The Sixth Seal: More Than Just Manhattan (Revelation 6:12)

New York, NY – In a Quake, Brooklyn Would Shake More Than Manhattan
By Brooklyn Eagle
New York, NY – The last big earthquake in the New York City area, centered in New York Harbor just south of Rockaway, took place in 1884 and registered 5.2 on the Richter Scale.Another earthquake of this size can be expected and could be quite damaging, says Dr. Won-Young Kim, senior research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.
And Brooklyn, resting on sediment, would shake more than Manhattan, built on solid rock. “There would be more shaking and more damage,” Dr. Kim told the Brooklyn Eagle on Wednesday.
If an earthquake of a similar magnitude were to happen today near Brooklyn, “Many chimneys would topple. Poorly maintained buildings would fall down – some buildings are falling down now even without any shaking. People would not be hit by collapsing buildings, but they would be hit by falling debris. We need to get some of these buildings fixed,” he said.
But a 5.2 is “not comparable to Haiti,” he said. “That was huge.” Haiti’s devastating earthquake measured 7.0.
Brooklyn has a different environment than Haiti, and that makes all the difference, he said. Haiti is situated near tectonic plate.
“The Caribbean plate is moving to the east, while the North American plate is moving towards the west. They move about 20 mm – slightly less than an inch – every year.” The plates are sliding past each other, and the movement is not smooth, leading to jolts, he said.
While we don’t have the opportunity for a large jolt in Brooklyn, we do have small, frequent quakes of a magnitude of 2 or 3 on the Richter Scale. In 2001 alone the city experienced two quakes: one in January, measuring 2.4, and one in October, measuring 2.6. The October quake, occurring soon after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, “caused a lot of panic,” Dr. Kim said.
“People ask me, ‘Should I get earthquake insurance?’ I tell them no, earthquake insurance is expensive. Instead, use that money to fix chimneys and other things. Rather than panicky preparations, use common sense to make things better.”
Secure bookcases to the wall and make sure hanging furniture does not fall down, Dr. Kim said. “If you have antique porcelains or dishes, make sure they’re safely stored. In California, everything is anchored to the ground.”
While a small earthquake in Brooklyn may cause panic, “In California, a quake of magnitude 2 is called a micro-quake,” he added.

Antichrist al-Sadr calls on US troops to leave Iraq

Shiite cleric al-Sadr calls on US troops to leave Iraq

Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to withdraw US troops that currently serve in Iraq, to spare the country from becoming an arena for regional and international conflicts.

Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to withdraw US troops that currently serve in Iraq, to spare the country from becoming an arena for regional and international conflicts. Al-Sadr has always been opposed to the US presence in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Iraqi lawmakers voted to oust US troops, following the US drone strike that killed Iran’s top general Qassim Soleimani, along with Iraq’s militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.But the way to achieve that is still unclear.

During Wednesday’s news conference near his residence in Najaf, al-Sadr also warned against the normalization with the Zionist enemy.

“It has been said that the Israeli ambassador (to Iraq) has been named, and I challenge him to come,” he said.

Al-Sadr added that there must be parliamentary and political action to prevent normalization with Israel saying that “we will not allow it even if costs us our blood.”

The Shiite leader’s political bloc won the largest share of seats in the last parliamentary elections in 2018.

(Disclaimer: This story has not been edited by http://www.republicworld.com and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Antichrist warns of looming normalisation with Israel

Iraq’s Muqtada Al-Sadr warns of looming normalisation with Israel

September 2, 2020

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr delivers a statement in which he backed early elections overseen by the United Nations, in an extremely rare press conference outside his home in Iraq’s holy city Najaf, on 10 February 2021. [ALI NAJAFI/AFP via Getty Images]

February 11, 2021 at 1:11 pm

Leader of the Iraqi Sadrist Movement and prominent Shia cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr said yesterday that his movement will not allow normalisation between Iraq and Israel, even if the price is “blood”.

“Normalisation is at the door, and the parliament must prevent this. We will not allow normalisation at all, even if it costs us blood,” Al-Sadr told reporters in the southern city of Najaf.

Al-Sadr did not provide further details, however, in January a new movement named October 25 was formed under the leadership of Secretary-General Talal Hariri who called to have good relations with Israel.

The Iraqi government, led by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, has not issued a clear position on the movement’s demand.

Iraq does not officially recognise Israel, and there are no relations between the two sides.

In October 2017, the Iraqi Parliament passed a resolution prohibiting raising the Israeli flag and punishing violators with imprisonment.

Last year, the UAE, Bahrain , Sudan and Morocco signed normalisation deals with Israel. At the time of the first announcements, Iraq declared that its laws prohibited it from normalising relations with the occupation state.

The Antichrist backs early vote in rare appearance

Iraqi Shiite cleric al-Sadr backs early vote in rare appearance

Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr delivers a statement in support of the early elections outside of his home in Iraq’s holy city Najaf, on Feb.10, 2021. (AFP Photo)

by French Press Agency – AFP

Feb 10, 2021 4:55 pm

Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr expressed his support for the early elections to be overseen by the U.N. in a rare press conference outside of his home in the Iraqi city of Najaf on Wednesday.

Iraq is meant to hold early parliamentary elections this year, a central demand of an anti-government protest movement which erupted in 2019 and involved al-Sadr’s supporters.

The elections were initially set for June, nearly a year ahead of schedule, but have since been pushed back to October. Appearing in a surgical mask and traditional clerical robes, the Iraqi Shiite cleric warned against further delays.

“Delaying the elections would be a disaster for Iraq,” said al-Sadr, warning that rival parties would try to rig the vote. “I don’t want fraud. That’s why I’m asking for UN intervention and supervision,” he said.

The elections will be taking place under a new electoral law that has reduced the size of constituencies and eliminated list-based voting in favor of votes for individual candidates. Al-Sadr’s supporters are expected to make major gains under the new system.

In November, al-Sadr said he would push for the next prime minister to be a member of his movement for the first time.

On Tuesday, leading Sadrist lawmaker Hakim al-Zameli upped the ante in a televised interview.

“If the premiership goes to any party other than the Sadrist movement, it means the elections are rigged,” he said.

His comments came a day after al-Sadr supporters equipped with heavy weapons took to the streets of Najaf and other cities, including Baghdad. They stood guard along major highways in a show of force lasting a few hours.

How the Iranian Horn Will Damn Babylon the Great: Revelation 16

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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Is Radicalizing Young Men Across the Middle East. The U.S. Needs a Counterinsurgency Strategy

Like his six predecessors as president, Joe Biden enters office with the challenge posed by Iran’s regime high on his to-do list. Putting partisanship aside, as far as leverage against Tehran is concerned, the incoming administration has inherited a powerful hand from its predecessor, with the Islamic Republic’s economy already under huge pressure due to U.S. sanctions. Moving forward, speculation now centres on when and how Biden should re-engage Tehran, and if any concessions can be obtained beyond the nuclear issue.

Yet there can be no turning the clock back to 2015 when the nuclear deal was signed between world powers and the Islamic Republic. Since then, Iran has changed internally, and its place in the region is very different. Key to these changes is the increased power of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the clerical regime’s ideological armed wing which, as our new report for the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change shows, has become more influential in shaping and implementing the Islamic Republic’s security, military, and foreign policies, enforcing what we call its “militia doctrine.”

Often seen as part of the Iranian deep state, the Revolutionary Guard is increasingly transitioning to the state itself. IRGC-affiliated candidates are well placed to take the presidency in June and whoever succeeds ageing Ayatollah Khamenei as supreme leader will need the IRGC more than ever to maintain power.

Outside of Iran, the Revolutionary Guard has strengthened its grip throughout the Middle East through its network of militias. Since its inception, the IRGC has nurtured militancy and supported a range of paramilitary groups. Within these, our report reveals that it is the militias that it has manufactured itself that are now the fastest growing and pose the greatest threat to regional stability. A decade on from the 2011 Arab Spring these manufactured militias now cover a landmass stretching from Lebanon through to Yemen.

And contrary to conventional opinion, their purpose is not simply to serve the Iranian state’s defense. The West has tended to see the Revolutionary Guard and its militia network primarily as Iran’s deterrent from external threats. If the U.S. and its allies de-escalate with the Islamic Republic, the thinking goes, the IRGC will scale back its regional activities. Yet its actions and its indoctrination programme make clear this perception is flawed.

In fact, the Revolutionary Guard and the militias it has manufactured reject the very premise of the nation-state, something they regard as a Western construct. Instead, they have been indoctrinated to see the world through the prism of the “Imam and Ummah”—a Shia Islamist ideal of an Islamic state whereby only the 12 divinely ordained Shia imams, the descendants of the Prophet Mohammad, can be the legitimate rulers with absolute authority over Muslim communities (Ummah). Under this worldview, Iran’s supreme leader acts as God’s representative on earth, with a divine mandate over all Muslims worldwide.

Since 1979, both of Iran’s supreme leaders—Khomeini and Khamenei—have interpreted this concept to pursue militancy on the basis of three core ideological objectives: exporting the Islamic Revolution, supporting Islamist and anti-Western movements, and eradicating Israel.

Today, the militias the Revolutionary Guard has manufactured consist of young, radicalised Shia men whose primary objectives are creating a pan-Shia state centred on Ayatollah Khamenei’s leadership. These ‘gold standard’ militias not only receive arms, training and funds from the IRGC, but Tehran has spent a significant amount of time and capital to recruit and radicalize their fighters. Lebanese Hizbullah, for example, is fully aligned with the Islamic Republic’s vision, accepting of its absolute authority over the Shia world, and dedicated to the overthrow of its enemies in the West and in Israel.

The Revolutionary Guard works in collaboration with the Islamic Republic’s soft-power organizations to indoctrinate them with the clerical regime’s extremist Shia Islamist ideology. Our report details how Tehran’s educational, cultural, humanitarian and diplomatic agencies are complicit in this militancy and ensure the long-term survival of the ideas and worldview that underpin it. Among other apparently legitimate bodies, the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, Iran’s Red Crescent Society and Al-Mustafa International University all host IRGC-affiliated personnel.

To understand Iran’s regional activity, it is vital to understand the ideological nature of the Revolutionary Guard. Forcing Tehran to scale back its militia activity will require more sophisticated responses than a flexing of sanctions in order to reward or punish the Islamic Republic’s compliance with international accords, not least because as the Guard takes over state institutions, there is a higher chance sanctions relief will enrich its pockets.

As the Biden administration begins the hard work of forging a new U.S. policy towards Iran, it must consider that countering Tehran’s militia network will require a hearts-and-minds counterinsurgency approach. As well as contesting the IRGC’s hard-power militia assets, the Biden administration must work to dismantle the soft-power infrastructure Iran has built to sustain these groups.

The future of the Islamic Republic very much remains in the hands of the Revolutionary Guard. This reality on the Iranian ground cannot be ignored before the West reaches out to Tehran.

The Iranian Nuclear Horn Continues to Grow: Daniel 8

Iran Has Started Producing Uranium Metal, in Violation of 2015 Accords, IAEA Says

The material can be used to form the core of nuclear weapons; Iran says it is producing it for research purposes

By Updated Feb. 10, 2021 7:33 pm ET

The U.N. atomic agency said Iran had produced a small amount of uranium metal at its Isfahan nuclear facility, seen here in 2007.

Photo: Vahid Salemi/Associated Press

Iran has produced a material that is banned under the 2015 nuclear accords and could be used to form the core of a nuclear weapon, as it seeks to step up pressure on the Biden administration to lift economic sanctions on Tehran.

A confidential report by the United Nations atomic agency, seen by The Wall Street Journal, said Iran had started producing uranium metal on Feb. 6 at a nuclear facility in Isfahan that is under the agency’s inspection.

The material produced was a small amount of natural uranium metal, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported, meaning it wasn’t enriched. To use uranium metal for a nuclear weapon’s core, Iran would need around half a kilogram, or slightly more than one pound, of highly enriched uranium metal, experts say.

The Iranian government in December warned that it would start producing uranium metal within five months, following a law passed in Iran’s Parliament on Dec. 1, a threat that alarmed Western diplomats.

Iran has taken a series of recent steps in breach of the 2015 nuclear accord, from which the Trump administration withdrew. Tehran has increased its production of nuclear fuel, carried out enrichment in locations it isn’t supposed to use, and earlier this year produced 20% enriched uranium, the highest purity of the material it has made since 2013.

Most of these steps involve enriching uranium, an activity that has potential civilian uses such as fuel for power-generating reactors or for medical isotopes. However, the production of uranium metal is more clearly linked to nuclear-weapons work since it has few civilian purposes. Iran was banned from producing it for 15 years under the 2015 agreement.

Iran has said it has the right to breach the nuclear accord because of the U.S. economic sanctions and the European failure to compensate Iran for Washington’s actions. Iran’s U.N. representative didn’t respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

Iran’s latest breach is expected to further stoke tensions over Iran’s nuclear activities as the Biden administration looks to resume diplomacy aimed at returning to the accord.

Robert Einhorn, a former senior State Department official on proliferation issues, saw the Iranian move as an attempt to ratchet up the pressure on the Biden administration.

“Although it’s only a small amount of natural uranium, the Iranians know that any production of uranium metal would rub against a raw nerve in Washington,” Mr. Einhorn said. “They seem to have decided to elevate the stakes in an effort to force the Biden administration to make a conciliatory move. It may mean that they are now prepared to cross what many have seen as a red line—reducing IAEA monitoring activities.”

Even if the Biden administration is successful in encouraging Iran to resume abiding by the 2015 agreement, more formidable challenges loom. Washington wants to use that deal as a stepping stone toward a follow-on accord that would prolong constraints on Tehran’s nuclear program and cover Iran’s ballistic missile program as well

Iran has warned it will start to restrict the access of IAEA inspectors in the country on Feb. 21 unless the U.S. moves to lift sweeping sanctions imposed on Tehran after former President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal in May 2018. That would partially reverse one of the most important restraints on Iran’s activities built into the nuclear deal.

European officials have been trying to explore ways to persuade Iran to delay that step and have been seeking a gesture from Washington that could persuade Tehran to back off, according to diplomats. However, people briefed on the talks say it looks increasingly unlikely that Washington will make any quick move that would persuade Iran to push back its deadline.

In recent days, President Biden said the U.S. wouldn’t make the first move to persuade Iran to reverse its nuclear breaches by lifting sanctions before Tehran acted.

“We continue to urge Tehran to resume full compliance with the [The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action]. We continue to do that because that, for us, would open up the pathway for diplomacy,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price in response to the uranium-metal report. “And we certainly hope to be able to pursue that pathway of diplomacy in order to resolve what we do consider to be an urgent challenge.”

Last month, the IAEA reported that Iran had told the agency it wished to make uranium metal enriched to 20% in order to produce a fuel called silicide for its research reactor in Tehran, a civilian facility. The IAEA said Iran told them in January it would take four to five months to finish installing the equipment to produce the powder from which uranium metal is made. There was no timeline for producing the uranium metal itself.

In a statement Wednesday evening, an IAEA spokesman confirmed the uranium metal production and said it was part of Iran’s “stated aim to produce fuel for the Tehran” research reactor. The agency said the small amount of material produced, 3.6 grams, was part of new research work on uranium metal that Iran informed the agency about last month and that it resulted from a “laboratory experiment” at Isfahan.

In a statement last month, France, Britain and Germany, the three European powers who helped negotiate the nuclear deal, expressed deep concerns about Iran’s uranium metal work. “Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal. The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications,” they said.

“Iran risks overplaying its hand with this attempt to pressure the U.S. … to deliver on sanctions relief,” said Kelsey Davenport, director for nonproliferation policy at Arms Control Association, a Washington think tank. “Natural uranium isn’t used for nuclear weapons, but the knowledge Iran gains from the process of producing uranium metal is relevant and can’t be reversed.”

Iran started taking steps in breach of the 2015 nuclear accord more than a year after the Trump administration withdrew from the deal and months after Washington imposed sanctions.

Biden Pledge to Re-Enter Iran Nuclear Deal Will Face Major Hurdles

President-elect Joe Biden has said he plans for the U.S. to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal he helped establish under the Obama administration in 2015. WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib explains why doing so won’t be as simple as it sounds. Photo: Abedin Taherkenareh/Shutterstock (Originally published Nov. 13, 2020)

In 2019, it breached the limits on its enriched uranium stockpile and purified uranium to levels slightly above those permitted in the accord. It also started enriching uranium at Fordow, a site buried deep underground.

Last year, it significantly increased its production of enriched uranium so that in November, the IAEA reported Iran had accumulated over 12 times its permitted uranium stockpile. It also sped up its research work on producing advanced centrifuges, machines that can enrich uranium far more quickly.

As a result, Western officials have said Iran could now be just three to four months away from amassing enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. The 2015 nuclear accord was built around keeping Tehran at least a year away from having enough enriched uranium for one weapon for at least 10 years.

The Biden administration has said that if Iran walks back its nuclear breaches, the U.S. will return to the accord before seeking a new agreement with Iran that could broaden and deepen the constraints agreed in the 2015 deal.

Critics of the accord, negotiated during the Obama administration, say that it leaves Iran able to scale up its nuclear activities after 10 years, providing a pathway to produce nuclear weapons in future. Israeli and U.S. officials have said the discovery of a nuclear archive during an Israeli raid in Tehran in 2018 and subsequent findings of undeclared nuclear material in Iran show Tehran hasn’t given up its ambitions to develop nuclear weapons.

—William Mauldin and MIchael Gordon contributed to this article.

Israeli Forces Arrest Hamas Leader Outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Israeli Forces Arrest Hamas Leader in West Bank

February 10, 2021

Prominent Hamas member, Khaled Al-Hajj. (Photo: File)

Israeli occupation forces arrested on Tuesday prominent Hamas member, Khaled Al-Hajj, in the West Bank’s northern city of Jenin.

“An Israeli force raided our home in Al-Jabriyat neighborhood and detained my husband,” Al-Hajj’s wife told Anadolu Agency, adding that the reason was “unclear”

After raiding his home in Jenin city predawn today, the Israeli occupation forces arrested H.amas’s senior official Khaled al-Hajj.

1:44 AM · Feb 9, 2021

Al-Hajj, 55, has been arrested on several occasions and spent a total of 15 years in Israeli prisons. He was last released less than a year ago.

Israel and the Palestinian Authority have arrested dozens of Hamas members in different areas of the West Bank, including former ministers in the resigned Hamas government, legislators, university academics, journalists, and unionists.

6:08 AM · Jan 28, 2021

Hamas considers this a coordinated campaign to prevent its participation in the upcoming elections, slated to be held in the coming months.

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