Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city’s Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee “or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated,” reported Ynet News, Israel’s largest news website. Donetsk is the site of an “anti-terrorist” operation by the Ukraine government, which has moved military columns into the region to force out militants who are demanding a referendum be held on joining Russia. The news was carried first by the Ukraine’s Donbass news agency. The leaflets bore the name of Denis Pushilin, who identified himself as chairman of “Donetsk’s temporary government,” and were distributed near the Donetsk synagogue and other areas, according to the reports. Pushilin acknowledged that fliers were distributed under his organization’s name in Donetsk but denied any connection to them, Ynet reported in Hebrew. Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media. ”They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flier and told them to obey its instructions,” he said. The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.” It says the reason is because the leaders of the Jewish community of Ukraine supported Bendery Junta, a reference to Stepan Bandera, the leader of the Ukrainian nationalist movement that fought for Ukrainian independence at the end of World War II, “and oppose the pro-Slavic People’s Republic of Donetsk,” a name adopted by the militant leadership. The leaflet then described which documents Jews should provide: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”
Consequences for non-compliance will result in citizenship being revoked “and you will be forced outside the country with a confiscation of property.” A registration fee of $50 would be required, it said. Olga Reznikova, 32, a Jewish resident of Donetsk, told Ynet she never experienced anti-Semitism in the city until she saw this leaflet. ”We don’t know if these notifications were distributed by pro-Russian activists or someone else, but it’s serious that it exists,” she said. “The text reminds of the fascists in 1941,” she said referring to the Nazis who occupied Ukraine during World War II. Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, the oldest pro-Israel group in the USA, said the leaflets should be seen in the context of a rising tide of anti-Semitism across Europe and the world, and that it should prompt a strong response from the White House. ”This is a frightening new development in the anti-Jewish movement that is gaining traction around the world,” Klein said. Secretary of State John Kerry called the incident “grotesque.” ”It is beyond unacceptable,” Kerry said. “And any of the people who engage in these kinds of activities — from whatever party or whatever ideology or whatever place they crawl out of — there is no place for that.” Kerry participated Thursday in a conference on the Ukraine crisis with his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union. The parties issued a statement saying “The participants strongly condemned and rejected all expressions of extremism, racism and religious intolerance, including anti-semitism.” Michael Salberg, director of the international affairs at the New York City-based Anti-Defamation League, said it’s unclear whether the leaflets were issued by the pro-Russian leadership or a splinter group operating within the pro-Russian camp. But the Russian side has used the specter of anti-Semitism in a cynical manner since anti-government protests began in Kiev that resulted in the ousting of Ukraine’s pro-Russian former president Viktor Yanukovych. Russia and its allies in Ukraine issued multiple stories about the the threat posed to Jews by Ukraine’s new pro-Western government in Kiev, Salberg said. Those stories were based in part on ultra-nationalists who joined the Maidan protests, and the inclusion of the ultra-nationalist Svoboda party in Ukraine’s new interim government. But the threat turned out to be false, he said. Svoboda’s leadership needs to be monitored, but so far it has refrained from anti-Semitic statements since joining the government, he said. And the prevalence of anti-Semitic acts has not changed since before the Maidan protests, according to the ADL and the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, which monitors human rights in Ukraine. More
Fears are growing that giant killer hornets are heading for the UK, after causing the deaths of six people in France. The deadly Asian hornets have devastated villages across France since their arrival on a shipment of Chinese pottery in 2004. They can grow up to 5cm long – about twice the size of a standard hornet – and have a 6mm sting. The EAC’s report, published this week, highlighted the killer hornet as a particular cause for concern. It says “Some invasive species have direct human health effects…The Asian Hornet, which might soon arrive here, has killed six people in France.” It comes as a plague of giant rats terrorising households across the UK is striking fear into the hearts of millions of Brits. But killer hornets and giant rats aren’t the only alien species coming to Britain. The Government has warned that killer shrimp and other alien species are invading the UK’s ecosystems. Parliament’s green watchdog also highlighted the threat from the lethal flora and fauna which it says are attacking these shores at a higher rate than ever before.
The likes of Japanese knotweed, North American signal crayfish , zebra mussels and killer shrimp can damage British plants, animals – and even human health, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) heard. Killer shrimps, or dikerogammarus vilosus can grow up to 3cm and originate from the Black Sea. They even get their name from the fact that they kill even when they do not need to eat. Anglers coming into contact with giant hogweed, another species alien to Britain, have been left with painful swelling and rashes, while the pollen of common ragweed causes asthma. Other alien species include rhododendrons and the grey squirrel, which cause £10million worth of damage to trees every year, according to the Country Land and Business Association. In 2012, 1,875 foreign species were counted in the UK – 282 of which became “invasive” and cannot be eradicated. The EAC is calling for the Government to be given new powers to eradicate invasive species before they become established. Joan Walley, chair of the committee, said: “These invasive species can harm native wildlife, clog up our waterways, cause costly problems and even harm human health. ”It is too expensive to control or eradicate all of them, so we have to be smart and pick the fights we we know we can win. We may just have to live with grey squirrels and rhododendrons in much of the UK.” Mirror
“We have to remove the cross, (and) the bearer of the cross, America,” said Wuhaishi, who appeared with his face uncovered, wearing a T-shirt and sporting a dagger common among Yemeni men. The video, entitled “Images from the reception of the freed prisoners from Sanaa’s central prison,” included testimony from fighters involved in the jailbreak. ”We planned that we would need 10 hand grenades,” said a man identified as Munir al-Bouni. Another man said: “Once you got out, you turned right and the guys were waiting.” Abdulrazzaq al-Jamal, a journalist who has interviewed members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said it was the largest known gathering of al Qaeda in Yemen. ”It included about 400 people, and these are not all the members of the group. This gathering is a confirmation that al Qaeda is gaining strength and influence,” he told Reuters. Formed in 2009, AQAP has attacked military targets, tourists and diplomats in Yemen and taken over territory for long periods. AUS State Department spokeswoman said in response to the video that it was “in no way breaking news that AQAP is a significant threat to the United States, the people of Yemen, to other people in the region and around the world.” Since 2009, the group had made several attempts to attack the United States and had carried out a number of attacks inside Yemen, Marie Harf told a regular briefing. More
The pool of underwater borrowers peaked at 12.8 million, or 29 percent of all properties with a mortgage, in the second quarter of 2012, according to RealtyTrac. Rising prices have lifted millions back above water. As of the first quarter of this year, some 9.1 million homes (or 17 percent of homes with mortgages) were “seriously” underwater, owing at least 25 percent more than property’s estimated market value. But the recovery has been very uneven. Like everything else about real estate, location matters a lot. A look at the county-level data shows a wide range of recovery rates in counties within the same region. In hard hit markets such as Fresno and Stockton, Calif. For example, some 20 to 40 percent of homeowners with a mortgage are still underwater. Not far away, coastal counties such as San Francisco (4 percent underwater) and Orange County (7 percent underwater) have fared much better. More
Chris Martenson: As you look forward the next three years what do you see coming? Are you predicting or seeing that this game changes to a new phase, The Death of Money? Is that coming in the next three year window? Or do you use this playing out over a longer timeframe?
Jim Rickards: No, I think three years is about right. I mean, it’s not necessarily going to be tomorrow. It could be tomorrow, by the way, the system is unstable enough. But it doesn’t mean we are going to get that catalyst tomorrow. But this is not a ten year forecast. I mean, I do not think we are going to make it ten years. I think three to five years is about the right timeframe, maybe shorter. But the reason for that, again, it is scientifically based in terms of the scale of the system. And by the way, go back and look at these crises. They come particularly fast. Memories are very short. I think we are all fighting with what I call the 2-second attention span. On October 19, 1987 the stock market lost 22% of its value in one day. Today, that would be a 3,200 point drop in one day. In 1994 we had the Mexican Peso crisis. In 1998, the Long Term Capital Management crisis. And I was involved in that, by the way. I was the general council of Long Term Capital Management. I negotiated that bailout and I know how close the world came to complete economic collapse. In other words, every stock and bond market in the world would have been closed on September 29, 1998 if we had not finished that bailout the day before…More
The total lunar eclipse that turned the moon a dark blood red yesterday was a ‘sign’ from God and fulfilled an ancient prophecy foretold in the BIBLE, a church has claimed. Much of the western hemisphere witnessed the eerie sight in the sky yesterday and Nasa has confirmed that a highly unusual ‘Tetrad’ – four successive ‘blood-red’ lunar eclipses each followed by six full moons – has now begun and will end on September 28 2015. Pastor John Hagee, whose book Four Blood Moons sparked worldwide interest in the phenomenon earlier this year, said it was now too late for mankind to prevent a ‘huge’ event that would change humanity forever. The alignment has only happened a handful of times in the last two thousand years and Hagee, who leads the popular Cornerstone Church in the United States, said he is now convinced the events of yesterday morning were predicted in ancient scripture. Chapter Two of the Book of Joel predicts that the “sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood” before the second coming of Jesus Christ. And Pastor Hagee said: “God is sending us a signal. Something huge is about to happen. Something is going to change, forever. ”The Biblical basis for this Tetrad is clear. ”It’s not just a single story. It’s in Genesis and repeated in Joel and again in Joshua and again in Luke and then, finally, in Revelation. ”It begins in Genesis 1:14 when the Bible says ‘Let there be light in the heavens and let them be for signals’. ”The word ‘signal’ means that God is sending us a message.
“The Bible provides a very firm basis for this. Right throughout the Holy Book it is made very clear that God does actively control the sun, the moon and the stars in order to speak to us. ”I believe these four blood moons are sending a very clear message to every single person on earth that something is about to happen that will change the course of history. He added: “Jesus talks very clearly in Luke 24 about signs in the sky that will mark the coming of the Son of Man. ”You put all those Biblical stories together and it very clearly says this, that the God who created the sun, the moon and the stars controls them exactly to the split second. He’s done it to send us a signal. The question is, what’s the signal?” Unusually, in this Tetrad, all four blood moons coincide with major dates in the Jewish calendar. Yesterday’s came during Passover, the second will be on October 8, at the time of the Feast of the Tabernacles. And, eerily, the pattern is exactly repeated next year. On April 4 2015 a total lunar eclipse will occur during Passover, followed by the final dawn of the last blood moon next September, again during the Feast of the Tabernacles. More
This dispute between a Nevada rancher and federal rangers over alleged illegal cattle grazing erupted into an Old West-style showdown on the open range this week, even prompting self-proclaimed members of militia groups from across the country to join the rancher in fighting what they say is U.S. “tyranny.” This is a brewing resentment of federal government that goes back to Ruby Ridge, which was the site of a deadly confrontation and siege in northern Idaho in 1992 between Randy Weaver, his family and his friend Kevin Harris, and agents of the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It resulted in the death of Weaver’s son Sammy, his wife Vicki, and Deputy U.S. Marshal William Francis Degan. The Feds simply shot his unarmed family dead and it was alleged they even shot his son in the back. This is indeed the continued militarization of the police in America. The corruption was so bad in Ukraine that when someone saw the police, they trembled in fear. In the US, this trend is also underway and demonstrated by this video where the police began shooting at a minivan driven by a woman with children in the car over a traffic violation. INFO WARS
The meeting was reported by the Home School Legal Defense Association, which represents homeschoolers nationwide. Reps. Daniel Webster, R-Fla., Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., met recently with Ammon. “It was a very productive meeting,” said Webster. “It went very well, and Ambassador Ammon was very cordial. We all agreed to maintain open lines of communication as we move forward.” The three members of Congress were able to “explain their own experience with homeschooling, how it has benefited their families and how millions of American families enjoy this freedom,” HSLDA said. “The meeting was a product of years of effort to bring attention to the plight of German homeschoolers and to advance homeschooling freedom in Germany,” the advocacy organization said. HSLDA’s strategy has been to create a conversation in Germany about homeschooling. “We have been working closely with these members [of Congress] for several years,” said Will Estrada, HSLDA’s director of federal relations. “They and their staff have been incredibly supportive of our efforts to protect and advance homeschool freedom, both in the U.S. and in Germany. This meeting would never have taken place without their tireless dedication to homeschool freedom for all families.” HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris said the members of Congress have been very helpful. More
“I’m at that stage now where I’m trying to do something and make a contribution to mankind,” Malik Obama said, referring to Yisrayl Hawkins’ Third Temple proposal. “I feel a lot better with myself today, and I welcome and embrace the principles and the concept I am hearing today.” In the speech, Malik addressed the apparent contradiction between his Muslim faith and the goal of rebuilding the Third Temple adjacent to the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. “It’s easy for me to get with the program because I’m a Muslim, you know, a practicing Muslim, and all the principles that are within the program [of building the Third Temple] are within my beliefs,” Malik said. “So, it’s easy for me to step right in and be part of the program.” Arabic-speaking Islam researcher Walid Shoebat has noted on his blog that Malik Obama’s advocacy for building the Third Temple is “blasphemous to his own religion.” Shoebat also points out that Hawkins meets the standard definition of “false prophet” in Islam. More
Meanwhile, Channel 2 reported that Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Yoram Cohen is recommending that 10 of the 26 Palestinian terrorists Israel is slated to release in the fourth and final group be deported – either to Gaza or abroad. This is an idea that will certainly face strong resistance from the Palestinians. Israel refused to go through with the release of these prisoners last month when the Palestinians refused to give a commitment that they would agree to an extension of the talks. Another idea that has been floated in recent days to ensure that a prisoner release does not lead to Bayit Yehudi bolting the government is that if the release includes 14 Israeli Arabs, as the Palestinians are demanding, their Israeli citizenship should be revoked, and they should be banished from the country. This idea, too, will face stiff resistance from the Palestinians. Meanwhile, Israeli officials continued Wednesday to hold the Palestinian Authority “directly responsible” for the incitement that created the “fertile soil” for the type of violence that resulted in Mizrahi’s murder. “The PA has nurtured an environment of hatred and glorification of terrorism, so the PA is directly responsible in creating a situation where these sorts of things can happen,” one official said.Jerusalem Post
AFRICA – The Ebola virus in western Africa is a novel strain that probably evolved locally and circulated for months before the outbreak became apparent, researchers said. The index case is probably a 2-year-old child from Guinea’s Guéckédou prefecture who died Dec. 6, 2013 — several months before the outbreak was recognized in March, according to Stephan Günther, MD, of the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, and colleagues. The findings come from an early epidemiological “look-back” and genetic examination of virus samples from 15 patients, Günther and colleagues reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine. The report comes as the World Health Organization is reporting that the outbreak now includes 202 suspected or confirmed cases — 168 in Guinea, 28 in Liberia, and six in Mali. There have been 121 deaths. Meanwhile, the health ministry in Guinea was optimistic that the worst is over. A spokesman told reporters the rate of new cases has slowed dramatically in Guinea and the outbreak is nearly under control. Reuters news agency quoted spokesman Rafi Diallo as saying: “The number of new cases has fallen rapidly” and the most recent cases are people who are not sick but are being monitored because they had been in contact with those who had fallen ill. “Once we no longer have any new cases … we can say that it is totally under control,” Diallo was quoted as saying. Günther and colleagues studied samples from 15 patients and concluded the virus affecting them is a novel version of ebolavirus, which has five species: Zaire ebolavirus (or EBOV), Sudan ebolavirus, Bundibugyo ebolavirus, Reston ebolavirus, and Tai Forest ebolavirus. The first three have caused major outbreaks in Africa, while the Tai Forest species has been responsible for a single human case, and the Reston species, which circulates in the Philippines, affects nonhuman primates but not people.
The version in the current outbreak is 97% identical to strains from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon, but is a separate grouping with the EBOV clade, Günther and colleagues found. It probably evolved recently in parallel with the strains from other countries and was not introduced into Guinea from them, they concluded. “It is possible that EBOV has circulated undetected in this region for some time,” they wrote, and its emergence “highlights the risk of EBOV outbreaks in the whole West African subregion.” To try to get a handle on that emergence, the researchers reviewed hospital documentation and interviewed affected families, patients, and inhabitants of villages in which cases occurred. What appears to be the first case — at the “current state of the epidemiologic investigation” — was the 2-year-old, who lived in Meliandou in Guéckédou prefecture, the researchers wrote. Several members of her family also became ill and died, as did several contacts from other villages. Importantly, a healthcare worker who treated family members appears to have been the key player in spreading the virus beyond the local region. The worker became ill, went to hospital in the neighboring Macenta prefecture, and died there. From there, family members carried the virus back to other parts of Guéckédou and other contacts spread the virus to Nzérékoré and Kissidougou prefectures. The virus was apparently transmitted for months before the outbreak became evident, the researchers argued — a length of exposure that “allowed many transmission chains and thus increased the number of cases. Extinction Protocol
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Three portable seismographs will be installed in the Challis area in central Idaho to help experts better understand a recent flurry of earthquakes. Harley Benz, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, said scientists decided Tuesday to put in the devices. One of them should be in place by Wednesday and two more within a week to record future earthquakes. “It certainly has gotten the attention of the state and our regional partners,” Benz said. “So what we’re trying to do is put in an array to get a better feel for the location of the events and the depths and the rate of activity.” The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a sequence of quakes rumbling the area, the largest of them being a 4.1-magnitude quake on Thursday, a 4.9 quake on Sunday and a 4.4 on Monday. Smaller quakes have also been recorded, including five on Monday ranging from 2.5 to 3.3 in magnitude. Three of the quakes took place within a 40-minute span starting about 9:12 p.m. Monday. The quakes have ranged from about 6 to 15 miles northwest of Challis in lightly populated Custer County. “People are asking: ‘Is this going to lead to a bigger earthquake?’” said Benz, based in Golden, Colo. “And the answer is we simply don’t know.” He noted the earthquakes are in the same region as Idaho’s largest recorded quake, a 6.9-magnitude in 1983 near Borah Peak, Idaho’s tallest peak at 12,667 feet. Linda Lumpkin, a dispatcher for the Custer County Sheriff’s Office in Challis, said she personally is expecting another big one, but residents in general have become accustomed to the recent temblors.
“At this point, everybody is not getting real shook up about anything because we’re getting them almost every day,” she said. Benz said the three portable seismographs will provide real-time information and, using triangulation, allow scientists to pinpoint the locations of the earthquakes, including depth, should they continue. They’ll also be able to record smaller quakes, down to about a 1.0 magnitude. He said the nearest seismograph in place now is about 71 miles away in Montana, meaning earthquake locations in the Challis area could be off by 4 miles. Depths are also difficult to plot accurately. By putting three stations within 6 to 12 miles, the error could be reduced to about half a mile, he said. “We can find out where they are actually occurring and at what depth,” Benz said. “One station will significantly help, and three will do better.” The plan is to put them in an L shape, he said. “Ideally, you would like them to be in as quiet a spot as possible,” Benz said. “The other problem with this part of the world is there is lots of snow. Finding sites is not going to be straightforward.” The seismographs will be installed by a field engineer from the University of Utah, he said. The engineer has two of the portable seismographs, and the U.S. Geological Survey is sending a third. Idaho’s quakes, Benz said, are caused by broad-scale deformation of the Western United States as a result of plate tectonics. The three portable seismographs could help scientists identify which fault is currently active, if the quakes continue.Extinction Protocol
“I’ve been vomiting. I lost 22 pounds. The pain is unbearable,” said Margaret Figueroa, 49, on Wednesday. “My medication helps me function during the day.” Figueroa suffers from a disease known as Arnold Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia. Even though the Obamacare plan she purchased assured her that she was covered, her insurance card was denied when she went to fill her prescriptions. Then she learned that none of her doctors accept her Obamacare plan. Figueroa says she cannot find a doctor who accepts her Obamacare plan; indeed, there are only six doctors in all of Staten Island who take her plan, none of whom she’s been able to get appointments with.
Figueroa’s congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), intervened to help her obtain some of her vital prescriptions. Grimm says he’s already received calls from at least a dozen Staten Island residents facing the same problem with Obamacare’s “narrow networks” – extreme restrictions to doctor and hospital access imposed by Obamacare. ”Even though the insurance company cashed your check, it doesn’t mean it (the policy) has been implemented,” said Grimm at a Wednesday press conference with Figueroa. “That’s the problem – that the back end of Obamacare hasn’t been fully built. You can go on the front end of an application and look at a list of plans, but what they don’t tell you is that many of those plans don’t have doctors yet.” Figueroa is not alone. As Breitbart News reported in January, the Washington Post warned that “Obamacare’s narrow networks are going to make people furious – but they might control costs.” Breitbart News contributor Scot Vorse learned the hard way about Obamacare’s narrow networks when the nearest dentist who accepted the mandatory dental plan he was required to purchase for his children was over 100 miles away. More
Amid it all, the U.S. is talking fresh sanctions, which will certainly not make the mood in Russia more conciliatory. Such are the challenges the European Union and the United States confronted when bringing together the Kremlin and Kiev on Thursday to find a way out of the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. Kiev’s embattled new leaders are struggling to reassert their authority in eastern towns largely controlled by armed pro-Russian separatists. They have tried dialogue and a show of force, both to little effect. The Geneva gathering will be the first meeting since the crisis worsened. Speaking in a televised question-and-answer session, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the talks were important “to figure out how to get out of this situation.” However, he also reiterated his thoughts about Kiev’s new interim government — in place since pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted in February after months of protests — calling it “illegitimate” and without a national mandate. More
4000 evacuated after Peru volcano spews ash
Peruvian authorities have ordered the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up to 4 kilometres high.
The Andina state news agency quotes Agriculture Minister Juan Benites as saying it will take three days beginning today to move the residents of two southern districts and their 30,000 sheep, cows, horses, burros and other animals. continue