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Apr 14 14:38

Statement Issued By The Catholic Patriarchs Of Syria

We, the Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, condemn and denounce the brutal aggression that took place this morning against our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK, under the allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. We raise our voices to affirm the following:

Apr 14 13:23

Breaking: Houthi forces release footage of their large-scale missile attack on the Saudi capital

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces released their official video from their large-scale missile attack on the Saudi capital of Riyadh this week.

Apr 14 13:21

Jaysh al-Islam militants call US-led strikes on Syria “farce” – reports

The Jaysh al-Islam militants’ leader Muhammad Allush reportedly expressed indignation of the US-led strikes via Twitter and called it a “farce.”

Apr 14 13:19

Humanitarian Operation in Eastern Ghouta Ongoing Despite Western Attack

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The humanitarian operation in the Syrian region of Eastern Ghouta has not stopped despite recent missile strikes of Western states against targets in the area near Damascus, the head of Russia's center for Syrian reconciliation said on Saturday.

Apr 14 13:17

Victory in Eastern Ghouta

The last group of militants has left their last stronghold -- the city of Douma in the Damascus suburbs -- less than 24 hours after Western coalition members the US, the UK, and France fired over 100 missiles at targets inside of Syria in a response to an alleged chemical attack in the city.

Apr 14 12:03

Anti-Semitsm and Jewish guilt

"Tel Aviv University Kantor Centre’s 2017 Annual Report on Anti-Semitism Worldwide was released recently and there is good news: The number of recorded violent anti-Semitic incidents in 2017 fell by about 9 per cent compared to 2016, and by almost 50 per cent compared to the 2006-14 average.

"One would expect Jewish and Zionist institutions to celebrate the victory over anti-Semitsm and Jew hatred in general. This is not happening. According to the study, Jews feel more insecure...>>

Apr 14 12:01

The world according to UK arch-Zionist David Collier

"On 12 April I had a Twitter exchange with David Collier, the ardent Zionist activist who “reported” to the British media about the “secret” (actually, simply private) pro-Palestinian FaceBook groups that included Jeremy Corbyn along with such unsavoury characters as Paul Eisen, yours truly and others.

"I have communicated with Collier in the past. I believe in open channels despite the abuse which Collier and his ilk like to hurl at me.

Apr 14 09:09

Thousands of US troops and Marines arrive in Jordan

As tensions come to a boil in Syria over an alleged chemical attack, thousands of U.S. troops and Marines will be gathering in neighboring Jordan for the start of a major training exercise.

Nearly 3,600 U.S. troops, including Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, or MEU, will be in place Sunday for the start of a nearly two-week training exercise known as Eager Lion, military officials confirmed to Marine Corps Times.

It will be a rare display of allied firepower, which couldn’t come at a more tense time as U.S. Navy warships are steadily building a presence in the Mediterranean in preparation for what analysts presume will be a tomahawk cruise missile strike on Syria.

Apr 14 08:20

DONALD TRUMP ORDERED SYRIA STRIKE BASED ON A SECRET LEGAL JUSTIFICATION EVEN CONGRESS CAN’T SEE

Trump used media reports as his justification.

ON FRIDAY NIGHT, President Trump ordered the U.S. military to conduct a bombing attack against the government of Syria without congressional authorization. How can this be constitutional, given the fact that Article I, Section 8 of America’s founding document declares that “The Congress shall have Power … To declare War”?

The deeply bizarre and alarming answer is that Trump almost certainly does have some purported legal justification provided to him by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel — but no one else, including Congress, can read it.

Apr 14 08:10

71 Out of 103 Destroyed: Here's How Syria's Air Defense Repelled West's Missiles

Perhaps the most surprising news surrounding the US, British and French strike on Syria Saturday morning was the report that the country's Air Defense Force managed to shoot down just shy of 70% of the Western cruise missiles launched. Sputnik looks at how the Syrians managed to do it.

Apr 14 07:25

Are We Over the US/UK Fomented Crisis In Syria?

Paul Craig Roberts

It appears from the very limited US missile attack, most of which were intercepted and destroyed by Syrian air defenses, that the US military prevailed over the crazed John Bolton and carefully avoided a strike that would have resulted in a Russian response. No significant Syrian site appears to have been targeted, and no Russians were endangered.

Apr 13 23:36

World War III Is Not Imminent

Russia doesn’t have to engage the U.S. to the point where World War III starts. If it understands America’s weaknesses, it can wait while we self-destruct.

The U.S. government has outmoded second generation military forces that are incapable of conducting 4GW (fourth generation warfare). The U.S. leadership is poor. It doesn’t think ahead.

The U.S. does not believe in the principles of its founding. It doesn’t believe in the self-determination of nations. These principles form a kind of social, legal and political law based upon the natural rights of the persons who get together to form by declaration a People, a territory, and a government.

Apr 13 18:32

Breaking: Joint US, France, UK attack launched on Syria on rural Damascus (video)

(4:10 A.M.) – Minutes ago, the U.S., France, and the U.K. launched a barrage of cruise missiles towards rural Damascus, causing massive explosions near the Dumayr Airbase in the eastern Qalamoun.

While the site is still unknown, Al-Masdar’s field correspondent in Damascus reported that the strike is hitting the rural Damascus countryside near or possibly the Dumayr Airbase.

Apr 13 18:25

Explosions Heard in Damascus Region - Reports

According to reports, explosions have been heard within Syria's Damascus region as US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he was ordering to "launch precision strikes on Syria."

Netizens on social media have reported hearing "big explosions."

Apr 13 16:32

Pictures: Russia ships rarely-seen military equipment to Syria amid ongoing reinforcement operation

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 A.M.) – Ship enthusiasts living in the Bosphorus Strait area have identified and taken pictures of a large Russian cargo ship bearing military equipment transiting from the Black Sea to the eastern Mediterranean.

The ship has been identified has the Ro-Ro Alexandr Tkachenko, a Russian government-commissioned freighter. The vessel is noted to be bound for the Syrian port city of Tartus.

Apr 13 16:30

Russia’s heavy bombers return to Iran, presumably for Syria-related operations

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:40 A.M.) – According to media sources close to the Iranian government, Russian heavy bombers are once again permitted to operate from Iranian military airfields.

Apr 13 14:20

Palestine will be FREE, Janna Jihad Ayyad Full Speech, Words of Worlds Youngest Journalist [IPCI]

Shamsaan asks Palestinian children to speak about their personal lives. They were encouraged to do a drawing whereby the ideas came to life. Over 200 kids participated in the project for an art calendar which tells the story of 13 children under age of 18, youngest being 5 and the eldest 16 years of age. The story related. 1. How occupation affects them and their lives 2. Sets against UN Conventions on rights of a child The 2017 International year of a child is, Youth building Peace, kids arrived here to educate and learn from South African experiences as the treatment of an adult is the same for that of a child as stated by a team member as the question was posed from the audience.

Apr 13 14:03

UK government’s reckless kowtowing of Trump on Syria – and contempt for the British people

Stuart Littlewood challenges his parliamentary representative to explain the UK government’s disregard for international law and intention not to consult the legislature on its plans to follow Donald Trump in bombing Syria.>>

Apr 13 12:31

On the clamour to repeat the disastrous Iraq and Libya interventions in Syria

"Despite the ongoing death and destruction that has followed Western military interventions in Iraq and Libya, the clamour for a repeat performance in Syria is gaining momentum, especially in Washington and London where Donald Trump and Theresa May have plenty of reasons to want to deflect attention from their internal problems.

"The proponents of military intervention in Syria should name one – only one – instance where such intervention in the Middle East has succeeded. Attacking Syria will achieve just one thing: helping the remnants of Islamic State group and other jihadist cutthroats such as Al-Qaeda, the Saudi-backed (if not created) Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) and the Muslim Brotherhood. It also risks breaking up Syria into ethnic and sectarian entities that will, without a doubt, be at perpetual war with one another..."

Apr 13 10:23

US/UK Syrian Airstrike Stalled, Ryan Retires, Economic Update US/UK Syrian Airstrike Stalled, Ryan Retires, Economic Update

Not many people anywhere actually believe the chemical weapon attack was done by the Assad regime in Syria, but some do. The timing is extremely suspect when on one week, you hear President Trump say he wants to leave Syria, and the next week, there is a gas attack.  Why would Assad want the U.S. to stay?  The UK has given the green light for an attack, while Russia is warning of a counter attack if Syrian or Russian troops are fired upon.  At the moment, it looks like an attack has been stalled.  Hopefully, everyone will figure out a way to save face without starting a wider conflict.

Apr 13 07:23

Gulf Cooperation Council arms race: Who sells to whom

A close look at the recent arms agreements made by the different members of the Arab Gulf grouping.

Apr 12 07:49

ADF conceals dark truth about Australia's involvement in Middle East

WHEN THE FINAL contingent of the RAAF strike force returned home after its mission in Syria and Iraq, the images presented were of emotional scenes as families embraced their loved ones on the tarmac at the Amberley Base. Rightly so, but left unsaid is the legality and morality of the conflict we were involved in, the irreparable damage done to innocent civilians who will remain strangers to us and the carnage left behind.

Prime Minister Turnbull was a picture of happiness when he thanked defence personnel for their service and reminded them, in case there were any personal doubts, that 'Australia is proud of you.' His speech made no mention of the people of Iraq and Syria. Granted, it was not the appropriate time to discuss the killings and displacement of civilians or the razing of entire neighbourhoods, but when will it be an appropriate time for our leaders to publicly reflect and acknowledge the dark, dirty side of our military incursions.

Apr 12 06:41

Putin on the destruction of the Middle East – Must watch!

Apr 11 11:47

Theresa May Ready To Join Syria Strike Without Seeking Parliamentary Approval

While a U.S. Carrier Strike Group makes its way to the Mediterranean, and amid reports of US and French fighter jets buzzing around the skies over Syria, the BBC reports that UK Prime Minister Theresa May is "ready to join military action against the Assad regime in Syria without first seeking Parliamentary consent."

The prime minister is said by government insiders to see the need for a response as urgent.

She wants to prevent a repeat of the apparent chemical attack near Damascus, which she described as "abhorrent". -BBC

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; Prime Minister May, after the Brexit and Skribal disasters, is desperate to "do something" to win back popular British support; I guess she thinks that engaging in World War III will be just the ticket!!

Apr 11 11:43

11 Russian Warships Leave Syrian Port To Conduct Exercises

Update: The Russian warships leaving port has been reported as a drill, as InterFax reports:

Russian Navy ships, starting from April 11, will conduct exercises near the coast of Syria, follow from the international notification for aviation personnel (NOTAM) and navigational warning for seafarers.

The reports contain the coordinates of the closed area, as well as the conduct of training shooting there.

The training area, located in the international waters of the Mediterranean, is adjacent to the sea border of Syria. It will be closed on 11-12, 17-19 and 25-26 April from 10 to 18 Moscow time.

Currently, as part of the permanent operational connection of the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, there are about 15 warships and vessels providing the Black Sea Fleet, including the carriers of the Caliber cruise missiles Frigates Admiral Grigorovich and Admiral Essen, as well as submarines that repeatedly struck at the targets of terrorists in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the Russians know what is coming, and are preparing for it, off the coast of Syria.

Apr 11 11:00

As Trump considers military action on Syria, Pentagon worries it could put Russian soldiers in the crosshairs

As Pentagon planners ready a possible military response to a suspected poison gas attack in Syria, one danger has sparked special concern — whether U.S. airstrikes may inadvertently kill Russian soldiers in Syria and escalate the regional war into a confrontation between Washington and Moscow.

The chances of a potential clash would increase if President Trump opts for a heavy bombardment, employing not only Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from Navy ships offshore — as he did last year after a previous chemical attack — but also manned bombers and other warplanes to strike multiple targets in Syria, current and former officials say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Those international chemical inspectors better get on the ground in Syria, and double time quickly, as in, yesterday!!!! We need a time machine here, or at least Dr. Who's tardis.

And if Pentagon officials are worried that the US may inadvertently kill or maim members of the Russian military, they need to talk President Trump out of this madness, and right the hell now, because there will almost be no way to avoid this, as embedded as the Russians are with their Syrian military counterparts.

Of course, we have Israel's military leadership cheerleading for a US war against SyriaIsraeli commanders push for an offensive against Syria. but President Trump needs to understand, fully, and consequentially, that these Israeli military officials fully expect that the costs of such a war will only be borne in American blood, and with American money.

We also have Saudi Arabia's B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen),Crown Prince bin Salman, suggesting that Saudi Arabia could conceivably join the fray Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman mentions that Saudis could take part on a US-led attack on Syria. Considering just how non-brilliantly their military campaign is going in Yemen, even with US military assistance, which can only be characterized as a wanton genocide against the Yemeni people, President Trump should refuse their help; the US should NOT be colluding with the Saudis in any more war crimes, this time against the Syrian people, thank you very much!!

That Congress is, colletively, sitting idly by, and allowing such insantity to move forward, when only Congress has the power to declare war, derrived from the American Constitution, suggests that they are all completely worse than useless, and should be completely sacked sacked at the next round of elections to which they are subject.

Apr 11 10:47

A Wedding That Became a Funeral

On December 12, 2013, a United States aerial drone launched four Hellfire missiles on a convoy of 11 cars and pickup trucks during a counterterrorism operation in rural Yemen. The strike killed at least 12 men and wounded at least 15 others, 6 of them seriously.

Yemen authorities initially described all those killed in the attack outside the city of Rad`a as “terrorists.” The US government never officially acknowledged any role in the attack, but unofficially told media that the dead were militants, and that the operation targeted a “most-wanted” member of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who was wounded and escaped.

Witnesses and relatives of the dead and wounded interviewed by Human Rights Watch in Yemen said the convoy was a wedding procession. They said everyone in the procession was a civilian, including all of the dead and injured, and that the bride received a superficial face wound.

Apr 11 10:44

The US Has Bombed at Least Eight Wedding Parties Since 2001

The headline—“Bride and Boom!”—was spectacular, if you think killing people in distant lands is a blast and a half. Of course, you have to imagine that smirk line in giant black letters with a monstrous exclamation point covering most of the bottom third of the front page of the Murdoch-owned New York Post. The reference was to a caravan of vehicles on its way to or from a wedding in Yemen that was eviscerated, evidently by a US drone via one of those “surgical” strikes of which Washington is so proud. As one report put it, “Scorched vehicles and body parts were left scattered on the road.”

Apr 11 10:41

US Military Admits: We Deliberately Bombed a Hospital in Iraq

The U.S. military said Thursday that it intentionally bombed a hospital in Mosul, Iraq as part of its efforts to "eradicate" Islamic State (ISIS) fighters.

The attack on the Al Salam hospital complex took place Wednesday at the request of Iraqi forces, with coalition aircraft using "precision-guided munitions," Air Force Col. John Dorrian, spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, told reporters.

He said "it's very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity" that there were no civilian casualties, whether in the building targeted or elsewhere within the hospital complex.

Apr 11 10:38

Baghdad hospital bombed

US aircraft hit a Red Crescent maternity hospital in Baghdad, the city's trade fair, and other civilian buildings today, killing several people and wounding at least 25, hospital sources and a Reuters witness said.
The attacks occurred at 9.30am (0630 BST) and caught motorists by surprise as they ventured out during a lull in the bombing. At least five cars were crushed and their drivers burned to death inside, Reuters correspondent Samia Nakhoul said.

Patients and at least three doctors and nurses working at the hospital were among those wounded.

The missiles obliterated wings of Baghdad's trade fair building, which lies next to a government security office that was apparently missed in the bombings.

Iraq's information minister, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, told a news conference that overnight bombings by US-led forces killed 24 civilians and injured 186 across the country. In Baghdad, he said, 10 civilians had been killed and 90 wounded.

Apr 11 10:32

Trump Builds Coalition for War Against Syrian Government: UN Security Council rejects motion to investigate before striking

President Trump is in the process of building a new coalition of allies to participate in a multi-nation “strike force” attack on the Syrian government. This talk of coalition action reflects the rapid escalation of plans since US officials embraced Saturday’s allegations of a chemical weapons strike.

French President Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, and British PM Theresa May
Officials said as early as Sunday that the claimed Saturday attack would lead to a US military strike, and President Trump indicated this would happen “very soon.” Instead of a one-off strike, as with last April’s tomahawk missile bombardment of Syria, the US seems to be envisioning starting a whole new war over it.

This new US-led war in Syria doubtless suits much of the administration just fine. After all, this time last week US officials were trying to talk President Trump out of ending US military involvement in Syria. Now, they seem to have a pretext for an open-ended conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This rush-to-war madness, just at the moment President Trump desperately needs a distraction from the Meuller investigations, which has led Meuller right into the gutter of the Stormy Daniels allegations, coupled with a crippled US economy (except for the one percenters) must not be allowed to go forward.

We have had sexual predators in the Oval Office before; that... is nothing new to the power-mad creeps in the bowels of power in DC, who fervently believe that their power and authority gives them carte blanche to abuse people with impunity.

So, to all the Riveros Rangers out there, please call your Congressional Representatives, POLITELY, and tell them that if they support this move, you would rather vote a dog,cat, or monkey into their seat, come the next election cycle, than have them continue allegedly "representing" you, because this war is NOT what the American people want at all.

Apr 11 08:12

Trump: Get ready Russia, missiles will be coming at Syria, nice and new and ‘smart’!

Trump is insane and anybody who still supports this NUT!

Donald Trump warned Russia to "get ready" after Moscow vowed to shoot any missiles fired at Syria down. "They will be coming, nice and new and smart," Trump tweeted.

Donald J. Trump
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@realDonaldTrump
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!

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Apr 11 08:02

Trump Declares Qatar an Ally in the War Against Terror

Hosting the Qatari Emir on Tuesday, President Trump has declared the Qataris to be “a very big advocate,” praising them as a key ally in the war on terrorism. This is a major step, as only last year President Trump was accusing Qatar, a long-standing US ally, of funding terrorism.

The emir appeared not to appreciate the way Trump presented their alliance as sudden, insisting his nation has been cooperating with the US against terrorism funding all along. Trump’s changing view of Qatar is likely reflective of regional needs.

The US focus right now seems to be scrambling to ready a US-led, coalition attack on Syria, and the major US base at Qatar, the headquarters of US Central Command, would play a major role in any new US war in Syria. Trump’s past alienation of the Qataris could have been something of an obstacle to that, particularly with the Saudis, who have positioned themselves as hostile to Qatar, likely to join the war.

Apr 11 07:32

Activists Block Alleged UK Missile Plant Producing Projectiles for Saudi Arabia

Over a dozen anti-war activists staged on Monday a blockade of an alleged missile factory in the UK county of Worcestershire at a site owned by the Roxel company manufacturing equipment for rockets and missiles after claiming to have uncovered evidence of the mass assembly of missiles intended for export to Saudi Arabia at the facility.

Jointly owned by the Paris-based Safran group and the Europe-wide armaments manufacturer MBDA, Roxel manufactures an assortment of propulsion systems intended for air to air, air to ground and ground to ground launched missile systems, something anti-war groups fear are being purchased by Saudi Arabia.

Apr 11 07:30

Head of French REM Party Sees No Reason to Ban Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Richard Ferrand, the head of the ruling La Republique en Marche! (REM) party's faction in the National Assembly of France, said on Tuesday that he did no see why the country's arms sales to Saudi Arabia should be prohibited.

"I think we should maintain clear, frank and friendly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries, even if only to keep equilibrium in the region and globally… I don't see why that [the arms sales to Riyadh] should be forbidden," Ferrand told the franceinfo broadcaster when asked if such trade were possible.

Ferrand clarified that it would depend on what these arms were to be used in the future, but affirmed that, for him, there was no "particular question" over the arms sales.

Apr 10 22:17

Trump Heads World Peace Into the Abyss Blindfolded

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

He’s a geopolitically ignorant businessman, influenced by hawkish neocons raging for endless wars, convincing him it’s the right thing to do, concealing the risks.

He’s blind to the danger endless wars of aggression pose, especially in Syria.

Russian and US forces in the country have polar opposite objectives – combating terrorism v. supporting it, seeking conflict resolution v. rejecting it, pursuing world peace and stability v. waging endless wars of aggression.

Clashing would pit the world’s dominant nuclear powers against each other. Does Trump understand the risks he’s taking?

Apr 10 21:52

THE FULL LIST OF U.S. MILITARY – WARS AND INTERVENTIONS FROM WOUNDED KNEE TO SYRIA: A CENTURY OF U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTIONS

by Dr. Zoltan Grossman

The following is a partial list of U.S. military interventions from 1890 to 2014.

Below the list is a Briefing on the History of U.S. Military Interventions.

The list and briefing are also available as a powerpoint presentation.

COUNTRY OR STATE Dates of intervention Forces Comments
SOUTH DAKOTA 1890 (-?) Troops 300 Lakota Indians massacred at Wounded Knee.
ARGENTINA 1890 Troops Buenos Aires interests protected.
CHILE 1891 Troops Marines clash with nationalist rebels.
HAITI 1891 Troops Black revolt on Navassa defeated.
IDAHO 1892 Troops Army suppresses silver miners’ strike.
HAWAII 1893 (-?) Naval, troops Independent kingdom overthrown, annexed.
CHICAGO 1894 Troops Breaking of rail strike, 34 killed.

Apr 10 14:59

UN unable to independently verify the allegations of chemical attack in Douma

What I will tell you once again is that there is absolutely zero reason that Assad would do this.

What I will also tell you once again is that even if he did do it, it is none of our business as Americans.

Apr 10 11:18

Warships With Cruise Missiles To Mediterranean

The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) is being deployed to the Mediterranean Wednesday, where it will join the USS Donald Cook off Syrian territorial waters.

The aircraft carrier will be accompanied by guided-missile destroyers USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) and USS Farragut (DDG 99), as well as the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60). The Destroyers USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) and USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) will join the HSTCSG later, according to a statement by the US Navy.

The Sachssen-class German frigate FGS Hessen (F 221) will also operate as part of the strike group during the first half of the deployment.

In addition to USS Donald Cook, the U.S has now dispatched USN Carrier Strike Group 8 to the Mediterranean/#Syria:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Russians and Syrian governments and military know what's coming, and are probably preparing accordingly.

Apr 10 11:04

On the Threshold of War. “Entirety of Russian Military on High Alert”. Unconfirmed Reports

As Americans we must face the possibility that we have a criminally insane government in Washington that is leading the world to destruction.

A Russian Government Press Release:

False information is being planted about the alleged use of chlorine and other toxic agents by the Syrian government forces. The latest fake news about a chemical attack on Douma was reported yesterday. These reports are again referenced to the notorious White Helmets, which have been proved more than once to be working hand in glove with the terrorists, as well as to other pseudo-humanitarian organisations headquartered in the UK and the US.

We recently warned of the possibility of such dangerous provocations. The goal of these absolutely unsubstantiated lies is to protect the terrorists and the irreconcilable radical opposition that has rejected a political settlement, as well as to justify the possible use of force by external actors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that Helmer may well be correct, looking at the avalanche of bovinely excremental fake news being shovelled at Americans by the corporate presstitutes, as though we had utterly no right to question the US government's motivations in this.

Apr 10 10:56

Winds of War Heading Toward Syria. Preplanned US Aggression, Confronting Russia

Washington and its allies use the Security Council as a sound stage platform for their imperial agenda – rule of law principles ignored, the UN Charter, other international law and America’s Constitution discarded.

Time and again the same or similar scenarios unfolded on the world stage, as well as in Washington and other key NATO capitals.

Facts don’t matter, only a pre-planned imperial agenda, naked aggression its defining feature. The die appears cast in Syria. Regime change is Washington’s long-sought objective.

Things appear heading toward something similar to US-led aggression on Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, smashing these countries, eliminating their leadership, installing illegitimate pro-Western puppet regimes.

Russia wastes time and energy demanding an independent probe into the fake April 7 Douma incident.

Apr 10 10:45

US will act against ‘monster’ Assad with or without UN ? Haley

The US will act against the Syrian government with or without a UN blessing, US envoy Nikki Haley told the Security Council, blaming Russian “obstructionism” for allowing the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria and beyond.
“We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies. We are beyond appeals to conscience. We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done,” Haley declared to the Security Council on Monday, accusing Russia of backing the “monster” [Bashar] Assad, who was murdering children with chemical weapons.

“The Russian regime, whose hands are all covered with the blood of Syrian children, cannot be ashamed by pictures of its victims. We’ve tried that before,” Haley said, adding that “no civilized government would have anything to do with Assad’s murderous regime.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ambassador Haley has obviously been greenlit to double down on accusations completely devoid of any facts; but then again, with such an Israeli-centric President as we have in President Trump, the idea is to regime change Damascus, then regime change Tehran.

Of course, what needs to be remembered, on the part of both Israel and Saudi Arabian leadership, the expectation is that this will be done primarily at the costs of American blood and American money.

It will be interesting, given the current circumstances, to see just how far Russia will allow the US go before doubling down, militarily, in both countries.

And Russia, as has been proven in the Syrian theatre of war, has weapons which actually work successfully.

We have seen how badly the US government's military misadventures have gone in Afghanistan; Iraq; Somalia; and Libya; unfortunately, we can certainly expect more of the same insanity in Syria.

Apr 10 10:35

RUSSIA THREAT: Putin warns US ‘you are in violation of EVERYTHING’ - Washington on ALERT

RUSSIA has issued the US with a dire warning after Donald Trump imposed a raft of harsh new sanctions. The Kremlin told Washington this afternoon the US is in violation of “anything and everything”.

Russia issued the fiery statement after the US issued its harshest raft of new sanctions against Vladimir Putin as Russia battles controversy in Europe and the Middle East.

After Moscow's stocks plummeted following the sanctions announcement, the Kremlin lashed out at Washington with an accusation of breaching “everything”.

Russia said: “This is outrageous from the standpoint of legality and violates anything and everything.”

The Kremlin said they were considering “a large variety of options” - a thinly veiled threat to Donald Trump and his White House administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like the White House hasn't been threatening Russia over things it has not done, like poisoning Skripal, allegedly forcibly annexing Crimea from Ukraine, and generating a chemical attack in Syria?!?

Let's get real here!

I am very worried about a potential shooting war with Russia in Syria; our military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; or the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia in Syria.

This administration is behaving like a hormone-driven adolescent, bouncing off the walls with no logic or fact being used, and threatening both Russia and Syria with false accusations.

The repercussions of such actions could be devastating to the US, and I am praying for all of our deployed right now, even if I believe how they are being used by this Administration is absolutely, and obscenely, morally wrong.

This was absolutely NOT the President Trump I had hoped we would get.

Apr 10 10:04

TRUMP CANCELS SOUTH AMERICA TRIP TO "OVERSEE" SYRIA MILITARY RESPONSE

At the start of the month we reported that according to White House sources, Trump was pushing for a Nafta deal "over the next two weeks", which was expected to be unveiled "in principle" at the Summit of the Americas in Peru on April 13-14.

Alas, a Nafta deal announcement will not happen - or anything else for that matter - because moments ago the White House announced that Trump has canceled his South America trip to oversee the US Syria military response, which is expected to be announced - or launched - momentarily.

TRUMP WON'T ATTEND SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS IN PERU: SANDERS
In lieu of Trump's, VP Mike Pence is now scheduled to go to Peru:

TRUMP CANCELS PLANNED TRIP TO PERU, COLOMBIA, PENCE TO GO
Sarah Huckabee Sanders' full statement below:

President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When it comes to summing up the complete insanity which has overtaken those in the Bowels of Power in DC, few sum it up better than does Paul Joseph Watson, who states:

"This is not “America first,” this is the deep state first.

What is Trump doing, falling for this lunatic, Deep State false flag attack?

We can only help cooler heads prevail, because a full scale Trump-US attack on Syria would result in a disastrous, wider world war with nuclear implications.

Meanwhile Stephan Molyneux exposes the clear motivations behind the latest Syrian chemical weapons hoax pushing Trump towards war with Syria, Iran and Russia.

Molyneux helps us take note that Trump is in a “Mueller” bind, and Democrats hate Russia…

“They loved Russia when Russia was communist, and international, and seeking to overthrow and destroy capitalism around the world.”

“They hate Russia now that Russia is Christian, somewhat capitalist (has a very low tax rate), and is nationalistic.”

Via Zerohedge…

Russian officials say they have found no trace of chemical weapons use while searching through Syria’s Douma region – and say that photos of victims posted by the White Helmets are fabrications, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry.

As well documented by Disobedient Media and elsewhere, the White Helmets are an organization funded by the United States which operates throughout various regions within Syria to “help” the anti-Assad effort while snapping convenient photos of Assad’s alleged regime-change-worthy atrocities."

Apr 10 08:45

Putin MUST BE STOPPED by any means necessary, 4-star general warns war with Russia ‘soon’

A DECORATED US military General issued the harrowing warning that “war is on the horizon” with Russia and Iran in a bid to curb ambitions to “dominate and control” the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Domination and control is OUR job, dammit!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 10 07:52

Former Pentagon Official Matthew Hoh explains what’s truly behind US involvement in the Middle East

Apr 09 17:55

On The Threshold of War — Paul Craig Roberts

On The Threshold of War

Paul Craig Roberts

“The Russian view is simple: the West is ruled by a gang of thugs supported by an infinitely lying and hypocritical media while the general public in the West has been hopelessly zombified.” — The Saker

There are reports, the validity of which I cannot confirm at this time, that the entirety of the Russian military has been put on high alert, not merely the Russian forces in Syria. See for example: http://defence-blog.com/news/russia-suddenly-puts-troops-alert.html

Apr 09 11:33

ISRAEL TOLD US OFFICIALS ABOUT PLANS TO STRIKE SYRIAN AIR BASE

While the US didn't directly order the airstrike against Syria's T-4 airbase late Sunday night (Russia and the Syrian government had initially blamed the attack on the US), American officials reportedly confirmed to NBC News that the US had been informed of the impending strike by its ally, Israel.

Israel carried out the strikes against Syrian base, two U.S. officials tell @NBCNews, and the US was informed of the forthcoming strikes in advance. https://t.co/FKrc4V1ZM1

— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 9, 2018
The pre-dawn attack was intended as retaliation for a poison gas attack on the last rebel stronghold near Damascus. That attack has been blamed (with no supporting evidence) on the Syrian regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An open letter to President Trump about the uptick in tensions with Syria and Russia: President Trump, please don't be neoconned into a corner here by the warmongers around you.

First, there is utterly no proof, nor any logic to, Al-Assad having given the order to gas his own people. His chemical weapons were destroyed a number of years ago, in a Russian-negotiated deal, if you might remember correctly.

Why would al Assad have ordered this, when his and the Russian military have all but wiped out the rebel forces?!?

The short answer is, he would not have done this, under these circumstances.

Also, the American people understand that the rebels both had, and knew how to use, chemical weapons.

I am watching the Faux news crawl as I type this, and the crawl says that a "The Us will be making major decisions in 24-48 hours." I guess that is when your pollsters will be working overtime, to judge the response of the American people to a potential war in Syria against Russia.

Mr. President, if those pollsters are telling you the truth, they will tell you that the American people are both war-weary, and war-skeptical at this time, having been lied into a number of both overt and covert wars,none of which were actually fought for the reasons the Federal Government has given us, during the last 20 years, and are tired of it; they want a President with the horse-sense to understand that ordering such a war would be the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly idiotic thing this government to do right now.

And I tell you this, because at this point in its existence, the American military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money; or the manufacturing to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war with Russia in Syria.

The prowess of Russia's military hardware has been very much documented in Syria, and the world is beating a path to Moscow's doorway to buy these weapons.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that weapons manufacturers in this country donate so much to both parties, the corporate groupthink in these companies believes that it is just fine to deliver weapons which are obsolete even before field testing; that they can charge obscene cost over-runs on their products; and that products which may never work completely as advertised are just fine to deliver, the F-35 being a case in point.

If the US is to win on the battlefield, these notions must change, and immediately.

President Trump, I want you to succeed as President; that means making intelligent, rational choices; going to war with Russia over Syria is not one of those intelligent, rational choices. You will be positioning this country for an horrendous potential loss, premised, on yet another lie, with absolutely no tangible proof that the Syrians did this, and we can ill afford that happening right now.

Apr 09 10:27

Deir Yassin outrage remembered: 70th anniversary

"Misled and criminal people" caused 100 innocent civilians murdered and 50 children orphaned in a systematic slaughter of a peaceful village

Today is the 70th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre, one of many committed in the vicious frenzy of the Zionists' land grab. Here is an account of that appalling event...>>

Apr 08 09:00

Jeremy “Jesus-Christ” Corbyn and Britain’s Zionist lobby

"Recently we learned that Jeremy Corbyn has yet again upset “the Jews”, and by “the Jews” I mean a few loud, obnoxious voices who claim to “represent the Jews”. Since he is a well meaning guy, Corbyn accepted an invitation to celebrate the Jewish Passover dinner with Jewdas who are apparently the “wrong” Jews, according to the Zionist lobby.

"The Board of Deputies of British Jews (BDBJ) and the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA) are beside themselves. During a phone-in to LBC Radio BDBJ’s President Jonathan Arkush stated that Jeremy Corbyn has “reached the tipping point”. The BDBJ had made it clear to Corbyn that he should stop giving any credence to Jewish “ultra-fringe” groups...">>

Apr 08 07:55

Trump Slams Putin, Iran for Backing "Animal Assad" Amid Chemical Attack Claims

One of President Donald Trump's top homeland security advisers has said that the US will not rule out launching a missile attack in response to news reports about a chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.

"If President Obama had crossed his stated Red Line In The Sand, the Syrian disaster would have ended long ago! Animal Assad would have been history!" Donald Trump wrote on Twitter.

Apr 08 07:22

Moscow Warns Against Foreign Attack in Syrian Areas Where Russian Troops Located

Trump has already threatened Vladimir Putin personally. Madness!

"Hoaxes on attacks using chlorine or other poisonous substances by Syrian government forces are continuing to emerge. Another such hoax that has supposedly taken place is the alleged chemical attack in Douma yesterday. At the same time, references have been made to the notorious NGO "White Helmets," which has been repeatedly caught acting with terrorists, as well as other so-called humanitarian organizations based in the United Kingdom and the United States," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry went on to say that it had repeatedly warned about possible provocations involving the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Their major aim is to accuse Syrian government forces of chemical weapons use and justify possible military intervention in Syria from abroad, according to the ministry's statement.

Apr 08 07:08

Trump threatens "Animal Assad," Putin over alleged chemical attack in Syria

You all ready for WW3. Israeli loving neocon stooge!

Last Updated Apr 8, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

President Trump has responded to reports of a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad and his international allies for the apparent attack that left dozens dead and hundreds injured. In some of his most critical comments directed at Russian President Vladimir Putin to date, Mr. Trump threatened that there's a "big price ... to pay" for those backing the Assad regime.

Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of atrocity is in lockdown and encircled by Syrian Army, making it completely inaccessible to outside world. President Putin, Russia and Iran are responsible for backing Animal Assad. Big price...

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2018

Apr 07 06:35

Yemeni ballistic missile hits Saudi military base in Najran: Report

Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southern border region of Najran in retaliation for the Saudi regime’s military campaign against the crisis-hit country, Yemeni media report.

Yemen's official Saba news agency, citing an unnamed military official, reported that the Quwat al- Wageb military camp had been targeted with short-range Badr-1 missile on Friday night, adding that the projectile had hit the designated target with great precision.

The official added that the missile inflicted damage on the camp, killing and wounding an unspecified number of Saudi troopers.

However, the official Saudi Press Agency, citing a military official, claimed that the Saudi air defense forces had intercepted and destroyed the Yemeni missile over the skies of the region.

Apr 07 06:17

US Has Over 400,000 Troops in Asia-Pacific Region – Russian Intelligence

The United States has deployed more than 200 military facilities in the Asia-Pacific region, where over 400,000 servicemen are stationed, First Deputy Chief of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Igor Kostyukov said Thursday.

“To implement its guidelines, including creating conditions for the projection of force through the rapid deployment of troops anywhere in the Asia-Pacific region, the United States has created a contingent of more than 400,000 troops. At the moment, more than 50 large military bases are operating in the region, there are more than 200 US military facilities,” Kostyukov said at the Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS).

Apr 07 06:12

UN appeals for $ 3 billion for Yemen

The United Nations on Tuesday asked donors for nearly $ 3 billion to help some 13 million people in desperate need of aid in war-torn Yemen.

The UN Secretary-General launched the funding appeal at a conference in Geneva aimed at raising $ 2.96 billion (2.4 billion euros) for Yemen this year.

Last year, the United Nations appealed to its members to raise $ 2.5 billion to Yemen, 73 percent of which were collected. But the humanitarian crisis has worsened in a country that has witnessed a military intervention led by Saudi Arabia against the Houthis who took control of the capital and the return of the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hadi being the US puppet installed during the previous intervention.

Apr 06 12:49

UK opens permanent military base in Bahrain

The United Kingdom opened a permanent military base in Bahrain on Thursday, Bahrain’s state news agency BNA reported.

The ceremony formally opening the UK Naval Support Facility was attended by Bahraini Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Britain’s Prince Andrew.

Britain announced in 2014 it had sealed a deal to expand and reinforce its naval presence in Bahrain, allowing it to operate more and bigger ships in the Gulf.

The U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet is also based in Bahrain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the UK, as is the US, formally supporting yet another Sunni tin pot dictator in the Middle East, whose views on any potential Shiia human rights, mean that they have none.

So far, demonstrations in Bahrain have been peaceful, as the Shiia Bharainis have been advocating to see a Constitutional monarchy replacing its existing monarchy.

So how have the monarchy and government been reacting to this?!?

The Al-Khalifa monarchy has put down any peaceful demonstrations with extreme prejudice; its police and military have violently attacked and tortured such peaceful demonstrators and the first responders who kept them alive, then sentenced them in kangaroo courts to outrageous sentences which had utterly no justification in the facts of their actions.

And the British monarchy, represented by Prince Andrew, has put its "stamp of approval" on this behaviour by the Bahrain government by presenting him as their front man for this event?!?

Prince Andrew, I am sorry, sir, but in light of how the Al Khalifa monarchy is treating its people, you should be ashamed of yourself for participating in this event; the UK could have found some other place to establish a larger military presence in the Middle East which at least had some notion about, and protection of, human rights.

That would have sent a very powerful, moral message to the human rights movement here; of course, right now, with the UK's internal problems and Brexit, I guess Prime Minister May's government couldn't be bothered.

I am deeply concerned that this decision, on the part of the UK government and military (as well as those of the US government and military) may well come back to haunt them.

Apr 06 12:26

Civilian Casualties and Effectiveness of U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

In 2017, the United States military said that it carried out more than 120 strikes in Yemen, more than three times as many as strikes as 2016. For many years, we at the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights documented the impact of U.S. drone strikes in Yemen through detailed field research. In 2017 we investigated eight drone strikes and ground operations and found that U.S. operations were responsible for the deaths of at least 32 civilians – including 16 children and six women – and injured ten others, including five children. (The results of these investigations will be released in a forthcoming report.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF there was a way to insure perpetual war, to satiate the monied blood-craving elites of the US military/industrial complex, the US government has certainly gotten this recipe down to a science.

And from Reuters, we have a companion piece, about the US government approving more weapons sales to Saudi Arabia with which to perfect its genocide in Yemen:

U.S. State Dept approves possible $1.3 billion artillery sale to Saudi Arabia

Doesn't it just make you feel ever-so-proud to be an American, understanding that your government has absolutely zero problem partipating in Saudi war crimes in Yemen?!?

Apr 06 11:39

WASHINGTON AND RIYADH'S TERROR ENTERPRISE

What began as a means for the House of Saud itself to establish, expand, and eventually consolidate political power on the Arabian Peninsula in the 18th century has now become a finely honed tool of geopolitical power integrated into Washington's foreign policy.

A remarkable admission was recently made in the pages of the Washington Post in an article titled, "Saudi prince denies Kushner is ‘in his pocket’."

The article would quote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stating (emphasis added):
Asked about the Saudi-funded spread of Wahhabism, the austere faith that is dominant in the kingdom and that some have accused of being a source of global terrorism, Mohammed said that investments in mosques and madrassas overseas were rooted in the Cold War, when allies asked Saudi Arabia to use its resources to prevent inroads in Muslim countries by the Soviet Union.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War crimes, and the hush-money to "paper them over" in the corporate, presstitute media; this is what the US government, Saudi Arabia, and Israel had in common, before the advent of the independent media.

And I will be very happy to tell THE B.O.Y. to his face,(AKA, The Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia'sPrince Salman) that I am profoundly unhappy with the US colluding in Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

If we were younger, and had the money, I would love for Mike and me to be able to immigrate to a country which doesn't indulge in these obscenely immoral activities (I hear that the Principality of Andorra is just lovely, and expats from other countries can get extended visas).

Unfortunately, we are too old, and too broke, to make that happen.

I have no power in the Bowels of Power in DC, as I am neither monied, nor connected in any meaningful way; but as long as I have breath in my body, I will continue to peacefully witness to any war crimes in which the US government and military are involved, and share that information with the rest of the world.

Apr 06 08:29

Britain opens Persian Gulf military base in Bahrain, 1st MidEast facility in 4 decades

Britain opened its first permanent military base in the Middle East in more than four decades on Thursday in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain. The move gives the UK an expansive presence along key international shipping routes, AP reports. The HMS ‘Juffair’ naval facility can house up to around 500 Royal Navy personnel, including sailors, soldiers and airmen. British officials have described it as the first permanent British base east of the Suez Canal since 1971. Maritime security in the region ensures oil shipments and goods make it from Asia to Europe.

Apr 06 06:49

Pelosi Leads Congressional Delegation to Israel and Jordan

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is leading a Congressional delegation visit to Israel and Jordan focusing on global and regional security and cooperation issues: "There is no greater political accomplishment in the 20th Century than the establishment of the State of Israel," said Leader Pelosi. "Our delegation is pleased to be able to extend the congratulations of the American people to the people of Israel as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jewish state this spring."
Note: Shame, shame, shame!

Apr 05 12:37

Bahrain Discovers Largest Oil Field With 80 Billion Barrels In Reserves

Bahrain officials have revealed that the tiny gulf kingdom has discovered some 80 billion barrels of shale (otherwise known as tight) oil - the kingdom's largest oil and gas find ever. The field also discovered 14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas beneath an existing field.

Oil Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said the kingdom has not yet determined how much of the oil can be easily extracted, according to the Associated Press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We are concerned with the human rights violations on Bahrain and plan to invade ... I mean, regime change, immediately!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 05 09:32

WATCH: Supersonic Bombers Arrive at US Air Base in Qatar

The US’ supersonic, non-nuclear B-1B Lancer has arrived at Qatar’s Al-Udeid Air Base to relieve the B-52 Stratofortresses deployed in US Central Command’s area of responsibility since 2016.

Referring to the B-1B by its nickname, "the Bone," US Air Force Central Command announced via Twitter on Sunday that a pair of the warplanes from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota arrived in Qatar on March 31.

Apr 05 09:00

Saudi Arabia given STARK WARNING over war in Yemen by 'FURIOUS' international community

According to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the civil war in Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with over 22.5million people or two-thirds of the population in desperate need of aid, food and protection.

Saudi Arabia has been bombing the country since 2015, and in November Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies strengthened pre-existing blockades on Yemeni ports, airports and borders crossings; restricting food, aid and vital supplies from entering the country.

The Saudi-led coalition have claimed these restrictions have since been lifted, but humanitarian worker Suze van Meegen, who recently visited the main port of Hodeida, described the port as a ‘wasteland’.

Apr 05 08:53

US troops 'pouring into Saudi Arabia'

Thousands of American soldiers are pouring into Saudi Arabia in preparation for an invasion of Iraq, independent sources say.

The Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, a London-based group opposed to the Saudi regime, said that between 2,000 and 5,000 United States troops landed in the northern garrison town of Tabuk in the last week.

Other credible independent reports said that American forces had taken control of Arar airport, less than 10 miles from the Saudi-Iraq border and that it had been closed to civilian air traffic.

The Saudi government, which is facing stiff opposition to the war at home, has not commented on the developments.

Apr 04 16:32

Putin cements powerful new alliance with Iran and Turkey in challenge to Trump and the West as the three leaders vow to bring a 'lasting ceasefire' to Syria at summit in Ankara

President Putin, President Erdogan and President Rouhani vowed to work together to create a 'lasting ceasefire', build a hospital for wounded civilians in Eastern Ghouta, and allow refugees to return home.

Apr 04 10:42

Yemeni forces target Saudi warship off coast of Hudaydah

Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters have targeted a Saudi Arabian warship in retaliation to deadly airstrikes on the improvised country's province of Hudaydah.

On Tuesday, Yemeni forces announced that they attacked a "Saudi-led coalition warship" off the coast of Hudaydah in response to an air strike on Monday which claimed the lives of over 16 civilians, including women and children.

The kingdom has confirmed the attack but claims Yemeni forces targeted an oil tanker.

Apr 03 08:29

Yemeni forces, allies target Saudi military base in Asir with ballistic missile

Yemeni army forces, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Asir in retaliation for the Saudi regime’s military campaign against the crisis-hit country, Yemeni media report.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported on Monday that al-Jarbah Base in Dhahran district had been targeted with short-range Badr-1 missile, adding that the projectile had hit the designated target with great precision.

The report added that the missile also inflicted heavy damage to the camp, killing and wounding an unspecified number of Saudi troopers.

Apr 03 07:25

Saudi oil tanker hit by Houthi rebels in Red Sea

A Saudi oil carrier has been struck by Houthi rebels in the Red Sea, Al Arabiya reports, citing a Saudi-led coalition statement. The tanker has continued on its route.

Yemen's Houthis have meanwhile stated that their naval forces targeted "a Saudi-led coalition warship," Reuters reports.

The oil tanker was attacked by Houthi rebels at 1:30pm local time on Tuesday, said Colonel Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the coalition forces, as quoted by Al Arabiya. He said the attack took place in international waters west of the port of Hodeidah, which is under the control of Houthi armed militias.

Al-Maliki said the attack failed after one of the alliance's naval vessels intervened, adding that the oil tanker suffered only minor damage. The vessel continued on its navigational line and sailed north following the incident, while being accompanied by alliance ships.

Apr 03 07:22

Gas, pipeline dreams and gunboat diplomacy in Mediterranean

A spate of recent deals and gas finds in the eastern Mediterranean Sea has positioned Egypt to be a major energy hub. Turkey, which is flexing its military muscles, may be left out.

Apr 03 05:43

Thousands Of Gun-Carrying Women Rally After Rape Of Yemeni Girl By Saudi-Coalition Soldier

SANA’A, Yemen – Thousands of women and children gathered in Sana’a on Monday, to show their anger against the Saudi-Arabian-led coalition, following the raping of a Yemeni girl by a soldier of the Saudi Arabian-led coalition.

Organized by the local women’s authority, the protest took place in Bab-al-Yemen in the country’s capital.
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According to a UNICEF report released earlier this year, over 5,000 children have been killed or injured in the conflict.

Apr 02 17:08

Saudi-led Air Strike Kills 12 Civilians in Yemen, Including Seven Children

Medics and a witness who saw the wreckage said the air strike had destroyed a house in al-Hali district, where displaced civilians from other provinces were settled

Apr 02 11:38

Who are the true Semites in the topsy-turvy world of anti-Semitism?

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the prime-minister-in-waiting, is under relentless attack by Zionists for not stamping out “anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party. But, Stuart Littlewood asks, is not this a problem for his accusers to solve? >>

Apr 02 11:03

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE WARNS OF WAR WITH IRAN WITHIN 10 YEARS

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince has warned of “potential war” with Iran within the next 10 to 15 years,Anadolu reported on Friday. Mohammad bin Salman called on the international community to put more political and economic pressure on Tehran in order to avoid “direct military confrontation.”

“Sanctions put more pressure on the [Iranian] regime,” Bin Salman told the Wall Street Journal last Monday during his current trip to Washington. “We must achieve this in order to avoid a military conflict. If we fail to do this, we will probably have a war with Iran in 10-15 years.”

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of carrying out an expansionist project in the region and of meddling in the internal affairs of the Arab countries. Tehran rejects all of these accusations.

Read: Saudi ambassador accuses Iran of attempting to assassinate foreign minister

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering just how completely horrifically The B.O.Y.'s (The Butcher of Yemen's) war in Yemen is going, I am dumbfounded that he would have had the hubris to have made such a claim.

But unfortunately, the Trump Presidency appears to have given Israel a "green light" and blank check to do whatever it wants in the Middle East, whether that is bombing alleged "Iranian Installations" in Syria, or assassinating Palestinian children.

Israel's Netanyahu is getting very chummy, of late, with The B.O.Y. (Butcher of Yemen), and they may be planning some kind of joint strike against Iran.

Unfortunately, of course, they will both expect the costs of such a military strike against Iran to be borne primarily in American blood and American money.

But I would like to politely remind both Netanyahu and The B.O.Y., that there is a 6,000 lb gorilla, snoozing, at the moment, on the Bosendorfer Grand, and that ... is the political and military presence, and "kick",if you will, of Russia in the Middle East.

Should Iran be attacked, Russia will most probably come to its aid militarily, and THAT.... means great difficulty for Saudi Arabia and Israel, even with massive US military assistance.

At this moment in time, the US military does not have the weaponry; the money; the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia; it is just that simple, and I would certainly like to know that more than a few thinking people in the Bowels of Power in DC, recognise this also.

Mar 31 17:16

2018-2028: The Most Dangerous Decade

By Chris Kanthan

Every 80 years, nations often experience colossal events. There are different theories about this cycle – for example, the Fourth Turning theory focuses on the cyclical strengths of institutions versus individuals. Others surmise that four generations after a major crisis, there are no more older people to warn the society, and the younger people take peace and prosperity for granted.

Well, exactly 80 years ago, America was mired in the Great Depression, and World War II was about to begin. Yet, predictably, most Americans and Europeans now cannot even fathom such scenarios repeating in their lifetime.

There are two major catalysts that can ignite catastrophic wars in the next decade...

Mar 31 10:38

New Satellite Imagery Shows Shocking Yemen Devastation As Saudi Crown Prince Tours US

Saudi Arabia and other oil rich Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allied states like the UAE have long managed to escape the scrutiny of media and international human rights bodies thanks to their deep pockets and security relationship with the West. Their collective oil, weapons, and infrastructure investment interdependency with Britain and the US have generally translated into Western governments, media, and human rights organizations toeing the party line on the gulf sheikhdoms, content to (with a few sporadic exceptions) uncritically present them as some kind of “reform-minded” terror-fighting benevolent monarchies looking out for democratic interests and championing human rights.

Mar 31 10:03

US Admits ‘Doing the Planning’ for Saudi Strikes in Yemen

In a new meeting with reporters, Defense Secretary James Mattis has offered new details about US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, providing specifics about what the US is doing that contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat involvement.

Mattis now admits the US is “doing the planning” in Yemen strikes, and has shown the Saudis how the concept of a no-strike zone is supposed to work, and engaged in a maturing process of “battlefield management” intended to see Saudi strikes killing fewer civilians.

Mattis also tried to spin the already established US involvement in mid-air refueling as beneficial for civilians being bombed. He warned Saudi bombers would make “rash or hasty decisions” if they had to worry about running out of fuel before bombing a place, and might take less time to avoid hitting civilian targets.

Mar 31 09:23

Patriot Missiles Are Made in America and Fail Everywhere

I talked to a fellow who worked at White Sands years ago about the Patriot. He called it the best 1950's tech that money could buy!

The point is there is no evidence that Saudi Arabia has intercepted any Houthi missiles during the Yemen conflict. And that raises a disquieting thought: Is there any reason to think the Patriot system even works?

Mar 30 10:48

UK Zionists to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: Get on your knees!

Gilad Atzmon examines the humiliating demands submitted by two unrepresentative, unelected British Zionist mouthpieces of Israel to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn which amount to an attempt to seize the Labour Party and turn it into a Zionist ghetto. >>

Mar 29 15:04

Enabling War Crimes: Mattis Admits US Planning Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has just offered new details about US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, providing specifics about what the US is doing that contradict long-standing claims of a very limited, non-combat involvement.
Mattis now admits the US is “doing the planning in Yemen strikes, and has shown the Saudis how the concept of a no-strike zone is supposed to work, and engaged in a maturing process of battlefield management” intended to see Saudi strikes killing limited civilians. Mattis has also tried to spin the already established US involvement in mid-air refueling as beneficial for civilians being bombed!

Obviously all this means the US has been enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen from day one, as US-backed Saudi airstrikes are still killing a shocking number of innocent bystanders, and the comments made by Mattis, some half-hearted attempts, cannot spin that criminal involvement:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, SecDef Mattis, and The BOY (The Butcher of Yemen), AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman), can possibly put lipstick on this pig of a war, and the war crimes in which the US military and government have been thoroughly involved with utter impunity.

I wish Mike and I were younger, and had the money to immigrate to a civilized country which doesn't do this kind of thing, we would do it tomorrow; unfortunately, and 65 and 68 respectively, and broke, I seriously doubt that there is a country which would accept us as immigrants right now.

The country of my birth has become, at the highest level of its society, happy and complacent with war criminals and war mongers at its helm.

I am absolutely not!!

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