Scarlet Woman Holds Early Lead (Revelation 17)

thClinton leads Trump 42 to 36 percent as he loses women’s support: poll

By Chris Kahn | NEW YORK
The Oct. 21-27 opinion poll shows 42 percent of people who either voted already or expect to vote in the Nov. 8 election support Clinton, versus 36 percent for Trump. Clinton’s lead a week ago was 4 points.
The polling was conducted before Clinton’s campaign was hit on Friday by the FBI announcement that it was investigating more emails as part of a probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
FBI Director James Comey said in a letter to several congressional Republicans that the agency had learned of the existence of emails that appeared to be pertinent to its investigation. However, he said the FBI did not know if the emails were significant and did not provide a time frame for the probe.
Trump, a New York businessman seeking his first elected office, has consistently trailed Clinton in the poll. His level of support has remained below 40 percent among all likely voters since the beginning of September.
Clinton leads Trump by 10 points among likely women voters, up from a 4-point lead the previous week. Clinton has led Trump among women over the last two months, though the size of her advantage has varied widely from 1 point to 11 points.
In a 2005 video that emerged this month, Trump could be heard bragging in vulgar terms about groping and kissing women. At least a dozen women have since publicly accused him of making unwanted sexual advances. Trump denies the allegations.
Trump still has an edge among white women, a key source of strength for Republicans. Trump leads Clinton by 2 points with this group, down from a 12-point lead the previous week.
Women tend to lean Democratic, but Reuters/Ipsos polling this month shows a majority of women have an unfavorable view of the former U.S. secretary of state and believe she is not honest and truthful.
Clinton also led Trump by 6 points in a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll that included alternative party candidates.
Both polls, conducted online in English in all 50 states, included 1,627 American adults who were considered to be likely voters from their voting history, registration status and stated intention to vote.
The poll has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points for the total sample and 4 percentage points for the women voters.
The RealClearPolitics website, which tracks most major polls, shows Clinton leading Trump by an average of 5 percentage points.
(Editing by Howard Goller and Jonathan Oatis)

The Antichrist’s Men (Revelation 13:18)

Merve Sebnum Oruc
Hashd al-Shaabi is a frequently heard name along with the start of the Mosul Operation. Yet its roots date further back in time. The Hashd al-Shaabi, which can be translated as “Popular Mobilization Forces,” is an umbrella organization under which at least 40 militia groups are gathered. While the history of part of these militia groups go all the way back to before the ousting of Saddam Hussein, a significant number of them were founded during the period of the U.S.’s invasion of Iraq. For example, as it is possible to say that the Mahdi Army, known to be one of the most recognized and strongest militia forces in Iraq, led by Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, dates back to 2003, the foundation of one other strong and well-known militia group, the Badr Brigades, dates back to 1982, the Iran-Iraq War. This group, consisting of Shiite Iraqis, who have fallen captive to Iran, or fugitives seeking refuge in Iran, were trained by Iran and have been fighting alongside Iranian soldiers. Ever since then, they are directly armed by Iran and take their orders from Iran. The Badr Brigades leader Hadi al-Amiri is a member of the Iraqi parliament, and he even took office as transportation minister between 2010 and 2014. It is known that he is currently the commander in chief in Hashd al-Shaabi’s command echelon. Yet, he also refers to Iran’s Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani as, “My brother, my commander, my leader.”
The Badr Brigades led by Amiri has ties to the Shiite party Iraq Islamic Revolutionary Council currently run by Ammar al-Hakim. However, the word in Iraq is that there is a fight for power between Amiri and Hakim. It is said that the two are in a fight since Hakim stated that his father Ayatollah Muhammad Bakr al-Hakim, who was killed in Najaf in 2003, was the one who founded both the party and the Badr Brigades, so this would make him the real leader, and Amiri boosted his popularity among the Shiites.
It is possible to say that all militia forces in Iraq have a connection to a political party. And each political party has a militia force. This is true for all political groups in Iraq, not only the Shiites. However, Shiites are the strongest because they have the most weapons, the most financial support and the most state connections. While the Sunnis also have their own militia forces, the fury of the Baghdad administration, that is targeting not only Daesh but all Sunnis with totalitarian vengefulness, has rendered these forces weak. Kurds have the Peshmerga, but contrary to other militia forces, the Peshmerga forces are not illegal. This is why the Iraqi Turkmens say, “Everyone has armed forces but us,” because this is the order in Iraq. In short, Iraq is a militia forces state.
The Shiite militia groups uniting under the organization we know as Hashd al-Shaabi and becoming increasingly organized could not really get along well in the past. From time to time they would compete and from time to time they would fight based on their own gains, interests and positions or the agenda of their own political parties. Similarly, their relations with the Iraqi central government and the support they received also differed. For example, term Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki giving an order to attack the Mahdi Army in Basra in 2008, as a result of Mahdi Army leader Sadr opposing al-Maliki’s Islamic Dawa Party, is one of the many examples in Iraq’s recent history.
It is impossible to say that the idea that brought them together today is to fight against Sunnis. Even though it might be claimed that they started to come together with Ayatollah Ali Sistani’s “jihad” fatwa following Mosul’s fall to Daesh and the Iraqi army’s defeat in 2014, it is known that the idea to found an the umbrella organization Hashd al-Shaabi goes back beyond Sistani’s fatwa. It was revealed in a meeting between Maliki and Amiri this summer that the “known truth” of the decision to unite Shiite militias under a single roof was taken months before this incident, at the Shiite bloc meeting in April 2014.
Meanwhile, it should be noted that we mentioned groups that have had different attitudes to date in terms of religious and political relations with Iran. For example, even though Badr’s founder al-Hakim family and Maliki’s Islamic Dawa Party’s leaders fled to Iran during the Gulf War and remained there until the U.S.’s invasion, Sadr and his family continued to live in Iraq throughout the time Saddam was in rule and the he was ousted. The Sadr family remained in Iraq because they saw great support from among the Shiites. Muqteda al-Sadr calling U.S. troops to leave Iraq and standing against invasion following Saddam’s ouster was one reason for his popularity as was his different stance compared to other Shiite militias.
It is also known that the Iraqi Shiite’s religious leader Sistani criticizes the “Wilayet e Faqih” term and holds different opinions in terms of religion and running political businesses. Yet still, today all these organizations are united under the same roof and are fighting against the Sunnis.
The past human rights violations of the Shiite militias who are known to have committed numerous atrocities no different to Daesh were not very different from those committed today. This process that has led Daesh to be greeted by the Sunnis in Iraq with flags is the result of the sectarian and vengeful attacks and tortures by these militia forces, which have become strong both within and outside the Iraqi army. With increased influence of these groups whose official relationship with the state go back to the paramilitary Special Security Apparatus of the State founded by the Americans in 2003, in 2006, term Interior Minister Maliki had asked political parties to dissolve their militia groups as a result of U.S. pressures. Of course this was not acted upon and the ministry took no steps in this direction. On the contrary, Maliki made a statement entirely the opposite of this and continued to protect Shiite militia groups. When you turn on Baghdad television today, you can see how Iraq’s Shiite militia groups were defended by Maliki. And you can understand how Iraq’s future, with Iran on one side and Baghdad on the other, has been taken hostage by bloody gangs.

The Nuclear Horns Rule (Daniel 8)

Kambiz Foroohar
For all the divisions among world powers, one concern unites Russia and the U.S., India and Pakistan, North Korea and Israel at the United Nations: keeping their nuclear weapons.
The non-binding resolution passed Thursday in a 123-38 vote with 16 abstentions. Opposing its call for a nuclear-free world is awkward for world leaders, and none more so than U.S. President Barack Obama. He’s preparing to leave office seven years after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in large part for what the award panel called his “vision of, and work for, a world without nuclear weapons.”
The U.S. would refuse to participate in the negotiations over a nuclear ban if it passes, Robert Wood, the U.S. special representative to the UN’s Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament, said Oct. 14.
‘Regional Security’
“How can a state that relies on nuclear weapons for its security possibly join a negotiation meant to stigmatize and eliminate them,” Wood said in an address at the UN. Because nuclear weapons play a role in maintaining peace and stability in some parts of the world, a “ban treaty runs the risk of undermining regional security,” he said.
Echoing that view, Matthew Rowland, the U.K.’s representative to the disarmament conference, said that same day that his country’s nuclear deterrence must be maintained “for the foreseeable future” because of the “risk that states might use their nuclear capability to threaten us, try to constrain our decision-making in a crisis or sponsor nuclear terrorism.”
After international efforts to ban the use of biological and chemical weapons, land mines and cluster bombs, arms control advocates say it’s time to deal with nuclear bombs as the remaining weapons of mass destruction that aren’t prohibited. Sponsors of the resolution include Austria, Mexico, Nigeria and South Africa.
“Given the tremendous humanitarian consequences of any nuclear explosion, we have to take action,” Thomas Hajnoczi, Austria’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said in an interview. “Nuclear weapons states always say it’s too early for such a treaty but we think time is right to create legal norms to ban weapons of mass destruction.”
The initiative comes 70 years after a resolution was adopted in 1946 establishing a commission to make proposals for “the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and of all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction.” It also comes a year after the formal adoption of the deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program that was negotiated by some of the same nations opposing the new resolution.
U.S.-Russia Treaty
Faced with a more assertive China in the South China Sea and the rapid advances of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, the U.S. lobbied NATO allies such as the Netherlands to vote against the resolution, according to European diplomats.
Land Mines Ban
“Successful nuclear reductions will require participation from all relevant parties, proven verification measures, and security conditions conducive to cooperation,” Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said. “We lack all three factors at this time.”
Supporters of the resolution cited the success of efforts to ban land mines. The Ottawa Convention, which prohibited their manufacture and use, was drafted in 1997 and more than 160 countries have ratified it. While Russia, China and the U.S. refused to sign it, the Obama administration announced in 2014 that it planned to comply with the ban outside the Korean Peninsula, and to destroy its stockpile there if it wasn’t needed for the defense of South Korea.
“This treaty won’t eliminate nuclear weapons overnight,” said Beatrice Fihn, executive director of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. “But it will establish a powerful new international legal standard, stigmatizing nuclear weapons and compelling nations to take urgent action on disarmament.”

Russian Nuclear Horn Threatens UK

RUSSIA has deployed warships to the Baltic Sea carrying nuclear-capable missiles with BRITAIN in their sights.
Russia is beefing up the firepower of its Baltic Fleet by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles like those in Crimea, pictured
The precision weapon is so destructive it has been given the codename “The Sizzler” by NATO allies.
Russian media has quoted a military source saying the ships will be tactically placed to have Europe’s major cities in their cross-hairs.
“With the appearance of two small missile ships armed with the Kalibr cruise missiles the fleet’s potential targeting range will be significantly expanded in the northern European military theatre”, they said.
NATO confirmed that it would send 4,000 troops to the region next year — including 800 UK military personnel plus British tanks, jets and drones.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told a summit in Brussels: “This deployment of air, land and sea forces shows that we will continue to play a leading role in NATO, supporting the defence and security of our allies.”
And yesterday the Russian fleet that passed through the English Channel on its way to bomb Syria was seen stalking Gibraltar.
Led by rustbucket aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, the taskforce had planned to stopover for fuel at a Spanish port just 20 miles from the British territory.
Russia suddenly withdrew the request when Western leaders put pressure on Spain to front-up to Putin.
The Baltic warships are expected to be joined by three more vessels as Putin bolsters his Baltic forces.
The Russian military is yet to confirm that the ships are going to be stationed in the territory, but NATO said it spotted the ships moving through the Baltic.
“NATO navies are monitoring this activity near our borders,” said Dylan White, the alliance’s acting spokesman.
“This is … worrying and is not something that helps to reduce tensions in our region,” Sweish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told Sweden’s national TT news agency.
“This affects all the countries round the Baltic.”

Satan: The New Nuclear Standard

Russia’s State Rocket Center named after Makeyev has declassified first photos of MS-28, Sarmat missile, better known as “Satan 2”. The nuclear capacity of the new missile is enough to wipe out the US East Coast in a few minutes.
The “Satan 2” missile appears on the website of the design bureau under the title “Experimental design work “Sarmat.” The state contract for the development of the new missile was signed in June 2011. The purpose of its creation is to ensure guaranteed and effective implementation of nuclear deterrent tasks by Russia’s strategic forces.
The new “Satan-2” missile will replace RS-36M “Satan” – the intercontinental missile nuclear complex that was developed in the 1970s by Yuzhnoye Design Bureau.
According to Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Russia’s current SS-18 Satan warhead can destroy 3/4 of the State of New York, while 5-6 warheads will be able to wipe out all the US East Coast. One Satan-2 missile can carry up to a dozen of such warheads.
Satan 2 will be put into operation in 2018.