Have You Ever Seen This ? Unbelievable Videos..
Published on Aug 15, 2019
Have you ever seen this ? Unbelievable never before seen videos: like the Alaska fish anomaly never before been captured on cam, China Portal caught on cam also makes its appearence for the first time, In Brazil most of the weather events never happened before, and to top all a Annunaki from AllatRA TV Channel shows it’s real identity for the first time in 4k ! Plus Extreme weather, Mysterious boom, Unknown object interferes with volcano and more mind blowing and unbelievable videos for you this week !
Turkey vs Syria, amid international scrutiny- Jerusalem Studio 440
Published on Aug 16, 2019
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to invade northeastern Syria and establish a so-called ‘safe zone’ by force, unless the United States follows on a pledge to scale-back the presence of the pre-dominantly Kurdish SDF alliance, a local composition of Syrian militias that are backed by Washington. This has become a major bone of contention among several causes for dispute between the Erdogan government and Trump Administration.
Watchman Report: Are You in the Battle?
Published on Aug 17, 2019
Watchman Report: Are You in the Battle? Pastor Brandon Holthaus http://rockharborchurch.net/ All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy is happening right before our eyes and like birth pains, the predicted events are happening more frequently and more intently. Never, in the history throughout the world have so many forces, including economic, scientific, techno-logic, ecologic, cultural, geopolitical, moral, spiritual and religion, converged together to bring this world that’s already teetering over the edge into the abyss, to a point of no return. Jesus said when you see all these signs happening, know that I am near, even at the door.
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John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6)
1Cor. 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: AND THAT NO MAN CAN SAY THAT JESUS IS THE LORD, BUT BY THE HOLY GHOST.
THE TRIBULATION OF THE UNJUST (Those who have rejected Jesus Christ as their Saviour) IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION CHAPTER’S 6 to 22:
TRIBULATION IS COMING AND THE REMOVAL OF THE CHURCH IS IMMINENT.
THE GREAT “DECEPTION” IS READY TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY THE ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT. ARE YOU READY FOR JESUS CHRIST RETURN
Rev. 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them
so won’t you accept Jesus now and be removed from that event and live forever with Jesus in the Family of God?
2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2nd Corinthians 2:6)
DAILY CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
COULD MAN SIN WITHOUT SATAN?
QUESTION: I have a two part question. During the Sunday School class I teach, I had a person state that there will be unsaved individuals living on the New Heaven and New Earth based on Rev 22:14,15. I feel that the “outside the gates” refers to “the Lake of Fire” I also explained to this individual that Satan will be permanently in the Lake of Fire and thus being the author of sin, who would tempt mankind to sin? Was this answer correct? My second question relating to this is: would it be possible for man to sin without the presence of Satan and his demons, for example could Adam have sinned if Satan had not fallen?
ANSWER: Let me answer the 2nd question first. We don’t know for sure because Adam was the first man and had experienced no prior temptation. But Ezekiel 28:15 says Satan was blameless until he began sinning and there was no one to tempt him. It could have been the same with Adam.
With that background, Rev. 21:27 says nothing impure will ever enter the New Jerusalem, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. That means only the redeemed of the Church will be allowed there.
But on Earth there will be sinners, because those who live there will be believers who survive the Great Tribulation. They’ll be in their natural states with a sin nature and will bear children in their own likeness. Some of the children will choose to allow the Lord’s death to cleanse them of their sins. These are referred to in Rev. 22:14. But others won’t, and although Satan will be bound all during that time, natural man with his sin nature will still have a tendency to sin and many will succumb. They are the ones of Rev. 22:15.
In all this, we have to remember that all of Rev. 21 and much of Rev. 22 chronologically follows Rev. 20:6. In Rev. 20:7 -15 John is simply carrying his comments on Satan and the judgment of unbelievers to their conclusion before returning to the beginning of the millennium provide more detail on the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21) and new Earth (Rev. 22) during the 1000 years. Also from the dimensions John provided on the New Jerusalem, it’s clear that it won’t fit anywhere on Earth but probably orbits in close proximity to it (It’s 1400 miles square and 1,400 miles tall.)
The New Jerusalem of Rev. 21 and the city of Rev. 22 are different places. A more complete description of the city can be found in Ezekiel 47:1-11, 48:8-22 and 48:30-35, where its new name is given as Jehovah Shammah, which means the Lord is there.
LIFE WITHOUT SIN
QUESTION: The Bible makes it very clear that sin is an abnormal state brought into this world because of a choice made by Adam and Eve. I’ve been trying to picture what my life would look like if there was no sin in this world. My question is this. Does the Bible paint us a picture of what life for a human would be without sin in this world?
ANSWER: There are plenty of verses that tell us what life is like because of sin, but as far as I know there’s only one passage that tells us what life will be like without it. Rev. 21:3-4 says,
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Think of a life where nothing would ever make you sad, you wouldn’t ever mourn the loss of anything. You’d never experience the pain of separation, there would never be any sickness or injury, and no one would ever die. By extension I could say that whatever work you did would be by choice and would bring only a sense of fulfillment, with no stress, no fear, no drudgery. You would never feel discouraged or frustrated. There would never be any financial pressure.
Your heart would never be broken, you’d feel no envy or jealousy. You’d be close friends with everyone, and they would always be concerned for your best interests, as you would be for theirs. Your days would be without number, but you’d never feel bored or restless. Each one would bring a new excitement for life, a new thirst for adventure.
And here’s the best part. If you’re born again someday soon your life will be just like that forever.
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Zech. 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it
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2Chr. 7:13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Chr. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land
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MIDDLE EAST AND WORLD WAR LOOMING THE BUILD UP TO PSALM 83 – ISAIAH 17 AND GOG OF MAGOG WARS EZEKIEL 38:
THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNSTABLE FINANCIALLY, POLITICALLY, PHYSICALLY, MORALLY, GODLY: – AND BECOMING MORE SO DAILY. (WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF SORROWS (MATT 24:8)
THE BIBLE STATES THAT IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE BEFORE THE START OF THE TRIBULATION OF MANKIND – (REVELATION 6)
Matt. 24:6 And ye shall hear of WARS AND RUMOURS OF WARS: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matt. 24:7 FOR NATION SHALL RISE AGAINST NATION, AND KINGDOM AGAINST KINGDOM: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
ISAIAH 17/PSALM 83:
THE DESTRUCTION OF DAMASCUS and
Muslim Countries in the Middle East will launch an attack on Israel
PROPHECY OF ELAM – (Possible Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Program
The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within.
We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.
ONE DAY in 1905, the French geophysicist Bernard Brunhes brought back to his lab some rocks he’d unearthed from a freshly cut road near the village of Pont Farin. When he analysed their magnetic properties, he was astonished at what they showed: Millions of years ago, the Earth’s magnetic poles had been on the opposite sides of the planet. North was south and south was north. The discovery spoke of planetary anarchy. Scientists had no way to explain it.
Today, we know that the poles have changed places hundreds of times, most recently 780,000 years ago. Sometimes, the poles try to reverse positions but then snap back into place, in what is called an excursion. The last time was about 40,000 years ago. We also know that when they flip next time, the consequences for the electrical and electronic infrastructure that runs modern civilisation will be dire. The question is when that will happen.
In the past few decades, geophysicists have tried to answer that question through satellite imagery and math. They have figured out how to peer deep inside the Earth, to the edge of the molten, metallic core where the magnetic field is continually being generated. It turns out that the dipole — the orderly two-pole magnetic field our compasses respond to — is under attack from within.
The latest satellite data, from the European Space Agency’s Swarm trio, which began reporting in 2014, show that a battle is raging at the edge of the core.
Like factions planning a coup, swirling clusters of molten iron and nickel are gathering strength and draining energy from the dipole. The north magnetic pole is on the run, a sign of enhanced turbulence and unpredictability. A cabal in the Southern Hemisphere has already gained the upper hand over about a fifth of the Earth’s surface. A revolution is shaping up.
If these magnetic blocs gain enough strength and weaken the dipole even more, they will force the north and south poles to switch places as they strive to regain supremacy. Scientists can’t say for sure that is happening now — the dipole could beat back the interlopers. But they can say that the phenomenon is intensifying and that they can’t rule out the possibility that a reversal is beginning.
It’s time to wake up to the dangers and start preparing.
The Earth’s magnetic field protects our planet from dangerous solar and cosmic rays, like a giant shield. As the poles switch places (or try to), that shield is weakened; scientists estimate that it could waste away to as little as a tenth of its usual force.
The shield could be compromised for centuries while the poles move, allowing malevolent radiation closer to the surface of the planet for that whole time. Already, changes within the Earth have weakened the field over the South Atlantic so much that satellites exposed to the resulting radiation have experienced memory failure.
That radiation isn’t hitting the surface yet. But at some point, when the magnetic field has dwindled enough, it could be a different story.
Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, one of the world’s experts on how cosmic radiation affects the Earth, fears that parts of the planet will become uninhabitable during a reversal. The dangers: devastating streams of particles from the sun, galactic cosmic rays, and enhanced ultraviolet B rays from a radiation-damaged ozone layer, to name just a few of the invisible forces that could harm or kill living creatures.
Scientists have never established a link between previous pole reversals and catastrophes like mass extinctions. But the world of today is not the world of 780,000 years ago, when the poles last reversed, or even 40,000 years ago, when they tried to. Today, there are nearly 7.6 billion people on Earth, twice as many as in 1970. We have drastically changed the chemistry of the atmosphere and the ocean with our activities, impairing the life support system of the planet. Humans have built huge cities, industries and networks of roads, slicing up access to safer living spaces for many other creatures. We have pushed perhaps a third of all known species toward extinction and have imperilled the habitats of many more. Add cosmic and ultraviolet radiation to this mix, and the consequences for life on Earth could be ruinous.
And the perils are not just biological. The vast cyber-electric cocoon that has become the central processing system of modern civilisation is in grave danger. Solar energetic particles can rip through the sensitive miniature electronics of the growing number of satellites circling the Earth, badly damaging them.
The satellite timing systems that govern electric grids would be likely to fail. The grid’s transformers could be torched en masse. Because grids are so tightly coupled with each other, failure would race across the globe, causing a domino run of blackouts that could last for decades.
But these dangers are rarely considered by those whose job it is to protect the electronic pulse of civilisation. More satellites are being put into orbit with more highly miniaturised – and therefore more vulnerable – electronics. The electrical grid becomes more interconnected every day, despite the greater risks from solar storms.
No lights. No computers. No cell-phones. Even flushing a toilet or filling a car’s gas tank would be impossible. And that’s just for starters.
One of the best ways of protecting satellites and grids from space weather is to predict precisely where the most damaging force will hit. Operators could temporarily shut down a satellite or disconnect part of the grid. But progress on learning how to track damaging space weather has not kept pace with the exponential increase in technologies that could be damaged by it. And private satellite operators aren’t collating and sharing information about how their electronics are withstanding space radiation, a practice that could help everyone protect their gear.
We have blithely built our civilisation’s critical infrastructure during a time when the planet’s magnetic field was relatively strong, not accounting for the field’s bent for anarchy. Not only is the field turbulent and ungovernable, but, at this point, it is unpredictable. It will have its way with us, no matter what we do. Our task is to figure out how to make it hurt as little as possible.
Have you noticed that Worldwide the Internet system is “Massively Erratic”, or even shutting down (Continually). This is a prelude of things to come.
(BIBLICAL FACTS) – The mention above of the 100’s of thousand of years that have gone by since our World was created, is a “Total” contradiction of the Bible; none of these facts can be proven by “Evolutionist’s”. Approximately 4,000 to 4,500 yrs ago there was a flood on Earth.
Quote (Creation.com) 1981 – Does the Bible contain sufficient chronological data to enable us to put a time on Noah’s Flood? I believe it does and I believe it does this so clearly that no doubt should remain either about the timing or the nature of this judgement by God upon this earth.
The placing of a catastrophic global flood in the year 2304 BC means that all civilisations discovered by archaeology must fit into the last 4,285 years.
(plus from date when printed (1981) which is (At this time) 38 years ago, makes the timeline since the flood at 4,322 yrs – (from this time on the 17th August 2019) – https://creation.com/the-date-of-noahs-flood
This date is, as expected, in conflict with secular archaeology which regards the Flood as either local or a myth and the Biblical chronologies as irrelevant or inaccurate.
Gen. 7:6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
2Pet. 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly
This “CATASTROPHE” that occurred at the time of Noah’s flood is about to be repeated on Earth, but “This Time” it will not be a “World Wide Flood”; it will be God’s judgement against the ungodly of this World “AGAIN” on this “Ungodly” Earth, but over a period of seven years – read Revelation 6 to 22: We (The World) are on the brink of this Judgement by God.
I urge everyone out there in this “Struggling” World, to consider this; It does not matter what we think, or agree to, “IT ONLY MATTERS WHAT WILL HAPPEN”. And it will. Very soon. We need to consider our options, and work out our Salvation with the “Almighty and loving God”. (The time is short); do not procrastinate.
P.S. “todays” (Global Warming) is a “man made creation”. God is in control of all things concerning his creation, i.e. (Mankind, and his physical Earth); There is a “so called” elite group of people who is “Trying” to control God’s “Earth”, his creation. They will succeed for a short time, “This is also God’s will”, but God’s “WILL” will be done.
1Pet. 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
1Pet. 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing:
Mark 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother
S. KOREA SAYS N. KOREA HAS FIRED MORE PROJECTILES INTO SEA
South Korea’s military said Friday North Korea fired more projectiles into the sea to extend a recent streak of weapons tests believed to be aimed at pressuring Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear diplomacy.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said projectiles were twice launched from an area on the North’s eastern coast.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff didn’t immediately say what the weapons were, how many were launched or how far they flew.
North Korea has conducted a slew of short-range ballistic tests in recent weeks while expressing frustration over stalemated nuclear negotiations with the United States and continuance of US-South Korea joint military drills that the North sees as an invasion rehearsal.
Experts say President Donald Trump’s downplaying of the North’s launches allowed the country more room to intensify its testing activity while it seeks to build leverage ahead of a possible resumption of negotiations, which could happen sometime after the end of the allied drills later this month.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff alerted reporters to the launches hours after the North issued a statement berating South Korea, saying it’s “senseless” for Seoul to hope for a resumption of inter-Korean dialogue while it continues its military exercises with the United States.
A major exchange of fire has erupted along the contested Kashmir border separating India and Pakistan known as the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistan’s army says at lease three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers were killed during the cross-border fighting on Thursday.
However, India is denying the Pakistani army’s account of the “ceasefire violations,” calling it “fictitious”. According to India Today “unprovoked fire” from the Pakistani side deliberately timed during India’s 73rd Independence Day forced a response. India claims there were no casualties on its side, while affirming that three Pakistani troops were killed.
The incident was first revealed when chief spokesman of the Pakistan armed forces, Major General Asif Ghafoor, announced on Twitter that Indian forces had fired at the LoC, and that “Intermittent exchange of fire continues”.
In efforts to divert attention from precarious situation in IOJ&K,Indian Army increases firing along LOC.
3 Pakistani soldiers embraced shahadat. Pakistan Army responded effectively. 5 Indian soldiers killed, many injured, bunkers damaged. Intermittent exchange of fire continues. pic.twitter.com/wx1RoYdiKE
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) August 15, 2019
In response to Pakistan’s claim of 5 Indian soldiers killed, a senior Indian Army official told national media, “The claim made by Pakistan’s military is fictitious.”
Sporadic shelling has continued along the LoC as a major Indian military crackdown on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) continues after early last week New Delhi voted to revoke the Muslim majority region’s autonomous status.
A complete communications blackout and state of martial law has continued in the restive region. Recently Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to support Kashmir amid the Indian crackdown “with all possible options”.
Analysts have predicted that India revoking J&K’s status could send it hurtling towards war with its nuclear-armed Muslim neighbor Pakistan.
The lies about the State of Israel are amplified in the West through the “mainstream media”, such as: The New York Times, The New Yorker, the BBC, The Guardian, MSNBC, and CNN. Churches join in, and of course the United Nations, as well as so-called human rights organizations where pretty well anything goes: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch.
This bias is well monitored by a number of websites that work to identify their inaccuracies and deliberate distortions about Israel, the IDF, or Palestinian terrorism. CAMERA, Honest Reporting, UK Media Watch, and BBC Watch all dissect bad reportage, and contact editors to request corrections.
How often have we seen commentaries concerning the situation in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, made with intensity, even passion, which purport to tell readers the “facts” about Israel? They often narrate falsehoods that might put to shame a string of fraudsters, conmen and conspiracy theorists.
It seems, at times, that there is no limit to anti-Semitic modern fantasies about the Jewish state of Israel that overwhelm the even older libels about Jews controlling world affairs, as in the totally fraudulent forgery of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Today, we are given to believe that it is Muslim Palestinian children who are slain by sneering Zionists and that the government of Israel works hand in hand with a global network of Christians and Jewish bankers, politicians, and media bosses.
The link between traditional anti-Semitism, irrational thinking, and hatred of Israel has been summed up in an article by Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.
“Anti-Israelism is the modern face of anti-Semitism and just as toxic. Anti-Israelism is a modern-day religion in that it demands unquestioning adherence to a dogmatic doctrine and rejects non-believers as morally inferior.”
The anti-Israel dogmatists of whom I speak are not the denizens of the Arab, Iranian, and wider Muslim world, where hatred of Israel and support of the Palestinians is enforced by governments and clerics. They may possibly be excused because they lack the freedom to learn or speak freely about the issue or even board a plane for Israel to see reality on the ground.
The lies about the State of Israel are increasingly amplified in the West through the “mainstream media”, such as:
The New York Times:In April, the New York Times published what Amb. Dani Dayan called “the correction of the year” after the Gray Lady wrote that Palestinian Authority payments to terrorists and their families are a “far-right conspiracy theory.” – org, January 2, 2019.
The New Yorker:“Raja Shehadeh’s ‘Letter from Ramallah’ is filled with misrepresentations that don’t belong in a respected publication like The New Yorker – even in an opinion piece.” – org. January 7, 2018.
The New York Times:“NYT Issues Correction after Labeling Palestinian Support for Terrorists Fake News” – National Review, Jack Crowe, April 24, 2018.
The Guardian:“The Guardian Delegitimizes Israel in Lying Editorial: The Guardian crosses the line with an editorial replete with lies, distortions and delegitimization of Israel.” – Honest Reporting January 23, 2019.
BBC:“Another Gaza maritime smuggling story ignored by the BBC” – BBC Watch, June 11, 2019.
CNN:“CNN Sanitizes Mahmoud Abbas’ Speech, Expunges Antisemitic Statements” – org. January 17, 2018.
MSNBC:“MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Presents Hamas Propaganda as Fact” – org. April 8, 2018.
“Although AI claimsthat it does not “accept any funds for human rights research from governments or political parties,” it has received governmental funding, including from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission, the Netherlands, the United States, and Norway….
Disproportionately singles out Israelfor condemnation, focusing solely on the conflict with the Palestinians, misrepresenting the complexity of the conflict, and ignoring more severe human rights violations in the region”—
Human Rights Watch (HRW):
Systematic NGO Monitor analysesdemonstrate that HRW disproportionately focuses on condemnations of Israel and that publications related to Israel often lack credibility. HRW also promotes an agenda based solely on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and Israeli aggression.
“Uses distorted legal rhetoric to repeatedly accuses Israel of ‘war crimes,’ ‘[s]erious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law,’ ‘collective punishment,’ and fostering a ‘culture of impunity.’ Applies unique standards to Israel as part of its broader delegitimization campaign.
“Promotes a Palestinian ‘right of return,’ which, if implemented, would effectually mean the elimination of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.”
Ironically, many of the media involved, notably sections of the print and online press, are among the most articulate of our sources and are read by the best-educated sections of society. If one can leave aside for a moment their political bias in general, there is no doubt that newspapers such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Independent, The Guardian and others stand apart from the tabloid press in how they report on and debate about a range of serious topics. That they are all left-wing does not usually detract from the quality of what they write. But they are by far the most inaccurate and bigoted when it comes to reporting and debate about Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Authority.
To read most of their reports and articles on these topics, one might well believe that Israel is the most hideous and cruel state on earth—a position held widely in the United Nations and its agencies, which are not left-wing or socialist, but which contain a majority of Arab-bloc members and their supporters.
This bias is well monitored by a number of websites that work to identify their inaccuracies and deliberate distortions about Israel, the IDF, or Palestinian terrorism. CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), Honest Reporting, Honest Reporting Canada, UK Media Watch, and BBC Watch all dissect bad reportage, and contact editors to request corrections.
One day after the Chinese press roundly mockedTrump’s unsolicited tariff delay as proof the US was losing the trade war with China, with the Global Times saying that “Chinese experts said the sudden postponing of impending tariffs showed that the maximum pressure tactics of the US are losing their bite when it comes to China”, a suddenly emboldened Beijing – perhaps sensing that it is indeed dealing with a weaker opponent – called planned U.S. tariffs on an additional $300 billion in Chinese goods a violation of accords reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, and warned it would take all necessary measures to impose new tariffs on its own.
Echoing what Global Times editor in chief Hu Xijin said overnight, a short Thursday statement from the State Council Tariff Committee said the new 10% tariffs have taken the U.S. and China off the track of resolving their dispute through negotiation, and noted that China “has no choice but to take necessary measures to retaliate,” without specifying what the nation would do. The committee has overseen tit-for-tat retaliatory tariffs on American products.
The statement indicates that it won’t take long for China to reveal its own retaliatory tariffs, according to Tu Xinquan, dean of the China Institute for WTO Studies at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. The response is about expressing China’s stance even though policy makers know the impact on the U.S. economy will be limited, he told Bloomberg.
China: Will have to take all necessary measures to impose new tariffs.
The amount China has left is ~USD10bn (already imposed 110bn) so not much ammunition & will need curb investment/FX deval/UST/rare earth curb. Chart below 👇🏻 US has plenty left & reflects trade diff w/ China. pic.twitter.com/eieW5WF2MM
— Trinh Nguyen (@Trinhnomics) August 15, 2019
But what is far more troubling, is that contrary to Trump’s implied expectation that China would respond with an olive branch of its own and according to Steven Englander, “will expect China to reciprocate by buying US agricultural products in the coming weeks”, not only does China not plan on doing so but – as we warned yesterday – will send relations between the two nations into even greater turmoil with escalation of its own.
In kneejerk response to the apparent escalation, European stocks declined and U.S. equity futures pared a gain of almost 1%. The Stoxx Europe 600 index fell while the three main American equity contracts trimmed an earlier jump after China’s move.
And with the ball no longer in China’s court now that Beijing has spat at Trump’s coy attempt at quasi-appeasement, all eyes are back on Trump’s twitter feed where the US president has two options: either offer even more concessions to China and be seen as even weaker and more desperate to get some concessions out of Beijing (unlikely), or go back to square one and/or escalate tensions even more and potentially eliminate the proposed tariff delay, sending stocks plunging (and the Fed that much closer to the coveted emergency rate cut).
Days after the Kremlin’s nuclear-powered missile exploded, killing seven and leading to evacuations, Norway detected tiny amounts of radioactive iodine in the air near the northern part of the country bordering Russia.
According to Norway’s nuclear safety authority (DSA), the radioactive iodine was detected between Aug. 9-12 at its air filter station in the border town of Svanhovd, just under 450 miles from the Arkhangelesk region of northern Russia where the deadly blast occurred on August 8.
“At present it is not possible to determine if the last iodine detection is linked to the accident in Arkhangelsk last week. DSA continues more frequent sampling and analysis,” said DSA.
Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear agency, said on Saturday that the deadly blast involved “isotope power sources,” with no further details given.
According to Reuters, detecting radiation is not unusual in Norway, as it’s monitoring stations routinely pick up radioactive iodine around half-a-dozen times per year from unknown sources.
On Tuesday, however, Russia’s state weather service reported a 16x spike in radiation levels in the city of Severodvinsk. Meanwhile, first responders who treated victims of the accident were rushed to Moscow for medical examination according to Russian state-owned news outlet TASS.
Jerusalem has repeatedly slammed UNIFIL for failing to fulfill its duties by turning a blind eye to Hezbollah’s activities in southern Lebanon. Israel accuses the terrorist group of continuously violating the resolution and storing much of its weaponry in villages along the border.
SENIOR IDF officers as well as politicians say that Israel’s military has the ability to end any future conflict with Hezbollah as quickly as possible, and will completely destroy the group’s capabilities and infrastructure, even if that means civilian casualties.
The IDF hasn’t conducted a full and proper ground maneuver in enemy territory since troops entered Gaza in 2009 during Operation Cast Lead. During Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012 and Operation Protective Edge in 2014, the IDF and political leadership chose to rely mainly on the air force, leaving the ground troops and armored corps to stay out of the Strip or in the border area, to neutralize Hamas tunnels.
The military knows that in a war in the north, it will not be able to rely solely on the air force, and has publicly boasted about the preparedness of the ground troops, showing off major drills simulating war with Hezbollah to journalists. The military states that the next war will be more lethal, and it has shown off new technology and techniques which it says will destroy the group and send Lebanon “back to the Stone Age” if need be.
With the help of Iran, Hezbollah has rebuilt its arsenal since 2006 and has hundreds of thousands of short-range rockets and several thousand more missiles that can reach deeper into Israel.
It is believed that in the next war the terrorist group will try to fire some 1,500-2,000 rockets per day until the last day of the conflict. With more than 40,000 fighters organized in battalions and brigades, Hezbollah fighters have gained battlefield experience from fighting in Syria on the side of President Bashar Assad.
But many of the group’s capabilities and infrastructure are intertwined with the civilian infrastructure of Lebanon, a country that receives millions of dollars in military aid and equipment from the United States and other Western countries.
“Contrary to what the Americans think, the LAF is not an alternative to Hezbollah,” Zehavi said. “They coexist side by side in Lebanon, and in the next war the LAF will, of course, in my opinion, have to fight shoulder to shoulder with Hezbollah because they have to show the Lebanese population that they are protecting them. Otherwise, what good are they?”
She believes that the IDF is “as ready as it can be,” having undergone a big change in the amount of drills and operations (including the exposure and destruction of Hezbollah cross-border tunnels), but the civilian population will be greatly affected.
“It’s hard for them to accept dead bodies. Can we beat Hezbollah? Yes. But at what price? Who knows? The Hezbollah we met in 2006 is different from the Hezbollah of 2019.”
Former OC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amiram Levin told the Post that “the price on both sides will depend on the number of days the war lasts.”
“You hear about all sorts of words from the army: ‘lethality’ and ‘maneuvers.’ But that’s all garbage because, at the end of the day, the IDF and Hezbollah have specific numbers, be it of ground forces, missiles, everything. The IDF has one mission: to defeat Hezbollah as fast as possible, even if that means a high cost on both sides,” he said.
Levin told the Post that since 2006 there has been a major change with the enemy on the other side of the border.
“There is a very big difference with the enemy. In the past Hezbollah was a terrorist group, and then they morphed into guerrilla terrorism, which saw them carry out a mix of guerrilla attacks and terrorist attacks. But now they are an army, even though they still target civilians,” he said.
According to Levin, another change since the war is the understanding that Hezbollah has understood that it cannot defeat the IDF militarily. Therefore, “defeating Israel and the IDF means defeating the civilian population and politicians.”
“Their war, from the beginning, will see them targeting the civilian population, because they know they can’t defeat the IDF,” he said.
Levin believes that the military must have strong defenses along the border in order to prevent any ground infiltrations into civilian communities by Hezbollah, an incident that could turn into a major psychological defeat for the Jewish state.
Phillip Smyth, the Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told the Post that both the IDF and Hezbollah have had the time to develop countermeasures to the opposing side’s strengths.
“Like chess, there’s always an opening and a counter – this time from both sides,” he said.
“One [new area for Hezbollah attacks] is in the cyber realm. Just as Hezbollah has performed before, it’s in the asymmetric fashion. Israel is loaded with a lot of great tech-based responses, so Hezbollah and Iran are stepping up ways to get information and go after what they need using social media, hacking and other means. They’re also practicing for future attacks by targeting the Saudis and other regional states.”
According to Smyth, “Hezbollah is also looking for more access within Israel itself. I would guess they are attempting to create future local cells to create problems ‘behind the lines’ in a future conflict.”
WHILE THE primary threat posed by Hezbollah remains its missile arsenal, the IDF believes that the next war will see the group trying to bring the fight to the home front by infiltrating Israeli communities to inflict significant civilian and military casualties.
IS THERE A HIDDEN POLITICAL AGENDA? THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS SUDDENLY FULL OF STORIES ABOUT THE COMING RECESSION
All of a sudden, it seems like the mainstream media just can’t stop talking about “the coming recession”. If you go to Google News and type in the word “recession”, you will literally get dozens of articles from the last couple of days with “recession” in the headline. And of course it is true that there are signs of global economic trouble all around us, and I have been documenting them on my website all throughout 2019. So we don’t want to criticize the mainstream media when they actually decide to tell the truth, because a recession is definitely coming, but could it be possible that there is also a hidden political agenda at work? The economy is generally regarded to be one of the bright spots for President Trump, and political operatives on the left clearly understand that a major economic downturn now would spell almost certain doom for Trump’s chances of winning the 2020 election. And when mainstream reporters talk about the possibility of a recession as we approach the next election, many of them almost seem gleeful as they describe how it could hurt Trump politically. Ultimately, when things start to really get bad it is inevitable that the mainstream media will place the blame directly at the feet of Trump. It is easy to imagine a narrative along the lines of “Trump’s handling of the economy has plunged the nation into a recession” being relentlessly pounded into the heads of American voters over the next year. And if the end result is Trump being voted out of office, more than 90 percent of those that work for the big news companies will be just fine with that. (Read More…)
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