Friday, January 05, 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Haley fetes ‘friends’ who supported US against UN Jerusalem resolution-'Thank you to the 64,' tweets US envoy after party for states that opposed, abstained or didn't show up for vote condemning recognition of Israel's capital-By AFP and TOI staff-JAN 4,18

Nikky Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, on Wednesday received 64 representatives of nations who supported the US in a December UN General Assembly vote condemning President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Under the title “A great evening of friends,” Haley’s Twitter page said, “It’s easy for friends to be with you in the good times, but it’s the friends who are with you during the challenging times that will never be forgotten. Thank you to the 64.”She was photographed surrounded by ambassadors at a reception in New York City that was announced in December.On December 21, 128 countries voted in favor of a resolution condemning the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and calling on countries not to move their diplomatic missions to the city. That was despite a threat from Trump, reiterated by Haley just before the vote, to cut aid to countries that supported the resolution.RT @usun: “It’s easy for friends to be with you in the good times, but it’s the friends who are with you during the challenging times that will never be forgotten. Thank you to the 64.”— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 4, 2018-Nine countries — the US, Israel, Togo, Micronesia, Guatemala, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands and Honduras — voted against it. There were 35 abstentions, including a number of countries that had been widely expected to support the move, such as Colombia, Mexico, Malawi and Rwanda. A further 21 countries did not vote at all.Haley tweeted after the vote that “65 countries refused to condemn the United States” — totaling the no votes, the abstentions and the no-shows.

Justice minister wants High Court to stop ruling on Palestinian land claims-Legislation being drafted by Ayelet Shaked would transfer jurisdiction on West Bank land disputes to Jerusalem District Court-By Tamar Pileggi-JAN 4,18

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is drafting legislation that would force Palestinian plaintiffs from the West Bank to petition a district court regarding building and land disputes, instead of the High Court of Justice.Shaked wants to transfer all land-related suits in the West Bank to the jurisdiction of the Jerusalem District Attorney’s office, and have them first heard at the city court.The purpose of the legislation is threefold: to solidify Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank, provide Israeli settlers access to civil courts, and ease the case backlogs at the High Court, reports Thursday in the Yedioth Ahrononth daily and the weekly B’Sheva settler magazine said.Shaked was quoted as saying that her measure is also an effort to avoid the “politicization” that Israel’s constitutional court brings to debates on land disputes, though critics told Yedioth that her “distinctly political” motivation was to normalize the status of the West Bank as part of Israel.The bill, according to Shaked, will end the discrimination against Israeli settlers by the High Court, providing them access to standard civil and criminal legal proceedings. Currently settlers have to conduct their business relating to land issues in military court.Shaked also said her bill will also serve to ease the backlog of the thousands of land-related cases heard by the court each year. The High Court handles over 2,000 such petitions a year, many of which are appeals filed by West Bank Palestinians seeking injunctions against IDF-issued demolition orders.“The burden on the Supreme Court is unparalleled in the world,” Shaked said according to Yedioth. “The High Court should reject many of these petitions out of hand. Throughout this process we will also ease the burdens on the lower courts.”The High Court is a separate institution to the Supreme Court, though they are made up of the same 15 justices. While the Supreme Court is an appeals court for cases moving up from the magistrate and district court levels, the High Court allows for direct petitions against any state action.The bill would allow for petitioners to appeal a district court’s decision to the High Court.Shaked is also seeking to transfer the jurisdiction of other matters to lower courts. With the approval of the Knesset’s Constitution Committee, the justice minister in the coming months will order that many immigration-related petitions be heard at the district-level courts instead of the High Court.Palestinians often appeal against Israeli legislation or regulatory agencies operating in the West Bank.This High Court mechanism has long been a target for right-wing complaints of overreach and legislative attempts to weaken the broad authority it has claimed over the years.The issue came to a head with the February 2017 evacuation of the illegal Amona outpost in the West Bank, which was forced on the state by multiple High Court rulings that concluded that the land was privately owned by Palestinians and had been illegally seized by the Israeli residents.High Court rulings have also unraveled other existing Knesset legislation, including its revised IDF ultra-Orthodox enlistment bill, its policies on detaining African migrants, the two-year budget, a plan by the finance minister for third-apartment taxation, and the revocation of permanent residency status of four Palestinian parliamentarians from East Jerusalem with ties to the Hamas terror group.In December, Shaked’s right-wing Jewish Home party proposed a bill that would curb the ability of the Supreme Court to strike down Knesset legislation, a move staunchly opposed by Attorney General Avichai Mandleblit.The legislation would drastically limit the power of Israel’s highest court by preventing judges from disqualifying any quasi-constitutional Basic Laws.Mandelblit had several meetings with Shaked about the bill in recent weeks, raising his concerns that the legislation would upset the careful balance of power between Israel’s judicial and legislative branches, but the two have so far failed to reach any compromise, Hadashot news reported last month.Marissa Newman contributed to this report.

10 Palestinians injured, 2 critically, in clash with IDF-Army says troops responded to 'main instigators' in a riot near Bethlehem after being targeted by rocks and firebombs-By Dov Lieber-JAN 4,18

Ten Palestinians were injured, two critically, in confrontations with Israeli soldiers in the Deheishe refugee camp south of Bethlehem on Thursday morning, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.The Israel army said it was responding to violent attacks from rioters.According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, seven of the injured were hit by live fire and three by rubber-coated bullets.One of the critically injured men was shot in the back, near the spine, and the other was shot in the thigh, puncturing an artery and causing severe bleeding, the ministry said.The injured were transferred to a hospital in nearby Beit Jala for treatment, according to the ministry.“During IDF activity in the Deheishe refugee camp, violent riots were instigated as rioters threw firebombs and rocks at the troops. In response to the immediate threat, IDF troops used riot dispersal means and fired toward the main instigators,” an IDF spokesperson said.The clash came a day after 17-year-old Musab Firas al-Tamimi was fatally wounded by IDF fire during a protest in the village of Deir Nidham, near Ramallah.The army initially said troops at the scene had suspected the teenager of carrying a weapon, but an army spokesperson could not confirm on Thursday that al-Tamimi had indeed been armed.The West Bank has seen near-daily protests since US President Donald Trump announced that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 6.

More pro-regime rallies as Iran declares ‘sedition’ over-Government supporters take to the streets following a week of unrest that saw 21 people killed-By Eric RANDOLPH-JAN 4,18

TEHRAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran saw another day of large pro-regime rallies Thursday after authorities declared the end of deadly unrest and turned attention to addressing economic concerns that fueled protests.A week after the demonstrations broke out, there were no reports of fresh protests in local media overnight, while videos on social media suggested only limited unrest in provincial towns which could not be immediately verified.As Washington suggested it may be looking to impose fresh sanctions on Tehran, Iranian authorities were weighing options including blocking unpopular measures in President Hassan Rouhani’s recent budget.State television showed huge crowds marching in support of the government across 10 cities early Thursday, including Isfahan, Ardebil and Mashhad, where the protests first erupted last Thursday.“We are together behind the leader,” chanted the crowds, in reference to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.“The revolutionary Iranian people have responded in time to the enemies and trouble-makers by coming out on the streets,” Ali Akbar Velayati, an advisor to Khamenei, told the semi-official ISNA news agency.“The people’s main demand now is for the government and officials to deal with the economic problems,” he added.General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards, on Wednesday announced the “end of the sedition.”A total of 21 people died in five days of unrest that began on December 28 as protests against economic grievances quickly turned against the regime as a whole, with attacks on government buildings and police stations.Jafari told state television that “a large number of the troublemakers” were behind the unrest, saying many had been arrested and would face “firm action.”-‘Grotesque intervention’-The unrest — the biggest challenge to Iran’s Islamic regime since mass protests in 2009 — caused international concern, with the United States in particular accusing authorities of a crackdown on dissent.A White House official, who asked for anonymity, said Wednesday that Washington would look for “actionable information” to try to bring fresh sanctions on those responsible.US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly tweeted his backing for Iranian protesters, wrote: “You will see great support from the United States at the appropriate time!”The question now is whether Trump will continue to waive nuclear-related sanctions that were suspended under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.Under the deal, Trump must actively waive certain sanctions every few months and the next deadline falls on January 12.Iran — which has long accused the United States and Sunni Arab rivals led by Saudi Arabia of interference in its affairs — said external “enemies” were behind recent unrest.Its UN Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo said in a letter that the US government had “stepped up its acts of intervention in a grotesque way in Iran’s internal affairs” and accused Washington of violating international law and the principles of the UN charter.Online messaging and photo sharing platforms Telegram and Instagram remained blocked on mobile phones, having been interrupted soon after protests began.Telecoms Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi said Telegram would only be unblocked if it removed “terrorist” content.-Parliament responds-Iran’s political establishment has closed ranks against the unrest, with even reformists condemning the violence.But many have also called on Rouhani to address the economic grievances that drove the initial protests.There have already been moves in parliament to block the unpopular budget measures announced last month, which included cuts to welfare and fuel price hikes.“As concerns petrol prices, we must absolutely take into account the situation of the people because the tensions are absolutely not in the interests of the country,” parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday.Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to mend the economy and ease social tensions, but high living costs and unemployment have left many feeling that progress is too slow.Rural areas, hit by years of drought and under-investment, are particularly hard-hit.On the streets of the capital, there is widespread sympathy with the economic grievances driving the unrest, particularly an unemployment rate as high as 40 percent for young people.“People have reached a stage where they can no longer tolerate this pressure from the authorities,” said Soraya Saadaat, a 54-year-old jobless woman.But some Tehranis said claims from the US that they were desperate for freedom were overblown.“We do have some freedom in Iran,” Hamid Rahimi, a 33-year-old bank employee told AFP.“If the people of Iran have something to say, it’s about economic problems. They want to see their demands, what they voted for, fulfilled.”

Iran’s regional enemies watch unrest, searching for leverage-Saudi officials keep mum while Israel tries to speak directly to Iranian protesters-By Aya Batrawy and Josef Federman-JAN 4,18

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s most fervent regional foes, Saudi Arabia and Israel, are both eagerly looking for signs of vulnerability and imminent change in their nemesis amid the past week of protests across the country. But they’ve taken vastly different approaches on how to engage with the upheaval.Saudi officials have not officially made any statements yet about the wave of unrest, perhaps wary of being seen to meddle. Israel, in contrast, has taken a much bolder approach, diving in with an attempt to speak directly to Iranian protesters.In a video released online Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised what he called the bravery of the Iranian protesters seeking freedom and lambasted Iran’s “cruel regime” for spending billions of dollars “spreading hate.”“This regime tries desperately to sow hate between us,” he said. “But they won’t succeed.”Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused Iran’s enemies of stoking the protests that erupted a week ago over a rise in food prices and have spread to dozens of smaller cities and towns around Iran. Those he was apparently referring to — Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia — have long been opposed to Iran’s theocratic, cleric-led rule and are eager to see, even stoke, dramatic change. But the protests appear to have caught Iranians at home, nations in the region, the US and European countries off guard.US President Donald Trump has proclaimed his support for those in the streets, saying it is “time for change,” while the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Washington wants to amplify the voices of the protesters.But it’s not clear what influence foreign statements of support have in swaying anyone on the ground in Iran.Saudi Arabia and Israel view Iran as a threat in the region and are suspicious of its nuclear program and concerned about its long-range missile program. The Saudis have tried with little success to stem Iran’s spreading influence and accuse it of backing Shiite rebels in Yemen, including supplying them with missiles fired at the kingdom. Israel has fought a series of wars against Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas, both backed by Iran, and has carried out strikes against suspected Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah.Officially, Saudi Arabia appears to be playing a wait-and-see game, careful not to issue statements of support for protesters that would give credence to Khameni’s claims. While the US may have appeal to some sectors of Iranian society, there’s little love among Iranians for Saudi Arabia or its dominant ultraconservative Sunni Muslim interpretation that vilifies Shiites. The kingdom may be looking to the Trump administration to take the lead, whether through increasing sanctions or action at the United Nations.Saudi commentators in pro-government media offer the most telling look into state-sanctioned opinions about the protests. A column in the Al-Riyadh newspaper on Wednesday said Iranians “want the end of a regime… and a new regime that gives them their rights to live a dignified life, which they deserve.” A column in Okaz newspaper said Iran’s attempt to export its revolution abroad after 1979 is now coming back to haunt the Shiite clerics who rule the country.Abdulrahman al-Rashed, a prominent Saudi media figure with close ties to the royal court, was more cautious, warning that the region cannot afford more chaos in a column published in English and Arabic on pro-Saudi media websites.“For countries in the region, especially Arab countries, the ideal scenario would be that the regime does not collapse but that it changes its foreign policy and stops its aggressive approach,” he wrote.Anti-US, Saudi and Israeli chants are a staple of Iranian protests. “Death to the US,” ”Death to Israel,” and “Death to the Al Saud” in reference to Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are all common chants at demonstrations.Nevertheless, Israel’s Netanyahu has sought to portray his country and Iran’s people as natural allies, kept apart only by the ruling clerics in the Islamic Republic. He has made a series of videos the past year addressing the Iranian public.I wish the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom.— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) January 1, 2018-“When this regime finally falls, and one day it will, Iranians and Israelis will be great friends once again. I wish the Iranian people success in their noble quest for freedom,” he said in the latest video. It was broadcast in English with Persian subtitles and shared on Israeli-government social media channels directed at Iran.Netanyahu’s spokesman, David Keyes, claimed that “many Iranians” watch the prime minister’s Persian-language videos. He said the heavy usage figures on the prime minister’s various social media sites indicate a “much deeper trend.”But Meir Javedanfar, an Iranian-born lecturer on Iranian affairs at the Interdisciplinary Center, an Israeli college, said he thought the impact is minimal.“The majority of the people of Iran won’t care,” he said

France: Israeli, US rhetoric on Iran ‘would lead us to war’-Macron rebukes Washington, Jerusalem, and Riyadh for supporting anti-regime protests-By TOI staff and Agencies-JAN 4,18

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday criticized Israel, the United States, and Saudi Arabia for encouraging the Iranian anti-regime protests, saying the three countries could “lead us to war.”“The official line pursued by the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, who are our allies in many ways, is almost one that would lead us to war,” Macron said, according to Reuters.Calling for dialogue with the Islamic Republic, Macron said France wanted to avoid “surreptitiously rebuilding an ‘axis of evil,’”  a reference to countries singled out by former US president George W. Bush including Iran, North Korea, and Iraq.US President Donald Trump has been supporting the Iran protesters in a series of tweets, drawing a furious response from Tehran.Trump, who considers the Islamic Republic his enemy number one in the Middle East, on Wednesday promised unspecified support for Iranians trying to “take back” their government.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the “heroic” demonstrators protesting against the “cruel regime” in a YouTube video published Monday.“Brave Iranians are pouring into the streets,” he said. “They seek freedom. They seek justice. They seek the basic liberties that have been denied to them for decades.”The prime minister also chided Europe for its tepid response to the demonstrations unfolding across Iran.“Sadly, many European governments watch in silence as heroic young Iranians are beaten in the streets. That’s just not right. And I, for one, will not stay silent,” said Netanyahu.European leaders have largely stuck to bland expressions of concern as the demonstrations have spiraled into unrest that has left at least 21 people dead.In contrast to Israel and the US, the European Union — which has been normalizing ties with Tehran since the nuclear deal sealed in 2015 — issued a carefully worded statement mourning the loss of life and calling for “all concerned to refrain from violence.”Berlin called for the regime to respond to the protests “through dialogue,” urging Tehran to “respect freedom of assembly and expression.”Macron, a key defender of the historic Iranian nuclear deal in the face of Trump’s opposition, telephoned his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani calling for “restraint.”A visit by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Tehran was due in the coming days but has been put back due to the delicacy of the situation.Britain’s reaction, meanwhile, has been limited to a call for “meaningful debate” over the protesters’ complaints, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson saying: “The UK is watching events in Iran closely.”Protests over high living costs and other economic problems started on December 28 before turning against the regime as a whole.But on Wednesday, as tens of thousands of regime supporters rallied, analysts said Europe was banking on the anti-government protests coming to little.“The European position is certainly less advantageous in terms of public opinion, but it is wiser,” said Francois Nicoullaud, a former French ambassador to Iran.“What is happening in Iran is an expression of deep suffering but without a structure or program, its chances of success are very limited,” he added.“In a serious clash with the regime, it would be crushed.”

Israeli jets strike Gaza in retaliation for shelling-Army says it targeted 'significant terror infrastructure' in coastal enclave, hours after mortar shells land in open areas in Israel-By Judah Ari Gross-JAN 4,18

Israeli jets overnight Wednesday-Thursday carried out airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, in retaliation for mortar fire earlier in the day.Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip had fired three mortar shells into southern Israel on Wednesday, but caused no injuries or damage, the army and police said.In a late-night statement, the army said the overnight raids targeted “significant terror infrastructure,” without elaborating.“The IDF will continue to use all the measures at its disposal, above and below ground, to thwart attacks against Israelis,” the military said. “We are prepared and ready for a variety of scenarios and will act against any attempts to violate Israeli sovereignty.”There were no immediate reports of injuries from the Israeli airstrikes.The launches from Gaza on Wednesday took place over a period of four hours. Police said two shells landed in open fields in the Eshkol region, and it was not immediately clear where the third landed.Warning sirens were not triggered by the first two launches, apparently because the shells were heading toward unpopulated areas.This was the fifth projectile from Gaza to hit Israeli territory in under a week. There have also been a number of unsuccessful attempts, in which rockets were launched at Israel but failed to clear the border, landing instead inside Gaza.On Monday night, terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket at Israel that also hit an open field in the Eshkol region, causing neither injury nor damage.On Friday, terrorists in Gaza fired three mortar shells at southern Israel, apparently in an attempt to interrupt a ceremony for a fallen IDF soldier whose remains are being held by Hamas in the coastal enclave. Two of the mortars were shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system, while the third struck an Israeli community on the border, causing light damage to a building.On Wednesday, the military completed an investigation of the Friday attack, determining it to have been the work of the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Saturday said the mortar shells in that attack were supplied to Gaza terror groups by Iran.The air force had retaliated against the Friday barrage as well, carrying out two series of strikes over the weekend.The recent attacks came two weeks after a period of near-daily attacks earlier in December. The past month has seen the largest incidence of rocket fire from the Strip since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war.According to Israeli assessments, the rockets are not being launched by Hamas, but by other terrorist organizations in Gaza.The army believes that Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has been struggling to rein in other terrorist groups in the enclave and prevent them from carrying out attacks on Israeli targets.On Tuesday, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot responded to the calls from Israeli politicians and public figures for more aggressive retaliations, dismissing them as “irresponsible.”

Macron: Hegelian hero of EU history? "There was such a relief because he is a new man, who campaigned on a pro-EU platform, who is quite rational and understands what is going on here," said Charles de Marcilly of the Robert Schuman Foundation.By Eric Maurice-EUOBSERVER

BRUSSELS, 2. Jan, 08:58-In 2017, Europe staked its future in the hands of a 39-year old who had never held an elected office, who celebrated his victory in front of the Louvre pyramid, and believes in the German philosopher Hegel's 'cunning of history' theory.But can new French president Emmanuel Macron be Hegel's 'man that embodies his time'? Can he put his country on the right track after years of economic and social stagnation, and give a new momentum to EU integration? His election victory in May against far-right leader Marine Le Pen was greeted with sighs of relief in EU capitals and especially in Brussels. After the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump in the US and the near victory of a far-right candidate in the Austrian presidential election, Macron was seen as the last defence against populist, anti-EU forces."There was such a relief because he is a new man, who campaigned on a pro-EU platform, who is quite rational and understands what is going on here," explained Charles de Marcilly, from the Brussels office of the Robert Schuman Foundation, a French think tank.Macron won because the Socialists were in disarray after five years under then-president Francois Hollande, whose approval ratings were so low in opinion polls that he did not run for re-election, and because the centre-right candidate Francois Fillon was engulfed in a scandal over fake parliamentary jobs for his wife and children.He also won because French voters rejected Le Pen's plans to leave the euro and renegotiate France's EU membership.More importantly, Macron conquered France's highest office just a year after launching his En Marche! (On the Move!) political movement because many voters turned away from traditional politicians, often perceived as either corrupt or powerless.Macron, who presented himself as a social-liberal candidate, obtained 65 percent of the vote in the second round against Le Pen, winning him the presidency. He then won in June a majority of some 350 MPs out of 577 in the lower chamber."He has a nonstandard majority, he can do whatever he wants," De Marcilly noted."But the window will be short, domestically and at EU level," he warned.France is better but not cured-According to the European Commission, France's growth will be 1.6 percent in 2017 (below the EU and eurozone average), unemployment will remain around 9.5 percent and while the deficit will decrease to reach the EU-required three percent of GDP, it is expected to increase again in 2019."France is getting better but is not cured," De Marcilly said.During his campaign, Macron insisted that France must reform itself to be competitive in a globalised world, but also to be in a position to ask its EU partners - Germany in particular - to change policies which many Europeans reject.Macron's main reform since he took office was a set of new labour laws, which were enacted in September via decrees in order to bypass opposition in parliament and trade unions.The new rules make hiring and firing more flexible and less costly for companies. In addition, the budget for 2018 abolished the wealth tax - an additional tax on property over €1.3 million - and introduced a flat tax on capital instead.In 2018, Macron plans a politically-risky reform of the pensions system, under which all existing schemes will be merged. Under the new system, which is still undergoing preparations, people will accumulate points instead of years of contributions and will be able to stop working if they accept receiving less money when retired."France cannot be reformed, it must be transformed," the president said several times to justify what many in the country consider as too far-reaching and too liberal measures.-Economic dynamics-Reforming or transforming the country to reduce unemployment is Macron's main challenge, explained De Marcilly."His reforms must be underpinned by the economic dynamics from which Hollande did not benefit, like low interest rates, low energy prices, or an EU growth that is superior to the one in the US," he said."This dynamic is awaited by France's European partners and would add economic and budgetary credit to Macron's personal and political credit."Despite rapidly declining approval ratings at home, Macron has used his international kudos to push for ambitious EU reforms. In a speech at the Sorbonne university in September, just two days after the German elections, he called on fellow EU leaders to "shoulder [their] responsibilities" and make the EU more integrated, even if that means a 'multi-speed' union."Today, I take responsibility for making proposals, forging further ahead, being bold enough to talk about Europe and finding words of affection and ambition for it again," he said.Among his main propositions are a eurozone budget, a smaller European Commission, new agencies for innovation and security, a trade prosecutor to protect the EU against unfair practices, and a carbon tax at EU borders.He also proposed to create transnational lists for the European elections and said that he would organise "democratic conventions" across the EU.Macron, who consulted with German chancellor Angela Merkel before his speech, also insisted that "France and Germany can inject decisive, practical momentum" to his plan.At an EU summit two days later, Merkel said there was "a wide agreement between France and Germany when it comes to the proposals" but that leaders still had to "work on the details".-Adding up variable geometries-At another summit in October, leaders endorsed a 'Leaders' Agenda' prepared by European Council president Donald Tusk for the next 18 months.The document has "no lyricism, no Mona Lisa or comments on the shape of Greek temples," a top EU diplomat in Brussels quipped, in a reference to Macron's high-blown rhetorical style - suggesting that not all of Macron's ideas were taken on board.Merkel, for one, needs to have a governing coalition to be able to position herself in regards to Macron's propositions. Other EU leaders were wary to take more integrationist steps.Macron's election however created "a more positive spirit in the EU", according to a diplomat who works close to an EU leader. "There are more concrete ideas on the future of the EU" than before.In an unusual move, both the Commission and the European Parliament published studies in which they showed the similarities and differences between Macron's ideas and both institutions' own proposals."Institutions look at the debate about the EU's future in comparison to the French propositions," De Marcilly noted.But Macron, who transcended the traditional left-right divide in France, will have to find stable allies in European political parties, in particular ahead of the 2019 European elections.Until now, the French president has found different alliances according to the issues on the table."His equation is to add up variable geometries," De Marcilly said.Macron found support in Germany and Italy to push the European Commission to propose a screening of foreign investments in strategic sectors - a measure mainly aimed at China.He allied with Germany, Italy, Spain and eight other countries from all parts of the EU to demand a quick taxation of internet firms where they make their profits.-Energy faces resistance-On the revision of the posted workers directive - an issue he took up as a domestic and EU fight against social dumping - he worked closely with Germany, Austria and the Benelux countries, while at the same time touring eastern countries to overcome their opposition to changing the rules.Macron "took a risk" over the issue but won a "personal victory" when EU ministers agreed on a deal in October, after 18 months of discussions, De Marcilly admitted.But in the long run, if he wants to avoid being dependent on other leaders - and mainly Merkel - to succeed, Macron will have to "create a new political offer at EU level" as he did in France, the think tank official pointed out.Preparing for the European elections will be his priority in 2018.At the October EU summit, Macron assured other leaders that he "still has much energy" and that it is "normal that energy faces resistance.""It is the characteristic of movement in physics," he explained. "Otherwise you are only a moving body on an air cushion, going nowhere."After a spectacular start this year, the EU's 'wonderboy' will have to make sure he does not fall off that air cushion.This story was originally published in EUobserver's 2017 Europe in Review Magazine.


Macron vows law against fake news By Nikolaj Nielsen-JAN 4,18-EUOBSERVER

BRUSSELS, Today, 09:17-French president Emmanuel Macron is seeking to give authorities powers to remove or block social media content deemed as fake news during election seasons.Speaking to reporters on Wednesday (3 January), Macron said the plan is needed to protect liberal democracies following Russian-led attempts to thwart his own presidential campaign last year."There will be increased transparency requirements for internet platforms regarding sponsored content, with the aim of making public the identity of those who place the ads and also limiting the amount of them," he said.The proposal is part of an envisioned law to ban fake news, which would also empower a judge to remove content or block a site. France's media watchdog, the CSA, would also have sway over foreign-operated TV stations.A UK-based firm, Bakamo, found in a survey published last year that one in four internet links shared by French users of social media in the lead-up to the elections was fake news. The links favoured anti-EU candidates like Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon.Bakamo also found that Russian state media giants like RT and Sputnik had been spreading and influencing some of the anti-EU content.Marion Marechal-Le Pen, at the time, had shared a fake news story that claimed Macron's campaign was being part financed by Saudi Arabia. The link redirected the reader to an article designed to look legitimate, which was posted on a cloned copy of the Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir.EUobserver had also viewed 2,951 examples of Russian fake news, most of which was aimed at condoning Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, or its military forays into Syria.Others included fake stories of rape or violence by migrants. Among the more egregious was the rape of a 13-year old Russian girl in Germany by migrants, which turned out to be entirely fabricated but was still reported as fact by Russian media and the Russian foreign ministry.-German law confuses satire with hate speech-Macron's anti-fake news plans follows a new German online hate speech law. Social media companies that fail to remove such posts in Germany within 24 hours could be fined €50 million.But the German law, which was launched on 1 January, is already creating problems for confusing satire with hate speech.Titantic, a German satirical magazine, had its Twitter account blocked on Wednesday after poking fun at Beatrix von Storch, a member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.Von Storch had earlier in the week made disparaging remarks on Twitter about Muslims, which Titantic then mocked in a follow up Tweet.The Association of German Journalists (DJV) described Titantic's blocked Twitter account as censorship.


LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

Real weather term "bomb" blows up on social media-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-January 4, 2018
WASHINGTON — When it comes to weather, it's hard to sound scarier than "bomb cyclone."It's a version of a real weather term that applies to a massive winter storm that pulled together Wednesday off the U.S. Southeast coast. But as fearsome as the storm is with high winds and some snow, it may not be quite as explosive as the term sounds.Meteorologists have used the term "bomb" for storms for decades, based on a strict definition, said University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Jason Furtado.After it showed it showed up in a Washington Post story on Tuesday, the weather geek term took on a life of its own on social media. The same thing happened four years ago with "polar vortex," another long-used weather term that was little known to the public until then."Bombogenesis is the technical term. Bomb cyclone is a shortened version of it, better for social media," said Weather.US meteorologist Ryan Maue, who helped popularize polar vortex in 2014."The actual impacts aren't going to be a bomb at all," Maue said."There's nothing exploding or detonating."Storm intensity is measured by central pressure — the lower the pressure, the stronger. A storm is considered a "bomb" when the pressure drops rapidly — at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.This storm looks like it will intensify at twice that rate, said Bob Oravec, lead forecaster at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center.So far, the storm has dumped freak snow on the Southeast. It's aiming for the Northeast, where the snow forecast for Thursday isn't that big a deal, Furtado and others said. The worst of this storm will stay out to sea. What is going to be bigger is the high winds — gusts exceeding 60 mph — and the bitter cold that follows, they said.Bomb cyclones draw air from polar regions after they leave. In this case, it means extra cold Arctic air because of where the polar vortex is, Furtado said.Worldwide, about 40 to 50 "bomb cyclones" brew each year, but most are over open ocean and nobody but weather geeks notice, Maue said."We use the term bomb," Furtado said. "We know what it means, but I do think it gets a little hyped up."___Follow Seth Borenstein on Twitter at @borenbears . His work can be found here .Seth Borenstein, The Associated Press.


Light quake shakes San Francisco; no immediate damage reported-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-January 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A light earthquake shook California's San Francisco Bay Area early on Thursday, waking many, but there were no immediate reports of damage.The U.S. Geological Survey said the shallow quake was of magnitude 4.5 and occurred at 2:39 a.m. (5:39 EST). Its epicenter was in Berkeley, across the bay from San Francisco.A spokesman for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said there were no reports of harm to the region.A Berkeley Fire Department dispatcher, who declined to give his name, said more than a dozen people had called, mostly complaining about windows shaking. He also said there were no reports of any damage or injuries.The USGS placed the epicenter of the earthquake next to the Claremont Club and Spa in Berkeley. The historic luxury hotel had no damage, an employee said, declining to give her name."Since everyone in the Bay Area is awake, it's time for the 30 minute dance party! #earthquake," a Twitter user with the name @Troop206Oakland wrote in a message, as the social media service lit up with comments, many light-hearted.About an hour after the quake, San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management sent a text to residents saying there was no tsunami warning.(Reporting by Peter Henderson and San Francisco Bureau reporters; Editing by John Stonestreet and Lisa Von Ahn)


EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10



GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Windsor Muslims pen letter asking police why Islamic-themed graffiti is not a hate crime-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-January 3, 2018

Hate crime charges are still possible in connection with a spree of Islamic-themed graffiti sprayed across Windsor, according to police.A 49-year-old man was arrested in December and charged with 16 counts of mischief for allegedly painting messages, including the words "Sharia now" and "Islam executes drug dealers" at bus shelters and on the windows of CBC and other media organizations across the city."A hate crime actually requires the consent of the attorney general for any proceedings," explained Sgt. Steve Betteridge. "That file has been sent to the crown for review and the crown is responsible for screening files and it's within their discretion to recommend charges only in circumstances where they deem it appropriate."The explanation from police follows an open letter to the force penned by Ahmed Khalifa, who gathered signatures from the Imam of the Windsor Mosque, representatives of the Windsor Islamic Youth Council and other community members."We, the undersigned, a concerned group of Muslim community leaders and community members leaders and community members at large, request that the Windsor Police Service re-consider the nature of the charges," it reads. "These statements play on the irrational fear of Islam as vindictive and un-Canadian."The letter goes on to state community members are concerned other people could be "influenced and emboldened by the misinformed messaging of the vandalism."It also raises worries the relationship between the police service and Muslim community "will suffer if the impact and intent of these incidents are not recognized."Khalifa delivered the letter to police Wednesday and called for a discussion with members of the force about the incidents and how they have hurt Muslims in Windsor."I see it as more of strengthening the communications, strengthening that tie with the Windsor Police Services and the Muslim community," he explained. "I don't see it as a rift."Khalifa argues the fact the graffiti seems to target just Muslims strengthens claims the incidents could be a hate crime."It was clearly targeting an identifiable group in Windsor which is the Muslim community and it consists of 25,000 people in the city so that is a sizeable group in the city the felt targeted."

Suspected Russian jets kill 30 near Damascus-[Reuters]-YAHOONEWS-January 4, 2018

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least 30 civilians were killed early on Thursday when jets dropped bombs on a residential area in a besieged rebel enclave east of Syria's capital, a war monitor said, identifying the planes as Russian.At least four bombs flattened two buildings in the Eastern Ghouta town of Misraba, in an attack that killed around 20 and wounded more than 40 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and civil defense sources said.Elsewhere in Eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel enclave near Damascus, at least ten people were killed in aerial strikes in other nearby towns, the Observatory, rescuers and residents said.The Observatory, a war monitor based in Britain, said 11 women and a child were among the dead in the strikes in Misraba, which it said were carried out by Russian planes.Backed by Russian strikes, government forces have escalated military operations against Eastern Ghouta in recent months, seeking to tighten a siege that residents and aid workers say is a deliberate use of starvation as a weapon of war, a charge the government denies.Russia rejects Syrian opposition and rights groups' accusations that its jets have been responsible for deaths of thousands of civilians since its major intervention two years ago that turned the tide in the country's nearly seven-year-old war in favor of President Bashar al-Assad.Moscow says it only attacks hardline Islamists.Video footage posted on Thursday by activists on social media in Eastern Ghouta showed rescue workers pulling women and children from rubble. The footage could not be independently confirmed.Jets also pounded Harasta, on the western edge of the enclave, where rebels this week besieged and overran a major military base which residents say the army uses to pound residential areas.The rebel assault aimed partly to relieve the pressure of the tightening siege.The United Nations says about 400,000 civilians besieged in the area face "complete catastrophe" because aid deliveries by the government are blocked and hundreds of people who need urgent medical evacuation have not been allowed outside the enclave.Scores of hospitals and civil defense centers in Ghouta and across Syria have been bombed during the conflict in what the opposition said is a "scorched earth policy" to paralyze life in rebel-held areas.Syrian state news agency SANA said on Thursday rebel shelling of the government-held capital Damascus killed one and injured 22 in the Amara district of the city.-IDLIB PUSH-Supported by Iran-backed militias and intensive Russian bombing, the Syrian army has since last month waged a new campaign to push into the heart of another rebel-held part of Syria, Idlib province in the country's northwest.Idlib is a heavily populated area where over two million people live.Rescue workers said there had been a spike in civilian casualties there in the last twenty days from stepped-up aerial strikes on residential areas, documenting 50 dead at least in that period."There have been at least six major massacres perpetrated by Russia in indiscriminate bombing of cities and towns with thousands fleeing their homes in the last two weeks," said Mustafa al Haj Yousef, the head of Idlib's Civil Defence, rescuers who work in opposition-held areas.On Wednesday air strikes hit a maternity hospital in Idlib's Ma'arat al-Nu'man city, killing five people, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) charity, which supports the hospital, said.The hospital, which SAMS said delivers around 30 babies a day, had been struck three times in four days and the last strikes temporarily put the hospital out of service.Overnight, a family of seven was buried under rubble in Tel Dukan village, rescuers said.The army has been gaining ground in Idlib and the adjoining eastern Hama countryside, with scores of villages seized from rebels mainly belonging to Tahrir al Sham, a coalition of jihadist groups with mainstream Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions also engaged in the battles.(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Additional reporting by Lisa Barrington in Beirut; Editing by Nick Macfie and John Stonestreet)

Indian or not? Muslims fret amid drive against illegal immigrants-[Reuters]-By Krishna N. Das-YAHOONEWS-January 4, 2018

FOFONGA, India (Reuters) - Marzina Bibi, a Muslim woman living in India's northeastern state of Assam, is petrified she will be declared stateless.The 26-year-old's name was not on a preliminary list of citizens that was published at midnight on Sunday, although she holds a voter identity card and had voted in state elections in 2016."Why are they doing this to me?" Bibi asked, sitting beside a bamboo mat she was weaving outside her mud house in Assam's Fofonga village. "They think I am a Bangladeshi. I was born here, my parents were born here, I am an Indian."Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which came to power in Assam in the April, 2016 elections, vowed during the campaign to act against illegal Muslim immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. But rights activists say the drive is also targeting Muslims who are Indian citizens.Two national spokesmen for the BJP declined to comment.A spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi did not reply to e-mails and a telephone call seeking comment.Citizenship and illegal migration are volatile issues in tea-growing and oil-rich Assam, home to more than 32 million people, about a third of whom are Muslims. Hundreds of people were killed in the 1980s in a violent protest by a native Assamese group against outsiders from the state taking the bulk of jobs and cornering resources, including land.For the latest update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), all residents of Assam had to produce documents proving that they or their families lived in the country before March 24, 1971, to be recognized as Indian citizens.According to the preliminary list of the NRC, about 19 million people in Assam have now been verified as Indian citizens. More names will be added, and officials say the final list is likely to be published in July.Reuters spoke to nearly two dozen Muslims, including Bibi, from paddy-growing villages around Fofonga who said their names were not on the preliminary list."I feel we are targeted because we are Muslims," said Bibi, who said she has already proved she was Indian - she was jailed for eight months on charges of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh and was let off only after showing documents attesting to her nationality.Surrounded by her neighbors in the village, she showed her voter identity card and the court order for her release from jail.-NO RELIGIOUS BIAS-The BJP has said previous governments have included many Bangladeshi immigrants on electoral rolls to buy votes.At the local NRC office in the Muslim-majority area, only around 4,500 people had made it to the preliminary list out of nearly 11,000 who had applied.The government officer in charge of the center, Gautam Sharmah, said there was no religious bias against Muslims."That's impossible. We only look at documents," Sharmah said at his office, as people trickled in to look for their names on the second day of the list's publication. "The time taken in the verification process depends on what kind of documents people submit."Reuters saw a tribal Hindu man leaving the NRC office with a smile after being told that the names of all six members of his family were on the list. Soon after, two Muslim women came with their infants, and left disappointed.Hundreds of thousands of people fled to India from Muslim-majority Bangladesh after it declared independence from Pakistan on March 26, 1971, setting off a nine-month civil war. Most of them settled in Assam and the neighboring state of West Bengal, where there are similar demands to send back illegal Muslim immigrants.The migrants include many Hindus, but the federal BJP government has said they will not be deported.Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam's finance minister who is also in charge of the citizenship register, told Reuters that all those whose names do not figure in the final NRC list would be segregated."Deportation is an issue handled by the central government," Sarma said."Hindu Bangladeshis who had faced persecution should be given shelter in India and that is the central government's stand."Muslims leaders have called the NRC a tool to make them stateless, likening themselves to Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority. They have also warned of unrest.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told the Times of India daily that the "people who are declared foreigners will be barred from all constitutional rights, including fundamental and electoral. They will have only one right — human rights as guaranteed by the U.N. that include food, shelter and clothing".In Fofonga, Bibi said she would challenge the list if it did not include her and her family as citizens."We are poor people, my husband is a laborer," she said, going back to weaving her mat. "But I will go to court if we are left out."(Reporting by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)