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Air Force sends F-35s to Middle East to possibly deter Iran

The Air Force is sending F-35s to the Middle East to escort ships, deter potential enemies, conduct reconnaissance and, of course, support ongoing combat operations in the U.S. military’s Central Command region.

Describing the deployment as the latest squadron to join the fight, Air Force officials said the operation marked the third time in approximately 12 months that F-35A Lightning IIs have been sent into combat.

“The 421st Fighter Squadron departed Hill AFB recently for Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, to support the United States Air Force Central Command mission in the region,” Air Force officials said.

As combat operations against the Islamic State and the Taliban have been decreasing or, in the case of the Islamic State, basically ended … the F-35s seem likely intended for training exercises, deterrence, force protection and ship escort. The Air Force report specifies the F-35s’ mission scope to include “defensive counter-air, maritime escort, deterrence and participation in multi-national exercises.”

F-35A Lightning II aircraft receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 13, 2015, during a flight from England to the U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown)

That being said, the F-35 fighter jet has previously attacked the Taliban during its combat debut and is, according to its proponents, well suited for close air support (CAS). The Air Force has long intended to use the F-35 for CAS missions and, in a special Pentagon evaluation, assessed the F-35s in relation to the revered and combat-tested A-10 Warthog.

Some may think of the F-35 as perhaps overkill when it comes to CAS, or potentially more vulnerable than an A-10 if it, in fact, is hit by ground fire. The A-10 is a tried and tested combat platform considered extremely valuable to the military services. However, many senior Air Force developers also value F-35 superiority when it comes to CAS missions, pointing to its sensors, targeting systems, 25-millimeter cannon and speed as attributes contributing to the F-35’s combat performance.

Long-range, computer-enabled F-35 sensors could help the aircraft to see and destroy enemy ground targets with precision from much higher altitudes and much farther ranges than an A-10 could; the speed of an F-35, when compared to an A-10, would potentially make it better able to maneuver, elude enemy fire and get into position for attack. Like the A-10’s 30-millimeter gun, the F-35 has its own 25-millimeter cannon mounted on its left-wing which could attack ground forces. Given its sensor configuration, with things like a 360-degree Distributed Aperture System with cameras, the F-35 brings a drone-like intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance component to air-ground war. This could help targeting, terrain analysis, and much-needed precision attacks as U.S. soldiers fight up close with maneuvering enemy ground forces.

An F-35 might be better positioned to respond quickly to enemy force movement; in the event that enemy air threats emerge in a firefight, an F-35 could address them in a way an A-10 could not, obviously. An F-35 would be much better positioned to locate enemy long-range fires points of combat significance and destroy hostile artillery, mortar or long-range-fires launching points. Finally, while the A-10 has a surprisingly wide envelope of weapons, an F-35 could travel with a wider range of air-ground attack weapons—armed with advanced targeting technology. However, despite the potential efficacy of the F-35 for CAS, many believe it makes more sense to use less-expensive, non-fifth generation aircraft for missions where there is U.S. air supremacy and no ground threat.

All this being said, the deterrence posture for the F-35 is likely now geared for combat prospects well beyond CAS, as counterinsurgency efforts diminish and, in some areas, disappear. Also, the current environments in which the United States has been engaged in combat have been in areas without any kind of credible air defense threat. So, the F-35 fighter jets can function as a deterrent against Iran and, if needed, destroy Iranian ballistic-missile launch sites, establish air supremacy and even take out nuclear weapons development facilities if necessary.

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Iran on Verge of Nuclear Weapons Breakout Iranian Academic Warns

By David Sidman June 11, 2020 , 2:18 pm

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel Bible™)

In a recent article in the Gatestone Institute, top Iran expert Dr. Majid Rafizadeh warns that the Islamic Republic is close to a nuclear weapons breakout.

Rafizadeh, an Iranian-American author and president of the International American Council on the Middle East, explains that the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA recently revealed that he Tehran is now leisurely violating all of the clauses of the nuclear deal that it never even signed.

He adds that the ruling mullahs have grown their stockpile of low-enriched uranium to to 1,571.6 kilograms (1.73 tons) as of May 20, 2020. Initially, it stood at 1,020.9 kilograms (1.1 tons). This is roughly eight times more than what the Islamic Republic was permitted to posses under the nuclear deal otherwise known as the (JCPOA). Iran was allowed to maintain a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms (447 pounds) according to the agreement while enriching uranium up to 3.67%. Iran is currently enriching uranium up to the purity of 4.5%. They also have more heavy water than is allowed under the nuclear agreement.

Making matters worse, the IAEA is still not allowed to inspect Iran’s sites. And since Obama said that military sites wouldn’t be inspected by the IAEA, Tehran has exploited this loophole to enrich uranium in locations such as the Parchin military base outside of Tehran, where according to Rafizadeh, allows them to “engage in nuclear activities without the risk of inspection.”

Rafizadeh laments that the IAEA’s report still does not provide the full picture with regards to the regime’s nuclear activities and adds that it is severely underestimating the purview of the Iran’s nuclear program. Tehran has even admitted that they have increased uranium enrichment to a higher degree than what’s being reported by the IAEA. Iran’s Atomic Energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, announced that the country has a satisfactory supply of 20% enriched uranium. “Right now we have enough 20% uranium,” he told ISNA, “but we can produce more as needed”. He also said that the Islamic Republic is carrying on with its uranium enrichment at a much higher level at the Fordow nuclear facility. Fordow is an underground uranium enrichment complex that is reportedly located on an IRGC base.

Rafizadeh admits that Israel’s 2018 seizure of documents from an Iranian nuclear facility reveals accurate information that the IAEA was wrong about according to the Institute for Science and International Security.

Rafizadeh, a political scientist and board member of Harvard International Review concluded his report saying that the “ruling mullahs of Iran inch dangerously closer to a nuclear weapons breakout.”

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THE GLOBAL ELITES ARE CALLING IT ‘THE GREAT RESET’ AND IT IS EXACTLY WHAT END TIMES BOOKS AND MOVIES HAVE BEEN WARNING YOU ABOUT FOR DECADES

The COVID-19 pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future in the Great Reset.

We are living in an amazing time, a time foretold within the pages of the bible, and we have been privileged to watch them leap off the pages and into our daily lives. Prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes, and it is awesome. But there is so much happening, with myriad events coming from seemingly unconnected places yet they are all connected and all part of the same plan. The global elites who run things have been kind enough to give it a name, they call it ‘The Great Reset’, and it is the New World Order. It has arrived. Here’s what you need to know.

“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” Revelation 17:12-14 (KJB)

Think about COVID-19, the lockdowns, the economic crashes, the mandatory mask wearing, the race riotsANTIFAID2020Bill GatesBlack Lives Matter, the Declaration Of Human FraternityChrislam, ponder for a moment on all of it. When you have wrapped your head around all those things, now wrap your head around this. Everything we have been experiencing, it is all part of the Great Reset, and it is all driving towards the same outcome. That is, the resetting of the entire world to prepare the people for the arrival of Antichrist. That’s how close we are to seeing him step out of the shadows and onto the world stage.

“Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (KJB)

Paul our apostle tells us that two things need to take place before the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church can happen. First, there will be a great falling away from teaching and preaching bible doctrine, that has already taken place and gets worse every day. Second, the ‘man of sin’ needs to be revealed, the man who will receive the spirit of Antichrist which will transform him into the son of perdition. Paul says the Church will see that man revealed in his pre-satanic state. I believe we have already seen him, I could be wrong, but that’s my best guess. In any event, the Rapture of the Church remains at this hour a mere kitten’s whisker away from taking place.

Please be sitting with your seats locked in the upright position, Flight #777 is preparing for takeoff. This is not a game, be ready for what comes next. We are going to see some strange and terrifying things before we fly. Count on it.

THIS IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER, IT HAS ARRIVED.

Now is the time for a ‘great reset’

FROM WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM: COVID-19 lockdowns may be gradually easing, but anxiety about the world’s social and economic prospects is only intensifying. There is good reason to worry: a sharp economic downturn has already begun, and we could be facing the worst depression since the 1930s. But, while this outcome is likely, it is not unavoidable.

To achieve a better outcome, the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions. Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a “Great Reset” of capitalism.

THERE ARE MANY REASONS TO PURSUE A GREAT RESET, BUT THE MOST URGENT IS COVID-19. HAVING ALREADY LED TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DEATHS, THE PANDEMIC REPRESENTS ONE OF THE WORST PUBLIC-HEALTH CRISES IN RECENT HISTORY. AND, WITH CASUALTIES STILL MOUNTING IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD, IT IS FAR FROM OVER.

This will have serious long-term consequences for economic growth, public debt, employment, and human wellbeing. According to the Financial Times, global government debt has already reached its highest level in peacetime. Moreover, unemployment is skyrocketing in many countries: in the US, for example, one in four workers have filed for unemployment since mid-March, with new weekly claims far above historic highs. The International Monetary Fund expects the world economy to shrink by 3% this year – a downgrade of 6.3 percentage points in just four months.

ALL OF THIS WILL EXACERBATE THE CLIMATE AND SOCIAL CRISES THAT WERE ALREADY UNDERWAY. SOME COUNTRIES HAVE ALREADY USED THE COVID-19 CRISIS AS AN EXCUSE TO WEAKEN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT. AND FRUSTRATIONS OVER SOCIAL ILLS LIKE RISING INEQUALITY – US BILLIONAIRES’ COMBINED WEALTH HAS INCREASED DURING THE CRISIS – ARE INTENSIFYING.

Left unaddressed, these crises, together with COVID-19, will deepen and leave the world even less sustainable, less equal, and more fragile. Incremental measures and ad hoc fixes will not suffice to prevent this scenario. We must build entirely new foundations for our economic and social systems. The level of cooperation and ambition this implies is unprecedented. But it is not some impossible dream. In fact, one silver lining of the pandemic is that it has shown how quickly we can make radical changes to our lifestyles. Almost instantly, the crisis forced businesses and individuals to abandon practices long claimed to be essential, from frequent air travel to working in an office.

Likewise, populations have overwhelmingly shown a willingness to make sacrifices for the sake of health-care and other essential workers and vulnerable populations, such as the elderly. And many companies have stepped up to support their workers, customers, and local communities, in a shift toward the kind of stakeholder capitalism to which they had previously paid lip service.

Clearly, the will to build a better society does exist. We must use it to secure the Great Reset that we so badly need. That will require stronger and more effective governments, though this does not imply an ideological push for bigger ones. And it will demand private-sector engagement every step of the way.

THE CORONAVIRUS PLANNEDEMIC IS AN ACT OF WAR DESIGNED TO CRASH THE GLOBAL ECONOMIES AND BRING IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER WITH A DIGITAL ID

The Great Reset agenda would have three main components.

The first would steer the market toward fairer outcomes. To this end, governments should improve coordination (for example, in tax, regulatory, and fiscal policy), upgrade trade arrangements, and create the conditions for a “stakeholder economy.” At a time of diminishing tax bases and soaring public debt, governments have a powerful incentive to pursue such action.

Moreover, governments should implement long-overdue reforms that promote more equitable outcomes. Depending on the country, these may include changes to wealth taxes, the withdrawal of fossil-fuel subsidies, and new rules governing intellectual property, trade, and competition.

The second component of a Great Reset agenda would ensure that investments advance shared goals, such as equality and sustainability. Here, the large-scale spending programs that many governments are implementing represent a major opportunity for progress. The European Commission, for one, has unveiled plans for a €750 billion ($826 billion) recovery fund. The US, China, and Japan also have ambitious economic-stimulus plans.

THE GREAT RESET OF THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Rather than using these funds, as well as investments from private entities and pension funds, to fill cracks in the old system, we should use them to create a new one that is more resilient, equitable, and sustainable in the long run. This means, for example, building “green” urban infrastructure and creating incentives for industries to improve their track record on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics.

The third and final priority of a Great Reset agenda is to harness the innovations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to support the public good, especially by addressing health and social challenges. During the COVID-19 crisis, companies, universities, and others have joined forces to develop diagnostics, therapeutics, and possible vaccines; establish testing centers; create mechanisms for tracing infections; and deliver telemedicine. Imagine what could be possible if similar concerted efforts were made in every sector.

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting every facet of people’s lives in every corner of the world. But tragedy need not be its only legacy. On the contrary, the pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future.

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‘It’s Time Gulf States Normalized ties with Israel,’ former Top Dubai Official says

By JNS June 7, 2020 , 1:45 pm

All who survive of all those nations that came up against Yerushalayim shall make a pilgrimage year by year to bow low to the King lord of Hosts and to observe the festival of Sukkot. Zechariah 14:16 (The Israel Bible™)

Former Dubai Police Chief Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim sparked controversy over the weekend when, in a series of tweets, he called on of Persian Gulf states and the rest of the Arab world to admit they want to establish open diplomatic relations with Israel, Channel 12 News reported on Saturday.

Tamim, currently deputy police chief, is known as the police officer who exposed the Mossad intelligence agency’s connection to the 2010 assassination of Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades co-founder Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the UAE capital.

He is also known as a harsh critic of the Palestinians and an avid supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump.

In a series of tweets that according to the report went viral within minutes, Tamim wrote, “The truth is that it’s meaningless not to recognize Israel.

“Israel is a country built on science, knowledge, prosperity and strong relations with all developing countries. Who are the people who do not recognize Israel’s [international] status? Where do they think Jews come from? Hawaii?”

In another tweet, Tamim further urged the Arab world to formalize relations with Israel.

“As soon as the Gulf states normalize their relations with Israel, Qatar’s role as a proxy state for terrorist organizations, will be over,” he wrote, referring to Doha’s close ties to the terrorist group ruling the Gaza Strip.

“It is known that Qatar supports Hamas and still maintains a relationship with Israel. So what stops us from having a normal relationship with it [Israel]?”

The Jewish state, he continued, “wants long-term peace and security. I support that. All Arab countries, the UAE and the Saudi kingdom accept Israel. Want to make peace with Israel. When that happens, Qatar will no longer need its fighters in its territory. The war will end,” he said according to the report.

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Egyptian Tank Platoons Amass on Libya Border Readying to Challenge Turkey

By David Sidman June 8, 2020 , 10:29 am

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel Bible™)

A journalist with the BBC has documented Egyptian M1A2 Abrams Tank companies being deployed to the border with Libya. Babak Taghvaee released footage of the tank deployment in a recent tweet on Sunday saying: ” Egyptian Army is now ready for war in Libya. This video recorded minutes ago shows 18 M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks of Egypt Army at the border with Libya ready to enter the country to be used against Turkish backed GNA‘s Islamist militias & Syrian mercenaries!”

#BREAKING: #Egyptian Army is now ready for war in #Libya. This video recorded minutes ago shows 18 M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks of #Egypt Army at the border with #Libya ready to enter the country to be used against #Turkish backed #GNA‘s Islamist militias & #Syrian mercenaries!

The ongoing Turkish presence in Libya places Ankara is at loggerheads with Egypt who fears that the Turkish military intervention in Tripoli will result in terrorists from the Muslim Brotherhood harassing Cairo from the border of Sudan. Turkey has entered Libya under the guise of protecting its current government against an coup from Warlord and Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Belqasim Haftar. Although Egypt hasn’t publicly supported Haftar, it is clear that the “mercenaries and terrorists” that Turkey has deployed into Libya is making Cairo uneasy.

In the past, Egypt warned against foreign military intervention in Libya. It has always opposed the Muslim Brotherhood’s dominating political power in Libya and has supported the Libyan army. Many people in Libya see Cairo as their main ally in their fight to protect their nation against Turkish occupation. Until now, Cairo hasn’t gone beyond issuing statements opposing the idea of a military escalation.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy  has accused Egypt of backing the rebel group and of being one of the “real obstacles to peace in Libya.”

“Egypt’s years-long military support to putschist Haftar constitutes a clear violation of the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” Aksoy added.

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ANTIFA AND BLM RIOTERS ARE NOW COAST-TO-COAST AND THREATENING SUBURBAN AREAS AS DEMONIC TRAIL OF VIOLENCE AND BLOODSHED LEAVES 12 DEAD SO FAR

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence. New York is not among them. De Blasio has said he does not want the Guard, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will not send it into the city against the mayor’s wishes. During the violence that gripped communities from coast to coast again on Monday night, police officers were shot, run over and showered with rocks and bottles.

by Geoffrey Grider June 2, 2020

The majority of those who have died in the riots at the hands of ANTIFA were black, which is a stunning statistic when you consider that ANTIFA is mostly white.

Do you see this as an ‘organic movement to protest police violence’? I see nothing of the kind. I see rioters, looters, thieves, assaulters and all manner of degenerate humanity being sent in as an ersatz military force by the global elites to tear society down to shreds, so that a New World Order can rise up in its place. This is nothing to do with the death of George Floyd, and everything to do with the rising, lawless spirit of Antichrist.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Romans 1:28-32– (KJB)

When was the last time you read about a ‘peace movement’ that had a death toll? Unless you are talking about Islamic terrorism and their bogus ‘religion of peace’ nonsense, you’d have to concede that members of a ‘peace movement’ causing the death of other people is an idea diametrically opposed to the concept of peace. ANTIFA and BLM have no intentions of stopping, and I highly urge you to take common sense precautions as the riots spread. Do not stop on the road if ANTIFA blocks the traffic, do not walk down any city streets without carrying legal firearms protection, should you meet up with the rioters, take them at face value and proceed accordingly. The majority of those who have died in the riots at the hands of ANTIFA were black, which is a stunning statistic when you consider that ANTIFA is mostly white. Hmm….

“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:9,10 (KJB)

You still need me to spell it out for you? Sure, here you go. What you are seeing is the rise of the spirit of Antichrist who is preparing to make an entrance quite soon, consider this the warm-up act. Honestly, you may not get much more of a warning than that.

A Sample Of Those Have Been Killed In The Riots Thus Far:

  • David McAtee was a 53-year-old African American.
  • Dave Patrick Underwood was a police officer.
  • Chris Beaty a former offensive lineman for Indiana University.
  • Italia Kelly 22, who was shot Monday while leaving a protest outside a Walmart.
  • Calvin L. Horton Jr. was fatally shot outside a pawn shop last week.
  • James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man.
  • A 21-year-old man was killed in downtown Detroit.
  • Two people were killed during unrest Monday in the suburb of Cicero. source

A Florida sheriff recommended homeowners shoot any looters who attempt to break into their homes during a press briefing Monday.

“I WOULD TELL THEM, IF YOU VALUE YOUR LIFE, THEY PROBABLY SHOULDN’T DO THAT IN POLK COUNTY,” POLK COUNTY SHERIFF GRADY JUDD SAID, ACCORDING TO FOX 13 TAMPA BAY. “BECAUSE THE PEOPLE OF POLK COUNTY LIKE GUNS, THEY HAVE GUNS, I ENCOURAGE THEM TO OWN GUNS, AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE IN THEIR HOMES TONIGHT WITH THEIR GUNS LOADED.” SOURCE

About a dozen deaths have been reported around the country over the past week.

FROM THE AP: In New York on Monday night, people smashed shop windows near Rockefeller Center and breached the doors of Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street despite the first curfew in the city in decades. Police said nearly 700 people were arrested and several officers injured in the overnight violence.

New York and other cities braced for more trouble after nightfall Tuesday, with Mayor Bill de Blasio extending an 8 p.m. curfew all week.

“WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A TOUGH FEW DAYS,” HE WARNED, BUT ADDED: “WE’RE GOING TO BEAT IT BACK.” HE SAID HE WOULD DO THAT WITH THE HELP OF COMMUNITY LEADERS, URGING THEM TO STEP FORWARD: “CREATE PEACE. … STAND UP.”

More than 20,000 National Guard members have been called up in 29 states to deal with the violence. New York is not among them. De Blasio has said he does not want the Guard, and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will not send it into the city against the mayor’s wishes.

During the violence that gripped communities from coast to coast again on Monday night, police officers were shot, run over and showered with rocks and bottles.

In Atlanta, police fired tear gas at demonstrators. In Nashville, more than 60 National Guard members put down their riot shields at the request of peaceful protesters. And at a demonstration in Buffalo, New York, an SUV plowed into a group of officers, injuring three.

An officer was shot and gravely wounded as police tried to disperse a crowd outside a Las Vegas hotel and casino. Four officers were shot in St. Louis; they were expected to recover.

“WE HAVE BEEN SITTING ON A POWDER KEG FOR SOME TIME AND IT HAS BURST,” PHILADELPHIA POLICE COMMISSIONER DANIELLE OUTLAW SAID.

In Philadelphia, where hundreds of protesters spilled onto a highway in the heart of the city, Mayor Jim Kenney described a chaotic night in which one person was killed attempting to use explosives to open an ATM, a gun shop owner fatally shot a would-be thief, and a 19-year-old died of injuries during looting.

About a dozen other deaths have been reported around the country over the past week. Some protesters framed the burgeoning movement as a necessity after a string of killings by police.

“I fear for my safety every time I get in the car to go for a drive. I fear of getting pulled over. I fear for all 10 of my brothers’ and sisters’ lives, for my parents’ lives!” 19-year-old Amari Burroughs of Parkland, Florida, said Tuesday as she prepared for another protest. “My goal is to use my voice and my leadership to make this world safer so that one day I can bring children here and won’t have to fear for their safety.”

Outside the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul, where a youth protest was held Tuesday, 18-year-old Joseph Tawah agreed.

“IT’S REALLY HARD NOT TO FEEL AFRAID,” HE SAID.

More than 5,600 people nationwide have been arrested over the past week for such offenses as stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew, according to a count by The Associated Press.

In Richmond, Virginia, several hundred people gathered outside City Hall on Tuesday, shouting down Mayor Levar Stoney, who apologized for police lobbing tear gas at peaceful demonstrators.

“WHERE WERE YOU LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE BEING TEAR-GASSED?” A WOMAN YELLED. “WHERE WERE YOU? WHERE WERE YOU? WHERE WERE YOU?” THE CROWD CHANTED.

Meanwhile, Democratic governors and mayors rejected Trump’s threat to send in the military, questioning whether the federal government has such authority and warning that such a step would be incendiary.

De Blasio said military troops would create “a dangerous scenario,” while Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock likewise warned such a move would just lead to more violence and destruction.

“Denver is not Little Rock in 1957, and Donald Trump is not President Eisenhower. This is a time for healing, for bringing people together, and the best way to protect civil rights is to move away from escalating violence,” they said in a statement, referring to Eisenhower’s use of troops to enforce school desegregation in the South.

Even some in the president’s own party rebuffed the idea, including Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, who said his state has what it needs.

“The military is here to protect and defend this country. We don’t have that need here in this state,” he said.

A senior White House official said Tuesday that despite Trump’s threats, the goal was to pressure governors to deploy more National Guard members. The president is not rushing to use the Insurrection Act to send in the military, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The unrest in Minneapolis, meanwhile, appeared to stabilize on the same day Floyd’s brother made an impassioned plea for peace at the spot where a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, put his knee on the handcuffed black man’s neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.

Chauvin has been charged with murder. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Tuesday that prosecutors were working as fast as they can to determine if the three other officers at the scene should be charged too. All four have been fired. Floyd’s family was expected to join a march in Houston on Tuesday.

The state of Minnesota opened an investigation into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of discrimination against minorities. Cities struggled to keep police in line and avoid instances of excessive force.

The police chief in Louisville, Kentucky, was fired after a restaurant owner was killed by police and National Guard members enforcing a curfew. In Richmond, the police chief said officers who used tear gas on a group of peaceful protesters would be disciplined. In Atlanta, six officers were charged Tuesday after a video showed authorities dragging two young people from a car during protests.

Sending the military into the states would mark a stunning federal intervention rarely seen in modern American history. It drew comparisons to 1968, when Richard Nixon ran as the law-and-order candidate in the aftermath of riots following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Federal law allows presidents to dispatch the military into states to suppress an insurrection or if a state is defying federal law, legal experts said. But some state officials asserted that the president does not have a unilateral right to send in troops against the will of local governments.

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Secret Deal Results in Saudi Arabia Challenging Turkey for Control of Temple Mount

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz June 1, 2020 , 2:50 pm

“All the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mixed peoples who live in the desert;” Jeremiah 25:24 (The Israel Bible™)

An article in the Hebrew-language Israel Hayom on Sunday reported on secret negotiations that have been held between Israel and Saudi Arabia since December that would result in including Saudi clerics in the Waqf council that oversees the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. 

The Waqf has managed the Temple Mount since the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem in 1187, with the latest version instituted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan after its conquest of the West Bank and East Jerusalem during the 1948 war. Accordingly, the King of Jordan currently supplies all of the funding needed to operate the waqf, which is in effect the civil administration for the holy site. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem is in charge of Islamic religious affairs at the site. The Palestinian Authority has parallel organizations claiming an interest in these same matters which Israel does not officially recognize. 

Israel Hayom cited top Saudi diplomats who remained anonymous as saying that senior diplomats and security officials from Israel, Saudi, and the United States were in dialogue concerning the implementation of President Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan. According to the report, Jordan objected to the proposal but in the wake of recent Turkish interference in East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, the Jordanian government now supports having Saudi clerics as part of the Waqf council.

This seems to be a total reversal of the Jordanian Temple Mount policy. In February 2019,  the Jordanian government, which controls the Waqf, enlarged its council from 11 to 18 members last week including Palestinian clerics or the first time. At the time, the move triggered a wave of Muslim violence on the Temple Mount. It was reported at the time that the move was an attempt by the Hashemite Kingdom that rules Jordan to ally with the Palestinian Authority in an attempt to prevent the Saudis from replacing them as custodians of the Jerusalem holy sites considered important to Islam. Rather than create an alliance, the restructuring of the Waqf council to include Palestinian clerics led to greater conflict as the PA tried to put Abbas loyalists in place, a move the Hashemite rulers of Jordan strongly opposed. The PA loyalists were also closely allied with Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who funded their organizations to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. 

As Turkey’s influence over the Palestinian Waqf members increased, the Hashemite Kingdom let it be known to Israel and the US that they would be open to including Saudi Arabia in the custodianship of the Temple Mount as long as it is not to the detriment of their special status as custodians of the Jerusalem holy sites. The Jordanian government also required that the Saudi government will provide several million dollars to Islamic institutions in east Jerusalem and the Temple Mount as a means of putting diplomatic pressure to remove the Turkish influence operating under the protection of the PA. 

Dr. Mordechai Kedar , a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, explained the complex background and interests. 

“You have to understand that the Sunni world today is sharply divided between pro-state organizations and movements which are by definition a rebellious, anti-establishment form of Islam,” Dr. Kedar explained to Breaking Israel News. “The pro-state Muslims are headed and funded by Saudi Arabia and the anti-establishment Muslims, which include the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah, are headed ideologically by Erdogan and sponsored by Qatar. This is a giant struggle between two kinds of Islam: revolutionary Islam and state Islam.”

Unfortunately, Turkey is now a factor in internal Israeli politics.

“Turkey infiltrated Jerusalem in a very big way, pouring millions of dollars into recruiting Palestinians and setting up his form of Muslim institutions,” Dr. Kedar said. “This includes close ties between Erdogan and the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement which was banned by the Israeli government in November 2015 due to close ties with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“The Palestinian Authority is, unfortunately, allying with Turkey for the money since they don’t want to lose power and relinquish power to Hamas,” Dr. Kedar noted. “Jordan is willing to ally with Saudi Arabia because of its economic difficulties.”

“Israel wants to ally with Saudi Arabia because it is a pro-establishment form of Islam. You can talk with them. They are reasonable. It does not go against the interests of Israel. Since Israel and Saudi Arabia have shared interests, it is preferable that they have a say in the custodianship of the Temple Mount and a stronger influence on the Palestinians.”

“It is important to have the status connected with holy sites but when faced with the existential threat posed by Turkey, Jordan will choose to ally with Saudi Arabia.”

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IT BEGINS: DOMESTIC TERROR GROUPS ANTIFA AND BLACK LIVES MATTER HAVE BEGUN A 20-CITY CAMPAIGN OF ARSON, LOOTING AND BOMBING OF BUSINESSES

Reginald Denny was a truck driver who had the bad fortune of driving his truck along the same streets where people were protesting the treatment by police of Rodney King back in 1992. Denny had nothing to do with that, he was just a commercial truck driver on his route. When he stopped his truck as the protesters formed a line across the road, he was pulled out of his truck, and beaten into a coma. I want you to remember that as you are driving in the coming days through the streets of your city. Whatever you do, do not stop your vehicle should Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA terrorists try to block your movement. It is highly likely your windows will be smashed and you will be pulled out and beaten.

by Geoffrey Grider May 29, 2020

Take a look at the following scenes of the terror campaign of Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, this is war, people, and the police may or may not be able to keep you safe.

The radical Left in this country have decided to attack, and have already begun a campaign of domestic terror that right now is playing out in over 20 American cities tonight, with many more planned in the coming days. Black Lives Matter has once again joined up with the fascists of ANTIFA, with the CNN headquarters in Atlanta surrounded by anarchists who have already set of bombs in the hopes of gaining access to the building. America is at war, this is exactly what the Democrats have been planning, and it has begun.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” 2 Timothy 3:1 (KJB)

Reginald Denny was a truck driver who had the bad fortune of driving his truck along the same streets where people were protesting the treatment by police of Rodney King back in 1992. Denny had nothing to do with that, he was just a commercial truck driver on his route. When he stopped his truck as the protesters formed a line across the road, he was pulled out of his truck, and beaten into a coma. I want you to remember that as you are driving in the coming days through the streets of your city. Whatever you do, do not stop your vehicle should Black Lives Matter or ANTIFA terrorists try to block your movement. It is highly likely your windows will be smashed and you will be pulled out and beaten.

Take a look at the following scenes of the terror campaign of Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA, this is war, people, and the police may or may not be able to keep you safe. Protect yourselves to the best of your ability. And remember, do not stop your car should you come across protests. Slow down but don’t stop. The last video is uncut, raw footage of the beating they gave to Reginald Denny in 1992, watch it a few times until you learn the lesson it is showing you.

BREAKING: MY SOURCE WITH WHOM I HAVE GREAT TRUST SAYS MN AG ELLISON IS COORDINATING W/ANTIFA. THIS IS VERY DISTURBING AFTER HEARING HIS COMMENTS IN TODAY’S PRESSER. ANTIFA HAS BEEN BUSSED IN AND ARE BEING PAID $20/HOUR WITH BONUSES PAID TO THOSE LOOTING AND DESTROYING. SOROS. PIC.TWITTER.COM/HU9XRPBL3S

— ERIC SEVAREID, CBS NEWS (@SEVAREIDCBSNEWS) MAY 29, 2020

 

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Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Qatar form troubling new alliance

This emergent alliance is a reflection of a shift in power in the Islamic world away from its traditional Arab center.

By JONATHAN SPYER   

MAY 27, 2020 21:28

The name of fugitive Indian Salafi Islamist preacher Zakir Naik is little known in the West. Naik, founder of the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is currently being pursued by the Indian authorities on charges of money laundering and hate speech.

Naik is a popular Islamist preacher in his native country. He has been referred to as “perhaps the most influential Salafi ideologue in India” and “the world’s leading Salafi evangelist.” His views on subjects such as homosexuality, apostasy and the Jews are as might be expected (the first two deserve the death penalty, the third “control America”).

The Indian authorities note evidence that two of the seven terrorists who carried out a deadly attack at a café in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 1, 2016, claimed inspiration from his teachings.

In himself, the fugitive preacher is of only passing interest. Naik’s activities are worthy of further note, however, because the list of his supporters and their activities on his behalf cast light on an emergent nexus in the Islamic world deserving of greater attention. This crystallizing alliance looks set to be of considerable consequence in the period opening up, not least for Israel and some of its partners in the region and beyond.

Fleeing from the Indian authorities, Naik has been the lucky recipient of permanent resident status in Malaysia. There, his case has become something of a cause célèbre. The Malaysian Islamic Party, which has four ministers in the current government, is vociferously opposed to acceding to Indian calls for his extradition.

Reports in a number of Indian media outlets claim that the (unusual) granting of permanent residency to the fugitive preacher came as a result of a request from the government of Pakistan. The reports further suggest that “Pakistan is also using its relations with… Turkey and Qatar to provide funding to Zakir Naik.”

Naik, for his part, has offered fulsome praise for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking to an Islamist group, headed by Bilal Erdogan, in 2017, the Indian preacher referred to the Turkish leader as “one of the few Muslim leaders who has the guts to support Islam openly,” adding: “Oh Muslim world, wake up…. May Erdogan be the next leader of the Muslim world.”

THE DISPUTE around Naik casts light on the currently burgeoning relations between three significant Muslim countries – Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia. This emergent alliance is a reflection of a shift in power in the Islamic world away from its traditional Arab center.

Ankara, Islamabad and Kuala Lumpur, with Qatar as an additional partner, today constitute an emergent power nexus, built around a common orientation toward a conservative, Sunni political Islam. This nexus is united as much by common enmities as by common affections. Its enemies, are India, Israel and (at the rhetorical level) the Christian West.

Its rivals within the diplomacy of the Islamic world, meanwhile, are Saudi Arabia, which has traditionally dominated the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the main pan-Islamic diplomatic body, and the UAE.

The crystallization of this new alliance has been apparent for some time. In late September 2019, Erdogan, Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met at the sidelines of the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York. The three agreed at that meeting to establish an English-language TV channel to combat ‘Islamophobia’ in the West.

Mahathir then sought to convene a summit in Kuala Lumpur, in December 2019, to identify, according to a press release announcing the summit, “what has gone wrong – with a view to eventually reclaiming the Muslim world’s fame and glory of yore.” Briefing the media in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on the summit, Mahathir suggested that “maybe, it can be regarded as the first step towards rebuilding the great Muslim civilization.”

The countries invited to the Kuala Lumpur summit were Turkey, Pakistan, Qatar and Indonesia. Mahathir described the invited countries as “a few people who have the same perception of Islam and the problems faced by Muslims.”

Subsequent Saudi pressure on Pakistan prevented its attendance at the KL summit. The joint diplomatic activities of the countries invited, however, have continued apace. So far, these efforts have largely been directed at India, with the focus on the issue of the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Kashmir appears to be a matter of particular interest to the Turkish president, in his effort to cast himself as a pan-Islamic leader, and in his desire to draw closer to Pakistan.

Turkey held an international conference on the subject on November 21, 2019. A Pakistani senator, Sherry Rehmen, participated in this gathering. During Erdogan’s visit to Pakistan in early 2020, the Turkish president mentioned Kashmir six times during a 25-minute speech to a joint session of the Pakistani parliament.

Erdogan likened Kashmir to the Turkish struggle for Gallipoli against the British and French in World War I. “It was Canakkale yesterday, and it is Kashmir today. There is no difference,” he asserted, in remarks that led India to issue a formal démarche to the Turkish ambassador in New Delhi, against interference in its internal affairs.

Malaysia also adopted a new and vociferously critical tone on the issue. Mahathir, shortly before his resignation in late 2019, said that India had “invaded and occupied” Kashmir and was “taking action to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship.”

It is worth noting that by contrast to this diplomatic activism, Saudi Arabia and the UAE maintain that Kashmir remains an internal Indian matter.

This reflects the growing closeness between Riyadh and New Delhi, expressed also in the major investments in India announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to India in 2019.

The emergent alliance between Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia and Qatar makes both strategic and ideological sense from the point of view of its members.

It reflects the repositioning currently under way across Asia, in the wake of the receding post-Cold War US hegemony. These countries are united by a similar core outlook, and have some common emergent adversaries.

Turkey and Qatar, indeed, have been engaged in a de facto partnership over the last decade, based on common opposition to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. They are also united in support for Sunni political Islam across the region in its Muslim Brotherhood form, and not least in its Palestinian iteration – the Hamas movement. Pakistan and Malaysia are natural recruits for this emergent bloc. India appears currently to be its main diplomatic target.

This alliance also shares a deep enmity to the Jewish state. Its adversaries – India and the UAE – are Jerusalem’s emergent strategic partners. Zakir Naik, nestled in Malaysia, with Qatari bank accounts and the diplomatic muscle of Pakistan and Turkey guarding him, breathing fire and brimstone against apostates, homosexuals and Jews, is its appropriate symbol.

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ROVING BANDS OF CRIMINALS PROTESTING DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD HAVE ROCKED MINNEAPOLIS WITH CASCADING WAVES OF ARSON, VIOLENCE AND LOOTING

Firefighters were still spraying water onto hot buildings Thursday morning, and some buildings still smoldered, sending a bitter smell into the smoke-filled air. Windows were smashed out of several businesses in a strip mall, including a department store, a charter school and other businesses, and the destruction was visible for blocks. A Wendy’s restaurant was damaged beyond recognition. Inside some of the stores, shelves were toppled and debris strewn about. Video taken inside a damaged Target that had been looted showed empty clothing racks. Obscenities were spray-painted on the outside of the store. Streets and parking lots were also covered in debris, and many businesses had been spray-painted.

by Geoffrey Grider May 28, 2020

Violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody rocked a Minneapolis neighborhood for a second straight night as angry crowds looted stores, set fires and left a path of damage that stretched for miles. The mayor asked the governor to activate the National Guard.

As you watch this horrific scene unfold, it is at once shocking and familiar to you. Shocking because you are watching the utter deprivation of humanity, depraved both in the killing of George Floyd as well as the waves of violence by hundreds of looters, thieves and arsonists in protest. Let’s call it for what it is, shall we? But taking just a small peek behind the curtain reveals to us another familiar character we’ve seen before in these back alleys of the end times, and he has much previous experience with financing and inciting these types of events.

Now, I am not saying that George Soros and his Open Society Foundation are behind the riots underway right now, only because at this exact moment and on this exact day I lack the proof to make that type of claim. But I am quite confident that as further revelations roll in, we will have the proof we need to make that statement. Why? Because we have shown you over the years that George Soros has financed much civil and racial unrest in America, like he did in Ferguson to the tune of over $33 million dollars. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Take a look at what George Soros has already been involved with:

Looting, fires rock Minneapolis after man dies in custody

FROM THE AP: The protests that began late Wednesday and stretched into Thursday morning were the most destructive yet since the death of George Floyd, who was seen on video gasping for breath during an arrest in which an officer kneeled on his neck for almost eight minutes. In the footage, Floyd pleads that he cannot breathe and slowly stops talking and moving.

MAYOR JACOB FREY SOUGHT CALM. “PLEASE, MINNEAPOLIS, WE CANNOT LET TRAGEDY BEGET MORE TRAGEDY,” HE SAID ON TWITTER.

Protests also spread to other U.S. cities. In California, hundreds of people protesting Floyd’s death blocked a Los Angeles freeway and shattered windows of California Highway Patrol cruisers. Memphis police blocked a main thoroughfare after a racially mixed group of protesters gathered outside a police precinct. The situation intensified later in the night, with police donning riot gear and protesters standing shoulder-to-shoulder in front of officers stationed behind a barricade.

Minneapolis police said the violence contrasted sharply with a mostly peaceful demonstration Tuesday afternoon at the street corner where Floyd died.

“THEY WERE CHANTING FOR THINGS TO REMAIN PEACEFUL,” POLICE SPOKESMAN JOHN ELDER SAID. “TONIGHT DIDN’T HAVE THE SAME FEEL. AND THAT’S SAD.”

Pockets of looting continued Thursday. A liquor store employee displayed a gun as he stood among the debris of broken bottles and beer cans inside the business.

Amid the violence, a man was found fatally shot Wednesday night near a pawn shop, possibly by the owner, authorities said. Fire crews responded to about 30 intentionally set blazes during the protests, including at least 16 structure fires, and multiple fire trucks were damaged by rocks and other projectiles, the fire department said. No one was hurt by the blazes.

Firefighters were still spraying water onto hot buildings Thursday morning, and some buildings still smoldered, sending a bitter smell into the smoke-filled air.

Windows were smashed out of several businesses in a strip mall, including a department store, a charter school and other businesses, and the destruction was visible for blocks. A Wendy’s restaurant was damaged beyond recognition.

Inside some of the stores, shelves were toppled and debris strewn about. Video taken inside a damaged Target that had been looted showed empty clothing racks. Obscenities were spray-painted on the outside of the store. Streets and parking lots were also covered in debris, and many businesses had been spray-painted.

There was no sign of a police presence, except around the precinct building, where officers were in riot gear. One man standing outside the building was using a bullhorn to shout. “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe. Mama, I can’t breathe,” repeating some of Floyd’s pleas for relief.

ACROSS FROM THE PRECINCT, SOMEONE HAD SPRAY-PAINTED THE SIDEWALK IN RED: “WHERE’S HUMANITY?”

Protesters began gathering Wednesday afternoon near the city’s 3rd Precinct station, in the southern part of the city, where the 46-year-old Floyd died on Memorial Day as police arrested him outside a convenience store on a report of a counterfeit bill being passed. Demonstrators also skirmished with officers, who fired rubber bullets and tear gas in a repeat of Tuesday night’s confrontation.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in Minneapolis said Thursday they were conducting “a robust criminal investigation” into Floyd’s death and making the case a priority. The announcement came a day after President Donald Trump tweeted that he had asked an investigation to be expedited

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