Now You Know: Deeper Look into the 7 “Muslim”-Banned Nations

Why comparing Trump’s and Obama’s immigration restrictions is flawed By Linda Qiu on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 5:24 p.m. politifact.com
“..The seven countries on Trump’s list

While not necessarily part of this fact-check, Trump’s suggestion that he selected the seven countries as a continuation of Obama’s policy is imprecise.

According to the executive order, Trump’s action applies to “countries designated pursuant to Division O, Title II, Section 203 of the 2016 consolidated Appropriations Act.”

That refers to a 2015 act, signed into law by Obama, revising the United States’ visa waiver program. The visa waiver program allows citizens from 38 countries to enter the United States without a visa for up to 90 days. Under the legislation, citizens of those 38 countries who had traveled to Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Sudan after March 2011 were no longer eligible for the visa waiver. Libya, Yemen, and Somalia were later added to the list.

In other words, Obama’s actions dealt with people who had visited Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, not citizens of those countries, and it did not prohibit them from entering the United States.
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*see Neutral Perspective: U.S.A. Should Ban and NOT Ban Particular “Muslim” Countries? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

YEMEN

Key facts about the war in Yemen Al Jazeera Middle East1 August 2016
Al Jazeera Middle East1 August 2016 aljazeera.com

The ongoing war in Yemen, which has displaced millions of people, is far more complex than a Sunni-Shia conflict.
“…Civilian casualties in Yemen are high.

As of January 2016, 2,800 civilians had been killed by the fighting in Yemen, with 8,100 casualties overall. Both sides have been accused of killing civilians: the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has estimated that Saudi-led coalition air strikes caused almost two-thirds of reported civilian deaths, while the Houthis have been accused of causing mass civilian casualties due to their siege of Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city…

Many foreign countries are involved in Yemen’s war.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia formed a coalition of Arab states to defeat the Houthis in Yemen. The coalition now includes Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan and Senegal. Several of these countries have sent troops to fight on the ground in Yemen, while others have only carried out air strikes.

The United States government regularly launches air strikes on al-Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) targets in Yemen, and recently admitted to having deployed a small number of troops on the ground. The US, along with other western powers such as the United Kingdom and France, has also supplied the Saudi-led coalition with weapons and intelligence.

Iran has denied arming the Houthi rebels, but the US military said it intercepted arms shipments from Iran to Yemen this March, claiming it was the third time in two months that this had occurred. Iranian officials have also suggested they may send military advisers to support the Houthis…

Events in Yemen are viewed as part of Saudi Arabia’s “cold war” with Iran.

Saudi Arabia shares a long, porous border with Yemen, and it fears what it sees as Iranian expansionism through its support for Shia armed groups. Commentators in the Arab Gulf states often claim that Iran now controls four Arab capitals: Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa.

In Syria, Saudi-backed rebels are fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s government, which is supported by Iran. Lebanon is another arena of conflict: Iran sponsors Hezbollah, the Shia militia and political movement, while Saudi Arabia supports the predominantly Sunni Future Movement.

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran were ratcheted up even further earlier this year, when Saudi Arabia executed Shia Muslim leader Nimr al-Nimr and Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Yemen’s war is far more complex than a Saudi-Iranian, Sunni-Shia conflict.

Yemen was ruled for a millennium by Zaydi Shia imams until 1962, and the Houthis were founded as a Zaydi Shia revivalist movement. However, the Houthis have not called for restoring the imamate in Yemen, and religious grievances have not been a major factor in the war. Rather, the Houthis’ demands have been primarily economic and political in nature…”

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(ANTIMEDIA) President Donald Trump’s decision to bar nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days prompted one of the largest protests America has seen since anti-Iraq war sentiment compelled thousands to hit U.S. streets in 2003.

Moved by the ban’s inclusion of green card holders who were suddenly left stranded at U.S. airports, protesters flooded airports nationwide, demanding U.S. officials let foreigners who were lawful residents in. On Sunday evening, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly declared “the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest,” making the “lawful permanent residence status” of foreign nationals “a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.”

While many have pointed out that the precedent that allowed Trump to impose the 90-day ban came from a bill signed into law by President Barack Obama, known as the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act, others pointed out the list’s omission of countries such as Saudi Arabia, “home of 15 of the 19 terrorists involved in the 9/11 attacks.” But while these same publications claim these countries were spared because of Trump’s business ties, countries listed in the current ban mirror the list of countries present in the bill signed into law by Obama. So why did both Obama and Trump choose to spare travelers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates from extra scrutiny?

The answer may lie somewhere in the past, long before both Obama and Trump were considering running for president.
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In a carefully written piece from 2014, founder, president, and Executive Director of the Carl Menger Center Paul-Martin Foss explains that in 1971, when President Richard Nixon “[closed] the gold window,” unilaterally canceling the convertibility of the U.S. dollar to gold, Saudi Arabia entered the picture.

Striking a deal with the Saudi Kingdom, Nixon established the oil-rich nation as its partner. From then on, Saudi Arabia became the “anchor of the petrodollar system,” making the kingdom’s demise unthinkable if the dollar were to remain a reserve currency.

Fearing the dollar would lose its value due to his economic policies regarding gold reserves, Nixon made the Saudis promise to “denominate oil sales in dollars” in exchange for America’s endless military protection. Being one of the world’s top oil producers and exporters, Saudi Arabia’s promise meant that foreign nations “seeking to purchase oil on international markets needed to purchase dollars and maintain dollar reserves.” By establishing a demand for the dollar “as an international reserve currency that counteracted the desire of countries to move away from the dollar due to the [U.S.] government’s inflationary policies of the 1960s and 1970s,” Nixon was able to protect the value of the U.S. dollar despite the obliteration of the only system that had kept the currency strong all through the years: the gold standard…

In the Yemen files, the database “of more than 500 documents from the United States embassy in Sana’a, Yemen” released by WikiLeaks, the staff at the whistleblower hub writes that “Yemen is of significant strategic interest as [the country] controls a narrow choke-point to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal through which 11% of the world’s petroleum passes each day.” With Saudi Arabia seeking to “control a port in Yemen to avoid the potential constriction of its oil shipments by Iran along the Strait of Hormuz or by countries, which can control its other oil shipment path along the Red Sea,” it’s suddenly clear why America has been so invested in the Yemen war. The U.S. government must keep the promise made by President Nixon if it wants to keep the dollar strong without reforming or putting an end to the Federal Reserve’s grip on the U.S. dollar.

President Trump has only been in office for a little over a week, and he’s already following the lead of his predecessors….”
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Neutral Perspective: I will and NOT support Donald Trump for U.S. President!

“..Without oil-rich nations using the U.S. dollar to trade their product — and without the gold standard — there’s nothing keeping the dollar’s worth from crashing. And if that occurs, world markets would feel the boom with only America truly hurting since its currency would lose its worth, boosting other world powers.

Will there ever be a president who will challenge that? If so, reform should start first by ending the Federal Reserve…”
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A massive crowd of Yemeni bodega owners protest Trump travel ban , from youtube.com
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Yemeni bodega owners protesting in Brooklyn, begin to pray
A massive crowd of Yemeni bodega owners gathered in Brooklyn after shutting down their stores to protest Trumps travel ban. Watch as they collectively begin to pray
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A massive crowd of Yemeni bodega owners gathered in Brooklyn after shutting down their stores to protest Trump’s travel ban. This moment, as they collectively began to pray
Thousands Of Muslims Take Over Streets Of NYC In Islamic Call To Prayer Speaker Yells ALLAHU AKBAR
Bodega workers protest Trump’s refugee ban in downtown Brooklyn
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IRAN

*see Global Country Spotlight: Asia~Iran (Persia) goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Why Is Iran Part of the Ban? By Noah Millman • January 31, 2017, 1:30 PM theamericanconservative.com
“…That’s it. Iran is a “hostile, jihadist government” so we should presume all Iranians are a security risk.

This is why I’m going to continue to assume that a primary reason for the ban in the first place was to provoke Iranian retaliation, with the ultimate goal that poisoned relations will eventually provide a pretext for war.

Regular readers know I was very clear in calling out the Democratic candidate’s enthusiasm for conflict with Iran. I have zero reason to trust that this administration is any less enthused, and I interpret their actions accordingly.
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The Little Black Book of Billionaire Secrets
Iran To Ditch The Dollar In Wake Of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Dominic Dudley ,
Contributor Jan 30, 2017 @ 05:40 AM forbes.com
“..The Iranian government is to stop using the US dollar in its official statements, according to a report in the local English-language daily the Financial Tribune.

The decision was announced by Central Bank of Iran governor Valiollah Seif during a television interview on the evening of January 29 and, according to the paper, is due to take effect from the start of the new fiscal year on 21 March. It will affect all official financial and foreign exchange reports.

The move is significant in the light of the recent ‘Muslim ban’ by US President Donald Trump, which prevents anyone from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. The Iranian government has vowed to take “reciprocal measures” and has said it will stop issuing visas to US citizens. Some exceptions to this may be made though. Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that it has yet to decide on whether to allow a US freestyle wrestling team into the country. The team is due to compete in the Wrestling World Cup in Kermanshah province in mid-February.
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Iran to take ‘reciprocal measures’ after Trump’s immigration order By Ralph Ellis and Sara Mazloumsaki, CNN Updated 4:08 AM ET, Sun January 29, 2017 cnn.com
“..The most recent travel warning, updated on the department’s website in August 2016, says Iran unjustly imprisons US citizens, especially Iranian-Americans, on charges of espionage and being a threat to national security.

Another source of friction between the United States and Iran is the future of the nuclear deal negotiated during former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Trump said during the campaign that he would renegotiate the deal, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that won’t happen. “Do you think we and our nation will let him do that?” Rouhani said…”
Iran Reacts to US Trump ban on Iranian people


IRAN REACTING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ACTIONS AGAINST MUSLIMS , from youtube.com

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Airport Trump Protestor Gives Interview REGRETS It Immediately!! from youtube.com
“Published on Jan 29, 2017

Trump protesters flock to airport to support refugees. However, they don’t know what they are in for moments later.

Iran strike: Reality show (And all were in on it!)

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Are those who profit from the endless US wars in the Middle East subjecting Americans to an elaborate charade to enrich themselves? Do they care at all whether Washington completes its purported “mission” in such interventions? Former West Point Instructor and retired officer Maj. Danny Sjursen joins Rick Sanchez to weigh in.

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Global Country Spotlight: Asia~Iran (Persia)

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Iranian diaspora
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“According to various sources, in 2010, there were an estimated between 2 to 4 million Iranians living abroad, mostly in North America, Europe, Persian Gulf States, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Australia and the broader Middle East.[7][8][9] Others estimate a lower number, of around two millions or less.[10] For the most part, they emigrated after the Iranian Revolution in 1979.[11]

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US & Iran Relations

Tulsi Gabbard Talks About The Reality Of IRAN

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U.S. troops describe ‘miraculous’ escape at Iraqi base attacked by Iran WORLD NEWSJANUARY 13, 2020 / 1:39 PM / UPDATED A DAY AGO reuters.com
“…“Who thinks they’re going to have ballistic missiles launched at them … and suffer no casualties?”

The Jan. 8 attack came hours after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the United States should expect retaliation over the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Iraq the previous week.

The killing raised fears of a new Middle East war, but the United States, Iraq and other countries with troops at the base said no one was hurt. U.S. military leaders have said that was thanks to commanders on the ground, not Tehran’s goodwill…”

Video: Missile hits Ukrainian airliner in midair over Iran (Full episode)

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Rick Sanchez reports on a video, verified by the New York Times, purporting to show a surface-to-air rocket shooting down the Boeing 737 NG that crashed over Iran on Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. Then Jamie Finch, former director of Government, Public and Family Affairs for NTSB shares his insights. (0:12) Economist and founder of Democracy at Work Prof. Richard Wolff discusses the bizarre economics of Washington’s military interventions. (11:02) Former chief UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter joins Rick Sanchez to weigh in on the Iran plane crash. (16:35) Plus, Ruben Navarrette, nationally syndicated columnist and host of the daily podcast “Navarrette Nation,” discusses the muddled state of US media. (20:32)

Iraqi prime minister says Qassem Soleimani was in Iraq to ‘discuss de-escalating tensions between Iran and Saudis’ when he was killed – and claims Trump had asked for help mediating talks after embassy attack By ARIEL ZILBER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS and AFP

PUBLISHED: 19:44 EST, 5 January 2020 | UPDATED: 04:12 EST, 6 January 2020 dailymail.co.uk

“..Abdul Mahdi even told Iraq’s parliament that Trump thanked him for his efforts. He expressed disappointment that while the American president was grateful, he was also simultaneously planning an attack on Soleimani.

Soon after Trump made his request to Abdul Mahdi for mediation, US forces launched their drone strike on Friday killing Soleimani, the Iraqi leader was quoted as saying by National Public Radio.

Abdul Mahdi slammed the Americans on Sunday for what he called a ‘political assassination’ in targeting Soleimani.

Abdul Mahdi suggested that the Iranian military leader was in Baghdad as part of Iraqi-mediated negotiations with Iran’s main regional rival, Saudi Arabia.

He said that Soleimani was going to meet him on the same day that he was killed.

‘He came to deliver me a message from Iran, responding to the message we delivered from Saudi Arabia to Iran,’ Abdul Mahdi told The Washington Post.

The Iraqi leader did not provide any further details.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have been high since September, when Iran was blamed for an attack on Saudi oil facilities…”

*see Deep Thought: Is “Oil” causing wars? oodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

US payment of $1.7 billion to Iran made entirely in cash By Associated Press September 7, 2016 | 4:10am nypost.com

Iran abandons nuclear deal limits, after Trump tweets threats

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Iran says it would no longer abide by any of the limits of its 2015 nuclear deal, abandoning the accord’s key provisions that block Tehran from having enough material to build an atomic weapon.

Iran warns Israel, U.S. of ‘devastating revenge’ Reuters Videos 11 hours ago (9.24.18) yahoo.com
“.. The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warns the U.S. and Israeli leaders to expect a “devastating” response from Tehran, accusing them of involvement in an attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz. Ryan Brooks reports. ..”

Western Leaders Set Stage for the Fall of Iran

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MSNBC Pushed False Iranian Propaganda That 30 American Troops Were Killed In Missile Attack
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“…”They launched the first wave of attacks in revenge for Soleimani’s killing. We’re getting reports as you’ve just mentioned They have launched a second wave of attacks in the same vicinity. We’re also getting unconfirmed reports from state media saying that they have leveled Al-Assad base in Iraq and they have killed 30 U.S. troops. Now, Iran is saying that if there is any retaliation from the United States from these latest two attacks that they have launched by the IRGC directly, they will target all U.S. bases,” NBC’s Tehran Bureau Chief Ali Arouzi told MSNBC host Chris Hayes an hour after the Pentagon confirmed the attack.

The Pentagon’s press statement about the missile attack was released almost a full hour before MSNBC’s segment aired. The press statement did not mention any U.S. or Iraqi causalities from the attack…”

Iran state media claims 30 killed in missile strike — but no casualties reported by US or Iraq Published 24 hours ago on January 7, 2020By Bob Brigham rawstory.com/
“..The Iranian government “caught America off guard” with ballistic missile attacks at military bases in Iraq that house US troops — and Iranian state media are claiming to have killed 30 American service members, according to the Tehran bureau chief for NBC News. But Iraq’s military said it sustained no casualties and President Donald Trump said initial casualty assessments indicated “all is well”.

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Iranian Americans free to thrive in the U.S.
Home | News | Iranian Americans free to thrive in the U.S ir.usembassy.gov

Iranian Americans
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org
“…Most Iranian Americans arrived in the United States after 1979, as a result of the Iranian Revolution and the fall of Persian monarchy, with over 40% settling in California, specifically Los Angeles. Unable to return to Iran, they have created many distinct ethnic enclaves such as Tehrangeles. The Iranian American community has become successful, with many becoming doctors, engineers, lawyers, and tech entrepreneurs.[12]

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-Current Political Situation

Why The US IS Waging War On Iran

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Qassem Soleimani and Iran’s Unique Regional Strategy
NOVEMBER 2018, VOLUME 11, ISSUE 10
Authors:
ALI SOUFAN ctc.usma.edu
“..The international community has taken note. The United Nations Security Council sanctions Soleimani for supporting terrorism and selling Iranian weapons overseas.14 The U.S. government brands him a nuclear proliferator, a supporter of terrorism, a human rights abuser, and a leading suspect in the 2011 plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States by bombing a Washington, D.C., restaurant.15 While most Americans and Europeans may never have heard the name Qassem Soleimani, their intelligence services might wish it came up less often.

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In August 1998, a few months into Soleimani’s tenure at the head of the Quds Force, Taliban forces swept into the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i Sharif, home to a substantial community of ethnic Hazaras—Farsi-speaking Shi`a Muslims. The Taliban initiated a brutal pogrom against members of the minority, trashing homes, raping women and girls, and massacring hundreds of Shi`a men and boys.29 Among the dead was a group of nine Iranians: eight diplomats and a journalist.30 At this naked provocation, factions on both sides turned white-hot for war; the IRGC’s overall commander at the time, Yahya Rahim Safavi, requested Supreme Leader Khamenei’s permission “for the punishment of the Taliban, to advance to Herat [a city in western Afghanistan], annihilate, punish, eliminate them.”31 Iran began massing an invasion force of almost a quarter-million soldiers along the Afghan border. Reportedly, it was Soleimani who stepped in and defused the situation without resorting to further violence. Instead of confronting the Taliban directly, Soleimani opted to throw increased Iranian support behind the opposition Northern Alliance, personally helping to direct the group’s operations from a base across Afghanistan’s northern border in Tajikistan.32 It was a model of proxy warfare to which he would return again and again.

In the months after 9/11, Soleimani saw an opportunity to defeat the Taliban once and for all by unconventional means—namely, cooperation with the United States. Early in the war, he directed Iranian diplomats to share intelligence on Taliban military positions with their U.S. counterparts. The Americans, in return, told the Iranians what they knew about an al-Qa`ida fixer hiding out in eastern Iran.

For a brief moment, it seemed as if this contact might lead to a more general thawing of relations between Iran and the country its leaders refer to as the “Great Satan.” Indeed, back in Tehran, behind closed doors, Soleimani was pronouncing himself “pleased with [the] cooperation,” and musing at the highest political levels that “maybe it’s time to rethink our relationship with the Americans.”34

This cooperation came to an abrupt halt in January 2002, however, after President George W. Bush used his State of the Union address to throw the book at Iran, branding it a nuclear proliferator, an exporter of terrorism, a repressive state, and part of an “Axis of Evil.” Soleimani, predictably, was apoplectic, and canceled future meetings with the Americans—a huge setback.35

Worse was to come….

The real story (no BS) behind the US attack on Iran (full show)

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A world-renowned panel of experts joins Rick Sanchez for this special on the act of war that was the US’s assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. University of Tehran Professor Mohammed Marandi gives us the latest from Iran, while Congressman Ron Paul discusses the military-industrial complex. Former UN Weapons inspector John Ritter, Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal, former US diplomat Jim Jatras, NRS Special Correspondent Michele Greenstein, and Boom Bust host Christy Ai discuss why this attack occurred and..”

Defense Stocks Lockheed Martin, Northrop, Raytheon Rally After U.S. Kills Top Iranian Commander MICHAEL LARKIN04:06 PM ET 01/03/2020 investors.com
“…Defense stocks rallied Friday following the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s most powerful military commander, raising the risks of serious escalation with Tehran.

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Raytheon Wins $758M Deal to Produce AMRAAM Weapon System
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“..In recent times, missile defense plays a pivotal role in a nation’s defense strategy due to increasing geo-political tensions across the globe. With regard to the United States, the nation’s latest cross-border tiffs with Russia and North Korea have prompted the government to spend copiously on missiles.

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Iran Responds To Trump’s Attack

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Iran has responded to being attacked by the United States. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT: https://tyt.com/trial

Timeline: How The U.S. Came To Strike And Kill A Top Iranian General January 4, 20207:00 AM ET npr.org

Statement From Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jonathan Hoffman DEC. 29, 2019
defense.gov
“…In response to repeated Kata’ib Hizbollah (KH) attacks on Iraqi bases that host Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) coalition forces, U.S. forces have conducted precision defensive strikes against five KH facilities in Iraq and Syria that will degrade KH’s ability to conduct future attacks against OIR coalition forces.

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Pompeo hits out at Iran after deadly US strikes in Iraq and Syria

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1 US service member, 2 DOD contractors killed in terror attack on US base in Kenya Good Morning America January 5, 2020, 2:14 PM CST yahoo.com
“..1 US service member, 2 DOD contractors killed in terror attack on US base in Kenya originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

One U.S. service member and two American Department of Defense contractors were killed in a terror attack on a military base in Kenya that houses some U.S. military personnel. The Somali terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack that Kenyan authorities said had been repelled with four militants killed in the fighting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our teammates who lost their lives today,” U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said in a statement Sunday afternoon. “As we honor their sacrifice, let’s also harden our resolve. Alongside our African and international partners, we will pursue those responsible for this attack and al-Shabaab who seeks to harm Americans and U.S. interests.”..”

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Iranian-American watches U.S.-Iran conflict from different perspective
by Kyle HarveySunday, January 5th 2020 kutv.com
“..People across the world reacted differently to the American offensive. Enormous crowds for Soleimani’s funeral procession chanted threats toward the United States and Iran vowed to retaliate.

Still, others thought differently.

“Many Iranians don’t like Soleimani as well,” Barkesseh said. “In fact, they’re relieved of his death.”

Having said that, Barkesseh struggles to accept the American action.

“Assassinating a very powerful foreign official — it just crosses a line,” he said. “Iranians are sick of the American intervention.”..”

Billy Graham – Is the handwriting on the wall, America?

Thousands in Iran Find Jesus Through Internet Evangelism billygraham.org.uk
“..“This is an Islamic country!”

Over the past few days, news and social media have been flooded with reports of unrest in Iran. The images we see involve thousands taking to the streets in protest at their government, whilst thousands more march in support.

Billy Graham wrote a short excerpt about Iran in his book, Just as I am.

On our return to the United States, we had a stopover in Tehran, the capital of Iran, where I visited the shah. As I stepped out of the car at the hotel afterward, I was surrounded by an angry group of students. Why, they wondered, had I, a well-known Christian, gone to see the shah? I did not know much about religion in Iran; I did know, though, that in addition to Islam there were still some Nestorians in the country, survivors of an ancient form of Christianity dating back many centuries. ..”

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“Improved Prospects for U.S-Iran Relations

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The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas hosted former U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., where he gave a talk on his recent trip to Iran, hope for successful nuclear talks and a crucial people-to-people aspect of U.S.-Iran relations. Called the Abrahamic dialogue, it encourages interfaith dialogue and reconciliation between the two countries.

The program entitled: “Improved Prospects for U.S-Iran Relations” focused on U.S.-Iran relations.

“As current tension over a U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement continues,” said Dole Institute Director Bill Lacy, “we are fortunate that Mr. Slattery’s recent visit to Iran and his work with other organizations can inform us on new perspectives for peacekeeping in this region of the world.”

President of Iran to Pope Francis: “Pray for me”

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Deep thought? Where did all these cultures come from?

Tower of Babel

Genesis 11New International Version (NIV)-
The Tower of Babel
biblegateway.com
“11 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there.

3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

-Archaeology

https://youtu.be/82WRAhDmJaA, youtube.com
The Babylon Mystery Part 1, from youtube.com
“Uploaded on May 14, 2010
Babylon [from the Akkadian bāb-ilû, meaning “Gateway of God”] was a city of ancient Mesopotamia, the ruins of which can be found in present-day Al Hillah, Babil Province, Iraq, about 85 kilometers (55 mi) south of Baghdad, in the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.”

Shinar meaning | Shinar etymology abarim-publications.com
“.. is the region in southern Mesopotamia where Nimrod’s kingdom commenced. It is also the location of the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:2). Scholars generally assume that Shinar is the Hebrew interpretation of what is commonly referred to as Sumer…
1732- The land of Shinar and Babel. (Daniel 1;1-10) photobible.info
Tower of Babel from answersingenesis.org
Where in the World Is the Tower of Babel?
by Anne Habermehl on March 23, 2011 answersingenesis.org
Introduction
“After the biblical Flood of Genesis 7–8, Noah and his family came out of the Ark in the mountains of Ararat to start new lives in a strange world. Genesis 11:2 says that they eventually settled in a plain in Shinar; according to the Jewish historian, Josephus (1736a) (Antiquities 1:4:1), this was the first place where the multiplying group of people lived after leaving the mountains. In Shinar they rebelled against God and set out to build a city and tower to make a name for themselves and keep from scattering (Genesis 11:4). Our search for the Tower of Babel will therefore begin by locating the land of Shinar…”

Tower of Babel – Genesis – Bible Stories – Old Testament


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Tower of Babel – Genesis – Bible Stories – Old Testament
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The Tower of Babel is a story told in the Book of Genesis of the Tanakh (also referred to as the Hebrew Bible) meant to explain the origin of different languages. According to the story, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, came to the land of Shinar. There they agreed to build a city and tower; seeing this, God confounded their speech so that they could no longer understand each other and scattered them around the world.

The Tower of Babel has been associated with known structures according to some modern scholars, notably the Etemenanki, a ziggurat dedicated to the Mesopotamian god Marduk by Nabopolassar, king of Babylonia (c. 610 BC). The Great Ziggurat of Babylon was 91 metres (300 ft) in height. Alexander the Great ordered it demolished circa 331 BCE in preparation for a reconstruction that his death forestalled. A Sumerian story with some similar elements is told in Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta.

The story of the city of Babel is recorded in Genesis 11:1–9. Everyone on earth spoke the same language. As people migrated from the east, they settled in the land of Shinar. People there sought to make bricks and build a city and a tower with its top in the sky, to make a name for themselves, so that they not be scattered over the world. God came down to look at the city and tower, and remarked that as one people with one language, nothing that they sought would be out of their reach. God went down and confounded their speech, so that they could not understand each other, and scattered them over the face of the earth, and they stopped building the city. Thus the city was called Babel. As it appears in the King James version of the Bible:

4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”

5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.

6 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.

7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”

8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.

9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
—Genesis 11:4–9

Genesis 10:10 states that Babel formed part of Nimrod’s kingdom. The Bible does not specifically mention that Nimrod ordered the building of the tower, but many other sources have associated its construction with Nimrod.

Genesis 11:9 attributes the Hebrew version of the name, Babel, to the verb balal, which means to confuse or confound in Hebrew. The first century Roman-Jewish author Flavius Josephus similarly explained that the name was derived from the Hebrew word Babel (βαβὲλ), meaning “confusion”. The Greek form of the name in the Septuagint, Babylon (Βαβυλὼν), is ultimately from the native Akkadian Bāb-ilim, “Gate of the gods”, in reference to the great temple-towers (the ziggurats) of ancient Sumer (Biblical Shinar). The ruins of the city of Babylon stand near Hillah, Babil Governorate, Iraq.

Genesis 11:8–9 implies that Yahweh scattered the descendants of Noah listed in Chapter 10 of Genesis (the Table of Nations) over the face of the earth from Shinar only after the abandonment of the city. Some see an internal contradiction between the earlier mention in Genesis 10:5 that “From these the maritime peoples spread out into their territories by their clans within their nations, each with his own language” and the subsequent Babel story, which begins “Now the entire earth was of one language and uniform words” (Genesis 11:1). However, this view presupposes a rigid chronological sequence of 10:5 and 11:1, whereas the traditional Judeo-Christian interpretation holds that 10:5 refers to the same later scattering as mentioned more fully in 11:9. An alternative resolution to the apparent contradictory material of Genesis 10:5 and 11:8–9 comes with the documentary hypothesis, which suggests different sources for those verses. Biblical scholars holding to the hypothetical four-source origins of Genesis (J, E, P, D) regard 10:5 as coming from the Priestly (P) text source and 11:8–9 (and actually the entirety of the Babel narrative) as from the Jahwist source (J).”
Is there archaeological evidence of the Tower of Babel? .christiananswers.net
‘…Nearly 30 ziggurats in the area of Mesopotamia have been discovered by archaeologists. In location, they stretch from Mari and Tell-Brak in the northwest and Dur-Sharrukin in the north, to Ur and Eridu in the south, and to Susa and Choga Zambil in the east. In time, the span begins perhaps as early as the Ubaid temples at Eridu (end of the 5th millennium BC) and extends through the restorations and additions made even in Seleucid times (third century BC). Architectural styles feature stairs in some, ramps in others, and combinations of the two in still others. Ziggurats are of varying sizes with bases ranging from 20 meters on a side to over 90 meters on a side. Frequently the ziggurat is dedicated to the city’s patron god or goddess, but cities were not limited to one ziggurat (Kish had three).

The issues most likely to be of importance in the study of Genesis 11 are the origin and function of ziggurats. We may expect that by the study of these we may be able, to some degree, to delineate the role and significance of the ziggurat in Genesis 11…”
The Tower of Babel and the Origin of the Nations


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According to history recorded in the Bible everyone who has ever lived comes from Adam and Eve. At Babel, after Noah’s flood, God created several language groups from a single language group, resulting in the dispersion of these groups all over the world. This raises questions such as: how did different skin colours originate? What about all the fossil evidence for ‘races’ coming from ‘ape-men’?

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Documentary Ancient Babylon – The Bibles Buried Secrets – History Channel Documentaries, from youtube.com

What did the world look like back then?

Map of the Origin of Nations in Genesis 10 (Bible History , bible-history.com
Nimrod and the Tower of Babel and the Occult…, from youtube.com
“Published on Jul 12, 2015
Bible Verses About Nimrod.
– Names of Nimrod; the sun god; Mithra, Sol, Ra, Horus/Osiris, Apollo, Apollyon, Abaddon, Lucifer, Satan…
– Mother worship: Isis, Ishtar, Venus, Dionysus, Diana, Atis, Astaroth, Tammuz… and still in the Catholic Church today.

Bible verses related to Nimrod from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance – Sort By Book Order

Genesis 10:9 – He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

Genesis 10:8-10 – And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. (Read More…)

1 Chronicles 1:10 – And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty upon the earth.

Genesis 10:10 – And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Genesis 10:11 – Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

Genesis 11:1-32 – And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. (Read More…)

Genesis 10:1-32 – Now these [are] the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. (Read More…)

Genesis 10:6-20 – And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. (Read More…)

Revelation 18:1-24 – And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. (Read More…)

Genesis 6:1-22 – And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, (Read More…)

Genesis 10:8 – And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Jeremiah 50:1-46 – The word that the LORD spake against Babylon [and] against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet. (Read More…)

Revelation 21:8 – But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 17:1-18 – And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: (Read More…)

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-Prophecy

MYSTERY BABYLON Documentary – (what they do not want you to know), from youtube.com
“Published on Mar 13, 2013
“Come out of her” It’s not a casual suggestion. It’s a command, not just to Christians, but to all the people of the earth. Come out of it or perish in it. It is a choice everyone must make, and it is a choice that will determine your eternal destiny… or perhaps indicate what you have chosen. (Either way, the results are the same)”

Tower of Babel – Multiculturalism (NWO), from youtube.com
Beck compares photo of EU building to illustration of Tower of Babel: “This is amazing”
Video ››› November 16, 2010 6:29 PM EST ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF mediamatters.org
Why Is The EU Parliament Building Modeled After The Cursed Tower Of Babel?
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 16:17 beforeitsnews.com
“…Symbolism of the EU Parliament

The construction of the EU Parliament in the image of the Tower of Babel sends the message that Nimrod had the right philosophy and his Tower of Babel was a good idea.

What we can expect to see from the EU on this path:

A gradual introduction of tyranny
The elimination of the worship of God to introduce dependence on power
All people speaking the same language and the same religion
Rejecting God while trying to become gods
You know what? Those are major precepts of the esoteric beliefs of the world elite. Their belief system is based on the Mystery Religions (pagan rituals, worship of the Sun, considering Lucifer as the one who gave light to the human race, seeing God as a force wanting to keep humans in the dark).

Their New World Order will have evacuated all worship of God, introduced a single language and changed democracy to tyranny…”

Bible

*see Now You Know: Most “Accurate” Biblical Text? goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

BookofActs2Jan11th19

Acts 2 New International Version (NIV) The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost biblegateway.com

“..4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.

5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”..”

Parthians

The Parthian Empire thoughtco.com
“..

Traditionally, the Parthian Empire (Arsacid Empire) lasted from 247 B.C. – A.D. 224. The starting date is the time of which the Parthians occupied the satrapy of the Seleucid Empire known as Parthia (modern Turkmenistan). The end date marks the start of the Sassanid Empire.

The founder of the Parthian Empire is said to have been Arsaces of the tribe of the Parni (a semi-nomadic steppe people), for which reason the Parthian era is also referred to as the Arsacid.
..”

WHO ARE THE PARTHIANS IN ACTS 2:9??

Why Was the Parthian Empire So Powerful? dailyhistory.org/
“…The men who ruled the Parthian Empire were descended from an ethnic group known as the Parni, which is where the people and the region of Parthia in Persia received their names. The Parni originally hailed from the eastern shores of the Caspian Sea and later migrated west after Alexander the Great’s invasions into the region during the fourth century BC. [1] The Parni spoke a northern dialect of the Middle Persian language, but the rulers of the Parthian Dynasty, sometimes referred to as the “Arsacids” for the first king of the dynasty, Arsaces I (ruled ca. 247-217 BC), actually adopted Greek as their official language. [2] ..”

Medes

History of the Medes
(Magi & Enchanters of Old)
michaeltsarion.com
“..The Medes were an people of Indo-Iranian (Aryan) origin who inhabited the western and north-western portion of present-day Iran. By the 6th century BC (prior to the Persian invasion) the Medes were able to establish an empire that stretched from Aran (the modern-day Republic of Azerbaijan) to Central Asia and Afghanistan. Today’s population of the western part of the Iranian Plateau (including many Persian-speakers, Kurds and Azeris) consider themselves to be descended from the ancient Medes…”

6. The Medes And The Persians
Article contributed by http://www.walvoord.com
“..Early Prophecy Concerning The Medes

First mention of the Medes in Scripture is found in the prophetic utterance of Isaiah when he declared 175 years before it was fulfilled, “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it” (Isaiah 13:17; cp. 21:2). In succeeding verses the downfall of Babylon is predicted, “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah” (Isaiah 13:19).

Jeremiah includes the Medes as one of many nations which will be punished by God (Jeremiah 25:25). Jeremiah also states that the Medes will be used of God to destroy Babylon: “Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the Lord hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of his temple” (Jeremiah 51:11; cp. 51:28). Thus long before Babylon fell it was predicted that the Medes would be God’s avenging instrument…”

Elamites

Elamite Empire: Art & Culture Chapter 2 / Lesson 16 study.com

Instructor: Joshua Sipper

Dr. Sipper holds a PhD in Education, a Master’s of Education, and a Bachelor’s in English. Most of his experience is in adult and post secondary education.

“..The Elamite culture began in modern day Iran sometime around 2700 BC and continued through 640 BC and included several dynastic lines. There’s no certainty about where the Elamites originated, but there are clues from other sources including the Judeo-Christian Bible which places the Elamites as a Semitic culture that sprung from a descendant of Shem (one of Noah’s 3 sons) named Elam. The Elamites were mentioned in the Bible in Ezra and Acts and the Kingdom of Elam is mentioned in Genesis, Nehemiah, Ezra, Jeremiah, Daniel, and I Chronicles. Regardless of the provenance of the Elamites, they occupied a long period of history in the Middle East and especially Persia. During this period, the Elamites maintained power through a strict system of accession and inheritance which allowed power to stay focussed within the Elamite mainstream culture. ..”

History of Iran: Elamite Empire – Iran Chamber Society iranchamber.com
“..Geographically, Elam included more than Khuzestan; it was a combination of the lowlands and the immediate highland areas to the north and east. Elamite strength was based on an ability to hold these various areas together under a coordinated government that permitted the maximum interchange of the natural resources unique to each region. Traditionally this was done through a federated governmental structure. ..’

History of the Elamites – YouTube

Elam (Country), Elamites – Encyclopedia of The Bible – Bible Gateway biblegateway.com
“…he Biblical record traces the Elamites back to Elam a son of Shem (Gen 10:22; 1 Chron 1:17). Scholars classify them as non-Sem. Caucasians. Archeology and anthropology shed no particular light upon Elamite origins but it is clear that Elam was influenced by the Jemdet Nasr culture during the later period of the fourth millennium b.c. The dependence culturally of Elam upon Mesopotamia that began in this early period lasted through her entire history. Elam’s earliest appearance in Mesopotamian records shows it in subjection to the Sumer. Eannatum of Lagash in 2450 b.c. This further strengthened the influence of Sumer. culture upon the Elamites. Elamite dependence upon Mesopotamia continued after hegemony in the Tigris-Euphrates valley shifted from the Sumerians to the Akkadians under Sargon of Akkad (2360-2305 b.c.). It was in this period that the Elamites appropriated the Sumero-Akkad. cuneiform script with which they produced their inscrs. on clay tablets and stone. Elamites from Susa participated in the building of the temple of Gudea of Lagash (c. 2000 b.c.)…’

-Mesopotamia

Mesopotamia – Bible Odyssey bibleodyssey.org
“..Mesopotamia, “the land between rivers,” (modern day Iraq) is the birthplace of the earliest civilizations on the planet. For millennia, the great ancient Mesopotamian civilizations each had their time to flourish and leave their mark on history. First, in the fourth millennium B.C.E., it was the non-Semitic Sumerians, who built Uruk, one of the first urbanized cities. In the third millennium, the Semitic Akkadians would gain prominence, and though the Sumerians disappeared from the pages of history, the Semitic people preserved the Sumerians’ culture and literature for generations. In turn, the civilizations of the Babylonians and Assyrians (named after their capital Assur) would flourish in the second millennium, carrying on the rich cultural and literary traditions left behind by the Sumerians and Akkadians. Ultimately, these nations would birth some of the ancient world’s most bellicose empires, the Neo-Assyrian (centered at Nineveh) and Neo-Babylonian Empires, which dominated the early first millennium B.C.E. The Neo-Assyrians rose to power and conquered much of the ancient Near East (including Israel and most of Judah) with an army more advanced than any the world had ever seen. The Neo-Assyrian Empire began to fall due to internal conflict, and was eventually defeated by the Neo-Babylonians in spite of help from the Egyptian army at the famous battle of Carchemish in 605 B.C.E. (Jer 46:1-2). Less than 100 years later, the Persians, whose capital was Susa, would defeat the Babylonians, and effectively put an end to the Mesopotamian dominance that marked so much of antiquity…”

Ancient Mesopotamia and the Hebrew Bible khanacademy.org
“..High level overview from Ancient Egypt to Babylon with reference to stories from the Old Testament…”

-Judea
*see Global Country Spotlight: Middle East~Israel-Jerusalem goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

Map of Judea and Southern Israel bible-history.com

-Cappadocia

Cappadocia – All About Turkey allaboutturkey.com
“..It’s name was probably derived from Katpatuka, land of the beautiful horses, in Hittite language. Cappadocia is generally regarded as the plains and the mountainous region of eastern central Anatolia around the upper and middle reaches of the river Kizilirmak (Red River). It was here that several ancient highways crossed and different cultures came into contact with each other. It was also the land of the Hittites. The sparsely inhabited landscape of Cappadocia is characterized by red sandstone and salt deposits of the Miocene (Tertiary) period. However, the relatively small areas of fertile soil on volcanic tuff is where the population tends to concentrate. This southern part of Cappadocia, the more densely populated, is often spoken of as the heart of the region and yet it lies in the extreme south-western corner. As well as cereals, Cappadocia is best known for potatoes, fruits and wine. Here you can taste some of the best examples of Turkish Cuisine…”

Cappadocia – Biblical Sites in Turkey – Meander Travel meandertravel.com

“..During the early periods of Christianity, the first followers of Jesus and his apostles settled in the area to hide from the soldiers of Roman Empire. It is known that St. Paul was looking for a secure place after expelled from Jerusalem. He came to Cappadocia and established the first Christian colony in this region with his followers…’

The Diversity of Early Christianity
From the beginning, early Christians struggled to define for themselves the identity of Jesus and the meaning of his message.

Harold W. Attridge:
The Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament Yale Divinity School .pbs.org
“..BOOK OF ACTS ACCOUNT TOO SIMPLE

What is the account that we get from Acts about the early history of the Christian church?

The Book of Acts records or reports that there was a special event that took place at Pentecost, which would have been the next pilgrimage festival after the Passover at which Jesus died. And at that time the disciples of Jesus were gathered together in Jerusalem unsure of what their future would be, when all of a sudden the spirit took hold of them and enabled them to speak in tongues, and that speaking of tongues is understood by the author of the Book of Acts to mean speaking in all of the languages of the world. So with the power of the spirit behind them, the disciples of Jesus immediately began a missionary campaign and started bringing people into the fold, converting them to belief in Christ. And from that time forward the mission moved ahead in the rather smooth way, directed by the spirit and by all of the apostles who acted in concert with one another and agreement with one another. That’s the picture that we get in Acts….

The spread of Christianity (video) | Khan Academy khanacademy.org
“…Video for acts 2 book pentecost different ethnic groups youtube.com modern day nations
▶ 14:34
May 2, 2017 – Uploaded by Khan Academy
As a nation, the persecution goes back to their beginning, or shortly … the Jews completely and the current …..”

Acts 2 :: King James Version (KJV) blueletterbible.org

-Pontus

Pontus unrv.com
“..
The northern coast of modern Turkey, with its shores on the Black Sea (Pontus Euxinus) actually came into existence as the country of Pontus (meaning Sea) in contemporary Roman times. Originally part of that more central territory called Cappadocia, the region which was naturally secured by surrounding mountain ranges and the sea, was created in the aftermath of the death of Alexander.

Pontus had been largely colonized by Greeks for several centuries prior to the campaigns of Alexander, but his conquests gave Hellenization a firm hold over the inhabitants. Colonists founded flourishing trade cities all over the coast, including Sinope, Trapezus, Cerasus, Side, Cotyora, Amisus, and Apsarus. Prior to the Greeks, however, Scythians and other regional peoples such as the Hittites and Persians dominated the culture.”

Kingdom of Pontus – YouTube

Pontus (region)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“..Pontus (/ˈpɒntəs/; Greek: Πόντος, translit. Póntos, “Sea”[1]) is a historical Greek designation for a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. The name was applied to the coastal region and its mountainous hinterland (rising to the Pontic Alps in the east) in antiquity by the Greeks who colonized the area and derived from the Greek name of the Black Sea: Πόντος Εὔξεινος Pontos Euxeinos (“Hospitable Sea”[2]), or simply Pontos. ..”

PONTUS bibleatlas.org
“..
pon’-tus (Pontos): Was an important province in the northeastern part of Asia Minor, lying along the south shore of the Black Sea. The name was geographical, not ethnical, in origin, and was first used to designate that part of Cappadocia which bordered on the “Pontus,” as the Euxine was often termed. Pontus proper extended from the Halys River on the West to the borders of Colchis on the East, its interior boundaries meeting those of Galatia, Cappadocia and Armenia. …”

Pontus | The amazing name Pontus: meaning and etymology abarim-publications.com/
“..Pontus (/ˈpɒntəs/; Greek: Πόντος, translit. Póntos, “Sea”[1]) is a historical Greek designation for a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. The name was applied to the coastal region and its mountainous hinterland (rising to the Pontic Alps in the east) in antiquity by the Greeks who colonized the area and derived from the Greek name of the Black Sea: Πόντος Εὔξεινος Pontos Euxeinos (“Hospitable Sea”[2]), or simply Pontos. ..”

-Asia

Map of Asia in Roman Times bible-history.com
“.. Asia was a term which in the books of the Maccabees actually means Asia Minor, which Antioch III (the Great) had to give up to the Roman province of Asia Proconsularis (formed after 133 B.C.), which embraced the regions of Mysia, Lydia, Caria, and Phrygia (see Rom 16:5; II Tim 1:15; Acts 1:4).

Revelation 1:4 – John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace [be] unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; ..”
Bible Map: Asia /bibleatlas.org

-Phrygia

Phrygia – Ancient History Encyclopedia ancient.eu
“..Phrygia was an ancient nation in western Turkey with its capital at Gordium. Compared to several other nations in Anatolia, the Phrygians were newcomers. Although their language has to be reconstructed from names, quotes, and a mere 350 inscriptions, and is consequently not very well-known, it is certain that it is related to the languages of the southern Balkan Peninsula. This confirms a statement by the Greek researcher Herodotus of Halicarnassus that the Phrygians were in fact Thracian Brygians who had once crossed the Hellespont (Histories, 7.73..”

Documentary Emilie Haspels & Phrygia – YouTube

TURKEY: Hiking The Phrygian Way – YouTube

Валерий Шанин
Published on Apr 17, 2016
In the 13th century, in the territory of Western Anatoly, there was an ancient state — Phrygia. It was founded by Phrygians, who emigrated to Asia Minor from the Balkan Peninsula.
Across the territory of ancient Phrygia, is laid the walking tourist route – the Phrygian Way. Its total length is 506 kilometers. The trail is marked by standard red-white marks. They show the direction and distance to the nearest attractions or village.

Bible Map: Phrygia bibleatlas.org

“.. A large ancient country of Central Asia Minor, very mountainous and with table-lands reaching 4,000 ft. in height. Its name is derived from Phryges, a tribe from Thrace, which in early times invaded the country and drove out or absorbed the earlier Asiatic inhabitants, among whom were the Hittites. Thus, the Phrygians borrowed much of oriental civilization, especially of art and mythology which they transferred to Europe. To define the boundaries of Phrygia would be exceedingly difficult, for as in the case of other Asia Minor countries, they were always vague and they shifted with nearly every age. The entire country abounds with ruins of former cities and with almost countless rock-hewn tombs, some of which are of very great antiquity. Among the most interesting of the rock sculptures are the beautiful tombs of the kings bearing the names Midas and Gordius, with which classical tradition has made us familiar. It seems that at one period the country may have extended to the Hellespont, even including Troy, but later the Phrygians were driven toward the interior…”

A Northern Kingdom Black Jew, King Midas of Phrygia, Acts 2:1-10 Mentions Jews From Phrygia

-Pamphylia

Pamphylia,
“..the ancient name of the rich and fertile alluvial plain of the rivers Kestros, Eurymedon, and Melas (the modern Aksu Çayi, Köprü Çayi, and Manavgat Çayi). In the south, we find the Mediterranean sea – the Gulf of Antalya to be more precise. To the west, the Pamphylian city Attalia (Antalya) faced Lycia; to the north were the pine forests of Pisidia, and to the east, Coracesium faced “rough” Cilicia. All these countries were dominated by the Taurus mountain range. Between the Taurus and the Mediterranean, the alluvial plain is dominated by fertile terraces and the white chalk faces of the foothills…”

Pamphylia – YouTube

Pamphylia – Pamfilya

Antalya the Destination
Published on May 24, 2013
This is a specially prepared video by Antalya Promotion and Tourism Development Inc. in order to promote Mountains of Antalya.

Places featured in this video: Pamphylia, Perge, Aspendos, Sillyon, Antalya, Side.

For more videos: http://antalyadestination.com/

Bible Map: Pamphylia bibleatlas.org
“..unless in pre-historic times, was never an independent kingdom; it was subject successively to Lydia, Persia, Macedonia, Pergamos and Rome. Because of its comparatively isolated position, civilization there was less developed than in the neighboring countries, and the Asiatic influence was at most times stronger than the Greek As early as the 5th century B.C. a Greek colony settled there, but the Greek language which was spoken in some of its cities soon became corrupt; ..

3. Introduction of Christianity:

Christianity was first introduced to Pamphylia by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:13; Acts 14:24), but because their stay in the country was brief, or because of the difficulty of communication with the neighboring countries, or because of the Asiatic character of the population, it was slow in being established….”

Perga, Capital of Pamphylia: New Testament information … – YouTube

“Ten Tribes of Israel: Exile & Return to Covenant
Published on Apr 20, 2017
Perga, Capital of Pamphylia: New Testament information on the Ten Tribes in this area

It is a fact that the New Testament confirms that the Ten Tribes were scattered among the Greeks.

During the time of the Y’shua (Yeshua), the Jews knew that some of the Israelites who had long since been carried into captivity to Assyria, and then migrated from there and many settled amongst the Greeks. The Danites years before the actual deportation of the Ten Tribes also sailed with King Solomon’s Phoenician fleet and settled in Greece. They also migrated later to Minor Asia (Turkey) and elsewhere such as Colchis in modern-day Caucasus Georgia. ..”

AFRICA

-Egypt
*see Global Country Spotlight: Africa & Middle East ~ Egypt goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

-Libya/Lubim

*see Global Country Spotlight: Africa-Libya goodnewseverybodycom.wordpress.com

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-Rome Italy

Rome – Bible Odyssey bibleodyssey.org

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Who were Rome’s Christians?

“By the time that the apostle Paul visited the city, around the year 50 C.E., there was already a community of Christians there, a small fraction of Rome’s almost one million inhabitants. Paul mentions a number of Roman Christians by name—a group that includes many women (Rom 16). Overall, Paul’s Letter to the Romans provides us with important clues to the nature of early Christian communities in the city. They were likely made up of merchants, tradespeople, and slaves. Many may have been immigrants from the eastern Mediterranean since they spoke—and occasionally wrote—in Greek rather than Latin. Because they owned property and subsidized Paul, they appear to have had money, but they did not belong to the upper classes. ..”

Ancient Rome & The Bible – YouTube

28 Bible verses about Rome – Knowing Jesus – Bible bible.knowing-jesus.com
The Roman Empire in the Time of Jesus bible-history.com

Audio bible book of Romans chapter 1-16 – YouTube

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