New York Earthquake: City of the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

New York earthquake: City at risk of ‚dangerous shaking from far away‘
Joshua Nevett
Published 30th April 2018
SOME of New York City’s tallest skyscrapers are at risk of being shaken by seismic waves triggered by powerful earthquakes from miles outside the city, a natural disaster expert has warned.
Researchers believe that a powerful earthquake, magnitude 5 or greater, could cause significant damage to large swathes of NYC, a densely populated area dominated by tall buildings.
A series of large fault lines that run underneath NYC’s five boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island, are capable of triggering large earthquakes.
Some experts have suggested that NYC is susceptible to at least a magnitude 5 earthquake once every 100 years.
The last major earthquake measuring over magnitude 5.0 struck NYC in 1884 – meaning another one of equal size is “overdue” by 34 years, according their prediction model.
Natural disaster researcher Simon Day, of University College London, agrees with the conclusion that NYC may be more at risk from earthquakes than is usually thought.
EARTHQUAKE RISK: New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from far-away tremors
But the idea of NYC being “overdue” for an earthquake is “invalid”, not least because the “very large number of faults” in the city have individually low rates of activity, he said.
The model that predicts strong earthquakes based on timescale and stress build-up on a given fault has been “discredited”, he said.
What scientists should be focusing on, he said, is the threat of large and potentially destructive earthquakes from “much greater distances”.
The dangerous effects of powerful earthquakes from further away should be an “important feature” of any seismic risk assessment of NYC, Dr Day said.

THE BIG APPLE: An aerial view of Lower Manhattan at dusk in New York City

RISK: A seismic hazard map of New York produced by USGS
“New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from earthquakes at much greater distances” Dr Simon Day, natural disaster researcher
This is because the bedrock underneath parts of NYC, including Long Island and Staten Island, cannot effectively absorb the seismic waves produced by earthquakes.
“An important feature of the central and eastern United States is, because the crust there is old and cold, and contains few recent fractures that can absorb seismic waves, the rate of seismic reduction is low.
Central regions of NYC, including Manhattan, are built upon solid granite bedrock; therefore the amplification of seismic waves that can shake buildings is low.
But more peripheral areas, such as Staten Island and Long Island, are formed by weak sediments, meaning seismic hazard in these areas is “very likely to be higher”, Dr Day said.
“Thus, like other cities in the eastern US, New York is susceptible to seismic shaking from earthquakes at much greater distances than is the case for cities on plate boundaries such as Tokyo or San Francisco, where the crustal rocks are more fractured and absorb seismic waves more efficiently over long distances,” Dr Day said.
In the event of a large earthquake, dozens of skyscrapers, including Chrysler Building, the Woolworth Building and 40 Wall Street, could be at risk of shaking.
“The felt shaking in New York from the Virginia earthquake in 2011 is one example,” Dr Day said.
On that occasion, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered 340 miles south of New York sent thousands of people running out of swaying office buildings.

FISSURES: Fault lines in New York City have low rates of activity, Dr Day said
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city was “lucky to avoid any major harm” as a result of the quake, whose epicenter was near Louisa, Virginia, about 40 miles from Richmond.
“But an even more impressive one is the felt shaking from the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes in the central Mississippi valley, which was felt in many places across a region, including cities as far apart as Detroit, Washington DC and New Orleans, and in a few places even further afield including,” Dr Day added.
“So, if one was to attempt to do a proper seismic hazard assessment for NYC, one would have to include potential earthquake sources over a wide region, including at least the Appalachian mountains to the southwest and the St Lawrence valley to the north and east.”

We Must Prepare for the Russian Nuclear Horn: Revelation 16

 Russia's doomsday weapons: Putin testing deadly 'flying chernobyl' missile to target US

Russia’s doomsday weapons: Putin testing deadly ‘flying Chernobyl’ missile to target US

RUSSIA is currently developing a terrifying new nuclear power cruise missile that can easily reach both the UK and the US.


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Nicknamed the “Flying Chernobyl”, the Burevestnik cruise missile has double duo capability with nuclear propulsion and has a nearly unlimited range. This nuclear-equipped weapon could also outmanoeuvre and evade NATO’s air defences by flying at low altitudes of 150 to 300-feet. Furthermore, reports have suggested that the missile is specifically designed to bypass US defence systems.

While Moscow doesn’t have the greatest track record for testing the safety of nuclear weapons, Putin remains undeterred, experts say.

According to defence expert Brent Eastwood, Russia tested the cruise missile several times at an Arctic facility near Pankovo on Novaya Zemlya in the Barents Sea.

Last year, satellite pictures exposed a testing site, showing a launchpad for the Burevestnik, along with shelters from fallout, and shipping containers.

Jeffrey Lewis of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Center for Nonproliferation Studies said: “Using a nuclear reactor would, in principle, give the cruise missile unlimited range to fly under and around US missile defence radars and interceptors.”

Russia’s doomsday weapons: Putin testing deadly ‘flying chernobyl’ missile to target US (Image: Getty)

Footage of the 2017 test released by Russia

Footage of the 2017 test released by Russia (Image: Aurora Intel)

However, he added that there are “substantial questions about whether the system can be made to work successfully, to say nothing of the threat that testing this system may pose to the environment and human health.”

Despite the failed tests, the Burevestnik has enviable characteristics that are not seen in any other cruise missiles before it.

Most nuclear-tipped cruise missiles fly at medium altitudes to conserve fuel, which results in the weapon having a finite range.

However, flying at medium heights allows the defence system to track the missiles and use surface to air interceptors to destroy them.

Where Putin's nuclear arsenal is located

Where Putin’s nuclear arsenal is located (Image: Express)

However, the ‘Flying Chernobyl’s’ nuclear propulsion technology could give the weapon hypersonic speed, evasive low altitude, and range that could threaten military and civilian targets from a near limitless range.

After Russia tested the weapons in 2020, Marshall Billingslea, a defence expert appointed by then President Trump’s for a top arms control post, said he’s been “very clear with my Russian counterpart that these are enormous wastes of funds”.

He also added that Moscow should “cease and desist and abandon these kinds of destabilising ideas.

“We frankly don’t think these weapons should exist at all.

“Why on earth would you have a nuclear-powered, nuclear-tipped cruise missile? That is nothing more than a flying Chernobyl.

Places Putin could target in the UK

Places Putin could target in the UK (Image: Express)

Russian Defence Ministry officials show off the Russia’s 9M729 cruise missile (Image: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP via Getty Images)

“Just think about the radioactive plume that it would generate as it circles.

“There’s no good argument [and] logic for having these kinds of doomsday systems.”

The failed test in Nenoksa on the White Sea in 2019 resulted in the deadly weapon being submerged for over a year.

The test ended with deadly consequences after five workers were killed, and another three were injured on a barge after they tried to recover the missile when it suddenly exploded.

Are We Ready for a Nuclear Iran? Daniel 8

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani speaks to the press in Vienna on December 27, 2021.ALEX HALADA / AFP / Getty Images

Iran Armed With Nuclear Weapons: Are We Ready?

May 20th, 2022 4 min read

Commentary By

Peter Brookes@Brookes_Peter

Senior Research Fellow

James Phillips

Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation


The Biden administration’s negotiations with the Iranian regime about its increasingly threatening nuclear program are on the verge of collapse.

The failure to reach an agreement that permanently ends Iran’s nuclear aspirations would be a major diplomatic failure. It would also destabilize the Middle East.

The United States, its allies, and partners need to start thinking about dealing with more dangerous times ahead.

The Biden administration’s negotiations with the Iranian regime about its increasingly threatening nuclear program are on the verge of collapse. After more than a year of meetings, the Biden administration has failed to repair the shortcomings that prompted President Trump to withdraw from the original nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration in 2015.

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The Vienna talks about reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka JCPOA or the Iran nuclear deal) stalled in March, after Russia demanded immunity from Ukraine-related sanctions for billions of dollars it will reap for nuclear work in Iran under the deal.

After the Biden administration conceded on that issue, negotiations broke down over Iran’s demand that the U.S. lift sanctions imposed on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards due to terrorism. This would have rewarded Iran with extra benefits not included in the JCPOA, which only lifted sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear efforts.

It’s not clear when—or whether—the talks will resume.

Equally disturbing, Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently testified to Congress that Iran could finish enriching the uranium needed for a nuclear weapon—aka “breakout time”—in a few weeks if it decided to do so.

That’s deeply troubling.

The “lengthening and strengthening” of the (deeply flawed) Iran nuclear deal that Team Biden promised was firmly rejected by Tehran. That means that a future nuclear crisis with the Iranian regime remains a strong possibility even if another defective agreement is reached, which itself looks increasingly unlikely.

Now is the right time to start looking at what will likely happen if the Iran nuclear negotiations fail outright.

Nuclear Power #10?

Iran has made significant progress on its nuclear program since it began openly violating the JCPOA in 2019. Tehran has exceeded the limits of the nuclear deal in a number of ways, including restrictions on the size of stockpiles of enriched uranium, levels of uranium enrichment, and the use of advanced centrifuges.

These scientific and technical resources and capabilities put Iran on the path to developing and fielding a nuclear weapon.

The failure to reach an agreement that permanently ends Iran’s nuclear aspirations would be a major diplomatic failure. It would also destabilize the Middle East and have major repercussions for U.S. and international security, including Iran becoming a nuclear weapon state—and the trouble that comes with it.

War in the Middle East

Any evidence of Iran moving toward the development and or deployment of a nuclear weapon is expected to provoke a significant reaction in the Middle East due the threat it poses to Israel and the Iran’s Arab neighbors, most notably Saudi Arabia.

It is more than likely that Israel would take military action to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon by striking Iranian nuclear facilities, perhaps in cooperation (e.g., overflight rights) with equally concerned Arab partners.

It should also be expected that Iran wouldn’t simply absorb the Israeli attacks without a violent response. Tehran has the largest missile arsenal in the Middle East, many of which can reach Israel’s major cities.

Iran also has an ally in Syria, which hosts Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps bases that could strike Israel. Tehran would also turn to Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Gaza’s Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad, and Iranian-controlled Iraqi militias to assist in meting out its revenge on Israel.

The Iranian regime would certainly blame the United States as being complicit in any Israeli or other attack on Iran over its nuclear program, whether it was involved or not. It should be expected that Iran and its proxies would escalate their ongoing attacks on U.S. bases and its interests overseas.

Nuclear Proliferation

Another consequence of Iran developing a nuclear weapon is that other states will face strong pressure to follow in its path. The security dilemma created by a nuclear Iran would spur a regional arms race at the conventional—and possibly nuclear—level.

While Israel is widely believed to be a nuclear weapon state, the prime candidates for a cascade of new nuclear proliferation include regional powers Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey.

Beyond the increase in regional tensions derived from an Iranian nuclear breakout, efforts at counterbalancing Iran’s nuclear weapons arsenal would strain global arms control and nonproliferation treaties, regimes, and norms.

When a country becomes a nuclear weapons state, the perception of its clout, leverage, prestige, and even legitimacy are bolstered significantly, usually at the expense of others, especially regional rivals and enemies.

Due to its new nuclear deterrent, Iran would gain a new freedom of action to escalate its provocative policies, including a drive for regional hegemony, anti-U.S. and anti-Israeli policies, and its support of international terrorist organizations.

Considering Iranian aspirations, a nuclear Iran would significantly shift the balance of power in the Middle East, further destabilizing an important region that plays a critical role in supplying the world’s energy.

Unfortunately, the possibility of reaching a peaceful, diplomatic solution to the threats posed by Iran’s nuclear program looks remote at this moment, meaning that the United States, its allies, and partners need to start thinking about dealing with more dangerous times ahead.

This piece originally appeared in 19fortyfive

W Bush’s Freudian Slip On Iraq: Revelation 13

Former President George W Bush speaks at the 20th Anniversary remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

George Bush condemns ‘brutal invasion of Iraq,’ but means Ukraine

Former President George W Bush speaks at the 20th Anniversary remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo credit (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

 By Lauren Barry

May 19, 20223:15 pm

Was it a Freudian slip?

During a speech Wednesday in Dallas, Texas, former President George W. Bush accidentally mixed up “Iraq” and “Ukraine,” harkening back to his tenure in office during the 2000s.

Back then, his slip-ups were so common that they were termed “Bushisms.” Lists of them can be found via the BBC and on Wikipedia.

This particular gaffe had a potentially alarming meaning. He referenced “the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.”

Bush, who was speaking at a George W. Bush Presidential Center event on election integrity, was actually discussing Russian elections and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which began in February.

However, invoking the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq – which Bush himself called for – made a splash on the internet, according to ABC News. On social media, “users revived criticism of his decision to invade,” said the outlet.

The Iraq War has been called a failure, both by news outlets such as The Atlantic and research organizations such as the Brookings Institute and the Center for Strategic International Studies.

“No one knows with certainty how many people have been killed and wounded in Iraq since the 2003 United States invasion,” said the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University. “However, we know that between 184,382 and 207,156 civilians have died from direct war related violence caused by the U.S., its allies, the Iraqi military and police, and opposition forces from the time of the invasion through October 2019.”

Part of the Bush administration’s reasoning for going to War with Iraq were claims about Weapons of Mass Destruction, such as nuclear weapons, there. Bush also wanted to remove war-prone Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein from power.

According to ABC News, “Bush wrote in his post-White House memoir that he had a ‘sickening feeling’ when he learned there were no [Weapons of Mass Destruction] in Iraq after their supposed existence was used as justification for the invasion.”

However, he still believed that removing Hussein from power was the right decision.

Bush quickly corrected himself after making the slip up Wednesday.

“I mean, of Ukraine,” he said, adding, “I’m 75.”

Iran Continues to Nuke Up: Daniel 8

Iran's Natanz nuclear plant. Photo Credit: Tasnim News Agency

Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant. Photo Credit: Tasnim News Agency

Iran Says Production Of 60% Enriched Uranium In Progress

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The process of production of uranium enriched to a purity level of 60% is going on in Iran, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami said.

“The efforts of the enemies by committing sabotage in the field of nuclear technology have made it the frontline. Our scientists stood up at the order of the Leader who said, ‘Build yourselves’. They acted on the issue of 20% fuel, which was needed by Tehran’s research reactor, and today we produce not only 20% fuel but also working on producing 60% fuel,” Eslami said on Wednesday.

The official touched on the crucial production of radiopharmaceuticals, saying the country is now moving toward using nuclear medicine in plasma therapy.

Eslami also referred to the “very important” role of heavy water which the enemies try to forbid Iran from using by accusing it of seeking to produce nuclear weapons.

He said if it had not been for the strategies of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, “we would have not gotten into nuclear technology and fallen far behind by now”.

“The country’s development plans must move without interruption, and the efforts of the country’s scientists and youth must be spent for the great goals of the country, and we must endure hardships and vicissitudes to reach the peak,” Eslami said, Press TV reported.

He also said science and technology is the field of empowerment, but international organizations have sought in recent years to make the fields of aerospace, nuclear technology, information technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology an exclusive avant-garde domain for a few select countries and prevent others, including Iran, from achieving them by creating obstacles.

Iran started the process of enriching uranium to 60% fissile purity at an above-ground nuclear plant at Natanz, the UN nuclear agency confirmed in April 2021. It made the step in response to an explosion that damaged equipment at the underground Fuel Enrichment Plant at Natanz. The country had previously only reached 20% purity.


30 May 2021, Palestinian Territories, Gaza City: A general view of an exploded Israeli shell inside a damaged classroom of a school that was hit during the recent Israeli airstrikes on the Zeitoun neighbourhood in Gaza City. Israel and the Palestinian Hamas Islamist movement have so far been keeping to an agreed ceasefire that went into effect on 21 May after 11 days of deadly confrontations. Photo: Mohammed Talatene/dpa (Photo by Mohammed Talatene/picture alliance via Getty Images)


Documents show that in 2021, arms made and funded by the United States destroyed UNRWA schools, USAID projects, and a Coca-Cola plant.

Daniel Boguslaw

May 19 2022, 12:43 p.m.

LAST MAY, in an assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, Israel deployed hundreds of bombs, missiles, and shells, killing over 240 Palestinians and wounding more than 1,900 others. More than half of the dead were civilians, according to the Israeli think tank Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, despite Israeli claims that it only targets combatants from Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups.

At the end of the 11-day assault, tens of thousands of Gazans were displaced from damaged homes, already struggling in a region with a 50 percent unemployment rate, toxic water, and crumbling infrastructure. Thousands of housing units, hundreds of schools, and 19 health care facilities were damaged.

Compounding the devastating toll on Palestinian civilians, weapons made and funded by the U.S. were used to destroy American humanitarian projects and businesses, documents and reporting reviewed by The Intercept show. The destruction reached multiple hospitals and water treatment facilities supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development; dozens of schools operated by the State Department-funded United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, or UNRWA; and a Coca-Cola plant built by a U.S. citizen.

“The vast majority of ammunition used by Israel is manufactured or subsidized by the U.S.,” Raed Jarrar, advocacy director at Democracy for the Arab World Now, or DAWN, told The Intercept. “It’s fair to say that every Israeli munition is subsidized by the U.S. one way or another, by U.S. tax dollars.”

Impoverished in no small part thanks to a decade-and-a-half-long Israeli blockade, Gaza relies heavily on foreign aid to avert the worst humanitarian outcomes. The State Department had just renewed a lapsed funding commitment to the UNRWA, contributing $150 million to support more than half a million Palestinians with schools and health care facilities. According to documents compiled from the United Nations, the Palestinian Authority, and human rights groups, more than 100 UNRWA facilities in Gaza were damaged in the 11-day bombing campaign in May 2021, requiring over $1 million in repairs. Dozens more schools administered by the Palestinian Authority suffered similar damage.

It was hardly the first time that U.S.-funded weapons had been used to destroy aid projects the United States supports. In 2014, during an earlier Israeli attack on Gaza, a Hellfire missile manufactured and paid for by the United States targeted a UNRWA school, killing 10 civilians. The massacre drew widespread condemnation, even eliciting a rare rebuke from the Obama administration, whose press secretary decried it as “totally indefensible.” What remained unspoken then was the fact that both the missile and the school were funded by the U.S. government.

“A major reason for the perpetuation of the Israeli occupation … is the extraordinary military, diplomatic, and political support given to it, largely without conditions, by the United States.”

The State Department was not the only federal agency whose funds supported aid projects that U.S. weaponry destroyed. Documents and news reports reviewed by The Intercept show that more than a dozen factories in East Gaza’s industrial zone, built with funding from USAID, along with several USAID-funded projects for providing water, hygiene, and sanitation, were struck as well.

In Khan Yunis, Rafa, and Beit Lahia, wastewater treatment infrastructure and water reservoirs funded by USAID, which the U.S. government spent millions to construct, were destroyed by aerial attacks that affected more than 300,000 civilians. Ninety-seven percent of the water in Gaza is contaminated, resulting in a widespread public health crisis, rendered even worse by the destruction of U.S.-funded water infrastructure.

“A major reason for the perpetuation of the Israeli occupation, and the deaths and suffering which accompany it, is the extraordinary military, diplomatic, and political support given to it, largely without conditions, by the United States,” said Michael Lynk, the recently departed U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. “This American military assistance is provided, notwithstanding the fact that congressional laws governing U.S. weapons exports state that recipient countries cannot be engaged in consistent patterns of gross human rights violations.”

WHILE ISRAEL IS the largest recipient of U.S. military aid, it is subject to virtually no checks in operation ensuring that U.S. weapons are not used to commit war crimes, destroy U.S.-funded projects, or damage the property of U.S. citizens in Gaza. Statutes that govern how aid to the Palestinian territories can be disbursed, however, are stringent. The audits ensuring that there are no ties between U.S. funding and Hamas cost millions of dollars, sometimes exceeding the cost of the very aid projects being audited.

Since 1948, the United States has provided Israel with over $150 billion in assistance, receiving in exchange a foothold in a region of massive strategic importance. The current model exists under a memorandum of understanding that President Barack Obama signed in 2016, committing to $38 billion in aid between 2019 and 2028 with an open-door policy for additional aid — like the billion dollars Congress gave Israel in March for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

The aid system also provides cash-flow financing, a system resembling layaway, that allows Israel to purchase weapons in the present using money from the future. And it contains an offshore procurement exemption — offered to no other country — that allows Israel to spend U.S. tax dollars on its own weapons industry without disclosing how it spent the money to Congress or the American public. And of course, the United States maintains its own stockpiled weapons in Israel, available for use by the Israel Defense Forces — despite Israel’s status as one of the largest arms exporters in the world. In two instances, Israel tapped into the U.S. stockpile to wage campaigns against Hamas and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

The end result is an Israeli arsenal almost entirely composed of weapons made or subsidized by the U.S.

AS BOMBS FELL on the Gaza Strip last May, the smell of roasting nuts and sizzling potatoes was replaced with the overwhelming stench of burned plastic. A potato chip factory and the Maatouq ice cream factory, which once produced snacks in the hope of instilling a glimmer of joy in the blockaded strip, were completely destroyed in the bombing.

Many of the companies established in Gaza’s industrial zone did so under the pretext that the Israeli military would not bomb the commercial site. Financed by USAID and fired on by U.S.-funded weapons, the area was thought to be protected under the auspices of the Oslo Accords, which created special economic zones intended to supplant conflict with mutually beneficial free trade.

Also impacted were the Foamco mattress factory — the main producer of mattresses for Gaza — the Abu Iskandar plastic factory, the Clever detergent factory, the Siksik plastic pipes factory, and the Al-Wadi food plant, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in damage. The factories employed 1,500 Palestinians and were severely impacted by the shelling in the early morning hours on May 17 and 18, 2021.

Al Ahli Arab Hospital, which received a $900,000 grant from USAID to build a surgery center, was also damaged, as was Beit Hanoun Hospital, another recipient of USAID funding.

In a highly symbolic display of just how far Israel’s disregard for U.S. material interests in Gaza extends, a Coca-Cola factory — long a hallmark of America’s global reach — served as yet another casualty of shelling during the May onslaught.

“Coca-Cola is also a shareholder, not just a licensor, and I am a shareholder as a U.S. citizen, so this affected many U.S. citizens,” Zahi Khouri, the factory’s owner, told The Intercept. “We had thousands of pallets burned, and there was damage to the logistics area. There was damage in the industrial estate, but what was also damaged was the investment of Coca-Cola in a project through Mercy Corps where we built a water purification station for a refugee camp.”

According to the U.S. State Department, Coca-Cola’s 15 percent stake in the company operating the plant represents the single largest private U.S. investment in Palestine.

Palestinian firefighters douse a huge fire at the Foamco mattress factory east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, on May 17, 2021. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

Palestinian firefighters douse a huge fire at the Foamco mattress factory in the northern Gaza Strip on May 17, 2021. 

Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images

WHILE MECHANISMS FOR punishing war crimes perpetrated with U.S. support are selectively enforced against many other countries, the lack of scrutiny over the Israel Defense Forces’ use of American weapons is glaring. Amid last May’s onslaught, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace detailed a number of U.S. laws violated by Israel’s attacks. These included the Foreign Assistance Act, which stipulates that aid cannot be provided to a country “which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights”; the Arms Export Control Act, which bans U.S. military assistance to countries using weapons for reasons other than “legitimate self-defense”; and the Leahy laws, named after outgoing U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., which ban weapons sales to military units that have committed “a gross violation of human rights.”

With Leahy’s impending retirement, a Senate all too content to take campaign contributions from defense contractors and Israel lobby groups stands to lose one of its few outspoken defenders of human rights. After decades fighting to preserve and enhance his self-titled law and continued efforts to investigate Israeli war crimes, Leahy now holds the powerful position of chair of the Appropriations Committee, overseeing much of the spending his politically aligned colleagues have singled out for critique.

In May 2021, as last year’s bombing campaign drew to a close, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and several progressive members of the House of Representatives introduced resolutions to block a $735 million weapons package that included the same type of precision-guided bombs that Israel was already using to shell Gaza.

“I believe that the United States must help lead the way to a peaceful and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians,” Sanders said at the time. “We need to take a hard look at whether the sale of these weapons is actually helping do that or whether it is simply fueling conflict.”

But the White House demurred. “We have seen reports of a move toward a potential cease-fire. That is clearly encouraging,” said then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki. The Biden administration approved the sale.

This May, Israel launched another bombing campaign on Gaza.


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The Terrifying Russian Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

Putin’s space agency chief warns new Satan-2 hypersonic nuke can ‘demolish half the coast of a continent’ if Russia does not like its ‘aggressive policy’ – and claims weapon will be ready for use in autumn

  • Russian official said new Satan-2 missile can destroy half a continental coast 
  • Satan-2 is intercontinental ballistic missile able to strike targets at 15,880mph 
  • Dmitry Rogozin speaking to school children at a ‘federal educational marathon’
  • On Weds Russia claimed to have a new laser system that can ‘blind’ satellites 
  • Zelensky mocked the new system as ‘wunderwaffe’ of WW2 Nazi propaganda


PUBLISHED: 06:37 EDT, 20 May 2022 | UPDATED: 08:27 EDT, 20 May 2022

Russia’s new Satan-2 hypersonic nuclear missile can demolish ‘half the coast of a continent’, schoolchildren and students have been told by a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

The latest threat to unleash atomic weapons on the West was made by Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

He showed videos of multiple Russian strategic rockets at a ‘federal educational marathon’ called ‘New Horizons’, culminating in outlining the capability of the big beast Sarmat, also known as Satan-2, an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking targets at 15,880mph.

‘Here you see the test launches of our missiles,’ he boasted.

‘The smallest are shown on Red Square parades… The largest will not fit on Red Square, as they are too big.’

He told his young audience: ‘Now you can see [on video] Topol, Yars, submarine missile Bulava … and finally Sarmat…

‘Such a missile [Sarmat] can demolish half of the coast of some large continent, which we may not like due to its aggressive policy.’

Putin’s close ally hails how Satan-2 could destroy continent coast

He made clear that ‘unstoppable’ Satan-2 would ‘take up combat duty’ this autumn.

‘We are also producing Iskanders and hypersonic Kinzhals in our factories,’ said Rogozin, who wore the space agency’s uniform as he spoke.

His threat of a nuclear attack is the latest by Russian officials and Putin’s state media propaganda tsars.

Some experts see the atomic attack threats as masking the poor performance by the Kremlin’s armed forces in Ukraine.

The supposedly new generation of weapons comes as Putin’s war machine falters in Ukraine with some estimates saying that the dictator has lost up to a third of Russia’s troops since the February 24 invasion. 

On Wednesday, Yury Borisov, the man in charge of military development in Putin‘s government, claimed new mobile laser radiation system Peresvet could ‘blind’ all satellite reconnaissance systems of an ‘enemy’ up to an orbit of 1,500km [932 miles].

But Ukrainian President Volodymy Zelensky mocked the new system as ‘wunderwaffe’, which translates as ‘wonder weapon’ in German.

Such claims of fantastic new technology was a key part of Hitler’s propaganda campaign to preserve public confidence as Allied forces and the Soviet Union slowly began to overcome Nazi Germany‘s military during the Second World War.

A separate new laser system to knock down enemy drones with a burst of intense heat, he said.

Recent days have seen a state TV broadcast suggest Britain should be bombed back to the Stone Age ‘in ten minutes’ with an attack by new nuclear-capable Zircon – or Tsirkon – missiles.

Politician Aleksey Zhuravlyov and TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov had earlier advocated striking Britain with Satan-2.

And Russian state TV pundit, Yaakov Kedmi, a Moscow-born former Israeli diplomat, said Russia’s new hypersonic Zircon missile should be deployed to wipe out 50 or 60 power stations in the UK ‘in ten minutes’, plunging the country into darkness.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin during a meeting at the airport of Blagoveshensk on April 12, 2022, three weeks into the disastrous invasion of Ukraine

Kedmi, speaking on one of Russia‘s most-watched talk shows, said it would be ‘overkill’ to use the Sarmat missile – which is said to be capable of carrying 12 nuclear warheads – on Britain.

Instead, he said, the UK should be targeted with the 6,670mph Zircon missiles.

Politician Aleksey Zhuravlyov and another TV propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov had earlier advocated striking Britain with the Sarmat missile, also known as Satan-2. 

Earlier, Rogozin had claimed that the NATO countries could be destroyed within half an hour.