History Expects the Sixth Seal in NYC (Revelation 6:12) l

If the past is any indication, New York can be hit by an earthquake, claims John Armbruster, a seismologist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Based on historical precedent, Armbruster says the New York City metro area is susceptible to an earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.0 once a century.

According to the New York Daily News, Lynn Skyes, lead author of a recent study by seismologists at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory adds that a magnitude-6 quake hits the area about every 670 years, and magnitude-7 every 3,400 years.

A 5.2-magnitude quake shook New York City in 1737 and another of the same severity hit in 1884.

Tremors were felt from Maine to Virginia.

There are several fault lines in the metro area, including one along Manhattan’s 125th St. – which may have generated two small tremors in 1981 and may have been the source of the major 1737 earthquake, says Armbruster.

There’s another fault line on Dyckman St. and one in Dobbs Ferry in nearby Westchester County.

“The problem here comes from many subtle faults,” explained Skyes after the study was published.

He adds: “We now see there is earthquake activity on them. Each one is small, but when you add them up, they are probably more dangerous than we thought.”

“Considering population density and the condition of the region’s infrastructure and building stock, it is clear that even a moderate earthquake would have considerable consequences in terms of public safety and economic impact,” says the New York City Area Consortium for Earthquake Loss Mitigation on its website.

Armbruster says a 5.0-magnitude earthquake today likely would result in casualties and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

“I would expect some people to be killed,” he notes.

The scope and scale of damage would multiply exponentially with each additional tick on the Richter scale. (ANI)

Russia’s New Nuclear Weapon

Russia reveals new details of ‘Poseidon’ underwater nuclear drone

by Dylan Malyasov

Russia has revealed some new details of ‘Poseidon’ underwater nuclear drone.

The ‘Poseidon’, also known under Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6 or “Kanyon” by the U.S. intelligence community, is a new Russian strategic drone propelled by a miniaturized nuclear reactor.

According to the news report, the maximum speed of the ‘Poseidon’ drone will be more than 107 kt (200 km/h), the maximum depth at which it can move is more than one kilometer. For comparison, the maximum speed of modern nuclear submarines is 32 kt, torpedoes – 48 kt.

The high speed of ‘Poseidon’ will be made possible is due to supercavitation, whereby a gas bubble, which envelops the torpedo at maximum speed. This minimizes water contact with the torpedo, significantly reducing drag.

Also, TASS claimed that the newest Russian underwater UAV will be impossible to attack due to the peculiarities of its maneuvering.

The ‘Poseidon’ is designed to create a tsunami wave up to 500 metres (1,600 ft) tall, which would contaminate a wide area on an enemy’s coast with radioactive isotopes, as well as being immune to anti-missile defence systems such as anti-ballistic missiles, laser weapons and railguns that might disable an ICBM or a SLBM.

Modern Russian drone was officially announced in March 2018 along with other upcoming weapon systems, meant to counter the development of anti-ballistic missile technologies by the US.

The drone is included in Russia’s state armament program for 2018-2027 and the Poseidon is expected to enter service before the program ends, the source added.




Palestinian riots in the Beit Hanoun area of the Gaza Strip.. (photo credit:” KOBI RICHTER/TPS)

Six Palestinians were injured, according to Palestinian Health Ministry reports.

More than 10,000 Palestinians have gathered to protest along the Gaza border, as part of the March of Return on Friday, 6 Palestinians injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Palestinians have been setting tires aflame, and hurling rocks and explosive devices at IDF forces along the border. Troops responded with crowd dispersal measures, as well as live fire, in accordance with IDF rules of engagement.

Six Palestinians were injured, according to Palestinian Health Ministry reports.

“The Israeli government’s latest actions are a declaration of war against prisoners,” Ismail Radwan, a Hamas official in the Gaza Strip announced during the riots.

Radwan’s words were aimed at Interior Minister Gilad Erdan’s decision to lower the prison conditions for terrorists to make them as rigid as possible while still respecting international law.

“I have been saying since June 2018 that there is no escape from delivering a fatal blow upon Hamas, yet Netanyahu and the Cabinet prevented that from happening time and time again,” Former Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on Facebook in response to the riots on the border. “Every time I wanted to act against Hamas, has been prevented, by the same people who claim in front of the media how they would treat Hamas ‘with an iron fist’ if they were in my position.”

“The government is a-f-r-a-i-d of Hamas, the international community, the PLO and Hezbollah,” Liberman attacked. “Israel has to stop being afraid!”

Shi’a Horn Threatens the Petrodollar

Iran pushes Iraq to maintain trade without US dollar

Salam Zidane January 4, 2019

Iran is exerting considerable pressure on the Iraqi government to compel it not to abide by the US sanctions that have been imposed on Tehran in order for it to change its policies in the Middle East and abandon its nuclear program. These pressures include using the Iraqi dinar and Iranian rial in the trade exchange between the two countries.

Iraq serves as Iran’s economic lifeline, and Iran has great influence in the political and economic decision-making process. In addition, it uses the Iraqi territory to achieve its interests in the Arab region by supporting fighters loyal to Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. This comes despite reservations expressed by some Shiites who recently set the Iranian Consulate ablaze in the city of Basra. During demonstrations against the rampant financial and administrative corruption, protesters chanted slogans calling on Iran to stop its interference in Iraqi affairs.

The Central Bank of Iran is struggling to reach an agreement with Iraq on the use of the dinar or the Iranian rial for trade with Iraq, but Iraq needs the approval of the United States, which is still determined to allow Iraq to only import natural gas from Iran for electricity supply for only a short time.

A source in the Central Bank of Iraq told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “An Iraqi delegation that visited the United States in December and that included executives from the Central Bank of Iraq and several ministries such as the Ministries of Oil and Electricity discussed the exclusion of Iraq from the US sanctions on Iran.”

The source added, “The delegation failed to achieve good results, and it only allowed Iraq to buy Iranian gas for its power plants in return for the dinar. The government pledged to do so and opened an account for the Iranian company at a government bank in the dinar currency.”

According to the same source, “The United States has categorically refused to entirely exclude Iraq from the sanctions and it only allowed natural gas exports from Iran. This exception may include electricity in the coming period because the United States considers Iraq as an economic lifeline for Iran.”

“The United States is working to enable Iraq to exploit gas for the production of electricity, all the while putting an end to dependence on Iranian products and goods,” the source added.

While the US dollar is still used for trade between Iraq and Iran, all transfers are made outside the Iraqi banking sector through foreign brokers or banks in Syria and Lebanon. The dollar is also being smuggled through primitive ways in southern governorates. The vast majority of trade between the two countries is comprised of Iranian exports to Iraq, so Tehran would likely prefer euro or rial-based transactions.

Fadel al-Hamdani, head of the Iraqi-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, told Al-Monitor, “Trade between Iraq and Iran is still ongoing and has not been affected by the US sanctions imposed on Tehran given the ongoing negotiations between Iraq and the United States.”

He added, “Financial transactions are ongoing as per the normal procedures, and it is traders who are behind the changes that may have affected such transactions. If the Iraqi government makes any decisions related to trade with Iran, then the Iraqi private sector will abide by such official decisions.”

Al-Monitor has repeatedly tried to get the Central Bank of Iraq to comment on the use of the dinar and the rial in trade between Iraq and Iran, but to no avail.

However, a high-ranking Iraqi source told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “The Central Bank is committed not to sell the dollar to Iran and rejects any Iranian attempt to do so.”

The source noted, “The Central Bank also refused any cooperation with Iran aimed at converting the Iranian rial to the US dollar,” stressing that the Central Bank of Iraq even refused to sell the dollar to Iraqis wishing to visit Iran in order to dodge any sanctions that could hit the banking sector and financial sanctions.

Following the latest amendment to the draft budget of 2019, which is being discussed by the Iraqi parliament, the Iraqi government reduced allocations for the import of electricity from 424.6 billion dinars (roughly $357 million) to 70 billion dinars (roughly $59 million).

This means that Iraq will no longer buy electricity from Tehran, and this may spark popular protests similar to the ones that erupted in several provinces after Iran cut off its electricity supplies to Iraq last summer.

“Using the dinar in trade with Iran will lead to an increase in the value of the Iraqi dinar due to higher demand, especially considering that the trade exchange between the two countries reached $8 billion in the past eight months,” freelance researcher and writer Ahmed Hathal told Al-Monitor.

He said, “Iraq’s foreign reserves will increase and the Central Bank will be in a better position to defend the dinar in the event of a high demand of the dollar in the future, especially considering that cash reserves cover the country’s needs for more than nine months, thus exceeding the standards set by international financial institutions.”

Hathal added, “Iraq’s foreign trade with Iran requires another currency, namely the dollar. Hence the US rejection it will face.”

Annual Iranian exports to Iraq account for more than 22% of the total Iraqi imports, which exceed $35 billion from several countries. The private sector pays for these Iranian goods either through dollar transfers made by exchange companies or through means not accredited by the Central Bank, or by simply transferring cash by car. It is also very difficult for Iraq to ban the dollar due to the Iranian hegemony over the authorities.

Iran Tramples Outside the Temple Walls (Revelation 11:2)

Iran Ready To Train ‘Palestinian Resistance’ Forces, Says Police Chief

Radio Farda

Iran’s Police Chief Hosein Ashtari has told Palestinian Islamic Jihad Leader Ziad al-Nakhaleh that his forces are prepared to offer training to the “Palestinian Resistance Front,” ISNA reported on Wednesday January 2.

The “resistance front” is Iran’s nickname for groups such as HAMAS and Islamic Jihad in the Palestinian territories and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The statement by the police chief followed Iranian President’s meeting with Al-Nakhaleh on January 1 during which President Hassan Rouhani called for the continuation of Palestinians’ struggle against Israel, adding that the Palestinians’ battle should end with Israel “bowing” to Palestine.

Al-Nakhaleh also met with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Tuesday. Khamenei told him that “A Palestinian state will be finally declared in Tel Aviv.” His remark was against Palestinians’ ideal of setting up a government in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman has stressed that Tehran’s stance against Israel will remain unchanged.

Rouhani said in his meeting with Al-Nakhaleh and the accompanying delegation that “The U.S. is helping Israel to dominate the region, including Palestine,” adding that “Regional nations should think of Israel not only as an enemy of Palestine, but as an adversary for the entire region.”

The Islamic Jihad leader reportedly promised in this meeting that “The Palestinian nation will not stop resistance and will fight till victory.”

Iranian media reports about the meeting between Iran’s police chief and the leader of the Islamic Jihad were unprecedented as previously Iran did not acknowledged contacts between its military personnel and Palestinian armed groups.

In his meeting with Al-Nakhaleh, Ashtari likened assistance to the “resistance movement” to Iran’s “holy defense”; an official jargon to describe the war with Iraq in the 1980s.

Assisting groups such as the Islamic Jihad is against international regulations enforced on the financial front by the Financial Action Task Force or FATF, which has required Iran to stop assistance to terrorist groups. Iran has started the enactment of legislation required by FATF to ban financing for terrorism, but hardliners have stopped the process.

Iran’s timing for arranging al-Nakhaleh’s visit and the exposure given to it will not make its international isolation any better. The U.S. has reimposed heavy economic sanctions on Iran, partly because of Tehran’s support for militant groups and Europe, which is willing to trade with Iran, is waiting to see if Tehran will enact the laws demanded by FATF.

ISNA quoted Ashtari as saying that “Iran is the only country that assists the resistance movement.”

This was the Islamic Jihad leader’s first visit to Tehran where he met high-ranking Iranian officials. Al-Nakhaleh has been the group’s leader since September 2018.

The Islamic Jihad, established in the 1970s, officially declared its existence in 1987 in a charter “based on the ideas of Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeyni,” the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic. Islamic Jihad is the closest Palestinian group to Iran and is considered by regional players as an Iranian puppet.

Iranian police chief Hossein Ashtari, undated.

The group’s leader, Ziad al-Nakhaleh, was sentenced to life imprisonment in Israel in 1971 but was freed in 1985 during a prisoner swap with Palestinian groups. He was arrested once again in 1988 and sent to exile in Jordan, but later he went to Syria, Iran’s ally in the region. The United States has declared him a terrorist.

In the meantime, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi’s remark about the unchangeability of Iran’s stance against Israel appears to be an explanation to balance Foreign Minister Zarif’s statement in an interview with French magazine Le Point in December, during which he said “No one in the Islamic Republic has ever said that they want to destroy Israel.” However, Ghasemi did not further explain his comment.

Russian news agency Sputnik earlier had quoted Naser Abu Sharif, Islamic Jihad’s representative in Tehran, as saying that Iran is the only country that ignores all international sanctions and supplies weapons to Palestinians.” Abu Sharif also said that some Islamic Jihad members have been trained in Iran.

Last month, a HAMAS delegation had visited Iran.

The Islamic Republic supports Palestinian groups regardless of Tehran’s deep economic crisis that brought thousands of Iranians to streets in 2018 chanting slogans against wasting Iranian people’s resources in the Middle East conflicts.