Mideast on Fire: Jerusalem the Center of a Coming 'Perfect Storm'
A CBN Report:
Since 2011, the Middle East has gone through profound and historic changes, killing hundreds of thousands of people and forcing millions of others from their homes. Some believe the region could be on the verge of regional war with global implications…
Matthew 24:6 :
"And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.'
South China Sea: US Drifts Towards 'Unwanted War with China'
March 11, 2016
Recent reports that the US intends to deploy B-1 heavy bombers in Australia have angered China, fueling tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea, and arguably bringing the involved players to the brink of war, a professor specializing in American politics and global security told Radio Sputnik.
Americans have taken advantage of the current state of affairs, rushing to strengthen their ties with Australian military in an effort to shift the balance of power in the region. Beijing has placed missiles in the South China Sea, and has stated that it doesn’t recognize a right claimed by the United States to sail in or fly over what they consider to be Chinese territorial waters.
According to these and other indicators, the professor asserts that the situation could grow into a war between China and the US, and, he suggests, claims by both countries that they will increase joint maritime military drills don’t fool anyone. “US President Obama has been trying to rebalance or shift the balance,” Siracusa said.
“That means that a shift in American assets in different parts of the world, to this part of the world, is mainly prepositioning. Putting its long-range bombers in Australia pursues the concept of prepositioning weapons or troops such as heavy marines here. We have a lot of buildup to some kind of a climax here,” opines Siracusa, adding that, “the Chinese Navy has been actually cast with stopping the US Navy.”
" And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed."
'Genocide' Fails to Describe What Is Happening to Christians in the Middle East, Chaldean Pastor Says
Displaced Iraqi Christians Feel 'Alone and Forgotten' by International Community
March 11, 2016
"We are victims. The word [genocide] sometimes doesn't make sense to us. Genocide is a big word here. To me and to my people, 'genocide' is a polite word. I think we need to find another word to be fitting for what has happened to my people," Bazi argued. "We are talking about systematic genocide. We are not talking about one [instance] just happening by the Islamic State. We are talking about a huge history of targeting our people. We are are one of the oldest groups — Christians in Iraq and Mesopotamia. Just suddenly we find ourselves losing everything."
" Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
Christian 'Prophet' Almost Eaten By Lions In South Africa During Stunt Gone Wrong
"I thought the Lord wanted to use me to show his power over animals."
A self-styled Christian prophet reportedly tried to prove himself by charging lions at Kruger National Park in South Africa, under the belief that God would intervene. Instead of being prevented from attacking Alec Ndiwane, one of the lions tore a piece out of his rear end. Ndiwane is expected to recover.
According to South Africa's Daily Post newspaper, Ndiwane and members of his church were recently driving by a pack of lions eating an impala. Ndiwane went into a trance, began speaking in tongues, jumped out of the vehicle and ran towards the pack. The lions charged. Ndiwane quickly high-tailed it back to the vehicle, but before he could reach safety, one of the lions swatted at him with a clawed paw and slashed his butt.
"I do not know what came over me," Ndiwane told the Daily Post. "I thought the Lord wanted to use me to show his power over animals. Is it not we were given dominion over all creatures of the earth."The newspaper reported that Ndiwane feared he would lose his left buttock, but emergency surgery saved his rear end.
The event was reminiscent of a 1991 incident in which a self-styled prophet in Nigeria jumped into a lion enclosure at the Ibadan Zoo, where he chanted and spoke in tongues and was eaten by the animals.
Daniel 8:4 :
" I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great."
Saudi Journalist: Iran – Not Israel – Is the Gulf States' No. 1 Enemy
March 11, 2016
Iran is exploiting the Palestinian issue as a pretext for "infiltrating deep into the Arab world, shredding its Arab fabric, and dragging Arab society into supporting its expansionary plan," he emphasized that the Palestinians should expect no salvation from Iran. He also warned the Gulf Shi'ites that they were mere pawns for Iran, which was using them to promote Persian national aspirations.
"The Persian enemy is Enemy No. 1, and the Zionist enemy is [only] Enemy No. 2. We must present this truth directly, flattering no one, to all those [who try] to extort us with the tale that Israel is the Arabs' Enemy No. 1 and that Iran supports us on the Palestinian issue. This tale could still be true vis-à-vis the Arabs to the north [of the Arabian Peninsula], and in Egypt, because Israel threatens [Egypt] and its security and stability. But as for the [Saudi] kingdom and the Gulf states, it is Iran, not Israel, that tops the list of the enemies and the dangers that lie in wait for us, face us and threaten us. Iran is exploiting the issue of the Palestinians and the liberation [of Palestine] as a pretext for infiltrating deep into the Arab [world], shredding its Arab fabric, and dragging Arab [society] into supporting its expansionary plan.
"It is true that the Palestinian issue has throughout history been the No. 1 Arab cause, and liberating Jerusalem from the yoke of the Israeli occupation has doubtless been the No. 1 issue for us, with nothing more important. However, at this time, and in light of the Persian ambition that the extremist Muslim Iranian government is backing with all its resources and for which it is mobilizing all its forces and capabilities, the Persian enemy takes priority – and must take priority – over the Israeli danger.
"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
UN CITES 'HORRENDOUS' HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN SOUTH SUDAN
Mar 11, 2016
A U.N. report describing sweeping crimes like children and the disabled being burned alive and fighters being allowed to rape women as payment shows South Sudan is facing "one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world," the U.N. human rights chief said Friday.
In scorching detail, the report, which focused on events in 2015, cited cases of parents being forced to watch their children being raped, and said investigators had received information that some armed militias affiliated with government forces "raided cattle, stole personal property, raped and abducted women and girls" as a type of payment.
Also on Friday, human rights watchdog Amnesty International accused the South Sudanese government of war crimes after its troops allegedly suffocated 60 boys and men in a cargo container at a Catholic church and then dumped their bodies in an open field. Tens of thousands have died and at least 2 million people have been displaced from their homes.
NATO, West increasingly dependent upon regional proxies
March 11, 2016
An independent American analyst has told Mehr News peace will only embrace Middle East when countries in the region recognize the ‘rising powers’ to help an incipient new regional order be realized.
In an interview to Payman Yazdani of Mehr News International Service about the recent developments in the Middle East and specially western powers’ and Turkey’s attempts to build military bases in Persian Gulf littoral states, Anthony Cartalucci believed that the overall effect of western influence and presence in the region directly played upon the security of the region and the regional powers were claiming ground in the expense of the US and the west.
What was supposed to be a lightning-fast domino effect starting in 2011 and stretching from Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, to Lebanon, Syria, and Iran, has become a protracted, costly, and dangerous conflagration the West's allies have found themselves not only entangled in, but now increasingly threatened by.
If the US wants to continue carrying out operations against Syria, Iran, and rollback expanding Russian and Chinese influence in the region, it will have to provide more assurances to those allies it has enlisted to act as its proxies across MENA. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE's involvement in neighboring Yemen has shown not only how ineffective the Persian Gulf's armies are, but how dependent already they are on foreign arms and even foreign mercenaries. Despite this substantial foreign backing, the fighting in Yemen remains intense and even spills over the Yemeni-Saudi border on occasions.
Khamenei rules out ties with United States, 'Zionist regime'
Iran's Supreme Leader says Iran isn't hostile towards the West but will not have ties with the United States or Israel.
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is at it again, having on Thursday ruled out his country having ties with the United States or “the Zionist regime” - that is, Israel.
Speaking to lawmakers in Tehran and quoted by the Iranian Mehr news agency, Khamenei said that Iran has no intentions of being hostile towards the West, but there are two countries with which it will not have relations: The United States and Israel.
"The Islamic Republic had no intention of hostility towards West; in this country an independent structure was formed and it was the West who first showed enmity toward us. We have suffered damages from the West and should not forget what the West did to us. I do not favor cutting ties with the West, but we must know who we are dealing with,” he said, according to the news agency.
Khamenei then stressed, “We must have relations with the whole world except the United States and the Zionist regime; we must know that the world is not only the West and Europe. Today, powers are spread in the world and east of world and Asia is a vast region.”
UN chief urges Iranian 'restraint' following missile tests
UN Secretary-General urges Iran to act with moderation and caution in the wake of its latest ballistic missile launch.
In a statement, Ban's spokesman said the UN chief called on the Iranian government “to act with moderation, caution and the good sense not to increase tensions through any hasty actions.”
“In that resolution, the Secretary-General notes, the Council called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology,” said Ban’s spokesperson.
American Hegemon’s Bankruptcy is Only a Matter of Time…the Nearest Time
Amid official economic statistics that claim “the world’s largest paper economy is in a marvelous recovery” and the insistence of leading US economists that the national debt doesn’t matter as it is owed to itself, geopolitical analyst F. William Engdahl argues that the country is almost bankrupt and its end could be nearer than any of us imagine.
“Today the US financial economy is going into a new downward spiral led by debt,” the geopolitical analyst, who is also a strategic risk consultant and lecturer with a degree in politics from Princeton University, writes in his article for the New Eastern Outlook.
The author elaborates that indebted American consumers are the main reason for such a pathetic state of the country’s economy. He cites the results of a recent study which revealed that in 2015 the average American household had $129,579 in debt — $15,355 of it on high-interest credit cards. “Total consumer debt today is a staggering $11.91 trillion, almost 70% of GDP. It is even worse than the bare statistics.”
“With the most severe collapse of oil prices in 13 years, the last remaining job-creating sector of the economy, the oil and gas industry, is rapidly becoming the domino that threatens to topple a mountain of dicey credits and threaten many banks,” F. William Engdahl says.
Iran touts plans to expand its naval power
Day after Kerry warns Iran over ballistic missile breach, Iran rolls out new speedboats, announces plans for 80 knot per hour missile boat.
In the wake of US Secretary of State John Kerry's warning call to Iran on Wednesday protesting its recent ballistic missile tests defying US sanctions, Iran on Thursday held a ceremony rolling out new missile speedboats while announcing plans to expand its navy.
Iran will start building high-speed boats capable of cruising at 80 knots per hour, which works out to roughly 150 kilometers per hour, reports the state-run PressTV. The ships are to have anti-ship cruise missiles and cannons mounted on them.
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan also spoke at the ceremony and touted the plans to roll out the new boats, adding that they are to be active in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman as part of Tehran's plans to expand its naval power. "Iran plans to improve its naval resources in order to have a bigger presence in international waters," he said.
Netanyahu: Time to Complete Security Barrier in Jerusalem Area
March 10, 2016
With U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visiting Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced on Wednesday that the Jewish state will complete construction of the country’s security barrier in Jerusalem and the southern West Bank.
Last month, Netanyahu said he is working to surround the entire country with fences and barriers “to defend ourselves against wild beasts” that surround the Jewish state. Netanyahu made the comments during a tour of a barrier being erected on the country’s eastern border with Jordan.
“We are preparing a multi-year project to encircle Israel with a security fence to defend ourselves in the Middle East as it is now, and as it is expected to be,” Netanyahu stated.
“In the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all,” said Netanyahu. “I’ll be told, ‘This is what you want, to protect the villa?’ The answer is yes. Will we surround all of the State of Israel with fences and barriers? The answer is yes. In the area that we live in, we must defend ourselves against the wild beasts.”
IRAN commander: We are not pulling troops from Syria
March 10, 2016
Russia’s entrance into the Syrian civil war in September began a large-scale offensive coordinated among Russia, the Syrian army, Hezbollah and Iranian forces against armed organizations opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The number of Iranian casualties has since dramatically increased, and Western media have speculated about how long Tehran would continue to send what it calls “advisers” to the frontlines.
When asked if ballistic missiles were being developed with Israel in mind, Haji-Zadeh said, “The Zionist regime is at the end of the line, and its life will not be long.” He added, however, “I believe that to get rid of the Zionist regime, missiles are not necessary, and over time, they will collapse and fall.” The notation “Israel will be wiped from the pages of time” was written in Hebrew on the missiles.
Haji-Zadeh stressed that Iran would not start a war, but that its leaders take its enemies seriously. He said, “[The] evils of the Zionist regime are clear for everyone, [and] the reason for designs of missiles with a 2,000-kilometer range is because of [Israel].” He also asserted, however, “Our primary enemy is America.”
Israel: Iran’s ballistic missile program must be stopped
Missiles tested Wednesday are designed to carry nuclear warheads, says Jerusalem, ‘raise questions’ about Tehran’s commitment to deal
March 10, 2016
Israel on Wednesday night slammed Iran’s tests of long-range missiles, saying they were a “clear violation” of UN Security Council resolutions and raise questions about the Islamic Republic’s commitment to last July’s nuclear deal. Israel said Iran was “defying” world powers and urged the international community to act “forcefully and determinedly” to halt Iran’s missile activity.
“Iran’s surface-to-surface missile program must be stopped,” the ministry said. Iran test-launched two ballistic missiles Wednesday emblazoned with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” in Hebrew, Iranian media reported, in a show of power by the Shiite nation as US Vice President Joe Biden visited Jerusalem. Iran state TV trumpeted Wednesday’s test as officials boasted that it demonstrated the country’s might against Israel.
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guard’s aerospace division, was quoted as saying the test was aimed at showing Israel that Iran could hit it. Israel is within 1,100 kilometers (660 miles) of Iranian territory.“The 2,000-kilometer (1,240-mile) range of our missiles is to confront the Zionist regime,” Hajizadeh said. “Israel is surrounded by Islamic countries and it will not last long in a war. It will collapse even before being hit by these missiles.”
Israel in 'war against ISIS-style Muslim extremist terror'
"We are in an emergency situation...There is an intifada of incitement," says Yisrael Katz.
March 10, 2016
Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz, who is a member of the security cabinet, on Tuesday night labeled the current wave of violence a "war."
"We are in the midst of a war against ISIS-style Muslim extremist terror," Katz told Channel 2. "We are in an emergency situation. There are murderers here who are motivated by hatred and we cannot allow Jews to continue to get harmed. There is an intifada of incitement. We must restore deterrence, so I must ask all the higher than thou who scold us to understand our current reality."
Iran: Our Missiles are pointed at Israel
March 10, 2016
Senior Iranian military officials this week boasted that they had stockpiled a huge quantity of long-range ballistic missiles that are pointed directly at Israel. Two such missiles were tested this week on targets at a range of 1,400 kilometers (870 miles), putting Israel well within range if fired from western Iran.
Brig. General Amir Ali Haji Zada, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s air corps, told Iranian media that these missiles “belong to the Palestinian people.” It was also reported that the test missiles were inscribed in Hebrew with the words “Israel must be wiped out.”
Brigadier General Hossein Salami, Deputy commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, told journalists on Wednesday that he was confident that Israel would collapse very soon.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry called on the international community to “act firmly and decisively against the continuing missile launches from Iran and the continued development of the country’s missile program.”
Iran test-fires 2 missiles marked with ‘Israel must be wiped out’
March 9, 2016
Iran on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles, which an Iranian news agency said had the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written on them in Hebrew. An Iranian commander said the test was designed to demonstrate to Israel, whose destruction Iran seeks, that it is within Iranian missile range. Phrases threatening Israel have been emblazoned on missiles fired before by Iran, but this test came after the country signed a nuclear deal with world powers, including America. Hard-liners in Iran’s military have fired rockets and missiles despite US objections since the deal, as well as shown underground missile bases on state television. Wednesday’s test of missiles which Iran said had a 2,000-kilometer range.
Revelation 20:4 :
"And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years."
Beheadings, imprisonment made 2015 worst year for Christian persecution, report finds
March 08, 2016
Beheadings, imprisonment and eviction from ancestral homelands made 2015 the worst year on record for persecution of Christians, with North Korea topping a list of 10 otherwise Muslim nations as the most dangerous places for followers of the Gospel, according to a new report.
Islamic extremism and authoritarian governments combined to make last year the worst in modern history for Christians around the world, according to Open Doors USA. The trend spiked upward in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, with thousands of Christians killed or imprisoned, and even more chased from their homes.
"Islamic extremism continues to be the primary driving force behind the expansion of persecution,” said Open Doors President and CEO David Curry. “It is no longer just a Christian problem, but a global problem that must be addressed.”
"The report confirms what we have seen develop in these countries -- a rise in Islamic extremism that tragically targets minority religions -- especially Christians,” said Jay Sekulow, chief council for the American Center for Law and Justice. “The brutality is unspeakable, with nearly 1 million Christians being slaughtered or displaced in the Middle East.”
Disturbing ISIS Video: We Will Attack America 'Very Soon'
The Islamic State produces another despicable, highly-graphic video. It warns Barack Obama it will strike against the U.S. in the same way it hit Paris.
March 8, 2016
“We will kill, slaughter and burn your people. Inshallah, we will attack you very soon.” That’s the dire warning to Americans in a just-published video from the ‘Islamic State Supporters’.
Iran Threatens to Walk Away From Nuke Deal after New Missile Test
Islamic Republic breached international agreements by test-firing ballistic missiles
March 8, 2016
Iran on Tuesday again threatened to walk away from the nuclear agreement reached last year with global powers, hours after the country breached international agreements by test-firing ballistic missiles.
Iranian leaders now say that they are poised to walk away from the deal if the United States and other global powers fail to advance the Islamic Republic’s “national interests.”
“If our interests are not met under the nuclear deal, there will be no reason for us to continue,” Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister, warned during remarks delivered to a group of Iranian officials in Tehran. “Far from pushing Iran to a more moderate engagement with its neighbors, this nuclear deal is enabling Iran’s aggression and terrorist activities,” McCarthy said in a statement.
“Sanctions relief is fueling Iran’s proxies from Yemen to Iraq to Syria to Lebanon. Meanwhile, Khamenei and the Iranian regime are acting with impunity because they know President Obama will not hold them accountable and risk the public destruction of his nuclear deal, the cornerstone of the president’s foreign policy legacy.”
Iran test fires ballistic missiles in show of ‘deterrent power’
Exercise aimed at proving Tehran’s ‘all-out readiness to confront threats,’ state media says; no immediate international or Israeli reaction
March 8, 2016
Iran said Tuesday its armed forces had conducted new ballistic missile tests to demonstrate “deterrent power” and the country’s “all-out readiness to confront threats” against its territorial integrity.
Israel has pointed to continued ballistic missile tests as proof Tehran plans to continue pursuing a nuclear weapon, despite a landmark deal signed with world powers last year that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. In January, a top Iranian commander said his country was doubling its missile development.
“We doubled our activities and the American demands from Iran had an opposite result,” the country’s Press TV quoted Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) Aerospace Force, as saying.
What Role Will Russia Play in the US-Chinese South China Sea Drama
March 6, 2016
The US-Chinese standoff in the South China Sea is heating up, with Washington dispatching a small armada to the area following reports that Beijing had reinforced a key island with fighters and air defenses. Much has been said and written about the dispute, with Russian analysts left pondering: if push comes to shove, what will Russia's role be?
Last month, the United States accused China of militarizing the South China Sea by placing anti-aircraft missile systems, advanced radar and jet fighters on Woody Island, thereby ostensibly expanding Beijing's control of sea territories through which nearly a third of global trade passes. With Washington suggesting that the move would "raise further tensions in the region," the Chinese Foreign Ministry responded by stressing that Beijing has every right to maintain defensive military systems within its own territory.
"That the dispute between the two great powers is not just over the islands. China is fighting for global leadership, something which the US will not let go of so easily. After all, so long as Washington is recognized as the world's hegemonic power, US debt obligations can be exchanged for the fruits of the labor of countries all across the world."
"A reconfiguration of forces is taking place around the world. The strength of power centers independent from the West, among them Russia, China, India, Iran and Brazil, is growing. And the United States can no longer control the entire planet. Once they get involved in some kind of confrontation with any one power center, the others take the opportunity to spread their influence."
NORTH KOREA AGAIN THREATENS NUKE STRIKES ON US, SOUTH KOREA
March 6, 2016
North Korea on Monday issued its latest belligerent threat, warning of an indiscriminate "pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice" on Washington and Seoul, this time in reaction to the start of huge U.S.-South Korean military drills.
The North's powerful National Defense Commission threatened strikes against targets in the South, U.S. bases in the Pacific and the U.S. mainland, saying its enemies "are working with bloodshot eyes to infringe upon the dignity, sovereignty and vital rights" of North Korea.
"If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment," the North's statement said.
The United Nations recently slapped the North with harsh sanctions, and South Korea has taken a harder than usual line, with a new North Korean human rights law and the president in Seoul warning of a collapsed government in Pyongyang.
Iran Accuses U.S. of Breaching Nuke Deal
Obama administration dismisses criticism
March 6, 2016
The Iranian leaders “lashed out” at the United States in their comments and maintained that the Islamic Republic continues to have many disagreements with the Obama administration, according to remarks published in the country’s state-controlled media. Larijani took aim at the United States and other Western governments for not moving quickly enough to grant Iran access to international banks and other markets.
This “delayed compliance” by the West has prevented Iran from moving forward “with its policies and plans to normalize and expand economic, trade, and banking ties with its international partners,” Larijani said,
“Until Iran stops being the world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism, militarily propping up Assad the butcher in Syria, and spreading violence and instability throughout the Middle East, all this talk about ‘reformers’ taking hold in Tehran seems premature,” Sen. Mark Kirk (R., Ill.), a vocal opponent of the Iranian regime, told the Free Beacon earlier this week.
U.S. Navy Sends Carrier Strike Group to South China Sea
March 6, 2016
The U.S. Navy sent a small fleet of ships to the South China Sea in recent days as tensions continue to escalate over China’ territorial claims.
The Navy Times reported that the Pentagon has sent the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers, and the 7th Fleet flagship to the South China Sea, according to military officials. The report came on the heels of Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s warning to China that the country refrains from “aggressive” actions in the South China Sea.
“China must not pursue militarization in the South China Sea,” Carter said during a speech in San Francisco Tuesday. “Specific actions will have specific consequences.”
Israel Hatred: A wave of hate is sweeping across America faster than you think
March 6, 2016
This video reveals various groups across the US that are promoting anti – Israel rhetoric rapidly.
Israeli Intelligence Leads Putin to Freeze Missile Sales to Iran
March 6, 2016
After Israel gave Russian President Vladimir Putin intelligence proving that weapons Russia sold to Iran were ending up in the hands of terrorists, Putin has frozen the transfer of S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Tehran, reported Arab news sources on Saturday.
Israeli officials provided evidence that Iran had violated its agreement not to provide Hezbollah with Russian-made arms, said the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida. The Israeli intel gave proof of a transfer of SA-22 air defense missiles from Iran to the Lebanon-based terror organization, which represents a serious threat to Israel.
The missile deal between Moscow and Tehran has been in talks for over six years, with Russia backing out of a 2010 contract to sell Iran the advanced rocket system after pressure from the West and UN sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program. However, the deal was renewed last year following the interim nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers.
A Hezbollah source reported in January that Russia was directly transferring weapons to the terrorist group with no restrictions on their use, intimating that they could be used against Israel.
Iran: Hezbollah is the vanguard of resistance against the Zionist regime
March 3, 2016
The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization on Wednesday, opening up the possibility of further sanctions against the group.
Iran accused Gulf Arab neighbors on Thursday of jeopardizing Lebanon's stability by blacklisting the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, state television said, a move likely to stoke tensions in the regional power rivalry between Tehran and Riyadh.
"Lebanon's Hezbollah is the vanguard of resistance against the Zionist regime (Israel) and Iran is proud of the group, which is also the champion of the fight against terrorism in the Middle East.
A Fresh Perspective: Free to be you and me in a unified Jerusalem
The challenges facing Jerusalem these past few months are significant. The country’s capital is under attack. Much of the latest wave of terrorism has targeted Jerusalem. Fewer tourists are visiting the city. Businesses are closing down. Still, looking only at these temporary problems, however harsh they might be, would be a great mistake.
Temporary problems can have temporary fixes. The real threats to Jerusalem come from the much deeper, long-term challenges that the city faces.
A study released in the past few weeks showed a grim reality: Jerusalem is being abandoned. In 2014, well before the start of the latest wave of terrorism, it led the country in negative migration. While 10,351 new residents moved to the city, a full 17,091 residents left.
If Jerusalem becomes the city of religious people where secular people feel uncomfortable, then it will lose some of its universal significance. This will lead to a demographic problem in Jerusalem, which will become less Jewish, with secular people leaving the city. Jerusalem will also lose some of its historical significance.
7.8 earthquake felt in Singapore today; Epicenter in Sumatra
March 3, 2016
North Korea's Nuclear Missile Threat: Very Bad News
A careful technical reading of the DOD report clearly confirms that North Korea can strike the U.S. mainland with nuclear missiles right now. But the casual or non-expert reader can get the false impression that President Obama was right to assert that there is no nuclear missile threat from North Korea.
Given this overwhelming evidence of North Korea's ability to strike the U.S. mainland, how strange that most major news outlets have never reported that North Korea already has nuclear-armed missiles that can strike the U.S.
The DOD report was inexplicably silent about North Korea's current nuclear and missile capability, which could kill millions of Americans in an EMP attack -- as warned by both the 2004 and 2008 Congressional EMP Commission reports. The EMP Commission and the authors of this article believe that North Korea tested what the Russians call a Super-EMP weapon.
It is time to stop wishful thinking -- that everything is fine, that diplomacy will work -- and to face reality. Space-based missile defenses will offer a realistic prospect of rendering nuclear missile threats obsolete, thus neutralizing the growing nuclear missile threats to the U.S. from North Korea, Iran, China, and Russia.
Golden Triangle: Iran, China, Russia to Drive the World Away From Dollar
A Eurasian Golden Triangle is emerging with China, Russia and Iran as the three key points, F. William Engdahl notes. The latest Sino-Iranian rapprochement has prompted a lively debate regarding the new Eurasian "world order."
"Sometimes profound tectonic shifts in the global politics arise from the least noticed events. Such is the situation with Iran and the recent visit to Tehran of China's President Xi Jinping. What emerged from the talks confirms that the vital third leg of what will become a genuine Eurasian Golden Triangle, of nations committed to peaceful economic development, is now in place,"
Golden Thread: What is the Reason for Russia, China, Iran Partnership
The common "golden thread" connecting China, Iran and Russia is their principled insistence that borders, national sovereignty and independence are inviolable principles, F. William Engdahl notes, adding their commitment to these fundamental values of the UN Charter may save the world from self-destruction.
Ayatollah Khamenei added that the Western political establishment has failed to win hearts and minds of the Iranian people."Westerners have never obtained the trust of the Iranian nation. The government and nation of Iran have always sought expanding relations with independent and trustful countries like China," Iran's Supreme leader stressed.
Moreover, Tehran and Moscow have reached an agreement regarding the supplies of new generation S-300 missile systems. The Iranian leadership is expecting the completion of deliveries of the improved Russian missile defense system in the first half of 2016.
The partnership of Iran, China and Russia is based on mutual trust and respect.
"The common golden thread binding the three great Eurasian cultures and nations — China, Iran, Russia — is their principled insistence that, as with individual human beings, so with nations, borders and national sovereignty are inviolable principles… Their growing cooperation based on respect for national sovereignty may just save the world from self-destruction. That would be to the good," Engdahl concludes.
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Watch: Iran gears up for chemical war
In unveiling new weapons including chemical suits, medicine for chemical agents, Defense Minister vows to continue 'foiling' US sanctions.
Iran's Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan took part in the ceremony, and indicated that his country will continue to flout US opposition to Iran's intense military build-up, as seen in recent American sanctions on Iran's missile program following Iranian missile tests that breached UN sanctions. He also said Iran is developing "advanced and sophisticated defensive equipment” as an “important mission.”
2 Timothy 3:1 , 13
"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."
Pa. bishops hid sex abuse of hundreds of children, grand jury finds
March 01, 2016
Two Roman Catholic bishops who led a central Pennsylvania diocese helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by over 50 priests or religious leaders over a 40-year period, according to a grand jury report issued Tuesday.
"These predators desecrated a sacred trust and preyed upon their victims in the very places where they should have felt most safe," Kane said in a statement. "Just as troubling is the cover-up perpetrated by clergy leaders that allowed this abuse to continue for decades."
No criminal charges are being filed in the case because some abusers have died, the statute of limitations has expired and, in some cases, victims are too traumatized to testify, she said.
Matthew 24:9 :
"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My Name's sake."
How do you define Great Tribulation?
Tory MP calls out Trudeau for refusing to call ISIS attacks on Christians ‘genocide’
Feb 28, 2016
Noting how the European Parliament passed a unanimous resolution earlier this month recognizing the Islamic State's attacks on Christians as “genocide,” Gallant stated: “In Canada, the Liberal Prime Minister refuses to join the rest of the civilized world in recognizing the ISIS campaign against Christians and other religious minorities as genocide.”
“The silence is deafening. Why does the Prime Minister not think Christians and other religious minorities are the right kind of refugees?” she added.
“It’s just been terrible. They have been amputating people’s heads and putting them on railings. They have chopped children in half. You know, I write some of these things on my blog and nobody believes it,” he said.
Shocking: 4,028 Nigerian Christians killed in 2015
Feb 27 2016
Open Doors reported a 62 per cent increase in the violent killings of Christians in the region. Open Doors is a charity that monitors religiously motivated violence and discrimination.
In its latest report, it shows that in 2015 there were 4,028 killings and 198 church attacks, nearly double those of the previous year. In the five years between 2006 and 2014, 11,500 Christians were killed and 13,000 churches destroyed, forcing 1.3 million Christians to flee to safer areas of the country or risk smuggling routes to Europe, says the report.
UK Man Has Shocking Revelations While Clinically Dead
February 28, 2016
A British man restored to life after being clinically dead for nearly an hour during hospital treatment had Armageddon-type visions while ‘out of this world’. Joe Stevenson, from Doncaster in Yorkshire, has been speaking about his experience at Christian meetings around the country. The miracle happened six years ago and has been verified by the surgeon involved. And the visions were uncannily descriptive of more recent events in Israel and the Middle East.
Joe was admitted to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for a total knee replacement but, at the initiation of physiotherapy the day after surgery, suffered a massive heart attack. For the next 55 minutes he had “no cardiac output and no respiratory effort other than what was maintained by the resuscitation tea. When informed by the patient’s son-in-law that Joe had died, church friends began to pray – not for the Lord to raise him up, but for his family to be comforted.
His heart started beating again – “spontaneous cardiac output and respiratory effort were returned,” said Mr Bruce – and he was in a coma for the next 72 hours. But there was no brain damage and, although initially suffering acute renal failure, this completely settled in time.
Joe has since revealed that he had a series of extraordinary visions during his hour of ‘death’. This included a scene of “total chaos on the earth” with everyone struggling for power and some arguing over clothing and possessions which had become worthless as money no longer had any value.
“The Lord showed me armies fighting one another, even beginning to kill their own people; young men and women taking people into alleyways, killing them at random and running away, laughing. I saw pillaging and rapes.
“Then I saw millions of dead bodies inside a massive lean-to, all in different uniforms. And giant earth-moving machines pushing the bodies into a quarry – something like a picture of Armageddon described in the Bible.” (Revelation 14.20)
Daniel 7:5 :
"And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh!'
Turkey's "Fall and Fall"
February 28, 2016
In a span of only seven months, more than 170 people have lost their lives in bomb attacks in Turkey. This number excludes more than 300 security officials killed by Kurdish militants, and more than 1000 Kurdish militants killed by Turkish security forces. Russia is in the process of encircling Turkey militarily -- in Syria, the Crimea, Ukraine and Armenia.
Russia's fight is not about defeating the Islamic State, but about expanding its sphere of influence in the eastern Mediterranean, including the mouth of the Suez Canal. In a way, Russia is challenging NATO through Syria -- the same way Turkey is challenging the Shiites through Syria, or Iran is challenging the Sunnis through Syria.
Outside its borders, Turkey is floating on a sea of chaos too. The country is in an increasingly dangerous proxy war against a bloc of Shiite and Shiite-dominated governments in Damascus, Baghdad and Tehran, plus their Russian supporters. In addition, for Turkey's neo-Ottomans, Lebanon, Libya, Israel and Egypt are all "hostile lands."
Will the Western world be prepared to challenge Russia, the new thuggish kid on the block called the eastern Mediterranean? If yes, how?
News Report Absolutely Destroys Every Person Blaming Israel For Muslim Terror
February 28, 2016
A report from author Brooke Goldstien centered on the Palestinian terror in Israel being propagated by hateful religious stands from Palestinian Leadership. Israel is not at fault for the turmoil there against them. (Must Watch)
Netanyahu: Syria truce must guarantee security for Israel
While ceasefire is important ‘from a humane standpoint,’ it should also block ‘Iranian aggression,’ prime minister
February 28, 2016
Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that while Israel was glad about the prospect of an end to hostilities there, any long-term solution had to provide security for the Jewish state as well. Syria’s fragile ceasefire entered its second day on Sunday, with battle zones across the war-scarred country largely quiet for the first time in five years despite some sporadic breaches. The temporary truce, brokered by Washington and Moscow, is seen as a crucial step toward ending a conflict that has claimed 270,000 lives and displaced more than half the population.
“But at the same time,” Netanyahu continued, “it’s important that one thing remains clear: Any arrangement in Syria must include e ending Iranian aggression against Israel from Syrian territory.” Iranian agents have been said to operate on the Syrian Golan Heights in recent years, seeking ways to attack Israel. Meanwhile, Lebanon-based Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy group that has been fighting rebel forces alongside the Syrian army, has been threatening cross-border attacks.
Jerusalem has long warned that Iran has been delivering advanced weaponry to Hezbollah in a bid to aid its struggle with Israel. The Israeli Air Force has launched multiple airstrikes in recent years in order to thwart such deliveries, according to foreign reports.
“We will not abide the delivery of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, from Syria to Lebanon,” Netanyahu said Sunday. “We will not abide the creation of a second terror front in the Golan. Those were the red lines we set, and they remain the State of Israel’s red lines.”
Ahead of election, Iran's leader warns of Western 'plot'
February 24, 2016
In remarks reflecting an abiding mistrust of Rouhani's rapprochement with the West, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he was confident Iranians would vote in favor of keeping Iran's anti-Western stance on Friday in the first elections since last year's nuclear accord with world powers.
Rouhani's allies, who hope the deal will hasten Iran's opening up to the world after years of sanctions, have come under increasing pressure in the election campaign from hardliners who accuse them of links to Western powers including the United States and Britain. In remarks on his official website, Khamenei was quoted as saying he was certain the United States had concocted a plot after the nuclear deal to "infiltrate" the Islamic Republic.
Islamic Republic of Iran ‘huge support for Resistance’
February 25, 2016
Today there are many great projects we share with our brothers in the Islamic Republic. One such project started years ago and continues today; we talk about new projects in the framework of resistance and in supporting the Palestinian people’s resistance. Thus, I believe that in the future these relations will greatly improve.
We anticipate and wish the day will come when Jerusalem is liberated; God willing that day will come soon. I believe that the entire world will witness that day and on that day we will speak out in great details on how Iran arranged the resistance. Perhaps today certain security issues hinder us from revealing all of details. However, I will say that any victory the resistance has gained, our Iranian brothers had a role in it.
The Consequences of American Retreat from the Middle East
February 24, 2016
The gravest consequence of the US policy of disengagement from the region is the increased probability of nuclear proliferation. Powers contending for regional leadership, such as Egypt, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia will not stand idly by in the nuclear arena, particularly as the US is no longer seen as a reliable security provider. US attempts to convince regional powers to rely on an American nuclear umbrella in an attempt to prevent nuclear proliferation are likely to fail. The emergence of a multi-polar nuclear Middle East, which is a plausible consequence of the American nuclear accommodation with Iran, will be a strategic nightmare for everyone.
The gravest consequence of US disengagement is the increased likelihood of regional nuclear proliferation. An emboldened Iran, which traditionally acts through proxies rather than through military conquest, might intensify its campaign to subvert Saudi Arabia, possibly by playing the Shiite card in the Shiite-majority and oil-rich Eastern province. The loss of that province would considerably weaken the Saudi state and might even bring about its disintegration.
Iran could use subversion, terrorist attacks, and intimidation of the Gulf states to evict the thinning American presence completely from the Gulf. In the absence of American determination and ability to project force, Iranian superior power might "Finlandize" the Gulf countries. We could also see also the Finlandization of the Caspian basin, where Iran shares the coast with important energy producers like Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. The Caspian basin and the Persian Gulf form an "energy ellipse" that contains a large part of the world's energy resources.
World Council of Churches Starts Seven Weeks of Brainwashing
General Secretary Tveit Recycles Dirty Old Water Lies
February 25, 2016
The central accusation of Palestinians – that Israel steals water from them – has been refuted for more than twenty years. Nevertheless, Palestinian propagandists – since truth matters neither to them nor to their eager audiences of Israel haters – continue to propagate the lie.
Israel now recycles 80% of waste water. Desalination plants have been erected along the Mediterranean coast, so that now Israel has an abundance of water. All this costs money, so Israelis pay more for their water and there is a punitive water price for anything above a legally defined level of domestic per capita water.
Under the Palestinian Authority, it is the opposite. Up to 30% of their water has been estimated to go lost in their water delivery systems. Waste water is released to pollute the PA's land, and some flows downhill to pollute Israel as well. Large numbers of Palestinians either do not pay water bills or simply steal water by illegal connections.
The WCC's Seven Weeks of Water will be in effect Seven Weeks of Brainwashing.
As the WCC's dirty water pours into member churches, it will pollute the minds of naïve ignorant Christians and it will be lapped up by pretend-Christian Israel haters, as if they were giving themselves shots of a Class A drug. As for the miseries of Middle East Christians, the WCC will succeed, as usual, in removing them from the agenda for the sake of "Palestine."
Atheists 'slink away' from 'Big Mountain Jesus' case
February 25, 2016
“It's a statue of Jesus overlooking the valley and was put up by these veterans who wanted to commemorate the lives of their comrades who never came home from the war,” he says. “They'd fought in the Alps of Italy, and so they wanted to put something that would remind them of the shrines they'd seen in the mountains there.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based atheist group, filed a federal lawsuit alleging that because it was on public land in the middle of the ski resort, hence it violated the Establishment Clause.
“The 9th Circuit, which is usually very tough on these kinds of cases, said absolutely not," Baxter says of the court case. "And we were thrilled when Freedom From Religion Foundation missed its deadline for seeking review in the Supreme Court."
He calls the atheist group's tactics "really petty" for going after war memorials that honor American veterans.
Daniel 8 Continues:
Netanyahu: World must condemn Iran for paying terrorists’ families
PM says international community must also denounce incitement, ‘the number one cause of terrorism’
February 25, 2016
The prime minister also called on the international community to denounce Palestinian incitement, which he said is the “number one cause of terrorism.”
“Our fight against terrorism, which comes with the assistance and agitation of states and regimes, does not exist in a vacuum. Yesterday Iran announced that it will finance the families of the terrorists and murderers; this shows that Iran, even after the nuclear agreement, is continuing to aid terrorism, including Palestinian terrorism, Hezbollah terrorism and its assistance to Hamas,” Netanyahu said.
“This is something that the nations of the world must confront and condemn and assist Israel – and other countries, of course – in repelling,” he added.
So much for handing Iran 150 Billion!
Iran pledges thousands of dollars for Palestinian terrorists
Tehran, flush with cash from sanctions relief, will give slain attackers’ families $7,000, envoy says, and $30,000 to terrorists’ families whose homes Israel demolishes
February 24, 2016
Iran will pay thousands of dollars to families of Palestinian terrorists killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis, Tehran’s ambassador to Lebanon said Wednesday. Mohammad Fateh Ali said Tehran will give $7,000 to families of “martyrs of the intifada in occupied Jerusalem” and a further “$30,000 to every family whose home the occupation has demolished for the participation of one of its sons,”
Jerusalem slammed the announcement of Iranian financial aid to terrorists, saying it was another example of Iran’s continued aggression towards Israel. “This is further proof of Iran’s deep involvement in support for anti-Israeli terrorism,” read a Foreign Ministry statement. “After the [nuclear] agreement with world powers, Iran has allowed itself to continue as a major player in international terrorism.”
Israeli officials frequently warned that the lifting of sanctions on Iran would free up billions of dollars that Tehran could funnel into funding terror activities.
On Iran's Islamic Revolution Day, IRGC Officials Slam U.S.
February 22, 2016
Khamenei Advisor: "The Iran-Russia-Iraq-Syria-Hizbullah Coalition Is On The Verge Of Victory... Iran Has Become the Strongest Country in Western Asia"
"America is the Iranian nation's No. 1 enemy. America's hands are drenched in the blood of the martyrs of the Iranian, Iraqi, Syrian, and Palestinian nations. Some try to depict the enemy as a friend, and are unaware of the deceptions and plots of the arrogance [i.e. the U.S.] against the Iranian nation, as well as the plans of the enemies.
Russian media beating drums of world war
The Russian press is reportedly preparing the public for a war with the West, not just in Syria.
The press in Moscow is preparing the Russian public for an impending war with the West, according to a report on NRG. Such a war could begin in Syria, but it could also be sparked by current conflicts in the Ukraine, Moldova or the Balkans. Just three days ago, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned of a possible impending world war.
At the same time that it is beating the war drums, however, the press in Russia reported – like its western counterparts – about the phone conversation Sunday morning between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama. The two reportedly talked about the escalating civil war in Syria and agreed to intensify efforts at bringing the fighting there to a halt.
The RT (Russia Today) website blamed the West for the escalation, reporting that the Syrian crisis "is entering a crucial stage that could either end in world powers agreeing that peace must be given a chance in the war-torn country – or an all-out ground invasion by foreign troops, which has been threatened by Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the US. There are grounds to believe, however, that Ankara will not tolerate any peace in Syria that brings about a defeat of the anti-government forces there."
Iranian general warns Saudi Arabia against Syria invasion
Senior Iranian army commander responds to Saudi, Turkish threats to intervene with threats of his own, as major confrontation looms.
A senior Iranian commander warned Saudi Arabia on Sunday against sending troops to Syria after the gulf kingdom deployed combat aircraft to Turkey, Iran's state media reported.
"We definitely won't let the situation in Syria to go forward the way rebel countries want... We will take necessary actions in due time, the terrorists fighting in Syria today are forces of Saudi Arabia or the Americans or even reactionary forces in the region," deputy chief of staff Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri told Iran's Arabic-language Al-Aalam television.
Iran’s Larijani: Defending Palestine ‘religious duty
February 14, 2016
“The Islamic Republic of Iran supports the Palestinian Intifada as well as all Palestinian groups in resisting the Zionist regime,” reiterated Ali Larijani calling for all-inclusive effort to once again turn the Palestinian issue into the main theme of the Muslim world.
“Over the recent years with the inception of regional crises, many attempts have been made to eliminate the Palestinian issue but the stability of the resistance axis in Syria, Lebanon and Iran had thwarted enemies’ plots,” he concluded.
Russia hit 1,888 targets in Syria in a week; US count? Just 16
FEBRUARY 13, 2016
The Russians have often accused the Obama Administration of just pretending to go after the Islamic State by mounting a few airstrikes just for show. And here we are.
In the seven days before the announcement early Friday that a cease-fire might go into effect in Syria in another week, Russian forces hit more than 100 times as many targets within the embattled nation as a military coalition that includes the United States. Since Russia considers any organization attacking the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad a terrorist group, the question arises of just how its efforts might change.
And those efforts are substantial, as a weekly report by the Russian Ministry of Defense makes clear. In a report posted Thursday on its website, the ministry noted that its jets flew 510 combat sorties and hit 1,888 “terrorist objects” in Syria. The previous week’s report claimed 464 sorties that hit a total of 1,354 “terrorist objects. ”Daily reports from the U.S. military for the same period indicate a much lower level of activity: 16 targets struck in Syria. The reports also said those forces hit 91 targets in Iraq.
Moscow’s alliance with Iran and Hezbollah threatens strategic Israeli interests
The main beneficiary of the Russian intervention in Syria has been Iran.
The Russian intervention in Syria was planned months before the signing of the P+5 nuclear deal with Iran. The Iranians, despite a major military effort, failed to stop the advance of the Syrian opposition forces. Indeed, Tehran was probably the regional architect of the Russian move, coordinating the positions of its allies, Hezbollah and the Shi’ite government in Baghdad. As early as September 2014, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said Russia had been calling “for months for a new coalition to fight against Islamic State, which would include Syria, Iraq and Iran.”
it seems the longer the Russian military campaign in the region lasts, the stronger Moscow’s alliance with Iran, Hezbollah and possibly Iraq will become. This alliance threatens strategic Israeli interests with regard to Iran and Hezbollah. The deep Russian military involvement in Syria is slowly leading to a de facto restructuring of regional alliances, putting US and Western influence in the Middle East and beyond at risk and creating new scenarios for potential clashes with the Russians.
UAE special forces to deploy in Syria, as Russia warns of World War
US confirms Emirates will send troops to train and enable locals to defeat Islamic State, but Moscow says foreign boots on ground will spark ‘permanent war’
February 12, 2016
The comments came as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned other nations against committing their troops to a ground action in Syria, saying it would only exacerbate the conflict. Medvedev, speaking in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the text of which was released by his office Friday, said “a ground operation draws everyone taking part in it into a war.”
MIDDLE EAST CHAOS: Turkey and Saudi Arabia looking to team up with a ground invasion in Syria to stop Russian domination
FEB 13, 2016
Turkish FM says ground operation may be imminent, Assad vows to ‘confront’ them. Russia’s warning of ‘new world war’ coming true?
Russian PM Medvedev says new cold war is on
13 February 2016
US demands Russia cease bombing in Syria…Russia pays no attention
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said strains between Russia and the West have pushed the world "into a new cold war".
"On an almost daily basis, we are being described the worst threat - be it to NATO as a whole, or to Europe, America or other countries," Mr. Medvedev said.
He cited NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg's speeches and films depicting Russia starting a nuclear war. "Sometimes I wonder if this is 2016 or 1962," Mr Medvedev said.
Nuclear Partners: Iran, North Korea - a Combined Threat
February 12, 2016
Iran and North Korea are in cooperation with their Nuclear Technology and Support. An eye opening news report!
'Death to America' banners in Tehran on revolution anniversary
Nuclear deal or not, Iranians wave "Death to America" banners at rally marking 37 years since the Islamic revolution.
Iranians on Thursday marked 37 years since the Islamic revolution by waving "Death to America" banners and taking selfies with a ballistic missile, AFP reported.
Hundreds of thousands converged on the historic Azadi (Freedom) Square in Tehran, where President Hassan Rouhani was set to make a speech. Many demonstrators carried the traditional placards reading "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" while others carried the Iranian flag.
Despite the implementation of the nuclear deal, anti-American sentiment remains prevalent in Iran. Most of this has been fueled by Iranian leaders, who continue to verbally attack the United States.
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has banned any negotiations between Iran and the United States beyond the nuclear deal, and has declared he agrees with the “Death to America” chants at rallies.
Quartet eyes peace push, warns chances for 2-state solution fading
Mideast peacemakers say status quo is not sustainable; urge Israel, Palestinians to take concrete action to calm situation
February 12, 2016
The chances for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians are slipping away, the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers warned in a joint statement Friday, as it announced plans to try to kick start long-moribund negotiations between the two sides.
The foursome said it will prepare a report on the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians, with an eye toward resuming peace talks. The new report will include “recommendations that can help inform international discussions on the best way to advance the two-state solution.”
The announcement came as representatives of the four — the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nation’s Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson — met Friday on the sidelines of the annual Munich Security Conference on southern Germany.
US Intel Chief: Islamic Terror Threat Biggest in History
A summary of two intelligence chiefs' statements could be written like this: The trend is in the enemy's favor.
February 11, 2016
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said February 9 the Sunni terrorist threat "has been on an upward trajectory since the late 1970s and has more groups, members and safe havens that at any other point in history."
"ISIL will likely increase the pace and lethality of its transnational attacks as infrastructure and capabilities mature. It will purposely attempt to stroke sectarian conflict between Shia and Sunnis and between the West and Islam to create the chaotic environment in which it thrives," Stewart said.
The testimonies of Clapper and Stewart explain that ISIS is expanding outside of Iraq and Syria, especially in Libya. The U.S. can and should boast of successes against ISIS, but the statistic doesn't account for ISIS' gains globally.
Ignoring Obama, Iran upgrades its nuclear-capable Emad missile
Flaunting sanctions, Iran's DM says update of nuclear rockets able to hit Israel coming soon, Russian S-300 delivery in next 2 months.
In open defiance of recent US sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan on late Tuesday told local media that Tehran will soon be rolling out an upgrade of its nuclear-capable medium-range Emad missiles. Emad is said to have a 1,700 kilometer range, putting Israel and much of eastern Europe squarely in its sights.
Iran in January publicly revealed its 14 underground "missile towns," with the latest facility being shown on Iranian media as convoys of the nuclear-capable Emad missiles were transferred in.
Dehghan also announced that Iran is to receive the Russian S-300 air defense system within the next two months, a troubling development given the advanced system's ability to shoot down missiles as well as jets. Following the controversial nuclear deal last July, Iran has shown an openly hostile stance to the US and continued to press its military development.
No one wants to use the dollar anymore: "a worthless piece of paper"
Iran wants euro payment for new and outstanding oil sales
February 9, 2016
Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros and is billing new crude sales in euros, too, looking to reduce its dependence on the US dollar following last month’s sanctions relief.
Iran has pushed for years to have the euro replace the dollar as the currency for international oil trade. In 2007, Tehran failed to persuade OPEC members to switch away from the dollar, which its then President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called a “worthless piece of paper”.
" I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great."
IRAN'S PROXIES TO CREATE 'ISLAMIC REPUBLICS'
Dollars flow to expand Islamist ideology of Iran and its proxies.
February 9, 2016
Iran has created an Islamist empire through its loyal proxies in dozens of countries. More recently, these Iranian Islamist proxies have become empowered and emboldened on an unprecedented level. Their leaders are publicly announcing their desire to create Islamist states, which are modeled after the Islamic Republic of Iran.
This week, the Deputy Secretary-General of Hezbollah pointed out in an interview with a state-owned Iranian outlet that he truly believes that “Islam is the solution to all of man’s problems, in all places and at all times.” As a result, he contends that it is a “doctrinal and cultural imperative” to overthrow the secular state in Lebanon and set up an Islamic Shiite political system. He also desires that new state precisely resemble the one created by Ayatollah Rooh Allah Khomeini, the autocrat founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran who tried to establish a political establishment similar to that of Muhammad over 1400 years ago.
The lifting of the economic sanctions by the United Nations Security Council has empowered the Islamic Republic and billions of dollars are being directed towards Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and supporting Iran’s Islamist proxies−designated as terrorist groups−across the world.
Daniel 8:3 :
" a ram which had two horns, and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last."
Iran-backed militia seize Christian neighborhoods in Baghdad
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Iran-backed militias have seized homes, businesses and cultural sites, including churches belonging to Baghdad’s Christian communities, forcing individuals to resettle and forfeit all their belongings, according to members of the Christian members of the Iraqi Parliament.
The militias have targeted properties belonging to Christians, forcing individuals to leave the area, according to Christian community leaders, including representatives from the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac minorities, as well as the Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq who have condemned the attacks, calling them a form of ethnic cleansing aimed to rid Baghdad of its Christians.
Hamas Drafts ‘Emergency Plan’ For War with Israel
February 9, 2016
“The Hamas military wing will continue with its preparations both underground and above ground,” Haniyeh declared. “On land and at sea, we will not stop until the liberation of the holy places [in Jerusalem].”
Turkey holds a conference to ‘LIBERATE JERUSALEM’…through armed struggle
FEB 09, 2016
Despite rapprochement talks with Israel, Ankara hosts Hamas head at event calling for ‘armed struggle’ to conquer Jerusalem.
Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’s deputy leader and in practice the ruler of Gaza, recently left for a visit to Turkey where he took part on Saturday in a “Together We Will Liberate Jerusalem” conference in Ankara.
The conference was organized by an international coalition of student and youth groups in support of Jerusalem and “Palestine,” with a goal of strengthening the ties between the anti-Israeli student and youth groups. Activists from no fewer than 30 countries are taking part in the conference.
Ziyad Abu Mahla, chairperson of the conference, said at the opening speech of the event that the conference will try to devise a unified plan to “liberate” Jerusalem through various forms, including through scientific, ideological, media-based, technological, and diplomatic means – as well as “armed struggle.”
'We will encircle all of Israel with a security fence'
PM Netanyahu tours construction of security fence along eastern border with Jordan, stresses Israel must 'defend itself from wild beasts.'
The Prime Minister expressed his opinion that all of Israel should be surrounded by some sort of border fence.
"At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all. I'll be told, 'this is what you want, to protect the villa?' The answer is yes. Will we surround all of the State of Israel with fences and barriers? The answer is yes."
"In the area that we live in, we must defend ourselves against the wild beasts," Netanyahu stressed.
Khamenei: Americans supporting 'child-killing Israel'
Iran’s Supreme Leader in yet another tirade against the United States, accuses it of supporting "the child-killer Zionist regime".
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday launched yet another tirade against the United States and Israel. In his latest remarks, Khamenei dismissed Washington's claim of support for human rights and democracy and, as proof of his remarks, noted its support for “child killing” Israel as well as Saudi Arabia, Iran’s longtime rival.
Khamenei then added, "They (the Americans) support the child-killer Zionist regime and regional allies which aren’t familiar with and don’t understand elections at all." He advised Iranian officials to be wary of American officials who, he claimed “commit the worst possible crimes then smile and talk to you."
The remarks are part of Khamenei’s ongoing rhetoric against the United States, to which he refers as the “Great Satan”. Khamenei has accused the United States of trying to “destroy” Islam. Recently he also accused the United States of using "money and sexual attractions" to wreak havoc on the Islamic Republic's way of life.
The systematic genocide of the Middle East’s Christians is already underway
February 9, 2016
Cheap Oil Edging Us toward Global Economic Collapse
FEB 8, 2016
When housing prices stalled in 2006 and then collapsed over the next three years, the subprime lending schemes quickly became exposed.
Mortgage defaults led to a banking crisis. Due to the highly interconnectedness of banks globally, the problems quickly spread to banks around the world. A banking crisis led to a global credit freeze. When people can’t access credit, that’s when it all hits the fan. Companies can’t meet payroll, don’t have the liquidity to make new orders. Jobs get cut. Companies go bust. Finally, the microscope on over indebtedness of consumers and corporates turns to countries. Deficits lead to debt. Debt leads to downgrades. Downgrades leads to defaults.
For the most part, defaults were averted because central banks and governments stepped in, in a coordinated way, to backstop failing banks, failing companies and failing countries. Persistently low oil prices represent a risk on par with the housing bust. And in recent days we’re seeing the signs of another global financial and economic crisis creeping uncomfortably closer to a “round two.” As we’ve said, this time would be much worse because governments and central banks have exhausted the resources to bailout failing banks, companies and countries.
Stock market's terrible start to 2016 just got worse
February 8, 2016
Fear continues to reign on Wall Street.
The stock market's terrible start to 2016 got even worse on Monday, with the Dow shedding 178 points and the S&P 500 losing 1.4%. Wall Street was once again spooked by the crash in oil prices. Oil fell another 3% and dropped back below $30 a barrel. Cheap oil is great for consumers but its dramatic downfall continues to alarm investors who fear it signals that something isn't quite right about the health of the broader economy.
CNN Money's Fear & Greed Index, which measures sentiment based on several market indicators, is back in "extreme fear" from "fear" last week.
Iran Infiltrates the West Bank
February 8, 2016
Emboldened by its nuclear deal with the world powers, Iran is already seeking to enfold in its embracing wings the Arab and Islamic region.Iran's capacity for intrusions having been starved by years of sanctions. Now, with the lifting of sanctions, Tehran's appetite for encroachment has been newly whetted -- and its bull's-eye is the West Bank.
Iran has, in fact, been meddling for many years in the internal affairs of the greater region. It has been party to the civil wars in Yemen and Syria, and, through the Shiite Muslims living there, continues actively to undermine the stability of many Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. "The Patient Ones," Al-Sabireen, are seeking Palestinians as a group to become an Iranian proxy in the region, and redoubling efforts to eliminate the "Zionist entity" and replace it with an Islamist empire.
Loosed from its sanction-based constrictions, Iran is now free to underwrite terror throughout the region. This is precisely what is happening in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Iraq and the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Iran's infiltration of the West Bank should serve as a red flag not only for Israel, but also for the U.S. and other Western powers. An Israeli pullout, leading to a Hamas takeover of the West Bank, has been a subject of concern. Now, a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians are wondering if such a vacuum will provide an opening for Iran.
'It's Genocide,' Europe Says of Christian Slaughter by ISIS
The European Parliament has declared the wanton slaughter of Christians and other religious minorities by ISIS is tantamount to genocide.
In a historic move, members of Parliament passed a resolution this week calling the atrocities by the Islamic terror group "crimes against humanity" and calling for an investigation of their human rights abuses.
Members of the European Parliament say that what the Islamic terror group ISIS is doing to Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq amounts to "war crimes" and "genocide."
"It is very important to call it genocide, it's important because it is the truth," Nina Shea, with Freedom House, said. Freedom House has been documenting ISIS atrocities.
Mugabe finally sounds famine alert
The rains arrived in Zimbabwe two months late, ruining crops
February 7, 2016
Zimbabwe is facing a potential famine, as President Mugabe declared a state of disaster yesterday. The president, 91, who has recently returned from holiday, warned that Zimbabwe was suffering its driest weather on record after the rainy season came two months late, devastating crops.
Saviour Kasukuwere, the local government minister, said that 2.4 million people — 26 per cent of the population — were “food insecure”, that boreholes had dried up and cattle were dying.
At least 26 (Now 34) dead, nearly 200 pulled from rubble after strong Taiwan earthquake
February 07, 2016
With anxious families waiting nearby, rescuers on Sunday painstakingly pulled more survivors from the remains of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed a day earlier in a powerful earthquake that shook southern Taiwan and killed at least 26 people. More than 100 remained buried in the building's rubble.
News Report: Beginning of sorrows: Christian persecution
“Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for My Name's sake.”
This video is centered on four experts who discuss the enormity of the persecution in which Christians experience today. Great insight and discussion!
Ron Paul's Final Warning
"My most dire prediction is about to come true. And there's not much time left for you to prepare."
This video is worth watching if you are doing so because Jesus said so!
Congressman Paul is very informed and in tune with the direction in which our economy is heading towards disaster.
Why Citi Strategists Warn Global Economy Appears to Be Trapped in ‘Death Spiral’
Feb. 5, 2016
“The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral,” Jonathan Stubbs and his fellow Citi strategists said in a report on Thursday. “Stronger U.S. dollar, weaker oil/commodity prices, weaker world trade/petrodollar liquidity, weaker EM (and global growth) … and repeat. Ad infinitum, this would lead to Oilmageddon, a ‘significant and synchronized’ global recession and a proper modern-day equity bear market.”
“This is fundamental to avoiding a proper/full global recession and dangerous disorder across financial markets. The stakes are high, perhaps higher than they have ever been in the post-World War II era,” he said.
Jude 1:7 :
" as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
LGBT Rights Get Postage Stamp of Approval From U.N.
February 5, 2016
Gay Promoting by the UN going international
On Thursday, the United Nations Postal Administration unveiled a series of six stamps featuring diverse and colorful depictions of the LGBT community.
Created by UNPA art director Sergio Baradat, the images depict two dads with their daughter, two women embracing, and a transgender woman with butterfly wings. Baradat told U.N. Radio he chose wings to show the woman’s transformation, representing a person “becoming who they really are.”
Israel's air force still keeps eye on Iran despite nuclear deal
Irrespective of the global deal over the Iranian nuclear program, the Israel Air Force goes on building its long-range capabilities, and maintaining its readiness for any potential future scenario that may develop between Israel and the Islamic Republic.“Hezbollah in Lebanon remains the main threat,” a senior military source said.
“That’s where things are happening that we may not fully grasp. If a third Lebanon war breaks out, we may not fully be aware of the scope and intensity of that event. Hezbollah in the north is the main thing,” the source told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
But Iran remains a very significant potential theater in the future, he said. Despite the historic nuclear agreement last year, “We always have to be ready. Iran heads an axis that threatens Israel. Who said that on the twelfth day of a [potential] war with Hezbollah, we won’t get an order from the prime minister to punish Iran [which sponsors and arms Hezbollah]?” Iran could build its confidence over the next three to five years, and then, in eight to 10 years, it could “lift its heads” and seek a nuclear breakout capability, the source said.
“The IAF and Military Intelligence have to be ready,” he said.
Iranian Commander unveils plans to upgrade missile program
Senior Iranian Commander says Iran does not care about any sanctions over its missile program.
“Iran’s future missile program will become more precise and stronger, and these are the deterrent weapons that pose no threat to our neighbors and friends, but are against enemies,” Salehi told reporters in Tehran, according to the Tasnim news agency.
The new American missile sanctions came after Iran conducted an Emad medium range ballistic missile test on October 10, and tested another ballistic missile a month later. UN sanctions monitors confirmed the Emad rocket tested on October 10 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, making it a violation of a UN Security Council resolution.
Salehi’s comments echo ones by Iranian officials who have stressed that Iran would not only stop its missile program because of the American sanctions, it would intensify the program.
Removal of Sanctions Will Make It Easier For Iran to Keep Funding Terror, and Will Facilitate Its Plans to Harm Other Countries
February 5, 2016
Following the January 16, 2016 publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency report verifying that Iran has met its commitments under the JCPOA, nuclear-related sanctions on Iran have been lifted, and $100 billion in Iranian assets has been unfrozen. In response, many writers have published articles in the Gulf press stating that the West is deluding itself by thinking that Iran's behavior will now change for the better.
These writers warned that Iran will continue to fund terror organizations across the world and to seek to destabilize its neighbors in order to bring down their regimes, and that the infusion of billions of dollars will only help it do so. They also said that the Iranian regime and its affiliates, first and foremost members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), are the only ones who will profit and benefit from these funds, while the Iranian people will continue to live in poverty and oppression.
One writer even called the U.S. "a cheating, lying ally undeserving of a minimum of trust," and stated that its insistence on bringing Iran back into the international fold is aimed at igniting the Middle East in order to justify a permanent U.S. presence there.
Iran-Russia ties 'important factor of regional, global security'
February 5, 2016
Head of Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council and a senior adviser to Leader has said Iran-Russia ties wield considerable impact on global and regional interactions.
“The time has come to an end when a single hegemonic power ruled the roost in dominating destiny of humanity and the current pandemonium is a direct effect of the unilateralism,” emphasized the Leader’s adviser." Iran and Russia would help bring about a more just world globally through cooperation. The path has been laid well in advance and is highly evaluated in Leader’s grand policy of which welcomes the East and is a laudable attempt to create strategic relations with East as a political entity,” he added.
“Countries are diverse in their attempts to create their hegemony in the region; Iran and Russia have strategic interests; furthermore, they share common policies on regional and international issues and we should grasp the opportunities through working with each other; Russia especially, is important for Iran’s foreign policy and our relations would even wield impact on global scale on peace and security,” Velayati told the opening ceremony.
“US and west regularly create challenges and threats in the region as well as for Iran and Russia; in the new setting, both countries should plan innovatively to meet and tackle these threats; a long-term and extended ties would help achieve this,”
6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes Taiwan
February 05, 2016
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, causing at least two buildings to collapse.
The Taiwanese news website ET Today reported that two buildings toppled in the southern city of Tainan and that some water and gas utility pipes had ruptured. Sirens were wailing as city authorities responded to the quake, the news website said.
Retail Apocalypse: 2016 Brings Empty Shelves and Store Closings all across America
February 5, 2016
Major retailers in the United States are shutting down hundreds of stores, and shoppers are reporting alarmingly bare shelves in many retail locations that are still open all over the country. It appears that the retail apocalypse that made so many headlines in 2015 has gone to an entirely new level as we enter 2016. As economic activity slows down and Internet retailers capture more of the market, brick and mortar retailers are cutting their losses.
This is especially true in areas that are on the lower portion of the income scale. In impoverished urban centers all over the nation, it is not uncommon to find entire malls that have now been completely abandoned. It has been estimated that there is about a billion square feet of retail space sitting empty in this country, and this crisis is only going to get worse as the retail apocalypse accelerates.
We always get a wave of store closings after the holiday shopping season, but this year has been particularly active. The following are just a few of the big retailers that have already made major announcements…
-Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores , including 154 inside the United States.
-K-Mart is closing down more than two dozen stores over the next several months.
-J.C. Penney will be permanently shutting down 47 more stores after closing a total of 40 stores in 2015.
-Macy’s has decided that it needs to shutter 36 stores and lay off approximately 2,500 employees.
-The Gap is in the process of closing 175 stores in North America.
-Aeropostale is in the process of closing 84 stores all across America.
-Finish Line has announced that 150 stores will be shutting down over the next few years.
-Sears has shut down about 600 stores over the past year or so, but sales at the stores that remain open continue to fall precipitously.
But these store closings are only part of the story.
All over the country, shoppers are noticing bare shelves and alarmingly low inventory levels. This is happening even at the largest and most prominent retailers.
In first prayer video, Pope stresses interfaith unity: 'We are all children of God'
February 5, 2016
A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”.
“Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God,” Pope Francis said in his message. At the beginning of the video, a minute-and-a-half long, the Pope cites the fact that the majority of the earth’s inhabitants profess some sort of religious belief.
This, he said, “should lead to a dialogue among religions. We should not stop praying for it and collaborating with those who think differently.” The video goes on to feature representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, who proclaim their respective beliefs in God, Jesus Christ, Allah and Buddha.
Later on, after the Pope affirms that all, regardless of their religious profession, are children of God, the faith leaders state their common belief in love. Pope Francis closes the video by expressing his hope that viewers “will spread my prayer request this month: that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce fruits of peace and justice. I have confidence in your prayers.”
22 Verified Islamic Terror Training Camps in US – All Under the Watchful Eye of the FBI
February 3, 2016
While the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to investigate 1,000 ISIS-tied individuals in the United States, there are at least 22 paramilitary Islamic communities in the US that they know of, but are not doing anything about.
Chief Rabbi of Moscow: We're facing a religious world war
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt calls to close mosques that preach radical Islam, block extremists from social networks.
February 1, 2016
"I believe that the 21st century has reverted back to the religious wars of the Middle Ages. The rise of Daesh (Islamic State) happened 15 years after the September 11 World Trade Center attack when Islam has become a major threat to democracy," said Rabbi Goldschmidt.
He called on governments worldwide to fight the extremist Islamic indoctrination by closing mosques where hate speech echoes, to arrest imams who preach incitement against other religions and prevent their access to social networks in order to stop them from spreading to their inflammatory doctrine.
"There are extremist aspects in many religions, especially Islam. The fascist extension of Islam, Daesh (ISIS), is part of Islam and must be addressed. We must recognize that we have entered into a religious war, as was routine in the middle Ages.
Argentina Infested With Swarms of Locusts
Feb 1, 2016
The recent images and videos of locusts swarming farms and villages in Argentina are not part of a Hollywood movie. These images are very much real.
Thousands of locusts are infesting farmlands in Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, Tucuman and Córdoba. The locusts first arrived in Argentina in Santiago del Estero last July. This video shows thousands of locusts swarming across a field. Other videos show locusts covering trees and exteriors of buildings.
This is the worst locust attack in the country in over 50 years, according to the Rural Confederations of Argentina. There are currently more than 100 outbreaks in Argentina that have affected more than 700,000 hectares of land. If locusts are not fumigated before they mature, "they can become millions and eat all the production of the farms. They eat all they can get," Karnatz wrote. He believes the plague can come under control this year "but not eliminated."
World Health Organization declares global emergency over Zika virus spread
February 01, 2016
The World Health Organization declared a global emergency Monday over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an "extraordinary event" that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE TRIBULATION?
Mideast Christian Suffering, U.S. Denial
January 31, 2016
Escaped eyewitnesses have reported that ISIS places Iraqi and Syrian Christians in cages or coffins and sets them on fire.
ISIS persecution of Christians "fits the definition of ethnic cleansing." — Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial.
"Thousands [of Iraqi Christians] have been killed, hundreds of thousands have been forced to flee," said CNN's Wolf Blitzer in an interview with Col. Warren the other week. "There is legitimate fear -- you're there in Baghdad -- that the long history of Christians living peacefully, productively in Iraq, is coming to an end. How worried should we be about the Christian community in Iraq?"
Col. Warren's response: "Wolf, ISIL doesn't care if you're a Christian ... We've seen no specific evidence of a specific targeting towards Christians." Except that roughly two-thirds of Iraq's 1.5 million Christian citizens have been killed or forced to flee the country by ISIS and its jihadi predecessors over the past decade. This has nothing to do with their religious identity?
ISIS fighters skip these formalities and simply torture to death Christians who refuse to convert to Islam. ISIS then releases the footage online for propaganda purposes. Most notable are two videotaped mass executions of 21 Egyptians and 30 Ethiopians in Libya last spring, but there have been many lesser-known instances.
When, in 2014, a group of Iraqi Christian children refused to renounce Christ and said, "No, we love Jesus," ISIS decapitated [them] and mangled their bodies.
Also, last summer in Aleppo, Syria, ISIS tortured, mutilated, publicly raped, beheaded and crucified 12 Christians for refusing to convert. Escaped eyewitnesses have reported that ISIS places Iraqi and Syrian Christians in cages or coffins and sets them on fire.
Gaza prepares for war
As it rebuilds its attack tunnels, Hamas vows it will operate ‘inside the territory of 1948’ in the next round of fighting with Israel
January 29, 2016
Islamist terror group has more than 1,000 people working around the clock, six days a week, to dig attack tunnels into Israel. After quite a few attempts at concealment and denial, Hamas’s military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, on Thursday released the names of “the seven heroes, men of Allah” who were killed earlier in the week in the collapse of an attack tunnel in the Tufah neighborhood in the northeastern part of Gaza City, only a few hundred yards from the Israeli border.
According to the commander, Hamas has already restocked its rocket supply and is ready for a new war. He also said that in the next round of fighting, Hamas would operate “inside the territory of 1948.” This was a broad hint that Hamas plans to engage in terror attacks inside Israel using, among other means, its new and restored cross-border tunnels. Gaza has never been in such a bad humanitarian situation, residents say, calling it much more difficult than it was on the eve of the last war.
“Nobody is working, there are no construction materials in the market, and there is no money because there are no salaries,” said H., also a resident of Gaza City. “Hamas officials do not receive regular pay; rather, they receive NIS 1,000 to 1,200 shekels (about $300) every 50 days. The members of Islamic Jihad have no money either. “This is going to lead to an explosion,” said H. “It will be a miracle if 2016 ends without a war. It’s not up to Hamas or Israel anymore.”
Magnitude 7.3 Quake Hits Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia)
According to USGS, the magnitude 7.0 quake occurred 95 kilometers (59 miles) north of Yelizovo.
Earlier, USGS reported that at 00:16 GMT, a 5.3-magnitude quake occurred off Russia’s Kuril Islands, south of the Kamchatka peninsula.According to the Richter scale, earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.0- 7.9 are considered major and can cause severe damage. Quakes with a magnitude of 5.0-5.9 are considered to be moderate.
The Most Disturbing Video on the Islamic Invasion of Europe You'll Ever See
If we continue to ignore this growing crisis, we are doomed to ruin and total all out chaos worldwide.
Islamic Obama- the video which every American needs to see!
No wonder that Obama is quite about Islam. This is mind blowing!
Looming Economic ‘Reset’ Should Terrify Investors
The Nations who have gold will put it in a holding and a New Currency will come out of this with the IMF and World Bank. This is a very informative video. I hold the opinion that this is a big step towards the implementation of “the mark of the beast”. Pay close attention!
Daniel 8:4 :
" I saw the ram pushing (bullying/agressive) westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great."
Iranian drone flew over US carrier — Navy says it was “abnormal and unprofessional”
JANUARY 29, 2016
How the weakness and pusillanimity of American leadership, and all its impotent schoolmarmish tut-tutting, must amuse the Iranians. “Hitler reoccupies Rhineland — French say it’s ‘abnormal and unprofessional.'”
Cowardice in the face of an aggressive bully only emboldens the bully and encourages him to do more bullying. That is where we are with Iran today: once again, it is showing the U.S. who’s boss, and seeing how far it can push the Obama Administration. How far can it push the Obama Administration? Right off the cliff.
Iran says it has ‘doubled’ efforts to develop ballistic missiles
Top general says US attempts to curb advancement in weapons technology have only spurred Tehran to intensify its work
January 30, 2016
“We doubled our activities and the American demands from Iran had an opposite result,” the country’s Press TV quoted Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ (IRGC) Aerospace Force, as saying.
“Today, the enemies are bringing up the issue of missile-related sanctions and expecting us to back down. But, the IRGC’s reaction to this American demand will be aggressive,” he said. Hajizadeh said the US was still a dangerous enemy to Iran, despite the signing and recent implementation of a nuclear deal between the sides, and the subsequent removal of many of the international sanctions on the Islamic republic.
“Has the enemy abandoned its intentions for hostile moves? Does the Revolution have no problem anymore? That’s not the case,” he said. “Our enemies, especially America, are still saying, ‘all options are on the table.
POLICE STATE FEMA CAMPS (Part 1-3)
Seeing is believing. This is not being paranoid. I think we need to recognize something is happening in this country. It would be well for us to be informed. Credible Sources. You need to check this out!
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6vsKMaSG1s
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1bftc4gHQY
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_WO6UMFYsQ
Strong 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Alaska
January 24, 2016
“It started out as a shaking and it seemed very much like a normal earthquake. But then it started to feel like a normal swaying, like a very smooth side-to-side swaying,” Vincent Nusunginya, 34, of Kenai told the AP. “It was unsettling. Some things got knocked over, but there was no damage.”
If You Don’t Think That the Muslim Brotherhood is Invading America, Then You Better Watch This
January 24, 2015
This is not paranoia – just plain unadulterated fact. We better wake up!
Turkey: Christian Refugees Live in Fear
January 24, 2016
Around 45,000 Armenian and Assyrian Christians (also known as Syriac and Chaldean) who fled Syria and Iraq and have settled in small Anatolian cities in Turkey, are forced to hide their religious identity, according to the Hurriyet daily newspaper. Since the Islamic State (ISIS) invaded Iraqi and Syrian cities, Christians and Yazidis have become the group's main target, facing another possible genocide at the hands of Muslims.
Unfortunately, hatred of Christians has become a norm in Muslim countries, and this norm will not soon go away. This means that Christians in the Middle East will continue suffering or even being murdered, and will eventually become extinct in the Middle East if the civilized world does not help them.
As Linda Markaryan, the Christian refugee who fled ISIS in Iraq and is now living in Turkey, said: "We do not have a future here. Everything in our lives is uncertain. Our only wish is to provide a better future for our children in a place where they are safe and secure."
"We are only working in temporary jobs in places like construction sites," her husband, Vahan Markaryan, said. "The other workers [Turkish citizens] are paid around 100 Turkish liras a day but we are only paid 25 liras a day for the same work. We cannot demand our rights."
Iran aims for closer ties with China, ‘has never trusted the West’
Khamenei tells visiting Chinese leader that US adopts ‘dishonest approach’ to all matters
January 24, 2016
Westerners have never obtained the trust of the Iranian nation,” Khamenei said. “The government and nation of Iran have always sought expanding relations with independent and trustful countries like China.”
“China has always stood by the side of the Iranian nation during hard days,” Rouhani said, in comments posted on his official website. The US, however, was “not honest” in its fight against terrorism in the Middle East, according to Reuters. “Americans pursue such dishonest approach to all issues ,“The Islamic Republic will never forget China’s cooperation during the sanctions era,” state TV quoted Khamenei as saying.
Iran’s Khamenei: “God delivered US sailors into our hands”
Iranian leader visits naval unit that took Americans captive earlier this month, hails his forces’ ‘courage’
January 24, 2016
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hailed the “courage” and “strong faith” of the unit: “Certainly, it was the divine job that sent the Americans straying into our territorial waters only to be promptly captured with their hands behind their heads.”
Iranian political and military leaders have repeatedly castigated the US over the incident, gloating about ostensible American panic, cowardice and lack of professionalism. The incident coincided with the lifting of international sanctions on Iran in the wake of last summer’s nuclear deal, but Khamenei and other senior Iranian figures have repeatedly emphasized that the deal does not mark a warming of Iran’s attitude to the United States.
The commander of Iran’s air defense forces said last week that US forces in the Persian Gulf scrambled jets over Farsi Island after the IRGC unit captured the sailors there, but retreated when they were threatened with a forceful response. And on January 16, a top Iranian general boasted that the sailors briefly held by the Islamic Republic were “crying” as they were taken in by his nation’s naval forces.
“The Americans humbly admitted our might and power, and we freed the marines after being assured that they had entered the Iranian waters unintentionally, and we even returned their weapons,” Salami also said.
General Ali Fadavi scoffed at the “unprofessional behavior” of the US fleet during the crisis, warned that Iran could have inflicted an unprecedented “catastrophe” upon the US forces, and bragged that the US would never prevail in a confrontation with Iran in the Gulf.
(Daniel 8) The Ram is “Pushing”:
Salam at Davos accuses Iran of raising regional tensions
January 23, 2016
Prime Minister Tammam Salam, speaking at the Davos forum Friday, decried Iran’s constant interference in the region and blamed it for escalating the ongoing diplomatic conflict with Saudi Arabia.
The Watchman: Pastor Saeed's Release and Iran's Double Game
January 20, 2016
Erick examines the Iranian regime's continued terrorist activity in spite of Pastor Saeed Abedini's release. He also talks to Dr. Michael Youssef about his new book, End Times and the Secret of the Mahdi. This is a very informative video!
Russians’ Anxiety Swells as Oil Prices Collapse
JAN. 22, 2016
The global collapse in oil prices is reordering economic relations around the world, but the change is particularly daunting for Russia, which relies on energy exports for 50 percent of its federal budget.
In December, President Vladimir V. Putin told the nation that the worst of the recession — the economy shrank 3.9 percent and inflation hit 12.9 percent in 2015 — was over and that modest growth would return in 2016. Then in January oil fell below $30 per barrel, with no bottom in sight, and the ruble hit a record low of nearly 85 to the dollar before recovering slightly.
The last time oil prices dropped so low and stayed there, in the 1980s, the Soviet Union disintegrated.
More Daniel 8 news:
Iran: ‘We Welcome War with the United States’
JANUARY 21, 2016
John Kerry said Monday that “the world is safer today” because of the Iran nuclear deal. Details of how loud and long the mullahs laughed have not been released. In reality, the world is more threatened than ever by an aggressive and assertive Iran, confident and swaggering after besting Kerry at the negotiating table.
As the International Atomic Energy Agency certified Iran’s compliance with the stipulations of the nuclear deal and the U.S. and EU ended sanctions against the Islamic Republic, the head of Iran’s armed forces, Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, was not in a conciliatory mood. After Iran seized two U.S. Navy boats and briefly held ten American sailors hostage, Firouzabadi declared:
“This incident in the Persian Gulf, which probably will not be the American forces’ last mistake in the region, should be a lesson to troublemakers in the U.S. Congress. Iran is prepared for the decisive war against the U.S. and the Zionist regime. … Iran has been making plans, conducting maneuvers, and preparing its forces for this battle for years now.”
Said IRGC commander Ahmad Dolabi:
“I saw the weakness, cowardice, and fear of American soldiers myself. Despite having all of the weapons and equipment, they surrendered themselves with the first action of the guardians of Islam. American forces receive the best training and have the most advanced weapons in the world, but they did not have the power to confront the Guard due to weakness of faith and belief.”
Daniel 7:5 :
"And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh!'
Turkish border on brink of becoming a Russian war front?
Russian troops deploy to Syrian border town, with Turkey 'closely watching' and reinforcing amid fears of all - out war.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes said in parliament on Thursday that he did not see any threat in Russia's movements on the border.
"We are aware of Russia's movements. Russia's movements in Qamishli cannot constitute a threat for Turkey, which is a member of NATO." But the Turkish army has already reinforced security by digging trenches in the border zone, the Hurriyet daily said. Top Russian military officials, including figures from the GRU military intelligence service, had already visited Qamishli, it added.
The Kremlin and Iran are the chief remaining allies of President Bashar al-Assad who Turkey wants to see ousted as the key to ending Syria's almost five year civil war.
Netanyahu calls for more US aid against strengthened Iran
At World Economic Forum, PM makes case for expanding military aid, which 'pales in comparison to enormous funds Iran gets.'
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday that Israel will need more US military aid because of the nuclear deal with Iran, the world's leading state sponsor of terror.
Netanyahu reiterated his argument that the nuclear deal that has seen sanctions lifted against Tehran would require Israel to increase spending to maintain its military edge.
The influx of cash, he said, would allow Iran to further back proxy terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah which has an estimated 150,000 missiles pointed at Israel from the Lebanese border. Netanyahu said it would be important to "resist Iranian aggression in the region, which continues and might even accelerate given the amount of funds that they're going to get with the lifting of sanctions."
We are in BIG trouble - Let the numbers speak for themselves
19,000,000,000,000 (Trillion) (U.S. National Debt)
64,676,000,000,000 (Trillion) – (Total US Debt)
100,893,000,000,000 (Trillion) - (Unfunded Liabilities)
US Population: 322,881,131 (Million) Taxpayers: 119,660,205 (Million)
Does anyone really know what time it is?
The U.S. Is at the Center of the Global Economic Meltdown
20 January 2016
While the economic implosion progresses this year, there will be considerable misdirection and disinformation as to the true nature of what is taking place. As I have outlined in the past, the masses were so ill informed by the mainstream media during the Great Depression that most people had no idea they were actually in the midst of an “official” depression until years after it began. The chorus of economic journalists of the day made sure to argue consistently that recovery was “right around the corner.” Our current depression has been no different, but something is about to change.
Unlike the Great Depression, social crisis will eventually eclipse economic crisis in the U.S. That is to say, our society today is so unequipped to deal with a financial collapse that the event will inevitably trigger cultural upheaval and violent internal conflict. In the 1930s, nearly 50% of the American population was rural. Farmers made up 21% of the labor force. Today, only 20% of the population is rural. Less than 2% work in farming and agriculture. That’s a rather dramatic shift from a more independent and knowledgeable land-utilizing society to a far more helpless and hapless consumer-based system.
What’s the bottom line? About 80% of the current population in the U.S. is more than likely inexperienced in any meaningful form of food production and self-reliance. When 80% of the citizenry is completely unprepared for a decline in the mainstream grid, a loss of savings through falling equities and a loss of buying power through currency destruction, their first response to such dangers would be predictably uncivilized.
It is astonishingly foolish to assume that even though the U.S. has held the title of king of global consumption share for decades, that our economy is somehow not a primary faulty part in the sputtering global economic engine. Economies are falling because demand is falling. Demand is falling because Americans are not buying. Americans are not buying because Americans are broke. Americans are broke because central bank policy has created an environment of wealth destruction. This wealth destruction in the U.S. has been ongoing, but only now is it becoming truly visible. The volatility we see in developing nations is paltry compared to the financial chaos we now face. Anyone who attempts to dismiss the dangers of a U.S. breakdown or the threat to the unprepared public is either an idiot, or they are trying to divert and distract you from reality. The coming months will undoubtedly verify this.
This is a picture of Daniel 8 shaping up:
IRAN: Khameini’s New Book on the Destruction of America, Israel
Supporting Palestinians is an Islamic Duty [p.44]
“We, the revolutionary Muslim people of Iran—after successfully getting the attention of the entire world by punching the American imperialists in the mouth—should take another big step: We should teach Arab nations how to fight for Palestine and Palestinians rights sacrificially. As I said before, the issue of Palestine is an Islamic humanitarian issue. It is humanitarian because group of anti-human criminals, who know nothing but hegemony and trespassing, have gathered to plot against other nations and governments.
An Infected Cancer Called “Israel,” Cause of Division Among Muslims [p.42]
Imperialists, the enemy of human beings, planted this infected cancer gland within Islamic-Arabic territory. Today this gland has grown and become the cause of division among Muslim governments. You see how the leaders of Islamic countries who call themselves Muslims do not perform their Islamic duty about the issue of Palestine. Why? Because they have been busied with internal problems. Where their problems have come from? From this infected gland named “Israel” that was created by the superpowers.
The Islamic Revolution of Iran would become the mother of all other Islamic revolutions throughout the region. After your triumphant Revolution, the passion for Islamic values is boiling in the region. Today, many movements based on Islamic ideology are seeking freedom. This fire continues to give off flames. You should continue. You should know that those you inspire, other Revolutions, would come to your help whenever you need them. That the Islamic Revolution continues to live disappoints the United States, and has done so thusfar.
Today we face two factors to deal with. One problem is the Imperialism of the United States and its agent and proxy in the region, the Occupier Government of Israel—on which we should put pressure, and seek its destruction. This government is the expression and visualization [the agent and proxy] of the American hegemony."
John Kerry: Some sanctions relief money for Iran will go to terrorism
January 21, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged to CNBC Thursday that some of the money Iran received in sanctions relief would go to groups considered terrorists.
When asked about whether some the $150 billion in sanctions relief to Iran would go to terrorist groups, Kerry reiterated that, after settling debts, Iran would receive closer to $55 billion. He conceded some of that could go to groups considered terrorists, saying there was nothing the U.S. could do to prevent that.
"I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists," he said in the interview in Davos, referring to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. "You know, to some degree, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented."
He also said that there are such great demands on the Iranian government to develop the country that "there is no way they can succeed in what they want to do if they are very busy funding a lot of terrorism." He continued, "If we catch them funding terrorism, they are going to have a problem with the United States Congress and other people, obviously."
Russian Media Outlets Slam Turkey: Discuss Option of Nuclear Attack On It, Accuse President Erdogan Of Supporting ISIS
January 19, 2016
"A leading expert of the Center for Military and Political Studies, Mikhail Alexandrov, is convinced that in case of a real war, Russia will have to use nuclear weapons immediately, because the existence of the nation will be at stake.
"'It would be a mistake for Russia not to use nuclear weapons in this case,' [he said]. 'The West and Turkey will try to drag us into a war such as the Crimean war, where escalation will be slow, combat actions in the Caucasus will erupt, and the Russian group in Syria will be destroyed. The West will be helping Turkey - there will be military units and state-of-the-art aviation deployed there. It will be a war of the wearing-out strategy', he said.
"'From my point of view, should the war with Turkey start, it must be a determined, ambitious and quick war. Russia will have to strike a nuclear blow on main infrastructure and military targets in Turkey immediately'…
"'During the first few hours of this war, Russia must destroy the entire military infrastructure of Turkey', Mikhail Alexandrov said. 'One does not even have to use ballistic missiles in this strike - Iskander-M with nuclear warheads would be enough. As soon as the military infrastructure is destroyed, the Russian troops will go and take the area of the straits', he added.
"'The West will not even have time to do anything. European countries will be so horrified that they will not even dare to intervene. The Americans will face a choice - either they begin a strategic nuclear war against Russia or not. As a result, Russia will take the area of the straits, and the rest will be left to Turkey', said the expert.
" Yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. "
At Rome synagogue, Pope denounces violence done in God’s name
Visit comes amid spate of Islamic extremist attacks, often targeting Jews and Christians in Europe, Africa, Mideast and elsewhere
January 18, 2016
Pope Francis denounced all religiously inspired violence during a visit to Rome’s main synagogue Sunday, joining the oldest Jewish community in the diaspora in a sign of interfaith friendship at a time of Islamic extremist attacks around the globe.
The visit comes amid a spate of Islamic extremist attacks in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere — violence which Francis has repeatedly condemned as anathema to religion, particularly given that Christians and religious minorities have often been the target.
“Violence of man against man is in contradiction to every religion that merits the name, in particular the three monotheistic religions,” Francis said, referring to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. “Every human being, as a creature of God, is our brother regardless of his origins or religious belief.”
“Today, the sad novelty is that after two centuries of disasters produced by nationalism and ideologies, violence has come back and it is fed and justified by fanatic visions inspired by religion,” Rome’s chief rabbi, Riccardo Di Segni, told the pope. “A meeting of peace between different religious communities, as the one that is taking place today here in Rome, is a very strong sign against the invasion and abuse of religious violence.”
Iran blasts new US sanctions linked to its missile program
Islamic Republic says it will ‘boost its defense capabilities’ in response to new American embargo
January 18, 2016
Iran on Monday denounced as “illegitimate” new sanctions by the United States on its ballistic missile program, two days after Tehran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers came into effect.
The United States announced new penalties Sunday related to Iran’s ballistic missile program after the lifting of punishing measures aimed at its atomic activities. “As previously announced, the Islamic Republic of Iran… responds with determination to such propaganda by accelerating its legal ballistic missile program and boosting defense capabilities,” Ansari said.
“Iran’s ballistic missile program poses a significant threat to regional and global security, and it will continue to be subject to international sanctions,” said Treasury Undersecretary Adam J. Szubin, according to a statement from the department. “We have consistently made clear that the United States will vigorously press sanctions against Iranian activities outside of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — including those related to Iran’s support for terrorism, regional destabilization.
Israel PMO: Iran continues to pursue nuclear weapon, will destabilize Middle East
Tehran will continue to destabilize the Middle East and spread terrorism throughout the world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office warned late Saturday night after sanctions against Iran were officially lifted.
“Israel will continue to monitor Iran's negative activities and will take all necessary measures to maintain its security and defend itself," the Prime Minister's Office said.
It warned that “Iran has not abandoned its aspirations to acquire nuclear weapons and continues to destabilize the Middle East and spread terrorism throughout the world.”
President Rouhani: JCPOA result of resistance, wisdom, determination of Iranian nation
January 17, 2016
Dr Rouhani’s message is as follows: In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful ,Brave and heroic people of Iran, today JCPOA concluded . I praise God for this great gift and show my utmost respect to you patient people. Happy to you all this glorious victory!
Today, the officially announcement of the implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) means that the Iranian nuclear program is "ever secured", the tyrannical resolutions against the Iranian nation are canceled, the sanctions are removed, Iran's nuclear rights has been accepted by all and the Iranian economy became a global one.
Court Says Farmers Must Pay $13,000 for Refusing Gay Wedding
January 15, 2016
The Third Judicial Department of the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division ruled on Thursday that Cynthia and Robert Gifford engaged in unlawful discrimination when they refused to have a gay wedding performed on their property in 2012.
Islamic State ‘brand’ seen spreading worldwide
Jihadist group may be retreating in Iraq, but now recognizes affiliates in eight countries, claims attacks in 17
January 17, 2016
The Islamic State group may be losing ground in its strongholds of Iraq and Syria but as the attack in Indonesia this month showed, the jihadists are rallying other groups under their banner, analysts say.
“From the start, Islamic State has vowed to take its fight globally, but until recently it has been focused on managing its caliphate in Iraq and Syria,” said Michael Kugelman, of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.
Republicans, AIPAC bemoan lifting of Iranian sanctions as nuclear deal comes into effect,
Democratic contender Hillary Clinton offers praise, but warns “we can’t take our eye off the ball”
January 17, 2016
Obama’s eight-page executive order comes after International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors confirmed Saturday that Iran has dismantled most of its nuclear program, living up to its commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The move paves the way for Iran to re-enter the international finance system, which will free up Iranian assets estimated to be between $100 to $150 billion.
“Today cannot be the beginning of the United States and Europe turning a blind eye to the troubling threat of a nuclear-armed Iran,” Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said in a statement. “Now armed with an initial windfall of more than $100 billion, Iran will have vast new resources to continue sponsoring terrorism, threatening its neighbors, and funding its nuclear and missile programs.”
Invoking images of the 10 US Navy sailors’ detainment earlier this week and citing Iran’s testing of ballistic missiles earlier this month, Rubio said the deal “rewards bad behavior” and that injecting large sums of cash into the Iranian economy will bolster the rule of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and foment the growth of the Islamic State terrorist group.
“The nuclear accord will subsidize Assad’s murder machine, the greatest single recruitment tool for the Islamic State,” Rubio said. “Fueling Iran’s regional ambitions and its support for Assad … will only cause ISIS to grow stronger, not weaker.”
As deal kicks in, PM credits Israel with deferring Iran nukes
If Jerusalem hadn’t ‘led the way’ in enforcing harsh sanctions, Tehran would’ve had nuclear weapons ‘long ago,’
January 17, 2016,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israeli efforts had put a nuclear bomb out of Iran’s reach for the time being, a day after the implementation of the landmark accord and the removal of sanctions from the Islamic Republic was announced.
“If it weren’t for our efforts leading the way in enforcing the sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program, Iran would have had a nuclear weapon long ago,” the prime minister said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.
“Israel’s position is, and remains exactly as it has always been — to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. What’s clear is that Iran will now turn its resources toward its terrorist activity in the region and rest of the world, and Israel is prepared to handle that threat,” he said.
Christian 'Genocide' Designation Won't Affect US Response to ISIS, Religious Freedom Amb. Says
January 16. 2016
The U.S. State Department's Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein argued Wednesday that calling the Islamic State's atrocities against Christians "genocide" would make no difference in how the Obama administration is responding to the human rights crisis.
While a number of human rights groups have pressured the administration to label IS' persecution of Christians and other religious minorities as "genocide," Saperstein appeared at an Open Doors ministry press conference introducing the 2016 World Watch List and was asked if he thinks it is "important" for the government to recognize the plight of Christians in Iraq and Syria as "genocide."
Some who are calling for the U.S. to label the Christian plight as genocide, such as Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., argue that such a designation is "the first priority of raising international consciousness" about the suffering faced by hundreds of thousands of people who have fled their homes or been killed and also paves the way for stronger international intervention.
As the Christian population in Iraq and Syria continues to decline and many believe that it could soon be extinct, Saperstein explained that moral argument that labeling the persecution as genocide is needed to affirm the suffering of those communities is a "complicated issue" for the administration.
US Episcopal Church punished by global body for accepting gay marriage
January 15, 2016
Anglican leaders on Thursday temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage.
Episcopalians have been barred for three years from any policy-setting positions in the Anglican Communion while a task force is formed that will try to reconcile conflicting views over sexuality in the 85-million-member family of churches. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican body in the United States.
Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who attended the meeting, told the other leaders their vote "will bring real pain" to gays and lesbians and to Episcopalians "committed to following Jesus in the way of love and being a church that lives that love." Still, he said he was committed to the Anglican family.
The fellowship has been fracturing for decades over gay relationships, women's ordination and other issues. Those rifts blew wide open in 2003 when the New York-based Episcopal Church consecrated the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire. Last year, the top U.S. Episcopal legislative body, or General Convention, voted to authorize gay marriages in their churches.
IRGC Navy Commander: Iranian Missiles Locked on US Aircraft Carrier
January 13, 2016
Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi blamed the US navy for its excited and unprofessional moves after Iran arrested 10 US marines for trespassing on its territorial waters, warning that his forces' coast-to-sea missiles were awaiting orders to hit the American aircraft carrier deployed in the region.
"The USS Truman Aircraft carrier showed unprofessional moves for 40 minutes after the detention of the trespassers, while we were highly prepared with our coast-to-sea missiles, missile-launching speedboats and our numerous capabilities" and were ready to strike them in case they made a hostile move, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said after Iran released the detained US marines.
"The US and its Navy rest assured that they won't be the winner of any battle with Iran in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz as destruction and sinking of their warships will be the end result of any such war. But in those 40 minutes, the Americans were clearly under intense psychological pressure and they did not act like a professional and responsible force," the Iranian IRGC Navy commander lamented.
"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
UN says it is ill-prepared for genocide in Burundi
Leaked peacekeeping document says force would be unable to prevent widespread violence against civilians as country remains on brink of disaster
13 Jan 2016
A confidential UN memo to the Security Council warns that a peacekeeping force that was sent to Burundi would be unable to quell large-scale violence in the conflict-wracked African country. The document outlines three scenarios including a continuation of the current level of violence, an escalation and finally, all-out war with fighting along ethnic lines.
"United Nations peacekeeping is limited in its ability to address significant violence against civilians, even violence amounting to genocide where it lacks a political framework or the strategic consent of the host-nation and/or the main parties in the conflict," the memo said. Burundi has been sliding deeper into violence since Mr Nkurunziza announced his intention to run in elections in July, which he went on to win.
Hundreds have died in the violence and tens of thousands have fled to neighboring countries out of fear of a return to all-out war. Some 300,000 people were killed in the 1993-2005 civil war in Burundi.
'Ticking Time-Bomb': Yellowstone Super-Volcano Could Kill Millions
January 8, 2016
The US is in more immediate danger from “super-volcanos” like the one in the Yellowstone National Park, than other natural disasters -- as it may go off within the next 80 years, scientists say. Experts from the European Science Foundation have determined that the likelihood of an eruption happening at one of the major volcanoes within 80 years is around 5-10%, due to a "volcano season" of increased activity.
A new report, called “Extreme Geo-hazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience,” also warns that preparations for such an occurrence are nearly non-existent. "Although in the last few decades earthquakes have been the main cause of fatalities and damage, the main global risk is large volcanic eruptions that are less frequent but far more impactful than the largest earthquakes,” the report states.
“Due to their far-reaching effects on climate, food security, transportation, and supply chains, these events have the potential to trigger global disaster and catastrophe,” it continues. "The cost of response and the ability to respond to these events is beyond the financial and political capabilities of any individual country.”
Matthew 24:6 :
" And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."
North Korea Threatens to 'Wipe Out' US 'All at Once'
January 13, 2016
North Korea maintains that its pursuit of nuclear weapons is purely defensive, but it has made some curiously specific threats.
After last week’s test of what Pyongyang claims was a hydrogen bomb, North Korean media went on the defensive in an attempt to deflect international criticism. Claiming that the tests marked a "new high stage" in the country’s nuclear capabilities, the country’s official KCNA news agency stressed that North Korea’s goals were to ensure peace through a strong defense.
For all the country’s defensive posturing, the following statement from KCNA contradicts Pyongyang’s stated peaceful intent:
"[North Korean scientists] are in high spirit to detonate H-bombs of hundreds of kilotons and megatons, capable of wiping out the whole territory of the US all at once," the outlet reported.
DANIEL 8: ENTERING INTO THE TIME
Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Iran's Only War 'Was Started by the West'
Jan 13, 2016
Iran is being punished because it refuses to submit to a US-government determined world order, and Washington will face a reckoning when the petrodollar system ends, political activist and former US marine Ken O'Keefe said.
"The historical record makes clear that this nation has had many opportunities over the centuries to indulge in war and has chosen not to ever indulge in war except once, and that was a war which we instigated, in the West, through our attack dog Saddam Hussein," said O'Keefe.
"No nation was crossing the United States, and we've seen that change drastically. Now little nations are openly defying the US on a regular basis; alliances are being made without the consent or the will of the US."Day by day, the power of the US is waning at such a dramatic pace that I have little doubt that soon we'll see the petrodollar system fall, and when that happens the US will be a third world nation overnight."
" For ships from Cyprus shall come against him;"
US Navy Seeks ‘Long-Term’ Presence in Med, Warns of Russia’s Increased Capabilities
Jan 13, 2016
US Navy weighs permanent deployment in the Mediterranean to respond to Russia’s increased naval capabilities, a senior Navy official said. As part of global rivalry, not countering Moscow at sea entails the “risk of falling behind,” another Navy chief warned, RT reported.
The US Navy is considering “long-term” deployments in the Mediterranean in addition to the ongoing use of four guided missile destroyers stationed in Rota, Spain, the senior Navy official told Sputnik on Tuesday.
“You could say it’s because of the migrant issue and the tax that that has put on European navies, and then certainly because of the increased Russian naval presence and capability,” he added. Washington is also in touch with its NATO allies to see what amount of naval capacities the Europeans are able to stand up.
As for Moscow’s military power, the Russian Navy “is operating at a frequency and pace not seen for more than two decades,” Richardson said, citing Russia’s naval task force in the Mediterranean consisting of up to 10 combat and support vessels since the end of 2012, including the Varyag guided-missile cruiser that joined the mission last week.
In early 2015, Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, US deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, said the Chinese Navy has more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than America does. Some of them are “fairly amazing” and the Chinese “submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate."
Iran detains 10 US sailors after ships stopped in the Gulf
January 12, 2016
Iran has detained 10 US sailors after their vessels were stopped in the Gulf, a US official told the BBC.
"We lost contact with two small US naval craft en route from Kuwait to Bahrain," the official said. He said that the Iranians informed the US that the sailors were safe and "will promptly be allowed to continue their journey". The incident happened near Farsi Island after one of the ships encountered mechanical problems.
After the incident, US Secretary of State John Kerry immediately called Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to begin negotiations. An unnamed official told the Associated Press that Mr Kerry "personally engaged with Zarif on this issue to try to get to this outcome". It is not clear when the sailors will be released.
In December, Iran's navy conducted rocket tests near US warships and other commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. The tests were "highly provocative", a US military commander said at the time.
Morell: ISIS poses a significant, lethal threat to US
January 12, 2016
Former CIA Director Mike Morell testifies at House Armed Services hearing. EYE OPENING VIDEO!
How do you define Great Tribulation?
Islamic State trapped Christians in coffins and set them aflame
JANUARY 8, 2016
According to the recently published testimony of Karam Sa‘ad—a former sergeant in the Iraqi army who was imprisoned and tortured by the Islamic State in June 2014 but recently escaped—ISIS engages in atrocities that the West remains largely ignorant of. Among these and in the words of the escapee:
They [ISIS] tormented them [Christians] in horrendous ways and many of them died [from the torture] during their captivity…. They used to put them inside what resembled coffins and then set them on fire from the inside.
The Western world was horrified when ISIS set a Jordanian pilot on fire, but as more escapees and former hostages share their experiences, it appears that such savagery is the tip of the iceberg.
Sunni vs Shi’a: New flare-up rooted in ancient hatred
January 10, 2016
The roots of the crisis are to be found in the long-standing feud between Sunni and Shi’a, which dates from the very beginning of Islam.
The execution of a Shi’a cleric and bitter opponent of the Saudi regime who regularly and publicly insulted the royal family, has triggered an unprecedented crisis between Tehran and Riyadh.
Though it was not totally unexpected given the present geopolitical turmoil in the Middle East, the roots of the crisis are to be found in the long-standing feud between Sunni and Shi’a, which dates from the very beginning of Islam.
There are a number of radical organizations – from al-Qaida to Islamic State and some 40 smaller groups – aiming to use force to restore the caliphate through jihad. They are generally lumped under the name of Islamism or jihadist radical Islamic organizations though, like main stream Sunnis, their teachings are based on the Shari’a, perhaps professing stricter observation.
Meanwhile, in Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who came to power in 1979, launched a new drive to impose Shi’a Islam on the whole Middle East as a first step to be followed by a world takeover. He called on Shi’a minorities in Sunni states to act against these states to destabilize them from within and eventually topple them and set up a Shi’a regime in their stead, thereby securing Iran’s position as regional power.
Syria, ruled by the Allawis and hitherto shunned by mainstream Sunni, was given legitimacy by the Ayatollahs and became Teheran’s willing ally.
Building on the frustrations of the Shi’a in Lebanon, which complained of discrimination, Iran set up the Hezbollah with a three-pronged objective: taking over the country, threatening Israel and developing subversive activities in Jordan and Egypt.
The Watchman Show: What to Watch for in 2016 (Video)
On this week's edition of The Watchman, Erick looks ahead to 2016 and the major stories to watch for, including ISIS, Iran, Russia in the Middle East, homegrown jihad and more.
Note: This is what I have been saying for 25 years: Iran is in the spotlight and the West is going to react someday (Daniel 8)
Who is Maitreya?
January 9, 2016
He has been expected for generations by all of the major religions. Christians know him as the Christ, and expect his imminent return. Jews await him as the Messiah; Hindus look for the coming of Krishna; Buddhists expect him as Maitreya Buddha; and Muslims anticipate the Imam Mahdi or Messiah.
Maitreya - Although the names are different, many believe that they all refer to the same individual: the World Teacher, whose personal name is Maitreya (pronounced my-tray-ah). Preferring to be known simply as the Teacher, Maitreya has not come as a religious leader, or to found a new religion, but as a teacher and guide for people of every religion and those of no religion.
At this time of great political, economic and social crisis Maitreya will inspire humanity to see itself as one family, and create a civilization based on sharing, economic and social justice, and global cooperation.
The Movement for World “Oneness” and the Great Invocation Day Assembly
January 9, 2016
Prayer for the “Coming One”… (You better keep an eye on this ) (VIDEO)
“As we seek to do our part in building right relations in the world, let us also invoke the aid of higher spiritual forces. The Great Invocation is a world prayer for all people of goodwill of all faiths. Please use it on World Invocation Day, May 21, 2016”.
Red Cross to deliver aid to famine-hit Syrian city
January 8, 2016
Madaya is reported to be on the brink of starvation, with skeletal people drinking soup made from leaves and grass.
"The convoy is still in preparation," said spokeswoman Dibeh Fakhr. She said the Red Cross hoped also to deliver aid to the northern towns of Foah and Kefraya, which, unlike Madaya, are loyal to the Assad regime "One short delivery will not be the solution," Fakhr said. "What is needed is regular access."
Madaya, a town of 40,000 people northwest of Damascus, has been under siege since July, cut off by forces of both the Syrian government and Hezbollah, its Lebanese ally. Madaya is also peppered with landmines, thwarting aid efforts.
Watch: Hundreds of armed Hamas terrorists march in Jerusalem
Massive funeral of terrorist attended by thousands, including Hamas terrorists waving knives, machetes, and firing automatic weapons.
Hundreds of masked and armed terrorists from Hamas's Al-Qassam Brigades "military wing" took part in a terrorist funeral attended by thousands in Jerusalem earlier this week, in an alarming show of force. The multitude of terrorists fired in the air with automatic assault rifles, and waved knives and machetes in a spectacle common in Gaza, but as rare as it is shocking in the capital.
Amid the gunfire, and while waving knives and machetes, the masses chanted: "this is how Mohammed taught us! How to slaughter the Jews! Wave the swords! We are the people of Mohammed Deif!" Deif is the Hamas terror chief who survived a sixth attempt on his life during 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, after Israel delayed the assassination strike.
US Stocks Suffer Biggest Slump in 119 Years
January 9, 2016
US stocks tumbled after China's stock market crashed seven percent overnight on Thursday and crude fell to the lowest level in more than 12 years. In the recent four days, the Dow Jones index has plummeted 911 points, or more than five percent so far in 2016, making it the worst four-day percentage loss to start a year on record since 1897.
"Investors have started the new year in panic mode," Ed Yardeni, president of investment advisory Yardeni Research, told CNN Money. On the morning of January 4, the Dow dropped by 450 points, or 2.5 percent. The S&P 500 dropped by 2.1 percent. According to Bloomberg, the biggest drop in the first trading day of the year – by 6.9 percent – was seen in 1932, during the Great Depression. In 2001, the Dow plunged by 2.8 percent as part of the dot-com collapse crisis.
End-Times Prophecy Author Reveals the Essential Thing That the Next U.S. President ‘Must Understand’
Jan. 8, 2016
End-times author Joel C. Rosenberg believes that the next U.S. president “must understand” that so-called “apocalyptic Islam” — a dangerous, end times philosophy — is the “greatest challenge facing the Western alliance in the Middle East.”
“While adherents of radical Islam (such as al-Qaida, the Taliban, Hamas, etc.,) use violent acts hoping to drive the U.S., Israel and other ‘infidels’ out of what they regard as their holy lands, adherents of apocalyptic Islam seek to use genocide to annihilate all infidels and establish a global Islamic kingdom known as the caliphate,” he said, distinguishing between the two.
“For the first time in human history, the leaders of two nation states are being driven by eschatology,” he wrote. “The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran are consumed by ancient Islamic prophecies that predict the end of the world as we know it. So are the rulers of Islamic State (IS). The former are Shi’ite. The latter are Sunni.”
The author went on to say that both believe that the Mahdi, or messiah, will appear on Earth to bring about the end of days — and they’re bent on helping push that process along, using various strategies to try and make it happen. But it’s not just the Mahdi who they believe will be coming back, according to Rosenberg.
“Likewise, millions of Muslims believe that Jesus is coming back to earth. They don’t believe Jesus is the messiah or the son of God, as Christians do,” he continued. “Rather, they believe Jesus is the Mahdi’s deputy who will force all infidels to convert to Islam or be slaughtered.”
Both believe that any moment now their messiah, the Mahdi, will be revealed on Earth as he establishes his global Islamic kingdom and impose sharia law. Both believe that Jesus will return not as the Savior or Son of God but as a lieutenant to the Mahdi, and that he will force non-Muslims to convert or die. What’s more, both believe that the Mahdi will come only when the world is engulfed in chaos and carnage. They openly vow not simply to attack but to annihilate the United States and Israel. Iran and ISIS are both eager to hasten the coming of the Mahdi.
What’s more, both believe that the Mahdi will come only when the world is engulfed in chaos and carnage. They openly vow not simply to attack but to annihilate the United States and Israel. Iran and ISIS are both eager to hasten the coming of the Mahdi.
It’s the Mideast Conflict That Holds Chaotic Global Implications (VIDEO)
January 8, 2016
Tensions are continuing to rise between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran. It’s the conflict that could mean chaos not only in the Middle East –but also the entire world.
Editorial in Saudi Daily: The West Made Mistakes With North Korea; It Is Now Repeating Them With Iran
January 8, 2016
Against the backdrop of reports that North Korea has tested a hydrogen bomb, the Saudi daily Al-Riyadh published an editorial titled "Iran Following in the Footsteps of North Korea," which harshly criticized the superpowers' inadequate response to North Korea's nuclear policy, and discussed the implications of this for the Iranian nuclear dossier. The daily expressed fear that the failed policy vis-à-vis North Korea would be repeated in the case of Iran, placing the Gulf states in a situation similar to that of South Korea.
"In mid-June of last year, a month before [the announcement of] the nuclear agreement between Iran and the superpowers [the JCPOA], Iranian President Hassan Rohani met with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong. The two agreed to continue their cooperation. As regimes that are similar to each other, Tehran and Pyongyang have found many points in common: Both are hostile to the West, both are highly controversial in their [respective geographic] regions, and both repeatedly do damage to their neighbors.
"Both countries have a long history of cooperation that arouses concern, in nuclear and missile [technology]. According to reports, North Korean nuclear technicians have regularly visited [Iran] in order to provide their Iranian counterparts with the necessary guidance and technical supplies. It should be mentioned that Iran has already confirmed that it has produced a gram and a microgram [sic] of plutonium, which is used to make a nuclear bomb, at its Arak heavy water reactors. [Furthermore,] it is known that North Korea possesses advanced technology for arming warheads with [only] small amounts, up to five kilograms, of plutonium; this material is highly compatible with use in missiles.
ISIS Burns Christians Alive in Locked Caskets, Escaped Prisoner Revels
January 6, 2016
An Iraqi soldier who escaped from an Islamic State prison has described the terror group's brutal torture of Christians, many of whom died during the torture.
"They tortured the [expletive] out of the Christians and some died in the process," Sergeant Karam Saad of the Iraqi military, who was held captive in June 2014, told Independent Journal.
"They would take some and lock them in a kind of casket, and set it on fire from the inside," he added. "I only spent three nights in prison. During that time, I paid attention to how many guards were on duty and any signs of weaker security."
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/isis-burns-christians-alive-locked-caskets-escaped-iraqi-soldier-islamic-state-prisoner-revels-154281/#ggAxlFbyfcWmZKJe.99
'Domino Effect': Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Warns of Saudi Collapse
As tensions simmer between Tehran and Riyadh, the deputy chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has warned that Saudi Arabia will soon "collapse" if it continues its pursuit of regional destabilization.
Iran has made no secret about its outrage over Saudi Arabia’s decision to execute 47 people on Saturday, including a prominent Shiite cleric. Mass protests broke out across the globe, and Iran has had its diplomatic ties with Bahrain, Sudan, Djibouti, and Saudi Arabia, severed.
"The policies of the Saudi regime will have a domino effect and they will be buried under the avalanche they created," said Brigadier General Hossein Salami, according to Fars news agency. According to the analysis, "The Saudi Kingdom faces a growing risk of destabilizing discord within the royal family this year, and its increasingly isolated status will lead it to act more aggressively across the Middle East this year."
While there are many factors contributing to Riyadh’s identity crisis, the most significant may be the Iran nuclear deal. "The key source of external Saudi anxiety is Iran, soon to be free of sanctions," Eurasia Group’s report reads.
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New Mossad chief: Iran deal ‘significantly increases’ threat to Israel
Still, Yossi Cohen is confident spy agency able to counter Tehran, warns of spread of fanatical Islamist extremism
January 6, 2016
The nuclear agreement signed between Iran and six world powers in July has “significantly increased” the threat to Israel posed by the Islamic republic, Yossi Cohen warned Wednesday as he was sworn in as the new head of the Mossad intelligence agency. “The key challenge is the Iranian threat,” Cohen said during the swearing-in ceremony at Mossad’s headquarters in Tel Aviv. “Despite the nuclear deal — I think because of it — the threat has significantly increased.”
“Israel is at the epicenter of the storm gripping the Middle East in recent years,” Cohen said. “Fanatical Islamic extremism is rolling across countries, and causing their collapse,” he said.
“Iran continues to call for Israel’s destruction, while intensifying its military capabilities and strengthening its grip on the region,” Cohen said. “It employs terror cells as a means to achieve these goals.” Nonetheless, said Cohen, “I am confident the Mossad will be able to build the strength necessary (to counter the challenges) and form an appropriate response.”
The Christian Holocaust in the Middle East is Happening Right Now (Graphic)
January 6, 2016
While the whole world remains silent, will you speak up? Tell me some of these Christians are not going through Great Tribulation. Rapture…? Huh….
MIDDLE EAST IN FLAMES: After Saudi Arabia, Bahrain cuts ties with Iran
January 5, 2016
Iran puts nuke-capable rockets in underground 'missile town'
Parliament Speaker inaugurates latest of 14 underground missile facilities with newly tested rocket, that UN says breaches sanctions
January 5, 2016
The Fars report on Tuesday revealed that the "underground missile town" put on display in Larijani's visit is in fact the second such facility to be revealed in recent months.
In October another deep underground tunnel facility full of missiles and launchers was shown, just several days after the Emad test on October 10. At the time, IRGC Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami said, "that was one of our oldest stockpiles and we haven’t yet shown our modern missile depots, where missiles with big cross sections have been stockpiled."
Then in November, the Iranian news site reports that Brig. Gen. Hassan Karimpour, a senior adviser to the IRGC Quds Force responsible for covert terror operations abroad, revealed just how extensive Iran's underground missile system is. Karimpour said Iran has 14 missile depots ranging from 30 to 500 meters (100 to 1,640 feet) in depth, spread all around Iran and featuring automatic launchers.
He said that "any country that dares to attack Iran will be riddled with missiles fired from these depots in large numbers automatically."
Middle East is imploding in waves of violence whose impact has reached Israel.
January 5, 2016
To the north, radical Islamists in Syria linked to both the Islamic State and al-Qaeda are approaching Israel’s border on the Golan Heights and threatening Jordan as well. At the same time, Iran is sending thousands of rockets with increasingly accurate guidance systems to Hizbullah in Lebanon to again attack Israeli cities.
To the east, Israel faces an array of potential threats from hostile forces that include Iranian Revolutionary Guards, pro-Iranian Shi’ite militias, and radical Islamist terror armies.
To the south, the Islamic State is in Sinai, threatening both Israel and Egypt. At the same time, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza are working feverishly, with Iranian assistance, to rebuild their rocket capabilities to enable renewed attacks on Israel.
Israel must have defensible borders to protect itself against a broad range of current and future threats from radical Islamist forces.
Iran-Saudi crisis 'most dangerous for decades'
Relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran are at their worst for nearly 30 years.
4 January 2016
The struggle between Riyadh and Tehran for political and religious influence has geopolitical implications that extend far beyond the placid waters of the Gulf and encompass nearly every major conflict zone in the Middle East. Most notably, perhaps, the crisis means prospects for a diplomatic breakthrough in Syria and Yemen now look much more remote.
The Gulf states have followed increasingly assertive foreign policies over the past four years, partly in response to what they see as perennial Iranian "meddling" in regional conflicts, and also because of growing skepticism about the Obama administration's intentions in the Middle East. For many in the Gulf, the primary threat from Iran lies not in Tehran's nuclear program, but in Iran's support for militant non-state actors such as Hezbollah and, more recently, the Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The breakdown in diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran probably sounds the death-knell, at least for now, for regional efforts to end the wars in Yemen and Syria.
Vatican fully recognizes Palestine state as landmark treaty enters force
Jan 3, 2016
A treaty facilitating relationships between Vatican and Palestine – referred to as a “state” in the text – has entered full force, sealing de-facto recognition of Palestinian statehood by the Holy See.
The Vatican announced Saturday that its “Comprehensive Agreement” with the “State of Palestine” signed in June 2015 has come into full force, in which the Holy See bolstered support for the two-state solution of the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Referring to Palestine as “state” means Vatican has recognized it as an equal partner,
Daniel 8:5-6, 17:
“And as I was considering, suddenly a male goat came from the WEST, across the surface of the whole earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes. Then he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing beside the river, and ran at him with furious power.”
“So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, "Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the TIME OF THE END."
Rouhani’s Missile Threat Contributes to Doubts about Rapprochement
Jan 2, 2016
Many Western media outlets continued to publish reactions to and analysis of the previous day’s reports that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had ordered an expansion of the country’s missile stockpiles. This was expressed via a letter to Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan, in response to planned US sanctions related to Iran’s recent violations of UN Security Council resolution 1929.
In the months since the conclusion of nuclear negotiations, there has been a surge in anti-Western rhetoric coming out of Tehran. And while most of this has originated in the office of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his allies in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, some of it has come from Rouhani as well. Thursday’s letter included examples of this. According to Business Insider, Rouhani used it to accuse the US of “continued hostile policies” and “illegal meddling” in the form of its enforcement of UN resolutions.
IRGC General Hossein Salami has expanded upon former propaganda regarding Iran’s missile capabilities. In an unprecedented move early in October, the IRGC broadcast images of hidden missile silos on state television. At a prayer gathering on Friday, Salami suggested that those images represented an insubstantial portion of the total IRGC stockpile. “We lack enough space in our stockpiles to house our missiles,” he said, nonetheless adding that Iran would never stop developing this “defense deterrent.”
Western critics generally feel that the Iranian side of the nuclear negotiations was able to exploit this faith to secure an agreement that promises large-scale sanctions relief in exchange for very few commitments from Tehran, none of which indicate a general change in hostile behavior.
Confrontation in Strait of Hormuz may Help Spur Sanctions Enforcement
02 January 2016
The Boston Globe pointed to the effects of last summer’s nuclear deal and indicated that one major trend had been the continued shift of power in favor of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
This trend began in earnest with the removal of Saddam Hussein government in Iraq, leading to the present situation of dominance by the Iran-allied Shiite majority there. It has continued and likely will continue in 2016 as a result of the wealth and legitimacy that the regime promises to receive from the policies of rapprochement that are currently predominant among Western governments. But at a time when Iran is becoming increasingly involved in a range or regional conflicts including the civil wars in Syria and Yemen, many Western policymakers are pushing back against this rapprochement.
As pointed out once again in The Tower on Wednesday, these critical voices are generally concerned that the nuclear deal has emboldened familiar bad behavior from Iran, while sending the message that major consequences will be slow in coming, if they will come at all.
The incident occurred only 23 minutes after the test-fire was announced via radio broadcast, according to the Associated Press. It led US Central Command spokesperson Commander Kyle Raines to declare, “Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional and inconsistent with international maritime law.”
is highly likely that Tehran is aware of this and that the IRGC specifically intended the incident as a threat and a symbol of defiance against the West at a time when the nuclear deal has led to expectations of closer relations. The seriousness of that threat is very much in doubt, as Western analysts tend to dismiss the notion that Iran could sink a US aircraft carrier, although the IRGC has repeatedly claimed to be capable of just that, and also of prevailing in open conflict with the US military.
Iran Leader's Top Aide: West Created ISIL to Taint Islam's Image
January 1, 2016
Iranian Supreme Leader's top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati condemned the crimes committed in the name of Islam by the ISIL in Syria and Iraq, and said such terrorist acts are part of the West's plots to taint the image of the Muslims in the world.
"The Western governments have chosen different ways to prevent the spread of Islam and their main plot is tarnishing the global image of Islam through the ISIL's terrorist acts. We stress and advise all Muslim states and all those who unfortunately help the terrorists with their money and petro dollars to know that it will be their turn tomorrow, and they shouldn't think that you have stimulated these savages merely against others," Rouhani said.
He called on the sponsors of terrorist groups to stop their supports, and said, "Desist from violence; there is no confrontation between the Shiites and the Sunnis and they are brothers and have been living in Iraq, the Levant and Iran and everywhere beside each other."
Rouhani underlined that any discord and conflict between Muslims merely gladdens the Zionists and the criminal powers, adding that the Islamic world needs unity more than any ever.
Iran to develop 5,000-km range missiles in response to US sanctions
Jan 1, 2016
After a last minute delay by the White House of new sanctions on Iran connected with its ballistic missile program, a top Iranian official wrote on Friday that Tehran will develop missiles with a range of 5,000 kilometers – if they are imposed.
“Iran has dismantled thousands of centrifuges to prove its right for enriching uranium. The new sanctions come as a slap to our country,” wrote Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei in an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani.
“The US will regret its behavior and realize that such actions cause no benefit,” Rezaei stressed. He also thanked Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani for his quick response to US threats.
The US decision was triggered by an Iranian missile test carried out in October in violation of a UN Security Council resolution, which limits the development of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
The Obama Administration is Leading a Battle Against Jerusalem
December 29, 2015
1967, Israel took back the old city of Jerusalem in an incredible battle with Jordanian troops who had occupied the area and the entire West Bank for 19 years. As Israeli paratroopers swarmed onto the temple mount and raised an Israeli flag over the gold dome which covers the “dome of the rock” and the place of the Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temple in ancient times, General Motta Gur announced to the Jewish People and to the world “The Temple Mount is in our hands”. Yet the Israeli government, perhaps intimidated by Muslim wrath, gave all authority over the mount to the Jerusalem WAQF – the Islamic Trust. It was hoped that all religions would be free to worship on the Temple Mount. But this was not to be.
Jews have been banned from praying on the Temple Mount so as not to incite the super sensitive Muslims. Jews who dare to murmur prayers on the site are removed and at times arrested for provocative behavior. Moslems on the site do as they wish. They picnic, worship, play soccer and at times riot and throw stones on Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall and on the Mount. Their behavior towards Jews on the Mount is violent and intimidating. The situation is mind boggling. Thus the beginning of the organization “Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount”.
Khamenei: The Americans are trying to destroy Islam
Iran's Supreme Leader warns against Americans who, he claims, are trying to create divisions among Muslims.
The United States is seeking to destroy Islamic civilization and Iranians should be aware of that, the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday.
"One of the main tools used by the enemies to prevent the birth of modern Islamic civilization is through creating divisions among Muslims," he told a meeting of Muslim scholars, thinkers and political figures in Tehran.”
Khamenei said that the Americans are against the principles of Islam and no one should be deceived by their statements in support of some sects, citing "the statements of the former president (George W. Bush) who after the September 11 spoke about the war of the crusades, in fact, indicated the war between the arrogant world and Islam."
The Supreme Leader then cited statements of by current U.S. officials who claim to be in agreement with Islam and blasted them as untrue. He also claimed that the main goal of the “arrogant powers” is creating an internal war among Muslims and destroying the Muslim countries' infrastructures in Syria, Yemen and Libya.
Muslims, said Khamenei, "should not remain silent and surrender to this plot, rather they should stand against these plots insightfully and by maintaining their resistance". The comments are the latest among the Supreme Leader’s many verbal attacks against the United States, which he refers to as the “Great Satan”.
In October, Khamenei banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States following the nuclear deal reached last summer. A month later he ordered the Iranian government to implement a blockade of U.S. imports as part of an outline for creating an "economy of resistance."
NYC Businesses Face $250K Fine If They Use Wrong Pronoun to Name Transgenders
Business owners who fail to call transgender people by their preferred name or pronoun or bar them from using opposite-sex bathrooms may be fined as much as $250,000, a New York City human rights commission stated in a recent enforcement guidance.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights released a legal enforcement guidance on Dec. 21 outlining various actions that should be considered violations. According to the document, "failing to use an individual's preferred name or pronoun" is clear gender discrimination and a violation of the law. This means that if businesses refuse to call transgender employees or customers by preferred newly created pronouns such as "ze/hir," or if they refuse to call a biological male "her" or "she," they will be liable for paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.
Iran arrests Christians worshipping on Christmas Day
29 December 2015
The group of Iranian Christians had gathered together last Friday, December 25, to celebrate Christmas when plain-clothes agents of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) raided the in-house church, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reported on Tuesday. Armed MOIS agents ransacked much of the place and confiscated personal items and satellite dishes.
Hojjati was beaten and handcuffed while his home was searched and ransacked by four plain-clothes MOIS agents. His books, computer, mobile phone and even his decorated Christmas tree were confiscated, the NCRI said. Hojjati was previously arrested by agents of the intelligence ministry in March 2012.
On the news of the Christians’ arrests, Shahin Gobadi of the NCRI's Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday said: “There has been a steady deterioration of human rights abuses in Iran during Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as president including executions and suppression of religious and ethnic minorities. This is just another case in point. Actually the clerical regime is one of the top violators of rights of religious minorities including Christians in the world. The regime has institutionalized repression of the Iranian people as the main tool of its survival.”
Iran conducts live-fire exercise near U.S. aircraft carrier Harry S Truman
In what the U.S. military called an “unnecessarily provocative” move, the Iranian military reportedly sent a ship less than a mile from a U.S. aircraft carrier and began conducting a live-fire exercise using unguided rockets.
According to the report on NBC News, which cited two unnamed U.S. military officials, the USS Harry S Truman was in international waters in the Straits of Hormuz last week when the Iranians began the exercise with little advance notice. The military officials told NBC News that one of the Iranian attack craft got within 1,500 yards of the Truman — well within sight on the high seas — before it began firing its rockets.
Though the rockets were fired in another direction, and “clearly not” targeting Truman or the other warships, the US officials told NBC the the actions were still “unnecessarily provocative and unsafe.”
Iran : Leader urges scholars to establish modern Islamic civilization
Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the main responsibility of the Muslim world, especially for the scholars and intellectuals, is deemed constant and sustained effort in order to breathe the true spirit of Islam and spirituality in today’s world of oppression, discrimination and cruelty; “at the moment, the Islamic world is obliged to move towards establishment of ‘renewed Islamic civilization’ by taking advantage of knowledge and global means as well as the wisdom, prudence and discretion,” he asserted.
“The renewed Islamic civilization does not mean concurring of lands, violation of human rights or the imposition of one’s ethics and culture like what the Western civilization has done; rather it equals bestowing God’s gift to humanity and enabling human beings with the capability of recognizing the rightful path,” highlighted the Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei further referred to the West’s exploitation of Islamic knowledge and philosophy to establish their own civilization adding “even though the Western civilization offers shades of technological beauty, speed, ease as well as life facilities, it would never lead to happiness, prosperity and justice due to suffering from internal contradictions.”
Abbas's Fatah urges children to 'water the ground with blood'
New wave of incitement on social media from Fatah, PA Security Force spokesperson and more demands more bloodshed.
Leading a new wave of incitement, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has called on Palestinian children to "water (the ground) with blood" to destroy Israel.
"Teach your children to love the land; Teach them that we live a life of suffering; Teach them that there is a seed in the ground; If they water it with blood, a revolution will flower; Teach them that Fatah is the eternal revolution; That the 'Storm'; Is the blade of the intifada;
Ex-Pentagon Chief Warns of 'Real and Growing Danger' of Nuclear Doom
Former US Defense Secretary William Perry said a terrorist attack using a nuclear bomb or improvised nuclear device could happen "any time now – next year or the year after."
Before he served as Pentagon chief under President Bill Clinton from 1994 to 1997, Perry played a central role in developing and modernizing nuclear forces throughout the Cold War. Now, he is on a mission to warn of a "real and growing danger" of the very weapons he helped develop. Perry looks at Russia's nuclear modernization and US plans to spend hundreds of billions to update its nuclear arsenal and sees irrational nuclear competition.
"I see an imperative to stop this damn nuclear race before it gets under way again, not just for the cost but for the danger it puts all of us in," he said.
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Iran's New Ballistic Missile, Emad, Delivered to IRGC Operational Units
December 29, 2015
Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami announced that the IRGC's operational units have been supplied with large numbers of Iran's new precision-guided long-range ballistic missile, Emad.
Will Iran, China, Russia Push US Dollar to the Brink of Extinction?
December 28, 2015
The supremacy of the US dollar is in danger: more and more countries around the world are seeking to replace the American currency, independent researcher and writer Timothy Alexander Guzman notes, pointing to a series of Russo-Iranian agreements aimed at stopping mutual settlements in US dollars with foreign countries.
Iran is moving forward to get rid of the US dollar as a means of payment, independent researcher Timothy Alexander Guzman points out, adding that Washington has obviously shot itself in the foot by imposing sanctions on Moscow and Tehran. It is no secret that US leadership uses the dollar as a weapon in its economic warfare against those countries, which reject bowing before Washington's political elite.
The US' arm-twisting policies prompted the world's nations, especially oil producers, to seek a substitute for the dollar.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151228/1032422450/iran-china-russia-dedollarization-economy.html#ixzz3veY2J2AR
The Third Jihad- The Most Important Islamic Documentary You Will Ever See
We are in the third phase of the Islamic Strategy to rule the world by war, submission, and deceit. EVERY Believer who is a prophecy enthusiast will recognize how it will all shape up here in our near future.( MUST SEE )
New Iran sanctions fight looms in 2016
December 28, 2015
Despite President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran that provides a gradual easing of decades of crippling economic sanctions, senators are fighting to renew a vital law that would preserve the sanctions option should Iran renege on its end of the bargain.
Iran already is on high alert over any U.S. moves that could be perceived as a violation of the nuclear agreement – which trades sanctions relief for steps to roll back Iran’s nuclear program. In a letter earlier this month to President Obama, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J. – who along with Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., introduced the Iran Sanctions Relief Oversight Act of 2015 -- warned that Iran will “continue to test the limits of international order.”
Meanwhile, lawmakers from both parties have approached the administration with concerns about Iran’s compliance in the wake of Iran firing a medium-range ballistic missile in October, in apparent violation of U.N. sanctions. Iran also reportedly launched another ballistic missile in November.
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Orthodox Rabbis Bring Jesus Home for Christmas
December 24, 2015
More than 25 prominent rabbis from Israel and abroad recently issued a statement calling for a renewed look at Jesus, Christians and the New Testament faith.
Quoting from their own sages, these outstanding Orthodox rabbis are not ashamed to exalt the name of Jesus, welcoming the Carpenter from Nazareth back into the Jewish fold. Saying that Jesus, even more than any other Jewish Sage, honored, strengthened and protected the “immutability of the Torah,” is an extraordinary acknowledgement. These leading rabbis are turning the tides of history by removing one of the main stumbling blocks in the path of a major Jewish reclamation of Jesus.
For as this group of Orthodox rabbis points out, it is their “Father in Heaven” who is calling the Jewish people to lay down the past, put aside the enmity, and willingly embrace Christians and their faith in Jesus. That, my friends, is the deeper work of the Holy Spirit as spoken about throughout Scripture.
As Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn, Academic Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation points out, “This proclamation’s breakthrough is that influential Orthodox rabbis across all centers of Jewish life have finally acknowledged that… Christianity and Judaism have much in common spiritually and practically. Given our toxic history, this is unprecedented in Orthodoxy.”
ISIS leader Baghdadi to Jews: Palestine will be your graveyard
December 26, 2015
We are getting closer to you day by day," leader says on tape.
“Jews, you will not enjoy in Palestine. God has gathered you in Palestine so that the Mujahadeen can reach you soon and you will hide by the rock and the tree. Palestine will be your graveyard," he said.
“God caused the Jews of the world to gather in Israel, and the war against them has become easy. It is the obligation of every Muslim to carry out Jihad. Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets," Baghdadi said.
Saudi Arabia to Lose More Ground to Iran in Region: Political Analyst
December 25, 2015
The Riyadh government intends to dominate the Middle East and establish a Wahhabi empire..., but in the long-run it will fail because Iran and Russia will not allow the Saudi regime to succeed," Senior Political Analyst and Director of Beirut-Based Middle East Studies Center Catherine Shadkam said on Thursday. Unfortunately, as in all wars, there will be no winners," Engdahl wrote in an opinion piece for New Eastern Outlook. He also named the EU, the Iraqis, Syrians and Kurds as the main losers.
The historian named four key groupings, which will be involved in the upcoming conflict. Sunnis, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Daesh and the recently formed Saudi-led anti-terrorist coalition, make up the first group. The second one consists of Syria, Iran, Iraq and Hezbollah, with Russia also being a factor. The analyst named Israel as the third player.
Engdahl maintains that the fourth group, led by the United States, is "playing the most sly, deceptive role" at the moment. "Washington is preparing a devastating trap that will catch the foolish Saudis and their Turkish and other Wahhabi allies in a devastating defeat in Syria and Iraq that will no doubt then be proclaimed as a 'victory over terrorism' and a 'victory for the Syrian people,'" the historian assumed.
Although many see the recently-adopted UN Security Council resolution on Syria as an achievement that will help to bring lasting peace to Syria, Engdahl views the document as a "a near-perfect deceptive maneuver" designed by Washington to "set the stage for the imminent Saudi-Turk oil wars and subsequent debacle in Syria and Iraq."
Mideast Christians face ‘apocalypse’ at hands of Islamic State, top UK cleric says
‘Elimination’ looms, warns archbishop of Canterbury; Pope denounces ‘monstrous evil’ inflicted upon Syria and Libya
December 25, 2015
Anglican leader Justin Welby on Friday said Christians faced “elimination” in the Middle East by Islamic State jihadists, labeling the group a modern-day version of the tyrannical biblical king Herod. IS has attacked Christians, Yazidis, Shiites and other minorities across the region, killing thousands and uprooting ancient communities from ancestral lands.
“They hate difference, whether it is Muslims who think differently, Yazidis or Christians, and because of them the Christians face elimination in the very region in which Christian faith began,” the archbishop of Canterbury said in his Christmas Day sermon.
Iranian Parliament Speaker Blames West for Spreading Terrorism in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq
December 25, 2015
The Islamic Republic of Iran warned of the danger of spread of terrorism to different countries in the past few years but the westerners remained indifferent to Iran's positions and kept mum; therefore, the terrorist streams were supported and developed in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq with the help of the westerners and certain regional states," Larijani said.
Meantime, he regretted that although the western states have now come to realize the real danger of terrorism, they still continue support for them. "The terrorist streams in Syria, including the ISIL, use modern western weapons like TOW missiles which show that the westerners are still after supporting these groups."
Militant groups said that Qatar has delivered 20 American TOW missiles to the Al-Qaeda's official branch in Syria, the Al-Nusra Front to help the embattled terrorist group that has been sustaining heavy defeats in the war with the Syrian army and its allies across the country, especially in Northern provinces. Meantime, other terrorist groups have also been reported to have received similar cargoes in a bid to intensify campaign against the Syrian government and stop the advances of the Syrian army and its allies before the next round of Syria talks.
Redrawing the Middle East: Fallout for Europe and the World
December 25th, 2015
The ongoing wars in Syria and Iraq have changed the face of the vast Middle East region and led to the worst migrant crisis in Europe since the end of World War II.
Close to one million people have already entered the EU, overwhelming the Balkan transit states through which they pass and creating tension in the host countries of Central, Western, and Northern Europe. 2015 was also especially notable because of Russia’s dramatic return to the Mideast during its anti-terrorist intervention in Syria.
West Bank risks being plunged into chaos in 2016, warn Palestinian officials
25 December 2015
Palestinian officials are warning that the occupied West Bank risks being plunged into chaos next year, with no sign of three months of violence coming to an end and support growing among Palestinians for the current wave of attacks on Israelis. The warnings that the status quo is untenable follow recent comments by both senior US figures and the Israeli military that the risk of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is in danger of increasing in the coming months.
A growing vacuum of political leadership on both sides is prompting renewed discussion of a series of troubling scenarios, including a collapse of the Palestinian Authority and a sudden or more gradual escalation of violence. “I think the situation is very complicated,” he added. “The feeling of losing hope has started to infiltrate the political spectrum, from left to right, from the grassroots to the old men.”
“There is an ongoing debate and there is a lot of internal criticism,” said one official familiar with the internal conversations that have been taking place in recent weeks and months, seeing some kind of crisis as inevitable regardless of what the Palestinian leadership decides.
Grim Life for Christians in Muslim Pakistan
December 25, 2015
"Often in these cases the police take no action or, worse, side with the rapists. Christian families or witnesses are pressured to withdraw complaints." — Sardar Mushtaq Gill, Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist.
Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, has been on death row since 2010 because a Muslim woman, apparently with a personal vendetta against Bibi, accused her of speaking blasphemy against the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. "She could be killed by any inmate or even a prison guard," said an official. "She was vomiting blood last month and was having difficulty walking."
Saddique Azam, a Catholic teacher and headmaster at a primary school in a small village, was beaten and tortured by a group of Muslim teachers who resented being under the authority of an "infidel."
Sonia Bibi, a 20-year-old Christian woman, was set on fire and almost burned to death after she refused to marry a Muslim ex-boyfriend. According to the woman's testimony, when she turned down his proposal, Latif Ahmed doused her with petrol and set her alight. Burns covered nearly half of her body.
A Christian family -- a father, mother, and two daughters -- who have been on the run since 2006. Their "crime" was that the woman, formerly a Muslim, converted to Christianity and married a Christian man. This prompted threats and attacks from Muslims, including her family: "Jobless and desperate, they are unable to meet their own needs, as they continue to be threatened, hounded, and attacked because they want to live a Christian life and raise their children in accordance with Christ's teachings," notes the report. Due to the stressful experiences and unsanitary conditions they are forced to hide in, the woman has miscarried their third child. The father was shot in the leg and run over by a motorcycle. Even so, "Attempts to file a case against their tormentors have fallen on deaf police ears."
Turkey: Erdogan activists protest against Christmas and ‘devious and dirty Santa’
Turks protest against ‘creeping Christmas’
December 24, 2015
Despite the approach of Christmas and New Year, some Turks are definitely not in a festive mood. Protestors have gathered in Istanbul’s Maltepe Square holding up placards that read “Musluman noel kutlamaz” (Muslims do not celebrate Christmas) in protest at a Christmas tree in the square.
That charlatan called Santa Claus is the father of Christians!” said one protester named Bulent Gurpinar. “We’re a nation of the Prophet Muhammad.”
“Why are you so keen to turn an ordinary and lame celebration, persistently, into a clash of civilizations while you are so against the thesis of ‘clash of civilizations?'” he wrote. “Why are you so keen to meddling in other people’s lives, while you are so against people meddling in your own life?”
The term ‘Islamophobia’ is an OXYMORON. This proves it.
December 24th, 2015
Why are so many people in fear of Islam? Here’s why:
Living in the age of uncertainty
December 24, 2015
The 21st century global order is becoming more uncertain. The Cold War of the last century had one virtue: structure. The threat of nuclear annihilation focused that structure with stark clarity. Today, we still have danger -- although of a lesser magnitude -- but without structure or clarity.
No one really knows what will replace the Cold War as a frame of reference. More than a quarter of a century has passed since the Berlin Wall was torn down, but we still call that period the "post-Cold War era." Ours is an age without definition. Without a global structure, there can be no leadership. Without leadership, many urgent issues will be left unresolved or dealt with unsatisfactorily, exacerbating uncertainties.
Abbas: ‘Palestinian Authority No Longer Exists’ – We Are a ‘State’
Mahmoud Abbas proclaims the 'Palestinian Authority' no longer exists -- it has officially been replaced by the "State of Palestine."
December 22nd, 2015
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas proclaimed Monday at a news conference in Athens that the entity formed under the internationally recognized Oslo Accords — the Palestinian Authority — no longer exists; it has officially been replaced by the “State of Palestine.”
If in fact Abbas now runs an entirely new nation, clearly there is no longer any need for any of this: all Israeli services can and may be cut off, possibly instantaneously. Any aggression against Israel emanating from its territory could be construed as an act of war, perhaps justifying a “proportionate response.” How soon then might it be until Israel really invaded and re-occupied the territory that Arab instigators whine about as “occupied?
Iran's growing clout spurs Saudi action on Syria
Wary of an emboldened, aggressive Iran, Middle East's leading Sunni Arab power taking matters into its own hands in Syria.
After years of tense relations with President Bashar al-Assad, Saudi Arabia has adopted a bolder approach towards Syria, prompted by rival Iran's growing regional influence. The kingdom recently brought Syrian political and armed opposition factions together for unprecedented talks in Riyadh, the culmination of months of maneuvering by the Sunni Muslim power. The step highlighted Saudi Arabia's rising profile in efforts to end the war in Syria, where Shia Iran gives military and financial support to Riyadh's longtime opponent Assad.
Days later, the kingdom gained world attention by announcing the surprise formation of a 34-nation coalition against "Islamic terrorism." Experts say the more assertive stance aims to counter an emboldened Iran in an increasingly unstable region. "Saudis' plan has to do with Iran," said a foreign diplomat who considers both the Saudi-led coalition and the Riyadh talks as part of the same strategy.
Iran warns Turkey: Don't renew ties with Israel
Iranian official says that Turkey restoring ties with Israel goes against the rights of the Palestinian people.
Iran on Monday chimed in on the reports that Israel and Turkey are set to normalize ties, asking the Turkish government to rethink the idea. Speaking to reporters in Tehran and quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari warned Turkey about attempts to resume relations with Israel, claiming that doing so would be against the rights of Palestinian Arabs. "The Muslim governments should adopt policies which meet their and the Islamic Ummah's interests as well as the rights of the Palestinian nation," he said.
"The Turkish government shouldn’t pursue a different path (in relations) with the Quds occupying regime under such conditions that its relations with the neighboring governments have gone under certain developments," Jaber Ansari added, according to Fars.
Iranian hackers breached U.S. power grid infrastructure
December 22, 2015
Someone better start paying attention to this. The West is going to be angry when the Iranians do what they are planning- just wait until we give them the 150 Billion in sanctions relief!
Climate change: Bolivia's second largest lake dries up
The second largest lake in Bolivia, Lake Poopo, is in the process of desertification due to the effects of climate change, mining pollution and the intensification of El Nino and La Nina weather cycles.
At Last Moment, Iran Refuses To Fulfill Its Obligations under JCPOA, Demands That U.S. Lift Sanctions First, In Complete Contradiction To The Agreement
December 20, 2015
At the last moment, Iran is refusing to fulfill its obligations under the JCPOA. According to the agreement, it is now Iran's turn to meet specific obligations, and once the IAEA confirms it has done so, the West will take measures to ease or suspend some of the sanctions. However, Iran is now demanding to make an essential change to the agreement so that the U.S. first acts to lift the sanctions and only then will Iran meet its obligations.
We're not dismantling anything. We are uninstalling some centrifuges and reconstructing the Arak reactor, modernizing it. . . The remaining activities that we need undertake will not take more than several days, less than two weeks.
We need to resolve still some political issues. . . .
There are obligations on the other side that we have to make sure are implemented before we start the final stage of our implementation. . . . So once these are finalized, the practical measures that need to be implemented on our side will start. So I'm not saying two weeks from today. I'm saying two weeks from the time we settle all the difficulties.
Four Russian Fighter Jets to Escort President Assad's Plane in Visit to Tehran
December 20, 2015
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's plane will be escorted by four Russian fighter jets during his upcoming visit to Iran, reports said, adding that the US coalition has been alerted to stand down as the Russian jets will have the permission to fire at will at any incoming aircraft.
"Four strategic Russian fighter jets will accompany the plane carrying the Syrian president during the visit to and from Iran," the Lebanese al-Diyar daily reported on Sunday. The newspaper also added that the Syrian president is due to travel to Tehran via the Iraqi airspace.
"The US-led international coalition's air command has been warned not to approach Bashar Assad's plane to avoid engagement," it said.
German church celebrates Star Wars with sci-fi Sunday service
About 500 people attended the special service, more than double the regular congregation size at Berlin’s Zion church
December 20, 2015
A church in Berlin invited Star Wars fans to attend a special service on Sunday, themed on the sci-fi blockbuster, in an attempt to attract more young people into the pews.
About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying lightsaber props or wearing Darth Vader masks. It was more than twice as many as usually come to Zion church on a Sunday.
“We were very happy to see so many people in the church today,” said the Protestant pastor Lucas Ludewig after the service. “It’s great that there are subjects that people are interested in. They trust us to make them part of the church service without making it too Christian or too Star Wars, but to find a good compromise.”
If China's Goliath Threatens Asia, Then Arm David
December 20, 2015
There is a Goliath menacing the western Pacific. China’s construction of three huge artificial islands with obvious military capacity in the South China Sea has already destabilized the security equilibrium in the region. Given the rising tensions and outright challenges to the established international security order in the western Pacific, it is time for the United States to align its Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program with its Pivot to Asia initiative, in order to strengthen the region’s Davids. Foreign Military Financing has already been used to great effect in other regions, such as Europe and the Middle East, to reestablish an equitable balance of power. Now is the time for a substantial increase in western Pacific foreign military aid as well.
China has attacked, with both water cannons and bullets, native fishermen seeking to make a living in their own territorial waters and internationally recognized extended economic zones. China has also harassed, shouldered, rammed and sunk fishing boats. It has wrought untold devastation on the environment through its destruction of coral reefs as well as its unfettered and unmanaged plundering of fishing stocks, all in waters not its own. In the end, in an act of utmost arrogance, it has invited the very nations it injured to take the initiative and repair their relationships with China. These are invitations to accept the supplicant and suzerain relationships of the earlier Middle Kingdom era, when China exerted outsized influence over the region and trampled its neighbors underfoot.
Iran to ship nine tons of enriched uranium to Russia
December 20, 2015
Iran will ship nine tons of enriched uranium to Russia as it seeks to speed the removal of economic sanctions following July’s historic nuclear deal, the head of its nuclear agency said Saturday.
The transfer would happen “in the coming few days,” Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by the official Islamic Republic News Agency. Iran had reached an agreement to sell the enriched uranium to Russia, IRNA reported in November, part of an exchange under which the Islamic Republic would also import roughly 140 tons of Russia’s lower-enriched uranium.
Temple Mount Faithful Goals: Build the Third Temple
“The Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Biblical commandment to build the Holy Temple of G-d on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. Our short-term goal is to rekindle the flame of the Holy Temple in the hearts of mankind through education. Our long-term goal is to do all in our limited power to bring about the building of the Holy Temple in our time.”
Psalm 83:4 :
"They have said, "Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more."
PA TV tells kids Israel will cease to exist
Children's program host insists Israel will become the 'State of Palestine,' refers to Haifa, Yafo, Akko as 'ours.'
Official Palestinian Authority (PA) children's programs have begun sending the message that Israel's existence is temporary, Palestinian Media Watch exposed Wednesday, and will eventually cease to exist.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 :
" For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief."
Quartet: Talks only way to achieve 'peace with security'
Middle East Quartet envoys meet with senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem on ways to end Arab terror wave.
Amid the ongoing wave of Arab terror across Israel, envoys of the Middle East Quartet met Wednesday evening with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho as well as Foreign Ministry officials led by ministry director Dore Gold.
The meeting between the senior officials was held at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem. "There was a long, serious and businesslike discussion on ways to bring the violence to a halt and bring back security," Israel's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Both sides acknowledged that continuing the peace process is the real guarantee for achieving peace with security."
The quartet groups the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union in an effort to broker an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel readying for ISIS attack in 2016?
Report cites Israeli sources saying ISIS may start focusing on attacking Israel, given pressure being placed on it in Syria and Iraq.
December 16, 2015
The Israeli intelligence community assesses that Israel is likely to be targeted by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2016, Middle East Newsline (MENL) reports. "We have been very fortunate until now," a source said, "but it looks like ISIS is preparing to find other venues, and the most logical one is here." Recorded ISIS threats against the West have included Israel at times.
On the other hand, the MEMRI report, while mentioning ISIS's "Slaughter the Jews" social media and video campaign, stresses that the terror organization "" MEMRI notes that "unlike many Arab and Islamic movements and organizations for [which] the liberation of Palestine [etc.] head their priorities, or who at least claim this to be the case, ISIS perceives them [only] as long-term goals."
Iran is ready to retaliate against any new sanctions, according to a high-ranking Iranian government official.
December 16, 2015
The White House representative Josh Earnest said that the US might impose new sanctions against Iran if the Islamic republic’s nuclear activities would be considered a threat to the United States, according to Reuters.
The US often opts to act according to its interests instead of honoring the agreements it previously made, Sheikholeslam remarked, adding that Iran is "ready for anything."It’s hard to tell whether the US will actually implement new sanctions or not, but if it does happen, Iran will respond in kind," he said.
DM: Iran to Continue Developing Missile Industries Irrespective of 2231 Resolution
December 16, 2015
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan underscored that the country will continue developing its missile and weapons industries even under the limitations envisaged in the UN 2231 resolution on the nuclear agreement with powers.
The minister reiterated that since endorsement of the deal, Iran has not stopped or postponed or changed its military development agenda. "Since day one of the endorsement of the JCPOA, our different tests have not postponed even for a single day, hour or moment; rather we have not even felt any doubt about declaring them."
In relevant remarks in August, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani underlined that Iran would not allow foreign countries to interfere in its defense and military affairs and will continue arms sales and purchase irrespective of the views of third party states.
"We will purchase weapons from wherever we deem necessary and we are not waiting for anyone's permission; if we deem necessary we will sell our weapons and we will do this without paying attention to any resolution," President Rouhani said, addressing a ceremony held to commemorate the National Defense Industry Day in Iran.
If This Won’t Help You Understand Why the Deal With Iran Is Bad, Nothing Will
December 16, 2015
This video shows the stark reality of what very much could happen in the near future if things continue the way they are going at this moment. (A MUST SEE VIDEO)
Matthew 24:9 :
" Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake. "
North Korea sentences Canadian pastor to life in prison
December 16, 2015
North Korea's Supreme Court sentenced a Canadian pastor to life in prison with hard labor on Wednesday for what it called crimes against the state.
Hyeon Soo Lim, who pastors the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, was given the sentence after a 90-minute trial.
He had been in detention since February. Lim entered and left the court in handcuffs flanked by two public security officers in uniform. The handcuffs were removed in court during the trial. He kept his head bowed most of the time and answered questions in a subdued tone.
The crimes he was charged with included harming the dignity of the supreme leadership, trying to use religion to destroy the North Korean system, disseminating negative propaganda about the North to the overseas Koreans. State prosecutors sought the death penalty.
Lim's relatives and colleagues have said he travelled on Jan. 31 as part of a regular humanitarian mission to North Korea where he supports a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage. They said Lim, who is in his early 60s, has made more than 100 trips to North Korea since 1997 and that his trips were about helping people and were not political.
North Korea has very strict rules against any missionary or religious activities that it sees as threatening the supremacy of its ruling regime. Merely leaving a Bible in a public place can lead to arrest and possibly severe punishment.
Iranian Quds Force commander Soleimani meets Putin in Moscow
"General Soleimani held a meeting with President Putin and high-ranking Russian military and security officials during a three-day visit last week... They discussed the latest developments in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon," Fars said, quoting unnamed sources.
Soleimani has helped lead Iran's efforts to fight armed insurgents in Syria and neighboring Iraq and reports directly to the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
‘Europe Is Gone,’ World Is Heading toward ‘Global War’: Glenn Beck’s Warning After a Week in the Middle East and Sweden
December 14, 2015
Glenn Beck, who last week traveled through Europe and the Middle East, said on his eponymous radio show Monday morning that he believes Europe, “as we know it,” is “gone.”
“You have to understand, Europe is gone,” the host said. “They are headed for catastrophe and headed for terrorist strike after terrorist strike after terrorist strike. Riots in the streets.”
According to Beck, Europe is in serious trouble because “they refused to listen to the warnings.” And he believes that the U.S. is heading down the same path “if we don’t get control of our immigration and our refugee problem right now.”
He went on to say that he believes the world is heading toward “global war” and that the U.S. will not survive unless it has a “steady” president and Congress to lead the nation, adding an emphasis on the importance of remembering culture and history.
"One Christian Slaughtered Every Five Minutes"
December 14. 2015
"Human rights activists see it. Foreign leaders see it. And more than 80 members of the U.S. Congress see it. Together, they are pressuring the leader of the free world [President Obama] to declare there is a Christian genocide going on in the Middle East."
In response, the White House said it was preparing to release a statement accusing the Islamic State of committing genocide against religious minorities, naming and recognizing various groups, such as the Yazidis, as victims. However, Christians are apparently not going to be included as victims, as Obama officials argue that Christians "do not appear to meet the high bar set out in the genocide treaty."
The Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Not Sacred to the Muslims or the Jews
CBC TV (Egypt) - December 2015
Video which explains the context of Al-Aqsa was not in Jerusalem (This will shock the Islamic World)
Obama: “Mass Shootings Just Don’t Happen in Other Countries”???
December 14, 2015
Does anyone believe anything this President says anymore? Watch this eye opening lie: (VIDEO)
BY THE NUMBERS : THE UNTOLD STORY OF MUSLIM OPINIONS AND DEMOGRAPHICS
Its time to take a very serious honest look at Islam -their opinions, beliefs, and evil ideologies.
Iran sends defiant signal to the West with missile test
Hardliners show their discomfort with the nuclear deal by testing a new missile with a range of at least 1,000 miles
09 Dec 2015
So far, Iran has taken all of the steps required by the agreement, but hardliners within the regime are bitterly opposed to these concessions. The missile test is their way of demonstrating their determination to continue confronting the West – and their opposition to the efforts made by Hassan Rouhani, the moderate president, to ease tensions.
Rabbi’s miracle cow threatens ‘apocalypse’ at al-Aqsa
Extremist group hopes hi-tech fix to engineer a perfect red heifer will be a prelude to destroying Jerusalem mosque
7 December 2015
In his Jerusalem office, Rabbi Chaim Richman has steeped himself in an unlikely mix of 2,000-year-old Judaic tradition and the latest in American cattle-breeding technology. His aim is to genetically engineer a perfect red heifer. If he succeeds, he believes it will open the way to destroying one of the holiest sites in Islam – the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City – and building a Jewish temple in its place. The plan has the potential to set the Middle East on fire.
Israeli experts who have studied the Temple groups agree that Palestinians are right to be worried. They warn that the ambitions of figures like Rabbi Richman could bring about an “apocalypse” in the region.
Little girl demonstrates art of stabbing: “Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab! Stab !”
Dec. 9, 2015
Videos calling to stab Jews and pictures of children with knives are part of social media murder promotion by Palestinians on Facebook.
Daniel 8: Two Horns at the end begin to push:
Iran-Backed Shia Forces Threaten Turkey over 'Incursion' Into Iraq
Shia militias with ties to Iran on Wednesday threatened to attack Turkish forces deployed to Iraqi territory unless Ankara withdraws its troops from the region. Karim al-Nuri, a spokesman for the Badr Brigade, the largest coalition of Shia militias, likened the Turkish incursion with the occupation of Iraq by Daesh militants and said "all options" were available.
"We have the right to respond and we do not exclude any type of response until the Turks have learned their lesson," Nuri said. "Do they have a dream of restoring Ottoman greatness? This is a great delusion and they will pay dearly because of Turkish arrogance."
“We say that they military option is still probable and we might reach a stage in the next few days where we start carrying out operations against the Turks, be it against their soldiers or Turkish interests in Iraq."
Russia could nuke ISIS, Putin suggests
December 09, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the Russian missiles used to combat terrorists in Syria could be fitted with nuclear warheads, the Russian government-funded news agency RT reports.
In a meeting with the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Putin said Russia’s missiles “have proved modern and highly effective” and could be transformed into nuclear weapons, but added he hopes the situation will not come to that, RT adds.
“Naturally, this is not necessary when fighting terrorists and, I hope, will never be needed,” Putin said of the possibility. “But overall, this speaks to our significant progress in terms of improving weaponry and equipment being supplied to the Russian army and navy." Putin’s comments come one day after Russia launched missiles at ISIS for the first time from its submarine in Syria. The missiles targeted the terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa.
How fine Great Tribulation?
Franklin Graham: Obama Must Recognize Christian Genocide, Crucifixions, Beheadings, Rape
December 9, 2015
Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has again raised his voice for the U.S. to recognize the genocide being committed against Christians at the hands of the Islamic State terror group.
"Mass murder, crucifixions, beheadings, enslavement, rape, destruction of churches, theft of lands and wealth, and forcible conversion to Islam — all are horrors that Christians in the Middle East are experiencing," Graham said.
"I join leaders who are urging Secretary of State John Kerry to include Christians in the State Department's classification of genocide in the Middle East," he added, noting that President Barack Obama has indicated that he recognizes the persecution of Yazidis at the hands of IS as a genocide, but not Christians.
"ISIS doesn't want to co-exist with Christians — it wants to eliminate them," Graham added. "This is genocide against Christians, and their lives do matter."
IRANIAN REGIONAL HEGEMONY
This is an excellent report on Iran’s activities and goals in the Middle East and opposition to Israel and the West.
Iranian Defense Minister: Tehran Preparing to Enter Nuclear Technology Market Despite US, Israeli Efforts to Prevent It
December 8, 2015
Minister of Defense Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said that Iran was preparing for the “commercialization phase of the peaceful nuclear industry after the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Dehqan said the JCPOA signaled the world’s recognition of Iran’s right to enrich uranium and to enter the commercial nuclear energy market, in spite of American and Israeli efforts to prevent it from doing so.
“The Israelis and Americans have done their best and mobilized all the trade satellites of the West to monitor Iran’s activities in different parts of the world and they held meetings on exchanging information and news,” he said.
Carter sees Russia, China as potential threats to global order
November 08, 2015
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Saturday slammed Russia, saying it is endangering the world order through its incursions in Ukraine and loose talk about nuclear weapons, and said the U.S. defense establishment is searching for ways to deter Russian aggression to protect U.S. allies. Carter said Russia is undertaking "challenging activities" at sea, in the air, in space and in cyberspace.
"Most disturbing, Moscow's nuclear saber-rattling raises questions about Russian leaders' commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to the brandishing of nuclear weapons," he said. "Some actors appear intent on eroding these principles and undercutting the international order that helps enforce them," he said.
"Terror elements like ISIL, of course, stand entirely opposed to our values. But other challenges are more complicated, and given their size and capabilities, potentially more damaging.""Of course, neither Russia nor China can overturn that order," he said. "But both present different challenges for it."
Carter also accused Russia of stirring the pot in the Middle East."In Europe, Russia has been violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia and actively trying to intimidate the Baltic states," he said. "Meanwhile, in Syria, Russia is throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire, prolonging a civil war that fuels the very extremism Russia claims to oppose."
Iran carries out another missile test in violation of UN
American official says Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in breach of two Security Council resolutions.
Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions, a senior United States official told Fox News on Monday. According to the source, the test was held near Chabahar, a port city in southeast Iran’s Province near the border with Pakistan. The launch took place from a known missile test site along the Gulf of Oman.
The missile, known as a Ghadr-110, has a range of 1,800 – 2000 km, or 1200 miles, and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The United States ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, later stated the missile launched by Iran is a "medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon".
“The United States is deeply concerned about Iran's recent ballistic missile launch," Power said at the time. Iran has rejected claims that the missile was capable of delivering a nuclear warhead and also rejected the idea that the missile test was against UN resolutions. Nevertheless, the United States, Britain, France and Germany subsequently called for the United Nations Security Council's Iran sanctions committee to take action over the missile test.
ISIS army of scientists set to wage chemical and biological war on West: Experts warn weapons of mass destruction 'have been carried undetected' into European Union
December 7, 2015
ISIS has recruited experts with chemistry, physics and computer science degrees to wage war with weapons of mass destruction against the West, a shocking European Parliament report has claimed.
The terror organization, according to the briefing document, 'may be planning to try to use internationally banned weapons of mass destruction in future attacks' The document, which was compiled in the aftermath of the deadly attacks on Paris claimed that ISIS has already smuggled WMD material into Europe.
IS attack on Israel a matter of time, official says
Airstrikes in Syria prompting jihadist group to carry out attacks outside of its ‘caliphate,’ defense official warns
December 7, 2015
The IDF held a surprise drill last week to practice readiness for “extreme” scenarios, including border clashes with IS-affiliated jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula along the border with Egypt.
Last month, IS militants released an online video in Hebrew promising that “not a single Jew would remain in Jerusalem.”
If Iranian jets get close to Israel, security expert says 'anything can happen'
December 6, 2015
Ex-national security advisor Amidror tells Post Iranian jets cannot challenge IAF air superiority; Defense establishment remains silent over possibility of Iranian jets in Syria. Israeli remained officially silent on Sunday over reports from last week that Iran will send fighter jets to Syria to take part in Russian air strikes against rebel organizations.
According to an unconfirmed report in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai, two Iranian squadrons of Sukhoi fighter jets will be based in the Western Syrian city of Homs. Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, former national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, didn’t rule out the possibility that Iran would be carrying out air activity in Israel’s immediate vicinity.
“Anything can happen,” he told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. Israel would “not have to respond so long as the Iranian jets don’t interfere with us. We are free to dislike it, but if they don’t interfere with us, they can bomb their targets. It doesn’t require a change of course on our part,” said Amidror, a senior fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. If, on the other hand, the jets act to threaten Israel or its air activities, the Israel Air Force “will have to shoot them down. There would be no hesitation here,”
Last week, quoting Al-Rai, the Lebanese NOW news site reported: “‘The Iranian participation [in the Syrian conflict] is headed for more advancement with preparation for the arrival of two fleets of Iranian planes,’ sources in the Damascus joint operations room of the ‘4+1’ military coalition of Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Hezbollah told Al-Rai’s newspaper’s chief international correspondent, Elijah J. Magnier.”
Gold-Backed Ruble, Yuan to Trigger Global De-Dollarization
A gold-backed ruble and gold-backed yuan could start a 'snowball exit' from dollar F. William Engdahl notes, adding that it will diminish America's ability to use the reserve dollar role to finance Washington's perpetual overseas wars.
The irony of the situation is that the central banks of China, Russia, Brazil and other countries "diametrically opposed" to US foreign policy course are forced to stockpile dollars in the form of "safe" US Treasury debt in order to protect their economies, American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl stresses.
Furthermore, in August 2015 Russian currency traders bought almost 18 billion yuan and only 3 billion US dollars. It is obvious that Russia is gradually increasing the use of the yuan in Russian financial markets, substituting it for the US dollar.
"But the actions of Russia and China to replace the dollar as mediating currency in their mutual trade, a trade whose volume has grown significantly since US and EU sanctions in March 2014, are not the end of it," the researcher remarks. While it is believed that the US Federal Reserve holds about 8,133 tons of gold, the rumors circulated that things are not what they seem and "the gold chamber of Fort Knox" are nearly empty, Engdahl narrates.
According to the researcher, Russia and China are decisively paving the way for the world economy de-dollarization. "A Russian-Chinese alternative to the dollar in the form of a gold-backed ruble and gold-backed Renminbi or yuan, could start a snowball exit from the US dollar, and with it, a severe decline in America's ability to use the reserve dollar role to finance her wars with other peoples' money," Engdahl concludes.
Egyptian Muslim scholar: No connection between Temple Mt., Islam
December 6, 2015
Arab world outraged at latest research of renowned scholar of Arabic and Islamic studies Youssef Ziedan.
Renowned Egyptian scholar Youssef Ziedan, a specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies, has given a series of interviews to Egyptian television stations of late, the purpose of which appears to be to anger his Muslim colleagues.
His main point has been to say that there is actually no connection between Jerusalem and ancient Islam. When Islam was founded during the 7th century, he says, Jerusalem was a holy city to the Jews, while the Mosque of Omar was not even built until 74 years after Muhammed's death. The reason it was built, Ziedan says, is because the builder wished to detract from the centrality of Mecca in Islam.
Jerusalem was not known as Al-Quds (City of the Sanctuary) during Muhammad's times, Ziedan says. "Al-Aksa is not ours," he emphasizes, "and though the word comes from the word 'extreme,' it does not refer to the far mosque on the Temple Mount, but rather to a mosque that is the "further" of two mosques in Mecca.
Clueless Leadership Who THINKS Climate Change # 1 Concern
December 6, 2015
‘Assad is Iran's redline’
December 6, 2015
Talking about his recent trip to Syria, Ali Akbar Velayati made the remarks during a TV interview on Saturday in Iran. Noting the necessity of Iran-Russia ties to be stable and long-term, Velayati pointed to gravity of the condition in Syria and added “It is not far from expectation that the commander of IRGC Quds forces Major. Gen. Ghasem Soleimani pay a visit to Russia to hold talks with the country’s officials;
Syrian crisis is not predicted to be solved in a short period of time.”
Moreover Velayati said that a minor international war is happening in Syria in which all the world powers are participating and small regional countries are playing a more significant role in the Syrian war rather than grand nations.” He added that Iran, as a regional power with international influence, is the most powerful country present in Syria’s developments.
The adviser to the Leader, underlined that in a near future some other countries, as big as Russia, will join the axis of resistance. Following Syria countries like China may join the axis since the Muslims living in East of China may have tendency to join ISIL.”
Iran denies it tried to develop nuclear weapons
Iran's envoy to the IAEA says he rejects IAEA report that his country made efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
The report, issued last Wednesday, found that the Islamic Republic attempted to develop nuclear weapons in the past, and that most of the dedicated work took place before 2003, though some parts continued until 2009.
Iran's senior nuclear negotiator later claimed that the report, despite determining Iran had tried to develop nuclear weapons, showed Iran’s nuclear program was “peaceful”. The UN watchdog recently released a report which determined that Iran had violated the terms of its nuclear deal with the West by increasing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium in the past three months by 460.2 kilograms.
Last month it was also revealed that Iran had stopped dismantling its centrifuges at the Natanz and Fordow uranium enrichment plants, breaching the nuclear deal that calls for the dismantling. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on the UN watchdog to continue and even intensify the investigation of Iran’s activities following the report on Wednesday. Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz said the IAEA report was “far from comforting” and added that it proved Iran cannot be trusted.
Netanyahu: We could destroy Al-Aqsa, but we don’t want to
In leaked recording, PM heard saying smashing the mosque at contested holy site would contradict everything Israel stands for
December 3, 2015
If Israel “wanted to destroy Al-Aqsa, it would not require a great effort… but it goes against everything we stand for,” the prime minister told his party’s Knesset faction on Wednesday, in a recording played by Army Radio on Thursday afternoon.
The mosque atop the Temple Mount — which is the holiest place in Judaism as the site of the two biblical temples — has been at the heart of a wave of Palestinian terrorism and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in recent months. Palestinian leaders and media have alleged that Israel intends to change the decades-long arrangements under which Jews are allowed to visit but barred from praying on the Mount — something Netanyahu has repeatedly insisted is not the case.
Officials: San Bernardino shooter apparently was in touch with terror subjects
December 3, 2015
Syed Rizwan Farook -- who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, carried out the San Bernardino shooting massacre -- apparently was radicalized and in touch with people being investigated by the FBI for international terrorism, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
Farook's apparent radicalization contributed to his role in the mass shooting of 14 people Wednesday during a holiday party for the San Bernardino County health department, where Farook worked, sources said. Officials had previously said neither Farook and Malik were known to the FBI or on a list of potentially radicalized people. Nor had they had any known interactions with police until Wednesday.
Yet Farook himself had talked by phone and on social media with more than one person being investigated for terrorism, law enforcement officials said.
Commanders: Popular Forces Ready to Fight US Forces in Iraq
December 2, 2015
Several commanders of the Iraqi popular forces underlined that they will surely confront and fight against the US troops in case of their deployment in the Muslim country. "We do not accept the presence of the US forces in Iraq and we will fight against them," the Iraqi commanders said.
The Iraqi commanders' remarks came after US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced that Washington will send its special forces to Iraq to fight against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists. "The Iraqi government is against the presence of foreign military forces, including Americans or non-Americans in Iraq, because it is aware of the reaction of the great nation of Iraq to such a move," al-Aboudi told FNA.
He reiterated that the Iraqi popular forces, specially Ahl al-Haq, will deal with the US troops in Iraq like occupying forces, implying that the popular forces will kill the US troops on sight.
Mahmoud Abbas: Murdering Israelis is “popular peaceful uprising”
December 1, 2015
“No one called for this uprising and no one asked for it. It stemmed from the hearts of the young... We said to everyone that we want peaceful popular uprising, and that’s what this is. That’s what this is. However, the aggression of firing bullets has come from the Israelis.”
Referring to the current Palestinian terror uprising, which at the time of Abbas’ statement had already murdered 14 Israelis and wounded 167 in 65 stabbings and 8 shootings, Abbas announced on PA TV that it is a “peaceful uprising.”
A statement by PA Chairman Abbas explains why he has not yet condemned even one of the 22 murders of Israelis during the past two months of terror, even though he tells the international community he is against terror.
One of the many PA calls to Palestinians to participate in this so-called “peaceful uprising” that Abbas might have been referring to was his Sept. 16, 2015 speech “blessing the blood” spilled fighting to prevent Jews from “defiling” the Al-Aqsa Mosque with “their filthy feet” when going to the Temple Mount. This “defiling of an Islamic holy site” was the excuse used by the PA as trigger for this current terror campaign.
"We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah... The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem."
'Iran and Russia have replaced America's hegemony'
Ex-Lebanese general tells Iranian media that greater cooperation between Moscow and Tehran has eclipsed US worldwide.
Retired Lebanese General Walid al-Zaitouni told the semi-official Iranian Fars News Agency on Saturday that the growing Iranian and Russian alliance is creating a new "hegemony" in the Middle East, and has effectively ended American influence in the region.
The Lebanese military analyst opined to the Iranian paper that the growing military involvement of Moscow and Tehran in the internecine civil war in Syria, where the two are propping up the autocratic leader Bashar al-Assad, is challenging "US hegemony in the world."
"In the current stage that Russia has strengthened and Iran has also grown stronger militarily and economically, cooperation between Russia and Iran is considered as a serious threat to the US plots and hegemony," said al-Zaitouni.
Iran’s Khamenei: Israel more ‘barbaric’ than Paris terrorists
In appeal to Western youth, supreme leader says Palestinians experiencing ‘the worst kind of terrorism for the last 60 years’
November 29, 2015
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday accused Israel of perpetrating “the worst kind of terrorism for the last 60 years,” noting that it was far more “barbaric” than the Paris terror attacks two weeks ago by Islamic State militants that killed 129.
“The oppressed people of Palestine have experienced the worst kind of terrorism for the last sixty years,” he wrote. “If the people of Europe have now taken refuge in their homes for a few days and refrain from being present in busy places it is decades that a Palestinian family is not secure even in its own home from the Zionist regime’s death and destruction machinery.
Analysis: Preventing World War Three in Syria between Turkey and Russia
November 29, 2015
There is an urgent need for de-escalation to salvage what little is left of peace and stability in the Middle East.
NATO entered uncharted territory on Tuesday when one of its members, Turkey, shot down a Russian warplane. There is an urgent need for Washington to bring both sides together to avoid World War Three.
Moscow’s immediate accusations of Ankara’s “back-stabbing” and support for Islamic State followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s warnings of “serious consequences,” highlight just how high the stakes in Syria are for all parties involved. Hopes that the spillover effects from Syria could be contained are now dashed.
Pitting the region’s largest economy, military/intelligence power, and only NATO ally, against Russia is a recipe for further Middle Eastern disintegration. To avoid further war, all sides must focus on the common interest in de-escalating the situation.
They must focus on their common enemy - Islamic State - which must be military defeated to facilitate a strategy for politically reconstituting Syria and Iraq as sovereign states. Obama has studiously avoided repeating President George W. Bush’s actions in Iraq, but now America must exert itself to prevent further war.
Iran: Nuke deal off if UN doesn’t drop atomic weapons probe
Watchdog says its upcoming report on past military dimensions of Tehran’s program is not ‘black and white’
November 29, 2015
Iran said Sunday there would be no final implementation of a nuclear deal with world powers unless a probe into allegations of past weapons research is closed. The declaration, by a top security official, comes after the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said a report into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s activities would not be “black and white.”
FBI Tracking 48 ISIS Suspects 24/7 in America
Elite surveillance teams are monitoring 48 Islamic State suspects on US soil, tracking them 24/7. The FBI currently has 1,000 terror-related files.
November 29, 2015
The FBI has over 1,000 active cases relating to possible terrorist activity. Of those, it is monitoring 48 Islamic State suspects that are considered so high risk it is tracking them with elite “mobile surveillance teams.”
“The FBI together with law enforcement agencies across the country are engaged in this” said Senator Dan Coats of the Select Committee on Intelligence told Fox News. “It takes enormous amount of manpower to do this on a 24-7 basis. It takes enormous amount of money to do this.”
Around a dozen agents are assigned to each case and conduct 24-hour surveillance on the target. The FBI monitors suspects it thinks are most likely to attempt a repeat of the Paris attacks on American soil.The time between radicalization and the decision to carry out an attack can be extremely short, according to FBI Director James Comey.
Russia sometimes breaches Israeli air space, top defense official reveals
Amos Gilad says Moscow-Jerusalem security protocols ensure violations don’t lead to incidents such as last week’s downing of Russian jet by Turkey
November 28, 2015
“Russian air force pilots at times cross into Israeli air space. [But] thanks to the excellent security coordination [between Israel and Russia], which started right after the meeting between [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin [two months ago], and in which defined areas of operation were set, the Israel Defense Forces and the Russian military agreed on security agreements,”
Gilad, who is the director of the political-security division in the Defense Ministry, said , “If there is a violation [of Israeli airspace], we know what to do and how to prevent an escalation.”
‘Syria is dead, Israel must prepare,’ top defense official warns
Amos Gilad says Bashar Assad’s grip on his country is failing and it has become ‘a land without rule’
November 28, 2015
The nation state of Syria has collapsed, a fact that Israel must internalize about its northern neighbor, a senior Israeli defense official said Saturday. “Syria is a dead state, and Israel must understand this and prepare accordingly, Assad’s grip on the country is faltering, it is a land without rule,” Amos Gilad, the director of the political-security division in the Defense Ministry and a former senior Military Intelligence official.
During a September meeting in Moscow, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin in “no uncertain terms” that Israel would not tolerate Tehran’s efforts to arm its enemies in the region, and that Jerusalem has taken and will continue to take action against any such attempts.
Netanyahu told Putin that Iran and Syria have been providing Hezbollah with advanced weapons, thousands of which are directed at Israeli cities. “At the same time, Iran, under the auspices of the Syrian army, is attempting to build a second terrorist front against us from the Golan Heights.”
Building a bomb now easier for us than putting in a contact lens, claims Iran official
Quds Force adviser says regime ‘closer than ever’ to nuclear device, and could easily complete project if religious ban were lifted
November 26, 2015
Iran is “closer than ever” to the bomb, and completing it would be “easier than putting in a contact lens,” a senior Iranian official was quoted saying on Thursday. The claim by Hassan Karimpour, an adviser to Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani, was reported Thursday in Iranian media, and quoted on the BBC’s Persian language website.
A former Iranian president reportedly admitted last month that the country’s nuclear program was started with the intent of building a nuclear weapon. The reported comments by Hashemi Rafsanjani to the state-run IRNA news agency marked the first time a top Iranian official — current or former — had said the country sought a nuclear weapon.
Israel and others in the West believe Iran has been pursuing a rogue nuclear weapons program, however, and the US-led P5+1 world powers signed a deal with Iran in July intended to curb the program, in exchange for sanctions relief. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the deal as a “historic mistake” that would pave Iran’s path to the bomb.
Tracking the Global Jihad : This is an excellent video anyone who is interested in the growing Global Terrorism by Islam adherents.
Western silence has condemned Christians to death
No one has done anything about these cruelly persecuted people in the Middle East.
“IS can wipe out Christianity from Iraq in five years”.
November 27, 2015
For a long time, even the American mainstream press remained silent on the massacres of Christians. The silence was broken only by a dissident Muslim, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who dedicated a masterful cover of Newsweek to this mass martyrdom.
Why can't those Christians from Syria and Iraq be offered sanctuary in the West? Perhaps Westerners are accustomed to think of those Christians as agents of colonial aggression and imperialism and not as its victims, so are deaf to their pleas for help, even to their tragic stories, so exotic and distant.
The disgust for our moral cowardice is balanced by the admiration for those Christians who continue to bear witness to their faith in a land that wants to expel them from history. We in Europe are abandoning the Churches and converting them into Mosques, tearing down the crosses to be more “inclusive” with Muslims.
How tragic that the Christians in the East are being killed and expelled by those very same Muslims because they refuse to forsake their religion.
SENIOR OFFICIAL: ISRAEL'S AIR FORCE CAN TOPPLE A COUNTRY
IAF COMPLETES EXTENSIVE DRILL, WITH OFFICIAL REVEALING IT CAN LAUNCH BARRAGE OF 3,000 'VERY SMART' 1-TON MISSILES, DOWNING A STATE IN DAYS.
A SENIOR OFFICIAL IN THE TECHNICAL DIVISION OF THE IAF EXPLAINED THAT THE FORCE'S ABILITIES HAVE GROWN TO THE POINT THAT IT CURRENTLY IS ABLE TO RAPIDLY UNLEASH 3,000 MISSILES WEIGHING ONE TON EACH - "VERY SMART MISSILES" ACCORDING TO HIS DEFINITION.
HE EXPLAINED THAT WITHIN FOUR DAYS OF FIGHTING, A BARRAGE OF THAT SORT WOULD BE ENOUGH TO TOPPLE A STATE. "WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A MISSILE INSTALLED ON A F-15 OR F-16 THAT IS FIRED FROM A HEIGHT OF 30,000 FEET," SAID THE OFFICIAL. "THE MOMENT THE PILOT FIRES THE MISSILE IT IS ABLE TO GO EXACTLY TO THE TARGET AND DESTROY IT."
Report: PLO considering voiding its recognition of Israel
Senior members of the PLO are reportedly considering announcing that the group no longer recognizes Israel.
As part of its ongoing diplomatic attack on Israel, Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the senior leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) are looking into the possibility of canceling the recognition of Israel by the PLO institutions, the Hebrew-language Walla! news website reported Friday.
According to the report, the move would be an expression of the PA’s frustration over the lack of progress in the peace process with Israel. The possibility is set to be discussed at a meeting of the PLO National Council to take place in the coming weeks.
According to the plan, formulated by some senior members of the organization, the National Council will announce that due to the non-establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel's actions in Jerusalem, the PLO's recognition of Israel is null and void.
Khamenei accuses US of infiltrating Iran with 'money and sex'
In televised address, Iran's supreme leader urges fellow Iranians not to fall into American 'enemy's trap.'
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States on Wednesday of using "money and sexual attractions" to wreak havoc on the Islamic Republic's way of life. “The enemy sets up a network within a nation and inside a country mainly through the two means of money and sexual attractions, to change ideals, beliefs and consequently the lifestyle [in Iran],” he said in a televised speech to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard commanders.
Khamenei urged his fellow Iranians against falling into the "enemy's trap," noting that the authorities would treat the threat of American "infiltration" seriously. Shortly after the deal was ratified, the supreme leader said Iran was still at odds with the "arrogant" US over its Middle East policies. Earlier this month, Khamenei ordered the Iranian government to implement a blockade of US imports as part of an outline for creating an "economy of resistance."
Islamic State's 'water war' on Iraq
November 27, 2015
Southern Iraqi provinces have been suffering a worsening drought and desertification for the past few years.
IS has cut off water supplies to areas in the south and also released water to immerse some areas and prevent government forces from advancing.
IAEA chief says can’t guarantee Iran nuclear program is peaceful
The head of the international nuclear watchdog said yesterday that he is not in a position to guarantee that Iran’s nuclear activity is peaceful, despite July’s agreement with the international community.
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) yesterday told the organisation’s 35-nation board that he is “not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran.” In addition, Amano said he cannot ensure that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”
Meanwhile, Hassan Karimpour, an adviser to Iran’s Quds Force commander Qassem Suleiman, was reported to have said that Iran is “closer than ever” to developing a nuclear bomb. In comments reported by both BBC’s Persian service and Israel’s Channel Two, Karimpour said that completing a nuclear bomb would be “easier than putting in a contact lens,” and that it would be “easy to do, as soon as the spiritual ban on nuclear weapons were lifted.”
The Iranian regime has always insisted that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful. However, according to the Iranian Fars news agency, Karimpour said that Iran possesses 14 underground missile depots equipped with automatic launchers.
Khamenei accuses the United States of helping ISIS in Iraq
Nov 23, 2015
Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei has accused on Monday the United States of helping the ISIS in Iraq.
Khamenei said in his remarks during a meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on the sidelines of the Summit of Gas Exporting Countries held in Tehran, “the international coalition cannot be trusted at all,” indicating that “the United States and others stand behind the formation of these terrorist groups and its support.”
Khamenei added that, “relying on American and Western cooperation in the fight against terrorist movements, including the ISIS and Boko Haram, is a misconception,” pointing out that “there are accurate information, which reveal that the US support the ISIS organization in Iraq.”
Atheists Threaten to Sue Calif. City for Holding Prayer after Shooting of 6-Year Old Girl
November 24, 2015
An atheist group is threatening to sue a California town for hosting a 12-hour prayer rally on the steps of city hall the day after a 6-year-old girl was shot last week and for planning to host a town hall meeting at a church facility.
"Mayors and other public officials cannot use the machinery of the state to push their religious agendas," AHA senior counsel Monica Miller said in a statement. "Using the state to promote prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and alienates community members of minority faiths and no faith,
Rouhani Criticizes West's Instrumental Use of Terrorism
November 24, 2015
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari in Tehran on Tuesday lashed out at the West for supporting the Takfiri terrorists for the sake of their own interests in the regional countries.
"Unfortunately, some countries are making instrumental use of terrorism to benefit from the regional countries' resources," President Rouhani said. The Iranian president said that all countries should come to understand that terrorism is a global threat and all countries should arrive at a stage to launch collective cooperation against terrorism.
"The terrorists have endangered the lives and welfare of the people and they are against humans and human civilization; more importantly, they (the terrorists) claim to be Muslims, but in fact their mission is defaming the religion of Islam, therefore all of us have the duty to confront this big threat," President Rouhani said.
In Iran, Putin and Khamenei speak of American 'plots'
November 25, 2015
Meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, Putin said Russia would continue supporting the sustenance and growth of Iran’s nuclear program in light of the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached last summer.
To that end, Putin formally ordered the resumption of nuclear technology exports to the country, and announced that Russia would help Iran export its enriched uranium out of the country – long considered a possible resolution to the fate of the internationally sanctioned stockpile. Putin’s three-day visit to Tehran was scheduled around a summit on gas exports. But his meetings with Iranian leadership underscored their alignment on a host of strategic policies contrary to the interests of the United States.
“The Americans have a long-term plot and are trying to dominate Syria and then the whole region,” Khamenei said. “This is a threat to all countries, especially Russia and Iran.” “The United States is now trying to achieve its failed military objectives in Syria by political means,” he continued.
Palestine: Terrorists who butchered 5 rabbis exemplified the meaning of heroism
November 24, 2015
Terrorists who butchered 5 rabbis in synagogue and killed policeman"exemplified the meaning of heroism for the homeland... They set out to protect it from the defilement of the thieving occupation, and died as Martyrs on the path of honor" Attack was "epos written by the heroes"
US Diplomacy Expert Names Five Conflicts That Could Trigger World War III
The leaders of all countries should consider the potential dangers of war games and do whatever it takes to prevent the escalation of the world's most hazardous conflicts
The first of the high-risk conflicts, Farley writes, is the war in Syria. The spread of the Islamic State is of critical concern to the world's largest powers, including Russia, France and the US. But even if these states are united by a joint coalition, internal tensions may rise within the alliance due to the respective members' different plans for Syria's future.
Syrian soldiers say Iran and Hezbollah, backed by Shia militias, make up vast majority of fighting troops
Khaled al-Shami told Middle East Eye columnist Lara Nelson that foreign militias have overrun the Syrian army.
“One important thing to realize is that there is no Syrian army anymore, it is just militias, mostly Iranians and Lebanese,” he told Nelson, in a column published on Wednesday. Shami defected from Assad’s troops to join the Syrian opposition in July. He was a soldier in the ninth armored division and served in southern Syria, where President Assad’s forces are battling a coalition of rebel groups. Iran and Lebanese militia Hezbollah – along with Russia – have been key backers of President Assad in his war against rebel groups seeking his overthrow.
Former Syrian soldier Shami said his experience in the army suggested Iran and Hezbollah are not playing a supporting role, and instead are controlling President Assad’s forces. “The Iranians and Hezbollah are not under the control of the Syrian army, it’s the exact opposite,” he said.
“Ten high-ranking Iranian officers control the [ninth armoured] division, they plan the operations. Only Iranian or Hezbollah forces can access operations rooms, no Syrian soldiers are allowed in.” Shami said that in battles “the commander is an Iranian IRGC (Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps), his deputy will be a Hezbollah officer.” Abu Osama al-Jolani, a Free Syrian Army commander and former Syrian army officer, told Nelson: “Everyone we are fighting now are foreigners.”
'Down with US' posters in Tehran
25 November 2015
So much for a Nuclear Deal with the devil:
Nov. “House of Islamic Revolution Designers” has released posters of 'Down with US' denouncing the US crimes against innocent people all around the world. The artworks are appearing hanging on pedestrian bridges and billboards across the city of Tehran on the occasion of Nov. 4 anniv. of former US embassy takeover.
Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes eastern Peru
November 24, 2015
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck eastern Peru, the United States Geological Survey reported.
Iran supports whoever confronts bullying powers
25 November 2015
Leader of the Islamic Revolution has reiterated Iran’s policy of supporting groups and countries who confront the bullying powers of the globe.
“Iran was the first country to free itself from under the yoke of serfdom of the US by popular movement led by Imam Khomeini (RA), and uniquely and single-handedly resisted a host of pressures and restrictions imposed on us by the two superpowers of the time; based on this premise, the Islamic Republic of Iran supports groups or countries who heroically resist against bullying powers,” Ayatollah Khamenei told Morales.
Bolivian President Evo Morales, for his part, expressed euphoria for visiting the Leader and addressed him as a ‘spiritual father,’ and a sage leader whose inspiring and hope-bestowing remarks had taught many invaluable lessons about the revolutions especially in South America; on US interference in the internal affairs of countries in the region, Morales highlighted his responsibility vis-à-vis US officials’ discouraging warnings about his visit to Tehran; “I strongly emphasize that Bolivia is a sovereign country, and will not need the permission of others in its relations with any country especially Iran; we will not succumb to the pressures by the US officials,”
Violent October: 620 Terror Attacks in Israel in Just One Month Left 11 Dead, Including Two Americans
November 23, 2015
Among the 620 attacks, Israeli officials counted 483 firebombs, 57 IEDs (including pipe bombs and improvised grenades), 42 stabbings, 28 small arms shootings, five rockets, three vehicular attacks, one attack using a gas container, and one anti-tank missle.
In response to the attacks, the Obama administration appeared to blame the Israelis for the outbreak of violence for violating the status quo of the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. Jews are prohibited from praying at the Temple Mount due to concerns that such activity might incite Islamic violence because the Dome of the Rock- a Muslim Shrine
Outrage as military vehicles, equipment taken from officers in wake of Obama order
November 23, 2015
Valuable vehicles and equipment are being yanked from law enforcement agencies across the country by the Obama administration in the wake of the president’s post-Ferguson order -- as sheriffs and lawmakers tell FoxNews.com the equipment is needed, and losing it could put officers and the communities they serve in danger.
“These things are useful tools and the president taking them away will put more officers in jeopardy and at risk of harm or even death. I don’t know how he can sleep at night knowing his actions will have those repercussions,” Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., told FoxNews.com.
“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there’s an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them. It can alienate and intimidate local residents, and send the wrong message. So we’re going to prohibit some equipment made for the battlefield that is not appropriate for local police departments,” Obama said.
A Brief overview of Important Issues confronting the world (Video)
November 23, 2015
A must see…
Putin meets with Iran's Leader in Tehran
Nov. 23, 2015
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, visiting Tehran for his first visit since 2007, met with Iran's Leader Ayatollah Khamenei on Monday.
Satanists in 2 US states offer Muslims helping hand amid growing Islamophobia
20 Nov, 2015
With fear of Islamophobic assaults rising after recent terror attacks in Paris, Muslims in two US states have gotten a helping hand from… Satanists. “Big dudes” have offered to escort Muslims and Sikhs afraid of hate-attacks for groceries and elsewhere.
“If there is anyone in the San Jose region who is Muslim and afraid to leave their home out of fear for some kind of backlash, don’t hesitate to reach out to us,” the San Jose, California chapter of the Satanic Temple posted on Facebook.
Iran trains for capture of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa, but uses Dome of Rock model
Thousands of Revolutionary Guards fighters storm a replica of wrong Jerusalem site in war games in Qom
November 21, 2015
Thousands of paramilitary forces from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards on Friday held war games simulating the capture of the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israeli control, the Iranian media reported. The reports said the forces stormed and liberated a replica of the mosque. They said that 120 brigades of Basij, the paramilitary unit of the Guards, occupied hypothetical enemy positions during Friday’s exercise in the holy city of Qom in central Iran.
In a common mistake, the Guards set up a replica of the gold-topped Dome of the Rock instead of the nearby mosque. Official photos showed one of the troops going to the top of the dome and waving an Iranian flag and a red-colored flag, a symbol of martyrdom.
Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the Guards’ aerospace division, said his force deployed Shahed-129, or Witness-129, drones during the war games. The drone, unveiled in 2013, has a range of 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles), a 24-hour nonstop flight capability and can carry eight bombs or missiles’
New Iranian clip shows ‘destruction of Jerusalem’ by Muslims (MUST SEE)
In animated propaganda video, Revolutionary Guards, Hezbollah and Hamas join forces to conquer Israel’s capital. Title: “Preparation of the complete destruction of Israel by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Islamic Revolution in Iran”
This is a couple of months old, yet extremely prophetic. This is where it is all heading. This is where it will all end.
Iran: Nuclear Deal Going, Going, Gone?
November 18, 2015
Iranian military commanders, security chiefs and conservative media outlets are coming close to questioning the competence and loyalty of those in the Iranian regime who favor the JCPOA. The surreal irony, of course, is that President Obama keeps assuring the world -- as recently as last week again, when he met with Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu -- that he is "preventing" Iran from getting nuclear weapons, while the truth is that his "deal" -- if the Iranians ever sign it -- not only green-lights Iran's nuclear program, but in fact finances it.
While some reports indicated that Iran was beginning to take off the production line some of the uranium-enrichment centrifuges in the Natanz and Fordow facilities, contradictory reports suggested that any such action was halted due to pressure from Iran's hardliners, and that dismantling the centrifuges had not been authorized by Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and was therefore premature.
A stern letter of warning was dispatched to President Hassan Rouhani from 20 key members of Iran's Majlis [Islamic Consultative Assembly], many of whom have close ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), informing him to cease any dismantling activity. It also appears that President Rouhani and his political allies are losing ground amid the Iranian hardliner’s attack on the JCPOA arrangement and the prospects of a possible opening to the West. Rouhani has attempted to appease the hardliners by now demanding that President Obama personally apologize for America's hostile behavior towards Iran.
‘Tough choices’ required: Real US debt over $65 trillion, former GAO chief says
17 Nov, 2015
Economists understate the real extent of the US government’s financial commitments, which in reality exceed $65 trillion, the US government’s former top accountant told RT. A debt fix would need to tackle the tax code, debt ceiling, and Pentagon spending.
“You have to consider not just the public debt, you have to consider the debt we owe to the Social Security and Medicare trust funds, as well as the huge unfunded obligations for our social insurance programs,” former US Comptroller General David Walker told RT. “When you add all those numbers up, the number is over 65 trillion, rather than the lower numbers a lot of the economists want to talk about.”
Officially, the US public debt currently stands at $18 trillion.
Is It Iran's Middle East Now?
November 15, 2015
The Middle East is currently in the midst of widespread instability, civil strife and the collapse or contraction of state authority. Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Turkey, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Tunisia and Egypt have all experienced major instability over the last half decade.
Perhaps the single best organized and most aggressive alliance active currently in the Middle East is the bloc of states and movements gathered around the Islamic Republic of Iran. Motivated by clear strategic goals and by powerful ideological motivations, and with long experience of subversion particularly relevant to the current period of instability in the Middle East, Iran and its allies are powerful players in the regional contest.
Iran is currently actively supporting proxies in major conflicts in the following areas: Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories. In addition, there is evidence that Iranian agencies are active among Shia populations – as yet without major effect – in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Tehran also has a strategic relationship with (Sunni majority) Sudan.
Iran's strategic goal is to emerge as the dominant power in the Middle East and, eventually, the entire Islamic world. It seeks to roll back US influence in the region and to work towards Israel's destruction.
Fatah Secretary In Jerusalem 'Adnan Ghaith: Arafat's Slogan 'Millions Of Martyrs Are Marching On Jerusalem' Still Guides Us Today
November 12, 2015
Arafat left the Palestinians a legacy regarding the struggle methods, and that he lighted the way for the future generations and serves as a source of inspiration for them. In his slogan "Millions of Martyrs Are Marching On Jerusalem,"
Arafat conveyed to the Palestinians the watchword of their national struggle.
Arafat steered the Palestinian struggle towards Jerusalem and signaled to the Palestinians that they must unite for its sake and be willing to sacrifice themselves for it – a message which the Palestinians internalized and realized in their willingness to sacrifice.
The campaign for Jerusalem and its liberation required all the Palestinians and Arabs to be united in action and in their national struggle for [Jerusalem], and that the road to Jerusalem is clear and can be trodden only by those who put their lives on the line and give generously of their blood, sacrificing it on the altar of freedom and independence. The lamps of Jerusalem and of the blessed Al-Aqsa are filled with the pure blood that has been spilled and is still being spilled for the sake of liberating them.
Nearly 100,000 Gay Couples Have Gotten Married Since The Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling
The number of couples getting married has gone up even in states that already allowed same-sex marriage
Nearly 100,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since Obergefell v. Hodges brought marriage equality to all 50 states, according to a new Gallup poll. Issued November 5, the study reveals that while marriages in states that previously banned gay marriage have obviously gone up, they’ve also risen in states that previously allowed same-sex marriage.
Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen
November 11, 2015
The ongoing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition combined with escalating violence risks pushing the country towards a famine.
The economic blockade, originally designed to stop Iranian supplies from reaching Houthi rebels, began in March 2015. It is backed by five of the six Gulf Cooperation Council member states. The blockade has hit Yemen hard for a number of reasons. It is a resource-scarce environment that heavily depends on imports for food and fuel. According to Oxfam, 90 percent of staple food items, such as wheat and rice are imported. Even before the current conflict broke out, more than ten million Yemenis faced hunger every day.
The War Drums are Beating: Two Trident Missiles Launched over Los Angeles. Act of Provocation Directed against Russia and China?
November 11, 2015
During this last month the most dangerous, ready-to-explode hotspot has been Syria where for the first time the US has sent military boots on the ground after Russia launched its anti-ISIS offensive. The mounting number of ground forces may be joined by US puppet Gulf state Qatar sending troops to the Syrian battlefront.
Both US and Russian superpowers are precariously sharing the same airspace with warplanes supporting opposing forces. In retaliation for Putin taking charge and upending the US fake war against ISIS, in recent weeks Obama sent Special Forces into Syria to help rescue its terrorist ally on the run (3000 jihadists fled to Jordan and Turkey in the first week alone) and defiantly oppose the Russian led coalition aiding Syria.
Unfortunately the United States seems committed to winding up on the wrong side of history after creating and to this day continuing its not-so-secret support of its terrorist mercenary ally the Islamic State militants. Syria remains a powder keg ready to explode on a moment’s notice into world war.
Putin Sends Russian Military to North Korea
A Russian military delegation is currently in Pyongyang talking to the Command of the Korean People’s Army.
November 11, 2015
A Russian military delegation arrived in Pyongyang on Monday to conduct a military-to-military dialogue with the command of the Korean People’s Army TASS reports.
The draft agreement has already been approved by the Russian government. According to Interfax, the draft agreement states that an agreement between Russia and North Korea is necessary in order to “to prevent dangerous military activities and promptly and peacefully resolve any incident between the parties’ armed forces, which could arise as a result of dangerous military activities.”
Hamas: We're closer than ever to 'liberating Jerusalem'
November 10, 2015
A senior member of Hamas boasted on Monday that the terrorist group was closer than ever to “liberating Jerusalem”.
Speaking with the Quds Press news agency, Hamas political bureau member Salah Bardawil said that the “Al-Quds Intifada”, as Hamas refers to the current terror wave, opened the gates to the liberation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, adding that the intifada continues to escalate every day and efforts to stop it will fail.
"The Palestinians," he claimed, "are defending the religion which is above the nation and any issues of faith...our faith will not be deterred and those who rely on the fact that the siege and the killings would lead to our defeat are deluded."The intifada, claimed Bardawil, "shows that the Palestinians are closer than ever to liberating Jerusalem from the occupation."
On the brink: Christianity facing Middle East purge within decade, says group
November 09, 2015
The dwindling Christian population of the Middle East could vanish completely within a decade unless the global community intervenes, say alarmed aid groups who say followers of the Bible are being killed, driven from their land or forced to renounce their faith at an unprecedented pace.
The world has largely stood by as a dangerous tide of intolerance has washed over the region, according to a new study by the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. The study includes disturbing data about the plunging numbers of Christians in the part of the world that gave birth to the faith, and makes a dire prediction of what could happen.
While Christians are under siege from Islamic State radicals in war-torn Syria and Iraq, the report notes that the religion is being targeted throughout the region. Christians who have managed to escape ISIS have fled to places like Europe and Lebanon, while members of the faith also are under increasing pressure in Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations.
The Christian population in Iraq has plummeted from 1.5 million in 2003 to current estimates of 275,000 and could be gone for good within five years, according to the report. The dwindling numbers are due to genocide,. refugees fleeing to other countries, those who are internally displaced, and others hiding in plain sight and not allowing their faith to be publicly known.
Satirical interview about America lifting the sanctions on Iran
The truth in a ridiculously funny interview!
Al-Aqsa preacher: Israel 'lying' about Temple Mount
Preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque claims the Temple Mount belongs solely to Muslims and no one else.
A preacher at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday accused Israel of “lying” when it says the Temple Mount is holy to Jews.
The preacher, Mohammed Salim, declared that the compound belongs solely to Muslims, claiming that the proof is in its name “Al-Aqsa” (lit. the extreme). In light of this “fact”, claimed Salim, the question is “how the Jews are lying about their sovereignty and claim that the Temple stood on this mountain?”
The charge by Palestinian Arabs that Israel “defiles” the Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ongoing incitement to acts of terror against Israelis.
Carter sees Russia, China as potential threats to global order
November 08, 2015
Defense Chief Ash Carter on Saturday slammed Russia saying its endangering world order through its incursions in Ukraine and loose talk about nuclear weapons, and said the U.S. defense establishment is searching for ways to deter Russian aggression to protect U.S. allies.
"In Europe, Russia has been violating sovereignty in Ukraine and Georgia and actively trying to intimidate the Baltic states," he said. "Meanwhile, in Syria, Russia is throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire, prolonging a civil war that fuels the very extremism Russia claims to oppose."
Vladimir Putin is challenging the U.S. in other areas other than Syria. Russia last year said it was reopening 10 former Soviet-era military bases along the Arctic seaboard that were closed after the Cold War ended in 1991. Russia is also flying more long-range air patrols off American shores.
China has built multiple artificial islands in the South China Sea and claimed sovereignty over them, despite multiple other Asian countries claiming territory in the same areas. "As a rising power, it's to be expected that China will have growing ambitions and a modernizing military," he said. "But how China behaves will be the true test of its commitment to peace and security."
Al-Zawahiri Calls For Unity And For Attacks On West As Means For 'Liberating Jerusalem'
November 2, 2015
On November 1, 2015, Al-Qaeda released a new audio message from its leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, titled "Let Us Unite to Liberate Jerusalem." In it, he urges jihadis to attack American and other Western targets as a means of liberating Jerusalem, because the West is Israel's main supporter.
He adds that the liberation of Palestine also requires the establishment of "Muslim governments" in Egypt and Syria, and therefore jihad groups must focus on those fronts as well, and unite in those countries in order to achieve that goal.
ISRAELI PILOTS TRAIN OVER SOUTHERN US, WITH FOCUS ON MOUNTAINOUS AREAS
IAF SENDS TRANSPORT PLANES TO AMERICA FOR ‘SOUTHERN STRIKE’ EXERCISE TO FORGE TIES, PREPARE FOR MISSIONS; OFFICER MUM ON ANY IRAN RELEVANCE
NOVEMBER 7, 2015
THE ISRAELIS WORKED TOGETHER WITH THE AMERICANS, WHO CAME FROM THE US ARMY, AIR FORCE AND NAVY, TO PLAN AND EXECUTE A VARIETY OF MISSIONS, INCLUDING LOW-LEVEL FLYING SCENARIOS, DIFFICULT TAKE-OFFS AND LANDINGS, PARATROOPER DROPS AND CARGO DUMPS, SAID EDEN, WHOSE LAST NAME IS WITHHELD FOR SECURITY REASONS.
“FOR US, FLYING IN MOUNTAINS THAT ARE 5,000 OR 6,000 FEET HIGH, IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE DON’T HAVE ON A DAILY BASIS BACK HOME. LANDING IN A SHORT FIELD BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AT HIGH ELEVATION, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE IN ISRAEL,” EDEN SAID.
“BUT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO KNOW BECAUSE IN OUR AREA OF INTEREST, THIS IS THE TYPE OF TERRAIN,” HE EXPLAINED. THIS COULD BE SEEN AS A REFERENCE TO IRAN, WHICH CONTAINS SEVERAL MOUNTAIN RANGES WHERE SOME NUCLEAR AND MILITARY FACILITIES ARE BASED, BUT THE IAF OFFICER WOULD NOT REVEAL EXACTLY WHAT THAT “AREA OF INTEREST” WAS.
Cholera outbreak in Iraq 'risks turning into a region-wide epidemic'
Cholera could become a regional epidemic, Unicef warns, as it spreads from Iraq to Bahrain and Kuwait
November 7, 2015
A cholera outbreak in Iraq has spread to Kuwait and Bahrain, and risks turning into a region-wide epidemic as millions of pilgrims prepare to visit the country, Unicef's Iraq director has said. The disease, which can lead to death by dehydration and kidney failure within hours if left untreated, was detected west of Baghdad in September and has since infected at least 2,200 people in Iraq and has killed six.
Mr Hawkins said cholera had spread to Bahrain, Kuwait and Syria but, in a later statement, Unicef said the cases in Syria were not confirmed: "However, given the scale of the outbreak in Iraq the risk of cholera spreading across Iraq's borders remains high," it said. Millions of Shia Muslims are due to visit Iraq in December for Arbaeen, a religious ritual marking the end of an annual mourning period for the Prophet Mohammad's grandson Hussein, whose death in 680AD entrenched the schism between Shias and Sunnis.
How Russia's military presence in Syria complicates Israeli affairs
Israel’s defense establishment quietly preparing for an expanded presence of the Iranian-led axis in southern Syria.
November 7, 2015
From Israel’s perspective, there are two emerging consequences of Russia’s aerial intervention in Syria, and neither of them is particularly good. The first is that Russia’s allies on the ground in Syria, who happen to be Israel’s bitter enemies, will now expand their troublesome presence near the Israeli border.
Specifically, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, its transnational terrorist unit the Quds Force, Hezbollah forces and Assad military units are all benefiting from Russia’s air war in Syria, and their enhanced presence on Israel’s border will soon be a fact on the ground.
Since Russia began providing air support to Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces battling Sunni organizations, the Assad regime has grown bolder. It has begun to take back positions it previously lost on the Syrian Golan Heights. Wherever the Assad regime controls turf, its Iranian and Hezbollah allies tend to pour in, especially in regions that can be used to plot cross-border rocket, missile and bomb attacks or infiltration raids on Israel.
The second consequence of Russia’s operations in Syria is that it complicates Israel’s own extensive intelligence efforts and, according to international reports, covert strike sorties over Syria. Russian jets are now flying in Syria’s deep south, in Deraa, dropping munitions, and putting the Israel Air Force on the highest alert, despite the deconfliction mechanism created by the IDF and Russian Armed Forces in recent weeks.
All of this means that the IDF’s Northern Command, Military Intelligence and IAF must quietly recalibrate their preparations on this highly tense front. The preparations will presumably include protocols for dealing with deliberate proxy attacks by the emboldened Iran-led axis in Syria, and accidental run-ins with the Russian Air Force, which, without sufficient caution, could entail grave and even global unintended consequences.
EU Parliament President Stresses Iran's key Role in Restoration of Regional Peace, Stability
November 7, 2015
President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Saturday underlined Iran's influential role in restoration of peace and stability to the region. "Iran is an important player in resolving the regional crises and its role in establishing peace and stability is undeniable," Schultz said.
The European Parliament president, meantime, reiterated that Iran's participation in the upcoming Vienna talks on Syria will be crucial. Schultz, meantime, pointed to the parliamentary cooperation between the European Union and Iran, and said, "We have good parliamentary cooperation with Iran and we are ready for the expansion of bilateral ties."
Gay Couple Can't Get Married Because They're Legally Father and Son
Like other gay couples before the days of same-sex marriage, one partner adopted the other so they could have some legal rights.
November 7, 2015
Since Casey's letter, Bosee and Esposito have received a flood of national media attention, which they admitted has required a bit of an adjustment. They grew up in a time when being gay was not as widely accepted as it is now, and they're not used to talking about their relationship. They never even openly discussed it with their parents, who have all passed away.
"Generally speaking, as far as our behavior, we've always been very below the radar -- closed about all of this. We never can say we officially 'came out,' so all this publicity now within a few days or a couple weeks has been a little bit overwhelming. It's sort of like coming out by cannon fire," Bosee said.
"And I always say, does anybody ask a heterosexual couple why they're getting married? ... It's ridiculous. It's unheard of," Bosee said. "Yet when a same-sex couple is getting married, especially going from what we want to be doing -- going from an adoption to a marriage -- that's the first thing they want to ask. I think it's really crazy, if you stand back and look at it."
Alabama Education Official Warns Of 'Homosexualist' Common Core Takeover
She also thinks coloring books are indoctrinating children to do "transgender stuff."
November 7, 2015
“I understand Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi are the three Southern states targeted by the radical, left, homosexualists to change our students’ perspective,” Peters said, according to the Sun. “We have gone past gay, lesbian and bisexual and we're now into gender fluid spectrum.”
"As I said when I first campaigned and I’ve said it every time since, we need to get back to the basics: Reading, writing and arithmetic from first grade on," Peters continued. “We need to be teaching the ‘c’ part which is Christian values, not Muslim values, not transgender values. We need to be teaching the old Biblical values."
US updating nuclear arsenal to deter ‘Russian aggression’
November 8, 2015
Pentagon head Ashton Carter says Washington not seeking new Cold War, but adapting ‘operational posture’ to deal with new moves by Moscow The United States is adapting its “operational posture” to counter Russian aggression, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Saturday.
Carter on Saturday accused Russia of endangering world order, citing its incursions in Ukraine and loose talk about nuclear weapons, and said the U.S. defense establishment is searching for creative ways to deter Russian aggressive and protect US allies. The defense chief hinted at additional new weapons that would be “surprising ones I really can’t describe here.”
Additionally, “we’re updating and advancing our operational plans for deterrence and defense given Russia’s changed behavior,” Carter said. He also expressed concern about China’s expanding influence and growing military might. But he reserved his stronger words for Russia. Carter said Russia is undertaking “challenging activities” at sea, in the air, in space and in cyberspace.
“Most disturbing, Moscow’s nuclear saber-rattling raises questions about Russian leaders’ commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to the brandishing of nuclear weapons,” he said.
The Iranians writing 'Death to America' on their hands (Video)
7 November 2015
The US and other world powers have done a nuclear deal with Iran. So who are the Iranians still scrawling "Death to America" on their hands - and their childrens' too - and posting it on Instagram?
Muslim council calls to ban all Jews from Temple Mount
Muslim council of clerics demands return to pre-1967 status, when Jordanian occupation forbade Jewish visitors completely.
The Muslim council of clerics in Jerusalem has issued a call to entirely ban all Jewish presence from the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. The announcement specifically called to return the situation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount to as it was before the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel liberated the holy site from Jordanian occupation that had lasted from the 1948 War of Independence.
Ironically, the announcement read: "the Muslims want Al-Aqsa Mosque to be returned to the situation before 1967, when it was liberated from all occupation and under the rule of the Arabs and the Muslims, since it belongs only to the Muslims."
Currently the Jordanian Waqf remains in de facto control of the Temple Mount, banning Jewish prayer despite Israeli laws stipulating freedom of religion, and allowing Muslim rioters to use Al-Aqsa Mosque as a terror base to launch rock and firebomb attacks on police.
Magnitude-6.8 earthquake strikes Chilean coast
November 07, 2015
A strong magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck central Chile on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 4:31 a.m. 29 miles southwest of the city of Ovalle, nearly 185 miles northwest of the capital of Santiago. It struck at a depth of 22 miles.
The quake shook Santiago, causing office buildings to sway. Chile's emergency services office first alerted, but later discounted, the possibility of a small tsunami.
Chile is highly earthquake-prone. In 2010, a devastating 8.8-magnitude quake struck the country, one of the strongest ever recorded. The quake and the tsunami it unleashed killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.
South African Authorities Searching for Pastor Who Fed Congregation Live Snakes
November 6, 2015
The search is on for a dissapeared South African pastor who authorities accuse of "abusing" the faith of his congregants by having them eat live snakes and rats as a way of showing their trust in the Lord.
According to ECNA, self-styled prophet Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve is now wanted by South Africa's Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities after photos emerged online showing him feeding members of his congregation live snakes as a test of their faith.
Demonstration of God's Power, Romans 14. Those with small faith eats (sic) only vegetables but the ones with a great faith eats (sic) everything," Mnguni wrote in his Facebook post. "During service Man of God commanded a snake to change into a chocolate and it obeyed. People ate it and enjoyed it. To God Be The Glory!"
Enter the Dragon: Beijing Pushing Ahead With 'Yuanization' of World Economy
While Washington continues to vex China over the South China Sea disputes, Beijing is pushing ahead with the yuanization of the world economy, Mexican economist Ariel Noyola Rodriguez notes.
Despite Washington's displeasure, Beijing seeks to make the yuan (or 'renminbi') the world's reserve currency.
"The renminbi is today the second most utilized currency for commercial financing, and the fourth most demanded for cross-border payments, according to data from the Society of World Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT),"
The economist noted that Beijing is no bull in a china shop: the Communist Party of China knows perfectly well that it is being watched by the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury Department and any awkward movement in the market may trigger an all-out "financial war."
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/business/20151105/1029666603/china-yuanization-world-economy-washington-displeasure.html#ixzz3qg6ARY2p
The Watchman: Destination Jerusalem
On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell to discuss his new book, "Destination Jerusalem." We also take a further look at the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.
Anti-US fervor alive in Iran despite nuclear deal
November 4, 2015
Protesters chant ‘Death to America, Israel,’ burn US flags on anniversary of 1979 embassy seizure
Chanting “Death to America” and burning the US flag, Iranian protesters Wednesday marked the anniversary of the US embassy seizure with a show of anti-Washington fervor despite the nuclear deal. Demonstrators gathered outside the former embassy and across Iran for what was declared the “National Day of the Fight Against Global Arrogance” — a term often used by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Protesters held placards with slogans including “Down with USA” and “Down with Israel.” Prosecutor General Ebrahim Raisi gave a fiery speech attacking US “atrocities” ranging from slavery and the treatment of Native Americans to phone tapping and “the killing of 300,000 Iraqis.” “The martyr-nurturing nation of Iran is not at all prepared to abandon the slogan of ‘Death to America’ under the pretext of a nuclear agreement,” they said.
The legislators said the slogan, chanted at weekly Friday prayers in mosques and at protests, had “turned into the symbol of the Islamic republic and all struggling nations.”
World at a turning point: Heads of UN and Red Cross issue joint warning
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, have issued an unprecedented joint warning about the impact of today's conflicts on civilians and appealed for urgent and concrete action to address human suffering and insecurity.
"Rarely before have we witnessed so many people on the move, so much instability, so much suffering," said Mr Maurer. "In armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, combatants are defying humanity's most fundamental norms. Every day, we hear of civilians being killed and wounded in violation of the basic rules of international humanitarian law, and with total impunity. Instability is spreading. Suffering is growing. No country can remain untouched."
Some sixty million people around the world have been displaced from their homes because of conflict and violence – the highest figure since the Second World War. Conflicts have become more protracted, meaning that many displaced people face years away from their homes, communities and livelihoods.
Washington Tried to 'Provoke Military Confrontation' With China
The United States sent a guided missile destroyer close to China's artificial islands in a bid to "intentionally provoke a military confrontation" with Beijing, expert on Asia Michael Billington told Press TV.
China referred to Washington's move as a "blatant provocation" and repeatedly asked the US to refrain from similar actions in the future. Beijing believes that this move violated international law and put regional security in jeopardy. "We will resolutely respond to deliberate provocation from any country," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said
Iran's Advisor: Quadrilateral Alliance against ISIL Has Final Say in Region
Nov 04, 2015
Iranian Supreme Leader's top Adviser for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati underlined the Syrian army's great advances against the terrorists, and said the quadrilateral alliance of Tehran, Damascus, Baghdad and Moscow is now ruling the battlefields in the region, especially Syria.
Iran always believed that the Syrian government and nation's causes should be defended, it was later joined by Iraq, the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah and recently Russia.
"Today, this grouping is the one which has the upper hand in the region and is fighting against terrorism and extremism in the region."
Backlash against U.S. in Iran Seems to Gather Force after Nuclear Deal
November 3, 2015
Anyone who hoped that Iran’s nuclear agreement with the United States and other powers portended a new era of openness with the West has been jolted with a series of increasingly rude awakenings over the past few weeks.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, said the “Death to America” slogan is eternal. New anti-American billboards in Tehran include a mockery of the Iwo Jima flag-raising photograph that symbolized Marine sacrifice in World War II. And an Iranian knockoff version of K.F.C., the chicken chain widely associated with the United States, was summarily closed after two days.
“It feels like a witch hunt,” said one Iranian-American businessman in Tehran, who dared not speak for attribution over fear for his safety. “It’s pretty scary.”
Iran Daily: Government Steps Back on Implementation of Nuclear Deal
Iran “has not reduced its number of centrifuges”.
November 4, 2015
Under the JCPOA, Iran is to reduce its current stock of about 19,000 centrifuges to just over 5,000. In addition, Tehran is to send almost all of its enriched uranium out of the country or dilute it to levels far from the potential for a military program.
Leading Iranian cultural analyst Hamidreza Moqaddamfar said in an interview on Tuesday night that the US is using the July 14 nuclear deal to undermine the Islamic Republic: “The [Iranian] officials should take infiltration serious and keep vigilance against it.” He said that, if the US “plot” was not taken seriously, it would be as great a danger to Iran as a military threat.
Iran begins blockade of US imports
Weeks after Obama begins lifting sanctions, Khamenei's orders for an 'economy of resistance' carried out in blockade of American goods.
US President Barack Obama just two weeks ago began lifting sanctions on Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal, and in response Iran has initiated an economic step of its own - a blockade of US imports.
The US government intends to ignore Iran's continued open hostility. That hostility was put on display again on Monday, when the Iranian parliament voted to continue "Death to America" rallies held nationwide on Fridays. At least 192 out of 290 voting Iranian parliamentarians voted for the rallies.
"The martyr-nurturing nation of Iran is not at all prepared to abandon the slogan of ‘Death to America’ under the pretext of a nuclear agreement,” said a group of the parliamentarians in a statement.
IDF ON MOUNT HERMON PREPARING FOR IRAN-BACKED TERRORISM
SINCE START OF RUSSIAN AIR INVOLVEMENT, MORE ASSERTIVE ASSAD REGIME HAS RETAKEN SEVERAL POSTS IN SYRIAN GOLAN
IDF UNITS ON MOUNT HERMON, WHICH BORDERS SYRIA, ARE PREPARING TO ENCOUNTER IRANIAN- BACKED TERRORIST ATTACKS, A SENIOR MILITARY SOURCE TOLD THE JERUSALEM POST ON SUNDAY.
ACCORDING TO THE SOURCE, UNITS OPERATING UNDER THE COMMAND OF THE MOUNT HERMON TERRITORIAL BRIGADE HAVE BEEN TRAINING TO RESPOND TO A “COMBINED TERRORIST ATTACK” THAT COULD INVOLVE BORDER BOMBS, ROCKETS, AN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING OF SOLDIERS AND POSSIBLE ANTI-TANK MISSILE FIRE.
“THERE IS SOMEONE WHO GETS UP EVERY MORNING AND ASKS, HOW CAN I CARRY OUT AN ATTACK ON ISRAEL? MOST OF THE TIME, THEY RUN INTO GREAT DIFFICULTIES,” THE SOURCE SAID. THE TERRORISTS, HE STRESSED, ARE BEING ORCHESTRATED BY THE IRANIAN- LED RADICAL AXIS, WHICH CURRENTLY CONTROLS JUST ONE SMALL AREA BORDERING ISRAEL, IN AND AROUND THE SYRIAN DRUSE VILLAGE OF KHADR.
A VARIETY OF SUNNI REBELS HAVE CONTROL OF ALL OTHER AREAS BORDERING ISRAEL. ON A DAILY BASIS, REBEL BATTALIONS BASED IN NEARBY ABANDONED VILLAGES SUCH AS BIJAN, EXCHANGE FIRE WITH PRO-ASSAD MILITARY FORCES BASED IN KHADR. TODAY, THE SOURCE STATED, “I’M NOT THINKING ABOUT THE SYRIAN COMMANDO UNIT, WHICH IS DOWN TO A THIRD OF ITS ORIGINAL SIZE, AND IS BUSY DEFENDING DAMASCUS.
THE CURRENT THREATS ARE IRANIAN-BACKED TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS, AND THIS IS A DIFFERENT TYPE OF THREAT THAT REQUIRES US TO PREPARE OUR FORCES.
Al-Qaeda leader urges Muslim unity against West and Russia
Ayman Al-Zawahiri calls on Muslim supporters to band together to confront the “threat” from the West and Russia.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri is calling on Muslim supporters to band together to confront the “threat” from the West and Russia in Syria and Iraq, Reuters reported on Sunday.
The call came in the latest recording from the Al-Qaeda leader and, in it, he suggested greater unity between his and Islamic State (ISIS).
"The Americans, Russians, Iranians, Alawites, and Hezbollah are coordinating their war against us -- are we not capable of stopping the fighting amongst ourselves so we can direct all our efforts against them?" he said in an audio recording released on the Internet on Sunday, according to Reuters.
US, Israeli hostility to receive ‘crushing response,’ Iran warns
Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan responds to US-Israel defense talks with vow to inflict an ‘unforgettable lesson’
November 1, 2015
Iran’s defense minister warned Saturday that his country would deliver an “unforgettable lesson” to the US and Israel in the event the country is attacked.
Speaking after a meeting between Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in which the two discussed joint efforts to oppose Tehran’s role in various conflicts in the region, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan issued a vehement denunciation of the two allies.
Dehghan “said the Iranian Armed Forces are fully prepared to give such a crushing response to any possible hostile move by the US or Israel that they could never forget,” the official Fars News Agency announced. At a Wednesday press conference in Washington, Carter said the nuclear deal completed in July between Iran and six world powers removes Iran’s nuclear threat, calling it “just one source of uncertainty and risk.” He added that Iran must comply with the deal or face a military threat from the United States, the US Defense Department’s Defense News reported.
He railed against the US and Israel, saying, “Nations see these two regimes as warmongering, aggressive, bloodthirsty and anti-human rights regimes [sic] and they, therefore, do not need to try to prove this everyday.”
US ‘part of problem, not solution’ in Middle East
November 1, 2015
Leader of the Islamic Revolution received Iran’s foreign minister, ambassadors and chargés d'affaires this morning.
“The US policies in the Middle East have been part of the problem rather than solution; the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy is inspired by the Constitution, which is inspired and informed by Islam; thus, any positions about international issues, should have a religious dimension as well,” he told the meeting.
“We do not claim attaining all foreign policy objectives, since implementation of ‘Revolutionary foreign policy’ in practice has been marred by incompetence, negligence, and foreign barriers; however, our current position of self-reliance is owing to these highly principled and sagacious policies, the abandoning of which would bring huge challenges and damage to the country within the borders,” he added.
The Leader of the Islamic Revolution then turned upon Iran’s foreign policy in the region; on Palestine, he reiterated that Iran’s solution to Palestinian issue was a referendum which would set the fate of the Zionists and the Jewish settlers in Occupied Territories; “however, in gainsaying Iran’s solution, they contended that this would practically mean dissolution of the illegitimate Zionist regime, which would be a natural outcome of any referendum,” he said.
MILITARY INTELLIGENCE CHIEF: WE'RE ALREADY AT WAR WITH IRAN
MAJ. GEN. HERZL HALEVI WARNS IRAN RAPIDLY CLOSING IN ON ISRAEL'S TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE.
NOVEMBER 1, 2015
ISRAEL'S MILITARY INTELLIGENCE CHIEF WARNED LAST WEEK THAT ISRAEL AND IRAN ARE BOTH BATTLING FOR TECHNOLOGICAL EDGE - AND THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC IS QUICKLY NARROWING THE GAP BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.
MAJ. GEN. HERZL HALEVI MADE THE REMARKS AT CLOSED LECTURE THURSDAY TO DONORS AND FACULTY MEMBERS OF THE COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT AT THE ROTHSCHILD BANK IN TEL AVIV, HAARETZ REPORTS.
“IF YOU ASK ME WHETHER WE’LL BE AT WAR WITH IRAN WITHIN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, I’LL GIVE YOU A SURPRISING ANSWER: WE ARE ALREADY AT WAR WITH IRAN,” HALEVI ASSERTED. “WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF A TECHNOLOGICAL WAR WITH IRAN. OUR ENGINEERS ARE FIGHTING IRANIAN ENGINEERS TODAY AND IT’S BECOMING INCREASINGLY SIGNIFICANT.”
Gulf Arab leaders fear twin threats from extremists
Today, the region's leaders are looking nervously at a range of threats, both within their borders and beyond.
November 1, 2015
The region is still coming to terms with the consequences of the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 which tipped the chessboard of Middle Eastern power politics upside down. Most of those consequences are unwelcome to the oil-rich Gulf Arab states.In Iraq, the despotic Sunni regime of President Saddam Hussein has been replaced by a Shia-led government seen by many here as a proxy of Iran.
There is a fair degree of nervousness here about how Iran will spend the soon-to-be-released billions of dollars in unfrozen funds as a result of the UN-backed nuclear deal. Many of the Gulf Arab states see Iran as a strategic threat even without its nuclear program, which Iran says is purely for peaceful purposes.
"We want to have the best possible relations with Iran," said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir without a hint of irony. "But the reason they are not good is because of Iran's interventions in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen and its attempts to destabilize Bahrain".
Syria conflict: Russia warns US of 'proxy war risk'
October 31, 2015
Russia has warned of the risk of a "proxy war" in the Middle East after the US said it would send special forces to Syria.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this increased the need for co-operation between the US and Russia. Mr Lavrov said the US had decided on its move "unilaterally and without any reference to the Syrian leadership".
He added: "I am convinced that neither the United States nor Russia of course want any kind of slide into a so-called proxy war But to me it is obvious that this situation makes the task of co-operation between the militaries even more relevant."
Iran mulled use of nuclear weapons against Iraq in 1980s war
"The atmosphere was such that we had to arm ourselves with deterrent measures ... since we thought that this war could continue another 20 years," Rafsanjani said.
Oct. 29, 2015
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the president between 1989 and 1997, told the website Iranians' Nuclear Hope that Tehran officials secretly developed a nuclear weapons program at the very beginning of the conflict with Iraq in 1980 -- believing the arms may ultimately make the difference between winning and losing the war.
Rafsanjani, who was Iran's First Chairman of the Parliament during the war, said non-military potential for the nation's nuclear program led the government to continue investing in and developing it.
"Our basic doctrine was always a peaceful nuclear application, but it never left our mind that if one day we should be threatened and it was imperative, we should be able to go down the other path," he said.
'UNPRECEDENTED' Events on Earth 2015 (15 Minute Video)
I found this to be a very eye opening video concerning increasing disastrous calamities happening here in America and in the world.
The demise of Lake Urmia sparks trouble in Iran
Iran is becoming an uninhabitable desert. But do not think that it will happen tomorrow. It has already happened!'
Once the world’s sixth largest saltwater lake, Lake Urmia, lost in the desolate mountains of northwestern Iran, has begun shrinking. As the lake has dried up and its shores have started to recede, the surrounding land has begun A devastating cycle is emerging.
If the lake were to totally dry up it would expose 8 billion tons of salt to the open. This salt in turn has been seeping into the region’s ground water at an alarming rate, raising the risk of cancers, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems among the local population. The dangers of desertification have been well recognized. Former Agriculture Minister Isa Kalantari told Iranian media back in 2013 that “Iran is becoming an uninhabitable desert. But do not think that it will happen tomorrow. It has already happened”.
Iranian authorities have slowly begun to wake up the issue, although many complain it’s a case of too little too late. Ahmadinejad said in May 2011, after mounting pressure to address the issue: “The western countries devised a plan to cause our drought. According to accurate climate reports, the European countries used special equipment to create rain clouds in Europe and prevent them from reaching Iran and the Middle East.”
PA official: Al-Aqsa belongs to us, Israel won't intervene
Senior Palestinian Arab official declares that the Arabs will only accept instructions regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Jordan.
A senior Palestinian Arab official declared on Wednesday that the Arabs will not allow “the Israeli occupation”, as he put it, to intervene in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, even for the purpose of installing security cameras as agreed upon with Secretary of State John Kerry.
"We will in no way allow Israel to intervene on the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or on any other issue,” stressed Ahmed, who continued, "The Al-Aqsa Mosque is sacred, and any harm to it would endanger everyone, and that is a clear red line."
Iranian Official: The World Knows Iran Is the Victorious Party in The Syrian Drama; Iran Will Continue Defending The Assad Regime
October 30, 2015
"Iran does not negotiate about Syria with America…The world knows that Iran is now the victorious and the dominant party in the Syrian drama, and if we go to Vienna we should know that we are the victorious ones and America and Saudi Arabia are the defeated ones. The world knows that America and Saudi Arabia are not qualified to discuss the negotiations about Syria because they are the main supporters of the terrorists. [Iranian Foreign Minister] Mr. Zarif will surely show up in Vienna as the victorious one, as befitting the blood [shed by] the Iranian martyrs in Syria.
"Those who for 5 years have been supporting the ISIS terrorists [in their attempt] to capture Syria are now [acting] like fools and offering us to come negotiate about Syria. Some officials in the region whose name I will not mention sent us official messages [calling upon us] to accept the fall of Assad's government as part of a transition of power in Syria, [but] we said we do not interfere in the affairs of other countries, based on our constitution, [and that] we will defend the Syrian government and nation against the terrorists.
" And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."
South China Sea: China warns US over 'provocative acts'
30 October 2015
China's naval commander has warned his US counterpart against "dangerous and provocative acts", days after a US warship sailed close to contested islands in the South China Sea. Admiral Wu Shengli said in a video conference that there was a risk that such minor incidents could spark war, according to a Navy statement.
Israel: By the numbers: 1,703 terror attacks since the start of 2015
Formal gov't report to the High Court shows dramatic rise in terror, demands immediate action to demolish terrorists' homes.
In 2013 there were approximately 1,414 attacks; in 2014 there were about 1,650 terrorist attacks; in 2015 this trend continued, with 1,703 attacks from January until October 18. Of the victims, 35 have been killed - up from zero in 2012.
Of the 1,703 attacks in 2015, a staggering 778 attacks have been launched against Israelis since Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) last month - which killed 11 civilians and injured about a hundred civilians and soldiers.
"The above data indicates a significant change in circumstances and the escalating scope, intensity and level of murderous terrorism, that require knowing that political and security officials are taking measures to deter potential terrorists from carrying out attacks in general, and such as those that recently circulated, in particular," the report said.
Qatari minister says Israel is 'offending 1.5 billion Muslims'
Qatar’s Foreign Minister rules out cooperation with Israel, says it offends Muslims with its actions on the Temple Mount.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister on Wednesday ruled out the possibility that his country would cooperate with Israel, accusing the Jewish state of “offending 1.5 billion Muslims”.
Speaking to Al Jazeera and quoted by Haaretz, the minister, Khalid Al Attiyah, said, “I don’t think we are in a position to have any cooperation with Israel at this stage” in the absence of a peace process. He proceeded to accused Israel of being provocative regarding the status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
“You are offending 1.5 billion Muslims when you are talking about the Masjid Al Aqsa…and we have raised the flag before,” said Al Attiya, who warned that the current unrest is a "third intifada" that could become "the worst intifada" yet.
Sources: Russia helping Iran deliver weapons to Syria
Western sources say Russia has been helping Iran deliver weapons into Syria twice a day over the past 10 days.
According to the sources, Russian cargo planes transported the weapons. The planes were spotted earlier this month on the tarmac at the Russian air base in Latakia, Syria's primary port city, according to Fox News.
The increased Russian transport of Iranian weapons is being coordinated by Qassem Soulimeini, the head of the Iranian Al-Quds force who was recently spotted in Syria addressing Iranian military officers and members of Hezbollah, the network reported.
Both Iran and Russia are close allies of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Near the start of the Syrian civil war, it was reported Iran’s former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad personally sanctioned the dispatch of officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to Syria to fight alongside Assad’s troops.
Iran to send ‘fleet of warships’ to the Atlantic Ocean
Tehran’s navy chief says vessels will ‘soon berth’ at Atlantic ports
October 29, 2015
“Our warships will soon berth at ports in the Atlantic Ocean,” Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari promised at a ceremony on Wednesday marking the return to port of Iranian warships that Fars said had taken part in joint drills with the Russian navy.
“The presence of Iranian warships in international ports shows the Iranian Navy’s prowess,” Fars quoted him saying. The US-Iran relationship remains tense and friction-filled, despite the US-led world powers’ deal with Iran, sealed in July, on curbing its nuclear program.
What If Iran And Israel Went To War?
October 28, 2015
A comparison of the resources and military might between Israel and Iran. (Video)
Iran's New Palestinian Terror Group: Al-Sabireen
October 28, 2015
The Iranians are also believed to have supplied their new terrorist group in the Gaza Strip with Grad and Fajr missiles that are capable of reaching Tel Aviv. The leader of Al-Sabireen, Hisham Salem, is a former commander of Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. His activities and rhetoric have worried many in Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, who fear that his group is beginning to attract many of their followers.
Salem has been accused by many Palestinians of helping Iran spread Shia Islam inside the Gaza Strip, where all Muslims belong to the rival Sunni denomination. This, of course, is bad news for [Palestinian President Mahmoud] Abbas, who is now watching as many of his former loyalists have come onto Iran's payroll and are sharing its radical ideology.
Many Palestinians and Arabs in the region are already voicing concern. The last thing Abbas, Egypt's President Sisi and Jordan's King Abdullah need is another Iranian terror group such as Hezbollah in the Middle East. It now remains to be seen whether the Obama Administration and other Western powers will wake up and realize that the Iranians are continuing to fool them, not only regarding Tehran's nuclear program, but also concerning its territorial ambitions in the Middle East.
Unless the U.S. and Western powers realize that Iran remains a major threat to world peace, Al-Sabireen and other terrorist groups will one day manage to establish a UN-recognized Palestinian state that would pose an existential threat to Israel and destabilize the entire Middle East.
Russian alliance places Israel in peril’
October 27, 2015
The peril in which Israel has been placed by Russia’s new Middle Eastern alliances was highlighted at a London conference held in the shadow of the UK Parliament.
In the run-up to the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the so-called Arab Spring, it was noted that Russia’s new link with Iran, Iraq and Syria – sworn enemies of the Jewish state – was hardly a recipe for stability even if the intention was to deal effectively with the Islamic State terrorists.
UN warns of looming Israel-Arab 'catastrophe'
Latest spate of violence in Israel is 'dangerous in the extreme,' says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The United Nations warned Wednesday that a deadly surge in violence between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs was headed toward "catastrophe," just as new Arab terror attacks took place in Judea and Samaria.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the latest flare-up in violence in the decades-old conflict was "dangerous in the extreme."
"The violence between Palestinians and the Israelis will draw us ever closer to a catastrophe if not stopped immediately," he said during a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. World leaders are calling to revive moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that last collapsed in April 2014 - when the Palestinian Authority (PA) signed a unity deal with Hamas - to avoid a deeper slide into violence that many fear marks a third intifada terror war.
But PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas claimed Wednesday that "it is no longer useful to waste time in negotiations," and warned that a continuation of the current violence could "kill the last shred of hope for the two-state-solution-based peace" - even as his Fatah faction calls for more attacks.
Palestinian Preacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque Rally Calls to Restore the Caliphate, Annihilate the Jews, and take over Jerusalem
October 24, 2015
"Oh servants of Allah, the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque is not merely about Jews storming the place of the Prophet's nocturnal journey, and defiling it. It is about an entity that is plundering the lands of the Muslims. This issue will only be resolved through the return of the Caliphate, Allah willing.
The Caliphate conquered Jerusalem, liberated and protected it, and Allah willing, the Caliphate will be the one to liberate Jerusalem very soon, after annihilating the rulers of the wicked mini-states and it will return the nation to its rightful path and annihilate the Jewish entity.”
Former Iran leader said to admit country pursued nukes
Ex-president Rafsanjani reportedly says he and Khamenei began program to create deterrent during war with Iraq
October 28, 2015
Former Iranian president admitted this week that the country’s nuclear program was started with the intent of building a nuclear weapon, Iranian dissidents said.
“Our basic doctrine was peaceful usage of the nuclear technology although we never abandoned the idea that if one day we are threatened and it is imperative, we would have the capability for going the other path [to nuclear weapon] as well,” Rafsanjani reportedly said.
“The statement by Rafsanjani is an unequivocal testimony to the fact that the Iranian regime, from the onset until present, and under direct supervision of Khamenei and Rafsanjani, has been in search of the nuclear weapon and has never abandoned it,” NCRI said in a statement.
In the interview, published Monday, Rafsanjani reveals that the country’s nuclear program was given a boost by renegade Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdel Qader Khan, widely credited with also selling nuclear technology to North Korea.
Mogherini urges Netanyahu, Abbas to meet Quartet 'in days'
EU foreign policy chief urges Israeli, PA leaders to meet Quartet envoys in order to restore peace talks.
Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday urged Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas to meet Quartet representatives "within days" in the hope of kick-starting stalled peace talks.
"I have asked both Netanyahu and Abbas to receive the Quartet envoys in the coming days, not weeks," Mogherini said, according to AFP, stressing the need for speed if an upsurge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians is not to spiral out of control.
"I have asked both Netanyahu and Abbas to receive the Quartet envoys in the coming days, not weeks," Mogherini said, according to AFP, stressing the need for speed if an upsurge in violence between Israelis and Palestinians is not to spiral out of control.
The Quartet comprises the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia and was set up in 2002 to promote what is known as the Middle East Peace Process.
In 2011 the group suggested a timetable which it said would bring forth a peace agreement by the end of 2012, one of several initiatives proposed by the Quartet which have failed.
US reveals: Over 3,000 Iranian troops in Syria, Iraq
Top US military officer says Iran has 2,000 soldiers in Syria, 1,000 in Iraq; Defense Sec. hints at 'direct US action on the ground.'
The top US military officer revealed on Tuesday that the Iranian regime has deployed 2,000 soldiers in Syria to prop up Bashar al-Assad's regime, and another 1,000 or more in Iraq. The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, made the revelation while saying Iran has increased and decreased its ground forces over time, reports Reuters.
"I think there's more than 1,000 that are on the ground in Iraq. In Syria, we think the numbers are probably something less than 2,000," said Dunford of Iranian troop deployment. In what could be a sign of Iran's increased military presence in Syria echoing a similar Russian buildup, Iran's top military commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, was spotted in Syria two weeks ago addressing Iranian military officers and members of the Iran-proxy Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.
408 Earthquakes Hit California City In Two Weeks, But Don't Worry
These "swarms" actually happen on a somewhat regular basis.
In the last two weeks, 408 earthquakes have rumbled through the city of San Ramon, California, about 40 miles east of San Francisco. That's nearly four times more than the previous "swarm" record, set in 2003, and according to U.S. Geological Survey data, it has occurred in half the time. Per the USGS, the swarms are unlikely to be a precursor "to a large, damaging earthquake" based on historically similar events in the region.
So far, no damage or injuries have been reported in this swarm, reports the Associated Press.
" And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet."
US threatens further naval incursions despite furious reaction from China
27 October 2015
China accused US navy of ‘serious provocation’ after USS Lassen sailed close to Chinese artificial island, but US contends they have freedom of navigation.
The US has threatened further naval incursions into waters claimed by China after naval manoeuvres near two artificial islands in the South China Sea prompted an angry rebuke from Beijing. China summoned the US ambassador to Beijing in protest and accused the US of a “serious provocation” following US naval manoeuvres during which the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed close to a Chinese artificial island.
But US defense secretary Ash Carter warned on Tuesday that naval operations in the area would continue. “We will fly, sail and operate wherever international law permits,” said Carter, during a congressional hearing in which lawmakers claimed the US risked losing credibility with its allies in the region if it did not act.
The direct military challenge to Beijing’s territorial claims prompted a furious reaction in Beijing.
West Underestimates Sino-Russian Alliance, Neglects Historical Lessons
US hawks and neocons are concerned about Russia's further rapprochement with China, fearing that it could evolve into a powerful military alliance; should the US beware of the "Eurasian colossus?"
"Signs of a steadily enhancing Russia-China partnership are quite readily visible. Reciprocal visits by the two Presidents to observe one another's victory celebrations (and the conspicuous lack of Western leaders at either event) seemed to demonstrate a shared contemporary isolation as well as the common history of suffering catastrophic losses in the enormous conflagration of the Second World War," Professor Goldstein wrote in his article for The National Interest.
Homicide spike in U.S. cities alarms White House
Oct. 28, 2015
Rising homicide totals in most of America’s large cities have sounded alarms within the Obama administration, with law enforcement officials trying to determine the reason.
Comey, testifying in Congress last week, said the “very disturbing” homicide spike has law enforcement scrambling to figure out why now, and why in so many cities that seemingly have little in common otherwise.
“It’s happening all over the country, and it’s happening all in the last 10 months,” Comey told the House Judiciary Committee. “And so a lot of us in law enforcement are talking and trying to understand what is happening in this country. What explains the map? What explains the calendar?”
Washington, D.C., which recorded 88 homicides in 2012, already has 128 this year. Chicago police counted 385 killings as of Oct. 18, up from 323 on the same date last year. Police in New Orleans say they’ve seen an increase from 71 in the first two quarters of 2014 to 92 in the first quarters of this year.
Iran Warns US to Avoid Deciding for Others, Quit Supporting Terrorists
Oct 27, 2015
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham lashed out at the statements of her US counterpart John Kirby, and called on Washington to stop supporting terrorists instead of deciding for others.
Afkham's statements came in reaction to Kirby's statements who said "Iran's role in the Syrian conflict, including its support for Assad and Lebanon's Hezbollah, has been unhelpful."
"The seriousness and resoluteness of the Islamic Republic of Iran in fighting terrorism is fully clear and Iran acts according to its responsibilities and the regional interests, while playing its role in the region and it does not allow anyone to designate duties for Iran," the spokeswoman said. She reiterated that the serious and real problem of the Syrian crisis is the result of the military intervention and the double-standard policies of the US and its allies and their instrumental use of the terrorists, and stressed that the US should, rather, stop its military approach and its supportive policy of terrorist-nurturing if it means to go after political solutions in Syria.
"Iran has been a victim of terrorism and has paid a heavy price for this inhumane phenomenon; it is interesting that the US accompanied by different countries like Saudi Arabia and others, that have created al-Qaeda, Taliban, Al-Nusra Front, the ISIL and other terrorist groups and have the record of the largest support for terrorism, form an anti-terrorism front and, in the meantime, they continue their financial and logistical supports for the terrorist groups; such attempts as categorizing terrorists (into good and bad), changing their names and devising new titles for the terrorists and paying for their expenses and providing military training for them and similar destructive moves have resulted in our region facing numerous problems and created complicated critical conditions," Afkham said.
"Lights Out": Ted Koppel on electric grid cyber threats
October 27, 2015 (Video)
What happens when terrorists go after U.S. power grids? Emmy and Peabody Award winner Ted Koppel investigates that question in his new book, "Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath." The veteran newsman joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the potentially massive toll from a possible full-scale cyberattack.
More than 250 dead as magnitude-7.5 earthquake shake Afghanistan, Pakistan and India
October 26, 2015
More than 250 people were killed Monday after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit Afghanistan, rattling the country and sending tremors through neighboring Pakistan and India. Officials called it the strongest earthquake to strike Afghanistan in decades. Pakistani officials said at least 228 people were killed and more than 1,000 others injured across the country, while Afghan officials said 33 people were killed and more than 200 wounded.
In Afghanistan's Takhar province, at least 12 students at a girls' school were killed in a stampede as they fled shaking buildings, said Sonatullah Taimor, the spokesman for the provincial governor. Another 42 girls were taken to the hospital. Power was cut across much of the Afghan capital of Kabul, where tremors were felt for around 45 seconds. Houses shook, walls cracked and cars rolled in the street. Officials in the capital could not be immediately reached as telephones appeared to be cut across the country.
US: 900 'Active Investigations,' Mainly ISIS Operatives
The vast majority of investigations into home-grown violent extremism are Islamic State-related. The number is steadily climbing.
October 25, 2015
Active investigations by federal authorities in the United States into suspected Islamic State operatives and other home-grown violent extremists now number 900. That figure is increasing.
The details were revealed by FBI Director James Comey in a speech given to intelligence officials. The majority of the cases were connected to the Islamic State, but that the agencies were also investigating other home-grown violent extremism.
USA Today reports although there has been much discussion about the rise of support for the Islamic State in the U.S., rarely is a specific number released regarding investigations.
"If that becomes the new normal ... That would be hard to keep up," Comey said, commenting on the ability of the FBI to keep up with the caseload.
Massive Earthquake in Pakistan today
26 October 2015
Magnitude 7.5 massive earthquake hit Peshawar region of Pakistan today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 45 km N of `Alaqahdari-ye Kiran wa Munjan. It was 132.1 miles deep.
At least forty two people have died. Thirty people killed in Pakistan alone. Twelve more died in Afghanistan. Six people, including children, were killed in Swat, while four people were killed in the Bajaur tribal region after buildings collapsed in the area of Pakistan.
Tremor was felt in parts of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.
ISIS Publishes Video in Hebrew: 'Not a Single Jew Will Remain in Jerusalem'
Following calls by the group on Palestinians to launch additional attacks on Israelis, new video warns that 'the real war has yet to begin.'
Oct 26, 2015
The Islamic State group has published its first-ever video in Hebrew on Friday, in which a masked member of the terror group threatens that "not one Jew will remain in Jerusalem" or Israel.
Dressed in full army regalia and speaking with an Arabic accent, the ISIS member addresses "the Jews occupying the Muslims" to inform them that "the real war has not yet begun and everything you have seen until now is only a child's game," he said, invoking a Hebrew idiom.
The Shi'ite Leopard: Iran's Religious Persecution
October 25, 2015
In the wake of the infamous nuclear deal with the hard-line Iranian regime, countries around the world, led by U.S. President Barack Obama, are busy trying to bring the Islamic Republic, so long sanctioned and held at arm's length by decent people, in from the cold. Business deals beckon, great claims are made of coming dialogue and a slackening of the tensions of the Middle East. We are told that war has been avoided.
But has the Shi'ite leopard, overnight, truly changed its spots? It still executes more people per capita than China, it still supports and conducts terrorist activities in several countries, its leaders still preach hatred for America, Israel, and the West. In reality, nothing has changed, yet the theocratic, human-rights-denying regime is now to be everybody's best buddy.
A Very Interesting Video about Microchips
Even though I am not saying this is connected to the mark of the Beast, it is still very amazing stuff about how technology could step into your life and mandate a chip to get along.
The Destruction of Our Way of Life is no Longer Just a Muslim Fantasy (Graphic)
October 21, 2015
This is what is happening around the world as Muslims come into the open armed countries to provide help for them in their crisis.
Spiritual Leader Rabbi Kanievsky: Yell it From Loudspeakers, the Messiah is at the Door
The Messiah is “standing at the doorway” and it is up to each one of us to usher in his arrival, a leading spiritual leader of the Jewish nation was quoted as saying.
Rabbi Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, the spiritual adviser for several distinguished yeshivot (religious learning centers) in Israel, told a gathering at a Lev L’Achim event in Bnei Brak in April, speaking in the name of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the arrival of the Messiah is close.
“My dear brothers, I would like to tell you something very interesting. One of those who is very close and dear to Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky came to me recently and said that Rabbi Kanievsky told him to go out and tell the people, ‘We are in one of the most critical hours for the nation of Israel. We are on the threshold of the Messiah, and the Messiah is standing just outside the door, and the only way to be saved is through learning Torah, and through works of loving kindness.’”
Recently, Rabbi Kanievsky related a teaching in the Talmud, a central rabbinical text in Judaism, that explicitly states that the Messiah will come the year following a shmittah year. The rabbi hinted that this year was ripe for the arrival of the Messiah upon the conclusion of the shmittah year one month ago.
Christian Families 'Left to Starve' Amid Gov't Attacks on Protestants in Mexico
Two dozen Christian families, or close to 158 people, have reportedly been left to starve in the remote village of Mariano Matamoros in Mexico, after local government officials raided farmlands in an effort to drive out Protestants from the region.
"This latest incident in Chiapas is emblematic of a pervasive climate of religious intolerance that is strangling the life out of rural communities across Mexico. Perhaps the worst part is that this is happening in almost complete obscurity. Officials at every level of the Mexican government have either been ignorant of or willfully turned a blind eye toward religiously based attacks that clearly violate Mexico's own Constitution and international human rights norms”.
Such attacks have left hundreds of people homeless and thousands more in need of basic necessities. He said that ICC is calling on federal authorities in Mexico to take action to help the victims, and for the international community to investigate Mexico's human rights violations.
"No man, woman, or child should be forced to go to bed at night starving simply because of their religious convictions. This must end now," he said.
Iran Commander: Fresh Military Advances in Iraq, Syria Coming Soon
October 20, 2015
"We will witness proper advances (against terrorists) in the two war-torn countries of Iraq and Syria," Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Ground Force for Coordination Brigadier General Abolqassem Foroutan told reporters in the city of Ahvaz, Southern Iran, on Sunday, addressing the funeral ceremony of two Iranian generals, Farshad Hasounizadeh and Hamid Mokhtarband, who were martyred in Syria.
He pointed to the presence of Iranian military advisors in Syria and Iraq, and said, "The presence of Iranian military advisors on different scenes will result in sustainable security and tranquility in the region."
After the Nuclear Deal has been signed:
Khamenei recommits to 190,000 centrifuges in 15 years
October 22, 2015
Supreme leader also readies Tehran to update enrichment tools once deal lapses. Khamenei said that Iran must begin preparations now for the years in which key provisions of the JCPOA sunset. In eight years, when the deal allows Iran to update its equipment to enrich uranium, the supreme leader directed Iran’s atomic energy agency to “organize all executive dimensions of R&D so that, after an eight-year term, no technological gap would exist for enrichment.”
And the country must also prepare, he added, “to reach 190,000 SWUs [separative work units]” in 15 years – a goal Khamenei had set out before the nuclear negotiations had begun in earnest.
"Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end."
" I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great."
Iranian Commander: Mediterranean Coasts Frontline of Campaign against World Arrogance
Oct 20, 2015
"While, one day, our nation was fighting the enemy at borders of Karkheh river, (Southwestern Iran), now it has expanded its strategic borders in this fight against enemies to the East of the Mediterranean and North of Africa," Salami said, addressing Basiji (volunteer) forces in the Central province of Isfahan.
"The Islamic Revolution is spreading and the Basiji way of thinking has made the arrogant power face with a deadlock and a landmark historical defeat and failure," he added. Also in November, Salami underlined Iran's military capabilities, and said the country had grown so powerful that it could target all enemies' vital interests throughout the region.
"Iran is more powerful than any other time and our defense power against the enemies cannot be compared to the past," Salami said, addressing Basij (volunteer) force commanders in the Northeastern city of Mashhad. "The expansion of Iran's military power has raced up and is now making progress at a high speed, meaning that today, we are able to hit all the vital interests of the enemies at any point in the region," he added.
Salami referred to Iran's progress in building different military weapons and tools, including drones, radars, missiles, air defense and radar-evading planes, and said, "Iran is the center of regional stability and security and the security of the world energy and regional and international shipping and trade in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman is in the hands of Iran."
Like With the Jews Last Century, Silence on the Genocide of Christians
One of the many mysteries of the current political and media scene is the neglect which accompanies a growing worldwide Christian martyrdom, but particularly in the Middle East.
Ancient Christian enclaves, some of them going back to its earliest origins in its birthplace which have survived centuries of vicissitudes, are being exiled -- or worse destroyed. It is hard to reckon whether the personal suffering or the damage to world culture is the more devastating. Although some prominent voices have been raised in protest, the rapid fire events in the region and a plethora of crises around the world have not spotlighted what may be the worst persecution of Christians in centuries.
Pope Francis last year told a delegation of Jews headed by World Jewish Council President Ronald Lauder "that he believes we are in World War III but unlike the first two world wars, instead of happening all at once, this war is coming in stages."
Lauder said the Pope meant that "first Jews suffered savage attacks that were met with the world's silence and now it is Christians who are being annihilated and the world is silent."
Lauder said Christians in Iraq and Syria are even being identified with a symbol bearing the Hebrew letter for N, for Nazarene, much "as the yellow star was used in the past against European Jewry."
Palestinian Cleric Claims Jews Will Build Third Temple to ‘Worship the Devil,’ Stimulating End Times
October 19, 2015
A prominent Palestinian preacher proclaimed that the Jewish people will one day build a third temple in Jerusalem where they will worship the devil, acts he contended would trigger the Antichrist and the end times, leading to the eventual slaughter of the Jewish people.
The violent prophesy was offered by Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi during a Friday lesson at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque. “The Children of Israel will be forced — they will not concede — they will be forced to change their plans to build the temple inside the structure of the Al-Aqsa mosque and will have to build it outside the Al-Aqsa mosque. … A temple of heresy to worship the devil,” Al-Mughrabi said.
Muslims in prayer take over the streets of this MAJOR U.S City (Los Angeles) …people look on in shock
October 23, 2015
Coming to a city near you soon….
IRAN: Larijani, Putin discuss Middle East issues, bilateral ties
23 October 2015
Larijani and Putin discussed regional developments especially the cases of Syria and Iraq the ways to counter terrorism. Both politicians urged the international community to act decisively in cutting supporting hands to terrorists in the Middle East.
“Tactical treatment and instrumental manipulation of terrorists are the biggest strategic mistakes of the last decade made by world’s super powers, as the foot print of major intelligence services are noticeable in formation of the terrorists in the Middle East,” affirmed Larijani.
“Even in the current situation in which the heads of all of states warn against the threat of terrorism, the role of superpowers in arming terrorists and hiding them under the guise of political opposition groups is quite noticeable,” lamented Larijani over the crisis in the Middle East.
A World with No Christians? Report Shows Disturbing Trend
October 23, 2015
Christians could soon be extinct from entire regions of the world, according to a new report from the U.K. Catholic group, Aid to the Church in Need. This week, the group released its latest bi-annual report, Persecuted and Forgotten?
"Christians are fast disappearing from entire regions - most notably a huge chunk of the Middle East but also whole dioceses in Africa. In large part, this migration is the product of an ethnic cleansing motivated by religious hatred," the report says. As a result of the persecution against Christians, a massive exodus is happening in parts of the Middle East, notably Syria and Iraq.
ACN's report says Christians are now the most persecuted faith group in the world, citing the International Society for Human Rights 2012 report, which estimates that 80 percent of all acts of religious discrimination were against Christians.
Christianity could disappear from Iraq within the next five years if the situation doesn't change.
ISIS Warns Jews in Hebrew: “You’re Next to be Slaughtered”
October 23rd, 2015
ISIS released a video in Israeli-Arabic-accented Hebrew, ranting and warning the Jews that Islamic State plans to come to Israel to slaughter and eradicate everyone until no Jews are left in Jerusalem, Israel and the world. They would first overrun Jordan, after which they would overrun Israel from every direction.
ISIS has been focusing a lot of attention on Israel lately, and local ISIS affiliated terror cells have been captured by Israeli security forces. A number of Israeli-Arabs have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
At the beginning of the video, he turns to the camera and says, “This is a serious and clear announcement to all the Jews, the first enemy of the Muslims. To all the Jews who conquered our country, the Muslims. The real war has not started yet, and everything you had before is simply called a child’s play compared to that which is going to happen to you in the near future, inshallah (God willing).”
Speaking of the current wave of terror, he expresses the hope that ISIS will arrive and destroy Israel.
He promises to eventually arrive in Israel to destroy it, to avenge its “crimes,” telling Israelis: “Do whatever you feel like in the meantime, until we get to you, and then we’ll destroy everything ten times over for the crimes your committed. And we promise you that soon there will not be a single Jew in Jerusalem and throughout the country. And we’ll continue on until we eradicate this disease worldwide.”
Global Islamic State attacks on alarming rise
Islamic State committed over 1,000 attacks, killing nearly 3,000 people, in the last three months alone.
A major increase in violence by Islamic State saw over 1,000 attacks and nearly 3,000 deaths worldwide in the past three months, analysis firm IHS Jane's said Thursday.
The figures show a 42-percent jump in daily attacks by the jihadist group, averaging 11.8 per day from July to September, up from 8.3 per day between April and June.
The London-based analysis firm recorded 1,086 ISIS attacks, causing a total of 2,978 civilian and government fatalities - a huge 65.3 percent increase in the average daily killings by the group compared to the previous three months, and an 81 percent jump on one year earlier.
Potentially catastrophic' Category 5 Hurricane Patricia threatens Mexico's Pacific coast, Texas
October 23, 2015
Patricia-- packing 190 mile per hour winds and the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western hemisphere-- is bearing down on Mexico’s Pacific coast causing some residents and tourists to flee and U.S. forecasters to issue major storm warnings for West Texas. Earlier on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that the Category 5 storm's maximum sustained winds had grown to 200 miles per hour (mph), making it the strongest storm on record in the eastern Pacific and Atlantic. Patricia is expected to remain a Category 5 through landfall Friday afternoon into evening.
"This is an extremely dangerous, potentially catastrophic hurricane," center meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said.
Leading Israeli rabbis warn against Temple Mount visits
Jewish visitors risk unwittingly entering site of Holy of Holies and condemning themselves to eternal excommunication, chief rabbi and colleagues say
October 23, 2015
Dozens of prominent Israeli rabbis issued a statement ruling that ascending to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount is a violation of Jewish law.The ruling, distributed via fliers, points out that the precise location of the ancient Temple’s Holy of Holies was forgotten over the millennia, and visiting the holy site may result in Jews unwittingly entering the sacred area.
“For this reason and others, over the course of days we’ve lost the exact location of the sanctuary and anyone who enters the area of the Temple Mount may unwittingly enter the place of the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies, and thus fail in the severe punishment of eternal excommunication,” Channel 2 reported on Thursday.
The notices were published amid a surge in Palestinian terror attacks on Israelis and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank prompted by tensions over access to the Temple Mount. There has been a rise in Jewish visits in recent years to the site, deemed holy to both Jews and Muslims, but Jews are barred from praying there. The status quo on the Temple Mount — also the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam — bars Jewish worship. Palestinian leaders claim Israel intends to change this arrangement, something Israel firmly denies.
REPORT: ISRAEL BREACHED IRAN AIRSPACE IN 2012 IN WHAT US THOUGHT WAS DRY RUN FOR STRIKE
WALL STREET JOURNAL TRACES COLLAPSE OF TRUST BETWEEN OBAMA AND NETANYAHU OVER IRAN, SAYS US REFUSED TO SELL MATERIEL FOR STRIKE, HID SECRET TEHRAN TALKS BUT ISRAEL WASN’T FOOLED
OCTOBER 23, 2015
ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, “[N]ERVES FRAYED AT THE WHITE HOUSE” WHEN THE US DISCOVERED ISRAELI AIR ACTIVITY OVER IRAN, AND WASHINGTON DISPATCHED AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO THE MIDEAST AND ALSO PREPARED ATTACK AIRCRAFT, IN CASE, AS ONE SENIOR AMERICAN OFFICIAL TOLD THE JOURNAL, “ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.”
AS THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HELD ITS BACKDOOR TALKS WITH IRAN IN OMAN, US INTELLIGENCE WAS MONITORING ISRAELI COMMUNICATIONS TO ENSURE THAT JERUSALEM WAS UNAWARE OF THE MEETINGS, THE NEWSPAPER SAID. BUT IN A SEPTEMBER 2013 ENCOUNTER AT THE WHITE HOUSE, YAAKOV AMIDROR, THEN NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER TO PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, REVEALED TO AMERICAN COUNTERPART SUSAN RICE THAT ISRAEL HAD IDENTIFIED UNMARKED US GOVERNMENT AIRPLANES IN MUSCAT WHERE THE COVERT TALKS WERE BEING HELD.
THE PRESIDENT TOOK STEPS TO REASSURE ISRAEL, INCLUDING AN EXPANSION OF EXISTING JOINT COVERT OPERATIONS AGAINST IRAN AND INCREASED COOPERATION BETWEEN THE CIA AND THE MOSSAD. BUT THE AMERICANS WERE RELUCTANT TO APPROVE SOME OF ISRAEL’S MORE DRASTIC PLANS, SUCH AS BRINGING DOWN THE IRANIAN FINANCIAL SYSTEM OR ALL-OUT REGIME CHANGE.
Iran quietly deepens involvement in Syria's war
20 October 2015
Officially Iran denies it has deployed any combat troops in Syria, but a week before the offensive began, it was reported that hundreds of Iranian troops had arrived in Syria in preparation for an imminent assault on rebel-held areas. Iran also announced the deaths of four high-ranking officers from the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Syria.
For the past year, Gen Soleimani - the commander of the IRGC's overseas operations arm, the Quds Force - has been co-ordinating the Iraqi government's operations against Islamic State (IS). Several IRGC commanders have also warned that they would take revenge on "the terrorists" who killed Gen Hamedani, suggesting the force might have troops on the ground in Syria.
The Ram Pushing:
Saudi Arabia Tells Iran to Stop 'Meddling' in the Region
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister warns his country is ready to respond if Iran continues to meddle in the affairs of the kingdom's neighbors.
"We wish that Iran would change its policies and stop meddling in the affairs of other countries in the region, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at joint press briefing with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Riyadh, according to the AFP news agency.
"It is difficult to have positive relations" with Tehran, "when Saudi Arabia and its people are the target of continuous aggression" from the kingdom's arch rival, said Jubeir.
"We will make sure that we confront Iran's actions and shall use all our political, economic and military powers to defend our territory and people," said Jubeir, according to AFP.
Fatah: Suicide Bombings 'The Top of Our Priorities'
'Terror wing' of PA ruling party follows Hamas in calling for suicide bombings, urges 'popular struggle.'
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the "terrorism arm" of the Fatah movement behind the government of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, welcomed the shooting attack on the Be'er Sheva Central Bus Station Sunday, calling it a "heroic operation."
"We call upon the Arab and Islamic nation to shoulder its responsibility towards Al-Aqsa Mosque," the Brigades added in a statement, promising to "respond quickly" to "the enemy."
"We urge all our people to back the popular struggle and [terror] outbreak to protect the holy places," it added.
"The Zionist enemy knows very well that suicide bombings stood at the top of our priorities, and in the depths of Zion using our own bodies to blow up your soldiers and settlers," it taunted.
Islamic State’s “Project Behead the Jews” video praises “Palestinian” jihad attacks
October 18, 2015
ISIS release videos praising Palestinian stabbing attacks
The first video, titled “Project Behead the Jews” stated that the current situation on al-Aqsa is “dangerous.” Accusing the Jews of destroying it by spending $2 million towards the “Judaisation of Jerusalem,” excavating tunnels under the al-Aqsa mosque and stealing Islamic documents.
Muslims fear Israel is seeking to change the status quo regarding Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound, located in east Jerusalem, a site sacred to both Muslims and Jews, who refer to it as the Temple Mount. Jews are allowed to visit, but not pray there to avoid provoking tensions.
The second video, entitled “Message to the Mujaheddin in Jerusalem,” shows a number of unmasked Islamic State militants praising the attacks and calling on other Palestinians to follow suit. “A victory is coming to the mujahedin of al Aqsa from above, you are the ones who start but we will continue it,” said another young militant brandishing an American-made automatic rifle.
ISIS Fires Up Palestinians
October 19, 2015
This new "intifada" that some Palestinians are now waging against Israel should be seen in the context of the wider jihad that is being waged by the Islamic State, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda against the "infidels, Zionists, apostates, Crusaders" and against non-extremist Muslims.
The tactics employed by Palestinian youths over the past two weeks show that they are doing their utmost to copy the crimes and atrocities committed by the Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries. Although the Islamic State is not physically present in the West Bank or Jerusalem (largely thanks to the efforts of the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli security agencies), there is no denying that its spirit and ideology are hovering over the heads of many of our young men and women.
The current wave of stabbings of Jews in Israel and the West Bank is an attempt to imitate Islamic State terrorists who have been using knives to behead many Muslims and non-Muslims during the past two years. ◾Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders are lying. This is not a struggle against "occupation" or a wall or a checkpoint. This is an Islamic State-inspired jihad to slaughter Jews and wipe Israel off the face of the earth.
ISRAEL HAS NO CHOICE BUT TO BOMB IRAN AND THIS IS WHY
OCTOBER 18, 2015
A SAD LOOK AT HISTORY….NEVER AGAIN
Their children were burned alive by their neighbors just because they wore a cross
October 18, 2015
A very tragic story of an Iraq family going through great tribulation.
Sikhs Serve Thousands Free Lunch at Utah Conference to Demonstrate Equality
"We’re all equal before God."
October 17, 2015
The scent of curry wafted from a conference hall in Salt Lake City, Utah, Saturday as thousands lined up for a free meal at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, an international gathering that, every five years, brings together thousands of people from different religious and spiritual traditions.
“The gurus started this tradition to say, ‘Regardless of who you are, where you come from, what your background is, you’re welcome into this space,'" Kaur told HuffPost. People are encouraged to break bread together, she added, and "share that common humanity that binds all of us together.”
"Guru Nanak [the founder of the Sikh faith] started the concept of langar and said, 'Share with each other. There is no difference between you; we’re all equals," Singh Ubhi said. "In modern day terms it is simply a case of equality," he continued. "It doesn't matter if you arrived in your private jet outside or whether you had to scrounge money together to get bus fare to get here. We’re all equal before God."
“Those thousands of people experiencing the langar might share its message of equality with their communities”, Singh Ubhi said, “and that has a ripple effect that can transform the world.”
Iranian fleet dispatched to Russia with message of peace
October 18, 2015
Three vessels of the Iranian Navy carrying a message of peace and friendship from Iranian nation were dispatched to the Russian port city of Astrakhan this morning.
The Iranian Navy vessels including Damavand destroyer, Joshan (Shield) and the Peykan (Arrow) will be docking at Russian port city in response to the Russian naval group that had docked in Iran in late July to consolidate cultural relations between Tehran and Moscow and preserve security in the Caspian Sea.
Daniel 8 Shaping Up:
Obama, West, Ready to Lift Iran Sanctions
October 18th, 2015
“These next steps will allow us to reach the objectives we set out to achieve over the course of nearly two years of tough, principled diplomacy,” President Obama said in a statement, adding, “I am confident in the extraordinary benefits to our national security and the peace and security of the world.”
The sanctions waivers, which Obama issued on Sunday will only take effect, with trade resuming, after “implementation day,” when the nuclear watchdog IAEA confirms that Iran has dramatically scaled back its nuclear program. The Islamic Republic will surrender or dilute most of its enriched nuclear fuel stocks, dismantle (but not destroy) the majority of its centrifuges and pause its reactor which is capable of making plutonium.
Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei, Iranian Officials Speak Out Against Iranian Approval of JCPOA
On October 18, 2015, the day set as Adoption Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian leadership continues to come out with statements opposing Iran's approval of it.
October 18, 2015
In the past few days, Iranian officials have clarified that Iran's Majlis, Supreme National Security Council, and Guardian Council have not approved the JCPOA; Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei tweeted, and posted on his Facebook page, an announcement titled "Negotiation With America Is Forbidden";
Khamenei's Facebook and Twitter announcement: "For America negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran means penetration. This is their definition of negotiation and they want to open the way for imposition. Negotiation with America is forbidden, because of its countless detriments and because of alleged advantages of which it has none whatsoever."
"If we do not stand fast against the other side, then the next day they will say that we must officially recognize Israel, give equal rights to men and women, cancel executions, sever relations with Hezbollah, and so on."
HAMAS APPEALS TO RUSSIA TO 'STOP ISRAELI AGGRESSION'
ACCORDING TO HAMAS STATEMENT, KHALED MASHAAL SPOKE WITH RUSSIA'S DEPUTY FM WHO PROMISED TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST ISRAEL.
AMID ONGOING PALESTINIAN ARAB ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAELI CIVILIANS AND SECURITY FORCES, HAMAS HAS CALLED ON RUSSIA TO INTERVENE AND STOP ISRAELI "AGGRESSION" AGAINST PALESTINIANS. MASHAAL BLAMED THE RECENT SPATE OF TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAELIS ON THE JEWISH STATE'S "POLICIES OF OPPRESSION" TOWARD PALESTINIANS AS WELL AS ITS ATTEMPTS TO "DAMAGE THE AL-AQSA MOSQUE."
HE THEN URGED RUSSIA TO USE ITS INFLUENCE AS A GLOBAL POWER TO DEMAND THAT ISRAEL STOP ITS "AGGRESSION" AGAINST "OUR PEOPLE AND OUR HOLY SITES," PRIMARILY IN JUDEA-SAMARIA AND JERUSALEM. ACCORDING TO THE HAMAS STATEMENT, BOGDANOV EXPRESSED "DISCONTENT" OVER ISRAELI ACTIONS AND PROMISED THAT MOSCOW WOULD IMPLEMENT MEASURES AGAINST THE JEWISH STATE.
Church of Lucifer to Open in Heart of Bible Belt
October 16, 2015
The first "Greater Church of Lucifer" will open later this month in a Houston suburb and just in time for Halloween, organizers of the venture have said.
According to organizer "Jacob No," a nom du guerre, the church will open in an aged house in Old Town Spring to offer people a different kind of "church experience."
"We do not have a preacher. We do not have somebody saying this is the way it has to be, that you have to live this way," No told Houston's KPRC, but without facing the camera. "We're giving a platform for people to explore themselves with ultimate freedom, to be able to look in the mirror and say I understand you better." The church insists it is not a Satanist church – that is, a church that worships Satan – because they are imitating, rather than worshipping Lucifer, the traditional name ascribed to the angel that rebelled against God and took a third of the angels with him.
EX-DEFENSE OFFICIAL GIVES US, ISRAEL 5-YEAR WINDOW TO UNITE AGAINST IRAN
SPEAKING IN DC, AMOS YADLIN WARNS NUKE DEAL ONLY TEMPORARILY ROLLS BACK TEHRAN’S CAPABILITIES, URGES JERUSALEM TO KEEP TRYING TO IMPROVE IT
OCTOBER 18, 2015
MAJ. GEN. (RET.) AMOS YADLIN, THE FORMER HEAD OF MILITARY INTELLIGENCE AND IDF ATTACHE TO WASHINGTON AND CURRENT DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES (INSS) SAID THE NUCLEAR DEAL — WHICH WENT INTO EFFECT AS HE SPOKE — WOULD ENTAIL MAJOR CHALLENGES FOR ISRAEL, WHICH WOULD NEED TO BE ADDRESSED WITH WASHINGTON.
ISRAEL, YADLIN EMPHASIZED, “CANNOT LIVE WITH IRAN, WITH THIS REGIME THAT CALLS TO DESTROY ISRAEL, THIS SAME REGIME IN 15 YEARS WITH NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES.” BUT YADLIN STRESSED THAT THE ONLY WAY TO DEAL WITH THE CHALLENGES POISED BY IRAN IS BY BRINGING US-ISRAEL COOPERATION CLOSER.
“WE HAVE A VERY PROBLEMATIC DEAL, BUT THERE IS A LOT WE CAN DO WITH THE CONSEQUENCES AND WE DO HAVE TIME,” YADLIN WENT ON. “IF THE IRANIANS DO NOT CHANGE THEIR CONDUCT” ON ANY OF THOSE FRONTS, CONTINUED YADLIN, “THE AGREEMENT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.”
Palestinians seek to claim Western Wall is part of Al-Aqsa compound
UNESCO proposal, which also condemns Israeli excavations near Temple Mount, to be submitted by Arab states in coming days
October 17, 2015
Six Arab states are set to submit a proposal on behalf of the Palestinians to the UN’s cultural body to officially claim the Western Wall as part of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound (the Temple Mount), Israel’s Ynet news website reported Friday. The proposal will be submitted in the coming days to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO, by Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, Ynet said.
The proposal also calls for the international community to condemn Israel for urging “its citizens to bear arms in light of recent terror wave,” as well as recent actions by Israel and the IDF in Jerusalem. The document, a copy of which was obtained by Ynet, refers to Jerusalem as “the occupied capital of Palestine.”
Israel on Friday rejected Palestinian calls for an international force to be deployed in East Jerusalem to promote calm around the Temple Mount and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
“Let me be crystal clear — Israel will not agree to any international presence on the Temple Mount. Such a presence would be a change in the status quo,” Israel’s Deputy Ambassador David Roet told the UN Security Council.
Why It's Time for Israel to Close Temple Mount to Jews
The Israeli government must take decisive steps to show that it has no intention of altering the status quo in regard to Al-Aqsa Mosque. For the first time since the second intifada, an Israeli government summoned the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to Jerusalem, on Oct. 13.
We live in an era of surprises. Israel longs for the good old days when a high-quality agent in the vicinity of an Arab ruler and a sophisticated wiretapping system could be relied on as an intelligence "insurance policy" for assessing the odds of a war erupting. This allowed Israeli leaders to sleep well at night. That era is gone, however, and the current intifada — which Palestinians are calling the "al-Quds [Jerusalem] intifada" and some the knife intifada — took Israel's political echelons by complete surprise. Analyzing this bombshell reveals contradictory data.
It is important to emphasize that Israel has no intention of taking control of the Al-Aqsa Mosque or changing the status quo involving the Temple Mount. The Palestinians, however, are more attentive to conspiracy theories based on statements by the messianic Israeli right. The thing is, the messianics stand at a great distance from the government, and anyone who relates to their words as a scenario soon to unfold is simply manipulating facts. None of this is important at the moment, however, because the Palestinians are convinced that Israel plans on usurping Al-Aqsa.
“Abducting Women” and “Destroying Churches” is “Real Islam”—Iraqi Grand Ayatollah
October 15, 2015
During a recent televised interview with Grand Ayatollah Ahmad al-Baghdadi, the leading Shia cleric of Iraq made clear why Islam and the rest of the world can never peacefully coexist.
“If they are people of the book [Jews and Christians] we demand of them the jizya—and if they refuse, then we fight them. That is if he is Christian. He has three choices: either convert to Islam, or, if he refuses and wishes to remain Christian, then pay the jizya [and live according to dhimmi rules].
But if they still refuse—then we fight them, and we abduct their women, and destroy their churches—this is Islam!… Come on, learn what Islam is, are you even a Muslim?! As for the polytheists [Hindus, Buddhists, etc.] we allow them to choose between Islam and war! This is not the opinion of Ahmad al-Husseini al-Baghdadi, but the opinion of all five schools of jurisprudence [four Sunni and one Shia].”
Police to Restrict Muslim Entry to Temple Mount on 'Day of Rage'
Police to allow only Muslim men aged 40 and over and women of all ages to enter the Temple Mount complex.
The Commander of the Jerusalem District of the Police, Moshe Edri, on Thursday evening held a security assessment, following which he announced that police would restrict the entry of Muslim worshipers into the Temple Mount on Friday.
The Jerusalem Police will continue to employ reinforcements around the capital, especially around the Old City and traffic routes used by worshipers at the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. The announcement was made hours after Hamas and other Palestinian Arab terrorist group announced a “day of rage” on Friday.
Arabs have been regularly rioting and clashing with Israeli security forces on the Temple Mount for well over a month now.
Iran rejects Obama’s nuke pact, writes own ‘deal’ to disarm Israel
October 14, 2015
The Iranian parliament has rejected the formal, legal text of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal, negotiated in July by the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China and the Tehran regime.
Instead, the majilis approved their own version of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), creating a situation where the Iranian government simply hasn’t signed on to the accord that Obama and Democratic Senators obligated the United States to uphold.
The Middle East Media Research Center (MEMRI), a regional watchdog organization, has confirmed that Iran did not pass the deal agreed upon in July. They instead voted to pass the amended version by a vote of 161-59.
Iranian lawmakers tried to unilaterally amend the deal to strip the United States’ ability to “snapback” sanctions should the Tehran regime cheat the agreement. They also replaced the language to ensure that the deal will “cancel” sanctions forever, instead of “suspending” them, MEMRI reported.
Iran shows off underground base with long-range missiles
Revolutionary Guards say secret facility is just ‘tip of the iceberg’, comes days after Tehran test-fires new rocket
October 14, 2015
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard opened the doors of a secret underground missile base to state TV Wednesday, showing off medium- and long-range missiles. The station aired footage of long tunnels with ready-to-fire missiles on the back of trucks. The broadcast said the facility is one of hundreds of underground missile bases around the country. It didn’t disclose the location but said it was 500 meters (1,600 feet) underground.
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Guard’s aerospace branch, boasted that the facility is the “tip of the iceberg” of the Guard’s military might. The broadcast appeared aimed at showing that the Guard will continue its missile program despite UN Security Council resolutions and despite Iran’s nuclear deal with the West.
Iran’s Soleimani visits Syrian Golan as Tehran bolsters war effort
Powerful head of Quds Force is in Syria to oversee new push against anti-Assad rebels, visits near border to boost troop morale after setbacks
October 15, 2015
Soleimani, a powerful figure thought to be at the forefront of Iranian fighting abroad, is in Syria to oversee a new offensive by Iranian and Assad regime troops meant to help the government retake large swaths of the country’s north. His visit to the Golan, near the border with Israel, was apparently intended to boost morale of Syrian and Hezbollah forces – the latter loyal to Iran’s regime — after a series of setbacks against the “southern front” of rebel groups in the area.
By Wednesday, Soleimani was in the Latakia province, on the Mediterranean coast north of Lebanon, from which the northern operation is expected to launch, backed by the recent influx of Russian air power. The Quds Force is the de facto overseas operational arm of the of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, which is loyal to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and is separate from Iran’s national military force.
Israeli officials have accused the IRGC of trying to build an anti-Israel front on the Syrian Golan, alongside Hezbollah forces and local Druze opposed to Israel. On January 18, a reported Israeli air strike on the Syrian Golan targeting a Hezbollah cell there killed six Hezbollah fighters and an IRGC brigadier general, Mohammed Ali Allahdadi. Allahdadi was said to be involved in helping to build up the operational capabilities of Hezbollah’s burgeoning Golan presence.
This is the hate Israel faces. Why is the world silent?
October 12, 2015
Religion of Peace? You decide:
Iran threatens war in Gulf of Mexico, suicide attacks against US ships
October 13, 2015
“I declare now that if the enemy wants to spark a war against Iran, we will chase them even to the Gulf of Mexico and we will (certainly) do it. They have tested us once and if necessary, there are people who will blow up themselves with ammunitions to destroy the US warships.”
“Some of the threats by the US are aimed at appeasing the Zionists, while others are for the purpose of domestic consumption (in the US), but what is important is that they are aware of and acknowledge our capabilities and deterrence power; we do not feel any need to increase the range of our missiles and (our perceived enemy) targets are fully within the range of our missiles,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh said.
In relevant remarks in late September, IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi stressed that the US is aware of its imminent loss and casualties in case it sparks a new war in the Persian Gulf and it, thus, obeys Iran’s orders in the regional waters.
“The US is obedient and passive in the Persian Gulf and we impose our sovereignty right in the Persian Gulf very powerfully,” he added.
ISIS, Iran Are Agents of 'Apocalyptic Islam' Paving Way for 'Islamic Messiah,'
Speaking in a discussion on Islam at the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention on Tuesday, New York Times bestselling author and Middle East expert Joel Rosenberg explained that the biggest threat facing the Western world is not the rise of radical Islam, but rather the rise of "apocalyptic Islam."
Rosenberg continued by saying that although many people feel that the rise of radical terrorist groups is one of the biggest threats to America and Western nations, a bigger cause for concern in the West should be the rise of two nation-states — Iran and the Islamic State — with leaders promoting an "apocalyptic" brand of Islam focused on the "annihilation" of the United States and Israel.
"We are not simply facing a threat from radical Islam. At the core, we are actually facing something even worse," Rosenberg told The Christian Post on Wednesday. "We face the threat of apocalyptic Islam. For the first time in human history, we now are faced with two nation-states whose leaders are driven by an end-of-the-world [theology]."
Rosenberg contends that Iran's purpose for wanting to build up its nuclear arms program is so that it can one day destroy Israel and the United States in order to pave the path for the coming of the "Mahdi" (Islamic Messiah).
"The Islamic Republic of Iran are led by men that believe that the end of the world is at hand and they have a Shiite Islamic theology. That is why they are trying to build a nuclear weapons program," Rosenberg asserted. "Why? Because they believe the way to bring the coming of the Islamic Messiah, the Mahdi or the 12th Imam, is to annihilate Israel and the United States. That is Shiite apocalyptic Islam. It is not just radical; it's apocalyptic."
Chinese, Iranian military officials meet in Tehran
Oct. 14, 2015
Chinese high-ranking military delegation and Iran's Navy commander Habibollah Sayyari held a meeting on Wednesday morning in Tehran.
Iran Threatens Saudi Arabia: 'The IRGC... Will Take Vengeance' On The Al-Sa'ud Regime; 'Our Responses Will Be... Harsh and Decisive'
October 14, 2015
In recent days, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the top echelons of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) dispatched threatening messages to Saudi Arabia's rulers in response to the hundreds of Iranians killed in the stampede in Mina, Saudi Arabia, which claimed the lives of over a thousand Hajj pilgrims. Khamenei, along with IRGC commanders and ideological camp leaders, were furious at the Saudi royal family, holding it responsible for the disaster and promising a "harsh and decisive" response if Saudi Arabia continued what they called its deliberate anti-Iran conduct.
In fact, in the past 18 months, Iran has repeatedly threatened Saudi Arabia and the Al-Sa'ud royal family, as tensions between the two countries escalated against the backdrop of the nuclear negotiations, the Saudi policy of lowering oil prices, and the wars in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. Thus, for example, Iran's leadership threatened to "use all means at its disposal against Saudi Arabia," including targeting Saudi oil transports, sparking Shi'ite uprisings in eastern Saudi Arabia, threatening to set oil wells on fire, and more, in order to cause the collapse of the Al-Sa'ud regime.
"The Islamic world has grown tired of Al-Sa'ud's betrayals and ignorance, which include the massacre [they carry out] in Yemen, the displacement of the dear Syrian people, oppressing Bahrainis, the collective slaughter in Iraq, the creation of sectarian schism, and support for terrorism. [Saudi Arabia] will dissolve in the rage of Muslims."
Palestinian Authority Wants UN 'Protection Force' in Jerusalem
In latest diplomatic move against Israel, and as Arab terror attacks continue to target Jews, PA to ask UN to deploy troops in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority wants the United Nations to consider deploying military "protection force" in Jerusalem to help quell violence, the PA envoy to the United Nations said Wednesday. The situation warrants providing protection for our people in the occupied territory starting in the Old City of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa mosque," Mansour told reporters
The Arab countries were weighing a possible draft resolution that demands a withdrawal of Israeli security forces from flashpoint areas and calls for the deployment of the protection force at "Al-Aqsa," referring to the entire Temple Mount.
Fearful of neighboring Iran: Arabs Want To Buy Israel’s “Iron Dome”
October 14th, 2015
Bahrain and some of its partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are currently negotiating to purchase Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system to defend against “a growing arsenal of Iranian missiles,” Sky News reported.
Sky News speculated that a deal that would include the entire GCC: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, could be worth hundreds, of billions of dollars.
Sky News cited Bahrain’s foreign minister Khalid bin Mohammed al Khalifa, who said on the visit to London: “The Israelis have their small Iron Dome. We’ll have a much bigger one in the GCC.” He also said: “Iran has been trying to undermine and topple government in our region for years.”
1,500 Iranian fighters enter Syria under Russia's cover, reports say
October 14, 2015
Iran has sent around 1,500 fighters to Syria over the past few days, a regional official and Syrian activists claim. The Iranian soldiers, bolstered by Russia’s airstrike campaign, are preparing for a grand offensive against militants in the northern Aleppo province, which would be announced in the coming days, the official told the AP. They’re also accompanied by a new wave of Hezbollah fighters.
Their arrival is almost certain to fuel a civil war in Syria which has already claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and displaced half of the country's population. It also highlights the far-reaching goals of Russia's military involvement in Syria.
World War Three could be just 30 SECONDS away as attacks on ISIS stepped up
October 12, 2015
We could be 30 seconds from the brink of World War Three as international tensions over powder keg Syria threaten to ignite.
As US-led forces announced they had staged 24 attacks on the Islamic State on Saturday, Russia claimed to have hit 55 IS targets – and president Vladimir Putin taunted the West for not getting “results”. But rebels on the ground claimed Moscow’s airstrikes, combined with ground attacks by forces loyal to Syrian despot Bashar al-Assad , have also targeted rebel groups not associated with ISIS , including US-trained fighters.
And as the airspace over Syria becomes increasingly congested, military commanders fear a clash of warplanes, helicopters, drones, missiles and artillery is increasingly likely – and could have global ramifications. One military expert warned: “Rationalising such a complex airspace is not possible – like getting your mind round a Rubik’s Cube that moves around at Mach 1.5, then adding a dozen more.
With the Chinese aircraft carrier Lianoning stationed off the coast of Syria, positioned to allow J-15 warplanes to carry out airstrikes, the fear of split-second mistakes has spiralled even further. With Iran already allowing Russia to fly through its airspace, two powerful rival alliances have emerged in the Middle East, recalling the build up to the First World War.
Dr Foxall said: “I don’t know of any recent conflict comparable in terms of the number of competing national interests.” On Syria’s western border Turkey reacted with alarm as Russian aircraft have begun making probes into its airspace. NATO warned Russia it will defend members and allies if pushed.
Britain is sending 100 troops to Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to guard against further aggression by Russia following its intervention in Ukraine and a steady increase in the number of Russian incursions into British skies.
Multiple Terror Attacks Hit Israel in Unprecedented Strikes Tuesday; Dozens Wounded, Several Dead
October 13, 2015
The recent violence in Israel shows no signs of abating, with Palestinian terrorist attacks against Jews recorded throughout Jerusalem and the entire country every day for the past week. Stay tuned to Breaking Israel News for live updates on today’s events.
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Obama Will Be the Only Person Sticking to Iran Deal
October 12, 2015
"Obama won't do anything that might jeopardize the deal," says Ziba Kalam, a Rouhani adviser. "This is his biggest, if not the only, foreign policy success." Both Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry have often claimed that, its obvious shortcomings notwithstanding, their nuke deal with the "moderate faction" in Tehran might encourage positive changes in Iran's behavior. That hasn't happened.
The mullahs see the "deal" as a means with which Obama would oppose any suggestion of trying to curb Iran. If there have been changes in Tehran's behavior they have been for the worst. Iran has teamed up with Russia to keep Bashar al-Assad in power in Syria, mocking Obama's "Assad must go" rhetoric. More importantly, Iran has built its direct military presence in Syria to 7,000 men. (One of Iran's most senior generals was killed in Aleppo on Wednesday.)
The mullahs are also heightening contacts with Palestinian groups in the hope of unleashing a new "Intifada.""Palestine is thirsty for a third Intifada," Supreme Guide Khamenei's mouthpiece Kayhan said in an editorial last Thursday. "It is the duty of every Muslim to help start it as soon as possible."Obama's hopes of engaging Iran on other issues were dashed last week when Khamenei declared "any dialogue with the American Great Satan" to be" forbidden."
"We have no need of America" his adviser Ali-Akbar Velayati added later. "Iran is the region's big power in its own right." Obama had hoped that by sucking up to the mullahs he would at least persuade them to moderate their "hate-America campaign." Not a bit of that.
"Death to America" slogans, adoring official buildings in Tehran have been painted afresh along with US flags, painted at the entrance of offices so that they could be trampled underfoot. None of the US citizens still held hostages in Iran has been released, and one, Washington Post stringer Jason Rezai, is branded as "head of a spy ring "in Tehran. Paralyzed by his fear of undermining the non-existent deal, Obama doesn't even call for their release.
Iran at the Crossroads: Between Russia and The U.S.
October 13, 2015
It appears that the Iranian regime has been maneuvering simultaneously vis-à-vis the U.S. on the nuclear issue and vis-à-vis Russia on the issue of expanding Moscow's military-diplomatic intervention in the region. The Rohani government and its Foreign Ministry were kept out of these diplomatic contacts with Russia; they were handled by IRGC Qods Force commander Suleimani, who is in charge of managing the combat fronts in Syria and Iraq.
The two negotiation tracks reflect two contradictory and rival directions in Iranian policy, which are being promoted by the rival political forces within Iran. The pragmatic camp, headed by Hashemi Rafsanjani and the Rohani government, is trying to lead Iran towards the strategic choice of openness towards the West in general and the US in particular. The ideological camp, on the other hand, rejects the move towards the U.S. and strives for strategic understandings and coordination with Russia regarding its military and diplomatic intervention in the region.
This conflict between the strategies and between the rival camps in Iran will reach the decisive point in the next weeks and months, when Iran will have to choose whether to implement the nuclear agreement as it stands or impose new conditions calculated to delay its implementation, a measure that will destroy the pro-Western move The fact that the hour of decision in the conflict is approaching is reflected, on the one hand, in Khamenei's ban on any further negotiation with the U.S. (following the conclusion of the JCPOA) and, on the other hand, in statements by President Rohani and Expediency Council Chairman Hashemi Rafsanjani, who came out against the ideological camp and against Khamenei by stressing the impossibility of halting the course of the agreement with the U.S.
Hamas: We Will Not Stop until Al-Aqsa is Liberated (Video)
October 12, 2015
Netanyahu to Abbas: Stop lying about Israeli behavior on Temple Mount
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to "stop lying, and stop inciting." Speaking during a special Knesset session in memory of assassinated minister Rehavam Zeevi, the premier called on the Palestinians to cease "turning murderers into heroes."
"We are focused on our mission, to fight the inciters and the murderers," the prime minister said. "The actions that are taken will make the message clear to the other side that terrorism doesn't pay."
"Israel is strong, and it will be here forever, whether our enemies like it or not," Netanyahu said.
'Zionist regime never allowed to divide, occupy Al-Aqsa Mosque'
12 October 2015
Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman condemned a recent escalation of Israeli attacks against Palestinians saying that the Zionist regime, by no means, has the right to occupy and divide the al-Aqsa Mosque.
“The recent measures resulting in the deaths of tens of Palestinian youths in the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, are being carried out in addition to daily pressure and threats against Palestinians, such as power cuts, economic siege on sea and land along with the Zionist military attacks on people and raids and destruction of Palestinian homes” Marzieh Afkham said on Sunday.
Expressing deep concern over continuation of Israel’s policies based on Judaization of al-Quds (Jerusalem) and Islamic sites in the city including the al-Aqsa Mosque, Afkham called on Muslim countries and governments to react swiftly and seriously towards the issue.
“The Zionist regime, by no means, has the right to occupy and divide the al-Aqsa Mosque,” she noted.
"I saw the ram pushing westward, northward, and southward, so that no animal could withstand him; nor was there any that could deliver from his hand, but he did according to his will and became great."
From Iran: HA!
'Iran: island of stability in region'
October 12, 2015
Deputy FM Seyyed Abbas Araghchi has dubbed Iran as ‘the island of stability in the region’, capable of maintaining all regional countries’ security. “The UN was founded to set a ground for changing the view from conflict to common understanding so that different nations can express their differences,” he added. Araghchi continued that, “over the past few weeks, the UN has tried to take part in the affected parts of the world but all these efforts must continue.”
Iran’s deputy FM further stated that, “the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been an active partner of the UN by offering positive contribution particularly with regard to the Sustainable Development Program. Iran has been through a transition period in moving forward and acts as a model in the region despite many existing problems and obstacles,” he asserted
Reminding that the Islamic Republic of Iran has become a reliable nation, the official deemed Iran as ‘the island of stability in the region’ which can help maintain the security of all countries in the region. Abbas Araghchi made the remarks at the commemoration ceremony of UN's 70th anniversary held in Tehran on Monday morning which was attended by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Jan Kenneth Eliasson.
Enemy (U.S.) seeking to ‘degrade, destroy’ Islamic Republic
12 October 2015
Leader of the Islamic Republic has told a meeting of IRIB regulatory body the soft war has focused on ‘weakening of youth beliefs’ and bringing internal crumble of the Islamic Republic.
He pointed to some critical points in the history of the contemporary world as internecine wars, death of the revolutions, and other issues; “Iran’s current condition against the U.S. is comparable to France, four decades after the Revolutionary; this analogy is quite helpful in giving insights into our current situation and the huge progress we have made during these years,’ concluded the Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei called all ‘qualified and committed experts’ and who are motivated for a deep analysis of the different aspects of the soft war; “soft war really seeks the objectives of the military war, however with more depth and complexity; unlike conventional military war, soft war would not be readily perceived or understood; even in many cases, the target communities are barely aware of the scope of the damage wrought upon by the soft war,” he asserted.
Hamas MP and Qatar Spokesman Brandishes Knife, Calls on All Factions to Join the "Jerusalem Intifada"
October 12, 2015
The Jerusalem Intifada has been launched, and Allah willing, it is irreversible. We must all join the Jerusalem Intifada – all the Palestinian factions. "Let the competitors compete." Was the pure blood not blessed? Were the proud arms not blessed? Were the holy stones not blessed? Were the blessed knives not blessed?
We say today to Netanyahu and to all the leader of the occupation: This is our choice.
Conflict drives 'alarming' global hunger, report shows
October 12, 2015
Conflict is "development in reverse" and a key factor that is leaving almost 800 million without enough food, the 2015 Global Hunger Index has concluded.
Many of the 52 nations where the situation is serious or alarming are predominately ones experiencing civil unrest, the annual assessment says. Several countries are classified in the extremely alarming category this year, this high level of hunger could still exist," it warned, saying that there was insufficient data for a number of sub-Saharan nations that had recently suffered from a severe lack of food.
In its global assessment, the report said the battle to end hunger continued, with one-in-nine people remaining chronically undernourished and a quarter of children too short for their age as a result of a lack of access to nutritional food. It added that malnutrition claimed the lives of about 3.1 million children each year, accounting for almost half of the deaths of children under the age of five.
Chilling animated propaganda video released by Iranian activists imagines the 'inevitable' destruction of Israel at the hands of Islamic armies
A chilling new propaganda video has been released by hardline Iranian activists imagining the 'inevitable' destruction of the Israeli state at the hands of Islamic armies.
The short animated clip shows heavily armed militants wearing the emblems of various militant and terror cells standing side by side as they prepare to march on the Israeli capital Jerusalem. As an ever-growing band of Muslim soldiers gather on a hill overlooking the city, the screen then cuts to a message written in Arabic demanding Israel be 'erased from the annals of history' - a command regularly voiced by Iranian political and religious leaders.
As each fighter loads his weapons, the camera pans out to reveal an army of thousands of Shiite Muslims standing on a hilltop overlooking Jerusalem. The militants then begin marching down the hill towards Temple Mount and the Old City, before the clip cuts away from text urging Muslims to take up arms against Israel. 'The youth will definitely see that day when it comes,' the Arabic text reads in an ominous threat about the 'inevitably' of jihadis overrunning the city (Jerusalem).
The Latest: Mideast mediators call off trip to region
Oct. 12, 2015
A Palestinian official says a visit by a delegation of international Mideast envoys has been postponed
The official said the delegation from the "Quartet" of Mideast mediators had put off Wednesday's planned meeting at Israel's request. The official spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement.
The Quartet includes the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Nations. A new date has not been set.
The announcement was a new setback to efforts to halt weeks of Israeli-Palestinian unrest.
Gaza cleric calls on Palestinians to stab Jews, ‘cut them into body parts’
Sheikh Muhammad Sallah, brandishing knife during Friday sermon, urges young men in West Bank to form ‘stabbing squads’
October 12, 2015
Brandishing a knife of his own during the speech at the Al-Abrar Mosque, Sheikh Muhammad Sallah called on Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank to “attack in threes and fours” and “cut them into body parts.”
“My brother in the West Bank: Stab! My brother is the West Bank: Stab the myths of the Talmud in their minds! My brother in the West Bank: Stab the myths about the temple in their hearts!” Sallah cries.
“We don’t want just a single stabber. Oh young men of the West Bank: Attack in threes and fours. Some should restrain the victim, while others attack him with axes and butcher knives, he said. “Do not fear what will be said about you. Oh men of the West Bank, next time, attack in a group of three, four, or five. Attack them in groups. Cut them into body parts,” he went on.
The “blessed knife,” he goes on, “symbolizes the battle of the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Matthew 24: 6
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
Admiral: North Korea can hit US with long-range nuclear missile
October 12, 2015
“With the vengeful desire to turn the citadel of our enemies into a sea of fire, our powerful tactical rockets loaded with diversified and miniaturized nuclear warheads are on the move,” a North Korean commentator said during the parade as several columns of the mobile missiles were shown on television. Mobile missiles are considered a greater strategic threat than silo-based missiles because they are more difficult to track and can be set up and launched with little or no warning.
“And as the defender of North America, the United States officially, in the ballistic missile defense, I think the American people expect me to take the threat seriously,” he said Wednesday at the Atlantic Council.
On Temple Mount, the Status Quo Fuels Violence
You can't say any religion has more rights to Mecca than Islam, and you can't say any religion has more rights to the Temple Mount than the Jews. But we ourselves say it. And today is Friday.
October 09, 2015
It began on the Temple Mount. Jews prayed there, and the Arabs complained, but there was no outbreak of stabbings. The Knesset reiterated support of the current status quo on the Temple Mount and only then this new dimension of terror, with accusations against Israel vis a vis the Temple Mount, ensued.
Why? Is it true that the status quo is fair? No, the Temple Mount is the Jews' Holy of Holies, literally. You can't say any religion has more rights to Mecca than Islam, and you can't say any religion has more rights to the Temple Mount than the Jews.
Israel's president recently said,
"What has happened in the city over the past few days and weeks is heartbreaking and must be strongly condemned. Let me be clear; those who wish to turn the tragedy between us into a religious war have blood on their hands. We hear again and again, lies about Israel's intentions toward the Holy Mountain - holy to Jews and Muslims. So again, I say clearly, Israel has no intention to change the status quo. But this status quo - this important understanding - needs two sides to keep it.”
President Rivlin stressed that Israel would “continue to respect Muslim prayer at the site, the Mosque and the Shrine. But Muslims must respect the Jewish connection to Jerusalem, the Jews who live in Jerusalem, and the Jews who visit its holy sites. Only then can we begin – Jews, Muslims, and Christians - to live like we did before, together in the city of Jerusalem and all the holy land.”
This doctrine of the Israeli political center is a can of worms. Fuel for igniting the problem. It brings in the concept of Freedom of Religion to the forum of Palestinian Arabic attempts to establish statehood (aka to destroy Israel). But in truth, this is a lie. It is exclusively the Jews' Holy of Holies!
Moving the match away from the powder keg
The prime minister’s decision to ban all parties with vested interests from going to the Temple Mount is one of the wisest made here in recent years
October 8, 2015
Better late than never: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has remembered to ban politicians, whether Jews or Arabs, from going to the Temple Mount. The compound, called Haram a-Sharif by the Palestinians, has always been considered a powder keg. The trouble is that despite, or perhaps because of its volatility, politicians, whether Palestinian or Israeli Arab or Jewish, have always tried to leverage it for political gain.
The latest wave of terrorism started after Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel and several dozen Jews went to visit the Temple Mount on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. That incident was not the main reason for the current upsurge but it certainly was the spark that started the fire. Since then, the Temple Mount became a focal point of intensified hostility and hatred between the sides. Hamas and the Islamic Movement had a field day with Ariel’s pilgrimage and presented it as an attempt to change the status of Muslims on the Mount. Joining them in the chorus were Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and, as has become inevitable, Arab Israeli lawmakers.
Russia's Syrian bombing gives boost to Iran
October 9, 2015
Russia joining the war in Syria is a major boost to Iran's involvement in Syria. It also adds weight to Iran's position as a key power in the Middle East. For much of the past 15 months, there have been repeated sightings of the powerful Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani apparently shuttling between Damascus, Baghdad and Tehran. It is now established that he has been playing a key role in setting up and supporting the Shia militia groups battling so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters in Iraq.
It can now claim to be part of a major new military alliance with a former world superpower as an ally. From the Iranian perspective, Russian intervention opens up a new possibility to challenge the US-dominated world order - something Iran's hardliners have dreamed of for decades. "Convincing the West to stop insisting on the removal of Bashar Assad from power would be a victory for Iranian foreign policy and would then facilitate the normalization of ties between Iran and the West,"
Muslim Migrants Increase Crime in Germany by 65%
There was also a fight between 300 to 400 Algerians and Syrians
October 8, 2015
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the huge number of Muslim migrants flooding Europe and Germany represent an "opportunity". Here's what that opportunity looks like now.
A mass brawl occurred between refugees from Afghanistan and Albania. Some 60 refugees went after one another in the camp in the Wilhelmsburg district on Tuesday evening. Some were armed with iron bars, also witnesses had testified that a refugee had a firearm, a police spokesman said.
In Lower Saxony in Braunschweig there was also an altercation between 300 to 400 refugees between Algerians and Syrians from a dispute over stolen goods.
According to statistics from the Federal Criminal Police vedomstva Germany the number of offenses committed by asylum seekers has increased dramatically. Given the large number of immigrants, it is not surprising. In 2013 it was registered 32, 495 crimes, and in 2014 - already 53, 890. A particularly sharp increase in thefts (from 9421 to 16066) attacks with bodily injury (from 5172 to 8994).
60,000 antelopes died in 4 days - and no one knows why
When geoecologist Steffen Zuther and his colleagues arrived in central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas, a critically endangered, steppe-dwelling antelope, veterinarians in the area had already reported dead animals on the ground. But within four days, the entire herd — 60,000 saiga — had died. As veterinarians and conservationists tried to stem the die-off, they also got word of similar population crashes in other herds across Kazakhstan.
"The extent of this die-off, and the speed it had, by spreading throughout the whole calving herd and killing all the animals, this has not been observed for any other species," Zuther said. "It's really unheard of."
TPP signals emergence of a New Global Order
October 8, 2015
The TPP promises to advance economic growth, support high-paying jobs and raise living standards across the Asia-Pacific region, Froman told reporters after the deal was struck. And the ramifications are likely to go far beyond the signatories -- a point Amari underscored. "The rules we have created," he said, "will become the rules of the 21st-century world."
There is still a ways to go. The U.S., Japan and other governments now face the challenge of overcoming domestic resistance to ratification. But the TPP signals the emergence of a new global order -- one that is less reliant on U.S. leadership.
Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says
Rising population and dwindling water supplies will affect millions of people and exacerbate conflict in the region
The Middle East is already prone to water conflict and is likely to remain so, says the report. “Water is a significant dimension of the decades-old conflict between Palestine and Israel. Saudi Arabia’s government said its people will depend entirely on grain imports by 2016, a change from decades of growing all they need, due to fear of water-resource depletion. The US National Intelligence Council wrote that water problems will put key north African and Middle East countries at greater risk of instability and state failure,” says the report.
Satellite images from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment show that the Tigris-Euphrates basin is losing water faster than any other place in the world, except northern India, with the loss of 117m acre-feet of stored freshwater between 2003-2009. Pollution in the Tigris river caused by the discharge of drainage water from agricultural areas and sewage discharge near Baghdad is a major constraint to freshwater availability in Iraq,” says a recent Brookings Institute report.
The World Will Soon be at War over Water
The world is at war over water. Goldman Sachs describes it as “the petroleum of the next century”
Disputes over water tend to start small and local – for instance, with the sort of protests that drought-stricken São Paolo has experienced this year. But minor civil unrest can quickly mushroom, as the bonds of civilization snap.
Last August, Isis fought fiercely for control of the largest dam in Iraq, across the Tigris at Mosul. Its fighters also took over two other dams across the Euphrates, one at Fallujah, the other at Haditha. In all cases, it took American air strikes to drive them off, and the high value the terrorist group places on Mesopotamia’s dams suggests that further offensives against such targets are likely.
Even if Isis leaders in Raqqah succeed in holding one of these key pieces of hydro-infrastructure, however, they do not control the headwaters of either the Tigris or the Euphrates, which rise in Turkey. It is the Turks, who have squabbled for 40 years with their downstream neighbours over use of the rivers, who therefore hold the keys to the long-term future of Isis – and the Islamists know it.
Finally, there is Israel and Palestine, arguably the grand-daddy of all water conflicts. Israel, a state founded on Ben-Gurion’s dream of “making the desert bloom”, diverted the River Jordan half a century ago, east and southwards towards the Negev desert, via a canal called the National Water Carrier.
The Dead Sea has lost a third of its surface area as a direct consequence, and the River Jordan of biblical antiquity has become a muddy trickle in a ditch. The reason Israel still occupies the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967, is because that is where the Jordan rises.
Rivers of Babylon:
Iraq's Water Crisis—And What Turkey Should Do
The Tigris-Euphrates river basin, which feeds Syria and Iraq, is rapidly drying up. This vast area already struggles to support at least ten million conflict-displaced people. And things could soon get worse; Iraq is reaching a crisis point. To understand the consequences, look no further than Syria. Although water stress is certainly not the sole cause of the conflict there, it no doubt helped fuel the civil war. By 2011, drought-related crop failure had pushed up to 1.5 million displaced farmers to abandon their land; the displaced became a wellspring of recruits for the Free Syrian Army and for such groups as the Islamic State (also called ISIS) and al Qaeda.
In other words, drought changed the economic, social, and political landscape of Syria. Iraq, already reeling from ISIS and sectarian tension, could be next. In Karbala, Iraq, farmers are in despair and are reportedly considering abandoning their land. In Baghdad, the poorest neighborhoods rely on the Red Cross for drinking water. At times, the Red Cross has had to supply over 150,000 liters a day.
Further south, Iraq’s central marshes, the Middle East’s largest wetlands, are disappearing again after being re-flooded after Saddam Hussein was ousted. In Chibayish, a town in the wetlands that one of the authors of this piece recently visited, buffalo and fish are dying. Currently, agriculture there supports at least 60,000 people. Those and hundreds of thousands more will face great hardship as water resources continue to decline.
California drought crisis
October 8, 2015
Every picture tells a story…
Britain's water crisis
Overuse, pollution and climate change are threatening the survival of the river Ouse in East Sussex. But this is not just a local crisis; the water supply for the whole of Britain is in jeopardy
October 8, 2015
The risk here is not that millions of people in Britain are suddenly going to die of thirst. It is that after all those years in which humans settled by rivers and thrived, we are now locked in conflict with our natural surroundings. Either the humans or the rivers have to suffer. At the moment, it is the rivers, although in the longer term a sick river will produce less water, so the humans will end up in trouble as well. In his Policy Exchange paper, Less reported that a third of our river catchments are already classed as “over abstracted”, that is, their health is being damaged by the amount of water being taken out of them.
Netanyahu Shocked the UN With This Revelation. Don’t Say we Didn’t Warn You.
October 8, 2015
For all those who think Israel is just going to stand idly by while Obama threatens our future... you've got something else coming. Israel is ready to do whatever it must to ensure the survival of the Jewish People and the only Jewish State.
ISIS Beheading Christians at 'School of Death' Where Girls Are Sold as Sex Slaves (Video)
October 8, 2015
Christian refugees who have managed to flee the Islamic State terror group in Syria have revealed in a testimony video that the jihadists are trafficking captured men and children to a so-called "school of death" where they carry out beheadings and sell young girls at a slave market.
"When we were in Syria they put us in a school, and it was called the school of death, they used it to behead all the men there. We all knew that the men will be beheaded and the girls will be sold in the slave market," one girl says in a video captured by the media team of In Defense of Christians.
"Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities have been murdered, subjugated, forced to emigrate and suffered grievous bodily and psychological harm, including sexual enslavement and abuse, inflicted in a deliberate and calculated manner in violation of the laws of their respective nations, the laws of war, laws and treaties forbidding crimes against humanity, and the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, signed at Paris on December 9, 1948," the Resolution reads in part.
Abbas to Israeli government: Stay away from our Islamic and Christian holy sites
October 8, 2015
"We want peace and our hands will continue to be extended towards peace despite all our suffering at your hands," PA leader says.
Addressing the Israeli government, Abbas said: “Stay away from our Islamic and Christian holy sites. We want peace and our hands will continue to be extended towards peace despite all our suffering at your hands.”
Abbas said that the Palestinian flag would be raised over the Aksa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher when a Palestinian state is established. The PA government, which held an emergency meeting in Ramallah on Thursday, also expressed support for the “peaceful popular uprising” and said Palestinians were entitled to defend their lands and holy sites.
Netanyahu: The Islamist extremism plaguing the Middle East has arrived at Israel's doorstep
October 8, 2015
PM holds press conference in wave of terror attacks, vowing to defeat the phenomenon.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out Thursday amid a wave of terror attacks that have hit Israel in recent days, saying that the Islamist extremism plaguing the Middle East has arrived at Israel's doorstep as well.
"Hateful terrorists are trying to hurt our people," Netanyahu said, praising security forces for their bravery in combating the attacks. Israel has always known how to push back the terrorists and build the country and "we will defeat them this time as well," Netanyahu said.
Iran Optimizing Weapons to Fight against Takfiri Terrorists
October 7, 2015
Senior Iranian army commanders announced reinvigoration of the country's forces with different stat-or-the-art weapons to fight against the Takfiri terrorists who are serving proxy wars in the region
In relevant remarks last month, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari underscored the IRGC forces' full preparedness to fight against the western and certain regional states' proxy wars."The IRGC has come with all its power to confront the proxy wars and opponents of the resistance front and it has (special) plans," Jafari said in a press conference in Tehran.
He underlined that the countries and groups which are members of the resistance front can ask the Islamic Republic for advisors and experience, adding that Tehran would help them as much as it can. Also in September, Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami warned that enemies had opted for a war of proxies against Iran after they were discouraged from direct confrontation against the country.
Given the spread of the Islamic Revolution's thoughts in the Muslim world, "today, our enemies are fighting against us by proxy wars in different fronts but we will continue the path of progress and growth", Salami told reporters in Tehran. He underlined that the only way to turn Iran into an international power was resistance against the hegemonic powers and those who sought to spread their influence in other countries.
In relevant remarks in May, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan blasted the US for hiring the ISIL terrorist group to fight proxy wars against the regional states."The crimes committed by the ISIL terrorist grouplet and whatever created under the name of Takfiri groups in the region are proxy acts by the US," Dehqan said.
Warning that the US and the Zionist regime were always after striking Islam, he said, "Unfortunately, certain Islamic countries have been fooled by the enemies and are acting in compliance with the plots hatched by the US and the Quds Occupying Regime."
Water Shortages Unite Iraq, Islamic State Against Turkey
Water levels on the Euphrates River that flows 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles) from eastern Turkey through Syria and Iraq past ancient Mesopotamian lands have fallen more than half this year, withering farmers’ crops and raising the risk of a wider regional conflict, Iraqi officials say.
“Turkey’s desire to withdraw yet more water runs the risk of plunging the region into greater turmoil,” said Adel Darwish, co-author of Water Wars: Coming Conflicts in the Middle East. “Turkey believes it can act with impunity while other countries are busy fighting Islamic State.”
They’re not the only ones facing international water issues. About 261 transboundary basins support 40 percent of the world’s population. The United Nations says the number affected by water scarcity due to climate change may more than double to 1.8 billion by 2025.
The Euphrates and Tigris, meanwhile, have the second-fastest rate of groundwater storage loss after India, according to Chatham House. Satellite data show many of the biggest aquifers being depleted at unsustainable rates.
Risk of global financial crash has increased, warns IMF
Threat of instability and recession in emerging economies, and legacy of debt and disharmony in eurozone among ‘triad of risks’ outlined in stability report
7 October 2015
The risk of a global financial crash has increased because a slowdown in China and decline in world trade are undermining the stability of highly indebted emerging economies, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The Washington-based lender of last resort said the scale of borrowing by emerging market countries, whose debts are vulnerable to rising interest rates in the US, mean policymakers need to act quickly to shore up the financial system.
José Viñals, the IMF’s financial counsellor, said the threat of instability and recession hanging over economies including China, Brazil, Turkey and Malaysia was one of a “triad of risks” that could knock 3% off global GDP. The second, he said, was the legacy of debt and disharmony in Europe, while the third is centred on battered global markets that are more likely to transmit shocks rather than cushion the blow.
“Growth is slowing for the fifth year in a row, as the commodity super cycle and unprecedented credit booms have come to an end. This is of special relevance given the large share of emerging markets in the world economy, as well as the role that global markets play in transmitting shocks to other emerging markets and spillovers to advanced economies, featured in this summer’s financial turmoil.”
Turkey and U.S. say Russian jets could be shot down
Oct 6, 2015
Turkey and the US have said Russian warplanes could be shot down if they keep violating Nato airspace, following two incidents with NATO member Turkey.
"Turkey's rules of engagement apply to all planes, be they Syrian, [or] Russian ... Necessary steps would be taken against whoever violates Turkey’s borders, even if it's a bird", Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu told the HaberTurk TV.
Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former national security advisor, wrote in an op-ed in the Financial Times that if Russia tries to destroy US "assets" the US should retaliate.
"The Russian naval and air presences in Syria are vulnerable, isolated geographically from their homeland … They could be 'disarmed' if they persist in provoking the US”, he noted. "It is time … for strategic boldness".
But for his part, Vladimir Komoyedov, the head of the armed forces committee in the Russian parliament, indicated the Russian campaign could be widened to involve ground forces.
Memo to Iran: Israel Wins
October 7, 2015
On this week's edition of The Watchman, Erik sits down with Michael Pregent of Veterans Against the Deal. He'll analyze Iran's threats against Israel and the United States.
Plus, he also examine ISIS's dreams of conquering Rome
Islamic State Reportedly Gains Ground Near Israeli Golan Heights
October 7, 2015
The Islamic State terror group is reportedly making gains in the Golan Heights region near the Israeli-Syrian border as rebel groups operating in the area face ammunition and weaponry shortages. “The current situation is very bad,” the spokesman said. “No battles are taking place [with Assad forces] in our sector because there’s no ammunition.”
According to a spokesman from the Free Syrian Army, the moderate group fighting both the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad and Islamic State, there are around 500-700 Islamic State fighters currently active in the Syrian Golan Heights towns of Jamlah and Ash-Shajarah, which are adjacent to the Israeli border, the Times of Israel reported.
The report comes as the Syrian civil war takes the new twist of Russia’s military buildup and launch of airstrikes against enemies of Assad, its ally. While Russia is claiming to be targeting Islamic State, the U.S. has accused Russia of launching airstrikes against moderate Syrian rebel groups battling Assad.
At the same time, Israel has long been concerned about the situation near its border in the Golan Heights. During the past year, rebel groups, some of whom are part of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra terror group, have been battling with Syrian government forces supported by Iranian and Hezbollah fighters in the region. Israel has expressed concerned about the increasing regional presence of Iran and its proxy Hezbollah, who are seeking to set up a new terror front in the Golan Heights.
Iraq a ‘client state’ of Iran, former Obama adviser says
October 7, 2015
Can Israel and the Palestinians contain spiraling violence?
5 October 2015
The heightened tensions can be traced a few weeks ago to the start of the Jewish High Holiday, when an increase in incidents involving rocks thrown at Israeli cars on the West Bank began to be reported. Palestinians are incensed not just at the severity of the security crackdown which has followed - including the death of demonstrators, reportedly during clashes - but at the increase in Jewish religious activity in the Old City which comes with the festival of Sukkot - a traditional time of pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Jews.
That pilgrimage to the Western Wall, a holy place of prayer in Judaism, brings the visitors into close proximity with the al-Aqsa mosque, which is sacred to Muslims. In both Palestinian society and in the wider Arab world, the increased religious activity is viewed as a kind of attack on the Islamic identity of the place where Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad ascended body and soul into heaven.
Jews revere the compound which contains the mosque as one of their holiest places and those competing religious convictions have proven repeatedly over many decades they have the power to trigger sudden and deadly upsurges in violence.
Israel on High Alert Following Terror Attacks across Country
October 7, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a planned trip to Berlin on Wednesday due to the worsening security situation in Israel. The meeting was a planned summit between Israeli and German officials marking 50 years of diplomatic ties between the two nations.
An Israeli security official told the media that Netanyahu sent a message to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying he needed to stay in Israel due to the worsening domestic crisis and asked to reschedule the summit.
Farrakhan’s Fiery Rant on Obama and Jews: ‘I Am That Man That Represents the Messiah That Has Come to End This Civilization’
Oct. 6, 2015
Minister Louis Farrakhan said that he “represents the messiah that has come to end this civilization” and accused the Jews of having mass control over Hollywood, the media and the banking system during a recent, hour-long appearance on “The Rock Newman Show.
“There’s alway’s a bigger picture … Barack Obama was the bigger picture,” Farrakhan said during the September 30 episode. “If he did not denounce me under the prodding of Mrs. Clinton — who’s getting hers now — he would never have been president, because the powerful Jewish lobby — Zionist lobby — in America would not have backed him had he not denounced me.”
Farrakhan then offered up his theory about why he has become a test for “any black person” looking to “rise” up in society.
“Who am I? I am that man that represents the messiah that has come to end this civilization,” he said. “And that’s why they want nobody to have anything to do with Farrakhan, but I’m here.”
California's farmers left high and dry by drought, environmental Regulations
October 07, 2015
Drought-stricken California farmers say environmental regulations barring them from irrigating their parched lands are making them the endangered species.
With the drought entering its fourth year, anger is building in central California at state and federal agencies, who critics say are putting wildlife ahead of jobs, families and the food supply.
“If we continue down this path, we will most likely see our food production turn to foreign soil. We could lose the economic engine that agriculture brings to our nation.”
Islam : Undercover Mosque Report (Must See)
October 5, 2015
The Film That Uncovers What is Really Happening in Mosques Across The UK
US says it is ‘deeply concerned’ over escalating violence
White House spokesman urges ‘cooler heads’ to prevail, ‘restoration of status quo’ on Temple Mount
October 7, 2015
The White House expressed “deep concern” over a spate of violence that has gripped Israel Wednesday, calling on both sides to work to calm tensions that have led to a string of terror attacks and clashes across the West Bank, Jerusalem and elsewhere.
Earnest addressed accusations by Palestinians and Israelis that the other side was violating the five-decade status quo on the Temple Mount that regulated Jewish-Muslim relations on the sensitive holy site.
“We continue to urge all sides to find a way back to the full restoration of the status quo at the Temple Mount and Haram al-Sharif [the Muslim name for the site], the location that has precipitated so much of the violence that we’ve seen there,” Earnest said. “This has obviously long been a volatile region of the world and we continue to urge all sides to refrain from violence and refrain from the kind of activity that would only make tensions worse there.”
Iran's supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States
October 7, 2015
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.
"Negotiations with the United States open gates to their economic, cultural, political and security influence. Even during the nuclear negotiations they tried to harm our national interests," Khamenei was quoted as saying on his website. "Our negotiators were vigilant but the Americans took advantage of a few chances," he said.
The Islamic State Plan to Conquer Europe
October 6th, 2015
The Islamic State has a plan to conquer Rome. Yes, it might sound crazy, but ISIS believes the conquest of Rome is central to its mission. They believe it is necessary to fulfill what Islam teaches was the prophecy of Muhammed and to prepare the return of the Muslim messiah: the Mahdi.
"It has a timetable where in the 10 years, by the year 2025, it hopes to bring about Armageddon, the final struggle between good and evil or between the Muslims and the non-Muslims," he explained. "And that one of the chief stepping stones to that Armageddon battle is the conquest of Rome, which they think they're going to be able to do with the next five years, by 2020."
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Workers remove Ten Commandments monument from Oklahoma Capitol grounds
October 06, 2015
Workers began removing a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol late Monday in accordance with a court order.
Originally authorized by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2009, the privately funded monument has been a lightning rod for controversy since it was erected in 2012, prompting a lawsuit from Bruce Prescott, a Baptist minister from Norman who complained it violated the state constitution.
A contractor hired by the state began removing the monument shortly after 10:30 p.m. local time. The works comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."
Its placement at the Capitol prompted requests from several groups to have their own monuments installed, including a satanic church in New York that wanted to erect a 7-foot-tall statue that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard. A Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster also made requests.
12 Hair-Raising Facts from Congressional Terror Report
The House released the final report of its Task Force on Combating Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel and its conclusions weren't pretty.
1) "Today, we are witnessing the largest global convergence of jihadists in history."
2) "We have largely failed to stop Americans from traveling overseas to join jihadists … Several dozen also managed to make it back into America."
3) "The U.S. government lacks a national strategy for combating terrorist travel and has not produced one in nearly a decade."
4) "The unprecedented speed at which Americans are being radicalized by violent extremists is straining federal law enforcement's ability to monitor and intercept suspects."
5) "There have now been twice as many ISIS-inspired terror plots against the West in 2015 than there were in all of 2014."
6) "[ISIS] is believed to have inspired or directed nearly 60 terrorist plots or attacks against Western countries, including 15 in the United States."
7) "Military officials estimate airstrikes have killed over 10,000 [ISIS] extremists, but new foreign fighters replace them almost as quickly as they are killed."
8) "Gaping security weaknesses overseas—especially in Europe—are putting the U.S. homeland in danger…"
9) "In short, information about foreign fighters is crossing borders less quickly than the extremists themselves."
10) "The federal government has failed to develop clear early intervention strategies—or 'off-ramps'- to radicalization—to prevent suspects already on law enforcement's radar from leaving to join extremists."
Islamic State Preparing a "Nuclear Tsunami"
A German reporter embedded with ISIS says the group intends to get nuclear weapons and perpetrate largest religious cleansing in history.
A German reporter who was embedded with the Islamic State (ISIS) says the world is underestimating the intentions and the power of the world’s largest terror organization.
“The terrorists plan on killing several hundred million people. The West is drastically underestimating the power of ISIS. ISIS intends to get its hands on nuclear weapons,” says Jurgen Todenhofer, who labels the group a “nuclear tsunami preparing the largest religious cleansing in history.”
Todenhofer, 75, is the first Western journalist to have come out alive after spending a week and a half with the group last year. After releasing a video on his experiences (see below) last December, he has now published a book about his experiences and observations called Inside IS - Ten Days in the Islamic State.
How you define Great Tribulation?
ISIS Cuts Off Fingertips of 12-Yr Old Christian Boy
He was later crucified with his father. Ten others were killed, including two women, who were raped in front of a crowd before being beheaded.
October 6, 2015
“In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam. When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion."
In Iraq, the Christian population, which numbered at close to 1.5 million in 2003 has shrunk to below 200,000 today.
"It is like going back 1,000 years seeing the barbarity that Christians are having to live under. I think we are dealing with a group which makes Nazism pale in comparison and I think they have lost all respect for human life," said Patrick Sookhdeo, founder of Barnabas Fund, a charity which helps Syrian Christians. "Crucifying these people is sending a message and they are using forms of killing which they believe have been sanctioned by Sharia law."
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Religion of Peace?
Al-Qaeda fighters evoke Afghan jihad as they promise to turn Syria into graveyard for Russian invaders
Rebels warn that Russian air strikes risk pushing moderates into arms of more powerful extremist groups
October 4, 2015
In a video uploaded to the internet on Thursday, Abdullah Al-Muhaisini, a Nusra fighter, promised a similar outcome. Rebel groups across the insurgent spectrum say they will meet Russian aggression with blows of their own. For Nusra, this has included the announcement of a reward for the capture of any Russian soldier.
“Russia remains a country whose wings were cut off in the land of the Afghans,” he said.
“Today it entered Syria, so Syria will become a graveyard for invaders." “The more the silence continues regarding the alliance of the pigs, Russia, Iran, and the Nusayris (regime), the more pledges to Nusra you will see,”
Iran Commander: US Targets within IRGC's Missiles Range
October 4, 2015
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said all US military bases in the Middle East are within the range of the IRGC's missiles, but the country still sees no restriction for boosting its missile capabilities.
"The US knows that the damages of any war and firing bullets in the Persian Gulf cannot be compared with its benefits at all," Fadavi told reporters on the sidelines of the annual nationwide parades at the mausoleum of the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the Late Imam Khomeini, South of Tehran.
"The US is obedient and passive in the Persian Gulf and we impose our sovereignty right in the Persian Gulf very powerfully," he added.
"Some of the threats by the US are aimed at appeasing the Zionists, while others are for the purpose of domestic consumption (in the US), but what is important is that they are aware of and acknowledge our capabilities and deterrence power; we do not feel any need to increase the range of our missiles and (our perceived enemy) targets are fully within the range of our missiles," Brigadier General Hajizadeh said, addressing a group of professors of Iran's Science and Technology University in Tehran on Sunday.
Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem Old City
Oct. 05, 2015
Israel Sunday took the drastic step of barring Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Old City as fears of a further escalation in violence mounted after attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded a child.
The Palestinian government denounced “Israeli escalation” after the announcement of the ban, which Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called unprecedented. The usually bustling alleyways of the walled Old City were mostly quiet Sunday morning, with hundreds of police guarding entrances.
There were clashes Saturday overnight and Sunday, and the Red Crescent reported 77 Palestinians wounded from both live rounds and rubber bullets. Another 139 had been treated for tear gas inhalation and six for injuries sustained in beatings by soldiers or Jewish settlers, a Red Crescent spokeswoman said.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm, saying he was “deeply concerned that these latest incidents signal a dangerous slide toward escalation.”
Turmoil in Middle East Could Turn Into Global Meltdown
October 4, 2015
If the West continues to ignore the real problems of the Middle East region or try to solve them militarily, instead of using diplomacy and financial resources, the instability in the region could further deepen, Noriel Roubini, a professor at NYU's Stern School of Business.
Libya has become a failed state, Egypt has returned to authoritarian rule, and Tunisia is destabilized by terrorist attacks. The violence now is spreading into Sub-Saharan Africa.
The US and its allies in their pursuit of regime change in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Egypt helped to fuel the turmoil in the region. And now the turmoil is also undermining previously secure states, like Jordan, Lebanon and even Turkey.
And yet, remarkably, even as most of the region began to burn, oil prices collapsed. In the past, geopolitical instability in the region triggered three global recessions," the analyst wrote. "There appears to be no 'fear premium' on oil prices; on the contrary, oil prices have declined sharply since 2014.
Did these believers escape Great Tribulation?
12 Christians Brutally Executed By ISIS Refused to Renounce Name of Christ
October 4, 2015
Twelve Christians have been brutally executed by the Islamic State, including the 12-year-old son of a Syrian ministry team leader who had planted nine churches, because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus Christ and embrace Islam. The martyrs were faithful to the very end; right before one woman was beheaded by the terror group, she appeared to be smiling slightly as she said, "Jesus!"
"In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam," Christian Aid revealed, according to a report from Morning Star News. "When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion."
They were killed for refusing to return to Islam after embracing Christianity, as were the other eight aid workers, including two women, according to Christian Aid. The eight were taken to a separate site in the village and asked if they would return to Islam. However, after they refused to renounce Christ, the women, ages 29 and 33, were raped before the crowd summoned to watch, and then all eight were beheaded.
Syrian crisis: Assad warns of Mid-East destruction
October 4, 2015
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said a coalition between Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq must succeed "or else the whole region will be destroyed". Mr. Assad also criticized the US-led coalition and its air strikes in Syria and Iraq as counter-productive, saying that terrorism had only spread.
In an interview with Iranian state television, reported by the Syrian presidency Twitter feed, President Assad said Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq were united in battling terrorism and would achieve "practical results", unlike the US-led coalition.
Islamic State gaining ground on Golan border
October 3, 2015
They will advance even farther if Assad is removed. And as for the “moderate rebels,” they were never all that moderate. The Free Syrian Army has collaborated with al-Qaeda and terrorized Christians in Syria.
Russian airstrikes on Wednesday and Thursday targeted rebel groups in central and northern Syria, many of them reportedly unaffiliated with the Islamic State, Islamist groups in the south are growing stronger, with IS fighters now operating openly near the border with Israel, an opposition spokesman said on Thursday. An estimated 500-700 Islamic State fighters are currently active in the towns of Jamlah and Ash-Shajarah, adjacent to the Israeli border in the southern Golan Heights.
Western training for moderate rebel fighters in Jordan has not taken place in five months, he added, and no ammunition or weaponry has reached the Free Syrian Army on the southern front in three months.
“The current situation is very bad,” the spokesman said. “No battles are taking place [with Assad forces] in our sector because there’s no ammunition.”
KHAMENEI: IRAN WILL SUPPORT ANYONE WHO STRIKES AT ISRAEL
SUPREME LEADER SAYS ANY US ATTEMPTS TO USE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT TO INFLUENCE IRAN WILL FAIL
OCTOBER 2, 2015
IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI SAID HIS COUNTRY WILL SUPPORT ANYONE WHO STRIKES AGAINST ISRAEL AND THE “ZIONIST REGIME,” AND AGAIN WARNED THE US AGAINST ANY DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS TO SWAY IRAN’S POLICIES.
“IRAN FULLY SUPPORTS RESISTANCE IN THE REGION, ESPECIALLY THE RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE, AND WILL SUPPORT ANYONE WHO STRUGGLES AGAINST ISRAEL AND STRIKES AT THE ZIONIST REGIME,” THE SEMI-OFFICIAL FARS NEWS AGENCY QUOTED KHAMENEI AS TELLING TOP IRANIAN MILITARY GENERALS AND OFFICIALS.
“THEY SEEK TO DISINTEGRATE THE REGIONAL STATES AND CREATE SMALL AND SUBORDINATE COUNTRIES, BUT GOD WILLING THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN,” HE WARNED. “DISINTEGRATION OF IRAQ AND SYRIA, IF THEY CAN, IS THE CLEAR POLICY OF THE AMERICANS, BUT THE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF THE REGIONAL STATES, IRAQ AND SYRIA IS HIGHLY IMPORTANT TO US,” HE ADDED.
MERKEL: IRAN’S STANCE ON ISRAEL ‘UNACCEPTABLE’
IN HIGHLY EMPATHETIC INTERVIEW TO ISRAELI PAPER TO MARK 50 YEARS OF TIES, CHANCELLOR CITES GERMANY’S ‘CONSTANT RESPONSIBILITY’ FOR HOLOCAUST, ‘FUNDAMENTAL COMMITMENT’ TO ISRAEL’S WELL-BEING
OCTOBER 3, 2015
IRAN’S ONGOING HOSTILITY TOWARD ISRAEL AND ITS FREQUENT CALLS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE JEWISH STATE ARE “UNACCEPTABLE,” AND TEHRAN MUST CHANGE ITS STANCE, GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL SAID SATURDAY. “I AM MINDFUL OF ISRAEL’S SENSITIVITY ABOUT THIS TOPIC AND ITS LACK OF FAITH IN IRAN. AFTER ALL, IT IS ISRAEL THAT IS DIRECTLY THREATENED – BUT REALLY ALL OF US, THE FREE WORLD, ARE THREATENED BY IRAN ARMING ITSELF WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS,” SHE SAID.
“EVEN IF I, LIKE OTHER PARTNERS, REACHED THE CONCLUSION THAT THE PROS OUTWEIGH THE CONS – I STILL CANNOT IGNORE THE CRITICISM LEVELED AT THE AGREEMENT. WE DO NOT HAVE ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY THAT IRAN WILL TRULY TAKE THE PATH OF TRANSPARENCY. IN THE EVENT THAT IRAN DOES NOT ADHERE TO ITS COMMITMENT, THE AGREEMENT ALLOWS FOR US TO REINSTATE THE SANCTIONS.”
'Russia and US in indirect military confrontation over Islamic State'
October 3, 2015
As Russia moves in to clean house and the predictable propaganda war warms ups with Russia’s detractors accusing it of exacerbating an already bad situation, there is acknowledgement even among straight-laced Western media that Russia has moved into a dominant position internationally – as voiced, for example, by Charles Crawford in The Telegraph.
But leaving propaganda tensions to one side, we are left with an uncomfortable situation – one which is perhaps beyond the pale of what Western media will touch, and it is this: since ISIS actions have advanced US aims, in functional terms it is a US proxy. And since Russia is now openly engaged in doing what the US would not do – using air power to take out ISIS positions – the US and Russia are now in effect in a state of live military confrontation.
Bahrain Warns: Iran is trying to Rule the Middle East
Iran expels senior official from Bahrain embassy after Bahrain cuts ambassadorial ties; Bahrain protests Iran hegemony in UN.
Bahrain on Thursday recalled its ambassador from Iran and ordered Tehran's envoy to leave within 72 hours, accusing the leading state sponsor of terror with having established and managed terror cells in its country to "interfere" with internal affairs. On Friday, Bahrain took its protest to the United Nations by submitting a complaint against Iran.
"Iran has chosen the path of escalation in an attempt to exert control over its neighbors by continuing to interfere in internal affairs" of neighboring countries, BNA news agency quoted Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa as telling UN chief Ban Ki-Moon.
'Filled with hate': Witnesses say Oregon gunman targeted Christians in community college shooting
October 02, 2015
The gunman in Thursday's mass shooting at an Oregon community college specifically targeted Christians, three witnesses said, while online accounts linked to the shooter expressed disdain for organized religion.
Authorities say Christopher Harper Mercer killed at least nine people and wounded at least seven others at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police. One student said the shooting began when a bullet flew through a classroom window, hitting her teacher in the head.
Kortney Moore, 18, told the Roseburg News-Review that the shooter then burst into the room and ordered students to get on the ground, before asking people to stand up and state their religion. He then began firing. Moore said she was lying on the ground with people who had been shot.
Iran Sends Troops for Mass Syrian Ground Offensive
Lebanese sources reveal hundreds of Iranian soldiers deployed in last 10 days for joint campaign with Hezbollah backed by Russian Strikes
Lebanese sources revealed on Thursday that hundreds of Iranian troops have entered Syria in the last ten days, and are planning a major ground offensive together with Syrian regime forces and Iran-proxy Hezbollah terrorists.
"The vanguard of Iranian ground forces began arriving in Syria: soldiers and officers specifically to participate in this battle. They are not advisers...we mean hundreds with equipment and weapons. They will be followed by more," said the second source, noting Iraqi forces - likely Shi'ite militias - will also take part.
Iran and Syria have denied an Iranian troop presence backing up Assad on the ground, but an Israeli security source just last month confirmed that Iran has sent hundreds of Iranian Revolutionary Guards soldiers to fight for Assad during the ongoing civil war.
Syria conflict: US says Russian air strikes 'indiscriminate'
October 1, 2015
The White House says Russian air strikes against militants in Syria are "indiscriminate" and threaten to draw Russia more deeply into the crisis.
"Carrying out indiscriminate military operations against the Syrian opposition is dangerous for Russia," said Mr Earnest in Washington. "It is only going to prolong the sectarian conflict inside Syria, if not make that conflict indefinite, and it also risks Russia being drawn even more deeply into that conflict."
Regional and world powers have also been drawn into the conflict. Iran and Russia, along with Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, are propping up the Alawite-led government. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are backing the Sunni-dominated opposition, along with the US, UK and France.
Mahmoud Abbas: Palestinian president's UN speech in full
September 30, 2015
"I come before you today from Palestine, compelled to sound the alarm about the grave dangers of what is happening in Jerusalem, where extremist Israeli groups are committing repeated, systematic incursions upon Al-Aqsa Mosque, aimed at imposing a new reality and dividing Al-Haram Al-Sharif temporally, allowing extremists, under the protection of Israeli occupying forces and accompanying ministers and Knesset members, to enter the Mosque at certain times, while preventing Muslim worshippers from accessing and entering the Mosque at those times and freely exercising their religious rights.
I call on the Israeli Government, before it is too late, to cease its use of brutal force to impose its plans to undermine the Islamic and Christian sanctities in Jerusalem, particularly its actions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, for such actions will convert the conflict from a political to religious one, creating an explosive in Jerusalem and in the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
Palestine is a country of holiness and peace. It is the birthplace of Christ, the messenger of love and peace, and the Isra' and Mi'raj (ascension to heaven and night journey) of Mohammed, peace be upon him, who was sent as a mercy unto the