Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Bridge collapse victim's uncle rages at 'incompetence'-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

MIAMI — As crews began removing bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victim's uncle raged against what he called the "complete incompetence" and "colossal failure" that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span."Why they had to build this monstrosity in the first place to get children across the street?" said an anguished Joe Smitha, whose niece, Alexa Duran, was crushed in Thursday's collapse at Florida International University. "Then they decided to stress test this bridge while traffic was running underneath it?"Authorities say six people were killed when the structure fell onto a busy six-lane road connecting the campus to the community of Sweetwater. Crews removed two cars Saturday morning and said they found three bodies, but officials said there were still at least two more victims beneath the rubble. Late in the day they recovered a third car, and Saturday night they said they believed all victims had been found.The Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed the names of four victims Saturday.Rolando Fraga Hernandez and his gold Jeep Cherokee were pulled from the wreckage Saturday. Later, the bodies of Oswald Gonzalez, 57, and Alberto Arias, 54, were found inside a white Chevy truck.Navarro Brown was pulled from the rubble Thursday and later died at the hospital.Authorities have not released Duran's name, but her family has said she died. The FIU freshman was studying political science.The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that crews were applying what's known as "post-tensioning force" on the bridge before the failure. Authorities are investigating whether cracking that was reported just before the span fell contributed to the accident.Experts interviewed by The Associated Press were mixed on the significance of those reported cracks.Amjad Aref, a professor with the University of Buffalo's Institute of Bridge Engineering, said they should have been "a big red flag.""Bridges are really very vulnerable when they are under construction, when there are just pieces," he said. "It's like still a flimsy structure. And when you see cracks, somebody has to raise really a big flag and say, 'We need to do something. We need to figure out what's happening quickly and do any mitigating actions to prevent further progression of damage and ultimately collapse,' as we saw here."But Ralph Verrastro, principle of Naples-based Bridging Solutions, was not surprised to hear about cracks, and said it was not necessarily a problem."Any bridge with concrete, that's made of concrete, there's always cracks," said Verrastro, who has been an engineer for 42 years. "If they had concerns that something was going on for that main span, then they would have called the sheriff or the police and closed the road. I would be very surprised if it's determined that they were taking a chance and trying to do something under traffic. It's just, as bridge engineers, that's just never done."Two days before the collapse, an engineer with the design firm left a voicemail to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transportation officials said Friday. In a transcript released Friday night, Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group said the cracking would need repairs but the company didn't think it was a safety issue.University officials, however, said Saturday that DOT officials had been aware of the cracking before the collapse. They said in a statement that representatives of FIU and DOT met with a FIGG engineer for two hours Thursday morning to discuss the cracking, and determined there wasn't a safety issue. The bridge fell soon afterward."The FIGG engineer of record delivered a technical presentation regarding the crack and concluded that there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," FIU said.NTSB officials have said it's too early to say whether any cracking contributed to the collapse.In a news release late Friday, FIGG Bridge Engineers said it "continues to work diligently" to determine the cause of the collapse, and is examining the steps its team has taken. It added, "The evaluation was based on the best available information at that time and indicated that there were no safety issues." It also asked for time to accurately determine what led to the accident.Scheduled to open in 2019, the bridge was to provide safe passage over a canal and six lanes of traffic, a showpiece architectural feature connecting the campus with Sweetwater. The $14.2 million project was supposed to take advantage of a faster, cheaper and safer method of bridge-building promoted by the university.Early renderings online appeared to show what's called a "cable-stayed" structure supported by cables hanging from a central tower. However, a spokesman for FIGG said Saturday the bridge that was being built actually had built-in trusses."It is a truss bridge with above deck truss elements which, from an engineering perspective, is very different than a cable-stayed bridge," FIGG spokeswoman Cheryl Stopnick said in an email.Verrastro said there may have been enough support in place at the time. He said these projects are constructed with "very specific sequencing" and phases."This was designed to support itself — that was the beauty of the design, I'm sure," he said. "You didn't need temporary supports. It saves money. It's safer, because if you put temporary supports, you have to block the road and the traffic would be a mess and it would be in the way. So I'm sure that was all thought through."Smitha, Duran's uncle, can't help but believe that this tragedy could have been avoided."This was a colossal failure of the system," he said. "This was complete incompetence from the top ... I want someone to step up and say, 'The buck stops with me.'"___Associated Press writers Tim Reynolds, Josh Replogle, Freida Frisaro and Curt Anderson in Miami; Jason Dearen in Gainesville; Tamara Lush in St. Petersburg and Rodrique Ngowi in Boston contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to delete quotes referring to cable-stayed design and update with a FIGG spokeswoman describing bridge design.Jennifer Kay And Allen G. Breed, The Associated Press.

In Parkland, students turn to each other to cope with tragedy-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

​Nikhita Nookala didn't know Meadow Pollack, one of the victims of last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, but she says writing about her life for a memorial issue of the school paper has been an emotional experience. "Reading through all the stories that her friends have told me, she seems like someone I could have been friends with, she liked the same things I did," said the 17-year old senior who writes for the school paper, the Eagle Eye.She says learning about Pollack's life has stirred complicated feelings. A month after the mass shooting in Parkland Florida, emotions are still raw and for Nookala, the event still doesn't feel real."I feel like I still haven't really accepted that there's been a shooting at Douglas and all of this happening, it feels like the shooting was yesterday." she said.Christy Ma also writes for the paper. The day after the shooting, she and Nookala were assigned to write about the event and the vigil the next day."That actually took a few days to write because of how how soon everything was and how we were feeling," the 18-year old said. "If you notice, I mean if you look online, the posting is actually a few days after the vigil."-Counsellors and therapy animals-In the month since the shooting, she says every student is handling things differently. Upon their return to school there were counsellors and therapy animals to help students transition back to the classroom."It was like a petting zoo. Basically there were therapy dogs. There were, like, goats, like a donkey or a horse. It was pretty crazy; it almost looked like a circus at school," she said. Ma says while some students have chosen to channel their emotions towards activism, others have retreated from the spotlight. In her case, she says she's just trying to keep busy. "I think just trying not to think too long on the negative aspects but trying to look forward to my future and how I can make an impact now is something that's been helping me cope," she said.Immersing themselves in the memorial issue is a healthy way to cope, says Dr. Katy Kamkar, a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She says students are collectively mourning, so working together can help them move forward and heal. "If collectively they are able to get an activity that provides them with a sense of meaning, that helps them to put sense into something that we know doesn't make any sense …then it's important for them to engage in that," she said.Hard to write about-Ma is profiling 17-year old victim Nicholas Dworet for the memorial edition. Like Nookala, she didn't know her subject personally, but after meeting with his family and close friends, she feels a connection."I'm not going to lie - I started crying when I was writing the article. It was hard to write and I still get emotional a little bit talking about it, but I'm really glad I had the opportunity to honour him," she said.Student Richard Doan is profiling 15-year old victim Peter Wang. He says writing about a fellow student, while also speaking out for gun control, has been his way of coping with the tragedy."Being politically active, talking to media, letting everyone know what happened here, just sharing our message helps a lot," he said. The newspaper students are headed to Washington next weekend to cover the March for Our Lives rally for gun control that their fellow students are organizing. They've got major news organizations on board to sponsor their trip and they'll have backstage access. It's an amazing opportunity, but one Nookala says brings up an unexpected emotion: guilt.Dealing with survivor's guilt-"This wouldn't have happened and we wouldn't have gotten this opportunity if 17 people weren't shot in school," Nookala said.Kamkar says survivor's guilt is normal in this situation. She says whether it's writing for the newspaper or organizing a rally, having the students together provides a safe environment for students to open up and share their feelings. "It's important not to be afraid of our thoughts, not to be afraid of our emotions. These are normal reactions," she said.Nookala said she's trying not to dwell on that feeling of guilt."It's better to just accept it and enjoy what we have and move on because there's no point in dwelling over things that are already done."


EZEKIEL 39:11-12,18
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog (RUSSIA/ARAB/MUSLIMS) a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers (EAST OF THE DEAD SEA IN JORDAN VALLEY) on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog (RUSSIAN) and all his multitude:(ARAB/MUSLIM HORDE) and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.(BURIEL SITE OF THE 300 MILLION,RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS)
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.(OF ISRAEL)
16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.(OF THE ISRAEL-GOD HATERS)

EZEKIEL 39:17-21
17  And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.(OF RUSSIAN/ISLAMIC HORDES AGAINST ISRAEL)
18  Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19  And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20  Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
21  And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
22  So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;(AGAINST ALL NATIONS ARMIES THAT COME AGAINST JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL)
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

EZEKIEL 38:1-7
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:TOBOLSK)
4 And I (GOD) will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY) of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.(AFRICAN MUSLIMS,SUDAN,TUNESIA ETC)
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

EZEKIEL 39:1-8
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back,(RUSSIA-ARAB MUSLIM ISRAEL HATERS) and leave but the sixth part of thee,(5/6TH OR 300 MILLION DEAD RUSSIAN/ARAB/MUSLIMS I BELIEVE) and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR ATOMIC BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

Britain accuses Russia of secretly stockpiling deadly nerve agent used in attack-[Reuters]-By Andrew MacAskill-YAHOONEWS-ReutersMarch 19, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Sunday that Russia has been stockpiling the deadly nerve agent used to poison a Russian former double agent in England and has been investigating how such weapons can be used in assassinations.Britain has said Russia used the Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok to attack Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the first known offensive use of such a weapon on European soil since World War Two. Russia has denied any involvement."We actually have evidence within the last 10 years that Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination, but has also been creating and stockpiling Novichok," Johnson told the BBC.The identification of Novichok as the weapon has become the central pillar of Britain's case for Russia's culpability in the poisoning. Britain and Russia have each expelled 23 diplomats over the attack as relations between the two countries reach a post-Cold War low.Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of Russian agents to Britain, and his daughter are fighting for their lives after they were found collapsed on a bench in the city of Salisbury two weeks ago.Officials from the world's chemical weapons watchdog will arrive in Britain on Monday to investigate the samples used in the attack and the results should be known in about two weeks, Britain's foreign ministry said.The foreign ministry said that if Russia has been stockpiling nerve agents this would amount to a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, of which Moscow is a signatory.Russia's ambassador to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov told the same program that his country has destroyed its reserves of such substances and a British research laboratory could be the source of the nerve agent used in the attack.Johnson dismissed those claims and said Russia's reaction "was not the response of a country that really believes itself to be innocent"."Their response has been a mix of smug sarcasm and denial and obfuscation," he said.Skripal and his daughter may have been exposed to the nerve agent used in their attempted assassination through his car ventilation system, intelligence sources told the US television channel ABC news.The sources said the toxin was used in a "dust-like powdered form" and that it circulated through the vents of the car, the channel said.Johnson said Britain's National Security Council will meet later this week to decide "what further measures, if any" may be taken, and that the government may decide to target Russian wealth in Britain.The British capital has been dubbed "Londongrad" due to the large quantities of Russian money that have poured in since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.Some British lawmakers have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to freeze the private assets of senior members in Russian President Vladimir Putin's circle.Putin is expected to easily win a presidential election on Sunday which would take him to nearly a quarter of a century in power.(Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Catherine Evans and Angus MacSwan)


ISAIAH 23:15-17
15  And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
16  Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
17  And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.(COULD THIS BE 70 YEARS AFTER ISRAEL BECAME A NATION IN 1948)(IF SO THIS SATANIC ONE WORLD WHORE CHURCH WILL MINGLE TOGETHER BY 2018)(AND NOW ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY AND ALL RELIGIONS ARE MINGLING AS ONE PEACE-LOVE-JOY-GET ALONG RELIGION LEAD BY THE VATICAN RIGHT NOW 4 YEARS FROM THE 70 YEAR TIME WHEN ISRAEL BECAME A NATION).AND IN CONTROL OF JERUSALEM.

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;(FALSE VATICAN POPE) and he had two horns like a lamb,(JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD) and he spake as a dragon.(HES SATANICALLY INSPIRED,HES A CHRISTIAN DEFECTOR FROM THE FAITH)
12 And he (FALSE RELIGIOUS LEADER) exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him,(WORLD DICTATOR) and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.(THE WORLD DICTATOR CREATES A FALSE RESURRECTION AND IS CROWNED LEADER OF THE NEW WORLD ORDER).
13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

REVELATION 17:1-5,9,15-18
1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication,(VATICAN IN POLITICS) and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman (FALSE CHURCH) was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour,(VATICAN COLOURS)(ANOTHER REASON WE KNOW THE FALSE POPE COMES FROM THE VATICAN) and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.(VATICAN-CATHOLICS ALL AROUND THE WORLD OVER 1 BILLION)
16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.(BOMB OR NUKE THE VATICAN)
17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city,(VATICAN) which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Pope pays tribute to mystic monk said to have wrestled with the Devil-[Reuters]-By Philip Pullella-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO, Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis prayed on Saturday before the body of one of Catholicism's most popular saints, Padre Pio, a mystic monk who is said to have wrestled with the Devil.It was Francis' first visit as pope to this hill town in southern Italy that is a main stop along the country's pilgrim route linking places where saints are buried.The bearded Capuchin monk, who died in 1968 after spending most of his life here, is said by the Catholic Church to have had the "stigmata" - the bleeding wounds of Jesus on his hands and feet. He wore brown half-gloves to cover the wounds and absorb the blood from his palms.Many people said Pio knew what they were about to confess. He is said to have told then-bishop Karol Wojytla of Poland in the mid-1960s that he would become pope. Wojtyla became Pope John Paul in 1978 and in 2002 declared Pio a saint.Padre Pio's biographers say he wrestled with the Devil regularly in his cell in a small monastery that is now the centerpiece of a sprawling complex receiving more than a million pilgrims a year.Francis made a reference to Pio's battles with the Devil earlier on Saturday when he visited Pietrelcina, the village where Pio was born in 1887."His soul was greatly tormented," Francis said in improvised remarks. "He felt assailed by the Devil."-PILGRIM TRADE-According to monks, the last demonic tussle was in 1964, when they heard him calling from his cell at night.They found him on the floor, his forehead split open. He told them "The Devil tried to scratch out my eyes."The next day, the Devil is said to have spoken through a possessed person, saying "I went to visit somebody. I took revenge."Pio's body was exhumed in 2008 and partially reconstructed with a life-like silicone mask. It is preserved in a temperature-controlled glass coffin. Pilgrims toss money and notes to the saint over a wrought-iron fence.Thousands of Padre Pio prayer groups exist around the world. One group came from Nashville in the United States.Pio's fame as a mystic grew in the first half of the 20th century and the town expanded with it, making the pilgrim trade the heart of its economy. Former grazing lands are now dotted with hotels.Souvenir stalls sell everything from cheap Padre Pio key chains to life-size statues of the saint costing thousands of euros.(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Andrew Bolton)

Vatican 'Lettergate' scandal comes to a head as text released-[Reuters]-By Philip Pullella-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican "Lettergate" scandal came to a head on Saturday when the Holy See, under pressure from the media and conservatives, released a full text by former Pope Benedict that before was cited only selectively.The Vatican Secretariat for Communication, which had come under sharp criticism all week for blurring part of a photograph of the letter and for withholding another section, said in a statement there had been "no intent of censorship".It said the letter, written for the presentation of a Vatican-published 11-booklet series on the theology of Pope Francis, was private and therefore officials had cited only the "opportune and relative" parts.But the episode, which has cast a shadow over the Vatican for a week, has proven to be a public relations fiasco, particularly for its communications chief, Monsignor Dario Vigano.At the book presentation on Monday, Vigano read out the parts of the letter in which Benedict rejected the "stupid prejudice" of those who say Francis' theology is lacking.Benedict also disputed suggestions by conservatives that Francis' academic qualities were lacking, praising his successor as a "man of deep philosophical and theological formation" and finding an "interior continuity between the two pontificates".But a press release handed out at the event omitted a paragraph in which Benedict apologized for not having had the time to read all 11 volumes and thus declining a request to write a "short and dense theological" introduction for the series.The final paragraph, released for the first time on Saturday, went further, showing that Benedict was irritated by the fact German theologian Peter Hunermann had been chosen by the Vatican publishing house LEV to write one of the volumes.Hunermann, Benedict noted had "led anti-papal initiatives" during Benedict's 2005-2013 papacy and had also attacked some of the writings of Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005."I am certain that you will understand my denial (of the request to write an introduction)," Benedict tells Vigano.Luis Badilla, who writes for the Vatican-affiliated website Il Sismografo, issued a thinly veiled call for Vigano's head, calling the whole episode "a gigantic mess". In an editorial on Saturday, Badilla said Vigano and the head of the Vatican's publishing house, Father Bruno Cesareo, "have some explaining to do" and that "consequences must be drawn".Conservative critics of Francis saw the blurring and the selective citings from the letter as part of a plot to censor the thoughts of the former pope.Many conservative Catholics still look up to Benedict as a bulwark against liberals, and have lambasted Francis for being too lenient on divorced Catholics and homosexuals.(Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Chris Reese)

Uncertainty dogs faith-based organizations applying for federal funding-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

OTTAWA — It was Valentine's Day when an Alberta church was told its application for Canada Summer Jobs program funding wasn't complete. The "I attest" box on the application had to be checked and the document signed, North Pointe community church was told.Except it was.What happened to the Edmonton-area church is a result of what critics say is the government's hard line on its insistence that groups must attest to respect for reproductive rights, including abortion, to be eligible for funding through the popular program.Applicants who express concern about the policy change are deemed not to have met the new requirement — even if they've checked all the right boxes and signed all the right forms.As a result, many faith-based groups are in limbo as they await the outcome of their applications for funding that were approved in previous years."Anyone who raises objections to the attestation in the context of their application is having their application deemed incomplete, which suggests that it's not about actions, it's also about the values of the group," said Conservative MP Garnett Genuis, who has held town halls in Atlantic Canada this past week on the issue.The Liberals added stipulations this year that jobs being funded, as well as groups' core mandates, must respect reproductive rights. The government said it did so in response to concerns officials heard that funding through the popular jobs program paid for students to protest outside abortion clinics or have students create and distribute graphic anti-abortion pamphlets.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu has also said she heard complaints about funds going to summer camps that refuse to hire LGBTQ staff."It's one thing if they want you to say you'll obey the law. That seems like a no-brainer and we had no objection to any of that kind of stuff. We're not interested in infringing on other people's freedoms. That's not who we are," said Pastor Bob Davies from Kanata Baptist Church outside Ottawa."The question really was, do we make some positive attestation that sounds like we mean things we don't mean?"As a result, many faith-based groups have crossed out the wording on the form they found problematic, or didn't check the box confirming their agreement to the stipulations. Program officials have deemed these applications as incomplete.North Pointe church provided a cover letter on its application saying it would uphold Canadian law, including human rights law, but questioned the additional wording in the declaration and asked the government to accept the application with the words in the letter substituting for the wording in the application.The church checked the "I attest" box, signed the application and didn't make any changes to the application based on recommendations from the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.On Feb. 14, Service Canada wrote back saying the declaration "cannot be altered or modified" and that the "I attest" box needed to be checked and the application signed. North Pointe, like other groups, was given 10 days to resubmit.A spokesman for Employment and Social Development Canada, which oversees the program, said any applications with an unsigned or revised declaration, or any groups that "wrote to the department expressing concern with the new eligibility requirement" were deemed to have incomplete applications.North Point's lead pastor said his church isn't in the public eye as a crusader against abortion, which is why the church's commentary with the application didn't want to imply its mandate was anything more than "sharing Jesus.""There are Christian Organizations that are having a voice for the unborn," Pastor Bob Jones said, adding that had the declaration affected only those groups, "it probably would have gone under my radar.""The fact that it was all-inclusive, I think, caught a lot of people as this seems like ... hunting a mosquito with a shotgun. It just hit everybody."MPs return to Parliament on Monday after a two-week break. And one of their first orders of business will be a vote on a Conservative motion that says organizations involved "in non-political, non-activist work" should be eligible for money through the jobs program, regardless of their beliefs or whether they put a checkmark on the declaration.The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada said in a statement posted online that the Tories are acting in "bad faith" to undermine the declaration by putting a false spin on the new requirements. The group blamed the Conservatives for turning the issue into "a political weapon against the Liberals at the expense of students hoping to obtain summer jobs."— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Jordan Press, The Canadian Press.

Christians and Muslims join forces to feed homeless in downtown Montreal-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

On the third Saturday of every month, members of St. George's Anglican Church and the Imani Community Centre in Little Burgundy come together to fill brown paper bags with homemade shawarma, oranges and bottles of water.Then the volunteers walk around the downtown core, handing out meals to the city's homeless.It's an initiative that was born out of a shared desire to do something good and foster an interfaith connection, said Rev. Steven Mackison.His description of the early interactions between the two faith groups conjures images of a nervous first date.The congregation of St. George's invited members of the Imani Community Centre over for a get-together."We met for the first time here, all on pins and needles, trying to be our best and most polite possible selves," he said, "And it went very well."The Imani Community Centre reciprocated, hosting the Anglican worshippers. By pure happenstance, it was the same day as the Quebec City mosque shooting that killed six men."Despite that tragedy, it actually galvanized our sense of mission and ministry in the importance of doing this project," said Mackison."To show the world that hate and intolerance will not overshadow our mutual desire to work together as two faith communities."Musabbir Alam, Imam at the Imani Community Centre, recalled that the day after the shooting, Rev. Mackison reached out with a letter of sympathy."It was something very emotional for us, but knowing they had our back, and we are not in this alone, even though we are from different faith communities ... It was something very important, and it gave us the hope that we could do [things] together, and actually work together to make changes in our community," said Alam.On the one year anniversary of the collaborative program, called Meals to the Street, Alam said that they he feels the united effort has done a great deal of good.Over the last year, they've prepared about 3,000 shawarmas."To see all these people — we have about 50 volunteers coming and making all the sandwiches and going on the street — it's a wonderful experience," said Alam.-Building bridges-During the monthly food preparation and delivery sessions, where volunteers cut vegetables, shred chicken and wrap shawarmas, people from both communities are able to work together and even strike up a friendship.Sarah Faye and Patricia Hamilton have been volunteering with the Meals to the Streets program since day one."I think we got to know each other over either shredding chicken or chopping tomatoes," joked Hamilton. "Because the production line is there, and you just end up talking and finding out about people. It's great fun."Hamilton said in her daily life, she doesn't meet many people from the Muslim community and that getting to know Faye has been a real pleasure.Faye, for her part, agrees wholeheartedly."Actually, that's one of my favourite parts too. Because I can meet people I do not meet in my everyday life. And then we get to know each other and know that we are just the same."


10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire,(OCCULT SACRIFICES) or that useth divination,(NEW AGER AND CRYSTALS ETC) divination n. The art or act of foretelling future events or revealing occult knowledge by means of augury or an alleged supernatural agency.) or an observer of times,(Meaning of observer. ... for sketching it. horoscope - Comes from Greek hora, hour, time, and skopos, observer.) or an enchanter,(The word enchant is derived from the Latin word incantare which refers to uttering an incantation or casting a spell). or a witch,(WITCH. Definition: [noun] a female sorcerer (SORCERY IN THE BIBLE IS DRUGS OR OCCULT ACTIVITY) or magician.)
11 Or a charmer,(charmer means a dealer in spells, especially one who, by binding certain knots, was supposed thereby to bind a curse or a blessing on its object.) or a consulter with familiar spirits,(function as mediums or psychics) or a wizard,(MALE WITCH-influence; a magical spell WITH WANDS) or a necromancer.(one seeking unto the dead.)
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

ISAIAH 8:19-22
19  And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
21  And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22  And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.

20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils,(OCCULT) and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries,(DRUG ADDICTIONS OR SELLING DRUGS) nor of their fornication,(SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE)(PROSTITUTION FOR MONEY) nor of their thefts.(STEALING)

Wanted: Witches and wizards for Hogwarts summer school-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

A 15-year-old Harry Potter fanatic is organizing an immersive summer camp for teens and tweens that strives to bring the magical world of Hogwarts to life.Campers can dress up like Dumbledore and Snape, help dwarfs find their lost wands, and maybe even play a game or two of quidditch. The Hogwarts summer school is being planned for Shawnigan Lake, on Vancouver Island, says teenage camp coordinator Maddy Kirstein.A Grade 10 student at the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry — a high school in Victoria — Kirstein describes the camp as a three-day immersive experience involving live-action and role playing."That means you will be in a world that we have created, that J.K. Rowling created," Kirstein said."And this is a tribute to Harry Potter because we love Harry Potter."The camp will not only be a chance to dress up like a character from Harry Potter, but also to attend Hogwarts-style classes."There is defence against the dark arts, there are charms, there is transfiguration, there are so many," Kirstein said."And the quests are my favourite part."The camp was originally planned for 14- to 17-year-olds, but Kirstein says she heard from parents who wanted to send younger children.In response, she expanded the camp to include kids as young as 11.Kirstein is running a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to rent Shawnigan Lake School for the camp.She says she is also still looking for volunteers to play dwarfs, elves and goblins.Kirstein is creating the summer camp with fellow student, Willow Hanuse, but adults are overseeing the creation of the camp. There will also be adult supervision at the camp to fulfil both legal and safety requirements.Kirstein describes the camp as magical."You just go and make friends and you can hang out," Kirstein said."You [would] just basically be at Hogwarts for three days."

Texas authorities: At least 12 arrested for animal ritual-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

SAN ANTONIO — Authorities in Texas have arrested at least a dozen people for animal cruelty after interrupting what they believe was ritual sacrifice.The San Antonio Express-News reports that Bexar County sheriff's deputies found dead and dismembered animals in a San Antonio-area home Friday night after receiving calls that animals were being sacrificed.Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez says that deputies saw more than a dozen people inside a garage where a woman was cutting up animal parts while another person was draining the blood of a chicken into a container.Gonzalez says, "It appears that they were having some sort of unknown ritual."Deputies found additional mutilated animals in the residence, including goat heads and more chickens.Gonzalez says between 12 and 14 people were arrested and will face misdemeanour charges of cruelty to non-livestock animals.The Associated Press.


ISAIAH 5:20-25
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous (DANGEROUS) times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

ROMANS 3:13-18
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

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.


2 TIMOTHY 3:13
13 But evil men and seducers (RAPERS AND SEX SIN DOERS) shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.


5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,(sex while married) nor effeminate,(HARDENED SODOMITES) nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,(ALCOHOLICS) nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

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

LUKE 6:43-45
43  For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
44  For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
45  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

MATTHEW 15:17-20
17  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?
18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.
19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

MARK 7:21-23
21  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

REV 22:15
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers,(DRUG ADDICTS-PUSHERS) and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Why an Ottawa professor says pimps keep sex workers safe-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

Pimps are necessary in arranging safe and efficient transactions between sex workers and clients, according to a University of Ottawa professor who says their work should be decriminalized in Canada."The sex industry, like mainstream businesses, rarely depends exclusively on clients and workers to operate efficiently and safely," professor Chris Bruckert told CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning Tuesday."Contrary to prevailing stereotypes that portray third parties [like pimps] as inherently abusive and controlling, these workers fulfill important roles and provide vital services."Bruckert and her team of researchers conducted interviews with 75 pimps — or "third-party" workers, as she prefers to call them — as well as 52 sex workers for her new book Getting Past "the Pimp": Management in the Sex Industry.The interviews included people from across the country, including Ottawa.Constitutional challenge-The national debate around prostitution laws is intensifying as a court in London, Ont. hears a constitutional challenge against Canada's 2014 prostitution law Bill C-36 — which criminalizes the buying of sex but decriminalizes its sale.The laws also prosecute those who advertise sex work and make money off sex workers.Bruckert said that little research has been conducted on the role of pimps in the industry, adding that many people's opinions are based on stereotypes. "Abuse wasn't something we came across — but we did find bad labour practices," she said. "What we need in that context is labour rights, not necessarily criminal laws."The problem, Bruckert said, is that sex workers have no mechanism to redress labour exploitation outside of criminal law.Most of the third-party workers Bruckert's team spoke to were women — both surprising and understandable, she said, since the industry is female-dominated and the line between sex work and management is thin."Many of the third-parties we interviewed were current or former sex workers, [which] kind of makes sense. You move into the business that you know," she said. 'Echoes any other business' The other unexpected finding, she said, was how similar the sex trade was to any other business.​"[It's surprising] how absolutely mundane management in the sex industry is [and] how much it echoes any other business," Bruckert said."There is marketing, there are security concerns — many of the challenges that any other small business operator would confront.""We don't need special laws to criminalize the sex industry," she added. "And particularly not third parties."

Facebook critics want regulation, investigation after data misuse-[Reuters]-By David Ingram-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc faced new calls for regulation from within U.S. Congress and was hit with questions about personal data safeguards on Saturday after reports a political consultant gained inappropriate access to 50 million users' data starting in 2014.Facebook disclosed the issue in a blog post on Friday, hours before media reports that conservative-leaning Cambridge Analytica, a data company known for its work on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, was given access to the data and may not have deleted it.The scrutiny presented a new threat to Facebook's reputation, which was already under attack over Russians' alleged use of Facebook tools to sway American voters before and after the 2016 U.S. elections."It's clear these platforms can't police themselves," Democratic U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted."They say 'trust us.' Mark Zuckerberg needs to testify before Senate Judiciary," she added, referring to Facebook's CEO and a committee she sits on.Facebook said the root of the problem was that researchers and Cambridge Analytica lied to it and abused its policies, but critics on Saturday threw blame at Facebook as well, demanding answers on behalf of users and calling for new regulation.Facebook insisted the data was misused but not stolen, because users gave permission, sparking a debate about what constitutes a hack that must be disclosed to customers."The lid is being opened on the black box of Facebook's data practices, and the picture is not pretty," said Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor who has written about Silicon Valley's use of data.Pasquale said Facebook's response that data had not technically been stolen seemed to obfuscate the central issue that data was apparently used in a way contrary to the expectations of users."It amazes me that they are trying to make this about nomenclature. I guess that's all they have left," he said.Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner said the episode bolstered the need for new regulations about internet advertising, describing the industry as the "Wild West.""Whether it's allowing Russians to purchase political ads, or extensive micro-targeting based on ill-gotten user data, it's clear that, left unregulated, this market will continue to be prone to deception and lacking in transparency," he said.With Republicans controlling the Senate's majority, though, it was not clear if Klobuchar and Warner would prevail.The New York Times and London's Observer reported on Saturday that private information from more than 50 million Facebook users improperly ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, and the information has not been deleted despite Facebook's demands beginning in 2015.Some 270,000 people allowed use of their data by a researcher, who scraped the data of all their friends as well, a move allowed by Facebook until 2015. The researcher sold the data to Cambridge, which was against Facebook rules, the newspapers said.Cambridge Analytica worked on Trump's 2016 campaign. A Trump campaign official said, though, that it used Republican data sources, not Cambridge Analytica, for its voter information.Facebook, in a series of written statements beginning late on Friday, said its policies had been broken by Cambridge Analytica and researchers and that it was exploring legal action.Cambridge Analytica in turn said it had deleted all the data and that the company supplying it had been responsible for obtaining it.Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice president, hinted the company could make more changes to demonstrate it values privacy. "We must do better and will," he wrote on Twitter, adding that "our business depends on it at every level."Facebook said it asked for the data to be deleted in 2015 and then relied on written certifications by those involved that they had complied.Nuala O'Connor, president of the Center for Democracy & Technology, an advocacy group in Washington, D.C., said Facebook was relying on the good will of decent people rather than preparing for intentional misuse.Moreover, she found it puzzling that Facebook knew about the abuse in 2015 but did not disclose it until Friday. "That's a long time," she said.Britain's data protection authority and the Massachusetts attorney general on Saturday said they were launching investigations into the use of Facebook data."It is important that the public are fully aware of how information is used and shared in modern political campaigns and the potential impact on their privacy," UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement.Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office said she wants to understand how the data was used, what policies if any were violated and what the legal implications are.(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Peter Henderson and Chris Reese)


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)


Why do people hate Islam? Sarah Rohoman-Yahoo Canada News-March 15, 2018

Too often in online articles we see the worst qualities of people come out in the comment section. The hateful comments run the gamut between racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and any other type of prejudice you can name. In particular, the comment section on articles relating to Islam tends to be particularly awful.To understand why people leave terrible comments about Muslims and Islam on articles, Yahoo Canada News conducted a Q&A with Mubin Shaikh. A former extremist himself, Shaikh de-radicalized after studying Islam in Syria and went on to become a counter-terrorism operative for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET). He is now an external Subject Matter Expert to CENTCOM, the UN Security Council and instructs police, intelligence and counter terrorism units on extremism related challenges.We asked Shaikh some questions based off troubling comments we’ve seen on Yahoo Canada.Q: People often say that they’re tired of stories about Islam being “forced” on them, which is not the case when we post stories about other faiths. Why do you think that is? MS: When people see a particular group as “the other” as opposed to co-equal members of society, there is a psychological effect related to what is termed, In-group/Out-group group dynamics. This means that if “my” group does something, it is not as bad as when “their group” does something. Members of the In-group are viewed with harmony as opposed to animosity and this is what you see in the above comment. So, if a Muslim asks for the same rights as everyone else, it is viewed as “forcing the religion” or “changing our laws” when in fact, neither is the case. As for the idea that Islam needs to be eradicated, this is actually no different than antisemites who say all Jews have to be eradicated. The person is frankly, an extremist.Q: One of the most common things we see is that people say Islam is barbaric, and that it’s an evil cult and that Muslims are bringing Sharia Law to Canada or trying to brainwash the country. Why do people think that?MS: People think Islam is barbaric and a religion of terrorism because of the actions of Muslim extremists themselves. The irony is that anti-Muslim and Muslim extremists tend to believe the exact same thing: Islam is about violence and killing and imposing upon others. These two groups exist in symbiotic union and reinforce each others’ narratives in this regard.Q: People often say that Trudeau favours Islam over other religions. Why do you think that is? MS: The overwhelming majority of those who say Trudeau favours Islam over other religions, are those who already don’t like Liberals and certainly don’t like the idea that Trudeau is the prime minister. Since those people already don’t view Muslims as co-equal Canadian citizens, any attempt to include Muslims in the Canadian family is viewed as “favouritism” when in fact, no favouritism has ever been manifested in this regard. Many of these folks also come from religious groups that have indeed received favouritism and view the inclusion of other groups as encroaching on that favoured status.Q: Why do people hate Islam? MS: As you see from the comment, such sentiments of hate are no different than ISIS-like extremists. They too target entire religions, they too incite attacks against places of worship, they too view all members of a nation or group as targets to be attacked. This shows us that radicalization is not something that just happens to ‘brown’ people. Hate is something that is taught at home, by associates and by the media. Education and cross cultural interactions are the antidote to hate. Ignorance is also something that exacerbates hate, so also is fear of the unknown. All these factors taken together, explain why people hate in general.

Thousands more Syrians flee their homes as two battles rage-[Reuters]-By Ellen Francis-YAHOONEWS-March 19, 2018

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians streamed out of their towns on Saturday to escape battles in the north and south of Syria, where two different offensives have prompted an exodus in recent days.A new wave of people fled a rebel pocket to army lines in eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus, as rescuers and a monitor said air strikes pounded the besieged zone.In the northern Afrin region, people fled as Turkish war planes struck the main town, Syrian Kurdish forces and the monitor said. More than 150,000 people have left the town in the last few days, a senior Kurdish official said.The two offensives - one by the Syrian army with Russia's support, the other led by Turkey with allied Syrian rebels - entered decisive phases this week. Both have shown how foreign backers and their Syrian allies are reshaping the map after the defeat of Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate last year.Turkey launched the cross-border offensive in January against the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters who control Afrin.In its month-long assault, the Syrian military has marched into much of eastern Ghouta, the last major insurgent bastion around Damascus.-EASTERN GHOUTA-Troops splintered Ghouta into three besieged zones in one of the bloodiest offensives of the seven-year war. Residents came out in their thousands this week for the first time, from the southern pocket around Hammouriyeh town.State media said 30,000 more civilians reached army positions on Saturday, including some who started leaving the Harasta zone as well in a new outflow.Men, women, and children walked along a dirt road, staggering under bags and suitcases, footage on state TV showed. Many carried infants on their shoulders or pushed them in strollers. Some elderly people hobbled on wooden sticks.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said air strikes on Zamalka killed 30 people gathering to leave for government lines in the morning. Damascus and its ally Moscow say they only attack armed militants and seek to end the rule of Islamist insurgents over the suburbs.The rebel factions accuse Damascus of trying to depopulate opposition towns and deny its charges that they have blocked people from leaving.The United Nations has said the exact number of people fleeing is not known nor are the destinations of all evacuees. Mobile clinics were open and some people were taken to hospital in the capital, it said.The governor of rural Damascus, Alaa Ibrahim, said the government was setting up new centers due to the massive crowds.Residents would go back "in a very short time", Ibrahim said. "As the army advances ... we will return the citizens to their homes ... then we will continue providing services."An army officer in charge of arrivals in Adra said authorities had dispersed 25,000 people in recent days across temporary shelters there and in two nearby towns. In Adra, the newcomers stayed in schools, receiving food, water, and medicine, he said.The officer said boys and men between the ages of 15-60 could "settle their affairs" with the state by writing a vow that says "I pledge not to return to armed actions." Some 1,500 had done so in the town, he said.The state has proposed such settlements before for those who accept the return of its rule in other enclaves it seized with the help of Russian jets and Iran-backed militias.Khaled Hamad, a shepherd, said he signed a pledge after leaving Hammouriyeh with his wife and five children on a tractor. "They said now we were within the state's embrace," he recalled.The last few days inside had become so harsh that his family ate their cow's food, he said."(Now) they eat every hour."Hamad said militants in Ghouta had fired at his brother, killing him and injuring his sons, for trying to get out.AFRIN-An estimated 12,000-16,000 people had already left Ghouta before Saturday, while more than 48,000 were reportedly displaced in Afrin, a U.N. aid official in Syria has said.The Turkish military has pushed the YPG militia back from the border and nearly encircled it with advances on the western and eastern flanks of Afrin town. Ankara sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdish PKK which has waged a decades-long insurgency inside Turkey."We can enter Afrin (town) any second. We can give you the good news any minute," Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a congress of the ruling AK Party. "Conquest is close. We walk towards that aim."Turkish air and artillery strikes rained down overnight and in recent days, driving tens of thousands out of the main town by car and on foot, Kurdish authorities and the Observatory say.Hevi Mustafa, a senior civic official, said people fled the main town to other Kurdish-held parts of the region and to government territory. Many were stranded out in the streets without food, she said.The Turkish military denied on Saturday it had struck a hospital in Afrin, saying it waged the campaign in a way that would not hurt civilians.The YPG and the Observatory had said a Turkish air strike on the town's main hospital killed 16 people the night before.Rezan Heddo, a YPG media adviser, and state TV, said people arriving in the nearby towns of Nubul and Zahraa, under government control, received some aid.The journey was "catastrophic" for most residents as they walked dozens of kilometers and slept out in the open, he said.Inside the town, "there is no water, there are no hospitals," Heddo added. "There are civilians under the rubble and no capacity to get them out."(Additional reporting by Dominic Evans in Istanbul, Firas Makdesi in Damascus, and Polina Devitt in Moscow; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Andrew Bolton)