7 Jan 2020

Very strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Puerto Rico — power outages, widespread damage reported
A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 (downgraded from M6.5) hit southern Puerto Rico at 08:24 UTC (04:24 local time) on January 7, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 6.7 km (4.1 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.5 miles). This is by far the strongest earthquake in an intense swarm shaking this area since December 29, 2019. To learn more about the swarm, visit Intense earthquake swarm shaking southern Puerto Rico

2,200 Marines heading to Iraq aboard the USS Bataan amid Iran tensions
Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will now head to Iraq aboard the USS Bataan (LHD-5) amphibious assault ship to join other U.S. troops recently called upon to bolster security measures and military readiness in the country, according to USNI News.

Six B-52 Bombers Ordered To Indian Ocean Base To Be “Available” Against Iran
As more than 3,000 US troops are readying to deploy to the Middle East this week following the killing of the IRGC’s Quds Force General Qasem Soleimani, the Pentagon will additionally send major military hardware in the form of an additional B-52 strike force.

52 Stealth Fighter Jets Elephant Walk In Show Of Force Amid Threats Of War
Also known as the Elephant Walk exercise, 52 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighters carrying missiles and bombs were taxiing down a runway at Hill Air Force base in Utah on Monday. The objective of the exercise is to get all fighters and bombers in the air within fifteen minutes of an alert of an incoming missile attack.

Trump Blasts Members of ‘the Squad,’ Says ‘They Hate Jewish People’
During his speech, Trump said anti-Semitic violence is cresting in America. Later, he condemned Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York for their alleged hatred of the Jewish people and the state of Israel.

The reaction to Ricky Gervais opening monologue at the Golden Globes on Sunday night? It was a killer.
Ricky Gervais, who is a Liberal, took at the Hollywood elites and shot them with both barrels. “In this room are some of the most important TV and film executives in the world, people from every background. But they all have one thing in common: They’re all terrified of Ronan Farrow. He’s coming for you. He’s coming for you. Look, talking to all you perverts, it was a big year for pedophile movies. ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’ ‘Leaving Neverland.’ ‘The Two Popes.’ ”

Health-care company worker claims to let Trump supporters die, employer responds
After allegedly bragging about letting elderly supporters of President Donald Trump die at a health care job, one employee could be in some serious trouble. “I can tell you with certainty that 11 people (all verified trump supporters) could have been resuscitated/prevented from failing had I taken the appropriate measures.

Mexican drug war’s hidden human toll includes 61,000 disappeared
The Mexican government on Monday revised upward by as much as 50% the number of citizens classified as missing to more than 61,000, the vast majority of them victims of the country’s grinding war with powerful drug gangs that have grown more violent.

US Defense Secretary: There has been no decision to leave Iraq
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper denies reports that the US-led international coalition fighting ISIS has decided to withdraw from Iraq. “There has been no decision to leave Iraq. Period,” he said.

The view from Tehran: Soleimani’s death is just the beginning
I have no doubt Iran will retaliate against American targets in the region. Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah said in his speech on Sunday that such targets can be found anywhere in the Middle East (echoing the sentiments of one Iranian official who mentioned Tel Aviv specifically). Iran will decide where and when to strike, but its proxies will surely act independently and attack Israeli targets as well, which will certainly complicate things further.

Ilhan Omar voted 2019’s antisemite of the year
The poll, which started at the end of 2019, included Omar as one of the top three nominees, alongside Louis Farrakhan and Richard Spencer. The votes are in and the counting has been completed: US Rep. Ilhan Omar is 2019’s biggest antisemite, according to stopantisemitism.org.

The Ottomans are back – what does that mean for Israel?
Tracing regional dynamics over the last century is vital to understanding the combustible situation today. Turkey supports Tripoli; Egypt supports Haftar. It is part of a much wider struggle that represents Turkey’s attempt to revive influence not seen since the end of the First World War. A century ago, the European powers thought that the Ottoman Empire could be easily chopped up and its territories given away. Today Turkey is back, moving into areas like northern Iraq, northern Syria, Libya and even the Gulf and Somalia.

Netanyahu Praises Trump’s Assassination of Soleimani
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded the US strike that took out ICRG head Qasem Soleimani at the start of his cabinet meeting on Sunday. “Qassem Soleimani initiated, planned and carried out many terrorist attacks throughout the Middle East and beyond. President Trump is deserving of all esteem for taking determined, strong and quick action” Netanyahu said.

Iran Threatens to Turn Tel Aviv, Haifa into Dust
The battle of words between Iran and the USA is still going strong in the Twittersphere. And Israel seems to be absorbing the brunt of it. After US President Donald Trump threatened to strike 52 Iranian targets should Tehran continue attacking the US or its assets abroad, former head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Mohsen Rezaei, responded saying that if they did that, the Israeli cities of Haifa and Tel Aviv would be decimated and returned to the ground-level.

Here’s How Ilhan Omar Reacted To Trump Ordering The Hit On Iranian Terrorist Soleimani
Ilhan Omar accused President Donald Trump of killing Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani — a designated terrorist by the U.S. government — as a “distraction” from domestic political issues.

Ezekiel’s Hoofbeats Get Louder With Turkey’s Influence Over Libya
A new opportunity for restoring what are viewed as former Ottoman territorial claims has recently arisen with the Turkish-Libyan maritime agreements concluded on November 27, 2019. Following the Arab Spring, Libya split into several subdivisions, including the Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli, under the leadership of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the Libyan National Army (LNA), based in Tobruk, under General Khalifa Haftar.

Berkowitz meets Netanyahu over potential Trump peace plan roll out
Avi Berkowitz, assistant to US President Donald Trump and special representative for international negotiations, met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Residence on Monday to discuss the Trump administration’s peace plan, The Jerusalem Post has confirmed. Attending the meeting was also US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Trump under fire for threat to Iranian cultural sites
US President Donald Trump has faced growing criticism over his threats to attack Iran’s cultural sites. Mr Trump made the threats amid fallout from the US assassination of Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. The president said cultural sites were among 52 identified Iranian targets that could be attacked if Iranians “torture, maim and blow up our people”.

CES Gadget Show: Surveillance is in – and in a big way
From the face scanner that will check in some attendees to the cameras-everywhere array of digital products, the CES gadget show is all-in on surveillance technology — whether it calls it that or not. Nestled in the “smart home” and “smart city” showrooms at the sprawling Las Vegas consumer tech conference are devices that see, hear and track the people they encounter.

Stocks steady, oil cools as U.S.-Iran tensions ease
World shares steadied and oil pulled back from multi-month highs on Tuesday after dramatic post-new year moves, as investors judged prospects of an all-out conflict between the United States and Iran had eased. After a strong rally, oil gave back some of its gains amid signs that Iran would be unlikely to strike against the U.S. in a way that would disrupt supplies.

Iran Guard leader threatens to ‘set ablaze’ U.S.-backed places
The leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatened on Tuesday to “set ablaze” places supported by the United States over the killing of a top Iranian general in a U.S. airstrike last week, sparking cries from the crowd of “Death to Israel!” Hossein Salami made the pledge before a crowd of thousands gathered in a central square in Kerman, the hometown of the slain Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Iran ‘ready to come back to full compliance’ in nuclear deal – senior official
Iran is “ready to come back to full compliance” with its nuclear deal with world powers, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Tuesday, according to a tweet from the Foreign Ministry, though the post did not provide any information on possible conditions.

Major floods hit Israel after 20 percent of yearly rainfall in just 2 hours
Major flooding hit parts of Israel following days of heavy downpour on January 4 and 5, 2020, claiming at least four lives. The rain was so intense that the city of Tel Aviv received 20% of its yearly rainfall in just two hours.

Intense earthquake swarm shaking southern Puerto Rico, damage reported after today’s M5.8
Numerous moderate to strong earthquakes shook southern Puerto Rico over the past 9 days, with the strongest earthquake in the sequence — M5.8 on January 6, 2020. The quake struck 13 km (8 miles) SSE of Indios. “I’ve spent 29 years with Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, and it’s the first time I observe this kind of activity,” director Víctor Huérfano told The Associated Press a couple of days ago.

Tropical Cyclone “Blake” forms near northern Western Australia, landfall expected January 8/9
Tropical Cyclone “Blake” formed at 00:00 UTC on Monday, January 6, 2020, off the northern coast of Western Australia, as the first tropical cyclone of the 2019/20 Australian region cyclone season. Landfall is expected in the vicinity of Wallal Downs along Eighty Mile Beach late on Tuesday or early Wednesday, January 8 or 9 (LT) as a Category 2.

New Laws to Take Effect in China: Total Submission by Religious Groups to Communist Party
Chinese Christians have expressed their concern after the Chinese government announced it will soon require all religious personnel of any faith to support total submission to the Chinese Communist Party.

United States And Canadian Embassies Warn Their Citizens Living In Israel About Possible Missile Attacks From Iran And Proxies In The Coming Days
When all this news first broke a few days ago about the hostilities between the United States and Iran over the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the first thing we told you was look to Israel. Why? Because the Bible is true and all world conflict will ultimately lead you straight to Israel’s doorstep. And here we are just 2 days later and what do we see? We see the US Embassy as well as the Canadian Embassy in Israel warning their citizens of a possible missile strike in the coming days.

Air Force Launches 52 F-35A Lightning II Jets In Training Exercise Say It Is ‘Completely Coincidental’ and Has Nothing To Do With 52 Strikes Trump Warned Iran With On Saturday
Two days ago, President Trump let Iran know in no uncertain terms that he had ordered the Pentagon to target 52 sites in Iran that the United States was planning on hitting is Iran retaliated for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. Those 52 targets represented the 52 American hostages Iran held captive back in 1979.

Nearly 200 People Arrested Across Australia For Deliberately Starting Bushfires
Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame “climate change” for the disaster.

Truckers’ transportation coalition warns of “super supply chain crisis” as America’s cities may collapse into war zones: food, fuel, medical supplies could all be disrupted
The Executive Director of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) — known as Truckers.com — has issued a stern warning about a “super supply chain crisis” that could severely disrupt trucking and transportation operations that bring supplies to all U.S. cities.