Thursday, March 22, 2018

Jerusalem: A 'Burdensome Stone For All People' - Palestinians Reject Peace Plan Due To Trump's Recognizing Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.
And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
(Zechariah 12)

Palestinian rejection said to delay US peace plan announcement indefinitely

The US administration has reportedly decided to delay indefinitely the announcement of its long-awaited peace proposal after concluding that it cannot impose such a deal on the Palestinians.

The Americans reached the conclusion after realizing as well that no Arab country would be willing to cooperate with the plan as long as the Palestinians were strongly opposed to it, a senior Palestinian official told the London-based Al Hayat newspaper in a report published Thursday.

The official said that the US administration had hoped that some of the Arab countries would replace the Palestinians at the negotiating table with Israel after the Trump plan was announced.
However, the official said, the Americans haven’t been able to find find any Arab party willing to accept the plan as long the Palestinians continued to reject it. “This is why the Americans have decided to shelve the plan,” the official added.

“The US administration is searching for a plan that would be sustainable and acceptable to the parties, and this requires additional waiting and consideration,” Western diplomatic sources told the paper.

“It’s not possible to forcibly impose the plan on the Palestinians,” they were quoted as saying. “The Israelis and Palestinians first need to accept the plan. Afterwards, other Arab parties will be included.”

According to the sources, Trump’s plan, which he has called the “deal of the century” but which hasn’t yet been made public, consists of two phases: first, the launching of the plan, and, second, bilateral talks.

“The plan proposes a starting point to the two parties, after which they would complete negotiations on the remaining phases, especially the borders,” the sources told the newspaper’s correspondent in Ramallah.

Palestinian officials said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s blunt rejection of Trump’s plan has prompted the US administration to delay its announcement of the peace initiative.

A senior Palestinian official was quoted as saying that Trump’s December 6 decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had foiled his plan even before it was announced.

“Had Trump not made his Jerusalem announcement, it would have been more difficult for the Palestinians to say no to returning to the negotiating table with Israel on the basis of the Trump peace plan,” the unnamed official said.
“But his Jerusalem announcement does not allow us to return to the negotiations. And without our participation, there will be no talks and no plan.”
Recently, other Arab sources suggested that the Trump administration may delay its peace plan until the post-Abbas era, particularly in the wake of unconfirmed reports concerning the PA president’s deteriorating health.
Abbas’s firm opposition to the Trump plan has made it difficult for any Palestinian politician to deal with it, both now and in the future, Thursday’s report noted.

Is Syria Building Another Nuclear Facility?

As Israel fetes nuclear reactor strike, is Syria building another? 

While Israel strutted after announcing to the world that it had destroyed Syria’s nascent al-Kibar nuclear reactor in 2007, a US-based think tank published a report Wednesday suggesting that there’s another atomic facility that Jerusalem should be worrying about.

The paper, released by the Institute for Science and International Security, revisits a claim made in 2015 by the German daily Der Spiegel that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad was constructing another nuclear reactor, this one underground, near the city of Qusayr, along the Lebanese border.

The findings of the report are inconclusive, but determine that the Syrian regime certainly built something in the ground under Qusayr and that some of the claims made by Der Spiegel are supported by publicly available evidence, namely satellite images and geological data.

The paper, released by the Institute for Science and International Security, revisits a claim made in 2015 by the German daily Der Spiegel that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad was constructing another nuclear reactor, this one underground, near the city of Qusayr, along the Lebanese border.

The findings of the report are inconclusive, but determine that the Syrian regime certainly built something in the ground under Qusayr and that some of the claims made by Der Spiegel are supported by publicly available evidence, namely satellite images and geological data.

But even if the underground site is not home to a reactor, it may be used to store leftover nuclear material from al-Kibar or is in some capacity connected to Syria’s chemical weapons or ballistic missile programs, according to the report.

There is not much to see of the site from satellite images: just five gray rectangular buildings in a valley between two hills and, further down the road, a guard shack.

“We’re always wondering if this is going to be the next site that Israel is going to strike,” David Albright, one of the paper’s authors and president of the institute, told The Times of Israel over the phone, shortly after its publication.

The Israeli military refused to comment on the report.
It’s partially a coincidence that the report came out on the same day Israel formally acknowledged that it bombed the Syrian reactor in Deir Ezzor in 2007, Albright said.
One of the lingering concerns following Israel’s 2007 strike was that while the reactor may have been destroyed, many of the materials and pieces of equipment necessary for manufacturing a nuclear weapon remained unaccounted for, including “stockpiles of natural uranium, fuel fabrication capabilities, and even possibly plutonium separation capabilities,” according to the report.

Citing intelligence officials, Der Spiegel reported that those remaining nuclear materials were being used to construct a subterranean nuclear reactor in Qusayr.

Wednesday’s report notes that building an underground reactor would be an exceedingly difficult feat, with significant technical challenges associated with it, but that it is “not impossible.”
Satellite images show that large amounts of limestone were excavated from the site and that efforts were made to conceal that fact.
The report also finds the site’s close proximity to an underground aquifer could provide the water necessary to cool a nuclear reactor, though that is not how such cooling is generally achieved. A satellite photo from 2012 showed a mobile drill rig, which would have been used to tap into the groundwater.
Using the existing aquifer would mean Syria could forgo aboveground cooling facilities.

Moscow Warns Washington About Conducting Strike Against Syria

Moscow Warns Washington Against Conducting Strike Against Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov commented on the situation in Eastern Ghouta and the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
Russia has called on the United States to unconditionally abandon its plans for a strike against Syrian government forces and Damascus, Sergei Ryabkov stated, answering the journalist's question.

"We've warned and warned the US that these plans must be unconditionally refused. Any such unlawful use of force, similar to what happened almost a year ago at the Shairat air base, would be an act of aggression against a sovereign state, as defined by the relevant article of the UN Charter," he said.

Sergei Ryabkov believes that if the situation in Syria and, in particular, Eastern Ghouta changes for the better, opponents to a peaceful resolution to the conflict could incite the international community by sabotaging this process, possibly by using chemical weapons.

"The situation in Eastern Ghouta has changed radically for the better," Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Tuesday.

He drew attention to the fact that tens of thousands of people had already left the danger zone. "All this, of course, infuriates, in the truest sense of the word, the opponents of the government in Damascus; they are looking for new pretexts for attacks on us and on Syria," Ryabkov said.

"In this situation, of course, any provocations are possible, and we need to be prepared. Provocations could include staging the use of chemical weapons by government troops," Ryabkov said.

Staged 'chemical attacks' will continue in Syria as Syrian troops advance, he added.
Earlier, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the US was prepared to act on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. According to him, the United States struck at the Shairat airbase, after a chemical attack in Syria's Khan Sheikhoun on April 4, 2017, as the UN Security Council "was unable to take action."

London still refuses to cooperate with Moscow in the investigation of the poisoning of the former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal, which Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has described as a massive provocation.

"The British, acting with explicit malicious intent, have delivered some accusations. Once again, without backing them in any way with material evidence, with any kind of basis, rejecting cooperation, and, most outrageously, successively depriving us of consular access to Russian citizen Julia Skripal, who, as we understand, is in a critical state," Ryabkov told reporters.

"All this is nothing more than a large-scale, multi-layer provocation, which is being conducted via a whole series of unlawful methods," the deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry added.

Moscow once again declares that neither Russia nor the USSR had a program for the development and production of chemical weapons under the conventional name "Novichok," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stressed.

The Dangerous Campaign Against Russia

What Underlies The Concerted Hate Campaign Against Russia

Russia has done nothing to deserve its appalling treatment by Western powers and their totally controlled and subservient media - the only thing Russia did was to move into the Crimea, an area smaller than the island of Taiwan, which suited the people there as most are Russian speaking, and the reason they did that was to protect their naval base at Sevastopol after the Western inspired coup in the Ukraine. Apart from that they have done nothing and reports that they are planning to take back parts of Eastern Europe are pure fantasy.

Russia has been subjected to an intensifying and coordinated hate campaign that has become hysterical in recent days. The politicians engaging in this and NATO etc are corrupt unscrupulous opportunistic lying scoundrels who have their own agenda. A particularly odious example of this is Theresa May, the Prime Minister of Britain, the toothless lion. 

Mrs May, a weak and insipid leader, who looks like she would be more at home pushing a trolley around Safeway, has seized upon the Russia business as an opportunity to grandstand on the world stage, and level scurrilous and totally ungrounded accusations against Russia in the most insulting manner imaginable, which is a pretty dumb thing to do when you consider that Russia has the capacity to reduce Britain to a smoking ruin in a matter of minutes.

One of the odd and distasteful aspects of this episode is the way that most Western countries have ganged up on Russia like a bunch of schoolyard thugs who have selected their victim and are enjoying putting the boot in – but they will be laughing on the other side of their faces if they push Russia too far, since it has the power to physically destroy them all, although of course it wouldn’t survive either.

So what’s the agenda – why are they doing this? 

There are several interlocking reasons. A core reason is that the US Neocons are running out of time to bring to fruition their grand plan, the “Project for the New American Century”, which is a plan for world domination – two countries stand in the way of achieving their dream, Russia and China, and in just a few years China, which is growing rapidly in strength, will overtake the US as the dominant world power. 

This means that in order to achieve their objectives, the Neocons have to overcome and subjugate Russia and China as quickly as possible. Another factor making the situation even more urgent is that debt-wracked Western economies are teetering on the verge of collapse, they have to do this very soon while they still have the power to, and having an enemy means you can deflect blame for the economic turmoil on to them. Still another factor is that they need an enemy of size, a bogeyman, for the Military – Industrial complex to justify sucking $1 trillion a year out of hapless US taxpayers, and the little tin pot dictatorship of North Korea just doesn’t cut it.

Although Russia has an impressive military, its economy is much smaller than that of China, so for this reason they have decided to take down Russia before they turn their attention to the ultimate prize – China. If they succeed in taking down Russia, China will be the next target and their crowning glory. 

This is why they have the South China Sea lined up as their excuse for a conflict with China, so it’s a shame really that China and Russia have developed hypersonic missiles that can sink aircraft carriers in minutes.

The preparations for an assault on Russia go back a long way. A big reason that the Neocons instigated the coup in the Ukraine and installed a puppet government there was to enable their war machine, NATO, to move military equipment and forward missile bases as close to Russia as possible. 

Now they are preparing to attack Russia on two fronts - in the eastern Ukraine, what is called the Donbass, and a head on clash in Syria, which they are preparing for by moving forces close to Syria and carriers into the Eastern Med. etc, and they will possibly attack on a third front – from eastern Europe. Once you know all this the reason for all the anti-Russia hysteria and propaganda becomes clear – they are preparing the gullible public mind for this offensive. 

This latest hyped up hysteria about Russia poisoning a retired spy in England is clearly a total fabrication. As Putin just said, it is not logical for Russia to do such a thing just ahead of the election in Russia and the football World Cup there. Perhaps the most astounding thing about it is that it happened just up the road from Porton Down, the top secret government center for developing biological and chemical weapons, which I happen to know about as I grew up in that area. 

Scientists used to spend countless happy hours torturing animals there as they developed very nasty substances, and clearly unless proven otherwise, that is where this nerve agent came from. It is a measure of how stupid they think the public is that they believe that they can pull a stunt like this about 10 miles from where the stuff was produced, and then blame it on Russia! It was a truly revolting sight to see the boring grey painfully middle class chickenhawk British Prime Minister from suburbia grandstanding, without any evidence whatever, and level false accusations and crude insults against a true Statesman and dignified strong man like Putin and against Russia. 
What is the reason for this spy poisoning story and blowing it out of proportion? It is part of an ongoing campaign to demonize Russia in the mind of the susceptible public, and make them more accepting of future military action against it, and it will be used as an excuse to impose tough sanctions on Russia with the aim of grinding it down.

If this situation wasn’t so dangerous it would simply be farcical and funny, but it now looks like the West is going to ramp up the military provocations against Russia until it escalates into a World War.

This they will do by taking on Russian forces in Syria and by trying to invade eastern Ukraine. At some point Russia will have no choice but to react, which is what they want – they will keep poking the bear until they get a response. They seem to think, however, that a “1st strike” is their prerogative, but what if Russia decides to get in first and “take out” all the missile batteries aimed at it in eastern Europe and sink the missile bearing US carriers in the eastern Med first, which although clearly dangerous, actually makes sense militarily? 

Then what? – if the US / West responds by escalating, possibly with nukes, then Russia may feel it has no option but to make the aggressor pay the ultimate price, and could nuke cities like London and Washington, which it has the power to do. You think it couldn’t happen, right? – just go ask the people of Dresden and Hiroshima or Nagasaki whether their ancestors thought in 1935 that their cities would vanish within 10 years.

If the West keeps the war against Russia at the conventional level, they should take heed of what happened to Napoleon and Hitler when they tried to march on Moscow. The Russians are fighting for their survival, which is why with a relatively small outlay they have created weapons that outclass what the US military has, because most of the defense budget in the US disappears down a black hole of corruption, graft and kickbacks.

Perhaps the most frightening and depressing thing about this situation is that it is all completely unnecessary – the majority of people in all countries just want to go about their lives in peace. Like Genghis Khan and Hitler they can only be stopped by force, but unfortunately there is likely to be a lot of death and destruction first. The current situation feels almost identical to 1913 or 1939 – you can see it coming but there just isn’t the will to stop it. The death toll in the last war was about 50 million. This time, if it ends up going nuclear, which it probably will, it will likely end up in the hundreds of millions or even billions if there is a nuclear Winter.

Paving The Road: Persecution Increasing In The West

Christians, Get Ready for Persecution in the West

The ongoing persecution of Christians has been a sad reality in many parts of the world. Brutality at the hand of those who want to extinguish Christians, state-sanctioned violence, and Islamic extremists all play a sad role. Persecution has been something Christians here tend to dismiss as an "over there" issue.
I firmly believe there is a trend being established in the Western world. It's subtle in nature, but if you are carefully watching what is going on in media, entertainment, government, and sadly some ministries, you will discern that the tide of public opinion is rapidly turning against true Bible-believing Christians. It is time for followers of Jesus to get ready for persecution in the West.
To be certain, our brothers and sisters are facing severe persecution unlike anything believers here in the West have dealt with. Right now in many parts of the world, beatings, starvation, beheadings, and burned churches are everyday life for them. I want to ask you to stand in prayer for them because they have placed everything on the line for faith in Jesus. They are family and we are called to support each other.
Before we continue, I want to make a quick distinction about timing. One thing I firmly abhor is date setting and making ridiculous unbiblical predictions about last days events. When I say that persecution is coming, I don't know exactly when it will begin, but I know this: Our brethren in many parts of the globe aren't exempt from persecution and neither are we.
It's worth noting that the spirit of Antichrist is already at work even now, and this growing Christian persecution is certainly an indicator of the nearness of the Lord's return and may very well be setting the stage for end time persecution that's certainly coming. What you are witnessing now in the increased hostility toward true Christians here in the West is but a sampling of the all-out persecution that will take place as history comes to a close. John 15:18
Look at the trend in recent years: Florists, bakers, photographers, and other business owners being fined and made to attend sensitivity or diversity training as a result of standing firm in their faith. Then there is the squelching of the faith our children have in Jesus. There are numerous examples of how free speech and freedom of creative expression are just fine in the classroom and all subjects are on the table except one: Jesus.

This world celebrates the lives of the wicked and vilifies the lives of the righteous. We are certainly living in a day when evil is called good and good is called evil. Christians are increasingly vilified because we won't bow the knee and join in the celebrating of what this world calls acceptable. Isaiah 5:20

In parts of Europe and Canada, verses from the Bible and sermons containing them are being labeled as hate speech. Pastors in Scotland and the Netherlands have been arrested and fined for hate speech because they read from verses in the book of Leviticus or elsewhere.

Times are changing and so are western views regarding religion. Pluralism and tolerance of religious expression and beliefs increasingly apply to all but one group: Christians. The World Council of Churches promotes a culture of multi-faiths and denounces Christian 'religious superiority.'

What they mean by denouncing 'religious superiority' is they stand against the exclusivity of Jesus. Mark my words, this mindset of the World Council of Churches and ecumenism are setting the stage for one world religion under Antichrist disguised as the truth. My pastor warned of the approaching storm for believers when he said,

"When persecution begins in America, I believe it will be centered on one issue, Christians saying and believing Jesus is the only way." -Pastor Mark Vroegop / College Park Church Indianapolis

From here on out, I expect to see true Christians become marginalized, vilified, and experience increasing persecution. In most of Europe, Canada, or America, if you believe in traditional marriage, stand for life, and believe Jesus is the only way to heaven, you are generally labeled as a hater or out of touch. Words are powerful but the media, blogosphere, and entertainment industry wouldn't dare denounce the exclusive claims of Islam like they do Christianity.

If you are a disciple of Jesus, it's open season on you and your beliefs.

Friends, the persecution has already begun with words and slander. Rogue judges and prosecutors in Europe, Canada, and the US. are censuring parts of religious Christian broadcasting, arresting people for teaching certain parts of the Bible, and levying fines on Christian business owners for not providing certain services. This world has a very skewed sense of the reality of good and evil.

In the near future, true Christians could very well have bank accounts seized, fines imposed, face jail time, get physically beaten, or even be murdered for our faith. This may be the reality for western Christians who refuse to deny their faith and not go along with the crowd. Make no mistake about it, Christians are on the verge of growing persecution here in the West because we won't compromise on the exclusivity of Jesus and the Bible.

How should we respond to coming persecution? We can pray for our enemies. We can maintain a spirit full of humility and kindness, even in the face of harsh ridicule and treatment. We shouldn't compromise the message of the gospel for the sake of acceptance. Saturate yourself with God's word. Spend time with the Lord in prayer. Fellowship with other believers. The Lord will give you strength to stand and to get ready for persecution here in the West. 1 Peter 3:15

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Syrian 'Rebels' Massacre Civilians In Rocket Attack

Syrian "Rebels" Massacre Civilians In Rocket Attack Days After Assad Drives Himself To Ghouta

On Tuesday evening anti-government fighters in the embattled East Ghouta suburb of Damascus launched a major attack, firing several missiles and artillery shells into a crowded shopping district of government-held Jaramana area, resulting in a civilian massacre.

The Guardian has described the attack as "one of the deadliest rebel attacks on the Syrian capital" which according to early reports took the lives of 38 civilians, including women and children. Local reporters say that number may climb higher
And according to Middle East based Al-Masdar News, which has a correspondent on the ground close to the scene, a near simultaneous attack on the Mezzeh District of Damascus resulted in the deaths of a woman and five children. 

Explosions light up the Damascus sky with Mt. Qasioun in the background during previous fighting in the summer of 2017. Photo provided by a local Damascus photographer, via Leith Fadel.
The Guardian reports that the particular shopping area in Jaramana hit by a volley of rockets was particularly busy as Mother's Day - celebrated in Syria on March 21 - brought throngs of families into crowded markets:

State media said the opposition fire had hit the area of Jaramana, which residents said was full of shoppers – many buying presents before Mother’s Day. A taxi driver, who asked not to give his name, said he had been nearby when the rocket hit a street known for its cheap clothes and food shops.
“The place was full of people buying presents for Mother’s Day,” the 41-year-old said. A nurse in her 30s, who asked not to be named, said the projectile had hit a shopping area “next to a security checkpoint”. “The intensity of the blast was terrifying,” she said.

Though given scant attention in international media since the start of the now 7-year long war, Damascenes have had to endure living under the constant threat of mortar attack from al-Qaeda linked groups operating in the suburbs and Damascus countryside as "the new normal".

While the Syrian government has retaken most of Syria's populous urban centers, and much of the country has returned to some degree of stability, some observers have described the next phase of the war as an "endless insurgency" - expected to continue for years as the al-Qaeda insurgency goes underground. 

The intensity of indiscriminate mortar fire from Ghouta on civilian areas of the Damascus city center has markedly increased of late as the Syrian Army continues its ground incursion into the sprawling suburb which has been held for years by jihadist factions seeking the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the defeat of the army. And according to The Guardian, the army is making progress in Ghouta

Regime and allied forces have retaken more than 80% of the area and splintered the rump of the enclave into three pockets, each controlled by different rebel groups.

The ground fighting as well as consistent government aerial bombardment has resulted in significant civilian casualties, with each side trading blame for disregarding civilian lives. The government for its part has accused the armed groups who have long operated in the Ghouta area of using civilians as human shields, instead of allowing them a safe exit through 'safe corridors' established by the Syrian Army. 

Scandal Rocks Facebook: Something More Sinister Emerges

As Scandal Rocks Facebook Something More Sinister Emerges That Should Concern Everybody
By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

Quick Background: Facebook has lost over $60 billion in market value over the last couple of days after it was revealed that an app developed in 2014 which invited users to find out their personality type, specifically designed to "harvest" data of not only the 270,000 people that took the quiz, but of all their Facebook friends as well. When all was said and done, approximately 50 million users had their data harvested.

That data was passed on to Cambridge Analytica in 2014, a privately held company that combines data mining, data brokerage, and data analysis with strategic communication for the electoral process.

The Trump campaign hired Cambridge Analytica in June 2016, who used the information to tailor content to garner support for his candidacy.

Barack Obama was hailed as a genius for implementing this type of targeted content in 2012,  to which Hillary Clinton built on in 2016 in order to target her message to specific demographics, as was detailed back in August 2016.

The Hillary Clinton campaign is building on President Obama’s efforts in 2012 to create an edge over Donald Trump by using data mining to influence voters and affect the course of the presidential election.

Data mining can target individuals and tailor political advertisements to show voters what they’ll most likely want to hear about. For example, a woman with children who has voted Republican in the past will most likely have different political interests than a retired man who doesn’t have children and has rarely voted, according to Meta Brown, data analytics consultant.

“Perhaps the mother would hear the candidate’s position on school funding, while the retiree would hear about Medicare,” Brown said.

Standard procedure. Politicians hire firms to analyze data to understand their base, and to develop advertising strategies and content to appeal to more voters. Aanalytic firms like Cambridge Analytica exist in order to obtain information about voters, and analyze the data to target specific demographics with messaging that will appeal to the specific individual.

My question is why is anyone surprised at all?

First and foremost, Facebook itself is the one that allows app creators and others to mine users' data, harvesting users' information, as well as  Facebook itself using that data to advise advertisers as to the best targeted audiences.

Previously Facebook has been caught manipulating the moods of users as a psychological experiment, treating them like guinea pigs time and time again, with a number of controversial, but legal experiments, as well as censoring conservative opinions, while artificially manipulating news feeds to insert liberal content.

When we see, via Daily Mail, that this latest Facebook scandal has "sown distrust into users who fear their information is not protected," we have to shake our heads in amazement. Have they all been living under a rock?

Independent Media has consistently informed readers that Facebook is nothing more than a data collection site, and how it is the first time in history that users were basically creating their own dossiers because of the amount of information they share with and on the Facebook platform. According to whistleblower Edward Snowden, Facebook is nothing more than a"surveillance company" rebranded as "social media" as he explained on March 17, 2018.

Earlier Snowden was more blunt, stating "Facebook makes their money by exploiting and selling intimate details about the private lives of millions, far beyond the scant details you voluntarily post. They are not victims. They are accomplices."


As Facebook stock plummeted, costing investors billions, those investors filed a lawsuit against the social media giant  on Tuesday for failing to protect users privacy, saying they suffered massive losses after this most recent revelation.

Facebook execs  have been scrambling in an attempt to stem the tide of bad publicity and stock plunges, but the one voice that has been ominously quiet has been Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg, with hashtag #WheresZuck seeing a lot of activity. Recent reports claim that Zuckerberg is about to break his silence, which will most likely come in the form of a Facebook post if his past behavior is followed. Usually he apologizes, swears to "rebuilt trust," with promises to do better in the future.

The hyperbolic reactions from liberals offended that an analytic firm used user data harvested from Facebook to help Donald Trump when they cheered rather loudly when the same type of data mining was used during the 2012 presidential campaign cycle by Barack Obama, is rather entertaining to watch, but something far more sinister was barely touched on in the midst of the data breach scandal, which indicates that the mainstream media is working to protect Facebook in a variety of ways.

Carol Davidsen, director of data integration and media analytics for Obama for America, claimed on Sunday that Facebook allowed them user data in 2011, saying the social media giant was "on our side."

“They came to office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side,” Carol Davidsen, director of data integration and media analytics for Obama for America, wrote Sunday on Twitter.

Davidsen said she and her team were able to gather massive amounts of personal information from Facebook users, as well as their friends.

“Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing,” she said on Twitter.

While the hypocrisy of allowing Obama's team open access and doing nothing, to Facebook and the MSM's complete meltdown when the same tactics were used to benefit the "other side,"  is concerning, it isn't the most sinister bit news that was dropped on Monday.

It appears that a major news outlet, the new York Times, allowed Facebook to force them to remove a negative reference to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, after it was already published.

The Times‘ original story made reference to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg–and mentioned her “consternation” at Stamos’ efforts to shepherd the tech giant towards being more transparent about Russian trolls’ electoral interference. Here’s the original paragraph in question:

Mr. Stamos had been a strong advocate inside the company for investigation and disclosing Russian activity on Facebook, often to the consternation of other top executives, including Sheryl Sandberg, the social network’s chief operating officer, according to the current and former employees, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

That should concern everyone. While users can delete their Facebook account, refuse to participate and allow them to mine and sell their data, the fact that Facebook or any other powerful entity can and does have the ability to make any major news outlet literally change their reporting (unless is was libelous and/or incorrect), shows us that those outlets are compromised.

While we feel no sympathy for Facebook as it is well documented they treat their users like guinea pigs, literally performing psychological experiments on them, as well as data mining and selling that information to the highest bidder via specifically targeting them for advertisers, it is surprising to see such a fuss kicked up over information that Independent Media has been warning readers about for years.

The bigger scandal, the one that truly needs to be exposed by more than we are seeing, is that Facebook, and other third party entities are able to control the mainstream media.

Israel's Security Cabinet Issues 'Fresh Warnings' To Iran, Liberman Warns 'Enemies' That IDF Has Grown Stronger

Ministers threaten Iran as details of 2007 strike on Syria emerge

Liberman warns 'enemies' that IDF has grown even stronger, while intelligence minister vows 'Israel will never allow countries like Iran... to have nuclear weapons'

Current members of Israel’s security cabinet issued fresh warnings to Iran on Wednesday, hours after the country publicly acknowledged for the first time that the air force blew up a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.

The official confirmation ended a 10-and-a-half-year policy of referring to the strike, known to much of the world as Operation Orchard — in the area of Deir Ezzor in the pre-dawn hours of September 6, 2007 — with a smirk and a wry “according to foreign reports.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who was minister of strategic affairs in 2007, said that “the historic and brave decision we took proved that we cannot be deterred on matters of security.
“Try to imagine what would have happened had we not acted,” Liberman tweeted. “We would be facing a nuclear Syria.”
Hinting at Iran’s current nuclear ambitions and threats to destroy Israel, the defense minister added that “our enemies’ motivation has increased in recent years, but so has the might of the IDF… This equation should be understood by anyone in the Middle East.”

Intelligence Minister Israel Katz was more explicit, linking the Syria strike specifically to Iran.
“The courageous decision of the Israeli government almost 11 years ago to destroy the nuclear reactor in Syria and the successful operation following it sends a clear message: Israel will never allow countries like Iran who threaten its existence to have nuclear weapons,” Katz tweeted.
MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Union), who had been defense minister until he was replaced by Ehud Barak two and a half months before the operation, wrote on Facebook that the strike “demonstrated that the State of Israel will not stand helplessly and will take any action needed to eliminate an existential threat.”
Another minister, Gila Gamliel (Likud), similarly commented that “the footage from the strike on the reactor in Syria in 2007 highlights the immense power of the IDF, in an act that combined excellent intelligence and accurate attacking capabilities by the Air Force… We will not let the Iranians entrench themselves on the northern border and we won’t allow our enemies to become stronger or threaten our existence.”

Haunting Words From The Gulag

These Haunting Words From The Gulag Have Come To Pass In America

As we watch our present world crumble before our eyes, we are either horrified of where the world is headed or we comfort ourselves with the words of Jesus, 

Mt 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 

But why, we ask? For every problem we solve, it seems a dozen more pop up to take its place. Every time another crisis passes we hold our breath and wonder when the next one will appear. What is happening? What has gone wrong? In the words of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.” 

But if men have forgotten God, has He been replaced, or is there simply nothing? The answer is He has been replaced. We have a new god; his domain is science and technology. He wears a white coat, carries a microscope and a test tube and speaks with authority; his name is “the theory of evolution.” 

Here is Solzhenitsyn in his own words, a very short excerpt from his address in 1983 (35 years ago) to receive the Templeton Prize: 

Men Have Forgotten God” – The Templeton Address by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 

More than half a century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of older people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened. 

Since then I have spent well-nigh fifty years working on the history of our Revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous Revolution that swallowed up some sixty million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened. 

What is more, the events of the Russian Revolution can only be understood now, at the end of the century, against the background of what has since occurred in the rest of the world. What emerges here is a process of universal significance. And if I were called upon to identify briefly the principal trait of the entire twentieth century, here too, I would be unable to find anything more precise and pithy than to repeat once again: Men have forgotten God.  

Those haunting words from the gulag now have come to pass big time in America, in this last bastion of “freedom” which has already become dreadfully degraded. 

We ask again, “But why?” This article postulates a fundamental shift away from the God of the Bible and toward the Godless theory of “evolution” is in large part, the major cause responsible for freeing the basic nature of all men to thumb our noses at God and His teachings and let our depravity run loose. In short, when we embrace the theory of evolution, we have turned our backs on the One who made us, and we have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened. 

…to keep it short, you have been to Las Vegas and been skinned by professionals. You have been conned. You have been snookered and taken for a sucker. Being taught, “Honesty is the best policy,” you have believed it, tried to practice it and have assumed everyone else was telling the truth. But you have been lied to by crooked scientists wearing lab coats that in some cases don’t even realize they are being dishonest. They simply parrot what they have been taught and if they ever consider telling the truth they quickly dismiss the idea because to go against the official paradigm of “evolutionary advancement” is certain career destruction in our rigidly controlled narrative of “evolution of the species.” 

Why is the narrative eagerly accepted and so enforced? Because it serves the purpose of the “Deep Staters” who are striving for world government. If men are to act against God, they must be taught they are animals so they will do as they are told. At root all men are fundamentally evil, a fact that most don’t want to believe and therefore it’s usually quickly rejected. The Bible however teaches extensively on the subject and traces it back to the first rebellion of men against God. 

France: Total Submission To Islam, Destruction Of Free Speech,

France: Toward Total Submission to Islam, Destruction of Free Speech

After the murders of much of the staff at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, the hostage-taking and slaughter at a kosher supermarket two days later confirmed what was already obvious: France was a target of Islamic terrorism. A huge demonstration, organized in Paris on January 11, brought together a million and a half people, with politicians from around the world in attendance.

For a brief moment, France seemed to be the country where the multitudes were ready to stand up for freedom of speech, and the government was ready to fight for Western values.

Unfortunately, that impression did not last long.

For years, freedom of speech in France has been in the process of being crushed, particularly regarding Islam and Islamic terrorism. Journalists who said that Islam often did not look much like a religion of peace but more like a religion of war were systematically and harshly prosecuted. Charlie Hebdo's new director and editor-in-chief were also not spared: they were sued as early as 2006, the year the magazine republished the Danish Mohammed cartoons. 

They were sued again in 2007, 2012 and 2013. The writer Michel Houellebecq was summoned to court in 2010 for saying that Islam is a "stupid" religion. The first judicial sentence against the polemist Éric Zemmour dates from 2011. The website Riposte Laïque was established in 2007 to fight censorship, defend secularism, and preserve the right to criticize Islam. Lawsuits against its founder, Pierre Cassen, immediately became overwhelming.

Judicial harassment against those who still dared to speak "incorrectly" about Islam did not stop after the murders at Charlie Hebdo: rather, they intensified. 

The terrorist attacks that took place in France in November 2015 and in July 2016 did not lead to any demonstrations; merely to displays of sadness, fear and resignation. French politicians used empty words, spoke of the dangers of "fanaticism" and said that France was "at war" -- but they never named an enemy.

Both Éric Zemmour and Pierre Cassen have spent hours on trial providing conclusive evidence -- in vain.

Since the election of President Emmanuel Macron a year ago, the situation has become worse. On June 20, 2017, at the end of a post-Ramadan iftar dinner he shared with Muslim leaders, President Macron stated that " one should make believe that Islam is not compatible with the Republic"; that " no one should say that France reject Muslim faith" and that "attempt to give Islam the image of a religion condoning murder and terror" must be condemned. Most French critics of Islam got the message and cautiously chose silence. Riposte Laïque did not, but here were consequences.

On January 20, 2018, Pierre Cassen was convicted of "incitement to hatred against Muslims" and a fine of $12,000 was imposed on him. He was also given a three-month suspended prison sentence. He will soon be tried again for repeating the same "crime", and could be sent to prison.

Several European governments have made it clear that criticizing Islam may lead to prosecution and conviction. Recently, BritishDanish and Germancitizens have been handed suspended sentences. If Pierre Cassen is imprisoned, it will be the first time that someone in a Western democracy is sent to jail for criticizing a religion.

Two members of the French National Assembly, Gilbert Collard and Marine Le Pen, a former presidential candidate who secured 35% of votes in the May 2017 run-off, were also recently charged with "inciting violence". They did not even publish texts criticizing Islam. After a journalist compared their party (National Front) to the Islamic State, they tweeted photos showing atrocities committed by the Islamic State, and added under the photos: "This is the Islamic State". They are also facing serious fines and prison sentences. The photos they tweeted are not even secret: they are widely available on the internet.

Originally, Collard and Le Pen were protected by parliamentary immunity. Their parliamentary immunity, however, was revoked by an almost unanimous vote in the French National Assembly. This is the first time that members of a democratic Western government risk being imprisoned for publishing widely available photos of Islamic crimes.

French laws are being used more and more often by the French justice system to suppress any criticism of Islam. Furthermore, in a dangerous inversion of reality, critics of Islamic terrorist violence are now systematically presented by French judges as examples of incitement to hatred and violence. The threat of jail time is added to the threat of fines.

Consequently, those who criticize Islam -- or who just show the results of Islamic terrorism -- are victims of fierce prosecution, while hate-filled, racist organizations are never touched.

The Islamic "Natives of the Republic" movement, for instance, regularly publishes texts saying that " greedy Jews control the global financial system" and that "Zionists kill Palestinian children for pleasure" but are never condemned. Houria Bouteldja, the spokesperson for the movement, published a book describing Jews as vicious supporters of "Islamophobia", and stating that the Holocaust is "infinitely less than a detail" of history.

She recently took part in anti-Israel demonstrations where flags of Hamas and Hezbollah were waved and portraits of murderers of Jews were held up. Jewish organizations expressed their indignation and filed complaints -- to no avail.

The French government and the French justice system claim to treat all religions equally, but they treat Islam as if it were "more equal than others" -- able to enjoy special privileges.

In France, attacks against Islam are benign and rare, but lead to severe convictions: in January 2016, a man dropped slices of ham in front of a mosque. He was immediately sent to jail for several weeks. Attacks against Christianity, however, are countless, sometimes violent, but almost never lead to any conviction.

 French theaters produce anti-Christian shows almost every year. In a play called "On the Concept of the Face of God," currently on tour throughout the country, for almost two hours, a large portrait of Jesus Christ is insulted and covered with matter that is supposed to be feces. The French Ministry of Culture subsidizes the tour. No theater director, however, would imagine producing an anti-Islam show.

Six to eight million Muslims live in France, and the number is increasing. France's 400,000 remaining Jews have not yet left France, but every year their the numbers shrink. Practicing Christians vanish; churches are often empty.

Macron recently said he wants to create the post of "Grand Imam of France", a man who would be the "spiritual leader" of Islam in France. He added that he would like to see the construction of large "cathedral mosques" in every important French city. He also wants the Arabic language to be taught in every high school, to maintain a relationship between Muslims and the language of their religion. He promises affirmative action in favor of Muslims and a more resolute fight against "those who attack Islam". He never uses the words "radical Islam". He speaks of "radicalization", but says that the main danger is the "radicalization of secularism". He does not hide that those who defend secularism -- and a clear separation between the government and Islam (Riposte Laïque, for example) -- are an obstacle on the path he intends to follow. Clearly, the fight against "radicalization of secularism" is in high gear!