Lot’s Going On, Folks!
I realize that I am popping out Prophecy Watch posts rather quickly. However, there is so much big stuff going on that I want to divert your attention from the Labor Day Bar-B-Q for a moment. Hope that Readers in the California, Washington, Oregon area have been following Dutchsinse.com on their own!
9/05/2015 — Major earthquake swarm strikes Atka Volcanic Center in Alaskan Aleutian Islands
A large earthquake swarm is currently striking Alaska in the Central Aleutian islands near the “Atka Volcanic Center“.
The Aleutian islands extend off the Southern coast of Alaska, reaching West across the Northern Pacific Ocean, bordering the arctic circle.
These islands are known for their past volcanic activity, with a few active volcanoes actually extending out Westward from Alaska towards Kamchatka Russia.
We could very well be observing a volcanic earthquake swarm which is the sign of a coming eruption. Worthy to note that Atka Volcano hasn’t erupted since 1995.
Any time we see large earthquake swarm activity at a volcanic location along this segment of the North Pacific, we need to watch out for NEW activity to strike the West coast of the United States, and also in the far West Pacific.
Volcanic seismicity in the North Pacific is a sign of greater plate unrest , thus we need to be on watch not only in Alaska at this swarm location (for an eruption OR large earthquake), but also we need to be on watch in adjacent areas several thousand miles away to the Southeast, and Southwest from this location in Alaska.
This North Pacific earthquake swarm now certainly has put the West coast United States, and East coast of Japan in the mix.
This new volcanic swarm comes on the heels of an earthquake which struck near Mount Saint Helens yesterday. The Mt. St. Helens earthquake which struck a day ago (Sept 3, 2015) is just another sign of the Pacific plate unrest unfolding before our eyes.
Be on watch along the West coast of the United States, and in Japan over the next several days until mid-next week. I’ll have a new earthquake update up by September 8th – 9th.
If you’re curious about which areas should see activity, watch the most recent earthquake forecast here:(*** I posted this last week but maybe you missed it!)
Truth is stranger than Fiction!
Donald Trump: Nuclear deal calls for US to defend Iran against Israeli attack!
In a telephone interview with CNN Tuesday, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said that under the auspices of the Iran nuclear agreement, if Israel were to attack the Islamic Republic, the United States would have to come to the Tehran’s aid.
Trump has vocally opposed the deal since announcing his run for president, saying that the United States “should have doubled up the sanctions for another couple of months” and that the 24-day notice Iran receives before sites can be inspected is unacceptable.
But Trump added an unconventional twist to the opposition argument, suggesting that under the terms of the deal the United States was required to fight alongside Iran if Israel were to attack.
“You know, there is something in the Iran deal that people I don’t think really understand or know about,” the real estate mogul said. “And nobody is ever to explain it that if somebody attacks Iran, we have to come to their defense.”
Trump added, “And I’m saying this – that includes Israel? And most people say, yes. So, if Israel attacks Iran according to that deal, I believe… that we have to fight with Iran against Israel.”
In one of its annexes, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action calls for cooperation by Western powers with Iran on nuclear safety “as appropriate.” Such cooperation may include training and workshops for Iran to ward against sabotage of its declared, legal civilian nuclear facilities.
Nowhere in the agreement, however, is the United States or any other party required to come to the defense of Iran should the country be attacked.
On Wednesday, the Obama administration secured the support of 34 senators for its landmark nuclear agreement with Iran, ensuring its safe passage through a vote scheduled in Congress this month.
Senator Barbara Mikulski, Democrat from Maryland, announced her support for the deal on Wednesday morning. She followed announcements from two Democratic colleagues, senators Chris Coons of Delaware and Bob Casey, Jr. from Pennsylvania, the previous day.
Congress may still vote and pass a resolution disapproving of the deal when it reconvenes next week.
Michael Wilner contributed to this report.
The New 37- minute video produced by ISIS shows ISIS’s Wilayat Sinai had advanced weapons and training; The group says it hopes to use the Sinai as “an opening to fight a war against the Jews”
A new video produced by ISIS’ “Wilayat Sinai” branch in the Sinai Peninsula released on Wednesday, reveals the group has new sophisticated weaponry, which it hopes to use to open a war against Israel.
The new 37-minute video, produced in ISIS’s well-known sleek style, opens by criticizing Egypt’s “apostate” relationship with the State of Israel over a clip from the Camp David Peace Accords in 1978. Calling the Sinai the “southern gates to Jerusalem,” and “an opening to fight a war against the Jews,” the video also includes clips of the Temple Mount, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak shaking hands with former Israeli president Shimon Peres, as well as talking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and even includes animation from Israel’s Channel 10 showing a terror attack on an Israeli bus in 2011 on its way to Eilat.
In the video, Wilayat Sinai, then known as Ansar Bait al-Maqdis [Supporters of Jerusalem], boasted its responsibility for the 2011 attack, as well as various rocket attacks, which they claimed were revenge for Israel’s actions in Gaza.
Additionally, the group quotes Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaida in
Iraq, saying that “the Jews and the ‘crusaders’ [Christians] will taste what they tasted in the Battle of Khaybar,” referring to the battle in which the Prophet Muhammad’s army slaughtered a tribe of Jews north of Medina. The Sinai is referred to in the video as being part of the historical “Land of Canaan,” and therefore, part of the holy land of Palestine .
Michael Horowitz, a security analyst and member of The Levantine Group, told The Jerusalem Post that Wilayat Sinai often depicts the Egyptian army as collaborating with Israel, noting that the militant group often refers to the Egyptian military as the “Camp David Army.”
Though the video can be seen as a threat to Israel, Horowitz believes that despite Israeli concerns of threats from the militant group, the video’s anti-Israel rhetoric is mostly aimed at delegitimizing the Egyptian military. By depicting the Egyptian military as Israel’s watchdogs, “its rhetoric is actually meant to justify the opposite, and legitimize the fact that the group is fighting the Egyptian army rather than Israel.”
Following the threats to Israel, the video shows clips of deposed Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi, while accusing the Egyptian government of creating “a democracy of infidels,” including fake Salafists and the “bankrupt” Muslim Brotherhood.
The video mostly focuses on Wilayat Sinai’s attacks on Egyptian military and civilian targets over the past year, showing clips of the group’s ever increasing strength, including: A large explosive attack on the police station in the town of Sheikh Zuweid, as well as the use of Kornet anti-tank missiles— the last generation of Russian anti-tank missiles—against tanks, APCs and on one occasion, an Egyptian navy ship in the Mediterranean on July 19. (before and after ship pic shown in double picture above on the right)
According to Horowitz, “The most significant and new element that this video seems to depict is the group’s usage of advanced missiles. Most notably the video shows that the group used an anti-aircraft missile, likely an SA-18 Igla, which is concerning, in light of the Egyptian military’s reliance on air power.”
The increasing operational capabilities of Wilayat Sinai highlights the group’s ability to secure its supply lines despite the Egyptian military’s intense operations in northern Sinai. Horowitz believes that the use of such advanced weaponry implies “significant military training,” and raises serious questions about the origin of such weapons and training.
ISIS in Egypt seems to have been growing in strength since last July, which saw a large-scale attack by Wilayat Sinai in the northern Sinai Peninsula known as the “Ramadan offensive,” in which dozens of policemen and soldiers were reportedly killed, as well as a July 15 car bomb near the Italian Consulate in Cairo that was claimed by Wilayat Misr [The state of Egypt], though the claim was not authenticated. And most recently, a car bomb attack on August 20 in northern Cairo near the National Security Building that injured at least 29 people.
Dov Lieber is an Middle East affairs analyst and freelance reporter. You can find him on twitter: @Dovlieber
Syrian refugee children wash up on Turkish beach
Read more at http://www.trunews.com/if-these-extraordinarily-powerful-images-of-a-dead-syrian-child-washed-up-on-a-beach-dont-change-europes-attitude-to-refugees-what-will/#vEjjqqhrhtZs1d7Q.99
Mid East Syrian Exodus causing chaos in Europe
Bicske, Hungary (CNN)Chaotic scenes erupted Thursday as trains packed with Syrian refugees were halted at a station outside the Hungarian capital, Budapest, in the latest setback for desperate families seeking to reach Western Europe.
Police gathered at the side of the track as the trains abruptly stopped at Bicske.
A CNN crew on one of the trains said the families — who boarded hoping to travel to Austria or ultimately Germany — were refusing to get off despite suffocating heat and limited food and water.
Some youths and men were holding on to the handles of train cars in case police attempted to board and remove them forcibly. Meanwhile, parents fanned their crying children in an attempt to cool them down.
Tents and desks had been set up near the station in what the migrants feared was a relocation camp to transfer them to a nearby refugee center.
The trains had left Budapest, destination unknown, after the city’s main Keleti station — packed with weary migrants and refugees who’ve been waiting for days to travel onward to Western Europe — reopened in the morning.
Macedonian madness: The Road from Syria
It’s Monday, earlier this week, and what can be seen unfolding along the route to Macedonia is no less than mass migration, with around 200 people making their way along the Balkans route to Western Europe on this day alone. They have come here from Aleppo, Homs, Kobani, Tartus, Hama and Damascus. Indeed, much of Syria’s population appears to be fleeing at the moment, as they attempt to make their way to safety. The group walks along the railway tracks that lead from the Greek village of Idomeni to the town of Gevgelija in Macedonia.
“Good luck, Kobani!” a family from Damascus calls out as they pass by a group of Syrian Kurds. “Good luck, Damascus,” they respond. But they don’t make it very far.
They soon encounter five Macedonian police officers waiting along the tracks on the dusty, trampled earth. They order the people to wait without telling them why or for how long. The Syrians take off their backpacks and set them on the ground. Women and children look for a place in the shade. Over the next five hours, the waiting group swells to around 400 people.
Not all are Syrians. A few Iraqis have also made it here. Some are now claiming to be Syrian, which would give them greater chances of success with their asylum applications and expedited procedures. A Syrian man points to eight young men and women from Africa. “Everyone here is from Syria now, even those people over there,” he says, grinning.
The people here all have at least one thing in common: They arrived in Europe during recent days via one of the Greek islands located near the Turkish coast — Kos, Lesbos or Chios. Each day, around 1,000 to 1,500 people arrive on the islands, a greater number than ever seen before. Most want to continue on to Western Europe as quickly as possible. The massive surge of refugees has created a dangerous bottleneck on the main route through the Balkans.
At the edge of the square, two Greek stands have been set up selling fast food, ice cream and water to the refugees. Even though it feels like most in the border region would like to get rid of their uninvited guests, they also seem keen on making a little money before sending them on their way.
After four hours of waiting, a Macedonian police officer finally explains the situation in English. “There’s a traffic jam of people up there. It is totally full, and it’s life-threateningly dangerous for women and children.” A perilous bottleneck has formed in the Macedonian border town of Gevgelija. Only three trains a day travel from the city to the Serbian border in the north, with thousands of refugees competing for seats for each departure.
Under current EU asylum rules, the applicants are technically required to remain in Greece, as the first European country they set foot in. But a court recently ordered that other member states could not order the refugees’ return to Greece. The court held that conditions for refugees are too harsh in the financial-crisis shaken country.
Macedonia and Serbia provide documents that allow the refugees to remain in the countries for 72 hours, the period in which they are expected to register and apply for asylum. But three days is also sufficient transfer time to enable them to make their way to Western Europe. Most continue on with their journey.
Five hours pass by in withering heat. A female Greek farmer drops by and hawks apples for €1.50 a kilo. “Vitamins, vitamins,” she calls out in Greek.
“Money, that’s a vitamin,” says Firas, a man from Damascus, who then lets out a chuckle. The man is freshly shaven, having spent the previous night with his family in a hotel. The family comes from a neighborhood in Damascus that is home to diplomats and the wealthy. They stick to themselves.
Firas, who is wearing a clean, light-blue shirt, leans against a tree and peers out at the people waiting. “I also wouldn’t have thought that I would one day be traveling together with these kinds of people,” he says. The majority of the Syrians here are from far simpler backgrounds than Firas and went through a great deal of trouble just cobbling together the money amongst their families needed for the trip to Europe.
Entire families are making their way along the train tracks from Greece to Macedonia, an important stop on the route to Western Europe.
‘Do They Speak French in Holland?’
It’s often surprising how little the refugees waiting here know about their destination countries. Most want to go to Germany or Sweden — places where they have heard the conditions are particularly good for refugees. In fact, it is true that every Syrian who enters Sweden is granted an unlimited residency permit — at least that’s the policy for now. But there are already rumblings within the government of a change to this policy in light of the record increase in asylum applications. For most of these refugees, thoughts of Germany evoke the country’s world-famous companies. Many believe they will quickly be able to find a job there. Few stop to think that employment as a car mechanic in Stuttgart might be significantly different than the same work in Aleppo.
The refugees also have questions for the European journalists who have come to interview them. “What’s the best country?” “Can I get citizenship quickly in Germany? Will my family quickly be able to join me there?” “Is Germany a difficult place?” “Isn’t Austria part of Germany?” “I’ve heard it is cold in Sweden. Is that true?” “I want to go to Holland. They speak French there, don’t they?”
Two pregnant women begin searching for a shady area for their children. They start to head over to a row of trees, but a Macedonian police officer doesn’t want them there. He hits the women with his Billy club. The move angers the refugees, but the situation doesn’t escalate. No one intervenes and the refugees sit back down again. “What a jerk!” they say amongst themselves. “That’s what you call human rights?” snipes another.
A young boy cries as his father holds him right after a Macedonian police officer hit his pregnant mother, who had been seeking out a spot in the shade under a tree.
‘I’d Sooner Die in Baghdad’
It’s a long, stressful and dreary day. Most of the people here have already been traveling for days, without a break, without sleep and with little to eat. Haider Mohammed, 42, hustles back from the Macedonian border. The Iraqi has given up. “I was in Macedonia for one day. I saw the train station,” he says. “I would rather die in Baghdad than stay a day longer in Macedonia.”
The situation in Gevgelija is indeed dramatic. Refugees sleep on cardboard boxes on the street. Thousands can be seen waiting in shady areas around the train station. In addition to Syrians, there are many Pakistanis and Afghans here. A ticket saleswoman says that passenger prices for the trains were increased this week on the orders of the station director. The train trip across Macedonia to the Serbian border now costs €10 and the station puts no restrictions on the number of tickets it sells, despite the limited capacity on the trains. Ticket buyers themselves are left to their own devices to figure out how to finagle a seat on board.
The 5 p.m. train arrives at the station and the throng immediately makes its way toward it. No provisions whatsoever have been made here for crowd control. There are no organized lines for those waiting, no differences in ticket categories and no special waiting areas for women and children. All you see is pushing, pulling and shoving, with young men seeming to have the best prospects of making it onto the trains.
The passenger cars quickly fill up. Macedonian police then begin hitting the people waiting for the train in order to drive them off the platform. A Syrian woman cries out in desperation after losing her child in the crowd. A short time later she finds her five-year-old daughter and holds her close. Tears run down the mother’s cheeks, but the experience won’t keep her from returning to try again the next day.