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NETANYAHU SLAMS BOYCOTT : Palestinian anti-Israel push grows

JERUSALEM - Israel faces an " international campaign to blacken its name " aimed at delegitimizing its very existence no matter what its policies are, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday. The international community disproportionally singles out the Jewish state for condemnation while remaining silent on major conflicts & human rights abuses in other countries, he said. Netanyahu made the comments Sunday at a meeting of his new Cabinet just two days after a Palestinian proposal to suspend Israel from world football was dropped at the last moment. Netanyahu warned that such efforts to boycott Israel continue. Palestinians accelerated their campaign to boycott Israel & Israeli-ma

SEISMIC WARNINGS IN JAPAN ?? Apocalyptic events signal trouble

JAPAN - A powerful ' 8.5 ' magnitude earthquake struck near remote Japanese islands & shook most of the country on Saturday evening local time, although it occurred well beneath the earth’s surface & did not trigger a tsunami warning. Several people suffered non-life-threatening injuries & there were no reports of deaths or major damage. The quake was powerful enough to rattle most of Japan ... & caused buildings to sway in Tokyo about 620 miles north of the Ogasawara islands & temporarily disrupted some train services in the city. On Sunday morning, a second earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck off Japan’s Izu islands, which are north of the Ogasawara islands, the US Geological Survey sai

ISIS RAMPAGING THRO' LIBYA : Gadhafi's hometown falls to ISIS

LIBYA - The northern Libyan city of Sirte is home to some of the country's largest oil drilling operations & a major seaport & has a history of housing Libya’s most brutal players. It was both the birthplace & the site of the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi , who was killed during the 2011 Arab Spring protests . . . Four years later, it has fallen into the hands of the Islamic State group. On Thursday, militants seized an airport that houses the base that NATO forces bombed to oust Gadhafi. The airport was previously under the control of militias loyal to the Tripoli-based General National Congress, one of two governments & several militias currently fighting for control of t

FIFA SCANDAL, ISRAEL, RUSSIA : The true 'Hand of God' in soccer

ZURICH - In a bombshell operation, a Swiss law enforcement team showed up at the Zurich hotel hosting the annual gathering of the international soccer organization - & arrested nine senior officials. The arrests come after ' decades ' of corruption allegations aimed at FIFA. The arrested officials face charges of taking money in exchange for World Cup hosting bids, as well taking bribes in exchange for media & marketing rights for major international tournaments. The allegations are damning , but frankly , they couldn’t have come at a better time for Israel. Until Wednesday, much of the coverage of the FIFA Congress surrounded whether delegates would vote to ' suspend ' Israel from worl

IS A US-CHINA WAR COMING ?? South China Sea tensions boiling

ASIA - China’s armed forces are to extend their operations & its air force will become an offensive as well as defensive force for the first time , in a major shift in policy that will strengthen fears of accidental conflict. A policy document by the state council, or cabinet, said China faced a “ grave & complex array of security threats ”, justifying the change. The People’s Liberation Army, including its navy and air force, will be allowed to “ project power ” further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air in order to safeguard its maritime possessions, the white paper stated. The navy will add “ open seas protection ” to a traditional remit of “ offshore waters defe

ISIS CAPTURE HALF OF SYRIA : Ancient city of Palmyra falls

SYRIA - Islamic State insurgents stormed the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, fighting off pro-government forces who withdrew after evacuating most of the civilian population, state television said. The capture of Palmyra is the first time the al Qaeda offshoot has taken control of a city directly from the Syrian army & allied forces , which have already lost ground in the northwest & south to other insurgent groups in recent weeks. Islamic State has destroyed antiquities & ancient monuments in neighboring Iraq & is being targeted by U.S.-led air strikes in both countries. Syria's antiquities chief called on the world to save its ancient monuments & state television said Is

RUSSIA'S VOW TO DEFEAT ISIS : Pledge to Iraq undercuts U.S role

MOSCOW - Russia offered visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi military & other aid on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have made further sweeping gains in both Iraq & Syria this week. The advances by ISIS , which captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi last weekend & on Thursday was tightening its grip on the historic city of Palmyra in neighboring Syria , have exposed the shortcomings of Iraq's army & the limitations of U.S. air strikes. In going ahead with his visit to Moscow despite the worsening security crisis , Abadi said he had wanted to underline the importance of his country's ties with Russia , adding that he had disregarded " certain forces " advising h

ISRAEL'S COMING NIGHTMARE : 80,000 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv

TEHRAN - Iran issued yet another threat against Israel on Thursday , Channel 2 reported. According to a top Iranian advisor , Tehran has “ tens of thousands ” of missiles pointed at Israel & will not hesitate to use them. Speaking Thursday, Yahya Rahim Zafabi , a top advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei , said the tens of thousands of missiles will “ sow the seeds of destruction in Israel ” if they are to be fired. “ The Zionists &the Americans know what the powers of Iran & Hezbollah are ” he added. “ They know that over 80,000 missiles are pointed at Tel Aviv & Haifa,” with the figure apparently including the many short-range missiles Hezbollah is believed to have. Zafabi w

FINLAND PREPARES FOR WAR : 900,000 ready for Russian threat

EUROPE - Finland has sent letters to nearly a million military reservists , setting out their roles “ in the event of war ” amid rising tension with neighbouring Russia. The letters have been dispatched to 900,000 former conscripts in the armed forces , including to Finns living abroad. The first were sent earlier this month , with the final batch distributed in the last few days. Finland is not a member of Nato & the country shares an 830-mile border with Russia – the longest of any European nation apart from Ukraine. In the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of Crimea & the invasion of eastern Ukraine , Finland is uniquely vulnerable to any further aggression. The letter tells the res

THE FALL OF RAMADI TO ISIS : Iraqi army flees without a fight

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces ' fled ' Ramadi without putting up a fight, despite holding as much as a 10-to-1 advantage over Islamic State militants, according to two senior U.S. defense officials. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss key details of the battle, said the primary blame in Ramadi rested with Iraqi security forces. In the days leading up to its fall, a combination of spectacular car bomb attacks, the ambush of an Iraq army patrol & marginal weather spooked the Iraqi forces. The trigger may have been a minor sandstorm that prompted Iraqi commanders to believe that U.S. warplanes would not be able to bomb Islamic S

GREEK DEBT DEFAULT LOOMS : Formation of ' The Beast ' nears

EUROPE - Greece will not be able to make a payment to the International Monetary Fund due on June 5 unless foreign lenders provide more aid, a senior ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, the latest warning from Athens that it is on the verge of default. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's leftist government says it hopes to reach a cash-for-reforms deal in days , although European Union & IMF lenders are more pessimistic & say talks are moving too slowly for that. Payments to the IMF totalling about 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) fall due next month, starting with a 300 million euro payment on June 5. " Now is the moment that negotiations are coming to a head. Now is the moment of trut

ISIS ... INFILTRATING EUROPE !!! The coming anti-ISIS alliance

LIBYA - Islamic State fighters are being smuggled into Europe by gangs in the Mediterranean, an adviser to the Libyan government has told the BBC. Abdul Basit Haroun said smugglers were hiding ISIS militants on boats filled with migrants. Officials in Italy & Egypt have previously warned that ISIS militants could reach Europe by migrant boat. However, experts have cautioned that it is very difficult to verify or assess such claims. He alleged that ISIS was allowing the boat owners to continue their operations in exchange for half of their income. About 60,000 people are estimated to have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, fleeing conflict & poverty. Since the 2011 uprising,

RUSSIAN ECONOMIC DISTRESS : Catalyst for coming world chaos

MOSCOW - The Russian economy has contracted in the first three months of 2015 because of low oil prices, weaker spending & sanctions from the West. It ' shrank ' by 1.9% between January & March compared with the previous year, according to the Russian statistics agency. That compares to annual growth of 0.4% in the previous quarter. President Vladimir Putin has said the government expects Russia's economy to start growing again ' next year '. But the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development says that it expects the economy to ' contract ' by 4.5% in 2015 & 1.8% in 2016. The country has been hit hard by a sharp fall in oil prices in the past year, its main export, as well as by

VATICAN DEFIES THE ALMIGHTY: Pope decrees State of Palestine

ROME - The Vatican's decision to recognize the ' state of Palestine ' in a treaty for the first time has drawn a stern response from Israel , but it may usher in a freer debate in Europe about how to proceed on the vexed Palestinian question. The Holy See has referred to Palestine since 2012, but the treaty concluded on Wednesday, which covers the Church's activities in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority, marks a more formal recognition, which Vatican officials said they hoped would benefit Israeli-Palestinian ties in time. An Israeli foreign ministry official described the Vatican's move as a " disappointment " & indicated that it may lead to reprisals , although he did no

ANTI-ISRAEL HOSTILITY GROWS : UN-EU pour millions into agenda

EUROPE - The ' United Nations ' & ' European Governments ' are pouring millions into groups that promote anti-Israel & anti-Semitic views , according to report by a NGO watchdog released ahead of the 2015 Global Forum for Combatting Anti-Semitism in Israel. The government-funded groups include several that have promoted anti-Semitic cartoons & published claims that Jews use Christian blood to make Passover matzah, according to the report by watchdog group NGO Monitor. “ The ongoing government funding for NGOs that engage in anti-Semitic activities and rhetoric, governments highlight a persistent double standard: Hatred of Jews is tolerated in a way that would be unthinkable for other

PUTIN'S MASSIVE WW2 PARADE: Is 70th Annivers'y a dark omen ?

MOSCOW - Russia has staged its biggest military parade, marking 70 years of victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Thousands of troops are marched on Red Square in Moscow, & new armour being displayed for the first time. More than 20 heads of states were in Moscow, but many world leaders boycotted the event because of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis. As the event began , President Vladimir Putin said international co-operation had been put at risk in recent years. In his speech, President Putin paid tribute to the sacrifices of Soviet troops during World War Two. He also thanked " the people of Great Britain, France & the United States for their contribution to victory ”. But

THE BURDEN OF JERUSALEM : Former allies EU-US slam Israel

BRUSSELS - The EU has criticized Israel for recently approving the construction of 900 new settler homes in East Jerusalem, joining the US & Palestinian condemnation of Tel-Aviv’s settlement policies. “ Israel’s determination to continue its settlement policy despite the urging of the international community not only threatens the viability of the two state solution but also seriously calls into question its commitment to a negotiated agreement with the Palestinians,” the EU said in a statement on Saturday. “ Settlements are illegal under international law ” the statement stressed. The Palestinian authorities condemned the new ( Israeli ) government, with senior Palestinian official, Na

THE RISE OF RUSSIAN POWER : Russia's military might vs. West

MOSCOW - Fifteen years after Vladimir Putin first walked into the Kremlin , Russia’s army is bigger , stronger & better equipped than at any time since the end of the Cold War. Able to call on three quarters of a million frontline troops , more tanks than any other country on the planet & the world’s third largest air force , Russia retains much of the brute force associated with a former superpower. But it has also rapidly modernised , spending millions on rearmament & retraining programmes aimed at professionalising the lumbering , conscript-reliant force it inherited from the Soviet Union. The world got its first glimpse of Mr Putin’s new model army a year ago , when “ little green

UK-NATO LAUNCH WAR GAMES : . . . on Russia's doorstep !!!

EUROPE - Britain & Nato have launched their biggest war games on Russia's doorstep amid growing tensions over Vladimir Putin's military aggression. The largest ever Nato anti-submarine exercise, including the Royal Navy, is under way off the coast of Norway just weeks after reports of Russian submarines encroaching in to foreign waters. At the same time British troops are taking part in the biggest military exercise seen in Estonia since the Baltic nation regained its independence more than two decades ago. The war games come as tensions grow with Russia over Ukraine crisis & fears that the Baltic nations could be next in President Putin’s sights. The commander of the Nato manoeuvres s

ASSAD REGIME - ON THE BRINK : Prophetic end of Damascus near

SYRIA - The low morale, internal divisions and rapidly decreasing popularity, is facing its most serious challenges since the start of the four-year long Syrian Civil War that has claimed the lives of more 200,000 people. Multiple rebel offenses have seen strategically important cities fall under the auspices of rebel control, such as Idlib and Jisr al-Shegour in the North & a concerted rebel effort making its way towards Damascus in the South. “ The trend lines for Assad are bad & getting worse,” said a senior United States official in Washington who spoke to the New York Times on the condition of anonymity. As a result , Assad is being forced to lean on greater foreign support for prop

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