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Friday, January 25, 2013

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High Velocity DNA Gun by Selectamark Tags Criminals With Unique Code to Ensure Proper Arrest

A new tool that would allow law enforcement to prevent criminals from running away or disappearing into a crowd before arrest was highlighted last week at The SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

The High Velocity DNA Tagging system by the U.K.-based security company Selectamark was introduced with police officers in a riot situation in mind. Coming in both pistol and rifle form, the tool would allow police to remain 30 to 40 meters from the target and tag them with a SelectaDNA High Velocity pellet that contains a unique DNA code to ensure the correct person is apprehended later.

DNA pellets used by law enforcement officers to tag individuals with a unique SelectaDNA code from a distance. (Photo: Selectamark Security Systems)

“On contact with the target the uniquely-coded SelectaDNA solution leaves a synthetic DNA trace mark that will enable the relevant authorities to confirm or eliminate that person from their involvement in a particular situation and could ultimately lead to arrest and prosecution,” Selectamark Managing Director Andrew Knights said in a statement.

The Blaze

India warns Kashmir residents to prepare for nuclear war

Following a series of skirmishes between Pakistan and India over the line of control in Kashmir, officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir are telling residents to prepare for a possible nuclear attack,the Associated Press reported today.

The directive was published on Monday in a major local newspaper, and explained how people should stay safe after nuclear weapons are unleashed. It advised people to build toilet-equipped basements or to construct bunkers in their front yards. Residents should also stock their shelters with candles, battery-operated lights, radios, and non perishable foods, the newspaper said, according to AP.

The inspector general at the Civil Defense and State Disaster Response Force told AP that the notice in the newspaper was a "normal exercise." However, tensions between India and Pakista are so high that villagers living by the border on the Pakistan side of Kashmir are rebuilding bunkers without having received any notices.

GlobalPost's India correspondent Jason Overdorf cast doubt on that explanation.

"If the officials' claim that these advisories are routine were indeed true, presumably every resident of Indian-administered Kashmir would already be the proud owner of a nice, comfortable fallout shelter," Overdorf said.

"That said, I wouldn't hold my breath, waiting for the bombs to start falling. This has the whiff of the ludicrous about it — and is most likely part of a local effort to further discredit Pakistan with people who hold no great love for those many consider their Indian occupiers," he said.

According to the AP, many of them had bunkers before 2005, when a large earthquake destroyed their shelters. Now, they're being forced to rebuild these structures.

Both India and Pakistan claim rights over Kashmir, a Himalayan region that's divided by the two nations. A cease-fire along the border, known as the line of control, has existed since 2003. Though low-level shelling has existed on both sides of the border, tensions have been escalating.

On Jan. 6, Indian soldiers fired across the border, killing a Pakistani solider. India said its soldiers fired in response to Pakistani shelling. Two days later, India claimed Pakistani troops killed two of its soldiers, beheading one of them post-mortem. Though Pakistan denied the allegations, on Jan. 10 Pakistani troops claimed Indian troops fired across the border, killing another soldier.

In the days that followed, political rhetoric from both sides intensified. India's prime minister used especially harsh words while chiding Pakistan, saying the treatment of the Indian solider was "inhuman."

Global Post


An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation and trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime.

The previously secret nuclear site has become a center for Iran’s nuclear activity because of the 2,700 centrifuges enriching uranium to the 20-percent level. A further enrichment to weapons grade would take only weeks, experts say.

The level of enrichment has been a major concern to Israeli officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has warned about the 20-percent enriched stockpile.

The explosion occurred Monday, the day before Israeli elections weakened Netanyahu’s political control.

Iran, to avoid alarm, had converted part of the stockpile to fuel plates for use in the Tehran Research Reactor. However, days after the recent failed talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian officials announced the enrichment process will not stop even “for a moment.”

The regime’s uranium enrichment process takes place at two known sites: the Natanz facility with more than 10,000 centrifuges and Fordow with more than 2,700. The regime currently has enough low-grade (3.5 percent) uranium stockpiled for six nuclear bombs if further enriched.

However, more time is needed for conversion of the low-grade uranium than what would be needed for a stockpile at 20 percent. It takes 225 kilograms of enriched uranium at the 20-percent level to further enrich to the 90-percent level for one nuclear bomb.

According to a source in the security forces protecting Fordow, an explosion on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Tehran time rocked the site, which is buried deep under a mountain and immune not only to airstrikes but to most bunker-buster bombs. The report of the blast came via Hamidreza Zakeri, formerly with the Islamic regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and National Security,

The blast shook facilities within a radius of three miles. Security forces have enforced a no-traffic radius of 15 miles, and the Tehran-Qom highway was shut down for several hours after the blast, the source said. As of Wednesday afternoon, rescue workers had failed to reach the trapped personnel.

The site, about 300 feet under a mountain, had two elevators which now are out of commission. One elevator descended about 240 feet and was used to reach centrifuge chambers. The other went to the bottom to carry heavy equipment and transfer uranium hexafluoride. One emergency staircase reaches the bottom of the site and another one was not complete. The source said the emergency exit southwest of the site is unreachable.

The regime believes the blast was sabotage and the explosives could have reached the area disguised as equipment or in the uranium hexafluoride stock transferred to the site, the source said. The explosion occurred at the third centrifuge chambers, with the high-grade enriched uranium reserves below them.

The information was passed on to U.S. officials but has not been verified or denied by the regime or other sources within the regime.

Though the news of the explosion has not been independently verified, other sources previously have provided WND with information on plans for covert operations against Iran’s nuclear facilities as an option before going to war. The hope is to avoid a larger-scale conflict. Israel, the U.S. and other allies already have concluded the Islamic regime has crossed its red line in its quest for nuclear weapons, other sources have said.

However, this information was not revealed for security reasons until several days ago when sources said the regime’s intelligence agency, through an alleged spy in the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, had learned of the decision to conduct sabotage on Iran’s nuclear sites on a much larger scale than before.

As reported, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called an urgent meeting Tuesday with the intelligence minister, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and other officials to discuss the threat, and now it’s clear the meeting included the sabotage at Fordow.

Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated in recent years. Last year, saboteurs struck the power supply to the Fordow facility, temporarily disrupting production. And a computer worm called Stuxnet, believed to have originated in the U.S., set Iran’s plans for nuclear weapons back substantially.

The 5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) hope to resume talks with Iran over its illicit nuclear program. The talks ended last year after regime officials refused to negotiate.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/sabotage-key-iranian-nuclear-facility-hit/#FQDTOhHt8dl4811X.99

Eurozone leaders behaving like drug addicts and alcoholics

You only think you know what's coming.. EXO-VATICANA (Pt 7))

The history of elemental beings including incubi and succubi or “alien-demons” by any other name is often closely associated with a variety of shapeshifting monsters and “cryptids” (from the Greek “κρύπτω” [krypto] meaning “hide”), whose existence is difficult to prove by means of their ability to apparently move in and out of Earth’s dimension or man’s visible spectrum—the human range of sight.

Examples of these would include the Yeti in the Himalayas, the famous Bigfoot or Sasquatch of mainly the Pacific Northwest region of North America and Canada, and the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland. Hoaxes aside, literally tens of thousands of people throughout history and around the world (including reputable individuals such as clergy, professionals, military, law enforcement personnel, and even anthropologists) have seen, found biological samples of such in hair and footprint evidence, and even filmed and recorded the creatures’ unidentifiable language vocalizations, but have up until now failed to capture a single physical specimen...that the public knows of. Witness testimonies often include reports of fantastic sizes—from enormous dragons in the sea to giant bipeds ranging in height from eight to twelve feet, with footprints up to twenty-four inches. And then there are the phenomena frequently connected with the appearance of cryptids that are typical of occult activity—a retching or sulfuric odor, mysterious rapping on walls and windows, shadows and ghostly lights inside or outside homes, disembodied voices, the levitation or disappearance of furniture and other household items, etc.

Possibly the earliest account of a Bigfoot sighting in the US was published over 125 years ago in a historical pamphlet that told of frontiersmen coming across a “wild man” in the Siskiyou Mountains of Northern California. “The thing was of gigantic size—about seven feet tall—with a bulldog head, short ears, and long hair; it was also furnished with a beard, and was free from hair on such parts of its body as is common among men.”[i] Another barely known confrontation with a large, hairy biped was actually reported by President Theodore Roosevelt, an avid outdoorsman. Noah Hutchings writes of this event: “The story appeared in The Wilderness Hunter published in 1893. The account given by Roosevelt related that some kind of a wild beast had killed a man and had eaten half his body in a mountain range between the Salmon and Windom rivers. The following year, two hunters were camping in the same area when they became aware that they were being watched by a strange creature walking on two legs. The next day, the hunters separated. One of the hunters arrived at camp to find the other hunter dead with his neck broken and severe wounds to the throat area. In the article, Mr. Roosevelt reported his belief that the hunter was killed by ‘something either half-human or half-devil, some great goblin-beast.’”[ii] There are even reports of apelike creatures shot and killed followed by similar creatures coming to retrieve the corpse. One such story tells of a Bigfoot being put down and afterwards, similar large, hairy beings coming out of the woods to recover the body. The same creatures returned again later to attack the cabin of those miners who had killed the beast. An account of this event states:

At night the apes counterattacked, opening the assault by knocking a heavy strip of wood out from between two logs of the miners’ cabin. After that there were assorted poundings on the walls, door, and roof, but the building was built to withstand heavy mountain snows and the apes failed to break in.… There was…the sound of rocks hitting the roof and rolling off, and [the miners] did brace the heavy door from the inside.

They heard creatures thumping around on top of the cabin as well as battering the walls, and they fired shots through the walls and roof without driving them away. The noise went on from shortly after dark till near dawn.… The cabin had no windows and of course no one opened the door, so in fact the men inside did not see what was causing the commotion outside.

Nor could Mr. Beck say for sure…that there were more than two creatures outside. There were [at least] that many because there had been one on the roof and one pounding the wall simultaneously. However many there were, it was enough for the miners, who packed up and abandoned their mine the next day.[iii]

One of the more disturbing and better documented cases concerning large nonhuman primates occurred on October 25, 1973, near Greensburg, Pennsylvania, when a young farmer named Stephen Pulaski and more than a dozen others observed a bright red ball of light accompanied by large humanoids. The twenty-two-year-old farmer with two younger boys watched from a hilltop as a bright, “dome shaped” object, making a “sound like a lawn mower,” settled over a field. He guessed it measured about one hundred fifty feet in diameter. Suddenly, Pulaski caught sight of two large creatures, which at first he thought were bears—one about seven feet tall and the other taller than eight feet—walking by a fence line. He was able to approximate their size fairly accurately, because they were silhouetted against the railing boards. They were covered with long, dark hair and had arms that hung down like a gorilla’s. The beings were making a sound like babies whimpering, and a terrible odor like burning rubber was wafting up the hill from them. The entities saw Pulaski and the two young men and started toward them. As the younger boys ran toward the farmhouse, the twenty-two-year-old fired a warning shot over the creatures’ heads with his hunting rifle. When they continued forward, he shot three more times, this time directly at the larger of the two. The big, hairy biped acted like it was hit, raised its right hand, and the dome-shaped object went silent, disappearing instantaneously, but being replaced by a glowing area on the ground. At that, the beings turned and headed into the woods. A few minutes later, a state trooper arrived to investigate the shooting. He went with the farmer down onto the field to within two hundred yards of the incident area. The officer later reported that the ground was still glowing when they got there. Trees began breaking in the forest, and the men thought something large was moving towards them from the woods. It abruptly stopped, then, thirty minutes later, it started moving again. A large, brown figure could be seen coming their direction, so they jumped into the patrol car and sped to safety.

Early the next morning, members of the Westmoreland County UFO Study Group arrived at the farm to begin an investigation. They noted that Pulaski’s dog seemed to be tracking something they couldn’t make out in the woods. As they were talking with the young farmer and his father, Pulaski inexplicably began behaving as if he were demon possessed—convulsing, growling, and flailing about. His own dog ran at him, and he attacked it. At the same moment, two of the investigators started feeling lightheaded and were having difficulty breathing. Pulaski suddenly knocked his father down as he fainted onto the ground, face first into manure. When he snapped out of it a few moments later, he started growling like an animal and warned,“Get away from me. It’s here. Get back.” A sulfuric aroma filled the air as Pulaski reported seeing a figure cloaked in all black garbs saying something to him about a man “who is coming to save the world.” Pulaski was subsequently evaluated physically and psychologically and found to be of sound mind and truthful. Numerous witnesses at various phases of the incident also testified that the event actually happened as reported.

The Pulaski farm is one example of thousands of comparable events wherein cryptids have appeared accompanied by spiritualistic and demonological characteristics. In another account, both a giant and small creature teamed up to torture a young woman. This was not only captured by multiple eyewitnesses, but also was played out repeatedly in a prison cell before dumbfounded police officers, prison guards, medical staff, and dozens of reporters in the heart of Manila, capital city of the Philippines. In this case, physical evidence was even captured in the form of long, black hair from a beast that was never identified. At the center of the episode was one of America’s most well-known ordained ministers, Dr. Lester Sumrall, who formed the LeSEA broadcast network.

In the early 1950s, Dr. Sumrall was in Manila building a church, which today is known as the Cathedral of Praise. On May 12, 1953, the Daily Mirror in Manila published a startling story under the headline, “Police Medic Explodes Biting Demons Yarn,” in which a most unusual story unfolded of law enforcers and medical examiners being mystified by an inmate whose body continuously bore deep teeth marks. The frightened girl claimed that two beings were appearing and biting her. One of the devils was big and dark with long hair all over his head, chest, and arms. He had fangs like a dog and large, sharp eyes, and his feet were at least three times larger than normal. He was dressed in a black robe with what appeared to be a hood on the back. His voice was deep, with a tunnel-like echo. The second being was squatty, maybe thirty inches tall, and it was also dark, hairy, and deformed. As the witnesses watched, the girl’s facial expressions would suddenly change, and she would begin glancing about, as if she was seeing something the others could not. (What she was seeing was dubbed “The Thing” by the press.) Then the girl would start screaming and struggling against an invisible force, before collapsing, half-conscious, into the arms of the prison staff member holding her. At that moment, there would be teeth marks wet with saliva marking her body. Dr. Mariano B. Lara, then chief medical examiner of the Manila Police Department and a university professor of pathology and legal medicine, was convinced of the genuineness of the possession and exorcism and provided his own description, recounted in this excerpt from the official medical report filed at the prison:

I find it difficult and near impossible to accept anything of a supernatural character.… Equipped with a magnifying lens and an unbelieving mind about this biting phenomena, I scrutinized carefully the exposed parts of her [Clarita Villanueva’s] body, the arms, hands, and neck, to find out whether they had the biting impressions. I saw the reddish human-like bite marks on the arms.… At that very instant, this girl in a semi-trance loudly screamed repeatedly.… I saw, with my unbelieving eyes, the clear marks or impressions of human-like teeth from both the upper and lower jaws. It was a little moist in the area bitten on the dorsal aspect of the left hand, and the teeth impressions were mostly from the form of the front or incisor teeth. Seeing these with my unbelieving eyes, yet I could not understand nor explain how they were produced as her hand had all the time been held away from the reach of her mouth.…

In full possession of her normal mind, I asked her (Clarita Villanueva) who was causing her to suffer from the bites. She answered that there are two who are alternately biting her; one big, black, hairy human-like fellow, very tall, with two sharp eyes, two sharp canine teeth, long beard like a Hindu, hairy extremities and chest, wearing a black garment, with a little whitish piece on the back resembling a hood. His feet are about three times the size of normal feet. The other fellow is a very small one about two or three feet tall allegedly also black, hairy and ugly.[iv]

After first hearing the report on the radio then reading the newspaper story the next day, Dr. Sumrall, who believed the girl was demon possessed, grew convicted that the Lord wanted him to procure permission from prison authorities to pray for the prostitute’s deliverance. Through his church architect, who was a friend of the mayor of Manila, he received the okay to visit with the chief medical advisor of the police department, Dr. Mariano Lara. While talking with the doctor inside the prison morgue, Lara acknowledged to Sumrall that something beyond his professional knowledge was happening and that he was actually afraid of “The Thing” after witnessing the bite marks appear before his own eyes. With Lara’s approval, Sumrall was allowed to pray for the girl while observers watched. She was very resistant, cursing him in English (which she could not speak), screaming, and fighting every moment to get away. The first day of prayer failed to provide healing, and Sumrall believed he needed to fast and pray for another day. That evening, the newspaper published his picture on the front page, three columns wide, with the headline, “The Thing Defies Pastor.”[v]The next day would be different. Following a spiritual battle reminiscent of an Old Testament prophet challenging the followers of Baal, and with repentance of her sins and acceptance of Jesus as Savior, the girl was delivered, yet, that was not the end of the story. Sumrall explains what happened next:

As I was leaving I told Clarita that I was sure these devils would return. “After I am gone,” I said, “they will come. Then you must demand them to leave without my being present. You must say, ‘Go, in Jesus’ name,’ and they will obey.” With this I left the compound.

We asked the newsmen not to write about the morning’s events, but they said they were obliged to. The story had run for two weeks and it must be concluded. Since the Methodist Church is the oldest Protestant denomination in the islands, they presumed I was a Methodist, and it was in the papers that way. They did not know how to write of such an experience; therefore, some of what they said was not correct. But I feel mostly responsible for this, as I gave them no interview and left the city to get away from publicity.

The devils did return to attack Clarita, and a strange thing happened when she called on them to leave. She was engaged in a mortal struggle and went into a coma, her fists clenched. The doctor pried her hands open and to his astonishment, there lay some long, black, coarse hair. Dr. Lara placed this hair in an envelope and put it in a guarded place. Under the microscope he found that the hair was not from any part of the human body. The doctor has no answer to this mystery—how an invisible being, presumably a devil, could have lost hair by a visible being pulling it out.[vi] (emphasis added)

The notion of physical material like hair having been pulled from a wraithlike demon opens the fascinating proposal that ultraterrestrial beings (call them angels, demons, or aliens) can migrate back and forth between different realities and take forms that are both material and immaterial. This sounds crazy to the natural mind, yet the concept is biblical. The writer of Hebrews reminds us to “be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Heb. 13:2), and when the disciples of Jesus saw His return from the grave, they “were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.” Jesus told them to touch Him and see that “a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:37–39). Similarly, Abraham was visited by three angels in the plains of Mamre (Genesis 18:1–8). They appeared as men and walked, talked, sat, and ate. But the truth was they were not human at all, but spirit-beings from heaven, illustrating one of the most dynamic facts of Scripture: that otherdimensional life forms have power to assume tangible matter whenever it fits their cause. Does this explain how cryptids can be there one moment and gone the next, leaving man perplexed by their appearance and disappearance? Does this not remind of the Rephaim, which exist in the spirit world but could also have the ability to manifest on Earth as giant, hairy bipeds known in the Bible as Nephilim and perhaps today as Bigfoot?

Incidentally, hair from the Manila “Thing” is not the only example found.

In October 2012, a headline in the UK’s Mail Online read: “Sasquatch in Siberia? Hair Found in Russian Cave ‘Belonged to Unknown Mammal Closely Related to Man.’” The story claimed that DNA tests on suspected “Yeti hair” found in a Siberian cave during an international expedition in 2011 was of an unknown mammal closely related to man, but not a human. Nor did the hair belong to any known animal from the region such as a bear, wolf, or goat, the article said. Analysis was conducted in Russia and the US, which “agreed the hair came from a human-like creature which is not a Homo sapien yet is more closely related to man than a monkey.”[vii]

Then, on November 24, 2012, another press release was issued involving a team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging, and pathology led by Dr. Melba S. Ketchum of Nacogdoches, Texas, and their five-year long DNA study (submitted for peer review), which claimed “the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called ‘Bigfoot’ or ‘Sasquatch,’ living in North America.” The DNA sequencing suggested that the legendary Sasquatch is actually “a hybrid cross of modern Homo sapiens with an unknown primate species.” Dr. Ketchum reported that her team sequenced three complete Sasquatch nuclear genomes and determined the species is a human hybrid. “Our study…utilized next generation sequencing to obtain 3 whole nuclear genomes from purported Sasquatch samples,” Ketchum said. “The genome sequencing shows that Sasquatch mtDNA is identical to modern Homo sapiens, but Sasquatch nuDNA is a novel, unknown hominin related to Homo sapiens and other primate species. Our data indicate that the North American Sasquatch is a hybrid species, the result of males of an unknown hominin species crossing with female Homo sapiens.”[viii]

Ketchum, a veterinarian whose professional experience includes twenty-seven years of research in genetics, including forensics, continued:

The male progenitor that contributed the unknown sequence to this hybrid is unique as its DNA is more distantly removed from humans than other recently discovered hominins like the Denisovan individual. Sasquatch nuclear DNA is incredibly novel and not at all what we had expected. While it has human nuclear DNA within its genome, there are also distinctly non-human, non-archaic hominin, and non-ape sequences. We describe it as a mosaic of human and novel non-human sequence. Further study is needed and is ongoing to better characterize and understand Sasquatch nuclear DNA.[ix]

That Ketchum and her team’s findings were reported before being peer reviewed is suspect and may turn out to be erroneous. On the other hand, if validated, it could be another baffling evidence fragment connected to that mysterious creature we call “Bigfoot” and “Sasquatch.”

We ramp up this investigation into 'Skinwalking, Shapeshifting, Demonic Werewolves' in the next entry...


Fed’s Holdings of U.S. Gov't Debt Hit Record $1,696,691,000,000; Up 257% Under Obama

(CNSNews.com) - In data releasedThursday afternoon, the Federal Reserve revealed that its holdings of U.S. government debt had increased to an all-time record of $1,696,691,000,000 as of the close of business on Wednesday.

The Fed's holdings of U.S. government debt have increased by 257 percent since President Barack Obama was first inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2009, and the Fed is currently the single largest holder of U.S. government debt.

As of the end of November, according to the U.S. Treasury, entities in Mainland China owned about $1,170,100,000,000 in U.S. government debt, making China the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt.

When Obama was inaugurated in 2009, the Fed owned $475.322 billion in U.S. government debt. As of the close of business on Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Fed owned $1.696691 trillion in U.S. government debt, up $1.221369 trillion during Obama's first term.

Since Obama has been president, the publicly held portion of the U.S. government debt (as opposed to the "intragovernmental" deb the government has borrowed from federal trust funds such as the Social Security Trust Fund) has increased by $5,264,245,866,257.40. The $1.221369 in additional U.S. government debt the Fed has purchased during Obama's presidency equals 23 percent of all the new publicly held debt the Treasury has issued during that time.


Prophecy Of Serious War Coming To The Earth

French poll: 40% say Jews too powerful in business

More than 40% of France's population believe that Jews have "too much power in the business world," according to a survey on anti-Semitism in France conducted by the World Zionist Organization ahead of the International Day for Countering Anti-Semitism, which will be marked on January 27.

The poll also shows that 47% think French Jews are "more loyal to Israel than to the country they live in" and that 19% of young men up to the age of 24 have negative sentiments towards the Jews of France, while 43% of people with higher education expressed positive feelings towards them.

After highly eventful year, many in France's Jewish community are keen to move past Mohammed Merah's attacks, focus on fostering stronger relationship with other religious communities.

The survey further reveals that 54% of France's residents, mainly academics with a high income, believe that acts of violence stem mainly from anti-Jewish sentiments rather than from an anti-Israel stance.

According to Yaakov Haguel, head of the WZO's Department for Countering Anti-Semitism, "There has recently been a sharp rise by dozens of percentage points in anti-Semitic expressions and incidents in France.

"The entire world must wake up and fight the expressions of hatred and anti-Semitism which cause hundreds of thousands of Jews to live in fear."

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said Wednesday, "Unfortunately, 2012 saw an increase in anti-Semitic expressions due to anti-Semitic parties' rise to power in different countries and the growth in acts of violence motivated by anti-Semitism. However, the past year saw a decline in the battle against the State of Israel's legitimacy."

Sharansky thanked the world Jewry for its contribution for a strong and efficient line of defense for Israel, noting the efforts made by the Israeli government and Jewish Agency to strengthen the ties between Israel and the world's Jewish community.

He stressed the important activity of dozens of Jewish Agency emissaries serving on campuses worldwide and "bringing Israel's true story to hundreds of thousands of Jewish and non-Jewish students."


The UN to control the drones

British lawyer Ben Emmerson, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights, has announced that the UN is launching an investigation into the consequences of the US drone airstrikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries.

He will be responsible for conducting the analysis and reporting his findings to the UN General Assembly in fall 2013. According to the Guardian newspaper, several countries, including Pakistan and two permanent members of the UN Security Council, initiated the investigation. Our correspondent Vasily Vanetsov discloses the details of the story.

Specifically, Ben Emmerson is to evaluate the consequences of the airstrikes made by the drones, the number of casualties among the civilian population, the accuracy and reasoning behind the selection of the military targets and the legal aspect of such strikes in the countries where there is no official acknowledgement of a conflict by specific resolutions of the UN. One of the main issues on the agenda is whether determining potential targets with the help of drones is an acceptable method in a conflict. The existing experience of drone usage in the territory of Pakistan reveals that the risk of making a mistake in such situations is very high. Sometimes, the drone operators mistake people celebrating some sort of event in a loud manner by shooting guns in the air, such as a wedding, or a crowd of people in the market or in front of a cinema, as terrorists groups.

According to the available data, in Pakistan in the period between June 2004 and September 2012, over 3,000 people died from drone airstrikes, including over 800 civilians and almost 200 children. With the election of Barack Obama as the US president the attacks by the US drones became more frequent. Killings made by the drones have become almost a daily routine by US armed forces in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and especially in Pakistan. It became one of the main reasons for the deterioration of the US-Pakistani relations. They dropped to their lowest in the entire history of their relations, points out Vadim Kozyulin, a professor at the Moscow Academy of Military Sciences.

"As far as the relations between Pakistan and the USA go, it is obvious that today they are going through a bad period. In Pakistan a strong opposition to the drone program is building up, as well as to their uncontrolled use in the territory of Pakistan, in particular in the tribal areas."

US drone airstrikes in Pakistani territory are a violation of international law, announced Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in his interview to Russian journalists given shortly after Barack Obama’s re-election for his second presidential term. Many human rights activists consider drone attacks in the territory of sovereign states to be a military crime. According to some of his statements, Ben Emmerson sticks to the same opinion.Now that, at the request of Pakistan and two permanent members of the UN Security Council, an investigation of mass murders by drone strikes is beginning, the main issue is: how far can Ben Emmerson go in his investigation? Will an international tribunal be set up to prosecute the criminals, or as often happens in international practice, will the problem be discussed and then forgotten? It is obvious that the US will do everything it takes to limit the extent of the investigation and have it end with the publication of a smoothed out and completely “politically correct” report. After that it would be dropped altogether.
Voice of Russia

Google Earth exposes North Korea's secret prison camps

Rights groups are pushing the United Nations high commissioner for human rights to open an international investigation into Pyongyang's "deplorable" record on its citizens' rights, including a system of political prisons that has operated for more than 50 years.

Pyongyang insists that the camps do not exist and are merely foreign propaganda, but the advent of high-resolution, free images from outer space has disproved that claim.

On January 18, the North Korean Economy Watch website announced that a new camp had been identified alongside an existing detention facility in Kaechon, South Pyongan Province.

Using newly provided Google Earth images, analyst Curtis Melvin was able to conclude that the new camp sits alongside Camp 14 and has a perimeter fence that stretches nearly 13 miles.

The facility was built since the last images of the site were released, in December 2006.

The fence has two checkpoints and six guard posts, while a number of accommodation units and office buildings are also clearly visible. A coal mine within the fence does not appear to be operational, Melvin concluded.

Very few North Koreans have managed to escape from prison camps and to freedom outside the country's borders, but those who have tell of terrible suffering.

Inmates - who can be imprisoned for life, along with three generations of their families, for anything deemed to be critical of the regime - are forced to survive by eating rats and picking corn kernels out of animal waste.

Google view of Camp 22 Credit: Google/One Free Korea

Activists say that as many as 40 per cent of inmates die of malnutrition, while others succumb to disease, sexual violence, torture, abuse by the guards or are worked to death.

Men, women and children are required to work for up to 16 hours a day in dangerous conditions, often in mines or logging camps.

Anyone sent to a North Korean labour camp is unlikely to ever leave again, analysts say, while a failed attempt to escape brings execution.

A new report by the National Human Rights Commission suggests that the majority of inmates were caught attempting to flee the country in search of food or work, instead of being incarcerated for their political beliefs. Others were detained after being overheard praising South Korea.

The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea has been working with DigitalGlobe, a leading earth-imagery company, and in 2012 released the second version of its "Hidden Gulag" report, based on images taken by satellites.

The report acknowledged the importance of Google Earth in shining new light on the camp system.

"The dramatically improved, higher resolution satellite imagery now available through Google Earth allows the former prisoners to identify their former barracks and houses, their former execution grounds and other landmarks in the camps," it notes.

"The North Korean regime hiding and distorting the harsh reality of North Korea's unforgiving political prison camp system is no longer an option," said Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of the organisation. "With constant satellite imagery, we can maintain a watch over these camps even if no outside entry is allowed."

In a statement issued in Geneva in early January, Navanethem Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said, "There were some initial hopes that the advent of a new leader might bring about some positive change in the human rights situation.

"But a year after Kim Jong-un became the country's new supreme leader, we see almost no sign of improvement."

Ms Pillay met two survivors of North Korean prison camps in December and condemned the use of torture and summary executions to control the inmates.

Ms Pillay concluded that it is time "to take stronger action, and that a very significant first step could be made by setting up an independent international inquiry" into "one of the worst - but least understood and reported - human rights situations in the world."

The Telegraph