• Ghost in the Machine: The War on Supplements, Essential Oils and Homeopathy-Big Pharma On The Warpath
    https://youtu.be/RhNpOEJk86Y
    Mercola 4/21/19

    STORY AT-A-GLANCE

    As supplements and alternative therapies become more popular, Pharma is calling them ineffective and possibly harmful.

    The drug industry accuses the supplement industry of false claims and manufacturing irregularities — the same problems which afflict Pharma
    Even as Big Pharma discredits supplements, many drug companies market their own vitamins and supplements.

    In this Mercola article series, we look at the "Ghost in the Machine" –– the murderous forces in our health care system that harm patients instead of help them.

    This series exposes the deceptions that occur in almost all facets of health care today for no reason other than money.

    It also exposes the identities of the ghost's "puppet masters" who perpetrate health misinformation and unethical drug marketing for profit, whether it's Big Pharma or its helpers in academia, government and nongovernment agencies.

    If you suspect that supplements are more popular than ever, you are right.

    More than half of American adults have used one or more supplements and more than half of women and 43 percent of men used a supplement of some kind within the last 30 days.1,2

    While that means not taking vitamins or supplements is now a minority position, it also means Big Pharma is trying to get "in on" the supplement business.

    The U.S. retail sales of vitamins and supplements is expected to exceed $36 billion in 2017.3 While that's less than a tenth of what Pharma rakes in annually, it has nevertheless caught the drug industry's attention.

    Also, the highest users of supplements and alternative therapies are the most desirable demographic to marketers — those reporting "excellent" or "very good" health, usually with a higher discretionary income.4 No wonder Pharma and Pharma-supported voices have launched an all-out smear campaign against supplements and alternative therapies.

    Both categories lack the huge price tags of drugs and encourage patient education and self-care.

    Supplements and natural products also often treat or prevent the very conditions that enrich drug companies, which further explains Big Pharma's wrath.

    For example, probiotic-rich fermented food treats the heartburn for which Pharma hawks dangerous proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).

    Omega-3 fats such as krill oil and other nonprescription products lower heart disease risks without using dangerous statins.

    Prescription drugs can also increase the need for supplements. If you take a diuretic, an acid-blocking PPI or the diabetes drug metformin, you are more likely to develop vitamin or mineral deficiencies.

    Traditional Media Outlets Question Value of Supplements

    In 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a large study of U.S. supplement usage that found, according to The New York Times:

    "Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on dietary supplements — vitamins, minerals and herbal products, among others — many of which are unnecessary or of doubtful benefit to those taking them.

    That comes to about $100 a year for every man, woman and child for substances that are often of questionable value."

    Elsewhere in recent years, negative news articles about vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin D, calcium and multivitamins have run.

    Supplements like ginkgo biloba, echinacea, fish oil and ephedrine are also under attack, as are homeopathy and aromatherapy.

    Some articles, many written by medical professionals, say supplements are ineffective and a waste of your money; others actually accuse supplements of causing or risking physical harm and even shortening lives.

    Some medical specialists also accuse supplements of impeding or interfering with drugs taken for other medical conditions.

    In addition to print media and the web, TV news media have joined in the discrediting of the supplement industry, exposing alleged disreputable manufacturers and lobbyists.

    While I would never defend unethical makers of supplements who put the public at risk, these same news shows largely give Big Pharma a pass even though prescription drugs put the public at a much greater risk.

    Prescription drug overdoses are the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the death toll continues to rise thanks to the growing opioid addiction crisis.

    Pharma Is a Pot Calling the Kettle Black

    Leading Pharma's campaign to discredit supplements is the charge that unproven health benefits, not backed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are claimed by supplement makers.

    Yet almost every major drug company has entered into a settlement for the same thing, known as "off-label marketing" in the prescription drug world.

    At least 31 drug companies have been charged with such false promotion including Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Forest, Amgen and Allergan.

    Pfizer paid a $430 million fine for off-label marketing of Neurontin for the non-FDA approved indication of bipolar disorder.

    Eli Lilly engaged in another off-label marketing scheme, trying to market the selective estrogen receptor modulator Evista for the unapproved FDA indication of prevention of breast cancer, and unleashed hundreds of drug reps to sell the unapproved use.

    Reps were told to hide a disclosure page that said, "The effectiveness of [Evista] in reducing the risk of breast cancer has not yet been established," from the doctors they were trying to sell on the drug, according to the Department of Justice.

    Scott Gottlieb, the new FDA Commissioner, drug stock trader and Pharma consultant, defended Evista's off-label marketing in a Wall Street Journal oped.

    Questions About Product Purity Cut Both Ways

    Another way that Pharma-friendly voices try to discredit supplements they have yet to sell themselves is through raising questions about their purity, label accuracy and manufacturing process.

    Here is a quote from Dr. Paul A. Offit, one of the nation's leading drug and vaccine defenders, in an interview about his 2014 book "Do You Believe in Magic?" on Medscape:

    "Look at what happened with this vitamin-maker called Purity First.

    Purity First, a few weeks ago, had all of its products recalled by the FDA.

    They made three products. They made vitamin C. They made a multimineral preparation, and they made a B-complex vitamin preparation.

    What happened was there were 25 women in Connecticut who started to develop symptoms of increased hair where they didn't want hair to be, deepening of the voice, and loss of menstrual cycles because they were inadvertently taking anabolic steroids.

    Anabolic steroids had contaminated those preparations.

    How does that happen?... Just imagine if vaccines were inadvertently contaminated with anabolic steroids.

    You would never hear the end of it, but here somehow it all gets a free pass."

    Offit is dead wrong.

    Drugs, vaccines and medical products are frequently recalled for quality and contamination though recalls are seldom reported in the mainstream press.

    In April 2017, GlaxoSmithKline recalled nearly 600,000 defective Ventolin inhalers.

    In March 2017, generic giant Mylan (of EpiPen fame) said it was recalling 4,005,177 bottles of the cholesterol fighter atorvastatin because of the "potential of an elevated bioburden with identification of objectionable organisms."

    Recalls of biologics (drugs that contain an ingredient extracted from a "biological" source such as cells from humans, animals or microorganisms) have increased significantly, especially for vaccines.

    From 2007 to 2010, 14 vaccine recalls and 13 recalls for immunoglobulins were made.

    Additionally, vaccines are not adequately tested for safety and effectiveness using methodologically sound scientific studies before they are licensed, so all of their side effects and long-term negative health outcomes are often unknown.

    Examples of Supplements, Essential Oils and Homeopathy Therapy at Work

    The medical literature includes notable examples of supplements and natural remedies that function as valuable medicines.

    Why do we so rarely, if ever, hear of them on health news sites or TV? Supplements and natural substances cannot be patented and hence present no profit potential for Pharma no matter how dramatic their actions.

    Here are some supplements for which there is promising evidence of effectiveness:

    Folic acid, when added to enalapril (an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure, diabetic kidney disease and heart failure) produced a significant reduction in stroke occurrence in 2015 JAMA research.

    Oregano might be effective against the norovirus, say investigators at the University of Arizona.

    High doses of vitamin C may be useful in the treatment of ovarian cancer, boost the power of chemotherapy and ward off stroke, research indicates.

    Multivitamins and olive oil are under investigation for their roles in managing breast cancer.

    A compound found in a Japanese mushroom could be a cure for the currently untreatable human papilloma virus.

    Vitamin E likely plays an important role in deterring miscarriage.

    Preliminary evidence even suggests that micronutrients could be beneficial in treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to 2014 research published in The British Journal of Psychiatry.

    When children with ADHD inhaled vetiver essential oil three times a day for 30 days they had improved brain wave patterns and behavior and did better in school.

    In patients with allergies, those using homeopathy reported improvements in nasal airflow compared with a placebo group and researchers described a "clear, significant and clinically relevant improvement in nasal inspiratory peak flow, similar to that found with topical steroids."

    Don't Rule Out Vitamin D

    In the past few years, vitamin D has gone from a vitamin "hero" whose deficiency potentially explained many maladies, to VNG (Vitamin Non Grata).

    The same flip-flop has been seen with calcium, once a good guy, now potentially another supplemental bad guy. In fact, vitamin D has been so demonized, the pro-Pharma Forbes site actually writes:

    "Vitamin D supplements, to put it plainly, are a waste of money. (For those concerned about osteoporosis, the widely used drug alendronate (Fosamax®), has been shown to increase bone density by about 5 percent, as explained in a 2011 article by Dr. Sundeep Khosia. But Fosamax has side effects.)"

    The "side effects" mentioned by Forbes are an understatement.

    Bisphosphonate bone drugs such as Fosamax and Boniva have been linked to esophageal cancer, jawbone death, heart problems, intractable pain and the very fractures they are supposed to prevent. They are one of the most dangerous drug classes ever marketed.

    Far from a waste of money, vitamin D made such a difference in a 2014 breast cancer survival study, an investigator said "There is no compelling reason to wait for further studies to incorporate vitamin D supplements into standard care regimens." Research suggests it may have a valuable role in multiple sclerosis management, diabetes and depression, chronic liver disease and diseases of older age.

    Final Ironies

    Even as the drug industry attacks the safety, reliability and effectiveness of vitamins and supplements, it creates them itself.

    In 2013, PGT Healthcare LLP (a venture of Procter & Gamble, Teva and Swisse Wellness) said it would expand its range of more than 100 vitamins, minerals and supplements.

    Other drug giants are also in the supplement business. Sometimes making vitamins results in drug companies making positive instead of negative statements. Here is what research funded by Roche (now DSM Nutritional Products) BASF and Pfizer found about multivitamins:

    "A daily multivitamin can help a man reduce his risk of cancer, according to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH).

    The first-of-its kind study will be presented October 17 at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research and published online the same day in the Journal of the American Medical Association."

    Marketing vitamins also subjects Big Pharma to the same false claims charges it cites about the supplement industry.

    Pfizer, which makes products, was sued to remove its claims that the products support "energy and immunity," "heart health," "eye health," "breast health," "bone health" and "colon health."

    And although Merck announced December 14 that it plans to sell its subsidiary, Seven Seas, a quick look at its Seven Seas Multivitamin Complete reveals claims that it contains ingredients that "provide adults with energy … as well as a healthy heart … good eye sight, healthy bones and digestion system."
    Ghost in the Machine: The War on Supplements, Essential Oils and Homeopathy-Big Pharma On The Warpath https://youtu.be/RhNpOEJk86Y Mercola 4/21/19 STORY AT-A-GLANCE As supplements and alternative therapies become more popular, Pharma is calling them ineffective and possibly harmful. The drug industry accuses the supplement industry of false claims and manufacturing irregularities — the same problems which afflict Pharma Even as Big Pharma discredits supplements, many drug companies market their own vitamins and supplements. In this Mercola article series, we look at the "Ghost in the Machine" –– the murderous forces in our health care system that harm patients instead of help them. This series exposes the deceptions that occur in almost all facets of health care today for no reason other than money. It also exposes the identities of the ghost's "puppet masters" who perpetrate health misinformation and unethical drug marketing for profit, whether it's Big Pharma or its helpers in academia, government and nongovernment agencies. If you suspect that supplements are more popular than ever, you are right. More than half of American adults have used one or more supplements and more than half of women and 43 percent of men used a supplement of some kind within the last 30 days.1,2 While that means not taking vitamins or supplements is now a minority position, it also means Big Pharma is trying to get "in on" the supplement business. The U.S. retail sales of vitamins and supplements is expected to exceed $36 billion in 2017.3 While that's less than a tenth of what Pharma rakes in annually, it has nevertheless caught the drug industry's attention. Also, the highest users of supplements and alternative therapies are the most desirable demographic to marketers — those reporting "excellent" or "very good" health, usually with a higher discretionary income.4 No wonder Pharma and Pharma-supported voices have launched an all-out smear campaign against supplements and alternative therapies. Both categories lack the huge price tags of drugs and encourage patient education and self-care. Supplements and natural products also often treat or prevent the very conditions that enrich drug companies, which further explains Big Pharma's wrath. For example, probiotic-rich fermented food treats the heartburn for which Pharma hawks dangerous proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Omega-3 fats such as krill oil and other nonprescription products lower heart disease risks without using dangerous statins. Prescription drugs can also increase the need for supplements. If you take a diuretic, an acid-blocking PPI or the diabetes drug metformin, you are more likely to develop vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Traditional Media Outlets Question Value of Supplements In 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a large study of U.S. supplement usage that found, according to The New York Times: "Americans spend more than $30 billion a year on dietary supplements — vitamins, minerals and herbal products, among others — many of which are unnecessary or of doubtful benefit to those taking them. That comes to about $100 a year for every man, woman and child for substances that are often of questionable value." Elsewhere in recent years, negative news articles about vitamin C, vitamin A and beta-carotene, vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin D, calcium and multivitamins have run. Supplements like ginkgo biloba, echinacea, fish oil and ephedrine are also under attack, as are homeopathy and aromatherapy. Some articles, many written by medical professionals, say supplements are ineffective and a waste of your money; others actually accuse supplements of causing or risking physical harm and even shortening lives. Some medical specialists also accuse supplements of impeding or interfering with drugs taken for other medical conditions. In addition to print media and the web, TV news media have joined in the discrediting of the supplement industry, exposing alleged disreputable manufacturers and lobbyists. While I would never defend unethical makers of supplements who put the public at risk, these same news shows largely give Big Pharma a pass even though prescription drugs put the public at a much greater risk. Prescription drug overdoses are the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the death toll continues to rise thanks to the growing opioid addiction crisis. Pharma Is a Pot Calling the Kettle Black Leading Pharma's campaign to discredit supplements is the charge that unproven health benefits, not backed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are claimed by supplement makers. Yet almost every major drug company has entered into a settlement for the same thing, known as "off-label marketing" in the prescription drug world. At least 31 drug companies have been charged with such false promotion including Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Forest, Amgen and Allergan. Pfizer paid a $430 million fine for off-label marketing of Neurontin for the non-FDA approved indication of bipolar disorder. Eli Lilly engaged in another off-label marketing scheme, trying to market the selective estrogen receptor modulator Evista for the unapproved FDA indication of prevention of breast cancer, and unleashed hundreds of drug reps to sell the unapproved use. Reps were told to hide a disclosure page that said, "The effectiveness of [Evista] in reducing the risk of breast cancer has not yet been established," from the doctors they were trying to sell on the drug, according to the Department of Justice. Scott Gottlieb, the new FDA Commissioner, drug stock trader and Pharma consultant, defended Evista's off-label marketing in a Wall Street Journal oped. Questions About Product Purity Cut Both Ways Another way that Pharma-friendly voices try to discredit supplements they have yet to sell themselves is through raising questions about their purity, label accuracy and manufacturing process. Here is a quote from Dr. Paul A. Offit, one of the nation's leading drug and vaccine defenders, in an interview about his 2014 book "Do You Believe in Magic?" on Medscape: "Look at what happened with this vitamin-maker called Purity First. Purity First, a few weeks ago, had all of its products recalled by the FDA. They made three products. They made vitamin C. They made a multimineral preparation, and they made a B-complex vitamin preparation. What happened was there were 25 women in Connecticut who started to develop symptoms of increased hair where they didn't want hair to be, deepening of the voice, and loss of menstrual cycles because they were inadvertently taking anabolic steroids. Anabolic steroids had contaminated those preparations. How does that happen?... Just imagine if vaccines were inadvertently contaminated with anabolic steroids. You would never hear the end of it, but here somehow it all gets a free pass." Offit is dead wrong. Drugs, vaccines and medical products are frequently recalled for quality and contamination though recalls are seldom reported in the mainstream press. In April 2017, GlaxoSmithKline recalled nearly 600,000 defective Ventolin inhalers. In March 2017, generic giant Mylan (of EpiPen fame) said it was recalling 4,005,177 bottles of the cholesterol fighter atorvastatin because of the "potential of an elevated bioburden with identification of objectionable organisms." Recalls of biologics (drugs that contain an ingredient extracted from a "biological" source such as cells from humans, animals or microorganisms) have increased significantly, especially for vaccines. From 2007 to 2010, 14 vaccine recalls and 13 recalls for immunoglobulins were made. Additionally, vaccines are not adequately tested for safety and effectiveness using methodologically sound scientific studies before they are licensed, so all of their side effects and long-term negative health outcomes are often unknown. Examples of Supplements, Essential Oils and Homeopathy Therapy at Work The medical literature includes notable examples of supplements and natural remedies that function as valuable medicines. Why do we so rarely, if ever, hear of them on health news sites or TV? Supplements and natural substances cannot be patented and hence present no profit potential for Pharma no matter how dramatic their actions. Here are some supplements for which there is promising evidence of effectiveness: Folic acid, when added to enalapril (an ACE inhibitor used to treat high blood pressure, diabetic kidney disease and heart failure) produced a significant reduction in stroke occurrence in 2015 JAMA research. Oregano might be effective against the norovirus, say investigators at the University of Arizona. High doses of vitamin C may be useful in the treatment of ovarian cancer, boost the power of chemotherapy and ward off stroke, research indicates. Multivitamins and olive oil are under investigation for their roles in managing breast cancer. A compound found in a Japanese mushroom could be a cure for the currently untreatable human papilloma virus. Vitamin E likely plays an important role in deterring miscarriage. Preliminary evidence even suggests that micronutrients could be beneficial in treating adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to 2014 research published in The British Journal of Psychiatry. When children with ADHD inhaled vetiver essential oil three times a day for 30 days they had improved brain wave patterns and behavior and did better in school. In patients with allergies, those using homeopathy reported improvements in nasal airflow compared with a placebo group and researchers described a "clear, significant and clinically relevant improvement in nasal inspiratory peak flow, similar to that found with topical steroids." Don't Rule Out Vitamin D In the past few years, vitamin D has gone from a vitamin "hero" whose deficiency potentially explained many maladies, to VNG (Vitamin Non Grata). The same flip-flop has been seen with calcium, once a good guy, now potentially another supplemental bad guy. In fact, vitamin D has been so demonized, the pro-Pharma Forbes site actually writes: "Vitamin D supplements, to put it plainly, are a waste of money. (For those concerned about osteoporosis, the widely used drug alendronate (Fosamax®), has been shown to increase bone density by about 5 percent, as explained in a 2011 article by Dr. Sundeep Khosia. But Fosamax has side effects.)" The "side effects" mentioned by Forbes are an understatement. Bisphosphonate bone drugs such as Fosamax and Boniva have been linked to esophageal cancer, jawbone death, heart problems, intractable pain and the very fractures they are supposed to prevent. They are one of the most dangerous drug classes ever marketed. Far from a waste of money, vitamin D made such a difference in a 2014 breast cancer survival study, an investigator said "There is no compelling reason to wait for further studies to incorporate vitamin D supplements into standard care regimens." Research suggests it may have a valuable role in multiple sclerosis management, diabetes and depression, chronic liver disease and diseases of older age. Final Ironies Even as the drug industry attacks the safety, reliability and effectiveness of vitamins and supplements, it creates them itself. In 2013, PGT Healthcare LLP (a venture of Procter & Gamble, Teva and Swisse Wellness) said it would expand its range of more than 100 vitamins, minerals and supplements. Other drug giants are also in the supplement business. Sometimes making vitamins results in drug companies making positive instead of negative statements. Here is what research funded by Roche (now DSM Nutritional Products) BASF and Pfizer found about multivitamins: "A daily multivitamin can help a man reduce his risk of cancer, according to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). The first-of-its kind study will be presented October 17 at the 11th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research and published online the same day in the Journal of the American Medical Association." Marketing vitamins also subjects Big Pharma to the same false claims charges it cites about the supplement industry. Pfizer, which makes products, was sued to remove its claims that the products support "energy and immunity," "heart health," "eye health," "breast health," "bone health" and "colon health." And although Merck announced December 14 that it plans to sell its subsidiary, Seven Seas, a quick look at its Seven Seas Multivitamin Complete reveals claims that it contains ingredients that "provide adults with energy … as well as a healthy heart … good eye sight, healthy bones and digestion system."
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  • How lobbyists help ex-Soviets woo Washington

    The Associated Press


    April 17, 2007 Tuesday 2:03 PM GMT


    How lobbyists help ex-Soviets woo Washington

    BYLINE: By GLENN R. SIMPSON

    SECTION: BUSINESS NEWS

    LENGTH: 1834 words

    Former Federal Bureau of Investigation director William Sessions once condemned Russia's rising mafia. "We can beat organized crime," he told a Moscow security conference in 1997.

    Today, Mr. Sessions is a lawyer for one of the FBI's "Most Wanted": Semyon Mogilevich, a Ukraine-born Russian whom the FBI says is one of Russia's most powerful organized-crime figures.

    Mr. Sessions is trying to negotiate a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice for his client, who is charged with racketeering and is a key figure in a separate Justice Department probe of energy deals between Russia and Ukraine.

    A number of notable Washington insiders are earning big fees these days by representing controversial clients from the former Soviet Union.

    From prominent businessmen some facing criminal allegations to top politicians, well-known ex-Soviets are lining up to hire help with criminal cases, lobbying and consulting. These figures, many of whom made fortunes in the wide-open 1990s amid the Soviet Union's disintegration, hire Washington insiders to help rehabilitate their reputations in the West or to persuade investors and regulators they are committed to good corporate governance.

    advisers key players in Western efforts to promote regional stability.

    Among recent examples:

    For a $560,000 fee, Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, helped a Russian billionaire accused by rivals of bribery obtain a visa to visit the U.S. in 2005, among other things.

    Leonid Reiman, a powerful member of Russia's cabinet and close ally of President Vladimir Putin, uses a Washington public-relations consultant. Mr. Reiman is under federal investigation in the U.S. over money laundering and is locked in a high-stakes battle with Moscow conglomerate Alfa for control of a Russian telecommunications empire. Alfa has paid Barbour Griffith & Rogers the influential lobbying firm co-founded by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour nearly $2 million in lobbying fees.

    Paul Manafort, a former adviser to Mr. Dole's presidential campaign, has advised a Ukrainian metals billionaire and his close political ally, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. Mr. Yanukovich, who favors closer ties with Mr. Putin's administration, is embroiled in a power struggle with pro-Western Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

    In some cases, the details of how these ex-Soviet clients made their fortunes are murky and the source, amount and purpose of the fees they pay Washington consultants can be as well. In 2005, for example, Ukrainian politician Yuri Boyko used a Caribbean shell company to pay a Washington lobbyist for help arranging meetings with top Republicans.

    Mr. Boyko, currently Ukraine's minister of energy, was the architect of gas deals between Russia and Ukraine now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for possible ties to the alleged mafia client of Mr. Sessions. Mr. Boyko said the $98,000 in fees was paid by a small political party he heads. Annex Holdings, the Caribbean firm that paid Mr. Boyko's lobbyist, also had a stake in the gas deals, corporate records show.

    At times, even clients' names are camouflaged by lobbyists despite federal laws making clear that they aren't allowed to disguise identities by taking fees from intermediaries. Without such rules, says prominent Washington ethics lawyer Jan Baran, "you would just have a bunch of shell organizations identified as clients of lobbyists and lobbying firms."

    In 2004, for instance, a United Kingdom shell company called Foruper Ltd., which had no assets or employees, paid Barbour Griffith $820,000. Foruper was established by an attorney who structured the natural-gas deals being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department. Prosecutors are investigating whether there are ties between the attorney who set up Foruper and Mr. Mogilevich, Mr. Sessions's client.

    In its filings, Barbour Griffith said the fees were for "promotion of greater cooperation and financial ties between Eastern Europe and the West."

    In 2002 and 2003, a group called "Friends of Ukraine" paid Barbour Griffith $320,000. Tax records show that Friends of Ukraine, which no longer exists, was headquartered at Barbour Griffith's own office in Washington. The group's chairman was firm partner Lanny Griffith. Mr. Griffith said in an email that the firm as a policy doesn't discuss client matters but added that Barbour Griffith "has been scrupulous in our compliance" with laws governing the disclosure of lobbying clients.

    Barbour Griffith is locked in a legal battle with associates of Mr. Reiman, the Russian minister, whose Washington adviser is a former Wall Street Journal reporter named Mark D'Anastasio. Mr. D'Anastasio said he once helped Mr. Reiman as a favor to a friend but doesn't work for him.

    Longstanding federal laws require Americans to register with the federal government if they do lobbying or public-relations work for foreign clients. But details in those filings often offer only a vague sense of the work being done.

    Mr. Dole, for instance, disclosed in lobby filings with the U.S. Senate his work for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. He described it as involving "U.S. Department of State visa policies and procedures."

    Mr. Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin, emerged from Russia's "aluminum wars" of the 1990s with a virtual monopoly on the nation's aluminum production.

    Mr. Deripaska has long been dogged by allegations from business rivals in courts in the U.S. and U.K. that he used bribery, intimidation and violence to amass his fortune. Those accusations, which he denies, have never been substantiated and no criminal charges have been filed. But for years they helped keep the State Department from granting him a visa.

    In 2003, the Russian industrialist paid $300,000 to Mr. Dole's law firm, Alston & Bird, according to lobbying reports. After that, Mr. Dole worked to persuade U.S. officials his client isn't a criminal and that his business operations are transparent, said people with knowledge of the matter. In 2005, the State Department reversed itself and granted the visa. Mr. Deripaska then paid Mr. Dole and his firm an additional $260,000, filings show.

    Mr. Deripaska traveled to Washington in 2005 and also made trips to the U.S. last year, said people with knowledge of the situation.

    Mr. Dole and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

    Simon Moyse, a London-based spokesman for Mr. Deripaska, said the businessman currently possesses a multiple-entry U.S. visa. He declined to comment further or provide documentation of Mr. Deripaska's visa status.

    The former Dole strategist Mr. Manafort and a former Dole fund raiser, Bruce Jackson, have received fees and donations from Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, the political patron of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yanukovich.

    Messrs. Manafort and Jackson played prominent roles in the Ukrainian's recent visit to Washington. The visit included meetings with U.S. officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney. A company controlled by Mr. Akhmetov donated $300,000 in 2005 to a human-rights charity run by Mr. Jackson and his wife, an Internal Revenue Service document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal shows. Mr. Jackson said he was grateful for the support.

    Mr. Manafort, who isn't registered as a consultant to the Ukrainian leader, didn't respond to requests for comment.

    Mr. Sessions's client, Mr. Mogilevich, is accused in a 45-count racketeering and money-laundering indictment in Philadelphia of masterminding an elaborate stock fraud using a web of shell companies in Europe. The Justice Department also is investigating whether there are any ties between Mr. Mogilevich and a recent series of billion-dollar natural-gas deals between Russian gas giant OAO Gazprom and Ukraine, people familiar with the matter said. The probe is being led by the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.

    According to people familiar with the matter, Mr. Sessions recently approached former colleagues at Justice with an unusual offer: Mr. Mogilevich would provide the U.S. with intelligence on Islamist terrorism if prosecutors opened negotiations to resolve his legal problems in the U.S. Federal prosecutors rejected that offer, lawyers and others familiar with the matter said.

    Mr. Sessions's firm and a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

    The Mogilevich talks were brokered by a prominent Washington security expert named Neil C. Livingstone, who was briefly in the news during the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal for his work on terrorism issues with White House aide Oliver North.

    He declined to discuss the Mogilevich talks, other than to say they involved "very sensitive issues."

    Until recently, Mr. Livingstone was chief executive of GlobalOptions, a Washington corporate-intelligence firm he founded. Mr. Sessions sits on the firm's advisory board. Most of its clients, the firm says, "operate in Russia and the Caribbean."

    GlobalOptions has worked with former Soviet businessmen in the past. In 2004, Mr. Livingstone said, lobbyists at Barbour Griffith introduced GlobalOptions to a Cyprus-based firm called Highrock Holdings. Highrock is controlled by Dimytro Firtash, a Ukrainian businessman who acknowledges the company's major shareholders once included Mr. Mogilevich's wife.

    In 2003-2005, Mr. Firtash brokered several billion-dollar deals between Gazprom and the government of Ukraine. They netted big profits for Highrock -- and criticism from the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine at the time for the deals' lack of transparency.

    Mr. Livingstone said Highrock hired GlobalOptions in 2004 to help it win federal safety certification for passenger jets it hoped to export to Central Asia.

    However, in a recent lawsuit filed by GlobalOptions against Highrock claiming unpaid bills, the security firm alleged that Mr. Firtash hired GlobalOptions for an unspecified "special operation" on behalf of a Ukrainian government official. The two sides ceased litigating the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, after the bill was paid, but the suit was never withdrawn.

    "We have no knowledge of a company called GlobalOptions," a spokesman for Mr. Firtash said, adding that he severed his ties to Mr. Mogilevich several years ago.

    Greg Smith was one of three directors of a public company run by a stock swindler who has now been charged three separate times with grand theft and felony fraud by the SEC.



    Fort Lauderdale pilot Greg smith was a director of a public company which went bankrupt after the owner had swindled and stolen as much money as he could from the investors and shareholders of his company.

    the same kind of stock fraud

    just like the people involved in the related drug plane flown out of sty Petersburg Clearwater international airport

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    This Versailles, frankly, to be honest [Chris Cuomo], it actually looks like some of Donald Trump's properties. You're talking about Swarovski crystal embedded, private elevators, golden chandeliers, private zoos, millions and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money that had been funneled and embezzled. On top of that, you're talking about very deep contacts in the very murky waters of [Putin]'s inner circle. Oleg Deripaska, one of the most notorious Russian oligarchs/gangsters, who has very close ties to President Putin. So what does this really say about the kind of foreign policy that Donald Trump would like to espouse and the kind of people that he would like to consort with and to support? Because as you heard just now, he has many times come out and said that President Putin is a good man. He seems to be frankly indifferent to his invasion of Crimea, which by the way was part of Ukraine, a sovereign country.



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    CNN's "New Day: morning newscast, August 16 (transcript provided by World News Report's "Media Matters for America"):

    Co-host Chris Cuomo, speaking with CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, asked her about the alleged $12 million in payments to Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

    He said: "All right, Clarissa, the money, this $12 million, this ledger may be a little bit of a distraction. Because the true currency here are the contracts, right? I mean Ukraine, [former Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovych, that's only the beginning of the trail when it comes to what Manafort does. There was an entirely separate investigation into moving money from Russian oligarchs and who was it around [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and how deep does it go? And that is what wound up raising the eyebrows when you saw that Trump campaign got involved with changing the Republican platform on Ukraine. And then those lines in the speech yesterday about working with Russia and that Russia told us about the Boston bomber. It's all seen in a different context now. How deep might those contacts go?"

    Ms. Ward responded:

    "Well, Chris, let's just start out by looking at Viktor Yanukovych and what kind of a man and what kind of a president he was. This is someone who was jailed twice before becoming president for assault and for theft. This is somebody who rigged an election. This is somebody who was very well known to be one of the most rampantly corrupt leaders. This is somebody who ordered his own police to fire upon protesters in the Maidan after people came down to the square as part of an uprising against his corruption. Up to 100 people were killed in the Maidan revolution. And I actually visited his home, his estate. I should call it a mini-Versailles just outside of Kiev [sic] in the days after that protest movement was attempted to be quashed by him and he had leftthe country.

    "And this Versailles, frankly, to be honest Chris, it actually looks like some of Donald Trump's properties. You're talking about Swarovski crystal embedded, private elevators, golden chandeliers, private zoos, millions and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money that had been funneled and embezzled. On top of that, you're talking about very deep contacts in the very murky waters of Putin's inner circle. Oleg Deripaska, one of the most notorious Russian oligarchs/gangsters, who has very close ties to President Putin. So what does this really say about the kind of foreign policy that Donald Trump would like to espouse and the kind of people that he would like to consort with and to support? Because as you heard just now, he has many times come out and said that President Putin is a good man. He seems to be frankly indifferent to his invasion of Crimea, which by the way was part of Ukraine, a sovereign country. And we heard yesterday in his speech, as I mention earlier, this kind of nostalgia for the hay day of the brutal dictator. So even if those $12.7 million are not an issue, the very deep association does raise serious moral questions."



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    Ukrainian Weekly



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    NEWSBRIEFS



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    KYIV - Kyiv accused Russia of seeking to provoke an escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow has bolstered separatist forces in the region with fresh deliveries of ammunition and military hardware. The assertion came as tensions between Moscow and Kyiv continued to rise after Russia claimed that Ukraine had tried to send "saboteurs" into Crimea to carry out "terrorist" attacks against infrastructure on the Russian-annexed peninsula - an allegation [Kyiv] says is "preposterous." Russia's Defense Ministry on August 12 announced the deployment of S-400 airdefense missile systems - which Moscow has touted as state-of-the art weapons - in Crimea. The military had pledged last month to deploy the system on the peninsula. And Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the prospect of severing diplomatic relations with Kyiv in order to "sober up" Ukraine. "I would not want that to happen, but if there is no other option leftto impact the situation, the president [Vladimir Putin] could make such a decision," Mr. Medvedev said in response to a question. He noted that diplomatic ties between Russia and Georgia were cut offwhen they fought a brief war in 2008. Russia's accusation of a Ukrainian plot to destabilize Crimea, which Moscow seized from Ukraine in March 2014, added to tension following weeks of increased fighting between government forces and the Russia-backed separatists who hold parts of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Each side is blaming the other for the increased tension. Ukraine's military intelligence service, which has categorically denied Russia's claims, alleged on August 12 that Russia was planning "large-scale provocative actions through the contact line in Ukraine's east" - a reference to the line separating government and separatist forces. Russia "will then accuse Ukraine of not complying" with the Minsk agreement, a Western-brokered peace deal for eastern Ukraine. The accusation came a day after President Petro Poroshenko put Ukraine's forces on the highest alert level in both eastern Ukraine and along the administrative boundary between mainland Ukraine and Crimea. The Foreign Affairs Ministry in Kyiv on August 12 demanded that Russia give monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) access to Crimea as well as greater access to separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine, saying that Moscow is obliged to do so under existing agreements. It also called for monitors from the International Red Cross and the United Nations' human rights monitoring mission to be given access to Ukrainian detainees who are in the custody of Russian authorities. Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations, Volodymyr Yelchenko, charged on August 11 that some 40,000 Russian troops are now amassed in Crimea and along Russia's border with eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL, with reporting by AFP, Reuters, AP, TASS and Interfax)



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    Kyiv probes evidence about Manafort

    NEW YORK - Handwritten ledgers found in Kyiv seem to link Paul Manafort, who is currently the chairman of U.S. mogul Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign, to more than $12 million in undisclosed cash payments during his tenure as an adviser to the government of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The New York Times reported on August 14 that the ledgers are being investigated by Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau as possible evidence of widespread corruption inside the Yanukovych government. The ledgers mention Mr. Manafort's name 22 times and seem to document payments totaling $12.7 million between 2007 and 2012. Mr. Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014 amid massive public demonstrations. The Kyiv documents also seem to tie Mr. Manafort to a partnership with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and the questionable purchase of Ukrainian cable television assets for some $18 million. Mr. Manafort declined to be interviewed for The New York Times story, but his lawyer said Mr. Manafort had not received "any such cash payments." The lawyer also denied that Mr. Manafort approved of or participated in any illegal activities. (RFE/RL, based on reporting by The New York Times)

    Manafort tied to foreign lobbying

    WASHINGTON - The Associated Press reports that political consultant Paul Manafort, the chairman of Republican candidate Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, may have helped former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's government funnel millions of dollars to U.S. lobbyists in a way that obscured the source of the funding. In an August 17 report based on interviews with unnamed current and former employees of the Podesta Group lobbying firm, the AP said that Manafort and associate Rick Gates moved the money through a non-profit organization called the European Center for a Modern Ukraine in 2012, when they were paid consultants to the Yanukovych government. That center was closely tied to Mr. Yanukovych's administration and his Party of Regions. According to the AP, Messrs. Manafort and Gates funneled at least $2.2 million through the center to U.S. lobbying firms to "advocate positions generally in line with those of Yanukovych's government." The work included lobbying the U.S. Congress to reject a resolution condemning the jailing of Mr. Yanukovych's main political rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. That resolution was adopted in November 2013. Mr. Gates told AP that the two men connected the European Center with the lobbying firms and occasionally consulted with those firms. He said the actions were lawful and did not violate the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act. Podesta Group employee John Ward Anderson told the AP, "I was never given any reason to believe [Gates] was a Party of Regions consultant." He noted, "My assumption was that he was working for the [European Center], as were we." (RFE/RL, with reporting by AP)

    Pyatt: Ukraine will overcome difficulties

    KYIV - The U.S. envoy in Kyiv says Ukrainians will overcome their current difficulties of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, corruption and financial problems because they have survived so many major crises in recent years. "I think having survived 2014 - the invasion of Crimea, the [deadly] shootings on the Maidan, the collapse of the hryvnia and the financial system - Ukraine can survive anything if it got through 2014," U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt told RFE/RL in an interview on August 17. Mr. Pyatt, who will leave his post in the coming days to take the U.S. ambassador's post in Greece, said he considers those crises in 2014 and the following years to be "the most difficult years" for Ukraine since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He said the United States had played "an important role in helping the Ukrainian people to take control once again of their own democracy." He noted: "I think one of my regrets is that the [Ukrainian] government, the [Ukrainian] presidency, were not able to move more quickly against the cancer of corruption," He added that the battle against corruption was "one of the major challenges that still stands before Ukraine and the Ukrainian people." Mr. Pyatt, 52, praised the role of the Ukraine's new corruption- fighting institutions, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and a special anti-corruption prosecutor. He said the difficult job of changing attitudes in society to help prevent corrupt practices "should have begun 25 years ago, and I think I regret that perhaps I could have played a more assertive role earlier on these issues." Mr. Pyatt has been ambassador in Ukraine since 2013 and was an active supporter of the Euro-Maidan protests in Kyiv that ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

    Kyiv accuses Russia of provocations

    KYIV - Kyiv accused Russia of seeking to provoke an escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow has bolstered separatist forces in the region with fresh deliveries of ammunition and military hardware. The assertion came as tensions between Moscow and Kyiv continued to rise after Russia claimed that Ukraine had tried to send "saboteurs" into Crimea to carry out "terrorist" attacks against infrastructure on the Russian-annexed peninsula - an allegation Kyiv says is "preposterous." Russia's Defense Ministry on August 12 announced the deployment of S-400 airdefense missile systems - which Moscow has touted as state-of-the art weapons - in Crimea. The military had pledged last month to deploy the system on the peninsula. And Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the prospect of severing diplomatic relations with Kyiv in order to "sober up" Ukraine. "I would not want that to happen, but if there is no other option leftto impact the situation, the president [Vladimir Putin] could make such a decision," Mr. Medvedev said in response to a question. He noted that diplomatic ties between Russia and Georgia were cut offwhen they fought a brief war in 2008. Russia's accusation of a Ukrainian plot to destabilize Crimea, which Moscow seized from Ukraine in March 2014, added to tension following weeks of increased fighting between government forces and the Russia-backed separatists who hold parts of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Each side is blaming the other for the increased tension. Ukraine's military intelligence service, which has categorically denied Russia's claims, alleged on August 12 that Russia was planning "large-scale provocative actions through the contact line in Ukraine's east" - a reference to the line separating government and separatist forces. Russia "will then accuse Ukraine of not complying" with the Minsk agreement, a Western-brokered peace deal for eastern Ukraine. The accusation came a day after President Petro Poroshenko put Ukraine's forces on the highest alert level in both eastern Ukraine and along the administrative boundary between mainland Ukraine and Crimea. The Foreign Affairs Ministry in Kyiv on August 12 demanded that Russia give monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) access to Crimea as well as greater access to separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine, saying that Moscow is obliged to do so under existing agreements. It also called for monitors from the International Red Cross and the United Nations' human rights monitoring mission to be given access to Ukrainian detainees who are in the custody of Russian authorities. Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations, Volodymyr Yelchenko, charged on August 11 that some 40,000 Russian troops are now amassed in Crimea and along Russia's border with eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL, with reporting by AFP, Reuters, AP, TASS and Interfax)

    Lavrov, Steinmeier discuss Ukraine

    YEKATERINBURG, Russia - Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier held talks in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg that focused primarily on Ukraine and Syria. Speaking to reporters after the August 15 meeting, the two ministers affirmed their support for the Minsk process aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Mr. Lavrov said Moscow is prepared to provide "irrefutable" evidence of an alleged plan by Kyiv to launch sabotage attacks in Crimea, the Ukrainian region that Moscow annexed in 2014. Moscow does not plan to sever diplomatic relations with Ukraine over the incident, saying that doing so would be "an extreme measure," Mr. Lavrov added. Ukraine has denied any involvement in or knowledge of such a sabotage plot. Mr. Steinmeier said the worsening situation in Ukraine in recent weeks is "worrisome" and called on both Moscow and Kyiv to investigate the alleged sabotage plot. (RFE/RL, based on reporting by Interfax and Reuters)

    Asylum granted to Kremlin critic

    KYIV - A Russian opposition activist who was the first person charged under a strict new law restricting protests has received political asylum in Ukraine. Vladimir Ionov, 76, told Ukraine's Hromadske Radio on August 15 that his asylum request - filed after Russian authorities charged him with attending more than two unauthorized public protests during one six-month period - had been accepted. Under legislation enacted in Russia in 2014, such activity is punishable by up to five years in prison. Rights activists call the new law a menacing tool to crack down on dissent. Mr. Ionov did not show up at his trial in December, and media reports at the time said he fled to Ukraine. Another Russian opposition activist, Ildar Dadin, was sentenced to three years in jail on December 7; he was the first person to be convicted under the new legislation. (RFE/ RL, based on reporting by nv.ua and hromadskeradio. org)

    Pro-Ukraine activist refused early release

    MOSCOW - A court in Russia has refused to grant early release on parole to a Russian activist in the southern region of Krasnodar who was jailed on charges of propagating extremism and separatism via the Internet. Darya Polyudova was sentenced to two years in a minimum-security penal colony in December 2015, becoming the first person in Russia convicted under a law criminalizing calls for separatism on the Internet that came into force in May 2014. Ms. Polyudova's mother, Tatyana Polyudova, wrote on Facebook that a court in the city of Novorossiysk did not provide any reasons for its August 10 decision. Ms. Polyudova was indicted in 2014 after she criticized Moscow online for its support of Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's east, where fighting between government forces and the separatists has killed more than 9,500 people since April 2014. The Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center has added Ms. Polyudova to its list of political prisoners in Russia. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

    Crimean Tatar forced into psych clinic

    SYMFEROPOL, Ukraine - A court in Russia-annexed Crimea has ruled that a noted Crimean Tatar activist, Ilmi Umerov, must be placed in a psychiatric clinic for examination. The Kyiv District Court in Symferopol on August 11 approved the motion by investigators. Umerov's lawyer, Nikolai Polozov, said that the court's ruling will be appealed. Mr. Umerov, 59, former deputy chairman of Crimean Tatars' selfgoverning body - the Mejlis - was charged with separatism in May after he made public statements against the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea by Russia. Mr. Umerov was allowed to stay home during investigations into his case. The Moscow-based Memorial human rights center has called the case against Mr. Umerov "illegal and politically motivated." The majority of Crimea's indigenous people, Crimean Tatars, opposed the peninsula's annexation by Moscow in March 2014. (RFE/RL, based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax)

    Uzbek accused of fighting with separatists

    PRAGUE - Authorities in Ukraine say they have detained an Uzbek citizen believed to have been fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk. A spokeswoman for the Donetsk regional prosecutor's office told RFE/RL on August 16 that Aleksandr Brykin, 20, an ethnic-Russian native of Tashkent, had confessed to joining pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk in December 2014 and serving in a separatist military unit there until May 2015. Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk has killed more than 9,500 people since April 2014. There have been numerous reports that many volunteers and mercenaries from former Soviet republics are fighting on both sides of the conflict. (RFE/RL's Uzbek Service)



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    Waycross Journal-Herald (Georgia)



    August 20, 2016 Saturday



    Russian Smear;

    Hillary's Press Gets Nasty



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    EDITOR'S NOTE: Without any proof, Hillary's supporters are attempting to smear Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin's candidate while conveninetly ignoring a $500,000 payment made by a Kremlin-connected bank, Renaissance Capital, to Bill Clinton in 2010. Clinton received the money for a one-hour-speech he made in Moscow.

    Are we watching an American presidential campaign or the pilot episode of a bizarre new TV series? Or both? The hallmark of "reality TV," of course, being its extreme unreality.

    On a daily basis, the Trump campaign invites sheer disbelief. Recently, Ivanka Trump posted an Instagram photo of herself sightseeing in scenic Croatia with Wendi Deng Murdoch.

    The New York Daily News explains that "Deng, who was divorced from Rupert Murdoch in 2013 ... has been linked romantically to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin."

    Meanwhile, Russian operatives are belived by some to be openly intervening in an American presidential election: hacking Democratic Party emails and harassing obscure political columnists.

    Always on Donald Trump's side. You've got to ask yourself why.

    One possible answer may have appeared in the New York Times. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's name turned up 22 times on a secret ledger detailing $12.7 million in illegal payments handed out under deposed Ukranian president Viktor Yanukovych.

    (EDITOR'S NOTE: Manafort denies any wrongdoing. He says he has never worked for the Russian or Ukranian governments and that no cash payments were paid directly to him.)

    Supposedly, Manafort was also involved in a "murky" $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable TV "to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin."

    Him again.

    The information was given to Times reporters by the Ukranian government's "National Anti-Corruption Bureau," no doubt tasked with putting as many of the current regime's political rivals as possible in prison.

    At the expense of being a spoilsport, I've learned to be highly skeptical of New York Times "blockbusters." From the Whitewater hoax onward, the newspaper has produced a series of Clinton scandal stories, culminating in last April's abortive attempt to hint that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had corruptly engineered the sale of a Wyoming uranium mine.

    "Look," I wrote last April, "there's a reason articles like the Times' big expose are stultifyingly dull and require the skills of a contract lawyer to parse. Murky sentences and jumbled chronologies signify that the 'Clinton rules' are back: all innuendo and guilt-by-association. All ominous rhetorical questions, but rarely straightforward answers."

    So it comes as no great surprise that Ukrainian investigators "have yet to determine if (Manafort) actually received the cash."

    So is Manafort a victim of the "Clinton Rules"? Could be.

    But there's no doubt about this: "Before he fled to Russia two years ago, Mr. Yanukovych ... relied heavily on the advice of Mr. Manafort and his firm, who helped them win several elections."

    On evidence, little things like democratic institutions and the rule of law don't appear high on Manafort's priority list. Among his previous clients were Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Zaire's infamous Mobutu Sese Seko, aptly described as "the archetypal African dictator." Both regimes were essentially kleptocracies, characterized by nepotism, brutality and extreme corruption.

    Comparatively speaking, Vladimir Putin would appear to be one of Manafort's more savory associates.

    So when candidate Trump expresses a Russia-friendly foreign policy agenda -- musing aloud about recognizing Putin's illegal occupation of Crimea, and hinting that President Trump might refuse to defend NATOalli es against Russian attack, it's reasonable to wonder what's being said behind closed doors.

    Or when Trump invites Russia to conduct cyberwarfare against his Democratic opponent. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said in July.

    Later, of course, the candidate alibied that he was being sarcastic. He's a great kidder, Trump. Something blows up in his face, it was a joke.

    Washington Monthly's David Atkins poses the million ruble question: "How much does (sic) Trump and his team need to do before we start asking serious questions about whether they're a Manchurian Candidate campaign actively working on behalf of a foreign nation?"

    Basically, that depends upon how big a piece of Trump Russian oligarchs own -- one big reason we'll never see his income taxes.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Gene Lyons is a colunist for the Arkansas Times at Little Rock. You can email Lyons at eugenelyons2@yahoo.com



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    International New York Times



    August 2, 2016 Tuesday



    How an aide to Trump held sway in Ukraine;

    Manafort's advisory work and business links with tycoons draw scrutiny



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    With Russia becoming a focus of the presidential campaign, Mr. Manafort's work and business dealings in Ukraine have come under scrutiny.



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    Few political consultants have had a client fail quite as spectacularly as Paul Manafort's did in Ukraine in the winter of 2014.

    President Viktor F. Yanukovych, who owed his election to, as an American diplomat put it, an ''extreme makeover'' that Mr. Manafort oversaw, bolted the country in the face of violent street protests. He found sanctuary in Russia and never returned, as his patron, President Vladimir V. Putin, proceeded to dismember Ukraine, annexing Crimea and fomenting a war in two other provinces that continues.

    Mr. Manafort was undaunted.

    Within months of his client's political demise, he went to work seeking to bring the former president's disgraced party back to power, much as he had with Mr. Yanukovych nearly a decade earlier. Mr. Manafort has already had some success, with former Yanukovych loyalists - and some Communists - forming a new bloc opposing Ukraine's struggling pro-Western government.

    And now Mr. Manafort has taken on a much larger campaign, seeking to turn Donald J. Trump into a winning presidential candidate.

    With Mr. Putin's Russia becoming a focus of the United States presidential campaign, Mr. Manafort's work in Ukraine has come under scrutiny - along with his business dealings with prominent Ukrainian and Russian tycoons.

    After disclosures of a breach of the Democratic National Committee's emails - which American intelligence officials have linked to Russian spies - Mr. Manafort and Mr. Trump are facing sharp criticism over what is seen as an unusually sympathetic view of Mr. Putin and his policies toward Ukraine. That view has upended decades of party orthodoxy toward Russia, a country that the previous Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, called ''our No.1 geopolitical foe.''

    On Sunday, Mr. Trump even echoed Mr. Putin's justification of the annexation of Crimea, saying the majority of people in the region wanted to be part of Russia, remarks that were prominently featured on state news channels in Moscow.

    It is far from certain that Mr. Manafort's views have directly shaped Mr. Trump's, since Mr. Trump spoke favorably of Mr. Putin's leadership before Mr. Manafort joined the campaign. But it is clear that the two have a shared view of Russia and of its neighbors like Ukraine - an affection, even - that, in Mr. Manafort's case, has been shaped by years of business dealings as much as by any policy or ideology.

    ''I wouldn't put out any moral arguments about his work,'' said Yevgeny E. Kopachko, a pollster with Mr. Yanukovych's former party who cooperated with Mr. Manafort for years and called him a pragmatic and effective strategist. ''Nobody has a monopoly on truth and morals.''

    Mr. Manafort did not respond to requests for an interview. In television interviews on Sunday, he defended Mr. Trump's views on Russia, saying that as president, Mr. Trump would be firm with Russia but would deal with it like any other country when doing so suited American interests.

    ''He views Russia as a foreign power that has its own interests at stake,'' Mr. Manafort said on CBS's ''Face the Nation.''

    Until he joined Mr. Trump's presidential campaign this year, Mr. Manafort's work in Ukraine had been his most significant political campaign in recent years. He began his career in Republican politics in the 1970s and extended it overseas to advising authoritarian leaders, including Mobutu Sese Seko in what was then Zaire, Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and Mr. Yanukovych.

    Mr. Manafort, 67, is the scion of an immigrant family that built a construction business in Connecticut. A lawyer by education, he served briefly in the Reagan administration before devoting himself to politics and later to business. A review of his work in Ukraine shows how politics and business converged in a country still struggling to function as a democracy, 25 years after it gained independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union. In that world in flux, Mr. Manafort's political strategy had echoes of Mr. Trump's populist campaign.

    Mr. Manafort's influence in the country was significant, and his political expertise deeply valued, according to Ukrainian politicians and officials who worked with him. He also had a voice in decisions about major American investments in Ukraine, said a former spokesman for Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, Oleg Voloshyn, who also ran as a candidate in the new bloc Mr. Manafort helped form.

    He persuaded the government to lower grain export tariffs, a change that benefited agribusiness investors like Cargill, and to open negotiations with Chevron and Exxon for oil and natural gas exploration in the country.

    Mr. Manafort began working in Ukraine after the popular uprising in the winter of 2004-5 that became known as the Orange Revolution. Mr. Yanukovych, then prime minister, was declared the winner of a presidential election in 2004 that was marred by fraud and overturned by the country's highest court after weeks of protests in favor of his pro-Western rival, Viktor A. Yushchenko.

    Mr. Yanukovych had relied disastrously on Russian political advisers who underestimated voter frustration. After his defeat, he turned to American experts.

    Mr. Manafort had begun working for one of Ukraine's richest men, Rinat Akhmetov, to improve the image of his companies. Mr. Akhmetov was also a prominent sponsor of Mr. Yanukovych's party, the Party of Regions, and he introduced the two men.

    With Mr. Manafort's advice, Mr. Yanukovych began a comeback, with the Party of Regions winning the biggest bloc in parliamentary elections in 2006 and again in 2007, returning him to the post of prime minister. At the time, Mr. Manafort called Mr. Yanukovych, a former coal trucking director who was twice convicted of assault as a young man, an outstanding leader who had been badly misunderstood in the West.

    According to State Department cables at the time that were later released by WikiLeaks, Mr. Manafort and his colleagues Phil Griffin and Catherine Barnes frequently pressed American diplomats in Ukraine to treat Mr. Yanukovych and his supporters equally so as not to risk being seen as favoring his opponents in the new elections. With Mr. Manafort's help, the party was ''working to change its image from that of a haven for mobsters into that of a legitimate political party,'' wrote the American ambassador at the time, John E. Herbst.

    During this time, lucrative side deals opened for Mr. Manafort.

    In 2008, he and the developer Arthur G. Cohen negotiated a deal to buy the site of the Drake Hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan. One partner was Dmytro Firtash, an oligarch who made billions as a middleman for Gazprom, the Russian natural gas giant, and who was known for funneling the money into the campaigns of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, including Mr. Yanukovych. The three men intended to reopen the site as a mall and spa called Bulgari Tower, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan by Yulia V. Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine. In the end, though, the project unraveled.

    A separate deal also funneled Russian-linked oligarchic money into Ukraine. In 2007, Mr. Manafort and two partners, Rick Gates and Rick Davis, set up a private equity company in the Cayman Islands to buy assets in Ukraine and invited the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to invest, according to a court filing. Mr. Deripaska agreed to pay a 2 percent annual management fee to Mr. Manafort and his partners, and he put $100 million into the fund, which bought a cable television station in the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine, before the agreement unraveled in disagreements over auditing and Mr. Deripaska sued Mr. Manafort. The case is still pending.

    By 2010, Mr. Yanukovych's revival was complete. He had won a presidential campaign against Ms. Tymoshenko, who was convicted of abuse of office and sent to prison.

    Mr. Kopachko, the pollster, said Mr. Manafort envisioned an approach that exploited regional and ethnic peculiarities in voting, tapping the disenfranchisement of those who felt abandoned by the Orange Revolution in eastern Ukraine, which has more ethnic Russians and Russian speakers.

    Konstantin Grishchenko, a former foreign minister and a deputy prime minister under Mr. Yanukovych, said in a telephone interview that Mr. Manafort had ultimately grown disillusioned with his client. Mr. Manafort pressed Mr. Yanukovych to sign an agreement with the European Union that would link the country closer to the West - and lobbied for the Americans to support Ukraine's membership, despite deep reservations because of the prosecution of Ms. Tymoshenko.

    Mr. Manafort helped draft a report defending the prosecution that Mr. Yanukovych's government commissioned from the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in 2012.

    Mr. Manafort's role was disclosed after a document was discovered in a box in a sauna belonging to a former senior Ukrainian official. Other documents in that cache are now evidence in a criminal case against a former justice official.

    Ultimately, Mr. Yanukovych disregarded Mr. Manafort's advice and refused to sign the trade agreement, which Mr. Putin vehemently opposed. Mr. Yanukovych's decision led to the protests that culminated in two nights of violence in February 2014 and Mr. Yanukovych's flight.

    Mr. Manafort's chance for a comeback, however, came sooner than anyone had expected. When the government of President Petro O. Poroshenko called snap parliamentary elections for October 2014, just eight months later, Mr. Manafort rallied the dispirited remnants of Mr. Yanukovych's party.

    He was now on the payroll of Mr. Yanukovych's former chief of staff, Serhiy Lyovochkin. Mr. Manafort flew to Ukraine in September 2014 and set to work rebranding a party deeply fractured by the violence and by Russia's intervention. Rather than try to resurrect the disgraced party, he supported pitching a bigger political tent to help his clients and, he argued, to help stabilize Ukraine. The new bloc would try to attract everyone in the country angry at the new Western-backed government.

    It was Mr. Manafort who had argued for a new name for the movement - the Opposition Bloc, or Oppo Bloc, as it was called. ''He thought to gather the largest number of people opposed to the current government, you needed to avoid anything concrete, and just become a symbol of being opposed,'' recalled Mikhail B. Pogrebinsky, a political analyst in Kiev.

    The strategy worked. Under the new name, the Party of Regions kept a foothold in Parliament. Its new bloc now has 43 members in the 450-seat chamber.

    It is not clear that Mr. Manafort's work in Ukraine ended with his work with Mr. Trump's campaign. A communications aide for Mr. Lyovochkin, who financed Mr. Manafort's work, declined to say whether he was still on retainer or how much he had been paid.

    Mr. Manafort has not registered as a lobbyist representing Ukraine, which would require disclosing his earnings, though at least one company he subcontracted, the public relations firm Edelman, did in 2008. It received a retainer of $35,000 a month to promote Mr. Yanukovych's efforts as prime minister ''toward making Ukraine a more democratic country.''



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    The Guardian



    July 30, 2016 Saturday 12:15 PM GMT



    Donald Trump and Russia: a web that grows more tangled all the time;

    Frank Mermoud, a key figure at the recent Republican national convention, has strong business ties with Ukraine - the latest in a series of Trump staffers with worrying links to Russia and its interests, including the candidate himself



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    A key figure at the Republican national convention where Donald Trump was nominated for president has strong business ties with Ukraine, the Guardian has learned.

    The party platform written at the convention in Cleveland last week removed references to arming Ukraine in its fight with Russia, which has supported separatists in eastern Ukraine. Trump's links to Russia are under scrutiny after a hack of Democratic national committee emails, allegedly by Russian agents.

    Frank Mermoud also has longstanding ties to Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who in 2010 helped pro-Russia Viktor Yanukovych refashion his image and win a presidential election in Ukraine. Manafort was brought in earlier this year to oversee the convention operations and its staffing.

    Three sources at the convention also told the Guardian that they saw Phil Griffin, a longtime aide to Manafort in Kiev, working with the foreign dignitaries programme. "After years of working in the Ukraine for Paul and others, it was surprising to run into Phil working at the convention," one said.

    Related: Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear: did Russians hack Democratic party and if so, why?

    The change to the platform on arming Ukraine was condemned even by some Republicans. Senator Rob Portman described it as "deeply troubling". Veteran party operative and lobbyist Charlie Black said the "new position in the platform doesn't have much support from Republicans", adding that the change "was unusual".

    Thousands of Democratic National Committee emails were hacked and published by WikiLeaks on the eve of the party's convention in Philadelphia this week. They showed that officials, who are meant to remain impartial, favoured Hillary Clinton and discussed ways to undermine her rival, Bernie Sanders. The leak led to the resignation of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    The FBI is investigating, with all signs pointing to Russian involvement, though Moscow rejects this. Experts note Vladimir Putin's past attempts to damage western democracy, including cyber-attacks on French, Greek, Italian and Latvian elections. In 2014, malware was discovered in Ukrainian election software that would have robbed it of legitimacy.

    Alina Polyakova, deputy director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, said: "We can't say 100% that Mr Putin had a hand in any of this but this kind of meddling in other countries' affairs is part of Russia's toolkit. It's a kind of asymmetric warfare. To me, this looks like something straight from the Russian secret service playbook, but I'm surprised at how brazen they've been."

    This kind of meddling in other country's affairs is part of Russia's toolkit

    Alina Polyakova, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center

    Trump and his campaign have denied any connection but on Wednesday he ignited a firestorm by calling on Russia to find 30,000 emails deleted from Clinton's private server. " I think you will probably be mightily rewarded by our press," he said. He later claimed that he was being sarcastic.

    Analysts suggest three primary motivations for the email dump, quite probably overlapping: doing harm to the US political process to undermine its credibility; doing harm to Hillary Clinton (WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is no friend of hers); and boosting Trump, who has heaped praise on Putin and broke from Republican policy by suggesting that the US would not automatically come to the aid of Nato allies and saying he would consider recognising Crimea as Russian territory.

    James Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state now advising the Clinton campaign, said: "If you are the president of Russia and you have stated over and over again that you are concerned that the United States - through its enlargement of Nato, through its policies in Europe towards Ukraine, towards Georgia, towards other countries in Central Asia - are putting pressure on Russia, and you are the president of a country that has been seeking to undermine that process and roll back the independent Europe that's whole and free and push it back, that's your foreign policy objective.

    "So then you look at the United States and you say, well, which party's policies would be more likely to allow me to achieve my objectives? That's the way that a Russian leader would think."

    With Democrats and journalists now trawling through Trump's past dealings with "all the oligarchs", as he once put it, as far back as Russia's Soviet days, the candidate repeatedly, and angrily, this week stated that he has "zero, nothing to do with Russia". But he continued to refuse to release his tax returns, which could prove his claim definitively.

    Past courtships

    If he doesn't have anything to do with Russia today, he certainly has in the past. Trump has attempted to build namesake branded hotels and condos in Moscow as far back as 1987 - when it was still the Soviet Union. " It's a totally interesting place," he said at the time. "I think the Soviet Union is really making an effort to cooperate in the sense of dealing openly with other nations and in opening up the country."

    His desire to build a Trump Tower near Red Square continued throughout the 1990s, and in 2013 the billionaire businessman travelled to Moscow to meet Putin hoping to discuss the plan while taking in the Russian debut of Trump's Miss Universe beauty pageant.

    Putin cancelled at the last minute, according to the Washington Post, but sent a gift and personal note. While Trump didn't get to meet Putin on the trip, he did collect a reported $14m from Aras Agalarov, a Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire property developer and close Putin associate, and other business figures for bringing Miss Universe to Agalarov's 7,500-seat Crocus City Hall.

    Trump was photographed with personalities such as the rapper Timati, who has since gone on to take an outspoken pro-Kremlin position, recording a song with the refrain " my best friend is President Putin ".

    Trump was also photographed with Miss Universe jury member Philipp Kirkorov, a flamboyant pop star who represented Russia at Eurovision in 1995. Kirkorov told the Guardian that he first met Trump in 1994 when he performed at the businessman's Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City and spent time with him again in 1999 and 2013.

    Kirkorov said he and Trump did not talk much about politics but rather "about life, about the beauty of Russian and American women".

    "I introduced Donald to the popular Russian-Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak," Kirkorov said. "I know he's a big connoisseur of female beauty, so he talked with her a lot the whole evening.

    "He understands that friendship between America and Russia will lead only to positive events and an improvement in relations between our countries will be to everyone's benefit, and I'm sure that's why he has so many fans in our country," Kirkorov said.

    Agalarov is just one of several Russian billionaires tied to Trump; he boasted to Real Estate weekly: " The Russian market is attracted to me. I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room."

    On another occasion he declared: "Moscow right now in the world is a very, very important place. We wanted Moscow all the way."

    Back in 2008 Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr, told a New York Russian real estate investors conference that a "lot of money [is] pouring in from Russia". "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," he added.

    A lot of the money was destined for the 46-storey Trump Soho hotel and condos project on Spring Street, which was partly funded by group of questionable Russian and ex-Soviet state billionaires. The building was embroiled in a Manhattan district attorney investigation into fraud alleged by buyers, until Trump and his partners settled out of court. There had been plans to build a replica building in Moscow. It never happened.

    In 2008 Trump sold a six-acre oceanfront Palm Beach mansion for $95m - a record deal for the exclusive community that netted him $53.6m. The buyer was Russian fertiliser billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who was reported in the Panama Papers leaks to have used offshore law firms to hide more than $2bn of art works, including pieces by Picasso, Van Gogh and Leonardo, from his wife in advance of their divorce.

    Yanukovych, Gazprom and more

    For his part, Manafort has been closely tied to Ukraine over the past decade and made millions from consulting work. He worked for Rinat Akhmetov, Dmitry Firtash and Oleg Deripaska, three major pro-Russia oligarchs, as an adviser.

    Much of Manafort's relationship with Firtash was exposed in a 2011 racketeering lawsuit that was later dismissed. It described Manafort as aiding the mogul in moving his wealth out of Ukraine and into overseas assets. Firtash is currently under indictment in the US, and Deripaska is banned from entering the country due to ties with organised crime.

    Manafort's relationship with Deripaska has recently suffered as the mogul is suing Manafort in the Cayman Islands for allegedly disappearing with $19m of his money. Manafort also worked for Yanukovych and helped guide the pro-Russia candidate to victory in the 2010 Ukranian election; Yanukovych was subsequently overthrown in 2014 and is now exiled in Russia.

    Another of Trump's foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, is an investment banker with close links to Gazprom, the Kremlin-controlled gas company, and has long been an outspoken supporter of Putin. He has gone so far as to compare US foreign policy towards Russia in the Obama administration to slavery in the antebellum south.

    And Trump adviser Michael Flynn, a former US military intelligence chief, sat two places away from Putin at the state-funded TV network Russia Today's 10th anniversary party last year.

    The web of associations between Trump and Moscow remains ambiguous and intriguing. Asked if Putin and Trump could be actively colluding, Polyakova replied: "I don't think it would be that direct. That would be stupid. Trump wants the power of denial."

    Chris Coons, a Democratic senator for Delaware, said: "That seems to be a striking allegation to make because that would be unbelievably irresponsible. I have heard in the last day troubling allegations of the relationship between Paul Manafort and players in the Ukraine who are very closely tied to Putin and the Kremlin but I have no evidence about it."

    He added: "At this point we should allow the intelligence community and our foreign policy leaders to pursue whatever leads there may be to whatever conclusion they will reach. I do think the degree of irresponsibility shown by Donald Trump in literally urging on an illegal surveillance act by a hostile foreign power raises strong enough questions that it merits investigation. It's truly unsettling and something that deserves out attention."

    Related: Putin is surely backing Trump, whether or not Russia was behind DNC hack

    Jim Lewis, a senior vice-president and programme director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, noted that Russians had hacked into the DNC and its Republican counterpart in both 2008 and 2012 but those did not leak. "The difference this time is the leak," Lewis said. "We can say with some certainty that it's Russian hacking, but we should be cautious about saying they were behind the leak."

    Direct collusion with the Trump campaign is probably not happening, Lewis suggested. "Let's say you're working with someone in the Trump campaign. How do you communicate with them? I think it's unlikely given the practical difficulties."

    Joseph Schmitz, a foreign policy adviser to Trump, denied that there was any direct relationship between the campaign and the Kremlin. "We had to negotiate with Joseph Stalin when we had a common enemy called Hitler," he said. "Bill Clinton went on vacation in Russia when he was a Rhodes scholar; that's a fact. If anyone is in bed with Russia, it's the Clintons."

    But should Trump win the election, Polyakova said: "We would definitely have a closer relationship with Russia and it could endanger western security interests. I would expect a lot of appeasement when it comes to Ukraine and Syria."



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    Las Vegas Review-Journal



    April 30, 2016 Saturday



    Panama Papers show how Trump, others profit from his name



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    WASHINGTON -- The leak of documents known as the Panama Papers illustrates how Donald J. Trump and others seek to profit from his name.

    Trump doesn't appear to be the direct owner of any offshore company formed by Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm that is now the subject of multiple investigations after its documents were leaked to journalists. The firm has a Las Vegas subsidiary.

    The Trump name shows up on 3,540 of those leaked documents, many shedding light on what has become a business model. Some of his associates and business partners are also in the files.

    Early in his career, Trump developed properties. Over the decades, he has increasingly let others invest the capital and take the risks. He sells them his name and reputation, and is paid millions in return.

    That's the case with the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower in Panama. In the law firm's files, it is the most frequent association with Trump's name, since his business partners in the project appear as buyers of condo units, some of whom create offshore shell companies with Mossack Fonseca for the purchase.

    More on that shortly.

    McClatchy's reporters are among 400 journalists across the globe coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that are searching the leaked law firm's documents. The 11.5 million files contain emails, financial information, passports and incorporation papers for offshore companies.

    The Republican presidential candidate has disclosed that he has 515 companies, with 378 registered in Delaware, he said last week while campaigning.

    In many cases, others, such as Trump, seek to capitalize on his famous name.

    Trump Wise Investment Ltd. was created by the Hong Kong business Instant Companies Limited and registered in the British Virgin Islands from 1998 to late 2005. The secret documents show Mossack Fonseca did not even know who the shareholders were.

    Similarly, Trump World Capital Ltd. in the British Virgin Islands was opened in late 2006 by Mossack Fonseca's Singapore office. It remains active, with shareholders listing addresses in Palembang, Indonesia. One shareholder is a young woman whose LinkedIn profile describes her as merchandising supervisor at a small clothing retailer.

    Neither of these appear to be connected to Trump in any way.

    Trump is distinctive because his name, in many ways, is actually his business. His name is a brand, synonymous with luxury and brashness. The simple use of his name garners licensing fees and royalties. Panama offered him entry into a new line of business for the Trump empire -- waterfront resorts in Central America.

    In a promotional video ahead of the opening on July 6, 2011, Trump said he fell in love with the country during one of the Miss Universe contests he owned.

    "And we're now doing a great, great project in Panama that's selling like hotcakes, and I think it's one of the most beautiful buildings in the world," Trump said, speaking in the collective and sounding like an investor. "So I'm really honored to be involved in Panama."

    However, the fine print on the resort's webpage reveals the hallmark of Trump's business model.

    "Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama is not owned, developed or sold by Donald J. Trump, the Trump Organization or any of their principals or affiliates," it reads. "Newland International Properties, Corp., the owner and developer of the property, uses the 'Trump' name and mark under license from Trump Marks Panama LLC, which license may be terminated or revoked according to its terms."

    Newland, the project developer, paid Trump for the right to have his name splashed all over the 70-story mega condo, hotel, marina and casino constructed in the shape of a massive sail. A draft contract found in the secret files suggests Trump also gets from Newland a small percentage from every condo sold, something later confirmed by the original developer.

    To ensure that the hotel meets his quality standards, Delaware-based Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC manages the hotel operations. And K Group, owned by developer Newland, pays Trump Marks Panama about $5 million annually for the Trump name, the candidate's financial disclosures show.

    "You know Donald Trump. First it's we, we, we, we, but after a while it's me, me, me, me," said Roger Khafif, who had the vision for the project and ran the company that developed the Trump resort. "That's the art of the deal."

    Newland raised about $220 million in bond sales to fund the resort's construction, but the bonds were downgraded just months after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. By 2013, the developer of the luxury resort that bore Trump's name -- despite his having little financial investment -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure what it owed bondholders.

    The bankruptcy affected Trump's licensing fees, according to an Oct. 11, 2015, report by the Associated Press that said Trump's total payout remained between $32 million and $55 million. The upper-end figure suggests his payment consumed a quarter of the money raised from the bonds.

    Fernando March, an Ecuador-based investment banker and CEO of S&F Managers LTD, used Mossack Fonseca to create a trust so investors could contribute to projects such as one in Cartagena, Colombia. He asked Trump to invest in a multi-use development that included two hotels, condos and a golf course.

    March said he met twice with Trump in 2013 but the billionaire wasn't willing to invest any money. He did offer the use of his name -- for a fee. March even offered to change the posh Delano or Mondrian Hotels into a Trump-named hotel.

    "He was not willing to invest and at that time we needed someone to put the money down," said March. "We were not willing to use his name without any money. That is the kind of business he would love to do."

    Over decades Trump has built a sprawling global real-estate empire, along with clothing lines and even a now-defunct university program that bears his name. So it's no surprise that his business partners might appear in the documents that leaked from Mossack Fonseca.

    Much like Hillary Clinton, the subject of an earlier Panama Papers story by McClatchy, Trump's ties to people in the documents or their offshore companies are indirect. Like Clinton, he's associated with people who turn up in the offshore world.

    Vincent H.S. Lo appears in the documents. The Hong Kong businessman is seen as a Trump-like Asian celebrity businessman. Like Trump, Lo had his own TV show, called "The Winner." He made a fortune developing China's business capital of Shanghai.

    A decade ago, Trump sued Lo for $1 billion over the sale of a Manhattan property they jointly owned. The sale in 2005 was at the time viewed as the biggest residential retail sale in New York history, and Trump thought the $1.76 billion sale price was too low.

    Lo's company, Shui On, owns SOCAM Development Limited, which operates an active offshore company in the Bahamas called T.H. Industrial Management Limited that was registered in 1994. SOCAM officials did not return emails requesting comment.

    Camilo Benedetti, an investment banker for one of Trump's partners, Yun Capital Group, provided his passport to Mossack Fonseca to create what his lawyer called "a virtual office." Often offshore companies use virtual offices to give the appearance of a brick-and-mortar company. Calls and emails to company officials in Hong Kong and New York weren't returned.

    Yun Capital Group, a frequent partner on Trump projects around the world, and Trump are partnering on a planned luxury tower in Bogota.

    Trump's campaign declined to comment about his partners or his business practices.

    Having associations with business people who use the offshore world won't likely damage Trump politically, said Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute.

    That, said Tanner, is because "essentially he's running on, 'I'm a rich guy and I know rich guys.' He's not trying to hide it in any way."

    Offshore shell companies are legal and have legal uses. But they can often be abused, as the leaked documents show, for everything from laundering drug money to hiding the fruits of corruption and tax evasion.

    Former partners and associates of Trump campaign strategist Paul Manafort, a lawyer and lobbyist, appear in the Panama Papers, too. One is Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, currently suing Manafort and investment partners in a Cayman Islands court over a $26 million offshore entity that went bust about eight years ago.

    "He and others gave deposition testimony last year under the auspices of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at the request of a Cayman Islands court," Richard Hibey, Manafort's lawyer, confirmed, adding Manafort has never done business through Mossack Fonseca. "The proceeding in the Virginia federal court is 'terminated.'"

    The documents show Deripaska as the true owner of Batu Mining Limited, an offshore company opened in the British Virgin Islands in 2003 and designed, the documents said, for investments in the Mongolian coal mining business. Attempts to reach Deripaska through his website and a Cyprus firm handling his offshore went unanswered.

    A 2009 British lawsuit names Ziad Takieddine, a Franco-Lebanese businessman, as the owner of an offshore company called Warwick Estates Limited in the British Virgin Islands. The lawsuit, found in Mossack Fonseca files, suggests the offshore was a holding company for pricey London property.

    Manafort and Takieddine have become involved with an investigation of an ongoing scandal in France from 1995. The inquiry was about arm sales and the campaign funds of former French President Edoard Balladur, who Manafort was then advising.

    "(Manafort) was interviewed by USDOJ (Justice Department) at the request of the French authorities. He was thanked for his cooperation. Nothing more transpired," Hibey said, denying Manafort had any relationship with Takieddine.

    Trump partners or customers who appear in the leak of Mossack Fonseca documents now avoid association with the beleaguered Panamanian law firm.

    Khafif's, the resort developer, appears by name 118 times in the leak, mostly in contracts for the purchase of specific units. Khafif is working on the other side of Mossack Fonseca lawyers to close the sale.

    "That's it. We have no relationship with Mossack Fonseca," said Khafif insisted. "I don't know them."

    But the buyers of these units, some of them Americans, are often using offshore companies set up by Mossack Fonseca. Payments are sometimes made through the firm's trust service.

    One such offshore company was Trump Ocean Club Unit 2710 Inc., registered on May 7, 2007. Its shareholders include Connecticut lawyer Carlton Hume, who couldn't remember why he and partners tapped Mossack Fonseca to create his offshore company before the project was built.

    "They were obviously pitching stuff to folks in the U.S. to buy in their development," Hume said. "If I had to guess, I would guess that it was the developer who recommended them to us."

    While the documents show they formed an offshore company in Panama to buy the unit, Hume said they backed out when the project appeared to be in trouble.

    An industrial engineer, Carlos Saravia was Newland's chief operating officer for the Trump-named Panama resort project. Reached by phone, the Colombian businessman first denied ever working with the Panama Papers law firm.

    But when confronted with his email exchanges with Mossack Fonseca lawyer Ramses Owens, Saravia offered that maybe the Panamanian firm pitched its services to the Trump-named project.

    "Because they offered, and we received them, and we heard them out and that's it," he said. "We solicited bids from various Panamanian firms."

    The emails show Saravia reached out to Mossack Fonseca, even agreeing to pay travel expenses up to $2,500 for each of two Mossack Fonseca lawyers.

    After internal debate about who should go, Owens responded to Saravia. "We've talked about this with the upper management. It will be a great pleasure visiting you in Colombia," he said.



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    The Washington Post



    April 27, 2016 Wednesday

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    Trump adviser's foreign financial deals led to disputes



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    Paul Manafort was hired by Donald Trump to bring the wisdom of an old Washington hand to a campaign of political novices and provide expertise on the arcane art of counting convention delegates.

    But beneath the image of a campaign wise man is a more complex picture of a veteran consultant who has pursued parallel careers as a lobbyist, political adviser and global dealmaker. He has parlayed political relationships around the world into an array of intricate financial transactions with billionaire oligarchs and other controversial investors that have at times spurred legal disputes.

    In one case, Manafort tried unsuccessfully to build a luxury high-rise in Manhattan with money from a billionaire backer of a Ukrainian president whom he had advised.

    In another deal, real estate records show that Manafort took out and later repaid a $250,000 loan from a Middle Eastern arms dealer at the center of a French inquiry into whether kickbacks were paid to leading politicians in a 1995 presidential campaign.

    And in another business venture, a Russian aluminum magnate has accused Manafort in a Cayman Islands court of taking nearly $19 million intended for investments, then failing to account for the funds, return them or respond to numerous inquiries about exactly how the money was used.

    At one point, attorneys for the Russian businessman, Oleg Deripaska, claimed that they could not locate Manafort or his partner, Richard Gates. The tycoon hired a private investigator to track them down, according to a 2014 petition that Deripaska's attorneys filed in a Cayman Islands court seeking recovery of the money.

    "It appears that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have simply disappeared," the petition states.

    Manafort's attorney, Richard Hibey, did not respond to repeated Washington Post requests for comment on the current status of the Cayman Islands dispute.

    Court records show that, as of August 2015, seven years after Deripaska requested his money back, the Russian businessman was still seeking to recover the funds. A Deripaska representative said last week that the matter still angers Deripaska and that the tycoon's "accountants and lawyers are looking at this right now."

    Manafort, 67, is in many ways a natural choice to be Trump's top campaign adviser. His firm was hired by Trump in the mid-1980s to lobby on gambling and real estate issues, said Manafort's former business partner Charlie Black. In addition, Manafort has owned an apartment in Trump Tower since January 2015, property records show. And another former Manafort business partner, Roger Stone, has been an informal adviser to Trump for years.

    More than many traditional political consultants, Manafort has demonstrated a willingness to forge unconventional alliances and cut deals in a way that makes him well suited to help Trump secure the nomination in a fractured GOP.

    Manafort, whose father owned a real estate company and served three terms as mayor of the family's home town of New Britain, Conn., began his Washington career in 1975 as associate director for personnel in President Gerald Ford's White House. He gained quick respect in the party in 1976, when he helped Ford secure the nomination during a contested convention. He worked later as a convention adviser to the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole.

    Manafort also built a high-powered lobbying practice that did not shy from clients others shunned. They included two corrupt dictators, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, both of whom stole billions of dollars from their countries.

    Manafort's international work and globe-trotting ways have prompted some friends to call him "the Count of Monte Cristo," a reference to the swashbuckling hero of the 19th-century French novel.

    Several of Manafort's former campaign colleagues said they admired Manafort's international work and pointed out that some of Manafort's clients, such as Marcos and Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, were backed by the Reagan administration.

    "Paul had a great career overseas," said GOP strategist Scott Reed. "He was very successful. He offered a lot of good advice, and he made a lot of money - and there's nothing wrong with that."

    Black, the former Manafort business partner, called Manafort "a brilliant guy" and recalled how he had taken a keen interest in overseas work.

    Manafort and Gates, who also works for the Trump campaign, did not respond to requests for comment, and Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to make either available or to provide a comment on behalf of Trump.

    Manafort's attorney also declined to answer detailed questions regarding his client's career.

    The relationship with Deripaska started on a positive note.

    The firm of Davis Manafort, which Manafort owned with Gates and longtime Republican strategist Richard Davis, wooed Deripaska in 2006, describing its experience in "international and domestic business, politics, government and public policy development," according to the Cayman Islands petition filed on behalf of Deripaska.

    They told Deripaska their goal was to set up a $200 million fund to make a series of private-equity investments and acquisitions, primarily in Russia and Ukraine, according to the petition. The partnership making the investments was created in the Cayman Islands in 2007 and dubbed Pericles Emerging Market Investors, borrowing the name of the ancient Athenian statesman and general.

    Deripaska already knew Davis, who with Manafort had helped arrange meetings for him with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in January and August 2006 as McCain prepared to run for president. Deripaska was interested in building his contacts in the United States, which in July 2006 revoked his visa. The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that his visa was pulled amid concerns that he might be linked to organized crime, something he has vigorously denied. He later received visas to travel to the United States.

    Deripaska made his investment through a firm called Surf Horizon, a company incorporated in Cyprus in July 2007. He disclosed his ownership of Surf in a Hong Kong stock exchange filing, and a Deripaska representative confirmed his ownership to The Post. The Cayman Islands petition said that Surf and another company controlled by Deripaska also paid $7.5 million in management fees to an entity controlled by Davis, Gates and Manafort.

    Deripaska expected the funds would be used to make acquisitions in Russia, Ukraine and other countries in eastern and southern Europe, according to his Cayman Islands petition. The court filing describes a complicated business plan in which Manafort and his partners would establish companies in Cyprus known as "special purpose vehicles" for tax and regulatory purposes.

    Instead, the petition argues, the partnership said it made only one purchase - buying a stake in Ukrainian cable television and Internet ventures.

    Deripaska, squeezed by the 2008 credit crunch, asked for the partnership to be liquidated and his money returned, according to Deripaska's petition. But the filing said it was not clear who was controlling the Ukrainian cable TV and Internet assets and what happened to the money Deripaska initially provided.

    In 2014, Deripaska was still looking to get his money, prompting his attorneys to file the Cayman Islands petition.

    By that time, Manafort's apparent absence from Washington had become something of a joke among his friends. A Politico story in March 2014 noted that some were wondering where Manafort, a "mystery man," was hiding.

    In August 2015, Deripaska's attorneys, using a legal provision allowing U.S. discovery for legal proceedings in foreign courts, asked a federal district court in Virginia to order documents and depositions from Manafort, Gates and Davis.

    In the filing, Deripaska's team argued that Gates had in 2008 promised an audit of the fund but that none had been produced. In addition, beyond initial assurances that the transactions had been successful, Davis, Gates and Manafort had "provided no additional updates," the petition said.

    A week after the petition was filed in Virginia, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee issued an order allowing Deripaska's team to move ahead. Arlington, Va.-based private investigator Deborah C. Martin filed documents with the court showing that subpoenas were delivered to Gates at his Richmond home and to the wife of Davis at their home. Martin made no mention in her court filings of Manafort. She declined to comment to The Post.

    Davis did not respond to The Post's requests for comment. He told Yahoo News, which first reported on the dispute in a story published late Tuesday, that he had nothing to do with Deripaska's investment and that he has not spoken with Manafort in more than five years. Davis said that when he learned that the Cayman Islands court wanted his testimony, "I was like, what the f--- is this?"

    The current status of the dispute is not clear from court records, and attorneys for Manafort and Deripaska declined to elaborate.

    In another case, Manafort's business was more personal.

    Real estate records show that in 2004, Manafort secured a $250,000 loan from Middle Eastern arms dealer Abdul Rahman al-Assir, using his Fairfax County, Va., home as collateral. The records show that Manafort paid off the debt in July 2015.

    Assir and Manafort became friendly in the 1990s, when Manafort's firm represented a Texas-based petroleum engineering firm that Assir owned, recalled Black, Manafort's former lobbying partner.

    Attempts to reach Assir were not successful.

    Manafort and Assir have come under scrutiny in France amid a long-running, complex scandal known as "Karachi-gate." According to French news accounts, investigators are probing whether funds from the 1994 sale of French-made attack submarines to Pakistan were diverted to the 1995 presidential campaign of Ã[0/00]douard Balladur, who was prime minister at the time. French media, citing witness testimony, reported that Manafort at the time was providing consulting and polling services to Balladur.

    One question under review, according to Agence France-Presse, is whether Manafort was paid by Assir using the money from the submarine sale. Balladur has denied wrongdoing and has said he does not recall Manafort working for him.

    In 2013, Manafort provided a deposition in the case, according to a report in the French newspaper Libération. Hibey, Manafort's attorney, said Manafort "was interviewed, was thanked for his cooperation, and nothing further regarding Mr. Manafort has transpired."

    Another case, in which Manafort tried to develop a 65-story Manhattan luxury apartment building in 2008, illustrates how he has tapped into his global political relationships to pursue financial deals.

    In a bid to build the $850 million project on the site of the historic Drake Hotel, Manafort relied in part on funds from Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian energy tycoon with a history of legal troubles around the world.

    Manafort's role in the deal was detailed in documents submitted as part of a 2011 New York lawsuit in which a former Ukrainian prime minister accused Firtash of working with Manafort and others to invest ill-gotten profits from energy transactions in Ukraine. Attorneys for Manafort and Firtash's energy company argued for the lawsuit's swift dismissal. Hibey, who represented Manafort and other American defendants, argued in a filing that the lawsuit was based on "speculative assertions unsupported by any genuine factual allegations."

    The lawsuit was dismissed for lack of evidence. But the case left a trail of correspondence between Firtash company executives and Manafort and Gates that provide a glimpse into the world of Manafort and his partners.

    Manafort and Firtash met in the early 2000s, the lawsuit contends, at a time when Manafort was doing political consulting for Viktor Yanukovych, who would later become Ukraine's president. Firtash had been a supporter. Some in the West felt Yanukovych could be an ally, but ultimately he pursued ties to Russia and fled Ukraine amid violent clashes.

    Manafort met with Firtash in May, June and August of 2008 to seal the Manhattan real estate deal, according to a memo by Gates. Firtash had agreed to put $112 million into buying the Drake Hotel, tearing it down and building a new luxury skyscraper, to be called the Bulgari Tower.

    Manafort emailed his partners in August 2008 describing an idea for two separate real estate funds, one to focus on distressed real estate in the United States and the other to seize opportunities in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

    In the end, the apartment project fell through as the economy plunged into recession.

    Prior to joining Trump's campaign, Manafort had operated largely out of the limelight. But he once explained his approach to business during public testimony to Congress. Lawmakers in 1989 were probing a deal of Manafort's that involved federal low-cost-housing subsidies.

    Manafort's firm had lobbied to obtain about $43 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidies for a New Jersey housing project - while holding an option to purchase a stake in the project. The firm invested before the subsidies were announced. Manafort said that after talking to a senior HUD official, he had "a high degree of expectation" the subsidies would be approved.

    "The technical term for what we do and what law firms, associations and professional groups do is 'lobbying,' " Manafort said. "For purposes of today, I will admit that, in a narrow sense, some people might term it 'influence peddling.' "

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    As Democrats are joining together to reduce the influence of lobbyists on our political process, the Democratic National Committee today issued a new web ad highlighting Senator McCain's hypocrisy on lobbying reform and transparency. The new video, entitled "McCain's Lobbyist Friends," outlines the degree to which Senator McCain's inner circle has been dominated by the sort of Washington lobbyists he once railed against and the disturbing array of foreign clients they have represented --including companies doing business in Iran, the oppressive regime in Myanmar, and some of history's most brutal tyrants.

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    Out on the campaign trail, Senator McCain has promised to "set a new standard for transparency and accountability" and attempted to position himself as a champion of lobbying reform. But back in Washington, Senator McCain and his lobbyist advisors are running one of the least transparent campaigns in history. Not only does Senator McCain refuse to allow reporters to cover his fundraisers, but he has released fewer tax returns than any party nominee in decades.

    "While Senator McCain talks about transparency and accountability on the campaign trail, back home in Washington he and the lobbyists in his inner circle refuse to apply those same standards to his own campaign," said DNC Communications Director Karen Finney. "Senator Obama and the Democratic Party have promised to change the way business is done in Washington and are taking real steps to ensure that the American people's priorities dominate the agenda in Washington. If Senator McCain is serious about his call to clean up Washington, he should join us. Otherwise, Senator McCain is once again showing why he is the wrong choice for America's future."

    To view the DNC's new video, "McCain's Lobbyist Friends," click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGXIuNthJ7Q

    DNC Web Ad:"McCain's Lobbyist Friends" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGXIuNthJ7Q

    SCRIPT:

    John McCain says he'll take on lobbyists.

    But, his inner circle is full of lobbyists:

    Charlie Black, Chief Campaign Advisor

    Doug Goodyear, Convention CEO

    Tom Loeffler, National Co-Chair

    Rick Davis, Campaign Manager

    Randy Scheunemann, Top Foreign Policy Advisor

    And who have they represented?

    Anti-Western Political Parties…

    Mob-Connected Russian Oligarchs…

    The Saudi Royal Family…

    Companies doing business in Iran…

    The Brutal Myanmar Junta…

    …and some of history's Most Brutal Tyrants.

    John McCain and His Lobbyist Friends: The Wrong Choice for America's Future.

    AD BACK UP: JOHN MCCAIN'S LOBBYIST FRIENDS

    Anti-Western Political Parties…

    Campaign Manager Rick Davis's Firm Represented Anti-Western Political Party in Ukraine. "A consultant to Sen. John McCain hired a public-relations firm last year to burnish the U.S. image of a Ukrainian political party backed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, according to documents filed with the Justice Department. The lobbying firm of Davis Manafort Inc. arranged for the public-relations firm's work through an affiliate last spring, at the same time Davis Manafort was being paid by the Republican presidential candidate's campaign. The firm is co-owned by lobbyist Rick Davis, manager of Sen. McCain's presidential campaign, and longtime Republican strategist Paul Manafort." [Wall Street Journal, 5/14/08]

    Mob-Connected Russian Oligarchs…

    Davis Introduced McCain to Putin-Ally, Mafia-Linked Russian Oligarch. While seeking to do business with him, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis - while simultaneously at the Reform Institute and lobbying for Davis Manafort - introduced McCain to Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally whose U.S. visa was revoked due to suspicions over his ties to Russian organized crime. McCain, Deripaska and Davis rendezvoused at least twice - first in January 2006 in Davos, then during a codel in Montenegro in August 2006. [Washington Post, 1/25/08]

    The Saudi Royal Family…

    Former Campaign Finance Chair Tom Loeffler Lobbied McCain for Saudi Clients. "But the fallout may not be over. One top campaign official affected by the new policy is national finance co-chair Tom Loeffler, a former Texas congressman whose lobbying firm has collected nearly $15 million from Saudi Arabia since 2002 and millions more from other foreign and corporate interests, including a French aerospace firm seeking Pentagon contracts. Loeffler last month told a reporter 'at no time have I discussed my clients with John McCain.' But lobbying disclosure records reviewed by NEWSWEEK show that on May 17, 2006, Loeffler listed meeting McCain along with the Saudi ambassador to 'discuss US-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia relations.'" [Newsweek, 5/26/08: http://www.newsweek.com/id/137522]

    Companies doing business in Iran…

    McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis Represented Ukrainian Companies Doing Business in Iran. "Before Rick Davis began serving as John McCain's campaign manager, his lobbying firm had a pretty cosmopolitan set of clients. For example, Ukranian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, who has several business links to Iran… Davis Manafort was helping Akhmetov's conglomerate, System Capital Management Holdings, to develop a "corporate communications strategy" between the beginning of 2005 through the end of summer 2005, the company said. The company's subsidiary, Metinvest, a steel company, has one of its 11 offices in Tehran. And another subsidiary, Khartsyzsk Pipe Plant, sells large pipes to Iran. Those business ties go back to at least 2005, when Davis Manafort was working for the company, according to a handful of stories in business publications like the Russia & CIS Metals and Mining Weekly and the Mining and the Metals report, which we found on Nexis." [TPM, 5/30/08: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/05/before_rick_davis_began_servin.php]

    The Brutal Myanmar Junta…

    Doug Goodyear Left Campaign After Revelations His Firm Represented Myanmar Regime. "The man picked by the John McCain campaign to run the 2008 Republican National Convention resigned Saturday after a report that his lobbying firm used to represent the military regime in Myanmar. Doug Goodyear resigned as coordinator of the Twin Cities convention and issued a two-sentence statement." [Associated Press, 5/11/08]

    Goodyear and Doug Davenport, Regional Campaign Manager, Tied to Oppressive Myanmar Junta. "ABC News' Jan Simmonds reports: Two of Sen. John McCain' campaign aides resigned this weekend after media reports brought to light their ties to a lobbying group that once represented the military junta of Burma, which the regime calls Myanmar. The aides, Douglas Goodyear, who was tapped as the GOP Convention Coordinator, and Doug Davenport, a regional manager focusing on the mid-Atlantic states, both worked for DCI. The firm was hired in 2002 to represent Burma's military junta to try to begin a dialogue of political reconciliation with the United States." [ABCNews.com, 5/11/08]

    … and some of history's Most Brutal Tyrants.

    Charlie Black Pioneered the "Revolving Door Between Campaign Consulting and Lobbying." "Then in his 30s, Black already had established himself as a pioneer of the revolving door between campaign consulting and lobbying, having been a senior adviser on President Ronald Reagan's reelection campaign before returning to K Street. And his clients, as often as not, were foreign leaders eager to burnish their reputations… The lobbying shop represented Bethlehem Steel, the Tobacco Institute and the government of the Philippines. The political consulting firm helped elect a slew of lawmakers -- including Sens. Phil Gramm, Jesse Helms, Charles McC. Mathias Jr., Arlen Specter, Paula Hawkins and David F. Durenberger -- who worked on legislation that directly impacted the firm's clients." [Washington Post, 5/22/08]

    "Longtime Uber-Lobbyist" Helped Burnish Reputations of Some of the World's Worst Tyrants." "Longtime uber-lobbyist Charles R. Black Jr. is John McCain's man in Washington, a political maestro who is hoping to guide his friend, the senator from Arizona, to the presidency this November. But for half a decade in the 1980s, Black was also Jonas Savimbi's man in the capital city. His lobbying firm received millions from the brutal Angolan guerrilla leader and took advantage of Black's contacts in Congress and the White House." [Washington Post, 5/22/08]

    Black's Client List a Whose Who of Repressive Rulers. "In addition to Savimbi, Black and his partners were at times registered foreign agents for a remarkable collection of U.S.-backed foreign leaders whose human rights records were sometimes harshly criticized, even as their opposition to communism was embraced by American conservatives. They included Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, Nigerian Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre, and the countries of Kenya and Equatorial Guinea, among others." [Washington Post, 5/22/08]

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    May 21, 2008 Wednesday



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    Disturbed by troubling connections and unflattering publicity, John McCain has just purged several prominent Washington lobbyists from his presidential campaign. Surely his intentions are laudable, but if Sen. McCain is consistent in ridding his campaign of such compromised people, he will find himself riding lonesome on the Straight Talk Express. That's because nearly all of his advisers, fundraisers and top staffers have worked on K Street, starting with his campaign manager, Rick Davis, and his senior adviser and spokesman, Charles Black.

    From the beginning, the McCain team has been thoroughly infested with representatives of corporate special interests, from the campaign's national co-chairs, finance chairs, policy and political directors, and deputies of all descriptions down to the chairman of Young Professionals for McCain, who just happens to lobby for Airbus, the European aviation firm that benefited from the Arizona senator's long inquest against Boeing.

    Perhaps the senator hasn't been paying attention for the past few decades, for he somehow seems to have surrounded himself with exactly the kind of Washington hustlers he professes to despise. How this happened is a question that Sen. McCain must answer for himself. What must be truly impressive to anyone glancing over the résumés of Davis and Black, as well as the lesser members of the McCain entourage, is their magnetic attraction for the most questionable clients in the world.

    Consider Charlie Black, a longtime Republican operative, whose lobbying activities first drew negative attention during the Reagan administration, when he represented such august figures as Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and Angolan rebel Jonas Savimbi. Marcos and Mobutu were infamous despots with a penchant for looting their own nations' economies, as well as any American aid that came their way (presumably as a result of Black's assistance). The theft of funds from taxpayers by those two crooks eventually mounted into the billions, and they savagely repressed democratic forces with U.S. arms. As for Savimbi, he was merely an authoritarian thug, a Maoist ideologue and, according to some reports, a sometime cannibal.

    We safely can assume that Black never returned any of the stolen blood money that paid for his services. Recently, he has suggested that U.S. government support for those dictatorial regimes somehow justified his profiteering, as if he weren't involved in shoring up that support.

    Meanwhile, Davis was toiling in the Reagan White House as a cabinet functionary, where his jobs included liaison with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, site of a major domestic looting scandal during those years. When he testified about his role in those events, his recollections of the influence peddling that had given housing contracts to well-connected Republicans were dim at best. But when he left the public payroll, he landed at the lobbying firm of Paul Manafort, who had gotten one of the most profitable of the HUD sweetheart deals for a $30 million development in New Jersey.

    Aside from the usual roster of deep-pocketed corporations paying to have their way with Congress, the White House, and the federal agencies - which horrifies Sen. McCain, lest anybody forget - the McCain advisers have attracted a number of particularly noisome accounts.

    For several years, Davis represented GTech, the lottery and gambling conglomerate that has been embroiled in bribery scandals in several countries, including the United States. During that same period, his firm also represented the government of Nigeria, among the most flamboyantly corrupt regimes in the world, at the time under the boot heel of the murderous Gen. Sani Abacha.

    More recently, he has cultivated the business of Oleg Deripaska, the Russian mega-billionaire, who made his fortune by seizing control of Russia's aluminum industry during the violent "Aluminum Wars." That history earned him a reputation as an unscrupulous mafioso and put him on the State Department's visa watch list until certain American lobbyists fixed the problem. According to The Washington Post, Davis arranged at least two meetings in Europe between Deripaska, a close ally of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, and Sen. McCain, a critic of Putin's oligarchic and undemocratic government.

    These episodes scarcely begin to describe the careers of Davis, Black and their colleagues on the McCain team. They've put lipstick on a lot of pigs.

    But the question is why, at this late date, the Republican nominee-in-waiting is pretending to be shocked by "conflicts of interest" in which he stands neck deep and why he dismisses four or five lobbyists while keeping dozens of others, including his top advisers, because they claim to be "retired" or on "leaves of absence" from their businesses. He knows that a press release won't change the habits of a lifetime in Washington's corrupt corporate culture, but apparently he hopes we will think so.

    Joe Conason writes for the New York Observer (www.observer.com). To find out more about Joe Conason, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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    April 17, 2007 Tuesday 2:03 PM GMT



    How lobbyists help ex-Soviets woo Washington



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    Former Federal Bureau of Investigation director William Sessions once condemned Russia's rising mafia. "We can beat organized crime," he told a Moscow security conference in 1997.

    Today, Mr. Sessions is a lawyer for one of the FBI's "Most Wanted": Semyon Mogilevich, a Ukraine-born Russian whom the FBI says is one of Russia's most powerful organized-crime figures.

    Mr. Sessions is trying to negotiate a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice for his client, who is charged with racketeering and is a key figure in a separate Justice Department probe of energy deals between Russia and Ukraine.

    A number of notable Washington insiders are earning big fees these days by representing controversial clients from the former Soviet Union.

    From prominent businessmen some facing criminal allegations to top politicians, well-known ex-Soviets are lining up to hire help with criminal cases, lobbying and consulting. These figures, many of whom made fortunes in the wide-open 1990s amid the Soviet Union's disintegration, hire Washington insiders to help rehabilitate their reputations in the West or to persuade investors and regulators they are committed to good corporate governance.

    Sensitive foreign clients are nothing new for Washington's lobbying industry. Among others, Jack Abramoff convicted of fraud and bribery last year represented clients in Pakistan and Russia, while former Liberian President Charles Taylor, awaiting trial on war-crimes allegations, once employed his own Washington lobbyist.

    But recent years have seen a growing number of former Soviet officials and industrialists seeking assistance in the U.S. capital. Many are playing an increasingly important role in the global economy, as they wrest ever-greater control of Eurasia's vast energy reserves and other natural resources. All have become politically powerful in their home countries as well, making them and by extension their U.S. advisers key players in Western efforts to promote regional stability.

    Among recent examples:

    For a $560,000 fee, Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, helped a Russian billionaire accused by rivals of bribery obtain a visa to visit the U.S. in 2005, among other things.

    Leonid Reiman, a powerful member of Russia's cabinet and close ally of President Vladimir Putin, uses a Washington public-relations consultant. Mr. Reiman is under federal investigation in the U.S. over money laundering and is locked in a high-stakes battle with Moscow conglomerate Alfa for control of a Russian telecommunications empire. Alfa has paid Barbour Griffith & Rogers the influential lobbying firm co-founded by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour nearly $2 million in lobbying fees.

    Paul Manafort, a former adviser to Mr. Dole's presidential campaign, has advised a Ukrainian metals billionaire and his close political ally, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. Mr. Yanukovich, who favors closer ties with Mr. Putin's administration, is embroiled in a power struggle with pro-Western Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko.

    In some cases, the details of how these ex-Soviet clients made their fortunes are murky and the source, amount and purpose of the fees they pay Washington consultants can be as well. In 2005, for example, Ukrainian politician Yuri Boyko used a Caribbean shell company to pay a Washington lobbyist for help arranging meetings with top Republicans.

    Mr. Boyko, currently Ukraine's minister of energy, was the architect of gas deals between Russia and Ukraine now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for possible ties to the alleged mafia client of Mr. Sessions. Mr. Boyko said the $98,000 in fees was paid by a small political party he heads. Annex Holdings, the Caribbean firm that paid Mr. Boyko's lobbyist, also had a stake in the gas deals, corporate records show.

    At times, even clients' names are camouflaged by lobbyists despite federal laws making clear that they aren't allowed to disguise identities by taking fees from intermediaries. Without such rules, says prominent Washington ethics lawyer Jan Baran, "you would just have a bunch of shell organizations identified as clients of lobbyists and lobbying firms."

    In 2004, for instance, a United Kingdom shell company called Foruper Ltd., which had no assets or employees, paid Barbour Griffith $820,000. Foruper was established by an attorney who structured the natural-gas deals being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department. Prosecutors are investigating whether there are ties between the attorney who set up Foruper and Mr. Mogilevich, Mr. Sessions's client.

    In its filings, Barbour Griffith said the fees were for "promotion of greater cooperation and financial ties between Eastern Europe and the West."

    In 2002 and 2003, a group called "Friends of Ukraine" paid Barbour Griffith $320,000. Tax records show that Friends of Ukraine, which no longer exists, was headquartered at Barbour Griffith's own office in Washington. The group's chairman was firm partner Lanny Griffith. Mr. Griffith said in an email that the firm as a policy doesn't discuss client matters but added that Barbour Griffith "has been scrupulous in our compliance" with laws governing the disclosure of lobbying clients.

    Barbour Griffith is locked in a legal battle with associates of Mr. Reiman, the Russian minister, whose Washington adviser is a former Wall Street Journal reporter named Mark D'Anastasio. Mr. D'Anastasio said he once helped Mr. Reiman as a favor to a friend but doesn't work for him.

    Longstanding federal laws require Americans to register with the federal government if they do lobbying or public-relations work for foreign clients. But details in those filings often offer only a vague sense of the work being done.

    Mr. Dole, for instance, disclosed in lobby filings with the U.S. Senate his work for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. He described it as involving "U.S. Department of State visa policies and procedures."

    Mr. Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin, emerged from Russia's "aluminum wars" of the 1990s with a virtual monopoly on the nation's aluminum production.

    Mr. Deripaska has long been dogged by allegations from business rivals in courts in the U.S. and U.K. that he used bribery, intimidation and violence to amass his fortune. Those accusations, which he denies, have never been substantiated and no criminal charges have been filed. But for years they helped keep the State Department from granting him a visa.

    In 2003, the Russian industrialist paid $300,000 to Mr. Dole's law firm, Alston & Bird, according to lobbying reports. After that, Mr. Dole worked to persuade U.S. officials his client isn't a criminal and that his business operations are transparent, said people with knowledge of the matter. In 2005, the State Department reversed itself and granted the visa. Mr. Deripaska then paid Mr. Dole and his firm an additional $260,000, filings show.

    Mr. Deripaska traveled to Washington in 2005 and also made trips to the U.S. last year, said people with knowledge of the situation.

    Mr. Dole and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

    Simon Moyse, a London-based spokesman for Mr. Deripaska, said the businessman currently possesses a multiple-entry U.S. visa. He declined to comment further or provide documentation of Mr. Deripaska's visa status.

    The former Dole strategist Mr. Manafort and a former Dole fund raiser, Bruce Jackson, have received fees and donations from Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, the political patron of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yanukovich.

    Messrs. Manafort and Jackson played prominent roles in the Ukrainian's recent visit to Washington. The visit included meetings with U.S. officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney. A company controlled by Mr. Akhmetov donated $300,000 in 2005 to a human-rights charity run by Mr. Jackson and his wife, an Internal Revenue Service document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal shows. Mr. Jackson said he was grateful for the support.

    Mr. Manafort, who isn't registered as a consultant to the Ukrainian leader, didn't respond to requests for comment.

    Mr. Sessions's client, Mr. Mogilevich, is accused in a 45-count racketeering and money-laundering indictment in Philadelphia of masterminding an elaborate stock fraud using a web of shell companies in Europe. The Justice Department also is investigating whether there are any ties between Mr. Mogilevich and a recent series of billion-dollar natural-gas deals between Russian gas giant OAO Gazprom and Ukraine, people familiar with the matter said. The probe is being led by the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.

    According to people familiar with the matter, Mr. Sessions recently approached former colleagues at Justice with an unusual offer: Mr. Mogilevich would provide the U.S. with intelligence on Islamist terrorism if prosecutors opened negotiations to resolve his legal problems in the U.S. Federal prosecutors rejected that offer, lawyers and others familiar with the matter said.

    Mr. Sessions's firm and a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

    The Mogilevich talks were brokered by a prominent Washington security expert named Neil C. Livingstone, who was briefly in the news during the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal for his work on terrorism issues with White House aide Oliver North.

    He declined to discuss the Mogilevich talks, other than to say they involved "very sensitive issues."

    Until recently, Mr. Livingstone was chief executive of GlobalOptions, a Washington corporate-intelligence firm he founded. Mr. Sessions sits on the firm's advisory board. Most of its clients, the firm says, "operate in Russia and the Caribbean."

    GlobalOptions has worked with former Soviet businessmen in the past. In 2004, Mr. Livingstone said, lobbyists at Barbour Griffith introduced GlobalOptions to a Cyprus-based firm called Highrock Holdings. Highrock is controlled by Dimytro Firtash, a Ukrainian businessman who acknowledges the company's major shareholders once included Mr. Mogilevich's wife.

    In 2003-2005, Mr. Firtash brokered several billion-dollar deals between Gazprom and the government of Ukraine. They netted big profits for Highrock -- and criticism from the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine at the time for the deals' lack of transparency.

    Mr. Livingstone said Highrock hired GlobalOptions in 2004 to help it win federal safety certification for passenger jets it hoped to export to Central Asia.

    However, in a recent lawsuit filed by GlobalOptions against Highrock claiming unpaid bills, the security firm alleged that Mr. Firtash hired GlobalOptions for an unspecified "special operation" on behalf of a Ukrainian government official. The two sides ceased litigating the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, after the bill was paid, but the suit was never withdrawn.

    "We have no knowledge of a company called GlobalOptions," a spokesman for Mr. Firtash said, adding that he severed his ties to Mr. Mogilevich several years ago.



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    How lobbyists help ex-Soviets woo Washington The Associated Press April 17, 2007 Tuesday 2:03 PM GMT How lobbyists help ex-Soviets woo Washington BYLINE: By GLENN R. SIMPSON SECTION: BUSINESS NEWS LENGTH: 1834 words Former Federal Bureau of Investigation director William Sessions once condemned Russia's rising mafia. "We can beat organized crime," he told a Moscow security conference in 1997. Today, Mr. Sessions is a lawyer for one of the FBI's "Most Wanted": Semyon Mogilevich, a Ukraine-born Russian whom the FBI says is one of Russia's most powerful organized-crime figures. Mr. Sessions is trying to negotiate a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice for his client, who is charged with racketeering and is a key figure in a separate Justice Department probe of energy deals between Russia and Ukraine. A number of notable Washington insiders are earning big fees these days by representing controversial clients from the former Soviet Union. From prominent businessmen some facing criminal allegations to top politicians, well-known ex-Soviets are lining up to hire help with criminal cases, lobbying and consulting. These figures, many of whom made fortunes in the wide-open 1990s amid the Soviet Union's disintegration, hire Washington insiders to help rehabilitate their reputations in the West or to persuade investors and regulators they are committed to good corporate governance. advisers key players in Western efforts to promote regional stability. Among recent examples: For a $560,000 fee, Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, helped a Russian billionaire accused by rivals of bribery obtain a visa to visit the U.S. in 2005, among other things. Leonid Reiman, a powerful member of Russia's cabinet and close ally of President Vladimir Putin, uses a Washington public-relations consultant. Mr. Reiman is under federal investigation in the U.S. over money laundering and is locked in a high-stakes battle with Moscow conglomerate Alfa for control of a Russian telecommunications empire. Alfa has paid Barbour Griffith & Rogers the influential lobbying firm co-founded by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour nearly $2 million in lobbying fees. Paul Manafort, a former adviser to Mr. Dole's presidential campaign, has advised a Ukrainian metals billionaire and his close political ally, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. Mr. Yanukovich, who favors closer ties with Mr. Putin's administration, is embroiled in a power struggle with pro-Western Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. In some cases, the details of how these ex-Soviet clients made their fortunes are murky and the source, amount and purpose of the fees they pay Washington consultants can be as well. In 2005, for example, Ukrainian politician Yuri Boyko used a Caribbean shell company to pay a Washington lobbyist for help arranging meetings with top Republicans. Mr. Boyko, currently Ukraine's minister of energy, was the architect of gas deals between Russia and Ukraine now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for possible ties to the alleged mafia client of Mr. Sessions. Mr. Boyko said the $98,000 in fees was paid by a small political party he heads. Annex Holdings, the Caribbean firm that paid Mr. Boyko's lobbyist, also had a stake in the gas deals, corporate records show. At times, even clients' names are camouflaged by lobbyists despite federal laws making clear that they aren't allowed to disguise identities by taking fees from intermediaries. Without such rules, says prominent Washington ethics lawyer Jan Baran, "you would just have a bunch of shell organizations identified as clients of lobbyists and lobbying firms." In 2004, for instance, a United Kingdom shell company called Foruper Ltd., which had no assets or employees, paid Barbour Griffith $820,000. Foruper was established by an attorney who structured the natural-gas deals being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department. Prosecutors are investigating whether there are ties between the attorney who set up Foruper and Mr. Mogilevich, Mr. Sessions's client. In its filings, Barbour Griffith said the fees were for "promotion of greater cooperation and financial ties between Eastern Europe and the West." In 2002 and 2003, a group called "Friends of Ukraine" paid Barbour Griffith $320,000. Tax records show that Friends of Ukraine, which no longer exists, was headquartered at Barbour Griffith's own office in Washington. The group's chairman was firm partner Lanny Griffith. Mr. Griffith said in an email that the firm as a policy doesn't discuss client matters but added that Barbour Griffith "has been scrupulous in our compliance" with laws governing the disclosure of lobbying clients. Barbour Griffith is locked in a legal battle with associates of Mr. Reiman, the Russian minister, whose Washington adviser is a former Wall Street Journal reporter named Mark D'Anastasio. Mr. D'Anastasio said he once helped Mr. Reiman as a favor to a friend but doesn't work for him. Longstanding federal laws require Americans to register with the federal government if they do lobbying or public-relations work for foreign clients. But details in those filings often offer only a vague sense of the work being done. Mr. Dole, for instance, disclosed in lobby filings with the U.S. Senate his work for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. He described it as involving "U.S. Department of State visa policies and procedures." Mr. Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin, emerged from Russia's "aluminum wars" of the 1990s with a virtual monopoly on the nation's aluminum production. Mr. Deripaska has long been dogged by allegations from business rivals in courts in the U.S. and U.K. that he used bribery, intimidation and violence to amass his fortune. Those accusations, which he denies, have never been substantiated and no criminal charges have been filed. But for years they helped keep the State Department from granting him a visa. In 2003, the Russian industrialist paid $300,000 to Mr. Dole's law firm, Alston & Bird, according to lobbying reports. After that, Mr. Dole worked to persuade U.S. officials his client isn't a criminal and that his business operations are transparent, said people with knowledge of the matter. In 2005, the State Department reversed itself and granted the visa. Mr. Deripaska then paid Mr. Dole and his firm an additional $260,000, filings show. Mr. Deripaska traveled to Washington in 2005 and also made trips to the U.S. last year, said people with knowledge of the situation. Mr. Dole and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Simon Moyse, a London-based spokesman for Mr. Deripaska, said the businessman currently possesses a multiple-entry U.S. visa. He declined to comment further or provide documentation of Mr. Deripaska's visa status. The former Dole strategist Mr. Manafort and a former Dole fund raiser, Bruce Jackson, have received fees and donations from Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, the political patron of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yanukovich. Messrs. Manafort and Jackson played prominent roles in the Ukrainian's recent visit to Washington. The visit included meetings with U.S. officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney. A company controlled by Mr. Akhmetov donated $300,000 in 2005 to a human-rights charity run by Mr. Jackson and his wife, an Internal Revenue Service document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal shows. Mr. Jackson said he was grateful for the support. Mr. Manafort, who isn't registered as a consultant to the Ukrainian leader, didn't respond to requests for comment. Mr. Sessions's client, Mr. Mogilevich, is accused in a 45-count racketeering and money-laundering indictment in Philadelphia of masterminding an elaborate stock fraud using a web of shell companies in Europe. The Justice Department also is investigating whether there are any ties between Mr. Mogilevich and a recent series of billion-dollar natural-gas deals between Russian gas giant OAO Gazprom and Ukraine, people familiar with the matter said. The probe is being led by the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. According to people familiar with the matter, Mr. Sessions recently approached former colleagues at Justice with an unusual offer: Mr. Mogilevich would provide the U.S. with intelligence on Islamist terrorism if prosecutors opened negotiations to resolve his legal problems in the U.S. Federal prosecutors rejected that offer, lawyers and others familiar with the matter said. Mr. Sessions's firm and a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment. The Mogilevich talks were brokered by a prominent Washington security expert named Neil C. Livingstone, who was briefly in the news during the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal for his work on terrorism issues with White House aide Oliver North. He declined to discuss the Mogilevich talks, other than to say they involved "very sensitive issues." Until recently, Mr. Livingstone was chief executive of GlobalOptions, a Washington corporate-intelligence firm he founded. Mr. Sessions sits on the firm's advisory board. Most of its clients, the firm says, "operate in Russia and the Caribbean." GlobalOptions has worked with former Soviet businessmen in the past. In 2004, Mr. Livingstone said, lobbyists at Barbour Griffith introduced GlobalOptions to a Cyprus-based firm called Highrock Holdings. Highrock is controlled by Dimytro Firtash, a Ukrainian businessman who acknowledges the company's major shareholders once included Mr. Mogilevich's wife. In 2003-2005, Mr. Firtash brokered several billion-dollar deals between Gazprom and the government of Ukraine. They netted big profits for Highrock -- and criticism from the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine at the time for the deals' lack of transparency. Mr. Livingstone said Highrock hired GlobalOptions in 2004 to help it win federal safety certification for passenger jets it hoped to export to Central Asia. However, in a recent lawsuit filed by GlobalOptions against Highrock claiming unpaid bills, the security firm alleged that Mr. Firtash hired GlobalOptions for an unspecified "special operation" on behalf of a Ukrainian government official. The two sides ceased litigating the suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, after the bill was paid, but the suit was never withdrawn. "We have no knowledge of a company called GlobalOptions," a spokesman for Mr. Firtash said, adding that he severed his ties to Mr. Mogilevich several years ago. Greg Smith was one of three directors of a public company run by a stock swindler who has now been charged three separate times with grand theft and felony fraud by the SEC. Fort Lauderdale pilot Greg smith was a director of a public company which went bankrupt after the owner had swindled and stolen as much money as he could from the investors and shareholders of his company. the same kind of stock fraud just like the people involved in the related drug plane flown out of sty Petersburg Clearwater international airport Terms: ("Paul Manafort" AND "Oleg Deripaska") Source: All News, All Languages Project ID: None 1 of 10 DOCUMENTS Ukrainian Weekly August 21, 2016 IN THE PRESS: The Yanukovych-Manafort connection BYLINE: Anonymous SECTION: Pg. 7 Vol. 84 No. 34 ISSN: 02739348 LENGTH: 664 words DATELINE: Jersey City, N.J. ABSTRACT This Versailles, frankly, to be honest [Chris Cuomo], it actually looks like some of Donald Trump's properties. You're talking about Swarovski crystal embedded, private elevators, golden chandeliers, private zoos, millions and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money that had been funneled and embezzled. On top of that, you're talking about very deep contacts in the very murky waters of [Putin]'s inner circle. Oleg Deripaska, one of the most notorious Russian oligarchs/gangsters, who has very close ties to President Putin. So what does this really say about the kind of foreign policy that Donald Trump would like to espouse and the kind of people that he would like to consort with and to support? Because as you heard just now, he has many times come out and said that President Putin is a good man. He seems to be frankly indifferent to his invasion of Crimea, which by the way was part of Ukraine, a sovereign country. FULL TEXT CNN's "New Day: morning newscast, August 16 (transcript provided by World News Report's "Media Matters for America"): Co-host Chris Cuomo, speaking with CNN correspondent Clarissa Ward, asked her about the alleged $12 million in payments to Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. He said: "All right, Clarissa, the money, this $12 million, this ledger may be a little bit of a distraction. Because the true currency here are the contracts, right? I mean Ukraine, [former Ukrainian President Viktor] Yanukovych, that's only the beginning of the trail when it comes to what Manafort does. There was an entirely separate investigation into moving money from Russian oligarchs and who was it around [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and how deep does it go? And that is what wound up raising the eyebrows when you saw that Trump campaign got involved with changing the Republican platform on Ukraine. And then those lines in the speech yesterday about working with Russia and that Russia told us about the Boston bomber. It's all seen in a different context now. How deep might those contacts go?" Ms. Ward responded: "Well, Chris, let's just start out by looking at Viktor Yanukovych and what kind of a man and what kind of a president he was. This is someone who was jailed twice before becoming president for assault and for theft. This is somebody who rigged an election. This is somebody who was very well known to be one of the most rampantly corrupt leaders. This is somebody who ordered his own police to fire upon protesters in the Maidan after people came down to the square as part of an uprising against his corruption. Up to 100 people were killed in the Maidan revolution. And I actually visited his home, his estate. I should call it a mini-Versailles just outside of Kiev [sic] in the days after that protest movement was attempted to be quashed by him and he had leftthe country. "And this Versailles, frankly, to be honest Chris, it actually looks like some of Donald Trump's properties. You're talking about Swarovski crystal embedded, private elevators, golden chandeliers, private zoos, millions and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money that had been funneled and embezzled. On top of that, you're talking about very deep contacts in the very murky waters of Putin's inner circle. Oleg Deripaska, one of the most notorious Russian oligarchs/gangsters, who has very close ties to President Putin. So what does this really say about the kind of foreign policy that Donald Trump would like to espouse and the kind of people that he would like to consort with and to support? Because as you heard just now, he has many times come out and said that President Putin is a good man. He seems to be frankly indifferent to his invasion of Crimea, which by the way was part of Ukraine, a sovereign country. And we heard yesterday in his speech, as I mention earlier, this kind of nostalgia for the hay day of the brutal dictator. So even if those $12.7 million are not an issue, the very deep association does raise serious moral questions." LOAD-DATE: September 27, 2016 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH ACC-NO: 25859 DOCUMENT-TYPE: News PUBLICATION-TYPE: Others JOURNAL-CODE: 25859,58881 Copyright 2016 SOFTLINE INFORMATION, INC. All Rights Reserved Ethnic NewsWatch Copyright 2016 Ukrainian National Association All Rights Reserved 2 of 10 DOCUMENTS Ukrainian Weekly August 21, 2016 NEWSBRIEFS BYLINE: Anonymous SECTION: Pg. 2 Vol. 84 No. 34 ISSN: 02739348 LENGTH: 2586 words DATELINE: Jersey City, N.J. ABSTRACT KYIV - Kyiv accused Russia of seeking to provoke an escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow has bolstered separatist forces in the region with fresh deliveries of ammunition and military hardware. The assertion came as tensions between Moscow and Kyiv continued to rise after Russia claimed that Ukraine had tried to send "saboteurs" into Crimea to carry out "terrorist" attacks against infrastructure on the Russian-annexed peninsula - an allegation [Kyiv] says is "preposterous." Russia's Defense Ministry on August 12 announced the deployment of S-400 airdefense missile systems - which Moscow has touted as state-of-the art weapons - in Crimea. The military had pledged last month to deploy the system on the peninsula. And Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the prospect of severing diplomatic relations with Kyiv in order to "sober up" Ukraine. "I would not want that to happen, but if there is no other option leftto impact the situation, the president [Vladimir Putin] could make such a decision," Mr. Medvedev said in response to a question. He noted that diplomatic ties between Russia and Georgia were cut offwhen they fought a brief war in 2008. Russia's accusation of a Ukrainian plot to destabilize Crimea, which Moscow seized from Ukraine in March 2014, added to tension following weeks of increased fighting between government forces and the Russia-backed separatists who hold parts of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Each side is blaming the other for the increased tension. Ukraine's military intelligence service, which has categorically denied Russia's claims, alleged on August 12 that Russia was planning "large-scale provocative actions through the contact line in Ukraine's east" - a reference to the line separating government and separatist forces. Russia "will then accuse Ukraine of not complying" with the Minsk agreement, a Western-brokered peace deal for eastern Ukraine. The accusation came a day after President Petro Poroshenko put Ukraine's forces on the highest alert level in both eastern Ukraine and along the administrative boundary between mainland Ukraine and Crimea. The Foreign Affairs Ministry in Kyiv on August 12 demanded that Russia give monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) access to Crimea as well as greater access to separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine, saying that Moscow is obliged to do so under existing agreements. It also called for monitors from the International Red Cross and the United Nations' human rights monitoring mission to be given access to Ukrainian detainees who are in the custody of Russian authorities. Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations, Volodymyr Yelchenko, charged on August 11 that some 40,000 Russian troops are now amassed in Crimea and along Russia's border with eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL, with reporting by AFP, Reuters, AP, TASS and Interfax) FULL TEXT Kyiv probes evidence about Manafort NEW YORK - Handwritten ledgers found in Kyiv seem to link Paul Manafort, who is currently the chairman of U.S. mogul Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign, to more than $12 million in undisclosed cash payments during his tenure as an adviser to the government of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. The New York Times reported on August 14 that the ledgers are being investigated by Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau as possible evidence of widespread corruption inside the Yanukovych government. The ledgers mention Mr. Manafort's name 22 times and seem to document payments totaling $12.7 million between 2007 and 2012. Mr. Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014 amid massive public demonstrations. The Kyiv documents also seem to tie Mr. Manafort to a partnership with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and the questionable purchase of Ukrainian cable television assets for some $18 million. Mr. Manafort declined to be interviewed for The New York Times story, but his lawyer said Mr. Manafort had not received "any such cash payments." The lawyer also denied that Mr. Manafort approved of or participated in any illegal activities. (RFE/RL, based on reporting by The New York Times) Manafort tied to foreign lobbying WASHINGTON - The Associated Press reports that political consultant Paul Manafort, the chairman of Republican candidate Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, may have helped former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's government funnel millions of dollars to U.S. lobbyists in a way that obscured the source of the funding. In an August 17 report based on interviews with unnamed current and former employees of the Podesta Group lobbying firm, the AP said that Manafort and associate Rick Gates moved the money through a non-profit organization called the European Center for a Modern Ukraine in 2012, when they were paid consultants to the Yanukovych government. That center was closely tied to Mr. Yanukovych's administration and his Party of Regions. According to the AP, Messrs. Manafort and Gates funneled at least $2.2 million through the center to U.S. lobbying firms to "advocate positions generally in line with those of Yanukovych's government." The work included lobbying the U.S. Congress to reject a resolution condemning the jailing of Mr. Yanukovych's main political rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. That resolution was adopted in November 2013. Mr. Gates told AP that the two men connected the European Center with the lobbying firms and occasionally consulted with those firms. He said the actions were lawful and did not violate the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act. Podesta Group employee John Ward Anderson told the AP, "I was never given any reason to believe [Gates] was a Party of Regions consultant." He noted, "My assumption was that he was working for the [European Center], as were we." (RFE/RL, with reporting by AP) Pyatt: Ukraine will overcome difficulties KYIV - The U.S. envoy in Kyiv says Ukrainians will overcome their current difficulties of armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, corruption and financial problems because they have survived so many major crises in recent years. "I think having survived 2014 - the invasion of Crimea, the [deadly] shootings on the Maidan, the collapse of the hryvnia and the financial system - Ukraine can survive anything if it got through 2014," U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt told RFE/RL in an interview on August 17. Mr. Pyatt, who will leave his post in the coming days to take the U.S. ambassador's post in Greece, said he considers those crises in 2014 and the following years to be "the most difficult years" for Ukraine since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. He said the United States had played "an important role in helping the Ukrainian people to take control once again of their own democracy." He noted: "I think one of my regrets is that the [Ukrainian] government, the [Ukrainian] presidency, were not able to move more quickly against the cancer of corruption," He added that the battle against corruption was "one of the major challenges that still stands before Ukraine and the Ukrainian people." Mr. Pyatt, 52, praised the role of the Ukraine's new corruption- fighting institutions, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine and a special anti-corruption prosecutor. He said the difficult job of changing attitudes in society to help prevent corrupt practices "should have begun 25 years ago, and I think I regret that perhaps I could have played a more assertive role earlier on these issues." Mr. Pyatt has been ambassador in Ukraine since 2013 and was an active supporter of the Euro-Maidan protests in Kyiv that ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service) Kyiv accuses Russia of provocations KYIV - Kyiv accused Russia of seeking to provoke an escalation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow has bolstered separatist forces in the region with fresh deliveries of ammunition and military hardware. The assertion came as tensions between Moscow and Kyiv continued to rise after Russia claimed that Ukraine had tried to send "saboteurs" into Crimea to carry out "terrorist" attacks against infrastructure on the Russian-annexed peninsula - an allegation Kyiv says is "preposterous." Russia's Defense Ministry on August 12 announced the deployment of S-400 airdefense missile systems - which Moscow has touted as state-of-the art weapons - in Crimea. The military had pledged last month to deploy the system on the peninsula. And Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev raised the prospect of severing diplomatic relations with Kyiv in order to "sober up" Ukraine. "I would not want that to happen, but if there is no other option leftto impact the situation, the president [Vladimir Putin] could make such a decision," Mr. Medvedev said in response to a question. He noted that diplomatic ties between Russia and Georgia were cut offwhen they fought a brief war in 2008. Russia's accusation of a Ukrainian plot to destabilize Crimea, which Moscow seized from Ukraine in March 2014, added to tension following weeks of increased fighting between government forces and the Russia-backed separatists who hold parts of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Each side is blaming the other for the increased tension. Ukraine's military intelligence service, which has categorically denied Russia's claims, alleged on August 12 that Russia was planning "large-scale provocative actions through the contact line in Ukraine's east" - a reference to the line separating government and separatist forces. Russia "will then accuse Ukraine of not complying" with the Minsk agreement, a Western-brokered peace deal for eastern Ukraine. The accusation came a day after President Petro Poroshenko put Ukraine's forces on the highest alert level in both eastern Ukraine and along the administrative boundary between mainland Ukraine and Crimea. The Foreign Affairs Ministry in Kyiv on August 12 demanded that Russia give monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) access to Crimea as well as greater access to separatist-held areas in eastern Ukraine, saying that Moscow is obliged to do so under existing agreements. It also called for monitors from the International Red Cross and the United Nations' human rights monitoring mission to be given access to Ukrainian detainees who are in the custody of Russian authorities. Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations, Volodymyr Yelchenko, charged on August 11 that some 40,000 Russian troops are now amassed in Crimea and along Russia's border with eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL, with reporting by AFP, Reuters, AP, TASS and Interfax) Lavrov, Steinmeier discuss Ukraine YEKATERINBURG, Russia - Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank- Walter Steinmeier held talks in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg that focused primarily on Ukraine and Syria. Speaking to reporters after the August 15 meeting, the two ministers affirmed their support for the Minsk process aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Mr. Lavrov said Moscow is prepared to provide "irrefutable" evidence of an alleged plan by Kyiv to launch sabotage attacks in Crimea, the Ukrainian region that Moscow annexed in 2014. Moscow does not plan to sever diplomatic relations with Ukraine over the incident, saying that doing so would be "an extreme measure," Mr. Lavrov added. Ukraine has denied any involvement in or knowledge of such a sabotage plot. Mr. Steinmeier said the worsening situation in Ukraine in recent weeks is "worrisome" and called on both Moscow and Kyiv to investigate the alleged sabotage plot. (RFE/RL, based on reporting by Interfax and Reuters) Asylum granted to Kremlin critic KYIV - A Russian opposition activist who was the first person charged under a strict new law restricting protests has received political asylum in Ukraine. Vladimir Ionov, 76, told Ukraine's Hromadske Radio on August 15 that his asylum request - filed after Russian authorities charged him with attending more than two unauthorized public protests during one six-month period - had been accepted. Under legislation enacted in Russia in 2014, such activity is punishable by up to five years in prison. Rights activists call the new law a menacing tool to crack down on dissent. Mr. Ionov did not show up at his trial in December, and media reports at the time said he fled to Ukraine. Another Russian opposition activist, Ildar Dadin, was sentenced to three years in jail on December 7; he was the first person to be convicted under the new legislation. (RFE/ RL, based on reporting by nv.ua and hromadskeradio. org) Pro-Ukraine activist refused early release MOSCOW - A court in Russia has refused to grant early release on parole to a Russian activist in the southern region of Krasnodar who was jailed on charges of propagating extremism and separatism via the Internet. Darya Polyudova was sentenced to two years in a minimum-security penal colony in December 2015, becoming the first person in Russia convicted under a law criminalizing calls for separatism on the Internet that came into force in May 2014. Ms. Polyudova's mother, Tatyana Polyudova, wrote on Facebook that a court in the city of Novorossiysk did not provide any reasons for its August 10 decision. Ms. Polyudova was indicted in 2014 after she criticized Moscow online for its support of Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's east, where fighting between government forces and the separatists has killed more than 9,500 people since April 2014. The Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Center has added Ms. Polyudova to its list of political prisoners in Russia. (RFE/RL's Russian Service) Crimean Tatar forced into psych clinic SYMFEROPOL, Ukraine - A court in Russia-annexed Crimea has ruled that a noted Crimean Tatar activist, Ilmi Umerov, must be placed in a psychiatric clinic for examination. The Kyiv District Court in Symferopol on August 11 approved the motion by investigators. Umerov's lawyer, Nikolai Polozov, said that the court's ruling will be appealed. Mr. Umerov, 59, former deputy chairman of Crimean Tatars' selfgoverning body - the Mejlis - was charged with separatism in May after he made public statements against the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea by Russia. Mr. Umerov was allowed to stay home during investigations into his case. The Moscow-based Memorial human rights center has called the case against Mr. Umerov "illegal and politically motivated." The majority of Crimea's indigenous people, Crimean Tatars, opposed the peninsula's annexation by Moscow in March 2014. (RFE/RL, based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax) Uzbek accused of fighting with separatists PRAGUE - Authorities in Ukraine say they have detained an Uzbek citizen believed to have been fighting alongside Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk. A spokeswoman for the Donetsk regional prosecutor's office told RFE/RL on August 16 that Aleksandr Brykin, 20, an ethnic-Russian native of Tashkent, had confessed to joining pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk in December 2014 and serving in a separatist military unit there until May 2015. Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk has killed more than 9,500 people since April 2014. There have been numerous reports that many volunteers and mercenaries from former Soviet republics are fighting on both sides of the conflict. (RFE/RL's Uzbek Service) LOAD-DATE: September 27, 2016 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH ACC-NO: 25859 DOCUMENT-TYPE: General Information PUBLICATION-TYPE: Others JOURNAL-CODE: 25859,58881 Copyright 2016 SOFTLINE INFORMATION, INC. All Rights Reserved Ethnic NewsWatch Copyright 2016 Ukrainian National Association All Rights Reserved 3 of 10 DOCUMENTS Waycross Journal-Herald (Georgia) August 20, 2016 Saturday Russian Smear; Hillary's Press Gets Nasty BYLINE: GENE LYONS, UNIVERSAL UCLICK SYNDICATE SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 5 LENGTH: 782 words EDITOR'S NOTE: Without any proof, Hillary's supporters are attempting to smear Donald Trump as Vladimir Putin's candidate while conveninetly ignoring a $500,000 payment made by a Kremlin-connected bank, Renaissance Capital, to Bill Clinton in 2010. Clinton received the money for a one-hour-speech he made in Moscow. Are we watching an American presidential campaign or the pilot episode of a bizarre new TV series? Or both? The hallmark of "reality TV," of course, being its extreme unreality. On a daily basis, the Trump campaign invites sheer disbelief. Recently, Ivanka Trump posted an Instagram photo of herself sightseeing in scenic Croatia with Wendi Deng Murdoch. The New York Daily News explains that "Deng, who was divorced from Rupert Murdoch in 2013 ... has been linked romantically to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin." Meanwhile, Russian operatives are belived by some to be openly intervening in an American presidential election: hacking Democratic Party emails and harassing obscure political columnists. Always on Donald Trump's side. You've got to ask yourself why. One possible answer may have appeared in the New York Times. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's name turned up 22 times on a secret ledger detailing $12.7 million in illegal payments handed out under deposed Ukranian president Viktor Yanukovych. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Manafort denies any wrongdoing. He says he has never worked for the Russian or Ukranian governments and that no cash payments were paid directly to him.) Supposedly, Manafort was also involved in a "murky" $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable TV "to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin." Him again. The information was given to Times reporters by the Ukranian government's "National Anti-Corruption Bureau," no doubt tasked with putting as many of the current regime's political rivals as possible in prison. At the expense of being a spoilsport, I've learned to be highly skeptical of New York Times "blockbusters." From the Whitewater hoax onward, the newspaper has produced a series of Clinton scandal stories, culminating in last April's abortive attempt to hint that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had corruptly engineered the sale of a Wyoming uranium mine. "Look," I wrote last April, "there's a reason articles like the Times' big expose are stultifyingly dull and require the skills of a contract lawyer to parse. Murky sentences and jumbled chronologies signify that the 'Clinton rules' are back: all innuendo and guilt-by-association. All ominous rhetorical questions, but rarely straightforward answers." So it comes as no great surprise that Ukrainian investigators "have yet to determine if (Manafort) actually received the cash." So is Manafort a victim of the "Clinton Rules"? Could be. But there's no doubt about this: "Before he fled to Russia two years ago, Mr. Yanukovych ... relied heavily on the advice of Mr. Manafort and his firm, who helped them win several elections." On evidence, little things like democratic institutions and the rule of law don't appear high on Manafort's priority list. Among his previous clients were Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Zaire's infamous Mobutu Sese Seko, aptly described as "the archetypal African dictator." Both regimes were essentially kleptocracies, characterized by nepotism, brutality and extreme corruption. Comparatively speaking, Vladimir Putin would appear to be one of Manafort's more savory associates. So when candidate Trump expresses a Russia-friendly foreign policy agenda -- musing aloud about recognizing Putin's illegal occupation of Crimea, and hinting that President Trump might refuse to defend NATOalli es against Russian attack, it's reasonable to wonder what's being said behind closed doors. Or when Trump invites Russia to conduct cyberwarfare against his Democratic opponent. "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing," Trump said in July. Later, of course, the candidate alibied that he was being sarcastic. He's a great kidder, Trump. Something blows up in his face, it was a joke. Washington Monthly's David Atkins poses the million ruble question: "How much does (sic) Trump and his team need to do before we start asking serious questions about whether they're a Manchurian Candidate campaign actively working on behalf of a foreign nation?" Basically, that depends upon how big a piece of Trump Russian oligarchs own -- one big reason we'll never see his income taxes. EDITOR'S NOTE: Gene Lyons is a colunist for the Arkansas Times at Little Rock. You can email Lyons at eugenelyons2@yahoo.com LOAD-DATE: August 21, 2016 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH GRAPHIC: Lyons PUBLICATION-TYPE: Newspaper Copyright 2016 Waycross Journal-Herald Distributed by Newsbank, Inc. All Rights Reserved 4 of 10 DOCUMENTS International New York Times August 2, 2016 Tuesday How an aide to Trump held sway in Ukraine; Manafort's advisory work and business links with tycoons draw scrutiny BYLINE: STEVEN LEE MYERS and ANDREW E. KRAMER SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 1 LENGTH: 1878 words DATELINE: WASHINGTON ABSTRACT With Russia becoming a focus of the presidential campaign, Mr. Manafort's work and business dealings in Ukraine have come under scrutiny. FULL TEXT Few political consultants have had a client fail quite as spectacularly as Paul Manafort's did in Ukraine in the winter of 2014. President Viktor F. Yanukovych, who owed his election to, as an American diplomat put it, an ''extreme makeover'' that Mr. Manafort oversaw, bolted the country in the face of violent street protests. He found sanctuary in Russia and never returned, as his patron, President Vladimir V. Putin, proceeded to dismember Ukraine, annexing Crimea and fomenting a war in two other provinces that continues. Mr. Manafort was undaunted. Within months of his client's political demise, he went to work seeking to bring the former president's disgraced party back to power, much as he had with Mr. Yanukovych nearly a decade earlier. Mr. Manafort has already had some success, with former Yanukovych loyalists - and some Communists - forming a new bloc opposing Ukraine's struggling pro-Western government. And now Mr. Manafort has taken on a much larger campaign, seeking to turn Donald J. Trump into a winning presidential candidate. With Mr. Putin's Russia becoming a focus of the United States presidential campaign, Mr. Manafort's work in Ukraine has come under scrutiny - along with his business dealings with prominent Ukrainian and Russian tycoons. After disclosures of a breach of the Democratic National Committee's emails - which American intelligence officials have linked to Russian spies - Mr. Manafort and Mr. Trump are facing sharp criticism over what is seen as an unusually sympathetic view of Mr. Putin and his policies toward Ukraine. That view has upended decades of party orthodoxy toward Russia, a country that the previous Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, called ''our No.1 geopolitical foe.'' On Sunday, Mr. Trump even echoed Mr. Putin's justification of the annexation of Crimea, saying the majority of people in the region wanted to be part of Russia, remarks that were prominently featured on state news channels in Moscow. It is far from certain that Mr. Manafort's views have directly shaped Mr. Trump's, since Mr. Trump spoke favorably of Mr. Putin's leadership before Mr. Manafort joined the campaign. But it is clear that the two have a shared view of Russia and of its neighbors like Ukraine - an affection, even - that, in Mr. Manafort's case, has been shaped by years of business dealings as much as by any policy or ideology. ''I wouldn't put out any moral arguments about his work,'' said Yevgeny E. Kopachko, a pollster with Mr. Yanukovych's former party who cooperated with Mr. Manafort for years and called him a pragmatic and effective strategist. ''Nobody has a monopoly on truth and morals.'' Mr. Manafort did not respond to requests for an interview. In television interviews on Sunday, he defended Mr. Trump's views on Russia, saying that as president, Mr. Trump would be firm with Russia but would deal with it like any other country when doing so suited American interests. ''He views Russia as a foreign power that has its own interests at stake,'' Mr. Manafort said on CBS's ''Face the Nation.'' Until he joined Mr. Trump's presidential campaign this year, Mr. Manafort's work in Ukraine had been his most significant political campaign in recent years. He began his career in Republican politics in the 1970s and extended it overseas to advising authoritarian leaders, including Mobutu Sese Seko in what was then Zaire, Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines and Mr. Yanukovych. Mr. Manafort, 67, is the scion of an immigrant family that built a construction business in Connecticut. A lawyer by education, he served briefly in the Reagan administration before devoting himself to politics and later to business. A review of his work in Ukraine shows how politics and business converged in a country still struggling to function as a democracy, 25 years after it gained independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union. In that world in flux, Mr. Manafort's political strategy had echoes of Mr. Trump's populist campaign. Mr. Manafort's influence in the country was significant, and his political expertise deeply valued, according to Ukrainian politicians and officials who worked with him. He also had a voice in decisions about major American investments in Ukraine, said a former spokesman for Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, Oleg Voloshyn, who also ran as a candidate in the new bloc Mr. Manafort helped form. He persuaded the government to lower grain export tariffs, a change that benefited agribusiness investors like Cargill, and to open negotiations with Chevron and Exxon for oil and natural gas exploration in the country. Mr. Manafort began working in Ukraine after the popular uprising in the winter of 2004-5 that became known as the Orange Revolution. Mr. Yanukovych, then prime minister, was declared the winner of a presidential election in 2004 that was marred by fraud and overturned by the country's highest court after weeks of protests in favor of his pro-Western rival, Viktor A. Yushchenko. Mr. Yanukovych had relied disastrously on Russian political advisers who underestimated voter frustration. After his defeat, he turned to American experts. Mr. Manafort had begun working for one of Ukraine's richest men, Rinat Akhmetov, to improve the image of his companies. Mr. Akhmetov was also a prominent sponsor of Mr. Yanukovych's party, the Party of Regions, and he introduced the two men. With Mr. Manafort's advice, Mr. Yanukovych began a comeback, with the Party of Regions winning the biggest bloc in parliamentary elections in 2006 and again in 2007, returning him to the post of prime minister. At the time, Mr. Manafort called Mr. Yanukovych, a former coal trucking director who was twice convicted of assault as a young man, an outstanding leader who had been badly misunderstood in the West. According to State Department cables at the time that were later released by WikiLeaks, Mr. Manafort and his colleagues Phil Griffin and Catherine Barnes frequently pressed American diplomats in Ukraine to treat Mr. Yanukovych and his supporters equally so as not to risk being seen as favoring his opponents in the new elections. With Mr. Manafort's help, the party was ''working to change its image from that of a haven for mobsters into that of a legitimate political party,'' wrote the American ambassador at the time, John E. Herbst. During this time, lucrative side deals opened for Mr. Manafort. In 2008, he and the developer Arthur G. Cohen negotiated a deal to buy the site of the Drake Hotel on Park Avenue in Manhattan. One partner was Dmytro Firtash, an oligarch who made billions as a middleman for Gazprom, the Russian natural gas giant, and who was known for funneling the money into the campaigns of pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine, including Mr. Yanukovych. The three men intended to reopen the site as a mall and spa called Bulgari Tower, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan by Yulia V. Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine. In the end, though, the project unraveled. A separate deal also funneled Russian-linked oligarchic money into Ukraine. In 2007, Mr. Manafort and two partners, Rick Gates and Rick Davis, set up a private equity company in the Cayman Islands to buy assets in Ukraine and invited the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to invest, according to a court filing. Mr. Deripaska agreed to pay a 2 percent annual management fee to Mr. Manafort and his partners, and he put $100 million into the fund, which bought a cable television station in the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine, before the agreement unraveled in disagreements over auditing and Mr. Deripaska sued Mr. Manafort. The case is still pending. By 2010, Mr. Yanukovych's revival was complete. He had won a presidential campaign against Ms. Tymoshenko, who was convicted of abuse of office and sent to prison. Mr. Kopachko, the pollster, said Mr. Manafort envisioned an approach that exploited regional and ethnic peculiarities in voting, tapping the disenfranchisement of those who felt abandoned by the Orange Revolution in eastern Ukraine, which has more ethnic Russians and Russian speakers. Konstantin Grishchenko, a former foreign minister and a deputy prime minister under Mr. Yanukovych, said in a telephone interview that Mr. Manafort had ultimately grown disillusioned with his client. Mr. Manafort pressed Mr. Yanukovych to sign an agreement with the European Union that would link the country closer to the West - and lobbied for the Americans to support Ukraine's membership, despite deep reservations because of the prosecution of Ms. Tymoshenko. Mr. Manafort helped draft a report defending the prosecution that Mr. Yanukovych's government commissioned from the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in 2012. Mr. Manafort's role was disclosed after a document was discovered in a box in a sauna belonging to a former senior Ukrainian official. Other documents in that cache are now evidence in a criminal case against a former justice official. Ultimately, Mr. Yanukovych disregarded Mr. Manafort's advice and refused to sign the trade agreement, which Mr. Putin vehemently opposed. Mr. Yanukovych's decision led to the protests that culminated in two nights of violence in February 2014 and Mr. Yanukovych's flight. Mr. Manafort's chance for a comeback, however, came sooner than anyone had expected. When the government of President Petro O. Poroshenko called snap parliamentary elections for October 2014, just eight months later, Mr. Manafort rallied the dispirited remnants of Mr. Yanukovych's party. He was now on the payroll of Mr. Yanukovych's former chief of staff, Serhiy Lyovochkin. Mr. Manafort flew to Ukraine in September 2014 and set to work rebranding a party deeply fractured by the violence and by Russia's intervention. Rather than try to resurrect the disgraced party, he supported pitching a bigger political tent to help his clients and, he argued, to help stabilize Ukraine. The new bloc would try to attract everyone in the country angry at the new Western-backed government. It was Mr. Manafort who had argued for a new name for the movement - the Opposition Bloc, or Oppo Bloc, as it was called. ''He thought to gather the largest number of people opposed to the current government, you needed to avoid anything concrete, and just become a symbol of being opposed,'' recalled Mikhail B. Pogrebinsky, a political analyst in Kiev. The strategy worked. Under the new name, the Party of Regions kept a foothold in Parliament. Its new bloc now has 43 members in the 450-seat chamber. It is not clear that Mr. Manafort's work in Ukraine ended with his work with Mr. Trump's campaign. A communications aide for Mr. Lyovochkin, who financed Mr. Manafort's work, declined to say whether he was still on retainer or how much he had been paid. Mr. Manafort has not registered as a lobbyist representing Ukraine, which would require disclosing his earnings, though at least one company he subcontracted, the public relations firm Edelman, did in 2008. It received a retainer of $35,000 a month to promote Mr. Yanukovych's efforts as prime minister ''toward making Ukraine a more democratic country.'' LOAD-DATE: August 1, 2016 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Newspaper Copyright 2016 International Herald Tribune All Rights Reserved 5 of 10 DOCUMENTS The Guardian July 30, 2016 Saturday 12:15 PM GMT Donald Trump and Russia: a web that grows more tangled all the time; Frank Mermoud, a key figure at the recent Republican national convention, has strong business ties with Ukraine - the latest in a series of Trump staffers with worrying links to Russia and its interests, including the candidate himself BYLINE: Peter Stone, David Smith, Ben Jacobs, Alec Luhn and Rupert Neate SECTION: US NEWS LENGTH: 2033 words A key figure at the Republican national convention where Donald Trump was nominated for president has strong business ties with Ukraine, the Guardian has learned. The party platform written at the convention in Cleveland last week removed references to arming Ukraine in its fight with Russia, which has supported separatists in eastern Ukraine. Trump's links to Russia are under scrutiny after a hack of Democratic national committee emails, allegedly by Russian agents. Frank Mermoud also has longstanding ties to Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who in 2010 helped pro-Russia Viktor Yanukovych refashion his image and win a presidential election in Ukraine. Manafort was brought in earlier this year to oversee the convention operations and its staffing. Three sources at the convention also told the Guardian that they saw Phil Griffin, a longtime aide to Manafort in Kiev, working with the foreign dignitaries programme. "After years of working in the Ukraine for Paul and others, it was surprising to run into Phil working at the convention," one said. Related: Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear: did Russians hack Democratic party and if so, why? The change to the platform on arming Ukraine was condemned even by some Republicans. Senator Rob Portman described it as "deeply troubling". Veteran party operative and lobbyist Charlie Black said the "new position in the platform doesn't have much support from Republicans", adding that the change "was unusual". Thousands of Democratic National Committee emails were hacked and published by WikiLeaks on the eve of the party's convention in Philadelphia this week. They showed that officials, who are meant to remain impartial, favoured Hillary Clinton and discussed ways to undermine her rival, Bernie Sanders. The leak led to the resignation of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The FBI is investigating, with all signs pointing to Russian involvement, though Moscow rejects this. Experts note Vladimir Putin's past attempts to damage western democracy, including cyber-attacks on French, Greek, Italian and Latvian elections. In 2014, malware was discovered in Ukrainian election software that would have robbed it of legitimacy. Alina Polyakova, deputy director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, said: "We can't say 100% that Mr Putin had a hand in any of this but this kind of meddling in other countries' affairs is part of Russia's toolkit. It's a kind of asymmetric warfare. To me, this looks like something straight from the Russian secret service playbook, but I'm surprised at how brazen they've been." This kind of meddling in other country's affairs is part of Russia's toolkit Alina Polyakova, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Trump and his campaign have denied any connection but on Wednesday he ignited a firestorm by calling on Russia to find 30,000 emails deleted from Clinton's private server. " I think you will probably be mightily rewarded by our press," he said. He later claimed that he was being sarcastic. Analysts suggest three primary motivations for the email dump, quite probably overlapping: doing harm to the US political process to undermine its credibility; doing harm to Hillary Clinton (WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is no friend of hers); and boosting Trump, who has heaped praise on Putin and broke from Republican policy by suggesting that the US would not automatically come to the aid of Nato allies and saying he would consider recognising Crimea as Russian territory. James Rubin, a former assistant secretary of state now advising the Clinton campaign, said: "If you are the president of Russia and you have stated over and over again that you are concerned that the United States - through its enlargement of Nato, through its policies in Europe towards Ukraine, towards Georgia, towards other countries in Central Asia - are putting pressure on Russia, and you are the president of a country that has been seeking to undermine that process and roll back the independent Europe that's whole and free and push it back, that's your foreign policy objective. "So then you look at the United States and you say, well, which party's policies would be more likely to allow me to achieve my objectives? That's the way that a Russian leader would think." With Democrats and journalists now trawling through Trump's past dealings with "all the oligarchs", as he once put it, as far back as Russia's Soviet days, the candidate repeatedly, and angrily, this week stated that he has "zero, nothing to do with Russia". But he continued to refuse to release his tax returns, which could prove his claim definitively. Past courtships If he doesn't have anything to do with Russia today, he certainly has in the past. Trump has attempted to build namesake branded hotels and condos in Moscow as far back as 1987 - when it was still the Soviet Union. " It's a totally interesting place," he said at the time. "I think the Soviet Union is really making an effort to cooperate in the sense of dealing openly with other nations and in opening up the country." His desire to build a Trump Tower near Red Square continued throughout the 1990s, and in 2013 the billionaire businessman travelled to Moscow to meet Putin hoping to discuss the plan while taking in the Russian debut of Trump's Miss Universe beauty pageant. Putin cancelled at the last minute, according to the Washington Post, but sent a gift and personal note. While Trump didn't get to meet Putin on the trip, he did collect a reported $14m from Aras Agalarov, a Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire property developer and close Putin associate, and other business figures for bringing Miss Universe to Agalarov's 7,500-seat Crocus City Hall. Trump was photographed with personalities such as the rapper Timati, who has since gone on to take an outspoken pro-Kremlin position, recording a song with the refrain " my best friend is President Putin ". Trump was also photographed with Miss Universe jury member Philipp Kirkorov, a flamboyant pop star who represented Russia at Eurovision in 1995. Kirkorov told the Guardian that he first met Trump in 1994 when he performed at the businessman's Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City and spent time with him again in 1999 and 2013. Kirkorov said he and Trump did not talk much about politics but rather "about life, about the beauty of Russian and American women". "I introduced Donald to the popular Russian-Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak," Kirkorov said. "I know he's a big connoisseur of female beauty, so he talked with her a lot the whole evening. "He understands that friendship between America and Russia will lead only to positive events and an improvement in relations between our countries will be to everyone's benefit, and I'm sure that's why he has so many fans in our country," Kirkorov said. Agalarov is just one of several Russian billionaires tied to Trump; he boasted to Real Estate weekly: " The Russian market is attracted to me. I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room." On another occasion he declared: "Moscow right now in the world is a very, very important place. We wanted Moscow all the way." Back in 2008 Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr, told a New York Russian real estate investors conference that a "lot of money [is] pouring in from Russia". "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," he added. A lot of the money was destined for the 46-storey Trump Soho hotel and condos project on Spring Street, which was partly funded by group of questionable Russian and ex-Soviet state billionaires. The building was embroiled in a Manhattan district attorney investigation into fraud alleged by buyers, until Trump and his partners settled out of court. There had been plans to build a replica building in Moscow. It never happened. In 2008 Trump sold a six-acre oceanfront Palm Beach mansion for $95m - a record deal for the exclusive community that netted him $53.6m. The buyer was Russian fertiliser billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who was reported in the Panama Papers leaks to have used offshore law firms to hide more than $2bn of art works, including pieces by Picasso, Van Gogh and Leonardo, from his wife in advance of their divorce. Yanukovych, Gazprom and more For his part, Manafort has been closely tied to Ukraine over the past decade and made millions from consulting work. He worked for Rinat Akhmetov, Dmitry Firtash and Oleg Deripaska, three major pro-Russia oligarchs, as an adviser. Much of Manafort's relationship with Firtash was exposed in a 2011 racketeering lawsuit that was later dismissed. It described Manafort as aiding the mogul in moving his wealth out of Ukraine and into overseas assets. Firtash is currently under indictment in the US, and Deripaska is banned from entering the country due to ties with organised crime. Manafort's relationship with Deripaska has recently suffered as the mogul is suing Manafort in the Cayman Islands for allegedly disappearing with $19m of his money. Manafort also worked for Yanukovych and helped guide the pro-Russia candidate to victory in the 2010 Ukranian election; Yanukovych was subsequently overthrown in 2014 and is now exiled in Russia. Another of Trump's foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, is an investment banker with close links to Gazprom, the Kremlin-controlled gas company, and has long been an outspoken supporter of Putin. He has gone so far as to compare US foreign policy towards Russia in the Obama administration to slavery in the antebellum south. And Trump adviser Michael Flynn, a former US military intelligence chief, sat two places away from Putin at the state-funded TV network Russia Today's 10th anniversary party last year. The web of associations between Trump and Moscow remains ambiguous and intriguing. Asked if Putin and Trump could be actively colluding, Polyakova replied: "I don't think it would be that direct. That would be stupid. Trump wants the power of denial." Chris Coons, a Democratic senator for Delaware, said: "That seems to be a striking allegation to make because that would be unbelievably irresponsible. I have heard in the last day troubling allegations of the relationship between Paul Manafort and players in the Ukraine who are very closely tied to Putin and the Kremlin but I have no evidence about it." He added: "At this point we should allow the intelligence community and our foreign policy leaders to pursue whatever leads there may be to whatever conclusion they will reach. I do think the degree of irresponsibility shown by Donald Trump in literally urging on an illegal surveillance act by a hostile foreign power raises strong enough questions that it merits investigation. It's truly unsettling and something that deserves out attention." Related: Putin is surely backing Trump, whether or not Russia was behind DNC hack Jim Lewis, a senior vice-president and programme director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, noted that Russians had hacked into the DNC and its Republican counterpart in both 2008 and 2012 but those did not leak. "The difference this time is the leak," Lewis said. "We can say with some certainty that it's Russian hacking, but we should be cautious about saying they were behind the leak." Direct collusion with the Trump campaign is probably not happening, Lewis suggested. "Let's say you're working with someone in the Trump campaign. How do you communicate with them? I think it's unlikely given the practical difficulties." Joseph Schmitz, a foreign policy adviser to Trump, denied that there was any direct relationship between the campaign and the Kremlin. "We had to negotiate with Joseph Stalin when we had a common enemy called Hitler," he said. "Bill Clinton went on vacation in Russia when he was a Rhodes scholar; that's a fact. If anyone is in bed with Russia, it's the Clintons." But should Trump win the election, Polyakova said: "We would definitely have a closer relationship with Russia and it could endanger western security interests. I would expect a lot of appeasement when it comes to Ukraine and Syria." LOAD-DATE: July 30, 2016 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Newspaper JOURNAL-CODE: WEBGNS Copyright 2016 The Guardian, a division of Transcontinental Media Group Inc. All Rights Reserved 6 of 10 DOCUMENTS Las Vegas Review-Journal April 30, 2016 Saturday Panama Papers show how Trump, others profit from his name BYLINE: Kevin G. Hall SECTION: Pg. A004 LENGTH: 2016 words WASHINGTON -- The leak of documents known as the Panama Papers illustrates how Donald J. Trump and others seek to profit from his name. Trump doesn't appear to be the direct owner of any offshore company formed by Mossack Fonseca, the Panamanian law firm that is now the subject of multiple investigations after its documents were leaked to journalists. The firm has a Las Vegas subsidiary. The Trump name shows up on 3,540 of those leaked documents, many shedding light on what has become a business model. Some of his associates and business partners are also in the files. Early in his career, Trump developed properties. Over the decades, he has increasingly let others invest the capital and take the risks. He sells them his name and reputation, and is paid millions in return. That's the case with the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower in Panama. In the law firm's files, it is the most frequent association with Trump's name, since his business partners in the project appear as buyers of condo units, some of whom create offshore shell companies with Mossack Fonseca for the purchase. More on that shortly. McClatchy's reporters are among 400 journalists across the globe coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that are searching the leaked law firm's documents. The 11.5 million files contain emails, financial information, passports and incorporation papers for offshore companies. The Republican presidential candidate has disclosed that he has 515 companies, with 378 registered in Delaware, he said last week while campaigning. In many cases, others, such as Trump, seek to capitalize on his famous name. Trump Wise Investment Ltd. was created by the Hong Kong business Instant Companies Limited and registered in the British Virgin Islands from 1998 to late 2005. The secret documents show Mossack Fonseca did not even know who the shareholders were. Similarly, Trump World Capital Ltd. in the British Virgin Islands was opened in late 2006 by Mossack Fonseca's Singapore office. It remains active, with shareholders listing addresses in Palembang, Indonesia. One shareholder is a young woman whose LinkedIn profile describes her as merchandising supervisor at a small clothing retailer. Neither of these appear to be connected to Trump in any way. Trump is distinctive because his name, in many ways, is actually his business. His name is a brand, synonymous with luxury and brashness. The simple use of his name garners licensing fees and royalties. Panama offered him entry into a new line of business for the Trump empire -- waterfront resorts in Central America. In a promotional video ahead of the opening on July 6, 2011, Trump said he fell in love with the country during one of the Miss Universe contests he owned. "And we're now doing a great, great project in Panama that's selling like hotcakes, and I think it's one of the most beautiful buildings in the world," Trump said, speaking in the collective and sounding like an investor. "So I'm really honored to be involved in Panama." However, the fine print on the resort's webpage reveals the hallmark of Trump's business model. "Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama is not owned, developed or sold by Donald J. Trump, the Trump Organization or any of their principals or affiliates," it reads. "Newland International Properties, Corp., the owner and developer of the property, uses the 'Trump' name and mark under license from Trump Marks Panama LLC, which license may be terminated or revoked according to its terms." Newland, the project developer, paid Trump for the right to have his name splashed all over the 70-story mega condo, hotel, marina and casino constructed in the shape of a massive sail. A draft contract found in the secret files suggests Trump also gets from Newland a small percentage from every condo sold, something later confirmed by the original developer. To ensure that the hotel meets his quality standards, Delaware-based Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC manages the hotel operations. And K Group, owned by developer Newland, pays Trump Marks Panama about $5 million annually for the Trump name, the candidate's financial disclosures show. "You know Donald Trump. First it's we, we, we, we, but after a while it's me, me, me, me," said Roger Khafif, who had the vision for the project and ran the company that developed the Trump resort. "That's the art of the deal." Newland raised about $220 million in bond sales to fund the resort's construction, but the bonds were downgraded just months after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. By 2013, the developer of the luxury resort that bore Trump's name -- despite his having little financial investment -- filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure what it owed bondholders. The bankruptcy affected Trump's licensing fees, according to an Oct. 11, 2015, report by the Associated Press that said Trump's total payout remained between $32 million and $55 million. The upper-end figure suggests his payment consumed a quarter of the money raised from the bonds. Fernando March, an Ecuador-based investment banker and CEO of S&F Managers LTD, used Mossack Fonseca to create a trust so investors could contribute to projects such as one in Cartagena, Colombia. He asked Trump to invest in a multi-use development that included two hotels, condos and a golf course. March said he met twice with Trump in 2013 but the billionaire wasn't willing to invest any money. He did offer the use of his name -- for a fee. March even offered to change the posh Delano or Mondrian Hotels into a Trump-named hotel. "He was not willing to invest and at that time we needed someone to put the money down," said March. "We were not willing to use his name without any money. That is the kind of business he would love to do." Over decades Trump has built a sprawling global real-estate empire, along with clothing lines and even a now-defunct university program that bears his name. So it's no surprise that his business partners might appear in the documents that leaked from Mossack Fonseca. Much like Hillary Clinton, the subject of an earlier Panama Papers story by McClatchy, Trump's ties to people in the documents or their offshore companies are indirect. Like Clinton, he's associated with people who turn up in the offshore world. Vincent H.S. Lo appears in the documents. The Hong Kong businessman is seen as a Trump-like Asian celebrity businessman. Like Trump, Lo had his own TV show, called "The Winner." He made a fortune developing China's business capital of Shanghai. A decade ago, Trump sued Lo for $1 billion over the sale of a Manhattan property they jointly owned. The sale in 2005 was at the time viewed as the biggest residential retail sale in New York history, and Trump thought the $1.76 billion sale price was too low. Lo's company, Shui On, owns SOCAM Development Limited, which operates an active offshore company in the Bahamas called T.H. Industrial Management Limited that was registered in 1994. SOCAM officials did not return emails requesting comment. Camilo Benedetti, an investment banker for one of Trump's partners, Yun Capital Group, provided his passport to Mossack Fonseca to create what his lawyer called "a virtual office." Often offshore companies use virtual offices to give the appearance of a brick-and-mortar company. Calls and emails to company officials in Hong Kong and New York weren't returned. Yun Capital Group, a frequent partner on Trump projects around the world, and Trump are partnering on a planned luxury tower in Bogota. Trump's campaign declined to comment about his partners or his business practices. Having associations with business people who use the offshore world won't likely damage Trump politically, said Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute. That, said Tanner, is because "essentially he's running on, 'I'm a rich guy and I know rich guys.' He's not trying to hide it in any way." Offshore shell companies are legal and have legal uses. But they can often be abused, as the leaked documents show, for everything from laundering drug money to hiding the fruits of corruption and tax evasion. Former partners and associates of Trump campaign strategist Paul Manafort, a lawyer and lobbyist, appear in the Panama Papers, too. One is Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, currently suing Manafort and investment partners in a Cayman Islands court over a $26 million offshore entity that went bust about eight years ago. "He and others gave deposition testimony last year under the auspices of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at the request of a Cayman Islands court," Richard Hibey, Manafort's lawyer, confirmed, adding Manafort has never done business through Mossack Fonseca. "The proceeding in the Virginia federal court is 'terminated.'" The documents show Deripaska as the true owner of Batu Mining Limited, an offshore company opened in the British Virgin Islands in 2003 and designed, the documents said, for investments in the Mongolian coal mining business. Attempts to reach Deripaska through his website and a Cyprus firm handling his offshore went unanswered. A 2009 British lawsuit names Ziad Takieddine, a Franco-Lebanese businessman, as the owner of an offshore company called Warwick Estates Limited in the British Virgin Islands. The lawsuit, found in Mossack Fonseca files, suggests the offshore was a holding company for pricey London property. Manafort and Takieddine have become involved with an investigation of an ongoing scandal in France from 1995. The inquiry was about arm sales and the campaign funds of former French President Edoard Balladur, who Manafort was then advising. "(Manafort) was interviewed by USDOJ (Justice Department) at the request of the French authorities. He was thanked for his cooperation. Nothing more transpired," Hibey said, denying Manafort had any relationship with Takieddine. Trump partners or customers who appear in the leak of Mossack Fonseca documents now avoid association with the beleaguered Panamanian law firm. Khafif's, the resort developer, appears by name 118 times in the leak, mostly in contracts for the purchase of specific units. Khafif is working on the other side of Mossack Fonseca lawyers to close the sale. "That's it. We have no relationship with Mossack Fonseca," said Khafif insisted. "I don't know them." But the buyers of these units, some of them Americans, are often using offshore companies set up by Mossack Fonseca. Payments are sometimes made through the firm's trust service. One such offshore company was Trump Ocean Club Unit 2710 Inc., registered on May 7, 2007. Its shareholders include Connecticut lawyer Carlton Hume, who couldn't remember why he and partners tapped Mossack Fonseca to create his offshore company before the project was built. "They were obviously pitching stuff to folks in the U.S. to buy in their development," Hume said. "If I had to guess, I would guess that it was the developer who recommended them to us." While the documents show they formed an offshore company in Panama to buy the unit, Hume said they backed out when the project appeared to be in trouble. An industrial engineer, Carlos Saravia was Newland's chief operating officer for the Trump-named Panama resort project. Reached by phone, the Colombian businessman first denied ever working with the Panama Papers law firm. But when confronted with his email exchanges with Mossack Fonseca lawyer Ramses Owens, Saravia offered that maybe the Panamanian firm pitched its services to the Trump-named project. "Because they offered, and we received them, and we heard them out and that's it," he said. "We solicited bids from various Panamanian firms." The emails show Saravia reached out to Mossack Fonseca, even agreeing to pay travel expenses up to $2,500 for each of two Mossack Fonseca lawyers. After internal debate about who should go, Owens responded to Saravia. "We've talked about this with the upper management. It will be a great pleasure visiting you in Colombia," he said. LOAD-DATE: May 1, 2016 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Newspaper Copyright 2016 Greenspun Media Group (Niche Media Holdings, LLC) Distributed by Newsbank, Inc. All Rights Reserved 7 of 10 DOCUMENTS The Washington Post April 27, 2016 Wednesday Met 2 Edition Trump adviser's foreign financial deals led to disputes BYLINE: Steven Mufson;Tom Hamburger SECTION: A-SECTION; Pg. A04 LENGTH: 2268 words Paul Manafort was hired by Donald Trump to bring the wisdom of an old Washington hand to a campaign of political novices and provide expertise on the arcane art of counting convention delegates. But beneath the image of a campaign wise man is a more complex picture of a veteran consultant who has pursued parallel careers as a lobbyist, political adviser and global dealmaker. He has parlayed political relationships around the world into an array of intricate financial transactions with billionaire oligarchs and other controversial investors that have at times spurred legal disputes. In one case, Manafort tried unsuccessfully to build a luxury high-rise in Manhattan with money from a billionaire backer of a Ukrainian president whom he had advised. In another deal, real estate records show that Manafort took out and later repaid a $250,000 loan from a Middle Eastern arms dealer at the center of a French inquiry into whether kickbacks were paid to leading politicians in a 1995 presidential campaign. And in another business venture, a Russian aluminum magnate has accused Manafort in a Cayman Islands court of taking nearly $19 million intended for investments, then failing to account for the funds, return them or respond to numerous inquiries about exactly how the money was used. At one point, attorneys for the Russian businessman, Oleg Deripaska, claimed that they could not locate Manafort or his partner, Richard Gates. The tycoon hired a private investigator to track them down, according to a 2014 petition that Deripaska's attorneys filed in a Cayman Islands court seeking recovery of the money. "It appears that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates have simply disappeared," the petition states. Manafort's attorney, Richard Hibey, did not respond to repeated Washington Post requests for comment on the current status of the Cayman Islands dispute. Court records show that, as of August 2015, seven years after Deripaska requested his money back, the Russian businessman was still seeking to recover the funds. A Deripaska representative said last week that the matter still angers Deripaska and that the tycoon's "accountants and lawyers are looking at this right now." Manafort, 67, is in many ways a natural choice to be Trump's top campaign adviser. His firm was hired by Trump in the mid-1980s to lobby on gambling and real estate issues, said Manafort's former business partner Charlie Black. In addition, Manafort has owned an apartment in Trump Tower since January 2015, property records show. And another former Manafort business partner, Roger Stone, has been an informal adviser to Trump for years. More than many traditional political consultants, Manafort has demonstrated a willingness to forge unconventional alliances and cut deals in a way that makes him well suited to help Trump secure the nomination in a fractured GOP. Manafort, whose father owned a real estate company and served three terms as mayor of the family's home town of New Britain, Conn., began his Washington career in 1975 as associate director for personnel in President Gerald Ford's White House. He gained quick respect in the party in 1976, when he helped Ford secure the nomination during a contested convention. He worked later as a convention adviser to the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole. Manafort also built a high-powered lobbying practice that did not shy from clients others shunned. They included two corrupt dictators, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines, both of whom stole billions of dollars from their countries. Manafort's international work and globe-trotting ways have prompted some friends to call him "the Count of Monte Cristo," a reference to the swashbuckling hero of the 19th-century French novel. Several of Manafort's former campaign colleagues said they admired Manafort's international work and pointed out that some of Manafort's clients, such as Marcos and Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, were backed by the Reagan administration. "Paul had a great career overseas," said GOP strategist Scott Reed. "He was very successful. He offered a lot of good advice, and he made a lot of money - and there's nothing wrong with that." Black, the former Manafort business partner, called Manafort "a brilliant guy" and recalled how he had taken a keen interest in overseas work. Manafort and Gates, who also works for the Trump campaign, did not respond to requests for comment, and Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks declined to make either available or to provide a comment on behalf of Trump. Manafort's attorney also declined to answer detailed questions regarding his client's career. The relationship with Deripaska started on a positive note. The firm of Davis Manafort, which Manafort owned with Gates and longtime Republican strategist Richard Davis, wooed Deripaska in 2006, describing its experience in "international and domestic business, politics, government and public policy development," according to the Cayman Islands petition filed on behalf of Deripaska. They told Deripaska their goal was to set up a $200 million fund to make a series of private-equity investments and acquisitions, primarily in Russia and Ukraine, according to the petition. The partnership making the investments was created in the Cayman Islands in 2007 and dubbed Pericles Emerging Market Investors, borrowing the name of the ancient Athenian statesman and general. Deripaska already knew Davis, who with Manafort had helped arrange meetings for him with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in January and August 2006 as McCain prepared to run for president. Deripaska was interested in building his contacts in the United States, which in July 2006 revoked his visa. The Wall Street Journal reported at the time that his visa was pulled amid concerns that he might be linked to organized crime, something he has vigorously denied. He later received visas to travel to the United States. Deripaska made his investment through a firm called Surf Horizon, a company incorporated in Cyprus in July 2007. He disclosed his ownership of Surf in a Hong Kong stock exchange filing, and a Deripaska representative confirmed his ownership to The Post. The Cayman Islands petition said that Surf and another company controlled by Deripaska also paid $7.5 million in management fees to an entity controlled by Davis, Gates and Manafort. Deripaska expected the funds would be used to make acquisitions in Russia, Ukraine and other countries in eastern and southern Europe, according to his Cayman Islands petition. The court filing describes a complicated business plan in which Manafort and his partners would establish companies in Cyprus known as "special purpose vehicles" for tax and regulatory purposes. Instead, the petition argues, the partnership said it made only one purchase - buying a stake in Ukrainian cable television and Internet ventures. Deripaska, squeezed by the 2008 credit crunch, asked for the partnership to be liquidated and his money returned, according to Deripaska's petition. But the filing said it was not clear who was controlling the Ukrainian cable TV and Internet assets and what happened to the money Deripaska initially provided. In 2014, Deripaska was still looking to get his money, prompting his attorneys to file the Cayman Islands petition. By that time, Manafort's apparent absence from Washington had become something of a joke among his friends. A Politico story in March 2014 noted that some were wondering where Manafort, a "mystery man," was hiding. In August 2015, Deripaska's attorneys, using a legal provision allowing U.S. discovery for legal proceedings in foreign courts, asked a federal district court in Virginia to order documents and depositions from Manafort, Gates and Davis. In the filing, Deripaska's team argued that Gates had in 2008 promised an audit of the fund but that none had been produced. In addition, beyond initial assurances that the transactions had been successful, Davis, Gates and Manafort had "provided no additional updates," the petition said. A week after the petition was filed in Virginia, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee issued an order allowing Deripaska's team to move ahead. Arlington, Va.-based private investigator Deborah C. Martin filed documents with the court showing that subpoenas were delivered to Gates at his Richmond home and to the wife of Davis at their home. Martin made no mention in her court filings of Manafort. She declined to comment to The Post. Davis did not respond to The Post's requests for comment. He told Yahoo News, which first reported on the dispute in a story published late Tuesday, that he had nothing to do with Deripaska's investment and that he has not spoken with Manafort in more than five years. Davis said that when he learned that the Cayman Islands court wanted his testimony, "I was like, what the f--- is this?" The current status of the dispute is not clear from court records, and attorneys for Manafort and Deripaska declined to elaborate. In another case, Manafort's business was more personal. Real estate records show that in 2004, Manafort secured a $250,000 loan from Middle Eastern arms dealer Abdul Rahman al-Assir, using his Fairfax County, Va., home as collateral. The records show that Manafort paid off the debt in July 2015. Assir and Manafort became friendly in the 1990s, when Manafort's firm represented a Texas-based petroleum engineering firm that Assir owned, recalled Black, Manafort's former lobbying partner. Attempts to reach Assir were not successful. Manafort and Assir have come under scrutiny in France amid a long-running, complex scandal known as "Karachi-gate." According to French news accounts, investigators are probing whether funds from the 1994 sale of French-made attack submarines to Pakistan were diverted to the 1995 presidential campaign of Ã[0/00]douard Balladur, who was prime minister at the time. French media, citing witness testimony, reported that Manafort at the time was providing consulting and polling services to Balladur. One question under review, according to Agence France-Presse, is whether Manafort was paid by Assir using the money from the submarine sale. Balladur has denied wrongdoing and has said he does not recall Manafort working for him. In 2013, Manafort provided a deposition in the case, according to a report in the French newspaper Libération. Hibey, Manafort's attorney, said Manafort "was interviewed, was thanked for his cooperation, and nothing further regarding Mr. Manafort has transpired." Another case, in which Manafort tried to develop a 65-story Manhattan luxury apartment building in 2008, illustrates how he has tapped into his global political relationships to pursue financial deals. In a bid to build the $850 million project on the site of the historic Drake Hotel, Manafort relied in part on funds from Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian energy tycoon with a history of legal troubles around the world. Manafort's role in the deal was detailed in documents submitted as part of a 2011 New York lawsuit in which a former Ukrainian prime minister accused Firtash of working with Manafort and others to invest ill-gotten profits from energy transactions in Ukraine. Attorneys for Manafort and Firtash's energy company argued for the lawsuit's swift dismissal. Hibey, who represented Manafort and other American defendants, argued in a filing that the lawsuit was based on "speculative assertions unsupported by any genuine factual allegations." The lawsuit was dismissed for lack of evidence. But the case left a trail of correspondence between Firtash company executives and Manafort and Gates that provide a glimpse into the world of Manafort and his partners. Manafort and Firtash met in the early 2000s, the lawsuit contends, at a time when Manafort was doing political consulting for Viktor Yanukovych, who would later become Ukraine's president. Firtash had been a supporter. Some in the West felt Yanukovych could be an ally, but ultimately he pursued ties to Russia and fled Ukraine amid violent clashes. Manafort met with Firtash in May, June and August of 2008 to seal the Manhattan real estate deal, according to a memo by Gates. Firtash had agreed to put $112 million into buying the Drake Hotel, tearing it down and building a new luxury skyscraper, to be called the Bulgari Tower. Manafort emailed his partners in August 2008 describing an idea for two separate real estate funds, one to focus on distressed real estate in the United States and the other to seize opportunities in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. In the end, the apartment project fell through as the economy plunged into recession. Prior to joining Trump's campaign, Manafort had operated largely out of the limelight. But he once explained his approach to business during public testimony to Congress. Lawmakers in 1989 were probing a deal of Manafort's that involved federal low-cost-housing subsidies. Manafort's firm had lobbied to obtain about $43 million in Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidies for a New Jersey housing project - while holding an option to purchase a stake in the project. The firm invested before the subsidies were announced. Manafort said that after talking to a senior HUD official, he had "a high degree of expectation" the subsidies would be approved. "The technical term for what we do and what law firms, associations and professional groups do is 'lobbying,' " Manafort said. "For purposes of today, I will admit that, in a narrow sense, some people might term it 'influence peddling.' " steven.mufson@washpost.com tom.hamburger@washpost.com Alice Crites contributed to this report. LOAD-DATE: April 27, 2016 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH DISTRIBUTION: Every Zone PUBLICATION-TYPE: Newspaper Copyright 2016 Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive Company, LLC d/b/a Washington Post Digital All Rights Reserved 8 of 10 DOCUMENTS U.S. Newswire June 6, 2008 Friday 10:28 AM EST DNC Releases New Video: 'McCain's Lobbyist Friends' SECTION: POLITICAL EDITORS LENGTH: 1527 words DATELINE: WASHINGTON, June 6 As Democrats are joining together to reduce the influence of lobbyists on our political process, the Democratic National Committee today issued a new web ad highlighting Senator McCain's hypocrisy on lobbying reform and transparency. The new video, entitled "McCain's Lobbyist Friends," outlines the degree to which Senator McCain's inner circle has been dominated by the sort of Washington lobbyists he once railed against and the disturbing array of foreign clients they have represented --including companies doing business in Iran, the oppressive regime in Myanmar, and some of history's most brutal tyrants. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080519/DNCLOGO ) Out on the campaign trail, Senator McCain has promised to "set a new standard for transparency and accountability" and attempted to position himself as a champion of lobbying reform. But back in Washington, Senator McCain and his lobbyist advisors are running one of the least transparent campaigns in history. Not only does Senator McCain refuse to allow reporters to cover his fundraisers, but he has released fewer tax returns than any party nominee in decades. "While Senator McCain talks about transparency and accountability on the campaign trail, back home in Washington he and the lobbyists in his inner circle refuse to apply those same standards to his own campaign," said DNC Communications Director Karen Finney. "Senator Obama and the Democratic Party have promised to change the way business is done in Washington and are taking real steps to ensure that the American people's priorities dominate the agenda in Washington. If Senator McCain is serious about his call to clean up Washington, he should join us. Otherwise, Senator McCain is once again showing why he is the wrong choice for America's future." To view the DNC's new video, "McCain's Lobbyist Friends," click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGXIuNthJ7Q DNC Web Ad:"McCain's Lobbyist Friends" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGXIuNthJ7Q SCRIPT: John McCain says he'll take on lobbyists. But, his inner circle is full of lobbyists: Charlie Black, Chief Campaign Advisor Doug Goodyear, Convention CEO Tom Loeffler, National Co-Chair Rick Davis, Campaign Manager Randy Scheunemann, Top Foreign Policy Advisor And who have they represented? Anti-Western Political Parties… Mob-Connected Russian Oligarchs… The Saudi Royal Family… Companies doing business in Iran… The Brutal Myanmar Junta… …and some of history's Most Brutal Tyrants. John McCain and His Lobbyist Friends: The Wrong Choice for America's Future. AD BACK UP: JOHN MCCAIN'S LOBBYIST FRIENDS Anti-Western Political Parties… Campaign Manager Rick Davis's Firm Represented Anti-Western Political Party in Ukraine. "A consultant to Sen. John McCain hired a public-relations firm last year to burnish the U.S. image of a Ukrainian political party backed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, according to documents filed with the Justice Department. The lobbying firm of Davis Manafort Inc. arranged for the public-relations firm's work through an affiliate last spring, at the same time Davis Manafort was being paid by the Republican presidential candidate's campaign. The firm is co-owned by lobbyist Rick Davis, manager of Sen. McCain's presidential campaign, and longtime Republican strategist Paul Manafort." [Wall Street Journal, 5/14/08] Mob-Connected Russian Oligarchs… Davis Introduced McCain to Putin-Ally, Mafia-Linked Russian Oligarch. While seeking to do business with him, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis - while simultaneously at the Reform Institute and lobbying for Davis Manafort - introduced McCain to Oleg Deripaska, a Putin ally whose U.S. visa was revoked due to suspicions over his ties to Russian organized crime. McCain, Deripaska and Davis rendezvoused at least twice - first in January 2006 in Davos, then during a codel in Montenegro in August 2006. [Washington Post, 1/25/08] The Saudi Royal Family… Former Campaign Finance Chair Tom Loeffler Lobbied McCain for Saudi Clients. "But the fallout may not be over. One top campaign official affected by the new policy is national finance co-chair Tom Loeffler, a former Texas congressman whose lobbying firm has collected nearly $15 million from Saudi Arabia since 2002 and millions more from other foreign and corporate interests, including a French aerospace firm seeking Pentagon contracts. Loeffler last month told a reporter 'at no time have I discussed my clients with John McCain.' But lobbying disclosure records reviewed by NEWSWEEK show that on May 17, 2006, Loeffler listed meeting McCain along with the Saudi ambassador to 'discuss US-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia relations.'" [Newsweek, 5/26/08: http://www.newsweek.com/id/137522] Companies doing business in Iran… McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis Represented Ukrainian Companies Doing Business in Iran. "Before Rick Davis began serving as John McCain's campaign manager, his lobbying firm had a pretty cosmopolitan set of clients. For example, Ukranian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, who has several business links to Iran… Davis Manafort was helping Akhmetov's conglomerate, System Capital Management Holdings, to develop a "corporate communications strategy" between the beginning of 2005 through the end of summer 2005, the company said. The company's subsidiary, Metinvest, a steel company, has one of its 11 offices in Tehran. And another subsidiary, Khartsyzsk Pipe Plant, sells large pipes to Iran. Those business ties go back to at least 2005, when Davis Manafort was working for the company, according to a handful of stories in business publications like the Russia & CIS Metals and Mining Weekly and the Mining and the Metals report, which we found on Nexis." [TPM, 5/30/08: http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/05/before_rick_davis_began_servin.php] The Brutal Myanmar Junta… Doug Goodyear Left Campaign After Revelations His Firm Represented Myanmar Regime. "The man picked by the John McCain campaign to run the 2008 Republican National Convention resigned Saturday after a report that his lobbying firm used to represent the military regime in Myanmar. Doug Goodyear resigned as coordinator of the Twin Cities convention and issued a two-sentence statement." [Associated Press, 5/11/08] Goodyear and Doug Davenport, Regional Campaign Manager, Tied to Oppressive Myanmar Junta. "ABC News' Jan Simmonds reports: Two of Sen. John McCain' campaign aides resigned this weekend after media reports brought to light their ties to a lobbying group that once represented the military junta of Burma, which the regime calls Myanmar. The aides, Douglas Goodyear, who was tapped as the GOP Convention Coordinator, and Doug Davenport, a regional manager focusing on the mid-Atlantic states, both worked for DCI. The firm was hired in 2002 to represent Burma's military junta to try to begin a dialogue of political reconciliation with the United States." [ABCNews.com, 5/11/08] … and some of history's Most Brutal Tyrants. Charlie Black Pioneered the "Revolving Door Between Campaign Consulting and Lobbying." "Then in his 30s, Black already had established himself as a pioneer of the revolving door between campaign consulting and lobbying, having been a senior adviser on President Ronald Reagan's reelection campaign before returning to K Street. And his clients, as often as not, were foreign leaders eager to burnish their reputations… The lobbying shop represented Bethlehem Steel, the Tobacco Institute and the government of the Philippines. The political consulting firm helped elect a slew of lawmakers -- including Sens. Phil Gramm, Jesse Helms, Charles McC. Mathias Jr., Arlen Specter, Paula Hawkins and David F. Durenberger -- who worked on legislation that directly impacted the firm's clients." [Washington Post, 5/22/08] "Longtime Uber-Lobbyist" Helped Burnish Reputations of Some of the World's Worst Tyrants." "Longtime uber-lobbyist Charles R. Black Jr. is John McCain's man in Washington, a political maestro who is hoping to guide his friend, the senator from Arizona, to the presidency this November. But for half a decade in the 1980s, Black was also Jonas Savimbi's man in the capital city. His lobbying firm received millions from the brutal Angolan guerrilla leader and took advantage of Black's contacts in Congress and the White House." [Washington Post, 5/22/08] Black's Client List a Whose Who of Repressive Rulers. "In addition to Savimbi, Black and his partners were at times registered foreign agents for a remarkable collection of U.S.-backed foreign leaders whose human rights records were sometimes harshly criticized, even as their opposition to communism was embraced by American conservatives. They included Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, Nigerian Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre, and the countries of Kenya and Equatorial Guinea, among others." [Washington Post, 5/22/08] Paid for and authorized by the Democratic National Committee, www.democrats.org. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. SOURCE Democratic National Committee Contact: Damien LaVera of the DNC, +1-202-863-8148 LOAD-DATE: June 7, 2008 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Newswire Copyright 2008 PR Newswire Association LLC All Rights Reserved 9 of 10 DOCUMENTS Creators Syndicate May 21, 2008 Wednesday SECTION: MCCAIN'S SHOCKING DISCOVERY LENGTH: 868 words Disturbed by troubling connections and unflattering publicity, John McCain has just purged several prominent Washington lobbyists from his presidential campaign. Surely his intentions are laudable, but if Sen. McCain is consistent in ridding his campaign of such compromised people, he will find himself riding lonesome on the Straight Talk Express. That's because nearly all of his advisers, fundraisers and top staffers have worked on K Street, starting with his campaign manager, Rick Davis, and his senior adviser and spokesman, Charles Black. From the beginning, the McCain team has been thoroughly infested with representatives of corporate special interests, from the campaign's national co-chairs, finance chairs, policy and political directors, and deputies of all descriptions down to the chairman of Young Professionals for McCain, who just happens to lobby for Airbus, the European aviation firm that benefited from the Arizona senator's long inquest against Boeing. Perhaps the senator hasn't been paying attention for the past few decades, for he somehow seems to have surrounded himself with exactly the kind of Washington hustlers he professes to despise. How this happened is a question that Sen. McCain must answer for himself. What must be truly impressive to anyone glancing over the résumés of Davis and Black, as well as the lesser members of the McCain entourage, is their magnetic attraction for the most questionable clients in the world. Consider Charlie Black, a longtime Republican operative, whose lobbying activities first drew negative attention during the Reagan administration, when he represented such august figures as Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and Angolan rebel Jonas Savimbi. Marcos and Mobutu were infamous despots with a penchant for looting their own nations' economies, as well as any American aid that came their way (presumably as a result of Black's assistance). The theft of funds from taxpayers by those two crooks eventually mounted into the billions, and they savagely repressed democratic forces with U.S. arms. As for Savimbi, he was merely an authoritarian thug, a Maoist ideologue and, according to some reports, a sometime cannibal. We safely can assume that Black never returned any of the stolen blood money that paid for his services. Recently, he has suggested that U.S. government support for those dictatorial regimes somehow justified his profiteering, as if he weren't involved in shoring up that support. Meanwhile, Davis was toiling in the Reagan White House as a cabinet functionary, where his jobs included liaison with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, site of a major domestic looting scandal during those years. When he testified about his role in those events, his recollections of the influence peddling that had given housing contracts to well-connected Republicans were dim at best. But when he left the public payroll, he landed at the lobbying firm of Paul Manafort, who had gotten one of the most profitable of the HUD sweetheart deals for a $30 million development in New Jersey. Aside from the usual roster of deep-pocketed corporations paying to have their way with Congress, the White House, and the federal agencies - which horrifies Sen. McCain, lest anybody forget - the McCain advisers have attracted a number of particularly noisome accounts. For several years, Davis represented GTech, the lottery and gambling conglomerate that has been embroiled in bribery scandals in several countries, including the United States. During that same period, his firm also represented the government of Nigeria, among the most flamboyantly corrupt regimes in the world, at the time under the boot heel of the murderous Gen. Sani Abacha. More recently, he has cultivated the business of Oleg Deripaska, the Russian mega-billionaire, who made his fortune by seizing control of Russia's aluminum industry during the violent "Aluminum Wars." That history earned him a reputation as an unscrupulous mafioso and put him on the State Department's visa watch list until certain American lobbyists fixed the problem. According to The Washington Post, Davis arranged at least two meetings in Europe between Deripaska, a close ally of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin, and Sen. McCain, a critic of Putin's oligarchic and undemocratic government. These episodes scarcely begin to describe the careers of Davis, Black and their colleagues on the McCain team. They've put lipstick on a lot of pigs. But the question is why, at this late date, the Republican nominee-in-waiting is pretending to be shocked by "conflicts of interest" in which he stands neck deep and why he dismisses four or five lobbyists while keeping dozens of others, including his top advisers, because they claim to be "retired" or on "leaves of absence" from their businesses. He knows that a press release won't change the habits of a lifetime in Washington's corrupt corporate culture, but apparently he hopes we will think so. Joe Conason writes for the New York Observer (www.observer.com). To find out more about Joe Conason, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2008 CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC. LOAD-DATE: November 19, 2010 LANGUAGE: ENGLISH PUBLICATION-TYPE: Newswire Copyright 2008 Creators Syndicate, Inc. All Rights Reserved 10 of 10 DOCUMENTS The Associated Press April 17, 2007 Tuesday 2:03 PM GMT How lobbyists help ex-Soviets woo Washington BYLINE: By GLENN R. SIMPSON SECTION: BUSINESS NEWS LENGTH: 1834 words Former Federal Bureau of Investigation director William Sessions once condemned Russia's rising mafia. "We can beat organized crime," he told a Moscow security conference in 1997. Today, Mr. Sessions is a lawyer for one of the FBI's "Most Wanted": Semyon Mogilevich, a Ukraine-born Russian whom the FBI says is one of Russia's most powerful organized-crime figures. Mr. Sessions is trying to negotiate a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice for his client, who is charged with racketeering and is a key figure in a separate Justice Department probe of energy deals between Russia and Ukraine. A number of notable Washington insiders are earning big fees these days by representing controversial clients from the former Soviet Union. From prominent businessmen some facing criminal allegations to top politicians, well-known ex-Soviets are lining up to hire help with criminal cases, lobbying and consulting. These figures, many of whom made fortunes in the wide-open 1990s amid the Soviet Union's disintegration, hire Washington insiders to help rehabilitate their reputations in the West or to persuade investors and regulators they are committed to good corporate governance. Sensitive foreign clients are nothing new for Washington's lobbying industry. Among others, Jack Abramoff convicted of fraud and bribery last year represented clients in Pakistan and Russia, while former Liberian President Charles Taylor, awaiting trial on war-crimes allegations, once employed his own Washington lobbyist. But recent years have seen a growing number of former Soviet officials and industrialists seeking assistance in the U.S. capital. Many are playing an increasingly important role in the global economy, as they wrest ever-greater control of Eurasia's vast energy reserves and other natural resources. All have become politically powerful in their home countries as well, making them and by extension their U.S. advisers key players in Western efforts to promote regional stability. Among recent examples: For a $560,000 fee, Bob Dole, the former Senate majority leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, helped a Russian billionaire accused by rivals of bribery obtain a visa to visit the U.S. in 2005, among other things. Leonid Reiman, a powerful member of Russia's cabinet and close ally of President Vladimir Putin, uses a Washington public-relations consultant. Mr. Reiman is under federal investigation in the U.S. over money laundering and is locked in a high-stakes battle with Moscow conglomerate Alfa for control of a Russian telecommunications empire. Alfa has paid Barbour Griffith & Rogers the influential lobbying firm co-founded by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour nearly $2 million in lobbying fees. Paul Manafort, a former adviser to Mr. Dole's presidential campaign, has advised a Ukrainian metals billionaire and his close political ally, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich. Mr. Yanukovich, who favors closer ties with Mr. Putin's administration, is embroiled in a power struggle with pro-Western Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. In some cases, the details of how these ex-Soviet clients made their fortunes are murky and the source, amount and purpose of the fees they pay Washington consultants can be as well. In 2005, for example, Ukrainian politician Yuri Boyko used a Caribbean shell company to pay a Washington lobbyist for help arranging meetings with top Republicans. Mr. Boyko, currently Ukraine's minister of energy, was the architect of gas deals between Russia and Ukraine now being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for possible ties to the alleged mafia client of Mr. Sessions. Mr. Boyko said the $98,000 in fees was paid by a small political party he heads. Annex Holdings, the Caribbean firm that paid Mr. Boyko's lobbyist, also had a stake in the gas deals, corporate records show. At times, even clients' names are camouflaged by lobbyists despite federal laws making clear that they aren't allowed to disguise identities by taking fees from intermediaries. Without such rules, says prominent Washington ethics lawyer Jan Baran, "you would just have a bunch of shell organizations identified as clients of lobbyists and lobbying firms." In 2004, for instance, a United Kingdom shell company called Foruper Ltd., which had no assets or employees, paid Barbour Griffith $820,000. Foruper was established by an attorney who structured the natural-gas deals being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department. Prosecutors are investigating whether there are ties between the attorney who set up Foruper and Mr. Mogilevich, Mr. Sessions's client. In its filings, Barbour Griffith said the fees were for "promotion of greater cooperation and financial ties between Eastern Europe and the West." In 2002 and 2003, a group called "Friends of Ukraine" paid Barbour Griffith $320,000. Tax records show that Friends of Ukraine, which no longer exists, was headquartered at Barbour Griffith's own office in Washington. The group's chairman was firm partner Lanny Griffith. Mr. Griffith said in an email that the firm as a policy doesn't discuss client matters but added that Barbour Griffith "has been scrupulous in our compliance" with laws governing the disclosure of lobbying clients. Barbour Griffith is locked in a legal battle with associates of Mr. Reiman, the Russian minister, whose Washington adviser is a former Wall Street Journal reporter named Mark D'Anastasio. Mr. D'Anastasio said he once helped Mr. Reiman as a favor to a friend but doesn't work for him. Longstanding federal laws require Americans to register with the federal government if they do lobbying or public-relations work for foreign clients. But details in those filings often offer only a vague sense of the work being done. Mr. Dole, for instance, disclosed in lobby filings with the U.S. Senate his work for Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska. He described it as involving "U.S. Department of State visa policies and procedures." Mr. Deripaska, who has close ties to the Kremlin, emerged from Russia's "aluminum wars" of the 1990s with a virtual monopoly on the nation's aluminum production. Mr. Deripaska has long been dogged by allegations from business rivals in courts in the U.S. and U.K. that he used bribery, intimidation and violence to amass his fortune. Those accusations, which he denies, have never been substantiated and no criminal charges have been filed. But for years they helped keep the State Department from granting him a visa. In 2003, the Russian industrialist paid $300,000 to Mr. Dole's law firm, Alston & Bird, according to lobbying reports. After that, Mr. Dole worked to persuade U.S. officials his client isn't a criminal and that his business operations are transparent, said people with knowledge of the matter. In 2005, the State Department reversed itself and granted the visa. Mr. Deripaska then paid Mr. Dole and his firm an additional $260,000, filings show. Mr. Deripaska traveled to Washington in 2005 and also made trips to the U.S. last year, said people with knowledge of the situation. Mr. Dole and a State Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Simon Moyse, a London-based spokesman for Mr. Deripaska, said the businessman currently possesses a multiple-entry U.S. visa. He declined to comment further or provide documentation of Mr. Deripaska's visa status. The former Dole strategist Mr. Manafort and a former Dole fund raiser, Bruce Jackson, have received fees and donations from Ukrainian billionaire Rinat Akhmetov, the political patron of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yanukovich. Messrs. Manafort and Jackson played prominent roles in the Ukrainian's recent visit to Washington. The visit included meetings with U.S. officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney. A company controlled by Mr. Akhmetov donated $300,000 in 2005 to a human-rights charity run by Mr. Jackson and his wife, an Internal Revenue Service document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal shows. Mr. Jackson said he was grateful for the support. Mr. Manafort, who isn't registered as a consultant to the Ukrainian leader, didn't respond to requests for comment. Mr. Sessions's client, Mr. Mogilevich, is accused in a 45-count racketeering and money-laundering indictment in Philadelphia of masterminding an elaborate stock fraud using a web of shell companies in Europe. The Justice Department also is investigating whether there are any ties between Mr. Mogilevich and a recent series of billion-dollar natural-gas deals between Russian gas giant OAO Gazprom and Ukraine, people familiar with the matter said. The probe is being led by the Justice Department's Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. According to people familiar with the matter, Mr. Sessions recently approached former colleagues at Justice with an unusual offer: Mr. Mogilevich would provide the U.S. with intelligence on Islamist terrorism if prosecutors opened negotiations to resolve his legal problems in the U.S. Federal prosecutors rejected that offer, lawyers and others familiar with the matter said. Mr. Sessions's firm and a Justice Department spokesman declined to comment. The Mogilevich talks were brokered by a prominent Washington security expert named Neil C. Livingstone, who was briefly in the news during the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal for his work on terrorism issues with White House aide Oliver North. He declined to discuss the Mogilevich talks, other than to say they involved "very sensitive issues." Until recently, Mr. Livingstone was chief executive of GlobalOptions, a Washington corporate-intelligence firm he founded. Mr. Sessions sits on the firm's advisory board. 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  • https://archive.org/details/EXPLAINDANIELANDREVELATIONUPDATE22WITHOUTEXTRAEVIDENCEUPDATE 18 04 2019


    THE 95 THESIS OF REVELATION : THE CHRIST SECOND
    COMING


    AS PROPHECIED IN DANIEL AND REVELATION

    INTRODUCTION

    A
    EXPLAINATION OF the PROPHECY DANIEL and REVE LATION . anyway how do
    i know 1948 A D ISRAEL IS the great babylon who is held up by dragon
    in revelation 17 ?. the return of israel after 2000 years means the
    judgement of israel and second coming of the christ afterwards).

    STARTING
    FROM DANIEL THE PROPHECY OF THE SECOND COMING OF THE CHRIST .

    I
    want to go back to Daniel's prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar dream in
    Daniel 2 . the dream of the ancient Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar's
    dream of a idol with a gold head silver chest and arms bronze thighs
    iron shins iron and clay foot and ten toes and the foot is smitten by
    the stone that falls from heaven and the rest of idol is made as
    chaff which is blown in the wind and that stone become a great
    mountain which encompassed the earth . the declaration of the
    kingdom of GOD the eternal kingdom brought about by second coming of
    the christ here is the Daniel 2:27-49 ,Daniel 7 : 7 -14, Matthew
    9:2-6 , Mark 14:57-64 , Luke 21:25-29 , Mark 13:24-29 , Matthew
    24:28-31 . so with this we know the stone that falls from heaven
    and estanblish the kingdom of GOD which is the eternal kingdom is
    christ second coming to the earth as lion ot reclaim it from the
    devil .

    .
    now then the prophecy of Daniel . Daniel proceeds to explain that the
    metals represent four succesives kingdoms each being less presitage
    then the previous but increasing strength . the kingdom of babylon
    is the head of gold ( Daniel 2:28-40 605 BC to to 539 BC
    scritpure
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A28-40&version=KJV
    image of ancient babylon
    https://archive.org/details/BabylonMapLarge
    ) . the medes and persian (daniel 5 22 :31
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+5+%3A22+-31&version=KJV
    ) (achmedic empire) is the silver chest and arms ( 539 BC to 331 BC
    https://archive.org/details/MedoPersianEmpireLarge

    ) . the Greeks are bronze thighs ( daniel 8 :3 -25
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+daniel+8+%3A3+-25+&version=KJV
    daniel 10 :3 -20
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel++10+%3A3+-+20&version=KJV
    ) (331 BC to 168 BC
    https://archive.org/details/AlexanderEmpire323bc
    ).




    the
    iron shins is the roman empire which is identified in daniel 7 (
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+7&version=KJV
    ) . when the western roman empire is divded by ten germanic tribes
    three of them fall and the rise of the vatican the little horn
    speaking great words againts the most high GOD is the vatican which
    is located in italy which was part of the roman empire identifying
    the fourth empire ) ) ( 168 BC to 284 AD
    https://archive.org/details/RomanEmpireLarge
    ) the roman
    empire conquered the greeks in 168 BC ( just some notable events
    that occured in 0 AD was christ born 33 A D he died then in 70 A
    D was siege of jerusalem after that in 117 A D the roman empire
    reached its greatest in height ) . the roman empire was then split
    in half in the year 284 A D by diocleation a roman general as the
    roman empire became to large to governen so it was split in half
    this is the fulfilment of the iron and clay foot part of statue of
    nebuchadnezzer dream (284 A D to 476 A D ) . after diocletion split
    the empire in half he assianged two senior and two junior
    emprerers of the two halfs of the empire and then they fought
    againts each other for control over the empire with constantine being
    the last empoerer to control the whole empire in 300 A D he
    legalised christianity
    https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN.


    ) . then by 476 A D the eastern roman empire became known as
    Byzantine empire while the west was divided by ten germanic tribes a
    list of the germanic tribes Franks , Alamani , Visgoths , Suebi ,
    Anglo-Saxon , Lombards , Burgundian , Ostrogoths , Heruli , Vandals
    https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven
    , https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge
    these ten kingdoms are the ten toes of the statue from
    Nebuchadnezzar dream(daniel 2) .




    we
    then continue on in daniel 7 the scrtipure talks about the divison
    of the western roman empire ( rememeber how the western half was
    divded by ten germanic tribes these are the 10 horns of fourth beast
    of daniel 7 ) also how that there are ten horns and 3 are plucked
    up by the root by the little horn speaking great words againts the
    most high GOD and then it repeats saying there are seven where there
    was ten and a little horn . (THIS IS THE VATICAN the only christian
    church that in human history which is also a state in its self and
    for it role in bringing pagans in to church along with there ideas
    which are not from the bible and it history of teaching doctrine
    contrary the bible there blasphemy againts GOD such as purgatory or
    buying forgivness praying to saints calling preist you father when
    christ commanded call only GOD you father changing the sabbath from
    saturaday to sunday etc ) then after 476 AD leading into the middle
    ages .

    TRANSTION
    .CARRING ON FROM DANIEL TO REVELATION THE HISTORY OF SEVEN KINGS LEAD
    TO FOOT OF THE STATUE OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR DREAM .

    the
    divsion between daniel's prophecy end and revalation's start (476 A
    D to 1492 A D ) then we continue in on revelation 6 KJV . Revelation
    6 King James Version (KJV)6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the
    seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four
    beasts saying, Come and see.2 And I saw, and behold a white horse:
    and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and
    he went forth conquering, and to conquer.




    the
    frist seal the horse men given a bow crown and conquer to conquer (
    the bow reference to the emergence of firearms surplace traditonal
    warfare in early 16 century . the chinese invented gun powder and
    used it in cannons then this technology made its way to europe then
    they minutrized it to hand cannons and by the time of early 16th
    centuray (1500s) they made a early form of musket revoutionizing
    warfare this is when firearms made the traditional warfare obselote
    (knights spears etc) this is what meant by given a bow ( note it
    called a bow because just as in psalm 22 proheisied that JESUS hands
    and feet pierced and it was done via crusafiction which did not exist
    when david wrote the pslam so did not firearms but because a musket
    fires a projectile and kill via a projectile which is aimed and
    shot like bow) .( a four minute video showing emergence of early
    form of musket causing traditional warfare to become obsolete in
    early 16TH centuray
    https://archive.org/details/THEBOWGIVENTOTHEHORSEMEN1Mpeg2video




    )
    the crown the seven kings of the western roman empire (western Europe
    ) to conquer to conquer ( the colonization of american pacfic asian
    african continent at the height of western colonialism leading to
    world war 1 in 1914 a 1 minute long minute video showing maps of
    western colonialisms over this period
    https://archive.org/details/WESTERNCOLONIALISMGIF
    ) (noteable event in 1917 the Balfour declaration of the britsh to
    create a Jewish homeland in Palestine) .




    so
    the frist seal period was 1492 AD to 1918 AD . now then in 1517 AD
    the protestant reformation began and during the the first seal martin
    luther purged the paganism from church then the translation of bible
    and mass production of the bible then the christian missionary went
    every where colonilial power went spreading christainity all over
    the world ( here is video showing chrisanity spread all the world
    during colonialism
    https://archive.org/details/TheSpreadOfChristianity

    ) .




    after
    the WW1 western colonization began to taper off the last bit being
    the sykes picot agrement to divde up the middle east by the french
    and british ( the former ottoman empire) . then the second seal rev
    6 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was
    given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that
    they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great
    sword. the second seal 1918 AD to 1991 AD the rise of communism
    symbolized by the color red en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_symbolism
    . 'given power to him' the rise of soviet union (
    https://archive.org/details/SovietUnionMap1

    ) 'and took peace from the earth' revolutions wars conflict
    Russia china Korea Vietnam ( some examples
    https://archive.org/details/SEAL2TOOKPEACEFROMTHEEARTH
    ) etc 'the two will try kill one another after' the second world
    war ( once again a world war started in westtern europe as with the
    frist world war ) from 1947 to 1991 the coldwar between the USSR
    and the USA (
    https://archive.org/details/COLDWARIMAGE3
    ) which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war USA allied
    with Israel and western Europe againt USSR who was allied with
    eastern europe as Europe was split between communist east and
    capitalist west (seven kings of the western roman empire ) ( map of
    europe 1947 to 1991 https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit
    )




    )
    . now why a sword ? frist horse men had a bow ( remeber emergence of
    firearms revoutionizing warfare in early 16 tha musket ) the second a
    a sword the frist power will over the come second power just like
    durng the colonialism times those with firearms trumpied over those
    who used traditional warfare .

    THE
    PROPHECIES OF REVELATION FORFILLED




    now
    then the scripture talks of revelation 13 how two beast were to a
    rise the beast of sea ( from daniel 7 a combination of all four
    beast that symbolized previous empire (babylon ( winged lion medes
    and persian ( bear ) greek ( multihead winged leopard ) romans ten
    horns then seven horns of daniel 7) ) and of land a ram (
    https://archive.org/details/BeastsOfRevelation13USAANDEU
    )



    now
    then during the time of coldwar 1947 AD to 1991 AD europe was split
    in half the seven kings of the western roman empire allied with
    israel and USA then after the fall of soviet union the nations allied
    with USSR in the warsaw pact joined the seven kings and forming the
    EU (

    https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit


    https://archive.org/details/BeastOfTheLandEuropean

    )
    . now then WE have the two greatest empires in human histroy and
    there both allied together and support israel (
    https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901

    ) the USA DOMINATES the world it has the greatest millitary and
    economic power in human histroy with bases all over the world and it
    has allies all over the world (the mark of the beast ) and its
    currency is the international reserve currency (cannot buy or sell
    with out the mark symbol or number 666 of the beast and who will not
    use it shall be destoryed and several countries have been attacked
    over this issue of the USD being drop example iraq libya syria
    https://archive.org/details/MarkOfTheBeastUSADOLLARADDIRANADRTPETROMpeg2video


    https://archive.org/details/MarkOfTheBeastUSADOLLARADDIRANMpeg2video001
    ) and then there is USA lackey which is subordinate to USA the
    EU which derived from the seven kings of western roman empire after
    the second world war taking in the warsaw pact countries that were
    allied with the soviet union . the EU millitariy is much weaker but
    still formidable then USA but economically equal to the usa and both
    are allied together dominate the world and support israel . now
    then the scripture in rev 17 talk about the revival of the fourth
    beast ( rev 17 'the beast that was that shall ascend out of the
    bottomless pit and go into the perdition ' the beast that was is not
    and yet is ' revealing what the fourth creatue that hinted at in
    daneil 7 and then shown in revelation ( the roman empire symbolized
    as a dragon which is the symbol assign to the fourth kingdom hinted
    at in daniel 7 shown in rev 17 ) .

    the
    two powers USA AND EU are the two beast of revelation 13 the reborn
    divded roman empire physical manifestation (symbolized by the dragon
    of revelation 17 remeber daniel 7 )this is the fulfilment of last
    part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream ( daniel 2 the foot of the
    statue of nebuchadnezzer dream that is smitten by the stone ( jesus )
    that falls from heaven ) remeber how in 284 AD diocletain split the
    roman empire in half
    https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN.



    and now THE USA AND
    EU THE REBORN DIVDED ROMAN EMPIRE the last part of statue of
    nebuchadnezzer dream the iron and clay foot of satute that is to be
    smitten by the stone that falls from heaven
    https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901
    ( remeber
    how diocletian splits the empire in half the frist time round when
    the empire was splits in half it revives in a divdied state ).
    now then in rev 17 it say seven heads and ten horns then repeats by
    saying seven mountains and ten kings this is reference to daniel 7
    ten horns then seven horns and it repeats 7 horn were there was 10
    horns . now then the same seven kings of western roman empire from
    476 AD
    https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven
    https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge

    ( 476 AD )

    (
    1947 to 1991 europe https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit
    )

    were
    allied with israel in 1948 through out the coldwar and beyond . now
    then how do we know 1948 AD israel is the woman the great babylon
    which is held up by the revied divded roman empire ( REV 13 USA EU
    ALLAINCE ) symbolized as dragon of rev 17 which shows the
    relationship between the reviived fourth kingdom and israel .

    fristly
    israel return after 2000 years fulfils the prophecy of the high
    presit joseph caiaphas (john 11 prophecy of 47 to 51)' gathering to
    together in one the children of god that were scattred abroad' and
    after the return is followed by the judgement of matthew 23 if you
    read the scrtipture you would know this judgement againts a woman (
    note rev 17 says its a city so a place a nation ) for killing the
    prophets and then after the judgment of her the world mourns her
    fall and then christ comes not long afterwards . killing the prophets
    this is one attribute that is attrubtated to her which is unique to
    only one people on earth the jews ( six witness testamonies LORD
    JESUS the SON of GOD himself aslo there is elijah paul stephen
    jeremiah , nehemiah and paul accusses israel for killing the
    prophets twice frist his own accusation and also he quotes elijah )
    .

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    KEY SCRITPUTE sample

    Nehemiah
    9:20-26

    1
    kings 19 13 - 14matt 27 22-27 luke 13 33- 35 acts 7 49-60 1 jeremiah
    2 verse 27 30 , Romans 11:1-5

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    Thessalonian 2 13-16 john 11 47 to 53 Matt 23 27-38 Revelation 17 1-6
    rev 18 verse 20 and 24 rev 19 1-2 rev 19 11 and 21 and rev 20 )

    (MORE
    SCRIPTURE if you doubt revelation 17 1 to 6 18 verse 20 and 24
    revaltion 19 verse 1 and 2 rev 19 11 to 21 rev 20 1 kings 19 13 to 14
    jeremiah 2 verse 29 30 matthew 23 verse 27 to 39 mattew 27 verse 22
    to 26 mark 12 verse 1 to 12 Luke 13:6-9 fruitless vineyard luke 11 44
    to 54 luke 13 33 to 35 luke 20 9 to 20 act 2 22 to 25 act 3 9 to 18
    act 4 1 to 13 act 5 17 to 32 act 7 45 to 60 act 8 1 to 8 1
    thessoltian 2 13 to 16 )



    .
    israel to be judged for killing the prophets ( jesus judgement
    againts israel matthew 23 rev 17 1 - 6 rev 18 vese 20 and 24 rev
    19 1 -2 and 11 -21 ) and this colorroates with the book of
    revelaton with the judgement of israel/babylon the woman on the
    dragon before the second coming of christ .

    1948
    AD ISRAEL THE GREAT BABYLON AS LIKE ANCIENT BABYLON .

    now
    then why is it called babylon rev 17 the woman on the dragon .

    well
    2500 years ago GOD destroyed ancient babylon using the the medes and
    persian so has LORD GOD risen up the islamic republic of iran ( iran
    historically known as persia (KJV daniel 5 28 Peres; Thy kingdom is
    divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.) to destroy israel(the
    jews killed prophets )/babylon ever since the islamic revolution of
    1979 AD they sworn themselves to destroy israel . Daniel 5 King
    James Version (KJV)22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not
    humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;23 But hast lifted
    up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the
    vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives,
    and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised
    the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which
    see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is,
    and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:24 Then was the
    part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.25 And
    this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.26
    This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy
    kingdom, and finished it.27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances,
    and art found wanting.28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to
    the Medes and Persians.29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed
    Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made
    a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in
    the kingdom.30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans
    slain.31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about
    threescore and two years old.




    Ezra
    1 King James Version (KJV) 1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king
    of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might
    be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia,
    that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it
    also in writing, saying,2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord
    God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he
    hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in
    Judah.3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with
    him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the
    house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in
    Jerusalem.

    Name
    of Iran From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the Western
    world, Persia (or one of its cognates) was historically the common
    name for Iran. On the Nowruz of 1935, Reza Shah Pahlavi asked foreign
    delegates to use the term Iran, the endonym of the country, in formal
    correspondence. Since then, in the Western World, the use of the word
    "Iran" has become more common. This also changed the usage
    of the terms for Iranian nationality, and the common adjective for
    citizens of Iran changed from "Persian" to "Iranian".
    In 1959, the government of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Reza Shah
    Pahlavi's son, announced that both "Persia" and "Iran"
    could officially be used interchangeably.[1] However the issue is
    still debated today.[2] .

    (
    iran/hezbollah israel conflict
    https://archive.org/details/PERSIAVSISRAEL7HEZBOLLAHINVADESMpeg2video



    )
    Persia itself will not destroy israel/babylon but it shall be
    destroyed by the the angel of revelation 18 that shall throw a stone
    at the city and destory it . this would iran ally hezbollah the only
    arab force to beat israel in war , backed by persia , armed with a
    100000 missiles ( the millstone rev 18 ) ( here is 30 minute video
    explain hezbollah victory in 2006 war and 60000 to 100000 missile
    arresenal
    https://archive.org/details/PrototypeDiviedPart9AngelWithMillstoneHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video
    ) and plans to invade the galliee (the inadvertnat location of
    armageddon ) fulfilling the sixth trumpet and bowl of wraith in
    the next war with israel ( the is video 22 minutes explain the how
    hezbollah invasion israel draw USA AND EU INto the battle of
    armageddon
    https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart10HASB011LAHINVodDESYIZRAELTHESIXTHTRUMPETANDVIALANDCONFLICTOFARMAGEDD
    )




    rev
    9 KJV 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the
    four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.15 And the
    four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day,
    and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.16 And the
    number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand
    thousand: and I heard the number of them.17 And thus I saw the horses
    in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of
    fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were
    as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke
    and brimstone.18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by
    the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of
    their mouths.19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their
    tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and
    with them they do hurt.20 And the rest of the men which were not
    killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands,
    that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver,
    and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear,
    nor walk:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their
    sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation
    16 King James Version (KJV) 12 And the sixth angel poured out his
    vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried
    up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.13 And I
    saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the
    dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of
    the false prophet.14 For they are the spirits of devils, working
    miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole
    world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God
    Almighty.15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth,
    and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his
    shame.16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the
    Hebrew tongue Armageddon

    Tel
    Megiddo From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    History
    Tel Megiddo (Hebrew: מגידו‬;
    Arabic: مجیدو,
    Tell al-Mutesellim, "The Tell of the Governor") is an
    ancient city whose remains form a tell (archaeological mound),
    situated in northern Israel near Kibbutz Megiddo, about 30 km
    south-east of Haifa. Megiddo is known for its historical,
    geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek
    name Armageddon. During the Bronze Age, Megiddo was an important
    Canaanite city-state and during the Iron Age, a royal city in the
    Kingdom of Israel. Megiddo drew much of its importance from its
    strategic location at the northern end of the Wadi Ara defile, which
    acts as a pass through the Carmel Ridge, and from its position
    overlooking the rich Jezreel Valley from the west. Excavations have
    unearthed 26 layers of ruins, indicating a long period of settlement.

    Some
    Christians believe that Armageddon will be the site of the final
    battle between Jesus Christ and the kings of the Earth who go to war
    against Israel, as outlined in the Book of Revelation.


    .HOW GREAT BABYLON FALLEN .

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Babylon


    Historiography


    The
    cuneiform texts – the Chronicle
    of Nabonidus,
    the Cyrus
    Cylinder
    and the so-called Verse
    Account of Nabonidus
    – were written after the Persian victory. They portray the
    Babylonian king negatively and present Cyrus as the liberator of
    Babylon, the defender of the Babylonian gods and consequently as the
    legitimate successor to the Babylonian throne.[15]
    Modern scholarship[16][17][18][19]
    recognizes the Cyrus Cylinder as a propaganda tablet designed to
    manipulate the public against Nabonidus and to legitimize Cyrus'
    conquest of Babylon. Regarding its claim that Babylon fell to the
    Medes and Persians without opposition, Briant writes, "It
    appears prima facie unlikely that Babylon could have fallen without
    resistance",[20]
    and Piotr Michalowski notes, "there is no contemporary evidence
    to support this suspicious claim."[21]
    Similarly, the Nabonidus Chronicle is a rework of history from the
    Persian court purporting to be a text from Nabonidus. Its first part
    relates events that can be verified from other sources; however, the
    latter part, particularity when dealing with the seventeenth year of
    Nabonidus, is especially flattering of Cyrus, with the people of
    Babylon welcoming him by spreading green twigs before him.[22]


    Tolini
    has proposed a plausible reconstruction of how Babylon fell. A
    receipt for reconstruction work on the Enlil Gate demonstrates that
    there was a forced entry into Babylon. Tolini proposes that a portion
    of the Persian army, under the command of General Ugbaru, penetrated
    the Enlil Gate on the West side of the Euphrates, then crossed the
    river to take the eastern districts of Babylon. This may be the
    source of the story, recorded by Herodotus, that the Persian army
    entered Babylon along the riverbed, having diverted the
    Euphrates.[23]
    This surprise capture of Babylon is consistent with the story
    recorded in Daniel 5.[24]


    The
    timing of the attack may have contributed to the success of Ugbaru's
    strategy. Herodotus, Xenophon and Daniel 5 all record that Babylon
    was in the midst of a festival on the night it was taken. The
    Babylonian Chronicle records that Babylon was captured on 16th
    Tašrîtu, which was the night before the akitu
    festival in honor of Sin, the moon god.[25]


    The
    Cyropaedia,
    a historical
    romance
    which may contain a historical core,[26]
    contains content as described by Xenophon who had been in Persia as
    one of the "Ten Thousand" Greek soldiers who fought on the
    losing side in a Persian civil war, events which he recounted in his
    Anabasis.
    It is also possible that stories about Cyrus were told (and
    embellished) by Persian court society and that these are the basis of
    Xenophon's text. Herodotus, though writing long after the events, had
    traveled in Mesopotamia and spoken to Babylonians. In Cyropaedia
    (7.5.20–33), Xenophon, in agreement with Herodotus (I.292), says
    that the combined Median
    and Persian army
    entered the city via the channel of the Euphrates
    river,
    the river having been diverted into trenches that Cyrus had dug for
    the invasion, and that the city was unprepared because of a great
    festival that was being observed. Cyropaedia
    (7.5.26–35) describes the capture of Babylon by Gobryas,[27]
    who led a detachment of men to the capital and slew the king of
    Babylon. In 7.5.25, Gobryas remarks that "this night the whole
    city is given over to revelry", including to some extent the
    guards. Those who opposed the forces under Gobryas were struck down,
    including those outside the banquet hall. The capture of the city,
    and the slaying of the son king of the king (4.6.3), is described in
    Cyropaedia
    (7:5.26–30) as follows:

    Thereupon
    they entered; and of those they met some were struck down and slain,
    and others fled into their houses, and some raised the hue and cry,
    but Gobryas and his friends covered the cry with their shouts, as
    though they were revelers themselves. And thus, making their way by
    the quickest route, they soon found themselves before the king’s
    palace. (27) Here the detachment under Gobryas and Gadatas found the
    gates closed, but the men appointed to attack the guards rushed on
    them as they lay drinking round a blazing fire, and closed with them
    then and there. (28) As the din grew louder and louder, those within
    became aware of the tumult, till, the king bidding them see what it
    meant, some of them opened the gates and ran out. (29) Gadatas and
    his men, seeing the gates swing wide, darted in, hard on the heels of
    the others who fled back again, and they chased them at the sword’s
    point into the presence of the king. (30) They found him on his feet,
    with his drawn scimitar in his hand. By sheer weight of numbers they
    overwhelmed him: and not one of his retinue escaped, they were all
    cut down, some flying, others snatching up anything to serve as a
    shield and defending themselves as best they could.[28]


    Both
    Xenophon and Daniel 5 describe the demise of Belshazzar on the night
    that the city was taken.[29]
    Xenophon, Herodotus, and Daniel agree that the city was taken by
    surprise, at the time of a festival, and with some (but apparently
    not much) loss of life. The Cyropaedia
    (4.6.3) states that a father and son were both reigning over Babylon
    when the city fell, and that the younger ruler was killed. The
    Cyropaedia
    does not name either king, and the silence of other classical sources
    regarding Belshazzar had cast doubt on the historicity of Daniel's
    reference to Belshazzar as the king who was slain, until cuneiform
    evidence was found corroborating the existence of Belshazzar as the
    ruler in Babylon.[citation
    needed]


    Babylon
    found itself under foreign rule for the first time. A new system of
    government was put in place and the Persian multi-national-state was
    developed. This system of government reached its peak after the
    conquest of Egypt by Cambyses II during the reign of Darius I,
    thereafter receiving its ideological foundation in the inscription of
    the Persian kings.[30]





    THE
    SIXTH TRUMPET AND VIAL .

    the
    sixth trumpet and vial this is refering to how ancient babylon was
    invaded by diverting th water of the euphrates river lowering the
    waterlevel then marching in army through it into the city of ancient
    babylon conquering it . this is refering about hezbollah invasion of
    galliee the inadvernant location of armgeddon ( mt meggido a hill in
    the jezreel valley in the lower region of galliee) it will draw USA
    and EU into battle of armgeddon in next hezbollah israel war to
    counter hezbollah invasion of israel USA and EU soldiers comes to her
    defence and when single US OR EU suoldeir steep foot on armageddon
    abruptly the sun shall darken moon no longer give of its light along
    with stars in a instance the chrisitan shall be taken to heaven and
    the whole sky illumiated in light of christ second coming then jesus
    will fight the USA and eu at armageddon defeating them and then
    destroy the wicked and there kingdoms on earth shall cease and
    replaced by the kingdom of GOD that shall remain forever . thus the
    stone that falls from heaven shall smite the foot the statue and the
    four kingdom conquerd by the fifth . and thus the kingdom of god
    declared fulfillingf daniel prophecy .

    THE
    PROPHECIES OF REVELATION CONFIRMED

    so
    the seven kings of western roman empire ,the two beast of revelation
    13 the reborn divded roman empire , the killing of the prophets and
    israel judgement , persia trying to destroy israel as with anceint
    babylon . hezbollah armed with 100000 missiles ( millstone rev 18 )
    sixth trumpet and bowl of wratih the invasion of israel in the
    galliee the location armgeddon the location of christ second coming
    desenction to the earth . this is how we know the bible is true and
    the kingdom of god is about to be declared and israel judgement and
    battle of armgeddon in israel with this infomation we can deduce that
    1991 to 1918 is the second seal communism 1918 to 1492 is the frist
    seal western colonialism the space of time 1016 from 1492 AD to (
    476 AD ) division of the western roman empire and the rise of the
    Vatican then 284 AD Diocletian dividing the roman empire in half
    then 168 BC the roman conquerd the greek then 331 the greeks defeated
    the medes and persians then 539 the medes and persian conquerd the
    babylonians then 605 BC the babylonian king nebuchadnezzer .

    THE
    TIMELINE OF THE PROPHECY OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR DREAM.

    .
    SO THE STATUE OF NEBUCHADNEZZER DREAM OF DANIEL 2 TIMELINE .babylon
    605 BC to 539 BC then media and persia 539 BC to 331 BC greeks 331
    BC to 168 BC

    .
    the kingdom of babylon is the head of gold ( Daniel 2:28-40 605 BC
    to to 539 BC scritpure
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A28-40&version=KJV
    image of ancient babylon
    https://archive.org/details/BabylonMapLarge
    ) . the medes and persian (daniel 5 22 :31
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+5+%3A22+-31&version=KJV
    ) (achmedic empire) is the silver chest and arms ( 539 BC to 331 BC
    https://archive.org/details/MedoPersianEmpireLarge

    ) . the Greeks are bronze thighs ( daniel 8 :3 -25
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+daniel+8+%3A3+-25+&version=KJV
    daniel 10 :3 -20
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel++10+%3A3+-+20&version=KJV
    ) (331 BC to 168 BC
    https://archive.org/details/AlexanderEmpire323bc
    ).

    whole
    roman empire ( 168 BC to 284 AD
    https://archive.org/details/RomanEmpireLarge
    ) the roman
    empire conquered the greeks in 168 BC the roman empire was then
    split in half in the year 284 A D by diocleation a roman general as
    the roman empire became to large to governen so it was split in half
    this is the fulfilment of the iron and clay foot part of statue of
    nebuchadnezzer dream (284 A D to 476 A D ) .
    https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN.


    ) . then by 476 A D the eastern roman empire became known as
    Byzantine empire while the west was divided by ten germanic tribes .
    https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven
    , https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge
    these ten kingdoms are the ten toes of the statue from
    Nebuchadnezzar dream(daniel 2) .

    .
    the ten toes the divsion of the western roman empire 476 AD to
    1993 the ten toes 476 AD to 1993 the USA AND EU coupled together
    make the iron and clay foo that is smitten by the stone that falls
    from heaven .




    the
    ten toe then 476 AD to 1993 AD to the iron and clay foot the statue
    of nebuxhadnezzer dream . The USA AND EU allaince
    https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901
    the
    iron and clay of statue of nebhuchadnezzer dream the two empies
    allied together ( the roman empire split in half as it was in 284 by
    diocleain
    https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN.
    ) shown in revelation 13 the revived fourth kingdom in it
    divided state smybolized as the dragon ( daniel 7 10 horn then seven
    then seven were there was 10 , revelation revelation 13 beast of sea
    composed of all four beast in daniel 7 the beast of sea mouth of
    lion feet of the bear body of the leopard and then seven heads ten
    horns ten crowns then in revelation 17 ''the beast that was is not
    and shall come out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition ' and
    ' the beast that was is not and yet is ' the revived fourth kingdom
    the roman empire then it says seven heads ten horn and seven
    moutains , ten kings of revelation 17 ) of revelation 17 . the
    iron and clay foot of the staute of nebuchadnezzer dream is smitten
    by the stone that falls from heaven the fourth kingsdom conquered by
    the fifth kingdom the kingdom of GOD declared (JESUS conquer the
    fourth kingdom at armageddon in israel the woman in which the dragon
    Holds up) .

    so
    with this we know the bible is true .

    THE
    REST OF THE SEALS AND THE GREAT TRIBULATION 01 02 2018 ----- DD 08
    2021 .




    so
    the question remain where are we in the timeline are we now then
    after 1991 we entered the third seal globalisation to 2001 the fourth
    seal 2001 to 2014 9/11 afghanistan iraq libya syria yemen 2014 to 01
    02 2018 5 seal PERSECUTION AGAINTS CHRISTIAN this is where we see
    anti christian surging ( note there more anti christian persecution
    now then there has ever been in human histroy now then on 31 january
    to 1 feburay 2018 there was lunar eclipse the sixth seal is marked
    with lunar ecplise sun turn dark moon turn red then one month later
    putin threathends the west with his new nuclear weapons this is one
    of sign of great trbiulation the last 3 and halfs years (as like
    elijah famine or christ ministry )( the time of great triublation
    is taken from after the sixth seal period . time times and half
    time 3 and half days 42 months 1260 days 3 and half years ) of the
    earth kingdom againts kingdom nation againts nation CBN MR PAT
    ROBINSON RESPONSE TO PUTINS THREAT ( a recomend watching this he
    lived through the COLDWAR
    https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdated622019WithRickSanchezMpeg2video


    )
    . remeber the parable of tares and wheat . crazies will be showing up
    captilisst communist hindus etc and the wheat will rise also a
    great christian harvest . then at the last hour ten horns on the
    dragon shall come to power and hate the whore and burn with fire and
    eat her flesh . ( the USA AND EU will put the squeeze israel to make
    peace with palestains ) the LORD GOD shall pour out his judgement on
    israel ( palestianan third intifada ) fulfilling of matthew 23
    judgment then all eyes shall be on israel and whole world mourn her
    fall then death mourning and famine then a angel shall throw at the
    great city a millstone thus with violence destroying that great city.
    the third hezbollah israel war they shall rain down 100000 missiles
    destroying that great city babylon/israel the fulfill the sixth
    trumpet vial . the invasion of israel as lie ancient babylon was
    then when they( hezbollah ) have invaded the galliee it will draw
    USA and EU into the battle of armageddon in and jesus will fight them
    and win and thus the stone that fall from heaven and smite the fall
    of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream fuflfilling daniels prophecy the
    fourth kingdom conqured by the fifth . the kingdom of GOD shall reign
    forever .

    DANIEL
    UNSEALED GODS LAST WARNING (THIS IS IF YOU DONT KNOW DANIEL PROPHECY
    )

    https://archive.org/details/GODSLastWARNING1080pX264

    WATCH
    THIS VIDEO IMPORTANT SEAL SEALS FRIST AND SECOND SEAL (WATCH THIS
    MOVIE IT SHOW THE TRANSITION FROM DANIEL TO FRIST AND SECOND SEAL
    THERISE OF THE REBORN DIVDED ROMAN EMPIRE ( USA AND EU ) AND the
    woman it support the great babylon 1948 AD ISRAEL . ALSO AS LORD GOD
    ROSE UP MEDIA AND PERSIA TO DESTORY BABYLON (daniel 5) SO WILL THEY
    DESTROY ISRAEL then the angel with millstone hezbollah rev 18 will
    rain 100000 missiles destroying that great city and fulfl the sixth
    trumpet and vial as ancient babylon was invaded by diveting the water
    of the euphrates river and lowering the water and marching a army
    through it into the city conqeuring so will israel be invaded and
    once the do it shall DRAW the reborn divded roman empire the iron and
    clay foot that is smitten reived the two beast of rev 13 .the USA AND
    EU symbolized as the dragon shall fight the christ in battle of
    armageddon which is located galliee . LORD JESUS shall overcome them
    fulfilling the prophecy the stone that fall from smite the foot of
    the statue of nebuchadnezzer dream ( this movie a bit boringin the
    beginibg but gets very intersetrin it is historical timeline once
    you get to start of revelation it is very interesting so pleae watch
    the whole 1 hour 20 minute movie )

    https://archive.org/details/SEVENSEALRISEOFDIVIDEDROMANEMPIREBABYLONANDPERSIAUPDATEDLATEST6IRANDESTROYMpeg2video





    third
    to sixth seal
    https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart3PUTINMiSSILESMARKBLYTH1ADDMpeg2video

    the
    sixth seal THE GREAT TRIBULATION HAS BEGAN

    MOST
    UPDATED


    https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdated622019WithRickSanchezMpeg2video

    OLDER

    https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdateMpeg2video




    SEVEN
    SEAL UNSEALED Part 4 1 To 4 And 5 Trumpet Vial Mpeg 2video 004

    https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart41To4And5TrumpetVialMpeg2video004





    04
    1492 series Part 6 THE PROPHECY OF 1948 AD ISRAEL THE GREAT BABYLON

    https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPART6Part1ADDJERUSALEMHUMANAUDIO8CopyMpeg2video





    05
    1492 series Part 7 God Use Beast Againts Woman 1 NEW AD FRST BILL
    AGAINTS ISRAEL HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video




    https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart6Part1GodUseBeastAgaintsWoman1NEWADFRSTBILLAGAINTSISRAELHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video


    06 1492 series part 8
    Iran/persia Vs SA And Israel HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video

    https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart8IranVsSAAndIsraelHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video


    07 1492 series Part 9
    Angel With Millstone HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video

    https://archive.org/details/PrototypeDiviedPart9AngelWithMillstoneHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video


    08 1492 series Part 10
    HASB 011 LAH IN Vod DES YIZRAELTHE SIXTH TRUMPET AND VIAL AND
    CONFLICT OF ARMAGEDDON BETWEEN THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE CHRIST HUMAN
    AUDIOmpeg 2

    https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart10HASB011LAHINVodDESYIZRAELTHESIXTHTRUMPETANDVIALANDCONFLICTOFARMAGEDD
    https://archive.org/details/EXPLAINDANIELANDREVELATIONUPDATE22WITHOUTEXTRAEVIDENCEUPDATE 18 04 2019 THE 95 THESIS OF REVELATION : THE CHRIST SECOND COMING AS PROPHECIED IN DANIEL AND REVELATION INTRODUCTION A EXPLAINATION OF the PROPHECY DANIEL and REVE LATION . anyway how do i know 1948 A D ISRAEL IS the great babylon who is held up by dragon in revelation 17 ?. the return of israel after 2000 years means the judgement of israel and second coming of the christ afterwards). STARTING FROM DANIEL THE PROPHECY OF THE SECOND COMING OF THE CHRIST . I want to go back to Daniel's prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar dream in Daniel 2 . the dream of the ancient Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a idol with a gold head silver chest and arms bronze thighs iron shins iron and clay foot and ten toes and the foot is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven and the rest of idol is made as chaff which is blown in the wind and that stone become a great mountain which encompassed the earth . the declaration of the kingdom of GOD the eternal kingdom brought about by second coming of the christ here is the Daniel 2:27-49 ,Daniel 7 : 7 -14, Matthew 9:2-6 , Mark 14:57-64 , Luke 21:25-29 , Mark 13:24-29 , Matthew 24:28-31 . so with this we know the stone that falls from heaven and estanblish the kingdom of GOD which is the eternal kingdom is christ second coming to the earth as lion ot reclaim it from the devil . . now then the prophecy of Daniel . Daniel proceeds to explain that the metals represent four succesives kingdoms each being less presitage then the previous but increasing strength . the kingdom of babylon is the head of gold ( Daniel 2:28-40 605 BC to to 539 BC scritpure https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A28-40&version=KJV image of ancient babylon https://archive.org/details/BabylonMapLarge ) . the medes and persian (daniel 5 22 :31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+5+%3A22+-31&version=KJV ) (achmedic empire) is the silver chest and arms ( 539 BC to 331 BC https://archive.org/details/MedoPersianEmpireLarge ) . the Greeks are bronze thighs ( daniel 8 :3 -25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+daniel+8+%3A3+-25+&version=KJV daniel 10 :3 -20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel++10+%3A3+-+20&version=KJV ) (331 BC to 168 BC https://archive.org/details/AlexanderEmpire323bc ). the iron shins is the roman empire which is identified in daniel 7 ( https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+7&version=KJV ) . when the western roman empire is divded by ten germanic tribes three of them fall and the rise of the vatican the little horn speaking great words againts the most high GOD is the vatican which is located in italy which was part of the roman empire identifying the fourth empire ) ) ( 168 BC to 284 AD https://archive.org/details/RomanEmpireLarge ) the roman empire conquered the greeks in 168 BC ( just some notable events that occured in 0 AD was christ born 33 A D he died then in 70 A D was siege of jerusalem after that in 117 A D the roman empire reached its greatest in height ) . the roman empire was then split in half in the year 284 A D by diocleation a roman general as the roman empire became to large to governen so it was split in half this is the fulfilment of the iron and clay foot part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream (284 A D to 476 A D ) . after diocletion split the empire in half he assianged two senior and two junior emprerers of the two halfs of the empire and then they fought againts each other for control over the empire with constantine being the last empoerer to control the whole empire in 300 A D he legalised christianity https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) . then by 476 A D the eastern roman empire became known as Byzantine empire while the west was divided by ten germanic tribes a list of the germanic tribes Franks , Alamani , Visgoths , Suebi , Anglo-Saxon , Lombards , Burgundian , Ostrogoths , Heruli , Vandals https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven , https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge these ten kingdoms are the ten toes of the statue from Nebuchadnezzar dream(daniel 2) . we then continue on in daniel 7 the scrtipure talks about the divison of the western roman empire ( rememeber how the western half was divded by ten germanic tribes these are the 10 horns of fourth beast of daniel 7 ) also how that there are ten horns and 3 are plucked up by the root by the little horn speaking great words againts the most high GOD and then it repeats saying there are seven where there was ten and a little horn . (THIS IS THE VATICAN the only christian church that in human history which is also a state in its self and for it role in bringing pagans in to church along with there ideas which are not from the bible and it history of teaching doctrine contrary the bible there blasphemy againts GOD such as purgatory or buying forgivness praying to saints calling preist you father when christ commanded call only GOD you father changing the sabbath from saturaday to sunday etc ) then after 476 AD leading into the middle ages . TRANSTION .CARRING ON FROM DANIEL TO REVELATION THE HISTORY OF SEVEN KINGS LEAD TO FOOT OF THE STATUE OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR DREAM . the divsion between daniel's prophecy end and revalation's start (476 A D to 1492 A D ) then we continue in on revelation 6 KJV . Revelation 6 King James Version (KJV)6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. the frist seal the horse men given a bow crown and conquer to conquer ( the bow reference to the emergence of firearms surplace traditonal warfare in early 16 century . the chinese invented gun powder and used it in cannons then this technology made its way to europe then they minutrized it to hand cannons and by the time of early 16th centuray (1500s) they made a early form of musket revoutionizing warfare this is when firearms made the traditional warfare obselote (knights spears etc) this is what meant by given a bow ( note it called a bow because just as in psalm 22 proheisied that JESUS hands and feet pierced and it was done via crusafiction which did not exist when david wrote the pslam so did not firearms but because a musket fires a projectile and kill via a projectile which is aimed and shot like bow) .( a four minute video showing emergence of early form of musket causing traditional warfare to become obsolete in early 16TH centuray https://archive.org/details/THEBOWGIVENTOTHEHORSEMEN1Mpeg2video ) the crown the seven kings of the western roman empire (western Europe ) to conquer to conquer ( the colonization of american pacfic asian african continent at the height of western colonialism leading to world war 1 in 1914 a 1 minute long minute video showing maps of western colonialisms over this period https://archive.org/details/WESTERNCOLONIALISMGIF ) (noteable event in 1917 the Balfour declaration of the britsh to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine) . so the frist seal period was 1492 AD to 1918 AD . now then in 1517 AD the protestant reformation began and during the the first seal martin luther purged the paganism from church then the translation of bible and mass production of the bible then the christian missionary went every where colonilial power went spreading christainity all over the world ( here is video showing chrisanity spread all the world during colonialism https://archive.org/details/TheSpreadOfChristianity ) . after the WW1 western colonization began to taper off the last bit being the sykes picot agrement to divde up the middle east by the french and british ( the former ottoman empire) . then the second seal rev 6 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. the second seal 1918 AD to 1991 AD the rise of communism symbolized by the color red en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_symbolism . 'given power to him' the rise of soviet union ( https://archive.org/details/SovietUnionMap1 ) 'and took peace from the earth' revolutions wars conflict Russia china Korea Vietnam ( some examples https://archive.org/details/SEAL2TOOKPEACEFROMTHEEARTH ) etc 'the two will try kill one another after' the second world war ( once again a world war started in westtern europe as with the frist world war ) from 1947 to 1991 the coldwar between the USSR and the USA ( https://archive.org/details/COLDWARIMAGE3 ) which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war USA allied with Israel and western Europe againt USSR who was allied with eastern europe as Europe was split between communist east and capitalist west (seven kings of the western roman empire ) ( map of europe 1947 to 1991 https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit ) ) . now why a sword ? frist horse men had a bow ( remeber emergence of firearms revoutionizing warfare in early 16 tha musket ) the second a a sword the frist power will over the come second power just like durng the colonialism times those with firearms trumpied over those who used traditional warfare . THE PROPHECIES OF REVELATION FORFILLED now then the scripture talks of revelation 13 how two beast were to a rise the beast of sea ( from daniel 7 a combination of all four beast that symbolized previous empire (babylon ( winged lion medes and persian ( bear ) greek ( multihead winged leopard ) romans ten horns then seven horns of daniel 7) ) and of land a ram ( https://archive.org/details/BeastsOfRevelation13USAANDEU ) now then during the time of coldwar 1947 AD to 1991 AD europe was split in half the seven kings of the western roman empire allied with israel and USA then after the fall of soviet union the nations allied with USSR in the warsaw pact joined the seven kings and forming the EU ( https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit https://archive.org/details/BeastOfTheLandEuropean ) . now then WE have the two greatest empires in human histroy and there both allied together and support israel ( https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 ) the USA DOMINATES the world it has the greatest millitary and economic power in human histroy with bases all over the world and it has allies all over the world (the mark of the beast ) and its currency is the international reserve currency (cannot buy or sell with out the mark symbol or number 666 of the beast and who will not use it shall be destoryed and several countries have been attacked over this issue of the USD being drop example iraq libya syria https://archive.org/details/MarkOfTheBeastUSADOLLARADDIRANADRTPETROMpeg2video https://archive.org/details/MarkOfTheBeastUSADOLLARADDIRANMpeg2video001 ) and then there is USA lackey which is subordinate to USA the EU which derived from the seven kings of western roman empire after the second world war taking in the warsaw pact countries that were allied with the soviet union . the EU millitariy is much weaker but still formidable then USA but economically equal to the usa and both are allied together dominate the world and support israel . now then the scripture in rev 17 talk about the revival of the fourth beast ( rev 17 'the beast that was that shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into the perdition ' the beast that was is not and yet is ' revealing what the fourth creatue that hinted at in daneil 7 and then shown in revelation ( the roman empire symbolized as a dragon which is the symbol assign to the fourth kingdom hinted at in daniel 7 shown in rev 17 ) . the two powers USA AND EU are the two beast of revelation 13 the reborn divded roman empire physical manifestation (symbolized by the dragon of revelation 17 remeber daniel 7 )this is the fulfilment of last part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream ( daniel 2 the foot of the statue of nebuchadnezzer dream that is smitten by the stone ( jesus ) that falls from heaven ) remeber how in 284 AD diocletain split the roman empire in half https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. and now THE USA AND EU THE REBORN DIVDED ROMAN EMPIRE the last part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream the iron and clay foot of satute that is to be smitten by the stone that falls from heaven https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 ( remeber how diocletian splits the empire in half the frist time round when the empire was splits in half it revives in a divdied state ). now then in rev 17 it say seven heads and ten horns then repeats by saying seven mountains and ten kings this is reference to daniel 7 ten horns then seven horns and it repeats 7 horn were there was 10 horns . now then the same seven kings of western roman empire from 476 AD https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge ( 476 AD ) ( 1947 to 1991 europe https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit ) were allied with israel in 1948 through out the coldwar and beyond . now then how do we know 1948 AD israel is the woman the great babylon which is held up by the revied divded roman empire ( REV 13 USA EU ALLAINCE ) symbolized as dragon of rev 17 which shows the relationship between the reviived fourth kingdom and israel . fristly israel return after 2000 years fulfils the prophecy of the high presit joseph caiaphas (john 11 prophecy of 47 to 51)' gathering to together in one the children of god that were scattred abroad' and after the return is followed by the judgement of matthew 23 if you read the scrtipture you would know this judgement againts a woman ( note rev 17 says its a city so a place a nation ) for killing the prophets and then after the judgment of her the world mourns her fall and then christ comes not long afterwards . killing the prophets this is one attribute that is attrubtated to her which is unique to only one people on earth the jews ( six witness testamonies LORD JESUS the SON of GOD himself aslo there is elijah paul stephen jeremiah , nehemiah and paul accusses israel for killing the prophets twice frist his own accusation and also he quotes elijah ) . READ KEY SCRITPUTE sample Nehemiah 9:20-26 1 kings 19 13 - 14matt 27 22-27 luke 13 33- 35 acts 7 49-60 1 jeremiah 2 verse 27 30 , Romans 11:1-5 1 Thessalonian 2 13-16 john 11 47 to 53 Matt 23 27-38 Revelation 17 1-6 rev 18 verse 20 and 24 rev 19 1-2 rev 19 11 and 21 and rev 20 ) (MORE SCRIPTURE if you doubt revelation 17 1 to 6 18 verse 20 and 24 revaltion 19 verse 1 and 2 rev 19 11 to 21 rev 20 1 kings 19 13 to 14 jeremiah 2 verse 29 30 matthew 23 verse 27 to 39 mattew 27 verse 22 to 26 mark 12 verse 1 to 12 Luke 13:6-9 fruitless vineyard luke 11 44 to 54 luke 13 33 to 35 luke 20 9 to 20 act 2 22 to 25 act 3 9 to 18 act 4 1 to 13 act 5 17 to 32 act 7 45 to 60 act 8 1 to 8 1 thessoltian 2 13 to 16 ) . israel to be judged for killing the prophets ( jesus judgement againts israel matthew 23 rev 17 1 - 6 rev 18 vese 20 and 24 rev 19 1 -2 and 11 -21 ) and this colorroates with the book of revelaton with the judgement of israel/babylon the woman on the dragon before the second coming of christ . 1948 AD ISRAEL THE GREAT BABYLON AS LIKE ANCIENT BABYLON . now then why is it called babylon rev 17 the woman on the dragon . well 2500 years ago GOD destroyed ancient babylon using the the medes and persian so has LORD GOD risen up the islamic republic of iran ( iran historically known as persia (KJV daniel 5 28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.) to destroy israel(the jews killed prophets )/babylon ever since the islamic revolution of 1979 AD they sworn themselves to destroy israel . Daniel 5 King James Version (KJV)22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old. Ezra 1 King James Version (KJV) 1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. Name of Iran From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the Western world, Persia (or one of its cognates) was historically the common name for Iran. On the Nowruz of 1935, Reza Shah Pahlavi asked foreign delegates to use the term Iran, the endonym of the country, in formal correspondence. Since then, in the Western World, the use of the word "Iran" has become more common. This also changed the usage of the terms for Iranian nationality, and the common adjective for citizens of Iran changed from "Persian" to "Iranian". In 1959, the government of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Reza Shah Pahlavi's son, announced that both "Persia" and "Iran" could officially be used interchangeably.[1] However the issue is still debated today.[2] . ( iran/hezbollah israel conflict https://archive.org/details/PERSIAVSISRAEL7HEZBOLLAHINVADESMpeg2video ) Persia itself will not destroy israel/babylon but it shall be destroyed by the the angel of revelation 18 that shall throw a stone at the city and destory it . this would iran ally hezbollah the only arab force to beat israel in war , backed by persia , armed with a 100000 missiles ( the millstone rev 18 ) ( here is 30 minute video explain hezbollah victory in 2006 war and 60000 to 100000 missile arresenal https://archive.org/details/PrototypeDiviedPart9AngelWithMillstoneHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video ) and plans to invade the galliee (the inadvertnat location of armageddon ) fulfilling the sixth trumpet and bowl of wraith in the next war with israel ( the is video 22 minutes explain the how hezbollah invasion israel draw USA AND EU INto the battle of armageddon https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart10HASB011LAHINVodDESYIZRAELTHESIXTHTRUMPETANDVIALANDCONFLICTOFARMAGEDD ) rev 9 KJV 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation 16 King James Version (KJV) 12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon Tel Megiddo From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia History Tel Megiddo (Hebrew: מגידו‬; Arabic: مجیدو, Tell al-Mutesellim, "The Tell of the Governor") is an ancient city whose remains form a tell (archaeological mound), situated in northern Israel near Kibbutz Megiddo, about 30 km south-east of Haifa. Megiddo is known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon. During the Bronze Age, Megiddo was an important Canaanite city-state and during the Iron Age, a royal city in the Kingdom of Israel. Megiddo drew much of its importance from its strategic location at the northern end of the Wadi Ara defile, which acts as a pass through the Carmel Ridge, and from its position overlooking the rich Jezreel Valley from the west. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, indicating a long period of settlement. Some Christians believe that Armageddon will be the site of the final battle between Jesus Christ and the kings of the Earth who go to war against Israel, as outlined in the Book of Revelation. .HOW GREAT BABYLON FALLEN . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fall_of_Babylon Historiography The cuneiform texts – the Chronicle of Nabonidus, the Cyrus Cylinder and the so-called Verse Account of Nabonidus – were written after the Persian victory. They portray the Babylonian king negatively and present Cyrus as the liberator of Babylon, the defender of the Babylonian gods and consequently as the legitimate successor to the Babylonian throne.[15] Modern scholarship[16][17][18][19] recognizes the Cyrus Cylinder as a propaganda tablet designed to manipulate the public against Nabonidus and to legitimize Cyrus' conquest of Babylon. Regarding its claim that Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians without opposition, Briant writes, "It appears prima facie unlikely that Babylon could have fallen without resistance",[20] and Piotr Michalowski notes, "there is no contemporary evidence to support this suspicious claim."[21] Similarly, the Nabonidus Chronicle is a rework of history from the Persian court purporting to be a text from Nabonidus. Its first part relates events that can be verified from other sources; however, the latter part, particularity when dealing with the seventeenth year of Nabonidus, is especially flattering of Cyrus, with the people of Babylon welcoming him by spreading green twigs before him.[22] Tolini has proposed a plausible reconstruction of how Babylon fell. A receipt for reconstruction work on the Enlil Gate demonstrates that there was a forced entry into Babylon. Tolini proposes that a portion of the Persian army, under the command of General Ugbaru, penetrated the Enlil Gate on the West side of the Euphrates, then crossed the river to take the eastern districts of Babylon. This may be the source of the story, recorded by Herodotus, that the Persian army entered Babylon along the riverbed, having diverted the Euphrates.[23] This surprise capture of Babylon is consistent with the story recorded in Daniel 5.[24] The timing of the attack may have contributed to the success of Ugbaru's strategy. Herodotus, Xenophon and Daniel 5 all record that Babylon was in the midst of a festival on the night it was taken. The Babylonian Chronicle records that Babylon was captured on 16th Tašrîtu, which was the night before the akitu festival in honor of Sin, the moon god.[25] The Cyropaedia, a historical romance which may contain a historical core,[26] contains content as described by Xenophon who had been in Persia as one of the "Ten Thousand" Greek soldiers who fought on the losing side in a Persian civil war, events which he recounted in his Anabasis. It is also possible that stories about Cyrus were told (and embellished) by Persian court society and that these are the basis of Xenophon's text. Herodotus, though writing long after the events, had traveled in Mesopotamia and spoken to Babylonians. In Cyropaedia (7.5.20–33), Xenophon, in agreement with Herodotus (I.292), says that the combined Median and Persian army entered the city via the channel of the Euphrates river, the river having been diverted into trenches that Cyrus had dug for the invasion, and that the city was unprepared because of a great festival that was being observed. Cyropaedia (7.5.26–35) describes the capture of Babylon by Gobryas,[27] who led a detachment of men to the capital and slew the king of Babylon. In 7.5.25, Gobryas remarks that "this night the whole city is given over to revelry", including to some extent the guards. Those who opposed the forces under Gobryas were struck down, including those outside the banquet hall. The capture of the city, and the slaying of the son king of the king (4.6.3), is described in Cyropaedia (7:5.26–30) as follows: Thereupon they entered; and of those they met some were struck down and slain, and others fled into their houses, and some raised the hue and cry, but Gobryas and his friends covered the cry with their shouts, as though they were revelers themselves. And thus, making their way by the quickest route, they soon found themselves before the king’s palace. (27) Here the detachment under Gobryas and Gadatas found the gates closed, but the men appointed to attack the guards rushed on them as they lay drinking round a blazing fire, and closed with them then and there. (28) As the din grew louder and louder, those within became aware of the tumult, till, the king bidding them see what it meant, some of them opened the gates and ran out. (29) Gadatas and his men, seeing the gates swing wide, darted in, hard on the heels of the others who fled back again, and they chased them at the sword’s point into the presence of the king. (30) They found him on his feet, with his drawn scimitar in his hand. By sheer weight of numbers they overwhelmed him: and not one of his retinue escaped, they were all cut down, some flying, others snatching up anything to serve as a shield and defending themselves as best they could.[28] Both Xenophon and Daniel 5 describe the demise of Belshazzar on the night that the city was taken.[29] Xenophon, Herodotus, and Daniel agree that the city was taken by surprise, at the time of a festival, and with some (but apparently not much) loss of life. The Cyropaedia (4.6.3) states that a father and son were both reigning over Babylon when the city fell, and that the younger ruler was killed. The Cyropaedia does not name either king, and the silence of other classical sources regarding Belshazzar had cast doubt on the historicity of Daniel's reference to Belshazzar as the king who was slain, until cuneiform evidence was found corroborating the existence of Belshazzar as the ruler in Babylon.[citation needed] Babylon found itself under foreign rule for the first time. A new system of government was put in place and the Persian multi-national-state was developed. This system of government reached its peak after the conquest of Egypt by Cambyses II during the reign of Darius I, thereafter receiving its ideological foundation in the inscription of the Persian kings.[30] THE SIXTH TRUMPET AND VIAL . the sixth trumpet and vial this is refering to how ancient babylon was invaded by diverting th water of the euphrates river lowering the waterlevel then marching in army through it into the city of ancient babylon conquering it . this is refering about hezbollah invasion of galliee the inadvernant location of armgeddon ( mt meggido a hill in the jezreel valley in the lower region of galliee) it will draw USA and EU into battle of armgeddon in next hezbollah israel war to counter hezbollah invasion of israel USA and EU soldiers comes to her defence and when single US OR EU suoldeir steep foot on armageddon abruptly the sun shall darken moon no longer give of its light along with stars in a instance the chrisitan shall be taken to heaven and the whole sky illumiated in light of christ second coming then jesus will fight the USA and eu at armageddon defeating them and then destroy the wicked and there kingdoms on earth shall cease and replaced by the kingdom of GOD that shall remain forever . thus the stone that falls from heaven shall smite the foot the statue and the four kingdom conquerd by the fifth . and thus the kingdom of god declared fulfillingf daniel prophecy . THE PROPHECIES OF REVELATION CONFIRMED so the seven kings of western roman empire ,the two beast of revelation 13 the reborn divded roman empire , the killing of the prophets and israel judgement , persia trying to destroy israel as with anceint babylon . hezbollah armed with 100000 missiles ( millstone rev 18 ) sixth trumpet and bowl of wratih the invasion of israel in the galliee the location armgeddon the location of christ second coming desenction to the earth . this is how we know the bible is true and the kingdom of god is about to be declared and israel judgement and battle of armgeddon in israel with this infomation we can deduce that 1991 to 1918 is the second seal communism 1918 to 1492 is the frist seal western colonialism the space of time 1016 from 1492 AD to ( 476 AD ) division of the western roman empire and the rise of the Vatican then 284 AD Diocletian dividing the roman empire in half then 168 BC the roman conquerd the greek then 331 the greeks defeated the medes and persians then 539 the medes and persian conquerd the babylonians then 605 BC the babylonian king nebuchadnezzer . THE TIMELINE OF THE PROPHECY OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR DREAM. . SO THE STATUE OF NEBUCHADNEZZER DREAM OF DANIEL 2 TIMELINE .babylon 605 BC to 539 BC then media and persia 539 BC to 331 BC greeks 331 BC to 168 BC . the kingdom of babylon is the head of gold ( Daniel 2:28-40 605 BC to to 539 BC scritpure https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A28-40&version=KJV image of ancient babylon https://archive.org/details/BabylonMapLarge ) . the medes and persian (daniel 5 22 :31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+5+%3A22+-31&version=KJV ) (achmedic empire) is the silver chest and arms ( 539 BC to 331 BC https://archive.org/details/MedoPersianEmpireLarge ) . the Greeks are bronze thighs ( daniel 8 :3 -25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+daniel+8+%3A3+-25+&version=KJV daniel 10 :3 -20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel++10+%3A3+-+20&version=KJV ) (331 BC to 168 BC https://archive.org/details/AlexanderEmpire323bc ). whole roman empire ( 168 BC to 284 AD https://archive.org/details/RomanEmpireLarge ) the roman empire conquered the greeks in 168 BC the roman empire was then split in half in the year 284 A D by diocleation a roman general as the roman empire became to large to governen so it was split in half this is the fulfilment of the iron and clay foot part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream (284 A D to 476 A D ) . https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) . then by 476 A D the eastern roman empire became known as Byzantine empire while the west was divided by ten germanic tribes . https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven , https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge these ten kingdoms are the ten toes of the statue from Nebuchadnezzar dream(daniel 2) . . the ten toes the divsion of the western roman empire 476 AD to 1993 the ten toes 476 AD to 1993 the USA AND EU coupled together make the iron and clay foo that is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven . the ten toe then 476 AD to 1993 AD to the iron and clay foot the statue of nebuxhadnezzer dream . The USA AND EU allaince https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 the iron and clay of statue of nebhuchadnezzer dream the two empies allied together ( the roman empire split in half as it was in 284 by diocleain https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) shown in revelation 13 the revived fourth kingdom in it divided state smybolized as the dragon ( daniel 7 10 horn then seven then seven were there was 10 , revelation revelation 13 beast of sea composed of all four beast in daniel 7 the beast of sea mouth of lion feet of the bear body of the leopard and then seven heads ten horns ten crowns then in revelation 17 ''the beast that was is not and shall come out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition ' and ' the beast that was is not and yet is ' the revived fourth kingdom the roman empire then it says seven heads ten horn and seven moutains , ten kings of revelation 17 ) of revelation 17 . the iron and clay foot of the staute of nebuchadnezzer dream is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven the fourth kingsdom conquered by the fifth kingdom the kingdom of GOD declared (JESUS conquer the fourth kingdom at armageddon in israel the woman in which the dragon Holds up) . so with this we know the bible is true . THE REST OF THE SEALS AND THE GREAT TRIBULATION 01 02 2018 ----- DD 08 2021 . so the question remain where are we in the timeline are we now then after 1991 we entered the third seal globalisation to 2001 the fourth seal 2001 to 2014 9/11 afghanistan iraq libya syria yemen 2014 to 01 02 2018 5 seal PERSECUTION AGAINTS CHRISTIAN this is where we see anti christian surging ( note there more anti christian persecution now then there has ever been in human histroy now then on 31 january to 1 feburay 2018 there was lunar eclipse the sixth seal is marked with lunar ecplise sun turn dark moon turn red then one month later putin threathends the west with his new nuclear weapons this is one of sign of great trbiulation the last 3 and halfs years (as like elijah famine or christ ministry )( the time of great triublation is taken from after the sixth seal period . time times and half time 3 and half days 42 months 1260 days 3 and half years ) of the earth kingdom againts kingdom nation againts nation CBN MR PAT ROBINSON RESPONSE TO PUTINS THREAT ( a recomend watching this he lived through the COLDWAR https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdated622019WithRickSanchezMpeg2video ) . remeber the parable of tares and wheat . crazies will be showing up captilisst communist hindus etc and the wheat will rise also a great christian harvest . then at the last hour ten horns on the dragon shall come to power and hate the whore and burn with fire and eat her flesh . ( the USA AND EU will put the squeeze israel to make peace with palestains ) the LORD GOD shall pour out his judgement on israel ( palestianan third intifada ) fulfilling of matthew 23 judgment then all eyes shall be on israel and whole world mourn her fall then death mourning and famine then a angel shall throw at the great city a millstone thus with violence destroying that great city. the third hezbollah israel war they shall rain down 100000 missiles destroying that great city babylon/israel the fulfill the sixth trumpet vial . the invasion of israel as lie ancient babylon was then when they( hezbollah ) have invaded the galliee it will draw USA and EU into the battle of armageddon in and jesus will fight them and win and thus the stone that fall from heaven and smite the fall of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream fuflfilling daniels prophecy the fourth kingdom conqured by the fifth . the kingdom of GOD shall reign forever . DANIEL UNSEALED GODS LAST WARNING (THIS IS IF YOU DONT KNOW DANIEL PROPHECY ) https://archive.org/details/GODSLastWARNING1080pX264 WATCH THIS VIDEO IMPORTANT SEAL SEALS FRIST AND SECOND SEAL (WATCH THIS MOVIE IT SHOW THE TRANSITION FROM DANIEL TO FRIST AND SECOND SEAL THERISE OF THE REBORN DIVDED ROMAN EMPIRE ( USA AND EU ) AND the woman it support the great babylon 1948 AD ISRAEL . ALSO AS LORD GOD ROSE UP MEDIA AND PERSIA TO DESTORY BABYLON (daniel 5) SO WILL THEY DESTROY ISRAEL then the angel with millstone hezbollah rev 18 will rain 100000 missiles destroying that great city and fulfl the sixth trumpet and vial as ancient babylon was invaded by diveting the water of the euphrates river and lowering the water and marching a army through it into the city conqeuring so will israel be invaded and once the do it shall DRAW the reborn divded roman empire the iron and clay foot that is smitten reived the two beast of rev 13 .the USA AND EU symbolized as the dragon shall fight the christ in battle of armageddon which is located galliee . LORD JESUS shall overcome them fulfilling the prophecy the stone that fall from smite the foot of the statue of nebuchadnezzer dream ( this movie a bit boringin the beginibg but gets very intersetrin it is historical timeline once you get to start of revelation it is very interesting so pleae watch the whole 1 hour 20 minute movie ) https://archive.org/details/SEVENSEALRISEOFDIVIDEDROMANEMPIREBABYLONANDPERSIAUPDATEDLATEST6IRANDESTROYMpeg2video third to sixth seal https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart3PUTINMiSSILESMARKBLYTH1ADDMpeg2video the sixth seal THE GREAT TRIBULATION HAS BEGAN MOST UPDATED https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdated622019WithRickSanchezMpeg2video OLDER https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdateMpeg2video SEVEN SEAL UNSEALED Part 4 1 To 4 And 5 Trumpet Vial Mpeg 2video 004 https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart41To4And5TrumpetVialMpeg2video004 04 1492 series Part 6 THE PROPHECY OF 1948 AD ISRAEL THE GREAT BABYLON https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPART6Part1ADDJERUSALEMHUMANAUDIO8CopyMpeg2video 05 1492 series Part 7 God Use Beast Againts Woman 1 NEW AD FRST BILL AGAINTS ISRAEL HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart6Part1GodUseBeastAgaintsWoman1NEWADFRSTBILLAGAINTSISRAELHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video 06 1492 series part 8 Iran/persia Vs SA And Israel HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart8IranVsSAAndIsraelHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video 07 1492 series Part 9 Angel With Millstone HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video https://archive.org/details/PrototypeDiviedPart9AngelWithMillstoneHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video 08 1492 series Part 10 HASB 011 LAH IN Vod DES YIZRAELTHE SIXTH TRUMPET AND VIAL AND CONFLICT OF ARMAGEDDON BETWEEN THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE CHRIST HUMAN AUDIOmpeg 2 https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart10HASB011LAHINVodDESYIZRAELTHESIXTHTRUMPETANDVIALANDCONFLICTOFARMAGEDD
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  • Uncovered: ISIS’s plots to stage a series of Paris-style mass-casualty attacks throughout Europe

    https://voiceofeurope.com/2019/04/uncovered-isiss-plots-to-stage-a-series-of-paris-style-mass-casualty-attacks-throughout-europe/
    Uncovered: ISIS’s plots to stage a series of Paris-style mass-casualty attacks throughout Europe https://voiceofeurope.com/2019/04/uncovered-isiss-plots-to-stage-a-series-of-paris-style-mass-casualty-attacks-throughout-europe/
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  • US Legal Claims over Glyphosate Health Damage Set to Reach $31 Billion
    https://sustainablepulse.com/2019/04/12/us-legal-claims-over-glyphosate-health-damage-set-to-reach-31-billion
    By Sustainable Pulse 4/12/19

    Data analysts have predicted that the three biggest long tail risks facing casualty insurance today are glyphosate, opioids and talcum powder, or GOT for short, not to be confused with hit series Game of Thrones, Intelligent Insurer reported Friday.

    Emerging risk analysis firm Praedicat suggested that the substances could be “the next asbestos” in terms of costs for the insurance industry, at an event at Lloyd’s of London, where huge asbestos-related losses sent many Lloyd’s ‘names’ into financial ruin in the 1990s.

    Referencing the GOT abbreviation and its coincidental link to the fantasy series, CEO Robert Reville asked attendees: “Is this the new winter of casualty?”.

    He also highlighted further substances to keep an eye on including BPA, DEHP and even sugar.

    This is not the first time warnings have been made about the impact of herbicide glyphosate, addictive opioids and bathroom staple talcum powder on health.

    However, Praedicat has estimated that a realistic risk scenario for glyphosate, produced by Monsanto, could cost $30.9 billion (just from US claims).

    The firm’s estimated costs for opioids ranged from $56 billion to $721 billion for US claims depending on a number of factors including the situations of individual claimants.

    While estimated risk costs for talcum powder were as much $106.9 billion from US claims.

    Reville explained that they’d reached these sums by monitoring litigation concerning the substances and tracking the growing body of scientific literature being published about them over time.

    From this they were able to understand the potential for “latent injury” that leads to “mass bodily injury” and the subsequent litigation and claims.

    For example, Dewayne Johnson was awarded $289 million against producer Monsanto in 2018 after a jury decided his non-Hodgkin lymphoma was connected to his use of glyphosate at work.

    The award was later reduced to $78 million.

    However, Reville said: “ We don’t think lymphoma is the greatest risk [from an insurance costs point of view] for glyphosate.”

    He highlighted recent scientific literature suggesting that the herbicide might also be a risk factor for coronary artery disease.

    This has the potential to open a new chapter in the ongoing debate on its safety, he said.

    As the body of scientific literature grows and researchers look for more links between the products and bodily injury, the probability of litigation increases, he added.

    Talcum powder producer Johnson & Johnson also saw claims about the safety of its product take a different turn when a Missouri jury ordered the company to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women in July 2018 who said asbestos in the talc had caused ovarian cancer, rather than the pure powder itself.

    Reville said: “[Future cases against] pure talcum powder are not likely to gain traction. But the new argument is that it’s asbestos in the talcum powder.” It has been suggested a potential source was contamination at a mining site.

    Opioids are reported to cause 50,000 deaths a year in the US and are widely viewed as a major public health issue.

    Reville said that reports of overdoses, suicides and broader adverse events linked to opioid use have been growing exponentially. “There’s been a lot of scientists warning of a problem here.”

    On top of the big three, Praedicat also identified the next substances that could cause a wave of bodily injury litigation as Reville said “latency is the key element”.

    Scientific papers have linked DEHP, a softening agent for PVC, to disruption of the human hormonal system, which has caused Praedicat analysts to estimate a $356.3 billion loss risk for it.

    BPA, which has been used in plastics and as a coating for till receipts, has been linked to multiple health risks, including being a possible driver of type 2 diabetes. Estimated risk scenarios suggest losses of $102.7 billion.

    And sugar could prompt litigation because of increased consumption of added sugar in food and its link to obesity. Loss estimates are between $22 billion and $596 billion.

    Other less well-known substances being “actively researched by scientists with a view to publishing literature” include atrazine and chlorpyrifos, PFAS, dibenzoates, and dibutyltin, Reville said.

    For the insurance sector, the question is whether to restrict insurance for these substances or adopt innovative ways to insure them.

    For example by starting to develop named peril coverage for the latent catastrophe market.

    Options Reville suggested included: named peril legacy run off; named peril reinsurance; named peril casualty top up; and named latency ILS.
    US Legal Claims over Glyphosate Health Damage Set to Reach $31 Billion https://sustainablepulse.com/2019/04/12/us-legal-claims-over-glyphosate-health-damage-set-to-reach-31-billion By Sustainable Pulse 4/12/19 Data analysts have predicted that the three biggest long tail risks facing casualty insurance today are glyphosate, opioids and talcum powder, or GOT for short, not to be confused with hit series Game of Thrones, Intelligent Insurer reported Friday. Emerging risk analysis firm Praedicat suggested that the substances could be “the next asbestos” in terms of costs for the insurance industry, at an event at Lloyd’s of London, where huge asbestos-related losses sent many Lloyd’s ‘names’ into financial ruin in the 1990s. Referencing the GOT abbreviation and its coincidental link to the fantasy series, CEO Robert Reville asked attendees: “Is this the new winter of casualty?”. He also highlighted further substances to keep an eye on including BPA, DEHP and even sugar. This is not the first time warnings have been made about the impact of herbicide glyphosate, addictive opioids and bathroom staple talcum powder on health. However, Praedicat has estimated that a realistic risk scenario for glyphosate, produced by Monsanto, could cost $30.9 billion (just from US claims). The firm’s estimated costs for opioids ranged from $56 billion to $721 billion for US claims depending on a number of factors including the situations of individual claimants. While estimated risk costs for talcum powder were as much $106.9 billion from US claims. Reville explained that they’d reached these sums by monitoring litigation concerning the substances and tracking the growing body of scientific literature being published about them over time. From this they were able to understand the potential for “latent injury” that leads to “mass bodily injury” and the subsequent litigation and claims. For example, Dewayne Johnson was awarded $289 million against producer Monsanto in 2018 after a jury decided his non-Hodgkin lymphoma was connected to his use of glyphosate at work. The award was later reduced to $78 million. However, Reville said: “ We don’t think lymphoma is the greatest risk [from an insurance costs point of view] for glyphosate.” He highlighted recent scientific literature suggesting that the herbicide might also be a risk factor for coronary artery disease. This has the potential to open a new chapter in the ongoing debate on its safety, he said. As the body of scientific literature grows and researchers look for more links between the products and bodily injury, the probability of litigation increases, he added. Talcum powder producer Johnson & Johnson also saw claims about the safety of its product take a different turn when a Missouri jury ordered the company to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women in July 2018 who said asbestos in the talc had caused ovarian cancer, rather than the pure powder itself. Reville said: “[Future cases against] pure talcum powder are not likely to gain traction. But the new argument is that it’s asbestos in the talcum powder.” It has been suggested a potential source was contamination at a mining site. Opioids are reported to cause 50,000 deaths a year in the US and are widely viewed as a major public health issue. Reville said that reports of overdoses, suicides and broader adverse events linked to opioid use have been growing exponentially. “There’s been a lot of scientists warning of a problem here.” On top of the big three, Praedicat also identified the next substances that could cause a wave of bodily injury litigation as Reville said “latency is the key element”. Scientific papers have linked DEHP, a softening agent for PVC, to disruption of the human hormonal system, which has caused Praedicat analysts to estimate a $356.3 billion loss risk for it. BPA, which has been used in plastics and as a coating for till receipts, has been linked to multiple health risks, including being a possible driver of type 2 diabetes. Estimated risk scenarios suggest losses of $102.7 billion. And sugar could prompt litigation because of increased consumption of added sugar in food and its link to obesity. Loss estimates are between $22 billion and $596 billion. Other less well-known substances being “actively researched by scientists with a view to publishing literature” include atrazine and chlorpyrifos, PFAS, dibenzoates, and dibutyltin, Reville said. For the insurance sector, the question is whether to restrict insurance for these substances or adopt innovative ways to insure them. For example by starting to develop named peril coverage for the latent catastrophe market. Options Reville suggested included: named peril legacy run off; named peril reinsurance; named peril casualty top up; and named latency ILS.
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  • UPDATE 17 4 2019 THE 95 THEISIS oF REVELATION
    A EXPLAINATION OF the PROPHECY DANIEL and REVE LATION . anyway how do i know 1948 A D ISRAEL IS the great babylon who is held up by dragon in revelation 17 ?. the return of israel after 2000 years means the judgement of israel and second coming of the christ afterwards).

    I want to go back to Daniel's prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar dream in Daniel 2 . the dream of the ancient Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a idol with a gold head silver chest and arms bronze thighs iron shins iron and clay foot and ten toes and the foot is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven and the rest of idol is made as chaff which is blown in the wind and that stone become a great mountain which encompassed the earth . the declaration of the kingdom of GOD the eternal kingdom brought about by second coming of the christ here is the Daniel 2:27-49 ,Daniel 7 : 7 -14, Matthew 9:2-6 , Mark 14:57-64 , Luke 21:25-29 , Mark 13:24-29 , Matthew 24:28-31 . so with this we know the stone that falls from heaven and estanblish the kingdom of GOD which is the eternal kingdom is christ second coming to the earth as lion ot reclaim it from the devil .
    . now then the prophecy of Daniel . Daniel proceeds to explain that the metals represent four succesives kingdoms each being less presitage then the previous but increasing strength . the kingdom of babylon is the head of gold ( Daniel 2:28-40 605 BC to to 539 BC scritpure https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A28-40&version=KJV image of ancient babylon https://archive.org/details/BabylonMapLarge ) . the medes and persian (daniel 5 22 :31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+5+%3A22+-31&version=KJV ) (achmedic empire) is the silver chest and arms ( 539 BC to 331 BC https://archive.org/details/MedoPersianEmpireLarge ) . the Greeks are bronze thighs ( daniel 8 :3 -25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+daniel+8+%3A3+-25+&version=KJV daniel 10 :3 -20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel++10+%3A3+-+20&version=KJV ) (331 BC to 168 BC https://archive.org/details/AlexanderEmpire323bc ).

    the iron shins is the roman empire which is identified in daniel 7 ( https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+7&version=KJV ) . when the western roman empire is divded by ten germanic tribes three of them fall and the rise of the vatican the little horn speaking great words againts the most high GOD is the vatican which is located in italy which was part of the roman empire identifying the fourth empire ) ) ( 168 BC to 284 AD https://archive.org/details/RomanEmpireLarge ) the roman empire conquered the greeks in 168 BC ( just some notable events that occured in 0 AD was christ born 33 A D he died then in 70 A D was siege of jerusalem after that in 117 A D the roman empire reached its greatest in height ) . the roman empire was then split in half in the year 284 A D by diocleation a roman general as the roman empire became to large to governen so it was split in half this is the fulfilment of the iron and clay foot part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream (284 A D to 476 A D ) . after diocletion split the empire in half he assianged two senior and two junior emprerers of the two halfs of the empire and then they fought againts each other for control over the empire with constantine being the last empoerer to control the whole empire in 300 A D he legalised christianity https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) . then by 476 A D the eastern roman empire became known as Byzantine empire while the west was divided by ten germanic tribes a list of the germanic tribes Franks , Alamani , Visgoths , Suebi , Anglo-Saxon , Lombards , Burgundian , Ostrogoths , Heruli , Vandals https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven , https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge these ten kingdoms are the ten toes of the statue from Nebuchadnezzar dream(daniel 2) .

    we then continue on in daniel 7 the scrtipure talks about the divison of the western roman empire ( rememeber how the western half was divded by ten germanic tribes these are the 10 horns of fourth beast of daniel 7 ) also how that there are ten horns and 3 are plucked up by the root by the little horn speaking great words againts the most high GOD and then it repeats saying there are seven where there was ten and a little horn . (THIS IS THE VATICAN the only christian church that in human history which is also a state in its self and for it role in bringing pagans in to church along with there ideas which are not from the bible and it history of teaching doctrine contrary the bible there blasphemy againts GOD such as purgatory or buying forgivness praying to saints etc ) then after 476 AD leading into the middle ages . the divsion between daniel's prophecy end and revalation's start (476 A D to 1492 A D ) then we continue in on revelation 6 KJV . Revelation 6 King James Version (KJV)6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

    the frist seal the horse men given a bow crown and conquer to conquer ( the bow reference to the emergence of firearms surplace traditonal warfare in early 16 century . the chinese invented gun powder and used it in cannons then this technology made its way to europe then they minutrized it to hand cannons and by the time of early 16th centuray (1500s) they made a early form of musket revoutionizing warfare this is when firearms made the traditional warfare obselote (knights spears etc) this is what meant by given a bow ( note it called a bow because just as in psalm 22 proheisied that JESUS hands and feet pierced and it was done via crusafiction which did not exist when david wrote the pslam so did not firearms but because a musket fires a projectile and kill via a projectile which is aimed and shot like bow) .( a four minute video showing emergence of early form of musket causing traditional warfare to become obsolete in early 16TH centuray https://archive.org/details/THEBOWGIVENTOTHEHORSEMEN1Mpeg2video

    ) the crown the seven kings of the western roman empire (western Europe ) to conquer to conquer ( the colonization of american pacfic asian african continent at the height of western colonialism leading to world war 1 in 1914 a 1 minute long minute video showing maps of western colonialisms over this period https://archive.org/details/WESTERNCOLONIALISMGIF ) (noteable event in 1917 the Balfour declaration of the britsh to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine) .

    so the frist seal period was 1492 AD to 1918 AD . now then in 1517 AD the protestant reformation began and during the the first seal martin luther purged the paganism from church then the translation of bible and mass production of the bible then the christian missionary went every where colonilial power went spreading christainity all over the world ( here is video showing chrisanity spread all the world during colonialism https://archive.org/details/TheSpreadOfChristianity ) .

    after the WW1 western colonization began to taper off the last bit being the sykes picot agrement to divde up the middle east by the french and british ( the former ottoman empire) . then the second seal rev 6 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. the second seal 1918 AD to 1991 AD the rise of communism symbolized by the color red en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_symbolism . 'given power to him' the rise of soviet union ( https://archive.org/details/SovietUnionMap1 ) 'and took peace from the earth' revolutions wars conflict Russia china Korea Vietnam ( some examples https://archive.org/details/SEAL2TOOKPEACEFROMTHEEARTH ) etc 'the two will try kill one another after' the second world war ( once again a world war started in westtern europe as with the frist world war ) from 1947 to 1991 the coldwar between the USSR and the USA ( https://archive.org/details/COLDWARIMAGE3 ) which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war USA allied with Israel and western Europe againt USSR who was allied with eastern europe as Europe was split between communist east and capitalist west (seven kings of the western roman empire ) ( map of europe 1947 to 1991 https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit )

    ) . now why a sword ? frist horse men had a bow ( remeber emergence of firearms revoutionizing warfare in early 16 tha musket ) the second a a sword the frist power will over the come second power just like durng the colonialism times those with firearms trumpied over those who used traditional warfare . now then the scripture talks of revelation 13 how two beast were to a rise the beast of sea ( from daniel 7 a combination of all four beast that symbolized previous empire (babylon ( winged lion medes and persian ( bear ) greek ( multihead winged leopard ) romans ten horns then seven horns of daniel 7) ) and of land a ram ( https://archive.org/details/BeastsOfRevelation13USAANDEU )
    now then during the time of coldwar 1947 AD to 1991 AD europe was split in half the seven kings of the western roman empire allied with israel and USA then after the fall of soviet union the nations allied with USSR in the warsaw pact joined the seven kings and forming the EU (
    https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit
    https://archive.org/details/BeastOfTheLandEuropean
    ) . now then WE have the two greatest empires in human histroy and there both allied together and support israel ( https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 ) the USA DOMINATES the world it has the greatest millitary and economic power in human histroy with bases all over the world and it has allies all over the world (the mark of the beast ) and its currency is the international reserve currency (cannot buy or sell with out the mark symbol or number 666 of the beast and who will not use it shall be destoryed and several countries have been attacked over this issue of the USD being drop example iraq libya syria https://archive.org/details/MarkOfTheBeastUSADOLLARADDIRANADRTPETROMpeg2video https://archive.org/details/MarkOfTheBeastUSADOLLARADDIRANMpeg2video001 ) and then there is USA lackey which is subordinate to USA the EU which derived from the seven kings of western roman empire after the second world war taking in the warsaw pact countries that were allied with the soviet union . the EU millitariy is much weaker but still formidable then USA but economically equal to the usa and both are allied together dominate the world and support israel . now then the scripture in rev 17 talk about the revival of the fourth beast ( rev 17 'the beast that was that shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into the perdition ' the beast that was is not and yet is ' revealing what the fourth creatue that hinted at in daneil 7 and then shown in revelation ( the roman empire symbolized as a dragon which is the symbol assign to the fourth kingdom hinted at in daniel 7 shown in rev 17 ) .
    the two powers USA AND EU are the two beast of revelation 13 the reborn divded roman empire physical manifestation (symbolized by the dragon of revelation 17 remeber daniel 7 )this is the fulfilment of last part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream ( daniel 2 the foot of the statue of nebuchadnezzer dream that is smitten by the stone ( jesus ) that falls from heaven ) remeber how in 284 AD diocletain split the roman empire in half https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN.
    and now THE USA AND EU THE REBORN DIVDED ROMAN EMPIRE the last part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream the iron and clay foot of satute that is to be smitten by the stone that falls from heaven https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 ( remeber how diocletian splits the empire in half the frist time round when the empire was splits in half it revives in a divdied state ). now then in rev 17 it say seven heads and ten horns then repeats by saying seven mountains and ten kings this is reference to daniel 7 ten horns then seven horns and it repeats 7 horn were there was 10 horns . now then the same seven kings of western roman empire from 476 AD https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge ( 476 AD )
    ( 1947 to 1991 europe https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit )
    were allied with israel in 1948 through out the coldwar and beyond . now then how do we know 1948 AD israel is the woman the great babylon which is held up by the revied divded roman empire ( REV 13 USA EU ALLAINCE ) symbolized as dragon of rev 17 which shows the relationship between the reviived fourth kingdom and israel .
    fristly israel return after 2000 years fulfils the prophecy of the high presit joseph caiaphas (john 11 prophecy of 47 to 51)' gathering to together in one the children of god that were scattred abroad' and after the return is followed by the judgement of matthew 23 if you read the scrtipture you would know this judgement againts a woman ( note rev 17 says its a city so a place a nation ) for killing the prophets and then after the judgment of her the world mourns her fall and then christ comes not long afterwards . killing the prophets this is one attribute that is attrubtated to her which is unique to only one people on earth the jews ( six witness testamonies LORD JESUS the SON of GOD himself aslo there is elijah paul stephen jeremiah , nehemiah and paul accusses israel for killing the prophets twice frist his own accusation and also he quotes elijah ) .
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    Nehemiah 9:20-26
    1 kings 19 13 - 14matt 27 22-27 luke 13 33- 35 acts 7 49-60 1 jeremiah 2 verse 27 30 , Romans 11:1-5
    1 Thessalonian 2 13-16 john 11 47 to 53 Matt 23 27-38 Revelation 17 1-6 rev 18 verse 20 and 24 rev 19 1-2 rev 19 11 and 21 and rev 20 )
    (MORE SCRIPTURE if you doubt revelation 17 1 to 6 18 verse 20 and 24 revaltion 19 verse 1 and 2 rev 19 11 to 21 rev 20 1 kings 19 13 to 14 jeremiah 2 verse 29 30 matthew 23 verse 27 to 39 mattew 27 verse 22 to 26 mark 12 verse 1 to 12 Luke 13:6-9 fruitless vineyard luke 11 44 to 54 luke 13 33 to 35 luke 20 9 to 20 act 2 22 to 25 act 3 9 to 18 act 4 1 to 13 act 5 17 to 32 act 7 45 to 60 act 8 1 to 8 1 thessoltian 2 13 to 16 )

    . israel to be judged for killing the prophets ( jesus judgement againts israel matthew 23 rev 17 1 - 6 rev 18 vese 20 and 24 rev 19 1 -2 and 11 -21 ) and this colorroates with the book of revelaton with the judgement of israel/babylon the woman on the dragon before the second coming of christ .

    now then why is it called babylon rev 17 the woman on the dragon .
    well 2500 years ago GOD destroyed ancient babylon using the the medes and persian so has LORD GOD risen up the islamic republic of iran ( iran historically known as persia (KJV daniel 5 28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.) to destroy israel(the jews killed prophets )/babylon ever since the islamic revolution of 1979 AD they sworn themselves to destroy israel . Daniel 5 King James Version (KJV)22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

    Ezra 1 King James Version (KJV) 1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
    Name of Iran From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the Western world, Persia (or one of its cognates) was historically the common name for Iran. On the Nowruz of 1935, Reza Shah Pahlavi asked foreign delegates to use the term Iran, the endonym of the country, in formal correspondence. Since then, in the Western World, the use of the word "Iran" has become more common. This also changed the usage of the terms for Iranian nationality, and the common adjective for citizens of Iran changed from "Persian" to "Iranian". In 1959, the government of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Reza Shah Pahlavi's son, announced that both "Persia" and "Iran" could officially be used interchangeably.[1] However the issue is still debated today.[2] .
    ( iran/hezbollah israel conflict https://archive.org/details/PERSIAVSISRAEL6HEZBOLLAHINVADESMpeg2video
    ) Persia itself will not destroy israel/babylon but it shall be destroyed by the the angel of revelation 18 that shall throw a stone at the city and destory it . this would iran ally hezbollah the only arab force to beat israel in war , backed by persia , armed with a 100000 missiles ( the millstone rev 18 ) ( here is 30 minute video explain hezbollah victory in 2006 war and 60000 to 100000 missile arresenal https://archive.org/details/PrototypeDiviedPart9AngelWithMillstoneHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video ) and plans to invade the galliee (the inadvertnat location of armageddon ) fulfilling the sixth trumpet and bowl of wraith in the next war with israel ( the is video 22 minutes explain the how hezbollah invasion israel draw USA AND EU INto the battle of armageddon https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart10HASB011LAHINVodDESYIZRAELTHESIXTHTRUMPETANDVIALANDCONFLICTOFARMAGEDD )

    rev 9 KJV 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation 16 King James Version (KJV) 12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon
    Tel MegiddoFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    History Tel Megiddo (Hebrew: מגידו‬; Arabic: مجیدو, Tell al-Mutesellim, "The Tell of the Governor") is an ancient city whose remains form a tell (archaeological mound), situated in northern Israel near Kibbutz Megiddo, about 30 km south-east of Haifa. Megiddo is known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon. During the Bronze Age, Megiddo was an important Canaanite city-state and during the Iron Age, a royal city in the Kingdom of Israel. Megiddo drew much of its importance from its strategic location at the northern end of the Wadi Ara defile, which acts as a pass through the Carmel Ridge, and from its position overlooking the rich Jezreel Valley from the west. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, indicating a long period of settlement.
    Some Christians believe that Armageddon will be the site of the final battle between Jesus Christ and the kings of the Earth who go to war against Israel, as outlined in the Book of Revelation.
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    the sixth trumpet and vial this is refering to how ancient babylon was invaded by diverting th water of the euphrates river lowering the waterlevel then marching in army through it into the city of ancient babylon conquering it . this is refering about hezbollah invasion of galliee the inadvernant location of armgeddon ( mt meggido a hill in the jezreel valley in the lower region of galliee) it will draw USA and EU into battle of armgeddon in next hezbollah israel war to counter hezbollah invasion of israel USA and EU soldiers comes to her defence and when single US OR EU suoldeir steep foot on armageddon abruptly the sun shall darken moon no longer give of its light along with stars in a instance the chrisitan shall be taken to heaven and the whole sky illumiated in light of christ second coming then jesus will fight the USA and eu at armageddon defeating them and then destroy the wicked and there kingdoms on earth shall cease and replaced by the kingdom of GOD that shall remain forever . thus the stone that falls from heaven shall smite the foot the statue and the four kingdom conquerd by the fifth . and thus the kingdom of god declared fulfillingf daniel prophecy .

    so the seven kings of western roman empire ,the two beast of revelation 13 the reborn divded roman empire , the killing of the prophets and israel judgement , persia trying to destroy israel as with anceint babylon . hezbollah armed with 100000 missiles ( millstone rev 18 ) sixth trumpet and bowl of wratih the invasion of israel in the galliee the location armgeddon the location of christ second coming desenction to the earth . this is how we know the bible is true and the kingdom of god is about to be declared and israel judgement and battle of armgeddon in israel with this infomation we can deduce that 1991 to 1918 is the second seal communism 1918 to 1492 is the frist seal western colonialism the space of time 1016 from 1492 AD to ( 476 AD ) division of the western roman empire and the rise of the Vatican then 284 AD Diocletian dividing the roman empire in half then 168 BC the roman conquerd the greek then 331 the greeks defeated the medes and persians then 539 the medes and persian conquerd the babylonians then 605 BC the babylonian king nebuchadnezzer .

    . SO THE STATUE OF NEBUCHADNEZZER DREAM OF DANIEL 2 TIMELINE .babylon 605 BC to 539 BC then media and persia 539 BC to 331 BC greeks 331 BC to 168 BC
    . the kingdom of babylon is the head of gold ( Daniel 2:28-40 605 BC to to 539 BC scritpure https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A28-40&version=KJV image of ancient babylon https://archive.org/details/BabylonMapLarge ) . the medes and persian (daniel 5 22 :31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+5+%3A22+-31&version=KJV ) (achmedic empire) is the silver chest and arms ( 539 BC to 331 BC https://archive.org/details/MedoPersianEmpireLarge ) . the Greeks are bronze thighs ( daniel 8 :3 -25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+daniel+8+%3A3+-25+&version=KJV daniel 10 :3 -20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel++10+%3A3+-+20&version=KJV ) (331 BC to 168 BC https://archive.org/details/AlexanderEmpire323bc ).
    whole roman empire ( 168 BC to 284 AD https://archive.org/details/RomanEmpireLarge ) the roman empire conquered the greeks in 168 BC the roman empire was then split in half in the year 284 A D by diocleation a roman general as the roman empire became to large to governen so it was split in half this is the fulfilment of the iron and clay foot part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream (284 A D to 476 A D ) . https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) . then by 476 A D the eastern roman empire became known as Byzantine empire while the west was divided by ten germanic tribes . https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven , https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge these ten kingdoms are the ten toes of the statue from Nebuchadnezzar dream(daniel 2) .
    . the ten toes the divsion of the western roman empire 476 AD to 1993 the ten toes 476 AD to 1993 the USA AND EU coupled together make the iron and clay foo that is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven .

    the ten toe then 476 AD to 1993 AD to the iron and clay foot the statue of nebuxhadnezzer dream . The USA AND EU allaince https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 the iron and clay of statue of nebhuchadnezzer dream the two empies allied together ( the roman empire split in half as it was in 284 by diocleain https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) shown in revelation 13 the revived fourth kingdom in it divided state smybolized as the dragon ( daniel 7 10 horn then seven then seven were there was 10 , revelation revelation 13 beast of sea composed of all four beast in daniel 7 the beast of sea mouth of lion feet of the bear body of the leopard and then seven heads ten horns ten crowns then in revelation 17 ''the beast that was is not and shall come out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition ' and ' the beast that was is not and yet is ' the revived fourth kingdom the roman empire then it says seven heads ten horn and seven moutains , ten kings of revelation 17 ) of revelation 17 . the iron and clay foot of the staute of nebuchadnezzer dream is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven the fourth kingsdom conquered by the fifth kingdom the kingdom of GOD declared (JESUS conquer the fourth kingdom at armageddon in israel the woman in which the dragon Holds up) .

    so with this we know the bible is true .
    so the question remain where are we in the timeline are we now then after 1991 we entered the third seal globalisation to 2001 the fourth seal 2001 to 2014 9/11 afghanistan iraq libya syria yemen 2014 to 01 02 2018 5 seal PERSECUTION AGAINTS CHRISTIAN this is where we see anti christian surging ( note there more anti christian persecution now then there has ever been in human histroy now then on 31 january to 1 feburay 2018 there was lunar eclipse the sixth seal is marked with lunar ecplise sun turn dark moon turn red then one month later putin threathends the west with his new nuclear weapons this is one of sign of great trbiulation the last 3 and halfs years (as like elijah famine or christ ministry )( the time of great triublation is taken from after the sixth seal period . time times and half time 3 and half days 42 months 1260 days 3 and half years ) of the earth kingdom againts kingdom nation againts nation CBN MR PAT ROBINSON RESPONSE TO PUTINS THREAT ( a recomend watching this he lived through the COLDWAR https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdated622019WithRickSanchezMpeg2video
    ) . remeber the parable of tares and wheat . crazies will be showing up captilisst communist hindus etc and the wheat will rise also a great christian harvest . then at the last hour ten horns on the dragon shall come to power and hate the whore and burn with fire and eat her flesh . ( the USA AND EU will put the squeeze israel to make peace with palestains ) the LORD GOD shall pour out his judgement on israel ( palestianan third intifada ) fulfilling of matthew 23 judgment then all eyes shall be on israel and whole world mourn her fall then death mourning and famine then a angel shall throw at the great city a millstone thus with violence destroying that great city. the third hezbollah israel war they shall rain down 100000 missiles destroying that great city babylon/israel the fulfill the sixth trumpet vial . the invasion of israel as lie ancient babylon was then when they( hezbollah ) have invaded the galliee it will draw USA and EU into the battle of armageddon in and jesus will fight them and win and thus the stone that fall from heaven and smite the fall of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream fuflfilling daniels prophecy the fourth kingdom conqured by the fifth . the kingdom of GOD shall reign forever .
    DANIEL UNSEALED GODS LAST WARNING (THIS IS IF YOU DONT KNOW DANIEL PROPHECY )
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    WATCH THIS VIDEO IMPORTANT SEAL SEALS FRIST AND SECOND SEAL (WATCH THIS MOVIE IT SHOW THE TRANSITION FROM DANIEL TO FRIST AND SECOND SEAL THERISE OF THE REBORN DIVDED ROMAN EMPIRE ( USA AND EU ) AND the woman it support the great babylon 1948 AD ISRAEL . ALSO AS LORD GOD ROSE UP MEDIA AND PERSIA TO DESTORY BABYLON (daniel 5) SO WILL THEY DESTROY ISRAEL then the angel with millstone hezbollah rev 18 will rain 100000 missiles destroying that great city and fulfl the sixth trumpet and vial as ancient babylon was invaded by diveting the water of the euphrates river and lowering the water and marching a army through it into the city conqeuring so will israel be invaded and once the do it shall DRAW the reborn divded roman empire the iron and clay foot that is smitten reived the two beast of rev 13 .the USA AND EU symbolized as the dragon shall fight the christ in battle of armageddon which is located galliee . LORD JESUS shall overcome them fulfilling the prophecy the stone that fall from smite the foot of the statue of nebuchadnezzer dream ( this movie a bit boringin the beginibg but gets very intersetrin it is historical timeline once you get to start of revelation it is very interesting so pleae watch the whole 1 hour 20 minute movie )
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    third to sixth seal https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart3PUTINMiSSILESMARKBLYTH1ADDMpeg2video
    the sixth seal THE GREAT TRIBULATION HAS BEGAN
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    04 1492 series Part 6 THE PROPHECY OF 1948 AD ISRAEL THE GREAT BABYLON
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    UPDATE 17 4 2019 THE 95 THEISIS oF REVELATION A EXPLAINATION OF the PROPHECY DANIEL and REVE LATION . anyway how do i know 1948 A D ISRAEL IS the great babylon who is held up by dragon in revelation 17 ?. the return of israel after 2000 years means the judgement of israel and second coming of the christ afterwards). I want to go back to Daniel's prophecy of Nebuchadnezzar dream in Daniel 2 . the dream of the ancient Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a idol with a gold head silver chest and arms bronze thighs iron shins iron and clay foot and ten toes and the foot is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven and the rest of idol is made as chaff which is blown in the wind and that stone become a great mountain which encompassed the earth . the declaration of the kingdom of GOD the eternal kingdom brought about by second coming of the christ here is the Daniel 2:27-49 ,Daniel 7 : 7 -14, Matthew 9:2-6 , Mark 14:57-64 , Luke 21:25-29 , Mark 13:24-29 , Matthew 24:28-31 . so with this we know the stone that falls from heaven and estanblish the kingdom of GOD which is the eternal kingdom is christ second coming to the earth as lion ot reclaim it from the devil . . now then the prophecy of Daniel . Daniel proceeds to explain that the metals represent four succesives kingdoms each being less presitage then the previous but increasing strength . the kingdom of babylon is the head of gold ( Daniel 2:28-40 605 BC to to 539 BC scritpure https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A28-40&version=KJV image of ancient babylon https://archive.org/details/BabylonMapLarge ) . the medes and persian (daniel 5 22 :31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+5+%3A22+-31&version=KJV ) (achmedic empire) is the silver chest and arms ( 539 BC to 331 BC https://archive.org/details/MedoPersianEmpireLarge ) . the Greeks are bronze thighs ( daniel 8 :3 -25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+daniel+8+%3A3+-25+&version=KJV daniel 10 :3 -20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel++10+%3A3+-+20&version=KJV ) (331 BC to 168 BC https://archive.org/details/AlexanderEmpire323bc ). the iron shins is the roman empire which is identified in daniel 7 ( https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+7&version=KJV ) . when the western roman empire is divded by ten germanic tribes three of them fall and the rise of the vatican the little horn speaking great words againts the most high GOD is the vatican which is located in italy which was part of the roman empire identifying the fourth empire ) ) ( 168 BC to 284 AD https://archive.org/details/RomanEmpireLarge ) the roman empire conquered the greeks in 168 BC ( just some notable events that occured in 0 AD was christ born 33 A D he died then in 70 A D was siege of jerusalem after that in 117 A D the roman empire reached its greatest in height ) . the roman empire was then split in half in the year 284 A D by diocleation a roman general as the roman empire became to large to governen so it was split in half this is the fulfilment of the iron and clay foot part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream (284 A D to 476 A D ) . after diocletion split the empire in half he assianged two senior and two junior emprerers of the two halfs of the empire and then they fought againts each other for control over the empire with constantine being the last empoerer to control the whole empire in 300 A D he legalised christianity https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) . then by 476 A D the eastern roman empire became known as Byzantine empire while the west was divided by ten germanic tribes a list of the germanic tribes Franks , Alamani , Visgoths , Suebi , Anglo-Saxon , Lombards , Burgundian , Ostrogoths , Heruli , Vandals https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven , https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge these ten kingdoms are the ten toes of the statue from Nebuchadnezzar dream(daniel 2) . we then continue on in daniel 7 the scrtipure talks about the divison of the western roman empire ( rememeber how the western half was divded by ten germanic tribes these are the 10 horns of fourth beast of daniel 7 ) also how that there are ten horns and 3 are plucked up by the root by the little horn speaking great words againts the most high GOD and then it repeats saying there are seven where there was ten and a little horn . (THIS IS THE VATICAN the only christian church that in human history which is also a state in its self and for it role in bringing pagans in to church along with there ideas which are not from the bible and it history of teaching doctrine contrary the bible there blasphemy againts GOD such as purgatory or buying forgivness praying to saints etc ) then after 476 AD leading into the middle ages . the divsion between daniel's prophecy end and revalation's start (476 A D to 1492 A D ) then we continue in on revelation 6 KJV . Revelation 6 King James Version (KJV)6 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. the frist seal the horse men given a bow crown and conquer to conquer ( the bow reference to the emergence of firearms surplace traditonal warfare in early 16 century . the chinese invented gun powder and used it in cannons then this technology made its way to europe then they minutrized it to hand cannons and by the time of early 16th centuray (1500s) they made a early form of musket revoutionizing warfare this is when firearms made the traditional warfare obselote (knights spears etc) this is what meant by given a bow ( note it called a bow because just as in psalm 22 proheisied that JESUS hands and feet pierced and it was done via crusafiction which did not exist when david wrote the pslam so did not firearms but because a musket fires a projectile and kill via a projectile which is aimed and shot like bow) .( a four minute video showing emergence of early form of musket causing traditional warfare to become obsolete in early 16TH centuray https://archive.org/details/THEBOWGIVENTOTHEHORSEMEN1Mpeg2video ) the crown the seven kings of the western roman empire (western Europe ) to conquer to conquer ( the colonization of american pacfic asian african continent at the height of western colonialism leading to world war 1 in 1914 a 1 minute long minute video showing maps of western colonialisms over this period https://archive.org/details/WESTERNCOLONIALISMGIF ) (noteable event in 1917 the Balfour declaration of the britsh to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine) . so the frist seal period was 1492 AD to 1918 AD . now then in 1517 AD the protestant reformation began and during the the first seal martin luther purged the paganism from church then the translation of bible and mass production of the bible then the christian missionary went every where colonilial power went spreading christainity all over the world ( here is video showing chrisanity spread all the world during colonialism https://archive.org/details/TheSpreadOfChristianity ) . after the WW1 western colonization began to taper off the last bit being the sykes picot agrement to divde up the middle east by the french and british ( the former ottoman empire) . then the second seal rev 6 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. the second seal 1918 AD to 1991 AD the rise of communism symbolized by the color red en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_symbolism . 'given power to him' the rise of soviet union ( https://archive.org/details/SovietUnionMap1 ) 'and took peace from the earth' revolutions wars conflict Russia china Korea Vietnam ( some examples https://archive.org/details/SEAL2TOOKPEACEFROMTHEEARTH ) etc 'the two will try kill one another after' the second world war ( once again a world war started in westtern europe as with the frist world war ) from 1947 to 1991 the coldwar between the USSR and the USA ( https://archive.org/details/COLDWARIMAGE3 ) which brought the world to the brink of nuclear war USA allied with Israel and western Europe againt USSR who was allied with eastern europe as Europe was split between communist east and capitalist west (seven kings of the western roman empire ) ( map of europe 1947 to 1991 https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit ) ) . now why a sword ? frist horse men had a bow ( remeber emergence of firearms revoutionizing warfare in early 16 tha musket ) the second a a sword the frist power will over the come second power just like durng the colonialism times those with firearms trumpied over those who used traditional warfare . now then the scripture talks of revelation 13 how two beast were to a rise the beast of sea ( from daniel 7 a combination of all four beast that symbolized previous empire (babylon ( winged lion medes and persian ( bear ) greek ( multihead winged leopard ) romans ten horns then seven horns of daniel 7) ) and of land a ram ( https://archive.org/details/BeastsOfRevelation13USAANDEU ) now then during the time of coldwar 1947 AD to 1991 AD europe was split in half the seven kings of the western roman empire allied with israel and USA then after the fall of soviet union the nations allied with USSR in the warsaw pact joined the seven kings and forming the EU ( https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit https://archive.org/details/BeastOfTheLandEuropean ) . now then WE have the two greatest empires in human histroy and there both allied together and support israel ( https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 ) the USA DOMINATES the world it has the greatest millitary and economic power in human histroy with bases all over the world and it has allies all over the world (the mark of the beast ) and its currency is the international reserve currency (cannot buy or sell with out the mark symbol or number 666 of the beast and who will not use it shall be destoryed and several countries have been attacked over this issue of the USD being drop example iraq libya syria https://archive.org/details/MarkOfTheBeastUSADOLLARADDIRANADRTPETROMpeg2video https://archive.org/details/MarkOfTheBeastUSADOLLARADDIRANMpeg2video001 ) and then there is USA lackey which is subordinate to USA the EU which derived from the seven kings of western roman empire after the second world war taking in the warsaw pact countries that were allied with the soviet union . the EU millitariy is much weaker but still formidable then USA but economically equal to the usa and both are allied together dominate the world and support israel . now then the scripture in rev 17 talk about the revival of the fourth beast ( rev 17 'the beast that was that shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into the perdition ' the beast that was is not and yet is ' revealing what the fourth creatue that hinted at in daneil 7 and then shown in revelation ( the roman empire symbolized as a dragon which is the symbol assign to the fourth kingdom hinted at in daniel 7 shown in rev 17 ) . the two powers USA AND EU are the two beast of revelation 13 the reborn divded roman empire physical manifestation (symbolized by the dragon of revelation 17 remeber daniel 7 )this is the fulfilment of last part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream ( daniel 2 the foot of the statue of nebuchadnezzer dream that is smitten by the stone ( jesus ) that falls from heaven ) remeber how in 284 AD diocletain split the roman empire in half https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. and now THE USA AND EU THE REBORN DIVDED ROMAN EMPIRE the last part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream the iron and clay foot of satute that is to be smitten by the stone that falls from heaven https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 ( remeber how diocletian splits the empire in half the frist time round when the empire was splits in half it revives in a divdied state ). now then in rev 17 it say seven heads and ten horns then repeats by saying seven mountains and ten kings this is reference to daniel 7 ten horns then seven horns and it repeats 7 horn were there was 10 horns . now then the same seven kings of western roman empire from 476 AD https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge ( 476 AD ) ( 1947 to 1991 europe https://archive.org/details/ColdwarSplit ) were allied with israel in 1948 through out the coldwar and beyond . now then how do we know 1948 AD israel is the woman the great babylon which is held up by the revied divded roman empire ( REV 13 USA EU ALLAINCE ) symbolized as dragon of rev 17 which shows the relationship between the reviived fourth kingdom and israel . fristly israel return after 2000 years fulfils the prophecy of the high presit joseph caiaphas (john 11 prophecy of 47 to 51)' gathering to together in one the children of god that were scattred abroad' and after the return is followed by the judgement of matthew 23 if you read the scrtipture you would know this judgement againts a woman ( note rev 17 says its a city so a place a nation ) for killing the prophets and then after the judgment of her the world mourns her fall and then christ comes not long afterwards . killing the prophets this is one attribute that is attrubtated to her which is unique to only one people on earth the jews ( six witness testamonies LORD JESUS the SON of GOD himself aslo there is elijah paul stephen jeremiah , nehemiah and paul accusses israel for killing the prophets twice frist his own accusation and also he quotes elijah ) . READ KEY SCRITPUTE sample Nehemiah 9:20-26 1 kings 19 13 - 14matt 27 22-27 luke 13 33- 35 acts 7 49-60 1 jeremiah 2 verse 27 30 , Romans 11:1-5 1 Thessalonian 2 13-16 john 11 47 to 53 Matt 23 27-38 Revelation 17 1-6 rev 18 verse 20 and 24 rev 19 1-2 rev 19 11 and 21 and rev 20 ) (MORE SCRIPTURE if you doubt revelation 17 1 to 6 18 verse 20 and 24 revaltion 19 verse 1 and 2 rev 19 11 to 21 rev 20 1 kings 19 13 to 14 jeremiah 2 verse 29 30 matthew 23 verse 27 to 39 mattew 27 verse 22 to 26 mark 12 verse 1 to 12 Luke 13:6-9 fruitless vineyard luke 11 44 to 54 luke 13 33 to 35 luke 20 9 to 20 act 2 22 to 25 act 3 9 to 18 act 4 1 to 13 act 5 17 to 32 act 7 45 to 60 act 8 1 to 8 1 thessoltian 2 13 to 16 ) . israel to be judged for killing the prophets ( jesus judgement againts israel matthew 23 rev 17 1 - 6 rev 18 vese 20 and 24 rev 19 1 -2 and 11 -21 ) and this colorroates with the book of revelaton with the judgement of israel/babylon the woman on the dragon before the second coming of christ . now then why is it called babylon rev 17 the woman on the dragon . well 2500 years ago GOD destroyed ancient babylon using the the medes and persian so has LORD GOD risen up the islamic republic of iran ( iran historically known as persia (KJV daniel 5 28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.) to destroy israel(the jews killed prophets )/babylon ever since the islamic revolution of 1979 AD they sworn themselves to destroy israel . Daniel 5 King James Version (KJV)22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old. Ezra 1 King James Version (KJV) 1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem. Name of Iran From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In the Western world, Persia (or one of its cognates) was historically the common name for Iran. On the Nowruz of 1935, Reza Shah Pahlavi asked foreign delegates to use the term Iran, the endonym of the country, in formal correspondence. Since then, in the Western World, the use of the word "Iran" has become more common. This also changed the usage of the terms for Iranian nationality, and the common adjective for citizens of Iran changed from "Persian" to "Iranian". In 1959, the government of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Reza Shah Pahlavi's son, announced that both "Persia" and "Iran" could officially be used interchangeably.[1] However the issue is still debated today.[2] . ( iran/hezbollah israel conflict https://archive.org/details/PERSIAVSISRAEL6HEZBOLLAHINVADESMpeg2video ) Persia itself will not destroy israel/babylon but it shall be destroyed by the the angel of revelation 18 that shall throw a stone at the city and destory it . this would iran ally hezbollah the only arab force to beat israel in war , backed by persia , armed with a 100000 missiles ( the millstone rev 18 ) ( here is 30 minute video explain hezbollah victory in 2006 war and 60000 to 100000 missile arresenal https://archive.org/details/PrototypeDiviedPart9AngelWithMillstoneHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video ) and plans to invade the galliee (the inadvertnat location of armageddon ) fulfilling the sixth trumpet and bowl of wraith in the next war with israel ( the is video 22 minutes explain the how hezbollah invasion israel draw USA AND EU INto the battle of armageddon https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart10HASB011LAHINVodDESYIZRAELTHESIXTHTRUMPETANDVIALANDCONFLICTOFARMAGEDD ) rev 9 KJV 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation 16 King James Version (KJV) 12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon Tel MegiddoFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia History Tel Megiddo (Hebrew: מגידו‬; Arabic: مجیدو, Tell al-Mutesellim, "The Tell of the Governor") is an ancient city whose remains form a tell (archaeological mound), situated in northern Israel near Kibbutz Megiddo, about 30 km south-east of Haifa. Megiddo is known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon. During the Bronze Age, Megiddo was an important Canaanite city-state and during the Iron Age, a royal city in the Kingdom of Israel. Megiddo drew much of its importance from its strategic location at the northern end of the Wadi Ara defile, which acts as a pass through the Carmel Ridge, and from its position overlooking the rich Jezreel Valley from the west. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins, indicating a long period of settlement. Some Christians believe that Armageddon will be the site of the final battle between Jesus Christ and the kings of the Earth who go to war against Israel, as outlined in the Book of Revelation. . the sixth trumpet and vial this is refering to how ancient babylon was invaded by diverting th water of the euphrates river lowering the waterlevel then marching in army through it into the city of ancient babylon conquering it . this is refering about hezbollah invasion of galliee the inadvernant location of armgeddon ( mt meggido a hill in the jezreel valley in the lower region of galliee) it will draw USA and EU into battle of armgeddon in next hezbollah israel war to counter hezbollah invasion of israel USA and EU soldiers comes to her defence and when single US OR EU suoldeir steep foot on armageddon abruptly the sun shall darken moon no longer give of its light along with stars in a instance the chrisitan shall be taken to heaven and the whole sky illumiated in light of christ second coming then jesus will fight the USA and eu at armageddon defeating them and then destroy the wicked and there kingdoms on earth shall cease and replaced by the kingdom of GOD that shall remain forever . thus the stone that falls from heaven shall smite the foot the statue and the four kingdom conquerd by the fifth . and thus the kingdom of god declared fulfillingf daniel prophecy . so the seven kings of western roman empire ,the two beast of revelation 13 the reborn divded roman empire , the killing of the prophets and israel judgement , persia trying to destroy israel as with anceint babylon . hezbollah armed with 100000 missiles ( millstone rev 18 ) sixth trumpet and bowl of wratih the invasion of israel in the galliee the location armgeddon the location of christ second coming desenction to the earth . this is how we know the bible is true and the kingdom of god is about to be declared and israel judgement and battle of armgeddon in israel with this infomation we can deduce that 1991 to 1918 is the second seal communism 1918 to 1492 is the frist seal western colonialism the space of time 1016 from 1492 AD to ( 476 AD ) division of the western roman empire and the rise of the Vatican then 284 AD Diocletian dividing the roman empire in half then 168 BC the roman conquerd the greek then 331 the greeks defeated the medes and persians then 539 the medes and persian conquerd the babylonians then 605 BC the babylonian king nebuchadnezzer . . SO THE STATUE OF NEBUCHADNEZZER DREAM OF DANIEL 2 TIMELINE .babylon 605 BC to 539 BC then media and persia 539 BC to 331 BC greeks 331 BC to 168 BC . the kingdom of babylon is the head of gold ( Daniel 2:28-40 605 BC to to 539 BC scritpure https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+2%3A28-40&version=KJV image of ancient babylon https://archive.org/details/BabylonMapLarge ) . the medes and persian (daniel 5 22 :31 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel+5+%3A22+-31&version=KJV ) (achmedic empire) is the silver chest and arms ( 539 BC to 331 BC https://archive.org/details/MedoPersianEmpireLarge ) . the Greeks are bronze thighs ( daniel 8 :3 -25 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=+daniel+8+%3A3+-25+&version=KJV daniel 10 :3 -20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=daniel++10+%3A3+-+20&version=KJV ) (331 BC to 168 BC https://archive.org/details/AlexanderEmpire323bc ). whole roman empire ( 168 BC to 284 AD https://archive.org/details/RomanEmpireLarge ) the roman empire conquered the greeks in 168 BC the roman empire was then split in half in the year 284 A D by diocleation a roman general as the roman empire became to large to governen so it was split in half this is the fulfilment of the iron and clay foot part of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream (284 A D to 476 A D ) . https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) . then by 476 A D the eastern roman empire became known as Byzantine empire while the west was divided by ten germanic tribes . https://archive.org/details/DivisionOfWesternRomanEmpire10NationsToSeven , https://archive.org/details/DividedWesternRomanEmpireLarge these ten kingdoms are the ten toes of the statue from Nebuchadnezzar dream(daniel 2) . . the ten toes the divsion of the western roman empire 476 AD to 1993 the ten toes 476 AD to 1993 the USA AND EU coupled together make the iron and clay foo that is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven . the ten toe then 476 AD to 1993 AD to the iron and clay foot the statue of nebuxhadnezzer dream . The USA AND EU allaince https://archive.org/details/THEBEAST_201901 the iron and clay of statue of nebhuchadnezzer dream the two empies allied together ( the roman empire split in half as it was in 284 by diocleain https://archive.org/details/WHYTHEEASTSoalongcomesRomanemperorDIOCLETIAN. ) shown in revelation 13 the revived fourth kingdom in it divided state smybolized as the dragon ( daniel 7 10 horn then seven then seven were there was 10 , revelation revelation 13 beast of sea composed of all four beast in daniel 7 the beast of sea mouth of lion feet of the bear body of the leopard and then seven heads ten horns ten crowns then in revelation 17 ''the beast that was is not and shall come out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition ' and ' the beast that was is not and yet is ' the revived fourth kingdom the roman empire then it says seven heads ten horn and seven moutains , ten kings of revelation 17 ) of revelation 17 . the iron and clay foot of the staute of nebuchadnezzer dream is smitten by the stone that falls from heaven the fourth kingsdom conquered by the fifth kingdom the kingdom of GOD declared (JESUS conquer the fourth kingdom at armageddon in israel the woman in which the dragon Holds up) . so with this we know the bible is true . so the question remain where are we in the timeline are we now then after 1991 we entered the third seal globalisation to 2001 the fourth seal 2001 to 2014 9/11 afghanistan iraq libya syria yemen 2014 to 01 02 2018 5 seal PERSECUTION AGAINTS CHRISTIAN this is where we see anti christian surging ( note there more anti christian persecution now then there has ever been in human histroy now then on 31 january to 1 feburay 2018 there was lunar eclipse the sixth seal is marked with lunar ecplise sun turn dark moon turn red then one month later putin threathends the west with his new nuclear weapons this is one of sign of great trbiulation the last 3 and halfs years (as like elijah famine or christ ministry )( the time of great triublation is taken from after the sixth seal period . time times and half time 3 and half days 42 months 1260 days 3 and half years ) of the earth kingdom againts kingdom nation againts nation CBN MR PAT ROBINSON RESPONSE TO PUTINS THREAT ( a recomend watching this he lived through the COLDWAR https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdated622019WithRickSanchezMpeg2video ) . remeber the parable of tares and wheat . crazies will be showing up captilisst communist hindus etc and the wheat will rise also a great christian harvest . then at the last hour ten horns on the dragon shall come to power and hate the whore and burn with fire and eat her flesh . ( the USA AND EU will put the squeeze israel to make peace with palestains ) the LORD GOD shall pour out his judgement on israel ( palestianan third intifada ) fulfilling of matthew 23 judgment then all eyes shall be on israel and whole world mourn her fall then death mourning and famine then a angel shall throw at the great city a millstone thus with violence destroying that great city. the third hezbollah israel war they shall rain down 100000 missiles destroying that great city babylon/israel the fulfill the sixth trumpet vial . the invasion of israel as lie ancient babylon was then when they( hezbollah ) have invaded the galliee it will draw USA and EU into the battle of armageddon in and jesus will fight them and win and thus the stone that fall from heaven and smite the fall of statue of nebuchadnezzer dream fuflfilling daniels prophecy the fourth kingdom conqured by the fifth . the kingdom of GOD shall reign forever . DANIEL UNSEALED GODS LAST WARNING (THIS IS IF YOU DONT KNOW DANIEL PROPHECY ) https://archive.org/details/GODSLastWARNING1080pX264 WATCH THIS VIDEO IMPORTANT SEAL SEALS FRIST AND SECOND SEAL (WATCH THIS MOVIE IT SHOW THE TRANSITION FROM DANIEL TO FRIST AND SECOND SEAL THERISE OF THE REBORN DIVDED ROMAN EMPIRE ( USA AND EU ) AND the woman it support the great babylon 1948 AD ISRAEL . ALSO AS LORD GOD ROSE UP MEDIA AND PERSIA TO DESTORY BABYLON (daniel 5) SO WILL THEY DESTROY ISRAEL then the angel with millstone hezbollah rev 18 will rain 100000 missiles destroying that great city and fulfl the sixth trumpet and vial as ancient babylon was invaded by diveting the water of the euphrates river and lowering the water and marching a army through it into the city conqeuring so will israel be invaded and once the do it shall DRAW the reborn divded roman empire the iron and clay foot that is smitten reived the two beast of rev 13 .the USA AND EU symbolized as the dragon shall fight the christ in battle of armageddon which is located galliee . LORD JESUS shall overcome them fulfilling the prophecy the stone that fall from smite the foot of the statue of nebuchadnezzer dream ( this movie a bit boringin the beginibg but gets very intersetrin it is historical timeline once you get to start of revelation it is very interesting so pleae watch the whole 1 hour 20 minute movie ) https://archive.org/details/SEVENSEALRISEOFDIVIDEDROMANEMPIREBABYLONANDPERSIAUPDATEDLATEST6IRANDESTROYMpeg2video third to sixth seal https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart3PUTINMiSSILESMARKBLYTH1ADDMpeg2video the sixth seal THE GREAT TRIBULATION HAS BEGAN MOST UPDATED https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdated622019WithRickSanchezMpeg2video OLDER https://archive.org/details/THEGREATTRIBULATIONUpdateMpeg2video SEVEN SEAL UNSEALED Part 4 1 To 4 And 5 Trumpet Vial Mpeg 2video 004 https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart41To4And5TrumpetVialMpeg2video004 04 1492 series Part 6 THE PROPHECY OF 1948 AD ISRAEL THE GREAT BABYLON https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPART6Part1ADDJERUSALEMHUMANAUDIO8CopyMpeg2video 05 1492 series Part 7 God Use Beast Againts Woman 1 NEW AD FRST BILL AGAINTS ISRAEL HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart6Part1GodUseBeastAgaintsWoman1NEWADFRSTBILLAGAINTSISRAELHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video 06 1492 series part 8 Iran/persia Vs SA And Israel HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video https://archive.org/details/VEGASSEVENSEALUNSEALEDPrototypeDiviedPart8IranVsSAAndIsraelHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video 07 1492 series Part 9 Angel With Millstone HUMAN AUDIO Mpeg 2video https://archive.org/details/PrototypeDiviedPart9AngelWithMillstoneHUMANAUDIOMpeg2video 08 1492 series Part 10 HASB 011 LAH IN Vod DES YIZRAELTHE SIXTH TRUMPET AND VIAL AND CONFLICT OF ARMAGEDDON BETWEEN THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE CHRIST HUMAN AUDIOmpeg 2 https://archive.org/details/DiviedPart10HASB011LAHINVodDESYIZRAELTHESIXTHTRUMPETANDVIALANDCONFLICTOFARMAGEDD
    Bible Gateway passage: Daniel 2:28-40 - King James Version
    But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart. Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
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  • Julian Assange’s life is in danger
    https://desultoryheroics.com/2019/04/16/julian-assanges-life-is-in-danger/
    Posted By Luther Blissett
    By Eric London 4/17/19

    Following Thursday’s arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, the governments of the US, Britain and Ecuador are engaged in a conspiracy to facilitate the whistleblower’s extraordinary rendition to the US.

    Julian Assange’s life and liberty is in imminent danger. It is necessary to mobilize all supporters of free speech to prevent him from falling into the hands of the American government.

    Over 40 years ago, a Rand Corporation analyst Daniel Ellsberg provided the Washington Post with evidence regarding the US government’s illegal activity in the Vietnam War.

    Yesterday, Ellsberg issued the following statement:

    It’s a very serious assault on the First Amendment. A clear attempt to rescind the freedom of the press…This is the first indictment of a journalist and editor or publisher, Julian Assange.

    And if it’s successful it will not be the last.

    This is clearly is a part of President Trump’s war on the press, what he calls the enemy of the state.

    And if he succeeds in putting Julian Assange in prison, where I think he’ll be for life, if he goes there at all, probably the first charge against him is only a few years.

    But that’s probably just the first of many.

    The official pretext being used to extradite Assange is a transparent lie.

    In a previously-sealed indictment made public Thursday, the US Department of Justice charged Assange only with violating a federal law against conspiring to break passwords to government computers.

    The fact that the crime carries only a 5-year sentence and does not fall under the Espionage Act provides all involved parties with a cover for handing Assange over to the Americans.

    In particular, the US-UK extradition treaty excludes transfer for “political offenses,” including espionage.

    Citing the Justice Department document, the British government will claim in courts that Assange’s extradition will not be prevented by this exclusion.

    The Ecuadoran government, moreover, claims it could revoke Assange’s asylum because the indictment shows he will not face the threat of the death penalty.

    In fact, once Assange is in the hands of the United States, he will quickly confront a series of additional charges, including espionage.

    The efforts to downplay the threat to the freedom of the press and understate the charge against Assange are aimed at sowing complacency in the population and distracting from the core free speech issues at stake.

    The language of the indictment itself makes clear the government is targeting Assange for political reasons, despite the official charge at its conclusion. It asserts:

    “The primary purpose of the conspiracy was to facilitate [Chelsea] Manning’s acquisition and transmission of classified information related to the national defense of the United States so that WikiLeaks could publicly disseminate the information on its website.”

    The indictment notes that the information WikiLeaks released to the public included “approximately 90,000 Afghanistan war-related significant activity reports, 400,000 Iraq war-related significant activities reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, and 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables.

    Many of these records were classified pursuant to Executive Order No. 13526,” signed by Barack Obama in 2009.

    The indictment claims these releases “reasonably could be expected to cause serious damage to the national security.”

    This language mirrors the text of the Espionage Act, which bars releasing information “relating to the national defense.”

    The Espionage Act criminalizes anyone who “communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered or transmitted” such information.

    Based on the language of the indictment, both Assange and Manning could face criminal persecution under this law.

    By announcing that Assange is being prosecuted based explicitly on Manning’s activity, the government is demonstrating her future is at risk as well.

    In fact, the first two words of the indictment are “Chelsea Manning.”

    This language also confirms last year’s “inadvertent” release by prosecutors of documents arguing Assange should be extradited because there are “charges”—plural—against him.

    Prosecutors convened a secret grand jury to investigate Assange at least as far back as 2011, and the US government sought warrants to spy on WikiLeaks employees based on allegations of “espionage” in 2012.

    Only the complicit or the naïve could accept that a secret grand jury spent over eight years to charge Assange with just one count of password manipulation.

    The response of leading political figures in the US, as well as previous statements, makes clear that the ruling elite is eager to seize Assange and lock him up for life—if not impose worse punishments.

    Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer tweeted, “I hope he will soon be held to account for his meddling in our elections on behalf of Putin and the Russian government.”

    Democratic Senator Mark Warner called Assange “a direct participant in Russian efforts to weaken the West and undermine American security. I hope British courts will quickly transfer him to U.S. custody so he can finally get the justice he deserves.”

    Prosecuting Assange on the basis of the unfounded allegations of “meddling” would be charges of espionage.

    Like a dungeon master who has been handed his latest victim, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin declared: “He is our property and we can get the facts and the truth from him.”

    On the basis of this statement, Assange is being transferred to the US for the purpose of interrogation—which would fall under the category of extraordinary rendition, not extradition.

    Assange has also faced open death threats in the press and from the government over the past several years.

    Rightwing radio personality Rush Limbaugh called for Assange to receive “a bullet to the brain.”

    Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told Assange: “We’re going to hang you.”

    Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said, “Julian Assange is engaged in terrorism and should be treated as an enemy combatant.”

    Democratic Vice President Joe Biden called Assange a “high-tech terrorist.”

    Democratic operative Bob Beckel said, “this guy’s a traitor” and the US should “illegally shoot the son of a b***h.”

    Another function of the indictment is to provide the corrupt and lying media with a cover for applauding Assange’s arrest.

    The New York Times and Washington Post have played a particularly criminal role in downplaying the indictment by claiming the use of a lesser charge means prosecuting Assange poses no threat to free speech.

    In an editorial board statement yesterday, the New York Times wrote:

    “The government charged Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, not with publishing classified government information, but with stealing it, skirting—for now—critical First Amendment questions.”

    The single count against Assange, the Times wrote, means the arrest does not pose “a direct challenge to the distinction between a journalist exposing abuse of power through leaked materials—something traditional newspapers like the Times do all the time—and a foreign agent seeking to undermine the security of the United States through theft or subterfuge… The administration has begun well by charging Mr. Assange with an indisputable crime.”

    The Washington Post’s editorial is titled, “Julian Assange is not a free-press hero. And he is long overdue for personal accountability.”

    The Post wrote, “Mr. Assange’s case could conclude as a victory for the rule of law, not the defeat for civil liberties of which his defenders mistakenly warn.”

    The Post labeled concerns over Assange’s safety as “pro-WikiLeaks propaganda.”

    The fact that the indictment does not charge Assange with violating the Espionage Act proves he “had no legitimate fears for his life, either at the hands of CIA assassins or, via extradition, the US death penalty.”

    The Post explained that “Britain should not fear that sending him for trial on that hacking count would endanger freedom of the press” because Assange is “unethical” and not a “real journalist” because he “dumped material into the public domain without any effort independently to verify its factuality or give named individuals an opportunity to comment.”

    Who are the New York Times and the Washington Post to lecture about “real journalism”?

    These statements expose the Times and the Post as nothing but government propaganda organs.

    The Times is synonymous with peddling the Bush administration’s false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, and the Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, which recently reached a $600 million service contract with the Pentagon.

    The conspiracy against Assange underscores the collapse of any constituency in the political establishment and corporate media for the defense of democratic rights.

    If Ellsberg approached the Post today with photocopies of Pentagon-commissioned Rand reports on the war, the Post would call the FBI and have him arrested for threatening “national security.”

    The Times and the Post may convince their affluent readers that Assange aided Russia by publishing evidence showing Hillary Clinton received hundreds of thousands of dollars secretly telling audiences of bankers and CEOs she would represent their interests if elected president.

    Meanwhile, the Democrats have made common cause with the leaders of the military and intelligence agencies responsible for the crimes Assange has revealed.

    The rightwing character of the Democrats’ opposition to Trump is exposed by the fact that they support his administration’s attacks on Assange.

    The defense of Julian Assange, along with Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, is now a central political question that confronts the working class. Attitudes toward these whistleblowers break down largely upon class lines.

    As the ruling class cracks down on free speech and freedom of the press, class conflict is intensifying across the world.

    The Socialist Equality Party and the World Socialist Web Site make the broadest appeal to all those who are serious about defending democratic rights to join the fight to defend Assange, Manning and Snowden. Workers and youth internationally must mobilize immediately to defend these class war prisoners. Their lives depend on it.

    The fight for Assange’s freedom is the spearhead of the political struggle in defense of democratic rights, against imperialist militarism and capitalism. Only to the extent that the power of the working class can be harnessed can a defense of these whistleblowers be mounted.

    As Socialist Equality Party (Australia) National Committee member Nick Beams said at Friday’s emergency rally in Sydney, “the attack on democracy is a symptom of a profound disease.

    There is no defense of democracy without tackling the problem at its source, that is, the profit system of global capitalism, a system in crisis that has played out its historic role and now has to tear up, trample, defile even the democratic rights that it once stood for.

    We have to begin as part of this struggle the part for a socialist perspective. Only then can the world be cleansed of all the horrors that it is conjuring up.”
    Julian Assange’s life is in danger https://desultoryheroics.com/2019/04/16/julian-assanges-life-is-in-danger/ Posted By Luther Blissett By Eric London 4/17/19 Following Thursday’s arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London, the governments of the US, Britain and Ecuador are engaged in a conspiracy to facilitate the whistleblower’s extraordinary rendition to the US. Julian Assange’s life and liberty is in imminent danger. It is necessary to mobilize all supporters of free speech to prevent him from falling into the hands of the American government. Over 40 years ago, a Rand Corporation analyst Daniel Ellsberg provided the Washington Post with evidence regarding the US government’s illegal activity in the Vietnam War. Yesterday, Ellsberg issued the following statement: It’s a very serious assault on the First Amendment. A clear attempt to rescind the freedom of the press…This is the first indictment of a journalist and editor or publisher, Julian Assange. And if it’s successful it will not be the last. This is clearly is a part of President Trump’s war on the press, what he calls the enemy of the state. And if he succeeds in putting Julian Assange in prison, where I think he’ll be for life, if he goes there at all, probably the first charge against him is only a few years. But that’s probably just the first of many. The official pretext being used to extradite Assange is a transparent lie. In a previously-sealed indictment made public Thursday, the US Department of Justice charged Assange only with violating a federal law against conspiring to break passwords to government computers. The fact that the crime carries only a 5-year sentence and does not fall under the Espionage Act provides all involved parties with a cover for handing Assange over to the Americans. In particular, the US-UK extradition treaty excludes transfer for “political offenses,” including espionage. Citing the Justice Department document, the British government will claim in courts that Assange’s extradition will not be prevented by this exclusion. The Ecuadoran government, moreover, claims it could revoke Assange’s asylum because the indictment shows he will not face the threat of the death penalty. In fact, once Assange is in the hands of the United States, he will quickly confront a series of additional charges, including espionage. The efforts to downplay the threat to the freedom of the press and understate the charge against Assange are aimed at sowing complacency in the population and distracting from the core free speech issues at stake. The language of the indictment itself makes clear the government is targeting Assange for political reasons, despite the official charge at its conclusion. It asserts: “The primary purpose of the conspiracy was to facilitate [Chelsea] Manning’s acquisition and transmission of classified information related to the national defense of the United States so that WikiLeaks could publicly disseminate the information on its website.” The indictment notes that the information WikiLeaks released to the public included “approximately 90,000 Afghanistan war-related significant activity reports, 400,000 Iraq war-related significant activities reports, 800 Guantanamo Bay detainee assessment briefs, and 250,000 U.S. Department of State cables. Many of these records were classified pursuant to Executive Order No. 13526,” signed by Barack Obama in 2009. The indictment claims these releases “reasonably could be expected to cause serious damage to the national security.” This language mirrors the text of the Espionage Act, which bars releasing information “relating to the national defense.” The Espionage Act criminalizes anyone who “communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered or transmitted” such information. Based on the language of the indictment, both Assange and Manning could face criminal persecution under this law. By announcing that Assange is being prosecuted based explicitly on Manning’s activity, the government is demonstrating her future is at risk as well. In fact, the first two words of the indictment are “Chelsea Manning.” This language also confirms last year’s “inadvertent” release by prosecutors of documents arguing Assange should be extradited because there are “charges”—plural—against him. Prosecutors convened a secret grand jury to investigate Assange at least as far back as 2011, and the US government sought warrants to spy on WikiLeaks employees based on allegations of “espionage” in 2012. Only the complicit or the naïve could accept that a secret grand jury spent over eight years to charge Assange with just one count of password manipulation. The response of leading political figures in the US, as well as previous statements, makes clear that the ruling elite is eager to seize Assange and lock him up for life—if not impose worse punishments. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer tweeted, “I hope he will soon be held to account for his meddling in our elections on behalf of Putin and the Russian government.” Democratic Senator Mark Warner called Assange “a direct participant in Russian efforts to weaken the West and undermine American security. I hope British courts will quickly transfer him to U.S. custody so he can finally get the justice he deserves.” Prosecuting Assange on the basis of the unfounded allegations of “meddling” would be charges of espionage. Like a dungeon master who has been handed his latest victim, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin declared: “He is our property and we can get the facts and the truth from him.” On the basis of this statement, Assange is being transferred to the US for the purpose of interrogation—which would fall under the category of extraordinary rendition, not extradition. Assange has also faced open death threats in the press and from the government over the past several years. Rightwing radio personality Rush Limbaugh called for Assange to receive “a bullet to the brain.” Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly told Assange: “We’re going to hang you.” Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said, “Julian Assange is engaged in terrorism and should be treated as an enemy combatant.” Democratic Vice President Joe Biden called Assange a “high-tech terrorist.” Democratic operative Bob Beckel said, “this guy’s a traitor” and the US should “illegally shoot the son of a b***h.” Another function of the indictment is to provide the corrupt and lying media with a cover for applauding Assange’s arrest. The New York Times and Washington Post have played a particularly criminal role in downplaying the indictment by claiming the use of a lesser charge means prosecuting Assange poses no threat to free speech. In an editorial board statement yesterday, the New York Times wrote: “The government charged Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, not with publishing classified government information, but with stealing it, skirting—for now—critical First Amendment questions.” The single count against Assange, the Times wrote, means the arrest does not pose “a direct challenge to the distinction between a journalist exposing abuse of power through leaked materials—something traditional newspapers like the Times do all the time—and a foreign agent seeking to undermine the security of the United States through theft or subterfuge… The administration has begun well by charging Mr. Assange with an indisputable crime.” The Washington Post’s editorial is titled, “Julian Assange is not a free-press hero. And he is long overdue for personal accountability.” The Post wrote, “Mr. Assange’s case could conclude as a victory for the rule of law, not the defeat for civil liberties of which his defenders mistakenly warn.” The Post labeled concerns over Assange’s safety as “pro-WikiLeaks propaganda.” The fact that the indictment does not charge Assange with violating the Espionage Act proves he “had no legitimate fears for his life, either at the hands of CIA assassins or, via extradition, the US death penalty.” The Post explained that “Britain should not fear that sending him for trial on that hacking count would endanger freedom of the press” because Assange is “unethical” and not a “real journalist” because he “dumped material into the public domain without any effort independently to verify its factuality or give named individuals an opportunity to comment.” Who are the New York Times and the Washington Post to lecture about “real journalism”? These statements expose the Times and the Post as nothing but government propaganda organs. The Times is synonymous with peddling the Bush administration’s false claim of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, and the Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, the billionaire CEO of Amazon, which recently reached a $600 million service contract with the Pentagon. The conspiracy against Assange underscores the collapse of any constituency in the political establishment and corporate media for the defense of democratic rights. If Ellsberg approached the Post today with photocopies of Pentagon-commissioned Rand reports on the war, the Post would call the FBI and have him arrested for threatening “national security.” The Times and the Post may convince their affluent readers that Assange aided Russia by publishing evidence showing Hillary Clinton received hundreds of thousands of dollars secretly telling audiences of bankers and CEOs she would represent their interests if elected president. Meanwhile, the Democrats have made common cause with the leaders of the military and intelligence agencies responsible for the crimes Assange has revealed. The rightwing character of the Democrats’ opposition to Trump is exposed by the fact that they support his administration’s attacks on Assange. The defense of Julian Assange, along with Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, is now a central political question that confronts the working class. Attitudes toward these whistleblowers break down largely upon class lines. As the ruling class cracks down on free speech and freedom of the press, class conflict is intensifying across the world. The Socialist Equality Party and the World Socialist Web Site make the broadest appeal to all those who are serious about defending democratic rights to join the fight to defend Assange, Manning and Snowden. Workers and youth internationally must mobilize immediately to defend these class war prisoners. Their lives depend on it. The fight for Assange’s freedom is the spearhead of the political struggle in defense of democratic rights, against imperialist militarism and capitalism. Only to the extent that the power of the working class can be harnessed can a defense of these whistleblowers be mounted. As Socialist Equality Party (Australia) National Committee member Nick Beams said at Friday’s emergency rally in Sydney, “the attack on democracy is a symptom of a profound disease. There is no defense of democracy without tackling the problem at its source, that is, the profit system of global capitalism, a system in crisis that has played out its historic role and now has to tear up, trample, defile even the democratic rights that it once stood for. We have to begin as part of this struggle the part for a socialist perspective. Only then can the world be cleansed of all the horrors that it is conjuring up.”
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  • "Now, let me tell you a story. A few years ago in this city I was giving a series of lectures down near that lake - I can't even recall the name of the lake but it was some Parkview Manor was the place where I spoke, and in that audience was a gentleman who sought an audience before the meeting. And we went across the street into the little park there, and he said to me that he had an insoluble problem.

    I said, "There is no such thing as an insoluble problem. "But", he said, "you do not know my problem. It's not a state of health, I assure you; it is look at the skin that I wear". I said, "What's wrong with it; it looks lovely to me". He said, "Look at the pigment of my skin. I, by the accident of birth, am now discriminated against. The opportunities for progress in this world are denied me just because of the accident of birth, that I was born a coloured man. Opportunities for advancement in every field, neighbourhoods that I would like to live in and raise a family I couldn't move in, where I would like to open up a business I couldn't move into that area."

    Then I told him my own personal experience, that I came to this country. Well, I didn't have that problem but I was a foreigner in the midst of all Americans. I didn't find it difficult. "Yet", as he reminded me, "but that's not my problem, Neville. Others have come here speaking with an accent, but they haven't my skin, and I was born an American" .

    Then I told him an experience of mine in New York City. If I were called upon to name a man that I would consider my teacher, I would name Abdullah. I studied with that gentleman for five years. He had the same colour skin, the same pigment as this gentleman. He would never allow anyone to refer to him as a coloured man. He was very proud of being a Negro didn't want any modification of what God had made him.

    He turned to me and he said, "Have you ever seen a picture of the Sphinx?" I said, "Yes". He said, "It embodies the four fixed quarters of the universe. You have the lion, the eagle the bull and man. And here is man that is the head. The crown of that creature called the Sphinx, which still defies man's knowledge to unriddle it, was crowned with a human head.

    And look carefully at the head, Neville, and you will see whoever modelled that head must have been a Negro. Whoever modelled it had the face of a Negro and if that still defies man's ability to unravel it, I am very proud that I am a Negro."

    I have seen scientists, doctors, lawyers, bankers, from every walk of life seek an audience with old Abdullah, and everyone who came thought themselves honoured to be admitted to his home and to receive an interview. If he was ever invited out, and he was, he was always the honoured guest. He said, "Neville, you must first start with self. Find self, don't be ashamed ever of the being you are. Discover it and start the changing of that self".

    Well, I told this gentleman exactly what Ab had taught me, that there was no cause outside of the arrangement of his own mind. If he was discriminated against, it was not because of the pigment of his skin, though he showed me signs as large as all outdoors denying him access to a certain area.

    The sign is there only because in the minds of some men such patterns are formed and they draw unto themselves what now they would condemn; that there is no power outside the mind of man to do anything to man, and he by the arrangement of his own mind, by consenting to these restrictions in his cradle and being conditioned slowly through his youth, waking into manhood believing himself set upon would have to be set upon, but "no man cometh unto me save I call him".

    So then someone comes to condemn or to praise. They couldn't come unless I call them. Not a man called Neville, but that secret being that is not called Neville. The secret being that is the sum total of all of my beliefs, all of the things that I consent to, that form a pattern of structure, that secret being draws unto itself things in harmony with itself.

    Well, that man went away and wrestled with himself. He couldn't believe everything I told him, not that night, but last Sunday morning in the lobby, he came forward and we renewed the friendship. He took me next door to show me the fruit of this teaching .

    He said, "Neville, it took me almost three years to really overcome that fixed idea that I, by the accident of birth, would be a secondary citizen, but I overcame .it. Now here is my office on Wilshire Boulevard. I picked this one not because it was the only one offered; four equally wonderful spots were offered me. I took this one because it had greater telephone facilities, but the others were equally good. Now here is my office. Now you couldn't judge my income from this office, lovely as it is. Everything is nice about it, but, Neville, this year I will net a quarter of a million dollars".

    Well in America that is still a fabulous sum of money. It would be staggering in any other part of the world, but even in fabulous America a man to net a quarter of a million is really up in the very highest of brackets. And that was the man that a few years ago told me the whole vast world was against him by reason of the accident of birth. He knows now he is what he is by virtue of the state of consciousness with which he is identified, and the choice is his to go back to the restrictions of his childhood when he believed the story or to continue in the freedom that he has found.

    So you and I can be anything in this world we desire to be if we will clearly define our aim in life and constantly occupy that aim. It must be habitual. The concept we hold of self that is noble must not be put on just for a moment and taken off when we leave this church. We feel free here; we feel that we have something in common, that's why we are here, but are we going to wear the noble concept we now hold of self when we go through the door and enter that bus, or are we going to return to the restrictions that were ours before coming here? The choice is ours and the hardest lesson to learn is that there is no one in this world that can be drawn into your world unless you, and you alone, call him.

    So do not do what they did thousands of years ago, for that is the beginning of the secession of the great truth. So we are told they turned away from it, never again to walk with it, and the few who remained didn't like it either, but where would they go if this is the word of eternal truth? Not that it's true for this day and age, but if this is the law of being, and in all the dimensions of my being it holds good, if this is eternally true, then let me learn the lesson now, though I wrestle with myself as he did for three years.

    So, the changing of the feeling of "I" is a selective thing because unnumbered states are infinite states, but the "I" is not the state. The "I" believes itself to be the state when it enters and fuses with it, so he was presented with a state and without the faculty of discrimination in his youth, he fused with the state and believed these restrictions were true, and it took him three years to disentangle the "I" from these fixed ideas with which he had lived for so many years.

    Now you may take only a moment or you, too, may take your three years. I can't tell you how long it's going to take you but I'll tell you this much. It can be measured by the feeling of naturalness. You can wear a feeling until it's natural. The moment the feeling becomes natural, it will begin to bear fruit within your world.

    So I told this story at a small gathering here in the city, and not very many asked questions about it, but three people asked, "But he must have had money before. He must have known the right people. He must in some way have had some substance to start it, because how can you go out to loan a hundred million dollars and call that a real fact of being that you have that to loan and tell me you didn't have some one who had it or you, yourself, didn't have it".

    I did not ask the gentleman about the individual facts of the case. I went into the office, I saw it, I didn't look at his books; he volunteered this information, and gave me the figure of a quarter of a million net for the year. I have not checked or in any way verified the statement; I believe it implicitly. But I will not go along with those who believe that unless you have certain things to start with you can't apply this law.

    You can start now from scratch and choose the being you want to be. You aren't going to change the pigment of your skin but you will find your accent or the pigment of skin or your so-called racial background will not be a hindrance, for if a man is ever hindered it can only be the state of consciousness in which he abides that hinders him.

    Man is freed or constrained by reason of the state of mind in which he persists. If you persist in it, well, then I will say, "persist in it", but I warn you no one cares and that is an awful blow when a man discovers that no one, no one but himself really cares. So we find ourselves weeping with ourselves in the hope of getting others to weep with us. And what an awful shock when the day arrives we discover that no one really ever cared. They will give us some little listening ear for a moment just as they were passing by, but they really didn't care.

    When we make that discovery we shake ourselves out of it and boldly appropriate the gift our Father gave us before that the world was. So let me show you the gift. You've read your Lord's Prayer possibly daily, but you read it as a prayer from a translation of a translation which does not reveal the sense of the evangelist. The real translation, you will find in Farrar Fenton's work where in the original it is written in the imperative passive mood, which is like a standing order, a thing to be done absolutely and continuously. So that you can look now upon your universe as one vast inter-knit machinery where all things happen.

    There isn't a thing to become; all things are taking place, so it is written in this manner, "Thy will must be being done. Thy kingdom must be being restored." It is the only way you could express it if you would express the imperative passive mood. But from the Latin from which our translation was made there is no first aorist of the imperative passive mood. So we have it in the way we have it but it does not reveal the intent of the mysteries.

    If you will see all things are now, you don't become, you simply select the state that you would occupy. Occupying it you seem to become but it is already a fact, every aspect of that state in its most minute detail. It's worked out and taking place. You by occupying the state seem to go through the action of unfolding that state, but the state is completely finished and taking place. So now you can choose the being you want to be and by choosing a being other than what you are now expressing you start the change of the feeling of "I".

    Now, how will I know that I have changed the feeling of "I"? By beginning first with an uncritical observation of my reactions to life and then noticing my reactions when I think I am identified with my choice. If I assume that I am the man that I want to be, let me observe my reactions. If they are as they were, I have not identified myself with my choice, for my reactions are automatic and so if I am changed I would automatically change my reactions to life.

    So the changing of the feeling of "I" results in a change of reaction, which change of reaction is a change of environment and behaviour. But let me warn you now. A little alteration of mood is not a transformation; it's not a real change of consciousness. Because as I change my mood for the moment it can quickly and rapidly be I would say, replaced by another mood in the reverse direction.

    When I say that I was changed, as that gentleman changed his mood, his basic mood, his state of consciousness, it means that having assumed that I am what the moment denied, what my reason denied, that I remain in that state long enough to make that state stable. So that all of my energies are flowing from that state. I am no longer thinking of that state. I am thinking from that state.

    So that wherever a state grows so stable as to definitely expel all of its rivals, then that central, habitual state of consciousness from which I think defines my character and is really a true transformation or change of consciousness. Whenever I reach that state of stability, watch my world mould itself then in harmony with this inner change.

    And men will come into my world, people will come to aid and they will think they are initiating the urge to help. They are playing only their part. They must do what they do because I have done what I did. Having moved from one state into the other. I have altered my relationship relative to the world round about, and that changed relationship compels a change in behaviour relative to my world. So they have to act differently toward me.

    So in changing the "I", you start with desire, which we will unfold and elaborate on tomorrow night. For it starts with desire. Desire is the spring of action, for you must want to be other than what you are. We fail because we do not fall in love enough with an idea. We aren't, I would say, moved enough to want to be other than what we are.

    If I could get you to be completely in love with some state to the point where it haunted the mind, I could almost prophesy that you would in the not distant future externalise that state within your world. And the reason we fail we aren't hungry enough to change. For either we do not know the law or we haven't the urge or the hunger to really bring about the change.

    For the changing of the feeling of "I" results in the change of reaction, which change of reaction results in a change of world. If you like your world and you are complacent about it, you haven't started on the road of the mysteries, for the very first beatitude appeals to one who is not complacent.

    "Blessed are the poor in spirit". You must be poor in spirit, not complacent, not satisfied. The man who thinks that by reason of birth, the religion that he inherited at birth, is good enough for me, that he is not dissatisfied, he is not, I would say moved that being is complacent and therefore he is not poor in spirit; he is very rich in spirit. Theirs is not the kingdom of God.

    For if I could stir you, make you dissatisfied with self, then you will recognise that self and set about to change it. For the only field of activity for man is within himself and on himself. You do not work on the other. The day you change self, that day you change your world."

    Changing the Feeling of “I”, Neville Goddard - EXTRACT
    "Now, let me tell you a story. A few years ago in this city I was giving a series of lectures down near that lake - I can't even recall the name of the lake but it was some Parkview Manor was the place where I spoke, and in that audience was a gentleman who sought an audience before the meeting. And we went across the street into the little park there, and he said to me that he had an insoluble problem. I said, "There is no such thing as an insoluble problem. "But", he said, "you do not know my problem. It's not a state of health, I assure you; it is look at the skin that I wear". I said, "What's wrong with it; it looks lovely to me". He said, "Look at the pigment of my skin. I, by the accident of birth, am now discriminated against. The opportunities for progress in this world are denied me just because of the accident of birth, that I was born a coloured man. Opportunities for advancement in every field, neighbourhoods that I would like to live in and raise a family I couldn't move in, where I would like to open up a business I couldn't move into that area." Then I told him my own personal experience, that I came to this country. Well, I didn't have that problem but I was a foreigner in the midst of all Americans. I didn't find it difficult. "Yet", as he reminded me, "but that's not my problem, Neville. Others have come here speaking with an accent, but they haven't my skin, and I was born an American" . Then I told him an experience of mine in New York City. If I were called upon to name a man that I would consider my teacher, I would name Abdullah. I studied with that gentleman for five years. He had the same colour skin, the same pigment as this gentleman. He would never allow anyone to refer to him as a coloured man. He was very proud of being a Negro didn't want any modification of what God had made him. He turned to me and he said, "Have you ever seen a picture of the Sphinx?" I said, "Yes". He said, "It embodies the four fixed quarters of the universe. You have the lion, the eagle the bull and man. And here is man that is the head. The crown of that creature called the Sphinx, which still defies man's knowledge to unriddle it, was crowned with a human head. And look carefully at the head, Neville, and you will see whoever modelled that head must have been a Negro. Whoever modelled it had the face of a Negro and if that still defies man's ability to unravel it, I am very proud that I am a Negro." I have seen scientists, doctors, lawyers, bankers, from every walk of life seek an audience with old Abdullah, and everyone who came thought themselves honoured to be admitted to his home and to receive an interview. If he was ever invited out, and he was, he was always the honoured guest. He said, "Neville, you must first start with self. Find self, don't be ashamed ever of the being you are. Discover it and start the changing of that self". Well, I told this gentleman exactly what Ab had taught me, that there was no cause outside of the arrangement of his own mind. If he was discriminated against, it was not because of the pigment of his skin, though he showed me signs as large as all outdoors denying him access to a certain area. The sign is there only because in the minds of some men such patterns are formed and they draw unto themselves what now they would condemn; that there is no power outside the mind of man to do anything to man, and he by the arrangement of his own mind, by consenting to these restrictions in his cradle and being conditioned slowly through his youth, waking into manhood believing himself set upon would have to be set upon, but "no man cometh unto me save I call him". So then someone comes to condemn or to praise. They couldn't come unless I call them. Not a man called Neville, but that secret being that is not called Neville. The secret being that is the sum total of all of my beliefs, all of the things that I consent to, that form a pattern of structure, that secret being draws unto itself things in harmony with itself. Well, that man went away and wrestled with himself. He couldn't believe everything I told him, not that night, but last Sunday morning in the lobby, he came forward and we renewed the friendship. He took me next door to show me the fruit of this teaching . He said, "Neville, it took me almost three years to really overcome that fixed idea that I, by the accident of birth, would be a secondary citizen, but I overcame .it. Now here is my office on Wilshire Boulevard. I picked this one not because it was the only one offered; four equally wonderful spots were offered me. I took this one because it had greater telephone facilities, but the others were equally good. Now here is my office. Now you couldn't judge my income from this office, lovely as it is. Everything is nice about it, but, Neville, this year I will net a quarter of a million dollars". Well in America that is still a fabulous sum of money. It would be staggering in any other part of the world, but even in fabulous America a man to net a quarter of a million is really up in the very highest of brackets. And that was the man that a few years ago told me the whole vast world was against him by reason of the accident of birth. He knows now he is what he is by virtue of the state of consciousness with which he is identified, and the choice is his to go back to the restrictions of his childhood when he believed the story or to continue in the freedom that he has found. So you and I can be anything in this world we desire to be if we will clearly define our aim in life and constantly occupy that aim. It must be habitual. The concept we hold of self that is noble must not be put on just for a moment and taken off when we leave this church. We feel free here; we feel that we have something in common, that's why we are here, but are we going to wear the noble concept we now hold of self when we go through the door and enter that bus, or are we going to return to the restrictions that were ours before coming here? The choice is ours and the hardest lesson to learn is that there is no one in this world that can be drawn into your world unless you, and you alone, call him. So do not do what they did thousands of years ago, for that is the beginning of the secession of the great truth. So we are told they turned away from it, never again to walk with it, and the few who remained didn't like it either, but where would they go if this is the word of eternal truth? Not that it's true for this day and age, but if this is the law of being, and in all the dimensions of my being it holds good, if this is eternally true, then let me learn the lesson now, though I wrestle with myself as he did for three years. So, the changing of the feeling of "I" is a selective thing because unnumbered states are infinite states, but the "I" is not the state. The "I" believes itself to be the state when it enters and fuses with it, so he was presented with a state and without the faculty of discrimination in his youth, he fused with the state and believed these restrictions were true, and it took him three years to disentangle the "I" from these fixed ideas with which he had lived for so many years. Now you may take only a moment or you, too, may take your three years. I can't tell you how long it's going to take you but I'll tell you this much. It can be measured by the feeling of naturalness. You can wear a feeling until it's natural. The moment the feeling becomes natural, it will begin to bear fruit within your world. So I told this story at a small gathering here in the city, and not very many asked questions about it, but three people asked, "But he must have had money before. He must have known the right people. He must in some way have had some substance to start it, because how can you go out to loan a hundred million dollars and call that a real fact of being that you have that to loan and tell me you didn't have some one who had it or you, yourself, didn't have it". I did not ask the gentleman about the individual facts of the case. I went into the office, I saw it, I didn't look at his books; he volunteered this information, and gave me the figure of a quarter of a million net for the year. I have not checked or in any way verified the statement; I believe it implicitly. But I will not go along with those who believe that unless you have certain things to start with you can't apply this law. You can start now from scratch and choose the being you want to be. You aren't going to change the pigment of your skin but you will find your accent or the pigment of skin or your so-called racial background will not be a hindrance, for if a man is ever hindered it can only be the state of consciousness in which he abides that hinders him. Man is freed or constrained by reason of the state of mind in which he persists. If you persist in it, well, then I will say, "persist in it", but I warn you no one cares and that is an awful blow when a man discovers that no one, no one but himself really cares. So we find ourselves weeping with ourselves in the hope of getting others to weep with us. And what an awful shock when the day arrives we discover that no one really ever cared. They will give us some little listening ear for a moment just as they were passing by, but they really didn't care. When we make that discovery we shake ourselves out of it and boldly appropriate the gift our Father gave us before that the world was. So let me show you the gift. You've read your Lord's Prayer possibly daily, but you read it as a prayer from a translation of a translation which does not reveal the sense of the evangelist. The real translation, you will find in Farrar Fenton's work where in the original it is written in the imperative passive mood, which is like a standing order, a thing to be done absolutely and continuously. So that you can look now upon your universe as one vast inter-knit machinery where all things happen. There isn't a thing to become; all things are taking place, so it is written in this manner, "Thy will must be being done. Thy kingdom must be being restored." It is the only way you could express it if you would express the imperative passive mood. But from the Latin from which our translation was made there is no first aorist of the imperative passive mood. So we have it in the way we have it but it does not reveal the intent of the mysteries. If you will see all things are now, you don't become, you simply select the state that you would occupy. Occupying it you seem to become but it is already a fact, every aspect of that state in its most minute detail. It's worked out and taking place. You by occupying the state seem to go through the action of unfolding that state, but the state is completely finished and taking place. So now you can choose the being you want to be and by choosing a being other than what you are now expressing you start the change of the feeling of "I". Now, how will I know that I have changed the feeling of "I"? By beginning first with an uncritical observation of my reactions to life and then noticing my reactions when I think I am identified with my choice. If I assume that I am the man that I want to be, let me observe my reactions. If they are as they were, I have not identified myself with my choice, for my reactions are automatic and so if I am changed I would automatically change my reactions to life. So the changing of the feeling of "I" results in a change of reaction, which change of reaction is a change of environment and behaviour. But let me warn you now. A little alteration of mood is not a transformation; it's not a real change of consciousness. Because as I change my mood for the moment it can quickly and rapidly be I would say, replaced by another mood in the reverse direction. When I say that I was changed, as that gentleman changed his mood, his basic mood, his state of consciousness, it means that having assumed that I am what the moment denied, what my reason denied, that I remain in that state long enough to make that state stable. So that all of my energies are flowing from that state. I am no longer thinking of that state. I am thinking from that state. So that wherever a state grows so stable as to definitely expel all of its rivals, then that central, habitual state of consciousness from which I think defines my character and is really a true transformation or change of consciousness. Whenever I reach that state of stability, watch my world mould itself then in harmony with this inner change. And men will come into my world, people will come to aid and they will think they are initiating the urge to help. They are playing only their part. They must do what they do because I have done what I did. Having moved from one state into the other. I have altered my relationship relative to the world round about, and that changed relationship compels a change in behaviour relative to my world. So they have to act differently toward me. So in changing the "I", you start with desire, which we will unfold and elaborate on tomorrow night. For it starts with desire. Desire is the spring of action, for you must want to be other than what you are. We fail because we do not fall in love enough with an idea. We aren't, I would say, moved enough to want to be other than what we are. If I could get you to be completely in love with some state to the point where it haunted the mind, I could almost prophesy that you would in the not distant future externalise that state within your world. And the reason we fail we aren't hungry enough to change. For either we do not know the law or we haven't the urge or the hunger to really bring about the change. For the changing of the feeling of "I" results in the change of reaction, which change of reaction results in a change of world. If you like your world and you are complacent about it, you haven't started on the road of the mysteries, for the very first beatitude appeals to one who is not complacent. "Blessed are the poor in spirit". You must be poor in spirit, not complacent, not satisfied. The man who thinks that by reason of birth, the religion that he inherited at birth, is good enough for me, that he is not dissatisfied, he is not, I would say moved that being is complacent and therefore he is not poor in spirit; he is very rich in spirit. Theirs is not the kingdom of God. For if I could stir you, make you dissatisfied with self, then you will recognise that self and set about to change it. For the only field of activity for man is within himself and on himself. You do not work on the other. The day you change self, that day you change your world." Changing the Feeling of “I”, Neville Goddard - EXTRACT
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  • Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in 'Crazy' Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted
    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/09/progressive-democrats-threaten-tank-733-billion-crazy-pentagon-spending-if-social
    Jake Johnson, staff writer

    House Democratic leaders canceled a vote on the spending measure late Tuesday afternoon amid progressive backlash over the Pentagon budget.

    Progressives are demanding boosts in domestic social spending in line with the Pentagon's budget increase.

    "For us and for progressives... this is a big victory in that it became clear that without real, strong progressive inclusion into the process of a bill, we're not going to be able to get there," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in a statement.

    "Hopefully everybody understands now that the best success for a united caucus is for us to be consulted and be at the table."

    Earlier:

    Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are threatening to wield their significant power in the House to tank a key budget measure unless the Democratic leadership agrees to boost healthcare, education, and other domestic social spending in line with the Pentagon's budget increase.

    Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), co-chairs of the 104-member CPC, are leading the push for an amendment that would add around $33 billion per year to domestic spending programs as part of a crucial two-year spending bill, which could receive a vote as early as Tuesday.

    The legislation would hike Pentagon spending to $733 billion per year.

    Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) are among the sponsors of the progressive amendment.

    While the House Democratic leadership has agreed to bring the progressives' amendment on the floor for a vote, Politico reported late Monday that senior Democrats "privately hope it won't pass."

    "House Democratic leaders are whipping the budget caps bill, but as of Monday night, the measure still didn't have enough votes to pass," Politico reported.

    Jayapal said Tuesday that she would not vote for the underlying bill if her social spending amendment is not adopted.

    "We need to prioritize our communities, not our military spending. Progressives aren’t backing down from this fight," Jayapal tweeted.

    Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Tuesday vowed to vote against the overall spending measure (H.R. 2021).

    "You can't oppose endless wars and then vote to fund them," tweeted Khanna, a CPC member. "Our strategic competitor China has not been in a war since 1979."

    In a separate tweet Monday night, Khanna lamented the fact that "the Pentagon wants even more money for endless wars" as "millions of Americans don't have healthcare, young people go into debt for an education, and our infrastructure is crumbling."

    "Democrats should stand tall and refuse to give Trump what he wants," declared the California Democrat.

    As Common Dreams reported in March, House Democrats proposed to increase the Pentagon budget to $733 billion for fiscal year 2020—up from $716 billion—as a compromise with President Donald Trump's budget request, which called for $750 billion in annual military spending.

    Warren Gunnels, staff director for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), denounced the Democrats' proposal to hike Pentagon spending to $733 billion as "insanity" in a series of tweets over the weekend.

    "How can we keep giving more money to the Pentagon than it needs when 40 million live in poverty, 34 million have no health insurance, half of older Americans have no retirement savings, and 140 million can't afford basic needs without going into debt?" Gunnels wrote.

    In a letter on Monday, a coalition of progressive and conservative advocacy groups urged the House to vote down the budget measure.

    "While lower than the president's request for $750 billion, which has been reported as a 'negotiating tactic' to ensure the most Pentagon spending, this level of Pentagon increase remains unacceptable and unwise—even, to borrow the president's words, 'crazy,'" the groups wrote.

    "The failed audit, the continued drumbeat of reports of Pentagon waste, inefficiencies, and mismanagement, and poll after poll after poll demonstrate that it is not in the interest of Americans for Congress to infuse massive amounts of new money into the Pentagon."
    Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in 'Crazy' Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/04/09/progressive-democrats-threaten-tank-733-billion-crazy-pentagon-spending-if-social Jake Johnson, staff writer House Democratic leaders canceled a vote on the spending measure late Tuesday afternoon amid progressive backlash over the Pentagon budget. Progressives are demanding boosts in domestic social spending in line with the Pentagon's budget increase. "For us and for progressives... this is a big victory in that it became clear that without real, strong progressive inclusion into the process of a bill, we're not going to be able to get there," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in a statement. "Hopefully everybody understands now that the best success for a united caucus is for us to be consulted and be at the table." Earlier: Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are threatening to wield their significant power in the House to tank a key budget measure unless the Democratic leadership agrees to boost healthcare, education, and other domestic social spending in line with the Pentagon's budget increase. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), co-chairs of the 104-member CPC, are leading the push for an amendment that would add around $33 billion per year to domestic spending programs as part of a crucial two-year spending bill, which could receive a vote as early as Tuesday. The legislation would hike Pentagon spending to $733 billion per year. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) are among the sponsors of the progressive amendment. While the House Democratic leadership has agreed to bring the progressives' amendment on the floor for a vote, Politico reported late Monday that senior Democrats "privately hope it won't pass." "House Democratic leaders are whipping the budget caps bill, but as of Monday night, the measure still didn't have enough votes to pass," Politico reported. Jayapal said Tuesday that she would not vote for the underlying bill if her social spending amendment is not adopted. "We need to prioritize our communities, not our military spending. Progressives aren’t backing down from this fight," Jayapal tweeted. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Tuesday vowed to vote against the overall spending measure (H.R. 2021). "You can't oppose endless wars and then vote to fund them," tweeted Khanna, a CPC member. "Our strategic competitor China has not been in a war since 1979." In a separate tweet Monday night, Khanna lamented the fact that "the Pentagon wants even more money for endless wars" as "millions of Americans don't have healthcare, young people go into debt for an education, and our infrastructure is crumbling." "Democrats should stand tall and refuse to give Trump what he wants," declared the California Democrat. As Common Dreams reported in March, House Democrats proposed to increase the Pentagon budget to $733 billion for fiscal year 2020—up from $716 billion—as a compromise with President Donald Trump's budget request, which called for $750 billion in annual military spending. Warren Gunnels, staff director for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), denounced the Democrats' proposal to hike Pentagon spending to $733 billion as "insanity" in a series of tweets over the weekend. "How can we keep giving more money to the Pentagon than it needs when 40 million live in poverty, 34 million have no health insurance, half of older Americans have no retirement savings, and 140 million can't afford basic needs without going into debt?" Gunnels wrote. In a letter on Monday, a coalition of progressive and conservative advocacy groups urged the House to vote down the budget measure. "While lower than the president's request for $750 billion, which has been reported as a 'negotiating tactic' to ensure the most Pentagon spending, this level of Pentagon increase remains unacceptable and unwise—even, to borrow the president's words, 'crazy,'" the groups wrote. "The failed audit, the continued drumbeat of reports of Pentagon waste, inefficiencies, and mismanagement, and poll after poll after poll demonstrate that it is not in the interest of Americans for Congress to infuse massive amounts of new money into the Pentagon."
    Progressive Democrats Threaten to Tank $733 Billion in 'Crazy' Pentagon Spending If Social Programs Not Also Boosted
    "How can we keep giving more money to the Pentagon than it needs when 40 million live in poverty, 34 million have no health insurance, and 140 million can't afford basic needs without going into debt?"
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