Here is the Sixth Seal Zone (Revelation 6:12)

Here are the hidden earthquake zones you don’t know about

April 13, 20204 Min Read

Let’s get able to (probably) rumble.

A report this week from the Los Angeles Instances took a have a look at what a devastating earthquake may do to Los Angeles — and the classes to be discovered from the calamitous 6.three magnitude quake in 2011 that every one however flattened Christchurch, New Zealand.

However whereas People are conscious of the San Andreas fault and the seismic exercise in California, which has wreaked havoc in San Francisco and Los Angeles, there are different, lesser-known fault traces in the United States that fly dangerously underneath the radar. These cracks in the crust have prompted appreciable harm in the previous — and scientists say will achieve this once more.

Virginia Seismic Zone

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In 2011, New Yorkers had been jolted by a 5.eight magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast from New Hampshire all the approach down by means of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The quake’s epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia, about 90 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and was so highly effective that Union Station, the Pentagon and the Capitol Constructing had been all evacuated.

The quake woke lots of people in the northeast as much as the Virginia Seismic Zone (VSZ) under the Mason Dixon — and the consequential results it may have on main cities alongside the East Coast. The final time the VSZ prompted a lot chaos was in 1867 when it launched an earthquake of 5.6-magnitude — the strongest in Virginia’s historical past.

Ramapo Fault Zone


It’s not simply the Virginia Seismic Zone New Yorkers have to fret about. Nearer to house is the Ramapo Fault Zone, which stretches from New York by means of New Jersey to Pennsylvania and was most energetic tens of millions of years in the past throughout the formation of the Appalachian Mountains. It’s answerable for a number of of the fault traces that run by means of New York Metropolis, together with one underneath 125th Avenue. In line with a New York Publish report in 2017, “On common, the area has witnessed a reasonable quake (about a on the Richter scale) each hundred years. The final one was in 1884. Seismologists say we will anticipate the subsequent one any day now.” Enjoyable occasions!

The New Madrid Seismic Zone

This 150 mile-long sequence of faults stretches underneath 5 states: Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky, and is answerable for 4 of the largest earthquakes in the historical past of the United States, which befell over three months from December 1811 and February 1812. The quakes had been so robust the mighty Mississippi River flowed backward for 3 days. Fortunately, the space was not as populated as it’s now, so the harm was restricted. Nonetheless, a FEMA report launched in 2008 warned {that a} quake now could be catastrophic and end in “the highest financial losses as a consequence of a pure catastrophe in the United States.”

The Northern Sangre de Cristo Fault

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In 2011, a magnitude 5.three quake hit Trinidad, Colorado, one other space that has seen little seismic exercise on such a big scale. In line with the Colorado Division of Homeland Safety and Emergency Administration, The Sangre de Cristo Fault, which lies at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains alongside the japanese fringe of the San Luis Valley, and the Sawatch Fault, which runs alongside the japanese fringe of the Sawatch Vary, are “two of the most distinguished probably energetic faults in Colorado” and that “Seismologists predict that Colorado will once more expertise a magnitude 6.5 earthquake at some unknown level in the future.”

The Cascadia Subduction Zone

One in every of the most probably harmful fault traces lies north of California, stretching between Oregon and Washington. Main cities like Portland, Seattle and Vancouver lie alongside the Cascadia Subduction Zone, which scientists say has the functionality of a or 10 magnitude earthquake — 16 occasions extra highly effective than the 1906 quake which ravaged San Francisco. A quake of this magnitude would have devastating penalties on infrastructure and will probably set off large tsunamis. The risk is so nice, the BBC even did a nifty video on the potential MegaQuake risk.

War Started By the Beast of the Sea: Revelation 13:1

War on Terror: 22 Years On

Aliya Anjum

MAY 22, 2023

General Wesley Clark – a former commander of NATO’s forces in Europe and a 2004 American Presidential Candidate- is the author of the 2004 bestselling book “Winning Modern Wars: Iraq, Terrorism And The American Empire.” He revealed that the Bush administration planned to attack Iraq first before taking action against Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. A coalition of Western allies including the UN and NATO, helped the US achieve this goal.

Twenty-two years on, let us examine the aftermath of this decision of the US government. Six of the targeted countries are partially or destroyed, leaving only Iran – which is possibly next.

Afghanistan is not on this list but was the first target of the war on terror in 2001. In 2021, after twenty years, the US had to beat a hasty withdrawal post the Taliban advance 2021. Afghanistan today is impoverished, food insecure and an international pariah.

Pakistan too was a target of the US’s war on terror. This was due to neighbouring Afghanistan – given the porous border, tribal affiliations and our role in Afghan Jihad against the Soviets. The US threatened to bomb us into the Stone Age. Musharraf, hence, cooperated with the US, but Pakistan still paid a huge price in the form of a bloody civil war, which exacted a huge toll – economically, militarily, socially and diplomatically.

The US proceeded to attack Iraq in March 2003 under the pretext of finding weapons of mass destruction and spreading democracy. On May 1, 2003, President Bush declared the mission accomplished but the US troop withdrawal was finalized in December 2011. Democracy was established in October 2005. Saddam Hussain was captured in December 2003 and executed in December 2006. Iraq stood destroyed.

Pakistan paid a huge price in the form of a bloody civil war, which exacted a huge toll.

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), Iraq’s oil reserves of 112 billion barrels ranks second in the world, only behind Saudi Arabia – up to 90 per cent of which remain unexplored, Western oil companies were forced out of the country in 1973. However, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell and others were back in the country after the US victory. Russian, Chinese and Singaporean firms are also in business. The US and other Western oil companies and their governments successfully lobbied for Iraq Oil Law, which in 2007 moved Iraq from a nationalized to a largely privatized oil market using Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs). Moving on to Lebanon, the United States supported the Israeli war on the country in 2006. Condoleezza Rice, the then US Secretary of State, termed the war “the birth pangs of a new Middle East.” In August 2021 Lebanon declared sovereign default. The country is bankrupt and in shambles with 265% inflation.

As part of the Arab Spring in 2011, a civil war broke out in Libya to establish democracy. The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. This was followed by NATO bombings of Libya, which were also responsible for Gaddafi’s capture and subsequent horrific and inhumane killing. A September 2013 report by The Independent states that Libya had plunged into its worst political and economic crisis since the defeat of Gaddafi. The production of oil had almost completely stopped and the government had lost control of large areas of the country to the militias, while violence increased throughout the country. By May 2014, conflicts between several factions in Libya had descended into a second civil war. Libya has gone from the African country with the highest standard of living to a worn torn failed state.

The Arab Spring-led civil war also broke out in Syria in 2011. Foreign governments got involved over the years. The world watched desperate Syrian refugees use rubber boats to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s tragic death moved Europe to open its doors to Syrian refugees. There are now four factions fighting the war: President Asad-led Syrian military forces; Various Syrian forces unified in opposition to Asad; US-supported Kurdish forces; and Islamist resistance coalition of ISIS, AlQaeda, Al-Nusor etc. This is not all as Turkiye is also militarily involved due to the threat of the Syrian Rojava Kurdish separatists links to Turkish Kurd separatists.

The US is currently occupying a third of Syria, in the Kurdish northeast, where oil reserves are located. In 2020, a previously unknown U.S. oil company, Delta Crescent Energy, signed a deal with the Kurds to exploit the oil deposits. Sudan broke into two when South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011. Sudan is in the news these days because of a fierce civil war, which is a power struggle between the top military general and the top paramilitary general. Foreign nationals, including Pakistanis were perilously rescued from Sudan in the past few weeks.

The US engaged Somalia as part of the war on terror in 2007 and US troops withdrawal took place in 2021. The country is plagued with civil war, famine and the lack of military strength to control terrorism. The Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin-commonly known as al-Shabaab-was the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts that took over most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006. It controls a large part of central and southern Somalia. In the ongoing conflict half of Somalia’s 17.1 million population, faces acute food insecurity.

The combined deaths and losses inflicted on eight countries by the US war on terror have been tremendous. According to a report by the Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Global Survival and the Nobel Prize-winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, the true number killed in the ‘war on terror’ could well be in excess of 2 million. This is ten times the official figures propagated by the media and major NGOs.

During his election campaign in 2004, General Clark declared targeting these countries a mistake. He had declared, “the real sources of terrorists – US allies in the region like Egypt, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.” He blamed Egypt’s “repressive policies,” Pakistan’s “corruption and poverty,” as well as Saudi Arabia’s “radical ideology and direct funding” for creating a pool of angry young men who became “terrorists.” In the two decades since 2003, Saudi Arabia has transformed in 2023 under MBS, which is proving to be a visionary leader. Saudi law was based entirely on Sharia. No codified personal status law existed, which meant that judges in courts rule based on their interpretations of sharia. However in 2021, codified personal status laws, including the Personal Status Law, the Civil Transactions Law, the Penal Code for Discretionary Sanctions, and the Law of Evidence were implemented by the reformist crown prince MBS, who is also planning to build Neom, a $500 billion futuristic city. He has recently fostered relations with China and Russia and mended fences with Iran. It has distanced itself from the US and is planning to join BRICS. MBS has also termed Israel a “potential ally.” In view of these developments, the days of religious extremism and fundamentalism are behind the Saudis. Under MBS’s leadership Saudi society is transforming and joining the mainstream global culture.

Pakistan has sunk even lower in a cesspool. Power-hungry and corrupt politicians are causing massive civil unrest. Political Islam, Jihadi organizations and democratic political parties are in all business not so much for the cause of Islam or Pakistan but for their relevance, power and resourcefulness. While the country is facing imminent sovereign default, the nation is rioting to feed the political drama of the grandiose narcissist named Imran Khan.

Pakistan escaped being an American target under the able leadership of General Musharraf, or else we would have met the same terrible fate as the countries discussed earlier. The self-serving and power-hungry Imran Khan was using political Islam to dangerously pursue a confrontational strategy with the US. After his ouster by the establishment, he is instigating a civil war and led us to the same path of destruction, which we avoided thanks to Musharraf.

General Clark had presciently opined in 2004 that POTUS George W Bush should have adopted more preventive measures and targeted extremist leaders. “The way to beat terrorists was to take away their popular support.” Clark was spot on. This is exactly what needs to be done in Pakistan. Political Islam needs to be curbed through well-thought-out state action.

The writer is an independent researcher, author and columnist. She can be reached at

Nuclear Meltdown Avoided in Ukraine … for Now: Jeremiah 12

A view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant
A view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict outside Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region, Russian-controlled Ukraine, March 29, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

Ukraine restores power to Russia-occupied nuclear plant

By Pavel Polityuk

May 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine reconnected the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to its external power supply on Monday after a brief outage that had left it reliant on emergency generators.

Back-up diesel generators had earlier kicked in at the plant in southern Ukraine to ensure nuclear fuel was kept cool and prevent a potential disaster.

Each side blamed the other for the power outage. A Russia-installed local official said Ukraine had disconnected a power line and Ukrainian state nuclear energy company Energoatom said the problem was caused by Russian shelling.

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Announcing that repair work had been carried out, Ukrainian national grid operator Ukrenergo said: “The station is switching (back) to power supply from the Ukrainian power system.”

The incident had alarmed Rafael Grossi, the head of the United Nations nuclear energy watchdog, who said the nuclear safety situation at the plant was “extremely vulnerable” and underlined the need for international protection.

Even though the six reactors are shut down at the plant, they still need a constant supply of electricity to keep the nuclear fuel inside cool and prevent a possible meltdown.

The plant, which lies in an area of Russian-occupied southern Ukraine near front lines along the Dnipro River, is Europe’s biggest nuclear power station and the area has been repeatedly hit by shelling.

Energoatom said it was the seventh time power had been cut to the plant since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Ukraine said the latest Russian attacks had cut off electricity to nearly 250,000 consumers in the Zaporizhzhia region but that power had been restored to most of them.

Ukrenergo said power was also being restored to consumers in the Dnipropetrovsk region after overnight Russian air strikes.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly in Melbourne and Pavel Polityuk in Kyiv; Editing by Kikm Coghill

Another Quake Before the Sixth Seal: Revelation 6

The second earthquake to strike New York in as many days hit near Watertown; the epicenter is indicated by the dot contained within concentric, colored circles. The dot outside of New York City reflects the earthquake that hit there yesterday while the dot in Canada reflects the earthquake that hit there today. Image: USGS
The second earthquake to strike New York in as many days hit near Watertown; the epicenter is indicated by the dot contained within concentric, colored circles. The dot outside of New York City reflects the earthquake that hit there yesterday while the dot in Canada reflects the earthquake that hit there today. Image: USGS

Second Earthquake Strikes New York in as Many Days

May 20, 2023

Just a  day after an earthquake struck just outside of New York City, a fresh earthquake hit New York Friday evening followed by another somewhat stronger earthquake just northeast above the U.S. / Canada border in Ontario today. Unlike the first earthquake north of New York City that generated hundreds of reports to the USGS website and their “Did you feel it?” reporting tool, these two recent earthquakes were barely felt and caused no damage nor injuries.

Last night, at 10:57 pm, a magnitude 1.6 earthquake hit Rodman near Watertown, New York. There have been numerous earthquakes in this part of New York state for many weeks now, the strongest being a magnitude 3.8 event which struck on February 7.

New York is no stranger to earthquakes; this map shows the epicenter of every earthquake from 1975 to 2017. Image: NESEC
New York is no stranger to earthquakes; this map shows the epicenter of every earthquake from 1975 to 2017. Image: NESEC

According to the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC), New York is a state with a very long  history of earthquake activity that has touched all parts of the state.  Since the first earthquake that was recorded in  December 19, 1737, New York has had over 550 earthquakes centered within its state boundaries through 2016. It also has experienced strong ground shaking from earthquakes centered in nearby U.S. states and Canadian provinces.  Most of the earthquakes in New York have taken place in the greater New York City area, in the Adirondack Mountains region, and in the western part of the state.

New York has seen the most number of damaging earthquakes in the northeast in the period 1678-2016. Image: NESEC
New York has seen the most number of damaging earthquakes in the northeast in the period 1678-2016. Image: NESEC

While many of the earthquakes to hit New York are weak or mild like today’s, some have been damaging. Of the 551 earthquakes recorded between 1737 and 2016, 5 were considered “damaging”: 1737, 1929, 1944, 1983, and 2002.

While most of New York’s earthquakes have been in the Upstate, New York City has also seen damaging earthquakes over the years. At about 10:30 pm on December 18, 1737, an earthquake with an unknown epicenter hit New York with an estimated magnitude of 5.2. That quake damaged some chimneys in the city. On August 10, 1884, another 5.2 earthquake struck; this quake cracked chimneys and plaster, broke windows, and objects were thrown from shelves throughout not only New York City, but surrounding towns in New York and New Jersey too. The shaking from the 1884 earthquake was felt as far west as Toledo, Ohio and as far east as Penobscot Bay, Maine. It was also reported felt by some in Baltimore, Maryland.

In addition to the New York earthquakes, USGS also reported that one hit the Ontario province of Canada this morning at 7:36 am. This magnitude 2.1 event struck south and west of Perth, north and west of the most recent New York earthquake.

Russia Is Turning Nuclear Plant Into Military Base

Petro Kotin, president of Ukraine's state-run nuclear company, Energoatom, says the Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is "worsening all the time." He spoke with VOA on May 18, 2023, in Kyiv.
Petro Kotin, president of Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company, Energoatom, says the Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is “worsening all the time.” He spoke with VOA on May 18, 2023, in Kyiv. 

Q&A: Ukrainian Official Says Russia Is Turning Nuclear Plant Into Military Base

Russia is turning the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant into a military base, according Petro Kotin, president of Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company, Energoatom. The number of Russian military personnel at the nuclear plant now exceeds the number of personnel, he said.

The security personnel who recently worked at the plant told VOA that if a disaster at the station happened, it could not only contaminate half of Ukraine and the Black Sea but also gravely affect Europe as well.

Myroslava Gongadze, VOA’s Eastern Europe bureau chief, discussed the situation with Kotin on Thursday in Kyiv. The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity:

Myroslava Gongadze, VOA Eastern Europe bureau chief: You were Zaporizhzhia nuclear station director for a long time, and you know the facility as well as anyone. Could you please give us an assessment of what is going on there today?

Petro Kotin, Energoatom president: The situation is worsening all the time, starting right from the beginning of the occupation, which was on March 4th last year when [Russian forces] … captured the plant and installed their own regime, with soldiers making all the decisions about management on site. Our staff is still there. And then [Russian President Vladimir] Putin issued a decree creating a fake operational organization, which was based on Rosatom [Russia’s state-owned nuclear energy monopoly], responsible for Russia’s nuclear power plant operations. They pressured the personnel, our staff, to just sign the contracts with this fake Rosatom organization. There was torture, there was some beating of personnel. They also captured the staff and put them in cages. They had all types of torture in there. Some people were killed, and some people are missing. And we do not know where they are at the moment. And actually, this push on the personnel was always increasing during this time. And right now we know that about 2,000 to 2,700 of our staff signed this contract with [this fake organization], and we stopped our contracts with them. But still, in Enerhodar, [a town very close to the plant], we have about 6,500 people who are members of our staff. And so about 3,500 have not signed the contracts, and they are still pro-Ukrainian, and they are Ukrainian patriots. So we continue to pay them salaries, and Russians just prohibited them from coming to work.

VOA: They are not allowed work at the station?

Kotin: [Staff] are not allowed. [Russians] took all the security passes, and so [staff] are just staying in Enerhodar.

VOA: How much information do you have from the inside?

Kotin: From the plant, we have a lot of information, actually, and we got information about, like, you know, parameters of the plant and so on. And we also have information because this is our staff. So we can contact many of them just by phone, by messages, by different means. And also, if we are talking about the current situation, it is the deepest level of degradation of the plant that is actually possible.

VOA: How long do you think this situation can last amid this risk that something really bad can happen?

Kotin: If we are talking about time, this depends on how quickly [the plant] will be de-occupied. We always believed that [de-occupation could happen] in two weeks, up to one month, but this situation has already lasted for more than one year. And staff are just in constant hope that this is what finally will happen and just waiting and asking for help.

VOA: If we are talking about the worst-case scenario of what could happen with this nuclear station, what are we talking about?

Kotin: It is in the heads of these occupiers. They could be crazy or could be completely crazy; the level of craziness of these occupiers is different. We don’t know what they want to do. And of course, there is a lot of nuclear material at the plant. There are six nuclear power units, six reactors full of fuel, and nuclear fuel. And also, there are six spent-fuel pools, each just beside the reactor, and they are also full of spent fuel assemblies. You can just damage these materials, and then you will have a radiation release. How much will it be? How much radioactivity would go out? It depends only on how much the fuel subassembly is damaged.

Petro Kotin, president of Ukraine's state-run nuclear company, Energoatom, talks with VOA Eastern Europe bureau chief Myroslava Gongadze about the Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, on May 18, 2023, in Kyiv.
Petro Kotin, president of Ukraine’s state-run nuclear company, Energoatom, talks with VOA Eastern Europe bureau chief Myroslava Gongadze about the Russian occupation of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, on May 18, 2023, in Kyiv.

VOA: Still, if we are talking about the worst-case scenario, it would be contamination of Ukraine, contamination of part of Russia, Belarus, Europe? What are we talking about?

Kotin: As a possibility, again, you know, if you have damaged one fuel assembly, for example, this will be local contamination on site and maybe even in the buildings of the reactor. If you have damage in one reactor, this will be the scale of Chernobyl or the size of Fukushima. And then it will depend only on the weather conditions, where the wind will go and bring this contamination.

VOA: It looks like the International Atomic Energy Agency is very active in trying to facilitate the situation and talk to Russians. What are they bringing to the table, and can they be effective?

Kotin: To be honest, from the beginning we expected much more from IAEA, actually. Their involvement was helpful. Also, the involvement of [IAEA Director-General Rafael] Grossi was also very helpful in resolving some issues that were ongoing at the station. For example, the release of the acting general manager of the plant. He was released in three days, and I’m not sure if he would be alive right now if not for Grossi. Also, there are the observers always present at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant at the moment. Right now, there is a new rotation of these experts, and they got the information limited by armed members of the Russian military. But still they have information about the main parameters of the reactors: radiation, radiation data which are on site. So, the world, and our regulator, can get this information and compare it to what we had. So, we have an independent source of information on what is going on in there. What else? There is a longtime attempt to create a security zone around the nuclear power plant. This was an idea from Grossi, and it was supported by Ukraine, by Ukrainian authorities. The idea is just to establish a circle around the nuclear power plant area in which there shouldn’t be any military, any military activities. And right now, there are some negotiations ongoing on that. But no decision yet.

VOA: But Russia already put some military equipment in the station, as was reported. So, it’d be difficult to force them to remove it — specifically in a situation when Ukraine is preparing for a counteroffensive.

Kotin: From the very beginning, [Russians] had a lot of ideas about how to use Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant. And the original idea was just to take from Ukraine all nuclear power plants, to capture all nuclear power plants here in Ukraine.

VOA: So, it was a strategic plan to capture all Ukrainian nuclear stations?

Kotin: It was strategic from the very beginning. You know, they carried out all of this shelling of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure during the winter just to make the country completely dark and completely cold without electricity. This was their plan originally. Our power production from the nuclear power plants is more than 55%, or around 55%. So if they would stop all nuclear power plants, capture and stop them, then they would accomplish their goal. That was their plan. They captured the Zaporizhzhia [plant], but they failed to capture South Ukraine [plant]. The plan was to capture both plants simultaneously. And it was a very serious offensive toward South Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plant. And they stopped there, like 3 kilometers [away], because there was a river, a natural obstacle there. So, we had nuclear except for Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, and this actually provided [Ukraine] the opportunity to go through the winter period, which was very difficult. Then they started shelling the infrastructure. After that, they tried to reswitch Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant to Crimea. It was their plan to [transmit] electricity from the Ukrainian system through Crimea to Russia, and that would be just to steal Zaporizhzhia [energy output] from the Ukrainian system and to retransmit all energy to Russia. And they also failed with that. And then they damaged all lines, actually, which connect Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant with the Ukrainian system. And this was part of their plan: You just damage the line which connects to Ukraine and then you just reconnect back. But all these lines were in the war zone. So, you cannot just, you know, just damage and then reconnect. And there were, actually, six blackouts at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant during this occupation. Blackouts, meaning no external power. And this is very dangerous for the plant. This is like the first stage of the event which happened at Fukushima. First, during the earthquake, they lost the external power. They were on diesel generators. And then, the tsunami from this earthquake 30 minutes later came, and all diesel generators sank and stopped working. And then they melted down. And in Zaporizhzhia we had six times this first event. Previously, before this occupation, it was 40 years of completely safe operation of the plant. Then [Russians] came in there. Right now, they only have one idea — to transfer it and to keep it like their military base because it is a protected area and nuclear material protects itself. So they understand that there won’t be any shelling of the nuclear materials because of the risk, which will be this contamination.

VOA: So basically, the plant is a hostage.

Kotin: Like a hostage. Right. Exactly. And now, from the 1st of May, we’ve seen that there are more Russian military members coming to the plant and also living in Enerhodar, the satellite town nearby. They are all staying at the plant, constantly. And the number of Russian military people in there increased up to 2,500, whereas before it was about maybe 500 maybe on site.

VOA: So maybe they changed the strategy again?

Kotin: Yes, exactly. And right now the number of Russian troops there already outnumber the staff. So it is primarily troops, and they just increase personnel restrictions. At first, they actually restricted the use of mobile phones and smartphones, with the possibility of taking pictures. Now they’ve just restricted the use of all phones, which are forbidden at the plant. Personnel cannot have a telephone when on site. And also, this is the most incredible thing, I would say, is that [the Russian military] says you cannot move your head in some areas to catch a glimpse of what’s going on. There are a lot of military preparations, fortifications, military vehicles and so on, on site. So you are only allowed to look straight ahead and not talk to anybody near you. Just go, do not move your head.

VOA: So, we have 6,000 people hostage and a nuclear power plant that could destroy half of Europe?

Kotin: Actually, if they want, they could do it. But there are also IAEA experts — one of the factors. The second factor is nuclear material. So, everybody should understand what would happen if somebody would try to do what you said. And there are also actual Rosatom personnel. They are supporting, of course, the Russian troops, but some of them are nuclear professionals, and they can understand the risks.

VOA: But there are a lot of questions, information and suspicions that Putin could use nuclear tactical weapons. So, for him, using the nuclear station as a weapon, it would not be as crazy an idea as the professionals think.

Kotin: I agree with you, actually. And this is the biggest concern we have about that, you know. And also, we know that they planted a lot of land mines on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant grounds. All the perimeter and passages within the plant and also, actually, passages to the plant and roads to the plant – everything is just land-mined by Russians. We understand that some time from now, we will finally get control of the plant and the Russians will be taken away from the plant. And then there will be a lot of work just to check everything and to restore the safety of the plant, and also this will be the work for our military – just to go and to remove all these land mines from the plant.

Hamas strongly condemns storming outside the Temple Walls: Revelation 11

Hamas strongly condemns storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque by extremist Israeli minister

The Israeli occupation’s minister of National Security’s breaking into the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards, accompanied by a group of extremist settlers, highlights the serious threat facing the holy site under the new fascist government.

Commenting on such aggression by far-right minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas emphasizes that the Palestinian people are determined to defend the Muslims’ third holiest site.

Hamas holds the Israeli occupation’s government responsible for the repercussions of desecrating the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Mohammed Hamada

The Biden Obama Legacy: Iranian Regime Armed with Unlimited Nuclear Bombs

The Biden Administration’s Legacy: Iranian Regime Armed with Unlimited Nuclear Bombs

by Majid Rafizade

In the two years since the Biden administration assumed office, Iran’s ruling mullahs have been rapidly and defiantly advancing their nuclear weapons program to levels never before seen. (Image source: iStock)

The Biden Administration has been the biggest gift to the ruling mullahs of Iran as their Islamist regime has been freely and rapidly advancing its nuclear program to unprecedented levels during President Joe Biden’s term.

In March 2023, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl told the House Armed Services Committee that Iran’s nuclear program had made “remarkable” progress and that it would take Iran 12 days to build a nuclear bomb. Ever since the Biden Administration assumed office, the Iranian regime has been accelerating its enrichment of uranium to “near weapons grade” and declining to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). As the IAEA pointed out:

“Since 23 February 2021 the Agency’s verification and monitoring activities have been seriously undermined as a result of Iran’s decision to stop the implementation of its nuclear-related commitments.”

At present, the ruling mullahs of Iran reportedly have enough enriched uranium to produce five nuclear bombs. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told his Greek counterpart Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos during a visit to Athens on May 4, 2023:

“Make no mistake — Iran will not be satisfied by a single nuclear bomb. So far, Iran has gained material enriched to 20% and 60% for five nuclear bombs… Iranian progress, and enrichment to 90%, would be a grave mistake on Iran’s part, and could ignite the region.”

The Biden Administration appears to ignore and completely underestimate threats of a nuclear-armed Iran. First, its theocratic leaders have frequently threatened to wipe a whole country — Israel — off the map. A core pillar of the Islamic Republic has been to destroy the Jewish state. It is also one of the religious prophecies of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, as well as his successor, the current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that Israel will be eventually erased from the face of the earth. General Hossein Salami, the chief of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has made the Iranian regime’s plans vehemently clear: “Our strategy is to erase Israel from the global political map,” he stated on Iran’s state-controlled Channel 2 TV in 2019. Khamenei has also published a 416-page guidebook, titled Palestine about destroying Israel — which Iran’s former “moderate” President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, basically referred to as a one-bomb country.

In short, a nuclear armed Iran is much more dangerous than North Korea. As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out:

“Iran is 50 North Koreas; it is not merely a neighborhood bully like the dynasty that rules North Korea… This is an ideological force that views us, Israel, as a small satan, and views you as the great satan — and to have Iran being able to threaten every city in the United States with nuclear blackmail is a changing of history.”

Indeed, the Islamist regime of Iran is anchored in prioritizing the pursuit of its revolutionary ideals, which include exporting its Islamist system of governance to other countries around the world. The mullahs, in fact, incorporated this critical mission into Iran’s constitution. The preamble stipulates:

“The mission of the constitution is to create conditions conducive to the development of man in accordance with the noble and universal values of [Shiite] Islam.”

The constitution goes on to say that it “provides the necessary basis for ensuring the continuation of the revolution at home and abroad.”

Finally, there is always the danger of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of Iran’s proxy and militia groups, or that the Iranian regime will share its nuclear technology with its allies, such as the Syrian regime or the Taliban in Afghanistan – or sell it to anyone with the funds or political leverage to buy it. The Iranian regime has already been settingup weapons factories abroad, and manufacturing advanced ballistic missiles and weapons in foreign countries, such as Syria. These weapons includeprecision-guided missiles with advanced technology to strike specific targets.

In the two years since the Biden administration assumed office, Iran’s ruling mullahs have been rapidly and defiantly advancing their nuclear weapons program to levels never before seen, and now have the capability of building as many nuclear bombs as they can. How many nuclear weapons will the Iranian regime — called by the US Department of State a “top sponsor of state terrorism” — obtain before the Biden Administration’s term ends?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a business strategist and advisor, Harvard-educated scholar, political scientist, board member of Harvard International Review, and president of the International American Council on the Middle East. He has authored several books on Islam and US Foreign Policy. He can be reached at Dr.Rafizadeh@Post.Harvard.Edu