Forty years since revolution, Iran taunts ‘declining’ America

Forty years after its revolution, Iran has no fear of a “declining” America, a senior cleric said on Friday at the start of official commemorations of the uprising that made the country a permanent enemy of the United States.

Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a famously hardline cleric who is the secretary of the Guardian Council, a body with huge influence over the way Iran is run, used his speech to mock the leadership of President Donald Trump.
Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, a famously hardline cleric who is the secretary of the Guardian Council, a body with huge influence over the way Iran is run, used his speech to mock the leadership of President Donald Trump.
“Even many of America’s allies don’t listen to it anymore and they are not afraid of it,” Jannati said at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who returned from exile in France to lead the revolution exactly 40 years ago.“America cannot manage its own affairs now,” Jannati said in remarks carried by state television, adding that “millions of people are hungry there and America’s power is in decline.” He did not say what he was basing that assertion on.
“Even many of America’s allies don’t listen to it anymore and they are not afraid of it,” Jannati said at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who returned from exile in France to lead the revolution exactly 40 years ago.“America cannot manage its own affairs now,” Jannati said in remarks carried by state television, adding that “millions of people are hungry there and America’s power is in decline.” He did not say what he was basing that assertion on.
The 1979 uprising deposed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a secular king allied to the West. Later that year, Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy and held 52 Americans for 444 days – an affront to U.S. pride that still colors how Iran is viewed from Washington.Trump last year pulled out of an international agreement under which Iran curbed its nuclear work in exchange for a sanctions relief. The re-imposed sanctions caused a currency crash, rampant inflation and added to investors’ hesitancy about doing business there.Jannati, who opposed President Hassan Rouhani’s decision to negotiate away some of Iran’s nuclear rights, said:
The 1979 uprising deposed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a secular king allied to the West. Later that year, Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy and held 52 Americans for 444 days – an affront to U.S. pride that still colors how Iran is viewed from Washington.Trump last year pulled out of an international agreement under which Iran curbed its nuclear work in exchange for a sanctions relief. The re-imposed sanctions caused a currency crash, rampant inflation and added to investors’ hesitancy about doing business there.Jannati, who opposed President Hassan Rouhani’s decision to negotiate away some of Iran’s nuclear rights, said:
“Unfortunately, some of our officials believe that we cannot manage the country without America’s help. May such wrong thoughts be damned!”Among many programs on state TV featuring achievements since the revolution, was a short animation showing an Iranian-made Ghadir navy submarine surfacing near a U.S. aircraft carrier and other vessels which then inexplicably sink without any sign of an attack or explosion.In December, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf, ending a long absence of U.S. aircraft carriers.Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Robin PomeroyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
“Unfortunately, some of our officials believe that we cannot manage the country without America’s help. May such wrong thoughts be damned!”Among many programs on state TV featuring achievements since the revolution, was a short animation showing an Iranian-made Ghadir navy submarine surfacing near a U.S. aircraft carrier and other vessels which then inexplicably sink without any sign of an attack or explosion.In December, the USS John C. Stennis entered the Gulf, ending a long absence of U.S. aircraft carriers.Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Robin PomeroyOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Trump Threatens To Keep Government Closed “For Months Or years”

President Trump on Friday confirmed that he told Democratic leaders he would be willing to keep the government closed for months or even years if they refuse to provide funding for his border wall with Mexico.

“I did, absolutely, I said that,” said the president, speaking with reporters after the morning meeting.

“I don’t think it will,” Trump added, “But I am prepared and I think I can speak for Republicans in the House and Republicans in the Senate. I hope it doesn’t go on even beyond a few more days. It really could open very quickly, I told them.”

Trump has directed Vice President Mike Pence, White House senior adviser (and his son-in-law) Jared Kushner and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to meet with the aides of top congressional leaders over the weekend to continue discussions on the shutdown impasse.

“We really cannot resolve this until we open up government, and we made that clear to the president,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) following the meeting – which Trump called “very productive.”

Around 25% of the federal government has been shut down for 14 days following Trump’s refusal to sign a spending package that did not include $5 billion he has requested for the wall.

On Thursday the House ignored Trump’s threat to veto any legislation without wall funding, passing two stopgap spending bills that would keep some parts of the government open as late as September.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that Trump had agreed to direct his top aides to meet with Congressional aides over the weekend “to see if they can come up with an agreement to recommend back to us and to him and the various leaders.”

“The government couldn’t reopen until Tuesday anyway because we don’t have people here to vote,” McConnell told reporters in a statement at the Capitol.

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Update2: Trump defended the idea of a steel wall instead of using concrete, despite stating on Monday that the idea of a concrete wall was “NEVER ABANDONED.” Some other highlights from his long speech:

  • TRUMP SAYS HE MIGHT CONSIDER FREEZING RAISES FOR CABINET
  • TRUMP WANTS APPLE TO MAKE IPHONES, OTHER PRODUCTS IN U.S.
  • TRUMP SAYS APPLE SHOULD MAKE PRODUCTS IN U.S., NOT CHINA
  • TRUMP SAYS HE THINKS HE WILL MAKE A DEAL WITH CHINA
  • TRUMP SAYS NOT CONCERNED ABOUT APPLE, STOCK MARKET

Responding to a comment made by brand new Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) that she would help Democrats “impeach the motherfucker,” Trump said “I thought her comments were disgraceful…I think she dishonored herself, and I think she dishonored her family.”

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Germany’s Merkel Calls For ‘Management of Migration’ in Globalist New Year’s Address

Chancellor Angela Merkel has closed a difficult year in German politics which has seen political embarrassment at the polls and her own departure from the top job announced but deferred, with an address to the nation pushing key globalist themes.

Speaking in her annual New Year’s Eve address recorded on Sunday, the architect of Europe’s migrant crisis made oblique swipes at nationalism and called for more cooperation “across borders” to tackle what she identified as the key challenges of 2019, among them terrorism and global warming.

Inevitably German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments on mass migration gathered much attention in the domestic press, with Deutsche Welle reporting her having identified “governance and order of migration” as an issue to be addressed. Dr Merkel said: “We will only master the challenges of our time if we stick together and work together with others across borders.”

Her comments were clear references to the UN Migrant pact and the difficult relationship between globalist Germany and Presdient Trump’s America first policies. The UN compact, conceived in the wake of the migrant crisis Angela Merkel helped create and was subsequently revealed to have been launched with much assistance and encouragement from the German government.

The compact, which has now been adopted by the UN and most member states would have the impact of making the open-borders policies pursued by the Merkel government the status-quo the world over, with the likely impact of reducing migratory pressures on Germany itself by shifting human traffic to other nations.

The implications of the compact were realised after the text of the agreement had been reached in 2017, with President Donald Trump leading the United States out of the UN plan for migration. Emboldened by that action, several other states including Australia, Israel, Austria, and Hungary also withdrew.

The timing of Merkel’s remarks are significant. New Year’s Eve celebrations became perhaps indelibly associated with the migrant crisis Dr Merkel unleashed upon Europe in 2015, when mass sexual assaults took place in a number of German cities, most notably Cologne.

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Krakatoa Alert: Eruption Could Kill Millions And Significantly Lower Temperatures For 5 Years

Because most Americans are so focused on preparations for Christmas, not a lot of attention is being paid to the massive disaster that just took place in Indonesia, and that is a huge mistake.

Anak Krakatoa has sprung to life, and there is a reason why it is known as one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the entire planet. When Krakatoa erupted on August 27th, 1883 the explosion was so loud that it was literally heard 3,000 miles away, and it was estimated that the tsunami waves were over 100 feet tall in some places. If such an eruption happened today, it would be an even worse disaster than the 2004 Indonesian tsunami which killed more than 200,000 people globally. We are talking about an event that would instantly alter all of our lives for reasons that I will share below.

So the fact that this mountain of fire has come alive is a really big deal. The following comes from the Daily Mail

Footage of the volcano which erupted and caused a 20ft tsunami killing at least 220 people in Indonesia on Saturday has shown fireballs spewing from the mountain island in the sea.

New video of the fiery rock – known as Child of Krakatoa – glowing bright orange before billowing thick, black smoke was filmed over the weekend.

At least 220 people were killed and 800 injured after the tsunami, caused by the volcanic eruption, struck beaches in Indonesia overnight.

Just like in 2004, there was no warning. Those that were close to shore were taken completely by surprise, and many of them are now dead.

That includes most of the members of one very unfortunate band that was engulfed by the tsunami as they were performing on stage

Jaw dropping footage of the exact moment the 20ft wave came crashing down on the stage, engulfing the band, emerged on Sunday morning as it was revealed 281 are dead.

A video which was being recorded in the seconds before the wave hit showed families enjoying a performance by Seventeen when suddenly the entire stage is smashed to pieces by the wave.

The band’s lead singer Riefian ‘Ifan’ Fajarsyah told his 300,000 followers in a tearful video he was looking for the rest of the band.

After the 1883 eruption, Krakatoa collapsed into the ocean, and it was hoped that it would never rise again. But then in 1927 the “Child of Krakatoa” began to emerge

Anak Krakatoa meaning ‘Child of Krakatoa’ was named by Indonesian people over its formation.

The island emerged from the sea in 1927, decades after a cataclysmic natural disaster in 1883 when a larger island with three volcanic peaks erupted, causing huge tidal waves which killed 36,000 people.

The series of explosions were among the worst recorded in history, between 26 and 27 August 1883. It was so loud, Australians in Alice Springs heard the eruption 3,600 km away.

Just because Anak Krakatoa has erupted once does not mean that this crisis is over. In 1883, a series of eruptions that year led up to the final climactic explosions on August 27th. According to Wikipedia, the largest of these explosions was four times more powerful than the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated…

On August 27, four enormous explosions occurred. At 5:30 am, the first explosion was at Perboewatan, triggering a tsunami heading straight to Telok Betong, now known as Bandar Lampung. At 6:44 am, Krakatoa exploded again at Danan, with the resulting tsunami stretching eastward and westward. The largest explosion, at 10:02 am, was so violent that it was heard 3,110 km (1,930 mi) away in Perth, Western Australia, and the Indian Ocean island of Rodrigues near Mauritius, 4,800 km (3,000 mi) away, where they were thought to be cannon fire from a nearby ship. The third explosion has been reported as the loudest sound heard in historic times.[2][3]:79The loudness of the blast heard 160 km (100 mi) from the volcano has been calculated to have been 180 dB.[4] Each explosion was accompanied by tsunamis estimated to have been over 30 meters (98 feet) high in places. A large area of the Sunda Strait and a number of places on the Sumatran coast were affected by pyroclastic flows from the volcano. The energy released from the explosion has been estimated to be equal to about 200 megatons of TNT,[5] roughly four times as powerful as the Tsar Bomba, the most powerful thermonuclear weapon ever detonated.

Back in 1883, Indonesia was much less densely populated.

Today, more than 260 million people live in Indonesia, and an eruption similar to what took place in 1883 would absolutely devastate the entire nation.

Here are more facts about the historic 1883 event that come from Oregon State University

  • The explosions were heard on Rodriguez Island, 4653 km distant across the Indian Ocean, and over 1/13th of the earth’s surface.
  • Ash fell on Singapore 840 km to the north, Cocos (Keeling) Island 1155 km to the SW, and ships as far as 6076 km west-northwest. Darkness covered the Sunda Straits from 11 a.m. on the 27th until dawn the next day.
  • Giant waves reached heights of 40 m above sea level, devastating everything in their path and hurling ashore coral blocks weighing as much as 600 tons.
  • At least 36,417 people were killed, most by the giant sea waves, and 165 coastal villages were destroyed.
  • When the eruption ended only 1/3 of Krakatau, formerly 5×9 km, remained above sea level, and new islands of steaming pumice and ash lay to the north where the sea had been 36 m deep.
  • Every recording barograph in the world documented the passage of the atmospheric pressure wave, some as many as 7 times as the wave bounced back and forth between the eruption site and its antipodes for 5 days after the explosion.
  • Tide gauges also recorded the sea wave’s passage far from Krakatau. The wave “reached Aden in 12 hours, a distance of 3800 nautical miles, usually traversed by a good steamer in 12 days”.
  • Blue and green suns were observed as fine ash and aerosol, erupted perhaps 50 km into the stratosphere, circled the equator in 13 days.
  • Three months after the eruption these products had spread to higher latitudes causing such vivid red sunset afterglow that fire engines were called out in New York, Poughkeepsie, and New Haven to quench the apparent conflagration. Unusual sunsets continued for 3 years.
  • Rafts of floating pumice-locally thick enough to support men, trees, and no doubt other biological passengers-crossed the Indian Ocean in 10 months. Others reached Melanesia, and were still afloat two years after the eruption.
  • The volcanic dust veil that created such spectacular atmospheric effects also acted as a solar radiation filter, lowering global temperatures as much as 1.2 degree C in the year after the eruption. Temperatures did not return to normal until 1888.

And Krakatoa is certainly not the only volcano capable of producing this kind of an eruption.

Could you imagine what the world would look like after five years of significantly reduced temperatures? Even a minor change in global temperatures would be absolutely devastating to food production, and hundreds of millions of people would suffer in the resulting global famine.

As I keep stressing, we live at a time when our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and what is taking place in Indonesia is a perfect example.

Just a few days before the eruption of Anak Krakatoa, there was an eruption of Mount Soputan which shot hot volcanic ash “7,000 feet into the air”.

And at this moment, it is being reported that a total of 20 volcanoes in Indonesia are currently “under some kind of watch”

Volcanoes in Indonesia have been showing increased activity recently, according to reports from the Volcanological Survey of Indonesia (PVMBG). The area of Asia is located in the infamous Pacific Ring of Fire, known for its volatile volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. Up to 70 percent of the World’s volcanoes are located in the region, and many in Indonesia have been put on some kind of alert. One such volcano is ‘El Fuego’, the volcano of fire, which has erupted twice this year with disastrous consequences.

According to Indonesian officials, 20 volcanoes in the country are under some kind of watch.

Of course Indonesia sits directly along the Ring of Fire, and the Ring of Fire also runs up the entire west coast of the United States.

There has been a lot of very unusual activity along the Ring of Fire lately, and those that live in Anchorage, Alaskacertainly don’t need to be reminded about that.

You may not have heard, but the east coast of Russia (also along the Ring of Fire) was just hit by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake. These major seismic events are happening so quickly now that it really is hard to keep up with them all.

As many have said, the shell of our planet has been cracked, and we are living on the floating pieces. And now those pieces are becoming very unstable, and that has very serious implications for all of us.

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https://www.infowars.com/krakatoa-alert-another-eruption-could-potentially-kill-millions-and-significantly-lower-global-temperatures-for-5-years/

Trump: John Kelly Will Depart White House By Year’s End

John Kelly is expected to depart his role as White House Chief of Staff by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Saturday, ending a tenure marked by tensions with his boss and confrontations with other key administration figures.

The president announced the news on the front lawn on the White House, following days of swirling speculation around the retired Marine Corps general’s exit for months amid disagreements with Trump. Nevertheless, in his brief remarks to reporters, Trump called Kelly “a great guy” and that he appreciated his service.

“We’ll be announcing who will be taking John’s place” over the next day or two, Trump said. Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is among the candidates who could succeed Kelly.

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Expert: Threat of Nuke War With Russia Greatest in 50 Years

Geopolitical expert Stephen F. Cohen says that the threat of nuclear war with Russia is the greatest it has been in over 50 years as a result of President Trump not being able to talk properly with Vladimir Putin due to the Russiagate allegations.

Speaking with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson last night, Cohen, author of War With Russia, said that the recent cancellation of Trump’s official meeting with Putin in Argentina was another disturbing indication that the president is being prevented from engaging in crucial diplomacy.

“For the first time since President Eisenhower, a president of the United States, Donald Trump, is not free to keep us from war with Russia,” said Cohen, adding that Trump’s cancelled meeting with Putin in Argentina would have been “very important”.

“We are embroiled with crises that are fraught with hot war not just cold war,” he added, opining that the recent clash between Russia and Ukraine in the Black Sea was a “provocation to disrupt the meeting between Trump and Putin.”

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Global Warming: Media Ignore Sharp Drop In Global Temperatures Over Past Two Years

Inconvenient Science: NASA data show that global temperatures dropped sharply over the past two years. Not that you’d know it, since that wasn’t deemed news. Does that make NASA a global warming denier?

Writing in Real Clear Markets, Aaron Brown looked at the official NASA global temperature data and noticed something surprising. From February 2016 to February 2018, “global average temperatures dropped by 0.56 degrees Celsius.” That, he notes, is the biggest two-year drop in the past century.

“The 2016-2018 Big Chill,” he writes, “was composed of two Little Chills, the biggest five month drop ever (February to June 2016) and the fourth biggest (February to June 2017). A similar event from February to June 2018 would bring global average temperatures below the 1980s average.

Isn’t this just the sort of man-bites-dog story that the mainstream media always says is newsworthy?

In this case, it didn’t warrant any news coverage.

In fact, in the three weeks since Real Clear Markets ran Brown’s story, no other news outlet picked up on it. They did, however, find time to report on such things as tourism’s impact on climate change, how global warming will generate more hurricanes this year, and threaten fish habitats, and make islands uninhabitable. They wrote about a UN official saying that “our window of time for addressing climate change is closing very quickly.”

Reporters even found time to cover a group that says they want to carve President Trump’s face into a glacier to prove climate change “is happening.”

In other words, the mainstream news covered stories that repeated what climate change advocates have been saying ad nauseam for decades.

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https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/climate-change-global-warming-earth-cooling-media-bias/

Calif. Agency Took Nine Years to Create Fire Map

The California state agency charged with overseeing utility companies took nine years to develop a consistent statewide map designating areas at high risk for destructive power-line fires.

Seven of those years took place during outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown’s time in office and six were during the tenure of a president of a key state agency who resigned after a series of leadership scandals.

Longtime critics of the utility companies and their role in sparking some of the state’s worst wildfires are voicing new concerns after reports that PG&E’s transmission line malfunctioned minutes before the start of the Camp Fire, the deadliest, most destructive fire in the state’s history.

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Number of Germans killed by foreigners highest in years – police

Number of murders by foreigners is on the rise in Germany, new police figures of closed murder cases reveal amid anti-immigrant protests and counter-rallies in Chemnitz.

A total of 731 homicides were registered in Germany last year. In at least 83 of the cases, law enforcement identified at least one non-German suspect, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) revealed to Welt am Sonntag. While the BKA’s numbers fail to specify the nationality of the suspects, the new figures show that cases involving a “non-German”suspect rose significantly in 2017, compared to 62 cases registred in the previous year.

The figure was at its lowest point in 2015 with 52 cases. The numbers, however, could not be tracked down earlier than 2013, when police began counting these stats, Welt reports.

The release comes at a tense time for Germany. Over the past week, the debate over Germany’s ‘Open Door’ migrant policy has centered around the eastern city of Chemnitz, where anti-immigrant protesters have rallied over a knife attack in which a German man was allegedly killed by Iraqi and Syrian asylum seekers.

Rallies led by anti-immigrant AfD (Alternative for Germany), anti-Islam PEGIDA, and right-wing group ‘For Chemnitz’ have so far led to clashes with counter-protesters defending the right for asylum seekers to stay.

As thousands of people gathered for an anti-racism concert in Chemnitz on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to speak out against hate.

“These people who march and are prone to violence – some have also shamelessly shown their closeness to Nazism – they stand neither for Chemnitz nor for Saxony overall, nor are they ‘the people,’” her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said.

Foreign nationals have also been implicated in a number of high-profile terrorist attacks in recent years in Germany. In 2016, a Tunisian asylum seeker drove a truck through a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people. The same year, a Syrian refugee detonated a bomb outside a bar in Ansbach, and a refugee from Afghanistan, armed with a hatchet and a knife, attacked passengers on a train in Wurzburg. In 2017, an asylum seeker from Palestine went on a stabbing spree in Hamburg, killing one and injuring several others. Authorities have been warning that the terrorist threat remains high and will likely remain so in the foreseeable future.

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GREAT AGAIN: Soaring US Economy Records Best Growth In Four Years

Gross domestic product has increased at a 4.2 percent annualised rate, the Commerce Department said today, in its second estimate of GDP growth for the April-June quarter.

That was slightly up from the 4.1 percent pace of expansion it reported in July and was the fastest rate since the third quarter of 2014.

Businesses spent more on software than previously estimated in the second quarter and the nation also imported less petroleum.

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