Sunday, July 3, 2022

Hamas welcomes UN report that calls for lifting Israeli siege outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

 Hamas welcomes UN report that calls for lifting Israeli siege on Gaza

Hamas welcomes UN report that calls for lifting Israeli siege on Gaza

2 July, 2022 11:13 am IST

Gaza [Palestine] July 2 (ANI/Xinhua): The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Friday welcomed a UN report that called for the immediate ending of the siege that Israel has been imposing on the Gaza Strip since 2007.

On Thursday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report that the situation in the Gaza Strip “is catastrophic” due to a siege that has been imposed on the coastal enclave for 15 years.

“The Israeli siege raised the rates of poverty and unemployment to be the highest in the world, destroyed the economy, crushed a large segment of the Palestinians, and turned them to depend on international aid by more than 50 percent,” the report said.

“The siege of Gaza should be lifted completely in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1860,” OCHA said.

The report called for the immediate lifting of the Israeli siege, lifting all restrictions that undermined the Palestinian economy, and reopening and constructing factories destroyed during the conflicts.

Hamas Spokesman in Gaza Abdel Latif al-Qanou called on the international community to work to put an end to the “Israeli occupation.” (ANI/Xinhua)

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Hamas and PA torture of jailed Palestinians outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

  PALESTINIAN POLICEMEN face off against demonstrators in Ramallah in June, during protests following the death of Nizar Banat, a critic of the Palestinian Authority.  (photo credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS)

Hamas and PA torture of jailed Palestinians is ‘crime against humanity’

Torture and mistreatment of Palestinians by the PA and Hamas may amount to crimes against humanity, HRW and Lawyers for Justice said.

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Hamas terror organization in Gaza are systematically mistreating and torturing Palestinians in detention, Human Rights Watchand Palestinian rights group Lawyers for Justice found in a joint report.

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The report, which was submitted to the United Nations’ Committee Against Torture, found that abuse of jailed critics and opponents by Palestinian authorities “may amount to crimes against humanity” due to its systematic nature.

The report accused Palestinian police in the West Bank of “violently dispersing popular protests demanding justice and rounded up scores of people for peacefully protesting.” It cited a Palestinian man who claimed a PA officer in civilian clothes arrested him while he was on his way to a protest.

More testimonies gathered accuse authority officers of arresting protesters at their homes, detaining Palestinians for planning protests and blocking protests from taking place.

Hamas security forces were accused of “routinely taunting and threatening detainees”and of exercising the use of solitary confinement and various forms of beatings, such as whipping detainees’ feet, forcing them into painful positions for prolonged periods and hoisting their arms behind their backs with cables or rope.

HRW and Lawyers for Justice also noted that no one was held accountable for the killing of leading anti-corruption activist Nizar Banatlast year.

Banat, 44, a longtime critic of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, died during a raid by PA security officers on his home in the town of Dura.

PA Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh on Thursday ordered the formation of a special commission of inquiry to investigate the death. However, the commission’s report was not made publically available.

14 Palestinian Authority security officers were arrested and indicted in a PA military court. The officers were released by the PA last week, with the Palestinian Independent Commission For Human Rights (ICHR) saying that the decision to release the officers was issued by the PA military prosecutor due to the health conditions arising from the spread of COVID-19.

“More than a year after beating to death Nizar Banat, the Palestinian Authority continues to arrest and torture critics and opponents,” HRW’s Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir said. “Systematic abuse by the PA and Hamas forms a critical part of the repression of the Palestinian people.”

In 2021, the ICHR received 252 complaints of torture and ill-treatment and 279 of arbitrary arrest against PA authorities in the West Bank and 193 complaints of torture and ill-treatment and 97 of arbitrary arrest against Hamas authorities in Gaza.

Hamas has executed 28 Palestinians since seizing control in the Gaza Strip, many without prior judicial process, usually on accusations of collaboration with Israel.

What America Should Do WHEN the Iran Nuclear Deal Talks Fail

 Outside meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, April 2021

Outside meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, April 2021Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

What America Should Do If the Iran Nuclear Deal Talks Fail

Outsourcing Middle East Security to Israel Is a Bad Plan B

July 1, 2022

The growing push for stronger diplomatic relations between Iran and its Arab neighbors presents Washington with an opportunity to reorient regional security. By working closely with Arab states—not just signatories to the Abraham Accords, but those with a vested interest in Persian Gulf and the Red Sea security—Washington can build broader support for controlling escalation between Israel and Iran. It must couple the imperative of containing Iran militarily with encouraging regional diplomacy to influence its behavior. Israel is wooing Arabs to join an anti-Iran security umbrella. Iran has every reason to dissuade Arabs from taking that step. Arab states can use this leverage to encourage both Iran and Israel to desist from risky provocations and keep in check their shadow war. Biden should use his trip to the region to encourage them to do just that.

Saturday, July 2, 2022

22nd Shake Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 16

  

22nd earthquake shakes up town outside of Columbia, SC, geologist report BY DAVID TRAVIS BLAND UPDATED APRIL 07, 2022 11:43 AM Play VideoDuration 0:32 Earthquake startles dogs in South Carolina A 3.3-magnitude earthquake hit South Carolina’s Lowcountry on Monday, September 27, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), giving two dogs in North Charleston quite a scare. BY NICOLE ABERNATHY VIA STORYFUL Elgin, South Carolina had its 22nd earthquake in five months Thursday morning. The 2.0 magnitude earthquake hit at about 5 a.m. near the town about 20 miles northeast of Columbia, according to the United States Geological Survey. A magnitude of 2.0 is considered a weak earthquake. The effects of the quake might not be felt at that low of a magnitude. In all, 22 earthquakes have hit the Elgin and Lugoff area since a 3.3 magnitude quake was recorded on Dec. 27, 2021. Another low-level quake hit Elgin last week. TOP VIDEOS WATCH MORE × Is South Carolina a dynasty? Not yet, says Dawn Staley South Carolina has had 39 earthquakes since September. An explanation for the recent seismic activity has eluded scientists. Digging and blasting at mines, water seeping through the ground from lakes, or other changes in weight or pressure underground could all contribute to seismic activity, The State previously reported, but no one has settled on the single cause for the Midlands’ shaking.

World on the edge of a nuclear cliff: Revelation 16

World on the edge of a nuclear cliff?

THE Russia-Ukraine war has not only created a flashpoint for the world, but has also torn apart the narrative of a united Europe. As the war prolongs, the global powers are puzzled about the future. Indeed, many wonder if there will be a future at all.

The war is disrupting the supply chain and the demand-supply imbalance is affecting the entire globe. Either the countries are involved in the war or they are impacted indirectly by rising fuel and food costs.

Amid all the differences that plague man’s current existence, one finds a consensus: matters are going from bad to worse. The world has a flashpoint and the time is ticking past. In case Russia gets hyper adventurous, or the United States and allies help Ukraine to the extent that Moscow sees it as a direct threat, or China decides to throw caution to the winds, one should be ready for the ringing bells of World War III.

A protracted war favours none. With every passing day, the economic sanctions will be putting stress on the Russian economy and the consensus built in favour of Ukraine will start losing its zeal. Cracks will soon start becoming more evident.

The French president has already mentioned that Moscow should not be humiliated. China, although advocates the end of the war, has declared sanctions against Russia to be illegal. Ukraine, on the other hand, has been able to maintain its sovereignty. The West, therefore, should recalculate the cost of a protracted war and the gains it expects to have by making Ukraine a star in the eyes of the other states.

General Richard Barrons, a former commander of the United Kingdom Joint Forces Command, was unequivocal when he said, “No matter how this war turns out, and as cynical as it sounds now, historians will say that Putin’s attack on Ukraine gave Europe the time it needed to recover so it could confront Russia and, further down the road, China. Ukraine is paying a high price to buy us time.”

The current idea of Ukraine’s victory lies in scraping more territory, pushing Russia back to its pre-2014 position. However, putting aside the anger and following rationality, one may ask the cost that Ukraine has to pay for snatching those extra hectares back after fighting for, say, the next five years.

Limited victory for Ukraine lies in seizing the opportunity while it can by rapidly focussing on reconstruction efforts funded by the West, integrating itself into Europe, and enhancing security while floating towards a democratic future. Reconstruction is an uphill task and takes decades and funds worth billions of dollars. Every day of war exponentially increases the destruction in the country. Ukraine must try harder for a ceasefire so that the world may start moving on.

Needless to say, it will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Ukrainian leadership after suffering so grievously at Vladimir Putin’s hands, but it will make Volodymyr Zelensky’s country retain independence and prosper into a European future.

The US and Europe must encourage a pragmatic solution. The West must be willing to see Ukraine’s win outside the battlefield, in health, prosperity and democracy. If the war continues, friction between the US and regional powers — China and Russia — will only intensify. The US is closely monitoring China’s support for Russia which can lead to further divisions and the establishment of economic and geopolitical blocs.

Putin may yet be able to achieve some of his goals and there is every indication that, instead of acknowledging his mistake, he may choose isolation for Russia, and permanent instability for Ukraine and Europe. Defeat could call into question his political survival.

While Ukraine has received phenomenal support, it will not last forever. With time, the cost of war will be rising, destruction will be exponential and reconstruction will take ages. It is time the world leaders learnt from the past — distant and recent — about how wars play havoc with the lives of people.

The League of Nations was formed at the end of World War I, Nato was established after World War II. However, after World War III, there will be no end. Within minutes, nuclear missiles will be over London, Tokyo, Beijing, Moscow and Washington. Mars will then be the only abode left for the humans. Do we want that to happen?

‘Swarm’ of Earthquakes Hitting Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

 

‘Swarm’ of Earthquakes Hitting Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

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‘Swarm’ of Earthquakes Hitting South Carolina Are Getting Stronger

A so-called earthquake “swarm” that is hitting South Carolina appears to be getting stronger, researchers said this week.

Two earthquakes with a magnitude of 3.5 and 3.6, respectively, hit Wednesday close to Elgin, South Carolina, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Days before that, a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck in another part of the state, while a 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck near the Georgia-South Carolina state line on June 18.

Both of Wednesday’s earthquakes were the strongest to hit South Carolina since a 4.1 magnitude quake struck McCormick County in 2014.

Geologist Wendy Bohon said in a videoreleased by the state’s Emergency Management Division that they’re part of a string of about 30 quakes that have struck the state so far in 2022, which they suggested is an unusual phenomenon. She described it as an “earthquake swarm,” something common in places like Southern California.

South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division wrote on Twitter the state does in fact have several fault systems and is “one of the most seismically active states on the East Coast.”

“Swarms happen in all seismic regions and the earthquakes continue until they stop,” seismologist Lucy Jones wrote this week in reference to the quakes in South Carolina. “That may not seem helpful, but knowing this is normal can help.”

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Jones said that the swarm has been occurring for at least six months, noting seven quakes that were recorded at a magnitude of 3 or above.

But state geologists said they are not sure why the Midlands region is having so many earthquakes at the moment.

“If you can figure that out, you should go get your tux and pick up your Nobel Prize,” Thomas Pratt, regional coordinator of the Geological Survey’s earthquake hazard program, told The State newspaper. “The Eastern United States in general is not on a plate boundary, so it’s a mystery in the scientific community why in this exact location, in the middle of a plate, that something would trigger this.”

Pratt noted that swarms of quakes “can be foreshocks to a larger earthquake,” adding, “There’s no reason to think there will be, but it can’t be eliminated.”

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake was reported in Charleston in 1886, killing at least 60 people, according to historical records.

Earthquakes that are lower than 4.0 on the Richter scale generally don’t cause much damage, according to the USGS’s website.

“Most earthquakes occur where the earth’s plates come together, and they’re the result of the tension and the stress that builds up as those plates are grinding and moving, slamming into each other. That’s not happening to us here on the East Coast,” Bohon told the Weather Channel. “But there are ancient fault lines here from in the past when continents had slammed together … and they are still building up stress and strain but on a much, much slower time scale.”

Babylon the Great”s test of new hypersonic missile fails

 US Air Force conducts latest hypersonic weapon flight test (photo credit: REUTERS)

US test of new hypersonic missile fails amid China, Russia pressure

With Russia, China and North Korea developing their own hypersonic missile capabilities, with some being able to carry nuclear warheads, the Pentagon is feeling the pressure.

A flight test of a new US hypersonic missile system in Hawaii, named “Conventional Prompt Strike,” failed, most likely due to a problem that took place after ignition, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.

“An anomaly occurred following ignition of the test asset,” Pentagon spokesman Navy Lieutenant Commander Tim Gorman said. “the Department remains confident that it is on track to field offensive and defensive hypersonic capabilities on target dates beginning in the early 2020s.”

“Program officials have initiated a review to determine the cause to inform future tests,” he said. “While the Department was unable to collect data on the entirety of the planned flight profile, the information gathered from this event will provide vital insights.”

“While the Department was unable to collect data on the entirety of the planned flight profile, the information gathered from this event will provide vital insights.”Pentagon spokesman Navy Lieutenant Commander Tim Gorman

The recent failure marks the second unsuccessful test flight of the prototype weapon, in October 2021, a booster malfunction, which prevented the missile from leaving the launch pad, rendered the weapon system’s first test flight a failure as well.

The Conventional Prompt Strike weapon system is expected to be installed on Zumwalt destroyers and Virginia-class submarines.

With Russia, China and North Korea developing their own hypersonic missile capabilities, with some being able to carry nuclear warheads, the Pentagon is feeling pressure to deploy the newly developed weapon system as soon as possible.

China

The Chinese military believes hypersonic weapons will change the nature of the battle and is investing heavily to advance their capabilities.

“China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the globe before speeding towards its target, demonstrating an advanced space capability that caught US intelligence by surprise,” according to the Financial Times.

China has been working on these missiles for decades, according to the US Defense Intelligence Agency’s 2019 China Military Power Report, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “is developing a range of technologies to counter US and other countries’ ballistic missile defense systems, including maneuverable reentry vehicles (MARVs), MIRVs [multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles], decoys, chaff, jamming, thermal shielding, and hypersonic glide vehicles.”

On 1 October 2019, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, in a parade that reviewed the PLA’s troops and weapon systems, the PLA revealed a new hypersonic missile, the Dong Feng (DF) 17.

A PRC blog devoted to military affairs described the DF-17 as a “combat-ready hypersonic weapon.”

China is investing heavily in heat-seeking hypersonic weapons, claiming that they “will be able to hit a moving car at five times the speed of sound,” with a new system that is set to deploy by 2025, according to scientists involved in the project.

The research team, led by Yang Xiaogang from the PLA Rocket Force University of Engineering in Xian, said “important progress” had been made towards solving the main problem of how to pinpoint a moving target at extreme speeds.

Yang and his colleagues from the university’s College of Missile Engineering have been given a deadline of 2025 to come up with solutions to the seemingly intractable challenges of hypersonic technology.

Over distance, the infrared signature of a small moving target “constitutes just a few pixels without detailed information such as shape, texture and structure,” making identification and tracking “extremely difficult”, they explained in a paper published in the Chinese peer-reviewed journal Infrared and Laser Engineering.

The hypersonic heat-seeker would also be able to go after a target in the air, according to a separate paper in the series by Qin Hanlin from the school of optoelectronic engineering at Xidian University.

Qin and his team demonstrated a technology that would allow a hypersonic ground-to-air missile to hit a target as small as a commercial drone. The missile could identify the drone hanging low over buildings or trees with nearly 90 percent accuracy, they said.

The PLA’s hypersonic program employs about 3,000 scientists, 50 percent more than those working on traditional weapons, according to a study published in January by the Chinese peer-reviewed journal Tactical Missile Technology.

Russia

In March 2022, the Russian navy conducted a test of a prospective hypersonic missile, the ‘Zircon,’ in a demonstration of the military’s long-range strike capability amid the fighting in Ukraine.

The Admiral Gorshkov frigate of the Northern Fleet in the White Sea launched the Zircon cruise missile in the Barents Sea, successfully hitting a practice target in the White Sea about 1,000 kilometers away, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry.

The launch was the latest in a series of tests of Zircon, which is set to enter service later this year, according to Russian sources.

Zircon is intended to arm Russian cruisers, frigates and submarines and could be used against both enemy ships and ground targets. It is one of several hypersonic missiles under development in Russia.

Russian officials have boasted about Zircon’s capability, claiming that it’s impossible to intercept with existing anti-missile systems.

Earlier, in 2018, a demonstration of the ‘Avangard’ hypersonic missile proved successful, according to the Russian Defence Ministry.

After separating from its carrier in the stratosphere, the HGV maneuvered 6000 kilometers across Siberia at a searing Mach 27, according to Russian officials, then hit a target on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called Avangard “the perfect New Year’s gift for the country.” Russia’s Defence Ministry claimed that it has put the nuclear-armed HGV into combat duty in 2020, allowing Putin to claimthat Russia was the first country armed with functional hypersonic weapons.