Mengapa Yahudi?   

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa?

Oleh : Dr Farrukh Saleem
Semakan Oleh : Mohd Taha Hassan

There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?

Hanya ada 14 juta Yahudi di muka bumi ini; tujuh juta di Amerika, lima juta di Asia, dua juta di Eropah dan 100,000 di Afrika. Bagi setiap orang Yahudi ada 100 orang Muslim (1:100). Namun, jika dicampuri semua sekali, Yahudi lebih 100 kali berkuasa daripada orang Islam. Mengapa ini berlaku?

Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century', was a Jew. Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.

Nabi Isa (Jesus of Nazareth) ialah Yahudi. Albert Einstein, saintis zaman moden paling terkemuka dan disebut oleh majalah Time sebagai 'Manusia Abad ini' ialah seorang Yahudi; Sigmund Freud - melalui teori id, ego dan super-ego ialah bapa psikoanalisis, juga seorang Yahudi; begitu juga Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson dan Milton Friedman.

Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.

Selain mereka banyak lagi orang Yahudi yang hasil kebijaksanaan mereka berupaya menghasilkan keperluan untuk kita semua: Benjamin Rubin memperkenalkan jarum suntikan pelalian. Johas Salk mereka vaksin polio yang pertama. Gertrude Elion mencipta ubat melawan leukemia. Baruch Blumberg mencipta vaksin Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich menemukan rawatan untuk siflis. Elie Metchnikoff menang Hadiah Nobel untuk penyakit berjangkit.

Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.

Bernard Katz menang Hadiah Nobel kerana kajian mengenai transmisi neuromuskular. Andrew Schally penerima Nobel dalam kajian endokrinologi (berkaitan sistem endokrin dan kencing manis). Aaron Beck menemui terapi kognitif (rawatan mental, kesugulan dan fobia). Gregory Pincus membangunkan pil perancang keluarga yang pertama. George Wald menang Nobel bagi kajian mata manusia, Standley Cohen dianugerahi Hadiah Nobel dalam kajian embriologi (kajian janin dan perkembangannya). Willem Kolff mencipta mesin dialisis (mencuci) buah pinggang.

Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).

Sejak 105 tahun, 14 juta Yahudi menang 15 dozen Hadiah Nobel, sementara tiga dimenangi oleh 1.4 bilion umat Islam.

Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.

Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa? Stanley Mezor mencipta mikrocip pertama. Leo Szilards membangunkan reaktor rangkaian nuklear pertama; Peter Schultz (kabel gentian optik); Charles Adler (lampu isyarat); Benno Strauss (besi tahan karat - stainless steel); Isador Kisee (sistem suara di pawagam); Emile Berliner (mikrofon untuk telefon) dan Charles Ginsburg (alat pita rakaman).

Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Saudagar jenama terkaya dunia juga dikuasai Yahudi iaitu Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskin & Robbins) dan Bill Rossenberg (Dunkin Donuts).

Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore's first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Gold water, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).

Richard Levin, presiden universiti tersohor Yale Universiti ialah seorang Yahudi. Henry Kissinger, Joseph Lieberman dan Madeleine Albright (bekas-bekas Setiausaha Negara AS); Alan Greenspan (bekas pengerusi Rizab Persekutuan AS di bawah Reagan, Bush, Clinton dan Bush); Maxim Litvinov (bekas Menteri Luar Soviet Union); David Marshal (bekas Ketua Menteri pertama Singapura); Isaac Isaacs (bekas Gabenor Jeneral Australia); Benjamin Disraeli (negarawan dan penulis Britian); Yevgeny Primkov (bekas Perdana Menteri Rusia dan bekas jeneral KGB); Jorge Sampaio (bekas Presiden Portugal); Herb Gray (bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri Kanada); Pierre Mendes (Perdana Menteri ke-143 Perancis); Michael Howard (bekas Setiausaha Negara British); Bruno Kreisky (bekas Canselor Austria) dan Robert Rubin (bekas Setiausaha Perbendaharaan AS).

In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer ( CNN ), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post ), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post ), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).

Dalam dunia media, orang Yahudi yang terkemuka ialah Wolf Blitzer (CNN); Barbara Walters (ABC News); Eugene Meyer (Washington Post); Henry Grunwald (Ketua Editor Time); Katherine Graham (penerbit The Washington Post); Joseph Lelyyeld (Editor Eksekutif, The New York Times) dan Max Frankel (The New York Times).

At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.

Di Olimpik, Mark Spitz membolot tujuh pingat emas. Lenny Krayzelburg ialah pemegang tiga kali pingat emas Olimpik. Spitz Krayzelburg dan Boris Becker adalah Yahudi.

Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.

Tahukah anda bahawa pelakon pujaan Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Cystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Willian Shatner, Jerry Lewis dan Peter Falk semuanya Yahudi? Tambahan lagi, Hollywood sendiri diwujudkan oleh orang Yahudi. Antara pengarah dan penerbit, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1- 2-3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The Thief Of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) - semuanya adalah Yahudi.

To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.

Washington yang merupakan ibu negara Amerika Syarikat, mempunyai satu pertubuhan lobi yang amat berkuasa. Ia dikenali sebagai Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Awam Amerika Israel (AIPAC) yang berupaya mempengaruhi Kongres meluluskan resolusi memuji dan 'membuat apa saja' demi Israel. Washington mengetahui bahawa jika PM Ehud Olmert sedar akan wujudnya bahawa bumi ini adalah rata, maka AIPAC akan mengadakan Kongres yang ke 109 untuk meluluskan resolusi bagi memberi ucapan tahniah pada satu pertemuan yang akan diadakan bersama Olmert.

William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?

Tahukah lagi bahawa William James Sidis dengan IQ 250-300 ialah manusia tercerdik. Dia ialah Yahudi. Teka, apakah kepercayaan yang beliau miliki?

So, why are Jews so powerful? Answer: Education.

Oleh yang demikian, mengapa Yahudi terlalu berkuasa? Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.

Mempengaruhi

Dermawan dan penyangak mata wang, George Soros ialah Yahudi. Dia menderma AS$4 bilion untuk membantu ahli sains dan universiti serata dunia.

Walter Annenberg menderma untuk membina ratusan perpustakaan berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa mereka ini terlalu berkuasa? Mengapa umat Islam terlalu lemah?

Dianggarkan 1,476,233,470 Muslim di atas muka bumi Allah ini. Satu bilion di Asia, 400 juta di Afrika, 44 juta di Eropah dan enam juta di Amerika. Setiap lima insan manusia ialah Muslim. Setiap seorang Hindu ada dua orang Islam, setiap seorang Buddha ada dua orang Islam dan setiap seorang Yahudi ada beratus orang Islam. Mengapa orang Islam terlalu lemah?

Ini jawapannya: Terdapat 57 negara anggota OIC dan jika dicampur semua cuma ada kira-kira 500 buah universiti; atau sebuah universiti untuk setiap tiga juta orang Islam.

AS mempunyai 5,758 universiti dan India ada 8,407. Pada 2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong Universiti membuat kajian 'Kedudukan Akademik Universiti-universiti Dunia' - dan menakjubkan - tiada satu pun universiti-negara Islam yang berada di puncak 500.

Data yang dikumpul dari UNDP, tahap celik huruf di negara maju ialah hampir 90 peratus dan 15 negara itu mempunyai 100 peratus celik huruf. Negara majoriti penduduk Islam, purata kadar celik huruf ialah sekitar 40 peratus dan tiada negara yang mempunyai 100 peratus semuanya celik huruf.

Sekitar 98 peratus penduduk di negara maju menamatkan sekurang-kurang sekolah rendah, sementara hanya 50 peratus di negara majoriti Islam. Sekitar 40 peratus penduduk di negara maju memasuki universiti, sementara hanya 2 peratus di negara majoriti Islam.

Negara-negara majoriti Islam mempunyai 230 ahli sains bagi setiap (per) sejuta penduduk. Di AS 4,000 per sejuta, Jepun 5,000 per sejuta. Di seluruh negara Arab, penyelidik sepenuh masa ialah 35,000 dan hanya 50 juruteknik per sejuta (berbanding di negara maju 1,000 juruteknik per sejuta).

Negara Islam membelanjakan 0.2 peratus daripada KDNK untuk penyelidikan dan pembangunan (R&D) sebaliknya, di negara maju membelanjakan 5 peratus daripada KDNKnya.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam kurang keupayaan untuk menghasilkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Akhbar harian yang dibaca oleh setiap 1,000 orang dan jumlah judul buku yang dibaca oleh setiap sejuta orang adalah dua angka tunjuk bagi menentukan sama ada ilmu pengetahuan disalurkan ke dalam masyarakat.

Di Pakistan, hanya ada 23 akhbar harian per 1,000 rakyat Pakistan sementara nisbah di Singapura ialah 360. Di UK, jumlah judul buku per juta orang ialah 2,000 sementara di Mesir ialah 20.

Kesimpulan: Dunia Islam gagal menyalurkan ilmu pengetahuan.

Yang menariknya, jumlah terkumpul KDNK tahunan 57 buah negara ahli OIC ialah di bawah AS$2 trilion. Amerika sahaja, menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai AS$12 trilion, China AS$8 trilion, Jepun AS$3.8 trilion dan Jerman AS$2.4 trilion.

Pengeluar minyak yang kaya, Arab Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar secara rangkuman menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan (rata-rata minyak) bernilai AS$500 bilion; Sepanyol sahaja menghasilkan barangan dan perkhidmatan bernilai lebih AS$1 trilion, Poland AS$489 bilion dan Thailand AS$545 bilion.

Jadi, mengapa orang Islam tidak berkuasa dan orang Yahudi paling berkuasa?

Jawapannya ialah: Kurangnya ilmu. Kurangnya pendidikan dan kurangnya pelajaran.

PEMENANG NOBEL YAHUDI

Daripada lingkungan 12 juta orang Yahudi, hanya 0,2 % sahaja populasi dunia. ( 2 setiap dari 1000 orang)



Literature

1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer
2002 - Imre Kertesz
2005 - Harold Pinter

World Peace

1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin
1995 - Joseph Rotblat

Chemistry

1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1972 - William Howard Stein
1972 - C.B. Anfinsen
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Ronald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Herbert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1989 - Sidney Altman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1998 - Walter Kohn
2000 - Alan J. Heeger
2004 - Irwin Rose
2004 - Avram Hershko
2004 - Aaron Ciechanover
2006 - Roger D. Kornberg
2008 - Martin Chalfie

Economics

1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1973 - Wassily Leontief
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 Rober Fogel
1994 - John Harsanyi
1994 - Reinhard Selten
1997 - Robert Merton
1997 - Myron Scholes
2001 - George Akerlof
2001 - Joseph Stiglitz
2002 -
Daniel Kahneman
2004 - Richard Axel
2005 - Robert J. Aumann
2006 - Andrew Z. Fire
2007 - Leonid (Leo) Hurwicz
2007 - Eric Maskin
2007 - Roger Myerson
2008 - Paul Krugman

Physiology / Medicine

1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1947 - Garty Cori
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
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1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - David Baltimore
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Rosalyn Sussman Yalow
1977 - Andrew V. Schally
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1982 - [Sir] John Vane
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
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1986 - Rita Levi-Montalcini
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1992 - Edmond Fischer
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1994 - Martin Rodbell
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1997 - Stanley B. Prusiner
1998 - Robert F. Furchgott
2000 - Eric R. Kandel
2000 - Paul Greengard
2002 - Sydney Brenner
2002 - Robert H. Horvitz
2006 - Roger Kornberg
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2006 - Andrew Z. Fire

Physics

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1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1945 - Wolfgang Pauli
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1958 - Il'ja Mikhailovich
1958 - Igor Yevgenyevich
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1963 - Eugene P. Wigner
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1967 - Hans Albrecht Bethe
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - Leon N. Cooper
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Georges Charpak
1995 - Martin Perl
1995 - Frederick Reines
1996 - David M. Lee
1996 - Douglas D. Osheroff
1997 - Claude Cohen-Tannoudji
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2003 - Vitaly Ginsburg
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          FAMILY WRITERS' WEEKLY FACT FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS   
FAMILY WRITERS' WEEKLY FACT FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS

By Ekwenye Samuel, Sunday Okafor and Paul Emerenini;
For Family Writers Press.

Do you know that South South is more Biafran than you think?  You may not know this and that is why some people keep on contacting us for clarifications up until this day, both on Radio Biafra group page, Emeka Gift's page  and some direct inbox messages. These messages came after one of us wrote a letter to all the Biafran governors titled- "OPEN LETTER TO SOUTH EAST AND SOUTH SOUTH GOVERNORS OF BIAFRA LAND" , which was published on the Biafra Herald website dated 18th of June, 2017. One of the critical questions encountered was:  "who told you that South - South is part of Biafra?". Now listen, to get the facts straight.

As at 1900, the three geographical areas around River Niger,  South East/South geographical area was known as  Biafra. The South_ West geographical area harbouring the Yorubas, was known as Oduduwa  and the Northern geographical area harbouring the Hausas was known as  Arewa. These three had been in existence before they were coined to form what is currently known today as Nigeria by the British colonists through Frederick Lord Lugard and his girl friend, Flora Shaw in 1914.
Before Nigeria was amalgamated, Biafra was already in existence, but because nobody knew what was going to happen in subsequent years to come, our fathers as at then, could not hesitate to raise a disagreement motion when the British colonial masters came to amalgamate the protectorates between 1912-1914.

Having seen the intelligence and the natural blessings of  Biafrans,  the British government brought up a  demarcation between the South East  and the South South. If you go through the old world map containing Biafra before Nigeria was amalgamated, you will find out that South-South was located in Biafra  until a new map was drawn and Biafra was erased completely. Then why must some people at this new era without any knowledge of history at all come up and open their mouths to proclaim that they are not  Biafrans?

All the States located in the so called South-South were Biafran States before the fraudulent amalgamation. People like Gen. Philip Effiong who hailed from  Akwa-Ibom  fought for Biafra with all his strength, passion and love for the motherland during the 1967 to 1970 civil war against Nigeria. Effiong defended the national boundaries of Biafra alongside other people from the Niger Delta axis. They knew why they fought for and defended Biafra, because they were Biafrans and not Nigerians. Do you think that we know  more than they knew then?  Not at all, because it is quite glaring that the British imperialists only came to divide, conquer and rule over Biafrans.

Also, another question that should be posed to the doubting Thomases in the Niger Delta is; What prompted the elders from Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta to pay a solidarity visit to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu at his father's residence in Afaraukwu?  And why were gifts of a glittering sword and a lantern given to him?

The visit simply means that they  are not left out of this struggle for freedom of all of us as Biafrans. Among these elders were those who witnessed the Nigeria - Biafra civil war and who must have been told by their parents  how  the coming of the British colonists  forcefully colonized Nigeria, thereby amalgamating  three different groups of people with different ideology,  mentality,  socio cultural beliefs, as well as different languages to coexist as  one concocted entity. The  bold step which the elders took was to correct all the anomalies infiltrated by those who  think that Biafra is for the Igbos alone, by showing the whole world that they are not Nigerians rather, Biafrans.

The sword and the lantern  given to Nnamdi Kanu is highly significant. It is a very vital proof that the Igbos,  Ijaws, Itsekiris, Idomas and others within the Eastern region have the same ideology and cultural beliefs.

Sword and lantern when given to somebody generally signify the following in Biafra Land:
1. Lantern when given to a person could mean to lighten the person's paths. How do we mean?  The people of the east and south of Biafra have been in total darkness over the years without any or little knowledge of our existence. During the time of Ojukwu in 1967, they fought for Biafra, because Biafrans were  tormented and killed in the northern Nigeria almost on daily basis. So they fought for Biafra freedom not  because we were not Nigerians but because of the evils Biafrans were subjected to in Nigeria. Therefore, they believed that the only possible way to stop such an inhuman act was to  declare  Biafra as an independent nation.  Unknown to many people then, we were quite too different from the other ethnic groups which made up Nigeria and our  heroes left it without clarifications.
During the time of Uwazurike from 1999, many people were yet again left without proper sensitization and knowledge about our existing as Nigerians and our origin. But from 2012 when Nnamdi Kanu took over the mantle of Biafra leadership, quite a lot of people were sensitised, educated with the knowledge of history concerning the root of Biafrans. With the lantern illuminating every Biafran territory, the gospel of Biafra will spread like a flame of fire to every doubting Thomas.

2. The Sword. The sword means to fight spiritually without any intimidation or fear against the enemies, both internal and external oppressors.
THE INTERNAL ENEMIES : These are the ones within the territory of the nation which can either be an individual, or  a group of people such as the governors in Biafra land,  the senators in Biafra land, the ministers of Biafra origin, and so many  others to mention but a few. They are regarded as enemies because they do not  want Biafra to be restored due to  their selfish and personal interests  from the Nigerian government, thereby selling their people to a fake entity (Nigeria) as slaves.

THE EXTERNAL ENEMIES.  These are the ones who are not of Biafran origin, and are fighting against her restoration. They can  as well be classified as both individuals like the northern Hausa-Arewas and the Western yoruba Oduduwas, countries like Nigeria, Britain, Saudi Arabia and some other countries of the world.

Even Nnamdi Kanu said it in one of his speeches at his father's residence in Afaraukwu Abia State  that all  the South South areas are naturally Biafra entities. So, what are you waiting for? It is high time you joined the moving train of Biafra restoration for freedom, because that is the only hope we have to survive in this part of the Islamic world.

With this, we end this week's edition of FWFFA. Greetings to you, goodbye.

Edited by Paul Ihechi Alagba.
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          UAE Concerned About US House Passing 9/11 Bill   

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          Rihanna New Man is a Billionaire   
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          Re: The Saudi war of words on Qatar   

Fascists opposing fascists


          Re: Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king   

In what sense Saudis are corrupt? They did not match your expectations. It should be stressed out that SA did not oppress any country including Yemen. It is a peaceful intervention for the sake of stability.


          Re: Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king   

It is not the US that would decide who is going to take over in the kingdom. It is of course succession commission decision. I do not think these conditions are real. If so, they would be disclosed to public. SA has clear consistent values to uphold no matter what.


          Re: Report: Saudi Arabia paid Egypt $25bn for Red Sea islands   

25 billion? I could have gotten those islands for them wholesale.


          Re: Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king   

It is amusing how Iran always gets drawn into the equation. I have recently visited Iran and the conditions are nothing like the msm print. Precisely the opposite


          Re: Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king   

The 'American Masses' are like pawnbrokers - They'll take anything in!


          Re: Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king   

3 reasons. Number 1; the Arabs are tribal and cannot honour treaties out of petty jealousies.
Number 2; the leaders appointed by the UK will sell their souls to remain in charge.
Number 3; the USA has Israel and Arab states as military bases to control the ME.


          Re: Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king   

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          Gallup poll: The happiest and unhappiest nations in the world   
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          Für 313 Millionen: Ex-McLaren-Teamchef verkauft Anteile    

Der langjährige McLaren-Teamchef Ron Dennis (70) verkauft seine Anteile an der McLaren-Gruppe und scheidet damit endgültig aus dem britischen Traditionsrennstall aus.

Das bestätigte das Unternehmen, zu dem auch das Formel-1-Team gehört, am Freitag. Wie der britische TV-Sender Sky berichtet, bekommt Mitbesitzer Dennis für seine 25 Prozent Anteile angeblich insgesamt etwa 313 Millionen Euro (275 Millionen Pfund) ausgezahlt.

"Ich bin sehr froh darüber, dass ich mich mit den anderen Anteilseignern einigen konnte. Es ist das passende Ende meiner Zeit bei McLaren und es ermöglicht mir, mich auf andere Dinge zu konzentrieren", sagte Dennis, der bereits im vergangenen November als Geschäftsführer des Formel-1-Teams abgesetzt worden war: "Ich habe immer gesagt, dass meine 37 Jahre in Woking (Sitz des Rennstalls, d. Red.) als eigenes Kapitel im Buch von McLaren betrachtet werden sollten."

Rücktritt als Vorsitzender

Dennis verkaufte seine Anteile an der McLaren Technology Group und McLaren Automotive.

Zudem wird der Brite in beiden Unternehmen als Vorsitzender zurücktreten. In einer Pressemitteilung hieß es, dass Dennis seine Karriere als Berater und Unternehmer fortsetzen werde. Darüber hinaus will er sich sozialen Projekten widmen.

Seit 1980 bei McLaren

Dennis arbeitete seit 1980 für McLaren und führte den Rennstall zu 158 Grand-Prix-Siegen und 17 WM-Titeln.

Dabei betreute er einige der größten Fahrer der Geschichte, darunter Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton und Mika Häkkinen. Sie alle wurden auch dank seiner Hilfe Weltmeister. "Ich wünsche McLaren nur das Beste und bedanke mich bei allen meinen Kollegen", sagte Dennis.

Die McLaren-Gruppe gehörte bislang zu 50 Prozent dem bahrainischen Staatsfonds Mumtalakat und damit der Königsfamilie des Inselstaats, sowie je zu 25 Prozent der Saudi/TAG-Gruppe von Mansour Ojjeh und Dennis.

Der Wert der Gruppe beläuft sich aktuell geschätzt auf 2,7 Milliarden Euro (2,4 Milliarden Pfund), mehr als 3400 Angestellte sind in allen Unternehmen beschäftigt.


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          Rihanna’s Dad Confirms Boyfriend Hassan Jameel, Assumed Saudi Arabian Millionaire Was Black    
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          Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday   

Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday

Date: June 30, 2017

Many women achieve greatness, but few become “Immortal.” Assia Djebar was the first woman from the Maghreb to be given the "Immortal" title, as a member of the Académie Française.

Born Fatima-Zohra Imalayene on this date in 1936, the Algerian novelist, translator, and filmmaker used the pen name Assia Djebar. She was the first Algerian woman to be admitted to the country’s top literary university, the Ecole Normale Superieure. Djebar published her first book at 21; by the time she was 30, she had written 4 novels in French. She quickly became one of North Africa's most influential writers.

A feminist, Djebar wrote about women's independence and encouraged Algerian women to forge their own paths and find their unique voices. She believed that education was the key to giving women a voice in society, and in 1962 began teaching history at the University of Algiers. Her work inspired many women to express themselves freely.

Today’s Doodle reflects a scene from the first chapter of Djebar’s novel Fantasia, in which she explores the history of Algeria through her experiences as a young girl.  

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          ​Vangioni y una propuesta desde Arabia   

Emiliano Díaz explicó que con Ramón tienen intenciones de llevar a Al-Hilal al lateral izquierdo, quien también está en la mira del Más Grande. Además, contó que el riojano conserva el deseo de regresar al club en el futuro: "Siempre pone cláusulas por River, sabe que va a volver".

El futuro de Leonel Vangioni es incierto. Si bien tiene contrato con Milan hasta el 30 de junio de 2019, el entrenador no lo tiene como prioridad para afrontar la temporada 2017/18. Y sí, en Núñez tienen la intención de repatriarlo.

Sin embargo, este jueves, el hijo de Ramón Díaz le reveló a ESPN que con el Pelado quieren al Piri como refuerzo de Al-Hilal, equipo que este año consiguió la liga de Arabia Saudita y la Copa del Rey de Campeones de dicho país: "Queremos llevar a Vangioni a Arabia". Casualmente, el defensor está cerca del Millonario.

Por otra parte, el ayudante de campo del entrenador más ganador de la historia del Más Grande sostuvo que, en el caso de que el club lo precise, el riojano estará disponible para pegar la vuelta: "Si River lo necesita, Ramón vuelve sin pensarlo. Ramón siempre pone cláusulas por River, sabe que va a volver".

Emiliano también relató cómo es la experiencia de su padre en Arabia: " En Argentina Ramón puede ir a un restaurant, sacar un par de fotos, pero allá ya no lo puede hacer. Al principio sí, pero ahora tiene que ir a lugares privados. Son muchos y son muy fanáticos. Ahora para ir al restaurant tenemos que reservar antes y a los shoppings ya no puede ir más. Igual él lo disfruta y está feliz, que es lo más importante".

¿Mantiene el deseo de conducir un equipo por su cuenta? "No siento la necesidad de ser técnico. Estoy muy cómodo trabajando con Ramón", señaló Emiliano. Incluso, mencionó u a de las virtudes del Pelado como director técnico: "Ramón es crack para descomprimir. Ramón le sacó presión al equipo".

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+ OTRO REFUERZO MÁS: Scocco selló su vínculo con River.

+ SCOCCO: "Siempre tuve admiración por River".

+ VANGIONI: Muy cerca de volver al Millonario.

+ ENZO PÉREZ: "Tuve otras ofertas, pero mi prioridad fue River".

+ PITY: Sporting de Lisboa insiste por el volante.


          Arms Sales to GCC Possibly Blocked Until Saudi-Qatar Feud Solved   
Washington (GPA) – In a move to put pressure on the Gulf nations to resolve their growing dispute, one senator may stand in the way of future arms sales to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)....
          Bizarre Tanker Cooperation Prompts Questions If Qatar, Saudi Feud Is Staged   

Either the blockade of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies (recall the Saudi ultimatum expires on July 3) and the whole Qatar "crisis" is the most staged and produced diplomatic stunt since last summer's Turkish "coup", or for some unknown reason, the worse the diplomatic relations between Qatar and Saudi Arabia get, the more they cooperate in the only industry that matters for Saudi Arabia.

According to a Bloomberg report, even as Saudi Arabia leads three other Arab nations in accusing Qatar of links to terror groups and being too close to Iran, one thing has become increasingly clear in the oil market: tensions have yet to reach a point where the world’s biggest crude exporter is disrupting its tiny neighbor’s shipments. Specifically, despite the sudden feud, Qatar has maintained longstanding practice of loading crude onto tankers with Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. tracking of tankers compiled by Bloomberg shows.

The number of tankers that are filling with Qatari crude along with that of Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates has actually increased since tensions escalated on June 5, according to Bloomberg calculations. The three countries’ joint loadings of crude remain largely unaffected since the dispute that broke out June 5. Since then, 17 tankers have loaded crude in Qatar and either Saudi Arabia or the U.A.E., or both. There were 16 over an equal period before June 5.

The full details:

  • Co- loadings where a tanker collects barrels from Qatar as well as Saudi Arabia and/or the U.A.E. have actually risen slightly since June 5, when the diplomatic dispute escalated
  • 17 tankers co-loaded in the 25 days since then
  • 16 tankers co-loaded in the 25 days prior
  • Percentage of vessels that co-loaded in Qatar and only Saudi Arabia rose, from 50% before dispute began to 59% since
  • Percentage of vessels that co-loaded in Qatar and only U.A.E. slipped from 25% before dispute to 23.5% after

The full table of co-loadings is shown below, courtesy of Bloomberg data:

As Bloomberg adds, since the June 5 diplomatic crisis, vessels including the Apollo Dream, DHT Redwood and Maran Carina have co-loaded in Qatar and both Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. Others, like the DHT Falcon, have loaded in only Saudi Arabia and Qatar, while tankers including the Takamine, have taken on crude in U.A.E. and Qatar.

While relations between Qatar and its nearest Persian Gulf neighbors have frayed, shared oil trade with Kuwait, which isn’t part of the dispute, has actually intensified. In the 25 days leading up to the dispute, four tankers co-loaded in Qatar and Kuwait. Since June 5, that number has more than doubled, to nine.

One explanation, proposed by Bloomberg, is that this is simply "pragmatism":

The ability to cooperate in the tanker market despite diplomatic ties being cut shows how pragmatism often wins out over politics when it comes to the energy market. Were Saudi Arabia to block shared loadings, the kingdom would have created a logistical challenge for its own clients, forcing them to reorganize dozens of cargoes. Such disruptions can also reduce vessel supply and drive up freight costs.

Of course, the flip side is that by not halting co-loadings it makes the Qatari blockade appear like just another paper tiger.

While relations between Qatar and its nearest Persian Gulf neighbors have frayed, shared oil trade with Kuwait, which isn’t part of the dispute, has actually intensified. In the 25 days leading up to the dispute, four tankers co-loaded in Qatar and Kuwait. Since June 5, that number has more than doubled, to nine.

“We’ve seen an easing of the initial uncertainty in the market about the scale of the disruption that would be felt on co-loadings,” Richard Mallinson, a geopolitical analyst at Energy Aspects Ltd. in London, said by phone. Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. may be hesitant to take any steps that could harm their reputations in the eyes of international buyers, he said.

Alternatively, if the Qatar "crisis" is nothing more than just one global spectacle for media and popular consumption meant to scapegoat Qatar for "funding terrorism", something Saudi Arabia is far more guilty of, expect to see co-loading collapse now that Saudi Arabia discovers that its "bizarre" cooperation has been exposed, prompting its allies to ask just what is going on.


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          Duncan, Espaillat Introduce Iran-Hizballah Bill   

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, and Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) introduced H.R. 3118, the “Iran and Hizballah Western Hemisphere Prevention Act of 2017” to prevent further access of Iran and Hizballah into the Latin America and Caribbean region and disrupt and degrade Hizballah’s illicit networks operating in the region.

Chairman Jeff Duncan – “Threats from Iran and Hizballah in the Western Hemisphere are well-known. Just this Monday, an individual with alleged links to Hizballah was indicted in Miami for drug trafficking after being extradited to the U.S. by Paraguay. Earlier this month, two individuals were arrested for attempting to provide support to Hizballah in Panama, targeting U.S. and Israeli embassies. This follows the foiled plot in Peru by a Hizballah operative in 2014, the attempted assassination of the Saudi Ambassador linked to Iran in 2011, the foiled Iranian plot to blow up JFK airport in 2007, and the horrific terrorist attacks in Argentina in the 1990s.”

“Congress has focused extensively on this issue with several hearings, visits to the region, and legislation. This oversight work led me to realize that the U.S. needs a clearer vision to address Iran and Hizballah’s activities in the Western Hemisphere. This bill calls for a strategy to more closely align various U.S. government actions on these issues, develop a counter-network disruption campaign, and review relevant sanctions related to Hizballah to assess their use and effectiveness. It will also prioritize engagement with countries in the region to develop counter-organized crime legislation, work towards declaring Hizballah a terrorist organization, and address Hizballah’s illicit networks in the region.”

Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) – “Hizballah is one of the most deadly terrorist organizations in the world and we have witnessed its devastation throughout the Middle East. There are growing threats by Iranian and Hizballah organizations against U.S. national interests in Latin America and throughout the Caribbean, and the Iran and Hizballah Western Hemisphere Prevention Act would allow us to prioritize our bilateral diplomatic response and engagement with regional allies in a comprehensive effort to build our capacity to monitor and prevent hostile activities and security threats by terrorist organizations, such as Hizballah, throughout the Western Hemisphere.”  

*Original Cosponsors include Representatives Michael McCaul (TX-10), Dan Donovan (NY-11), Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Norma Torres (CA-35), Tom Suozzi (NY-03), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Ted Yoho (FL-03), Christopher Smith (NJ-04), and Ted Lieu (CA-33)

*A Section-by-Section can be found HERE.

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          Saudis: Ousted prince not under house arrest   
Saudi Arabia has denied a report that former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was ousted as next in line to the throne last week, is being held under house arrest.
          With Iran's Profile Rising, Saudi Arabia Must Unite with U.S. on Terror   

In a Middle East country where terrorist attacks by suicide bombers are rare, Saudi Arabia suffered such an attack on June 23rd. Both target and timing were significant.

The target was Islam's holiest site - the Grand Mosque in Makkah; the timing was the last day of Ramadan, when attendance was unusually high as hundreds of thousands of worshipers gathered for afternoon prayers.

The good news was Saudi security, learning in advance of the planned attack, arrested five suspects. Closing in on the bomber forced him to detonate his explosives prematurely. The bad news was six foreign pilgrims were wounded.

As Riyadh launches an investigation into the attack, a betting man would take odds one country in particular-Iran-is involved, either directly or indirectly, to it. Investigators and legal authorities have linked Tehran to multiple attacks against the U.S., including the 1983 Beirut bombing of the Marine Barracks and the 9/11 attacks.

News of this attack undoubtedly causes some to think Saudi Arabia is finally getting its due for having exported Islamism for so long. Just like the U.S. made some bad decisions in the Middle East - President Jimmy Carter's support of Iran's Islamic revolution rather than the Shah, our long-time ally, and President Barack Obama's decision to provide Tehran with a path to nuclear weapons with his 2015 agreement are but two decisions quickly coming to mind - Riyadh too made a bad decision in exporting Islamism.

But while mutually bad past judgments have created a dangerous Middle East today, Saudi critics need understand now, more than ever, U.S. and Saudi interests must be aligned to confront the same threat. Failure to do so will only enhance Iranian efforts to establish a "Shia Crescent."

Ever since the mullahs came to power in 1979, they have been motivated by the goal to establish a Middle East caliphate that would enable them to expand globally.

For eight years, Obama gave Tehran a free pass to do just that, outrageously claiming it was important Saudi Arabia learn to "share the neighborhood."

For those doubting Iran's expansionist goals and evil intentions, two provisions of its own constitution make them clear.

The first mandates the Islamic revolution be exported outside Iran's borders. No other nation's constitution claims the right of such extra-territoriality.

We have borne witness of this mandate during the mullahs' 38-year reign, demonstrating that no country is safe from it. Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela - all these countries and others share an Iranian or Iranian proxy presence focused on expanding Tehran's ideological empire. Some seek to do it aggressively, others subtly.

But what should concern us even more than its extra-territorial application is the constitution's leadership succession provision. Why? Because it sheds light on the mullahs' real motivation for acquiring nuclear weapons.

Any well-conceived constitution provides a clear provision for a serving leader's succession should the unexpected occur, such as death or incapacity. In the case of Iran's highest office holder, the Supreme Leader, its constitution does that. But it also adds a third "otherworldly" contingency.

The Iranians believe that the "Twelfth Imam" or "Mahdi" disappeared in the tenth century at the age of five, entering into a state of occultation. They believe he will remain there until returning to Earth to lead Shia-Islam to global domination in an end-of-world prophecy.

The catch, however, is that the Mahdi's return must be triggered by world chaos. Unlike most believers in Mahdi's return, the mullahs believe mankind can be a catalyst in triggering that chaos. This should cause us serious concern about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons - concerns further reinforced by the constitutional requirement that upon his return, the Mahdi ("Wali al-Asr") will immediately replace the Supreme Leader.

A united and focused U.S.-Saudi alliance to check Iranian aggression has never been more timely. Both countries have been distracted from the Iran problem due to the Islamic State. But it appears the fall of ISIS is now "imminent" and the maneuvering of all parties involved in fighting ISIS in order to secure their goals in a post-ISIS world is already underway.

For the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, however, there is little ideological difference between confronting ISIS or confronting Iran. Both are Islamists seeking to create and control a caliphate. The only difference is, while ISIS did so as a terrorist Islamic movement, Iran seeks to do so under the protected status of a nation-state. Ironically, while Obama would never have considered negotiating a deal with ISIS for it to acquire nuclear weapons, he unwittingly willingly negotiated just such a deal with Tehran.

The post-ISIS battleground for the powers now involved there is Syria. Aligned on one side with Syrian President Bashar Assad are Iran, its Hezbollah proxy, and Russia. Confronting them is a less organized group consisting of the U.S., Saudi Arabia and its GCC coalition, pro-Western Kurdish and Arab anti-Assad rebels and, interestingly, Hamas, which lends its tunnel-digging expertise to the anti-Assad rebels they support. Also involved in a balancing act is Turkey which, while anti-ISIS, is also anti-Kurd.

Iran recognizes that how goes Syria, goes its Crescent, and is determined that nothing deter it from that goal. This undoubtedly is why Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently acknowledged something Obama would not: Middle East stability can only be achieved by regime change in Iran.

And last month, Trump dared go where Obama would not. When an Iranian mechanized convoy entered a 34-mile deconfliction zone around the Syria-Iraq border nearing a U.S. garrison, U.S. aircraft attacked and destroyed it. It was a bold step but one that had become increasingly necessary in the face of repeated aggressive acts against U.S. forces at sea. Days later an Iranian drone was shot down.

There should be little doubt that defeating ISIS is merely the end of a phase, not the end of war in Syria. The only way that can happen on terms favorable to the U.S. is through a united U.S.-Saudi effort dedicated to countering each and every aggressive act by Iran with a firm response on the battlefield-wherever that battlefield is situated.

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Check these two articles from the BBC:

Possible failed Terror attack in Germany:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5263930.stm

British sell warplanes to Saudi Arabia:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5262120.stm

In the same day, one wonders why it’s necessary to explain why the US and Britain have hypocritical foreign policy.


          Rihanna ritrova l'amore con il miliardario saudita Hassan Jameel   
La cantante è stata fotografata mentre bacia in piscina il ricco miliardario che Forbes considera come il 12esimo saudita...
          Fordømmer krav om å stenge TV-kanal   
Kravet fra Saudi-Arabia og flere arabiske land om at Qatar skal stenge Al Jazeera er uakseptabelt, sier FNs høykommissær for menneskerettigheter. Hvis kanalen blir stengt, vil det gi mot til andre som ønsker å undergrave ytringsfriheten, advarer han.
          Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Transdermal Skin Patches Market : Demand is Increasing in Most Part of World 2025, says TMR   
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Transdermal Skin Patches Market : Demand is Increasing in Most Part of World 2025, says TMR Transparency Market Research (TMR) has observed that the completion in the Saudi Arabia transdermal skin patches is between moderate to high. Just about a handful of players have a strong presence in the overall market due to a high-level of

          Comment on Trump’s Folly: Oil is a Worthless Commodity and Saudi’s Crown Prince Knows It by getoffmedz   
The Trump EPA budget "zeros" the EnergyStar Program because POTUS Petty Vindictive hates the program, 11 of 14 of Trump's hotels fail to comply with the standard. On a scale of 1 to 100, a Park Avenue complex owned by Trump that was formerly the Mayflower Hotel rated 1 point. Someone needs to tell Trump that the EnergyStar Program was not an Obama initiative but a Poppy Bush program. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/06/29/president-trump-keep-energy-star-editorials-debates/102192146/
          Rex Tillerson Faces Mideast Test In Navigating Saudi Arabia, Qatar Tensions   
The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is the biggest test yet of the skills and influence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He has deep ties to Qatar's leaders, but the White House seems to prefer the Saudis.
          Accounts Payable Specialist - (Marlborough)   
The Accounts Payable Specialist will process invoices for payments to vendors by reviewing coded invoices for accuracy and entering data into the AP system, resolve discrepancies, ensure that all vendor invoices are processed and paid accurately and in accordance with terms, and review and process expense reports for payment. Match invoices to delivery documents and purchase orders, review, ensure coding accuracy, resolve discrepancies, and process bi-weekly paymentsReview and monitor outstanding accounts and invoices for payment and track recurring expensesObtain required invoice approvals from appropriate management Reconcile accounts payable transactions with vendors statements, perform vendor invoice research, respond to vendor inquiries in a timely mannerCoordinate with Purchasing department to maintain order records and to determine month-end accrualsAudit, ensure accuracy, open payments and policy compliance for all expense reports by reviewing and processing employee expense reports and corporate purchasing card reports weeklyResponsible for 1099 reporting and maintenance of vendor records for independent contractors.Perform setup of new vendors in AP system, review request forms for accuracy and completionAssist with setup and maintenance of employees accounts in the travel and expense reporting systemAssist with month end closing, prepare accounts payable reconciliation and assist with audit requests as neededAssist with Open Payments (Sunshine Act) data tracking and maintenance for annual reportingAssist in the development and implementation of goals, policies, and procedures relating to accounts payableRegular attendance and timeliness is essential AS degree in Accounting or Finance; or four (4) years of accounts payable-related experience in either public or private companiesExperience with Open Payments (Sunshine Act) compliance and reporting preferredMust have knowledge of accounting and bookkeeping principles and proceduresExcellent written and verbal communication skillsVery organized with a strong commitment to accuracy and attention to detailAbility to multitask and prioritize workload to meet deadlinesProficient in MS OfficeERP experience preferredKnowledge of Concur preferred PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described within the Position Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
          Comment on The World Is Now $217,000,000,000,000 In Debt And The Global Elite Like It That Way by SoCalBeachDude   
<b>There most certainly are Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds and they hold (own) about $5.5 trillion of the outstanding $20 trillion in US Treasuries as required by law passed by Congress. Each year the US Treasury issues more than $7 trillion in US Treasuries which are sold through auctions held by the 20 or so primary dealers of US Treasuries. About $6 trillion of those proceeds are used to repay in full the owners of matured US Treasuries with about $1 trillion in net new US Treasury borrowing each year. The reason that yields (interest rates) on US Treasuries are so low is because the DEMAND FOR US TREASURIES IS NOW QT RECORD HIGH LEVELS and the highest bids in prices win at auctions and prices of US Treasuries are INVERSE TO YIELDS. There are about 3 bids for every US Treasury sold which is why the yield on 10 year US Treasuries is around 2.20%. US Treasuries are owned by MILLIONS OF DIVERSE PEOPLE AND ENTITIES in the US and globally. There is no such thing at all as the "petrodollar" as oil accounts for less than 7% of the annual global use of the US dollar which is used in around 83% of all global transactions for all sorts of goods and services around the world The US made no such deal as you assert at all with Saudi Arabia which is just one of the world's many oil producers. The 3 largest oil producers are the US, Saudi Arabia, and Russia and Russia doesn't even price oil in dollars nor does Iran. Saudi Arabia has never owned much in the way of US Treasuries at any time. In fact, Saudi Arabia holds (owns) practically NONE OF THE OUTSTANDING $20 TRILLION in US Treasuries. Treasury Says Saudis Hold $117B of US Debt... http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-16/u-s-discloses-saudi-arabia-s-treasuries-holdings-for-first-time The more commodities prices collapse the higher the value of the US dollar will rise axiomatically. Oil has plummeted from $114 per barrel in June 2014 and is now about 60% lower in June 2017 at around $45 per barrel which represents a 120% increase in the purchasing value of the dollar against oil. I would suggest you learn about the US Treasuries (bills, bonds, notes, and TIPS) markets at: http://www.TreasuryDirect.gov
          ‘Dreamy Weekend in Saudia Arabia’   
Avaaz.org put billboards up in Jerusalem this week. Check them out: (Above) Celebrate Shavuot (upcoming Jewish holiday) in Syria – just $390 * price for one room, double bed – depends on negotiating the Saudi Initiative 80,000 global e-activists demand Real Peace Talks Now (Above) Dreamy weekend in Saudi Arabia – only $490 * price … Continue reading ‘Dreamy Weekend in Saudia Arabia’
          RIHANNA, ISIS, ISLAMISTS by (Aangirfan Blog)   
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RIHANNA, ISIS, ISLAMISTS


Rihanna and Hassan Jameel.
Rihanna is part of a conspiracy?
Rihanna's new love is Saudi Toyota dealership heir and Naomi Campbell's ex-beau Hassan Jameel.

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ISIS has large numbers of brand-new Toyota trucks.


Rihanna is a mind controlled sex slave?

The US State Department arranged for fleets of Toyota trucks to be sent to the 'Free Syrian Army', which works alongside ISIS.

The Mystery of ISIS' Toyota Army


In 1956, there was a big conspiracy involving the UK, France and Israel.
There was a joint plot to attack Egypt.

BRITAIN TRIED TO HELP ISRAEL STEAL TERRITORY

In 1956, Israel wanted an excuse to seize the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.

Israel held secret talks with Britain and France.

The UK Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, agreed to the illegal joint attack on Egypt.

Documents (Sir Anthony Eden's cabinet discussed concealing Suez 'collusion) released after more than 50 years show: the UK Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden's cabinet discussed how to lie to the public and the world about the secret pact with France and Israel to seize Egypt's Suez canal in 1956.

"At Gamil airport, a young Egyptian ... was seized by the British, who wanted to know the whereabouts of Egyptian arms stores. 

"He later claimed that one of his eyes was cut out by a British interrogation officer ... and the other eye taken out later when he refused to broadcast propaganda for the allies..."


independent.co.uk/world/politics/story

The Mad Muslims in Acheh are reportedly controlled by the CIA and its friends.

In the 1960s, MI6 supported Islamic guerrillas in Indonesia.

According to The Independent (UK): "Cabinet papers show that British spies, including MI6, supported Islamic guerrillas in order to destabilise Sukarno."

The Secret State: The Security Service


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For more than fifty years, the CIA and its friends have been employing militant Moslems to do their dirty work.

1. Before World war II, British intelligence used the Moslem Brotherhood against Britain's German rivals in North Africa.


(The British, Muslim Terrorism and September 11)



2. Around 1955, the CIA began to co-operate with the Moslem Brotherhood. 

The CIA and MI6 used the Moslem Brotherhood to weaken both Egypt and Syria.




3. In the 1960s, MI6 supported Islamic guerrillas in Indonesia.

According to The Independent (UK): "Cabinet papers show that British spies, including MI6, supported Islamic guerrillas in order to destabilise Sukarno."

(The Secret State: MI5 (Home Office/MoD), The Security Service and ...)

4. Israel funded the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, in order to divide the Palestinians.
John Buchan, who worked for UK military intelligence, wrote Greenmantle, which is about a warlike Islamist, who is secretly working for the security services.

5. In 1979, the CIA and MI6 used the Moslem Brotherhood to topple the Shah of Iran and install the Ayatollahs.

(The British, Muslim Terrorism and September 11)

6. In 1979 the CIA was building up and arming the militant Moslem Mujahadeen in Afghanistan.

The idea was to lure Russia into Afghanistan.



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7. In 1991, the CIA and NATO used Al Qaeda to break up Yugoslavia.

(Global Research, 8 September 2010, Andrew Gavin Marshall: "The Anglo-American Terror Network")

Yugoslavia was a friend of Russia and was next door to a lot of oil wealth.

Moslems arrived in Bosnia from Afghanistan and other Moslem countries.

Clinton gave the 'green light' to Iran to arm the Bosnian Muslims.

Israel armed the Bosnian Serbs.

The idea was to foment conflict.

The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which took control of the Balkan heroin trafficking routes, fought the Serbs.

The KLA, which had links to bin Laden, was trained and armed by the USA.




8. The CIA and its friends employed Moslem militants to create trouble for Russia in its province of Chechnya.

("The Anglo-American Terror Network")

US intelligence helped fund and transport al-Qaeda into Chechnya in the early 1990s.

In Chechnya, the two main rebel leaders who came to power had been trained by the CIA in Afghanistan.

A war in Chechnya was planned in a secret meeting in 1996 attended by Osama bin Laden and officials of the Pakistani ISI.

In other words, the CIA was directing the war through the ISI.

US intelligence helped fund and transport al-Qaeda into Chechnya in the early 1990s.



9. In 2002, it was revealed that, “British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.”

Anas al-Liby, a Libyan al-Qaeda leader, “was given political asylum in Britain and lived in Manchester until May of 2000 when he eluded a police raid on his house and fled abroad.”

("The Anglo-American Terror Network")



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10. In the 1990s, Osama bin Laden 'built a shadow air force to support his terrorist activities, using Afghanistan's national airline Ariana, a surplus U.S. Air Force jet and clandestine charters.'


(Global Research, on 8 September 2010, Andrew Gavin Marshall: 
"The Anglo-American Terror Network")


Bin Laden's US Air Force jet in 1992 “was used to ferry Al Qaeda commanders to East Africa, where they trained Somali tribesmen..."

And now, Algerians and Moroccans are said to be in Al Qaeda training camps in Israel.


Algerians and Moroccans in El Qaida training camps in Israel 

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          FBI Anon Responds to Questions via Victurus Libertas (@TheFreedom2Live)   
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A few of our loyal viewers and readers at Victurus Libertas know we are sometimes able to get in touch with FBI Anon.  It had been a while since we heard from our friend, so a  few of our followers have been periodically sending me emails, asking me to forward questions to FBI Anon.  I have been saving and collecting the questions along the way and I did get in touch with the now famous FBI Anon.  The questions, along with responses are as follows:


Q:  Do you think Trump is part of the swamp now that arrests have not happened and it is know that Trump took Soros money?
FBI Anon: It’s clear Kushner has done deals with Soros, including a large loan. Trump’s ties to Soros have not been a subject I have investigated.

Q:  Were you, or other FBI patriots, behind the recent FBI Twitter Vault tweet about corrupt FBI Director Hoover, while Sessions was testifying about corrupt FBI Director Comey?
FBI Anon:  This was a bit of fun we engaged in. Not myself, but others who are among dozens of agents assigned to post on our social media platforms.
Our old guide use to instruct “They should refrain from disclosing on any section of their user profiles that they work for the FBI or the Department of Justice,” the guide states. “FBI personnel must also consider each word that they post, as these posts will remain indefinitely in cyberspace.” But with the West getting wilder, certain agents go “rogue light”, as was the case with those tweets.

Q:  How do you guys get away with these tweets when traitors like Comey and McCabe are in charge, and the Inspector General is investigating these tweets
FBI Anon:  We have our own tool kits, like Socio-Spyder for instance, We realize the bureau is under increased scrutiny;  most of us feel like we should not be painted with the same brush being used on the top brass. We are well embedded on all the platforms. We can LARP with the best of them. But we are also feeling that the public has a right to demand arrests of people in high position who have committed crimes. No man is above the law. But, most Americans rightly feel talk is cheap.  It’s time to bring down the pond scum on the top of the swamp and work our way down to the monsters underneath.  As I said a year ago, how can you expect a corrupt Government to self investigate?

Q:  When is the “leave of absence” going to happen for Kushner?
FBI Anon:  It’s being arranged. Kushner has hired criminal defense attorneys – good ones. As long as they keep to Russia, and do not look too deeply into his ties with AIPAC and Mossad, he will be okay.
Q:  How likely is an American Revolution this summer?
FBI Anon:  Not likely. If anything, expect more riots, soft terror, and an Israeli lobby drumbeat to attack Iran, and overthrow Assad. But, the American people are waking up to the plans unfolding. The sudden arming of Saudi Arabia and the so called “rebels” in Syria are upsetting to Americans, who generally do not trust the Saudi government and are increasingly suspicious of Israel’s motives. Anytime you hear “Russian leaks” from main stream media, replace the word Russian with Israel. Israel wants Russia and America to be in a war stance. In this scenario, Israel gets to shoot down Syrian jets, America gets to increase arms to Saudi Arabia, and US operatives, directed by John McCain, gets to re-arm Isis. The goal is to remove Assad, build a pipeline with Saudi funding, and ultimately leave Iran and Russia vastly weakened. A true revolution will occur when the citizens take a little time to study the French revolution.

Q:  Why won’t the government stop the corruption within the unconstitutional family courts and CPS? 
FBI Anon:  Because its a money making racket. It’s a sore spot with me, because the abuse is rampant throughout the nation. Children are kidnapped by the State. Parents arrested and courts intercede on behalf of CPS to keep parents and children separate. In California, it’s horrible. The criminal justice system in both New York and California is broken, crooked, and criminal – beyond belief. We took down the Los Angeles Sheriff a couple of years back. We have eyes on a number of small towns where public corruption has existed for decades.
You can expect some news this year when we submit our findings to DOJ. Expect news also regarding Loretta Lynch, and John Brennan. There are more names, but I am not at liberty to mention them.

          Der König von Saudi Arabien steigt im Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg ab, hier ein Interview mit dem Hotelier.Money Quote:Etliche der Gäste haben Sonderwünsche, etwa, was die Badezimmertechnik angeht. In der Suite des Königs montieren wir temporär Panzerglas vor die Fenster. Ein paar Wände mussten umgesetzt werden. Und für den König ist auch unsere Royal Suite im Grunde viel zu klein - der braucht große Empfangsräume. Unsere Festsäle haben in etwa das Format königlicher Wohnzimmer und w   
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          Deposed Saudi prince is said to be confined to palace   
The New York Times reports: The recently deposed crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef, has been barred from leaving the kingdom and confined to his palace in the coastal city of Jidda, according to four current and former American officials and Saudis close to the royal family. The new restrictions on the man […]
          PAR Technology Subsidiary Announces New $10.9 M USAF Subcontract Award in Saudi Arabia   
PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE:PAR) today announced that its indirect subsidiary, Rome Research Corporation (RRC), has been awarded a subcontract from Scientific Research Corporation of Charleston, SC to monitor Paveway IV munitions, Stand-Off Weapons and F-15SA Critical Controlled Assets and provide Electronic Security Systems Manager (ESSM) operations at various Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) designated locations within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The subcontract includes a base year with up ...
          British banks have stopped selling Qatari cash   
A number of big U.K. banks have stopped offering and exchanging Qatari riyals, nearly four weeks after the start of a Saudi-backed boycott.
          Destabilizing the Middle East (Yet More)   
At this point, it’s no great surprise when Donald Trump walks away from past statements in service to some impulse of the moment. Nowhere, however, has such a shift been more extreme or its potential consequences more dangerous than in his sudden love affair with the Saudi royal family. It could in the end destabilize...
          Pai de Rihanna confirma namoro da filha com magnata saudita   
Pai de Rihanna confirmou relacionamento da filha com bilionário (Foto: Instagram/Reprodução)

 

Desde que foram visto aos beijos em um hotel da Espanha, Rihanna e o magnata saudita Hassan Jameel não se desgrudaram mais. O casal seguiu viagem para Ibiza nesta quinta-feira (29) e muita gente ficou em dúvida se o relacionamento é para valer ou apenas um caso passageiro na vida de Riri, que ainda não falou sobre o assunto. Enquanto ela não se pronuncia, o pai da cantora, Ronald Fenty, já confirmou o namoro em entrevista ao The Sun.

Ronald disse que Rihanna contou para a família sobre o novo namorado há cerca de um mês e que o relacionamento é sério. “Um amigo me enviou no Facebook, uma foto deles se beijando na piscina, eu estava esperando alguém negro, de cor mais escura… Ele é muito alto. Ela já tinha me contado há cerca de um mês, mas eu ainda não sabia quem era".

 


O pai da cantora aconselhou a filha a não namorar artistas ou atletas. “Eles estão sempre cheios de coisas, não têm qualidade de vida e geralmente são bonitos, aí as mulheres caem em cima. Não sabia que ele era bilionário. Se é pouco ou muito dinheiro, não é o que importa. Ela precisa de algo além“, disse.

Ronald quer conhecer o genro e contou que quer ser vovô em breve (!!!!!!), mas aproveitou para avisar que a filha é muito independente e precisa de um homem liberal.


          Rihanna’s mystery man is Saudi businessman   
Rihanna’s mystery man is Hassan Jameel, a businessman from one the richest families in the world.
           Pili, ancora bombe partite da Sardegna    
OLBIA - "Un carico di bombe proveniente dallo stabilimento Rwm di Domusnovas, nel Sulcis, &#232; partito ieri notte dal porto industriale di Olbia a bordo di una nave Moby con destinazione Arabia Saudita. Le armi sono arrivate scortate da carabinieri e vigili del fuoco". Lo denuncia il deputato Unidos Mauro Pili, che ha filmato e documentato tutto con una diretta su Facebook. "Tre tir anonimi, ma con una scorta di camionette di carabinieri e vigili del fuoco a proteggere il carico esplosivo - racconta il parlamentare sardo - hanno attraversato tutta la Sardegna, dall'estremo sud, Domusnovas, sino all'estremo nord, il porto industriale di Olbia, per caricare su una nave cargo della Moby oltre mille bombe destinate all'Arabia Saudita". "Il carico - spiega Pili - era composto da 1000 ordigni Mk83 e segue quelli dei giorni scorsi dal porto canale di Cagliari. Hanno agito con un fare furtivo - attacca il deputato - alla pari di chi consuma un reato grave
          Ex-crown prince not confined to palace: Saudi Arabia   
A Saudi official denied a New York Times report that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been confined to his palace. The report said he was barred from travelling abroad after he was replaced by the king's son.
          Popoholic Likes Alison Brie; Tuna Has Kylie Jenner; IDLYITW: Rihanna’s Saudi Tycoon Boyfriend   
CLICK TO SEE MORE PICS! – Old Lady Kylie Jenner Models Sunglasses [HollywoodTuna] – Bella Hadid Snapped Mid Boobtastic Photoshoot in Venice [Egotastic] – Rihanna Has A Saudi Tycoon Boyfriend [IDonLikeYouInThatWay] – Ice Cube thinks that police will always have an ‘Us Against Them’ mentality [Celebitchy] – Hannibal Buress Paid Someone $500 to Pretend to Be Him at ‘Spider-Man’ Premiere
          Saudi Arabia’s attempt to silence Al Jazeera is outrageous   
IRONY is not dead in the Middle East. In April Saudi Arabia, a land where women may not drive, or leave the country without the written permission of a male “guardian”, or appear in public without an ... - Source: www.economist.com
          Shubbak, London’s Arab arts and culture festival, opens this weekend   
Dana Awartani's sand piece, I went away and forgot you. A while ago I remembered. I remembered I'd forgotten you. I was dreaming (2017), mimicks traditional Islamic tiles
The fourth edition of Shubbak, the biennial London festival that celebrates Arab art and culture, starts this weekend. The two-week-long festival (1 to 16 July) includes more than 150 artists from 14 Arab countries at over 80 events showing visual art, performance, film and literature. This years offerings will focus on looking imaginatively to the future, whilst reflecting on the fragility, resilience and challenges of artists in times of crisis, a press statement says.

The visual arts programme kicks off at the British Museum with a day of talks and performances, dedicated to how Middle Eastern artists and organisations can survive in the face political conflict, censorship and cultural destruction. The British Museum is an ideal location and partner to explore the multiple issues of preserving cultural heritage and the fragile situation of artists, says Eckhard Thiemann, the artistic director of Shubbak. A day-long symposium on Sunday, 2 July, organised by the Mosaic Rooms and Shubbak, will include contributions from the artists Sofiane and Selma Ouissi, Larissa Sansour and Khaled Jarrer as well as presentations by important organisations from the region such as the Atassi Foundation, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, the Ruya Foundation, and Cairos Townhouse Gallery.


The museums Great Court will also be taken over by performances and site-specific works that look at the important role of artists and museums in preserving memories of the past. The Saudi Arabian artist Zahrah Al-Ghamdi will create an intricate floor installation made of sand and found objects that she has collected from abandoned villages in her home country. Another installation by the Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj will cover 60 sq m of the courtyard floor in hundreds of old hardback books, some painted with a black line to evoke the Syrian tradition of placing black ribbons over the photographs of people who have died. A conversation between Kourbaj and the curator Venetia Porter will also explore the histories behind the museums exhibition of recently acquired works on paper by Middle Eastern artists.

The work of female artists from the Middle East features in three exhibitions. Gasworks in Vauxhall is presenting a solo show of film, sculptures and photographs by the Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri, which reimagines international diplomacy as an alien conspiracy. The Syrian artist Sulafa Hijazi will show a series of animated images at Rich Mix in east London, in response to societys growing use of social media and 24-hour news. Works by three young Saudi Arabian female artists, which look at living and working in a country of rapid social change, will go on show at the Mosaic Rooms in Kensington (1 July to 2 September).

Thiemann says that this years festival comes at a time when the world feels less secure and artists have been selected for their deep reflection on important concerns of our time. There will be bold statements and brave works tackling urgent issues like migration and the desire for freedom, he says but we will also hear quiet, intimate and personal reflections which touch us with gentle emotions.


          Rihanna’s new boyfriend had a ‘life-sized bear’ flown on a private jet to ‘woo’ her   
Rihanna and Hassan Jameel are happening. Rihanna is rich on her own, so it’s not like she needs to date a wealthy Saudi heir just to be kept in the lap of luxury. Rihanna is with Hassan because she wants to be with him. Reportedly, they’ve been happening for months and Rihanna managed to keep […]
          Colby Goodman and Taner Bertuna — Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy   
As President Trump continues to authorize record-breaking U.S. arms deals to Saudi Arabia and many other countries around the world and propose major increases in Pentagon spending, he is positioning himself to claim wins on two of his campaign promises: build a military that is “gonna be so strong nobody’s gonna mess with us,” and increase U.S. jobs. According to a relatively new book, however, it is critical that Americans question these increases as they may not help improve U.S. security or the U.S. economy. They are also likely to increase U.S. corruption.
LobeLog
Debunking Myths that Fuel Irresponsible U.S. Defense Policy
Colby Goodman, director of the Security Assistance Monitor at the Center for International Policy where he leads research and analysis on U.S. foreign security assistance around the world, and Taner Bertuna, Security Assistance Monitor
          Ex-Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter — Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’ and more   

Scott Ritter debunks the Syrian sarin claims and exposes the propaganda structure behind it as well.

Interesting how debunking articles like this are finding a venue at US politically conservative venues rather than US politically liberal venues now that liberals are on the offensive, promoting propaganda, disinformation, and fake news.

The American Conservative
Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’
Scott Ritter
ht Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism

See also
The policy of arming military groups committed to overthrowing the government of President Bashar al-Assad began in September 2011, when President Barack Obama was pressed by his Sunni allies—Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar—to supply heavy weapons to a military opposition to Assad they were determined to establish. Turkey and the Gulf regimes wanted the United States to provide anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to the rebels, according to a former Obama Administration official involved in Middle East issues.…
How America Armed Terrorists in Syria
Gareth Porter

           G20-Gipfel: Saudischer König bringt laut Hotel Thron nach Hamburg mit   
20 Regierungschefs reisen zum G20-Gipfel nach Hamburg, aber Sitzmöbel hat wohl nur einer von ihnen dabei: König Salman reist mit Thron.
          William Craddick — Saudi Arabia’s March Towards Civil War   

Backgrounder. Important.

Dissident Media
Saudi Arabia’s March Towards Civil War
William Craddick, founder and editor-in-chief

          Eric Zuesse: What Happens When America’s Top Investigative Journalist Reports What Media Bosses Don’t Want the Public to Know?   
Eric Zuesse:

[Seymour] Hersh reported there that, «the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then led by General Martin Dempsey, forecast that the fall of the Assad regime would lead to chaos and, potentially, to Syria’s takeover by jihadi extremists, much as was then happening in Libya». «The CIA had been conspiring for more than a year with allies in the UK, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to ship guns and goods – to be used for the overthrow of Assad – from Libya, via Turkey, into Syria». «The assessment was bleak: there was no viable ‘moderate’ opposition to Assad, and the US was arming extremists. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad». «The Joint Chiefs believed that Assad should not be replaced by fundamentalists». What resulted was almost a mutiny by the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

Strategic Cultures:

What Happens When America’s Top Investigative Journalist Reports What Media Bosses Don’t Want the Public to Know?

          Army Veteran Leaves Behind Millions for Charity   
OKLAHOMA CITY — More than two dozen Oklahoma families will know the joy of owning a home thanks to the gift one soldier left behind. Sergeant First Class E-7 Stephen Florentz served as a helicopter medic in Vietnam. He was wounded in battle in Asia and earned a purple heart before returning to the U.S. Years later, Florentz volunteered to serve one year in Saudi Arabia as part of Operation: Desert Storm. Florentz spent his life saving veterans both on the […]
          Kapolda Metro Ke Habib Rizieq Nikmati Aja Dulu Jalan Jalannya   

Pimpinan FPI Habib Rizieq Syihab hingga kini masih berada di Arab Saudi Rizieq belum mau pulang ke tanah air meski statusnya telah dinaikkan menjadi tersangka kasus dugaan chatt berbau pornografi
          Manager Construction - McDermott - Dubai   
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          British Museum Acquires New Middle Eastern Photography With Help Of Art Fund   

The British Museum has acquired photographs by nine artists from across the Middle East with support from Art Fund. This new acquisition takes the British Museum's Middle East art collection in new directions capturing moments in time and engaging with recent and current histories.

Syrian artist Jaber Al Azmeh (b. 1973), in his series Resurrection, invited his sitters to
turn the Syrian government newspaper al-Baath upside down and make comments on it. These photographs are part of a free temporary display in Room 34 - Living histories: recent acquisitions of works on paper by contemporary Arab artists, until 22 October 2017. The work is shown together with recent acquisitions of posters, prints, drawings, photographs and artists' books. Many of the artists come from Syria, their work produced following the uprisings that began in 2011 that have since resulted in full scale civil war.

Four of the artists in this newly acquired group are from North Africa. Algerian-born Lydia Ouhrahmane (b. 1992) and French-Moroccan Leila Alaoui (1982-2016), focus on aspects of migration. Through the medium of Polaroids Ouhrahmane captures the caves where young Algerian migrants hide before making the crossing to Europe from Oran, while the brilliant photojournalist Leila Alaoui, killed in Burkina Faso, highlights the hope of young Tunisian migrants as well as the resignation clearly seen in the faces of refugees from Syria on the border with Lebanon. Tunisians Nidhal Chamekh (b. 1985) and Héla Ammar
(b. 1969) turn to events in their country prior to the revolution of 2011. Chamekh focuses on the Bread Riots of 1984, his subject Professor Fadhel Sassi, shot in Tunis, and Ammar on the conditions of prisoners in Tunisian jails.

Iraqi-Kurdish artist Jamal Penjwaney's darkly comic Saddam is Here, is intended to remind the viewer that Saddam's shadow still follows Iraqi society everywhere well after his demise.

There are two Iranian artists from different generations - Hengameh Golestan (b. 1952) captures a demonstration in 1979 by women against the wearing of the chador, while Newsha Tavakolian (b. 1981) in her photobook based on the idea of a childhood family album, reflects on the gritty, ordinary realities of everyday encounters in Tehran. Finally, in a direct connection with the Museum's historic collection is the work of Emy Kat (b. 1959) who depicts the now-derelict Jeddah house of Harry St John 'Abdullah' Philby, a British civil servant and explorer who became adviser to the first ruler of Saudi Arabia. His work is a direct counterpoint to the nearly 700 archaeological items collected by Philby on his travels, now held in the Museum.

This Art Fund support is part of an initiative begun in 2009, in which a capsule collection of photographs by Middle Eastern artists was created at the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. Many of the works acquired then were shown in 2012 at the V&A in an exhibition (13 Nov 2012 - 7 Apr 2013) with accompanying catalogue published by Steidl:
Light from the Middle East. A version of this exhibition, entitled True to Life: New Photography of the Middle East, was later shown at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 2014.

Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, said: "We are hugely grateful for Art Fund's support of important acquisitions like these photographs. It is through collecting contemporary art like this that the British Museum's collection will continue to reflect the history of the world for future generations."

Stephen Deuchar, Art Fund director, said: "Many artists today are using the medium of photography to engage with unfolding events across the Middle East. Art Fund's establishment in 2009 of a special fund to facilitate collecting in this field by both the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum led to the formation of an important body of work, which this New Group of acquisitions now joins. We congratulate the British Museum curators on this imaginative and successful progression of a pioneering initiative."


          Urgent Requirement For House Drivers Saudi Arabia near Kattedan Ie   
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          US tightens airport security   
The US has unveiled enhanced security measures for flights to the country designed to prevent expanding an in-cabin ban on laptops. Airline trade groups are warning the changes might cause disruption. U.S. government: Airlines must up security measures or they face laptop ban on U.S.-bound international flights https://t.co/tt1JF6gEBg- AP Business News (@APBusiness) 28 juin 2017 In numbers: who will be affected? 325,000 airline passengers 2,000 commercial flights per day 180 airlines From 280 airports 105 countries Since laptops are widely used in flight by business class passengers - who pay double or more than the average ticket price - the airline industry had feared expanding the ban could cut into the revenue. What effect will they have? The measures, which EU and US officials say will begin taking effect within three weeks, could require additional time to screen passengers and personal electronic devices for possible explosives. This is not the first time this has happened, is it? No. In March, the US banned laptops on flights to the US originating at 10 airports in eight countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey. It was an attempt to address fears that bombs could be concealed in electronic devices taken onboard aircraft. Homeland security officials say those 10 airports can get off the list if they meet the new security requirements, but did not say how long it would take. Was it just the US that did this? No. The UK quickly followed suit with a similar set of restrictions. What is the thinking behind this? The US authorities want increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas, expanded canine screening and additional places where travellers can be cleared by US officials before they depart. It is a question of security. What are the airlines saying? US carriers say they will follow the new security directive. However, industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A) criticised Homeland Security for not working more closely with them on the new policies. Airlines for America urges DHS to work collaboratively with stakeholders on enhanced global security measures https://t.co/LaSSX35qTG- Airlines for America (@AirlinesDotOrg) 28 juin 2017 The decision not to impose new laptop restrictions eases airlines' concerns that expanding the ban to Europe or other locations could cause major logistical problems and deter travel. However, airline officials say they are concerned about adding enhanced security measures to all airports worldwide that have direct flights to the US, rather than focus them on airports where threats are highest. European airline groups say that, if the threats are confirmed, the restrictions should be deployed to cover all EU departing flights and not just US-bound ones. How long do the airlines have to bring the measures in? European and US officials say airlines have 21 days to put in place increased explosive trace detection screening. They have 120 days to comply with other security measures, including enhanced screening of airline passengers. The business US airline stocks rose on Wednesday, with United Continental Holdings closing up 1 percent, Delta Air Lines Inc up 2 percent and American Airlines Group up 1.6 percent. What they are saying "Inaction is not an option," - US Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly sasy the measures are not the last step to tighten security. "The development of the security directive should have ben subject to a greater degree of collaboration and coordination to avoid the significant operational disruptions and unnecessarily frustrating consequences for the travelling public that appear likely to happen," - A4A Chief Executive Nicholas E.Calio.
          Al-Quds Day protest and iftar in New York shows vigorous opposition to Zionism   
A loud and festive protest against the Israeli occupation of al-Quds, also known as Jerusalem, convened in Times Square on Friday, June 23, 2017. The protest was organized by the Free Al-Quds network and Muslim Congress and co-sponsored, by a number of New York-area community organizations, including the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, NY 4 Palestine, and the NYC Students for Justice in Palestine. More than 100 demonstrators commemorated Al-Quds Day by reaffirming the right of New Yorkers to boycott institutions complicit in Zionism and calling for the end of Israel’s violent, decades-long occupation of Jerusalem. The demonstrators also called for an end to Saudi Arabia’s ongoing bombardment of Yemen, which has killed thousands of innocent Yemeni civilians in the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.
          DEMOCRATS VS AUTHORITARIANS:   
Corker hold puts Saudi arms deal at risk (Jack Detsch, June 29, 2017, Al Monitor)

On Monday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowing to block future arms sales to Gulf countries pending a resolution to the regional dispute over Qatar. The letter is widely seen as an effort to give Tillerson more leverage as he tries to negotiate an end to the crisis, which began June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Doha over its alleged support for terrorism.


Gotta love the Deep State conspiring against Donald and his Salafi pals.

          CARICOM deals a blow to US plans for regime change in Venezuela    

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, recently tweeted that the “US State Department deployed its ambassadors in the region to attack Venezuela. We come with renewed vigor to defeat them at the OAS.”

So said, so done. The US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, spewed the US false narrative regarding Venezuela in our local newspapers. US ambassadors in a number of other Caribbean countries did the same. It was a coordinated attempt to mislead the people of Guyana and the region about what is really happening in Venezuela, and to apply pressure on members of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) and the OAS (Organization of American States) to succumb to US calls for intervention, with the aim of overthrowing the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro.

US diplomats in Guyana, and for that matter throughout the Global South, are not diplomats in the strict sense of the word, and can be better described as political activists. They are constantly meddling in the internal affairs of the country they are stationed in, giving directives to the compliant neo-colonial regimes and actively undermining and destabilizing independent and anti-imperialist governments, such as the government in Venezuela.

This latest US psych-ops came just after the May 31st meeting of the OAS in Washington DC and just prior to the June 19th OAS meeting in Cancun, Mexico, where CARICOM member states took a firm and united anti-interventionist position in relation to the current situation in Venezuela, delivering a resounding defeat to the interventionist approach advocated by the US, Mexico, Peru and Panama,

Following the June 19th OAS meeting, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Delcy Rodriguez, said: “Today we come with the strength of our people who took to the streets to denounce the interventionism of the Organization of American States, we come with the force of the rain of our commander Hugo Chavez. Independence and sovereignty triumphed today over the United States of America, with its brutal pressure, with its gross extortion, with its maneuvers…”

She added that the call for intervention encourages the “most violent, anti-democratic factions in our country,” and she thanked the Caribbean nations for their “deeply principled stand.”
In his letter and articles, US ambassador, Perry Holloway, had the temerity to lecture Guyana and other member-states of the OAS about their obligation to democracy and human rights. He stated that: “The diverse family of nations in the Americas recognizes democracy is a part of our collective DNA. Sixteen years ago in Peru, we underscored this principle with the adoption of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, affirming the right of the peoples of the Americas to democracy and obligating our governments to defend that right.”

I suggest that before US diplomats in the Caribbean and the Americas offer any criticism or advice to Venezuela or any member-state of the OAS on issues of democracy and human rights, they should first examine the behavior of their own government in relation to their undemocratic practices and policies, both internally and around the world, and their endless list of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Trump lays bare sham democracy

The only positive aspect of Trump’s presidency is that it is exposing, once and for all, the sham that parades as US democracy and concern for human rights. The entirely undemocratic nature of US internal and foreign policy is clear to all in 2017. Even that minority of citizens on this planet who still held out some hope that the US resembled anything close to a democracy, have now seen through the façade. American political philosopher, Sheldon S. Wolin, in his brilliant work, Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism, renders a devastating critique of US democracy and is a vital read for anyone who wishes to understand the latent fascism that underpins the politics of this Empire.

Former US Attorney-General, Ramsay Clark, had this to say: “We’re not a democracy. It’s a terrible misunderstanding and a slander to the idea of democracy to call us that. In reality, we’re a plutocracy, a government by the wealthy.” He compared President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler, and is on record as saying at the outset of the US invasion of Iraq, that it “will be genocide again,” adding that “the greatest crime since World War Two has been US foreign policy.”

As I watch the hue and cry over Trump’s actions, it reminds me of Adolph Hitler’s response to Europe’s criticism of his policies. He told them: “I am only doing out in the open what you have been doing behind closed doors for centuries.”

A meme that was circulated at the end of Obama’s presidency said it best: “Only in shallow, self-absorbed, privileged America could a leader drop 26,000 bombs on seven countries in a single year, and have citizens mourn the end of his term because he looked and sounded classy while doing it.”

The illusion highlighted in this meme picks up on the public relations stunt that has become a hallmark of the US establishment, and which Sheldon Wolin identifies as a major feature of the “inverted totalitarianism” that exists in the US today. He describes “inverted totalitarianism” as a state of affairs where a small ruling elite (the 1%) have established an authoritarian society which benefits them exclusively. In this society, corporations have corrupted and subverted democracy, and natural resources and labor are seen as mere commodities to be exploited for huge profits.

This status quo is maintained by a sophisticated propaganda machine that lulls the majority of people into apathy. Central to reinforcing this hegemon is a tightly controlled corporatized media, a mouthpiece for the establishment, that is constantly spinning fake news and false narratives, and emphasizing rabid consumerism, individualism and the politics of personality and sensationalism. Wolin, like Clark, compares modern day USA to Nazi Germany, pointing out that the form is different but the essence, that is, fascism, is the same.

Friendly fascism

Tirty-seven years ago, political scientist, Bertram Gross, coined the term “friendly fascism” and predicted the Orwellian reality we are witnessing today in the US. His thesis converges with the conclusions reached by Wolin, Clark and others.

In his farewell address at the end of his presidency in 1961, Republican Dwight Eisenhower, warned the American people about the dangers of the “Military Industrial Complex”, the control it exerted and its ability to, in his words, “weaken or destroy the very institutions and principles it was designed to protect.” This has surely come to pass.

So, before US diplomats such as Perry Holloway attempt to discredit the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, initiated by one of the most revered freedom fighters in the Americas, the late Hugo Chavez, and led today by President Nicolas Maduro and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela with the support of the majority of the people of Venezuela, they would do well to take a long and hard look at the crisis of democracy in their own country.

Let Mr. Holloway explain to Guyanese and the citizenry of all member-states of the OAS why, in 2017, Africans in the US continue to be gunned down in the streets on a regular basis.
Let him explain to us why the US has the largest number of persons imprisoned per capita in the world, and why the prisoners are disproportionately made up of Africans, Indigenous and other people of color, before he points the finger at a revolution that has lifted African and Indigenous Venezuelans out of debilitating discrimination and poverty.

Let Mr. Holloway address the situation of US political prisoners like Mumia Abu-Jamal, Jamil Al-Amin (formerly Rap Brown), Leonard Peltier and so many others who are languishing in US prisons before he speaks of Venezuela’s human rights record.

Let the US Ambassador focus on the shocking poverty and illiteracy statistics emerging from his own country, before he points the finger at the Bolivarian revolution which has made unprecedented gains in eradicating poverty and illiteracy amongst the masses of Venezuela’s poor. Anyone who visited oil rich Venezuela prior to the Bolivarian revolution can testify to the abhorrent conditions and the repressive measures used to subjugate the majority of Venezuelans, and in particular, African and Indigenous Venezuelans.

Does the Ambassador truly believe that his letters and articles, full of the usual delusional and empty rhetoric, would convince any of us that his government is concerned about democracy and human rights in Venezuela, or anywhere in the world for that matter, after we have witnessed the apocalyptic events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and the list goes on?

Does Mr. Holloway think we have forgotten our own history in the Americas and the Caribbean, including the US orchestrated coups that overthrew the democratically elected governments of President Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala, President Salvador Allende in Chile, Prime Minister Maurice Bishop in Grenada, President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras and the constitutional coup against President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil? What about the removal at gunpoint of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by US military personnel in Haiti?

There is not the space in a single article to even list the US crimes in our region. Just to chronicle them warrants a book. If we were to list US crimes against the whole of humanity, we are looking at a library of books. The US Empire and the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch Empires that preceded it, have been without doubt the worst examples of terrorism in all of human history.

In his letter and article, Mr. Holloway advises that “when a government breaks with democracy, we must act in solidarity with its people, not through intervention or interference, but with diplomacy and mediation among all parties to help find a peaceful, democratic, and comprehensive solution.” Tell us Mr. Holloway: Are the examples listed above your idea of diplomacy and mediation?

These governments were not removed because of their lack of democracy or abuse of human rights. They were removed, like countless others throughout the Global South, because they were attempting to free their country from the clutches of the Empire, and liberate their wealth and resources so that they might benefit the masses of their people. Our own founding fathers in Guyana, Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham, were subjected to the same destabilization tactics at the hands of the US government and its CIA.

Empire loses its grip

The US and its diplomats need to understand that with the advent of the internet and the availability of information in this day and age, the Empire has lost all credibility. There is no one left on earth who can be misled by their hollow and hypocritical rhetoric. Do not be fooled by those who dare not speak openly -- they are afraid of losing their visas and even worse reprisals. Regardless of their cowardice and silence, everyone knows that the Emperor is naked. Behind closed doors, even those satraps who publicly profess their allegiance, such as the Saudis, snigger and jeer at the hideous state of affairs in the United States of America.

As the US Empire crumbles, its vampires, who have sucked the blood of the sufferers for so long, are in panic mode because, despite their descent into blatant authoritarianism and fascism, they continue to lose their grip on the terrifying world they have created, as it spins more and more out of control. The ugly death squads such as Al Qaeda and ISIS, the very Frankensteins of their own making, are turning right back on them. As Malcom X observed so long ago, the chickens must come home to roost. One cannot keep up with the number of attacks in the US and Europe.

One of the vampires, largely credited with creating Al Qaeda, a former US National Security Advisor, and founder of the Rockefeller-controlled Trilateral Commission, Zbigniew Brzezinski, in a speech to British elites at Chatham House in 2008, spoke volumes when he said:

“…new and old major powers face still yet another novel reality, in some respects unprecedented, and it is that while the lethality of their power is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at an historical low…I once put it rather pungently, and I was flattered that the British Foreign Secretary repeated this… namely, in earlier times, it was easier to control a million people than physically to kill a million people. Today, it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people.”

The majority of CARICOM countries are governed by neo-colonial political outfits and even they voted against US plans for regime change in Venezuela.”
The current US administration, like its predecessors, whether Democrat or Republican, is involved in just that, killing millions of people all over the world in its bid to control, and trying desperately to convince us of the absurd notion that that they are doing this in the name of democracy and human rights. Trouble is, no one is buying it? The majority of CARICOM countries are governed by neo-colonial political outfits and even they voted against US plans for regime change in Venezuela. The playbook is old and tired. Donald Trump just tied up an arms deal worth 350 billion US dollars with the corrupt and entirely undemocratic regime of Saudi Arabia, a regime that is without doubt the main proliferator of the ideology of Wahhabism and the movements intent on imposing this ideology worldwide, such as Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Al Nusra Front and ISIS. All these weapons to a government that is funding terrorism worldwide and committing genocide in Yemen.

And, when the power struggle between the Saudis and the Qataris surfaced, Trump paid lip service to the manufactured war on terror by publicly condemning Qatar’s support for terrorism, and days later sold the Qataris US military hardware worth 12 billion dollars. In light of this hypocrisy and blatant disregard for the victims of these rogue states and their global terrorist network, can you really expect us to believe that your concern with Venezuela is about lack of democracy and human rights?

No shame
Finally, to Mr. Holloway and his cohorts throughout the region, your expressed shock and horror about the so-called spillover from Venezuela’s current predicament was perhaps the most shameful part of your missive: “The spillover effects from Venezuela’s crisis are serious and growing, whether it is irregular migrant flows to countries in our region or the increasing flow of arms and criminal activity that affect the Caribbean in particular.”

This is rich coming from the people who illegally invaded Libya, murdered the Libyan leader and freedom fighter, Muammar Qaddafi in the street, and in so doing, destroyed the most prosperous and democratic nation on the African continent, causing a migration crisis of a magnitude never seen before. Your government handed over the nation of Libya to a conglomerate of thugs, criminals, terrorists and reactionary warlords, and this spillover continues to wreak havoc throughout Africa and the Arab Region six years on. Before you concern yourself with any spillover in the Caribbean, please deal with the spillover from your criminal invasion of Libya, a spillover that only this month reached Manchester, England.

In Guyana, the Americas and throughout the Global South, the masses of people are sick and tired of the same old playbook -- the one that is in fact the cause of the current situation in Venezuela. But then, that is part of the devil’s own script, cause the problem and then come to us as savior, with a solution. It plays like this: the US, through its infamous web of security agencies, NGOs, Aid Agencies, think-tanks and other Trojan horses, destabilize, sow confusion and do everything in their power to overthrow any government and subjugate any people that refuse to obey Empire. Recently, more than 300,000 Venezuelans took to the streets in support of President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.

The opposition held a demonstration that attracted 50,000. Of course, in your United States, the corporate media is reporting just the opposite. By the admission of your own president they are the purveyors of fake news and this is just another example of your country’s lack of democracy. The bottom line is this Mr. Holloway: your country and its government is no way fit to point the finger at anyone when it comes to infringement of democracy, democratic values and human rights.

In your letters and articles you ask: “If these things were happening in our own countries, would we not want the rest of our American family of nations to speak out, and reach out, to help restore fundamental democratic freedoms and respect for constitutional institutions?”

In your own words you proclaim that: “The Organization of American States has for decades provided a forum to discuss our greatest challenges and take action together to address them. The challenge before us today is the death spiral of democracy in Venezuela.”

What you say in the two quotes above is correct except for one thing, the challenge before us today is not the death spiral of democracy in Venezuela, it is the death spiral of democracy in the United States and an evil Empire spinning out of control.

You are right -- the OAS should take immediate action to prevent further terrorism and turmoil because the spillover worldwide from the crisis in the United States is serious and growing.

* GERALD A. PERREIRA is chairperson of the Guyanese organizations Black Consciousness Movement Guyana (BCMG) and Organization for the Victory of the People (OVP) and an executive member of the Caribbean Chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity. He lived in Libya for many years, served in the Green March, an international battalion for the defense of the Al Fatah Revolution, and was an executive member of the World Mathaba based in Libya. This article previously appeared in Black Agenda Report.

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          Erdogan is Capable and Willing to Destabilize the Balkans   
Faktor.bg: Turkey has now openly sided with Qatar in its quarrel with Saudi Arabia, Egypt etc. How dangerous is this in terms of isolating Ankara from the Sunnis in the Sunni-Shia conflict? Daniel Pipes: As I see it, the danger lies elsewhere: in Ankara
           G20-Gipfel: Saudischer König bringt laut Hotel Thron nach Hamburg mit   
20 Regierungschefs reisen zum G20-Gipfel nach Hamburg, aber Sitzmöbel hat wohl nur einer von ihnen dabei: König Salman reist mit Thron.
          Qatar-krisen truer forsyningen af helium til hospitaler, halvlederfabrikker og forskningsanlæg   
Saudi-Arabiens blokade af Qatar har fået ørkenlandet, som er verdens næststørste leverandør af helium, til at indstille produktionen.
          Un cristiano sale por las noches a dejar Biblias casa por casa en Arabia Saudita    
Hombre leyendo Biblia en árabe en Arabia Saudita
Un hombre cristiano sabe que la Palabra de Dios es vida, por eso sale por las noches y deja una Biblia en cada puerta de las casas, a pesar que puede ser encarcelado por hacerlo.

Dejar Biblias en las casas es una misión peligrosa en Arabia Saudita, donde está estrictamente prohibido evangelizar a los musulmanes. Pero, Baqur, (nombre cambiado por seguridad), se arriesga distribuyendo las Biblias en secreto para que muchos conozcan a Cristo.

Baqur quiere que la gente comience a leer las Escrituras, por eso se dirigió a un pueblo donde nunca estuvo antes y en la oscuridad de la noche y en silencio, dejó una Biblia en la puerta de cada casa, luego oraba a medida que se alejaba del lugar.

Meses después volvió al pueblo y la gente vio que no era del lugar, también reconocieron que era un extranjero. Le preguntaron si él es un musulmán. Él responde que es cristiano ... y aquí es donde las cosas se ponen interesantes.

De repente, otro hombre se une a la conversación y comienza a hacerle preguntas sobre una Biblia que encontró en la puerta de su casa. Baqur le pide que traiga la Biblia para que la vea. El hombre salió corriendo a casa a buscar a su Biblia y rápidamente regresó. Es en ese momento Baqur lleva a cabo su primer estudio del Evangelio. Su estrategia dio resultado.

Baqur agradeció a Dios, al ver a los líderes musulmanes de aquel pueblo, leer la Biblia y entregar sus vidas a Cristo. "Sólo mediante la lectura del Evangelio, los musulmanes encontrar a Jesús", dijo.

En los últimos años ha bautizado a algunos de ellos, todo en secreto. En Arabia Saudita estos nuevos creyentes no pueden unirse a una iglesia existente, incluso sus familiares no saben que siguen a Cristo, ya que podrían ser despreciados.

Baqur les ayudó a formar pequeños grupos para que reciban clases de discipulado y crezcan en número y en su vida espiritual, recordándoles las palabras de Jesús en Mateo 18:20 "Porque donde están dos o tres congregados en mi nombre, allí estoy yo en medio de ellos".
          G20-Gipfel: Saudischer König reist mit Thron nach Hamburg   
Der saudische König Salman bringt zum G20-Gipfel in Hamburg auch seinen Thron mit und lässt den Herrschersessel in einem Luxushotel aufstellen...
          Dirty journalism: How Aroon Purie's India Today group channel Aaj Tak propagates falsehoods, publishes fake stories   
Once Aroon Purie's India Today group commanded respect.

Today it is reduced to spreading fake stories and propagating falsehoods.

Imagine, the level to which the journalistic standards of this group has fallen--Aaj Tak carries the false story about a Saudi mufti's purported fatwa that a man can eat  his wife or her body parts.

It was a satirical take in a magazine and when it was picked up by mainstream media's online sites, it was refuted.

The government and the mufti also came out and said that it was absolutely wrong.

In fact, even the India Today group's DailyO had long back published that it was a false report. LINK. Still, Aaj Tak carried it once again. Aajtak's website gets hits in millions.

Also, Aaj Tak has millions of followers on Facebook. That, a supposedly mainstream newspaper can go to such level just to garner 'hits', is shocking. It tells you about the situation of journalism and journalists in 21st century India.

Hope, Aroon Purie and his management realises that they have hired people who can't distinguish between rumours and news. That, people who don't understand the sanctity of the written word, need to be ousted from the profession.

Else, it is doomed. Once credibility is hit, it is very difficult to restore it. Time for Aaj Tak-India Today to take a decision. Aaj Tak should apologise and acknowledge that it made a mistake. That's the least it can do.
          Tre veicoli militari distrutti a Sirwah dai coraggiosi combattenti yemeniti! Altrettanti ufficiali mercenari catturati!   
Ancora una volta una imbarazzante debacle per le forze assemblate dall'Arabia Saudita per partire "alla conquista dello Yemen"; e poco importa che questa volta l'imbarazzo non sia venuto dall'ormai temibile comparto missilistico delle forze armate di Sanaa, anzi, il fatto che i vettori balistici yemeniti non siano stati coinvolti rende questo smacco ancora più cocente.

Infatti sono bastati alcuni stoici e dignitosi combattenti dei Comitati Popolari di Ansarullah per tendere un riuscitissimo agguato a un convoglio di mezzi blindati sui quali viaggiavano principalmente mercenari africani al servizio di Riyadh.



Tre "OshKosh MATV" di fabbricazione americana sono andati in fiamme sotto le granate-razzo e le raffiche di mitragliatrice degli Houthi, confermando che l'erede dell' "Hummer" non é per niente migliore dell'ingombrante 'gippone' che ha sostituito.

In seguito all'imboscata, avvenuta nella zona di Sirwah, nella provincia di Maarib tre ufficiali mercenari sono stati catturati e condotti in una località segreta.

Chissà se i loro padroni sauditi si dimostreranno interessati al loro rilascio? Certo, sarebbe una pessima pubblicità se si disinteressassero della loro sorte; man mano che la campagna in Yemen si prolunga diventa sempre più difficile per Riyadh reclutare mercenari, persino tra serbatoi di disperati come la Somalia.
          Nuovo attacco missilistico yemenita colpisce base saudita nella Provincia di Najran!   
L'artiglieria missilistica yemenita continua a imporre la sua supremazia contro le superequipaggiate forze armate dell'Arabia Saudita, che si confermano la più inefficiente accozzaglia di mercenari e dilettanti dell'intero Medio Oriente.

Questa volta i vettori di Sanaa sono volati a bersaglio contro la base militare "Al-Shabakah", nella provincia meridionale di Najran.

I missili sono stati lanciati da unità speciali della Guardia Repubblicana, che sono state accompagnate e scortate nella missione da forze dei Comitati Popolari di Ansarullah.

In conseguenza dell'attacco molti danni materiali sono stati inflitti all'installazione militare; contenute invece le perdite umane che, secondo il canale Al-Masirah, ammonterebbero a circa sei morti e un numero imprecisato di feriti.

La base saudita di Al-Farizah, invece, sarebbe stata attaccata da altri missili che l'avrebbero completamente distrutta e incendiata.

Pochi giorni fa una nave trasporto saudita che cercava di sbarcare mercenari africani vicino al porto yemenita di Mocha era stata colpita e danneggiata da una nuova arma antinave delle forze di Sanaa.
          "Guerra Civile Sotterranea" in Casa Saoud, l'Ex-Principe Delfino agli arresti domiciliari! ("Harum Scarum 2")   
Riceviamo da diversi giorni notizie riguardanti il fatto che dopo il 'Golpe Bianco' con cui l'arrogante Principe Mohammed bin Salman é stato creato 'Delfino' spodestando il più accorto e avveduto Mohammed bin Nayef quest'ultimo (ritratto in foto qui sopra) sia praticamente prigioniero nei suoi palazzi, guardato a vista da truppe leali al nuovo erede presuntivo.

Una triste fine per quello che fu lo Zar Anti-Al-Qaeda di Riyadh, senza la cui perizia e decisione l'Arabia Saudita si sarebbe potuta spaccare in Sceiccati ed Emirati in guerra tra loro all'inizio degli anni 2000, specie intorno al 2003.

Tuttavia questa fine umiliante non é stata riservata solamente a Mohammed Bin Nayef; vi sarebbero molti altri Principi e rappresentanti di rami minori di Casa Saoud costretti nelle stesse condizioni, segno che Mohammed Bin Salman vuole "coprire tutte le basi" e assicurarsi contro 'colpi di coda' di tutti coloro che il 'golpe' ha defraudato della possibilità (foss'anche solo teorica) di poter un giorno indossare la 'corona' saudita.

Perché questo é quello che accaduto: rompendo la stramba pratica dei Sudairi di "fare a turno" a regnare (che con l'avvento della generazione dei nipoti di Re Fahd avrebbe portato casini a non finire) la monarchia saudita si é de facto trasformata in un reame ereditario con traslazione della Corona per linea diretta di sangue, come, tanto per dire, in Giappone o in Gran Bretagna.



          A Cold War Turning Hot in the Middle East   
Mohammed Ayoob, The Strategist
The Cold War in the Middle East between Saudi Arabia and Iran is coming to a head. So far carried out with the help of proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, it's in danger of turning into a military confrontation between the two regional powers.
           G20-Gipfel: Saudischer König bringt laut Hotel Thron nach Hamburg mit   
20 Regierungschefs reisen zum G20-Gipfel nach Hamburg, aber Sitzmöbel hat wohl nur einer von ihnen dabei: König Salman reist mit Thron.
          6 Trigger Points: How the Conflict Between the United States and Iran Is Fast Escalating Toward War   

The long-simmering conflict between the United States and Iran is fast escalating toward war. The battlefield is the desert expanse of eastern Syria where civil war has raged for the last five years. Tehran wants to keep U.S. forces out of the area, while Washington wants to use the region to wage war against Iran’s ally, Syria.

After 15 years of unsuccessful war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the Trump administration is pursuing a policy of "regime change" in Iran that might lead to a third U.S. ground war in the Middle East since 2001.

Restraint is breaking down. While President Obama resisted U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war, Trump has approved it. While Obama pursued dialog with Iran, Trump has embraced the new Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who laid down his country’s new, harsher line in April. ‘We will not wait until the battle is in Saudi Arabia," he said, "but we will work so the battle is there in Iran."

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, while resisting White House pressure for rapid escalation, has given battlefield commanders more leeway to attack Iranian-backed forces. The result is a series of unprecedented incidents that have Washington experts asking “Is Trump preparing for a conflict with Iran?"


          By 2100, Refugees Would Be the Most Populous Country on Earth   
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.

The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.

The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."

Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.

Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.

A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.

Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."

Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.

In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.

"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."

These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.

Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.

It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.

In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.

 

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Qatar mengklaim tengah bekerjasama dengan Amerika Serikat dan Kuwait untuk merespon 13 ultimatum yang dikeluarkan Saudi.
          Mantan Putra Mahkota Arab Saudi Dicekal ke Luar Negeri    
Pembatasan tersebut memicu spekulasi bahwa Pangeran Mohammed bin Nayef saat ini berstatus sebagai tahanan rumah. 
          Trump, MBS, and the Noxious Saudi Relationship   
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          Saudi Arabia’s attempt to silence Al Jazeera is outrageous   

IRONY is not dead in the Middle East. In April Saudi Arabia, a land where women may not drive, or leave the country without the written permission of a male “guardian”, or appear in public without an all-enveloping cloak, was elected to the UN’s committee on women’s rights. Now that same monarchy, where the government censors everything from political dissent to risqué Rubens paintings, and where a pro-democracy blogger named Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and ten years in jail, is trying to shut down the only big, feisty broadcaster in the Arab world, Al Jazeera. This is an extraordinary, extraterritorial assault on free speech. It is as if China had ordered Britain to abolish the BBC.

Al Jazeera is based in Qatar, a tiny, wealthy Gulf state that the Saudis, Emiratis, Bahrainis and Egyptians are subjecting to a heavy-handed blockade. Qatar’s sins, in Saudi eyes, are manifold. It is friendly with Iran (though so are Oman and Dubai, which are not subject to the same...


          Golfo Pérsico: meandros de una peligrosa crisis   
nte la virulencia con la que Arabia Saudita, Bahrein y Emiratos Árabes Unidos (EAU) recriminan a Catar su apoyo al terrorismo, es ineludible preguntarse si alguna vez tuvieron verdadera cohesión, y có ... - Fuente: contralinea.com.mx
          Turkey urges 'respect of Qatar's rights' to solve Gulf crisis   
Turkey on Friday said the rights of Qatar must be respected as it hosted the defence minister of Ankara's main Gulf ally which has been left isolated by Saudi-led sanctions.
          Comment on peter berger and tobacco sociology by Jay Livingston   
As the “cult” name-calling implies, Berger was aiming at the motives of the anti-smoking groups, not their facts. Unlike his paymasters, he didn’t suppress data (AFAIK); he probably didn’t even do a serious methodological criticism of the other side’s data. My impression is that his anti-anti position was part of a disenchantment with the left. If liberals were for it, there must be something wrong with it. If liberals were against it, it must not be so bad. He also seems to have viewed public health initiatives as nanny-state assaults on individual freedom. He also opposed Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts to reduce diabetes and obesity by limiting the size of soft-drinks that movie theaters could sell. Forcing the very thirsty to buy two 15-oz. cups rather than one 30-oz. cup struck him as but a step away from Saudia Arabia. (I am not making this up – FWIW, more about it in my blog post from 2012 <a HREF="http://montclairsoci.blogspot.com/2012/07/thank-you-for-guzzling.html" rel="nofollow">here</A> .) He also came to share the conservative reflex that if something was European, it must be bad. So he also criticised Mayor Bloomberg for living with a woman not his wife. “I cannot say whether Bloomberg’s quasi-European lifestyle has anything to do with his idea of New York City as a quasi-European welfare state.” (Nice example of apophasis, btw.) Andrew Gelman, who knew well of Berger’s work as a shill for Big Cig, also had this to say (<a HREF="http://andrewgelman.com/2012/07/27/get-off-my-lawn-blogging/" rel="nofollow">here</A>): “But what impresses me is that Berger is doing <a HREF="http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/berger/" rel="nofollow">regular blogging</A> at the age of 84, writing a long essay each week. That’s really amazing to me. Some of the blogging is a bit suspect, for example <a HREF="http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/berger/2012/07/18/presbyterians-gays-and-anti-semites/" rel="nofollow">the bit</A> where he claims that he personally could convert gays to heterosexual orientation (“A few stubborn individuals may resist the Berger conversion program. The majority will succumb”)—but, really, you gotta admire that he’s doing this. I hope I’m that active when (if) I reach my mid-80s. (As a nonsmoker, I should have a pretty good chance of reaching that point.)
          How Rihanna’s New Boyfriend ‘Wooed Her With A Life-Size Bear’   

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Saudi billionaire, Hassan reportedly wooed Rihanna in the early stages of their relationship by sending a cuddly bear around the globe in an otherwise empty private jet. A source told The Sun newspaper: “It sounds outrageous, but these guys are obviously in a different world to the rest of us – although even by their […]


          Donald in Arabia: What Did We Learn From Trump's Encounter With the Saudi Monarchy?   
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          Lily Rader – Lawbreakers Love Large Cocks (2017/TeensLoveBlackCocks.com/SD)   
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          Ella Nova – Roadside RimJobRoadside RimJob (2017/American-Pornstar.com/FullHD)   
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          Orientering 2017-06-30   
Regeringen og en række partier forhandler for tiden om en ny Forberedende Grunduddannelse for unge under 25 år. Men et springende punkt er selve skoleydelsen: Regeringen har nemlig spillet ud med en ydelse svarende til den nye produktionsskoleydelse - lavere end både SU og kontanthjælp. Og det vækker kritik. Vi hører hele tiden om flygtningestrømme ud af Syrien, men nye tal fra FN's flygtningekontor viser, at i løbet af 2017 er næsten en halv million syrere vendt tilbage til deres hjem - de fleste internt fordrevne. Vi spørger hvorfor og hvad de vender hjem til? Saudi-Arabien er trådt frem som den måske skarpeste af Qatars kritikere, men med på vognen er også de Forenede Arabiske Emirater. Her bor den danske ambassadør, Merete Juhl. Og herfra er hun både Danmarks ambassadør i Emiraterne og modparten i denne sag - Qatar. Hun er i dag gæst i Orientering. Birgitte Gadegaard redigerer. www.dr.dk/orientering
          Orientering 2017-06-29   
Mens danske politikere ånder lettet op over, at antallet af mennesker, der søger asyl herhjemme, er faldet drastisk, ser det helt anderledes ud i Italien. Orientering zoomer i dag ind på Italien, som politisk og økonomisk er ved at segne under presset. I konflikten mellem Qatar og dets nabolande har Tyrkiet i dag tilbudt at forhandle om de krav Saudi-Arabien, De Forenede Arabiske Emirater med flere har stillet om, at Qatar blandt andet lukker tv-stationen Al-Jazeera og afbryder sine forbindelser til Iran. Journalist Martin Selsøe rapporterer fra Qatar. I denne uge blev virksomheder og myndigheder i flere end 60 lande endnu en gang ramt af et ødelæggende cyberangreb. Der er tale om en cybervirus, der fortsat lammer A.P. Møller Mærsk's containerdrift. Og som har medført computernedbrud verden over. Det rejser spørgsmålet, om der er tale om en regulær cyberkrig? Og vil en digital Genève-konvention i så fald kunne bremse cyberangrebene ved at opstille juridiske rammer for, hvad man må? Det spørgsmål sætter vi til debat. Birgitte Gadegaard redigerer. www.dr.dk/orientering
          Qatar Working With US, Kuwait on Response to Saudi Demands   
Qatar Working With US, Kuwait on Response to Saudi Demands | Qatari FM says open to pursuing negotiations
          Lockheed wins $3.8 billion Black Hawk helicopter contract: Pentagon   
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's Sikorsky Aircraft Corp subsidiary was awarded a U.S. Army contract worth $3.8 billion for Black Hawk helicopters for sale to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Friday.

          Rex Tillerson Faces Mideast Test In Navigating Saudi Arabia, Qatar Tensions   
The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is the biggest test yet of the skills and influence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He has deep ties to Qatar's leaders, but the White House seems to prefer the Saudis.
          Qatar working with U.S., Kuwaitis on response to Gulf demands: minister   

Qatar working with U.S., Kuwaitis on response to Gulf demands: ministerDOHA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Qatar said on Thursday it was working with the United States and Kuwait to respond to a list of demands presented by Arab states who have accused Doha of supporting terrorism, an allegation that ignited a regional crisis between the U.S. allies. The feud erupted on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel links with Qatar, accusing it also of courting regional foe Iran.



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          brexit futures: uk as friend to human rights abusers   
Theresa May’s friendly visits with Donald Trump as he orders extreme vetting for people entering the US from majority Muslim countries (but not Saudi Arabia), and Recep ErdoÄŸan (apparently she did mention human rights) raise some real questions about what Britain’s future will look like outside the EU. This is what Global Britain is going […]
          Ron Paul asks: Is Civil War Coming to Saudi Arabia?   
What does Saudi King Salman’s surprising succession shake-up earlier this month tell us about stability in the kingdom? Perhaps more than we might think. The new crown prince, bin Salman, is the warhawk architect of the genocidal war on Yemen and the strange blockade of Qatar. The young crown prince is very close to the … Continue reading "Ron Paul asks: Is Civil War Coming to Saudi Arabia?"
          Depois do Qatar,Washington perdeu o Oriente Médio?   
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          Negara Teluk Pertimbangkan Sanksi Baru untuk Qatar   
RAKYATKU.COM - Beberapa negara teluk yang dipimpin Saudi sedang mempertimbangkan sanksi baru terhadap Qatar, termasuk meminta mitra dagang untuk memilih antara mereka atau Doha. Dalam sebuah wawancara…
          Muhammad Bin Salman: Alleinherrscher in Saudi-Arabien   

Eine neue Thronfolgeregelung in Saudi-Arabien stärkt die Macht des bisherigen Verteidigungsministers und neuen Kronprinzen Muhammad Bin Salman. Guido Steinberg über dessen Politik und ihre Folgen.

The post Muhammad Bin Salman: Alleinherrscher in Saudi-Arabien appeared first on EURACTIV.de.


          Der luxuriöseste Privatjet der Welt   

Der Saudi-Prinz Al-Waleed Bin Talal bezahlte 500 Millionen Dollar und machte aus einem Airbus A380 eine fliegende Luxusvilla.


          Bedouine: Bedouine review – one of the most charming albums of the year   

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Bedouine, real name Azniv Korkejian, was born in Aleppo to Armenian parents, lived in Saudi Arabia as a child, moved to America when her family won a green card lottery, and settled in LA, eventually piquing the interest of discerning artist and label boss Matthew E White.

Perhaps in response to her nomadic upbringing, there is a still, lived-in quality to her music, though her debut elegantly shape-shifts between Americana, country, cosmic folk and sun-scorched soul. Nick Drake echoes throughout Heart Take Flight, with its lilting guitar and her voice both wistful and resolute, while the introduction to One of These Days has the cosy bounce of Starland Vocal Band’s Afternoon Delight. There is something so comforting about these songs – it’s like tuning into a lost radio station from the 70s, rich in nostalgia, innocence and the warmth of old analog instruments. One of the most understated and charming albums of the year.

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          Uneasy Sits the Crown on the House of Saud   

While the House of Saud’s grip on political power in Saudi Arabia may appear as firm as ever, the Saudi royal family in fact walks a narrow tightrope, facing threats to their hold on power from both within and without. …


          Ein Brandbeschleuniger namens Trump   
Der Konflikt zwischen Saudi-Arabien und Iran wird immer gefährlicher für die Region - auch weil der US-Präsident den Streit befeuert. Ein Kommentar.
          Health Care Bill & GOP - Issues in the News - June 30, 2017   
Moderator Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, Linda Feldmann, Washington Bureau Chief for the Christian Science Monitor, and Tom DeFrank, Contributing Editor at National Journal, discuss attempts at saving the Republican health-care bill, a partial win for President Trump’s travel ban and new rules for US travel, Venezuela Crisis, and the US State Department’s critique of Saudi Arabia’s embargo against Qatar.
           Qatar 'Sangat Bersyukur' Atas Dukungan Turki Selama Blokade   

(Menteri Luar Negeri Qatar Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Sani)

  Yes  Muslim  - Menteri Luar Negeri Qatar menyatakan, "Sangat bersyukur dan berterimakasih", atas dukungan Turki selama krisis diplomatik dengan negara-negara tetangga di kawasan Teluk yang berlangsung sejak awal bulan ini, demikian disampaikan Menteri Luar Negeri Qatar Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Sani pada hari Kamis, 29 Juni 2017 kemarin.

Turki selama ini memiliki hubungan yang kuat dan mesra dengan Qatar namun hubungan kedua negara itu tidak berarti merusak hubungan Ankara dengan negara-negara Teluk lainnya, kata al-Sani dalam sebuah diskusi panel di Washington Amerika Serikat yang berfokus pada bagaimana menyelesaikan krisis Teluk.

"Turki telah mendukung Qatar dengan pasokan kebutuhan pokok karena blokade yang dilakukan oleh negara-negara tetangga dan mendesak pihak yang berseteru untuk melakukan dialog," katanya.

Arab Saudi, Bahrain, Mesir dan Uni Emirat Arab secara tiba-tiba memutuskan hubungan dengan Qatar pada 5 Juni, dengan alasan Doha memberikan dukungan kepada kelompok teroris.

Doha membantah tuduhan tersebut dan menolak 13 poin daftar permintaan yang dituntut dari empat negara pemboikot sebagai syarat untuk memulihkan hubungan.

Al-Sani mengatakan sebagian besar pernyataan tentang Qatar tidak berdasar dan bahwa negaranya siap untuk berbicara dengan negara tetangga untuk memecahkan masalah tersebut.

"Selama hal itu tidak melanggar independensi dan kedaulatan nasional kami, kami siap untuk duduk bersama tetangga kita dan membicarakan semua masalah," kata al-Sani.

"Krisis harus diakhiri dengan solusi politik dan diikuti partisipasi pelaku politik internasional."

Al Sani digambarkan "sangat produktif" dalam sebuah pertemuan awal pekan ini dengan Sekretaris Negara AS Rex Tillerson, tiga minggu setelah kementerian luar negeri AS secara terbuka menyatakan kebingungan pasca embargo oleh sejumlah negara yang didukung Arab Saudi terhadap Qatar.

Al-Sani yakin Tillerson bekerja keras untuk mengatasi krisis Teluk dan berharap usaha Amerika tersebut akan berhasil. 

Sumber: World Bulletin



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          Saudi Arabia extends deadline for illegal expats   
The initial three-month grace period ended on June 24.
          Army veteran leaves behind millions for charity   
OKLAHOMA CITY — More than two dozen Oklahoma families will know the joy of owning a home thanks to the gift one soldier left behind. Sergeant First Class E-7 Stephen Florentz served as a helicopter medic in Vietnam. He was wounded in battle in Asia and earned a purple heart before returning to the U.S. Years later, Florentz volunteered to serve one year in Saudi Arabia as part of Operation: Desert Storm. Florentz spent his life saving veterans both on the […]
          10 Negara Pencemar Lingkungan Terbesar di Dunia   

1. Qatar

Emisi karbon per kapita Qatar merupakan yang tertinggi di dunia. Menurut laporan Living Planet, jika setiap manusia hidup seperti orang Qatar rata-rata, maka bumi akan kehabisan sumber dayanya hampir lima kali lebih cepat dari tingkat saat ini. Karena, para warga Qatar menggunakan sumber daya dari bumi lebih banyak 50 persen dari yang dapat diambil dari bumi dalam setahun. Dengan kata lain, mereka menggunakan sumber daya setara dengan 1,5 planet bumi per tahun. Diperkirakan pada tahun 2030, mereka akan menggunakan sumber daya setara dengan 2 planet bumi setiap tahunnya. Seperti yang dilansir sidetek.
Ketika para pemimpin dunia berkumpul di Rio de Janeiro pada Juni, “biokapasitas” planet, yaitu berapa banyak jumlah kehidupan yang dapat disokong oleh Bumi, akan menjadi topik diskusi. Dan data Global Footprint menunjukkan bahwa manusia di seluruh dunia menggunakan sumber daya lebih dari biokapasitas yang dapat menyokong kehidupan mereka.
Lalu mengapa Qatar masuk ke dalam daftar negara pengkonsumsi energi tertinggi? Perlu anda ketahui, minyak yang dipompa keluar dari negara padang pasir ini bukanlah faktor utama tingginya jumlah konsumsi energi negara (kecuali jika dalam keadaan terbakar), melainkan penggunaan energi dari gedung-gedung pencakar langit di negara Timur Tengah ini menjadikan Qatar sebagai negara pemakai energi tertinggi di dunia.
Dapat anda bayangkan, untuk menyediakan air bagi para warganya saja, Qatar sudah mengkonsumsi energi dalam jumlah yang sangat besar, karena kebanyakan air di Timur Tengah diproduksi dengan cara desalinasi air laut. Dan permintaan energi meningkat sebesar 7 persen per tahun untuk menjalankan desalinator dan AC untuk menyejukkan udara padang pasir serta peralatan produksi gas alam dan minyak bumi.
2. Kuwait

Seperti Qatar yang berada di dekatnya, harga bahan bakar di Kuwait termasuk dari harga bahan bakar yang paling rendah di dunia. Meskipun begitu, Pendapatan Domestik Bruto negara ini tetap termasuk yang tertinggi di dunia. Rendahnya harga bahan bakar ini, ditambah dengan kurangnya infrastruktur angkutan umum, membuat penggunaan kendaraan pribadi menjadi satu-satunya cara untuk mobilitas warganya. Menurut Global Footprint Network, warga Kuwait rata-rata menggunakan sumber daya 22 kali lebih besar dari yang dapat negara mereka sediakan per orang.
3. Uni Emirat Arab

Meskipun menjadi negara pengekspor minyak terbesar keempat dunia (di belakang Arab Saudi, Rusia, dan Iran), Uni Emirat Arab secara terbuka mendorong pembaharuan dari protokol Kyoto (persetujuan antara negara-negara industri untuk mengurangi emisi), mengumumkan rencana untuk meningkatkan produksi energi terbarukan, dan bahkan meluncurkan proyek energi surya sebesar 1 gigawatt.
Namun Dubai, kota berpenduduk 1,5 juta orang, dengan pusat perbelanjaan terbesar di dunia, dan sebuah resor ski indoor, saat ini mendapatkan semua kebutuhan energinya dari pembakaran gas alam, itulah sebabnya negara ini menempati urutan ketiga dalam
daftar ini.
4. Denmark

Kebutuhan lahan pertanian di Denmark jauh lebih tinggi dibanding negara manapun. Karena begitu banyaknya jumlah daging yang dimakan per kapita di Denmark, negara harus mengimpor sejumlah besar gandum, yang begitu banyaknya sehingga akan mengambil 2 hektar tanah per orang, atau 2,5 kali lebih banyak tanah yang dimiliki Denmark.
5. Amerika Serikat

Jika semua orang hidup seperti orang Amerika rata-rata, produksi tahunan sumber daya bumi sudah akan habis pada akhir bulan Maret. Orang-orang Amerika lebih menyukai bepergian dengan kendaraan pribadi dibanding menggunakan angkutan umum, dan meningkatnya kebutuhan energi dan bahan bakar semakin mempertinggi emisi karbon per kapita negara ini.
6. Belgia

Biokapasitas dari lahan pertanian Belgia sangat rendah, sehingga begitu banyak makanan yang harus diimpor. Ini menjelaskan peringkat tinggi Belgia dalam daftar ini.
7. Australia

Australia menghasilkan 28,1 ton karbon dioksida per orang, salah satu tingkat emisi karbon per kapita tertinggi di dunia. Selain itu, permintaan negara ini untuk kayu, makanan, dan penggunaan padang rumput setara dengan 7 hektar tanah per orang, hampir empat kali lebih besar dari jumlah rata-rata di seluruh dunia.
8. Kanada

Biokapasitas Kanada adalah 14,92 hektar per kapita, 5,5 kali dari jumlah rata-rata konsumsi global. Walaupun hanya memiliki sedikit sumber daya, kota-kota di Kanada membutuhkan energi dengan jumlah yang sangat besar. Negara ini menempati peringkat ketujuh emisi karbon dioksida per kapita tertinggi di dunia. Emisi gas rumah kaca total di Kanada naik 24 persen antara tahun 1990 dan 2008.
9. Belanda

Negara kecil, dengan kepadatan penduduk yang tinggi dan luas lahan yang relatif sedikit untuk tanaman dan padang rumput, mengkonsumsi enam kali lebih banyak sumber daya (energi, makanan, dan banyak lagi) daripada yang mampu mereka hasilkan.
10. Irlandia

Pada tahun 2008, emisi gas rumah kaca Irlandia per kapita merupakan yang tertinggi kedua di Uni Eropa. Pertanian adalah sumber terbesar dari emisi ini, namun emisi dari kendaraan meningkat lebih dari dua kali lipat sejak 1998.
Namun, telah terjadi perbaikan dalam beberapa tahun terakhir, tahun 2009 adalah tahun kedua berturut-turut di mana emisi transportasi menurun, dan peningkatan sumber energi terbarukan dalam awal tahun 2000-an menurunkan jumlah emisi dari sektor energi sebesar 10 persen pada 2009.

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          Trump Plays Nuclear ‘Chicken’ with Putin Over Syria   

Trump Plays Nuclear ‘Chicken’ with Putin Over Syria


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U.S. President Donald Trump is playing a game of nuclear “chicken” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, regarding Putin’s threat on June 19th to go to war against the United States if the U.S. again shoots down, inside Syria — in the sovereign territory of the internationally-recognized-as-legal sovereign Syrian government — Syrian aircraft, or the aircraft of any of the foreign governments that have allied with Syria: Russia, Iran, and China.

After the U.S. had shot down a Syrian government plane on June 19th, which was bombing jihadists whom the U.S. government backs in order to overthrow the Syrian government, Russia announced:
“In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River, will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets” — meaning ordered out, or else immediately shot down.
That would place the U.S. and Russia in a traditional war against each other, over Syrian territory (Russia to protect Syria’s government, U.S. to replace it by a Saudi-allied jihadist one). The loser in that war, over the battlefields in Syria, would then have only one way to prevent defeat, which is a blitz nuclear attack against the other’s homeland, World War III between Russia and U.S., which would be ‘won’ by whichever of the two sides suffered the less damage (irrespective of whether the entire planet and ultimately all life will then have actually been destroyed by the exchange). The first side to attack would knock out many of the other side’s retaliatory silo-based ICBMs and thus probably be the ‘winner’, though that’s not certain (since most nukes aren’t silo-based).
Russia’s announcement is basically saying that direct war between Russia and the U.S. will result if the U.S. persists in its effort to conquer Syria, but the Washington Post has said that it’s really only a ‘bluff’, and CNBC has said that it’s only ‘bluster’, and Trump is now splitting hairs over whether he goes with that view (the neoconservative view) to continue the war against Assad, or whether Trump instead will abandon the neoconservative effort and withdraw American forces from Syria once ISIS there is defeated.
Both President Emmanuel Macron of France, and Prime Minister Theresa May of UK, have already gone on record as supporting the neoconservative position, that the U.S. and its allies should dictate to the sovereign government of Syria, and that Syria’s government should obey. Macron himself has even warned that “the use of chemical weapons will be met with a response, and even if France acts alone.” 
The summit meeting of the heads of state of the G20 countries will take place in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. Included there will be not only the U.S.-allied leaders — especially Macron, May, and Saudi Arabia’s King and Crown Prince — but also Putin, and also China’s Xi Jinping. There is some press-speculation that Trump wants to negotiate a deal there for Russia to abandon its alliance with Syria, and also its alliance with Iran. President Obama had tried to do that, but Putin declined the proposal. Perhaps the Western alliance is making these soundings of moving forward despite the Russian warning, so as to increase the pressure on Putin to cave, to crack him. In any event, the jihadists (agents of the Sauds) in Syria know that if they again set up a chemical attack so as to blame it on Assad, the U.S. and its allies have already committed themselves to go to war to overthrow Syria’s government (for ‘humanitarian reasons’). Any jihadist group there could thus pull the trigger even prior to the G20 Summit. 
Perhaps a jihadist will indeed pull the trigger, but would the U.S. then serve as the gun that some of Trump’s federal employees have promised the U.S. will be in such an instance? In a game of chicken, each side threatens, and maybe also deceives, so that its opponent will believe the worst; but the individual who pulls the trigger might turn out to be an obscure person about whom the general public knows nothing. It happened in WW I, and there is no reason why it couldn’t happen again. Furthermore (as that linked-to source also well documents), underestimating the seriousness of a head-of-state’s commitments, can produce global catastrophe.

Featured image: Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump (Photo from Sky News)

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, All War All the Time, or War American-Style
At 36% to 37% in the latest polls, Donald Trump’s approval rating is in a ditch in what should still be the “honeymoon” period of his presidency. And yet, compared to Congress (25%), he’s a maestro of popularity. In fact, there’s just one institution in American society that gets uniformly staggeringly positive votes of “confidence” from Americans in polls and that’s the U.S. military (83%).  And this should be the greatest mystery of them all.
That military, keep in mind, hasn’t won a significant conflict since World War II. (In retrospect, the First Gulf War, which once seemed like a triumph beyond compare for the globe’s highest-tech force, turned out to be just the first step into the never-ending quagmire of Iraq.) In this century, the U.S. military has, in fact, stumbled from one “successful” invasion to another, one terror-spreading conflict to the next, without ever coming up for air. Meanwhile, the American taxpayer has poured money into the Pentagon and the rest of the national security state in amounts that should boggle the mind. And yet, the U.S. hasn’t been able to truly extricate itself from a single country it's gotten involved in across the Greater Middle East for decades.  In the wake of its ministrations, nations have crumbled, allies have been crippled, and tens of millions of people across a vast region of the planet have been uprooted from their homes and swept into the maelstrom. In other words, Washington’s version of imperial war fighting should be seen as the record from hell for a force regularly hailed here as the “finest” in history.  The question is: finest at what?
All of this is on the record. All of this should be reasonably apparent to anyone half-paying attention and yet the American public’s confidence in the force fighting what Rebecca Gordon has termed “forever wars” is almost off the charts. For that, you can undoubtedly blame, in part, the urge of the military high command never again to experience a citizen’s army roiled by antiwar protests and in near revolt as in the Vietnam era. As a result, in 1973, the draft was ended and in the decades that followed the public was successfully demobilizedwhen it came to American war. George W. Bush’s classic post-9/11 suggestion that Americans respond to the horror of those falling towers by visiting Disney World and enjoying “life the way we want it to be enjoyed” caught that mood exactly. But the explanation undoubtedly goes deeper yet, as TomDispatch regular Gordon, author of American Nuremberg, suggests today. Tom
America at War Since 9/11 
Reality or Reality TV? 
By Rebecca Gordon
The headlines arrive in my inbox day after day: “U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria killed hundreds of civilians, U.N. panel says.” “Pentagon wants to declare more parts of world as temporary battlefields.” “The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.” There are so many wars and rumors of war involving our country these days that it starts to feel a little unreal, even for the most devoted of news watchers. And for many Americans, it’s long been that way. For them, the meaning of war is closer to reality TV than it is to reality.

On a June day, you could, for instance, open the New York Times and read that “airstrikes by the American-led coalition against Islamic State targets have killed hundreds of civilians around Raqqa, the militant group’s last Syrian stronghold, and left 160,000 people displaced.” Or you could come across statistics two orders of magnitude larger in learning from a variety of sources that famine is stalking 17 million people in Yemen. That is the predictable result of a Saudi Arabian proxy war against Iran, a campaign supported by the U.S. with weaponry and logistical assistance, in which, according to Human Rights Watch, the U.S. may well be complicit in torture. You could contemplate the fact that in Iraq, a country the United States destabilized with its 2003 invasion and occupation, there are still at least three million internally displaced people, according to the U.N. High Commission for Refugees; or that more than 411,000 Iraqis remain displaced from their homes in Mosul alone since the Iraqi army launched a U.S.-backed offensive to drive ISIS out of that city last October.
Yes, it’s possible to click on those links or to catch so many other Internet or TV news reports about how such American or American-backed wars are damaging infrastructure, destroying entire health care systems, uprootingmillions, and putting at risk the education of whole generations thousands of miles away. But none of it is real for most of us in this country.
How could it be real? Most of us no longer have any idea what war is like for the people who live through it. No major war has been fought on U.S. territory since the Civil War ended in 1865, and the last people who remembered that terrible time died decades before the turn of this century. There is no one around to give us a taste of that reality -- except of course for the refugees that the Trump administration is now doing its best to keep out.
In addition, Americans who once were mobilized to support their country’s wars in distant lands (remember Victory Gardens or war bond drives?) are simply told to carry on with their lives as if it were peacetime. And the possibility of going to war in an army of citizen draftees has long been put to rest by America’s “all-volunteer” military.
As the U.S. battlefield expands, the need becomes ever greater for people in this country to understand the reality of war, especially now that we have a president from the world of “reality” TV. During the second half of the twentieth century, Congress repeatedly ceded its constitutional power to declare war to successive executive administrations. At the moment, however, we have in Donald Trump a president who appears to be bored with those purloined powers (and with the very idea of civilian control over the military). In fact, our feckless commander-in-chief seems to be handing overdirectly to that military all power to decide when and where this country sends its troops or launches its missiles from drones.
Now that our democratic connection to the wars fought in our name has receded yet one more step from our real lives and any civilian role in war (except praising and thanking “the warriors”) is fading into the history books, isn’t it about time to ask some questions about the very nature of reality and of those wars?
War From the Civilian Point of View
We think of wars, reasonably enough, as primarily affecting the soldiers engaged in them. The young men and women who fight -- some as volunteers and some who choose military service over unemployment and poverty -- do sometimes die in “our” wars. And even if they survive, as we now know, their bodies and psyches often bear the lifelong scars of the experience.
Indeed, I’ve met some of these former soldiers in the college philosophy classes I teach. There was the erstwhile Army sniper who sat in the very back of the classroom, his left leg constantly bouncing up and down. The explosion of a roadside bomb had broken his back and left him in constant pain, but the greatest source of his suffering, as he told me, was the constant anxiety that forced him on many days to walk out halfway through the class. Then there was the young man who’d served in Baghdad and assured me, “If anyone fought in Afghanistan or Iraq, and they say they came back whole, they’re either lying or they just haven’t realized yet what happened to them.”
And there were the young women who told the class that, in fear, they’d had to move out of their homes because their boyfriends came back from the wars as dangerous young men they no longer recognized. If we in this country know anything real about war, it’s from people like these -- from members of the military or those close to them.
But we only get the most partial understanding of war from veterans and their families. In fact, most people affected by modern wars are not soldiers at all. Somewhere between 60 and 80 million people died during World War II, and more than 60% of them were civilians. They died as victims of the usual horrific acts of war, or outright war crimes, or crimes against humanity. A similar number succumbed to war-related disease and famine, including millions in places most Americans don’t even think of as major sites of that war’s horrors: China, India, French Indochina, and the Dutch East Indies. And, of course, close to six million Poles, most of them Jews, along with at least 16 million Soviet civilians died in the brutal Nazi invasion and attempted occupation of major parts of the Soviet Union.
And that hardly ends the tally of civilians devastated by that war. Another 60 million people became displaced or refugees in its wake, many forever torn from their homes.
So what is war like for the people who live where it happens? We can find out a reasonable amount about that if we want to. It’s not hard to dig up personal accounts of such experiences in past wars. But what can we know about the civilians living through our country’s current wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen?  There, too, personal accounts are available, but you have to go searching. 
Certainly, it’s possible, for instance, to learn something about the deaths of 200 people in a school hit by a single U.S. airstrike in the Syrian city of Raqqa. But that can’t make us feel the unendurable, inescapable pain of a human body being crushed in the collapse of that one school. It can’t make us hear the screams at that moment or later smell the stench of the decomposing dead. You have to be there to know that reality.
Still, daily life in a country at war isn’t all screams and stench. A lot of the time it’s just ordinary existence, but experienced with a kind of double awareness.  On the one hand, you send your children to school, walk to the market to do your shopping, go out to your fields to plow or plant. On the other, you know that at any moment your ordinary life can be interrupted -- ended, in fact -- by forces over which you have no control.
That’s what it was like for me during the months I spent, as my partner likes to say, trying to get myself killed in somebody else’s country. In 1984, I worked for six months in the war zones of Nicaragua as a volunteer for Witness for Peace (WFP). In 1979, the Sandinista movement had led a national insurrection, overthrowing the U.S.-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza. In response, the U.S. had funded counterrevolutionaries, or “contras,” who, by the time I arrived, had launched a major military campaign against the Sandinistas. Under CIA direction, they had adopted a military strategy of sabotaging government services, including rural health clinics, schools, and phone lines, and terrorizing the civilian population with murders, kidnappings, torture, and mutilation.
My job was simple: to visit the towns and villages that they had attacked and record the testimony of the survivors. In the process, for instance, I talked to a man whose son had been hacked into so many pieces he had to bury him in the field where he had been left. I met the children of a 70-year-old man a week after the contras flayed him alive, slicing the skin off his face. I talked to the mayor of a town in northern Nicaragua, whose parents were kidnapped and tortured to death by the contras.  
The original dream of WFP was somewhat more grandiose than collecting horror stories. American volunteers were to provide a “shield of love” for Nicaraguans threatened by the U.S.-supported contras. The theory was that they might be less inclined to attack a town if they knew that U.S. citizens were in the area, lest they bite the hand that was (however clandestinely) feeding them. In reality, the Sandinistas were unwilling to put guests like me at risk that way, and -- far from being a shield -- in times of danger we were sometimes an extra liability. In fact, the night the contras surrounded Jalapa, where I was staying for a few weeks, the town’s mayor sent a couple of soldiers with guns to guard the house of “the American pacifists.”  So much for who was shielding whom. (On that particular night, the Nicaraguan army confronted the contras before they made it to Jalapa. We could hear a battle in the distance, but it never threatened the town itself.)
All that day, we’d been digging to help build Jalapa’s refugio, an underground shelter to protect children and old people in case of an aerial attack. Other town residents had been planting trees on the denuded hillsides where Somoza had allowed U.S. and Canadian lumber companies to clear-cut old-growth forest. This was dangerous work; tree planters were favorite contra targets. But most people in town were simply going about their ordinary lives -- working in the market, washing clothes, fixing cars -- while the loudspeakers on the edge of town blared news about the latest contra kidnappings.  
This is what living in a war zone can be like: you plant trees that might take 20 years to mature, knowing at the same time that you might not survive the night.
Keep in mind that my experience was limited. I wasn’t a Nicaraguan. I could leave whenever I chose. And after those six months, I did go home. The Nicaraguans were home. In addition, the scale of that war was modest compared to the present U.S. wars across the Greater Middle East. And Nicaraguans were fortunate to escape some of the worst effects of a conflict fought in an agricultural society. So often, war makes planting and harvesting too dangerous to undertake and when the agricultural cycle is interrupted people begin to starve. In addition, it was short enough that, although the contras intentionally targeted schools and teachers, an entire generation did not lose their educations, as is happening now in parts of the Greater Middle East.
Many rural Nicaraguans lacked electricity and running water, so there was no great harm done when “se fue la luz” -- the electricity was cut off, as often happened when the contras attacked a power generator. Worse was when “se fue el agua -- the water in people’s homes or at communal pumps stopped running, often as a result of a contra attack on a pumping station or their destruction of water pipes. Still, for the most part, these were unpleasant inconveniences in a rural society where electricity and running water were not yet all that common, and where people knew how to make do without.
Imagine instead that you live (or lived) in a major Middle Eastern city -- say, Ramadi, Fallujah, Mosul, or Aleppo (all now partially or nearly totally reduced to rubble), or even a city like Baghdad that, despite constant suicide bombings, is still functioning.  Your life, of course, is organized around the modern infrastructure that brings light, power, and water into your home. In the United States, unless you live in Flint, Michigan, it’s hard to grasp what it might be like not to have potable water dependably spilling out of the faucet.
Suppose you got up one morning and your phone hadn’t charged overnight, the light switches had all stopped working, you couldn’t toast your Pop-Tarts, and there was no hope of a cup of coffee, because there was no water. No water all that day, or the next day, or the one after. What would you do after the bottled water was gone from the stores? What would you do as you watched your kids grow weak from thirst? Where would you go, when you knew you would die if you remained in the familiar place that had so long been your home?  What, in fact, would you do if opposing armed forces (as in most of the cities mentioned above) fought it out in your very neighborhood?
Reality or Reality TV?
I’ve been teaching college students for over a decade. I now face students who have lived their entire conscious lives in a country we are told is “at war.” They’ve never known anything else, since the moment in 2001 when George W. Bush declared a Global War on Terror. But their experience of this war, like my own, is less reality, and more reality TV. Their iPhones work; the water and light in their homes are fine; their screens are on day and night. No one bombs their neighborhoods. They have no citizenly duty to go into the military. Their lives are no different due to the “war” (or rather wars) their country is fighting in their name in distant lands.
Theirs, then, is the strangest of “wars,” one without sacrifice. It lacks the ration books, the blackouts, the shortages my parents’ generation experienced during World War II. It lacks the fear that an enemy army will land on our coasts or descend from our skies. None of us fears that war will take away our food, electricity, water, or most precious of all, our Wi-Fi. For us, if we think about them at all, that set of distant conflicts is only an endless make-believe war, one that might as well be taking place on another planet in another universe.
Of course, in a sense, it’s inaccurate to say we’ve sacrificed nothing. The poorest among us have, in fact, sacrificed the most, living in a country willing to put almost any sum into the Pentagon and its wars, but “unable” to afford to provide the basic entitlements enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: life, food, clothing, housing, education, not to speak, these days, of infrastructure. What could a U.S. government do for the health, education, and general wellbeing of its people, if it weren’t devoting more than half the country’s discretionary spending to the military?
There’s something else we haven’t had to sacrifice, though: peace of mind. We don’t have to carry in our consciousness the effects of those wars on our soldiers, on our military adversaries, or on the millions of civilians whose bodies or lives have been mangled in them. Those effects have been largely airbrushed out of our mental portrait of a Pax Americana world. Our understanding of our country’s endless wars has been sanitized, manipulated, and packaged for our consumption the way producers manipulate and package the relationships of participants on reality TV shows like The Bachelor.
If Vietnam was the first televised war, then the 1991 Gulf War against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was the first video-game-style war. Who could forget the haunting green images of explosions over Baghdad on that first night (even if they've forgotten the 50 “decapitation” strikes against the Iraqi leadership that killed not one of them but dozens of civilians)? Who could forget the live broadcasts streamed from video cameras attached to “smart” bombs -- or the time two of them demolished what turned out to be a civilian air raid shelter, killing more than 200 people hiding inside? Who could forget those live reports from CNN that gave us the illusion that we were almost there ourselves and understood just what was seemingly unfolding before our eyes?
In fact, a University of Massachusetts study later found that “the more people watched TV during the Gulf crisis, the less they knew about the underlying issues, and the more likely they were to support the war.” And even if we did understand the “underlying issues,” did we understand what it’s like to find yourself trapped under the rubble of your own house?
During almost 16 years of war since the attacks of 9/11, the mystification on the “home front” has only grown, as attention has wandered and some of our ongoing wars (as in Afghanistan) have been largely forgotten. Our enemies change regularly. Who even remembers al-Qaeda in Iraq or that it became the Islamic State? Who remembers when we were fighting the al-Qaeda-inspired al-Nusra Front (or even that we were ever fighting them) instead of welcoming its militants into an alliance against Bashir al-Assad in Syria? The enemies may rotate, but the wars only continue and spread like so many metastasizing cancer cells.
Even as the number of our wars expands, however, they seem to grow less real to us here in the United States. So it becomes ever more important that we, in whose name those wars are being pursued, make the effort to grasp their grim reality. It’s important to remind ourselves that war is the worst possible way of settling human disagreements, focused as it is upon injuring human flesh (and ravaging the basics of human life) until one side can no longer withstand the pain. Worse yet, as those almost 16 years since 9/11 show, our wars have caused endless pain and settled no disagreements at all.
In this country, we don’t have to know that in American wars real people’s bodies are torn apart, real people die, and real cities are turned to rubble. We can watch interviews with survivors of the latest airstrikes on the nightly news and then catch the latest episode of ersatz suffering on Survivor. After a while, it becomes hard for many of us to tell (or even to care) which is real, and which is only reality TV.
Rebecca Gordon, a TomDispatch regular, teaches in the philosophy department at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes. Her previous books include Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post-9/11 United States and Letters from Nicaragua.
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          Saudi Arabia Has Handed the Emir of Qatar an Opportunity to Redirect History   

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          Red Line Republicans   
     The more I study the latter-day Republican Party, the more I'm convinced red is the perfect color for it. Red, as in red zones, is the universal color for danger, which Republicans are constantly reminding us we're in then make their apocalyptic scenarios, for different reasons, self-fulfilling prophecies.
     Red is also symbolic of the old Soviet Union, which Republicans used to revile until the rise of Trump. Now, as far as US-Russo relations are concerned, the Democrats and Republicans have completely switched sides like drunks in a madcap game of Musical Chairs.
     Red also is the token color of rage, the color that drives bulls into a murderous frenzy or the stereotypical red fog that we metaphorically see when we ourselves are in the grip of rage.
     All three of these colors are perfect for a psychopath named Greg Gianforte.
     If you've been paying attention, Gianforte is the New Jersey-born carpetbagger piece of shit who'd gotten elected to Congress last night in a runoff election to replace former Montana Congressman-at-large Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of the Interior. Let's start with what happened on Wednesday the 24th and work our way back:
     Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs was at Gianforte's campaign headquarters just as the candidate was about to make one of his final public appearances before Thursday's election. Jacobs had asked Gianforte a question about the CBO's troubling analysis of the health care bill recently passed in the House and he deflected the question yet again and told Jacobs to talk to his spokesman Shane Scanlon. Less than one second later, Gianforte can be heard grappling with the reporter and screaming at him.
     To show how completely unhinged and blind to optics Gianforte is, he attacked Jacobs in full view of a Fox news crew and other journalists. As horrifying as the tape sounds, what actually happened is much worse- According to Fox reporter Alicia Acuna, the Republican grabbed the Jewish reporter by the neck with both hands, body-slammed him, moved him sideways then began punching him while screaming at him.
     Fox's hosts completely ignored the incident, as if this is supposed to be the norm. In fact, some of them had pressured Acuna into retracting her eyewitness report (to her credit, she didn't, although that didn't stop lying right wing scumbags from saying she did, anyway.).
     Other right wing scumbags like Duncan Hunter of California said Jacobs got what was coming to him. Laura Ingraham, the one who tried to get Acuna to change her story, was basically splitting hairs and trying to make a distinction between what's assault or not depends entirely on what part of a person's neck you grab (Montana law enforcement charged him with misdemeanor assault, although it's difficult to see how grabbing a man's neck with both hands, body-slamming him and punching him isn't felony assault).
     Pedophile Rush Limbaugh, a ghost from the past, called Gianforte "manly" and "studly" for body-slamming the "pajama boy" journalist (which makes the rest of us wonder if Limbaugh has something he'd like to share with the rest of the class while he's just playing out the string of the rest of his contract that surely will not be renewed.).
     This is not new for Republicans. Nearly two and a half years ago, Rep. Michael Grimm threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony after "breaking (him) in half." And we've seen since Trump was still candidate Trump how antagonistic he's been to a press that over the decades had fawned over him and made him a household name. And of course, there was the still-recent example of Dan Heyman, the reporter who tried to ask HHS Secretary Tom Price a question about the AHCA and actually got expelled and arrested by West Virginia authorities.
     And let's not forget the abrupt expulsion of Univision reporter Jorge Ramos during Donald Trump's first presser since Election Day.
     From a purely objective perspective, it's easy to see why Republicans for decades have been antagonistic toward the 4th (and now the 5th) estate. Republicans by and large are furtive scumbags who much prefer to operate in the shadows, well hidden from public scrutiny. They hysterically accuse the very infrequent examples of actual investigative reporting as ambush journalism.
     And it's perhaps this very type of journalism that put Jacobs on Gianforte's baleful radar screen, especially since Jacobs wrote and published last April 28th this piece about Gianforte owning stock in two Russian companies that had been sanctioned by the US government since Putin had annexed the Crimea. "You did this the last time!" Gianforte screamed at Jacobs as he repeatedly punched him in the process of putting him in the hospital.
     Maybe his already thin skin was already rasped when the NY Times had reported earlier this month that the Republican candidate had been caught on tape thanking lobbyists for their work in passing the House health care bill. To hear Gianforte talk, it was as if they'd voted on the bill themselves. Which they practically had.
     This increasingly toxic relationship between the GOP and the press seemingly reached its apotheosis with Gianforte openly and brutally assaulting a reporter who was trying to do his job (then lied about it), in full view of a room full of witnesses, and had his fellow right wing nut jobs excuse his Neanderthal behavior. But was it the apotheosis? One must pay close attention to this deteriorating relationship between Republicans and the press that's supposed to be their watchdog in a supposedly free and democratic society. Republicans are making jokes about murdering the press, such as this one from the Secretary of Homeland Security when Trump was presented with a saber at his whiny commencement address at the Coast Guard Academy.
     Yes, our Homeland Security from the top down perceives the media as a threat to our nation that needs to be liquidated. Trump said so on Twitter. It must be true.
     It's a sad day in a so-called free Democratic Republic that the highest levels of our government coddle dictators like the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, North Korea and especially Russia while steadily escalating hostilities with the media that is supposed to be its watchdog. And now, we've just elected to Congress a psychopath who attacked and sent a reporter to the hospital (then, again, lied about it) and has to answer to assault charges this June 7th.
     And people are making excuses for him. Overton's Window. Assault, once a crime, is now proof of "manly" and "studly" behavior. Just asking a question of these arrogant douchebags is also asking for it. It wasn't assault, it was self-defense. He spoke too loud. He got too close to me, he grabbed me, Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?
     To say this incident last Wednesday as well as the others I've itemized, is having a chilling effect on the media is soft-pedaling it. But far from having a chilling effect, it ought to energize this lapdog media that will ignore, spin, deny and whitewash anything just for direct access to bullshit. The media at large should be going after these furtive scumbags with hammers and tongs. They hate the media because they have a lot to hide.
     When Adolph Hitler ascended to power 84 years ago, it was not a coup. He was democratically elected by the people of post Wiemar Germany. Though he'd consolidated power with astonishing rapidity (in about 70 days), the Third Reich still did not materialize overnight. He did so by stages, including suppressing the German media and demonizing and expelling from the business anyone who wouldn't get in line with the National Socialist Party's agenda. Before anyone knew it, virtually all 4700 of Germany's newspapers became mere propaganda arms for Hitler and Goebbells. And they were able to do so with the threat of a Communist takeover. Otherism. Fear. There's always a market for it and never goes out of style.
     Incremental stages. Frogs in the boiling water who fool themselves into thinking they can still take it, that the water's not getting too hot. It's not just a case of it possibly happening here. It is happening now as we speak.
          The Musclehead From Brussels   
 (By American Zen's Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein)
It should've been written into the script: The Big Bully arrives in town, starts throwing his weight around, then Jean-Claude Van Damme leaps to save the day and kicks the bad guy senseless. Alas, that did not happen any more than a Batman will come to save Gotham City (formerly known as the United States).
     Any dead-end Trumper hoping against hope, reason and basic sanity that our Chief Executive would go on his first Big Boy Trip and not embarrass us should be bitterly disappointed. And if they're not, then they deserve to have their mental health care taken from them if Sauron gets his way and passes the AHCA, It all started, not so innocently enough, in Saudi Arabia.
     The tone for dysfunction was set when Trump reached for Melania's hand as they were leaving Air Force One and she rejected it by putting her left hand to her hair. Needing a consolation, Trump then patted the First Lady's ass. (Melania would do it again a couple days later in Israel.) Then, after agreeing, through a Jared Kushner-brokered deal to sell $110 billion in arms to the Saudis (in exchange for a $100,000,000 bribe to Ivanka's proposed foundation), Trump, the King of Saudi Arabia and Egypt's dictator held a glowing orb ceremony that looked as if it came out of a bad Roger Corman movie.

     Whether they were attempting to reach the blubbery spirit of Roger Ailes, the Dark Prince or Sauron himself, they reached someone- The very next day a 4x4 sinkhole opened up right in front of Mar-a-Lago (aka the Panhandle Kremlin). Then co-First Ladies Ivanka and Melania decided to opt out of wearing head scarves, something for which Trump himself raked Michelle Obama over the coals when she'd done the same (something for which even Ted Cruz had cheered her).
     Then after three of the world's biggest dictators and perpetrators of state-sponsored terrorism had their creepy seance pledging to end non state-sponsored terrorism, it was off to Israel, then the Vatican. And in the theological trifecta, Trump managed to thoroughly humiliate us in all three religions.

The Stupidest Person on the Face of the Earth

No, the Israelis didn't shoot Trump, even though he'd given away their secrets to the Russians, but they must've surely thought about it. As usual, it all started right out of the gate, literally, when Melania again swatted away Trump's hand on the red carpet in Tel Aviv. Then, as if the world's media wasn't already giving his itinerary and every detail within it enough press, he then announced to Israeli officials, in Israel, "I've just left the Middle East."
     
     It kinda went downhill from that point on.
     The Israeli visit at least held the faintest hope for Trump to acquit himself as something more than the mentally-challenged misfit he's proved to be on the world stage. After all, since Trump was on the campaign trail in 2015-6, he's been calling consistently for a two state solution between Israel and Palestine. Alas, it was not to be.
     When he left 28 hours later, he had not given one shred of evidence he'd thought this peace thingie through despite all the time he'd had to develop a peace plan during his campaign, his transition, and during the 120+ days he's been in the White House (aka Kremlin-on-the-Potomac). But there was one bright takeaway from Trump's visit- He'd told Netanyahu that when he was talking to the Russians in the Oval Office, he "never mentioned Israel."
     Which I'm sure came as a great relief to the Israelis even though their code-word protected intelligence about ISIS was given to a nation with whom they'd pointedly not shared said intelligence. And speaking of which, after Trump's visit, Israel has also decided not to share some of their classified intelligence with us. Yeah, maybe that's for the best.
     For any American President making an official state visit to Israel, a stop at the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem is a must. There's a guestbook for heads of state to sign. And Donald Trump's bizarre note in the Yad Vashem guestbook reads like something someone would write of their Disneyland vacation on Yelp.com. To say the least, it stands in stark contrast to the much lengthier, more comprehensive note left by President Obama. It essentially was all about him and what a great tourist stop was the memorial erected to remember the 6,000,000 victims of the Holocaust who were never mentioned in Trump's jaunty tourist memorandum. One can only wonder if Trump left an invoice to Mexico inside the Wailing Wall.
     Then it was on to the Vatican and beyond...

No Weddings But a Funeral For Democracxy
Pope Francis is certainly the most popular pontiff since at least Pope John XXIII. He seems to genuinely love his role as the Vicar of Christ as much as he relishes ministering to the poor. He seems like a nice, folksy head of state who has a ready smile for anyone he may meet... uh, with certain exceptions.
     It can't be said the two First Ladies didn't play their part. In stark contrast to their refusal to wear head scarves in Saudi Arabia, Ivanka and Melania, in keeping with papal tradition, wore black dresses and veils (and giving the photo op something of a creepy Diane Arbus ambiance to the whole thing.).
     I'll just gloss over the creepiness, the countless embarrassments Trump caused us in Vatican City and the two leader's prior barbs at each other over Trump's wall and just let the awkward pictures do the talking.

     Trump left the Vatican, saying he was more determined than ever to pursue peace in the world. Meanwhile, before he even got to the Vatican, this little tidbit about a certain Navy SEAL raid in Yemen somehow got pushed off the MSM's radar. I'm sure Trump felt real bad about it afterwards once he met with the Pope. Sure.

National Lampoon's Belgian Vacation
If anyone had any illusions that President Griswold wouldn't embarrass the United States at the dedication of the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, they were sadly misinformed. If there's anything else that Trump shares with the establishment GOP besides killing the poor and middle class, tax cuts for his billionaire buddies and deregulating every industry under the sun, it's his ignorant hatred of the United Nations and NATO's mission.
     At this point, it's difficult if not outright impossible to determine if Trump even knows what Article 5 in Chapter II of the UN charter is, much less remember that it was invoked only once by the UN- For our benefit right after the 9/11 attacks. But Trump today mentioned Article 5 in vague terms, preferring, instead, to focus on his moth-eaten lie of 23 of 28 NATO member nations not kicking in their fair share to fight terrorism (in reality, they'd paid more than mere money to that end- To date, over 1000 non-American NATO troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan alone). Ironically, standing next to Trump was a sculpture made of twisted metal found at Ground Zero.
     What Trump either doesn't remember or care to learn is that each nation pledges their support and pays for it out of their respective defense budgets. It's difficult to believe that one of Trump's more pragmatic and knowledgeable aides hasn't taken him aside and informed him of this simple fact.
     Perhaps it's that rampant ignorance that accounted for the faces and body language of the world leaders who had to listen to this drivel. Afterwards, Trump pushed Montenegro's Prime Minister aside so he could be front and center for the photo op, then refused to shake the hand of the lady who'd offered hers.
     It's that arrogant, right wing ignorance and hostility toward NATO (As well as the United Nations) that makes observers who actually have a functional cerebrum to wonder if he'll just as impetuously pull out of the 195 nation Paris Climate Accord. In light of his rolling back all the Obama regulations on polluting industries, a reasonable person would have cause to suspect it.
     So, let's sum up our Big Boy's First Big Boy Trip:
     He'd cozied up to dictators from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, had a creepy glowing orb ceremony, thought he was out of the Middle East once he landed in Israel and made an Israeli diplomat publicly face palm himself, left no evidence he has a peace plan for Israel and Palestine to follow, screwed the pooch as far as Israeli intelligence-sharing goes, left a chipper Yelp review of Yad Vashem, successfully wrestled the perpetual smile off Pope Francis's face, praised dictators while insulting our NATO allies, and managed to kill some Yemeni elders while preaching vapidly about peace.
     And if that doesn't sufficiently scare you, he found time to submit to Congress while abroad a budget with a two trillion dollar error.

          Creepiest Picture o' the Day   
     While Donnie Dumbo was touring Arabia and selling $100+ billion worth of war machines so Saudi Arabia can defend itself against widowed and orphaned Yemeni women and children in exchange for $100 million to Ivanka's proposed "foundation", this picture leaked out. Oh no, it doesn't at all scream New World Order to liberal moonbats who might optimistically see in this Trump and his fellow dictators making an accidental summoning of the real landlords of Earth who are the aliens watching this blatant orgy of corruption on full, flagrant display. But one can hope they do summon them so they can finally 86 their fucking Prime Directive and set our sore asses straight.


     Meanwhile, as every dictator's favorite BFF was staggering around collecting gaudy medals and complimenting al-Sisi's shoes, this came out at the same time.

     Oops. Those Yemenis just can't catch a break, can they? Al Qaeda, if you need reminding, is largely Saudi-based and being entirely Sunni... like Saudi Arabia.
     Нет, нет, здесь нечего смотреть, товарищи.
          RIAA Trashes Its Legacy As A 1st Amendment Supporter By Cheering On Global Internet Censorship   

It appears that many people don't remember this, but the RIAA used to be a major force in protecting free speech and the First Amendment. It had many good reasons to do so, after all, since free speech is very important to all of the artists that the RIAA's labels work with. Artistic expression -- especially in the musical realm -- has frequently come under attack by politicians and, for decades, the RIAA was actually a really important player in standing up for the First Amendment. See, for example, this 1992 article in the LA Times from then RIAA President Jason Berman, in which he lists out all the ways that the RIAA has been fighting censorship. Yes, these are all specific in protecting musicians, but they were some really important First Amendment arguments to be made in these areas:

  • In 1990, the RIAA kept lyric labeling legislation off the books in 22 states by implementing a state government relations program that became the RIAA's second-highest-funded program, dedicated a full-time RIAA executive, consumed more than 80% of the association's public relations efforts, mobilized grass-roots campaigns involving local retailers, artists, legislators and consumers and brought expert witnesses to testify before state legislatures.
  • Again in 1991, the efforts of the RIAA's state government relations program defeated similar legislation in more than a dozen states.
  • This year, the program has been broadened by recruiting local legislative councils in 14 states resulting in defeated measures in New York, West Virginia, Arizona, Illinois and Missouri while the battle continues in Massachusetts, Louisiana and Michigan.
  • Throughout all of this activity, we've been a key player in opposing a federal bill creating third-party liability for sexual violence alleged to have been caused by music and other forms of entertainment.
  • We are a founding member and the principal funder for Rock the Vote, the music industry grass-roots organization aimed at defeating censorship and promoting participation by young people in the democratic process.
  • We formed the Coalition Against Lyric Legislation, an organization comprising more than 60 groups rallying to fight freedom of expression.
  • In addition to our amicus brief on behalf of 2 Live Crew, which raised the key issues leading to their exoneration in the 11th Circuit appeal, we contributed to the cost of the defense in the case, and have also committed legal and financial assistance to retailers in Nebraska and Florida.
  • Finally, we are proud to stand with the Washington Music Industry Coalition to seek a judicial declaratory ruling that the recently enacted erotic music statute is unconstitutional and should be stricken from the books.
And that's just one article -- the first I found via a quick Google search. If you were interested in these issues in the 1980s, the RIAA was very involved in protecting the First Amendment.

So it's fairly ridiculous (if entirely expected) that the modern RIAA is destroying that historic legacy of protecting free speech by now cheering on global internet censorship. As we've discussed, Canada recently launched a horrific attack on free speech, by saying that it can issue injunctions blocking entire sites globally on mere accusations of infringement. Let's repeat that: the Canadian court is saying that, even before a trial has determined if there is actual infringement, it can order sites (in this case Google) to block entire websites (not just pages involved in the infringement) -- and that it can do so globally. As we pointed out, this precedent is horrifying. What will happen when China demands all stories about Tiananmen Square be blocked globally? Or what happens when Saudi Arabia or Iran demands that pages supporting democratic reforms or LGBTQ rights must be taken down globally?

And yet, rather than condemn an overly broad ruling that will lead to global censorship, the RIAA sullied its own historical legacy and cheered on this global censorship ruling, claiming that it was "a win."

And, yes, it doesn't take a genius to figure out why the RIAA is so wishy-washy on free speech. Those earlier issues involved protecting musicians. Now, with the internet, it wants to stomp out free speech on the off chance that some of it might infringe copyrights and make RIAA members' business models somewhat trickier. But that's sad. A principled organization should stand up for what's right -- and not what's politically expedient. And, really, this ruling will almost certainly come back to bite the RIAA as well. Not only will it lead to new, helpful, innovative platforms facing global censorship, is it that hard to believe that some countries may try to censor RIAA-connected artists, using this ruling as precedent?

These days, the bosses at the RIAA have got so much "piracy-on-the brain" that they seem completely unable to (1) stick to a principled position on the First Amendment or (2) see how cheering on global censorship might come back to bite them as well.



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          Comment on Call on Kelantan voters to “kill two birds with one stone” by voting to change two governments – state and federal – in the 14th General Election by Bigjoe   
The issue in Kelantan as well as any community of PAS supporters, is this: How is it possible, Kelantan went from decade as fortress of PAS with highest vote ever with Pakatan Rakyat, to now on the verge of losing and probably worst ever performance in PAS history? Fact is they have destroyed Nik Aziz legacy and lifetime work. They are working to merge with UMNO,dreaming they can ursurped it like Mahathir did with UMNO and they did with Nik Aziz's PAS. Their plan of Islamic statism is a proven failure in Iran and Saudi Arabia. It does not rid of corruption which they only too become and worst, it does not even fix social ills and issues they so trumpet. Its a dumb plan that will never work. The issue is how much damage they inflict along the way.
          Demand for Qatar to close down al-Jazeera 'unacceptable': U.N.   

Demand for Qatar to close down al-Jazeera 'unacceptable': U.N.A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations for Qatar to close down its al-Jazeera TV channel is an "unacceptable attack" on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights chief said on Friday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar three weeks ago, accusing it of backing militants, then issued an ultimatum, including demands it shut down a Turkish military base in Doha, shutting Al Jazeera and curbing ties with Iran. U.N. High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is "extremely concerned by the demand that Qatar close down the Al Jazeera network, as well as other affiliated media outlets", his spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.



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           Major order for 80 buses   
The Warsaw transport company orders another 80 Conecto, maintaining its confidence in Mercedes-Benz city buses. More than 60 Mercedes‑Benz Conecto were already ordered by and supplied to the Polish capital's public transport company in 2012. Friday 23 June 2017 saw the signing of the contract between the Warsaw public transport company MZA (Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe) and Daimler Buses. The new vehicles will be handed over to the customer before the end of the year. 45 of the 80 vehicles are articulated buses offering seating for up to 145 passengers.This is the third major order taken by Daimler Buses within a very short space of time. At the beginning of June Mercedes‑Benz do Brasil sold 200 vehicles to the Brazilian harbour city of Recife. In Mid-May an order was placed by the Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO) for 600 city buses. This represents the largest individual order for Mercedes-Benz Citaro buses in the history of Daimler Buses.

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Hassan Jameel es heredero de una fortuna y, sin duda, le gustan las morenas

Luego de que recientemente se colaran fotos de la cantante Rihanna muy subidas de tono con un joven desconocido, se pudo conocer de fondo muchas cosas que sí saben en Arabia Saudita, de donde es oriundo Hassan Jameel.

El apuesto nuevo novio de la cantante tiene 29 años y, al igual que ella, cuenta con una trayectoria profesional que lo lleva a ser el Vicepresidente de la compañía familiar, Abdul Latif Jameel, la cual tiene los derechos de distribución de Toyota en el país árabe.

Hassan es heredero de una fortuna calculada por Forbes de unos 1.5 billones de dólares. También es un hombre de deporte, porque posee una liga profesional de fútbol que tiene su propio nombre, Jameel League.

El magnate empresario tiene preferencias hacia el espectáculo, puesto que fue visto con la top model Naomi Campbell en Londres el año pasado. 


          چرا ولیعهد معزول عربستان در حصر خانگی به سر می‌برد؟   
ولیعهد معزول در مقایسه با جانشین جوانش روابط گسترده‌تری با متحدان عربستان دارد؛ موضوعی که بیم آن می‌رفت تا در روند جابه‌جایی قدرت تأثیر بگذارد.

          IRAN PUTS STAR OF DAVID TARGET ON BALLISTIC MISSLE TEST. WARNING ISRAEL WHEN THEY GET THE NUKE ISRAEL WILL BE THE FIRST TO GET IT. GOOD LUCK DEATH CULT ISLAMIST IRAN-YOUR ANNIALATED BY ISRAEL IN THE FUTURE.ISRAELS MIGRATING BIRDS WILL BE HAVING A FEAST ON YOUR MURDEROUS ISRAEL HATING FLESH.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Rivlin: Government must prioritize ‘unity of the Jewish people’-Amid fallout over cabinet decision to freeze Western Wall deal, president hails Diaspora’s ‘significant role’ in building Israel-By Alexander Fulbright June 29, 2017, 4:51 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday urged the government to prioritize the “unity of the Jewish people” and retain its role as the state for all Jews, following the fallout from a recent cabinet decision freezing a deal establishing a pluralistic prayer section at the Western Wall.“The State of Israel is the state of all the Jewish People and will continue to be faithful to that commitment. Our fellow Jews in the Diaspora have an important and significant role in the building of the State of Israel,” the president said in an open letter.“This has always been so, and will continue to be so. The unity of the Jewish People must always remain an important aspiration of the governments of Israel.”In his letter, Rivlin also said while many Israelis and Diaspora Jews don’t see eye-to-eye on a number of issues, these “painful” differences must not undermine the understanding of the Western Wall’s importance for all Jews.“During this process we inevitably have to face difficult disputes among us, disputes that are both painful and yet very real, founded in genuine belief. Even so, we must remember that beyond the disagreements, we are all one family and that every Jew has a special place in their heart for the Kotel, the last remnant of our Holy Temple,” he said, using the Hebrew name for the Western Wall.Sunday’s cabinet decision to halt the January 2016 agreement establishing a pluralistic prayer area at the Western Wall has been met with widespread dismay from liberal groups and Diaspora Jews, with one prominent North American Jewish leader comparing the move to a “sucker punch.”In response to the decision, the Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors — which was meeting in Jerusalem this week — took the unprecedented step on Monday of calling on the government to reverse the move.The decision to freeze the agreement coincided with a High Court of Justice deadline for the state to respond to petitions on its failure to implement the agreement and construct the mixed-gender plaza near Robinson’s Arch by this week. On Wednesday, the High Court said a hearing will now be head in July.The move also came amid pressure from Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox lawmakers to dial back the plan to establish the egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. Following the decision, a number of ultra-Orthodox lawmakers made statements questioning Reform and Conservative Jewry’s connection to the site, further adding to the tensions surrounding the cabinet decision.Despite the pushback, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended the move, with an aide to the premier saying on Monday that it will in fact help push the deal forward, and that Netanyahu had no choice but to halt the agreement as a result of pressure from the ultra-Orthodox parties, whose support he needs to maintain his ruling coalition.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Interview-The peace process hasn’t brought peace. The case for moving on-In a new book, philosopher Micah Goodman seeks to upend the debate about the West Bank, by urging Israelis — left and right — to set aside their dreams-By Haviv Rettig Gur June 27, 2017, 9:01 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

The most popular new book in Israel is not a crime thriller, a romance or a military sci-fi romp, and contains not a single teenage wizard or vampire. It’s a political treatise written by a professor of medieval philosophy. And it’s making a lot of people very angry.Its author, Micah Goodman, is an affable 42-year-old famous among his students for his enthusiasm in the classroom. Courteous and disarmingly talkative, he seems an unlikely candidate for the role of iconoclastic upsetter of Israel’s frenetic national debate about the future of the West Bank.But upset he has. Over the past few weeks, Goodman’s Hebrew-language book “Milkud 67,” or “Catch-67,” a play on Joseph Heller’s iconic “Catch-22,” has angered some of the most respected dons on right and left. It drove the 75-year-old former general and prime minister Ehud Barak to pen his first-ever book review, a sprawling, scathing 4,000-word critique in Haaretz that depicts Goodman as “saturated with right-wing ideology.” And it drove the editor of the highbrow right-wing Makor Rishon newspaper, Hagai Segal, to write a column charging that Goodman was a closet leftist who had “adopted the left’s central moral premise – the claim of occupation.”It is being read in Israel’s halls of power — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seen carrying it in the Knesset’s corridors with a bookmark peeking from its pages — and by many top officials involved in administering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. IDF Central Command chief Maj. Gen. Roni Numa bought copies for his top officers.But it isn’t just the elites who have taken notice. Since its publication in March, Goodman’s book has steadily risen in the bestseller lists and is now sitting pretty as the number 1 nonfiction book in the country.But what is it that’s so maddening — and so attractive — about this book? And why did it take a political outsider, a student of medieval philosophers, to tell Israelis something new about their endlessly debated and incessantly scrutinized predicament? -The catch-The book is written in clear and lucid prose, and wraps up quickly at page 166. That’s surprisingly short for what it attempts to accomplish: tracing the history and development of the defining fracture in Israeli political life across five decades — the question of what to do with the West Bank.The first third of the book, titled “Political ideologies in crisis,” offers a bird’s-eye view of the ideas behind what are today broadly referred to as Israel’s “right” and “left.” The second part, “Political arguments in crisis,” traces the political narratives that evolved from these ideologies, and how they crashed and collapsed in the face of hard, unexpected realities, leaving Israelis perplexed and despairing.The pro-settlement right, he explains, failed to convince most Israeli Jews that acquiring the land was worth the risk of becoming an ethnic minority — or even only a small majority — in their country. But it succeeded in instilling its second argument: that withdrawal from the West Bank, especially after the bitter experience of Gaza and Lebanon, would endanger Israelis.The peace-making left, meanwhile, failed to convince most Israelis — again, especially after bitter experiences such as the Second Intifada and the Gaza withdrawal — that its “religious” (in Goodman’s words) yearning for reconciliation was reciprocated on the other side. But it succeeded in its second argument: that Israel could not afford to absorb millions of Palestinians.Each side has lost the fight to impart its idealistic creed to the majority of the nation — but convinced the country of the urgency of its fears.There is deep empathy in the book for both stories, an empathy that led Barak to complain that Goodman was creating a “false equivalence.” The right-wing fear of withdrawal was a “tactical” issue that could be solved by security, technological and intelligence means, explained the former IDF chief of staff, while the left’s warning of losing the Jewish state through demographics could not be staved off by any measure other than withdrawal.Goodman’s response, also in the pages of Haaretz, is surprisingly simple and straightforward.He accused Barak of misunderstanding the problem, arguing that the left has failed not because it is wrong — there is no ruling in this book as to which side is correct — but because most Israelis, even among those who agree with its ideals, don’t trust its judgment.“For most Israelis,” Goodman wrote, “to deny the existential security danger of withdrawal from the territories sounds just as ridiculous as the denial of an existential demographic danger sounds to Barak… He expects Israelis to surrender their strategic judgment to a security figure… [But] for most Israelis, memories are more powerful than their impulse to obey. The territorial withdrawals that ended in the rise of new strategic threats are etched deeply into Israelis’ collective memory.”The exchange illustrates the deeper argument in the book. Goodman avoids taking sides between left and right not just because he respects both narratives — that respect, he believes, is fundamental to seriously analyzing their failures, and is why he devoted a third of his book to their intellectual underpinnings — but also because he is sick of them.That Barak, Israel’s last Labor prime minister, whose political demise in the inferno of the Second Intifada augured almost two decades of irrelevance for the left, still seems to believe he is arguing with some right-wing ideologue, rather than the sway-able but anxious majority in the center, is the real crisis of present-day Israel.The collapse of their respective idealistic visions heightened each camp’s fixation on its own fear, and destroyed the capacity of Israeli politics to carry on a serious discussion of the country’s predicament. As Goodman explains in the book, “The right asserts that if the left’s vision were realized, it would cause the complete collapse of the state. The left asserts that if the right’s vision were realized, it would cause the complete collapse of the state. How can you listen to someone whose vision means catastrophe for us all?”Without the capacity to listen — and, indeed, with the real possibility that both sides are right — Israeli political discourse can no longer address problems seriously, and resorts instead to acts of “identity declaration.”Fifty years on from the Six Day War, Israelis thus find themselves caught between two debilitating fears — fear of withdrawal and fear of remaining — and ill-served by a political class that shuns serious debate in favor of identity politics.That, in short, is the country’s collective national “catch-67.”-‘There is no solution’-The first chapter of part three, titled “The state and its dreams,” is a delicate and crucial chapter. Goodman is about to present his suggestion for a way forward in the conflict. But first, he has to ask Israelis to surrender something very precious: their dreams.He does so by telling them that the surrendering of dreams was among the primordial acts of Zionism, and that without it Zionism could not have achieved the establishment of the State of Israel.“When the idea of partitioning the land between Jews and Arabs was put on the agenda of the Zionist movement in the 1930s, it had steadfast opponents,” Goodman writes. “One of the most strident was Menahem Ussishkin [a prominent Zionist thinker and activist], who asked: ‘Is a nation permitted to surrender its birthright?’ And he answered: ‘We won’t.’”Ussishkin’s fear, Goodman explains, was not merely that the partition, which passed in the UN General Assembly on November 29, 1947, would shrink the borders of the new Jewish state. Rather, the fear, “felt by many in the Zionist movement, was that the extreme territorial shriveling that the partition plan demanded from the Jews would cause a [commensurate] shriveling of their historical consciousness” — and at the most delicate moment of nation-building.Compromising on one’s dreams often means compromising on the meaning of one’s story and sense of purpose. For Ussishkin and others, it meant shrinking the very heart of the Zionist idea to fit the political exigencies of the moment.“I think [Israel’s first prime minister David] Ben-Gurion agreed with that,” Goodman said in a recent interview with The Times of Israel. “But he said, ‘Yeah, and we should do it anyway.’“Ben-Gurion realized that you have to give up many of your dreams to make the greater dream come true.” He surrendered his socialism, too — that is, his vision of the idealistic Zionist society of the future — in the service of a higher good. Thus he dismantled the socialist Palmah militia to secure a unified military and state, and sided with the US against the Soviets to ensure Israeli prosperity and safety. Even his secularism, a deep-seated rebellion against what he saw as the limited horizons and haplessness of the diasporic “old Jew,” was up for grabs when he handed the nation’s religious institutions to the ultra-Orthodox in 1937 in exchange for their support before the British Peel Commission, which was tasked with determining whether it was feasible to allow the establishment of a Jewish state.You have to reach page 127, after part two’s perilous journey through the agonizing implosion of Israeli political capacity, to reach Goodman’s earnest defense of abandoning one’s dreams — be it the fantasy of full, permanent control of the West Bank or the fantasy that peace is attainable between this generation of Israelis and Palestinians, or even the next.“There is no solution,” Goodman says. “If you’re willing to accept the fact that there is no solution, then you can start dealing with the problem.”He does not mince words about his frustration with the right and left on this point. “In Israel it usually goes like this: The left says there is a solution, by which they mean we need a big peace initiative to solve all our problems. The right says there isn’t a solution, so there’s nothing we should do except hang on to the status quo.“I think that’s a false dichotomy. I think there is no solution, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot we can do – precisely because there’s no solution.”It is only when old paradigms and dreams collapse that one is free to pursue new ones.The good news, in his view: “This book is mainly about Israelis, and Israelis have already done that. They have already abandoned the old dreams.“If the vision of the ‘Complete Land of Israel’ used to be part of the identity of so many Israelis, I don’t think it is anymore. If the dream of peace was treated on the Israeli left religiously, [as a line from the iconic ‘Song for Peace’ reads,] ‘Don’t say the day will come, bring the day.’ There was a sense of urgency. If history doesn’t lead toward peace, history has no meaning. But Israelis on the left aren’t there anymore.”About 70 percent of Israelis are “on the pragmatic side of Likud, Jewish Home, Labor, Yesh Atid, Kulanu. All these Israelis, their labels are weak and they’re open-minded, and they’re the ones my book isn’t challenging at all. It’s challenging people on the right and left, but most of the responses I’m getting is people saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, you’re describing me. You’re describing me.’”Most Israelis realize, he says, “that I’m not asking them to compromise their identity in order to have a future. We already compromised our identity. Most Israelis on the right want to stay in the West Bank for security reasons, not identity reasons. It’s not about sacred land, but about the unsacred [security realities of the] Middle East. Most Israelis on the left want to leave the West Bank not because of peace, which used to be part of their identity, but because of security, [in the sense of] securing our majority.”The dreams are spent, “but we didn’t cash that in.”It’s time to claim for ourselves the upside of abandoning those dreams, he insists. A pragmatic, wary Israeli polity must “find an intervention that will turn the conflict from one that will end our national life” — either through demographics or war — “to one that will be part of our life, like car accidents and crime and poverty, which will always be part of our life, and we have to minimize them and deal with them, but we accept the harsh fact that they will be part of our life.”This is not what Benjamin Netanyahu or Moshe Ya’alon have in the past referred to as “managing the conflict,” he adds quickly. “This is reorganizing it — in a way that ends the control over the Palestinian people without risking the Israeli people.”‘Why don’t we do them tomorrow morning?’The key lies in “thinking about this like we think about art, not like we think about religion. It’s not an all-or-nothing game. We have to think about it quantitatively. Instead of trying to end the conflict, can we shrink the size of the conflict? Instead of ending the occupation, can we shrink dramatically the amount of occupation? Instead of bringing peace, can we bring more peace? Let’s think about it in quantities.”The book is full of examples, including some buried in footnotes. He shares them eagerly in the interview.He says, for example, that Israel could “easily increase” the size of Palestinian-controlled Area A of the West Bank.“That would allow the Palestinian Authority to grow economically. Right now it can’t build homes outside Area A.” But according to Goodman, “If you make [another 20 percentage points] in [Israeli security-controlled] Area B into Area A and maybe add 20 more from C to A, you’ve grown Area A from 22% of the West Bank to 60%.“Second, invest a lot in a project that will connect by roads and bridges all the Palestinian population [centers]. So even if there’s no territorial contiguity, there’s movement contiguity. You can maximize that.“A third thing we can do: There are many neighborhoods in Jerusalem that no Jew ever thought were Jerusalem. There’s no strategic need [to retain them] and no historic religious need. There are three Jerusalems: historic Jerusalem is small — the Temple Mount, City of David, etc; Jordanian Jerusalem was larger; and then we annexed another 18 more [Palestinian] villages [beyond Jordanian East Jerusalem].“Let’s just declare that only Jordanian [East] Jerusalem is Jerusalem.” That would allow Israel to take advantage of a “symbolic gap: There’s a lot of Jerusalem that for Jews is not really Jerusalem but for Palestinians is Jerusalem. Meaning, there is room for some sort of deal where you move some neighborhoods of Jerusalem to the Palestinians.”It is here that the right gets livid and calls Goodman a leftist. Not only is he talking about concessions — he demands no reciprocity, no Palestinian peace for such extensive gestures.And that’s the point.“This is not for peace, but for just one thing: That this new entity that we’re expanding and strengthening has greater symbolic weight. I would like this conflict to be between two political entities and not between a political entity that’s in control of a people. I don’t want them as conquered, but as enemies from the outside.”Combine those ideas with, for example, “a deal with the Jordanians to create easier border crossings to Jordan, and perhaps even a dedicated Palestinian terminal in Amman airport, so they have an easier way to get out to the world,” and you’ve accomplished something that is emphatically in Israel’s interest, and helps Israel escape its catch-67: “Those four things alone dramatically minimize the occupation, the real-world occupation, but don’t risk Israelis. So why don’t we do them tomorrow morning?”The reason, he believes, is that “the left feels we need to keep those parts [of areas B or C] for the big peace deal, and the right feels we need them for settlements.” Israel is held back by failed ideologies, he argues, “not by things that actually bother Israelis.”There is already a Palestinian autonomy in the West Bank. “We don’t have to create it, only to increase it, to grow it and empower it so it will be what Henry Kissinger called an ‘almost state.’ It’s not perfect, but it’s a lot better than what we have now.”-‘Listening to foreigners’-It may be short, but the book is by no means simple, and Goodman is not a simple thinker about the Israeli condition. He’s a research fellow at the left-leaning Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and the founder and director of Ein Prat, a pluralistic and liberal academy in the West Bank settlement of Alon that offers Israelis in their twenties programs for studying and debating questions of Jewish thought and Israeli identity. Goodman’s own life straddles the boundaries he describes in the book.So he knows how his readers are likely to respond to his suggestions.“People on the left will say, ‘You still have occupation at the end of the day. You still have troops, you’re still occupying the land.’”His response is unequivocal: “I would freeze all settlements outside the settlement blocs. It’s important. Israelis and Palestinians are traumatized by Oslo. Israelis are traumatized that Oslo didn’t lead to peace, but to the Second Intifada. Palestinians are traumatized that the settlements grew dramatically during Oslo. So we all feel like we tricked each other. That’s why freezing settlements is so important. It shows this is not manipulation.”On the right, he adds, the sense of concessions without reciprocity will evoke the right’s own traumas from Oslo, and more recently from the 2005 Gaza Disengagement. The Israeli right (and many on the left) believes that every round of Israeli concessions resulted in an uptick in violence and a belief among the Palestinians that violence is the only way to drive ostensibly powerful Israel to a slow, steady retreat. For the right, that conviction that withdrawals breed war rather than peace turns any “pragmatist” in the Goodman mold into the very blinkered idealist he is railing against.And Goodman agrees.“I do not think this will end the conflict. It might amplify the conflict. And you know what? Bring it on.“I’m not for ending the conflict. It doesn’t seem possible. I want to reorganize the conflict. I want a conflict where there’s a political almost-state entity in front of me, and if that state will attack me, fine. I don’t want to control them, and I don’t want to be threatened by them. I can maximize these two needs by reducing by 80-90% the occupation, but I’m still in control” of the security situation on the ground. “That’s the main thing.”Will it explode in Israel’s face like Gaza after the Hamas takeover in 2007? “Probably.”“The precedent of Gaza should guide us, but not paralyze us. We can’t say, ‘Okay, there was a unilateral withdrawal from Gaza [that had negative outcomes] so we shouldn’t even consider anything unilateral.’ We should say, ‘We shouldn’t do anything unilateral like we did in Gaza.’”The Gaza withdrawal involved two fundamental Israeli mistakes that can serve as lessons for the West Bank, he argues.“First, we left the Philadelphi Corridor [the border between Gaza and Egypt], which people in the [IDF] General Staff said we shouldn’t do. [Then-prime minister Ariel] Sharon was still guided by the 1967 Green Line. He wanted to show the world that we left all the land behind the Green Line. It would have been a pain in the butt [to stay on that border], and soldiers would have died there, but we would have been able to block the link between Gaza and Tehran. So the [West Bank] parallel [to leaving the Philadelphi Corridor] would be a withdrawal from the Jordan Valley.”Second, “the parallel in Gaza to what I’m saying would have meant not evacuating the northern bloc [of settlements adjacent to the Israeli border]. There was no need to do that. Why did we do that? Those villages did not break Arab territorial contiguity. We probably had to remove Kfar Darom, of course, Morag, Netzarim [all settlements nestled between Palestinian cities]. The only consideration in withdrawal should be territorial contiguity, and leaving the IDF wherever it wants to remain.”It was Sharon’s concern for international opinion, “which became more important than the security factor,” that turned the withdrawal into a “disaster.”The mistake, in other words, “was listening to foreigners, and thinking that the Green Line gives us any legitimacy. The evidence suggests this isn’t true. When we protect ourselves from behind the Green Line, we’re still seen as war criminals. So the Green Line didn’t give us a lot in Gaza. But not staying in Philadelphi cost us a lot.”‘Handshake in the White House’-“Catch-67” is a Hebrew book written for Israelis, and Israelis have responded in dramatic fashion to its validation of their competing narratives and anxieties.But its popularity is also due in part to the way it distinguishes between Israeli interests and those of emotionally invested foreigners, the sort of eager meddlers Israelis no longer trust to bring either security or peace.“We don’t need a handshake in the White House,” Goodman asserts. “Let’s just do it. Instead of a grand deal, let’s do small deals here and there. We’ll open up land so Palestinians can build here, we’ll sign some investment deal there. We’ll encourage stability and international investments. There are actions we can take when we stop looking for the plan that will redeem us.“This is an 80-20 proposition. We grow their independence by 80%. We can’t give them the last 20% because that’s the part that threatens Israel. In the last 20% you’ll lose [the support of] Israelis. The Palestinians get 20% of the land for free [in the Area A expansion, if not 40%]. They don’t have to recognize Israel or give up the right of return or anything like that. It’s just a local deal, not a grand attempt to solve the conflict. There’s no memorandum of understanding, no ‘dawn of a new day.’ When Barak was elected [in 1999] he said, ‘This is a new age.’ This is not a new age. Whatever works — let’s do more of it.”The Palestinians can’t openly accept such a limited Israeli move, he knows, but it nevertheless would solve an acute problem for them as well: immigration.“Practically speaking, what would happen if there was a completely independent Palestinian state, right now, where they control the Jordan Valley? There are millions of refugees in the Middle East, many of them Palestinians. So what happens when the ethos of return meets the need of emigration [from their current countries]? They’d have to bring them in. It’s my guess — and it’s more than a guess; many Palestinians have told me this — that they can’t say to them, ‘No, you can’t come in.’ They’d want to say no, because Palestine would collapse if a million refugees were to come in.“But if they’re almost a state, with Israeli forces in the Jordan Valley…we can be the bad cop for them, saying ‘no.’ That’s the only way you could have a stable state.”-‘We can’t talk to them’-In the end, Goodman believes, it is in such quantitative improvements that any chance for a more comprehensive reconciliation and separation might be found.“We can’t talk to them. No interaction with them is a real interaction because of [the gap in] power. They’ll always react to power, either by over-laughing at my jokes or somehow pointedly showing me they don’t care about me. Power corrupts everything.“I want to have a conversation with them. I think as a Jew that there’s a reason why we’re in the Middle East. There’s a lot for us to learn from Islam and the Arabs. But there’s nothing we can do because there’s power there.“I wish there could be no conflict. If I could, I’d end the occupation. But because I can’t without risking Israelis, I want to minimize the power element. If I can reduce the occupation without risking Israelis, I choose that, and that’s the beginning of reconciliation.”He says the next words almost apologetically, as though unsure how this sliver of idealism was somehow allowed to creep into the discussion. “If we can achieve 40 years where Palestinians almost don’t experience occupation and Jews almost don’t experience terrorism, we’ve broken catch-67. Jews don’t live with anxiety, Palestinians don’t live with humiliation, and now, psychologically, the next generation can reach for reconciliation.”

Israel freezes visits to Hamas prisoners amid talks over troops’ remains-Terror group says move, demanded by lawmakers and relatives to up pressure as talks stall, is tantamount to declaration of war-By Avi Issacharoff and Times of Israel staff June 29, 2017, 3:22 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Hamas on Thursday said that Israel had stopped allowing Gazan members of the terror group serving time in Israeli prisons to receive visits from family members, in a move intended to ramp up pressure amid negotiations for the return of three Israeli civilians and the bodies of two soldiers being held in the Strip.Hamas leaders condemned the move as “the beginning of a war against the prisoners.”“We will not allow this decision to stand, whatever the price may be,” they said in a statement.An Israeli prison official refused to confirm the policy change.Israel is holding some 150 Hamas security prisoners from Gaza. In the past, families of Palestinian inmates have been granted permits to cross from the Gaza Strip into Israel to visit them.The families of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, two soldiers killed in Gaza during fighting in 2014, have urged Israel to disallow the visits as a means of pressuring Hamas to return the troops’ bodies and praised the reported move.praised the move.“We’ve been asking the government for two and a half years to apply pressure on Hamas in order to change the equation, to make them understand that holding IDF soldiers is a burden rather than an asset. Something is finally moving,” said Simcha Goldin, father of Hadar Goldin, according to the Ynet news site.Hamas is thought to also be holding three Israelis who crossed into Gaza.Talks over a possible swap have mostly stalled, and lawmakers recently joined calls to cut the visits.Earlier this month Likud MK Yoav Kisch led 40 parliamentarians who put their names to a letter demanding the government end the family visits until the soldiers are returned, the Hebrew Walla website reported at the time.The missive, signed by MKs from both the coalition and opposition, urged a policy of “a humanitarian step in exchange for a humanitarian step.”The MKs asked the government to send a message to Hamas that the return of the soldiers is a precondition for future humanitarian steps.“It is unreasonable for the Israeli government to decide on a series of humanitarian steps for Hamas in Gaza while it continues to hold our sons,” the wrote.“We call on the government to adopt the policy and as a first stage stop the visits by families from the Gaza Strip to prisoners,” the lawmakers wrote.On Tuesday, Channel 1 news reported that Israel and Hamas have been engaged in intensive indirect talks recently over the release of a number of Israeli nationals held captive by the terror group in Gaza.In addition to returning the missing soldiers, Israel has been seeking to reach a deal with the rulers of the Gaza Strip to secure the release of three Israeli men who crossed into the coastal territory of their own accord: Avraham Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, as well as Juma Ibrahim Abu Ghanima, whose presence in Gaza is unconfirmed.The talks, which are being mediated by an unnamed third party, have gathered momentum over the past two weeks, following the return of Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, from a visit to Egypt earlier this month, the report said.Hamas demands that Israel release all prisoners from the 2011 exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit who were rearrested in 2014 when three Israeli teens were abducted in the West Bank (it later emerged that they had been killed almost immediately) before any advancement in negotiations between the parties can take place.

Edelstein tells Moscow: Syria spillover a ‘red line’ for Israel-Meeting with Lavrov, Knesset speaker says Jerusalem won’t tolerate continued errant fire on its territory, asks Kremlin for help in retrieving soldiers’ remains from Hamas-By Marissa Newman June 29, 2017, 3:00 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

MOSCOW — Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Thursday warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Israel would not tolerate continued stray fire from the Syria civil war on the Golan Heights, describing it as a “red line” for the Jewish state.Over the past week, errant fire from Syria struck the Golan Heights on at least four occasions, leading the IDF to target Syrian army installations, including in a strike on Saturday that reportedly killed two Syrian soldiers. Israel holds the Assad regime — which is supported by Russia and Iran in the conflict — responsible for all incidents originating from the war-torn country.In a meeting in Moscow’s Foreign Ministry, Edelstein said “fire, or what is being called ‘spillover fire,’ into Israeli territory is a red line that we will under no circumstances allow to be crossed, and we will not tolerate an Iranian presence on the border.”Israel fears the Islamic Republic, along with its proxies, will entrench its forces on its northern border, giving it greater access to attack the Jewish state.Edelstein did not say what other steps Israel would be willing to take to enforce its red line. Jerusalem has been careful to stay out of the Syrian fighting, beyond retaliatory strikes and reported airstrikes on alleged weapons transfers to terror group Hezbollah.Lavrov expressed “understanding” of Israel’s security concerns, Edelstein said after the meeting, though “not all gaps were closed” during the powwow.Edelstein also appealed to Lavrov to help Israel retrieve the bodies of two IDF soldiers killed in the 2014 Gaza war being held by the Hamas terror group in the coastal enclave. He left a packet of information with Lavrov on soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul — as well as IDF soldier Guy Hever, who went missing in 1997 on the Golan Heights.The Knesset speaker expressed concern over heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow, which he suggested could affect Israel.“The good relations between Moscow and Washington are essential for the peace of the world and certainly for the State of Israel,” he said.Welcoming Edelstein ahead of the meeting, Lavrov noted the “constant contact” between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel coordinates with Russia to carry out pinpoint strikes on Hezbollah arms convoys in Syria.Both Lavrov and Edelstein acknowledged warming ties between Moscow and Jerusalem on economic affairs, education, and parliamentary cooperation.The Knesset speaker was in Moscow for a three-day official visit at the invitation of Federation Council chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko.A former prisoner in Siberia for teaching Hebrew, Edelstein on Wednesday became the first Israeli to address the upper chamber of the Russian parliament.In his address to Russian lawmakers, the Knesset speaker outlined security threats facing Israel, from Hezbollah in the north to Hamas in the south.“Behind Hezbollah and Hamas stands Iran,” which aspires for regional expansion and “spreads its ideologies of hatred of mankind, which threaten all the nations of the world,” he said.

UN chief distances himself from Palestinian summit on 50 years of occupation-Spokesman for António Guterres says meeting, protested by Israel over alleged terror ties of 2 participants, has nothing to do with his office-By Stuart Winer June 29, 2017, 4:35 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres indicated that a summit organized by a pro-Palestinian UN group to mark five decades of Israeli control of the West Bank did not have the blessing of his office.Israel’s envoy to the UN Danny Danon had earlier protested to Guterres against the “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation” because, he said, some of the billed participants were from organizations with ties to Palestinian terror groups Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.The two-day meeting, beginning Thursday at UN headquarters in New York, was organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.Answering questions about the forum, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for Guterres, said Wednesday that his office was “aware of the position of the Israeli Government.”“They’ve communicated with the Secretary‑General’s Office,” he said. “This is a meeting that is being organized by a committee of the membership. It is not something that is being sponsored by the Secretariat. I think any questions as to the invitees and the way the meeting is organized should be directed to the members of the committee.”On Wednesday Israel’s UN delegation said in a statement that “according to intelligence information” the Al Haq group “collaborates with the PFLP” and the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights Organization “works together regularly with the Hamas terrorist organization.”Representatives of Al Haq and the Al Mezan Center were scheduled to participate in the forum, the Israeli delegation said.Hamas and PFLP have both carried out numerous attacks on Israeli security forces and civilians. Most recently Hamas and the PFLP claimed responsibility for a June 16 shooting and knife attack outside the Old City in Jerusalem in which Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka was stabbed to death.“The UN is colluding with supporters of terror seeking to harm Israel,” Danon said in the statement. “It is beyond comprehension that UN funds are supporting organizations which aid terrorists and incite against Israel. We call on the Secretary General to intervene immediately and prevent these individuals from appearing at the UN.”During the Wednesday press briefing Dujarric was also quizzed about a celebration event on Tuesday organized by Israel’s delegation at the UN’s New York headquarters to mark the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem following the June 1967 Six Day War during which Israel gained control of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and other territories.Durarric referred to his previous sentiments regarding the Palestinian summit and said, “As I answered…events organized by member states, whether collectively or one by one, those questions should be addressed to the member states.”According to the Israeli delegation, ambassadors and diplomats from around the world joined hundreds of participants from the pro-Israel community for the Israeli events, which included a performance by Israeli singer Sarit Hadad.

Politicians welcome Olmert parole, urge he be left in peace-Former PM to volunteer with charitable groups after he goes free Sunday, assuming no appeal by prosecution-By Stuart Winer and Times of Israel staff June 29, 2017, 12:56 pm

Politicians and former colleagues from both sides of the political divide on Thursday welcomed a parole board decision to grant an early release from prison to former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who is serving time for corruption.The board said Olmert had earned early release with his good behavior. Olmert, 71, who was premier between 2006 and 2009, has served 16 months out a 27-month sentence.Olmert’s attorney Shani Illouz said he was very pleased to be reuniting with his family soon.“The board accepted each and every one of our arguments,” she said. “Ehud Olmert will be released on Sunday.”Illouz explained that under the terms of the parole, Olmert will volunteer at two charity groups, Leket Israel, which collects food for the needy, and Ezra Lemarpeh, which assists the sick, the Hebrew news Ynet website reported.Olmert, she noted, asked to volunteer at the organizations even though he is not required to do so because of his age. The former prime minister will also make weekly visits to the prisoner rehabilitation authority and he must sign in with police twice a month, as is initially required of all paroled prisoners.“Other than that, there are no additional limitations,” Illouz said.Barring any unforeseen developments, Olmert will walk free on Sunday, said Prison Service spokesman Assaf Librati.Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin welcomed the decision, saying Olmert has “paid his debt to society and anyone else in his position would have been released long ago.”Elkin, in the past a member of the Kadima party led by Olmert, denounced the State Prosecutor’s Office for considering lodging an appeal against the release, saying “the prosecutor’s desire to appeal and delay the immediate release without even studying the decision in depth, seems like a personal persecution of a man who made a large contribution to Israel.”It was not immediately clear if the prosecution would appeal the decision; it had until Thursday afternoon to notify the prison board.Opposition Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni, who served as foreign minister under Olmert before he stepped down in 2009, praised the early release decision as “fitting.”Her fellow faction member MK Yoel Hasson said it was “a correct decision, legally and personally and I think also for the public.”Zionist Union MK Shelly Yachimovich tweeted that “I don’t oppose and I don’t welcome Olmert’s release. Yes, the obsessive attention on the bitter fate of a criminal from the [social] elite annoys me when there are many common criminals in prison.”Olmert was one of eight former officials and businessmen convicted in March 2014 in the Holyland real estate corruption case, which has been characterized as among the largest graft cases in Israel’s history.Zionist Union MK Amir Peretz, who served as defense minister in an Olmert-led coalition, also welcomed the development and said he hoped that the prosecutor wuold respect the decision and leave Olmert in peace.Olmert’s chances for early release were complicated over the last few weeks as he was accused of divulging of sensitive information in memoirs he is writing and sneaking a transcript out of prison.The prosecution had said the book Olmert is writing contains “sensitive security issues” and that his lawyer was caught leaving the prison with a chapter on “secret operations” not approved by the censor for publication.Illouz said the prison board found that Olmert had not been warned by prison authorities before writing the book that he could not send and receive sensitive material from his cell and therefore could not be faulted for the security lapse.“It [the board] ruled that if there was neglect, it shouldn’t be pushed onto the prisoner but that the prisoner service should review itself,” she said.The prosecution earlier asked police to open a criminal investigation into the matter and argued that it would be inappropriate to consider early release until the probe was completed and it was clear whether Olmert had engaged in illegal activity.Olmert has denied doing anything wrong.Police searched the offices of the Yedioth Books publishing house and the home of Yehuda Yaari, who is editing Olmert’s memoirs on behalf of the publisher, over the incident.Initially sentenced to 19 months in the Holyland case, in September 2016 Olmert was sentenced to an additional eight months behind bars for the so-called Talansky affair. In that case, a court upheld a 2015 conviction over his accepting envelopes full of cash from American businessman and fundraiser Morris Talansky, in exchange for political favors during his decade-long term as mayor from 1993 to 2003.AP contributed to this report.

Brazil denied 16,000 visas to Jews during Nazi regime — study-Holocaust expert says number of rejected requests could be even higher, as research only covered some of documents-By JTA June 29, 2017, 6:15 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Brazilian government denied some 16,000 visas to European Jews attempting to escape the Nazi regime, according to new research looking at thousands of Brazilian documents from the World War II era.The research was undertaken by Brazil’s Virtual Archives on Holocaust and Antisemitism Institute, or Arqshoah. It was made public for the first time last week in a documentary aired on Brazilian television.The figures were based on monthly reports sent by Brazilian diplomats in service in Germany and Nazi-occupied countries. They obeyed 26 secret memos that forbade the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to grant visas to during the terms of presidents Getulio Vargas and Eurico Gaspar Dutra between 1937 and 1950.“I believe the number could be much higher, since I researched only part of the documentation. Even after the news about the Holocaust was released, the Brazilian government continued to deny visas to survivors who, in many cases, obtained visas as Catholics,” historian and Holocaust expert Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro told JTA.“Both the Vargas and Dutra governments were intolerant, with political actions marked by xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and nationalist sentiments that had serious consequences for Jews seeking a host country,” she said.The result of the extensive research became a one-hour-long documentary produced in both Brazil and Germany, named “Reporting Paths – Survivors of History,” aired by Brazilian television on June 22. In Europe, academics on Nazi education in German schools were consulted. In Brazil, several video testimonials were recorded.“Based on oral testimony, we found that many refugees or exiles in Brazil lost family members during the Holocaust because they did not receive visas from the Brazilian government between 1937-1945. Not even a request of the great scientist Albert Einstein was attended by the chancellor Oswaldo Aranha,” she said, in a reference to the Brazilian diplomat that presided over the United Nations General Assembly session that partitioned the British Mandate of Palestine into two states, Jewish and Arab, in 1947.The research led by Tucci Carneiro was backed by Sao Paulo University, one of Latin America’s most prestigious. She will present a book based on 6,000 diplomatic documents from the Nazi era at the Shoah Memorial in Paris on July 2.“Even those who survived the Nazi genocide faced difficulties in having their visas released or regularizing their citizenship after they entered as stateless. Symptoms of trauma and pain continue to mark the voices of these survivors whose trajectories are examples of courage and struggle for dignity in gloomy times,” she said.In January, Brazil’s President Michel Temer attended a service to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, held at the at the country’s largest synagogue, the 2,000-family Congregacao Israelita Paulista, affiliated with both the Conservative and Reform movements.“Remembering the Holocaust in all its pain and anguish is preparing the future. It stands to all of us as a lesson. One day may pass, one month may pass, years may pass, centuries may pass, we must remember the Holocaust for it’s a lesson for the future and for the present time,” Temer said.

Trump ridicules female TV host’s looks, calls her crazy-Trump tweets that he refused to meet MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski because she ‘was bleeding badly from a face-lift’-By Julie Bykowicz June 29, 2017, 5:50 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump ridiculed the looks and temperament of a female cable television host whose show he says he has stopped watching.In a series of tweets Thursday morning, the president went after Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, who have criticized Trump on their MSNBC show “Morning Joe.”“I heard poorly rated @Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”Brzezinski responded on Twitter by posting a photograph of a Cheerios box that has the phrase “made for little hands.” That was a dig at Trump, who has long been sensitive about the size of his hands.I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017…to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017-The White House did not immediately respond to questions about the tweets, including what it was that set the president off.On their Wednesday show, Brzezinski and Scarborough roundly mocked Trump for displaying in several of his golf resorts a fake Time Magazine cover featuring himself.“That’s needy,” Brzezinski said on the show.About 15 minutes before the president himself tweeted, White House social media director Dan Scavino similarly attacked the hosts.“#DumbAsARockMika and lover #JealousJoe are lost, confused & saddened since @POTUS @realDonaldTrump stopped returning their calls! Unhinged,” Scavino wrote on his personal account.Trump was correct that the MSNBC hosts spent time at the president’s Florida resort, a visit that Scarborough said was to arrange a Trump interview.

REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE

REVELATION 11:1-2
1 And there was given me a(MEASURING) reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out,(TO THE WORLD NATIONS) and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.(JERUSALEM DIVIDED BUT THE 3RD TEMPLE ALLOWED TO BE REBUILT)

DANIEL 9:27
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

MICAH 4:1-5
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
5  For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

DANIEL 11:31
31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.(3RD TEMPLE REBUILT)

DANIEL 12:11
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away,(AT THE MIDPOINT OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD)(3RD TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED BY DICTATOR) and the abomination that maketh desolate set up,(TO WORSHIP THE DICTATOR OR DIE) there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.(1,290 DAYS)(AN EXTRA 30 DAYS AT THE END OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD FOR JESUS TO DESTROY THE ARMIES AGAINST JERUSALEM.AND TO JUDGE THE SHEEP AND GOAT NATIONS OF MATTHEW 25:31-46-HOW THEY TREATED ISRAEL DURING THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THEN I BELIEVE JESUS WILL REBUILD THE 4TH TEMPLE 25 MILES FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT.AND THEN JESUS RULES FOR THE 1,000 YEARS-THEN FOREVER FROM THAT 4TH TEMPLE.)

MATTHEW 24:15-16
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)(THE DICTATOR SITS IN THE REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE CALLING HIMSELF GOD AT THE MIDPOINT OR 3 1/2 YEAR PERIOD OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.OR 7 YEAR PEACE TREATY BETWEEN ISRAEL-ARABS AND MANY OF DANIEL 9:27)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

What color blue did King Solomon wear? New evidence tells us-Excavations of copper mines find earliest Israeli traces of dye used for prestigious garments for skilled workers-By Amanda Borschel-Dan June 28, 2017, 9:07 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Preserved pieces of cloth from King Solomon’s time point to a colorful clothing palette for metalworkers in biblical era Timna. This is the earliest evidence of a plant-based dye in Israel, according to a study released on Wednesday.The arid desert conditions of Timna, found in Israel’s southern Negev desert, preserved the red and blue plant pigmentation found by archaeologists on dozens of fragments of 3,000-year-old textiles, according to a team of researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority, Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University.Since 2013, Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University has directed excavations in the Timna Valley where his team has found textiles dating back to the Iron Age (11-10 centuries BCE). On some of the fragments, there is a decorative pattern of red and blue bands.In an article published Wednesday in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, the researchers hypothesize that the metalworkers, considered fine craftsmen, “were probably entitled to wear colorful clothing as a mark of their high status.”According to Ben-Yosef and the IAA’s Dr. Naama Sukenik, the findings indicate that the society at Timna, identified with the Kingdom of Edom, was hierarchical and included an upper class that had access to colorful, prestigious textiles.The concept of highly prized, skilled laborers flies in the face of conventional wisdom, which had supposed that slaves had largely manned the isolated copper mines.The dyes are mainly derived from two plants: the red from roots of madder; the blue from indigotin, which likely came from dyer’s woad. The process of creating and using the blue dye, according to the researchers, is a multi-day complex process involving reduction and oxidization.While the types of plants used for dyeing the cloth is unsurprising — both are among the most common plant dyes in the ancient world — the process of dyeing, called “true dye,” is sophisticated and exhibits professional skill. These weren’t garments to be donned by plebeians.As the textile pieces are kept under climate control conditions at the IAA, the team is exploring other open-ended questions such as Iron Age fashion and the status and technology involved in creating them.What is clear is that these were no ordinary shmattes.

Poll says most Israelis against Western Wall decision, conversion bill-Survey by religious pluralism advocacy group indicates that nearly two-thirds of Jewish respondents oppose the moves-By Tamar Pileggi June 29, 2017, 4:49 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Two-thirds of Jewish Israelis oppose the recent cabinet decision to shelve a deal for pluralistic worship at the Western Wall and the coalition’s initial approval of a bill that would cement the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on conversions, a poll found Thursday.According to the survey conducted by Hiddush, a local organization that aims to advance religious pluralism in Israel, 63 percent of respondents said they disagreed with the decision to suspend the 2016 government-approved deal regarding the Jewish holy site, while 37% supported it.Broken down by parties within the coalition, the results show that supporters of ultra-Orthodox parties overwhelmingly (98%) approved of Sunday’s cabinet vote, while respondents affiliated with the mostly secular Kulanu and Yisrael Beytenu parties showed significantly less support at 16% and 20% respectively. Support among members of the nationalist-religious Jewish Home party and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party were split almost evenly.The Conversion Bill — the other controversial measure given approval by Netanyahu’s government this week — was almost equally unpopular with the majority of Jewish Israelis, the Hiddush survey found.According to the results, 64% of respondents said they opposed the bill, which would give the Chief Rabbinate the sole authority over conversions to Judaism in Israel, while 36% expressed support for the legislation.Responses similarly fell according to party affiliation: 94% of respondents who back ultra-Orthodox parties expressed support for the measure, Kulanu and Yisrael Beytenu voters showed significantly less support at 20% and 16% respectively, and 66% of respondents from the Jewish Home party expressed support. Likud voters more evenly split with 57% in favor and 43% opposed.In a statement, Hiddush president Rabbi Uri Regev said the results “prove how far the government has swerved away from the public will and the needs of the State of Israel. Instead, the government leaders act as puppets whose strings are being pulled by the anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox political parties.”The poll was conducted among a sample of 500 Jewish adults in Israel on June 27 by the Smith Institute. It has a 4.5% margin or error.Israel had approved a plan in January 2016 to officially recognize a separate, permanent, pluralistic prayer area at Robinson’s Arch adjacent to the main Western Wall prayer area, in a compromise reached after years of negotiations between liberal Israeli and American Jewish groups and the Israeli authorities. It gave non-Orthodox Jewish leaders a joint role in the oversight of the pluralistic site. Currently, a temporary prayer facility exists there.But the program was never implemented as powerful ultra-Orthodox members of Netanyahu’s coalition government raised objections to the decision after they had initially endorsed it. Under ultra-Orthodox management, the main Western Wall area is separated between men’s and women’s prayer sections.Netanyahu, trying to placate both his coalition partners and wealthy American Jewish donors, had promised a new $9 million plaza for mixed-gender prayer would be established.On Sunday, the cabinet froze the plan, and he ordered top aides to formulate a new one.This set off a cascade of criticism from liberal groups both in Israel and abroad. Liberal Jewish groups accused Netanyahu of scrapping the deal because of pressure from the two ultra-Orthodox parties that keep his narrow coalition afloat.They have already petitioned the Supreme Court to implement the decision and still hold out hope it will overturn Sunday’s decision.Times of Israel staff and AP contributed to this report.

Major US Jewish groups implore Netanyahu to ‘resolve’ Western Wall crisis-Conference of Presidents says decision is dividing community, warns ‘a lack of unity could lead to an erosion of support’ for Israel-By Eric Cortellessa June 28, 2017, 10:23 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

WASHINGTON — The leaders of two major Jewish organizations on Wednesday called for a “resolution” to the Israeli cabinet’s decision to freeze an agreement for a permanent pluralistic prayer section, jointly overseen by non-Orthodox religious Jewish groups, at the Western Wall.The cabinet move — which reneged on a January 2016 government-approve
          IDF REOPENS RESITIVE BORDER AREA IN GOLAN HEIGHTS TO CIVILIANS.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

IDF reopens restive border area on Golan Heights to civilians-Region around Quneitra had been declared off-limits as stray fire incidents stoked tensions with Syria-By Times of Israel staff June 28, 2017, 9:06 am

The Israeli military on Wednesday reopened a border-adjacent area in the Golan Heights to civilian access, two days after it was declared off-limits amid a series of incidents of errant Syrian fire hitting Israeli territory.The IDF had declared several “crowd gathering points” in the area of Quneitra as closed military zones on Monday. Farmers were allowed in to work in their fields, though they were barred from coming near the border fence itself.In the three days prior to the ban there were three incidents of errant fire hitting Israel. The IDF responded with force, targeting Syrian army installations, which Israel holds responsible for all incidents originating from the civil-war-torn country.Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman said Monday that Israel has “no intention of launching a military operation” against Syria or rebel groups operating within it even as tensions spiraled.Speaking at the Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs committee, Liberman rejected predictions made by some in Israel’s political echelon that the next conflict with either Hezbollah in the north or Hamas in the south is just around the corner.Around 10 mortar shells from Syria struck the Golan Heights on Saturday, prompting an Israeli response that reportedly killed two Syrian soldiers.On Sunday, several more projectiles hit Israel in what the army said was spillover fire from fighting between regime forces and rebels. The IDF again responded, confirming it targeted a Syrian military vehicle. Arabic media reports said five people were injured in the Israeli raid.Earlier Monday the IDF said that stray fire from Syria reportedly hit a United Nations peacekeeping position in the Golan Heights. No injuries were reported. The army launched searches following reports that two mortars had landed on the Israeli side of the frontier, but no signs of shelling were found. Instead, “heavy machine gun bullet holes were identified in a UNDOF post near Zivanit, adjacent to the border,” the army said.The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force monitors a 1974 ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights.Syria responded Sunday to Israel’s strikes with its own warnings-“The General Command warned against the risks posed by such hostile acts and holds the Israeli enemy responsible for the serious repercussions if such acts reoccur under any pretext, affirming determination to crush terrorist groups which are the Israeli enemy’s proxy in the area,” Syria’s military said in a statement.

Assad said to visit Iranian-run chemical weapons center-Syrian opposition reports US administration learned Assad planning another sarin attack-By Sue Surkes June 28, 2017, 12:05 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

A Syrian opposition news site reported Wednesday that the country’s embattled president, Bashar Assad, recently visited a missile and chemical weapons research station run by Iran on Syrian soil.The report followed an announcement by the Pentagon on Tuesday that it had detected “active preparations” by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, and a White House statement that the Syrian government would “pay a heavy price” if it carried out such an assault.Quoting a non-government source with close ties to the White House, Zaman al-Wasl reported that the US administration had been tipped off that Syrian authorities were planning a possible sarin gas attack in either the east or south of Syria, where Assad’s forces and its backers have suffered recent setbacks against rebels in the sixth year of the civil war.Assad is believed to have used sarin gas in an weapons attack that killed dozens of people in Idlib province on April 4, as well as in early attacks on civilians since the war began.The station, to be inaugurated by the end of this year, works on developing long-range missiles and is located in a valley between the Hama and Tartus provinces, close to the Syrian border with Lebanon, the report said.The report said Assad’s visit to the station followed a rare stop in the historically anti-Assad city of Hama, some 213 kilometers (132 miles) north of Damascus, where he delivered prayers for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the Ramadan fast.The visit to Hama indicated that the Syrian leader was feeling more confident about his position.Responding to the Pentagon’s assessment, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday that “such threats to Syria’s legitimate leaders are unacceptable.”Russia is Assad’s key backer and sided with him when he denied responsibility for the April chemical attack in Idlib province.That attack was followed by a US cruise missile strike on a Syrian government air base.

Iran says US travel ban is ‘racist’ and ‘unfair’-Foreign Ministry spokesman complains Washington is ‘closing its eyes to main perpetrators of terrorist acts’-By AP June 28, 2017, 12:05 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said the US Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is “racist” and “unfair.”Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is “regrettable” that Washington “closes its eyes to the main perpetrators of terrorist acts in the US,” without elaborating.The Supreme Court on Monday allowed US President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travelers from Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The justices will hear full arguments in October in the case.Critics say the ban is intended to meet Trump’s campaign promise of keeping Muslims out of the country. The administration says the restrictions are needed to keep out terrorists while it tightens vetting procedures.

Palestinian with knife arrested at West Bank checkpoint-Russia said negotiating Golan safe zones with Israel, US and Jordan; 6 suspected Islamic State jihadists arrested in Europe-By Tamar Pileggi June 28, 2017, 2:17 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

14:55-AIPAC delegation coming to Israel to discuss Western Wall reversal with PM-A delegation of senior members from the American pro-Israel lobby AIPAC are reportedly traveling to Israel to discuss with Netanyahu his government’s decision to freeze the implementation of a hard-won agreement to create an official pluralistic worship area at the Western Wall.According to the Walla news site, the delegation includes AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus and Vice CEO Richard Fishman. They are expected to meet with the prime minister tomorrow.The government’s decision to suspend the pluralistic pavilion, along with advancing a bill granting the ultra-Orthodox a de facto monopoly over conversions to Judaism in Israel, was met with outrage by many US Jews.14:46-Hamas to create buffer zone with Egypt to improve ties-Hamas says bulldozers in Gaza are creating a 100-meter-wide (330-foot) buffer zone along the Egyptian border as part of the Palestinian terrorist group’s efforts to combat extremists and improve ties with Cairo.The Hamas-run Interior Ministry says the creation of a 12-kilometer-long (7.5-mile) corridor was agreed upon in recent face-to-face negotiations with Egyptian officials. It expressed hope that Egypt would reopen the Rafah border crossing with Gaza on a regular basis once the buffer zone is complete.Egypt has long accused Gaza’s Hamas rulers of aiding an insurgency in the northern Sinai Peninsula, allegations denied by Hamas. Egypt and Israel have imposed a blockade on Gaza since Hamas seized power in 2007.— with AP-14:27-6 suspected IS jihadists arrested across Europe-Six suspected members of the Islamic State group are arrested in Spain, Britain and Germany in an operation led by Spanish authorities investigating a jihadist recruiting network, the Spanish interior ministry says.The raids are targeting a group based on the island of Majorca and led by an Islamist imam, who was arrested in Britain, the ministry says in a statement.The imam, 44, was the target of a European arrest warrant and seized by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit on behalf of the Spanish authorities.“The investigation focuses on terrorism material created for use online,” the West Midlands police says, adding that prosecutors would seek his extradition to Spain later today.— AFP-14:26-Russia said negotiating Golan safe zones with Israel, US and Jordan-Russia is negotiating safe zones in southern Syria with Israel, Jordan and the US, Army Radio reports.The talks are focused on establishing areas of operations for the respective militaries in the Syrian side of the Golan Heights near Israel’s northern border.Citing Russian media reports, the negotiations were called following four recent US-led coalition airstrikes on regime targets in the area.14:17-Palestinian with knife arrested at West Bank checkpoint-A Palestinian woman is caught with a knife at a checkpoint near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.According to reports, the 36-year-old tells security forces that she planned to carry out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem.The suspect is taken in for questioning.

REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE

REVELATION 11:1-2
1 And there was given me a(MEASURING) reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out,(TO THE WORLD NATIONS) and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.(JERUSALEM DIVIDED BUT THE 3RD TEMPLE ALLOWED TO BE REBUILT)

DANIEL 9:27
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

MICAH 4:1-5
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
5  For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

DANIEL 11:31
31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.(3RD TEMPLE REBUILT)

DANIEL 12:11
11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away,(AT THE MIDPOINT OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD)(3RD TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED BY DICTATOR) and the abomination that maketh desolate set up,(TO WORSHIP THE DICTATOR OR DIE) there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.(1,290 DAYS)(AN EXTRA 30 DAYS AT THE END OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD FOR JESUS TO DESTROY THE ARMIES AGAINST JERUSALEM.AND TO JUDGE THE SHEEP AND GOAT NATIONS OF MATTHEW 25:31-46-HOW THEY TREATED ISRAEL DURING THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THEN I BELIEVE JESUS WILL REBUILD THE 4TH TEMPLE 25 MILES FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT.AND THEN JESUS RULES FOR THE 1,000 YEARS-THEN FOREVER FROM THAT 4TH TEMPLE.)

MATTHEW 24:15-16
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)(THE DICTATOR SITS IN THE REBUILT 3RD TEMPLE CALLING HIMSELF GOD AT THE MIDPOINT OR 3 1/2 YEAR PERIOD OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.OR 7 YEAR PEACE TREATY BETWEEN ISRAEL-ARABS AND MANY OF DANIEL 9:27)
16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Israel’s consulates in the US gird for protests over Western Wall-Memo lays out strategy for explaining decision to suspend deal on prayer pavilion; some federations said to reevaluate contributions to Israel-By Sue Surkes June 28, 2017, 10:04 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

The Foreign Ministry has reportedly instructed staff at its nine US consulates to prepare for mass Jewish protests following government decisions to suspend plans for a pluralistic prayer pavilion at Jerusalem’s Western Wall and to advance a bill granting the ultra-Orthodox a de facto monopoly over conversions to Judaism in Israel.A memo sent to the consulates on Monday, published by the Haaretz daily, called on staff to clarify what it said was “a great deal of misinformation” by stressing that a previous government decision to create the prayer pavilion “was not nullified but suspended,” that the suspension gave the government “the time and space needed to find a genuinely workable solution,” and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — “compelled” to reach a decision because of an approaching High Court deadline — had actually refused the demand of ultra-Orthodox ministers to cancel rather than suspend the construction of the pavilion.The memo also laid part of the blame for the crisis on non-Orthodox Jews, saying that “for reasons, related to both sides, the current plan has proven unfeasible.” It also asserted that the prime minister remained committed to the principle that “all Jews should feel at home in Israel and at the Western Wall in particular.”The Foreign Ministry has been receiving reports of protests against the Western Wall decision from Jewish communities across America. One report from Chicago’s Israel consulate described “harsh messages of disappointment and pain,” according to Haaretz.Some people were implying that the decision could impact donations and political campaigns, the Haaretz report said.Another report, from the New York consulate, said that Gordon Hecker, CEO of the Columbus, Ohio, Jewish Federation, told Israel’s consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, that he planned to stop all donations to Israel from his federation.The same report said the CEO of the Northern New Jersey Jewish Federation, Jason Shames, said that the decision was likely to impact his federation’s relationships with the State of Israel.In an interview with The Times of Israel, Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky said there was no difference between “freezing” and scrapping the agreement, and that the prime minister was “just playing with words.” He said Netanyahu had broken a painstakingly constructed relationship of trust with US Jewish leaders, and had put narrow coalition interests above the wider needs of the Jewish people.

There's 'unbelievable ignorance' in Israel, including in the government, about non-Orthodox Judaism-Sharansky: We may solve Western Wall and conversion crises. I’m not sure we can rebuild trust-Jewish Agency chairman, at forefront of incendiary dispute between Israel and Diaspora, decries PM’s actions, laments collapse of a painstakingly constructed relationship with Reform and Conservative leaders By David Horovitz June 28, 2017, 7:34 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency, said he believes the two profound crises that have erupted in ties between Israel and much of the US Jewish community — over prayer at the Western Wall and conversion — can and will be resolved.In an interview with The Times of Israel, he said the legislation on conversion approved by ministers on Sunday — which would cement an ultra-Orthodox monopoly over conversions to Judaism in Israel — would likely not go through in its current format. From his contacts with ministers and Knesset members, he said, he does not believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can muster a majority to pass the legislation in its current form.As for Netanyahu’s shock decision to freeze implementation of a painstakingly negotiated agreement to give non-Orthodox streams of Judaism a recognized, formal role in the oversight of a permanent, pluralistic prayer area slightly to the south of the main Western Wall prayer area, Sharansky said he believed a “formula” would be found to enable the agreement to go ahead.“You don’t have to call it ‘recognition,'” he posited. “But you do have to allow representatives of the Reform and Conservative to run the place where they pray. That’s the minimum condition from which all the negotiations started.” Sharansky said he couldn’t say what precise “formula” would be found, but “I believe that very quickly” it can be resolved.At the same time, he expressed deep disappointment in Netanyahu’s handling of the affair — saying the prime minister had put narrow coalition interests above the wider needs of the Jewish people. He noted, incidentally, that he did not believe the government would have fallen if Netanyahu had resisted ultra-Orthodox pressure on the issues.And he said that the precious trust that had been established between Israeli and Diaspora leaders, as the Western Wall compromise took shape in recent years, may have been damaged irrevocably.He also highlighted staggering ignorance among Israeli government ministers about Reform and Conservative Judaism — streams of Judaism with which the majority of American Jews are affiliated. “When I said to the government a year or two ago, Do you know that 85% of AIPAC supporters are Reform and Conservative Jews, half of the government were shocked. They really thought they were supporters of boycotts of Israel, all these crazies from J Street, Breaking the Silence. That’s all.”-I’m sure his coalition wouldn’t have fallen-Lots of Israelis are similarly ignorant, he added. “There are many Israelis, good Israelis, good Zionists, loving Jews, who believe that Reform is a kind of sect which destroyed Judaism from the inside in America and now they are looking for more places to destroy, because that is how they live, by destroying. That now they are trying to come here.Added Sharansky: “I say to them, You know, that’s exactly what anti-Semites were saying about Jews in Russia.”The Times of Israel spoke to Sharansky at his Jewish Agency office late on Tuesday afternoon. The following is an edited transcript:The Times of Israel: Do you think this crisis can be solved? And if so, how? Natan Sharansky: Look, this crisis has to be solved, because it’s too important for the future of our unity.On the one hand, it was very upsetting, it seemed awful, that just when our (Jewish Agency) Board of Governors started their meetings here, and were coming for a short visit with the government, these two decisions were taken, one after another — maybe the most painful decisions you could imagine for the American Jewish community.On the other hand, the timing could not be better, when you think about it: Imagine if it had happened two weeks later, or five weeks later. You wouldn’t have had angry representatives here of all the main communities, who immediately mobilized to work.We have a lot of big challenges — budget challenges, organizational challenges. These were all put aside. Everybody was mobilized. And we delivered a message.All of these (US Jewish leaders) were receiving a lot of emails from people in their communities who are angry, and were saying, Enough is enough. They had to make those messages heard. They were speaking to the ministers and members of Knesset, and explaining.What’s the solution — on the conversion law, and on the Western Wall? As regards the law, it has to be stopped. And yesterday, we had meetings with (Ministers) Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked. I was speaking to all of them 15 minutes before the vote on the bill (in the cabinet on Sunday), and they didn’t understand (what the implications were). Now they understand and they’ve started looking for ways to change something (in the planned legislation).They say it is important to stop foreign workers coming here (and converting). But there are much simpler ways to deal with that.So it will be amended? We were in the Knesset today. Half of the people who were speaking to us about this were from the coalition. I don’t really understand how the prime minister is going to have a majority for this law. So I think it can be stopped.As to the Kotel, it’s more difficult, because it’s not Knesset legislation.But Tzachi Hanegbi (the minister charged by Netanyahu with resolving the crisis) who came today to speak to us, he changed tone. He said, the physical part (of the pavilion for pluralistic prayer) we will start implementing immediately. He said the other part (regarding its formal oversight), which is the problematic part, we’ll have to negotiate on how to implement it.That’s already different from ‘We’ll freeze it, we’ll stop it, we cannot do it.’(The difficult part) is the question of recognition (for non-Orthodox Judaism in the oversight of the pluralistic prayer area). The prime minister says, I recognize (the non-Orthodox streams of Judaism), but as a government, I cannot do it.He said, ‘My government can’t’? Bibi was very frank. He didn’t try to… (Sharansky wiggles his hands.) He said: I do believe that all the Jews are pulling for us, and I recognize all of them. But what to do? We have a coalition. Some of our (coalition) partners can’t recognize them. And they demand from us to cancel all the agreements (about the Western Wall). I’m not ready to cancel. I’m ready to freeze.Well, cancel or freeze, that’s just playing with words. I can’t explain that to a Reform rabbi in St Louis.So how do you solve it? I’ve already heard from the ministers, never mind members of Knesset, that we have to go back and talk about it. You don’t have to call it “recognition.” But you do have to allow representatives of the Reform and Conservatives to run the place where they pray. That’s the minimum condition from which all the negotiations started.I believe that with public opinion understanding this better and better, the pressure will grow, and it can be implemented.Whether it will be this or that (precise) formula, the thing is that it will be a respected place of prayer, where they don’t have to hide from anybody, and where they will be able to run their own prayer, and not have to depend on this government minister or that bureaucrat who today changes his opinions. That’s the minimum which is demanded.At this moment, the government decided not to implement it. I believe that very quickly, it can be changed.What is clear is that, despite the fact that this topic was so widely discussed in recent years, the majority of Israelis don’t understand it, and some people in the West don’t understand what we are talking about. We have now to accelerate our campaign of explaining.In the last couple of years, I was speaking a lot in Israel. I discovered unbelievable ignorance (when it comes to non-Orthodox Judaism). The prejudices…What do Israelis not know about non-Orthodox Judaism? There are many Israelis, good Israelis, good Zionists, loving Jews, who believe that Reform is a kind of sect which destroyed Judaism from the inside in America and now they are looking for more places to destroy, because that is how they live, by destroying. That now they are trying to come here.I say to them, You know, that’s exactly what anti-Semites were saying about Jews in Russia.When I said to the government a year or two ago, Do you know that 85% of AIPAC supporters are Reform and Conservative Jews, half of the government were shocked. They really thought they were supporters of boycotts of Israel, all these crazies from J Street, Breaking the Silence. That’s all.And what do you say? The truth is…The truth is that in the conditions of the Diaspora, to survive and not be assimilated is a big challenge. From the beginning, 200 years ago, when Jews started living among gentiles, and those of them who wanted to continue living actively among gentiles but to feel themselves Jewish at home, some of them went for different forms of Judaism.It’s not the place where I pray, the place where I talk to God. But it is the place where a lot of Jews, who want to stay being Jewish, are gathering.So the State of Israel, if it continues to say that it is home for all the Jews, definitely has to say to them: We want you. But we also want your communities, we want your rabbis, your grandchildren.So many Jews in the Diaspora say (to Israel), Be democratic like us. But they don’t understand that we’re doing something much (more challenging) than them: We are trying to be democratic in the Middle East.Equally, many Jews in Israel say (to the Diaspora), Be not assimilated like us. We’re religious or secular. But they don’t understand that (Diaspora Jews) are doing something much more difficult. How to not be assimilated in America is not the same as how to not be assimilated in Israel.They are using these tools (of different streams of Judaism). If we could invent tools now, at a time of the existence of the State of Israel, maybe we would invent different tools. But these are the tools that exist.Our prime minister, however, does understand the Diaspora. He does understand the non-Orthodox streams of Judaism. He does understand how much of a commitment there is to Israel. He must have known how this would play out. And I’m not sure his coalition would have fallen over this. He could have told the ultra-Orthodox parties: This is the deal.I’m sure his coalition wouldn’t have fallen.His advisers really failed, by not even telling him the timing was so bad. Which (paradoxically) is good. God forbid they had told him, and he’d done it two weeks later.But still…Still. I told him at this government meeting (on Sunday), which is what I say all over the world: Mr. Prime Minister, you know better than any other prime minister in Israel what is American Jewry. And that’s why you worked harder than any other (on this). Don’t undermine your own work.And he answered: I believe it. I feel it. I want it. But at this moment part of my coalition demands to do this. I’m doing something to save my coalition.That’s not exactly what he said, but that was his message. Very open.So he behaved like a politician who has to respond to the immediate need of the coalition.That contradicts with him as a Jewish leader who really knows, who understands the historical process and the importance of keeping the deep contact (with the Diaspora).I’m particularly sorry, because he had succeeded — and we did our best to help him — to build relations with the leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements during these negotiations which never before existed. There was a lot of trust. Direct telephone calls. Meetings. Cooperation. Coordination. And I felt great pride in this.I do believe that we can overcome these (current) crises. I’m not sure we will be able to restore this type of relationship and trust. And that’s a big loss.

          REFORM MOVEMENT LAUNCHING FIRST RABBINICAL SCHOOL FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS. AND ISRAEL STRIKES HAMAS POSTS IN GAZA AFTER ROCKET FIRE.   
JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

EU SPAIN #11 (POSSIBLY MIGHT PRODUCE THE WORLD LEADER)

DANIEL 7:23-24
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)

REVELATION 17:9-13
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week:(7 YEARS) and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.

DANIEL 9:26-27
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Reform movement launching first rabbinical school for Spanish speakers-Buenos Aires institution will ordain students from Latin America, Spain and Portugal-By JTA June 27, 2017, 4:01 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — The Reform movement is launching its first school to train and ordain rabbis from Latin America, Spain and Portugal to work in those communities.The Ibero American Institute for Rabbinical Education of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, or WUPJ, will begin classes in August in Buenos Aires.“This project will transform the regional reality,” WUPJ said.Some 20 rabbinical candidates from Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Spain have enrolled. A Hispanic student from the United States also has enrolled.The institute will be run jointly by the Latin American branch of WUPJ; the Argentine network of institutions Fundación Judaica, and the Center of Jewish Spirituality Mishkan, which will be the headquarters of the institution. Ruben Nisenbom, the Argentine founder of Mishkan, will be in charge of the institute.WUPJ President Carole Sterling has called the institute “an important step for the Reform world.”“We know that it will be fundamental for the development of our movement in the region and will permit us to answer the growing demand on behalf of our communities,” she said last month when the institute was officially presented by Ibero-American leaders to the Reform movement during the WUPJ Conference in Jerusalem.Rabbi Gilad Kariv, executive director of the Reform movement in Israel and founder of the Rabbis for Human Rights movement, called the new institution “one of the great milestones of Judaism in the last decade.”Ibero-America is a region in Central and South America made up of Spanish and Portuguese speakers that also includes Spain and Portugal.

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Israel strikes Hamas posts in Gaza after rocket-fire-Military says it targeted infrastructure in north and south of enclave following earlier launch that hit Sha’ar Hanegev region-By Times of Israel staff June 27, 2017, 3:37 am

The Israeli Air Force on Monday night struck two Hamas infrastructure targets in the north and south of the Gaza Strip, the military said.The IDF said the strikes came in response to a rocket launch from the Strip earlier in the night.There were no immediate reports of casualties by Palestinians.The rocket hit southern Israel, in the Sha’ar Hanegev region, not causing any damage or casualties.The launch was claimed by a salafist group linked to the Islamic State, according to Hebrew media reports.Israel says it holds Hamas responsible for any attacks emanating from the territory it controls, and has in the past responded to any launch with strikes on Hamas targets.Hamas rulers said earlier this month it was not interested in a fresh round of conflict, even as electricity cuts requested by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and facilitated by Israel, threatened to lead to new violence.Abbas has led a high-stakes campaign to weaken Hamas by gradually reducing the flow of electricity to the territory he lost to the terrorist group in 2007.Egypt has since stepped in to ship in fuel to make up for most of the power cuts, though its not clear how long the shipments will continue.On Monday, the Haaretz daily reported that human rights groups and officials in Gaza suspect Abbas is also attempting to keep Gazans from being able to seek medical attention in Israel as a means of ramping up pressure.Israeli security concerns have shifted in the last few days to the northern border, where fighting in neighboring Syria has bled into Israel, with fire from mortars and small arms hitting in the Golan Heights.Israel has struck back at Syrian regime targets several times in retaliation.Earlier Monday, Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman said Israel has “no intention of launching a military operation” against Syria or Gaza.But Liberman added that despite the military establishment’s hope for calm on Israel’s borders, it will not tolerate any provocations, even accidental fire that spills over from a neighboring conflict.

Gaza rocket hits open area in southern Israel, no injuries-Fire claimed by Salafist group comes after defense minister says Israel has no intention of going to war with Gaza or Syria, but will not tolerate ‘provocations’-By Times of Israel staff June 26, 2017, 10:47 pm

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel Monday night, not causing any damage, but breaking a tense calm amid rising tensions with the Palestinian enclave.The Israeli military said the projectile landed in open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev region.“No injuries have been reported. Forces are searching the area,” the army said in a statement.The launch was claimed by a salafist group linked to the Islamic State, according to Hebrew media reports.Gaza’s Hamas rulers said earlier this month they were not interested in a fresh round of conflict, even as electricity cuts requested by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and facilitated by Israel, threatened to lead to a new round of violence.Abbas has led a high-stakes campaign to weaken Hamas by gradually reducing the flow of electricity to the territory he lost to the terrorist group in 2007.Egypt has since stepped in to ship in fuel to make up for most of the power cuts, though its not clear how long the shipments will continue.On Monday, the Haaretz daily reported that human rights groups and officials in Gaza suspect Abbas is also attempting to keep Gazans from being able to seek medical attention in Israel as a means of ramping up pressure.Israeli security concerns have shifted in the last few days to the northern border, where fighting in neighboring Syria has bled into Israel, with fire from mortars and small arms hitting in the Golan Heights.Israel has struck back at Syrian regime targets several times in retaliation.Earlier Monday, Defense Minister Avidgor Liberman said Israel has “no intention of launching a military operation” against Syria or Gaza.But Liberman added that despite the military establishment’s hope for calm on Israel’s borders, it will not tolerate any provocations, even accidental fire that spills over from a neighboring conflict.

Stop building in settlements outside blocs, ex-Netanyahu security aide says-At panel on Mideast peace, Yaakov Amidror says Israel must preserve possibility of 2-state solution, argues biggest threat to Jewish state is demography-By Dov Lieber June 27, 2017, 1:30 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s former national security adviser argued Monday that Israel must cease new construction in settlements outside of the so-called blocs, or risk losing its ability to uphold both its Jewish and democratic nature.Yaakov Amidror, who served under Netanyahu from 2011 to 2013, said at a panel at Bar-Ilan University that while he though current Palestinian leadership and the volatility of the current Middle East do not present the conditions for a peace deal, Israel must preserve the possibility of a two-state solution in the future.That means only building in areas Israel hopes to keep via land swaps in a final status deal with the Palestinians.“Israel should limit settlement building to the blocs or the boundaries of existing settlements and reserve the remaining area for discussion at a time when there might be a different Palestinian leadership,” he wrote in a study he was presenting at the conference.There are six major blocs commonly seen as being held by Israel in any future deal: Givat Ze’ev, Ma’ale Adumim, Gush Etzion, Ariel, Modiin Illit and Karnei Shomron-The settlement watchdog group Peace Now released a report in May that said some 70 percent of settlement construction in the West Bank last year took place outside the so-called blocs. However, the report relies on the definition of the blocs as outlined on the 2003 Geneva Initiative, which is rejected by the current government.Last week, Israel began construction on the first new settlement since 1993. The new settlement, to be known as Amichai, is to accommodate residents of the illegal Amona outpost, which was evacuated in February in line with court orders because it was built on private Palestinian land. Amichai is located near the settlements of Shiloh and Eli, north of Ramallah.Amidror, who is now a fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, was presenting the findings of his recently published study, entitled “Israel’s Inelegant Options in Judea and Samaria: Withdrawal, Annexation, and Conflict Management.”Panelists at the event included Environment and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), former minister and veteran peace activist Yossi Beilin—a key architect of the Oslo peace process—and Professor Ruth Gavison, an Israeli law expert and Israel Prize laureate. All agreed that demographics posed the greatest challenge to the future of Israel.Amidror said he had yet to hear a legitimate solution from those on Israel’s right wing who favor annexation of the West Bank on how it the Jewish state might swallow the entire Palestinian population — several million people — while still remaining both a Jewish and democratic state.“I’ve never heard a logical argument from the right about the demographic issue,” he said. The other panelists agreed.Elkin argued that given the current turbulence in the Middle East, in which he doesn’t know what will be the “names of states that border Israel” in a year, finding a solution to the demographic problem will have to wait.He also said he was sure Mahmoud Abbas — who he accused of “killing” Palestinian politics — would be the last president of the Palestinian Authority. As for who would govern the Palestinians in the future if the authority were to disappear, he said Palestinians might live in “small islands of sovereignty.”Beilin passionately argued for setting Israel’s borders as soon as possible. He said that safeguarding Israel’s Jewish and democratic nature was his primary reason for wanting to end Israel’s 50-year military rule over the Palestinians in the West Bank. The moral argument that the occupation harms both the Palestinians and Israel, he said, was only of secondary importance to him.“What is important for me is to leave to my children and grandchildren a democratic and Jewish state. I need a border,” he said, to some applause in the room.Criticizing Elkin, Beilin argued that those who say conditions aren’t ripe for a solution are intentionally dithering in order to perpetuate the status quo.Beilin also said it was time to “think seriously about an Israeli-Palestinian confederation.” He argued a confederation would could solve the demographic threat by allowing Israeli citizens to live among Palestinians, as well as a number of other issues including the demilitarization of a Palestinian state and environmental and infrastructural issues.Gavison, who said she considered herself a centrist, said the divided Israeli political landscape could unify around the goal of ensuring a “strong and stable Jewish majority.”Settlements have long been one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the Palestinians and much of the international community saying that their expansion threatens the territorial continuity of a future Palestinian state.The Palestinians and much of the international community do not recognize any settlements in the West Bank as legal.Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report.

Fuming opposition looks to fell government over Western Wall reversal-Zionist Union says cabinet’s decision creating barrier with Diaspora; despite opposing move, Liberman thought unlikely to bring down government-By Tamar Pileggi June 26, 2017, 8:31 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

The opposition Zionist Union faction said on Monday that it will submit a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, over the cabinet’s decision to shelve a hard-won deal for a pluralistic prayer space at the Western Wall and the initial approval of a bill that would cement the ultra-Orthodox monopoly on conversions.“The government’s decision against the Western Wall as well as the conversion issue severely harms US Jewry, Israelis, those who seek to become a part of the Jewish people, and any one else who wishes to pray at the Western Wall according to their customs,” the party said in a statement.“The message conveyed to both Israelis and Jewish communities abroad is a bitter one which creates a barrier between Israel as the homeland for the Jewish people and large segments of the Jewish people,” it said.The motion will be submitted to the Knesset next Monday.On Sunday, the government suspended a plan it had previously approved for a pluralistic prayer area, following calls by Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox coalition allies to scrap the deal. The plan would have seen the establishment of a properly prepared pavilion for pluralistic prayer — as opposed to current temporary arrangements — under joint oversight involving representatives of all major streams of Judaism.The decision to cancel the deal was lambasted by the opposition and representatives of Diaspora Jewry as well as coalition faction Yisrael Beytenu and members of the Kulanu party, which is also in the government.Kulanu MK Michael Oren, who formerly served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, branded the move an “abandonment of Zionism.”However, on Monday, Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman indicated he wouldn’t derail the coalition over the disagreements, saying he hopes that he can cut a compromise in the coming week.Kulanu’s leadership has been silent on the matter.Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog, who is due to meet on Tuesday with Jewish leaders from the US, told Army Radio Diaspora Jews have “tremendous anger” over the government’s backtracking over the Western Wall deal.They have “a feeling of being deceived,” he said. “The compromise deal was agreed to by all until extreme elements decided to scare everyone and to sabotage the process. This is causing deep division in the Jewish people.”Herzog said that Netanyahu was “simply zig-zagging. He caved. He is afraid.”Currently, a prayer space at the Western Wall south of the main plaza and down several flights of stairs hosts pluralistic prayer. The deal would have seen construction work to raise the space up to the same level as the rest of the main plaza, and would have given control of the site to all religious streams under the state’s imprimatur.Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman said Netanyahu had ordered work to continue in preparing the plaza and that it remain open to all streams of Judaism.“It is important to Prime Minister Netanyahu that every Jew be able to pray at the Western Wall,” Braverman said in a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Some critics of Western Wall plan still unhappy after freeze-Archaeologist says expansion of pluralistic prayer site may still harm antiquities; feminist religious activist who opposed agreement finds little joy in reversal-By Melanie Lidman June 26, 2017, 11:39 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

The government decision to suspend a plan creating a pluralistic prayer space at the Western Wall brought little satisfaction to two non-Orthodox groups that opposed the original proposal: archaeologists and religious activists who had sought greater gains than the compromise afforded.On Sunday, the government suspended a plan it had previously approved for a pluralistic prayer area, following calls by Netanyahu’s ultra-Orthodox coalition allies to scrap the deal. The plan would have seen the establishment of a properly prepared pavilion for pluralistic prayer — as opposed to current temporary arrangements — under joint oversight involving representatives of all major streams of Judaism.The government has said despite the deals being canceled, it will continue to expand the prayer space at Robinson’s Arch south of the main Western Wall plaza, leading to continued concerns over archaeological damage to antiquities there.“There is no way only solution should be found on account of such an important heritage site,” said Dr Eilat Mazar, an archaeologist with Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, who has excavated many sites around the Old City walls.Education Minister Naftali Bennett opened the platform in 2013 when he was religious affairs minister, in part due to pressure from non-Orthodox Jewish groups, including Women of the Wall.The platform, constructed as a temporary measure, enraged some archaeologists at the time.A group of Jerusalem archaeologists petitioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last year to remove the platform immediately and find other arrangements, calling the site “the crowning glory of the archaeology of Jerusalem.”“This is the is the only place where you can see and touch the immense stones that fell during the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, the stones that fell from the Western Wall onto the original street that was used by the masses of pilgrims,” Mazar said Monday.There are no ongoing archaeological excavations in the area where the egalitarian section is located or is planned to expand.“The debris, the destruction those were already revealed, but the destruction is hiding it underneath any kind of ramp,” she said. “You lose the whole impression that is given when you see the Western Wall and the immense stones that fell,” she said.The platform obscures some of the former temple’s magnificent masonry, as well as gems from other archaeological periods found in the area.The committee charged that the platform was built in violation of archaeological and construction statutes.Mazar’s grandfather, Benjamin Mazar, was the archaeologist who oversaw the excavation of the area where the platform stands today. Nine archaeologists signed the petition to Netanyahu calling for the dismantling of the platform.The Israel Antiquities Authority declined to comment on the new developments regarding Netanyahu’s decision to freeze the agreement. In a Knesset session examining the platform on November 22, 2016, IAA chief Yisrael Hasson also decried the platform’s construction.“Converting the site into a prayer space will prevent adequate preservation and management of the finds,” Hasson told a meeting of the Knesset Education Committee.However, Hasson added that if the government does decide to expand the pluralistic section, the IAA wants to be involved in order to minimize damage.Non-Orthodox religious activists who originally opposed the Western Wall agreement also said they felt torn.“It’s hard to know what to think, because of course we have always opposed the deal and did not want it,” said Cheryl Birkner Mack, one of the leaders of the Original Women of the Wall group.Original Women of the Wall split from the larger women’s activist prayer group, Women of the Wall, over Women of the Wall’s decision to ultimately support the Western Wall agreement.“But what we did not want was the forgoing of women’s rights at the Kotel [Western Wall] itself,” added Mack. “On the one hand, it seems to be status quo, but on the other hand, it’s very disrespectful for the non-Orthodox movement. All of us, whether we’re Orthodox or not, support non-Orthodox movements and support recognition of their rights, so it’s hard to know how to respond to this.”Bennett on Monday called the latest government decision to freeze the deal unfortunate, but not a major disaster.He said the government this week allocated some $5 million to carry out the promised expansion of the prayer area in the coming months. It was only other aspects of the plan, including construction of a shared entrance to all prayer areas and joint management of the site by all streams of Judaism, that were frozen.“The main message for Jews around the world is ‘you are wanted,'” Bennett said. “The Kotel is open for all Jews of the world and will remain open for all Jews of the world.”Times of Israel staff and AP contributed to this article.

It is difficult to reconcile honoring police with an award for tikkun olam'-Police shooting, protests prompt Seattle Jewish Federation to halt annual award-A ceremony recognizing Seattle’s finest for ‘repairing the world’ is on hold after a pregnant mother of four was shot in her home when she called in a burglary-By Greg Scruggs June 27, 2017, 3:24 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

SEATTLE — Last week, the death of Charleena Lyles, a 30-year-old black woman, at the hands of police caused the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle to postpone its annual meeting along with a planned award ceremony for the Seattle Police Department. The killing also prompted a public petition from members of the Seattle Jewish community to rescind the award completely.In May, the Federation announced that its annual Tikkun Olam Award would be given on June 22 to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole, on behalf of her department, for incorporating Holocaust education into police training and collaborating with Jewish groups on a real-time communications tool developed after a shooting attack at the Federation’s headquarters in 2006.The Federation said in a written statement on June 21 that the postponement of the award ceremony came at O’Toole’s request “due to the fragile state of the Seattle community and the raw emotions around the police’s actions in connection with the death of Charleena Lyles.” The statement also affirmed that the award still stands, a decision at odds with an online petition drafted in the immediate aftermath of Lyles’ death that garnered over 750 signatures in 48 hours.Calling themselves “Concerned Seattle Jews,” petitioners on the online platform Change.org wrote, “It is difficult to reconcile honoring Chief O’Toole with an award for tikkun olam — the idea that Jews share responsibility for repairing the world — while the Seattle Police Department is under a US Justice Department order and federal court supervision because of a history of excessive use of force and mistreatment of our fellow citizens, especially people of color. In the wake of Sunday’s police killing of Charleena Lyles, an African American mother who called the police for assistance and ended up dead, the idea of the Jewish Federation carrying through this award is especially appalling.”Lyles, a pregnant mother of four with a history of mental illness, called the emergency line 911 on June 18 to report a burglary. Two officers responded to the call and their dispatch system noted her mental health history. Inside her apartment, with her young children present, officers allege that Lyles became incoherent, threatened them verbally, and brandished a knife. The officers reportedly demanded that she drop the knife, and when she instead lunged at one of the officers, they opened fire.Much of the public debate in the week since the incident has focused on whether or not the officers should have been carrying Tasers as a non-lethal force option. The officers, who said they left their Tasers in their lockers, were not wearing body cameras but there are audio recordings of the encounter. The investigation is expected to take at least several months.Rabbi David Basior, who leads the Kadima Reconstructionist Community in Seattle, said that there had been immediate discomfort in his Jewish circles about the Federation’s decision to publicly acknowledge the police department since it was first announced, but that opinions were mostly confined to internal conversations. He called Lyles’ death “an awful catalyst” that forced the issue into the open.His congregation has been studying the Movement for Black Lives and its manifesto — which controversially used the terms “genocide” and “apartheid” to describe Israel — for over a year. That text study, he said, led to an immediate consensus that “it’s not okay to give a tikkun olam award on behalf of the Jewish community in Seattle to the Seattle Police Department.” But, he continued, “The tightrope to walk was how to do that gently while being kind and strong to our brothers, sisters, elders, and youngsters at the Federation and not demonizing humans in police uniforms.”Basior said there is no “rift” between the Jewish community and the Federation, but rather an opportunity for more robust dialogue between decision-makers and the community at large. “The Jewish community in Seattle needs to give each other tochecha,” Basior said, referring to the Jewish term for rebuke, or “criticism with love.”“The Federation is still the only address in town where a Chabad rabbi, a Reconstructionist rabbi, someone who thinks Israel should annex the West Bank, and someone who thinks the occupation should end can sit in the same room and have a conversation about some Jewish topics — but not all,” he said.Basior noted that the current disagreement over the tikkun olam award comes in a local climate where leftist activists, like the local chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace, feel excluded from the Federation because of their politics. The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle declined to comment for this story.Those opposed to the award said they saw the merit in the specific Seattle Police Department programs that formed the Federation’s rationale. For example, the Seattle-based Holocaust Center for Humanity now hosts trainings using a national curriculum called “Law Enforcement and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust” that examines how police were complicit in Nazi atrocities. Every Seattle police officer is expected to have completed the training by October. Basior called this partnership “a big win.”Ultimately, however, the petitioners felt that those initiatives were overshadowed by the structural issues surrounding the department’s treatment of racial and ethnic minorities, which some felt reflected the Federation’s own blind spots.“We need to be incredibly vigilant around anti-Semitism in our communities,” said Simone Adler, a community organizer on food justice issues. “We need to take seriously keeping the Jewish community safe, but that Jewish community includes people of color.”That concern resonated strongly with Daniel Eliyahu, an Israeli-American student at the University of Washington whose mother is descended from the Jewish community of Cochin, India. He identifies as a Jew of color.“The label of tikkun olam means so much to so many people about creating justice and working towards a better world,” Eliyahu said. “To see such camaraderie with a police department that has such a track record of violence against people of color shows something that many Jews of color have seen with the Federation, which is that the Federation doesn’t see themselves as representing a multiracial community.”Eliyahu’s concerns come at a time of rapid demographic change for the local Jewish community, which has grown 70 percent since 2001 in what is now the fastest growing city in the US.The Federation, meanwhile, should expect the award activists to keep up the pressure.“Awarding the police department for working on fighting anti-Semitism while not also challenging the police department on fighting racism is an incredible loss of an opportunity,” Eliyahu said.Adler does not view the annual meeting’s postponement as a victory, but rather as “backing out from an opportunity to engage.” She and other activists had called for the meeting to go on — without the award ceremony, but with a prayer service and an opportunity to say the kaddish prayer for Lyles. Instead, a group of about 30 said prayers before a vigil on June 22 that attracted hundreds to downtown Seattle.“In this moment there is nothing to celebrate when we are mourning a black pregnant mother of four who was killed in our city,” Adler said. “A victory would have been rescinding the award altogether.”

Jewish groups split over Supreme Court church funding decision-Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations says ruling allowing state support for nonreligious needs will benefit synagogues too-By Times of Israel staff, AP and JTA June 27, 2017, 1:47 am

The largest US Jewish orthodox umbrella group on Monday hailed a US Supreme Court ruling that churches are eligible for state funding for nonreligious needs, saying the decision covers synagogues too.In a statement the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations welcomed the outcome of a case after the justices sided by a 7-2 vote with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which had sought a state grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.The Orthodox Union Advocacy Center had played a part in the case by filing an amicus curiae to support the church’s position.“We are proud of the role that OU Advocacy has played in creating the various state aid programs and its role in today’s high court ruling affirming their constitutionality,” said President of the Orthodox Union Mark Bane in a statement. “We expect the ruling to assist us in expanding the number and type of programs which aid faith communities with their safety costs.”Nathan Diament, executive director of Washington, DC’s Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, said “Today’s 7-2 ruling by the Supreme Court puts state aid to synagogues (and other houses of worship) and parochial schools for security and safety measures on an explicit and solid constitutional footing.”The Supreme Court had earlier ruled that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other nonreligious needs.But the justices stopped short of saying whether the ruling applies to school voucher programs that use public funds to pay for private, religious schooling.Chief Justice John Roberts said for the court that the state violated the US Constitution’s First Amendment by denying a public benefit to an otherwise eligible recipient solely on account of its religious status. He called it “odious to our Constitution” to exclude the church from the grant program, even though the consequences are only “a few extra scraped knees.”The case arose from an application the church submitted in 2012 to take part in Missouri’s scrap-tire grant program, which reimburses the cost of installing a rubberized playground surface made from recycled tires. The money comes from a fee paid by anyone who buys a new tire.But the state’s Department of Natural Resources rejected the application, pointing to the part of the state constitution that says “no money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion.”A recycled scrap tire is not religious, the church said in its Supreme Court brief. “It is wholly secular,” the church said.Justice Sonya Sotomayor took the rare step of reading her dissent from the bench, saying the ruling weakens America’s longstanding commitment to separation of church and state.“This case is about nothing less than the relationship between religious institutions and the civil government — that is, between church and state,” she wrote, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “The Court today profoundly changes that relationship by holding, for the first time, that the Constitution requires the government to provide public funds directly to a church.”The Anti-Defamation League, in conjunction with seven other groups, presented a friend-of-the-court brief going against the ruling.“Justice Sotomayor’s dissent got it right — this case is about much more than a state program to use recycled tires to resurface a playground,” the group’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, said in a statement.The statement added: “Although the decision is narrowly focused, the US Supreme Court appears to have taken a disturbing step back from this commitment today.”Barbara Weinstein, director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, issued a statement on behalf of the movement defending Missouri’s decision to honor the church-state divide, saying that religious institutions could face “government infringement if they are competing against each other for government grants.”More than 30 other states have constitutional provisions similar to Missouri’s, though some of those already permit churches to take part in grant programs for nonreligious purposes. In the days before the argument in April, Missouri’s Republican Gov. Eric Greitens changed the state’s policy and said churches would be allowed to apply for grants.Some religious groups cheered the decision, which was closely watched for the effect it may have on school voucher programs. But in a carefully worded footnote, Roberts said the ruling was limited and did not address “religious uses of funding or other forms of discrimination.”Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch wrote separately to say they would not have limited the ruling to playground resurfacing or related issues that involve children’s safety or health.“The general principles here do not permit discrimination against religious exercise — whether on the playground or anywhere else,” Gorsuch said.Proponents of school vouchers said they hope the ruling lays the groundwork for a future decision on whether states can let parents choose to send their children to religious schools through publicly funded programs.Michael Bindas, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice, said the principle of “religious neutrality” applies “whether the government is enabling schools to resurface their playgrounds or empowering parents to direct their children’s education.”Civil liberties groups called the ruling a blow to the principle of church-state separation.“This ruling threatens to open the door to more taxpayer support for religion, which is at odds with our history, traditions and common sense,” said Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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Here’s What Hassan Jameel Did To Make Rihanna Fall For Him


          Ecco chi è Hassan Jameel, il nuovo amore di Rihanna   
Dalla copertina di tutti i tabloid americani, ecco il nuovo amore di Rihanna: si tratta del miliardario Hassan Jameel. I due sono stati paparazzati a Ibiza nel bel mezzo di effusioni hot in piscina e ora saranno di certo la coppia più seguita dell’estate! Le notizie sul misterioso fidanzato della pop star per ora arrivano con il contagocce, ma intanto ecco cosa abbiamo scoperto su di lui e che dovete assolutamente sapere. 1 Hassan ha 29 anni ed è nato in Arabia Saudita. 2 Esce segretamente con Rihanna da 6 mesi, ma gli amici di lei sono sicuri: è l’uomo giusto! 3 Forbes l’ha inserito al 12esimo posto nella classifica dei sauditi più ricchi del pianeta nel 2016, con un patrimonio stimato a 1.5 miliardi di dollari. 4 È un uomo d’affari: è infatti il vicepresidente dell’Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic, compagnia che possiede tutti i diritti delle auto Toyota in Arabia Saudita. 5 Vanta decisamente delle conoscenze ai massimi livelli: pensate che è stato fotografato con  la famiglia reale d’Inghilterra… 6 È un grande appassionato di calcio, tanto da possederne un campionato intero! Si tratta della Jameel League. 7 Ha decisamente un’aria da latin lover: tra le sue ex c’è […]
          Outlook Calls For Continuing Pump Relief   

A new forecast is suggesting gasoline prices in St. Louis will continue to be among the lowest in the nation for 2015.

GasBuddy.com's annual outlook predicts the peak price in the region will range from $2.65 to $2.95 cents a gallon, thanks in part to a decision by Saudi Arabia to continue production even as global oil prices fall.


          On Ed Snowden's "Oppressive Regime Tour"   

For those who argue--ridiculously--that Edward Snowden should have "faced the music" and stayed in the US rather than "tour the oppressive, anti-human-rights regimes of the world", a little reminder: Neither Russia, nor Ecuador, nor Venezuela, nor Cuba executed anyone in 2011 (the most recent year for which statistics are available).

The United States? We put 43 human beings to death in 2011 alone.

That puts us behind China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, but ahead of every other nation in the world in terms of the state killing of citizens.

Torture?

Does it count when the US "renditions"--aka, has other cruel regimes do it for us, like Syria, Egypt, or Jordan? Because even if it doesn't, we're right up there at the top among the world's torturers.

Good grief, people. Take off the prima-donna sleep mask, open your eyes, and wake the hell up.

P.S. As for rendition, the U.S. is still at it, too--the only difference between then (under Bush) and now is that our government currently claims it is overseeing things so that when we do apprehend someone suspected of wrongdoing, throw a hood over his head, and haul him off to another country to be "interrogated", the questioning will not be accompanied by torture--at least, not as far as we know (because it is, after all, taking place in another country, and we can't completely control what goes on behind closed doors). Don't you feel better?

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          Indirect Democracy #21 - Feb. 8, 2007   
We Are Being Played! The increase in violence in Iraq has caused an increase in the rhetoric and actions against the Iranian government. Yet, the majority of the violence directed at Americans is not from the Shia extremists - it is from the Sunni extremists - funded by the Saudis. We are being played. Told that violence is coming from one enemy yet ignoring the ally that pays to kill our soldiers. The government will not allow the truth because oil and money is involved. Yet, what is at stake are the lives of our fighting men and women. Plus, a tribute to Molly Ivins, the Global Warming Update, the President's Horoscope, a new Sponsor and the What a Weinie Award. Thanks for listening.
          How the Gulf Crisis Forces Fundamental Choices in Turkish Foreign Policy   
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared on Markaz. The Gulf crisis entered a new phase last week, when Saudi Arabia and its allies made 13 demands of Qatar in order for the blockade against it to be lifted. The list included closing Turkey’s military base in Qatar and ending support for vaguely defined “terrorist groups,” as well as for the Muslim Brotherhood. The crisis itself—and in particular these demands—are deeply disturbing for Turkey. Not only had Turkey’s offer to mediate the conflict been snubbed, but Saudi Arabia is now challenging its close relations with Qatar and its deployment of Turkish troops to the country. Additionally, Riyadh did not welcome Ankara’s offer to set up another base in Saudi Arabia—as a sign of its friendly intentions and investment in regional security. Turkey appears stuck, on the one hand, with a policy that commentators have long defined as “zero neighbors without…
          Kommentar zu Propagandameldungen vom 30. Juni 2017 von Propapanda (@Propapanda666)   
Das wird nie etwas, dafür ist das -IckeBinDerGeile-und-MeinNachbarIstScheisse- Gen in dieser Gesellschaft viel tief zu verankert. Wenn sich erst einmal (saudische Version) mein Haus, meine Yacht und meine tausend Frauen, in der Gesellschaft festgefressen hat, ist Grundeinkommen für die Meisten, wie ein Schlag in ihre - ohnehin, unproduktive - Kauleiste. Die würden es nicht begreifen, selbst wenn sie zum 10. mal zum Bewerbungsschulungsunterricht geschickt werden und traurig den Verlust ihrer erarbeiteten Sparsamkeit hinnehmen müssen. Das ist eben ihre Schuld. PS: Im übrigen ist das Grundeinkommen eine rein kapitalistische Notmaßnahme, besser Einzelne abgekapselte Individuen, die man Kontrollieren kann, als Arbeitskollektive, die sich organisieren könnten. Ab und an greift man dann aus dem Konditionierten Meinungs-KZ einen oder mehrere heraus um die Reihen der Haus-Sklaven aufzufüllen. Bisschen Krieg wäre auch nicht schlecht, da wird die Menschenmasse, die man so akribisch vermessen hat, übersichtlich. Nochmal drehen kann ich das Blatt nicht, daher: vielleicht etwas überspitzt dargestellt.
          6/30/2017: WORLD: Saudi denial   
A Saudi official yesterday denied a report that former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was confined to a palace and barred from travelling abroad after he was replaced by his cousin Prince Mohammed bin Salman as next to the throne. “It’s not true, 100...
          Women in Saudi Arabia: A long road to equality   
In Saudi Arabia, women are considered second-class citizens. They cannot drive or travel without the authorisation of a male guardian: a brother, father, cousin or even a son. But faced with the fall in oil prices and the aspirations of a young generation hooked on social media, the authorities are gradually relaxing the rules. FRANCE 24’s team reports from the kingdom.
          Bears Need to Beware of Saudi Aramco IPO’s $2 Trillion Price Tag   

The Saudi Aramco IPO is worth a reported $2 trillion, which will make it the biggest IPO ever once the company goes public.

The post Bears Need to Beware of Saudi Aramco IPO’s $2 Trillion Price Tag was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!


          Fluor Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Saudi Arabian Mining Company Ma’aden   
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          Daring to drive : a Saudi woman's awakening   
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          Rihanna New Man is a Billionaire   
The guy Rihanna was making out with is Billionaire Hassan Jameel, heir to Saudi Arabia’s largest Toyota distributor.  Rihanna’s Pool Makeout Guy Is Saudi Billionaire Hassan Jameel Via www.tmz.com 06/28/2017 11:53 AM   Editorial credit: Debby Wong
          Comment on American Thinker – Why Germany Is Once Again a Threat to the West by Wanda   
What a load of crap. Cheap, trashy propaganda from the usual NWO commie crowd. After being suckered into two world wars, the German people are doing what they were brainwashed to do; work hard and give out the money. They were outperforming the Brits prior to WWI economically, industrially and commercially. The elites in Britain (Rothchild) considered this a threat to their own interests, ergo WWI. And who won WW2? Why Uncle Joe of course, with the help of the "allies", after the "saturation bombing of civilian targets" (Churchill) in Germany and the hellstorms of Hamburg and Dresden. Merkel is a commie from the good old GDR days. The Mohammedans are tools, financed by Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey and the U.S., keeping the populace in place. A government that does not protect its people and does not allow its people to defend themselves is the enemy.
          FBI Anon Update -- June 24th 2017: Responds to Viewers and Readers   


Source: Victurus Libertas | by Angie

Q: Do you think Trump is part of the swamp now that arrests have not happened and it is know that Trump took Soros money?

FBI Anon: It's clear Kushner has done deals with Soros, including a large loan. Trump's ties to Soros have not been a subject I have investigated.

Q: Were you, or other FBI patriots, behind the recent FBI Twitter Vault tweet about corrupt FBI Director Hoover, while Sessions was testifying about corrupt FBI Director Comey?

FBI Anon: This was a bit of fun we engaged in. Not myself, but others who are among dozens of agents assigned to post on our social media platforms.

Our old guide use to instruct "They should refrain from disclosing on any section of their user profiles that they work for the FBI or the Department of Justice," the guide states. "FBI personnel must also consider each word that they post, as these posts will remain indefinitely in cyberspace." But with the West getting wilder, certain agents go "rogue light", as was the case with those tweets.

Q: How do you guys get away with these tweets when traitors like Comey and McCabe are in charge, and the Inspector General is investigating these tweets

FBI Anon: We have our own tool kits, like Socio-Spyder for instance, We realize the bureau is under increased scrutiny; most of us feel like we should not be painted with the same brush being used on the top brass. We are well embedded on all the platforms. We can LARP with the best of them. But we are also feeling that the public has a right to demand arrests of people in high position who have committed crimes. No man is above the law. But, most Americans rightly feel talk is cheap. It's time to bring down the pond scum on the top of the swamp and work our way down to the monsters underneath. As I said a year ago, how can you expect a corrupt Government to self investigate?

Q: When is the "leave of absence" going to happen for Kushner?

FBI Anon: It's being arranged. Kushner has hired criminal defense attorneys – good ones. As long as they keep to Russia, and do not look too deeply into his ties with AIPAC and Mossad, he will be okay.

Q: How likely is an American Revolution this summer?

FBI Anon: Not likely. If anything, expect more riots, soft terror, and an Israeli lobby drumbeat to attack Iran, and overthrow Assad. But, the American people are waking up to the plans unfolding. The sudden arming of Saudi Arabia and the so called "rebels" in Syria are upsetting to Americans, who generally do not trust the Saudi government and are increasingly suspicious of Israel's motives. Anytime you hear "Russian leaks" from main stream media, replace the word Russian with Israel. Israel wants Russia and America to be in a war stance. In this scenario, Israel gets to shoot down Syrian jets, America gets to increase arms to Saudi Arabia, and US operatives, directed by John McCain, gets to re-arm Isis. The goal is to remove Assad, build a pipeline with Saudi funding, and ultimately leave Iran and Russia vastly weakened. A true revolution will occur when the citizens take a little time to study the French revolution.

Q: Why won't the government stop the corruption within the unconstitutional family courts and CPS?

FBI Anon: Because its a money making racket. It's a sore spot with me, because the abuse is rampant throughout the nation. Children are kidnapped by the State. Parents arrested and courts intercede on behalf of CPS to keep parents and children separate. In California, it's horrible. The criminal justice system in both New York and California is broken, crooked, and criminal – beyond belief. We took down the Los Angeles Sheriff a couple of years back. We have eyes on a number of small towns where public corruption has existed for decades.

You can expect some news this year when we submit our findings to DOJ. Expect news also regarding Loretta Lynch, and John Brennan. There are more names, but I am not at liberty to mention them.

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          Comment on Pension Apocalypse Is Coming by Oscar   
Sometime in the not too distant future I fully expect a helicopter drop of debt notes to all pensions and underfunded states. The sanctuary cities will also receive their helicopter drop also. What the Fed fears is loss of confidence in the dollar, the repeated smash on gold. The world is wise to what is going on and that is why the Saudi's in particular are aligning with China. The dollar will just buy less and less and those not aware of the boiling frog analogy will be the one suffering the most.
          Saudi Arabia Has Handed the Emir of Qatar an Opportunity to Redirect History   
In the event you have noticed the hullabaloo about Qatar and wonder what it is about, it is about Al Jazeera, a news organization, established by the Emir who rules the oil and gas sheikdom on the Persian Gulf. Al Jezeera is far more professional than any news organization in the West. Al Jazeera’s problem […]
          Yet Again, A Major Terrorist Attack Has A Brotherly Connection    
Editor's note: This story ran originally on Dec. 2, 2015. It has been updated to reflect this week's bombings in Brussels. When police announced that Khalid el-Bakraoui and his brother, Ibrahim, had blown themselves up in two separate attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, the pair became the latest example of terrorists who share fraternal bonds.Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving participant of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, was also working with his brother, Brahim. In that case, Brahim went through with a suicide bombing at a cafe. Salah, for reasons still unexplained, didn't detonate his vest. He was arrested in Brussels last week.The January 2015 murders at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris were also carried out by brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi.Closer to home, the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 were planned and executed by Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, Dzhokar. And more than a decade earlier, three pairs of brothers from Saudi Arabia were among the 19 hijackers
             
Divisions Among Gulf Arab States Increases Instability in the Horn of Africa
Gulf Cooperation Council isolation of Qatar impacts Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Sudan

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Thursday June 29, 2017

A dispute over territory involving the Horn of Africa states of Djibouti and Eritrea was reignited in the aftermath of the withdrawal of Qatari military forces stationed on the border of the countries on June 13.

Doha had served as a mediator in competing claims over Ras Doumeira Mountain and Island on the Red Sea coast near Bab al-Mandab Strait, a strategic shipping lane. Qatari troops were stationed in the area to prevent the potential of a resumption of armed clashes which erupted between Djibouti and Eritrea during June 10-13, 2008.

Qatari military forces serving as peacekeepers pulled out their personnel without any stated reasons. Speculation surrounding the Qatari moves suggests that the burgeoning split among the Gulf monarchies with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain making demands on Doha amid the imposition of an economic embargo, prompted the withdrawal from Ras Doumeira.

Djibouti and the self-declared independent Somaliland are supporting the position of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain against Qatar. Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia which are also supporting the claims against Qatar have as well called for talks to resolve the differences within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Eritrea, which allows the UAE and Saudi Arabia to utilize its port at Assab for military purposes partly related to the ongoing war in Yemen, has taken a cautious line diplomatically on the confrontation despite being affected by the split in the GCC. Nevertheless, most media accounts indicate that Asmara is siding with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain in their differences with Doha.

Seaport facilities and airports in Eritrea have been upgraded to accommodate the continuous bombardments of Yemen by Saudi and UAE warplanes aimed at defeating the Ansurallah movement which the GCC says is supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yemen has been subjected to daily airstrikes and ground operations since March 2015 aimed at driving the Ansurallah (Houthis) from large swaths of territory inside the most impoverished nation in the Middle East.

Qatar has been accused by other GCC states of funding international terrorism, maintaining a Turkish military base on its territory and assisting the foreign policy aims of Tehran. Doha has categorically rejected the allegations and refuses to agree to the conditions called for by Riyadh, the UAE and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain with the support of Egypt on June 23 presented thirteen demands for Qatar to adhere to within ten days. These issues include the closing of Al Jazeera television network, the downgrading of relations with Iran, halting the funding of 59 targeted individuals and 12 entities labelled as terrorists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and ISIS, and the removal of the Turkish military base in Doha.

Origins of the Present Territorial Dispute and its International Implications

The disagreements involving Eritrea and Djibouti over Ras Doumeira are directly a by-product of the demarcation of African colonized territories during the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries where the European imperialist states of Italy and France carved up the area. Later in 1935, Rome and Paris decided to apportion significant areas in Djibouti (then French Somaliland) to Eritrea then under Italian control.

After the defeat of Italian imperialism led at the time by Benito Mussolini during World War II, Eritrea became a British Protectorate and was eventually federated to Ethiopia in 1952. Later in 1962, Eritrea was incorporated into Ethiopia over the objection of the people in the former Italian controlled outpost.

Djibouti did not win its independence from France until 1977 which was relatively late in comparison to other previously colonized East African states. Eritrea proclaimed independence in 1991 after the three decades-long armed struggle and the collapse of the Ethiopian government of Mengistu Haile Mariam that same year. Two years later, in 1993, an internationally-supervised election in Eritrea garnered the state recognition by the-then Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the United Nations.

In April 1996, just five years after Eritrea had gained independence, the new government nearly went to war with Djibouti after Asmara was accused of shelling the disputed territory of Ras Doumeira. The crisis deepened by April 16, 2008 when Djibouti reported that Eritrean troops had established military fortifications digging trenches on the border near Ras Doumeira.

The Djibouti government sent a letter to the United Nations requesting intervention saying a revised map published by Asmara claimed Ras Doumeira as Eritrean land. Conversely, Eritrea claimed it had no territorial problems with Djibouti denying that troops had been deployed to the border areas.

Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi responding to the escalating tensions on May 15, 2008 asserted that the disagreement was a "threat to the peace and security of the whole Horn of Africa" noting Addis Ababa had no choice other than securing its trading route through Djibouti if war erupted. Ethiopia, a landlocked state, has been dependent upon Djibouti for access to the Red Sea since Eritrea declared independence in 1991.

On June 10 of the same year, the Djibouti government reported that 21 Eritrean troops in the area defected to their side of the border. Eritrea demanded the repatriation of the soldiers opening fire on the Djibouti forces.

Clashes continued for three days claiming the lives of an estimated 140 soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Djibouti called up retired military and police units to engage in the battle.

France, which has a large military base along with the United States at Camp Lemonnier, provided logistical and technical support to Djibouti. The fighting ended after three days. Later in 2010, Qatar agreed to station 450 troops in the Ras Doumeira border area to prevent further fighting. The UN said in 2009, that Eritrea had failed to withdraw its forces from the Ras Doumeira areas under dispute.

The withdrawal of Qatari soldiers has raised the specter of renewed clashes between the two nations. Djibouti’s UN Ambassador Mohammed Idriss Farah claims that Eritrea has moved into the areas previously held by Qatari troops.

Djibouti has filed a formal complaint with the African Union (AU) over the alleged activity of Eritrean troops. Farah stated that: "Eritrean troops occupied the Dumeira Mountain immediately after Qatar's peacekeepers left. Sometimes the Eritrean troops go to the top of the mountain and return on the other side. What makes this one different is that they moved in right after the peacekeepers left."

Eritrean envoy to the AU, Araya Desta, said of the current situation:“We don’t want to take any of Djibouti’s land. The last time we had some skirmishes. It was unnecessary.”

AU Must Take Decisive Action to Avoid Border War

The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) issued a statement after the complaint filed by Djibouti over differences with Eritrea. The continental organization convenes its bi-annual summit in Ethiopia on July 3-4.

According to the PSC: “The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is following the recent developments between the Republic of Djibouti and the State of Eritrea in the aftermath of Qatar’s decision to withdraw its peacekeeping troops at the Djibouti- Eritrea border. The Chairperson of the Commission appeals for calm, restraint and stresses that the AU is fully seized with the matter. He highlighted that the AU Commission, in close consultations with the authorities in Djibouti and Eritrea, is in the process of deploying a fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border. The Chairperson of the Commission stands ready to assist Djibouti and Eritrea to normalize their relations and promote good neighborliness within the framework of relevant AU instruments.” (http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-au-commission-calls-for-restraint-on-the-djibouti-eritrea-border)

These developments in the Horn of Africa are a continuation of the conflicts emanating from unresolved European colonial-era border demarcations. Also the current split within the western-allied Gulf Arab governments and the dependence of these African states for economic revenue generated through usage of their territory and waterways, which has compelled AU member-states such as Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Egypt to side with the anti-Qatari forces does not bode well for continental security in the long term.

Moreover, the political and security interests of various states in the Middle East which routinely work in conjunction with U.S. foreign policy interests are inevitability the concern of the AU. Consequently, Africa has to pay close attention to events unfolding within the GCC countries and their allies and seek the resolution of these conflicts in a manner which curtails the potential for a destabilizing impact on continental states. 

             
Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Sun. June 25, 2017--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Listen to the Sun. June 25, 2017 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire.

To hear the podcast of this episode just click on the following URL:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/06/25/pan-african-journal-special-worldwide-radio-broadcast

The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government which stated that Qatar must comply with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) demands or a permanent severing of relations will occur; Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says he has ratified the transfer of two islands to Saudi Arabia; Kenyan military forces have detained several United States soldiers for attempting to enter South Sudan illegally; and the Republic of Namibia has been assessed as a success on the African continent.

In the second hour we look back at the 57th anniversary of the independence of the former Belgian Congo which resulted a coup against Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba and his subsequent assassination. Finally we continue our monthlong tribute to Black Music Month with a focus on the life, times and contributions of Etta James.

          Re: The World Is Now $217,000,000,000,000 In Debt And The Global Elite Like It That Way   

There most certainly are Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds and they hold (own) about $5.5 trillion of the outstanding $20 trillion in US Treasuries as required by law passed by Congress.

Each year the US Treasury issues more than $7 trillion in US Treasuries which are sold through auctions held by the 20 or so primary dealers of US Treasuries. About $6 trillion of those proceeds are used to repay in full the owners of matured US Treasuries with about $1 trillion in net new US Treasury borrowing each year.

The reason that yields (interest rates) on US Treasuries are so low is because the DEMAND FOR US TREASURIES IS NOW QT RECORD HIGH LEVELS and the highest bids in prices win at auctions and prices of US Treasuries are INVERSE TO YIELDS. There are about 3 bids for every US Treasury sold which is why the yield on 10 year US Treasuries is around 2.20%.

US Treasuries are owned by MILLIONS OF DIVERSE PEOPLE AND ENTITIES in the US and globally.

There is no such thing at all as the "petrodollar" as oil accounts for less than 7% of the annual global use of the US dollar which is used in around 83% of all global transactions for all sorts of goods and services around the world

The US made no such deal as you assert at all with Saudi Arabia which is just one of the world's many oil producers. The 3 largest oil producers are the US, Saudi Arabia, and Russia and Russia doesn't even price oil in dollars nor does Iran. Saudi Arabia has never owned much in the way of US Treasuries at any time. In fact, Saudi Arabia holds (owns) practically NONE OF THE OUTSTANDING $20 TRILLION in US Treasuries.

Treasury Says Saudis Hold $117B of US Debt...

http://www.bloomberg.com/ne...

The more commodities prices collapse the higher the value of the US dollar will rise axiomatically. Oil has plummeted from $114 per barrel in June 2014 and is now about 60% lower in June 2017 at around $45 per barrel which represents a 120% increase in the purchasing value of the dollar against oil.

I would suggest you learn about the US Treasuries (bills, bonds, notes, and TIPS) markets at:

http://www.TreasuryDirect.gov


          RoundAndBrown – Jazzi – Take A Fucking Study Break   

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          8thStreetLatinas – Holly Hendrix – Spicy Meatball   

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          Screwbox – Natalia Starr – Open For Business   

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          PublicAgent – Nesty aka Aniko Stark – Freaky Blonde Demand Sex Outside   

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          FakeDrivingSchool – Jasmine Jae – Horny Busty MILF Creampie Anal DP   

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          TeensLoveAnal – Sarah Banks – Big Booty Banking   

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          TheArtPorn – Shakila Asti – Come On and Play with Me   

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          Swedish production theatre invests in Alcons LR7 system   
Swedish production theatre invests in Alcons LR7 system

Borås Stadsteater, a theatre in the southern Swedish city of Borås, has installed an Alcons LR7 pro-ribbon system to improve the sound of its productions.

Founded in 1964, Borås Stadsteater is a state-owned production house which moved to its current home in 1975. A typical 1970s-style provincial venue, the 500-capacity main auditorium features raked seating and a balcony.

By 2016 the ageing PA system had become too small and outdated to meet the demands of modern audiences, so the management team worked with the local authority to find a solution. They contacted systems integrator Electrosound, who visited the venue and suggested the Alcons LR7 system. Electrosound also recently supplied a KLANG: fabrik unit to connect with the theatre’s Dante-enabled Allen & Heath dLive digital mixing system.

Once the technical specification for the project was agreed, Gothenburg-based DAV Partner won a competitive tender process to supply the equipment.

The Alcons system includes two main hangs of eight LR7/90 and two LR7B each, four ground-stacked BF181 Mk2 single 18in subs and a centre cluster of six LR7/120. Four SR9 (double 5in LF + RBN401) were installed for frontfills, plus three VR8 (8in LF + RBN401) compact monitors for balcony delays and four more SR9 for under-balcony coverage. In addition, 14 CCS8 (8in coax) were installed for surround sound, with the whole system controlled by Sentinel3 and Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controllers.

The surround loudspeakers are mainly used for theatre special effects, but the system can be used for showing movies, if required. The LR7 system is ideal for medium-sized venues, featuring the RBN401 pro-ribbon HF driver and a 6.5in LF driver in a micro-sized design.

“Thanks to the size and weight of the speakers, rigging the system was very straightforward,” said Borås Stadsteater sound manager Tobias Walka. “After some prediction in Ease Focus, it took less than an hour to hang the entire PA. Setting up the amps is also very easy, as there are presets for all the speaker models, including number of boxes, spread, etc.”

“Acoustically it is a good room, but the quality of the Alcons loudspeakers has really improved the sound of events,” added Electrosound’s Brollan Söderström. “Thanks to the pro-ribbon technology, everything just sounds fantastic. Mixing with the system is a walk in the park - the EQ can be used to make ‘musical’ adjustments, instead of using it to correct problems caused by the loudspeakers.”

“The sound quality I experienced with a small LR7 system became all the more prominent when installed in a more controlled environment, while the larger scale of the system gave it a lot more muscle,” remarked Walka. “It's beefy, very clear and in your face. The perceived sound-to-size ratio is absolutely staggering.”

http://www.alconsaudio.com/


          Gerichtsverfahren - Saudi-Prinz soll Diener ermordet haben   
Ein Enkel des saudischen Königs Abdullah steht in London wegen Mordes an seinem Diener vor Gericht. Der Prinz soll seinen Untergebenen wie eine Art Sexsklaven gehalten haben.
          There’s No Space for Qatar to Save Face   

There’s No Space for Qatar to Save FaceAs the crisis in the Gulf heats up, the impossible demands made by the Saudis and Emiratis virtually ensure that things will get ugly.



          Comment on US Targets Syria, Iran and Russia Using Same Debunked “Chemical Weapons” Narrative by Agent Cooper   
That MIT guy only corrected a version, a photography, that was used as an evidence of AERIAL chemical attack. He, in the name of horrible, non cooperative laws of of physics explained, that the offered version of AERIAL c.a. did NOT and should NOT happened. Sorry that natural laws doesn't go well with narrative. yes, timesof... got it right sure. Israel, Saudis and Us are on the same page in Syria, so sure, everybody will believe it. You sure act like a shill..
          Comment on Salafism Vs. Wahhabism: Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War Rages In Syria Thanks To US Militarism by tapatio   
<b>It doesn't really matter whether they are Wahhabi or Salafist - these animals are NOT Muslims. Mainstream Islam rejects them and they need to be eliminated, their states abolished. These mercenaries exist to further the ends of the Rothschild-Bilderberg predatory capitalist empire. Destroy that empire and the terrorists cease to have a function.</b><b> </b><b>SOLID EVIDENCE THAT THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SYRIA AND OTHER COUNTRIES IS THE WORK OF WASHINGTON AND ITS JEWISH MASTERS...........................</b><b> </b><b>Global Warfare: “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran” http://www.globalresearch.ca/we-re-going-to-take-out-7-countries-in-5-years-iraq-syria-lebanon-libya-somalia-sudan-iran/5166 A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (1996) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article1438.htm "Israel can shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria. This effort can focus on removing Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq — an important Israeli strategic objective in its own right" AND Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century (September-2000) http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/RebuildingAmericasDefenses.pdf (REMEMBER THAT 9/11 - THE "NEW PEARL HARBOR" - OCCURRED LESS THAN A YEAR AFTER THIS REPORT WAS COMPLETED) "Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a NEW PEARL HARBOR (9/11 was perfect for that purpose). Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions." (p 63) AMERICA'S "RASPUTINS" RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING THE LAST 15 YEARS OF DEATH - JEWISH ZIONISTS ALL............... CLEAN BREAK Richard perle REBUILDING AMERICA'S DEFENSES Paul Wolfowitz William Kristol Alvin Bernstein Eliot Cohen David Epstein Donald Kagan Fred Kagan Robert Kagan Robert Killebrew Steve Rosen Gary Schmitt Abram Shulsky Dov Zakheim </b><b>EVERY ONE OF THE TRAITORS LISTED ABOVE (except Robert Killebrew) IS A JEWISH DUAL ISRAELI/US CITIZEN – YET NEITHER THEY OR ANY OF THEIR ANCESTORS CAME FROM PALESTINE..</b><b></b>
          Comment on Salafism Vs. Wahhabism: Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War Rages In Syria Thanks To US Militarism by tapatio   
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          Comment on Salafism Vs. Wahhabism: Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War Rages In Syria Thanks To US Militarism by tapatio   
<b> US ARMY MAJOR JAMES “PEDERAST” WHERRY (whose Zionist hate mongering is below) IS A SELF-STYLED "CHRISTIAN" ZIONIST (How can any human claim to follow Christ and promote the crimes of Zionism?) TROLL IN THE EMPLOY OF ISRAEL CAN BE JUDGED FROM WHAT HE IS.............................. JAMES WHERRY’S “SOURCES” ARE, FOR THE MOST PART ZIONIST “HASBARA PROJECT” PROPAGANDA FRONTS AND ALT-RIGHT HATE SITES. CHECK THEIR OWNERSHIP AND STAFFS. JAMES WHERRY WAS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE HIS NAME AND A PHOTO THAT COULD BE TRACED. TURNS OUT THAT HE IS................. 1 A SELF-STYLED "CHRISTIAN" ZIONIST. THESE, AH, PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT, ONCE ALL OF THE JEWS ARE GATHERED IN PALESTINE, SOMETHING CALLED "ARMAGEDDON" WILL HAPPEN AND ALL OF THE "CHRISTIAN" ZIONISTS WILL BE WHISKED UP TO HEAVEN WITH THEIR BODIES INTACT IN THE HOLY 0RGASM THEY CALL THE "RAPTURE". NOBODY HAS EVER EXPLAINED TO THE OTHER 99% OF CHRISTIANITY HOW THESE FUNDAMENTALISTS WHACK-A-MOLES CAN BELIEVE THAT JESUS OR HIS DAD WOULD EVER SUPPORT SUCH FANTASIES OR THE CRIMES SUPPORTED BY PSEUDO-CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS. 2) A MAJOR IN THE US ARMY FROM "CIVIL AFFAIRS". BABY-BOOMERS MIGHT RECALL THAT "CIVIL AFFAIRS" WAS PROMINENT IN THE "PHOENIX PROGRAM" IN VIETNAM........THOSE WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO TOLD THE VIETNAMESE PEOPLE, "LOVE AMERICA OR WE'LL NAPALM YOUR VILLAGE." WHERRY HAS ALSO BRAGGED ABOUT HELPING TO TRAIN THE STATE TERRORISTS OF UGANDA. 3) A "GAY" PREDATOR THAT BOUGHT A BOY FROM THE PHILIPPINE SLUMS TO USE AS HIS SXX TOY. PRESUMABLY, THIS BOY HAS PAPERS CLAIMING THAT HE IS OF AGE. BUT, HE COULD PASS FOR A JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL KID AND YOU CAN HAVE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE MADE IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR $100.. Below is James Wherry's comment to his local paper on the occasion of his "marriage" to ayoung Filipino BOY that wherry purchased................ ""I'm very happy about it," James Wherry said. "Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due."" https://www.facebook.com/james.wherry.39 http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article29462263.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtrbvD22CEQ</b>
          Comment on US Targets Syria, Iran and Russia Using Same Debunked “Chemical Weapons” Narrative by Agent Cooper   
Forget that bureaucratic crap.It's more than clear to Pentagon, that Assad haven't been using chemicals The Big Kid in the office prefers tv to intel anyway, they just harvest the hype. Artificially, on purpose made-up hype. Pour yourself a glass of good wine and enjoy this little conversation from April 6th,7th and 8th, https://www.welt.de/politik... Your fav "army" is just on the business. Saudi pay'em, so what. PR needs these chem. attacks as a emo-juicer. And there "will be next one" US mainstream promises.. Creepy as your post.
           Grußwort zu den Protesten gegen den G20 - Gipfel in Hamburg - Juli 2017   


28.06.17
g20.ber.von: Thomas Meyer-Falk (zur Zeit Justizvollzugsanstalt Freiburg)
Solidarische und herzliche Grüße aus dem Gefängnis! Wenn sich jetzt in Hamburg die Vertreterinnen und Vertreter der G20-Staaten treffen, versammeln sich auch die Eliten der Knastgesellschaften, welche unter anderem von Merkel, May, Trump, Putin und Erdogan repräsentiert werden.
Jetzt, in diesem Moment, sitzen viele zehntausend Gefangene in Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien und der Türkei hinter Gittern, sowie Millionen in den USA, China, Russland, Saudi-Arabien etc.!
Und auch in Hamburg sitzen genau jetzt tausende Menschen in den Gefängnissen der angeblich so "freien" Hansestadt. Damit es noch mehr werden, wurde zudem extra die Gefangenensammelstelle für bis zu 400 weitere Eingekerkerte gebaut. Hundert Richterinnen und Richter meldeten sich freiwillig, um die Verhaftungen der Polizei während der Gipfeltage zu legalisieren.
Wer den G20 angreift, greift auch und immer den Gefängnis-Industrie-Komplex an. Ein System das auf Ausbeutung und Unterdrückung gerichtet ist. Ein System in welchem Polizei, Justiz und Wirtschaft Hand in Hand arbeiten. Ein System, dass die Menschen einschüchtern und dauerhaft aus dem politischen Prozess entfernen, aber noch wirtschaftlich "verwerten" soll.
Euch allen in Hamburg deshalb kämpferische und aktive Stunden und Tage!
Für ein Gesellschaft ohne Knäste!
Herzschlagende Grüße aus Freiburgs Zuchthaus
Thomas Meyer-Falk
(Langzeit-Insasse seit 1996 -
https://freedomforthomas.wordpress.com)


          YouTube # Stunt Dodges REAL Issue [video]   

Youtube's #ProudToBe propaganda stunt is grotesque virtue signalling to its Western liberal audience. But look at what's missing in the campaign: There's no acknowledgement of the fact that the lingering 'intolerance' (i.e. attachment to traditional values) in the West pales into insignificance compared to that in, say, Saudi Arabia...

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          Tuan Haji Najib Tertinggal Satu Perkataan   

Guna Wala, Wasatiyyah dan Tabayyun demi negara - Najib

Gabungan prinsip tiga serangkai iaitu Wala'-Wasatiyyah-Tabayyun jika diamalkan akan menjelmakan satu kitaran yang sempurna antara pemimpin dan yang dipimpin demi kelangsungan sebuah negara bangsa yang mendambakan kemajuan serta kejayaan hakiki menurut tafsiran agama Islam.
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Sebenarnya Tuan Haji, banyak lagi perkataan-perkataan penting yg Tuan Haji perlu tahu.

Perbendaharaan kata perlu luas dalam menangani kemahuan rakyat.

Kahkahkah!

Contoh-contoh diberikan di bawah ini belumlah diwartakan lagi oleh kerajaan Arab Saudi tapi dah boleh diguna;

Pajerun, Audiyun, Porshuun, Hellfaiyewooon, Rangerovun, Minikupun, kahkahkah!
Germanium? Kahkahkah!
Lebayun, jebonun, baruatun, tolollun, bukitun, pilkudoooon, 1MDBuuun, tin-miloun,

Sebenarnya banyak lagi Tuan Haji, bergulung lidah nak menyebutnya.

Namun Tuan Haji, ada satu perkataan yg boleh merangkum kesemua perkataan-perkataan di atas yakni,
'walaon'!

Kahkahkah!

Itu kena tahu Tuan Haji, kalau Tuan Haji tak tahu kira macam tak up-to-date la kan? Kahkahkah!!!

Ooopss! Ada satu lagi nak tambah. Ini paling latest. Paling best.

'Butiroooon-tahittooon'!

Kahkahkah!

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          «ΤΙ ΚΑΠΝΟ ΦΟΥΜΑΡΕΙ» Ο ΝΕΟΣ ΔΙΑΔΟΧΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΣΑΟΥΔΙΚΗΣ ΑΡΑΒΙΑΣ ;   


«ΤΙ ΚΑΠΝΟ ΦΟΥΜΑΡΕΙ» Ο ΝΕΟΣ ΔΙΑΔΟΧΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΣΑΟΥΔΙΚΗΣ ΑΡΑΒΙΑΣ ;
Ένα «γεράκι» στον Αραβικό Κόλπο
Το έστειλε ο Γιώργος Επιτήδειος
Της Έφης Τριήρη
    Aναδιπλώνεται το βασίλειο της Σαουδικής Αραβίας, δείχνοντας σαφή διάθεση να προχωρήσει σε τολμηρές μεταρρυθμίσεις στο εσωτερικό του και να ακολουθήσει πιο επιθετική εξωτερική πολιτική προκειμένου να αντισταθμίσει την ιρανική επιρροή.
    Ο βασιλιάς Σαλμάντης Σαουδικής Αραβίας όρισε για διάδοχο του θρόνου τον 31χρονο γιο του πρίγκιπα Μοχάμεντ Μπιν Σαλμάν, αντικαθιστώντας τον ανιψιό του, τον 57χρονο Μοχάμεντ Μπιν Ναγέφ, ο οποίος διατηρούσε έως σήμερα τη συγκεκριμένη θέση. Το διάταγμα του βασιλιά σημαίνει αυτόματα ότι ο πρίγκιπας Μοχάμεντ διορίζεται αντιπρόεδρος της κυβέρνησης, ενώ συνεχίζει να διατηρεί τη θέση του υπουργού Άμυνας.
    Η απόφαση αυτή αντιπροσωπεύει μία εκ βάθρων κοινωνική και πολιτιστική αλλαγή, καθώς τα σκήπτρα περνούν τώρα σε μία πολύ νεότερη γενεά σε μία χώρα όπου επί μακρόν κυριαρχούσε η πατριαρχική παράδοση. Πολύ περισσότερο, δημιουργεί νέα δεδομένα για την αγορά πετρελαίου, σε μία περίοδο που η Σαουδική Αραβία σχεδίαζε να περιορίσει την εξάρτησή της από το πετρέλαιο και να διαφοροποιήσει την οικονομία της. Ο πρίγκιπας Σαλμάν θεωρείται «γεράκι» στην οικονομία και περισσότερο παρεμβατικός στην εξωτερική πολιτική.
    Αυτό σημαίνει ότι οι αποφάσεις του θα φέρουν ρήγμα στο παραδοσιακό συναινετικό κλίμα των διαμορφωτών πολιτικής του Αραβικού Κόλπου, με απώτερο στόχο να ανακόψουν την αυξανόμενη επιρροή του Ιράν, που διοχετεύει ολοένα και περισσότερο πετρέλαιο στην αγορά. Το νέο λοιπόν πεδίο του παιχνιδιού θα είναι η τιμή του μαύρου χρυσού και η προσπάθεια επιστροφής των τιμών πετρελαίου πάνω από τα 50 δολάρια το βαρέλι, γεγονός που σημαίνει ότι θα δοθεί και πάλι έμφαση στο πετρέλαιο. Η Σαουδική Αραβίαπρωτοστάτησε της προσπάθειας μείωσης της παραγωγής μεταξύ του ΟΠΕΚ και της Ρωσίας και πιθανόν να πράξει και πάλι το ίδιο.
    Αυτό όμως θα προϋπέθετε μια πιο «μαλακή» προσέγγιση απέναντι στο Κατάρ, καθότι και αυτό είναι μέλος του ΟΠΕΚ. Και το ερώτημα που προκύπτει σε αυτή την περίπτωση είναι τι θα αποφασίσει να ακολουθήσει ο Μοχάμεντ Μπιν Σαλμάν, μια πιο σκληροπυρηνική γραμμή απέναντι σε Κατάρ και Ιράν ή να εργαστεί για την ανάκαμψη των τιμών πετρελαίου; Πιθανότερο φαίνεται το δεύτερο... 'Ομως πάντα θα υπάρχει το απρόβλεπτο στα σχέδια των διαμορφωτών πολιτικής.
Σαουδική Αραβία: «Σε τρεις ημέρες θα καταστρέψουμε τις ρωσικές δυνάμεις στην Συρία»!
Το έστειλε ο Γιώργος Επιτήδειος
    Ο νέος διάδοχος του σαουδαραβικού θρόνου προειδοποιεί για τελεσίγραφο με αποδέκτη τη Ρωσία σύμφωνα με το οποίο θα «πρέπει να σταματήσει να υποστηρίζει τους τρομοκράτες» ενώ δηλώνει πως οι σαουδαραβικές ένοπλες δυνάμεις είναι έτοιμες να καταστρέψουν το ρωσικό Στρατό στην Συρία μέσα σε τρεις ημέρες.
    Ο νέος διάδοχος του θρόνου του σαουδαραβικού Βασιλείου Μοχαμεντ Μπιν Σαλμάν είναι μια αμφιλεγόμενη προσωπικότητα. Μέχρι πρότινος «αναπληρωτής διάδοχος του θρόνου», σύμφωνα με βασιλικό διάταγμα από τον βασιλιά Σαλμάν ο Μπιν Σαλμάν παρέκαμψε και αντικατέστησε στη θέση αυτή  τον θείο του Μοχάμεντ Μπιν Ναγιέφ.
    Ο νέος διάδοχος του θρόνου και μελλοντικός βασιλιάς της Σαουδικής Αραβίας κινείται στο ίδιο μήκος κύματος με τον Σαουδάραβα μονάρχη Σαλμάν ο οποίος ευθύνεται σε μεγάλο βαθμό για την στροφή της χώρας του στον εξτρεμισμό, τόσο με την εμπλοκή του σαουδαραβικού Στρατού στην Υεμένη όσο και με την κάλυψη που παρέχει σε σαλαφιστικές  τρομοκρατικές οργανώσεις.
    Η περίπτωση του Μπιν Σαλμάν είναι όμως πιο ακραία. Σύμφωνα με τα όσα αναφέρονται ήταν αυτός που ουσιαστικά ενορχήστρωσε και μοίρασε στις υπόλοιπες χώρες του Κόλπου για να το προσυπογράφουν, το τελεσίγραφο προς το Κατάρ.
    Προχώρησε όμως ένα βήμα πιο πέρα. Όπως αναφέρει το Saudi Press Agency ο διάδοχος θεωρεί πως η Ρωσία του Β. Πούτιν είναι η μεγαλύτερη απειλή για τη χώρα του.
     «Νομίζω πως υπάρχουν πολλές τρομοκρατικές οργανώσεις στη Συρία που πρέπει να ηττηθούν», είπε εχθές σύμφωνα με το SPA για να συνεχίσει: «Είναι όμως οι Ρώσοι που προσπαθούν να διασπείρουν την τρομοκρατία στην Μέση Ανατολή. Δεν είναι δύσκολο να φανταστούμε πως το ηθικό αυτών των τρομοκρατών έχει εξυψωθεί. Είναι προφανές πως η Ρωσία βοηθά τους τρομοκράτες για να επιτίθενται στον FSA», δήλωσε πιο συγκεκριμένα ο Μπιν για να συνεχίσει ακόμη πιο δριμύς:
     «Η Σαουδική Αραβία δεν πρόκειται να είναι μαλακή πλέον προς την Ρωσία: Θα δώσουμε ένα τελεσίγραφο στον Β.Πούτιν. Εάν η Ρωσία συνεχίσει τους αδιάκριτους βομβαρδισμούς της θα κάνουμε σαφές ότι θα πάρουμε μέτρα για να θέσουμε τις δυνάμεις της υπό απειλή. Η Ρωσία πρέπει να γνωρίζει πως οι στρατιωτικές δυνατότητες της Σαουδικής Αραβίας είναι τέτοιες που μπορούν να καταστρέψουν το σύνολο των ρωσικών δυνάμεων στη Συρία μέσα σε τρεις ημέρες» (Parole, parole, parole).
    Φυσικά οι δύο κυριότεροι λόγοι για την σαουδαραβική εχθρότητα προς τη Ρωσία είναι αφενός η εμπλοκή της στην Συρία και η καταστροφή της ISIS και δεύτερον η στάση της Μόσχας στην κρίση με το Κατάρ, η οποία έχει αποδοκιμάσει ουσιαστικά τις κινήσεις για αποκλεισμό του κρατιδίου αυτού του Κόλπου. 
    Σε ηλικία 31 ετών ο Μπιν Σαλμάν ουσιαστικά είναι υπεύθυνος για τη διαμόρφωση της αμυντικής πολιτικής της Σαουδικής Αραβίας ενώ οι απόψεις του απηχούν τις θέσεις και του σαουδαραβικού θρόνου όπως είναι φυσικό, ο οποίος να αναβάθμισε στη θέση του διαδόχου.


          UTD Saudi مقابلة مع الدكتور عبدالعزيز الحرقان في برنامج   

برنامج بادر لحاضنات التقنية

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          Training on Modular Snake Robots. KACST   

Training on Modular Snake Robots given at the National Robotics &amp; amp; Intelligent Systems Center. King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. March 5th-8th/2011

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          Nick Pope UFO lecture Riyadh, Saudi Arabia jan 2011   

While the 4th Global Competitiveness Forum focused on finding the right balance of economic growth and sustainability through competitiveness, the 5th GCF will dig into one of the key elements of competitiveness -- ʾʾInnovation as a Means to Competitivenessʾʾ. Over the last 4 years of the Global Competitiveness Forum, innovation was discussed as a means of developing competitiveness - to build sustainability, promote responsible development, and drive economic growth. For the Global Competitiveness Forumʾs 5th anniversary, the worldʾs premier gathering on competitiveness challenges will not only look at what challenges to competitiveness exist, but how to use innovation to solve those challenges.

Nick Pope has a very credible background because he once managed the ufo files of Great Brittain during the time that GB was in total denial towards the public for even having and/or containing these files.

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          1001 Inventions at the United Nations   

The 1001 Inventions exhibition was invited to a United Nations ʾʾInterfaith Dialogueʾʾ conference (Nov 2008) in New York.

The exhibition highlighted how scientists and scholars of many faiths, working within Muslim civilisation, paved the way for the European Renaissance.

In this video, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is greeted by Professor Salim Al-Hassani who proides a guided tour of the exhibition and then presents a gift of the 1001 Inventions book to the Monarch.

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1001 Inventions was created by the academic Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) with support from the British Government.

The 1001 Inventions touring exhibition will embark upon a global tour, starting at the London Science Museum in January 2010 and visiting major international cities over a four-year period.

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           To arrive and transport a bus 14 passe للتوصيل والنقل باص هايس 14 راكب    
السعر: 300 ر. ع, موديل: كورولا, ناقل الحركة: يدوي/عادي, السنة: ٢٠١٠, كيلومترات: ١٠٠٠٠ إلى ١٩٩٩٩,
يوجد باص 14 راكب ابحث له عقد في مسقط
نقل موظفين او عمال لشركات والمقاولات بشهر او بليومي العمل في مسقط .. يوجد سائق شغال ف
الباص للتواصل :94970974
There are 14 passengers looking for a contract in Muscat
(Drivers are required) to work in Saudi Arabia: 96500398 https://olx.com.om/ad/to-arrive-and-transport-a-bus-14-passe-14-ID6SBlC.html
          The Left is so steeped in anti Christian, anti Americanism that it defends the indefensible Islamist FGM and fights against honorable Muslims.    
Hypocritical leftists willing to give Muslim extremists a pass


He’s a former Muslim extremist who speaks out against such extremism — yet he’s been labeled an extremist.
Last October, the Southern Poverty Law Center called British author and activist Maajid Nawaz, 39, “part of the ‘ex-radical’ circuit of former Islamists who use that experience to savage Islam.” During a recent appearance on Bill Maher’s show, Nawaz announced he’d be suing the SPLC for defamation.
Citing what he calls “the poverty of low expectations,” Nawaz argues that Islam, like any other religion, should not only field criticism but withstand it. Why, he asks, does the Western world — and liberals, in particular — refuse to condemn what they otherwise find abhorrent?
The SPLC, he says, fights against the oppressions of Christian fundamentalism, yet “the same causes they fight for within America are somehow deemed illegitimate for people like me to fight for within our own communities.”
To wit: The current case in Michigan — the first federal case of its kind — over female genital mutilation, practiced among a Shiite Muslim sect there. The New York Times, incredibly, has framed this as a potentially legitimate custom. “Michigan Case Adds US Dimension to Debate on Genital Mutilation,” ran a June 10 headline.
Debate? Really? An estimated 100 girls have been brutalized in this specific community since 2005 — yet because this barbarism is contextualized as Islamic, far too many liberals seek to justify what is plainly child abuse, a gross violation of human rights.
There are plenty of Catholics and fundamentalist Christians who believe abortion is morally wrong, yet Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. Why should Islam get special dispensation? Isn’t it a supercilious attitude to take — that a muscular religion of 1.6 billion people requires deference to the point of infantilization?
Also on the SPLC’s list is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born author and activist who herself survived female genital mutilation and a forced marriage. Ali and fellow activist Asra Q. Nomani recently appeared before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and were shocked that none of the four female Democrats on that panel — including Kamala Harris, who’d become a feminist cause célèbre the day before, after male colleagues interrupted her interrogation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions — asked a single question.
In a June 22 Times Op-Ed, Ali and Nomani called out Harris along with Sens. Maggie Hassan, Heidi Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill.
“What happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamic extremism and what it means for women in many Muslim communities here at home and around the world,” they wrote. “When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.”
These are horrors, misogyny masquerading as religion, and it’s a Jedi mind trick that works almost every time.
Sen. McCaskill, for example, said she was “worried” about Ali and Nomani’s testimony. “Anyone who twists or distorts religion is an exception to the rule,” she said. Tell that to women in Saudi Arabia, who cannot drive, work or travel alone, or to women in Pakistan, where a so-called “women’s rights bill” was passed last year allowing men to beat their wives, instructions included.
“These recommendations are, according to the Koran and Sunnah, the prophet’s teachings,” a state official told the BBC. “No one can dispute that.”
Reformers like Ali and Nawaz do, and they continually exhort those Muslims who disagree with such diktats — and those outside the religion — to speak up.
In her Op-Ed, Ali noted the false argument so often made, that to criticize Islam is bigotry. Her ideas, she writes, are often labeled backward and conservative, “as if opposition to violent jihad, sex slavery, genital mutilation or child marriage were a matter of left and right.”
Her critics would point to the success of Muslims in America, a deeply assimilated population that, according to multiple studies — including one published by the Cato Institute in October 2016 — is among the most educated and affluent. Their cultural views don’t deviate as much from non-Muslims either. It’s hard to quantify why, but our national DNA surely contributes; we are a county and a culture of immigrants. We don’t force newcomers to learn English, but life’s easier if you do. Nor do we grapple with dress codes, burqa bans and other such debates that have consumed Europe for years. According to the Cato Institute, American Muslims are the most religiously tolerant and socially liberal in the world and are becoming more so. Has this population self-selected to America, or are their views encouraged by our open society?
No one really knows, but Nawaz and others believe that Europe’s tendency to isolate Muslims — or allow them to isolate themselves — rather than integrate only fuels alienation and resentment. Such communities live parallel to society under their own rule of law, and rather than combat Islamic extremism and jihad, such neglect foments it.
Yet such fear of offending remains that Theresa May, upon becoming prime minister last year, said that England “could benefit a great deal” from the estimated 100 Sharia courts operating there.
“Ideas are more dangerous than people,” Nawaz writes, and a 2016 survey bears that out — 58 percent of British Muslims believe homosexuality should be outlawed and one-quarter said they’d support Sharia law replacing British law. A poll of Muslim immigrants and natives in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Sweden, published in December 2013 by Professor Ruud Koopmans of the Berlin Social Science Center, found that 75 percent believe the Koran can be interpreted only one way, that 60 percent would not befriend someone who is gay and 54 percent think the West wants to destroy Islam.
In his new book, “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam,” author Douglas Murray argues that Europe — Germany especially — has a tendency to overcorrect for past injustices and atrocities. He cites the left’s rejection, in 2015, of concerns raised by Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy that Europe had erred in allowing some citizens to live in opposition to their nation’s own laws. In an interview with NPR on Tuesday, Murray raised the irony of liberals supporting illiberal beliefs.
“This is a big problem,” Murray said. “As well as speaking the language of inclusion, we have to speak the language of exclusion — what it is that we won’t tolerate as well as what it is that we do.”
Nawaz himself believes extremism is fertilized by three subsets: Islamist theocracies, hard-right populism and what he calls the regressive left — those who argue for genderless bathrooms but won’t acknowledge that honor killings happen in Europe and the United States. In compiling their list, he says, the SPLC has employed a tactic used by those they should condemn.
“Just imagine how ex-Muslim Islam-critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali must feel to be included in your list,” he wrote in October.
“Her friend Theo van Gogh was murdered on the streets of Amsterdam in 2004. And back then, there was another list pinned to Theo’s corpse with a knife: It, too, named Ayaan Hirsi Ali.”


          The Alberta Oil Sands: Canadian Prosperity - Global Nightmare   
The Alberta Oil Sands (Saudi Arabia of the North) as it is proudly refered to in the oil industry has proven to be a financial boon to the Canadian economy...
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          Appena ho 18 Anni mi Rifaccio   

Hanno tra i 16 e i 18 anni, sono benestanti e, per lo più, bei ragazzie belle ragazze.

Per il loro compleanno, per la maggiore età, perl'esame di maturità chiedono un solo dono, l'esaudimento di undesiderio che si portano dietro da anni, oppure da giorni.

Chiedono unpiccolo o grande ritocco estetico: i piedi per sembrare come la Barale,che li ha perfetti; le labbra, tipo Scarlett Johanson; la maggior parteil seno, come quello di Jessica Alba o dell'amica con cui fannopalestra o con cui vanno in discoteca. Hanno smesso di credere al corpocome a un dato di natura. Sono smaliziati, irruenti, incoscienti: "lacosa più importante è piacere e non rimanere indietro."

Così iniziano amodificarlo, il corpo, appena ne hanno coscienza. Soffrono le penedell'inferno, alzano la soglia di sopportazione del dolore fisico,rinunciano al motorino pur di avere un corpo il più simile possibile aquello dei loro sogni.

E se pure colui o colei che amano e da cui sonoamate tentano di convincerle-li che stanno bene esattamente come madrenatura le ha fatte-li ha fatti, loro non ci credono, devono apparirecome l'immagine che hanno in testa.


          Review: Marhaba Lounge Dubai Airport   

A friend dropped me off at Dubai Airport Terminal 1 shortly after 11AM, plenty early for my 3:10PM flight to Mumbai. I had a bit of work to catch up on and also wanted to review a couple of lounges, so I left plenty of time.

Unfortunately this turned into a bit of an issue at check-in. Even though the Jet Airways check-in counter was open, they insisted I couldn't yet check-in for my flight (and for whatever reason I couldn't check-in online). However, after asking again and explaining I only had hand baggage, they eventually let me check-in, after a roughly 20 minute wait.

Dubai's Terminal 1 is quite empty during the day, so there were no queues at immigration or security. I found myself airside within five minutes of when my boarding pass was issued. Once airside I had to take a train to get to the part of the terminal where the lounges and gates are located.

         

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          Review: Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights   

I had two nights in Dubai after the first portion of my trip. I was staying not only during summer (where it's hot in the Middle East), but also over Ramadan, which is typically the quietest time for hotels in the region. If you're looking to score a deal on a hotel in the Middle East, visit in June through September, as you can stay at most top hotels for very little.

I could have stayed just about anywhere for cheap, but for this stay I decided to try the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, which is fairly new, and is one of the few Hyatts in Dubai I haven’t stayed at. It’s near the airport, and was just under $100 per night.

I've reviewed several other hotels in Dubai, including the Park Hyatt Dubai, W Dubai Al Habtoor City, and St. Regis Dubai. So let's take a look at the new Hyatt Regency.

         

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          Review: Saudia First Class 777-300ER Riyadh To Dubai   

I boarded through the forward door at around 5:30PM, where I was greeted by the cabin supervisor, as well as the two lovely Filipino flight attendants who would be taking care of me. I was escorted to my seat, 2A. This was exactly the same aircraft I had flown from New York to Riyadh, so I won't post many cabin pictures this time around.

A few minutes after settling in I was offered a hot or cold towel -- I selected a cold towel this time around.

I was also offered a selection of pre-departure beverages, include date, lemon, or orange juice. I chose the date juice, which was rich and tasty -- I wish I had known about it on the previous flight.

         

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          United Is Expanding Their Polaris Lounge At Chicago O’Hare   

United opened their first Polaris Lounge at Chicago O'Hare late last year. Polaris is the name for United's new premium cabin experience, which involves a completely new product both on the ground and in the air.

While I haven't been to United's Polaris Lounge in Chicago, it looks stunning, and like the best business class lounge we've seen from a US airline. Travis has reviewed the Polaris Lounge, as well as every dish on the menu, given that the lounge has a sit down restaurant.

United isn't the only US airline investing in their lounges. American is also introducing new Flagship Lounges for international business class passengers, which are much better than Admirals Clubs (they also have new Flagship First Dining facilities, but those are for international first class customers).

         

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          Addio   

Un romanzo che racconta la crisi odierna, la fine della cultura del lavoro in un'Italia allo sfascio!

"SMETTETE DI PARLARMI DEL MARE MENTRE SIAMO IN MONTAGNA."
PIER PAOLO PASOLINI

"MI SEMBRAVA L'UNICA COSA DA RACCONTARE, ANCHE UNA FORMA DI RIBELLIONE NEI CONFRONTI DEL PENSIERO DOMINANTE, CHE ARTATAMENTE RACCONTA SEMPRE UN'ALTRA STORIA, ELUDENDO QUALSIASI CONFLITTO CHE STORICAMENTE È UNO SOLO, QUELLO TRA CAPITALE E LAVORO."
ANGELO FERRACUTI

Un romanzo unico sulla nostra identità perduta, sul lavoro come valore fondante che rinnova una tradizione che sembrava ormai persa, quella di una letteratura civile che racconta la vita, le lotte e il sangue versato dai lavoratori.

Angelo Ferracuti, non nuovo al genere del romanzo-verità in presa diretta sulla società in cambiamento, ambienta il nuovo libro in una zona della Sardegna che in passato dava lavoro a migliaia di persone e che adesso è praticamente abbandonata.

Siamo nel Sulcis-Iglesiente, terra di miniere e dell'epica operaia, e ora provincia più povera d'Europa con i suoi 30.000 disoccupati su 130.000 abitanti e 40.000 pensionati spesso usciti dal mondo del lavoro dopo aver contratto malattie terribili come la silicosi.

Ecco la crisi di un mondo in disfacimento, legata a un modello di organizzazione del lavoro novecentesco e ormai ossidato come il ferro dei castelli degli ascensori abbandonati di Carbonia.
Ferracuti viaggia tra queste terre avvelenate e incontra una popolazione vinta, malata, povera ma piena di dignità, in una condizione che riassume tutte le contraddizioni del presente, come quella tra salute e lavoro, mentre le multinazionali dell'alluminio delocalizzano in Islanda e in Arabia Saudita.

Qui è finito il Novecento ed è iniziato non si sa che cosa.

Rimane la nostalgia e un buco nero a tratti rischiarato dall'assistenza dello Stato che tutti aspettano come unica salvezza.


          Censura 2008   
“Come ogni anno, Nuovi Mondi si occupa di informazione e giornalismo. Lo fa con “Censura 2008. Le 25 notizie più censurate”, l’annuario curato da Peter Phillips e Project Censored sulle notizie che avrebbero dovuto occupare le prime pagine dei giornali del mondo e che invece sono state del tutto ignorate.

Eccone alcune:
• Nel dicembre 2006 i soldati della Missione di Stabilizzazione delle Nazioni Unite a Haiti hanno commesso uccisioni indiscriminate nella comunità di Cité Soleil, il quartiere più povero di Haiti, dove vivono in miseria circa 200.000 persone. L’azione era una vera e propria rappresaglia a seguito delle manifestazioni in cui circa 10.000 persone chiedevano il ritorno del presidente Aristide e condannavano l’occupazione militare del loro paese.

• Gli Usa importano molto più petrolio dall’Africa che dall’Arabia Saudita. A settembre 2008, l’Amministrazione americana aprirà l’AFRICOM, un nuovo centro di comando del Pentagono per prevenire la guerra al terrore nel continente africano. In realtà, tra gli scopi occulti di questa missione, vi è il tentativo di frenare la penetrazione cinese: le implicazioni politiche di una crescita economica africana in stretta alleanza con la Cina potrebbe sfociare in una nuova guerra fredda in cui l’AFRICOM giocherà un ruolo chiave.

• Il simbolo della ricostruzione irachena, l’ambasciata americana a Baghdad, è stata affidata a dei contractor kuwaitiani che, sotto ordine statunitense, stanno sfruttando quasi esclusivamente lavoratori del sud-est asiatico. Centinaia di uomini sono stai ingannati, condotti di nascosto in una sorta di campi di concentramento e obbligati a mesi di lavoro forzato. È stato loro confiscato il passaporto e sono stati costretti a risarcire ai datori di lavoro le spese per il reclutamento, indebitandosi per mesi o addirittura anni prima di riscattare la propria posizione.

• Che la Blackwater sia la più grande compagnia di mercenari al mondo e che in Iraq i suoi uomini non siano soggetti ad alcuna legge, è cosa ormai tristemente nota. Quello che non è stato diffuso è che la missione irachena ha fruttato al fondatore della compagnia, Erik Prince, oltre 800 milioni di dollari in contratti, permettendogli così di creare un vero e proprio esercito privato il cui scopo è la difesa cristiana in tutto il mondo rispetto all’avanzare islamico

Inoltre, in aggiunta alle informazioni la cui conoscenza cambierebbe la percezione degli eventi e le idee della gente, Project Censored passa in rassegna anche le notizie frivole che hanno occupato i media di tutto il mondo sottraendo tempo e spazio alle VERE notizie. Qualche esempio?

• La saga di Britney Spears, tra alcool, droghe e rehab.
• La morte di Anna Nicole Smith e l’attribuzione della paternità di sua figlia.
• La nascita della figlia di Brad Pitt e Angelina Jolie e la loro nuova adozione.
• Il divorzio di Paul McCartney.
• L’adozione da parte di Madonna di un bimbo africano.

Per trent’anni Project Censored ha raccolto notizie importanti che i principali gruppi mediatici hanno ampiamente ignorato, dando spazio anche alle più piccole e frammentarie informazioni.

Anche quest’anno, Censura ci ricorda che la missione imprescindibile di un giornalista in un paese democratico non cambia e non deve cambiare: il controllo delle istituzioni al potere. Ma “l’informazione come cane da guardia del potere” appare sempre più spesso, purtroppo, un precetto astratto. Chiunque lavori – o abbia lavorato – all’interno del sistema dei media, sa bene che questo si fonda su un modello di premi e punizioni volto a garantire che la maggioranza rispetti linee di condotta predeterminate e standardizzate.

Secondo l’analisi di Project Censored, gli elementi che concorrono a limitare la missione dei giornalisti sono varie, tra cui: forzature ideologiche, la struttura degli organi d’informazione, il potere degli inserzionisti e la cosiddetta pratica del giornalismo “obiettivo” che, paradossalmente, intralcia i media proprio nella ricerca delle verità fondamentali.
          Coalición árabe amenaza con retirarse de la ONU   
Cuando Arabia Saudita, que encabeza la coalición de países árabes que desde 2015 interviene en la devastadora guerra que sufre Yemen, fue acusada de bombardear civiles, incluidos niños y niñas, Riad amenazó con recortar fondos de la ONU para actividades humanitarias. En esas circunstancias, en 2016, el entonces secretario general Ban Ki-moon decidió sacar a […]
          Rihanna New Man is a Billionaire   
The guy Rihanna was making out with is Billionaire Hassan Jameel, heir to Saudi Arabia’s largest Toyota distributor.  Rihanna’s Pool Makeout Guy Is Saudi Billionaire Hassan Jameel Via www.tmz.com 06/28/2017 11:53 AM   Editorial credit: Debby Wong
          British banks have stopped selling Qatari cash   
A number of big U.K. banks have stopped offering and exchanging Qatari riyals, nearly four weeks after the start of a Saudi-backed boycott.
          “Unacceptable Attack”: UN Outraged Over Saudi Demand to Shut Al Jazeera Down   
“The demand … is, in our view, an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion.” (MEE) — A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations for Qatar to close down its Al Jazeera TV channel is an “unacceptable attack” on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United […]
          Adesso è guerra all’interno di Casa Saud   

La transizione di carattere politico che sta vivendo l’Arabia Saudita in questi giorni, non è né semplice e né tanto meno indolore: il potere sta repentinamente passando alla nuova generazione di casa Saud, dinastia che fino ad oggi ha sempre governato tramite i tanti figli del fondatore del Regno, Re Abd al-Aziz; l’improvvisa scalata invece […]

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          Ep 136 – Brexit   

Recorded Sunday, June 26th Meghan sits out this Sunday so Jesse Hayes joins Tim and Brian to chat about a week filled with news. Not only did Britain vote to leave the EU, but Washington dems staged a “sit-in” to protest the lack of action on gun control. The guys also chat about Islam, Saudi […]

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          Who Killed theTunisian singer Thekra?   

Who dare to Say مين يجرا يقول

Her Last Song Tells

Singer killed because she made a song against Saudi Arabia kingdom and the political system in KSA

Thikra’s family accuses Jamal Mubarak of her murder

Family of the late Tunisian singer Thikra has exploded a bomb stating that they possess solid evidence proving that Jamal Mubarak, son of ousted Egyptian President Husni Mubarak, is involved in her murder.
Tawfiq Al Dali, Thikra’s brother, has made a call out to all those that have any information about Thikra’s murder to come forward. Forensic reports have shown that Ayman Al Suwaidi, Thikra’s husband and who is accused of killing her while being intoxicated, suffers from stomach problems and therefore was not drunk during the time the murder happened.
Thikra’s family doubts her husband shot her and then committed suicide, but rather strongly believes Jamal Mubarak had a strong hand in the murder of both. The family assured that it holds vital evidence that the former overthrown Tunisian and Egyptian governments fabricated evidence and placed the blame on her husband.
It is said that there was a relationship between Thikra and Jamal. Thikra’s family has called on all members of the press and lawyers from Tunisia and Egypt to help in uncovering all the fact. In addition, Thikra’s family has released phone numbers, emails, and created a page on the social network Facebook for people with information to contact them.
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           UAE Asked US to Bomb Al Jazeera, Says 2003 Cable   
Diplomatic cable, published by Wikileaks, refers to Mohammed bin Zayed asking for Qatari channel to be targeted
By Alex MacDonald
June 28, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – Abu Dhabi’s crown prince asked the US to bomb Al Jazeera as America was planning its invasion of Iraq, according to a diplomatic cable detailing his conversation with a top US state department mandarin.
According to the cable, Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) “laughingly recalled” to Richard Hass a conversation between his father, Sheikh Zayed, and the emir of Qatar, Hamad Al-Thani, in which Hamad had complained MBZ had asked for the US “to bomb Al Jazeera”.
“According to MBZ, Zayed [his father] derisively responded: ‘Do you blame him?'”
In his comments, made in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, MBZ warned that public opinion in the Arab world over the invasion – which he described as “containable” if the war was short and efficient – could be heavily inflamed by the Qatar TV network’s coverage and advised that its influence be reined in.
MBZ said
“it was a mystery to him why the Qataris continued to inflame public opinion” through Al Jazeera… “and suggested that the US use its weight to pressure Doha”.
The cable added that MBZ had “emphasised the need for US engagement with the Qataris to rein in Al Jazeera”.
In April 2003, the Al-Jazeera office in Baghdad was struck by a US missile killing one staff member and wounding another, though a US Central Command spokesman told BBC News the station “was not and never had been a target.”  In 2001 the station’s Kabul office was hit by two bombs in another US attack, although there were no casualties.
The statement appears to show decades-long emnity between Qatar and the UAE over Al Jazeera, which has boiled to the surface once again with a Saudi, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt-led blockade of Qatar and demands to close the network down.
Last week Riyadh laid down a list of 13 demands for Qatar, which also included ending Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutting of a Turkish military base outside Doha.
According to the cable, however, MBZ downplayed tensions between the Saudis and Qataris, noting the two populations “share Wahhabi roots”.
More concerning, he said, were UAE-Saudi relations, which MBZ reportedly described as “far more complex”.
He drew his attention to Abu Dhabi’s “nagging bilateral border dispute with Riyadh (the al-Shayba oil field)”.
“Nevertheless, the ever pragmatic Emiratis recognised the need to deal with the Saudis and have thus maintained good relations with Riyadh.”
However, the cable noted that MBZ took a “dim view” – in one case literally – of some senior members of the Saudi government – “sardonically noting that interior minister Nayef’s bumbling manner suggested that ‘Darwin was right’,” and went on to say that King Fahd was not “in complete control of his faculties”.
Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the father of Mohammed bin Nayef – who was last week stripped of his position of crown prince by the king, Salman, who instated his son Mohammed bin Salman as heir.
Bin Nayef is thought to have held personal antipathy to MBZ.
Recently leaked emails sent from the Emirati ambassador to the US indicated that the UAE was involved in trying to move bin Salman into a position of power in Saudi Arabia.
“I think we should all agree these changes in Saudi are much needed,” said Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the US.
“Our job now is to do everything possible to ensure MBS succeeds.”
The 2003 cable also highlights MBZ’s then apparent tacit support for the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, whose removal from power the Gulf nations are now officially committed to.
MBZ “encouraged continued USG (US government) engagement with Bashar, noting that otherwise, ‘the wrong guys’ will fill the vacuum.”
“In MBZ’s estimation, Bashar is active and ‘wants to do good,’ although his relative youth and inexperience are real drawbacks.”
The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.
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          Did Hacking create Fake News & Quotes from Qatar? Gov Spokesperson complains to Guardian   

Qatar complained to the Guardian last month, disputing the newspaper’s story that the country’s official news and social media websites were hacked. The Qatari government claims that the sites were hacked and that the country was “the victim of ‘fake news’.” In a story published May 25, the Guardian had reported that Saudi Arabia and […]

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          Labour seeks to block sale of arms to Saudi Arabia   
Labour Party has signalled it is looking at new measures to ensure British-built weapons and military technology are not bought by repressive regimes around the world.
          ONLINE INTERNET POLICE   
Internet police is a generic term for police and secret police departments and other organizations in charge of policing Internet in a number of countries. The major purposes of Internet police, depending on the state, are fighting cybercrime, as well as censorship, propaganda, and monitoring and manipulating the online public opinion.

It has been reported that in 2005, departments of provincial and municipal governments in mainland China began creating teams of Internet commentators from propaganda and police departments and offering them classes in Marxism, propaganda techniques, and the Internet. They are reported to guide discussion on public bulletin boards away from politically sensitive topics by posting opinions anonymously or under false names. "They are actually hiring staff to curse online", said Liu Di, a Chinese student who was arrested for posting her comments in blogs.
Chinese Internet police also erase anti-Communist comments and posts pro-government messages. Chinese Communist Party leader Hu Jintao has declared the party's intent to strengthen administration of the online environment and maintain the initiative in online opinion.

The Computer Emergency Response Team of Estonia (CERT Estonia), established in 2006, is an organisation responsible for the management of security incidents in .ee computer networks. Its task is to assist Estonian Internet users in the implementation of preventive measures in order to reduce possible damage from security incidents and to help them in responding to security threats. CERT Estonia deals with security incidents that occur in Estonian networks, are started there, or have been notified of by citizens or institutions either in Estonia or abroad.
Cyber Crime Investigation Cell is a wing of Mumbai Police, India, to deal with Cyber crimes, and to enforce provisions of India's Information Technology Law, namely, Information Technology Act 2000, and various cyber crime related provisions of criminal laws, including the Indian Penal Code. Cyber Crime Investigation Cell is a part of Crime Branch, Criminal Investigation Department of the Mumbai Police.
Andhra Pradesh Cyber Crime Investigation Cell is a wing of Hyderabad Police, India, to deal with Cyber crimes.

Dutch police were reported to have set up an Internet Brigade to fight cybercrime. It will be allowed to infiltrate Internet newsgroups and discussion forums for intelligence gathering, to make pseudo-purchase and to provide services
After the 2006 coup in Thailand, the Thai police has been active in monitoring and silencing dissidents online. Censorship of the Internet is carried out by the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology of Thailand and the Royal Thai Police, in collaboration with the Communications Authority of Thailand and the Telecommunication Authority of Thailand.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is the only recognised organisation in the United Kingdom operating an Internet ‘Hotline’ for the public and IT professionals to report their exposure to potentially illegal content online. It works in partnership with the police, Government, the public, Internet service providers and the wider online industry.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as IC3, is a multi-agency task force made up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

IC3's purpose is to serve as a central hub to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding occurrences of cyber-crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cybercrime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations on the internet. IC3 develops leads and notifies law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local and international level, IC3 act as a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.

Criminal threatening is the crime of intentionally or knowingly putting another person in fear of imminent bodily injury.

There is no legal definition in English law as to what constitutes criminal threatening behaviour, so it is up to the courts to decide on a case by case basis. However, if somebody threatens violence against somebody, then this may be a criminal offence. In most countries it is only an offence if it can be proven the person had the intention and equipment to carry out the threat. However if the threat involves the mention of a bomb it is automatically a crime.
In most U.S. jurisdictions, the crime remains a misdemeanor unless a deadly weapon is involved or actual violence is committed, in which case it is usually considered a felony.

Criminal threatening can be the result of verbal threats of violence, physical conduct (such as hand gestures or raised fists), actual physical contact, or even simply the placing of an object or graffiti on the property of another person with the purpose of coercing or terrorizing.

Criminal threatening is also defined by arson, vandalism, the delivery of noxious biological or chemical substances (or any substance that appears to be a toxic substance), or any other crime against the property of another person with the purpose of coercing or terrorizing any person in reckless disregard for causing fear, terror or inconvenience.

"Terrorizing" generally means to cause alarm, fright, or dread in another person or inducing apprehension of violence from a hostile or threatening event, person or object.

Crimint is a database run by the Metropolitan Police Service of Greater London which stores information on criminals, suspected criminals and protestors. It was created in 1994 and supplied by Memex Technology Limited. It supports the recording and searching of items of intelligence by both police officers and back office staff. As of 2005 it contained seven million information reports and 250,000 intelligence records. The database makes it much easier for police officers to find information on people, as one officer who used the system stated in 1996:

"With Crimint we are in a new world. I was recently asked if I knew something about a certain car. In the old days I would have had to hunt through my cards. I would probably have said, 'Yes, I do, but . . . '. With Crimint I was able to answer the question in about fifteen seconds. And with Crimint things just don't go missing.
People are able to request their information from the database under data protection laws. Requests have shown that the database holds large amounts of information on protesters who have not committed any crimes. Information is stored for at least seven years. Holding information on people who have never committed any offence may be against people's human rights. A police officer, Amerdeep Johal, used the database to contact sex offenders and threatened to disclose information about them from the database unless they paid him thousands of pounds.

Along with development of the Internet, state authorities in many parts of the world are moving forward to install mass surveillance of the electronic communications, establish Internet censorship to limit the flow of information, and persecute individuals and groups who express “inconvenient” political views in the Internet. Many cyber-dissidents have found themselves persecuted for attempts to bypass state controlled news media. Reporters Without Borders has released a Handbook For Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents and maintains a roster of currently imprisoned cyber-dissidents

Chinese Communist Party leader Hu Jintao ordered to "maintain the initiative in opinion on the Internet and raise the level of guidance online, An internet police force - reportedly numbering 30,000 - trawls websites and chat rooms, erasing anti-Communist comments and posting pro-government messages." However, the number of Internet police personnel was challenged by Chinese authorities Amnesty International blamed several companies, including Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!, of collusion with the Chinese authorities to restrict access to information over the Internet and identify cyber-dissidents by hiring "big mamas" .
It was reported that departments of provincial and municipal governments in mainland China began creating "teams of internet commentators, whose job is to guide discussion on public bulletin boards away from politically sensitive topics by posting opinions anonymously or under false names" in 2005 Applicants for the job were drawn mostly from the propaganda and police departments. Successful candidates have been offered classes in Marxism, propaganda techniques, and the Internet. "They are actually hiring staff to curse online," said Liu Di, a Chinese student who was arrested for posting her comments in blogs

Internet censorship is control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the Internet. The legal issues are similar to offline censorship.
One difference is that national borders are more permeable online: residents of a country that bans certain information can find it on websites hosted outside the country. A government can try to prevent its citizens from viewing these even if it has no control over the websites themselves. Filtering can be based on a blacklist or be dynamic. In the case of a blacklist, that list is usually not published. The list may be produced manually or automatically.

Barring total control over Internet-connected computers, such as in North Korea, total censorship of information on the Internet is very difficult (or impossible) to achieve due to the underlying distributed technology of the Internet. Pseudonymity and data havens (such as Freenet) allow unconditional free speech, as the technology guarantees that material cannot be removed and the author of any information is impossible to link to a physical identity or organization.

In some cases, Internet censorship may involve deceit. In such cases the censoring authority may block content while leading the public to believe that censorship has not been applied. This may be done by having the ISP provide a fake "Not Found" error message upon the request of an Internet page that is actually found but blocked (see 404 error for details).

In November 2007, "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf stated that he sees Government-led control of the Internet failing due to private ownership. Many internet experts use the term "splinternet" to describe some of the effects of national firewalls.

Some commonly used methods for censoring content are:

IP blocking. Access to a certain IP address is denied. If the target Web site is hosted in a shared hosting server, all websites on the same server will be blocked. This affects IP-based protocols such as HTTP, FTP and POP. A typical circumvention method is to find proxies that have access to the target websites, but proxies may be jammed or blocked, and some Web sites, such as Wikipedia (when editing), also block proxies. Some large websites like Google have allocated additional IP addresses to circumvent the block, but later the block was extended to cover the new IPs.

DNS filtering and redirection. Don't resolve domain names, or return incorrect IP addresses. This affects all IP-based protocols such as HTTP, FTP and POP. A typical circumvention method is to find a domain name server that resolves domain names correctly, but domain name servers are subject to blockage as well, especially IP blocking. Another workaround is to bypass DNS if the IP address is obtainable from other sources and is not blocked. Examples are modifying the Hosts file or typing the IP address instead of the domain name in a Web browser.

Uniform Resource Locator (URL) filtering. Scan the requested URL string for target keywords regardless of the domain name specified in the URL. This affects the HTTP protocol. Typical circumvention methods are to use escaped characters in the URL, or to use encrypted protocols such as VPN and TLS/SSL.

Packet filtering. Terminate TCP packet transmissions when a certain number of controversial keywords are detected. This affects all TCP-based protocols such as HTTP, FTP and POP, but Search engine results pages are more likely to be censored. Typical circumvention methods are to use encrypted connections - such as VPN and TLS/SSL - to escape the HTML content, or by reducing the TCP/IP stack's MTU/MSS to reduce the amount of text contained in a given packet.

Connection reset. If a previous TCP connection is blocked by the filter, future connection attempts from both sides will also be blocked for up to 30 minutes. Depending on the location of the block, other users or websites may also be blocked if the communication is routed to the location of the block. A circumvention method is to ignore the reset packet sent by the firewall.

Reverse surveillance. Computers accessing certain websites including Google are automatically exposed to reverse scanning from the ISP in an apparent attempt to extract further information from the "offending" system.

One of the most popular filtering software programmes is SmartFilter, owned by Secure Computing in California, which has recently been bought by McAfee. SmartFilter has been used by Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, as well as in the US and the UK.

There are a number of resources that allow users to bypass the technical aspects of Internet censorship. Each solution has differing ease of use, speed, and security from other options. Most, however, rely on gaining access to an internet connection that is not subject to filtering, often in a different jurisdiction not subject to the same censorship laws. This is an inherent problem in internet censorship in that so long as there is one publicly accessible system in the world without censorship, it will still be possible to have access to censored material.

Proxy websites are often the simplest and fastest way to access banned websites in censored nations. Such websites work by being themselves un-banned but capable of displaying banned material within them. This is usually accomplished by entering a URL address which the proxy website will fetch and display. They recommend using the https protocol since it is encrypted and harder to block.

Java Anon Proxy is primarily a strong, free and open source anonymizer software available for all operating systems. As of 2004, it also includes a blocking resistance functionality that allows users to circumvent the blocking of the underlying anonymity service AN.ON by accessing it via other users of the software (forwarding client).

The addresses of JAP users that provide a forwarding server can be retrieved by getting contact to AN.ON's InfoService network, either automatically or, if this network is blocked, too, by writing an e-mail to one of these InfoServices. The JAP software automatically decrypts the answer after the user completes a CAPTCHA. The developers are currently planning to integrate additional and even stronger blocking resistance functions.

Using Virtual Private Networks, a user who experiences internet censorship can create a secure connection to a more permissive country, and browse the internet as if they were situated in that country. Some services are offered for a monthly fee, others are ad-supported.

Psiphon software allows users in nations with censored Internet such as China to access banned websites like Wikipedia. The service requires that the software be installed on a computer with uncensored access to the Internet so that the computer can act as a proxy for users in censored environments

In 1996, the United States enacted the Communications Decency Act, which severely restricted online speech that could potentially be seen by a minor – which, it was argued, was most of online speech. Free speech advocates, however, managed to have most of the act overturned by the courts. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act criminalizes the discussion and dissemination of technology that could be used to circumvent copyright protection mechanisms, and makes it easier to act against alleged copyright infringement on the Internet. Many school districts in the United States frequently censor material deemed inappropriate for the school setting. In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) which requires schools and public libraries receiving federal funding to install internet filters or blocking software.[104] Congress is also considering legislation to require schools, some businesses and libraries to block access to social networking websites, The Deleting Online Predators Act. Opponents of Internet censorship argue that the free speech provisions of the First Amendment bars the government from any law or regulation that censors the Internet.

A 4 January 2007 restraining order issued by U.S. District Court Judge Jack B. Weinstein forbade a large number of activists in the psychiatric survivors movement from posting links on their websites to ostensibly leaked documents which purportedly show that Eli Lilly and Company intentionally withheld information as to the lethal side-effects of Zyprexa. The Electronic Frontier Foundation appealed this as prior restraint on the right to link to and post documents, saying that citizen-journalists should have the same First Amendment rights as major media outlets. It was later held that the judgment was unenforcable, though First Amendment claims were rejected.

In January 2010, a lawsuit was filed against an online forum, Scubaboard.com, by a Maldives diving charter company (see scubaboard lawsuit). The owner of the company claimed $10 million in damages caused by users of scubaboard, scubaboard.com, and the owner of scubaboard.com. Individual forum members were named in the lawsuit as "employees" of the forum, despite their identity being anonymous except for their IP address to the moderators and owners of scubaboard.com. This lawsuit demonstrates the vulnerability of internet websites and internet forums to local and regional lawsuits for libel and damages.
          LEGAL SYSTEMS   
In general, legal systems can be split between civil law and common law systems. The term "civil law" referring to a legal system should not be confused with "civil law" as a group of legal subjects distinct from criminal or public law. A third type of legal system— accepted by some countries without separation of church and state—is religious law, based on scriptures. The specific system that a country is ruled by is often determined by its history, connections with other countries, or its adherence to international standards. The sources that jurisdictions adopt as authoritatively binding are the defining features of any legal system. Yet classification is a matter of form rather than substance, since similar rules often prevail.

Civil law
Civil law is the legal system used in most countries around the world today. In civil law the sources recognised as authoritative are, primarily, legislation—especially codifications in constitutions or statutes passed by government—and custom. Codifications date back millennia, with one early example being the Babylonian Codex Hammurabi. Modern civil law systems essentially derive from the legal practice of the Roman Empire whose texts were rediscovered in medieval Europe. Roman law in the days of the Roman Republic and Empire was heavily procedural, and lacked a professional legal class. Instead a lay person, iudex, was chosen to adjudicate. Precedents were not reported, so any case law that developed was disguised and almost unrecognised. Each case was to be decided afresh from the laws of the state, which mirrors the (theoretical) unimportance of judges' decisions for future cases in civil law systems today. During the 6th century AD in the Eastern Roman Empire, the Emperor Justinian I codified and consolidated the laws that had existed in Rome, so that what remained was one-twentieth of the mass of legal texts from before. This became known as the Corpus Juris Civilis. As one legal historian wrote, "Justinian consciously looked back to the golden age of Roman law and aimed to restore it to the peak it had reached three centuries before." Western Europe, meanwhile, slowly slipped into the Dark Ages, and it was not until the 11th century that scholars in the University of Bologna rediscovered the texts and used them to interpret their own laws. Civil law codifications based closely on Roman law, alongside some influences from religious laws such as Canon law continued to spread throughout Europe until the Enlightenment; then, in the 19th century, both France, with the Code Civil, and Germany, with the Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, modernised their legal codes. Both these codes influenced heavily not only the law systems of the countries in continental Europe (e.g. Greece), but also the Japanese and Korean legal traditions. Today, countries that have civil law systems range from Russia and China to most of Central and Latin America. The United States follows the common law system described below.

Common law and equity
Common law and equity are legal systems where decisions by courts are explicitly acknowledged to be legal sources. The "doctrine of precedent", or stare decisis (Latin for "to stand by decisions") means that decisions by higher courts bind lower courts. Common law systems also rely on statutes, passed by the legislature, but may make less of a systematic attempt to codify their laws than in a "civil law" system. Common law originated from England and has been inherited by almost every country once tied to the British Empire (except Malta, Scotland, the U.S. state of Louisiana, and the Canadian province of Quebec). In medieval England, the Norman conquest led to a unification of various tribal customs and hence a law "common" to the whole country. The common law developed when the English monarchy had been weakened by the enormous cost of fighting for control over large parts of France. King John had been forced by his barons to sign a document limiting his authority to pass laws. This "great charter" or Magna Carta of 1215 also required that the King's entourage of judges hold their courts and judgments at "a certain place" rather than dispensing autocratic justice in unpredictable places about the country. A concentrated and elite group of judges acquired a dominant role in law-making under this system, and compared to its European counterparts the English judiciary became highly centralised. In 1297, for instance, while the highest court in France had fifty-one judges, the English Court of Common Pleas had five. This powerful and tight-knit judiciary gave rise to a rigid and inflexible system of common law. As a result, as time went on, increasing numbers of citizens petitioned the King to override the common law, and on the King's behalf the Lord Chancellor gave judgment to do what was equitable in a case. From the time of Sir Thomas More, the first lawyer to be appointed as Lord Chancellor, a systematic body of equity grew up alongside the rigid common law, and developed its own Court of Chancery. At first, equity was often criticised as erratic, that it varied according to the length of the Chancellor's foot. But over time it developed solid principles, especially under Lord Eldon. In the 19th century the two systems were fused into one another. In developing the common law and equity, academic authors have always played an important part. William Blackstone, from around 1760, was the first scholar to describe and teach it. But merely in describing, scholars who sought explanations and underlying structures slowly changed the way the law actually worked.

Religious law
Religious law is explicitly based on religious precepts. Examples include the Jewish Halakha and Islamic Sharia—both of which translate as the "path to follow"—while Christian canon law also survives in some church communities. Often the implication of religion for law is unalterability, because the word of God cannot be amended or legislated against by judges or governments. However a thorough and detailed legal system generally requires human elaboration. For instance, the Quran has some law, and it acts as a source of further law through interpretation, Qiyas (reasoning by analogy), Ijma (consensus) and precedent. This is mainly contained in a body of law and jurisprudence known as Sharia and Fiqh respectively. Another example is the Torah or Old Testament, in the Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses. This contains the basic code of Jewish law, which some Israeli communities choose to use. The Halakha is a code of Jewish law which summarises some of the Talmud's interpretations. Nevertheless, Israeli law allows litigants to use religious laws only if they choose. Canon law is only in use by members of the clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion.


A trial in the Ottoman Empire, 1879, when religious law applied under the Mecelle
Until the 18th century, Sharia law was practiced throughout the Muslim world in a non-codified form, with the Ottoman Empire's Mecelle code in the 19th century being first attempt at codifying elements of Sharia law. Since the mid-1940s, efforts have been made, in country after country, to bring Sharia law more into line with modern conditions and conceptions. In modern times, the legal systems of many Muslim countries draw upon both civil and common law traditions as well as Islamic law and custom. The constitutions of certain Muslim states, such as Egypt and Afghanistan, recognise Islam as the religion of the state, obliging legislature to adhere to Sharia. Saudi Arabia recognises Quran as its constitution, and is governed on the basis of Islamic law. Iran has also witnessed a reiteration of Islamic law into its legal system after 1979. During the last few decades, one of the fundamental features of the movement of Islamic resurgence has been the call to restore the Sharia, which has generated a vast amount of literature and affected world politics.

Legal theory
The history of law is closely connected to the development of civilization. Ancient Egyptian law, dating as far back as 3000 BC, contained a civil code that was probably broken into twelve books. It was based on the concept of Ma'at, characterised by tradition, rhetorical speech, social equality and impartiality. By the 22nd century BC, the ancient Sumerian ruler Ur-Nammu had formulated the first law code, which consisted of casuistic statements ("if ... then ..."). Around 1760 BC, King Hammurabi further developed Babylonian law, by codifying and inscribing it in stone. Hammurabi placed several copies of his law code throughout the kingdom of Babylon as stelae, for the entire public to see; this became known as the Codex Hammurabi. The most intact copy of these stelae was discovered in the 19th century by British Assyriologists, and has since been fully transliterated and translated into various languages, including English, German, and French.
The Old Testament dates back to 1280 BC, and takes the form of moral imperatives as recommendations for a good society. The small Greek city-state, Ancient Athens, and from about 8th century BC was the first society to be based on broad inclusion of its citizenry; excluding women and the slave class. However, Athens had no legal science, and no word for "law" as an abstract concept. Yet Ancient Greek law contained major constitutional innovations in the development of democracy.
Roman law was heavily influenced by Greek philosophy, but its detailed rules were developed by professional jurists, and were highly sophisticated. Over the centuries between the rise and decline of the Roman Empire, law was adapted to cope with the changing social situations, and underwent major codification during Justinian I. Although it declined in significance during the Dark Ages, Roman law was rediscovered around the 11th century when mediæval legal scholars began to research Roman codes and adapt their concepts. In mediæval England, the King's judges developed a body of precedent, which later became the common law. A Europe-wide Lex Mercatoria was formed so that merchants could trade with common standards of practice; rather than with the many splintered facets of local laws. The Lex Mercatoria, a precursor to modern commercial law, emphasised the freedom of contract and alienability of property.[89] As nationalism grew in the 18th and 19th centuries, Lex Mercatoria was incorporated into countries' local law under new civil codes. The French Napoleonic Code and the German became the most influential. In contrast to English common law, which consists of enormous tomes of case law, codes in small books are easy to export and easy for judges to apply. However, today there are signs that civil and common law are converging. EU law is codified in treaties, but develops through the precedent laid down by the European Court of Justice.
Ancient India and China represent distinct traditions of law, and have historically had independent schools of legal theory and practice. The Arthashastra, probably compiled around 100 AD (although it contains older material), and the Manusmriti (c. 100–300 AD) were foundational treatises in India, and comprise texts considered authoritative legal guidance. Manu's central philosophy was tolerance and Pluralism, and was cited across Southeast Asia. This Hindu tradition, along with Islamic law, was supplanted by the common law when India became part of the British Empire. Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Hong Kong also adopted the common law. The eastern Asia legal tradition reflects a unique blend of secular and religious influences. Japan was the first country to begin modernising its legal system along western lines, by importing bits of the French, but mostly the German Civil Code. This partly reflected Germany's status as a rising power in the late 19th century. Similarly, traditional Chinese law gave way to westernisation towards the final years of the Ch'ing dynasty in the form of six private law codes based mainly on the Japanese model of German law. Today Taiwanese law retains the closest affinity to the codifications from that period, because of the split between Chiang Kai-shek's nationalists, who fled there, and Mao Zedong's communists who won control of the mainland in 1949. The current legal infrastructure in the People's Republic of China was heavily influenced by Soviet Socialist law, which essentially inflates administrative law at the expense of private law rights. Due to rapid industrialisation, today China undergoing a process of reform, at least in terms of economic, if not social and political, rights. A new contract code in 1999 represented a move away from administrative domination. Furthermore, after negotiations lasting fifteen years, in 2001 China joined the World Trade Organisation.

Philosophy of law
The philosophy of law is commonly known as jurisprudence. Normative jurisprudence is essentially political philosophy, and asks "what should law be?", while analytic jurisprudence asks "what is law?". John Austin's utilitarian answer was that law is "commands, backed by threat of sanctions, from a sovereign, to whom people have a habit of obedience". Natural lawyers on the other side, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, argue that law reflects essentially moral and unchangeable laws of nature. The concept of "natural law" emerged in ancient Greek philosophy concurrently and in entanglement with the notion of justice, and re-entered the mainstream of Western culture through the writings of Thomas Aquinas.

Hugo Grotius, the founder of a purely rationalistic system of natural law, argued that law arises from both a social impulse—as Aristotle had indicated—and reason. Immanuel Kant believed a moral imperative requires laws "be chosen as though they should hold as universal laws of nature". Jeremy Bentham and his student Austin, following David Hume, believed that this conflated the "is" and what "ought to be" problem. Bentham and Austin argued for law's positivism; that real law is entirely separate from "morality".Kant was also criticised by Friedrich Nietzsche, who rejected the principle of equality, and believed that law emanates from the will to power, and cannot be labelled as "moral" or "immoral".

In 1934, the Austrian philosopher Hans Kelsen continued the positivist tradition in his book the Pure Theory of Law. Kelsen believed that although law is separate from morality, it is endowed with "normativity"; meaning we ought to obey it. While laws are positive "is" statements (e.g. the fine for reversing on a highway is €500); law tells us what we "should" do. Thus, each legal system can be hypothesised to have a basic norm (Grundnorm) instructing us to obey. Kelsen's major opponent, Carl Schmitt, rejected both positivism and the idea of the rule of law because he did not accept the primacy of abstract normative principles over concrete political positions and decisions. Therefore, Schmitt advocated a jurisprudence of the exception (state of emergency), which denied that legal norms could encompass of all political experience.

Later in the 20th century, H. L. A. Hart attacked Austin for his simplifications and Kelsen for his fictions in The Concept of Law. Hart argued law is a system of rules, divided into primary (rules of conduct) and secondary ones (rules addressed to officials to administer primary rules). Secondary rules are further divided into rules of adjudication (to resolve legal disputes), rules of change (allowing laws to be varied) and the rule of recognition (allowing laws to be identified as valid). Two of Hart's students continued the debate: In his book Law's Empire, Ronald Dworkin attacked Hart and the positivists for their refusal to treat law as a moral issue. Dworkin argues that law is an "interpretive concept", that requires judges to find the best fitting and most just solution to a legal dispute, given their constitutional traditions. Joseph Raz, on the other hand, defended the positivist outlook and criticised Hart's "soft social thesis" approach in The Authority of Law. Raz argues that law is authority, identifiable purely through social sources and without reference to moral reasoning. In his view, any categorisation of rules beyond their role as authoritative instruments in mediation are best left to sociology, rather than jurisprudence.
          Re: Activists circulate Saudi ruling that the Muslim Brotherhood is among ‘righteous Islamic groups’   

None of predecessors of King Salman ever opposed Muslim Brotherhood. In-fact, King Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the founding father of Saudi Arabia welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood people. These are the people who led Saudi Arabia to its strong financial and economic position of today. There was a time when more than 50% of teachers in educational institutions in the kingdom were the Brotherhood people who fled from Egypt fearing unlawful arrests. This is indeed a very ungrateful act.


          New Baby Given Free Flights For Life After Being Born 35,000ft In The Air   

A baby was born at 35,000ft on board a Jet Airways flight and has been given free flights for life. The soon-to-be-mum was flying from Saudi Arabia’s Dammam to Kochi in India, when she went into early labour. The flight was forced to take a detour and land in Mumbai, but before they reached land, […]

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          3 Skenario Utama Dibalik Boikot Qatar   
Eramuslim – 25 hari sudah Arab Saudi CS memutuskan hubungan dan memboikot Qatar dari negara-negara di kawasan Teluk. Akan tetapi tahukah kita target sebenarnya dari upaya mengucilkan Doha yang telah memainkan peranan besar dalam berbagai konflik di kawasan Dunia Arab, termasuk Palestina dan Masjid Al Aqsha. Dr. Muhsin Shalih mencoba menganalisis konteks regional dan internasional […]
          Rihanna   
Revelan quién es el misterioso hombre que se besuqueaba con Rihanna
Ya dejó de ser un misterio.
Hace unos días comenzaron a circular unas fotos de la cantante barbadense Rihanna besuqueándose con un hombre en España, pero hasta el momento no se sabía de quién se trataba.
Sin embargo, según el diario El Mundo se trata de Hassan Jameel, un empresario de 29 años quien es catalogado como una de las personas más influyentes de Arabia Saudí.
Se informó que el joven empresario es presidente adjunto y vicepresidente de Abdul Latif, una de las compañías más grandes del mundo. 



          A "Five Star" mystery: Saudi Arabia, Brexit, Trump and election fraud. Plus: The Comey "tape"   
This investigation in the Irish Times examines a very strange affair involving Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia. The author of that piece, Fintan O'Toole, probably doesn't know that his research links up to a mystery which captured my attention some twelve years ago, when this humble blog focused on the possibility of fraud in the 2004 presidential election.

Before we get to the US connection, we must summarize the Irish Times story.

In recent days, you may have read about the far-right Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, because that's the group with which Theresa May must strike a deal if she wants to stay in power. (Her chances are starting to look bleak.) The DUP is pretty obnoxious, as this site makes clear: They are pro-creationism, anti-abortion, and very anti-gay.

The DUP is also also very, very pro-Brexit. In fact, they funded a pricey ad campaign in favor of Brexit. Strangely, those ads appeared in publications outside of Northern Ireland.

That campaign cost a lot of money, leading Fintan O'Toole to ask: Where did the DUP get the funds?

It turns out that the money came from a strange Scottish group called the Constitutional Research Council, headed by one Richard Cook. But that organization seems to have been a cut-out (as was the DUP itself).

The real funders were Saudis.
What they found is that Richard Cook has a history of involvement with a very senior and powerful member of the Saudi royal family, who also happens to have been a former director of the Saudi intelligence agency. In April 2013, Cook jointly founded a company called Five Star Investments with Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz al Saud. The prince, whose address is given as a royal palace in Jeddah, is listed on the company’s initial registration as the holder of 75 per cent of the shares.
Prince Nawwaf, who died in 2015, was no casual investor. He had been Saudi minister for finance, government spokesman and diplomatic fixer before becoming head of intelligence. His son, Mohammed bin Nawwaf, has, moreover, been the Saudi ambassador to both the UK and Ireland since 2005. When Five Star was set up in 2013, Prince Nawwaf was 80, had suffered a stroke and used a wheelchair. It seems rather remarkable that he was going into business with a very minor and obscure Scottish conservative activist.
"Five Star"...! That name rang a bell. Where had I heard it before? Suddenly, it all came back...

2004 and all that. Unless you've been reading this blog for a very long time, you may not know that I was once transfixed by the allegations of election fraud in the 2004 election. Like many others, I became convinced that electoral hugger-mugger occurred in Ohio.

In a series of posts published in late 2004 and early 2005, I looked into some rather bizarre claims concerning an entity called "Five Star Trust," which allegedly played a role in swinging the election to Dubya. The Trust, it was said, was funded by the Saudis, who (as most people know) had deep connections to Bush.

I'll soon give links to those old pieces on the Five Star Trust. First, a word of warning: My posts linked to the work of a writer named Wayne Madsen, toward whom I once had a very naive and trusting attitude. In 2004, his reputation was not so reeky as it later became; Madsen was a former NSA employee who had appeared on ABC's Nightline, Marketplace and 60 Minutes. Why shouldn't I quote a man with such an impressive resume?

Unfortunately, Madsen made increasingly wild accusations without bothering to cite evidence. Behind the scenes, Madsen proved to be an opaque and bizarre individual.

Fellow blogger Brad Friedman (who has led the fight against computerized voting) was also intrigued -- for a very brief period -- by Madsen's "Five Star" claims. Brad soon became so infuriated with the way Madsen did business that he decided never to say another good word about the man. Other semi-mainstream publications developed a similar "hands off" attitude.

For years, my standard line on Madsen was this: "He's right about half the time, and I'm never sure which half is which." After a while, even that assessment began to seem too generous.

In 2008, I wrote a series of posts which argued (based on public sources) that Barack Obama may have been on "Company" business during his mysterious 1981 trip to Pakistan. (Here, here and here.) Madsen pilfered my work without crediting me. He then sensationalized the evidence and jammed it into a rather terrible book called The Manufacturing of a President, 90 percent of which is paranoid flotsam and jetsam unrelated to the work's ostensible subject.

As you might imagine, I now have little reason to speak well of Wayne Madsen, whose claims have grown ever more inane: He says that Obama is both gay and Kenyan-born, and that Israel attacked the USS Cole. Naturally, he has found a home on Alex Jones's radio show. From ABC News to Infowars: A sad trajectory indeed.

(A sudden thought just hit me. Do you think that former NSA man Wayne Madsen could be one of Louise Mensch's "sources" within the intelligence community? Boy, that would explain a lot.)

Have I given enough caveats and apologies? I believe I have. Here, then, are the links to my previous "Five Star" posts dealing with the mysteries of the 2004 election. Start here, then go here, then go here. Although my posts quote Madsen, I also offer some original research.

From the first post (November 26, 2004):
Madsen goes on to say that money for the operations was funneled through a Saudi-linked financial entity based in Houston called Five Star Trust, which was also apparently used to fund both Bush and Bin Laden.

Other monies came from carefully-hidden Enron loot stashed away in the Cook Islands...
I've tried some preliminary Googling on Five Star Trust (which is also spelled "5 Star Trust"). One citation goes to a court case listed here, involving one Marion Horn, Jr., a.k.a. "J.R. Horn," a one-time Republican candidate in Kentucky later convicted of wire fraud. (Also see here and here.) From what I can tell, the guy received a ridiculously attentuated sentence -- 18 months -- for a serious crime (one commentator mentioned the figure of "$1B") committed while on parole for a similar offense.

Much of the above information came by way of the Diligizer Board, which seems to be a clearinghouse for information about shady operators in the financial world. On one page they take a brief look at an accused security fraudster named Howard E. Liner -- and just look at what pops up:
He claims to be directly involved with VP Chaney and running actually the FED program. Mr. Liner pretends to be a former JAG and Military attorney. They are connected to Noir Intertrade, who shall be the commitment holder! They also mentioned the 5-Star Trust, the worlds richest trust with TRILLIONS (sorry forgot to ask the currency!!) on the account in Credit Suisse and UBS.
Hmm. Did he just say trillions? It that's true, the allegation of Saudi involvement may well have substance.
By the time I wrote my final post in this series (January 4, 2005), I had already become disenchanted with Madsen. He connected the Five Star Trust to a DC-based Christian cult called The Fellowship, the subject of a famous book by Jeffrey Sharlet. The "Fellowship" angle has no discernible evidence to back it.

That said, I can't help but wonder what happened to Marion Horn. His 2004 connection to the Five Star Trust parallels, in some ways, the later linkage between Scotland's Richard Cook and the current incarnation of Five Star.

While traipsing through my earlier pieces, I stumbled across this 2005 post, which quotes some work done by Daniel Hopsicker on a firm called Triad, which was run by Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi (whose recent death I should have noted in these pages.) The following quotation from the Hopsicker story may seem to take us far from the Five Star mystery, but bear with me: I promise to bring us back on course.
Was Adnan Khashoggi a principal in a company which has been counting the votes of American servicemen overseas? Answer: highly likely.

Both Election.com, and Triad, the election company cited for causing most of the problems in Ohio, should receive close scrutiny for evidence of Khashoggi involvement.

While there has been no suggestion of it anywhere in the media, the name "Triad" was used extensively by Khashoggi at exactly the same time (the early 80's) and in exactly the same place (Palm Beach, Florida) as the "Triad Governmental Systems" involved in Ohio's current election "difficulties."
There's much of else of interest in that 2005 piece. For current purposes, let's focus on the following:
Election.com should be examined for the invisible hand of the Saudi financier and CIA “fixer.”

News reports stated Election.com was owned by an offshore Saudi front company in Bermuda consisting of five unnamed Saudi billionaires, until scrutiny forced a sale to Accenture, the remnants of the disgraced and disbanded Arthur Anderson, the accounting firm which made Enron possible.
Five unnamed Saudi billionaires...?

Could that be the origin of the "Five Star" nomenclature? I can't prove it, but the idea makes a lot of sense.

The obvious questions: Why would five Saudi billionaires surreptitiously involve themselves with the 2004 American election (and perhaps earlier elections)? Why would the same Saudi interests care about promoting Brexit in 2016? What's in it for them?

The Prince. The Irish Times story quoted above connects the current "Five Star Investments" to Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, the former head of Saudi intelligence. That name has appeared in these pages before. From a post published on August 26, 2016:
Now let's turn to a little-noticed piece titled "Wealthy Muslims helped Donald Trump build his empire":
Saudi princes: Prince Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a former minister in the Saudi government, and member of the Saudi royal family, reportedly lives in a floor-through Trump Tower apartment. Other former Trump property tenants include Prince Nawaf bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a Saudi royal family member who owned a 10,500 sq. foot (975 sq. meter) condo at the Heritage at Trump Place that went on sale this year for $48.5 million.
Trump has long had strong connections to Saudi Arabia. Most people forget that the Saudis were the ones who bailed out Donald Trump when he nearly went under.
Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal said he twice saved US presidential candidate Donald Trump from bankruptcy, describing him as a “bad and ungrateful person”.

In an interview with Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper, the prince said he bought Trump’s hotels after they were acquired by the banks which demanded he repay his debts.

The yacht he used to come to Antalya, southwest of Turkey, is one he bought from Trump when he was threatened with bankruptcy.
That yacht, by the way, is the one made famous by previous owner Adnan Khashoggi, and by the movie Never Say Never Again.

Now let's visit this New Yorker piece for more on the Trump/bin Talal relationship:
This latest tweet battle with Trump refers to the Prince’s investments in troubled Trump properties. The first of these transactions took place in 1991, when, according to Businessweek, bin Talal bought Trump’s huge yacht the Trump Princess from creditors, for eighteen million dollars. At the time, Trump’s Atlantic City casinos were heavily indebted; he also put his airline, the Trump Shuttle, up for sale.

The second deal came in 1995, when bin Talal and a partner, a Singapore hotels company, paid hundreds of millions of dollars to take control of The Plaza, on Fifth Avenue, from Trump. A Times story at the time said that the buyers had agreed to “pay part, or all, of Mr. Trump’s $300 million mortgage on the hotel, guarantee interest payments on Mr. Trump’s Plaza debt and spend $28 million to renovate part of the hotel.” Trump, the article said, was “under heavy pressure because of more than $115 million of guarantees he has given on the Trump Organization’s debt, and because of his recently announced attempt to raise $250 million to expand his casino investments.”
The prince is not just any Saudi oligarch: He was the finance minister of that nation and is rumored to represent other Saudi business interests. He is the second biggest investor in Fox News.
Interestingly, Saudi princes were investing in Trump at the same time they were (allegedly) throwing money at a fellow named Osama Bin Laden. Why were the Saudis dealing with a guy like Trump? And why did they treat him as a demi-deity during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia?

Here's the final paragraph from my 2016 post:
Yes, Saudis have donated to the Clinton Foundation -- but the Foundation is a charity, from which the Clintons derive no profit. Trump's hotels in Jeddah are serious business. Talk about a conflict of interest! Most Americans are not even aware that Trump has substantial investments in Saudi Arabia. You know damned well that if the Clintons had made such investments, our news media would remind you of that fact every single day.
Congress and the mainstream media have spent a great deal of time and effort trying to uncover Trump's strange relationship with Putin's Russia -- and properly so. On June 16, 2016, this humble blog was the first online publication to outline a "Putin-Trump" theory.

But Russia is not the full story. We also have to look at Saudi Arabia. Evidence suggests that Saudis have meddled in Brexit. Moreover, evidence suggests a consortium of five Saudi billionaires have played a very covert role in certain American elections -- and they may even have started as early as the 1980s. Strangest of all, they came to the rescue of Donald J. Trump in the 1990s. Why? You got me!

You can't dismiss this post as a "conspiracy theory," for one simple reason: I don't pretend to have anything like a proper theory. At this stage, I'm just trying to formulate the right questions.

Elsewhere: In previous posts, I have sided with those who argue that Trump probably does have "tapes" of his conversations with James Comey. My argument is based on a photo of Trump in the Oval Office with a digital voice recorder on his desk, and on the fact that Trump has been known to record surreptitiously his business meetings. Besides, NSA head Mike Rogers is clearly in Trump's corner, and the NSA scoops up everything.

However, Trump biographer Tim O'Brien says that Trump has falsely claimed to record conversations...
“He’s said this over the years to reporters when they go into the Trump organization, ‘I just want to let you know that I’m taping you right now,'” O’Brien noted. “And he said it multiple times during my interviews with him. He said that into my own tape recorder when I recorded our interviews.”

“But when he sat down for the deposition, my attorney said, ‘Mr. Trump, do you have a taping system?'” he recalled. “And he said no. And [my attorney] said, ‘Why did you say this to Mr. O’Brien.’ And he essentially said, ‘I wanted to intimidate him.'”
Perhaps. But one should also keep in mind that Trump may have been in a state in which it is illegal to tape someone without his permission.
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          Recap: News agency hack blamed for diplomatic meltdown in Qatar   

Early Monday morning in Bahrain, the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry said the nation has severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Within minutes of Bahrain's announcement, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and Egypt followed suit. The diplomatic break between four of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is being partially blamed on a security incident at Qatar News Agency (QNA). The alleged hack resulted in a fake news article that inflamed leaders in the region.

On May 24, the QNA website and social media channels published remarks attributed to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the eighth emir of Qatar, and allegedly made by him during a military ceremony.

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          When disaster strikes, should China do more?   

Sixty-two Chinese rescuers and six sniffer dogs were the first global team on the ground in Nepal the day after a massive earthquake devastated the country just over a year ago.

The quick deployment was a sign of China’s growing role in emergencies, but critics say its humanitarian contributions are still paltry compared to its economic and diplomatic clout. With the world's second-largest economy and largest standing army, China's contributions do not match official pronouncements about its growing international role.

“We are trying to play a bigger role in the existing international order,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a press conference in March. 

“The world is so big and faces so many problems; the international community wishes to hear China's voices and see China's solutions, and China cannot be absent,” he told reporters.

But the figures belie such statements.

China contributed only $54 million in humanitarian aid in 2014, according to Development Initiatives, which analysed data from sources including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the UN, and the International Monetary Fund. In contrast, the United States contributed $5.9 billion, while Britain gave $2.3 billion, and Saudi Arabia $755 million. 

The UN’s Financial Tracking Service, which documents global humanitarian aid flows, shows that China’s contribution fell in 2015 to a mere $37 million.

(The above figures are for humanitarian aid only, and do not include grants and loans aimed at development goals.)

Even China’s own statistics underscore the relatively low importance it places on foreign aid.

According to a 2014 white paper on foreign aid – including development as well as humanitarian funding – China’s average ratio of aid budget to gross national income was about 0.07 percent in the period from 2010 to 2012. 

That's much lower than the average 0.3 percent given annually by the 29 countries making up the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, which include the Group of 7 advanced economies as well as smaller countries including Slovenia, Greece, and the Czech Republic.

In a recent commentary, the UK-based Overseas Development Institute said: “With greater power comes greater responsibility and China should step up its contributions to international humanitarian assistance to an amount at least remotely worthy of its GDP.”

The Ministry of Commerce, which administers Beijing’s humanitarian aid, has not responded to IRIN’s requests for comment and further information.

Politically motivated?

Observers have also noted that China’s aid often seems motivated at least in part by political goals.

“In terms of commitments overseas, it seems highly tactical,” said Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London.

He cited South Sudan, which gained independence in 2011 from Sudan, a long-time Chinese ally. China suddenly found itself in the awkward position of having invested heavily in oilfields that were now part of an independent South Sudan, while having provided support to the Khartoum government throughout the war, including supplying weapons.

China sent peacekeepers to join the UN mission in South Sudan, and contributed other humanitarian aid.

“We also saw this in Costa Rica in 2007 when China agreed to buy $300 million in bonds and give $130 million in aid to secure Costa Rica’s diplomatic recognition of Beijing instead of Taipei,” Brown said.

Learning curve

Some experts say it will take time for China to build up its humanitarian activities overseas. But as one of the most natural disaster-stricken countries in the world, China has the potential to contribute its considerable experience to disaster relief. 

For example, when the worst earthquake in 30 years struck southwestern Sichuan Province in 2008, international agencies played only a small role and China’s response was widely praised. The government immediately launched a massive effort, which included deploying troops to rescue people buried in rubble, deliver aid and organise evacuations.

But critics also point out that China’s “draconian laws” stymie independent humanitarian efforts from Chinese NGOs.

SEE: Activist arrest puts foreign NGOs in China on edge

“China might be a great power now, but it has to learn how to behave like one, especially in the area of humanitarian aid,” said Xu Guoqi, professor of Chinese history and international relations at the University of Hong Kong.

 

 

Xu said China has very few NGOs relative to its population, and they are still figuring out how to function within China as well as abroad.

A former Chinese NGO worker, who requested anonymity and whose organisation recently shut down after losing access to international donors, told IRIN: “Many Chinese NGOs have relied on foreign funding, as local philanthropy is still underdeveloped. Now that the government is clamping down harder on civil society, NGOs are thinking about how to survive, not how to expand overseas.”

Inequality undermines charity

Despite rapid economic growth, private donations have not yet taken off.

“Even with so many newly rich people, charity-giving is still not widely spread as in many Western countries,” said Xu.

On Weibo, a popular Chinese website similar to Twitter, most discussions of China’s humanitarian aid are critical of the leadership for giving money to other countries when commenters felt the funds should be used assisting its own citizens.

China's income inequality is among the world's worst. The country's Gini coefficient for income was 0.49 in 2012, according to a recent Peking University report, where a number above 0.40 represents severe income inequality.

“Some members of the public will think, 'there are so many poor areas of China – why should [Chinese] give foreign aid?' But this is changing,” a staff member of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation told IRIN. 

Since 2003, this Beijing-based NGO, which enjoys government support, has carried out disaster relief operations in countries including Indonesia, Haiti, the US, Myanmar, Nepal, and Ecuador with expenditure totaling around $13.7 million.

The CFPA staffer said the idea of charity could be catching on, judging by recent fundraising efforts.

“For example, many individuals gave contributions of more than 1,000 yuan ($150) for Nepal earthquake relief, and within 24 hours of fundraising to fight against the Ebola virus we raised 1.21 million yuan ($182,747) from the public,” she said.

(With additional reporting by Jennifer Rigby in Nepal)

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Workers and residents watch as a bulldozer demolishes an earthquake-damaged building in the city center in Chautara, Nepal, on 8 July 2015 Analysis Aid and Policy Environment and Disasters Politics and Economics When disaster strikes, should China do more? Joanna Chiu IRIN BEIJING South Sudan Asia China Nepal Costa Rica
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          Non-Alcoholic Drinks Market Global Industry Analysis, Trends and Forecast   

Changing customer needs and introduction of new flavors and product variants are the major factors driving demand for non-alcoholic drinks.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2017 -- Non-alcoholic drinks refer to beverages, which have less than 0.5% alcoholic content by volume. Non-alcoholic beer and wine fall under this category. Non-alcoholic beverages are also known as 'virgin drinks.' Soft drinks, juices, ready-to-drink tea and coffee, bottled water, and energy drinks are the most-consumed non-alcoholic drinks globally. Changing customer needs and introduction of new flavors and product variants are the major factors driving demand for non-alcoholic drinks. With large number of upcoming business utilities in power, construction and automotive sector in developing countries, the per-capita income is expected to increase over the forecast period, thereby increasing the disposable income of the regions. Increasing disposable income in emerging economies is expected to have high impact on demand for non-alcoholic drinks in the long run.

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North America is the largest market for non-alcoholic drinks globally closely followed by Asia Pacific. The U.S. is one of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in North America. However, in recent times owing to increasing health awareness the demand for non-alcoholic drinks has decreased considerably, especially among the younger population. Due to this, non-alcoholic drinks market in North America is expected to have a stable growth throughout the forecast period. Apart from this, increasing awareness about obesity is also one of the major factors restraining the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in North America. The major manufacturers in the non-alcoholic drinks market have introduced zero-sugar and diet drinks which meet the consumers' demands of reduced calories to cater with changing consumer requirements.

Asia Pacific is also one of the fastest growing markets for non-alcoholic drinks. Rapidly changing lifestyle and increasing disposable income are some of the major factors fueling the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Asia Pacific. Emerging economies such as India, China and Singapore among others are some of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in Asia Pacific. Owing to these factors, Asia Pacific is expected to be one of the largest markets for non-alcoholic drinks in the long run.

Apart from this, increasing health awareness among consumers in Europe the demand for non-alcoholic drinks is expected to decrease considerably in the forecast period. However, with the introduction of diet and zero sugar drinks the customer perception is expected to change in the forecast period fueling the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Europe. Apart from this, the demand for non-alcoholic drinks in Rest of the World is also expected to increase considerably in the forecast period. Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Saudi Arabia among others are some of the major markets for non-alcoholic drinks in this region.

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By product, the market has been segmented into soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee, juice, and dairy drinks. By geography, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and RoW. The study also covers major countries such as the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Italy, France, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, India, China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and the Middle East. The report provides the current market size and anticipates its status over the forecast period.

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          Hotels Market - Global Industry Analysis,Trends and Forecast   

The booming travel and tourism industry is one of the major factors boosting the growth of the hotel industry.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2017 -- The hotel industry is one of the major sectors in the hospitality sector. Hotel facilities vary in function, size, and cost. The facilities provided by hotels include swimming pool, childcare, conference facilities, business centers, and social function services, among others. The booming travel and tourism industry is one of the major factors boosting the growth of the hotel industry. Apart from this, aggressive branding strategies adopted by the major players are also expected to drive the growth of the hotels market. Hotels are classified based on services they offer into: 1 Star, 2 Star, 3 Star, 4 Star, 5 Star, and unrated. The one star hotels include tourist hotels; two star hotels include standard hotels; 3 star hotels include comfort hotels; 4 star hotels include first class hotels; and 5 star hotels include luxury hotels.

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The 3 Star segment held the largest market share in the global hotels market. Increasing domestic tourism coupled with demand for luxurious lifestyle is one of the major factors fueling the demand in the 3 Star hotels segment. However, unrated segment is expected to be fastest growing segment with increasing demand in the budget hotels segment. However, the 5 Star hotels segment also has huge growth potential. Increasing number of business travelers coupled with demand for better service is one of the major factors fueling the demand in this segment.

North America is the largest as well as the fastest growing market for hotels globally. The U.S. held the largest market share in North America hotels market. The U.S. has largest number of budget hotels globally. Moreover, booming travel and tourism industry is also expected to have positive impact on the hotels market. In addition, the major players offering segmented offerings is also driving the hotels market in the U.S. India, China, Singapore and South Korea among others are some of the major markets for hotels in Asia Pacific. Singapore with increasing number of business travelers is the fastest growing market in the Asia Pacific region. The 4 Star segment held the largest market share in Singapore hotels market. In addition, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and UAE are some of the major markets fueling the demand for hotels in rest of the world.

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The report also provides number of hotels present across each of the countries across segments. The key players operating in global hotels market are Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., Marriott International Inc., InterContinental Hotels Group Plc, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Accor Group, Indian Hotels Co Ltd., ITC Ltd., Jumeirah International LLC, Atlantis The Palm Limited, and Four Seasons Holdings Inc. among others.

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Ultra Violet (UV) and Media filtration (Gravity). Report offers in depth analysis of market size, forecast and the key trends followed in all three segments.The report starts with an overview of parent market i.e. water treatment industry in MENA and the part POU water purifier industry plays in it. Report also offer useful insights about global POU water purifier market and the role MENA market is posed to play. 

Next section of the report includes FMI analysis of the key trends, drivers and restraints from supply side, demand side and economic perspective, which are influencing the target market. Impact analysis of key growth drivers and restraints based on weighted average model included in the report better equips and arms client with crystal clear decision making insights.As highlighted before, water purifiers are based Reverse Osmosis (RO), Ultra Violet (UV) and media based filtration technology. Reverse osmosis is estimated to contribute noteworthy proportion of revenue in MENA water purifiers market. However, in the price sensitive regions, media based segment is expected to witness robust growth during the forecast period.

The next section highlights POU water purifier market by region. It provides market outlook for 2014- 2020 and sets forecast within context of water purifier market, including the three technologies to build out a complete picture at regional level. This study discusses the key regional trends contributing to the growth of the water purifier market in MENA as well as analyses the degree at which key drivers are influencing water purifiers market in each region of MENA. For this report, regions assessed are Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Algeria and rest of MENA.

To calculate the revenue generated from POU water purifiers, the report considered total volume sales of water purifier along with the average selling price, and also the revenue generated from water purifier segment of major players in the market. When forecasting market, the starting point is sizing the current market, which forms the basis for how market will develop in future. Given the characteristics of market, we triangulated the outcome of three different type of analysis based on supply side, consumer spending, and economic envelope. However, forecasting the market in terms of various water purifier technologies and regions is more matter of quantifying expectations and identify opportunities rather than rationalizing them after the forecast has been completed.

Also another key feature of report is analysis of the three key technologies of water purifier and regions in terms of absolute $ opportunity. This is traditionally overlooked when analyst forecasts the market. But absolute $ opportunity is critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve, as well as to identify potential resources from both the sales and delivery perspective. 

Further to understand key growth segments in terms of technology and region FMI developed the MENA water purifier market attractiveness index. The resulting index should help providers identify real market opportunities.

In the final section of report, MENA water purifier market competitive landscape is included to provide report audience with dashboard view based on categories of provider in value chain, presence in water purifier market and their key differentiators. Key categories of providers covered in the report are manufacturers and major distributors. This section is primarily designed to provide client with an objective and detailed comparative assessment of key providers specific to market segment in the POU water purifier value chain. Report audiences gain segment and function specific vendor insight to identify and evaluate key competitors based on in depth assessment and capabilities and success in the POU water purifier market place. Detailed profiles of the providers are also included as scope of the study to evaluate their long term and short term strategies, key offerings and recent developments in the market. Key competitors covered are Eureka Forbes, PureIt, Strauss Water, Panasonic, LG and others.

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In this study, we analyze the MENA Water Purifier Market during 2012-2020. We focus on:

Market size and forecast, 2012-2020
Key drivers and developments in POU Water Purifier Market
Key Trends and Developments of MENA Water Purifier Market technologies such as RO,UV and Media

Key Drivers and developments in particular regions such as KSA, UAE, Turkey ,Israel, Egypt, Algeria and Others

Key Geographies Covered
Middle East and North Africa

Other Key Topics

MENA- Water Market, MENA- Wastewater Treatment Equipment Market
Examples of key Companies Covered
Straus Water, Water Life, LG, Panasonic, Eureka Forbes

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          Saudi national names his daughter ‘al-Saudia’ amid kingdom’s rift with Qatar   

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          Perseteruan Arab Saudi Vs Qatar   
Perseteruan Arab Saudi Vs Qatar
Zuhairi Misrawi  ;   Peneliti Pusat Pemikiran dan Politik Timur Tengah,
The Middle East Institute
                                                         KOMPAS, 21 Juni 2017



                                                           
Tidak salah bila ada yang menyatakan Timur Tengah sebagai teater konflik. Sederetan masalah berjibun tak kunjung selesai: konflik Israel-Palestina, Negara Islam di Irak dan Suriah (NIIS), Yaman, dan Bahrain. Kini, Arab Saudi berseteru dengan Qatar, yang melibatkan beberapa negara tetangga, seperti Uni Emirat Arab (UEA), Bahrain, dan Mesir.

Perseteruan itu menambah runyam situasi kawasan. Stabilitas politik Timur Tengah akan semakin terganggu, terutama agenda memerangi NIIS dan menyelesaikan masalah Palestina.

Sikap yang diambil Arab Saudi dalam memutus hubungan diplomatik dengan Qatar sangat mengejutkan. Apalagi langkah itu disertai dengan penutupan jalur perbatasan darat, laut, dan udara dengan Qatar. Tidak hanya itu, Arab Saudi bersama sekutunya di Teluk memerintahkan warga Qatar untuk keluar dari wilayahnya dalam jangka waktu 14 hari.

Bahkan, saluran televisi Al Jazeera resmi diputus dan ada larangan keras bagi warga Arab Saudi dan sekutunya untuk bersimpati pada Qatar. Warga mereka yang bersimpati pada Qatar akan dikenai denda yang lumayan besar. Konon jersey Barcelona yang ada logo Qatar juga dilarang beredar di Arab Saudi.

Langkah ini sekali lagi mengejutkan. Saya yakin, orang-orang Teluk dan warga Arab umumnya pun tidak bisa menalar apa yang terjadi saat ini karena mereka selama ini ibarat sebuah keluarga besar di bawah payung Dewan Kerja Sama Teluk (GCC).

Akar penyebab

Sejatinya Arab Saudi bisa menempuh jalur duduk bersama dan melakukan dialog dengan Qatar. Namun, hal tersebut tidak dilakukan, dan sekarang dampak terberat yang harus dibayar dari keputusan tersebut, yaitu bubarnya lembaga GCC yang selama ini paling solid di Timur Tengah. Kuwait yang sedang menempuh jalur mediasi pun mengalami kebuntuan.

Jika ditelisik lebih dalam lagi, sebenarnya perseteruan Arab Saudi dan Qatar bukan hal yang baru. Ibarat sebuah bom, hubungan panas-dingin antara kedua negara bisa meledak sewaktu-waktu, karena kedua negara mempunyai perbedaan yang mendasar dalam menyikapi perubahan besar Musim Semi Arab dan pergeseran geopolitik di Timur Tengah.

Yang paling mencolok adalah konflik politik di Yaman dan Bahrain. Arab Saudi mengerahkan segala kekuatannya untuk mendukung penuh rezim yang berkuasa di Yaman dan Bahrain di tengah guncangan politik yang sangat dahsyat. Selain kedua rezim negara tersebut dianggap sebagai loyalis terhadap Arab Saudi, keduanya secara geografis juga berbatasan langsung dengan Arab Saudi. Jika salah satu negara lepas ke tangan rezim yang loyal terhadap negara lain, khususnya Iran, maka akan memberikan dampak yang serius bagi masa depan rezim Arab Saudi saat ini.

Posisi Qatar terhadap kedua negara yang sedang bergejolak sebenarnya netral. Hal tersebut bisa dilihat dari pemberitaan Al Jazeera yang memberikan porsi yang sama terhadap rezim dan pihak oposisi. Setidak-tidaknya Qatar memandang bahwa warga Yaman dan Bahrain bisa menentukan masa depan negara mereka sendiri tanpa intervensi terhadap pihak lain. Karena itu, Al Jazeera berusaha obyektif melihat gelanggang perseteruan politik di Yaman dan Bahrain.

Saat ini, jujur saja, posisi Yaman dan Bahrain sama sekali tidak menguntungkan Arab Saudi. Setelah bertahun-tahun konflik meledak, pihak oposisi di Yaman dan Bahrain masih belum bisa ditaklukkan oleh rezim yang loyal terhadap Arab Saudi. Bahkan, posisi kelompok oposisi makin menguat. Qatar melalui televisi Al Jazeera selalu membuat framing, bahwa Iran adalah pihak yang dituduh sebagai otak di balik kukuhnya perlawanan oposisi, baik di Yaman maupun Bahrain.

Dalam hal ini harus diakui, bahwa Qatar sekali lagi berusaha obyektif tidak memihak pada Iran. Bahkan, jika dilihat dari pemberitaan di Al Jazeera, Iran sendiri menganggap Qatar cenderung berpihak kepada Arab Saudi, karena memberikan porsi pemberitaan yang lebih besar bagi pihak rezim yang berkuasa daripada pihak oposisi.

Namun, sepertinya Arab Saudi menganggap sikap Qatar tersebut bermain di atas dua kaki. Di satu sisi, Qatar tidak ingin kehilangan kakinya di GCC, tetapi di sisi lain tidak ingin kehilangan perannya dalam perubahan besar pasca-Musim Semi Arab. Karena fakta yang terakhir ini pula, Qatar harus bersitegang dengan Mesir karena cenderung menolak kudeta yang akhirnya memenangi militer sebagai penguasa saat ini. Qatar memandang Ikhwanul Muslimin adalah pemenang secara demokratis, karenanya tidak layak dikudeta dengan cara-cara yang tidak demokratis.

Di samping itu, Qatar juga mulai melihat perubahan peta geopolitik di Timur Tengah. Iran menjadi pemain utama yang benar-benar hadir dan mempunyai pengaruh riil. Iran semakin menancapkan kekuatan di Irak, Suriah, Lebanon, Yaman, dan Bahrain. Bahkan Iran mendapat sokongan penuh dari Rusia sebagai mitra strategisnya di kawasan.

Begitu pula Turki yang mulai memandang Amerika Serikat sebagai pihak yang tidak bisa diajak bekerja sama setelah menolak menyerahkan Fethullah Gulen yang dianggap mereka sebagai otak kudeta. Turki akhirnya mulai merapat ke Rusia dan Iran.

Fakta-fakta itu menjadi perhatian Qatar untuk tidak tunduk pada kepentingan Arab Saudi di kawasan. Bagaimanapun Timur Tengah sekarang, bukanlah Timur Tengah lama, yang selalu tunduk pada kepentingan AS melalui kaki tangannya, Arab Saudi.

Timur Tengah saat ini sudah berubah karena negara-negara di kawasan sendiri juga mengalami pertumbuhan yang cepat, baik secara ekonomi, media, maupun militer. Meskipun Qatar tidak mempunyai kekuatan militer, tetapi harus diakui Qatar saat ini mempunyai kekuatan ekonomi dan media sehingga mempunyai pengaruh yang tidak bisa dianggap sepele di kawasan.

Karena itu, isu soal keterlibatan Qatar dalam jaringan terorisme adalah isapan jempol. Arab Saudi sengaja membungkus isu ini untuk menutupi masalah utama yang sedang dihadapi, yaitu Yaman dan Bahrain, dan membesarnya pengaruh Qatar di Timur Tengah.

Tanpa solusi

Semua tahu, kalau para teroris di Timur Tengah sebenarnya lebih dekat secara ideologis dan politis dengan Arab Saudi. Narasi-narasi ideologis yang dimainkan Al Qaeda dan NIIS sebenarnya lebih dekat dengan Arab Saudi daripada Qatar. Mereka adalah kaum takfiri yang mendapatkan inspirasi dari ideologi yang dianut rezim Arab Saudi.

Memang Qatar melindungi Hamas dan Ikhwanul Muslimin. Namun, kedua kelompok tersebut masih diperdebatkan untuk disebut teroris. Karena itu, keduanya adalah kelompok perlawanan politik yang selama ini diperlakukan tidak adil, baik di Palestina maupun di Mesir. Lagi pula kedua kelompok tersebut tidak mengancam Arab Saudi.

Bagaimanapun sikap yang diambil Arab Saudi dengan memboikot Qatar sangat berlebih-lebihan, bahkan dianggap memaksakan kehendak dan tidak menghormati kedaulatan negara lain. Karena itu, langkah yang diambil Arab Saudi semakin tidak menguntungkan pihaknya.

Saat ini Qatar sudah mendapatkan sokongan penuh dari Turki dan Iran. Itu artinya, pihak oposisi Yaman dan Bahrain juga mendapatkan dukungan moral untuk melakukan perlawanan terhadap rezim yang selama ini disokong Arab Saudi. Dan, akhirnya, Timur Tengah akan terus bergejolak tanpa ada solusi.

          Media Berita dan Kontraterorisme   
Media Berita dan Kontraterorisme
SH Sarundajang ;   Anggota Dewan Pers
                                               MEDIA INDONESIA, 21 Juni 2017




                                                           
AKSI terorisme masih menjadi tantangan besar bagi komunitas dunia hingga saat ini. Sejak awal Januari hingga awal Juni 2017, setidaknya ada sembilan peristiwa serangan teroris mematikan yang terjadi secara beruntun di negara-negara seperti Inggris, Turki, Rusia, Swedia, Australia, Filipina, dan Indonesia. Serangan bom di Kampung Melayu, Jakarta, beberapa waktu lalu, menunjukkan Indonesia masih menghadapi ancaman serius terorisme didukung dengan fakta terdapatnya ‘sel-sel tidur’ IS, seperti diungkapkan Panglima TNI. Selain itu pula, letak geografis beberapa wilayah di Indonesia, misalnya Sulawesi Utara, sangat dekat dengan negara Filipina sebagai negara dengan aktivitas ekstremis yang tinggi. Terutama di wilayah Mindanao, Basilan, Jolo, dan pulau-pulau sekitarnya yang telah diwaspadai TNI, Polri, Kemenko Polhukam, dan berbagai pihak terkait, terhadap potensi penyusupan dan penyebaran kelompok Maute maupun kelompok teroris lain yang mendukung IS setelah peristiwa di Marawi pada Mei 2017 lalu.

Pemerintah Filipina dipandang terlambat dalam mengantisipasi serangan kelompok Maute, demikian juga membutuhkan waktu yang cukup lama bagi pihak keamanan untuk mengendalikan situasi, bahkan korban yang meninggal dunia kurang lebih 100 orang. Nyawa manusia seakan tidak berharga lagi dan direnggut secara paksa oleh tindakan pengecut dan tanpa ampun. Kita semua sepakat bahwa semua aksi terorisme dengan berbagai alasan harus segera dihentikan. Karena itu, setiap negara di dunia harus bekerja sama menghadapi musuh bersama ini. Demikian pula dengan media sangat diharapkan untuk berperan aktif dalam perang terhadap terorisme karena memiliki keterkaitan erat. Secara khusus media pemberitaan yang akan saya paparkan pada kesempatan ini.

Terorisme dan perang melawan terorisme adalah elemen utama dalam perpolitikan baik domestik maupun internasional, yang secara nyata media berada di posisi garis depan. Setiap tindakan terorisme baik berskala besar maupun kecil akan memberikan dampak pada peliputan berita yang tak terelakkan oleh media massa. Media kontemporer/modern sangat mendambakan bahan cerita yang ideal dan menarik hati bagi manusia berupa drama, syok, tragedi, dan dukacita. Akibatnya, teroris mendapatkan kebutuhan utamanya yaitu publisitas besar dan kesempatan menunjukkan kemampuan mereka menyerang bahkan kepada negara atau bangsa terkuat sekalipun.

Sementara itu, bahan cerita tersebut memberikan energi kepada media untuk berkompetisi dalam meraih ukuran audiens dan sirkulasi yang lebih besar karena berita itu. Dengan demikian, terorisme dan media terjadi hubungan simbiosis dengan saling memberi 'makan' satu dengan lainnya. Bahkan lebih daripada itu, mantan Perdana Menteri Inggris Margaret Thatcher pernah mengatakan bahwa media adalah 'oksigen terorisme'. Selanjutnya, tuduhan juga yang mengungkapkan bahwa media menjadi 'megafon' terorisme untuk menarik perhatian khalayak menjadi bahan perdebatan karena pemberitaan yang berlebihan.

Pada abad ke-19, para pelaku anarkistis menjelaskan kekerasan mereka sebagai 'propaganda of the deeds', melakukan pernyataan kepada publik dengan tindakan kekerasan pada masa jauh sebelum Gutenberg menemukan mesin cetak. Di era itu, pelaku teror yakin bahwa dengan menyerang tempat-tempat kerumunan akan ada banyak sekali saksi mata yang menyebarkan berita kepada keluarga, teman, dan kenalan mereka.

Namun, seiring dengan perkembangan teknologi sekarang ini, munculnya teknologi komunikasi terbaru juga akan meningkatkan kemampuan para teroris mengeksploitasi perkembangan industri pemberitaan untuk mencapai tujuan-tujuan mereka. Para pelaku teror tidak hanya bergantung pada 'penjaga gerbang' media tradisional (koran, majalah berita, radio, dan televisi) saja, tetapi juga meningkatkan kemampuannya dalam menggunakan instrumen-instrumen penting propaganda lainnya seperti penggunaan mesin cetak dan fotokopi, radio komunikasi, telepon satelit, DVD, video games, musik populer, novel, kanal televisi sendiri, hingga media sosial dan internet.

Tujuan teroris pada akhirnya adalah politik meskipun memberikan kesan tindakan mereka sebagai motivasi religius. Apa pun tujuan akhir mereka, para teroris tahu bahwa publisitas dan propaganda diperlukan untuk tujuan mereka yang lebih besar. Jadi, ketika teroris menyerang atau mengancam melakukan kekerasan, mereka memiliki tujuan yang bergantung pada media karena beberapa alasan berikut. Pertama, teroris menginginkan kesadaran audiens yang berada di dalam maupun di luar masyarakat yang menjadi sasaran tujuan mereka sehingga target intimidasi mereka akan terpenuhi.

Kedua, teroris menginginkan apa yang mereka lakukan diketahui masyarakat. Mereka ingin orang bertanya, mengapa membenci kita? Mengapa mereka menyerang warga sipil yang tidak berdosa? Ketiga, teroris menginginkan rasa hormat dan simpati dari orang-orang yang tertarik dengan tindakan yang dilakukannya. Keempat, teroris menginginkan status menguasai secara sah dan menerima perlakuan yang sama dari media atau serupa dengan apa yang diterima aktor-aktor politik lainnya.

Dengan memperhatikan tujuan-tujuan tersebut, muncul pertanyaan sejauh mana perluasan liputan berita dapat menepis semua tujuan tersebut di atas? Bagi teroris, mendapat perhatian dari media berita, publik, dan otoritas pemerintah tidaklah cukup. Mereka biasanya berniat memublikasikan alasan politik mereka dan bergantung pada media massa untuk menjelaskan dan mendiskusikan alasan mereka untuk beralih ke kekerasan. Pelaku terorisme tidak perlu melakukan penjelasan sendiri, medialah yang akan melakukannya untuk mereka.

Di negara-negara yang berdemokrasi liberal dengan populasi masyarakatnya yang besar dan majemuk, kebanyakan perpolitikan modernnya akan bergantung pada komunikasi yang termediasi secara massal karena interaksi pribadi secara langsung antara warga masyarakat dan pejabat pemerintah sudah terbuka dan tanpa batasan-batasan lagi. Dengan demikian, komunikasi politik sebagian besar yang terjadi di dalamnya membentuk segitiga komunikasi politik. Media massa, publik, dan pemerintah membentuk tiga sudut. Media sebagai gatekeepers (penjaga gerbang) tidak hanya mengendalikan akses terhadap berita, tapi juga akses informasi ke masyarakat umum dan kepada pejabat pemerintah. Namun, ketika para ekstremis menggunakan kekerasan politik--terorisme dengan kata lainnya--gerbang media terbuka untuk propaganda of the deed dan menyebarkan pesan-pesan teror ke kedua sudut lainnya, yaitu khalayak umum dan para pejabat pemerintahan.
Pemerintah juga memanfaatkan bentuk komunikasi massal ini.

Memang, untuk masuk segitiga komunikasi itu, teroris harus menggunakan kekerasan atau membuat ancaman nyata yang dapat dipercaya media sebagai penjaga gerbang, sedangkan pemerintah tidak harus melepaskan kekerasan untuk mendapatkan akses tersebut karena pemerintah merupakan bagian dari satu sudut segitiga komunikasi tersebut. Karena kuatnya sumber informasi dari pemerintah, terjadilah kecenderungan dalam mendominasi pelaporan mengenai kebijakan keamanan baik dalam maupun luar negeri--terutama bila ini melibatkan konflik militer atau kemungkinan penempatan militer di suatu wilayah.

Di Amerika Serikat, misalnya, sumber berita dominan ini biasanya berada di Gedung Putih, Departemen Luar Negeri, dan Pentagon. Masyarakat sebagai satu sudut lainnya dari segitiga politik tak lepas dari peranan vitalnya. Masyarakat merupakan intelijen yang secara alami dapat menyediakan sumber informasi penting terkait dengan potensi terorisme di lingkungannya sehingga dapat berfungsi sebagai peringatan dini kepada pemerintah.

Dalam melaksanakan peliputan terorisme, sangatlah dibutuhkan pengetahuan yang mendalam tentang kontraterorisme. Sejumlah institusi, kementerian, layanan, dan unit terlibat dalam hal ini dengan suatu misi yang dijalankan dan memperoleh hak istimewa dalam pelaksanaannya. Kontraterorisme menyiratkan banyak spesialisasi dan teknik surveilans serta intervensi yang canggih.

Hal ini juga melibatkan segenap kekuatan baik eksekutif dan yudikatif, tapi juga legislatif, dengan pembentukan komite intelijen dan keamanan dalam parlemen serta komisi penyelidikan khusus. Upaya-upaya untuk membangun kerja sama kontraterorisme secara internasional adalah sangat kompleks dengan keterlibatan badan dunia serta institusi-institusi dunia lainnya yang sangat jarang dan lemah membahas masalah tersebut.

Berpikir secara global sangat penting dalam perang melawan terorisme. Ini bukan hanya masalah kemanusiaan dan efektifitas, melainkan juga soal kualitas jurnalistik. Dilema dan tantangan sangatlah jelas bahwa masyarakat berharap media memberikan informasi semaksimal mungkin tanpa berlebihan atau mengarah pada sensasionalisme. Pihak berwenang menuntut pengekangan dengan mengukur risiko cakupan yang berlebihan untuk integritas operasi atau menjaga ketenteraman masyarakat.

Penting untuk diingat bahwa terorisme bukanlah fenomena baru. Banyak negara telah menderita selama puluhan tahun dari kelompok-kelompok tersebut, baik internal maupun eksternal. Termasuk aktor negara dan nonnegara, yang melakukan kekerasan terhadap warga sipil sebagai strategi politik. Dalam banyak kasus, penduduk lokal menjadi lebih kuat dan lebih tangguh, serta membuktikan bahwa kebrutalan tidak cocok dalam jangka panjang untuk kemajuan persatuan dan nilai-nilai kebersamaan.

Dalam konteks ini, media sangat penting dalam memberikan informasi yang dapat diverifikasi serta opini-opini konstruktif selama menghadapi situasi krisis yang menegangkan. Sementara itu, masyarakat dalam keadaan emosi yang menyala-nyala sehingga peranan media menjadi semakin penting. Risiko sebenarnya dari terorisme ialah ketakutan dan kecurigaan akan mendorong gelombang baru nasionalisme dan populisme, dan bahwa kebebasan yang diperoleh dengan kerja keras pada akhirnya harus dikorbankan. Ini bukanlah sebuah serangan terhadap satu bangsa, melainkan menyerang kita semua sebagai warga global.

Di masa-masa sulit ini, dengan masyarakat yang terfragmentasi dan banyak organisasi media menghadapi tantangan keuangan yang parah, para jurnalis harus menahan keinginan untuk mengetahui hal-hal yang menarik mata, telinga, maupun ‘panggilan’ ketukan keyboard. Para jurnalis harus menjaga perspektif global dan menghindari spekulasi serta memperhatikan kata-kata yang mereka gunakan, contoh yang mereka kutip, serta gambar yang mereka tampilkan.

Dengan tidak mengesampingkan bahwa permintaan akan informasi adalah penting bagi masyarakat, para jurnalis harus mempertimbangkan dengan cermat fakta bahwa ada sesuatu yang melekat dalam terorisme dengan tindakan kekerasan telah menimbulkan rasa takut berlebihan pada banyak hal. Para pemilik serta pengelola organisasi atau bisnis media hendaknya memastikan mereka tidak menempatkan diri beserta para staf jurnalisnya dalam bahaya untuk mengejar bahan berita. Pada akhirnya yang terutama dan paling penting, harus menghindari tersebarnya isu-isu kebencian dan radikalisasi dalam masyarakat seperti yang menjadi tantangan di Indonesia saat ini.

Satu dari empat pemikiran yang diungkapkan Presiden Joko Widodo dalam pidatonya pada acara Konferensi Tingkat Tinggi Arab Islam-Amerika, di Riyadh, Arab Saudi, pada 21 Mei 2017, bahwa 'semua pihak harus berani menjadi bagian dari solusi, bukan bagian dari masalah dalam upaya pemberantasan terorisme. Setiap dari kita harus dapat menjadi bagian upaya penciptaan perdamaian dunia'.

Jadi pada akhirnya, faktor utama tercapainya keberhasilan strategi pelaksanaan kontraterorisme ialah kerja sama semua pihak baik masyarakat, pemerintah, maupun media. Dengan memahami sentralitas media dan teknologi komunikasi yang merupakan aspek penting dalam kontraterorisme, media berita sebagai gatekeepers memiliki tanggung jawab khusus untuk menerapkan pengaruhnya secara hati-hati dengan dipandu standar jurnalistik tertinggi.

Raja media yang terkenal Rupert Murdoch pernah menyampaikan, "Great journalism will always attract readers. The words, pictures and graphics that are the stuff of journalism have to be brilliantly packaged; they must feed the mind and move the heart." Artinya, jurnalisme yang hebat akan selalu menarik para pembacanya. Perkataan, gambar, dan grafis adalah perangkat jurnalisme yang harus secara cerdas dikemas; perangkat tersebut harus mengisi pikiran dan menggugah hati.

Meskipun terorisme dan kekerasan ekstremisme adalah kemungkinan masalah yang masih akan menyertai kita untuk beberapa masa ke depan, jika kita bisa bekerja sama untuk mengurangi retorika eksplosif, liputan berlebih, dan stigmatisasi kelompok minoritas, mungkin sebagian ‘insentif’ untuk melakukan kekerasan terhadap warga sipil akan hilang bersamaan dengan hal-hal tersebut. Semoga! ●

          Maria Devot – KV as desired on the toilet – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – KV and rubber boots – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – KV and off cunt – Full HD-1080p   
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          Shit Solo Estefania Scat   
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          Maria Devot – KV and dirty slip – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – KV I shit in your face – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – KV Close – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – KV Best of Part 8 – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – KACK panties and masturbate – Full HD-1080p   
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          Orgy Shit Girls European Extreme Scat   
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          Maria Devot – KACK-Maria – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – Horny strain – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – Holy shit! – Full HD-1080p   
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          Scat Extreme Blond Scat Shit Girls Veronika   
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          Maria Devot – Harten defecation – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – Hard sausage and horny rosette – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – German Brunette Compilation   
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          Maria Devot – Forest poop – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – Fisting Nurse Maria – Full HD-1080p   
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          Maria Devot – FUCK tampon – Full HD-1080p   
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          Dissidents Threaten Saudi Regime with Overthrow   

A number of Saudi dissidents have formed a new coalition against the Al Saud family, threatening to overthrow the ruling regime.

The post Dissidents Threaten Saudi Regime with Overthrow appeared first on IFP News.


          Boy Left Alone at Sea with Father Killed by Saudis   

An Iranian fisherman was recently shot dead by Saudi coast guards in front of his son’s eyes. The son has narrated the sad story of the tragic night when he was left alone with the body of his slain dad in the middle of the sea.

The post Boy Left Alone at Sea with Father Killed by Saudis appeared first on IFP News.


          Guest Post - Both Sides Do It   
Minivet writes: Same ingredient, two demos: Goop: Why am I so effing tired Formulated with a variety of vitamins (including a high dose of the B's) and supplements--many sourced from ancient Ayurveda--this helps re-balance an overtaxed system. Replenishing the nutrients you may be lacking may improve energy levels and diminish stress. Infowars: Brain Force Plus Top scientists and researchers agree: we are being hit by toxic weapons in the food and water supply that are making us fat, sick, and stupid. It's time to fight back with Brain Force Plus, the next generation of advanced neural activation. Heebie's take: This article is hilarious: We at Quartz have created a compendium, from Ashwagandha to zizyphus, of the magical healing ingredients both sides of the political spectrum are buying, and how they are presented to each. We looked at the ingredients used in products sold on the Infowars store, and compared them to products on the wellness shops Moon Juice and Goop. All make similar claims about the health benefits of these ingredients, but what gets called "Super Male Vitality" by Infowars is branded as "Sex Dust" by Moon Juice. but also lengthy and exhaustive. I've long described Heebieville as the place where the two sides of the spectrum meet around in the back - sort of hippie-libertarian-home schoolers who are aware enough to realize they should take a critical eye to everything, but not very clear thinkers once that critical eye is gazing. Maybe it's more widespread than I think. Also on the subject of Alex Jones - there was a time when he seemed semi-useful for sheer questioning of everything. (Sort of like Julian Assange - there was a time when he seemed useful as a whistle-blower.) For example, I remember Jones harping on W's friendships with Saudi royalty after 9/11 and during the run up to the gulf war, when the MSM was all going, "Wait, are we pretending that Iraq and Afghanistan are the same place? We're all on the same page? You're not going to hang me out to dry? All right then, mushy WMD and a big blur of terror starting with WTC!" Recently I saw an article about why you shouldn't bother arguing with conspiracy theorists - basically that their arguments are unfalsifiable, because all counterevidence is double-secret-probation-evidence of the depth of the conspiracy. Some sort of trajectory happened over the past 15 years, where conspiracy theorists started out being correctly critical and sympathetic, although still nuts, and then became destructive and despicable - Sandy Hook, frex - and then gained this mainstream position of power by blending in with Brietbart and Bannon and now have measurable influence in the mainstream world. It's awful....
          Comment on Islam Must Be Expelled From The West by Scott   
I beat you by 3 years - http://pedestrianinfidel.blogspot.com/2007/02/proposed-constitutional-amendment.html Thursday, February 08, 2007 A Proposed Constitutional Amendment Background and justification to Amendment 28 Whereas Religion is defined as an institution dedicated to improving social conscience and promoting individual and societal spiritual growth in a way that is harmless to others not participating in or practicing the same; Whereas the United States of America was founded on the ideals of individual rights, including the individual right to practice one’s religion of choice, or no religion, and that there would be no compulsion of religion, nor state sanctioned religion, nor a “religious test” for participation in the body politic; Whereas Islam includes a complete political and social structure, encompassed by its religious law, Sharia, that supersedes any civil law and that Islam mandates that no secular or democratic institutions are to be superior to Islamic law; Whereas Islam preaches that it and it alone is the true religion and that Islam will dominate the world and supplant all other religions and democratic institutions; Whereas Saudi Arabia, the spiritual home of Islam does not permit the practice of any other religion on its soil and even “moderate” Muslims states such as Turkey and Malaysia actively suppress other religions; Whereas Islam includes as its basic tenet the spread of the faith by any and all means necessary, including violent conquest of non-believers, and demands of its followers that they implement violent jihad (holy war) against those un-willing to convert or submit to Islam, including by deception and subversion of existing institutions; Whereas on 9/11/2001 19 Muslim hijackers acting in the name of Islam killed 3,000 Americans, and numerous other acts of terrorism have been directed at the American people around the world; Whereas representatives of Islam around the world including Osama Bin Laden (architect of 9/11), the government of Iran including Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, HAMAS, Hezbollah, and other Islamic groups have declared jihad (war) on America, and regularly declare that America should cease to exist; Whereas there is no organized Islamic opposition to violent proponents of Islam; Therefore: Islam is not a religion, but a political ideology more akin to Fascism and totally in opposition to the ideals of freedom as described in the United States Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights. Be it resolved that the following Amendment to the Constitution be adopted: Article I The social/political/ideological system known around the world as Islam is not recognized in the United States as a religion. The practice of Islam is therefore not protected under the 1st Amendment as to freedom of religion and speech. Article II As representatives of Islam around the world have declared war, and committed acts of war, against the United States and its democratic allies around the world, Islam is hereby declared an enemy of the United States and its practice within the United States is now prohibited. Article III Immediately upon passage of this Amendment all Mosques, schools and Muslim places of worship and religious training are to be closed, converted to other uses, or destroyed. Proceeds from sales of such properties may be distributed to congregations of said places but full disclosure of all proceeds shall be made to an appropriate agency as determined by Congress. No compensation is to be offered by Federal or State agencies for losses on such properties however Federal funding is to be available for the demolishing of said structures if other disposition cannot be made. The preaching of Islam in Mosques, Schools, and other venues is prohibited. The subject of Islam may be taught in a post high school academic environment provided that instruction include discussion of Islam’s history of violence, conquest, and its ongoing war on democratic and other non-Islamic values. The preaching or advocating of Islamic ideals of world domination, destruction of America and democratic institutions, jihad against Judaism, Christianity and other religions, and advocating the implementation of Sharia law shall in all cases be punishable by fines, imprisonment, deportation, and death as prescribed by Congress. Violent expressions of these and other Muslim goals, or the material support of those both in the United States and around the world who seek to advance these Islamic goals shall be punishable by death. Muslims will be denied the opportunity to immigrate to the United States. Article IV Nothing in this amendment shall be construed as authorizing the discrimination against, of violence upon, nor repudiation of the individual rights of those Americans professing to be Muslim. The individual right of conscience is sacrosanct and the practice of Islam within the privacy of home and self is strictly protected to the extent that such individuals do not violate the prohibitions described in Article III. Many thanks to Scott for authoring this and submitting to our inbox. UPDATE- Some of our 'fans' out there have noted a couple of language errors with this post, which have now been corrected. Thank you kindly for your support! I've thought of lots of ways to improve my propostal of course, but it ain't going to happen anyway so what difference does it make anyway.
          Jumu’ah Prayer Established in Prisons   
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Ever Merciful… The Standing Committee for Legal Verdicts and Research in Saudi Arabia was asked about a prisoner’s stance on Jumu’ah Prayer when incarcerated. They replied: إذا أقيمت الجمعة داخل السجن … Continue reading
          Army veteran leaves behind millions for charity   
OKLAHOMA CITY — More than two dozen Oklahoma families will know the joy of owning a home thanks to the gift one soldier left behind. Sgt. 1st Class E-7 Stephen Florentz served as a helicopter medic in Vietnam. He was wounded in battle in Asia and earned a purple heart before returning to the U.S. Years later, Florentz volunteered to serve one year in Saudi Arabia as part of Operation: Desert Storm. Florentz spent his life saving veterans both on the […]
          How the U.S. of America Armed the Terrorist Gangs in Syria   
The policy of arming military groups committed to overthrowing the government of President Bashar al-Assad began in September 2011, when President Barack Obama was pressed by his Sunni allies—Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar—to supply heavy weapons to a military opposition to Assad they were determined to establish. Turkey and the Gulf regimes wanted the United States to provide anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons to the rebels, according to a former Obama Administration official involved in Middle East issues. Obama refused to provide arms to the opposition, but he agreed to provide covert U.S. logistical help in carrying out a campaign of military assistance to arm opposition groups. CIA involvement in the arming of anti-Assad forces began with arranging for the shipment of weapons from the stocks of the Gaddafi regime that had been stored in Benghazi. CIA-controlled firms shipped the weapons from the military port of Benghazi to two small ports in Syria using former U.S. military personnel to manage the logistics, as investigative reporter Sy Hersh detailed in 2014. The funding for the program came mainly from the Saudis. A declassified October 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency report revealed that the shipment in late August 2012 had included 500 sniper rifles, 100 RPG (rocket propelled grenade launchers) along with 300 RPG rounds and 400 howitzers. Each arms shipment encompassed as many as ten shipping containers, it reported, each of which held about 48,000 pounds of cargo. That suggests a total payload of up to 250 tons of weapons per shipment. Even if the CIA had organized only one shipment per month, the arms shipments would have totaled 2,750 tons of arms bound ultimately for Syria from October 2011 through August 2012. More likely it was a multiple of that figure.   The CIA’s covert arms shipments from Libya came to an abrupt halt in September 2012 when Libyan militants attacked and burned the embassy annex in Benghazi that had been used to support the operation. By then, however, a much larger channel for arming anti-government forces was opening up. The CIA put the Saudis in touch with a senior Croatian official who had offered to sell large quantities of arms left over from the Balkan Wars of the 1990s. And the CIA helped them shop for weapons from arms dealers and governments in several other former Soviet bloc countries. Flush with weapons acquired from both the CIA Libya program and from the Croatians, the Saudis and Qataris dramatically increased the number of flights by military cargo planes to Turkey in December 2012 and continued that intensive pace for the next two and a half months. The New York Times reported a total 160 such flights through mid-March 2013. The most common cargo plane in use in the Gulf, the Ilyushin IL-76, can carry roughly 50 tons of cargo on a flight, which would indicate that as much as 8,000 tons of weapons poured across the Turkish border into Syria just in late 2012 and in 2013... ... ... ... ... ...

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          LAVA JATO – O QUE HÁ DE PIOR E MELHOR NA JUSTIÇA BRASILEIRA   
EMANUEL CANCELLA -

Odorico Paraguaçu inaugurou a sua maior obra, em Sucupira: um cemitério. Quem será que vai inaugurar essas novas celas da República de Curitiba?


Prender políticos e empresários poderosos, isso é muito bom! Pena que não seja dado a esses políticos e empresários o direito de ampla defesa e as prisões acontecessem com o processo sem transitar em julgado.

Usar os vazamentos de delação de forma seletiva? Isto é muito ruim. E o pior, quase sempre contra o mesmo partido, o PT.  Os vazamentos seletivos sempre são exibidos, na Globo, principalmente no Jornal Nacional.

A Lava Jato prendeu diretores e gerentes na Petrobrás e desbaratou esquemas poderosos de corrupção, nos governos do PT na Petrobrás. Legal! Entretanto sociedade exige que todo corrupto e corruptor vá para a cadeia, independente de ideologia e do partido.

No entanto, a Lava Jato não faz vazamentos, não investiga e nem prende tucanos, apesar das inúmeras delações, como exemplo:

- O governo FHC na Petrobrás;
- A gestão de Pedro Parente na Petrobrás;
- Senadores tucanos como Jose Serra, Antonio Anastasia, Aloysio Nunes e Aécio Neves, este delatado sete vezes.

E ainda, por conta dessa operação o Brasil está quebrando, pois além de paralisar as grandes obras do país não existe a aplicação da lei de Leniência. Não podemos esquecer que  o chefe da Lava Jato, juiz Sérgio Moro, estudou nos EUA financiado pelo dinheiro público, e Moro conhece muito bem essa Lei, muito aplicada por lá.

Na última vez, em 2008, na maior quebradeira da história estadunidense. Quanto aos executivos malandros, nenhum foi sequer processado e não houve demissão de trabalhadores(1). O tesouro americano tratou de injetar trilhões de dólares na economia, e em empresas privadas, justamente para salvar a imagem de suas empresas e garantir os empregos, como na GM e no Citybank etc. A intenção era preservar a normalidade da economia do país(1). E conseguiram!

Aqui a Lava Jato, com sua (in) justiça, prendendo empresários e paralisando obras fez com que milhões de trabalhadores fossem demitidos e foi responsável pela queda violenta no PIB Brasileiro e ainda destruiu a indústria nacional, principalmente a naval.

Se a intenção fosse acabar com a corrupção não blindaria o governo de FHC, na Petrobrás, apesar das inúmeras delações, muitas incluindo o próprio filho (5,6).

Da mesma maneira que protege FHC, a Lava Jato agora se omite à gestão criminosa do tucano presidente da Petrobrás, Pedro Parente. No bota-fora de Parente, ele liquida, e  sem licitação,  áreas do pré-sal, petroquímicas e o principal duto do país a malha do sul – NTS etc. “Vende” para quem quer e pelo preço que ele mesmo determina. E ainda faz acordo na área de exploração e produção com a empresa Total, francesa, considerada a maior corrupta entre as petroleiras (7,8,9).

Não contente com isso, ele ainda sai da área técnica e parte para a jurídica:

Do conluio de Parente, Lava Jato e tribunais estadunidenses, nasceram 27 ações de acionistas que se sentiram prejudicados com a queda das ações da empresa. Ajudando os gringos, a Lava Jato convocou os procuradores americanos para investigar a Petrobrás e ainda mandou os maiores corruptos, condenados da empresa, para testemunharem contra Petrobrás em tribunais americanos (10,11).

Nessas ações, os espertos acionistas americanos culpam a corrupção de gestores brasileiros, na Petrobrás, pela queda de suas ações. Isso é uma falácia, pois as ações caíram em todas as petroleiras do mundo, não foram só na Petrobrás.

A culpa pela queda das ações é do governo americano que, junto com a Arábia Saudita, aumentou a oferta de petróleo no mercado, derrubando assim o preço do barril de petróleo, de US$ 140 para US$ 30.

Os EUA usaram essa estratégia para prejudicar países produtores de petróleo, como Rússia, Irã, Venezuela e Brasil. A conta dessa armação agora chegou ao Brasil e Pedro parente, ao invés de contestar, faz acordo e manda a Petrobrás pagar por uma dessas 27 ações, quase meio bilhão de dólares (12).

Por outro lado, o juiz Moro e o procurador Dallagnol, chefes da Lava Jato, lutaram bravamente para que os crimes de responsabilidade, proposta do senador Requião, não contemplassem juízes e procuradores, ou seja, eles mesmos (13). Previam algum revés. Agora as contradições da República de Curitiba começam a aflorar:- STF manda soltar José Dirceu;

- o protegido da Lava Jato, o senador  tucano Aécio Neves, foi delatado em gravação do dono da JBS isso em outro tribunal, claro, pedindo propina de 2 milhões e ameaçando “a gente mata antes dele fazer delação” (2).

- o TRF 4 manda soltar João Vaccari;e Moro recebe o alvará de soltura, mas mantém a prisão do tesoureiro do PT, por outras denúncias sem provas (3,4).

Interessante é que a Lava Jato, mesmo com Aécio sendo delatado sete vezes, nunca houve nenhum vazamento de delação.

A Lava Jato mandou ampliar o número de celas na República de Curitiba (14). A Globo premiou o juiz Sergio Moro. A central Globo de produção criou o seriado que encantou o mundo conhecido como o Bem Amado.  Nesse seriado, o prefeito de Sucupira, vivido pelo brilhante e saudoso ator Paulo Gracindo, acabou inaugurando sua maior obra, um cemitério.

Quem será que vai inaugurar essas novas celas da República de Curitiba?

Fonte:
01-http://jornalggn.com.br/noticia/a-crise-de-2008-como-washington-salvou-wall-street-por-motta-araujo

* Emanuel Cancella, OAB/RJ 75.300, ex-presidente do Sindipetro-RJ, fundador e ex diretor do Comando Nacional dos Petroleiros, da FUP e fundador e coordenador da FNP , ex-diretor Sindical e Nacional do Dieese,  sendo também autor do livro “A Outra Face de Sérgio Moro”

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