1-12-2018 Endtime News Update

Paul Craig Roberts Fears “Another Step Towards Armageddon”

The US military/security complex has taken another step toward Armageddon.

The Pentagon has prepared a nuclear posture review (NPR) that gives the OK to development of smaller “useable” nuclear weapons and permits their use in response to a non-nuclear attack.

As Reagan and Gorbachev understood, but the warmongers who have taken over America do not, there are far too many nuclear weapons already. Some scientists have concluded that even the use of 10 percent of either the US or Russian arsenal would suffice to destroy life on earth.

It is reckless and irresponsible for Washington to make such a decision in the wake of years of aggressive actions taken against Russia. The Clinton criminal regime broke Washington’s promise that NATO would not move one inch to the East. The George W. Bush criminal regime pulled out of the ABM Treaty and changed US war doctrine to elevate the use of nuclear weapons from retaliation to first strike. The Obama criminal regime launched a frontal propaganda attack on Russia with crazed Hillary’s denunciation of President Putin as “the new Hitler.” In an effort to evict Russia from its naval base in Crimea, the criminal Obama regime overthrew the Ukrainian government during the Sochi Olympics and installed a Washington puppet. US missile bases have been established on Russia’s border, and NATO conducts war games against Russia on Russian borders.

This is insanity. These and other gratuitous provocations have convinced the Russian military’s Operation Command that Washington is planning a surprise nuclear attack on Russia. The Russian government has replied to these provocations with the statement that Russia will never again fight a war on its own territory.

Those such as myself and Stephen Cohen, who point out that Washington’s reckless and irresponsible behavior has created an enemy out of a country that very much wanted to be friends, do not get much attention from the presstitute media. The US military/security complex needs an enemy sufficient to justify its vast budget and power, and the Western media has accommodated that selfish and dangerous need.

Russia today is far stronger and better armed than the Soviet Union ever was. Russia also has an alliance with China, an economic and military power. This alliance was created by Washington’s threats against both countries.

Europe and Japan need to understand that they have responsibility for the resurrection of the Cold War in a far more dangerous form than existed in the 20th century. Europe and Japan, whose political leaders are owned by Washington, have taken money from Washington and sold out their peoples along with the rest of humanity.

The entirety of the Western World is devoid of intelligent political leadership. This leaves countries such as Russia, China and Iran with the challenge of preserving life on earth as the Western World pushes humanity toward Armageddon.


Trump flipflop: US bases to stay in post-war Syria for blocking Russian-Iranian consolidation

President Trump’s decision to keep US troops in post-war Syria comes ahead of his Friday deadline for re-certifying the nuclear accord with Iran, DEBKAfile reports exclusively from Washington.

The decision to retain US bases in northern Syria after the Islamic State’s defeat not only poses a challenge for the plans Moscow has drawn up for Syria, but is another slap in the face for Tehran. It is a reversal of the former White House policy, designed by Trump’s advisers led by National Security Adviser Gen. HR McMaster, to try and work together with President Vladimir Putin on the shape of post-war Syria. They had recommended the drawdown of US troops in the country, following the removal of all foreign forces, especially Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Hizballah and the various pro-Iranian Shiite militias fighting for the Assad regime.

Read more: https://www.debka.com/trump-flipflop-us-bases-stay-post-war-syria-blocking-russian-iranian-consolidation/

Hidden Israeli-Iranian war in Syria

Civil defence team look for survivors after an air strike took place in Idlib, Syria on 2 January 2018 [Muaz Yemen/Anadolu Agency]

The reports state that the missiles are particularly advanced and accurate and could potentially undermine Israel’s strategic domiance and enable Iranian proxies to target anywhere in Israel.

On Wednesday, military analyst in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Alex Fishman, said that in the wake of these Israeli attacks, the “hidden war” of Israel against Iran in the Syrian territories has been disclosed.

He wrote: “We have to get used to the idea that Israel is apparently engaged in a military confrontation, disciplined in the meantime, against an Iranian military regime that is stabilizing in Syria. The Cabinet of Israel (Israeli security government), which has recently discussed the Israeli policy in the northern front against Syria, Lebanon and Iran, has probably came to this exact conclusion.”

Read: ‘Israel will act in Syria according to its security needs,’ Netanyahu says

Last year, Israeli reports talked about the possibility of Iran establishing air, sea and land bases in Syria and pushing “Shiite militias” into military activities against Israel. Fishman suggested that “Israel cannot ignore such threats, but they do not form the real military challenge. The main problem with the Syrian front is the establishment of a dense system of surface-to-surface missiles and precision rocket-propelled missiles that begin from Lebanon and extend to the south of Golan and cover the entire Israeli territory. Such scenario puts Israel against an unprecedented challenge. At the same time, Iranians are establishing a missile front in Gaza, which forces the Israeli army to divide efforts in fighting against short-range missiles from the north and south.”

Fishman added that in case Russians and Americans are not able or willing to prevent this in diplomatic ways, “it seems that Israel has no choice but to act on its own, and it is no longer possible to hide behind vague statements and insinuations. This is a war in every sense of the word. The enemy has to know this, and most importantly, the public in Israel must understand this and prepare for this situation.”

Following the statements of Israeli officials, including Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman who described Syria and Lebanon as one front and called it the Northern Front, Fishman concluded that “the war against these regimes will continue with a changing force and related to the Syrian-Iranian reaction and Hezbollah. If none of these forces would retreat, a war might erupt. There are still no signs of a retreat of the Iranian side.” He went on: “In the past two years, Iran has succeeded in existing in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen and deepened its influence in Oman and Bahrain. The Iranian administration – especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard – is in a state of ecstasy because of the sense of victory in Syria.”

From another side, military analysts and Arab affairs analysts in the Israeli media considered that the Syrian army’s issuance of a statement on the Israeli attack on Tuesday and other precedent attacks would send a warning message to Israel from a Syrian reaction, though the regime army’s statement claimed that its anti-missiles system intercepted the Israeli missiles.

On Wednesday, military analyst in Israel Hayom newspaper, Yoav Limor, wrote that “this statement should be worrisome because it is another stage in the process of increasing the renewed self-confidence of Al-Assad and his army. Meanwhile, Israel seems to be doing what it wants in Syria. It is attacking what it wants, where it wants and when it wants. However, this is not an eternal immunity. Any side might counterattack at any time.”

Limor went on: “There is no such side at the current time.” He also pointed out that “Israel will try to take advantage of Al-Assad’s preoccupation with recovering from the war and Iran’s preoccupation with the elimination of internal protests in order to improve its positions. Although Iran is strategically planning to stabilise itself in Syria, its recent efforts to practically implement this have been foiled by the attack on the military base that it has established in Damascus (bombed by Israel on Tuesday morning). It is not clear when Iranians will resume their efforts, but in Israel they are preparing to face this.”

Limor pointed to the annual intelligence assessment of the Israeli army, which predicted that there is little possibility of a war to be initiated. However, there are high possibilities of an unplanned escalation. “Such escalation could develop from an Israeli attack in Syria, including attacks that have quietly passed so far, and in the future, there might be those who would respond to them.”


Arab League backs Palestinian bid for UN membership

The Arab League has endorsed a Palestinian plan to seek full membership at the United Nations, in a move likely to lead to a confrontation with the US in the UN security council.

Negotiations with Israel on the terms of Palestinian statehood have been frozen since 2008. As an alternative the Palestinians have decided to seek UN recognition of an independent “Palestine” in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in the 1967 six-day war.

Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Doha said they would support the Palestinian bid.

The ministers pledged in a statement to “take all necessary measures and to rally needed support of all world countries, starting with members of the security council, to recognise the state of Palestine … and to win full membership of the United Nations”.



US launches investigation into Hizbollah’s backers

The US government is to investigate the alleged involvement of Hizbollah in illegal activities, including drug trafficking.

The US department of justice (DOJ) yesterday launched the inquiry by assigning a team of prosecutors to a Hizbollah financing and narcoterrorism team (HFNT).

Attorney-general Jeff Sessions described the team as “a group of experienced international narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organised crime, and money laundering prosecutors”.

The HFNT prosecutors and investigators will be “tasked with investigating individuals and networks providing support to Hizbollah, and pursuing prosecutions in any appropriate cases”.

Mr Sessions referred to examining evidence from earlier investigations, including cases resulting from Project Cassandra, a law enforcement initiative targeting Hizbollah’s drug trafficking and related operations which – according to a Politico investigation last month – was scaled back and shelved by the Barack Obama administration.

“The justice department will leave no stone unturned in order to eliminate threats to our citizens from terrorist organisations and to stem the tide of the devastating drug crisis,” said Mr Sessions.

The US attorney-general took a swipe at the Obama administration’s record, pledging to “ensure that all Project Cassandra investigations as well as other related investigations, whether past or present, are given the needed resources and attention to come to their proper resolution.”

Tactically, “the team will initiate prosecutions that will restrict the flow of money to foreign terrorist organisations, as well as disrupt violent international drug trafficking operations.”

Leading the team will be acting assistant attorney Gen John P Cronan of the justice department’s criminal division. He will supervise the HFNT, and “will convene a co-ordination meeting focused on identifying and combating such support to Hizbollah”.

The team tasked by the DOJ will co-ordinate with, among others, “investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), including the DEA’s special operations Division; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Homeland Security Investigations; assistant United States attorneys; and lawyers from the justice department’s criminal division and national security division.”

The DOJ announcement came as the Trump administration finalises its decision on the Iran nuclear deal, which sources say the president will not abandon today.

Mr Trump met his national security team in Washington yesterday ahead of the deadline for deciding on sanctions on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Congressional and administration sources said Mr Trump will sign the waiver and save the deal by continuing to offer Iran sanctions relief on the nuclear side but at the same time impose targeted sanctions on other sectors, possibly including individuals and businesses involved in the crackdown against the recent street protests.


Angry Protesters Burn EU Flags As Chaos Strikes Bulgaria

It was supposed to be a time of celebration of Europe’s unelected oligarchs. Instead, protests broke out on the streets of Sofia, Bulgaria where demonstrators burned EU flags because they feel ignored by the bloc. Appropriately, protests kicked off in the capital Sofia on the same night Bulgaria took over its first Presidency of the European Council from January 2018 until June 2018.

EU commissioners are in the city as Bulgaria begins its presidency – and guests at the opening ceremony of the presidency in Sofia, including European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the Council head Donald Tusk, the Express reports.

According to Sofia Globe, 11 protests are being held across the city tonight.

Former president Rossen Plevneliev said: “These protests are not a symbol of future political action, but they are telling us something important – the whole political elite has not done its job over the years.”

George Pykov, a Bulgarian who is currently an executive committee member for Young Independence and studying Law at the University of Portsmouth told Express.co.uk: “The EU has no interest in Bulgaria or any Eastern European country.

“Issues that were meant to be solved have not, and I’m pleased to hear that Bulgarians are fighting back against an expansionist and fanatic Union.

“I and many other Bulgarians living in Britain hope that, one day, we will see a Bulgarian exit from the EU to join the UK in an exciting new, independent future.

“It is time for Bulgaria to be free from mob rule.”

Lilyana Pavlova, Bulgaria’s minister for the EU Presidency, said last Friday: “Personally, I would rather not have the Presidency begin with protests, whatever their goal is … it’s just that all the international media will be here to see Bulgaria.”

The Interior Ministry Employees Syndicate, the largest police union, said it planned to greet the EU official cars with banners. The union has been campaigning for a 15-per cent pay rise for months.

Other groups protesting include a planned march in defence of the ratification of The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and The Alliance for Defence Against Violence Based on Gender, organised a march in front of parliament, to “say STOP to ignorance and violence in our country!”

These latest protests come after thousands took to the streets last week to to protest against plans to expand the skiing resort of Bansko. NGO “For the Nature”, said the plan approved by the Bulgarian government, allowing the construction of a second cabin lift, violated the Protected Areas Act and the European Habitats Directive.



Nearly 800 arrested as protests continue in Tunisia

Tunisian protesters take to the streets in Siliana, about 130 kilometres south of Tunis, on January 11, 2018 as anger over austerity measures continued to fuel unrest. Faouzi Dridi / AFP

Nearly 800 people have been arrested in a wave of violent protests in Tunisia, authorities said on Friday after fresh unrest over austerity measures hit a provincial town.

Police fired tear gas at dozens of youths who pelted them with stones for some three hours overnight in the northern town of Siliana.

But the situation appeared calm in other flashpoint towns and neighbourhoods across the country where clashes with police left dozens of officers injured.

Interior ministry spokesman Khalifa Chibani said 151 people were arrested on Thursday, taking the number detained in several nights of unrest to 778.


Planned Parenthood Brags: We Did 320k Abortions, Took $540 Million In Tax Dollars

Planned Parenthood has reported having received $543.7 million in payments from the government, while also allowing its affiliates to perform 321,384 abortions in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, reports CNS News.

“Government Health Services Reimbursements & Grants,” is the report that showed these numbers in the year that ended on June 30, 2017.

According to a report by the Government Accountability Office, Medicaid and the federal Title X Family Planning Program both provide tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

This was summarized in a Congressional Research Service report that was published in May 2017. Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates received $400.56 million in Medicaid funding in 2012 and $64.35 in Title X funding.

In the fiscal 2016 year, according to these numbers, Planned Parenthood has done approximately 878 abortions for every day of the past year. Since 2016 was a leap year, that number is actually for 366 days.

 “If Planned Parenthood had done its abortions non-stop 24-hours-a-day for the full year, they would have needed to abort approximately 37 babies every hour–or one every 98 seconds–to reach 321,384 abortions for the year,” reports CNS News.

It’s disgusting to think about that many innocent lives being shut out every hour, and the fact that our government allows and even helps fund those kinds of operations is almost too much to think about.

Perhaps the government should stop funding the killing of innocent lives and start focusing on protecting those lives instead and invest in proper child care and maternity care for the parents who have to deal with this scenario in the first place. Let’s also take care of women who become pregnant unwontedly and help them with the process instead of scaring them into this sickening situation.

There are many steps that can be taken to help solve this problem, and killing innocent children doesn’t have to be the one and only step.

01-04-2018 Endtime News Update

I pray you are all getting right with Yeshua our God and King.  He’s coming soon!  Keep looking up.

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It’s so cold in Florida, iguanas are falling from trees

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It’s so cold in Florida that iguanas are falling from their perches in suburban trees. Temperatures dipped below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) early Thursday in parts of South Florida, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.

That’s chilly enough to immobilize green iguanas common in Miami’s suburbs. Palm Beach Post columnist Frank Cerabino tweeted a photograph of an iguana lying belly-up next to his swimming pool. WPEC-TV posted images of an iguana on its back on a Palm Beach County road.

The cold-blooded creatures native to Central and South America start to get sluggish when temperatures fall below 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius), said Kristen Sommers, who oversees the nonnative fish and wildlife program for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

If temperatures drop below that, iguanas freeze up. “It’s too cold for them to move,” Sommers said. They’re not the only reptiles stunned by this week’s cold snap: Sea turtles also stiffen up when temperatures fall. The wildlife commission’s biologists have been rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles found floating listlessly on the water or near shore, but no such rescue is planned for iguanas.

Well-meaning residents finding stiffened iguanas are advised to leave them alone, as they may feel threatened and bite once they warm up. “Don’t assume that they’re dead,” Sommers said. Green iguanas are an invasive species in Florida known for eating through landscaping and digging burrows that undermine infrastructure. They can grow over 5 feet (1.5 meters) long, and their droppings can be a potential source of salmonella bacteria, which causes food poisoning.

The wildlife commission has begun holding workshops to train homeowners and property managers to trap or manage iguanas. The reptiles may be easier to catch this week, Sommers said. “This provides an opportunity to capture some, but I’m not sure it’s going to be cold enough for long enough to make enough of a difference,” she said. “In most cases, they’re going to warm back up and move around again, unless they’re euthanized.”

A two-week cold snap with temperatures below 40 degrees (5 degrees Celsius) in 2010 killed off many iguanas, along with Burmese pythons and other invasive pests that thrive in South Florida’s subtropical climate. Those populations have since rebounded.

Elsewhere in Florida, the effects of a brutal winter storm rolling up the East Coast were less exotic. It snowed briefly Wednesday in the state’s capital, Tallahassee, for the first time in 28 years.




Six countries enter the UN Security Council

Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday “to make a difference”, the body’s president said.

“Peace and security are difficult to achieve,” Kazakh envoy Kairat Umarov, who took the rotating presidency in January, told council members at a special ceremony. “You are going to have a real chance to make a difference.”

One after the other, ambassadors representing the council’s six new member countries — five men and a woman, Polish envoy Joanna Wronecka — placed their flag among those of the body’s nine other members.

The UN Security Council has 15 members, including five with permanent seats who have the power to veto resolutions — Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

Three women and 12 men are among the 15 ambassadors who will soon be seated at the U-shaped table in the centre of the Security Council’s chamber.

In addition to Ms Wronecka and US envoy Nikki Haley, Karen Pierce will take her seat later this month as Britain’s ambassador.

The six countries which left the Security Council on December 31 were Egypt, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay.



Report: U.S. Gives Israel Green Light to Assassinate Iranian General Soleimani

Washington gave Israel a green light to assassinate Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, the overseas arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Monday.

Al-Jarida, which in recent years had broken exclusive stories from Israel, quoted a source in Jerusalem as saying that “there is an American-Israeli agreement” that Soleimani is a “threat to the two countries’ interests in the region.” It is generally assumed in the Arab world that the paper is used as an Israeli platform for conveying messages to other countries in the Middle East.

The agreement between Israel and the United States, according to the report, comes three years after Washington thwarted an Israeli attempt to kill the general.
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.832387


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Venezuela Forced To Pay For Medicine With Diamonds And Gold

Venezuela’s government has nearly exhausted its foreign exchange reserves and its citizens have resorted to mining bitcoin  and fashioning ad hoc neighborhood currencies  to facilitate day-to-day transactions.

But the cash crunch that has helped worsen the country’s economic crisis is finally forcing the government to make an unusual request of its trading partners, including pharmaceutical companies from which the government buys medicine for the country’s hospitals: Would they accept payment in diamonds, gold or other precious stones?



According to the Wall Street Journal, companies were baffled by Venezuela’s offer. As for whether they accepted it: That’s not clear.

The proposed exchange perplexed the pharma representatives, whose companies had no policies on accepting precious gems and metals as payment, according to three people familiar with the meeting last month where Venezuela’s health minister made the offer.

While it isn’t clear if any of the companies accepted it, the proposal underscores how Venezuela’s economic collapse is forcing President Nicolás Maduro’s embattled administration to improvise to pay for goods as severe dollar shortages push the country toward a barter society.

As WSJ  pointed out, using commodities as payment isn’t uncommon for large global companies trading in mining or oil. But it’s almost unheard of as a way to settle debts to other sectors like pharmaceuticals. The trend also mirrors the rise of bartering on the streets of many Venezuelan towns and cities.

In this capital city’s sprawling Petare slum, residents like 25-year-old baker Norvis Bracho use Facebook groups—some with more than 100,000 members—to post pictures of sugar and corn flour offered in exchange for beans or blood-pressure pills.

“This is how we get by every day,” said Mr. Bracho, a member of 13 Facebook and WhatsApp networks where he trades everything from bread to computer parts.

On a recent day, Mr. Bracho’s family, thrilled to see hard-to-find Coca-Cola sold on the streets, rushed to purchase a dozen 2-liter bottles with a debit card.

“This will come in handy to exchange later,” his aunt, Ruth Villarreal, said.

The Venezuela bolivar has depreciated more than 97.5% against the dollar over the past year. And economists expect annualized inflation to surpass 2,000% during the coming year, even as the price of oil has steadily crept higher.

Given the country’s opaque finances, it isn’t clear how much Venezuela holds in certified precious metals and stones.



The Socialist government unilaterally pulled out of the international Kimberley Process, which certifies the origins of diamonds, for eight years until it re-entered in 2016. Much of the country’s mining of diamonds and other valuable minerals is in the hands of wildcat miners in the lawless, jungle-covered states of Amazonas and Bolívar.

But to help stave off bankruptcy, President Nicolas Maduro recently promised that the country would back a soon-to-be-launched digital currency with $5 billion of gold and oil.





Assad drops almost 70,000 barrel bombs on Syria, study finds

Bashar al Assad’s regime has dropped almost 70,000 barrel bombs on Syria during the country’s near seven-year civil war, according to a report released this week.

The report, published by the non-profit Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), is perhaps the most extensive study into the use of the indiscriminate crude weapon and tracks how it became synonymous with the Assad regime’s brutal war apparatus.

The study notes that between July 2012 and December 2017, no less than 68,334 barrel bombs were dropped by Syrian regime helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, resulting in at least 10,763 deaths, many of them civilian.

It claimed at least 565 separate attacks on vital civilian facilities, including though not limited to schools and hospitals. There were at least 54 attacks on mosques.

The report notes that the majority of these were carried out after the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 2139 – adopted on February 22, 2014. The resolution explicitly called for a cessation in the use of the weapon.

The worst hit areas have been civilian population centres, such as the governorate of Damascus. The capital and its suburbs were hit by some 22,149 bombs between 2012 and 2017, whilst the tiny suburb of Khan al Sheih alone was hit by 3,127 bombs during the same period of time.

The report also charts the Assad regime’s use of chemical agents, deployed through barrel bombs. It states that in 2014 the regime began “adding poison chemical substances in the form of cylinders carrying a poison gas” to the bombs, noting 87 instances of attacks with poisoned barrel bombs. The first having taken place on April 10th 2014 in Kafr Zita, a northern suburb of Hama.

It notes that all of these chemical substance attacks took place after the adoption of United Nations Security Council resolution 2139.

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/assad-drops-almost-70-000-barrel-bombs-on-syria-study-finds-1.692570

News Additions 01-03-2018

Israel Warns Hizbullah any Confrontation ‘Will Shock You’

Israeli army spokesman Avichai Adraee voiced threats on Wednesday warning Hizbullah to refrain from waging any aggression against Israel “because we are going to surprise you if you dare,” he warned.

“Maintaining stability in the region is a common interest of the Israeli and Lebanese sides, but if you dare, we will surprise you,“ said the Israeli official in a video footage.

He added that “Hizbullah has been working as an Iranian arm in Lebanon and sacrificing Lebanese to foreign interests.”

Hizbullah has been hit hard in the Syrian war and “its support in Lebanon and the Arab world continues to decline,” he added.

The official warned that Israel is “closely monitoring what Hizbullah is doing as well as what is happening on the border and beyond.”




Iran’s Rouhani Tells Erdogan ‘Protests to End in a Few Days’

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday expressed hope in a telephone call with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the protests which have rocked his country would end in a few days, a Turkish presidential source said.

Erdogan told Rouhani that “peace and stability” in Iranian society had to be preserved and said he concurred with his Iranian counterpart’s statement that the right to protest should not lead to “violations of the law”.

“President Rouhani thanked President Erdogan for his sensitivity and expressed hope that the protests would end in a few days,” said a statement by a Turkish presidential source.

The comments were not immediately confirmed by the Iranian side.

Read more: http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/240383-iran-s-rouhani-tells-erdogan-protests-to-end-in-a-few-days

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Face Massive Fines As German Hate Speech Law Kicks In

Social media companies are facing a herculean task following the January 1 kickoff of Germany’s strict new “hate speech” laws, giving companies such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube 24 hours after a complaint to remove postings containing hate speech.

Failure to remove the offending posts in time so will expose the platforms to fines of up to 50 million euros ($60 million USD).

The new law was passed last June and went into effect in October – however social media companies were given until January 1 to prepare for compliance, such that they maintain an “effective and transparent procedure for dealing with complaints” which users can submit freely. Upon receiving a complaint, social media companies have 24 hours to block or remove “obviously illegal content” – and up to a week in “complex cases.”

Germany has unique hate speech laws which criminalize certain language – such as incitement to racial or religious violence, speech denigrating religions, and other posts deemed to be offensive.

Facebook hired over 500 German contractors in November out of a reported 3,000 to help comply with the new law, who will work for a service provider called CCC out of a new office in the western city of Essen. Meanwhile, the German government has reportedly hired a staff of 50 people assigned to the task of implementing and policing the law.

Social media giants face a gigantic task – which some might say is impossible. It is estimated that around 37.3 million Germans will use social media in 2017.

via Statista

Now, consider that every single flagged post from millions of users must be evaluated before the post is removed or blocked. This will require Artificial Intelligence (AI) or some other sort of algo. And as algos begin to identify and remove “hate speech,” people will adapt to the filters and begin to find ways around it – changing terms, spellings, and using coded language to communicate.

And all of this must be caught and removed within 24 hours. 

Moreover, political enemies can attempt to game the system by filing false reports on each other. If social media companies then set “removal” as the default action upon a complaint, they will be inundated with appeals which an AI may not be able to handle – requiring a person to manually review each case that warrants human attention.

As Cnet points out:

The massive amount of hate content, in particular, has been a problem for the sites. In June, Facebook said it removes 66,000 such posts every week. The company said it wants to do better but adds that the task is not easy. Last month, Facebook added new tools to try to curb abuse on the site. One new feature tries to make sure that when you block someone who’s been harassing you, the person can’t simply create a new account and continue the harassment. The tool does that by looking at various signals, like the person’s IP address.

Also last month, Twitter escalated its fight against hate, enforcing an updated policy that bans people from promoting violence and hate in their usernames and bios, and threatens to remove accounts if users tweeted hate speech, symbols and images.

It goes without saying that the definition of “offensive content” or “hate speech” falls to those making the rules – in most cases, progressive bureaucrats who conflate nationalism with bigotry and embrace newly invented phenomenons such as “microaggressions.”

We recommend copious supplies of popcorn and a good book to read as this comedy of EU hypersensitive political correctness plays out over the interwebs.

Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-02/facebook-twitter-youtube-face-massive-fines-german-hate-speech-law-kicks

01-03-2018 Endtime News Update

Iranian protest ebbs with failure to stage strike. Regime swamps rallies with security forces.

The nationwide strike which the anti-government demonstrators scheduled for Tuesday, Day Six of their protest, failed to come off for lack of an identified leader to get it off the ground. No work stoppages occurred in any of the big or small towns across the country and the markets were as busy as usual. DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources note that the protest movement is running out of steam – also because of its failure to attract the essential support of the most powerful classes of society, the intelligentsia, the middle class, the bazaar merchants and the students. By Tuesday night, therefore, the number of rallies declined by a third and participation by almost a half.

Many of the protesters took fright from the menacing words they heard from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday. He accused “foreign intelligence agents” of providing the protesters with “cash, arms and intelligence.” This raised the specter of arrest for treason and collaboration with enemy agents, charges that carry the death sentence. Other regime officials reiterated that anyone caught attacking or setting on fire to government buildings would be executed. This is no idle threat in Iran, which tops world ranks for its prolific and swift executions.
The regime also showed  gaining confidence for weathering the upheaval by the way it was handled, DEBKAfile reports. No shooting or violent crackdowns. Instead, after three days, the demonstrators were still free to reach their rallying-points in the town centers, but when they arrived, they met thousands of regime loyalists and police reinforcements waiting there and were often outnumbered.

The regime’s blockage of Internet media had mixed results. Although the Trump administration called on Tehran Tuesday to unblock the favorites, Instagram and Telegram, users had by then found the blockages lifted in many places. This was another sign that the regime was less worried about the outcome of the street dissent than in its early days.  DEBKAfile’s sources stress that the protest movement is by no means finished. Attempts will continue to keep up the rallies. They face their next test on Friday, Jan. 5. If the anti-government movement fails to bring masses out to the streets after Friday prayers, it will continue to fade. On Tuesday night, America’s UN ambassador, Nikki Haley said a UN Security Council session would be called to discuss the situation in Iran.


“So far, at least 21 people in cities and towns across the country have died in the clashes between protesters and government troops that have roiled the country for almost a week. More than 450 people have been arrested by the regime, according to official sources.
Protests took place in at least 10 cities Tuesday night. As the week has worn on, the numbers of both protesters and riot police on the capital’s streets have declined, Moshtagim said.
“Since (Tuesday) night the protests in Tehran seemed diminishing in terms of the number of protesters and in terms of the anti-riot police stationed … in the vicinity” of protests in the capital, he reported (http://time.com/5084426/iran-protests-populist-islamic-republic/).

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Eurasia Group Warns A “Major Geopolitical Crisis” May Be Coming In 2018

Eurasia Group’s Ian Bremmer says that 2018 is “by far the greatest geopolitical risk environment that we’ve ever seen” and that this could be the year where the international community witnesses the geopolitical equivalent to the financial crisis.

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average nearing 25,000 and the pace of economic growth in the US climbing back above 3%, the economy has seldom been in better shape since the crisis – a fact that President Trump never misses an opportunity to highlight. However, lingering geopolitical tensions that have been simmering for years finally came to a head in 2017. The result? The US is now mired in what Bremmer calls “a geopolitical recession.”



Put simply, this means the decline of US influence in the world will accelerate in 2018, as the US’s mix of soft power and economic and political liberalism faces a crisis of credibility.

Meanwhile, some of the US’s largest geopolitical rivals will seek to claim some of the authority ceded by the “America First” Trump administration, which is opposed to trade deals, supports slashing funding for the United Nations and is virulently anti-immigration.

Which brings us to Eurasia Group’s  top risks for 2018…which begins with…


No. 1: China Loves a Vacuum:

Bremmer believes Xi Jinping’s speech at November’s Nineteenth Party Congress will be remembered as one of the most important geopolitical events since the fall of the Soviet Union.

The reason? As the US retreats under Trump, China is setting international standards in more ways than ever before.

This is true in three ways:

Trade and investment. No country today has developed as effective a global trade and investment strategy as Beijing. China is writing checks and creating a global architecture while others are thinking locally or bilaterally. This model generates both interest and imitators, with governments across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and even Latin America tacking more toward Beijing’s policy preferences because the direct transactional consequences have become much more impactful.



Technology. China and the US are leading the charge on investment in new technology—in artificial intelligence (AI), in particular. For the US, leadership comes from the private sector. In China, it comes from the state, which aligns with the country’s most powerful companies and institutions, and works to ensure the population is more in tune with what the state wants. That’s a powerful stabilizing force for the authoritarian and state capitalist Chinese government. Other governments will find the model compelling, especially those most worried about potential social unrest within their borders. And China’s economic clout will align tech sectors within smaller nations with Chinese standards and firms.

Values. The only political value that China exports is the principle of non-interference in other countries’ affairs. That’s attractive for governments that are used to Western demands for political and economic reform in exchange for financial help. With the advent of Trump’s “America First” foreign policy and the many distractions for Europe’s leaders, there is no counter to China’s non-values-driven approach to commerce and diplomacy.

But importantly, China is still a regional power when it comes to national security. China has not been a player in the war against terrorism. And US defense spending is far greater than China’s.

But in time, this may begin to change as China’s military becomes increasingly active in the Pacific.

No. 2: Accidents

While the world isn’t on the brink of WWIII, tensions between the US, China, Russia and North Korea remain elevated. The likelihood of geopolitical accidents has risen significantly, a trend that will continue. At some point, there could be a mistake that leads to a confrontation. A few worth thinking about for 2018:

Cyberattacks. The risk of a major cyberattack has risen at a time when international mistrust and the erosion of common norms, standards, and architecture has made it more difficult to coordinate responses to attacks when they occur. That makes the risk of overreaction high, even when reaction is warranted. The threat comes both from states (Russia, China, North Korea) and non-state actors (such as Anonymous); the capacity to wreak havoc is rapidly growing, especially given security vulnerabilities and high-level leaks from within the US National Security Agency. The prospect today of an economy-shaking cyberattack is real— be it via the destruction of a critical piece of infrastructure or through forced transparency that cripples the credibility of a leading corporation, bank, or marketplace; or even a takedown of the internet itself (several states have reportedly probed the resilience of the internet’s backbone infrastructure). If an actor goes after these targets, we’re in uncharted territory. Of all the unexpected geopolitical “accidents” listed here, cyber deserves to be at the top of the list.

North Korea. The world’s most obvious risk of geopolitical accident. An unsatisfactory (and eroding) status quo remains the most likely outcome in 2018. Everyone knows that the US has only unpalatable military options. The North Koreans aren’t suicidal; further North Korean missile tests are likely, but a direct strike on an adversary is nearly inconceivable. Yet, rocket tests over Japanese territory are intrinsically dangerous and could provoke an escalatory response. So too the expanded military exercises and overflight by the North Koreans, Americans, and allies within easy shooting range of one another. Elevated tensions combined with less trust/coordination among all actors means that mistakes, when they occur, are more likely to ignite a conflagration. The possibility of war, which would risk severe damage to a key US ally and impact global supply chains, remains unlikely. But it’s much more thinkable today than it has ever been.



Syria. The war in Syria will continue to wind down in 2018, but there will still be plenty of destructive hardware in the field carried by actors in close proximity who don’t like or trust one another. Russian and US bombers regularly fly into each other’s demarcation zones, and strikes in the wrong place could kill US or Russian troops. US soldiers are embedded with Kurdish forces around Raqqa and other areas east of the Euphrates, and they could become a target for Russia and Iran. It’s the Washington-Tehran relationship that’s most dangerous in Syria. Trump wants Iran out of the country.

Terrorism. Conventional terrorist attacks continue to be far more likely, and dangerous, in the Middle East, North Africa, and South/Southeast Asia than in the developed world. But the end of the caliphate in Iraq and Syria has pushed many foreign fighters back to their homelands, creating increased risk in Europe, and the online sophistication of the Islamic State has facilitated more copycat attacks. A catastrophic attack in the US remains unlikely.

No. 3 Technology

The convergence of AI, big data and high-speed networks will help usher in the next technological revolution. Also, as the epicenter of progress shifts away from Silicon Valley, the race to develop the best and most productive technology could quickly fracture along national lines. It could easily become another arena for the US vs. China dynamic to unfurl.

A race for breakthrough technology is underway between the US and China. Both countries’ tech giants are speeding to master AI and supercomputing among other highly investment-intensive, next generation technologies. The winner could well dominate the coming decades, both economically and geopolitically.


A struggle for market dominance will continue to rage in third-party countries and regions that will have to decide whose products and standards to embrace. Think Africa, India, Brazil, and even Europe. China and the US are engaged in a global competition to be the lead technology supplier for their various international partners. This fight plays out in three areas: civilian infrastructure (from fiber-optic cabling to cloud storage), in consumer goods (putting next generation smartphones in every hand), and in government procurement and security equipment. The latter is of utmost importance, as—just like the traditional arms deals of yesteryear—a linkup between two governments on cybersecurity creates long-lasting technical dependencies that translate into strong political ties.

Read more and watch video at: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-02/eurasia-group-presents-its-top-risks-2018

Trump: Why pay Palestinians billions of dollars for no peace?

US President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday: “It’s not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others. As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue… peace treaty with Israel. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”

On Dec. 23, DEBKAfile reported that Trump had decided to cut aid to UNWRA, and his administration would no longer receive Palestinian officials. The US forks out around half a billion dollars a year to the Palestinian Authority, including $370m to UNWRA, making it the largest governmental donor. We also reported that the US president is coordinating his steps on the Palestinian issue with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which have already cut aid to the Palestinians. It remains to be seen whether the Europeans, Turkey and Jordan will make up the aid shortfall.


A “Bomb Cyclone” Is Set To Detonate Off The East Coast

This storm developing off the Southeast coast will meet the meteorological criteria of a “bomb” as it rapidly intensifies. The signal for a storm has been evident since last week, but as the track has been fine-tuned, impacts to the I-95 corridor are now expected. Snow, strong winds, and very cold temperatures are expected particularly the further east one heads,” said Ed Vallee, meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting LLC.


Winter Storm Grayson, a very large and powerful winter storm is threatening the East Coast of the United States with heavy snow, intense winds, and record-setting low temperatures. Winter storm watches and warnings have been issued for many coastal regions in north Florida to Maine from Wednesday into late Thursday.

This week’s storm may end up being worse than your average nor’easter, according to Bloomberg. It could produce a “bomb cyclone,” otherwise known as a bombogenesis, a phenomenon that occurs when a system’s central pressure drops steeply – 24 millibars or more – in 24 hours. If current computer models hold, that’ll start to happen somewhere off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and continue as the storm moves north. Hurricane-force wind warnings have been posted off the coast where ships could encounter winds of 80 miles (130 kilometers) an hour and waves as high as 26 feet on Thursday.

“The real apex, the peak of the storm, will be Cape Cod to Nova Scotia,” said Gregg Gallina, a forecaster at the U.S. Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.


Pressure and wind visualization of storm off the coast of New England on Thursday.

This particular storm, which is currently developing off the coast of Florida, will devour enough warm water that it could be considered a winter hurricane by the time it leaves the Mid-Atlantic coast late Wednesday.

The Weather Channel describes how a bombogenesis forms:

To be classified as a weather bomb, or having undergone bombogenesis or “bombing-out”, the central pressure of a low pressure system must drop at least 24 millibars within 24 hours.

Bombogenesis results when there is a large temperature gradient, usually between a cold continental air mass and warm sea-surface temperatures. However, it can also be the product of a cold polar air mass and much warmer air from the south, say, over the Plains states.

Over that temperature contrast, a powerful, intensifying jet-stream disturbance triggers air to rise and kicking off the bombogenesis process.


Frequently, Nor’easters are weather bombs due to cold air surging southward from Canada combined with the warm ocean waters of the Gulf Stream.

“Some computer models are projecting a minimum central air pressure of below 950 millibars at its peak, which would be nearly unheard of for this part of the world outside of a hurricane,” said Mashable’s Andrew Freedman. “For comparison, Hurricane Sandy had a minimum central pressure of about 946 millibars when it made its left hook into New Jersey in 2012.” By Thursday, the European model forecasts the storm to register at 946 millibars off the coast of Long Island, making it a rather intense storm on par with destructive hurricanes.

With the cold air in place ahead of the storm, winter storm watches and warnings have been issued from north Florida to Maine.

On its current track, the storm will scrape the East Coast and dump snow from South Carolina to Maine and into Canada, with Boston and parts of Maine bearing the brunt. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has already declared a state of emergency for 28 counties. The weather stands to wreak havoc on markets for longer, as electricity prices have already surged to the highest level in years and natural gas demand hit a record high.


The Washington Post details the hazardous weather conditions expected to hit the East Coast:

The responsible storm is forecast to begin taking shape off the coast of Florida Wednesday, unloading hazardous snow and ice in highly unusual locations not accustomed to such weather. The National Weather Service has already posted winter storm watches from Lake City, Fla. to Norfolk

It is then expected to rapidly intensify, buffeting the Mid-Atlantic beaches and eastern New England, where winter storm watches have also been issued.

In Charleston, one to three inches of snow and sleet is forecast Wednesday, where the Weather Service warns to “plan on difficult travel conditions.” From Norfolk to the Maryland and Delaware beaches, including much of the southern half of the Delmarva Peninsula, 3 to 6 inches of heavy snow are predicted from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service office serving northeast Florida and southeast Georgia cautions that a nasty mix of light freezing rain, light sleet and light snow is expected to develop Wednesday “with significant icing possible.”

Farther inland in the Mid-Atlantic, near Interstate 95, the storm’s exact track will be highly consequential. Current computer models suggest most, if not all, snowfall will occur east of Washington and Baltimore on Wednesday night into early Thursday. But small shifts to the west could bring some snow to these cities.

To the north, Philadelphia and New York have a better chance for a coating of snow, but — unless the storm edges closer to the coast — the more significant snow should remain to their east from Atlantic City to eastern Long Island, where at least four to six inches could fall late Wednesday to late Thursday.

By the time the storm reaches the ocean waters east of Long Island and eastern New England on Thursday, it will be explosively intensifying. The storm’s central pressure will have fallen 55 millibars in just 24 hours — an astonishing rate of intensification.

In Boston, the Weather Service is predicting not only four to seven inches of snow but also winds strong enough to bring down branches. Throughout eastern Massachusetts and eastern Maine, the combination of wind and snow could create blizzard conditions, especially if the storm wobbles west.

There’s a silver lining: The storm will offer some respite from the bone-rattling cold that triggered wind chill advisories and freeze warnings across the central U.S. and winter storm watches from Massachusetts to Florida on Tuesday.

But the relief will only be temporary as the Arctic chill is set to make a comeback by the end of the week. Temperatures will rise out of the teens and single digits from Philadelphia to Boston before slipping back again by Friday and Saturday.

The Weather Channel outlines the Snow potential:

  • The best chance for significant accumulating snow along the U.S. coast is in eastern New England. This snow may be heavy and accompanied by strong winds.
  • For now, lighter accumulations are expected from the New York City Tri-state area to the Delmarva Peninsula.
  • Again, exact amounts will depend on the track of the low in relation to the East Coast.
  • Heavy snow, possibly changing to rain in some locations, is likely in parts of Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland) Thursday into Friday.


According to a StormHamster.com meteorologist tracking the trajectory the storm, here are the two scenarios:


As a result there is going to be a QPF drop out from around Virginia up towards Connecticut. Of course if we shift further west then we shift everything west but there will still be a dropout in that NW corner if you will. Be it DE/NJ/NYC or be it E-MD/E-PA/SE NY. Regardless of precise location of this storm and it’s heavier precipitation contours there has to be a drop out in north and west sections.


StormHamster.com adds,

This system will become a hurricane force low. It is why you really do not want to see it come west like it has over time. I always felt the chance existed and now unfortunately not only here we are but with the potential to even pull it further west in time. These winds will cause widespread power outages. It has also been a no brainer that Nova Scotia was going to get absolutely smacked by this storm and they are in for it with this one no matter what we get precisely along the eastern US coastline. Unavoidable heavy hit for them.


What happens next could be devastating for the East Coast: “The whole troposphere is coming south and we will not avoid an intense cold snap lasting several days,” said StormHamster.com.



With the potential for power outages and extremely cold weather continuing in the on the East Coast through the weekend. This could be a storm to remember…


Finally, while neither Kim nor Trump has the red button to unleash this particular “bomb”, this is what the “bomb cyclone” will look like at is explodes over the East Coast in the coming days.


“This is only the appetizer – the main meal comes over the weekend,” said Judah Cohen, director of seasonal forecasting for Atmospheric and Environmental Research, a Verisk Analytics Inc. business in Lexington, Massachusetts. “This is about as intense a cold as I can remember.”

Meanwhile, meteorologist Paul Walker at AccuWeather said that the storm will probably cause blizzard conditions in New England and eastern Long Island as high winds accompany the snow. And then it gets worse again: Another round of bitterly cold air is forecast to blast across the U.S. by the middle of next week. The chill could linger through Jan. 16.




DHS Announces Program To Illegally Scan American Faces

Both Congress and the Department of Homeland Security have never justified the biometric scanners at airports that could cost Americans $1 billion in 2018.As TSA agents continue to prove their incompetence in the “War on Terror,” the Department of Homeland Security is now allocating $1 billion in taxpayer funding to create a facial recognition program that will illegally scan Americans’ faces.

A study conducted by Georgetown Law’s Center for Privacy and Technology looked at the biometric scanners that are creating an inventory of the faces of individuals leaving the country at airports across the United States. While they are only at certain major airports right now, the full implementation of these scanners could cost Americans up to $1 billion.

The study noted that while the “9/11 Response and Biometric Exit Account” created by Congress has the funds for the program, “neither Congress nor DHS has ever justified the need for the program.”

In addition to the fact that Congress has never provided a reason why the system is needed in the U.S., the study claimed that DHS has “repeatedly questioned ‘the additional value biometric air exit would provide’ compared with the status quo and the ‘overall value and cost of a biometric air exit capability,’ even as it has worked to build it.”

Not only is a government agency pouring $1 billion into a program to increase the country’s security measures even though it lacks full confidence, and has no evidence that the program it is implementing will do so, there is also the fact that the program requires Americans to give up their civil liberties, and it has never been explicitly authorized by the government. As the researchers from Georgetown Law noted:

“DHS’ biometric exit program also stands on shaky legal ground. Congress has repeatedly ordered the collection of biometrics from foreign nationals at the border, but has never clearly authorized the border collection of biometrics from American citizens using face recognition technology.

Without explicit authorization, DHS should not be scanning the faces of Americans as they depart on international flights—but DHS is doing it anyway. DHS also is failing to comply with a federal law requiring it to conduct a rulemaking process to implement the airport face scanning program—a process that DHS has not even started.”

The study also found that the biometric scanners used by DHS are not reliable, and often make mistakes. In fact, “according to DHS’ own data, DHS’ face recognition systems erroneously reject as many as 1 in 25 travelers using valid credentials.” This means that at the country’s busiest airports, more than 1,500 travelers could be wrongfully denied boarding in a single day.


Arizona National Guard Deployed To Cuba To Support Guantanamo Bay

Despite ongoing talk of its closure, Fox News reports that an Arizona Army National Guard unit will begin the New Year in Cuba – deploying to Guantanamo Bay for approximately nine months.

Once there, they’ll be on a joint task force helping to augment staff.

These soldiers leaving for Guantanamo Bay in the coming days in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“There was some discussion some time back about actually shutting it down. Right now that’s not what’s going to happen so it’s still very important for us service members to be prepared to go and continue that mission,” said Arizona Army National Guard Command Sergeant Major Fidel Zamora.

That’s exactly what nearly 50 Arizona Army National Guard soldiers will soon be doing.

“Part of that is being able to inform and advise the Joint Task Force Commander there on military police tasks and procedures and part of that is just making sure that the staff runs effectively on a day to day basis,” said Colonel Rich Baldwin, the Land Component Commander of the Arizona Army National Guard.

This mission is so sensitive we were asked not to show the faces of these soldiers and their families.

“We don’t want to telegraph to the world who is going, who’s there and who’s performing this mission because they all have families that are still back here while they’re overseas doing this mission,” Colonel Baldwin said.

Fox notes that these soldiers won’t have contact with the detainees and they are expected to be deployed for about nine months.




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Baby’s born alive and breathing should be giving a chance and given immediate resuscitate

She was a human bein she was another life she had rights and so did we as her parents but they were taken away from us and decided for us that night not that we didn’t try to ask because believe you me we did but were told no there was nothing we can do she’s not 24 weeks and repeatedly got told about how small she’d be how under developed she might not have fully formed ears just holes or her nose might not be formed properly to name a few, how very disabled she’d be if they tryed , told us not to believe everything you read when presented by myself with other baby’s same age helped.

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