Archive | April 4, 2017

E.U., Israel Agree to Develop Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline*

E.U., Israel Agree to Develop Eastern Mediterranean Gas Pipeline*

By Tsvetana Paraskova

Three Mediterranean E.U. countries and Israel agreed on Monday to continue pursuing the development of a gas pipeline project that could link gasfields offshore Israel to Cyprus, Greece, and Italy, and potentially help the E.U. to diversify supplies away from Russia.

The energy ministers of Cyprus, Israel, Italy and Greece agreed to initiate discussions on an intergovernmental accordance on the EastMed Pipeline, Greece’s Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Georgios Lakkotrypis tweeted on Monday after meeting with his counterparts in Israel.

The pipeline could be completed in 2025, but the parties will try to speed up the project, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said after the meeting, as quoted by Reuters.

“This is going to be the longest and deepest subsea gas pipeline in the world. It’s a very ambitious project,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Steinitz as saying.

European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, who attended the ministerial summit, said in a statement:

“In the next decades, gas flows from the eastern Mediterranean region will play a vital role in the energy security of the European Union. The Commission strongly supports the construction of the necessary energy infrastructure and developing a competitive and liquid gas market in the region.”

IGI Poseidon, the company that has completed the feasibility study, sees a final investment decision on the project by 2020, chief executive Elio Ruggeri told Reuters.

According to Ruggeri, the pipeline would cost $5.3 billion (5 billion euro) to reach the Greek gas system, and $6.4 billion (6 billion euro) to reach the Italian system.

IGI Poseidon—a 50/50 joint venture between Greece’s DEPA and Italy’s Edison SpA¬—said on Monday that it welcomed the support to the EastMed Pipeline Project given by Italian Energy Minister Carlo Calenda and Israeli Minister Steinitz and “confirms its endeavour to advance Project’s development activities in accordance with the existing European framework for expediting Project of Common Interest.”

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Related Topics:

The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields*

Behind the False Flag: Israel’s After Gaza’s Natural Gas*

Norway Aiding Israeli Fuel Extraction on the Golan Heights Under Fire*

The Oil-Gas War Over Syria*

Greek Forces to Train in Israel as Syriza-Led Government Deepens Alliance*

There is a new U.S. “Marshall Plan” for Greece*

No Gas from Russia to Europe

The Secret Oil War Has Begun*

 

1 Million People Have Ditched New York Since 2010*

1 Million People Have Ditched New York Since 2010*

By Tyler Durden

The folks of New York City seem to be slowly waking up to the fact that there are a whole lot of places to live in between America’s two shores that cost a lot less money, enjoy much better weather and don’t tax their citizens to death.  According to the latest data from the United States Census Bureau, the New York area has lost a total of nearly 1 million residents to domestic migration in just the past 6 years alone.

Of course, if you listen to the Empire Center for Public Policy research, the mass exodus isn’t related to the Big Apple’s excessive cost of living or ridiculous tax structure but rather is just a symptom of the improving economy.  Per the New York Post:

The number of people leaving the region — which includes parts of New Jersey, Connecticut, the lower Hudson Valley and Long Island — in one year swelled from 187,034 in 2015 to 223,423 in 2016, while the number of international immigrants settling in the tristate area dwindled from 181,551 to 160,324 over the same period, records show.

The nation’s economy is improving, there are more jobs in cheaper places to live, and retirees are choosing to move to warmer climates, experts say.

“The historical trend is that out-migration grows when the economy is getting better,” said Empire Center for Public Policy research director E.J. McMahon.

“As the economy gets better, there are more jobs outside the region and by the same token . . . more people to buy your house if you’re a baby boomer looking to move to Boca Raton or Myrtle Beach.”

Not surprisingly, Chicago saw the 2nd highest outflow of people followed closely by Los Angeles.

Moreover, in another ‘complete shock’, the people ditching NYC, Chicago and LA in record numbers are flocking to Texas and Arizona where they can enjoy sunshine 350 days a year, cheap housing and substantially lower tax rates.

And while San Francisco hasn’t shown up on the ‘biggest loser’ list just yet, as we reported last week, a growing number of snowflake millennials are saying they can no longer stand to live in the pre-eminent American ‘safe space’ because the “rent is too damn high”, the traffic is too damn congested and, well, President Trump.  According to a new poll conducted by the Bay Area Council, 40% of all people living in San Francisco say they’re ready to ditch the city for greener pastures while the number is even higher among millennials at 46%.

A growing number of Bay Area residents, led by millennials (18-39), are looking to greener (or less expensive) pastures as the region’s housing and traffic crises combined with an astronomical cost of living take their toll, according to results of the 2017 Bay Area Council Poll released today. The poll found that 40% of respondents are considering leaving the Bay Area in the next few years, with millennials leading the way at 46%, along with those who spend the biggest share of their income on housing.

“Losing our youth is a very bad economic and social strategy,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council.

“But until we get serious about building the housing we need we’re going to continue seeing our region drained of the young and diverse talent that has helped make the Bay Area an economic powerhouse. We know what the solutions are – streamline local approval and reduce fees and regulatory costs – we just need the political will here and in Sacramento to make them happen. It can be done, it must be done and we’re working now to get it done.”

Meanwhile, the number of people saying they’re looking to ditch the city jumped 6 points versus 2016.

Of course, housing and traffic were the most cited reasons that people were looking leave San Fran.  But, in a rather surprising new addition to the list of complaints, President Trump also showed up as a key threat to life in the Bay Area.  Perhaps, the snowflakes of California’s northern shores aren’t aware that even if they move elsewhere in the country that President Trump would still be their president?

Guess spending $1.2 million on those 600 square foot studio apartments gets old after a while…

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Related Topics:

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New York Redefines Biological Parental Rights*

Extreme Voter Suppression in New York and Arizona – Demands for Recount*

A New Digital Cash System was Just Unveiled at a Secret Meeting for Bankers In New York*

Thousands Claim New York Election Fraud*

Why I am Leaving the U.S.*

Time – Out of The Crazy Pace of Modern Life

 

I’tekaf – The Gem of Worship that you May not Know About*

I’tekaf – The Gem of Worship that you May not Know About*

“…And We imposed a duty upon Abraham and Ismael, (saying): Purify My house for those who perform Tawaf (Ta’ifeen) and those who are staying [there] (A’kifeen) for worship and those who bow and prostrate [in prayer].” (The Holy Qur’an 2:125)

Once again the blessed month of Rajab has arrived, and the anticipation for the feast of Allah has started. You may be already thinking:

 “how can I make the best of the next two months to help prepare for a Ramadhan that’s not just all about hunger and thirst?”

If that is the case, then it is your lucky day, because you may have just stumbled upon the perfect method to get you ready for Ramadhan; and that’s through I’tekaf.

Those of us who have lived or visited Muslim countries before are more likely to have heard of the ritual of I’tekaf, but if it doesn’t ring a bell, you’re in for a surprise! It is a fascinating practice which can only be likened to the ihram of Hajj, where you give up on many of your worldly desires and start a journey of self-purification and spiritual revival.

In essence, I’tekaf refers to the act of residing in a mosque for a period of three days or more, during which an individual seeks closeness to Allah (swt) by performing various A’mal (rituals) and refraining from a number of prohibited acts. It may sound simple, but there is a beauty to I’tekaf that makes it so special compared to other rituals in Islam.

Yes, we have all recited our beloved Qur’an before; we have all stood shoulder to shoulder next to our brothers and sister in congregational prayers, but each of these A’mal when performed in I’tekaf gain a whole new dimension. Imagine you are on a three-day journey to Allah where each individual A’mal count as a station along a journey that is set to enrich us for the rest of it. That Quran recitation on the back of that beautiful lecture, followed by an inspiring dua and later on by Salatul Layl, all performed amongst other mo’takifeen who have devoted themselves to Allah (swt) for three days… that’s what makes I’tekaf so special. You are no longer in this world, but in a place where none of your daily worries matter.

What is I’tekaf?

I’tekaf literally means ‘to stop in a certain place‘, and in the Islamic context it refers to staying in a mosque for a period of three days or more. An individual can do I’tekaf at any time of the year, but the best period is between 13th to 15th of Rajab and during the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadhan. The I’tekaf in Rajab is more common as it is a great way to prepare ourselves for the holy month of Ramadhan.

The beauty and importance of I’tekaf can be seen in the holy Qur’an, where Allah (swt) mentions in Surah Baqara:

“…And We imposed a duty upon Abraham and Ismael, (saying): Purify My house for those who perform Tawaf (Ta’ifeen) and those who are staying [there] (A’kifeen) for worship and those who bow and prostrate [in prayer].” (2:125)

The word A’kifeen is a reference to those who perform I’tekaf in the house of Allah. This ayah shows that I’tekaf is not an act only introduced by Islam, but one that was practiced by followers of other prophets including prophet Ibrahim (as).

It is narrated from Imam Ali (as):
فلم يزل يعتکف في العشر الاو اخر من رمضان حتي توفاه الله
“The Prophet (sa) was always in state of I’tekaf in the last ten days of Ramadhan until Allah (swt) took his life”. (Bihar al-Anwar, v. 94, p. 7)

What A’mal must to be performed during the three days?

I’tekaf officially starts at Fajr on 13th of Rajab, and ends at Maghrib on 15th. To be regarded a Mo’takef, it is obligatory for an individual residing in the mosque to fast for each of the three days. A person who is not able to fast for whatever reason, is not able to perform I’tekaf. Apart from this, there are no other obligatory A’mal, but it is highly recommended to recite plenty of Qur’an and be in constant remembrance of Allah (swt). And of course the last day of I’tekaf in Rajab coincides with the beautiful A’mal of Umm Dawood.

What acts are prohibited?

Leaving the Masjid is not permissible during the state of I’tekaf except for a necessity. Applying perfume and smelling perfume with the intention of deriving pleasure is prohibited, and this act makes I’tekaf null and void and is also a sin. Also prohibited are discussions and arguments both in relation to the world and the faith. This means that a person argues with another to prove that he is better or smarter or that he knows more, etc… However, if a person must argue or debate to uphold the truth and destroy falsehood, it is permissible – and in fact, this is the best form of worship and servitude to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) during this noble state. Buying and selling anything is prohibited, as is deriving pleasure from one’s spouse in any way – holding hands, hugging, kissing, etc… all are completely forbidden in the state of I’tekaf. If any of these things are performed, one’s I’tekaf becomes void.

What do we aim to achieve?

The period of I’tekaf is the best time to force one’s self to sit and think and reflect on the self and the world around, and it is the best time to forget the worries of the transient world and to return to the soul and the Creator of the soul.

It is also the best time to return back to Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) in true repentance for our sins committed through the year, and to concentrate on the Words of Allah in the Qur’an, the prayers and supplications used to call upon Him, and all of those things which are related to Him and His Sacred Essence.

I’tekaf is not a three-day holiday from work or school; it is not a time to sit in the Masjid in complete ignorance of ones’ self and his spiritual surroundings; and it is not the venue to pass one’s time in idleness. I’tekaf is not the act of sleeping and snoring in the Masjid and killing time either. Truly, I’tekaf is a three day spiritual retreat to build the self; it is the act of leaving one’s personal house to be in the service of Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him) and to recognize one’s self in Allah’s house (the Masjid) while at the same time, being a guest in the House of Allah (Glory and Greatness be to Him), eating His food which He has sent and being around His servants which He has guided.

Where can I perform I’tekaf?

I’tekaf is widely practiced in many of the mosques in Muslim countries. However, in more recent years it has become more common in Western countries. The following is a list of known cities that will host I’tekaf programmes this year between 11th and 13th April. Participants arrive at the mosque on 10th April in the evening, in time to be present for Fajr of 11th. All these events require registration and have limited spaces:

London / UK – Imam Ali Mosque (contact: itekaflondon@gmail.com)
Hamburg / Germany – Imam Ali Mosque (more info on: http://en.izhamburg.de/)
Stockholm / Sweden – Imam Ali Islamic Center (contact: info@imamalicenter.se)
Vancouver / Canada – Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre (contact: info@az-zahraa.org)

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Related Topics:

Arguing God from Being?

Our Conception of God isn’t Big Enough*

Layla-tul Bara’at

Ten Ways to Prepare for Ramadhan From Now*

Are We Ready for Ramadhan?*

Prophet Muhammed (SAW) on Ramadhan

Britain hands over its Embassy to Israel’s War Industry*

Britain hands over its Embassy to Israel’s War Industry*

By David Cronin

Haim Shani, an Israeli weapons dealer, heads a British-sponsored technology initiative. (UK in Israel/Flickr)

 

Does Britain conceal the full extent of its support for Israel?

Sayeeda Warsi, a Conservative politician, recently urged the prosecution of British citizens who fight for the Israeli military.

Warsi should be commended for raising an important issue – just as she did when resigning as a government minister over Britain’s refusal to condemn the 2014 bombing of Gaza.

Yet Britain provides more direct assistance to Israel than allowing Londoners and Mancunians join a foreign army.

One example of that assistance has avoided scrutiny: Britain’s embassy in Tel Aviv has hired senior players in Israel’s weapons industry.

Since 2011, the embassy has hosted an initiative called the U.K. Israel Tech Hub.

The initiative is chaired by Haim Shani, a civil servant-turned-entrepreneur. In 2012, Shani was appointed a director of Israel Aerospace Industries, a leading manufacturer of drones used in attacking Gaza.

The biographical note for Shani on the U.K. Israel Tech Hub website omits any reference to his post with the weapons firm.

It does, however, state that he is a former head of NICE Systems. No explanation is offered of how NICE, an Israeli corporation, has made surveillance equipment for police services and spying agencies around the world.

Shani is credited with overseeing a seven-fold increase in NICE’s revenues. Following his departure from the firm, its “cyber and intelligence” division was sold to Elbit, another supplier of drones to the Israeli military.

Parroting propaganda

I contacted the British embassy in Tel Aviv, asking why it is hosting an initiative led by a man with such strong connections to Israel’s war industry.

The embassy did not answer that question. Rather, a spokesperson replied that “Haim Shani is a well-respected Israeli businessman.”

The spokesperson claimed, too, that the U.K. Israel Tech Hub has “improved life” in Britain by facilitating cooperation with Israeli firms involved in health care and the environment.

Those comments indicate that the British embassy is parroting Israeli propaganda. Israel constantly boasts of innovations in water technology and medical treatment – as if such innovation cancels out Israel’s bombing of sewage treatment plants and hospitals.

Other members of Shani’s team also have strong connections to the Israeli war industry.

Naomi Krieger Carmy, director of the U.K. Israel Tech Hub, is described on the initiative’s website as an “8200 alumnus” – without any elaboration.

Unit 8200 is part of the intelligence corps in the Israeli military focused on technological research. Maor Chester, “digital solutions manager” at the hub, also states on her LinkedIn profile that she served in “an elite intelligence unit (8200)” of the Israeli military.

Amoral outlook

Every so often, the business press publishes articles celebrating how Unit 8200 has contributed to Israel’s “start-up nation” ethos.

Yet there is a far murkier side to its activities than helping to shape the Internet’s activities. Yair Cohen, a former head of the unit, has admitted that it has been involved in spying operations during all of Israel’s major offensives.

Those include activities by MOSSAD, the Israeli secret service.

In 2014, three dozen Unit 8200 veterans and reservists revealed that the unit deploys its capabilities to collect intimate personal information on Palestinian civilians living under occupation that is “used for political persecution and to create divisions within Palestinian society by recruiting collaborators and driving parts of Palestinian society against itself.”

They charged that the unit’s activity against Palestinians “fuels more violence, further distancing us from the end of the conflict.”

The U.K. Israel Tech Hub was officially launched by George Osborne, then Britain’s finance minister, in 2011.

During a visit to the Middle East, Osborne rhapsodized about Israel’s “amazing economic achievement.”

The achievement is a byproduct of profound injustice.

Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has enabled its weapons-makers to test out their products. Palestinians have been used as specimens in sadistic experiments.

The British embassy is coy about how it is encouraging such experiments. Yet it does hint that Israel’s much-celebrated technology sector is inextricably linked to an army that denies Palestinian rights.

“Cyber security” has been identified as a priority for cooperation. “Israel is a global leader in the cyber field, with a robust ecosystem drawing on capacity developed in the military arena,” the embassy has noted.

Last year, the embassy arranged for businesspeople based in Britain to visit Israel’s “cyber security” industry. Lockheed Martin, a U.S. military giant with investments around the world, was among the firms to take part.

Matthew Hancock, a British government minister who joined that trip, has said that he wished to study how the partnership between private firms and public authorities that was deemed essential to the success of Israel’s technology sector could be emulated in Britain.

His comments reveal the amoral outlook of the British ruling elite. That elite is impressed by how Israel has turned a military occupation into a business opportunity.

The admiration runs so deep that Britain has handed over part of its embassy to the profiteers of occupation.

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Related Topics:

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Israel Infiltrates U.K. Student Movement*

As Netanyahu and May Chat, a Large Nest of Israeli Spies in London Exposed*

Palestine to Sue U.K. for the Creation of ‘Israel’*

How the Israel Lobby Manufactured U.K. Labour Party’s Anti-Semitism Crisis*

U.K.’s Israeli Lobby gets a Seat on the House of Lords*

U.K.-based Israeli-owned Drone Factory Faced Forced Shutdown*

U.K. Police Begin 24-Hour Drone Surveillance of Population*

Jews Slam Support for Israel*

Files linking Britain to Israel’s nuclear weapons go missing from National Archives*

Rebirth of Britain’s Modern Day Spying Operations*

 

RFID Monitoring and DNA Profiles Unite*

RFID Monitoring and DNA Profiles Unite*

By Suzanne Posel

In Texas, children attending school in the Northside Independent School District will be required to carry RFID chipped cards while on campus.

The 6,000 student’s movements will be monitored by faculty, in a pilot program that hopes to expand to tracking all students in the 12 districts.

Principal Wendy Reyes of Jones Middle School, explains:

“It’s going to give us the opportunity to track our students in the building. They may have been in the nurse’s office, or the counselor’s office, or vice principal’s office, but they were markedly absent from the classroom because they weren’t sitting in the class. It will help us have a more accurate account of our attendance.”

Schools being the intended beta-test ground for social conditioning, is using RFID chips to track students as cattle is monitored on a ranch; impeding on their privacy and dignity.

RFID technology is furthered by corporations like Proteus Biomedical that have developed the microchip that is activated by human stomach acids, embeds into the lining of the stomach and remotely sends information collected through sensors about the environment.

These transmission can be syphoned to the internet, a doctor’s office via computer or any intercepting entity.

Called “smart pills”, the bio-tech corporations Novartis are creating microchipping that will assist in organ transplants and anti-rejection drugs as well as using human clinical trials to test safety measures.

How will the pharmaceutical corporations explain away the fact that electronic capacitors are toxic to the human body and swallowing them on a regular basis will cause serious complications?

Continuous data broadcasting impedes on privacy which could be used for nefarious use.

Being a human reception tower to be interceded by anyone with a WiFi connection or “pharmaceuticals microchipping scanners”.

Russian-based software called Voice Grid Nation will be used by law enforcement to record and analyze U.S. voices. Mathematical algorithms will file massive amounts of data that can be translated to use on surveillance operations in the domestic U.S.

Furthermore, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is endeavouring to collect the DNA of all children to be stored in case of a future arrest or circumstance wherein the use of their DNA would be pertinent or necessary for involvement in criminal activity and conviction.

DHS estimates that 1 million people are subject to this intrusive collection because of incarceration and non-criminal reasons.

Children who are caught in the criminal system have their DNA stored along with adult offenders, according to the Council for Responsible Genetics.

Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asserts:

“Collecting DNA from anyone detained by the government for any number of non-criminal reasons – especially juveniles – seems to be yet another step on the slippery slope of collecting DNA from everyone in the United States, no matter their status.”

The U.S. Congress passed the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010 that expanded the collection of DNA in the name of protecting children and enhancing federal criminal databases.

This works in tandem with the DNA Initiative which provides “funding, training and assistance to ensure that forensic DNA reaches its full potential to solve crimes, protect the innocent and identify missing persons.”

DNA collection is justified for the purposes of obtaining a medical history and predisposition to disease. These samples then become part of the warrantless collections that are mingled in with criminal profiles to create genetic databases on all American citizens.

An estimated 10 million DNA samples stored in CODIS , a massive DNA database, are collected on the local state and federal levels and provided to law enforcement. This database will be utilized for pre-crime purposes and have been sanctioned by federal courts.

After birth, infants in hospitals have their blood taken under the guise of screening for diseases; however collections where genetic information have been formed over the decades on nearly every American.

Under the Rapid DNA initiative, a collection is made easy by use of a Q-tip and the suspect’s saliva. The technology is praised as being a replacement to fingerprinting and as the future of forensic analyses.

As DNA collecting continues, the use of RFID chipping facilitates the monitoring and movements of American citizens.

Beginning with children, the U.S. government is working to control the most important aspects of American society. The generations who grow up in a control grid will not question their enslavement.

  • They will trust law enforcement in a fear-filled respect and hope that they will not be taken under pre-crime circumstances into the prisons.
  • They will cower at the prospect of their DNA being used against them.

These two in tandem will serve to keep future generations in line and avoid massive uprisings as is seen in our current social climate. These controls are sold as making our world “safer” or “better”, yet they go unnoticed for what they really are.

These are the final chapters being written in the systematic and planned-implosion of our free society.

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Related Topics:

Australia, First Country to Begin Microchipping Its Population with RFID Implants in the Human Body*

Implant RFID Chip Technology in Students without Parental Consent*

Non-Compliance Stops California’s RFID Tracking Plans for Drivers

A Successful Strike Against RFID’s  Personalized Electronic Tracking System

Students and Parents Rebel Against RFIDs

Doctors Tell How Sex Traffickers are Implanting Microchips in Children*