A Pathological December

December GEOPOLITIC

It was a hot and dry end to the year in the antipodes — but it will be remembered as cold and glum, a despotic milieu too heavy to emulate in word: in a month of global relations’ rapidly cooling. It was a month which saw the retaking of Mosul stall; a month revelatory for building an imperial base in the Holy Land; and a month of missile installations in Russia. But it was mostly a month of United Nations’ abominations. It was the last month and the last Christmas — the last December before the Time of Jacob’s Trouble:

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

It was a month to implore the podean to hold their head high, keep their hands warm and their oil-lamps full:

10 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

It was a month for abysmal weather and abysmal decrees at the United Nations —  having declared a day, as by some malevolent spirit, “Palestine Day”, adopting against Israel six resolutions — part of its annual rite of enacting 20 Arab-sponsored resolutions to single out the Jew. It was a month the Temple Mount came into sharp focus.

It was a month that saw the culmination of a post-Soviet Muslim revival in Russia, and a month of Russian revanchism:

And it was a month of something rotten in the state of Mosul [Nineveh]: 54,000 (Iraqi) troops and 5,000 (US) servicemen—supported by 90 warplanes and 150 heavy artillery pieces—could not defeat 9,000 jihadists. A month, apparently, when the god of mathematics slept in (or Apollyon got out).

And so it was a month of the inexplicable undeniable:

The failure of the US-backed Iraqi army offensive to liberate Mosul—nine weeks after it began—[can] no longer be denied when a delegation of ISIS chiefs arrived there Sunday, Dec. 4, traveling unhindered from Raqqa, Syria. … they arrived to discuss how to synchronize the operations of the two jihadist strongholds, after the Islamist leaders occupying Mosul changed course about leaving the city and decided to stay put.

It was a month of wonders and signs, of fire from heaven.

[Image source: SBS Australia. Original graphic by AFP]

It was a month when Apollyon came early—out of hell’s pit itself—to deliver a tranche of armaments to the assassins in Mosul … boosting their defensive posture as they drew tactics “from the Battle of the Trench, a story narrated from Islamic history texts in which the Islamic Prophet Muhammad led 3,000 defenders of Medina to prevail over 10,000 Arab and Jewish troops in 627 A.D”

It was a month of bad news — a fateful December. It was a month of little hope and less reason. It was a month to be forsaken, abandoned, and left alone. It was a month of little light. So I write then, brethren, of Ihsan al-Shammari, of the Iraq’s Centre for Political Thought, who said that:

It is a matter of time before Daesh are defeated inside Mosul. Their ammunition and equipment are being depleted.

It was a month, then, of platitudes and wishful thinking. For a rose by any other name may still smell as sweet. Yet—as I say—something is rotten in the state of Nineveh.

It was a month of a Turk, a Turk, but not Ataturk, in Al-Bad, Syria, where he should not be. It was a month of fingers thick and thumbs numbed.

It was a month of waiting for some sense, some common sense, to come from Israel. Alas, but none. The US army—it’s a good army is it not—will use the Israeli coast as a military base against troops nearby [against the Russians in Syria?]. A month in which the news broke that the US National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) subsections, the US military is to establish a maritime base in the Israeli coastal city of Haifa in the coming years. Attack! Attack! A month in which the “Authorization of United States assistance to Israel”, under section 1259 of the National Defence Authorisation Act for 2017, says that:

The maritime security and maritime domain awareness in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea are critical not only to the security of Israel but also to US national security interests and encourage the Department of Defence to continue efforts to develop and improve capabilities in these areas.

It was a month to be told that this law is valid unto 2021. 2021! Will the world not end by 2021? I mean, literally, end? Will I still write in 2021? Will you still read?

It was a month to bewail Damascus a ruinous heap:

It was a month of going to London to London to buy a fat hen, to hear spies speak of “commies under the bed”:

Britain’s head of MI6, Alex Younger, said that Russia’s military operations in Syria may have tragic consequences and endanger the security of Britain. In particular, he denounced Moscow’s bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo, saying “Russia seeks to make a desert and call it peace”. The spy chief asserted that the British people “cannot be safe from the threats that emanate from that land unless the civil war is brought to an end.” Younger made the comments at a closed meeting with journalists invited to MI6 headquarters in London.

It was a month of Jerusalem, a trembling cup betwixt my fattened fingers:

Israel’s security forces have broken up a Hamas terror cell that plotted a combined shooting attack and kidnapping in the Gush Etzion area, south of Jerusalem. Six Palestinians, residents of the town of Dura, the village of Tzurif and the city of Hebron, were arrested on suspicion of setting up the network. They were found with many weapons including two Kalachnikov rifles, two M16 rifles, three handguns and a hunting rifle, as well as magazines and ammunition. The arrests have been extended until the conclusion of the legal proceedings against the suspects, with an indictment to be filed soon at a military court. The terror cell was broken up in a joint operation by the IDF, the border police and the Shin Bet domestic security service.

It was a month of elects making the most of the lamest of duck, while the dark king himself keeps running amuck:

US President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that retired Marine Gen. John Kelly is his nominee for secretary of homeland security. Kelly is the third retired general to be picked for Trump’s administration following Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis and National Security Advisor-designate Michael Flynn. The president-elect is considering choosing a fourth retired general, David Petraeus, as secretary of state. Trump also announced on Wednesday that he had tapped Linda McMahon as head of the Small Business Administration, after emphasizing the importance of the small business sector during the campaign. The 69-year-old McMahon, a billionaire who made her fortune as a co-founder of the World Wrestling Entertainment franchise, was one of the most significant contributors to Trump’s campaign.

It was a month of dalliances with the pleasant land:

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will meet Thursday in Jerusalem with his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras and the president of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades. The three leaders previously met in Nicosia in January. The official announcement from Netanyahu’s office said the meeting is aimed at “strengthening stability and establishing a regular framework for countries with common interests. A trilateral research and development agreement will also be signed in order to advance joint projects.” DEBKAfile’s sources report that Netanyahu, Tsipras and Anastadiades will also discuss cooperation in defense of critical subsea infrastructure, namely a gas pipeline and optical communication lines placed near the bottom of the Mediterranean.

It was a month that saw men of war delivered by bird into battle:

Russia began to deploy Chechen Special Ops forces into Syria. These units have extensive experience in urban warfare, including recent combat experience in eastern Ukraine and against radical Islamic forces in Chechnya. Reporting to the Khankala base, east of the Chechen capital Grozny, the soldiers are being vetted for suitability aiming to recruit a one-thousand-man strong force to be flown the 1200km directly by Ilyushin-76 (NATO codename: Candid) transport planes to Russia’s Hmaimim Air Base in Syria. This will be Russia’s first deployment of ground troops of any substance in Russia.

[Image: Waazon]

It was a month of their fallen comrades— three Russian servicemen (including a colonel) in Syria. Russia had previously restricted herself to sending only small groups of Spetsnaz (special forces) troops, confined to guarding Russian military, air and missile facilities in Syria.

It was a month of locusts, retaking Palmyra:

It was a month of Turks, streaming into Syria:

It was a month that raised the spectre of Sino-Russian trigger-fingers:

Yoshkar-Ola is 600 km to Moscow’s east whilst Kozelsk is about 250 km to her southwest.

Here’s a map, with the two regions marked; it’s one I prepared earlier:

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And a scaled-down version of the same map, to more aptly reflect the “IC” nature of these BMs:

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It was a month of imminent financial Armageddon.

It was a month of the coming financial collapse:

It was a month, at last, of liberation Aleppo:

Short comfort, indeed, for it was a month of assassination in Ankara; of fires put out within Israel while a “rim of fire” surrounds her; of a renewed Ukraine offensive in Luhansk.


It was a month of a world asleep and a world awash, the post-festive flotsam and jetsam lapping the inhabitants comfortably numb. It was a month of migrant drownings — rounding off 5,000 in the Mediterranean for the year. It was a month of months. It was the very last month.

It was a month where the colours of sinful showed through.

It was a month diabolical, fiendish, pitch black. It was a month to say may G-d bless Israel, America, and all who love truth; a month for flagellation, sackcloth and ash.

It was a month of pleas of mercy in the throneroom of Him that liveth for ever and ever.


Annotations

I do not write this lightly. It is not a personal attack, it is not trial by social media, nor is it partisan political polemic. It is a spiritual revelation. I write it now to crystallize in our collectives just what it is that we are facing, and to galvanise our resolve against it. At some point, we are going to have to call a spade a spade here. We can ignore this no longer: the elephant in the Oval Office. (And were we to finally rid it from that office, its pathology is such that it will rear its ugly head in another guise — be it directly through the UN or somehow else. It is the pathology of self-aggrandizement. It will not go away.) History shows that when we fail to correctly label the problem, and in a timely manner, the consequences are incalculable. And we’ve been dancing around the eggshells of political correctness such that we’ve lost our ability to enunciate the truth of a matter, to put our finger on it. Somebody needs to make the call and if that somebody is me, so be it. (I’d hope to be proven wrong but I have enough training in the field to suspect that I am right. The elephant in the room is the display of distinct psychopathic tendencies.) I do not ask that anybody agree with me, but each of us has the moral responsibility, if and when we come to the same conclusion, to get the word out. Perilous days lie ahead, not excluding the potential for a global obliteration. And the time to act is now.

Psychopathic / Sociopathic traits

  1. A disregard for laws and social mores
  2. A disregard for the rights of others
  3. A failure to feel remorse or guilt
  4. A tendency to display violent behavior

“Psychopaths … are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities. Psychopaths are very manipulative and can easily gain people’s trust. They learn to mimic emotions, despite their inability to actually feel them, and will appear normal to unsuspecting people. Psychopaths are often well educated and hold steady jobs. Some are so good at manipulation and mimicry that they have families and other long-term relationships without those around them ever suspecting their true nature. When committing crimes, psychopaths carefully plan out every detail in advance and often have contingency plans in place. Unlike their sociopathic counterparts, psychopathic criminals are cool, calm, and meticulous. Their crimes, whether violent or non-violent, will be highly organized and generally offer few clues for authorities to pursue. Intelligent psychopaths make excellent white-collar criminals and “con artists” due to their calm and charismatic natures.”

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Mosul, Iraq [Wikimedia Commons]

 

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Forget Waldo. Where’s Gog?

Rosh is no more Russia than Meshech is Moscow. Moreover, it’s unlikely that Russia is Gog of Magog. And people need to start getting that.

Who, then, is Gog? And where is Magog?

Can you find Gog in a sea of people?

In Ezekiel 38, Gog is among “friends”: Rosh; Meshech; Tubal; and Togarmah.

Rosh, Meshech, Tubal, and Togarmah, and Magog are all references to parts or the totality of Turkey and up into the Caucasus. Gog of Magog is likely the leader of this region.

[Image from Britam]

That’s the shorter answer: Gog, the antichrist, will be a leader from Turkey.

Not so fast … gringo.

The longer answer is that Magog means “expanse of water” which, in biblical imagery, suggests many peoples and nations and tongues. If Gog is equated with the antichrist and the antichrist with the Beast, it seems that Gog will be the leader of a terrible totalitarian empire in these last days.

[As much as people may revile Turkey today, a terrible beast does not (at least yet) describe her. Now if Turkey somehow manages to unite all the post-Soviet bloc Turkic-speaking Sunni-Islamic “stans” of central Asia as well as the majority-Sunni Middle East, then we may reconsider. But even while it may then raise a significant army, its weaponry would still be no match for the West — were it that Turkey had finally decided to switch sides against NATO which, admittedly, she always seems never far from doing.]

We also know that the End Days’ Beast is an extension of the Roman Empire of old, except for one detail: that in the final days the empire will be an admixture of iron with clay — recall Nebuchadnezzar’s dream so beautifully revealed and interpreted by the Spirit of Elohim to Daniel: the legs of iron (Rome) give way to feet of iron mixed with a miry clay.

Recall that each of the empires of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream had one thing in common: they exercised power and control over Israel. Who exercises power and control over Israel today, if not the Vatican (spiritual Rome) and the UN (Europe and the U.S. — i.e. political Rome)? And Gog, according to the Apocalypse, is leader of the greatest military power the world has ever seen. Who, then, is the greatest military power the world has ever seen? And who can make war with that Beast?

And the Spirit of Prophecy is that the West (more-or-less) is iron (modern-day “Rome”) and Islam is clay. Not happy bedfellows—iron and clay —but the antics of the antichrist says bedfellows they must be — for another time, times, and dividing of time. Cogs of iron need combustible oil to motivate them, viscous oil to lubricate them. Iron doesn’t so much want clay, as iron needs clay. Rather, iron needs what’s buried deep beneath the clay. With the east rising, the imperial West’s hegemonic dynasty is at risk. Empire on the rack and on the run is wont to take risk. And risk-taking, 21st century style … it’s not pretty.

Iron is Rome and Rome is the West (Europe and America) and, by extension, the United Nations — one-world government with the power to exert sway over the world, with NATO its standover man. And the United Nations will do just so, harangued and persuaded by the lawless one. The antichrist may even feel he’s doing the world a favour, in the name of globalism, winning them over by flattery. He (Gog) will lure the UN to coax NATO into taking control of the Middle East quagmire, and with him will be his Sunni Islamic mercenaries known as ISIS. The antichrist may have Islamic sympathies. He may even have an affinity for Israel. But ultimately he cares for neither, he is a secular humanist through and through. He only deifies the god of fortresses. Even money is not his first love, for his currency is power — raw steel.

For almost three years now, Gog has been ostentatiously (to those with eyes that see) aiding and abetting ISIS under the pretext of attacking them (to those with eyes that see not).

But news from the North (Russia) and the East (a huge Jewish diaspora, from the near east making Aliyah; or possibly China herself) will trouble him. But if that doesn’t trouble him enough, Mashiach will trouble him enough.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.


Annotations
  • Aliyah is the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the Land of Israel — Wikimedia
  • Remember, the Tribulation starts in September (2017). The tribulation is likely to involve open hostilities between the West combined with Sunni Islam on the one side and Russia and Shiite Islam on the other side, with Israel in the middle. Expect hostilities to be centred in the Middle East, but to spread from there as respective allies, one by one, join in and the culmination into a global conflict.
  • More than one person has postulated that Islamic State headquarters is either the US embasssy in Ankara or that in Baghdad.
  •  At this point, in the Book of Revelation rather than Table of Nations, is it not probable that Gog and Magog are used metaphorically for the archetypal enemies of God?
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August Geopolitical

Not two weeks ago, Turkish Stream was “some way off from a done deal”. But that was so last week: and a week makes a world of difference in End-Time global antics — the $20 billion Gazprom venture is good-to-go again.

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The proposed Turkish Stream gas pipeline

Yalova and Istanbul are conjoined at the bridge, while Turkey also builds a nuclear reactor and a giant natural gas storage facility  — all part of a 10-year, $200 billion, infrastructure plan that their president is determined to see through, shrugging off local terror attacks and the recent attempted coup.

Mr Biden made a dash east—by air (not uber-land-bridge)—but was not received by Turkey’s President at the runway. When President Erdogan did finally meet with him, the Vice President was reduced to assuaging host anxieties by issuing ultimatums on another U.S. ally, the Kurds. Washington, he said, had ordered the YPG* to retreat or risk losing American support.

As the BBC reports:

Ankara wants to force the Kurds to withdraw to the east of Euphrates River, stopping short of establishing a corridor to link two Kurdish-led areas in north-western Syria.

President Obama will meet Turkey’s president this Sunday (September 4) at the G20 summit in China, as Turkey’s air force pursue air-strikes on YPG (northern Syria) and PKK (northern Iraq) bases. In early counting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 40 civilians have been killed as a consequence. Ten more villages have “been cleared of terrorist elements”, the official word came from Turkey. This offensive will continue until “the threat of Daesh and YPG/PKK is over“, according to President Erdogan. This is Operation Euphrates Shield.

According to the BBC:

Both countries [the U.S. and Turkey] have demanded that Kurdish forces withdraw to the east bank of the Euphrates river.

Turkey remains a vital piece in the puzzle, even as America concurrently court the Kurds (and Turkey those Cossacks). But why—up till now—play whimsy with ISIS? It is hard to escape the inference that Islamic State is nothing more than a rabble of mercenaries on a Turkish leash — an abominable rabble that is, admittedly, apt to go rogue on a whim, but a leash nonetheless. Outsourcing, after all, is all the vogue.

A porous Syrian-Turkish border has long been exposed as the rabble’s supply line. The Islamic State receives materiel, as well as distributing booty — oil and relics, and terror destined for Europe to boot—through, for instance, the caravanserai of Jarablus.

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Daesh-Turkish Oil Tankers, Racqa Province, Northern Syria [Image and text: Spike News, November 29, 2015]

Whether by intent or default, ISIS has served Turkish interest well — taking the war both to Syria and the Kurds. Post-terror and post-attempted coup, however; and Turkey has opted to openly take matters into her own hands. Shedding any sense of pretense, Turkey entered Syria and took Jarablus.

Jarablus has been under ISIS control since early 2013. Turkey took it in an effortless operation under air-force cover. As NATO member, and self-proclaimed opponent of ISIS, why had Turkey not done (or been asked to do) this earlier? Turkey had, after all, previously entered Syria when it unilaterally moved the Tomb of Suleyman Shah in February last year — violating Syrian sovereignty seems no impediment.

The answer to that may lie with the U.S. and their feeble war on ISIS—a war that they are waging, more likely than not, on Ankara’s terms. That was until Russia entered the fray, pushing the Islamic State onto the back foot. Suddenly, and with a leg up, the Kurds control an almost contiguous strip of land the length of the Syrian-Turkish border.

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Kurdish controlled territory is here coloured in purple

And this is Ankara’s great fear: the Jarablus corridor is not only a nexus for ISIS thoroughfare, but it is the breach in an otherwise Kurdish dominated northern strip of Syria — and the long-feared (for Turkey) realisation of an autonomous Kurdistan.

So much for Syria. What’s with Yemen?

The Houthi mass-rally in Sanaa may bring a smile to the Ayatollah’s face but to the Sunni House of Saud, not so much. Apart from the “Battle of the Books” in these End Times, we are witnessing the unfolding of the final battle in a 1400-year old sectarian war.

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[Image: Yemen Press]

As well as obvious and shared hatred for Israel, Sunni and Shiite Muslim seem literally hell-bent on destroying one another — a consuming passion at the expense even of their loath for Israel.

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Millions of anti-Saud pro-Iranian Houthi rally in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa.

Flushed with paternalistic pride at the resolve in Sanaa, and on the back of easing international sanctions, Iran is busy making moves. Her banking system is moving to adopt Basel II and Basel III standards. The Export Development Bank of Iran (EDBI) and National Development Fund have arranged, starting March 2017, for a $1 billion credit line to international buyers of their technical, engineering services, and other goods and to launch Iranian infrastructure and construction projects in host countries.

Central Bank of Iran governor, Valiollah Seif, said that:

After the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and P5+1 in January 2016 and termination of all nuclear related sanctions, Iran is fully open for business, including in banking, finance and foreign investment.

And moving to an orchestrated plan, Iran has also moved her newly-acquired Russian S-300 system to their Fordow nuclear site.

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S-300 missile defense system

Entrenching defensive readiness amidst perpetual regional tensions, Israel is still not showing signs of slowing in her innovation and cooperation, emerging as another state on the move. Utilising a revolutionary anti-biofouling technology, it costs only 58 cents for the new Solek Desalination plant to produce 1,000 litres of drinking water. Coupled with unparalleled efforts to recapture 86% of grey water, one of the smallest and driest countries in the world may yet become the fountainhead of the entire Middle East [perhaps not for the first time!].

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The Soleq Desal Plant near Tel Aviv

Hoping to lead into an era of international economic cooperation, as the world pivots east, China’s pragmatic business style sees her extend invitations to a record number of developing countries, including Egypt, to the G20 summit to be held in Hangzhou. Oil-poor China has long been courting African nations. But this is a great leverage opportunity for the Egyptian economy, which is still lagging despite recent giant infrastructure spending such as the Suez canal expansion, which is celebrating its first year in operation.

A humanitarian disaster in Maiduguri (Borno province), in northeast Nigeria, looks to be averted for 40,000 victims of the 2014 Boko Haram insurgency. Aid from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is providing food items and farming grants, as families are being resettled to their communities. Two-hundred of these farm-families—of between two and 10 members—will each be given a half-hectare of land, fertiliser, superior bean seeds, and the assistance of a farm extension officer.

Grafik DER SPIEGEL 01/2010 Seite 79 Caption: Baumermann 0110 Nigeria Scharia Afrika Kamerun Niger Benin Abuja Datum: 4. Januar 2010 NIGER BENIN NIGERIA CAMEROON Lagos Gulf of Guinea Niger Delta Kano Kaduna Abuja Jos Jos Plateau Bauchi Maiduguri States with Sharia Law

[Image: DER SPIEGEL, January 2010]

They will also each receive a 25 kg bag of rice and a 10 kg bag of beans. All the more timely, as these folk are now seeing a rise in new polio cases after difficulties with implementation of a vaccine program. And all of this as the central Nigerian government continues to be plagued by accusations of nepotism.

Ms Rousseff, rightly or wrongly [and more wrongly than rightly one suspects], is now Brazil’s ex-president. One wonders for the reaction in the streets of Caracas? In Sucre? Quito? Wonder no more.

Gaze turned now upward, from gutter politics to polity in the sky: NASA to launch probe to investigate ‘Armageddon’ asteroid. The Independent reports that the Bennu asteroid will be performing an earthly fly-by in 2135:

That 2135 fly-by is going to tweak Bennu’s orbit,
potentially putting it on course for the Earth later that century.


Transport, trucking, containers on shipping vessels, are all key economic indicators that are trending low and down, amid the turn to negative interest rates to help prop a Bond market on the verge of catastrophic structural failure. And problems in the German banking system may have prompted the dramatic move by its government to issue a catastrophe warning to its people to stock up on food items. It will not go down very well, in Italy for instance (where bail-ins are being invoked), for German banks to request ECB bailouts. Finally, it has been revealed that the addition of the Chinese RNB to the IMF Special Drawing Rights came at the expense of the hapless Euro.

Everything is compounding so quickly, so remember to keep your head in these days of evil: Revenge is the Lord’s.

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  • *The PKK-freedom fighters, linked to the YPG (Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units), is a terrorist organisation in the eyes of Turkey, but it enjoys U.S. support against ISIS.

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