Thursday, March 22, 2018


ISAIAH 65:9,22
9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect (ISRAEL) shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect (ISRAEL) shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

9  Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel,(IN PALESTINE) and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more;(ISRAEL-NEVER DESTROYED-FOREVER AN EARTHLY NATION) neither shall the children of wickedness(ISHMAEL-ARAB/MUSLIMS-WORLD ISRAEL HATERS) waste them any more, as at the beginning,(ARAB/MUSLIMS ATTACK ISRAEL ON MAY 15,1948)

5 Even unto them (ISRAELIS) will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name,(ISRAEL) that shall not be cut off.

ISAIAH 51:3-4
3  For the LORD shall comfort Zion:(JERUSALEM) he will comfort all her waste places;(FROM NUCLEAR WAR) and he will make her wilderness like Eden,(I BELIEVE THE EZEKIEL-4TH TEMPLE WILL BE BUILT 25 MILES FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT AFTER JESUS RULE FOR THE 1,000 YRS FROM JERUSALEM) and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.(PRAISE TO JESUS IN THE DESERT-COULD BE THE NEW JERUSALEM-4TH TEMPLE BUILT 25 MILES INTO THE DESERT FROM THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT.SINCE EZEKIELS TEMPLE IS WAY TO BIG FOR THE CURRENT TEMPLE MOUNT)
4  Hearken unto me, my people;(ISRAEL) and give ear unto me, O my nation:(ISRAEL) for a law shall proceed from me,(JESUS IN JERUSALEM) and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people.(ISRAEL AND THE WORLD)

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

Finance minister vows to cut red tape to allow US embassy move-In order to facilitate Jerusalem move by May 14, Kahlon instructs zoning authorities to exempt security-related construction work from lengthy permit process-By TOI staff-MAR 21,18

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced Wednesday he was instructing Israel’s planning and zoning authorities to offer the US diplomatic mission in Israel a blanket exemption from certain zoning requirements in order to allow for the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem by Israel’s 70th independence day on May 14.Over the past few days American officials have reportedly met with the relevant Israeli authorities to get permission for urgent security-related construction work they say is necessary to convert the consulate in the Arnona neighborhood in southern Jerusalem into an embassy.According to a Hadashot TV news report, the Americans want to build a three-meter (10-foot) wall around the site and pave a new road from the site, among other changes. However, the site’s current zoning status does not allow for such changes.In a Hebrew-language statement Wednesday, which he also posted on Twitter, Kahlon said:“I am delighted, both as finance minister and as [the official] responsible for planning in the State of Israel, to sign today a recommendation to the [National] Council [for Planning and Construction] to issue an exemption from an infrastructures construction permit in order to enable the American embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, our eternal capital. Good luck, and [do it] as quickly as possible!”In a follow-up tweet, Kahlon turned to English and addressed US President Donald Trump directly.“President @realDonaldTrump, I’m happy to inform you that we are moving forward with the preparations, making sure that no bureaucracy slows down the process of moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.”Kahlon’s letter instructs the council to hold an emergency meeting to issue the exemption, which will allow the security-related construction work to go ahead without waiting for the council’s famously lengthy approval process.The push by the finance minister followed a Tuesday report by Hadashot that warned that red tape may hold up the embassy move.Senior officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem vowed to ensure the bureaucracy would not cause delays.Rotem reportedly sent a letter to Kahlon earlier in the week warning that if the construction work was not granted an immediate exemption, the planned embassy move on May 14 would be at risk.“The process of requesting an amendment to the existing site plan is expected to take a long time, and will not allow completion of the work on the date set for the embassy’s move,” wrote Rotem. “Without these works being completed, the compound will not meet the mandatory requirements of the State Department for [housing] the American Embassy.”The proximity to the Passover festival, which begins on March 30, also threatened to delay the approval process.A statement from Netanyahu’s office said Tuesday night, “The prime minister will act decisively and quickly to ensure that the American embassy will move at the appointed time and he will not allow unnecessary bureaucracy to harm the process.”Since Trump’s announcement on December 6 that the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and planned to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, his administration has been sifting through options for fast-tracking the relocation.According to reports, the US will initially retrofit a small suite of offices in the consulate facility to accommodate Ambassador David Friedman and key aides, while Friedman will still also maintain an office at the current embassy in Tel Aviv, which would thenceforth be considered a branch of the Jerusalem embassy. Jerusalem consular staff will continue to provide consular services such as issuing passports and visas at the building. (The US Consulate on Jerusalem’s Agron Street, which is responsible for Palestinian areas, will continue to function as before.) The rest of the embassy staff will remain at first in America’s current facility in Tel Aviv. Over time, the Arnona facility will be expanded to accommodate more embassy personnel. The expansion could ultimately involve an adjacent property that currently houses a home for senior citizens. It will come under US control in the next few years under a previous arrangement, officials said.Finally, a new purpose-built embassy will be planned and constructed.

Netanyahu: Syrian reactor raid shows Israel won’t let enemies get nukes-Without mentioning Iran, prime minister hails 2007 strike, praises Israeli security forces-By AFP and TOI staff-MAR 21,18

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel will prevent enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons after its military admitted it carried out a 2007 air raid against a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor.“The Israeli government, the IDF (Israeli military), and the Mossad (intelligence agency) have prevented Syria from developing nuclear capability, and they deserve every credit for this,” Netanyahu said on Twitter.“Israel’s policy has been and remains consistent — to prevent our enemies from acquiring nuclear weapons.”It was Netanyahu’s first comments related to Israel’s admission early Wednesday that broke a more than 10-year official silence surrounding the raid, though it had always been widely assumed of being responsible for the strike.The admission along with the release of newly declassified material related to the raid comes as Israel intensifies its warnings over the presence of its main enemy Iran in neighboring Syria.Netanyahu has also repeatedly called for a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between world powers and Iran to be changed or eliminated.The premier however did not mention Iran in his brief post.Earlier Wednesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the raid should serve as a message for “everyone in the Middle East.”Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz was more explicit, saying it showed Israel would never allow nuclear weapons to be obtained by “countries like Iran who threaten its existence.”President Reuven Rivlin, in a statement, praised the political and defense officials who ordered and carried out the raid.“Thank all of you who made the decision to strike down the nascent threat of a Syrian nuclear reactor, and those who carried out [the mission]. The people of Israel owe you a debt of honor, a debt of life,” said Rivlin at a conference in memory of former Mossad chief Meir Dagan, who died in 2016.Dagan was the head of the spy agency during the 2007 operation.The September 2007 air raid obliterated the nuclear reactor which was located in the Deir Ezzor region of northeastern Syria.

Defense minister regrets releasing details of attack on Syrian nuclear reactor-Liberman condemns public spat between former military intelligence and Mossad chiefs over who uncovered intel on reactor-By Stuart Winer-TOI-MAR 21,18

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Wednesday said he regretted approving the publication of information on Israel’s airstrike on a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, as former security officials locked horns over who was responsible for the success of the mission.Earlier on Wednesday, Israel officially acknowledged that it destroyed the al-Kibar nuclear reactor in Deir Ezzor, ending a decade-long ban on Israeli publications from reporting on the raid.Liberman, who spoke from Africa where he is on a three-day official visit, said the public spat that broke out Wednesday among various Israeli political and intelligence leaders “and the wave of mutual recriminations” made him regret giving the go-ahead to the military censor to release details of the mission.“I am sorry I gave permission to the censor to publicize the affair,” he said.The fight for credit was also an “injustice” to the pilots who carried out the operation and the numerous members of the intelligence community involved in planning the operation, Liberman added.“I urge everyone to act responsibly. Credit isn’t everything in life,” said Liberman.In their haste to talk about the events, information about intelligence operations is being disclosed that could cause future harm to Israel’s security, Liberman said.He said that when he returns to the country on Friday, he intends to reexamine censorship policies regarding books written by former senior officials. Ehud Olmert, the prime minister who approved the 2007 strike, is about to publish an autobiography which relates to the attack.Liberman, who at the time of the raid was minister for strategic affairs, also rejected outright a claim by then-defense minister Ehud Barak, who said in an interview with Israel Radio that the mood in the cabinet room when the decision to bomb the reactor was taken was “hysterical and apocalyptic.”Rather, Liberman said, there was an air of “seriousness and responsibility.”Earlier, Tamir Pardo, who was the Mossad’s deputy chief in 2007, said that Mossad agents were responsible for uncovering intelligence that led to the strike on the reactor. Pardo said the discovery of the reactor by the Mossad agents in mid-2006 corrected a “resounding intelligence failure” — referring to the years that elapsed before Israel knew definitively of the reactor’s existence.Until that point, Israel had suspicions of the reactor’s existence, but lacked definitive evidence, Pardo said during a conference in memory of his predecessor as Mossad chief, Meir Dagan, who died in 2016.The intelligence found by the Mossad agents was a collection of pictures taken inside the nuclear reactor, which was located in the Deir Ezzor region of northeastern Syria. The photographs confirmed Israel’s suspicions that Syria was constructing the reactor to enrich plutonium for nuclear weapons.Pardo’s comments were seen as a snipe at the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate for failing to have picked up on the reactor’s existence beforehand.Speaking to the Hebrew-media Ynet website, Amos Yadlin, who was head of the IDF intelligence unit in 2007, defended the unit’s actions at the time.“Intelligence is a puzzle,” Yadlin said. “In order to get an intelligence picture of the issue, you need to put together, for example, a thousand pieces. Some come from human intelligence, some from satellite, from listening methods. In 2006, in the IDF Military Directorate, and in no other place, a young major came forward and said to me… ‘there is suspicion of a nuclear program in Syria.'”Yadlin said that after taking over as head of the military intelligence unit in January 2006, he put an emphasis on uncovering nuclear programs in countries not known to have atomic capabilities.“Regarding Syria, the assumption was that the country doesn’t have a nuclear infrastructure, there were no device, there is no capability, and that the country was busy with other thing and that the strategic balance with Israel was achieved with a heavy chemical weapons system,” said Yadlin.Yadlin said the Syrians — like the North Koreans — hid the reactor building from satellite imaging inside a large hangar that appeared to be for agriculture.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

Austin bombing suspect blows himself up as SWAT moves in-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-March 21, 2018

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The suspect in the deadly bombings that terrorized Austin blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in on him, bringing a grisly end to a three-week manhunt. But police warned that more bombs could be out there.The suspect was identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, an unemployed 24-year-old who had attended a local community college. His motive remained a mystery, along with whether he acted alone in the five bombings in the Texas capital and suburban San Antonio that killed two people and wounded four others.Police zeroed in on Conditt earlier in the week and located his vehicle at a hotel on Interstate 35 in the suburb of Round Rock. Officers were waiting for armoured vehicles to arrive before moving in for an arrest when his vehicle began to drive away, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said at a news conference.Authorities followed the vehicle, which ran into a ditch on the side of the road, he said.When members of the SWAT team approached, the suspect detonated an explosive device inside the vehicle, the police chief said. The blast knocked one officer back, and a second officer fired his weapon, Manley said.A law enforcement official provided the dead man's name. The official, who has been briefed on the investigation, spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.Investigators released few details about the Conditt, except his age and that he was white. But online postings indicate he was home schooled. He later attended Austin Community College from 2010 to 2012, according to a college spokeswoman, but he did not graduate.In posts dated from 2012, a blogger who identified himself as Mark Conditt of Pflugerville wrote that gay marriage should be illegal, called for the elimination of sex offender registrations and argued in favour of the death penalty. He listed his interests as cycling, tennis and listening to music.Of gay marriage, Conditt wrote: "Homosexuality is not natural. Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple."Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told Austin television station KXAN that Conditt was unemployed and that he had been observed making some purchases while wearing a disguise that included a blonde wig and gloves.The mayor of Pflugerville, an Austin suburb not far from the site of the first of four bombings, said the suspect lived in his city, just two blocks from his house.Pflugerville resident Jay Schulze said he was jogging Tuesday night when he was stopped by police and asked about the bombings. He said police flew drones over a home for about six hours between Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.He described the home over which the drones were flying as "a weird house with a lot of people coming and going" and a bit rundown.A neighbour who watched Conditt grow up says he "always seemed like he was smart" and "polite." Jeff Reeb said he has lived next to Conditt's parents for about 17 years and described them as good neighbours . He said Conditt, who lived with roommates a few miles away, had visited his parents regularly.Austin was hit with four package bombings starting on March 2. A fifth parcel bomb went off early Tuesday at a FedEx distribution centre near San Antonio.Citing a high-ranking law enforcement official, the Austin American-Statesman reported that authorities had identified the suspect based largely on information, including security video, gleaned after he sent an explosive device from an Austin-area FedEx store.Police warned Wednesday of the possibility that more bombs had yet to be found."We don't know where this suspect has spent his last 24 hours, and therefore we still need to remain vigilant to ensure that no other packages or devices have been left to the community," Manley said.Authorities initially believed the bombings may have been hate crimes because the victims of the earliest blasts were black, but they backed off that theory after Hispanic and white victims from different parts of the city were also affected.Fred Milanowski, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said it was "hard to say" if the bombing suspect had acted alone."What we do know is we believe the same person built each one of these devices," said Milanowski, the agent in charge of the Houston division of the ATF.Austin Mayor Steve Adler thanked law enforcement for their work in bringing down the suspect and urged residents to continue to report anything that appeared suspicious or out of place.Isaac Figueroa, 26, said he and his brother heard sirens and helicopters early Wednesday in the area and drove toward them, then cut through nearby woods on foot after they hit a police roadblock.Figueroa said they saw a sport utility vehicle that was pinned between vehicles and "looked like it had been rammed off the road." He said he saw police deploy a robot to go examine the Jeep.President Donald Trump, who had earlier said whoever was responsible for the Austin bombings was "obviously a very sick individual or individuals," tweeted, "AUSTIN BOMBING SUSPECT IS DEAD. Great job by law enforcement and all concerned!"The suspect's death followed a day of rapid-fire developments in the case. Early Tuesday, a bomb inside a package exploded as it passed along a conveyer belt at a FedEx shipping centre in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio and about 60 miles (95 kilometres ) southwest of Austin.Later in the day, police sent a bomb squad to a FedEx facility outside the Austin airport to check on a suspicious package. Authorities later said that package contained an explosive that was tied to the other bombings.The Schertz blast came two days after a bombing wounded two men Sunday night in an Austin neighbourhood about 3 miles (5 kilometres ) from the FedEx store. It was triggered by a nearly invisible tripwire.___Associated Press writers Will Weissert and Paul J. Weber in Austin, Sadie Gurman in Washington and Tim Jacobs in Chicago contributed to this report.Jim Vertuno, The Associated Press.


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)

At least 26 killed as IS suicide bomber targets Kabul shrine-In fifth bombing in Afghan capital in weeks, terrorist blasts himself among students celebrating Persian new year-By Usman SHARIFI-TOI-MAR 21,18

KABUL, Afghanistan (AFP) — A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed at least 26 people, many of them teenagers, after detonating a device among a crowd of people in Kabul who were celebrating the Persian new year holiday, officials said.The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack — the fifth suicide bombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks — via its propaganda arm Amaq, SITE Intelligence Group said.The Taliban earlier denied involvement on Twitter.Another 18 people were wounded in the blast, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said, “all of them civilians.”There were fears the figure could rise, however, with the health ministry giving a higher toll of 29 people killed and 52 wounded. Afghan officials often give conflicting tolls in the wake of attacks.The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device in front of Kabul University and a hospital that was opposite, Rahimi said.The blast occurred less than 200 meters from Karte Sakhi shrine where many Afghans gather every year to mark Nawrooz, which is the traditional Persian new year holiday — but had been unable to reach it due to heavy security for the holiday.So he “detonated himself among teenagers returning from there,” Kabul police chief Mohammad Daud Amin told Tolo News.Bloodstains could be seen among scattered belongings on the road at the site of the attack. A man who was standing meters from where the explosion happened told Tolo that he saw “at least four bodies in blood” on the ground.IS has attacked the same shrine once before, in October 2016 when gunmen killed 18 people gathered to mark Ashura, an important date for many Muslims, especially Shiites.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, whose government has been repeatedly lambasted for its inability to protect its citizens, condemned the attack in a statement as a “crime against humanity.”Taliban and Islamic State militants have increasingly targeted the war-weary city in recent months as US and Afghan forces ramp up air strikes and ground offensives against the groups. Wednesday’s blast comes days after a Taliban suicide attacker blew up a bomb-laden car in Kabul, causing multiple casualties.Some Western and Afghan security experts believe the Haqqani Network, a hard-line wing of the Taliban, has been behind some of the attacks in Kabul in recent months, including those claimed by IS.The Taliban, Afghanistan’s largest terrorist group, faces growing pressure to take up a recent offer by President Ghani of peace talks to end the 16-year war. So far it has given only a muted response.Little incentive for talks-This latest suicide attack underscores the growing challenge facing Afghan and foreign forces to protect the already heavily militarized city.Authorities had increased security ahead of Nawrooz festivities, which militants have previously struck with deadly force.General John Nicholson, who leads US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, recently told reporters that protecting Kabul was a priority for foreign troops.“Kabul is our main effort right now, to harden Kabul, to protect the people of Kabul and the international community that are here because of the strategic impact that has and the importance to the campaign,” Nicholson said.But he acknowledged that preventing further attacks would be challenging in the sprawling city that is poorly mapped and extremely porous.The latest attack comes as US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford visits Afghanistan to assess the military campaign against insurgents — weeks before the start of the spring fighting season, which is expected to be particularly bloody this year.Despite calls for the Taliban to sit down with the Afghan government, the group appears to have few reasons to negotiate.The Taliban has been resurgent since the withdrawal of US-led NATO combat troops at the end of 2014, taking back territory and devastating Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces.In October, insurgents controlled or influenced nearly half of Afghanistan’s districts — double the percentage in 2015, the US government’s office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in January.Over the same period, the watchdog said, the number of districts under Afghan government control or influence fell to its lowest level since December 2015.

Analysis-EU praises Turkey on migrant deal despite Greek misery By Nikolaj Nielsen-MAR 21,18-EUOBSERVER

BRUSSELS, Today, 16:57-The European Commission has praised a migrant deal between EU states and Turkey but remained silent on the plight of those caught up in the misery of the Greek islands.Paraskevi Michou, a Greek national who earlier this month took over the head of the commission's migration branch, on Tuesday (20 March) listed all its achievements in Turkey following a March 2016 deal to stem refugee flows towards Greece.She noted over one million Syrian refugees in Turkey had received emergency social safety nets to cover basic needs.She said another million have had access to primary health care consultations, that 18,000 pregnant women have have had post natal health care services, and that schools have been built, all thanks to some €3bn in EU funding.Speaking alongside Turkey's ambassador to the EU, Faruk Kaymakci, at an event co-hosted by the European Policy Centre and Germany's Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Michou then praised Ankara for its support in helping stem the flows."I would like first of all to thank the Turkish authorities," she said, noting that the EU deal with Turkey would not have materialised without their support and work."We have succeeded, we have succeeded to substantially reduce irregular and dangerous crossings and saving lives," she told the audience.Kaymakci echoed similar appraisals and described the joint migrant deal "as the most positive agenda item in terms of EU relations."-Next week in Bulgaria-The comments come ahead of an EU-Turkey meeting next week in Bulgaria where authorities are hoping to renew strained relations with Ankara, which is pressing to have short-stay visas lifted on its nationals.But the praise also raises questions on how humanitarian aid is being used as political leverage - possibly weakening the EU institutions in its deliberations with Turkish authorities and its hardline president, according to some human right defenders.Such issues may feed into the discussions this Thursday among leaders at a EU summit in Brussels.One toilet for 500 refugees in Moria-But diplomatic speeches also stand in sharp contrast to the thousands living in abject misery on the Greek islands where the EU has helped launched so-called hotspots to screen and register stranded migrants.The EU has channelled close to €1bn to the Greek authorities, yet is unable to produce similar results like those in Turkey, posing questions on why there is only one toilet for every 500 migrants stuck in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.Only 34 percent of the required number of places for the around 3,000 unaccompanied minors in Greece are available, some two and half years after the country received EU funds to help the children.-Island clashes-While Michou's boss, EU migration commission Dimitris Avramopoulos, was last week updating reporters in Brussels on its broad migration policies, people in Moria the very same day were rioting as 200 women and children were evacuated to a nearby warehouse."Our team treated eleven people, among them small babies and pregnant women," said Doctors without Borders following the clashes with the police.Michou made no mention of the human toll on the Greek islands, most notably that women and children live in fear of physical and sexual abuse, while others attempt suicide.Aside from the precipitous drop in arrival numbers, her only other comment demanded that Greece step up returns to Turkey. "I only hope that with our support we will manage to have better streamlined processes," she said.-Lots of money, few results-The reality on the ground in Greece was instead described by Manolis Vournous, mayor of the Greek island of Chios.When this website asked him why conditions remain so dire, despite all the EU funding, he both blamed the Greek administration system and inflated prices for everyone involved."We do not make the policy and we do not even implement them, we are just addressing auxiliary consequences," he said.Refugees Deeply, an investigative media portal, last year attempted to untangle the EU funding in Greece. It noted big aid organisations demanded large salaries, when compared to local workers, causing resentment. This came ontop of protracted Greek efforts to set up a managing authority to tap the EU fund.Despite the extensive funding to Athens, Vournous said local islanders are becoming more eurosceptic and that Europe has turned "many centuries backwards" by turning the islands into large detention camps."There is not enough information being given out, there is not enough information for migrants and immigrants, what exactly is happening, which are their options," he said.

Five kids charged in school threat probes as cops report spike in online threats-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-March 21, 2018

Five tweens and teens have been charged with threatening schools on social media, Ontario's provincial police said Tuesday as they reported a "spike" in online threats following a deadly school shooting in Florida last month.Sgt. Peter Leon said officers conducted six separate investigations in the province's central division, starting shortly after the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 14 students and three teachers were killed."We started to see a spike in them," Leon said of the online threats. "Unfortunately, when events take place south of the border...we do start to see situations present themselves here in Ontario."Five people between the ages of 12 and 17 were charged with uttering threats. Four of the five were students at the schools they're accused of threatening and the other was a former student, Leon said. Police did not arrest a sixth because the person was too young to face charges.Most of the investigations occurred in areas overseen by the Nottawasaga, Collingwood and Barrie detachments of the force but the problem is pervasive and extends beyond the province, Leon said.On Monday, for instance, police in Bathurst, N.B., announced they had arrested three people after social media threats sent two schools into lockdown.Local media reported similar lockdowns in Halifax on Feb. 23, in Clarenville, N.L., on March 12 and in Coxheath, N.S., on March 15.A student on Vancouver Island was arrested on March 7 for a social media post that allegedly showed them firing a weapon into a small target with the caption "practicing for school," local media reported.Aimee Morrison, a professor of digital media at the University of Waterloo, said the copycat effect is well documented."When a school shooting happens at a high school, all of a sudden everyone is online looking for information about school shootings," she said."If you are someone who's looking to draw some kind of attention or make some sort of splash, you would also, if you were going to engage in a prank like this, probably make the prank about a high school shooting."Leon noted that Instagram is among the platforms where threats have popped up, and he suspected kids might be making such posts in an effort to gain followers.Morrison concurred. She said that as Instagram has grown in popularity, it's increasingly become a hub for kids and teens to make threatening posts."The hashtag ecosystem of Instagram makes it a lot easier to go viral or be discovered by a much broader range of people."She said the people making posts often don't intend to follow through, but that the behaviour is still unacceptable."They will say, often, that they are doing it for the 'lolz,' that of course they're not meant to be taken seriously, that it's how the internet works," she said. "But what they are doing is they are deliberately yelling 'Fire!' in a crowded theatre to get the attention, and then saying, 'But I didn't start any fires.'"Leon said Ontario Provincial Police are trying to get the message out that they're arresting people for making these sorts of threats and intend to prosecute."I can assure you posting an image of a firearm with threatening words following it is not the right way to go about doing things," Leon said. "We just want the public and young children and young people to know: If they do something like this, they will be held accountable."Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press.

2 TIMOTHY 4:3-4
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

12  Say ye not, A confederacy,(CONSPIRACY) to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy;(CONSPIRACY THEORY) neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.

9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Service Canada moves away from calling Canadians Mr., Mrs., or Miss-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 21, 2018

Service Canada employees who interact with the public are being asked to stay away from  terms like Mr., Mrs., father and mother, and to use gender-neutral terms in their place, CBC News has learned.According to documents obtained by Radio Canada, the French-language arm of CBC, front-line staff must now "use gender-neutral language or gender-inclusive language.""This avoids portraying a perceived bias toward a particular sex or gender," says a copy of speaking notes prepared for managers and team leaders."It is important that Service Canada, as an organization, reflects Canada's diverse population and ensures that the views and interests of Canadians are taken into account when we develop policies, programs, services and initiatives," says the directive.The new guidelines also rule out using terms such as mother and father because they are "gender specific" and instead says the neutral term of "parent" should be used instead.The same goes for honorifics such as Mr., Mrs., and Miss, and in both languages. Instead, employees are being directed to address customers by their full names or ask them what they want to be called.Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, whose department oversees Service Canada, took to Twitter Wednesday to clarify that agents can still call people Mr. or Ms. if the caller prefers."We are only confirming how people want to be addressed as a matter of respect," he said.Service Canada helps Canadians connect with a variety of government programs including Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan, and Old Age Security.Updating government forms-According to an official, who asked to remain anonymous because they are not authorized to speak on the issue, the new directive is already in place and has led to some difficult situations for civil servants."It happens that we talk to people and we ask, 'What is the name of parent number one? People do not understand," said the official.Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBT rights group Egale Canada, said her group is "very pleased" to hear about the changes. She said people who don't fit into "neat boxes" often have uncomfortable and negative experiences accessing government programs.She also urged the government to provide staff with training about why it's important to properly gender people."Otherwise there will be a state of confusion," she said.Conservative MP and Treasury Board critic Gérard Deltell said there are more important issues for the government to concentrate on."Maybe one day this government will decide to cancel each and every Mother's Day or a Father's Day," he said.In addition to the changes in how staff interact with the public, the directive indicates that Service Canada is also in the process of amending some service forms, including the Social Insurance Number application form.Canadians are already able to identify as gender 'X' on their passports.The new directive also includes a warning that the government agency employees will be observed to ensure they are following the protocols."Going forward, the proper use of gender-neutral language will also be added to the observations in the In-Person Quality Monitoring Program," the directive said.Earlier this year a same-sex couple from Nova Scotia called for Service Canada to update its forms so men don't have to declare a "maiden name" in order to get social insurance numbers for their children.Nick Bonnar and Graham MacDonnell said they ran into a roadblock when the agent told them he had to provide a maiden name to complete and process the electronic form.Last summer the Liberal government passed a law enshrining protections for transgender Canadians. The bill updates the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code to include the terms "gender identity" and "gender expression."

Ottawa 'withholding taxpayer money' from religious groups for summer jobs grant, Winnipeg pastor says-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 21, 2018

A Winnipeg church says the federal government is shutting out religious groups with a new rule this year for organizations seeking summer job funding, a day after the House of Commons voted down a motion to amend the change."I think it was very heavy-handed. I don't really understand why [the federal government] decided not to listen to the concerns of so many of their constituents across the country," said Glenn Krobel, lead pastor at Winnipeg's Centerpoint Church."Certainly, we've tried to be careful and articulate in a way that was respectful and thoughtful, but … they just haven't been willing to change anything."For the better part of the past decade, Krobel says his church has applied for, and received, funding through the Canada Summer Jobs grant to pay summer students to work at its day camp. This year, their initial application was rejected. He's not sure they'll get the funding on reapplication, because of a controversial new requirement in the application.The federal Liberals introduced a new element on the 2018 grant application, requiring applicants to check off a box attesting they respect "individual human rights in Canada," including reproductive and LGBT rights.The move has been challenged by faith-groups across Canada, including in Manitoba.Centerpoint didn't check off the attestation box in their initial rejected application, and they've been invited to attest and reapply.According to numbers provided by the federal government, applications to the program have increased slightly to 42,718 from 41,961 last year. Reported rejections, however, have skyrocketed, increasing twelve-fold to 1,561 from 126 in 2017.A spokesperson for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told CBC News that applications were rejected for a variety of reasons, including improperly filled-out forms and groups not checking the box for the attestation.The spokesperson did not provide a specific breakdown on how many applications were rejected based on the latter. He said all groups rejected were asked to reapply."The number of eligible applications received this year are on par with last year, and came from tens of thousands of small businesses, faith-based organizations, and community organizations across Canada," Matt Pascuzzo, Hajdu's press secretary, wrote in an email to CBC News."We look forward to another summer of great work experience for young Canadians."On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons voted against a motion introduced by Ontario Conservative MP Karen Vecchio, which would have amended the application to allow organizations that engage in non-political, non-activist work to access the funding regardless of whether they checked off the attestation.The motion was voted down with 207 votes against and 93 votes in favour — including votes from every Conservative MP. Only one MP from the Liberals and one from the NDP voted in support of the motion, as did Green Party MP Elizabeth May."The government is withholding taxpayer money. This isn't simply money that they received from nowhere. It's from every taxpayer who's voted on every area of the political spectrum," Krobel said."The government's role is to govern for everyone, not just the people that agree with them or that voted for them, or that they feel may have voted for them."-Government 'inflexible': church-The government has said the additional wording on this year's application was a response to concerns Hajdu heard last year that funding through the program had gone toward paying for students to protest outside abortion clinics or create and distribute graphic anti-abortion pamphlets, or went to groups that refused to hire LGBTQ staff.​Krobel said neither his church nor its day camp engage in any level of activism, but leaders still felt their conscience prevented them from signing the attestation.On Centerpoint's first application, the church did not check the attestation box, but provided a letter explaining its stance, following a recommendation from the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.The council encouraged charities in Centerpoint's position to apply, without checking the attestation box, and provide a letter requesting accommodation under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act."Our religious beliefs and obligations, our conscience, our beliefs, thoughts, and opinions all preclude us from making the attestation as set out in the application and guide, including the supplementary information," the letter reads.In response, Krobel said the church was invited to reapply, after checking the attestation box."If it's not about our beliefs and our values, then why, when we provide an alternate explanation to why we're not in favour of the way you're writing your attestation but that we certainly aren't an activist organization or anything like that, then why wouldn't you approve it?" he said."I'm confused as to why the government rejected them out of hand. It seems to me that they're the ones being inflexible here, not the churches or the other organizations that have had issues with it."He's not certain if his group has been officially rejected, but if it is, the church will have to make up for the lost funding from its own coffers. Last year, it received about $8,100 through the jobs program, he said.Krobel said his church wouldn't sign on to the attestation, even if the request lined up with its core values."Even if these values were something that we would agree with, we think it's beyond the purview of the government to be demanding that."Clarification : A previous version of this story said the reasons for rejected applications were not provided by the federal government. In fact, a spokesperson for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu told CBC News that applications were rejected for a variety of reasons, including improperly filled-out forms and groups not checking the box for the attestation.(Mar 20, 2018 3:41 PM)

Canada's privacy watchdog launches investigation into Facebook after allegations of data leak-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 21, 2018
Canada's privacy watchdog has launched an investigation into Facebook after a series of media reports alleged that private online information belonging to millions of Americans was obtained by a company working on U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign."We have received a complaint against Facebook in relation to allegations involving Cambridge Analytica and have therefore opened a formal investigation," Canada's Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien said in a statement."The first step will be to confirm with the company whether the personal information of Facebook users in Canada was affected."The investigation will look at whether Facebook has complied with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada's federal private sector privacy law.This weekend, The New York Times and the British newspaper The Observer reported that Trump's 2016 campaign hired Cambridge Analytica, and that the company harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users to help conduct the digital campaign.In a blog post, Facebook said that, while none of the information leakage was a result of a data breach, it did appear to involve the passing of personal information from Cambridge Analytica to a third party when that data was supposed to have been destroyed."Several days ago, we received reports that, contrary to the certifications we were given, not all data was deleted. We are moving aggressively to determine the accuracy of these claims. If true, this is another unacceptable violation of trust and the commitments they made," said the social media company's vice-president and deputy general counsel Paul Grewal.Therrien said in the statement that the U.K.'s own privacy watchdog is carrying on a similar investigation and the two agencies would remain in touch."We will remain in contact with the U.K. office and will work with other data protection authorities as appropriate. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that the privacy rights of Canadian Facebook users are protected," he said.Therrien launched his investigation a day after NDP MPs Charlie Angus, Matthew Dubé and Brian Masse wrote to him asking the commissioner to look into whether the private data of Canadians using social media is safe."Over the weekend, the troubling news emerged that Cambridge Analytica, a firm owned by hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and linked to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, was able to access tens of millions of Facebook users' private data without their consent for use in psychographic modelling for political purposes," the letter said.Acting Democratic Institutions Minister Scott Brison said that he has already asked the Communications Security Establishment and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to look into whether the private data of Canadians is safe.Brison also said that while Canada has strong privacy laws, he would be willing to consider changes to strengthen them.Speaking on CBC News Network's Power & Politics Tuesday, Brison said he has spoken with Facebook already and has told the social media giant that Canada needs answers."We need to know whether the private information, the personal information of Canadian citizens has been compromised," he told guest host David Common. "Facebook assured me they would be responding to that and providing me with those answers."In his statement, the privacy watchdog expressed a concern that Canada's Privacy Act does not apply to political parties in Canada, noting that he has asked Parliament to consider expanding the law."If true, the allegations raise a major challenge for privacy rights. We have recommended strengthening Canada's private sector law in order to help strengthen consumer trust. I welcome the support of a Parliamentary committee that recently reviewed PIPEDA," Therrien said.


With the threat of regulation looming, Google doubles down on its fight against false news-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 21, 2018

Amid growing concern that some of the world's largest and most influential tech companies are failing to adequately protect users from the misuse of their platforms, Google is doubling down on its own efforts to curb the spread of misinformation and false news.The company said on Tuesday that it was introducing a slew of new media-focused products and initiatives — called the Google News Initiative — and committing to a $300-million US investment over the next three years. Those efforts include the creation of a new academic lab to study and counter the spread of disinformation, a new subscription revenue tool for publishers, and funding for new media literacy programs worldwide.The initiative is Google's latest effort to convince news publishers to see the tech giant as a partner, and not a competitor, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of digital advertising revenue goes to Google and Facebook each year.But more urgently, with lawmakers raising the spectre of regulating Big Tech, Google wants to prove it is taking the spread of disinformation, the manipulation of its platform, and threats to democracy seriously — and supporting and elevating authoritative, higher quality content plays a crucial part.In a presentation for publishers at its New York office, Google's chief business officer Philipp Schindler acknowledged they "haven't always gotten it right." But he stressed the company's continuing commitment to helping journalism thrive.Who's responsible for handling false news? Both Google and Facebook have faced fierce questioning from lawmakers for their respective platforms' roles in enabling malicious actors to spread false news, disinformation, and divisive political ads in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and beyond.This weekend, Facebook once again drew lawmakers' ire, after it was revealed that data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica had obtained detailed profile data harvested from 50 million users — in most cases without their explicit consent.The episode has led to renewed calls that tech companies be subject to greater political oversight or control — an outcome that Facebook and Google would desperately like to avoid.In response, Facebook has gone to great lengths over the past year to prove the company can be a force for social good. It has announced partnerships with fact-checking organizations, supported news literacy initiatives, introduced new reporting and publishing tools for journalists, and increased transparency around political ads. Most recently, Facebook made dramatic changes to its News Feed, prioritizing posts from friends and family over those from news organizations and brands.Google's initiatives are similar — in part, efforts to mollify critics who have argued that tech companies haven't done enough to get the misuse of their platforms under control.Yet, those efforts have mostly shifted the responsibility for identifying and debunking false news and misinformation away from tech companies to third party fact-checkers, newsrooms and media literacy groups — as opposed to addressing the underlying factors that incentivize its spread.Rather than make sweeping changes to the way YouTube surfaces or recommends videos, for example, Google recently announced it would display factual information from Wikipedia below contested videos instead, and highlight verified videos in a "Top News" shelf.To do anything more drastic would require a fundamental reconfiguring of the way their services are designed — optimized first and foremost to serve highly targeted content and advertising, Facebook and Google's primary source of revenue. Neither are likely to change that anytime soon.Grants for research and education-The Google News Initiative builds on previous Google efforts, including a tool that uses artificial intelligence to identify hateful or offensive comments, and a technology called AMP that makes stories load faster on mobile devices.As part of its announcement, Google said that its philanthropic arm,, would distribute $10 million in grant money to organizations worldwide working on media literacy programs. To start, $3 million will be given to a U.S. media literacy initiative aimed at students called MediaWise, which is modelled after an initiative called NewsWise that was piloted in Canada last autumn.Content developed by NewsWise is estimated to reach more than one million students, starting with Ontario classrooms in the spring, and nationwide next year ahead of the 2019 federal election.Google is also launching an academic lab with the Harvard University research group First Draft. The Disinfo Lab, as it is called, would use a mix of computational tools and human expertise to identify trending dis- and misinformation — specifically during elections and moments of breaking news — and share those insights with newsroom partners.It is being modelled after prior work done during the French election.The company also said it would put some of its investment toward hiring a new team of machine-learning engineers that would be dedicated to building and scaling more tools that meet publishers' needs — from the creation of compelling new story formats to new ways of collecting revenue.One of those tools would help journalists identify cutting edge fake audio or video clips — what Google calls synthetic media — that some predict will soon be used in attempts to fool the media.  Training data will be made available to researchers and journalists so they can develop their own detection tools, too.