THE WICKED OPERATES EVERYWHERE BUT YOU CAN DRAW A LINE…(Pt .4 and final)

We have so far considered the weapon in the WORD as GIVEN us in the “Old Testament ” and as I said some may say it is ONLY the Old Testament that speaks of “an eye for an eye” .Well the GOOD NEWS is that The New Testament  IS also replete with WORDS AND ACTION THAT STOP THE ENEMY IN HIS WICKED  QUEST against our life…  May I remind us of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST Who,when He saw the wicked trading in His territory, NOT ONLY WHIPPED THEM SORE BUT ALSO SPOKE THE WORD AGAINST THEM{ John 2 verses 14 &15…

Apostle Paul  in the new testament shows us how to draw the line against the onslaught of the enemy when Elymas the Sorcerer (YES THE SORCERER OR THE WITCH /WIZARD),was interfering in the advancement of the gospel.The record in Acts 13 is an everlasting testament to the Power IN  the Word of God against the works of the WICKED:-

               Acts 13:9-11 KJV : Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, [10] And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

          [11] AND NOW, BEHOLD, THE HAND OF THE LORD IS UPON THEE, AND THOU SHALT BE BLIND, NOT SEEING THE SUN FOR A SEASON. AND IMMEDIATELY THERE FELL ON HIM A MIST AND A DARKNESS; AND HE WENT ABOUT SEEKING SOME TO LEAD HIM BY THE HAND.

That IS the Power we have in The Everlasting and Potent WORD AGAINST THE enemy. Only we have to declare it and stand in the Faith of our declaration and the WICKED ones will be STOPPED and ruined in their quest to annihilate us  and our GLORIOUS destiny.

May I encourage us that NO MATTER the seeming MIGHT of the WICKED, we have the a better and Most Potent Powerful Word that IS sharper than any two-edged sword of the enemy.This I have experienced in my life and family MANY times.

Let’s stand up,speak to God and give COMMAND and decrees that cannot be overruled to the WICKED over our present and future lives with respect to our busbands,our wives,our children,our careers,jobs and businesses, our health,our peace,our going out and coming back, over EVERYTHING  touching our lives and well-being  and the WICKED ones  will BOW before us through the Power that has been conquering darkness from the Beginning.

Without controversy,this is a topic that CANNOT be exhausted because it keeps unfolding but of a surety, KNOW that God IS interested in  your peace and well-being and He is WAITING for you to assume command of the WORD He has given to you by the Authority  He delegated to you THROUGH JESUS CHRIST…{ SEE Romans 10:6-8 KJV:-
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above 🙂

[7] Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

[8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;}
It may SOMETIMES take some time for the victory to manifest BUT IT WILL SURELY PREVAIL-you just keep persevering in the WORD even with like-minded  brethren and SURELY the intended victory shall show forth in your favour-{Acts 19:20 KJV–So mightily grew the word of God AND PREVAILED. }

I PRAY THAT YOUR ENEMIES (THE WICKED) WHEREVER THEY ARE MANIFESTING SHALL BE TRODDEN UNDER YOUR FEET SHORTLY IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST..: (ROMANS 16:20 KJV):-AND THE GOD OF PEACE SHALL BRUISE SATAN UNDER YOUR FEET SHORTLY. THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BE WITH YOU. AMEN.

When it comes to afflicting your enemies and recompensing ing tribulations to the WICKED,IT is the VERY NATURE OF GOD AND HE DOES IT IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. THEREFORE QUIT BEING MORE RIGHTEOUS THAN GOD AND GET TO SERIOUS SPIRITUAL WORK AGAINST THE WICKED.,

       “SEEING IT IS A RIGHTEOUS THING WITH GOD TO RECOMPENSE TRIBULATION TO THEM THAT TROUBLE YOU;….WHO SHALL BE PUNISHED WITH EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD, AND FROM THE GLORY OF HIS POWER;….”( 2 THESSALONIANS 1:6,9 KJV)
Therefore let’s rise up and take the weapon of The Word which is Hammer 🔨  and Fire🔥 against the WICKED to bring them down and burn them completely :-Jeremiah 23:29 KJV:-Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord ; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

I pray that the kingdom of the wicked that may be dominating your shall crumble. 

I decree that every manifestation of the works of the wicked in your life be erased forever. 

I pronounce that no wickedness shall survive against you as you take the weapons of the WORD  trounce them. 

I pray that through God the wicked that rise up against you shall be trodden down.. –ALL IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST..

IT IS DEFINITELY WELL WITH US…AMEN….!!!!

FURTHER READINGS AND MEDITATIONS:-

Psalm 7:9,15-16 KJV
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. [15] He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made. [16] His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

Psalm 9:5,17,19 KJV
Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever. [17] The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. [19] Arise, O Lord ; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
Psalm 10:2-3,15 KJV
The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. [3] For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the Lord abhorreth. [15] Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man : seek out his wickedness till thou find none.
Psalm 11:2,5-6 KJV—For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. [5] The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. [6] Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

.Psalm 60:12 KJV-Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies

Luke 10:19 KJV-Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.E

phesians 6:16 KJV-Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Thanks for reading.. 

(CONCLUDED) 

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THE WICKED OPERATES EVERYWHERE BUT YOU CAN DRAW A LINE…(Pt.3)

I thank my readers and friends for their responses on this topic. We now proceed to the third part of this write up. 

Thus far ,we have examined some of the different species of WICKEDNESS present in the universe.

The question now arises–,”Is there a way of escape from the WICKED AND THEIR WICKEDNESS since they are so ubiquitous and they look as if nothing would stop them or WHY HAS GOD left them to thrive DESPITE His Omnipotence and Righteousness ???”

Well follow me and let’s go on a short adventure of the ONLY POTENT WEAPON against every onslaught of the wicked especially when it comes to your very survival in the face of the attacks of the WICKED against your life,peace and progress.

I am assuming that you have the Spirit of the One Who gave the Word in you .

From the beginning ,GOD HAS been AGAINST EVERY AND ANY WICKEDNESS. He has revealed to humankind that HE HATES the works and doings of the wicked wherever and whenever they manifest..God says in His WORD by which He UPHOLDS all things:
In Job 34-(KJV) and Exodus 23:7-God made it manifestly clear that He will never do any wickedness BECAUSE His character CANNOT manifest wickedness..and that He will NEVER justify the wicked…

              Job 34:[10]–Therefore hearken unto me, ye men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness; and from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.

       [12] Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

…..for I will not justify the wicked._(Exodus 23:7-KJV)
Clearly, GOD IS NOT a lover of wicked people or their wickedness. He  clearly distinguishes between the  WICKED ones and those walking righteously.,. Hear Him again :- (Proverbs 16:4 KJV) -“The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil-“-DEFINITELY THERE IS THE DAY OF EVIL FOR THE WICKED WHICH GOD HAS RESERVED FOR THEM IF THEY DID NOT TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS.

That’s the more reason one should not envy the WICKED because the Lord IS ALWAYS ANGRY with them.Look at Pharaoh,look at Goliath,look at Absalom,look at King Ahab and Jezebel,look at Haman, look at Hitler look at Mussolini ,look at Abacha, look at Anini,look around you and you’d see palpable examples of the end of the wicked and their accomplices…

               Proverbs 24:19-20 KJV–Fret not thyself because of evil men , neither be thou envious at the wicked;

                [20] For there shall be no reward to the evil man ; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

EXCEPT the Word of the Lord is not true  will the wicked see good….for GOD says AGAIN that IT SHALL NOT BE WELL WITH THE WICKED…{ Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him : for the reward of his hands shall be given him  (Isaiah 3:11 KJV }.!!!
And one more thing that MUST give us confidence everyday and in everyway IS that IF YOU ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD,GOD IS ALWAYS ANGRY WITH THE WICKED ON YOUR BEHALF …!!!:

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.(PSALM 7:11 KJV)
THE FOREGOINGS ARE THE PART OF GOD,THE QUESTION NOW ARISES IS “DO I HAVE ANY PART TO PLAY AT ALL AND WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS I MUST DO TO KEEP THE WICKED OFF MY TERRITORY?
WELL,THE WORD OF THE LORD IS TRUE ,ALIVE AND POWERFUL EVERYDAY BUT IT WON’T WORK  UNTIL YOU AND  I USE IT. LET’S BE MINDFUL AND REMEMBER ALWAYS THAT THE WICKED TOO USES “WORD” IN FACT THEY USE IT EVERY MOMENT.THEY KEEP USING IT IN INCANTATIONS AND ENCHANTMENTS AND IT WILL BE FOOLISH OF ANY CHILD OF GOD TO REFRAIN FROM USING THE EVER SURE WORD OF PROPHECY OF GOD WHICH WORD HAS BEEN FROM THE BEGINNING .Fot instance the Bible says:

     (THE WICKED)-“Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?(Psalm 12:4)

  BUT YOU AND I HAVE THE WORD THAT EXISTED FROM THE  BEGINNING AND HAS BEEN PREVAILING FROM THEN TILL NOW AND FOREVER .{ In the  beginning was the Word…..John 1: 1and 5)

Therefore, let’s RISE UP ,DRAW THE LINE AND DECREE THE WORD AGAINST THE ENEMY TO STOP IN HIS QUEST TO ADVANCE INTO OUR SPACE OF PEACE,LIFE,PROGRESS,JOY,PROMOTION,FRUITFULNESS AND ALL BY  SAYING “ YOU MUST NOT CROSS THIS LINE INTO MY TERTITORY BASED ON THE WORD THAT PREVAILS…”—

In Job 22:28 KJV ,the Word says:-

You shalt also decree a thing, and IT SHALL BE ESTABLISHED unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. ..

The simple truth is that if you don’t declare,nothing will be established.

Some may say these Words are from the old testament. But I say is the old testament not part of the WORD that existed from the beginning? Are the deep WORDS from GENESIS TO MALACHI especially the ones in the Psalms, Isaiah, Ecclesiastes & Ezekiel, ESTHER and Job not part of the FORCIBLE AND RIGHT WORDS OF GOD?-{Job 6:25}

  (To be continued and concluded  tomorrow.)

THE WICKED OPERATES EVERYWHERE BUT YOU CAN DRAW A LINE…(Pt.2)

As I was saying yesterday,the phenomenon called “the WICKED ” IS prevalent everywhere….The list includes:-
â—Ź WICKED WORKER/S…a workplace would be better off without any of  these…!!!

â—ŹWICKED CO-WORKER/S….yeah  like grass,they play office “poliricks” as if it’s the battle between Nigeria’s APC & PDP or America’s Republicans & Democrats…. aah!!!

â—Ź WICKED DOCTOR/S….like the reported American who raped his patients…!!!

â—Ź WICKED NURSE/S…and you wonder who called them to nursing…aah…!!!

â—ŹWICKED LAWYER/S…who connive with both sides of a matter thus betraying their oaths…yey!!! 

â—Ź WICKED WITNESSES IN COURT..who deliberately and  creatively perjure and concoct lies EVEN UNDER OATH…aah..!!!

â—ŹWICKED DRIVER/S…you know them by their style of driving…the very descendants  of the devil.Some of them connive with fraudsters, armed robbers and kidnappers to attack their bosses and or their families.. …aah!!!

â—ŹWICKED MOTOR BOY/S…like the ones always standing at buses entrances in LAGOS,Nigeria…!!!

â—Ź WICKED PASTOR/S…some of who plant charms in their churches, turn the Church upside down and exploit Church members as if  the Church is  their property….”GOD DEY”….!!!

â—ŹWICKED LAITY/ CONGREGANT/S …who will do anything to become Deacons, Elders and Board of trustees members and play Satanic Politics in the Church……!!!

â—ŹWICKED KINGS AND MONARCHS…like King Saul who displayed unfettered WICKEDNESS against David and the reported one in Nigeria who “organised” his kidnapping for filthy lucre… .hmmn.!!!

â—Ź WICKED POLITICIANS….like the ones in every corridor of power in Nigeria….!!!

â—ŹWICKED SCHOOL  PROPRIETORS ..who are not called to build lives through quality education but they continually destroy the future of young ones by employing  “ mercenaries” and underhand methods to gain upper hands in exams…aah!!!

â—ŹWICKED LECTURERS …who threaten any & every female (or male if they are gay) with failure if they don’t succumb to their randy libido and perverted sexual urge…aah!!!

â—ŹWICKED GOVERNORS AND PRESIDENTS…who think ONLY of their pockets and interests and take decisions without considering the negative effects on the lives of their people….(LET GOD ARISE…!!!)…

â—ŹWICKED THIS ,WICKED THAT …..( FILL IN THE GAP PLEASE..) AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF THEM IN NIGERIA, IN GHANA,ALL OVER AFRICA; IN THE U.S.A.,IN GT.BRITAIN, IN CANADA, IN EUROPE,IN ASIA..THEY FILL EVERY SPACE ALL OVER THE SEVEN CONTINENTS OF THE EARTH,EVEN IN COLD ANTARCTICA…aah.!!!

(To be continued tomorrow)

THE WICKED OPERATES EVERYWHERE BUT YOU CAN DRAW A LINE AGAINST THEM. (PT.1)


Have you ever wondered why  there is wickedness everywhere…???

Have you ever wondered why people will choose to be WICKED instead of being good ,kind-hearted and full of compassion… ???…..AND THEY FILL EVERY SPACE IMAGINABLE !!!! EVERY SPACE IMAGINABLE..??? Yes..every space..!
You may even choose to run from one country to another,the WICKED will surely be waiting for you before you land.You may call it a network or confederacy and you’d be dead right!!!.

But the phenomenon IS NOT NEW….!!! God too was faced with the same challenge of man’s WICKEDNESS  in the Bible Book of Genesis Chapter 6 and verse 5:—

 
   “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil CONTINUALLY.”(KJV )

Verse 6:” Then the LORD REGRETTED that he had made human beings on the earth, and he was DEEPLY GRIEVED about that…” (ISV)

IF God the Creator of the universe could at the very EARLIEST in creation regret that those He created in His image could turn themselves into wicked species which He (God) didn’t intend ,you can imagine His “pains” NOW at the seeming endlessness of our wickedness.,!!!

Before I proceed further …..let us examine together some of the areas of life where the WICKED are distributed …We have:-

â—Ź WICKED FATHERS…who rape their daughters without compunction and/or use their children for money rituals…!!!

â—ŹWICKED MOTHERS …like Danielle Miller of Pennsylvania and the ones reported across Nigeria who abused,tortured and starved their (step)children, in some cases, to death…!!!

â—Ź WICKED CHILDREN …like Edmund Kemper,David and Bryan Freeman.who murdered their parents..!!!

â—Ź WICKED SON/S…like Absalom and co..!!!

â—ŹWICKED DAUGHTER/S …who SURE are Jezebel’s descendants…!!!

â—Ź WICKED BROTHER/S…like Cain in the Bible..,!!!

â—Ź WICKED SISTER/S….like the sisters of Cinderella..!!!

â—ŹWICKED FAMILY/FAMILIES….they come for two pence a dozen, that you’d ask God “Why did you drop me in this kind of family..???”…!!!

â—ŹWICKED COUSIN/S…like the ones in my family and yours…!!!

â—ŹWICKED NEPHEW/S…!!!

â—Ź WICKED NIECE/S….,.!!!

â—Ź WICKED HUSBAND/S ..who abuse,traumatise and AT times kill their wives..( for reasons ranging from money-making rituals to jealousy..)!!!

â—Ź WICKED WIFE/WIVES…who betray true love and exploit the weakness of their spouses..or and kill them to get even .!!!

â—Ź WICKED IN-LAW/S …and they are MANY;..ALWAYS MISBEHAVING and always playing “god” !!!

â—Ź WICKED FRIEND/S..aah plenty. They backbite and “shoot” you from behind to make you conclude that with “friends” like these, who needs an enemy….aah.!!!

â—Ź WICKED CONFIDANT/S…who betray confidences on rooftops…aah..!!!

â—Ź WICKED ACQUAINTANCE/S …They have no strings attached and without conscience…!!!

â—Ź WICKED BOSS/ES..who exploit their juniors/employees in any and every way…!!!

           (To be continued tomorrow)

SPEAK WITH US BABA..!!!

That Buhari “spoke” to us in HAUSA language is bad enough ESPECIALLY in this period of REGIONAL AGITATIONS flowing from all corners;
In my opinion ,that “MESSAGE” was NOT meant for the IGBOS,YORUBA,IGALAS,EDOS,IBIBIOS,EFIKS etc.IT WAS MEANT FOR NIGERIAN HAUSAS…. BECAUSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE is still the OFFICIAL LANGUAGE of speaking with Nigerians EXCEPT OF COURSE HE IS TELLING US THAT HE BELONGS “not to everybody” but to “HAUSA BODY…”
That he “chose” the BBC HAUSA SERVICE & not the BBC WORLD is in my opinion a VERY BAD judgment on the part of his media handlers and they should be queried;
That in my opinion,the voice we heard,if it was BUHARI’S  has NOT HELPED doused SPECULATION  on the state of his HEALTH BECAUSE THAT VOICE(though in HAUSA language) WAS WEAK, LABOURED,TIRED & WAS THAT OF SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE SPARED THIS EMBARRASSMENT BY THE “CABAL”
LAST NOTE: THERE’S NOTHING WRONG IN SPEAKING IN YOUR LANGUAGE. IN FACT I USED TO “FIGHT” MY CHILDREN IN THEIR GROWING UP YEARS  WHEN THEY GREETED ME IN “ENGLISH” LANGUAGE. THAT’S THE REASON I ADMIRE THE IGBOS AND HAUSAS FOR TRAINING THEIR CHILDREN TO SPEAK THEIR MOTHER’S TONGUE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD….BUT IT’S RUDENESS OF THE HIGHEST ORDER TO PERSISTENTLY SPEAK YOUR “DIALECT” IN A CIVILISED SETTING THAT DOES NOT DEMAND IT…!!!

THAT IS THE REASON IT WILL BE WRONG AND RUDE FOR ME AS A CHRISTIAN TO SPEAK  ENTIRELY IN TONGUES OR FOR A MUSLIM TO SPEAK IN ARABIC WHEN CALLED UPON TO PRAY AT A PUBLIC GATHERING …!!!

1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV_Let all things be done decently and in order.

THE AK 47 PHENOMENON Tools of Modern TerrorHow the AK-47 and AR-15 Evolved Into Rifles of Choice for Mass KillersBy C.J. Chivers with illustrations by Attila FutakiPart 1Time and again it’s the same. A lone gunman or a small group of killers with rifles commits spectacular crimes that seize the attention of the world.The list reaches back decades: the killing of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972; the school takeover in Beslan, Russia, in 2004; the attacks in Mumbai, India, in 2008; the mall assault in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2013; the killing of more than 100 people in Paris in 2015.Often the rifles are variants of the AK-47, the world’s most abundant firearm, an affordable and simple-to-use assault rifle of Soviet lineage that allows a few people to kill scores and menace hundreds, and fight head-to-head against modern soldiers and police forces.In recent years they have also been descendants of the AR-15, the American military’s response to the Kalashnikov’s spread. Semiautomatic versions of the AR-15 were used by sympathizers of the Islamic State in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015, and a Mini-14 and an MCX, rifles that fire the same cartridge as the AR-15 and compete with it for market share, were used in the mass shootings in Norway in 2011 and in Orlando, Fla., in June.In the hands of terrorists, military-style rifles have repeatedly been used for swiftly killing on a large scale. How did the Kalashnikov — a disruptive technology that flooded the world almost three generations ago and still retains an outsize role in organized violence — become such a ready amplifier of evil and rage? In what ways did it drive the AR-15 and its competitors to such prominence, too?A militant aimed an assault rifle during a siege in which dozens of people were killed at the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2013. ReutersGunmen armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles fled after attacking the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015. ReutersA Cold War ProductPart 2The answers reach to the years immediately after World War II, when the Soviet Union was developing multiple weapons for multiple roles. As Soviet scientists worked on nuclear arms that would freeze borders in place under the fear of total war, teams of gunsmiths and engineers set out in a contest to design a conventional weapon — a rifle — that would combine the rapid-fire ferocity of machine guns with the portability of lighter-weight arms. The weapon was to be a conceptual copy of the sturmgewehr, which Nazi Germany had fielded late in the war.In the evaluations and field trials that followed, Senior Sgt. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov, a wounded veteran of tank warfare on the Soviet Union’s western front, was credited with developing a prototype for a medium-powered rifle capable, like the sturmgewehr, of both automatic and semiautomatic fire.The AK-47, with an effective range beyond the length of a pair of football fields, was accepted in 1947. A few years later, a lighter and easier-to-manufacture update, the AKM, entered mass production in Russia, and was on its way to becoming the standard rifle for almost all Communist ground forces. The weapon soon left its mark.Workers assembling Kalashnikov rifles in Izhevsk, Russia, where the weapons maker Kalashnikov Concern is based. Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesRussian troops holding Kalashnikovs during a parade rehearsal near Moscow in April 2009. Oxana Onipko/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesUnpacking Its AppealPart 3The Kalashnikov line was shorter and lighter than traditional rifles. It was inexpensive to manufacture, built for durability and reliable to an extraordinary degree. With few moving parts, and a design that made its disassembly and reassembly almost intuitive, its basics could be mastered by all manner of combatants — from traditionally instructed conscripts to almost wholly untrained guerrillas — in very little time.The cartridges were smaller than traditional rifle cartridges, which meant that a fighter with a Kalashnikov could carry more ammunition, and be more deadly, than riflemen of previous eras. The rifle’s medium-power cartridges also meant the weapon had little recoil, allowing trainees to learn marksmanship at standard combat ranges with relative ease. These qualities contributed to the weapon’s popularity among those who carried it; in much of the world the Kalashnikov became the everyman’s gun.A disassembled AK-47. The ease with which the weapon can be taken apart and put back together added to its popularity. Royal Military College of ScienceA member of a militia in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine brandished a Kalashnikov in August 2014. Sergei Ilnitsky/European Pressphoto AgencyThe Global Spread of KalashnikovsThe Kalashnikov’s physical characteristics alone do not explain its prominence. It was the vast scale of rifle and ammunition manufacture in mammoth arms plants that drove the Kalashnikov to its status as one of the most immediately recognized products of the Communist era, one of the most readily identifiable objects in the world.The maps show the many ways in which it spread. Production began in the Soviet Union in the 1940s before expanding to the vassal states of the Warsaw Pact and to China, North Korea, Yugoslavia and beyond. Tens of millions of the rifles were churned out in planned economies, whether they were needed or not. In the U.S.S.R., where Kalashnikovs were cast as tools of the Motherland’s defense, they entered the civic fabric. Students trained with them in schools.Ammunition plants were built in countries where the rifles were manufactured, ensuring ready supplies. More state forces adopted the weapons and began cartridge production, too. The rifle swept across much of the world. In the 1970s the Soviet Army introduced a new model, the AK-74, which fired a smaller, faster cartridge. Millions of older Kalashnikovs became officially obsolete, freeing them for global trade. Taken together, a series of industrial decisions in planned economies had created conditions for near ubiquity.Countries Where the Rifles Have Been MadeCountries Where Ammunition for the RiflesHas Been MadeCountries Whose Militaries Have Used theRifles as a Main WeaponSources: Armament Research Services, Conflict Armament Research, IgarapĂ© Institute, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Small Arms Survey.The rifles and ammunition were also manufactured in the former countries of Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Yugoslavia, which are not shown here.Guerrilla WarfarePart 4The spread changed modern warfare. As Communist governments passed Kalashnikovs to allies and proxies the rifles assumed an unexpected role: battlefield leveler.Vietnam offered the breakout. Africa had been colonized by small detachments of European soldiers turning machine guns against larger local forces that lacked access to equivalent weapons. In Vietnam, much of that advantage was gone. Guerrillas armed with Kalashnikovs fought toe-to-toe against foot soldiers of a superpower. Modern expeditionary units, facing automatic fire from inexpensive rifles carried by peasants, had met their close-quarters match. Often their ambitions were checked.The Kalashnikov’s superiority to the American M-14 in jungle warfare in Vietnam spurred Robert S. McNamara, the defense secretary at the time, to push the Pentagon to hurry production of a new American assault rifle, the AR-15, which became known as the M-16. The decision would propel assault rifles to their current position as standard military firearms across the world.A 14-year-old boy, a member of the hill tribes known as the Montagnards, held an AK-47 captured from communist forces during the war in Vietnam in August 1968. Henri Huet/Associated PressIn Terrorists’ HandsPart 5After its effectiveness was proved in Vietnam, the Kalashnikov assumed its indelible association as the terrorists’ choice.Hostage-takers with Kalashnikovs scaled an Olympic Village fence in Munich in 1972 and seized members of the Israeli team. The rifle had broken its leash. It was no longer a tool of the state, or Communist ideology. The era of Kalashnikov terrorism had begun, with the world watching live on TV.Instruction in the rifle had by then become a staple of irregular warfare training, including in curriculums at Palestinian camps. Its spread continued to such a grand degree that the Kremlin’s foes began procuring the weapons. American and Pakistani intelligence officers coached Islamic fighters on the particulars of Kalashnikov use in the war to expel Soviet forces from Afghanistan in the 1980s.Originally intended to strengthen authoritarian states, the Kalashnikov had gained outlaw credibility, morphing to a symbol of revolt, blowback, crime and jihad.A militant with the terrorist group that took members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage during the Munich Summer Games in 1972. All of the hostages were killed. Kurt Strumpf/Associated PressMembers of the Afghan mujahedeen in the 1980s. The fighter at the bottom right is holding a Kalashnikov. Associated PressAnti-Soviet rebels, one of whom, at left, is equipped with a Kalashnikov, east of Kabul, in February 1980. Associated PressA Rifle for All AgesPart 6The Kalashnikov’s simplicity, compact size and gentle recoil combine to make it uncannily well-suited for child soldiers.In many wars commanders have provided the rifles to teenagers, and occasionally to combatants yet to reach their teenage years, who in spite of their small stature are able to manage the weapon and carry a large load of ammunition.Kalashnikovs are primary firearms for entire formations of child soldiers, including Joseph Kony’s notorious Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa, and the weapon is routinely used by children who augment rebel or irregular forces in wars around the world.The Islamic State, following the pattern, has made images of its child soldiers posing with Kalashnikovs part of its propaganda routine. They are not alone. Images of child soldiers with Kalashnikovs have been common in many conflicts for decades.A boy from the Mursi tribe in southern Ethiopia with a Kalashnikov rifle in 2007. Pavel Wolberg/European Pressphoto AgencySupporters of the Houthi rebels who are fighting the Yemeni government and a Saudi-led coalition gathered to protest against airstrikes in Sana, Yemen, in April 2015. Yahya Arhab/European Pressphoto AgencyA Palestinian girl held a Kalashinkov as fighters of Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, posed with weapons in Gaza City in August 2014. Wissam Nassar for The New York TimesThe American ResponsePart 7Prone to jamming, the M-16 had a rushed and disastrous introduction in the Vietnam War. But most of its early flaws were worked out, and it secured its place in American armories. From there, NATO defense standardization prompted European services to field their own assault rifles, spreading this class of weapons across the non-Communist world.The Kalashnikov had fueled an unheralded arms race. By the 1980s the two lines of weapons — the AK-47 and the AR-15, and their many descendants and spinoffs — were a global pair.Laws in the United States mostly limited civilian possession of AR-15s and their competitors to models that fire semiautomatically only. But as these variants gained popularity with veterans, gun-rights advocates, preppers and, occasionally, with criminals or terrorists, their place in crime grew — even as Kalashnikov production ebbed. Variants of the AR-15 were used in the mass killings in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, and by sympathizers of the Islamic State in San Bernardino. An MCX, a recently introduced military-style rifle designed for the Special Forces but available in semiautomatic form for civilians, was used by the lone gunman who attacked a nightclub in Orlando in June.Semiautomatic Kalashnikovs are also part of the mass-shooting routine. The gunman in the 1989 schoolyard shooting in Stockton, Calif., which killed five children and wounded dozens more, attacked his victims with a semiautomatic Chinese Kalashnikov. His crime was part of the impetus for bans on assault-style weapons at the state and national level. The Army veteran who killed five police officers in Dallas in July used a semiautomatic Kalashnikov. It had been made at the original AK-47 plant in Russia to be legal in the West and appeal to hunting and sporting markets.A law enforcement officer looked over evidence after a couple who sympathized with the Islamic State killed 14 people in a gun attack in San Bernardino, Calif., in December. Mario Anzuoni/ReutersSmith & Wesson rifles civilian versions of the AR-15 for sale at a gun show in Loveland, Colo., in 2014. Luke Sharrett for The New York TimesModern ConflictsPart 8In the 1980s and 1990s, as Communism failed, the market economy welcomed Stalin’s old goods. Successor governments continue to unload huge stockpiles, further flooding the world.Among the principal movers of Kalashnikovs has been the Pentagon, which bought them by untold thousands for proxy forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Pentagon also distributed tens of thousands of M-16s and the shorter M-4 carbine based on the AR-15 design, to the same forces. Many of these forces failed, yielding their rifles to bazaars or foes, making ever more weapons available on unregulated markets and for dangerous hands.Today the Kalashnikov and AR-15 variants remain the most commonly seen weapons on modern battlefields; their use is central to almost every war. They are a staple of insurgency and terrorism and all but fundamental to the grim routine of mass shootings. The Islamic State has killed far more people in Europe with bullets than with bombs, and controls territory in multiple countries in part through its military rifle stocks.Governments have done little to stop the spread of this class of weapons. Often, as in the case of the United States, they have contributed to it. Acts of crime, terror and oppression with Kalashnikovs and AR-15 descendants, endured by civilians under withering fire, have been hard-wired into our times. There is no end in sight.Syrian opposition fighters celebrated after a battle with government soldiers in Ras al-Ain, near the border with Turkey, in November 2012. Bulent Kilic/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesMembers of the Afghan National Army trained with American-issued M-16s in March at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, under the supervision of American troops. Adam Ferguson for The New York TimesA Kurdish gunman raised his AK-47 in front of a burning house that had been occupied by Shiite militiamen during clashes in Tuz Khurmato, Iraq, in April. Goran Tomasevic/ReutersC.J. Chivers is a reporter for The New York Times, a former Marine and the author of “The Gun,” a history of the Kalashnikov line and its effects upon security and war. Follow him on Twitter.Attila Futaki is a Hungarian cartoonist for the New York Times Best-Seller Percy Jackson graphic novels, “Severed” and “Conan.”Produced by Meghan Louttit, Shreeya Sinha, Rumsey Taylor and Josh Williams. Colors by Greg Guilhaumond. Map by Sarah Almukhtar.

THE DV VIRUS!

Despite the glaring “faults” of the American society,it is still decent enough to recognise and say “NO” to a man(RAY RICE is his name) who descended into the character traits of beasts to punch a woman,even worse his wife!
That’s the contradiction that pervades the Nigerian society where I live! Here a Sitting State Governor can traumatise his wife and everybody would clap for him!Here a State Governor can lock up his wife in a dungeon and feed her with dog’s food and no one would blink!Here a wife of a sitting State Governor would escape the “hell”called the “State House” to tell of her trauma in the hands of her Stae Governor husband-and everybody would look on and the Governor will still be called “his Excellency”!
Here a Pastor would turn his wife into a second class citizen,a punching bag and run after useless girls and the Church would clap for him!
Here, Some Senators,some House of Reps.members,some State Governors, some Ministers,some Commissioners and some of their followers would take delight in fondling the breasts of stray girls at night clubs and return home to batter their wives and the society will still vote for them! Here the human rights community is helpless when it comes to standing and standing firm agaist incidences of domestic violence in high places! Its high time we ALL rise up in Nigeria and march against this evil called ‘DV'(Domestic Violence)…because it’s worse than “EVD”(Ebola Virus Disease)! RAY RICE deserved what he got and ..more!