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Jul 01 13:57

UK government evasive about sanctions if Israel annexes West Bank

Stuart Littlewood highlights the UK government’s deceptive policy towards Israel’s impending formal annexation of occupied Palestinian territories, noting that while ministers reject the prospect of annexation, they insist on being “friends and allies” of Israel regardless of its horrendous crimes.

Jun 30 08:21

Luongo: Is John Bolton A 'Resistance' Hero Or Traitor To Common Decency?

Authored by Tom Luongo via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

There are few men in modern American history more venal than Former National Security Adviser John Bolton. Calling Bolton a relic of the Cold War in his outlook on foreign policy is a kindness.

Bolton is a dangerous and pathetic creature whose entire life is an example of how incomplete men with a talent for violence can rise in a late-stage cesspit of political corruption.

He is simply someone who has never been in a fight in his life who lusts for the power to kill, main and destroy anyone who dares challenge him. A pathology he’s had the dubious distinction of being able to act out in the real world on more than one occasion.

This will, hopefully, be the last article I write about his cretin because once his last fifteen minutes of fame are used up attacking President Trump in slavish interview after interview supporting his book, Bolton will be finished in Washington D.C.

Jun 30 06:37

US and its allies are leading an arms race in Middle East, not Iran: Scholar

The United States and its allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia, are leading an arms race in the Middle East region, not Iran, an American scholar has said.

Kevin Barrett, an author, journalist and radio host with a Ph.D. in Islamic and Arabic Studies, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Monday, after US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said that lifting the arms embargo on Iran will trigger an arms race in the Middle East.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh on Monday, Hook said lifting the ban would "only embolden" Iran and destabilize the region.

"This is not an outcome that the UN Security Council can accept. The council's mandate is clear: to maintain international peace and security," Hook added.

Jun 30 06:37

Yemeni forces score major territorial gains in Bayda, Ma’rib provinces

The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces says the country’s troops, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have managed to wrest control over large swathes of land in the central provinces of al-Bayda and Ma’rib, following fierce clashes with Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Speaking at a press conference in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on Monday afternoon, Brigadier General Yahya Saree highlighted that 400 square kilometers of land in the two provinces had been liberated during the operation.

He said Yemen’s Armed Forces managed to completely seize the control of Radman al-Awad and Qaniyah districts in Bayda province, and retake vast areas of al-Abdiyah district in Ma’rib.

Jun 30 06:34

First You Bomb and Starve a Country. Then You’re Praised for Sending in Aid.

The United Nations describes itself in its charter as an international moral authority created to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” But activists who are trying to end the U.S. war on Yemen say that, in a dark twist on this mission, the international body is withholding criticism from the U.S.-Saudi military coalition, and effusively praising its leaders, to avoid jeopardizing donations to humanitarian funds aimed at helping ease the suffering created by that war. As Jehan Hakim, the chair of the Yemeni Alliance Committee, puts it, “The same hand we’re asking to feed Yemen is the same hand that is helping bomb them.”

Jun 29 06:57

US Middle East Wars Far from Over

By Tony Cartalucci for Global Research.

Despite what appears to be a terminal decline of US influence over the Middle East, Washington has no intentions of gracefully abandoning its aspirations of regional hegemony.

Air strikes carried out against Syria by Washington’s Israeli proxies, a mysterious explosion near Tehran, and the current Iraqi Prime Minister’s decision to round up leaders of Iranian-backed militias who helped defeat the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (ISIS) unfolded in quick succession in an apparent coordinated campaign aimed at Iran and its allies.

New Iraqi Prime Minister’s Checkered Past

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi took office in May 2020.

While he has warned about deepening relations with Iran he has concurrently stated the importance of US backing – despite the US having illegally invaded, destroyed, and since occupied Iraq starting in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is profoundly discouraging about November's election, is the very sickening reality that no matter who wins the election, the bi-partisan war party will be safely and securely in charge; what the American people have, every 4 years, is not a choice in the direction of their country moving forward, but an illusion of choice, engineered to "game the system" so that the already monied win, and continue to win.

And I will make another prediction, no matter who wins in November; the US government and military will most probably go back to a draft. The quality and quantity of recruits is no where near where it needs to be for winning present and future wars, to which past, present, and and future administrations are, and will be committed, like the good psychopaths they are.

Jun 28 09:30

Keir Starmer’s love affair with Zionism could prove fatal for UK’s Labour Party

Stuart Littlewood says rather than getting Britain out of its mess and devoting all energies to that end, Labour leader Keir Starmer has decided to make Israeli interests, and banning criticism of Israel, his top priority, as shown by his sacking of senior Shadow Cabinet member Rebecca Long-Bailey.>>

Jun 26 06:37

At Least 54 Killed as South Yemen Ceasefire Collapses in Abyan

A Saudi-brokered ceasefire between the Saudi-backed government in Yemen and the Southern Transitional Council (STC) has not lasted long, and after tensions on the island of Socotra, fighting erupted in Abyan Province.

Fighting has raged over 24 hours in Abyan Province, with at least 54 fighters killed. Both sides are blaming the other for starting the fighting and “violating” the truce. Monitors are still heading into Abyan, but it’s not clear there is a ceasefire left to monitor.

A coastal province, Abyan has often been contested by the STC, and the same territory was under dispute during the Arab Spring, when Islamist groups tied to al-Qaeda seized several towns in the area, including the provincial capital of Zinjibar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Anyone holding any hope for this cease-fire holding, does not really understand the nature of this conflict.

Jun 22 09:13

As Coronavirus Rips Through Yemen, Saudi Bombs Continue to Fall

With an already shattered medical infrastructure due to the five-year US-Saudi siege, Covid-19 has rapidly spread through Yemen. The Arab country lacks the basic necessities for preventative measures like clean water, and a population facing malnourishment is especially vulnerable to the disease. A recent uptick in Saudi bombing might put a country already on the brink of collapse over the edge.

Last week, Saudi warplanes pounded Yemen’s capital Sanaa, in what residents called the worst airstrikes they have seen since the first years of the war. Seventy-seven airstrikes hit several provinces in north Yemen within 24 hours. According to the Houthi’s health ministry and NGOs on the ground, one of the strikes hit a car traveling in the Sadaa province and killed 13 civilians, including four children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Killing civilians, particularly civilian kids; that's what we, with our war-crimes enabled and sanctified by the US government, DO!!" - official Saudi souse.

The Saudi government has the best PR money can buy, and they have to buy it, because their human rights record, both at home and abroad, is simply so execrable as to cause the most callous of human hearts to faint dead away from its excesses, both at home and abroad.

The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi embassy in Turkey, was just the tip of the proverbial ice berg here.Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says

And Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the guy who most probably ordered this hit, is one of President Trump's "BFFs" in the Middle East?!?

One has to wonder if one of the Prince's "attractive qualities" to this President, is that he can literally get away with murder... and never have to say he's sorry.

Mr. President, you really may want to think a little more carefully about with whom you align, internationally; because right now, the US is still enabling and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen: I know this, as do millions of other
Americans, particularly those who lived through the horror which was the war against Vietnam.

Jun 20 09:35

EU’s aviation deal with Israel “the pinnacle of hypocrisy”

Stuart Littlewood highlights the absurd hypocrisy of Members of the European Parliament who have agreed in effect to reward Israel for its decision to annex more Palestinian territories while simultaneously discussing measures to deter Israel from declaring annexation of those self-same Palestinian territories.>>

Jun 19 07:47

US, Saudis, allies responsible for any environmental disaster off Yemen coast: Houthi

A member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council has held Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, which are involved in an atrocious military campaign against the impoverished Arab country, fully responsible for a potential oil leakage from a decaying tanker in the Red Sea, and the impending environmental disaster it could cause.

“We do not assume any responsibility for any leakage from the Safer tanker afloat at the sea,” Arabic-language al-Masirah television network quoted Mohammed Ali al-Houthi as saying on Thursday.

He called for immediate actions over the matter, holding the United States, Saudi Arabia and their allies fully liable for any disastrous consequences as they have not allowed Yemen to sell the crude loaded at the tanker.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis and the US government will not lift a finger to prevent this coming, preventable catastrophe; all they care about, is the further destruction of Yemen and its people, to the point of the Houthis' capitulation.

I would like to gently suggest to the governments of both countries that this is only likely to happen... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Jun 16 09:44

Saudi Airstrike Kills 13 Civilians in Yemen

An airstrike from the US-backed Saudi-led coalition hit a vehicle carrying civilians in north Yemen on Monday. The airstrike killed 13 people, including four children. The same day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres removed the Saudi coalition from a global list of parties who have harmed children in conflicts.

The international humanitarian group Save the Children said the victims were on their way home from a local market when the vehicle was suddenly bombed. The Houthi’s Health Ministry identified 11 of the victims, which included one woman and four children, ages 12-14.

The coalition often targets civilian infrastructure, which is why Guterres’s move to remove them from the “blacklist” drew sharp condemnation from human rights groups. Saudi warplanes have hit schools, hospitals, water treatment plants, markets, weddings, and other civilian targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to guess that when countries are as wealthy as is Saudi Arabia, one can buy people like UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as your geopolitical whores, and deny any culpability for murdering civilian innocents; hey, Guterres, what was your price here?!?

We're very keen to know, and right the hell now!!

Jun 16 09:38

Netanyahu Still Seeking Defense Minister’s Approval for Annexation: Likud sources say Netanyahu is looking to dissolve coalition government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he is still seeking approval of his annexation plan by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, a requirement to gain the Trump administration’s support. Officials from Gantz’s Blue and White party have said they cannot approve a plan until Netanyahu properly outlines one.

Speaking at a recent meeting with his Likud party, Netanyahu said he doesn’t have a map ready. “I wanted to bring annexation for approval soon, but the map isn’t ready yet,” Netanyahu said. The prime minister also said he is not sure where the Blue and White party stands.

The “peace plan” released by the Trump administration in January called for Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the West Bank and parts of the Jordan Valley, an area making up approximately one-third of the West Bank. The plan was immediately rejected by Palestinians, but Netanyahu intends on going through with the annexation and is looking to start on July 1st.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Netanyahu is so hell-bent on doing this starting 1 July, to the point of potentially even dissolving the coalition government, and risking yet another election where nothing really gets sorted, is more than a little scary, both for Israel and the Middle East in general.

Today is 16 June, so Netanyahu has precisely 14 days to pull this "map" together; is he considering doing this without a map, possibly?!?

He is still facing those corruption charges, which are not going away, making him "geopolitically wounded" in Israel; and no animal, or human, is more dangerous than when they are wounded, either physically... or with humans, geopolitically.

This is a very dangerous time for Israel; I hope that there are some "adults in the room" in the Knesset, telling him, "Bibi, not so fast here on this annexation, please!!"

Jun 15 14:33

Do Palestinian lives matter? Not according to the UK Government which continues to cuddle and slobber over the rogue regime that terrorises, dispossesses and slaughters them

Amid the anti-racism protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd by a US policeman, Stuart Littlewood argues that the UK government and the EU continually reward racist Israel “for its knee-on-the-neck brutality” and “for a crime of such enormity as can’t-breathe annexation”.>>

Jun 13 04:32

Israel and the US Step Up Efforts To Intimidate the Hague War Crimes Court

Now, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, looks poised finally to give the court some teeth. She is threatening to investigate two states – the US and Israel – whose actions have been particularly damaging to international law in the modern era.

The court is considering examining widespread human rights abuses perpetrated by US soldiers in Afghanistan, and crimes committed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially Gaza, as well as the officials responsible for Israel’s illegal settlement program.

An investigation of both is critically important: the US has crafted for itself a role as global policeman, while Israel’s flagrant violations of international law have been ongoing for more than half a century.

The US is the most powerful offender, and Israel the most persistent.

Both states have long dreaded this moment – the reason they refused to ratify the Rome Statute that established the ICC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter the findings, neither Israel or the US will take any responsibility for the evils they have perpetrated; both nations believe that they are above any international law.

Jun 13 04:01

NEW EVIDENCE SUGGESTS TURKEY PREPARING FOR LIBYA-STYLE MILITARY INTERVENTION IN YEMEN

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
ADEN, YEMEN — As focus begins to turn to developments in Libya and the foreign interference that plagues the Arab country, it seems that Turkey already has its eye elsewhere, preparing for military involvement in Yemen in a move that has sparked concern among Yemenis already struggling against an intervention led by Saudi Arabia, famine and most recently, COVID-19.

Informed sources in Aden and Taiz revealed to MintPress that a militia belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated El-Eslah Party, the ideological and political ally of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, is already engaged in the latest round of fighting in Yemen’s southern provinces, particularly in Abyan and Shabwa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama originally sent "advisors" to Yemen, to placate the Saudi government; President Trump has "doubled down" on this approach, and put the US into the position of enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

One has to wonder what Erdogan's "end game" against Saudi Arabia might well be here; Turkish control of Marib, perchance?!?

Jun 11 10:54

Israel and the US step up efforts to intimidate the Hague war crimes court

Jonathan Cook shows how the United States and Israel are putting the International Criminal Court under intense pressure to ensure that neither country is held accountable for violations of international human rights law.>>

Jun 09 11:58

Israel loses its best as chauvinism and religious extremism take over society

Lawrence Davidson argues that the growing number of doctrinaire chauvinists and religious extremists in Israel, and their domination of many walks of life, is pushing the country’s more enlightened figures – academics, peace activists and human rights campaigners – to emigrate.>>

Jun 05 09:29

Libya at the precipice of division between Turkey and Russia as the endgame approaches

Nureddin Sabir says the Libyan army’s retreat after its allies – Egypt and the United Arab Emirates – scurried in the face of a Turkish-Muslim Brotherhood onslaught means the prospect of a Libya divided between Turkey and Russia – the army’s fair-weather friend – is very real.>>

Jun 02 07:33

Syrian Kids Hurl Stones at US Military Convoy Trying to Enter Damascus-Held Area - Videos, Photos

US forces remain in Syria despite having no legal basis such an invitation from the government or UN Security Council mandate to carry out operations there. Washington continues to ignore demands by Damascus and members of the international community to withdraw its troops illegally stationed there.

Four armoured US military vehicles were stopped by Syrian Army forces while attempting to cross a checkpoint on the M4 highway in the province of Al-Hasakah near the suburbs of Tall Tamer. The American military convoy was travelling towards the village of Derdara as it tried to cross a sliver of territory in the country's northeast controlled by the Syrian Army, and was forced to turn back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Can someone logically please tell me what the hell the US troops are still doing in Syria?!?

May 27 13:52

Joe Biden’s US national values: Reality or propaganda?

Lawrence Davidson says presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Biden’s espousal of “inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law” may be empty words, given his unconditional support of racist Israel and his doing deals with segregationists.>>

May 27 11:57

Yemeni gravediggers overwhelmed amid spike in virus deaths

At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves were a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus.

Many are buried with few precautions and only a small number of attendees. Workers wear masks or cover their faces with a cloth.

May 27 07:31

Authored by James Rickards via The Daily Reckoning,Remember the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong against Chinese authoritarianism?

And U.S.-Chinese relations could get even worse than they are right now.

Are you prepared for a bumpy ride?

Let’s unpack this…

Last year’s protests came in response to a proposed law that would have allowed the extradition of Hong Kong residents to Beijing for trial on charges that arose in Hong Kong.

That would have deprived Hong Kong residents of legal protections in local law and subjected prisoners to torture and summary execution.

The legislation was proposed by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who many consider a puppet of Beijing.

The demonstrations grew exponentially, ultimately involving hundreds of thousands of protesters.

The list of demands also grew to include more democracy and freedom and adherence to Hong Kong’s rule of law.

Due to social media, these protests were seen around the world.

The proposed bill behind the original protests was scrapped last October, which was a victory for the pro-democracy protesters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; there is nothing you can do directly to assist the people of Hong Kong.

Yes, we understand that you are waging an asymmetric war against China, encouraging separatist movements when you can to run counter to the Communist Party rule.

Xi Jing Pin has just encouraged his military to be ready to immediately "prepare for war" ‘Prepare for war’: China’s Xi Jinping tells army to thwart coronavirus impact on national security The article goes on to state: "Xi Jinping’s speech comes amid rising tension with the US, frequent references by local politicians and diplomats of reunifying Taiwan. Tension is also escalating with India with troops from the two countries clashing along different areas along the 3,488 kilometre-long disputed border."

Mr. President, this is a lousy time to escalate here; we don't have the weaponry; the troop strength; or the manufacturing, in this war-weary, war-skeptical nation. We need to focus on getting this economy opened up, and quickly, and taking care of the people here at home, many of whom have been thrown out of formerly secure work, while major executives have give themselves big bonuses before declaring corporate bankruptcy.

We need to focus on right here, and right now, for as long as you can.

May 27 06:59

US bleats for Islamic State group, Al-Qaeda and people smugglers in Libya

Nureddin Sabir argues that American obsession with Russia extending its influence has inadvertently highlighted Washington’s covert support for Turkish expansionism in Libya and backing for Islamist terrorism, including Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda, in the west of the country.>>

May 21 11:29

What next for Libya in the face of Turkish aggression and floundering Arab allies?

Nureddin Sabir assesses what lies ahead for Libya as Turkey and its Syrian mercenaries force the Libyan National Army to retreat, and Egypt and the United Arab Emirates reportedly decide to abandon the LNA.>>

May 20 05:35

Saudi-led blockade strands 15 vessels carrying oil derivatives outside Yemen's ports: Company

The Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) says more than a dozen tankers carrying over 410,000 tons of oil derivatives are stuck outside ports in Yemen as the ongoing blockade imposed by the Saudi-led coalition against the impoverished country hampers its efforts to import vital commodities.

The company announced in a statement on Tuesday that 15 vessels with 410,728 tons of petroleum products have been held up off the coast of Yemen for different lengths of time in flagrant violation of international human rights conventions and humanitarian rules.

The YPC further highlighted that the Saudi-led alliance waging a bloody military onslaught against Yemen blatantly ignores the provisions of the Stockholm agreement, which stressed in its entirety the need for facilitating the arrival of basic materials and humanitarian aid to the Yemen’s western port of Hudaydah in a way that meets the needs and aspirations of the Yemeni nation.

May 17 05:26

Jordan's King Warns "Massive Conflict" Coming If Israel Moves To Annex West Bank

With Washington's backing, Israel is planning to move forward on controversial plans to annex a broad swath of the West Bank, particularly the Jordan Valley, as early as this summer. PM Netanyahu last month issued a likely time table of "within two months".

Arab nations, especially in the gulf, have remained uncharacteristically mum about the whole thing as they focus on countering Iran (which has, it should be noted, actually brought Saudi Arabia into a quiet 'covert' intelligence sharing relationship with Israel over the past couple years).

But Jordan on Friday finally went on the offensive, with King Abdullah telling the German magazine Der Spiegel that Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank “will lead to a massive conflict with Jordan”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder what shape such a "massive conflict" with Jordan will take, in light of the fact that it cannot defeat Israel, militarily.

May 12 04:49

War in Yemen forces more girls into child marriage

An extraordinary case of child marriage in Yemen has highlighted the rising number of forced, underage weddings. In rare instances, women have managed to fight back, reports Safia Mahdi from Sana'a.

When 12-year-old Hind visited her father in jail a few months ago, he told her she was to marry a fellow inmate. Her groom, 30, had been sentenced to death for drug smuggling and possession, but they would get married anyway, she was told.

When Hind's mother managed to get a court order cancelling the marriage contract, her story became one of the rare cases of reprieve in Yemen, where the rate of child marriage is rising rapidly.

There is still no clear law regulating the minimum age for marriage in Yemen and many girls are forced to marry at ages considered too young to allow for their consent.

Read more: Empowering women in Yemen's civil war

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Child marriage is one of the worst forms of child abuse inflicted on young girls, and should be universally banned.

May 11 06:58

World Health Organization Orders Staff Out of Houthi-Held Areas of Yemen

Claiming “credible threats and perceived risks,” the World Health Organization (WHO) announced over the weekend that they are pulling out of parts of northern Yemen under the control of the Houthi movement.

This comes amid mounting concerns over coronavirus picking up pace in Yemen, with some officials implying it was meant to punish the Houthis for not being more transparent about the virus impact within their territory.

Actual threats, however, would almost certainly be related to Saudi Arabia, which has been invading Yemen for years. The WHO has rarely had problems operating in Yemen, even if they’re not always getting along with officials, and the only real threat would be the Saudis occasionally bombing a hospital.

May 04 02:52

Israel’s unity government ushers in endgame for two states

It took one year, three elections and a global pandemic, but Israel finally has a new government, and this time, it is one with a broader mandate than any other in recent memory.

This is mostly thanks to Benny Gantz who repeatedly said that he would not join a government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, only to join a Netanyahu-led government at the third time of asking.

He did so under the pretext of creating an emergency government to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. But this is not a government established to deal with any emergency. This is a government with the specific brief of determining when and over what further areas of territory occupied in 1967 Israel will start applying its sovereignty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable; and who will champion any peaceful, legitimate claims of the Palestinian people?!?

Apparently, nobody.

May 01 03:11

WHO Cuts 80% Of Humanitarian Aid To War-Torn Yemen At Moment COVID-19 Emerges

Authored by Julia Conley via CommonDreams.org,

The United Nations warned Monday that the World Health Organization would likely impose drastic cuts to humanitarian aid in Yemen this week, a move that follows the Trump administration's slashing of funds for the global health agency.

Lise Grande, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, said WHO is expected to suspend about 80% of its funding for Yemen's hospitals, primary healthcare programs, and other healthcare needs.

The announcement at a panel hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies came two weeks after Yemen reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Although the official number of cases remains low, Al-Monitor reported last week that many cases may have been kept secret from the public and from global health organizations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This withholding of funds and aid... is genocide writ large, folks.

Apr 29 13:41

Twenty questions Hamas chief won’t answer.

Stuart Littlewood comments on the Palestinian political class’s failure to keep the world informed about the Palestinian cause or make proper use of media opportunities, most recently exemplified by Hamas chief Ismail Haniyah’s failure to answer 20 simple questions. >>

Apr 29 05:48

Saudi Arabia Says Situation in Yemen's Aden Should Return to Before STC Declaration - Report

Yemen's southern separatists announced self-rule in the port city of Aden and nearby provinces after accusing the Yemeni government of failing to implement provisions of their power-sharing deal.

Saudi Arabia says conditions in Yemen's port of Aden and some southern provinces should return to how they were before a state of emergency was declared by the Southern Transitional Council (STC), the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Kingdom's cabinet.

Apr 29 04:58

Yemen's health system has been wrecked by war, but Britain is still helping the Saudis bomb it – even during the Covid-19 pandemic

Ravaged by years of conflict, Yemen is facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Its health system has been decimated and many of its people are starving – but the flow of British weapons to Saudi Arabia has not stopped.
Britain’s role in fueling and sustaining Riyadh’s devastating bombing campaign in Yemen has always been despicable, but it becomes especially monstrous as the threat of Covid-19 looms over the war-torn country.

Apr 27 04:38

Figures reveal staggering depletion of Saudi Arabia’s foreign reserves under Salman's rule

Saudi Arabia’s foreign reserve fund has been depleted massively ever since current King Salman bin Abdul Aziz took power in January 2015, figures from the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority have revealed.
The statistics show that Saudi Arabia held $732 billion in foreign reserves in January 2015 but held only $499 billion in December 2019 – a decline of $233 billion in nearly five years. The massive decline was first reported in an article by David Hearst, the editor of Middle East Eye.

Hearst said that the war in Yemen, massive arms purchases from Western countries, and spending on “vanity projects” like the controversial futuristic city of NEOM had all played their part in draining the Saudi kingdom’s foreign reserves.

The massive loss of wealth – averaging about $46 billion per year, is equal to the total GDP of other countries in the MENA region. The Arabic news website Arabi 21 pointed out that $233 billion is 18 times the yearly budget of a country like Tunisia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These... are pretty staggering numbers, all right; the question is, how does the country extricate itself from the hole in the economy his decisions have created?!?

Apr 27 04:17

South Yemen Separatists Declare Self RuleSaudi-backed govt rejects 'coup' against their rule

An issue that was always going to come to a head at some point has arisen again in Yemen this weekend, with the Southern Transitional Council (STC), announcing full self-rule of the territory of South Yemen, and an effort to move to reassert the nation as it existed before 1990.

South Yemen existed from 1967 to 1990, mostly as a Soviet-aligned state. A civil war beginning in 1986 ended with South Yemen being annexed by the north. Southern separatists have remained active since, and with the hacking of the United Arab Emirates have become a contesting power to the Saudi-backed “government” that occupies parts of the south. The Saudi-backed government rejected the claim of self-rule, labeling it a “coup.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have a companion piece, also from antiwar.com, with the following title:

The future of war in Yemen amid COVID-19 and a failed ceasefire

The article, by Thomas Lippman, goes on to state: "How long can a war go on when its most powerful combatant wants to get out?

In Yemen, the answer could be, quite a while, even if Saudi Arabia succeeds in finding a face-saving way to withdraw after five futile years. Yemen is so Balkanized, so fragmented, that its well-armed tribes and factions could well continue the conflict that attracted Saudi intervention in the first place.

On April 8, Saudi Arabia, the leader of a coalition that has been battling an insurgent Yemeni group known as the Houthis, unilaterally announced a two-week ceasefire to go into effect the next day, with an extension possible if negotiations warrant.

The kingdom’s statement, issued in the name of the “Coalition to restore legitimacy in Yemen” by its spokesman, Col. Turki al-Malki, said the purpose of the ceasefire was “to counter the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic” by stimulating new efforts to negotiate a comprehensive settlement. The disease has hit Saudi Arabia so hard that the kingdom has blocked pilgrims from going to Mecca, and it now has also reached neighboring Yemen, which is virtually defenseless against the disease after years of bombing and devastation."

The US needs to withdraw from Yemen right now, as the reality of aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes here, appears to have known no bounds.

Apr 26 10:58

Israel: Central to the Middle East's Future

Sickening address by Mike Pompeo

Apr 24 07:23

Will Trump Go to War With Iran to Save the US Oil Industry?

It’s believed that a US-Iran war would disrupt the flow of Middle Eastern oil and, as such, should be avoided at all costs. With US oil futures trading in the negative, has the risk of such a war suddenly become attractive?

Apr 20 05:33

The Pandemic Comes To Yemen

Yemen was already the world’s worst humanitarian crisis for the last five years, and the arrival of coronavirus could make it much worse in the next few months.

The country has already been devastated by five years of war, pestilence, and famine, and last week there was a report of the first confirmed case of coronavirus there. Last month, the Trump administration had impeccably bad timing in suspending aid shipments to Houthi-controlled parts of the country because of Houthi interference with the delivery of aid. The humanitarian relief organization Oxfam warned that this suspension of aid comes at exactly the wrong time, and it leaves an already terribly weakened Yemen even more vulnerable to the ravages of the pandemic:

Apr 14 13:58

UK Labour’s new leader Keir Starmer loses his scalp on day one

Stuart Littlewood highlight Labour Keir Starmer’s groveling attitude towards Britain’s foremost Zionist body and a key Israel stooge, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, which has spent three years undermining the party and its then leader, Jeremy Corbyn.>>

Apr 13 06:59

CIA’s Candidate for Iraq PM Fails to Secure Support, the New PM-Designate Is Iran-Friendly

With the appointment of intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraq’s new prime minister-designate, Iraq’s President Barham Salih is attempting for the third time this year to end a months-long political deadlock.

Apr 09 21:05

Putin, Trump, Saudi King Salman Discussed Situation in Oil Markets, OPEC+ Talks - Kremlin

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said during a press briefing that he had held a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Riyadh's King Salman. The phone talks followed the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries's (OPEC) discussions on a deal for new oil cuts.

Apr 09 21:01

Russian warplanes enter battle in eastern Syria after ISIS launches heavy attack

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Russian warplanes reportedly took off from the Hmeimim Airbase in southwestern Latakia on Thursday after the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) carried out attacks on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in eastern Syria.

Apr 08 09:15

US intends to assassinate Iraqi PMU commanders: Iraqi MP

A member of the Iraqi parliament's security and defense committee has warned against the ulterior objectives behind redeployment of US troops to various military sites across the Arab country, saying Washington is drawing up plans to target commanders of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi.

Apr 08 07:52

A Zionist attack on free speech

Lawrence Davidson highlights the Zionist lobbies’ abuse of the law through false “anti-Semitism” slurs to silence criticism of Israel, and he calls for a change in the law, especially in the United States, to facilitate retraction and compensation for purposeful falsehoods.>>

Apr 08 05:34

U.S. officer killed in ambush in eastern Syria: SANA

A U.S. officer, along with two Kurdish fighters, was killed on Monday in an ambush in Syria's eastern province of Deir al-Zour, state news agency SANA reported.

The ambush, carried out by an unknown group, targeted vehicles of the U.S.-led coalition and fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the village of Sur in Deir al-Zour's countryside.

The slain U.S. officer was transported to the Shaddadi base, which is run by the U.S. forces, in the southern countryside of the northeastern province of Hasakah, SANA said, providing no further details.

The U.S. forces and Kurdish-led fighters control areas in Deir al-Zour and Hasakah after dislodging Islamic State (IS) militants in battles in 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am, frankly, very deeply concerned that the US military is in Syria at all, period, end of discussion....

Apr 06 06:43

Yemen Is Shattered And The U.S. Helped The Saudis Break It

Five years ago the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia invaded neighboring Yemen. The conflict was supposed to be quick and simple, over in a few weeks. Now the once-haughty Saudi royals have offered a ceasefire, after their opponents, Houthi irregulars, captured the province of al-Jawf.

The conflict has created a horrific humanitarian crisis. Yemen, which has long been divided, impoverished, and embattled, is wrecked, and is unlikely to emerge as one complete nation. The cost has been roughly 100,000 dead in combat (nearly 20,000 of them civilians); another 130,000 dead from the consequences of the conflict; a million people suffering from Cholera; 20 million Yemenis facing food insecurity; sixteen million regularly hungry; and ten million at risk of famine.

Apr 02 04:41

First NATO-ME War Overturns Regional Order

While Europeans and Arabs are being absorbed by the coronavirus, Anglo-Saxons are changing the world order. Under US command, the United Kingdom took control of the Red Sea entrance; the United Arab Emirates turned on Saudi Arabia and inflicted a bitter defeat on South Yemen, while the Houthis did the same in North Yemen. Yemen is now split into two separate states and the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia is threatened.

Mar 31 08:00

Iraqi resistance forces say fully prepared ahead of reported US operation

Iraqi resistance forces say they stand fully ready to confront any possible act of aggression by the US military, which is widely reported to be gearing up for operations against the positions of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) -- an elite pro-government anti-terror force

Mar 31 07:47

Iran’s natural gas exports halted after pipeline explosion along Turkish border: video

A pipeline carrying gas between Turkey and Iran exploded at the Gurbulak border gate, on the Turkish side of the border with Iran, on Tuesday.

Mar 31 06:43

Saudi Airstrikes Pound Yemeni Capital, Scores of Horses Killed

Looking to retaliate after Houthi missile fire into Saudi Arabia, Saudi warplanes carried out multiple airstrikes against different targets in the capital of Sanaa. hitting a presidential palace, a school, and an airbase, along with a military training site.

The coalition insisted that all of the targets hit were “legitimate military targets” that threaten civilians. Casualty reports suggest one person was killed in the strikes, along with about 70 horses who were kept at the military training site.

These are some of the biggest Saudi strikes in months, as both sides had dialed back the attacks to focus on possible peace talks. There is still no deal in sight, but escalations have led them to trade strikes on one another here and there.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When I think of the Saudi "justification" for strikes like this, which included horses and schools, I am very much reminded of the response given by Dominick Guzman, Papal Legate to the French province of Montsegur, to battle the Cathars, a Christian split-off group, with their own perspectives, and their own faith.

Upon being informed that women and children were also inside the siege site, his response was, "Kill them all; God will find His own."

The Catholic Church went on to canonize this guy, now known in Catholicism, as St. Dominic, so that he would go on to be revered as a saint, and not the mass murderer he actually was, in order to be rewarded for carrying out the Vatican's orders.

I would like to politely suggest to Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, that the judgment of history against him, will be negative in the extreme, as will history's judgement of the two US Presidents who have enabled him, and are enabling him and his troops' war crimes in Yemen, President Obama, and President Trump.

Mar 30 05:06

US Plans to Transfer Cargo to Syrian Militants Disguised as Aid for Refugees - Russian Military

he Rukban camp, which houses up to 25,000 refugees is located in the US-controlled zone around its unauthorised military base at Al-Tanf, making it almost impossible for humanitarian workers to access the area.

"The American side cynically seeks to take advantage of the situation concerning the spread of the coronavirus and is putting pressure on the UN leadership to bring 'humanitarian aid' to the Rukban refugee camp under the guise of diagnostic tools to feed controlled militants", the interagency coordinating headquarters of Russia and Syria said in a joint statement on Saturday.

The military stressed that the disastrous situation in the camp is a result of the illegal occupation of the area by American forces, noting that the refugees should be returned to their homes in the territory under the control of the Syrian government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very much like to ask some Foggy Bottomites, very quietly and logically, what the hell we are doing in Syria, when we cannot save our own people from Covid 19?!?

In what collective, twisted minds in the Bowels of Power in this country, does this even make sense?!?

Let me tell you; it makes sense to all those corporations comprising the US military industrial complex, who overtly and covertly contribute to the campaign coffers of those who allegedly represent the interests of the American people.

Mar 30 04:20

Saudis Claim US Patriot Missiles Activated In Major Yemeni Houthi Attack On Riyadh

Houthi rebels in Yemen over the weekend launched what's being described as among the largest assaults on Saudi Arabia since the start of the war five years ago.

Starting on Saturday the Saudi military said it intercepted at least two ballistic missiles over the capital of Riyadh, as well as over the southern city of Jizan, in the first such major attack in more than a year.

Saudi military spokesman Turki al-Malki confirmed there were injuries among residents on the ground from "debris scattering on some residential areas" in Riyadh and Jizan.

Mar 28 09:44

Pentagon Orders CENTCOM to Draw Up Plans to “Destroy” a Section of the Iraqi Armed Forces

The military not enthusiastic about Pompe’s idea but Trump gives the planning the go-ahead nonetheless

The Pentagon has ordered military commanders to plan for an escalation of American combat in Iraq, issuing a directive last week to prepare a campaign to destroy an Iranian-backed militia group that has threatened more attacks against American troops.

But the United States’ top commander in Iraq has warned that such a campaign could be bloody and counterproductive and risks war with Iran.

Mar 25 04:53

Hand-washing: a luxury millions of Yemenis can't afford

Hand-washing to combat the spread of coronavirus is the order of the day, but it's an unaffordable luxury for millions in war-ravaged Yemen where clean water is dangerously scarce.

Yemen's broken healthcare system has yet to register any cases of the disease, but if the pandemic does hit, the impact will be unimaginable in a country where five years of conflict has created what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Five years after a Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen to support the government against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels, some 80 percent of the population is in need of aid.

- Cholera and disease -

Yemen suffered one of its worst ever outbreaks of cholera in 2017.

"Years of under-investment in public water and sanitation systems provided the foundations for this outbreak," Bismarck Swangin, UNICEF Yemen's chief of communications, told AFP.

"The risk still remains if access to water continues to be low."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What this article deliberately avoids naming and shaming, is the US military's having enabled Saudi destruction of Yemen, including live fire taking the lives of infants; toddlers; women, and the medically fragile elderly; they have enabled the complete destruction of water infrastructure, guaranteeing that the water will nearly certainly cause disease; and prevented aid ships from getting in to Yemen, to provide desperately needed food aid.

Mar 25 04:41

Don’t let the Saudis use coronavirus concerns to hide their crimes

Saudi Arabia has just offered to host a “Virtual” G20 summit, bringing the world’s leaders together to address the coronavirus pandemic. While the world absolutely needs much better international coordination in response to this catastrophic pandemic, Saudi Arabia’s ruling family is one of the last governments we should want convening a conversation on solving any humanitarian crisis, let alone a crisis of this magnitude.

Saudi Arabia’s ruling family has repeatedly demonstrated its opposition to the very principles that enable a successful response to a global pandemic. To successfully address a public health crisis, governments must embrace information transparency and a willingness to listen to independent voices who might challenge their preconceived notions. The Saudi dictatorship has consistently done the opposite, deploying brutal campaigns of internal repression and censorship to silence dissent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No matter how you slice it, the Saudi "leadership" continues to be really bad news for the Middle East and beyond.

Mar 22 09:13

Open letter to Ken Loach regarding his attack on anti-racism activist Pete Gregson

"Are you so fearful of the stooshie that has been kicked up against you as a judge for “Show Racism the Red Card” that you think undermining other campaigners is going to get you off the hook?"

Mar 20 17:43

U.S. Oil Industry Could End Up Losing More Than 200,000 Jobs

With West Texas Intermediate below $30 a barrel and Saudi Arabia’s plans to keep pumping as much as it can for as long as it can, the U.S. oil industry is bracing for job losses that could end up in five-figure territory. “A sustained drop in oil prices would cost the sector 50,000-75,000 jobs if employment returned to its low from a few years ago,” the chief economist of PGIM Fixed Income, Nathan Sheets, told CNBC this week.

Mar 19 14:58

Bashing Probe of US War Crimes, Pompeo Threatens Family of ICC Staff With Consequences

"Threats against family members of ICC staff who are seeking justice is a new low, even for this administration," said Daniel Balson, Amnesty International USA's advocacy director.

Mar 19 03:15

50,000 children die every year in Yemen: Ansarullah

Yemen’s Houthi Ansaruallh movement says the years-long Saudi-led war and blockade on the impoverished Arab country has increased the infant mortality rate alarmingly.

The Ansarullah said Thursday the ongoing Saudi military aggression against Yemen has fueled famine, poverty and diseases, resulting in the deaths of 50,000 children annually, many of whom are under a month old.

Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a deadly military aggression against Yemen in an attempt to reinstall a Riyadh-backed former regime and eliminate the Houthi movement, which has been defending the country along with the armed forces.

The Western-backed offensive, coupled with a naval blockade, has destroyed the country’s infrastructure.

Mar 18 08:11

‘Zionist’ Biden in His Own Words: ‘My Name is Joe Biden, and Everybody Knows I Love Israel’

“I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist,” current Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said in April 2007, soon before he was chosen to be Barack Obama’s running mate in the 2008 elections.

Biden is, of course, correct, because Zionism is a political movement that is rooted in 20th century nationalism and fascism. Its use of religious dogmas is prompted by political expediency, not spirituality or faith.

Unlike US President, Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders, Biden’s only serious opponent in the Democratic primaries, Biden’s stand on Israel is rarely examined.

Trump has made his support for Israel the cornerstone of his foreign policy agenda since his inauguration into the White House in January 2017. The American President has basically transformed into Israel’s political genie, granting Tel Aviv all of its wishes in complete defiance of international law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, no matter who one votes for as President in November, US foreign policy toward Israel and the Middle East will not change to one of more even-handedness; fairness; and truly listening to the legitimate complaints of countries in the region against Israeli policies.

So, I have a caveat to share; no matter if Trump or Biden wins this election, be prepared to sacrifice your sons and daughters for more, endless wars in the Middle East, as the US government re-institutes the draft to secure Israel's position in the region.

Mar 17 08:54

As Coronvirus Grips the US, Americans Get a Taste of Life Under Sanctions

The crippling shortages, inability to move and the likely overwhelming of medical services will give Americans a taste of what it is like to live under sanctions that it imposes on a number of countries worldwide. U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, declared illegal and a “crime against humanity” by the United Nations, are conservatively estimated to have killed more than 40,000 people between 2017 and 2018 alone. Diabetics, for example, have been unable to get insulin because of the embargo, leading to mass deaths. The Cuban government estimates that the American embargo has cost it over $750 billion. Meanwhile, Iran, wracked by the virus that has caused more than 850 confirmed deaths, has been decimated by Trump’s increased sanctions.

Mar 17 05:52

The Forgotten Epidemic: Cholera in Yemen

The cholera outbreak started in Yemen in October 2016. The outbreak exploded in 2017 when the country saw over one million cases, the worst cholera epidemic since records started in 1949. In 2019, Yemen experienced the second-worst year, with over 860,000 suspected cases. 2020 is on track to be another bad year, with over 56,000 new suspected cases recorded in the first seven weeks. As of March 8th 2020, the World Health Organization has recorded 2,263,304 cholera cases in Yemen and 3,767 deaths related to the illness since 2017.

The international humanitarian organization Oxfam has warned the rainy season in Yemen will cause a spike in cholera cases, as it has in previous years. The rainy season starts in mid-April and lasts until August.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is for me, as a 70 year old American, is the very unmistakable realization that, no matter who I vote for (and God knows, of the current batch of Candidates on the Democratic side of the Aisle, the only one looking half-way viable, is Tulsi Gabbard, the Representative from Hawaii, who has been marginalized out of both the debates, and out of running for President), I only have a choice for which war-monger in chief, and merchant of death in chief, is running the White House, and US foreign policy.

Our alleged "choices" for leadership every 4 years, only includes those warmongers fully capable of sating the military industrial complex's bloodlust, and that never augers well for world peace.

From my perspective, American elections are very much akin to Kabuki-like exercises in futility, where none of the choices of peace-centric Americans are ever honored, expect in the breach.

We have both President Trump and Vice-President Biden fulminating as to which of them will actually protect Israel better from the consequences of its own actions; the Middle East, and South America, have the oil; so the wars of destabilization will continue against them, and briskly.

We see "Rapture Ready" Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, actually make the statement on record with the BBC, that President Trump may have been put into office to save Israel from Iran.

Whatever battlefields will erupt, however, will have to do so quickly, and with a minimum of time before they cab take hold; the center cannot manage to stay together in this economy.

And as to the question about when we will get something better than "the lesser of two evils", I am hard-pressed to say, "Never!!" until this country's present state collapses, and we are either faced with martial law, the severity of which would make a Chinese politburo blush, or some kind of new orientation and system, we are going to be dealing with a "business as usual" which can never be "normal" again.

And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is a very tough state of affairs for this country, but that is precisely where we are right now.

Mar 17 05:29

Two Explosive-Laden Boats Launched by Houthis Destroyed by Saudi-Led Coalition

Yemen has been facing a severe humanitarian crisis since 2015, caused by the ongoing military conflict between the government headed by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebel movement, which controls the north of the country, including the capital of Sana'a.

The Saudi-led coalition has intercepted and destroyed two boats fitted with explosives launched by the Houthi rebels, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. According to the report, the Houthis dispatched the boats from the port city of Al Hudaydah.

The vessels were intercepted in the Bab al-Mandab Strait connecting the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.

Mar 16 22:24

Russia Strikes Back Where It Hurts: American Oil

March 17, 2020
12:01 am
Scott Ritter

Russia and Saudi Arabia are engaged in an oil price war that has sent shockwaves around the world, causing the price of oil to tumble and threatening the financial stability, and even viability, of major international oil companies.

Mar 13 06:30

US Marines Arrive on Yemen’s Socotra Island to Back UAE Troops: Reports

Sanaa Post reported that the American soldiers were received by the occupying UAE forces at their headquarters on the island.

There is speculation that the US intends to establish its own military base amid reports that America had sent military experts to equip observation points to deploy radars and air defense points on the strategically located island overlooking the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, according to Middle East Monitor.

Mar 12 05:50

US now openly admits its goal in Syria is to make it 'difficult' for Moscow and Damascus to defeat terrorists

The State Department’s special envoy for Syria has just admitted that the US aims to defend jihadist militants in Idlib against ‘Russian aggression,’ proving once again that the swamp in Foggy Bottom is alive and well.
Russia and the Syrian government “are out to get a military victory in all of Syria,” Ambassador James Jeffrey told reporters on a conference call out of Brussels on Tuesday.

Our goal is to make it very difficult for them to do that by a variety of diplomatic, military, and other actions.

To illustrate these methods, Jeffrey cited the US threat to respond “in a very savage military way” against any chemical attacks, which he described as “a favorite tactic of the Syrian regime in making advances.” This is factually untrue, since the alleged attacks always happen after Syrian Army victories, as a pretext for US intervention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hearing the consistent hissings of US government lying is enough to make me physically ill; but Jeffries is near the competitive "gold" for describing the reality that the US hires, trains, arms, and funds terrorists, to keep the Russians and Syrian government from winning this war.

I would like to politely remind him, that payback for this kind of public lying, and the actions it can attempt to justify, can be a real bear.

Mar 12 04:33

US Nukes Reportedly Delivered To Poland

In order to prevent the conflict in the region to be nuclear, USA decided to take the nukes out of Turkey. The fact of taking the ammunition out of the country was widely discussed in Turkish media.

The media informed that five C-17A Globemasters III arrived to Incerlik AB from Ramstein Air Base and took the whole bulk of nukes out to Germany, Poland and one of the Baltic States.

An official in the Air Mobility Command who wished to remain anonymous said that the nuclear ammunition had already been delivered to Powidz, Poland in early March 2020.

In this way the tensions are to rise in Europe: the biggest US maneuvers in Europe, more nukes– that can provoke reactions from Russia.

Moscow has already warned that Russian government would take responsive measures to an upcoming, massive U.S. military deployment and U.S.-led exercises across multiple European states bordering Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, just because something is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing the US government could ever do, is no guarantee that it will not do just that, which is one of the most frightening aspects of US foreign policy; and right now, looking at the Turkish and Russian positions in Syria, this could potentially devolve into all-out war, as both Turkey and the US are sister NATO countries, and the US (and Israel) want Al Assad's government crushed to smithereens in Damascus.

Mar 10 19:17

Don't Be Fooled By The Oil Price Rebound

A mild winter in the northern hemisphere, the COVID-19 outbreak, and now the price war that Saudi Arabia declared last weekend have combined to produce an all-new oil price crisis just four years after the last one. And things might get worse before they get better.

Mar 10 19:15

U.S. Shale Collapse Will Lead To Higher Oil Prices

U.S. shale growth is about to decline, becoming an immediate victim of the Saudi-Russian price war.

Mar 10 10:21

Libyan Army Hits Turkish Military Targets

Cairo - Khalid Mahmoud

The Libyan National Army (LNA), commanded by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has continued targeting Turkish forces in the country by bombing the military base inside Mitiga International Airport.

Mar 10 10:19

Drones Have Been "Raining" Small Bombs On American Troops Guarding Oil Sites In Syria

U.S. forces guarding oil and gas fields in eastern Syria have recently come under attack from small drones dropping improvised mortar bomb-like munitions.

Mar 10 10:15

Egypt forms navy commando force to attack Turkish ships off Libya

Egypt has launched a new navy commando force that will work with Libyan militants to block Turkish ships from delivering aid to the internationally-recognised government in Tripoli, Egyptian and Libyan sources have revealed.

Mar 09 11:18

Russia to push Turkey to respect Syria’s sovereignty

A Russian military delegation will travel to Ankara this week to pressure Turkey into respecting Syria’s sovereignty, Col. Gen. Leonid Ivashov revealed on Monday.

Mar 09 11:05

Panic Purgatory: Oil Crashes To $27; S&P Futures Locked Limit Down, Treasuries Soar Limit Up Amid Historic Liquidation

Next on their agenda.....world war!

The Sunday futures fiasco started off on the back foot, with virtually every risk asset that is not nailed down puking with a force unseen since the financial crisis. It has only gotten worse since.

Mar 09 11:01

US Special Forces Deployed with Al Qaeda in Idlib in False Flag Attack on Turkish Forces (updated)

Communications intercepts and intelligence from inside Turkish backed terror groups tell an interesting story. Americans are there, for the past 2 days, loads of cash, promises of US passports and families resettled in the US.

US forces are to set up ambushes and suicide bombings against Turkish outposts in Idlib in order to bring about an end to the truce negotiated in Moscow between Erdogan and Trump on March 5.

Whether video will be shot using captured Syrian uniforms may be possible. It is also rumored that Turkish officers, some under CIA/Gulen control, may take part as well.

Mar 08 16:44

Turkish HTS Rejected the Ceasefire; Erdogan Sends More Troops into Idlib

A Turkish column of troops entered the Syrian Idlib province on the second day of the ceasefire through Kfar Lucin, some sources reported another Turkish forces column crossed the borders into Idlib, while the Turkish-sponsored Nusra Front (al-Qaeda Levant) declared their rejection of the ceasefire and the agreement.

Twenty violations of the ceasefire regime were recorded by the Russian Reconciliation Center in Hmeimim, 19 by the Turks; the Nusra Front rejection of the ceasefire agreement and increase of the Turkish human shields soldiers into Idlib, all are signals of a coming showdown unless someone cuts the tree under the Turkish madman and allow him the free fall he needs and hopefully a bang to his head would wake him up or allow someone smarter to take over in Turkey and save what could be saved in that country before it’s too late and hundreds more of their troops get sardined and sent back in boxes, or whatever is left of them. The

Mar 07 12:39

Russian Air Force prevented Turkish F-16 from shooting down Syrian jet: report

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Two Russian Air Force jets allegedly prevented a Turkish F-16 from shooting down a Syrian warplane in northwestern Syria, the aviation publication Avia.Pro reported on Saturday.

Mar 07 11:48

Russia Just Told the World, “No.”

There is real power in the word “No.”

In fact, I’d argue that it is the single most powerful word in any language.

In the midst of the worst market meltdown in a dozen years which has at its source problems within global dollar-funding markets, Russia found itself in the position to exercise the Power of No.

Multiple overlapping crises are happening worldwide right now and they all interlock into a fabric of chaos.

Mar 07 06:28

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman orders arrests of Saudi Arabia king's brother, an ex-crown prince and a cousin by masked black-clad guards for 'treason' as he consolidates his hold on power

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al Saud and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef arrested
Over plot to oust king and son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, reports suggest
Mohammed bin Nayef had been crown prince before his title was taken away
King Salman put his son - Prince Mohammed bin Salman - first in line for throne.

The brother and nephew of Saudi Arabia's King Salman have been arrested over a plot to oust the king and his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The detentions cast aside the last vestiges of potential opposition to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and come as the kingdom limits access to Islam's holiest sites in a highly sensitive move to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus.

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, a brother of King Salman, and the monarch's nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef were accused of treason.

They were taken from their homes early on Friday by black-clad royal guards, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; how long before these men get assassinated, and their families are imprisoned for life?!?

And will someone please remind me, about all the LOGICAL REASONS why Bin Salman is one of two of Trump's "BFFS forever" in the Middle East, the other being Israel's Bibi Netanyahu?!?

I am REALLY having a hard time with this, thank you.

Mar 06 08:16

A Terrifying Scenario: Coronavirus in ‘Quarantined’ Gaza

What if the Coronavirus reaches the besieged Gaza Strip?

While the question carries great urgency for all Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation, the Gaza situation is particularly complex and extremely worrying.

Nearly 50 countries have already reported cases of COVID-19 disease, one of several epidemics that are caused by the Coronavirus. If developed countries, such as Italy and South Korea, are struggling to contain the deadly virus, one can only imagine what occupied Palestinians would have to face should the virus strike.

In fact, according to official Palestinian reports, the Coronavirus has already reached Palestine following a visit by a South Korean delegation in the period between February 8 and 15, which included a tour in the major Palestinian cities of Jerusalem, Nablus, Jericho, Hebron, and Bethlehem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this plague hits Gaza, you can bet real money that instead of doing something concrete, top help victims heal, and minimize rates of infection, Israeli officials will "seal off" infected areas, and allow this potentially bioengineered disease to "run its course"; Mengele would have been SO PROUD of this Israeli policy!!

And hey, 30 Palestinian kids who have had to have limbs amputated, because IDF sharpshooters know just how, and where, to aim, to cause these horrendous injuries?!?

"REALLY, NO BIG DEAL!!" - Official IDF souse.

Mar 05 13:26

Empires of the Steppes Fuel Erdogan Khan’s DreamsAs Putin meeting looms, no one in Moscow believes any word, promise or cajoling from Erdogan anymore

“Idlib is mine”

So there is a link between the turcophone tribes of Central Asia from the 5th and 6thcenturies and the current Turkish nation. From the 6th to the 11th centuries they were set up as a confederation of big tribes. Then, going southwest, they founded states. Chinese sources document the first turkut (Turkish empires) as eastern Turks in Mongolia and western Turks in Turkestan.

They were followed by more or less ephemeral empires of the steppes such as the Uighurs in the 8th century (who, by the way, were originally Buddhists). It’s interesting that this original past of the Turks in Central Asia, before Islam, was somewhat elevated to mythic status by the Kemalists.

Mar 05 13:16

Ending the Myth that Trump Is Ending the Wars: Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.

There was this moment during the State of the Union Address that I can’t stop thinking about.

When President Trump spoke to army wife Amy Wiliams during his speech and told her he’d arranged her husband’s return home from Afghanistan as a “special surprise,” it was difficult to watch.

Sgt. Townsend Williams then descended the stairs to reunite with his family after seven months of deployment. Congress cheered. A military family’s reunion — with its complicated feelings that are typically handled in private or on a base — was used for an applause line.

That gimmick was the only glimpse many Americans will get of the human reality of our wars overseas. There is no such window into the lives or suffering of people in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, or beyond.

That’s unacceptable. And so is the myth that Trump is actually ending the wars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given that many of the Trump-Centric Evangelicals in this country are also "End of Time Believers", who believe that it will be only after a massive world war (which humankind MUST bring about) that Jesus' "Second Coming" will happen, coupled with the push by the military industrial complex for wars and more wars, I see both the chances for bringing about the end of existing wars, and not bringing about new ones, is statistically very slight for this administration.

And the hell of it it is, once the Dementocrats finally have nailed down their choices for President and Vice President, whoever they may be, we are still looking at a party which will never "cross the line" in terms of questioning if such a war is necessary, and if there might possibly be other alternatives which would see the US get what it wanted to get, geopolitically, without firing a shot.

So, as usual, at the end of the day, the American voter has utterly zero choice in finding a non-warmonger as their presidential or vice-presidential candidate, because no matter who they vote for, every vote in this Kabuki-like charade, is a vote for more war.; it pains me to say this, but if people are honestly, dispassionately looking at the American Presidential political process, this is the butt-ugly truth, no matter how you describe it.

Mar 05 12:35

Turkish Army Posts in Syria’s Idlib Merge With Rebel Positions: Russia says Turkey is violating past deals on Idlib

Turkish-backed Islamist rebels in Northern Syria’s Idlib Province have been getting more and more aid from Turkey to fight against the Syrian government. They are looking for direct Turkish backing by embedding closer and closer to Turkish Army posts. At this point, they’ve effectively merged.

This makes sense for the rebels to do, because having Syria attack al-Qaeda doesn’t look like a problem, but having Syria attack the Turkish military does. Making it less clear which is which ensures that every Syrian military operation is vilified.

Russian officials were critical of this tactic, saying Turkey was violating obligations they’d established in previous deals over Idlib, particularly deals when all those Turkish Army posts were established. This was done specifically so Turkey didn’t do exactly what they’re doing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How ever this is happening, it does not auger well for peace; for the Syrian people, and for its government.

Mar 04 21:40

WATCH: Fistfight breaks out in Turkish parliament after lawmaker lashes out at Erdogan over Idlib soldier deaths

Turkey’s parliament descended into a chaotic fistfight after an opposition lawmaker accused President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an of disrespecting Turkish soldiers killed recently in Idlib, Syria.

During a closed session about the country’s operations in Idlib, opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) member Engin Ozkoc said Erdogan disrespected the dead troops and had also acted irresponsibly by sending them into conflict without air cover.

Mar 04 07:39

Russia says Turkey trying to push 130,000 refugees from Syria into Greece - Interfax

Russia on Tuesday said that Turkey was trying to push 130,000 refugees from Syria into Greece, the Interfax news agency cited the Defence Ministry as saying.

The two thirds of these refugees - that Turkey is pushing from temporary camps in Syria - are Afghans, Iraqis and Africans, not Syrians, it added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Turkey is attempting to do here, is "weaponize" refugees by having them pour into Europe, as "blackmail" for NATO not supporting Turkish military misadventures in Syria; and NATO wants no part of a fight against Russia for Syrian territory.

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