I’m Moving North!

My family and I are moving north, far north.  I know my long term brothers and sisters in Christ will know why we have chosen to do this move.  I hope you have been able to or will pray about your situation with Yahweh and make sure you and your loved ones are in a safe place, even under the wings of Yahweh.  The tensions where we live are becoming more extreme, the laws and politics are beyond “common sense” anymore.  My husband and I can surely see the taut links in the chain beginning to buckle under the pressure.

I don’t want to scare anyone, but I’m asking you to be in the NOW moment, experiencing reality and to not live in “cyber world” or dejected from what’s really going on around you.  Focus on one thing at a time and gather knowledge.  Understanding soon follows, and then when you ask Yahweh in prayer, He will guide you to where He needs you to be.  Do not doubt!

I only ask, that you and your family make plans for the future because IF something drastic changed in your life – How will that change affect you, your family and your future where you are right now???  What IF something catastrophic happened to the area in which you live?  Are you able to Shelter in Place for 3-6 months?  How about a year or more? 

My family and I observed Shmita during 2014-2015 and we stocked up food for a whole year for three of us to live on for a year.  We did it! And it was not bad at all.  My husband became a great baker and we always had excellent meals without becoming bored with our taste buds.  Shmita is coming again on Rosh Hashanah 2021 – Rosh Hashanah 2022.  Will you be ready?

For the next two weeks, I will not be able to upload any content.  If I’m able, I will try to post important and relevant news, but we are literally going into the “middle of nowhere.”  I can’t tell you how happy this makes me feel.  If all goes well, I will return to posts regularly on June 10th, 2019.

I’m looking forward to waving at my neighbors when we pass on the street once again.  Community is not only important to me, but Yahweh greatly desires that we live in peace with each other and this only happens when we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, PRECEPTS, and ORDINANCES AND STATUTES!  Just look at the Community at Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were kept!  The Teacher of Righteousness (Yeshua) came physically to teach them how to live At-One-Ment with Yahweh and each other!  Would you love to have Yeshua teach you personally right now??!!  History proves it’s possible.  That’s a very important piece of history EVERYONE should look into.

Yahweh Bless each and every one of you.

Christine (Hummingbird027)

Rockefeller Foundation, Mastercard Team Up On Opportunity Zones


Posted By: Jason Plautz May 22, 2019

Trump signed the Opportunity Zone legislation (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) in December 2017 and then created the House Opportunity and Revitalization Council by Executive Order in December 2018.  With over 8,700 Opportunity Zones identified by state Governors, the money tornado is accelerating. ⁃ TN Editor

The Rockefeller Foundation will spend $5.5 million to help cities take advantage of the opportunity zone program created in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The initiative will give six cities funding for a Chief Opportunity Zone Officer to be embedded in the city government, as well as community engagement specialists who can coordinate investments that will help the community.

Newark, NJ will be the first city in the initiative and will receive $920,000 in funding from the Rockefeller Foundation and Prudential Financial.

Separately, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Accelerator for America announced they will partner to help direct opportunity zone investment to distressed communities. The partnership includes an $850,000 grant from the Mastercard Impact Fund, as well as data science work, economic development tools and research.

The opportunity zone program allows investors to get a tax break if they put money into certain businesses and properties in “distressed” areas selected by the state and federal government. More than 8,700 census tracts have been designated as “opportunity zones,” and the Rockefeller Foundation estimates there is more than $6 trillion in unrealized capital gains that could qualify for investment there. However, there’s been concern that the benefits of the investments might only be felt by developers, or that investors might focus their money on gentrification or real estate projects rather than businesses that could foster the community.

That’s the problem the Rockefeller Foundation seeks to solve, by giving cities funding and human resources to integrate opportunity zone planning into government. The hope is that having a designated engagement team can ensure that the community gets a say in how opportunity zone funds are spent.

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Mastercard Press Release

The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Accelerator for America (AFA), a non-profit consortium of mayors, labor and business leaders, and urban and economic development experts, today announced a unique partnership to combine their expertise to drive inclusive investment in distressed communities across the United States. The announcement was made at the first Forbes Opportunity Zones Summit in Newark, NJ.

The partnership includes an $850,000 philanthropic grant from the Mastercard Impact Fund to help the Accelerator realize its goal of helping 50 city leaders and their communities maximize the potential of the federal Opportunity Zone incentive. Additionally, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth will provide in-kind support in the form of data science expertise, economic development tools and research to help city leaders make evidence-based decisions.

Together, the partnership will provide community leaders across the country with: Data-driven insights around the current economic activity in their Opportunity Zones; assistance in building an Investment Prospectus through the Accelerator’s toolkit; consulting on how to structure and mobilize inclusive investments; analysis of unmet needs for investment potential; and ways to measure progress over time.

“We are likely to get better outcomes if we start with better inputs,” said Shamina Singh, Founder and President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth.  “That’s why we are working with Accelerator for America, to ensure city leaders can better prove the investment value of their neighborhoods and build cases to attract investments that will fulfill the long term needs of the local community. For Opportunity Zones to have the greatest chance of impacting those who need it most, we do need art but we also need a lot more science.”

“This partnership with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth is a powerful show of confidence in the Accelerator’s mission to drive national change through local solutions — from the bottom, up. Mastercard’s support and deep insights into the economic power of people living in the Zones will provide key data to help local communities steer Opportunity Zone capital into inclusive, transformative investments,” said Accelerator for America CEO Rick Jacobs.

“To assure that Opportunity Zones will truly create opportunity, cities must take informed action. Mastercard’s partnership with Accelerator for America will connect cities with the in-depth data they need to make strategic decisions that will deliver big for their underserved communities,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs the Accelerator’s Advisory Council.

Communities across the United States are beginning to mobilize around Opportunity Zones, economically-distressed communities where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Accelerator for America is working closely with city leaders to help maximize this unique opportunity by providing expertise, training and tools to level the playing field between the public and private sectors.

As a philanthropic partner, Mastercard is bringing a new dimension to the discussion through its data science expertise, which helps city leaders identify patterns of spend, based on aggregated and anonymized transaction data, to deliver a timely view of the economic activity taking place in Opportunity Zones and understand potential unmet needs of the community. For example, Mastercard’s data driven insights can help identify neighborhoods where spend on groceries is rising but most of that spending occurs in other parts of the city because no grocery store exists nearby.

This is the first of a series of grants from Mastercard supporting inclusive economic development across the U.S.

About the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth focuses on promoting equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. As a subsidiary of Mastercard, the Center leverages the company’s data, expertise and technology, along with administering the Mastercard Impact Fund’s philanthropic investments, to empower a community of thinkers, leaders and innovators on the front lines of inclusive growth.  For more information and to receive its latest insights, follow the Center on Twitter @CNTR4growthsubscribe to its newsletter and visit www.mastercardcenter.org.

About Accelerator for America

Accelerator for America launches and replicates local initiatives to improve people’s lives in communities across the country to create national change from the bottom up. The Accelerator developed the “Investment Prospectus” tool to help local communities partner with the private sector to steer capital toward investments that deliver a return for investors and local residents. Opportunity Zones could attract $100 billion in capital.

The Accelerator is also working with local governments across the country to generate local infrastructure revenues instead of relying on the unmet federal infrastructure promise. An example is Los Angeles County’s Measure M, which was approved in November 2016 and generates $120 billion and 465,000 career jobs. On that same election day, which also elected Donald Trump to the White House, local governments nationwide approved $230 billion in local infrastructure improvements.

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Rockefeller Foundation Press Release

The Rockefeller Foundation today announced an initiative to help U.S. cities attract responsible private investment in economically-distressed communities through Opportunity Zones created in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This effort will help ensure new investment delivers sustainable benefits for more than 30 million low-income Americans living in Opportunity Zones.

Through the initiative, six cities will receive financial and human resources support for two years.  Support includes funding for and designation of a Chief Opportunity Zone Officer, embedded in city government or city economic development agencies. It also includes funding for two community engagement specialists to support and facilitate community engagement and involvement in the proposed Opportunity Zone projects and businesses.

Newark is the first city selected, and will receive $920,000 in co-funding from Prudential Financial and The Rockefeller Foundation, working through the Newark Alliance, which has a commitment to equitable development. The other five cities will be announced over the next few months.

“The only way to make sure the ‘opportunity’ in Opportunity Zones benefits all Newark residents is to intentionally focus resources to ensure it happens,” said Mayor Ras Baraka. “I am so pleased that through the support of our longtime partner in progress, Prudential, Newark was able to be the first city in The Rockefeller Foundation initiative.”

“Prudential is committed to maximizing the potential impact of the Opportunity Zone program to spur catalytic investments in our hometown of Newark, New Jersey. By providing capital, as well as our expertise from our other Newark redevelopment and Opportunity Zone projects, we will help close the gap between inequality and opportunity as the city grows,” said Lata Reddy, senior vice president of Diversity, Inclusion & Impact, Prudential. “Our partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation is a crucial step toward ensuring that inclusive, responsible investment benefits all Newark residents and communities.”

“Opportunity Zones have the potential to unlock billions of dollars in innovative job creation and community infrastructure private investment in cities, lifting up Americans who most need this support and preventing their displacement by irresponsible development,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “Philanthropy has an important role to play in ensuring opportunity zones improve the lives of the residents in distressed communities.  Starting with Newark, The Rockefeller Foundation will help empower communities to attract and implement investments that will provide real economic mobility to the greatest numbers of disadvantaged people.”

This initiative aims to make it easier for cities to attract and responsibly deploy some of the more than $6 trillion of unrealized capital gains which could qualify for investment in Opportunity Zones. In addition to funding the Chief Opportunity Zone Officer position and two community engagement specialists, each city will also receive two years of support in the form of a national Opportunity Zone Technical Assistance team to compile and leverage local, state, and federal incentives, and help structure and support deals.

The initiative launched today is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity program focused on expanding economic opportunity for low-income Americans through policy, partnership and place-based transformation.

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‘Free Cities’: The Rise Of City-States

Painting by Nicolas Raguenet (circa 1750-1760)

Posted By: Katherine Kelaidis May 21, 2019

Fans of Game of Thrones will recognize ‘Free Cities’ as autonomous city-states modeled after the ancient Roman era. Today, Free Cities are being promoted as the structure du jour to replace the nation-state. This is a key element for Technocracy to succeed, as described in Technocracy: The Hard Road to World Order.

Dr. Parag Khanna’s book Connectography explains how global cities are the hinge-pins to the global supply chain, acting autonomously but tightly connected by infrastructure according to their respective economic strengths. Khanna also wrote Technocracy in America (2015), demonstrating his pointed affinity for Technocracy. ⁃ TN Editor

A GOP lawmaker in Illinois recently introduced a bill that, if passed, would ask Congress to consider making the city of Chicago its own state. Of course, no one really expects this bill to pass—even the congressman who wrote it admits that he only introduced it to highlight Chicago’s disproportionate influence in the state of Illinois.

Chicago holds more voting power than the largely rural rest of the state for a reason: More people live there. More money is made there. More happens there. But because voting choices in Chicago are historically different from those in rural voting districts, fair representation across the state is a growing concern.

This illustrates how political divisions in North America and Western Europe run not only along the fault lines of race and class, but increasingly divide the rural heartlands from the major cities.

This is a divide with real consequences, from Brexit to polarizing politics following the 2016 US presidential election. And it seems like it’s only getting harder to fix.

But, what if instead of trying to mend this cultural schism, we embrace it? And, what if a solution for a better future came from far, far in the past? If we look back to ancient history, one model makes a strong case for this approach: the free city.

A free city is a largely independent municipality that is not subject to local and regional authorities, and has its own representatives in federal or imperial bodies. They were particularly important in the Holy Roman Empire and persisted throughout the Middle Ages, which was when cities became sites of progress, development, and culture.

Free cities largely disappeared as a result of the rise of the nation-state in late medieval and early modern period, but it was a model of governance that worked for centuries. In medieval Italy and Germany, free cities were unencumbered by the authority of regional lords, but nonetheless participated to a limited degree in the imperial government. Still, free cities had their own laws and elected their own magistrates. They controlled their own trade, and regulated the movement of people in and out of their city limits.

Meanwhile, surrounding rural counties enjoyed the economic benefits of the city, such as access to its many markets and industries, but were not subject to the city’s unique laws, nor particularly affected by innovations or changes within the city. Urban residents may have been costumers who bought your crops, but they weren’t necessarily your compatriots. In short, it was a working partnership of more or less mutual benefit.

The free city today

By recreating the free city model today, we might be able to address some of our biggest struggles in society, from the immigration crisis to the rise of populism and mounting trade wars.

For nearly three years, Brexit has consumed much of the political oxygen in Britain with what is essentially a rural revolt against a perceived urban elite. The referendum left behind an electoral landscape in which cities heavily supported remaining a part of the EU, while rural communities largely favored leaving. Imagine how different British politics would be today if London and Liverpool were free to stay in the EU, while Hertfordshire and Surrey departed.

In the United States, a country with a long history of urban-rural tensions, the problem is particularly pronounced. This is thanks to the Senate and the electoral college, which disproportionately favor rural areas in shaping the federal government. Similarly to Brexit, the current US president won electoral victory, but lost the vote in many major cities.

In its modern iteration, a free city could function much like American states do today, effectively able to make its own laws that do not contravene national law or the constitution. In the tradition of the Holy Roman Empire, it would have independent congressional representation.

What if Los Angeles welcomed the immigrants it needs, without the residents of Cheyenne County, Kansas worrying that LA’s changing demographics have any impact on them?

If LA were a free city, it would be able to instate immigration laws that differ from the current federal arrangement. The city government could form its own asylum and migration policies to decide how many people, and which people, it would accommodate.

Conversely, immigration to a free city would have its limitations, meaning immigrants could not reside in surrounding areas without submitting to a separate process, which would be controlled by the surrounding country and not the free city. These “city immigrants” could ultimately apply for residency and citizenship as well, but this status too would be limited to the free city to which they had migrated.

Since free cities would be economically autonomous, no one in the provinces need worry that their tax dollars are going to support the free cities’ new arrivals (though as we know, immigrants provide a net economic benefit). Free cities’ immigration policies would have to account for what could be accommodated by their own coffers.

Free cities would be allowed to negotiate their own trade deals with other free cities—and nations. For example, a free Chicago would need to work out trade deals to bring in food from rural Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. At the same time, these places would need goods and services produced in Chicago. This type of trade deal would require parties from both sides of the urban-rural divide to come to the negotiating table in acknowledgement of mutual dependence, at the very least.

Bringing back free cities would render a world in which we can be dependent on each other (which, arguably, we already are) without having to be afraid of one another.

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Location Technology Is Key To Smart City Surveillance

Posted By: Alternate Author May 22, 2019

This story’s sponsor, Here, asks “Can data make cities more human?” Yet, it’s all about them, not citizens: “It’s really a utopia or oblivion moment – it depends on us architects where we want to go.” In reality, citizens don’t care where Technocrats want to go. ⁃ TN Editor

Around the world a quiet revolution is transforming the way cities deliver services to their residents.

Although cities have long used isolated Internet of Things (IoT) technologies like smart streetlights or meters, the information they collect has typically been siloed within departments, which has created inefficiencies and made services tough to coordinate.

But today’s technology is changing the picture dramatically. Cities are now using location data and services as building blocks for applications that share information internally and interact with residents, nonprofits, and business partners. A dynamic new ecosystem has sprung up, improving everything from emergency response times to budgeting, traffic management, public health, and the environment.

“Location technology is bringing cities a digital canvas of reality, helping them to make better sense of operations, identify gaps in services, and create new solutions,” says Edzard Overbeek, CEO of HERE Technologies, a leader in mapping and location technology.

“In the past, urban design was top down — architects, engineers, and planners implemented their solutions,” he says. “In the 21st century, we need a new approach. A city should evolve in a natural way, by a system of trial and error, letting citizens decide which projects they want.”

Here are some of the ways location technology is transforming city services.

1. Emergency response.

In the past, emergency operators determined callers’ location by looking up the address where the phone was registered, then relaying the information to responders. Addresses were often out of date or irrelevant to the incident location. Location and sensor data have changed everything.

Now cities get GPS information from cell phones. Many have city vehicle tracking, cameras on streetlights and utility poles, and microphones that detect the location and intensity of gunshots.

Some first responders use indoor venue maps from HERE that guide them on the fastest route to someone in need and the locations of fire extinguishers, defibrillators, and medical kits. Police officers wear holster sensors that tell the department when they have drawn a gun, which can speed backup response.

Cities are also using IoT sensors to coordinate services after hurricanes or floods. Some use machine learning to predict when and where the next disaster might occur.

In the future, connected cars may automatically generate accident reports to responders when they collide. Ambulances may control traffic lights to get to the scene faster or send out robots to defuse bombs or gather more information.

2. Utilities.

With smart meters and geolocation, cities can “see” and analyze in real time how people use energy and water consumption levels and make better decisions about managing resources. Sensors can detect a water leak and send a technician to fix it before the customer is hit with a sky-high bill.

In developing countries, clean water is especially precious, and leaky pipes are the largest source of water waste. With sensors and analytics, cities can cut those losses by up to 25%, saving up to 80 liters of water per person each day, a McKinsey report found. It’s just one way technology can improve the lives of the underserved.

“In the future, social justice and equity will be a central focus of urban planning,” says Julian Agyeman, a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts University.

“The thing that really excites me now is seeing synergies. And the best example I know is the transformation of Medellin, Colombia, where the public utility and private companies have worked together with a philosophy of empowering people, especially in lower-income neighborhoods.”

Medellin’s mobile data portal lets citizens view and communicate information about utilities, traffic, public transit, and more, bringing in data and feedback from socioeconomic groups often ignored.

3. Environment.

Cities are using location data in a wide range of applications to improve the environment. Some are placing sensors on trash cans to make garbage collection more efficient, while Cambridge, Massachusetts is collaborating with Senseable City Lab to do much more.

Sensors mounted on the city’s garbage trucks collect and transmit information about potholes, gas leaks, and air quality along their routes. “With only three garbage trucks you can cover the whole city at least once a week,” Carlo Ratti, director of the MIT Senseable City Lab. “It allows city officials to more accurately detect abnormalities in the environment and be more responsive.”

In Baltimore, where asthma rates are among the highest in the US, 250 pollution sensors measure temperature, relative humidity, ozone, and nitrogen dioxide throughout the city. They send real-time information to city officials, who can then address air quality on a hyper-local level.

MIT’s Open Agriculture Initiative studies how to increase food production in urban areas and make its transport more efficient, lowering carbon emissions.

Location data can also be used to spot and prevent environmental degradation on a wide scale. In Colombia, the InfoAmazonia platform uses information from satellites and crowdsourcing to track construction projects that threaten the Amazon’s sensitive ecosystem. It could help the country meet its goal of reducing forest clearing to net zero by 2030.

4. Public health.

Electronic health records and apps may be common in advanced nations, but poorer countries lack these technologies, making it hard to create accurate epidemiological profiles and suitable facility development plans.

That’s where the IoT and location data come in. In Cartagena, Colombia, where many people live far from healthcare providers, authorities are using remote patient monitoring to keep people in touch with doctors and capture more knowledge about local populations, which could lead to better disease prevention and proactive care. Developing cities that use location-based infectious disease surveillance systems can reduce premature deaths and disabilities by 5%, according to the McKinsey report.

5. Civic engagement.

Cities are adopting IT platforms allowing residents to get information and engage with officials without having to attend evening meetings.

Dublin’s CiviQ platform tracks opinions on public issues and planning proposals. A location-based commenting system gives officials and residents alike a sense of how political dynamics operate in different parts of the city.

Analyze Boston, the city’s open-data hub, posts information about city services ranging from how long it takes to fulfill service requests to how many people use city libraries. Residents can also use an app to send information about the location of potholes or other problems directly to the city’s road-repair department.

Cary, North Carolina, placed sensors in its community-center parking lot to tell officials how spaces are being used, which helps them plan smarter parking.

6. Participatory budgeting.

Participatory budgeting allows citizens to decide how certain segments of municipal money are spent. The concept originated in Brazil and has spread to cities across the US and in Canada. Participants work directly with elected officials and city administrators in deciding how to invest resources in their community.

A group in New York voted to spend $30 million on air-conditioning for school classrooms. Oakland, California, residents voted for block grants for homeless services, legal advice for tenants, support for non-native speakers, and youth-apprenticeship programs.

By using technology to bring citizens into the heart of their operations, cities are ditching their reputation as distant and inefficient bureaucracies and becoming responsive engines of change. For many people, including Agyeman, it can’t happen soon enough.

“The city is not produced — it is coproduced,” he says. “The sooner we realize that and enact the right policies, the better off we’ll be.”

Innovation in location technology and services is rapidly creating a new reality for companies and governments around the world. As the world’s leading location platform, HERE Technologies can help you unlock new opportunities to transform your business.https://www.technocracy.news/location-technology-is-key-to-smart-city-surveillance/

Google engineer goes public, spills beans on ‘hunt’ for Christians

In an open letter distributed Tuesday, a Google software engineer described a company culture of left-wing “outrage mobs” who use the tech giant’s anonymous bias-reporting channels to shut down conservative social and political thought.

Mike Wacker, writing on Medium, warned that if “left unchecked, these outrage mobs will hunt down any conservative, any Christian, and any independent free thinker at Google who does not bow down to their agenda.”

He claimed that in March, the company offered him a severance package to leave, with an implied threat that it would find a pretext to fire him if he refused.

In 2017, Google employee James Damore was fired after writing a memo accusing the tech giant of “alienating conservatives” at its Bay Area headquarters.

Wacker offered as an example an incident in which a fellow Republican was confronted for expressing admiration for University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson and his protest of the Canadian government forcing people to use transgender pronouns.

The concerned employee said that this support for Peterson caused other employees to feel unsafe at work.

Wacker himself was reported twice through Google’s anonymous reporting channels.https://www.wnd.com/2019/05/republican-google-engineer-outrage-mobs-forcing-me-out/

This WILL destroy our Republic IF we don’t stop it!!! – Nevada Passes National Popular Vote Bill To Undermine Electoral College

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The Nevada Senate on Tuesday approved a National Popular Vote bill, sending the legislation aimed at undermining the electoral college to Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak. 

Assembly Bill 186 was passed by the Senate on a 12-8 vote along party lines, and will bring Nevada into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact – an agreement which would see participating states casting their electoral votes for whoever wins the popular vote, according to the Washington Times

If signed as expected by Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, Nevada would become the 16th jurisdiction to join the compact, along with 14 states and the District of Columbia. The compact would take effect after states totaling 270 electoral votes, and with Nevada, the total would reach 195.

While the effort has been billed by organizers as bipartisan, Democrats have embraced the NPV in the aftermath of President Trump’s 2016 victory, which saw the Republican win the electoral vote but not the popular vote. –Washington Times

The move was widely applauded by leftist groups such as Public Citizen, Common Cause and Indivisible. 

Clearly unconstitutional. See you in Federal courthttps://t.co/NROtsf7LeF — Guard The Constitution 🇺🇸 (@GuardTheConst) May 22, 2019

The movement to abolish the electoral college is winning,” tweeted Public Citizen. Of note, the NPV does not actually “abolish the electoral college” – it renders it irrelevant by requiring electors cast their votes for whoever receives the most votes, regardless of who actually wins in their state. 

Supporters of the NPV compact say it will take the power away from a handful of swing states, while critics say it will concentrate power in coastal, populous, primarily liberal strongholds such as California and New York. 

“If we go to a national popular vote, why would they even bother coming here? Our constitution says we’re a republic, not a democracy,” said Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler (R) during an April debate. “I voted ‘no’ on the national popular vote because I don’t want Nevada to be a flyover state.” 

AB186 would nullify Nevadans vote in the Electoral College. It will be my pleasure to vote NO to giving Nevadans votes to New York City. #NVLeg pic.twitter.com/WqPS92xmx2 — James Settelmeyer (@SettelmeyerNV) April 25, 2019

So far in 2019, Colorado, Delaware and New Mexico have joined the compact, while other Democrat-controlled states are expected to follow. Last week the Maine Senate passed an NPV bill which has been sent to the House, while Oregon’s similar legislation has been approved by the Senate. 

World Trade War I: US Asks South Korea To Join Anti-Huawei Campaign

The bilateral trade war between the US and China is gradually becoming a global trade war of global geopolitical and commercial dominance between the US and Chinese spheres of influence.

Shortly after the two largest mobile phone companies in the UK decided against launching Huawei-built 5G phones this morning, and roughly around the time a bevy of Japanese tech and telecom companies including ARM Holdings, Panasonic and SoftBank all imposed a boycott on supplying Huawei with mission critical components joining Australia, and New Zealand as major US allies to end commercial relations with Huawei following the US decision to crack down on the Chinese telecom giant (see “Huawei Feels U.S. Squeeze in U.K., Japan as Partners Curb Business) the White House is now pressuring another critical Chinese trading partner – South Korea – to cease ties with Huawei.

According to the Chosun Ilbo newspaper, the US recently asked South Korean government to support and join its anti-Huawei campaign.

Forcing Seoul to pick sides in a fight it would rather stay out of – especially since both sides still bear a distinct grudge from the Korean war – the US delivered a message several times to S. Korea’s Foreign Ministry that “using Huawei products may cause security problems” and as a result, the US requested S. Korea’s “active” support of US policy toward China as South Korea is seen as an American ally.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-22/world-trade-war-i-us-asks-south-korea-join-anti-huawei-campaign

Goodbye Human Beings – America’s Busiest Port Prepares For Full Automation To Stay Competitive

A new wave of investments in automation could stimulate the economy after the next recession. By 2030, automation may eliminate 20% to 25% of current jobs (equivalent to 40 million displaced workers), crushing the bottom 90% of Americans the hardest. Some of these investments include the automation of shipping terminals, reported Bloomberg.

At Pier 400 in Los Angeles, North America’s largest shipping terminal, about 1,700 diesel vehicles pass through the facility daily. The terminal is managed by APM Terminals, a segment of A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, is expected to replace diesel and gasoline engines with electric, and use autonomous software to replace the workforce.

APM has already started to transform Pier 400 into a smart port, which will be several year processes of establishing robots throughout the facility to move containers more efficiently. To do this, APM recently ordered an electric, automated carrier from Finnish manufacturer Kalmar Global, that can perform three tasks: a crane, top-loader, and truck. Not only would the human element be eliminated from the equation, but also 65,000 miles driven by diesel motors would be replaced with electric engines.

The benefits of automation at the port will flow to the highly skilled workers—as well as APM. As a result, automation could significantly increase income inequality in the surrounding community because of the newly displaced workers, stripped of their jobs by robots.

Anthony Armijo, has worked at the terminal for 15 years said, “I just don’t understand what we’re going to be doing in the future,” he said. “I’m an American citizen. You would think they would have a way for us to make a living.”

Automation and clean-energy initiatives are expected to disrupt hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs, at the terminal by 2021.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-21/americas-busiest-port-prepares-full-automation-stay-competitive

Floods & Drought Devastate Crops All Over The Earth; Is A Global Food Crisis Be Coming?

Via InternationalMan.com,

Bloated governments around the world are faced with worsening fiscal conditions. Strapped for cash, they continue to squeeze every drop of wealth that’s within their reach through money printing and higher taxes. Today, we ask Jeff Thomas to weigh in on how to ensure you don’t become collateral damage in the next crisis.

International Man: We see this trend playing out around the world in the US, across Europe and in third world countries. Desperate governments are always in need of more capital. What does that mean for people who earn money and want to keep it?

Jeff Thomas: The most direct answer is that, if they’re going to survive the situation with their skin on, they’re going to have to rethink the way they hold on to wealth. But more broadly, they’re going to need to understand that the crisis that’s headed their way is not going to look the same as the mini-crashes that occurred in 2000 and 2008. This one is going to be far more devastating for some jurisdictions such as the EU, US and Canada. In those jurisdictions, this will be an endgame situation. Historically, whenever this occurs, the big players – governments included – tend to scrape all the chips off the table, ignoring any previous rules of the game. At such a time, no government, no banking institution, no investment fund is to be trusted.

This will mean that any monetary exposure the individual has with regard to these entities, should be regarded as sacrificial. By this, I mean that any exposed wealth is not necessarily certain to be lost entirely, but it’s quite possible. So any wealth that’s subject to the control of these institutions should be assumed to be wealth that may, suddenly and without warning, be confiscated or otherwise lost.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-22/floods-drought-devastate-crops-all-over-planet-global-food-crisis-be-coming

Pentagon Finally Admits To UFO Investigations

The Pentagon has admitted that they have been investigating UFOs through a secret government initiative known as the “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP),” which the Defense department told the New York Post “did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena.image: ‘Project Blue Book’

The DoD says that it shut down AATIP in 2012, however spokesman Christopher Sherwood told the Post that the department still investigates potential alien aircraft sightings

“The Department of Defense is always concerned about maintaining positive identification of all aircraft in our operating environment, as well as identifying any foreign capability that may be a threat to the homeland,” said Sherwood. 

“The department will continue to investigate, through normal procedures, reports of unidentified aircraft encountered by US military aviators in order to ensure defense of the homeland and protection against strategic surprise by our nation’s adversaries.” 

Nick Pope, who secretly investigated UFOs for the British government during the 1990s, called the DOD’s comments a “bombshell revelation.”

Pope, a former UK defense official-turned-author, said, “Previous official statements were ambiguous and left the door open to the possibility that AATIP was simply concerned with next-generation aviation threats from aircraft, missiles and drones — as skeptics claimed.

This new admission makes it clear that they really did study what the public would call ‘UFOs,’ ” he said.

“It also shows the British influence, because UAP was the term we used in the Ministry of Defence to get away from the pop culture baggage that came with the term ‘UFO.’ ” –New York Post

AATIP’s existence was revealed in 2017, when former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) claimed to have arranged for the program’s $22 million annual funding. Reid told the New York Times that it was “one of the good things I did in my congressional service.”

The New York Times published the article after the DoD released a 33-second DoD video released by the AATIP, featuring an airborne object being chased off the coast of San Diego by two navy jets in 2004. 

See video: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-22/pentagon-finally-admits-ufo-investigations-secret-program

On Sunday we reported on an op-ed written by Christopher Mellon in The Hill, on the fact that since 2015, “dozens of Navy F-18 fighter jets have encountered Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAPs) – once commonly referred to as UFOs – off the East Coast of the United States, some not far from the nation’s capital. Encounters have been reported by other military aircraft and civilian airliners elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad, too, including videos shot by airline passengers.”

What these UAPs were and who was flying them – whether friends, foes or unknown forces – remains a mystery. Yet careful examination of the data inevitably leads to one possible, disturbing conclusion: A potential adversary of the United States has mastered technologies we do not yet understand, to achieve capabilities we cannot yet match.

It is long past time for Congress to discover the answers to those questions, and to share at least some of its conclusions with the public. –The Hill

 So what’s really out there?

Rand Corp.: ‘How To Destroy Russia’

Authored by Manlio Dinucci via VoltaireNet.org,

The conclusions of the latest confidential report by the Rand Corporation were recently made public in a « Brief ». They explain how to wage a new Cold War against Russia. Certain recommendations have already been implemented, but this systemic exposure enables us to understand their true objective.

Force the adversary to expand recklessly in order to unbalance him, and then destroy him. This is not the description of a judo hold, but a plan against Russia elaborated by the Rand Corporation, the most influential think tank in the USA. With a staff of thousands of experts, Rand presents itself as the world’s most reliable source for Intelligence and political analysis for the leaders of the United States and their allies.

The Rand Corp prides itself on having contributed to the elaboration of the long-term strategy which enabled the United States to win the Cold War, by forcing the Soviet Union to consume its own economic resources in the strategic confrontation. It is this model which was the inspiration for the new plan, Overextending and Unbalancing Russia, published by Rand. According to their analysts, Russia remains a powerful adversary for the United States in certain fundamental sectors. To handle this opposition, the USA and their allies will have to pursue a joint long-term strategy which exploits Russia’s vulnerabilities. So Rand analyses the various means with which to unbalance Russia, indicating for each the probabilities of success, the benefits, the cost, and the risks for the USA.

Rand analysts estimate that Russia’s greatest vulnerability is that of its economy, due to its heavy dependency on oil and gas exports. The income from these exports can be reduced by strengthening sanctions and increasing the energy exports of the United States. The goal is to oblige Europe to diminish its importation of Russian natural gas, and replace it by liquefied natural gas transported by sea from other countries.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-22/rand-corp-how-destroy-russia

No Wonder Obama Intel Chiefs Panicking – Trump To Declassify “Bucket 5” Russiagate Docs

As Congressional Democrats insist on conducting post-Mueller probes into President Trump and those around him, much of the recent infighting and backpedaling we’ve seen from former Obama intel chiefs is starting to make sense

Appearing with Fox News‘s Sean Hannity Tuesday night, The Hill‘s John Solomon revealed that according to his sources (and Hannity’s as well), President Trump will begin declassifying ‘Russiagate’ documents in the next 6-7 days

Among those will be the so-called “Bucket Five” – documents which were originally presented to the Gang of Eight in 2016, which included everything the FBI and DOJ used against Trump campaign aide Carter Page – including the FISA surveillance application and its underlying exculpatory intelligence documents which the FISA court may have never seen. https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-22/no-wonder-obama-intel-chiefs-panicking-trumps-about-declassify-bucket-5-russiagate

Things To Come:

Staggering Poll Numbers Show What America Is Up Against
By Stefan Stanford In this new study from Gallup which the Drudge Report had linked to on Tuesday, they report that more than 4 in 10 Americans now embrace socialism, with 43% of the respondents saying socialism would be a ‘good thing‘ for America while 51% say it would be a ‘bad thing‘. Now keep those numbers in mind when you read this next point. 

According to this May 20th story over at Campus Reform that the Drudge Report had also linked to, 41% of college students recently surveyed believe that ‘hate speech‘ should NOT be protected by the US Constitution, including a majority 53% of college woman surveyed and a majority of black students as well. And when we break down the numbers from this Gallup poll, a very loud and clear warning is sent to an America. As that poll reported, over 51% of America’s younger generation had a very positive view of socialism while only 28% of those over 65 looked at socialism positively. And with our older generations who still remember the dangers of socialism growing older, while the younger generations who’ll eventually be replacing us come into power in the years ahead actually embracing socialism, all of this is also happening at a time when America is going through one of the biggest shifts in demographics in decades. So one can argue there’s never been a more important time than now for America’s older generations to become involved, teaching America’s younger generations what freedom means and what historically socialist countries have brought us, pain, starvation, death and destruction as anybody can see via taking a look at what’s been happening in Venezuela the last several years. 


So let’s take a look here at the historical death toll of socialism, the excerpt below comes to us from this story at WND

In Europe, especially in Germany, hoisting a swastika-emblazoned Nazi flag is a crime. For decades after World War II, people have hunted down and sought punishment for Nazi murderers, who were responsible for the deaths of more than 20 million people.

Here’s my question: Why are the horrors of Nazism so well-known and widely condemned but not those of socialism and communism? What goes untaught – and possibly is covered up – is that socialist and communist ideas have produced the greatest evil in mankind’s history. You say, “Williams, what in the world are you talking about? Socialists, communists and their fellow travelers, such as the Wall Street occupiers supported by our president, care about the little guy in his struggle for a fair shake! They’re trying to promote social justice.” Let’s look at some of the history of socialism and communism.

What’s not appreciated is that Nazism is a form of socialism. In fact, the term Nazi stands for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. The unspeakable acts of Adolf Hitler’s Nazis pale in comparison with the horrors committed by the communists in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the People’s Republic of China. Between 1917 and 1987, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and their successors murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 62 million of their own people. Between 1949 and 1987, China’s communists, led by Mao Zedong and his successors, murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 76 million Chinese. The most authoritative tally of history’s most murderous regimes is documented on University of Hawaii professor Rudolph J. Rummel’s website and in his book “Death by Government.” 
And while more than 4 in 10 Americans think that socialism is ‘the answer‘ to America’s problems, let’s take a look within this section briefly at what’s happening now in Venezuela where socialism served the people of their country so wonderfully, the masses turned to getting their next meals in food lines, garbage dumps, and stray and zoo animals

Leaving the nation woefully lacking in not only foods and basic goods such as toilet paper but medications and medical services as well, how might America be different under socialism than Venezuela or any of the other socialist nations that were quickly turned into totalitarian hellholes? The fact that many of those pushing for socialism now are ready to impose their views upon the rest of America is telling.

Russia And China Stockpiling Gold: ‘Something Bigger May Be At Play’

Russia’s New Gold Rush Could Shake Up the International Monetary System
Russia is buying gold. A lot of gold. Within the span of a decade, the country quadrupled its reserves. Gold buying last year exceeded mine supply for the first time, so Russia is about to become a net importer of the metal. Commentators have suggested possible reasons for the buying spree. Are the Russian authorities preparing for a renewed clash with the United States and are they attempting to reduce their vulnerability to financial sanctions? Or do they fear a homegrown financial crisis?  Others suspect something bigger may be at play.  The sheer size of the purchases might reveal bolder motives, with Moscow preparing its first salvo in the coming battle for a monetary reset. What makes the recent moves especially significant is the fact they are being replicated in Beijing. According to official data, China raised its bullion reserves to 60.62 million ounces in March from 60.26 million a month earlier; last month’s inflow was 11.2 tons, following the addition of 9.95 tons in February, 11.8 tons in January and 9.95 tons in December.  China may actually end the year as the top buyer after Russia. Right now it looks like a close race. The purchases are unlikely to have been coordinated by Russia and China, but some mutual influence is evident: the two countries expect to benefit from the other’s purchases, which should be supportive of long-term prices. These moves come at a moment when gold has become attractive as the anchor for new experiments in digital currencies. Gold and crypto are a marriage made in heaven, combining the stability of gold with the convenience and security of the blockchain.  The surge in interest in the concept of gold-backed cryptocurrencies has raised the question of whether one of the many experiments being launched can aspire to become a leading global currency. Only a sovereign could amass the quantities of gold needed. Does this mean that Russia is considering the idea? Venezuela and Iran have made some attempts already. Rumors have been circulating for a while that the Russian authorities are interested in taking plans to a new level, perhaps with China and other partners.  Here is how the scheme might work. Money would circulate in the form of blockchain entries provided by a global platform and be entirely backed by gold reserves held in an international trust insulating them from state interference. Different private financial institutions would be responsible for issuance operations and, therefore, for ultimate control over the money supply. Money transactions would be processed directly between end users, with no intermediation from banks or governments.  Russia and China have openly complained that the dollar is no longer able to fulfill its role of global currency. That may well be true. Rumblings of discontent come from President Trump himself, ingloriously struggling against a ballooning external deficit. But if the dollar is flawed, what would one say of China’s currency the renminbi? Those contemplating how the dollar is to be superseded must look for something dramatically novel and superior. If the two forces shaking the global monetary system — digital acceleration and geopolitical rivalry — were to come together, change could happen quickly and suddenly.  Financial technology is transforming every element of the existing financial architecture and there is reason to believe that money will not remain a holdout for much longer. The internet has created opportunities for the quick growth of global networks that once seemed beyond the realm of possibility. If certain internet platforms already exceed two billion users globally — a network dwarfing the largest national states on earth — what is there to stop a cryptocurrency from taking advantage of the same growth dynamics?

Russian Superweapons And The Countdown Of The Age

Hal Lindsey: Russian Superweapons

The Cold War is on again!
Over the last few days, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a series of new superweapons.  Among those weapons is what he called an “invincible,” nuclear-capable, intercontinental cruise missile that travels at 20 times the speed of sound.  He said, “No defense systems will be able to withstand it.”
According to Russian media, the so-called “Satan 2” can wipe out an area the size of Texas or France.  Putin also showed off next-generation ICBMs, underwater drones, and nuclear depth charges.  Russia recently announced development of a nuclear-armed torpedo that can take out aircraft carriers as well as coastal cities.
“Efforts to contain Russia have failed, face it,” Putin said.
There is good evidence that Russia is at least close to putting these new devices into production.  The US must assume that the weapons are as capable as advertised.  That means a new arms race, and a far more dangerous world.
Donald J. Trump is not a traditional conservative.  In the past, conservatives tended to take a hard line with the Russians and, before that, with the Soviet Union.  Liberals, on the other hand, emphasized the need for communication and cooperation.  Clearly, there are appropriate situations for each of those approaches.
Before the Trump presidential campaign, you could usually guess where someone stood on Russia by looking at their other political positions.  That’s still true in 2018, but the roles have been reversed.  Trump and a new generation of conservatives want friendship and cooperation with Russia — the liberals seem itching for a fight.
So, Donald Trump, champion of conservatives, has tried to take a relatively liberal position concerning Putin and the Russians.  At the same time, liberals have suddenly decided it’s time to get tough with Russia.  They accuse Trump of going easy on Putin.  They claim his softer approach comes from making a deal with Putin to help him get elected — the so-called Russian collusion.  The problem is that their best evidence so far does not hold up.
Much of the media agrees with the liberals that the President’s peaceful overtures to Russia raise a red flag.  CNN ran a long article that included 80 quotes of Trump talking positively about Putin.  The quotes started in 2013 when Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe pageant, held that pageant in Moscow.
Most of the 2016 quotes come from the campaign trail.  All politicians use a standard stump speech, and Trump’s standard speech called for America to try to work cooperatively with Russia.  But CNN said, “His glowing statements on Putin have become central in stoking the suspicion that he and his campaign were somehow connected to Russian interference in the election.”  
So far in his dealings with Moscow, President Trump has shown no evidence of wanting to give away the store — as have some of his predecessors.  If he or she does not diminish America’s strategic position, a President should be allowed to work toward a peaceful relationship with a former enemy without being called a traitor.  Calling for peaceful negotiation should not be seen as evidence of illegal collusion.
These Russian next-generation weapons have been in the works for years, if not decades.  That means we can’t blame them on President Trump, or his critics.  But it clearly hurts the US position when any overture of peace the President may extend toward Russia is presented to the US public as a sign of collusion.
Russia’s new superweapons, along with those of China, are quickly changing the world’s balance of power.  The Russians’ cyber campaign to disrupt US elections, along with this massive new upgrade to their weapons of mass destruction, mean that Trump will have to deal with them as enemies before he can work with them as friends.
And make no mistake, they are a formidable enemy.  Bible prophecy presents Russia as one of the major players on the world stage during the last days — capable of quickly unleashing awesome destructive force.  
Like the United States, Israel has a whole arsenal of missile defense systems — all of them apparently made obsolete by Russia’s new missiles.  In fact, the Bible says that Russia’s future attack on Israel will not be stopped by human military might.  They will be defeated by God Himself.
The countdown to the end of the age continues.

U.S. May Send Another 10,000 Troops To Middle East

Pentagon might send 10,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East
The Pentagon is considering a request to send 10,000 additional US troops to the Middle East, Associated Press reported on Wednesday night, citing two US officials. A similar report by Reuters claimed the number is 5,000.

The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the request had been made by US Central Command.  They added that it was not clear whether the Pentagon would approve the request. 

The Pentagon regularly receives, and declines, requests from combatant commands throughout the world for additional resources.
One of the officials said the requested troops would be defensive in nature.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared on Wednesday that Iran’s youth will witness the demise of Israel and American civilization. 
Calling American culture “degenerate”, he went on to say America and Israel are the “enemies of humanity.”

Major Christian Broadcasting Network Destroyed In Firebombing

‘Totally devastated’: Major Christian broadcaster suffers catastrophic firebombing
Joe KovacsIt’s one of the largest Christian networks in the world, and it has now become the victim of a catastrophic firebombing.The Jerusalem studios of Daystar were completely destroyed over the weekend during a weekend arson attack.“Reduced to a pile of rubble and ashes,” said network owner Marcus Lamb. “I’m certain the enemy thought this attack would be fatal to our efforts to share the Gospel across Israel. But as usual, he’s wrong. What the devil meant for evil, God will use for our good.” “We have opened an investigation,” Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told the Jerusalem Post. “All directions are being looked at.”
The pro-Israel studios in Abu Tor on Mount Zion overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem were in the final stages of a year-long renovation, and a celebration with Daystar’s key stakeholders had been set for June 1. The fire was intentionally set at about 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, according to reports. Dave Sharett, the contractor overseeing the renovations told the Post that security cameras were able to snag the arsonist in the act. “They see the explosion, then the fire,” he explained. “The next second, you see a rope going over the balcony and him climbing down the rope. He goes down to the floor below, gathers the rope and runs off.” “The control room I would say is probably totally devastated,” Sharett told CBN News. “The controls actually start here with the electric panel, the main electric panel and anything plastic is totally melted.” “It was a beautiful like living room set up, real casual set up, nice chairs, stools, tables, nothing survived. If it didn’t burn, it melted.” He indicated police have two working theories concerning possible motivation. The first is the firebombing was religiously motivated since “the TV station is Christian and it’s Ramadan, and Muslims are upset and blah, blah, blah,” he told the Post. The other scenario involves an Arab worker at an adjacent studio who in recent days became upset with some of Daystar’s employees. That employee has not returned to work since the blaze, Sharett said. “We’ll find the truth,” he said. “I believe that God has a reason and a purpose and at the very least he’ll redeem what has happened here. So, these ashes will raise up, be raised up and proclaim the glory of God,” Sharett told CBN. Daystar is fastest-growing and second-largest Christian TV network on the planet, sending the Good News via satellite to more than 680 million households in 200 countries. At age 27, Lamb and his wife, Joni, began what would eventually become the Daystar Television Network in 1984 at a single station in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1990, the Lambs transplanted themselves to launch a second station, KMPX-TV, in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Daystar’s first live broadcast as a network was on New Year’s Eve 1997. Today, in the wake of the catastrophe, Lamb is urging people to keep looking on the bright side: Even now we’re exploring every option and discovering how best to rebuild on a foundation the Lord laid for us long ago. Just as it was in the days of Nehemiah, who rebuilt the crumbling walls around Jerusalem, God will stand with us as we remain fully committed to the work of His Kingdom. And my hope is that you’ll join with us! I wonder what areas of your life need restoration? Keep in mind we serve a God who knows every hidden wound and heartbreak, and nothing is ever beyond repair. I believe that as you partner with us to rebuild the Jerusalem studio, the Lord will release His healing power to redeem what seems utterly lost or completely out of reach in your heart. He’s not simply a good God; He’s also good at being God and wants to mend the frayed edges of your faith as you put your trust in His promises. So I invite you to give today, and let’s believe for full restoration in every area of your life. Together, we’ll watch the Lord bring beauty from the ashes of tragedy and make all things new!

Here we go again!!!! – US: Assad may have renewed chemical attacks in Idlib

Diane Shalem

The State Department said on Tuesday that the Syrian government might be renewing its use of chemical weapons, citing a suspected chlorine attack on Sunday in northwestern Syrian Idlib, the last rebel stronghold against the Assad regime. If so, millions of civilians would be at risk and the US and its allies would “respond quickly and appropriately.” President Donald Trump’s administration has twice bombed Syria over Assad’s use of chemical weapons.https://www.debka.com/mivzak/us-assad-may-have-renewed-chemical-attacks-in-idlib/

Putin, Merkel, Macron confirm further trade with Iran

Diane Shalemhttps://www.debka.com/mivzak/putin-merkel-macron-confirm-further-trade-with-iran/

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during a phone conversation reaffirmed their support for “mutually-beneficial economic cooperation with Iran” and stressed the importance of preserving the Iran nuclear deal. According to the Kremlin statement, they confirmed that “preserving the JCPOA [nuclear deal] is a key factor in maintaining international stability and security.”  DEBKAfile: The trilateral confirmation of continued economic cooperation with Iran indicates that the three leaders will help Tehran survive US sanctions.

US continues Iraq military buildup, transfers Marines from Jordan

Diane Shalemhttps://www.debka.com/mivzak/us-continues-iraq-military-buildup-transfers-marines-from-jordan/

Iraqi and Syrian sources report that the United States on Tuesday transferred Marine units from Jordan to further further bolster its two big Iraqi air bases at Ayn al-Asad in the western Iraqi province of Anbar and Al-Habaniyeh near Baghdad. Those sources estimate that 10,000 US troops are now deployed at the two bases.

U.S. Sanctions Limiting Iran’s Ability To Fund Hezbollah

U.S. sanctions are limiting Iran’s ability to fund Hezbollah – report
The latest wave of US sanctions has significantly curbed Iran’s ability to fund Hezbollah, The Washington Post reported on Saturday.

The Lebanese terrorist group has traditionally been the best funded Islamic Republic’s proxy, with its fighters and affiliates benefiting from salaries and social services paid for by Tehran. However, speaking to several Hezbollah officials, the Washington-based newspaper revealed how the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration after the US pulled out from the 2015 nuclear deal a year ago had had a deep impact on the funding. 

According to the report, while maintaining expenses that are considered essential – such as salaries to full-time fighters and stipends to families of the militants who died in Syria, where Hezbollah militias have been instrumental in keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power – other programs have been slashed or canceled. These programs include extra benefits to militants and their families and the distribution of free medicines and groceries. Moreover, fighters have been pulled out from Syria or assigned to the reserves.

“There is no doubt these sanctions have had a negative impact,” a Hezbollah official told The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. “But ultimately, sanctions are a component of war, and we are going to confront them in this context.”

The report highlighted that the Hezbollah sources would not reveal any figures of the funding received by Tehran before or after the sanctions, but that according to US Special Envoy Brian Hook, Iran used to send the Lebanese group up to $700 million a year, accounting for 70% of their revenue. It added that the Trump administration has stated that sanctions have decreased Iranian revenue by $10 billion since last November.

“The Iranians are used to sanctions. But this level of sanctions will generate a different response. The Iranians will not be quiet about it,” Kamal Wazne, a Beirut-based political analyst told The Washington Post. The newspaper described him as an analyst holding opinions “sympathetic to the Iranian and Hezbollah point of view.” 

“[The sanctions] are a form of war more detrimental than actual war… It’s the slow death of a country, the government and its people,” Wazne added, explaining that the Islamic Republic will be forced to retaliate.

However, the Hezbollah officials who spoke to the American newspaper said that the current financial predicaments are not affecting the group’s ability to fight in the different battlefields, including against Israel.

“We are still getting arms from Iran. We are still ready to confront Israel. Our role in Iraq and Syria remains. There is no person in Hezbollah who left because they didn’t get their salary, and the social services have not stopped,” the official told The Washington Post, adding that “sanctions won’t last forever,” and they will be “victorious” in the war against Israel as they have been in Syria and Iraq

Big Tech Censorship Is Here Now…Chinese Tested Blacklists Growing

Google and Big Tech Are Already Implementing Their Chinese-Tested Blacklists on US ConservativesIn November 2018The Guardian reported on  group of Google employees published an open letter on Tuesday calling on their employer to cancel its plans to build a censored search engine for China, the latest expression of worker unrest at a company that earlier this month saw thousands stage walkouts over its handling of sexual misconduct cases. The Google employees were very upset that Google’s Project Dragonfly would allow the Chinese government to blacklist certain search terms.  The employees said,  “Many of us accepted employment at Google with the company’s values in mind…  After a year of disappointments … we no longer believe this is the case.” Just months later it is now obvious that Google, Facebook and Twitter are using their own blacklists of prominent conservatives and their supporters. If you search Google for prominent conservative voices including: Mike Cernovich, Joe diGenova, Jack Posobiec or Gateway Pundit you will see a hit pieces and biased attacks.  The Gateway Pundit is one of the largest, most accurate and most influential publishers in the country today.  In the last month if you search Google for “Gateway Pundit” the first item that it pulls up is a pdf of Jim Hoft’s speech to Congress.  The line item says: “Gateway Pundit – Congressman Steve King”. It is a pdf! We have written hundreds of stories that changed the media narrative in the US and this pdf is the first item the pops up?  Most likely it is because some Google jack*ss wanted to link us to Republican Rep. King who the left has smeared as a racist. You have to go to the fifth item before you can even find a link to our website.
If you are on Facebook You may have noticed you no longer get to choose what you will see or read. Facebook makes that decision for you today. Facebook eliminated over one billion page views to conservative websites after the 2016 election. So if you no longer see articles from your favorite conservative publishers there’s a reason for that. And thanks to Allum Bokhari at Breitbart News we also know that Facebook has compiled a “hate agents list” of prominent pages to eliminate traffic to the pages. The list includes Candace Owens and Brigitte Gabriel, two popular and prominent conservatives. There is no telling how many more conservatives are on the list but surely it is in the hundreds. Twitter also has its blacklists to shadow-ban or eliminates prominent conservative voices including President Trump. In July 2018 we reported that a study by the leftist website VICE News found that Twitter is censoring top pro-Trump lawmakers.   Twitter is targeting pro-Trump Republican lawmakers Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan and John Ratcliffe with the same shadowbanning technique. Twitter is also censoring prominent pro-Trump accounts including: Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Paul Joseph Watson, TGP’s Jim Hoft, TGP’s Cassandra Fairbanks and Laura Loomer among others. The tech giants are already implementing their Chinese tested blacklists to eliminate conservative voices online.  It’s a good thing for them that there is no Republican who really gives a damn about this enough to take any action.  Soon it will be too late to reverse this trend. It’s just too bad those brave Google employees don’t care as much about Americans as they do the Chinese.

Elections A Week Away In Europe: Nationalism vs Globalism

Will nationalism eclipse Europe in next week?

Pat Buchanan 

A week from today, Europeans may be able to gauge how high the tide of populism and nationalism has risen within their countries and on their continent. For all the returns will be in from three days of elections in the 28 nations represented in the European Parliament. Expectation: Nationalists and populists will turn in their strongest performance since the EU was established, and their parliamentary group – Europe of Nations and Freedom – could sweep a fourth of the seats in Strasbourg. Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party is predicted to run first in the British elections, winning two to three times the votes of the ruling Tory Party of Prime Minister Theresa May. In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally is running even with the party of President Emmanuel Macron, who pleads for “more Europe.”  Matteo Salvini, interior minister and leader of the League, predicts his party will finish first in Italy and first in Europe.  At Salvini’s invitation, a dozen nationalist parties gathered in Milan this weekend. A week from now, they could be the third-largest bloc in the European Parliament. If so, their gains will come at the expense of the center-left and center-right parties that have dominated European politics since World War II. Speaking before tens of thousands in front of Duomo Cathedral in Milan, Salvini threw back in the faces of his enemies the taunt that these new parties are rooted in the old ugly politics of the 1930s. “In this piazza, there are no extremists. There are no racists. There are no fascists. … In Italy and in Europe, the difference is between … those who speak of the future instead of making trials of the past.” Tomorrow versus yesterday, says Salvini.
While the European establishment draws parallels between the populist parties of the present and what happened in the 1930s, it fails to recognize its own indispensable role in generating the mass defections to the populist right that now imperil its political hegemony. The populist-nationalist parties are energized and united by both what they detest and what the EU has produced.  And what is that?
They resent the inequities of the new economy, where the wages of the working and middle class, the core of the nation, have fallen far behind the managerial class and the corporate and financial elites.  People who work with their hands, tools and machines have seen their wages arrested and jobs disappear, as salaries have surged for those who move numbers on computers. The disparities have grown too great, as has the distance between national capitals and national heartlands. Then there is immigration. Native-born Europeans do not welcome the new ethnic groups that have come uninvited in considerable numbers in recent decades, failed to assimilate and created enclaves that replicate the Third World places whence they came. If one could identify a cry common to populists, it might be: “We want our country back!” Whatever may be said of populists and nationalists, they are people of the heart. They love their countries. They cherish the cultures in which they grew up. They want to retain their own unique national identities. Patriotism is central to nationalist and populist movements. Globalism is alien to them. They believe in De Gaulle’s Europe of nation-states “from the Atlantic to the Urals,” not in the abstract Europe of Jean Monnet, and surely not in the Brussels bureaucracy of today.  The nation, the patria, is the largest entity to which one can give loyalty and love. Who would march into no man’s land for the EU?
Europe’s nationalists are not all the same. The ruling Polish Law and Justice Party disagrees on Putin’s Russia with the ruling Fidesz Party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary. While the EU Parliament does not possess great power, these elections are not without great meaning. Consider Farage. Should his Brexit Party run first in Britain, how can the Tory Party not carry through on the 2016 vote to withdraw from the EU, without betraying its most loyal constituency on its most critical issue? Nationalism in Europe is spreading, even deepening rifts between the premier powers in the NATO alliance.  Germany will not be reaching the promised 2 percent of GDP for defense President Donald Trump has demanded. And Berlin is going ahead with a second natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea to Germany from Russia, Nord Stream 2. Turkey is taking possession of a Russian-built S-400 air defense system this summer, despite a U.S. warning that our sale of 100 F-35s will not go through if the Turks go forward with the Russian system. Have the nationalists of Europe caught the wave of the future?  Or will the future see the revival of the idea of One Europe, a political and economic union that inspired the dreamers of yesteryear? From here it looks like Matteo, not Macron.

Rocket Attack In Baghdad Near U.S. Embassy Has Iran’s Signature

Rocket attack near US Baghdad embassy had Iran’s signature. Trump spurns Saudi bid for US strike on Yemeni Houthis Both sides said they don’t seek war, yet US-Iranian war tensions were notched up again on Sunday, May 19, by a single rocket that missed the US embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone. US President Donald was furious: “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” he tweeted. A few hours earlier, Iran’s new IRGC chief Gen. Hossein Salami piled on the anti-US provocations by commenting on Iranian TV: “The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it.”  His comment, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources report, came after President Trump turned down a request from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to launch direct US air strikes on Yemeni Houthis, in response to this Iranian ally’s explosive drone attack on two Saudi oil pumping stations on May 14. The king argued that Washington could not afford to continue its policy of non-response to Iranian attacks on Gulf oil infrastructure, including four tankers opposite the UAE’s Fujairah port. He proposed that the Washington punish Tehran through its Yemeni ally so as to avoid directly confronting Iran. However, the US President, loath to expand US intervention in the Yemen war, insisted on holding it down to supplying Saudi and UAE warplanes with intelligence, bombs and fuel. 
This passive response, plus the US administration’s consent to hold low-key, non-binding, tentative talks with Iranian officials, without demanding that Tehran desist from its attacks, appears to be egging the Iranians on to carry on with a form of brinkmanship.
Iran precisely calculated its sabotage attacks on the four tankers to fall short of sinking them or causing casualties; it likewise computed the drone attacks to damage without destroying the Saudi pumping stations. In the same way, the Katyusha rocket launched against Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Sunday night had a shock effect without causing real harm. The rocket “missed” the US embassy to strike an empty building nearby that once housed a security detail. But the rocket was fired from Baghdad University in the center of the Iraqi capital and so could not be blamed on a local Shiite militia.
Iran’s campaign of indirect, miss-rather than-hit strikes on America are taking their toll on US deterrence. They have spread out from the Gulf into Syria to locations opposite Israel. The accounts of an Israeli missile strike on Friday night, May 17 on Iranian and Hizballah forces at Al-Kiswah, south of Damascus, were overblown. Just a few missiles were fired, and their target was a very small Iranian facility being put in place at the Syrian Army’s 1stDivision headquarters opposite Israel’s Golan border. That target was hit and destroyed.
As the escalation continues, the US and its allies may soon be forced to answer some hard questions: For how long can Iran’s low-key, indirect pinprick attacks go on without spiraling to a more dangerous level? And how will Washington, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi or Jerusalem react for the first casualties?

Israel’s Ambassador Turns to the Bible

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 |  David Lazarus http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/36671/Default.aspx

In what can only be considered an historical speech before the world’s governing authorities, Israel’s ambassador to the UN gave a surprising defense for the right of the Jewish people to the whole Land of Israel-the Bible.

The unparalleled presentation by Ambassador Danny Danon delivered to the UN General Assembly just after Passover a few weeks ago has gone viral on social media where it has been translated into numerous languages. In the 18-minute defense of Israel’s right to the Land, Ambassador Danon covered the biblical, historical and international facts proving that the entire Land of Israel, including Judea and Samaria, belong to the Jewish people.

Quoting from God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis, Danon looked squarely into the eyes of the Palestinian delegate sitting across from him at the assembly, lifted his Bible high for all to see and said, “This is the deed to our land.” Danon then read the Bible in Hebrew, and then in English, from Genesis 17:7-8: “I will give this Land as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you.”

Using the Bible to defend the Jewish ownership of the Land of Israel is an extraordinary move in modern political realities. Until now, Israeli politicians have shied away from turning to Scripture in defense of Israel’s claims.

As expected, mainstream liberal media are reacting with scorn and rage, shaking their heads in disbelief that a government official, Israeli at that, would dare use the Bible in support of Israel’s right to the land. In interviews after the speech, CNN and Al-Jazeera hosts openly mocked the idea that the Bible would have anything to do with the Jewish people’s claim to a homeland in the Land of Israel.

Danon, however, remained unfazed. “The Jewish people’s ownership of Eretz Yizroel (meaning the whole land of Israel) is well documented in the Hebrew Bible and beyond (apparently a cryptic reference to the New Testament). The entire connection of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel begins right here,” he said, again holding up his Bible.

The ambassador pointed out that it is not only the Hebrew Bible that gives the Land of Israel to the Jewish people, but this is also true in Christianity and Islam. “The Koran itself accepts the divine deed of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel,” Danon told the assembly while pointing his finger directly at the Palestinian delegate. It was clear to all those watching that Danon is referring to the whole Land of Israel including Judea and Samaria (aka the West Bank).

In the unprecedented speech, the Israeli ambassador went on to show that the Jewish claim to the Land of Israel is confirmed not only in the Bible and Jewish history, but in the history of the world as well. “The twelve tribes of Israel lived in this land for thousands of years,” he said. The largest tribe of Judah lived in the area now known as

Judea.” Again, staring down the Palestinian delegate, Danon declared, “You all know the names Jew and Jewish. Jew and Jewish come from Judea. It was the home of our King David and Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” he said.

Ambassador Danon concluded by pointing out that “Jewish rights to the Land of Israel are also according to international law as decided upon in this very body (UN). A stronger and safer Israel means a stronger and safer world,” he insisted.

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A Reasonable Definition of ‘Pro-Choice’

Professor L.R. Agnew, of the UCLA School of Medicine, posed this set of circumstances to his students: “Here is the family history.  The father has syphilis; the mother has TB.  They have already had four children.  The first one is blind; the second one died.  Third is deaf.  The fourth has TB.  The mother is pregnant with her fifth child.  The parents are willing to have an abortion if you decide they should.  What do you think?”

“Most of the students decided on abortion,” said Professor Agnew.

“Congratulations!” he told them.  “You have just murdered Beethoven.”

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Don Boys

I’m a definite, determined, and devoted pro-choice fundamental Baptist!  I believe that a woman has a right, responsibility, and requirement to choose: a choice to keep her knees together or rear a child.  That personal, practical, and profound choice would solve most of the abortion problems.

I told a young woman (who had 13 children, all supported by taxpayers) on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show where we were both guests that she would be much better off if she had spent more time in the vertical position, standing on her own two feet, than in a horizontal position.  She looked at me blankly, not understanding what I said.

While it is commendable that she did not choose abortion (that would have eliminated her income), she obviously did not choose to keep her knees together.

Is it possible, dare I say it, that the young woman did not know why a baby seemed to pop out every nine months or so?  Sex, one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity, can be misused, as in prostitution, pedophilia, perversion (same-sex “marriage”), polygamy (multiple wives), polyandry (multiple husbands), and polyamory (simultaneous and mutual sexual relationships).

I began my first book, Liberalism: A Rope of Sand, in 1979 with this shocking incident: Professor L.R. Agnew, of the UCLA School of Medicine, posed this set of circumstances to his students: “Here is the family history.  The father has syphilis; the mother has TB.  They have already had four children.  The first one is blind; the second one died.  Third is deaf.  The fourth has TB.  The mother is pregnant with her fifth child.  The parents are willing to have an abortion if you decide they should.  What do you think?”

“Most of the students decided on abortion,” said Professor Agnew.

“Congratulations!” he told them.  “You have just murdered Beethoven.”

Pro-life people should be careful to make it clear that the fact that the child turned out to be a master musician whose work is celebrated worldwide makes no difference in the morality.  If Beethoven had turned out to be a chimney sweep, it would have made no difference as to right and wrong.

Radical leftists are frothing at the mouth over Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and Texas because of the abortion bills they have passed or are in the process of passing.  It is getting dangerous to be an abortionist; jail time may be in their future.  It should be, since they are butchering helpless babies who can’t even cry out in their own defense.

Humanity has become so jaded that people affirm that a child should be aborted even if he would not have a good quality of life.  Some even think parents should have the right to kill a child a few years after birth!

It was revealed in the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell that a late-term baby survived a botched abortion and was “swimming” in a toilet and “trying to get out.”  An assistant killer then took the large baby out and “snipped the back of its neck while the mother was still in the room.”  Then Gosnell, a bloody barbarian baby butcher, sarcastically said the baby “was big enough that it could walk to the store or the bus stop.”  I’d like to see Gosnell in his white coat walk up the 13 steps of a gallows — literally.

There was testimony that the abortionist had snipped the spinal cords of about 10 babies who survived the abortion procedure.  He was sentenced to life without parole, but the babies they dug out of the clogged toilet are still dead.

In my opinion, everyone in this sorry, sordid, sinful mess is complicit in murder — not manslaughter, not accidental death, not wrongful death, but murder.  And any society that permits such atrocities is vile, vicious, and violent — and in the toilet.

Two professors published, in the Journal of Medical Ethics, a paper titled “After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?”  It was a shocker, defending and advocating infanticide but calling it after-birth abortion.

The professors declared, “Therefore we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be.  Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk.”

Their vacuous arguments get worse by the paragraph.  They say, “Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life.”  The professors argue that personhood doesn’t begin until sometime after birth, so there must be some magic going through the birth canal.

The professors defend their position by saying, “[I]n order for a harm to occur, it is necessary that someone is in the condition of experiencing that harm.  If a potential person, like a fetus and a newborn, does not become an actual person, like you and us, then there is neither an actual nor a future person who can be harmed, which means that there is no harm at all[.] … In these cases, since non-persons have no moral rights to life, there are no reasons for banning after-birth abortions.”

No one can defend such heartless slaughter, but people try.  In fact, some people tell us abortion is an “act of compassion” since an unnecessary and unwanted child will also grow up unloved.  Well, I’d rather be “unwanted” and “unloved” than “unalive.”

There are many motives for a woman to kill her unborn baby.  One reason is that the baby will be an inconvenience to her.  After all, it is difficult to live an active social life with a baby hanging on the hip, or being required to get a baby sitter each night.  Plus, you know, all the months of sickness, awkwardness, etc., and the sleepless nights, colic, teething, feeding, etc.  Babies are a lot of trouble.

Still others tell us a child should not be permitted to live if he will be disabled, disfigured, or debased.  It would be nice if the baby had a choice in the decision.  But only the woman has a choice.  Not the baby.  Not the father, who is seldom involved in this discussion.

It seems a woman assumes that that life within her is hers alone, but the father has as many rights as the mother.  The baby would not be there but for his cooperation.  But then, the father is never considered by the hypocrites at Planned Parenthood or the screaming feminists.  He, like the unborn baby, has no rights.

Women, in a word, have a right to control their own bodies, and the word is “no.”  They become “with child” because they refused to say the word and keep their knees together.  The heartless mother, the nurses, and doctors will all stand at the Judgment one day as they finally realize they tried to undo what God did.

In a nation where little children (born and unborn) are slaughtered, no one is safe.  Fyodor Dostoevsky (author of Crime and Punishment, etc.) said, “If God is dead, then nothing is morally wrong.”

But God is not dead; I met and spoke with Him this morning.  Those who kill the innocent will also meet with Him!

Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives, who ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis and wrote columns for USA Today for eight years.  Boys’s book, Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning!, is available here.  Follow Dr. Boys on Facebook at Don Boys, Ph.D. and at TheGodHaters and on Twitter, and visit his blog.

Yahweh, The Name Above All Other Names!

Yahweh, The Name Above All Other Names!

Yahweh has placed His name in the Scriptures ~7,000 times.  Unfortunately, multiple untold number of translators and transcriber’s have gone the way of the ‘world’ and replaced Yahweh’s name YHWH with LORD or Adonai or a very subjective “God,” to which I ask you, dear reader, which God/god would you or the ‘world’ be referring?  Names of people, places and things are very important to intelligent beings.  When we talk to each other, when we use proper words and names, we understand what is being spoken.  On a personal note, how do you have a relationship with someone whom you do not know their name?

Encyclopedia Britannica has a small input to the History of Yahweh’s name and its use:

“Yahweh, the god of the Israelites, whose name was revealed to Moses as four Hebrew consonants (YHWH) called the tetragrammaton.

After the Babylonian Exile (6th century bce), and especially from the 3rd century bce on, Jews ceased to use the name Yahweh for two reasons. As Judaism became a universal rather than merely local religion, the more common noun Elohim, meaning “God,” tended to replace Yahweh to demonstrate the universal sovereignty of Israel’s God over all others. At the same time, the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered; it was thus replaced vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Adonai (“My Lord”), which was translated as Kyrios (“Lord”) in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures.

The Masoretes, who from about the 6th to the 10th century worked to reproduce the original text of the Hebrew Bible, replaced the vowels of the name YHWH with the vowel signs of the Hebrew words Adonai or Elohim. Latin-speaking Christian scholars substituted the Y (which does not exist in Latin) with an I or a J (the latter of which exists in Latin as a variant form of I). Thus, the tetragrammaton became the artificial Latinized name Jehovah (JeHoWaH). As the use of the name spread throughout medieval Europe, the initial letter J was pronounced according to the local vernacular language rather than Latin (https://www.britannica.com/print/article/651183 Accessed 5-20-2019).”

Scripture tells us to NOT add to or take away from Yahweh’s Word:

Deuteronomy 4:2 – You must not add to or subtract from what I command you, so that you may keep the commandments of the Yahweh your Elohim that I am giving you.

Deuteronomy 12:32 – See that you do everything I command you; do not add to it or subtract from it.

Proverbs 30:4 – 6 – Who has ascended into heaven, and then descended?  Who has gathered up the winds in his fists?  Who has bound up the waters in his cloak?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name, and what is his son’s name? – if you know!  5 Every word of Yahweh is purified; he is like a shield for those who take refuge in him.  6 Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and prove you a liar.

Rev. 22:18 – 19 – I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, Yahweh will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, Yahweh will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city that are described in this book.

We are NOT to call Yahweh whatever we want, no matter what reason or how justified we believe ourselves to be in “preserving” His holy name.  Yahweh can preserve His own name just fine without our help.  What understanding must be embraced in this concept is that, Yahweh gave His name to men (mankind) so that they would know WHO the One True Elohim was.  The Creator of even all the lesser Elohim.  These lesser Elohim are those who serve Yahweh and the Captain of Yahweh’s Host, the Second Power in Heaven.  These lesser Elohim are obedient to Yahweh and therefore, serve on the Divine Council (as we shall see later on in this article) or they have been disobedient and have fallen from heaven such as Lucifer has or have been cast into Tartarus, deep below the Earth surface.  Just as the obedient Elohim obey Yahweh so should we, especially when Yahweh commanded us to:

Ex. 3:15 – Elohim said moreover to Moses, “You shall tell the children of Israel this, ‘Yahweh, the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac, and the Elohim of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My Name forever, and this is my memorial to all generations.

It is upon the human beings shoulders to NOT take the name of Yahweh in vain.  Nowhere in the Scriptures does it command us to change His name in a generalized form so that we can appear more holy to our peers or fellow worshipper’s.  In fact, Yahweh has all ready given instruction to mankind in the 3rd Commandment:

Ex. 20:7 – “You shall not take the name of the Yahweh your Elohim in vain, for Yahweh will not hold guiltless anyone who takes his name in vain.

The Scriptures has His name written all throughout the texts and we should use His name as declared by many writers of the Bible:

Gen. 4:26 – There was also born a son to Seth, and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on Yahweh’s name.

Gen. 12:7 – Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your seed.” He built an altar there to Yahweh, who appeared to him.

1 Kings 18:24 – You call on the name of your god (Baal/lord), and I will call on the name of Yahweh. The God (Elohim/lord) who answers by fire, let him be God (the One True Elohim).” All the people answered, “It is well said.”

Psalm 116:13, 17 – I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of Yahweh.  17 I will offer to You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Yahweh.

Isa. 42:8 – I am Yahweh. That is my name. I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to engraved images.

Isa. 52:6 – Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day That I, even He that spoke, behold, here I am.

Zech. 13:7-9 – 7“Awake, sword, against my shepherd, and against the man who is close to me,” says Yahweh of Armies. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; and I will turn my hand against the little ones. 8 It shall happen that in all the land,” says Yahweh, “two parts in it will be cut off and die; but the third will be left in it. 9 I will bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will test them like gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will hear them. I will say, ‘It is my people;’ and they will say, ‘Yahweh is my Elohim.'”

John 17:25 – Righteous Father, the world hasn’t known you, but I knew you; and these knew that you sent me.

Rev. 14:1 – I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him a number, one hundred forty-four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads.

By rejecting Men’s (mankind’s) traditions, I will use Yahweh’s name as Moses and all the other great men in the Bible have done for thousands of years:

Deut. 32:1-3 – 1 Give ear, you heavens, and I will speak. Let the earth hear the words of my mouth. 2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain. My speech shall condense as the dew, as the small rain on the tender grass, as the showers on the herb. 3 For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh. Ascribe greatness to our God!

Yahweh Bless you and yours:)

North Korean Sex Slaves Forced To Endure Rape, Exploitation And Forced Marriage In China

Tens of thousands of North Korean women and girls are actively trafficked into the Chinese sex trade by criminal organizations, and are often forced to endure “systematic rape, sex trafficking, sexual slavery, sexual abuse, prostitution, cybersex trafficking, forced marriage and forced pregnancy,” according to a new report

Following an extensive investigation, the Korea Future Initiative found that victims are “commonly aged between 12-29 and overwhelmingly female.” Many of them are sold more than once, and are “forced into at least one form of sexual slavery within a year of leaving their homeland.” 

Sex trafficking and exploitation is a $105,000,000 per year business for the Chinese underworld, according to the report. 

“Victims are prostituted for as little as ¥30 Chinese Yuan ($4 United States Dollars), sold as wives for just ¥1000 Chinese Yuan ($146 United States Dollars), and trafficked into cybersex dens for exploitation by a global online audience.”

“Pushed from their homeland by a patriarchal regime that survives through the imposition of tyranny, poverty, and oppression, North Korean women and girls are passed through the hands of traffickers, brokers, and criminal organisations” according to the London-based Korea watchdog group. 

According to the report’s author, Yoon Hee-soon, prostitution has overtaken forced marriage as the “primary pathway” into the sex trade for North Korean women and girls. 

“Enslaved in brothels that litter satellite-towns and townships close to large urban areas in northeast China, victims are mostly aged between 15-25 and are habitually subjected to penetrative vaginal and anal rape, forced masturbation, and groping,” said Hee-soon.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-20/north-korean-sex-slaves-forced-endure-rape-exploitation-and-forced-marriages-china

WOW! – Spain Sees Surge In Migrant Crime “Because Of Political Cowardice”

Authored by Soeren Kern via The Gatestone Institute,

  • “We have tasers, but they are stored in a closet because of political cowardice.” — Spokesperson, Municipal Police of Bilbao.
  • In Madrid, an elderly couple returning home from vacation discovered that their apartment had been “occupied” by African migrants. When a camera crew from the Madrid television channel Telecinco went to investigate, the migrants destroyed the camera…. Spain’s notoriously lethargic justice system now rules on who is the apartment’s rightful owner.
  • The Madrid city council, run by Mayor Manuela Carmena, in a case study of political correctness run amok, ordered police to keep out of the neighborhood of Lavapiés. The result is that illegal immigrants, far from facing the threat of deportation, are now secure in the knowledge that their violent actions have empowered them effectively to take control of an entire neighborhood of a major European capital.

The Madrid city council, run by Mayor Manuela Carmena, in a case study of political correctness run amok, ordered police to keep out of the neighborhood of Lavapiés, one of the most “multicultural” districts of the Spanish capital, to “avoid situations of tension.” Pictured: Police officers in Lavapiés on November 12, 2015. (Image source: Luis Sánchez de Pedro Aires/Wikimedia Commons)

Six African migrants gang-raped a 12-year-old girl in a small town near Madrid, but Spanish authorities kept information about the crime hidden from the public for more than a year, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.

On March 15, 2018, the 12-year-old girl was playing in a park in Azuqueca de Henares with several other girls when, at around one o’clock in the afternoon, six migrants — five Moroccans and one Nigerian — approached the playground. They carried two of the girls off to a nearby abandoned building, but then let one of them go after discovering that she was a Muslim. The migrants, aged between 15 and 20, grabbed the 12-year-old by her arms and legs and took turns raping her, first anally and then vaginally, for nearly an hour.

The public was not informed about the crime until March 20, 2019, when the newspaper El Mundo published the results of an investigation. According to the report, Spanish prosecutors and judges secretly decided that three of the minors will be held in a young offender institution for three years and then be “reinserted” into Spanish society rather than be deported. One of the adults is being held in preventive detention; the other adults were released.

The gang rape has cast a spotlight on spiraling migrant criminality in Spain, where “progressive” immigration policies — promoted by all the mainstream political parties and opposed only by the populist party Vox — are fueling an influx of illegal migration from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The gang rape has also cast a spotlight on a lenient justice system that routinely releases migrant criminals back onto the streets.https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-20/spain-sees-surge-migrant-crime-because-political-cowardice

Escobar: “Clash Of Civilizations” Or Crisis Of Civilization?


Authored by Pepe Escobar via The Saker blog,

Talk about a graphic display of soft power: Beijing this week hosted the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations

Organized under the direct supervision of President Xi Jinping it took place amid an “Asian Culture Carnival.”  Sure, there were dubious, kitschy and syrupy overtones, but what really mattered was what Xi himself had to say to China and all of Asia.

In his keynote speech, the Chinese leader essentially stressed that one civilization forcing itself upon another is “foolish” and “disastrous.” In Xi’s concept of a dialogue of civilizations, he referred to the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as programs that “have expanded the channels for communication exchanges.”

Xi’s composure and rationality present a stark, contrasting message to US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign.

West vs East and South

Compare and contrast Xi’s comments with what happened at a security forum in Washington just over two weeks earlier. 

Then, a bureaucrat by the name of Kiron Skinner, the State Department’s policy planning director, characterized US-China rivalry as a “clash of civilizations,” and “a fight with a really different civilization and ideology the US hasn’t had before.”

And it got worse. This civilization was “not Caucasian” – a not so subtle 21st century resurrection of the “Yellow Peril.” (Let us recall: The “not Caucasian” Japan of World War II was the original “Yellow Peril.”) 

Divide and rule, spiced with racism, accounts for the toxic mix that has been embedded in the hegemonic US  narrative for decades now. The mix harks back to Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, published in 1996.

Huntington’s pseudo-theory, coming from someone who did not know much about the multi-polar complexity of Asia, not to mention African and South American cultures, was mercilessly debunked across vast swathes of the global South.  In fact, Huntington did not even come up with the original, flawed concept. That was the work of Anglo-American historian and commentator Bernard Lewis, who passes for a Middle East guru in the US.

Divide, rule, conquer

As Alastair Crooke, the founder of the Conflicts Forum, has outlined, Lewis consistently preached divide and rule, tinged with racism, in Islamic states. He was a fervent proponent of regime change in Iran and his recipe for dealing with Arabs was “to hit them between the eyes with a big stick” because, in his world view, the only thing they respect is power.

Crooke reminds us that since the 1960s, Lewis has been a master at spotting vulnerabilities in “religious, class and ethnic differences as the means to bring an end to Middle Eastern states.” Lewis is a hero across a certain spectrum – a spectrum that includes former US Vice President Dick Cheney and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Now, we live in the era of “Lewis redux.” Given that the Islamic world is  largely subdued, in torpor or in turmoil, the clash of civilizations basically applies, on a downsized scale, to containing or destroying Shi’ite Iran.

Meanwhile the real clash – as the State Department insists – is with China.

Huntington, the sub-Lewis, did not include Russia among “The West.” The revisionist State Department does. Otherwise how could “Nixon in reverse”be justified? (“Nixon in reverse,” let us remember, is the Kissingerian recommendation to President Donald Trump: Apply divide and rule between Russia and China – but this time seducing Russia.)

A revisionist Pentagon also came up with the “Indo-Pacific” concept. The only justification for the amalgam is that these two zones should conduct a foreign policy subjected to American hegemony.

The logic is always divide and rule and clash of civilizations – divisions provoking chaos all across Eurasia. 

But this strategy is being applied against the background of a crucial historical juncture: The era when BRI is being configured as the road map for progressive Eurasian integration.

Quo vadis, humanity?

It’s not hard to detect the faintest of smiles on the faces of Chinese strategists as they survey “The Big Picture” from the vantage point of 5,000 years of civilization. The Christian West as the unique road map to deliver humanity from evil – in fact, the foundation of Pax Americana – is regarded as an amusing fiction at best.

That fiction is now looking downright dangerous, wallowing in exceptionalism and demonization of “The Other” in myriad forms. The Other – from the Islamic Republic of Iran to atheist China, not to mention “autocratic” Russia – automatically qualifies as a manifestation of “evil.”

China, by contrast, is polytheist, pluralist, multi-polar – embracing Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism. That is mirrored by the current drive towards a multi-polar world-system. What matters is unity in multiplicity – as Xi stressed in his keynote speech. In it, we find China and Persia, two ancient civilizations – not by accident linked by the Ancient Silk Road – thinking alike.

Then there’s the appalling state of the planet, which dwarfs the current appalling spectacle of political madness. UCLA geographer and global best-selling author Jared Diamond is not being terribly precise, but he estimatesthere’s a 49% chance “that the world as we know it will collapse by about 2050.”

As encapsulated by author Nafeez Ahmad:

 “Over the last 500 years or so, humanity has erected an ‘endless growth’ civilization premised on a particular patchwork of ideological worldviews, ethical values, political and economic structures, and personal behaviors. This is a paradigm that elevates the vision of human beings as disconnected, atomistic, competing material units, which seek to maximize their own material consumption as the principal mechanism for self-gratification.”

What we’re living now is not a clash of civilizations; it’s a crisis of civilization.

If the paradigm under which most of humanity barely survives is not changed – and there’s precious little evidence it will – there won’t be any civilizations left to clash.

Rouhani: Now is no time for talks, only resistance

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday night that he favors talks and diplomacy but not under current conditions. “Today’s situation is not suitable for talks and our choice is resistance only,” said Rouhani. Generally viewed as the most moderate leader of the Islamic regime, Rouhani has thus lined up behind the path dictated by the hardline supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Tehran has meanwhile announced a fourfold increase in its output of low-grade enriched uranium. https://www.debka.com/mivzak/rouhani-now-is-no-time-for-talks-only-resistance/

Extreme Weather Events Destroy Crops And Delay Planting – Possible Food Shortages

Plant your OWN food! Even if you live in an apartment!!!! You can grow microgreens or sprouts for cheap. Eat healthy and even make some money doing it!!!

Global food crisis ahead as extreme weather events devastate crops and agri business around the worldIt’s not just happening in the USA. Extreme weather events are devastating crops and thus the food business around the world. From Australia to North Korea and Argentina here are the latest reports of food shortage around the world.

Australia imports wheat for first time in over a decade after worst drought in 116 years

Australia is normally the biggest wheat exporter in the Southern Hemisphere, but the prolonged drought has fried its grain crop in recent years. In 2018, output tumbled 20% to just over 17 million tonnes, the lowest in more than a decade, according to the US Department of Agriculture. On May 9, 2019 the Australian government had no choice but to import 60,000 tons of wheat from Canada. Due to the worst drought in 116 years, high-protein wheat is in short supply which is critical to the Shoalhaven Starches wheat-processing plant,” a spokesman for the plant said.  “The reason this announcement has garnered so much attention is that it just doesn’t happen,” said James Maxwell, an analyst for Australian Crop Forecaster.  The cargo is expected to arrive in the next 6 to 8 weeks and will be processed at Manildra Group’s Shoalhaven Starches plant in NSW.  The last such shipment was back in 2007 (solar minimum of cycle 23).  – ABC.net.au

Floods, hail and bad weather affect fruits and vegetables in Italy

According to some sources, it is estimated that over 70% of Basilicata stone fruit has been lost. Alarming percentages, considering that the agricultural sector is the cornerstone for the economy of this region.  “Whole stone fruit fields have been destroyed. The watermelon seedlings planted a few weeks ago have been broken by hail,” says Francesco Musillo, director of Agorà PO, who adds: “Even on the covered vineyards, the hail weighed down the covers, breaking the structures.” – Fresh Plaza

Planting in France slowed down by extreme cold temperatures

Corn sowing in France slowed again this week, losing its lead to last year, after persistent cold weather continues to hamper the central European nation’s planting efforts.  France is the third largest corn exporter in the world, meaning a delayed or poor harvest will have a pronounced impact on global markets. – ElectroVerse

Severe drought devastates crops in Yucatan, Mexico

The drought in the Mexican state of Yucatan has put the agrarian sector up against the ropes. More than three thousand producers have been unable to save their crops due to the lack of irrigation infrastructure. According to the president of the Association of Horticulturalists of Yucatan, Jose Filomeno Tejero Poot, if the drought lasts longer, a large part of the state’s harvest will be lost and they will have to bring food from other parts of the country to supply the demand of the population of Yucatan. – Fresh Plaza

Lowest rainfall in 100 years leaves millions at risk of starvation in North Korea

North Korea’s worst drought in decades is being driven by the lowest rainfall in a century, according to the country’s official state newspaper.  North Korea received just 56.3 millimeters (2.21 inches) of rain or snow from January to May 15, the lowest amount since 1917.

Spring’s record-late arrival in parts of the U.S. has catastrophic consequences for food industry – Food prices set to rise!

The calendar might have said it was spring more than a month ago, but the physical signs of it around us told a much different story. According to officials data, this was the latest arrival of spring in 38 years of records for parts of Kansas and Oklahoma. Portions of Washington and Oregon also saw the latest spring start on record.  In parts of the Plains, in places like South Dakota, Nebraska and even into Oklahoma, a late spring like this year’s only happens once every 10 or more years. Many farming fields are ruined and will not be planted this year. Otherwise, planting has been dramatically delayed. – Strange Sounds

Floods leave 600 000 ha (1.5 million acres) of crops damaged in Argentina

In a recently released report, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology estimated there are 600 000 ha (1 480 000 acres) of crops affected by heavy rain and flooded roads, which interrupted the harvest of soy, corn and alfalfa crops. In some areas, crops were under 40 cm (15.7 inches) of water, so owners decided to abandon them. – Telam Food demand is steadily increasing, but food production is decreasing. There is a clash between demand and offer… And at the end we will pay the price. Food shortage around the world is true. Prices are set to rise. Be ready!

Pope Pushes For Globalism, Rejecting ‘Excessive Demand For Sovereignty’

This has NEVER been about “Sovereignty,” which people like Francis would never give up his position of authority for globalism. This has always been about stripping human beings of their INDIVIDUAL rights to LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!!!

Pope Rejects ‘Excessive Demand for Sovereignty’, Pushes Idea of Global Authority
Pope Francis is pushing for steps toward global authority that supersedes the rights of individual countries, all with the goal of pursuing “the common good” on issues like climate change and immigration.  “When a supranational common good is clearly identified, it is necessary to have a special authority legally and concordantly constituted capable of facilitating its implementation. We think of the great contemporary challenges of climate change, new forms of slavery and peace,” he told members of the Pontifical Academy. They met last week at the Vatican to discuss the topic of: “Nation, State, Nation-State.” While addressing the conference, Francis rebuked the trend of nationalism among individual countries and the many tensions that “come from an excessive demand for sovereignty on the part of States.” However, the pope defended patriotism as a good thing. But he warned it can become perverted when “it involves the exclusion and hatred of others when it becomes a conflictual nationalism that builds walls, indeed even racism or anti-Semitism,”  according to Breitbart.com. Francis also implied national sovereignty becomes twisted when countries do not have a welcoming attitude toward migrants. “The Church observes with concern the reemergence, in many parts of the world, of currents that are aggressive towards foreigners, especially immigrants, as well as a growing nationalism that neglects the common good,” he told the conference. This, in turn, “threatens to jeopardize consolidated forms of international cooperation, undermines the aims of international organizations as a space for dialogue and meeting for all countries in a spirit of mutual respect, and hinders the attainment of the sustainable development goals approved unanimously by the United Nations,” the Pope said.The Pope also said individual countries can no longer look out for their own people by themselves due to globalization.  “The nation-state is no longer able to procure the common good of its populations alone. The common good has become global and nations must associate for their own benefit,” Francis said. The Pope also pushed the idea of supranational entities to the conference.  A supranational union is defined as a type of multinational political union where negotiated power is delegated to an authority by governments of member states.  The term is sometimes used to describe the European Union, according to Wikipedia.  For instance, a group of nations could “strengthen their cooperation by connecting certain functions and services to intergovernmental institutions that manage their common interests,” he said.  “When a supranational common good is clearly identified, it is necessary to have a special authority that is legally and concordantly constituted and capable of facilitating its implementation,” the Pope concluded. 

Palestinians Will Not Attend U.S.-Led Economic Conference

Palestinians to shun U.S.-led economic conference, say they weren’t consulted
The Palestinians will not attend a U.S.-led conference in Bahrain next month that the Trump administration has cast as a preliminary roll-out of its plan for them to make peace with Israel, a Palestinian cabinet minister said on Monday Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as an opportunity to drum up international investment for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. The Palestinians, who have boycotted the Trump administration since it recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in late 2017, have shown little interest in discussing a plan that they anticipate will fall far short of their core demands. 

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Monday that his government had not been consulted on the June 25-26 gathering in Manama. 

After the Palestinian cabinet met, Ahhmed Majdalani, the social development minister and a member of the executive committee of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization, said: “There will be no Palestinian particaption in the Manama workshop.” 

He added: “Any Palestinian who would take part would be nothing but a collaborator for the Americans and Israel.” Shtayyeh reiterated Palestinians’ demands for a two-state peace deal with Israel entailing control of the West Bank and Gaza, as well as East Jerusalem as their future capital. Israel calls Jerusalem its indivisible capital and has said it might declare sovereignty in its West Bank settlements. The Trump administration has said its still-secret peace plan would require compromise by both sides. Since being shunned by the Palestinians, it has cut back on U.S. aid for them, contributing to economic hardship in the West Bank and Gaza. 

“The financial crisis the Palestinian Authority is living through today is a result of the financial war that is being launched against us in order to win political concessions,” Shtayyeh told his cabinet. “We do not submit to blackmail and we don’t trade our political rights for money.” 

China vs U.S.: Beijing Accuses Washington Of ‘Violating China’s Sovereignty’

Beijing Accuses Washington Of “Violating China’s Sovereignty” After Latest ‘Freeop’
Once again risking a confrontation with the Chinese Navy (at a particularly sensitive time, given where we are with the trade war) the Navy carried out another “freeop” in the South China Sea over the weekend. A US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer sailed within 12 miles of a disputed shoal, ignoring Beijing’s repeated warnings to stay away. On Sunday, the USS Preble, a destroyer armed with Tomahawk missiles, sailed along the Scarborough Shoal, directly challenging China’s disputed claim to the area. “Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef in order to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law,” said Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the Seventh Fleet. Beijing, always quick to condemn US incursions on its claimed territory, Foreign Minister Lu Kang said the ministry”strongly urges” the US to stop sending its warships to the region, calling them “provocative actions.” Sunday’s ‘freeop’ is the second intrusion into the South China Sea this month. On May 6, the USS Chung-Hoon and the Preble sailed within 12 nautical miles of Gaven and Johnson Reefs in the Spratly Islands, which also triggered a response from Huawei. “The relevant actions of the US warships violated China’s sovereignty and undermined peace, security and good order in the relevant sea areas,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. The latest freeop happened to coincide with bilateral naval drills being held in the South China Sea by the Indian and Singaporean Navies, which are set to conclude on Wednesday. But as always, the trade-war spotlight will likely remain focused on the ongoing drama with Huawei.

Saudis Claim Intercept Of Iran-backed Houthi Missiles Headed For Mecca

Authored by Ahmed Abdulkareem via Mint Press News

Saudi Arabia has claimed that its air defenses shot down two ballistic missiles over the city of Taif, just 65 kilometers east of Mecca, in the early hours of Monday morning. Saudi officials claim that another missile was intercepted over the Haddah in western Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi newspaper Okaz reported the missiles were intercepted as residents were breaking their day-long Ramadan fast. The paper claimed that the attempted attack was evidence that Yemen’s Houthis had no regard for the safety and security of Muslim pilgrims visiting Mecca during the nights of Ramadan. The Houthis have unequivocally denied any involvement in the attacks.The Ka‘ba in Mecca, via British Museum blog

Mohammed AbdulSalam, a spokesman for the Houthi political wing Ansar Allah, said in a statement, “We avoid targeting civilians as well as holy places, and this [accusation] is Saudi bankruptcy,” adding “Saudi Arabia fabricated the Houthi threat [to Meccia] in order to mobilize official and popular support.”

The Yemeni army, which is allied with the Houthis, said in a statement in the wake of Saudi accusation: “This isn’t the first time the Saudi regime has accused us of targeting Mecca. The objective of these accusations is to gain support and approval for their monstrous aggression.” An army spokesperson noted that the Houthis have never denied previous military maneuvers, saying “We do not hesitate to announce our military operations.”

The Houthis did claim responsibility for last week’s attack on two Saudi oil pumping stations in the provinces of Dawadmi and Afif near the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

High-ranking officials in the Yemeni army, as well as the Houthi Political Council, told MintPress that the pumping station attack was not part of a regional effort to stir up tension between Iran and the United States, and was planned before those tensions came about.

The attack was carried out with domestically manufactured Houthi drones and reportedly caused a four-meter rupture in one of the station’s main oil pipes, in turn resulting in a 1000-square-meter leak in the area surrounding the facility.

Qatari television network Al Jazeera released satellite imagery showing the extent of damage to Saudi energy giant Aramco’s Pump Station 8 following the drone attack.

An aerial view of Saudi Aramco Pump Station 8 after (left) and before (right) Houthi drone strikes. Source: Al Jazeera

The Houthis have said that the attack on Saudi pumping stations was the start of an operation that will target 300 vital military and economic targets, including military headquarters and facilities inside Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Saudi-led Coalition military targets inside Yemen.

Long-distance drone strikes have served as a breakthrough for Yemen’s civilians and Houthi-allied military forces alike. They have served as an equalizer against one of the most well-funded and -equipped military forces in the region.

Yemen’s Houthi-allied military says the drone weapons are a necessary tool in the war and can serve as a means to finally reach peace — further pointing out that Yemen poses no threat to any country outside of the Saudi-led Coalition and has no aggressive intentions against its neighbors or U.S. interests in the region.

“We have no choice, we are being killed every day and our suffering has slid into oblivion in the rest of the world,” Amar Faress, a father who lost his entire family when Saudi airstrikes targeted his home in 2015, said of the Houthi strikes on Saudi Arabia. “Maybe the world will care about us if their interests are compromised.”

Meanwhile, a spate of Saudi Coalition airstrikes across Yemen this weekend into Monday took a predictably heavy civilian toll. Local witnesses told MintPress that at least four civilians were killed and 11 others injured when Saudi aircraft targeted a vehicle as it was traveling along a road in the Mustaba district of Hajjah province on Monday afternoon.

Over the weekend, three civilians were killed and a young girl sustained injuries when militiamen loyal to the Saudi-led Coalition shelled a home in the Qa’atabah district of the southwestern Yemeni province of Dhale.

Yemen’s humanitarian crisis remains the worst in the world and shows no sign of ending. UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said that around 360,000 children now suffer from severe acute malnutrition, and half of Yemen’s children under five (2.5 million people) have stunted growth — an irreversible condition. More than 2 million of Yemen’s children are out of school.

Fore added that famine still threatens millions, and a new cholera outbreak continues to spread, claiming almost as many victims in the first four months of the year as in the entirety of 2018. Cholera has affected 300,000 people in Yemen this year alone, compared with 370,000 during the whole of 2018.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said during a speech to UN Security Council members, “Ten million were still in need of emergency food assistance, while the specter of famine still looms.”https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-20/saudi-arabia-says-it-intercepted-houthi-missiles-headed-mecca

America is finally writing the rules on trade

President Donald J. Trump delivered a major announcement just before the weekend about our two biggest trading partners. “We’ve just reached an agreement with Canada and Mexico, and we’ll be selling our product into those countries without the imposition of tariffs or major tariffs,” the President said.
Watch: President Trump announces a new trade milestone
The United States has strong relationships with both Canada and Mexico, President Trump said—but that shouldn’t stop us from negotiating hard to protect American workers and jobs. Canada, for example, has been “charging us extremely high tariffs, as much as 285 percent or more, for our agricultural products, which is an absolute barrier,” he said.

In the past, American Presidents would turn the other cheek on bad trade deals to avoid confrontation or criticism from the mainstream press. But unlike his predecessors, President Trump is focused on results for our farmers and manufacturers—not on praise from the Beltway or global media. The same day he announced that Canada and Mexico would lift their retaliatory tariffs, the Administration also reported that it had successfully negotiated a deal to remove Japan’s longstanding restrictions on American beef exports.

All told, these agreements are great news for American farmers. They will continue to protect America’s crucial steel and aluminum industries, too.

Friday’s news coincided with a Proclamation from President Trump recognizing World Trade Week, 2019, in which he reflected on the trade principles he promised to the White House:

“The American people see through Chairman Nadler’s desperate ploy to distract from the President’s historically successful agenda and our booming economy. Neither the White House nor Attorney General Barr will comply with Chairman Nadler’s unlawful and reckless demands . . . The American people deserve a Congress that is focused on solving real problems like the crisis at the border, high prescription drug prices, our country’s crumbling infrastructure, and so much more.”

After decades of politicians putting the global business class ahead of America’s industrial and agricultural heartland, working families finally heard the voice of a President that was willing to fight for them on January 20, 2017.

“From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” President Trump said at his Inauguration. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.”

America announces deal with Canada and Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs.

Canada Moves to Ban Christians From Demonstrating in Public Under New “Anti-Hate” Proposal

Dark times in Canada. “Anti-hate” – who decides what’s good and what’s forbidden? Terror tied groups like CAIR? Freedom of speech is the foundation of a free society. Without it, a tyrant can wreak havoc unopposed, while his opponents are silenced.

Putting up with being offended is essential in a pluralistic society in which people differ on basic truths. If a group will not bear being offended without resorting to violence, that group will rule unopposed while everyone else lives in fear, while other groups curtail their activities to appease the violent group. This results in the violent group being able to tyrannize the others.

Islamic law forbids criticism of Islam, Quran, Muhammad. If they cannot be criticized, we are in effect accepting Islamic law as overriding the freedom of speech. This would establish Muslims as a protected class and prevent honest discussion of how Islamic jihadists use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism.

The concept of Islamophobia has two meanings. Few ever make any distinction between them. One is the brutalization of innocent Muslims, which is never justified. The problem is that the label is also used to refer to analysis of how Islamic texts and teachings incite to violence.

Any criticism of jihad terror that examines its ideological roots in Islam is called Islamophobia, The word is used to intimidate people into thinking there is something wrong with opposing jihad terror. This deforms our response to terrorism by placing off-limits any examination of its guiding ideology, and effectively enforces Sharia blasphemy laws in the US by placing Islam, Quran, Muhammad beyond criticism.

If speech that offends a group is outlawed, that group has absolute power, and a free society is destroyed. A group that cannot be criticized cannot be opposed. It can work its will no matter what it is, and no one will be able to say anything to stop it.

Inoffensive speech needs no protection. The First Amendment was developed precisely in order to protect speech that was offensive to some, in order to prevent those who had power from claiming they were offended by speech opposing them and silencing the powerless.

A free society is by its nature one in which people put up with others being uncivil and offensive. The alternative is a quiet authoritarian society in which only one opinion is allowed and the others are silenced, and ultimately sent to the camps.

The quran is full of hatred and violence. Will Trudeau ban the quran?

Canada Moves to Ban Christians From Demonstrating in Public Under New Anti-Hate Proposal

The Canadian province of Ontario is considering legislation that would officially criminalize Christianity.

Big League Politics, May 20, 2019:

Legislation proposed in the Canadian province of Ontario would criminalize public displays by Christians deemed hateful to Muslims, the LGBT community and other victim groups designated by the left.

The bill, “Prohibiting Hate-Promoting Demonstrations at Queen’s Park Act, 2019,” bans any demonstration, rally or other activity that is deemed hateful by the Speaker from being permissible on legislative grounds – effectively insulating the government from Christian speech.

Life Site News explains that the nebulous nature of Canada’s anti-hate laws essentially give leftist legislators carte blanche to ban all Christian protest: The problem with this bill, however, lies in the fact that the definition of “hate” is uncertain under Canadian law. As a result, unfortunately, the use of the word “hate” can be a useful tool for some to prevent differing views from being expressed. That is, the word “hate” can be used to silence opposing views expressed when, in fact, the views are simply a reasonable expression of belief.

This concern is based on actual experience. Canadians have already experienced the contempt shown by the Supreme Court of Canada towards Section 2 of the Charter of Rights which provides for freedom of opinion, expression and religion. In the Trinity Western Christian University case (2018), a private Christian university’s moral covenant was deemed hateful and discriminating. In the Bill Whatcott case (2013), the Supreme Court of Canada concluded that the effects of an expression used, not the communicator’s intent, are what is relevant. The court went on to conclude that “truthful statements and sincerely held beliefs do not affect the finding of “hate”. Mr. Whatcott merely expressed in his pamphlet the well-established facts about homosexuality which the court held to be “hateful”. It is worth noting that the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, presumably consisting of equally learned judges, had previously concluded that the pamphlet was not hateful. The Supreme Court of Canada prides itself on being a “progressive” court and has an established bias as evidenced in a series of decisions that have struck down laws based on traditional values. There is little likelihood that the court will protect tradition-based groups if they are denied the right to demonstrate at the provincial legislature. As Canada becomes more restrictive toward Christianity, they open their arms for the LGBT agenda and Islam to take a foothold in their culture.

The Royal Canadian Mint issued a commemorative coin last month to celebrate homosexual love as a core principle of Canadian society.

“Marking 50 years since a landmark decision that began a process of legal reforms to recognize the rights of LGBTQ2 Canadians is a powerful way to recognize Canada’s profound belief in equality and inclusion,” said Marie Lemay, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. Meanwhile, the far-left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been revealed to be plotting different ways to bring ISIS terrorists to his nation and possibly be re-introduced in public life.

“None of the options are ideal and all present different challenges and risks,” said the three-page secret paper, which was heavily redacted after its release through the Access to Information Act.

As globalism and liberalism takes a stronger hold in Canada, the government can be expected to become even more hostile to Christianity and more hospitable to subversive agendas.https://gellerreport.com/2019/05/canada-criminalize-christianity.html/

TECHNO-DICTATORSHIP: Apple bans Natural News for publishing true climate science stories that Apple claims are “rejected by the scientific community”

(Natural News) As part of the accelerating techno-dictatorship sweeping across the online world, Apple News has banned Natural News for expressing views which Apple claims are “rejected by the scientific community.”

This ban was received shortly after Natural News published a rebuttal to the junk science climate change narrative which falsely claims that carbon dioxide is a poison that will destroy the planet. (Only someone who is scientifically illiterate or completely brainwashed could believe such a falsehood.)

Natural News dares to state the simple scientific fact — now confirmed by NASA — that carbon dioxide boosts the growth of green plants all across the Earth. This is not allowed by the techno-fascists of the Left who run Apple and insist that CO2 is somehow a poison that’s responsible for “climate change.”

Here’s the world map showing the increase in reforestation and greening, as cited by NASA and published the journal Nature: Climate Change:

Note that this image shows an increase in “greening” across every continent, which NASA confirms is due to rising carbon dioxide, a fertilizer for plants.

Apple censors disagree with scientific reality and ban anyone who speaks the truth

Even though NASA has also admitted that CO2 is greening the Earth, Apple says that Natural News stories are diverging from the “scientific community,” somehow justifying Apple’s censorship of all news from Natural News, including the hundreds of articles each month that cite scientific journals.https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-13-techno-dictatorship-apple-bans-natural-news-scientific-community.html

Transgenderism results in the DEATH of a baby because medical records listed the mother as “male” to appease the LGBT thought police

(Natural News) A 32-year-old woman who thinks she’s a “man” recently gave birth to a dead child – a dead child who would have lived, by the way, had its deranged, mentally-ill mother correctly indicated her natural biology upon being admitted to the hospital.

Reports indicate that this brain-damaged adult patient, who self-identifies as a “transgender,” listed herself as a “male” on electronic medical records, which thus confused hospital staff.

Because this same patient had made herself appear male on the outside, emergency personnel simply thought she was an obese man who was suffering from severe abdominal pains as a result of not taking his blood pressure medication.

To make matter worse, this biological woman incorrectly told hospital staff that she had “peed himself,” which was really an indication that she was in labor and about to bear a child. A nurse then ordered a pregnancy test just to be sure, but because the woman looked like a “man,” he was deemed “stable,” and his issues “non-urgent.”

It was several hours later after a doctor’s evaluation that the woman was, indeed, determined to be pregnant. An ultrasound reportedly showed “unclear signs of fetal heart activity,” as well as that part of the baby’s umbilical cord “had slipped into the birth canal.”

However, as hospital staff were preparing to deliver the woman’s baby via cesarean section, it was already too late: The child was born dead, all because its mother was duped into believing the lies of the LGBT death cult.https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-20-transgenderism-results-in-the-death-of-a-baby-medical-records.html

Progressive men literally start cutting off their own balls as gender insanity reaches new level of dangerous mental illness (op-ed)

(Natural News) As more awakened human beings are starting to realize, the political Left is a dangerous, deranged authoritarian cult, and its members are repeatedly proving just how insane and dangerous the progressive “LGBT” movement has become. Now, a 23 year-old American male, “claims to have personally removed his own testicles and penis, desiring to render himself what he refers to as a genitalia-free ‘nullo,’” reports Big League Politics.

Warning: Some details of this story are graphic, but true. Proceed at your own risk, since you will never be able to erase this from your mind…

According to a report published by Metro UK, the young American is named Trent Gates and he, “removed his manhood with an ultra-sharp ceramic knife in January 2017 after seeing a photo of another famous nullo called Gelding at the age of 15,” reports Metro UK.

The sad, astonishing realization in all this is that the LGBT movement has become so insane that there’s no way to immediately know whether this news is a cruel prank or a real thing. But fear not, adventurous beings of divine curiosity… it turns out this news is quite real. (And quite horrifying.)

From a pro-liberty perspective, by the way, we must admit that every person has the right to do whatever they want with their own body as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else. We never imagined that might include chopping off your penis and scrotum, but hey, who are we to judge? Be YOU! No matter how much it hurts…

Actual headline in today’s media: “Man chopped off his own penis and testicles to become a nullo”

The headline from Metro UK reads, “Man chopped off his own penis and testicles to become a ‘nullo.’” In a normal, sane society, any reasonable person would immediately assume the story must be a farce. But today, with the sheer insanity of LGBT indoctrination of children, the routine media attacks on the male gender and the brainwashing of youth to reject biological science, it turns out this story is describing an act of real self-mutilation carried out in the name of “gender fluidity.”

According to Metro UK, Trent works in the IT field. He, “sliced his testicles off at his apartment, and later removed his penis in a North Carolina hotel room after meeting a local ‘spotter’ online who agreed to call an ambulance if he suffered a medical emergency,” says the news report.

Going into even more gruesome detail, Metro UK says:https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-13-progressive-men-literally-start-cutting-off-their-own-balls.html

The fight for America begins: Trump to invoke Insurrection Act that authorizes National Guard, military action inside U.S. borders

Image: BREAKING – The fight for America begins: Trump to invoke Insurrection Act that authorizes National Guard, military action inside U.S. borders

(Natural News) This is bombshell breaking news. See the emergency Counterthink video update, below.

According to sources cited by The Daily Caller, President Trump is poised to invoke the Insurrection Act to fight for America’s survival against the ongoing invasion of illegals who are flooding the United States as a tactic to destroy the country from within. The Daily Caller is now reporting:

According to multiple senior administration officials, the president intends to invoke the “tremendous powers” of the act to remove illegal immigrants from the country.

The Insurrection Act, passed by Congress in 1807, allows the president to deploy National Guard and U.S. military troops to combat “rebellion” against the United States of America. The Act has been invoked by other presidents to quell violent uprisings such as the L.A. Riots.

It is clear that President Trump now recognizes the open rebellion against America being committed by the Governor of California, mayors of “sanctuary cities” and fake news “journo-terrorists” who are brainwashing Americans to hate their own country. The ongoing land invasion of the United States of America is an act of war being openly supported by Democrats and Leftists who are using illegal immigration to nullify U.S. voters and overrun the United States with anti-American militants, criminals and terrorists. (See CivilWar.news for frequent updates on the coming civil war.) As Stewart Rhodes from Oath Keepers has accurately described, the illegal immigration is designed to import terror cells who plan to carry out a “Tet Offensive” inside the United States, once activated by enemies and traitors who are literally seeking the complete destruction of America.

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It has also become obvious over the past few months that the tech giants are waging a coordinated conspiracy to nullify U.S. elections and crush democracy by selectively silencing all conservative voices on the dominant online platforms. This illegal conspiracy — pursued by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple and other tech giants — represents an online insurrection against the United States of America, which is why I have repeatedly called for the deployment of military police to arrest the CEOs of these tech companies and force the platforms to respect the First Amendment liberties of the American people.

It is time for Trump to deploy the military police to arrest Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey. And that’s just the start of what needs to happen to restore our democracy and the freedom to speak.

Important analysis in this emergency broadcast Counterthink video

Watch this emergency broadcast video, here, and read the highlights below:


  • The radical Left is about to be triggered by the treasonous, deep-state run “mainstream” media to launch an attempted communist revolution and violent coup against America.
  • Trump fully realizes that a war against America has already begun, and he has decided to take decisive action to defend America using legitimate military forces and all the executive power available to the Commander in Chief.
  • California is committing planned treason against America by deliberately flooding the country with illegals and granting them the right to vote, allowing illegals to out-vote Americans in national elections. This is a form of electoral fraud that also stacks the U.S. House of Representatives with California-based members of Congress who are illegitimate.
  • Accordingly, California’s electoral college votes, U.S. Senators and members of the House must be nullified and barred from participating in federal legislative efforts or federal election results (such as the 2020 vote for the presidency). California should be banned from participating in all federal elections until the state enforces voter ID requirements and halts widespread, coordinated voter fraud (which is currently openly encouraged by California bureaucrats).
  • California has been infiltrated by communist China and is now run by the Chinese. Virtually the entire California media is now owned and operated by communist Chinese, and California’s governor and various mayors are puppets of communist China. They have been promised prominent positions in the Chinese-run “commie California” after the Chinese invasion takes over the West Coast, using California (and the L.A. port) as a beachhead to land troops and stage a land invasion of America.
  • The Governor of California must be declared an “enemy combatant” and arrested, then charged with treason against America. If found guilty, he should face the death penalty.
  • The Commander in Chief may deploy the National Guard and U.S. military troops to locate and detain domestic enemies who are actively committing acts of treason against America. This does not violate posse comitatus. The military may pursue the eliminate active enemies of America during a time of war, even when they are operating on U.S. soil.
  • Once Trump initiates the Insurrection Act, the lawless, deranged Left will immediately declare Trump to be a “military dictator” while calling for Leftists to take to the streets in armed rebellion against the rule of law. Leftists will open fire on Trump supporters, bomb government buildings and attempt to executive police officers and National Guard troops which are deployed to defend America. Pro-Trump Americans need to be prepared to defend themselves against the violence of the lawless Left.
  • The Governor of California will almost certainly order California-based National Guard troops to disobey President Trump’s federal orders. This may initiate an actual shooting war in California as Trump asserts federal control over National Guard troops while demanding the arrest of Governor Newsom.
  • Although this may not be part of Trump’s plan, technically the Insurrection Act grants the President the power to arrest the CEOs of California’s tech giants which are engaged in open acts of treason against our constitutional republic.
  • California looks likely to become the “front lines” of the civil war in America as anti-America forces carrying out treason against America — including Facebook, Google, YouTube, Apple and Twitter, all of which are heavily influenced by communist Chinese infiltration — attempt to overthrow the country and destroy our constitutional republic.
  • Pro-America citizens of California — especially those in rural areas — need to be prepared to find themselves on the front lines of an actual shooting war being waged across the West Coast. We urge patriots to avoid initiating violence, but be prepared to help stop it.
  • I am calling for all California-based patriots to be prepared to support Trump’s efforts to defend America by supporting the rule of law and supporting the actions of National Guard or U.S. military troops who are fighting for America’s very survival by seeking to root out and eliminate the enemies of America who are operating from the liberal cities of California.
  • President Trump likely needs the help of patriotic Americans to defend our borders, defend the rule of law and help authorized forces seek out and detain the treasonous enemies of America who are deliberately trying to destroy this nation from within.
  • If you are located in California, be ready to defend yourself against the violence of the lunatic Left, which is planning to unleash an armed insurrection that will target patriots, Christians, conservatives, Trump supporters and white people for extreme violence and murder. (The Left will literally start murdering people based on the color of their skin.)
  • If Democrats somehow manage to take the White House in 2020, they will immediately gut the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, unleashing nationwide gun confiscation, flooding the borders with millions of illegals, and arresting or executing all political dissidents (i.e. pro-America voices) in order to silence those with opposing views. We the People must not let Democrats ever seize power in America again, or they will use that power to destroy America and crush all patriots and conservatives. Under the power of Democrats, Christians would be hunted down and executed on sight. All Christian speech would be criminalized and Bibles would be outlawed, along with all civilian ownership of firearms.
  • The radical Left is an authoritarian, anti-American cult that has also demonstrated its dangerous lawlessness by censoring all online speech that opposes the deranged delusions of the progressive Left. This is an indicator of their true intent: Total authoritarian rule, complete with speech police and the elimination of those with opposing views. The Left has zero intention of respecting the rule of law, the Bill of Rights or any election laws whatsoever. Every election from this day forward will be stolen or fraudulently altered by Leftists who hate America and despise all pro-American patriots.
  • It is time for President Trump to deploy the military police to arrest and remove from power all those in government who are actively engaged in acts of treason, sedition and vote fraud. California’s political leaders must be arrested and prosecuted for running a massive vote fraud conspiracy that attempts to steal elections from American citizens.

Here’s a list of the enemies of America who are committing treason in an actual war effort to destroy this nation from within

All of these traitors must be identified, detained and removed from power by authorized forces before they succeed in destroying this nation:

  • Corrupt liberal judges who defy the President’s efforts to secure the U.S. border. It is time to arrest corrupt, anti-American judges and remove them from power.
  • Journo-terrorists who pretend to be journalists but are actually anti-American traitors spreading lies, hatred and insanity to indoctrinate liberals and leftists, whipping them up into an attempted “cultural revolution” that has literally driven millions of Leftists to the point of mass mental illness.
  • CEOs and top managers of the tech giants, which have now sold out to communist China and are using their power to selectively silence pro-America voices across all search engines, social media and online platforms. These tech giants must be occupied and either shut down or forced to respect a level playing field of online speech.
  • Antifa terrorists and other radical left-wing groups that promise an armed insurrection to attempt to overthrow the United States of America.
  • Deep state operatives who conspired to carry out a political coup against President Trump. (James Comey, Robert Mueller, John Brennan, etc.)
  • Liberal university professors who use their positions of influence to actively recruit students into domestic terrorism organizations such as Antifa.

It is crucial that President Trump knows he has widespread support from the American people

As all of this is about to go down, it is crucial that President Trump knows he has widespread support from the American people to take the actions necessary to defend this nation from its domestic enemies.

We the People will be tasked with supporting these efforts as Trump works to clean house and root out the treasonous traitors who are conspiring to destroy this great nation.

If we all succeed, we may once again restore democracy and the rule of law to America. If we fail, America falls to the authoritarian tyrants, and the nation will be deliberately dismantled and fed to the globalists.

We are now fighting for our lives. We are blessed to have Donald J. Trump as our President as America faces off against treasonous actors, deep state traitors and authoritarian globalists who despise this nation and what it stands for.

Be ready to literally fight for our survival and the defense of our nation. The end game has arrived, and California will be the front lines in the coming war.https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-05-17-trump-to-invoke-insurrection-act-that-authorizes-national-guard-illegal-immigrants.html#

U.S. Intel Warns Iran Plotting ‘Tactical Surprise’ Attacks in Gulf

An Iranian navy warship in the Strait of Hormuz

An Iranian navy warship in the Strait of Hormuz / Getty Images

BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0
May 20, 2019 4:40 pm

Intelligence indicates that the Iranian regime is using its terror proxy groups to conduct attacks on ships operating in the Strait of Hormuz, a critical Persian Gulf shipping lane that has become the center of international tensions as Tehran seeks to foment instability in reaction to President Donald Trump’s efforts to strangle the hardline regime.

U.S. intelligence collected over the past month had indicated that Iran has been installing missiles on small vessels in the Gulf region. Tehran is relying on a large network of terror proxies and allies to attack not only commercial vessels in the region, but also U.S. military assets stationed there.

Iran has a long history of conducting terror attacks in this manner, fueling worry in the Trump administration that Tehran could carry out a large-scale attack via its terror networks. In just the past two years, Iran has been identified as being responsible for at least 143 attacks against shipping vessels in the Gulf, according to expert analyses of the ongoing tensions in the region.

There is further evidence Tehran is developing a range of tactical weapons and smaller vessels that could pose significant problems for the U.S. Navy and its larger boats, according to U.S. intelligence assessments and experts.

The Trump administration has responded by sending greater U.S. military assets to the region and issuing a range of sanctions. Trump himself has warned the Iranian regime at multiple junctures, including during the weekend, that any attack on the United States or its allies will result in a crushing response.

Four commercial ships were damaged last week in the Gulf and carry the hallmarks of Iranian-backed attacks.

“While details remain murky, this development underscores how Tehran and its proxies may exploit maritime vulnerabilities in the region,” the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, or FDD, a think-tank with close ties the Trump administration, noted in a recent policy brief on the situation.

“Tehran has a history of targeting civilian vessels transiting the Gulf and threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, through which approximately one fifth of the world’s seaborne oil passes,” FDD stated in a policy briefing issued by veteran military intelligence experts Andrew Gabel and Bradley Bowman. “During the last two years of the Iran-Iraq War, Iran conducted 143 attacks against shipping in the Gulf. Last month, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) Commander Rear Admiral Alireza Tangsiri threatened to close the strait.”

Iran has a history of using its terror proxies to conduct attacks in order to shield the regime from responsibility and avoid sparking a large-scale war that would surely end in the Islamic Republic’s destruction.

“To avoid international condemnation and direct confrontation with the United States military, Tehran may use covert operators to conduct attacks,” FDD noted in its brief. “This could include the use of divers or crew members to sabotage vessels. Such an approach would be consistent with Tehran’s use of proxies and asymmetrical terrorist attacks. Such tactics enable Tehran to achieve its objectives at a relatively low cost, while evading attribution and consequences.”

Similarly, a weekend rocket attack near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad also bared the hallmark of Iran. Sources in the region told the Washington Free Beacon the attack was likely conducted by Iran’s Hezbollah assets in Iraq.

While Iran could not compete with U.S. forces in a conventional war, the hardline regime in Tehran has focused on developing smaller military vessels that carry sophisticated weaponry suited for fast attacks.

According to the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), the IRGCN deploys ‘smaller, faster platforms equipped with sophisticated weaponry, ideally suited for its asymmetric doctrine,'” FDD stated in its brief. “Leading acquisition priorities for the IRGCN have included ‘fast attack craft, small boats, anti-ship cruise missiles, and mines.'”

In fact, “the IRGCN used these fast attack craft and small boats to harass U.S. Navy vessels,” a routine occurrence as of late in the Persian Gulf, according to FDD. “ONI assesses that the IRGCN believes it can prevail in the confined Gulf waters by using its weapons and systems ‘in unexpected ways to achieve tactical surprise,’ including so-called ‘swarm‘ attacks of small boats and anti-ship missiles, which could present tactical complications for the U.S. Navy.”

“Given Tehran’s long history of terrorism and harassment in the Gulf—as well as the regime’s recent threats and military exercises—Iran may escalate attacks on maritime traffic in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz,” according to FDD.https://freebeacon.com/national-security/u-s-intel-warns-iran-plotting-tactical-surprise-attacks-in-gulf/