Antichrist’s Supporters Stage Sit-in (Revelation 13:18)

Muqtada al-Sadr supporters stage sit-inoutside Green Zone 
 
19/03 16:39

Thousands of Muqtada al-Sadr’s followers are staging an anti-corruption sit-in at the walls of Baghdad’s Green Zone, where Iraq’s major government offices and foreign embassies are housed.
On February 13, the powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric gave the government 45 days to introduce non-party technocrats into government to tackle systematic graft.

“Due to an order given by Muqtada al-Sadr, we have started this sit-in in front of the Green Zone to put pressure on the Iraqi government to carry out radical change and eliminate corruption,” demonstrator Najim Abdul-Hussein told the press.

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was originally brought in to fight corruption, which had been rife in the previous administration.

However he is perceived to have failed to follow through with political and economic reform.

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Babylon Concerned Over Pakistan’s Deployment Of Nuclear Weapons

US Expresses Concerns Over Pakistan’s Deployment Of Nuclear Weapons
 
Press Trust of India | Updated: Mar 19, 2016 00:06 IST

New Delhi: Days ahead of the crucial Nuclear Security Summit, the Obama Administration has expressed concern over the deployment ofbattlefield nuclear weapons” by Pakistan, calling it “destabilising aspects of their nuclear programme”.

We have been very concerned about Pakistan’s deployment of battlefield nuclear weapons,” the US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Rise E Gottemoeller told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing yesterday.
Battlefield nuclear weapons, by their very nature, pose security threat because you’re taking battlefield nuclear weapons out to the field where, as, you know, as a necessity, they cannot be bade as secure,” Gottemoeller said in response to a question.

“So, we are really quite concerned about this, and we have made our concerns known, and will continue to press them about what we consider to be the destabilising aspects of their battlefield nuclear weapons program,” the top Obama Administration official told lawmakers ahead of the crucial Nuclear Security Summit here later this month.

Heads of States of a large number of countries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif are expected to attend the Summit on March 31 and April 1 at the invitation of the US President Barack Obama.

India, she said, is at an early stage of establishing their own Center of Excellence for nuclear security, but they are also working with the US quite extensively and vigorously in the Nuclear Security Summit context.

“Prime Minister Modi will be here for the Nuclear Security Summit and we have seen quite a bit of advancement in India’s working on this problem in recent years,” Gottemoeller said in response to a similar question from Senator Jeff Flake on assessment of overall nuclear security in India and Pakistan.

“I was able to visit Pakistan’s Center of Excellence a few years ago and they have really done an excellent job to establish a program there that is not only serving Pakistan’s interests, but is also serving on a regional basis to provide training with the help of the IAEA, and so forth,” she said.
Senator Ben Cardin said it is very distressful that Pakistan will not work with the US on a fossil material treaty and that they are producing materials at a very fast rate.

“When we look at our relationship with Pakistan, we look at a partner that we hoped would be fighting ISIL and dealing with the safe havens and their border areas, the mountainous border areas with Afghanistan. So the attentions that they’re paying on their nuclear development seems to be inconsistent with where the priorities need to be in that region,” he said. Senator Bob Corker said the threat of nuclear conflict is greater than ever.

Mr. Obama Needs Nuclear Focus (Ezekiel 17)

Republicans say White House dangerously unfocused on true nuclear threat

The Obama administration has failed to combat worrisome nuclear proliferation, especially in Russia, North Korea, Iran and Pakistan, Republican senators said Thursday, countering State Department officials who contended the bigger and more immediate threat is nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists.

In a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the administration’s nuclear policies, Rose E. Gottemoeller, undersecretary for arms control and international security at the State Department, and Thomas M. Countryman, assistant secretary for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, focused on the threat of nuclear terrorism rather than  the state of arms control.
Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he was “disappointed that there’s not an acknowledgement of the dangers that we face around the world.”

Republican senators were interested in the specific nuclear behaviors of Russia, which has violated the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and Iran and North Korea, which have tested ballistic missiles.

Corker said the United States’ efforts to combat nuclear proliferation are in bad shape, its partners no longer respect treaties and he’s worried about the state of U.S. national security.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that today there’s more potential for nuclear conflict than there was in 2009,” Corker said. “The potential for a military miscalculation with regard to nuclear proliferation is higher by far — by far — by orders of magnitude than it was in 2009.”

Gottemoeller and Countryman cited the diplomatic successes of the Nuclear Security Summit held every two years since 2010, with a fourth scheduled in two weeks, and treaties like the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty as successes in reducing nuclear threats from other countries.

Corker didn’t buy that there has been progress toward President Obama’s commitment in 2009 to “take concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons.”

He criticized the administration’s approach to Russia as too nonconfrontational, noting Russia will not attend the upcoming summit.

Gottemoeller  acknowledged the difficulty of negotiating with the Russians over their violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. They argue the U.S. is in violation of the treaty and not them, she  said.

“In my diplomatic career,” she said, “it has been one of the most difficult issues that I have ever had to deal with … It’s quite typical Soviet-style negotiation tactics — that is, the best defense is a good offense.”

Also raising questions about Russia was Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who returned to the Foreign Relations Committee for the first time since dropping out of the U.S. presidential race.

Sen. Ben Cardin, the committee’s top Democrat, said the nuclear reductions over the past several decades under both Democratic and Republican administrations have been admirable. He blamed nations like North Korea and Iran for the increasing danger rather than America’s actions.

Scarlet Woman Takes Huge Lead (Rev 17:4)

Clinton sweeps Super Tuesday 2.0 as Sanders concedes Missouri 
Press Trust of India | Washington Mar 18, 2016 05:57 AM IST

Hillary Clinton has taken big strides toward securing the Democratic nomination by winning all five primaries in a multi-state vote for US presidential poll after her rival Senator Bernie Sanders conceded defeat in keenly-contested Missouri.

Sanders, who was trailing by just 1500 votes in the Missouri primary elections on Tuesday, said he would not request for recounting of votes and has conceded defeat to Clinton.

“I prefer to save the taxpayers of Missouri some money,” Sanders said through spokesman Michael Briggs yesterday.

The 68-year-old former Secretary of State has swept the ‘Super Tuesday 2.0’ by bagging Florida and North Carolina while also posting crucial victories over Sanders in the industrial Midwest by taking Ohio and Illinois.

Results of the Republican presidential primary in Missouri is yet to be officially declared as it is too close to call. Front-runner Donald Trump is leading his rival Senator Ted Cruz by 1700 votes. So far, Cruz has not conceded defeat.

Since the margin of victory in each case is less than one percentage point, CNN and other US networks said they will not project a winner in either contest.

Missouri saw more than 1.5 million ballots, or 39 per cent of registered voters, cast on Tuesday. That was the highest amount recorded for a Presidential primary in Missouri history. The previous record of 1.4 million, or 36 per cent, was set during the 2008 primary.

Missouri went to polls along with the key states of Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio