Thursday, March 17, 2016

Since the Blood Moons

I took the following directly from the website of El Shaddai Ministries

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs ~ January 20, 2016

Wave of terror 2015/16

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews.

Magen David Adom: Since 13 September 2015, 29 people have been killed (including a Palestinian and a foreign worker), and 289 people injured - 25 of them seriously - in terrorist attacks.

IDF: Terror attacks by numbers (as of January 20):
  • 110 stabbings
  • 38 shootings
  • 22 car rammings

Read more on Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D. ~ January 20, 2016

Report: 2015 Saw ‘Most Violent’ Persecution of Christians in Modern History.

The brutal, worldwide persecution of Christians during the past year makes 2015 “the most violent and sustained attack on Christian faith in modern history,” according to a watchdog organization that has been monitoring Christian persecution for decades.

Open Doors, an organization founded in 1955 to assist persecuted Christians, publishes an annual “World Watch List,” documenting attacks on Christians and ranking the most hostile national environments for believers.

Read more on Breitbart

From Ambrose Evans-Pritchard writing at the Telegraph ~ January 20, 2016

Global Banker: World Faces ‘Avalanche of Bankruptcies’

The global financial system has become dangerously unstable and faces an avalanche of bankruptcies that will test social and political stability, a leading monetary theorist has warned.

“The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight downturns is essentially all used up,” said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD’s review committee and former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

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From Emma O’Brien and Stephen Kirkland writing at Bloomberg ~ January 20, 2016

Global Markets Routed

Turmoil returned to global markets as oil plunged and European stocks sank to the lowest levels in 13 months, fueling a rush into haven assets.

Earnings exacerbated the rout, sending MSCI Inc.’s gauge of global equities to the brink of a bear market. Russia’s ruble and Mexico’s peso fell to records, while bets mounted on an end to Hong Kong’s dollar peg. Yields on 10-year Treasuries dropped below 2 percent and the yen jumped to a one-year high.

Read more on Breitbart

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, in Davos ~ January 19, 2016

World faces wave of epic debt defaults, fears central bank veteran

Exclusive: Situation worse than it was in 2007, says chairman of the OECD's review committee

The global financial system has become dangerously unstable and faces an avalanche of bankruptcies that will test social and political stability, a leading monetary theorist has warned.

“The situation is worse than it was in 2007. Our macroeconomic ammunition to fight downturns is essentially all used up,” said William White, the Swiss-based chairman of the OECD's review committee and former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Read more on The Telegraph

By John Ficenec ~ January 17, 2016

Iran sanctions: Middle East stock crash wipes £27bn off markets as Tehran enters oil war

Prospect of the Islamic Republic pumping an additional 500,000 barrels a day sends stock markets in Dubai and Saudi Arabia into tailspin

Stock markets across the Middle East saw more than £27bn wiped off their value as the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran threatened to unleash a fresh wave of oil onto global markets that are already drowning in excess supply.

All seven stock markets in the Gulf states tumbled as panic gripped traders. London shares are now braced for a second wave of crisis to hit when they open on Monday morning after contagion from China sent the FTSE 100 to its worst start in history last week.

Read more on The Telegraph

By Marcus Leroux ~ January 16, 2016

Markets suffer their worst start to the year since Great Depression

The start of this year has been the worst for financial markets since the onset of the Great Depression, with stock prices slumping around the world amid mounting concern over the situation in China.

A wave of selling has swept the world’s leading financial centres over the past two weeks, with the value of Britain’s leading companies falling by more than £110 billion since the start of the year.he year.

The FTSE 100 index of Britain’s biggest quoted companies fell 114 points, or 2 per cent, to 5,804 yesterday — the lowest close since November 2012. Indices in Europe and America have fared even worse: the Shanghai market was the worst performer, closing down 3.6 per cent, taking its total losses to 18 per cent for 2016. This was prompted by the price of a barrel of Brent crude dipping below the £30 mark, for the third time this week. In America the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 391 points, or 2.4 per cent, at 15,988.

Read more on The Times

By Rebecca Perring ~ January 15, 2016

EU will FALL amid terror and migrant strain - and it’s starting in Germany, admits EU head

THE European Union faces being destroyed under the growing threat of terrorism, which has sparked the influx of migrants into Europe, the European Parliament's President has warned

Martin Schulz, the German president of the European Parliament, fears the 28-member bloc will crumble under the to political unrest caused by the migrant crisis.

He said: "The worst nightmare for the European project is an outbreak of populism or political upheaval in Germany. Now it is looking like a real possibility.

”Nobody knows what we are facing this year. We are threatened as never before.”

Read more on Express

by Staff ~ January 13, 2016

$3.17 TRILLION wiped off global stocks so far this year

Almost $3.2 trillion has been wiped off the value of stocks around the world since the start of 2016, according to calculations by a top market analyst.

It has also been the worst-ever start to a year for U.S. equities, said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices, as both the S&P 500 and the blue-chip Dow Jones industrial average have posted their steepest losses for the first eight days trading of a year.

Read more on CNBC

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy ~ January 13, 2016

Four Gunmen, Three Others Dead After Terror Attacks in Jakarta

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area of downtown Jakarta and waged gun-battles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise windows.

There were unconfirmed media reports of explosions in other parts of Jakarta.

Police said four of the attackers and three others were killed in the brazen attacks, which came after several warnings in recent weeks by the police that Islamic militants were planning something big. It was unclear if other perpetrators remained at large.

Read more on TheBlaze

by Matt Egan @mattmegan5 ~ January 12, 2016

$1 trillion erased from stocks so far in 2016

Wall Street's disastrous start to 2016 has caused roughly $1 trillion to vanish from the stock market.

The eye-popping losses highlight the deep fears that has gripped financial markets over China's economic slowdown and crashing oil prices.

That one-two punch caused the Dow and S&P 500 to suffer their worst start to a trading year on record last week.

The S&P 500's market valuation has plunged by $1.04 trillion since the end of 2015, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Read more on CNN Money

DailyMail ~ January 12, 2016

23 confirmed dead in Istanbul bombing

Turkish and Israeli investigators are probing the terror bombing of two synagogues in Istanbul as the death toll from the massacres rose to 23 with the discovery of three more bodies.

Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom flew to Istanbul to show solidarity to the small Jewish community in this predominantly Muslim nation that is an ally of Israel.

Flanked by Istanbul's chief rabbi, Isak Haleva, who was among the more than 300 wounded in Saturday's twin attacks, Shalom laid a wreath in the rubble outside one of the two synagogues. Turks, kept behind security barriers by police, threw down white carnations in a sign of condolence.

Private NTV Turkish television said intelligence officials reportedly were questioning three people, including two women, about the bombings, which authorities suspected could be the work of international terrorists, possibly al-Qaida.

Read more on DailyMail

by Ben Brumfield, Shimon Prokupecz and Ray Sanchez, CNN ~ January 9, 2016

Wounded Philadelphia officer shoots attacker; suspect pledges allegiance to ISIS

(CNN)At a crosswalk in Philadelphia, a man dressed in a long white mantle stormed Officer Jesse Hartnett's squad car and unloaded a gun at him.

Edward Archer, 30, would tell police later that he attacked for ISIS. And Hartnett's bravery in the face of mortal danger would ensure the suspect didn't get away.

The shooter was firing as he approached Hartnett's car on foot late Thursday. Surveillance camera footage shows him continuing to fire as he reached inside the lowered driver's side window.

“He was trying to assassinate this police officer,” police Commissioner Richard Ross said.

Read more on CNN

by Oliver Lane ~ January 6, 2016

Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgrat, Dusseldorf... New Year’s migrant sex assault in every major city.

German capital city Berlin has joined the sad parade of cities touched by migrant sex violence on New Year’s Eve, with hundreds of assaults now reported to police in Cologne and other cities.

Although on a smaller scale to the unrestrained and un-policed sex attacks in Cologne, the Berliner Morgenpost has now reported on assaults taking place on the street “in front of the Brandenburg gate”.

The revelation may prove difficult for the German media, which until now has stressed in most reports on the new year’s rapes that Berlin was not caught up in the scandal.

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by Faith Karimi, Jason Hanna and Yousuf Basil, CNN ~ December 5, 2015

San Bernardino shooters 'supporters' of ISIS, terror group says

(CNN)ISIS on Saturday hailed the two people who massacred 14 people in Southern California this week as “supporters” of the terror group -- a message that came after U.S. investigators said they suspect one of the shooters professed loyalty to the Islamist network.

The terror group's official Iraq-based station made the declaration following Wednesday's San Bernardino shooting that also left 21 injured, but -- notable for a group quick to claim attacks -- did not say the couple were members or that ISIS was responsible.

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by FoxNews ~ November 5, 2015

At Least 129 Dead, More Than 350 Wounded in Paris Terror Attacks; ISIS Claims Responsibility

More than 120 people have been killed and more than 350 wounded in a series of coordinated terror attacks in Paris.

The attacks prompted French President Francois Hollande to order a state of emergency and the closure of the entire nation's borders. 

Police in Belgium made three arrests Saturday at the border in connection with the attacks.

One of the men arrested was a French national, as was one of the eight terrorists who died in the attacks.

Hollande called the attacks an “act of war” and blamed ISIS. He promised that “France will be merciless towards these barbarians from Daesh,” using a derogatory Arab acronym for the Islamic State.

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