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Dec 12 11:15

Poll: Russia Wields Most Influence in Middle East; Netanyahu Least Popular Leader

The survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center in five Middle Eastern states, including Israel

Dec 12 09:05

Trump's al-Quds bid creates new tension in Middle East: Iran's Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has denounced the recent "incorrect and illegal" decision by his American counterpart to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital,” saying the move would create new tension in the Middle East.

Rouhani made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday ahead of his departure for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which is scheduled to be convened on Wednesday following US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital" and his country's intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

"If Muslims maintain their unity and integrity, it will be a big victory for Muslims and the region," Rouhani said.

He added that Quds belongs to all Muslims and would be the "capital of the Palestinian state."

Dec 12 08:56

POLL SHOWS NETANYAHU AS LEAST POPULAR MIDDLE EAST LEADER

Netanyahu’s lack of popularity is likely a reflection of general regional opposition to Israel, though his right-wing government and what many in the Arab world see as the prime minister’s hard line refusal to enter into peace talks with the Palestinians have made him particularly reviled.

Netanyahu’s office declined to comment but the prime minister himself has often played up his successes in expanding Israel’s diplomatic portfolio and cache in the world.

Dec 12 08:01

Arab leaders plan major response to Trump's Jerusalem move

Arabs and Muslims are responding with both actions and reactions to the decision of the Donald Trump administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While public protests have engulfed countries as close as Jordan and as far away as Morocco and Indonesia, political leaders are searching for actions they can take to respond to the unexpected large public protests and demands for action.

A hurriedly organized summit of the three Arab entities who signed agreements with Israel (Egypt, Palestine and Jordan) was held in Cairo on Dec. 11. Jordan, which holds the chair of the Arab summits, is also calling for an emergency Arab summit. The three leaders might also call on US Vice President Mike Pence not to come to the region. Pence is scheduled to visit the region Dec. 18-20. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II and Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb have all said that they will boycott the visiting US vice president.

Dec 11 12:30

Palestinians expel Bahraini delegation from Al-Aqsa

Al-Aqsa guards expelled yesterday a Bahraini delegation from the mosque’s holy site, local sources reported.

The sources added that the move came as the Bahraini delegation was reported to have visited the Jewish state to “normalise and strengthen ties with Israel” and to deliver “message of peace and brotherhood to Israel.”

The Bahraini delegation, which arrived in Israel today in a four-day visit for talks with Israeli officials, was sent upon orders from the Bahraini King, Hamad in Isa Al Khalifa.

The 24-official delegation includes Bahraini religious figures as well as activists from the “This is Bahrain” party.

The visit, which was the first by a Gulf country, came days after the US President Donald Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s new capital.

Dec 11 10:26

In Pushing Saudis on Yemen Aid, US Warns About Losing Congressional Support

Despite repeatedly White House expressions of confidence that the Saudis are definitely going to start letting aid into Yemen at some point, the Saudis have shown no sign of doing so. Privately, the US has been a bit more blunt with them about the potential consequences.

The Trump Administration is trying to sell easing humanitarian aid as a way to placate the US Congress, where mounting concerns about the war crimes being committed in Yemen are seeing votes on US arms sales to the Saudi kingdom increasingly difficult to squeeze through.

The public statements from the White House are getting more frequent, with two statements on Wednesday and Friday of the past week, and officials saying over the weekend they expect more in the coming weeks, suggesting they don’t believe the Saudis will so easily allow food into Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In its two year enabling of the Saudi genocide in Yemen, the US government has been complicit in Saudi war crimes here; there is utterly no getting around this. Here are some very graphic images what the US government and military is assisting the Saudi government and military in "accomplishing" in Yemen:

Images:
Yemeni children being killed or maimed for life.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesyof the US and Saudi port blockade in Yemen.

Video demonstrating the use of DU by the Saudi Military

Images: severe birth defects in Yemeni infants

I will tell you right now, poisoning a child in the womb with depleted uranium weapons, is one of the most hideously cruel and insanely barbaric examples of outright, despicable child abuse I can imagine; and yet, obviously, the House of Saud; the Saudi Military, and the US military are perfectly comfortable doing this in Yemen.

I can understand the geopolitical potential for US/Saudi power projection by conquering Yemen; but gentlemen, please, at what moral cost to the soul of this nation will such a "victory" come, to the point where the US government is willingly "doubling down" in expanding on Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen?!?

And for those you expect to fight, die, and get maimed for life (possibly from the US's use of DU in Yemen), I think they, and we, the American people, need one hell of an honest, completely factual explanation from you both as to whose “vital interests” are at stake here. Because from where I sit, it is NOT the "vital interests" of We the People, to be escalating the US military's involvement in this war, particularly when almost every expert on the issue has stated that the resolution to this issue has to be political, rather than military.

Dec 11 08:09

Get out of Yemen and break up with Israel to restore ties with Iran, Rouhani tells Saudi Arabia

Iran could have better relations with Saudi Arabia, but Riyadh must first stop its military intervention in Yemen and distance itself from Israel, Iran’s president told lawmakers. The two nations are regional powerhouses deadlocked in a conflict.

The confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia is multi-layered, rooted in religious, economic and political differences between the two. But, according to Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, relations between the two may improve, if the Saudis take a certain course of action.

Dec 11 05:06

Trump Risks Uniting the Entire Arab World Against the US

President Trump and the Israeli government will have foreseen and discounted a Palestinian “day of rage” and protests among Muslims everywhere in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move its embassy there. They assume that this will all blow over because US allies such as the rulers of Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt will be satisfied with pro-forma protests, and the Palestinians are too weak to do anything except demonstrate ineffectively.

The US and Israel could be miscalculating:>>>
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The immediate consequence of Trump’s action is that the US becomes weaker because it has carried out another initiative of which the rest of the world disapproves. A superpower at the height of its strength might get away with such a demarche, but not a politically divided US, its influence already ebbing>>>

Dec 10 12:48

From Barak to Trump: Arrogance, ignorance and phony “peace” plans

Uri Avnery examines the headline-grabbing, arrogant and ignorant authors of the latest phony “peace plans” offered by former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and US President Donald Trump and his Jewish entourage.>>

Dec 10 09:43

Saudi war on Yemen was planned in Washington: Journalist

Saudi Arabia’s war of aggression against Yemen was planned and orchestrated in Washington, DC, according to Stephen Lendman, a journalist, writer and political analyst based in Chicago.

Lendman made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on a statement by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who has warned Saudi Arabia about “the consequences” of its actions in the Middle East.

The top US diplomat’s warning came Friday during his brief visit to Paris, France, where he commented on Riyadh’s behavior toward Yemen, Qatar and other neighbors.

"With respect to Saudi Arabia's engagement with Qatar, how they're handling the Yemen war that they're engaged in, the Lebanon situation, we would encourage them to be a bit more measured and a bit more thoughtful in those actions to, I think, fully consider the consequences," Tillerson said.

Dec 10 09:11

Donald Trump told to drop ‘illegal’ Jerusalem plan as Arab countries consider sanctions

Foreign Ministers from Arab countries have branded the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem as a "dangerous violation of international law”.

The Arab League said: “The decision has no legal effect… it deepens tension, ignites anger and threatens to plunge region into more violence and chaos.”

The Foreign Minister of Lebanon Gebran Bassil called for the nations to consider economic sanctions against the US.

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Dec 10 09:04

Jared Kushner is wreaking havoc in the Middle East

In his role as the president’s special advisor, Kushner seems to have decided he can remake the entire Middle East. The results could be devastating

Dec 10 07:48

In Jerusalem, 3 Religions Collide and Violence Is Never Far Away

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The issue of the US embassy being moved to Jerusalem or even US recognition of Jerusalem has been raised at election time in America for decades.

It served as a diversion or smokescreen concealing the establishment and expansion of Israeli settlements in Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Though Israeli governments regularly raised the issue as one of their grievances, it never seemed to be a major concern.

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Dec 10 07:02

'They Aren't Wanted Here': Israeli Defense Minister Calls for Boycott of Arabs

According to the Israeli defense minister, residents of the Jewish state's area populated mostly by Arabs "have no connection with this country."

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has stated that the Arabs residing in the Wadi Ara region "do not belong" to the Jewish state and called for a boycott.

"They should understand that they are not wanted here, they are not part of us," the minister told the Army Radio.

Commenting on Saturday's protests in the region over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, Lieberman said that Wadi Ara residents "have no connection with this country," adding that the riots are "intolerable."

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Dec 09 13:22

Jerusalem’s fate – Grant F Smith

Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem signals Washington now deems this to be Israel’s capital.

How this is in America’s interest is difficult to fathom.

The law of unintended consequences is surely in play.

Dec 09 09:40

US al-Quds move aimed at legalizing Palestine's occupation: Iran diplomat

A senior Iranian diplomat says a decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” is aimed at legitimizing the Israeli regime's occupation of Palestine.

"Occupation of the Palestinian land lies at the root of all crises in our region and any action to deny the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people, including with regard to the holy city of al-Quds and particularly al-Aqsa Mosque, will only result in more bloodshed and rage," Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said in an address to a United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on Friday.

He added that bids aimed at legitimizing the Israeli occupation in the Middle East region by rejecting the historical realities would "gravely" undermine peace.

Dec 08 14:22

Trump apes Balfour: giving away what isn't his to give

Stuart Littlewood stresses that Jerusalem is not Trump's to give away in 2017 any more than Palestine was Balfour's to promise the Zionists in 1917, noting that “We see where Balfour's running sore has led one hundred years later.” >>

Dec 08 12:24

The Global Reset Has Begun

North Korea is bypassing the US sanctions. Russia is reporting that North Korea doesn't want a war with the US. Erdogan has issued a warning to Trump, he has opened the ring of fire in the middle east.

Dec 08 10:28

Hamas spokesman : «We call King Mohammed VI to convene an extraordinary meeting of Al-Quds Committee»

Several countries have responded to Donald Trump’s controversial decision, denouncing the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Yabiladi spoke to Hazem Kassem, spokesman for the Palestinian organization Hamas. The activist called Arab leaders to put pressure on the US administration, while insisting that an extraordinary session of Al-Quds Committee should be held. Interview.

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Dec 08 09:09

Arab foreign ministers to hold emergency meeting in Cairo

Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Saturday to discuss US president's intention to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy to the city.

The Jordan News Agency, Petra, quoted Ali Al Ayed, Jordan's Ambassador to Egypt and its permanent representative to the Arab League as saying that the meeting will discuss measures that will be taken to deal with the US decision and its dangerous repercussions with a view to defending Jerusalem and its legal, historical and religious status.

The meeting has been called on Jordan's request, and a number of Arab countries approved this due to the importance of Jerusalem for Arabs and Muslims, he said.

Dec 08 08:45

Putin to visit Egypt on Monday, discuss Middle East with el-Sisi – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Egypt on Monday, the Kremlin’s press service has said. He will meet with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to discuss the situation in North Africa and the Middle East, TASS reported, citing the statement. The two presidents will also discuss the development of bilateral ties in political, economic and humanitarian areas, the press service said on Thursday.

Dec 08 08:09

Jordanians call for annulment of peace treaty with Israel as King Abdullah meets Palestinian leader

Jordan’s foreign minister Ayman Safadi on Thursday said America's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would "frustrate" peace efforts and provoke Muslims and Christians across the Arab world.

"Jordan rejects [the] decision and all its implications and will continue to work for an independent Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital," Mr Safadi declared.

Dec 08 08:03

Jordanians demand closure of US embassy in Amman

Hundreds of Jordanians have demonstrated in front of the US embassy in Amman, demanding its closure and the expulsion of the US charge d'affaires from Jordan in response to President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

President Donald Trump issued a statement on Wednesday proclaiming the US decision and preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jordanian parliamentary political blocs, Islamist movements and independents had called for protests on Thursday and Friday across Jordanian cities and in front of the US embassy in Amman in protest of the US decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Trump intended to set the Middle East on fire, he has done a good job. If he didn't, then he has royally screwed up!

Dec 07 16:51

Watch: Jerusalem, “The Flower of Cities”

A beautiful song by Lebanese singer Fairuz encapsulating the beautiful city of Jerusalem, occupied by the Israelis, an occupation that has just been endorsed by Donald Trump.

Jerusalem is an Arab, Muslim-Christian city and will remain thus, whatever Trump and his like say.

Everything comes to an end, and one day the Israeli occupation will also collapse, despite the disaster sweeping the Arab world thanks to the Muslim Brotherhood and its offspring – Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda and their countless offishoots and clones.

The song is in Arabic but you should enjoy it even if you do not understand Arabic.

Dec 07 09:28

Abbas: US Can No Longer Mediate Israel-Palestinian Talks

With the US so heavily committed to supporting Israel, and protecting them from any UN resolutions, it’s always been difficult for the Palestinian leadership to trust the US to be an impartial moderator for peace efforts. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Wednesday’s move by President Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has effectively ended that entirely.

Abbas says there is no way at this point that the Palestinians can trust the US to be a mediator, saying Trump’s move encourages Israel to continue the occupation and expansion of settlements, undermining the two-state solution.

Trump has suggested that the recognition of the capital is going to help the peace process, though the Secretaries of State and Defense are both warning the move risks provoking regional violence, and White House officials say that the recognition threatens the peace process in the near-term

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What President Trump has done, effectively, in this act, is he has thoroughly destroyed the peace process; characterized American foreign policy, when it comes to the Palestenian people, as completely undeserving of any trust or credibility; destroyed any possibility of a two-state solution; and made new regional wars nearly inevitble.

These were precisely the outcomes Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted, because fear of such internal violence and wars against its neighbors, have always been Netanyahu's major way to "glue" the Israeli people together, and let him do, basically, whatever he wants with Israel's government and military.

Remember the animated movie "Wreck-It Ralph"?!? Well, it appears that, when it comes to any Israeli/Palestinian peace and rapprochement, we have a "Wreck-It Donald" in the White House, a turn of events over which I am both profoundly unhappy, and deeply concerned.

Dec 07 09:01

Trump's Jerusalem Tit-For-Tat: Orders Saudis To ‘Immediately’ End Yemen Blockade

In a brief statement issued Wednesday afternoon, President Trump called on Saudi leadership to completely lift the years long Saudi military blockade on war-torn Yemen. The unexpected announcement came on the same day President Trump delivered an extremely controversial televised address wherein he gave official US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“I have directed officials in my administration to call the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to request that they completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it,” Trump said through a White House press release. “This must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please let me get my head around this; you are requesting that the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Salman, end the siege of Yemen, after you just publicly recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, keeping your promise to APIAC, and symbolically writing off your debt of $100 million dollars to Sheldon Adelson during the last campaign and yet, you are expecting all of this to make Prince Salman amenable to ending the seige of Yemen?!?

Sir, I am frantically looking for the logic in this request, and frankly seeing absolutely none.

What I would rather expect, particularly after your declaration yesterday regarding Jerusalem, is for Prince Salman to massively acellerate his bombing campaign in Yemen to the point of wiping out any Yemeni people still standing, in retalliation for your having recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Dec 07 08:49

Trump Urges Saudi Arabia to End Blockade of Goods Into Yemen

President Trump pressed Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to fully end its blockade of food, water, medicine and fuel into Yemen, a rare humanitarian rebuke to the Middle East ally that he has firmly embraced since taking office.

Saudi Arabia joined Yemen’s civil war, which pit the country’s leaders against Houthi rebels, in 2015. In November, the Saudis intensified a blockade on Yemen, stopping the entry of goods and other basic necessities, and heightening warnings of a humanitarian crisis from international aid groups.

In a brief but blunt statement, Mr. Trump called on the Saudi government to “completely allow food, fuel, water and medicine to reach the Yemeni people who desperately need it.” Mr. Trump added that lifting the blockade “must be done for humanitarian reasons immediately.”

Dec 07 08:20

Prince Hassan of Jordan: Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Move Plays Politics With International Law - and Our Lives

There will be serious repercussions to the U.S. president's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, an explicit violation of international law. He is expropriating the issue of the Holy City, and escalating an already dangerous conflict, for his own political purposes

Dec 07 07:49

'Sad' Saudi royals label Trump ‘irresponsible’ and blast US for 'violating peace process'

The US President reversed a decades old US policy on Israel as he announced yesterday the American embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but Saudi Arabia claimed it “represents a bias against the rights of the Palestinian people”.

The controversial move has sparked international condemnation from the Palestinians, the UK, Turkey and other nations.

Now the Saudi royal court has released a statement describing the announcement as a “big step back in efforts to advance peace process”, adding it “violates US neutral position regarding Jerusalem”.

The royal court also expressed “deep sorrow” over Trump’s decision, which Saudi Arabia described as unjustified.

Dec 07 03:33

Ron Paul on Israel's Capital: Who Decides?

How will President Trump’s announcement that the US would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital affect US policy in the Middle East? How might it affect our security, as the move will most certainly inflame and cause anger in the Muslim world? Is there a silver lining? We cover this complicated issue in today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

Dec 06 15:22

War is peace: Trump’s move on occupied Jerusalem

"War in Palestine is peace of mind in Washington. This seems to fit the Trump doctrine. But are the Palestinians really ideal for the role? Israeli commentators believe that Arab and Muslim leaders won’t side with Palestine. The risk is that the Arab and Muslim masses react very differently. The situation could quickly become volatile. And the crucial question that Americans must ask themselves tomorrow morning is how Trump’s “war is peace” makes “America great again”? It doesn’t. This is simply a survival tactic on Trump’s part. It benefits Trump and Trump alone.

As far as I can tell, Trump is doing a great job obliterating what is left of America’s world hegemony. Give Trump another year in office, assuming that the planet can take it, and American prestige and influence will shrink to none. Some may well argue that this alone makes Trump a positive force in contemporary world politics."

Dec 06 11:52

Saudi-led coalition intensifies airstrikes against Yemen after death of Saleh

The coalition’s warplanes conducted dozens of airstrikes on positions of the Houthi Ansarullah movement in Sana’a and other northern provinces early Wednesday despite calls for a humanitarian ceasefire in the country, Yemen’s al-Masirah television reported.

The coalition also bombed the presidential palace, Saleh’s residence and houses of his family members.

Local residents said loud explosions were heard in downtown Sana’a.

The airstrikes also targeted other Yemeni provinces, including Ta’izz, Hajjah and Sa’dah.

Dec 06 11:51

OIC set to meet in Turkey to coordinate response on Trump's al-Quds move

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is set to meet in Turkey to coordinate a response to US President Donald Trump's plan to declare Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told reporters in the capital Ankara on Wednesday that the summit would take place on December 13 in the city of Istanbul.

"In the face of developments that arouse sensitivity over the status of Jerusalem [al-Quds], Mr. President is calling a leaders' summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in order to display joint action among Islamic countries," media outlets quoted Kalin as saying.

Turkey currently holds the chairmanship of the OIC.

Dec 06 09:19

YEMEN’S WAR IS DESTROYING A GENERATION OF CHILDREN

Ahmed, 13, was picking guava fruit from trees in the Al-Jahmalia district of Taiz with four friends on Sept. 18 when the bombs fell.

After trying in vain to persuade his friends into a game of soccer, he’d wandered off. Minutes later a shell, fired by Houthi-Saleh forces, struck, shaking the earth beneath Ahmed’s feet. He ran back to check on his friends, only to arrive in time to watch the youngest, Rayan, 6, take his last breath on the street. The limbs of the others, ages 15, 14, and 12, were scattered across the narrow pathway between traditional stone houses.

“At the beginning of the war, we used to get scared. But now we are used to it,” said Ahmed, the crackle of gunfire and shelling echoing in the distance. He was standing in the same street where he’d watched his friends die two weeks earlier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand: this is precisely the outcome Saudi Arabia's Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Salman, wants to see happening in Yemen.

And, of course, in light of the reality that the US government is aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen, these are precisely the outcomes Prince Salman is getting; the assassinations of children, women, and the medical fragile elderly; deaths through malnutrition, through cholera and now, diptheria.

I would imagine, with the assination of former President Saleh, that the Prince may well order a concerted carpet bombing of Yemen, and complete his grisly and gruesome genocide against this country.

Dec 06 08:56

Trump to declare Jerusalem capital of Israel: White House officials

The president is expected to officially announce the policy changes in remarks at the White House at 1pm on Wednesday.

A U.S. official and a source close to the White House told ABC News that official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital is expected to be intentionally broad and not meant to preclude the possibility that the Palestinians could claim part of the historic city as a capital of a future Palestinian state. The president does not want to "prejudice" the outcome of any future peace negotiations for a two-state solution, one source familiar with the plan told ABC News.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; if your desired outcome of this announcement was to light a match and throw it into pools of gasoline in order to ignite the entire Middle East on fire, you certainly have achieved your objective, bravo!! Well done!!

You had to understand that once this announcement was made, Israel will never allow the Palestinians to claim even a tiny portion of Jerusalem as their capital, and will continue to pursue brisk Jewish only settlements, coupled by brisk annexations and demolitions of homes in which Palestinians have lived for decades, which will engulf the West Bank and East Jerusalem into places of extreme violence, which will put both Israelis and Palestinians in great risk for violence.

By this action, you have incontrovertibly proven, and demonstrated fully, that the United states is pathologically incapable of being an honest broker for peace, and that the two state solution is, for all intents, and purposes, dead.

Congratulations on your monumental idiocy on this issue; your good buddy, Prime Minister Netanyahu got precisely what he wanted; but the price, in terms of potential violence for the entire region, is potentially going to be an horrific price to pay.

And one has to speculate; was this how he promised to pay back that hundred million dollar donation from Sheldon Adelson in 2016?!?

GOP Megadonor Sheldon Adelson to give Trump up to One Hundred Million Dollars in Campaign Donations

Dec 06 08:25

'He's declaring war on 1.5billion Muslims': Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital TODAY despite international fury from the Pope, the UK, Russia, China and Palestinians

America's friends and foes unleashed fierce criticism on Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital which is expected lunchtime Wednesday.

While Israel welcomed the news, Palestinian officials declared the Mideast peace process 'finished' and Turkey announced it would host a meeting of Islamic nations next week to give Muslim countries' leaders an opportunity to coordinate a response.

In Gaza, U.S. and Israeli flags were burned and in the West bank Hamas declared Friday a 'day of rage', raising the specter of mass violence in the occupied territories.

The Pope made a plea for Trump to rethink urgently and spoke out at his weekly general audience in Rome .

Dec 06 08:04

ANALYSIS: Four theories behind Trump’s Jerusalem embassy move

US President Donald Trump’s expected announcement of plans to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem has quickly whipped up a furore, with pundits and foreign leaders warning of intifada-style upheaval and the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.

Which begs the simple question: why announce the move? Trump has spoken of a desire to strike the “ultimate deal” between Israelis and Palestinians – relocating the embassy would likely render Washington unable to play an honest broker in future talks.

Meanwhile, Trump has heard warnings from Arab and European leaders, UN boss Antonio Guterres and even his own State Department pen pushers. The message is clear: an embassy shift would break with decades of US policy and risk fuelling further unrest in the Middle East.

Dec 06 07:52

Iran, Turkey: Al Quds inseparable part of Palestine

Iran and Turkey on Dec. 6 denounced any decision by the US on moving its diplomatic missions to Al Quds, and described the holy city as an 'inseparable' part of Palestine.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that today, one of the priorities of the Muslim world is the cause of Palestine and confronting the illegal acts of Israel.

'We call on all the Muslim and peace-loving countries to resist such illegal acts,' Rouhani said, IRNA news agency reported.

Referring to any decision on recognizing Al Quds city as the capital of Israel, he said that all the countries should react in a deterrent way to any such move by Washington.

He also said he would take part in the emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which is suggested by his Turkish counterpart.

Dec 06 07:35

The Dog That Didn’t Bark – Israel Shamir

The media dog keeps silent...

Now the glorious if a tad too long name of the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (or MBS) should join the list of the great solution-makers. He faced the problem of having a broke country, an empty treasury, and a lot of very rich citizens with full coffers.

Trump faces a similar problem; in the US, the top dogs have the whole hog, while the state is in multi-trillion debt.

Dec 06 07:32

Trump's Embassy Move Sets off Decades of Anger for Muslims, Christians, and the Palestinian Peace Process

While some have claimed in response that Palestinians for always being angry, in fact such attitudes reflect a lack of understanding about the injustice at the heart of this issue.

Numerous Middle Eastern and Western leaders and commentators had warned of the unrest the long-anticipated change could cause.

Even as Trump rang regional heads of state on Tuesday to inform them of his decision, Jordan’s King Abdullah emphasized its “dangerous repercussions” for regional stability.

Dec 06 07:26

Russia concerned over US plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital

The Kremlin is concerned about a possible deterioration of the situation in the Middle East if Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Israel by the US, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. However, he said that it would be premature to comment on decisions that have yet to be made, according to TASS. Peskov noted that the issue had been discussed earlier during a telephone conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. “They expressed concern about the situation and its possible exacerbation,” said Peskov.

Dec 06 06:14

Syria war, Sochi peace – Pepe Escobar

In a well choreographed Sochi summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin defines a peaceful future for Syria after the liberation of the country from militants

The main take away of the trilateral, two hour-long Russia-Iran-Turkey summit in Sochi on the future of Syria was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“The presidents of Iran and Turkey supported the initiative to convene an All-Syrian Congress for national dialogue in Syria. We agreed to hold this important event at the proper level and ensure the participation of representatives of different sectors of Syrian society.”

Dec 06 06:03

Has Russia-gate morphed into Israel-gate?

From ‘Russia-Gate’ to ‘Israel-Gate’ – Justin Raimondo

I feel obligated to repeat my admonition of the various Beltway careerists who light up the small firmament of anti-interventionism: why no defense of the White House on this vitally important issue?

Given the scope of a special counsel’s powers, and the wide berth he is given to pursue possible violations to the law far removed from his original mandate, perhaps we should have expected that some other foreign connection would come to light.

Dec 06 05:17

Rare Conversation with Jared Kushner, Saban Forum – 2017

A lot of countries in the Middle East want the same thing – economic progress, peace for their people.

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser on Middle East peace, said Sunday that Israel needs to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians before it can form an alliance with the greater Arab world.

Dec 05 16:35

Netanyahu ditches US Jews for alliance with Christian evangelicals and the alt-right

Jonathan Cook argues that the government of Israeli Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu seems to prefer as allies Christian evangelicals and white US supremacists, who love Israel as much as they appear to despise Jews, than US Jews. >>

Dec 05 15:09

CIA Chief: Saudi, Israel May Set Up ‘Joint Military Headquarters’

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Saudi Arabia is working directly with Israel on confronting “challenges” in the Middle East, suggesting that the two sides could go as far as setting up “a joint military headquarters.”

Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California, Pompeo cited Daesh, Iran and “failed states” as posing a challenge to both Saudi Arabia and Israel, advising the two sides to develop their relationship.

“We’ve seen them [Saudis] work with the Israelis to push back against terrorism throughout the Middle East, to the extent we can continue to develop those relationships and work alongside them – the [Persian] Gulf states and broader Middle East will likely be more secure,” he said.

“It is incredibly important that in the Middle East, where we have failed states, where you have ISIS, where you have Iran, that we have got to develop a stronger coalition of countries that are willing to work together to confront these challenges,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

CIA Director Pompeo, forgive me please sir, but this is an officially horrible idea, and concretely telegraphs that the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, are all gung ho on attacking Iran, creating "regime change" in Tehran.

So Director Pompeo,I, need to ask a question of you here; should the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia do this, how will Russia respond, in light of the fact that Russian military and political leaders have vowed to protect Iran militarily, should it be attacked?!?

Director Pompeo, I truly believe that you owe all Americans, particularly those whose kids will be killed or mamed for life in such a war, a brutally honest assessment here of what the potential involvement of Russia's military would mean in a war against Iran.

Dec 05 13:44

Yemen: 'Now there will be a new level of civil war'

The death of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh raises doubts about the future of the war-torn country, as a Saudi-led coalition's fight against Houthi rebels will likely intensify, analysts say.

Saleh was killed on Monday by Houthi fighters - his former allies - and his death is considered a "very big blow" to his forces, said Hakim al-Masmari, editor-in-chief of the Yemen Post.

"His house has been under siege for the last two days and today they attacked the house. He escaped … he was found in a vehicle that had clashed with Houthi checkpoint forces," he told Al Jazeera from Yemen's capital, Sanaa.

"This is where he was killed along with a number of his senior aides."

Saleh, who ruled Yemen for more than three decades and played a pivotal role in the country's ongoing civil war, had called on the Saudi-led coalition to lift the siege it imposed on Yemen in a televised speech on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am fully expecting the Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, to order as full and thorough carpet bombing of Yemen as he can conjur, leaving no Yemenis still breathing, and completely destroying what is already hideously destroyed infrastructure behind.

And let's call it by its proper name: genocide, in which the US government and military are blissfully complicit.

Dec 05 10:08

Erdogan, Saudis Warn That Recognizing Jerusalem As Capital Would Be A "Red Line", Have "Catastrophic Consequences"

"Jerusalem is the red line for Muslims. Such a decision will be a heavy blow for all mankind. We will not leave it."

Dec 05 09:56

CIA chief: Saudi, Israel may set up 'joint military headquarters'

CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Saudi Arabia is working directly with Israel on confronting "challenges" in the Middle East, suggesting that the two sides could go as far as setting up "a joint military headquarters."

Dec 05 09:15

TOOSDAY’S TOON …. US EMBASSY MOVING TO JERUSALEM

Dec 05 09:01

The Inevitable Collapse of Israeli-Saudi-American Alliance Against Iran and Resistance

From the earliest years of the Zionist project, the leaders of the movement - which then morphed into the State of Israel - understood that regional coalitions were crucial to its success. But Israel is a settler colonial project and therefor it was and still is very much hated by people in the region. Israel and its leaders invested in creating and promoting corrupt unprincipled despots to lead in the countries around it, men who would control the Arab world by keeping its people poor, uneducated and without representation and would pose no threat to Israel and its policies of genocide and ethnic cleansing perpetuated against the people of Palestine. Israel has had some degree of success in this, especially with the reactionary monarchies. Countries who had leaders that resisted Israel ended up paying a heavy price.

Dec 05 08:06

Jewish community in Iran: all you need to know

Iran, a home for Jews for more than 3000 years, has the Middle East’s largest Jewish population outside of Israel.

Most Iranian Jews live in the capital. In Tehran, there are 13 active synagogues that hold weekly services, five Jewish schools, two Jewish kindergartens, and a 100-bed capacity Jewish hospital. Although there are active Jewish communities all around the country, Tehran’s community is the most significant.

Link fixed

Dec 05 08:01

Saleh’s death means a fresh hell beckons for Yemen

Yemen’s ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed early this morning in a reported rocket attack, will be remembered by history as one of four dictators brought down by the Arab spring five years ago.

Dec 05 07:16

US Patriot Missiles Reportedly Failed During November Use in Riyadh

A November 4 incident in which Yemen fired a ballistic missile at a site near the airport in the Saudi capital of Riyadh was presented at the time as having been foiled by US Patriot missiles fired to intercept the missile. Experts are expressing growing doubts about that.

Researchers analyzing the remnants of the Yemeni missile, which actually did hit its intended target, say that the missile having split into two pieces was not a sign that the interceptors actually worked, but rather something the missile was built specifically to do.

Rather, the evidence suggests the Patriot missiles either missed their target entirely, or only hit the back half of the missile after the warhead was already split off of it, and either way it didn’t do any real good.

Dec 04 10:03

Saudi warplanes unleash massive bombing campaign in Yemen's capital

Yemenis in the war-torn country's capital crowded into basements overnight as Saudi-led fighter jets pounded the positions of Houthi rebels, who are now fighting forces loyal to a former president for control of the city.

Suze van Meegen, Sanaa-based protection and advocacy adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council, said Monday that the violence left aid workers trapped inside their homes and was "completely paralyzing humanitarian operations."

"No one is safe in Sana'a at the moment. I can hear heavy shelling outside now and know it is too imprecise and too pervasive to guarantee that any of us are safe," she said.

Dec 04 09:14

Iran's Jewish community in Esfahan: We 'feel at home'

Esfahan, Iran (CNN)If you're looking for the Jewish community in the Iranian town of Esfahan, you won't have to search for long.

The main synagogue is on Palestine Square, right in the heart of Iran's third largest city. There are public prayers several times a day -- sometimes with more than a hundred people in attendance.

The Jewish community in Iran does not hide its heritage. At the synagogue, Michael Malakon leads the prayer service. He says he is proud of his Jewish identity. And even in a country that is so hostile towards Israel, Malakon says he can practice freely and that he has many Muslim friends.

Dec 04 08:21

Bloody Battles Waged On The Streets Of Yemen's Capital, As Alliances Appear To Shift

In Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, Iran-backed Houthi rebels are clashing with supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh — an outburst of deadly violence between two groups that have recently been allies.

Meanwhile, the Houthi rebels are claiming to have fired a missile at a nuclear power plant under construction in the United Arab Emirates. The claim has been denied by state media in UAE.

Dec 04 07:06

Yemen's former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh 'killed'

Reports from Yemen say ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in fighting with his former allies.

Media controlled by the rebel Houthi movement quoted officials as declaring the "end of the crisis of the treason militia and the killing of its leader".

Sources in Mr Saleh's General People's Congress party also confirmed that he was dead, according to Al Arabiya TV.

Pictures and video circulated online showed the body of a man resembling Mr Saleh with a severe head wound.

Until last week, Mr Saleh's supporters had been fighting alongside the Houthis in a war against Yemen's current president, Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

Dec 04 06:54

Houthis take over Yemeni capital Sanaa, announce ‘end of crisis’ – local media

The capital of Yemen, Sanaa is now reportedly under control of Houthi fighters, according to media citing the Interior Ministry. The Iran-backed group has allegedly retaken the city amid reports of the death of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Dec 04 06:52

Unverified Graphic Footage Allegedly Shows Corpse of Yemen's Ex-President Saleh

Photos and video appeared shortly after reports from a Houthi commander to Sputnik Arabic about the killing of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Monday.
An extremely graphic video allegedly showing the corpse of Ali Abdullah Saleh has surfaced on social media.

The video shows a man's body resembling Saleh. However the authenticity of the footage and the identity of the man are yet to be confirmed by the authorities.

Earlier in the day, the Houthis blew up the house of the former President in Sanaa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saleh was the President of Yemen ousted during the US intervention in 2012. He was the behind-the-scenes leader of the Houthis, which is why I don;t think the Houthies were the ones who killed him.

Dec 04 05:54

FORMER YEMENI PRESIDENT SALEH HAS BEEN KILLED

Reports have flooded in that in the intense battles which saw Houthi fighters re-take parts of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed. These reports have now been confirmed by the Interior Ministry of Lebanon. Days ago, Saleh broke off his previous alliance with Houthi fighters, also known was the Ansar Allah group, in a deal reportedly brokered by the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Dec 03 14:00

The myth of one Jewish nation

Uri Avnery says “the entire relationship between Israelis and diaspora Jews is built on a lie: the belief that they are the same people:, and that the “sooner the two sides recognise this... the better it is for both”. >>

Dec 03 09:41

Progress report on the US-Russian war

I am often asked if the US and Russia will go to war with each other. I always reply that they are already at war. Not a war like WWII, but a war nonetheless. This war is, at least for the time being, roughly 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% kinetic. But in political terms the outcome for the loser of this war will be no less dramatic than the outcome of WWII was for Germany: the losing country will not survive it, at least not in its present shape: either Russia will become a US colony again or the AngloZionist Empire will collapse.

At the end of the day, political regimes can only survive by the consent of those it rules. In the United States this consent is clearly in the process of being withdrawn. In Russia it has never been stronger.

Dec 03 08:59

YEMEN - SAUDIS THROW THE TOWEL - SALEH IS BAAACK - RUSSIA WINS

The war on Yemen has finally taken a turn towards an end. Former President Saleh is back in his leading position. They Saudis accepted their defeat. The Houthis will be thrown out of the capital Sanaa and return to their northern areas. Yemen is devastated and will need to rebuild. Everyone who participated in this war has lost. The only winner is Russia.

Dec 03 08:37

UAE denies Yemen's Houthis fired missile at UAE nuclear plant

The United Arab Emirates Sunday denied a report that Yemen's Houthi group had fired a missile towards a nuclear plant in the UAE, state news agency WAM reported on its Twitter account.

Dec 03 08:01

Arab League, Palestinians Warn US Against Recognizing Jerusalem Israeli Capital

The stern warning came a day after a senior White House official said that President Donald Trump planned to make a pertinent announcement sometime next week.
Any move by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would “fuel extremism,” increase instability and derail the peace process, the leaders of the Arab League and the Palestinian Authority said.

On Monday, Trump is also expected to decide on the renewal of a six-month waiver on the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Today we say very clearly that taking such action is not justified … It will not serve peace or stability, but will fuel extremism and resort to violence,” Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a statement.

Dec 02 09:47

Ravaged by Cholera, Yemen Faces 2nd Preventable Scourge: Diphtheria

Diphtheria, a deadly infectious disease once thought to have been largely eradicated, has now joined cholera as a public-health scourge threatening war-torn Yemen, where a blockade by Saudi Arabia has impeded emergency aid.

Officials at the World Health Organization said Friday that at least 22 people in Yemen had died of diphtheria and nearly 200 had been sickened since it was detected three months ago.

The disease, which the medical charity Doctors Without Borders said had not been seen in Yemen for 25 years, has now spread to 13 of Yemen’s 22 governorates.

Officials warned that young children were especially vulnerable to the disease, which spreads through the air and could escalate quickly into an epidemic in Yemen if health workers there lack the antitoxins and vaccine to control it. Currently they have little of either.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, from the perspective of the thoroughly, morally depraved Saudi Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, the Yemenis, and particularly their children haven't suffered enough, and not enough of them have died from Saudi bombings; death by malnutrition; death by cholera, and death by diptheria.

And the US government is blissfully happy in enabling this genocide.

Of course, I fully understand that people in the highest levels of government in this country have had their conscience surgically removed before taking office.

I don't think that I am alone here in feeling very morally uncomfortable in being a citizen of a country which colludes in war crimes, which is precisely what the US government is doing with Saudi Arabia right now.

Dec 02 09:10

EU resolution calls for arms embargo against Saudi Arabia, accuses it of war crimes

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution, which calls for an EU-wide embargo on arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the alleged war crimes it has committed in Yemen. The resolution also criticizes EU members selling arms to the Gulf kingdom.
The EU parliament “condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing violence in Yemen and all attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure, which constitute war crimes,” the resolution passed on Thursday says. It goes on to say that “dozens of Saudi-led airstrikes have been blamed for indiscriminately killing and wounding civilians in violation of the laws of war, including through the use of internationally banned cluster munitions.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo to the EU on this one; however, unfortunately is most likely to be thoroughly ignored by the two major weapons-sellers to Saudi Arabia, and those countries would be the UK and the US.

Their Merchants of Death are simply making too much money, and all profits - no matter where they come from - are deemed "good for the economy", right?!?

Dec 02 07:00

Yemen rebel alliance teeters as strongman turns to Saudis

The rebel alliance controlling Yemen's capital appeared to be crumbling Saturday as a strongman opposed to the internationally recognized government reached out to the Saudi-led coalition fighting the insurgents.

The rift within rebel ranks has raised fears of a new front in an already devastating three-year war that has claimed thousands of lives and triggered a major humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Dec 01 10:28

Misusing Intelligence to Sell Conflict with Iran

Although nobody knows exactly where Donald Trump intends to go with his campaign of seeking confrontation with Iran, his administration already has provided disconcerting parallels with the techniques an earlier U.S. administration used in selling its launching of a war against Iraq. Among these techniques is the cherry-picking of intelligence not to inform policy-making or to enlighten the public but instead to inculcate false perceptions among the public and thereby to muster support for a policy already chosen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the Israeli Firsters around President Trump are cheerleading for regime change in Tehran, but please understand: they only want this to happen at the cost of American blood and American money, and they don't give a damn about what the costs of such a war will be.

So I sincerely hope that President Trump realizes that should the US and/or Saudi Arabia attack Iran, Russia will most probably jump into the fray on Iran's side, as their military and political leadership have long vowed that should Iran be attacked, Russia willcome to its aid militarily.

Dec 01 09:58

Saudis Intercept Ballistic Missile Fired From Yemen

It's deja vu all over again in Saudi Arabia. Al Arabiya reports that a ballistic missile from Yemen has been intercepted on Thursday by Saudi air defense forces in southern city of Khamis Mushait in the south western province of Assir.

Huthi rebels fired a ballistic missile today that hit a military target in Saudi Arabia, rebel media in Yemen said, after the leader of the group threatened Riyadh with retaliation over a blockade.

"We confirm the success of our ballistic missile trial, which hit its military target inside Saudi Arabia," the Huthi-run Al-Masira television channel said.

Earlier, rebel chief Abdulmalik al-Huthi warned against "prolonging the blockade" imposed on Yemen following a November 4 Huthi missile attack that was intercepted near Riyadh international airport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow, in the Saudi military mindset, the rebels are not supposed to be able to hit back, in this going-on 3 year genocide against Yemen, courtesy of its butcher, Prince Salman.

Nov 30 13:37

Saudis Intercept Ballistic Missile Fired From Yemen

It's deja vu all over again in Saudi Arabia. Al Arabiya reports that a ballistic missile from Yemen has been intercepted on Thursday by Saudi air defense forces in southern city of Khamis Mushait in the south western province of Assir.

Nov 30 06:50

MEDIA ERASE NATO ROLE IN BRINGING SLAVE MARKETS TO LIBYA

he American and British media have awakened to the grim reality in Libya, where African refugees are for sale in open-air slave markets. Yet a crucial detail in this scandal has been downplayed or even ignored in many corporate media reports: the role of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in bringing slavery to the North African nation. In March 2011, NATO launched a war in Libya expressly aimed at toppling the government of longtime leader Muammar Qadhafi. The US and its allies flew some 26,000 sorties over Libya and launched hundreds of cruise missiles, destroying the government’s ability to resist rebel forces.

Nov 28 09:49

Britain's secret role in Saudi Arabia's dirty war: UK troops are training army that has left a million on the brink of starvation, investigation finds

The British Army is secretly training Saudi Arabian troops to fight in Yemen, where the country has been accused of committing crimes against humanity, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Up to 50 UK military personnel have been teaching battlefield skills to soldiers who will be deployed in the so-called ‘dirty war’.

Thousands of civilians have been killed in bombing raids and an estimated one million children are facing starvation and serious illness as a result of the conflict.

The Army’s involvement is part of Britain’s ‘shameful complicity’ in the suffering, according to Tory MP and former Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; what Saudi Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, wants to see happen here, is a total and complete genocide of the Yemeni people.

And to that end, the US and UK have been incredibly complicit in making this guy's sick, twisted dream become a reality on the ground.

The picture which accompanies the article says it all; an innocent toddler, starving to death, who will probably never gain back either his intelligence or his health in full measure.

Prince Salman is utterly furious that this child, and all the other Yemeni children like him, have not already starved to death.

I am thoroughly amazed that he hasn't ordered a complete carpet bombing of the country, creating mass murder of every Yemeni civilian still breathing; but perhaps, that is his next step in the country's total obliviation and destruction.

And to the American and British legislators who have signed off on this; you no longer represent your alleged constitutents; only the corporations, particularly those merchants of death, which own you, and are making tremendous money peddling their wares to the Saudi governement for the genocide it is creating in Yemen.

And having signed off on this Saudi genocide in Yemen, this demonstrates, incontrovertibly, that you have collectively have had your consciences surgically removed before having taken office.

Nov 27 14:29

Tackling corruption: Why Saudi Prince Muhammad’s approach raises questions

James Dorsey argues that “power and assets rather than anti-corruption” are behind Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s purge of princes and businessmen, and that the aim appears to be “to intimidate and put the kingdom’s elite on notice”.>>

Nov 27 13:37

Why Mueller Is REALLY Indicting Flynn

So why is Mueller really going after Flynn?

When Flynn was head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and afterwards, he blew the whistle on the U.S. and its allies willfully allowing Islamic terrorists to flourish in Syria.

That didn’t ingratiate him with the Deep State …

Then last November, Flynn ruffled more feathers by writing:

The primary bone of contention between the U.S. and Turkey is Fethullah Gülen, a shady Islamic mullah residing in Pennsylvania whom former President Clinton once called his “friend” in a well circulated video.

Nov 27 11:32

Saudi-led ‘Arab NATO’ declares total war on terrorism; Iran, Iraq & Syria not invited

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Salman has vowed to “wipe” terrorists from the “face of the earth” using resources available to the Islamic Military Alliance, a so-called ‘Arab NATO’ which claims to be targeting a “faceless enemy,” rather than any particular “sect” or “country.”

Formed in 2015 by then-deputy Crown Prince and defense minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, the IMA has so far only functioned on paper. Now the Crown Prince wants to take his brainchild to the next level by declaring a total “war against terrorism,” during the Sunday summit of IMA, also referred to as the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) or the “Arab NATO.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OH, REALLY?!?!?

Forgive me, but I am nearly close to choking from nausea, invoked by the glaring hipocrisy of the words coming out of this guy's mouth, relative to the hellish realities on the ground he has created for the people of Yemen.

So please: when does Prince Salman intend to announce the end of the terror he and his coalition are raining down on Yemen with these damnable bombing raids, which are killing civillian women, children, and the medically fragile elderly here?!?

When will he stop the US-enabled blockades of Yemeni ports, leading to massive deaths by malnutrition?!?

And when will he get a reasonable, and rapid, medical response going to the horrific outbreak of cholera, which is killing thousands in Yemen?!?

Prince MBS, if you want to stop a lot of terror in the region, you had better damned well take a good, long look in a mirrior first.

Nov 27 11:11

SAUDIS WOO TORY MPS WITH LAVISH DINNERS & HOTELS AS 20 MILLION YEMENIS STARVE

The Saudi blockade of Yemen has left 20 million people on the brink of starvation, but some UK parliamentarians prefer not to notice, instead filling up their bellies with the help of royal hospitality of Riyadh, measuring in tens of thousands of pounds.

According to the Middle East Eye, members of UK parliament have accepted some £94,189 ($126,939) worth of luxury hotel stays, lavish dinners, business class flights, donations and other forms of hospitality from the Saudi government this year alone.

So far this year, 13 Conservative MPs have accepted the royal welcome, as well as one Labour MP, who reportedly got a donation worth £6,722 ($8,964), from the Saudi Kingdom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

-Proving again that American politicians aren't the only ones for sale, or who have had their conciences collective surgically removed!!

Nov 27 11:04

SAUDI ARABIA’S COALITION CRUMBLES IN YEMEN. 5 KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM A FAILED WAR

Middle East Eye editor-in-chief David Hearst notes that “All in all, the first military venture to be launched by the 32-year-old Saudi prince as defense minister is a tactical and strategic shambles.”

The Saudi war is heavily backed by the United States and the United Kingdom.

Zerohedge reports on MBS’ disastrous and illegal military adventure in Yemen that is killing millions of civilians and bankrupting the Saudi Kingdom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good that the coalition appears to be crumbling.

I, very frankly, hate being a citizen of a country colluding with Saudi Arabia in war crimes in Yemen. And I link back to these images again and again, because I think the American people need to be having a very honest dialogue about what is being done, with our tax dollars and in our names in the Middle East.

It is financially very profitable for the US merchants of death to continue to supply Saudi Arabia with the bombs and bullets which kill, and maim for life, innocent infants, toddlers, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

These same corporations, the heads of which have all had their consciences surgically removed before taking office, contribute generously to both parties, so why shouldn't the assassinations of Yemeni innocents continue, as long as they are profitable?!? That is the only thing that matters anymore in American society, profitability, right?!?

Here is what that "profitability" is looking like to Yemeni kids these days:

Images:Yemeni children being killed and maimed for life in Saudi bombings

More images: Yemeni children being killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombings

Nov 27 08:09

Dubai Security-Chief Unleashes Tweet-Storm Demanding Bombing Of Al-Jazeera

Interesting enough, Al Jazeera was the only media outlet to report on their own bomb-threat as most outlets fell silent. Here is how Al Jazeera interpreted Khalfan’s tweets,

“The alliance must bomb the machine of terrorism … the channel of ISIL, al-Qaeda and the al-Nusra front, Al Jazeera the terrorists,” the former police chief and now head of security in the Emirate told his 2.42 million followers on the social media site.

“For how long will they [Al Jazeera] continue to tamper with the security of Egypt and the Arab world?” he tweeted.

Khalfan then posted an image of Al Jazeera’s iconic logo superimposed in front of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, and 91-year-old Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

Nov 27 07:28

Bahrain Regime Forces Besiege Home of Shiites’ Spiritual Leader

Bahraini security forces have extensively surrounded the house of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, whose health condition is severely deteriorating.

According to officials from the country’s dissolved al-Wefaq party on Sunday, Sheikh Qassim is in immediate need of medical treatment.

Last year, the Bahraini regime dissolved the country’s main Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, as well as Islamic Enlightenment Society (Tawiya) and al-Risala Society.

Nov 26 14:42

Where is Zionism taking us?

Lawrence Davidson says given the Zionist lobbies' hold on governments and their subversion of human rights institutions, the onus is on organised civil society, mainly BDS, to end apartheid in Israel and restore Palestinian rights.>>

Nov 26 11:01

The Dark Inevitability of Zionism

Among the growing assaults on freedom of speech is an Israeli-driven campaign to criminalize a campaign to boycott Israel over its racist persecution of Palestinians, writes Lawrence Davidson.

Nov 25 10:09

50,000 children in Yemen have died of starvation and disease so far this year, monitoring group says

An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease.

Save the Children said late Wednesday that a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels is likely to further increase the death rate. It says over 50,000 children are believed to have died in 2017.

Saudi Arabia blocked Yemen's ports after a rebel missile attack near Riyadh. It said Monday the coalition would lift the blockade after widespread international criticism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; this genocide of Yemen's children is precisely the outcome the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, eagerly wants to bring about, courtesy of US military collusion in Saudi war crmes.

In fact, I am rather amazed that he has not ordered the complete carpet bombing of Yemen at this point; perhaps that is his "next tactical step".

Nov 25 08:43

US policies behind partition of Sudan & current Middle East problems – president

Sudan is against US meddling in the affairs of Arab states, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi Thursday. He also said Washington’s policies are responsible for the partitioning of his country.

"We are against American interference in the internal affairs of the Arab nations,” Bashir said, referring to US attempts to pressure Iran in the first instance. “We believe that the problems the region is currently facing are caused by US meddling,” he said.

Nov 25 08:31

WATCH: 'Palestine the primary issue within the Muslim world' - Khamenei

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "today, the issue of Palestine is the primary issue within the Muslim world," during a speech in Tehran on Thursday.

He continued, stating that Palestine was "an Islamic country that has been usurped and turned into a means of sabotaging the security of several countries in the region."

“This cancerous tumor [Israel] should be fought against," he added.

Nov 24 08:32

THE REVERSE MIDAS TOUCH OF SAUDI ARABIA’S CROWN PRINCE IS TURNING THE MIDDLE EAST TO DUST

Both MBS, as he has come to be known, and his elderly father King Salman, the BND analysts wrote, want Saudi Arabia to be seen as “the leader of the Arab world” with a foreign policy built on “a strong military component.” Yet the memo also pointed out that the consolidation of so much power in a single young prince’s hands “harbors a latent risk that in seeking to establish himself in the line of succession in his father’s lifetime, he may overreach,” adding: “Relations with friendly and above all allied countries in the region could be overstretched.”

And so it has come to pass. In fact, despite being repudiated at the time by a German government more concerned about diplomatic and commercial relations with Riyadh, the BND warning turned out to be eerily prophetic.

Nov 24 07:43

SAUDI ARABIA TO BUY $7BN-WORTH OF US PRECISION WEAPONS FROM RAYTHEON & BOEING

As part of the mammoth $110-billion deal brokered by Donald Trump, Saudi Arabia is purchasing precision arms worth $7 billion from US manufacturers Raytheon and Boeing, a media report says. This is in spite of concerns over the toll on Yemen’s civilians.

Raytheon and Boeing are the two defense contractors selected to produce precision-guided munitions for the Saudi Arabian military, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The deal is part of the giant $110-billion weapons agreement inked by Trump and the Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz in May.

Neither the corporations nor Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman, chose to comment on the precision weapons sale. The Saudi diplomat said, however, that his country will follow the agreement signed by Trump and King Salman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How terrific for the Yemeni people, in light of the fact that these arms are going to be used to continue the two year-plus Saudi Arabian-led, US militarily-enabled genocide in Yemen, courtesy of the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Salman, which is looking something like this, these days:

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs.

Images: Yemeni chidren dying from malnutrition

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera

In your names, folks, and with your tax dollars; how does that make you feel?!? Are you proud to be an American, whose country is colluding in war crimes with the Saudi government and military?!?

Because as an American citizen, I am, very honestly, morally outraged to be a citizen of a country which enables, and endorses war crimes against innocent civilians!!

I am honestly amazed that Prince Salman has not yet ordered a complete saturation/carpet bombing of Yemen, so that not one Yemeni individual is left standing. But perhaps he as "saved" that tactic as the next one for Yemen.

I am absolutely confident that both Sec Def Mattis and President Trump would sign off on it, and immediately, in a "Larry the Cable Guy" Get "Er Done!" kind of way.

Nov 24 07:43

UK ‘complicit in promoting famine’ in war-torn Yemen

Britain is becoming “dangerously complicit” in facilitating famine as a weapon in Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen, it has been claimed. Academic Alex de Waal has joined former Tory minister Andrew Mitchell in warning the UK over its role.

De Waal says the US and the UK, and others on the UN Security Council, risk becoming accessories to the “worst famine crime of this decade.” He told the Guardian: “If you see someone starving, it’s not just that they’ve got a disease. Somebody has done it to that person. Yemen is really the most shocking case of our generation of a famine crime because the lines of culpability are so clear and there’s no denying them.”

Nov 23 16:53

Saudi Prince Muhammad’s Achilles Heel: Misreading tea leaves in Washington

James Dorsey says Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s regional strategy not only risks escalating tensions and raising questions about Saudi Arabia’s ability to successfully confront Iran, but also may be based on a misreading of the dynamics of US policymaking.>>

Nov 23 09:00

EXCLUSIVE: 'American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince - and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down 'just to send a message

Source in Saudi Arabia says American private security contractors are carrying out'interrogations' on princes and billionaires arrested in crackdown
Detained members of Saudi elite have been hung by their feet and beaten by interrogates, source says
Among those hung upside down are Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an investor worth at least $7 billion who is being held at Riyadh's Ritz Carlton
Arrests were ordered three weeks ago by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Source claims mercenaries are from 'Blackwater', a claim also made by Lebanese president
But its successor firm denies it has any operations in Saudi Arabia whatsoever and says its staff abide by U.S. law
Americans who commit torture abroad can be jailed for up to 20 years

Nov 23 08:01

Did the US allow ISIS to escape to keep the fighting going?

Americans have been living in a country that has not known peace since 9/11, when President George W. Bush and his posse of neoconservatives delivered the message to the world that “you are either with us or against us.” The threat was coupled with flurry of hastily conceived legislation that opened the door to the unconstitutional “war on terror” carried out at the whim of the Chief Executive, a conflict which was from the start conceived of as a global military engagement without end.

Nov 23 05:05

TOP SAMANTHA POWER AIDE IS NOW LOBBYING TO UNDERMINE OPPONENTS OF YEMEN WAR

STARVING CHILDREN WITH haunting eyes and emaciated bodies. Bombed-out hospitals and homes. A cholera epidemic that is the largest and fastest-spreading in modern history. These scenes have sparked outrage and a flurry of denunciations of the U.S.-backed war in Yemen, which is led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

But that’s not to say the war has no defenders in the United States. In fact, a public relations consultant and former U.S. diplomat enlisted by the UAE has worked to discredit U.S.-based groups raising awareness of atrocities in Yemen.

Hagar Chemali previously served as a top spokesperson for Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Now, she is paid six figures to shape the debate about the war at the U.N., including by discrediting NGOs that advance evidence of human rights violations in Yemen, according to public disclosures and emails obtained by The Intercept.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are people on this planet who will do anything for money, including whoring for genocide; this is precisely what Hagar Chemali is doing right now, in her enabling the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman, to get closer to his goal of complete anihilation of the Yemeni people, assisted by the US military.

Nov 22 14:16

Boy, Is This Stupid or What?nDid the US allow ISIS to escape to keep the fighting going?

The shambles of American policy as it applies to the Middle East was highlighted by yet another similar and particularly bizarre episode that was revealed initially by the BBC on Monday of last week. In early October, when the Syrians and Russians were closing in from the west on Raqqa, the “capital” of the ISIS caliphate while the U.S supported Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which predominantly consists of the Kurdish militias, was closing in from the east, a deal was reportedly struck to permit an evacuation of the remaining ISIS fighters and their families.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get this straight; the US brokered a deal to get ISIS out of Raqqa, and sent them packing, to live and fight another day?!?

Anyone who says that the US government has not been supporting, funding, and training ISIS just has not been paying attention!!

Nov 22 13:34

Everywhere Surge: US Mideast Deployments Up 33% in Four Months

The Pentagon isn’t always honest about troop levels overseas, but their quarterly reports have shown a precipitous rise in ground troop deployments across the Middle East since June. Perhaps most interestingly, these deployments came entirely after the announced escalations in Iraq and Syria had already taken place.

US troop levels are up some 33% across the 14 nations included in the report, and rose in every single one of those countries. This spans a region covering all nations from Turkey to Egypt, down to Yemen, and over to Iraq and Kuwait.

The largest deployments are some of the most surprising, with the US presence in Qatar more than double over the past report (3,164 to 6,671), and nearly tripled in the United Arab Emirates (1,531 to 4,240). It is particularly noteworthy that troops continued to be added to nations in which seemingly nothing is happening, like Oman and Lebanon, suggesting the US is determined to just escalate everywhere at all times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Escalations like this don't happen for utterly no reason: logistics like this take time, and planning.

I would suggest that this bump in troop strength in the Middle East may well b may well be a pre-positioning of resources in advance of an attack against Iran, possibly tag teaming with both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

This could get very nasty, very quickly, as Russian political and military leaders have consistently vowed to come to Iran's aid militarily, should it be attacked.

Nov 22 11:12

Saad Hariri: Lebanon PM 'suspends' resignation

Nov 22 10:22

HERE’S WHAT VLADIMIR PUTIN AND BASHAR ASSAD DISCUSSED IN SOCHI

In summary, President Assad came to Moscow in October 2015 a drowning man to whom the Russians had just thrown a lifeline.

The situation is totally transformed today.

Not only has eastern Aleppo been liberated and the whole of Aleppo secured, but the authority of the Syrian government has been restored along the whole of Syria’s western coast with only the province of Idlib and a few pockets of territory still under Jihadi control.

In central and eastern Syria ISIS has been broken. Palmyra is now conclusively liberated, the siege of Deir Ezzor has been broken and the city cleared of ISIS, and following the liberation of Albukamal ISIS no longer controls any large or important towns in Syria, and has been reduced to a rural insurgency.

In the meantime the Syrian army has been expanded, retrained and re-equipped into a far more formidable force than it was before.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The following image said it all:

Putin and Al-Assad at Socci, 21 November, 2017

It looks as though Al Assad is hugging Putin, almost as a father figure, or at least a wise elder statesman who helped get the situation stabilized in Syria; there has to be a lot of gratitude here, on Al-Assad's part.

It was reported that Putin and Trump talked yesterday for a very long time; I have to wonder how it will impact Sec Def Mattis' statement a couple of days ago that even though ISIS was defeated in Syria, that US troops will stay regardless.

I hope President Trump is committed to stabilizing Syria at this point, and that has to translate into US troop withdrawal from the country, ASAP.

Nov 22 08:00

"Arab League has become a tool for implementing imperialist interests" - Syria

An official source from the Syrian Foreign Ministry has condemned the Sunday’s Saudi-fronted anti-Iranian/Hezbollah meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League states in Cairo.

“The Arab League has been degraded into becoming a tool steered by the money of the oil sheikhdoms against the interests of [Arab] nation and its existence, as well as common security goals while being guided by implementation of dictates of the nation’s enemies,” an official source from the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said.

Nov 21 10:00

A million children orphaned by the Syrian war

As many as a million children have been orphaned by the war in Syria which is in its sixth year.

The UN has warned against the dangers facing children without parents such as lack of education, trafficking and being indoctrinated by armed groups.

Many children are living in orphanages being run by local charities both inside Syria and abroad.

"I was five years old when Shabiha attacked and rounded everyone up," said Mariam al Shalan, an orphan from Homs.

"Then they opened fire and killed everyone. My mother came in fornt of us and took the bullets.

"My mother asked me for water. When I came back, she was dead. Me and my brother spent two days under the blood and the bodies."

In a centre for orphans in the opposition-controlled city of Idlib, almost every child that has been affected by the war suffers from trauma and psychological stress

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a huge degree of responsibility the US government should bear for creating so many orphans in Syria, by backing, funding, and training the alleged "moderate rebels" (of which there were none), and getting so many Syrian moms, dads, and family members assassinated, in their attempt to destabilize the Al Assad government.

Of course, it won't; in the minds of Pentagon, State Department, and White House Planners, "The Ends Justify the means", even when the means translates to the slaughter of innocents; the people killed are not even people anymore, just "collateral damage."

Nov 21 09:40

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?

It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us “how things got so bad” explains to us that, “it’s a complicated story” involving “warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.”

No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country. It started with the “Arab Spring” which had all the fingerprints of State Department meddling, and it escalated with 2015’s unprovoked Saudi attack on the country to reinstall Riyadh’s preferred leader. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and millions more are at risk as starvation and cholera rage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Dr. Paul, some of us, particularly contributors to WRH, HAVE been paying attention.

And what we are seeing, is a clear case of the US government colluding in Saudi war crimes; the assassinations and maiming of Yemeni children; starvation of Yemeni children to death, and the introduction of (perhaps weaponized) cholera to the country, which has slain, and will slay, countless more.

In fact, I am somewhat amazed that Prince Bin Salman hasn't ordered an all-out carpet bombing of the country, not allowing one one Yemeni individual to survive.

Perhaps that is the next step in the Butcher of Yemen's strategy.

The analogy of which I am most clearly reminded, is that if the response by the Papal Legate, who ordered a seige of the the Cathars, holding out at Montsegeur, France. When informed by his soldiers that women, children, and infants, were with the beseiged men, he gave the following order: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

But I can tell you that I am profoundly morally uncomfortable, being a citizen of a country for whose leadership, the commission of war crimes in Yemen "is no big deal"; but then again, I have always known, or at least intuited, that those on their way to seizing and consolidating political, financial, or military power in this country, have had their consciences surgically removed.

Nov 21 08:21

CBS’ 60 Minutes Program Ignores US Complicity in Yemen Crisis

The venerated US television program “60 Minutes” reported on the crisis in Yemen on Sunday, pointing out if “you keep going like you’re going, there’s not going to be anybody left, all the children are going to be dead.”

The CBS program, however, left out the fact that the US is providing crucial material support for Saudi Arabia’s atrocities in Yemen.

Nov 20 09:13

No Proof Iran Behind Houthi Missile Launch

A UN panel appointed by the UN Security Council says it has seen no proof of Saudi Arabia’s claims that Iran was responsible for the recent missile attack by the Yemeni Houthi fighters targeting Riyadh. In a confidential letter sent to UNSC diplomats on Nov. 10, the panel said they had seen no evidence to support Saudi claims that short-range ballistic missiles have been transferred to Yemeni forces in violation of UNSC resolutions, the US-based investigative website The Intercept reported on Friday. Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of supplying Houthis with short-range ballistic missiles, one of which was intercepted by the Saudi Air Force in midair before targeting an airport near Riyadh on Nov. 4. Top American officials, including US President Donald Trump, have also repeated Saudi accusations against Iran.

Nov 20 08:26

Lebanon will not be base for Iranian-Arab clash: Arab League head

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Monday that Lebanon will not be a battleground for clashes between Iran and Arab states.

Nov 20 08:19

With 50,000 Yemeni children dead in 2017, UK-US-Saudi war enters horrific new stage

Two-and-a-half years of a lethal blockade and bombardment have produced almost nothing regarding territorial gains in the West’s Saudi-executed war against the Yemeni nation. The tightening of the blockade is an obscene, desperate attempt to put off its inevitable defeat.
The war against Yemen, sponsored by the West and executed by their ever-loyal Saudi fall guys, is going badly. Very badly.

Nov 20 07:55

Arab League May Refer to UNSC to Counter Iran's Alleged Meddling

The Arab League could file an appeal to the United Nations Security Council to confront Iran's alleged interference in regional states' affairs, regional organization's Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Sunday.

Nov 20 07:55

Israeli Minister Recognizes Israel's Secret Ties With 'Many' Arab States

Israeli Minister of Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz has recognized the existence of secret ties between Israel and "many" Muslim and Arab states, including Saudi Arabia.

Nov 20 07:48

BERRI TO ABOUL GHEIT: TENS OF ARAB LEAGUE RESOLUTIONS CONFIRM LEBANON'S RIGHT TO RESIST ISRAEL

Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, on Monday told Arab League Secretary General, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, that tens of Arab League resolutions confirmed the Lebanese resistance's right to liberate occupied territories and support Lebanon in resisting Israel.

Nov 20 07:47

Lebanon Voices Reservations on Arab League Statement Calling Hizbullah 'Terrorist'

The closing statement of an emergency Arab League meeting labeled Hizbullah as “terrorist” on Sunday, which prompted Lebanon’s representative to voice reservations over certain clauses.

The statement accused Hizbullah of “training terrorist groups” in Bahrain, “supporting terrorist groups” in Saudi Arabia, and “supporting terror and terrorist groups in Arab countries with advanced weapons and ballistic missiles.”

And describing Hizbullah as a “partner in the Lebanese government,” the statement also accused the group of “spreading extremism and sectarianism” and “interfering in the internal affairs of other countries.”

Iraq also voiced reservations over a clause condemning Iran’s role in the region and another labeling Hizbullah as “terrorist.”

Nov 20 07:46

60 Minutes, barred from Yemen, still got the footage

This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Scott Pelley reports on the dire conditions for children in Yemen. The situation is so severe that, according to the U.N., a child in Yemen dies every ten minutes. But the widespread starvation is an underreported story because, as Pelley explains, the Saudi-led blockade that's cutting off food supplies is also blocking journalists from entering Yemen.

"As soon as we got to Djibouti, the Saudis rescinded the permission that they had given us to be on the ship," Pelley says. So the team started asking questions. Was the ship being held in port? No, they were told. It was still going; they were not.

From the window in their hotel room, they watched the ship depart without them.

Though physically blocked, the team was not deterred.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Bravo to 60 minutes for actually getting the footage out of Yemen they did; they were very ingenious and very inventive in making this work.

However, that being said, the US government's fealty here is to Saudi Arabia, in what can only be characterized as a genocide in Yemen, courtesy of its Butcher in Chief, Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, who appears to be taking over as King this week, while Americans will be dozing from the L-tryptophane in their turkey.

I am profoundly morally uncomfortable being a citizen of a country colluding with the Saudis in war crimes in Yemen, and firmly believe that US citizens need to be having a very public, and peaceful, but loud and detailed, conversation about why this country's leadership is completely morally comfortable in their participation in war crimes in Yemen.

Because in my world, one Yemeni kid who has been assassinated by Saudi airstrikes, with US military "guidance"; one Yemeni kid who has died from complications of malnutration; or one Yemeni kid who has been killed by exposure to cholera (possibly weaponised), is one Yemeni kid too many.

Nov 20 07:46

Lebanon, Palestinian Groups Rap Arab League for Labeling Hezbollah

The Lebanese government and Palestinian resistance forces strongly condemned a decision by the Arab League to designate the Hezbollah resistance movement as a terrorist organization.

Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said in a statement that he had refused to list Hezbollah as a terror group as it was a “fundamental component of the Lebanese state,” presstv reported.

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmad Aboul Gheit announced at a media conference in Cairo on Sunday that Arab states agreed to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization, adding that he would not “rule out going to the United Nations Security Council as a next step.”

Nov 19 17:18

Saudi Arabia vows to take on Iran amid warnings region in ‘a dangerous abyss’

SAUDI Arabia has warned it will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran amid warnings the region is being pushed into a “dangerous abyss”.

Nov 19 08:48

Arab League Emergency Meeting: Divisions Fail the Decisions

When Saudi Arabia called for the emergency meeting, divides showed face, too. Iraq declared that it will not take part on the level of foreign minister in the meeting. Additionally, the foreign minister of Libyan national unity government Mohammed Taha Siala has announced that Libya sent a letter to the Arab League head informing him that it was not participating. Lebanon is another Arab country that is expected to challenge the closing statement if it blasts Hezbollah. In March 2016 summit, the Lebanese and Iraqi representatives opposed labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Responding to Beirut objection, Saudi Arabia froze $3 billion in military aid presented to Lebanon by Riyadh. Moreover, the Qatari spat with Saudi Arabia is slated to overshadow the ending statement about Hezbollah condemnation and continuation of Saudi Arabia’s destabilizing behavior in Yemen and Lebanon.

Nov 19 08:21

Hariri to head to Cairo, Kuwait before Lebanon: reports

Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to travel to Egypt and Kuwait before making his return to Lebanon, media reports said Sunday.

Nov 19 08:20

US and France agree on need to counter Iran influence in Middle East

The United States and France agreed on the need to work with allies to counter the “destabilising” activities of Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hizbollah, in the Middle East.

US president Donald Trump spoke with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, about the situation in Lebanon and Syria, said a White House statement on Saturday.

“Both presidents agreed on the need to work with allies to counter Hizbollah’s and Iran’s destabilising activities in the region,” it said.

Nov 19 08:11

Saudi 'Corruption' Probe Widens: Dozens Of Military Officials Arrested

After jailing dozens of members of the royal family, and extorting numerous prominent businessmen, 32-year-old Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman has widened his so-called 'corruption' probe further still.

The Wall Street Journal reports that at least two dozen military officers, including multiple commanders, recently have been rounded up in connection to the Saudi government’s sweeping corruption investigation, according to two senior advisers to the Saudi government.

Additionally, several prominent businessmen also were taken in by Saudi authorities in recent days.

A number of businessmen including Loai Nasser, Mansour al-Balawi, Zuhair Fayez and Abdulrahman Fakieh also were rounded up in recent days, the people said.

Attempts to reach the businessmen or their associates were unsuccessful.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would observe that these arrests of Saudi military are to consolidate power absolutely, so there is not a one of his COs who will not be behind him, one hundred percent, ultimately, for a strike against Iran.

I would like to hope that some of his trusted advisors have at least mentioned that this will most probably mean a war against Russia as well, as Russian military and civilian leadership have consistently stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid.

Nov 18 09:44

Turkey withdraws troops from Norway after Erdogan is listed as ‘enemy’ during NATO drills

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the country’s troops have left ongoing NATO war games ahead of schedule, after his name appeared in an “enemy chart.” The move comes amid tensions between the US and Turkey within the military bloc.

Nov 18 09:17

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ACCUSES US OF SUPPORTING ISIS

Turkey’s president said, “The administration in the United States has changed but everything remains the same as before.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of granting financial aid to members of the Islamic State group, a State Department-listed terrorist organization.

“The United States has disappointed us a lot, saying that it fights Daesh (the Islamic State group) but in reality, it gave them a lot of support,” said the head of state at a meeting of the Justice and Development Party, AKP, the ruling party of Turkey.

Russia has made the similar remarks on several occasions.

The Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajarova, said that some testimonies indict the U.S. military and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, for supporting the Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Erdogan and the Russian Spokesperson, Zajarova, are both correct in their observations.

We had a caller into the show yesterday, a gentleman named Roy, who is a wounded Iraq War Veteran, who joined the US military at 18 right after 9/11. He expressed both his disbelief and displeasure at the reality that the US military was providing money, equipment, and training to our alleged "enemies" in the Middle East, just for the purpose of destabilizing countries even further, thus insuring that Middle Eastern oil was only sold in US dollars, and was only going through, and sold to US-approved vendors.

Both ISIS and the Kurds have been proxy groups, used by a succession of US administrations to terrorize various elements in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and prevent, wherever possible, a peaceful resolution to geopolitical problems.

Nov 18 07:16

Secret US-backed deal allowed hundreds of ISIS fighters, with tonnes of weapons and ammunition, to escape Raqqa

The deal to let IS fighters escape from Raqqa – de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate – had been arranged by local officials. It came after four months of fighting that left the city obliterated and almost devoid of people. It would spare lives and bring fighting to an end. The lives of the Arab, Kurdish and other fighters opposing IS would be spared.

Nov 17 13:25

TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN ACCUSES US OF SUPPORTING ISIS

Turkey’s president said, “The administration in the United States has changed but everything remains the same as before.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of granting financial aid to members of the Islamic State group, a State Department-listed terrorist organization.

Nov 17 05:22

Let’s Stop Glorifying War

When’s the last time our media covered war honestly? When’s the last time you saw combat footage of American troops under fire, or of American troops killing others in the name of keeping us safe from enemies? When was the last time you saw an American soldier panicking, firing wildly, perhaps killing members of his own unit (fratricide) or innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war? Maybe in the 1960s during coverage of the Vietnam War?

War is not glorious. It may feature noble deeds and remarkable sacrifices, but it also features brutality and many other bloody realities. War breaks men (and women) down. It does so because war is unnatural. Yes, war is many things, but it most certainly is about killing. Occasionally, the killing is even necessary. (Just ask those enslaved by the Nazis or the Japanese whether they greeted Allied troops as liberators.)

Nov 16 10:16

Saudi Arabia Offers Arrested Royals A Deal: Your Freedom For Lots Of Cash

As we noted shortly after the Crown Prince’s purge of potential rivals within Saudi Arabia’s sprawling ruling family, while the dozens of arrests were made under the pretext of an "anti-corruption crackdown", Mohammed bin Salman’s ulterior motive was something else entirely: Replenishing the Kingdom’s depleted foreign reserves, which have been hammered for the past three years by low oil prices, with some estimating that the current purge could potentially bring in up to $800 billion in proceeds.

Furthermore, the geopolitical turmoil unleashed by the unprecedented crackdown helped push oil prices higher, creating an ancillary benefit for both the kingdom’s rulers and the upcoming IPO of Aramco.

And, in the latest confirmation that the crackdown was all about cash, the Financial Times reports today that the Saudi government has offered the new occupants of the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton a way out.... and it’s going to cost them: In some cases, as much as 70% of their net worth.

Nov 16 09:44

Revealed – Saudis Plan to Give Up Palestine – For War on Iran

The left-wing Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar has obtained a copy of the plan (Arabic) in form of a memorandum by the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir to the Saudi clown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (English machine translation):

The document, which is being unveiled for the first time, proves all that has been leaked since President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia last May on the launch of US efforts to sign a peace treaty between Saudi Arabia and Israel. This was followed by information on the exchange of visits between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, the most important being the visit of the Saudi Crown Prince to the Zionist entity.The document reveals the size of concessions that Riyadh intends to present in the context of the liquidation of the Palestinian issue, and its concern to get in return the elements of power against Iran and the resistance, led by Hezbollah.

The Saudi foreign ministry memo starts by laying out its strategic perspective:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this report is true, Palestinian leadership has to understand the level and depth to which they have been deceived and betrayed, by Saudi, American, and Israeli leadership.

Nov 16 09:36

Bahrain says deadly bus attack engineered by Iran

Bahrain said on Wednesday a bomb attack on a police bus which killed an officer and wounded nine last month was carried out by a militant cell trained by its arch-foe Iran.

After authorities quashed Shi‘ite Muslim-led ”Arab Spring” protests on the Sunni-ruled island in 2011, militants have launched deadly bombing and shooting attacks against security forces that Bahrain blames on Tehran’s Shi‘ite theocracy.

Iran denies any role in Bahrain’s unrest.

There was no immediate Iranian reaction to Wednesday’s Bahraini interior ministry statement, which added that authorities had arrested one member of the cell while others were fugitives in Iran.

“The terrorist cell received extensive training in Iranian Revolutionary Guard camps on the use and manufacture of explosives and firearms, as well as material and logistical support,” the ministry said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And of course, the Sunni government of Bahrain, with a human rights record just to the right of that of Attila the Hun, couldn't possibly have any of its predominanly Shiite population be the least bit upset, whatsoever, at its complete repression of its citizens' basic human rights, could it?!?

The Bahrainis LOVE their government, particularly as it tortures confessions out of peaceful protestors who are simply asking for a constitutional monarchy; throws them into prisons for inordinantely long sentences for crimes they did not commit; and denies their humanity, simply because they practice a different version of Islam than that of the Al Khalifa monarchy.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong here, with these horrifically lousy situations, except everything?!?

Looks as though geopolitically, when in doubt these days, and people don't want to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions, the game here is, blame Iran, or blame Russia!!

Nov 16 09:15

17 million in Yemen need food - now hospitals and water pumps will run out of fuel in three weeks

THE UNITED NATIONS warned today that fuel supplies needed to run Yemen’s hospital generators and pump clean water will run out in less than three weeks unless the Saudi-led coalition lifts its blockade.
The dire forecast came as Yemen battles one of the world’s worst outbreaks of cholera, with nearly one million people infected. Some 2,200 people have died.
Adding to the woes of aid workers on the ground, stocks of diphtheria vaccines will be emptied in two weeks unless aid deliveries are once again allowed in the country, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said.

The Saudi-led military coalition shut down Yemen’s sea and air ports as well as borders on 6 November in response to a missile attack by the Iran-backed Huthi rebels near Riyadh.

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned last week that unless the blockade was lifted, Yemen will face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You have to understand; this is precisely the outcome the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, wants to see happen; a Yemeni genocide, courtesy of massive malnutrition and disease.

Nov 16 08:58

US to Continue Refueling Saudi Warplanes During Yemen Attacks

The US Air Force plans to keep refueling Saudi Arabian warplanes committing atrocities in Yemen that have led to the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations.
The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of House Resolution 599 Monday, passing the measure by a vote of 366-30. The bipartisan bill does not prevent US tankers from providing fuel to Saudi warplanes but does call for a political solution to the crisis, which House Democrats apparently saw as a compromise.

People stand at the site of an airstrike which witnesses said was by Saudi-led coalition aircraft on mourners at a hall where a wake for the father of Jalal al-Roweishan, the interior minister in the Houthi-dominated Yemeni government, was being held, in Sanaa, Yemen October 8, 2016
© REUTERS/ KHALED ABDULLAH
Riyadh Secretly Recognizes Coalition Plane Bombed Funeral in Yemen's Sanaa

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Compromise", MY ASTROLABE!!

It is financially very profitable for the US merchants of death to continue to supply Saudi Arabia with the bombs and bullets which kill, and maim for life, innocent infants, toddlers, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

These same corporations, the heads of which have all had their consciences surgically removed before taking office, contribute generously to both parties, so why shouldn't the assassinations of Yemeni innocents continue, as long as they are profitable?!? That is the only thing that matters anymore in American society, profitability, right?!?

Here is what that "profitability" is looking like to Yemeni kids these days:

Images: Yemeni children, killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombings

More images: Yemeni Children being killed and maimed for life from Saudi Bombings

And BTW, dear reader, how does it make you feel to be a citizen of a country colluding with Saudi Arabia in crimes in Yemen?!?

This is a question every thinking American needs to be asking themselves right now.

Nov 16 06:00

40,000 children in war-torn Yemen have died of starvation this year, says aid group

According to estimates by humanitarian organisations, around 130 children are dying each day as the Arab world’s poorest country struggles with famine and the ‘largest cholera outbreak’ in modern history.

Nov 16 00:20

Dr Marcus Papadopoulos Rocks

Dr Marcus Papadopoulos discussing whether RT is a foreign agent.
According to the US Department of Justice, RT – this channel – is an agent of a foreign, even hostile, power. All the while, the DOJ refuses to explain why this is the case or even cite what laws we may have broken. But something else is in play: critics warn RT is a test case for a wider campaign of media suppression.

CrossTalking with Lee Stranahan, Rocky Anderson and Marcus Papadopoulos.

Nov 15 09:04

Qatar Claims It's 'A Thousand Times Better Off' Without Former Allies

Qatar’s emir has proclaimed that his country is “better off” without the Gulf states like Saudi Arabia and UAE that imposed a boycott against Doha this year.

During his speech at the Shura Council, Qatar’s upper house of parliament, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has declared that his country is "a thousand times better off" without the former allies that turned against it, according to AFP.

Nov 15 07:30

Yemeni port officials comments on crisis since Saudi-imposed blockade is implemented

Hudayda port officials commented on the Saudi-led coalition's blockade of the facility on Tuesday amid UN warnings of a growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen as a result of the restrictions. The Vice President of the Red Sea Ports Directorate, Yahia Sharaf, dismissed reports that some aid had made its way into the port. "What news agencies report is not true, they say that the [perpetrators of] aggression and the enemy coalition allowed the ships to enter," he said. "The dock is empty as you can see, if the [perpetrators of] aggression allowed the ships to enter they would have been here at the pier," he explained. Hudayda port serves as the only operational port for the portions of Yemen controlled by the Houthi-led Ansarullah Movement. The Ansarullah Movement have been resisting Saudi aggression and its proxies in Yemen since March 2015.

Nov 14 13:31

Balfour mentality has no place in civilised society

Stuart Littlewood examines how the Israel lobby’s influence on the British political class has made British politicians put Israel’s interests ahead of the UK’s by supporting the Zionist entity’s criminal, inhuman and unjust activities.>>

Nov 14 12:12

Saudi alliance bombs Sanaa airport, blocking aid access

Houthi officials told Al Jazeera two air strikes targeted Sanaa's international airport in the rebel-held capital early on Tuesday, making it unusable for aid flights and further complicating humanitarian efforts into the country.

"This attack is intended to cause maximum damage and deprive millions of Yemenis from receiving life-saving food and medicines," Mohammed, a Houthi official who declined to give his surname, said.

The Saudi-led coalition forced the closure of Sanaa airport in August 2016 to all but a few UN aid flights.

The Houthi-run General Authority for Civil Aviation said in a statement the air strike "led to the total destruction of the VOR/DME radio navigation system, taking it offline and thus halting the only flights at Sanaa airport - those of the UN and other international organisations delivering humanitarian assistance".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am still rather surprised, after the aborted Houthi missile reaching Riadh ast week, that Saudi Arabia has just not hauled off and carpet bombed all of the major cities left standing in Yemen.

That might, however, be the next move on Prince Salman's part, in his ongoing frustration with the intense stalemate going on here in Yemen.

Nov 14 12:03

Saudi Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman welcomes Lebanese Patriarch

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Lebanese Patriarch Bechara Boutros al Rahi, Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz received earlier today the Lebanese Maronite Patriarch at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting tackled brotherly relations between the Saudi kingdom and Lebanon and confirmed the importance of different religions and cultures in strengthening tolerance, rejecting violence, extremism and terrorism and achieving peace and security for the region’s people and the world.

A number of Saudi ministers including Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan attended the reception.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Great optics for the Prince; but I have to wonder why in the Sam Hill Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Al Rahi actually consented to meet with Prince Salman in the first place.

After all, Saudi Arabia is a country where the profession of Christianity is treated as a crime, potentially punishable by death.

The following article goes on to state:

"here are more than a million Roman Catholics in Saudi Arabia. Most of them are expatriate Filipinos who work there, but are not Saudi Arabian citizens.[1][6] The percentage of Christians of all denominations among the roughly 1.2 million Filipinos in Saudi Arabia likely exceeds 60%.[7] There are also Christians from Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Greece, South Korea, Ireland, the United Kingdom, India, China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and as well a number of Christians from sub-Saharan countries who are working in the Saudi Kingdom.[7]

Saudi Arabia allows Christians to enter the country as foreign workers for temporary work, but does not allow them to practice their faith openly.

Because of that Christians generally only worship within private homes.[7] Items and articles belonging to religions other than Islam are prohibited.[7] These include Bibles, crucifixes, statues, carvings, items with religious symbols, and others.[7]

The Saudi Arabian Mutaween (Arabic: مطوعين‎‎), or Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (i.e., the religious police) prohibits the practice of any religion other than Islam.[7] Conversion of a Muslim to another religion is considered apostasy,[7] a crime punishable by death if the accused does not recant. There have been no confirmed reports of executions for either crime in modern times.

[7] The Government does not permit non-Muslim clergy to enter the country for the purpose of conducting religious services.[7] In spite of this, a 2015 study estimates that there are some 60,000 Christians with a Muslim background living in the country, though that does not mean that all of those are citizens of the country.[8]

International Christian Concern (ICC) protested what it reported as the 2001 detention of 11 Christians in Saudi Arabia, for practicing their religion in their homes.[9] In June 2004, at least 46 Christians were arrested in what the ICC described as a "pogrom-like" action by Saudi police. The arrests took place shortly after the media reported that a Quran had been desecrated in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[10]

Christians and other non-Muslims are prohibited from entering the cities of Mecca and Medina, Islam's holiest cities.[7]"

Nov 14 09:42

Millions Face Starvation In Yemen Due To US-Ally Saudi Arabia's Blockade

Saudi Arabia is at risk of becoming a major destabilizing influence in the Arab world, German intelligence has warned.

Internal power struggles and the desire to emerge as the leading Arab power threaten to make the key Western ally a source of instability, according to the BND intelligence service.

“The current cautious diplomatic stance of senior members of the Saudi royal family will be replaced by an impulsive intervention policy,” a BND memo widely distributed to the German press reads.

Saudi Arabia has previously been accused of supplying arms and funding to jihadist groups fighting in Syria, including Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Nov 14 09:24

Damascus: Uninvited US Presence in Syria Constitutes Act of Aggression

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has commented on the remarks by the Pentagon chiefs who said that the presence of the United States in Syria had been approved by the United Nations as Washington is fighting Daesh terrorists.
On Tuesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry commented on US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' statements about the US presence in Syria, who said that US forces won't leave the Middle East country until they achieve their goals there.

"Syria once again declares that the presence of American forces or any other military presence in Syria without the consent of the Syrian government is an aggressive violation of Syria's sovereignty and a flagrant contravention of the UN's foundations," the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in response to Mattis.

This Saturday, April. 29, 2017 still taken from video, shows Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) standing guard as U.S. forces take up positions in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria
© AP PHOTO/ APTV

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The big question now, is, what are Damascus and Moscow actually prepared to do to get the American troops out?!?

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