Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Impending Oil Sanctions May Force Iranian Response - The Use Of Saeghe Stealth Drones A Concern

US Mid East forces brace for trouble from Iran over impending oil sanctions

The threat of a forceful Iranian response to the US embargo on its oil sales, which goes into effect on Nov. 5 ,was contained in Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif’s remark on Tuesday, Oct. 30: “Unfortunately, a law-breaking country seeks to punish a country that abides by the law… This method will have severe consequences for the world order.” The threat of “consequences to the world order” may be translated into such options as Iranian disruption of world oil supplies, a substantial military attack on US or Arab Middle East targets, on Israel – or all of these actions in successive stages.

Iran has concentrated in Iraq and along its Gulf coast large numbers of Saeghe stealth drones (modeled on the advanced US RQ-170 Sentinel captured by Tehran in 2011). Al Qods Brigades forces operating in Syria have also been armed with these sophisticated drones. UAVs of different types were given to the Iraqi Shiite militias serving Tehran at home and in Syria as well as the Lebanese Hizballah.

The Saege drones have taken over the tasks of the exploding speedboats formerly used by Revolutionary Guards as primary weapons against Western and Arab oil tanker shipping in the Persian Gulf. 

The Iranian drone attack on ISIS concentrations in eastern Syria on Oct. 1 appeared to many Western and Middle East military experts to have been a kind of dress rehearsal for the use of this UAV for deadly air strikes on US, Israeli or Arab targets.  

Then, 11 of these stealth drones were launched from Iran and flew across the entire width of Iraq to reach their targets, without being intercepted or even sighted by US, Israeli or Jordanian forces. The Saeghes hit Syrian base with miniature, precision-guided Sadid-345 glide bombs. Then, this Revolutionary Guards weapon made its debut performance in real combat conditions and returned safely to base. Al Qods chief Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani has been placed in charge of all forthcoming Iran’s military preparations.

Iran Hit By Computer Virus To Infrastructure And Strategic Networks - More Violent Than Stuxnet - Israel Silent

TV report: Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet

Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Israeli officials are refusing to discuss what role, if any, they may have had in the operation, an Israeli TV report said Wednesday.
The report came hours after Israel said its Mossad intelligence agency had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and two days after Iran acknowledged that President Hassan Rouhani’s mobile phone had been bugged. It also follows a string of Israeli intelligence coups against Iran, including the extraction from Tehran in January by the Mossad of the contents of a vast archive documenting Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the detailing by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN in September of other alleged Iranian nuclear and missile assets inside Iran, in Syria and in Lebanon.
“Remember Stuxnet, the virus that penetrated the computers of the Iranian nuclear industry?” the report on Israel’s Hadashot news asked. Iran “has admitted in the past few days that it is again facing a similar attack, from a more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated virus than before, that has hit infrastructure and strategic networks.”

The Iranians, the TV report went on, are “not admitting, of course, how much damage has been caused.”
On Sunday, Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civil defense agency, said Tehran had neutralized a new version of Stuxnet, Reuters reported.“Recently we discovered a new generation of Stuxnet which consisted of several parts … and was trying to enter our systems,” Jalali said.
The Stuxnet virus was uncovered some eight years ago, and was widely reported to have been developed together by US and Israeli intelligence. It penetrated Iran’s rogue nuclear program, taking control and sabotaging parts of its enrichment processes by speeding up its centrifuges.
Netanyahu is adamant that the Iranian regime remains determined to attain a nuclear weapons arsenal, and has bitterly opposed the P5+1 powers’ 2015 deal with Iran. US President Donald Trump, with whom Netanyahu is closely allied, withdrew from the accord in May.

Referring to Stuxnet, Wednesday’s TV report noted that “in the past, the US and Israel have been alleged to have worked together on operations.” Trying to establish whether Israel had any role in the latest cyberattack, the TV report said: “We’ve tried to clarify here. They’re refusing to comment.”

The TV report noted that “behind the scenes lately, the Mossad,” under its director Yossi Cohen, has been “fighting a real shadow war.”
Without attributing responsibility to the Mossad, the report mentioned the tapping of Rouhani’s phone, noting that the Iranians “had to switch it for an encrypted model because they understand that someone has been listening to him for days and weeks.”
On Sunday, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged intensified efforts to counter enemy “infiltration,” Reuters said.

Iran’s foreign minister on Wednesday accused Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency of carrying out “false flag” operations in a bid to undermine the Islamic Republic’s global standing.
The claim came after Israeli officials said the Mossad tipped off its Danish counterpart to a plot by Iranian intelligence to kill three opposition figures living in Denmark.
Iran has denied it was behind the alleged assassination plans, which were revealed by Denmark on Tuesday, claiming they were part of a European conspiracy against it.

“Mossad’s perverse & stubborn planting of false flags (more on this later) only strengthens our resolve to engage constructively with the world,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a tweet accompanied by photos of him meeting with officials from Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Turkey.
Denmark’s accusations against Iran followed the unveiling of another suspected Iranian plot to target a Paris rally by an opposition group in June. According to Israeli reports, the Mossad helped thwart that attack as well, which led to the arrest of several Iranians in Europe, including a diplomat.
US President Donald Trump has cited Iran’s support for terror around the globe as a reason behind his decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions, most of which kick back into effect next week.
Earlier Wednesday, Denmark’s prime minister said he was speaking with European countries about possible sanctions on Iran over the alleged attack plot, but said any response should not undermine the nuclear deal.
That sentiment was echoed by the European Union, who has played a key role in working to preserve the agreement after Trump announced in May the United States would pull out of the pact negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama.

Israel: PLO Torpedoing Peace With Vote Not To Recognize State Of Israel

PLO announces will no longer recognize the State of Israel -  -

Israeli politicians slammed the PLO Central Council’s non-binding decision on Monday to suspend its recognition of the State of Israel and halt security coordination with the IDF.

The PLO’s council in Ramallah voted to cut its ties with Israel unless it recognized the state of Palestine at the pre-1967 lines with east Jerusalem as its capital.

“The [PLO] is making a mistake.

It’s worrisome that Ramallah is going in this direction,” Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon told Army Radio on Tuesday.

“Over the last year, Ramallah has become more and more extreme, and is torpedoing any chance of an agreement,” Kahlon said.

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid called it a “bad joke.”

“For all we care, they can decide not to recognize the sun, the invention of the wheel and gravity,” Lapid said.

“We established a glorious state with our own hands without asking anyone. We will continue to build strong and safe Israel, and when the Palestinians decide to recognize reality they are more than welcome to give us a call.”

The PLO said that a committee will now be created to examine the recommendation, which would also need the approval of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The council wants to cease compliance with the 1993 Oslo Accord, which set out a transitionary phase during which the Palestinians would move toward statehood.

The council has declared that this temporary phase, which was intended to last for five to seven years, is over. It insisted that Palestinian statehood must be recognized now.

Formal adoption of the PLO Central Council’s recommendation would bring the Oslo Accord to an end.

It’s the second time this year that the PLO has issued such a declaration, having done so in January as well. The twin decisions speak of the frustration of Fatah and the PLO with the swift changes the Trump Administration has wrought with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinian cause is more in need now than it was in January of a grand gesture to gain attention.

A council statement posted on the Wafa News Agency site said, ”In view of Israel’s continued denial of the signed agreements, the PCC (PLO Central Council), in confirmation of its previous decision and considering that the transitional phase no longer exists, decides to end the commitments of the PLO and the Palestinian Authority towards its agreements with the occupying power, suspend recognition of the state of Israel until its recognition of the state of Palestine on the June 4, 1967 borders with east Jerusalem as its capital, end security coordination in all its forms, and disengage economically from Israel on the grounds that the transitional phase, including the Paris Economic Protocols no longer exist.”

The move comes as relations between the United States and the Palestinian Authority are at an all time low, with the Trump Administration’s decisions to close the PA’s representative office in Washington, DC and its pseudo embassy to the PA, the Consulate General in Jerusalem.

The Trump Administration has also cut its financial assistance to the PA and to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

The PLO’s dramatic statement also comes as Egypt, the UN and Israel have bypassed the PA in hopes of reaching an understanding or long-term truce with Hamas in Gaza that would put an end to the rocket fire and border violence.

Egypt and the UN have pressured Abbas to halt the severe sanctions he has imposed on the Gaza Strip, including cutting funding for fuel and the cessation of salary payments, in hopes of forcing Hamas to end its 11-year rule of the enclave.

In its statement Monday, the PLO said only its representatives and not Hamas, were authorized to negotiate a deal to end the Gaza violence with Israel.

Security To Increase At American Jewish Institutions

In Europe, synagogues are fortresses. Is this the path for the US?

Will security at American Jewish institutions now mirror that of Europe, with its police protection, armed guards, panic rooms and sterile zones at synagogues?
It’s a possibility that is being debated more seriously than ever before following the Tree of Life Congregation shooting Saturday in Pittsburgh in which a gunman killed 11 people.
Rabbi Jack Moline, president of the Interfaith Alliance, told The Washington Post that posting armed guards outside synagogues in some places would be “prohibitive” to Jewish communal life itself.

But Gary Sikorski, director of security for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, told the Detroit Jewish News that the idea, suggested by President Donald Trump after the attack, is “not a bad one.”

European security professionals say that even if Sikorski’s approach prevails, it will take at least a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars before US Jewry’s security infrastructure matches the European counterpart.
“The security doctrine you see in Europe is the result of decades of evolution,” said Ophir Revach, director of the European Jewish Congress’ Security and Crisis Center. “It was built on lessons from terrorist attacks in the 1960s and adjusted constantly. It’s pretty comprehensive.”
Even if a critical mass of US Jewish communities decide tomorrow that they want to replicate the European model, Revach said, “Optimistically speaking, it will take at least a decade to achieve.” When it comes to security, he said, “American Jewry is at the beginning of a long journey.”

The Great Synagogue of Copenhagen was the site of a deadly attack in 2015. (Wikimedia Commons via JTA)

In several European countries, synagogues are under constant protection of police or army troops. Most of them have volunteer guards, including armed ones. Many also have a security command room, where trained professionals or volunteers use elaborate video surveillance systems to monitor their premises, often while exchanging information with other Jewish institutions in real-time.
These arrangements regularly prevent violence against congregants.
In 2015, a volunteer guard outside Copenhagen’s main synagogue was shot dead after engaging an armed Islamist who had intended to carry out a shooting attack inside the building, where dozens of people were celebrating a bat mitzvah. Dan Uzan’s intervention allowed police to shoot the assailant, who never made it inside the shul.

A year earlier, a dozen or so volunteer guards staved off dozens of rioters who had intended to storm the Synagogue de la Roquette in Paris as payback for Israel’s actions in Gaza. As 200 worshippers waited inside, the defenders held their ground for 20 minutes amid a vicious street brawl with the attackers until police finally arrived at the scene.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Rumors Of War: U.S.-China War Looming? Russia Bracing For Conflict? Week Of Warmongering Predictions

US-China war looming? Russia bracing for conflict? Week of warmongering predictions by top officials

Several top officials have issued thinly veiled – and outright blunt – ‘warnings’ about war over the past week. While the beating of war drums worldwide remains just hot air for now, many messengers seem a bit too eager about it.

War between US and China just 10-15 years away

A grim prognosis was made by former US commander in Europe Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges (retired), who spoke last week at the Warsaw Security Forum. He urged European countries to do more for their own "security," explaining that Washington has "to deal with the Chinese threat" in the Pacific.
The United States needs a very strong European pillar. I think in 15 years – it's not inevitable – but it is a very strong likelihood that we will be at war with China.
While European security remains top priority for the US, the former official added, the country will also have to prepare for "the eventuality that in 10 or 15 years we're going to be having to fight in the Pacific."

China's preparing for war too

Less-than-subtle ‘warnings’ from the US were not left unanswered in China, with President Xi Jinping telling his military officers that they should be ready for war.
"It's necessary to strengthen the mission… and concentrate preparations for fighting a war," President Xi said last Thursday, addressing officers responsible for the troubled waters of the South China Sea.
We have to step up combat readiness exercises, joint exercises and confrontational exercises to enhance servicemen's capabilities and preparation for war.

Moscow too?

Moscow is preparing for war as well – at least according to deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Nonproliferation and Arms Control, Andrey Belousov.
At a recent meeting, the US stated that Russia is preparing for war. Yes, Russia is preparing for war, I can confirm it.
The official pinned the blame for the soaring tensions on the US and its recently announced move to abandon the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). A revised nuclear doctrine "that lowers the threshold for nuclear weapons use" and Washington's desire to beef up its nuclear arsenal only reinforce such beliefs, according to Belousov.
"Linguistically, this difference is in just one word, both in Russian and in English; Russia is preparing for war, and the US is preparing a war," Belousov said.

Once again, Israel has 'no choice' except war

Even the Middle East, ravaged by perpetual wars for over two decades, was somewhat taken aback after hawkish remarks by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Last week, while accusing the Hamas group of "orchestrating"clashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli military, the official said:
Wars are only conducted when there is no choice, and now there is no choice.
Over the 21st century, Tel Aviv has experienced said "lack of choice" at least five times.

Turkey's ready as well?

Ankara is ready to meet Greek "aggression" and crush its military within three-to-four hours, believes Yigit Bulut, top advisor for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He boasted on local TV, while commenting on a recent incident between a Greek frigate and a Turkish search and exploration vessel:
Greece will end up in a catastrophe within three to four hours if it wages a war against Turkey.
The Greeks are not the only ones to feel Turkey's wrath, as Erdogan himself issued a new threat against Kurdish militias –which Ankara holds to be terrorists– operating in Syria.
Speaking on Tuesday to legislators, he promised that the Kurds were to "soon" again experience Turkish "comprehensive and effective" force.

Leaked Documents: UN And Soros Responsible For Coming Migrant Invasion

Leaked Documents Prove that U.N. and Soros Responsible For Coming Migrant Invasion

Leaked Documents Prove Soros’s Open Society Is Working With UN In Supporting Current Illegal Migrant Crisis
(Gateway Pundit) – The United Nations admitted on Sunday that they are assisting the illegal immigrants and caravans from Central America making their way to the US southern border.
The UN admitted in today’s news article that they have mobilized extra staff and resources to assist the illegal immigrants in the caravans.
UN News reported:
A priority for UNHCR, which has mobilized extra staff and resources to help those making the journey in Mexico’s southern borderlands, is ensuring migrants are informed on their rights to asylum. In an agency video, a UNHCR protection associate said many migrants were simply unaware asylum was an option.
UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva earlier this week that transit and destination countries must consider their human rights obligations ahead of immigration status.
“UNHCR would like to remind countries along this route that this caravan is likely to include people in real danger,” Edwards said.
“In any situation like this it is essential that people have the chance to request asylum and have their international protection needs properly assessed, before any decision on return or deportation is made.”
Also in 2016 obtained a leaked document from the Soros Open Society Foundation that reveals their close links to UN migration representative and former Goldman Sachs executive Peter Sutherland.
The George Soros Open Society also claims that through Sutherland they are able to influence international migration policy due to the current migrant crisis.
The leaked documents and today’s UN report shows the George Soros Open Society is working behind the scenes with the United Nations to assist illegal migrants like the caravans marching to the southern US border. reported:
George Soros’ Open Society Foundation admits influence and incredibly close links with UN migration representative and former Goldman Sachs executive Peter Sutherland in leaked document.
The paper, which told of how the migrant crisis presented an “opportunity” for the foundation to extend its global influence and attract more money, mentions Sutherland’s pro-migrant work. The foundation notes that through Sutherland they have been able to advocate at an “elite level” behind the scenes.
Open Society are one of the contributors to the Columbia Global Policy Initiative (CGPI) which hosts Mr. Sutherland and claim that through Sutherland they are able to influence international migration policy due to the current migrant crisis. On the United Nations website Sutherland is described as a “strong advocate for promoting practical action to increase the benefits of migration” and has routinely made comments against national borders and national sovereignty in Europe. Sutherland has even called for the European Union to “undermine the homogeneity” of member states.
Sutherland has even gone as far as defending all migrants regardless of whether or not they are legitimate refugees saying, “We’re not just talking, either, about refugees. We’re talking about economic migrants, many of whom could be the future, and some at the present… are survival fighters. They’re not to be dismissed as an irrelevance.”

On Sunday Fox News and Fox Business announced they had banned frequent guest Chris Farrell for making false accusations against Jewish billionaire and Democrat donor George Soros this past week on “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” On the Thursday broadcast, Farrell accused Soros of funding the migrant caravan that left Honduras earlier this month and is currently traveling through Mexico toward the U.S. border.

Will Emmanuel Macron Become Leader Of EU?

France is NEW BOSS OF EUROPE as ‘strongman’ Macron steps into Merkel’s power-vacuum

FRANCE’S President Emmanuel Macron is poised to become the “strongman” of Europe stepping into the European – and EU - power vacuum resulting from the resignation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

French Conservative Senator Jean Bizet claimed Macron had to step-up but warned the new unofficial role would be “very difficult” for Mr Macron.
Mrs Merkel’s decision to quit politics after her current term as Chancellor ends in 2021 sent shockwaves across Europe and the world yesterday.
Sen Bizet said: “Germany has been the strongman of Europe for many years but today it has become the weak man, if I may say so.
“Everything rests – and will rest more and more – on president Macron’s shoulders. It will be very difficult for him.”
Mr Bizet, the chairman of the senate’s committee for European affairs, told the TV channel Public SΓ©nat the German leader’s decision to not seek a fifth term as chancellor was “a great disappointment but sadly an expected disappointment.”
He added: “It’s bad news for the coalition, bad news for Germany, bad news for France but also bad news for Europe”.
Mrs Merkel, 64, announced her decision to retire in 2021 and also step down as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) after her party on Sunday suffered its second regional election setback in as many weeks.
The CDU and its Social Democrat coalition partners suffered heavy losses in the weekend’s regional election in the large central state of Hesse, home to the financial capital Frankfurt.  

But stepping down as CDU chairman further undermines Mrs Merkel’s authority, as she had previously said the party chair and chancellery should be held by the same person.
While Mrs Merkel has dominated European politics since 2005, helping guide the Brussels bloc through the eurozone crisis, her decision in 2015 to open Germany’s doors to more than one million migrants fleeing war in the Middle East caused deep divisions within the EU and weakened her support.
Mr Bizet said: “Big European issues cannot be solved alone. But in this case, Angela Merkel did not consult with her European partners before making a unilateral decision that completely upset the European Union’s social balance.”
He added that mass immigration “weakens the single market”.

Brazil's New President: 'Pro-Israel', Plans to close 'Palestinian' Embassy - 'You Do Not Negotiate With Terrorists'

New Brazil President to close “Palestinian” embassy: “You do not negotiate with terrorists”

“Brazilians elect first ardently pro-Israel president,” by 
RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Brazilians elected a president who is a far-right, ardently pro-Israel veteran pol who once declared “My heart is green, yellow, blue and white,” in a reference to the colors of the Israeli and Brazilian flags.
“Far-right”: i.e., hated by the political and media establishment.
Jair Bolsonaro, a 63-year-old seven-term congressman who built his campaign around pledges to crush corruption and crime, secured over 55 percent of the vote, an 11 percent lead over his far-left rival Fernando Haddad.
“We cannot continue flirting with socialism, communism, populism and leftist extremism … We are going to change the destiny of Brazil,” said Bolsonaro in his late Sunday night acceptance speech broadcast from his home in Rio, which showed a Jewish menorah in the background of the video.
Highly divisive among Jewish voters, the Conservative lawmaker — whose middle name, Messias, literally means “messiah” — won the ballot after a drama-filled election that looks set to radically reforge the future of the world’s fourth biggest democracy, leaving nearly 15 years of far-left governments behind….
For many Jewish voters, Bolsonaro has always been a dream president. He has declared he will move the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. His first international trip as president, he said, will be to Israel, with which he will seek to broaden the dialogue. And he promised to close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia.
“Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Bolsonaro said weeks ago. “You do not negotiate with terrorists.”…
“Bolsonaro stood out among the many candidates for including the State of Israel in the major speeches he made during the campaign,” Israel’s honorary consul in Rio, Osias Wurman, told JTA last week. “He is a lover of the people and the State of Israel.”…

Migrant Caravan Traveling By Bus To US. Border

Illegal Immigrant Caravan Organizers Load Up Illegal Immigrants on Buses for Comfy Rides

Caravan Organizers are seen loading illegal immigrants on buses to take them to their next stop on their way to the United States.

There are currently FOUR DIFFERENT CARAVANS working their way to the southern US border through Central America and Mexico.

Mexico’s immigration authorities warned that a second migrant caravan that stormed into Mexico on Monday despite a massive police presence is armed with Molotov cocktails, other incendiary devices and firearms.

Breitbart News reported the alert by Mexico’s National Migration Institute followed an incident on Sunday in which migrants threw rocks at officials at the Guatemala-Mexico Border and tried to break through international barriers.
The Mexican immigration agency, citing reports that individuals in Guatemala were building Molotov cocktails, asked the Guatemalan government to intervene.
The Mexican officials said the violent actions were those of “criminals and not of a vulnerable migrant population.”
Breitbart noted the group in Guatemala is separate from the initial caravan that is now in Mexico about 1,000 miles from the United States border.
The northern caravan of an estimated 4,000 people rejected a request by Mexican officials to follow immigration law so they could receive temporary employment, state-funded healthcare and education. Breitbart reported, however, that 422 members requested assistance from Mexican authorities to return home.
El Salvador’s immigration agency, meanwhile, said a third caravan of about 500 Salvadorans crossed legally into Guatemala on Sunday.
Trump: ‘This is an invasion’
The Pentagon has announced it will send 5,200 active-duty troops to “harden” the U.S.-Mexico border. More than 2,000 National Guard troops already are at the border assisting U.S. Border Patrol agents.
On Monday, President Trump tweeted a message to the asylum seekers: “This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”
Trump and Department of Homeland Security officials have warned of gang members in the caravan.
In an interview Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen affirmed Trump is considering sealing the U.S.-Mexico border through an executive order, even to asylum seekers.
“This caravan is not getting in,” she told “Fox News Sunday.” “There’s a legal way to enter this country. Those who choose to enter illegally will be stopped.”

The second group of migrants, at the Guatemalan border, has been more unruly than the first that crossed, the Daily Mail of London reported.
Guatemala’s Interior Ministry said police officers were injured when the migrant group broke through border barriers on Guatemala’s side of the bridge.
Mexican agents were attacked with rocks, glass bottles and fireworks, according to Mexican authorities, who said some members of the caravan carried guns and firebombs.
Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida accused members of the second caravan of placing the elderly, pregnant women and children at the front, putting them at risk of being crushed.

6.1 Quake Hits New Zealand - Tremors Felt Throughout Country

M6.1 earthquake hits New Zealand's Central North Island - Tremors widely-felt throughout much of the country with more than 15,000 felt reports

A M6.1 earthquake has struck 25 kilometres south-west of Taumarunui at 3.13pm local time (2.13am UTC). Tuesday 30 October. This earthquake was widely-felt throughout much of the country, there are currently more than 15,000 felt reports.

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This earthquake hasn’t caused a tsunami as it is too deep and was not centred near the coast.
As this was a very deep quake, you can see from the pattern of felt reports that the energy travelled along the rigid subducting slab on the east of the North Island.
Large, deep earthquakes like this usually cause fewer aftershocks than shallower ones.
The jolts which struck the country shortly after 3:00pm local time have led the Parliament to suspend its session.
I never thought I’d have to do that, suspend the House until we find out what’s happened,” deputy speaker Anne Tolley said, according to local news. “There were public in the galleries and people need to just make sure their staff are OK. I mean we’re in the safest building probably in the country – but just to make sure and get some advice.

Russian Navy Plans To Test Missiles In International Waters Off Norway's Coast

Russia Plans Missile-Firing Exercise Off Norway Amid NATO Drills

The Russian Navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway's coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on October 29 the alliance was informed last week about the planned tests.
"Russia has a sizable presence in the north, also off Norway," Stoltenberg told the Norwegian news agency NTB.
"Large [Russian] forces take part in maneuvers and they practice regularly," he added.
Russian officials did not immediately comment on the planned missile tests, which come amid persistent tension between NATO and Russia, which seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and backs separatists in an ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine but accuses the alliance of provocative behavior near its borders.
A spokesman for Avinor, which operates Norwegian airports and air-navigation services, said Russia had informed them about the tests in a so-called NOTAM, a notice to pilots about potential hazards along a flight route.
The spokesman, Erik Lodding, told the dpa news agency that it was "a routine message." 
The tests are to take place from November 1-3, west of the coastal cities of Kristiansund, Molde, and Alesund.
"There is nothing dramatic about this. We have noted it and will follow the Russian maneuvers," Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen said.
On October 25, NATO launched its Trident Juncture exercise, which Stoltenberg has called a "strong display" of its capability, unity, and resolve at a time of growing danger in Europe.
The live-field exercise is set to run to November 7.
NATO says it involves around 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, and ships from all 29 NATO allies, plus partners Finland and Sweden.
The aim of the drills stretching from the North Atlantic to the Baltic Sea is to practice the alliance's response to an attack on one of its members.
Russia held large military exercises called Zapad-2017 (West-2017) in September 2017 in its western regions jointly with Belarus, which also borders several NATO countries, and last month conducted massive drills across its central and eastern regions.

Mystery Paralysis Illness Targeting Children

Mystery illness paralyzing Central Texas children

 Doctors nationwide are puzzled by a mystery illness paralyzing children as young as four years old.
In July, Jennifer Tavarez says her 5-year-old, Jahsua, had a cold and a fever. Then, when he got up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, he fell to the floor, unable to move his leg.
"He was unable to wiggle his toes or lift his leg up," Jennifer says. That's when Jennifer knew it was more than a cold, and at the advice of her pediatrician rushed Jahsua to Dell Children's Medical Center.
Within hours, she says her son was paralyzed from the neck down.
"Listening to that was the worst thing I've ever heard. I cried, of course," Jennifer says.
When the mom of two boys asked doctors how and why, they had no answers.
"We really don't know what is causing it in some kids now, and there definitely needs to be more research," says Emergency Room Dr. Eric Higginbotham at Dell Children's Medical Center.
What Jahsua experienced is called Acute Flaccid Myelitis, or AFM for short. It attacks the nervous system, targeting the spinal cord, leading to weakness in the arms and legs, eye problems including droopy eyelids, difficulty swallowing and slurred speech.  
The Centers for Disease Control says it's rare, with less than one in a million people getting it each year but the number of suspected cases in Central Texas seems to be on the rise. The CDC first saw an outbreak in 2014 and found it spikes every two years. So far this year, there have been 62 confirmed cases in 22 states. Fourteen have been reported in Texas, including two in Travis County and one in Hays County.

However, health care providers are not required to report possible cases of AFM to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services or the CDC, and KXAN found more than one child in Central Texas hit hard by the life-changing condition. Jahsua was just one of them.
Dr. Higginbotham says the hospital has seen upwards of six cases of AFM this year, and there are many unknowns when it comes to treatment.
"Some of these kids recover from it," he says. "Some kids, once they have that nerve damage, there is really not a way to heal that. So, they stay in this weakened condition."

One story of hope is 5-year-old Evelette Zavala.

The Central Texas kindergartner was rushed to the hospital early October when her mom, Virginia noticed the left side of Evelette's face was drooping and her body was weak.
"The next day, she started complaining about her neck hurting," she says. "She couldn't move and she couldn't sit up by herself."
After two weeks of intense treatment and therapy, Evelette went home, with only some weakness in her arm. It surprised doctors and her mother.

"She's a lot better," Virginia says. "We are happy they are working with her and therapy, like I said, the therapy is key."
Doctor Higginbottham says Evelette is lucky to make a near full recovery because not every child walks away from AFM.
Jahsua spent a month and a half  at Dell Children's Hospital. Jennifer says during that time, intense physical therapy three times a day led to Jahsua regaining the use of his upper body, but not his legs. He now must use a wheelchair.
Jennifer said Jahsua’s progress isn’t the same since leaving the hospital and regular, more frequent physical therapy sessions. She said – because AFM is so rare – her insurance recently denied coverage for possible treatment at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, which provides electrical stimulation and robotic devices to help children with the disease to use their arms and legs.
The CDC says it is concerned and has not confirmed the cause for the majority of AFM cases, but on it's website says it's looking into whether certain viruses, including poliovirus, non-polio enteroviruses, adenoviruses and West Nile virus trigger the condition in children.
On Monday, panelists on the Today Show discussed how some researchers believe they may have discovered a virus that could be the cause: Enterovirus D68. It's a polio-like virus that's been around for a while, and has its own CDC page. EV-D68 really started ramping up, however, in 2014 — around the same time doctors started seeing an increase in AFM. Research is still being done, but scientists' next steps will be to try to develop a vaccine or cure.
For parents like Jennifer, it's more about what's next now that Jahsua has limited use of his body and options to treat the mysterious illness.
"It breaks my heart — it breaks my heart," Jennifer says through tears. "Kids are meant to walk, they are meant to run, to fall, to get bruises on their legs."

Soros-Funded Coalition In 'Orwellian' Attempt To Bully Tech Companies Into Banning All 'Hate' From Social Media

SPLC Leads Soros-Funded Coalition in ‘Orwellian’ Attempt to Bully Tech Companies Into Banning All ‘Hate’ From Social Media

Last week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) teamed up with five other groups funded by George Soros to pressure tech companies to "reduce hateful activities on their platforms." While this sounds like a noble goal, mainstream conservative and Christian groups that have fallen afoul of the SPLC warned that these liberal organizations have an "Orwellian" definition of hate that most Americans would disagree with. Worse, social media companies already seem biased against conservatives, and this SPLC campaign would only embolden that bias.

On Wednesday, the SPLC led a coalition of groups in releasing "Change the Terms," aiming to convince Big Tech to "reduce hateful activities on their platforms." The coalition warned that "white supremacist and other organizations that incite hate are using online platforms to organize, fund, recruit supporters for, and normalize racism, sexism, religious bigotry, as well as anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant animus, among other activities."

While the overwhelming majority of Americans abhor wicked ideologies like white supremacy, the SPLC boldly associates its political opponents with similar "hate," smearing them as "hate groups" to be compared with the KKK.

"It's obviously concerning that they want to censor free speech, and of course their definition of 'hate speech' is not what most people think of as hate speech," Mat Staver, founder and chairman of the Christian legal nonprofit Liberty Counsel, told PJ Media.

"Most people think of hate speech as somebody encouraging physical violence," Staver argued. Groups like the SPLC "extend it to anybody who doesn't accept their view on LGBT issues, same-sex marriage, abortion, immigration, or Islam."

Tech companies have already targeted Liberty Counsel for adverse treatment thanks to the SPLC's "hate group" list. "We had Norton Security software attempt to block us," Staver recalled. "We sent a demand letter, and they withdrew the block. When they did their own review, they concluded that we were not a hate group."

If tech companies consider "Change the Terms," they should also examine the source.

"Tech companies should be aware that the Southern Poverty Law Center was connected in federal court to domestic terrorism when the shooter who attacked the Family Research Council in 2012 pled guilty to the crime while confessing that he relied on the SPLC's discredited 'hate map' to target the FRC," Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, executive vice president at the Family Research Council (FRC), told PJ Media.

Indeed, the convicted terrorist who attempted to kill everyone in the FRC's Washington, D.C., office admitted that he used the SPLC's "hate map" to find his target. Even so, the SPLC has not reconsidered its "hate group" designation for FRC, and outlets like CNN plastered the SPLC "hate map" online, with no caveats.

Boykin warned that "the SPLC is a political defamation machine that has little respect for freedom of thought and expression. The SPLC is calling on tech companies to sacrifice free speech on the altar of political correctness."

"To demand that social media platforms push past First Amendment principles to pursue nothing but the strictest forms of content-based regulation on free speech is to throw decades of jurisprudence on the fires of history," Boykin argued. "The SPLC's requests are nothing more than a demand to acquiesce to Neo-Marxism."

The SPLC and its coalition would likely respond that the proposed terms do not violate the First Amendment. In a set of Frequently Asked Questions on the "Change the Terms" website, the groups argue that "hateful activity" means "activities that incite or engage in violence, intimidation, harassment, threats, or defamation targeting an individual or group based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability."

"Because of the strict definition of hateful activity found in the terms of service, these policies will not block free speech," the site claims. The First Amendment does not bind a private company, but it also does not protect all speech. "We carefully wrote the definition of hateful activity to cover types of speech that courts have said are not protected as free speech: incitement, violence, intimidation, harassment, threats, and defamation."

The difficulty comes, however, in the application of these terms. "Change the Terms" calls on tech companies to "allow for individuals and organizations — but not government actors — to flag hateful activities, as well as flag groups and individuals engaged in hateful activities," and to "create a trusted flagger program for vetted, well-established civil and human rights organizations to expedite review of potential hateful activities."

Monitoring content on massive social media sites is difficult, so the SPLC and its Soros-funded allies are here to help! Just who would these "civil and human rights organizations" be?

The coalition includes the Center for American Progress (CAP), a left-wing group whose former president served as chief of staff for both Bill and Hillary Clinton. CAP admits receiving more than $1 million from Soros' Open Society Foundations, but the Media Research Center put the number at $10 million — back in 2015!

CAP and the SPLC also teamed up with Free Press (which received $350,000 from Open Society Foundations in 2009), Color of Change (whose co-founders are Van Jones and a former director, and which received $550,000 from the Open Society Foundation), the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (a group that opposed Robert Bork in 1984 and received more than $900,000 from Soros groups), and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (which took $450,000from Open Society Foundations in 2016). Not to be left out, the SPLC also received a $75,000 grant from Open Society Foundations in 2016.

Jennifer Roback Morse, a leader at the Ruth Institute (which lost its credit-card processor thanks to the SPLC's "hate group" label), told PJ Media that "'Change the Terms' seems to be a coalition of well-funded hard-Left organizations intent on shutting down even small opponents."

Lamentably, "the people behind 'Change the Terms' appear to be completely oblivious to their own biases," Morse noted. She warned that "independent thinkers should not allow groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center to censor the Internet."