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Feb 18 11:10

Mueller: No Collusion Between Trump and Putin, But the Russia Card Is Bigger Than Ever

Sheer hypocrisy and crass dishonesty incarnate.

Now, a few days later—and thirteen indictments from one of Mueller’s grand juries, announced by the very same Rosenstein, specifically against more “Russian players” who reportedly “meddled” in the 2016 American elections, but without any connivance by the Trump campaign—and Rosenstein is feted as a veritable savior of the republic by those same commenters. Those Neocons who now selectively support the president and those bitterly anti-Russian Fox pundits (with the possible exception of Tucker Carlson) are absolutely giddy with delight! For too long, in their defense of President Trump against the charge of collusion, they had found themselves in the extremely uncomfortable situation (for them) of having to mount an attempt to exculpate the Russians, or at least lessen their culpability.

Feb 18 09:10

The US Is Permanently Occupying Northern Syria, and That’s Trouble

When President Barack Obama started bombing Syria in 2014, he enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington, D.C. Americans were appalled by the atrocities of the Islamic State, which had massacred Yazidis, and seized swaths of territory in Syria and Iraq.

At the time I warned that, far from being a humanitarian intervention, this action threatened to precipitate yet another Middle East war: “Once again, the United States is waging an open-ended war with no concern for the long-term well-being of the people in the region.”

Feb 17 09:15

ISRAEL HITS TARGET IN GAZA WITH TANK FIRE AFTER ‘DEVICE EXPLODES’ NEAR IDF PATROL

An Israeli tank fired at an observation post located in the southern Gaza Strip, the country’s Defense Forces (IDF) said. The shelling followed an explosive device being detonated near the Israeli patrol in the area.

IDF troops were patrolling an area near the security fence in the Gaza Strip, the military tweeted. It is still unclear if the explosion resulted in any casualties. In response, the IDF used a tank to target an observation post in the area.

On February 10, more than 50 Palestinian protesters were injured by Israeli forces, which used live ammunition to suppress the 10th ‘Friday of Rage’ rally. The latest major clash between the Israeli military and the Palestinian armed groups occurred in November when the IDF used tanks and jets to attack Hamas positions following the mortar shelling of an Israeli outpost by another militant group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"An eye-for-eye and tooth-for-tooth would lead to a world of the blind and toothless."

- Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi

Feb 17 04:26

Call for Papers

Following the nomination of Quds as the capital city of Israel by the US president, Turkey which is known for its political and international exploitation of affairs immediately held the leaders’ summit.

To pursue the goal of political exploitation and as requested by KSA, Foreign Ministers of Arabian countries also had the Arab League Summit...

Feb 16 10:16

False Flag Potential in the Middle East: Iran, Syria, and Israel

History does repeat itself; if not identically, then in identical circumstances and events in different nations. History also does not just “happen,” as there are powerful forces at work in every nation. False flags have been used throughout human history: politicians and oligarchs initiate them to follow a hidden agenda. Too often the masses become the “True Believer” of Eric Hoffer. Worked up into a patriotic frenzy, they charge into the fray…little understanding that the great war or the great crusade is orchestrated by smiling bankers and nabobs, securely “in the rear with the gear,” sending men out to die to attain their secret objectives.

Feb 16 10:13

Marwa Osman: Saudis Intentionally Target Civilians to Pressure Yemeni Resistance

Speaking in an exclusive interview with FNA, Osman said that the Saudi-led coalition deliberately targets civilians to pressure the Yemeni resistance to surrender.

According to the analyst, the coalition uses the same tactic that the Israeli regime has been using to justify its war crimes and that is falsely accusing resistance forces, in this case Ansarullah fighters, of using civilians as human shields.

Marwa Osman is a journalist, political analyst and a university lecturer at the Lebanese International University. She has been frequently interviewed by international news outlets such as RT and Press TV to comment on issues related to the Middle East.

FNA has conducted an interview with Marwa Osman about the ongoing Saudi aggression against Yemen and the possible motives behind the war which resulted in the humanitarian catastrophe which is taking place now in the poor Arab country.

Feb 16 01:07

US, Kurdish allies virtually in open confrontation with Syrian Army, says Russian diplomat

The US and its Kurdish allies have come close to an open confrontation with the Syrian armed forces, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Feb 16 01:04

Iran tells US to get out of Syria as world powers turn against each other

Iran told the U.S. to withdraw its forces from Syria and cease operations there Wednesday because Washington’s presence was deemed illegal by the local government.

Feb 16 01:02

Israel & ISIS: More Israeli weapons discovered at captured ISIS positions in Syria

The Syrian Army discovered a large cache of Israeli-made arms and ammunition in mop-up operation in liberated regions in Deir Ezzor province.

Feb 15 14:10

The Jewish timeline – from Moses to Netanyahu

"If Zionism was born to teach the Jews how to self-reflect so they could become a “people like all other people”, Netanyahu, Israel and contemporary Zionists are the proof that the Zionist project was futile. As the Jewish state surrounds itself with ever more walls of separation, as the Zionist lobbies and Zio-cons push for more global conflicts for Israel, it becomes clear that Zionists are actually a people like no other – people who can’t self-reflect or bear responsibility for their own actions." >>

Feb 15 14:08

The coward’s way: Israel’s war on the young

Stuart Littlewood describes the context under which the Israelis arrested a 14-year-old epileptic Palestinian girl for begging and, as punishment, dumped her in the Gaza Strip where she knew no-one and was cut off from her parents. >>

Feb 15 08:02

Russia's Putin, Saudi King Salman discuss Syria, Qatar

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Russian President Vladimir Putin discuss the developments in the Middle East, including the situation in Syria and tensions with Qatar.

According to the Kremlin’s press service, Putin and Salman exchanged views over Syria via a phone conversation on Wednesday, “taking into account the results of the Syrian National Congress in Sochi.”

Russia, Iran, and Turkey have been organizing peace talks for Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana since January 2017. Together, the three countries have been acting as guarantor states for the peace process in the war-torn Arab country.

Feb 14 14:30

“US Foreign Policy Is the Greatest Crime Since WWII,” Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark

The US Secretary of State’s criminally insane back handed remarks favoring a civil war, with all the probable loss of lives a civil war would bring, seems to fit as appropriate within a US foreign policy of world domination. Human suffering has never been of any consequence to the financial interests of that 1/10 of 1 per cent of Americans who, to one degree or another, rule us all.

That is the way it has been since the end of the Second World War, a war made possible by US investments and joint ventures in the rearming of Nazi Germany,[ 2] a war that made the USA rich and the first all powerful single superpower.

Feb 14 05:42

Jerusalem Political Conference

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 6th International Conference of Independent Thinkers and Artists (New Horizon). The conference will host academics, politicians, authors, journalists, activists, filmmakers, and media commentators from around the world to discuss different viewpoints and show worldwide solidarity with PALESTINIAN oppressed people.....

Feb 13 13:12

Saudi cluster bombs continue to endanger Yemeni kids’ lives

Thousands of innocent children continue to fall victim to Saudi Arabia’s use of cluster bombs in aerial attacks on residential areas across the Yemen, corroborating assertions of violation of international law in the impoverished Arab country.

Derhim al-Tuheiti was playing in a farming field in an area in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana'a, less than a week ago when he found an unexploded cluster bomb.

He took it home, believing it was a toy or a piece of scrap metal. All at once, like deafening firecrackers, explosions ripped through the building, seriously injuring Derhim, his mother and siblings.

Feb 13 13:05

The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Prepare “Long-Planned Middle East War”

Washington’s plan to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ultimately failed. Now Lebanon seems to be in the cross-hairs with tensions between Israel and Hezbollah on the same level that led to the 2006 Lebanon war. There is also the possibility that a new offensive against Syria that might take place as Washington maintains its troop levels in the devastated country caused by ISIS and other terrorists groups they supported. Various reports suggests that the Pentagon may reveal that there are close to 2,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria even though ISIS has been defeated. So why is Washington staying in Syria? Will there be another attempt to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the near future? Most likely, yes. Adding the Trump administration’s continued hostilities towards Iran, the drumbeats of a new war in the Middle East is loud and clear.

Feb 13 08:56

Russia In the Crosshairs

How many times did Putin announce victory in Syria, pull out, and then have to go back after Washington’s forces had recuperated? Why does Putin refuse the reincorporation of the breakaway Russian provinces in Ukraine? He allowed Crimea back in because of the Russian naval base, but he has refused the Russian provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. Consequently, the Russian people in these provinces continue to be subject to attack, and Washington has now armed its Ukrainian nazi state with weapons to reconquer the breakaway republics.

Whether or not Russia wants to acknowledge it, Russia is in a fight for her life. There is evidence that top Russian leaders are unaware of this.

Feb 13 03:57

Coffee Shop Owner Faces Up To 5-year Imprisonment After Letting Model In Skimpy Apron Serve Customers

The owner said that he didn’t know better and admitted it was a way to publicize his coffee shop that just opened last Tuesday," said the police commander.

Feb 10 12:25

Russian-Turkish axis in Syria faces meltdown

With suspicions running high that the nominal allies drew each other's blood on February 3, Ankara may well seek a modus vivendi with the US.

Two things differentiate the downing of a Russian Su-25 ground-attack jet in the western province of Idlib on February 3 from the drone attacks on the Russian air base at Hmeimim a month earlier.

Suffice to say, the air is thick with innuendos and dark hints that Russia and Turkey may have drawn each other’s blood on February 3, despite notionally being allies in Syria’s hybrid war.

Feb 10 01:11

Yemenis destroy Saudi-led missile system in Ta'izz with ballistic missile: Report

The Yemeni army, supported by allied fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has managed to successfully destroy a missile system run by Saudi Arabia’s mercenary forces in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta'izz, a report says.

Feb 10 01:04

Air force bombs Iranian targets in Syria in response to border breach, meeting heavy anti-aircraft fire; F-16 crashes in Israeli territory, one pilot seriously injured

Shaul Pinkerfeld, a security officer at Kibbutz Harduf, told Walla news: “A little bit after 6 a.m. we heard explosions. We woke up and understood that there was a plane or the remains of a plane on fire near the kibbutz entrance.

Feb 10 01:01

Israeli media admits F-16 jet fell down over Galilee, its pilots injured

Occupied Jerusalem, SANA- Media of the Israeli enemy on Saturday admitted that F-16 jet fell down over Galilee and that its pilots were injured.

Feb 10 00:58

Second major confrontation between Syria, Israel ongoing in Damascus

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 A.M.) – For the second time today, the Israeli Air Force and Syrian Air Defense are battling one another within in the souwthwestern countryside of Damascus.

Feb 10 00:52

Army air defense confronts new Israeli aggression on military base in central area, hits more than one aircraft

Damascus, SANA-The army air defense confronted a new Israeli aggression on a military base in the central area and hit more than one aircraft.

Feb 10 00:46

Israeli F-16 fighter jet shot down by Syrian anti-aircraft fire

An Israeli F-16 fighter jet crashed after Syria responded with anti-aircraft fire to an Israeli operation in its territory. Syria says its military base came under Israeli fire, and it hit multiple aircraft in response.

Feb 09 07:25

In America, the ‘Syria experts’ have turned into ‘Iran experts’ overnight

The ease with which American foreign policy “experts” can suddenly reinvent themselves, switching focus as the DC mood changes, exposes the Washington think tank racket as a giant sham designed to manipulate opinion.

When protests broke out in Iran at the end of 2017, Washington think tanks were ecstatic. They saw an opportunity to push for regime change and they went for it. Almost overnight, all of the self-proclaimed "Syria experts" who spent the last several years arguing for the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Assad shifted their focus to Tehran.

The Hudson Institute, a conservative pro-war Washington outfit funded by major corporations and oil companies, is a case in point. On January 16, Hudson hosted a panel of so-called experts, titled “Iran Protests: Consequences for the Region and Opportunities for the Trump Administration.” The panel featured a who’s who of warmongers discussing how to weaken yet another Middle Eastern state.

Feb 08 13:16

Professor Stephen F. Cohen: Rethinking Putin – A Critical Reading

Professor Cohen is right: the real Putin has absolutely nothing, nothing at all, in common with the pseudo-Putin the Western media presents to its infinitely gullible and zombified audience.

I do believe that Professor Cohen will eventually go down in history as the most intellectually honest and courageous Russia expert in the US. In the meanwhile, the West is still stuck in its old, ideological ways: imperialism, nationalism and messianic exclusivism on one hand, and a complete surrender to post-modernism, cultural self-hatred, petty minority politics and moral relativism on the other.

Feb 07 13:28

Hadi’s Fall, Rise of South Yemen, End of the War?

Clashes broke out in the country’s interim capital of Aden, which was also the seat of government for the formerly independent country of South Yemen, over the weekend after President Hadi banned the “Southern Transitional Council” (STC) and its supporters from protesting him. The STC had given the Yemeni leader an ultimatum set to expire on Sunday to replace his allegedly corrupt government or face a revolt, and they claim that he ordered his soldiers to shoot at activists who defied his anti-protest decree and tried to assemble in the city regardless. The fast-moving situation saw the party’s armed wing, the “Southern Resistance Forces” (SRF), take over Aden in a move that Hadi’s government decried as a “coup’, which will undoubtedly have profound domestic and international implications.

Feb 07 13:21

South Yemen Protest Over US Drone Strike That Killed Civilians

The latest embarrassing result of a “signature strike” in America’s ever-growing drone war has sparked public protests in South Yemen’s Shabwa Province, where locals expressed outrage at a US attack that killed at least seven civilian members of a single family.

The attack, which took place on January 28, was in a remote part of Shabwa. The victims were family members in a vehicle, who went looking for a missing child in the Said District. The slain were not members of any political or religious organizations.

They were a bunch of guys in a car though, and when the US sees a crowded vehicle they assume it’s militants and attack. These are called “signature strikes,” strikes based on the victims giving the appearance of being a valid target.

Feb 06 15:10

Israel dumps young Palestinian girl in Gaza where she knows no one

Jonathan Cook describes how Israelis have sunk into the “darkness of a banal evil”, dumping a 14-year-old girl in a place she does not know, and an MP saying he would kick 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi who slapped a soldier desecrating her home. >>

Feb 06 06:31

Richard Falk Speaking on Israel-Palestine in Los Angeles Feb. 7

Location Details: The Culver-Palms United Methodist Church
4464 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City 90230
Wednesday, February 7th - 7:00 PM
Refreshments Will Be Served.
Donation: $10 - $5 for Students

Richard Falk Discusses the Suppressed U.N. Report by Himself and Virginia Tilley Titled: "Israeli Practices Towards The Palestinian People and The Question of Apartheid".

Feb 05 14:55

UK Jewish Chronicle Editor Stephen Pollard and freedom of speech

"Stephen Pollard, the caricature of an editor for the rabid Zionist Jewish Chronicle, an outlet that operates as an Israeli mouthpiece and has openly waged intense campaigns against freedom of speech, has once again expressed his support for elementary rights, including the right to offend. In today’s Daily Mail, Pollard writes: “Snowflakes? They’re today’s fascists!”

"Pollard often champions “freedom of speech”. This time he was probably trying to gain credit with the UK Prime Minister’s Office following the attack on Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg as he attempted to give a talk to students at Bristol University. I need not mention that I didn’t see Pollard or the Jewish Chronicle denouncing Zionist hooligans who interfered with my right to play Jazz. Nor did I see the Jewish Chronicle or Pollard fight for Alison Chabloz’s right to perform her cabaret. Maybe in Pollard’s universe freedom of speech is an exclusive realm..." >>

Feb 05 10:33

TURKEY WARNS US TROOPS IN NORTHERN SYRIA MAY BE TARGETED BY ITS ARMED FORCES

Last week we reported that days Turkey valiantly demanded that US forces vacate military bases in the Syrian district of Manbij, the US predictably refused, and on Monday a top American general said that US troops will not pull out from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, rebuffing Ankara demands to withdraw from the city and risking a potential confrontation between the two NATO allies.

One week later, in the latest dramatic escalation between the two NATO members, Turkey's Deputy PM has warned that US troops fighting alongside Syrian Kurdish militias in the same uniform may be targeted by the Turkish army due to the difficulty of distinguishing them in the heat of battle, effectively stating that US troops in northern Syria are now "fair game" in the ongoing deadly conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am hoping - and praying - for, is that this major escalation in tensions, and the war of words, between DC and Ankara, does NOT mean that our troops in Syria are being considered "sacrificial lambs" by this administration, to be used as a pretext and justification, to establish a wider US footprint in Syria.

Remember: regime change in Damascus is ultimately the issue to which this Administration keeps stubbornly clinging like a tick, no matter how high military and civilian casualties might be in pursuance of that goal.

I just have to wonder at what point Russia, which was invited by the Syria govenment to get rid of its jihadis will say "NYET!!" to a further American invasion of this sovereign country, and what actual steps may be taken by the Russians to prevent this from happening.

Because if the game plan by DC is to engage Russia in Syria militarily, it is obviously a game plan which was never thoroughy vetted, or thought through, with any degree if intellectual rigor.

Feb 05 10:11

INTERNATIONAL ARMS WATCHDOG FINDS THAT MOST ISIS WEAPONRY WAS PURCHASED BY THE UNITED STATES AND SAUDI ARABIA BEFORE BEING SHIPPED TO OPPOSITION FORCES IN SYRIA AND IRAQ

A damning report by the EU-funded Conflict Armament Research has found that the majority of weapons that ended-up in the hands of Daesh/ISIS were purchased from Eastern European stockpiles by the United States or Saudi Arabia and transferred to opposition militias in Syria. In many cases there is clear evidence to suggest that the arms were transferred into ISIS possession in less than a month, as US-backed groups amalgamated into ISIS or the weapons were sold on a thriving black market.

Feb 04 12:40

New Horizon Conference: Jerusalem/Al Quds - The Eternal Capital of Palestine

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 6th International Conference of Independent Thinkers and Artists (New Horizon) in Tehran. The conference will host academics, politicians, authors, journalists, activists, filmmakers, and media commentators from around the world to discuss different viewpoints and show worldwide solidarity with PALESTINIAN oppressed people.....

Feb 04 10:18

US-Backed Free Syrian Army Group Shoots Down Russian Jet, Kills Pilot

The Jaysh al-Nasr rebel group in Syria, part of the US-backed Free Syrian Army, has posted footage of its fighters celebrating the shoot-down of a Russian Suhkoi-25 jet fighter in the Idlib province of Syria. It is the first time a Russian fighter has been shot down by Syrian rebels attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The 2017 US military spending bill provided authorization for the Department of Defense to arm the rebels with shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles or ManPADS.

Feb 03 11:51

US is in talks with Turkey about Manbij: Mattis

The United States is in talks with Turkey about Manbij, Syria, but it is not the right time to discuss it publicly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Feb. 2.

"I am not going to discuss [it] right now," Mattis told reporters at a news conference. "It is simply not the right time to do this in the public square."

Mattis was referring to Turkey’s plan to launch a military operation in the strategically important northern city as part of Operation Olive Branch.

Manbij lies northeast of Aleppo but just south of the Turkish border. Washington has voiced concern about the safety of U.S. troops in Manbij amid Turkey's ongoing operation in northeastern Syria.

There are about 2,000 American soldiers in Manbij.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that these talks will ratchet down the tension here, but it is hard to know what will ultimately be decided.

The one think I am hoping and praying that doesn't happen is that these US troops not be used as "sacrificial lambs", toward a greater US footprint in Syria, which means we will be looking at being at war with Russia also.

Feb 03 10:58

US Airstrikes in Yemen Have Increased Sixfold Under Trump

With the Saudi invasion of Yemen turning sour and causing a humanitarian disaster, and the US having withdrawn most of its troops from the country early in that invasion, US officials have largely sought to downplay their military involvement in Yemen.

In reality, however, the number of US airstrikes being carried out has increased precipitously since President Trump took office, with 21 airstrikes on Yemen reported in 2016, and a more than sixfold increase leaving the 2017 figure at 131 strikes. 10 have been reported so far in January of 2018, suggesting that the escalation continues.

The strikes are theoretically targeted at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS, though in practice with US troops in Yemen only “intermittently,” according to the Pentagon’s own accounting, it’s difficult to see how officials could know with any certainty what is being targeted by US warplanes, beyond being remote areas where such factions are believed to be operating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Presidents Barak Obama and Donald Trump now have one thing in common, both blood-soaked, and vile, besides having been - and being President; responsibility for colluding in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen.

I remember years ago, as a kid, having swallowed the koolade of "America cannot, and would never do, something morally wrong" to another country.

Now, as an adult, and evaluating the global deteriorization demonstrated by world events and falling standards of living,, I am seeing massive US government military interventions through which to expropiateother country's natural resources to which this country has absolutely no moral right; regime change of governments, to make those governments more western-centric, and to insure that those resourcesm are only sold in US dollars.

The images I am about to present are absolutely "lose your lunch" real, graphic, and absolutely ugly, which it comes to Yemen; but I have absolutely no choice but to continue linking to them until the carnage in Yemen stops.

Images: Yemeni children getting killed and maimed for life, courtesy of US-military enabled Saudi Bombing Runs

Due to Us/ Saudi blockades on Yemeni ports, food cannot get into the county; as a consequence children are starving to death from these blockades.
Images: Yemeni children starving to death, due to US/Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

And now, Yemenis are dying from diptheria and cholera, because there is scarce little medication to treat them. the kids you see in this video may be the lucky ones, who are getting treatment in time. Video:children being treated for cholera

I would like to remind our readers that this is being done in your names, and with your tax dollars. We need to have a blunt, and honest, national conversation about why the US government is in collusion with Saudi Arabia in this genocide against the Yemeni people.

Feb 03 10:40

Russian missiles strike area of Su-25 downing, killing at least 30 terrorists – MoD

Russian military planes have targeted the Al-Nusra-controlled area of Syria’s Idlib province where a Su-25 jet was earlier downed by militants, the Russian Defence Ministry said.

Feb 01 13:06

Debunking US Zionist David Harris’s “special Israel” arguments

Lawrence Davidson debunks the “threadbare” and “shopworn” arguments of David Harris, Chief Executive of the American Jewish Congress, that the world should overlook Israel’s criminal and racest behaviour.>>

Feb 01 12:09

UN Urged to Implement Findings on Qatar Blockade

The National Committee for Human Rights (NHRC) called on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR) to implement the findings of the November 2017 report, which found the actions carried out by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar to be discriminatory, without legal basis, and amounted to "economic warfare," Al-Jazeera reported. According to the OHCHR report, the measures taken by the quartet last June were unilateral, coercive and arbitrary and had a permanent effect on the union of families and the social fabric of the region as a whole. On June 5, the four Arab countries severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting "terrorism". Doha has repeatedly denied the allegations as "baseless," while the four countries have failed to provide any evidence for their claims.

Feb 01 11:50

Former MK says Iran stole specs of Israeli submarines in hack

A former Knesset member claimed Wednesday that blueprints for submarines that were being built for the Israeli military were stolen in a cyberattack on a German shipyard.

Margalit noted that the shipyard in Kiel, Germany, that is building the ships for the Israel Navy was owned by the family of Samir Moqbel, who was Lebanon’s defense minister.

Feb 01 11:30

War Crimes and Genocide in Yemen: Death, Destruction, Starvation

The Saudi-led coalition unleashed a barrage of air strikes on Yemen, slaughtering as many as 71 civilians (many of them children) within a period of 48 hours, reported the Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera on Christmas Eve. This massacre attained little attention and dissolved into history, forgotten. On the next day, December 26, the coalition targeted more sites, killing at least 68 men, women and children.

Those who are not annihilated by bombs risk dying from starvation. The Yemeni people are under blockade, enforced intentionally, with an aim to starve them into submission.

By definition a vicious war crime, it is not a newsworthy subject across the Western media sphere. Silence is particularly well kept at the U.S. news network MSNBC, found a study conducted by an investigative team of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). The leading liberal channel did not air a “single segment devoted specifically to Yemen in the second half of 2017.”

Jan 31 09:27

Qatar to expand largest US airbase in MidEast to make it permanent, plans to host Navy

Qatar plans to add 200 more housing units to the Al-Udeid Air Base, crucial to the US-led counter-terrorist campaign, so that US troops deployed there on a permanent basis can feel “at home,” Qatar’s defense minister said.

Among far-reaching plans outlined by Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, Minister of State for Defense and Deputy Minister of Qatar, the Gulf kingdom is renovating its naval ports so that the US Navy can be deployed to the country in addition to some 10,000 US servicemen stationed at Al-Udeid air base near Doha.

To ensure the US troops lack nothing during their long-term deployment, Qatar “have decided immediately to build 200 units for the officers and officers’ families,” as well as a new school within the compound.

Jan 31 09:09

The "Dirty Game" To Fuel Ethnic Proxy War Across The Greater Middle East

Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threatens to turn Turkey’s military offensive against Syrian Kurds aligned with the PKK into a regional imbroglio. The threat is magnified by Iranian assertions that low-intensity warfare is heating up in areas of the Islamic republic populated by ethnic minorities, including the Kurds in the northwest and the Baloch on the border with Pakistan.

Taken together, the two developments raise the specter of a potentially debilitating escalation of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as an aggravation of the eight-month-old Gulf crisis that has pitted Saudi Arabia and its allies against Qatar, the latter which has forged close ties to Turkey.

Jan 30 13:15

DACA a Dreamer’s Paradise

I agree some provision should be made for “Dreamers” to achieve legal status (not citizenship), but border security must be part of the deal so this doesn’t keep happening.

And someone needs to explain why Democrats are willing to shut down government services to American citizens (who voted them into office) to provide benefits to illegal immigrants.

Good heavens, civil and charitable Americans do not want to corral Dreamers into concentration camps or starve anyone because they circumvented the existing process for entry into our country and/or eventually applying for citizenship. After all, the American Dream has been available to those who accept the principles of our English language culture and heritage.

Jan 30 13:08

Turkey plays its latest card in the New Great Game – Pepe Escobar

Sochi, not Geneva, is the forum where the endgame for the Syrian proxy war will be decided.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s ‘Olive Branch’ operation appears to have support at home and in Moscow, but failure would spell problems.

Olive Branch” is the Orwellian-named Turkish invasion of a chunk of Syria. The operation comes as no surprise. President Tayyip Erdogan had hinted for nearly a year that a move was likely in the Syrian Kurdish canton of Afrin.

Jan 29 11:38

Trump’s Foreign Policy Is In Service To Israel

Americans are so totally brainwashed by Israeli propaganda that there is no public restraint on Washington serving Israel’s interest.

Peter Jenkins, a former British ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, expresses concerns about the decisions of France, Germany, and the UK to appease President Trump on fixing “flaws” in the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Jan 29 11:35

Uncle Sam dumps the Kurds (yet again) – The Saker

Russians need to stop the Turks before this all turns into a major and protracted conflict.

Did Trump and his generals really think that Turkey, Iran, Syria and Russia would accept a US protectorate in Syria masquerading as an “independent Kurdistan” and do nothing about it? Yet again, and I know this sounds hard to believe, but I think that this is yet another strong indication that the Empire is run by stupid and ignorant people whose brain and education simply do not allow them to grasp even the basic dynamics in the region of our planet they are interfering with.

Whatever may be the case the Turks reacted exactly as everybody thought:

Jan 29 11:30

By Remaining in Syria the US Is Fuelling More Wars in the Middle East

The US may want to get rid of Assad and weaken Iran across the region but it is too late. Pro-Iranian governments in Iraq and Syria are in power and Hezbollah is the most powerful single force in Lebanon. This is not going to change any time soon and, if the Americans want to weaken Assad by keeping a low-level war going, then this will make him even more reliant on Iran.

The present Turkish incursion shows that Ankara is not going to allow a new Kurdish state under US protection to be created in northern Syria and will fight rather than let this happen. But the YPG is highly motivated, well-armed and militarily experienced and will fight very hard, even though they may ultimately be overwhelmed by superior forces or because the Turkish and Syrian governments come together to crush them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is only one way in which to accurately describe the current US "strategy" in Syria: painfully incoherent, lost, and myopic.

Jan 29 09:18

Yemeni PM Calls Clashes Organized by Southern Movement in Aden Coup Attempt

The militants have managed to capture a number of government buildings, including the HQ, in the port city of Aden, a source told Sputnik.

The Southern Transitional Council, which supports the idea of separation from the Houthi-dominated north, planned to stage a rally on Sunday, demanding that Yemeni president, Abdrabu Mansur Hadi dismiss his cabinet.

The southern protesters accuse Prime Minister Ahmed bin Dagher and his ministers of corruption, thus urging Hadi to fire them Sunday and then form a new government.

Jan 28 06:17

BREAKING: Southern separatist groups in Yemen begin battles against Saudi-backed government

As the Yemeni war approaches its third year anniversary, separatists in southern Yemen have launched an insurgency and have take control of areas in Aden city. Aden is the proposed capital city of an independent southern Yemeni country. This comes as the Ansarullah movement control Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, while the mostly internationally recognized Yemeni government are based out of the southern port city of Aden. The Saudi-backed government in Aden has called the separatist actions as a coup. Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen to reinstate their puppets, currently holed up in Aden, to bring them back to power in Sana'a. It remains to be seen how Saudi Arabia will react to the separatist actions that seek to topple the Saudi puppet government.

Jan 27 10:23

UAE, S. Arabia Intensify Power Struggle in Southern Yemen

Conflicts between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi will intensify in the next few weeks as the UAE is determined to speed up implementation of its strategy to take control of Southern Yemen with all its islands and ports, media reports said on Saturday. Yemen's state-run news agency reported that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are each trying win a larger share in Yemen and kick the other outside its zone, although the two are partners in the coalition. While Riyadh is seeking to establish control over Northern Yemen to Sana'a, Abu Dhabi supports the militants supported by the coalition in the Southern provinces. Abu Dhabi has also accused Saudi Arabia of shooting down its aircraft in 2016 and Riyadh claims that Abu Dhabi attacks the Saudi fighter jets in Yemen's Southern regions. The UAE is attacking the government of fugitive president Mansour Hadi which is supported by Saudi Arabia and wants to empower Ahmed Ali Saleh, the son of the former Yemeni president.

Jan 27 10:21

Ansarullah Vows to Use New Missile to Change Equations in Yemen War

A senior Ansarullah official announced on Saturday that the movement will unveil a newly-developed missile in the near future to change the scene of the battle in favor of Yemen in the war against the Saudi aggressors. "The missile will most likely change the military trend of the war," Abdolquds al-Shahari, a media official of Ansarullah, was quoted by the Russian Sputnik news agency as saying today. Elsewhere, he blasted the Saudi-led coalition which has launched the devastating war against Yemen for destroying all the existing mechanisms for a negotiated settlement to the crisis. "In our view, the solution to the crisis should be Yemeni-Yemeni talks without any foreign and regional pressures," Abdolquds said. A senior Ansarullah movement leader warned in December that the capital cities of all the Saudi-led coalition member states are within the range of Yemen's missiles...

Jan 27 02:57

Mike Pence’s Middle East Tour: Outright Pressure and Threats as Foreign Policy Tools

Washington is pushing a plan pretty vague about details and is doing it without its Middle East strategy defined.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II wants Washington to “rebuild trust “after US President Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The king believes that East Jerusalem must be the capital of Palestine. According to him, from now on the US has a “major challenge to overcome”.

“Friends occasionally have disagreements,” Mike Pence said ruefully in his comments on the outcome of the talks. The disagreement came into the open.

Jan 26 10:33

Graphic: Saudi-led mercenaries suffer another day of utter slaughter in Yemen at the hands of relentless Houthi rebels

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – Mercenary forces fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen have endured another, rather typical, day of utter slaughter and destruction at the hands of Houthi rebels with one of their bases being annihilated during a surprise attack.

Jan 25 00:24

Iran offers alliance with Russia to counter USA in the Middle East

Iran put forward and idea to set up a coalition with the participation of Russia to counteract the United States. According to Iran's Fars news agency, assistant to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Major-General Yahya Rahim Safavi, said that Iran's regional alliance with Russia, Syria, Pakistan and Iraq would be able to counter the American coalition. According to him, the US strategy in 2018 is to "preserve the conflict in the region," as well as expand it, and Washington seeks political, economic and military benefits for this activity. According to Safavi, the US seeks the establishment of an autonomous Kurdish region, even though the actions of the Americans violate international norms about territorial integrity of states. Russia and Iran have similar positions in Syria, even though strategic goals of the two countries are different.

Jan 24 16:46

Turkey re-enters Syrian endgame with ‘smart power’

“Our operations will continue until the separatist terror organization is fully cleared from the region and around 3.5 million Syrians who are now sheltered in Turkey are able to securely return to their homeland.”

The UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday regarding Turkey’s military operations in Syria turned out to be like the dog that didn’t bark in the night in the Sherlock Holmes short story. There was no bark – no statement by the Security Council – condemning Turkey.

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