Mar. 19, 2014 8:21am
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) — Masked Russian-speaking troops on Wednesday seized control of Ukrainian naval headquarters in Crimea after it was stormed by militiamen. Pro-Moscow Crimean authorities also detained the Ukrainian navy commander and reportedly blocked the defense minister and another government official from traveling to the peninsula in what they said was a bid to defuse tensions.
Ukraine’s military, which is heavily outnumbered in Crimea, has come under increased pressure since the region was nominally incorporated into Russia on Tuesday.
WND EXCLUSIVE U.S. PLAN GIVES JERUSALEM HOLY SITES TO VATICAN International mandate to control sections of Israel’s capital
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
TEL AVIV – Secretary of State John Kerry quietly presented a U.S. plan for eastern Jerusalem that calls for an international administrative mandate to control holy sites in the area, according to informed Palestinian and Israeli diplomatic sources.
The exact composition of the international mandate is up for discussion, the sources said, but Kerry’s plan recommended a coalition that includes the Vatican, together with a group of Muslim countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
The international arrangement is being proposed as a temporary solution for about two to three years while security arrangements in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians are finalized, said the sources.
Israel, the sources said, was not receptive to the particulars of Kerry’s plan, especially the concept of Turkish participation in Jerusalem. Kerry told the Israelis he would hold talks with the Kingdom of Jordan about its playing a leading role in the proposal in the place of Turkey, the sources added.
Kerry was in Jerusalem on Friday as part of an Obama administration effort to reach a deal for a Palestinian state by April, a timeline that is still on track, Kerry told reporters.
“We are working on an approach that both guarantees Israel’s security and fully respects Palestinian sovereignty,” Kerry added.
According to the Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic sources speaking to WND, Kerry’s trip this time around focused specifically on the particulars of security arrangements for the strategic Jordan Valley following a deal.
In October, WND exclusively reported Kerry was strongly urging Israel to give up the Jordan Valley in closed-door talks with the Palestinian Authority.
The current round of U.S.-brokered talks is attempting to hash out the details of a plan for the valley.
The Jordan Valley cuts through the heart of Israel. It runs from the Tiberias River in the north to the Dead Sea in the center to the city of Aqaba at the south of the country, stretching through the biblical Arabah desert.
The U.S. proposal calls for international forces to maintain security control along with unarmed Palestinian police forces, a senior Palestinian Authority negotiator told WND in October. Israel will retain security posts in some strategic areas of the Jordan Valley, according to the U.S. plan.
Previous talks incorporated an element of Jordanian authority in the Jordan Valley, but the Kingdom of Jordan is wary of participating in a future Palestinian state, the negotiator said.
The Palestinian negotiator pointed to the insurgency in Syria and changes of leadership in Egypt as reasons for Jordanian reluctance to assume any security control over Palestinian areas.
Pastor Freddie Beard
Pastor Freddie Beard
Obama is bad, but he’ll be out of office in 2017, but his Marxist policies will continue on a national and global scale as a global tax and worse are in the works.
Did you know that voters in NY City elected a self-admitted Marxist for mayor? Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio won with nearly 75 percent of the vote. De Blasio has a long history of Marxist sympathies going back to his support for the Communist Sandinistas.
Prior to the mayoral election, “de Blasio had scrubbed the Marxist connections from his campaign website, an omission that momentarily captured the attention of The New York Times. But once these connections and controversies came to light, he embraced his sordid history. He still embraces liberation theology and his work for the communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua.”
So-called Progressives are anticipating de Blasio’s Marxist sympathies to translate into more wealth redistribution. Chris Shelton, a vice president with the Communication Workers of America union, told liberal sympathizers “to join a ‘revolution’ against the ‘bankers, billionaire and brokers of Wall Street.’”
I’m against the banking system as well because of its incestuous ties to the Federal government and support of both parties. But de Blasio and Shelton have more in mind. They want more government control of the banks, possibly even to nationalize them, and de Blasio has designs on “excessive” wealth. Do New Yorkers know what they voted for? “As former New York mayor Ed Koch once quipped,” Scott McKim of National Review Online wrote, “‘The people have spoken . . . and they must be punished.’”
A time is coming when we all may be punished.
“[H]ouseholds from the United States to Europe and Japan may soon face fiscal shocks worse than any market crash. The White House and New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio aren’t the only ones calling for higher taxes (especially on the wealthy), as voices from the International Monetary Fund to billionaire investor Bill Gross increasingly make the case too.”
Read more at http://godfatherpolitics.com/13493/get-ready-global-tax-bank-deposit-confiscation/#4PWVw7XXTg7zkwYs.99
Pastor Freddie Beard
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”Revelation 13:16,17
The bible clearly warns us that the Mark of the Beast, whatever form it finally takes, will control all buying and selling during the time of the Great Tribulation. So when we see a digital currency rise up out of nowhere and skyrocket in value, bible believers would do well to pay attention.
From Wired: As of 7:25 a.m. Pacific time this morning, bitcoins were trading at $1,041 on Mt. Gox, the world’s most prominent bitcoin exchange, a place where you can swap federal monies, such as dollars and yen, for the digital currency.
The value of a bitcoin has topped $1,000, a mere 11 months after the fledgling digital currency was worth little more than a $10 bill.
The price of a bitcoin has surged in recent weeks, likely driven by heavy demand in China and by public statements from U.S. financial authorities that seemed to endorse the digital currency — at least in part. Bitcoin prices topped $1,000 on a Chinese exchange last week, before hitting that mark on Mt. Gox, which is based in Japan but is used worldwide, including here in the U.S.
“China is still driving overall demand,” says Dan Held, who runs ZeroBlock, a site that tracks bitcoin market data. “However, I think there has been a paradigm shift in how people think about Bitcoin in the U.S
“Over the last few days, my friends, parents friends, and people that I never thought would buy bitcoin have contact me, not asking ‘what is bitcoin,’ but ‘how do I get bitcoin?’”
Mt. Gox and other bitcoin operations are still struggling to meet the requirements of American financial regulators, and this has somewhat slowed adoption of the digital currency in the States, but it seems that the digital currency can eventually flourish here well.
Last week, as part of Congressional hearings related to the demise of The Silk Road — an online illicit drug marketplace that made use of bitcoin — regulators said that, while it can be used for illegal operations, bitcoin is also innovative way of driving legitimate operations, and their unexpectedly rosy view of the currency marked a turning point for bitcoin.
Bitcoin is not just a digital currency, like the dollar or the yen or the euro. It’s also a payment system, like PayPal or the Visa credit card network. The system runs on thousands of machines across the globe, and it is controlled not by a central authority but by the worldwide community of people who run those machines. In some ways, it seeks to replace both federal currencies and a world of payment systems, but it must also play nicely with existing financial systems. source – Wired