Saudi Fight-Bombers Already Nuclear Ready (Daniel 7:7)

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Warning: Saudi Arabia, although a signatory to the Nuclear Weapons Non- Proliferation Treaty has just, in violation of its pledge, acquired atomic bombs from Pakistan.

“We have nuclear bombs”: this is what was said on February 19 on Russia Today by the Saudi political analyst, Daham al-Anzi, de facto spokesman for Riyadh.

He repeated it on another Arab channel. Saudi Arabia had already declared [1] its intention to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan (not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty), of whom it finances 60% of the military nuclear program. Now, through al-Anzi, the Saudis have indicated that they started buying them two years ago. Of course, for Riyadh, this is to confront the “Iranian threat” in Yemen, Iraq and Syria, where “the Russians aid Assad.” That is to say, where Russia supports the Syrian government to free the country from Daesh (Islamic state) and other terrorist groups, financed and armed by Saudi Arabia as part of the US / NATO strategy.

Riyadh has over 250 fighter-bombers with dual conventional and nuclear capability, provided by the US and by the European powers. Since 2012, Saudi Arabia is part of the “Nato Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency,” the NATO agency that manages European Eurofighter and Tornado fighters, of which Riyadh bought from Britain twice the number of that of the whole Royal Air Force.
In the same context, enter the imminent 8 billion EUR maxi contract – thanks to Minister Roberta Pinotti, efficient sales representative for the supply of weapons – to supply Kuwait (ally of Saudi Arabia) with 28 Eurofighter fighter Typhoons, built by a consortium including Finmeccanica with British, German and Spanish industries. This is the largest order ever obtained by Finmeccanica whose coffers will absorb half the 8 billion. Guaranteed with 4 billion in funding by a pool of banks, including Unicredit and Intesa Sanpaolo, and the group Sace Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

And thus accelerates the conversion of military Finmeccanica, with outstanding results for those who enrich themselves with war: in 2015 Finmeccanica share value grew by 67%. Right in the face of the “Arms Trade Treaty” ratified by parliament in 2013, which states that “no State Party shall knowingly authorize the transfer of arms if the weapons could be used for attacks against civilian targets or subjects, or for other war crimes. ” Faced with the denunciation that the weapons provided by Italy are used by Saudi and Kuwaiti air forces for the massacre of civilians in Yemen, Minister Pinotti replies: “Let us not transform the states that are our allies in the battle against Daesh into enemies. This would be a very serious mistake. ”

This would be especially a “mistake” to allow it to be known who are our “allies” Saudi and Kuwaiti: absolute monarchies, where power is concentrated in the hands of the ruler and his family circle, where parties and trade unions are banned; where immigrant workers (10 million in Saudi Arabia, about half of the labor force; 2 million to 2.9 million people in Kuwait) live in conditions of exploitation and slavery, where those who call for the most basic human rights are hanged or beheaded.

In these hands, “democratic” Italy places bombers capable of carrying nuclear bombs, knowing that Saudi Arabia already has them and that they can also be used by Kuwait.

At the “International Humanitarian Law Conference,” minister Pinotti, after stressing the importance of “respecting the norms of international law,” concluded that “Italy is a immensely credible and respected country.”

Save The Oil And The Wine (Revelation 6:6)

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Last week Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar, and Russia reached an historic agreement to cap oil production at mid-January levels.

Absent an improbable cut in global production, oil prices will stay low as the current glut lingers on.
One of the reasons Saudi Arabia orchestrated a drop in prices was to challenge the nascent U.S. shale revolution.

Coupled with sanctions wreaking havoc on the Kremlin’s budget, the longer Saudi Arabia can keep prices down, the more it will compound Russia’s economic pain.

Saudi Arabia is also using low oil prices as a means of upending on its traditional rival, Iran.

Last week Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar, and Russia reached an historic agreement to cap oil production at mid-January levels. The pact – the first between OPEC and a non-OPEC member in 15 years – aims to halt the precipitous fall in oil prices that has wreaked havoc around the world.
While news of the deal sparked some optimism, any bullishness quickly faded as reality began to set in: the deal will not take a single barrel off the market. Absent an improbable cut in global production, oil prices will stay low as the current glut lingers on.
The decision to freeze rather than cut production seems counterintuitive; producers have been under incredible financial strain, with some seeking assistance in a bid to keep their economies afloat. But for Saudi Arabia, the chief architect of the current crisis, there are several reasons for keeping prices low. These include: halting the U.S. shale revolution, making Russia pay for its Syria incursion, and undercutting Iran and Iraq.
With these strategies now beginning to bear fruit, Riyadh will resist calls to cut production. Moreover, without OPEC cooperation, other producers will also pump at near record levels, desperate not to concede market share. Low oil prices will therefore continue, at least for the foreseeable future.

Countering the U.S. shale revolution

One of the reasons Saudi Arabia orchestrated a drop in prices was to challenge the nascent U.S. shale revolution. The next few years will see the U.S. set to become the world’s largest producer, while reports also suggest its shale output could double from 4 to 8 million barrels per day by 2035.
This may seem insignificant; the IAE forecasts worldwide demand at around 96 million barrels this year. But analysts claim that even a 5% cut in global output – around 4.8 million barrels – would raise prices by between 50 to 100% today. So, shale will almost certainly heap downward pressure on prices in the long term.
Just as important, the limited time and money needed to construct wells mean they can be capped on and off relatively easily. This provides Washington a flexible lever to balance price shocks and weakens Saudi Arabia’s influence as a “swing” producer.
Not surprisingly, Saudi Arabia has plotted shale’s downfall. With the high costs of shale production, Riyadh figured a dramatic fall in prices would drive these new players out of business, thereby preserving the status quo.
The strategy has produced mixed results. Despite dozens of companies going bust, many have proved resistant, tightening belts and digging in their heels. Slowly, however, these companies are succumbing to market forces, with a wave of bankruptcies expected this year.
While many doubt Saudi Arabia’s ability to hold off the shale revolution indefinitely – especially since procuring shale is becoming much cheaper – the House of Saud is unlikely to cut production soon, given the relief it would offer its U.S competitors.

Reacting to Russia’s incursion into Syria

Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Syria in September last year has changed the facts on the ground, entrenching Bashar al-Assad’s regime and diminishing the influence of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. Whereas Assad’s rule had looked shaky at the war’s start, Moscow’s involvement now all but ensures his survival.
Furthermore, as Russia continues to strike at opposition rebels, many of them sponsored by Saudi Arabia, Riyadh’s clout is beginning to fade. Moreover, as its influence in Syria wanes, so too will its role in further peace talks and discussions about the country’s future.
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Dismayed at what they perceive as U.S. inaction in the face of Russian aggression in Aleppo and other flash points in the north, Saudi officials are becoming increasingly frustrated. Though the de facto OPEC leader is unlikely to get involved militarily without Washington’s consent, keeping prices low is one way to hurt Moscow’s fragile economy.
Coupled with sanctions wreaking havoc on the Kremlin’s budget, the longer Saudi Arabia can keep prices down, the more it will compound Russia’s economic pain. In fact, Russia’s finance minister, Anton Siluanov, recently claimed that the country needs $82 oil to balance the budget, with many analysts claiming that a default is now a possibility.
That might not change Putin’s calculations in Syria, but low oil prices will at least serve a costly reminder that Russia’s actions come with consequences.

Undercutting Iran and Iraq

Saudi Arabia is also using low oil prices as a means of upending on its traditional rival, Iran. True, the Saudi economy is heavily reliant on oil, with shipments accounting for 90 percent of its export earnings and 80 percent of government revenues. But it still enjoys a favorable financial position over its adversary across the Persian Gulf, with greater reserves and a smaller debt ratio. Meanwhile, Iran needs higher oil prices to break even.
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In terms of regional influence, therefore, Saudi Arabia is likely to keep oil prices low in a bid to outlast Iran. Eventually, Riyadh hopes the financial pressure will mean Iran is unable to maintain its proxies in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.
Having made huge military and diplomatic strides recently, which includes a recent nuclear deal with the U.S., Tehran may be forced to adopt a less expansive foreign policy, allowing the Saudis to reconfigure alliances in the region and regain much of their lost influence.
Similarly, Riyadh sees low prices as a means of further destabilizing the impotent Shia regime in Iraq, which has been an Iranian ally since the overthrow of Saddam. The alliance between the two has stoked Saudi fears of a coming “Shia Crescent”, with Saudi Arabia’s rulers keen to ensure Iran’s neighbor remains bitterly fragmented. As an added bonus, in the longer term, continued instability may also mean Iraq is unable to develop its remaining oil reserves.

Scarlet Woman Ready To Take On Trump (Revelation 17:4)

Clinton, Trump move closer to showdown with big primary wins

Scarlet Woman Takes A Huge Lead (Revelation 17:4)

WASHINGTON – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton swept through the South on Super Tuesday, with the front-runners claiming victory in their parties’ primaries in delegate-rich Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. Clinton also carried Texas, the night’s biggest prize.
On the Republican side, Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Democratic race in his home state.

“What a Super Tuesday,” Clinton exclaimed during a victory rally.

The Democrat also picked up a win in Arkansas, while Trump carried the GOP contest in Massachusetts.

Super Tuesday marked the busiest day of the 2016 primaries, with the biggest single-day delegate haul up for grabs. With elections in every region of the country, the contests put a spotlight on candidates’ strengths and weaknesses with a broad swath of American voters.

For Clinton and Trump, the voting provided an opportunity to begin pulling away from their rivals and charting a course toward the general election. Each entered Super Tuesday having won three of four early voting contests, and more strong showings could start putting the nominations out of reach for other contenders.

As Trump’s victories piled up, he fired off “thank you” Twitter notes to the states that landed in his win column. The billionaire businessman scheduled a nighttime news conference at his swanky Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, eschewing the traditional election night rally.

Clinton was steadying herself after an unexpectedly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator did carry his home state decisively on Tuesday, and told the crowd at a raucous victory party that he was “so proud to bring Vermont values all across this country.”

Early exit polls underscored Sanders’ continued weaknesses with black voters, a core part of the Democratic constituency. Clinton led with African-Americans, as well as both men and women, in Georgia and Virginia, according to surveys conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks.

Sanders continued to show strength with young voters, carrying the majority of those under the age of 30.

Democrats were voting in 11 states and American Samoa, with 865 delegates up for grabs. Republicans were voting in 11 states, with 595 delegates at stake.

The contests come at a turbulent time for the GOP, given Trump’s strengths in the face of opposition from many party leaders. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz launched furious verbal attacks on the billionaire businessman in recent days, but some in the party establishment fear the anti-Trump campaign has come too late.

Trump’s wins in the South were a blow to Cruz, who once saw the region as his opportunity to stake a claim to the nomination. Now Cruz’s future hinges on a victory in his home state of Texas, the biggest prize of the day.

Rubio’s goal was even more modest. He was seeking to stay competitive in the delegate count and hoping to pull off a win in his home state of Florida on March 15.

In a fundraising email to supporters, Rubio’s campaign said the senator “is not going to give up this fight — he’ll do whatever it takes to stop Trump.”

However, Rubio was expected to face quick calls from Trump to drop out of the race if he failed to pick up any wins.

“He has to get out,” Trump told Fox News earlier in the day. “He hasn’t won anything.”

Republicans spent months largely letting Trump go unchallenged, wrongly assuming that his populist appeal with voters would fizzle. Instead, he’s appeared to only grow stronger, winning states and drawing broad support for some of his most controversial proposals.

In six of the states on Tuesday, large majorities of Republican voters said they supported a proposal to temporarily ban all non-citizen Muslims from entering the United States, an idea championed by Trump. Two-thirds of GOP voters in Texas, Virginia and Georgia, 7 in 10 in Tennessee, and nearly 8 in 10 in Alabama supported the proposal, according to the early exit polls.

Worries among Republicans appeared to grow after Trump briefly refused to disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke during a television interview. Trump later said he had not understood the interviewer who first raised the question about Duke, and he did repudiate him.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that anyone who wants to be the Republican presidential nominee must reject any racist group or individual.

“When I see something that runs counter to who we are as a party and a country I will speak up. So today I want to be very clear about something: If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games,” Ryan said.

The disarray among Republicans comes as Clinton appears to be tightening her grip on the Democratic field. In a sign of her growing confidence, the former secretary of state has increasingly turned her attention to Trump in recent days, casting herself as a civil alternative to the insults and bullying that have consumed the Republican race.

“What we can’t let happen is the scapegoating, the flaming, the finger pointing that is going on the Republican side,” she told voters in Springfield, Massachusetts, Monday. “It really undermines our fabric as a nation.”

States holding voting contests in both parties were Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia. Republicans also vote in Alaska and Democrats in Colorado. Democrats also have a contest in American Samoa and for Democrats Abroad.
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Colvin reported from Palm Beach, Florida. AP writer Julie Bykowicz in Washington and Ken Thomas in Burlington, Vermont, contributed to this report.

Yes, Saudi Arabia Already A Nuclear Horn (Daniel 8:8)

Saudi Arabia: We Have Nukes

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Saudi Arabia has announced it has had nuclear weapons for more than two years and plans to test one soon in response the growing military threat from Iran and Russia.

“Yes, we have a nuclear bomb,” Saudi political analyst Dahham Al-‘Anzi told RT on February 15. “To put it simply, yes.”

“This is not breaking news, the superpowers have known about this for years,” Al-‘Anzi said bluntly.

“We have said before that if Iran were to impudently announce a nuclear test, Saudi Arabia would announce one too. No problem.”

Rumors that Saudi Arabia was shopping for nukes from Pakistan began last January. At the time, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry publicly warned the two countries that there would be “all kinds of NPT [Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty] consequences” if any such plan went through.

Saudi Arabia signed the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty in 1988; Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, and Oman have also signed the document. Countries agree to never acquire nuclear weapons, and share in the mutual benefit of peaceful nuclear technology.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir responded by saying his country “is committed to two things. I always say two things we do not negotiate over, our faith and our security. Saudi Arabia will do whatever it takes in order to protect our nation and our people from any harm. And I will leave it at that.”

Iran has been accused of funding rebel and terrorist factions in the region, including Houthi rebels in Yemen, which is on Saudi Arabia’s southern border. A Saudi-led coalition to destroy the Houthi rebels has proven unsuccessful so far.

“Iran should cease to support terrorism. Iran should cease to assassinate diplomats and blow up embassies. Iran should cease to support militias whose objective is to destabilize countries in the region. Iran should cease its policy of negative propaganda in the region. Other than that, things should be fine with Iran,” Al-Jubeir added.

Al-‘Anzi’s claim of Saudi nukes was confirmed by the founding director of the CIA’s Counter-terrorism sector, Duane Clarridge, who said the country has between 4-7 nuclear weapons that can be delivered by either F-15 planes or a recently-purchased Chinese missile system.

Saudi Arabia was the financier of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program in the 1970’s. As a result, Clarridge said, the Saudis were able to get nuclear weapons from Pakistan.

Clarridge could not say if the Saudis have physical possession of the nuclear weapons, or if they are in Pakistan. He did leave open the possibility that the Saudis could use the nukes in a pre-emptive strike against Iranian military positions.