human rights watchdog” founded in 1959 under the charter of the globalist Organization of American States, conducted two hearings relating to President Trump’s immigration-related executive orders at the behest of advocacy groups. Despite finding a sympathetic audience at the IACHR, the commissioners were unable to determine a proper course of action to oppose the orders… Advocacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Not1more Deportation, and the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas Law School requested the two hearings. “I urge the commission to hold the United States accountable. Please do not allow them to get away with this,” said Nicole Ramos, an immigration lawyer… It is a worrying sign that the far-left are willing to cede America’s sovereignty to a globalist body that seeks to deny the United States the ability to maintain control of its borders.

North Korea has no fear of U.S. sanctions move, will pursue nuclear arms – Envoy

GENEVA – North Korea has nothing to fear from any U.S. move to broaden sanctions aimed at cutting it off from the global financial system and will pursue "acceleration" of its nuclear and missile programs, a North Korean envoy told Reuters on Tuesday. This includes developing a "pre-emptive first strike capability" and an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), said Choe Myong Nam, deputy ambassador at the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva. Reuters, quoting a senior U.S. official in Washington, reported on Monday that the Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions as part of a broad review of measures to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile threat. "I think this is stemming from the visit by the Secretary of State (Rex Tillerson) to Japan, South Korea and China...We of course are not afraid of any act like that," Choe told Reuters… North Korea has been under sanctions for "half a century"… He denounced joint annual military exercises currently being carried out by the United States and South Korea on the divided peninsula and criticized remarks by Tillerson during his talks with regional allies last week… North Korea rejects claims by Washington and Seoul that the military drills are defensive. They involve strategic nuclear bombers and a nuclear submarine, Columbus, that recently entered South Korean ports, he said. "In the light of such huge military forces involved in the joint military exercises, we have no other choice but to continue with our full acceleration of the nuclear programs and missile programs. It is because of these hostile activities on the part of the United States and South Korea."

21 March 2017

Turkey's Erdogan warns Europeans 'will not walk safely on the streets' if diplomatic row continues

Europeans across the world will not be able to walk the streets safely if they keep up their current attitude towards Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned. Turkey has been mired in a diplomatic row with Germany and the Netherlands after they banned Turkish officials from campaigning in support of an April referendum on boosting the Turkish President’s powers. “If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets,” Mr Erdogan told journalists in Ankara. He added: “We, as Turkey, call on Europe to respect human rights and democracy.”… Mr Erdogan has previously branded the Netherlands “Nazi remnants” and accused Germany of “fascist actions”. He has said his country may review its ties with Europe after the referendum, which he hopes will give him sweeping new powers, and has described Europe as “fascist and cruel”, saying it resembles the pre-Second World War era.

20 March 2017

The UK will be out of Europe on March 29, 2019! May will trigger Article 50 next Wednesday to begin the historic divorce process from the EU

Theresa May will take the historic step of triggering Brexit on March 29, Downing Street announced today. The Prime Minister has informed the EU that it can expect the letter formally invoking Article 50 to begin the divorce proceedings on that date. They are scheduled to run for two years - making March 29, 2019 the date that Britain will be out of the EU. Mrs May will make a statement to the Commons the same day, No10 said. The news comes as tensions escalate with Brussels ahead of the looming negotiations. There are fears the talks could quickly turn nasty - with Downing Street insisting Mrs May is ready to 'walk away' if there is an attempt to punish us for leaving.

Fierce clashes in Damascus as Islamists tunnel into old city

Fierce clashes erupted in Damascus between the Syrian army and Islamist militants who launched a surprise attack through secret tunnels leading to the government-held Old City. Syria’s capital had been rocked by a string of deadly terror attacks earlier. The surprise raid began in the Jobar neighbourhood east of the Old City early on Sunday with militant car-bomb and suicide attacks, Syrian state news agency SANA reported. The attackers poured into the government-controlled area through a network of underground tunnels in the area, the report added. The “moderate” Free Syrian Army alongside terrorists from the Al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front took part in the attack, Reuters reports, citing a rebel commander, who said the assault on Jobar was meant to “relieve the pressure on rebels” and compensate for defeats in two other neighbourhoods in northern Damascus, Qaboun and Barza. The Syrian military said its troops had isolated and pinned down the militants, while inflicting heavy losses on them, and will continue to pursue them until all are eliminated, according to SANA. To repel what appeared to be an elaborate and well-coordinated offensive, the Syrian military deployed tanks in some neighbouring districts and dispatched troops to engage in street-to-street battles. The jihadists currently control several areas on the outskirts of Damascus and in its suburbs.

19 March 2017

Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defence systems

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. "The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio. Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Syria on Friday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement. Syria's military said it had downed one of the Israeli planes and hit another as they were carrying out the pre-dawn strikes near the famed desert city of Palmyra that it recaptured from jihadists this month. The Israeli military denied that any planes had been hit… Israel seized most of the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War and annexed it in 1981, in a move never recognised by the international community. Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the border had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict began.

North Korea issues shock war warning: ‘If a single bullet is fired, we will nuke the US’

North Korea has pledged to launch a nuclear strike on the US if a “single bullet is fired” as US forces flood the Korean Peninsula. Kim Jong-un’s rogue state issued the stunning warning as Washington and South Korea carry out war games in the region. Pyongyang blames the rest of the world for rising nuclear tensions as the DPRK continues its quest for nuclear missiles capable of striking the US mainland. Last week, US President Donald Trump’s White House admitted war is now “on the table” with North Korea. US warships, soldiers and warplanes are carrying out military exercises alongside their allies in Seoul. Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson arrived in the peninsula with its strike group of destroyers. Drills are being carried out to test plans to “decapitate” the leadership in Pyongyang should nuclear tensions rise too high. In a statement, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said: "The Korean People’s Army will reduce the bases of aggression and provocation to ashes with its invincible Hwasong rockets tipped with nuclear warheads and reliably defend the security of the country and its people’s happiness in case the US and the South Korean puppet forces fire even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK." North Korea has sparked international fury by launching four missiles into the Sea of Japan, not long after the alleged assassination of Kim's brother Kim Jong-nam… US Navy SEAL Team 6 is also being deployed near North Korea as part of the war exercises Foal Eagle and Key Resolve. Kim’s nuclear bomb test site is also nearly ready for a new blast, according to satellite images shared by Pyongyang watchdog 38 North. Tensions have reached an all-time high with North Korea as Kim Jong-un’s diplomat warned of an “actual war” while speaking at the UN.

North Korea tests newly developed high-thrust rocket engine

TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday's test at the Sohae launch site, according to the Korean Central News Agency, which said the test was intended to confirm the "new type" of engine's thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control system and structural safety. Kim called the test "a great event of historic significance" for the country's indigenous rocket industry, the KCNA report said. He also said the "whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries" and claimed the test marks what will be known as the "March 18 revolution" in the development of the country's rocket industry. The report indicated that the engine is to be used for North Korea's space and satellite-launching program.

18 March 2017

Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti wants churches destroyed – it’s time for the West to rethink relations

Unless Western powers show they care about human rights they will be exposed as hypocrites. This story, reported by an Israeli source, about the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia calling for the demolition of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula, may at first sight seem like an old story. In fact it is not, it is merely that the Mufti has said exactly the same thing before now; presumably he has had to repeat himself as people were not paying attention the first time. There are several very interesting things that one should bear in mind when considering the Grand Mufti’s latest pronouncement. Here are just a few of them. This is the Grand Mufti talking. It is not some bearded loon, or some fringe extremist, but rather the chief religious authority of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, home to the two holy mosques and so on. So this man speaks with authority. It is as if the Archbishop of Canterbury had spoken. The Grand Mufti is appointed by the Saudi government. The Saudis are allies of us Brits and the Americans. Search however hard, you will never ever find any pronouncement by any Catholic prelate calling for the destruction of mosques anywhere in the world. Rather the Church’s approach is laid down in the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate, which has only nice things to say about Muslims… Hilariously, the Mufti seems to be pushing at an open door. There are no churches in Saudi Arabia. That is because all non-Muslim worship in the Kingdom is illegal… Finally, let us remember the very simple word “reciprocity”. This is something that we believe in, but the Saudis do not. There is, as has been pointed out many times, a mosque in Rome, our holy city. This was built with the Pope’s approval. When are the Saudis going to return the favour, as civility demands? ...The West should show it is serious about human rights and disrupt diplomatic and cultural relations with the Saudis. This is a moral necessity. Until we do so, we are exposed as hypocrites. – by Alexander Lucie-Smith, a Catholic priest, doctor of moral theology and consulting editor of The Catholic Herald.

17 March 2017

Erdogan calls on Turkish families in Europe to have five children to protect against 'injustices'

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Turkey’s citizens in Europe to step up their rates of procreation and have five children each, saying a booming Turkish population would be the best answer to the EU’s “vulgarism, antagonism, and injustice”. Nearly a week after a diplomatic row between erupted between Holland and Turkey, Mr Erdogan continued what has become a daily ritual of hurling fresh antagonism towards Europe in front of cheering crowds of his conservative supporters. Speaking in the central city of Eskisehir, Turkey’s president urged “his brothers and sisters in Europe” to begin a baby boom in their new countries. “Have not just three but five children,” he told his flag-waving audience. “The place in which you are living and working is now your homeland and new motherland. Stake a claim to it. Open more businesses, enroll your children in better schools, make your family live in better neighborhoods, drive the best cars, live in the most beautiful houses.” The message was addressed to the 1.4 million Turkish voters who live in Germany, as well as the large Turkish populations in Holland, Austria, Bulgaria and the UK… Turkish ministers have said several times in recent weeks they were thinking about tearing up a deal with the EU to stop migrants and refugees from Syria heading to Europe.

27 February 2017 – 16 March 2017

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: EU ruling on headscarf bans starts 'clash between Islam and Christianity'

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Europe of staring a “clash” between Christianity and Islam with a ruling allowing employers to ban headscarves as part of wider restrictions on religious and political symbols. Speaking hours after his foreign minister warned that “holy wars will soon begin”, the Turkish President launched a fresh attack amid an ongoing row over the cancellation of his supporters’ rallies across Europe. He said the European Court of Justice ruling that upheld the dismissal of two Muslim women who refused to remove their hijabs started a “clash between crescent and cross” in terminology alluding to the Crusades. “Shame on the EU. Down with your European principles, values and justice," Mr Erdogan told supporters in Sakarya. "They started a clash between the cross and the crescent, there is no other explanation." In a combative speech, Mr Erdogan hit out at European leaders in Netherlands and Germany after Turkish ministers were presented from holding events drumming up support ahead of a constitutional referendum. The Turkish President said the Dutch Prime Minister, who beat far-right leader Geert Wilders in Wednesday's general election, had lost Ankara's friendship by banning Turkish political campaigning in the country.

Dutch elections: Turkish minister claims 'holy wars will soon begin in Europe' after Geert Wilders beaten

A Turkish minister has claimed "holy wars will soon begin" in Europe, in spite of the defeat of far-right leader Geert Wilders in the Netherlands elections. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, did not welcome the victory for Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). “Now the election is over in the Netherlands...when you look at the many parties you see there is no difference between the social democrats and fascist Wilders,” he said according to a translation by Hurriyet. “All have the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to collapse Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will soon begin in Europe.” Mr Wilders attempted to capitalise on an ongoing diplomatic row between the Netherlands and Turkey during his election campaign, leading a small protest outside the country's embassy and calling Mr Erdogan a “dictator”. His anti-Islam Party for Freedom came second in the Dutch election with 20 seats, compared to 33 for Mr Rutte’s VVD.

BREXIT BEGINS! Queen fires starting gun as she signs Article 50 bill into law

THE QUEEN has signed the Article 50 Brexit Bill into law, officially clearing the way for Theresa May to formally start talks to leave the European Union. After navigating the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the bill was given royal assent by the Queen shortly before 11am this morning - the last hurdle before the European Union exit begins. The Prime Minister now has the ability to trigger Article 50, which she is expected to do during the last week of this month. Theresa May is expected to hold off on triggering it next week as it would clash with an informal summit of EU leaders - to which she is not invited. Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow told MPs that the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which was passed by MPs and peers on Monday, had received its final sign off.

The Dutch-Turkish crisis takes European dimensions

Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the Netherlands on Sunday that there is “a price to pay” after two of its ministers were barred from campaigning in Rotterdam. Speaking to a crowd in the Kocaeli province, President Erdogan said the Netherlands acted like “a banana republic and called on EU institutions and human rights organizations to react against the Netherlands and impose sanctions. On Saturday evening, the Turkish government let the Dutch Ambassador know he was unwelcome to return to Ankara. All Dutch consulates in Turkey are closed, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reports. Demonstrations were taking place outside Dutch consulates, Anadolu Agency reports. This is the first confrontation of its kind between two NATO Allies. “I have said that I had thought that Nazism was over, but that I was wrong. Nazism is alive in the West,” President Erdogan told a rally on Sunday. Family affairs minister, Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya, drove to Rotterdam on Saturday, but was denied entry to the consulate and escorted back to the German border by Dutch police. Earlier that day, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s aircraft was denied landing in the Netherlands… Speaking to WNL television on Sunday, Dutch Prime Mark Rutte defended his governments’ choices on Sunday. He said he had talked to the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim eight times to negotiate. Rutte underscored that the Netherlands has Dutch citizens of Turkish origin, not Turkish citizens. And he insisted that “the Netherlands would not be blackmailed.” Turkey is holding a referendum on 16 April on 18 Constitutional Amendments that will limit the powers of the parliament, abolish the office of the Prime Minister, and create one of the strongest Presidencies in Europe. If the “Yes” campaign is successful, the President will be able to declare a state of emergency at whim, appoint and dismiss the cabinet, prepare the budget, appoint senior judges and rule by executive order.

UN: ‘People will starve to death’ as world faces largest humanitarian crisis since WWII

The world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the end of the World War II, the UN’s humanitarian chief said, adding that without a collective effort, people in conflict-stricken countries will “starve to death” or “die from diseases.” “We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations [1945],” Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said. According to O’Brien, more than 20 million people in four countries that he visited – Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia, and Nigeria – “face starvation and famine.” He noted that all of these countries have one thing in common: conflict… “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease. Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost,” he said. If the situation doesn’t change, he warned that many people “will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions.” The Yemeni people now “face the specter of famine,” as their country is suffering from “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world,” according to the UN official.

‘Second ISIS’ made up of defeated rebels is emerging in Syria – former Al-Nusra prisoner

Rebels from various parts of Syria are flocking to the country’s northwestern corner, giving rise to a “second Islamic State,” a US journalist and former Al-Nusra captive told RT, warning that the West is blind to what’s happening on the ground. Western media coverage of the Syrian crisis is inadequate and biased, while most things reported about Aleppo are false or unprovable, a US journalist and former Al-Nusra captive told RT, while noting that the rise of a “second Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL]” is being completely overlooked. “I think that the Western understanding of what is happening in Syria is inadequate,” [American journalist] Padnos told RT. “They don’t know what’s happening on the ground, they either don’t understand the language, or they can’t make sense of the videos, or their informants are, perhaps, biased,” he said. Many in the West hardly understand “who the important forces are, what they want, and where they are,” Padnos said. “I think most of the things that we in the West say about Aleppo are either false or improvable [sic], or just irrelevant,” he said, adding that some critical details about the Syrian conflict are underreported or simply go unnoticed. “Something very dangerous and alarming is occurring in northwestern Syria, and this is the emergence of the second Islamic State there,” he stressed. Asked how concerning this development is, Padnos responded by saying “we will know it when they turn up in Paris or London with Kalashnikovs.” The new terrorist grouping possesses “tons of weapons,” he warned, noting that it includes rebels defeated by the Syrian army in Aleppo, Homs, Daraa, and the outskirts of Damascus who were “shipped up to the northwestern Syria.” They are particularly active in the province of Idlib “governing itself by Sharia law which involves shooting people on the street. As somebody who has been tried in an Islamic court up there, I know what it’s like. It’s not exactly justice; it’s not democracy; it’s not what we want; it’s not exactly justice; it’s not what we want for our fellow human beings,” he told RT, stressing “we should pity the women and the children up there.” “It could carry on forever unless the outside world can really stop sending missiles to the rebels,” the journalist warned… Speaking on the subject to Business insider earlier, [Padnos] specifically pointed out that a “second Islamic State” is operating in close proximity to Europe’s borders. “It’s right on the Turkish border,” he explained. “To get to this second Islamic State from any European country, it’s a couple of days on the bus. Young kids are going every day, that’s what the guys on the ground in Syria are telling me: ‘Oh yes, we have new French people, new English people every day,’” he said.

US military bases in Japan ‘targeted in missile launch drill’ – N Korean state media

Pyongyang says the missiles it fired toward Japan were part of an exercise targeting US military bases there. It comes as the White House said the deployment of the advanced THAAD anti-missile defense system to South Korea will guard it against the North. The test launches of four missiles, fired by North Korea into the Sea of Japan on Monday morning, were a drill carried out by an army unit commissioned with attacking US military bases in Japan, the country’s official news agency KCNA said Tuesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un personally supervised the drill, it said. "Involved in the drill were Hwasong artillery units of the KPA Strategic Force tasked to strike the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency," KCNA said. "In the hearts of artillerymen ... there was burning desire to mercilessly retaliate against the warmongers going ahead with their joint war exercises." The launch was preceded by threats of retaliation to the US-South Korea military drills. Pyongyang views the exercises as a preparation of an attack on North Korea. Following the launch, Trump pledged full US support to Japan over the issue in a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, Abe said after the call… Meanwhile, the White House said Monday that a THAAD missile defense system will be stationed in South Korea to counter threats from the North. White House press secretary Sean Spicer described the Monday morning launches as consistent with Pyongyang’s history of “provocative behavior.”

Kremlin says seriously worried about North Korea missile drills

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow is seriously worried about North Korea's latest missile drills, which saw Pyongyang fire four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. "Definitely, we are seriously worried - these are the sort of actions that lead to a rise in tension in the region and of course in this situation, traditionally, Moscow calls for restraint from all sides," Peskov told a conference call with reporters.

President Erdogan vows to 'make the world rise up' after Berlin blocks his referendum rallies in Germany where he hopes to gain support of 1.5 million Turks

Chancellor Angela Merkel has sought to calm an escalating row with Turkey, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan labelled a German ban on rallies by his ministers 'Nazi practices'. But yet another event cancellation - of a speech Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had planned to give Tuesday in Hamburg, on fire safety grounds - only threatened to reignite the dispute. Merkel's office, while firmly rejecting Erdogan's Nazi jibe as 'absurd and out of place,' sought to draw a line under the spat that is further fraying ties between the two countries. Speaking in Istanbul, the Turkish President, 63, had fanned the flames with a stinging verbal attack. He said: 'In Germany they are not allowing our friends to speak. Let them do so. Do you think that by not allowing them to speak the votes in Germany will come out 'no' instead of 'yes?' 'Germany, you don't have anything to do with democracy. These current practices of yours are no different than the Nazi practices of the past.' Erdogan also told the rally in Istanbul: 'If I want to, I will come to Germany. If you don't let me in or if you don't let me speak, I will make the whole world rise up.' But Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said: 'To our Turkish partners, let us talk openly and critically, but let us remember the special meaning of our close relationship and let cool heads prevail.’… The row erupted late last week after three local German authorities banned Turkish ministers' scheduled appearances ahead of an April referendum on a plan to scrap the prime minister post in Turkey, thereby boosting Erdogan's powers.

Sadiq Khan boasts of 1.5 million new people to capital as he reveals shock 'London Plan'

During an event in Surrey, the Mayor of London, 46, was challenged by a member of the public to come clean over his plans to make the over populated city's air cleaner. But in his response he has admitted for the first time that the UK's capital will see an influx of as many as another 1.5 million people. More than five million people have moved to Britain in 10 years with immigration figures showing that more than 66 million people live in the country. However there are a number of estimates that say the figures are much higher. Mr Khan told hundreds of people in the audience: "…You better remember that our population is rising, it is currently 8.5m, by 2020 it will be 9 million by 2030 it will be 10 million.”… London is currently crippled by a lack of infrastructure while the Government is now paying illegal immigrants up to £2,000 each to go home. Transport strikes and overcrowding on the bus, tram and train networks are crushing business. But that didn't stop the mayor telling the public that he's ready and willing to accept uncontrolled migration to the city which is already suffering from a massive housing crisis. Researchers are warning of a "perfect storm" as the NHS continues to be crippled by demand caused, in part, by uncontrolled migration.

Pope to address EU leaders in Rome

Pope Francis is to address EU leaders at an event in the Vatican on 24 March, one day before a summit in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc's treaty, the Associated Press reports. The pope has praised the EU as a peace project and urged it to take care of refugees. The Rome summit will unveil a new vision for Europe in reaction to Brexit.

Soros working his mischief again in Macedonia power fight

We have written before about how the George Soros-infested State Department is trying to impose its will in Albania. Unfortunately, the problem is metastasizing like a virulent cancer, threatening to destroy conservative governments throughout the Balkans. The latest sovereign country where the U.S. ambassador has overstepped his bounds to assist the left’s agenda is Macedonia, where conservatives are in a death match against what is now called the “Soros Army” in the struggle to put together a new government. The results of a win by allies of Mr. Soros, the billionaire patron of leftist causes in the U.S. and around the world, would be an influx of unchecked Islamic immigration, along with all of the other “progressive” policies of the Dark Emperor Soros and his Sith Lord, Barack Obama. Judicial Watch, famed for its dogged investigations of corruption under Mr. Obama, recently wrote a brilliant analysis of the problem, reporting that “the U.S. government has quietly spent millions of taxpayer dollars to destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government in Macedonia by colluding with left-wing billionaire philanthropist George Soros.” The watchdog group contends that Jess L. Baily, Mr. Obama’s pick to be ambassador to Macedonia, has “worked behind the scenes with Mr. Soros’ Open Society Foundation to funnel large sums of American dollars for the cause, constituting an interference of the U.S. ambassador in domestic political affairs in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.” Anyone familiar with recent history in the Balkans knows that the region is a myriad of tribes and factions, which have engaged in brutal hostilities from time to time over the last few centuries. The last tribal areas the U.S. government intervened in order to push the Soros agenda were Iraq and Syria. Those operations didn’t turn out so well, and Europe is still paying the price as millions of migrants flood the continent, urged on by Mr. Soros, Mr. Obama and their supporters. That scenario may play out again if the leftist Social Democrats, backed by an alliance of ethnic Albanian powers, win the power struggle now playing out in Skopje. Several U.S. lawmakers have raised their concerns about the Macedonia crisis, but the new leadership at the State Department is not moving fast enough. As the Democrats stall the Trump agenda as much as possible, preventing the new president’s appointees from taking power, the thrust of their strategy becomes clear — to undercut the conservative movement around the globe as much as possible before they are replaced… New Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson needs to start weeding out Mr. Obama’s appointees in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, where the ground is especially fertile for the Soros Army to wield its malign influence and further the leftist agenda to cause harm and human suffering throughout the region, as we have seen in Sweden, Germany, the U.K. and elsewhere. Have we not seen enough of the corrupt fruits of Mr. Soros’ labors around the world? Have we not seen enough death and destruction? Have we not seen enough war? Have we not seen enough children dying? The seeds for more horrible suffering are what the Soros Army is now sowing in Eastern Europe and the Balkans. America should return to being a beacon of light and hope in the world, not a vessel for the destruction of societies by the wealth of a few manipulative, ideologically misguided men and women. Action is needed in Macedonia — yesterday!

26 February 2017

Netanyahu met with Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, suggested international forces in Gaza

This morning (Sunday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop before returning to Israel. The two discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Iran’s influence in the Middle East and Israel’s fear of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. During the meeting, Bishop asked Netanyahu what he means when he talks about a Palestinian state. Netanyahu stated that the IDF must have control of the West Bank. He added that it’s possible to examine security alternatives in Gaza by having international forces monitor the territory and deal with the terrorism issues. This is the first time that the Prime Minister has raised the idea publicly… Netanyahu’s visit to Australia followed a historic visit in Singapore.

IDF officials report at least 15 active Hamas tunnels along border with Israel

Two days before the publication of an official report on Operation Protective Edge, Israeli officials say that Hamas currently operates at least 15 active tunnels leading from Gaza into Israeli territory. The officials stated that Hamas has active offensive tunnels that cross the border between Gaza and Israel. Many recall that immediately following Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, the IDF proclaimed that all Hamas tunnels had been destroyed. The current figures put that achievement into question. The statements come two days prior to the official report on the operation that will be presented by State Comptroller Joseph Shapira. The report will detail IDF deployment during the operation as well as the IDF’s current strategies for coping with the imminent threats of underground warfare.

Today’s Poland unworthy of EU, as it infringes on rule of law – Luxembourg FM

The current Polish state would not have been accepted into the EU, as it fails to meet the bloc’s key criteria, such as being a democratic and a lawful state, Luxembourg’s foreign minister said, accusing Poland’s authorities of restricting the rule of law. “Today’s Poland under Jaroslaw Kaczynski could no longer become a EU member,” Jean Asselborn told German Tagesspiegel daily, blaming Poland’s president for pushing his country away from core European values and gearing towards a national state. “He believes that the EU is a brake pad for Poland. He wants to create a right-wing conservative social order based upon the concept of a national state,” the politician said, describing the leader of the Polish Law and Justice (PiS) party as an “ideologist.” In the pursuit of this strategy, the “government in Poland is getting more and more involved in restricting in the rule of law,” Luxemburg’s foreign minister argued, adding that it may have been encouraged by Hungary. Back in December, some members of the European Parliament suggested that Poland could be stripped of its EU voting rights in response to its government encroaching on the independence of the country’s judiciary and freedom of assembly. However, Asselborn believes this proposal is unfeasible, as it would likely be vetoed by Hungary… Poland’s president has brushed off this condemnation as unwarranted meddling in his country’s internal affairs. “It amuses me, as this criticism has nothing to do with the current state of our country,” Kaczynski said in July of last year, in commenting on the possibility of the EU imposing restrictions on Poland… Asselborn is known for courting controversy by making sharp statements. Last year, he proposed kicking Hungary out of the bloc for treating refugees “nearly as bad as animals.”

25 February 2017

Terror chief Max Hill warns risk of attacks in Britain is highest since dark days of IRA

British citizens are facing a level of threat from terrorists not seen since the IRA bombings of the Seventies, the country’s new terrorism watchdog has warned. In his first major interview since taking the role, Max Hill said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was planning “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians” on a scale similar to those perpetrated by the IRA 40 years ago. He told The Telegraph that Islamists were targeting UK cities and said there was an “enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore”. The warning comes just days after Mr Hill, one of Britain’s leading terrorism prosecutors, was unveiled as the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. It follows a 30-year legal career during which he helped convict the 21/7 bomb plotters, break up terror cells and imprison Damilola Taylor’s killers. Revealing his views about the terrorism threat in Britain, Mr Hill also: Expressed “enormous concern” at the imminent return of hundreds of British jihadists who have been fighting for Isil in Syria; Warned that British teenagers as young as 14 are being radicalised by extremist videos and hate speech online; Promised to stand up to Theresa May if he believes her administration’s policies will harm British society; Defended ministers who approved a reported £1?million compensation payment to Ronald Fiddler, the Guantanamo Bay detainee who this month carried out a suicide bomb attack in Iraq; Pledged to review Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures amid concerns they are an “extraordinarily serious infringement” on freedom. Mr Hill was unveiled on Monday as the new watchdog, taking over from David Anderson in a role that dates back to the height of the IRA threat… Speaking exclusively to this newspaper, Mr Hill made plain his fears that the scale of threat facing Britain today has not been seen since the Seventies… “in terms of the threat that’s represented, I think the intensity and the potential frequency of serious plot planning – with a view to indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians of whatever race or colour in metropolitan areas – represents an enormous on-going risk that none of us can ignore.”

As Trump prepares to join British Commonwealth, Pope warns of World War III

A new Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President Donald Trump has just stunningly revealed his “master plan” to defeat the globalist forces aligned against him by his joining the United States with the British Royal Commonwealth—and that then caused Pope Francis, in his knowing of the vast water wealth this new alliance will now control, to bitterly warn: “I ask myself if in this piecemeal third world war that we are living through, are we not going toward a great world war for water?”. According to this report, confirmation of President Trump’s daring “master plan” to defeat his globalist enemies was confirmed yesterday when The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) acknowledged that it was opening a new office in the US in order to bring the United State into the fold as an “associate member”, and that RCS Director Michael Lake stated about by saying “the UK rather left this treasure in the attic, and forgot about it because people were so glued to Brussels”—and that the Trump White House expressed its joy in being invited to join. With this new alliance being favoured by both President Trump and Queen Elizabeth II, this report explains, The Royal Commonwealth was established in 1949 as an association of free and equal sovereign states that had been part of the British Empire, and that now comprises 52 member nations with a combined population of 2.2 billion (30% of the world's population)—and even more critically, with the United States now joining too, will control over 12,000 cubic kilometers of renewable water resources. Combined with their staggering amount of renewable water resources, this report continues, and by the United States now joining The Royal Commonwealth, this alliance will, also, control over half of the world’s available fresh water available in underwater reservoirs (aquifers) underlying their affiliated nations in North America, Africa and Australia. With the United Nations having already predicted a global shortfall in water by 2030, this report details, President Trump’s aligning the United States with The Royal Commonwealth is, also, being spurred on by the secret Pentagon report, leaked in 2004, that warned that the next 20 years could result in a global catastrophe costing millions of lives in wars and natural disasters due to water and food shortages. As scientists warned last year that the global water crisis is worse than they originally thought, this report continues, the masses of the American people are still failing to understand why President Trump has named numerous top generals as his closest aides, and is beginning to erect a giant wall along the United States southern border—and as the Pentagon had warned about in 2004, could see tens-of-millions of water refugees seeking to cross in the coming years. Standing opposed to President Trump in his aligning the United States with The Royal Commonwealth, this report notes, is Pope Francis, who in 2015 warned that “powerful of the earth will face the wrath of God” and asserts that “all people have a right to safe drinking water”.

24 February 2017

Witches around the world plot mass spell against Trump

Witches around the world are expected to cast a mass spell at the stroke of midnight Friday “to bind Donald Trump and all those who abet him” — as Christian groups are urging prayer to combat this “declaration of spiritual war.” The spell is to be performed “on every waning crescent moon until [Trump] is removed from office,” according to a Facebook page dedicated to the paranormal stunt, which involves setting ablaze an “unflattering” picture of the 45th president. People performing the ritual will need the snap of Trump, a “tower tarot card,” a “tiny stub of an orange candle,” a “pin or small nail,” and “matches or lighter,” among other items. According to the instructions – which have circulated across the Internet – “Donald J. Trump” is to be inscribed on the candle with the nail or pin and practitioners are to recite the 23rd Psalm. After lighting a white candle, the spell begins with the words: “Hear me, oh spirits/ Of Water, Earth, Fire, and Air/ Heavenly hosts/ Demons of the infernal realms/ And spirits of the ancestors.” “I call upon you/ To bind/ Donald J. Trump/ So that he may fail utterly/ That he may do no harm/ To any human soul/ Nor any tree/ Animal/ Rock/ Stream/ or Sea,” is to be said when lighting the orange candle. Practitioners are then asked to burn Trump’s photo with the orange candle while “loudly” chanting, “So mote it be!” or Trump’s famed catchphrase, “You’re fired!” over and over, according to the instructions published this month by “magical thinker” Michael Hughes on At the end of the ritual, demonstrators are to “blow out orange candle, visualizing Trump blowing apart into dust or ash.”… But to counter the witches, some Christian groups are calling for “a day of prayer.” Kevin Ambrose of the Christian Nationalist Alliance said, “This is a declaration of spiritual war and it requires a response.” “As such, the Christian Nationalist Alliance is announcing a Day of Prayer on each of these days. We beseech all Christian soldiers to answer this call to action by reading from Psalm 23,” Ambrose wrote on the organization’s website. “We ask you to join us in praying for the strength of our nation, our elected representatives and for the souls of the lost who would take up Satanic arms against us.”

It's a scary time for the world, says Martin Scorsese

In Ireland to accept an honour, the Oscar-winning director said recent global developments remind him of the years leading into the Second World War. "Being fascinated by history, I read as much as I can," he told an audience at Trinity College Dublin. "It just reminds me of the late 20s, the 30s … reading about how these things could have happened at that time. It's a scary time." Referring to the rise of global terrorism, Mr Scorsese said that the aftermath of the 2003 Iraq invasion "had created thousands and thousands of Travis Bickles." "They say they have nothing to lose," he added. Bickles is the depressed loner at the centre of his classic 1976 thriller Taxi Driver who is drawn to violence in his disgust against the decadence and sleaze he perceives around him…

Dutch relations with euro up for debate after law-makers commission probe

The Netherlands' future relationship with the euro will be comprehensively debated by its parliament following elections in March, after lawmakers commissioned a report on the currency's future. The motion approving the investigation by the Council of State, the government's legal advisor, coincides with a rising tide of euroscepticism in Europe, which populist parties are hoping to tap into in a series of national elections this year also taking in euro zone powerhouses France and Germany. The probe will examine whether it would be possible for the Dutch to withdraw from the single currency, and if so how, said lawmaker Pieter Omtzigt. Omtzigt, of the opposition Christian Democrats, tabled the parliamentary motion calling for the investigation, which legislators passed unanimously late on Thursday. It was prompted by concerns the ECB's ultra-low interest rates are hurting Dutch savers, especially pensioners, and doubts as to whether its bond purchasing programmes are legal, he said. Its findings will be presented in several months, by which time the make-up of parliament will have changed dramatically.

23 February 2017

Mysterious radioactive cloud moves towards UK

A US Air Force plane which helped in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster has been called in to find the source of a mysterious radioactive cloud heading towards the UK. The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which is specially modified to collect atmospheric samples, flew out of RAF Mildenhall on a mission to find evidence of nuclear activity or explosion, according to strong rumours. Specialist equipment enables the crew to detect radioactive debris ‘clouds’ in real time - after such a cloud was believed to be heading towards northern Europe and the Barents Sea. News of the deployment comes amid claims Russia may be testing nuclear weapons, either to the east or in the Arctic, after a spike in radioactivity was reported. The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which is known as a nuclear ‘sniffer’ plane, was deployed to Britain last week on an undisclosed mission… The compounds may also have also come from an Iodine plant. Iodine-131 has a very short half life of just eight days, making it very radioactive. When it is present in high levels in the environment, it contaminates food. After it is swallowed it will accumulate in the thyroid. As it decays, it damages body tissue and can cause thyroid cancer.

22 February 2017

Iran ready to give US 'slap in the face': commander

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United States should expect a "strong slap in the face" if it underestimates Iran's defensive capabilities, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday, as Tehran concluded war games. Since taking office last month, U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to get tough with Iran, warning the Islamic Republic after its ballistic missile test on Jan. 29 that it was playing with fire and all U.S. options were on the table. "The enemy should not be mistaken in its assessments, and it will receive a strong slap in the face if it does make such a mistake," said General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guards’ ground forces, quoted by the Guards' website Sepahnews. On Wednesday, the Revolutionary Guards concluded three days of exercises with rockets, artillery, tanks and helicopters, weeks after Trump warned that he had put Tehran "on notice" over the missile launch. "The message of these exercises ... for world arrogance is not to do anything stupid," said Pakpour, quoted by the semi-official news agency Tasnim. "Everyone could see today what power we have on the ground." The Guards said they test-fired "advanced rockets" and used drones in the three-day exercises which were held in central and eastern Iran. As tensions also mounted with Israel, a military analyst at Tasnim said that Iran-allied Hezbollah could use Iranian made Fateh 110 missiles to attack the Israeli nuclear reactor at Dimona from inside Lebanon. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said last Thursday that his group, which played a major role in ending Israel's occupation of Lebanon, could strike Dimona.

21 February 2017

The world is sleepwalking towards catastrophic famine

This year the world is facing numerous humanitarian crises which, taken together, are on a scale not witnessed in recent times. Before this week there had been only one certified famine globally since 2000. Today, parts of South Sudan are now in famine and there is a credible risk of famine in Yemen, north-east Nigeria and Somalia. Drought and conflict are pushing families to the brink of starvation. That is why today I am announcing new support, combined with a call to the international community to ensure 2017 is not defined as a year where people died of hunger and drought on a catastrophic scale. As a nation, we face a choice. With parts of the world on fire, can we ignore the despair beyond our borders? Or do we use our global influence and leadership to confront these challenges head-on? So far the international response to these crises has been inadequate. We are sleepwalking towards catastrophic famine.

20 February 2017

Riots break out in Swedish migrant suburb

Riots have broken out in the Swedish capital of Stockholm mere days after the establishment news media mocked US President Donald Trump for warning about chaos unleashed in the country by its huge migrant population. Swedish police had to fire warning shots in the Rinkeby district, a predominantly migrant suburb, after thugs hurled stones at them following the arrest of criminal suspect, as a mob caused chaos on the streets. Reports suggest that up to a dozen cars were set on fire as shops were looted. “I’ve been through a lot but this unrest is something extraordinary” said a freelance photographer at the scene. “It looks like a war zone here.” President Trump warned about Sweden’s experiment in hyper-tolerant multiculturalism when talking to a crowd of supporters, and was ridiculed by the news media. But it appears he was right.

“Earth has shifted” – Inuit elders issue warning to NASA and the world

A new warning has come to NASA from the Inuits. They are warning that the change in climate is not due to global warming but rather, because of the Earth shifting a bit. The Inuits are local people that live in the Arctic regions of Canada, the United States and Greenland. They are excellent weather forecasters and so were their ancestors. Presently they are warning NASA that the cause of change in weather, earthquakes etc., are not due to global warming as the world thinks. They also report that and they state that the earth has shifted or “wobbled”. “Their sky has changed!” The elders declare that the sun rises at a different position now, not where it used to previously. They also have longer daylight to hunt now, the sun is much higher than earlier, and it gets warmer much quickly. Other elders across the north also confirmed the same thing about the sky changing when interviewed. They also alleged that the position of sun, moon and stars have all changed causing changes in the temperature. This has also affected the wind and it is very difficult to predict the weather now and according to them predicting weather is necessary on Arctic. All the elders confirmed that the Earth has shifted, wobbled or tilted toward the North. This information provided by the Inuit Elders has caused a great concern in the NASA scientists.

19 February 2017

Russia & Turkey-brokered Syria ceasefire has more chances than any other – UN Syria envoy

UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has praised the joint efforts of Russia and Turkey to broker peace in Syria, and has urged the international community to support it. “The ceasefire is holding more than previous ones,” de Mistura said at the Munich Security Conference, “and in my modest opinion has, if we all look at it carefully and support it, more chances to actually succeed than others.” This is because, according to de Mistura, both Russia and Turkey have the assets in Syria needed to “exercise leverage, which is a crucial point.” There is a mechanism being established to monitor and support the ceasefire, de Mistura said. “That's why we have been supporting Astana, and the meetings in Astana, of course based on the assumption that they are surgical, laser-beamed on a very important issue: establishing, stabilizing and reinforcing the cessation of hostilities.” De Mistura believes that Russian and Turkish brokering helped avoid the worst possible scenario for the battle of Aleppo… While there has been considerable progress, the situation is “not perfect,” de Mistura said. One of the reasons is the still-present Al-Nusra Front terrorist group, which is “a spoiling element.” Another is the various sides' efforts to improve their chances in combat, which they still consider an option.

18 February 2017

Bill Gates says there’s something worse than nuclear war and we’re not ready for it

The international community may prioritize the issue of nuclear war, but world leaders are overlooking another, greater threat: A genetically engineered virus. That's what billionaire Bill Gates said Saturday during the Munich Security Conference, the Washington Post reports. Gates told world leaders that bioterrorism, whether naturally occurring or manufactured by people, has the potential to kill more people than nuclear weapons. “The next epidemic has a good chance of originating on a computer screen,” Gates said. He added that it could kill tens of millions of people, the Post reports. He added that it could kill tens of millions of people, the Post reports. Gates also stressed that governments need “to prepare for these epidemics the same way we prepare for war.”

17 February 2017

Angela Merkel says EU must accept MORE refugees as Islam is NOT a source of terror

Angela Merkel has said the European Union (EU) has an obligation to accept refugees as she insisted Islam is not a source of terrorism. The German Chancellor launched a staunch defence of her controversial refugee policy which allowed more than 1.1million migrants into the country in 2015, prompting protests and social upheaval. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference yesterday, she said the bloc as a whole has a duty to accept even more refugees. During the wide-ranging speech, she also said Islam is not a source of terrorism and told the audience, which included US Vice President Mike Pence, Muslim states need to be involved in the fight against terrorism, as does Russia. Mrs Merkel, said: “The joint fight against Islamic terrorism is one area where we have the same interests and we can work together.” The German leader has been highly critical of a US travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries… Talking about the euro, Mrs Merkel reacted to a trade adviser to President Donald Trump accusing Germany of profiting from a “grossly undervalued” euro. She did not hold back as she said there was a “problem” with the value of the currency because the European Central Bank was tailoring its policies to weaker members of the euro zone and not strictly to Germany. Mrs Merkel even suggested a return to the Deutsche Mark.

Stop hurling insults and listen, Pope Francis tells politicians

Politicians should lower the volume of their debates and stop insulting each other, Pope Francis said on Friday, adding that leaders should be open to dialogue with perceived enemies or risk sowing the seeds of war. "Insulting has become normal," he said in a 45-minute-long improvised talk to university students in Rome. "We need to lower the volume a bit and we need to talk less and listen more." Francis, the son of Italian migrants to Argentina, also warned against anti-immigrant movements and urged that newcomers be treated "as human brothers and sisters"… The pope also warned against anti-immigrant movements, which have grown in the United States and a number of European countries, including Italy. "Migrations are not a danger. They are a challenge for growth," he said, adding it was important to integrate immigrants into host countries so they keep their traditions while learning new ones in a process of mutual enrichment. He said immigrants should be welcomed "first of all as human brothers and sisters. They are men and women just like us."

16 February 2017

Trump declines to endorse two-State solution, Calls on Netanyahu to hold back on settlements

In joint press conference with Netanyahu, Trump says he can live with a one-state solution if it's what both parties want and sidesteps question about anti-Semitism. [The following is a most important excerpt from the transcript of the leaders’ joint press conference]:
PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU: I read yesterday that an American official said that if you ask five people what two states would look like, you’d get eight different answers. Mr. President, if you ask five Israelis, you’d get 12 different answers. (Laughter.) But rather than deal with labels, I want to deal with substance. It’s something I’ve hoped to do for years in a world that's absolutely fixated on labels and not on substance. So here’s the substance: There are two prerequisites for peace that I laid out two years -- several years ago, and they haven’t changed. First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction. They have to stop educating their people for Israel’s destruction. Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River. Because if we don't, we know what will happen -- because otherwise we’ll get another radical Islamic terrorist state in the Palestinian areas exploding the peace, exploding the Middle East. Now, unfortunately, the Palestinians vehemently reject both prerequisites for peace. First, they continue to call for Israel’s destruction -- inside their schools, inside their mosques, inside the textbooks. You have to read it to believe it. They even deny, Mr. President, our historical connection to our homeland. And I suppose you have to ask yourself: Why do - - why are Jews called Jews? Well, the Chinese are called Chinese because they come from China. The Japanese are called Japanese because they come from Japan. Well, Jews are called Jews because they come from Judea. This is our ancestral homeland. Jews are not foreign colonialists in Judea. So, unfortunately, the Palestinians not only deny the past, they also poison the present. They name public squares in honour of mass murderers who murdered Israelis, and I have to say also murdered Americans. They fund -- they pay monthly salaries to the families of murderers, like the family of the terrorist who killed Taylor Force, a wonderful young American, a West Point graduate, who was stabbed to death while visiting Israel. So this is the source of the conflict -- the persistent Palestinian refusal to recognize the Jewish state in any boundary; this persistent rejection. That's the reason we don't have peace. Now, that has to change. I want it to change. Not only have I not abandoned these two prerequisites of peace; they've become even more important because of the rising tide of fanaticism that has swept the Middle East and has also, unfortunately, infected Palestinian society. So I want this to change. I want those two prerequisites of peace -- substance, not labels -- I want them reinstated. But if anyone believes that I, as Prime Minister of Israel, responsible for the security of my country, would blindly walk into a Palestinian terrorist state that seeks the destruction of my country, they're gravely mistaken. The two prerequisites of peace -- recognition of the Jewish state, and Israel's security needs west of the Jordan -- they remain pertinent. We have to look for new ways, new ideas on how to reinstate them and how to move peace forward. And I believe that the great opportunity for peace comes from a regional approach from involving our newfound Arab partners in the pursuit of a broader peace and peace with the Palestinians. And I greatly look forward to discussing this in detail with you, Mr. President, because I think that if we work together, we have a shot.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: And we have been discussing that, and it is something that is very different, hasn't been discussed before. And it's actually a much bigger deal, a much more important deal, in a sense. It would take in many, many countries and it would cover a very large territory. So I didn't know you were going to be mentioning that, but that's -- now that you did, I think it's a terrific thing and I think we have some pretty good cooperation from people that in the past would never, ever have even thought about doing this. So we'll see how that works out.

At least 100 killed, dozens more injured in blast at Pakistan shrine – police

At least 100 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a shrine in Pakistan, according to police. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the attack. "At least 72 are dead and over 150 have been injured," senior police officer Shabbir Sethar told Reuters, adding that the death toll is likely to rise. Later, Rasool Baksh, a senior officer from the Sehwan police station, told local media the death toll had reached 100… The suicide bomber entered the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in the city of Sehwan Sharif through its golden gate, according to local authorities cited by Dawn news outlet… IS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the group's affiliated news agency, AMAQ, as cited by Reuters. Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has condemned the violence. The shrine is built around a tomb of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, a Sufi poet and philosopher. The blast is the latest in a series of attacks to hit the country this week.

15 February 2017

Nigel Farage warns European Parliament: "You're in for a bigger shock in 2017"

Nigel Farage was on fire again today in European Parliament. Farage correctly warned EP members about their desire for “more Europe” when citizens of nearly every country are fed up with the policy. “I feel like I am attending a meeting of a religious sect here this morning. It’s as if the global revolution of 2016, Brexit, Trump, the Italian rejection of the referendum, has completely bypassed you. You can’t face up to the fact that this bandwagon is going to roll across Europe in these elections in 2017. A lot of citizens now recognize this form of centralized government simply doesn’t work. … At the heart of it is a fundamental point: Mr. [name not recognized] this morning said, the people want more Europe. They don’t. The people want less Europe. We see this again and again when people have referendums and they reject aspects of EU membership. But something more fundamental is going on out there. …. No doubt, many of you here will probably despise your own voters for what I am about to say because just last week, Chatham House, the reputable group, published a massive survey from 10 Europen states, and only 20% of people want immigration from Muslim countries to continue. Just 20%. … Which means your voters have a harder line position on this than Donald Trump, or myself, or frankly any party sitting in this Parliament. I simply cannot believe you are blind to the fact that even Mrs. Merkel has now made a u-turn and wants to send people back. Even Mr. Schulz thinks it is a good idea. And the fact is, the Europen Union has no future at all in its current form. And I suspect you are in for as big a shock in 2017 as you were in 2016.”

Anti-Islam Wilders frontrunner as Dutch election campaign begins

Campaigning for the Dutch election began on Wednesday with anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders frontrunner in a vote that will test the anti-establishment sentiment that swept Britain out of the European Union and Donald Trump into the U.S. presidency. Wilders, a eurosceptic, anti-immigration fan of Trump, has dubbed the March 15 parliamentary election the start of a "Patriotic Spring" in Europe, where French and German voters go to the polls in May and September. Wilders and his Party for Freedom has led in opinion polls for most of the past two years, but the fragmented political landscape means a coalition government of four or more parties is all but inevitable.

14 February 2017

Cities across US report deep snow, strong winds and... foul odours

Citizens across the US have good reason to stay home from work. While New England has been pummelled with snowstorms, rainstorms and other extreme winter weather, Houston, Texas, has a conundrum of their own: a foul smell. It’s been a brutal few days weatherwise in the US. Following last week’s Northeastern snowstorms, New England was buried under snow and if Monday’s storm was any indication, they’re still in the midst of some rough winter weather. Cary, Maine, reported 30 inches of snow after a storm began Sunday, according to the Associated Press. Authorities in Kennebunk, Maine, warned that winds as strong as 35mph could result in limited visibility. In New Hampshire, the storm resulted in flights being cancelled and hundreds of schools closed… However, residents of Houston, Texas, faced a much stranger problem from their weather. On Monday morning, many Houstonians were concerned over a foul odour, according to a tweet from the Houston Fire Department which said they were “experiencing an increase in 911 calls b/c of suspicious odour.” Many complained that the city “smelled like burning” plastic.

Report: Intelligence officials withhold information from Trump

U.S. intelligence officials have not been sharing some sensitive information with President Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Current and former officials told the news source that some information was withheld from Trump in fear that that it would be compromised or leaked.

15 – 13 February 2017

TICKING TIME BOMB: Greece must agree new deal to avoid another eurozone crisis, IMF warns

Greece must agree a new deal with creditors as soon as possible amid fears the eurozone is facing yet another crisis, the International Monetary Fund has warned. In addition the IMF want EU countries to write off some of their loans in a bid to stop its debts spiralling out of control yet again. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said these “new demands for Greece” are “absurd, imaginary unreal, it doesn’t matter, as long as it is made to look like Greece is to blame”. He added: “Europe should be more careful towards a country that has been pillaged and people who have been under pressure to bring in more austerity, to achieve a stable future and certainty for its citizens continuing to make, so many sacrifices in the name of Europe.” Greece is seeking an easier repayment deal on its £280billion debt pile which has been described by the IMF as “unsustainable and explosive”. The German finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, denied a bail out as he said: “Greece would have to leave the monetary union.”… It is a tough time to get assurances from the European Union as countries like France, Netherlands, Italy and Germany are worried about upcoming elections. Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, warned that political instability also threatens the Continent… The IMF's intervention is an embarrassment for the eurozone, which wants to play down the prospect of further problems with Greece ahead of German and French elections.

Germany elects 'anti-Trump' candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier as president

A German parliamentary assembly has elected Frank-Walter Steinmeier to become the country’s next president by an overwhelming majority. Mr Steinmeier, Germany’s former foreign minister, strongly criticised Donald Trump during the US election campaign… The daily Berliner Morgenpost billed Mr Steinmeier as “the anti-Trump president”. He was elected with 931 of 1,260 votes. The German president has little executive power but is considered an important moral authority. "Let's be brave, because then we don't have to be afraid of the future," Mr Steinmeier said in his acceptance speech. He said the world faces "rough times," but Germany, as a functioning democracy, had the responsibility to fight for stability. "Isn't it actually wonderful, that this Germany, our difficult fatherland, that this country has become an anchor of hope in the world for many," after overcoming wars and totalitarianism, Mr Steinmeier said. Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Mr Steinmeier and said she was convinced he would be an excellent president who would have the support of the vast majority of the people. "This is a good day for Germany," she said. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Mr Steinmeier and invited him to the Kremlin. Mr Putin president "expressed confidence that Mr Steinmeier’s work as President of Germany will promote Russia-Germany relations and efficient cooperation in various sectors in the interests of the citizens of both nations, in line with reinforcing stability and security on the European continent and globally," a Kremlin press release said.

GERMANY IN CHAOS: Reports of series of arsons while refugee centre also goes up in flames

Migrants have been accused of starting a series of fires across Germany in a series of destructive arson attacks. The central European country has been blighted by a series of devastating fires in recent months, many of which have been blamed on migrants. Now another two blazes have been reported in the last week. On Friday morning, a refugee centre in Neustadt was set ablaze, spreading to the roof being being extinguished… The fires are just the latest in a series of destructive attacks that are belived to have been caused by migrants. At the beginning of January, five people were arrested over an arson attack that injured more than 50 people - and is believed to have started when a group of migrants set a mattress on fire in their camp. Pictures posted on social media showed thick, black smoke billowing from a one-storey house after the flames quickly spread from the barracks to the building's accommodation. Last November, migrants burned a conference centre to the ground causing £8.5 million of damage over complaints there were not enough supplies of chocolate or sweets.

North Korea fires ballistic missile in first test of Trump administration
Donald Trump faced his first major foreign policy challenge as president on Sunday following the launch of a ballistic missile by North Korea – a launch likely timed to coincide with the visit of Japan’s prime minister to the United States. Mr Trump and Shinzo Abe, his Japanese counterpart, hastily convened a press conference late on Saturday night to condemn the test. Mr Abe called the launch "absolutely intolerable" and said North Korea must comply with UN Security Council resolutions. Mr Trump added: "I just want everybody to understand, and fully know, that the United States of America is behind Japan, our great ally, 100 per cent."… The test was likely to have been of an intermediate-range Musudan-class missile that landed in the Sea of Japan, according to South Korea's military, not an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), which the North has said it could test at any time. Mr Trump has vowed to take a tougher line on North Korea than Barack Obama, criticising his predecessor for being weak. He pledged a more assertive approach to the rogue nation… In January, after Kim Jong-un said the North was close to testing an ICBM, Mr Trump tweeted: "It won't happen!"… “These tests happen on a fairly regular basis,” said Jim Walsh, an international security analyst at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “But it’s hard not to see it as a challenge to both Mr Trump and Mr Abe – a two for one, if you want." He said Mr Trump was wise not to rush to react. “When you don’t have a lot of great options in your hands, it’s best to say less rather than more.”

At least six dead as earthquake rocks Philippines

A powerful nighttime earthquake in the southern Philippines killed at least six people, injured more than 120 others, damaged buildings and an airport and knocked out power, officials said Saturday. The late Friday quake with a magnitude of 6.5 roused residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province, sending hundreds to flee their homes. The quake was centered about 14 kilometres (8 miles) northwest of the provincial capital of Surigao at a relatively shallow depth of 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), said Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology. Nearly 100 aftershocks have been felt, officials said, adding that schools were being reopened as evacuation centers for residents wary of returning to their damaged homes. Solidum said the quake was set off by movement in the Philippine fault, which sits in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where quakes and volcanoes are common.

USGS: 6.3 quake strikes off southern Pakistan

A powerful 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit off the southern coast of Pakistan, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake, which was originally registered as magnitude 6.6, hit 23 kilometers southwest of the city of Pasni at a depth of 10 kilometers. The cities of Turbat and Gwadar are also within 90 kilometers from the epicenter of the quake… The tremors have reportedly caused panic among residents in the Baluchistan province, where the cities and towns most affected by the quake are located. AFP reported that people residing near the quake’s epicenter poured out onto the streets. Pakistan is situated in a seismically active zone at a juncture of the Indian and the Eurasian tectonic plates that collide in the region, which often leaves its residents the victims of deadly earthquakes.

Iran pulls missile from launchpad after apparent prep for launch, US officials say

Iran removed a powerful missile from a launchpad east of Tehran within the past few days, Fox News has learned, as U.S. and Iranian officials continued trading public barbs about the Islamic Republic's missile tests. The Pentagon is concerned because Safir missiles use the same components as those needed for an intercontinental ballistic missile. Iran’s ballistic program has “expanded dramatically” in the past 10 years, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News. New satellite imagery from Feb. 3, obtained exclusively by Fox News from ImageSat International and verified by U.S. officials, showed Iran preparing a Safir for launch. That missile is the type Iran has previously used to put a satellite into space. It has been two years since Iran has launched a Safir into space, according to officials. But there has been a flurry of activity on an Iranian launchpad that U.S. officials have been watching closely, since the launch of a ballistic missile from the site last week. In a surprising about face, Fox News learned Tuesday morning that Iran’s missile had been removed from the launchpad. It was not immediately clear why. On Jan. 29, Iran launched a new type of medium-range ballistic missile prompting an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Jan. 31. A day later the White House issued a strongly worded statement from National Security Adviser Mike Flynn putting Iran "on notice." President Trump tweeted a similar statement soon after. Days later, American intelligence officials watched as Iran quickly cleaned up the site and prepared another missile on the same launchpad near Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran, before it was removed. ImageSat International reported a "missile integrations facility" near the launchpad that is normally quiet had a host of visitors on February 3, when the new missile showed up on the launchpad. Another satellite photo showed an additional Iranian missile launcher and nine vehicles in the desert not far from the launchpad… On Friday, the same day the satellite photos showed the new Safir missile on the launchpad, the White House announced new sanctions against 13 Iranian individuals and 12 Iranian companies tied to its missile program. Iran's Supreme Leader on Tuesday issued a new warning to the White House about the coming 38th anniversary of Iran's Revolution this Friday. "No enemy can paralyze the Iranian nation," Khamenei said. "[Trump] says 'you should be afraid of me'. No! The Iranian people will respond to his words on Feb. 10 and will show their stance against such threats," according to Reuters. Speaking in Tokyo on his first overseas trip, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called Iran the "single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world."

Muslim Brotherhood expands presence in Germany, seeks to establish Sharia law – security official

Islamic radicals from the Muslim Brotherhood are actively trying to gain a "monopoly" over mosques in the eastern German state of Saxony to attract more followers and increase their influence, the local security service chief has warned… While downplaying the threat posed by the Muslim Brotherhood in Germany as being “beyond Jihad,” meaning that the group is not actively involved in terrorist attacks, the security official pointed to the threat it poses to democratic society. “The Muslim Brothers still want to establish Sharia law in Germany,” which would have grave consequences for religious freedom, women’s rights and democratic values, Meyer-Plath said. The group is active in about 70 countries, where it builds mosques, schools and hospitals, presents itself as a democratic force and officially distances itself from an idea of the global Jihad in an attempt to win the sympathies of locals. In Saxony, the Salafist group has been actively sponsoring the construction of new mosques. It has already built several mosques and plans construction of more places of worship in such cities as Dresden, Leipzig, Meissen, Riesa, Pirna, Bautzen und Goerlitz… Meanwhile, an Islamic Cultural Center in Saxony’s capital of Dresden, which is allegedly controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, denied all accusations of radicalism, saying that it supports “non-political Islam.” The center fully supports democratic values, its spokesman, Muhammed Wellenreuther, told German media. He also said that it welcomes both adherents of “conservative” and “progressive” forms of Islam. Wellenreuther confirmed that his organization looks for real property for sale, particularly in the rural areas of Saxony, in order to establish Islamic cultural centers and mosques there, as “there is a great demand” for them. BfV figures show that about 1,000 members of the Muslim Brotherhood are active in Germany, as reported by MDR. They particularly run Islamic centers that are used as venues for political and religious agitation.

France's Le Pen takes aim at EU in presidential bid launch

Far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen promised to take France out of the EU and Nato as she kicked off her presidential campaign in Lyon over the weekend. Le Pen told supporters on Sunday she would give France its freedom back, and said: "Financial globalisation and Islamist globalisation are helping each other out. Those two ideologies aim to bring France to its knees." In a manifesto published at the beginning of the two-day rally Le Pen listed 144 "commitments" to France. She promised to leave the eurozone and the integrated command structure on Nato. Le Pen also vowed to hold a referendum on EU membership unless European partners agree to roll back integration to a loose coalition of nation states with neither a single currency nor a border-free area… The manifesto called for certain rights, like free education and social housing, to be reserved to French citizens, and promised 15,000 more police and to expel irregular immigrants. “What is at stake in this election is the continuity of France as a free nation, our existence as a people,” Le Pen told her supporters. In a trademark policy she also lashed out at what she called Islamic fundamentalism. She told her supporters it was a "yoke" France could no longer live under, saying no dignified French person could accept veils, mosques and street prayers.

New Chinese missile makes latest appearance in drills

BEIJING (AP) — A highly accurate Chinese ballistic missile capable of threatening U.S. and Japanese bases in Asia has made its latest appearance at recent Rocket Force drills. The medium-range DF-16 featured in a video posted last week on the Defense Ministry's website showing the missiles aboard their 10-wheeled mobile launch vehicles being deployed in deep forest during exercises over the just-concluded Lunar New Year holiday. While the Rocket Force boasts an extensive armory of missiles of various ranges, the DF-16 fills a particular role in extending China's reach over waters it seeks to control within what it calls the "first-island chain." First displayed at a Beijing military parade in 2015, the missile is believed to have a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), putting it within striking distance of Okinawa, home to several U.S. military installations, as well as the Japanese home islands, Taiwan and the Philippines.

Turkish security forces arrest 400 suspected ISIS members

Around 400 suspected ISIS members were arrested this morning by Turkish security forces, according to Arab news agencies. The suspects were arrested during raids that were conducted throughout the country. Arab news agencies reported today (Sunday) that Turkish security forces have arrested about 400 people who are suspected of belonging to ISIS. According to the reports, the suspects were arrested during raids that were conducted throughout the country as part of Turkey’s fight against the murderous terrorist organization. It was also reported that not all of the suspects are Turkish citizens. In 2016, around 400 people were murdered in Turkey in terrorist attacks, some of which were committed by ISIS terrorists.

First time – Turkish energy officials head to Israel following reconciliation agreement

A Turkish delegation of senior-level energy officials will land in Israel today in order to discuss developing a gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey. Later this week, the Turkish Tourism Minister is expected to arrive in Israel. For the first time since the two countries signed the reconciliation agreement last year, a Turkish energy delegation will arrive in Israel today (Sunday). The delegation includes senior-level officials from the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry and the state-owned gas company. The delegation members will meet with their Israeli counterparts and representatives from Delek Group Ltd. in order to discuss the possibility of developing a gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey and making Israel Turkey’s natural gas supplier. Later this week, the Turkish Tourism Minister is expected to arrive in Israel.

Northern Hemisphere potentially in great danger as Fukushima radiation spikes to ‘unimaginable’ levels

Radiation inside one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power facility has reached an “unimaginable” level according to experts. Because so much nuclear material from Fukushima escaped into the Pacific Ocean, there are many scientists that believe that it was the worst environmental disaster in human history, but most people in the general population seem to think that since the mainstream media really doesn’t talk about it anymore that everything must be under control. Unfortunately, that is not true at all. In fact, PBS reported just last year that “it is incorrect to say that Fukushima is under control when levels of radioactivity in the ocean indicate ongoing leaks“. And now we have just learned that the radiation level inside reactor 2 is so high that no human could possibly survive being exposed to it. According to the Japan Times, the level of radiation inside the containment vessel of reactor 2 is now estimated to be “530 sieverts per hour”… It is hard to find the words to convey how serious this is. If you were exposed to a radiation level of just 10 sieverts per hour, that would mean almost certain death. So 530 sieverts per hour is simply off the charts. According to the Guardian, this recent measurement is being described by scientists as “unimaginable”… And the really bad news is that there appears to be a 2 meter hole that was created by melted nuclear fuel “in the metal grating under the pressure vessel in the reactor’s primary containment vessel”… If that isn’t frightening enough, one Japanese news source is reporting that this melted nuclear fuel “has since come in contact with underground water flowing from the mountain side”… If this disaster was just limited to Japan, the entire northern hemisphere would not be at risk. But that is not the case. Most of the nuclear contamination from Fukushima ended up in the Pacific Ocean, and from there it was literally taken around the rest of the planet… We don’t know if there is a connection, but it is extremely interesting to note that fisheries up and down the west coast of the United States are failing because of a dramatic decrease in fish populations… Things are particularly bad up in Alaska, and biologists are “stumped” as to why this could be happening… Further south, it was being reported last month that millions of dead sardines are washing up on the shores of Chile. I could go on and on with a lot more examples like this, but hopefully you get the point. Something really strange is happening in the Pacific, and a lot of people believe that there is a link to Fukushima.

Iran: 'Only seven minutes needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv'

Iran’s officials vowed to continue launching “roaring missiles,” which they characterized as defensive in nature. “Only seven minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv," senior member of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and former Revolutionary Guard official, Majtaba Zonour, told semi-official Fars News Agency Saturday. His comments follow days of heated exchanges between US and Iranian officials. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have intensified after the Trump administration announced new sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic-missile program. The US issued the new penalties in response to several Iranian missile launches that international powers say are in violation of Iran’s obligations.

28 January – 4 February 2017

Skills shortage leaving Britain at mercy of cyber-attacks – former senior GCHQ spook

Britain is ‘highly vulnerable’ to a powerful cyber-attack due to a shortage in skilled staff and the “chaotic” handling of personal data, a former GCHQ deputy director warns. The caution came after the influential Public Accounts Committee (PAC) announced it had lost confidence in the government’s ability to protect Britain from cyber-attacks. Ex-GCHQ deputy director Brian Lord argued that only a “few people” in the secret services are able to counter powerful cyber-attacks… PAC believes it has taken too long to consolidate the “alphabet soup” of intelligence agencies operating in Britain. “Government has a vital role to play in cyber security across society but it needs to raise its game,” the committee’s chairwoman Meg Hillier MP said. “Its approach to handling personal data breaches has been chaotic and does not inspire confidence in its ability to take swift, coordinated and effective action in the face of higher-threat attacks. The threat of cyber-crime is ever-growing, yet evidence shows Britain ranks below Brazil, South Africa and China in keeping phones and laptops secure. In this context it should concern us all that the government is struggling to ensure its security profession has the skills it needs.”

‘Lights going out on Jewish community in Ukraine’ – Ukrainian Jewish Committee head

Jewish identity in Ukraine is under threat and in danger of disappearing completely, Eduard Dolinsky, executive director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, told an Israeli newspaper. Dolinsky voiced his concerns to the Jerusalem Post while on a four-day trip to Israel sponsored by the Israeli-Jewish Congress, which promotes ties between Israelis and European Jews. He was accompanied by MP and leader of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, Olexander Feldman. “The Ukrainian Jewish community is in crisis,” Dolinsky told the newspaper on Tuesday. “Either we should decide that the last one turns off the light, or we need to continue our struggle.” Dolinsky cited both the economic crisis in Ukraine and the war in its eastern provinces as threats to Ukrainian Jewry, and warned about the far-right, ultra-nationalist and anti-Semitic groups which have become prevalent after the violent Euromaidan revolution in 2014. Ukrainian nationalists marched through Kiev on New Year’s Day, chanting anti-Semitic slogans such as ‘Juden raus!’ (‘Jews out!’ in German), Dolinsky said… During the torchlight procession, activists held up portraits of Stepan Bandera. Bandera was the leader of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which collaborated with Nazi forces during World War II and carried out mass ethnic cleansing of Poles and Jews. The Polish government considers the crimes committed by OUN-UPA against Poles during WWII to be genocide, but Bandera is considered a hero among Ukrainian nationalists for fighting against Soviet rule.

Iran launched an advanced cruise missile test

A German newspaper reported that Iran carried out another missile test this week, where they successfully launched a missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. According to the report, Iran carried out the test only hours after the United States issued a warning not to carry out similar tests. The cruise missiles that Iran tested this week are more difficult to intercept than ballistic missiles because they fly closer to the ground and are thus able to avoid radars. This capabilities permit the missiles to be launched from far away and to strike deep inside enemy territory, Reuters reported. Unlike the ballistic missiles, this type of missile is not mentioned in the UN resolutions related to Iran. On Sunday, Iran conducted a failed ballistic missile test that was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. According to the UN Security Council, Iran cannot develop ballistic missiles that carry nuclear weapons for the next eight years.

Historic moment for Britain as the Brexit Bill is passed by MPs

Britain passed the point of no return in its historic battle to cut ties with Brussels tonight as MPs backed the Brexit Bill. The Commons endorsed the legislation by 498 votes to 114 after the government saw off a desperate bid by more than 100 Remoaners to block it. In the first of a crucial set of votes in the Commons, a 'wrecking' amendment that would have effectively killed the law was defeated by 336 to 100. The House then gave the Bill its second reading by another huge margin… Mrs May earlier confirmed she will publish a white paper on her Brexit plans tomorrow… The publication will be another crucial step toward Britain's exit from the European Union.

Catholics send urgent plea to Trump: “Save us from vast Vatican led conspiracy”

As the fast moving coup against Freemason leader President Donald Trump continues to roil the United States, the Security Council (SC) is reporting today that America’s oldest Traditionalist Catholic Church newspaper, The Remnant, has penned an open letter to their nation’s new leader pleading with him to investigate what they claim is a vast Vatican-Democratic Party Alliance meant to not only destroy the US, but to also plunge our planet into World War III. Among the critical issues these Catholic stalwarts are pleading for Trump to investigate, this report notes, are: 1.) To what end was the National Security Agency monitoring the conclave that elected Pope Francis? 2.) What other covert operations were carried out by US government operatives concerning the resignation of Pope Benedict or the conclave that elected Pope Francis? 3.) Did US government operatives have contact with the “Cardinal Danneels Mafia”? 4.) International monetary transactions with the Vatican were suspended during the last few days prior to the resignation of Pope Benedict. Were any U.S. Government agencies involved in this? 5.) Why were international monetary transactions resumed on February 12, 2013, the day after Benedict XVI announced his resignation? Was this pure coincidence? 6.) What actions, if any, were actually taken by John Podesta, Hillary Clinton, and others tied to the Obama administration who were involved in the discussion proposing the fomenting of a “Catholic Spring”? 7.) What was the purpose and nature of the secret meeting between Vice President Joseph Biden and Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on or about June 3, 2011? 8.) What roles were played by George Soros and other international financiers who may be currently residing in United States territory? With the entire Catholic Church world shaken to its core by Pope Francis’s destruction (through pacification) of the Order of Malta (Knights of Malta) for their supporting of Freemason leader President Trump, this report continues, virtually unknown to the American people is that the “evil Jesuit” Jorge Bergoglio’s election to become Pope Francis was steeped in high-corruption and that top Vatican officials are still rebelling against—and as evidenced by one of Italy’s top reporters, Marco Tosatti, writing in one of that nation’s oldest newspapers, La Stampa, for these Cardinals they have vowed to avenge: “WE WILL NOT COOPERATE WITH THIS WHITEWASHING! THIS WILL NOT GO AWAY. IT WILL DEEPEN. IT WILL NOT GO AWAY.” Important to know about this vast Vatican-Democratic Party Alliance, this report says, is its being funded by the self-acknowledged Nazi collaborator George Soros who made his fortune by stealing the property of Jews prior to their being exterminated during World War II—and who today is spending hundreds-of-millions in his bid to destroy Freemason leader President Trump by flooding the streets of America with “pathological mindless idiots” in a tactic first used by German psychological-intelligence operatives loyal to Adolph Hitler. Equally important to know about this vast Vatican-Democratic Party Alliance, this report explains, is that one of its “main/central” Vatican operatives named Peter Sutherland, who is the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG), has been the key architect, along with George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and other globalists, of the massive scheme that has flooded Europe with the disastrous tsunami of Islamic migrants—and that Pope Francis has blessed by his stating that “Islam is strengthening Europe”. With Pope Francis being the first Jesuit (Society of Jesus) leader of the Catholic Church in all of history, this report continues, the reason this ancient order was not allowed to have one of its members become Pontiff is due to their radical global agenda for the 21st Century—and that includes: 1.) Economic Communism and Political Fascism in the American Empire 2.) Creating International Anti-Jewish Fury 3.) Creating International Anti-Americanism 4.) Depression, Anarchy, Race War, Martial Law, Foreign War and Invasion 5.) Destruction of the Empire’s “heretic” Protestants, Baptists and Jews as well as “liberals”. To Freemason leader President Trump’s most dire, and immediate, crisis against this vast Vatican-Democratic Party Alliance, this report gravely warns, are these globalists pushing for war against Russia (World War III) in the coming weeks—and that they’ve begun to implement by having their allied US created neo-Nazi-led government of Ukraine begin a massive shelling of innocent Ukrainian-Russian civilians (almost 2,000 times over the past 24 hours alone) and having their “Nazi puppet leader Poroshenko” rapidly convening an emergency session of this corrupt government to address a war he is starting himself. With Freemason leader President Trump knowing of this push for total war by this vast Vatican-Democratic Party Alliance, this report notes, he has, in turn, warned two Republican Party US Senators, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, that they are close to starting World War III—but with Senator John McCain having been funded by George Soros since 2001, and Senator Lindsey Graham, also, being funded by George Soros, SC analysts state that they can’t be depended on. And as George Soros funded protesters in America are now saying “we need to start killing people”, more Trump supporters by the day beaten bloody by street mobs, and yet another “mainstream” journalist calling for the outright assassination of Trump, this report concludes, Freemason leader President Trump is showing no signs of backing down at all—and has even, astonishingly, filed official US government election papers this week for this 2020 re-election bid—and that keeps George Soros and his Vatican allies from being able to campaign against him.

The United States is on the precipice of widespread civil unrest

It doesn’t take much of a trigger to push extremely large crowds of very angry protesters into committing acts of rioting and violence. And rioting and violence can ultimately lead to widespread civil unrest and calls for “revolution”. The election of Donald Trump was perhaps the single most galvanizing moment for the radical left in modern American history, and we have already seen that a single move by Trump can literally cause protests to erupt from coast to coast within 48 hours. On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that banned refugees from Syria indefinitely and that placed a 90 day ban on travel to the United States for citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Within hours, protesters began to storm major airports, and by Sunday very large crowds were taking to the streets all over the country… From Seattle to Newark, Houston to Boston, hundreds jammed airport terminals — lawyers, immigration advocates, ordinary citizens compelled to the front lines, many refusing to leave until those who had been detained by U.S. Customs had been freed or had obtained legal counsel. On Sunday, the movement caught fire and demonstrations and rallies erupted in communities across the U.S. from city halls to airports to parks. In the nation’s capital, the site of the march that drew a crushing 500,000 people Jan. 21, Pennsylvania Avenue was shut down Sunday as thousands trekked from the White House to the U.S. Capitol. An energized crowd stopped outside Trump’s showcase hotel along the avenue to shake fists and chant “shame.”… Visions of violence are dancing in the heads of these very frustrated people, and they are being egged on by top members of Congress such as Chuck Schumer… On Sunday, President Trump attempted to clarify what his executive order was really about and make it clear that it was not a ban on all Muslims… Unfortunately, polls show that somewhere around a third of the country greatly dislikes Trump, and those people are more than ready to believe that Trump is a racist bigot that hates all Muslims. But the truth is that Trump does not hate any group of people. His target is simply Islamic terror, and he is actually pro-immigration as long as it is legal immigration. Let us not forget that his wife is a legal immigrant… We are a nation that is deeply, deeply divided, and now this latest controversy threatens to divide us even further… Someday, widespread civil unrest is going to sweep across the United States and major American cities will burn.

0 - 27 January 2017

Trump, Putin could hold phone talks over weekend

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to hold telephone talks with US President Donald Trump over the weekend, an NBC White House correspondent reports. "President Trump and Vladimir Putin are expected to talk by phone this weekend, per administration source. 1st call since inauguration," Hallie Jackson wrote on Twitter. On Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the date of a first phone call between Putin and Trump since the US president’s inauguration had not been determined yet. Last week, Peskov said that a meeting between Putin and Trump was unlikely to happen in the coming weeks as the US president was focusing on domestic issues, but it was probably going to be held in the coming months. According to the Kremlin spokesman, the date of the meeting between the Russian and US leaders will likely be discussed during a phone conversation between Putin and Trump.

Germany's Merkel to meet Erdogan in Turkey next week - government official

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey on Feb. 2 before travelling on to Malta to participate in a meeting of European Union leaders, a German government official said on Thursday. The trip comes amid continued tensions between the two NATO partners about a range of issues, including alleged spying by Turkish clerics in Germany, and Ankara's accusation that Berlin is harbouring militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and far-leftists of the DHKP-C. 

‘STOP SOROS’ Movement sweeps Europe... Soros behind mass Muslim migration in Europe

A new initiative called Stop Operation Soros (SOS) is launching in the Balkan nation of Macedonia to counter the influence of globalist billionaire George Soros.
The founders of the group called on all “free-minded citizens” to join them in the “fight against one-mindedness in the civil sector, which is devised and led by George Soros,” reports a Slovenian newspaper. Soros-funded non-government organizations have monopolized civil society in Macedonia and used their influence to suppress dissenting views, said SOS cofounder Nikola Srbov. “The Open Society Foundation, operating under the Soros umbrella, used its funding and personnel to support violent processes in Macedonia,” he said in a press conference Tuesday. “That is unacceptable and goes beyond the principles of civic organizing.” Soros set up the Open Society Foundation in in the 1980s with the stated goal of helping former Soviet bloc countries transition from communism, but in reality, the foundation is used to destabilize governments and foment discontent within countries. And Macedonia isn’t the first country that’s turned against Soros. Earlier this month, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that the Hungarian government would begin cracking down on any organizations linked to Soros. “In every country, they will want to displace Soros,” Orban said in December. “In the coming year, Soros and his forces will be squeezed out.” In 2014, Soros openly admitted on CNN that the OSF was involved in the violent overthrow of Ukraine’s government, which resulted in Russia banning Soros and his NGOs from the country the following year, calling him a “security threat” to the former Soviet nation. “It was found that the activity of the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation represents a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and the security of the state,” reads the Russian press statement. As nationalism continues to rise around the world fueled by President Trump’s election, it’s reasonable to assume that this won’t be the last instance a European country kicks out Soros and his shadowy groups. 

Pope orders Knights of Malta destroyed for loyalty to Trump after CIA spies arrested in Russia

In what can only be described as one of the most significant historical events to occur in over 700 years (since 1305) when Pope Clement V ordered the annihilation of the Knights Templar, a new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that Pope Francis has, likewise, order the total and complete destruction of the Order of Malta (Knights of Malta) just hours after the Federal Security Service (FSB) formally announced that it had captured and arrested for treason two US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) linked spies, who under the co-direction of the CIA and Vatican, created the “Russia won the election” myth to discredit the legitimacy of Freemason leader President Donald Trump. According to this report (and as we’ve previously reported on), this full-blown “civil war” between the two oldest and most prominent sovereign entities in the Western World has left the international legitimacy of the Knights of Malta in ruins with its constitutional integrity and diplomatic standing now seemingly beyond repair—and that was caused by the Knights of Malta secretly supporting Freemason leader Trump, including their “spiritual anointment” of this new US president during his 20 January inauguration by the American Knights of Malta leader Cardinal Timothy Dolan. With Pope Francis ordering the Knights of Malta to expel all Freemasons from their ranks for their having supported Trump, this report continues, the Knights of Malta fired back at the Pontiff in what is described as an “extraordinary rebuke” ordering the Vatican to stay out of it affairs—and to which Pope Francis then responded to by firing the international Knights of Malta leader Grand Master Fra’ Matthew Festing. Angering the Knights of Malta against Pope Francis, this report explains, was the Vatican being complicit with the CIA in the arrest of two Freemason spies who uncovered the many links between Hillary Clinton, George Soros and other globalist factions seeking to destroy Freemason leader Trump... Upon Pope Francis learning that two his CIA-Vatican spies were arrested in Moscow, this report says, his “demonic anger” became so great he ordered the destruction of Knights of Malta for their supporting of Freemason leader Trump—and thus causing other high ranking Catholic Church officials to warn the Pontiff that: “If the Holy See can so brazenly insert itself into the internal governance of another sovereign entity whose legitimacy stems from a mutual agreement under international law, it now has no legal defence should another sovereign body, say the government of the Italian Republic, choose to view the independence of the Holy See as a similarly anachronistic formality.” Most critical to note about this historic “civil war”, this report explains, is that it has pitted the “demonic Anti-Christ globalist forces” led by Pope Francis against the Freemasonic “nation state” forces led by President Donald Trump, and whose combined Knights Templar-Freemasonic “alliance master plan” is to retake control of America, and hence the world, by 24 June 2017—which is the 300th year founding of the Freemasonic Lodge in London that not only created the United States during the American Revolution, but, also, destroyed France’s monarchy during French Revolution too. Aiding Freemason leader President Trump in his forces bid to retake control of America, this report continues, is the United Kingdom—whose citizens are still in shock after the CIA released a stunning list prior to the US presidential election of over 2 million secret Freemason members in Britain showing how they have totally controlled that nation since, at least, 1733. So powerful, in fact, have the Freemasonic forces in Britain become, this report notes, they masterminded their nations exit from the European Union (Brexit) just prior to Trump becoming president in a bid to join Freemason forces in UK with those in the US—and that Prime Minister Theresa May officially began today by her stunningly publishing the bill allowing her government to trigger Article 50 (the formal process for leaving the EU), and just hours before she meets with President Trump. Also to note, this report says, is that Freemason leader President Trump prior to his meeting with Prime Minister May has launched another attack against Pope Francis by telling the Vatican globalist supporting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that unless his Catholic nation pays for the border wall, Trump will refuse to meet him. With Freemason leader President Trump using his new alliance with Prime Minister May to further drive a wedge into a fractured Europe, this report continues, Security Council intelligence analysts are agreeing with US experts saying that the Trump-May “combination of power” is beginning to resemble that of the 1980’s alliance between President Ronald Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The most critical aspect of the Freemasonic forces led by Reagan-Thatcher to be noted, this report explains, was the combining of their forces to stop the CIA globalist-led plot allowing Argentina to invade the sovereign British territory called the Falkland Islands and imprison then relocate all their UK citizens to Scotland—but that President Reagan ordered the US military to stop, including his secret agreement with Britain to loan them a powerful American warship if their aircraft carrier was lost during the war. Unlike in Europe, especially France, where Freemasons forces are feared, this report concludes, in America today this nation's citizens have absolutely no idea of this historic war going on all around them—but that cannot be said of their ancestors, who in 1828 formed the Anti-Masonic Party to stop them from taking power, but who just a year later, in 1829, were totally defeated by Freemason forces loyal to America’s First Grand-Master President Andrew Jackson—and whose portrait Freemason leader President Trump ordered immediately installed in the White House Oval Office upon his taking power. 

Doomsday Clock ticks closer to midnight, highest danger level since 1953

Scientists have moved the time of the Doomsday Clock counting down humanity’s dying days closer to midnight, with the dials now set at two and a half minutes to 12am – the highest danger level facing the planet since 1953. A global failure to fight climate change…was cited as reason for the increased threat to the planet. The clock had been set at three minutes to midnight since 2015. The threat posed to democracy by fake news and the influence exerted on elections were also cited as reasons for the new time, according to a panel of scientists involved in the process. The appropriate symbolic time is deduced each year by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist. The new reading brings the threat closer to midnight than it’s been since the height of the Cold War – when it reached 11:58pm. Speaking at the announcement, theoretical physicist Lawrence Maxwell Krauss said, “US and Russian leaders need to come together to reduce nuclear arms” adding that “President Trump and President Vladimir Putin can act together as statesmen or act as petulant children dictating our future.”

“Short the Euro” advises the incoming US Ambassador to the EU

The most likely US Ambassador to the EU told the BBC he is betting the Euro will collapse over in the next 18 months. I would “short the euro,” Professor Ted Malloch said on Wednesday evening, days before Theresa May visits Washington. Professor Malloch also calls on Britain to negotiate a “clean Brexit,” outside the Single Market and the Customs Union. Professor Malloch is an economist, teaches at Oxford University, and has served as deputy executive secretary to the United Nations in Geneva. Earlier this month, he went for an interview with the President at the Trump Tower. In an article he wrote in Forbes, he painted a picture of Donald Trump as the new Theodore Roosevelt. Professor Malloch supported the Leave campaign and Donald Trump. He believes that given the electoral calendar in the Netherlands, France, and Germany, the union could see a fundamental shake-up in the coming months. “I personally am not certain that there will be a European Union with which to have negotiations,” Malloch said. “The one thing I would do in 2017 is short the euro,” he added.

UK turns from EU to US in 'new age'

Theresa May, the first foreign leader to visit the US after Donald Trump’s election, will tell a Republican Party event in Philadelphia on Thursday that his presidency and Brexit mark the dawn of a “new age”. “As we end our membership of the European Union … we have the opportunity to reassert our belief in a confident, sovereign and global Britain, ready to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike”, she will say, according to The Times, a British newspaper. “As we rediscover our confidence together, as you renew your nation just as we renew ours, we have the opportunity … to renew the special relationship for this new age. We have the opportunity to lead, together, again."… The EU has warned that it would be illegal for the UK to enter into trade negotiations with other countries before it left the bloc, a process set to start in March and to take at least two years. But Liam Fox, May’s trade chief, has already submitted a document to the US that outlines which sectors, such as financial services and public procurement, should be part of a future UK-US deal, The Times reported. The US administration is also willing to start talks immediately, according to Ted Malloch, an American academic who is tipped to be Trump’s ambassador to the EU.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Trump will meet next month

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump will meet next month in Washington, DC after a telephone conversation was conducted between the two last night that Trump claimed went well. This conversation came after the White House announced that they are discussing transferring the US Embassy to Jerusalem. During the conversation, the two discussed the nuclear agreement with Iran and the peace process with the Palestinians. Trump stressed the importance of having direct negotiations between the two sides. Although Trump invited Netanyahu to Washington, DC in February, a final date for the meeting has not yet been decided upon.

Show of strength for Europe’s far-right in Koblenz

The far-right of Europe was showing its strength on Saturday in Koblenz, Germany. Local media were not allowed access, although international media were present. The room was filled with national flags, including the British Union Jack and the Swiss White Cross. There was no blue EU flag, although the event took place under the auspices of the “Europe of Nations and Freedom” group of the European Parliament. Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, braces for the second round of the French Presidential election in May, according to most polls for more than a year. Le Monde suggests Le Pen is leading the polls with 25-26% over Fillon’s 23-25%. PVV leaders Geert Wielders is leading opinion polls ahead of the March legislative elections in the Netherlands. The Alternative for Germany (AfD) has established an 11-15% double-digit appeal and will in all likelihood become the first far-right party to enter the national parliament since 1945. There were of course demonstrators, joined at some point by the German Vice Chancellor and leader of the Social Democratic Party, Sigma Gabriel. But, the atmosphere for the far-right feels triumphant. Hours following the inauguration of Donald Trump, Europe’s far-right felt like part of Europe’s emerging status quo. Marine Le Pen urged Europeans to follow the American and the British example. And she proclaimed her confidence in “domino effect” as continental Europe “wakes up.” Wilders hailed the dawn of a “patriotic spring” in Europe, he hailed Donald Trump’s victory and recalled that “blond women” were afraid in Europe. Frauke Petry admonished the invasion of millions of “mostly illiterate young men from a far and partly violent culture.” And she called on Europe to “find the courage to reimagine its future.” Salvini of Lega Nord spoke of the thousands of Italians without homes, while “thousands of immigrants are living in hotels.” Trump on Thursday proclaimed the EU a vehicle for Germany.

Donald Trump batters Brussels with order to stop EU Army plans or lose US Nato support

President Trump will demand Brussels abandons plans for an EU Army if it wants the US is to continue its support for Nato. Senior British officers serving at the Pentagon have been briefed that one of the new administration’s top priorities will be to “sweep away” plans championed by Germany and France. ”We have been told quite clearly that, in an environment in which the political temperature in Eastern Europe is high and fiscal pressure on budgets is increasing, there can only be one joint force and that is Nato,” he said. “Senior US officers directing future strategy want to see more delivery from European nations. There is grave concern about the intent and growing talk of an EU Army, which appears to draw resources away from the Alliance.”… During his campaign Trump pledged tens of thousands of new US troops, dozens of ships and hundreds of warplanes, plans would cost almost $100 billion more than the Pentagon has currently budgeted for Trump’s first term. Rudi Giulliani, a key figure in Trump’s campaign, said the President was adopting a Reagan-like “peace through strength” strategy. The former New York Mayor, who had dinner with Trump on Wednesday, said: “He believes that of the last 30 presidents of the last 50 -60 years, the most successful was Ronald Reagan, because he negotiated from strength and, lo and behold, won the cold war without firing a shot.”… Germany’s defence white paper revealed its own ambitions to lead a pan-European force. The moves have caused concern in the Trump camp. “He is committed to NATO – but there is big concern about the EU moving towards an EU army, a military of Western Europe,” said Ted Malloch, President Trump’s new ambassador to the EU, recently.

Jewish centers in cities across US receive bomb threats

Bomb threats have been reported at 16 Jewish centers in nine US states. Several Jewish Community Centers (JCC) have been evacuated after receiving near-simultaneous bomb threats, according to local reports. Around 200 preschool children were in the middle of a swimming program at Mandell JCC in West Harford, Connecticut when the threat was made on Wednesday morning, leading to an evacuation. Police allowed people back into the building after conducting a search and determining the threat was not credible. A similar threat was made at the JCC of Greater New Haven made by a woman caller, who said a bomb was in the building, a senior staff member told WNBC… Threats have also been reported at Jewish centers in Florida, including in Palm Beach and Miami. The Alper JCC in Miami was evacuated due to an unsubstantiated bomb threat on January 9, along with eight other centers in six states the same day. In California’s Marin County, police investigated a bomb threat at the Osher Marin JCC. The center was evacuated and surrounding areas were on lockdown, according to police officials… "We can't let people who want to create fear rule our lives," the JCC's executive director, Adam Chaskin, told the Albany Times Union as the center reopened.

EU papers react with fury to Theresa May’s Brexit speech

The European press was not exactly pleased with UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s big Brexit speech on Tuesday, with some of the continent’s largest papers calling her strategy “shameful,” “hostile,” and “dangerous.” Leading the chorus of criticism was Spain’s top newspaper El Pais, which accused the prime minister of embracing a “shameful, xenophobic nationalism,” after years as a shy Europhile in David Cameron’s government. The end of free movement for EU citizens under a ‘hard Brexit’ was dubbed a “legally impossible, morally perverse and politically unfeasible” requirement in an editorial published Wednesday morning. “Everything in May’s speech grated,” it added. “The promise of a ‘positive’ agreement is fallacious. It is not positive to spurn European citizens or discriminate against residents. Nor does it make sense to threaten Europeans with whom she will have to negotiate over the next two years.”… In Germany, May was also harshly judged. The front page of Die Welt newspaper showed May over the words “little Britain – Prime Minister Theresa May leads Great Britain into isolation.” The highly regarded Welt 24 news website, in turn, described the speech as a “little concealed threat.” In an opinion piece for Focus magazine, economist Michael Heise claims: “Theresa May nourishes a dangerous illusion.” He said the hope of keeping the British economy growing while outside the Single Market is simply “unrealistic.”… Only the French press seemed to be more concerned with US President-elect Donald Trump than with May’s controversial speech, despite disputes between the UK and France currently unfolding over border controls at the Channel Tunnel and at the port of Calais. Le Monde led with the slightly tongue-in-cheek headline: “Theresa May challenges European ‘friends.’”

May’s 12 point Brexit negotiating plan

The Prime Minister of the UK, Theresa May, has set out her 12 negotiating objectives for leaving the European Union. This is part of the “plan for Britain, which aims to get the right deal abroad while ensuring a better deal for ordinary working people here at home – and I wanted you to be one of the first to know about it,” May wrote in a statement sent by the Conservatives. “The referendum last June was a vote to leave the European Union. But it was also a vote for change – to shape a brighter future for our country, to make it stronger and fairer, and to embrace the world. And it is the job of this Conservative Government to deliver it and to get the right deal for Britain as we do,” the communication continues, before outlining the 12 points set out by May: 1. Certainty: whenever we can, we will provide it… 2. Control of our own laws: we will bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain… 3. Strengthen the Union: we must strengthen the precious Union between the four nations of the United Kingdom… 4. Maintain the Common Travel Area with Ireland… 5. Control of immigration: the message from the public before and during the referendum campaign was clear: Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe… May ends the statement with an olive branch to the European Union, and the UK’s other future partners: “These are our objectives for Brexit. A truly Global Britain – the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but also a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe and embraces the world. A country that gets out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike – a great, global trading nation that is respected around the world and strong, confident and united at home.”

Trump: Other countries will follow 'smart' UK out of EU

The European Union is “a vehicle for Germany” which the United Kingdom was “smart” to leave, incoming US president Donald Trump said in his first newspaper interview published on Sunday. “I thought the UK was so smart in getting out,” Trump said in a joint interview with The Times and Bild newspapers, adding he believed other member states would leave the EU, and that the 2015 migration crisis caused Brexit. “If they hadn't been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems that it entails, I think you wouldn't have Brexit,” he said. Angela Merkel's open door policy towards refugees was a “mistake”, said Trump, though he added that he planned to meet the German chancellor. “I respect her and I like her. But I think it was a mistake. And people make mistakes.” Trump has made blunt statements about his country's relations with Europe before, but his remarks will be even more closely watched now that he is due to take office on Friday (20 January).

Turkish MPs back Erdogan power-grab

MPs in Turkey's parliament on Sunday backed wide-sweeping constitutional changes to bolster President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power. The changes, if approved via a second reading and a referendum, will create an executive presidency, replace the prime minister post with a vice-president, and allow the president to intervene in the judiciary. The move follows a purge of so-called state saboteurs in the wake of last July's failed military coup.

Mind control lasers turn mice into killer rodents with the flip of a switch

Scientists have transformed the harmless mouse into a killing machine with the flip of a switch, using lasers to manipulate the rodent’s brain circuit and turn on their predatory instinct. Mice, which usually serve as prey for larger mammals, became threatening predators when researchers used a laser light to activate two sets of neurons in the amygdala – the area of the brain involved in emotions, behaviour and motivation. The study, led by Ivan de Araujo, a neurobiologist at Yale University, and published in Cell, set out to find whether the amygdala actually controls hunting behaviours using a process called optogenetics. This involved adapting neurons so they could be activated by laser light. Two sets of neurons in the amygdala were identified by the team – one set was responsible for hunting while the other set was responsible for biting behaviour. When the laser was switched on researchers noted the mice launching an attack at anything in sight, even inanimate objects and began biting it ferociously… Further research will examine the relationship between the two sets of neurons and the sensory input in the amygdala to establish what triggers predatory behaviour. "We now have a grip on their anatomical identities, so we hope we can manipulate them even more precisely in the future," said de Araujo.

US-NATO 'build-up on Russian border could lead to nuclear war' - Nobel Laureate

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Thursday, US Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis told a Senate committee in confirmation hearings that NATO must build capacity in eastern Europe to deter Russia’s alleged aggression. This came a day after Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson testified that the United States would defend NATO member states if Russia invaded. "There is little or no evidence that Russia is being aggressive towards the NATO countries," Caldicott, co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, told Sputnik. “That is a lie that the United States insists on maintaining." Caldicott pointed out, however, that it was the United States and NATO, not Russia, that was building up its armed forces to unprecedented levels in central and eastern Europe and exacerbating tensions in the region. "The severely provocative buildup of military forces, ABM [anti-ballistic missile] systems and equipment on the Russian border is at the least unnecessary and at the most could lead to a nuclear war with Russia," Caldicott warned… The American public and US policymakers also need to take the threat of nuclear war and the nightmarish consequences that would flow from it far more seriously, Caldicott explained. In the event of any thermonuclear conflict breaking out between Russia and the United States and NATO "we are all doomed to die a dreadful death of vaporization, severe burns, acute radiation sickness, or freezing and starving to death in the nuclear winter that will ensue," Caldicott admonished. Although US Vice President Joe Biden praised the record of outgoing President Barack Obama on reducing the threat of nuclear war during his eight years in office, Caldicott said Obama’s anti-Russian policies had made the danger far worse… Caldicott expressed the hope that President-elect Donald Trump would reverse the US force build-up in Eastern Europe after he took office on January 20. "Once Trump is inaugurated one hopes that his close relationship with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin will lead to rapid withdrawal of these forces and a refashioning of the relationship between Russia and the United States which may ensure our survival," she said.

Married lesbian couple to lead prominent D.C. Baptist church

(RNS) Calvary Baptist Church, a progressive Baptist landmark in the heart of downtown Washington, has named a gay couple as co-pastors. Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen were presented to the congregation during worship services Jan. 8 and are set to begin their new jobs Feb. 26. A spokeswoman for the congregation said she didn’t know whether a gay couple leading a church was a first for Baptists. “We look for the best people in the world and that’s who they were,” said Carol Blythe. “We’re very excited.”

Turkey, a NATO ally, continues to accuse the US of supporting ISIS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly accused its NATO ally, the United States, of supporting the Islamic State. The Turkish president said on Dec. 27 that the U.S. gives support to terrorist groups including the Islamic State. “It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos,” the Turkish president added… The accusation that the U.S. supports ISIS is not limited to Erdogan. Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a member of the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services, said in December that the United States is funding and arming al-Qaida and the Islamic State. She said this support was through the CIA “funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.” Hillary Clinton gave a 2013 speech to Goldman Sachs in which she said American allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are supporting ISIS. President-elect Donald Trump also said several times on the campaign trail that President Barack Obama was the “founder” of ISIS. “He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, ok?” Trump said on an August radio show.

29 December 2016

US expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes 2 compounds

Thirty-five Russian diplomats have been expelled from the US, according to a statement from State Department. President Obama described those expelled as “intelligence operatives,” also announcing the closure of two Russian compounds, in New York and Maryland. The Russian diplomats would be given 72 hours to leave US soil. They are expelled for acting in a "manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status," the statement reads. The Russian staff will also be denied access to the New York and Maryland compound as of noon on Friday, the source added. This is part of the measures introduced “in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of US officials and cyber operations aimed at the US election,” Obama said in his statement, calling the measures “a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm US interests in violation of established international norms of behaviour.” “All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions,” the president stressed, again blaming Moscow for orchestrating hacking attacks… The new sanctions show the “total disorientation of the outgoing administration” and will complicate future attempts to restore Russian-American relations, said Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights. “Any anti-Russian sanctions are futile and counterproductive. I can only reiterate that the sanctions hysteria only demonstrate the total disorientation of the outgoing US administration,” Dolgov told Interfax. “Such unilateral steps have the sole aim of harming relations [between Moscow and Washington] and complicate their restoration in the future,” he added. The Obama administration and the losing Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, have accused Moscow of being behind cyberattacks that targeted Clinton and her campaign chairman, John Podesta, during their campaign. They said that the whistleblower website WikiLeaks obtained the damaging hacked emails, which dashed Clinton’s chances to win, from Russian intelligence agencies. The claims were denied by both WikiLeaks and Moscow on numerous occasions, with Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling them “nonsense” in an interview with RT.

Soros: Trump is a “would be dictator” who threatens the New World Order

Billionaire globalist George Soros has penned a panicked rant in which he decries President-elect Donald Trump as a “would be dictator” who threatens the future of the new world order. In an article for Project Syndicate, Soros begins by mentioning how he lived under both Nazi and then Soviet rule in Hungary before asserting that “various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise.” This claim is confounded by the facts, which show that, “The share of the world population living in democracies (has) increased continuously.” Soros writes that in voting for Trump, Americans “elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president,” and that his defeat of Hillary Clinton means America will be “unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world” (because that policy worked so well in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya)… Explaining how he supports the European Union because it is a successful attempt at “social engineering,” Soros laments the fact that the body has become “increasingly dysfunctional” and its disintegration has been accelerated, “first from Brexit, then from the election of Trump in the US, and on December 4 from Italian voters’ rejection, by a wide margin, of constitutional reforms.” Soros also bemoans Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alleged undue influence during the presidential election… The irony of an ultra-rich elitist who has bankrolled the overthrow of innumerable governments insisting he cares about “democracy” and the will of the people is particularly rich. The whole tone of the piece is clearly fraught with concern that the populist movement sweeping the west poses a direct threat to the plutocratic new world order that Soros has spent his entire life helping to build. He concludes by warning that “the EU is on the verge of breakdown” due to stagnant economic growth and the out of control refugee crisis (that Soros himself again helped create in the first place as a way to obtain political power).

President-elect Donald Trump says Israel is being treated "very, very unfairly"

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says Israel is being treated "very, very unfairly," maintaining that countries that are "horrible places" never get reprimanded. Trump talked to reporters Wednesday in what became his longest question-and-answer session since the election. He refused to directly answer a question about whether Israel should stop building settlements, saying he is "very, very strong on Israel." Trump says Israel is "up for 20 reprimands" at the United Nations, whereas nations that are "horrible places, that treat people horribly, haven't even been reprimanded." Trump's comments follow a decision last week by the United Nations condemning the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday that Israel should "stay strong," saying Jan. 20, inauguration day, "is fast approaching!"… A senior Israeli Cabinet minister and ally of the West Bank settler movement says John Kerry's Mideast speech was "divorced from reality." Education Minister Naftali Bennett said the Obama administration's Mideast policy has left the region "in flames." He noted the "genocide" in Syria, said Iran is "racing" toward a nuclear bomb and accused the U.S. of "abandoning" its ally Israel. He says Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 had created a Palestinian "terror state." Bennett says: "We're not prepared to allow a second terror state in the heart of Israel." Bennett heads the Jewish Home Party, which is affiliated with the West Bank settler movement. He's a key coalition partner for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel's prime minister says he will not be swayed by a "mistaken policy" outlined by Secretary of State John Kerry. In a late night news conference, Benjamin Netanyahu said in English Wednesday Kerry's vision could cause "big, big damage" to his country. Netanyahu says Israelis "do not need to be lectured about the importance of peace by foreign leaders." He says Israel is committed to resolving issues with the Palestinians, but only through direct talks.

28 December 2016

Netanyahu: Kerry's speech 'biased' against Israel, obsessive about settlements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced a speech by US State Secretary John Kerry as "biased" and added that the US top diplomat completely ignored the deep roots of the conflict. Kerry dealt "obsessively" with the issue of the Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, Netanyahu said in a statement, calling his speech anti-Israeli. "Like the Security Council resolution that Secretary Kerry advanced in the UN, his speech tonight was skewed against Israel," the statement reads, as cited by Reuters. He went on to say that Kerry almost completely ignored the root of the conflict that, according to the Israeli PM, consisted in the Palestinian opposition to the very existence of the Jewish state within any borders. Speaking at a press conference, Netanyahu said he was committed to peace, but suggested that Palestinians were not “educated” for a peaceful resolution. “The Palestinian authority educates them to lionize terrorists and to murder Israelis. “How can you make peace with someone who rejects your very existence?” Netanyahu asked in his comments, which were televised. “This conflict has always been about Israel’s very right to exist.” Referring to the recent UN Security Council resolution regarding Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, Netanyahu said that Israel had it on “absolutely incontestable evidence” that the US “organized, advanced and brought this resolution.”… The war of words follows the ratcheting up of tensions between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama’s administration. The US has refused to veto a UN resolution that urged Israel to stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian land… Netanyahu labelled the US's refusal to veto the resolution "shameful" and "underhanded." On Tuesday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said that it would be reducing its working relationships with 12 of the UN Security Council countries that voted to pass the resolution.

Russia threatens response to Obama 'provocation' as White House readies 'sanctions that will hit Putin personally' over country's alleged election meddling

Russia is promising retaliation against an 'orchestrated campaign' of disinformation by the United States if allegations of election-year political hacking lead the Obama administration to level new economic sanctions. 'To be honest, we are tired of [the] lie about the "Russian hackers," which is being poured down in the United States from the very top,' Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday. Zakharova also called reports of possible new sanctions a 'provocation directed by the White House,' suggesting that Moscow will respond. Citing unnamed sources, The Washington Post reported Tuesday that a package of consequences could include economic sanctions, 'diplomatic censure' and a new round of retaliatory cyber operations targeting Russia. During a press briefing, Zakharova laid into the U.S. and questioned both the Obama administration's truthfulness and its motives. 'The biggest accusation is that Russia allegedly launched cyber attacks at the US information space with a view to interfering in US internal affairs, in particular, the election system,' she said. 'Russia is being presented as a monster that is ready to encroach on the holy of the Western holies – its democratic principles. Of course, these allegations have not been supported by any facts.' 'You probably remember that we appealed to the United States to produce evidence of this at our briefings, in the Foreign Ministry’s comments and in statements made by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and interviews he gave. We asked for at least something, even the smallest facts. We did this publicly and during bilateral talks,' Zakharova argued. 'You can ask our American colleagues how often Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has asked US Secretary of State John Kerry for this evidence. In response, we heard nothing but another helping of nonsense and accusations. It was an orchestrated campaign; nothing was left to chance.'… Russian officials have denied accusations of interference in the election, but the Obama White House has accused Putin of orchestrating a series of hacks that exposed embarrassing secrets of the Democratic national Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign… White House insiders want Obama to put the new rules in place as soon as possible so he can flex U.S. muscles before he leaves office. The White House is also working to ensure that incoming president Donald Trump won't find it easy to reverse what it does in the Obama administration's final three weeks.

Spanish military report: Islamic terrorists operate, raise cash in Latin America to attack US

Latin America is a hotbed of Islamic terrorism where groups like ISIS and Hezbollah operate freely and raise large sums of money to finance terrorist activities in other countries, mainly the United States, according to a new report released by Spain’s Defense Ministry. “Latin America represents an important region for Islamic radicalism because conditions enable the free, almost undetectable, movement of their members throughout the region,” the defense document states. Governments in the region consider Islamic terrorism to be a foreign problem, the report says, and intelligence agencies are ill equipped to handle the threat they represent. “The ignorance involving the threat of jihadist terrorism in Latin America has been such that some governments have refused to cooperate with U.S. authorities and other intelligence services,” the disturbing assessment reveals. The report was released this month by the division of Spain’s Defense agency known as Instituto Español de Estudios Estratégicos (IEEE), Spanish Institute of Strategic Studies. The document, authored by a counterterrorism expert, is titled “El radicalismo islámico en América Latina. De Hezbolá al Daesh (Estado Islámico),” Islamic Radicalism in Latin America, from Hezbollah to ISIS. The Lebanese group Hezbollah is identified as having the largest fundraising operations in the region, though others, such as ISIS, are also prominent. The terrorist organizations have teamed up with established drug trafficking conglomerates to raise and launder large quantities of cash… The strong connection between Islamic terrorists and Latin America has been developing for years and Judicial Watch has reported it extensively, especially when it comes to Mexico. With a dangerously porous southern border, the collaboration between Muslim terrorists and Mexican drug cartels has created a critical threat to the United States… Earlier this year Judicial Watch uncovered State Department records confirming that “Arab extremists” are entering the U.S. through Mexico with the assistance of smuggling network “cells.” Among them is a top Al Qaeda operative wanted by the FBI. The government documents also reveal that some Mexican smuggling networks actually specialize in providing logistical support for Arab individuals attempting to enter the United States.

Series of earthquakes hits near California-Nevada border

A series of moderate earthquakes rocked the California-Nevada border Wednesday, shaking residents in both states but producing no reports of major damage or injury. The first temblor, with a magnitude of 5.7, occurred at 12:22 a.m. near Hawthorne, Nev. It was followed by a second 5.7 quake and then more than 100 aftershocks. Light shaking was felt as far away as South Lake Tahoe, Fresno, Visalia and Merced. The U.S. Geological Survey said most of the responses to its “Did You Feel It?” website came from the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada. But residents reported they felt the quakes as far west as San Francisco and as far south as Bakersfield… In the last 10 days, there have been eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centred nearby. Another significant earthquake shook northwest California earlier this month. On Dec. 6, a magnitude 6.5 quake occurred off the coast of Eureka. That quake caused no damage. Later Wednesday morning, a 4.1 quake occurred in the Morongo Valley in the Inland Empire.

5.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan – USGS

An earthquake has struck the eastern coast of Japan, with early reports suggesting a magnitude 5.9 quake, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) earlier put the magnitude at 6.3 and reports the quake had a depth of 10km. The epicenter was reported as Ibaraki Prefecture in central Japan, about 170 kilometers north of the capital Tokyo, and near the town of Daigo. The prefecture has a population of about three million people… Japan’s NHK news agency report that tremors were felt throughout “wide areas” of the east coast.

27 December 2016

Jews and Muslims dance together at Hanukkah party in Bahrain

A party to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah has been held in the Muslim kingdom of Bahrain. A video of Arabs in keffiyehs and Orthodox Jews dancing together to Hasidic music has emerged on social media, quickly gaining popularity. The Hanukkah party was attended on Saturday night by local and visiting members of the Jewish community as well as Muslim Bahrainis, Israeli media reported. The event was organized by American Jewish millionaire Lazer Scheiner, as reported by Arutz Sheva. In the video of the event released on social media, Muslims and Jews are seen holding hands and singing and dancing. Bahrain, a small Arab monarchy in the Persian Gulf, has a population of 1.3 million people. Fewer than 50 Jews are among them, according to estimates from Israeli media. Hanukkah, also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, marks the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, which took place in the second century BC. The holiday usually starts at the end of December and is celebrated for eight days. This year it began December 24 and will end by January 1, coinciding with Catholic Christmas and New Year. The Bahraini king marked Hanukkah for the first time back in 2015. Back then, he said that “the call to war against terror needs to come from the leaders of all the religions as one. “Here in Bahrain members of all the religions live with no fear, and we will continue to allow Jews to live peacefully and quietly, maintaining their lifestyle, their customs and the commandments of their religion without any fear,” he added… “This is important as a potential beginning of inter-religious and international understanding and peace in the Middle East,” one person wrote on Facebook… Many people wrote they would love to see such Jewish-Muslim parties in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Kuwait, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq or Lebanon. Among those that disagree is the militant Palestinian group Hamas, which has called the ceremony “a disgraceful spectacle,” urging Bahrain to “fully stop any form of normalization with the Zionist enemy.”

US defense bill 'directly threatens' security of Russian military in Syria – Russian FM spokesperson

The latest National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Barack Obama is a "threat" to Russians in Syria, Moscow says, as the bill "openly stipulates the possibility" of delivering more weapons which might "soon" end in the hands of terrorists. Washington's decision to supply weapons, including portable air defense missile systems, to militants in Syria "directly threatens the aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces, other Russian military personnel and the Russian Embassy in Syria, which has been shelled more than once," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Tuesday. Moscow views the decision as "hostile," the diplomat added, saying that the outgoing Obama administration "appears... to create problems for the incoming Trump administration and complicate its relations on the international stage, as well as to force it to adopt an anti-Russia policy." Saying that the American "selective approach" to joint security efforts with Russia "cannot be effective," the ministry stated that in Syria its American partners "refused" to fully cooperate in fighting terrorism. "Instead of joining forces to cut short the sway of all forms of extremism there, as we suggested long ago, Washington has decided to deliver military assistance to anti-government groups, which are not much different from the terrorist cutthroats," Zakharova said. By introducing its new Act, Washington "is bound to see" that its weapons provided for the so-called "moderate opposition" will "soon find their way to the jihadists" from Al-Nusra Front, which is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, Moscow warned. "This can only be described as sponsoring terrorism," the statement said.

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims US-led coalition forces have ‘supported ISIS’

Erdogan said “it’s very clear” the US is supporting terror groups in a damning press conference in Ankara. He said: “They were accusing us of supporting Daesh (Islamic State). “Now they give support to terrorist groups including Daesh, YPG, PYD. It’s very clear. We have confirmed evidence, with pictures, photos and videos.” American-led forces have worked alongside Syrian rebels fighting Bashar al-Assad, but have avoided helping ISIS and other militant groups. Casualties have mounted as the military tries to take the town of Al-Bab from ISIS jihadists and Ankara has become incresingly impatient over the lack of support from the US against the extremists for the Turkish operation. At a news conference alongside visiting Guinean President Alpha Conde, Erdogan said: ”The coalition forces are unfortunately not keeping their promises. “Whether they do or they don’t, we will continue along this path in a determined way. “There is no going back on the path we have set out on.”… Erdogan complained that rather than supporting Turkey, the West was backing the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD), who work with the United States on the ground in Syria, and also ISIS. "They are supporting all the terror groups -- the YPG, PYD but also including Daesh (IS)," Erdogan said… "It's quite clear, perfectly obvious," he said, adding that Turkey could provide proof in pictures and video. Erdogan had made a similar claim on a visit to Pakistan in November alleging that "the West stands by Daesh right now" and its weapons were Western-made.

26 December 2016

Fooled by fake news, Pakistan defence minister reminds Israel of Islamabad’s nuclear weapons

Fake news has claimed another victim—and even prompted a bit of sabre-rattling by the defence minister of a nuclear-armed nation. On Dec. 23, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Pakistan’s defence minister, unexpectedly sent a terse reminder to Israel about Islamabad’s nuclear capabilities:
Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif ) Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh.Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too AH December 23, 2016
The warning isn’t exactly unlike Asif—who, earlier this year, reportedly threatened to nuke India—but the defence minister’s most recent nuclear shenanigans were apparently provoked by a fake news report.

25 December 2016

Tsunami threat message after 7.6 quake hits off Chile coast

An earthquake of 7.6 magnitude was registered in southern Chile on Sunday, prompting a tsunami threat message for areas as far as 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the epicenter. The quake's epicenter was 225km (140 miles) southwest of Puerto Montt in southern Chile, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), with a depth of about 35km (22 miles). The National Emergency Office of the Chilean Interior Ministry and Public Security (ONEMI) has warned people in the coastal regions to leave the areas due to the tsunami threat… The warning was later downgraded to a 'watch.'

24 December 2016

After Israel vote, Trump promises change at UN

United States: US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday vowed that the country´s policies at the United Nations will change after he takes office. “As to the UN, things will be different after Jan 20th,” he said on Twitter, referring to the date of his inauguration. The tweet came after the United States refrained from vetoing the adoption of a Security Council measure calling on Israel — its closest Middle East ally — to halt settlement activities in Palestinian territory. The rare step by the US allowed the measure to pass by a vote of 14 in favor in the 15-member council. The resolution demands that “Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”

7,000 terrorist suspects on the loose in Germany – former MI6 chief

Thousands of terrorism suspects are on the loose in Germany and there is no way to track them down, says the former head of counterterrorism for MI6, Richard Barrett. His intervention comes as it was revealed the Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri was known to security services and police as a criminal with proven extremist leanings. Barrett said Amri was just one of hundreds of “really extreme potential terrorists on the books” in Germany. “In addition to that though, if you include all the Lander (local regions) in Germany, they have about 7,000 live cases,” he told the Daily Mail. “As you can imagine, that is an almost impossible number to control.”

23 December 2016

China warns of a ‘showdown’ with the US

Chinese state media on Friday expressed alarm and warned of a “showdown with the U.S.” after President-elect Donald Trump named Peter Navarro, an economist who has urged a hard line against China, to head a new White House National Trade Council… The Global Times, an influential tabloid published by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, said Trump’s decision over Navarro was “by no means a positive signal”. “China needs to face up to the reality that the Trump team maintains a hard-line attitude toward China. It must discard any illusions and make full preparations for any offensive move by the Trump government,” the Global Times said in an editorial. “China is powerful enough to withstand pressures from the Trump government. Beijing will get used to the tensions between the two countries. If Washington dares to provoke China over its core interests, Beijing won’t fear setting up a showdown with the U.S., pressuring the latter to pay respect to China.”… Navarro, 67, a professor at University of California, Irvine, advised Trump during the campaign. As well as describing what he sees as America’s losing economic war with China, Navarro has highlighted concerns over environmental issues related to Chinese imports and the theft of U.S. intellectual property.

22 December 2016

Obama administration dismantling system used to track Arabs and Muslims

The Obama administration is dismantling a discriminatory surveillance system that was used after 9/11 to keep tabs on Arabs and Muslims across the US, in a move that will make it more difficult for president-elect Donald Trump to achieve his goal of introducing a Muslim registry. Thursday's announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that it is tearing down the remnants of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (Nseers) marks the most audacious attempt yet by Barack Obama to place roadblocks in the way of his successor's declared intentions. A key element of Trump's bid for the White House was his threat to prevent non-citizen Muslims from entering the US and to keep them under surveillance once inside the country.

Kid jihad: Is Europe threatened by child terrorists?

The Christmas market truck attack in Berlin overshadowed another case in Germany – the thwarted nail bomb plot in Ludwigshafen. Yet it marks the alarming trend of an increasingly young face of terrorism in Europe. The 12-year-old boy behind the plot in western Germany unveiled last week intended to detonate a home-made explosive device filled with nails at a Christmas market, according to German media. He was described as being of Iraqi origin, radicalized and planning to join the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) sometime in the future. The alleged failed bomb blast in Ludwigshafen is believed to be the youngest person in Europe detained on suspicion of terrorism since IS rose to prominence in the Middle East. The case however is far from being isolated. Earlier in December, two teenagers aged 15 and 17 were arrested in the southern German state of Baden-Wurttemberg. They reportedly planned Islamism-motivated gun attacks in several locations near Frankfurt and were in the process of procuring firearms for them. The issue of youth radicalization is serious in Germany. A September report by the Interior Ministry to the Parliament said German law enforcement identified over 340 cases of radical preachers making contacts with refugees in Germany. The ministry said unaccompanied children were especially susceptible to the radical messages.

21 December 2016

Trump: Berlin truck attack 'an attack on humanity'

In a brief statement prior to meeting with Gen. Michael Flynn [Ret.] and other advisors at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, President-elect Donald Trump decried Monday's truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market an "attack on humanity". A reporter questioned Trump about his previous statements regarding restricting Muslim emigration to the United States, and referenced a press release his transition team put out in the wake of the attack on a 'Weihnachtsmarkt' in the capital city. "It's an attack on humanity and it's got to be stopped," Trump said. In the earlier press statement, Trump said that ISIS and "other Islamic terrorists continually slaughter Christians in their communities and places of worship as part of their global jihad." "These terrorists [and] networks must be eradicated from the face of the earth," it read. Earlier today, German authorities named a 24-year-old Tunisian national as a main suspect.

20 December 2016

Russian ambassador's assassination in Turkey was organised by 'NATO secret services' and was 'a provocation and challenge to Moscow' claims Kremlin senator

The secret services of a NATO country is 'highly likely' to have been behind the assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov, claimed a top ally of Vladimir Putin. Senior senator Frantz Klintsevich, deputy chairman of the Russian upper chamber's defence and security committee, said: 'It was a planned action. 'Everyone knew that he was going to attend this photo exhibition. 'It can be ISIS, or the Kurdish army which tries to hurt Erdogan. 'But may be - and it is highly likely - that representatives of foreign NATO secret services are behind it. 'What has happened is a true provocation, a challenge. 'It is a challenge for Russia.' The senator is a member of the ruling council of United Russia party, Putin's vehicle of power. The Russian Foreign Ministry vowed that terrorism would not win after the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Turkey. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: 'We call this event an act of terror. 'Terrorism will not win. 'We will strongly fight it.'

19 December 2016

China orders roads and factories to be closed as it chokes under toxic smog and warns there is worse ahead

Hospital visits spiked, roads were closed and flights cancelled Monday as China choked under a vast cloud of toxic smog, with forecasters warning worse was yet to come. At least 23 cities in the world's most populous nation have issued red alerts for air pollution since Friday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. A host of emergency measures have been implemented to protect the public's health from the smog, which is smothering almost a ninth of the entire country… The figure remained eight times the World Health Organization's daily recommended maximum exposure level to the microscopic particles that carry major health risks.

18 December 2016

A 627-year-old 'blood miracle' failed to occur, heralding disaster for 2017

If you thought 2016 was bad, you might want to gird yourself for an even worse 2017. The dried blood of Saint Januarius failed to liquefy in a ceremony in Naples, Italy, on Saturday, according to a report in Italy's La Stampa, heralding disaster for next year. Monsignor Vincenzo De Gregorio, the abbot of the chapel, said: "We must not think about disasters and calamities. We are men of faith, and we must continue to pray." The ceremony of the blood of Saint Januarius, or San Gennaro, is performed several times a year. The blood is kept in special ampules and liquifies during the ceremony. The miracle has been regularly recorded since 1389. San Gennaro was bishop of Naples in the third century and was beheaded in the persecution of early Christians by Roman Emperor Diocletian, who killed about 3,500 Christians. If the miracle of liquefaction fails to occur, it can herald disaster for the coming months and years. The blood failed to become liquid in 1939, the year in which World War II started, and in 1980, the year of the Irpinia earthquake, according to the Stampa report.

16 December 2016

America goes insane as it rushes towards civil war

Last week some very grave alarm bells began ringing around the world when the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) sent a letter to local authorities across the country telling them to make preparations for war with Russia. Unfortunately though, none of these alarm bells were heard in America because that entire nation has gone totally insane. And with insanity being described as madness, folly, foolishness and lunacy, there is no other apt description that coveys what is now happening in what used to be the most revered country in the modern world. The first signs of this insanity that has overcome America began on 16 June 2015 when the global billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump announced that he was running for the US presidency—and that contrary to what you’ve been allowed to know, was the culmination of a nearly 20 year plan to retake control of the United States and overthrow the globalist elites who had seized this nation away from its citizens for their own gain, motives and profit—and as best described this past week by US historian and political leader Newt Gingrich. [WATCH Video] to understand who Trump really is, who the forces behind him are, and how really, really, smart and ingenious he is—after all, for this one single person to bring down the Republican Party, Democratic Party, the Bush Family dynasty, the Clinton Family dynasty, and all others who opposed him, the world is now dealing with one of the most powerful persons ever to set forth on the global stage. It is no coincidence either that the “movement” Trump is now in full control of is being evidenced throughout the world too—and that led to the stunning Brexit vote casting Britain out of the European Union, and too many other shocking events mention in just one writing, but as the new year begins will overturn the entire old world order… Trump won—and America’s elites and their propaganda mainstream media backers went insane! And not just normal insane, but crazy insane—and that began with anonymous CIA sources falsely claiming that Russia was responsible for leaking the DNC and Podesta emails to Wikileaks in order to get Trump elected, and that led just hours ago to President Obama vowing to action against Russia. With the US propaganda mainstream media not even bothering to tell the truth to the American people that Wikileaks had already stated that Russia was in no way responsible for these email leaks, they, instead, have used all of their power to spread this lie—and that is being followed by a concentrated effort by them to overthrow Trump before he even takes office—and includes them saying that the Electoral College “must make Hillary Clinton president”, the Electoral College “must fall on its sword” to prevent Trump from being president, and warning that if the Electoral College doesn’t delay its vote, Putin will be picking the next US president. The CNN television news network, also, has even gone so far as having one its commentators named Van Jones (who worked in Obama’s White House) set up a PR firm to keep Trump from taking office and who produced of video ad of American celebrities urging Electors to cause Electoral College chaos to keep Trump from becoming president.

1000 Muslims block London streets chanting Allahu Akbar to demand Islamic caliphate

The street outside the empty embassy in Belgrave Square, London, was closed off as it filled with protestors and Islamic leaders chanting loudly and calling for America to be punished over Aleppo. The demonstration became an alternative to an official rally calling for an end to the bloodshed in Syria outside Downing Street. During the speeches which lasted almost an hour the crowd chanted Allahu Akbar 'God is the greatest' and cheered for those calling for a global caliphate. A poet invited to talk shouted: "We need a Caliph who will clean up these streets. Who will smack up armies and who will back beef [fighting]. Backhand your missiles back to your land, that’s the plan. World domination at hand. We can expand and take out these fools." The crowd largely segregated into men and women with many of the women wearing Islamic clothing. According to website Breitbart one protester appeared to be waving a Taliban flag, while others were handed placards made by Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain, which calls for the reestablishment of a caliphate… Asim Qureshi, director of the Muslim rights group CAGE, who once called Jihadi John 'beautiful', laid the blame for the situation in Aleppo at America’s door, saying: “Never forget who is the problem here… who sent them there? The Americans, the CIA.”

Philippines' Duterte tells US to prepare to leave the country

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States on Saturday to prepare for the eventual repeal of a military deal that allows Washington to deploy troops and equipment for exercises in the country. Duterte also said the Philippines can survive "without American money" after a U.S. aid agency put on hold a decision to fund anti-poverty programs in the country. "We do not need you," Duterte said in a news conference after arriving from visits to Cambodia and Singapore. "Prepare to leave the Philippines. Prepare for the eventual repeal or abrogation of the VFA."

Obama vows ‘action’ in response to alleged Russian hacking

Barack Obama has vowed to take retaliatory measures against Russia, both public and covert, accusing Moscow of compromising the “integrity” of the US elections through the DNC email hacks. US intelligence has yet to provide any evidence of Russian involvement. "I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... we need to take action. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing,” President Obama said in an interview with NPR on Friday. The US leader did not elaborate on whether the steps would be taken in the five weeks he has left in office. Neither did he specify what type of action might be taken, saying only that “some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be." While Obama spoke of the Russian government's alleged role in the hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) communications as a proven fact, he fell short of accusing Moscow of purposefully aiding US President-elect Donald Trump without a “final report” from US intelligence agencies… Earlier, Trump dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” claims made by anonymous CIA officials, and reported by the Washington Post, that Russian intelligence hacked the DNC emails to propel him to the presidency… On Thursday, “anonymous CIA officials with direct access to information” went as far as to claim that the Russian president himself might have authorized the alleged hacks… These latest allegations were dismissed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as nonsensical. "I think that the stupidity and hopelessness of such an attempt to convince people of this is obvious," he said on Thursday… Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan-turned-WikiLeaks operative Craig Murray also challenged the official US version of events, claiming the source of the hacks was an insider who “had legal access to information.”

15 December 2016

Obama accelerates troop deployments in eastern Europe… Rush to provoke war with Russia prior to Trump’s inauguration

The Obama administration, not content to let an opportunity to antagonize Russia pass by, has announced the acceleration of pre-planned troop deployments to counter “Russian aggression” in eastern Europe. The decision was announced publicly following a meeting between Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz and Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army Europe. Macierewicz said he was “very happy that a decision has been taken by the U.S. side for an earlier deployment.” The United States will reportedly deploy the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, a component of the 4th Infantry Division currently based at Fort Carson, Colorado, to the western Polish city of Zagan sometime in early January. According to Hodges, the unit has already left Fort Carson and is preparing to travel by ship to the German port city of Bremerhaven. In addition, a separate battalion currently based in Germany will be re-deployed to the northeastern Polish city of Orzysz at the start of April. Orzysz lies near the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, where Russian President Vladimir Putin has accelerated the deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander-M missiles… The decision to accelerate U.S. troop deployments to Eastern Europe prior to Donald Trump’s inauguration follows a decision, reached at a NATO summit in Warsaw this past July, to permanently station four battalions in the Baltic states and Poland. The continued provocation of Russia by deploying troops to countries along its border is made more troubling by the jingoistic rhetoric by many of the establishment in the United States, who are suggesting we are already at war with Russia due to the Russian government’s supposed manipulation of the American presidential election in favour of Donald Trump. “We are at war with Russia,” said Keith Olbermann. “Or perhaps more correctly, we have lost a war with Russia without a battle. We are no longer a sovereign nation, we are no longer a democracy, we are no longer a free people, we are the victims of a bloodless coup.”

Trump warns US Federal Court that Clinton is using Islamic law to overturn election

An absolutely astonishing Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that President-elect Donald Trump has filed one of the most extraordinary legal documents ever seen in American history—and that contains the entire Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a warning example to the US Federal Court proving that Hillary Clinton is attempting substitute Iranian Shiite Islamic laws in place of the US Electoral College in her (and her supporters) bid to oust Trump before he even takes office. According to this report, yesterday, President-elect Trump (through his attorneys) filed this massive legal document in the United States District Court Northern District of California [Case No. 5:16-cv-7069] showing the full scope and terror of Clinton’s plot to overthrow the 2016 US Presidential Election by turning America’s Electoral College process into a system like Iran’s where a council of autocratic Islamic clerics are “empowered to reject candidates for public office regardless of their degree of democratic support if the clerics deem the candidates unfit”. In the United States, this report explains, the Electoral College is an every four year process involving the election of 538 Electors from the 50 individual US States by the citizens of those States who then cast their votes for president based on their States election results—and that the results of the States then transmit to the US Congress ahead of their Electors 19 December vote. In Iran, this report continues, the Assembly of Experts is comprised of 88 Islamic theologians who elect that nations Supreme Leader and are empowered as a deliberative body to reject any official or candidate for office they choose—even if that person is elected by the will of the people. President-elect Trump in this stunning legal document, this report notes, warns the US Federal Court that Clinton’s efforts to turn these 538 Electors into a deliberative body can only be likened to what Iran has done in creating their Assembly of Experts—in other words, the creation of a never before seen American presidential election process where these 538 Electors are able, and for any reason they so choose, to overthrow the will of hundreds-of-millions of that nations citizens who voted for whom they wanted to be their countries next leader. Important to note about Clinton’s attempting to turn the Electoral College into an Iranian style Assembly of Experts, this report says, is that standing in her way is the 1952 US Supreme Court ruling in Ray v. Blair that rejected the argument that the US Constitution’s Twelfth Amendment demands absolute freedom for the Elector to vote his own choice… Despite Clinton being shut down by these two US Federal Courts in her attempt to turn the Electoral College into an Iranian-style Assembly of Experts who can overrule the citizens of American, this report continues, her efforts to subvert her nation’s own government continues—and that is, actually, a US Federal Crime that violates The Presidential Transition Act of 1963 that declared the national interest of the US requires orderly presidential transitions and that “any disruption in a transition could produce results detrimental to the safety and well-being of the United States and its people”. With Clinton not caring that her illegal disruption of the transition of the US government is now endangering the safety and well-being of the American people, this report says, her backers are now running full-page newspaper ads in Philadelphia, Austin, Salt Lake City and Tampa Bay urging Electors to unite in an Iranian-type Assembly of Experts to overthrow President-elect Trump—while at the same time her Hollywood celebrity supporters are urging these Electors to do the same. Clinton’s cause célèbre for turning America’s 538 Electors into an Iranian-style Assembly of Experts in order to overthrow President-elect Trump, this report details, is a false propaganda narrative begun by her mainstream media supporters and anonymous Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operatives alleging that Russia “distorted/manipulated” the 2016 US Presidential Election through the hacking of computer email systems belonging to her and the Democratic Party. This Clinton “fake news” claim, however, this report continues, was quickly refuted by former US Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano yesterday when he revealed that his sources inside the US intelligence community are adamant that insiders leaked these damning emails to Wikileaks, and that neither President Putin or Russia had anything to do with it… In order to ascertain the truth of all of these things Clinton is doing to establish her Iranian-style Assembly of Experts in American, this report continues, the US Congress yesterday demanded that the US intelligence community give them a classified briefing—but that stunningly all of these top American spy agencies refused to do. As to why these US intelligence agencies refused to obey the law and meet with the US Congress, this report explains, is due to Clinton nearing her goal of turning the Electoral College into her own Iranian-style Assembly of Experts to rule over America—and that was confirmed when one of her top operatives, Harvard University law professor Larry Lessig, announced that he had already subverted 20 of Trumps Electors needing only 17 more to overturn Trump’s victory…

15 December 2016

‘Conspiracy theory’: Trump dismisses CIA claim of Russian hacking

President-elect Donald Trump shrugged off reports citing anonymous CIA officials accusing Russia of hacking the US presidential election, a day after calling the story “ridiculous” on TV. “Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. On December 9, The Washington Post reported on a secret assessment by the CIA, which concluded that Russian intelligence hacked the servers of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's chief of staff specifically to help Trump win the presidency. “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” Trump’s transition team replied, before adding, “It’s now time to move on and Make America Great Again.” The president-elect has dismissed the allegations as “ridiculous,” accusing the Democrats of cooking up the claim to explain their stunning electoral defeat. “I don’t believe it,” he told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. “I think it’s just another excuse.” Trump is not alone in questioning the claims of anonymous officials. Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray called the CIA claims a “blatant lie” and the Post story “paranoid nonsense,” pointing out that, if the US intelligence knew the identity of the hackers, Washington would have arrested them or demanded their extradition… Trump spokesman Jason Miller shrugged off the claims, saying they are coming from “people who are bitter their candidate lost.” “This overall narrative, this is clearly an attempt to delegitimize Trump’s win. That’s what’s going on here. First there was the recount nonsense, then the discussion of the popular vote, now it’s anonymous sources with conflicting information trying to raise other issues,” Miller said.

14 December 2016

Admiral: US ready to confront Beijing on South China Sea

The United States is ready to confront China should it continue its overreaching maritime claims in the South China Sea, the head of the U.S. Pacific fleet said on Wednesday, comments that threaten to escalate tensions between the two global rivals. China claims most of the resource-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. The United States has called on China to respect the findings of the arbitration court in The Hague earlier this year which invalidated its vast territorial claims in the strategic waterway. But Beijing continues to act in an "aggressive" manner, to which the United States stands ready to respond, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, said in a speech in Sydney. "We will not allow a shared domain to be closed down unilaterally no matter how many bases are built on artificial features in the South China Sea," he said. "We will cooperate when we can but we will be ready to confront when we must." The comments threaten to stoke tensions between the United States and China, already heightened by President-elect Donald Trump's decision to accept a telephone call from Taiwan's president on Dec. 2 that prompted a diplomatic protest from Beijing.

13 December 2016

Fake News Alert! CIA claims "swell" of evidence Russia hacked USA

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12 December 2016

Moving embassy to Jerusalem a ‘big priority’ for Trump — top aide

Donald Trump’s campaign promise to order the American embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a “very big priority” for the president-elect, top aide Kellyanne Conway said Monday. “That is very big priority for this president-elect, Donald Trump,” Conway told radio host Hugh Hewitt in a lengthy interview discussing Trump’s transition to the White House. “He made it very clear during the campaign, and as president-elect, I’ve heard him repeat it several times privately, if not publicly.” During the 2016 election, Trump pledged to end a longstanding White House policy to perpetually defer a 1995 Congressional decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move the embassy there. “It is something that our friend Israel, a great friend in the Middle East, would appreciate and something that a lot of Jewish-Americans have expressed their preference for,” Conway said… She went on to say that Trump’s commitment to Israel would be an integral aspect of his administration’s policies, along with the domestic agendas that he emphasized in his campaign. “People think it’s just marriage, abortion or religious liberties, and of course it’s about all that, but it’s also about a strong Middle East and about protecting Israel,” she said… Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama renewed a presidential waiver that again delayed plans to relocate the embassy for another six months.

FBI cancels all leave in bid to counter CIA coup against President Trump

A truly grim Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) came to the defense of President-elect Donald Trump and cancelled the leaves of all of its 35,000 agents, intelligence analysts and employees in a bid to stop the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from overthrowing the democratically elected government of the United States. According to this report, SVR analysts over the past fortnight became “intrigued/concerned” after the FBI began relocating 13 of its estimated 14 Enhanced Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams from all around the United States to MacDill Air Force Base (MAFB), Florida, where they were all then placed under a joint command structure with the US Militaries Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). These FBI SWAT teams, this report explains, function as a high-level national commando organization in extremely sensitive or dangerous situations, and who in the past have secretly joined forces with their US military Special Forces counterparts at JSOC. As to why these FBI SWAT teams were coordinating with their US Military Special Forces counterparts, this report continues, became “open/transparent” on 6 December when General John “Mad Dog” Mattis (President-elect Trump’s choice to be the next US Secretary of Defense) held a “private/secret” meeting with President Obama at MacDill Air Force base—after which Obama shockingly told a gathering of US soldiers that they “have the freedom to question authority which includes the right to criticize any sitting president”. Within 72 hours of President Obama stunningly telling American soldiers that they could, in essence, freely disobey orders from their military commanders and/or president, SVR analysts in this report note, on 9 December Obama’s White House announced that they had started an investigation into Russia’s supposed interference in the 2016 US presidential election—and that was predictably followed 3 hours later by The Washington Post publishing a “bombshell” article stating that Russia was directly involved in manipulating this election so that Trump could win. Important to note, this report says, (and as we’ve previously reported on) The Washington Post is one of the CIA’s “main/central” propaganda mainstream media “fake news” outlets that was purchased by the shadowy American billionaire Jeff Bezos (the founder of 3 months after the CIA had given him a staggering $600 million secret contract—and who just weeks ago put 200 American alternative media websites on a list of “known Russian propaganda”, but then had to retract this spurious claim as being “fake” after being exposed for the charlatans they really are. Immediately following The Washington Post’s publishing of this “fake news” claim that Russia was in anyway involved in the 2016 US presidential election, this report continues, former CIA analyst Bob Baer (the unofficial media spokesman for the American Deep State) shockingly began advocating for a new election to be held—and that led to Alex Jones, one of America’s top alternative news leaders and top Trump confidant, to warn that President-elect Trump is now in danger of being assassinated. Not being told the American people about the Obama-Clinton-CIA-Washington Post “fake news” claim of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, this report details, is that the FBI had previously stated that these spurious allegations were not true… Agreeing with the FBI about who really leaked Hillary Clinton documents, this report continues, is Craig Murray, the former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, who just hours ago called these CIA claims “bullshit”, adding: ‘They are absolutely making it up. I know who leaked them, I’ve met the person who leaked them, and they are certainly not Russian and it’s an insider… Supporting Ambassador Murray, this report notes, is US Ambassador John Bolton who, likewise, just hours ago stated that the CIA is now conducting a “false flag” operation to overthrow President-elect Trump. However, SVR analysts in this report state, with the “fake news” mainstream propaganda organs supporting Hillary Clinton not telling the American people the truth about the CIA’s “silent coup” against President-elect Trump, they are, instead, being told that the 19 December Electoral College vote to install Trump as the next president must be stopped until “Russian interference” is fully investigated and that Trump has already violated his oath of office by not protecting and defending the United States because he refuses to believe the CIA. Astounding to note too about the 2016 US presidential election, this report continues, are that these very same mainstream propaganda media organs supporting Hillary Clinton were the “real/true” perpetrators of “fake news”, not Russia—and that one of their “fake news” operatives, Marco Chacon, in creating hundreds of “fake news” articles about Trump that were spread by the mainstream media freely admitted to, and then who relished in his deceit of the American people by stating: “It’s way to easy to dupe the Right on the internet”. With the main criteria being used by the CIA and Hillary Clinton in their “silent coup” against President-elect Trump that anyone wanting peace in our world is now a “Russian agent”, this report concludes, the truest reason for the CIA’s attempting to overthrow Trump lies in their fears that Germany is, likewise, ready to turn against these satanic globalists too—and who were all horrified and stunned after what happened last week when German TV-channels conducting a live broadcast of President Putin's address to the Russian parliament, while at the same time were carrying out an opinion poll over phone, showed that fully 81 percent of respondents turned out to declare that they trusted Putin, with these results being immediately taken off the air. And though not mentioned in this report, it’s critical to note that the last American president to go to war against CIA was John F. Kennedy, who vowed to splinter this accursed spy agency “into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind”—but who was gunned down before he could even get started after the CIA ordered his Secret Service protective detail to abandon this beloved American leader resulting in his head being blown apart in full public view as an example of their power.

11 December 2016

Erdogan's AK Party submits bill to empower presidency

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has submitted to parliament a bill granting extended powers to the presidency and abolishing the prime ministry, among other major changes. The 21-article constitutional change, if adopted, would take Turkey away from its current parliamentary system, and introduce an executive presidency, a move that worries critics of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Saturday's proposed constitutional changes are expected to be discussed at the relevant parliamentary commission first, before the bill is brought to a parliamentary hearing and, if passed there, put to a referendum. Government officials have pointed at the spring of 2017 for a possible referendum. Erdogan became Turkey's first president to be elected by popular vote in 2014, after serving three terms as prime minister. He said numerous times that the popular vote had transformed his presidency compared to the past presidencies, which were seen as largely ceremonial… "This will be the start of a new era," [Erdogan] said of the bill, in an address in Istanbul on Saturday. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim recently called Turkey a "de facto" executive presidential system. Saturday's bill is backed by the far-right National Movement Party (MHP), but opposed by the centre-right main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish People's Democracy Party (HDP). 

10 December 2016

More trouble ahead for West, warns ex-PM Cameron in lucrative speech

Western democracies must undergo a “course correction” after Brexit and Trump or risk being swept up in a “movement of unhappiness,” former Prime Minister David Cameron has warned. Speaking to students at DePauw University in Indiana, United States, the ex-PM said the Brexit vote and election of Donald Trump were driven by a “mixture of economics and cultural arguments.” He also issued a warning over the future of the euro, saying there is “more trouble ahead” for the single currency, which is “not working as intended.”… In answer to a question after his speech, which was titled ‘The Historic Events of 2016 and Where We Go From Here’, Cameron said: “So far these three events - the Brexit referendum, the election of President Trump, the referendum in Italy - I'm sure people are going to write about this movement of unhappiness and concern about the state of the world. “I think you could see that in the British vote ... was a mixture of economics and cultural arguments, I think your situation [in the US] was quite similar, I think in Italy it's more connected with the euro. “But ultimately, how 2016 goes down in history will depend on what political leaders do next. That's why I have tried to make a very clear argument which is that if they put their heads in the sand and say, 'well this will pass and we just carry on the way we are', then 2016 will be seen as a real watershed.”

9 December 2016

Fukushima nuclear plant radioactive fish found on west coast of US

Radioactive fish found off the United States has raised fears the country's food chain is polluted – and the Fukushima nuclear disaster is being blamed. Highly toxic Cesium-134 – the "fingerprint" of Fukushima – was found in Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach, Oregon. The terrifying discovery was reported by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown was sparked by a massive tsunami off the coast of Japan caused by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. Since then, the entire area has been a dangerous no-go zone. As giant waves crashed into the plant, huge quantities of contaminated water were leaked. Cesium-124 has also been detected in Canadian salmon for the first time, reported chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen, who is leading the Fukushima InFORM team at the University off Victoria… Radiation levels have not yet peaked as a toxic plume makes its way towards the United States. The Statesman Journal reported Mr Cullen saying: "It appears that the plume has spread throughout this vast area from Alaska to California. "As the contamination plume progresses towards our coast we expect levels closer to shore to increase over the coming year."

8 December 2016

Tsunami warnings after 7.8 quake strikes off Solomon Islands’ coast

A tsunami warning has been issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, and Nauru after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 70km off the Solomon Islands, according to USGS… Another earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit 66km west of Kirakira, Solomon Islands, according to USGS. Two 5.1-magnitude aftershocks rolled through the same area at a nearly 20-minute interval, according to USGS data. Earlier on Thursday, the USGS reported a 6.5-magnitude tremor about 160km off the northern California coast. It caused weak to light shaking in coastal communities in parts of California and Oregon. The epicentre was located at a shallow depth of 10km and 165km west of Ferndale, California, according to the agency.

7 December 2016

Hundreds of Italians take to streets demanding exit from EU

Following the results of the Italian referendum Sunday night, hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Rome demanding that Italy leaves the European Union. Protesters gathered outside the parliament of the Eternal City after it was confirmed that the No vote had defeated the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and their plans to reform the Italian Senate. Protesters held banners telling the government to respect the vote, reports… The result of the referendum could lead to snap elections as early as February and the growing popularity of the Eurosceptic Five Star Movement has many worried the Italians could vote to leave the political bloc as Britain had done earlier in the year… One of the student leaders of the protest, 27-year-old Michele Sugarelli, said: “Brexit was not a vote against Europe, it was a vote against the EU, which takes power from the people and makes decisions against their interest[s]. We want the same thing. We want change in Italy and in Europe.” He added: “We want opportunity for young people, and we want the EU to finish.” Another protester named Pietro described the police tactics saying: “They are being violent because they are afraid. Now is a moment when the elite could fall. People don’t want any more economic sacrifices while the government preserves the interests of the banks and big corporations.” A student named Lorenzo, who spoke at the protest said: “Everyone talks about young people, but when we actually raise our voice, this is the result.” He went on to note: “I don’t think the EU will survive the next few years. In Italy, everyone hates this thing called the EU. It is falling apart and we hope it happens quickly.”

“Silent coup” against President-Elect Trump heads to US Supreme Court showdown

An alarming Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) report circulating in the Kremlin today is warning that the currently ongoing “silent coup” against President-elect Donald Trump by forces loyal to the Clinton Crime Family has “rapidly accelerated” over the past 48 hours with US Federal Judges loyal to the Obama and Bush regimes pushing for the 2016 Presidential Election to be overturned by the US Court. According to this report, the establishment of President-elect Trump as America’s next leader is racing towards a 13 December deadline mandated by Title 3, U.S. Code, Section 5 that each of the individual American States must have concluded all controversies related to their voting and submit their Electors for the 19 December Electoral Collage vote. Blocking the way for these Electors to vote, however, this report continues, are two US Federal District Judges—Bush regime appointed Judge Paul Diamond…and Obama regime appointed Judge Mark Goldsmith… The legal power allowing these two US Federal Judges to overturn the 2016 Presidential Election, this report notes, was provided to them by lawsuits filed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein seeking a recount of the votes in the States of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania that President-elect Trump won—and who is being supported in her efforts by Hillary Clinton, and whose backers have raised over $7.2 million in support of this “silent coup”… With a recount of 2016 Presidential Election votes already completed in the Hillary Clinton stronghold of Philadelphia gaining her only 5 additional votes, and the likewise Hillary Clinton stronghold of Detroit reporting that half of their votes may be ineligible for a recount, this report notes, President-elect Trump’s victories in the States of Pennsylvania and Michigan have been assured—but with these two US Federal Judges rulings means their Electors can’t be certified by 13 December. In preparation, therefore, in these Bush-Obama regime US Federal Judges pushing the 2016 Presidential Election into the US Supreme Court, this report explains, this “silent coups” main objective is to sow chaos in the Electoral Collage preventing President-elect Trump from taking power. Backing Hillary Clinton’s “silent coup” against President-elect Trump, this report continues, is the powerful US mainstream media propaganda organ known as The Washington Post—who in the past 24 hours have advocated that all of Hillary Clinton’s 232 Electors be “freed” to cast their votes for another Republican like Mitt Romney of John Kasich (who refused to be part of this plot), and have shamelessly written that “If there are 37 Republicans among them with the courage to perform their moral duty and protect the nation from a talented but dangerous president-elect, a new history of heroism will have to be written.” Also “in play” in this “silent coup” against President-elect Trump with these two Obama-Bush US Federal Judges pushing the 2016 Presidential Election towards a showdown in the US Supreme Court, MoFA experts in this report explain, is the US Federal District Court in Colorado preparing to hear a lawsuit from that States Hillary Clinton Electors seeking to disqualify the Electors in all 50 States, and a group of powerful Democratic Party attorneys who have prepared a US Federal Court lawsuit stating that the entire Electoral College system is unconstitutional and must be immediately outlawed and Hillary Clinton declared president. As there is “zero chance” that any of these US Federal Court lawsuits to put Hillary Clinton in power will have been settled by the 13 December deadline to certify Electors for the 19 December Electoral Collage presidential vote, this report concludes, this “silent coup” against President-elect Trump is, most assuredly, heading to the US Supreme Court for a “showdown” that will determine if America is going to be ruled by its elite oligarchs, or by the people of that nation.

Deadly magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Aceh in Indonesia

An earthquake off Indonesia's northern Aceh province has killed at least 97 people, say local military officials. The magnitude 6.5 quake struck just off the north-east coast of Sumatra island, where dozens of buildings have collapsed and many people are feared trapped under rubble. "So far, 97 people have been killed and the number keeps growing," Aceh military chief Tatang Sulaiman said in a live TV interview. Hundreds of people have been injured… A spokesman for Indonesia's national disaster agency said more than 200 shops and homes had been destroyed, along with 14 mosques. A hospital and school were also badly damaged. "We estimate the number of casualties will continue to rise as some of the residents are still likely [to be] under the rubble of the buildings. The search and rescue operation is still underway," said Sutopo Nugroho, who also said thousands of rescuers, including soldiers, had been deployed… The quake shook Banda Aceh and prompted many people across the region to flee their homes. Many are said to be reluctant to go back indoors, amid a number of aftershocks… The island of Sumatra has been hit by several earthquakes this year.

6 December 2016

Mass immigration to Britain has changed it beyond recognition and turned communities into ghettos, reveals damning report

WHOLE towns have changed “out of all recognition” and sunk into ghettos because of a failure by governments to handle mass immigration, a bombshell Downing Street report reveals today. Instead, segregation along religious and race lines has spiralled, worsening the pulls of extremism. In an extraordinary and damning indictment, Dame Louise Casey heaps blame on leaders across the board for not being “robust” enough to tackle the crisis. For 15 years too many politicians and religious bosses failed to act, either “worrying about being labelled racist” or “hoping it might change”, the senior civil servant insists. The shocking verdict comes in Dame Louise’s long awaited, year-long report on integration – seen in full by The Sun. It was commissioned by David Cameron in July 2015, but delayed for months amid fears it will embarrass ministers… Too many public institutions have “ignored or even condoned regressive, divisive and harmful cultural and religious practices, for fear of being branded racist or Islamophobic”, the Casey Review itself finds… In some areas of Blackburn, Birmingham, Burnley and Bradford, as much as 85% of the population is Muslim. In the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the number of Muslims in Britain almost doubled, going up by 72% - or 1.2 million – to a total of 2.8 million. And in 2015, a total of 511 schools across 43 different local authority areas nationwide had 50% or more pupils from Pakistani and Bangladeshi ethnic backgrounds – the two heritages which see the most segregation.

18 November - 5 December 2016

Matteo Renzi's Italian referendum defeat 'threatens survival of the euro,' warn German business leaders

The euro's survival is under increased threat following the political instability caused by the Italian referendum result, German business bosses warned yesterday, raising further questions about the long-term viability of Italy’s membership of the currency union. Ulrich Grillo, the head of the Federation of German Industries, or BDI, said the crushing defeat handed to the Italy’s centrist prime minister, Matteo Renzi, had worsened the outlook for the survival of the single currency. "The risks of a new political instability for economic development, the financial markets and the currency union are increasing further,” he said… Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said she was saddened by Mr Renzi’s defeat, having supported his reforms, but said that Europe would continue on its current course, regardless. "From my point of view, we will continue our work in Europe and we have set the right priorities,” she said. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the German foreign minister, gave a franker assessment, conceding that the rejection of Mr Renzi was “not a positive development in the case of the general crisis in Europe”. Manfred Weber, the leader of the main conservative group in the European Parliament, said that success of populist forces such as Italy’s Five Star Movement and anti-immigrant Northern League heralded a new phase of instability in Europe.

Italy's 'No' vote and Renzi resignation means more trouble for European banks

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he will resign after a referendum he was backing to streamline Italy's government was soundly defeated in a vote earlier today. According to exit polls, as much as 60% of the Italian population voted "no" in an action that is widely being viewed as populist and anti-establishment, similar to Brexit, and the Trump presidential victory in the United States. In international markets, the euro has dropped to its lowest level against major currencies in more than a year, falling to a rate of 1.05 to the U.S. dollar. Italy's bonds, which have performed dismally, are also likely to decline in the coming trading sessions. The big question, of course, is whether Italy -- which is the third largest economy in the EU, with more than $2 trillion in debt -- will ultimately vote to leave the European Union. Some, like The Credit Strategist editor, Michael Lewitt, have warned that Italy's unraveling could ultimately precipitate a severe financial crisis in the Europe and around the world. Said Lewitt, "Italy’s banking system is for all intents and purposes insolvent. Germany opposed an Italian bank bailout, a position that grows increasingly awkward by the day in view of growing problems in its own banking system." Lewitt has been advising his clients to raise cash and buy gold.

Austrian far-right: beaten, but not defeated

Pro-Europeans across the EU breathed a collective sigh of relief shortly after 5:00pm Vienna time on Sunday. The first exit polls in Austria’s rerun presidential election showed Green Party-aligned candidate Alexander Van der Bellen with an unassailable lead over far-right contender Norbert Hofer. Among the first top politicians to congratulate him were European parliament president Martin Schultz and European Council president Donald Tusk… Van der Bellen, however, may have scored a Pyrrhic victory. (A Pyrrhic victory is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has been victorious in some way. However, the heavy toll negates any sense of achievement or profit. – Wikipedia). Hofer made it clear on Sunday evening that the FPO had its sights firmly set on national elections, expected in 2017. The FPO is strongly positioned for victory, with opinion polls consistently showing it far ahead of any other party. “A sleeping bear has been awakened,” Hofer declared, saying he would run on a national ticker right behind FPO leader Heinz Christian Strache. Austria’s governing coalition of the centrist Social Democrats (SPO) and People’s Party (OVP) has been strained by sinking popularity ratings and internal rifts, particularly between camps supporting a future coalition with the FPO, and those opposed. Few observers expect the government to serve its full term, till autumn 2018. Within hours of his presidential election defeat, a defiant Hofer launched an attack on the already-divided OVP, suggesting its leader, vice-chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, had politically “committed suicide” by appearing to back Van der Bellen. Hofer’s attack on Mitterlehner appears to be an effort to deepen the party’s internal conflict and push for an overthrow of Mitterlehner, who would then be replaced by the party’s charismatic foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, triggering a coalition breakup and the early elections the FPO seeks. In recent months, Kurz has adopted populist hard-line rhetoric on security and the refugee crisis, suggesting that he is waiting for the right strategic moment to usurp the party’s leadership position backed by FPO sympathisers in his party… The FPO may have lost a battle for Austria’s mostly ceremonial presidency but some think they could still win the political war for the most powerful job in the country: Chancellor.

Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigns after referendum defeat

High voter turnout, the rise of the populist Five Star Movement and Northern League and the unpopularity of Renzi were all factors. Matteo Renzi will resign as Italian prime minister after being roundly defeated in a referendum to change the constitution, marking a major victory for anti-establishment and rightwing parties and plunging the eurozone’s third largest economy into political chaos. The prime minister conceded defeat in an emotional speech at his residence, Palazzo Chigi, and said he would submit his resignation to Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, on Monday afternoon… The 20-point margin was a major victory for the populist Five Star Movement, which led opposition to the reform, and the Northern League. The parties are not traditional allies but locked arms to take on Renzi in the hope – now realised – of driving him out of office. Weeks ago both party leaders, Beppe Grillo and Matteo Salvini, were exuberant in the face of Donald Trump’s victory in the US, with Grillo claiming it represented a big “fuck you” to the political establishment. Indeed, just moments after the exit polls established that Renzi was heading to an embarrassing loss, Salvini took to Twitter to heap praise on Marine Le Pen, Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump, and “La Lega”, as the Northern League is known. The victory for no could have profound consequences for Italy and could rattle European and global markets because of concerns about the country’s economic future and evident support of populist and Eurosceptic parties.

ISIS declares war on Trump's inauguration day calling it 'Bloody Friday'

Islamic State is planning a 'Bloody Friday' assault on the same day as Donald Trump is inaugurated as US president, it can be revealed. And the Islamic terror organisation is reported to have recruited a number of new English speaking operatives in recent months in a major bid to communicate messages ahead of the event. US Special Forces will be on high alert when Mr Trump takes over as 45th President of the United States on Friday, January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC. But security analysts have been following communications between members of the group who are planning large scale attacks on that day, it has been claimed. According to reports ISIS has expanded production of special editions of official videos with English subtitles in recent weeks and with a view to reinforcing targets on US soil. And their ISIS-linked Amaq Agency Telegram channels have resumed posting on social networks after they were went temporarily offline following a terror attack in the US last Monday… The news comes as Britain was revealed to be among the countries which are "high on the target list" for aggression from the group, the European Union's law enforcement body warned. Europol said that - in the wake of murderous attacks in Belgium and France - extremists are very likely to strike again in the near future. All EU member states participating in the coalition against ISIS - including Britain - are regarded by the group as "legitimate targets"… The report said: "Those who manage to enter the EU will pose a potential security risk for the Union. Given the high numbers involved, this represents a significant and long-term security challenge."

Israel’s national anthem plays in Ankara as Israel’s ambassador presents credentials to Erdogan

Israel’s new ambassador to Turkey Eitan Na’eh arrived today (Monday) at the Presidential Complex in Ankara in order to submit his credentials to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. During the ceremony at Erdoğan’s palace, Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, was played by a military band. This was the first ceremony of its kind in the past few years after the long diplomatic rift between the two countries began in 2009. A few months ago, Jerusalem and Ankara signed a reconciliation agreement, seeking to restore the diplomatic ties between the countries.

How December 4th could trigger the “most violent economic shock in history”

I walked through Piazzale Loreto during a recent trip to Italy, which is suffering its worst economic downturn since 1945. And I realized that Italians are angrier now than they’ve been since they hung Il Duce up by his heels. Italy has had no productive growth since 1999. Real GDP per person is smaller than it was at the turn of the century. That’s almost two decades of economic stagnation. By any measure, the Italian economy is in a deep depression. And things will probably get much worse. It’s no surprise Italians are in a revolutionary mood… The Five Star Movement (M5S) is Italy’s new populist political party. It’s anti-globalist, anti-euro, and vehemently anti-establishment. It doesn’t neatly fall into the left–right political paradigm. M5S has become the most popular political party in Italy. It blames the country’s chronic lack of growth on the euro currency. A large plurality of Italians agrees. M5S has promised to hold a vote to leave the euro and reinstate Italy’s old currency, the lira, as soon as it’s in power. That could be very soon. Given the chance, Italians probably would vote to return to the lira. If that happens, it would awaken a monetary volcano.
The Financial Times recently put it this way:
An Italian exit from the single currency would trigger the total collapse of the eurozone within a very short period. It would probably lead to the most violent economic shock in history, dwarfing the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in 2008 and the 1929 Wall Street crash. If the FT is even partially right, it means a stock market crash of historic proportions could be imminent. It could devastate anyone with a brokerage account. Here’s how it could all happen… On December 4, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s current pro-EU government is holding a referendum on changing Italy’s constitution. In effect, a “Yes” vote is a vote of approval for Renzi’s government. A “No” vote is a chance for the average Italian to give the finger to EU bureaucrats in Brussels. Given the intense anger Italians feel right now, it’s very likely they’ll do just that… One way or another, M5S will come to power. It’s just a matter of when. If Renzi’s December 4 referendum fails—and it looks like it will—M5S will likely take over within months. Once it’s in power, M5S will hold a referendum on leaving the euro and returning to the lira. Italians will likely vote to leave. Italy is the third-largest member of the Eurozone. If it leaves, it will have the psychological effect of yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater. Other countries—notably France—will quickly head for the exit and return to their national currencies. Think of the euro as the economic glue holding the EU together. Without it, economic ties weaken, and the whole EU project unravels. The EU is the world’s largest economy. If it collapses, it would trigger an unprecedented global stock market crash. That’s how important Italy’s December 4 referendum is. It would be the first domino to fall. December 4 referendum fails >> M5S comes to power >> Italians vote to leave the euro currency >> European Union collapses. Almost no one else is talking about this. That’s why I just spent several weeks in Italy, taking the pulse of the country. Italy’s December 4 referendum could make or break your wealth this year. If it fails, the EU, which has the world’s largest economy, will likely fall apart… triggering an epic stock market crash.

Tennis ball-size hailstones & 6,000 lightning strikes pummel Australia

Australia’s east coast has been blitzed with a barrage of intense weather phenomena, including more than 6,000 lightning strikes and hailstones the size of tennis balls. The freak conditions struck the coast of Queensland earlier this week, prompting Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology to issue a series of “severe” weather warnings. Electricity supply company Energex recorded more than 6,000 ground strikes of lightning on Wednesday alone and more than 3,900 properties losing power.

Egypt shuns Washington; supports Russia-backed coalition in Syria

Finally, Egypt has taken a clear stance on Syria. This is an event of great importance to drastically change the situation. Speaking on the Portuguese TV network RTP on November 22, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi publicly affirmed his support for the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In response to the question of whether Egypt will send troops to Syria or not he stated: «Our priority is to support our Army in issues such as controlling some parts of Libya and dealing with extremist forces for establishing peace, including in Syria and Iraq». President al-Sisi restored diplomatic relations with Syria after coming to power in 2013. Last month, Egypt backed a Russian-backed motion calling for a ceasefire in Syria. Egypt had known the support for the Russian measure would put it at odds with the West and Saudi Arabia. Riyadh responded by suspending oil shipments to the country but the Egyptian government does not give in under pressure. For instance, it has defied the US and Saudi Arabia by refusing to get involved in the Yemen’s conflict… Egypt’s decision to support the Syria’s government provides a good opportunity to influence the events in the region in a positive way. In broad terms, the teaming up of large countries indicates that a regional anti-terrorism entity or even a military block independent from the US might emerge at some point in future.

“Europe will devalue or dissolve…”

No rest for the wicked. With the shockwaves from Brexit and President Trump still reverberating around the world, the established order is bracing for more bad news. Next up is a December 4 Italian constitutional referendum that might end the reign of centrist prime minister Matteo Renzi and replace him with a bunch of anti-euro iconoclasts from the Brexit/Trump part of the spectrum. Here’s an excerpt from a much longer, deep-context Guardian UK article: As the air of insurgency becomes unmistakable, the technical debate over reforming a 70-year-old constitution is in danger of becoming a sideshow. Perhaps the most disturbing poll for Renzi found last week that only 40% of Italians say they will vote on the reform package; 56% consider their vote to be more a verdict on the prime minister, his government and, by implication, the state of the nation… And not long after Italy takes its shot at the status quo, France will go to the polls for a run-off presidential vote pitting far-right François Fillon against extreme-right Marine Le Pen. Check out the latter’s rhetoric: “I think that the elites have lived too long among themselves. We are in a world where globalization, which is an ideology, has forgotten, and put aside the people, the people’s interests, aspirations, and dreams,” National Front party leader and French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told CNBC following Trump’s election victory… It’s hard to overstate the threat posed by these two votes to the EU – the world’s largest economic entity – and by implication to the rest of the global financial system. Italy is the third biggest country in the EU, and France is the second. Let either pull out and the result might be dissolution and the end of the euro.

Trump and Putin 'to work together to crush Islamic terror'

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are going to work together to destroy radical Islamic terror and establish a new world order, according to the man who met Mr Trump in the days after winning the historic election. Mr Trump "is going to do exactly what he's said he will" and Britain needs to react or be left behind, revealed Arron Banks, the man who bankrolled Brexit and Ukip's largest donor… "He will be a lot more pragmatic and I'm telling you he is definitely going to do what he said he would. It's a radical, bold movement. In foreign policy he will work with Putin. That's exactly what he will do. The British government will have to sit in a dark room with a damp cloth on their heads and change direction because America is going to be Russia's ally. Trump is going to work with Putin to destroy radical Muslim terror, rebuild the US military and cooperate with Putin."

George Soros: I carry potent messianic fantasies

If you don’t think that George Soros’ entire weltanschauung harkens back to messianic politics and subversive movements, if you believe that USA Today is right when it states that Soros is just a person who is committed to spreading human rights “around the world,” then George Soros himself would radically disagree with you. Soros would almost certainly ask you to pick up a copy of his book The Alchemy of Finance, in which you would read things like this: “It will come as no surprise to the reader when I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of my self-importance—to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god or an economic reformer like Keynes or, even better, a scientist like Einstein. “My sense of reality was strong enough to make me realize that these expectations were excessive and I kept them hidden as a guilty secret…As I made my way in the world, reality came close enough to my fantasy to allow me to admit my secret, at least to myself…I have been fortunate enough to be able to act out some of my fantasies…” Soros moves on to say that writing things like that “exposes me in a way I never dared to expose myself before, but I feel I can afford it: my success in business protects me.” Soros then dropped the political bomb, which obviously has become the principle of his political substratum ever since he began to use his economic power to manipulate nations and destroy economic progress: “If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood, which I felt I had to control, otherwise they might get me in trouble.” When asked about this very issue, Soros responded, “It is a sort of disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.” Soros risibly told Robert Slater, who wrote an unauthorized biography of Soros, that his “potent messianic fantasies” has nothing to do with subversive movements but had everything to do with helping humanity… Soros once called the former Soviet Union the “Soros Empire.” As we have seen in the past, he helped destroy the Russian economy in the 1990s. By 1994, Soros was pouring millions upon millions of dollars in the Russian education system, obviously to brainwash young people and teachers. One of the goals was to “retain teachers and write new textbooks.” Those textbooks would have obviously hailed Soros as the new Caesar and the savior of the Russian economy. Russia, under Vladimir Putin, kicked Soros out of their territory because it was obvious to all that he was covertly destroying the nation. Soros again tells us something about himself that probably would surprise many of his supporters and apologists. He said back in 1994: “I am sort of a deus ex machina. I am something unnatural. I’m very comfortable with my public persona because it is one I have created for myself. It represents what I like to be as distinct from what I really am. You know, in my personal capacity I’m not actually a selfless philanthropic person. I’ve very much self-centered.” Soros continued: “I do not accept the rules imposed by others…. And in periods of regime change, the normal rules don’t apply.” There you have it. Since “normal rules don’t apply,” then Soros has to attempt to rig the system at will. And he did. The economic and political system was rigged in Yugoslavia, Russia, and Soros tried to do the same thing in America and even in Asia… Finance, according to Soros, does not come from true labor but from cheating the system. It comes from living in an “amoral” universe and bludgeon everyone else to economic death… Soros told one interviewer that he is engaging in “amoral” activities and at the same time he tries to be moral. “I don’t feel guilty,” he says, “because I’m engaged in an amoral activity, which is not meant to have anything to do with guilt.” Now we can understand why Soros was more than welcome to translate Saul Alinsky’s Rule for Radicals in other languages. In that book, Alinsky praises Lucifer as the first rebel. Alinsky meant it when he said: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins—or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom—Lucifer.” Certainly decent people are revolting against this diabolical system. As E. Michael Jones asked last February, do we really need another George Soros or subversive movement in order to create chaos in the world? The answer is a resounding no.

'Know your limits!' Erdogan reminds EU Parliament who's in charge of Turkey

The EU is in no position to dictate to Turkey when it comes to fighting terrorism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after EU lawmakers voted to call for halting membership talks with Ankara. On Thursday, the EU Parliament passed a non-binding motion urging a temporary halt to membership talks with Turkey, citing Ankara's crackdown after July's failed coup. European lawmakers strongly condemned the “disproportionate repressive measures” following the failed coup attempt, which “violate basic rights and freedoms protected by the Turkish Constitution.” In the second series of remarks following the EU's move, Erdogan once again called on Brussels to know its “limits.” “The government and parliament can extend the length of state of emergency. What's it to you? Does the European Parliament rule this country or the government [of Turkey]? Know your limits! Those days are over,” Erdogan said, as cited by Anadolu new agency. “Saying ‘don't fight terrorism’ to a country who fights against terror every day is to tell them to put up the shutters,” the president noted in Istanbul on Saturday. “Are you [European Parliament] inviting terrorist groups?” he wondered. Turkey would continue to “go on its way no matter what they say,” following the goals laid out by the government for 2023, the president added.

Analyst: George Soros doing his best to get Clinton elected

Jewish billionaire George Soros is behind the recent push for election vote recount in the US in a bid to get Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton into the White House, an American analyst argues. Mark Dankof, a former US Senate candidate based in San Antonio, made the remarks in regard to an official petition by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein to do a recount in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes went to US President-elect Donald Trump, who managed to beat Clinton by a small margin of over 27,000 votes. Stein, on the other hand, finished fourth behind the Libertarian Party's Gray Johnson, by receiving only 30,000 votes in the state and over 1 million votes nationwide. Nonetheless, the state announced on Friday that it was preparing to begin the recounting process… Stein’s move came days after a group of academics and election lawyers called on Clinton to challenge the results of the November 8 vote in some counties of the same Rust Belt states. “It is quite clear that Jill Stein, in my view, is a player, a major player, for a hidden cabal that continues to manipulate results that it cannot deal with in terms of the way that the election actually went,” Dankof argued. “This is also an attempt on the part of the Soros and company in my judgment to provide a further legitimization of a mainstream media” that are trying their best “to get Hillary Clinton elected [as] the president of the United States,” the analyst argued. Soros has been accused by Trump supporters of using his money to organize widespread protests against the Republican president-elect ever since his election victory on November 8.

20 million Muslims just marched against ISIS

As the short lived empire of the Islamic State continues to crumble in the Middle East, millions of Muslims have taken part in a march against the group. 20 million Shia Muslims took part in one of the biggest marches on record in celebration of the life of one of the most famous Muslim martyrs of all time, Imam Hussein, reports The Independent. The holy day signifies the end of a 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the brutal and bloody religious festival which marks the death of Imam Hussein in 680 AD. Somewhat symbolically Imam Hussein was killed alongside his half brother for refusing to pledge allegiance to Yazeed’s Umayyad caliphate. Similarly, the marchers of 2016 have refused to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate and have demonstrated their protest by marching through Iraq in gargantuan numbers. As if that wasn’t scary enough, the Islamic State have declared Shia Muslims as apostates and have barbarically targeted them countless times in the very recent past. Despite the pilgrimage being one of the biggest in the world year in year out it remains somewhat unknown through the majority of the western world.

Book: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed reveals al Qaeda’s plan to destroy US through immigration

In an explosive new book, CIA contractor James Mitchell talks of his time as an interrogator of al Qaeda leaders and alleges that their plan was not to destroy the U.S. militarily but to use lax immigration laws, weak politicians and procreation to take the nation down from the inside. The Washington Post published excerpts from Mitchell’s “Enhanced Interrogation“: [Khalid Sheikh Mohammed] said the terror attacks were good, but the “practical” way to defeat America was through immigration and by outbreeding non-Muslims. He said jihadi-minded brothers would immigrate into the United States, taking advantage of the welfare system to support themselves while they spread their jihadi message. They will wrap themselves in America’s rights and laws for protection, ratchet up acceptance of Sharia law, and then, only when they were strong enough, rise up and violently impose Sharia from within. He said the brothers would relentlessly continue their attacks and the American people eventually would become so tired, so frightened, and so weary of war that they would just want it to end. “Eventually,” KSM said, “America will expose her neck to us for slaughter.” President Barack Obama has been criticized by many conservatives for allowing increased immigration from countries that are suspected of terrorist activities without proper vetting… In another telling conversation, KSM noted that one strategy to undo the U.S. internally was to rely on the weakness and predictability of her political and media class. From the book: KSM said, “Your own government will turn on you. Your leaders will turn on you. They will turn on you to save themselves. It will play out in the media and strengthen the hearts of the brothers. It will recruit more to Allah’s cause because the press coverage will make the U.S. look weak and divided.”

Fukushima quake & tsunami

A powerful 7.3 earthquake has struck off Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, triggering a potentially devastating tsunami which authorities warn could be higher than three meters as it reaches the shore.

Spitting in the Face of the Globalists – JFK and Donald Trump

Peace is possible with President Trump. But will the globalists let him fulfil his destiny, or will he be thrown into the bone yard of history without living out his destiny as was JFK? Peace is impractical. War is inevitable. That is what the globalists and their puppet media would have mankind believe. The problems that are created by war are man-made and. therefore, can be solved by man. However, our right to self-determination and peace have been stolen from us by people like David Rockefeller. When war becomes the number ONE business venture of the globalists, they obfuscate the benefits of peace and prevent the directing of a nation’s assets towards the betterment of its people. Rockefeller, Rothschild, et al, hold humanity in such disdain that they seek to make money on the forced decline of mankind. For in their eyes, mankind cannot be allowed to prosper and grow, man must be subjugated and turned into cannon fodder in the next bankster-created war. It was true in JFK’s time and it is even more true today in Donald Trump’s time. One President saw things as they were and sought to shift the focus of the nation towards peace. That President had such dangerous ideas in the eyes of the elite. President John F. Kennedy was a visionary. He sought to remove the stranglehold the banksters had on our government by reducing the oil depletion allowance, printing C-notes to slowly erode the Federal Reserve, enact a foreign policy to keep the U.S. out of Vietnam and above all else, he sought to reduce the threat posed by the previously unrestrained growth of nuclear weapons. Trump is promising to do the same types of things. In this sense, he is spitting on history. In June of 1963, JFK called out the elitist war mongers in his famous American University speech. Unfortunately, JFK’s enlightened attitude was a threat to the prevailing establishment and he paid for his idealism with his life five months after delivering the American University Commencement speech. We had never seen a President championing the virtues of peace and the elevation of the concern for the common man… Here are the words of a young, idealistic President as spoken at American University in June of 1963: “…So, let us not be blind to our differences–but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal… First: Chairman Khrushchev, Prime Minister Macmillan, and I have agreed that high-level discussions will shortly begin in Moscow looking toward early agreement on a comprehensive test ban treaty. Our hopes must be tempered with the caution of history–but with our hopes go the hopes of all mankind… Confident and unafraid, we labour on–not toward a strategy of annihilation but toward a strategy of peace…” A slightly less eloquent, but more simple Donald Trump said “I can work with Russia to eliminate ISIS, and wouldn’t everybody be better off if we could talk and work things out?” The answer is yes, but the globalists are determined to have their war of population reduction…

‘The cards will come down’ Juncker and Schulz’s shocking leadership could destroy EU

Paul Nuttall, the odds-on favourite to succeed Nigel Farage as Ukip leader, has torn into the EU’s embattled leadership – accusing it of failing to listen to ordinary citizens across Europe. The former deputy leader of Ukip and North West England MEP believes the arch federalists’ “fanatical” desire for more integration among member states could ultimately bring about the bloc’s demise. Mr Nuttall, 39, said: “Their leadership is shocking. I don’t think they listen to the people – not just in this country but right across Europe. “They seem to think the cure for all the ills of the European Union is more harmonisation, more integration. When quite obviously what is going on is there a greater call for the role of the nation-state. These people are fanatical about the project.” While Mr Nuttall believes the EU juggernaut will roll on he is adamant failure to heed the lessons of Brexit could see further departures from the bloc. He continued: “If they don’t change and they don’t realise the problems coming down the line then Brexit could be Nexit because the Netherlands could be out. “Then we could have Dexit because the Danes could be out, Swexit with the Swedes.” The Brexiteer also raised the issue of a French referendum on EU membership if National Front leader Marine Le Pen is successful in her bid for the French Presidency next year.
If France was to leave the European Union Mr Nuttall says the “cards really will come down”.

Meeting Putin, Philippines' Duterte rails at Western 'hypocrisy'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Western "bullying" and "hypocrisy" during his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted. In talks with Putin during an Asia-Pacific summit in Lima, Duterte held nothing back in his views about major powers like the United States, suggesting he is sticking to his guns on re-aligning foreign policy away from Washington, despite his warm words for incoming U.S. president, Donald Trump. "Historically, I have been identified with the Western world. It was good until it lasted," he told the Russian leader. "And of late, I see a lot of these Western nations bullying small nations. And not only that, they are into so much hypocrisy," he said, according to a transcript of Saturday's meeting provided by his office. Putin congratulated Duterte on his May election win and said he had done a lot in a very short time to build trust and confidence between Russia and the Philippines. Duterte responded with similar words and then chided Western powers, particularly the United States, for intervening in conflicts for their own national interest and cajoling others to side with them… In his talk with Putin, Duterte blasted the United States and its Western allies for taking the lead in wars he said had ultimately failed. "They seem to start a war but are afraid to go to war. That is what's wrong with America and the other," he said. "They were waging war in so many places, in Vietnam, in Afghanistan and in Iraq ... They insist if you are allied with them that they follow you." Duterte has spoken of his admiration for Chinese President Xi Jinping and also for the leadership of Putin. In an interview with Al Jazeera broadcast on Thursday, he described Putin as sincere, and joked that he had a "hillbilly" style.

US under siege – Soros riots planned Nationwide

George Soros has been caught instigating widespread riots around the US in order to start a civil war following Trump’s victory. Large numbers of anti-Trump protestors have been found to belong to groups that are sponsored by the billionaire elitist via his organisation. The events that are unfolding are a well-planned, heavily funded, anti-American plot to incite chaos and violence in America. “Those that are stirring it up, and many of them do work for Soros-fronted organizations are really telling those innocent protesters, and perhaps less innocent protesters, they are in danger by Trump, even though Trump has done nothing but preach unity since he won the election,” Marko Gasic, a British-Serbian political commentator told RT on Friday. reports: The global elite’s objections to in President-elect Donald Trump is perhaps different from what they are telling protesters, Gasic said. “It’s an election where they had all of the media, power and money and yet they’ve lost to him,” said Gasic. “It’s a toss-up now between the Clinton-Soros view that the only democracy allowed is a one party democracy that agrees with what they say and if that doesn’t happen they are ready to do a counter-revolution to destroy that democracy and that democratic vote.” However, Gasic doesn’t think they would try to get rid of Trump. “But they want to intimidate him to get him to agree to social peace at home as long as the global elites are allowed to pursue their wars abroad. They want him to become a neocon just like they are,” he added. Since Trump won on Tuesday, protests have occurred out in cities across the US, all of which are Democratic strongholds. There have been three nights of protests, with more planned for Friday night and many slated for the weekend… Leading Democratic funders in California have started a campaign calling to reject the election results, arguing it was not consistent with the state’s values. Gasic believes someone is “stirring the pot” because “America has never traditionally had a problem with accepting the outcome of an election.” “We now have Soros behind many ‘color’ revolutions in other countries and financing in effect a semi-color revolution in US,” Gasic told RT, a reference to the Orange Revolution in Ukraine, among others.

LGBT lawsuit would make Christian belief a ‘crime against humanity’

“Speaking the truth” will become an international “crime against humanity” if the LGBT movement has its way. The intensely fought international lawsuit against Pastor Scott Lively has much bigger implications than most people realize. It represents a major strategy push for the LGBT movement.
The international LGBT movement has faced stiff resistance to their attempts to force their agenda into many parts of the world, particularly Africa and Eastern Europe, and Muslim countries. They are also facing challenges in the US and other places from the pro-family movement and articulate activists such as Pastor Lively. They want to make speaking out against homosexuality – even the health dangers of the LGBT lifestyle – anywhere in the world not just a “hate crime” but a “crime against humanity” similar to the Nazi crimes in WWII. The point of this lawsuit is to set that precedent internationally. If you are an American they want it to overpower your First Amendment rights. Such a ruling would be used to ruthlessly pursue pro-family people in courts around the world using Nuremberg-like trials, not only for “damages” but also punishments fitting for “crimes against humanity.” This would obviously extend to churches. This is why the Soros machine has funded the New York-based radical Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

Philippines may pull out of ‘useless’ ICC, happy to join world order led by Russia, China

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he might follow Russia's lead and withdraw his country from the International Criminal Court (ICC). He went on to slam Western countries which have criticized his controversial ‘war on drugs’. Speaking on Thursday ahead of his departure to Lima to attend the Asia-Pacific summit, Duterte slammed the ICC as “useless,” following criticism by an ICC prosecutor last month that the Hague-based tribunal may have jurisdiction to prosecute those responsible for deaths related to the leader's crackdown on drugs. Duterte said he is annoyed about the criticism he has received, and stressed that “nobody was listening” to his reasons for cracking down – which has led to the deaths of between 2,300 and 4,700 people, according to conflicting estimates… The outspoken Duterte went on to slam the United Nations for failing to prevent wars across the globe and criticized US foreign policy. “The killings is endless [sic],” he said, referring to conflicts in the past and current. “The amount is splattering. That is our lesson. Just because it is America, it does not mean that it is good.” He said he would be happier if China and Russia were in charge. “You know, if China and Russia would decide to create a new order, I will be the first to join,” he said.

Russia withdraws from Hague ICC over "one-sidedness" and "inefficiency"

The emerging tendency towards greater sovereignty in the world might have fatal consequences for some international institutions. The need for the International Criminal Court in the Hague looks increasingly doubtful when great powers challenge its initiatives. [Two days ago], Vladimir Putin issued a decree according to which Russia now refuses to be a party to the Rome Statute, the legal basis of the ICC. This was a reaction to the beginning of the Hague’s investigation on the events in Crimea in 2014. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has explained that Russia’s decision was due to the fact that the ICC is not a truly independent organ of international justice. “Unfortunately, the court has not met the hopes pinned on it…In principle, the court’s work has been noted as ineffective and one-sided at different venues, including the UN General Assembly and Security Council, in cases they investigated,” the ministry’s statement reads. Russian diplomats noted that over 14 years of work, the ICC has “issued only 4 sentences, but consumed more than $1 billion.”… The host of the analytical program “Information War”, Dmitry Taran, explained that the ICC’s initiative is logical in the context of the impending reformatting of the world related to Donald Trump’s election. Taran elaborated: “In the unipolar world, a system was formed in which international courts as well as, for example, rating agencies, were instruments of one pole of power, the Anglo-Saxon world. The Hague court was recognized as part of this system, but its one-sidedness is obvious. It suffices to recall the story with Yugoslavia. People were offended over Clinton’s loss and started using all the tools they had. This is exactly why both Russia and China have already long since raised the question of creating their own courts. The ICC’s report on the events in Crimea is a knee-jerk reaction to the fact that the unipolar system is obviously nearing the end of its existence following Trump’s election.”

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton: Beware the ICC, unaccountable globalist court intended to rule US, the world

They want to put more authority in the international institutions, I think it is a huge mistake.” Former UN Ambassador John Bolton warns Americans of another back door attack on our sovereignty by the globalists trying to take over the world. It was the subject of an article he wrote and published in the Wall Street Journal earlier in the week, which described the threat posed by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bolton calls it a fundamentally flawed institution which puts enormous power not only in the court but in the prosecutor that it creates, who he describes as being completely unaccountable. He sees the American people as being their principle targets and those who trust in their self-policing as being naive. He reminds the audience, “We are a democratic society, we operate under a Constitution. We don’t need anybody second guessing us. We can make our own mistakes. If our troops, for example, contrary to our training and doctrine,” he says, “commit a war crime, we will try our troops through democratically accountable prosecutors and systems. So I think the International Criminal Court or ICC as it’s called, is part of a religious faith of the left, internationally, in the US and in Europe particularly, that they don’t like the nation state, they especially don’t like the United States. They want to put more authority in the international institutions, I think it is a huge mistake.”

23 November 2016

ISIS leader calls for suicide bombings against Western targets

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi released last night (Wednesday) his first statement since the Iraqi and Kurdish forces launched the battle to liberate Mosul. He called on suicide bombers to attack cities throughout the West because the forces that are attacking Mosul are backed by the US-led coalition against ISIS. The statement was released as an audio recording. In the recording, al-Baghdadi attacks the “enemies of God” and called on suicide bombers all over the world to “turn the nights of the unbelievers into days, to wreak havoc in their land and make their blood flow as rivers.” Al-Baghdadi added that these actions would constitute “a prelude to victory.” He also called on ISIS members to fight back against the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in order to prevent them from entering Mosul. “Do not retreat,” called the leader of the murderous terrorist organization. “Holding your ground with honor is a thousand times easier than retreating in shame.” The date of the recording was not released but al-Baghdadi mentioned recent events in it. According to assessments, al-Baghdadi recorded the message from a hiding place inside Mosul.

'A society that can’t defend its children has no tomorrow': Putin condemns Europe’s handling of migrants and says the child rape in Austria shows 'a dilution of national values'

Vladimir Putin has waded into the migrant crisis condemning Europe's handling of asylum seekers and saying a case of child rape in Austria 'dilutes national values'. The Russian president has largely kept quiet over the refugee crisis in Europe but has now spoken out of his disbelief over its handling claiming that a continent that 'can't protect its children' has no future. His comments come off the back of a case in Austria last week, which saw an Iraqi migrant have his conviction of raping a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool in Vienna overturned. He was originally convicted of the crime but it was overturned because a court didn't prove he realised the boy was saying no. It came after the migrant, identified as 20-year-old Amir A., claimed that it was a 'sexual emergency' because he had not had sex for four months… Putin slammed Europe's migration policy and cited the case, where the victim was from a Serbian family living in Austria. He said: 'In a European country, a child is raped by a migrant, and the court releases him. 'It doesn’t fit into my head what on earth they’re thinking over there. I can’t even explain the rationale – is it a sense of guilt before the migrants? What’s going on? It’s not clear.' He also claimed that the case highlighted 'the dissolution of traditional national values' adding: 'A society that cannot defend its children has no future.'… Konstantin Romodanovsky, head of Russia's Federal Migration Service, accused EU countries of ignoring the 'differences in culture, religious traditions, and customs' with the refugees, the vast majority of whom are Islamic.

17 November 2016

'Italy is for Italians' Angry villagers take to streets in protest at influx of migrants
Hundreds of protestors took to the streets to vent their anger in the wake of plans to house more than 100 migrants in a small Italian town. About 700 people, armed with banners and flags, marched in Soave, Italy, against the move as thousands of migrants arrive in the country after being rescued at sea. Small towns like Soave have largely avoided housing migrants so far but are now having to address the issue after record numbers of people arrived in the country. A record 27,500 migrants arrived in October alone, bringing the total to almost 160,000 people this year. The demonstration saw hundreds marching under torchlight in the town, home to 7,000 people, in the province of Verona. Protesters were seen carrying banners emblazoned “Verona for Veronese” and reportedly chanting “Italy for Italians”.

Greece in flames – Riots in Athens at Obama's visit as Greeks scream 'Barack go home'
Furious protesters have screamed for Barack Obama to "go home" and launched petrol bombs at police as the US President landed in Europe today. Mr Obama's visit to Athens, Greece, was supposed to be a grand farewell, but descended into chaos when angry rioters took to the street to demand he leave. Youths riding motorbikes, carrying wooden clubs and launching petrol bombs tried to break a police cordon and confront Mr Obama directly… Riot police firing tear gas were hurriedly drafted in to disperse the crowd, some of whom were waving placards and carrying flares, as they marched towards the US Embassy. Molotov cocktails were also thrown at officers in the disruption. In a separate protest in the northern city of Thessaloniki, protesters burned a US flag… Tensions are running high in Greece, which is feeling the pinch of national debt as well as having to deal with being on the frontline of the global refugee crisis.

Obama and Angela Merkel blame Internet and social media for disrupting globalism
President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are blaming the internet for disrupting the forces of globalism, suggesting that technology is making it more difficult to unite people behind a common purpose. “Because of the internet and communications, the clash of cultures is much more direct,” Obama said during a press conference on his trip to Berlin… Obama predicted that the rise of technology needed to be managed to give world citizens more control, beyond the simplistic answers found online. His German counterpart agreed. “Digitization is a disruptive force, a disruptive technological force that brings about deep-seated change, transformation of a society,” Merkel added. She compared the internet to the invention of the printing press, citing the consequences it had on industrialized countries. “It took a while until societies learned how to find the right kind of policies to contain this and to manage and steer this,” she said… It’s not the first time that President Obama has griped about media, as he has floated suggestions of some kind of regulation of the internet… Merkel has demonstrated a propensity for censorship for social media, specifically to social media posts criticizing a flood of Syrian refugees into the country.

Assad adviser: Syria ready to open communication channels with US
Syria is prepared to open lines of communication with the US, according to President Bashar Assad’s political and media adviser, Bouthaina Shaaban. She added that the “signs are good” for the step. Speaking at the First Media Forum at Damascus University on Wednesday, Shabaan said there had been no secret talks with the US, but expressed “Syria’s readiness to open channels of communication” with Washington, the SANA news agency reported. The adviser also expressed hope that the incoming administration of US President-elect Donald Trump would be “balanced and sensible.” “We are currently observing and studying… and we are not making any judgments now, but the signs so far are good,” Shaaban said… Another issue facing Syria is the media bias over the crisis there, according to Shaaban. “Few companies are in charge of Western media and 90 percent of the Arab media are owned by Saudi Arabia and held by those who are targeting Syria and want to destroy it,” she said. “That’s why we have to find media and research centers that are not controlled by Western media.” Her comments come shortly after President Assad told Portuguese TV channel RTP that the US and Syria could become “natural allies” in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) once Trump takes office.

16 November 2016

Far-right French leader: Trump’s presidency could bring ‘world peace’
French nationalist leader Marine Le Pen, who is running for president, said her election next year could lead to a partnership among her, President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin — a trio she suggested that “would be good for world peace.”… The National Front Party Le Pen leads has been enlivened by the billionaire businessman’s success as well as the United Kingdom’s shock decision earlier this year to abandon the European Union. Le Pen is hoping to ride the anti-establishment wave sweeping the West into the Élysée Palace in 2017. “There is a worldwide movement,” she told reporters Wednesday. “A worldwide movement which rejects unchecked globalization, destructive ultra-liberalism, … the elimination of nation states, the disappearance of borders.” She added, “The forces at work in these various elections are ideas, forces which could bring about my election as the president of France next May.” While most polls show Le Pen falling short of winning the presidency, it is worth noting that data leading up to both the so-called Brexit referendum and the 2016 presidential election were incorrect. And Le Pen, for her part, is hoping to be the next candidate to prove political pollsters wrong. Should she succeed, Le Pen said France will have “good relations” with Russia. She also told reporters that as president she would reinstate border checks with France’s neighbouring countries and hold a referendum to pull the country from the European Union.

Germany’s FM in Ankara for tough talks

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Turkey on Tuesday amidst a period of particularly frosty relations between the two countries. He met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu. During a joint press conference with Cavusoglu, Steinmeier said he was “irritated” by Erdogan’s accusation that Germany harboured terrorists, but thanked the Turkish foreign minister for “what was not exactly an easy discussion” and expressed his hopes that ties between the two countries would soon “return to their previous condition.”… Cavusoglu also made a surprising announcement that Erdogan had issued a last-minute invitation to Steinmeier for a private chat along with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. The German Foreign Office noted in a tweet that “difficult issues” were on the agenda. During the press conference, Steinmeier said he did not support stopping EU accession talks with Turkey, adding that he was in favour of a “better relationship”. In turn, Cavusoglu said Turkey was “fed up” with EU criticism and “double standards”. “We are truly fed up of these statements degrading Turkey. The criteria are clear but there are double standards and a two-faced approach. This is what we don’t like,” he said… Ahead of his visit to Ankara, Steinmeier said: “When the existence of civil society is threatened, then democracy is also threatened”. “That is our experience. We Germans know how important constitutionally guaranteed freedom is for journalism, culture and science. We also know how dangerous it is when these free spaces are closed off.”
In a separate report, the Reuters news agency noted that the EU is treading a fine line in relations with Turkey: it needs Ankara’s continued help in curbing a huge flow of refugees and migrants, especially from Syria, but is alarmed by Turkey’s crackdown on opponents since the failure of a coup attempt in July… Meanwhile, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported that Ankara’s expectation of both Germany and other EU countries is that despite differences, they see Turkey as an equal partner. “If you want to advance your relations with us in every area, you need to see Turkey as an equal partner, not a second-class country, because we see our partners as such,” said Cavusoglu. “We do not look at any country from up on high,” he told the press conference. Cavusoglu also said Ankara expected a more constructive approach from Berlin on joining the EU. “Turkey needs the EU, the EU also needs Turkey,” he told reporters.

15 November 2016

Germany – Arabic translator says Muslim migrants “want Germany to be Islamised. They despise our country and our values.”

The solution, as far as the Merkel government is concerned? Bring in more Muslim migrants! What could possibly go wrong? “Arabic Translator: Muslim Migrants Secretly Hate Christians, Seek to Outbreed Them,” by Virginia Hale, Breitbart, November 16, 2016: A translator who has lived in Germany since the 1990s has revealed that Muslim migrants believe “Germany should be Islamised”, and loathe their hosts, according to a new report. Working with asylum seekers in migrant centres, the 39 year old translator says she learnt that Muslims seek to “destroy” Christians, through having more children, and preach hatred towards people of other faiths… When migrant centre staff believe non-Muslims are out of earshot, “they then show their true face and how they want Germany to be Islamised. They despise our country and our values”. Horrified by what she heard, but curious to learn more, she chose to continue concealing her religion and decided to check out study sessions in nearby mosques. “Pure hatred against non-believers is preached, and children are brought here from an early age here in Germany. It’s very similar in asylum housing, where Muslim boys refuse to play with Christians”, she informs the Catholic news agency. Attempts to mediate, where the translator would say “You’re a Muslim, he’s a Christian. What difference does it make?” typically garner responses like “I don’t play with Christians. My parents hate them too”, she reports. The Eritrean was also shocked by attitudes shown by the migrants when she brings up the topic of contraception methods with the women, who often have several children young. “Some women told me ‘We will multiply our numbers. We must have more children than the Christians because it’s the only way we can destroy them here”, she recalls. When the translator objected to this sentiment, and pointed out that it’s Christians who are helping them, she says she was told that defending Christians is a sin.

14 November 2016

Chaos ensues as Europe splinters in response to Trump – UK, France, Hungary snub EU emergency meeting
While America's so-called "establishment", the legacy political system and mainstream media, appear to be melting, and transforming before our eyes into something that has yet to be determined, Europe also appears to be disintegrating in response to the Trump presidential victory: as the FT reports, in a stunning development, Britain and France on Sunday night snubbed a contentious EU emergency meeting to align the bloc’s approach to Donald Trump’s election, exposing rifts in Europe over the US vote. Hailed by diplomats as a chance to “send a signal of what the EU expects” from Mr Trump, the plan fell into disarray after foreign ministers from the bloc’s two main military powers declined to attend the gathering demanded by Berlin and Brussels. The meeting, which comes as Trump appointed his key deputies was supposed to create a framework for Europe in how to deal with a "Trump threat" as Europe itself faces an uphill climb of contentious, potentially game-changing elections over the coming few months… Nigel Farage who was the first foreign political leader to meet with Donald Trump at the Trump Tower over the weekend. Trump's move infuriated members of Europe's fraying core, with Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister, tweeting: “If Trump wanted to look statesmanlike to Europe, receiving Farage was probably the worst thing he could [do].” As the FT adds, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson dropped out of the Brussels meeting, with officials arguing that it created an air of panic, while French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault opted to stay in Paris to meet the new UN secretary-general. Hungary’s foreign minister boycotted the meeting, labelling the response from some EU leaders as “hysterical”. Johnson’s refusal to attend will add to an already difficult relationship with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has told colleagues that he cannot bear to be in the same room as the British foreign secretary. In short: total chaos… Europe's own establishment forces are next, and this time the impact will be far closer to the core, slamming first Italy, then France, the Netherlands, and ultimately - perhaps - Germany itself.

Residents forced to flee huge 'wall of water' after earthquake causes major New Zealand river to break its banks - as ANOTHER huge tremor strikes

A major 5.8 magnitude aftershock has rocked New Zealand's South Island, north of where two massive earthquakes measuring 6.3 and 7.8 struck less than 24 hours before. The recent 'strong' quake, which was 35km deep, hit the Kaikoura region at about 7.45 local time on Monday. An intense 6.3 magnitude aftershock centred in Cheviot, located between Christchurch and Kaikoura, also hit around 1.30pm local time on Monday. They are included in close to 400 aftershocks in New Zealand since 12am on Sunday when an initial 7.8 earthquake centred north of Christchurch struck, causing extensive destruction, killed two people and triggered a tsunami up to five metres high. The initial tremor created fractures in major roadways, brought buildings to the ground and forced frightened kiwis to flock to their local supermarkets to stock up on food, drinks and essential supplies. It comes as authorities warn the worst of the major tremors may not yet be over. New Zealand earthquake monitoring group GeoNet says there's a 12 per cent chance the country will be shaken by another quake of a 7.0 magnitude or higher before midnight on Monday. Also worrying for residents is the fact that the Clarence River, one of the largest in the country, has burst its banks causing a huge 'wall of water' to rush towards homes… In the wake of the quake, some shop owners have been forced to ration their food and water supplies as frightened residents stock up.
It comes as police investigate a spate of burglaries that took place after the deadly first earthquake.

13 November 2016

France now in terror after Donald Trump’s victorious Freemason forces storm back across Atlantic

An interesting report issued in the Kremlin today by the Security Council’s (SC) “action/alert” committee staffed by intelligence operatives and analysts belonging to the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and Federal Security Service (FSB) states that the Freemasonic forces that led President-elect Donald Trump to victory in America this past week has now re-crossed the Atlantic Ocean to re-claim France from the rule of satanic globalist tyranny too. According to this report, the full totality of the current Freemason “uprising/revolution” against the satanic globalists seeking to enslave the world became more evident to Federation intelligence analysts last year when a secret 200-year-old archive of this mysterious organizations past members from 1733-1923 was released in Britain—and which the SVR and FSB were then able to use to “discover/decipher” who this ancient orders present leaders are. One of the Freemason’s “top/main” leaders in Britain today, this report continues, is the United Kingdom’s Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, who is not only a known member of this mysterious organization, but whose powerful and secretive forces led the effort to free the British people from the grip of these satanic globalists in the stunning 23 June 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum defeat known as Brexit. Once freeing Britain from these satanic globalists, this report notes, UKIP leader Nigel Farage then joined with his Scottish-American Freemason counterpart Donald Trump to, likewise, free America too—and who, also, became the first British official to congratulate President-elect Trump on his victory. With both Britain and the United States now being freed from the evil grasp of these satanic globalists, this report continues, these Freemasonic forces have set their sights on freeing France too, with President-elect Trump just hours ago tasking the CEO of his victorious campaign, Stephen Bannon, to aid the campaign of France’s National Front (NF) party leader Marine Le Pen to become that nation’s next president in the election scheduled to be held in April and May 2017… Interesting to note about the Freemasons in France, this report continues, is that unlike in the United States and Britain, this mysterious organization has a number of factions—the largest of whom is the Grand Orient de France (GODF) whose leader, Daniel Keller, last year warned that Le Pen’s growing victories were “a wakeup call for the Republic”. France’s GODF Freemasons, however, this report continues, do support their Masonic “brother”, and former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy—who in seeking to become The Republicans leader and next French president had his allies this past week launch an unprecedented bid to impeach that nation’s current President Francois Hollande.
Equally critical to note, this report says, are President-elect Donald Trump’s Freemason forces in Italy operating in the Grand Orient of Italy (GOI) backing with their “full power” the 4 December referendum where the Italian public will decide whether they want to stick with the old way or shake things up by restructuring the legislative process by effectively reducing the second chamber's power—and should they be successful would send shockwaves through global markets and destroy Europe. Now standing alone in the West against President-elect Donald Trump’s Freemason forces, this report continues, is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is the satanic globalists last defender—but whose coming defeat next year will radically change the entire the entire world. To the greatest fears of these Western satanic globalists, this report concludes, is the coming Trump-Putin alliance that will reset the entire world onto its “logical/ordinary” Christian path that was shattered on 14 September 1901 when US President William McKinley was gunned down to protect the vile banking interests of the American-European elites led by the now destroyed British Empire (and that led to two World Wars).

Argentina earthquake: Strong 6.2 magnitude tremor strikes north-west of country

A huge earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has struck north-western Argentina, just hours after rumours were also recorded in New Zealand and Chile. The earthquake struck at just after 8am local time or 2pm GMT, and centred around 16 miles norther of Chilecito in La Rioja - near the Chilean border. The quake is ranked as somewhere between a moderate and major incident, according to the Richter scale… Another 5.7 earthquake has also been recorded just a few miles north, with a depth of 121 km. Villagers reported that the movement was felt in the neighbouring provinces of Catamarca, Tucuman and Cordoba. The country's seismic authority also reported three smaller earthquakes on Sunday. The incident follows a 6.4-magnitude earthquake of "great intensity" earlier this month in central Chile, which shook buildings in the capital Santiago. Panicked residents' frantic phone calls clogged cellular networks and land lines in the wake of the hit. And earlier today, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck north of Christchurch, New Zealand.

New Zealand magnitude 7.8 earthquake

Rescuers in New Zealand are scrambling to reach the epicentre of a powerful 7.8 earthquake that killed at least two people and sparked a tsunami alert that sent thousands fleeing for higher ground. The jolt, one of the most powerful ever recorded in the South Pacific nation, hit just after midnight near the South Island coastal town of Kaikoura. Prime Minister John Key confirmed two people had died and said “we cannot rule out” that number will rise. As dawn broke there was scant information from many nearby rural villages, which were isolated by landslips and fractured telephone communications as strong aftershocks continued. With roads blocked, a helicopter was taking a search and rescue team to Kaikoura, where aerial television footage showed huge landslips… Soon after the earthquake, tsunami warning sirens were activated in South Island coastal towns and along the east coast of the North Island, with police and emergency workers going door to door to evacuate seaside properties… A Wellington resident said he had never experienced such a strong quake. “It was a rolling motion, very violent,” he told AFP. “It just went on and on. You could hear the building creak. It was quite scary and eerie.”

12 November 2016

Trump says he will try to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace deal

Claiming he’d “never met a person from Israel that didn’t want to make that deal,” Donald Trump said if elected president he plans to try to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace treaty… “A lot of my Jewish friends say, ‘You will never be able to make the deal’ because there are so many years of hatred, especially on the other side,” Trump added. “You know, they [the Palestinians] grow up as young children hating, hating, hating Israel. I think the deal can be made. But we got to be smart, and we got to use our best people; gotta use me, but you got to use our best people. And I know the best people.” In the speech, Trump also said the United States should use its clout as a major funder to demand that the United Nations do more to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

From Brexit to Trump, Europe reels from year of crises

Brussels (AFP) - The European Union's founders believed its unity would be forged in crisis, but after Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the White House the bloc looks shakier than ever. On Sunday, foreign ministers from the 28 EU countries will hold talks in Brussels on the impact of a president who has previously questioned the decades-old transatlantic pact to defend the continent. With populists on the rise, Russia posing an increasingly menacing presence to the east, the migration crisis and the endless fallout from the eurozone debt crash, many fear perpetual turmoil. EU President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday that the events of 2016 were a "warning sign for all who believe in liberal democracy", and urged Europe to "finally get our act together". But Trump's election has made it harder to regroup, given that Europe -- while trying to stay pragmatic in dealing with Washington -- has no idea what to really expect from the billionaire… Juncker also warned that Trump's campaign rhetoric displayed huge ideological differences with Europe. He noted the businessman-turned-reality TV star had "taken a view of refugees and non-white Americans that does not reflect European convictions and feelings"… "Europeans are muddling through," Judy Dempsey of the Carnegie Europe think-tank told a seminar this week. "One wonders how many wake-up calls the Europeans actually need to do something." The timing is increasingly urgent. France holds presidential elections next year and far-right leader Marine Le Pen's chances of pulling off a Trump-like coup are suddenly being taken more seriously. Far-right parties are also hoping for a boost in polls in the Netherlands and Austria, while Merkel, increasingly taking a role as the EU's moral anchor, is up for re-election. Brexiteer-in-chief Nigel Farage exults over what many others fear. "Don't think that the democratic revolution is over," he tweeted. "There are plenty more shocks to come. 2017 may surprise us as much as 2016."

Italy referendum result could send shockwaves through markets and DESTROY Europe

The EU’s days might be numbered with Italy about to vote on a referendum which could send shockwaves across the continent. Analysts believe the outcome of the ballot on constitutional reform could have massive global implications. With many European leaders already coming under severe pressure from anti-EU parties ahead of elections next year the significance of the Italian result is huge. Defeat for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi could lead to even deeper social turmoil in countries already struggling with austerity, immigration problems and a growing contempt for Brussels. Maria Paola Toschi, global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management told CNBC: "The upcoming Italian referendum this December may create volatility across markets as the year draws to a close." Ms Toschi said the referendum is widely considered as political test for Italy and its leader Matteo Renzi… She said: "A victory of No could open a period of uncertainty on the political stability of the current coalition that has been always strongly committed on reforms." Under the Italian constitution any new law needs to be approved by both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, often resulting in delays. But on December 4, the Italian public will get to decide whether they want to stick with the old way or shake things up by restructuring the legislative process by effectively reducing the second chamber's power. Mr Renzi has vowed to resign and abandon politics if the constitutional reforms were not passed and opponents appear to have seized on what they see as an opportunity to oust him and press ahead with their own populist anti-EU agendas. Ana Thaker, a market economist at PhillipCapital said the Italian result could be as "significant as Brexit”. She said: "Britain's decision to leave the European Union was the first sign of trouble in the European Union. If Italy decides to leave, it is confirmation that the union is in trouble and could spark a long-term market rout which European equities would suffer from the most."

Turkish government to launch constitutional changes after winning support by nationalists

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has received support from an opposition party of nationalists effectively paving the way for a shift toward an executive presidential system. Devlet Bahceli, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), signaled his backing for a proposal by AKP’s co-founder and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in a series of tweets on Thursday… Yildirim said on Friday that the ruling party and the MHP would now “introduce a presidential system.”… Erdogan has dismissed his characterizations by opponents as dictatorial. “I don’t care if they call me a dictator or whatever else. It goes in one ear, out of the other,” he said earlier in November.

Erdogan to address Pakistan parliament

ISLAMABAD: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Pakistan next week to address a joint sitting of parliament on Nov 17… The Turkish president will arrive on a two-day state visit and will have one-to-one meetings with President Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. After the address of the Turkish leader, President Hussain will also deliver a speech… Several cooperation agreements and memorandums of understanding are expected to be signed during the Turkish president’s visit.

11 November 2016

Trump hails Israel as 'beacon of hope'

Jerusalem (AFP) - US President-elect Donald Trump hailed Israel as a "beacon of hope to countless people" on Friday in his first public message to the country since his upset victory. "Israel and America share so many of the same values, such as freedom of speech, freedom of worship and the importance of creating opportunities for all citizens to pursue their dreams," Trump said in the message published by the Israel Hayom newspaper. "Israel is the one true democracy and defender of human rights in the Middle East and a beacon of hope to countless people." He added that he hoped his administration would play a "significant role in helping the parties to achieve a just, lasting peace," saying that any deal would have to be directly negotiated between the two sides. France is currently pushing for an international conference to discuss peace in the Middle East, but Israel says any talks should be bilateral ones between the two sides. The Palestinians have called for international involvement, accusing Israel of reneging on past agreements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among the first leaders Trump spoke to after his election victory.

Russian PM Medvedev, Netanyahu, Rivlin, discuss bilateral cooperation

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Israel on Wednesday and on Thursday held meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin. He plans to meet with opposition leader Isaac Herzog on Friday… The Russian prime minister pointed to the friendly relations between Russia and Israel that have lasted for many years, adding that, “of course, we will discuss our bilateral issues, including economic cooperation, political interaction and all kinds of international problems, which are plentiful in both this region and the entire world.” President Rivlin noted that “Russia has always played an important role in our region,” and recalled that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Russia and Israel. On Friday, besides meeting with Herzog, Medvedev will also visit Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and lay a wreath to the Eternal Flame there. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko told reporters on Thursday that “Russia and Israel are brought together by opposition to anti-Semitism, other manifestations of xenophobia and inter-ethnic strife. Together we stand against falsifying history, reconsidering the results of the Second World War, attempts to glorify accomplices of fascism, diminishing the decisive contribution of the Soviet Union to the victory over Nazi Germany, and denying the Holocaust.”

10 November 2016

Sanhedrin asks Putin and Trump to build Third Temple in Jerusalem

“Thus saith Hashem to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him, and to loose the loins of kings; to open the doors before him, and that the gates may not be shut.” Isaiah 45:1 (The Israel Bible™). The Nascent Sanhedrin is calling on Russian President Vladmir Putin and US president-elect Donald Trump to join forces and fulfill their Biblically-mandated roles by rebuilding the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the Sanhedrin, contacted Breaking Israel News to announce that the election of Trump, who has promised to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, coupled with Putin’s expressed desire for the Temple to be rebuilt, prompted the Jewish court to send a letter offering the two the opportunity to act as modern-day Cyrus figures: non-Jewish kings who recognize the importance of Israel and the Temple. Cyrus the Great, King of Persia in the sixth century BCE, announced in the first year of his reign that he was prompted by God to make a decree that the Temple in Jerusalem should be rebuilt. Thus saith Koresh king of Paras: All the kingdoms of the earth hath Hashem, the God of heaven, given me; and He hath charged me to build Him a house in Yerushalayim, which is in Yehuda. Ezra 1:2). Cyrus sent the Jews under his rule back to Israel with a considerable sum of money with which to rebuild the Temple. The Sanhedrin plans to call on the two world leaders to take up this ancient Biblical decree and support the Jewish people in their holy mission. Rabbi Weiss explained that the US elections have made the eternal Jewish dream a very real possibility. “We are poised to rebuild the Temple. The political conditions today, in which the two most important national leaders in the world support the Jewish right to Jerusalem as their spiritual inheritance, is historically unprecedented,” Rabbi Weiss told Breaking Israel News.
The Sanhedrin’s letter notes that Trump’s upset victory was due to his support of Jerusalem, and reminds Trump of his campaign promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively recognizing the city as the capital of Israel. The Jerusalem Embassy Act, passed in Congress in 1995, initiated the moving of the embassy, but has been vetoed since every American president since. The Sanhedrin calls on Trump to withhold the veto after he takes office. The Sanhedrin also recalled Putin’s connection to the Temple in its letter. During his third official trip to Jerusalem in 2012, Putin paid a late-night visit to the Kotel (Western Wall). When he arrived at the holy site, the Russian leader stood in silence for several minutes, offering up a personal prayer, after which he read Psalms from a Russian-Hebrew prayer book. An Israeli bystander called out in Russian, “Welcome, President Putin.” Putin approached the man, who explained the importance of the Temple Mount and the Jewish Temple. Chadrei Charedim, an Orthodox Hebrew news site, reported that Putin responded, “That’s exactly the reason I came here – to pray for the Temple to be built again.”
After this remarkable exchange, the Sanhedrin sent a letter to Putin calling on him to fulfill his prayer. At the time, President Putin did not respond to the Sanhedrin’s request, but now that the incoming US president is a potential ally in the project, the Sanhedrin believes it is time for Putin to take an active role in rebuilding the Temple. In addition to its requests concerning the Temple, the Sanhedrin is also calling on Putin and Trump to renew the 1920 League of Nations resolution known as the San Remo treaty, which essentially enabled the creation of a Jewish State by dividing the Ottoman Empire. It incorporated the Balfour Declaration, issued by Great Britain in 1917, which gave official recognition and backing for the establishment of Israel. US President Calvin Coolidge ratified the San Remo agreement in 1925, thus making recognition of a Jewish State legally binding by US law. The Sanhedrin emphasized that it is imperative at this time, when the Palestinian Authority is attempting to rewrite world history by campaigning against the Balfour declaration, to strengthen the historic American commitment to the State of Israel by readopting the agreement. Rabbi Weiss emphasized that supporting the Jewish claim to Jerusalem would bring benefit Russia and America, as well as the entire world. “The leaders of Russia and America can lead the nations of the world to global peace through building the Temple, the source of peace,” Rabbi Weiss explained. “This will offset the disgraceful UNESCO resolutions that are the root cause of increasing terror and violence.” Last month, the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) passed two resolutions denying any connection between the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish people, ceding to Islam a religious monopoly on many of Judaism’s holiest sites.

Russia warns: US is now a Colour Revolution “active zone” due to Trump victory

A grim new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that intelligence analysts of the System of Forward-looking Military Research and Development (SFLMRD) have now placed the United States in the “active zone” of nations currently undergoing a “Colour Revolution” as both US and EU elites have united to topple the soon to come government of President-elect Donald Trump. According to this report, SFLMRD intelligence analysts are tasked with using “modern/sophisticated” technologies to ensure and protect the Federation’s national security interests—and of which the MoD has previously identified “Colour Revolutions” as being one of the gravest threats, not only to Russia, but the entire world. During the MoD’s 2014 meeting of the Moscow Conference on International Security, this report explains, Federation military commanders labelled “Colour Revolutions” as a new US and European approach to warfare that focuses on creating destabilizing revolutions in other nations as a means of serving their security interests at low cost and with minimal casualties… Heading nearly all of these Western backed and financed “Colour Revolution” NGO’s, this report details, is the Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros—who has not only fomented rebellions across the world costing thousands of innocent lives, he was, also, recently exposed as being Hillary Clinton’s puppet-master controlling all of her actions during her failed bid to become the US president. Unlike the Federation that has protected itself against a George Soros led, and US-EU funded, NGO “Colour Revolution”, this report grimly warns, the United States government has now become the most vulnerable nation in the world to this type of “rebellion/warfare” as he funds hundreds of organizations violently opposed to both America and that nations core moral values. And immediately upon Donald Trump being elected as the 45th President of the United States, this report states, these George Soros funded NGO’s launched their newest “Colour Revolution” intended not only to destroy President Trump, but the entirety of America. Led by the George Soros funded NGO, this report continues, this new “Colour Revolution” striking American began with tens-of-thousands of protesters striking nearly all of the United States largest cities—and that was quickly followed with thousands of these revolutionaries calling for the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence before they can take office. To the main “purpose/reason” behind these protests, this report explains, is to initiate a “brutal/violent” response from US government forces seeking to suppress them and re-establish order—which in turn these revolutionaries will use as an example of how the American government is no longer legitimate because it’s killing innocent people, and, therefore, must be overthrown. Not being understood by the American people about how these “Colour Revolutions” work, this report continues, is that they are intended to last for years—like in Ukraine that took a full 10 years before that government was overthrown. To the most basic reason why this “Colour Revolution” is now targeting the United States, this report details, are the US-EU elites fear of President-elect Donald Trump whose choice of nationalism over globalism has left European leftist leaders in “complete horror” as the populace revolution he, Trump, is leading is soon to wash ashore in Europe as new elections for nearly all of the continent are nearing—with Holland being the first fall, and France soon to follow, and whose next leader, Marine Le Pen, just proclaimed: “Congratulations to the new President of the US, Donald Trump, and the American people – free!”

9 November 2016

Israeli mayor of Jerusalem urges Trump to move US embassy from Tel Aviv

The Israeli mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, has written to US President-elect Donald Trump, urging the triumphant Republican candidate to fulfil his promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv. Sharing his letter on Twitter, Barkat congratulates Trump, adding: “I am certain you will lead the American people with dignity.” The mayor hails Trump as a “dedicated friend of Jerusalem”, then writes: “In your term as President, I am confident that you will continue to empower our city by reaffirming its sovereignty and moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.” During the presidential election campaign, Trump repeatedly affirmed that, once in the White House, he would move his country’s embassy to occupied Jerusalem, which Israelis call their capital. No country in the world recognises Israel’s illegal annexation of the Holy City. Israeli government minister Tzahi Hanegbi (Likud) also “expressed hope” that Trump will “move the US Embassy to Jerusalem and change American policy toward Iran.” Meanwhile, Jewish Home chairman and Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said “the era of a Palestinian state is over”, following the news of Trump’s election win. “Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country, which would hurt our security and just cause. This is the position of the President-elect, as written in his platform, and it should be our policy, plain and simple.”

Muslim Brotherhood: Trump victory a ‘disaster’

Donald Trump’s victory in the US elections is a “disaster” for the Arab and Muslim world, a Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson said today. Mamdouh Al-Muneer, a member of the supreme body of the Freedom and Justice Party, wrote on social media that the results of the elections were a catastrophe as a “racist” has ascended to the White House. “Goliath is coming himself, with his horses and men… what our nation has witnessed in the last period is something and what is to come is something different. God willing it will be for us not against us.” Trump beat his rival Hillary Clinton to become the 45th American president.

Iran President Rouhani: Trump cannot reverse nuclear deal

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said there was "no possibility" of its nuclear deal with world powers being overturned by US president-elect Donald Trump despite his threat to rip it up. "Iran's understanding in the nuclear deal was that the accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the UN Security Council and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government," Rouhani told his cabinet, according to state television. Last year's accord with world powers saw international sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for guarantees that it would not pursue a nuclear weapons capability. During the election campaign, Trump described the deal as "disastrous" and said it would be his "number one priority" to dismantle it. Rouhani, a moderate who has pushed for closer ties with the West, said the United States' standing in the world had been weakened due to its "wrong policies". "The United States no longer has the capacity to create Iranophobia and to create a consensus against Iran," he said… Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign minister called Wednesday on Trump to stick to international agreements regarding the nuclear deal with Tehran.

Coulter: Trump victory boils down to "Globalism vs. Nationality"

Bestselling author and early Trump advocate Ann Coulter appeared on 'Good Morning Britain' shortly after the Republican candidate officially won the presidency. "It was entirely predictable, that's why lots of us did predict it," she said about Trump's victory. "It is all part of the same thing," Coulter said about the issues Trump won on: Jobs, economy, immigration, and trade. "That is globalism vs. nationality." She continued: "Part of the trade deals are very important. We've lost our-- the number of manufacturing jobs has been halved in the past 20 years. People don't know in this beautiful city. They don't know in San Francisco. Or Washington or L.A. Go out to America. These people used to have great jobs and their kids could look forward to futures better than theirs. Now, it is good for Wall Street, because they get to arrange the international deals, but it is terrible for the people who live here. And dumping millions of unskilled workers on the country: Look at how awful it has been for the African-American community in this country. Trump is going to change the country."

Putin: Trump win is a massive defeat for New World Order

Russia is hoping for a “new understanding” and “restored Russian-American relations” according to Kremlin sources, with President Putin said to be “encouraged” by the American people voting to back themselves and reject the prospect of a New World Order totalitarian world government. According to sources, Putin believes that the result of the U.S. election proves the globalists’ destructive agenda is deeply unpopular with real people, and when given a chance they will instinctively reject it out of hand. “The American people stood up against the media, the banks, the establishment, everything was against them, but they said enough. They want change.” Putin vowed to destroy the New World Order in 2016, and it appears people all over the world have started to wake up and resonate with his goal. The President is “deeply encouraged” that his determination to destroy the invasive organisation’s agenda is shared by people all over the world, and gaining momentum all the time. This election result represents the biggest uprising by the American people against the elite who run the country since the Boston Tea Party in 1771, and the New World Order controlled puppets in Washington are reeling. All of the elite – politicians, bankers, economists, celebrities – told the people to vote for the NWO selected candidate, Hillary Clinton. But the people are waking up. The people said no. The Rothschild NWO cabal will be pacing nervously in their mansions, wondering how to deal with this massive, unexpected blow to their globalist agenda. Their roadmap to arriving at a one world government – so close, yet so far away – has been thrown off course by this uprising of the people… Neither side of the political establishment wanted Trump anywhere near the White House. The mainstream media were vilifying him. In short, the sock puppets of the New World Order were united against him. They have a lot to lose if somebody who isn’t playing by their rules takes control – and their nightmare has come true. Do not be surprised if the mainstream media attempt to convince you of something deeply disturbing in the near future. Never in history has the NWO had such a firm grip on mainstream media operations. The New World Order controlled elites in Washington did not expect this blow and they will be a scrambling to take back control.

End of EU? Brussels devastated over Trump's win as Schulz admits life will be 'harder'

THE election of Donald Trump could mean devastation for the European Union with the parliament's president Martin Schulz admitted relations just become "harder"… Mr Trump has been disparaging of the bloc over the last year, backing Brexit and inviting Mr Schulz's arch enemy Nigel Farage to the US. Mr Schulz expanded on his comments on Twitter this morning where he released a statement saying Mr Trump had become the "standard-bearer of the angst and fears of millions of Americans"… The EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt also lamented Mr Trump’s victory. He wrote on Twitter: “Trump wins. Not only missed chance to elect a 1st woman president. “Wake up call for Europe to further unite & take charge of its own destiny.” EU Commission Jean-Cluade Juncker is yet to respond to this morning’s news. There had been speculation the US election could have far reaching consequences for the EU. In the run-up to his victory, Mr Trump said: “I think the EU is going to break up,” he told the Times. “The people are fed up, whether it’s here or in other countries. You watch: other countries will follow.”

8 November 2016

Erdogan reminds Turks of old empire, with his eye on new powers

ANKARA, Turkey — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started talking about Turkey’s borders, hinting they should be shifted outward a bit. In Syria and Iraq, his army is involved in wars over territory once ruled from Istanbul. Maps of a Greater Turkey have circulated. That has led to speculation that Erdogan, fresh from surviving an attempted coup, wants to crown his 14-year rule in Turkey by annexing chunks of its neighbors. But analysts see a more mundane domestic calculation behind the rhetoric: They say the president is really trying to expand his own powers, not his country’s frontiers. Erdogan still hankers after making his office the focus of all power in Turkey, instead of the largely ceremonial post it was before he took over — and, on paper, still is… “Erdogan is seeking to expand his support base among nationalists by talking tough over regional matters,” said Nihat Ali Ozcan, an analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation in Ankara. It’s “part of his political calculations for a presidential system,” Ozcan said… Erdogan insists that Turkey will join in the ongoing liberation of Mosul, the biggest Iraqi city in Islamic State’s self-proclaimed Caliphate. Justifying that stance, which has dismayed many allies, he’s repeatedly referred to Turkey’s past rule over the region… Erdogan’s domestic agenda is widening the rift between Turkey and the west, according to Aaron Stein, a fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington. “Talking tough never hurts a president running a campaign geared toward an inward-looking and hypernationalist constituency,” Stein said. But it creates a “toxic mix for trans-Atlantic relations.”

The Netherlands – Wilders's Plan: Time for Liberation

Nothing is impossible for us. We are Dutch. Look at our country. We have single-handedly created this unique and beautiful land… And yes, I know. Many things are bothering us. There is also much to be angry about, and rightfully so. This government has destroyed our country with its austerity policies and has allowed our country to be colonized by Islam. But let's start aiming for the imaginable. Let us liberate our country. Four years ago, Mark Rutte won the election with a campaign based on false promises. With lies and deceit. No more money to the Greeks, 1,000 euros for every Dutch citizen, a strict immigration policy… A politician like me, who speaks the truth about a huge problem many Dutch are confronted with every day -- yes, I am talking about the terror of Islam and the Moroccan problem -- is dragged to court. Facing trial, while imams can preach all the hatred they want and the political elites keep silent. They call themselves leaders, but they do not lead; they mislead. Mark Rutte's plan can be summarized in one word: Dereliction of duty. My plan for the Netherlands is called Liberation. And liberation begins with stating the facts. The facts: Six out of every ten inmates in the Netherlands are immigrants, and of all prisoners, more than 10% are of Moroccan origin. Moroccan youths are nearly five times more often suspected of a crime than native youths. The Netherlands has become a continuous live broadcast of Opsporing Verzocht ["Wanted Criminals", a Dutch television program]. A politician who keeps silent about this is worthless. I refuse to do that. And I will not keep silent about Islam either. Never, ever. Because silence is dangerous. Last July, Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel passed away. I met him a few years ago in New York. He gave the world a wise lesson: "When someone says they want to kill you, believe them." Islam says it wants to kill us. The Koran leaves no doubt about that. Seven out of ten Dutch Muslims believe that religious rules are more important than Dutch secular laws. And more than one in ten Muslims in the Netherlands find it acceptable to use violence in name of Islam. That is more than 100,000 people. Many refuse to integrate and show no respect for Dutch authority in areas such as Maassluis or Poelenburg. They give us the middle finger. Islamic hooligans parade with Islamic State flags through the streets in The Hague and occupy bridges with Turkish flags in Rotterdam. This is our country, but their flags are waving. Look at their flags. And look at our flag. There is no Koran verse and no crescent on our flag, but red, white and blue stripes. The red of our identity, the white of our freedom and the blue of the truth. This is the time that from house to house, from street to street and from municipality to municipality, we must raise our flag. Everywhere. With pride. Because this is our country, our Netherlands! And it cries for liberation. When I come to power, I will protect our beautiful country. And this is only possible if we de-Islamize. I want to make it the core of my policy. Because I refuse to let this wonderful country of ours perish and I choose our culture and the freedom of our people. Our values are not Islamic, but are based on the Judeo-Christian and humanist civilization. We have the right and freedom to choose how we want to live our lives, and to never give away this right. Twelve years ago, Theo van Gogh was murdered. He gave his life for the freedom that lies at the heart of our Dutch identity. And that identity must defend itself. We must not allow those who want to destroy our freedom to abuse freedom in order to take ours away. We must stop being naive and defend ourselves. Because this is our country. – Geert Wilders is a member of the Dutch Parliament and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV).

Think tank: Germany must detach foreign policy from US, whether Trump or Clinton wins

A leading German think tank has urged the government to redirect its foreign policy toward gaining more independence from the United States, regardless of who becomes the next US president. In October, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), a Berlin-based government-oriented think tank, published a paper titled ‘Even without Trump much will change’. It calls for a more aggressive German foreign policy, which should pursue its own economic and geopolitical goals independently from those of the United States and, if need be, even go against Washington’s interests… [The paper] concluded that whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump next occupy the Oval Office, Germany should already be drawing up a foreign policy that will be unaffected by the election outcome and will not depend on it. “Trump’s victory would have far-reaching consequences for Washington's foreign policy, but changes are to be expected with any election outcome… [But] even in the event of Hillary Clinton’s victory, German policy would do well not to remain in the comfortable routine of waiting. Rather, we should think about how the transatlantic relationship and the future world order should be shaped, irrespective of the outcome of the elections,” the paper said… “Good transatlantic relations for their own sake and disregarding other considerations can rob [our country] of the possibility of strategically beneficial action. Without a willingness to argue with the US government, many of the options for [German] influence could be eliminated from the start,” the paper stresses.

‘Italy must obey’ Juncker threatens Italian PM as he scrambles to hold failing EU together

Brussels bigwigs have warned Italy to respect pacts with the eurozone after the nation’s Prime Minister chose to support earthquake sufferers instead of balancing its books under EU regulations… Italy is being kept under a tight leash after its debt soared to 142.31 per cent of GDP. Mr Renzi said: "Juncker says I'm being quarrelsome. Respecting the rules is one thing, the possibility of those rules obstructing the stability of our children's schools is quite another. We will allocate that money outside the EU Stability and Growth Pact, whether Brussels officials like it or not.” The normally Europhile Mr Renzi has been forced to clash with the EU after anger from Italians over the EU’s refusal to help with their end of the migrant crisis and the economic struggles of the eurozone. Italians are set to vote on a constitutional referendum next month proposed by Mr Renzi that could become a vote on the PM’s leadership much like the Brexit vote, which saw David Cameron ousted from power… The Italian PM has long been criticised by anti-EU voters for his cozy relationship with the bloc, with added pressure coming from the surging rise of the the Five Star party – who oppose the Euro as well as the 28 member European bloc. It comes after Jean Claude Juncker told the Mr Renzi he “must respect pacts with Brussels”.

7 November 2016

US completes 22 straight years of merchandise trade deficits with Mexico

( The United States ran a merchandise trade deficit of $5,243,300,000 with Mexico in September, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That completes 22 straight years in which the United States has run monthly merchandise trade deficits with Mexico. The last time the United States ran a merchandise trade surplus with Mexico was September 1994—when the U.S. ran a $4,700,000 bilateral surplus with its southern neighbour… Since then, the United States has not run a merchandise trade surplus with Mexico in any single month… NAFTA—which created a free-trade zone between Mexico, the United States and Canada--was signed by the then-lame-duck President George H.W. Bush in December 1992… The House and Senate approved the NAFTA in 1993 and President Bill Clinton signed it in December 1993. In the years since NAFTA took effect, bilateral trade between the United States and Mexico has increased, but in every month after September 1994, the value of the goods that the United States imported from Mexico has exceeded the value of the good the United States exported to Mexico. As of September 2016, the U.S. had run merchandise trade deficits with Mexico for 264 straight months. In 1994, the U.S. merchandise trade surplus with Mexico was $1,349,800,000. In 2015, the U.S. merchandise trade deficit with Mexico was $60,662,8000. In the first nine months of 2016 (January through September), the U.S. merchandise trade deficit with Mexico has been $46,811,500,000.

6 November 2016

Christians claim Obama 'abandoned' them to sick ISIS jihadis - and back Trump election win

Iraqi Christians will pray for Donald Trump's election victory after they condemned US Government for "abandoning" them to the barbaric terror of Islamic State. The Christian community in the latest Iraqi town to be freed from ISIS have opened up about how they were terrorised at the hands of the twisted jihadi militants. The once-bustling Qaraqosh, which boasted of more than 50,000 Christian residents, was recaptured from the jihadis last week. Residents who stayed in the town have described how ISIS told every Christian to pay a massive tax, convert to Islam or face execution. Those who survived the terror have now voiced their outrage that President Obama refused to protect them when Iraq’s largest Christian city fell to ISIS more than two years ago. A man in the village said he hopes Donald Trump - a widely favoured candidate in the town - will bring a different approach to Iraqi Christians. He told the camera: "Obama has never helped the Christians. In fact, he despises them. In the last 26 months, he has shown he despises all of them. "But we have hope in the new president, Trump."

5 November 2016

ITAL-EXIT? Europhile Renzi facing crisis as critics round on him before crucial referendum

Italy’s anti-European Union party Five Star could be on course to win the upcoming referendum on constitutional reform - throwing the country’s status in the bloc in chaos. The anti-corruption party, which wants to hold a “consultative referendum” on the euro and victory in the first vote could pave the way for that. It comes as current Prime Minister Matteo Renzi comes under increasing criticism for his links to the EU. And anti-establishment protestors clashed with police in Florence yesterday over the upcoming referendum… [Luigi Di Maio] is tipped to be the party’s prime ministerial candidate at the next general election in 2018… A victory for Five Star would very likely set off seismic changes in Italian political life which would put the country on a potential collision course with the EU and next to leave the crumbling bloc… Critics have indicated that the proposed changes will actually make the political process more complicated and remove some checks and balances. Di Maio, whose party is roughly level with the incumbent Democratic Party, according to recent polls, said: “This reform will give more power to the people who have brought our country to the state it is in.”

4 November 2016

'We are losing control of the streets' Merkel's Germany descends into lawlessness

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing catastrophe over her failed migrant policy, according to a new report. During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office. And Germany has been hit by a spate of horrendous violent crime including rapes, sexual and physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies, burglaries and drug trafficking. Adding to the country's woes is the fact that thousands of people have gone missing after travelling there on invitation from Angela Merkel. Germany took in more than 1.1million migrants in the past year and parts of the country are crippled with a lack of infrastructure. Now the true reality is hitting home ahead of next year's elections as the far right surges in the polls threatening to topple the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Mrs Merkel. According to a report by the international policy council the Gatestone Institute, local police in many parts of the country admit that they are stretched to the limit… Migrants committed 208,344 crimes in 2015, according to a confidential police report leaked to Bild. This figure represents an 80 per cent increase since 2014 and is equivalent to 570 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 23 crimes each hour, in 2015 alone. The report added: "The growing sense of lawlessness is substantiated by an October 24 YouGov poll which found that 68 per cent of Germans believe that security in the country has deteriorated during the past several years. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said they fear for their lives and property in German train stations and subways, while 63 per cent feel unsafe at large public events."

2 November 2016

War on the streets of Paris: Armed migrants fight running battles in the French capital

A migrant turf war erupted into violence on the streets of one of Paris' trendiest neighbourhoods early this morning as asylum seekers beat each other to a pulp with wooden clubs. The area around Stalingrad Metro station was turned into a refugee battleground as rival gangs of migrants set upon each other in shocking scenes of violence. Asylum seekers wearing hooded tops wielded makeshift clubs fashioned from lengths of wood which they used to bludgeon each other as horrified pedestrians looked on. The blood-curdling brawl erupted just yards from the Stalingrad Metro station, where a squalid migrant camp has popped up following the demolition of the Jungle. It was not immediately clear what sparked the early morning fight, but rival gangs of people smugglers have previously been involved in violent brawls in Calais… The once peaceful neighbourhood, in Paris' 10th Arrondissement, used to be a popular area with tourists, boasting a lively nightlife scene bustling with restaurants and bars. But worried residents have revealed how it has become a no go zone in recent weeks following the establishment of the refugee camp, which has brought squalor and violence. Thousands of migrants – mostly from Sudan, Libya, Afghanistan, and Eritrea – have pitched tents under the Metro station.

Due to the consequences, Merkel is told to try ANYTHING to stop Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's advisers have told her and her European counterparts to do anything to stop Brexit. The German Council of Economic Experts handed the German leader a report with the warning, which also said that in its view, Britain leaving the bloc was not a 'done deal'. The experts are an independent body that was set up in 1963 to advise the German government on economic policy, but have are now meddling with Britain's escape from the EU. And in the report, they called for constructive negotiations to prevent Brexit calling for an agreement that minimises damage on both sides. It reads: 'Due to the consequences, political actors should not assume too soon that the Brexit is a done deal.'

1 November 2016

Erdogan muddies Syrian and Iraqi political waters

Too many powers are already jostling for influence on the Syrian and Iraqi battlegrounds. It is a source of serious concern that Turkey is also stepping up its ambitions with boots on the ground. Ankara has reason to fear Kurdish aspirations to an independent state. But the involvement of Turkish troops in Mosul and Raqqa will complicate US-led coalition efforts to push Isis out. Moreover, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is acting as much to advance his personal ambitions as to contain blowback from Isis jihadism and a reignited Kurdish insurgency. Mr Erdogan wants a role in the offensive against Mosul, while the Iraqi government demands he withdraw Turkish troops… The Turkish president seems to have three aims. First, the language he is using to assert his right to be involved in Mosul smacks of irredentism, harking back to Turkey’s post-independence claim to this former Ottoman territory… Turkey’s second aim is to stop any further advances by the Kurdistan Workers' party (PKK) and the PYD, its Syrian sister party. The Syrian Kurds have used the fight against Isis — and US air cover — to carve out autonomous territory across northern Syria that Turkey sees as an embryonic new Kurdish state below its borders, linked to the revived PKK insurgency inside them… The third reason for Ankara’s muscle-flexing is probably to reassert Turkey’s military prowess, at home and abroad… Turkey has the right to expect loyalty from the US and EU, and to demand they clarify the extent of their support for Kurdish