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Mar 24 14:44

Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Doctors in Yemen have reported an increase in children born with deformities as a result of the two-year war that has left the country on the brink of famine.
The al-Sabeen Maternity and Child Hospital in the capital, Sana’a, has seen an increase in babies being born prematurely and with deformities, which doctors say is a result of the war and the Saudi-led coalition’s bombs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are these Saudi monsters,enabled by the US military, using DU weapons, like US forces did in Falujah, Iraq?!? The level, and nature of these deformities reminds me very much about what we saw after the American military used depleted uranium weapons in Iraq.

Now, I am going to guarantee you that this image of an Iraqi child, ravaged in the womb, by DU, looks identical to the image of the child you see in the article above:

Image: Iraqi child suffering from DU exposure

Mar 24 10:59

‘What about Yemen?’ Western hypocrisy in wake of Westminster attack called out on Twitter

The outpouring of grief and solidarity in the aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack has provided westerners with some modicum of hope, but such reactions are not universal, with many pointing to the lack of response to attacks elsewhere.

Mar 24 10:27

US Army Orders Multimillion Contract for Support Services at Kuwait Base

Pentagon reported that Vectrus Systems had received a more than half a billion dollar US Army contract to provide services for Kuwait base operations.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Vectrus Systems has received a more than half a billion dollar US Army contract to provide services for Kuwait base operations and security support, the Department of Defense said in a press release.

"Vectrus Systems Corporation [of] Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $521 million modification… contract for services for Kuwait base operations and security support services in the Kuwait area of responsibility," the announcement stated on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's look at a map of Kuwait:

Map of Kuwait and surrounding countries

There are 10 US military bases in Kuwait:

And as reported at globalsecurity.org in 2012:

The Associated Press reported in June 1012 the precise numbers on US forces in Kuwait, a presence that Pentagon officials has only reluctantly acknowledged. There were 15,000 troops stationed at Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem Air Base and Camp Buehring, in Kuwait. The U.S. uses Kuwait in its war planning as “staging hubs, training ranges and locations to provide logistical support” and to give it “flexibility” should the White House decide on a “pre-emptive” military strike against Syria or Iran. The U.S. military is maintaining at least 10 bases around the tiny emirate, including a command headquarters, a logistics center and two Air Force bases. During the two decades since U.S. and Coalition forces liberated Kuwait, a robust US presence -- military and civilian -- has become virtually a fixture in Kuwait. This posture has been encouraged by a welcoming host government that has seen its own long-term security linked to a significant USG presence, particularly on the military side. The generally hospitable official Kuwaiti environment, expressed in material terms by over US$1.2 billion annually in such benefits as free access to bases, waived port and air support fees, customs waivers, subsidized fuel and other services, rendered Kuwait an indispensable ally in the conduct of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the US presence in Kuwait significantly facilitated US operations in the AF/PAK theater. US military operational flexibility here was governed by the favorable terms of a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with the Government of Kuwait signed in 1991 and extended for ten years in 2001; at the conclusion of the extension, the DCA continued in force indefinitely unless terminated by either side on one years' written notice.

So, if the US government is beefing up these bases now, and Kuwait is a place for power projection into the Persian Gulf, and construction is supposed to be completed in March of next year, what is the US military planning for the spring of 2018?!?

I do not know; but my gut is telling me, something wicked this way comes.

Mar 23 17:04

The Season of Sacrifice

With the attack in London yesterday the season of sacrifice has begun. Take the time to listen to this broadcast about this time period of the year. Pay attention to all of the events that have happened in this time period over the years. It's a pattern that can be clearly seen when one's eyes are open to it. Remember ladies and gentlemen, it does not matter if you believe in this, the powers that shouldn't be do. To have any chance of winning a battle one must fully understand the opponent.

***FROM THE SHOW DESCRIPTION***

On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes back to the broadcast close friend, and occulted knowledge specialist Mark Passio. The two of them cover “The Season of Sacrifice” that takes place every year in the beginning of April, it’s origins, and what it means to the powers that shouldn't be. They showcase how many different tragedies have happened during this time period.

Mar 23 13:57

The UN’s moral failure on Israeli apartheid

Lawrence Davidson views the UN’s moral failure, shown by its withdrawal of a report on Israeli apartheid, and examines the false utterances by the New York Times and the Trump administration on this issue.>>

Mar 22 12:25

Saudi Arabia’s Brutal and Futile War in Yemen Turns Two

The Saudi-led—and U.S.-backed—war in Yemen turns two on March 26. The war, initially dubbed “Operation Decisive Storm,” and now more ironically called “Operation Restoring Hope,” has failed to achieve any of its aims. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who Saudi Arabia erroneously claims are Iranian proxies, have retained control of northwest Yemen and Yemen’s unpopular government remains in exile. In addition, the war has succeeded in impoverishing millions, empowering al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and now threatens the broader region with increased instability.

Yemen, already the Middle East’s poorest country, now faces a catastrophic famine. Sixty percent of Yemenis are at risk of starvation. More than 17 million people out of the population of 24 million are in need of immediate aid. Two years of often indiscriminate bombing by Saudi Arabia and its primary partner, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have laid waste to Yemen’s infrastructure.

Mar 22 11:57

Xi Jinping urges two-state Palestinian solution in talks with Israeli PM

Beijing on Tuesday called for peaceful coexistence between Israel and an independent Palestinian state “as soon as possible”.

In a meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Xi Jinping said a stable Middle East was in the interests of both China and Israel.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine has had a long lasting impact on the Middle East,” he was quoted by CCTV as saying. “China appreciates that the Israeli side will continue to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the basis of the “two-state solution”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Xi Jinping, a word, please: I have a very strong sense that you said this "for public consumption", but would suggest that this will only happen when pigs discover how to fly.

At some level you need to understand that Israel does not want peace in the Middle East; they want territory, and by any means necessary, as far as the Israeli government is concerned, and regional destabilization is the only way they believe they can achieve it. Please remember what the term "Eretz Israel" means to Israeli hard liners; a country stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates River.

Here's a map of how this larger Israel would look:

Map: Eretz Israel

And notice the bits of other countries which come under Israel's control, if this came about; large hunks if Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia would have to be ceded, before this happened.

The Israeli government bombed the USS Liberty, and attempted to blame Egypt for it, nearly causing a Third World war; they cheer-led the US's catastrophic war against Iraq; they are cheer leading for a US-backed war against Iran; they are attacking Syria, uninvited and unprovoked; they are committing serial genocide against the Palestinians, and doing brisk, illegal annexations of Palestinian territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

After evaluating all this, can you rationally, and reasonably believe that the Israeli government wants to create a two-state solution with the Palestinians?

I am afraid, Sir, the short answer is, "absolutely not!"

Mar 22 08:42

New GCHQ Chief Must Clarify UK's Role in Covert US Drone Strikes - Reprieve

International human rights organization Reprieve has said the new GCHQ chief must halt the UK's role in covert US drone strikes.

The British Foreign Office announced on Tuesday, March 21 that Jeremy Fleming will take over GHCQ, the UK's intelligence gathering agency, which has been directly implicated in assisting covert US drone strikes in war zones such as Yemen.

Mar 21 09:38

Trump Expands Special Forces Deployments Around Africa, Mideast

Reports from earlier this month that Pentagon has been increasing deployments of special forces around the Middle East and Africa appears to be continuing apace, with the most recent reports suggesting that President Trump has expanded the deployments into Central Africa, and is continuing the policy across the region.

The use of small-scale special forces as an alternative to larger deployments of regular combat soldiers became popular in the Obama Administration as a way to keep official troop levels comparatively low while getting into more and more military operations around the world.

While President Trump has been deploying larger numbers of regular ground troops into Syria and Iraq, the special force deployments have continued apace, and those familiar with the situation say he is likely to remove current restrictions on the special forces carrying out raids into Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's a saying in French, and the approximate translation is, "The more things change, the more they remain the same", and I am seeing this as a very honest leitmotif for the Trump administration's early months.

The US government is continuing to flex its military muscle around the world to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; make sure that the rulers in the countries which have those resources are western-centric; and insure that those resources are sold only in US dollars.

I...am not amused.

Mar 21 09:12

First U.S. Carrier Returns To Gulf Since Trump Inauguration

A U.S. aircraft carrier passed through a strategic waterway separating Iran from U.S.-backed Arab states on Tuesday for the first time since President Donald Trump took office two months ago.

Nearly 20 smaller Iranian boats looked on as the USS George H.W. Bush approached the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz. About one-fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait and there are occasional incidents in the area involving U.S. and Iranian military vessels.

Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year after a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear goals. But serious differences remain over Iran’s ballistic missiles as well as conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

While still a presidential candidate in September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be “shot out of the water

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I firmly believe that, given half a chance, Iran could be a tolerable partner to the US; of course, that's not going to happen, because Saudi Arabia and Israel don't want to see it happen.

And BTW, Tehran is on my bucket list, for the incredible, consistent history, art, and culture. Their national orchestra is wonderful

And if you ever get the chance, please see the following video, done by a charming Israeli videographer, when he went to Iran to see how its Jewish community was faring, and the answer is, quite well!.

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

A war against Iran, to mollify Saudi and Israel would be one big, fat, hairy mistake, because most likely the Russians will enter such a war on the side of Iran.

And the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

Mar 20 12:14

THE GLOBAL FAMINE BEGINS: UN ANNOUNCES THAT THE WORST FOOD CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW

We always knew that this would start happening. Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa. Right now there is a desperate need for food in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, Eritrea and Kenya. And Yemen, even though it is not technically part of Africa, is being affected by many of the same factors that are crippling nations all over eastern Africa. The United Nations says that more than 20 million people could die from starvation and disease if nothing is done. When I write about economic collapse, this is the kind of thing that I am talking about, and we are starting to see alarming conditions spread across the globe. Many believe that we could never possibly face this kind of food crisis in the western world, but unfortunately wishful thinking will only get you so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how much of this famine is from natural causes, and how much is man-made, through these horrific wars affecting not only Yemen, but also many countries in Africa as well.

War is a great method for depopulation, if governmental leaders have the morals of a dead tree stump. (And you KNOW I will get massive complaints from dead tree stumps on that one!!)

Mar 20 09:12

Which "War Torn" Country? - U.S. Slaughter In Somalia, Yemen And Syria

When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which "war torn" country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn't say. Were they fleeing from the "war torn" Somalia? Or were the fleeing from "war torn" Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.

Mar 19 19:22

Politics and Economics, not Religion, Spawned Radical Islam

The phenomena of Islamic radicalism all over the world is directly linked to Wahhabi-Salafi madrassahs (religious seminaries) that are generously funded by Saudi and Persian Gulf’s petro-dollars. These madrassahs attract children from the most impoverished backgrounds in the Third World Islamic countries, because they offer the kind of incentives and facilities which even the government sponsored public schools cannot provide: such as, free boarding and lodging, no tuition fee at all and free of cost books and stationery; some generously funded madrassahs even pay monthly stipends to students.

Mar 19 15:45

Spreading the Gospel: Asian leaders wary of Saudi religious diplomacy

James Dorsey says leaders of Asian states recently visited by Saudi King Salman are waking up to the detrimental impact of Saudi religious diplomacy which is fostering sectarianism and intolerance in their societies.>>

Mar 18 10:05

Saudi General: Trump Promises Increased Support Against Iran

Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri today told a group of US reporters that the Trump Administration has made promises to “significantly” increase US intelligence and military support for the kingdom against Iran, with a particular eye of fighting against the “Iran-backed” Shi’ites in Yemen.

Asiri presented the move as a necessary US commitment to “restore” US-Saudi ties after Saudi resentment that built up during President Obama’s time in office. Though he did not elaborate, Saudi Arabia’s main source of anger at Obama was going along with the nuclear deal with Iran.

Saudi Arabia has long presented its invasion of Yemen as being about the Shi’ites there being an “Iranian proxy,” though evidence suggests no real Iranian support for the Houthi movement before the invasion, and very limited support, mostly to spite the Saudis, afterwards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here please.

Iran has not started a war of aggression in over 300 years.

The IAEA says that Iran has been complying will all facets of the P5+1 Agreement.

If the US and Saudi Arabia start a war against Iran, Russia will definitely come to its defense militarily.

And right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And finally, Mr. President, I would like to politely point out to you that it is not Iran which is slaughtering children, women, and non-combatants in Yemen, or starving them to death; it is your good pal, Saudi Arabia, in whose war crimes in Yemen you have decided that the US government will continue to be complicit.

Mar 18 09:57

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsSome in Pentagon Fear ISIS War Surge Is ‘Mission Creep’

Just a couple of months out from inauguration, President Trump has been pushing for some pretty substantial escalations of America’s involvement in the ISIS war. This is true the world over, with special forces being deployed in growing numbers, but nowhere is it more obvious than in Syria, where the US has gone from a few hundred troops to a few thousand.

As those troops increase, so do the military goals being set out for Pentagon commanders, which has many of them concerned that they are facing large-scale mission creep, and are being pushed in the direction of scrapping previous efforts to make sure local forces were doing all the heavy lifting on the ground, and that US troops were just facilitators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the case of Syria, the US military is invading the country in order to attempt regime change here; let us be very clear on the objective, and the alleged "fighting ISIS" is just the cover story, because the Syrian and Russian troops have been quite effective in beating back ISIS here.

Mar 18 09:22

WHICH "WAR TORN" COUNTRY? - U.S. SLAUGHTER IN SOMALIA, YEMEN AND SYRIA

When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which "war torn" country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn't say. Were they fleeing from the "war torn" Somalia? Or were the fleeing from "war torn" Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.
An Apache attack helicopter shot up the refugees' boat. There are Saudi, United Emirati and U.S. Apache helicopters in or around Yemen. It is unknown which of them ordered and which executed the strike. These helicopters, their ammunition and the service for them are a favored U.S. export to belligerent dictatorships like Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I remember something the brilliant comedian (and near-prophet) George Carlin once said, and I am paraphrasing here, but the concept was that the US government, and military, were very adept at killing brown people; unfortunately, that hasn't changed since Carlin's death.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist and witness, I am constantly exhorting my government to resolve its geopolitical disputes through moral, hard-won diplomatic negotiations, rather than through war.

Unfortunately, there is, apparently, a tumultuous river of blood-lust running through the veins of the American Deep State, and a deeply held conviction that killing is always the preferred way of resolving disputes, rather than negotiating. In the minds of the members of the Deed State, slaughter is potent; it creates death and fear.

And it doesn't seem to matter which party is in power; the US government's enthusiastic participation in war crimes remains the same.

The Saudi war crimes in Yemen are atrocious and unspeakable, yet the US government continues to sell the bombers, and the bombs, for this genocide, and provide guidance for the bombing runs. Additionally, because Saudi forces have closed Yemeni ports, the Yemeni people, particularly the children, are starving to death.

This is what the US complicity in Saudi war crimes has "accomplished" for the Yemeni people:

Images: wounded and dying Yemeni children from Saudi bombing strikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death because of Saudi port blockades

The images you are seeing are real; this is the unspeakably ugly face of this country we are projecting abroad, through these horrific wars, and the US government's complicity in war crimes.

I would like to think my brother and sister Americans have not been so sedated by social media, coupled with drugs and a completely dumbed-down education, that they cannot see what is happening, and in the most peaceful way possible, tell the US government that these wars must stop.

Mar 18 08:54

The 'Birth Pangs' of a New Middle East, Remixed

You all remember former US Secretary of State Condi Rice's notorious 2006 prediction about "birth pangs of a New Middle East." True to the George "Dubya" Bush/Cheney regime, Condi got it all spectacularly wrong, not only about Lebanon and Israel but also Iraq, Syria and the House of Saud.

Mar 18 08:53

Missile fragments found in Jordan after Israeli air raid in Syria

Projectile fragments were found in a village in Jordan’s Irbid governorate near the Syrian border on Friday. The fragments may belong to Syrian anti-aircraft missiles that the IDF says either missed their targets or were intercepted by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) during the latest air raid in Syria.

Mar 16 10:20

2 YEARS AFTER THIS AMERICAN JOURNALIST WAS KILLED, HER ‘CONSPIRACY THEORIES’ ON SYRIA ARE PROVEN AS FACTS

Serena Shim was killed two years ago on October 19, 2014, in Turkey while reporting on the intense battle for the Syrian border city of Kobani which was the focus of international media attention. She was 29 when she died.

The city of Kobani, which has one of Turkey’s major border crossings with Syria, because it was under threat of being completely captured by the Islamic State. The US was forced to respond because Islamic State grew out of control and threatened the border stability of Turkey, and it became the first major area bombed during the US campaign in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truth is always "inconvenient" when war and regime change are at stake, to services the geopolitical aims the American Deep State.

Mar 16 08:08

Russian humanitarian aid arrives in Yemen

A Russian NGO has delivered lifesaving aid to the desperate population of war-torn Yemen, where over 18 million people now urgently require some form of humanitarian assistance.

The first delivery of humanitarian aid from the Russian Humanitarian Mission, which cares for the needy in conflict zones, began arriving at the Darawan refugee camp, in the western Yemeni province of Amran on Thursday.

Filled with life essential supplies for the internally displaced people who are temporarily residing in the camp, the first batch of aid comprised basic foodstuff, medicines, tents and blankets.

Mar 15 14:30

UN's food agency says over 60 percent of Yemenis face famine

The UN food agency has warned that over half of Yemenis are on the brink of famine as the Arab country continues to be hit by relentless Saudi airstrikes.

In a report issued on Wednesday, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that 60 percent of Yemenis, or 17 million people, were in “crisis” or “emergency” food situations.

"If humanitarian actors do not access all the people in need by the coming months, the situation may deteriorate dramatically," the report said.
The WFP warned that the provinces of Ta'izz and Hudaydah risked sinking into famine if they did not receive more aid.

Mar 15 12:59

Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton Spent American Taxpayer Funds To Support TERRORISTS! A Bill Is In Congress To Stop US Taxpayer Funding And Arming Terrorist Groups.

As American taxpayers, we are not foolish enough to think that our money isn't wrongly spent by the Government everyday, but this is another matter entirely.

Mar 14 14:44

One hundred years of the Balfour Declaration

Lawrence Davidson says UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s intention to celebrate the Balfour Declaration is based on an illusion that something awful is really something prideful, and distorts the entire historical episode that led to Israel’s creation. >>

Mar 14 09:26

More than 1,500 children dead in two years of Yemen war: UN

The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people, including at least 1,564 children, since a Saudi-led coalition intervened on the government's side two years ago, UN agencies said Monday.

The UN children's agency UNICEF said that by March 10, at least 1,546 children were killed and 2,450 others maimed in Yemen.

Of those killed, 1,022 were boys and 478 were girls while 46 were of "unknown sex", UNICEF said in a statement.

During that same period 1,801 boys and 649 girls were wounded while 1,572 boys were recruited to serve as child soldiers, said UNICEF.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab coalition mounted an air campaign in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi whose authority was being challenged by Shiite Huthi rebels.

The rebels overran the capital Sanaa in September 2014 forcing Hadi to seek first refuge in the southern city of Aden and then exile in Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the last 2 years, the Saudi military have been committing war crimes in Yemen, which the US government has enabled by selling them the bombs, and providing guidance for their targeting; this makes the United States Government complicit in Saudi war crimes.

Additionally, the Saudi military has blockaded Yemen ports which makes it impossible to get desperately needed food aid into the country; consequently, Yemeni children are starving to death.

images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing strikes

images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports

Of course, the US presstitute media will never show you these images, because it breaks the narrative that somehow, these Saudi war crimes, and the Saudi creation of genocide in Yemen, are done for a "good and noble cause", to get the Houthis out of the country.

But the real reasons for the Saudi invasion, and hoped for occupation, are far different, and include the following:

Riyadh's Dirty Secret: Saudi Arabia Thirsty for Yemeni Oil, Gas Reserves

And from the US government's perspective:

Yemen : US Naval Base on Occupied Socotra Island

As stated in the following article from globalresearch.ca:

The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80 kilometres off the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by (UNESCO), as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra (Suqutra), through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. (see map below). A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in an out of the Gulf of Aden. “The [Indian] Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, Bab-el-Mandeb (bordering Djibouti and Yemen), Straits of Hormuz (bordering Iran and Oman), and Straits of Malacca (bordering Indonesia and Malaysia). These ‘chokepoints’ are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.”

Additionally, Socotra is as close as any military base could be to Diego Garcia, being about 1200 miles away.

This is why the US government doesn't want any talk about a political settlement between divided factions in Yemen; a united Yemen would want its island back, and the US government will simply not allow that to happen, so countless more Yemenis will have to die here.

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 14 08:02

Saudi-led coalition's port op would cut off Yemen from food & aid supplies, Russia warns

The Saudi-led coalition’s plans to launch an assault on Yemen’s biggest port-city, Al Hudaydah, have caused concern in the Russian Foreign Ministry, which warns the operation would significantly worsen the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's the whole point! If we starve all the Yemenis to death, then we get Socotra Island to build our cool new Navy base on!!!!" -- The Pentagram

Mar 13 15:10

‘We may no longer be permitted—nor permit ourselves—to enter Israel,’ 172 scholars write

signed by scholars of Jewish studies deploring Israel’s passage of a law last week barring travel by those who support boycotts against Israel, including BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and boycotts of settlement goods.

Mar 12 13:53

Play it again, Ken. Ken O'Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not

Ken O'Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESZN_YDE-TU

Listen and then pass it on to others who have not yet woken up to the reality that the Corporate News is NOT telling us.
We have truly been 'had'.

Mar 12 08:37

‘Bomb the Sh*t Out Of Them!’ – Trump Drones Yemen More in One Week Than Obama in a Year

But although the US escalation in Yemen is sold back home as another aggressive front in the war against al-Qaeda, in fact US operations in Yemen are actually helping al-Qaeda as well as its chief sponsor, Saudi Arabia.

The problem is that because his advisors are increasingly drawn from the neocon camp, the advice he is given is filtered through the “noble lie” that the neocons view as the central tenet of their faith. Thus even though the main enemies of al-Qaeda in Yemen are the Houthis, because Trump has been sold the neocon lie that the Houthis are Iranian proxies Trump is droning Yemen back to the stone age to the advantage of al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, who are on the same side.

While it is arguable that the President has authority under the authorization for the use of military force against those attacked us on 9/11 to attack al-Qaeda in Yemen, very few would argue that such authorization extends to actually helping al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only hope of a cessation of hostilities here is political rather than military, and I am appalled at the poor quality of advice President Trump is getting on the issue of Yemen.

President Trump needs to be reminded that, by selling Saudi Arabia the bombs with which to kill and maim non-combatants, plus supporting the Saudi's not allowing food aid to reach children who are, literally, starving to death from malnutrition, he is continuing to put the US government in the position of being complicit in war crimes.

Here's what Yemen looks like right now:

images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, from Saudi bombing raids

images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of Saudi port blockade

And if these images make you uncomfortable, and angry, good! That means you haven't forgotten what it is to be moral and compassionate.

But if there was ever a time to have a national discussion about this war none of the presstitutes in corporate media will touch, because it's geopolitical kryptonite, now, my dear Rivero's Rangers, is the time.

Talk to, and email these images to, your alleged representatives in Congress, and tell them that this war has to stop, and right the hell now. And get on the phones to every presstitute, warmongering media outlet you can and ask them point blank: why do you refuse to cover this story?!?

Mar 11 12:51

The Russian Scare – Israel Shamir

Russia is a Newfoundland dog, not a Rottweiler. It is big, strong, peaceful and not aggressive.

Full disclosure: I’ve met with Russians. I met with a Russian this morning. She brought me coffee. Such crazy and dangerous things can occur in Moscow. I am afraid the CIA and NSA could take notice of this meeting, and then it can be used – even against you. “You have perused an article by Israel Shamir. Were you aware he had Russian contacts?”

Though I am not too young, this is the first time I have witnessed such a witch-hunt. In Russia, there are many foreigners, Europeans and Americans as well, and Russians mingle with them freely, with no fear.

Mar 11 12:00

Will the British royal family celebrate 100 years of shame by endorsing Israel?

Stuart Littlewood says a visit to Israel by any member of the British royal family during the centenary year of the infamous Balfour Declaration would amount to praising the thieves for keeping what they stole. >>

Mar 11 09:29

THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS HEAD TO KUWAIT TO FIGHT IN SYRIA, IRAQ

Instead of directly deploying thousands of additional ground troops into Iraq or Syria, the sort of precipitous escalation that might get Congress voting on the war, the Trump Administration appears to have decided that the solution is to send thousands of US ground troops to Kuwait, and let the commanders in Iraq and Syria just take what they want.

Early reports of this strategy emerged Wednesday, when officials said there were considerations of sending around 1,000 troops into Kuwait for this operation. Just two days later, the figure was up to at least 2,500, with signs that it is continuing to grow all the time.

While President Obama was micromanaging the escalations, particularly in Iraq, where every couple of weeks another hundred or two troops would be sent, the Trump Administration appears to be throwing the troops into a big pile and leaving the deployments up to the commanders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment, upon reading this; I am profoundly disappointed at this turn of events.

The French have a saying; the more things change, the more they remain the same; I am deeply concerned that this is imminently true of the Trump Administration.

Mar 11 08:37

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO APPROVE NEW ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIAN WAR CRIMINALS

First, here’s a little background from The Washington Post:

The State Department has approved a resumption of weapons sales that critics have linked to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of civilians in Yemen, a potential sign of reinvigorated U.S. support for the kingdom’s involvement in its neighbor’s ongoing civil war.

The proposal from the State Department would reverse a decision made late in the Obama administration to suspend the sale of precision guided munitions to Riyadh, which leads a mostly Arab coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

While the U.S. military has provided support to the Saudi-led air campaign since 2015, including aerial refueling for Saudi jets and a U.S. advisory mission in the Saudi operations headquarters, the Obama administration sought to scale back that support last year amid alleged Saudi strikes on civilian targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please.

Collective punishment is defined as a war crime; by aiding, arming, and abetting the Saudis, the US government has become complicit in war crimes.

That you don't understand this, or do, and it doesn't matter, angers me to the core of my being.

Not only are the Saudi military killing innocent men, women, and children; they have also closed down the Yemeni ports, so no food aid can get in, and because of this, Yemeni children are literally starving to death.

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed from Saudi airstrikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi port blockades

But there is a much larger part of the puzzle here which needs to see the light of day.

The US now claims a Yemeni island as its own, and has built a huge naval base on it.

Map: Island of US military-occupied Yemeni Island of Socotra, and surrounding waterways

The reason why is explained in the following articles:

The US geostrategic objectives behind the war in Yemen

The Useful Island of Socotra

This article goes on to state:

"The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80km off the Horn of Africa and 380 km South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra, through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in and out of the Gulf of Aden. Amjed Jaaved, in A new hot-spot of rivalry, Pakistan Observer, Jul 1 2009, points out:

"The Indian Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, the Bab-el-Mandeb, bordering Djibouti and Yemen, the Straits of Hormuz, bordering Iran and Oman, and the Straits of Malacca, bordering Indonesia and Malaysia. These choke points are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.

From a military standpoint, the Socotra archipelago is at a strategic maritime crossroads. Morever, the archipelago extends over a relatively large maritime area at the Eastern exit of the Gulf of Aden, from the island of Abd al Kuri, to the main island of Socotra. This maritime area of international transit lies in Yemeni territorial waters. The objective of the US is to police the entire Gulf of Aden seaway, from the Yemeni to the Somali coastline. Socotra is some 3000 km from the US naval base of Diego Garcia, which is among the US’s largest overseas military facilities."

Images: massive US military buildup on Socotra

So this whole, sordid genocide of the Yemeni people isn't really about the Houthi rebels, and the "danger" they allegedly present to Yemen; it is about US military power projection in Middle Eastern waterways.

Mar 11 07:51

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns Stephen O’Brien

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The starvation is because all these US-backed wars have cut off the supply chain to these people, in most cases.

Mar 10 15:35

Surge in Afghan Blood: CENTCOM Seeks to Warrant Permanent War and Occupation

This is while the US was supposed to have completed its pullout from Afghanistan by now, though this was repeatedly pushed back during the Obama administration’s waning years, and ultimately halted. All indications from Pentagon figures since are that they envision troop levels growing from this point – for a never-ending war and occupation. It’s a humiliating attempt to save a dying empire in a region increasingly hostile to its colonial policies and plans:

The US-led invasion was a catastrophe from day one. US airstrikes have killed many civilians already - though the Pentagon denies that. The new surge seems to be aiming for these sorts of targets again - as the CENTCOM claims “the Taliban are all hiding in these areas.”

Mar 10 12:11

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Made in Britain, Tested on Yemenis: The Reality of Working for the “Bomb-makers”

Jack sits down with his pint in the Fielden Arms in Mellor, and contemplates his latest shift making Typhoon warplanes for the Saudi air force.

Tucking into steak and chips, the 25-year-old talks of moving in with his girlfriend, his good pay at the nearby BAE factory – £40,000, almost twice the local average - and the security it brings.

And then he thinks of the people those planes will be sent to kill.

“You see the children in Yemen starving on the 10 o’clock news,” he tells Middle East Eye. “But you try to not pay attention and just get on with it.”

His friend, Harry, interjects: “It’s really weird and there is no way to describe it, because you are in essence building a weapon of mass destruction.”

So why don’t they quit? “Good pay and job security,” Jack responds, taking another sip of his beer. “If the military contracts go, 7,000 people go with them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These factory workers need to do what all the politicians in the UK have done, in signing off on BAE's production of their weapons for Saudi Arabia; have their conscience collectively surgically removed.

I mean, hell, what's all the fuss about being complicit to genocide in Yemen, when it's "money uber alles" that really matters, right?!?

Mar 10 12:06

Syria: Dangerous Fracture in US, Turkey and Russian Interests, as Operation to Oust ISIS from Raqqa Begins

Here’s where the tension lies: the United States may also have sent in ground assets as show of force in support of its allies the YPG (Kurdish People’s Protect Units in Syria). This is a potential spat between the two NATO member states – which is a major problem for Turkey. The Turkish government considers them a terrorist organisation, an appendage to its nemesis the Kurdish PKK. It’s also a problem for Russia too, insofar as Russia is attempting détente with Turkey by coordinating military operations as they pertain to fighting ISIS in northern Syria, and with the eventual joint siege of Raqqa.

Mar 10 11:36

Into the Syrian Quagmire – Trump meets complexity

In order to fulfill his pledge to “quickly” dispatch ISIS, Trump is ramping up the US presence – and we’re well on the way to getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get rid of ISIS in Syria “quickly,” and then we’ll be on our way to making America great again – but already he’s finding that the terrain there is a bit crowded, and that he has a bit more than the fast-dissipating “Caliphate” to contend with.

According to reports, the Pentagon has come up with a plan to carry out Trump’s pledge, as ordered, but reality is racing ahead of the generals – and auguring a clash of civilizations in the midst of Syria’s blasted out cities.

Mar 10 11:08

Walking a tightrope: China manoeuvres between Saudi Arabia and Iran

James Dorsey explains why Saudi King Salman's attempt to lure China into his kingdom's sectarian and geopolitical struggles with Iran is likely to fail, given Iran's strategic, economic and cultural advantages over Saudi Arabia. >>

Mar 10 09:55

PROMISE KEPT: JIHADIS FLEE RAQQA AS PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERS US MARINES TO BEGIN PROCESS OF DESTROYING ISIS

WATCHDOG GROUPS AND U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY THE ISLAMIC STATE’S LEADERSHIP IN ITS CALIPHATE “CAPITAL,” RAQQA, ARE RELOCATING TO DEIR EZZOR AS A COALITION OF SYRIAN REBELS, KURDISH MILITIAS, TURKISH SOLDIERS, AND U.S. TROOPS PREPARE TO BATTLE FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE SOUTHERN SYRIAN CITY.

Mar 10 08:11

Trump Invades Syria

Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news!

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

Mar 09 16:51

Al Qaeda appeals for help to repel Houthis in central Yemen

Yemen's local al Qaeda wing appealed for help on Thursday to fend off an offensive by the armed Houthi movement in central Yemen, and accused the United States of coordinating attacks with the Iran-aligned group, according to an online statement.

Residents say tribesmen in Ansar al-Sharia, the local wing of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and other Islamists known as salafists are the main force holding back the Houthis in Qifa in al-Bayda province, where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's internationally-recognized government has little control.

Mar 09 11:11

Palestinian Women – One for All, All for One

“Palestinian women have always stood side by side with their fathers, brothers, husbands, comrades to resist the Zionist occupation, to fight for freedom and legitimate rights. They are the first to go to the streets to protest the brutality of the Israeli military occupation, the first to organize sit-ins and marches demanding the release of their children, brothers and fathers from Israeli prisons. They are the protectors, the supporters, but most of all they are the comrades in the fight for a free Palestine.” Reham Al Helsi.

Mar 08 10:41

Shameless Coalition Propaganda and the War on Yemen

The Wall Street Journal gives the UAE’s ambassador a platform to recite the Saudi-led coalition’s propaganda:

Checking Iranian aggression will not be easy, but the stability of the region depends upon it. Holding the country to its commitments would be an important first step. Rebuilding America’s ties to its traditional partners in the region would be another. So too would be directly confronting Iranian interference in places like Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nearly two-year Saudi War against Yemen happened because the Houthi rebels overthrew the "anointed", western-centric President, Monsour Al Hadi.

And BTW, pop quiz; when Al-Hadi was "elected" as President, how many other names were on the Yemeni ballot?!?

None.

Yemen election: one person; one vote; one candidate

The Saudi government and military have opted for a "scorched earth" policy in their fight against the Houthi rebels, which means infrastructure has been destroyed; schools, hospitals, water treatment plants, and open air market places have all been bombed by the Saudis. Children are being maimed and killed by these airstrikes; additionally, Yemeni children are starving to death, because the Saudi military has blocked all the Yemeni ports, to insure that food cannot get in.

The US government is selling the Saudi military the bombs with which to commit this genocide against the Yemeni people, and providing "bombing targeting".

I would like to politely remind President Trump, as a Christian witness, and Christian Pacifist Activist, that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the the Yemeni people, courtesy of the Saudi Military, is a war crime, and US governmental assistance in this matter makes the US government complicit in war crimes.

And Mr. President, the following graphic and horrific images are the results of these Saudi war crimes, and US government's aiding and abetting them:

Images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, resulting from Saudi air strikes

Images: starving Yemeni children, due to Saudi Yemen port blockade

Yes, Mr. President, these images are terrible; but THIS is what Saudi Arabia is doing to the children of Yemen every day. You're a dad, and a grandfather, so I implore you to understand that slaughtering the children of a country....is taking away that country's future.

Mar 08 10:21

Trump’s Pentagon Moves Into Syria’s ManbijUS Troops Deploy With Kurdish Forces to Prevent Turkish Invasion

Turkey’s capture of the ISIS city of al-Bab last week set in motion a race for the city of Manbij, which Kurdish forces captured from ISIS last year, and which Turkish officials had long insisted would be their next target after al-Bab.

Several nations have interests in not seeing Turkey attack the Kurds, but on Monday, US troops were the first to the scene, with a deployment inside the city of Manbij, where they will embed with Kurdish forces as a “sign of deterrence.”

By the end of Monday, Syrian and Russian troops were also in the vicinity, with the Kurds having brokered a deal to give Syrian forces all the villages ringing Manbij, which would mean Turkey can’t advance with attacking Syrian government villages. Russia sent some forces into the area too to back Syria’s new claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey's territorial claims against certain areas of Syria are very troubling.

Mar 08 07:52

Were We Wrong To Trust Putin And Assad? The Syrian People Are Being Killed By Horrific Chemical Weapons Again. WHO Is Responsible?

No one in the news media is really talking about this, but it stands out to me. When I heard on the news the Syrian people are again dying the horrible death of chemical weapons assault, I was stunned. I thought it was over, as we have stopped funding the rebels; but even more importantly we are not trying to overthrow Assad. Things should be settling down for the Syrian people.

Nikki Hayley had made a trip to Syria to see for herself what was taking place several months ago. She got to meet with Assad, and he said that he would gladly welcome American troops anytime. She said the Syrian people kept asking her why there were terrorists funded by the United States attacking them? The Syrian people said these people were killing them.

Mar 07 15:12

Israel’s welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu

Jonathan Cook looks at how Israel is openly targeting human rights activists and Jews whose politics do not align with the far-right government of Netanyahu by refusing them entry to the country.>>

Mar 07 14:37

A New Era in Politics

Western publics see ballot box to upset and reshape policy agendas.

The West appears to have entered into a new era – the era of the political upsets, growing anger, and increased disillusionment with ruling elites. It is not a question of leftwing – rightwing politics. It is all about a failing status quo.

Mar 07 09:47

WEAPONRY, NOT IDEOLOGY, IS THE STRENGTH OF ISLAMIC STATE:

I think I might have serendipitously discovered the answer to this riddle in an unprecedented December 2013 news report [1] from a website affiliated with the UAE government which supports the Syrian opposition: it is clearly mentioned that along with AK-47s, RPGs and other military gear, the Saudi regime also provides machine gun-mounted Toyota pick-up trucks to every batch of five jihadists who have completed their training in the training camps located at the border regions of Jordan. Once those militants cross over to Daraa and Quneitra in southern Syria from the Jordan-Syria border then those Toyota pick-up trucks can easily travel all the way to Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor and thence to Mosul in Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many, many years ago, I mentioned on this blog that the de-Baathification of the Iraqi military was, perhaps, the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could have done in Iraq. Unfortunately, time has proven this to be a correct assessment on this issue.

And note who is doing the actual training of these jihadis: the CIA in collaboration with the Turkish, Jordanian and Saudi intelligence agencies

Frankly, if this is not a "We have met the enemy, and he is us" moment for you, I don't know what can be.

The US government, in its lust to further destabilize the Middle East, and forcibly bend it to its will (according to Israel's desires), has created a world of hurt enabling it to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; making sure the governments of those countries wind up western-centric, even if it has to destroy those countries to make that happen; and insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

The degree to which these activities by my government constitute war crimes, at this point in its history, is frightening and morally monstrous; there are moments when I wake up in the morning, and think I've awoken in the wrong country, but no.

I have awakened in what used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; But in the last two decades, it has morphed into a thorough police state, where one is presumed guilty until proven innocent; surveilled every moment; and its people painfully exploited by the 1% who do not understand how angry the rest of us are.

As a Christian witness and Christian pacifist activist, I will never advocate violence; but I understand how violence can come about.

I am, however, advocating that all of the readers of this blog, and listeners to Mike's radio show,to quietly prepare themselves in terms of food; potable water; medication, and plans to reunite with their families, if they are separated if the excrement hits the ventilation system; 2017, at every level, may be a roller coaster ride of epic proportions.

Mar 06 10:42

Bahrain parliament approves military trials for civilians

Bahrain on Sunday approved a constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians, the kingdom's latest rollback on reforms made after its 2011 Arab Spring protests that likely will stoke an ongoing government crackdown on dissent.

Activists warn the amendment will allow an undeclared state of martial law on the island near Saudi Arabia that's home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. Loyalists of Bahrain's rulers call the change necessary to fight terrorism as the persistent low-level unrest that followed the 2011 demonstrations has escalated recently in tandem with the crackdown.

The island's 40-member Consultative Council, the upper house of the Bahraini parliament appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, voted for the measure Sunday. Their approval came less than two weeks after the 40-seat Council of Representatives, the parliament's elected lower house, passed it with little opposition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Al-Khalifa monarchy and the Bahraini government; this will not end well.

The government of Saudi Arabia is bleeding money, particularly from its no-win military misadventure in Yemen, and may well not be able to help you if things get dicey again.

And President Trump, please: a word. You just signed off on a huge contingent of military supplies for Bahrain and Saudi Arabia back in February.

Trump set to approve blocked arms sales to S Arabia, Bahrain: Report

I might politely suggest that you should have used that money to find another home for the 5th Fleet; because when Bahrain comes apart at the seams, socially and financially (because anyone with an ounce of sense knows that this is only a matter of time), the newly-formed Shiite government may well be none too happy about having a reminder of the repression of their former monarchy just sitting on their island, and may well ask the American military to leave.

And Mr. President, a last point; how can the US government claim to support freedom and democracy around the world, when it openly supports tyrants who miserably suppress their own people?!?

This is a pattern which has been a consistent problem for the US government for quite a long time in the 20th and 21st centuries, President Trump, and it is a pattern that needs to end.

Mar 06 10:25

US Drone Strikes Wound Several Civilians in Yemen

Beginning an intense campaign of drone strikes against Yemen on Thursday, US forces continued to pound targets in the country throughout the weekend, with little sign that anything high value was hit, but Yemeni officials continuing to label everyone anonymous person on a motorcycle killed as a “suspect,” with two more suspects killed today.

As the attacks stop being restricted to the mountains and start hitting actual towns and villages, however, the anonymity of the victims isn’t always solid, with reports out of Shabwa Province that some of the US strikes hit civilian homes, wounding a number of civilian bystanders.

Pentagon officials have largely not addressed the question of who is being targeted in specific strikes, saying only that broadly the efforts are meant to prevent al-Qaeda forces from being able to organize and carry out attacks overseas from locations within Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President: a word here.

As a Christian witness, and a Christian pacifist activist, it appears that I must politely remind you that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the Yemeni people through US and Saudi bombing raids... is a war crime.

And I would like to politely suggest to you that our complicity in Saudi war crimes will not "Make America Great Again"; it will simply make the government of this country, yet again, complicit in war crimes.

I was fervently hoping that you meant what you said about wars not being the answer to every geopolitical "threat" the US government faces when you were on the campaign trail.

Unfortunately, it appears, through this accelerated bombing campaign against Yemen, that you never meant those statements to actually be taken seriously by the voting public.

Mar 06 09:32

GRAPHIC: MCCAIN INSTITUTE TAX FILE FROM 2014 SHOWING $300,000 GIVEN BY ROTHSCHILD'S AND 1 MILLION BY THE SAUDI'S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth stands at around $21 million dollars.

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth

And of course, a financial empire like that requires constant care and feeding, hence the contribution from Saudi Arabia to the Mc Cain Institute. And the question which must now be asked is, how much of that $1,000,000.00 contribution from Saudi Arabia trickles back to Senator Mc Cain himself?!? And who are the other "contributors" to this institute, potentially from the US's military industrial complex?!?

Pay to play, anyone?!?

This must be the reason why Mc Cain is constantly advocating for war against Iran, and supports the Saudi's carnage in Yemen, where schools and hospitals are getting bombed; children get bombed from the air by Saudi attacks; and children are dying of malnutrition because Saudi military have blocked the ports, so no food can get in. And just to spell it out for you in the most graphic way I can, here is what Senator Mc Cain is supporting in the Saudi war against Yemen:

Images: Yemeni children killed or wounded by Saudi air strikes

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi military closing Yemeni ports to food aid.

It is painfully apparent that, as a Christian witness and Christian Pacifist activist, I need to remind Senator Mc Cain that collective punishment (as is being visited upon the Yemeni people by the Saudi military) is a war crime.

But hey, Senator, all that death and destruction going on in Yemen, courtesy of a foreign government with supports you financially, is just collateral damage, and nothing to be morally concerned about in any way, right sir?!?!?

Mar 05 13:15

U.S. steps up bombing raids on al Qaida in Yemen, citing threat to West

Trump has granted U.S. commanders, through Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the temporary authority to order military strikes without going through the White House for approval.

Feb 28 16:43

U.S. Doubles Down On ISIS Drones Warning; Now Terrorists Could Launch Swarms

By Nicholas West

Yesterday I covered an urgent request that was placed by the United States Air Force to obtain drone killing technology that could be used against ISIS’ newly formed “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen.” The result of this urgency was a $15.6 million no-bid contract with an Israeli company to develop portable systems to combat small drones that are alleged to be in use and under rapid development by ISIS and other terror groups in the region.

Although it’s merely one day later, the “urgency” has become nearly breathless, as today the Pentagon’s counterterrorism chief, Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata, is warning that since terrorists have demonstrated a clear intention to use drones, the next step would be to launch drone swarms...

Feb 28 08:31

Suspect in fatal Kansas shooting thought Indian victims were Iranian – 911 call

The chief suspect in a fatal shooting in Kansas thought his two Indian victims were Iranian, according to a 911 call from a bartender who reportedly witnessed the man’s confession. The crime has renewed concern over the treatment of immigrants in the US.

Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder after shooting at two 32-year-old Indian men at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, last week.

Feb 28 03:35

Iran and U.S. Tension Heats Up; Iranian Navy Holds Massive Drill

Last year, the Obama administration entered into a nuclear deal with Iran, ostensibly opening up a new era of US-Iran relationships. Well, with the latest Trump administration, it looks like things are heating up again and the nuclear deal may be in jeopardy. The Trump administration has stepped up its rhetoric against Iran with President Trump tweeting that “Iran is playing with fire” after the Republic’s ballistic missile test at the end of January.

In the following video, Right Wing News looks at the implications behind Iran’s large-scale military naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran seems hell bent on testing the ‘red line’ drawn up by the Trump administration and if they push too far, the consequences could be devastating.

Here’s the billion-dollar question: Is there something motivating the tension that the media isn’t telling people? You bet there is!

Feb 27 17:18

Double Life of White Helmets: Volunteers by Day, Terrorists by Night (Photos)

Volunteers of the White Helmets civil defense organization have a double life: they are ‘volunteers’ by day and terrorists by night.

Feb 27 11:34

The Purge of Christians across the Middle East: Where are the Protestors?

In what must surely be one of the most disturbing massacres of people in recent years, the usual suspect protestors have kept their silence.

Feb 27 09:06

Hillary Clinton Sponsored Secretive Arab Spring Program that Destabilized Middle East

The U.S. State Department under the leadership of Secretary Hillary Clinton continued a program to embolden foreign, revolutionary, social media activists to agitate for regime change in various parts of the world. The program arguably had major, detrimental consequences for the trajectory of the Middle East.

Feb 26 15:52

Netanyahu Suggests Bringing International Forces into Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for deployment of international forces in the Gaza Strip, expressing his concern of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the Hague.

Feb 25 10:53

U.S. Air Force Gives No-Bid Contract to Israeli Company To Destroy ISIS Drones

By Nicholas West

A new narrative has emerged in military circles that indicates an added feature to the never-ending conflict in the Middle East, and one which threatens to become another justification for the wider War on Terror: ISIS drones...

Feb 25 10:02

THE U.S. CARRIED OUT REGIME CHANGE IN SYRIA IN 1949 … AND TRIED AGAIN IN 1957, 1986, 1991 AND 2011-TODAY

The CIA backed a right-wing coup in Syria in 1949. Douglas Little, Professor, Department of Clark University History professor Douglas Little notes:

Recently declassified records… confirm that beginning on November 30, 1948, [CIA operative Stephen] Meade met secretly with Colonel Zaim at least six times to discuss the “possibility [of an] army supported dictatorship.” [“Cold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945-1958,” Middle East Journal, Winter 1990, p. 55]

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As early as 1949, this newly independent Arab republic was an important staging ground for the CIA’s earliest experiments in covert action.

The CIA secretly encouraged a right-wing military coup in 1949.
The reason the U.S. initiated the coup? Little explains:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the French say, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"; the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Feb 24 11:22

JOHN MCCAIN ILLEGALLY TRAVELS TO SYRIA, MEETS WITH LEADERS AND FIGHTING GROUPS; NO CRITICISM FROM MSM

Shortly after the mainstream media erupted in hysteria and neo-McCarthyistic attacks against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for having a routine conversation with the Russian Ambassador and for once having dinner with the President of Russia as part of an event, aging warmonger Senator John McCain recently announced that he had traveled illegally into Syria to meet with U.S. troops illegally stationed there as well as to meet with ISIS supporter and President of Turkey, Recep Tayip Erdogan. McCain also met with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition, McCain also met with Kurdish fighters on the ground in Syria.

On February 22, McCain’s spokeswoman, Julie Tarallo, confirmed that McCain had made the trip, saying it was a “valuable opportunity to assess dynamic conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We're all familiar with the tag line from the commercial about the credit card, asking "What's in YOUR wallet"?!?

And I have to admit that I have been curious as to what is in Senator McCain's financial portfolio; and how many of those companies are a big part of the US's military/industrial complex.

It is very unfortunate for this country that Congressional Representatives, unlike their President, are not obliged to put their financial affairs into a blind trust, upon taking their oath of office. And what, you might logically want to ask, right now about Senator McCain's estimated net worth?!?

Senator McCain's estimated next worth is 21 million dollarsd

NOW, THAT is a financial empire....which, geopolitically needs constant tending, so here's the most probable "back story" for his little, Logan Act- defying "junket" to the Middle East.

His loyalty to his corporate, warmongering masters cannot be disputed at this point; and this little "visit", I am reasonably certain, was not about creating regional peace through hard-won, moral negotiations which might alleviate the need for any further US military intervention in the Middle East, , but the incitement of even more bloody wars, from which his "good friends" in the military/industrial complex and the financial industry, will profit mightily.

Feb 24 10:50

Commander-In-Chief Orders CIA To Halt Support Of ISIS In Syria

President Donald Trump has ordered the CIA to halt all support for ISIS militants in Syria, in a show of solidarity to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 24 09:59

The Deep State Just Made It's Move & You Are Not Going To Believe Their Plan

Mexico prepares to ditch US corn imports. DHS begins deportation but they are not using an army. Infowars and NaturalNews have been hit by Google, the deep state is slowly getting rid of the alternative media.

Feb 23 14:24

Be Prepared, Spring Is Coming & Plans Are In The Works For The Next Event

Sweden is in the midst of a migrant problem and media in Sweden is not reporting on it. 80% of the people oppose sanctuary cities, 52% approve on immigration reforms. Preibus is trying to save face, says Russia and Trump have no connection.

Feb 23 14:23

Trump has reminded Palestinians that it was always about one state

Jonathan Cook says Trump’s claim that he is not fixated on a two-state solution means Israelis and Palestinians must define their objective: a fortress for their tribe, or a shared homeland with rights and dignity for all.

Feb 21 15:03

Why Do “Progressives” Like War? – Philip Giraldi

Ironically, pursuing a reset with Russia is one of the things that Trump actually gets right but the new left won’t give him a break.

Liberals are supposed to be antiwar, right? I went to college in the 1960s, when students nationwide were rising up in opposition to the Vietnam War.

As I look around now, however, I see something quite different.

The lefties I knew in college are now part of the Establishment and generally speaking are retired limousine liberals. And they now call themselves progressives, of course, because it sounds more educated and sends a better message, implying as it does that troglodytic conservatives are anti-progress. But they also have done a flip on the issue of war and peace.

Feb 21 14:50

Against All Odds – Israel Shamir

The battle is not over yet, but meanwhile it seems the Deplorables are winning, and Pussyfaces are losing.

Mike Moore’s flabby mug always looks indecently exposed, the fat slob could lead the old hags’ march without the pink pussyhat. Just his own visage would suffice.

Trump is down, cry the fans and haters alike. He’s been defeated, broken, never to rise again. He is a lame duck soon to be impeached. He will crawl back to his golden lair leaving the White House to his betters, or even better, he will run to his pal Vlad Putin.

No, my friends and readers, Trump is fighting, not running, but things take time. It is not easy to change the paradigm, and the odds were heavily slanted against Trump from step one. Still, he got this far, and he will go on.

Feb 21 11:34

Catholic Bishops 2017 Visit To Gaza: "Crippling Occupation Of West Bank Violates Human Dignity; Egregious Injustices & Random Violence Are A Scandal, Man-Made Catastrophe"

An international contingent of Roman Catholic Bishops took their annual trip to Palestine in January, and Archbishop Oscar Cantu of New Mexico, who serves as Chairman of the Vatican's Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote a strongly-worded letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding Israel's occupation of the West Bank. LibertyFight.com has reported extensively on these trips for several years, and this is something which is barely mentioned, if at all, in the corporate Zionist-controlled media.

Feb 21 09:15

White House Leakers In The Process Of Being Exposed

Trump is introducing a new travel ban. The deep state is now pushing to have Trump removed using the 25 Amendment. Leaks from the White House was done on purpose to flush out the leakers.

Feb 21 08:56

Rioters set cars on fire, loot shops in Stockholm suburb (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Golly Gee! Wonder who the rioters are. Trump was right!

Police in Sweden were forced to fire warning shots after a group of unidentified persons ran riots in the Rinkeby district of Stockholm late on Monday, setting cars on fire, throwing stones at police and looting local stores.

A police officer was injured during the clashes, forcing law enforcers to fire several warning shots at the crowd, Swedish public service broadcaster SVT reported, citing a local police spokesperson.

Feb 21 06:38

THE "BLIND SHEIK" AND THE CIA - MEDIA BURY U.S. SUPPORT FOR RADICAL ISLAMISM

Financed by Saudi sources Abdul-Rahman created various groups of radicals in Egypt and gets deeply involved with Al-Qaeda, recruiting fighters for Afghanistan in cooperation with the CIA and the Pakistani secret services. He was the ideological leader of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, an Islamic radical organization in Egypt responsible for several terrorist attacks. He traveled to the U.S. several timed between 1986 and 1990 to further his violent ideology. His visas were issued by CIA agents despite his appearance on a State Department terrorism watch list. In 1990 he moves to the U.S. where he preached his violent Islam and continued to recruit fighters for radical causes.

In December 1990 the New York Times reported:

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I would love to be able to believe that this story of CIA involvement in the history and career of this man to be an absolute, and complete, fraud; however, in looking at the following, I find that to be absolutely impossible.

Profile: Omar Abdul-Rahman

Rather, this is part of a pattern we see with the CIA; nurturing radicals and activists who ultimately do deadly things against Americans, or American or foreign interests, when they believe it services their agendas, and narratives.

The American Deep State doesn't give a damn about the pain and suffering of average Americans, just trying to survive in a very economically hostile environment; they just care that their power is preserved, at any and all costs.

This is why President Trump is such an absolute thorn in their collective sides; he wants to limit foreign covert entanglements and find other ways of getting what this country wants and needs other than perpetual wars, in which the US government has been embroiled - and generated - since 2001.

Feb 20 15:08

President Trump: Diplomacy and Democracy in America

Win or lose, the Trump Administration has opened a debate on the possibilities of peace with a nuclear superpower, a re-examination of the huge trade deficit and the necessity to stand-up for democracy against authoritarian threats from the so-called ‘intelligence community’ against an elected President.

By the end of the first month of President Trump’s Administration we are in a better position to evaluate the policies and direction of the new President. An examination of foreign and domestic policy, particularly from a historical and comparative perspective will provide insights about whether America is heading for a catastrophe as the mass media claim or toward greater realism and rationality.

We will proceed by examining whether Trump pursues diplomacy over warfare.

Feb 20 14:56

McCain in Munich: The War Party Fights Back

The battle over US foreign policy is taking center stage. Sen. John McCain, the Senate’s leading warmonger, is at the forefront of the fight.

The Munich conference held over the weekend – an annual event that brings the leaders of the Atlantic alliance together to celebrate their hegemonic pretensions – was anything but celebratory this time around.

Despite the assurances of Vice President Pence that America’s commitment to NATO is “unwavering,” the Euro-crats in the audience were miffed that he failed to mention the European Union.

Feb 20 10:48

Donald Trump’s Shift On Yemen Risks Plunging The Country Into Famine

President Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen ? all because of a subtle shift in messaging that risks effectively cutting off humanitarian relief to the war-torn nation.

For more than a year, former President Barack Obama’s administration urged a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates not to attack or seize the critical port of Hodeidah on Yemen’s west coast. The bulk of humanitarian supplies that enter Yemen flow through Hodeidah, and attacking the port, which is controlled by the Houthi rebels, would likely put it out of commission, the Obama administration warned.

But now the coalition, allied with the nominal Yemeni government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, has been redirecting humanitarian and commercial ships carrying food away from the Hodeidah port, relief workers told The Huffington Post. That redirection is itself a major blow to relief efforts. But it could also signal an attack is imminent.

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"President Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen ....."

MAY BE?!? Has whoever wrote this piece of codswallop not been paying attention for the last couple of years, when President Obama signed off on assisting the Saudi assault against Yemen by selling them bombs, and providing guidance for aerial bombing assaults?!?

This is what life looks like for Yemeni children these days:

Images: wounded and murdered children, from Saudi aerial bombing raids

Starvation has been the norm, particularly for Yemeni children, because food aid has been largely closed off by the Saudis at port cities for nearly the last two years. These Yemeni kids now look like this:

Images: starving Yemeni children, 2016

Mr. President, the Saudis have been committing war crimes with impunity every since they attacked the country of Yemen when the Houthi rebels displaced the Al-Hadi government nearly two years ago. The targeting of schools; hospitals; and open air markets, coupled with the assassination of non-combatants, all constitute war crimes, sir.

And yet I see that earlier this month, you signed off on more weapons for both Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain, one of the most brutal, tone-deaf and democracy-deprived oppressors of its Shiite majority in the Middle East..

President Trump approves more weapons for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

Sir, upon this further enabling of the Saudi slaughter in Yemen, which may well be called genocide, and the enabling the Al-Khalifa's monarchy's monstrous repression of its own people, you have demonstrated, perfectly clearly, that you are quite comfortable in the United States being complicit in war crimes, and as a Christian Activist Pacifist, I am a very unhappy witness to this reality.

To be brutally honest, I had expected much better of you, because someone in your administration, with their head on straight, should have counseled you by now that the only solution possible in Yemen at this point has to be political, rather than military.

Feb 20 10:13

TRUMP GETS READY TO PICK JOHN BOLTON AS ADVISOR

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump will speak to former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, acting national security adviser Gen. Keith Kellogg, West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who directs the Army Capabilities Integration Center, and “potentially more” candidates. Those meetings will take place Sunday, Spicer said.

Two other candidates, former Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal and former CIA Director David Petraeus, are no longer in the mix, sources told CNN Friday night. The front-runner for the post, Vice Adm. Bob Harward, dropped out of consideration apparently over concerns that he could not bring his own staff to the National Security Council.
For my take on Kellogg, read this, and Bolton here.

The Bolton selection is being pushed by Ted Cruz.

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Holy crud, President Trump, please tell me that it's NOT, please going to be Bolton!!

This man never met a war he didn't embrace whole-heartedly, and any attack against Iran will nearly automatically guarantee war with Russia.

And right now, and please, heaven someone tell President Trump this, the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia.

Feb 19 15:48

Code 291: Swedish Police Cover-Up Thousands of Crimes Involving "Refugees"

Swedish police have covered up thousands of crimes involving migrants over the past four months, all of which have been classified under a secret 291 refugee code designation, it has been revealed.

According to a report in Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, around 5,000 incidents have been kept secret, including 559 cases of violence, 194 assaults, two terror threats and four rapes.

The article explains that the incidents have been covered-up because of a directive from the National Operational Department that any information pertaining to the behavior of refugees be censored.

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 19 15:13

Israeli authorities brand Indian Jew genetically inferior

Jacob is Indian. He is also an Israeli citizen. His parents immigrated to Israel when he was a very young boy.

When Jacob reached the age of four he started kindergarten. But because his parents spoke their own language at home, his knowledge of Hebrew was weak. This was the cause of a lifetime of persecution by the Israeli education and welfare systems that continues to this day.

For 20 years Jacob has been fighting in the courts for justice and compensation for the abuse he endured in the Israeli education system.

Jacob suffers from muscular dystrophy but the Israeli authorities refuse to carry out a proper diagnosis and describe his physical illness as psychosomatic, or mental disorder...>>

Feb 18 20:02

SAA Tiger Forces capture 8 towns from ISIS in east Aleppo

Great combat footage of the Syrian military handing ISIS it's @$$!

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 17 15:09

Navy Seals in Yemen Kill Tribal Leader Working With US-Backed Government

We attacked our allies,not AlQaeda and killed our allies women and children.
YUP! Putin appears to have taken the gloves off after Trump's comments on giving Crimea back.

New details of a January raid by US forces against al-Qaeda in Yemen that left 26 people dead are raising new questions about the mission. A tribal leader enlisted by the US-supported Yemeni government to fight Shiite rebel factions was among those killed in the raid, according to local authorities.

Feb 17 06:43

U.S. Not So Innocent, CIA Involved In Espionage Leading Up To The French Elections

Aetna CEO says Obamacare is a death spiral and people are dropping out of it. Deutsche Bank probes Trumps accounts and fines no links with Russia. The conversation with Flynn and Russia show absolutely nothing, he did not break any laws.Larry Klayman wants an emergency hearing to have the NSA stop spying on Trump.

Feb 16 20:27

US ‘not in a position right now to collaborate’ with Russia militarily - Pentagon chief

As President Donald Trump repeatedly stressed the need to get along with Russia, two of his top Cabinet members were abroad, saying the US is ready not for closer ties until Moscow “proves” its commitment to international agreements.

On Thursday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said at a NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium that the US isn’t ready to collaborate militarily with Russia against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) or other threats."Russia's aggressive actions have violated international law and are destabilizing," he added.

Before the US is willing to work with its former Cold War rival, "Russia is going to have to prove itself first," Mattis said. "The point about Russia is they have to live by international law just like we expect all nations on this planet to do."

Feb 15 21:50

C.A.I.R. Running Firearms Training Programs Inside Florida Mosques

Places of worship are meant to be sacred and treated with utmost respect especially if loaded with the most revered icons or symbols representing the religion where one is supposedly taught the value of life and dignity. But on the contrary, federal agents recently raided Florida mosques, and found them to be filled with weapons used as part of firearm training for the Mosques' worshipers. Making the story even worse, is that the firearm training programs were connected to the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Feb 15 14:22

The 'Deep State' Soft Coup Is Now In Progress To Take Full Control Of The Country

Obamacare repeal should be on Trump's desk with a couple of weeks. Moby make a prediction that Trump will go to war with Iran. General Flynn resigned for violating the Logan act.

Feb 14 17:06

More sense from Assad in 3 minutes than from the West in 6 years

Every time I've heard this man talk, I've quite frankly heard very intelligent common sense spoken by him. I feel like I agree with him more and more every time I hear him.

Feb 14 13:33

Women’s gyms lay bare limits of Saudi reforms

James Dorsey says the Saudi decision to license women-only gyms is progress in a country where women have few rights, but restrictions on what activities the gyms will be allowed to offer reflect the continuing power of reactionary forces.

Feb 13 00:13

Trump: Israeli Embassy Is Not Moving to Jerusalem

by Jason Ditz, February 12, 2017

Following a flurry of regional concern about the possibility, and the direct intervention of the King Abdullah of Jordan, the Trump Administration has sent a message to the Palestinian Authority to assure them that they will not be moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Feb 12 13:48

Morocco Second (Official)

Thanks Carl! I have had the flu bad. This made me laugh so hard I cleared my lungs!

European countries might think that they are the best choice for the second greatest country after the US. But we in Morocco think otherwise. Here's why America First Morocco Second

Feb 12 09:29

THE NEOCONS’ BACK-DOOR TO TRUMP

President Trump’s foreign policy is sliding toward neoconservative orthodoxy on the Middle East because White House insiders are aligning with Israeli-Saudi interests and vowing undying hostility toward Iran, which they falsely insist is the chief sponsor of terrorism.

I’m told that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, privately at least, recognizes that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni-led Gulf state allies are the prime backers of Al Qaeda and Islamic State – with Iran actually fighting these major terror groups – but close advisers to President Trump, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, appear wedded to Official Washington’s “group think” blaming Iran for pretty much everything that’s gone wrong in the region.

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It pains me to see just how quickly President Trump swallowed the koolaid, and has fallen into this trap, which may well lead to war with Iran, which will almost inevitably lead to war with Russia.

So a memo to President Trump.

Mr. President, it is not the Iranians who are killing women, children, and the medically infirm and elderly in Yemen with impunity: it is the Saudis, and you, sir, have just signed off on their war crimes and continued to made the US government complicit in them by approving the sale of more weapons to them.

Trump Approves Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia And Bahrain

Additionally, you therefore have just followed in the footsteps of your predecessor, President Obama, in continuing to make the US government complicit in the starvation deaths of Yemeni children, because the Saudis are blocking the Yemeni ports, preventing food from coming in.

Images: wounded and Killed Yemeni children, from Saudi air strikes

Images: starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi military blocking Yemen ports

And I must very candidly tell you that I never believed that just three weeks into your presidency, you would, again, continue to make the US government complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen; but, yet, here we are, sir, and I, and many of my brother and sister Americans, are singularly distressed at this turn of events.

Feb 11 15:02

Britain's sickening infatuation with Israel continues

Stuart Littlewood examines the relationship between Britain’s enduring infatuation with Israel on the one hand, and Israel’s stooges and flag wavers who infest the swamp known as the UK political elite on the other.

Feb 11 12:41

Trump’s Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

By Robert Parry

If you wanted to bring sanity to a U.S. foreign policy that has spun crazily out of control, there would be some immediate steps that you – or, say, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – could take, starting with a renewed commitment to tell the truth to the American people.

If you wanted to base U.S. foreign policy on the firm foundation of reality, you also could let the American people in on who is actually the principal sponsor of the terrorism that they’re concerned about: Al Qaeda, Islamic State, the Taliban – all Sunni-led outfits, none of which are backed by Shiite-ruled Iran. Yet, all we hear from Official Washington’s political and media insiders is that Iran is the chief sponsor of terrorism.

Feb 11 11:42

Kushner Foundation Bankrolls Radical Jewish West Bank Settlers

In recent years, the parents of Jared Kushner – the son-in-law and trusted confidant of President-elect Donald Trump – have donated tens of thousands of dollars to organizations and institutions located in the West Bank settlements, according to their tax forms.

The U.S. State Department has long held that the settlements are an impediment to peace. During the election campaign, however, Trump’s key advisers on Israel challenged this position.

On average, the family donates a few million dollars a year to charitable causes through the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation, tax forms for the years 2010 through 2014 show. The average donation is typically in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. Jared Kushner – as well as his brother and two sisters – sits on the board of his parents’ family foundation, which was created in 1997.

Feb 11 10:53

CIA honors Saudi crown prince with 'George Tenet Medal'

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has honored Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef with its prestigious “George Tenet Medal” for his "intelligence work in the fight against terrorism."

The medal was handed to Nayef, who is deputy prime minister and minister of interior, by CIA Director Micheal Pompeo on Friday during a reception ceremony in Riyadh.

Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, and several other senior Saudi officials were also in attendance.

In a statement after receiving the medal, Nayef said he appreciated the CIA honor and framed it as a recognition of what he called Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorism efforts under the directives of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

“Saudi Arabia rejects and denounces strongly terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” the crown prince was quoted as saying by the Saudi media.

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OK, overwhelming nausea just started to hit, upon reading this.

And you have to appreciate the absolute, extreme irony and hypocrisy of the Saudi Crown Prince's statement that "Saudi Arabia rejects and denounces strongly terrorism in all its forms and manifestations."

What about the Saudi crackdown against peaceful political activists?!?

Rights groups slam Saudi Arabia for cracking down on activists

What about the war crimes the Saudi military is committing in Yemen, enabled by the US Government?!?

Images: wounded and killed children, from Saudi air strikes in Yemen

Images:starving Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi military blocking Yemen ports

Apparently, CIA Director Pompeo is delighted to award this medal to a war criminal country, and its war criminal ruling family.

When it comes to geopolitics...the US government knows its own.

However, it is utterly no surprise, as the US government has been complicit in war crimes for going on decades now, and will continue to do so, unless it is stopped, either by complete financial meltdown, or by a war it finds itself incapable of winning.

That is simply the reality in which we live right now.

Feb 11 10:09

The Trump Administration’s Iran Obsession and Yemen

Philip Giraldi does an excellent job of summarizing Flynn’s warped worldview and its role in encouraging the Trump administration’s Iran obsession:

But the situation is actually much more dangerous than the usual Washington groupthink: Flynn and Ledeen have constructed a narrative in which the world is at war with a great evil and Iran is the central player on the enemy side. It is a viewpoint that is, unfortunately, shared at least in part by the new secretaries of defense and state and endorsed by many in Congress. This has consequently developed into a new sensibility about U.S. national security that is apparently driving the Trump administration’s responses to Iranian behavior.

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This is very disturbing to me, in light of the reality that should the US government decide to go to war relatively soon against Iran, Russia will most likely aid Iran militarily.

And at the moment, as I have reiterated like a chipped CD, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

And Mr. President, as a Christian witness, I am calling you out on ANY further aid to Saudi Arabia, vis a vis Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is gleefully committing war crimes here, of an astronomical, and ghastly nature; women, children, and the medically fragile elderly are getting slaughtered, and the infrastructure is getting absolutely destroyed by Saudi forces. Additionally, Yemeni children are starving to death, because the Saudis have completely blockaded the ports, so food doesn't get in.

Do I need to remind you, Mr. President, that collective punishment is a war crime?!?

So you, and your staff, had better take a good hard look at the following images; this is what your "good buddy", Saudi Arabia, is doing right now in Yemen, and yes, the word "genocide" does come to mind:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of the Saudi Yemen ports blockade

Images: wounded and killed Yemeni children from Saudi air strikes

By choosing to participate in assisting the Saudi military with their war crimes, by selling them the weapons with which to do so, and providing targeting, you have made the US government complicit in these war crimes as well.

And whoever told you that this was a battle against Iran that the US military could "win" in Yemen, is thoroughly delusional, sir; there's no "there" there.

No, Yemen’s Houthis actually aren’t Iranian puppets

Feb 11 09:43

Bravo, Donald! The Imperial City Can’t Stand The Truth About Its ‘Bloody Hands’

In short, most of today’s insufferable cant about American exceptionalism emerged during the last 25 years after the cold war ended. That’s when neocon ideology caused Washington to wreak murderous high-tech military destruction on much of the greater middle east – from Kabul to Tripoli – and then to justify it with an utterly spurious theory of moral superiority.

Any nation that has inflicted the pointless and wanton destruction that is evident in the Pashtun homelands of Afghanistan, the rubble that remains in Anbar Province of Iraq or the wreckage of Aleppo and Benghazi is not exceptional at all; it has blood on its hands like few empires that went before.

So after Donald Trump by inadvertence or honesty, as the case my be, stated the obvious, Imperial Washington came down on his head with rhetorical guns blazing. The archetypical expression came for the Wall Street Journal‘s insufferable neocon warmonger, Bret Stephens, who tweeted,

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Wars are simply about corporate and banking profits; it is just that simple.

While the US government and their kept presstitutes prattle on about "glory, honor, bravery, and protecting the American way of life and Democracy" through these wars as their justifications for them, the US government uses these wars to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; attempts to insure that the rulers of those countries are "western-Centric"(generally after a bloody coup, as happened with Qaddafi); and that those resources are only sold for US dollars.

This is a very clear pattern.

And the military who are killed or maimed for life in these wars are considered "collateral damage" by the very institutions which are enriched by their fighting, and should they survive, but become mentally and/or physically damaged through the process of fighting, are then discarded as "irrelevant", the moment they can no longer wield their weapons.

Just take a good, hard look at what is continuing to happen with our Vets right now: this...is also... a very clear pattern.

Feb 11 07:25

Yemen's Houthis eject pres. Hadi who UK, US, Israel back

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 93 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

The Monarchy's attacks have so far claimed the lives of at least 4,727 civilians, mostly women and children.

Feb 11 04:59

Assad: Trump Is Right – Terrorists Are Entering The U.S. As ‘Refugees’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that if Trump’s immigration ban does not get implemented then terrorists leaving Syria will spill into the United States unchecked.

Feb 10 13:59

Its Foreign Greed And Delusion That Kills Yemeni Children

Ten-thousands, and soon hundred-thousands die in Yemen as result of zealotry, greed and bureaucratic infighting of foreign countries. The Wahhabi Saudis fight in Yemen against Iranian Shia that ain’t there. Under the eyes of the CIA they nurture local al-Qaeda forces to do their bidding. The UAE seeks new ports in Yemen thereby disturbing Saudi pipeline dreams.

The Pentagon tussles with the CIA over budgets of special operations. The minor local Yemeni conflicts between the various tribes develop into a war due to foreign interference and financing. Bombing campaigns have replaced tribal mediation.

The executive branch of the United Nations is under pressure from the U.S.-Saudi coalition. It is not allowed to report on the real consequences of the devastating war on Yemen.

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the Saudi military have been conducting a scorched earth campaign in Yemen, and committing war crimes and atrocities with impunity in this beleaguered, desperately poor country, whose only collective "sin" was kicking out the western-centric "puppet", Mansour Al-Hadi.

Children, women, the medically fragile and elderly are being gleefully slaughtered by the Saudi military, in numbers that absolutely constitute a genocide against the Yemeni people. Infrastructure is being destroyed daily.

And unfortunately, the US is complicit in these war crimes, because they are providing targeting, and selling the Saudis the missiles used in these air strikes. Just yesterday, President Trump approved of weapons sales to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia:

President Trump approves of weapons sales to Bahrain and Saudi Arabia

This is what the views on the ground look like in Yemen: and yes, I will warn you that these are the most graphically gruesome I could find, because American citizens need to know what US foreign policy is "accomplishing" in Yemen.

Images: wounded and killed children from Saudi bombing raids

Images: starving Yemeni children due to Saudi port blockade

We the People need to have a national conversation about this conflict, and put pressure on the White House (and Saudi Arabia) to commit to resolving this issue diplomatically, because at the end of the day, it is only a diplomatic solution which will end this ongoing tragedy.

Feb 10 11:53

Saudi Arabia Intensifies Crackdown on Writers, Activists - HRW

HRW said that Saudi Arabia stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017.

Saudi Arabia stepped up arrests, prosecutions, and convictions of peaceful dissident writers and human rights advocates in 2017, the US-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a press release.
“Saudi Arabia is trying to silence and lock away anyone who doesn’t toe the official line or dares to express an independent view on politics, religion, or human rights,” HRW Middle East Director Sarah Whitson stated in the release on Monday.

In January, a Saudi court sentenced two prominent activists to long jail terms, accusing them of being in contact with international media and human rights organizations. The authorities jailed two others, one of whom remains in detention while under investigation.

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Please remember: this is the same Saudi Arabia with which the US is complicit in committing war crimes in Yemen, and recruiting unwitting US Vets to combat the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)!!

Feb 10 10:15

Something Dark Is Looming And It's Headed Our Way

FBI are investigating the black hooded individuals at Berkeley. It's official common core has made Americans children stupid. Congressman looking to abolish the Department of Education.

Feb 10 07:52

Trump Plays Cat and Mouse with Iran

Iran needs to shrug off the provocations, and keep up their end of the deal. That’s it; just hang tight and stay cool.

Why is the Trump administration threatening Iran?

On February 1, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that the administration was “putting Iran on notice” after it tested a ballistic missile which the US sees as a violation of Iran’s treaty obligations. Flynn’s frigid tone made it clear that the administration is considering the use of military force. But why?

Feb 10 07:49

We Thank Trump for Exposing the Reality of the U.S – Ayatollah Khamenei

In its 200 years of expansionism, the US has paused too seldom and too briefly to consider the culture, history, lives and dignity of other lands.

Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying.…

In his February 7th speech, Leader Khamenei has wisely rejected the “threats” already issuing from the Trump Administration. Leader Khamenei stressed a “dignified” response to threats and bullying. I wholeheartedly applaud the emphasis on “dignity” and respect—respect for treaties between democratic governments, respect for the cultures and lives of citizens of this fragile, shrinking planet.

Feb 09 12:13

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsTrump to Approve Arms Sales to Saudis, Bahrain, Ignoring Human Rights Concerns

According to officials familiar with the process, President Trump is expected to quickly approve massive weapons sales to both Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, deals which had been on hold over growing concerns about human rights abuses by both nations.

The White House did not discuss the matter directly, saying the final announcement isn’t made yet, but the reports say that a $300 million Saudi missile technology sale and a multi-billion dollar warplane deal for Bahrain are both expected to get imminent clearance from the administration.

Human rights groups had been attacking the Obama Administration for years over such sales, calls which grew with the Saudi war in Yemen and the huge civilian death toll that followed. In the final few months of his administration, Obama was slowing some of the sales.

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So, Mr. President, Profits Uber alles?!?

How in the name of a just Heaven can you possibly be greenlighting these deals, when you know what is being done with these weapons?!?

The Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy has been regularly suppressing its Shia majority, who - to date - have been peacefully protesting the lack of democracy, and then jailed, tortured into confessions for crimes they did not commit, and receiving huge jail sentences.

Bahrain is still hounding its Shia

And the Saudis?!? Please don't get me started, sir. They have employed a "scorched earth" policy against neighboring Yemen, where the Houthi rebels unseated Monsour Al-Hadi, and this war has gone on for two years, with no real gains to speak of.

Yemen: no accountability for war crimes in Yemen

The Saudis are creating war crimes right, left, upside down, and backwards. They are bombing schools and hospitals; the elderly fragile; women; and open-air markets. They are blockading the ports, so no food can come into the country, meaning that thousands of children are literally starving to death here.

Images: starving Yemeni children

Mr. President, do you not understand that These weapons deals make the US government complicit in those war crimes?!?!?

And by the way, just in case your advisors have decided to "shield" you from the following information,I WON'T!!

These bombing raids are maiming Yemeni children, if not killing them outright. I think you should have a good, hard look at these kids, and ask yourself; what if these were my kids?!?

Images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi bombing raids.

To say that I am profoundly disappointed that you have chosen to side with war criminals in both these countries.... is a colossal understatement.

I sincerely thought you would be making better choices than this.

But I guess Corporate Directors of General Dynamics which the bombs, is ecstatic about making a killing...literally.

Feb 09 10:56

Trump adds nuance to pro-Israel approach ahead of Netanyahu visit

administration has toned down elements of its pro-Israel bravado

Feb 09 07:48

How Trump Can Defeat ISIS

Attacking Iran will not win the war on terror. Working with Russia and Syria might.

If you recall, Trump came roaring off the campaign trail with the foreign policy priority of defeating ISIS, so why the sudden confrontation with the Islamic Republic of Iran? Though Flynn apparently thinks otherwise, ISIS and Iran are not the same thing at all—they are the exact antithesis of each other.

Feb 08 14:52

Thousands Of US Airstrikes Unaccounted For: Report

A Military Times investigation reveals that US Central Command has been misleading the public in its assessment of the number of airstrikes that have taken place during America’s ‘war of on terror’.

Since 9/11 the Pentagon has failed to account for thousands of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria,

Feb 08 13:01

Seven Years Ago Today, The 'Irvine 11' Dared to Heckle An Israeli Ambassador on an American Campus- & Learned How 'Special' Israel Really Was

Seven years ago, on Feb 8, 2010, students at UC Irvine protested a speech given by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren. They heckled the Israeli, calling him a war criminal and other such things, and were escorted out of the auditorium by campus police. But that wasn't the end of it. It was only the beginning of a years-long legal battle and criminal prosecution which shockingly illustrated just who Americans 'aren't allowed to heckle.' You can watch the video of the students 'crimes' here. Nearly a year after the incident, prior to the statute of limitations, a rabbi paid a visit to the Orange County, CA Districy Attorney- who swiftly charged them at the very last minute & aggressively prosecuted all of them. They were all eventially convicted.

Feb 08 09:08

Yemen Withdraws Permission for US Ground Operations

Trump is now a killer of children. The man is losing support fast and by the day with his neocon cabinet and talk of war. Let us see if the Soros sponsored snowflakes step up their violence,which always seems to bring more support to Trump.

The Trump Administration’s claims that a January 29 ground raid in Yemen was a “success” appear to be on increasingly flimsy ground, with the Yemeni government today announcing it has revoked permission for all future US ground operations on their soil.

Feb 07 06:38

Donald J. Trump Foundation Donated $10,000 To 'Hardline' 'Bet El' Israeli Settlers In Palestinian West Bank

A very interesting tidbit was buried as an obscure sidenote in a recent corporate news article about President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Feb 06 10:02

NOW THAT TRUMP’S IN OFFICE, MEDIA SUDDENLY CONCERNED WITH US MILITARY KILLING CIVILIANS

For the last eight years, Peace Prize recipient and ostensible savior of the free world, Barack Obama, rained down hell from the sky on brown people across the Middle East. Obama far exceeded his predecessor, George W. Bush, in the use of drone strikes, killing more civilians than ever before and aiding in the creation and growth of worldwide terror.

On top of this warlord president receiving the Peace Prize, in his final days in office, Barack Obama was ironically given the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service “as a token of appreciation for his service as commander in chief” at a farewell ceremony on January 4. The medal is the highest honorary award at the Department of Defense and is presented by the Secretary of Defense.

In his last year alone, Obama authorized the United States military to drop more than 26,000 bombs in 7 countries, according to an estimate by the Council on Foreign Relations. During the prior year, the numbers were similar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen must stop, and these extrajudicial assassinations must also stop.

This is what life looks like to a Yemeni child right now:

Images: dead and wounded Yemeni kids, from Saudi bombings

Or, if they are still alive, they are starving from hunger, courtesy of Saudi military blocking Yemen's ports:

Images: starving Yemeni kids, due to Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports

So I have a memo to President Trump; stop this US complicity in Saudi war crimes, and right the hell now; stop assassinating and being part of the collective punishment of innocent children who are starving to death in Yemen.

You are called, by both the Constitution and the will of the people to be the Commander in chief; not the butcher in chief!!!!

Feb 06 07:39

Ballistic missile strikes Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

According to emerging reports from Yemen, a surface-to-surface missile fired by the Yemeni Army has hit Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

The missile was launched on Sunday evening, and sources in Yemen have described the missile test as successful. It is unclear exactly what missile was used, and casualty figures, if any, are yet to be reported.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The missile used was a Borkan-1 (Volcano-1), produced in Yemen, although the corporate media is trying to spin it that this somehow involves Iran. The corporate media is also acting like this is a shocking and terrible thing for Yemen to do, forgetting that Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen for months now!

Feb 05 23:18

Yemeni forces launch new missile against Saudi Arabia: Video

These guys make their own rockets.It is not the first time the Saudi's have been hit with a Yemeni Army Borkan Missile.

Yemeni army forces have launched a locally designed and manufactured ballistic missile towards an area deep inside Saudi Arabia in response to Riyadh’s atrocious aerial bombardments against the crisis-stricken Arab country.

On Friday, the media bureau of the operations command in Yemen released footage showing the missile attack against a stationary target in the Saudi city of Ta'if, located more than 700 kilometers (434 miles) southeast of the capital, Riyadh.

The video shows the Borkan-1 (Volcano-1) blasting off from a launcher deployed in an unknown location in Yemen. The voice of a man can be clearly heard as he chants slogans against the United States and Israel.

The solid propellant and Scud-type Borkan-1 missile reportedly has a range of more than 800 kilometers (497 miles).

Feb 05 22:17

Breaking: Ballistic missile strikes Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

According to emerging reports from Yemen, a surface-to-surface missile fired by the Yemeni Army has hit Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.

The missile was launched on Sunday evening, and sources in Yemen have described the missile test as successful. It is unclear exactly what missile was used, and casualty figures, if any, are yet to be reported.

Saudi Arabia militarily intervened in the Yemeni Conflict in 2015, leading a coalition of almost 10 Middle Eastern countries. In October 2016, a Yemeni activist warned that Riyadh was the next target for a Yemeni missile attack.

Update 1: More information has emerged, suggesting that the missile was a variant of a Russian Scud, known as the “Borkan” surface-to-surface missile.

Update 2: Sources indicate that the missile struck a military base West of Riyadh, in Mazahimiyah.

Update 3: On social media, a Saudi attempts to cover-up the attack, saying that the sound of the explosion in Riyadh was an earthquake or meteor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, the Yemen military appears to be blamed for this attack.

But who, in the Middle East, has some variation on the “Borkan” surface-to-surface missile?!"?

We need to be very, very careful about to whom we ascribe the blame in this attack.

The Houthi rebels are not precisely supported by people who have a lot of money to spend on this kind of technology, which means that most likely, Iran is going to be blamed for this attack.

Remember on Friday, when I mentioned on this blog, that something needed to happen, to "justify" the US military's further involvement in Yemen?!?

Unfortunately, that appeared to have just happened. Whether it was direct Israeli or American involvement here, in order to escalate the situation in Yemen, I do not know, but one thing I do intuit, is that something wicked this way comes, in terms of more intense US military action against Yemen.

I hope to heck I am mistaken, but given the intensity of the American "deep state" wish to regime change Tehran, I do not think that I am.

Feb 05 12:13

“Taking Down” British Officials – Philip Giraldi

A quite incredible story out of England has not received much media coverage in the United States. It concerns how the Israeli Embassy in London connived with government officials to “take down” parliamentarians and government ministers who were considered to be critical of the Jewish State.

It was also learned that the Israeli Embassy was secretly subsidizing and advising private groups promoting Israeli interests, including associations of Members of Parliament (MPs).The story is interesting on several levels, particularly given the recent furor in the U.S. over allegations that Russia has been interfering in American politics.

Feb 05 12:05

The Importance of Maintaining The Balance of Power

No one, or country, no matter how novel or inventive they are, has any right, or can be trusted, with absolute power over everyone else.

It is absolutely essential for political leaders, all across the world, to ensure that the balance of power exists, in all spheres of power and the body politic, both domestically as well as internationally, because there is no way that any one individual or government can ensure the equal protection of the people, in all of their myriad conflicts and challenges, from the very large, to the very small.

Feb 05 12:00

Taking the Long View – Justin Raimondo

Dismantling the empire (war party) won’t happen overnight

The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.

Feb 04 20:31

The Elite Shift Into Overdrive As Tensions Around The World Are Rising

New poll out saying people want Trump impeached, the only problem is has been manipulated. Allegedly 100,000 visas were revoked from 7 countries in 1 week, when looking at the numbers is doesn't add up.

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 03 13:19

The US may have to consider firing on Iranian boats after latest Houthi attack

This is complete insanity. This will start a war! I didn't vote for this!

But according to Brennan, the US may not allow hostile, unresponsive ships to get so close to Navy vessels after a force associated with Iran used suicide boats to kill two Saudi sailors.

"The overarching duty of self-defense mandates revision of the ROE to provide a sufficient 'bubble' to prevent the risk of a suicide attack, particularly from swarming boats," Brennan said in an email to Business Insider.

Feb 03 11:35

US Defends Yemen Raid as Death Toll Rises

The weekend raid by SEAL Team 6 against the home of a suspected al-Qaeda collaborator in Yemen is facing mounting criticism both domestically and internationally, as even the Pentagon concedes that there were civilians deaths in the attack, which ended up destroying nearly an entire village.

The same raid had reportedly been proposed to the Obama Administration and they deferred to Trump. The Pentagon was keen to do the raid on a moonless night to have the element of surprise, but the large US drone presence over the village tipped off the raid long before ground troops arrived and gave locals a chance to organize substantial resistance.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, killing innocent women and children is cool; hell, our compadres in this fight, the Saudi Military, do it every day!!" - official Trump White House Souse.

And I apologise for the horrifically graphic images I have chosen to accompany this story, but it is the design intent here, that once you see these, you cannot unsee them, to truly understand the magnitude of the moral evils of this horrific war against the Yemeni people.

Images: Yemeni children killed or wounded by Saudi bombing raids

It deeply concerns me that the US government has been a proud partner in war crimes, from the moment it decided to aid and abet Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and into President Trump's presidency.

And as a Christian Pacifist activist, who never advocates violence, throughout all of this, my job is to watch; witness; analyze; and get the facts as straight as I possibly can.

Feb 03 11:15

Pentagon: Houthi Attack on Saudi Ship Intended for US Seacraft

A recent maritime suicide bombing off the coast of the Yemen may have been a “dress rehearsal” for a comparable attack on US destroyers patrolling waterways in the Middle East.

Defense analysts believe that not only might the attack have been a practice round for bigger fish, like the Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Cole, but also that the attack was from a manned suicide vessel, as opposed to a missile or rocket strike. Multiple suicide ships may have caused the strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Notice that these alleged Pentagon "analysts" are not sourced.

So I have to wonder; is this "fake news", in order to "groom" the American people to accept a larger role in the horrific, US-enabled Saudi war on Yemen, should there be an "incident" where an American military ship is hit with a false flag, and the Houthi rebels are blamed?!?

The Saudis are consistently committing war crimes with almost unimaginable barbarity, as the following documentation shows; their military are killing children, and causing children to starve, courtesy of their naval blockade of Yemen.

Images: Yemeni children killed and wounded in Saudi bombing raids

images of starving Yemeni children

The US government has been, and continues to be, under President Trump, proudly complicit in war crimes in Yemen; do you not believe that the US government would do anything to "speed up" the process of returning Yemen to the rule of a western-centric government, where resources are sold only in the US dollar?!?

I don't think such an analysis is far fetched at all, in terms of the US government's history of creating false flags, or in terms of what the American Deep State wants, in terms of reasserting its financial power over Yemen.

Additionally, such a false flag may give the US government and military the "excuse" to attack Iran, because Iran is suspected of providing some military assistance to the Houthi rebels.

Of course, this nearly, inevitably, will mean war with China and Russia, as they have flatly stated that an attack on Iran will be an attack on their countries as well.

Finally, please remember: to the American Deep State, killed or wounded American military service members are simply collateral damage, to be used toward strengthening private corporate profit, no matter the price in blood or money.

And in a related and troubling development, as reported in zerohedge.com:

Pentagon dispatches the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen as tensions with Iran rise

Feb 03 10:09

THE U.S. PLAN TO TOPPLE ALL 7 COUNTRIES ON TRUMP’S REFUGEE BAN LIST

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more I look at the first actions of the Trump presidency, the more I am terrifyingly convinced that the real winner of last November's election was the power-hungry, money mad, and deeply psychotic, American Deep State.

The hard, inescapable reality here is that the American Deep State is all about expropriating resources from countries to which it has no moral right; insuring those countries are run by US/Western-centric governments; and insuring that those resources are only sold for the US dollar.

The blood and money spent is of no consequence to those people running the American deep state, as long as their financial/geopolitical objectives are obtained.

And those American military killed or maimed for life in the process of achieving their financial goals?!? Merely collateral damage, for the sake of private corporate profit.

Of course, politicians cannot possibly say that to grieving families and friends of those killed or maimed; they are assured with such nostrums as "They died to protect this country and the American way of life."

No; these military died and were maimed for life to protect and enrich private corporate profit.

That is simply the bottom line here.

Feb 03 09:31

Report: Botched Navy SEAL Mission Was Planned Under Obama

New information suggests that the raid in Yemen that claimed the life of Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens as well as some civilians, including an American girl, was planned for months by the Obama administration.

President Trump gave the go-ahead for the mission shortly after taking office, and the mainstream media has been quick to immediately place the blame at his feet.

Feb 03 00:08

Trump warns Israel: Stop announcing new settlements

Mike was right! Trump is getting fed up with their high handedness!

WASHINGTON – The White House warned Israel on Thursday to cease settlement announcements that are “unilateral” and “undermining” of President Donald Trump’s effort to forge Middle East peace, a senior administration official told The Jerusalem Post.

For the first time, the administration confirmed that Trump is committed to a comprehensive two-state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict negotiated between the parties.

Feb 02 07:19

Over 450 Saudi-Backed Militias Killed in Bab Al-Mandab Battles; Israeli, US Officers Overseeing Riyadh Operations in Yemen

Yemeni military and intelligence sources disclosed the presence of US and Israeli officers in the Saudi-led troops' Bab al-Mandab operations room in the African country of Eritrea, and said that over 450 Saudi-backed militias have been killed in Yemen's offensives.

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