Afternoon Sports Beat 6-30-17   
Jake Trotter fills in for Jim Traber and plays GM with the Missile as the two discuss what the Thunder will do with free agency about to begin.
          US senators propose $558mn more for Israeli missile defense   
Preview A Senate committee markup of the 2018 Pentagon funding bill would give $705 million to Israeli “cooperative” missile defense programs, a $588 million increase from the budget request made by President Donald Trump.
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          Who won the latest Air Force launch contract? Colorado's ULA? Or SpaceX?   
United Launch Alliance won a $191 million space launch contract for an experimental Air Force project, beating out SpaceX to launch the STP-3 mission in two years. The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles on Thursday awarded Centennial-based ULA the contract after reviewing bids by ULA and Elon Musks’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX. STP-3 is slated to launch atop one of ULA’s Atlas V rockets from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the mission occurring…

          Program Management SME (Government)   
CO-Colorado Springs, This position is requires subject matter expert (SME) program management support to the United States Air Force, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, specifically the Sustainment of Optical Telescopes and Radars (SOAR) program office (SMC/SYGI) at Peterson Air Force Base, CO. The candidate must demonstrate applicable program management skill level and experience
          Trump: Dancing with Wolves on the Titanic   
Robert Fisk put it best: “Trump Is About To Really Mess Up In The Middle East”. Following his fantastically stupid decision to attack the Syrian military with cruise missiles, Trump or, should I say, the people who make decisions for him, probably realized that it was “game over” for any US policy in the Middle-East...
          1/48 Douglas A-4E/F Skyhawk Armament Super Detail Set for Eduard/Hasegawa kits   
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           Trump says strategic patience with North Korea over    
WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missiles program required a "determined...
          PHOTOS: Israel To Security Council: Iran Used Jewish Symbol For Missile Practice   

(PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE) Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon revealed new information to the United Nations Security Council today about Iran’s ballistic missile program and their intention to harm Israel. In a document distributed to the Council members, Ambassador Danon provided new satellite imagery showing the Iranian military using the Star of David as the intended target of the Qiam, a medium-range MTCR category one ballistic missile, last November. The Star of David was painted in white on the ground as the target and a crater from the impact of the missile is visible next to the Star of David. This launch was in direct violation of Security Council Resolution 2231. “This use of the Star of David as target practice is hateful and unacceptable,” Ambassador Danon wrote. “The missile launch is not only a direct violation of UNSCR 2231, but is also a clear evidence of Iran’s continued intention to harm the State of Israel,” the Ambassador continued in his letter to the Council. Last month, the Iranians fired ballistic missiles at targets in Syria, and then released statements threatening Israel. This follows a series of ballistic missile tests conducted by the Iranians since 2015 in defiance of Security Council Resolution 2231. “The targeting of a sacred symbol of Judaism is abhorrent,” Ambassador Danon said about this revelation. “It is the Iranians who prop up the Assad regime as hundreds of thousands are killed, finance the terrorists of Hizbullah as they threaten the citizens of Israel, and support extremists and tyrants throughout the Middle East and around the world. I call on the Security Council to respond decisively to these Iranian violations and provocations,” the Ambassador concluded. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo Credit: UN photo)

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          US Blacklists China Bank, Revving Up Pressure Over NKorea   

The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China’s diplomatic efforts. The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a “primary money-laundering concern,” proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump’s treasury secretary said the move didn’t target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China’s promise to help with North Korea “has not worked out.” Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington’s action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate. “We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law,” said Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws. Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North’s development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs. The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea’s external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system. The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat. “We are in no way targeting China with these actions,” Mnuchin told a White House news briefing. The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing’s efforts. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted on June 20. The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang. The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea’s new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump’s harder line. Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank “sitting at the heart” of trade between North Korea and China. “This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea’s sanctions evasion in China,” he said. The other targeted Chinese entities are: —Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, […]

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           Trump, hosting Moon, sees 'many options' on N.Korea    
President Donald Trump welcomed South Korea's Moon Jae-In to the White House Friday for talks on how to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile...
          New leadership at Hayabusa Battery   
The 14th Missile Defense Battery has a new leadership team. The “Hayabusa Battery” conducted a combined change of command and responsibility ceremony Monday, June 26, 2017.
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          Blacklisted China bank cited as a North Korea conduit to global finance   
Washington's move to shut off Bank of Dandong from the U.S. financial system punishes a small regional Chinese lender with what U.S. authorities say has been an outsized exposure to North Korea and its banned nuclear and missile programmes. The U.S. Treasury on Thursday accused the bank of facilitating millions of dollars in transactions for companies tied to North Korea's weapons development, as Washington ratchets up pressure on Beijing to rein-in its isolated neighbour and ally. "Bank of Dandong will in effect be shunned by the U.S. banks that may in the past have been used to clear its transactions," said William Newcomb, a former member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on North Korea. "Most international banks will also cease dealing with Bank of Dandong because of reputational risk." "Similarly, other Chinese banks could damage their own ability to clear transactions should they try to act on Bank of Dandong's behalf and be found out," he said, calling the move "an
          This Independence Day, remember those who protect our freedom   

Last month, seven sailors — including one from Baltimore County — were killed in a collision between a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, USS Fitzgerald, and a Filipino merchant ship. Ranging in age from 19 to 37, these sailors represent a cross section of America’s finest, hailing from various...

          [wanabidii] News Digest: Live updates: India braces for GST rollout   
Friday, June 30, 2017
Today's Headlines

Live updates: India braces for GST rollout

Will buy AI only if profitable for us: IndiGo president
"Let me be very clear that if it is not profitable and does not add value to our employees, customers and shareholders, we will not embark on this journey," IndiGo president Aditya Ghosh wrote in a mail to staff on Air India acquisition bid.

Debt-hit RCom seeks to give up Rs 340 cr worth spectrum

More Business News»

'Half-a-degree of warming boosted extreme weather'
Comparing two 20-year periods -- 1960-79 and 1991-2010 -- between which average global temperatures jumped 0.5 C (0.9 F), scientists found that the hottest summer temperatures increased by more than 1 degree C across a quarter of Earth's land areas, while the coldest winter temperatures warmed by more then 2.5 degree C.

Ice-free areas of Antarctica to increase by 2100: Study
Ice-free areas may increase in Antarctica by 25 per cent due to climate change, leading to drastic changes in the continent's biodiversity, a study warns. They found the melting ice could create up to 17,000 square kilometre of new ice-free area across Antarctica.

Rare Siamese crocodile eggs found in Cambodia
Conservationists have found a nest with 19 eggs from one of the world's most endangered crocodiles. It is boosting hopes for species threatened by poachers and habitat loss. Researchers believe only 400 adults still exist in the wild, the baby crocodiles will be raised at a conservation centre

More Environment News»

Europe to meet US plea for more troops to Afghanistan
European allies pledged more troops to support Afghanistan's hard-pressed military on Thursday but left details on numbers vague until the United States clarifies its new strategy to break a stalemate with the Taliban.

Washington plans $1.42 bn arms sale to Taiwan
The State Department said the package included technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components. The US is the sole arms supplier to Taiwan, which China deems its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its control.

German parliament legalises same-sex marriage
Germany's parliament voted by a wide margin to legalise same-sex marriage. The parliament voted by 393 votes in favour of same-sex marriage to 226 against. Chancellor Angela Merkel freed members of her ruling conservative bloc to follow their personal conscience rather than the party line.

More World News»

Nasa rocket releases artificial colourful clouds
Nasa has finally launched a sounding rocket that created artificial colourful clouds that were visible from New York to North Carolina. The artificial clouds were launched to track particle motions in space. The rocket was delayed many times over the last 30 days.

In rural Kentucky, solar eclipse preparation keeps town busy

NASA's quieter supersonic jet closer to reality
The US space agency completed the preliminary design review (PDR) of its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) aircraft design. QueSST is the initial design stage of NASA's planned Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) experimental airplane, otherwise known as an X-plane.

More Science News»

GST sale: 12 hot deals on smartphones, TVs and more

Comparison: Honor 9 vs Honor 8
Comparison: Honor 9 vs Honor 8

Apple iPhone turns ten: 7 little-known facts about the smartphone
Apple fans, one of your most-loved devices has turned 10. It was 10 years ago that the original iPhone hit stores on June 29, 2007 in the US. Here are some not-so-known facts about one of the world's 'favourite' smartphone.

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Plus III admissions 2017: DHE Odisha declares first selection list
The Department of Higher Education (DHE) has declared the first selection list for +3 admissions on their official website today.

TS EAMCET seat allotment 2017 result declared

TN govt's new policy of reserving 85% quota for state board students challenged in High Court

More Education News»

Grains and spices market of APMC remains shut in protest against GST

Train coach wheel derails near Kalyan, Central railway service affected

Mumbai: Aunt arrested for two-year-old's murder
Two days after the body of a two-year-old boy was found in a gunny bag at Malad, the police arrested his aunt on Friday.

More Mumbai News»

Live blog: Heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR

Delhi, Haryana to work together to prevent flooding in Gurugram
Officials from Delhi and Haryana will undertake a joint inspection for assessing silting in the Najafgarh drain over the next two days. This will be done in order to carry out desilting, if required, as part of measures to be taken up to prevent flooding in Gurgaon, that created a havoc last year.

Video: Delhi wakes up to fresh morning showers
Fresh spells of rain lashed the national capital on Friday morning.

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Video: Protest-hit Bengaluru Metro covers Hindi signboards

Video: Elderly man held for molesting minor

Sadarame's Kalla is Kannada theatre's superstar
B Jayashree brings alive her grandfather, Gubbi Veeranna’s, timeless character

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Video: Akbaruddin Owaisi attack case: Pahelwan acquitted, 4 others convicted
Six years after the murderous attack on MIM legislator, Akbaruddin Owaisi, a local court in Hyderabad convicted four men and sentenced them to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.Prime accused .

'No mob lynching in my name,' decries Hyderabad

Stink rises in Osmania General Hospital, patients helpless
One of the oldest hospitals in India, the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) presents a dirty picture, replete with filthy wards and stinking toilets.

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Presidential elections: Ram Nath Kovind, Meira Kumar to campaign in Chennai on Saturday
NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind and opposition parties’ candidate Meira Kumar will be campaigning in Chennai on Saturday.

Medical seat scam: ED attaches four properties of Madhan
The Enforcement Directorate on Friday provisionally attached four immovable properties of B Madhan of Vendhar Movies, who is an accused in the medical seat scam.

Stalin says TN govt won't take any action, whether it is gutka scam or bribe to voters
The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu is facing several accusations but it is not ready to take action against the erring officials and others, said DMK working president M K Stalin on Friday.

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PM Modi inaugurates two water projects for Gujarat farmers

Video: PM releases postal stamp, coin to mark Shrimad Rajchandra's birth anniversary

Cop's son killed in accidental discharge from service gun
According to the police report filed by Darji, when Bhavya was looking for his school notebooks in a drawer in the living room, he came across the service revolver which was loaded.

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Rains lashes Sangam city throwing normal life out of gear

Allahabad University makes online fee deposit mandatory

Roli, Tika to welcome students as primary schools reopen on July 1
In a novel gesture, teachers of Primary and Junior High schools of district would be welcoming both boys and girl students up to class VIIIth by applying `Roli’ or “Tika” on their foreheads as schools are all set to reopen after summer vacations on July 1.

More Allahabad News»

Asian Athletics Championships: Odisha hires two Mercedes Benz buses from Telangana
The state tourism department has hired two sophisticated Mercedes Benz buses from Telangana State Tourism Development Corporation for movement of delegates during the Asian Athletics Championships.

Shopaholics go on a shopping frenzy over pre-GST discounts

Asian Athletics Championships: Odisha's traditional handloom for flag bearers
Flag bearers at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships will wear traditional handloom saris of Odisha during the opening ceremony of the function. All major varieties of traditional handloom saris will be provided them by Boyanika, official sources said.

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          US blacklists China bank, revving up pressure over North Korea   
WASHINGTON — The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China's diplomatic efforts.

The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a "primary money-laundering concern," proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump's treasury secretary said the move didn't target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China's promise to help with North Korea "has not worked out."

Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington's action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate.

"We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law," said Lu Kang, spokesman for China's foreign ministry.

Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws.

Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North's development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs.

The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea's external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system.

The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat.

"We are in no way targeting China with these actions," Mnuchin told a White House news briefing.

The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing's efforts.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!" Trump tweeted on June 20.

The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang.

The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea's new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump's harder line.

Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank "sitting at the heart" of trade between North Korea and China.

"This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea's sanctions evasion in China," he said.

The other targeted Chinese entities are:

—Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, between China and North Korea. It cited a U.N. expert panel as saying the company has violated a ban on trade in luxury goods with the North.

—Chinese national Sun Wei, said to have been running a cover company for North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank, which is already subject to U.S. sanctions.

—Chinese national Li Hong Ri, said to have established several front companies that end up benefiting Koryo Bank, a U.S.-sanctioned conduct for financial transactions on behalf of North Korea.

          USS Fitzgerald to return to U.S. for extensive repairs   
The U.S. Navy’s guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald will return home for repairs following its fatal collision last month with a Filipino freighter south of Tokyo ...
          Look Away, Look Away....   

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

For us living in the US, our poet reminds us, imperial atrocities are at worst collateral damage, and most often invisible. Only when they come into sight need we look away.... look away...


Look Away, Look Away....

by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner

Rumbling bellies, parched throats,
numb Mother, stunned Father
crawl on scraped knees,
bleeding hands across
gold foil fragments of
diploma seals;
Across shards
of glass, pulverized
appliances, crushed
sheetrock, smoldering
furniture, shattered
North African dreams
and Mideast mornings;
They claw frantically
with laser precision
to muffled cries of
Their toddler

Their infant’s dead—
Say bonnet, booty and
bloody baby blanket,
where the window was—
Mothers Of All Bombs
do this to Other
Peoples’ Babies named
‘Collateral Damage—’
To pre-teens with poster-
plastered walls, and floors
mined with soccer shoes
and balls, below bookshelves
armed with sports stars,
magic tricks and insects

No hand-wringing, heart-
wrenching mili-second
mechanical sympathy,
like families with
nannies, playdates,
Thousand dollar strollers get

Every Tuesday—for
8 years—you trained
Yourselves to “…Look away…”
Orgasmic as your
Hero unleashed
Hellfire Missiles on
suspicious farmers

You’d “…Look away…”
Mesmerized by
Madison Avenue marketing:
“Yes, we can” and
Bottle Jim Jones Juice and
Deliver regime “Change
you can believe in:”
Massacres making
Washington and
Wall Street warlords more money

You’d “…Look away…”
Wet, cold Wiki-leaked
Reality irrelevant
in your rush to
“Feel the Bern,” climb the
Hill—tread denial—blind
behind Capitalist Hill’s latest liar
Spiking war profiteers’ shares

To beautiful
“Bombs bursting in air…
and rockets red glare” and
Hear campaign chants,
“Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs!”


Oh, how magnificent
it must feel to
“…Look away, look away…”

Raymond Nat Turner is an acclaimed poet and performance artist. Find much more of his work at

          GameDev Behind The Scenes #2 – Killing Scope Creep and Finishing Your Game   
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes throughout an indie game’s development cycle? In this ongoing devlog series for my upcoming game Missile Cards, I’m peeling back the curtain to share my processes, thoughts, tips, and experiences as I develop and launching a small commercial game on Steam using GameMaker Studio. Life [&hellip
          Reply by Missile Offensive (UID 10286817)   
Know what is really interesting, just the way this has seriously shut up all the "Iran never said they were going to wipe Israel off the map, yada yada" fools. Lots of VERY quiet people across many conspiracy forums right now with this one.. Dozens of people have been proven...
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 10267097)   
Or true. [/quote] Iran has Ballistic Missiles and are probably already nuclear... [/quote] yes they have also flying saucers and f35 fighter jets and stealth soldiers with laser weapons. [/quote] They have about 40 thousand suicide bombers in their service, nothing to laugh at...
          Reply by FubarMan (OP)   
Or true. [/quote] Iran has Ballistic Missiles and are probably already nuclear... [/quote] yes they have also flying saucers and f35 fighter jets and stealth soldiers with laser weapons. [/quote] They have about 40 thousand suicide bombers in their service, nothing to laugh at...
          Reply by Anonymous Coward (UID 10267097)   
Or true. [/quote] Iran has Ballistic Missiles and are probably already nuclear... [/quote] yes they have also flying saucers and f35 fighter jets and stealth soldiers with laser weapons.
          Reply by FubarMan (OP)   
Or true. [/quote] Iran has Ballistic Missiles and are probably already nuclear...
          Xhamster Lesbian Interracial – Katie Ray GhettoToys : Blacks fuck White   
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          Well-trained: US senators propose another $558M for Israeli missile defense   
A Senate committee markup of the 2018 Pentagon funding bill would give $705 million to Israeli "cooperative" missile defense programs, a $588 million increase from the budget request made by President Donald Trump. The Senate Armed Services Committee draft of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) would allocate $268.5 million for research, development, testing and evaluation for "multi-tiered missile defense systems" and another $290 million for purchasing them. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) identified the systems that would benefit from the funding as Iron Dome, David's Sling, Arrow-2 and Arrow-3. "These funds will help Israel defend its citizens against rocket and missile threats, and contribute to America's missile defense programs," AIPAC said Thursday, in a statement thanking the Senate and House armed services committees. The David's Sling weapon system and the Arrow program would receive $120 million apiece, while $92 million would go towards Israeli procurement of Tamir interceptors for the Iron Dome short-range system through co-production in the United States, according to the Senate committee markup. The 2018 Senate proposal would be a $105 million increase over the funds approved for 2017, AIPAC noted. "As Israel faces dramatically rising security challenges, AIPAC urges inclusion of these vital funds in the final versions of the Fiscal Year 2018 defense authorization and appropriations bills," the lobbying group said. Comment: Israel would have little to no 'dramatically rising security challenges' if it minded its business, didn't force settlements on others' land, wasn't committing Palestinian genocide and didn't bomb Syria over false provocation. But that is just not how pathocrats operate.
          App Army Assemble: Missile Cards – As addictive as Card Crawl?   
Missile Cards is a combination of Solitaire and the Atari classic Missile Command. You’ll lay down cards to arm your defences and defeat a variety of missile-based threats. As you play, you’ll unlock new bases, upgrade your defences, and complete missions. It’s immensely replayable. But is it any good? We asked the App Army exactly […]
          «ចិន​ផ្ទុះ​កំហឹង​ ក៏​ព្រោះ​តែ​ អាមេរិក សម្រេច​លក់​គ្រាប់​មីស៊ីល​​ទំនើប​ចំរុះ ១៧៤គ្រាប់ ឲ្យ​កោះ​តៃវ៉ាន់» ដែល​ចិន​ចាត់​ទុក​គ្រាន់​តែ​ជា​ខេត្តមួយ!   

(វ៉ាស៊ីនតោន)៖ កិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងលក់សព្វាវុធទៅឲ្យកោះតៃវ៉ាន់ តម្លៃ១.២៤ពាន់លានដុល្លារ ដែលត្រូវបានសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិកផ្តល់ការអនុញ្ញាតនោះ រួមមានមីស៊ីលទំនើបៗ និងអាវុធការពារដែនអាកាសជាច្រើនគ្រាប់ ទើបជាហេតុបានបណ្តាលឲ្យចិនខឹងសម្បារក្នុងចិត្តជាខ្លាំងបែបនេះ។ នេះបើតាមការចេញផ្សាយដោយ សារព័ត៌មានរុស្ស៊ី Sputnik នៅរសៀលថ្ងៃសុក្រ ទី៣០ ខែមិថុនា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧។ យោងតាមសេចក្តីថ្លែងការណ៍របស់ក្រសួងការពារជាតិអាមេរិក អាវុធទាំងអស់នោះមានដូចជា មីស៊ីលបាញ់ចេញពីផ្ទៃអាកាសទៅផ្ទៃដី AGM-88B HARM ចំនួន៥០គ្រាប់, AGM-88B Training HARM ចំនួន១០គ្រាប់ ក៏ដូចជាមីស៊ីលការពារដែនអាកាស Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) Block IIIA AUR ចំនួន១៦គ្រាប់,  Mk 93 MOD 1 SM-2 Block IIIA GS ចំនួន៤៧គ្រាប់, MK 45 MOD 14 SM-2 Block IIIA TDD ចំនួន០៥គ្រាប់ រួមទាំងគ្រាប់បែបប្រឆាំងនាវាទម្ងន់ធ្ងន់ MK 48 Mod 6AT […]

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          Yes, Petty Idiocy Still Rules Society    

Late night loud yowls, most precious Big Cat Beauties... sheesh, geez, what a long busy-overwhelming week for this Big Cat... okay, really who cares about ENEMY-MSM Mika? However, petty idiocy still rules our society...sadly! But come on, Mika looks like a programmed android, and she is STUPID ... all you have to do is look at her, listen to her for a few minutes, and it's obvious--her IQ is not impressive, let's say... and let's get a dose of reality, how obvious is it that President Trump is just fish-hooking these brainless-wonder presstitutes into reacting crazily... MEANWHILE he's doing the real business of being president of these united states. BEHIND THE SCENES.

Yeah, the Kougar couldn't resist this political cartoon. ~smiles~

Okay, according to Sorcha Faal of there is a plot to possibly assassinate President Trump during the G20, when The Donald and Putin are supposed to meet... thus, to blame it on the Russians and cause a world war.




Save Me The Feigned Outrage Over Trump’s Mika Brzezinski Tweet

Paul Joseph Watson | The media has spent the last 2 years viciously attacking Trump over his appearance.




Senate Banking Committee features Sen. Corker plan to hand mortgage market to Wall Street and big banks



Catholic church involved in child sex once again 



Fake news ringleader hides from press 



Trump admin could launch false flag blamed on Assad

Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov warns that the United States is preparing a false flag “provocation” as a pretext to launch a military assault on Syria.
Responding to a CNN report that the U.S. “has ships and aircraft in place to strike Syria,” if ordered to do so by the President, Pushkov cautioned that this could be the precursor to a staged incident.
“The United States put its Navy and Air Force on alert, and is just waiting for an excuse to strike Syria. Assad will not give them one.” This, Pushkov wrote, makes it “the perfect time for a provocation.”
США привели в готовность силы ВМФ и ВВС и ждут лишь предлога для удара по Сирии. Асад им предлога не даст. Идеальное время для провокации.
Earlier this week, the administration warned Bashar Al-Assad that the U.S. was aware of new preparations for a chemical attack and that he would pay a “heavy price” for any such action.
This was followed up by a tweet from Ambassador Nikki Haley in which she asserted, “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.”
Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.
On Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that the Trump administration’s warning to Assad had been “successful,” but Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova took the move as “a warning sign of an intervention.”
“The campaign, which was started by the US and is being backed by London and Paris, on the alleged chemical attack that is claimed to be prepared by Damascus, is not original, it’s a textbook script, which has already been used in several countries in the region,” Zakharova said.
“The situation seems to be a massive provocation, both military and information-wise, a provocation which targets not only the Syrian leadership, but also Russia,” she added.
Back in April, the Trump administration launched 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian airfield claimed to be the base for government aircraft that carried out a chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun.
The decision caused a split amongst Trump’s base because he specifically ran on the promise of not getting the United States entangled in more Middle Eastern conflicts that lead to the overthrow of secular leaders.
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Legislation is "propping up" insurance companies

Senator Rand Paul continued to voice stern opposition to the Obamacare replacement legislation Friday, saying it isn’t even ‘Obamacare lite’ anymore, and instead is more like ‘Obamacare plus’.
Appearing on “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” last night, Paul noted that the Republican legislation may actually provide more subsidies than Obamacare.
“[W]hen we look at the bill, we actually find that with the Obamacare subsidies, not only are we keeping them, we may actually be providing more subsidies than Obamacare has.” Paul exclaimed.
“Our early estimates on the bill are that the bill may spend more in the next year or two than Obamacare does.” Paul added.
“And so, it’s hard for us to get our mind around that this is a repeal bill if we’re spending more, keeping all the subsidies, and then we’re going to start a brand new federal entitlement program where we give insurance companies money.” the Senator explained.
“I keep reading it and…it sounds like Obamacare to me. It doesn’t even sound like Obamacare-lite. In some areas, it may be Obamacare-plus, on the subsidy side.” he urged.
Paul also warned that the bill “subsidizes the death spiral of Obamacare.”
“It dumps a bunch of federal money, taxpayer money, or borrowed money into the insurance industry and says, ‘Hey, please lower the prices if we give you money.’” Paul told viewers.
In a further appearance on Morning Joe Friday, the Senator said that the so called healthcare overhaul is actually centered around “propping up” insurance companies.

“The insurance companies make all the money; all of this is predicated upon still propping up the insurance companies.” Paul said, adding that “you should be able to get insurance for $1 a day. I mean, you really should.”
The Senator argued that the legislation will amount to more “bailing out” of insurance companies.
“I want the bill to look more like a repeal bill. I promised people I was going to repeal it; I didn’t promise people that I was going to replace it with a federal program of bailing out insurance companies,” Paul asserted.
“I mean, we could do this for cars,” he added. “New cars are expensive. We could have a car stabilization fund.” he further argued.
In an interview with Breitbart, Paul noted that “The bill keeps ten of twelve Obamacare regulations that causes the prices of premiums to spiral upward.”


          Protein missile raises possibility of disease breakthroughs   
University of Dundee researchers have shown that it is possible to rapidly target and destroy specific proteins in cells, raising the possibility of developing new ways of targeting \'undruggable\' proteins in diseases.  Proteins, known as the building blocks of life, are vital to our existence...
          Psychic World with Host John G. Sutton: Psychic World with John G. Sutton and Co-host Countess Starella: Vanishing People - Do you believe that someone can just simply disappear from the face of planet Earth and totally vanish without trace?   
GuestImpossible as it may seem we have a very recent example in Flight MH370 that has now been missing without verifiable trace since 8th March 2014 with 227 passengers and 12 crew. Theories as to where it may be vary from accidental missile hit to abduction by aliens. Throughout history there have been incidences of people both disappearing and appearing in very mysterious circumstances. One notorious area where many planes and ships have simply vanished without trace is the so called 'Bermuda T ...
          Grandpa and Grandma Duncan   

These pictures were taken in the backyard of my Grandpa and Grandma Duncans house. (my dad's parents). Grandpa built the fireplace-I think this might have been the first patio in Redwood. I loved roasting marshmallows with Grandpa. I would do what most kids do - become impatient and have a flaming missile (makes me think of that Denise the Menace movie). Grandpa would patiently show how to make a golden roasted marshmallow but it took too long. Grandma loved her flowers. On both sides of the bridge were lily ponds with gold fish in them. Grandpa built the bridge, birdbath and a lamp post the worked that you don't see, out of rocks he collected. Her specialty was dahlias - they were huge and she would save the bulbs from year to year-the goldfish lived in their basement during the winter. I remember the goldfish as being very big and we (grand kids) would feed them oatmeal. Beyond the bench was a hammock where I spent quite of bit of time. I loved that back yard!
          Comment on Syria: Russians alarmed, Washington Befuddled, by White House threats by Moi   
The Russians already have S-300 and S-400 missiles in place around Syria and this is sufficient to cover much of the country. More of them would be superfluous. Then there is the point that the Russians haven't used the existing missiles to stop egregious US and Israeli attacks against Assad's forces. That is, the missiles are utterly useless without the political will to employ them. Putin's bluff has been well and truly called.
          Rostec reveals Pantsir-ME naval point-defense system   
Rostec has revealed its Pantsir-ME naval anti-missile and anti-aircraft weapons system at the International Maritime Defense show in St. Petersburg.
          Russian minister says no plans to grant loan to Turkey to buy S-400 missile systems   
"There is no talk about a loan to Turkey for these goals," Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said
          Russian shipyard floats out latest corvette armed with cruise missiles   
The corvette will start undergoing trials in August and is expected to be transferred to the Navy before the end of 2018
          Russia and India choosing shipyards for missile frigates construction   
Project 11356 warships displace about 4,000 tonnes, develop a speed of 30 knots and have a cruising capacity of 30 days
          Israel pursuing a strategy that is placing its long-term future at risk   
I came across the following article, written by the Israeli Ambassador to Singapore, in today's edition of TODAY.

Following the Israeli Ambassador's article is an essay by John J. Mearsheimer, professor of political science at the University of Chicago and co-author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. I've read the book which he co-authored with Stephen M. Walt, professor of international affairs at JFK School of Government at Harvard University. The controversial book, published in 2007, started out as a controversial essay in 2006 published in the London Review of Books. (At the end of this post is a video of a 2007 documentary on the Israel Lobby in America)

Read also Stephen M. Walt's essay The myth of Israel's strategic genius and Avi Shlaim's essay How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.
Lasting peace in the Middle East...

Accepting the existenceof a Jewish state there, and abandoning the dream of destroying it, is the answer

Thursday • January 22, 2009

Ilan Ben-Dov
Israeli Ambassador to Singapore

THREE weeks of fighting in Gaza have once again put the Middle East at the focal point of the international media.

Now, after another round of violence has ended, we have to ask ourselves again, what is the real root of the problem? What is the key which will lead us to peace in the Middle East?

The basic Arab argument is that the root of the problem is occupation. The Arab world accuses Israel of controlling occupied Arab territories and claims that this is the main issue which prevents peace in the Middle East.

This argument is utterly baseless. The Israelis believe that the root of the problem is the very fact that a large fraction of the Arab-Islamic world still rejects Israel’s right to exist, and rejects the basic right of Jews to live in their independent state of Israel.

Israel has shown in the past that in order to achieve peace, it is ready for territorial concessions, exactly as it did when it signed a peace treaty with its neighbour in the south, Egypt, and its neighbour in the east, Jordan. In both these cases, the dispute over territory was not an obstacle to peace.

Moreover, Israel endorses the establishment of a Palestinian independent state that will live in peace next to it.

In the last two military confrontations in the Middle East — the one with the Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the one with Hamas in Gaza — Israel had to defend itself from radical Muslim terrorist organisations which are motivated by extreme religious, Jihadistic ideology that calls for the destruction of Israel.

It is time to reveal these facts loud and clear: Both Hamas and Hezbollah are heavily and directly influenced by Iran. It is the same Iran whose President is calling for the annihilation of Israel, the same Iran which does everything possible to sabotage and to harm any attempt of a dialogue and reconciliation between the Palestinians and Israel.

Iran does not only supply the ideological basis for Hezbollah and Hamas, it supplies them with huge amounts of weapons, ammunition and money.

It is also important to answer the question of what exactly do Hamas and Hezbollah mean by speaking about “occupied territories”? For them, the whole of Israel is considered a so-called “occupied territory”. They do not distinguish between Gaza and Tel-Aviv, between the West Bank and the city of Haifa. For the Iranian President who supports them, Israel must be “wiped out of the map”.

Should this lead us to despair? Of course not.

The Middle East is nowadays divided into two parts. The first is the radical, fundamentalistic-jihadistic part that dreams of the disappearance of Israel from the region. Whoever dreams these dreams is doomed to lead the Palestinians to a deadlock and to many more years of wars, suffering, poverty and hopelessness.

On the other hand, we find the moderate and pragmatic Arab world which aspires to find a peaceful solution based on mutual recognition, justice for both sides and a territorial compromise. Such a solution will pave the way for all people in this region — and especially for the Palestinian people, who have suffered so much in recent years — to a better future.

The key to a lasting solution of the Middle Eastern conflict is therefore not a question of occupied territories. For this question, we can find a compromise.

The real key to a solution is the willingness of the Arab and the Muslim countries to recognise the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East and to abandon the dream of destroying it.
Another War, Another Defeat
by John J. Mearsheimer
Published in the Jan 26, 2009 edition of The American Conservative

The Gaza offensive has succeeded in punishing the Palestinians but not in making Israel more secure.

Israelis and their American supporters claim that Israel learned its lessons well from the disastrous 2006 Lebanon war and has devised a winning strategy for the present war against Hamas. Of course, when a ceasefire comes, Israel will declare victory. Don’t believe it. Israel has foolishly started another war it cannot win.

The campaign in Gaza is said to have two objectives: 1) to put an end to the rockets and mortars that Palestinians have been firing into southern Israel since it withdrew from Gaza in August 2005; 2) to restore Israel’s deterrent, which was said to be diminished by the Lebanon fiasco, by Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza, and by its inability to halt Iran’s nuclear program.

But these are not the real goals of Operation Cast Lead. The actual purpose is connected to Israel’s long-term vision of how it intends to live with millions of Palestinians in its midst. It is part of a broader strategic goal: the creation of a “Greater Israel.” Specifically, Israel’s leaders remain determined to control all of what used to be known as Mandate Palestine, which includes Gaza and the West Bank. The Palestinians would have limited autonomy in a handful of disconnected and economically crippled enclaves, one of which is Gaza. Israel would control the borders around them, movement between them, the air above and the water below them.

The key to achieving this is to inflict massive pain on the Palestinians so that they come to accept the fact that they are a defeated people and that Israel will be largely responsible for controlling their future. This strategy, which was first articulated by Ze’ev Jabotinsky in the 1920s and has heavily influenced Israeli policy since 1948, is commonly referred to as the “Iron Wall.”

What has been happening in Gaza is fully consistent with this strategy.

Let’s begin with Israel’s decision to withdraw from Gaza in 2005. The conventional wisdom is that Israel was serious about making peace with the Palestinians and that its leaders hoped the exit from Gaza would be a major step toward creating a viable Palestinian state. According to the New York Times’ Thomas L. Friedman, Israel was giving the Palestinians an opportunity to “build a decent mini-state there—a Dubai on the Mediterranean,” and if they did so, it would “fundamentally reshape the Israeli debate about whether the Palestinians can be handed most of the West Bank.”

This is pure fiction. Even before Hamas came to power, the Israelis intended to create an open-air prison for the Palestinians in Gaza and inflict great pain on them until they complied with Israel’s wishes. Dov Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s closest adviser at the time, candidly stated that the disengagement from Gaza was aimed at halting the peace process, not encouraging it. He described the disengagement as “formaldehyde that’s necessary so that there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.” Moreover, he emphasized that the withdrawal “places the Palestinians under tremendous pressure. It forces them into a corner where they hate to be.”

Arnon Soffer, a prominent Israeli demographer who also advised Sharon, elaborated on what that pressure would look like. “When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.”

In January 2006, five months after the Israelis pulled their settlers out of Gaza, Hamas won a decisive victory over Fatah in the Palestinian legislative elections. This meant trouble for Israel’s strategy because Hamas was democratically elected, well organized, not corrupt like Fatah, and unwilling to accept Israel’s existence. Israel responded by ratcheting up economic pressure on the Palestinians, but it did not work. In fact, the situation took another turn for the worse in March 2007, when Fatah and Hamas came together to form a national unity government. Hamas’s stature and political power were growing, and Israel’s divide-and-conquer strategy was unraveling.

To make matters worse, the national unity government began pushing for a long-term ceasefire. The Palestinians would end all missile attacks on Israel if the Israelis would stop arresting and assassinating Palestinians and end their economic stranglehold, opening the border crossings into Gaza.

Israel rejected that offer and with American backing set out to foment a civil war between Fatah and Hamas that would wreck the national unity government and put Fatah in charge. The plan backfired when Hamas drove Fatah out of Gaza, leaving Hamas in charge there and the more pliant Fatah in control of the West Bank. Israel then tightened the screws on the blockade around Gaza, causing even greater hardship and suffering among the Palestinians living there.

Hamas responded by continuing to fire rockets and mortars into Israel, while emphasizing that they still sought a long-term ceasefire, perhaps lasting ten years or more. This was not a noble gesture on Hamas’s part: they sought a ceasefire because the balance of power heavily favored Israel. The Israelis had no interest in a ceasefire and merely intensified the economic pressure on Gaza. But in the late spring of 2008, pressure from Israelis living under the rocket attacks led the government to agree to a six-month ceasefire starting on June 19. That agreement, which formally ended on Dec. 19, immediately preceded the present war, which began on Dec. 27.

The official Israeli position blames Hamas for undermining the ceasefire. This view is widely accepted in the United States, but it is not true. Israeli leaders disliked the ceasefire from the start, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the IDF to begin preparing for the present war while the ceasefire was being negotiated in June 2008. Furthermore, Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former ambassador to the UN, reports that Jerusalem began to prepare the propaganda campaign to sell the present war months before the conflict began. For its part, Hamas drastically reduced the number of missile attacks during the first five months of the ceasefire. A total of two rockets were fired into Israel during September and October, none by Hamas.

How did Israel behave during this same period? It continued arresting and assassinating Palestinians on the West Bank, and it continued the deadly blockade that was slowly strangling Gaza. Then on Nov. 4, as Americans voted for a new president, Israel attacked a tunnel inside Gaza and killed six Palestinians. It was the first major violation of the ceasefire, and the Palestinians—who had been “careful to maintain the ceasefire,” according to Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center—responded by resuming rocket attacks. The calm that had prevailed since June vanished as Israel ratcheted up the blockade and its attacks into Gaza and the Palestinians hurled more rockets at Israel. It is worth noting that not a single Israeli was killed by Palestinian missiles between Nov. 4 and the launching of the war on Dec. 27.

As the violence increased, Hamas made clear that it had no interest in extending the ceasefire beyond Dec. 19, which is hardly surprising, since it had not worked as intended. In mid-December, however, Hamas informed Israel that it was still willing to negotiate a long-term ceasefire if it included an end to the arrests and assassinations as well as the lifting of the blockade. But the Israelis, having used the ceasefire to prepare for war against Hamas, rejected this overture. The bombing of Gaza commenced eight days after the failed ceasefire formally ended.

If Israel wanted to stop missile attacks from Gaza, it could have done so by arranging a long-term ceasefire with Hamas. And if Israel were genuinely interested in creating a viable Palestinian state, it could have worked with the national unity government to implement a meaningful ceasefire and change Hamas’s thinking about a two-state solution. But Israel has a different agenda: it is determined to employ the Iron Wall strategy to get the Palestinians in Gaza to accept their fate as hapless subjects of a Greater Israel.

This brutal policy is clearly reflected in Israel’s conduct of the Gaza War. Israel and its supporters claim that the IDF is going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties, in some cases taking risks that put Israeli soldiers in jeopardy. Hardly. One reason to doubt these claims is that Israel refuses to allow reporters into the war zone: it does not want the world to see what its soldiers and bombs are doing inside Gaza. At the same time, Israel has launched a massive propaganda campaign to put a positive spin on the horror stories that do emerge.

The best evidence, however, that Israel is deliberately seeking to punish the broader population in Gaza is the death and destruction the IDF has wrought on that small piece of real estate. Israel has killed over 1,000 Palestinians and wounded more than 4,000. Over half of the casualties are civilians, and many are children. The IDF’s opening salvo on Dec. 27 took place as children were leaving school, and one of its primary targets that day was a large group of graduating police cadets, who hardly qualified as terrorists. In what Ehud Barak called “an all-out war against Hamas,” Israel has targeted a university, schools, mosques, homes, apartment buildings, government offices, and even ambulances. A senior Israeli military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, explained the logic behind Israel’s expansive target set: “There are many aspects of Hamas, and we are trying to hit the whole spectrum, because everything is connected and everything supports terrorism against Israel.” In other words, everyone is a terrorist and everything is a legitimate target.

Israelis tend to be blunt, and they occasionally say what they are really doing. After the IDF killed 40 Palestinian civilians in a UN school on Jan. 6, Ha’aretz reported that “senior officers admit that the IDF has been using enormous firepower.” One officer explained, “For us, being cautious means being aggressive. From the minute we entered, we’ve acted like we’re at war. That creates enormous damage on the ground … I just hope those who have fled the area of Gaza City in which we are operating will describe the shock.”

One might accept that Israel is waging “a cruel, all-out war against 1.5 million Palestinian civilians,” as Ha’aretz put it in an editorial, but argue that it will eventually achieve its war aims and the rest of the world will quickly forget the horrors inflicted on the people of Gaza.

This is wishful thinking. For starters, Israel is unlikely to stop the rocket fire for any appreciable period of time unless it agrees to open Gaza’s borders and stop arresting and killing Palestinians. Israelis talk about cutting off the supply of rockets and mortars into Gaza, but weapons will continue to come in via secret tunnels and ships that sneak through Israel’s naval blockade. It will also be impossible to police all of the goods sent into Gaza through legitimate channels.

Israel could try to conquer all of Gaza and lock the place down. That would probably stop the rocket attacks if Israel deployed a large enough force. But then the IDF would be bogged down in a costly occupation against a deeply hostile population. They would eventually have to leave, and the rocket fire would resume. And if Israel fails to stop the rocket fire and keep it stopped, as seems likely, its deterrent will be diminished, not strengthened.

More importantly, there is little reason to think that the Israelis can beat Hamas into submission and get the Palestinians to live quietly in a handful of Bantustans inside Greater Israel. Israel has been humiliating, torturing, and killing Palestinians in the Occupied Territories since 1967 and has not come close to cowing them. Indeed, Hamas’s reaction to Israel’s brutality seems to lend credence to Nietzsche’s remark that what does not kill you makes you stronger.

But even if the unexpected happens and the Palestinians cave, Israel would still lose because it will become an apartheid state. As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert recently said, Israel will “face a South African-style struggle” if the Palestinians do not get a viable state of their own. “As soon as that happens,” he argued, “the state of Israel is finished.” Yet Olmert has done nothing to stop settlement expansion and create a viable Palestinian state, relying instead on the Iron Wall strategy to deal with the Palestinians.

There is also little chance that people around the world who follow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will soon forget the appalling punishment that Israel is meting out in Gaza. The destruction is just too obvious to miss, and too many people—especially in the Arab and Islamic world—care about the Palestinians’ fate. Moreover, discourse about this longstanding conflict has undergone a sea change in the West in recent years, and many of us who were once wholly sympathetic to Israel now see that the Israelis are the victimizers and the Palestinians are the victims. What is happening in Gaza will accelerate that changing picture of the conflict and long be seen as a dark stain on Israel’s reputation.

The bottom line is that no matter what happens on the battlefield, Israel cannot win its war in Gaza. In fact, it is pursuing a strategy—with lots of help from its so-called friends in the Diaspora—that is placing its long-term future at risk.

          Traité de Lisbonne, consensus de Fort-Lamy, le 'pré-sel' du Brésil, le droit des femmes arabes... dans le nouveau numéro d'Études internationales   
Ce numéro de juin réunit des textes sur des sujets variés. Pour les lire, vous pouvez nous commander le numéro ou bien vous abonner. Sommaire détaillé :VOLUME XLIII, N° 2, JUIN 2012 Irnerio SeminatoreLe traité de Lisbonne, le Service européen pour l’action extérieure et la politique globale de l’Union européenne. Le monde de demain et les vrais choix Paul Elvic J. BatchomLa rupture du consensus de Fort-Lamy et le changement du rapport de force dans l’espace CEMAC Bruno MuxagatoLa découverte des gisements d’hydrocarbures du « pré-sel ». Un défi pour l’avenir de la puissance brésilienne Jabeur FathallyLes droits des femmes à l’aube du printemps arabe : de « ne pas oublier les femmes » au « femmes : n’oubliez pas ! » Anna DimitrovaLe débat sur la politique étrangère d’Obama : Quelle nouvelle « grande stratégie » pour les États-Unis ? Alain de NeveL’antimissile de territoire comme mode de gouvernance technopolitique de la sécurité euro-atlantique (Essai) Numéro précédent sur les murs en relations internationales En savoir plus sur la revue
          Russian shipyard may equip exported warships with latest air defense missile/gun system   
The availability of the Pantsyr-ME missile system on warships slated for export will make them more attractive for potential customers, Zelenodolsk Shipyard CEO said
          Trump Assails 'Brutal' North Korea Regime, Vows To Protect Allies   
U.S. President Donald Trump has assailed the "reckless and brutal regime" in North Korea and said there was a "strong, solid plan" to deal with Pyongyang’s illicit nuclear and ballistic-missile programs.
          Program Management SME (Government)   
CO-Colorado Springs, This position is requires subject matter expert (SME) program management support to the United States Air Force, Space and Missile Systems Center, Space Superiority Systems Directorate, specifically the Sustainment of Optical Telescopes and Radars (SOAR) program office (SMC/SYGI) at Peterson Air Force Base, CO. The candidate must demonstrate applicable program management skill level and experience
          EveryThingButt/Kink - Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass 2017 720p   
EveryThingButt/Kink - Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass 2017 720p

          EveryThingButt/Kink - Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass 2017 540p   
EveryThingButt/Kink - Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass 2017 540p


Happy Friday, here is another one from the recently digitized archive, this is the revised for the Mattel Battlestar Galactica toy line that clearly states the missiles no longer fire. We all know why....

More frakking cool toys:

          La Chine a lancé son nouveau et imposant destroyer de type 055   

Alors qu’un 13e destroyer lance-missiles de type 052D, appelé Qiqihar, vient d’être lancé au chantier naval Dalian [nord de la Chine], un autre navire, plus imposant et aux capacités accrues, a été mis à l’eau, le 28 juin, à Shanghaï, près de 8 ans après le début de son développement. Affichant un déplacement d’environ 10.000 […]

Cet article La Chine a lancé son nouveau et imposant destroyer de type 055 est apparu en premier sur Zone Militaire.

          Donald Trump to press South Korea leader on trade as North Korea looms   
WASHINGTON (TIP): US President Donald Trump will press South Korean President Moon Jae-in to solve trade differences over cars and steel in meetings in Washington focusing on the nuclear threat from North Korea. Concerns about the US military’s THAAD missile defense system and China‘s role in the region also are likely to come up in talks between Trump and Moon at the White […]
          Kendall and Kylie Jenner in Legal Hot Water Over T-Shirts   

Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been hit with cease and desist letters for their new T-shirts featuring their faces superimposed over images of living and dead musicians.

The T-shirts, selling for $125, featured images of the Kendall sisters superimposed over rappers Tupac and Biggie Smalls, aka The Notorious B.I.G., Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, and members of the bands Metallica, Pink Floyd, Kiss and Led Zeppelin.

Kendall and Kylie, the youngest sisters of the Kardashian-Jenner family, yanked the T-shirts from their websites on Wednesday after receiving cease and letters and scathing public criticism.

Lawyers for the estates of Jim Morrison and Notorious B.I.G. sent cease and desist letters to Kendall and Kylie Jenner, accusing the sisters of using the names and likeness of the musicians without permission, according to Rolling Stone.

Jeff Lampol, manager for the estate for Doors frontman Morrison, accused the sisters of violating Morrison’s right of publicity. “The superimposing of a selfie of Kendall Jenner over the iconic ‘Lion’ portrait of the late Jim Morrison is offensive and remarkable for its failure to recognize the rights of the estate of Mr. Morrison to control the use of his likeness,” Lampol said in a cease and desist letter to the sisters.

“The Doors have recently learned that Kendall + Kylie are selling shirts using the Protected Property without the Doors’ authorization or consent,” the letter said.

“Your use of the registered trademarks in commerce is likely to cause confusion, mistake or to deceive consumers into believing that the Kendall + Kylie apparel was authorized by the Doors when no such authorization was sought or provided by the Doors,” the letter said.

Lampol demanded that Kendall and Kylie Jenner recall the T-shirts from all stores and provide information about all the money they made on the Doors T-shirts by Saturday, July 1.

A lawyer for Violetta Wallace, mother of Notorious B.I.G., also sent a cease letter to the sisters accusing them of using the likeness of the rapper without permission.

Wallace called the T-shirt featuring her son “disrespectful, disgusting, and exploitation at its worst.”

Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, tweeted, “Girls, you haven’t earned the right to put your face with musical icons. Stick to what you know … lip gloss.”

Kendall and Kylie Jenner apologized in identical Twitter messages on Wednesday.

“These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone that has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists,” the sisters said on Twitter. “We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway [sic]. The tee shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes and again, we are very sorry.”

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          Donald Trump says strategic patience with North Korea over   
US President Donald Trump said on Friday that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missiles program required a "determined response," and that the era of "strategic patience" with North Korea's government had ended.
          Washington plans $1.42 bn arms sale to Taiwan   
The State Department said the package included technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components. The US is the sole arms supplier to Taiwan, which China deems its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its control.
          Trump to press South Korea leader on trade as North looms   
Trump will press South Korean President Moon Jae-in to solve trade differences over cars and steel in meetings in Washington focusing on the nuclear threat from N Korea. Concerns about the US military's THAAD missile defense system and China's role in the region also are likely to come up in talks between Trump and Moon.
          Lockheed receives PAC-3 anti-ballistic missile contract   
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received a $39.2 million modification to an existing contract in support of several allied countries Patriot Advanced Capability-3 anti-ballistic missile systems. Under the modification, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, Lockheed would provide Pac-3 Support Center post-production re-capitalization and support services for Germany, Netherlands, Kuwait, Sa
          SM-3 Block IIA missile fails intercept test   
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Japan Ministry of Defense conducted a intercept test of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA in the ocean off Hawaii. The launch ended in failure when the SM-3 missed its target, a medium-range ballistic missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The launching ship, the USS John Paul Jones, successfully detected
          Israeli air-defense: A game of cat and mouse.   

THE THREAT IS NOT DIMINISHING Israel is currently facing a growing threat of accurate, guided projectiles that are being amassed by its enemies. Once reserved for great superpowers, today, non-state actors can obtain accurate, stand off weapons. They can use GPS-guided rockets and missiles, and off-the-shelf precision navigation technology. The arrival of guided enemy projectiles […]

The post Israeli air-defense: A game of cat and mouse. appeared first on The Blogs | The Times of Israel.

          Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Treasury Secreta   
06.29.17 12:47 PM James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:04 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. I would like to invite Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin up to speak first with all of you and take a few questions regarding a recent announcement on sanctions. And, as always, I will be back after to answer your questions. SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Thank you. Today, the Trump administration is continuing its efforts against the government of North Korea. Despite multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions imposing international sanctions, the government of North Korea continues its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Iran cracks down on Salafists in wake of Tehran attacks (Fazel Hawramy, June 30, 2017, Al Monitor)

The five young attackers who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) in a video released shortly after the attacks appear to have traveled from Kermanshah province to Tehran undetected in early June. The rare but deadly strikes targeted two of the most guarded locations in the capital: the parliament and the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

How these men obtained firearms and explosives to carry out the attacks is not clear, but Iranian officials have admitted that the country's security establishment was taken by surprise. On June 27, parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission held its second closed-door session to examine the June 7 attacks. "In this session, the new plan to maintain the security of the parliament and the ways to confront future possible incidents were discussed and necessary measures were taken," the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency reported about the meeting. Iran has held IS directly responsible for the attacks, but it ultimately blamed the United States and "regressive" regimes in the Persian Gulf region for supporting the group. As a symbolic gesture, on June 18 Iran fired several missiles from the Kurdish areas in the west of the country, where the attackers came from, at an IS position in northeast Syria. "Our enemies should know that Tehran is not London or Paris; this was a small measure, and if they make another mistake, we will strike them with deadlier attacks," said Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Since the June 7 attacks, security forces have taken no chances and have rounded up a large number of individuals mainly associated with Salafist groups in a bid to crack down on their activities, sources inside Iran and human rights activists from outside the country told Al-Monitor.

The Shi'a and Christians are fighting the same war.

          Quand va-t-on en finir avec ce cinéma grotesque des attaques chimiques d’Assad ?   


Marc Rousset

L’acteur de théâtre et joueur de flûte Macron a décidé de jouer un des premiers rôles dans la pantomime bouffonne des attaques chimiques d’Assad.

On a déjà eu droit aux armes de destruction massive de George W. Bush, qui rêvait de prendre possession du pétrole irakien à bon compte et d’installer un gouvernement fantoche contrôlé par l’Amérique ! On a vu ce que cela a donné, le plus étonnant étant que Bush ne soit pas convoqué devant un tribunal international pour crime contre l’humanité.

Trump, lui, nous a déjà pris pour des imbéciles en envoyant ses 59 missiles sur la base d’Al-Chaayrate pour une prétendue attaque chimique d’Assad, qui semble avoir été montée en fait de toutes pièces le 4 avril 2017 par la CIA, près de Khan Cheikhoun, dans le Nord-Ouest syrien. Il s’agissait en fait pour Trump de se dédouaner vis-à-vis de la Russie pour des raisons de politique interne aux USA.

Tout récemment, les avions américains ont également bombardé et tué quelques soldats d’Assad qui représentaient un danger potentiel pour des soldats américains engagés dans la province de Deir ez-Zor à l’est de la Syrie. La Russie et l’Iran n’ont pas été dupes et ont vivement protesté.

Que se passe-t-il, en réalité ? Quel est le véritable enjeu dans l’Est syrien ? Les Américains ne veulent surtout pas que l’armée d’Assad reprenne le contrôle de son territoire national dans cette province qui serait un point de passage obligé pour des gazoducs stratégiques à construire en provenance d’Iran, susceptibles d’aboutir en Méditerranée et de fournir l’Europe en gaz.
Mais, malheureusement pour l’Amérique, à cause de la proximité de l’Irak allié de l’Iran, le rapport militaire des forces ne lui est pas favorable dans cette province, d’où sa hargne, son agressivité et ses mensonges. Comment peut-on croire qu’Assad serait assez stupide, non seulement pour lancer une attaque chimique, mais aussi pour faire connaître ses intentions à l’avance ?

Macron n’aura pas tardé à nous montrer qu’il n’est pas gaulliste, mais bel et bien un « faux-cul » atlantiste à la solde de l’Amérique. La baudruche Macron a même proclamé que la France pourrait répliquer seule en cas d’attaque chimique avérée. Il faut que Trump et Macron arrêtent de jouer avec le feu face à l’Iran, aux armes et aux missiles russes. Pour couronner le tout, le ministre britannique Michael Fallon, autre valet de l’Amérique, se dit prêt à soutenir l’action tandis que Macron invite Trump pour le 14 Juillet à Paris afin de lui montrer nos avions ravitailleurs de plus de cinquante ans d’âge.

Le quinquennat Macron à peine commencé, l’on se prend déjà à rêver de l’accession prochaine et inéluctable, mais bien trop tardive, hélas, de la Droite nationale au pouvoir.

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          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.
          Is the US Really Ready for 'Unprecedented Actions' in Syria?   

Commenting on the above report, Alexander Gusev, a political analyst and director of the Institute for Strategic Planning noted to Sputnik Radio that the US broadcaster has previously discredited itself more than once, however this time the information might be truthful.

He pointed out that CNN reported on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush, along with two destroyers and two cruisers being deployed in the eastern Mediterranean Sea for routine patrol positions.

"The destroyers and cruisers could fire Tomahawk missiles without putting pilots in manned aircraft at risk. In addition, dozens of aircraft already in the Middle East for operations against ISIS (Daesh) in Syria and Iraq could be used in a potential strike," the broadcaster said.

In this connection, Alexander Gusev recalled the US missile attack on April 7, when it fired Tomahawk missiles at Shayrat airbase following claims that President Assad allegedly launched a chemical attack at Syria's Khan Sheikhoun. Damascus rejected all the accusations.

          U.S. Retreats From Al-Tanf – Gives Up on Occupying South East Syria   

The U.S. plan was to move from al-Tanf north towards the Euphrates river and to thereby capture and control the whole south-east of Syria. But Syria and its allies made an unexpected move and prevented that plan. The invaders are now cut off from the Euphrates by a Syrian west-to-east line that ends at the Iraqi border. On the Iraqi side elements of the Popular Military Unites under the command of the Iraqi government are moving to meet the Syrian forces at the border.The U.S. invaders are now sitting in the mid of a piece of rather useless desert around al-Tanf where their only option is to die of boredom or to move back to Jordan from where they came.

Syria Summary – The End Of The War Is Now In Sight – June 13

The U.S. military even moved a HIMARS missile launcher with 300 km reach from nearby Jordan to al-Tanf. That was a laughable stunt. It made no difference in capabilities from the earlier launcher position in Jordan just a few miles west. But someone the U.S. military believed that showing off such weapons in a doomed area would impress Syrian or Russian forces and change the facts of life. It didn’t. It was clear that the U.S. would have to move out.

That now seems to happen. A knowledgeable source just posted:
TØM C?T?@TomtheBasedCat – 3:38 PM – 29 Jun 2017:

Evidently Tanf FSA really are being flown to Shaddadi. Plan C is in effect.
There were several rumors to this regard since yesterday and the above now confirms them.

          Make No Mistake, We Are Already at War in Syria   

The war began in earnest when the Obama administration began building bases and sending Special Ops into Syria in the late summer of 2015, after the White House announced that it would “allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

That policy guaranteed escalation and direct American involvement in the conflict. In the last month, for the first time since the civil war in Syria began in 2011, the United States has directly attacked Syrian government forces or proxies four times, including two air attacks against Iranian militiamen allied to Damascus. Those moves were preceded by the April U.S. Navy launch of 59 cruise missiles in an attack directed against a Syrian air base. The recent escalation has produced a response from Russia, which decried in the strongest terms the latest of these incidents, in which a U.S. F-18 Hornet shot down a Syrian S U-22 fighter-bomber.

Moscow has now threatened to act against any U.S.-led coalition aircraft flying over western Syria, a step that could in short order lead to a Russian-U.S. war in the Middle East.

What will Trump do? I am afraid that the lesson learned from the cruise missile attack on a Syrian base in April was that using force is popular, repeat as necessary. That would be a major mistake, but there is every sign that some of the people around Trump have their eyes on escalating and “doing something” in Syria and also against Iran for starters, and if Russia gets in the way we can deal with them too.

          “It Can Easily Be Surmised That Military Action Is About To Occur” – Is Trump Preparing For A First Strike On North Korea?   

This past week there were many sources reporting on different events that come to play in the overall significance of a possibility of escalation into a war between the U.S. and Russia. Apparently, the Russians shot down an EQ-4 Drone, estimated to cost more than $200 million. The cost is not the most alarming thing: the function of this particular type of drone is to tie in communications between different units and branches in different areas of an operational region. The Russians allegedly shot down the drone with an S-300 interceptor missile over neutral waters of the Mediterranean from Tartus in Syria.

Hal Turner reported extensively on this event. At roughly the same time, numerous sources and sites released a tweet from President Trump dated 20 June 2017 that was worded both vaguely and with the potential for an ominous undertone. The tweet is as follows:

“While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”

From such a statement, it can easily be surmised that military action is about to occur, taking the form of a potential first strike by the United States. Backing up such an expostulation is the fact that President Trump on the 21st of June extended the state of emergency against North Korea in existence with several previous presidential Executive Orders already in effect. The President extended the state of emergency for another year. Plans for military action against North Korea are very much on the table and we are on the cusp.

          Demand for Russian Warships Skyrockets Amid Syria Campaign   

International demand for Russian warships has been picking up since the start of Russia’s military operation in Syria, President Putin’s adviser on military-technical cooperation with foreign countries, Vladimir Kozhin, told reporters on Monday.

“Everyone sees the great job our ships are doing there. Our ships are in high demand, especially frigates and corvettes,” Kozhin said, when asked how the impact Russia’s operation in Syria has had on the export of Russian naval ships.

“We have also seen an uptick in foreign demand for our high-speed boats, coastal defense systems and small boats equipped with drones,” Vladimir Kozhin added.

"The Russian Navy's Admiral Essen, Admiral Grigorovich frigates and Krasnodar submarine launched six Kalibr cruise missiles from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea on Daesh terrorist group targets in Syria," the ministry said in a statement.

The statement noted that the Krasnodat submarine carried out a submerged launch of the missiles.

          US federal court tosses out lawsuit over Yemeni men killed in drone strike   

In unanimous ruling, three-judge panel says court lacks authority to question government decision-making in strike that allegedly killed innocent bystanders

A US federal appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit by the families of two Yemeni men allegedly killed as innocent bystanders in a US drone strike in 2012.

The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit in Washington upheld a lower court’s finding that it lacked the authority to question decision-making by the government over the missile strike.

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          How can fiction compete with the drama of Donald Trump’s presidency?   

Fake news, alternative facts – US politics continually outstrips even the most outlandish imaginations. Thriller writers need a radical rethink

Fifty six years ago, a young Philip Roth despaired at the apparent inability of his chosen trade to compete with the world around him. “The American writer in the middle of the 20th century has his hands full in trying to understand, describe, and then make credible much of American reality,” the novelist declared in his essay Writing American Fiction. “It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally it is even a kind of embarrassment to one’s meagre imagination. The actuality is continually outdoing our talents, and the culture tosses up figures almost daily that are the envy of any novelist.”

Roth wrote those words in 1961, when he could look out on the America of John Kennedy, J Edgar Hoover and Malcolm X, not long before the Cuban missile crisis would see the world teeter on the edge of Armageddon. You can see why he felt those engaged in the pretences of fiction had to struggle to keep up when “the actuality” was generating characters of such vivid intensity and events of high drama.

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          U.S. likely to bar Japan investigators from interviewing warship crew, official says   

U.S. likely to bar Japan investigators from interviewing warship crew, official saysBy Tim Kelly TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States will likely bar Japanese investigators from interviewing USS Fitzgerald crew manning the guided missile destroyer when it was struck by a cargo ship in Japanese waters killing seven American sailors, a U.S. navy official said. The U.S. deaths were the greatest loss of life on a U.S. Navy vessel since the USS Cole was bombed by militants in Yemen's Aden harbor in 2000.

          Hong Kong greets Xi with massive military parade, as activists released on bail   
Tanks, missile launchers and chanting troops greeted President Xi Jinping in politically divided Hong Kong Friday, in a potent display of Chinese military might to ...
          Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (2017/HD)   
Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (2017/HD)

          Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (2017/SD)   
Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre - Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (2017/SD)

          Ultraman Gaia - Episode 44 - The Attack of the Space Monsters   

When the home planet of the Destruction Bringer is revealed, a plan is enacted to launch missiles at it via a wormhole. Fujimiya suspects humanity's aggressive response is exactly what their enemy is after, and convinces Gamu to try and shut down the attack.
          Trump, hosting Moon, sees 'many options' on N.Korea   
President Donald Trump welcomed South Korea's Moon Jae-In to the White House Friday for talks on how to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with the leaders at odds on whether to isolate or engage the regime.
          A Good Horse - And an Even Better Saddle   
The other day I got a late-pay notice from a government agency. I fretted over it for a while, imagining all kinds of economic burden to my little world. And then a picture popped up on the screen, of some crazed leader laughing with his generals in front of a high powered missile, capable of potentially sending a nuclear payload into my back yard. And I forgot all about my little problem.

There are many ways to look at things, in this age of disruption. We can bemoan the loss of freedoms we once took for granted, we can activate socially and make our voices heard and we can celebrate for our side. And that is what is being done in various quarters around the country and indeed, in the world.

In this country of Texas, where I live, there is a fierce independent streak. So much it can be seen as narrow, limiting even cruel. We have a low tax rate, and in return we have low services. Our local government congressional session operates for 140 days, every other year. So, for 140 days out of 730 they politicians are active. And for 590 days they are off wreaking havoc in the private sector.

For those of us who see survival and resilience as our goal, and wanting to move forward, I put up a mental picture, which evokes an erstwhile image of that desire for freedom that draws people to this place. The idea of a good horse with an even better saddle. And in the vinous mode of imaging, this applies as well.

Can Italian wine be the trail that I lead my horse down? Well it seems to have been for some time now, even if only in a metaphorical sense. I do see wine as the horse and the saddle, from time to time.

Right now, Nebbiolo is a great work horse. I find myself drawn to it in these times, for Nebbiolo really seems to have returned to its nature of being. All those years of struggling with dark, dense, chewy Barolos are over. Maybe they needed more time in the bottle, as we found out again, last week in Napa Valley. Maybe some of them should have never been made in that brawny overly- assertive style. And maybe, just maybe, the winemakers want to drink those Barolos and Barbarescos as much as some of us do.

I’m resigned with Tuscan Sangiovese being more emphatic in these times. Yes, the saddle is newer and shinier and the grain is tighter. I’ve had too many disappointing bottles of older Chianti, and Brunello. Maybe Tuscany is a little like Texas - in that a fierceness to its boldness is a symbol of craft, not detriment. That maybe, finally, the winemakers have seen Tuscany for what it really is – a place to make bold wines. Why not? It works out quite well for Napa Valley. There are plenty of good horses in Tuscany with handsome saddles. Give those wines 5- 10 or more years in the bottle and what develops might be seen in the future as a revolution, not a regression. I know, to some this sounds like heresy. I’m just looking out over the horizon and seeing the rainbows and the silver lining. Call me a dreamer.

And not just Italian wine. In the past week, there have been wines in glasses in front of me from Germany, from California from New Zealand. Those wines, like the people that come to America, made the trip, coming here for a reason. Maybe it was for economic purposes. Perhaps someone, far away, decided it would be a good idea - a goal - to reach these shores. Whatever the reasoning, they (and we) are here. And from the pleasant encounters I’ve had, I’d say this will continue. That is, if the mad little man with the funny hairdo doesn’t launch his missile. Nuclear winter as an antidote to global warming? I’m not praying for this.

I have no missiles, no rockets, no arsenal of mass destruction. All I can do is make sure I do have a good horse, and an even better saddle. With Italian wine, we’re in pretty good hands these days. Now we just need to go about setting the rest of the world right, eh?

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          Zerovero e dintorni   

Ieri 4 Marzo 2016, Lucio Dalla avrebbe compiuto 73 anni. Peccato che finora il cantautore bolognese non sia mai stato citato (così almeno credo) nelle catene di Zerovero. Avrei letto con piacere qualche riferimento a Futura o altre canzoni a me note, visto che riferimenti ad altri autori mi mettono in crisi facilmente, siccome la mia cultura di musica leggera è molto scarsa, con l'aggravante che detesto il Festival di Sanremo.
Potreste poi trovare in un'altra pagina del presente blog, come e perché io conosca Lucio Dalla cantautore.

Inoltre, per restare in discorso, vedrei volentieri nelle parole delle enigmatiche catene anche qualche riferimento alla musica operistica, al fine di compensare il grosso vantaggio che viene spesso elargito ai giovani, in genere esperti di "canzonette".
Comunque vorrei puntualizzare che non ho alcun legame con gli autori di Zerovero, quindi invito i miei affezionati lettori a non mettermi in cattiva luce con la redazione RSI, soprattutto se mi capita di formulare delle critiche più o meno azzeccate. Tanto per fare un esempio, vorrei citare il piccolo putiferio scatenato dall'aggettivo "filoticinese" da me usato in un'accezione piuttosto benevola, suscitando invece diversi commenti non esenti da veri e propri insulti.
Malgrado tutto, il contatore di accessi mi conferma che molti Svizzeri consultano regolarmente il mio blog per le soluzioni Zerovero; certamente un fedelissimo si trova a Gisikon (o dintorni) collezionando 614 accessi, oppure a Chiasso con 329 ma anche nella Svizzera francese ci sono diversi aficionados che superano come niente fosse i 100 accessi (100 tondi tondi da Lutry, 212 da Prilly, 133 da Losanna eccetera). Non posso tacere i 292 accessi di un iPad-ista di Bellinzona e neppure i 207 di un PC-ista di Contone. Ma quello che mi sconcerta sono i 142 accessi di un PC dalle Asturie in Spagna, molto più incredibile dei 147 da Varese, 111 da Torino, 210 da Novara, oppure 205 da Phuket.
Il massimo è invece il record di 1036 accessi di un iPad con la Bluewin. Mi dia, per favore, sue notizie nei commenti!? Mi scuso per non citare molti altri supporter ticinesi o confederati, che preferisco non svelare: voi sapete chi siete e io pure.
Da ultimo, desidero confermare la funzione benefica per l'economia svizzera del mio blog zerovero-oriented, dal momento che vedo un buon numero d'impiegati che perdono pochissimo tempo sulle mie pagine nel trovare e mandare dall'ufficio le soluzioni Zerovero, al fine di vincere i 500 franchi in palio ogni mese fra i solutori del gioco online.
Da parte mia confermo di aver giocato da vari anni senza vincere mai niente: chiedo formalmente alla redazione RSI l'istituzione di alcuni piccoli premi di consolazione come incentivo a giocare, sperando meno invano.
Non sarebbe male poi, se uno dei fortunati vincitori, avendo desunto dalle mie fatiche la soluzione, riconoscesse i miei meriti, almeno formalmente nei commenti o persino con una piccola, simbolica tangente.

Concludendo mi pare che l'attuale formula di questa pagina (che si è venuta perfezionando nello svelare l'anello-soluzione finale senza mettere la totalità della catena, salvo qualche aiuto parziale a mia discrezione) non susciti critiche dai più pigri, pur lasciando margini di gratificazione nella ricerca della soluzione. Chi avesse un'idea migliore è pregato di farsi vivo nei commenti.

Lunedì 07.03.2016: Catena agevole con anello finale tra Partito - RADICALE - Libero.
Mi era parsa molto facile e priva di tranelli: invece registro 1160 page views con 299 returning visits.

08.03.2016 L'accoppiata tra Superman e Metallo consente la conclusione tra Fiore - SOFFIONE - Doccia.
Tutto sommato facile e priva di ambiguità: il contatore dice 982 page views con 264 returning visits.

09.03.2016 Talpa Enrico Chiesa favoriscono l'anello finale tra Peso - FORMA - Cortesia.
Quasi facile, ma non immediata: con 756 page views con 228 returning visits.

10.03.2016 Una (stella) gigante rossa indirizza all'anello tra Associazione - CATEGORIA - Prima.
Discreta, ma non del tutto: supera la media con 977 page views con 285 returning visits.

11.03.2016 Casa e Chiesa, 1860 Monaco, preludono all'anello tra Primavera - CLASSICHE - Lingue.
Ridendo e scherzando, il contatore registra 1118 page views con 318 returning visits.

14.03.2016 Il calcio è un metallo che aiuta a completare l'anello tra Continenti - DERIVA - Barca. Evvai!
Mi era parsa molto facile e priva di tranelli: infatti registro 642 page views con 239 returning visits.

15.03.2016 Anche l'aglio ha un'anima e porta all'anello tra Preliminare - UDIENZA - Papa.
Quasi facile e immediata: con 618 page views con 235 returning visits.

16.03.2016 Concatenazione lineare, poco impegnativa, salvo per l'anello tra Conversazione - SALOTTO - Letterario.
Quasi facile, ma non immediata: con 790 page views e 263 returning visits.

17.03.2016 Catena irta di ambigue alternative. 31 ottobre porta all'anello tra Chiuso - CIRCUITO - Spa.
Solito abbonamento: con 677 page views con 236 returning visits.

18.03.2016 Senza seconda Internazionale non si arriva all'anello tra Sistema - BINARIO - Morto.
Solita quota di affezionati: con 769 page views con 257 returning visits.

21.03.2016 Catena primaverile che culmina con l'anello tra Triangolo - ZERO - Ora. Auguri!
Accessi in calando: 548 page views con 208 returning visits.

22.03.2016 Coi (filoelvetici) punti Mondo si arriva alla soluzione tra Libro - APERTO - Pubblico.
Discretamente facile, solito abbonamento: con 577 page views con 233 ret. visits.

23.03.2016 Concatenazione discreta per l'anello finale tra Restare - GENERICO - Farmaco. Elegante!
Accessi in crescendo: 705 page views con 260 returning visits.

24.03.2016 Catena classica discreta con l'anello finale tra Fame - MORSI - Presidente.
Accessi in notevole crescita: 973 page views con 338 returning visits. Dunque enigma impegnativo.

25.03.2016 Catena classica discreta con soluzione finale tra Pistola - CARICATORE - Telefono.
Solito normale abbonamento: con 592 page views con 235 returning visits.

28.03.2016 Enigma troppo facile facile, con finale in tema tra Festa - PASQUA - Uovo.
Crollo di accessi (tutti fuori, uffici chiusi): 242 page views, 71 returning visits.

29.03.2016 Catena agevole (quasi deludente) con esito conclusivo tra Criniera - CAVALLO - Dondolo.
Ad usum Delphini? Proprio così infatti: le catene di questa settimana sono dichiaratamente calibrate su un pubblico di giovani in vacanza.
Scarso movimento: con 329 page views e 138 returning visits.

30.03.2016 Gioco da ragazzi con anello finale tra Tiziano - FERRO - Braccio.
Accessi molto modesti: 295 p.v. & 120 r.v.

31.03.2016 È facile illudersi e sentirsi bravi con questa soluzione tra Numero - SETTE - Nani.
Persino il contatore si duole della facilità di questi giorni: 249 page views, 97 returning visits.

32.03.2016 Soluzione già presente alle 9.02: Pantera - ROSA - Fiore.
Fine settimana di scarso movimento: solamente con 253 page views e 111 returning visits.

04.04.2016 Accordo in Re media l'enigmatico anello tra Colpo - GRAZIA - Stato.
Immediato rientro in numero di accessi consueto: 776 page views, 270 returning visits.

05.04.2016 Concatenazione agevole con finale arduo tra Libero - PENSATORE - Scultura.
Media difficoltà: contatore a 701 page views con 257 returning visits.

06.04.2016 Concatenazione agevole con finale arduo tra Olio - LUCERNA - Planetario.
Piacevolmente (o perfidamente) filoelvetico. Infatti, accessi in crescita: 1008 page views con 302 returning visits.

07.04.2016 Il gioco si fa sempre più filoelvetico: bene così. Ottimo l'anello tra Prezzi - MISTER - Allenatore.
Meno del solito, normale abbonamento: con 522 page views e 227 returning visits.

08.04.2016 Catena discretamente ermetica che si conclude tra Forbice - MOLARE - Dente.
Discreto. Solito, normale abbonamento: con 566 page views e 232 returning visits.

11.04.2016 Concatenazione intuitiva che culmina tra Curling - GUARDIA - Vecchia.
Enigma di media difficoltà: contatore a 546 page views con 204 returning visits.

12.04.2016 Conoscendo Flavio Sala e la farina di pesce si giunge all'anello tra Pesce - NASELLO - Occhiali.
Difficile? Una cosa giusta: contatore a 617 page views con 242 returning visits.

13.04.2016 Concatenazione divertente e stimolante fino alla soluzione finale tra Tigre - BENGALA - Fiammifero.
Facilino invece, secondo il contatore: 486 page views con 188 returning visits.

14.04.2016 Solo conoscendo il Tondo Doni s'arriva all'anello tra Puglia - FOGGIA - Abito.
Fatali i Doni della Morte: accessi a 789 page views con 262 returning visits.

15.04.2016 L'accoppiata Cielo-Manca consente di giungere all'anello tra Palazzo - VETRO - Schiena.
Discreto enigma, secondo il contatore: 584 page views con 231 returning visits.

18.04.2016 Ciccio-Formaggio, Museo-Tortura portano all'anello tra Prezzo - FASCIA - Capelli.
Non facile, se ha ricevuto 829 page views e 285 returning visits.

19.04.2016 Pareva difficilissimo, invece la soluzione tra Müller - XENO - Fari è presto evidente.
Nella media: 649 p.v. - 254 r.v.

20.04,2016 Ambigua concatenazione ove Val Colla mena alla finale tra Fondo - POZZO - Luna.
Discreto. Solito, normale abbonamento: con 575 page views e 229 returning visits.

21.04.2016 Catena facile e immediata, con anello finale tra Parte - LESA - Maestà.
Nella media bassa: 499 p.v. - 221 r.v.

22.04.2016 Concatenazione ambigua quanto basta per soluzione ardua tra Finestra - GHIGLIOTTINA - Clausola.
Discreto enigma, secondo il contatore: 688 page views con 265 returning visits.

25.04.2016 ¶ Oggi qui pro quo a stufo: anello conclusivo resistente tra Piede - MOSCA - Bianca.
Anche il contatore propende per una certa difficoltà: ossia 881 page views con 284 returning visits

26.04.2016 Enigma "tigre di carta", con anello finale tra Pace - OASI - Deserto.
Infatti il numero di accessi propende per una certa facilità: 487 p.w. con 211 r.v.

27.04.2016 Oggi ottimo enigma con soluzione finale tra Passato - REMOTO - Controllo.
PS: Da una circolare del controspionaggio elvetico apprendo che gli autori di zerovero consultano sicuramente: per rifornirsi il "carniere filoticinese". A buon intenditor…
PPS: inoltre il conta-accessi di questa mia pagina segnala 90.2% from Switzerland, 9.1% from Italy.
Accessi del giorno: 587 p.v. con 230 r.v.

28.04.2016 Mia Martini porta all'anello finale tra Anima - PENA - Capitale.
Discreto: 594 page views & 227 returning visits.

29.04.2016 Cadere in piedi facilita la soluzione odierna tra Pezza - APPOGGIO - Punto.
Nella media bassa, quindi facilino: 499 page views & 216 returning visits.

02.05.2016 Concatenazione classica per anello classicheggiante tra Vite - PARALLELE - Esercizio.
Classico anche il contatore: 585 page views & 254 returning visits.

03.05.2016 Catena fuori dal comune con anello tra Osso - PALATINO - Colle.
Accessi normali, dunque discretamente facile: 570 p.v. & 242 r. v.

04.05.2016 Catena su onde corte che culmina nella tripletta tra Ridurre - STRACCIO - Passare.
Discreto enigma. Solito, normale abbonamento: con 657 page views e 250 returning visits.

05.05.2016 Catena non immediata (tredicesima accordo) che si conclude tra Lampadina - SPOT - Pubblicitario.
Accessi normali, ossia discretamente facile: 617 p.v. & 204 r. v.

06.05.2016 Concatenazione impegnativa con anello finale tra Fondo - CIMA - Corda.
Elegante! Infatti registra 700 page views con 226 returning visits.

09.05.2016 Catena classica con estremi finali tra Fumo - CAPPA - San Martino.
Al solito: 563 page views e 225 returning visits.

10.05.2016 Trovando aperto in discoteca e malgrado i problemi di Google, anello finale tra Pittore - CAVALLETTO - Bicicletta.
Impegnativo, dice il contatore. Riportando 760 page views e 252 returning visits.

11.05.2016 Catena alquanto complicata che si risolve tra Tessuto - TARTAN - Pista.
Discreto enigma. Solito, normale abbonamento: con 588 page views e 259 returning visits.

12.05.2016 Concatenazione impegnativa con soluzione agevole tra Testa - PONTE - Radio.
Come al solito, normale abbonamento: con 661 page views e 251 returning visits.

13.05.2016 Grazie a Punto di Fuga e Piazza del Sole si giunge alla soluzione tra Parte - CIVILE - Abito.
REGOLARISSIMO, INCREDIBILE: con 645 page views e 251 returning visits.

Guardate la puntata di stasera e ditemi se devo iscrivermi per partecipare al gioco televisivo.

Non c'è da essere fieri del mio intervento a Zerovero, ma ormai il dado è tratto: quindi ecco qui il risultato.
Puntata RSI di venerdì 13.05

16.05.2016 Evitando via col vento, catena ai margini della legge per l'anello finale tra Gesto - CORNA - Giraffa.
Accessi in leggero crescendo: 739 page views con 219 returning visits.

17.05.2016 Con tè nel deserto si perviene alla soluzione tra Spia - RISERVA - Indiana.
Enigma discreto, accessi stabili a 657 page views con 260 r. v.

18.05.2016 Enigma raffinato ove la Digitale è una pianta che aiuta verso la soluzione tra Premio - FEDELTÀ - Alta.
Ancora enigma discreto, accessi stabili a 604 page views con 250 r. v.

19.05.2016 Catena impegnativa. Ma il gioco della campana propizia l'anello tra Vetro - TEMPERATO - Clima.
Ancora enigma valido, accessi stabili a 760 page views con 273 r. v.

20.05.2016 Catena irta di perfidie (vedi commenti) che si risolve tra Aereo - STALLO - Scacchi.
Come al solito, normale abbonamento: con 729 page views e 247 returning visits.

23.05.2016 Dove sono finiti quelli che si lamentavano per la catena troppo facile?
Anello finale tra Accademico - BACIO - Schiocco. Discreto: 669 p.v. 232 r.v.

24.05.2016 Enigma Bello un Sacco che culmina con Campana - MARTELLO - Dito.
Come al solito, discreto: con 596 page views e 236 returning visits.

25.05.2016 Pianta stabile aiuta a completare l'ineffabile anello finale tra Rugby - PILONE - Autostradale.
Mi era parso più difficile, invece solo 501 page views con 221 r. v.

26.05.2016 Bottiglia Verde porta all'agevole anello tra Armi - PUGNO - Occhio.
Mi era parso più difficile, invece solo 483 page views con 191 returning visits.

27.05.2016 Nota Re Sole propiziano l'anello finale tra Saluto - SALVE - Colpo.
Tutto sommato discreto enigma: 463 - 208 sono gli accessi.

30.05.2016 Tenere presente. Catena lineare che si conclude tra Missile - CROCIERA - Velocità.
Accessi stabili: 536 page views con 237 returning visits.

31.05.2016 Catena bella e stimolante con soluzione finale impegnativa tra Sfinge - BIGIO - Pane.
Ben nascosta. Infatti abbiamo 973 page views con 325 returning visits.

01.06.2016 Fuoco artificiale per l'anello conclusivo tra Militari - PIASTRINE - Sangue.
Tutto sommato discreto enigma: 648 - 258 sono gli accessi conseguenti.

02.06.2016 Catena da uscire in sordina per anello tra Tromba - PISTONE - Cilindro.
Come al solito, discreto: con 601 page views e 233 returning visits.

03.06.2016 Concatenazione intuitiva per un finale tra Mazza - ERCOLE - Colonne.
Diventa un'abitudine: con 546 page views e ben 241 returning visits.

06.06.2016 Un'ancora di salvezza per l'anello tra Maggiordomo - BATTISTA - Confessione.
Tutto sommato discreto enigma: 546 - 230 sono gli accessi significativi.

07.06.2016 Un letto a castello per l'anello tra Nome - LEGGE - Giungla.
Ancora una volta, discreto enigma: 598 - 256 sono i numeri significativi.

08.06.2016 Catena filoticinese con Pizzo Magno e anello strano tra Barba - LAMETTE - Rettore.
Abbastanza facile: il contatore riporta 494 page views e 229 returning visits.

09.06.2016 Manhattan è un'isola e pure un cocktail: anello finale tra Discorso - FIUME - Piena.
Accessi in vistoso calo: 536 page views con 168 returning visits.

10.06.2016 Prossimo appuntamento Zerovero a lunedì 29.08.2016.
Grazie a tutti i solerti risolutori/trici. Iscrivetevi al gioco televisivo, siete più bravi di me.

N.B. Eventuali commenti su Zerovero non sono più validi su questa pagina
          Tension In Asia As China Flexes Muscles   
The Chinese Navy launched a new destroyer on Wednesday at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. The People’s Liberation Army Navy claimed that the 10,000-tonne domestically designed and produced vessel is the first of the Asian giant’s new generation of destroyers. In a statement, the Navy said that the deadly vessel, equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, […]

          Oliver Stone Tells Ron Paul: Edward Snowden Is The "Most American Of Patriots"   

Director Oliver Stone, who’s recently released series “The Putin Interviews” stirred up controversy among liberals who accused him of being a Russian propagandist, appeared on the Liberty Report with former Texas Congressman Ron Paul to discuss the documentary, his views about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and why the US’s aggressive approach to containing the purported threat posed by Russia has led to a breakdown in relations between the two powers.

Stone said he’s been “interested” in Russia since being raised as a conservative in New York City, claiming that his father instilled a “fear” of Communism and Russians in him at a young age. In the early 1980s, Stone visited the country for the first time as a screenwriter with the idea of interviewing several dissidents. He has returned several times since. In particular, Stone has become interested in the case of Snowden, whom he praised as “the most American of patriots.”

“I was interested in Russia – I went back into the 2000s. The Snowden story occupied me. And of course, it’s so ironic that he the most American of patriots is living in Moscow because he has to. It’s the only country in the world that would give him asylum -  in other words it’s the only country in the word that can deny the US what it wants which is Snowden.”


“[Putin] explained to me that Russians wanted an extradition treaty with the US for years, but nothing doing, because there are a lot of Russian criminals in America who stole money from Russia. He did nothing wrong in Russian terms so they gave him asylum - now its 3 years 5 years whatever its going to be. I wish Ed well I really do.”

Stone tried explaining Putin’s point of view regarding the breakdown in relations between the US and Russia that has occurred since the end of the George W Bush presidency, saying the US’s decision to install new ABM defenses have greatly unsettled Russians, who see their installation as an encroachment.

“We come around now to this period in 2017…for some reason an improving US-Russia relationship deteriorated completely. Mr. Putin in his interview goes into the ABM treaty, he goes into the expansion of NATO and the American support of terrorism in the caucuses while the Russians were helping them in Afghanistan.”


“That’s an important issue for them. Many American lives were saved. I think you talked about those three issues NATO, ABM, the support of terrorism.”

The ABM installations, in particular, are threatening a policy of “nuclear parity” that has existed since the Soviet Union, Stone said, adding that the notion that Russia is a threat to the US is “insanity,” given Russia's weaker economy and less powerful military.

“ABM destroys the nuclear parity that existed. When Mr. Bush tore that up in 2001, that was a signal that the US wanted nuclear superiority, or a first strike option.”

Stone also shared a story about watching the movie “Dr. Strangelove” with Putin, who he said was greatly moved.

“I showed him the movie Dr. Strangelove…and he watched it very serious about it. He said this movie was very accurate of that time and it’s still accurate today.”

Circling back to the issue of nuclear deterrents, Stone said he’s worried that rising tensions around the world could trigger a “nuclear confrontation.”

“I’m saying I have reached that age when I am not really concerned about what happens to me but… it’s not just about the US, but about the whole planet and I feel a nuclear confrontation, an accident, could happen tomorrow. But you put ABMs in Poland and Romania - that’s a gigantic mistake.”


“An ABM can be converted overnight from a defensive missile to an offensive missile. They’re surrounded from the North the East and the West by US missiles and we don’t seem to realize it.”

Stone says he’s “scared for America,” explaining that many US citizens prefer to blindly accept media spin that’s favorable to the US establishment, without questioning it, or trying to understand Russia’s point of view.

“It’s a good thing I went through JFK when I was younger…there’s been a lot of controversy around my movies. I’m scared not for myself because I’m at that age, they can’t destroy me anymore, but I’m scared for America, I’m afraid they’ve lost their sense. I’m afraid there’s a lack of foresight and leadership.”

Stone denied allegations that he provided questions to Putin ahead of time, and said the four-part documentary is a great opportunity for Americans to learn more about Russia’s enigmatic leader.

“Over four hours you can listen to a man who’s been there 16 years talk about the balance of power. We live in this spin cycle like a laundry every day it’s a crisis and I think that’s the way we like it, it creates more money but this is not a view of the world.”

          Check out an inverted F-35 firing off a missile to test performance under negative G forces   

Check out an inverted F-35 firing off a missile to test performance under negative G forcesAs the F-35 marches closer to full combat readiness, pilots test the jet in ever more challenging...

          Obama administration eases policy on preventing civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria   
A Yemeni boy walks past a mural reading " Why did you kill my family" on Dec. 13, 2013, in the capital Sanaa. A new report says that a drone strike on a wedding in southern Yemen a day earlier may have killed up to a dozen civilians. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

A Yemeni boy walks past a mural reading ” Why did you kill my family” on Dec. 13, 2013, in the capital Sanaa. A new report says that a drone strike on a wedding in southern Yemen a day earlier may have killed up to a dozen civilians. Photo by Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without “near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.”

But amid unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties, the White House said this week that U.S. bombing in Iraq and Syria is not being held to the near-certainty standard. And the Pentagon, hamstrung by limitations in intelligence gathering, has been unable to determine in many cases whether the casualty reports are true.

“We do take extreme caution and care in the conduct of these missions,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said. “But there’s risk in any military operation. There’s a special kind of risk when you do air operations.”

When Obama outlined his strategy to fight the Islamic State group earlier this month, he cited as parallels the limited U.S. counterterrorism campaigns in Yemen and Somalia, where American drone missile strikes have targeted al-Qaida-linked militants. Aides said he was also thinking of Pakistan but didn’t mention those strikes because drone killings there are entirely the work of an officially unacknowledged CIA operation.

But when it comes to civilian casualties, it has become clear that the targeted killing model that Obama has expanded and honed throughout his presidency does not apply to the more intensive military operation against the Islamic State and the Khorasan Group in Iraq and Syria.

According to the White House, the reason the near-certainty standard is not applicable turns on a fine point of international law — the theory that the U.S. is not involved in “active hostilities” in Yemen and Somalia, but is in Syria and Iraq. Such distinctions are controversial, given the frequency with which American bombs and bullets have flown in both countries.

A more practical reason is that the self-imposed rules on drone strikes against al-Qaida are simply too restrictive for a conventional military air campaign against the Islamic State group, which the U.S. says is both a terrorist group and an occupying army, and has ordered the Pentagon to destroy.

“It is much different in scope and complexity” than Yemen and Somalia, said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., an intelligence committee member. “I think it will be very hard to apply the very restrictive rules they put in place for other theaters.”

The drone attacks in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan are carried out either by the CIA or, at times in Yemen and Somalia, the military’s Joint Special Operations Command. They employ Hellfire missiles, relatively small munitions designed to destroy people and vehicles.

In Iraq and Syria, the Air Force and Navy are using cruise missiles and conventional guided bombs to destroy buildings and other infrastructure that Hellfires can’t bring down. Allies, including Britain, France and Arab countries, are also using conventional bombs.

While most of the air strikes have been directed at the Islamic State group, the U.S. also used cruise missiles to attack the Syria headquarters of the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting attacks on the West. Syrian opposition figures have said that one of those missiles went astray Sept. 23 and killed women and children in the village of Kafr Daryan near Aleppo.

All told, human rights groups have said that as many as two dozen civilians have been killed in U.S. and allied bombings in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. military says it hasn’t confirmed any civilian death but hasn’t ruled it out in every case, either.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the near-certainty standard was intended to apply “only when we take direct action outside areas of active hostilities.”

Military officials say they are taking great care to avoid civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, consistent with international law. But international law does not require a near certainty that civilians won’t be harmed in military strikes. U.S. officials say harm to noncombatants is inevitable in a large bombing campaign —especially when the enemy is embedded in civilian areas.

Obama himself made that point in his 2013 speech, in the context of explaining why targeted drone campaigns are preferable to conventional war when it comes to counter terrorism.

“Conventional airpower or missiles are far less precise than drones and are likely to cause more civilian casualties and more local outrage,” the president said.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said this week that the U.S is relying mainly on intelligence-gathering technology such as satellites, drones and overhead surveillance flights to determine whether there have been civilian casualties.

As a result, “It’s much harder for us to be able to know for sure what it is we’re hitting, what it is we’re killing and what is collateral damage,” said Tom Lynch, a retired colonel and former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is now a fellow at the National Defense University.

Warren acknowledged that the Pentagon could not say for sure that every person killed in the bombing of Iraq and Syria has been a combatant.

After the near-certainty standard was imposed on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, the frequency of strikes dropped precipitously, and the use of so-called signature strikes — attacks aimed at large groups of armed men who fit the profile of militants but whose names were not all known to the CIA — was curtailed.

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          News Wrap: Human rights group says Syrian rebels killed, kidnapped civilians   

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JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news, Wall Street racked up a second day of big gains on hopes for a settlement in Washington. The Dow Jones industrial average added 111 points to close at 152,37. The Nasdaq rose 31 points to close near 3,792. For the week, the Dow gained 1 percent; the Nasdaq fell about half-a-percent.

The agency working to destroy chemical weapons in Syria won the Nobel Peace Prize today. The Norwegian Nobel Committee honored the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. It had been widely speculated the prize might go to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls. We will have more on the Peace Prize right after the news summary.

Human Rights Watch charged today that rebels in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and kidnapped more than 200 others in attacks on August 4. It happened during a rebel offensive in the coastal province of Latakia. Witnesses told of entire families being executed. Human Rights Watch says Islamist groups, including two linked to al-Qaida, led the offensive.

LAMA FAKIH, Human Rights Watch: The coordinated nature and advance planning that went into this operation shows that this is not just the work of some rogue fighters within these rebel groups, but, rather, this was a planned attack against a civilian population. For that reason, we do believe that the abuses amount to — or may amount to crimes against humanity. They certainly amount to war crimes.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The rebels are mainly Sunni Muslims. The victims of the attack belonged to the minority Alawite sect, which supports President Bashar al-Assad.

Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan today to help revive security talks. He met with President Hamid Karzai to discuss keeping some U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014. Talks have stalled over how to preserve Afghan sovereignty. Also today, an Afghan official said U.S. troops have captured a senior Pakistani Taliban commander in Afghanistan.

A massive tropical cyclone barreled toward Eastern India today. The powerful storm had grown so large, 1,000 miles across, it almost filled the Bay of Bengal. The storm is also — is already whipping up seas, and could have winds of 135 miles an hour when it hits India tomorrow night. Tens of thousands of residents along the coast have been ordered to flee to safety.

The U.S. Air Force has fired the commander of its nuclear missile force. Major General Michael Carey was responsible for the Air Force’s 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. He’s been reassigned over alleged personal misconduct. Earlier this week, the Navy fired a vice admiral who oversaw nuclear weapons. He’s being investigated over gambling issues.

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          News Wrap: U.N. Reports 60,000 Dead in Syria Since Civil War Began Two Years Ago   

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HARI SREENIVASAN: Wall Street started the year with a bang, as the fiscal cliff deal put an end to fears of sweeping tax hikes and spending cuts. The Dow Jones industrial average surged 308 points to close at 13,412, its biggest gain in a year. The Nasdaq rose more than 92 points to close at 3,112.

The civil war in Syria yielded grim new numbers today. The U.N. human rights office reported the number of dead has risen sharply over previous figures.

We have a report narrated by Alex Thomson of Independent Television News.

Some of the images may be disturbing.

ALEX THOMSON: Truly shocking, the words of the U.N. officials. Syrians need no persuading of that. The figure that now 60,000, not 40,000, are dead in a war approaching 2-years-old will surprise nobody here.

Today, at least another 30 or so added to that death list. Somebody fired missiles into the petrol station. They had had none here for four days. News was spreading fast that the resupply was happening, and the place was crowded — vulnerable human bodies, metal, concrete, fire, and high explosive.

We can only show you a little of what took place here. Government jets were filmed apparently bombing Damascene suburbs, as they do almost every day. Activists blamed the government forces for the petrol station attack.

But with the government restricting access to outside journalists, there’s really no way of verifying who did what or why. It is the story of the Syrian civil war. And just last week, the same United Nations left more or less wringing its hands, its diplomats saying talking is the only way out of this bloody stalemate, but nobody wants to talk seriously. Neither side wants to talk directly to the other at all right now.

HARI SREENIVASAN: In another development, the family of American journalist James Foley announced he’s missing in Syria. He was seized by gunmen near the Turkish border in late November.

In India, several thousand women staged a new protest over the gang-rape of a 23-year-old medical student, who died of her injuries. The protesters held a silent march in New Delhi to the Gandhi memorial. They called for reforms in the justice system and a national focus on sexual violence. The six suspects in the gang rape and murder are to be formally charged tomorrow.

The U.S. Coast Guard kept close watch today on a grounded oil drilling barge in the Gulf of Alaska. The Royal Dutch/Shell barge was being towed Monday night when it broke loose in stormy conditions. Since then, rough seas have hampered efforts to board the drilling vessel to assess any damage. But a federal response coordinator at the scene said there are no signs of a fuel leak.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett sued today to overturn NCAA sanctions against Penn State University. The sanctions followed the scandal over sexual abuse of children by a former Penn State football coach, Jerry Sandusky. He’s now in prison. Corbett asked a federal court to throw out all of the penalties against the school, including a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on bowl games and a loss of athletic scholarships.

GOV. TOM CORBETT, R-Penn.: A handful of top NCAA officials simply inserted themselves into an issue they had no authority to police under their own bylaws, and one that was clearly being handled by the justice system. They used Penn State’s tarnished public image as an opportunity to force the university to endure harsh, unjustified, and unprecedented punishments.

HARI SREENIVASAN: In response, the NCAA said the lawsuit is an affront to Sandusky’s victims and has no merit.

Those are some of the day’s major stories.

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          Refugees and Rebels Flee Syrian Conflict Areas as Government Troops Advance   

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GWEN IFILL: Now to Syria, with two reports from inside Aleppo, as the nation’s largest city endures its tenth day of fierce battle between government troops and rebels.

The fighting there has centered in the southwestern neighborhood of Salahuddin. The United Nations reports that 200,000 of the city’s 2.5 million residents have already fled.

We begin with John Ray of Independent Television News.

JOHN RAY: The battle for these streets could yet decide fate of all Syria. So, rebels fight hard to retain a foothold at the heart of the city, while state TV shows Assad’s soldiers hunting them down.

If this scene looks slightly staged, in the past few days, we have witnessed the awesome reality of the regime’s firepower. On the outskirts of Aleppo, we come under a barrage of shell and rocket attacks, a bombardment that last several hours.

At dawn, thick smoke fills the air. And terrified, the few remaining residents are packing up to leave, joining an exodus the U.N. says is 200,000 strong.

The streets around me here are now almost entirely deserted, except for a few Free Syrian Army fighters. That’s a suburb of 30,000 people that has emptied out as the fighting has intensified in the city below. And about a kilometer from here, dug in, a detachment of Syrian army tanks.

Today, a fierce firefight said to be at a checkpoint to the north of the city, rebels claim victory here, looting weapons and ammunition, celebrating on top of a captured tank. The regime cannot afford to lose Aleppo. It says it’s purging Syria’s second city of terrorists. So much disputed, only one certainty: more bloodshed and more names to carve on gravestones, though, in this town, we’re told, the stone mason has already run for his life.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And to a second report from Aleppo.

Margaret Warner spoke to James Foley from our partner GlobalPost. They talked via Skype earlier today.

MARGARET WARNER: James Foley, thanks for speaking with us.

So what’s the state of the conflict right now between the rebels, who came in about 10 days ago, and the government forces now mounting this assault?

JAMES FOLEY, GlobalPost: We hear a lot about the battle for Aleppo as being one of the critical battles.

And it seems like the Syrian army is trying to really demoralize the rebels by using Syrian fighter jets. We saw MiG fighter jets yesterday swooping down, firing missiles and rockets, followed by of course helicopters that they have used for a while now. So this is a terrifying tactic.

They have also made tank probes into places like Salahuddin. A lot of activists speculate that the real battle hasn’t started yet, they’re just testing the area.

It would seem that, if Assad loses Aleppo, surely this is a huge blow for him, and he wouldn’t be able to tolerate that, Aleppo being the industrial capital.

MARGARET WARNER: Assad used to enjoy support from the business community in Aleppo. What can you tell about how the population feels now, where their sympathies lie?

JAMES FOLEY: We were here weeks before fighting broke out. And it was very interesting, because there’s wealthiest neighborhoods in Aleppo that look like Amman or Beirut untouched by fighting, untouched by protests, wealthier shops, and, of course, very nice homes.

And the question is, have these people gone, fled to Lebanon? Have they fled to Turkey? Or are they just staying in their houses for now to see what happens? There’s still power in these parts of the city. They’re not being shelled. And there are still army positions. The places that are shelled, as I said, are beginning to look like the worst war zones in Syria now.

MARGARET WARNER: Well, James Foley, thanks so much for doing this. And stay safe.

JAMES FOLEY: Thanks. I appreciate you guys.

GWEN IFILL: There was another high-level defection from the Syrian government today. The top diplomat in London said he would no longer represent the Assad regime.

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          Pacific Rim - Kaiju Mutavore 7" Action Figure   

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          Trump strikes at China with arms sales to Taiwan   
Crazy hot this weekend on the coast, but good riding.

The Trump Administration State Department released a large arms deal for Taiwan, something which has been long predicted but had been held up. According to Defense News, the deal was worth $1.3 on the surface, but will need Congressional approval and may end up below that figure. Lawmakers have 30 days to object, according to AP....
The State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4 billion, the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office, officials said Thursday.

The sale will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.
Note that the routine formula is followed: we learn that China will be angry, but we do not learn that the people of Taiwan -- our ally! -- will gain protection. Thus, the framing is entirely negative. Sad. Further down, we are told the relationship has deteriorated but not that Beijing was the cause. Why are there alt-facts? Because the media refuses to accurately describe the world.

I've placed the Nelson Report comments on the arms sale at the bottom of this post, but one quote from an anonymous and well placed Nelson Report reader said it all:
"Chris, word on the street is that WH has called this "F- China Month".
A longtime and knowledgeable observer said that Washington was rapidly accepting that it would need to stop delaying arms sales so that they can be rolled out in packages. Rather, they would have to be sent to Congress as soon as the Pentagon approves them. This would increase the deterrent effect. US-Taiwan Business Council head Rupert Hammond-Chambers added
“The Council supports the return to a normal and regular process for assessing all Taiwan arms sales requests and sales. Packaging several years’ worth of items drives up the overall dollar value of each tranche of notifications. Each Taiwan arms sale also becomes a rare and compelling event, drawing significantly more attention than it might otherwise garner. This creates a more substantial opportunity for Chinese protests and posturing in response to each sale, protests that have had a deterrent effect on U.S. willingness to release needed but advanced systems to Taiwan - such as new-build fighters and submarines. It would be in the U.S. interest to provide less of an impetus for Chinese protests in response to Taiwan arms sales, and moving away from packaging would be a substantial step in the right direction.”
Recall that this package was delayed by the Obama Administration -- an actual sellout of Taiwan's interests to please China.

The US-Taiwan Business Council says the deal is for...
The published FMS Congressional Notifications (transmittal numbers 16-67, 16-68, 16-69, 16-70, 16-73, 16-74, and 16-75) were for SM-2 Block IIIA All-Up Rounds, associated equipment and technical support (US$125 million); MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo Conversion Kits, spare parts and other support and assistance (US$175 million); MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedoes, other support, spare parts, training, and assistance (US$250 million); Hardware, software, and other upgrades to the AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Systems supporting Taiwan’s KEELUNG Class destroyers (US$80 million); AGM-154C JSOW Air-to-Ground Missiles, spare/repair parts and other support and assistance (US$185.5 million); AGM-88B HARMs and Training HARMs, spare/repair parts, testing, and other support and assistance (US$147.5 million); SRP Operations and Maintenance follow-on sustainment (US$400 million).[i]
Note that these are largely upgrades and additions to current systems. Nothing really major here. Details are here. ADDED: Note comment below about the package actually having some new/interesting things...

Meanwhile this week a Senate Committee backs a bill calling for port calls in Taiwan by US naval ships (FocusTw):
The Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a provision that will allow U.S. naval vessels to make regular stops at Taiwanese ports.

The provision was adopted by a vote 21-6 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, which will now move on to the full Senate for consideration.

It stipulates re-establishing "regular ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung or any other suitable ports in Taiwan" and permitting "U.S. Pacific Command to receive ports of call by Taiwan," according to a summary of the bill.
It also calls for the US to provide technical support for weapons development in Taiwan, for indigenous undersea warfare vehicles (subs!!) and mines. China had a fainting spell and called for smelling salts over this. UPDATE: Apparently ROCN visits to PACOM ports such as Guam, Hawaii, and Yokusaka are also included in this, a Navy friend tells me.

This is good news all around. It illustrates the old observation that whenever the US moves farther from China it moves closer to Taiwan. By the same token, it shows that Taiwan will always be at the mercy of the US relationship with China. But I don't expect that relationship to improve much... especially since the US sanctioned Chinese banks for dealing with N Korea. A clear signal, that....
Daily Links:
Below READ MORE is the Nelson Report:

SUMMARY: the Administration delivered a "one-two punch" today for anyone who thinks that Xi Jinping somehow snowed Trump into going easy on Beijing because of alleged help on N. Korea, and being "transactional" on the vital question of helping Taiwan keep some semblance of an effective defense capability to deter PLA adventurism in a crisis:
First, while Xi is still in Hong Kong (!) State announced a $1.4 billion arms sale package; then Treasury's OFAC announced it was finally implementing some "secondary sanctions" against Chinese banks and businesses still underwriting the Kim Regime in N. Korea despite Beijing's claims to oppose Kim's nukes, missiles and threats to one and all.
Both come just before a Xi-Trump bilateral at the Hamburg G-20, and that coincides with the end of what a frankly sarcastic player calls "the Magic 100 Day Trade Review", virtually guaranteeing more will come as various "enforcement" decisions come due. Steel, anyone?
A senior US-China hand preferring ANON status:
"You have to read the OFAC decision as a 'vote of no confidence' by Trump in terms of Xi's willingness or ability to somehow 'fix' the N. Korea problem.  Trump now apparently realizes that the Chinese will always disappoint him. In fact, that they are built to do that!"
National Security Advisor McMaster was politer yesterday at the Center for a New American Security, saying China represents a vital lever to pressure North Korea to step back from nuclear weapons.     
"I think one the key elements of the strategy is that decision, how much China is able, really willing, able to help," McMaster said. "China does have a great deal of control over that situation, largely through coercive power related to its economic relations...The North Korean problem is not a problem between the United States and North Korea. It's a problem between North Korea, China and the world. And China recognizes that this is a big problem for them..."
God help us, Treasury is Tweeting, also:
Treasury targets Chinese bank serving as gateway for illicit N Korean financial activity, and issues sanctions:
Looking at the big picture, Loyal Reader Frank Jannuzi, Mansfield Foundation:
"These are modest steps, probably long overdue from a technical standpoint.  That said, these moves will not significantly curtail China-DPRK trade and investment or encourage Beijing to be more cooperative at the UN.  To the contrary, Trump's mercurial nature will likely undercut Chinese support for U.S. pressure tactics and exacerbate growing tensions in U.S.-China relations.  Gonna be a long hot summer..."
Oh yeah!! Here's an ANON quote on which the protection need is self-evident, both on content and point of origin:
"Chris, word on the street is that WH has called this "F- China Month".
Sigh, so much for good taste. Scroll down for the gory details of Trump's latest "mercurial". Here's the arms sale story from the official "background brief", attributable to a "U.S. Government official":
This afternoon, the Department of State approved and delivered Congressional notifications for several sales to Taiwan cumulatively valued at approximately $1.4 billion. The notifications from DSCA are attached.
Systems include:
·        Early Warning Radar Surveillance Technical Support ($400 million)
·        AGM-154C Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) ($185.5 million)
·        AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) Missiles ($147.5 million)
·        MK 48 6AT Heavy Weight Torpedoes ($250 million)
·        MK 46 to MK-54 Torpedo Upgrade ($175 million)
·        SM-2 Missile Components ($125 million)
·        AN/SLQ-32A Electronic Warfare (EW) Shipboard Suite Upgrade ($80 million) 
The Administration has formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan cumulatively valued at $1.3 billion.
Under long-standing U.S. policy, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on an assessment of Taiwan's defense needs. There is no change to our longstanding "one China" policy based on the Three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. Today's notifications are consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, and our support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.
These sales represent upgrades including converting current defensive legacy systems from analog to digital.
Across decades and Presidential Administrations, the United States has remained deeply committed to meeting Taiwan's defense needs. This Administration is resolved to fully implement the provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act under which the United States makes available to Taiwan defense articles and services in such quantity necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.
Taiwan's defensive capability gives it the confidence to engage with the mainland in dialogue to improve cross-Strait relations.  In this context, our arms sales to Taiwan support peace and stability -- not only in the Taiwan Strait, but also in the entire Asia Pacific region. We support further development of cross-Strait relations at a pace and scope acceptable to people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Here's the AP story, which needs a couple of clarification/corrections:

US approves 1st arms sale to Taiwan under Trump

[story removed]

Your Editor: two points...first, the TRA does not "require" arms sales, but it doesrequire that the Administration consult with Congress on what is needed to help Taiwan preserve the peaceful status quo vis a vis the Mainland. 

Perhaps this misunderstanding accounts for our second concern, the claim that today's announcement does not "violate" the TRA. Huh!?  How did anyone at State get that idea? Matt is a valued colleague and experienced reporter, so we have nodoubt he quoted Nauret accurately...

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          Trump warns US 'patience is over' with North Korea   

President Donald Trump has warned the US patience with North Korea’s “reckless and brutal regime” has run out and called on the international community to back additional sanctions to thwart the North’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. During his remarks … Continue reading

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          Les États-Unis accusent une petite banque chinoise d'avoir aidé le programme nucléaire nord-coréen    
La banque chinoise Bank of Dandong a été accusée par Washington d'être l'un des principaux vecteur utilisé par la Corée du Nord pour financer son programme nucléaire et de missile.
          Kids Learn Roman Testudo Formation, Advance Under “Fire”   

Kids today can take lessons in just about anything — football, piano, wrestling, gymnastics, and apparently even Roman battle techniques. A video posted to Facebook by Northwest Fencing Academy on June 27 showed a group of kids acting out the “turtle formation” while under a pretend “missile assault.” The academy, in Eugene, Oregon, taught these…

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          In Syria, Trump's Red Line May Be Holding   

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis claimed Wednesday that the Syrian regime has drawn back from plans to conduct another chemical attack, following a warning by the Trump administration of serious consequences if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces followed through with their plans. 

U.S. intelligence detected “active preparations for chemical weapons use” at the same air base from which the regime allegedly had launched its prior chemical attack last April that caused mass casualties. President Trump had responded to the April chemical attack with a barrage of cruise missiles targeting that air base. The White House issued its public warning to the Assad regime on Monday in unambiguous terms, declaring that Assad and his military would pay a "heavy price" if his regime conducted another chemical attack.

"It appears that they took the warning seriously. They didn’t do it,” Mattis told reporters.

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, went even further in crediting the Trump administration for stopping Assad at least for now. “I can tell you that due to the President's actions, we did not see an incident," Ambassador Haley claimed at a House of Representatives foreign affairs committee hearing. "I would like to think that the President saved many innocent men, women and children."

It is difficult to prove what may have actually motivated Assad. In any case, whether Assad holds back for good remains to be seen. But we do know the Trump administration is watching constantly for any moves by the Assad regime that could signal an imminent chemical attack and has military assets in place to swiftly respond to such an attack, if not prevent one in the first place.

President Trump not only demonstrated last April that he would follow through on his threats if certain red lines of his were crossed, unlike our previous president. In addition to its warning, the Trump administration may have sent some concrete signals to the Assad regime that it means business this time as well. According to Debkafile, “Signs were gathering in Washington and the Middle East Tuesday, June 26 that the Trump administration was preparing a substantial military operation against the Syrian army and Bashar Assad’s allies, such as the foreign pro-Iranian Shiite militias and Hizballah. Some US military sources suggested that an American preemptive strike was in store in the coming hours to prevent Assad’s army from again resorting to chemical warfare against his people.”

Assad may still decide to launch another chemical attack, figuring that his key allies, particularly Russia, will continue to back him. No doubt, he took note of Russia’s stern response to the U.S.’s downing of a Syrian warplane earlier this month, including a warning from the Russian Defense Ministry that “All kinds of airborne vehicles, including aircraft and UAVs of the international coalition detected to the west of the Euphrates River will be tracked by the Russian SAM systems as air targets." The Syrian regime had also already taken some precautions by moving most of its operational aircraft to a Russian airbase in Syria after the April missile strike. The Russian airbase is protected by fairly advanced air defense systems. An American missile strike on Syrian aircraft located at a Russian air base would in all likelihood be seen as a major escalation of the war by the Russian government, risking a direct military confrontation between U.S. and Russia that the Trump administration may be loath to risk. As if to thumb his nose at the Trump administration’s latest threats by demonstrating the strength of his military alliance with Russia, Assad was seen strutting around a Russian air baseinspecting its aircraft and defense systems. He was even photographed sitting in the cockpit of a Russian fighter jet.

Indeed, Russia appears ready to raise the stakes to bolster the Syrian dictator’s regime. Debkafile reports that Russia is “building a new base in southeastern Syria,” which would “provide Russia with a lever of control over the volatile Syrian southeast and its borders, where US-backed and Iranian-backed forces are fighting for dominance.”

As Russia raises the stakes, the U.S. must be clearer than ever as to its strategic objectives in Syria, which it is willing to back up with military force even in the face of Russian threats.  We must do all we can to prevent getting sucked into Syria’s civil war, including by undertaking any military efforts at regime change. That said, we must repel any military action by the Syrian regime or its allies that would prevent us from prosecuting the war against ISIS, which remains our number one objective until the ISIS sanctuaries, infrastructure and leadership are for all intents and purposes destroyed.  

However, we also cannot ignore the threat that Assad’s chemical weapons program continues to pose. The Obama administration had thought that it had largely eliminated the threat “diplomatically,” when it reached a phony deal with Russia to oversee the removal and destruction of the Syrian regime’s declared chemical weapons. The opportunity for cheating was all too plain to see, except by Obama and his clueless Secretary of State John Kerry. We are now seeing the consequences. According to Secretary of Defense Mattis, Syria’s chemical program remains intact.

It is not only what Assad has been doing in unleashing his ghastly chemical weapons on his own people, causing horrible suffering in their wake, which demands our attention. After all, Assad has been causing such suffering with conventional weapons as well, including his use of barrel bombs, which we have repeatedly condemned but have not taken specific military action to stop. To do so would almost inevitably draw us into a wider war. What makes chemical and other weapons of mass destruction different is their potential proliferation to the very Islamic terrorists we are trying to defeat. The transfer of chemical or biological weapons to terrorist hands would represent the most dangerous outcome of the Syrian conflict to the rest of the world, including to the United States. That is why we must monitor where we believe Assad’s remaining chemical weapons and production facilities are located, prevent them from being used or even moved from known locations, do all that we can to keep them out of the hands of the terrorists and destroy the chemical weapons and production facilities when the opportunity presents itself.

          Speaker Ryan & House Leaders Meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in   

WASHINGTON—House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after hosting a bipartisan meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in:

“We were honored to be joined by President Moon on his first visit to the United States since his election. The relationship between our nations is underpinned by shared values and strong economic and military cooperation. That is why we must work hand-in-hand to address the threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. South Korea is one of our most important allies in the world, and it’s clear President Moon shares our desire to strengthen our bilateral relationship.”

NOTE: Today’s meeting took place in the Speaker’s office in the U.S. Capitol. Participants included:

·        House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)

·        House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

·        House Chief Deputy Majority Whip Patrick McHenry (R-NC)

·        House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD)

·        Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA)

·        Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY)

·        Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX)  

          Trump Threatens North Korea   
President Trump Friday said that “patience is over” with North Korea, suggesting he is going to take tougher measures with Pyongyang without saying what those measures are. Trump spoke during an appearance in the Rose Garden with South Korean President Moon: The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response. The […]
          Barack Hussein Obama’s Legacy, “A More Dangerous World’   

Barack Hussein Obama’s Legacy, “A More Dangerous World’ Barry Pavel, a former Obama Admin National Security Council staffer, slammed the former President’s policies in Syria TV Monday, saying that Mr. Obama’s inaction led to the unstable situation. He went on to praise President Donald Trump’s 4 April missile strike in Syria. “I think Obama left […]

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           Le dictionnaire moyen-oriental de Laurent Murawiec   
Ce texte de Laurent Murawiec (z'l) est initialement paru sous le titre : 

« Dictionnaire moyen-oriental des idées reçues ». 

AFP – Agence de presse chargée de la propagande extérieure de l’Autorité palestinienne (voir aussi Reuters).

Ahmadinejad – Nabot, profession : tortionnaire. Essaie de faire avaler des amphétamines au Mahdi. Confond vecteurs balistiques et virilité. A besoin d’un rasoir, mais en ferait probablement usage sur quelqu’un d’autre.

Aide (arabe) – En additionnant les annonces officielles arabes faites à l’occasion des sommets arabes et islamiques, l’aide versée aux Palestiniens depuis 1948 se monte à 800 milliards de dollars.

Aide internationale – Voir dans la Bible la manne envoyée du Ciel. Ici, le Ciel est remplacé par les ONG et organisations internationales. Permet de ne jamais se soucier des contraintes imposées par la réalité (budgets, déficits, etc.).

Al-Andalus – Paradis terrestre. Démonstration irréfutable que l’impérialisme islamique est une bénédiction pour tous, et que tout le monde l’adore. Ne jamais mentionner les pogromes commis par les Almohades et les autres, contre des juifs et des chrétiens, ni l’infériorité constitutive qui les frappait.

Ambulance – Camionnette revêtue des insignes du Croissant rouge. Elle a pour fonctions principales (1) le transport de terroristes vers les lieux d’un attentat, (2) le transport d’armes, (3) l’exhibition télévisée (voir : CNN, BBC, France 2, etc.) au cas où elle a été atteinte par un projectile, et (4), le cas échéant, le transport des blessés (s’en procurer de faux si on n’en a pas de vrais sous la main et arriver à l’hôpital dans un vrai show son et lumière, après avoir prévenu les media susnommés). À ne jamais oublier, plus généralement, dans les mises en scène de douleur palestinienne.

Amnesty International – Un Palestinien tue un Juif : quelles bonnes raisons le Juif a-t-il données au Palestinien pour justifier son acte ? Cf. rapport d’Amnesty International n°943/b/5 « 43 bonnes raisons » !

Amour de la vie – Faiblesse méprisable des juifs et des chrétiens.

Arabe – Victime incarnée de l’impérialisme, du colonialisme et de l’exploitation (voir aussi : comptes en Suisse).

Arabie Saoudite – Pays bienfaiteur de la démocratie occidentale, puisqu’il finance une grande partie des campagnes électorales de nombreux partis au pouvoir.

Arafat (Yasser) – Personnage de cirque au remarquable talent de ventriloque, d’illusionniste et de prestidigitateur. Tueur sans scrupules. Grand talent de papier tue-mouche sur lequel s’engluaient les idiots utiles. Égyptien crevé à paris, le jour de la Victoire (11 novembre 2004), suite à un empoisonnement au virus HIV attrapé par l’anus. Ami de l’ex occupant de l’Élysée. Ce dernier le fit naturaliser Hiérosolymite à titre posthume et fantaisiste.

Armée arabe – Corps militaire aux fonctions variées : (1) se faire écraser par les armées adverses, (2) massacrer la population civile de son pays, (3) absorber un tel niveau du PNB qu’il ne reste plus rien pour le reste des besoins, sauf pour les kleptocrates au pouvoir.

Assassinat – (1) Acte israélien ignoble. (2) Nom inadapté donné par la presse sous domination des Juifs à l’élimination d’un bourreau sioniste.

Auschwitz – « Les Allemands ne pardonneront jamais Auschwitz aux Juifs » a dit le psychiatre Zvi Rex. Idem, les élites françaises ne pardonneront jamais Vichy aux Juifs.

Barre (Raymond) – Français innocent enfin crevé. Fonctionnaire pour qui la défense du parti du fonctionnariat passe toujours avant toute autre considération.

Barrière de sécurité (« mur ») – Good walls make good neighbors, (« les bons murs font les bons voisins » – Ndlr) sauf au Moyen-Orient. Empêche regrettablement le libre accès palestinien aux Juifs à exterminer (« Shocking! »une journaliste de la BBC).

Barrière israélienne – Crime suprême (coupe en deux des vergers) qui justifie à lui seul la re-convocation du Tribunal de Nuremberg.

BBC – « Mais évidemment, vous ne pouvez pas soutenir sérieusement qu’Israël ne se conduit pas comme un État nazi... ? » Question objective posée par une présentatrice équilibrée de la BBC au cours d’un débat télévisé courtois.

Be’Tselem – Organisation israélienne qui se consacre à tendre l’autre joue des autres Israéliens.

Bébé – Futur sioniste. Cible légitime.

Blonde – Chez la femme, couleur de cheveux favorite des djihâdis candidats au meurtre, pour l’heure de la gratitude d’Allah.

Bôle-Richard (Michel) – Victime incurable de troubles oculaires : témoin d’un crime qui identifie catégoriquement l’assassin comme la victime. A le nerf optique si endommagé qu’il a été embauché comme photographe par Le Monde mais pourrait tout autant faire l’affaire à l’Agence Reuters (voir plus haut).

Bombe – Expression anxieuse de griefs et de frustrations diverses.

Bourreau – Caractère héréditaire, état natif de l’Israélien ; voir les Protocoles des Sages de Sion et lire Edgar Morin.

Bousquet (René) – Tueur de Juifs méthodique, mais il ne leur en voulait pas pour autant.

Budget – De quoi ? Vous rigolez ? On est à Ramallah (Gaza) ici !

Camp – Partout ailleurs, un « camp de réfugiés » est une ville de toile faite de tentes et plantée sur la boue ou la poussière. Un camp palestinien n’est pas un camp, n’a pas de tentes et n’abrite pas de réfugiés : c’est une ville en dur, avec des rues, des immeubles élevés, etc. Il abrite des Palestiniens parqués de force par leurs « frères arabes » et arnaqués par les « leaders palestiniens ». N’invoquer que le misérabilisme victimaire. Cameraman, SVP, pas trop de plans sur ces immeubles : il faut faire dans le style bidonville.

Capitulations – À partir du XVIe siècle, immunités et privilèges concédés à la France, puis à d’autres nations « franques » par le Sultan d’Istanbul dans ses domaines (au pluriel). Plus récemment, état normal des relations euro-arabes (au singulier).

Caricatures – Voir émeutes.

Chabot (Arlette) – Personnalité télévisuelle (France 2) ; comme l’état-major de l’Affaire Dreyfus, est en possession de toutes les preuves qu’il faut mais n’en montrera aucune, ce qui contribue, évidemment, à asseoir sa crédibilité (référence : Mohammed Al-Dura).

Chirac (Jacques) – Patient victime d’une maladie honteuse (arabophilie galopante avec morpions islamophiles) ; vient de perdre son immunité. Transformateur de l’adage « L’argent n’a pas d’odeur. » Fut conseiller, ami intime et protecteur personnel d’Arafat. Sa retraite laisse des plaies béantes.

CIA – Agence de renseignement américaine spécialisée dans la boulette, le loupé, l’erreur d’analyse, l’aveuglement, les prétentions illimitées, le désir de protéger son fromage de toutes ses forces ; a, de plus, installé au pouvoir les militaires syriens (1949), le colonel Nasser (1952). S’est trompée sur tous les événements depuis 1949. On comprend qu’elle soit l’épouvantail de la Gauche et de l’extrême-gauche.

Civil – Milicien armé décrit par des « témoins palestiniens » et les « sources médicales » de Gaza à un reporter occidental, surtout une fois qu’il a été cabossé par l’armée israélienne.

Communauté internationale – Entité amorphe dont la fonction principale est de condamner Israël, et accessoirement les États-Unis. Mot-mélasse dans lequel la pensée s’englue.

Complot – Sécrétion naturelle du monde non-arabe et non-musulman qui n’a qu’une seule passion, détruire les Arabes et les musulmans par les moyens les plus tordus.

Crime de guerre – Activité de routine des Israéliens (voir : doigt palestinien coincé dans la porte et vociférations ultérieures). Notion a priori totalement et radicalement inapplicable à quiconque est palestinien ou même arabe.

Cypel (Sylvain) – Lauréat du concours Lépine, section journalisme d’investigation, sous-section : inventions pures et simples.

Dhimmi – Statut passionnément convoité par les chrétiens, les Juifs, les zoroastriens et autres Sabéens, en terre conquise par l’Islam. Comprend l’humiliation systématique, de nombreuses interdictions, empêchements et infériorités. Il faut être non-musulman pour adorer ce statut. 

Diplomate – Confectionneur de plats moyen-orientaux dont toutes les recettes commencent par : « jeter Israël dans l’eau bouillante » (variante : « dans le four »). 

Djihad – Combat spirituel et intérieur qui consiste principalement à massacrer Juifs, chrétiens, hindouistes et musulmans dont la tête ne revient pas au djihadiste. 

Droit au retour – N’est pas un droit, et, pour ses bénéficiaires supposés, ne serait pas un retour. Imitation absurde de la Loi du retour, destinée à établir une fictive similarité entre Juifs et Palestiniens. 

Émeutes – Forme de critique littéraire ou artistique (voir : caricatures de Mahomet).

Enderlin (Charles) – Scénariste et producteur de fictions, capable de transformer le vivant en mort, de faire apparaître et disparaître les cicatrices, d’empêcher les blessures par balles de guerre de saigner. Journaliste à l’objectivité sans faille. Modèle professionnel de Jacques Chirac et des journalistes français. Détenteur de rushes invisibles, mais néanmoins accablants. Les montrera le jour suivant la Saint-Glinglin 2019, à cause d’une clause signée avec les acteurs, MM. Al-Dura père et fils.

Enfants – Futurs suicidés, s’ils sont palestiniens.

Envoyé spécial – Toujours disponible au bar du grand hôtel pour partager ses tuyaux avec ses collègues, qui les ont reçus des mêmes sources. Aurait pu écrire son papier avant d’arriver, sauf le prénom du chauffeur de taxi (Ahmed), qui permet de donner un visage humain à la souffrance palestinienne.

États-Unis – L’impérialisme incarné ; toujours exiger plus de subventions de leur part, et qu’ils traitent sur un pied d’égalité leurs amis et leurs ennemis.

Fatah – Organisation modérée dont le credo (Brigades des Martyrs d’Al-Aqsa) est de tuer des Juifs. On notera la différence radicale avec le Hamas (de pourritures), dont l’objectif est de tuer beaucoup plus de Juifs.

Finkielkraut (Alain) – Coupable. Le faire taire.

Fisk (Robert) – Il n’y a pas un mensonge que ce propagandiste anglais n’ait promulgué afin de mieux propager la vénération de ses idoles palestiniennes. Titulaire de la chaire Joseph Goebbels du reportage à l’université de Bir-Zeit.

Frères musulmans – Matrice du Hamas. L’extermination des Juifs est à son programme. Ne pas faire attention, c’est un artifice purement rhétorique pour mobiliser les masses.

Frustration (souvent usité en ajoutant « et colère ») – Condition infantilisante attribuée au Palestinien par les victimologues. Ailleurs, les êtres humains agissent sur une base politique, ils font des choix plus ou moins rationnels. Dans les « territoires », ce sont les émotions primitives qui sont censées devoir tout déterminer.

Garaudy (Roger) – Spécialiste du grand écart : rien de ce qui est antisémite ne lui aura été étranger.

Gauche – A enfin pu, pour l’essentiel, se débarrasser de cette aberration temporaire que fut sa brève sympathie pour Israël. On respire.

Gauchiste – S’est pris pour un Juif allemand pendant cinq minutes, il y a fort longtemps. Cela n’a heureusement pas duré. S’est rattrapé depuis.

Hôtel al-Mashtal, Gaza
Gaza – A la « densité démographique la plus élevée du monde ». Cliché journalistique inepte mais fréquent. 

Les chiffres officiels : 

Gaza : 3 823 hab./km2, 
Paris 11e : 41 053 hab./km2, 
Kowloon : 1,9 M. hab./km2. 

Genet (Jean) – La trajectoire la plus courte du SS au Palestinien : le sur-place.

Guerre des Six-Jours – Grande victoire syro-égyptienne, durant laquelle les chars israéliens furent lamentablement incapables de couvrir les derniers 50 km qui les séparaient de Damas et du Caire.

Ha’aretz – Hallucination collective dominante dans les régions septentrionales de Tel-Aviv, et qui met des lunettes roses devant les yeux des spectateurs.

Hamas (de pourritures) – Organisation charitable. Pourvoyeur de services sociaux pour les Palestiniens. Vecteur de La Rage et de La Frustration. Partisan irréductible de l’extermination des Juifs et d’Israël. Ne traiter le fait que comme exagération rhétorique bien compréhensible de la part des Victimes.

Hitler – N’en a pas fait assez. Mais ce qu’il a fait, mazette ! Objet d’admiration éperdue dans le monde arabo-musulman, lequel n’est pas antisémite « puisque les Arabes sont des Sémites ». Allez, encore une rafale ! Grand admirateur du mufti de Jérusalem, Hadj Amin Al-Husseini.

Holocauste – N’a jamais eu lieu. A eu lieu mais de façon bien moindre que ne le prétendent les Juifs. Grand mensonge inventé par les Juifs pour dominer le monde. Cf. le grand historien Ahmadinejad et le très grand historien David Irving. Voir Sigmund Freud : vous ne m’avez jamais prêté ce chaudron, d’ailleurs je vous l’ai rendu, et il était percé.

Honneur – (voir aussi dignité) Valeur absolue qui détermine le comportement au détriment de tout le reste : « l’honneur des Arabes », « l’honneur de l’Islam ». Exige, en particulier, le meurtre des filles, sans parler du meurtre des autres. Comportement toujours respectable parce que culturellement « authentique ».

Houri – 1/72ème de la récompense spirituelle des combattants. Virginité garantie, grâces rendues à Allah !

Human Rights Watch – A beau mentir qui vient de loin.

Impérialisme – Action magique menée à distance et secrètement, qui permet d’expliquer le tohu-bohu et l’arriération qui règnent au Moyen-Orient et la totalité des turpitudes commises par les classes dirigeantes. « C’est à cause de l’impérialisme que... »

Innocent – Catégorie inexistante hors le monde musulman. 

Intellectuel – « Il faut être un intellectuel pour croire des choses de ce genre : nul homme normal ne pourrait être aussi stupide. » George Orwell.

Intellectuel égyptien – L’examen qui certifie cette qualité comprend les épreuves suivantes : 

* classiques : Alfred Rosenberg, Le Mythe du XXe siècle 
* vocabulaire : insultes antisémites 
* littérature mondiale : Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf 
* histoire : Protocoles des Sages de Sion ; œuvres de David Irving

Irving (David)Grand historien anglais, persécuté par les Juifs.

Islam – Religion d’Amour, de Tolérance et de Paix, sauf tout le temps et partout pour des raisons hautement justifiées.

Islamophobie – Le fait de ne pas se prosterner devant la moindre manifestation de l’Islam. Suggérer, même à mots couverts, la moindre relation entre Islam et terreur est « islamophobe ». Insinuer, même prudemment, un lien entre émeutes de banlieues et religion d’origine ou de souche des perpétrateurs est ultra-islamophobe.

Jeningrad – Grenouille que les media objectifs (BBC, AFP, Reuters, Le Monde) avaient essayé de faire aussi grosse qu’un bœuf. La grenouille a explosé, non sans avoir, auparavant, fidèlement servi la Cause pendant quelques semaines. Les bovins n’en sont pas encore revenus : la farce dure d’habitude plus longtemps.

Jérusalem – Troisième lieu saint de l’Islam, premier lieu saint du Cliché journalistique. Comme le disaient feu Yasser Arafat et feu le roi Fayçal d’Arabie, il n’y a jamais eu de présence juive dans la ville. Curieuse manie des Juifs d’y voir leur unique lieu saint.

Juifs – Toupet infernal de dhimmis, qui, au lieu de se prosterner humblement, prétendent résister à la Nation d’Allah. Du jamais vu ! Le châtiment devrait être exemplaire.

Le MondeJournal clérical pratiquant de confession laïco-islamique. Bêtisier permanent de la génuflexion islamophile.

Lelong (Père) – Prêtre d’une bonté si angélique qu’il sourit béatiquement sous la torture infligée aux autres.

Liban – Pays que la France aime tellement qu’elle l’a laissé aux tendres soins de la Syrie et de l’Iran (« responsabilités historiques... liens affectifs... communauté culturelle... francophonie »).

Massacre – Au cas où un attentat aurait (temporairement, inexplicablement) retenu l’attention de la « communauté internationale » à cause du trop grand nombre de bébés israéliens tués, expliquer que le massacre « ne sert pas l’image [ou : les intérêts] de la cause palestinienne ». Suggérer, de plus, que le Mossad ou le Shabak (les services israéliens de sécurité – Ndlr) étaient impliqués.

Massignon (Louis) – Islamologue, inspirateur intellectuel de la « politique arabe de la France ». L’avait lui-même lancée dans les bordels homosexuels du Caire.

Mazen (Abou, dit Mahmoud Abbas) – Auteur d’une thèse de doctorat remarquée à l’université Patrice Lumumba de Moscou ; il y analysait le document qui prouvait l’existence d’un maléfique complot juif à travers les âges (cf. Protocoles des Sages de Sion). Depuis, s’est mué en modéré.

Mein Kampf – Excellente pédagogie quant à la nocivité des Juifs. En vente dans toutes les bonnes librairies arabes. Les nouvelles éditions moyen-orientales intitulent la traduction : Djihad. 

Modéré – Partisan de tuer un certain nombre de Juifs tout de suite, et les autres plus tard.

Monde diplomatique – Marquis de Norpois, Che Guevara, Jacques Mesrine, José Bové, Jean-Luc Godard, Félix Dzerjinski, Tartuffe.

Mossad – A monté la destruction des Tours Jumelles en manipulant des musulmans qui n’en étaient pas et étaient d’ailleurs incapables de monter un coup de ce genre, la Gloire d’Allah soit sur eux, puisque aucun vrai musulman… De plus, la CIA et Cheney étaient dans le coup.

MRAP – Mouvement pour le Respect d’Allah et de la Palestine : organisation communiste consacrée à la délégitimation d’Israël et à la paix entre les autres peuples.

Mur – À Berlin, servait à empêcher les Allemands de l’Est de fuir la RDA ; en Israël, sert à empêcher les assassins extérieurs de tuer ceux qui sont à l’intérieur. La totale ressemblance saute aux yeux.

Nasrallah (Cheikh) – A instamment émis le vœu qu’un grand nombre de Juifs s’installent en Israël afin qu’un plus grand nombre soit exterminé d’un coup à l’heure du grand règlement de compte. Omettre cette rhétorique de détail, somme toute bien compréhensible de la part des Opprimés. Homme politique qu’il convient d’intégrer au jeu parlementaire et de ne pas isoler (d’après un ancien premier ministre français à la chevelure abondante).

Nazis – Alliés et amis des Arabes, devenus malheureusement moins efficaces après 1945. 

Occupation – La raison pour laquelle un Palestinien vient de se coincer le doigt dans la porte. Qui ne voit pas la causalité est islamophobe.

ONG – Organisations auto-chargées d’avaliser la moindre baliverne émise par les organisations antisémites. N’ont jamais rencontré de dictateur arabe dont elles ne croient à la bonne foi, ni de tueur qui n’ait de circonstances atténuantes.

ONU – « Machin ». Embryon de droit international qui justifie à lui seul toutes les campagnes pour l’avortement. Jack l’éventreur y mène l’enquête, Pierrot le Fou y rend la justice, le prêtre y est un assassin récidiviste. Le pot-de-vin n’y est pas accepté à moins d’un hectolitre.

Pacifiste – Agneau qui adore dîner avec le loup, pourvu qu’Israël soit dans l’assiette (voir « idiot utile »).

Palestine – Petit bout de papier collé sur les cartes et atlas arabes pour cacher Israël.

Palestinien – (1) Bébé phoque de la gauche européenne et de la droite bien-pensante. (2) Espèce de victime largement préférée au Tibétain, au Darfourien, à l’Indien et autres. A l’avantage sur les autres d’être corrélatif de la haine du Juif. (3) D’apparition récente, inventé par le Colonel Nasser et fort prisé des régimes arabes et musulmans les jours de sommets diplomatiques. (4) N’est jamais responsable des conséquences de ses actions : c’est toujours la faute des autres.

Papon (Maurice) – Expéditeur spécialisé en futurs morts, et qui leur en veut. Figure moderne de Jean Valjean. N’a jamais rien fait dont son chef de service ait eu à rougir.

Peres (Shimon) – Avait signé des traités de coopération économique avec Sargon III, Nabuchodonosor, Hadj Amine al-Husseini. Toujours prêt à en signer d’autres.

Pierre (Abbé) – Si l’on ne peut même plus chercher la vérité historique auprès des révisionnistes, où va la charité ?

Plan de paix – Projet de « règlement » du conflit où la subtilité des détails proposés n’a pour but que de masquer les réalités. Il faut faire semblant d’y croire et s’agiter pour y faire croire. Il est impossible d’être Secrétaire d’État américain sans pondre un tel Plan qui portera son nom. Au fil des années l’activité s’est démocratisée : tout un chacun peut désormais y aller de son plan à lui.

Politique arabe (de la France) – Reconstitution velléitaire d’empire dissous ; reniement postdaté de la bataille de Poitiers ; lancée pour le compte du général de Gaulle par le nazi Jacques Benoist-Méchin ; l’art de faire financer par le contribuable français le don de crédits bonifiés, jamais remboursés, à certains pays, dans le but de leur faire soutenir le rôle soi-disant prééminent de la France dans le monde, tout en leur donnant des armes dont ils sont incapables de se servir. Voir aussi : financement des partis politiques français. Voir enfin : Jacques Chirac (financement des campagnes électorales de).

Porte (doigt dans la) – Instrument du complot juif – c’est l’endroit où le comploteur voulait introduire le doigt palestinien pour lui faire du mal. 

Presse arabe – Est à la politique arabe ce que les égouts sont aux cloaques.

Prisonnier – (a) palestinien : a droit à un avocat ; (b) sioniste : a droit à la torture.

Processus de paix – Beaucoup de processus, aucune paix. Permet à de nombreux diplomates de voyager en première classe pour y participer, à beaucoup de journalistes de secouer leurs micros, aux experts de pontifier. Il ne s’y passe jamais rien, mais quelle poudre aux yeux !

Production (terme économique) – Pratique peu usitée et nuisible à la cause palestinienne, qui a, avant tout, besoin d’armes.

Proportionnalité – Absence de réaction israélienne à une sanglante attaque arabe.

Protocoles des Sages de Sion – Best-seller, source toujours re-publiée de la Vérité historique. Voir Al-Ahram, et la quasi-totalité de la presse arabe et iranienne. Ne pas faire attention, de toute façon, c’est juste de la propagande.

Qaradawi (Cheikh) – Islamiste modéré courtisé par le Département d’État des États-Unis, le MI6 britannique, le Quai d’Orsay : en effet, ses fatwas ne sont des « licences de tuer » qu’envers les Israéliens, les militaires américains et quelques autres catégories négligeables. Ouf, on respire.

Quai d’Orsay – Bâtiment de belle allure sis sur les rives de la Seine. Peuplé de personnages à particules qui ne voient que ce qu’ils veulent croire. Rempli de praticiens horizontaux de la politique arabe de la France.

Rage – Voir : frustration. Terme censé tout expliquer. Résultat naturel de la condition victimaire. Accepté comme raison suffisante de l’action terroriste. « Qui a la rage a tous les droits, en particulier celui d’assassiner ».

Réfugié – Si c’est un Palestinien, caste héréditaire : on est réfugié de père en fils et de mère en fille, comme certains sont cordonniers ou serfs. Exception géopolitique unique : nul ne parle des « réfugiés » allemands (12 millions d’expulsés en 1945) ni de leurs enfants, petits-enfants et arrières petits enfants. Entretenu depuis 1948 par le contribuable occidental (UNWRA), ce qui permet de maudire ce dernier du matin au soir.

Résistance – Terme mésusé depuis longtemps pour valoriser l’assassinat des civils en Israël, en excipant d’une parenté avec le mouvement français du même nom qui, de 1940 à 1944, n’assassinait jamais de civils allemands, encore moins de femmes et d’enfants. On voit tout à fait Jean Moulin torturer les enfants de Klaus Barbie (au cas où il n’y arriverait pas, Jacques Vergès accourrait à la rescousse).

Reuters – Agence de fabrication et d’usage de faux photographiques et autres. Sa bonne foi a été moult fois surprise depuis trente ans.

Rice (Condoleezza) – N’en a jamais fini d’apprendre que les roues sont rondes ; c’est qu’elle n’en avait auparavant aucune idée. Grande universitaire spécialiste de la Russie, qui n’a jamais publié le moindre papier sur la question.

Rue arabe – En anglais, rent-a-crowd (« louer une foule » – Ndlr). Population urbaine oisive, toujours disponible pour accourir là où les services de police appropriés lui remettent les slogans du jour (Israël, États-Unis). Par miracle, la BBC et CNN sont toujours sur place là où les manifestations spontanées vont avoir lieu (ne pas oublier les banderoles en anglais, SVP).

Rushdie (Salman) – Fatwa à exécuter.

Saïd (Edward) – Abandonna son existence fictive d’Égyptien de souche chrétienne aux États-Unis pour accéder à une identité inventée de Palestinien : un pseudo-faux. Application bien léchée des théories de son mentor Michel Foucault : il n’y a pas de vérité, il n’y a que des perspectives. Lanceur de cailloux fournis par le Hezbollah : ce jour-là, il se cassa un ongle.

Saramago (José) – Prix Nobel de littérature, mais très faible en calcul : confond en effet le chiffre 52 avec le chiffre 1,5 million (voir Jenine-Auschwitz). Prouve que la réalité dépasse la fiction.

Sderot – Ville israélienne qui illustre ce qu’est une « trêve » vue par le Hamas : nous arrosons une ville israélienne de roquettes et de missiles quand nous le voulons ; il est crucial que les diplomates et les ONG appellent Israël à faire preuve de retenue.

Sermon (khutbah) – Appel au meurtre pour des raisons que Le Monde et l’AFP trouvent toujours compréhensibles (voir : occupation). Ne jamais en citer, cela pourrait ternir l’image des Palestiniens.

Sharon (Ariel, dit Arik) – A personnellement égorgé avec sadisme plus de quatre-vingts Palestiniens dans les « camps » de « réfugiés » de Sabra et Chatila. A également personnellement torturé 879 321 Palestiniens, gazé sept millions d’entre eux, érigé un mur pour empêcher les victimes de ses nombreux crimes de venir légitimement tuer des civils israéliens. A, de plus, écrasé un bon nombre d’armées arabes au combat.

Sioniste (entité) – Physiologiquement, le larynx arabe n’est pas apte à prononcer les syllabes is-ra-ël, ce qui est un drame anatomique. Ce mot-substitut, inventé par les phonologistes arabes, permet donc de nommer la chose sans émettre le son approprié. Bel exemple de compensation culturelle d’un défaut physique. Qui a médit de la science des Arabes ?

Sommet arabe – Groupe d’individus bedonnants et barbus qui crient très fort sans se soucier du contenu, pourvu qu’à la fin, Israël soit condamné, ainsi que les États-Unis. S’embrassent de temps en temps sans se soucier des conséquences épidémiologiques.

Streicher (Julius) – « C’est notre père à tous ! » Influent professeur émérite à l’Institut arabe de journalisme (Le Caire et Beyrouth).

Suez – Grande victoire panarabe (1956), sous la direction des grands chefs de guerre arabes Eisenhower et Boulganine.

Suicide – Action interdite par l’islam, mais rendu licite et désirable par l’assassinat simultané d’un ou de nombreux Juifs (en Irak, faute de Juifs, le Chiite fera l’affaire).

Syrie – Pays dont les dirigeants sont des parangons d’honnêteté, d’intégrité et de bonne foi. Les prisons y sont vides, les salles de torture propres, les usines flambant neuves, les policiers sans reproche, et la croissance économique énorme. Favorite du Quai d’Orsay.

Terrorisme – Arme du faible contre le fort (300 millions d’Arabes, 1,2 milliard de musulmans, contre 6,5 millions d’Israéliens).

Tolérance – Notion inusitée. 

Torture – Continuation de la politique arabe par d’autres moyens.

Turc – Occupant, exploiteur et tyran pendant neuf siècles environ. N’a pas suscité de résistance à l’impérialisme, au colonialisme et à l’exploitation.

Union soviétique (aussi : Russie poutinienne) – Meilleure amie des arabes (jusqu’en 1991). L’extermination des musulmans chez elle lui est rarement reprochée.

Unité arabe – Fétiche brandi à tout bout de champ pendant qu’on s’entre-égorge ; ne jamais oublier la crécelle !

Unité palestinienne – (voir : unité arabe). Scandez le slogan, si vous êtes un tueur du Hamas, pendant que vous poussez un tueur du Fatah du haut du toit d’un immeuble élevé : ça donne une dignité politique très chic à votre action.

Utérus – Arme secrète des Palestiniens – voir le slogan « Avec nos utérus, nous libérerons la Palestine » qui se réfère à l’ « arme démographique ». Lieu saint du féminisme arabo-musulman. Curieusement ignoré par les féministes occidentales, qui ne veulent la contraception que pour elles-mêmes, et, à la rigueur, [pour la partie du] tiers-monde qui n’a pas pour devoir l’extermination d’Israël.

Verger (voir aussi : oliveraie) – Lieu sacré du culte journalistique de l’innocence paysanne bafouée par la soldatesque : « Les troupes israéliennes ont coupé les arbres des vergers ».

Victime – État natif, permanent et éternel du Palestinien.

Villepin – Postiche qui a eu naguère le désir de devenir perruque. Le fameux auteur de science-fiction Bossuet avait consacré un sermon à l’anticiper : « vanitas vanitatvm et omnia vanitas ».

Par Zack Lieberberg  
Je voudrais attirer l’attention sur deux des innombrables réactions des internautes à la publication du texte « Un peuple disproportionné » [de Yashiko Sagamori - NdT].
L’une est signée de Yulia, une Russe :
Vous êtes le peuple le plus intelligent de la Terre. Vous ne devez pas vous conduire comme des barbares. Vous devriez employer une meilleure méthode, plus efficace et plus humaine, pour combattre ceux qui veulent vous détruire.
L’autre est de M. Walter Murray, de Palo Alto :
Les Juifs devraient regretter la mort de n’importe quel enfant tout autant que celle d’un enfant juif. Si vous n’êtes pas d’accord, c’est peut-être bien là une partie du problème.
La raison pour laquelle j’ai choisi ces deux commentaires, parmi tant d’autres, est que j’y ai trouvé une profondeur qu’on risque de négliger à première vue. Yulia, par exemple, malgré (ou à cause de) sa prétendue infériorité intellectuelle, exprime une conviction intéressante. Elle pense que les Juifs auraient l’obligation d’être plus humains que le reste de l’espèce humaine. Au contraire, dans sa tentative d’analyser les émotions des Juifs et de les remettre dans le droit chemin, M. Murray revendique une supériorité à la fois morale et intellectuelle qu’il choisit de ne pas exprimer de façon explicite, soit par modestie, soit, plus probablement, parce qu’il partage l’aversion courante chez les membres de Mensa vis-à-vis des évidences.
Commençons par le problème de l’humanisme. On aura sans doute remarqué que dans la crise nucléaire iranienne actuelle, la Russie et la Chine font tout ce qu’elles peuvent pour empêcher les Américains de lutter contre le danger que représentent les mollahs enragés. Cela n’est pas surprenant, dans la mesure où l’incapacité évidente des Américains à résoudre cette crise érode le peu qui reste de leur statut de superpuissance et sert donc les intérêts de leurs adversaires. Mais un Iran nucléarisé n’est-il pas aussi dangereux pour la Russie et la Chine que pour les États-Unis ?
Non, et voici pourquoi. Les ayatollahs savent parfaitement que dès que la Russie et la Chine se sentiront réellement menacées par l’Iran, ils survivront exactement le temps qu’il faudra à la première salve de missiles à tête nucléaire russes ou chinois pour atteindre le territoire iranien, c’est-à-dire entre 12 et 37 minutes selon le lieu d’où ces missiles partiront. Ensuite, le pays que nous appelons aujourd’hui l’Iran sera désormais connu sous le nom de Grand désert perse et peuplé exclusivement de cafards mutants.
Au contraire, les États-Unis feront tout ce qui sera en leur pouvoir pour éviter d’en arriver à de telles extrémités, en se conformant à la lettre et à l’esprit du droit international. Le plus probable est qu’une fois de plus, ils soulèveront le problème d’une menace iranienne imminente devant le Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU, qui n’est pas spécialement réputé pour son efficacité quand il s’agit de trouver ou d’appliquer des solutions aux crises internationales. Sachant que les Nations unies sont surtout unies dans leur haine d’Israël et des États-Unis, il n’y a aucune raison d’être optimiste quant à l’effet probable de ce genre de mesure : autant dire que tôt ou tard, un système nucléaire iranien sera testé avec succès sur notre sol.
Malheureusement, le gouvernement américain n’aura jamais le courage de frapper l’Iran avant que celui-ci ait une chance de tuer plusieurs centaines de milliers d’Américains. À en juger d’après l’expérience du 11 septembre, les États-Unis ne réagiront pas non plus de manière appropriée après l’attaque. Le mieux que nous puissions espérer de la part de l’administration la plus va-t-en-guerre qu’il soit possible d’imaginer est qu’elle tente de libérer le fier peuple iranien de la tyrannie des ayatollahs – à condition que l’ONU donne son aval à une mesure si radicale. Dans le meilleur des cas, nous finirons par réussir à plonger l’Iran dans une guerre civile, comme nous l’avons fait avec l’Irak. Autrement, nous subirons encore un gros scandale, ce qui n’est pas vraiment une bien grosse affaire car même une superpuissance ne peut perdre la face qu’une seule fois, et nous sommes sur le point de commémorer le cinquième anniversaire de cet événement. Dans un cas comme dans l’autre, nous apporterons aux musulmans la preuve, une fois de plus, qu’ils peuvent attaquer les États-Unis impunément.
Ainsi donc, des régimes ô combien inhumains comme la Russie et la Chine réussissent brillamment à s’assurer une sécurité pratiquement inviolable sans que cela ne coûte une seule vie humaine d’un côté ou de l’autre de leurs frontières. Cela prouve à coup sûr que la détermination à réduire son ennemi à l’état de cendres radioactives à la plus légère provocation garantit la paix bien mieux que les efforts aboutis de soixante-dix-sept générations de pacifistes.
Tel est le prix de notre humanisme dévoyé. Si le mouvement La paix maintenant avait vraiment voulu parvenir à une paix durable dans un avenir prévisible, il y aurait réussi davantage en infiltrant et en militarisant le mouvement Kach.
Occupons-nous à présent des préoccupations de M. Walter Murray, de Palo Alto. Ce monsieur mérite certainement une réponse soigneusement réfléchie. Cependant, je suis réticent à me plonger dans les sombres profondeurs d’une réaction émotionnelle juive à l’assassinat d’enfants, qu’ils soient juifs ou non. J’aimerais plutôt souligner ceci :
Tout d’abord, M. Murray n’a pas su nous dire pourquoi il attend des Juifs qu’ils réagissent à la mort d’enfants différemment des Ukrainiens par exemple, des Arabes ou, en l’occurrence, des Américains d’origine irlandaise. Pour moi, cette façon de supposer une différence inhérente entre les Juifs et les gens normaux, tout comme le fait Yulia quand elle postule la supériorité de l’intellect juif, pue l’antisémitisme. Bien évidemment, M. Murray n’a rien contre les youpins, tant qu’ils se comportent selon ses attentes. Le grand-père de M. Murray n’avait sans doute rien contre les nègres, tant qu’ils restaient à leur place.
Ne protestez pas, M. Murray : n’allez pas nous dire que vous avez des amis juifs. Si vous n’acceptez pas mon diagnostic, demandez à quelques-uns de vos amis noirs (je suis sûr que vous en avez) s’ils n’ont jamais rencontré un raciste blanc qui ne soupçonnait même pas qu’il puisse être raciste.
En second lieu, M. Murray, je vous conseille vraiment de ne pas déplorer les enfants morts sans faire de discrimination. Vous allez sans doute trouver ce que je vais dire monstrueusement cynique, mais je vais le dire tout de même.
Voyez-vous, la probabilité qu’un enfant arabe devienne un Albert Einstein ou un Sigmund Freud ou même un Alan Greenspan est égale, à la douzième décimale après la virgule près, à la probabilité qu’un enfant juif devienne un combattant du djihad. Bien sûr, tout enfant juif ne devient pas un Einstein, et tout enfant arabe ne choisit pas la brève mais spectaculaire carrière du shahid. Cependant, les enfants juifs, quand vous ne les tuez pas avant qu’il ne soit trop tard, forment des communautés juives, et les communautés juives, non seulement produisent de temps à autre des Einstein, mais sont connues pour avoir toujours apporté la prospérité à toute société leur ayant laissé la possibilité de prospérer : « Je bénirai ceux qui vous béniront. » Contrairement aux Juifs, les Arabes ne forment pas des communautés : ils forment la « rue arabe ». La « rue arabe » n’a jamais produit aucun Einstein et je suis sûr qu’elle n’en produira jamais. Ce qu’elle produit, ce sont des assassins en abondance.
De la manière dont je le vois, le problème ne vient pas de la discrimination que pratiqueraient les Juifs entre les enfants morts. Le problème vient de la façon dont vous-même pratiquez une discrimination entre eux. Plus précisément, si vous aviez pleuré les enfants juifs tués comme vous pleureriez vos propres enfants (Dieu préserve !), il n’y aurait eu aucun problème. Mais ce n’est pas le cas, et c’est ce qui engendre un énorme problème dont vous n’êtes pas conscient car dans votre esprit, ce problème n’existe que pour les Juifs. Ce problème, je vais vous l’expliquer.
Il y a soixante-dix ans, le monde a regardé passivement Hitler préparer la Shoah. Alors que celle-ci était bien avancée, que des milliers de Juifs européens, y compris des enfants, mouraient à toute heure dans les chambres à gaz des camps nazis, les gens comme vous feignaient l’ignorance et prétendaient n’être nullement concernés. En bons chrétiens, vous étiez trop occupés à adorer vos ennemis pendant que vos ennemis nous exterminaient à la cadence maximale que le permettait leur capacité industrielle.
Aujourd’hui, vous faites exactement la même chose. Votre ennemi déclare ouvertement son intention d’exterminer les Juifs. Votre ennemi mène au vu de tous une guerre d’annihilation contre Israël depuis le jour où Israël s’est réinstallé sur une petite partie de sa patrie historique. Votre ennemi tue des Juifs chaque année : par dizaines en période d’accalmie, par centaines en période d’ « Intifada ». Ces Juifs sont pour la plupart des civils. Un certain nombre d’entre eux sont des personnes âgées. Un certain nombre sont des enfants. Tous sont pris pour cibles de façon délibérée. Que faites-vous face à cela ? Invoquez-vous les Conventions de Genève ? Exprimez-vous votre indignation morale ? Non. Vous tancez Israël pour sa réaction disproportionnée, pour avoir tué des civils innocents sans nécessité, pour la poursuite de l’occupation, et par suite, vous désignez Israël comme le principal ennemi du genre humain. Et bien sûr, chaque Juif du monde devient automatiquement complice des crimes d’Israël contre l’humanité.
Quels civils innocents ? Après le 11 septembre, même quelqu’un comme vous devrait comprendre que personne n’est plus innocent : ni vous, ni moi, ni, à coup sûr, ceux qui essaient de nous détruire. Regardez-vous dans une glace : vous n’êtes pas innocent, vous êtes sans défense. Dans cette guerre de civilisations, vous êtes une cible parfaitement légitime, quoi qu’en disent les Conventions de Genève, car vos ennemis ne se sentent pas concernés par les lois des infidèles.
Quels crimes ? Depuis quand est-ce un crime de se défendre contre une agression ? En vertu de quel droit international la victime d’une agression devrait-elle mettre fin à la guerre au moment où l’ennemi dépasse le seuil au-dessous duquel vous vous sentez encore dans une situation confortable ?

Vous dites ? Occupation ? Quelle occupation ? Quel « peuple palestinien » ? Apprenez plutôt l’Histoire, l’Histoire réelle. Le « peuple palestinien » n’est qu’un complot antisémite à côté duquel les sinistres Protocoles des Sages de Sion paraissent presque inoffensifs. Je défie quiconque de citer une seule référence au « peuple palestinien » datant d’avant 1967. Je défie quiconque de citer ne serait-ce qu’un seul document donnant à l’organisation terroriste que l’on appelle le « peuple palestinien » une légitimité sur un seul centimètre carré du territoire d’Israël ou de n’importe quel autre territoire dans le monde.
Si vous pensez – comme moi – que des innocents doivent avoir le droit de vivre là où ils ont toujours vécu sans avoir besoin de l’approbation de l’ONU, il faut que vous me disiez pourquoi vous n’avez jamais protesté contre l’éviction de près d’un million de Juifs de chez eux, dans des pays dans lesquels ils vivaient déjà depuis plusieurs siècles quand ces contrées ont connu l’occupation arabe. Il faudra que vous me disiez aussi ce qu’il advient du droit d’une personne innocente à vivre où elle le désire une fois que cette personne innocente fait exploser un car scolaire rempli d’enfants de ses voisins.
Où était-elle, votre préoccupation pour les enfants morts, quand les Arabes, année après année, décennie après décennie, ne cessaient d’assassiner délibérément des enfants juifs ? Où était votre préoccupation pour les enfants juifs quand le Hezbollah a attaqué Israël ?
Il y a soixante-dix ans, vous nous assassiniez par Allemands interposés. Aujourd’hui, vous nous assassinez par Arabes interposés. Aujourd’hui, comme au début de la Seconde guerre mondiale, dans la sécurité de votre petit confort, vous vous sentez supérieur aussi bien aux agresseurs qu’à leurs victimes. Vous avez tort. Après tout, vous savez sans doute que les six millions de Juifs tués par les nazis représentaient moins de 10 % de l’ensemble des victimes de cette guerre. Mais les Allemands étaient de l’autre côté de l’océan, tandis qu’aujourd’hui, vos ennemis – d’innombrables millions d’entre eux – ont déjà atterri sur vos rivages. Quelle est la distance entre votre domicile confortable et la mosquée la plus proche ?
Et malgré cela, vous continuez de confondre la non-résistance à l’agression avec la paix. C’est à cause des gens de votre espèce, M. Murray, que la Seconde guerre mondiale et la guerre mondiale qui a officiellement atteint les États-Unis le 11 septembre 2001 ont été possibles. Vous êtes un monstre lâche, stupide et immoral.
Comment osez-vous dire aux Juifs ce qu’ils devraient ressentir quand on assassine leurs enfants ?
© 2006 – Zack Lieberberg
© 2008 – Marcoroz pour la traduction

          Une religion de quoi ?   
par Yashiko Sagamori

De : MHD ROSLI BIN MOHD NORDIN [...]        Envoyé : lundi 13 novembre 2006  8:40
À :   yashiko.sagamori@xxxxxxxxx
Objet : paix
Bonjour, je suis Rosli, de Malaisie, et je suis musulman. J’ai lu ce que vous avez écrit sur la page internet [article en français ici]. Je ne suis pas d’accord du tout avec la façon dont vous parlez de nous autres musulmans. Je crois que vous n’avez pas compris la vraie signification du djihad. La meilleure façon de décrire l’islam est de dire que « l’islam n’est que paix ». Le mot islam lui-même signifie paix. J’aimerais vous donner un conseil, si vous voulez connaître mieux l’islam, il faut que vous lisiez la traduction du Coran et que vous l’observiez, ou bien vous pouvez aller sur le site internet pour mettre à jour vos connaissances au sujet de l’islam. Qu’Allah vous guide.

Cher Rosli,

Si quelqu’un vous réveille au milieu de la nuit la plus froide et la plus noire de l’hiver en se plaignant que le soleil tape de façon insupportable, soit ce quelqu’un vous téléphone depuis l’autre côté de la planète, soit il est aveugle et se trouve assis dangereusement près d’une fournaise.

Si quelqu’un, aujourd’hui, me dit que l’islam n’est que paix, on peut faire un certain nombre de suppositions concernant son identité. Il peut s’agir d’un Juif de gauche qui ne voit le monde et la Shoah qui se prépare qu’à travers les lunettes roses du politiquement correct. Il peut s’agir d’un individu aussi ignorant et aussi peu disposé à apprendre que le président Bush. Il peut s’agir d’une personne qui ment effrontément, comme Condoleezza Rice. Il peut s’agir d’un pleutre ridicule comme Tony Blair. Il peut s’agir d’un schizophrène, car les schizophrènes vivent dans une réalité parallèle. Enfin, et surtout, il peut s’agir d’un musulman ou d’une musulmane, car le Dar el-Islam est une réalité parallèle.

Si l’islam est une religion de paix, alors il faudrait qu’on m’explique pourquoi les sunnites irakiens et les chiites irakiens, au lieu de s’unir contre l’envahisseur américain, s’entretuent à la cadence de plusieurs dizaines de victimes par jour.

Si Israël opprime vraiment les soi-disant « Palestiniens », comment se fait-il qu’au lieu de s’unir contre lui, ces derniers s’entretuent à un rythme de plus en plus soutenu ?

Comment se fait-il que la guerre entre l’Iran et l’Irak, dans les années quatre-vingt, ait fait plus d’un million de victimes sans rien apporter à aucun des deux camps ?

Comment se fait-il que la guerre entre les Kurdes de Turquie et les « vrais » Turcs, musulmans les uns comme les autres, ait fait plus de 30 000 victimes ? Comment se fait-il qu’Abdullah Ocalan, leader musulman des Kurdes, ait pu déclarer en 1992 : « Même si 100 000 personnes sont tuées cette année, notre mouvement ne pourra pas être démantelé », tout en sachant que chaque individu parmi ce nombre impressionnant de personnes dont il considérait que la vie avait si peu de valeur était un musulman ?

Comment se fait-il qu’en Algérie, les efforts combinés de l’Armée islamique du Salut et du Groupe armé islamique aient produit une guerre civile ayant fait entre 150 000 et 200 000 victimes musulmanes entre 1991 et 2002 ?

Voyez aussi ce qui se passe à La Mecque, le plus important lieu saint de l’islam, pendant le Hadj, l’événement le plus sacré de toute l’existence de tout musulman. Voici une brève (et de loin incomplète) chronologie de la piété pacifique des musulmans à notre époque :

Le 21 novembre 1979, premier jour du quinzième siècle de l’islam, un groupe de trois cents étudiants de l’université de théologie de Médine prennent le contrôle de la mosquée de La Mecque. Ils conservent ce contrôle pendant deux semaines, avant que soixante-trois d’entre eux soient capturés vivants et la mosquée libérée. Tous ses occupants sont alors exécutés.

Le 31 juillet 1987, des émeutes déclenchées par des pèlerins iraniens font plus de quatre cents morts. 

Le 9 juillet 1989, deux bombes tuent une personne. On accuse les chiites du Koweït, et seize d’entre eux sont exécutés. 

Le 2 juillet 1990, 1 402 personnes meurent piétinées. 

En 1994, 400 personnes meurent piétinées. 

Le 15 avril 1997, un incendie provoque la mort de 340 personnes. 

Le 1er février 2004, 244 personnes meurent piétinées. 

Le 13 janvier 2006, plus de 345 pèlerins meurent piétinés près du complexe de Jamrat, à Mina. 

Vous aurez remarqué, j’espère, que je n’ai mentionné que quelques-uns des exemples les plus connus de violence islamique contre des musulmans. Il ne s’agit pas de faits isolés. Ces faits font partie d’un processus continu qui a accompagné l’islam tout au long de son histoire. En fait, la majorité absolue des musulmans qui meurent de mort violente ne sont pas tués par des « infidèles » : ils sont assassinés par d’autres musulmans. Par conséquent, si votre définition de la paix a le moindre point commun avec la mienne, l’islam, contrairement à votre opinion, n’a rien à voir du tout avec la paix. Si vous n’êtes pas d’accord, je serais heureuse de connaître votre définition de la paix.

Peut-être l’islam est-il plutôt une affaire de convictions personnelles profondes ? Voyons cela de plus près. L’islam est la seule religion, dans le monde actuel, à accepter les conversions forcées. Il y a quelques mois seulement, deux journalistes occidentaux ont été kidnappés à Gaza pour être échangés contre une rançon – là encore, une pratique exclusivement islamique. Pendant leur captivité, on les a mis devant un choix simple : la conversion à l’islam ou la mort. Ils se sont convertis. Dans l’ensemble du Dar el-Islam, pas une seule personne ni une seule autorité ne s’est élevée contre cet abus. Et pourquoi en aurait-il été autrement ? Cela fait quatorze siècles que les adeptes de Mahomet répandent l’islam par l’épée. Cela fait quatorze siècles que leur méthode est efficace. Pourquoi arrêter maintenant ?

Je ne me sens pas moi-même avoir l’étoffe des héros. Je dois reconnaître que si je me trouvais confrontée à la même alternative, je choisirais sans doute de rester en vie et de répéter la shahâdah que me dicteraient mes bourreaux. Mais en quoi ces sonorités étrangères qui n’ont pour moi aucun sens, ces intonations sorties de ma gorge sous la menace d’un pistolet braqué sur la tempe ou d’un couteau appuyé sur ma gorge pourraient-elles changer mon impression de l’islam et la manière dont je le perçois ? Vous pouvez obliger quelqu’un à suivre vos rites, vous pouvez même l’obliger à combattre à vos côtés, mais pouvez-vous l’obliger à croire en quelque chose ? Pas plus que vous ne pouvez obliger un pays musulman à devenir une démocratie, même avec toute la puissance militaire des États-Unis à votre disposition. Non, cher Rosli, l’islam n’a rien à voir avec les convictions personnelles. 

L’islam ne serait-il que vérité ? De cela aussi, je doute. Comme vous le savez sûrement, la charia interdit expressément qu’un non musulman témoigne contre un musulman. Cela signifie que vos tribunaux religieux, et donc votre religion, ne recherchent pas la vérité mais la domination musulmane sur les « infidèles ». 

Par ailleurs, le Coran lui-même contient, disons, des inexactitudes. Par exemple, le verset 2 135 qui dit : « Soyez juifs ou chrétiens et vous serez sur la bonne voie. » En réalité, contrairement au christianisme et à l’islam, le judaïsme ne considère pas le salut comme exclusivement réservé à ses adeptes. La loi juive dit explicitement qu’un Gentil ira au paradis s’il s’abstient de commettre sept péchés mortels ; un juif, pour aller au paradis, doit suivre 613 commandements, parmi lesquels les sept qui sont exigés des Gentils. C’est la raison pour laquelle, à toute personne qui vient le trouver parce qu’elle désire se convertir, un rabbin a le devoir d’expliquer que la conversion compromettrait ses chances de salut. Celui qui désire devenir juif doit comprendre quelle est cette responsabilité, et l’accepter de plein gré et en connaissance de cause. Comme on peut s’en rendre compte, il n’en faut pas plus pour qu’une conversion forcée au judaïsme soit quelque chose d’impossible, même en théorie. 

Que la citation ci-dessus ait été un mensonge délibéré ou un effet de l’ignorance de l’homme que vous avez pris pour un prophète, il est certain qu’elle ne me permet pas d’accepter l’idée que ce texte serait d’inspiration divine. 

L’islam serait-il plutôt une religion d’amour ? Je ne le pense pas non plus, car l’islam est la seule religion au monde dont les adeptes se livrent régulièrement à des « crimes d’honneur » sur des membres de leur propre famille. C’est aussi la seule religion au monde à ne pas promettre à des membres d’une même famille qu’ils seront réunis dans l’au-delà. Au lieu de cela, elle garantit aux bons musulmans de sexe masculin un bordel gratuit pour l’éternité. Elle ne prévoit pas explicitement de récompense pour les femmes vertueuses, mais elle spécifie bien que dans leur paradis classé « X », les musulmans subiront une ségrégation selon leur sexe. Un mari aimant ne préférerait-il pas passer l’éternité entouré de sa famille, plutôt qu’à forniquer comme un lapin atteint de priapisme ? Bien sûr que si, sauf, naturellement, s’il est musulman. 

L’islam serait-il un code moral ? Pas vraiment. Même si vous décidiez de considérer la corruption généralisée qui règne dans tous les pays musulmans, sans exception, comme une perversion de la foi véritable, vous ne pourriez ignorer que le vin, les plaisirs sexuels, tout ce que l’islam déclare tabou dans cette vie, tout cela est promis en abondance dans l’autre. Or, ce qui est mal ici-bas, dans notre monde corrompu par le péché, devrait être encore plus mauvais dans la pureté immaculée du ciel. La raison de ces prohibitions n’est donc pas l’immoralité de l’acte. Quelle est-elle alors ? Voici ce que je pense : quand on empêche totalement des gens normaux d’avoir du plaisir, de profiter de la vie, il devient plus facile de les contrôler et d’en faire des « martyrs ». Vous le savez sans doute, c’est incroyablement efficace. 

Vous savez sans doute également que dans les pays musulmans, les mollahs organisent des réseaux de prostitution en célébrant des « mariages » temporaires entre leurs affiliés et les prostituées, en total accord avec la charia. Vous avez sûrement entendu parler des fatwas de l’Ayatollah Khomeiny précisant en détail ce qu’un homme doit faire à un petit enfant qu’il viole ou à un animal domestique soumis à un traitement similaire. 

D’ailleurs, Mohammad lui-même n’observait pas les règles morales imposées à ses adeptes. Il est réputé avoir déclaré : « Quand un homme et une femme sont ensemble dans la même pièce, il y a une troisième personne, le démon. » Je ne garantis pas l’exactitude de cette citation (à ma connaissance, on ne la retrouve ni dans le Coran ni dans les Hadiths), mais je sais pertinemment qu’elle reflète l’attitude habituelle des musulmans : quiconque a la possibilité de faire le mal n’est pas censé résister à la tentation. Ne croyez-vous pas que par cette seule attitude, le musulman moyen est considérablement plus immoral que l’adolescent occidental moyen qui se montre capable de passer une journée à s’amuser à la plage, entouré de jeunes filles à moitié nues (ou plutôt, nues aux neuf dixièmes) sans jamais avoir la tentation d’en violer une seule ? 

À moins que l’islam, ce soit la charité ? Non, car toutes vos œuvres caritatives soutiennent le terrorisme. Après le tsunami dévastateur de 2004, les victimes, la plupart musulmanes, ont reçu dix fois plus d’aide financière du Dar el-Harb que du Dar el-Islam. 

Mais alors, qu’est-ce donc que l’islam ? Qu’a donc apporté Mohammad au monde, qui n’aurait pas été connu avant qu’il déclare être un prophète ? Le monothéisme avait déjà été découvert par les Juifs des millénaires avant lui. Adorer un mortel à la place de Dieu était déjà pratiqué par les chrétiens plusieurs siècles avant que Mahomet ne parvienne à devenir une divinité assoiffée de sang. Qu’y trouve-t-on d’autre ? 

Ayant lu le Coran et les Hadiths bien avant que vous ne me l’ayez suggéré, je dois vous dire que la lecture des textes sacrés des musulmans n’est pas le meilleur moyen, pour quelqu’un de l’extérieur, d’acquérir une compréhension pratique de votre religion. Si je voulais vous permettre de mieux comprendre ce qu’a été le nazisme ou le communisme, je ne vous proposerais jamais de commencer par lire Mein Kampf ou Das Kapital. Je vous demanderais plutôt de considérer les atrocités commises par les nazis pendant la Seconde guerre mondiale ou les atrocités commises par les communistes partout où ils sont arrivés au pouvoir. Et si, ayant appris ce qu’ont fait les nazis ou les communistes, vous décidiez de savoir de quelle façon ils justifiaient leurs crimes, alors la lecture de leurs textes de propagande pourrait vous le permettre. Autrement, inutile de plonger tête la première dans la fosse d’aisance, même si vous êtes curieuse d’en goûter le contenu. 

Pour comprendre ce qu’est l’islam, il n’est pas nécessaire de lire le Coran. Il suffit de regarder attentivement et sans jugement préconçu à quoi ressemble la vie dans les pays musulmans ; ou mieux encore, ce qu’est à notre époque la forme d’islam la plus pure, la moins corrompue par l’influence occidentale. Vous admettrez, je pense, que c’est précisément ce qu’était le régime des Talibans en Afghanistan. Aimeriez-vous vivre en Afghanistan sous les Talibans ? Aimeriez-vous que dans votre famille, les femmes soient privées de toute possibilité d’aller à l’école, d’avoir un métier, de se promener dans les rues, de consulter un médecin quand elles sont malades ? Cela vous plairait-il d’assister à des exécutions publiques ? Aimeriez-vous participer à la lapidation d’une femme adultère ? Aimeriez-vous qu’on vous dise quelle tenue vous devez porter, quelle longueur de barbe ? Aimeriez-vous que l’État vous prive de tout ce qui pourrait subsister de votre intimité en se mêlant de chaque aspect de votre existence ? 

En tant que musulman, vous aimeriez sans doute cela. Mais en tant que personne raisonnable, vous ne devriez pas vous attendre à ce que des gens appartenant à d’autres cultures désirent cela pour eux aussi. 

Pour ma part, j’ai commencé à me familiariser à l’islam à partir non pas d’une lecture de ses textes, mais d’une expérience de vie dans un pays musulman. J’ai décidé de lire le Coran le jour où j’ai entendu dire que selon la croyance islamique, Dieu avait transmis à Moïse non pas la Torah mais le Coran et que, par la suite, c’étaient les Juifs maléfiques qui avaient réécrit le livre saint. J’ai alors commencé à lire le Coran avec curiosité. Je voulais découvrir l’autre vision de la Genèse, de l’Exode, du Lévitique, des Nombres et du Deutéronome. J’étais curieuse de voir si les musulmans avaient l’équivalent des Psaumes ou du Cantique des cantiques. 

Quelques années auparavant, j’avais connu une période de fascination pour l’histoire et la politique de la Russie. La Russie est le plus grand pays au monde, et probablement le pays le plus riche en ressources naturelles. Je voulais savoir comment les Russes s’y étaient pris pour devenir une des nations les plus misérables de la planète. J’ai cherché les réponses chez Lénine. J’espérais trouver dans ses écrits une vision monumentale de la grandeur et les indices des erreurs ayant empêché que cette grandeur se réalise. Au lieu de cela, je suis tombée sur des volumes entiers de chamailleries avec des adversaires idéologiques, des rapports détaillés de disputes qui avaient pris fin plusieurs décennies avant ma naissance et qui ne pouvaient plus intéresser personne aujourd’hui. 

Mon expérience du Coran a été similaire. J’y ai trouvé non pas une vision du monde différente, mais une hargne écumante contre les juifs et les chrétiens et des syllogismes peu profonds tendant à prouver que les patriarches du peuple juif étaient des musulmans et non des juifs. Allah, dans ce livre, apparaît comme un chef de tribu peu sûr de lui essayant désespérément de consolider son pouvoir sur des gens qui ne sauraient pas très bien s’ils doivent ou non se soumettre à sa volonté : c’était précisément la situation dans laquelle se trouvait Mohammad quand il entreprit le projet d’écrire le Coran. Ce livre est rempli de promesses adressées à ses adeptes et de menaces adressées au restant du genre humain. 

Et voici quel est le plus important détail qui distingue le Coran de la Torah et du Nouveau Testament. De même qu’il ne mentionne jamais Jérusalem, le Coran ne comporte pas une seule référence aux Dix Commandements. Toutes les religions que je connais définissent le bien et le mal dans les rapports entre le croyant et les autres, qu’ils appartiennent ou non à la même religion. Chez les juifs et les chrétiens, les Dix Commandements constituent l’aide la plus fondamentale pour distinguer le bien et le mal. Qu’en est-il chez les musulmans ? Leur seule mesure du bien est la loyauté envers leur prophète. 

Coran, 3.110 : Vous êtes la meilleure communauté qui ait jamais été donnée en exemple pour l’humanité. En effet, vous recommandez le Bien, vous interdisez le Mal et vous croyez en Dieu. 

Sachant que la bonne conduite est un mensonge et que l’interdiction des actes immoraux est une pure hypocrisie, que reste-t-il ? Qu’est-ce qui fait de vous « la meilleure communauté qui ait jamais été donnée en exemple pour l’humanité », exactement ? A-t-on déjà vu un Newton musulman ? Un Shakespeare musulman ? Un Mozart musulman ? Une Mère Teresa musulmane ? Vous pouvez sans doute me citer les noms de quelques musulmans qui, comme al-Khawarizmi, ont su briller à l’âge des ténèbres. Mais dès que le Dar el-Harb a progressé, le Dar el-Islam s’est trouvé incapable de produire ne serait-ce qu’un seul personnage d’importance mondiale, à l’exception d’une grande diversité de Kadhafi, de Saddam, de ben Laden, d’Arafat et autres Hitler d’envergure variable. 

Un des leaders musulmans les plus respectés de notre époque, l’ancien Premier ministre de Malaisie Mahathir Mohammad, a fait un remarquable aveu dans son discours d’adieu : 

« Nous avons besoin pour notre défense, de fusils et de missiles, de bombes et d’avions, de tanks et de vaisseaux de guerre. Mais comme nous n’avons pas encouragé l’apprentissage de la science et des mathématiques, comme nous n’avons pas œuvré pour la renaissance, nous sommes actuellement incapables de produire nos propres armes pour notre défense. Nous devons acheter nos armes à nos adversaires et à nos ennemis. » 

Ce qui est remarquable, c’est qu’un des leaders musulmans les plus respectés, comme on peut le voir clairement, n’ait aucune idée de ce que peuvent être les motivations des habitants du Dar el-Harb. Il ne pourrait jamais croire que notre force militaire apocalyptique (et, en raison de la lâcheté de nos gouvernants, absolument inutile) puisse n’être qu’un effet secondaire de notre insatiable curiosité vis-à-vis de la création divine. Par ailleurs, il reconnaît par inadvertance que sa propre religion n’est rien d’autre qu’un culte de la mort.

Et c’est la raison pour laquelle je continue de conseiller à tous mes interlocuteurs la lecture du Coran et des Hadiths, afin qu’ils puissent se rendre compte par eux-mêmes que l’islam n’est pas « simplement une autre religion » mais une idéologie du djihad, et que le djihad n’est pas un conflit intérieur du musulman en quête de perfection spirituelle, mais un génocide en cours depuis quatorze siècles au nom d’un faux prophète. 

Au passage, le mot arabe islam ne signifie pas « paix » mais « soumission ». Connaissez-vous la différence entre ces deux notions ? 

Tout cela étant dit, je dois ajouter que je comprends que votre courrier était sincère et inspiré par des motifs louables. J’y répondrai par une suggestion sincère : lisez la Torah. N’ayez pas peur : cela ne fera pas de vous un Juif, pas plus qu’écouter Bach ne ferait de vous un compositeur. Mais cela pourrait vous apporter ce dont vous avez si désespérément besoin : une vision différente de l’univers. 

Que vous soyez guidé là où vous voudrez l’être. 

Bien sincèrement, 


Yashiko Sagamori est consultante en informatique à New York. 

© 2006 - Yashiko Sagamori -
© 2009 - Marcoroz pour la traduction

          Le mythe de l'islam modéré   

Lettre ouverte au Premier ministre de Malaisie, Mahathir Mohamad

Par Yashiko Sagamori

  Le 23 octobre 2003

« L’Heure ne viendra pas avant que les musulmans ne combattent les Juifs. Le Juif se cachera derrière les pierres et les arbres, qui diront : Ô Musulman, un Juif se cache derrière moi, viens le tuer. » Hadith, Volume 4, Livre 52, N°177 
Monsieur le Premier ministre, 

Un de mes amis m’a récemment envoyé un courrier électronique contenant des statistiques intéressantes. On y apprend qu’Israël, par tête d’habitant, 
  • compte le plus grand nombre de diplômés de l’enseignement supérieur au monde,
  • produit davantage d’articles scientifiques que n’importe quel autre pays,
  • dispose d’un plus grand nombre de startups que n’importe quel autre pays, et notamment du plus grand nombre de startups spécialisées dans les biotechnologies,
  • compte le plus fort pourcentage de ménages équipés d’un micro-ordinateur,
  • absorbe davantage d’immigrants que n’importe quel autre pays.
En même temps, en valeurs absolues, Israël 
  • compte plus de startups que n’importe quel autre pays à l’exception des États-Unis,
  • arrive deuxième après les États-Unis pour les sociétés d’investissement en capital-risque,
  • dépasse en volume la somme des économies de tous ses voisins immédiats réunis, et ce malgré une absence presque totale de ressources naturelles,
  • est le seul pays du monde à être entré dans ce nouveau siècle avec une population nette d’arbres en augmentation. 

Dans sa lettre, il cite d’autres faits qui vont dans le même sens, mais vous avez sans doute déjà compris de quoi il s’agit. Ajoutons à cela le rôle prédominant que jouent les Juifs de la Diaspora dans tous les domaines du progrès humain (voyez par exemple les statistiques des prix Nobel), et l’on ne peut qu’être d’accord avec la conclusion que vous avez proposée de façon si succincte dans votre discours pour l’Organisation de la Conférence islamique à Putrajaya, en Malaisie : ce sont les Juifs qui dominent le monde ; et pas les musulmans, vous le savez comme moi, quel que soit leur désir acharné de le dominer.

Dans votre discours, vous avez correctement identifié la religion comme facteur sous-jacent de l’insondable arriération du monde musulman : « Nous avons besoin pour notre défense, de fusils et de missiles, de bombes et d’avions, de tanks et de vaisseaux de guerre. Mais comme nous n’avons pas encouragé l’apprentissage de la science et des mathématiques, comme nous n’avons pas œuvré pour la renaissance, nous sommes actuellement incapables de produire nos propres armes pour notre défense. Nous devons acheter nos armes à nos adversaires et à nos ennemis. »

Je suis sûre que vous vous rendez compte qu’à partir du moment où vos « adversaires et ennemis » vous vendent ces armes, ils ne vous considèrent pas comme un adversaire redoutable. À l’évidence, ils ne vous craignent pas, et dans votre monde, l’absence de crainte équivaut à de l’irrespect, ce qui vous incite à déclarer : « Aujourd’hui, nous, la Oumma, sommes traités avec mépris et dédain. » Dans mon monde, au contraire – le monde dominé par les Juifs – l’absence de crainte équivaut à la liberté, et chez nous, le respect envers autrui n’est jamais fondé sur la propension à faire du mal à l’autre. Votre inaptitude à fabriquer des armes est même le moindre de vos échecs, compte tenu de la suprématie de la mort sur la vie dans votre culture. Franchement, vous n’avez pas idée de ce que vous perdez vraiment dans votre vaine poursuite de ces vierges mythiques : ce que vous perdez, c’est la vie elle-même. C’est précisément la raison pour laquelle, selon vous, « Il y a un sentiment de désespoir dans les pays et les peuples musulmans. » Que peut-on espérer d’autre de la part de populations privées d’existence et sacrifiées à une divinité fausse, cruelle et insensée ?

Ainsi se trouve refermé le cercle vicieux auquel votre religion condamne ses adeptes : « Notre seule réaction est la fureur, toujours davantage de fureur. Un peuple furieux ne peut penser sainement. Et nous avons des gens qui ne réagissent pas de façon rationnelle. Ils lancent leurs propres attaques, tuant n’importe qui, y compris des musulmans frères, pour évacuer leur colère et leur frustration. »

Ici, je crains que vous ne déformiez la réalité. Aucun attentat suicide à la bombe n’a jamais été perpétré par une personne frustrée agissant seule. Derrière tout assassinat de masse perpétré par des musulmans, il y a une puissante organisation, et je vous soupçonne, en tant que bon musulman détenteur d’un pouvoir politique, d’avoir contribué à quelques-uns de ces attentats.

Toutefois, ce mensonge tout à fait transparent n’a pas autant d’importance que la vérité que vous avez révélée au grand jour. Vous avez pris la parole devant une salle remplie de dirigeants musulmans du monde entier. Vous avez parlé de l’extermination des Juifs comme du seul moyen d’éviter l’extermination des musulmans. Vous avez cité la Shoah comme un exemple à suivre. Vous avez été politiquement incorrect au point que même le président Bush ait été obligé de réfléchir trois jours durant avant de décider finalement de la façon dont il devait réagir à votre discours. Votre auditoire, en revanche, n’a été traversé d’aucun doute. Votre appel au génocide a été accueilli par une ovation. À cette conférence, tous les courants de l’islam étaient représentés : les sunnites et les chiites, les « extrémistes » ouvertement haineux et les « modérés » prudemment haineux, les vrais ennemis et les faux alliés, les Iraniens et les Afghans, les Saoudiens et les Turcs. Et pas un seul d’entre eux n’a trouvé quoi que ce soit de choquant dans votre discours. Pas un seul.

Et c’est de cela que je vous suis sincèrement reconnaissante. Reconnaissante, parce qu’aucun ennemi de l’islam, aucun étranger, aucun spécialiste n’aurait su démonter le mythe de « l’islam modéré » de façon aussi concluante que vous l’avez fait dans votre allocution. Désormais, nous tenons de source sûre, des intéressés eux-mêmes, que « la religion de paix et d’amour » n’existe que dans l’imagination des politiciens malhonnêtes. Et de cela, je vous remercie du fond du cœur.

Bien sincèrement,
Y. S.
© 2003 - Yashiko Sagamori
© 2008 - Marcoroz pour la traduction

          Comment on Twin Peaks Season 3 Episode 8 Review by Derek Currie   
This is an episode to watch twice to catch all the details. Here is what I caught that differs from or adds to the above: • The long, slow, incredible exploration of a nuclear explosion took place in New Mexico, July 16, 1945. It was the first ever human created nuclear explosion. It was not Hiroshima. This may help explain: "The first nuclear explosion occurred on July 16, 1945 at 5:50 am on the Trinity Test Site near Alamogordo, New Mexico in the United States, an area now known as the White Sands Missile Range. The event involved the full-scale testing of an implosion-type fission atomic bomb. In a memorandum to the U.S. Secretary of War, General Leslie Groves describes the yield as equivalent to 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT." • Historically, the first glimpse we see of 'Bob' is his bubble being part of a long, huge, coiled rope of vomit being emitted from some massive, white, generic humanoid form within the core of the atomic explosion. As I watched the vomit, my first thought was that it was reminiscent of umbilical cord. I immediately thought of it connecting to what I call 'The Abortion Dance' in 'Eraser Head'. But I note that the attached 'Bob' bubble seemed small and inconsequential, as if he was a small parasite being rejected and ejected from the humanoid's stomach. • The next scene after the atomic explosion sequence and the response of ????? (Giant) is again in New Mexico in 1956, nine years later. The insect-frog hatches out of what appears to be a rock in the desert. That creature was designed and portrayed with perfection on screen. Beautiful horrific. • My guess about The Woodsman's looping poetry rant, which puts all listeners to sleep, is that it is a call to the insect-frog, providing it an auditory method for finding a human host. Since this appears to be parasitism, is that insect-frog creature 'Bob'? Did it take him nine years to gestate? Is the nine years intended to be in contrast to the human nine months of gestation? • Considerable time was taken to distinguish the '1930s room' of the ????? (Giant) from the world beyond his screen. The conjured, vomited Laura bubble is in color, contrasting the B&W of the '1930s room'. The bubble, having been kissed by Senorita Dido, travels backwards through a coiling saxophone into the screen, flattening slightly, then restored to its spherical shape in B&W as it heads through space toward the state of Washington on B&W planet Earth. • There's something god-like about ????? (Giant) considering all his behavior. He was a being in the Black Lodge and yet he was a positive creature whom one would expect to find in a White Lodge (which I believe we have yet to visit). • 'So where's Mike?' I kept asking myself. He wasn't part of the astral vomit/umbilical stream! How will he arrive on the scene? Oh and what will Mike's arm evolve into? Is Mike a different sort of creature from Bob? And yet they both eat creamed corn? (Garmonbozia). Is calling Mike's arm 'The Man from Another Place' an indication that Mike is a different sort of creature from Bob? And why is the arm apparently acting as a benevolent force after Mike cut it off as a way to remove his evil self? And what is Mike doing in the Black Lodge considering he's now a White Lodge believer? ... Spinning far off track and topic. I'm sure Frost and Lynch have had enormous fun making up all of this elaborate back story to use in their play time. This is certainly a lot more fun than what I thought was a cop out explanation of Leland having been possessed by a demon, 'The devil made me do it' scapegoat nonsense of olde. It's also a lot more interesting than the creatures from another planet explanation for Bob and Mike.
          BREAKING: President Trump issues BLISTERING statement to North Korea; “The era of strategic patience is over”   

President Trump held nothing back while talking about North Korea on Friday, saying that the United States and South Korea are prepared to deal with the “reckless and brutal regime” of Kim Jong Un. While holding a joint press conference with newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-In, Mr. Trump openly told reporters that the era of “strategic patience” has failed. “The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed,” said the President. “Frankly, that patience is over.” Watch his blistering statement below: President Trump: The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of North Korea "require a determined

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          North Korean TV Hails Latest Ballistic Missile Test   
The test-firing, which was overseen by Kim Jong Un, was hailed as a success with the missile reportedly landing within yards of its intended target.
          North Korea launches another missile   
North Korea has reportedly launched another missile, its third missile test in three weeks. U.S. officials say the latest test involved a short-range ballistic missile that flew for six minutes and nearly 250 miles. NBC’s Blake McCoy has the latest for TODAY.
          N. Korea Successfully Tests Medium-Range Ballistic Missile, State TV Says   
The test of a Pukguksong-2 missile was hailed a success with Kim Jong Un ordering its further deployment.
          North Korea Boasts of Successful Missile Launch   
In the latest test, the North Koreans launched a KN-17, a liquid fuel single-stage missile, US military officials say. An official described the launch as “serious.”
          North Korea Tests New Missile 'Able to Carry Nuclear Warhead'   
North Korean TV showed what it said was the latest test of a Hwasong-12 rocket.
          Paul Craig Roberts 271   

Deception Inside Deception: The Alleged Sarin Gas Attack

Deception Inside Deception: The Alleged Sarin Gas Attack
Paul Craig Roberts
Seymour Hersh, America’s most famous investigative reporter, has become persona non grata in the American Propaganda Ministry that poses as a news media but only serves to protect the US government’s war lies. Among his many triumphs Hersh exposed the American My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Abu Ghraib torture prison run by the Americans in Iraq. Today his investigative reports have to be published in the London Review of Books or in the German Media. 
From Hersh’s latest investigative report, we learn that President Trump makes war decisions by watching staged propaganda on TV. The White Helmets, a propaganda organization for jihadists and the “Syrian opposition,” found a gullible reception from the Western media for photographs and videos of alleged victims of a Syrian Army sarin gas attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun. Trump saw the photos on TV and despite being assured by US intelligence that there was no Syrian sarin gas attack, ordered the US military to strike a Syrian base with Tomahawk missiles. Under international law this strike was a war crime, and it was the first direct aggression against Syria by the US which previously committed aggression via proxies called “the Syrian opposition.”
Reporting on his sources, Hersh writes: “In a series of interviews, I learned of the total disconnect between the president and many of his military advisers and intelligence officials, as well as officers on the ground in the region who had an entirely different understanding of the nature of Syria’s attack on Khan Sheikhoun. I was provided with evidence of that disconnect, in the form of transcripts of real-time communications, immediately following the Syrian attack on April 4.”
The belief that sarin gas was involved in the attack comes from what appears to be a gas cloud. Hersh was informed by US military experts that sarin is oderless and invisible and makes no cloud. What appears to have happened is that the explosion from the air attack on ISIS caused a series of secondary explosions that produced a toxic cloud formed by fertilizers and chlorine disinfectants that were stored in the building that was hit.
US officials spoke with Hersh, because they are distrubed that President Trump based a war decision on TV propaganda and refused to listen to the detailed counter-assessments of his intelligence and military services. A national security source told Hersh: “Everyone close to him knows his proclivity for acting precipitously when he does not know the facts. He doesn’t read anything and has no real historical knowledge. He wants verbal briefings and photographs. He’s a risk-taker. He can accept the consequences of a bad decision in the business world; he will just lose money. But in our world, lives will be lost and there will be long-term damage to our national security if he guesses wrong. He was told we did not have evidence of Syrian involvement and yet Trump says: ‘Do it.”’
Concerns about Trump’s purely emotional reaction to TV propaganda persist. Hersh reports that a senior national security adviser told him: “The Salafists and jihadists got everything they wanted out of their hyped-up Syrian nerve gas ploy” (the flare up of tensions between Syria, Russia and America). The issue is, what if there’s another false flag sarin attack credited to hated Syria? Trump has upped the ante and painted himself into a corner with his decision to bomb. And do not think these guys are not planning the next faked attack. Trump will have no choice but to bomb again, and harder. He’s incapable of saying he made a mistake.”
As we know, the White House has already released a statement predicting that Assad is preparing another chemical attack, for which, the White House promises, he will “pay a heavy price.” Clearly, a false flag attack is on the way. 
By all means, read Hersh’s report: It reveals a president who makes precipitious decisions likely to cause a war with Russia. 
I do not doubt Sy Hersh’s integrity. I accept that he has accurately reported what he was told by US officials. My suspicions about this story do not have to do with Hersh. They have to do with what Hersh was told.
Hersh’s report puts Trump in a very bad light, and it puts the military/security complex, which we know has been trying to destroy Trump, in a very good light. Moreover, the story strikes me as inconsistent with the subsequent attack on the Syrian fighter-bomber by the US military. If the Tomahawk attack on the Syrian base was unjustified, what justified downing a Syrian war plane? Did Trump order this attack as well? If not, who did? Why? 
If national security advisers gave Trump such excellent information about the alleged sarin gas attack, completely disproving any such attack, why was he given such bad advice about shooting down a Syrian war plane, or was it done outside of channels? The effect of the shootdown is to raise the chance of a confrontation with Russia, because Russia’s response apparently has been to declare a no-fly zone over the area of Russian and Syrian operations. 
How do we know that what Hersh was told was true? What if Trump was encouraged to order the Tomahawk strike as a way of interjecting the US directly into the conflict? Both the US and Israel have powerful reasons for wanting to overthrow Assad. However, ISIS, sent to do the job, has been defeated by Russia and Syria. Unless Washington can somehow get directly involved, the war is over. 
The story Hersh was given also serves to damn Trump while absolving the intelligence services. Trump takes the hit for injecting the US directly into the conflict.
Hersh’s story reads well, but it easily could be a false story planted on him. I am not saying that the story is false, but unless we learn more, it could be.
What we do know is that the story given to Hersh by national security officials is inconsistent with the June 26 White House announcement that the US has “identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime.” The White House does not have the capability to conduct its own foreign intelligence gathering. The White House is informed by the national security and intelligence agencies. 
In the story given to Hersh, these officials are emphatic that not only were chemical weapons removed from Syria, but also that Assad would not use them or be permitted by the Russians to use them even if he had them. Moreover, Hersh reports that he was told that Russia fully informed the US of the Syrian attack on ISIS in advance. The weapon was a guided bomb that Russia had suppied to Syria. Therefore, it could not have been a chemical weapon.
As US national security officials made it clear to Hersh that they do not believe Syria did or would use any chemical weapons, what is the source for the White House’s announcement that preparations for another chemical attack by the Assad regime have been identified? 
Who lined up UN ambassador Nikki Haley and the UK Defence Minister Michael Fallon to be ready with statements in support of the White House announcement? Haley says: “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.” Fallon says: “we will support” future US action in response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria. 
How clear does an orchestration have to be before people are capable of recognizing the orchestration? 
The intelligence agencies put out the story via Hersh that there were no chemical attacks, so what attacks is Niki Haley speaking about?
A reasonable conclusion is that Washington’s plan to use ISIS to overthrow Syria and then start on Iran was derailed by Russian and Syrian military success against ISIS. The US then tried to partition Syria by occupying part of it, but were out-manuevered by the Russians and Syrians. This left direct US involvement as the only alternative to defeat. This direct US military involvement began with the US attack on the Syrian military base and was followed by shooting down a Syrian war plane. The next stage will be a US-staged false flag chemical attack or alleged chemical attack, and this false flag, as has already been announced, will be the excuse for larger scale US military action against Syria, which, unless the Russians abandon Syria, means conflict with Russia, Iran, and perhaps China. 

          Trump’s ‘No Fly Zone’ Escalates U.S. War    

Trump’s ‘No Fly Zone’ Escalates U.S. War Against Syria

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The lie that the U.S. is fighting Islamic State (ISIS) terrorism in Syria was publicly exploded on June 18 when a U.S. F/A-18 “Super Hornet” fighter jet launched from the George H. W. Bush aircraft carrier shot down a Syrian government aircraft that had attacked ISIS and the Al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front forces in Raqqa. The last major “rebel”-held stronghold in Northern Syria and Syria’s sixth largest city, Raqqa is the capital of ISIS’s proclaimed caliphate.
State Department officials asserted that the downing of the Syrian jet was in accord with U.S. policy to operate under its unilaterally established “rules of engagement” that include the “collective self-defense” of its “Syrian partners.” Translated, the quoted phrases amount to a declaration that the U.S. and its imperial allies in Syria will attack any and all forces that seek to interfere with U.S. imperialist objectives.
In addition to its virtual “no fly zone” over the Raqqa region, U.S. generals have set up a similarly “protected” garrison at al-Tanf in southeastern Syria, where its “Syrian partners” and U.S., British and Norwegian advisers are based. Here too, U.S. military tops have warned pro-Assad forces to stay out, having tagged this region with the newly coined euphemism, “zone of deconfliction.”
After the June 18 downing of the Syrian jet fighter, U.S. officials cynically asserted that “The coalition does not seek to fight the Syrian regime, Russian, or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat.”
In the same mid-June timeframe and with the same rationale, U.S. warplanes shot down several Iranian midrange missiles that were targeting the ISIS-controlled oil-rich Deir Al-Zour province in Eastern Syria where ISIS forces surround some 200,000 civilians. These Syrians, according to U.S. policy, are not to be freed from ISIS’s grip by anyone working with the Syrian government. Effectively, ISIS in the area surrounding Deir Al-Zour is protected by the U.S. and its “partners.”
U.S. Contemplates “Stabilization Lite”
This is now the public policy of the U.S., presented in bold outline by several U.S. officials and top imperialist planners and reported in the June 23 NYT under the headline, “U.S. Sends Civilians to Stabilize Recaptured Syrian Areas.” The referenced “civilians” include representatives from the CIA-directed Agency for International Development and representatives from the array of countries that are supporting the U.S. war in Syria. Billions of dollars are to be expended in this effort, not to rebuild Syria, but to insure the stability of the occupying force in the regions the U.S. seeks to establish under its control. A minimum of 1,000 U.S. troops would remain in these “recaptured” regions, according to The Times report, undoubtedly qualitatively more if the U.S. warmakers believe they can further leverage their intervention.
In the same article, Linda Robinson, a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation expressed a note of caution:
“Syria is not a country that we control. This is stabilization light. We do not have, nor do we intend to get, control of the place, which would enable us to move and do these state-building activities.” [My emphasis.]
She added, “What is also very important to understand is what is the tolerance of the Syrian government for the U.S. to go in and do these activities. There have been increasing tensions with the regime, with the Iranians and with the Russians and the possibility that we are backing into a war with the Assad government and its backers.” Needless to say, such a war has been underway for years despite the U.S lie that its illegal, uninvited presence in Syria is to fight ISIS.
On June 8, ten days before the attack on the Syrian jet, U.S. warplanes obliterated an Iranian, pro-Syrian government convoy headed for Raqqa to attack ISIS, Al Qaida and other U.S.-backed forces.
The June 18 attack on the Syrian aircraft was not the first such overt assault since 2011 when the short-lived Syrian Arab Spring was quickly hijacked by covert U.S.–backed terrorist forces aimed at the same “regime change” operation in Syria that the U.S. had previously orchestrated in Iraq, Libya, and Egypt. Since the April 7 U.S. Tomahawk missile attack on the Syrian Shayrat air base – under the pretext of retaliation for the unproven claim that the Assad government used sarin gas U.S. threats and overt attacks on Syrian government forces and its supporters have become routine. [Note: As we go to press a June 25 detailed article refuting President Trump’s accusation that the Syrian government used sarin gas in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017 has been published on the German online website Welt N24 Politik. Its author, Pulitzer Prize journalist Seymour Hersh, cites several top U.S. military advisers to President Trump as insisting that “This was not a chemical weapons strike.” With full knowledge of the facts that demonstrated that sarin gas was not used by the Assad government, or anyone else, the advisers, note that Trump proceeded to bomb Syria anyway. JM]
The longstanding covert U.S./NATO/Gulf State monarchy regime change war against Syria, wherein billions of dollars have been secretly extended to train and arm virtually all forces that aim to remove the Syrian government, has now become open. The notion that a civil war between competing Syrian factions prevails in Syria is a terrible fraud – one that is employed by both the U.S. government and its bi-partisan propagandists, but also, tragically, by sections of the U.S. left. Syria, as with all poor and oppressed nations is the undeniable victim of a U.S.-orchestrated imperialist attack, little different from the imperialist conflagrations that plague oppressed people and nations around the world – from the Middle East to Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Hillary Clinton’s election time advocacy of a “no fly zone” in Syria – aimed at preventing Syrian and allied forces, including Russia, Iran and the Lebanese-based Hezbollah, from ridding Syria of U.S.-backed forces – has now become President Donald Trump’s official policy.
“Deconfliction” is the new U.S.-invented term to designate the ever-expanding and always changing U.S. “No-Fly zones,” that is, portions of Syria that the U.S. hopes to occupy now to maximize its leverage in a contemplated postwar Syrian negotiated settlement wherein Syria’s future is to be determined not by the Syria people or government but rather by the U.S.-established military relationship of forces on the ground.
As U.S. air war Middle East chief Lt. General Jeffrey Harrington stated, “Every war must come to an end and when it does there will be a negotiated settlement.” In this context, Harrington bragged to the NYT that his success in Syria resided in his efforts to increase the “space” controlled by U.S.-backed forces.
Establishing U.S.  “No Fly Zones”
CBS News reported that on June 6 and again on June 8 when “27 [Syrian] regime vehicles drove within 18 miles of al-Tanf, which breached the [U.S.-declared] 34-mile radius of the army convoy’s operations, U.S. aircraft first attempted to buzz the regime, but when the convoy didn’t turn around, they [the U.S. forces] conducted a strike against some of the vehicles.”
“The rebels being trained at al-Tanf are from a number of Arab rebel groups, referred to by the U.S. as Vetted Syrian Opposition, or VSO, who oppose both the Assad regime and ISIS,” according to the liberal BuzzFeed News. They noted that, “U.S. Special Forces have been increasingly fighting alongside these rebel groups in Southern Syria.”
The Wall Street Journal’s Yaroslav Trofimov reported that, “The U.S. attack at al Tanf is significant not because the U.S. has once again struck Assad’s forces, but because it did so in defense of Syrian rebels.” The same report observed, “Once skeptical about U.S.-backed anti-Assad ‘rebels,’ Trump stated in a 2015 election debate that ‘we have no idea who they are.’” Trump had suggested that they may be ISIS and added that “We can’t be fighting ISIS and fighting Assad.” Today, the U.S. is indeed fighting Assad, directly and indirectly, but its focus on ISIS is more complicated.
A March 31, 2017 NYT article, for example, noted that U.S. forces in Raqqa were attacking ISIS from the North, East and West, but not the South – the implication being that ISIS forces driven in this direction might be useful in assisting the blockade of Syrian forces in the South, that is, in the Deir Al-Zour region. Indeed they were. ISIS forces were allowed to evacuate Raqqa, weapons and military gear in tow, heading south toward Deir Al Zour, near the Iraqi and Jordanian border.
Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis noted that “We should not take this U.S. strike [against Assad’s armed forces] as a sign that the U.S. is getting more involved in Syria,” an example of Orwellian doublespeak if ever there was one.
Syria’s Right to Self-Determination
With the Syrian government’s September 2015 request to the Russian and Iranian governments and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon to intervene on its behalf, Syria has retaken large parts of the country that were previously occupied by ISIS and other U.S.-backed forces. Some estimates put that previously occupied figure at two-thirds of the country. Syria, a sovereign nation, has every right to self-determination, that is, to defend itself from imperial attack and seek the support of allies to challenge U.S.-led war and regime change efforts.
Al Udeid is the U.S. Central Command headquarters in the Middle East – the nerve center of its air campaigns in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is from Al Udeid that the U.S. conducts its now 16-year war in Afghanistan and its current wars in Iraq and Syria. Al Udeid supplied the air and ground forces in the U.S./NATO “humanitarian war” that destroyed Libya’s infrastructure. U.S.-backed mercenaries from Qatar then proceeded to “liberate” Libya’s capital of Tripoli using the pretext that the Gadhafi government was about to exterminate 50,000 unarmed civilians in Benghazi. British authorities now admit that there was no such threat. Neither did the Sadaam Hussein government have the “weapons of mass destruction” that the U.S. war makers insisted were about to be unleashed on the world.
U.S. General Espouses Policy Objectives
“If the Syrians were going to make a run at our guys, we were going to be in a position to defend them ourselves,” said Lt. General Harrington in a May 23 NYT interview. “Our intent was to be in position to support our guys and get back into fighting ISIS.” The reference to “our guys,” of course, includes NATO and U.S.-financed and abetted terrorist forces aimed at Assad’s removal. There are no other forces in Syria today that operate independently of U.S. imperialism and its coalition partners.
This May 23 article entitled, “Inside the Air War Over Syria: A High Altitude ‘Poker Game,’” offers what The Times calls “a rare glimpse into how the [U.S.] military plans and orchestrates the complex ballet of strike, surveillance and refueling aircraft that keeps the war going around the clock.”
This seemingly endless war has taken a terrible toll on the Syrian people. A respected polling organization – ORB International, which does polling for western nations, including the U.S. government – nevertheless demonstrated that support for the Bashar Assad government and its Iranian allies far exceeds support for the U.S. and its “coalition partners,” including the Free Syrian Army, Al-Qaeda and similar groups. Support for ISIS was miniscule.
Regardless, recognition and defense of Syria’s right to self-determination – an inalienable right of all poor and oppressed nations under imperialist attack or threatened by colonial occupation – is the critical dividing line in the U.S. antiwar movement today. While not taking any position on the Assad government itself, U.S. antiwar organizations like the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) are staunch defenders of Syria’s right to self-determination. UNAC unanimously re-affirmed this stance at its recent June 16-18 national conference in Richmond, VA where over 300 activists from 31 states drew up plans for future coordinated, independent, mass mobilizations against U.S. imperialist wars. (See UNAC’s adopted Action Plan at
The principle of the right of self-determination of oppressed nations has its origins in the worldwide struggles of oppressed people to win their freedom from the world’s chief colonizing and imperialist great powers that had previously divided and re-divided the world and subjected poor and conquered peoples to their rule. The history of the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia is in great part a history of the just struggles of the conquered and occupied nations for freedom and self-determination. Socialists and other democratically minded organizations have traditionally supported all such struggles against imperialist intervention, whether their leadership was socialist, bourgeois nationalist or even downright reactionary. This was the case, for example, when fascist Italy invaded feudal Ethiopia at the beginning of WWII, or more recently when the U.S. invaded Iraq and deposed the Sadaam Hussein government.  (Hussein had previously been a U.S. ally and surrogate when he invaded Iran in 1980 in a six-year war that took the lives of one million Iranians and 800,000 Iraqis.) In all cases, the key criteria for opposition to imperialist war has been the understanding that, freed from direct colonial control, the working masses of these oppressed nations have the best opportunity to deal with their own indigenous oppressors. The resultant weakening and defeat of the imperialist occupier upon its forced withdrawal is an added bonus that factors into any world balance sheet that measures the relationship of forces between imperialist subjugators and their victims.
The right of self-determination includes Syria’s right to call for help from Russia, Iran and others as they see fit. Such support – however equivocal and for whatever opportunist reasons it may be given – can have a significant impact on thwarting U.S. imperialist objectives. As compared to late 2015, much of Syria today is free from the direct control of the forces let loose by U.S. imperialism. It is these forces that are overwhelmingly responsible for the estimated 500,000 Syrians killed, including 100,000 Syrian Army soldiers as well as the 1.5 million Syrian refugees that are today scattered across the Middle East and elsewhere.
This is not to say that the Russia’s or Iran’s primary objective is the liberation of Syria from imperialist control, and certainly not the establishment of a socialist or even democratic Syria. Vladimir Putin’s objectives are simply to use Russian influence in Syria as a bargaining chip to negotiate with the U.S./NATO cabal and win some concessions with regard to NATO’s threatening encirclement of Russia and its imposition of stinging sanctions arising out of Russia’s opposition to the neo-fascist, US/EU-backed coup in Ukraine.
The recent widely televised two-part “Putin Interviews” with filmmaker Oliver Stone revealed Russian perspectives and politics in bold relief when Stone felt compelled to correct Putin’s repeated assertions of friendship with his “U.S. partners.” Stone asked, “How can you repeatedly call the U.S. your partner when it is ever surrounding you with NATO troops and imposing hurtful sanctions?” Putin could only smile and repeat his solidarity and claimed “partnership” with the U.S. while holding out his hopes that peaceful negotiated solutions of their differences would be forthcoming.
Putin, a spokesperson par excellence for a weak and isolated Russian capitalism, basked with Stone in the splendor of his ornate state-owned Russian dacha home, while praising the Russian Orthodox Church, expressing his solidarity with U.S. imperialism’s “fight against terrorism,” and ridiculing the great 1917 Russian Revolution. Putin, who supported the U.S./NATO war that reduced Libya to rubble, lacked the good sense to hide his reactionary social views as he disparaged women and LGBTQI people. No liberating friend of the Syrian masses, Putin seeks a negotiated accommodation with U.S. imperialism. This is similar to other lesser capitalist nations that are increasingly compelled to bend to the dictates of the world’s sole superpower.
Yet Russia’s role in forcing the U.S.-backed armed forces in Syria to retreat cannot be dismissed, if for the sole reason that, absent an overt imperialist conquest, opportunities for future struggle of Syria’s working masses to advance their own interests will be that much greater. Tragically, history does not always offer a clear and straight path to liberation. Absent Russian and Iranian intervention in the Syrian conflict, the likelihood of US/NATO imperial victory would be virtually assured. The alternative to Russian and Iranian support for Syria can only be Syria’s return to imperialist-imposed great power domination or perhaps formal division or incorporation into neighboring states.
Today, Syria’s future rests less on the intentions of Russian or Iranian capitalists than it does on the future emergence of an independent anti-imperialist and socialist force inside Syria that champions the interests of the Syrian working masses and on capacity of antiwar forces in the U.S. and around the world to mobilize millions in the streets demanding “U.S. Out Now!,”  “Self-determination for Syria!” and “Money for Jobs, Not War!” These are the starting points for the mass antiwar movement that can best serve the interests of the Syrian people. In addition to marches, rallies and teach-ins, the economic might of the U.S. working class must be brought to bear. Indeed, the struggles against all U.S. wars abroad and the fight against the ever-intensifying wars against working people at home cannot be separated; in many ways it is the same fight. We must say no to the wars of the one percent both at home and abroad. Not one more dollar, not one more bullet for Washington’s wars! 
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Jeff Mackler is a staffwriter for Socialist Action. He can be reached at  socialist

          Sy Hersh, Exposer of My Lai and Abu Ghraib, Strikes Again   

Sy Hersh, Exposer of My Lai and Abu Ghraib, Strikes Again, Exposing US Lies About Alleged Assad Sarin ‘Attack’

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Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, the journalist who exposed the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese women, children and old people by US troops, the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal in Iraq, and many other critically important stories, has now obliterated the US government’s (and the US media’s) claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military killed nearly 100 people with a Sarin nerve gas bombing in April, an incident which prompted President Trump to order a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base.
Hersh’s My Lai expose was initially published by the Dispatch News Service, and was eventually run by 33 US newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times (which employed him in its Washington bureau during the Watergate Scandal era, from 1972-75). His later Abu Ghraib expose ran in the New Yorker magazine, as did several other important investigative pieces about the origins of the Iraq war, and about a US covert bombing campaign in Iran.
But this latest piece, arguably his potentially most explosive — because it shows a President Trump risking triggering a World War III with Russia based upon his own rash decision, over the objections and to the dismay of his own military and intelligence advisers — couldn’t find a mainstream publisher in the US or the UK. Instead, he had to run it in a German newspaper, Die Welt.
Fortunately, Die Welt, one of Germany’s major daily newspapers, realized the importance of what Hersh was exposing, and has made the article, as well as a side-bar transcript of a conversation between an American soldier and an intelligence service person in Syria, available online — in English. Here they are:
I won’t go into all the details. Everyone should read these two pieces for themselves. Suffice to say that Hersh, who has excellent sources in the military and in various US intelligence organizations, has documented how the Trump administration lied about the deaths in an ISIS-held town called Khan Sheikhoun that the Syrian Air Force bombed last April, claiming Syria had used a sarin nerve-gas bomb when in fact the US military knew all about the attack beforehand and that the weapon had been a Russian-provided smart bomb, which was used to target an ISIS leadership meeting underway in the targeted building. (The Russians had contacted the US about the bombing earlier, to make sure no CIA personnel would be in the building at the time.)
Unfortunately, unbeknownst to the Russians and Syrians, the ISIS-held building they hit had stores of Chlorine in its basement — a poison gas itself — as well as stocks of fertilizer and herbicides which, when burned, release Sarin-like neurotoxins. It was these which killed the victims. (Witnesses had reported a cloud of gas, and as Hersh points out, sarin is invisible and does not explode. It is simply released by the bomb, to do its killing unseen.)
Over the objections and concerns expressed by his top military advisors, reportedly including “Mad Dog” Mattis, Trump insisted on bombing the Syrian airfield used to launch the attack flight. Fortunately in that case, Trump’s advisors prevailed in getting him to settle for a symbolic attack, first warning the Russians, and inevitably the Syrians too, to clear out their jets and personnel from the target to avoid any serious harm from the 59 Tomahawk missiles launched for the US attack.
Hersh’s Die Welt article comes out just as Trump is now again making up, or is believing, a “fake news” story that Assad is “planning another Sarin gas attack” from the same Shayrat Air Base that the US bombed earlier, with Trump vowing to retaliate more seriously this time if Assad goes ahead with another gas attack. Again, the military and the intelligence community are both saying they see no evidence of planning for a gas attack, and in any case they believe that Assad’s poison gas weapons were all eliminated in the 2013 agreement, as monitored and certified later by UN inspectors.
What’s disturbing is that the US media, which credulously reported both the first alleged Assad Sarin … or was it chlorine gas? … attack in 2013, later shown to have been the work of ISIS (and which continue to call it an Assad crime), and that now call the April incident too a Sarin gas attack by Assad, are almost universally supporting Trump’s claim that Assad is planning another (sic) Sarin gas attack — even NPR!
Obviously Trump’s threat to retaliate is an invitation for ISIS to manufacture another “gas attack,” in order to induce Trump to attack Assad.
And if the US media are so credulous already, who’s going to stop this insanity from continuing until it spins out of control and a US attack ends up killing Russian soldiers, downing a Russian plane or leading the Russians to down a US plane, at any of which which several points we’re on the cusp of a third and final world war?
Read Hersh’s article and spread the word. And demand that your local paper write about Hersh’s latest expose.
What kind of journalism is it when a paper like the Times or the Washington Post can report on Trump making such an assertion, and basing it on a claim that the April bombing was a Sarin gas attack, can simply ignore the counter claim by a journalist of Hersh’s caliber — especially when he is a former Times reporter!
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          How the US Came to Take an Active Role in War and Torture in Latin America   

Proxy War and Surrogate Terror: How the US Came to Take an Active Role in War and Torture in Latin America

Thursday, June 29, 2017 By John W. Dower, Haymarket Books | Book Excerpt 
Soldiers conduct a static line jump in the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, August 31, 2011. (Photo: The US Army)Soldiers conduct a static line jump in the Colombian National Training Center on Fort Tolemaida, August 31, 2011. (Photo: The US Army)
Although US involvement in torture focused on the Iraq War in the last decade, the United States has had a long involvement by proxy with torture and the killing of peasants and Indigenous peoples in Latin America. In this excerpt from his book, Dower describes the US role in facilitating death and destruction in Latin and South America over the past few decades.
The long and generally shameful history of US overt and covert interventions in South and Central America traces back to the turn of the twentieth century. Before World War II, these incursions, commonly in defense of US business interests, even involved protracted military occupations of Nicaragua (1912-33) and Haiti (1915-34). During the Cold War, intervention was more covert, but just as unrelenting. John Coatsworth, a distinguished scholar of Latin American economic and international history, calculates that between 1948 and 1990 the US government "secured the overthrow of at least twenty-four governments in Latin America, four by direct use of US military forces, three by means of CIA-managed revolts or assassinations, and seventeen by encouraging local military and political forces to intervene without direct US participation, usually through military coups d'état."
Notorious among these postwar intrusions was the overthrow of democratically elected governments in Guatemala (1954), Brazil (1964), and Chile (1973). Nothing, however, obsessed North Americans looking south more than the political event Washington was unable to manipulate: the Cuban revolution that deposed the dictator Fulgencio Batista in the opening days of 1959. This Marxist revolution in the Caribbean was compounded by the alarming nuclear missile crisis of 1962, when the United States discovered Soviet missiles being installed in Cuba. From then on, planners in Washington and their right-wing allies throughout Latin America used the rationale of "preventing another Cuba" to justify clamping down on dissident domestic movements across the board, from militant Marxist agitators to socialists and liberals to anyone critical of the status quo or engaged in working to alleviate misery among the rural and urban poor.
A mid-1960s US congressional investigation reported having "found concrete evidence of at least eight plots involving the CIA to assassinate [Cuban leader] Fidel Castro from 1960 to 1965." This was grist for cloak-and-dagger media reports. More difficult to grasp, or even see, was the sustained manner in which police states south of the border secretly coordinated their crackdowns on critics of all stripes, invariably in the name of anticommunism and invariably with the support of the United States.
A decisive step in this support took place in 1963, when the administration of President John F. Kennedy tasked the army's School of the Americas (SOA), established in 1946 and initially located in Panama under a different name, with training South and Central American military officers and police in counterintelligence and counterinsurgency. The SOA's classes were conducted mostly in Spanish. By the end of the century, the school had trained around fifty-five thousand officers plus roughly four thousand police and civilians from some twenty-two or twenty-three countries. A striking number of its graduates were to become prominent leaders in the "dirty wars" that would ravage Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua. Along the way, the SOA acquired such derisive sobriquets as School of Assassins, School of Dictators, School of Coups.
Taking sides in dirty wars was typical of the proxy conflicts that engaged the United States and Soviet Union worldwide and shredded the so-called Long Peace of the Cold War. In Latin America, this mostly involved the United States extending funding, training, organizational and operational advice, weapons, logistical intelligence, and the like to authoritarian regimes engaged in "counter-subversive" activities, as well as to right-wing movements dedicated to subverting reformist and left-wing governments. Washington thus found itself supporting state terror on the one hand and violence and terror against the state on the other.
The top-secret South American transnational campaign of state-sponsored terror known as Operation Condor was a beneficiary of covert US support of the former sort. Dating from the late 1960s and formally consolidated in 1975, Condor involved collaborative cross-border intelligence, apprehension, abduction, rendition, interrogation, torture, assassination, and extrajudiciary execution operations among dictatorial regimes in the "Southern Cone" nations of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia, later joined by Ecuador and Peru. Upwards of fifty thousand to sixty thousand individuals appear to have been killed or "disappeared" in Condor-directed actions in the 1970s and 1980s, with countless thousands imprisoned and, in many cases, tortured. More than a few victims were exiles who had fled their native countries and were engaging in human rights campaigns as refugees.
The targets of this collaborative state terror extended beyond armed militants and avowed Marxists to include anyone associated with criticizing the existing right-wing regimes or advocating social justice. This was spelled out not just in the back rooms of ruling juntas, but also in training provided by the CIA and SOA. We have a clearer picture of this tutelage from instructional materials disclosed over the course of the 1980s and 1990s that became collectively identified in the media as "torture manuals." In these dense manuals, many of them translated into Spanish, "insurgent" and "guerrilla" were the words commonly used to stigmatize critics or dissidents. Terrorism and the Urban Guerrilla, a teaching guide introduced to SOA classes in Spanish in 1987, expresses this succinctly: "Examples of hostile organizations or groups are paramilitary groups, labor unions, and dissident groups." Another SOA manual, Handling of Sources, is even more expansive: "The CI [counterintelligence] agent should consider all organizations as possible guerrilla sympathizers. ... By infiltrating informants in the diverse youth, workers, political, business, social and charitable organizations, we can identify the organizations that include guerrillas among their members." Elsewhere in the instructional guides the identification of explicit targets is extended to refugees, political parties, peasant organizations, intellectuals, teachers and students, universities, priests and nuns, and so on. One appalling quotation translated from a torture manual identifies target groups as "religious workers, labor organizers, student groups, and others in sympathy with the cause of the poor."
Upon assuming power in 1981, the Reagan administration stepped into this violent world with unrestrained ardor and callous indifference to actual conditions on the ground. Despite much evidence to the contrary, the enemy was reaffirmed to be monolithic communism, directed from Moscow and spearheaded by its Cuban apprentice. As 1980s policymakers saw it, the threat was especially dire in Central America. Guatemala, where brutal repression had taken place ever since the CIA coup in 1954, was subjected to continued special attention. El Salvador and Nicaragua also became targets of fervent counterinsurgency -- and insurgency -- campaigns. In El Salvador, the "anticommunist" agenda involved supporting a dictatorial regime against any and all opponents. In Nicaragua, the situation was reversed. There, the Reagan administration devoted almost evangelical energy to nurturing and supporting the Contras, a terrorist "guerrilla" campaign against the left-wing Sandinista government that in 1979, with considerable popular support, had overthrown the brutal, US-supported Somoza family dictatorship that dated back to 1936.
Disclosure of classified texts and other disturbing information pertinent to covert US activity in Central America took place sporadically but frequently between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s. Much of this focused on the sensational (and farcical) Reagan-era "Iran-Contra" scandal that broke open in 1986 and involved a convoluted plot to obtain funds for the right-wing insurgents in Nicaragua by using Israel as an intermediary to sell weapons to fundamentalist and anti-American Iran for use in its war with Iraq (to which the United States was also providing support). The less remembered CIA and SOA written materials that surfaced during these years existed at a low level in the hierarchy of covert activity and were not policy documents, but for good reason they also caused a stir. They provide a glimpse into the mindset behind anticommunist covert activities, and a graphic case study of what "exporting Americanism" in this last decade of the Cold War involved at ground level.
The first significant instructional manual to come to public attention was a guide in Spanish prepared by the CIA for the Contras. Titled Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare in the original English draft, this eighty-nine-page text was greeted with shock in the United States when exposed by journalists in 1984. After introducing it as "a primer on insurgency, a how-to book in the struggle for hearts and minds," for example, Time magazine went on to observe: "Some of the 'techniques of persuasion' are benign: helping the peasants harvest crops, learn to read, improve hygiene. Others are decidedly brutal: assassination, kidnaping, blackmail, mob violence. It could be a manual for the Viet Cong or the Cuban-backed rebels in El Salvador. If it were, the Administration would likely be waving it as proof of the thesis about the sources of insidious world terrorism."
Complementing Psychological Operations and also exposed in 1984 was another CIA Spanish-language project: a cartoon booklet airdropped into Nicaragua. Titled (in the English translation) The Freedom Fighter's Manual, this was as crude and pedestrian as Psychological Operations was vicious, but still disturbing in its own way as an exercise in low-level terrorist activity. It instructed citizens in scores of acts of vandalism (cutting cables, sabotaging machinery, putting dirt or water in gasoline tanks, setting fires, freeing farm animals, and so on) that might help bring the left-wing Sandinista government to its knees.
The torture manuals, which came to belated public attention in the 1990s, consisted of seven Spanish-language SOA texts, totaling 1,169 pages. These were distributed to military officers in eleven South and Central American countries between 1987 and 1991 and also used by instructors in School of the Americas classes. The manuals reflected teaching materials used since 1982, when the Reagan administration dismissed the human rights concerns tentatively initiated during the Carter presidency. These SOA resources were complemented by two CIA "counterintelligence" manuals -- one recycled from 1963, and one dated 1983 that essentially replicated this.


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While the torture manuals open a small window onto Washington's pervasive disregard for democracy, human rights, and the rule of law when it came to covert activities, they also cast light in other directions. One is the care taken to ensure a measure of plausible deniability about what was really being promoted. Rhetorically, this was done with euphemisms and genuflections to propriety: death squads were referred to as "Freedom Commandos" and "Freedom Fighters," for example, and slogans like fighting for "God, Homeland, and Democracy" were promoted. Procedurally, a measure of plausible deniability was obtained by directing CIA and SOA activity largely to pedagogy rather than actual hands-on violence -- without calling attention to the fact that this involved teaching right-wing military, paramilitary, and police forces how to most efficiently engage in infiltration, interrogation, torture, terror, and "neutralization" of perceived enemies.
Once these various manuals became public, Washington's predictable machinery of "public diplomacy" went into motion. The SOA teaching guides were declared "inconsistent with U.S. policy." The school's course offerings also were said to include respect for human rights. "Objectionable and questionable" passages amounted to no more than two dozen -- and in any case were nothing more than a "mistake" made by some misguided junior officer working from "outdated intelligence materials." Problematic statements had "escaped oversight." "A few bad apples" were involved in promoting, or practicing, torture. And in any case, excesses had been "corrected."
This was, as all spin is, disingenuous. The manuals were indeed wordy -- they are numbing to read -- but what SOA teachers emphasized and their students found most engaging was precisely what caused these materials to be called torture manuals. This was confirmed by Major Joseph Blair, a covert operative who (like remorseful members of the nuclear priesthood and repentant tell-all CIA agents) ultimately came in from the cold. Blair had held a responsible position administering the CIA-led Phoenix assassination program during the Vietnam War, and in the early 1980s had moved on to the SOA, where he assisted the creator of the controversial manuals in the classroom. Interviewed in 1997, after having retired in 1989, he described "primarily using manuals which we used during the Vietnam War in our intelligence-gathering techniques. The techniques included murder, assassination, torture, extortion, false imprisonment."
Turning to the argument that objectionable passages were but a minuscule part of the 1,100-plus pages of SOA instructional materials, Blair pointed out that "the officers who ran the intelligence courses used lesson plans that included the worst materials contained in the seven manuals. Now they say that there were only eighteen to twenty passages in those manuals in clear violations of US law. In fact, those same passages were at the heart of the intelligence instruction." As for the claim that SOA instructors took care to teach human rights, he noted that this amounted to a few hours and was roundly regarded by instructors and students alike as a joke.
Copyright (2017) of John W. Dower. Not to be reprinted without permission of the publisher, Haymarket Books.


John W. Dower is professor emeritus of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many books include War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War and Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War Two, which have won numerous prizes including the Pulitzer, the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle award.  His latest book, The Violent American Century: War and Terror Since World War Two(Dispatch Books), has just been published.

              Zionist Support for Islamist Terrorists   

    In pictures: Syrian Army 

    confiscates Israeli armaments 

    left behind by rebels in Homs

    DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:20 A.M.) – Weapons produced in the Jewish nation were seized by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the city of Homs on Wednesday after security forces discovered secret ammunition stockpiles across the former rebel stronghold of Al-Waer, an outer suburb located on the northwestern perimeter of the provincial capital.
    According to photos obtained by Al-Masdar News, the SAA captured dozens of anti-tanks missiles along with tons of ammunition and explosives which had been abandoned by evacuated Islamist insurgents. Some of the weapons bore Israeli inscriptions, an indication that Tel Aviv may have smuggled armaments to opposition forces in Homs.
    Close-up pictures of the newly captured Israeli weapons:

    Late last month, the last batch of rebel militants departed the Al-Waer neighborhood for Idlib, thus restoring all of Homs city under government control for the first time since 2011.
    Syria and Israel still remain at a state of war following three major wars in the 20th century. Over the past week alone, the Israeli Air Force has conducted three separate raids on the SAA in the Golan Heights.

              Tom Engelhardt 246   
    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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              Trump host Moon, sees ‘many options’ on North Korea   

    President Donald Trump welcomed South Korea’s Moon Jae-In Friday for White House talks on how to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with the leaders at odds on whether to isolate or engage [...]

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              Scientists or Salesmen, who would you choose?   

    I don’t much care for Scientists and I am of the opinion If you want a cure for cancer, Aids, Ebola or Global Warming you should either make Scientists work on Commission only basis, or even better just give the task to a Car Salesman!

    I hear the academics amongst you shouting at your PC, “I’ve never heard such a load of rubbish in all my life Baz” most Car Salesmen are thick and only do it because they cant do anything else but bear with me and in due course I will explain.

    If you give a bunch of Scientists a disease or an illness to cure, they have no deadline to work to unless they are personally invested, with a friend, or family member suffering. So they will fuck about at their leisure until they accidentally stumble across a cure for something which is usually a completely unrelated random issue that bears no relevance to the task that they were assigned!

    Can you imagine what would happen if you went to pick your new car up from a garage and they said “I know you ordered a blue Mercedes E Class Automatic but I’ve got you a Green C Class manual Instead”, or “I know you brought your car in for us to repair the Oil Leak but we couldn't do it so we put new tyres on”, you wouldn’t be happy would you? But that’s what Scientists do all the time.

    Penicillin was only discovered because Alexander Fleming forgot to wash the pots before he went on holiday.


    The fastest selling drug of all time UK92480 the little blue pill more commonly known as Viagra was accidently discovered by a team of scientist whose primary goal was to cure Angina. Yep! they were actually looking to eradicate a Heart Problem, and they invented a Boner Pill by mistake.

    If you’ll forgive the pun, I’m afraid there is no upside for the guys with angina, as to add insult to injury anyone with a dodgy ticker is expressly forbidden to take Viagra as one of the side effects is that it can cause a Heart Attack. Even worse If they’re not trying to cure something they just do a study on something else that in the scheme of things has no importance and nobody gives a shit about.

    that also reminds me of a joke to which the punchline  is

    (Doctor Replying to Patient) "Report me for what?  All I said was that the results of your check ups show that youre suffering from hearing loss, and your Wife has acute angina! "


    Salesman (Me)

    I am going to use me as an example, I have had very little schooling, I’ve been in the Car Job all my life and I’m still single. Since I consider myself to be a nice bloke I can only think that it’s because I have been very bad in a previous life or there is a higher power setting me a series of challenges which I must complete before I find a partner and settle down, nothing in my life ever goes smoothly especially a first date, but unlike the Scientists I refuse to be beaten or settle for something else, and I never give up!  

    I have 2 mottos which I truly believe

    “Life’s hard and then you die”


    “Women, you can’t live with them,”  (That’s all I’ve got so far)

    here are just a couple of tribulations that would defeat a Scientist but I have had to overcome in pursuit of whatever my destiny holds in store.

    I had driven home at warp speed, got showered, changed in to my best clothes, applied a liberal amount of aftershave and was now heading the 18 miles back to Preston to pick up a girl for our first date. I was driving my Vauxhall Cavalier Demonstrator and had just gotten to the traffic lights at Freckleton when I heard a Pop in the engine bay and the car ground to a halt. It was pissing down and never thinking when I set off that I may need an Oilskin or Overalls for my date, I had just come out in a shirt and pants, I hadn’t even got a Jacket with me. The only thing I had in the car was a plastic seat cover which I placed over my head and got out to examine the engine and try to repair it.

    Vauxhall Cavaliers had several inherent faults, the kind which now would cause uproar in the press and on the internet but then in those days we weren’t a country of compensation seeking whinger’s and the Car Industry just fixed them asap.  When I lifted the bonnet I could see the problem was immediately apparent, it wasn’t one I had come across before and at the time I didn’t know what had caused it or how it would occur. The cars distributer cap had exploded into about 100 pieces.

    The exact cause came to light over the next few months as we were called out to more cars that had suffered the same fault and had broken down, it transpired that on some cars petrol fumes from the engine were leaking back up the vacuum advance and retard pipe, they would build up inside the distributer until they were ignited by a spark from the points and blow the dizzy cap to smithereens. 

    I had assumed that the only explanation for my distributer cap exploding was a Thunder bolt had been sent from the heavens to cock me up and I was swearing and cursing my luck. Most people would have called the AA or a Garage or just left the car and got a Taxi home, but I was going on a date nothing and nobody was going to stop me. I have never stood anyone up in my life, sure due to circumstances beyond my control I’ve been late lots of times but never stood them up.

    I wasn’t too far from an Esso Petrol Station, I knew they had a workshop and were bound to have a Distributer Cap in stock, but despite my best efforts I failed to convey the importance of my date to the young lad who was behind the counter, it seemed that his mission in life was to switch  petrol pumps on, take as long as possible to do it while people clicked angrily at the nozzles, apparently selling parts and helping people wasn’t his job.

    I weighed up my rapidly diminishing options Plan B was to pinch a distributer cap off a car from Georges Garage and leave him an IOU, but he was on the main road  and was just across from the Police Station, the way my luck was going I’d end up in a cell until George turned up to say that he knew me and I wasn’t a Thief but I was an idiot.

    Plan A Was to put my Motor knowledge and my Motor Skills to good use, I had always been great at Jigsaw puzzles and making Airfix models. I had been equidistant between the Petrol Station and the local Spar when I broke down and although the Spar wouldn’t stock motor spares I thought that if I could buy a torch and a tube of superglue I would be on my way in no time at all,

    As I Stood in front of a bemused cashier with a seat cover over my head already drenched and looking like a drowned rat, I discovered that the people of Freckleton must eat a lot of carrots and never break anything as they had neither item in the store. Like a Roll CalI I reeled off several brand names of other glues which would also do the job but would take longer to cure thereby delaying my date even further, Araldite? No, Evo Stick? No, Airfix? No, Unibond No, ok I said perhaps we could save a little time here, what Glues do you have? it was my turn to say “No” to the Pritt Stick Non Sticky, Sticky Stuff, and the Solvite Wallpaper Paste. 

    I desperately scoured the shelves for Items that I could use then went to the checkout to pay for my New Pink (only colour they had) Pakamac Raincoat, a Packet of Plasticine, a roll of Sellotape, and a Jumbo Pack of assorted Elastic Bands then I returned to my car.

    The only light I had to work by would be the headlights and I knew that I wouldn’t have long before they would drain the battery, even if my repair worked there was a possibility that there wouldn’t be enough power left to engage the starter motor and turn the engine over until it fired.

    I selected the flamethrower setting on my Ronson Varatronic quartz piezo electric gas lighter, making a mental note to remember to turn it down again before I lit my next John Player Special King Size and napalmed  my fringe and eyebrows. I clicked the switch then wrapped Sellotape round it to hold it in place so the flame wouldn’t extinguish, stuck the lighter to the floor, using a piece of Plasticine, then I set about arranging  the exploded distributer cap fragments into size and some semblance of order.

    It wasn’t long before the gas in my lighter had run out, but I had managed to make a framework with the bigger pieces, wrapping elastic bands round in all directions to hold them together. I turned the headlights on and furiously started to put the smaller bits in place, the elastic band construction worked better than superglue as it gave a certain amount of flexibility allowing me to manoeuvre and squeeze the more intricate pieces into place, as I completed a section I would form the plasticine around the outside to encase it so it wouldn’t collapse.

    I carefully fastened the Frankenstein of Distributer caps back into place, rushed to the driver’s seat and turned the ignition key. Unbelievably the engine burst into life, it was misfiring like a bitch but undeterred I set off on my date.

    God 0 Barrie 1

    I like to think that I learn from all situations and from that day to this I never leave the house without a torch in my pocket, a waterproof jacket and jump pack in the boot of my car and even though I haven’t had a cigarette for about 30 years I always carry a full lighter in my pocket.

    I was out with my mate one night, and we were just forcing our way through the packed lounge, making our way towards the bar, it was the place where the “In Crowd” went, it was a Beautiful Summers night, the Pub was packed to the Gunnels, everyone in there was sweltering hot, and we were all too shallow and stupid to find somewhere that had air conditioning. I could feel sweat beading on my forehead, I stuck my bottom lip out and exhaled sharply directing a cooling breeze up my own face, I probably looked like a retard (ok more of a retard than usual), Just as I’d done it I noticed a girl who had earlier in the week been to see a used car that was for sale at the garage where I worked, as I squeezed past her. I smiled and made an off the cuff remark, I was being ironic when I said “Warm Enough?”

    After my subtle icebreaker, we got talking and arranged to go out on a double date with my best mate and hers. The date didn’t go as smoothly as I had planned, mainly because as we were just about to set off to pick them up we realised that neither of us had paid any attention to where they lived. As we tried our best to remember the directions, all my mate could recall was number 6 and that the road was named after a tree or a leaf, my contribution to the puzzle was that she drove a Mini Metro’ it was the kind of non specific information that a Fortune Teller would give you, knowing that you could make it relate to just about anything you wanted to. However when I valued her car as a part exchange I had checked the service history and I could remember the name of the garage that had stamped the service book, this at least was a definite.

    Hopefully she had her car serviced near her home or else this was going to be a very long night, unperturbed and never beaten we started at the garage and drove round in ever increasing left turn circles looking for a road named after a tree or a leaf, with a No 6 house that had a Mini Metro parked up.

    As luck would have it she lived in Leyland about 2 miles from the British Leyland Factory, and the biggest British Leyland Car Dealer in the UK, everyone who lived there either worked for or knew someone at BL who could get 30% Discount off any British Leyland Car, you have no idea how many fucking people had a Mini Metro up their drive and how many roads in Leyland-ii-Ville are named after trees

    We were an hour and a half late arriving at her house it WAS number 6, in a road named after a tree, there was a Metro up the drive, but we knew this was the right house as the front curtains kept twitching and had 2 fuming girls taking it in turns to stare out of the front window.

    Long story short on this occasion I wish I had been of the Scientist Mentality and settled for a night out with my mate instead. As far as chat up lines go I went back to my old faithful  “So, do you like Chinese” “Warm Enough” was retired as it caused way too much trouble that particular night and for several months afterwards !

           If you have seen the “Laminated List” Episode of Friends you will know where I am going with this story. Things weren’t good at home, I was living with a girl who was driving me mad and I was looking to bail out, unfortunately it was my house.

    I was out with my mates, we’d all had a couple of beers and I was lamenting my tales of woe to them when I noticed a very beautiful young lady smiling in my direction from across the room, not believing my luck I casually checked over my shoulder just to make sure she was smiling at me and not some guy behind me, when I looked back she was already heading in my direction. She stopped right in front of me, in the centre of our gathering and said “Barrie, you don’t remember me do you” A bit lost for words I said, “I couldn’t possibly know you, as there is no way I would forget someone as good looking as you are” to which all my mates responded with a groan, and one pretended to stick his fingers down his throat and be sick.

    I’m A##### ‘s little Sister, I had a big crush on you when you were going out with her, she said, this had gotten all my Mates full attention, so quick mental calculation, approximately 10 years ago she'd have been about 12 when I last dated her Sister, she’d now be the same age as I was then. I grabbed her arm and shepherded her to a quiet corner, where she proceeded to ask me out on a date.

    When I went back to my Mates I relayed the story, they were all like guys are when they’re drunk, one unhelpfully pointed out that it was usually my Girlfriends who were mental and not their Sisters, he added “it must run in their family”. The mood of our Boys Night out had changed and again collectively and as one they all turned and looked at her like a clan of meerkat’s, then looked back at me and said “Baz youve got to!”

    However another Mate who at that moment in time decided to represent the Department of the F###### obvious put a damper on the nights events by chiming up and saying “ Your Girlfriends not going to like it if you do!”.

    There was a deadly silence for a few minutes until one of them said, I’ve got a plan, everybody groaned again, he usually had the same train of thought as Edmund Blackadders manservant Baldrick, and his plans were about as successful “ I was clutching at straws though so reluctantly I said “Go on then let’s hear it” and this was it.

    “We could pretend you’ve signed for a local football team” ---- WHAT! How the F### is that going to help?” but then the plan gained momentum and the rest of my mates joined in the alcohol fuelled subterfuge “Yeah that’s it, you could say you had to train a few nights a week, and have an away fixture every fortnight so you could stay out, She’ll never suspect a thing!”

    The spokesman for the department of the obvious spoke again “What if your Girlfriend wants to watch a match?” this negged everybody out until we were refuelled with another round of Boddingtons Bitter

    An emergency plan was quickly formulated we would need another 21 guys on standby to make up the 2 opposing teams, a couple of sponsored kits, the Keys to Preston North Ends Stadium, and a representative crowd who could turn out at a moment’s notice, all this was dismissed as a minor setback that could easily be surmounted

    One of the guys was friends with the Sports reporter who worked on the Evening paper, and said he could get him to write a fictitious match report and some flattering headlines to add substance to my cover story

    As the Beer flowed so did the suggested headlines there was a reference made to the move I often used when we were playing 5 aside to get round a defender, it was a kind of mixture between blind optimism, a nutmeg, a Johan Cruyff Turn, a Ronaldo Step Over and a Blatant Foul, after I did it in a match, my best mate had sarcastically christened it the “Cramptona Twizzle” he told the story adding that I was born with it, and it was too dangerous to teach to others as if it was done wrong your legs rubbed together so fast that the friction could set your shorts on fire! then he crossed his eyes and held his pint up to his ear and pretended to drink it.

    The headlines evolved, to cover the rest of my upcoming Imaginary Season.

    Crampton scores Hat Trick on Debut

    Crampton voted Man of the Match

    Crampton made Captain

    Crampton scores in dying seconds to earn replay

    Crampton Strike secures place in Semi Final

    Crampton’s side lift Trophy!

    City move to sign Crampton for record fee!

    If I’m honest by now I’d got swept along with the story and I had forgotten that the whole thing was invented so that I Could go out on a date and I said “Make that United, I wouldn’t be seen dead playing for City.”

    Only to be slapped down by the Department of the Obvious Spokesman, “Don’t be stupid no one in their right mind would believe United wanted to sign you!” after 5 Pints of Boddingtons that was his line in the sand!

    I must admit that the next morning the plan didn’t seem quite as fool proof, but I did learn 2 valuable lessons that I can now pass on to my readers.

    1. “A pissed off Woman does better detective work than the FBI”
    2. “you only regret the things you DONT do!”
      Here is my closing argument
      Salesmen have one goal, they are conditioned to work to targets, and deadlines, but as soon as they reach a target, they don’t get a Nobel Peace Prize or a write up in some Medical Journal and live of their 1 win for the rest of their lives, come month end the slates wiped clean, or the targets increased if you’ve hit it, and the clock starts ticking all over again.
      If they don’t reach their target then it’s a black mark against them or another nail in their current job coffin, usually Sales Targets are unrealistic and you’re living on your nerves trying to eek a deal out of nothing.
      A Horny Guy has a single focus, and like a Cruise Missile he will not deviate from his intended target, till he reaches it or gets blown out of the sky
      Tipsy Guys, can by discourse solve any problem and surmount any obstacle in the World before closing time.
      So if you want something doing as fast as humanly possible and against all odds, give the task to a Horny Salesman with a group of drunken mates!     You're Welcome!

                Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ES-T, 6 Speed Manual Road Test Review   

      So the driver from Honda got me again, before I could take him back to the train station I had to start the car, I searched around for the start button but it was a good old fashioned key in the ignition job, the driver didn't say a word but he must have been dying to laugh J . The car he had delivered was a Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ES-T Manual in Milano Red I had been waiting to test this car as it has a claimed MPG is 78.5, the road tax is free. It has an excellent specification, and what started off as a girls car in 1972 has evolved into a car whose target market is predominantly 45 year old males, if you add VAT that includes me too, erm nearly.
      The good folk at Honda are obviously big Doctor Who fans as the last car I tested was the CRV and in the information they referred to its Tardis like interior and their “Man maximum, machine minimum” philosophy, they have applied the same philosophy to the Civic, although it just seems common sense to me that as engineering advances, components get smaller in size and can handle more operations, this means they can be crammed into tighter spaces leaving more room for the driver, passengers and luggage. Granted that could be an over simplification as the latest Civic is 30 inches longer,10 Inches Wider and 5 Inches higher than the Mk 1 which first graced the roads in the UK 30 years ago.

      Whilst  I’m on the subject I can’t help thinking that the new Civic bears a striking resemblance to Doctor Who’s most fearsome enemy “The Daleks”. Even though the Daleks appeared to be equipped with a gearstick and a couple of indicators on their heads, and armed only with a toilet plunger and an egg whisk, they still gave me nightmares when I was a Kid.  I use to wake up screaming, but I consoled myself with the fact that Daleks couldn’t climb stairs, and even if they could they would get my Sister first, as she slept in the bottom bunk bed. I just thank God that the task of creating the Daleks hadn’t been given to Hondas design team, as there can surely be no place to hide from Asimo the World’s most advanced Humanoid Robot.

      The new Civic is being built only as a 5 Door, as they feel that it fulfils the need of “5 door utility and 3 Door styling” I can confirm they have succeeded in this as when I went to pick my mate up, he tried to get in the back seats via the front doors. When I told him it was a 5 door he still couldn’t figure out how to get in (the handle is incorporated in the rear window frame) to be fare my mate is an ex pro footballer and he did used to head the ball a lot.

      Don’t ask me how,or indeed why?  but using inspiration taken from the beauty of a droplet of water on top of a leaf, an Airplane and low resistance swimsuits, Hondas design team came up with the external shape for the Civic. I must admit it is a great looking car and It’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into making the car as aerodynamic as possible. Sadly I dont think the Bright Red colour does it justice. 

      Enzo Ferrari famously said that “Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines” however when you look at the specification and improvements that have been made to their “Earth Dreams  Technology” 1.6 i-DTEC Diesel unit it’s clear that Honda CAN build engines, and they counter with “Aerodynamics have only advantages” if you improve aerodynamics, it improves fuel consumption, driving performance, dynamic performance. Honda have taken their theory to the N’th degree by enlisting the help of engineers who had firsthand experience in Formula One. Like race cars the Civic is now fitted with a full length undertray to manage the flow of air under the car, adding to its stability.
      They have also introduced a shutter grille on the new diesel which is controlled by the water temperature, wheel speed, and outside air temperature, the shutter opens and closes to optimise cooling and reduce drag wherever possible. “Generally speaking the shutter is closed at medium speeds to ensure maximum fuel efficiency. At low speeds, where Aerodynamics are less critical the shutter remains open (I assume to improve cooling ie traffic jams etc ) To ensure the best possible aerodynamic balance and reduce front end lift the shutter also opens at high speed.

      The interior is spacious, futuristic, well set out and very comfortable, it has been designed to have two “Control Zones” the Driver Interface Zone and the Information Interface Zone. The LED Digital speedometer is visible over the top of the steering wheel, and the less important instruments are in a cluster below, which you may have to adjust your position if you need to keep an eye on them. I love the blue glow of the “Driver Interface Zone” (Instrument display), although at night on a badly lit road I found it necessary to seek out the dimmer switch, as the steep rake of the front windscreen reflects the glow and casts a kind of Northern Lights/Mirror Image Heads Up Display effect in front of your eyes which can be quite distracting.

      The Civic has a claimed range of 863 miles on a tank of fuel, and I must admit that after a while you start to think that the car is making its own diesel and you don’t need to put any in, that is until the fuel warning “lights” come on, yes “lights”, not 1 but 3 illuminate. In my video I stated that anyone that runs out of fuel in this car must be a moron, I nearly managed it! So you can draw your own conclusions from that.

      78.5 MPG, Expect to see more Fuel Stations Fall Into Disrepair
      When the dash lit up like a Christmas tree to tell me I needed to fill up, I was probably as far as its possible to be from a fuel station in England, so I carried on heading in the same direction. I started to get a bit worried and selected “Fuel Stations” under the Points of Interest section on the Sat Nav then followed the directions to find that I was now on zero range and the Petrol Station was closed for refurbishing. Obviously Honda have made their system fool proof as I still managed to get to another station which was 10 miles away, but I’m thinking that 3 warning lights just aren’t enough and they need to incorporate some kind of electric shock system through the steering wheel.

      Honda were determined to reduce noise intrusion into the cabin and they devised an entirely new intensive test programme. The test focused not just on reducing overall noise levels, but also on minimising the contrast between the different frequencies of noise reaching the driver’s ear from outside the cabin due to varying road surfaces, for example.  

      Noise was measured during the following eight scenarios:
                                   Upon entering the car
                                   When starting the engine
                                   When initially pulling away
                                   Whilst crawling in traffic
                                   Driving at low speeds in urban traffic
                                   Under hard acceleration
                                   Driving on rough surfaces
                                   Driving at motorway speeds

      I added a ninth one, in the video at 5 mins 30 seconds the Eurofighter flew over me, and thanks to the Pilots from Warton Aerodrome who I assume were targeting the dog dick red Civic to practice missile lock on, I was able to conclude that Honda haven’t just filled all the cavities on the car with sound deadening felt, they’ve actually reduced wind noise, and made all the components and running gear on the car quieter, otherwise the noise from being buzzed by the Jet wouldn’t have penetrated the cabin and scared the crap out of me nearly increasing wind noise to a very unacceptable level in my trousers.

      I really enjoyed the week I spent with the Honda, I tried my best to wring the full 78.5 MPG out of the Earth Dreams I-DTEC engine but I failed and could only manage a disappointing 56.5. I say disappointing but if that had been in any other car I was driving I would have been over the moon!  

      One of my favourite driving roads in England is the Penrith to Windermere section of the A592. It’s a very well constructed road, it snakes through some beautiful countryside, and the road planners have got the speed limits just right, that is for everyone except the Sunday Drivers who tend to use it. Driving the road in the Civic was a great experience, the steering is taught and precise, the cockpit makes you feel like you’re behind the wheel of a racing car, and the car just scythes through the bends with the minimum of correction, I really had to watch my speed, the engine is torquey, the gear ratios perfectly matched, in the back of my mind I imagine the voice of a Dalek, Accelerate! Accelerate! as I set the car up for the next sweeping bend, and steer in.

      With the claimed range of 863 miles you could get from Lands End to John O’Groats without having to stop for diesel, if I had a Civic my Sunday Drives would be a dam site more affordable, and certainly more enjoyable.


                Missiler eller solskinspolitik - Sydkoreas leder til svært møde med Trump   
      Donald Trump vil have missilforsvar, mens Sydkoreas Moon Jae-in vil have dialog, når det gælder Nordkorea.
                US senators propose $558million more for Israeli missile defense   
      US senators propose $558million more for Israeli missile defense
                Comment on Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed In Russian Missile Attack In Aleppo by Ron Wheeler   
      What were the Israeli advisor doing there with the US? I call it the Jewish/Zionist disruptive force paid and by US taxpayers and in keeping with, Israel first.
                President Trump Applies Pressure to North Korea   

      In a speech delivered from the Rose Garden at the White House, President Donald Trump made it clear he no longer has any patience with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's regime, and he's ready to take action to see it come to an end.

      For now, that action will be strengthened sanctions, which was a somewhat unexpected move given South Korean President Moon Jae-in's stated desire to use economic cooperation as a carrot to lure in the Hermit Kingdom. Moon was standing at Trump's side Friday when the president made the announcement during a joint appearance following a series of meetings at the White House between the two leaders and their diplomatic teams.

      "The alliance between the United States and South Korea is a cornerstone of peace and security in a very, very dangerous part of the world," he said. "The link between our countries cemented in battle is now also tied together by culture, commerce, and common values.

      "Together, we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea. The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response. The North Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people or its neighbors, and has no respect for human life—and that's been proven over and over again.

      "Millions of North Korea's own citizens have suffered and starved to death, and the entire world just witnessed what the regime did to our wonderful Otto Warmbier. I thanked President Moon for expressing his condolences on the travesty of Otto's death. Our thoughts and our prayers remain with his wonderful family.

      "The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed for many years. It's failed and frankly that patience is over. We are working closely with South Korea and Japan, as well as partners around the world on a range of diplomatic security and economic measures to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as North Korea.

      "The United States calls on other regional powers and all responsible nations to join us in implementing sanctions and demanding that the North Korean regime choose a better path—and do it quickly—and different future for its long-suffering people. Our goal is peace and prosperity for the region, but the United States will defend itself always, and we will always defend our allies."

      You can see the full event in the video clip above. {eoa}

                Sign of the Times? Iran Uses Star of David as Target for Missile Practice   

      Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon revealed new information to the United Nations Security Council Wednesday about Iran's ballistic missile program and the country's intention to harm Israel.

      In a document distributed to the Council members, Danon provided new satellite imagery from last November, showing the Iranian military using the Star of David as the intended target of the Qiam, a medium-range MTCR category one ballistic missile. The Star of David was painted in white on the ground as the target, and a crater from the impact of the missile is visible next to the Jewish symbol.

      Furthermore, the launch was in direct violation of Security Council Resolution 2231.

      "This use of the Star of David as target practice is hateful and unacceptable," Danon stated in a letter to the council. "The missile launch is not only a direct violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, but is also a clear evidence of Iran's continued intention to harm the State of Israel."

      Last month, the Iranians fired ballistic missiles at targets in Syria and then released statements threatening Israel, the Israeli mission to the U.N. recalled, saying it was a continuation of a series of ballistic missile tests conducted by the Iranians since 2015 in defiance of the Security Council resolution.

      "The targeting of a sacred symbol of Judaism is abhorrent," Danon asserted regarding the blatant display of violent anti-Semitism. "It is the Iranians who prop up the Assad regime as hundreds of thousands are killed, finance the terrorists of Hezbollah as they threaten the citizens of Israel and support extremists and tyrants throughout the Middle East and around the world. I call on the Security Council to respond decisively to these Iranian violations and provocations." {eoa}

      This article originally appeared at

                Here's What to Expect When Moon Jae-in Comes to Visit Friday   

      This week's U.S.-South Korea summit will be scrutinized for signals of the strength of the relationship and divergence in approaches to North Korea.

      The elections of U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in upended their countries' policies toward the bilateral alliance and North Korea, producing uncertainty and concerns in both capitals.

      Both presidents have subsequently sought to allay those concerns by sending messages of reassurance and commonality of objectives.

      But significant policy differences remain in their two approaches toward Pyongyang, which will become evident over time. For the summit, both sides will emphasize building trust and a personal rapport rather than producing an in-depth policy framework. As such, there will be fewer public disagreements and policy fireworks than originally expected.

      Trump has yet to fill critical vacancies for policymakers covering Asia at a time when numerous threats and potential crises are growing.

      Trump has touted his dealmaking acumen as well as his unpredictability. He postulates that these traits increase his negotiating leverage, but they have unnerved U.S. allies.

      The Trump administration's Asia policy has been troubled by conflicting signals, including how willing Trump is to use military force to prevent Pyongyang from developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could threaten the U.S. homeland.

      Although Trump has criticized President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" policy as weak and ineffectual, he has yet to distinguish his North Korea policy from his predecessor's.

      Trump's policy of "maximum pressure" is anything but and, like Obama, he continues to pull U.S. punches by only incrementally sanctioning North Korea and refraining from imposing secondary sanctions on Chinese violators of U.S. law.

      Moon has yet to define his approaches toward Washington and Pyongyang. He has described himself as "America's friend" and the U.S. alliance as the "most important foundation for our diplomacy and national security."

      Yet Moon also advocates being able to "say no to the Americans," strengthening his country's independent defense capabilities, and regaining wartime operational control of South Korean military forces from the United States. Currently, control of the South Korean military will be turned over to the U.N. commander (always a U.S. general) when the two presidents decide a state of war exists.

      Moon has repeatedly criticized Seoul and Washington for an overreliance on sanctions and pressure tactics and vowed for Seoul to take the lead on North Korean matters rather than taking a back seat to the U.S. and China. He advocates a return to the "sunshine" engagement policies of previous liberal presidents, which offered economic largesse with few conditions.

      For example, Moon proposes reopening the Kaesong and Kumgangsan joint economic ventures with North Korea. Doing so, however, would be a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

      U.N. Resolution 2094 (paragraphs 11-15) requires U.N. member states to prevent financial services that could contribute to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. U.N. Resolution 2321 (paragraph 32) prohibits any financial support to Pyongyang unless it is specifically approved in advance by the U.N. 1718 Committee.

      During a recent trip to Washington, presidential adviser Moon Chung-in and two National Assembly members exacerbated U.S. concerns over Moon Jae-in's policies on North Korea, the alliance, and deployment of the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea.

      The administration distanced itself from adviser Moon's remarks, but it remains unclear whether his faux pas was simply being too forthcoming about Seoul's intentions.

      Moon Jae-in originally opposed the THAAD deployment but he tacked to the center during the campaign to gain conservative voters.

      After his inauguration, Moon claimed he wouldn't overturn the alliance deployment decision but froze ongoing deployment to allow for an environmental impact assessment, which could take 1-2 years.

      Doing so increases the risks from North Korean nuclear, chemical, and biological attack to South Korean citizens as well as the 28,500 American sons and daughters put in harm's way to defend South Korea.

      Moon sees economic engagement with North Korea as a means of bringing the North back to the negotiating table. But there is little utility to such negotiations as long as Pyongyang rejects their core premise—which is an abandonment of its nuclear weapons and programs.

      During my meetings with North Korean officials in Sweden earlier this month, they made unambiguously clear that denuclearization was totally off the table and there was nothing either Washington or Seoul could offer that would induce Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear arsenal.

      North Korea conducted several missile tests since Moon's inauguration in violation of U.N. resolutions and rejected his offers of dialogue, humanitarian assistance, and exchanges of nongovernment visits.

      The regime's actions show that it will not act any more benevolently to Moon than to his conservative predecessors.

      In 2009, Pyongyang similarly disabused Obama of his view that the regime would behave differently than it had under President George W. Bush.

      Trump and Moon will be on their best behavior during the summit to prevent appearances of strains in the alliance.

      Both sides should make clear their unwavering support of the alliance and maintaining the international consensus on the need to punish Pyongyang for its repeated violations.

      However, if Moon signals that he will return to the failed engagement policies of the past or hinder the THAAD deployment, it could cause significant strains in the bilateral relationship with Washington. {eoa}

      Bruce Klingner is a senior research fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation's Asian Studies Center.

      This article was originally published at Used with permission.

                Matra R-550 Magic 2 1/48 12,95 $   

      Brassin set - French Matra R-550 Magic 2 missiles in 1/48 scale.
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      • photo-etched details: yes
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                AIM-4G 1/32 16,95 $   

      Brassin set -  AIM-4G missiles in 1/32 scale.

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                Matra R-550 Magic 1/48 12,95 $   

      Brassin set - French Matra R-550 Magic missiles in 1/48 scale. Set contains 2 missiles and adapters.

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                China builds new military facilities on Spratly Islands: report   
      Beijing has built new military facilities on Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, according to an American think-tank. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, said new satellite images show missile shelters and radar and communications facilities being built on the Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi Reefs, […]
                Albion and the apocalypse.   

      Upon becoming the United Kingdom's prime minister on 13 July Theresa May was asked to write several letters by the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, the country's most senior civil servant.

      Every prime minister since Edward Heath (1970 to 1974) has performed a similar task, following the UK's adoption of the Lockheed Martin UGM-27 Polaris A-3 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile...

                Who goes there?   

      Identifying friends and enemies is a problem as old as warfare itself. The risk of inadvertently attacking one's own side is an ever-present danger for military operations, particularly those involving aircraft, where the speed of warplanes and missiles makes the timely determination of identity absolutely vital.

                Is Desperate Trump Foreshadowing A Military Strike On North Korea?   

      Standing in the Rose Garden this morning, Trump said, "The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed and, frankly, that patience is over."

      Is he foreshadowing a military strike?

      Trump was joined by South Korean president Moon Jae-in when he made those statements.

      "Together were are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea."

      He continued, "The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime require a determined response."

      Trump said the U.S., is working with our many allies, including Japan against "this menace known as North Korea."

      Trump appears to be beating the war drums against North Korea, possibly to divert attention away from his many gaffes, including his vile "Mika tweets."

      And lets not forget that there are many of his surrogates on TV, calling for Trump to take preemptive military action right now against North Korea, and we know how much he values those opinions on Fox News.

                Congress is as close as it’s been in a while to reconsidering U.S. war policy   

      With little fanfare and even less warning, Congress on Thursday took a step forward in tackling something it has failed to touch over the last 16 years: the legal basis for ongoing U.S. military action abroad.

      The House of Representatives’ Defense Appropriations committee, which oversees funding for the U.S. military, surprised Capitol Hill by advancing language in its spending bill that would end the current authorization of military force, or AUMF, which has been used to justify U.S. military actions in several countries in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

      That move would force Congress to debate and consider a new legal foundation for U.S. military efforts, from drone strikes on terrorist compounds in Yemen to missile strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria — whether that’s a new authorization of military force, or even a declaration of war.

      Dissatisfaction has long simmered on both sides of the aisle over using the post-9/11 AUMF to justify ongoing U.S. military activity — especially without any open congressional debate on it.

      The fate of the provision is uncertain, and there’s more than one way that GOP leadership could strike it. Whatever happens, it represents a new frontier in Congress’ debates about presidential authority to wage war, and Minnesota members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are broadly supportive of the measure.

      A long-standing justification for war

      The language in the amendment, introduced by California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, is straightforward. It repeals the current AUMF, and the authorization would be void 240 days after the amendment is enacted into law.

      That would give Congress the better part of a year to debate, consider, and adopt a new legal framework for U.S. military action overseas.

      For most of its history, when it wanted to take military action, Congress would pass a declaration of war, which it has done 11 times against nine countries in U.S. history. Since World War II, Congress has not passed a full declaration of war; instead, it has enacted AUMFs, which provided the basis for the Vietnam War and the First Gulf War.

      In Korea, Bosnia, and Panama, U.S. presidents used legislation giving them authority to intervene militarily on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions.

      The most recent AUMF was passed in the aftermath of September 11, and it has justified all U.S. military activity overseas ever since, with the exception of the Iraq War, which Congress authorized with a separate resolution.

      The text of the document is simple: it authorizes the president to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determined planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred in September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”

      The text states that this authority is granted in order to prevent future acts of terrorism in the U.S. by these entities, and the document specifies out no expiration date for this justification for military action.

      Most immediately, the AUMF authorized the beginning of the War on Terror, as the U.S. took military action against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in several countries. (Lee, the sponsor of the amendment, is famous as being the House’s lone vote against that AUMF, which passed three days after 9/11.)

      But the 9/11 AUMF’s flexibility continued to be of use to commanders-in-chief: it has been used to justify strikes against targets in a group of countries, including Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It has also been used as a justification for action against the Islamic State, a current rival and former ally of al Qaeda, though ISIS itself came into existence long after 9/11.

      In 2013, Barack Obama did make some effort to seek authorization for military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons. A resolution advanced out of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, but it failed to gain broader support in Congress, and Obama declined to take action against Syria without it.

      Bipartisan support for a new basis for war

      When Lee’s amendment was approved by voice vote in the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday, some members were so happy that they reportedly clapped and cheered. It represents the first time since the 9/11 AUMF passage that this kind of language has advanced in a meaningful way in the legislative process.

      Democratic and Republican members of Congress have gradually grown dissatisfied with the past three presidential administrations, from George W. Bush to Obama and now Donald Trump, using the 9/11 AUMF as justification for new military action.

      Historically, the enthusiasm for a new AUMF or a declaration of war has been with anti-war progressives and constitutional conservatives, both wary of executive overreach. But recently, as U.S. targets have shifted to include ISIS and now the Syrian military, more voices on both sides have expressed a desire for at least a debate on a new set of parameters for U.S. military action.

      Lee has been a tough and persistent advocate for this position for years; Politico reports that this work ultimately won over some of her colleagues, including the Appropriations Chair, New Jersey GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, to her side in the unexpected vote to advance the measure. Democratic and Republican aides alike expressed real surprise that Thursday’s news happened at all.

      Fourth District Rep. Betty McCollum, who sits on this committee, said in a statement that she supported it “because it is long past time for Congress to have a debate on this critical issue. After 16 years, we owe it to the men and women serving in the military, and to all Americans, to have a full and complete discussion and a floor vote on a new authorization.”

      First District Rep. Tim Walz, the top Democrat on the House Veterans’ panel, agreed, saying in a statement he fully supports the amendment to “force congressional debate on our most solemn constitutional duty,” adding that a debate and vote on a new AUMF should occur “as soon as possible.”

      Minnesota’s Republicans all joined Democrats in hailing Thursday’s developments. Second District Rep. Jason Lewis praised it most strongly. “It’s the role of Congress to give the executive authorization to use military force,” he said, arguing the current AUMF “should not be considered a perpetual grant of war powers.”

      “America’s sons and daughters should not be sent into harm’s way without serious debate by those chosen to represent them,” Lewis said.

      Third District Rep. Erik Paulsen said the AUMF discussion is “definitely warranted” and that he looks forward to the debate.

      Sixth District Rep. Tom Emmer has taken action on this topic before: in 2015, after ISIS terror attacks in Paris, he introduced legislation to declare war on the terrorist state. Generally, he believes that a war declaration, not an AUMF, is the proper way to pursue military action.

      Emmer told MinnPost that he hadn’t studied the amendment in full yet, but welcomed the discussion. “There shouldn’t be a carte blanche… there’s a reason why we have Congress,” he said.

      Plenty of obstacles ahead

      Though the bipartisan progress on the AUMF amendment is clear, there are still plenty of ways that it could fail.

      There are important holdouts who could exercise their power to kill the amendment. Rep. Kay Granger, a Texas Republican, chairs the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, and she opposes it on the grounds that it would cripple U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.

      The House Rules Committee could strike the amendment before the defense spending bill gets to the floor for a vote by deeming it “out of order,” if the GOP majority, which wields the rules panel’s power, decides to.

      If the language does make it to the House floor, a lawmaker could file an amendment to strike Lee’s amendment, and members could vote in favor of that, or against the entire spending bill if there was enough support to maintain the current AUMF without any debate.

      If the bill does pass with the AUMF language, the Senate would need to agree to it, too — another potential way it could fail, though bipartisan support exists in the upper chamber for a new AUMF. President Donald Trump could also veto the bill on those grounds, though the stakes would be high, since the amendment is attached to legislation that funds the entire U.S. military and Department of Defense.

      According to Emmer, the will to have the AUMF debate is growing within the GOP. “It’s a discussion that has actually started within the general conference about what is the right way to do this,” he said. “It’s time to have the discussion.”

      Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison was more cynical. In a statement, he ventured that Republicans might be allowing the debate now because “they’re finally coming to terms with the fact that their president is an immature, disinterested, petulant child… even the most ideological among the GOP realize that giving a man like that the authority to make war when and where he pleases without congressional oversight is a bad idea.”

      At any rate, with Lee’s amendment part of must-pass defense spending legislation, someone will have to take action to strip it. Even if that happens, it’ll be further than the proponents for a new basis for U.S. war have gotten in over a decade.

                From toxic prisons to sand's scarcity, good reads for the holiday weekend   

      As we head into the holiday weekend it occurs to me to offer for your attention some of the better long reads I’ve enjoyed lately on environmental topics.

      So here are four standouts on subjects ranging from environmental health hazards in U.S. prisons to the looming world shortage of sand, from the biodiversity in your gut to how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave Monsanto a pass on studying probable links between Roundup and cancer in mice. All were freely available Wednesday and should be still.

      * * *

      At the crossroads of mass incarceration and environmental injustice — the practice of burdening poorer and/or nonwhite communities with a disproportionate share of pollution — sits much of America’s prison system, whose population has grown more than sevenfold since the 1970s.

      Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that prison administrators sometimes turn a blind eye to environmental conditions in and around their facilities. But the findings of a new investigation by Earth Island Journal and Truthout suggest that the health-threatening exposures are neither occasional nor unusual.

      In Toxic Prisons, writers Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren and Maureen Nandini Mitra report that “at least 589 federal and state prisons are located within three miles of a Superfund cleanup site on the National Priorities List, with 134 of those prisons located within just one mile.”

      Many were simply built in a hurry on sites nobody else wanted, like the medium-security prison in Pennsylvania whose proximity to a massive coal-ash dump has tainted inmates’ air and water with heavy metals and other toxins.

      In Texas, arsenic contamination prompted a federal court order directing a prison to provide inmates with safe drinking water. And at prisons across California, the soil-borne fungal disease known as valley fever has been a chronic problem:

      In the past decade, more than 3,500 California prisoners have become sick from valley fever and more than 50 have died from it. Though infection rates decreased significantly after 2011, to fewer than 100 cases each in 2014 and 2015, last year saw another spike with 267 prisoners infected.

      In 2011, a particularly bad year, infection rates for the highest risk California state prisons were dozens of times above those in nearby communities, according to Centers for Disease Control data. Although the fungus is poorly understood, researchers suspect that out-of-town prisoners bused to the Central Valley are especially susceptible because they are not native to the region. Locals may develop some kind of immunity that shields them from the worst valley fever symptoms.

      California now offers to test prisoners for immunity and to transfer vulnerable inmates to lower-risk facilities. Like most official responses noted in the article, this one was ordered by the courts. Much less has happened to safeguard the population of the SCI Fayette prison at LaBelle, Pennsylvania:

      The 237-acre men’s prison began operating in 2003 on one corner of what, in the 1940s through the 1970s, was one of the largest coal preparation plants in the world, where coal from nearby mines was washed and graded. The “cleaned” coal was then shipped off to power plants and other markets, while the remaining coal refuse was dumped on and around the hilly, 1,357-acre site. By the mid-1990s, when its owners filed for bankruptcy and abandoned the site, an estimated 40 million tons of coal refuse had been dumped there. At some places the waste piled up some 150 feet.

      An inmate survey conducted by a Pittsburgh prisoner advocacy group called the Abolitionist Law Center ask about their health problems and found that:

      Eighty-one percent of the 75 prisoners who responded … claimed to suffer from respiratory, throat, and sinus conditions; 68 percent experienced gastrointestinal problems; 52 percent reported adverse skin conditions; and 12 percent said they were diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. The report also noted 11 of the 17 prisoners who died at SCI Fayette between 2010 and 2013 had died of cancer.

      Contacted by the reporters for comment, prison officials said the facility meets OSHA-type safety standards, without providing data to back that up.

      * * *

      David Owen’s gift for juxtaposing the odd little detail with the stunningly large issue, while maintaining tone of bemused fascination, are on ample display in his New Yorker piece, “The World Is Running Out of Sand.”

      He begins with the logistically massive if socially trivial effort to obtain appropriate sand for internationally regulated beach-volleyball competitions, for which ordinary beach sand is rarely sufficient (too large and variable in grain size).

      An event in Toronto last year required 1,360 tons of sand to be delivered in 35 semitrailer loads. But at least it came from a few hours away. Sand for the first European Games, held in Azerbaijan two years ago, was brought by sea from southern Turkey because moving it by road would have meant crossing potential combat zones in Syria and Iraq.

      Elsewhere in the world, sand is moved much greater distances at much greater cost for the construction of nearly everything that uses concrete or asphalt and, with increasing frequency, to rebuild storm-ravaged coastlines and levees.

      Sand covers so much of the earth’s surface that shipping it across borders—even uncontested ones—seems extreme. But sand isn’t just sand, it turns out. In the industrial world, it’s “aggregate,” a category that includes gravel, crushed stone, and various recycled materials. Natural aggregate is the world’s second most heavily exploited natural resource, after water, and for many uses the right kind is scarce or inaccessible. In 2014, the United Nations Environment Programme published a report titled “Sand, Rarer Than One Thinks,” which concluded that the mining of sand and gravel “greatly exceeds natural renewal rates” and that “the amount being mined is increasing exponentially, mainly as a result of rapid economic growth in Asia.”

      Pascal Peduzzi, a Swiss scientist and the director of one of the U.N.’s environmental groups, told the BBC last May that China’s swift development had consumed more sand in the previous four years than the United States used in the past century. In India, commercially useful sand is now so scarce that markets for it are dominated by “sand mafias” — criminal enterprises that sell material taken illegally from rivers and other sources, sometimes killing to safeguard their deposits. In the United States, the fastest-growing uses include the fortification of shorelines eroded by rising sea levels and more and more powerful ocean storms — efforts that, like many attempts to address environmental challenges, create environmental challenges of their own.

      Aggregate is the main constituent of concrete (eighty per cent) and asphalt (ninety-four per cent), and it’s also the primary base material that concrete and asphalt are placed on during the building of roads, buildings, parking lots, runways, and many other structures. A report published in 2004 by the American Geological Institute said that a typical American house requires more than a hundred tons of sand, gravel, and crushed stone for the foundation, basement, garage, and driveway, and more than two hundred tons if you include its share of the street that runs in front of it. A mile-long section of a single lane of an American interstate highway requires thirty-eight thousand tons. The most dramatic global increase in aggregate consumption is occurring in parts of the world where people who build roads are trying to keep pace with people who buy cars. Chinese officials have said that by 2030 they hope to have completed a hundred and sixty-five thousand miles of roads — a national network nearly three and a half times as long as the American interstate system.

      Windowpanes, wineglasses, and cell-phone screens are made from melted sand. Sand is used for filtration in water-treatment facilities, septic systems, and swimming pools. Oil and gas drillers inject large quantities of hard, round sand into fracked rock formations in order to hold the cracks open, like shoving a foot in the door. Railroad locomotives drop angular sand onto the rails in front of their wheels as they brake, to improve traction. Australia and India are major exporters of garnet sand, which is crushed to make an abrasive material used in sandblasting and by water-jet cutters. Foundries use sand to form the molds for iron bolts, manhole covers, engine blocks, and other cast-metal objects. I once visited a foundry in Arizona whose products included parts for airplanes, cruise missiles, and artificial hip joints, and I watched a worker pouring molten stainless steel into a mold that had been made by repeatedly dipping a wax pattern into a ceramic slurry and then into sand. The work area was so hot that I nervously checked my arm, because I thought my shirt was on fire. Factories that produce plate glass — by pouring thin layers of molten silica onto baths of molten tin — can be hotter.

      * * *

      Moving from global geology to the body’s internal flora, I commend Kyle Frischkorn’s tour of the microbiome in the human gut, “You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat Is Millions of Microbes,” published in Smithsonian magazine.

      “Poop is nothing short of a scientific miracle,” he begins, then makes his case with a quick survey of all we’ve learned by studying fresh human samples of same. I highlight that right away because this particular article might not be the one you save to read over lunch.

      Much of it deals with Rob Knight, founder of the American Gut Project, which in the last five years has enlisted 9,000 volunteers to send cash and/or fecal samples to a research team which has now used DNA analysis to “create the first census of the 40 trillion or so bacteria that call our guts their home.”

      The origins of those bacteria are well understood — we’re ingesting them all day long via food and all the other things we put into our mouths, not always with full awareness. What interests the researchers is understanding what drives an amazing diversity in gut microbiomes from one belly to the next.

      For the study, volunteers had self-reported their diets, with the vast majority following omnivorous diets, and less than 3 percent each identifying as "vegetarian" or "vegan." When researchers crunched the numbers, however, they found no discernible correlations between gut communities and those with seemingly similar diets. 

      In other words, the bacteria in poop were telling a different dietary story than the people making that poop. “You can be a vegan who mostly eats kale, or you can be a vegan who mostly eats fries,” Knight explains. “Those have totally different consequences for your microbiome.” Anyone can claim to be a die-hard adherent to the Paleo Diet, it seems, but the data suggested that the microbiome remembers all those midnight ice cream transgressions.

      Every time you ingest, you change the interior landscape of you. Because the bulk of bacteria in the microbiome live in the gut, when we feed ourselves, we feed them too. The chemistry of what we eat, be it fries or kale, alters the chemical landscape of the gut, making it more cozy for some and less hospitable for others. 

      It gets livelier. Because microbes are everywhere — on the table, in the air, on the surface of the muffin you left out on the counter — you’re also adding new microbes to the mix. Some stroll through your body like polite tourists. Others stick around and interact with the locals. Every bite has the potential to alter the microbiome, and subsequently human health. But researchers have yet to figure out how.

      Ultimately the goal is to develop scientific understanding that will help people plan the best diets to fight disease and promote higher levels of health. In the meantime, it’s an exercise in pure science that is fundamentally redefining how we think of food and bacteria:

      It’s not that all food has some bacteria on it, it’s that bacteria themselves are intrinsically and unavoidably a major component of food, inseparable from proteins and vitamins, micronutrients and fat.

      * * *

      For all those who still believe the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency engages in needless regulatory nitpicking and anti-business obstructionism, please have a look at Carey Gillam’s article for Environmental Health News, “Of mice, Monsanto and a mysterious tumor.”

      Over the next year or so, U.S. courts will begin to wade through heaps of lawsuits challenging Monsanto Co.’s position that glyphosate, aka Roundup, poses no human health risk if used correctly.

      Which is important, considering the glyphosate’s No. 1 ranking for decades now among herbicides favored by farmers, public land managers and residential applicators. Also, considering that glyphosate routinely turns up in food and in human urine samples.

      Gillam’s is a history piece and its focus is on research conducted in 1983 that proved inconvenient for Monsanto, and became the focus of a concerted effort by the company and like-minded EPA regulators to minimize its significance:

      The two-year study ran from 1980-1982 and involved 400 mice divided into groups of 50 males and 50 females that were administered three different doses of the weed killer or received no glyphosate at all for observation as a control group. The study was conducted for Monsanto to submit to regulators. But unfortunately for Monsanto, some mice exposed to glyphosate developed tumors at statistically significant rates, with no tumors at all in non-dosed mice.

      A February 1984 memo from Environmental Protection Agency toxicologist William Dykstra stated the findings definitively: “Review of the mouse oncogenicity study indicates that glyphosate is oncogenic, producing renal tubule adenomas, a rare tumor, in a dose-related manner.” Researchers found these increased incidences of the kidney tumors in mice exposed to glyphosate worrisome because while adenomas are generally benign, they have the potential to become malignant, and even in noncancerous stages they have the potential to be harmful to other organs. Monsanto discounted the findings, arguing that the tumors were “unrelated to treatment” and showing false positives, and the company provided additional data to try to convince the EPA to discount the tumors.

      But EPA toxicology experts were unconvinced. EPA statistician and toxicology branch member Herbert Lacayo authored a February 1985 memo outlining disagreement with Monsanto’s position. A “prudent person would reject the Monsanto assumption that Glyphosate dosing has no effect on kidney tumor production,” Lacayo wrote. ”Glyphosate is suspect. Monsanto’s argument is unacceptable.”

      Eight members of the EPA’s toxicology branch, including Lacayo and Dykstra, were worried enough by the kidney tumors in mice that they signed a consensus review of glyphosate in March 1985 stating they were classifying glyphosate as a Category C oncogen, a substance “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

      Monsanto then found scientists willing to re-examine the results and conclude, essentially, that the tumors occurred for reasons other than glyphosate exposure. The company also resisted EPA’s call for a repeat of the mouse study, and the regulators’ enthusiasm for the fight began to fade.

      The discussions between Monsanto and the EPA dragged on until the two sides met in November 1988 to discuss the agency’s request for a second mouse study and Monsanto’s reluctance to do so. Members of the EPA’s toxicology branch continued to express doubts about the validity of Monsanto’s data, but by June of 1989, EPA officials conceded, stating that they would drop the requirement for a repeated mouse study.

      By the time an EPA review committee met on June 26, 1991, to again discuss and evaluate glyphosate research, the mouse study was so discounted that the group decided that there was a “lack of convincing carcinogenicity evidence” in relevant animal studies. The group concluded that the herbicide should be classified far more lightly than the initial 1985 classification or even the 1986 classification proposed by the advisory panel. This time, the EPA scientists dubbed the herbicide a Group E chemical, a classification that meant “evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans.”

                Moon Jae-In: Trump hosts South-Korea leader, sees 'many options' on N.Korea   
      President Donald Trump welcomed South Korea's Moon Jae-In to the White House Friday for talks on how to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, with the leaders at odds on whether to isolate or engage the regime.
                Xi Jinping: Massive military parade as Hong Kong activists freed   
      Tanks, missile launchers and chanting troops greeted President Xi Jinping in a potent display of Chinese military might Friday as part of his landmark visit to politically divided Hong Kong.
                In Beijing: South China Sea outposts nearly set for missile deployment: report   
      Three of Beijing's outposts on contested South China Sea reefs are close to being ready for the deployment of military assets including mobile missile launchers, a US think tank reported Thursday.
                China’s islets ready for arms   
      WASHINGTON--- Three of Beijing's outposts on contested South China Sea reefs are close to being ready for the deployment of military assets including mobile missile launchers, a US think tank reported Thursday.   Analyzing satellite photographs, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said Beijing's Fiery Cross Reef base in the Spratly Islands now has 12 hardened shelters, four more than seen in February, with retractable roofs that can house missile launchers.   At Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reef bases, China has expanded its communications and radar arrays with multiple radar towers on each.   And new construction of "very large underground st...

      Keep on reading: China’s islets ready for arms
                President Trump meets South Korean President, says patience with North Korea is over   

      United States President Trump said, Friday that the North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missiles program require a “determined response” and...

      Read » President Trump meets South Korean President, says patience with North Korea is over on YNaija

                There are many ways to fight a battle   
      Lately, we have witnessed the sabre-rattling stance between North Korea and USA. The threat of nuclear war is alarming and cannot be discounted.

      China has been spreading its economic power in Africa and elsewhere where there is an urgent need, which effectively gain itself friendship as well as immense influence in the process. Its special interest in South China Sea has seen the building of military bases within, with total disregard of international verdict at The Hague. Besides, it is investing heavily in Malaysia which many believe it can gain undue political influence from Malaysian leaders.

      But how many of us have ever thought of using education as a weapon of destruction?

      A University professor wrote an expressive message to his students at the doctorate, masters and bachelors levels and placed it at the entrance in a university in South Africa. 

      And this is the message:

      *"Collapsing any nation does not require use of atomic bombs or the use of long range missiles. It only requires lowering the quality of education and allowing cheating in the examinations by the students".*

      The patient dies in the hands of such doctors

      And the buildings collapse in the hands of such engineers

      And the money is lost in the hands of such accountants

      And humanity dies in the hands of such religious scholars

      And justice is lost in the hands of such judges...

      *"The collapse of education is the collapse of the nation"*

      Malaysia has all along shy away from meritocracy in education, unlike Singapore. The latter gained from the brain drain of Malaysians unappreciated locally, and prospered to become one of the most advanced and richest nation in the world.

      Through its own lack of foresight or nationalistic reasons, the level of education dropped drastically since it gained independence in 1957. Will we see the collapse of Malaysia in the long term because of this? Collapse seems too strong a term, but in comparison, the glaring success of Singapore which has nothing but human resources, and that also depended partially on foreign input, would put Malaysia which has natural resources to shame.


      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.


      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

      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.

      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)

      ISAIAH 17:1,11-14
      1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.(DAMASCUS FRYED TO A PULP)
      11  In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.
      12  Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations,(USELESS U.N) that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
      13  The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
      14  And behold at evening tide trouble; and before the morning he is not.(ASSAD KILLED IN OVERNIGHT RAID) This is the portion of them that spoil us,(ISRAEL) and the lot of them that rob us.

      AMOS 1:5
      5  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden:(IRAQ) and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir,(JORDAN) saith the LORD.(I belive ISIS-DAMASCUS GET NUKED BY ISRAEL)

      Nikki Haley‏Verified account @nikkihaley 14h14 hours ago-JUNE 27,17-Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.

      U.S. says it appears Syria planning another chemical weapons attack-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-June 26, 2017

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would "pay a heavy price" if it conducts such an attack.The White House statement said preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base.Trump ordered the strike on the Shayrat airfield in Syria in April in reaction to what Washington said was a poison gas attack by Assad's government that killed at least 70 people in rebel-held territory. Syria denied it carried out the attack.The strike put Washington in confrontation with Russia, which has advisers in Syria aiding its close ally Assad.U.S. officials at the time called the intervention a "one-off" intended to deter future chemical weapons attacks and not an expansion of the U.S. role in the Syrian war.(Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Sandra Maler and Paul Tait)

      White House says Assad may be preparing chemical attack-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-June 26, 2017

      WASHINGTON — The White House says it has found "potential" evidence that Syria is preparing for another chemical weapons attack.Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued an ominous statement Monday evening that says the U.S. "has identified potential preparations" for another chemical attack by the Assad government that it says "would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children."He says the activities are similar to those made before an April chemical attack. The Trump administration launched missile strikes in retaliation for that attack, which it blamed on Assad.Spicer warns that "if Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."The White House has provided no immediate evidence to back up its claims.The Associated Press.


      REVELATION 16:12-16
      12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
      13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
      14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
      15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
      16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)

      DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
      44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)

      REVELATION 9:12-18
      12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
      13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
      14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
      15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
      16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
      17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
      18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)

      Focus-China's 16+1 foray into Central and Eastern Europe By Eric Maurice-euobserver

      Prague, 26. Jun, 13:27-Half a decade after it was launched, the network of cooperation between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries has brought uneven economical and political fruits so far.The so-called 16+1 was established in 2012 as Beijing's initiative to cover various issues such as investment, trade, but also culture or education.The group includes 11 EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia; and five non-EU countries from the Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.It fits into China's global strategy to engage new partners in political and economic ties in different formats.Despite having a permanent secretariat, the Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries - the initiative's official name - is more a series of bilateral relationships with no overall coherence, as experts pointed out in discussions at the Prague European Summit conference earlier this month."It's not really a multilateral format," Petr Kratochvil, the director of Prague's Institute of International Relations, told EUobserver."It's more a group of countries that China took to have bilateral ties with. It's mainly Poland and Hungary in terms of investment, and Romania and Serbia for building projects."China's interest in the 16+1 countries is different from one country to another.In the Czech Republic, Kratochvil noted, the Chinese have mainly invested in real estate, a football club - Slavia Prague, which just won the Czech championship - or the media."It's not really the kind of investment the country wants, because it doesn't produce anything," he said.In Budapest, meanwhile, the government announced last week that Hungary and China would soon start to cooperate in the healthcare industry – from making medical equipment to developing biotechnologies.Kratochvil noted that the amount of Chinese investments in the region had remained limited and was concentrated on a few high profile infrastructure projects, such as the Budapest-Belgrade high-speed railway that Chinese companies plan to build.The focus on infrastructure shows that China considers Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) a full part of the One Belt-One Road initiative – an investment and infrastructure plan, spanning from China to the Middle-East and Africa through to Central Asia."Southern and Eastern Europe are a testing ground for the Belt and Road," Anastas Vangeli, from the Polish Academy of Sciences, told EUobserver.He said that 16+1 was more an "experiment" than a "Chinese plan", and that Beijing tries "to see whether this type of diplomacy can help them boost economic relations.""To put it very simply, the whole idea is to find ways to boost the economy outside China, to generate demand for Chinese goods," Vangeli said, adding: "And these are not cheap goods: high speed railways, satellites systems or nuclear technology."Agatha Kratz, from the European Council on Foreign Relations, a London-based think-tank, told EUobserver that: "The first idea was to treat CEE as Asia and Africa.""That was a big shock, they explained that loans for projects that China would build were not going to happen."For Kratz, the success of the 16+1 initiative is to be found on the political side than in the economic side.She pointed out that annual summits between the 17 leaders, usually in Europe, constitute a "formal channel of communication".-A pragmatic question-After five years, the 16+1 format "has shown its limits, but it will continue," Kratz added.For China, the forum is "high-level enough and it helps to understand how best to promote what it can do in Europe".For CEE countries, the summits are "one more bilateral forum, one more way to have meetings with China and explain what they [CEE countries] need from it."For countries that are either part of the EU or willing to join it in the future, the Chinese partnership is "a pragmatic question", Kratochvil insisted.Although some leaders, such as Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban or Czech president Milos Zeman, are supportive of certain Chinese positions – for instance Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea – the region is not going to become a Chinese "ally"."The idea of a strategic shift is nonsense," Kratochvil said.


      1 PET 5:8
      8 Be sober,(NOT DRUGED UP OR ALCOHOLICED) be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

      REVELATION 18:23
      23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.

      REVELATION 9:21
      21 Neither repented they of their murders,(KILLING) nor of their sorceries (DRUG ADDICTS AND DRUG PUSHERS), nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE OR PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)

      Myanmar, Thailand incinerate illicit drugs worth $800 million-[Reuters]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      BANGKOK/YANGON (Reuters) - Officials in Myanmar and Thailand burned illegal narcotics worth more than $800 million on Monday to mark the UN day against drug abuse and trafficking.The move came even as authorities struggle to stem the flood of illicit drugs in the region, with Thailand's justice minister last year saying the country's war on drugs was failing.In Thailand's Ayutthaya province, more than 9 tonnes of drugs with a street value of over 20 billion baht ($590 million) went up in smoke including methamphetamines, known locally as "yaba" or "crazy drug", according to police."Currently, we are able to take down a lot of networks, including ... transnational networks bringing drugs into Thailand ... to be shipped to Malaysia and other countries," Sirinya Sitthichai, Secretary-General of the Office of Narcotics Control Board, told reporters in Ayutthaya.In neighboring Myanmar, the police said they destroyed confiscated drugs worth around $217 million.Myanmar remains one of the world's largest producers of illicit drugs, including opium, heroin and methamphetamines. Those narcotics are often smuggled into China.Last year, law makers in Myanmar voiced disappointment over the country's lackluster efforts to tackle the drug problem.The market for methamphetamines has been growing in Southeast Asia, the United Nations has said. It estimates that Southeast Asia's trade in heroin and methamphetamine was worth $31 billion in 2013.(Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa in AYUTTHAYA and Aye Win Myint in YANGON; Writing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre; Editing by Joseph Radford)

      Pot insider says dispensaries are 'dreaming' if they think they'll be part of legalization framework-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      Omar Khan sat down with Matt Galloway on Metro Morning to discuss big questions that have yet to be answered in the federal government's push to develop a legal framework for recreational marijuana sales by July 2018.Khan is former chief of staff to the Ontario health minister and he now works with the marijuana industry as vice president, public affairs of Hill + Knowlton strategies.Questions and answers have been condensed.Matt Galloway: How prepared is this country for legal weed? Omar Khan: I think right now you have a patchwork of readiness. You have provinces like Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick who are fairly well advanced in terms of their thinking. And you have others, like Manitoba and Saskatchewan, who quite frankly are a little bit further behind.MG: What are the big questions that still have to be answered? OK: I think one of the points that's getting less attention is where will one be able to use marijuana. For example, you can walk down a public sidewalk and smoke a cigarette, but you can't walk down the sidewalk and drink a beer. I think that's a conversation that needs to happen.MG: Do you think that people will be allowed to smoke marijuana in parks, if they can't have an open bottle of alcohol there now? OK: There's a lot of evidence that suggests that harm associated with marijuana use is less than that associated with regular alcohol use. So I think it's something that the province of Ontario especially is going to be looking at as they move forward with their strategy.MG: What about the sale issue? OK: Since the government has set a fairly aggressive timeline for legalization — some have said, July 2018 — I think it's going to be very difficult for the government to have an up-and-running, bricks-and-mortar retail operation by this time next year essentially. I think the government is looking at three options: one would be a wholly government-run crown corporation a la LCBO; I think another option would be a heavily regulated system that gives out private licences for retailing; and then, the third option would be what we call a hybrid. Some private licences combined with a government-run system, similar to how beer and wine is distributed in Ontario.MG: Which way do you think they are leaning?OK: I know the Ontario government started looking at this seriously, right after the election of the Trudeau government. I know the attorney general, Yassir Naqvi, is working away feverishly to put together some options for cabinet to consider. I also know the premier is very big on consultation, so I suspect that before any plan is rolled out, there will be a robust public consultation.MG: Can you have robust public consultation and still set up that regulatory body in time? OK: I know they've been working at this hard for a year or so. The timeline's going to be a challenge no doubt. That's why I suspect that if there are going to be public consultations, as I presume there will be, they'll be rolling them out fairly shortly.MG: Is the timeline too tight? OK: It is what it is. Having worked in government, I know that sometimes you have to set a deadline to get everybody working away at achieving a goal. At the end of the day, what's important is that we are going to have legalized adult use of recreational cannabis in this country. And, industry, government, all involved stakeholders need to start working very fast to get this done right.MG: You work with the industry now. What do they want to know? OK: Like members of the public, they are waiting for more information about what the retail distribution model will look like. But I think industry is very interested in sharing some of their expertise when it comes to distribution. There are a lot of players who have a lot of experience dealing with controlled substances. So for example, pharmacies, care centres. I want to give kudos to Mayor Tory who spoke out vigorously against the illegal dispensaries that are out there right now. The one question everyone needs to ask is, where are these people getting their supply? We have 50 licensed producers or marijuana in this country right now.MG: So where are they getting their supply? OK: I don't want to open myself up to defamation. But they're not getting them from the licensed producers because none of them would risk their licence by providing supply illegally.MG: The assumption from many of the illegal dispensaries is that they're going to be part of the new regime.OK: I think they are dreaming in technicolour. There is no way the province of Ontario or any other province is going to give a retail distribution licence to any entity that's involved in criminal activity.MG: Do you really think we'll meet this deadline? OK: The good thing [Finance Minister] Morneau has put out there is that if there's a province that isn't ready with an up-and-running distribution system next year, there will be a fallback, and I suspect that will be online sales.


      REVELATION 8:7
      7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

      Spain sends reinforcements as fire spreads near wildlife reserve-Agence France-Presse-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      Madrid (AFP) - Firefighters were battling Monday to contain a blaze threatening a renowned national park in southern Spain which has already led to the evacuation of some 2,000 people.Authorities were sending additional firefighters to tackle the flames at the Donana Natural Park in southwestern Spain near Huelva, a fire service spokesman told AFP."The flames are not under control, they are spreading," he added, though no injuries have been reported.The blaze comes a week after wildfires killed over 60 people in neighbouring Portugal.Strong winds and scorching heat were complicating efforts to fight the blaze, which broke out Saturday near the town of Moguer, officials said.The fire has not yet hit the neighbouring Donana National Park, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994 and is well known for the extensive biodiversity of its dunes, wetlands and woods."The flames have not reached the national park," the official in charge of the environment with the regional government of Andalusia, Jose Fiscal Lopez, told Spanish public television."A special effort was made during the night on the front which threatened the park the most," he added.The national park is one of Spain's most important wildlife sanctuaries and a popular tourist attraction.It is home to a variety of animals, including endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx, a large cat found only in Spain and Portugal.Officials temporarily evacuated a lynx breeding centre on Sunday as a precaution.A female Iberian lynx died at the Acebuche captive breeding centre on Saturday "due to stress" during its capture for evacuation, the centre said in a statement.The other lynxes are "safe and sound", said the mayor of Moguer, Gustavo Cuellar. "Each lynx held in captivity is receiving detailed care."Over 200 firefighters backed by 15 vehicles and seven planes were battling the blaze on Monday morning, emergency services said.The cause remained unknown but Fiscal Lopez said officials were "certain" human activity played a role."It remains to be seen if this was with (criminal) intent or due to negligence," he added.The fire prompted the closure of several roads and the evacuation of some 2,000 people, including guests at camp sites and several hotels.There were no immediate details on how much land had been burned so far.

      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)
      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.

      LUKE 2:1-3
      1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
      2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
      3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

      Opinion-New initiative could trump the Visegrad Group By Wojciech Przybylski-euobserver

      Warsaw, 26. Jun, 17:09-"New Europe" was a term coined by the administration of former US president George W. Bush.When the USA decided to invade Iraq, this term was used to differentiate between – and celebrate – the solidarity of new Nato members compared to the reluctance of the old allies.Since then, the intricacies of European politics – from smaller initiatives to larger regional alliances and even to the inner-workings of the EU itself – have grown considerably.Many wishing to weaken Europe’s position and potential on the global stage try to exploit this division of old vs new, and it is something all leaders on the continent should be wary of.With that still in mind, on 6 July US president Donald Trump will arrive in Warsaw and take part in an assembly of one of these regional alliances, the Three Seas Initiative (TSI) – a meeting of the EU leaders representing Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).The three seas is a reference to the countries situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black Seas.The initiative is seen as a major diplomatic triumph of the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, who is also the leader of the TSI and desperate for a win.However, the TSI is just one of many political groupings in the CEE region with a primary focus on influencing EU policy. Other such groupings of more or less importance are the Visegrad Group (V4), Slavkov triangle, Danube Region, Weimar Triangle and Nordic-Baltic cooperation.While their main focus is on fostering cooperation within the EU, such formations are becoming increasingly interesting for external powers such as China (in the so-called 16+1 format) and now the US.Trump’s visit will definitely put a spotlight on the TSI and help this format to continue.TSI members – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia – pledged in their founding declaration a year ago to foster regional projects in the areas of energy, transportation, digital communication and economic sectors in CEE.However, according to analysts who are advancing the concept, like Bartosz Wisniewski, the head of research office at the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM), the region still has a long way to go when it comes to its economic development.The TSI is meant to complement connectivity between the East and West of Europe, with greater connectivity along the north-south axis, thanks in no small part to the EU's financial contribution.-Not quite quid pro quo-The US has already increased on their military presence in the region, even more so than had been originally promised by the administration of former US president Barack Obama.The LNG (liquid natural gas) terminal in Swinoujscie, Poland – a strategically important facility allowing for more energy independence in the region – has only recently celebrated the arrival of its first transportation from the US and awaits its next shipment from Qatar, and other countries.Justifiably suspicious of their eastern neighbour, Poland will most likely take the opportunity to sup-port the recent sanctions that were proposed by the US Senate last week on contractors for the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) project, as well as other significant Russian businesses.In comparison, both Trump and Hungarian PM Viktor Orban have sought to lift the sanctions on Russia, a sentiment that is also shared today by Austria, a member of the TSI, whose companies are contractors for the NS2.However, according to PISM these differences are fine, as they are neither an attempt to undermine European integration, nor a block to ward off Russia.To the Czechs and Slovaks, the TSI, especially now, might be a little more problematic.While they agree with the goal of north-south connectivity, they are cautious – if not suspicious – of the political dimension.V4 is the most important format to Slovakia, whereas the country treats the TSI more like a one time event.For Slovaks, there is no political content in this grouping. And, beyond that, there is no security component and no political dimension for the country.Czech officials have also expressed reservations towards Poland, a country that, along with Hungary, emphasises the East-West divide. The radicalisation of some V4 members also does not help.Poles automatically reject all ideas from the Western members, a Czech diplomat recently told Gazeta Wyborcza.A member of the Czech ministry of foreign affairs, who was quoted in the same article, went even further, claiming that the idea of a Three Seas Initiative is unacceptable because of its 20th century neo-imperial origin.Such criticism is dismissed by PISM analysts, who underline that despite any apparent differences, Slovakia and Czech Republic will send their representation.Despite many reservations, the obvious champion of the initiative has become the Croatian president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. Allegedly, her personal involvement was of key importance to the US delegation.The TSI clearly goes along with her plans for her LNG terminal in Croatia that will improve gas sup-ply diversification – independent of Russia – and increase energy cooperation in the region.-Needing a pat on the back-It might be too simplistic, but there is the chance that Trump is using the occasion as a slight against German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron.Is this a not-too-subtle comment about how Trump sees future European cooperation? The question needing to be answered by EU leaders will be whether they think Trump is willing to cut off his nose to spite his face.That worries some, who do not believe that the Polish ministry of foreign affairs can handle a diplomatically sensitive visit.Warsaw, already isolated in the EU, may want to be even more confrontational after Trump's visit. This will also not help to reconcile with Brussels, Berlin or Paris.Furthermore, it will not help to build regional solidarity, since the northern and southern neighbours of Poland will not feel like taking part in fist-fights that would complicate relations with their Western partners.No matter how well-intentioned these leaders are in developing ties between their nations, they will all struggling with domestic and regional issues, as well as questionable popular support.It all makes the meeting feel more like the international conference of future political pariahs.Wojciech Przybylski is the editor-in-chief of Visegrad Insight, and chairman of the Res Publica Foundation in Warsaw. His new book ‘Understanding Central Europe’, co-edited with Marcin Moskalewicz, will be published by Routledge in the second half of 2017.

      UK visitors set to pay into EU budget after Brexit By Nikolaj Nielsen-june 27,17-euobserver

      BRUSSELS, Today, 22:25-British nationals may end up paying into the EU general budget after the UK leaves the European Union.An EU proposal to tighten border security controls for all visa-free travellers sometime in 2020 will be generating cash by demanding fees from holidaymakers. The fees will pay for annual running costs.But an European Commission official on Monday (26 June) said any surplus revenue would also then go to the EU budget and reduce member state contributions.Proposed last November, the Commission's European Travel Information and Authorisation System (Etias), will screen all visa-free travellers before they enter the passport-free Schengen zone of 26 European states."Any accumulated surplus generated by the Etias revenues would in any case revert back to the EU general budget and hence reduce member state contributions," the Commission official told MEPs.A five-year application under the scheme is €5. The fee is small but the UK's total sum in the pot is not insignificant.Brits made 35 million holiday trips to the EU last year alone with around a third going to Spain, followed by France and Greece. Another 5.5 million were business trips.A spokesperson from the UK-based Association of British Travel Agents (Abta) told EUobserver that the UK holiday figures to the EU have increased substantially in the past few years.He noted that 2016 was "an all time record".Abta wants the British government to negotiate an exemption for UK nationals in Etias, noting that "it is in everyone's interest to keep these flows going."The UK government, meanwhile, says it is determined to get the best possible deal for the country.A UK government spokesperson said Etias was just "one of many areas that may need to be addressed as we leave the EU and agree a new partnership."It is also likely to stir up resentment among people who campaigned to leave the EU, given that British nationals may still be footing, albeit indirectly, the EU budget after Brexit.Commission estimates suggest Etias will cost over €200 million to launch and around €85 million to maintain annually. Discussions between the EU institutions have yet to start but the plan is to reach an agreement before the end this year.German Green MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht said the EU would be better off making it easier for people to travel than imposing a new system that not only creates more red tape but also blanket collects personal data."Making it easier for people from countries, which are also democracies, to travel to the European Union and back is a positive thing and we need not to make that more difficult but easier," he said on Monday.EU nationals, for their part, took 10 million holiday trips and some 7 million business trips to the UK in 2016.


      EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
      CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
      VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18



      GENESIS 6:11-13
      11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
      12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
      13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

      GENESIS 16:11-12
      11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
      12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

      ISAIAH 14:12-14
      12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
      13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
      14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

      JOHN 16:2
      2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

      Before tragedy strikes': Liberals launch centre to prevent homegrown terrorism-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      The federal government has launched a new centre tasked with preventing the radicalization of Canadian young people.A special adviser will be named in the coming months to oversee the local outreach and research projects funded through the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence.The centre will have dedicated staff, but will be located within the existing Public Safety Canada space.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Canada must become a world leader in understanding and dealing with radicalization that leads to violence, in order to retain its national character as an open, diverse society that is also safe and secure."The new Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will help us do as much as humanly possible to prevent radicalization to violence before tragedy strikes," Goodale said in a statement. "It will support and empower local leaders to develop initiatives that are suited to their community."Last year's budget set aside $35 million over five years and $10 million each year after to combat radicalization and violence in Canada.Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of heritage (multiculturalism), said the new centre will drive better research, understanding and engagement, with a special focus on youth vulnerable to radicalization. Building up trust relationships and opening lines of communication are critical to combating radicalism at the ground level, he said.-No boundaries to extremist views-The centre will not focus on Islamist extremism alone, but will cover a wide spectrum, because while some attacks are perpetrated by Islamist extremists, others target Muslims, Virani said."When we look at what's happening across the country, radicalization is not endemic to any one group, institution, race or religion," he said. "It doesn't have particular boundaries that are tied to a religion or an ideology. That's very important to keep in mind because that's a situation we need be upfront about in terms of where the threats are coming from and not focusing on any one particular community."In January, six people were killed and 19 others injured in an attack by a gunman at a Quebec CIty mosque.-Domestic acts of terror-Last August, Aaron Driver died in an altercation with police in Strathroy, Ont. RCMP believe he was preparing to carry out a suicide bombing in a public place.That incident came less than two years after Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo while he stood on guard at the National War Memorial, an act the RCMP called terrorism, before making his way to Parliament Hill.Jeremy Littlewood, a terrorism expert at Ottawa's Carleton University, said Canada's domestic terrorism problem is smaller than some of our closest allies, but that doesn't mean there is no danger.Littlewood said it's too early to tell if Canada's approach will work to combat domestic terrorism, but he said it is wise not to target only one group of extremists."Making it one type of terrorism specific, for example, al-Qaeda or ISIS-inspired terrorism, is a recipe for creating fear, suspicion and perpetuating the notion of suspect communities within a population," he said.Littlewood said success will depend partly on sustained funding, and an openness about what is working and what is not.The government is accepting proposals for the Community Resilience Fund as of July 6, 2017, which has $1.4 million available to fund projects in 2018-19. For subsequent years, there will be $7 million for continuing and new projects.Ten projects have already received funding for counter-radicalization work.

      Crowd flows, camera coverage being studied to bolster Parliament Hill security-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      OTTAWA — Security officials say they're ready for the throngs set to descend on Parliament Hill for Canada's 150th birthday celebration Saturday.But that doesn't mean federal researchers are done thinking about how to better protect the country's seat of democracy in the months and years ahead.Advisers are gathering data on everything from crowd flows to video-camera placement to ensure both security and openness in the parliamentary precinct.Parliament Hill security is a "tough nut to crack" because of the fine balance between guarding the most important democratic institutions while keeping the grounds open to people, said Rami Youssef of the federal Centre for Security Science, a wing of Defence Research and Development Canada.After a gunman stormed the Hill in October 2014, dying in a hail of bullets in the Hall of Honour, the centre completed two studies. One looked at the physical security of Parliament's Centre Block, while the other delved into procedures for handling visitors and employees in the parliamentary precinct.The most tangible result of the armed assault was creation of the unified Parliamentary Protective Service, drawing together forces from the RCMP, House of Commons and Senate.The centre's researchers need more information before making the next set of recommendations to decision-makers, Youssef said in an interview."The reality is there's a lot of data to be collected, and a lot of data to be studied and analyzed," he said. "We have to go little by little, because they cannot make any drastic changes just overnight."Researchers are interested in the varied nature of the crowds that turn up on Parliament Hill, as well as the ebb and flow of pedestrian traffic at different times of day.Plans were revealed four years ago to boost video-camera coverage of the Hill substantially to guard against possible attacks by detecting abandoned packages, suspicious activity and disturbances.Researchers are studying different types of cameras, their placement and the percentage of visual coverage on the Hill, Youssef said.Work has been focused to date on trying to prevent attacks in the parliamentary precinct but, time permitting, the centre might explore other types of threats and hazards, such as an earthquake or other natural disaster, he added.Many parts of the Hill are undergoing extensive renovations. That could be a welcome opportunity to embed security changes into revamped buildings, Youssef said.The new Parliamentary Protective Service is working with the centre researchers on projects throughout the precinct, but disclosing details of the efforts "would expose operational tactics and measures" that could affect safety, said Melissa Rusk, a spokeswoman for the protective service.Federal officials are also reviewing the mandate of the Government Operations Centre, the focal point for monitoring major national events and emergencies. In addition, they are seeking a new home for the Ottawa-based centre.During the 2014 shooting, the centre lacked computer technicians, food was limited and senior emergency officials weren't in the building, according to internal documents released two years ago. — Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter-Jim Bronskill , The Canadian Press.

      3,000 N.L. Muslims gather for Eid celebrations at Jack Byrne Arena-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      Muslims in the St. John's area joined with others around the world in celebrating Eid Sunday — the festival that marks the end of the Islamic month of Ramadan.The celebration at Jack Byrne Arena Sunday morning began with prayers and then a meet and greet with tea, coffee, and snacks."After prayer, we had refreshments, and after refreshments they put out some bouncy castles for kids to play on," Reem Abu-Hendi said.The local celebration is huge — about 3,000 Muslims packed the Jack Byrne Arena early Sunday morning."The community at first, was not that large so like the mosque used to accommodate us but now it's really big like 3,000 people in one place, it's amazing," she said."Just to see all the Muslims in one place, it's a great feeling." Abu-Hendi said.Ramadan is a sacred time for Muslims, who believe that it was when the Qur'an — the holy book — was revealed through the prophet Muhammad."It's 30 days but this year it happened to be 29 because of the moon,"  Ayamen Shaawen said.The month, which started this year May 26, includes dawn-to-dusk fasting, and ends with a religious holiday called Eid."We fast from 3 a.m. until 9 p.m. so it's 18 hours a day," Abu-Hendi said.The fasting can be challenging, but that's what makes it worthwhile, she said."Your body just gets adjusted to it, and I would say it's thirst more than hunger, so you can usually go about your daily activities but around 6 p.m.-7 p.m., I'm done," she said.Without food all day, you'd think there might be a lot of cranky people walking around who are "hangry," but Abu-Hendi says it's all about willpower."Ramadan teaches you patience and self-control. If we lose to anger we could break our fast," she said."It's more of a self-discipline thing," Shaawen said.Volunteers who set up the event get up at the crack of dawn to prepare the arena for the 3,000 attendees."It's a big challenge for those who volunteer to organize it. Before we had a smaller community and our mosque was able to accommodate the size of our community but not anymore," said organizer Ayse Sule."It's a team effort," said Moein Shahwan, vice-resident of the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador."It brings lots of richness to our community and we are proud of it," Sule said.

      Relatives of serial killer's victims speak of pain, guilt and anger-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      WOODSTOCK, Ont. — One after another, family and friends of a serial killer's victims described overwhelming guilt, anger and profound sadness when they learned their loved ones had been murdered by an Ontario nurse who was supposed to care for them.And many spoke about their loss of faith in the province's long-term care system, where Elizabeth Wettlaufer was allowed to cast her "shadow of death" over vulnerable seniors for nearly a decade.Wettlaufer was sentenced Monday in a Woodstock, Ont., court to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after she pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.The 50-year-old nurse used insulin trying — and in most cases succeeding  — to kill vulnerable victims in her care at three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home. Her crimes began in 2007 and didn't stop until she confessed to the killings at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last fall.Sandy Millard, whose 87-year-old mother, Gladys Jean Millard, was murdered by Wettlaufer in 2011 at Caressant Care in Woodstock, told court about the depression she has fallen into."Finding out she was killed by a huge injection of medication she did not need broke my heart," she said.Her daughter, and Millard's granddaughter, Shannon Emmerton, spoke through tears."I don't know if I will ever truly recover," she said.Patricia Matheson glared at Wettlaufer as she read a statement by her husband, whose mother, Helen Matheson, was killed by the nurse in 2011."I lost my mother for the second time. No funeral this time, just shock, followed by the question why," Jon Matheson wrote. "I placed my mother in a facility I researched never once considering she would be a victim of such a despicable act. I ask why, because she didn't eat all the blueberry pie and ice cream?"The question of why Wettlaufer killed or hurt 14 people loomed large in court. In a lengthy video statement she gave to police last fall, she said she felt a "red surging" well up in her chest that was relieved after she completed a kill. She believed she was an instrument of God at times, but also killed because some residents were too much work, too burdensome.Many others, wracked by guilt, spoke of what-ifs."I simply feel guilty for not being able to protect my father as he had protected me," wrote David Silcox, whose father, James Silcox, was murdered in 2007.Justice Bruce Thomas acknowledged that guilt was the common theme of the 28 victim impact statements filed in court a few weeks ago."It is a complete betrayal of trust when a caregiver does not prolong life, but terminates it," he said. "But you cannot blame yourselves."Thomas described Wettlaufer's "free run" on her nine-year killing spree, with no oversight or even an inkling she had committed such calculated murders."Without her confessions, I am convinced these offences would never have been brought to justice," he said, calling Wettlaufer a "shadow of death that passed over them (the victims) on the night shift where she supervised."Debora Rivers said her grandmother, Mary Zarawinski, hated the nursing home when she first went there. There are a lot of old people here, she told her niece, even though Zarawinski was one of the oldest residents in the facility."She made it nice for everybody there," Rivers said outside court.She also noted that Wettlaufer had described Zarawinski as "'fun and feisty' — and she was.""The woman lived to be 96 years old for God's sake," Rivers said. "We have no way of knowing how long her life might have been," she said. "We were pretty sure she was going to make it to 100 and so was she."For her part, Wettlaufer apologized, crouching in the prisoner's box without looking at anyone."I am truly sorry for the people I injured or murdered," she said in a soft voice."Sorry is much too small a word. I hope that the families can find some peace and healing."Beverly Bertram, who is Wettlaufer's sole living victim, wrote about the physical pain she was in after the nurse injected her with insulin with the intent to kill her."It is really hard to describe, but I knew I was dying," she wrote in her statement. "I was doubled over in pain in my stomach...Just such pain. My whole body hurt...I thought I was screaming, but I was just moaning I guess."Bertram wrote that she has become a recluse since the incident, afraid of everyone, including her own shadow, and has lost all relationships with her family."I truly think sometimes I'd be better off if she did her deed."Shortly after Wettlaufer's sentencing hearing, the province announced it would hold a public inquiry into the murders to ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.Liam Casey , The Canadian Press.

      Demand for Canada 150 flags, brings seamstress out of retirement-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      Canada Day is just under a week away and thanks to the demand for flags leading up to the big celebration, one New Brunswick woman has had to put her retirement on hold.Theresa King's basement is full of bright materials and the tools to turn them into something special. Since March, most of King's projects have been paused while she helps her former employer.- Cyclists pedal into New Brunswick for Canada 150 journey - Fredericton's Canada 150 funding largely focused on 'Indigenous reconciliation' "I thought I was going to be retired," King said with a laugh from her seat in front of a sewing machine.After 28 years working for The Flag Store in Thornton, Ont., she moved to Tower Hill, near St. Andrews. King was only given two years before her old boss came calling."The demand for Canadian flags for the 150 has been so dramatic that they have been out of flags forever," King said.So she agreed to help, thinking at first it would only be for a couple of weeks. Her estimate turned out to be off. Way off.Getting into the flag business-"By the time I'm finished, it will be about 2,500, three-foot-by-six-foot Canadian flags that I will have finished."Working from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., King can put together about 250 flags a week, which despite their complexity, she will tell you is fast.In order to save on the shipping costs, King drove her first shipment of 1,400 flags to Ontario in May.There has been some time for King to enjoy some side projects, like altering a graduation dress, but she said she's happy to help her former colleagues.In her years working for The Flag Store, she said March always meant the beginning of the busy season. But Canada 150 she said, has created demand the store isn't normally accustomed to."Those girls are pretty tired too," King said. "They're just swamped and there just isn't enough time in the day."It isn't just King who is hard at work in the workshop, she enlisted her husband, Doug, to help out too.He'll be the first to tell you that he never planned on getting into the flag business. But after stencilling off bright red maple leafs from cloth, Doug King said the work keeps him out of trouble.While her time is occupied by piecing together red and white material, King will have a little variety in her life this week.-100 and counting-A text from her boss saw rolls of green, gold, and black arrive at her door with a request from the Jamaican consulate."I have 100 to make" she said, "So I can ship them on Wednesday."After being so busy, you would think King planned on taking Canada Day off to enjoy seeing some flags fly. Instead, she said she's only going to take a break to go to the market before getting back to work.With a goal of getting another 1,000 Canadian flags finished by September, she said her next delivery will be her vacation."That'll be my holiday" King said, "A few days off to drive to Ontario and deliver all the flags."

      Canadians will soon have a law on how to dispose of mercury-filled light bulbs-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      Canadians will soon have guidance from the federal government on how to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs in an environmentally responsible way.Bill C-238, a new act that sets out rules for a national light bulb disposal strategy, received royal assent on Thursday.The National Strategy for Safe and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Lamps Containing Mercury Act commits the government to identify ways to dispose of mercury-containing light bulbs safely and establish guidelines for facilities that dispose of them, and then promote the program to Canadians.The bill also requires the environment minister to table the national strategy in Parliament within two years of the act receiving royal assent. -No regulations-Dartmouth-Cole Harbour MP Darren Fisher, who introduced the private member's bill, said there were no federal regulations outlining how to dispose of light bulbs."You can take your mercury-bearing light bulb, and you can throw it in your garbage bag and put it to the curb," he said.One regular, 13-watt residential compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) — the curly looking ones that are slowly replacing the traditional, round incandescent bulbs — contains on average 3.5 milligrams of mercury. Energy Star-certified CFLs contain 2.5 milligrams or less. Fluorescent tubes contain up to 12 milligrams.Fisher said about 1,150 kilograms of mercury end up in Canadian landfills each year, and can contaminate the environment.Mercury is also listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act."So this is an incredibly big issue," he said.Compact fluorescents on the rise-A 2014 federal ban on most residential incandescent bulbs means more Canadians are using compact fluorescent bulbs. A 2014 report from Statistics Canada noted that in 2011, three-quarters of households across the country used at least one CFL bulb.About half the households that used CFLs reported throwing them in the garbage, and Haligonians were the most likely to toss them, with 84 per cent doing so, the report said.-'Piecemeal' approach-Recycling facilities in some municipalities and provinces break CFL bulbs down and recycle about 98 per cent of the components, including the mercury. Some retailers also collect used bulbs to send to recyclers.But Fisher described that as a "piecemeal" approach.He encourages Canadians to recycle their bulbs or simply hold on to them until the new law is developed."If the worst thing you have to do is put them in a cardboard box and leave them in your garage until the strategy comes forward, please do so, because what we'd like to see is no mercury-bearing light bulbs going into our landfills across Canada," said Fisher.

      Nine dead after Colombia tourist boat sinks in reservoir-[Reuters]-yahoonews-June 26, 2017

      BOGOTA (Reuters) - Nine people died and 28 are missing after a multi-decked tourist boat carrying about 170 passengers sank in Colombia's Penol-Guatape reservoir on Sunday during the long holiday weekend, a government official said.Officials did not disclose the cause of the accident and provided few details.Videos posted on social media showed motorboats coming to the aid of passengers on the upper decks as the boat rocked from side to side. Ninety-nine people were rescued, Margarita Moncada, the head of disaster relief for Antioquia province, told journalists."At the moment we have nine people found dead. Another 99 people were rescued immediately and 40 more got out on their own," she said.Survivors on local television reports said they heard a loud noise before the boat began to sink and that not all of them had life jackets. Rescue operations were ongoing.Rescue workers and the air force were helping passengers at the scene, President Juan Manuel Santos said in a Twitter post.The large reservoir, about an hour from the central city of Medellin, is a popular tourist destination.(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta and Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Richard Chang)

                Korean Air Pollution At 2 Year High, ROK Tests New Missile, Expat Alleges Police Discrimination [Korean News Update]   

      The concentration of fine dust particles in South Korea’s air is the worst since 2015, the ROK has test fired a new long range ballistic missile, a Busan-based expat has been thrust into the spotlight after alleging discrimination by South Korean police, & an iconic Hollywood symbol will soon be replicated in Seoul. All that & more on the latest Korean News Update podcast episode from Korea FM.

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      North Korea says US bases in Japan were the target of its most recent ballistic missile test, China is trying to punish South Korea’s economy for THAAD, and a new Korean television series, with zombies, will be released new year. All that & more on the latest Korean News Update podcast from Korea FM

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                Narendra Modi heads to Israel, lifting the curtain on close ties   

      By Sanjeev Miglani and Tova Cohen

      NEW DELHI/TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Narendra Modi is making a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister next week, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm's length.

      India has traditionally trodden a careful diplomatic line in the region, analysts say, wary of upsetting Arab states and Iran - upon whom it relies for its vast imports of oil - and its large Muslim minority. It has been a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, even as it quietly pursued ties with Israel.

      But now Modi is lifting the curtain on a thriving military relationship. He will hold three days of talks with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, to advance sales and production of missiles, drones and radar systems under his signature "Make in India" drive, officials in Delhi and Tel Aviv said.

      The Indian leader will not travel to Ramallah, the seat of the Palestine Authority and a customary stop for visiting leaders trying to maintain a balance in political ties.

      At home, the apparent shift in what has long been a bedrock of India's foreign policy risks sharpening criticism that the country's 180 million Muslims are increasingly being marginalized under Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which swept to power in 2014.

      "Narendra Modi's visit to Israel will only strengthen its occupation of Palestine," said Asaduddin Owaisi, a member of the Indian parliament from a regional group that promotes Muslim rights.


      In previous decades, under the left-leaning Congress Party, former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was a regular visitor to New Delhi, pictured hugging then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when the two were championing the Non-Alignment Movement.

      In May, Modi hosted Arafat's successor, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and offered help in health and information technology, but the trip was low-key.

      The scale of the ongoing collaboration with Israel dwarfs anything India is attempting with the Palestinians, officials say.

      "We have a wide ranging partnership with Israel that ranges from agriculture cooperation to homeland security," said Bala Bhaskar, head of the foreign ministry's West Asia division.

      He said India's ties with Israel and Palestine were important in their own right and neither should viewed through the prism of the other. But an Israeli diplomat said Modi's standalone trip to Tel Aviv was an important signal.

      The two sides are expected to announce strategic partnerships in areas including water, agriculture and space technology during Modi's visit.

      But it is the defence relationship that is most advanced - India is now Israel's biggest arms market, buying weapons at an average of $1 billion each year.

      Eli Alfassi, executive vice president of marketing at state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country's biggest defence firm, said it was supplying India with drones, radar, communication systems and cybersecurity.


      The centrepiece of the collaboration is the Barack 8 air defence system, built jointly by the two countries in a boost for Modi's campaign to develop a domestic defence industry.

      "We are adjusting to the 'Make in India' policy which says only local companies will win tenders, so we are setting up three joint projects in India with local companies," Alfassi said.

      IAI has signed a memorandum of understanding to build missiles with India's state-run Bharat Electronics Limited, launched a joint project with Dynamatic Technologies to make drones and is scouting for a partner for a joint venture for its subsidiary Elta, which specialises in electronic warfare and communication systems, he said.

      India is in the midst of a military modernisation programme worth more than $100 billion to help counter rivals Pakistan and China.

      Israel, the United States and Russia are India's top military suppliers, and Modi's government has said it will favour countries that are ready to share technology.

      Avi Mizrachi, executive vice president of business development for Israel and Southeast Asia at Elbit Systems, which supplies electro-optic systems and upgrades of helicopters and combat vehicles, said it would be bidding for a tender to supply drones in partnership with the Adani group.

      The two countries stress, though, that there is more to the relationship than arms deals.

      Modi will be discussing a plan for Israeli help in boosting India's food security, officials said.

      The plan is to expand 26 agriculture expertise centres that Israel has set up in 15 Indian states to help increase output of everything from vegetables to mangoes and pomegranates.

      Modi wants Indian companies involved in turning these small centres into commercial entities that would help tens of thousands of farmers to boost productivity.

      (Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Alex Richardson)

                India's Modi heads to Israel, lifting the curtain on close ties   

      By Sanjeev Miglani and Tova Cohen

      NEW DELHI/TEL AVIV, June 30 (Reuters) - Narendra Modi ismaking a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister nextweek, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admiredfor its military and technical expertise but which hispredecessors kept at arm's length.

      India has traditionally trodden a careful diplomatic line inthe region, analysts say, wary of upsetting Arab states and Iran- upon whom it relies for its vast imports of oil - and itslarge Muslim minority. It has been a vocal supporter of thePalestinian cause, even as it quietly pursued ties with Israel.

      But now Modi is lifting the curtain on a thriving militaryrelationship. He will hold three days of talks with his Israelicounterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, to advance sales and productionof missiles, drones and radar systems under his signature "Makein India" drive, officials in Delhi and Tel Aviv said.

      The Indian leader will not travel to Ramallah, the seat ofthe Palestine Authority and a customary stop for visitingleaders trying to maintain a balance in political ties.

      At home, the apparent shift in what has long been a bedrockof India's foreign policy risks sharpening criticism that thecountry's 180 million Muslims are increasingly beingmarginalized under Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya JanataParty (BJP) government, which swept to power in 2014.

      "Narendra Modi's visit to Israel will only strengthen itsoccupation of Palestine," said Asaduddin Owaisi, a member ofIndia's federal parliament from a regional group that promotesMuslim rights.


      In previous decades, under the left-leaning Congress Party,former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was a regular visitor toNew Delhi, pictured hugging then Indian Prime Minister IndiraGandhi when the two were championing the Non-Alignment Movement.

      In May, Modi hosted Arafat's successor, PalestinianPresident Mahmoud Abbas, and offered help in health andinformation technology, but the trip was low-key.

      The scale of the ongoing collaboration with Israel dwarfsanything India is attempting with the Palestinians, officialssay.

      "We have a wide ranging partnership with Israel that rangesfrom agriculture cooperation to homeland security," said BalaBhaskar, head of the foreign ministry's West Asia division.

      He said India's ties with Israel and Palestine wereimportant in their own right and neither should viewed throughthe prism of the other. But an Israeli diplomat said Modi'sstandalone trip to Tel Aviv was an important signal.

      The two sides are expected to announce strategicpartnerships in areas including water, agriculture and spacetechnology during Modi's visit.

      But it is the defence relationship that is most advanced -India is now Israel's biggest arms market, buying weapons at anaverage of $1 billion each year.

      Eli Alfassi, executive vice president of marketing atstate-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country'sbiggest defence firm, said it was supplying India with drones,radar, communication systems and cybersecurity.


      The centrepiece of the collaboration is the Barack 8 airdefence system, built jointly by the two countries in a boostfor Modi's campaign to develop a domestic defence industry.

      "We are adjusting to the 'Make in India' policy which saysonly local companies will win tenders, so we are setting upthree joint projects in India with local companies," Alfassisaid.

      IAI has signed a memorandum of understanding to buildmissiles with India's state-run Bharat Electronics Limited,launched a joint project with Dynamatic Technologies to makedrones and is scouting for a partner for a joint venture for itssubsidiary Elta, which specialises in electronic warfare andcommunication systems, he said.

      India is in the midst of a military modernisation programmeworth more than $100 billion to help counter rivals Pakistan andChina.

      Israel, the United States and Russia are India's topmilitary suppliers, and Modi's government has said it willfavour countries that are ready to share technology.

      Avi Mizrachi, executive vice president of businessdevelopment for Israel and Southeast Asia at Elbit Systems, which supplies electro-optic systems andupgrades of helicopters and combat vehicles, said it would bebidding for a tender to supply drones in partnership withIndia's Adani group.

      The two countries stress, though, that there is more to therelationship than arms deals.

      Modi will be discussing a plan for Israeli help in boostingIndia's food security, officials said.

      The plan is to expand 26 agriculture expertise centres thatIsrael has set up in 15 Indian states to help increase output ofeverything from vegetables to mangoes and pomegranates.

      Modi wants Indian companies involved in turning these smallcentres into commercial entities that would help tens ofthousands of farmers to boost productivity.(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing byAlex Richardson)

                US to sell $1.4B in weapons systems to Taiwan   
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      US to sell $1.4B in weapons systems to Taiwan 

      The State Department on Thursday approved several weapons sales -- estimated to be worth more than $1.4 billion -- to Taiwan.

      The seven approved foreign military sales are the first to the country under the Trump administration. The move is likely to provoke China, which does not accept Taiwan as a separate nation, but instead considers it part of its territory.

      The deals include sales of Early Warning Radar Surveillance systems, the Joint Stand-off Weapon, torpedoes, missiles, electronic upgrades, and related parts, according to a State Department official.

      “These sales primarily represent upgrades to existing defense capabilities aimed at converting current legacy systems from analog to digital,” the official said.

      The official said the State Department has notified Congress of the intended deals, which comply with the Taiwan Relations Act.

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                Străinilor în noapte   
      Omenirea a petrecut ani încercarea de a contacta alte civilizaţii de spaţiu. Au existat mai multe expediţii unde cu o imagine care ne reprezinta o foaie de aur este trimis mai departe galaxii. De data aceasta, cu toate acestea, un joker schimbat mesajul în ceva mai mult... jignitoare. Străinii din acest mesaj nou că oamenii au fost creaturi grotesc şi ofensatoare, şi necesare pentru a fi distruse. Generaţie veni pe pământ pentru a distruge omenirea şi camion missileloaded, sunt humanitys numai sper.
                EverythingButt presents Izamar Gutierrez, Alexa Nova, Charlotte Sartre in Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass – 30.06.2017   
      Izamar ( a Latina MILF) and Charlotte Sartre ( a Goth beautiful with porceline white skin) have fucked up royally. The US dropped 59 tomahawk missiles on the Shayrat air base near Homs. There were suppose to be 60 missiles … Continue reading
                CHESS mission measures light filtered through interstellar medium   

      In New Mexico, from the White Sands Missile Range, NASA launched a Black Brant IX sounding rocket at 1:10 a.m. EDT on June 27, 2017. The mission known as CHESS – Colorado High-Resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph – has given every indication to NASA mission handlers that the flight appeared very promising with science data being received as anticipated.

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                McNamara Memorabilia Goes for $1 Million at Auction   
      Items included a silver paperweight commemorating the Cuban missile crisis and three albums of editorial cartoons featuring McNamara.
                Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre – Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (EveryThingButt-Kink-2017-HD)   
      Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre – Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (EveryThingButt-Kink-2017-HD)

                Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre – Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (EveryThingButt-Kink-2017-SD)   
      Izamar Gutierrez , Alexa Nova , Charlotte Sartre – Army Brats Lose a missile, end up putting missile in commanders ass (EveryThingButt-Kink-2017-SD)

                Donald Trump declares ‘patience is over’ with North Korea   

      South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-In says Trump accepts offer to visit Seoul, but they did not map out joint strategy on how to deal with North Korea

      President Donald Trump declared that the US had run out of patience with North Korea over its nuclear drive as he welcomed South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-In to talks at the White House.

      While Moon has been arguing for greater engagement with Pyongyang as the best way to put the brakes on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Trump made clear that he was in no mood to pursue diplomacy with a regime he accused of having no respect for human life.

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                Andrew Bird: "Le" concert à ne pas manquer   

      Dire qu'il y a à peine deux mois je ne savais pas qui était ce monsieur et puis me voici en quelques jours en possession de ses deux derniers albums et d'une place de concert pour aller le voir au botanique à Bruxelles.. Très peu d'artistes jusque là m'ont marqués si vite à ce point là!

      Ce fut un des meilleurs concerts auquel j'ai pu assister durant ma petite vie:
      Des violons, des xylophones, des sifflements, une guitare, le tout joué par la même personne qui se sample en "live" pour nous mélanger tout ça et nous servir des mélodies magiques et encore plus touchantes que sur les albums. Car Andrew Bird en live, ce n'est pas un playback d'une heure de ces meilleurs titres, non! C'est de l'inventivité perpétuelle, Andrew retravaillant tout sur le moment. Et puis pour l'accompagner un batteur vraiment impressionant (pas l'habitude de voir un batteur jouer comme ça dans ce type de musique..) qui donne une dimension encore plus captivante à ces perles pop-rock.

      Bref un concert à ne pas manquer aux eurocks et un grand talent à découvrir d'urgence!!!

      Le site internet:

      Les chansons que je vous conseille vivement (sur les deux albums que je connais bien me procurerais les autres au plus vite..)

      sur Andrew Bird and the mysterious production of eggs:A nervous click motion of the head to the left, fake palindromes, banking on a myth, tables and chairs, mx missiles
      sur weather systems: I (lire "capital I"), Sovay (extra track pour l'Europe, diponible aussi sur le dernier album), Lull

      Mais tout le reste est également génial

      à voir sur le net:
      un live d'andrew bird à visionner dans les "video on demand"

                Furious China "Outraged" By U.S. Sale Of $1.4BN In Weapons To Taiwan   

      Furious China "Outraged" By U.S. Sale Of $1.4BN In Weapons To Taiwan

      Tyler Durdens picture
      Jun 30, 2017 9:43 AM

      One day after the US announced it would sell $1.42 billion in weapons to China's offshore nemesis Taiwan, Beijing lashed out at the United States, saying it was "outraged" and demanded the US revoke immediately its "wrong decision", saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

      The proposed U.S. package for Taiwan includes technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components.

      The sales would send a very wrong message to "Taiwan independence" forces, China's embassy in Washington said in a statement. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday the administration had told Congress of seven proposed sales to Taiwan, the first under the Trump administration. "The Chinese government and Chinese people have every right to be outraged," the embassy said.

      Besides token bluster, however, this time China also warned that Trump's action was counter to the agreement reached with Xi in Palm Beach, suggesting retaliation will likely be imminent. "The wrong move of the U.S. side runs counter to the consensus reached by the two presidents in and the positive development momentum of the China-U.S. relationship," the embassy said.

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                S. Korea to offer North treaty for denuclearisation: minister   

      S. Korea to offer North treaty for denuclearisation: ministerSouth Korea's new government will seek to sign a peace treaty with the North if it abandons its nuclear weapons, a minister said Thursday. Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-Sung's comments came hours before South Korea's new leader Moon Jae-In -- who backs engagement with Pyongyang -- was set to hold his first summit with US President Donald Trump, with the North's growing nuclear and missile threats casting a long shadow.

                Tactical Tomahawk, The Next Generation Of The U.s. Navy S Tomahawk Cruise Missile Clip Art   
                Lamborghini Aventador lp700-4,2012   

      The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador is intimidating. It's not the wild paint or the razor-sharp styling. It's not the 690-horsepower V12 lurking behind your shoulder or the Lamborghini lore of punishing overzealous drivers. It's not even the sky-high price. No, it's the indisputably alien nature of the Aventador.
      The new engine was designed, developed, and will be hand assembled entirely at Lamborghini's headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese. An all-new 6.5-liter V-12 engine produces 700 hp (that's 60 hp more than the outgoing Murciélago) at a crankshaft whirling 8,250 rpm. Maximum torque is 509 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm.  

      Speaking of lighter weight, the entire body weighs a mere 505 pounds, while its torsional rigidity is much greater than that of the Murciélago. This is due to Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic, (CFRP), as used in Formula 1 racecars. The entire monocoque of the car—basically the central part of the car, including the roof—is made of carbon fiber and weighs only 324 pounds, yet provides the safety roll cage protection of a race car.

      It features a host of eccentricities that focus equally on wowing crowds and returning performance superlatives. Its chassis is built primarily of carbon fiber; horizontally mounted and pushrod-actuated Ohlins shocks sit at all four corners; its start button is covered by a red plastic flap you flip with your thumb to access as one might do to fire an intercontinental ballistic missile; and its wing and air inlets deploy like flaps on a plane. (A dash indicator relays the wing's position should you be too busy to check the rear view, or, in Italian fashion, simply not care.)

      Interior Options
      • Steering Wheel w/Suede Leather Inserts
      • Steering Wheel w/Perforated Leather Inserts
      • Lamborghini Sound System (LSS)
      • Smoker Package
      • Multifunction Steering Wheel in Smooth Leather
      • Multifunction Steering Wheel w/Suede Leather Inserts
      • Fully Electric and Heated Seats
      • Homelink
      • Branding Package
      • Bicolore Elegante Plus Interior
      • Unicolor Interior w/Contrast Stitching
      • Multifunction Steering Wheel w/Perforated Leather Inserts
      • Bicolore Sportivo Interior w/Alcantara
      • Bicolore Sportivo Interior
      • Park Assistance
      • Bicolore Elegante Interior
      Exterior Options
      • Yellow Brake Callipers
      • Shiny Black Rims
      • Transparent Engine Bonnet
      • Orange Brake Callipers
      • Grey Brake Callipers
      • T-Engine Cover in Carbon Fiber
      • Fuel type: gas
      • Fuel type: premium unleaded (required)
      • Fuel tank capacity: 23.8 gal.
      • Range in miles (cty/hwy): 261.8/404.6 mi.
      • EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 11/17 mpg
      Safety & Security
      • 4-wheel ABS
      • Dual front side-mounted airbags
      • Remote anti-theft alarm system
      • Daytime running lights
      • Engine immobilizer
      • Dusk sensing headlamps
      • Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
      • 2 front headrests
      • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
      • Front seatbelt pretensioners
      • Stability control
      • Traction control
      • Electronic brakeforce distribution
      • Front integrated headrests
      • Tire pressure monitoring

        Exotic sports cars don't usually get cross-shopped like mid-size sedans, but the Aventador can still be compared with the Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano, the Aston Martin DBS and the McLaren MP4-12C. Base Price: [$379,700]

                China is North Korea's protector and enabler   

      China condemns US sanctions over 'North Korea funding'

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system organised by the Academy of National Defence Science in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News AgencyImage copyrightREUTERS
      Image captionThe US says China can do the most to impose economic pain on Kim Jong-un's regime
      China has reacted angrily to a US decision to impose sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean money. 
      A foreign ministry spokesman urged the US to "stop wrongful actions" to avoid harming co-operation. 
      The US announced the move, as well as sanctions on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese nationals, on Thursday.
      It said the blacklisting was aimed at cutting funds to North Korea's weapons programmes. 
      "We will follow the money and cut off the money," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a news conference.
      But he said the move was not a response to Chinese inaction on North Korea, saying: "This is not directed at China, this is directed at a bank, as well as individuals and entities in China."
      The UN has already imposed several rounds of sanctions on Pyongyang, but China is widely seen as the nation most able to impose economic pain on North Korea. 
      Washington has been pushing Beijing for tougher measures amid a series of missile tests by Pyongyang. But in a tweet earlier this month, President Donald Trump said China's actions had "not worked out". 
      Tweet by Donald Trump on 20 June saying: While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!Image copyrightTWITTER/DONALD TRUMP
      The sanctions mean that the Bank of Dandong will be barred from doing business in the US. 
      The US Treasury said it had been "a conduit for illicit North Korean financial activity" and facilitated "millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and ballistic missile programmes".
      Two Chinese nationals accused of creating front companies for North Korean entities and a shipping company, Dalian Global Unity Shipping, accused of smuggling luxury goods to North Korea, have also been blacklisted. 
      Mr Mnuchin said that the US could impose more sanctions in the future. 
      The sanctions were announced as new South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks with President Trump in Washington.
      At a joint news briefing with Mr Moon, President Trump said that "many options" were being discussed on the North Korea issue, without giving any further details.
      Trump and Xi at dinnerImage copyrightAFP
      Image captionMr Trump and Mr Xi were all smiles at Mar-a Lago in April
      In a separate development, the US announced the sale of $1.42bn (£1.09bn) worth of arms to Taiwan, the first such transaction under the Trump administration. 
      US arms sales to Taiwan always anger Beijing because it considers the self-governing island part of its territory. In a statement, the Chinese embassy in Washington called on the US to revoke its decision, saying China had "every right to be outraged". 
      The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday that the US actions went "against the important spirit" of the apparently friendly meeting between Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the US president's Florida resort in April. 
      Earlier in the week, the US also placed China on its list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour - the first major move by the new administration over Beijing's human rights record. 

                Who won the latest Air Force launch contract? Colorado's ULA? Or SpaceX?   
      United Launch Alliance won a $191 million space launch contract for an experimental Air Force project, beating out SpaceX to launch the STP-3 mission in two years. The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles on Thursday awarded Centennial-based ULA the contract after reviewing bids by ULA and Elon Musks’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX. STP-3 is slated to launch atop one of ULA’s Atlas V rockets from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with the mission occurring…

                House Bill 1485 Printer's Number 1892   
      An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in assault, further providing for propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto a roadway....
                Russian Plane Invades Airspace. Shot Down. Russia Denies   
      According to Republic of Georgia, two Russian planes briefly violated its border. "The day before yesterday at 22:24 in the mountains of upper Abkhazia we opened fire on a Russian plane, after which we heard an explosion," Shota Utiashvili told Reuters on Friday. Two weeks ago it accused Russian jets of dropping a missile near its capital
                Made in Milwaukee: Summerfest   
      From a de-comissioned missile site to the worlds largest music festival, Milwaukee made Summerfest, and Summerfest has helped shape Milwaukee.
                Comment on Iran targeted Star of David in ballistic missile test, Israel says by Colin   
      ahhh. Ahhhhh AHHHBULLSHIT Chooooo!
                Comment on Iran targeted Star of David in ballistic missile test, Israel says by Derek   
      Probably photoshopped and if you look REAL hard you can just make out Six Million.
                Picturing An 'America First' Korea Policy   

      Authored by Patrick Buchanan via,

      “The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.”

      So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week.

      But how this is to be done “rapidly” is not so easy to see.

      North Korea has just returned to us Otto Warmbier, a student sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster. Otto came home comatose, and died within days.

      Trump’s conundrum: How to keep such a regime from acquiring an ICBM with a nuclear warhead, which Kim Jong Un is determined to do.

      Having seen us attack Iraq and Libya, which had no nukes, Kim believes that only nuclear weapons that can hit America can deter America. He appears willing to risk war to achieve his goal.

      Trump’s options as he meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in?

      First, the decapitation of the Kim dynasty. But the U.S. has been unable to accomplish regime change for the 64 years following the Korean War. And killing Kim could ignite a war.

      Then there is a U.S. pre-emptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear sites and missile arsenals. But this would surely mean a war in which Americans on the DMZ would be among the first to die, as thousands of North Korean artillery and mortar tubes fired into the suburbs and city of Seoul, which is as close as Dulles Airport is to the White House.

      Asked by Congressman Tim Ryan why we don’t launch a war to end this threat, Defense Secretary James Mattis replied that, while we might “win … at great cost,” such a war would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital … one of the most densely packed cities on earth.”

      Seoul has a metro-area population of 25 million.

      We are thus approaching a point where we accept North Korea having a nuclear weapon that can reach Seattle, or we attack its strategic arsenal and bring on a war in which millions could die.

      What about sanctions?

      The only nation that could impose sufficient hardships on North Korea to imperil the regime is China. But China refuses to impose the Draconian sanctions that might destabilize the regime, and might bring Korean refugees flooding into China. And Beijing has no desire to see Kim fall and Korea united under a regime aligned with the United States.

      What FDR said of one Caribbean dictator, the Chinese are probably saying of Kim Jong Un, “He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB.”

      Early in his presidency, Trump gave the franchise for dealing with the North Korean threat to Beijing. But his friend Xi Jinping has either failed Trump or declined to deliver.

      As for President Moon, he wants to negotiate, to engage the North economically, to invite its athletes to join South Koreans on joint teams for the Winter Olympics in 2018. Moreover, Moon is said to be willing to cut back on joint military exercises with the U.S. and regards the THAAD missile defense we introduced into South Korea as a negotiable item.

      China, whose missile launches can be detected by THAAD radar, wants it removed and has so informed South Korea.

      Where does this leave us?

      We are committed to go to war to defend the South and have 28,000 troops there. But South Korea wants to negotiate with North Korea and is prepared to make concessions to buy peace.

      As the nation that would suffer most in any second Korean War, South Korea has the sovereign right to play the hand. But what Seoul considers best for South Korea is not necessarily best for us.

      What would be an America First Korean policy?

      The U.S. would give Seoul notice that we will, by a date certain, be dissolving our mutual security treaty and restoring our full freedom to decide whether or not to fight in a new Korean War. Given the present risk of war, possibly involving nuclear weapons, it is absurd that we should be obligated to fight what Mattis says would be a “catastrophic” war, because of a treaty negotiated six decades ago by Eisenhower and Dulles.

      “The commonest error in politics,” Lord Salisbury reminded us, “is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.”

      But we should also tell South Korea that if she desires a nuclear deterrent against an attack by the North, she should build it. Americans should not risk a nuclear war, 8,000 miles away, to defend a South Korea that has 40 times the economy of the North and twice the population.

      No vital U.S. interest requires us, in perpetuity, to be willing to go to war to defend South Korea, especially if that war entails the risk of a nuclear attack on U.S. troops or the American homeland.

      If the United States did not have a mutual security pact that obligates us to defend South Korea against a nuclear-armed North, would President Trump be seeking to negotiate such a treaty?

      The question answers itself.

                Picturing An 'America First' Korea Policy   
      Picturing An 'America First' Korea Policy Authored by Patrick Buchanan via,

      *“The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.”*

      So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week.

      But how this is to be done “rapidly” is not so easy to see.

      North Korea has just returned to us Otto Warmbier, a student sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster. *Otto came home comatose, and died within days.*

      Trump’s conundrum: *How to keep such a regime from acquiring an ICBM with a nuclear warhead, which Kim Jong Un is determined to do.*

      Having seen us attack Iraq and Libya, which had no nukes, Kim believes that only nuclear weapons that can hit America can deter America. He appears willing to risk war to achieve his goal.

      *Trump’s options as he meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in?*

      First, the* decapitation of the Kim dynasty.* But the U.S. has been unable to accomplish regime change for the 64 years following the Korean War. And killing Kim could ignite a war.

      Then there is a U.S. *pre-emptive strike* on North Korea’s nuclear sites and missile arsenals. But this would surely mean a war in which Americans on the DMZ would be among the first to die, as thousands of North Korean artillery and mortar tubes fired into the suburbs and city of Seoul, which is as close as Dulles Airport is to the White House.

      Asked by Congressman Tim Ryan why we don’t launch a war to end this threat, Defense Secretary James Mattis replied that, while we might “win … at great cost,” such a war would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital … one of the most densely packed cities on earth.”

      Seoul has a metro-area population of 25 million.

      *We are thus approaching a point where we accept North Korea having a nuclear weapon that can reach Seattle, or we attack its strategic arsenal and bring on a war in which millions could die.*

      *What about sanctions?*

      The only nation that could impose sufficient hardships on North Korea to imperil the regime is China. But China refuses to impose the Draconian sanctions that might destabilize the regime, and might bring Korean refugees flooding into China. And Beijing has no desire to see Kim fall and Korea united under a regime aligned with the United States.

      What FDR said of one Caribbean dictator, the Chinese are probably saying of Kim Jong Un, *“He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB.”*

      Early in his presidency, Trump gave the franchise for dealing with the North Korean threat to Beijing. But his friend Xi Jinping has either failed Trump or declined to deliver.

      As for President Moon, he wants to negotiate, to engage the North economically, to invite its athletes to join South Koreans on joint teams for the Winter Olympics in 2018. Moreover, Moon is said to be willing to cut back on joint military exercises with the U.S. and regards the THAAD missile defense we introduced into South Korea as a negotiable item.

      China, whose missile launches can be detected by THAAD radar, wants it removed and has so informed South Korea.

      *Where does this leave us?*

      We are committed to go to war to defend the South and have 28,000 troops there. But South Korea wants to negotiate with North Korea and is prepared to make concessions to buy peace.

      As the nation that would suffer most in any second Korean War, South Korea has the sovereign right to play the hand. But what Seoul considers best for South Korea is not necessarily best for us.

      *What would be an America First Korean policy?*

      The U.S. would give Seoul notice that we will, by a date certain, be dissolving our mutual security treaty and restoring our full freedom to decide whether or not to fight in a new Korean War. Given the present risk of war, possibly involving nuclear weapons, it is absurd that we should be obligated to fight what Mattis says would be a “catastrophic” war, because of a treaty negotiated six decades ago by Eisenhower and Dulles.

      *“The commonest error in politics,” Lord Salisbury reminded us, “is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.”*

      But we should also tell South Korea that if she desires a nuclear deterrent against an attack by the North, she should build it. Americans should not risk a nuclear war, 8,000 miles away, to defend a South Korea that has 40 times the economy of the North and twice the population.

      *No vital U.S. interest requires us, in perpetuity, to be willing to go to war to defend South Korea, especially if that war entails the risk of a nuclear attack on U.S. troops or the American homeland.*

      *If the United States did not have a mutual security pact that obligates us to defend South Korea against a nuclear-armed North, would President Trump be seeking to negotiate such a treaty?*

      The question answers itself. Reported by Zero Hedge 1 hour ago.
                Oliver Stone Tells Ron Paul: Edward Snowden Is The "Most American Of Patriots"   
      Oliver Stone Tells Ron Paul: Edward Snowden Is The Most American Of Patriots Director Oliver Stone, who’s recently released series “The Putin Interviews” stirred up controversy among liberals who* accused him of being a Russian propagandist,* appeared on the Liberty Report with former Texas Congressman Ron Paul to discuss the documentary, his views about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and why the US’s aggressive approach to containing the purported threat posed by Russia has led to a breakdown in relations between the two powers.

      Stone said he’s been “interested” in Russia since being raised as a conservative in New York City, claiming that *his father instilled a “fear” of Communism and Russians in him at a young age.* In the early 1980s, Stone visited the country for the first time as a screenwriter with the idea of interviewing several dissidents. He has returned several times since. *In particular, Stone has become interested in the case of Snowden, whom he praised as “the most American of patriots.”*

      “I was interested in Russia – I went back into the 2000s. The Snowden story occupied me. And of course, it’s so ironic that he the most American of patriots is living in Moscow because he has to. *It’s the only country in the world that would give him asylum -  in other words it’s the only country in the word that can deny the US what it wants which is Snowden.”*


      “[Putin] explained to me that Russians wanted an extradition treaty with the US for years, but nothing doing, because there are a lot of Russian criminals in America who stole money from Russia. He did nothing wrong in Russian terms so they gave him asylum - now its 3 years 5 years whatever its going to be. I wish Ed well I really do.”

      Stone tried explaining Putin’s point of view regarding the breakdown in relations between the US and Russia that has occurred since the end of the George W Bush presidency, saying the US’s decision to install new ABM defenses have greatly unsettled Russians, who see their installation as an encroachment.

      “We come around now to this period in 2017…for some reason an improving US-Russia relationship deteriorated completely. *Mr. Putin in his interview goes into the ABM treaty, he goes into the expansion of NATO and the American support of terrorism in the caucuses while the Russians were helping them in Afghanistan.”*


      *“That’s an important issue for them. Many American lives were saved. I think you talked about those three issues NATO, ABM, the support of terrorism.”*

      The ABM installations, in particular, are threatening a policy of “nuclear parity” that has existed since the Soviet Union, Stone said, adding that the notion that Russia is a threat to the US is “insanity,” given Russia's weaker economy and less powerful military.

      *“ABM destroys the nuclear parity that existed. When Mr. Bush tore that up in 2001, that was a signal that the US wanted nuclear superiority, or a first strike option.”*

      Stone also shared a story about watching the movie “Dr. Strangelove” with Putin, who he said was greatly moved.

      “I showed him the movie Dr. Strangelove…and he watched it very serious about it. He said this movie was very accurate of that time and it’s still accurate today.”

      Circling back to the issue of nuclear deterrents, Stone said he’s worried that rising tensions around the world could trigger a “nuclear confrontation.”

      “I’m saying I have reached that age when I am not really concerned about what happens to me but… it’s not just about the US, but about the whole planet and *I feel a nuclear confrontation, an accident, could happen tomorrow. But you put ABMs in Poland and Romania - that’s a gigantic mistake.”*


      “An ABM can be converted overnight from a defensive missile to an offensive missile. They’re surrounded from the North the East and the West by US missiles and we don’t seem to realize it.”

      Stone says he’s “scared for America,” explaining that many US citizens prefer to blindly accept media spin that’s favorable to the US establishment, without questioning it, or trying to understand Russia’s point of view.

      “It’s a good thing I went through JFK when I was younger…there’s been a lot of controversy around my movies. *I’m scared not for myself because I’m at that age, they can’t destroy me anymore, but I’m scared for America, I’m afraid they’ve lost their sense. I’m afraid there’s a lack of foresight and leadership.”*

      Stone denied allegations that he provided questions to Putin ahead of time, and said the four-part documentary is a great opportunity for Americans to learn more about Russia’s enigmatic leader.

      *“Over four hours you can listen to a man who’s been there 16 years talk about the balance of power. We live in this spin cycle like a laundry every day it’s a crisis and I think that’s the way we like it, it creates more money but this is not a view of the world.”*

      Reported by Zero Hedge 55 minutes ago.
                Ep 199 – Initial Thoughts on Syria   

      Happy Monday! In this explosive (pun intended) episode Tim and Ande give their first thoughts on Donald Trump’s launch of tomahawk missiles to Syria, and American foreign policy in general.

      The post Ep 199 – Initial Thoughts on Syria appeared first on The Tim Preuss Podcast.

                Syrian Army Liberates Entire Ithriyah-Resafa Road, Encircles ISIS Units East Of Khanasir   
      BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:29 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – led by the elite Tiger Forces – has expanded its zone of control over the entire Ethiryah-Rusafa highway and de facto besieged any ISIS forces that may have not yet retreated from the region of Khanasser.
      According to a military source, the SAA has, over the last week, repeatedly tried to force ISIS to retreat from the Khanasser region (the terrorist group’s last stronghold in Aleppo Governonate) by leaving open a 20 kilometre-wide corridor of un-liberated space along the Ethriyah-Rusafa highway through which a strategic withdrawal was possible. In any case, it appears that ISIS forces in Khanasser have not taken up the unannounced, yet obvious, offer to withdraw in relative safety and as of this morning, the patience of the Tiger Forces expired.
      The Tiger Forces started their operation to expel ISIS from its last string of footholds along the Ethriyah-Rusafa road during the early dawn hours. The operation led to the successful capture of the Zakiyah junction and the liberation of the villages of Salah al-Awad and Jib Ajaj. The Tiger forces stormed these areas from their positions around Rusafa, advancing from the western direction until they linked up with SAA units advancing eastbound via Ethriyah. The ultimate operational result was a general collapse of I