gina - 1/12/2019 at 07:18 PM
It is a new year, time for the next volume.
Recapping where we left off in Volume X.
The potential for the US govt. shutdown to continue will create its own challenges in many ways. One of the things I pointed out is after the elections in Israel happen and the Peace Plan for rebuilding the third Temple in Jerusalem is announced, things will get much worse for the Muslim world and those countries who are in opposition to Muslims. Here's is some analysis of what is going on with the elections. Hamas also just received funding from Qatar, who has been breaking off ties with the Arab Opec countries. And there will be a new political party as well.
Shin Bet, is also saying there is a foreign country interfering in their elections.
Elections are in April.
gina - 1/12/2019 at 07:21 PM
"Russia is deploying long-range, precision cruise missiles to the western Atlantic that American defense officials say will allow Moscow to target Washington and other East Coast cities with conventional or nuclear attacks. Moscow is adding Kalibr land attack cruise missiles to both warships and missile submarines that Moscow plans to use in Atlantic patrols near the United States, sorties that were once routine during the Cold War.
The new sea-based Kalibr deployments are expected in the coming months, according to officials familiar with intelligence reports of the Russian maritime operations.
The land-attack version of the Kalibr, known as the SS-N-30A by NATO, is a relatively new weapon and was showcased for the first time by Moscow in attacks on Syria that began in 2015
Russia has stated that over 100 Kalibr missile strikes were carried out against Islamic terrorists and other anti-Syrian government rebels. The Office of Naval Intelligence in 2015 said the Kalibr is deployed on Russia’s new Sverodvinsk-class nuclear attack submarine as well as older submarines and surface warships. A total of 32 Kalibrs can be launched from missile tubes on the new submarine.
Comments: Russia quietly takes measures to ensure their own security. We should do the same instead of being distracted by the reality like TV show of Chuck, Nancy and Trump.
gina - 1/12/2019 at 07:23 PM
RUSSIA AND THE SUDAN, ISRAEL AND SYRIA
Russian mercenaries were allegedly spotted in Khartoum, the Sudan.
Israeli warplanes hitting the Damascus airport in Syria. Not good. Why is Israel involved in the Syrian conflict?
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gina - 1/12/2019 at 09:02 PM
US ARAB relations. [Isis, Iran etc]
Transcript of Mike Pompeos discussion with Al Arabiya’s Senior Presenter Najwa Kassem during his stopover in Abu Dhabi as part of a regional tour which has thus far taken him to Jordan, Iraq, Egypt and Bahrain.
Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State meets with Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
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gina - 1/12/2019 at 09:04 PM
gina - 1/13/2019 at 09:31 PM
Last September Bolton asking for options to strike IRAN!
The Trump administration's National Security Council sought military options to strike Iran last September after a group aligned with Tehran fired mortars near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
The newspaper reported that national security adviser John Bolton asked the Pentagon for military options in the aftermath of the mortar strikes, which did not hit the embassy or injure anyone. The Pentagon reportedly complied with Bolton's request, though it's unclear if a serious plan was developed or if President Trump was aware of the request.
REMARKS: Prophecy from 1500 years ago says that the war between Israel and the Muslim world will begin when iran strikes Israel. Now Israel has no plans to strike Iran so what could cause THE NEXT WORLD WAR III? The US striking Iran, it is that simple. Iran will ally with Russia and China against the US. The war when it starts and it says it will happen, it says this in Ezekiel Chapter 38 will last for 7 years. The one who will be able to stop the war will be the anti-Christ who will get a peace treaty signed between Israel and the Muslims, and he will do so 3 and 1/2 years into the war. We are in these times.
gina - 1/25/2019 at 10:57 PM
US BORDER SECURITY
I am also putting the link here. There IS a problem at our southern border and it is time America was aware of it and Congress stopped ignoring it.
"Laura Lynch, senior policy counsel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association, tweeted out their report documenting how the plan “will make it nearly impossible for #asylum seekers to access the protections they are entitled to.”
REMARK: Why don't these lawyers each agree to sponsor an asylum seeker and/their families, let them live in their house while they are waiting for their due process. And why are people who enter the country illegally entitled to due process?
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gina - 1/25/2019 at 11:04 PM
These are refugees who came from a war torn country and needed asylum.
A former Canadian Journalist and her family decided to sponsor a Syrian who was stranded, now he lives with them in their home in British Columbia in a ski resort town.
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gina - 1/26/2019 at 08:33 PM
I just want to point out some of the timeline events for the future.
62 days till Brexit. France is still being beseiged with Yello Vest protests.
3 weeks till the US govt. shutdown.
Israeli elections in April. Announcement of the US Peace plan shortly thereafter and commencement of the re-building of the third temple in Jerusalem.
Hezbollah says if/when they attack Israel, Galilee will be included.
"“I do not know whether we will attack the Galilee by sea, air, land or tunnels.” Nasrallah said Hezbollah is taking all necessary measures to protect Lebanon in the face of threats by Israel. He said that the terrorist organization has had the ability to conquer the Galilee for years. “After our experience in Syria, entering the Galilee will be easier,” he said. “Even the fences Israel has set up - we have a solution for them.”
I think we can figure out what the solution for fences/walls means. Sheikh Nasrullah of Hezbollah thinks it took Israel a long time to find the tunnels that have been used, but he also stated that they would not be sending thousands of fighters through the tunnells.
The Pope meets with Abbas.
The Pope and the Saudis
The Pope and Emmanuel Macron, French President
He meets with Iran
The Pope and Putin
He will figure prominently in the wars that will be coming because he will be involved with ALL world leaders.
REMARKS: War(s) are coming.
gina - 1/26/2019 at 08:39 PM
The re-vived Roman Empire plans you do not know about.
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gina - 1/31/2019 at 08:29 PM
God does not want a TWO state solution. He didn't back in the days of Joseph and Ephraim and he does not change.
16“And you, son of man, take a single stick and write on it: ‘Belonging to Judah and to the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick and write on it: ‘Belonging to Joseph—the stick of Ephraim—and to all the house of Israel associated with him.’ 17Then join them together into one stick, so that they become one in your hand.
18“When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ 20Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, b and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
24“ ‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. 25They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. 26I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. 27My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28Then the nations will know that I the Lord make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’
COMMENTS: So what is it that our leaders do not understand?
gina - 2/2/2019 at 05:27 PM
GAZA PALESTINE, RUSSIA, FRANCE AND GERMANY
The US has ended all financial aid for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, government officials have said. It will end of about $60m (£45m) in US aid for the Palestinian security forces, whose cooperation with Israeli forces has helped maintain relative quiet in the West Bank.
USAID is the main agency administering US foreign assistance in the Palestinian territories.
The agency spent $268m (£203m) on public projects in the West Bank and Gaza as well as Palestinian private sector debt repayment in 2017, but there were significant cuts to all new funding through the end of June last year, according to its website.
“The suspension of aid to our people, which included critical sectors such as health and education, will have a negative impact on all, create a negative atmosphere, and increase instability," said Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesperson for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.
In August, Washington announced an end to all U.S. funding for the U.N. agency that assists Palestinian refugees. The agency received $364 million from the United States in 2017.
In January the World Food Programme cut food aid to about 190,000 Palestinians due to a shortage of funds.
REMARKS: The aid to Palestine is humanitarian. People will hurt because of it. In addition, The two state solution Peace Plan that will be announced by Jared Kushner will declare Jerusalem to be the head of the Israeli state. Palestine has been getting water from the Sea of Galilee, but Israel has been using that water to irrigate desert lands. When the Peace Plan is announced (after the Israeli elections) the rebuilding of the third temple will also be announced. ALL of these actions will enrage the Palestinians and other Muslims. Many will say it is not the job of the US to support all these other nations/countries but we continue to do this all over the world with other nations. I just want you to be aware of the actions the US is taking that will lead up to enraging the Muslims to the point that, per prophecy, Iran will nuke Israel. Do they have the capability to do that? We do not know everything in their arsenal but this came out today.
You should also be aware that Russia supports Iran, and since the US quit the INF deal (nuclear proliferation), so has Russia. They will now keep rebuilding their defensive stockpile. They also say they will NOT initiate disarmament negotiations following the US's lead.
"The American partners have declared that they suspend their participation in the deal, we suspend it as well," Putin said during a televised meeting with foreign and defense ministers."
"We have repeatedly, during a number of years, and constantly raised a question about substantiative talks on the disarmament issue, notably, on all the aspects," Putin said.
"We see, that in the past few years the partners have not supported our initiatives."
AND you should also be aware that France and Germany have agreed to work in tandem towards merging borders, economies and security forces just two months before Brexit where Britain leaves the European Union.
Why does this matter? It is the first step towards that ONE WORLD ARMY where countries over there ban together to stay afloat, but they will eventually be over-run by that one world order. This is the beginning stages of that.
"The treaty extension, negotiated over the past year though short on details, stipulates that it will be a priority of German-French diplomacy for Germany to be accepted as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
Under the plans, ministers will also be able to sit in on each other’s Cabinet meetings. There are also aims to promote closer cooperation between national intelligence services and police in fighting terrorism and organised crime, as well as a commitment to moving towards economic convergence."
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gina - 2/4/2019 at 09:20 PM
AFGHANISTAN PEACE CONFERENCE IN MOSCOW TOMORROW AND WEDNESDAY
There is an "intra-Afghan" peace conference being held in a neutral place, Moscow tomorrow. I ntra-afghan means all inclusive. It is a BIG deal.
Those are former president Hamid Karzai,
Former Vice President Mohammad Yunus Qanuni,
Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar,
Executive chief of Jamiat-i-Islami party Ata Mohammad Noor,
Second deputy chief executive and Wahdat party member Mohammad Mohaqiq
Hizb-e-Wahdat leader Mohammad Mohaqiq,
Former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai,
Senior Jamiat member Ismail Khan,
Former Balkh governor and Jamiat-e-Islami member Atta Mohammad Noor
Former Defense Minister Shah Nawaz Tanai and
Head of National Islamic Front of Afghanistan Sayed Hamid Gailani,
Former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul Salam Zaeef.
Zabihullah Mujaddedi, son of former president Sebghatullah Mujaddedi,
and Zia Massoud Jamiat member and President Ashraf Ghani’s former special envoy on reforms.by
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, former head of the Taliban Political Office.
Bad Shah Khan Zadran,
Sheer Mohammad Akhundzada,
Hawa Alam Nuristani,
Mudar Ali Karimi,
Haji Din Mohammad,
Dawood Ali Najafi,
Abdul Karim Khurram,
Eng. Yousaf Pashtun,
Abdul Jabbar Taqwa, Z
arar Ahmad Usmani,
Rangin Dadfar Spanta
and Dr. Zalmai Rassoul.
Qazi Gul Rahman,
Syed Ta, Hazrat
Sayed Fazlullah Wahid,
Maulvi Abdul Salam Abid,
Mahboob Rahman Dawoodzai,
Wakeel Ahmad Mutawakil,
Shoaib Wakeel Ahmad,
Syed Rahman Haqqani,
Nazar Mohammad Dadmand
Wahid Muzhda will also be in attendance.
Presidential candidate Mohammad Hanif Atmar told media that he was joining the delegation for participation in the Moscow meeting.
Ghani Haqmal, deputy spokesman for Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), said a team of the party would take part in the talks in the Russian capital. But another source, speaking anonymity, told media Gulbadin Hekmatyar’s son Habibur Rahman and Dr. Ghairat Bahir would represent HIA.
A delegation led by Pir Hamid Gilani from the Mahaz party and son of Sibghatullah Mujadidi, Dr. Najibullah, will also join the Moscow meeting.
Atta Mohammad Noor, executive head of the Jamiat-i-Islami party, wrote on his Facebook account he would take part in the Moscow meeting. Former deputy executive officer Mohammad Mohaqiq also
The statement meanwhile outlines the talks agenda and says the Afghan delegation will insist on the following principles:
• Protecting and strengthening the Islamic Republic system
• Afghanistan is the shared home for all Afghans
• Following Islamic and national values
• Insisting on maintaining (keeping) a powerful and democratic central government
• Strengthening national unity and ensuring social justice
• The principle of impartiality of Afghanistan in regional and world conflicts
• To ensure that policies match the modern world’s measures while protecting religious and national values
The statement also said the delegation will insist on the following issues regarding the peace process and the next steps:
• Supporting the US efforts for the (Afghan) peace process led by (US Special Envoy) Zalmay Khalilzad
• Insisting on a ceasefire amid the start of intra-Afghan talks
• Insisting on continuation of intra-Afghan talks aimed at ending the war and bloodshed in the country
• Ensuring that Afghanistan is safe from threats and interference by foreign countries
• Assuring the international community that Afghanistan’s territory will not be a threat (to other countries)
• Ensuring that women’s right to education, work, political, economic and social activities is ensured
• Insisting on fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of Afghanistan
• Insisting and getting assurance that sustainable peace and stability are ensured in the country
• Encouraging Russia and other countries in the region to create a political consensus on a regional and international level in supporting the Afghan peace process.
If the talks led to a full deal, US troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan within 18 months.
The statement by spokesman Suhail Shaheen on Jan. 30th, Shaheen, speaking in an audio message to AP, said the Taliban wanted to live alongside their countrymen "in an inclusive Afghan world." In his statement, Shaheen stated that the Taliban were not seeking a "monopoly on power" as part of their peace talks. "After the end of the occupation, Afghans should forget their past and tolerate one another and start life like brothers. After the withdrawal [of foreign troops], we are not seeking a monopoly on power," said Shaheen, who is based in Qatar, where the Taliban has a political office. Shaheen told AP that another round of talks with Khalilzad was scheduled for February 25 in Doha, the Qatari capital.
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gina - 2/4/2019 at 09:28 PM
AFGHAN PEACE PROCESS PART TWO
There will be a follow up meeting with the US Envoy Zalmay Khalizad in Doha, Qatar, February 25th. It would be nice if the US air strikes targeting Taliban members would stop.
"we don’t have an agenda of destructive actions in other countries. In the past 17 years we have proven, in practice, that we have not interfered in any way in other countries. Similarly, we do not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against other countries, including neighbouring countries.' Taliban continue to say.
Other issues to be taken up:
Confidence Building Measures
New Political System
Reconstruction Help from the US
BY THE WAY, regarding CEASE FIRE, the US cannot keep assassinating people and think that means PEACE. example:
Last Friday in the Sangin District of Helmand Province a relative of one of the original (Mullah Omar's) Taliban Provincial Council members was targeted and killed at 11 p.m. local time. the airstrike left five militants including a local leader of the group identiied as Mullah Sher Agha. Mullah Sher Agha was one of the close relatives of Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi who was killed in a similar airstrike in Nawzad district nearly two months ago.
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gina - 2/4/2019 at 10:02 PM
The Pakistani Military supports the Afghan Peace Process, they had this to say. 2-4-18
The efforts of the peace process of Afghanistan appeared in the meeting of Pakistan Army commanders and it was said that they would abolish Pakistan's enemies.
A statement issued by the Pakistan Army's press office said that the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan, led by Gen. Gen. Javed Qamar Bajwa, headed by the military headquarters in Rawalpindi, today considered and all showed its ideology, so that the peace process of Afghanistan is reliable
In this meeting at senior commanders of Pakistan Army and commanders of Corps, it has also been said that the efforts of the foes of Pakistan's enemies continue, and they will allow the enemies of the enemies to succeed.
REMARKS: Pakistan does NOT consider the Afghan Taliban to be their enemies, just in case anybody was confused by the statement.
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gina - 2/6/2019 at 11:42 PM
Dozens of senior Israeli ministers and Knesset members from various right-wing parties signed a declaration pledging to settle 2 million Israelis in the occupied West Bank.
The declaration was formed by “Nahal” settling movement, which held over the past two weeks several protests in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's home, demanding that the government establish basic guidelines for settlements in the West Bank and annul any declarations of a two-state solution.
The commitment was signed Tuesday, the eve of the Likud party primaries to elect the party’s candidates for the Knesset.
The document states that the government will immediately begin implementing the settlement plan initiated by former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in the early 1990s.
The declaration states: “I pledge to be loyal to the land of Israel, not to give up the land of our grandparents and parents.”
“I also commit myself to work towards the plan of settling 2 million Jews in the West Bank in accordance with the plan of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.”
It added: “I pledge to work to abolish the declarations of a two-state solution and replace it with an official statement: The Land of Israel – One State for One People!”
Senior officials who signed the declaration include Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, ministers Israel Katz, Yariv Levin, Ze'ev Elkin, Gilad Erdan, Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett, Miri Regev and Tzachi Hanegbi.
The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank today amounts to 450,000 and 300,000 in occupied East Jerusalem.
gina - 2/9/2019 at 07:41 PM
ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT
The idea is not actually new. This is scary how far back it goes and who was in favor of it. Walter Cronkite, Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Paul Newman, Robert Oppenheimer, Tom Paine, Ronald Reagan, FDR,
[And NO it is not Robert MUELLER from the FBI, it's a different Robert Muller.]
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gina - 2/9/2019 at 07:47 PM
FOREIGN POLICY VENEZUELA
Apparently not everybody is happy with American assistance to their country.
"The demonstrations in support of Maduro take place at the other end of the city, to prevent the opponents from fighting.
“You Americans are insolent!” screamed an old woman in a red t-shirt rushing towards me.
“Bastards! You should be hanged on a first tree! Cheers to socialism!”
“I’m Russian, grandma.”
The old lady recoils.
“Don’t get that upset, senora.”
gina - 2/9/2019 at 08:03 PM
WAR DRILLS in Los Angeles
Having started on Monday, the US Army continues its war drills across the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area through Saturday with the goal of enhancing Army Special Forces skills by “operating in urban environments”, Army Special Operations Command said in a statement.
“The local terrain and training facilities in Los Angeles provide the Army with unique locations and simulates urban environments the service members may encounter when deployed overseas,” the Army told CBS.
Downtown Los Angeles residents were shocked Monday night when a fleet of Boeing A/MH-6M Little Bird and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters swooped in around them.
A commercial parking lot across the street from the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE 14, at 1000 W Olympic Blvd, was the epicenter of some intense war simulations Tuesday night.
MILITARY EXERCISE: The U.S. Army is conducting military training in the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach areas tonight until Feb. 9. Downtown LA residents are reporting seeing helicopters and hearing explosions. @MizSkellington
The Army Special Operations Command conducts multiple urban field training exercises around the country, said Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, a spokesman for the command group.
This is not the first time residents of a major metropolitan area across the US have experienced a military exercise. For instance, in 2015, Texas residents prepared for Jade Helm 15, an army training exercise which took place in multiple states.
As to what exactly the Army was preparing for by simulating war drills on the streets of Los Angeles was beyond our comprehension. One thing that is obvious: the Army is preparing for more conflict, whether with a foreign adversary or, more troubling, social unrest on the streets of America?
REMARKS: In a real conflict, people initially are in shock and unable to do what they need to do, this is called Normalcy Bias.
“Normalcy Bias.” It’s a real thing. According to Wikipedia, Normalcy Bias is, “A belief people hold when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the likelihood of a disaster and its possible effects, because people believe that things will always function the way things normally have functioned.” They underestimate the likelihood of what can happen, they do not use resources at their disposal because they can't immediately accept what is happening is really happening. PEOPLE need training. Whatever the govt. is training for, people need to be able to think what would they do in a CIVIL DISASTER or a war imposed upon them, ie. if the dollar finally goes down, the financial system crashes, the grid goes down and there are riots etc. You will not have time to figure it out, you better know beforehand what you need to do and be prepared.
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gina - 2/11/2019 at 09:14 PM
More later, but leaders from Pakistan met with Christine LaGarde from the IMF on Sunday to request $8 billion in loans to help stave off a a deficit in their country, which is of the magnitude many countries faced in 2008 with our banking crisis.
More late on Afgha also. Their elections (Presidential) are in July which is why many want some sort of deal hammered out before then.
PAKISTAN GETS A MUCH NEEDED ADDITION OF FOREIGN AID FROM K.S.A.
20 Billion in trade deals. Mohammad bin Salman has been welcomed with a fighter jet escort, a gold-plated submachine gun and Pakistan’s highest civilian honour. After being personally chauffeured from the airport by the country’s prime minister, Imran Khan, Prince Mohammed signed agreements worth $20bn on Monday, a crucial injection of funds for an ailing economy suffering a foreign-currency crunch and which is currently negotiating its 13th IMF bailout in 40 years.
The day was declared a public holiday in Pakistan, and pictures of the powerful royal dotted the capital Islamabad. In celebration, the Saudis announced the release of more than 2,000 Pakistani prisoners from their jails.
REMARKS: It doesn't seem to matter what the U.S. thinks, other countries have their own ideas and ways of handling things. Nothing will come of Kashoggi's death no matter how much our Congress complains about it.
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gina - 2/22/2019 at 10:49 PM
US DOLLAR, RUSSIA and the Internet, PAKISTAN and INDIA, ARAB SUMMIT
There is soooo much going on all over, one of the most concerning things is several high level stock analysts predict the fall of the U.S. dollar on 2-26-19. Yes we have all heard this before, so we have to wait and see.
RUSSIA AND THE UPCOMING WORLD WIDE WEB DISCONNECTION- JUST AN EXERCISE
NEXT, Russia plans to remove itself from the World Wide Web for 3 days within the next two months and be offline internationally. There are all sorts of theories on this. The conspiracy theorists say maybe they are planning an EMF attack on the US and the web. I SAY, maybe they do not want to be effected/impacted if anyone else launches something on the US including any rogue governmental people who may want to put us the dark for geo-political reasons. All we know is that they have said they will basically disconnect from the WORLD WIDE WEB for 2-3 days as an exercise in the next couple of months. If they were smart they would have their own Virtual Private Network so that their banking, defense and other platforms COULD not be subjected to any adverse impacts, from anything, solar flares, anything. I DO NOT BELIEVE THEY PLAN TO ZAP US AND ARE GOING DARK WORLDWIDE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES, but I am sure there will be some who will come up with all kinds of theories on that.
PAKISTAN AND INDIA
This is one of the most serious things that was predicted by a well informed stock advisor, Mr. Kent Moors. You never heard of Kent? He is wonderful. He knows his stuff and he tells it like it is.
Anyway, Kent predicted quite a few years back actually, that the there would be a WAR over water and it would be between India and Pakistan regarding the Indus River.
I hate to even add fuel to the fire, but there was prophecy from 1,500 years ago, which the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him and all the prophets, told to his companions. He said that jihad would be launched upon (into)India and it would be successful and the region involved would be the border between what we now call Pakistan and the Kashmir region of India.
This is a HUGE problem.
ARAB SUMMIT in SHARM AL SHAIKH in EGYPT
The first Arab-European summit will be held on Feb.24-25 in Sharm El-Sheikh, under the main title of “Investing in Stability.”
[This is highly relevant right now because the U.S. cut off our foreign aid to Palestine, even the humanitarian aid.]
European diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the importance of the summit stemmed from two main points: First, it will include “two neighboring groups from 50 countries (28 European and 22 Arab) invited to cooperate and coordinate… on common strategic interests.” Second, “the magnitude of the challenges they face and have to overcome together.”
The leaders of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Djibouti, Libya, Somalia and the Secretary General of the Arab League will attend the Summit, sources told Asharq Al-Awsat.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun will be absent, while Lebanon will be represented by its Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Arab League, will also not attend the high-level Arab-European meeting. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not invited.
On the other side, the summit will be attended by the president of the European Council, the European Commissioner, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the German Chancellor, the Austrian Chancellor and the Romanian President.
Unlike Germany, the French president, the British prime minister and the Spanish prime minister will be represented by their foreign ministers.
REMARK: The Arabs do it nicely, they cover their collective lands and peoples, economies.
Meanwhile, Trump has extended the National Emergency declared on the situation in Libya.
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gina - 3/14/2019 at 09:08 PM
The latest round of talks in Qatar lasted 16 days and ended on Tuesday, with officials from both sides saying that progress had been made, but that there was no agreement on when foreign troops might be withdrawn.
"If [Afghans] think of us like brothers, I trust in God that all the problems will be solved," Baradar said, speaking in Pashto. "I ask all our countrymen to be sure there is no need to worry. Everyone will be treated very well."
Al Jazeera has exclusive access to a video showing the face-to-face meetings that took place between the US and the Taliban in Doha over 16 days.
"They show the US delegation, including military officers led by [US special peace envoy] Zalmay Khalilzad and other US officers meeting with senior Taliban figures," Al Jazeera's James Bays said.
"The Taliban themselves say the talks went well. Both sides say they have reached a draft agreement in two areas: withdrawal of a majority of US forces, and a deal where the Taliban would no longer assist other groups such as al-Qaeda in using the Afghan soil for attacks on other nations," said Bays.
"The main disagreements are over four interconnected issues, including the Taliban breaking off ties with groups designated as terrorists by Washington; the timetable of a U.S. military withdrawal; a cease-fire in Afghanistan; and an intra-Afghan dialogue that would include the Taliban and government representatives.
A U.S. State Department spokesman said negotiators made "meaningful progress" during the talks. The spokesman said the Taliban agreed that peace will require agreement on counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, and a cease-fire.
"Progress was achieved regarding both these issues," said a Taliban spokesman, referring to the U.S. troop withdrawal and assurances that foreign militants would not use Afghanistan's territory to stage future terrorist attacks."
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gina - 3/14/2019 at 09:16 PM
Remarks: No, some people, many have not forgotten and do not accept the 'official' narrative. While Bush gave himself and others in his administration "immunity from war crimes committed from 9-11-01" via Executive Order, some still want the truth. The supplement to the brief was filed 3-12-19, one day after Osama's birthday, 3-11. Sometimes things in the cosmos have a way of being worked out.
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gina - 3/23/2019 at 05:32 PM
9-11-01 Lawsuit against the FBI
"This coming Monday, 9/11 family members Bob McIlvaine and Barbara Krukowski-Rastelli along with the Lawyers’ Committee for 9/11 Inquiry and Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth will file a lawsuit against the FBI over its 9/11 Review Commission Report issued in 2015.
This bold legal action will be the first time that anyone has ever attempted to force the FBI to assess and report the evidence of the World Trade Center’s explosive demolition as well as other 9/11 evidence still unaddressed to this day — all known to the FBI.
In 2014, Congress mandated the FBI to form an external commission to conduct “an assessment of any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission related to any factors that contributed in any manner to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.” A year later, the FBI released the final report, which included neither an assessment of the evidence related to the WTC demolition nor an assessment of several other areas of crucial evidence.
Our end goal is to compel the FBI to reconstitute its 9/11 Review Commission in some form, assess the evidence known to the FBI but omitted from the Commission's 2015 report, and include that evidence in a new, amended report to Congress and the American people.
From now through April 1, we ask you to help us raise $30,000 for the first two phases of litigation: drafting the complaint and preparing our response to the anticipated motion to dismiss, which involve hundreds of attorney hours. We also invite everyone who is near Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 25, to attend our 1:00 PM news conference with Bob McIlvaine, Mick Harrison, Dave Meiswinkle, and Richard Gage at the Newseum, one block from the U.S. District Court!
Please visit AE911Truth.org/FBI to learn more and make your generous donation today. On behalf of the Lawyers’ Committee and Bob and Barbara, we are grateful for your unyielding commitment."
Families, Lawyers, AE911Truth to File Lawsuit against FBI over '9/11 Review Commission Report' on Mar. 25
Next week, for the first time ever, 9/11 family members and advocates are taking legal action against the FBI aimed at forcing the Bureau to assess and report the evidence of the World Trade Center’s explosive demolition known to the FBI as well as other unreported 9/11 evidence.
In 2014, Congress mandated the FBI to form an external commission to conduct “an assessment of any evidence now known to the FBI that was not considered by the 9/11 Commission related to any factors that contributed in any manner to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.” A year later, the FBI released the Commission's final report, which did not include an assessment of evidence related to the WTC demolition nor an assessment of several other areas of evidence known to the FBI.
Now the Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry and AE911Truth need your help to advance our historic lawsuit and bring this key evidence to light.
Support the FBI 9/11 Review Commission Lawsuit!
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Why the Lawyers' Committee and AE911Truth Need Your Support
The FBI 9/11 Review Commission Lawsuit is complex litigation against the federal government comprising a number of phases that could last up to two years. The end goal is to compel the FBI to reconstitute its 9/11 Review Commission in some form, assess the evidence known to the FBI but omitted from the Commission's 2015 report, and include that evidence in a new, amended report. Initially, we need your help to fund the early phases of the lawsuit, which are the complaint, the anticipated motion to dismiss, and motions for summary judgment.
Fundraising Milestone 1: Complaint and Motion to Dismiss
Help us reach our first milestone of $30,000 by April 1st to fund the hundreds of attorney hours involved in drafting the complaint and preparing an extensive response to the defendants' motion to dismiss.
Fundraising Milestone 2: Motions for Summary Judgment
Help us reach our second milestone of $60,000 by April 15th to fund the drafting of briefs in opposition to the defendants' motion for summary judgment and in support of our motion for summary judgment.
March 25th Filing and News Conference!
We will file the FBI 9/11 Review Commission lawsuit on the morning of Monday, March 25, 2019, at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Join us afterward at 1:00 PM for our news conference in front of the nearby Newseum.
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
VXVJ+67 Washington, District of Columbia
Remarks: No April Fools among this bunch or architechts and engineers who cannot scientifically accept the official narrative of 9-11-01. No, there are just too many people who will not forget or accept the colossal lies given not only to Americans but to the world.
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gina - 3/23/2019 at 05:51 PM
The US Blacklists Isis Media wing.
"The US Department of State has blacklisted the media wings of ISIS terrorist organization. The State Department said Thursday that it amended the terrorist designations of ISIS to include Amaq News Agency, Al Hayat Media Center, and other aliases.
“These aliases have been added to ISIS’s designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224,” it said.
“Additionally the Department of State has reviewed and maintained the FTO designation of ISIS,” it added.
According to the State Department statement, Amaq is part of the terrorist group’s "propaganda apparatus, and is used for claiming responsibility for ISIS or ISIS-inspired attacks, spreading terrorist messages online, and recruitment.”
“Al Hayat Media Center is ISIS’s multilingual media outlet and is also used for recruitment purposes,” it said.
The State Department’s new move notifies the American public and the international community that Amaq and Al Hayat are aliases of ISIS. Terrorism designations expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and deny them access to the US financial system.
REMARKS: Now many of you would say, what's wrong with that? We don't need recruitment going on etc. etc.
1) Censorship is one issue.
2) When Muslims are going to do an attack, they have to warn the people they are going to attack - and they do, with this new legislation, you will not hear anything, you will just be sitting ducks if they choose your area. Personally, I preferred knowing about the threats to New York City, Times Square so that I can make the decision if I want to risk my safety and life going in there. Are the festivities worth it? that is a decision I alone should make, not my government suppressing information that could impact or end my life.
3) One sided reporting. When you only get one side of information, you do not usually get the entire picture. That is dangerous in a free society. A government can tell you anything and you never hear the other side.
4) Recruitment? Possibly that occurs, but when you suppress the press, people just go underground and then you have nothing to surveill and limited intelligence gathering. How is that useful or good to prevent future attacks? You just have some federal agents trying to listen and translate things in other countries?
5) If people can hear everything they can discern for themselves which groups have correct beliefs or not. If you just want to isolate the west so nobody hears anything about Islam or from any groups that is a very dangerous thing. People have to draw conclusions based on limited or no information, are we just supposed to believe everything someone else, like the media and sometimes fake news tells us?
6) Censorship, suppression of news and ideas from others is never a good thing.
piacere - 3/28/2019 at 08:02 PM
Brunei is going Muslim, instituting Sharia law. All gays (lesbians too I suppose) and adulterers stoned to death.
Now...can you explain #'s 5 and 6 please.
gina - 3/30/2019 at 06:57 PM
Jamal Kashoggi's killer(s) were trained in the U.S.
Members of the Saudi team that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi received training in the United States, the Washington Post has reported, revealing other new elements in the death of the newspaper's former contributor. A critic of the Saudi regime, Khashoggi was killed and dismembered October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has never been recovered.
According to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, a Saudi who closely read the transcript of a recording from a bug placed in the consulate by Turkish intelligence said it indicates the plan was to kidnap Khashoggi and bring him back to Saudi Arabia for detention and interrogation. A note in the transcript says an injection was administered to Khashoggi, which the Saudi source said was probably a powerful sedative.
A bag was then placed over his head, and Khashoggi screamed: "I can't breathe, I have asthma. Don't do this." According to the Post, he died soon after.
The transcript describes a buzzing noise, perhaps an electric saw used to dismember the journalist.
"The CIA has cautioned other government agencies that some of this special-operations training might have been conducted by Tier 1 Group, an Arkansas-based company, under a State Department license," he said.
Remarks: The Saudis and the US have an alliance for the Saudi vision of 2030. Murder will not change it.
gina - 3/30/2019 at 07:09 PM
Guiado to Launch Venezuela-Wide "Tactical-Action" to Topple Maduro
The country has been in the dark, the electric being turned off. The coup will happen. TACTICAL ACTION starting April 6th. "Operation Freedom". (deja vu Nicaragua?)
gina - 3/30/2019 at 07:13 PM
Update for the coming California quakes. The information is they will NOT be the big massive 8 or 9 quakes, but they will be 4.5 to 5.5 on the Richter scale. What was disclosed is that first there are fires, then there are floods (which weaken the earth/ground) then the quakes.
There was also info. that the New Madrid Fault zone will go off in 2022.
I am not putting the source, he has enough on his plate to deal with right now. Doesn't need more deepstate people giving him even more drama than he already has.
gina - 3/30/2019 at 07:19 PM
Hidden Third Temple Chambers Discovered by Western Wall
The underground synagogue below the Wailing Wall. They do tours there.
Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu there. Part of the temple complex is already built underground near the wailing wall. It is underground. There will be 70 elders, 2 scribes, and 24 students of law (the 24 elders).
israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations
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gina - 3/30/2019 at 07:37 PM
Solomon's Temple Explained
shocking revelation on the third temple
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gina - 3/30/2019 at 07:44 PM
Yes there are other things going on. BUT
4/9/19 The Elections in Israel happen, but it can take a month of so before the new party is announced. it is not like it is here.
The Peace Plan will be announced after the election, probably near June.
NYC - Yes they are doing a anti-terrorism drill Sunday night in the Holland Tunnell. Don't use it.
USA - Trump signed an Executive Order regarding if the grid (power) went down in the US. Also Russia will be allowed to use our air space under the Treaty of Open Skies. if you see them flying around that is why. Happening this month.
Mexican President Obrador will allow Russian planes to go thru their country near our southern border, yes the border with those caravans.
There is a Mexico Russia alliance.
He will not seek a second term.
Spain and Mexico are not in agreement.
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gina - 4/3/2019 at 09:51 PM
VENEZUELA - April 6th the military action begins to remove the incumbent President.
US/RUSSIA - Russia flew over several military bases of the US under the Open Skies Treaty as well as Area 51.
gina - 4/3/2019 at 11:21 PM
TURKEY/SAUDI ARABIA etc.
Al Jazeera investigated Jamal Kashoggi's death. Turkish investigators say a huge oven was built at the Saudi Counsel's home. This began taking place when Kashoggi started going to the Consulate in Turkey. It was build to specifications that could handle burning a human body. 1,000 degrees Celcius. It was made of basalt instead of clay. Basalt would sustain the higher temperatures. The pipeline fittings, according to the man who built the oven, had to be twice the size of normal fittings. More than that, men were seen bringing in suitcases to the home after Kashoggi's disappearance. The men had come from Turkey with these suitcases. There are pictures of the men bringing the suitcases into the home. Those men were believed to be hitmen sent to Turkey to handle the Kashoggi situation. Handle meaning bring him back to Saudi if not willingly, then by force. The oven burned for 3 days.
Watch Al Jazeera World's full investigation: https://aje.io/dp2yu
gina - 4/7/2019 at 06:26 PM
CHINA , ISRAELI PEACE PLAN
Commercial satellite images have provided the first photographs of a secret Chinese anti-satellite laser base in western Xinjiang province, along with other high-technology weapons facilities.
The laser facility is located near a lake and is about 145 miles south of the Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang.
The facility was discovered by retired Indian Army Col. Vinayak Bhat, a satellite imagery analyst who specializes on China. China is using its satellite tracking stations located throughout the country as a means of identifying and targeting satellites.
ISRAELI PEACE PLAN
Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riad Malki said he hadn’t seen U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-trumpeted peace plan and was unaware of any Arab country having received a copy.
“We think there’s no need to announce the ‘deal of the century’ if it’s being implemented in steps and we are now in the last steps of its implementation,” he told reporters in the Tunisian capital on the sidelines of a meeting of Arab foreign ministers.
Remarks: The Israel elections are April 9th.
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gina - 4/13/2019 at 08:25 PM
Abdullah Abdullah will be on the ballot for the Presidential Election in Afghanistan, which was to take place in April and could be postponed till September. After all it is spingtime and the Taliban springtime offensive will begin shortly, it's an annual tradition. Abdullah Abdullah may have Rashid Dostum on his ticket. General Dostum runs the prison in Shibergan which is so horrible when prisoners get sent there shortly afterward they resemble ghosts. It is a place of torture, starvation and misery. He is also the one who facilitated prisoners being put in big metal containers and being left in the desert at Dasht-i-Lal. When people began banging on the containers from the inside that they could not breathe, his idea of providing air holes was to have his forces shoot into the containers killing people inside and letting their bodies putrify in the desert heat while the others were still inside them. Is he a good candidate to lead Afghanistan into the future?
Interview with Abdullah Abdullah by Mehdi Hasan of AJZ.
gina - 4/14/2019 at 06:23 PM
Weather - the weather comes under the terror thread because it will encompass other things including domestic and foreign policy.
The Bible said there would be famine and pestilence in the end times. Noaa has announced that the flooding in the midwest will continue possibly into July. We export much of the food grown there. No exports = financial economic problems. No food also means SKY HIGH prices here for us for food. Remember Henry Kissinger said "if you control the food supply you control the people". Scary prophecy isn't it?
Soy corn wheat and cattle are wiped out in record amounts.
1 million acres of farmland, livestock, dams, homes destroyed.
Nebraska from March 2019
When the Dam breaks St. Louis and others could be flooded.
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gina - 4/18/2019 at 10:19 PM
Kim Jung Un and Vladimir Putin hold their peace conference next week in Vladivostock.
Remarks: We cannot heavily sanction any country that Russia backs, and Russia backs North Korea and Iran and also Venezuela. With regard to Venezuela, US consulate, embassy staff and others were told to leave Venezuela. This occurs prior to the commencement of military action.
gina - 4/18/2019 at 10:32 PM
The next round of talks regarding the Peace Plan for Afghanistan is scheduled for April 19th (tomorrow) at their political headquarters in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban are not happy because the Afghanistan government has a large amount of people they are sending to the talks.
They had this to say:
"The creators of (the) Kabul list must realize that this is an orderly and prearranged conference in a far-away Khaleeji (Gulf) country and not an invitation to some wedding or other party at a hotel in Kabul," the Taliban spokesman said.
The Taliban – who see Ghani as a US stooge and his government as a puppet regime – also continue to insist they will not be negotiating with Kabul at the conference, and any administration officials are involved merely in a "personal capacity".
Further doubts were cast when some of those Ghani said would attend the conference announced they would not go. Current Afghan President Ghani's own running mate Amrullah Saleh, the former head of Afghan intelligence and a longtime Taliban critic, was among them. The Taliban "should agree to direct & focused negotiations with the Afghan government", he tweeted.
Atta Mohammad Noor, a key opposition figure and former governor of Balkh province, had also been included on the list, which was meant as an inclusive representation of Afghan society. But Noor slammed the delegation as politically biased toward Ghani. "We won't be attending the talks with this running order," Noor tweeted Wednesday, adding he viewed the list as Ghani's "intentional act to sabotage the peace efforts".
Ghani met with the delegates Wednesday, giving no indication of any trouble, saying: "We and the Afghan nation expect you to return home successfully and proudly from meeting with the Taliban in Qatar."
Taliban expert Rahimullah Yusufzai told AFP that while the Afghan government needs to be inclusive in who it sends to Doha, "this is not realistic". "I have seen in the list people who have no influence. You have to pick and choose, 250 is not manageable," Yusufzai said.
The delegation includes representatives of political parties, political figures, Jihadi leaders, martyrs’ families, High Peace Council, religious clerics, parliament, civil society, women, youths, journalists, government officials and tribal elders.
President Ashraf Ghani’s Chief of Staff Abdul Salam Rahimi, his vice president candidate Amrullah Saleh, head of Administrative Office of the President Abdul Waheed Qatali are included in the delegation.Seven ministers are also in the list. Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah’s two deputies Mohammad Khan and Mohammad Mohaqqiq are also included in the delegation.
Political leaders outside the government include Haneef Atmar, Mohammad Yunus Qanooni, Ata Mohammad Noor and Ismail Khan.
The Taliban spokesman said there will be women there, but he clarified,
“There will be women among Taliban delegation members in the Doha, Qatar meeting,”
but “These women have no family relationship with the senior members of the Taliban, they are normal Afghans, from inside and outside the country, who have been supporters and part of the struggle of the Islamic emirate.”
One of the women was at the Moscow conference, Fawzia Koofi and will be at this conference also. The other woman who was at the Moscow conference was Hawa Nuristani, who is now head of the Independent Electoral Commission.
Civil society groups, the western-backed government and Afghanistan’s international partners have pressed for women to take part in the talks and news of the Taliban delegation was welcomed. Fawzia Koofi, a former member of the Afghan parliament who took part in a previous round of meetings in Moscow, said the presence of women in the Taliban team was a “good step”.
“The concern that we have about this process is that the Afghan people are not a part of this process, especially women who paid the highest price under the Taliban government. Women don’t know what will happen to their lives in future, and to the freedoms they won after the Taliban.”
Ahead of the talks in Moscow, the Afghan Women’s Network called on the men organising the talks to “bring women to the table”; women shared photos and messages on social media with the hashtag #AfghanWomenWillNotGoBack.
“Today, the male Afghan political actors and their international counterparts are talking about negotiating peace in the country. We, women of Afghanistan, are very concerned about this process,” the campaign network said.
The current government team for future negotiations with the Taleban includes three women among its 12 members: Hasina Safi, Minister of Information and Culture; Dr Alema (one name only), Deputy Minister of Refugees and Repatriation and Shahgul Rezayi, a former member of Parliament.
The US Institute of Peace (USIP) has published figures about the current role of women in Afghan society. These include:
As of 2019:
• Millions of women have voted in local and national elections. Of parliament’s 320 members, 63 are women, while women hold 18 seats as ministers or deputy ministers and four serve as ambassadors.
• Schools and universities employ more than 68,000 women instructors including 800 university professors in both private and public institutions.
• More than 6,000 women serve as judges, prosecutors, defence attorneys, police and army personnel.
• Government data counts about 10,000 women among the country’s doctors, nurses and health professionals.
• Female journalists number 1,070, working throughout Afghanistan.
• Some 1,150 women entrepreneurs have invested $77 million in their businesses, providing job opportunities for 77,000 Afghan women and men.
Ahead of the talks in Moscow, the Afghan Women’s Network called on the men organising the talks to “bring women to the table”; women shared photos and messages on social media with the hashtag
“Today, the male Afghan political actors and their international counterparts are talking about negotiating peace in the country. We, women of Afghanistan, are very concerned about this process,” the campaign network said.
REMARKS: The desires of the west (which is the U.S.) is to bring a more democratic process (such as the right to vote) to the Afghan people, increase prosperity, business development. The Taliban have been viewed as backwards by our standards of technological development, and draconian in their views towards women. I remember early on in the war that began in 2001, reporters were shocked and horrified at the rules for women that the Taliban had in effect, they cannot wear makeup, they must be covered, they cannot leave the house without a male guardian, etc. etc. The reporters felt that the women were prisoners. As I delved into the war, who the Taliban are, their beliefs I came to different conclusions than most. I remember a question and answer session for press and others, where they would answer questions asked. Mullah Omar himself was quite taken aback when someone asked 'is it true you beat your women', he said "no we do not beat our women". Questions regarding denying women education were asked and he said "we are not against education for women, I want to see more women enroll in the University in Qandahar and become Doctors and Nurses. There are women going there right now, there are more women going there now then before we running the government." When questioned about why women were sequestered in their houses with the windows painted black, he said it was for their own protection so that when their husbands were away fighting no one would know if there were women there alone. It was not safe for them to go out by themselves and it was also un-Islamic as men are the maintainers, and protectors of women.
The more I learned about them, the more I began to understand the fierce devotion their women have for them and the culture and society they want for the women, their families and their future.
They were wrongly accused in being complicit in 9-11-01. They were asked to choose between their cultural law of Pashtunwalli and the western desire to acquire Osama. They did not provide shelter to Osama, an Arab gave him that mountain, and Osama's son said this in a book he wrote about life in Afghanistan with his Father. Things got convoluted and the war morphed into Muslims vs. non-Muslims, as well as the oil deals signed waaay before 9-11-01 happened in Cambridge Massachusetts, the meeting where the documents were signed, Hamid Karzai was in attendance and signed those documents. 9-11-01 has many facets and components to it, oil being one of them, oil deals. Pepe Escobar of the Asia Times did a series about this. There are also oil deals for the oil in Balochistan, in Pakistan, but the Pakistani Taliban were in the way there, and then they became villains so drones and bombs were sent to get them out of the way.
For there to be peace in Afghanistan, much needs to be done, including listening to all sides and respecting their points of view. Women who want to live a simple life should be able to do so. All the women deserve a basic education so they can read, write and communicate, but their religion must be respected and acknowledged also. They should not be asked to choose between their religion and becoming independent women like western women. Microbusinesses should be available to them so they can stay in their villages, towns and be successful. The Taliban must be able to practice their religion in the manner they see fit or there cannot be peace because if you attack someone's religion especially a Muslim, they have a religious right to fight you over that and do jihad, in fact they are required to do that. Nobody wants to have a never ending war. All parties must have a say in a newly developing government. For anyone to support former warlords who are guilty of war crimes (whether they have been charged or not) is not going to lead to a government that has any staying power. General Dostum is not acceptable to the Taliban. At the peace talks, ASK them who is not acceptable in a new government, and find out why. Peace requires work, and dialogue. Some day I would like to see Trump Skype with them and get an understanding of who they are. I think he would be very surprised, but for now, let Zalmay Kalizad do his job. By the way they are wary of the peace talks because of things like an important Commander being assassinated in Farah within the last few days. (assassinated means precision drone strike against a person as a designated target).
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gina - 4/19/2019 at 11:41 PM
Afghan meeting cancelled. Will be rescheduled at a later time. The meeting was cancelled due to the Kabul Administration under Afghan President Ghani including 250 people on the guest list. Of that list 50 were women, with women's rights activists, war victims, opposition figures, youth and media groups, tribal elders and members of the AHPC (Afghan High Peace Council). The council does not represent the current government.
The Taliban felt it was inappropriate to parade all these people in front of them in some sort of an attempts to convince them that they are somewhat wrong and all these people who want peace in Afghanistan are right. It was inappropriate for all of these people and groups to be on the guest list. Even former President, Hamid Karzai declined to come once he saw the guest list. Sultan Barakat who oversees hosting the event said that postponement was necessary "to build further consensus as to who should participate".
2,804 civilians were killed last year in Afghanistan, per the Director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian studies.
The Taliban said they will only talk to Ghani in a "personal capacity", just them and him. They suggested a shorter participant list which was "not acceptable" to the Ghani administration.
The next round of peace talks is thus indefinately postponed. There are some other things they are dealing with such as:
Mullah Husain, a key member of Taliban, was killed in a night raid conducted by Afghan forces in Qarabah district in Kabul on Sunday night, Qarabagh District Governor Mohammad Hanif Sediqi said on Monday. The operation was launched in Sabzrang village in Qarabagh district.
Afghan security forces have detained a famous Taliban commander Mullah Azizullah also known as Zakaria in western Farah province, the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Wednesday for his fighting efforts in Helmand, Badghis, Herat, Nimruz and Farah provinces.
Taliban ’s deputy governor for eastern Nangarhar province has been killed along with other militants in Sherzad district, an official claimed on Saturday. Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
While politics goes on so does their jihad to expel foreign troops that are occupying the country.
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gina - 4/20/2019 at 07:15 PM
AFGHANISTAN - ATTACK AT THE COMMUNICATIONS MINISTRY -
1. It was not conducted by the Taliban. At least one Daesh (Isis) flag was found at the scene so while they have not as yet claimed responsibility for the attack, they are the likely people who conducted it.
Seven people including 4 civilians were killed during the attack. A suicide bomber detonated an explosion there and there were gunfights for many hours. The building houses the Communications Ministry and Postal Service.
Police chief General Sayed Mohammad Roshandil said a bomber blew himself up outside the ministry, clearing the way for the other attackers to enter the building and the heavily guarded government compound in central Kabul. Interior Ministry Spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the security operation ended at the ministry "after all four attackers were shot and killed by Afghan security forces."
Amanduddin Shariati, security official and Interior Ministry spokesman confirmed there was an explosion.
gina - 4/20/2019 at 07:26 PM
RE: The Afghan Peace Talks
PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER WANTS NO ILL WILL WITH THE KABUL ADMINISTATION-
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says he will not give advice to the Afghan government regarding peace and reconciliation anymore. “Now I’m not giving any advice to the Afghan government, because it would call it interference,”
Other problems are with some of the Afghans who have been 'liberated' by the US Coalition forces. They fear and refuse to go back to life the way it was under the former Taliban regime. They like their new found freedoms.
The Taliban want the Afghan Constitution changed but have not disclosed specifics on what they want changed in it. This is the Afghan Constitution.
I believe if they had some of the scholars from Al Azhar in Cairo assist them, they could craft some drafts as to what they want in it, because the Constitution seems like a bland, outline. I also think in the short therm, a two state solution would be an interim compromise. The US stops shooting at them, lets them live in the lands and areas that they control (which is by estimates 50% of the country), as everyone else works on the peace plan. There will be additional problems because of the Saudis who are at odds with Doha and the government of Qatar, so much so they want Al Jazeera dismantled so that no human rights abuses are reported, and they have imprisoned another reporter,
Saudi authorities have secretly tried prominent journalist Ali al-Dhafiri and handed him a five-year prison sentence as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against rights campaigners and intellectuals widens in the conservative kingdom.
gina - 4/20/2019 at 07:43 PM
RUSSIA AND SYRIA
Russia is working on a peace plan for and with Syria.
Several Russian envoys met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and discussed a constitutional committee, trade, as well as the ways to improve Syria's relations with neighboring Arab countries, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.
Formation of a constitutional committee is key to political reforms and new elections meant to unify Syria and end an eight-year war, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced about half of Syria's pre-war 22 million population. Syria's opposition last year agreed to join the process of rewriting the constitution under U.N. auspices following a peacemaking conference in the Russian city of Sochi.
Russia has been a close ally of Assad and in 2015 launched a military intervention there to support his forces, turning the tide of the war in Assad's favor. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement late on April 19 that Assad met Russia's Syriaenvoy Alexander Lavrentiev, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin and several Russian Defense Ministry officials.
MEANWHILE, the 72,000 people in the Hol Camp in the Kurdish controlled area of Syria known as Rojava want ONE thing. For the Isis Caliphate to return. Life is so miserable for them that is what they want.
The squalid al-Hol camp, in the Kurdish-majority region of Syria known as Rojava, is filled with more than 72,000 people — most of them women and children who came out of the last piece of ISIS-held territory in Baghouz.
"If it weren't for the airstrikes on our tents and camps killing our children," she says, "we would not have left the caliphate." All refuse to give their names.
The women at al-Hol say they are there because ISIS leader Baghdadi told them to escape to save their children.
"This is injustice — we pray for the caliphate to return," says one of the women, who says this is the third day they have been turned away from promised cartons of food. Everything is in short supply here.
In their caliphate, they say there was justice. There was no bribery or corruption or wasta — the influence-peddling at the heart of most countries in the region.
"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and any shepherd were on the same level," says an Iraqi boy, referring to the ISIS leader now believed to be in hiding.
They say when there was food in the caliphate, it was distributed. Here at the camp, they say they come every day to be humiliated and told there's nothing for them.
This camp, they complain, is full of infidels. There is music. Male and female guards wear tight clothing and smoke cigarettes. They say the men harass women.
They insist that everything was better in what they call al-dawla — the state.
"There, a woman would walk with her head held high and a man would lower his eyes," a Syrian woman says. "Here, it's the opposite.
"Any official who goes for an hour and speaks to them can't change anything — are you a prophet that they would believe in you?" says Hisham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi counterterrorism expert in Baghdad.
REMARKS: The differences in culture, behavioral norms are the things that the Taliban fear for people in their countries. They don't want women going back to wearing revealing clothing and falling prey to indecent behavior. Isis is known for being very strict, people are not allowed to look upon the opposite sex with lust and try to act on that. The women are to be protected from this, yet in the refugee camps the women are harassed by men, starved. Nobody wants to live like that. They feel they had better lives under Isis. They were taken care of. They were not expected to go out to support themselves, men are the maintainers of women, they marry early to prevent immorality from grabbing ahold of them. The women focus on maintaining the household, taking care of and properly rearing the children. The children are not raised by day care. The entire culture is different. You cannot just kill a village of Isis fighters and think you can re-assimilate these women into the new Iraq and tell them, now you are free, take off your veil, get a job and date everyone you see that you want to. That is the American way, they do not want that, not the women or the fighters.
Additional democracy and it's liberating effect is seen as un-Islamic because it is un-Islamic. It is based on secular laws which are the will of the people, and that changes over time. Look at our own country. Gay marriage, changes in the curriculums in school to include and embrace homosexuality occurred due to changes in secular laws. God's laws do not change. He gave them Abraham, he gave them to Moses, he gave them to all the groups, all the religions. The Muslims kept what was given to them and they do not want to change that now. This is why Isis and the other groups see our efforts as a threat and an affront to religion.
Putin and Assad feel that they can bring about a peace plan for Syria. We should watch closely what they come up with.
gina - 4/22/2019 at 11:44 PM
There are reports that the attack was done by National Twoheed Jamath. It is a local branch of ISIS.
The attack was reportedly done to avenge the attack/deaths of Muslims in the attacks in the Christchurch, New Zealand masjuds (mosques).
[Edited on 4/24/2019 by gina]
gina - 4/24/2019 at 12:29 AM
Morgan Freeman decodes the identity of the anti-Christ. Short video.
Well, Nero has been dead for a long time. There are more problems. There was not just one anti-Christ according to a theologian, Dr. Kim who uses Biblical evidence to show that Satan was physically here in the beginning and had children.
Satan has a son tracing the lineage back
I put this up in another thread but it ties together with Dr. Kim's premis regarding Baal and what was going on in those days.
President Trump and Baal Peor June 2020
So if Satan had sons, and if Jesus also had children, as some believe, and we know the lineage of David, the Merovingian line is still alive, Princess Diana was of that lineage, we have an interesting world where the anti-Christ is already here, he doesn't just come up from out of the abyss to assume a place in the new Temple that will be build in Jerusalem. Then, there has been a holy war from the beginning of man's being on the earth. It could also explain why there is evil and evil people, they have been here forever they are descendents of Satan.
gina - 4/24/2019 at 10:02 PM
The engineers just have problems with the official version of what happened. Tomorrow engineers are going to the annual conference of the ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute and ask more engineers what think about the evidence they have regarding demise of the Towers.
They will network and distribute Project Due Diligence brochures to all 1,000 conference attendees throughout the day. Then they will hold a reception and presentation at the hotel next door, where we hope to receive at least two dozen engineers and educate them in depth about the fraud of the official WTC reports.
The ASCE : https://www.structurescongress.org/
gina - 4/24/2019 at 10:19 PM
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has hinted that it would close the Strait of Hormuz if Iran is prevented from using it, in what appeared to be the first response to the US plan to end waivers on Iranian oil exports.
"If Iran’s benefits in the Strait of Hormuz, which according to international rules is an international waterway, are denied, we will close it,” IRGC Navy Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said after the Trump administration revealed Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from US sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil.
Rouhani said that the Americans should come to realize that establishing peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and waging war with the country is the mother of all wars.
The Iranian foreign ministry said Iran was in "constant talks with its international partners including the Europeans" on Washington’s ending of the exemptions. It added that an “important decision" will be announced later, without elaborating.
China, India, North Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Italy, and Greece will face US sanctions starting May in case they continue to purchase Iranian oil. In November, Washington reimposed strict economic sanctions against Tehran and all states that don’t abide by them, after its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
REMARKS: The waivers for punishing other countries who buy Iranian oil come up for renewal MAY 1st. If they are not renewed, then we sanction other countries also if they buy Iranian oil.
If the Strait of Hormuz is closed you can expect to see prices of $10 (that's right TEN U.S. Dollars) for a gallon of gas. That would bankrupt the US. There are estimates that the prices will already be $4.00 a gallon by Christmas and that is if nothing else happens.
Better foreign policy is if we do not want to trade with Iran or buy their oil, we don't we punish them as one sovereign country. We have no right telling other countries they cannot do their own trade deals with Iran because they are sovereign countries. We really do not own the world, not should we try to. We should shore up our borders, work out honest/mutually beneficial trade deals and be at peace with other nations. We do not need more wars, more attacks. This foreign policy we have now is bullying other countries and it is wrong to do so. The sanctions do not even work anyway because other nations just get it covertly. Iran will sell to Russia, Russia will sell to smaller countries, and so does China. Do we threaten them, when China finances our economy loaning us money? The prophecy from thousands of years ago was that the last big war would be the US against Russia, and the whole other side of the world, no other country will stand with us, the NATO countries they are concerned with their own survival which is why France and Germany merged as a bloc and the UK got out of the alliance that was draining them.
What does sovereignty mean to our government? We cannot threaten all the other nations because they deal with Iran. We should speak only relative to our dealings with them, let the rest of the world have their own sovereign states and manage their own affairs. That's why China does not get in any wars. They just manage their own stuff, they do not tell any other nations who they can do deals with. If someone attacks them, they will retaliate, but other than that, they do not go and start wars/coups. Why should they? There is a lesson to be learned from China.
[Edited on 4/25/2019 by gina]
gina - 4/28/2019 at 07:43 PM
4-29-19 IRAN SANCTIONS WAIVER
Iran’s top general warned on Sunday that Tehran could close the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping route if it faces more “hostility,” news agency ISNA said, as the US tightens up sanctions.
“We are not after closing the Strait of Hormuz but if the hostility of enemies increase, we will be able to do so,” armed forces chief of staff Mohammad Hossein Bagheri told semi-official ISNA.
“Also if our oil does not go through the strait, other countries’ oil will certainly not cross the strait, too,” he added.
The statement came after Washington said on Monday it would start imposing sanctions on countries such as India, China and Turkey that buy Iranian oil. 1.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “The Islamic Republic’s choices are numerous, and the country’s authorities are considering them,... and leaving NPT (nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) is one of them,” state broadcaster IRIB’s website quoted Zarif as saying. Meanwhile, Iran’s state television reported on Sunday that Zarif is planning to visit North Korea, without giving the date of the visit.
“The date of this trip will be set and announced soon,” the television quoted Zarif as saying. It gave no further details. 2
Trump wants solo Talks with Kim Jung Un per John Bolton. 3
REMARKS: What do you think the Iranian reaction to having it's economy lose 50 Billion dollars because of U.S. sanctions should be?
They would also like non Iranian ships out of the Persian Gulf.
We already have the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower warship there. The Iranians did some drone footage of it.
Is this provocation?
gina - 4/28/2019 at 07:54 PM
We have a warship in the Persian Gulf, we put sanctions on the country, tell them they cannot sell to other nations.
They have been aware of our presence for a long time.
Iran's envoy to the United Kingdom has warned the United States that Tehran will “forcefully retaliate” any moves by the US military against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), which was designated as a terrorist organization by US President Donald Trump earlier this week.
They are ready if we want to start a war.
Iran's envoy to the United Kingdom has warned the United States that Tehran will “forcefully retaliate” any moves by the US military against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), which was designated as a terrorist organization by US President Donald Trump earlier this week. 1
A senior Iranian commander says Iran will never allow US warships to sail near its territorial waters, reiterating once again that the Islamic Republic is ready to respond to any action by Washington.
Deputy Chief of Iran's Army for Coordination Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari made the remarks on Monday while speaking to reporters in reaction to the return of US aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis to the Persian Gulf on Friday after a long absence. 2
The annual exercise enlists the Ground Force’s elite units. They include the rapid response unit, the special forces, commandos, combat and reconnaissance drones, the electronic warfare unit, engineering corps, and the Zolfaqar fast patrol craft. Various attack, transport, and airdrop helicopters are flown during the event.
According to Tasnim news agency, the Cobra gunships deployed in the last stage have been equipped with enhanced thermal cameras. The equipment, it said, has been enhanced with laser rangefinder and is capable of tracing and detecting targets in various environmental conditions, including sheer darkness, fog, smoke, and dust. 3
gina - 4/28/2019 at 07:57 PM
PALESTINE - HAMAS WILL REJECT THE DEAL OF THE CENTURY
Ismail Haniya discussed with senior Hama leaders in Gaza why Hamas cannot back the so called “Deal of the Century” US Peace Plan.
[Edited on 4/28/2019 by gina]
gina - 4/28/2019 at 08:22 PM
STRAITS OF HORMUZ
Because some of the press mis-report things that are said, let's make it clear what WAS said.
"Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a gathering of Police commanders in Tehran on Sunday, Major General Baqeri said the Iranian Armed Forces are in charge of security of the Strait of Hormuz.
Tehran wants the Strait of Hormuz to remain open with sustained security, he noted, saying the Iranian oil and commodities are being freighted through the strait just like the shipments of other countries.
“If anybody is to make the Strait of Hormuz unsafe, we will certainly counter it, and if our oil is not to be shipped over through the Strait of Hormuz, then the oil of others will definitely not go through the strait either,” the top general underlined.
“This would not mean the closure of Strait of Hormuz, we have no intention of closing it, unless the enmity of enemies would reach a limit that there is no other choice. That day, we will be fully capable of closing the strait,” Major General Baqeri added."
Highlighting Iran’s strict control over the southern waters, the commander said American warships and trade vessels have to respond to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy when crossing the Strait of Hormuz several times a day.
He said the most recent reporters show that American forces continue to respond to the IRGC Navy’s questions and there is no sign of a change in their behavior at the Strait of Hormuz.
REMARKS: If the US or others create conditions where Iranian oil cannot go thru the straits, or oil for other countries, THEN they would close it and they can do it in one day, but they HAVE NO INTENTION TO DO THAT AT THIS TIME.
gina - 4/30/2019 at 12:39 AM
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and well and Isis released a recent video with mention of the Sri Lanka attacks. It is not an old video because he has aged with time. He does not think they are defeated he said:
"Our battle today is a battle of attrition, and we will prolong it for the enemy, and they must know that the jihad will continue until Judgment Day,” he said in the video.
Now that territory is gone, after a four-year battle that ended in defeat last month at the hands of American-backed forces in the town of Baghuz, Syria.
Mr. al-Baghdadi acknowledged that loss in the video, an 18-minute infomercial released by an Islamic State media group on Monday and distributed by the SITE Intelligence Group. Seated cross-legged on the ground in an Arab-style sitting room, he calmly told a group of unidentified followers that the battle was far from over.
“Truthfully, the battle of Islam and its people with the crusader and his people is a long battle,” he said. He called on his followers to continue pursuing their enemies “with all of their abilities.”
REMARKS: All I will say is IF Osama was not in that house in Abbottabad, Pakistan as the world was told that he was, he may be running Isis from behind the scenes with Baghdadi as the spokesman.
gina - 4/30/2019 at 10:12 PM
Army veteran who served in Afghanistan was planning a mass murder event in California. 8 lbs. of 3 inch nails, pressure cooker ied with remote control detonation....
REMARKS: It is troubling that these things are going on, because it is said that if you kill one innocent man, it is like killing all of humanity. To randomly just kill groups of people is not Islamic. Repentence is very important in Islam, if people are just murdered, there is no way the can repent, it takes away their right to repentence. God himself reserved judgement and punishment for himself. When he finds a people to be total disbelievers, the worst of the worst, he will destroy them, if he wills. He may use them to harass others and then punish them later, pitting one false group against another. It is up to him. Others should not take it upon themselves to do this. If someone fights you by a place of worship, then you may fight them, but you cannot just go and blow people up or shoot them at places of worship. That is not permissable. Just going out killing large numbers of people is not a religious mandate for anyone in any group.
[Edited on 4/30/2019 by gina]
gina - 4/30/2019 at 11:04 PM
VENEZUELA AND THE IMMINENT COUP
Erik Prince of Blackwater, has offerred his organizations help to remove President Maduro from office.
"Prince sketched out a plan to field up to 5,000 soldiers-for-hire on behalf of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, according to two sources with direct knowledge of Prince's pitch.
REMARKS: The theme is we need to liberate oppressed people around the world, take down dictators by any means possible including using mercenaries and guns for hire. The Sandanista revolution in Nicaragua is an example of when mercenaries were deployed to assist in that effort. Trump has recently said that Cuba needs to get out of Venezuela and not help them or they will be sanctioned. Russia says that we need to get out of Venezuela and stop meddling there. With the US embassy staff being ordered to leave the country, military action is imminent.
[Edited on 4/30/2019 by gina]
gina - 5/6/2019 at 10:37 PM
We just sent another warship to the area near Iran. The USS Abraham Lincoln.
gina - 5/9/2019 at 12:25 AM
Asia Bibi has arrived in Canada hoping to start a new life after her years on death row. But although there is huge relief among campaigners for religious freedom that she is out of Pakistan, her ordeal may not be over.
Islamic extremists have pledged to pursue the Christian woman and kill her for the act of blasphemy of which she was accused and later acquitted. Bibi may spend the rest of her days looking over her shoulder in fear of an international assassin.
Bibi’s backstory is well known after international attention was focused on her case. The former farm labourer was sentenced to death on flimsy evidence in 2010 after being accused of blasphemy in a dispute with Muslim women in her village over a cup of water. Two Pakistani politicians were later killed for publicly supporting her and criticising the country’s draconian blasphemy laws.
REMARKS: There are other countries she could have went to. She went to Pakistan from France to do farm labor work. Why couldn't she just go from France to Canada. Canada has been welcoming people including refugees for quite a while now. As a Christian, why is she wearing a hijab? The whole thing just does not add up.
gina - 5/9/2019 at 12:33 AM
Iran is seeking support from other countries including China who have been effected by the waivers and tarriffs.
Iran is now giving them 60 days to take significant strides or face a potentially severe new crisis in the Middle East
By raising the stakes, Iran has challenged Europe and China to wean themselves off dependence on the dollar – for both a long-term aspiration. Iran is now giving them 60 days to take significant strides or face a potentially severe new crisis in the Middle East.
The initial two steps announced by President Hassan Rouhani are at the very low end of the scale of available measures. Iran will stop exporting low enriched uranium (LEU) and heavy water – a trade which had kept its stockpiles of both under the levels set by the 2015 deal.
Much more serious are the steps Iran is threatening to take after the 60-day deadline. Rouhani has it will lift the agreed 3.67% limit on the level of purity to which it enriches uranium. For every percentage point that figure is allowed to creep up, Iran gets exponentially closer to the capacity to produce weapons-grade uranium.
Rouhani said that if the ultimatum is not met, Iran will also end a Chinese-led initiative to redesign its heavy water reactor in Arak. If that happened, the route to producing plutonium would be open once more.
The US is putting sanctions on metal and mining sectors of the Iranian Economy.
"US President Donald Trump has issued an executive order to impose new sanctions on Iran to deny it of revenue from exports in the metal and mining sectors.
"Today's action targets Iran's revenue from the export of industrial metals -- 10 percent of its export economy -- and puts other nations on notice that allowing Iranian steel and other metals into your ports will no longer be tolerated," Trump said in a statement Wednesday. "Tehran can expect further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct."
REMARKS: Hurting the economy of another country, a sovereign nation, is a direct provocation. Encouraging other countries to join an axis of economic deprivation is much more than just grandstanding. The impact on our economy will not be favorable. The stock market dropped over 500 points. Do we need another 2007 economic crisis?
gina - 5/13/2019 at 09:39 PM
IRAN - The Plan to Get Iran Out of the Nuclear Deal - planned by John Bolton in 2017
First Iran are not the bad guys. They are a sovereign nation minding their own business. Our sanctions have threatened them yet they still speak about peace. They DID NOT damage those oil tankers in the Gulf this past weekend, which included 2 Saudi tankers, and 1 from the United Arab Emirates, the other one from Norway. Someone or a couple of someone's want to create a reason for action to be taken against Iran.
One thing that is very troubling is that John Bolton, the US National Security Chief actually had a plan in 2017 on how to force Iran out of the 2015 Nuclear Deal which was signed under the Obama administration.
"Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US National Security Advisor John Bolton, along with anti-Iran figures in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Israel were planning to push Washington out of a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal with Iran even before Bolton was appointed to his current post.
Zarif made the remarks in a tweet addressed to US President Donald Trump, which appeared on his official Twitter page on Sunday, saying, “ICYMI, before you hired him [John Bolton], this was the plan that @AmbJohnBolton and his #B_Team cohorts had for Iran.”
The hawkish “B-team” is comprised of US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Zarif included in his tweet the link to an article by Bolton, which was published by the National Review magazine in 2017 when he was not Trump's national security advisor, in which the hawkish American politician reflected on how the United States could get out of the Iran nuclear deal, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)."
"Under the JCPOA, reached in July 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries including the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China plus Germany, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions.
On May 8, Iran announced that it would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for the five remaining parties to the deal to take practical measures towards ensuring Iran’s interests in the face of the American sanctions.
“A detailed blueprint for #FakeIntelligence, #ForeverWar and even empty offers for talks—only phone numbers were not included,” Zarif added in his tweet in what is a clear allusion to a recent CNN report, alleging that the White House has contacted Swiss authorities to share a telephone number with Iran in hopes that Tehran will contact Trump."
[Read it for yourselves]
II. Campaign Plan Components
There are four basic elements to the development and implementation of the campaign plan to decertify and abrogate the Iran nuclear deal:
1. Early, quiet consultations with key players such as the U.K., France, Germany, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, to tell them we are going to abrogate the deal based on outright violations and other unacceptable Iranian behavior, and seek their input.
2. Prepare the documented strategic case for withdrawal through a detailed white paper (including declassified intelligence as appropriate) explaining why the deal is harmful to U.S. national interests, how Iran has violated it, and why Iran’s behavior more broadly has only worsened since the deal was agreed.
3. A greatly expanded diplomatic campaign should immediately follow the announcement, especially in Europe and the Middle East, and we should ensure continued emphasis on the Iran threat as a top diplomatic and strategic priority.
4. Develop and execute Congressional and public diplomacy efforts to build domestic and foreign support.
III. Execution Concepts and Tactics
1. Early, quiet consultations with key players
It is critical that a worldwide effort be initiated to inform our allies, partners, and others about Iran’s unacceptable behavior. While this effort could well leak to the press, it is nonetheless critical that we inform and consult with our allies and partners at the earliest possible moment, and, where appropriate, build into our effort their concerns and suggestions.
This quiet effort will articulate the nature and details of the violations and the type of relationship the U.S. foresees in the future, thereby laying the foundation for imposing new sanctions barring the transfer of nuclear and missile technology or dual use technology to Iran. With Israel and selected others, we will discuss military options. With others in the Gulf region, we can also discuss means to address their concerns from Iran’s menacing behavior.
The advance consultations could begin with private calls by the President, followed by more extensive discussions in capitals by senior Administration envoys. Promptly elaborating a comprehensive tactical diplomatic plan should be a high priority.
2. Prepare the documented strategic case
The White House, coordinating all other relevant Federal agencies, must forcefully articulate the strong case regarding U.S. national-security interests. The effort should produce a “white paper” that will be the starting point for the diplomatic and domestic discussion of the Administration decision to abrogate the JCPOA, and why Iran must be denied access to nuclear technology indefinitely. The white paper should be an unclassified, written statement of the Administration’s case, prepared faultlessly, with scrupulous attention to accuracy and candor. It should not be limited to the inadequacies of the JCPOA as written, or Iran’s violations, but cover the entire range of Iran’s continuing unacceptable international behavior.
Although the white paper will not be issued until the announcement of the decision to abrogate the JCPOA, initiating work on drafting the document is the highest priority, and its completion will dictate the timing of the abrogation announcement.
A thorough review and declassification strategy, including both U.S. and foreign intelligence in our possession should be initiated to ensure that the public has as much information as possible about Iranian behavior that is currently classified, consistent with protecting intelligence sources and methods. We should be prepared to “name names” and expose the underbelly of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard business activities and how they are central to the efforts that undermine American and allied national interests. In particular, we should consider declassifying information related to activities such as the Iran-North Korea partnership, and how they undermine fundamental interests of our allies and partners.
3. Greatly expanded diplomatic campaign post-announcement
The Administration, through the NSC process, should develop a tactical plan that uses all available diplomatic tools to build support for our decision, including what actions we recommend other countries to take. But America must provide the leadership. It will take substantial time and effort and will require a “full court press” by U.S. embassies worldwide and officials in Washington to drive the process forward. We should ensure that U.S. officials fully understand the decision, and its finality, to help ensure the most positive impact with their interlocutors.
Our embassies worldwide should demarche their host governments with talking points (tailored as may be necessary) and data to explain and justify abrogating JCPOA. We will need parallel efforts at the United Nations and other appropriate multilateral organizations. Our embassies should not limit themselves to delivering the demarche, however, but should undertake extensive public diplomacy as well.
After explaining and justifying the decision to abrogate the deal, the next objective should be to recreate a new counter-proliferation coalition to replace the one squandered by the previous Administration, including our European allies, Israel, and the Gulf states. In that regard, we should solicit suggestions for imposing new sanctions on Iran and other measures in response to its nuclear and ballistic-missile programs, sponsorship of terrorism, and generally belligerent behavior, including its meddling in Iraq and Syria.
Russia and China obviously warrant careful attention in the post-announcement campaign. They could be informed just prior to the public announcement as a courtesy, but should not be part of the pre-announcement diplomatic effort described above. We should welcome their full engagement to eliminate these threats, but we will move ahead with or without them.
Iran is not likely to seek further negotiations once the JCPOA is abrogated, but the Administration may wish to consider rhetorically leaving that possibility open in order to demonstrate Iran’s actual underlying intention to develop deliverable nuclear weapons, an intention that has never flagged.
In preparation for the diplomatic campaign, the NSC interagency process should review U.S. foreign-assistance programs as they might assist our efforts. The DNI should prepare a comprehensive, worldwide list of companies and activities that aid Iran’s terrorist activities.
4. Develop and execute Congressional and public diplomacy efforts
The Administration should have a Capitol Hill plan to inform members of Congress already concerned about Iran, and develop momentum for imposing broad sanctions against Iran, far more comprehensive than the pin **** sanctions favored under prior Administrations. Strong congressional support will be critical. We should be prepared to link Iranian behavior around the world, including its relationship with North Korea, and its terrorist activities. And we should demonstrate the linkage between Iranian behavior and missile proliferation as part of the overall effort that justifies a national-security determination that U.S. interests would not be furthered with the JCPOA.
Unilateral U.S. sanctions should be imposed outside the framework of Security Council Resolution 2231 so that Iran’s defenders cannot water them down; multilateral sanctions from others who support us can follow quickly.
The Administration should also encourage discussions in Congress and in public debate for further steps that might be taken to go beyond the abrogation decision. These further steps, advanced for discussion purposes and to stimulate debate, should collectively demonstrate our resolve to limit Iran’s malicious activities and global adventurism. Some would relate directly to Iran; others would protect our allies and partners more broadly from the nuclear proliferation and terrorist threats, such as providing F-35s to Israel or THAAD resources to Japan. Other actions could include:
‐ End all landing and docking rights for all Iranian aircraft and ships at key allied ports;
‐ End all visas for Iranians, including so called “scholarly,” student, sports, or other exchanges;
‐ Demand payment with a set deadline on outstanding U.S. federal-court judgments against Iran for terrorism, including 9/11;
‐ Announce U.S. support for the democratic Iranian opposition;
‐ Expedite delivery of bunker-buster bombs;
‐ Announce U.S. support for Kurdish national aspirations, including Kurds in Iran, Iraq, and Syria;
‐ Provide assistance to Balochis, Khuzestan Arabs, Kurds, and others — also to internal resistance among labor unions, students, and women’s groups;
‐ Actively organize opposition to Iranian political objectives in the U.N.
This effort should be the Administration’s highest diplomatic priority, commanding all necessary time, attention, and resources. We can no longer wait to eliminate the threat posed by Iran. The Administration’s justification of its decision will demonstrate to the world that we understand the threat to our civilization; we must act and encourage others to meet their responsibilities as well.
1 Although this paper will refer to “the JCPOA,” the abrogation decision should also encompass the July 14, 2015, statement by the Security Council’s five permanent members and Germany, attached as Annex B to Security Council Resolution 2231. The JCPOA is attached as Annex A to Resolution 2231.
[Edited on 5/13/2019 by gina]
gina - 5/13/2019 at 09:51 PM
Iran's position now in response to the sanctions, the discontinuance of the waivers for other countries so that they can buy Iranian oil is this.
On May 8, Iran announced that it would stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for the five remaining parties to the deal to take practical measures towards ensuring Iran’s interests in the face of the American sanctions.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi also said in an interview on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic has put a "step-by-step" withdrawal from the nuclear deal on the agenda.
"We have not left the JCPOA so far, but we have put such a move on our agenda and that would happen step-by-step," the senior Iranian diplomat said, adding, "No country can accuse Iran of breaching or leaving the nuclear deal."
Elsewhere in his interview with Press TV, Kamalvandi said Iran has no intention to stop fulfilling its commitments under the JCPOA, but decided to suspend parts of them for six months.
Tehran’s decision to suspend some of its nuclear deal commitments was meant to give time to Europeans to comply with their obligations and to bring the international agreement back on its right track, he added.
The Iranian nuclear official also criticized the European signatories to the agreement for failing to implement the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) aimed at circumventing the US sanctions.
"Iran waited for a year to see what Europeans are going to do, they have given promises … they have taken good positions, but their promises about SPV and INSTEX have not been fulfilled," Kamalvandi said.
Late in January, the three European parties to the 2015 deal issued a joint statement, announcing the launch of a long-awaited direct non-dollar payment mechanism meant to safeguard their trade ties with Tehran in the face of the sanctions.
Germany, France and Britain had registered the mechanism, named INSTEX, which would be based in the French capital, Paris, and managed by a German banking expert.
Head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi on Saturday censured the European signatories to the landmark nuclear agreement for failing to fulfill their obligations under the deal, urging them to speed up implementing the non-dollar direct payment channel with Tehran.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran negotiated honestly and, as a result, a nuclear accord was reached which has also been endorsed by the UN Security Council [Resolution 2231]. But despite Iran's fulfillment of its commitments, Europe has only taken a political stance and reneged on its obligations," the senior Iranian official added.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Iran had every right to scale back some of its commitments under a multilateral nuclear agreement Tehran clinched with major world powers in 2015.
Speaking after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Sochi on Monday, Lavrov said the nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), includes clear provisions that enable Iran to halt some of the commitments it accepted voluntarily if other signatories to the deal fail to comply with their obligations under the agreement.
He added Russia and China believe that it is essential to preserve the JCPOA and that the unilateral US sanctions against Iran are illegitimate and aimed, in particular, at halting oil exports from the country.
"We also noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran remains committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but expects the same from our European colleagues, who also have to implement their part of the agreements," Lavrov said.
The top Russian diplomat expressed hope to hold "candid" talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the issue. He also expressed optimism that the European signatories to the deal would comply with their obligations despite Washington's pressure.
"This plan and this resolution, which is binding, guarantee that Iran will freely supply its oil to world markets. Therefore, the Russian Federation will make sure that other parties to the deal, first of all our European colleagues, will fulfill their part of the agreement. There's simply no other way", the Russian foreign minister said.
A German government spokesman said on Monday that Berlin is working on maintaining a legal channel for trade with Iran.
"Along with our E3 partners, we're undertaking efforts to keep enabling legitimate trade with Iran, in particular by providing a payment channel," Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference.
Germany, France and Britain had registered the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) which would be based in the French capital, Paris, and managed by a German banking expert.
The foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Britain met with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini in the EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran’s recent decision to stop implementing parts of its commitments under the JCPOA.
REMARKS: France is against our sanctions. They are allied financially with Germany, they formed a financial bloc not that long ago. Russia and China are against what we are doing. Iran has given the other countries 60 days to not implement/follow the US sanctions after that they will go back to pre May 7th levels of uranium enrichment and heavy water production.
gina - 5/13/2019 at 09:53 PM
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THIS PROBLEM WITH THE SANCTIONS
The ministers from the EU signatories to the nuclear deal with Iran have expressed concern about a military escalation between the United States and Iran as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a surprise visit to Brussels.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian each held talks with Pompeo on May 13, following a joint session with EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini focused on efforts to keep a landmark 2015 deal with Iran afloat.
Pompeo canceled a planned trip to Moscow in order to brief the European allies on Washington's latest moves. He is still set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi on May 14.
gina - 5/13/2019 at 09:54 PM
THE ATTACKS ON THE SAUDI OIL TANKERS 5-11-19
"The Iranian Foreign Ministry described the incidents as "alarming and regrettable," called for further clarification about what exactly happened, and warned of "adventurism" by foreign players to disrupt maritime security in the region."
REMARKS: Yes, I agree with that, foreign players. There are those who seek to destabilize the Middle East, formerly those included the Operation Clean Break authors, contributors, but the narrative still lasts to this day.
No, I am NOT saying rogue US forces were behind this, there are Yemeni Houthi rebels who are fighting back the ongoing war and carnage in their own country, they have plenty of reason to want to sabotage Saudi. There is also a prophecy given to the Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him and all the prophets, that in the End Times, one of the things that would happen would be that the oil fields in Saudi would all be on fire, and the fires would be so bad that people would have to migrate up to al Sham, which is Syria. How could that happen? My best guess would be by nuclear attack. By who? who would have the motivation? Iran does not want a war, but if you bring it, they will fight. Their Revolutionary Guards are fedayeen, that means that they do not worry about losing body parts, they will fight till they are victorious against their enemy or they are martyred. Either is fine with them.
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gina - 5/13/2019 at 10:01 PM
HOW IRAN CAN GET AROUND THE SANCTIONS AND SELL OIL ANYWAY
1- Use ghost tankers
One tactic previously employed by Iran to bypass U.S. sanctions and sell its oil is through the use of "ghost" tankers. Iran has hidden the destination of its oil sales by strategically switching off oil tankers' AIS signal, an automatic tracking system. This has made it difficult to pinpoint the origin, route, and the date a tanker is loaded and unloaded.
2- Discharge and reload at remote ports.
Other tactics used by Iran at sea include ship-to-ship oil transfers and discharging and loading oil at remote ports. Tehran has also been known to reflag its tankers and use documents from other countries to mask their ships' origins.
3- Trade in other currencies not US Dollars
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran plans to get around U.S. sanctions by selling oil in other currencies.
"You can use your own currency," he told reporters in New York in September, saying countries were making deals with Tehran to use their own currencies in bilateral trade. "Sell stuff in your own currency, buy stuff in the other country's currency, and at the end of a specific period, balance it out in a non-dollar currency. It's quite possible. And may even be profitable."
4 - Barter deals with other countries
ussia has said it would buy at least 100,000 barrels a day of Iranian oil. Moscow has offered to pay for the oil with Russian machinery and food, according to Russia's Oil Ministry. Moscow has also pledged to invest in the Iranian oil sector as Western companies draw back.
In 2017, Russia implemented an oil-for-goods program with cash-strapped Iran, with Moscow buying Iranian oil in exchange for Russian goods, including oil pumps and pipes, gas-drilling equipment, metal and wood products, leather, and wheat. The two countries have been working on oil-for-goods deals worth up to $20 billion.
5 - Sell on a private exchange -
Iran also has the option of selling oil through the Iran Energy Exchange (IRENEX), a rial-based, domestic oil exchange.
REMARKS: Iran is trying to negotiate a peaceful resolution to this problem, but if push comes to shove they will not lay down, whimper and die from a sanctions stranglehold.
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gina - 5/13/2019 at 10:11 PM
WHY SANCTIONING CHINA IS A BAD STRATEGY
Trump's Trade War is Already Over by Tom Luongo
"China is still running a massive trade surplus and that is true. But from the perspective of US trade, that is as much a function of Trump’s own profligate spending habits as any structural inequalities.
Trump is running a $1 trillion budget deficit. This is money that is conjured up out of thin air by the miracle of selling bonds. $1 trillion in bonds. Where do you think those $1 trillion in government expenditures goes to?
No. It goes to China. It also finds its way into the US equity market Trump is so in love with and other places that produce goods that we Americans buy with that money. If Trump wants to win the trade war with China he should consider spending a little less money, allow consumer prices here in the States to fall and let his tax cuts continue to attract capital for the right reasons – the value the American workforce is capable of generating.
hina’s not going to implode over these tariffs. It will give Xi and his central bank the opportunity to devalue the yuan in response to the slower flow of dollars. It has to protect the lion’s share of its trade with Southeast Asia and Europe whose currencies are already in trouble.
And it will bail out the most strategically-sensitive banks and businesses over-exposed to them. It’s what they did last year in response to the 10% tariff and it is what will happen this time.
Lastly, however, is the part no one actually wants to discuss which is that China has to protect its trade with Southeast Asia and Europe. The Yuan didn’t devalue in a vacuum. The euro is down 13% from its high as are currencies like the Indonesian Rupiah, the Malaysian Ringgit and Thai Baht.
What Trump and his team are arguing for in trade negotiation is no different than what they’ve offered Iran and Lebanon, surrender your sovereignty or face punishment.
So, China reciprocates and cuts off US soybeans and other food exports. Now, a year later, Midwest banks are facing surging bankruptcies from farmers hit with the double whammy of no exports to China (who now buys them from Brazil) and massive flooding from an abnormally vicious winter and spring.
They have Trump to thank for this. He didn’t help them by not thinking through how we could be hurt by China’s reaction to his belligerence.
The same way Wisconsin dairy farmers are also going bankrupt thanks to the continued flood of cheap European dairy keeping wholesale milk prices low. Why is this happening? Russia countered European and American sanctions over Crimea with a ban on imports of European dairy.
Trump’s team would be fine with a trade deficit if China was still recycling that trade surplus into US Treasury bonds. They aren’t. The Chinese have held their stock of US debt between $1.1 and $1.25 trillion for two years now.
They are sending a lot of those dollars back out into the world to fund their massive Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). They are also using them to power swap arrangements with countries feeling the bite of Trump’s sanctions. Countries like Turkey, Pakistan and Iran, for example.
The next steps will be interesting. I expect Trump isn’t bluffing now about raising tariffs to 25%. I also expect that China will again stop all purchases of US oil like it did between November and March under the threat of sanctions due to buying Iranian oil while letting the Yuan fall sharply.
After that the real energy war starts as Russia completes Power of Siberia and begins pumping natural gas to China. And China directs its state oil companies to buy more oil from Iran while lowering its purchases from Saudi Arabia unless the Saudis accept Yuan for it."
Remarks: I am no economist, but China loans us money which funds our budget/economy. Sanctioning them is not a smart move when we are trillions of dollars in debt and can only make payments on the interest we owe them not the principal. What is the point to our trying to beat up China? To collapse our economy, so we can move to a one world currency, I sure hope not because the future after that is very bleak indeed.
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gina - 5/13/2019 at 10:27 PM
CHINA's RESPONSE TO US SANCTIONS
China said on Monday it will impose tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods from June 1, in apparent retaliation after Washington announced plans to tax almost all Chinese imports.
Beijing will hit a number of American imports with tariffs ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent, according to a statement by the Tariff Policy Commission of the State Council.
The announcement came after the latest round of trade negotiations to resolve disputes between the world’s top two economies ended Friday without a deal.
US President Donald Trump has increased tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to 25 percent and ordered the start of a process to impose new duties on another $300 billion worth of items.
How It effects us.
"The escalation sent stock markets down, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average closing more than 600 points lower. China has raised tariffs on more than 5,000 US products, with the new rates ranging from 5% to 25%.
Items affected include beef, lamb and pork products, as well as various varieties of vegetables, fruit juice, cooking oil, tea and coffee.
REMARKS: Trump's answer to China was "“China should not retaliate-will only get worse!” the US president wrote in a series of tweets on trade." China funds our economy. I don't think this is a great strategy.
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gina - 5/14/2019 at 08:13 PM
The White House reportedly had a meeting with NSA Chief John Bolton, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Department of National Intelligence Director, Dan Coats, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff, General Joseph Dunford, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, at which several plans were discussed regarding Iran. War plans. The worst one was the US deploying 120,000 troops in response to IF Iran increases their uranium enrichment OR attacks US forces/allies. 1
Iran gave Europe 60 days to defy the US sanctions so that they can continue trading in Iranian oil.
Federica Mogherini, the European Union's diplomatic chief, stressed the need for dialogue following a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who made a last-minute visit to Brussels on Monday to share information on "escalating" threats from Iran. 2
"Federica Mogherini, the European Union's diplomatic chief, After talks with the E3, Mogherini said they aimed to get INSTEX up and running and have the first transactions "hopefully in the next few weeks". That will be trading in currencies other than the US dollar to be able to buy oil from Iran.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's foreign minister, joined the criticism saying Washington's move to step up sanctions against Iran "does not suit us".
REMARKS: So the Europe rejects the US escalation plan(s) for Iran. Will Iran boost their enrichment of uranium and the US send 120,000 troops starting WW III? There are 60 days for this foreign policy problem to be solved.
France does not want to comply with our sanctions, neither does the UK, Germany or any other of our allied nations, as well as the other countries who need Iranian oil.
China does not support our sanctions against Iran, nor does Russia.
If we start this war, the only one cheering us on will be Saudi Arabia. Iran has considerable oil reserves, if other countries cannot get oil from them, then Saudi stands to profit if they have to get it from them. So who stands with us, Saudi and that is it.
UPDATE, Trump denies there is a plan to send 120,000 troops to Iran.
US President Donald Trump has rejected a New York Times report that American officials are preparing a military plan to deploy up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any threat by Iran.
"I think it's fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we're not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we'd send a hell of a lot more troops than that," Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.
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gina - 5/14/2019 at 09:57 PM
PALESTINE AND SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas $10 billion if he accepts US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “deal of the century,” the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Tuesday.
Referring to meetings between the Saudi crown prince and Abbas, the newspaper said that “according to information obtained by Al-Akhbar, Salman briefed Abbas about the details of the deal of the century and asked him to accept it. According to the information, Salman asked Abbas: What is the annual budget of your entourage? Abbas replied: I’m not a prince to have my own entourage.”
At the stage, according to the newspaper, the Saudi crown prince asked Abbas “How much money does the Palestinian Authority and its ministers and employees need?”
Abbas replied that the Palestinians need $1 billion each year, the report said. “I will give you $10 billion over 10 years if you accept the deal of the century,” Salman was quoted as telling Abbas.
REMARKS: So Saudi Arabia is very interested in the Palestinian Authority accepting Trump's peace deal offer, which includes building a Jewish Temple on Temple Mount (Islamic religious prayer land), and they are okay with declaring Jerusalem as the new capital of Israel, rather than Tel Aviv, etc. etc. An Islamic country going along with furthering Judaism, most unusual.
gina - 5/16/2019 at 10:35 PM
HOUTHIS/SAUDI ARABIAN PIPELINE ATTACK
While many in the world including some in our govt. seem to ERRONEOUSLY believe that Iran attacked Saudi oil pipelines. THE DRONE WAS SENT BY HOUTHI REBELS IN YEMEN. Iran had nothing to do with it.
On Tuesday, the Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for twin drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's main East-West oil pipeline, saying they were a response to "crimes" committed by Riyadh during the bloody air war it has led in Yemen since March 2015.
Saudi Arabia's deputy defence minister accused Iran on Thursday of ordering the drone attacks on two Aramco pumping stations as a "tool to implement its expansionist agenda in the region".
"The terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts," Prince Khalid bin Salman said on Twitter.
The head of the Houthis' Supreme Revolutionary Committee denied that Iran directed the strike and said the movement manufactures its drones locally. Tehran also denies providing arms to the Houthis.
"We are not agents for anyone," Mohammed Ali al-Houthi said. "We make decisions independently and do not take orders for drones or anything else."
COMMENTS: The Houthis in Yemen are Shiites, as are most the Iranians. It is incorrect and wrong to conclude that Iran is sending weapons to the Houthis. The attack was done by an unarmed drone which had crashed in Yemen and the Houthis fixed and then sent back to Saudi. It flies under the radar and was undetected which is how it was able to strike them. There are those who want to believe that Iran is causing all kinds of trouble, but this is plainly just not so. They have said they will NOT go to war against the US. The US and Saudi seem hellbent on pushing them into a war. They are a sovereign country, they have abided by the United Nations Resolutions. The war mongering has to stop.
gina - 5/16/2019 at 10:39 PM
TERRIFYING PREDICTION FOR AUGUST
"On August 1, 2019, Mike Pence is forced to resign for misdeeds he allegedly participated in Indiana.
In a classic October surprise, Donald Trump is forcibly sequestered in the Oval office by a contingent dispatched by the Pentagon. The President’s family is fathered up and held prisoner at the Trump Towers. The President’s family is essentially held hostage but they are alive so long as what the President’s captors say. The cover story is that the President has taken ill as has many in Cabinet. The President “voluntarily submits to the 25th Amendment and resigns for “health reasons”. Meanwhile, a fake virus is sweeping America and the UN has already emerged under the Kigali Principles to take over the handling of this co-called epidemic which involves the unveiling of FEMA camps which are ostensibly being used as quarantine centers (ie detention centers).
Nancy Pelosi is sworn in as President and Hillary Clinton is appointed to be the Vice-President. It is the presumptive assumption that Hillary will become the President in 2020 as all campaigning at the Federal level is suspended in order to prevent Russian tampering with our elections.
Effectively, Trump is deposed and the country goes under medical martial law under the assistance an auspices of the United Nations."
REMARKS: This is by an esteemed aware person whose Father was an Officer in the CIA. He has military contacts, he has a radio show....I don't know if this is just ideas from old information or if it is new but we are almost to June, so I surely hope not.
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gina - 5/17/2019 at 07:22 PM
More Unusual News - FELIX SATER/OSAMA BIN LADEN/RUSSIA/MOSCOW/TRUMP
Felix Sater, who became an FBI informant after pleading guilty in a 1998 fraud scheme, later helped drive talks for a potential Trump Tower Moscow.
By NATASHA BERTRAND 05/16/2019 06:30 PM EDT
A federal judge has confirmed for the first time that Felix Sater, a former Donald Trump business associate who drove Trump Tower Moscow negotiations during the 2016 election, helped the U.S. government track down Osama bin Laden.
During a hearing on Thursday in the Eastern District of New York — held as part of a lawsuit brought by First Look Media to unseal records related to Sater’s longtime cooperation with the government on various national security issues — Judge I. Leo Glasser said the media group already knew all of the “very interesting and dangerous things” Sater had done through his decade as an FBI informant.
“He cooperated,” Glasser said. “And you know what he did over the 10, 11 years, because you told me that you know. He provided the telephone number of Osama bin Laden. He has done an awful lot of very interesting and dangerous things.”
The detail is just another bizarre side plot that has emerged over the two-plus years that federal investigators, lawmakers and journalists have tried to uncover every detail about possible interactions between the Trump campaign and Russian intermediaries during the 2016 election. The probes have put spotlights on a cast of figures in Trump’s extended orbit, many of whom possess unusual backgrounds.
Sater was pulled into the public eye because of his role in trying to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The deliberations have been of interest to investigators for two reasons. One, they occurred as the Kremlin was orchestrating an extensive campaign to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. And two, Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen later lied to Congress about how deep into campaign season the negotiations lasted.
As congressional investigators turned their attention to Sater, he regularly promoted the work he did as an FBI informant, arguing it displayed his patriotism.
He said in written remarks to lawmakers that he “provided crucial intelligence information” about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida “before and after the 9/11 attacks.” He gave BuzzFeed more details — which the publication independently confirmed — saying that he obtained five of the personal satellite telephone numbers for bin Laden before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On Thursday, the judge confirmed the bin Laden anecdote.
But Glasser seemed hesitant about revealing more about Sater’s classified work.
The Judge indicated that unsealing Sater’s 5k1 letter — which is a memo outlining the extent of a defendant’s cooperation, and to what extent that should be taken into consideration for sentencing — still risked disincentivizing other confidential informants from coming forward and cooperating with the government in the future.
The judge asked what else the public needed to know “that would affect these House of Representatives hearings and Mr. Trump?”
Sater had been planning to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in March, but his hearing was postponed after Attorney General Bill Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s primary findings, marking the end of the probe.
Sater’s informant work stems from a 1998 case in which he pleaded guilty to participating in a $40 million stock fraud scheme orchestrated by the mafia in New York. Sater agreed to secretly collect information for the government, which described his cooperation as “extraordinary” in national security cases that have never been named or confirmed in open court before Thursday.
But despite Thursday's disclosure, most of the details of Sater’s cooperation with the government still remain officially secret.
Glasser noted that the interest in Sater’s case has “nothing to do with the criminal prosecution going back to 1998. Not a thing.”
Sater landed in the middle of the Russia investigation when emails he wrote to Cohen were published by the New York Times in 2017.
“I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected,” Sater wrote in a November 2015 email to Cohen, pitching him on a massive real-estate deal in Moscow and implying it could help Trump win the election. “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it…I will get all of Putin’s team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”
Sater and Cohen have known each other for years, going back to Sater’s partnership with the Trump Organization on the construction of Trump SoHo in Manhattan. Bayrock, the real-estate development company that Sater co-founded, was accused in a lawsuit of being “substantially and covertly mob-owned and operated,” and engaging in “related crimes,” including money laundering and racketeering. Sater has long denied the allegations and settled the lawsuit in principle last year.
Sater also helped Trump scope out Russia deals in the early 2000s. He showed Ivanka Trump and her brother Donald Trump Jr. around Moscow in 2006 when their father was scouting real estate there.
Mueller’s team interviewed Sater about his emails to Cohen. Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann — the same prosecutor who supervised the 1998 stock fraud case against Sater — was part of the interview.
Sater, for his part, views the judge’s public acknowledgment of his help in the bin Laden case as proof of his loyalty to the United States and further evidence that he’s not working to advance the interests of his birth country, the former Soviet Union.
“I am proud and honored to have been able to help my country fight this terrorist and killer of Americans,” he told POLITICO.
REMARKS: Judge Leo Glasser adjudicated at John Gotti's trials. Now there is an alleged link between someone who had Osama's satellite phone numbers, Moscow and the Trump election? This is waaay beyond Twilight Zone stuff.
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gina - 5/17/2019 at 07:42 PM
Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow
First published 23 May 2018
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
On September 24, 2001, a dying Osama bin Laden released his last statement to the world. It is published below, the full CIA transcript with no redactions or editing. In this now declassified but heavily suppressed document, bin Laden describes the role of the Deep State in 9/11:
“President Bush or any other US President, they cannot bring Israel to justice for its human rights abuses or to hold it accountable for such crimes. What is this? Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United States? That secret government must be asked as to who made the attacks.”
Bin Laden’s words – and we assert these are his last words – mean much more today than they did even while the ruins in New York and Washington were still smoldering. One might note that the “jet fuel” fires in New York burned for months, billions of BTU’s melting boots well into 2002.
Bin Laden will explain the world today and tell the truths that warned the world of what was to come. His words are riveting.
In March 2007, during an interview with Amy Goodman, former NATO commander, General Wesley Clark told of plans drafted by White House advisor and admitted architect of the Iraq War, Paul Wolfowitz, to invade 7 Middle Eastern nations including, not just Iraq, but Syria and Iran.
The election of Barack Obama may have offset their timetable, but in light of Clark’s revelation made 11 years ago and “buried”, and bin Laden’s transcript, published below, events today are able to be seen in a different and perhaps “Hitleresque” light.
From Salon, October 12, 2007:
“In A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor and Country, published by Palgrave Macmillan last month, the former four-star general recalls two visits to the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks of September 2001. On the first visit, less than two weeks after Sept. 11, he writes, a “senior general” told him, “We’re going to attack Iraq. The decision has basically been made.”
Six weeks later, Clark returned to Washington to see the same general and inquired whether the plan to strike Iraq was still under consideration. The general’s response was stunning:
“‘Oh, it’s worse than that,’ he said, holding up a memo on his desk. ‘Here’s the paper from the Office of the Secretary of Defense [then Donald Rumsfeld] outlining the strategy. We’re going to take out seven countries in five years.’ And he named them, starting with Iraq and Syria and ending with Iran.”
While Clark doesn’t name the other four countries, he has mentioned in televised interviews that the hit list included Lebanon, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Indeed, he has described this same conversation on a few occasions over the past year, including in a speech at the University of Alabama in October 2006, in an appearance on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now” broadcast last March, and most recently in an interview with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”
On “Democracy Now” he spoke about the meetings and the memo in slightly greater detail, saying that he had made the first Pentagon visit ‘on or about Sept. 20.’”
The Death that was not a Death
The world has never been told the truth about Osama bin Laden and 9/11. On December 11, 2001, the Pakistan Observer published an article announcing bin Laden’s death. They are generally a respected news source; and news agencies around the world, including Fox News and others in the US, reported the same.
Moreover, in 2009 I was given direct access to documents at the headquarters of Pakistan’s intelligence and information agencies, the ISPR and ISI, where I met with directors of both agencies.
We reviewed their files, along with other intelligence, and then had a roundtable discussion with their top analysts in a secure location in Rawalpindi.
They said bin Laden was dead, that they had captured and interrogated witnesses, as grim pictures raced through my mind, but they were clear.
Thus, when bin Laden showed up years later only to be “buried at sea” and his killers, a Navy SEAL team to suffer a catastrophic helicopter crash only days later, it became clear that the entire bin Laden story is a hoax.
Bin Laden was kept alive as a “deception and cover” operation by the intelligence agencies of the US, Britain and Israel in order to justify a broad war intended to reshape the world map.
The real architects of 911 saw how events, Sarajevo and Pearl Harbor could be used to create a world, not safe for democracy, but safe for banking, arms sales, and big oil.
On May 1, 2014, a Federal Judge in New York ordered the Islamic State of Iran to pay $6bn in damages to the victims of 9/11. The case against Iran is unclear, and the process for suing Iran is equally obscure. In doing so, however, a door has been opened.
Iran has decided to fight back, much as Russia has when accused of complicity in the use of deadly poison gas in both Britain and Syria.
In both cases, Iran’s and Russia’s, nations believe their sacred honor has been violated by charges so heinous, perhaps even ridiculous, that reality itself is strained.
In Russia’s case, they openly told the US that pushing such bizarre and unfounded accusations, much less using retaliatory force in response to “utter fiction,” violated all “unspoken rules of statecraft,” to paraphrase Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.
What neither Russia nor Syria and Iran know, is that the Federal gag orders imposed by a secret grand jury in Houston, Texas – a grand jury impaneled not to investigate 9/11, but to administer the coverup – are to expire this year.
Why This is Vital
Less than two weeks after 9/11, the only proven statement on 9/11 made by Osama bin Laden was intercepted by the CIA station in Doha, Qatar. The date was September 24, 2001.
Bin Laden had issued a statement, in Arabic, broadcast on an Al Jazeera channel, made to the people of Pakistan.
I mention Arabic while I add the fact that bin Laden, according to former White House Intelligence Advisor Lee Emil Wanta, spoke perfect English. I have spoken with Wanta on this several times, where he has outlined meetings with bin Laden in Peshawar, Pakistan, Ontario, California and in Washington DC, at the Metropolitan Club.
Those meetings began during the 1980s when bin Laden worked for the CIA supplying weapons to the Mujahedeen; and the last meetings were far later than anyone would guess, with Wanta alleging bin Laden was receiving medical care at Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, while the US was searching for him in Sudan and elsewhere.
True or not, details on meetings, which include discussions that included Oliver North and General Secord among others, will be available as testimony at some point if Iran seeks to fight the US in an international court.
First, however, it is important to supply the first, last and only bin Laden statement. Once one reads this, it will become abundantly clear not only that bin Laden died in 2001 but that those who submitted all subsequent statements did so to obscure the truth.
Of note, all alleged bin Laden videos and audio recordings received after September 24, 2001 came from one source, an Israeli intelligence officer born in Iraq named Rita Katz. Her “organization” was called SITE Intelligence and it had only one purpose at that time, to deceive the world about bin Laden and lead investigators away from one obvious suspect, Israel.
The CIA memo, received by Veterans Today in 2010 through the Freedom of Information Act:
“CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY FOREIGN BROADCASTING INTERNATIONAL SERVICE:
FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
WEBSITE OF DOHA AL-JAZIRAH SATELLITE CHANNEL TELEVISION IN ARABIC [FBIS REPORT] WEBSITE OF DOHA AL-JAZIRAH SATELLITE CHANNEL TELEVISION IN ARABIC,INDEPENDENT TELEVISION STATION FINANCED BY THE QATARI GOVERNMENT, WHICH CAN BE ACCESSEDAT URL: HTTP://WWW.ALJAZEERA.NET, CARRIES AT 2011 GMT ON 24 SEPTEMBER THE TEXT OF THE FOLLOWING LETTER BY USAMA BIN LADIN “TO THE PAKISTANI PEOPLE.”
“We hope that these brothers would be the first martyrs in Islam’s battle in this age against the new Jewish crusade that is being led by the biggest crusader, Bush, under the banner of the cross. This battle is one of Islam’s immortal battles.”
“We beseech God to grant him victory against the forces of infidelity and arrogance, and to crush the new crusader-Jewish campaign on the land of Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
“I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States.”
“Neither I had any knowledge of these attacks nor I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people. Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle.”
“All that is going on in
Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”
“Whoever committed the act of 11 September are not the friends of the American people. I have already said that we are against the American system, not against its people, whereas in these attacks, the common American people have been killed. According to my information, the death toll is much higher than what the US Government has stated.
“The United States should try to trace the perpetrators of these attacks within itself; the people who are a part of the US system, but are dissenting against it. Or those who are working for some other system; persons who want to make the present century as a century of conflict between Islam and Christianity so that their own civilization, nation, country, or ideology could survive.”
“They can be any one, from Russia to Israel and from India to Serbia.”
“Then you cannot forget the American Jews, who are annoyed with President Bush ever since the elections in Florida and want to avenge him.”
“Then there are intelligence agencies in the US, which require billions of dollars worth of funds from the Congress and the government every year. This [funding issue] was not a big problem till the existence of the former Soviet Union but after that the budget of these (FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY 180) agencies has been in danger. They needed an enemy. So, they first started propaganda against Usama and Taliban and then this incident happened.”
“Drug smugglers from all over the world are in contact with the US secret agencies. These agencies do not want to eradicate narcotics cultivation and trafficking because their importance will be diminished. The people in the US Drug Enforcement Department are encouraging drug trade so that they could show performance and get millions of dollars worth of budget. General Noriega was made a drug baron by the CIA and, in need, he was made a scapegoat.”
“President Bush or any other US President, they cannot bring Israel to justice for its human rights abuses or to hold it accountable for such crimes. What is this? Is it not that there exists a government within the government in the United States? That secret government must be asked as to who made the attacks.”
“Supporting the US act is the need of some Muslim countries and the compulsion of others. However, they should think as to what will remain of their religious and moral position if they support the attack of the Christians and the Jews on a Muslim country like Afghanistan.”
“I have already said that we are not hostile to the United States. We are against the system, which makes other nations slaves of the United States, or forces them to mortgage their political and economic freedom.”
“This system is totally in control of the American Jews, whose first priority is Israel, not the United States. It is simply that the American people are themselves the slaves of the Jews and are forced to live according to the principles and laws laid by them. So, the punishment should reach Israel.”
“The Western media is unleashing such a baseless propaganda, which make us surprise but it reflects on what is in their hearts and gradually they themselves become captive of this propaganda. They become afraid of it and begin to cause harm to themselves.”
“Terror is the most dreaded weapon in modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against its own people. It can add fear and helplessness in the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means that what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media is doing that. You can understand as to what will be the performance of the nation in a war, which suffers from fear and helplessness.”
The world long ago accepted that the Iraq invasion of 2003 was an illegal act of aggression and that both Bush and Blair, in a “perfect world,” should be hanged as war criminals.
As noted from proof provided here, bin Laden never admitted complicity in 9/11, though audio tapes provided time and time again by Israeli intelligence asserted as much.
Were those tapes an admission by Israel, if seen in light of what we know of “fake news” today, of their role in 9/11?
Was 9/11 staged to bring down, as General Clark may well be asserting, a way of pushing forward a master plan to take down Iraq, Syria, Iran and four other nations?
Has America, now that Israeli policy and neocon politics are predominant, moved back to the same direction, to conquest of Israel’s neighbors?
How do bin Laden’s words play so long after what we assert was the date of his real death?
In light of his September 24, 2001 statement, is it perhaps obvious why a fake bin Laden, vilified by the equally fake media, was needed to push the wars that never seem to end?
REMARKS: If part of the Deep State wants to try to connect Cohen, Trump to someone who said he could get Putin to support Trump before the elections, it is probably just another ploy of the new world/now they call it the international world order - same people, same goal.
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gina - 5/17/2019 at 07:59 PM
Still don't know what went on? The CIA provided weapons, our govt. provided money to other groups thru whom Osama and Al Qaida received it. Hundreds of millions of dollars, Steve Coll reports. At some point he no longer wanted to work for the US, even in a covert, clandestine way, and it is at that point they decided to destroy him, his image. 9-11-01 was the event to do that.
gina - 5/17/2019 at 09:37 PM
This is absolutely chilling. The contemplation of an EMP World War. They have been doing scenarios on this.
Evidence is substantial that Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are tacit allies. Russia and
China conduct military exercises together, support each other at the UN, and typically have a united front on most international issues. China's new and growing military power is largely built
on Russian technology. Russia and China have both helped North Korea and Iran's nuclear and
missile programs, and often protect them from sanctions at the UN.
Is it a coincidence that all four of these powers are now embarked on major acts of aggression in
Europe, Asia, and the Middle East that challenge international law and the existing world
An EMP World War might unfold by sequencing the already described theater EMP scenarios as
 Iran Strikes Israel comes first, while Russia, China, and North Korea wait for U.S. forces
to concentrate in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. military is now so diminished by cuts in
budget, material, and manpower that it can no longer fight more than one big theater war.
After perhaps a week, when U.S. forces and crucial C3I assets are committed and en
route to the Middle East, simultaneously or in rapid succession:
 North Korea Strikes South Korea and Japan
China Strikes Taiwan
 Russia Strikes European NATO
Finally, if necessary:
 North Korea Strikes the United States
 Russia Strikes the United States
This sequencing of EMP attacks would maximally exploit the U.S. "hollow" military. Where the
U.S. is no longer able to support major military operations in more than one theater, the proposed
plan would confront the U.S. nearly simultaneously with an EMP World War in four theaters—
in five theaters if the U.S. itself is attacked.103
EMP is essentially an anti-technology weapon—and perhaps the perfect "silver bullet" to defeat
and humble the high-tech military of the United States that is the basis for its claim to be "the
world's only superpower."
REMARKS: The weapons that highly industrialized nations have these days are so dramatic, no war should even be considered. How can rational people contemplate sending other countries back to the stone age to subdue them, murder millions or hundreds of millions of people?
gina - 5/17/2019 at 09:43 PM
There were scenarios done a long time ago about war in the middle east, just using nukes, no emps.
In one 26 million people in Iran were obliterated in ONE day.
From the Center for Strategic and International Studies - Anthony Cordesman, Chair
gina - 5/17/2019 at 10:00 PM
5-17-19 (it is 5-17-19 over THERE)
Iran tells Iraqi militias to prepare for proxy war
he commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, has recently met Tehran-backed Iraqi militias in Baghdad and told them to “prepare for proxy war,” the Guardian reported.
Two senior intelligence sources said that Soleimani summoned the militias three weeks ago amid a heightened state of tension in the region.
While Soleimani has met regularly with leaders of Iraq’s Shiite groups over the past five years, the nature and tone of this gathering was different. “It wasn’t quite a call to arms, but it wasn’t far off,” one source said.
Leaders of all the militia groups that fall under the umbrella of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) were in attendance at the meeting called by Soleimani, the intelligence sources told the Guardian.
On Thursday Maj Gen Hossein Salami, commander of the Revolutionary Guards and the country’s overall military leader, said the two countries were on the verge of a full-scale confrontation. “This is the most decisive moment for the Islamic revolution because the enemy has come to the battlefield with all of its capacities at its disposal,” he told a meeting of subordinates.
On Thursday Saudi state media called for “surgical strikes” against Iranian targets in response to the attack on the oil tankers. One intelligence official who spoke to the Guardian said the Saudis had specifically asked Washington whether it would act to defend their interests.
REMARKS: Will the Saudis push us into the war with Iran which will decimate our economy via the HUGE increase in oil prices which will cause prices on everything to rise, businesses to fail, [everything that comes here comes by boat, plane, train, they all need fuel] and ultimately make us into a third world country? This should not happen.
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gina - 5/17/2019 at 10:11 PM
Trump awaiting response from Iran they have not called him.
Well maybe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would talk to Trump. Here is his twitter.
A senior Iranian legislator has called for the United States and Iran to hold talks in Iraq or Qatar to defuse tensions amid a US military build-up in the Gulf. Hashmatullah Falahat Pishe, head of the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, urged negotiations on Friday, citing attempts by "third-parties" to provoke a conflict despite senior officials in Tehran and Washington rejecting war.
"There must be a table in Iraq or Qatar where the two sides can meet in order to end this tension," the independent legislator said in a post on Twitter.
Iran calls for Concrete action to save nuclear deal.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged "friends", including China and Russia, to take "concrete action" to safeguard the 2015 nuclear deal following the United States's decision to tighten sanctions on Tehran after exiting the agreement last year.
During a meeting with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Friday, Zarif said: "Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order."
Zarif's meeting with State Councillor Wang Yi was part of an intense diplomatic effort to salvage the 2015 deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
REMARKS: Iran does not want war, they want their own sovereignty, which as a nation they are entitled to have. They want to save their trade deals with Russia and China, and the European nations. If we and Saudi start a war with them, there will be no NATO allies to back us up. We will get nuked and cease to exist as a country. Sure maybe Iran cannot destroy us, but Russia and China can, and the whole world has denounced what we are doing to Iran.
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gina - 5/24/2019 at 11:12 PM
Trump has bypassed Congress to complete a big arms deal to Saudi Arabia. He is able to this because he declared a state of National Emergency, that gives him the legal right to do this.
"US arms control law allows Congress to reject weapons sales to foreign countries but an exemption in the law allows the president to waive the need for congressional approval by declaring a national security emergency."
"Members of Congress had been blocking sales of offensive military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the UAE for months, US President Donald Trump, declaring a national emergency because of tensions with Iran, swept aside objections from Congress on Friday to complete the sale of over $8bn worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Jordan."
"These sales will support our allies, enhance Middle East stability, and help these nations to deter and defend themselves from the Islamic Republic of Iran," Pompeo said in a statement, adding the decision to circumvent Congress was meant to be a "one-time event".
REMARKS: Well if we sell these arms to Saudi and other nations and they use them against Iran, the US can say that "we" did not start any war, because somebody else launches the stuff from their land. Dangerous precedent.
gina - 5/24/2019 at 11:16 PM
IRAN - no surrender
They seem to know they are going to get attacked. Yet their answer is they will not give up or surrender.
"President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will not surrender and stop defending its independence even if it is bombed and its men are killed, wounded, and captured.
"Iran won't give up [pursuing] the goal of maintaining its independence and dignity even if it is bombarded and its men are martyred, wounded, and captured," Rouhani said.
"I explicitly declare that the Iranian nation will defeat the US, the Israeli regime, and the regional reactionaries through resistance and unity," the Iranian president said.
REMARKS: They are a sovereign nation. They are aligned with Turkey and Qatar. It will be very sad when the war does come, it will just be slaughtering people who never wanted a fight in the first place. Oman is also trying to help out.
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gina - 5/24/2019 at 11:32 PM
MARK CUBAN'S IDEA ON HOW TO DEAL WITH CHINA
He thinks that the sanctions hurt not just China but people here also. He has another idea.
“I'd shut down all Chinese IPOs—that's the first step,” “A trading halt would certainly create a lot of disruption for those Chinese companies,” adds Cuban, who’s considering an independent run for president in 2020.
As of February, 156 Chinese companies were listed on major U.S. stock exchanges with a total market capitalization of $1.2 trillion, according to the U.S.-China Economic Security and Review Commission, a group tasked by Congress to monitor the trade relationship between the two countries.
As of this month, 12 Asia-Pacific companies have listed on the Nasdaq so far this year, raising a total of $777 million at their initial offerings, CNBC reported. The Beijing-based coffee chain Luckin Coffee, seeking to overtake Starbucks, made its public initial offering on the Nasdaq last week. Douyu, a Chinese live-streaming platform, is expected to go public in the U.S. this year.
REMARKS: Get their stock offerrings off our exchanges. Hmmmm.
gina - 5/24/2019 at 11:51 PM
PALESTINE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS IN BAHRAIN JUNE 25 AND 26
There is a summit in Bahrain in June, the purpose is to discuss with investors from other countries how Gaza and the West Bank "are investible".
The al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has described the US “deal of the century” as a plan to sell Jerusalem al-Quds and Palestine, slamming it as “high treason,” the Arabic-language Lualua television network reported.
Mahmoud Abbas, of the Palestinian Authority has said that any deal that does not provide a two state solution, and recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state will not work for them and they were not invited to the workshops.
Several weeks ago Kushner met a group of 25 business executives at the Milken Conference in Los Angeles to get them onboard.
REMARKS: Muslims are very worried about this. They do not believe that having Jewish and Saudi etc. investors involved in a plan for the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem is going to help them. They look at the vast difference in the quality of life conditions between Israel and their Muslim counterparts in these regions. If Israel wanted to help them so much, why are they living so badly? When you want to raise people up, you extend a hand, not seize and bulldoze their land to make new expensive developments for Jewish people.
Meanwhile this is what Jared Kushner said about the vision for Palestine.
"Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, thanked Bahrain on Sunday for hosting the workshop. “We look forward to engaging with business and thought leaders from throughout the region and the world to build consensus around the best steps the international community can take to develop the foundation for a prosperous future,” he said in a statement.
“The Palestinian people, along with all people in the Middle East, deserve a future with dignity and the opportunity to better their lives. Economic progress can only be achieved with a solid economic vision, and if the core political issues are resolved. We look forward to presenting our vision on ways to bridge the core political issues very soon,” Kushner added.
FURTHER REMARKS: If they do bring peace and prosperity to the Palestinian people what will be quite an accomplishment. We shall see.