Month: August 2016

Evidence The British Forced Hitler To Continue WWII

http://www.rense.com/general46/evii.htm

 

 

The Hitler-Hess Deception
By Martin Allen
From Paul
12-18-3

I’m stunned!!

Tonight, at 8:15pm on NTV in the show ‘TECHNIK & TRENDS’ we were shown an Interview with the English Historian MARTIN ALLEN, in which he very clearly stated that according to documents he found in the British Archives, Rudolf Hess flew to Gt Britain with Hitler’s knowledge and with a 7 Point peace plan from Hitler in his pocket.

Hitler’s Peace Plan included:

a) Withdrawal of all German Troops from Poland, Belgium, France & Holland.

b) Reimbursement for war damage to those countries

c) Total German disarmament

d) Destruction of all German war weaponry.

This offer threw the British Government under Churchill who had ready made plans to force Germany into a war into a turmoil and the British knew they couldn’t accept Hitler’s offer, so they threw Hess into Prison and tossed away the key. What also came out of the interview was the fact that the British were not worried about Nazi ‘brutality’ at all but the extremely successful model of government the Germans (Hitler) had devised.

Martin Allen has written all this in his latest book.
And THIS on German TV….heads will roll!!

The Hitler-Hess Deception
By Martin Allen

Synopsis (Amazon.co.uk)

This text aims to shed light on discoveries which claim to reveal the truth about Rudolph Hess’ solo flight to Britain in May 1941 and explain the British government’s 60-year-long silence as to what the Hess mission was all about. The mystery of the deputy Fuhrer’s flight and subsequent silence has led to a seemingly endless flow of books speculating as to his motives. In 2001 (the 60th anniversary of the flight) more books appeared. But the crucial pieces of evidence which could prove that the British government were playing a game – the outcome of which would have far-reaching effects on the course of the war – have not been found. This book claims to have this very information.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

Reviewer: Thomas Dunskus from F-33760 Faleyras

Martin Allen’s book “The Hitler/Hess Deception” deals with the fate of Rudolf Hess who had been, at one time, Hitler’s deputy and who, in his day, carried the epithet “the conscience of the party”. He was condemned to life imprisonment and served time for half a century until he was found hanged in the prison at Spandau whose only remaining prisoner he then was.

He had left Germany in May, 1941, under mysterious circumstances, and was held essentially incommunicado ever after. At that time, the Nazis had instituted a number of antisemitic laws, they had instigated or at least tolerated a pogrom, and were following an expansionist and aggressive policy, but with some hindsight, one wonders why this man had to be shut up for the rest of his life, whereas other figures among Hitler’s close associates who had played a more active role for a much longer time, were released from jail after a number of years that appear reasonable under normal legal aspects.

The author has gathered together the shreds of evidence that remained after the British in 1945 had collected and destroyed whatever pertinent files they were able to put their hands on and “neutralized” undesirable witnesses. He shows that the “Hess incident” – Hess’ solo flight to Scotland in May, 1941, a month before Germany attacked the Soviet Union – was not at all the feat of a madman decided on at the spur of the moment that it was later made to appear by both the British and the German side. Even (nay, particularly!) Hitler’s deputy could not just get into his personal Messerschmitt 110 and take off for the 1000 mile flight to Prestwick without major technical and logistic preparations in Germany, along the way, and at the other end.

The book explains that the flight as such was the result of a sting operation devised by Britain’s Strategic Operations staff, aimed at making Hitler believe that the British government could be toppled, peace could be made in the West, and the Germans would be able to affront the Soviets without having to worry about their western flank.

According to Allen, in the year prior to Hess’ flight, there had been numerous contacts, mainly in (neutral) Spain and Switzerland, between British representatives and German politicians and intellectuals. The talks in Scotland were to be, as it were, the touchstone of the matter. As time was getting short for the Germans, Hess convinced Hitler that the German delegate should not be a mere emissary acting under orders but a political figure able to take decisions on the spot – Rudolf Hess.

In the end, it makes little difference whether the British were thrown into complete disarray, as Allen asserts, when unexpectedly Hess turned up, or whether a lower-grade delegate would have been able to fly safely back to Germany and report. The British sting operation was effective enough in getting Hitler to continue with his preparations for the war against the Soviet Union and thus remove pressure from Britain. To what extent the British actively encouraged the Germans in their plans, or whether or not they went so far as to promise support cannot be ascertained at the present time – whatever British files still exist seem to be under lock and key for another dozen years or so. Russian sources, on the other hand, may be provide some answers at an earlier date.

What is frightening about the events Allen describes is the apparent lack of scruple with which the British government went about setting the two dictatorships up against each other. The outcome of this duel was not at all certain, for if weather conditions in late 1941 had been just a little more favorable for the German side, the Soviet empire might well have toppled and Britain would then have had to face a Germany extending from the Channel coast to the Urals. This unpleasant but entirely possible risk for Britain is begging the question to what extent Churchill, in order to forestall such a potentially horrifying scenario, did not somehow play a double game by keeping the Soviets informed, and assured of future Allied aid.

Some American, quite a few Russian, and a couple of German historians have recently argued that Stalin, in 1941, was himself preparing to attack Germany. Considering the recent revelations by Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin on the activities of the “Cambridge Five”, it is entirely conceivable that, officially or unofficially, British sources kept Stalin informed of the negotiations. For a man like Stalin whose distrust was legendary, the obvious reaction would have been to prepare against a German attack, possibly by a pre-emptive strike. It is significant that at the time of the sting operation, Anthony Blunt, a member of the Cambridge Five, occupied a key position within MI5; after the war, he was to be involved in the cover-up operations in Germany.

Regardless of who, Stalin or Hitler, would eventually win that confrontation, the only thing that was certain, even in 1941, is that such a war would spell the end of freedom for most of the still independent states in Central and Eastern Europe. The only foreseeable difference would have been that, under Soviet rule, the Slavic states might fare slightly better, whereas countries like Hungary or Romania would have found Hitler somewhat more accomodating. In any case, the fate of the lands in question should have been clear to the Western world when the Germans discovered, in 1943, the graves of thousands of Polish officers murdered by the Soviets at Katyn two years earlier. However, by then it was too late, the Western powers preferred not to take too close a look at the implications, and chose to abandon those countries to the Soviets for the next half century.

A Mystery Explained?

Reviewer: Dr Neil Bathurst from Exminster, Devon United Kingdom

The flight of Rudolf Hess to Britain in 1941 has remained one of the great enigmas of World war Two. Derided as a madman and incacerated for the rest of his life Hess was never able to tell the real truth about his mission. This book, drawing upon secret service documents, seeks to explain that mission. The book argues that in 1940 Churchill realised that Britain had only one hope of survival – that Hitler would invade Russia, thereby ioening a second front. Hitler had, therefore, to be encouraged to invade Russia. To this end the British secret service (using amongst others the then Duke of Kent) duped the Nazis into believing that there was a pro-peace faction in Britain ready to throw out Churchill and sue for peace. To that end a Nazi official was supposed to fly to Scotland for talks. The man who actually arrived was Rudolf Hess.

Fanciful? At first glance yes. However, the evidence presented is compelling. Why for example was the Duke of Kent at Dungavel Castle (Hess’ destination) on the night in question? Why was Britains ambassador to Spain flying to Switzerland on days when Hess was known to have flown out of Germany? If Hess was mad why was he signing government decrees and chairing meetings right up to the day he left?

This is a fascinating book, well researched and well written. Hess remains one of the great enigmas of the war years – this book may explain the extraordinary events of 10th May 1941.

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Experimental drug reduces protein clumps and slows memory loss in early Alzheimer’s

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-antibody-amyloid-alzheimers-20160831-snap-story.html

 

In the search for a treatment capable of changing the course of Alzheimer’s disease, new findings are offering a rare glimmer of hope: In a preliminary trial of subjects suffering from memory and thinking problems or diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s, a bioengineered medication called aducanumab has demonstrated the ability to clear accumulations of beta-amyloid proteins — a hallmark of Alzheimer’s — from the brain.

And compared with subjects receiving a placebo medication, those who got monthly infusions of aducanumab in high doses appeared to experience less progressive loss in mental function.

The results of the early clinical trial, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, offer new evidence that clearing amyloid plaques might be an effective strategy for preventing, halting or even reversing Alzheimer’s dementia, especially if the degenerative brain disorder is detected and treated early.

“It is a hopeful sign,” said Dr. James A. Hendrix, director of global science initiatives for the Alzheimer’s Assn. “This is a small trial, but it still is exciting for a number of reasons.

“I am cautiously optimistic,” he said.

The new study reflects the findings of a trial designed primarily to test the safety of aducanumab at a range of doses. The drug’s developer, Washington, D.C.-based Biogen Inc., is soon to launch a pair of much larger trials designed to test aducanumab’s effectiveness as a treatment for Alzheimer’s.

“We hope to see these findings confirmed,” Hendrix said.

Although aducanumab holds promise as a potential Alzheimer’s drug, it is for now an early answer to a more basic question about Alzheimer’s disease: What role do clumps of beta-amyloid protein play in the disease?

As long as 25 years ago, scientists suspected a role for amyloid plaques — accumulations in the brain of beta-amyloid proteins — in Alzheimer’s disease. When they examined the brains of people who died after suffering a progressive loss of memory and reasoning skills, scientists typically found clumps of beta-amyloid surrounded by destroyed synapses and brain cells that had long since died.

But whether those clumps were a cause of Alzheimer’s dementia or just another symptom of the mysterious disease process wasn’t clear.

If a cure to this scourge were to be found, that unanswered question was important: If accumulating amyloid plaques in the brain precipitated a patient’s decline in memory and thinking, developing or discovering drugs that cleared those aggregations — or prevented them in the first place — could be key. But if amyloid plaques were incidental to some other process causing memory loss, then fighting them was probably a distraction.

Over the last decade or so, the “amyloid hypothesis” has been put to the test often, without clear results. Many experimental therapies have sought and failed to prevent or clear amyloid plaques. Where a few therapies have succeeded in doing so, patients beset with dementia symptoms failed to improve, and their loss of memory and function continued unabated.

In the meantime, improvements in brain-imaging methods have at least made it possible to measure amyloid deposits in living brains. In the current study, subjects were all people who had substantial amyloid brain clumps — just one factor that put them at risk for a progressive loss of memory. The other factor was that their memory loss was already evident: All had been diagnosed either with mild Alzheimer’s or with mild cognitive impairment — a more subtle level of confusion and forgetfulness that frequently precedes an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

In these preliminary findings on aducanumab, treatment not only reduced the accumulation of amyloid plaques; it also appeared to slow the inexorable slide into dementia that most subjects were expected to suffer.

After a year of monthly infusions of aducanumab therapy, the brains of subjects who got the highest dose had significant reductions in their baseline levels of amyloid plaque accumulation. Their scans showed a level of amyloid plaques very near the cutoff point for normal protein accumulation. Those who got a placebo drug showed, on average, no change in amyloid plaque above the levels shown on baseline scans.

And on a key test of mental function, subjects who got the experimental drug showed less progression toward dementia at the one-year mark than did those who got placebo. How much less progression was proportionate to the dose they got.

“The dose-related reduction in brain amyloid with aducanumab is dramatic and convincing,” said Dr. Paul Aisen, director of the Keck School of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute at USC. Aisen, who has consulted extensively with Biogen but was not involved in the newly published clinical trial, said that if confirmed by further trials, the benefits of a therapy like aducanumab “would represent a true breakthrough” in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

The clinical trial did raise a safety concern. About 41% of those getting the highest dose and 37% of those getting the second-highest dose developed a complication of brain-fluid accumulation that hampered brain-imaging and was sometimes linked to headaches, visual disturbances and confusion.

The complication tended to disappear four to 12 weeks into treatment. But it prompted 46% of those who developed it to drop out of the clinical trial.

Increasingly, the most promising experimental therapies appear to be those that target people who are at risk for Alzheimer’s, or who have some of the earliest brain changes seen in the disease but who do not yet exhibit any cognitive deficits. In planning clinical trials, that has put a premium on findings subjects who carry gene variants that make Alzheimer’s more likely, or who have a family history of the disease.

But research on treatments for those already affected by dementia continues as well. For people interested in participating in studies and trials, the Alzheimer’s Assn. has developed a program called Trial Match that can connect potential study participants with researchers exploring all aspects of the disease.

Malaysia confirms first case of Zika, launches measures to contain spread of virus

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia confirmed on Thursday its first case of Zika after a woman tested positive for the virus following a three-day visit to neighboring Singapore on August 19.

The 58-year-old woman had showed signs of a rash and fever one week after returning from Singapore, according to Health Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam.

“We are carrying out control measures against aedes mosquitoes near the woman’s home to prevent the spread of the virus,” he said at a news conference on Thursday, adding that the virus was discovered in the woman’s urine sample.

Subramaniam initially said the woman’s “child” had also tested positive for Zika in Singapore. He later clarified that the child was in fact an adult daughter who is working in Singapore and has not returned to Malaysia.

Subramaniam said they have already intensified vector control activities in Taman Botani in Klang, where the infected woman’s home is located, and urged residents to allow officers despatched to the area to enter their homes and carry out fogging and larvicidal spraying.

Singapore announced the first locally contracted case of Zika late on Saturday, and the number of diagnosed infections has grown steadily this week.

A pregnant woman was among those diagnosed with Zika infections in Singapore, as the number of confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the city-state rose to 115.

Subramaniam said on Thursday that a total of five Malaysians have so far been identified as having tested positive for Zika in Singapore.

U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.

The World Health Organization has said there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.

The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has now confirmed more than 1,600 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.

3.7-billion-year-old fossils may be the oldest signs of life on Earth

Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago.

It’s a stunning announcement in a scientific field that is always contentious. But if confirmed, this would push the established fossil record more than 200 million years deeper into the Earth’s early history, and provide support for the view that life appeared very soon after the Earth formed and may be commonplace throughout the universe.

A team of Australian geologists announced their discovery in a paper titled “Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures,” published Wednesday in Nature.

They made their find in July 2012 while doing field research in Isua, a region of Greenland so remote that they had to travel there by helicopter. The site is known for having some of the oldest rocks on Earth, in what is known as the Isua supracrustal belt. Allen Nutman, a University of Wollongong geologist who has studied the rocks there since 1980, said one day he and his colleagues were working at the site when they spied some outcroppings they’d never seen before. The formations had been exposed where the snow pack had melted — the result, Nutman said, of the global warming that is so pronounced in Greenland or of low levels of snowfall the previous winter.

They examined the outcropping and immediately saw something intriguing: conical structures, just one to four centimeters (less than two inches) high. They look like fossilized microbial mats — basically, pillows of slime — known as stromatolites, which are formed today by bacterial communities living in shallow water.

“We all said, ‘This is amazing. These look like stromatolites,’ ” Nutman told The Washington Post.

Subsequent laboratory analysis established that the formation is 3.7 billion years old, and turned up additional chemical signatures consistent with a biological origin for the conical structures, Nutman said. The scientists determined the age of the rocks through radiometric dating, measuring the abundance of elements created by the steady decay of uranium.

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Fossilized stromatolites nearly 3.5 billion years old have previously been found in Western Australia. Those fossils have until now been the oldest widely accepted evidence for life on Earth. Some researchers have cited signatures of life from an even earlier time, including in the Isua formation in Greenland, but typically these assertions have involved biologically friendly molecules rather than actual fossils. Moreover, very old rocks — older than 3 billion years — are exceedingly rare, because the Earth’s surface has been eroded over time and recycled through plate tectonics.

Claims about evidence for ancient life have invariably been controversial. The multiple lines of evidence for the Greenland stromatolites “are not as clear cut as you’d ideally want for such an extraordinary claim,” cautioned Abigail Allwood, a geologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who has studied fossil stromatolites.

“They might really be biological but it’s hard to absolutely refute the possibility that they formed by localized mineral precipitation from seawater. If we found these on Mars, would we plant a flag and declare that we had found life on Mars? I think not, but we would definitely get very excited and continue looking around for more information,” she said.

“We expect there will be some robust debate. That’s what science is all about. There will be people surely who will put forward alternative hypotheses. But we think we’ve covered all those alternatives,” Nutman said.

The Australians’ claim of Greenland stromatolites is “plausible and likely correct,” said J. William Schopf, a pioneering paleobiologist at the University of California at Los Angeles who was not involved in the discovery.

Schopf, who in 1993 reported the discovery of 3.465-billion-year-old microfossils in Western Australia, said he expects scientists to find more Greenland stromatolites as the warming atmosphere continues to melt the huge ice sheet covering the world’s largest island.

The Australian researchers do not contend that these stromatolites represent the first examples of life on the planet. Rather, these would have to be the descendants of the earlier life forms. Microbes capable of performing photosynthesis and forming communities are relatively sophisticated organisms. They presumably had less-sophisticated ancestors that lived more than 4 billion years ago, the Nature paper states.

“Stromatolites are really complex, so you have to have a lot of evolution from when life started to when stromatolites appeared in the fossil record. So life either had to start earlier, or evolution is more rapid than you might expect,” said Sara Walker, an astrobiologist at Arizona State University who was not involved in the new study.

Earth, along with the other planets in our solar system, formed about 4.5 billion years ago from a cloud of dust and gas swirling around the embryonic sun. For hundreds of millions of years, ours was a harsh, molten world, heavily bombarded by debris. At one point, a Mars-sized object slammed into the Earth and blasted into space the material that eventually cohered into the moon.

Schopf said that when he first began working in paleobiology half a century ago, the leaders of the field believed that life began on Earth only about a billion years ago. Discoveries kept pushing the start date for life further into the past.

An early appearance of life on Earth has implications for the abundance of life beyond Earth. Life on a young Earth could imply that life is a routine development in the universe, and could be, as Nobel laureate Christian de Duve put it, a “cosmic imperative.”

“The origin of life, at least on a planet like ours, is a lot faster, and you think a lot easier than anyone had imagined. To the extent that that is true, life ought to be abundant in the universe — because there are lots of Earth-like planets out there,” Schopf said.

This remains a matter of conjecture and philosophy, because no one has discovered a sign of extraterrestrial life. The early dates for the origin of life on Earth also could suggest that complex, multi-cellular life (including, perhaps, an intelligent and technological species) typically arises on a planet only after a very long period of evolution and diversification.

No one knows how life began on Earth. Charles Darwin hypothesized that life emerged in a “warm little pond,” but other researchers imagine that it emerged around a deep-sea hydrothermal vent, or even came to Earth from space, perhaps after sparking into existence on Mars, or even in some other, distant planetary system.

The Greenland discovery comes just a week after the announcement that astronomers have detected evidence of a “habitable” planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star that is the sun’s closest stellar neighbor. But little is known about that planet other than its mass and temperature, which suggest that, if it has an atmosphere, water could remain liquid at the surface.

Closer to home, Mars remains the top target for the search for extraterrestrial life, and the Greenland discovery, if it holds up, suggests that the investigation on Mars should include a hunt for fossilized stromatolites.

“It means that there is a heightened interest in the search for life on Mars,” Nutman said Wednesday. “Three thousand seven hundred million years ago, Mars was wet. If life had managed to evolve to produce structures like stromatolites by 3,700 million years ago on Earth, there is an increased probability — certainly not a certainty — that the same type of process might have happened on Mars before it dried out.”

Why the Fed (Jews and White Freemasons) probably won’t like the jobs report Friday

If the Federal Reserve is hanging its policymaking hat on the August jobs number, then it’s likely to be disappointed and unmotivated to raise rates.

In large part, that’s because the month has been tied for the worst of the year for job creation during the post-recession recovery and the noisiest in terms of how much the initial number differs from the final revision two months later.

So if the Fed is looking for confirmation from the labor market that the time is ripe for a rate hike, August could provide little solace. The report is always closely watched on Wall Street, but this month’s will be especially important as many market-watchers believe a good numbercould propel the Fed to increase rates at the Federal Open Market Committee meeting Sept. 20-21.

“Investors are going to have to seriously consider the possibility of a September hike if we get a strong set of numbers on Friday,” said Luke Bartholomew, investment manager at Aberdeen Asset Management. “Everyone had largely discounted this scenario until now, so we might get a wobble in risk markets if the numbers are good.”

But the following two charts show how strange of a month August has been historically since the end of the Great Recession. The first chart is a comparison of all months showing the mean (average) and median (midpoint) for each, while the second shows the initially reported jobs number in August compared to the final tally.

One feature to note is the notorious “zero” print in 2011, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ initial count showed that the economy had created no jobs for that August, only to revise it up to 107,000 later.

Market expectations are for payrolls to go up about 180,000 for this August in a year that has seen an average increase of 186,000. A report Wednesday from ADP and Moody’s Analytics indicated that private companies added 177,000 new jobs in August, though the ADP and government reports can differ sharply.

History strongly suggests that Wall Street, and the Fed, will be disappointed.

One interesting dynamic of the second chart is that the average initially reported August nonfarm payrolls number during the period was just 87,700. Moreover, the typical August report over the past five years has missed market expectations by 52,000, according to Joseph LaVorgna, Deutsche Bank’s chief U.S. economist. And if that’s not enough, nine of the last 12 Augusts have missed expectations, with an average downside surprise of 46,000.

Even the Fed has conceded that the pace of job growth has slowed. But a big whiff on the number Friday could dissuade policymakers from a September rate hike.

“Despite the 250K-plus gains in employment over the last two months, the underlying pace of job growth is slowing,” LaVorgna said in a report for clients. “A slower pace of hiring is entirely consistent with the historical performance of the labor market at the latter stages of the business cycle.”

LaVorgna said the labor market is headed toward a full-employment stabilization period where about 125,000 new jobs a month will be the norm. For August, he expects 160,000.

Whether that would be enough to move the Fed is tough to say. The market sees a 27 percent chance of a September rate increase, despite some recent fairly hawkish statements from Fed officials including ChairJanet Yellen. Traders assign a 55.4 percent chance to a move in December, according to CME calculations.

Regardless, the pace forward is likely to be slow. Fed funds futures contracts don’t fully price in a hike until June 2017 and no additional increase after that until June 2019.

“I think they should hike in September,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “I think they’re running the risk that the longer they wait to normalize rates, the greater the odds that the economy overheats.”

Brazil’s new leader a consensus-builder who must prepare for a fight

He is a president few Brazilians want, replacing a leader hardly any saw fit to stay.

The Senate’s dismissal on Wednesday of Dilma Rousseff, the least popular president since Brazil returned to democracy three decades ago, handed power to a politician almost as unpopular, vice president Michel Temer.[nL1N1BC0E8][nL8N1BC63Z]

For much of his five decades in politics, the softly-spoken Temer has worked in the shadows, building alliances within his fragmented Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) and rising to become one of the leading dealmakers in Brazil’s Congress.

His discrete manner and impeccable dress earned him the nickname among political allies and enemies alike of “The Butler.”

Now the 75-year-old, who will serve out the presidential term through 2018, must win the confidence of a nation bitterly divided by the impeachment process and frustrated by the worst recession in decades.

He must also overcome Brazilians’ disillusionment with the political class, which many see him embodying, after a sweeping corruption scandal at the state oil company Petrobras (PETR4.SA) that has ensnared his party.

“It is time to reunite the country and put national interests above those of groups,” Temer said in his first televised address as president. “I repeat my commitment to democratically dialogue with all sectors of Brazilian society.”

Temer has already shown he will steer Latin America’s largest nation to the centre-right since he took over as interim president when Rousseff was suspended in May, unveiling plans to curb public spending and reform the generous pension system and welfare benefits.

That agenda will make unity hard to achieve with many blue-collar voters already angry at the loss of hard-won economic gains achieved during 13 years of Workers Party rule and unemployment running at nearly 12 million, or just over 11 percent.

After Temer’s swearing in on Wednesday, hundreds of youths took to the streets of Sao Paulo, smashing shop windows and hurling rocks at riot police, who responded with tear gas.

“There is no single leader who can unify Brazil at this moment, certainly not Temer,” said Sergio Praca, a political scientist at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a leading Brazilian university.

“For a portion of the population, whether fair or not, he is linked to the idea that there has been a ‘coup.’ His challenge is not just pushing through reforms. His challenge is his political survival.”

CONTRASTING STYLES

Rousseff, 68, was a gruff leader who minced no words with subordinates who made mistakes. Temer, who speaks in the rigidly formal Portuguese of a former constitutional law professor, could not be more different – from Rousseff or most of his countrymen.

The son of Lebanese immigrants who arrived in Brazil in 1925, Temer was the youngest of eight children. He began his political career in the 1960s.

He first served as an aide to Sao Paulo state’s education secretary under Governor Adhemar de Barros – one of the politicians who inspired the Brazilian saying: “He steals, but he gets things done.”

But behind his old-fashioned demeanour and slicked-back gray locks, Temer is not entirely what one would expect from his staid public image.

The father of five children is married to a former beauty pageant contestant 42 years his junior who has his name tattooed on her neck. He has also in recent years released a book of poetry titled “Anonymous Intimacy.”

Its terse verse was penned on airplane napkins while he travelled from the capital Brasilia to his base in Sao Paulo. It includes praise for the female form and oblique allusions to Brazil’s polarized politics.

He has a low-key style but is not above splashes of vanity. Several years ago, he had a nose operation that corrected a deviated septum but also, he acknowledged, improved his looks.

SEEKING CONSENSUS

Temer honed his craft over more than a decade in Brazil’s bare-knuckle lower house of Congress, where he was an ally to both centrist President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rousseff’s predecessor and mentor. He earned a reputation for staying above the fray.

Those who have worked with him say he rarely raises his voice, does not curse and refrains from the dramatic theatrics his peers employ during debates – especially the antics seen from all sides during Rousseff’s impeachment.

For 15 years, he led the PMDB, an amorphous group with no consistent ideology, which holds more Congressional seats than any other.

Since Brazil’s return to democracy in 1985, the PMDB has mostly been content to let other parties hold the presidency while it positioned itself as the legislative power broker, winning pork barrel perks and control of ministries and their budgets in return for support in Congress.

Now, though, the PMDB plans to field its own presidential candidate in 2018.

Although Temer himself has said he will not run, his supporters say his long career working across the ideological spectrum makes him a strong transitional leader and will help set the PMDB up for whomever it casts as its candidate.

But Rafael Cortez, a political analyst at Tendencias, a Sao Paulo consulting firm, said Temer’s background and cordial manner could in fact be a liability.

“The economic and political crises we are facing will require confrontation with both opposition and allies alike to push through reforms,” Cortez said. “The success of a Temer presidency will depend on his willingness to be confrontational.”

Because Temer comes from the old, elite political class, Cortez said, he does not satiate the public’s deep appetite for political renewal.

“For that reason, the urgency underlying his presidency is to at least deliver on economic growth. If he achieves only that, not only does the PMDB stand a better chance in the 2018 elections, but it is not unreasonable to assume that Temer himself could make a run.”

Website launched to inform country’s Holocaust survivors of their rights (NOT GOOD!!!!)

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Website-launched-to-inform-countrys-Holocaust-survivors-of-their-rights-466558

 

“Now,” Silverman continued, “all the information they need is available in one click.”

To help Holocaust survivors and their families maximize their rights and improve their financial status, the site clearly delineates easy-to-access information in Hebrew and English on the subject free of charge.

Moreover, if survivors or their family members are unclear on any of the website’s functions, the NGO has a call center and a staff of lawyers to provide further assistance on filing claims and translating documents, also at no cost.

Spring for Holocaust Survivors was founded by Silverman in 2007 to ensure that the 180,000 elderly survivors living in Israel know their rights in light of an overwhelming lack of public awareness of what the law provides for them.

“Our vision is that all Holocaust survivors living in Israel should live their lives with the dignity and comfort they deserve, and that they receive respect and proper treatment from the various agencies assisting them,” the website’s mission statement says.

According to the NGO, among the country’s survivors, 25 percent live in poverty.

“Thousands of them do not take advantage of all their rights, whether granted to them by law or under various programs,” the website says. “They are unaware of benefits due to them from Israel’s Finance Ministry, from Germany, from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany, from the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel, and other agencies.”

To date, Spring for Holocaust Survivors says it has helped over 50,000 elderly men and women procure over NIS 200 million in fiscal assistance by obtaining their legal rights.

“The new site is intended to aid all segments of the population – survivors and their families…

and offers easily accessible information about the rights and benefits offered to survivors from different countries around the world,” Silverman said.

For more information, survivors and family members can call 072-242-4404, or go to http://www.avivshoa.co.il/about.

Israel’s West Bank governing body okays 466 settlement homes

Israel’s governing body in the West Bank approved the construction of 466 new housing units in a slew of settlements on Wednesday.

Construction in the settlements of Elkana, Ofarim, Beit Aryeh, Givat Ze’ev and Har Gilo was approved by the Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee, which had been convened at the insistence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Army Radio reported.

Two projects involving nearly 80 units in the settlements of Nofim and Efrat were dropped.

The largest single bloc, in the settlement of Elkana, east of Tel Aviv, entails the construction of 234 housing units.

The move by the Civil Administration helped the housing units pass an intermediary hurdle on the way to breaking ground.

And 179 illegally constructed units in the West Bank settlement of Ofarim, north of Ramallah, were retroactively approved.

Just earlier this week a UN envoy rapped Israel for a “surge” in settlement construction in the two months since the diplomatic Quartet called for a halt to the construction of Jewish outposts on Palestinian land. Nickolay Mladenov’s statement was rejected by an Israeli government spokesman.

In a much-awaited report, the Quartet — the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations — had urged Israel to stop building settlements and called on the Palestinians to cease incitement to violence.

But Mladenov, the UN coordinator for the Middle East peace process, acknowledged that the appeal had fallen on deaf ears.

“Its recommendations continue to be ignored, including by a surge in Israeli settlement-related announcements and continuing demolitions,” Mladenov told the Security Council.

The Quartet report was to serve as the basis for reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, which has been comatose since a US initiative collapsed in April 2014.

The international community has been expressing growing alarm regarding construction of Jewish settlements on land earmarked for a future Palestinian state, which some see as killing off prospects for a peace deal based on the two-state solution.

Since July 1, Israeli has advanced plans for over 1,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and 735 units in the West Bank, Mladenov said.

Israel, Iran and Pakistan (Freemasons) said cooperating on landmark science project

Israeli scientists are reportedly participating with colleagues from Pakistan, Iran, Egypt and Jordan on a $100 million project to develop the Middle East’s new particle accelerator — the Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications, or Sesame.

Construction of the site, which is due to be formally inaugurated next spring in the hillside town of al-Balqa, northwest of Amman, is underway and the first experiments are expected to take place this autumn, The Guardian reported.

Sesame’s members are Iran, Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Bahrain — a group among which diplomatic discomfort is rife: Iran and Pakistan don’t recognize Israel, for example, nor does Turkey recognize Cyprus.

Iran’s participation continued even after two of its scientists, who were involved in the project, quantum physicist Masoud Alimohammadi and nuclear scientist Majid Shahriari, were assassinated in operations blamed on Israel’s Mossad, The Guardian said.

“We’re cooperating very well together,” said Giorgio Paolucci, the scientific director of Sesame told The Guardian. “That’s the dream.”

“I don’t know how many places there are where all these governments have representatives who have the opportunity to come and talk to each other,” he added.

Progress on the accelerator is made through government officials meeting, discussing technicalities and coming to agreements, unaffected by the enmity they may feel outside the conference halls, the report said.

The aim of Sesame is to “foster scientific and technological excellence in the Middle East and neighboring countries” and prevent or reverse regional brain drain “by enabling world-class scientific research in subjects ranging from biology, archaeology and medical sciences through basic properties of materials science, physics, chemistry, and life sciences,” Sesame says on its website.

It also aims to build “scientific and cultural bridges between diverse societies, and contribute to a culture of peace through international cooperation in science.”

At 130 meters in diameter, Sesame’s particle accelerator is smaller than the Large Hadron Collider, the structure in Switzerland that last year detected the “God particle” also known as the Higgs boson, an elementary particle that gives other fundamental particles their mass, the Guardian said.

Even so, the project is sophisticated enough to have many applications and offer research opportunities, the report said.

Sesame is a synchrotron — a large device that accelerates electrons around a circular tube, guided by magnets and other equipment, close to the speed of light. This creates radiation that is filtered and flows down long pipes in which instruments are placed, to gather the radiation and undertake experiments.

Khamenei: Iran must avoid negotiating with US, boost offensive capabilities

Sustaining his inflammatory attacks against the US, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday that Tehran should avoid negotiations with the US on any issues while boosting its offensive military capabilities.

When facing the US, Khamenei said at a military exhibition, “it is wrong to assume that common points and understanding can be worked out through negotiations.”

“And that’s why I insist that [we] are required to avoid negotiating with the US, and experience has proven that instead of understanding, the Americans are seeking to impose their will in negotiations,” he added.

Referring to “bullying” and “arrogant” powers in apparent reference to the US, Khamenei said that “in order to secure our population, our country and our future we have to increase our offensive capabilities as well as our defensive capabilities.”

“In a world where the bullying powers are ruling without the least essence of morality, conscience and humanity and are not shy of invading other countries and massacring innocent people, the development of defensive and offensive industries is quite natural,” he was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying.

“Iran’s defensive capability and power must be increased so that the bullying powers would feel threatened,” he added.

Khamenei urged Iran’s defense industry leaders to push forward with arms development and programs, saying such work was a national duty.

Apart from the “manufacture of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) such as nuclear and chemical weapons…there is no restriction in other fields for increasing our defense and military capabilities, and progress in these fields is a duty,” he said.

In a dig at the US for criticizing the sale of Russian made S-300 missiles to Iran — which Iran deployed at its Fordo nuclear site earlier this week— Khamenei said: “These powers who claim to be advocates of wisdom and fairness and speak of other countries’ ethical qualifications for having or not having some defensive equipment are themselves not abiding by any of the moral principles.”

Tehran on Sunday announced that it had deployed the long-range missiles to protect its nuclear facilities at Fordo, in central Iran.

Russian-made, S-300 long-range missiles at the Fordo nuclear site in central Iran, August 28, 2016.(Screenshot/Press TV)

“Continued opposition and hype on the S-300 or the Fordo site are examples of the viciousness of the enemy,” Khamenei had said on Sunday.

“The S-300 system is a defense system not an assault one, but the Americans did their best for Iran not to get hold of it,” he said.

The Russian-made missile defense system is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world, offering long-range protection against both airplanes and missiles. The first shipment arrived in Iran in April.

Khamenei’s rabble-rousing comes amid escalating tensions between US and Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf over the past two weeks.

On Sunday, in an apparent reference to the US, Khamenei told soldiers at a Tehran air base “the enemy should understand that if it makes any aggression, it will be hit hard and our defense will also include response.”

Khamenei also called to bolster Iran’s military capabilities “to the extent that the enemy doesn’t even allow itself to think about aggression.”

Referring to Iran’s controversial purchase of the S-300 missile defense system from Russia, Khamenei charged the US “doesn’t respect our nation’s right of defense and actually wants us to remain defenseless so that they can launch aggression against our country whenever they want.”

His remarks came days after US seamen complained of being harassed by Iranian gunboats in the open waters of the Persian Gulf,.

Last Wednesday, a US military official said Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf harassed American naval vessels in three recent incidents, including one that prompted a US warship ship to fire warning shots.

According to US Navy Fifth Fleet spokesman Commander Bill Urban, several IRGC boats maneuvered around two US patrol ships, the USS Squall and USS Tempest, creating a possible collision hazard.

All three encounters last week occurred in international waters in the northern Persian Gulf, Urban said.

A day earlier, US defense officials said four Iranian warships in the Strait of Hormuz sped close to two US Navy guided-missile destroyers with their weapons uncovered in an “dangerous, harassing situation” that could have led to an escalation.

Video of the incident involving the USS Nitze shows American sailors firing flares and sounding the warship’s horn as the Iranian boats approached. A sailor can be heard saying that the weapons on the Iranian boats were “uncovered, manned.”

The Nitze was accompanied on its mission by the USS Mason, another destroyer.

When asked about the Tuesday incident, Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said his country’s “naval units have the duty of safeguarding the country’s security in the sea and the Persian Gulf.”

OnThursday, Dehghan said that his naval forces will warn or confront any foreign ship entering the country’s territorial waters.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Hosein Dehghan as saying that “if any foreign vessel enters our waters, we warn them, and if it’s an invasion, we confront.” He added that Iranian boats patrol to monitor traffic and foreign vessels in its territorial waters.

A defense official told AFP that ships from the US and Iranian navies had interacted more than 300 times in 2015 and more than 250 times the first half of this year.

Ten percent of those encounters were deemed unsafe and unprofessional, the official said.

In January, the Iranian navy briefly captured the crews of two US patrol boats that had, through a series of blunders, strayed into Iranian territorial waters.

The 10 American sailors were released within 24 hours.

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