USGS Evidence Shows Power of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New Evidence Shows Power of East Coast Earthquakes
Virginia Earthquake Triggered Landslides at Great Distances
Released: 11/6/2012 8:30:00 AM USGS.govEarthquake shaking in the eastern United States can travel much farther and cause damage over larger areas than previously thought.U.S. Geological Survey scientists found that last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia triggered landslides at distances four times farther—and over an area 20 times larger—than previous research has shown.“We used landslides as an example and direct physical evidence to see how far-reaching shaking from east coast earthquakes could be,” said Randall Jibson, USGS scientist and lead author of this study. “Not every earthquake will trigger landslides, but we can use landslide distributions to estimate characteristics of earthquake energy and how far regional ground shaking could occur.”“Scientists are confirming with empirical data what more than 50 million people in the eastern U.S. experienced firsthand: this was one powerful earthquake,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “Calibrating the distance over which landslides occur may also help us reach back into the geologic record to look for evidence of past history of major earthquakes from the Virginia seismic zone.”This study will help inform earthquake hazard and risk assessments as well as emergency preparedness, whether for landslides or other earthquake effects.This study also supports existing research showing that although earthquakes  are less frequent in the East, their damaging effects can extend over a much larger area as compared to the western United States.The research is being presented today at the Geological Society of America conference, and will be published in the December 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.The USGS found that the farthest landslide from the 2011 Virginia earthquake was 245 km (150 miles) from the epicenter. This is by far the greatest landslide distance recorded from any other earthquake of similar magnitude. Previous studies of worldwide earthquakes indicated that landslides occurred no farther than 60 km (36 miles) from the epicenter of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.“What makes this new study so unique is that it provides direct observational evidence from the largest earthquake to occur in more than 100 years in the eastern U.S,” said Jibson. “Now that we know more about the power of East Coast earthquakes, equations that predict ground shaking might need to be revised.”It is estimated that approximately one-third of the U.S. population could have felt last year’s earthquake in Virginia, more than any earthquake in U.S. history. About 148,000 people reported their ground-shaking experiences caused by the earthquake on the USGS “Did You Feel It?” website. Shaking reports came from southeastern Canada to Florida and as far west as Texas.In addition to the great landslide distances recorded, the landslides from the 2011 Virginia earthquake occurred in an area 20 times larger than expected from studies of worldwide earthquakes. Scientists plotted the landslide locations that were farthest out and then calculated the area enclosed by those landslides. The observed landslides from last year’s Virginia earthquake enclose an area of about 33,400 km2, while previous studies indicated an expected area of about 1,500 km2from an earthquake of similar magnitude.“The landslide distances from last year’s Virginia earthquake are remarkable compared to historical landslides across the world and represent the largest distance limit ever recorded,” said Edwin Harp, USGS scientist and co-author of this study. “There are limitations to our research, but the bottom line is that we now have a better understanding of the power of East Coast earthquakes and potential damage scenarios.”The difference between seismic shaking in the East versus the West is due in part to the geologic structure and rock properties that allow seismic waves to travel farther without weakening.Learn more about the 2011 central Virginia earthquake.

The Chinese Nuclear Horn has a wide global reach: Daniel 7

China has multiple military basing options in Africa, analysts say

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK/ BEIJING — China is reportedly looking to build a military presence in Equatorial Guinea, which would be its second such facility in Africa and the first along the Atlantic Ocean. But China’s options are not limited to the small country, analysts say.

Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Angola and Seychelles are strong candidates, each with different reasons.

Yet, Beijing is also likely to choose its military basing options carefully, analysts say, ensuring that any host country is politically stable enough so the Chinese will not be forced out if the local leadership were to be toppled. China’s first African base is in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

“China, no doubt, has a wide range of options to choose from when it comes to basing,” said Paul Nantulya, a research associate at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

“Certainly China is not going to publicize discussions that it’s having with African countries about issues of a military nature because these tend to be controversial,” he said.

“However, if we look at China’s operational patterns of behavior, there will be a number of considerations that the Chinese government will take into account,” he said.

First, China will likely opt for partners with which it enjoys the highest strategic level of relations, Nantulya said. Of the five tiers of partnerships it has, the “comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership” is the highest. Those that fit that category are Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

But politically unpredictable Zimbabwe, for instance, will not be considered an option, Nantulya said. “Even when relations are strong, whenever there are signs of instability, China has shown to be very cautious and very conservative.”

Beijing will also favor countries that have clout in the African Union and will be able to mobilize support and mitigate resistance to a Chinese base, Nantulya said.

The Wall Street Journal reported this month that Beijing is aiming to establish a permanent military presence — a potential base for supplying materiel and repairing naval vessels — in Equatorial Guinea, citing American officials. U.S. intelligence agencies have been monitoring China’s attempts to secure a base there since around 2019, according to the WSJ.

The prospect of the People’s Liberation Army gaining a foothold along the Atlantic, in addition to its expanding Pacific presence, has alarmed Washington as tensions continue to simmer. Beijing’s military capabilities have grown increasingly sophisticated and the U.S. shift of its military focus to the Indo-Pacific could leave openings elsewhere for China to capitalize on.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has made clear to Equatorial Guinea leaders that “certain potential steps involving [China] and [its] activities there would raise national security concerns for us,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters.

Kirby said that Beijing “continued to try to coerce behavior out of many African nations and try to intimidate, use economic leverage to seek their own national security goals there.”

Michael Tanchum, an associate senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, has written that Equatorial Guinea is not alone among African nations with a high indebtedness to China and that it is possible that other Chinese naval bases may yet appear on Africa’s Atlantic coast.

“Whether or not it builds such new installations in the short term, Beijing’s consolidation of a pan-African security architecture will undoubtedly lead to their establishment in the long term,” he said in a paper published last week.

“In such circumstances, the continent of Africa itself would serve a forward-base for Beijing to project power directly towards North America and Europe,” he wrote.

China established its first, and so far only, overseas military base in the eastern African nation of Djibouti in 2017.

The port of Bata, Equatorial Guinea, is seen during a visit by U.S. Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams in August. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

The facility is strategically located near the Bab el-Mandeb Strait linking the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. It was learned this year that Beijing has completed a pier there that can accommodate an aircraft carrier, and the base can handle China’s new amphibious assault ship as well.

The site is not far from U.S. military facilities in Djibouti. Washington has accused Beijing of pointing military-grade lasers at American pilots. But the base is a long way from the continental U.S., and Washington has considered it a relatively minor threat.

But lately China has stepped up efforts to counter the push by the U.S. and its partners for a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”

According to American media, China was secretly building what was suspected to be a military facility at a port in the United Arab Emirates. Work on the project was reportedly halted after the Biden administration warned that it could threaten relations between Washington and Abu Dhabi.

Concerns about the UAE’s relationship with China, particularly the risk of sensitive information leaking to Beijing, have stymied negotiations on a UAE purchase of F-35 stealth fighter jets from the U.S. Abu Dhabi recently suspended the talks amid pressure from Washington to distance itself from Beijing.

An annual report on China’s military capabilities released last month by the U.S. Department of Defense states that Beijing has likely considered building facilities in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the UAE, Kenya, the Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan.

“China’s leaders are expanding their ability to project force and to establish a global network of military bases,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a speech this month.

The Chinese Communist Party-affiliated Global Times, meanwhile, has asserted that the WSJ report on the Equatorial Guinea base “is not true and is the latest move of the U.S. to hype the China threat,” citing unnamed Chinese military experts.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government has sought a broad military footprint throughout the Indo-Pacific, from the East and South China seas to the Indian Ocean.

Revisions to China’s National Defense Law last January added “protecting [China’s] overseas interests” to the missions of the People’s Liberation Army. The law states that Beijing will use its forces to “protect the security of overseas Chinese citizens, organizations, institutions and facilities.”

China also looks to protect sea lanes connected to its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative. In an October 2020 call with Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations, Xi called for deeper “practical collaboration under the Belt and Road Initiative and within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.”

Pakistan tests home-grown nuclear missile: Daniel 8

Pakistan tests home-grown missile with additional range

AP / Dec 21, 2021, 16:11 IST

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military test-fired a home-grown Babur cruise missile on Tuesday that has a range of more than 900 kilometers, twice the distance of an earlier missile of the same model, a statement said.
The missile’s extended range further enhances nuclear-armed Pakistan’s military capability.
Pakistan and neighbor India, which also has a nuclear arsenal, have a volatile relationship, having fought three wars against each other. The military buildup of both countries is closely watched by a nervous international community as India and Pakistan have come dangerously close to a fourth war at least twice over the last two decades.
The missile, dubbed the Babur Cruise Missile 1B, is domestically developed, said the military statement. An earlier version had the limited capacity to travel just 450 kilometers.

Israel plans to strike the Iranian nuclear horn

An Israeli F-35 warplane. File photo

New Commander Says Israel Can Strike Iran’s Nuclear Sites ‘Tomorrow’

The incoming commander of the Israeli air force Wednesday said that if need be, Israel can successfully destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities “tomorrow.”

Major General Tomer Bar, who is slated to take the helm in April, said in an interview with Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth that he is probably the officer who will need to command the strike against Iran’s nuclear program if the ongoing talks in Vienna between Tehran and world powers fail.

“I have to assume it will happen in my time, and my shoulders already understand the weight of the responsibility,” said the former fighter pilot, who currently commands the Force Design Directorate.

He said that despite reports on Israel’s lack of readiness or other factors hindering a possible strike on Iran, he is certain that it can complete the mission successfully. “There is no way that…I will return home without being able to say “I completed the mission”, he stressed.

“From the moment I sat here at the head of the Force Design Directorate, and the chief of staff spoke with me, the mission of the ‘third circle’ (Iran) was there… We are not starting from zero. We equipped ourselves with F-35s, we procured thousands of Iron Dome interceptors for multi-layer defense,” Bar added.

The third circle, whose primary focus is Iran, refers to the three levels of direct threats facing Israel, the first being small terror groups on Israeli borders, like Hamas; the second being larger threats, like the Syrian army and Hezbollah; and the third being countries that do not share a border with Israel, like Iran and Iraq.

Bar said he believes that as soon as Israel strikes Iran, the next war with Hezbollah will break out. “I have to assume that he [Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah] will automatically be all in. Thirty years he has waited for this order and there is no way that he will not be there and with the highest intensity. We have to be prepared for this”.

He noted that the next war with Lebanon will definitely involve a ground operation, but it will not be comparable to the previous wars. In 2006, Israel waged a ground and air war against Hezbollah with limited success, but critics said ground force level committed was limited.

“This is not raising the volume on the same radio. The familiarity with Hezbollah, the number of targets, the strength built over the years in matters of intelligence and attack capability, electronic warfare, cyber, make it something else entirely. I can stand by my word,” Bar said, adding that Hezbollah cannot imagine Israel’s power.

“Maybe they will try to bring in special forces or shoot at the home front, but we are no longer on this scale. We want a clear victory this time, in a shorter time and with fewer losses,” the commander said.

Earlier in the day, visiting US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett discussed Iran and the ongoing nuclear talks, stressing the need for a joint strategy. Sullivan said he had been sent to Israel by President Joe Biden “because at a critical juncture for both our countries on a major set of security issues, it’s important that we sit together and develop a common strategy, a common outlook”.

A senior Iranian commander said on Monday that Israel does not have the ability to strike Iran’s nuclear or military bases without US approval, and repeated threats to attack Israel, as the Revolutionary Guard launched large-scale air and naval drills in the Persian Gulf.

“If Israel carries out attacks against Iran, our armed forces will immediately attack all centers, bases, routes, and spaces used to carry out the aggression,” Iranian commander Gholamali Rashid said.

Following weeks of reports of Israeli preparations for attacking Iran’s nuclear installations, the Tehran Times published an article — headlined “Just One Wrong Move”– with a map of purported missile targets in Israel on its front page.

Israel has long threatened military action against Iran, and recently reportedly allocated $1.5 billion for an attack if Iran gets dangerously close to obtaining a nuclear weapon.

2021 was the year of the Antichrist’s election

2021 was the year of elections across globe

2021 was the year of elections across globe

Voters throughout the world cast ballots for general and presidential elections as well as referendums this year

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As the coronavirus and its variants spread in 2021, voters in many countries headed to the polls to cast their ballots in various elections.

In Central Asia, people in Kyrgyzstan voted in general and presidential elections as well as in constitutional referendums.

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year hold on power came to an end, Iran’s conservative presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi managed to take over the post from Hassan Rouhani, the head of the reformist government.

Russia’s parliamentary elections in September saw the pro-Kremlin United Russia party win over half the seats.

One of Europe’s most prominent politicians, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, bid farewell to politics after serving for her nation for 16 years.

This year also marked the first legislative elections in Qatar, with voters casting their ballots to elect members of the Shura Council.

– January-February

In Kazakhstan’s parliamentary elections that was held for the first time since 1995, the ruling Nur Otan Party led by former President Nursultan Nazarbayev ranked first among five political parties, receiving 71.9% of the vote.

People in another Central Asian country, Kyrgyzstan, went to the polls on Jan. 10 to elect the country’s president. Former Prime Minister Sadyr Japarov won, receiving over 79% of the vote. A constitutional referendum was held the same day, and the switch to a presidential system was accepted.

Voters in Kyrgyzstan also cast their votes in a referendum held on April 11 for a constitutional amendment on the form of the government, while snap parliamentary elections were held on Nov. 28, with six parties passing the threshold to enter the 90-seat parliament.

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was reelected for a second term in polls on Jan. 24 amid a strict COVID lockdown.

Portugal will hold snap presidential elections on Jan. 30, 2022 due to a government crisis.

On Feb. 14, Kosovars voted in snap polls to choose new members of the country’s 120-seat parliament and the socialist Self-Determination Movement (LVV) led by Albin Kurti received nearly 50% of the votes. Kosovo’s parliament elected Vjosa Osmani as the country’s new president on April 4.

– March

The Netherlands’ conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte claimed its fourth term election victory on March 17, winning 35 seats in parliament.

Israelis voted in snap polls on March 23 with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party ranking first. After long efforts to form a coalition, a new government was established under the leadership of the Yesh Atid and Yamina parties. Netanyahu, Israel’s longest serving prime minister, handed over power to Yamina leader Naftali Bennett on June 14.

– April

Djibouti’s incumbent president and leader of the ruling People’s Rally for Progress party, Ismail Omar Guelleh, was re-elected on April 9.

On April 11, Creating Opportunities party candidate and conservative banker Guillermo Lasso won the presidential runoff in Ecuador, securing 52.52% of the vote.

The Socialist Party of Albania led by Edi Rama won 74 seats in the country’s 140-seat parliament in elections held on April 25. Rama succeeded in staying in power for a third term.

– May

Mayoral elections were held in the UK on May 6, with Scottish parliament elections held the same day. Promising an independence referendum, the Scottish National Party (SNP) won.

The candidate of the left-wing Free Peru Party, Pedro Castillo, won a presidential runoff after the nation was in suspense for more than a month awaiting election results.

Syrian regime leader Bashar al-Assad was declared the winner of presidential elections that were held with nonfunctional candidates on May 26. The decision to hold elections was made despite an ongoing military conflict, the lack of a political solution, and the displacement of more than 10 million Syrians either as refugees or internally displaced persons. The results of the presidential election were seen as illegitimate by the international community and the opposition.

– June

Algeria’s ruling party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), was the winner of general elections held on June 12, securing 98 of parliament’s 407 seats. Finance Minister Ayman Ben Abdelrahman formed the new government.

Ultraconservative judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi was the winner of Iran’s presidential election, which saw the lowest turnout in the country’s history. Raisi became the eighth president of the country, garnering 17.92 million votes in polls held on June 18.

Armenia held snap parliamentary elections on June 20. Incumbent Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s Civil Contract party won with 53.91% of the vote. Former President Robert Kocharyan’s Armenian Alliance received 21.09%.

– July-August

Moldovan President Maia Sandu’s Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) won the early parliamentary elections held on July 11.

Zambia’s main opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema overcame 15 years of obstacles to achieve a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election on August 12.

– September

Morocco’s National Rally of Independents (RNI) won parliamentary elections held on Sept. 8. The RNI received the 102 seats. Unexpectedly, the ruling Justice and Development Party lost more than 90% of its seats in the parliamentary.

Norway’s left bloc, led by the Labour Party leader Jonas Gahr Stoere, won parliamentary elections on Sept. 13, defeating conservative Premier Erna Solberg, who has been in power since 2013.

Parliamentary elections on Sept. 17-19, saw the President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party win over half of the seats in Russia. Pro-Kremlin United Russia Party secured 324 seats in the lower house of the parliament election, receiving 49,85% of the votes.

Canadian Prime Minister’s the Liberal Party ranked first in the snap elections. The Liberal Party, that won 156 seats, will need the support of another party to form a minority government, as it has not won 170 deputies needed to rule alone.

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) won 25.7% of the votes in the general elections on Sept. 26, making SPD the winner of an election for the first time since 2002. In the wake of coalition talks, the SPD, the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) agreed on the coalition protocol. With the formation of the new government, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel bid farewell to politics after serving for her nation for 16 years in 2021.

– October

Qatari voters cast ballots on Oct. 2 in the Gulf state’s first legislative elections. Candidates contested to win one of the 30 seats of the 45-member Shura Council, whereas the remaining 15 members were appointed appointed by the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Qatari Shura Council elected Hassan bin Abdullah Al-Ghanim as the first speaker of parliament.

Czechia’s center-right Spolu (Together) coalition, formed by the Civic Democratic Party (ODS), Top 09 and the KDU-CSL won the general elections.

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Kishida Fumio, was re-elected as prime minister.

The country of over 126 million people, where the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has held sway for most of the past six decades, went to elections on Oct. 31 to elect their new government.

Iraq’s Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Sairoon Alliance won 73 seats in the 329-member parliament, followed by Taqaddum (progress) bloc of Parliament Speaker Mohamed al-Halbousi with 37 seats in the snap elections on Oct. 10.

Many Shia factions objected to the results, demanding a nationwide manual recount.

Following protests in the country, authorities began a limited manual recount on Oct. 27 of more than 2,000 ballot boxes subject to complaints by political parties in the provinces of Nineveh, Babylon, and Baghdad.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been re-elected as president of Uzbekistan in presidential election on Oct. 24.

– November

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, who has been in power since 2007, won the presidential elections held on Nov. 7. The US administration described the elections in Nicaragua as “fraudulent” and “undemocratic”. The US slapped visa sanctions on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in response to elections that have been roundly rebuked by the international community as rigged.

Argentina’s the conservative opposition party Juntos por el Cambio (Together for Change) led by former President Mauricio Macri, received 46% of the votes in the Senate battle and candidates of parliament received 42% of the votes on Nov. 14.

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the Latin American country’s ruling party since 2010, won 20 governorships, including the capital Caracas in the mayoral elections.

Gabriel Boric won Chile’s presidential election on Nov. 19, becoming the country’s youngest leader at the age of 35 after his rival conceded defeat. Boric garnered 56% of the vote compared to 44% for his opponent, right-wing populist Jose Antonio Kast.

Bulgaria’s incumbent leader Rumen Radev won the runoff of the presidential elections on Nov. 19. The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), There is Such a People party (ITN), Democratic Bulgaria coalition and We Continue the Change (PP) parties signed a coalition agreement after weeks of talks.

War-weary Libya’s Presidency Council is determined to hold presidential and parliamentary election on Dec. 24. Moreover, Turkey continues to support Libya, that is preparing for elections, under all circumstances.

Russia Prepares for Nuclear War: Revelation 16

Russian Citizens Are Now Being Prepped for Nuclear War

The rhetoric on Kremlin-funded state television is amping up the sense of urgency around Russian President Vladimir Putin’s NATO “ultimatum.” Olga Skabeeva, the host of state TV show 60 Minutes, said Tuesday: “The level of anxiety has reached its maximum. We’re 20 days away from the expiration of the ultimatum and the stakes are rising, even though it seems they couldn’t be any higher.”

One day after Moscow submitted a draft of its Russia-U.S. security treaty, containing demands that NATO roll back its military deployments in Europe and deny membership to Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov threatened that Moscow would raise the stakes if the West didn’t treat its demands seriously. On Monday, he told Interfax that Russia needs answers “urgently, because the situation is very difficult.”

Pro-Kremlin propagandists and state-media experts filled in the blanks with what kind of escalation should be expected. On Sunday’s edition of News of the Week, state-TV host Dmitry Kiselyov explained: “Russia… prepared and handed over to the Americans its written proposals on strategic stability, or, more simply, on the prevention of nuclear war, since we are already at a critical point, to be honest… It’s simple. The U.S. and NATO must roll back from our borders, otherwise we will, figuratively speaking, ‘roll up’ to their borders and create symmetrical, unacceptable risks… If you put a gun to our head, we will respond in kind… The whole point is that the development of the Ukrainian territory by the [Western] bloc is not only Ukraine’s business. This is a complete breakdown of the global balance, which poses an existential threat to Russia. In other words, for Russia it is a matter of life and death… We simply will not allow it, regardless of the cost to us, and regardless of the cost to those responsible for it.”

Kiselyov, notorious for his previous assertion that Russia is the only country that can reduce the U.S. to a pile of radioactive ash, revisited his beloved “argument” to explain why the United States will be willing to entertain Putin’s unreasonable proposition. He asserted that Russia is willing to suffer any consequences and go to any lengths to get what it wants: “Never before has anyone published the texts of the proposed treaties. But never before in the 21st century has the situation been so acute, and the risks so great. Non-standard situations require non-standard approaches. Secondly, we’re holding very strong cards in our hands. Our hypersonic weapons are guaranteed to produce a response that is so unpleasant for America to hear: being reduced to radioactive ash.”

Putin ordered two nuclear-capable long-range bombers to fly into European airspace this weekend, as they were dispatched to patrol Belarus. Just a week ago, Russia warned that it would redeploy intermediate-range nuclear weapons on its Western flank—in striking distance of central Europe—for the first time since they were banned in a 1987 treaty between presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.

There have also been grim signs of things to come from the Russian government. A new national standard for “Urgent burial of corpses in peacetime and wartime” has been introduced by the government in recent months. It will come into force on Feb. 1, 2022, and specifies the burial in mass graves to be dug by bulldozers, disposing of as many as 1,000 bodies in a 24-hour time period. Bodies are to be placed “in four layers, either in bags, wooden coffins or zinc coffins, prepared in advance… and subsequently covered with dirt. Then the mass graves will be compacted with a bulldozer, filled with “a mineral binder” and equipped with “devices for the absorption and neutralization of radioactive, hazardous chemicals and biological agents formed during the decomposition of corpses.”

Russia’s government agency responsible for the creation of the new standards did not respond to journalists’ inquiries as to the purpose behind this effort. Military expert Alexander Goltz told newspaper Novye Izvestiya: “Those who prepared these standards thought in terms of either a global epidemic or a global war, in which not only the military, but also the civilian population would die. This is only possible with the use of nuclear weapons.”

Former military spokesman Viktor Baranets concurred and added: “It may turn out that we will have to send troops not only to Donetsk and the Lugansk regions, but also to the greater Ukraine. We have a flaming fuse in the Black Sea region. There are also dangers in the region of Belarus and concerns in the Kaliningrad region. [NATO] has grandiose plans for the immediate capture of the Kaliningrad region, even with the use of nuclear weapons. And how, then, will we bury? One by one, or what?” He added: “We’re getting ready for the major crises.”

Chess legend and a highly knowledgeable critic of the Kremlin Garry Kasparov—who was way ahead of his time with his 2016 bookWinter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stoppeddescribed the Russian government’s creation of the “mass burial” standard as one of “the signposts on the way to apocalypse.”

Propagandists on Russia’s state-funded television stressed that Moscow is now approaching the West from a position of strength. Discussing the Kremlin’s bold and unreasonable ultimatums to the U.S. and its allies, Kiselyov said: “This is a moment of truth in our relations with America, in which we move on to complete reciprocity… From a position of strength, we simply designate a ‘cause and effect’ relationship. That’s how it will be.” With brazen arrogance of a seasoned mobster borrowed from The Godfather, Russia’s top propagandist concluded: “You, over there in the U.S., NATO and the EU, decide for yourself: Is Russia making an offer that can be refused?”

On Saturday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko discussed Putin’s ultimatum to the United States and NATO with pro-Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Soloviev, who donned a red hoodie emblazoned with a Soviet hammer and sickle emblem. In an episode of Soloviev’s show entitled “NATO’s Capitulation,” Grushko said: “The moment of truth has come. We have reached a red line and our proposals aim to pull us away from this red line and start normal dialogue that will put security interests at the forefront.” He described the Kremlin’s hard-nosed demand to the West as “throwing the rock into their swamp” and explained that Western refusal to play by Moscow’s rules will lead to “a military or military-technical response,” with Russia “creating counter-threats” to the United States and its allies.

On Monday, in response to the question as to whether Russia could deploy nuclear weapons to Belarus, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists: “It’s no secret that the deployment of various kinds of weapons near our borders, which can pose a danger to us, clearly requires adequate steps to balance the situation. Various options are available.” 

In past years, Russian lawmakers have been advocating the placement of Russia’s advanced weapons systems in Cuba, Central America, and elsewhere “in America’s underbelly.” Those options likely remain on Moscow’s menu. On Tuesday, state-TV host Olga Skabeeva pointed out: “We’re contemplating placing our nuclear weapons in Cuba or Venezuela.”

Conveying the message that could be summed up as “USSR or bust,” Russia’s national ice hockey team sparked outrage in Europe by wearing Soviet uniforms in Euro Hockey Tour’s Channel One Cup in Moscow on Sunday. The return to Soviet imagery is in total coordination with Putin’s ultimatum to the West that seeks a rematch in the Cold War that was lost by the Soviet Union. 

On Monday, Skabeeva surmised: “The United States have to sign off on the notion that their hegemony is over.”

She added: “The declaration about a military response is being made by our Foreign Affairs Ministry… which never happened before. Russia is placing the United States in a no-win situation: either they retreat voluntarily, or we will force them to retreat. At the same time, Russia is not taking any obligations upon itself with respect to the preservation of Ukraine, much less of its sovereignty.”

Israel said to arrest over 100 Hamas members outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

IDF soldiers seen carrying out arrest raids in the Hebron area (Screencapture/Channel 13)

Israel said to arrest over 100 Hamas members in Hebron area in major sweep

TV reporter, who accompanied troops, says cell operating out of southern West Bank hoped to carry out several attacks in area and inside Israel, directed from Turkey

By TOI staff21 Dec 2021, 3:14 am

Israeli troops operating in the Hebron region in the southern West Bank have in recent days arrested more than 100 Hamas members who were planning to carry out terror attacks, Channel 13 reported on Monday.

There was no official comment from the Israel Defense Forces; however, the TV crew accompanied troops on some of the raids that took place over the last two weeks.

The report said that the raids were sparked by a recent botched terror attack, when a 16-year-old Hamas member, armed with an M-16 rifle, tried to carry out a shooting at the entrance to the Efrat settlement south of Jerusalem, but failed and fled when his gun jammed.

The incident led the IDF and the Shin Bet security service to realize that there were Hamas cells armed with military-grade weapons operating in the Hebron area who were planning attacks in the West Bank and Israel, the report said.

In the last two weeks, a range of IDF units have been operating in Hebron and the surrounding villages looking for members of the ring. The report called it one of the largest operations in recent years against Hamas in the West Bank and said more than 100 members of the terror group’s military wing had been detained.

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“We are operating on a very wide-ranging and aggressive scale in order to prevent the next attack,” one of the officers taking part told Chanel 13.

The report compared it to the arrests announced last month of a major Hamas celloperating in the northern West Bank.

However, those arrests were publicly announced by the IDF and Shin Bet, which detailed the members captured and killed, the arms recovered and the targets they were planning to hit.Advertisement

The report said that the Hebron cells, like the other cell, were being directed by a Hamas operative based in Turkey, who was released in the Gilad Shalit deal, but did not name him.

The accusation is similar to one made during the bust of the other cell.

According to the Shin Bet, it was led from afar by Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the terror group’s politburo, and Zacharia Najib, a member of the organization who was released from Israeli prison in the 2011 Shalit exchange. In the 2011 deal, over 1,000 Palestinian terrorists were released from Israeli incarceration in exchange for the release of Shalit, an IDF soldier who had been kidnapped by Hamas along the Gaza border in 2006.

Both al-Arouri and Najib live in Turkey, which has long had a close relationship with Hamas, which is politically linked to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Israeli officials generally believe that Hamas is looking to carry out attacks in the West Bank and in Israel while maintaining relative calm in the Gaza Strip, where the group serves as the de facto ruler.