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Jan 21 10:26

German arms manufacturer to sue govt over weapons deliveries’ halt to Saudi Arabia – report

Berlin might face a lawsuit from one of Germany’s largest defense contractors, Rheinmetall, over its decision to halt all arms deals with Riyadh in the wake of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Der Spiegel reports.

Rheinmetall AG might file a claim for compensation against the federal government worth millions of euro, the company said in a letter to the Ministry of Economics, the German weekly says. The defense industry giant considers itself eligible for restitution as Berlin suspended exports, which were already approved by the German security council, “for political reasons.”

Jan 18 10:48

REPORT: PENTAGON SECRETLY TRAINED UAE FIGHTERS FOR COMBAT IN YEMEN — THEN LIED ABOUT IT

On Wednesday, Yahoo News revealed new documents from late 2017 that show, contrary to the Defense Department’s insistence that it is neutral in the bloody conflict in Yemen perpetrated by a coalition of Saudi Arabia and its allies, the U.S. appears to have provided training to forces from the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the coalition:

The United States is “not a participant in the civil war in Yemen nor are we supporting one side or the other,” Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said last month, echoing a long-held position in the Pentagon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even the US's military lies, and with impunity.

The alleged "leadership" in this country crafts never-ending wars with which to keep Americans distracted, while foreign countries find the US government, or its minions are creating regime change, to insure that a more US-centric model; expropriates their resources; and making sure that those resources are all sold to "appropriate" countries, and only for the US dollar.

Wash; rinse; repeat.

The pattern, now, is perfectly predictable.

Jan 08 11:49

SAUDI TO ACCELERATE PROPAGANDA WAR AND RIVAL NETFLIX IN NEW STREAMING DEAL

The propaganda war between rivals in the Middle East is set to become more heated with Saudi Arabia, which owns the largest video streaming service in the region, deciding to expand its media assets to challenge Netflix.

With 140 million viewers every day across the Middle East, the Dubai based Saudi controlled MBC Group has revealed plans to launch a series of initiatives that will see an increase in productions; global content acquisitions; product and technology investments; and partnerships with leading eco-system participants.

The initiative is seen to be part of Riyadh’s efforts to wage fierce propaganda wars against rivals Iran and Qatar. MBC is hoping that its pre-eminence in Arabic TV entertainment will help it catch up with Netflix and fend off other on-demand streaming services, such as Starz Play, Wavo and Amazon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This very much reminds me of what Hitler made certain he accomplished before he invaded Poland ; he made sure he was controlling every bit of media, to be certain that every thing said, about the war and beyond, was utterly under his control.

it appears the lesson has not been lost on The Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Jan 08 11:33

‘UNDER UN’S CARE’: SAUDI WOMAN ‘RESCUED’ FROM DEPORTATION AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA STORM

The UN is examining the asylum appeal of a young Saudi woman who fled her family and is afraid of getting killed if sent home. She earlier barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room, refusing to leave until the UN intervened.
It will take the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) “several days” to determine whether Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, needs international protection, the organization’s representative in Thailand said. The woman earlier claimed asylum, fearing that she will be killed if expelled to her home country. UNHCR staff is expected to continue interviewing her on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF these stories are true, it is not an uncommon thing for Women to be treated by their families like this, in Saudi Arabia.

But of course, that is NOT the image the Saudi monarchs want to be shown in the West, hence their desperate attempts to get her back home, where she will most likely be tried and sentenced to death by a kangaroo court, for no longer following the Wahabbi-"flavor" of Islam.

And here, surprisingly, is a companion piece which appeared in elle.com: What to Know About Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi Teen Fleeing Her Family

One cannot but wish this lady safe passage to a country where behaviour like this will not be both tolerated, and encouraged, against women.

And please remember: this country's leader, Saudi Arabia's Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the guy to whose country the US is now selling $195 million of weaponry upgrades, is one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East.

Missile Defense Upgrades for Saudi Arabia, despite Khashoggi Assassination.

Jan 07 16:17

WHY IS NETFLIX ENABLING THE SAUDI CRACKDOWN ON PRESS FREEDOM?

Netflix's decision to take down an episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act show sets a bad precedent.

Netflix's decision to comply with the request from Saudi Arabia to block the second episode of the original series Patriot Act, a news commentary show by comic Hasan Minhaj, is concerning both because of the precedent it sets and the signal it sends to autocrats around the world.

By enabling censorship in Saudi Arabia just months after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman allegedly ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the company is restricting an important avenue of information on an issue of great importance in one of the most censored countries in the world. It is also signalling to other repressive states that it will comply with censorship requests and vague cybercrime laws that do not comply with international norms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Netfluster (my new name for Netflix) has just proven, incontrovertibly, that they have become a huge part of the 4th branch of the government; We now have the Executive, the Legislative, the Judicial, and the Intelligence arm, which Netfluster has absolutely become.

Jan 07 09:28

$100 Billion in Weapons to the Saudis Buys a World Full of Hurt

On December 13, the United States Senate made history with a vote invoking the 1973 War Powers Act to stop America’s military participation in, and support of, the unauthorized and immoral war against the desperate people in Yemen.

Never before had a vote of this nature passed the Senate. The measure passed with 56 senators voting in support and 41 voting against. It marked the first time the Senate has been able to put the breaks on our involvement in Yemen, a war that was never authorized by Congress, as is required by our Constitution.

Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan went to extraordinary lengths to forestall a vote on a similar motion in the House of Representatives.

The history here is worth noting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I type this, the US military is aiding and abetting Saudi troops in Yemen, and, with the US government, is culpable a colluding in what have to be called "war crimes"; there is just no way to say this.

I have seen too many images of Yemeni children blown to bits, courtesy of Saudi air strikes; I have seen too many images of Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, courtesy of US/Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports, so no food can get into this tortured country; and I have seen too many images of Yemeni children, sickened by cholera, (possibly weaponised), courtesy of Saudi bombing water Yemen's infrastructure, to be silent.

Yes, bombs are about the only thing other countries want to buy from us, and just from a business perspective, one could say, these sales are "good for business"; but at what cost to this country's very soul and nature, do we continue to arm countries like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, the crooked and dictatorial leadership of which hates any notion of a constitutional monarchy, and continue to oppress their own people?!?

I don't know about the rest of you, folks, but I am very tired of living in a country which, so consistently around the world, commits war crimes with impunity.

I remember being a kid, and being very proud to be an American; but as I got older, and was trying to look, objectively, at what the US does around the world, and why it does it, these "Claire on the Road" moments (at least intellectually), have been a real eye-opener.

The pattern is extremely clear. If there is someone sitting at the head of a government that DC doesn't like, with great resources (Like Afghanistan or Iraq) it destabilizes it; "the US creates "regime change", to a more Western-centric government; has the resources of that country expropriated, and controlled by US-friendly corporations, and all of the transactions done only in the US dollar.

When Karl Marx made the observation "All wars are economic in nature", the guy was very clearly correct in his assessment.

Jan 07 08:10

TALIBAN WANTS US TALKS MOVED FROM SAUDI ARABIA TO QATAR

Taliban officials said yesterday that the movement will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and wants them moved to Qatar.

The next round of talks between the Taliban and the US are the fourth in a series aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan. The talks will address the withdrawal of foreign troops and a possible ceasefire in 2019.

The movement’s leaders have rejected an offer from the Afghan government for direct talks despite mounting international pressure to involve the Western-backed government in the discussions.

“We are supposed to meet US officials in Riyadh next week and resume the unfinished peace process held in Abu Dhabi last month,” a senior Taliban member told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

“The problem is that Saudi Arabia and the UAE wanted us to meet with the Afghan government delegation, which we cannot do for the time being, and therefore we canceled the meeting in Saudi Arabia,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, finally, there may be a way for the stalemate in Afghanistan to end, and US/NATO troops can go home?!?

I wouldn't want to bet on it right now.

Jan 07 07:59

Detained Saudi woman activist threatened with naked footage

Al-Qst also pointed out that the former adviser to the Saudi Royal Court, Saud Al-Qahtani, was seen more than once in the torture chambers, where he threatened one of the detainees saying: “I will do whatever I desire with you and then I will decompose your body and flush it down the toilet.” Al-Qahtani was sanctioned by the US in October for his alleged role in the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose body was allegedly disintegrated and disposed of.

Jan 05 10:44

Saudi Arabia facing mounting opposition in occupied parts of Yemen

Saudi Arabia is facing mounting opposition in areas it occupies in Yemen, leading US daily the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Many view Saudi presence and its alleged development projects as a pretext for the kingdom to entrench its control in the country by controlling Yemen's highly vulnerable infrastructure, the paper said.

“We are under Saudi occupation. We don’t need the Saudis,” it quoted former deputy governor of al-Mahra Ali bin Salem al-Huraizy, who has helped organize protests against the Saudi presence in the past.

Saudi Arabia has taken control over the province's seaports and airports, using them to deploy hundreds of troops in the region.

“There are illegitimate troops in these areas. Are there forces that belong to the Houthis to be fought by the coalition here? The answer is a big ‘no’,” al-Mahra and Socotra People’s General Council member Abdullah bin Issa al-Aafra said.

Jan 05 10:44

The tragic story of Buthaina Mansur al-Rimi

Buthaina Mansoor al-Rimi is an eight-year-old Yemeni girl who lost her entire family in a Saudi airstrike in 2017. Buthaina’s tragic story and a picture of her trying to force open one of her eyes at hospital made her a symbol of Yemen’s plight caused by years of war and bloodshed. She’s now demanding peace to save Yemeni children.

Jan 04 11:57

IS THE END OF THE BRUTAL WAR IN YEMEN FINALLY AT HAND?

When the new Congress convenes Jan. 3, it is expected to pass a House resolution upholding congressional war powers and ending all direct U.S. involvement in the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen. But hopes remain high that H. Con. Res. 138 will help to end the Yemen war itself. Congressional strategists and activists who have been working on the issue believe passage of the war powers measure will force Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the negotiating table.

Proponents of the war powers resolution, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California, argue the Saudis will not be able to continue the war without the political-diplomatic support of the United States, and the Yemen resolution will make dramatically clear the Saudis can no longer count on U.S. support.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is more than a bit of naivete on the part of these Congressional Representatives, thinking this resolution will kill the war in Yemen.

The Butcher of Yemen is not likely to sit down and negotiate with anyone at this point; and he doesn't give a damn about the Yemeni people killed and crippled for life, nor does he care about the lives lost in the Saudi military; they are simply "a means to an end"

While I wish them luck, because many thinking Americans, including me, do not wish to see the American military aid and abet Saudi war crimes in Yemen, I don't think that this legislation will be signed by President Trump, and that he will veto it, on the grounds that wars like the war in Yemen, "are good for the weaponry business", which it is.

But at what point do these war crimes tear away at the fabric of decency and justice, in this country?!?

This is a war upon which the American people need an open, honest discussion of how the US military got committed into this mess, and the quickest way out of it.

Jan 02 14:46

Saudi Arabia and the West’s right wing: A dubious alliance

James Dorsey highlights Saudi Arabia’s courting of European far-right groups, including Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, the Danish People’s Party, the Swedish Democrats, and Europe of Nations and Freedom, a bloc of far-right parties in the European parliament. >>

Jan 02 08:25

Outrage after Netflix pulls comedy show criticising Saudi Arabia

Netflix has taken down an episode of a satirical comedy show critical of Saudi Arabia in the country after officials from the kingdom complained, sparking criticism from Human Rights Watch, which said the act undermined the streaming service’s “claim to support artistic freedom”.

It comes three months after the brutal killing of the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi – which US senators have blamed on the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman – and as the war in Yemen continues to devastate the country.

The American comedian Hasan Minhaj was critical of the Saudi heir in an episode of the standup show Patriot Act, delivering a wide-ranging monologue mocking the Saudis’ evolving account of what happened inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul in October, when the journalist was killed.

Dec 31 10:24

SAUDI ARABIA: Two Saudi families purchased 62 Maltese passports: Malta launched its controversial cash for passports scheme in 2013 to sell Maltese citizenship for $743,000.

Dozens of Saudi nationals belonging to two of the country's wealthiest families became Maltese citizens - and thus citizens of the European Union - last year after paying millions of dollars to buy the country's passports, the Times of Malta reported.

Malta launched its controversial cash for passports scheme in 2013 when the Maltese citizenship could be bought for 650,000 euros ($743,000).

The Maltese passport allows freedom of movement within the EU, since the holder of the passport has automatic European citizenship.

Earlier this week, Malta's government gazette published the names of 62 Saudis belonging to the al-Muhaidib and al-Agil families, who were named by Forbes magazine as among the richest in the world.

The newspaper pointed out that the family members, most of them minors, became Maltese citizens in 2017, and might not have set foot on Maltese territory yet.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This begs the question; what do these families know about the real issues in Saudi Arabia which may go "mammary glands up" in the near future?!?

Do they see signs that the Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince bin Salman, is planning another "shakedown" of some of Saudi Arabia's most wealthy families, and want to get "the heck out of Dodge", before that happens?!?

And here is a companion piece,which might go a long way toward explaining why these families are sensing now may be a good time to have these passports:

Saudi Arabia could be bankrupt by 2020

Dec 31 09:56

6 RED SEA COUNTRIES LAUNCH JOINT MILITARY DRILL

A military drill between six Red Sea countries was launched in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, according to the kingdom’s official SPA news agency.

The Red Wave 1 exercise brings together naval forces from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Yemen and Djibouti. Observers from Somalia are also taking part in the drill.

“The exercise aims to strengthen maritime security of the countries bordering the Red Sea, protect territorial waters, enhance military cooperation and exchange combat expertise,” commander of Saudi Arabia’s Western Fleet, Major-General Saqr bin Mohammed al-Harbi, said.

The military drill is scheduled to continue until Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I want to know here, is, who do they believe will be "the enemy" with which they will, at some point, engage militarily?!?

Looking at how this unprecedented representation of these countries, coupled with the level of professionalism needed to coordinate and pull such exercises together successfully, were I a betting woman, my bet would be... Iran.

Dec 30 10:14

Brother Of Saudi Billionaire Prince Alwaleed Re-arrested

Among the more notable geopolitical events that took place last week, and which was swept away by the chaos in the capital markets, was Thursday's surprising announcement of a Saudi cabinet reshuffle that moved around some of the key players in the Khashoggi murder scandal (most notably the chief Saudi diplomat, Adel al-Jubeir) and removed Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf al Saud as the Kingdom's ambassador to the UK.

As a result of the reshuffle, more liberals and progressives will move into positions of power, suggesting that it could be part of the Kingdom's plan to move ahead with its 'liberalizing' reforms to try and rehabilitate MbS's tarnished reputation as a reformer. Amid the reshuffle, the king also ordered the creation of a new political and security council (presumably to help protect his chosen successor's flank) and - in a move that is reminiscent of a controversial decision made by President Trump this year - establishes a new Saudi space agency.

Dec 30 09:09

Yemen Parties Agree to Reopen Main Road Between Sanaa, Hodeidah, and Taiz: Ongoing talks yield another deal, allowing travel between major cities

While the Sweden-based Yemen talks are over, consultations have continued among the various combatants. These have resulted in another deal, with the warring parties agreeing to reopen Kilo 16, the main road connecting Hodeidah and Taiz to the capital city of Sanaa.

This is a huge move for civilians, allowing them to travel out of combat zones to safer places, and also allowing for humanitarian aid shipments out of the aid port of Hodeidah to those other cities.

Dutch Gen. Patrick Cammaert, the head of the UN monitor group, suggested that Hodeidah should be used as the port of entry for all aid into Yemen. That’s likely going to be a tough sell, with neither side having withdrawn from the surrounding area of the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me just a tiny bit hopeful here.

Dec 30 09:04

Saudi Arabia recruited Darfur children to fight in Yemen: NYT

Saudi Arabia recruited children from Sudan's conflict-ravaged Darfur region to fight on the front lines in Yemen, the New York Times has reported.

The kingdom offered desperate Sudanese families as much as $10,000 to enlist their children to fight in the nearly four-year-old war against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the NYT said on Friday.

Led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, intervened in Yemen in 2015 in support of the internationally recognised President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Sudan joined the Saudi-led alliance, deploying thousands of ground troops to Yemen.

Five Sudanese fighters who had returned from Yemen told the NYT that children made up 20-40 percent of their units in Yemen.

Dec 30 08:43

Christmas 2018: Iran and Syria show respect, Israel and Saudi Arabia don't

Christmas is a time of goodwill to all men. Or at least it should be. But while the West’s Middle East ‘bad guys’ Iran and Syria, showed the Yuletide spirit, its closest allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, failed to do so.

Iran is demonized by Western neocons and we’re meant to see the country as an evil, ‘monster‘ regime of foaming-at-the-mouth religious fanatics who hate everyone.

So it goes against the dominant narrative somewhat that Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted a Christmas message and wished ‘peace and joy to all in 2019’, on Christmas Eve.

Dec 30 08:04

CHILD SOLDIERS FROM DARFUR FIGHTING AS MERCENARIES FOR SAUDI ARABIA IN YEMEN

At any time for nearly four years as many as 14,000 Sudanese militiamen have been fighting in Yemen in tandem with the local militia aligned with the Saudis, according to several Sudanese fighters who have returned and Sudanese lawmakers who are attempting to track it. Hundreds, at least, have died there.

Almost all the Sudanese fighters appear to come from the battle-scarred and impoverished region of Darfur, where some 300,000 people were killed and 1.2 million displaced during a dozen years of conflict over diminishing arable land and other scarce resources.

Some families are so eager for the money that they bribe militia officers to let their sons go fight. Many are ages 14 to 17. In interviews, five fighters who have returned from Yemen and another about to depart said that children made up at least 20 percent of their units. Two said children were more than 40 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the Saudi government and military, are completely happy with this arrangement?!?

And the US military chain of command is perfectly morally comfortable, knowing that kids are fighting in this genocide the Saudi Saudi Arabian are creating in Yemen?!?

Of course, perhaps, to both the Saudis and the US forces assisting them, because they are from another country, they are simply considered "collateral damage", and the decision has been made that it is better that Houthis kill these kids, rather than Saudi or US nationals.

This only adds to my disgust, at the reality that the US military is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Dec 30 07:36

BROTHER OF SAUDI BILLIONAIRE PRINCE ALWALEED RE-ARRESTED

Among the more notable geopolitical events that took place last week, and which was swept away by the chaos in the capital markets, was Thursday's surprising announcement of a Saudi cabinet reshuffle that moved around some of the key players in the Khashoggi murder scandal (most notably the chief Saudi diplomat, Adel al-Jubeir) and removed Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf al Saud as the Kingdom's ambassador to the UK.

As a result of the reshuffle, more liberals and progressives will move into positions of power, suggesting that it could be part of the Kingdom's plan to move ahead with its 'liberalizing' reforms to try and rehabilitate MbS's tarnished reputation as a reformer. Amid the reshuffle, the king also ordered the creation of a new political and security council (presumably to help protect his chosen successor's flank) and - in a move that is reminiscent of a controversial decision made by President Trump this year - establishes a new Saudi space agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that ultimately, the writers of Middle Eastern history will not be terribly kind to Prince Mohammed bin Salman; and this arrest, coupled with the debacle which is the Saudi genocide in Yemen, will make these changes in personnel somewhat akin to re-arranging the deck chairs on what has now become the "H.M.S. Salmanic"

Because he was born into the opulent wealth for which the Royal House of Saud is known, there may be many honorifics by which he is frequently addressed; but the title I think will stick, long after his death, is that of "The Butcher of Yemen."

Dec 29 09:58

Senator urges Trump take to action against Saudi Arabia after they 'helped a student, 21, on $1M bail flee the US on a PRIVATE JET' weeks before he was set to stand trial for the murder of a 15-year-old Oregon girl

An Oregon senator demanded to know on Friday what President Trump's administration is planning to do about the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia after it emerged the country may have helped one of their citizens flee a week before his trial.

Ron Wyden said in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, Friday that the new theory from authorities Abdulrahman Semeer Noorah, 21, used an illicit passport to jet home on a private jet provided by the Saudi consulate should be reason to push forward with action.

Noorah is believed to have taken off in June 2017, 10 months after mowing down and killing Fallon Smart, 15, in Portland, and more than a year before the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia denied knowing anything about the murder of a dissident journalist - to the disbelief of many.

Dec 28 10:09

Saudi reshuffle: ‘Riyadh signals to US foes that it’s ready to cooperate’

Saudi Arabia has made a major reshuffle of its top officials. The move is meant to make the cabinet more efficient and loyal to the King and the crown prince in the face of US pressure, a Middle East expert told RT.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Tuesday issued a number of royal decrees, reforming some parts of the Saudi cabinet and appointing different individuals to various offices. It’s the second major reshuffle by the king after Saudi Arabia changed the way power is transferred in the monarchy and made his son Mohammed bin Salman the heir to the throne, Grigory Lukyanov, a Middle East analyst and senior lecturer at the Russian Higher School of Economics, told RT.

Dec 27 13:59

Trump Is Helping the Saudis Starve Yemen

In The Imperial Presidency, the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. warned that the habit of “indiscriminate global intervention, far from strengthening American security, seemed rather to weaken it by involving the United States in remote, costly and mysterious wars, fought in ways that shamed the nation before the world and, even when thus fought, demonstrating only the inability of the most powerful nation on earth to subdue bands of guerrillas in black pajamas. When the grandiose policy did not promote national security and could not succeed in its own terms, would it not be better to pursue policies that did not deform and disable the Constitution?”

These many years later, America is complicit in a mysterious war in Yemen that is waged by Saudi Arabia in ways that shame both of our allied nations. These famine-ravaged youngsters are what that war looks like. As Nicholas Kristof aptly put it, “Your tax dollars help starve children.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting just a little sick to my stomach, reading that last paragraph; I did not know (but am not at all surprised) that President Trump had a number of business deals with the Saudis before he came into office.

Mr. President, as long as I am breathing, I am compelled, as a Christian pacifist activist who never commends violence, to call you out on the US military assisting the Saudi Government in war crimes. And I am about to post some images the presstitutes in corporate media don't dare (warning: very graphic), and not a one of them has been photoshopped or altered in any way.

The Saudis are slaughtering innocent children, women, and the medically infirm.

Images:
Yemeni children shot and killed or maimed for life by Saudi air raids

Yemen ports have been successfully blockaded by Saudi and American troops, so no desperately needed food can reach those now dying of malnutrition
Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, because Saudi/US forces have blockaded Yemeni harbors, so food cannot get in.

Cholera (possibly weaponised) rages, unchecked in Yemen, as the water infrastructure has been successfully destroyed by the Saudi military.
Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera (possibly weaponized), as the Saudis have destroyed all the water infrastructure in Yemen.

Mr. President; I must ask this question: I know US weapons manufacturers are selling American bombs to the Saudis, and making incredible profits from this, but at what moral cost to this nation?!?

I was hoping in 2016 that the next President this country elected, would not sign off on more war crimes, as did your predecessors Bush and Obama, starting with Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Yemen; and Syria, did; it very much pains me to say it, but sir, in your haste to make sure American weapons manufacturers could profit brilliantly from wars in places like Yemen, you have placed an indelible, moral crimson stain over this entire country's future which can never be cleansed.

And as you are caterwauling over your "great success" in having American ambassadors push their host countries into "buying American" when it comes to weaponry, I hope you can sleep without seeing those images of the dead, the dying,and the maimed for life, which I have attached above; because Mr. President, I cannot sleep because of this, nor can many of the good moral people who elected you, understanding very clearly, that these weapons are causing the deaths of so many innocents.

And I have a companion piece I would like to share:

Saudis leave American fingerprints on Yemen carnage.

Dec 27 11:49

Saudi king shakes up government in wake of Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered a government reshuffle on Thursday, appointing a new foreign minister and refreshing other top posts, after the global fallout over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was demoted to minister of state for foreign affairs, and replaced by a veteran former finance minister, Ibrahim Al-Assaf, according to a royal decree.

King Salman also named Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, son of Prince Bandar Al Saud, who once served as Saudi ambassador to Washington, the new head of the National Guard and announced the hiring of several security intelligence officials.

Al-Jubeir has previously said that Khashoggi's killing was a "tremendous mistake." In an interview with Fox News in October, he said that the Washington Post columnist's death was the result of a rogue operation, and added that his government would punish those responsible for his "murder."

Dec 27 07:45

Saudi Arabia’s first robot gets its first job at government entity

Saudi Arabia’s first robot employee started work at one of the Kingdom’s government entities and has been handed its job ID as well as his required functions, SPA reported.

The robot attended its first meeting on Sunday morning at the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), in the presence of the Kingdom’s Minister of Education Ahmed Al-Issa, and the governor of TVTC Ahmed Al Fahaid.

The robot will contribute to serving customers through an electronic evaluation system, and the delivery of messages to visitors to exhibitions and activities of the TVTC.

Dec 26 09:12

Social Media Activists Launch Campaign to Boycott Saudi Products

Social media activists in a number of Arab states have launched a campaign to persuade the regional people not to purchase Saudi-made goods.
The campaign has been launched with partnership of social media users from Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia, Palestine and Egypt in condemnation of the Saudi-US-led coalition against Yemen.

A number of Saudi-made products are actually American goods just manufactured on Saudi soil.

The starters of the campaign are due to stage a twitterstorm tomorrow night to boycott the Saudi products.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed more than 20,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Dec 26 08:24

Saudi national charged in fatal hit-and-run of Oregon teen believed to have escaped to Kingdom, report says

Federal authorities reportedly believe Saudi Arabia helped one of its citizens -- who was charged in the fatal hit-and-run of a 15-year-old Oregon girl -- obtain a passport and flee the United States.

Abdulrahman Sameer Noorah was arrested in August 2016 and indicted for first-degree manslaughter, hit-and-run, reckless endangerment and reckless driving after allegedly killing Fallon Smart in Portland.

On Sept. 11, 2016, Noorah’s $100,000 bond was posted by the consulate of Saudi Arabia, according to court records, and in early June 2017, he removed his monitoring device and vanished. His whereabouts were thought to be unknown until U.S. officials learned from the Saudi government he had returned to the Kingdom, The Oregonian reported Sunday.

Dec 24 11:47

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Finance Rebuilding of Syria - Trump

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the reconstruction of Syria rather than the United States financing the reconstruction of that country.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump said via Twitter.

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the reconstruction of Syria rather than the United States financing the reconstruction of that country.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump said via Twitter.

Trump has welcomed Riyadh's decision, adding that it is "nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the US, that is 5000 miles away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All good and well; but when will the Butcher of Yemen get started on rebuilding the country it and the US have bombed and destroyed so completely?!?

Dec 23 10:27

EXECUTIONS RISE SHARPLY UNDER SAUDI CROWN PRINCE

Executions in Saudi Arabia rose significantly in the first eight months after Mohammed bin Salman became deputy crown prince, a London-based human rights organization said.

According to Reprieve, 133 people were executed between June 2017 and March 2018, nearly twice as many as the 67 recorded during the eight months before his rise to power.

Saudi Arabia has executed 147 people in 2018 and around 700 people since 2014. Almost half of those who received capital punishment were foreign nationals, according to Reprieve’s report.

They included Indonesian housekeeper Tuti Tursilawati, who was executed after being sentenced to death for the murder of her boss, despite her claim that she had acted in self-defence after he tried to rape her. The report criticized Saudi Arabia for ignoring international conventions as it had refused to notify Tursilawati’s family and Indonesian officials before her execution.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps this is why President Trump is so drawn to both the Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince Bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Bibi Netanyahu; to be able to order assassinations at will, with no laws or legal protocol with which to have to deal; in Trump's eyes, that must be potentially heaven on earth!

Dec 23 09:37

HOUTHIS SHOOT DOWN SAUDI ARABIA’S CH-4B COMBAT UAV OVER SAADA PROVINCE

On December 23, the Houthis media wing released a video showing the moment when the Houthis shot down a CH-4B unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) of the Saudi Air Force over the northern Yemeni provinceo of Saada.

Saudi Arabia had bought several CH-4B UCAVs from China. The Saudi Air Force has been actively employing these UCAVs in the Yemeni conflict.

Dec 22 09:30

Scott Adams: The Steel Slat Barrier, Google Images Update, and Syria

Chuck Schumer now stuck in a great trap by President Trump
President wants strong border security…like everyone
Chuck wants to deny a President Trump “win”
Google offending images update
As of this morning, they are all gone, thank you!
Leaving Syria, possibly the greatest example of leadership ever seen
How is it that suddenly everyone became a Syria expert?
Weighing options, managing risk, creative solutions

Read and leave comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1076493801261133824

Dec 21 13:17

Saudi Arabia, UAE send troops to support Kurds in Syria

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent military forces to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group in north-east Syria, Turkey’s Yenisafak newspaper reported.

Scott Adams is right -- a lot of the time. See also:

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1076195738122481664

Dec 21 12:20

EXCLUSIVE: US mission in Saudi shares video backing protests against 'brutal regimes'

Embassy shares video on Twitter promoting nonviolent protest, then deletes post after MEE asks for comment

Dec 19 12:26

Calm in Yemeni Port of Hodeidah as Ceasefire Holds

The ceasefire in Yemen’s vital aid port of Hodeidah has taken full effect on Tuesday, and while both sides have accused the other of violations, and locals have reported a bit of gunfire, calm has generally prevailed in and around the city.

The ceasefire was the last agreement reached at last week’s Sweden peace talks, and looks to have at least a bit of momentum, though the UN still isn’t decided on how they’ll go about monitoring the process, something they promised to do. In the meantime, the UN is trying to organize video talks with both sides to bolster support for the truce.

Under this truce, both sides are to withdraw all forces from Hodeidah and the surrounding area within 21 days. There is as yet no sign such redeployment is happening, which is likely a function of neither side trusting the other to honor the truce from the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would really like to see peace break out here; but unfortunately, I sense that a negotiated truce is not what the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman wants to see happen, but a victory at any human cost.

And please remember; the US is enabling and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen, which have led to the following outcomes happening here: (warning: very graphic images here)

Images: Yemeni children assassinated or maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombing runs.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US military-enabled Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

Images: Yemenis dying from cholera (possibly weaponized), as water infrastructure has been destroyed by US enabled, Saudi bombings

Until the fighting stops, and as long as there is breath in my body, I am compelled, as a Christian pacifist activist, to witness to these US-enabled Saudi atrocities.

I never thought, when I was far younger, that being a citizen of the United States of America, meant that I was a citizen of a country which regularly commits war crimes with impunity; sadly, that is now a fact of American life, which gets utterly no discussion from the presstitutes on the corporate news.

Dec 19 10:36

General Dynamics Warns Canada Scrapping Saudi Arms Deal Would Cost Billions

Defense contractor General Dynamics warned the Canadian government Monday that if it goes forward with its proposed withdrawal from an arms deal with Saudi Arabia it would incur "billions of dollars of liability."

On Sunday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated his intention to scrap a $13 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in protest over the kingdom's presumed assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its continued bloody war in Yemen.

Dec 19 10:08

"Saudi Arabia Is Going Bankrupt" Taleb Exclaims After Seeing Kingdom's Latest Budget

In all the noise surrounding the latest market moves, political news and frenzy over the Fed's rate hike (or pause), an important development was missed by many when Saudi Arabia released its budget for 2019 on Tuesday, which at 1.106 trillion riyals, or $295 billion - the largest in the kingdom's on record - represents a 7% increase from 1.030 trillion in 2018.

During the unveiling of the budget, Saudi King Salman said his country will continue paying public sector cost-of-living allowances for citizens and will boost spending to stimulate growth even as Saudi Arabia toils to close its deficit, which it won't do yet again as the kingdom forecasts a 6th consecutive budget deficit in a row, estimated to hit $35 billion in 2019.

"We are determined to go ahead with economic reform, achieving fiscal discipline, improving transparency and empowering private sector," the King said.

Dec 18 12:42

Media Silent as Another Journalist is Tortured to Death by Saudi Arabia

Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser has died after being tortured while in prison, the New Khaleej recently reported.

The news outlet cited human rights sources, claiming that Al-Jasser was arrested and tortured to death after Saudi authorities claimed he administered the Twitter account Kashkool, which disclosed rights violations committed by the Saudi authorities and the royal family.

Dec 18 11:49

Saudi official sacked over Khashoggi murder 'made secret visits to Israel'

A senior Saudi intelligence official who was sacked over his suspected involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi made secret trips to Israel on behalf of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the visits.

According to the newspaper's sources, Major General Ahmed al-Assiri, the former deputy chief of Saudi intelligence who was sacked by Riyadh in October, visited Israel to discuss how Saudi Arabia could benefit from Israeli surveillance technology.

The WSJ said that another of bin Salman's closest aides, Saud al-Qahtani, who was also sacked over the Khashoggi killing, was also involved in covert efforts to improve Saudi-Israeli ties.

Sources told the newspaper that Qahtani, the crown prince's media adviser, issued directives to the Saudi press to help soften Israel's image and was involved in Riyadh's purchase of spyware technology from Israeli firms.

Dec 18 09:50

How Bombs Built by Raytheon in Tucson Killed 31 Civilians in Yemeni Village

From Arizona to Yemen: How Bombs Built by Raytheon in Tucson Killed 31 Civilians in Yemeni Village

(*Can you see it ?
That's Trump creating jobs and improving our economy . this is democracy now , elaborating on a NYTimes piece that hits Trump's America First policy , and victimizes The Presidents yeoman's work in these valiant endeavors .)

Dec 18 09:32

The bloody roots of Saudi Arabia

Dec 17 12:45

MUELER DROPPING RUSSIA PROBE

Mueller Dropping Russia Probe, Says Trump Working for Israel and Saudis
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The real money trail that initially led to Russia has now branched out, it goes to Israel, to Saudi Arabia, to the UAE and even the “Russia trail” may not be a trail at all. It may well be fake.

You see, many of those investigated as Russians, always listed as “close to Putin,” are, in actuality, more closely tied to Trump supporters Semion Mogilevich and Felix Sater, listed as Russian crime bosses who are both Israeli citizens with long histories of working with the Mossad.

Mogilevich, who “works” the fake Russian pro-Trump network, according to our sources, on behalf of Israel, has been on the FBI 10 Most Wanted list since 2009 for murder, extortion, prostitution, drug and weapons trafficking.

Felix Sater, his protégé, is an advisor to Donald Trump and controls Bayrock Group, Trump’s partner in “Trump Soho.” Sater, now an FBI informant, was named Jewish Man of the Year in 2010 and 2014.

Sater was found guilty of racketeering in 1998 and avoided prison>>>

Dec 17 10:24

Imagine If Saudi Arabia Was Not A US Ally

The US Senate has voted 56 to 41 to sorta-kinda eventually end America’s part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, one step out of a great many that will need to happen in order to end the worst humanitarian crisis on the face of the earth.

The joint resolution still allows US drones to patrol Yemeni airspace and rain death from above in its “war on terror” against Al Qaeda, and it is unable to pass in the House this year due to an unbelievably sleazy rider that House Republicans attached to the unrelated Farm Bill. The resolution isn’t expected to change much in terms of actual US participation in the war besides some intelligence and reconnaissance assistance to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against the Houthi rebels, since the US has already ended its assistance in refueling Saudi jets on their bombing campaigns as of last month. Trump is expected to veto any Yemen resolutions, and the Senate resolution was not passed with a veto-proof supermajority.

Dec 17 10:09

Saudi Arabia Condemns US Senate for ‘Interference’: Says resolutions undermine Saudi international role

Saudi Arabia has issued a statement Monday morning condemning the US Senate for a pair of resolutions calling them out for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and blaming the Saudi Crown Prince. They called the Senate resolutions “interference” based on “untrue allegations.”

The Thursday resolutions by the Senate included a call to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, as well as the blaming of them for the Khashoggi murder. Saudi officials say they “previously asserted that the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable time.”

Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, by a Saudi kill team. Saudi officials are complaining that the Senate noting this is “blatant interference in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely suggest to the Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman that perhaps "the Kingdom’s regional and international role.” is not a licence to kill; the only reason the world is dealing with you, is the oil, period, end of discussion, and you know it.

Dec 17 09:05

IMAGINE IF SAUDI ARABIA WAS NOT A US ALLY

The US Senate has voted 56 to 41 to sorta-kinda eventually end America’s part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, one step out of a great many that will need to happen in order to end the worst humanitarian crisis on the face of the earth.

The joint resolution still allows US drones to patrol Yemeni airspace and rain death from above in its “war on terror” against Al Qaeda, and it is unable to pass in the House this year due to an unbelievably sleazy rider that House Republicans attached to the unrelated Farm Bill. The resolution isn’t expected to change much in terms of actual US participation in the war besides some intelligence and reconnaissance assistance to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against the Houthi rebels, since the US has already ended its assistance in refueling Saudi jets on their bombing campaigns as of last month. Trump is expected to veto any Yemen resolutions, and the Senate resolution was not passed with a veto-proof supermajority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply sound and fury, signifying nothing to relieve the situation on the ground in Yemen; it is simply cosmetic, and will do no good, unless and until, Congress decides to take the power of war back from a bloated, Orwellian Executive Branch, which believes it has the "divine right" of having a war anywhere on the planet without Congressional oversight and approval.

Dec 17 08:48

SAUDIS CONTINUE KILLING CIVILIANS DURING YEMEN PEACE TALKS IN SWEDEN

A statement from the spokesman of Yemen’s Armed Forces reported that the US-backed Saudi coalition dropped 38 airstrikes just over the course of Saturday. At least 12 of which targeted various areas of Hodeidah which constitutes a direct violation of the peace negotiations calling for a ceasefire.

Airstrikes killed at least 15 civilians since the peace negotiations began last week — including seven women and three children. Meanwhile, 28 sustained injuries, eight of whom were children as well as five women.

Yemen’s Ministry of Health pointed out that this displays the Saudi coalition’s unwillingness to engage in a peace process. “This expresses the unwillingness of these countries to stop the bloodshed and alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen, which exposes the reality of these countries’ goals in their aggression against Yemen,” a statement from the MoH reads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, DANG, I thing that this will be judged as "one of the shortest documented cease-fire in human history!!"

It is painfully obvious to me that the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, wants victory at any cost, and is very prepared to slaughter as many Yemeni people as humanly possible to achieve that.

I also wish to express how deeply concerned I am that President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the butcher of Gaza, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, Butcher of of Yemen.

Dec 17 08:21

Saudi Prince Planning Netanyahu Meeting, Hosted By Trump

Report claims Saudi Crown Prince planning 'game-changing' meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, to be hosted by Donald Trump.

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is planning a “game-changing” meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Middle East Eye reported Thursday.

According to the London-based, Qatari-funded outlet, the sources in the Saudi kingdom claimed that the Crown Prince is “seriously considering” a “game-changing” meeting with Netanyahu, which would be hosted by President Donald Trump.

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Dec 17 06:36

Trump's Saudi Saber Dance Partners Denounce US Senate Vote

Saudi denounces US Senate vote as 'blatant interference'
US senators backed measure accusing MBS of ordering Khashoggi's murder, urged end to support for Saudi-led Yemen war.

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The Senate's move last week dealt a new warning to US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly signalled his backing for the Saudi leadership even amid a mounting outcry the killing of Khashoggi, a critic of the powerful Prince Mohammed, and the devastating Yemen conflict.

"The recent position of the United States Senate, which has been built on baseless allegations and accusations, includes blatant interference in its internal affairs and the role of the kingdom at the regional and international level," the foreign ministry said in a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency on Monday.
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Saudi Arabia launched a massive aerial campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels in March 2015, aimed at restoring the government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Since then, the US has been helping the Saudi-UAE military alliance with weaponry and logistical support>>>

Dec 16 08:55

One Doctor’s Desperate Attempt To Save Yemen's Starving Children (HBO)

Dec 15 11:46

The Yemeni Dead: Six Times Higher Than Previously Reported

The number of people killed by the violence in Yemen has for the first time risen above 3,000 dead in a single month, bringing the total number of fatalities to over 60,000 since the start of 2016. The figure is six times greater than the out-of-date figure of 10,000 dead often cited in the media and by politicians.

“We have recorded 3,068 people killed in November, bringing the total number of Yemenis who have died in the violence to 60,223 since January 2016,” says Andrea Carboni, a researcher on Yemen for the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), formerly based at Sussex University, that studies conflicts and seeks to establish the real casualty level.

The figures do not include the Yemenis who have died through starvation or malnutrition – the country is on the brink of famine, according to the UN – or from illnesses caused by the war such as cholera.

Dec 15 11:45

Democrat On Why He Voted to Prolong Yemen War: ‘I Don’t Know a Damn Thing About It’

The government of Saudi Arabia has been bombing and starving the Middle East’s poorest country for about three years, now. One recent estimate suggests that 85,000 children under 5 years old have already died from malnutrition as a result of Riyadh’s intervention in Yemen’s civil war. If the Saudis’ air strikes and blockade continue, Yemen is poised to face the worst famine humanity has seen in 100 years, according to the U.N.

The United States bears much of the responsibility for all of this: Our federal government’s steadfast commitment to an alliance with the Saudis has led America to support Riyadh’s monstrous campaign by supplying it with weapons, logistical support, and midair refueling services for Saudi fighter planes. Without that last form of support, much of the Saudi campaign would be impossible.

Dec 14 11:36

Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah

Both sides agree to withdraw all troops from Hodeidah within 21 days.

The Yemeni peace talks in Sweden have ended on a high note on Thursday, with an agreement for more talks in January, and most importantly, a deal for a ceasefire in the vital aid port of Hodeidah.

Under the deal, both sides have agreed to withdraw all fighters from the area around Hodeidah within the next 21 days. The UN will oversee the withdrawal and is expected to play a role in monitoring the port.

The port deal appears to be broadly what was proposed by the UN and the Houthis in the first place. The Hadi government had previously rejected this plan, and demanding the Houthis disarm and surrender the city to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed, here; color me slightly hopeful, that a true political solution to the issues can manifest, and soon.

Dec 14 11:29

Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah

Both sides agree to withdraw all troops from Hodeidah within 21 days.

The Yemeni peace talks in Sweden have ended on a high note on Thursday, with an agreement for more talks in January, and most importantly, a deal for a ceasefire in the vital aid port of Hodeidah.

Under the deal, both sides have agreed to withdraw all fighters from the area around Hodeidah within the next 21 days. The UN will oversee the withdrawal and is expected to play a role in monitoring the port.

The port deal appears to be broadly what was proposed by the UN and the Houthis in the first place. The Hadi government had previously rejected this plan, and demanding the Houthis disarm and surrender the city to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed, here; color me slightly hopeful, that a true political solution to the issues can manifest, and soon.

Dec 14 10:45

Yemeni mothers forced to choose which child starves, says aid group

Mothers are being forced to leave their children to starve as they face a “catastrophic” shortage of food in war-torn Yemen, a humanitarian group said on Thursday, reports Reuters.

As the warring parties pledged a ceasefire over a key entry port for supplies, Action Against Hunger said many civilians were struggling to survive in a conflict often described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

“We are very much aware that the situation right now is catastrophic,” Valentina Ferrante, the group’s country director for Yemen, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Dec 14 03:32

SENATE VOTES TO END SUPPORT OF YEMAN WAR

Defying Trump, US Senate votes to end US support for Yemen war
Senators also pass resolution saying that Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

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US politicians have grown increasingly outraged as the number of civilians killed in Yemen by Saudi and UAE air attacks using US-made weapons has risen dramatically in the past two years. The Saudi-UAE coalition launched an intervention in 2015 through a massive air campaign targeting Houthi rebels.

The final vote of the Yemen resolution was 56-41, with seven Republicans breaking with their party to vote in support of the measure.

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Dec 13 11:02

Saudi Arabia Under Fire From All Sides

Saudi Arabia bet that it could defy the U.S. when it pushed for oil production cuts at the OPEC+ meeting, gambling that President Trump would not lash out in retaliation despite some heavy-handed pressure from his twitter feed ahead of the summit in Vienna. This week, the bet seems to have paid off.

To be sure, Saudi Arabia’s decision to push for oil production cuts was a bit of a no brainer. The extreme budgetary pressure facing Riyadh from low oil prices is vastly more concerning than any legal or political action from the U.S. Congress or White House. And absent a deal in Vienna, oil prices could have fallen further.

Dec 13 10:26

Leader: US aiding and abetting Saudi crimes in Yemen

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States is complicit in the crimes the Saudi regime has been committing in a years-long war against the people of Yemen.

Addressing the families of Iranian martyrs in a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out the Saudi regime’s failures in the war it has been waging against Yemen with Washington’s support.

The Leader said the Saudis have extended a hand of friendship to the enemies of Islam.

“They (the Saudis) thought they would gain control [of Yemen] in a matter of days or weeks. [But] the farther they go, the harder they will fall down and the more stinging will be the blow that they will receive,” the Leader noted.

Dec 13 10:26

US Senate [ almost ] votes to end US support for Saudi war on Yemen

The senators voted 60-39 Wednesday to advance a resolution for further debate and a later vote in the chamber.

The joint resolution, which was introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT), calls on Trump to stop US armed forces from supporting Saudi Arabia in its military campaign in Yemen.

Republican senators joined the Democrats to provide the 60 votes needed for the resolution to advance.

The 39 Republicans senators disagreeing with the move all cast no votes.

Dec 13 10:25

'US enjoys backing Riyadh to destabilize Middle East'

The deadly Saudi campaign against Yemen has the support of the United States due to Washington's interest in a tense Middle East where it could sell more weapons, says a commentator.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the United States was complicit in the crimes the Saudi regime has been committing in the war against Yemen.

In an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, Mostafa Khoshcheshm, journalist and political commentator, said that “It is no secret to anyone that the US enjoys supporting Saudi Arabia to make it a gendarme, if possible, in this region, if not; then, they can sell more and more guns to the Saudis.”

“So, basically the United States wants this region in tension,” Khoshcheshm said.

Dec 13 06:56

TEHRAN (FNA)- Police Seize 4.6 Haul of Narcotics from Armed Traffickers

Police confiscated a 4,648 kilogram haul of opium and several light and heavy firearms in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan, registering a provincial 10 ton narcotics seizure record in the past 12 days.
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Iran is in the forefront of the fight against drug trafficking and thousands of Iranian forces have been so far martyred to protect the world from the danger of drugs.

General Ghanbari had announced on Monday that 5,461 kilograms of different drugs were captured by police forces during past 10 days

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(*it had to have come from a s**thole city in a US Blue State !
whitehorse souce)

Dec 12 15:03

Khashoggi PsyOp Series- Introduction: Who, What, How & Why - -- SIBEL EDMONDS newsbud

Whether in the Khashoggi case or any other case, the four main components of real investigative journalism consist of fact-finding and analyses of who, what, how and why. After spending nearly two months investigating this story, on the ground, in Turkey, and with access to inside sources and research material in multiple languages, I can assure you, with one-hundred-percent certainty, that none of those questions have been answered by the media

(ok. perhaps crisis actor label not suited here, STILL A SCAM- EVERY BIT of It!)

Dec 12 09:31

'Yemenis are left so poor they kill themselves before the hunger does'

As peace talks to end war in Yemen continue, three local aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council describe its devastating impact

Dec 12 04:26

GOP Purse Strings Held by Saudi Lobbyist

Last month, Republican members of the House blocked a vote on legislation introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) to end the U.S. role in supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen. In doing so, House Republicans protected Saudi Arabia from suffering the consequences of growing public concern about the seemingly unconditional U.S. support for Saudi actions. Chief among those actions are the war in Yemen that threatens half the population with famine and the murder and the botched coverup of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The House GOP’s decision to go to the mat for the House of Saud might be partially explained by the fact that a longtime lobbyist for Saudi Arabia sits in a position to control a significant portion of the party’s campaign-related spending

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Dec 12 03:30

Khashoggi murder: Trump says he stands by Saudi crown prince

US president refuses to condemn MBS despite CIA assessment that the crown prince ordered the killing of Khashoggi.

US President Donald Trump has reiterated his support for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, despite CIA assessment that the Saudi royal ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Trump refused to comment on whether the crown prince was complicit in the murder, despite pleas from Senators to condemn the gruesome murder of the Washington Post columnist more than two months ago.

"He's the leader of Saudi Arabia. They've been a very good ally">>>

Dec 11 12:08

GOP Purse Strings Held By Saudi Lobbyist

Last month, Republican members of the House blocked a vote on legislation introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) to end the U.S. role in supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen. In doing so, House Republicans protected Saudi Arabia from suffering the consequences of growing public concern about the seemingly unconditional U.S. support for Saudi actions. Chief among those actions are the war in Yemen that threatens half the population with famine and the murder and the botched coverup of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The House GOP’s decision to go to the mat for the House of Saud might be partially explained by the fact that a longtime lobbyist for Saudi Arabia sits in a position to control a significant portion of the party’s campaign-related spending.

Dec 11 04:03

Decision to assassinate Arafat approved by Saudis:

A former senior adviser to Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has said that Arafat's death was not natural and he was actually assassinated, with Saudi Arabia approving the decision to assassinate him.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Palestine’s Arabic-language Shehab news agency, Bassam Abu Sharif said former US president, George W. Bush, had contacted Saudi officials after a meeting with former Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, during which Arafat's liquidation was discussed, and Saudi authorities consented.

Abu Sharif went on to say that the Riyadh regime approved of Arafat’s assassination, because it viewed him as an obstacle to the Arab Peace Initiative, which envisioned a so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Dec 10 11:34

Sibel Edmonds - Khashoggi Case: A Massive PsyOp Concocted by CIA-MI6-Mossad

Sibel Edmonds - : A Massive Multi-Nation PsyOp

- Nothing They Say Is True;

Nothing!

Dec 10 09:30

‘The thing is done’: Khashoggi killing tape indicates hit squad was briefing Riyadh, report says

The full transcript of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in a Saudi consulate in Turkey reportedly shows that one of the assassins was briefing someone on the phone as the journalist's dismembering progressed.

According to a CNN report citing a source who has reviewed the full transcript of the audio recording translated from Arabic, a man, identified as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former Saudi diplomat and intelligence official, made at least three phone calls to someone who was apparently a superior.

"Tell yours, the thing is done, it's done," Mutreb allegedly said as Khashoggi drew his last breath at the hands of a 15-man hit team.

Dec 10 09:12

Jared Kushner advised Saudi prince on how to 'weather' Khashoggi slaying, report says

President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been a promoter of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the early days of the administration and recently offered the prince advice on how to handle the outrage over the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Dec 09 10:15

More than 50% of Yemen’s population facing ‘severe acute food insecurity’: Survey

Some 53 percent of Yemen’s population, 15.9 million people, is now facing “severe acute food insecurity” as the direct result of a Saudi-led invasion of the impoverished country and the ensuing economic collapse, a survey says.

The survey, whose results were published on Saturday, was conducted by Yemeni officials and international experts during the month of October based on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), also known as IPC scale.

According to the IPC’s five-point scale, 3 stands for “crisis”, 4 is for “emergency” and 5 is used to refer to “catastrophe” and possible famine.

Dec 09 10:14

Israel seeking formal ties with Saudi Arabia within months: TV

A main Israeli TV station has revealed that the regime in Tel Aviv is seeking full diplomatic relations with the Saudi Arabian government and wants to make their ties official within the next few months.

The Hadashot TV news, the main news bulletin watched in the occupied Palestinian territories, said in a report late Saturday that, according to its sources, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking to formalize ties with Riyadh before the next election which is slated for November next year.

Many expect Netanyahu to push the votes to earlier in 2019 to avoid a forced exit from power due to various scandals that have gripped him over the past months.

Dec 08 09:42

Meet the Senators Who Took Saudi Money

The top recipient of Saudi lobbying firm contributions among senators who voted against the measure was Dean Heller, Republican of Nevada, who received $27,150. Heller’s vote against the resolution on Wednesday was notable given that he had previously voted against an arms sale to Saudi Arabia and was a co-sponsor of legislation that would have prohibited the U.S. military from refueling Saudi warplanes.

Heller’s haul from Saudi lobbyists was closely followed by Roger Wicker, Ted Cruz, and Roy Blunt, Republicans all, who have received $25,550, $23,000, and $19,250, respectively, from Saudi lobbyists over the past two years. On the campaign trail, Cruz called the possibility of the Saudi government ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi “troubling” and said “there should be real consequences for that.” His vote Wednesday was to block one of those consequences.

Dec 05 11:50

Blain: "Are We Backing The Wrong Country In The Saudi-Iran Race"

A digression: Saudi vs Iran?

I had a number of comments about Monday’s porridge on the significance of Qatar pulling out of Opec, and what next for Saudi. What is the relevance for markets they asked?

That’s interesting question. Donald Trump recently told us that his successful negotiations and personal relationship with Mohammed bin Salman attracted planned investment of $450 bln into the US, including $110 bln in defence orders, from Saudi Arabia. He warned all that could be undone if we don’t turn a blind eye to the Khashoggi murder.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Americans were permitted to travel there, I would love to tour Iran.

The art; the music; the continuity of history; the push the country is making toward educating both their young men, and their young women, encourages me to think that given time and space, it could be absolutely thriving state, and a great trading partner for the world

Unfortunately, Netanyahu's usual dystopian, hubristic view of Iran means only one thing; it must be destroyed in a horrendous war, but that the costs of such a war will only be borne...in American blood, and American money.

It is more than a little disconcerting to me, that President Trump's two best friends in the Middle East, are Prince bin Salman, the Saudi Butcher of Yemen, and Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the Israeli Butcher of Gaza.

Dec 05 11:30

US Senators Say ‘Zero Doubt’ Crown Prince Ordered Khashoggi’s Murder

Tuesday morning’s testimony by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi has those senators permitted to attend more convinced than ever that the Saudi Crown Prince was behind the plot. Senators are now saying they have “zero doubt” that is indeed what happened.

In early October, reporter Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and was never seen again. Saudi officials have confirmed that a 15-man kill team dispatched to the consulate killed him, though they have persistently denied that the crown prince was involved.

As Khashoggi was a permanent US resident, this murder is a matter of some import, and many in Congress want a clear rebuke of the Saudis for killing him. Haspel’s testimony was closed-door and classified, but those senators who spoke to reporters said she confirmed the suspicions.

Dec 05 11:29

Rand Paul rips 'deep state' for freezing him out of CIA briefing on Khashoggi killing

Sen. Rand Paul issued a rhetorical broadside against the “deep state” this week for freezing him out of a CIA briefing on slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Kentucky lawmaker was excluded from a group on Tuesday that met with CIA Director Gina Haspel. Accusations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing have put the Trump administration in a diplomatic bind.

“This is the very definition of the deep state. The deep state is that the intelligence agencies do things, conclude things, make conclusions, but then the elected officials are prevented from knowing about this,” Mr. Paul told Fox News.

He added that “the deep state” will continue to amass “more power” until the status quo changes, The Washington Examiner reported.

Dec 05 11:14

America and Britain Complicit in Saudi Acts of Genocide in Yemen: 85,000 Children Dead, 14 Million at “Risk of Starvation”

The recent death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has helped shed more attention on the Saudi war of aggression in Yemen. According to the UN up to 14 million people are at risk of starvation in Yemen. Yet the American and British governments, who have the ability to stop the Saudi war machine in its tracks, continue the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners.

Corporate politicians try and defend the military actions of the Saudi led coalition in Yemen by sheer unadulterated lies. UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt in a debate in the House of Commons blithely stated that the Saudi led coalition had not breached any international law.*

Yet evidence of war crimes in Yemen abound. Save The Children, which is feeding starving people in Yemen, has recently released figures showing that the Saudi instigated war in Yemen has caused the deaths of 85,000 children over the last four years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a special place in hell, for world leaders who think that the starvation of children, in countries where supplies have been blockaded, means nothing, and that this is simply "collateral damage".

I seriously doubt that history will be kind to either the Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman, also know as the Butcher of Yemen, and his American side-kick, the American Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump.

Dec 05 10:17

One instance of Saudi’s collusion in an Israeli war crime

Trump claimed that without Washington’s ‘strong ally’ Saudi Arabia,Israel would be forced ‘to leave’ the region.

This frank admission brings to mind Israel’s wanton attack on 7 June, 1981 on Iraq and the bombing and destruction of Iraq’s near completed reactor for peaceful purposes, Tammuz 1, by 8 Israeli fighter jets which flew at low altitude over the Saudi and then the Iraqi desert.

Dec 04 13:57

Sen. Rand Paul: Stop selling weapons to #SaudiArabia -CNN video

Sen. Rand Paul: "I think you would see a change in their behavior and a change in their leadership."

Dec 04 13:45

RAND’S STAND: Sen. Paul Warns of ‘Growing Deep State’ After Being Blocked from CIA Briefing

"I know about the information of the CIA’s conclusions only by reading it in the media."

  • don't worry our friends in the media will fill us all in, with the official story
  • Dec 04 13:21

    Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

    US senators say they are more certain than ever after a private CIA briefing that the Saudi crown prince had a role in the murder of a journalist.

    In a blistering attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "high confidence" Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

    The South Carolina Republican described the Saudi royal as "a wrecking ball", "crazy" and "dangerous".

    Dec 04 11:55

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman becoming a liability, embarrassment to US: Analyst

    Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has become a “liability” to the United States but Washington is not in a position to take action against him, an American analyst says.

    Keith Preston, director of the Attackthesystem.org, said Washington was feeling embarrassed by bin Salman’s actions but couldn’t do anything about it.

    “The American government is currently in a very difficult situation because the Saudi Arabian government is a staunch ally of the United States and it is obvious that the Trump administration wants to maintain that relationship,” Preston told Press TV.

    US President Donald Trump has so far resisted growing calls from both sides of the isle in Congress for a strong response to the Saudi regime’s murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, arguing that doing so would endanger deep financial and political ties between the two sides and push Riyadh towards Russia.

    Dec 04 10:59

    Senate headed for clash over Saudi Arabia

    The Senate is barreling toward a floor brawl over how to respond to Saudi Arabia's role in the slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    Senators took a significant step this week advancing a bipartisan resolution to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, marking a sharp break from President Trump, who has stood by Riyadh and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, even in the face of reports that the prince personally ordered Khashoggi’s death.

    Dec 04 10:57

    Intercepted Messages Fill in Details on Murder of Khashoggi

    The Trump Administration has settled decisively on not blaming the Saudi Crown Prince for murdering reporter Jamal Khashoggi. The evidence underpinning this allegation, at least from the CIA assessment, centers of intercepted messages.

    The Saudi Crown Prince wasn’t physically in Istanbul doing the murdering, and that seems to be the sum total of the uncertainty that the administration is resting on. His closest adviser was there, however, overseeing the murder. The CIA also intercepted 11 messages from the prince to this adviser in the hours immediately leading up to and following the murder.

    Another intercept the CIA got from the crown prince pointed to the underlying plot itself, with the prince saying “we could probably lure Khashoggi outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements” even if they couldn’t lure him back to Saudi Arabia.

    Dec 04 10:57

    Senate Tumult Reflects Popular Discontent With Yemen War

    I’m on a low-budget book tour, sleeping in spare bedrooms and munching granola in the kitchens of progressives all along the East Coast. Many had felt beaten down and pessimistic from two years of Trumpism. But I now sense some optimism and a renewed fighting spirit.

    Just look at the surprising battle in the Senate over US participation in the Yemen War. On Nov. 28, Senators Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) co-sponsored a War Powers Resolution calling for an end to U.S. participation in the conflict. Trump tried to quash the effort, but 63 Democratic and Republican senators defied the administration and voted to discharge the bill from committee so it can be voted on as early as the first week of December.

    Senators were reacting to Trump’s failure to take decisive action against Saudi leaders responsible for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

    Dec 04 08:37

    Friend of Khashoggi sues Israeli spyware company

    Saudi activist Omar Abdulaziz filed a lawsuit against Israeli cyber warfare company NSO Group in Tel Aviv on Sunday, on the basis that the company’s malware intercepted conversations between the activist and slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

    The lawsuit alleges the spyware company violates international law through selling its software to oppressive regimes that use it to violate human rights, CNN reported.

    Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, where he was killed and dismembered by a hit squad sent from Saudi Arabia.

    After a number of attempts at muddying the waters, Saudi Arabia eventually admitted the Washington Post columnist was slain inside the building.

    Dec 04 06:48

    QATAR QUITS OPEC

    Qatar quits OPEC as Saudis walk tightrope on oil prices

    Dec 03 10:56

    US-Saudi Ties: Drenched in Blood, Oil and Deceit

    The CIA concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, personally ordered the murder and dismemberment of Khashoggi. In an extraordinary statement for a U.S. president, Trump disputed the CIA findings. He saids it didn’t matter if MBS—as the Saudi ruler is known—was or was not involved in the Khashoggi killing, and that U.S.-Saudi relations are “spectacular.”

    Trump’s statement reflects his narrow cultivation of business relations with MBS, while the CIA’s announcement reflects the view that that MBS has become a liability for the U.S. ruling class as a whole. The spy agency, which has deep ties to Saudi intelligence, fears that bin Salman’s reckless and impulsive actions could jeopardize the security of the whole Saudi ruling clique, endangering U.S. ruling class interests in Saudi Arabia and the entire Middle East.

    Dec 01 10:21

    SAUDI ARABIA’S BIN SALMAN TAKES PREEMPTIVE ACTION AGAINST COUP THREAT

    The crown prince, facing increased vulnerability, has scrambled the kingdom’s armed forces in response to rumors of dissent within the Saudi royal family.

    Dec 01 10:16

    CIA Intercepts Underpin Assessment Saudi Crown Prince Targeted Khashoggi

    Conclusion that Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘probably ordered’ killing relies in part on 11 messages he sent to adviser who oversaw hit squad around time it killed journalist

    Dec 01 09:34

    French President to Saudi Crown Prince: ‘You Never Listen to Me’

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday reportedly insisted that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman include international experts in the investigation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, noting that the crown prince never heeds his words.

    The comments were made in a private conversation between two leaders during the ongoing G20 summit Friday, Reuters reported.

    “You never listen to me,” Macron is heard saying in English in footage posted by the Saudi Gazette newspaper. “No I will listen of course,” bin Salman said in English, then bursting into a laugh. Macron continued the conversation, saying he is “a man of my word.”

    Nov 30 12:24

    Putin's Meeting With Saudi Crown Prince At G-20 Could Overshadow OPEC

    With oil prices in free fall and diplomatic crises raising the threat of more Western sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman are planning to meet on sidelines of the G-20 summit later this week, Bloomberg reports. Even if President Trump snubbed Salman, and threatened to snub Putin, energy traders will be watching closely as the two leaders meet for the first time since both countries started pumping oil at the fastest pace since the 2016 OPEC+ production cuts.

    Nov 30 10:43

    Saudi Facing OPEC Mutiny As Members Object To "Problematic" US Influence

    As US stocks seesaw with every conflicting trade-war related headline, investors are fixating on tomorrow night's dinner meeting between President Trump and President Xi with laser-like focus. But the Trump-Xi summit isn't the only meeting that could have broad repercussions for global markets, and though it has received much less attention in the press, the planned meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (along with the Russian and Saudi energy ministers) could dictate the course of global oil prices for the foreseeable future.

    Looming over the Saudi-Russia talks are suspicions that Saudi Arabia has been accelerating production of oil beyond the cuts adopted by OPEC+ in November 2016 to placate President Trump - a conspiracy "theory" first highlighted by Zero Hedge weeks ago, which has finally won acknowledgment in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and other mainstream press.

    Webmaster's Commentary: 

    Remember what I mentioned in my article today, about the meeting of Saudi Prince Bin Salman, and the Russian President Putin?!?

    I have a very strong feeling, that I might well have been right!!

    And again, there will be utterly nothing President Trump can do to unseal, or scotch the deal, where payment on the oil will most likely be in another denomination than that of the US dollar.

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