A Lack Of Vigilance Before The Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

        

Faults Underlying Exercise Vigilant GuardStory by: (Author NameStaff Sgt. Raymond Drumsta – 138th Public Affairs Detachment
Dated: Thu, Nov 5, 2009
This map illustrates the earthquake fault lines in Western New York. An earthquake in the region is a likely event, says University of Buffalo Professor Dr. Robert Jacobi.
TONAWANDA, NY — An earthquake in western New York, the scenario that Exercise Vigilant Guard is built around, is not that far-fetched, according to University of Buffalo geology professor Dr. Robert Jacobi.
When asked about earthquakes in the area, Jacobi pulls out a computer-generated state map, cross-hatched with diagonal lines representing geological faults.
The faults show that past earthquakes in the state were not random, and could occur again on the same fault systems, he said.
“In western New York, 6.5 magnitude earthquakes are possible,” he said.
This possibility underlies Exercise Vigilant Guard, a joint training opportunity for National Guard and emergency response organizations to build relationships with local, state, regional and federal partners against a variety of different homeland security threats including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.
The exercise was based on an earthquake scenario, and a rubble pile at the Spaulding Fibre site here was used to simulate a collapsed building. The scenario was chosen as a result of extensive consultations with the earthquake experts at the University of Buffalo’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), said Brig. Gen. Mike Swezey, commander of 53rd Troop Command, who visited the site on Monday.
Earthquakes of up to 7 magnitude have occurred in the Northeastern part of the continent, and this scenario was calibrated on the magnitude 5.9 earthquake which occurred in Saguenay, Quebec in 1988, said Jacobi and Professor Andre Filiatrault, MCEER director.
“A 5.9 magnitude earthquake in this area is not an unrealistic scenario,” said Filiatrault.
Closer to home, a 1.9 magnitude earthquake occurred about 2.5 miles from the Spaulding Fibre site within the last decade, Jacobi said. He and other earthquake experts impaneled by the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada in 1997 found that there’s a 40 percent chance of 6.5 magnitude earthquake occurring along the Clareden-Linden fault system, which lies about halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, Jacobi added.
Jacobi and Filiatrault said the soft soil of western New York, especially in part of downtown Buffalo, would amplify tremors, causing more damage.
“It’s like jello in a bowl,” said Jacobi.
The area’s old infrastructure is vulnerable because it was built without reinforcing steel, said Filiatrault. Damage to industrial areas could release hazardous materials, he added.
“You’ll have significant damage,” Filiatrault said.
Exercise Vigilant Guard involved an earthquake’s aftermath, including infrastructure damage, injuries, deaths, displaced citizens and hazardous material incidents. All this week, more than 1,300 National Guard troops and hundreds of local and regional emergency response professionals have been training at several sites in western New York to respond these types of incidents.
Jacobi called Exercise Vigilant Guard “important and illuminating.”
“I’m proud of the National Guard for organizing and carrying out such an excellent exercise,” he said.
Training concluded Thursday.

China Sends A Warning to Babylon the Great: Daniel

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China Conducts Military Exercises as Warning for US-Taiwan Collusion

 1 day ago  June 1, 2022

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The Chinese military conducted a combat “readiness patrol” in the vicinity of Taiwan seas and airspace, according to a statement by the military on Wednesday. China said that these military maneuvers were ordered in response to the “collusion” happening between Washington and Tapei.

Beijing has been particularly unhappy with US support for Taiwan and its latest announcement by President Joe Biden, which offered the island military support under the Taiwan Relations Act and signaled a change in American policy towards its “strategic ambiguity” over Taiwan.

In a statement, the People’s Liberation Army Eastern Theatre Command said that “recently, the United States has frequently made moves on the Taiwan issue, saying one thing and doing another, instigating support for Taiwan independence forces, which will push Taiwan into a dangerous situation,” the command added.

The command stated that Taiwan is part of China. As such, Chinese troops have continued to strengthen their military training and preparations to impede interferences from external forces’ and actions by those who support Taiwan’s independence. China has not stated the date of when the drills had taken place.

On Monday, however, Taiwan claimed that China conducted the largest incursion into its airspace since January. Despite that claim, the Air Defence Identification Zone confirmed that Chinese aircraft have not been flying in Taiwan’s airspace. A broader area Taiwan monitors and patrols allowed Taiwanese fighters to warn away 30 aircraft, said the defense ministry.

Previously, China’s Foreign Ministry accused US Secretary of State Antony Blinken of “smearing” the nation on Friday, following his speech asking for steps to “counteract Beijing’s influence”.

In his address, Blinken claimed that China intends to “reshape the international order” in a broad address on Thursday, calling for a “global order defense”.

At a routine news briefing, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Blinken’s speech “spreads false information, exaggerates the China threat, interferes in China’s internal affairs, and smears China’s domestic and foreign policies.”

Source: Agencies (edited by Al-Manar English Website)

Pakistan Nuclear Horn’s Second-Strike Capability: Daniel 8

Pakistan’s Second-Strike Capability

On Jun 2, 2022

Pakistan had attained its nuclear license in 1997 and, since, developed its atomic technology to keep its flag high in international relations.

Recently, Pakistan with Turkey is manufacturing the Babur-3rd class guided missile heavy corvette. According to the Pakistan Strategic Forum, “The class of four Babur corvettes are being built under the joint venture MILGEM project between Pakistan and Turkey, with 2 ships being built in Istanbul, Turkey and 2 in Karachi, Pakistan at a cost of around $1.5 Billion to the Pakistan Navy. The Babur Class Corvettes are 3,000-tonne multi-mission platforms, equipped for anti-ship warfare (AShW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) as well as anti-air warfare (AAW)”.

The Babur-3 guided corvette missile which Pakistan will officially announce next month holds the accurate precision power in the 9,300-kilometre range.

This is a great instant boost in Pakistan’s second-strike capability including up-gradation to continental, aerospace and maritime security dimensions.

Babur Cruise Missile is another medium-range turbojet engine Pakistani missile with a range of 900-kilometre (2021 model).

Shaheen III is Pakistan’s land-to-land highest range of 2750-kilometres ballistic missile tested on 9th March 2015.

Afterwards, the Pakistan Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with an expected range of 7000-kilometre is under-development. The manufacturing of this missile will give Pakistan a strong hold over its nuclear attainments.

However, right now, Pakistan does not have an atomic controlled submarine. Nuclear powered Ballistic Submarine (SSBN) is specially designed for long-range rockets and holds the capacity to be immersed underwater for a longer time and cannot be recognised by radars and projectors. Diesel-electric submarines, notwithstanding, are a long way from being strong, as they are not tranquil and along these lines can be recognized, undermining their endurance and thus the believability of the subsequent strike.

A state balance of power in the context of second-strike capability can be categorized in two short ways; a state’s internal capabilities in terms of military, politics and national elements and a state’s external stance in international relations. The state goodwill in using nuclear weapons depends both on internal and external stances and neglecting any element can result in fierce economic and political sanctions.

In recent years, Pakistan has been tilting toward China while trying to not worsen its relations with the USA as well. In the past decade, Pakistan had notably increased military ties with Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and China.

China is linked with Pakistan in interest to its Road and Belt Initiative Project. Gwadar Port is the main object for the successful completion of China’s project. Pakistan is effectively utilizing these opportunities to build economic and political ties with China which is going to enhance Pakistan’s second-strike capability in context to the external goodwill in international relations and more nuclear advancement, especially in nuclear SSBN submarines.

BURHAN AHMED LODHI,

Islamabad.

The Potent Chinese Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

China nuclear warheads: The bombs that could reach the west

CHINA keeps its nuclear arsenal well under wraps from the rest of the world. But what nuclear weapons does the rest of the world know about?

By ALISS HIGHAM

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China is one of few countries in the world that have nuclear weapons. As the prospect of nuclear weapons being used has become a pertinent worry following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Express.co.uk takes a look into China’s nuclear arsenal.

What nuclear weapons does China have?

China has a range of nuclear weapons, even if it has a comparatively small arsenal – but exactly what they have is unknown.

Among these are the Dongfeng-5, a single warhead with a range of 13,000km.

China is estimated to have around 18 of these, but the last estimate was provided in 2000.

The World is More Dangerous Than Ever

Is the world more dangerous now than it’s ever been?

A Different Lens, Episode 26: While it is easy to dwell on the darker elements of contemporary global politics, we should all remember that positive change is also afoot, writes KATRINA LEE-KOO.

Is the world more dangerous now than it’s ever been? As we scroll through our news feeds, it’s very easy to think these times are especially perilous, more so than any other period in history.

However, before we despair, it’s important we think about — and look for — the nuances, the reasons for hope, and the pathways for change.

Through global communications and global connections, there’s now more opportunity than ever for people to unite, to cooperate, to identify and share commonalities, and to learn about and care for one another.

While we’ve recently seen new conflicts and challenges, we’ve also seen the rise of global social justice movements, social awareness, and a sense of global responsibility.

Therefore, while we shouldn’t deny the challenges, there’s a balance to be struck. As a global community, we should have the curiosity, assertiveness and commitment to drive pathways for hope, and find ways in which we can support that hope to grow.

The case for fear

There’s undeniable fragility in the global community – we’re facing numerous intersecting challenges.

There have been more than six million recorded deaths from COVID-19, though the World Health Organisation places that total at closer to 15 million. Still, more than 30 countries have vaccination rates at less than 10%.

Global temperatures are 1.2% above pre-industrial levels. According to 2022 UNHCR reports, 84 million people have been displaced from their homeland because of conflict, climate, or humanitarian crisis.

Similarly, the UN estimates that 274 million people will need humanitarian aid this year, more than four times what it was a decade ago.

A new conflict has emerged in the Ukraine, while protracted conflicts continue in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and the Horn of Africa, with attendant humanitarian crises. And simmering away are new bouts of toxic nationalism, fake news, cyber terrorism, nuclear weapons, and inter-communal violence.

At the global level, it’s not difficult to argue that great power politics can often dominate at the expense of genuine cooperation for the common good.

There’s been something of a retreat of US global leadership this century. While some might describe it as a decline in US power, others see it as a reluctance on the part of the US to project its power into the world.

Either way, we’ve also seen an assertive resurgence of Russian and Chinese power, as well as the rise of other regional state actors. Far from collaborating to solve these crises, we can easily be led to think that states are the problems, not the solution.

The case for hope

Yet, if we look beyond great power machinations, we might find these challenges aren’t all-consuming. The challenges are real, but there are also avenues for hope. Where do we find them, and how do we embrace them? Let us outline three pathways:

Young people’s leadership

At the COP26 summit in Glasgow last year, climate action leader Greta Thunberg called out world leaders, labelling decades of state inaction on climate change as 30 years of “blah, blah, blah”.

Thunberg is one of many youth activists to have captured the concerns, passions, innovation and ambitions of a generation to demand and work towards real change. She’s not alone. Young people aged between 16 and 24 comprise about 16% of the world’s population. Their leadership in peace and security, in response to crisis, in issues of justice, and the rights to education are making significant changes around the world.

For example, the Malala Fund, founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, is working globally to break down the barriers to girls’ education. Malala’s leadership hasn’t just inspired people to value and protect a girl’s right to education, but has become a global movement working in some of the most challenging contexts to ensure girls’ access to education.

This has tangible impacts in our society. When girls are educated, societies become more peaceful, more equal, and more robust.

Supporting young people’s leadership, empowering them to speak and be listened to, is a clear pathway for intergenerational hope.

Global movements for inclusion

In recent years, we’ve seen positive movements for inclusion for many social groups around the world. While there’s still too much marginalisation and discrimination, this has in places been matched by concerted efforts to recognise, understand and respond to historical injustices and contemporary patterns of structural, cultural and attitudinal discrimination.

Inclusion not only supports efforts to achieve peace, justice and security in communities. It also makes them stronger.

Research consistently shows that more inclusive processes lead to better decisions, whether it be in companies, governments or communities. This was on display last week when we saw commitments by the newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in his victory speech to work towards enshrining an indigenous voice to Parliament, which is one such example where we can identify movements and mandates for greater inclusion.

Supporting and participating in efforts to challenge the barriers and structures that enable exclusion is another pathway for shared hope.

Justice and human rights

Across the world, connected through global media, we’ve seen millions of people become active for justice and human rights. From the Black Lives Matter movement, to the #MeToo movement, to the School Strike 4 Climate, people are motivated to advocate for their rights and the rights of others.

In Australia, the 2021 March 4 Justice was one such demand, for respect for women and their rights to live and work in safety and equality. Arguably, the recent Australian election result is the manifestation of that movement. Grassroots momentum produced a predominantly female sea of so-called “teal” independents replacing the voice of predominantly male conservative ones.

Community-based campaigns for change can be global, can change hearts and minds, and can provide clear pathways for rights, justice and better representation.

In short, while it’s easy to dwell on the darker elements of contemporary global politics, we should all remember that positive change is also afoot. It may not always be at the top of our news feeds, but that simply means we must find it out, empower and support it.

Iran Targets Babylon the Great

Iraq’s Ayn Al-Asad Base Hosting US Troops Targeted By Katyusha Rockets

5/31/2022

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Five Katyusha rockets were fired at Ayn al-Asad military base, which hosts US and other international forces in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, late on Monday. 

A coalition source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Tuesday that the projectiles landed on the vicinity of the airbase, located about 160 kilometers (100 miles) west of the capital Baghdad, adding that the rocket attack caused no casualties. 

Sabereen News, a Telegram channel associated with Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), claimed that six 122mm BM-21 Grad rockets had targeted Ayn al-Asad. An Iran-backed militia group that calls itself ‘The International Resistance’ has claimed responsibility for the attack. 

The base is the frequent target of Iran-backed proxy groups in the region. Late in April, it was targeted by three Grad missiles, which fell outside the base, without causing significant losses, and earlier in the month, two combat drones hit targets inside the air base, again without any casualties.

The base was also targeted by Iranian ballistic missiles in January 8 2020 in retaliation for the killing of Ghasem (Qassem) Soleimani the commander of Qods (Quds) force, a branch of the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), who was killed in Baghdad by a targeted US drone attack on January 3, 2020.

The attacks came as nuclear talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers have paused, mainly over Iran’s demand to remove the IRGC from the US list of foreign terrorist organizations.

We will not tolerate further violations outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas: We will not tolerate further violation of Islamic holy sites

Hamas: We will not tolerate further violation of Islamic holy sites

June 1, 2022 – 1:59 PM News Code : 1262854 Source : Palestinian Info CenterLink:

The Hamas Movement insisted on Tuesday that calls by mediators for restraint are unacceptable amidst the repeated violations by Israel of Islamic and Christian holy sites in Occupied al-Quds.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): The Hamas Movement insisted on Tuesday that calls by mediators for restraint are unacceptable amidst the repeated violations by Israel of Islamic and Christian holy sites in Occupied al-Quds.

The Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a press statement that Hamas was contacted by several parties who feared the Movement would resort to escalation in Gaza following the flag march, stressing that the Movement will not tolerate any further violation of Islamic holy sites.

“The Palestinian people and resistance will not stand idle by while Israel is repeatedly violating and desecrating the holy sites,” spokesman Qassem confirmed.

On Sunday 29/5/2022, thousands of Jewish settlers organized a flag march in Occupied al-Quds to celebrate the occupation of the eastern part of al-Quds in 1967. At least 50 Palestinians were arrested and 79 injured after Israeli police attacked the Palestinians who tried to confront the settlers.