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Dr. Tom Horn: The Prophecy of the Popes – Petrus Romanus the False Prophet, the Final Pope is Here!

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/vatican-confirms-pope-to-step-down-at-end-of-month-a-882611.html

According to the Prophecy of the Popes: the next Pope is the Final Pope, The False Prophet of the book of Revelation!

  • Book description:
    For more than 800 hundred years scholars have pointed to the dark augury having to do with “the last Pope.” The prophecy, taken from St. Malachy’s “Prophecy of the Popes,” is among a list of verses predicting each of the Roman Catholic popes from Pope Celestine II to the final pope, “Peter the Roman,” whose reign would end in the destruction of Rome. First published in 1595, the prophecies were attributed to St. Malachy by a Benedictine historian named Arnold de Wyon, who recorded them in his book, Lignum Vitæ.

    Tradition holds that Malachy had been called to Rome by Pope Innocent II, and while there, he experienced the vision of the future popes, including the last one, which he wrote down in a series of cryptic phrases. According to the prophecy, the next pope (following Benedict XVI) is to be the final pontiff, Petrus Romanus or Peter the Roman. The idea by some Catholics that the next pope on St. Malachy’s list heralds the beginning of “great apostasy” followed by “great tribulation” sets the stage for the imminent unfolding of apocalyptic events, something many non-Catholics would agree with. This would give rise to a false prophet, who according to the book of Revelation leads the world’s religious communities into embracing a political leader known as Antichrist. In recent history, several Catholic priests–some deceased now–have been surprisingly outspoken on what they have seen as this inevitable danger rising from within the ranks of Catholicism as a result of secret satanic “Illuminati-Masonic” influences.

    These priests claim secret knowledge of an multinational power elite and occult hierarchy operating behind supranatural and global political machinations. Among this secret society are sinister false Catholic infiltrators who understand that, as the Roman Catholic Church represents one-sixth of the world’s population and over half of all Christians, it is indispensable for controlling future global elements in matters of church and state and the fulfillment of a diabolical plan they call “Alta Vendita,” which is set to assume control of the papacy and to help the False Prophet deceive the world’s faithful (including Catholics) into worshipping Antichrist. As stated by Dr. Michael Lake on the front cover, Catholic and evangelical scholars have dreaded this moment for centuries. Unfortunately, as readers will learn, time for avoiding Peter the Roman just ran out.

Petrus Romanus the final pope is believed to be the False Prophet of Revelation.

Lucifer Installed in the Vatican? Malachi Martin testifies to it !

  • “Enthronement of the fallen Archangel Lucifer” in the Roman Catholic Citadel on June 29, 1963
    by Dr. Thomas R. Horn, http://www.newswithviews.com/
    … which Martin hinted spelled out parts of the plan to formerly install the dreaded False Prophet during a “Final Conclave.” On this, Martin’s claim that an Illuminati-Masonic group made up of Western plutocrats called “The Assembly” or the “Superforce” had infiltrated the highest levels of Vatican administration and were working to bring about a New World Order, may have led to involvement by operatives of the same group concerning his untimely, some say “suspicious” death in 1999.

    Ten years earlier, before “something pushed him” and Malachi Martin fell and later died, he had become increasingly candid about what he said was pedophilic Satanism among certain cardinals and other clergy in league with a secret Masonic diabolicus that began following the “enthronement of the fallen Archangel Lucifer” in the Roman Catholic Citadel on June 29, 1963.

    In The Keys of This Blood, Martin wrote:
    Most frighteningly for John Paul, he had come up against the irremovable presence of a malign strength in his own Vatican and in certain bishops’ chanceries. It was what knowledgeable Churchmen called the “superforce.” Rumors, always difficult to verify, tied its installation to the beginning of Pope Paul VI’s reign in 1963. Indeed Paul had alluded somberly to “the smoke of Satan which has entered the Sanctuary”…an oblique reference to an enthronement ceremony by Satanists in the Vatican. [2]

    Martin had concealed greater detail of this luciferic “enthronement ceremony by Satanists in the Vatican” in his novel, Windswept House:

    The Enthronement of the Fallen Archangel Lucifer was effected within the Roman Catholic Citadel on June 29, 1963; a fitting date for the historic promise about to be fulfilled. As the principal agents of this Ceremonial well knew, Satanist tradition had long predicted that the Time of the Prince would be ushered in at the moment when a Pope would take the name of the Apostle Paul [Pope Paul VI]. That requirement—the signal that the Availing Time had begun—had been accomplished just eight days before with the election of the latest Peter-in-the-Line. [3]

    Martin stated publicly on more than one occasion that the enthronement of Lucifer in Rome was based on fact, and that to facilitate the black magic, a parallel ceremony was conducted simultaneously in the United States in Charleston, South Carolina. …. read more here! 

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Market Collapse In Process? Billionaires Continue To Dump U.S. Stocks, Traders Are Betting Against U.S. Economy!!

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  • Market Collapse In Process? Billionaires Continue To Dump U.S. Stocks, Traders Are Betting Against U.S. Economy!! 
    by http://investmentwatchblog.com/ 
    Billionaires  Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why 
    Despite the 6.5% stock market rally over the last three months, a handful of  billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and fast.

    Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some  time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of “disappointing performance” in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.

    In the latest filing for Buffett’s holding company Berkshire  Hathaway, Buffett has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that  depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares  of Johnson & Johnson, and reduced his overall stake in “consumer product  stocks” by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold its entire stake in  California-based computer parts supplier Intel.

    With 70% of the U.S. economy dependent on consumer spending, Buffett’s  apparent lack of faith in these companies’ future prospects is worrisome.


    Unfortunately Buffett isn’t alone.
    Fellow billionaire John Paulson, who made a fortune betting on the  subprime mortgage meltdown, is clearing out of U.S. stocks too. During the  second quarter of the year, Paulson’s hedge fund, Paulson & Co., dumped 14  million shares of JPMorgan Chase. The fund also dumped its entire position in  discount retailer Family Dollar and consumer-goods maker Sara Lee …. No investors, let alone billionaires, will want to own stocks with  falling profit margins and shrinking dividends. So if that’s why Buffett,  Paulson, and Soros are dumping stocks, they have decided to cash out early and  leave Main Street investors holding the bag.

    Google  Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is selling roughly 42 percent of his stake  in the Internet search
    Google Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt plans to sell up to $2.51 billion of his  share in the company, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing  late Friday.

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut 3rd Grader Louis Remembers Lots of Police and “A DRILL” …

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Does the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) Show Economic Recovery or Collapse?

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Eric Sprott: Expect $200 Silver As Financial System Implodes!

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  • Eric Sprott – Expect $200 Silver As Financial System Implodes! 
    by www.kingworldnews.com
    Today billionaire Eric Sprott told King World News, “I’m sure we’ll be seeing $100 and $200 prices for silver.”  Sprott also said that despite the advance in global stock markets, “There is no doubt that the path we’re on is not sustainable both for the economy, and for the financial system.”

    Here is what Sprott had to say:  “We had a negative print on GDP in the 4th quarter.  The fact is I think we are on shaky ground.  The shakiest part of the ground is the new numbers put out by the Department of the Treasury showing under GAAP what the true deficit was last year.

    “It includes both the cash deficit, which I think was around $1.2 trillion plus the increase in the present value of known obligations.  Together those two added up to a deficit of $6.6 trillion for the year.  Shadowstats suggested this year, 2013, the numbers could be pushing close to $10 trillion. Professor Kotlikoff suggested the known, future liabilities are $220 trillion.  When you reference those numbers against a GDP of $16 trillion, it’s obvious that the obligations can’t be met….

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US Hides Real Debt, in Worse Shape than Greece! US$222 Trillion Debts!

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Keiser Report: Wicked Debt Web (E404) !

  • Published on Feb  9, 2013
    In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the wicked web that has been weaved when banksters first set out to deceive, the first law of thermo-derivatives which states that risk cannot be destroyed and the hot tub of fraud in which the taxpayer owned Royal Bank of Scotland weaves their web of deception. In the second half of the show, Max Keiser talks to Mitch Feierstein, author of Planet Ponzi, who shows us what the Fed’s $3 trillion balance sheet would look like in a briefcase and the Central Banking bag of tricks that include: divert and deflect, delay and pray and extend and pretend. Finally they ponder whether we face a global reset or sovereign failures?

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Bilderberg 2013 Returns to Chantilly, Virginia!

Illuminati Round Table, Geo-Political Organizations

Illuminati Round Table, Geo-Political Organizations

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Inside the FBI’s ‘Terror factory’! The FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism!

  • Published on Jan 30, 2013
    Since the attacks of September 11, the Federal Bureau of  Investigation has brought approximately 500 terror cases to trail. Of  these cases, 150 people have been involved in sting operations in  which the FBI has supplied suspects with materials to act out plans of terror. The FBI has been heavily criticized for preying on individuals  who are on the fringes of society and Trevor Aaronson, author of “The  Terror Factory,” analyzes the FBI’s devious tactics in his new book.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Terror-Factory-Manufactured-Terrorism/dp/1935439618#_

A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism exposes how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror.

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Treasury Secretary Geithner Joins (Illuminati) Council on Foreign Relations as Corporate Media Continues Globalist Coverup!

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  • The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) together with the Bilderberg Group and Trilateral Commission, are geo-political arms of the western Illuminati. They are mainly tactical execution arms of the Illuminati. They report to the Committee of 300 –> 13 Satanic bloodlines –> Council of 13 …. demons, fallen angels –> Lucifer! The power and main decision making, strategic planning … lies in the religious Satanic priest class who take their instructions from fallen spiritual beings! The profane/secular (for eg. geo-political departments) reports to the religious class.

    Treasury Secretary Geithner Joins Council on Foreign Relations as Corporate Media Continues Globalist Coverup! 
    by Alex Thomas, theintelhub.com, via http://www.infowars.com/ 
    “The CFR is the American Branch of a society which originated in England, and which believes that national boundaries should be obliterated, and a one-world rule established.”

    Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and one of the architects of the bailouts that gave hundreds of billions of dollars to the big banks (including foreign-owned banks) Timothy Geithner has rejoined the globalist Council on Foreign Relations.

    In a move that should have been seen a mile away, the CFR has brought their puppet Geithner onboard as a “distinguished fellow,” which apparently happens after you have worked for the big banks and the idea of a world government long enough to distinguish yourself among the globalists that occupy this organization.

    In a post on the councils official website, president and noted globalist Richard N. Haass let us all know how thrilled the CFR is to have Tim back on the team.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Tim back to the Council on Foreign Relations,” said CFR President Richard N. Haass. “Both at Treasury and at the New York Federal Reserve, Tim was a tireless, creative, and responsible custodian of the public trust.

    His coming to CFR only strengthens our capacity to produce thoughtful analysis of issues at the intersection of economic, political, and strategic developments.”

    The post also made it clear that Geithner was very instrumental in the Obama Administration, overseeing the bailout and supposed reforms to the financial system. (which only made it easier for the biggest globalist controlled banks to reign rough-shot over the world)

    As President Obama’s treasury secretary, Geithner played a central role in formulating U.S. domestic and international economic policy for the past four years.

    He was a principal architect of the president’s strategy to avert economic collapse and to reform the financial system, while also tackling a broad set of international economic challenges. He served in this position from January 26, 2009 through January 25, 2013.

    Clearly the Council on Foreign Relations has an extreme amount of power within the United States. (and through connected round table groups throughout the world)

    A group this powerful must be covered by the mainstream media on a daily basis right? Sadly, this couldn’t be further from the truth, with the corporate controlled media worshiping the group and using psychological manipulation tactics to convince the American people that they are just a bunch of old guys with little to no real power.

    MSNBC: “I Love the CFR”
    A perfect example of the corporate medias CFR psyop occurred this morning during a segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe when a guest from Politico revealed (a few hours before the CFR itself announced it) that Geithner was joining the group.


    After being told the news, the hosts, including the daughter of globalist godfather Zibgniew Brzezinski, can be heard jumping with joy and then immediately attempting to downplay the CFR by making fun of those who have spoken out against the organizations stated goals which include the loss of US sovereignty in favor of a one world order.

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The white horseman logo of the Illuminati Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). They labour to lay the foundation for the coming of the white horseman, the fake messiah, the Anti-Christ, the bringer of false peace of Revelation 6.

The white horseman logo of the Illuminati Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). They labour to lay the foundation for the coming of the white horseman, the fake messiah, the Anti-Christ, the bringer of false peace of Revelation 6.

The Western Illuminati Organization Chart. Source: www.stevequayle.com

The Western Illuminati Organization Chart. Source: http://www.stevequayle.com

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US Arms of an Expanding Military | Weapons of Mass Distraction!

  • Daniel 7:23 (New King James Version)
    23 “Thus he said:
    ‘The fourth beast shall be
    A fourth kingdom on earth,
    Which shall be different from all other kingdoms,
    And shall devour the whole earth,

    Trample it and break it in pieces.


    Daniel 11:36-39 (New King James Version)
    36
    “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 37 He shall regard neither the God[a] of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.

    38 But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things. 39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/sep/14/ron-paul/ron-paul-says-us-has-military-personnel-130-nation/

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US 'defence' (war really) budget is well over US$1T when all the discretionary spending are added ! It is over 50% of tax revenues!

Discretionary spending in the FY 2013 budget was slashed to $1.264 trillion from $1.319 trillion budgeted in FY 2012. America is a WAR economy!

Discretionary spending in the FY 2013 budget was slashed to $1.264 trillion from $1.319 trillion budgeted in FY 2012. America is a WAR economy!

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Is China Mobilizing For A War With Japan?

  • Is China Mobilizing For A War With Japan? 
    by Tyler Durden, www.zerohedge.com
    We don’t know if it merely a coincidence that a story has emerged discussing a Chinese mobilization in response to the ongoing territorial feud with Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands (and the proximal massive gas field) the very week that China celebrates its new year (and days after news that a Chinese warship was very close to firing on a Japanese destroyer). We don’t know how much of the story is based in reality, and how much may be propaganda or furthering someone’s agenda.

    What we do know is that the source of the story: offshore-based, Falun Gong-affiliated NTDTV has historically been a credible source of information that the China communist party desperately tries to censor, such as breaking the news of the SARS epidemic in 2003 some three weeks before China publicly admitted it. Its motto is “to bring truthful and uncensored information into and out of China.” If that is indeed the case, and its story of major troop movements and mobilization of various types of military vehicles and artillery into the Fujian and Zhejian provinces, bordering the East China Sea and closest to the Diaoyu islands, is accurate, then hostilities between China and Japan may be about to take a major turn for the worse.

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  • As for the accompanying commentary, we recreate it below in its entirety so nothing is lost in translation (original source). 

    NTDTV February 8, 2013 News – the continental network transmission, Fujian and Zhejiang troops for several days active. Plus before the news that Chinese warships radar has repeatedly aimed at the Japanese ships and planes, therefore, the media have speculated that China may “prepare for war” Diaoyu Islands .

    According to friends broke the news: February 3, Nan’an, Fujian Highway 308, artillery units practical exercise for several days.

    February 3 to 6, Fujian, Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Huzhou, a large troop movements, nearly 100 vehicles of various types of military vehicles, armored vehicles, artillery filled the entire road, endless, Xiamen and even the scene of a traffic jam 10 kilometers.

    In addition, on February 3 in Shiyan, Hubei, a large number of tanks, wheeled military base from Shiyan room counties is delivered to the coastal areas. Many local residents of the tense situation of some concern.


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Israel Enters The Syrian Theater: Confronting Iran via the Third Option!

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  • This is a very good analysis of the situation between Syria, Iran, Israel and the western powers! The Satanic World War 3 is definitely on! Zionist ‘666’ Israel the Satanic counterfeit is the chosen tool to trigger this war!

    Albert Pike, Satanic World War 3 Plan
    The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. …. more!
  • Israel Enters The Syrian Theater: Confronting Iran via the Third Option! 
    by Ben Schreiner, http://www.globalresearch.ca/ 
    With its air strikes against targets inside Syria last week, Israel announced its formal entry into the Syrian crisis.  The Israeli targeting of Iran has thus entered the Syrian theater.

    According to McClatchy, the Israeli strikes on January 30 targeted anti-aircraft missiles at a military base outside of Damascus.  The missiles, according to Israeli intelligence sources, were headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    “Israel relies heavily on the strength of our air force, and its strategic deterrence,” an Israeli official explained to McClatchy. “Weapons systems that make our air force vulnerable will not be allowed to fall into the hands of terrorist groups.”

    Accordingly, Washington reacted to the Israeli assault by sternly warning Damascus.  “Syria,” White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes warned, “should not further destabilize the region by transferring weaponry to Hezbollah.”

    Washington, in other words, views any effort to curb Israel’s freedom to fly sorties when and where it fancies as a threat to regional stability.  Of course, “stability” in the Washington lexicon is used to connote unmatched Western military superiority.  (Thus, NATO Patriot batteries deployed along the Turkey-Syria border are championed as a means to “deescalate tensions.”)

    With such “stability” in mind, Time reports that Washington has given a “green light” to Israel to carry out yet further strikes.  And blessed with such carte blanche, Israel is already planning an escalated level of intervention.

    According to a report in the Times of London, “Israel is considering creating a buffer zone reaching up to 10 miles inside Syria.”  And to this end, Israel has now reportedly dispatched its third Iron Dome anti-rocket battery to its northern border.  As an Israeli military planner went on to tell the Times, “If the country [Syria] remains unstable we might have to stay there for years.”

    Meanwhile, the right-wing Debkafile reports that “the Israeli Air Force has in recent days thrown a round-the-clock blanket over the [Syria-Lebanon] border area.”

    “Without going through any formalities,” Debka continues, “Israel has thus effectively imposed a no-fly regime over a buffer zone straddling the Syrian-Lebanese border and placed it under the control of its air force.”

    The Israeli strike inside Syria was thus clearly not an isolated affair, but a prelude to a deepening Israeli intervention long in the making.

    Confronting Iran via the Third Option
    In a February 2012 New York Times op-ed, former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy argued that beyond punitive sanctions and military confrontation, the crisis in Syria created a third option “to rid the world of the Iranian menace.”


    “Ensuring that Iran is evicted from its regional hub in Damascus would cut off Iran’s access to its proxies (Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza) and visibly dent its domestic and international prestige, possibly forcing a hemorrhaging regime in Tehran to suspend its nuclear policies,” Halevy argued.  “This would be a safer and more rewarding option than the military one.”

    “Once this is achieved,” Halevy continued, “the entire balance of forces in the region would undergo a sea change. Iranian-sponsored terrorism would be visibly contained; Hezbollah would lose its vital Syrian conduit to Iran and Lebanon could revert to long-forgotten normalcy; Hamas fighters in Gaza would have to contemplate a future without Iranian weaponry and training; and the Iranian people might once again rise up against the regime that has brought them such pain and suffering.”

    Such notions of a “new Middle East” amenable to the interests of Tel Aviv and Washington have long held an allure for Western planners.  In fact, nearly seven years have now passed since Israel’s 2006 invasion of Lebanon was cheered by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as “the birth pangs of a new Middle East.”

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https://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/666-star-of-david-or-star-of-moloch-satanic-hexagram-symbol/

Revelation 2:9 – …. and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

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Pacific Tensions Being Ratcheted Up!

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  • Why did Japan breached the agreement as laid out in the 1978 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People’s Republic of China by nationalizing Senkaku / DiaoYu island? I do not know who owns these islands. But Japan by nationalizing Senkaku is absolutely aware of what the consequences will be! The answer IMO: the western Illuminati is attempting to start a war against China using Japan as their proxy! China is threatening the global monetary hegemony of the western Illuminati!

    Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China 
    …. During the negotiations for the normalization of bilateral diplomatic relations in 1972 and the signing of the Japan-China Peace and Friendship Treaty in 1978, the then leaders of the two nations, with the overall situation of bilateral ties in mind, reached the important mutual understanding and consensus of putting aside the issue of the Diaoyu Islands for a final solution in the future, which served as a precondition for the normalization and the great development of bilateral ties as well as stability and tranquility in East Asia over the past 40 years. If the Japanese authorities deny and attempt to write off with one stroke the consensus between the two nations, how can the situation of the Diaoyu Islands remain stable?
  • Pacific Tensions Being Ratcheted Up! 
    by http://larouchepac.com/ 
    Despite efforts by the new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to finally reach a territorial settlement with Russia over the Northern Islands, a conflict left over from World War II, the conflict heated up yesterday as the Japanese air force scrambled four jet fighters against two Russian fighters that allegedly violated Japanese air space near the northern tip of the northern island of Hokkaido. The Japanese government lodged a “severe protest” with the Russian Embassy in Tokyo and demanded that the Russian government investigate. The Russians, for their part, denied there was any airspace violation and said that their aircraft had been flying in international airspace that they have routinely used for years. In fact, they were participating in a combined naval and air exercise around the disputed Kurile Islands that the Russian Ministry of Defense had announced on Feb. 5. Russian troops first occupied the Kuriles at the end of World War II and the two countries have disputed sovereignty over the islands ever since.

    The incident followed by a week an incident in the East China Sea where the Japanese Defense Ministry claimed that a Chinese naval vessel locked on to a Japanese naval vessel with radar intended to guide weapons, but then turned off the radar without firing. The incident occurred near the Senkaku Islands, claimed by both Japan and China. “One step in the wrong direction could have pushed things into a dangerous situation,” Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters on Feb. 5 about the use of the radar. China denied that the radar was of the weapon-directing type.

    While all this is going on, the United States, Japan, and Australia have been staging joint exercises, known as Cope North, this week, from the U.S. territory of Guam. Officers leading the exercises claim they are not aimed at China, but rather at improving their own ability to inter-operate. “The training is not against a specific country, like China,” Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Masayuki Hironaka said, according to the Associated Press. “However, I think [the fact] that our alliance with the U.S. and Australia is healthy is a strong message.” The Associated Press report puts the exercise squarely in the context of President Obama’s Asia Pivot, reporting that exercises like Cope North are a “key element” of Washington’s evolving strategy there. That the Chinese might be taking away a different message from the one that the United States, Japan, and Australia wish to project is known. “I think the P.R.C. has a tendency to look at things in a different light,” said U.S. Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Herbert Carlisle. “I think they may take this as something different than it is intended.”

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South Korea in ‘First Strike’ Alert Over Tests!

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  • South Korea in ‘first strike’ alert over tests! 
    by John Garnaut, http://www.smh.com.au/
    BEIJING: South Korea will pre-emptively strike against North Korea if it  shows intent to use a nuclear weapon, a top South Korean general says.

    The pledge by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Jung  Seung-jo, to act ”even at the risk of war” reflects acute concern in Seoul and  Washington that Pyongyang is about to cross the threshold to possessing a  credible nuclear weapons capability.

    North Korea has prepared a bomb for a test that will take place within weeks  or even days, Chinese and Western analysts and diplomats say.

    North Korea’s third-generation dictator, Kim Jong-un, may choose his father’s  birthday, February 16, to test a larger or more advanced bomb than the plutonium  bombs tested in 2006 and 2009.

    South Korea is the North’s usual rhetorical target, but the US has also been  singled out for special treatment.

    ”We are not disguising the fact that the various satellites and long-range  rockets that we will fire and the high-level nuclear test we will carry out are  targeted at the United States,” North Korea’s National Defence Commission said  last month, the state news agency KCNA reported.

    The possibility of a North Korean nuclear warhead reaching as far as Los  Angeles or Darwin is no longer considered fanciful after the North successfully  tested a ballistic missile in December.

    The North may also be close to developing a ”miniaturised” warhead that can  be fixed to it, analysts and diplomatic sources say.

    A third North Korean nuclear test may place its only ally, China, in a  tighter bind, as the country would then be surrounded on all sides by nuclear  weapons states.

    Sources close to the family of the new leader, Xi Jinping, say he is moving  to firmly grasp control of military and foreign affairs, and changes in  direction are not inconceivable.

    But Chinese regional security analysts seem convinced that Beijing could not  force Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program even if it tried.

    ”There are hardly any circumstances that could divert North Korea from its  path to becoming a nuclear power,” said Cai Jian, professor of Korean studies  at Shanghai’s prestigious Fudan University.

    Professor Cai said the timing of North Korea’s nuclear test was uncertain,  and would be designed to extract maximum geopolitical leverage, but it would  happen because it was necessary for refining the weapons technology.

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