The Rise of the French Nuclear Horn (Daniel 7:7)

French President Emmanuel Macron Calls for a ‘European Army’ to Defend Against China, Russia and the U.S.

French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for the formation of a “real European army” to protect the continent “with respect to China, Russia and even the United States of America.”

Agence France-Presse reports that while on a tour of World War I memorials Tuesday, Macron said: “We will not protect the Europeans unless we decide to have a true European army.”

Macron has advocated for the mobilization of a collective European force since his election last year. But those calls may be received with more urgency after President Trump announced last month that the U.S. would pull out of a Cold War era nuclear weapons treaty with Russia. Trump has also displayed a tepid attitude in the past towards NATO’s mutual defense commitments.

“When I see President Trump announcing that he’s quitting a major disarmament treaty, who is the main victim? Europe and its security,” Macron said on a visit to Verdun, a French city that was the site of a major battle in 1916.

Europe needs to be prepared to “[defend] itself better alone, without just depending on the United States,” the French president added.

The E.U. launched an annual €5.5 billion ($6.3 billion) joint defense fund last year, and added another €13 billion ($14.8 billion) in defense spending in June to support development of new military technology. France has also led the formation of a nine-country rapid deployment force to respond to crises like evacuations or natural disasters.

Macron is preparing to host dozens of world leaders, including Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice.

But ahead of that anniversary, the French president has spoken of modern threats to European peace, including the reemergence of “authoritarian powers” and “intrusion attempts in cyber-space” seeking to derail democratic elections in Europe. (Russia has been accused of intervening in elections in France as well as supporting far-right parties in Germany and elsewhere.)

“Peace in Europe is precarious,” Macron said.

Write to Eli Meixler at eli.meixler@time.com.

2018: The Year of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Sloshing of Earth’s core may spike major earthquakes

By Paul VoosenOct. 30, 2017 , 1:45 PM

The number of major earthquakes, like the magnitude-7 one that devastated Haiti in 2010, seems to be correlated with minute fluctuations in day length.

SEATTLE—The world doesn’t stop spinning. But every so often, it slows down. For decades, scientists have charted tiny fluctuations in the length of Earth’s day: Gain a millisecond here, lose a millisecond there. Last week at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America here, two geophysicists argued that these minute changes could be enough to influence the timing of major earthquakes—and potentially help forecast them.

During the past 100 years, Earth’s slowdowns have correlated surprisingly well with periods with a global increase in magnitude-7 and larger earthquakes, according to Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado (CU) in Boulder and Rebecca Bendick at the University of Montana in Missoula. Usefully, the spike, which adds two to five more quakes than typical, happens well after the slow-down begins. “The Earth offers us a 5-years heads up on future earthquakes, which is remarkable,” says Bilham, who presented the work.

Most seismologists agree that earthquake prediction is a minefield. And so far, Bilham and Bendick have only fuzzy, hard-to-test ideas about what might cause the pattern they found. But the finding is too provocative to ignore, other researchers say. “The correlation they’ve found is remarkable, and deserves investigation,” says Peter Molnar, a geologist also at CU.

The research started as a search for synchrony in earthquake timing. Individual oscillators, be they fireflies, heart muscles, or metronomes, can end up vibrating in synchrony as a result of some kind of cross-talk—or some common influence. To Bendick, it didn’t seem a far jump to consider the faults that cause earthquakes, with their cyclical buildup of strain and violent discharge, as “really noisy, really crummy oscillators,” she says. She and Bilham dove into the data, using the only complete earthquake catalog for the past 100 years: magnitude-7 and larger earthquakes.

In work published in August in Geophysical Research Letters they reported two patterns: First, major quakes appeared to cluster in time

—although not in space. And second, the number of large earthquakes seemed to peak at 32-year intervals. The earthquakes could be somehow talking to each other, or an external force could be nudging the earth into rupture.

Exploring such global forces, the researchers eventually discovered the match with the length of day. Although weather patterns such as El Nino can drive day length to vary back and forth by a millisecond over a year or more, a periodic, decades-long fluctuation of several milliseconds—in particular, its point of peak slow down about every three decades or so—lined up with the quake trend perfectly. “Of course that seems sort of crazy,” Bendick says. But maybe it isn’t. When day length changes over decades, Earth’s magnetic field also develops a temporary ripple. Researchers think slight changes in the flow of the molten iron of the outer core may be responsible for both effects. Just what happens is uncertain—perhaps a bit of the molten outer core sticks to the mantle above. That might change the flow of the liquid metal, altering the magnetic field, and transfer enough momentum between the mantle and the core to affect day length.

Seismologists aren’t used to thinking about the planet’s core, buried 2900 kilometers beneath the crust where quakes happen. But they should, Bilham said during his talk here. The core is “quite close to us. It’s closer than New York from here,” he said.

At the equator, Earth spins 460 meters per second. Given this high velocity, it’s not absurd to think that a slight mismatch in speed between the solid crust and mantle and the liquid core could translate into a force somehow nudging quakes into synchrony, Molnar says. Of course, he adds, “It might be nonsense.” But the evidence for some kind of link is compelling, says geophysicist Michael Manga of the University of California, Berkeley. “I’ve worked on earthquakes triggered by seasonal variation, melting snow. His correlation is much better than what I’m used to seeing.”

One way or another, says James Dolan, a geologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, “we’re going to know in 5 years.” That’s because Earth’s rotation began a periodic slow-down 4-plus years ago. Beginning next year, Earth should expect five more major earthquakes a year than average—between 17 to 20 quakes, compared with the anomalously low four so far this year. If the pattern holds, it will put a new spin on earthquake forecasting.

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Saudis Prepare to Nuke Up (Daniel 7:7)

Saudi Arabian Prince Announces Plans to Build First Nuclear Reactor

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz November 6, 2018 , 4:07 pm

As for those peoples that warred against Yerushalayim, Hashem will smite them with this plague: Their flesh shall rot away while they stand on their feet; their eyes shall rot away in their sockets; and their tongues shall rot away in their mouths. Zechariah 14:12 (The Israel Bible™)

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdelaziz and the Saudi Arabian flag.

(Credit: Posterapy/Shutterstock.com)

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced during a visit to Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology on Monday his plans to build his country’s first nuclear research reactor.

Construction of the reactor is already underway and expected to be completed by the end of next year. It will follow all the safety standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The reactor will use uranium oxide fuel with 2.1 percent enrichment.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest exporter of crude oil and the country with the largest amount of oil reserves. The country is responsible for 15.9 percent of global oil exports in 2017, totaling $133.6 billion in value. Saudi Arabia’s domestic energy needs for their population and for desalination of water is growing. They are looking to nuclear energy to diversify their energy sources. According to Reuters news agency, Saudi Arabia hopes to reduce the amount of oil and natural gas it uses for domestic needs in order to allow it to sell more of it overseas.

The Kingdom plans to build two full nuclear power reactors for energy and as many as 16 over the next 25 years, making it one of the biggest nuclear projects being pursued in the world today. If the plan is realized, it will make Saudi Arabia the second Gulf Arab state to launch a nuclear power project after the United Arab Emirates, which is building four South Korean-designed reactors.

The announcement does not come as a complete surprise. Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed that the Saudi government invited proposals for the construction of two nuclear power reactors.

Their moves to develop a nuclear program come in response to the Iranian nuclear program. The Saudi Arabian government is at odds with Iran and has been skeptical of Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal they signed in 2015 intended to delay their nuclear weapons program. Prince Mohammed said in March that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, his country will do so as well.

“Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible,” he told a CBS in an interview.

Prince Mohammed was vocally supportive of President Trump’s decision in May to withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to reimpose economic sanctions.

The reactor will be used for research and not to generate electricity. The prince also announced plans to launch six other strategic projects in renewable energy, water desalination, genetic medicine, and the aircraft industry

Three Palestinian children killed outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

More Israeli atrocities: Three Palestinian children killed in airstrike

Since the beginning of the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland in 1948, Israel has purposefully targeted Palestinian youth and children. On Oct. 28, three Palestinian teenagers were playing outside when they were targeted near the border fence separating Gaza and Israel. Khaled Bassam Saeed, 14, Abdul Hamid Abu Zaher and Mohammed Ibrahim al-Sattari, both 13, youthed and yearning for life, were killed by an Israeli air strike.

The names of three budding boys, best friends in school and always together, are added to the heartbreaking list of Palestinian youth and children targeted by the Zionist state. The numbing pain of burying children is routine for Gaza.

Arabic media spokesman Avichay Adraee states the three boys were targeted because of their attempt to “tamper with the security fence and apparently place an improvised explosive device.” This is an outrageous lie that has been vigorously denied by the victims’ families, and is typical of the slander spread against victims of Israeli violence following their deaths.

The mainstream, corporate media’s narrative painting Palestinians as violent aggressors while uplifting Israel as the victim of aggression is false. Mainstream media has done well in portraying Palestinians as angry, unreasonable,and aggressive while painting Israel’s image as one of a defenseless victim that possesses the right to protect itself through any means necessary.

This is especially true in the besieged Palestinian region of Gaza. The people of Gaza are a population born of expulsion; the large majority of Gazans are refugees. More than half of its population is children, youth under the age of 18. When we hear of the murders and mayhem, and the death and destruction inflicted on Gaza, we must bear in mind that the recipients are overwhelmingly children.

Israel has killed 218 Palestinians since the Great March of Return protests along the Gaza border fence began in March of this year. 19 percent of those martyred were children. This past July, Israel launched the largest wave of strikes since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, hitting more than 40 targets.

Since 2004, Israel has launched eight murderous assaults on Gaza. The majority, 51 percent of the population, is children, and it is predominantly children who are killed as a result of Israel’s air strikes and bombardment. These attacks are:

• Operation Rainbow, 2004

• Operation Days of Penitence, 2004

• Operation Summer Rain, 2006

• Operation Autumn Clouds, 2006

• Operation Hot Winter, 2008

• Operation Cast Lead, 2008-2009

• Operation Pillar of Defence, 2012

• Operation Protective Edge, 2014

Those in the media who accuse Palestinian children as being terrorists and carriers of explosives are laying the basis for even more Israeli repression and killing in the future. But despite all of this, Palestine’s children live on and the Palestinian people’s resistance continues. Support for the Palestinian struggle is growing by the day, and here in the United States we can do our part by demanding that the U.S. government immediately cut off all aid to Israel and by supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

India and the Nuclear Triad

PM Modi congratulates “all those involved, especially the crew of INS Arihant, for this accomplishment”. — Photo via Twitter

Modi hails India’s ‘successful establishment of nuclear triad’

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced that the country’s first nuclear ballistic missile submarine has completed its first deterrence patrol.

“Today is historic because it marks the completing of the successful establishment of the nuclear triad. India’s nuclear triad will be an important pillar of global peace and stability,” said Modi on Twitter.

Named INS Arihant, the submarine, which according to NDTV can target China, had been thirty years in the making and can “now be considered a fully functional underwater ballistic missile delivery platform”.

“In an era such as this, a credible nuclear deterrence is the need of the hour,” said the Indian premier. “The success of INS Arihant gives a fitting response to those who indulge in nuclear blackmail.”

The newly launched submarine, NDTV adds, “completes India’s nuclear triad by adding maritime strike capability to land and air-based delivery platforms” — a feat Pakistan had already achieved in 2017 with the launch of Babur-3 missile.

In March this year, Pakistan carried out another successful test of the nuclear-capable Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur and announced that it has attained ‘Credible Second Strike Capability’.

An Icon Is Shot Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Palestinian protester identified as A’ed Abu Amro in Gaza, November 5, 2018 © Reuters / Mohammed Salem

Iconic Palestinian protester shot in Gaza – reports

Published time: 5 Nov, 2018 23:54

Multiple reports from Gaza say that the 20-year-old protester photographed last month with a slingshot and a Palestinian flag was among those injured by Israeli troops in the most recent protests.

A’ed Abu Amro was among those injured by Israeli sniper fire on Monday, according to multiple activists and journalists reporting from the area. Photos show him being carried away on a stretcher.

The shirtless Palestinian made headlines last month, when a photographer captured him slinging a stone at Israeli troops during one of the Great March of Return protests on the boundary with Gaza. The photo was quickly compared to paintings from the French revolution and even the Biblical story of David vs. Goliath, albeit with the roles reversed.

As many as two dozen people were shot, according to human rights activist Huwaida Arraf. The Palestinian Red Crescent Society spoke of ten casualties, including a journalist and a child.

Abu Amro appears to have been shot in the leg and is recovering at a Gaza hospital.

Over 23,000 Palestinians have been injured in the almost-daily protests that began on March 30, and 230 have been killed, according to the Red Crescent Society.

Since the beginning of the protests, Israel has blamed any casualties on Hamas, a group it has designated as terrorist but which also runs the elected government in the Gaza Strip.