Just Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

2nd small earthquake this week reported in N.J. | NJ.com

MORRIS PLAINS — Another small earthquake was reported Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed.

The quake, which happened at 8:05 a.m., was recorded 11.5 kilometers below the surface just outside of Morristown, according to the agency.

This is the second small earthquake in the area this week. The first, which was a 1.5 magnitude quake, was reported on Monday evening .

Police had no calls from residents.

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Antichrist Saves The Day (Revelation 13)

Deputy PM Talabani asks Shiite cleric to mediate between KRG and Iraq

Rudaw 

Muqtada al-Sadr, the head of the Shiite Sadr movement, says the Kurdistan Region must first annul the outcome of the Kurdish vote on independence. Photo: media office of Sadr movement

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdistan Region’s Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani has asked the influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to mediate talks between his government and Baghdad on the basis of the Iraqi constitution, a statement from the office of the Shiite cleric read.

In a phone call on Thursday, Talabani asked the Shiite cleric to aid a renewed commitment to the Iraqi constitution, the statement detailed.

Sadr’s stance echoes that of Baghdad, arguing that the referendum result must be annulled.

“Holding the referendum was not constitutional in the first place, so how can the constitution be adhered to without cancelling the referendum?” asked the statement from his office.

Talabani’s spokesperson Samir Hawrami confirmed to Rudaw that the phone call took place. The two “reaffirmed the need for dialogue to solve the problems between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad,” Hawrami said.

Sadr’s statement said they also discussed Iraq’s 2018 budget.

Baghdad has allocated over 12 percent of the budget for the Kurdistan Region in its draft bill. Erbil insists it is entitled to 17 percent.

Sadr said that the Iraqi state is in a difficult financial situation and people in the south and centre of the country are no better off than the Kurds.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has offered to freeze the outcome of the independence vote in return for open dialogue with Iraq in light of the Iraqi constitution, but Baghdad has so far rejected this and demanded Erbil declare the vote null and void before any talks begin.

Baghdad also asked Erbil to respect the verdict issued by the Iraqi Federal Court earlier this week that ruled the constitution does not allow the secession of any part of the country.

The KRG is yet to comment on the court ruling.

Iran and the Islamic Horn (Daniel 8)

Imam Khamenei sees signs of hope in path of Islamic Revolution

November 10, 2017 – 11:27 AM Source : IRNA Link:

(AhlulBayt News Agency) – Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Thursday that the signs of hope, progress and success have been witnessed in the path of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the same prospect is expected for its future.
It is important to be steadfast in this path and not be affected by bottlenecks and difficulties, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Khamenei said at a gathering attended by university students from all across Iran for the Arbaeen mourning ceremony.

Making efforts in the way to God and also following the route to an Islamic society and civilization are very difficult and have their ups and downs, Imam Khamenei stressed.

The Arbaeen mourning ceremony, falling on November 9 this year in Iran, is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world.

It marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Imam Hussein (AS), the third Imam of Shiite Muslims.

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The Pope’s Futile Efforts

Pope Francis wants to save the world from nuclear crisis

By Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference that will bring together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners, United Nations and NATO officials, and representatives from a handful of countries with the bomb.

For some analysts, Francis’ address at the gathering Friday will provide a welcome break in the heated war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as Trump continues his first trip to Asia as president.

The Vatican hopes the conference will do more by further discrediting the Cold War-era idea that atomic weapons serve a purpose for deterrence and global security.

“For some people, it’s pie in the sky,” conference organizer and top papal adviser Monsignor Silvano Tomasi said. “But at this time, I think it’s very important to alert public opinion that the presence in the world of thousands of atomic bombs doesn’t guarantee the security of anyone.”

The conference is the first major international gathering since 122 countries approved a new U.N. treaty in July calling for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons. However, none of the nuclear powers and no NATO members signed on. They argued the treaty’s lofty ideals were unrealistic given the rapid expansion of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The treaty received a boost from the Nobel committee when it awarded the peace prize this year to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an advocacy group that was instrumental in getting the pact approved. ICAN’s executive director, Beatrice Fihn, is one of the Nobel laureates who will address the Vatican conference.

“What’s so significant about this conference is that it draws attention to and underscores the treaty and the Nobel prize, and says, ‘This is serious stuff,'” said George Lopez, who served on an experts panel that advised the U.N. Security Council on North Korea sanctions.

Francis is “keeping the issue alive and adding a new dimension,” said Lopez, who is attending the conference as a member of a delegation from the University of Notre Dame.

The Holy See has consistently opposed nuclear weapons and supported nonproliferation and disarmament efforts, and history’s first Latin American pope has strongly backed that line. But Francis brings to the table arguments based on his other papal priorities: that atomic weapons are a threat to the environment, that the costs of developing them could be put to far better use, and that the world would be a far safer place if dialogue prevailed over confrontation.

Monsignor Tomasi said the Vatican hopes to send both Washington and Pyongyang a clear message through the conference: that the only way forward is dialogue, without “excessive aggression” in rhetoric.
Francis “keeps saying we need to build channels of communication and not walls,” Tomasi said in an interview. “If the conference that we are organizing succeeds in conveying this message, we have done our jobs.”

One outcome the Vatican is ruling out — at least publicly — is that the conference could lead to a mediation role of some kind. The Vatican under Francis has facilitated talks between the U.S. and Cuba and, more recently, between the Venezuelan government and opposition.

But it has denied any interest in mediating the Korean standoff and suggested that other experienced facilitators, such as Norway, could play that role.

The United States is set to be represented at the conference by its deputy ambassador to the Holy See. Ambassador Calista Gingrich hasn’t presented her credentials yet and can’t participate in official Vatican events. Russia is sending a top nuclear expert, and NATO’s deputy secretary general, Rose Gottemoeller, is scheduled to speak.

China and North Korea have been invited, but organizers said they do not know if the countries would send representatives. Neither has diplomatic relations with the Holy See.

Beyond the current Korean standoff, there is a growing consensus — as evidenced by the 122 countries backing the U.N. treaty — that governments should no longer regard nuclear capability as the defining barometer of national, regional or global security, Tomasi said.

“Instead of ‘Let’s guarantee peace or security with the threat of mutual destruction,’ let’s try to construct in a positive way a sense of trust, solidarity, cooperation,” he said.