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Aug 28 08:14

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli strikes in Iraq launched from SDF-held Syria, Baghdad believes

With the permission of Donald Trump and the stooges in the US Military who control those Kurdish groups and bases. Donald loves and supports the Saudis too!

Iraq’s intelligence services believe that five recent drone attacks on Iraqi paramilitaries were launched from bases under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia’s control in north Syria, an official told Middle East Eye.

The Iraqi official, who has knowledge of the latest intelligence briefing from Baghdad’s security services, said the strikes were conducted by Israel, with the understanding of the SDF and backing of Saudi Arabia.

Aug 28 08:09

Pentagon Opposes Israeli Attacks on Iraq

More lies from the degenerate US Military Officer Corps!

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense released on Monday an official statement distancing the American administration from recent airstrikes in Iraq attributed to Israel, highlighting U.S. support for "Iraqi sovereignty" and opposition to "external actors."

U.S. officials have spoken out against the airstrikes over the past week, but so far mostly speaking anonymously to the media. Monday's statement, published by chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, is the clearest sign yet that the American administration is troubled by the latest developments.

Aug 28 08:05

Russian Su-35 jets allegedly forced Israeli warplanes to abandon 2nd attack

While Israel managed to hit one of its main targets, a Russian publication reported that the Israeli Air Force was forced out of Syrian airspace as it was preparing for a second wave of strikes.

Aug 27 07:43

Lebanon, Iraq, Iran call out Israel's 'declaration of war' after it bombs 3 COUNTRIES in one weekend

Lebanon, Iraq and Iran have declared recent Israeli aggression as an act of war after attacks on Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq over the weekend, promising devastating retaliation if the violence continues.

Aug 26 13:29

Jeffrey Epstein and the Zionist culture of dehumanising the “Other”

Gilad Atzmon views the culture of dismissing the “Other” that lay behind the paedophile scandal of Jeffrey Epstein and his collaborators – the same culture underlining the “institutional disregard for human life that is symptomatic of Israeli policy and is supported by its forceful lobby around the world”.>>

Aug 26 08:17

Iraqi Parliament Group Calls Alleged Israeli Strikes 'Declaration of War', Demands US Troops Exit

The Fatah Coalition, an influential bloc in the Iraqi Parliament, has called recent airstrikes on the country, allegedly conducted by Israel, a “declaration of war” by the Jewish state and stated that it holds the US fully responsible for Tel Aviv's actions. In light of this, the coalition has called for the withdrawal of the about 5,000 remaining American soldiers from Iraq.

Aug 23 10:27

The successes of Russian diplomacy in the Middle East

The political changes which have been transforming the Middle East for the last two months are not the result of the destruction of any of the protagonists, but the evolution of the Iranian, Turkish and Emirati points of view. Where the military might of the United States has failed, the subtlety of Russian diplomacy has succeeded. Refusing to comment on the crimes of one party or the other, Moscow is slowly managing pacify the region.

Aug 23 10:24

Lindsey Graham’s Blank Check. Why a Defense Agreement with Israel Would be a Disaster for Americans

Two world wars began because of unconditional pledges made by one country to come to assistance of another. On July 5, 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany pledged his country’s complete support for whatever response Austria-Hungary would choose to make against Serbia after the June 28th assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist during an official visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia. This fatal error went down in history as Germany’s carte blanche or “blank check,” assurance to Austria that led directly to WW I.

Aug 23 07:42

Israel preparing to bomb Houthis in Yemen to warn them away from Iran – reports

Israel is planning to bomb Houthi and Hezbollah targets in Yemen to keep them from receiving weapons from Iran following several Israeli attacks on Iraqi targets, Kuwaiti media has reported.

Aug 22 09:41

Russia acknowledges its ground troops are fighting in Idlib

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has acknowledged for the first time the presence of Russian military fighting alongside Syrian regime forces in the Idlib assault, confirming numerous earlier reports.

During a press conference he held following a meeting with Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Botchway yesterday, Lavrov confirmed that “There are Russian soldiers on the ground in the Syrian province of Idlib,” stating that Russia would respond to any attack on its soldiers in Syria.

Aug 22 09:21

Yemen: Coalition Warships Attack Fishing Boats

(Beirut) – Saudi-led coalition naval forces have carried out at least five deadly attacks on Yemeni fishing boats since 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Coalition warships and helicopters have been involved in attacks that killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen, including 7 children, and the detention of more than 100 others, some of whom were tortured in custody in Saudi Arabia.

The coalition attacks on fishermen and fishing boats appear to be deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects in violation of the laws of war. Coalition officials who ordered or carried out the attacks or tortured detainees are most likely responsible for war crimes.

Aug 22 08:27

Iranian Version of Russia's S-300 Missile Shield Unveiled

Bavar 373 was unveiled in a ceremony participated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.

"Bavar 373 is the most important indigenized missile defense system whose design and manufacturing started a few years ago and can engage multiple targets in high altitudes," General Hatami said, addressing the ceremony.

Aug 22 08:08

Strategic analysis on the construction of new energy corridor China–Pakistan–Iran–Turkey

Highlights

This paper explores the current situation of cross-border energy pipelines of China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Then it analysis strategic objectives of the four countries.


It is proposed to build China-Pakistan-Iran-Turkey energy corridor between China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, which is of great significance to realize the energy strategic objectives of the countries.

Aug 22 07:53

Russian Su-35s Intercept Turkish F-16s Over Syria’s Idlib - Reports

Two Russian Air Force Su-35 heavyweight air superiority fighters have reportedly intercepted Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcons over the southern countryside of Syria’s Idlib Governorate. Russia has deployed Su-35 fighters to Khmeimi Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province since January 2016, following the Turkish downing of a Russian Su-24 strike fighter near the Syrian-Turkish border the previous year. While the Su-24 lacked an air to air capability, and jets previously deployed such as the Su-25 and Su-34 were designed primarily for an air to ground role and deployed for airstrikes against Islamist militants, the Su-35 has been equipped from the outset with air to air missiles and is intended to defend Russian and to a lesser extent allied forces in the theatre.

Aug 22 07:39

What’s Russia Up to in the Iranian Port of Chabahar? The North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC)

There have been wild reports over the past few weeks about Russia’s activities in the Iranian port of Chabahar, with some sources even alleging that Moscow plans to open up a naval base there.

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An interesting sequence of events has recently taken place that makes many wonder what Russia’s up to in the Iranian port of Chabahar. It’s widely known that Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and India are cooperating on the North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) project to integrate each of their economies more closely together, with Chabahar being this initiative’s terminal port in connecting India to the other three and also Central Asia.

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Aug 21 11:59

Palestinian Nakba II is here

"We are basically dealing here with a systematic forced removal of the indigenous population from a given territory by a powerful settler state. In Yiddish as well as in English such an act is called ethnic cleansing and is considered a crime against humanity under the statutes of the International Criminal Court..." >>

Aug 21 09:40

Syria - Frontline Breach Opens Door To A Deep Battle For Idlib

During the last months the Syrian government made some progress in the norther part of Hama governorate on the border to the jihadi held Idlib governorate. The breach of the jihadi defense lines must now be used to develop a larger campaign.

The maps show the progress between May 15 2019 and today (Red - government control; Green - jihadi control).

The current operation is a pincer movement on the western and eastern side of Khan Shaykhun. It is designed to envelope the jihadi held towns Al Lataminah, Kafr Zayta, Khan Shaykhun and Morek.

The encirclement north of Khan Shaykhun will close within the next several days. The jihadis who stay within the cauldron will have little chance to survive.

Aug 21 09:38

Australia joins US-led anti-Iran flotilla… in the name of national security & economic interests

Australia will send a frigate and a spy plane in support of Washington’s dubious initiative to boost security in the Strait of Hormuz by filling it with foreign warships, increasing the risk of miscalculations and provocations.

Aug 20 09:49

Trump’s Anti-Iran Warrant

Time and again, hard evidence shows the US is a nation run by hawkish right-wing extremists, dismissive of the rule of law and democratic values they abhor and don’t tolerate.

Operating exclusively by their own rules, they maintain that UN Charter principles and other international law applies to other nations, not imperial USA.

All nations the US doesn’t control are on its target list for regime change, part of its longstanding plot to rule the world unchallenged, control its resources, and create ruler-serf societies everywhere — enforced by Pentagon-run NATO, operating as a global police force.

Since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist dictatorship, Iran has been a key target to transform back to US client state status — by brute force it that’s what it takes.

Aug 20 09:43

The Saudis Learn the Term “Asymmetric Response”

The Saudis just learned that some moments in history show their significance as they unfold. Iran shooting down a U.S. Global Hawk stealth drone and President Trump refusing his war-hawk cabinet in retaliating militarily is one of them.

I said then and still maintain that this was a turning point in the history of the world.

Any retaliation by the U.S. would be catastrophic for the world economy. It would unleash a regional conflict on multiple fronts which would not be any kind of controlled theater…

… That for all the might of the U.S. military and financial empire, its weaknesses are deep enough that even a relatively weak military and economy like Iran’s can stop it all dead cold because of basic things like geography, logistics and simple human resolve.

Aug 20 09:27

Images show Iran satellite launch looms despite US criticism

Read the comments. It would appear that many Americans are friendly towards Iran.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles.

Satellite images of the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province this month show increased activity at the site, as heightened tensions persist between Washington and Tehran over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Aug 19 08:55

5 Yemeni missiles hit targets in Saudi Arabia’s Najran, Asir

Yemeni forces have targeted gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southern provinces of Najran and Asir with at least five domestically-manufactured missiles.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website, citing a spokesman for the Yemeni army, reported that Yemeni missile defense units targeted the gatherings of the Saudi-led mercenaries in the al-Sadis area in Najran with two Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missiles on Tuesday.

The report added that Yemeni forces also hit similar gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in the mountainous al-Majaz area of Asir with three missiles of the same type.

The source also told al-Masirah that all missiles successfully hit their designated targets, leaving an unspecified number of mercenaries either dead or wounded.

Aug 19 08:52

Syrian Army breaks through militant lines to advance on Khan Sheikhoun: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a big advance in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this past week after cracking the militant lines near the key city of Khan Sheikhoun.

Aug 19 08:50

Syrian, Russian Fighter Jets Pound, Block Turkish Army's Military Convoy to Khan Sheikhoun

Russia's Documents Center quoted special sources as saying that as soon as the Turkish military convoy arrived near Ma'aret al-Numan from Saraqib region to support Tahrir al-Sham's movement towards Khan Sheikhoun city faced warning airstrikes near Khan Sheikhoun and was forced to bring to halt its movement.

The sources, meantime, pointed to a complete disconnection of the International Aleppo-Damascus Highway under Russian and Syrian airstrikes, and said that three Faylaq al-Sham terrorists, backed by the Turkish Army, who were moving through this route were killed.

The Turkish military convoy comprised 28 military vehicles, tanks and trucks carrying different types of weapons, missiles and military equipment as well as several armored personnel carriers.

Aug 19 08:32

A Bedouin Family Gets Evicted by Israel, and Their Baby Gets Killed

Sarah Ka’abneh, 24, doesn’t know yet that her 2-month-old daughter Hana has died. For nearly two weeks the mother has been unconscious in intensive care at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

When the accident happened on the morning of August 5, she had the baby in her arms. She was sitting in a cart harnessed to a tractor driven by her father-in-law. Her eldest son Khaled, 2, her mother-in-law and her parents-in-law’s young children sat to each side, among the family’s meager belongings.

Aug 16 23:25

China Prepares Its “Nuclear Option” In Trade War

As the trade war with the U.S. continues to escalate, China has re-engaged with Iran on three key projects and is weighing the use of what both Washington and Beijing term the ‘nuclear option’, a senior oil and gas industry source who works closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com last week.

For the first of these projects - Phase 11 of the supergiant South Pars non-associated gas field (SP11) - last week saw a statement from the chief executive officer of the Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) that talks had resumed with Chinese developers to advance the project. Originally the subject of an extensive contract signed by France’s Total before it pulled out due to re-imposed U.S. sanctions on Iran, talks had been well-advanced with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to take up the slack on development.

Aug 13 08:11

Caught between an air blockade and southern suspicion, Yemeni patients are left to die

While the Saudi-led coalition imposes restrictions on Sanaa airport, forces in the south prevent those seeking treatment abroad from leaving through Aden.

Hussein Saeed, 45, has been suffering from liver cancer for the past year and has tried to receive proper treatment in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital currently held by Houthi rebels, without success.

The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis imposed restrictions on Sanaa airport on 9 August 2016, and with no commercial flights able to leave or enter, medicines cannot arrive in the city.

Over the past year, Saeed’s health has declined, and although he has been moved between several hospitals in the capital he has failed to receive proper healthcare.

Having heard of dozens of cancer patients dying in Sanaa, Saeed decided his best option would be to leave the country to receive medical treatment in India, where many other patients have received treatment for the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, my dear readers, THIS is what our US alleged "leadership" has done for Yemen; apparently, it was not enough to be killing innocent children, women, and the medically fragile elderly, whose only "mistake" was being in the utterly wrong place, at the utterly wrong time; now, by not letting life-saving cancer drugs to get to its victims, the US is party to killing its cancer victims.

Hey, President Trump WAY TO GO!!

Killing cancer victims by not allowing medicine to get into the country, to kowtow to Saudi Arabia's grand scheme of killing innocent people because they were ill, WOW!! What an incredible choice!!

Mr. President, in this policy, people with even a modicum of intelligence understand, that you have utterly none, nor do you have any possible degree of compassion, to boot. In fact, you may well be a prototype bot, which is programmed to have companies in this country make as much money as they possibly can from war.

And regarding the 2020 campaign, considering the degree to which you allowed those independent voices in the press who stood up for you in 2016, get thrown under the proverbial bus, I do not understand anyone who would support you, other than those who have been making out like bandits, with magnificent profits soaring, courtesy of your being our country's Merchant of Death in Chief.

Aug 12 09:27

Hidden Hands in the Middle East

The Western public has been so poorly served, in recent years, by its supposed world-class media organisations that any semblance of a coherent narrative explaining world events and tying together their deeper, underlying, causes to one another, has almost completely disappeared from the programming of the major networks. More often than not, international affairs are presented to us as a series of apparently unrelated events that simply “occur”, in most cases without any meaningful context or background being provided, or else, with a completely one-sided and deliberately misleading interpretation being force-fed to us by our “impartial” broadcasters.

Aug 12 07:51

Flooding Persian Gulf with weapons turns it into ‘matchbox ready to ignite’ – Zarif

The US and their allies are damaging security in the Persian Gulf by “flooding” the region with arms, and sending a US-led naval force there will make the situation worse, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

US foreign policy undermines the security of the countries around the Persian Gulf, Zarif said on Monday during a trip to Qatar.

Aug 09 16:32

Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.

As tensions heat up in the Persian Gulf, the Navy’s minesweeping fleet may once again be called into action, but its sailors say the ships are too old and broken to do the job. “We are essentially the ships that the Navy forgot.”

Aug 09 09:24

WHY IS SAUDI ARABIA GIVING UP A TRACT OF LAND THE SIZE OF MASSACHUSETTS FOR "THE WORLD'S FIRST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL ZONE"?

It has been reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman originally came up with the idea for the city when he “pulled up a map of his country on Google Earth and saw its northwest quadrant was a blank slate.” He ultimately decided that it would be an ideal location for “the city of the future”, and he enlisted an army of U.S. consultants to help him fulfill his dream.

But will his dream ultimately become a nightmare? There are some extremely alarming things that I want to tell you about, but first let’s talk about some of the cool stuff that is planned for the city…

The in-development Saudi Arabian city-state will have robot maids, flying taxis, and glow-in-the-dark sand, according to confidential planning documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. An artificial moon will light up the sky every night, and a Jurassic Park-style island will let visitors mingle with robot dinosaurs.

Sounds like a fun place to live, right?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Butcher of Yemen; before you start construction here, please stop killing innocent civilians; women, babies, and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen.

IF you think, for one millisecond, that this project will wipe your hands clean of the blood you (and your American compatriots) have caused to be shed in Yemen, you are, unfortunately, very sadly mistaken.

I would like to politely remind you, that the genius novel "1984", by George Orwell, was a cautionary tale; not a how to manual!!

And how many of your citizens will be making enough money, to come and see this wonderland, once it is created?!? The horrendous disparity of wealth in your county, may make this impossibly challenging for most of your financially, and politically, and religiously challenged, citizens.

I, as a confessing Christian, could not even make it through the airport at Riyadh!!
Freedom of Religion nonexistent in Saudi Arabia

I would certainly like to be able to "cheer on" this project, but not unless and until, you are able to leave Yemen, and grant all your people freedom of worship in Saudi Arabia.

Aug 09 09:11

UAE Frees Activist After 5 years in Detention For Tweeting Against Torture

By Afef Abrougui

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have freed activist and political prisoner Osama al-Najjar after detaining him for more than five years.

Al-Najjar, who was arrested in March 2014, served a three-year jail sentence for posting tweets denouncing torture in UAE prisons. Despite completing his sentence, he remained in arbitrary detention for more than two years, before he was released on August 8, rights groups said...

Aug 08 11:10

UN Accuses Yemen Forces of Attacking Northerners

The UN has issued a new statement expressing concern about the Saudi and UAE-backed government in southern Yemen and its recent treatment of people from the northern part of Yemen.

Since the Houthis, who control the north, attacked government military targets last week, there have been growing reports of arbitrary arrests and assaults on northerners in revenge attacks.

The UN report singled out UAE-backed security forces, saying they’d been both carrying out revenge attacks on civilians and enabling attacks by other groups against northerners.

Aug 08 09:34

Israeli FM says working toward 'transparent normalization' with Persian Gulf states

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz says he is working toward “transparent normalization and signed agreements” with a number of Persian Gulf littoral states as the countries do not shy away from disclosing their clandestine relations with the Tel Aviv regime following years of secretive contacts.

Katz told a ministers' meeting in Jerusalem al-Quds on Tuesday that he recently met with a "high ranking persona" from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to improve ties between Israel and Arab states.

The top Israeli diplomat further noted that the two reached “substantial agreements.”

“We do not have a conflict with them (Arab states),” Katz commented.

Aug 07 11:42

QUITTING COLD TURKEY

Until literally a couple of years ago, courtesy of its enviable position in Asia Minor positioned in direct proximity of USSR (during the Cold War), Iran (after the Islamic Revolution), Iraq, and of course Syria in most recent years, Turkey enjoyed remarkably positive press as “NATO’s Number 2 Army” and in general a stalwart and reliable ally. Greece, by contrast, even though a member of the same NATO alliance and the European Union to boot, and a country whose political institutions were more similar to those of the European members of NATO, was a neglected backwater. Whereas Greece currently has only one US military base, namely the Souda naval base on the island of Crete, Turkey boasts Izmir and Incirlik airbases, the latter of which having a nuclear weapons’ storage facility.

Aug 07 10:34

Dubai Customs Makes Massive Seizure of “Jihadist's Drug”

Dubai Customs has foiled a drug smuggling attempt, seizing 274,000 Captagon pills. Captagon has been dubbed the "amphetamine fueling Syria's war" or the "Jihadists' drug."

Drugs.com states that Captagon manufacturing has escalated in Europe and the Middle East over the past few years and that it has been by extremist groups such as Islamic State to enhance their soldiers abilities. The highly addictive, amphetamine-based drug is said to enhance courage.

Aug 07 09:54

Russia, Turkey, Iran: Adversaries Of The West's NATO Alliance

Germany's point-blank refusal to support Washington's proposal for a maritime protection force in the Arabian Gulf to protect shipping from attacks by Iran is yet another example of Berlin's diplomatic and economic sabotage of the Western alliance.

Following the recent upsurge in Iranian aggression in the all-important Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf shipping artery through which flows one-fifth of the world's energy needs, Washington has sought international backing for Operation Sentinel, its naval operation to protect shipping in the region.

This search follows a series of Iranian attacks, including the shooting down of a US Navy drone operating in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz, as well as a number of attacks against merchant shipping, such as last month's seizure of the British-registered oil tanker Stena Impero.

Aug 07 09:49

Israel joins US-led anti-Iran coalition in Strait of Hormuz?

Israel has reportedly volunteered intelligence and assistance in “other unspecified fields” to the US-led coalition against Iran after bonding with the Emirates over a shared opposition to Tehran’s influence in the Persian Gulf.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached “substantial agreements” regarding the “Iranian threat,” foreign minister Yisrael Katz told a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday, according to Ynet News. Katz also said he has instructed the ministry to include Israel in the US-led “policing” mission, adding that participating in the initiative will improve its relationship with the Gulf Arab states.

Aug 05 09:37

Kushner seeks Arab leaders’ support to Mideast peace plan seemingly going into effect

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, accompanied by a White House team including Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and State Department official Brian Hook, began last week a Mideast tour to rally support from Arab leaders for the White House’s Mideast peace plan aimed, they said, to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli long-standing conflict.

Kushner, the plan’s main architect, made stops at Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, and Morocco reportedly to address roles of each Arab country in the suggested plan and to strengthen the situation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the general elections on 17 September as the latter seeks to be the Israeli leader who oversaw Trump plan came to effect, political analysts said.

However, Kushner’s tour included no Palestinian officials.

Aug 05 06:57

ERDOGAN PUBLICLY ANNOUNCES TURKEY INVASION EAST OF THE EUPHRATES

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has publicly announced the decision to launch a long-awaited military operation in Syria, east of the Euphrates River, and said that the United States (US) and Russia have been warned and provided with the information necessary.

Speaking at an inauguration ceremony in the north-western city of Bursa yesterday, Erdogan stated that “We entered Afrin, Jarabulus, and Al-Bab, and now we’re going to enter east of the Euphrates,” adding that “We shared this with the US and Russia.”

The military operation has been highly speculated on in recent weeks following talks between Turkish military figures such as Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar and US Envoy to Syria James Jeffreys regarding a proposed safe zone in northern Syria. At the start of the talks in July, Turkey warned that it would conduct the operation if an agreement was not reached for the establishment of the zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My big question here is, what will Russia do, if this incursion goes ahead, as planned?!?

There had to be some kind of quid pro quo, at least with Russia, for them to allow this Turkish military operation to move forward; I am having a hard time believing that Russia would go along with this, without getting something back for Al Assad, but only time will reveal what that was.

Aug 04 16:30

Washington urges Australia to ‘be partner’ in confronting Iran in Gulf standoff

The US is seeking to pull Australia into its escalating row with Tehran, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting Canberra’s help to secure shipping routes against “unprovoked attacks” in the Strait of Hormuz.

Aug 04 11:17

Japan Won't Send Warships to US-led Mission in Strait of Hormuz Amid Row With Iran - Reports

Last week, the US invited Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, South Korea, the UK, and several other countries to join a maritime protection mission in the Persian Gulf region to counter Iran .

Tokyo won't send ships to join the US-led maritime force to guard tankers in the Strait of Hormuz amid an escalation of tensions between Tehran and Washington, Japan's Mainichi Shimbun has reported. According to the newspaper, however, Japan may send warships independently in order to protect their vessels in the region.

Aug 03 10:32

UAE withdrawing from Yemen because Abu Dhabi believes Saudi-led war is unwinnable: NYT

A report sheds light on the motive behind a surprise decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — a key member of a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia — to pull its troops out of Yemen, saying Abu Dhabi has come to the conclusion that the war being waged on Yemen is “unwinnable.”

“In background briefings last month for Western analysts, the Emiratis said they were pulling back because the war appeared unwinnable,” the New York Times revealed on Thursday.

Abu Dhabi has publicly been saying for more than a month that they have begun a phased withdrawal of forces participating in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen.

According to earlier reports, Abu Dhabi had previously attributed the troop withdrawal to a handful of different reasons, including domestic security concerns and support for UN-led peace efforts.

Aug 02 11:35

Israel dodges UN blacklist despite rise in Palestinian youth killed and injured in 2018

Israeli forces killed and maimed some 2,800 Palestinian children in 2018, the highest number in years, and yet were not mentioned on an annual United Nations blacklist of armed forces that commit atrocities against youth.

Some 59 Palestinian children were killed last year and 2,756 more were injured — the highest number since 2014, according to a report by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres that will be published this week, an advance copy of which was seen by Mondoweiss.

While Guterres called for a probe into the deaths and blasted Israel for endangering Palestinian youths, the UN chief did not embarrass Israel by naming it on his “list of shame” in the annexes of the survey.

“I am extremely concerned by the significant rise in the maiming of and injuries caused to children across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, including by tear gas inhalation requiring medical treatment,” Guterres said in the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UN Secretary-General Guterres knows that his requests to Israel will be answered... just as soon as pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Aug 02 11:08

Houthi Attacks in South Yemen Kill at Least 51, Saudis Blame Iran

Attacks by the Shi’ite Houthi movement against pro-Saudi and pro-UAE targets in southern Yemen have killed at least 51 people, most of them military forces loyal to the UAE, and a high-ranking UAE official.

The largest incident was a missile fired by the Houthis, which hit a military parade in the southern capital of Aden. The casualties included a number of military commanders, and parading fighters.

Despite drone and missile attacks being launched by the Houthis, and the Houthis being very clear about that fact, Saudi Arabia wasn’t going to miss a chance to use anything bad happening to blame Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What are the Saudis going to do, blame their own Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the US government and military for these deaths?!?

The Saudi government may well feel that they are getting very close to some actionable traction on their mantra, "Something needs to be done to Iran to teach it a Lesson!!"

That being said, however, I would very much like the "Adults in the Room", in Riyadh, Tel Aviv, and DC, to consider the following statement, made late June of this year by a top Russian official:

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article goes on to state:

"“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow."

I would gently, and politely, suggest that the rest of the world take Russia at its word; Russian government officials hardly fart, without Putin's permission, so when a policy commitment like this is stated, Putin means it.

And who, please, was the ignoble, brainless miscreant of a leader, who thought that a military parade in a country that has been occupied, but not completely controlled, was a "swell idea"?!?

Since I don't believe in capital punishment (largely, because of how badly the chain of evidence is handled in the US, leading to unjust convictions), were I high up in the Saudi and/or UAE governments, I would have this guy shoveling camel excrement, for the rest of his miserable life!!

Aug 01 12:04

Veteran justice campaigner Pete Gregson set to be expelled from the UK’s Labour Party for opposing Zionist racism

Peter Gregson, chair of LAZIR – Labour Against Zionist Islamophobic Racism – and veteran campaigner for justice for the Palestinian people, has been given the red card by the party’s Disputes Team, which is riddled with Zionist racists – members of the so-called “Jewish Labour Movement”, a pro-Israeli apartheid body embedded within the Labour Party.>>

Aug 01 10:26

Tyranny won't last: Leader reacts to Bahrain executions

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned Bahraini rulers that their tyrannical regime is not going to last much longer, after the ruling Al Khalifah regime tortured and executed two young protesters.

"Cruelty and tyranny won't last and the determination and the willpower of justice-seeking nations will eventually prevail," the Leader's official Arabic-language Twitter account quoted him as saying on Wednesday.

Aug 01 10:23

Saudi Arabia, UAE are loyal servants of US imperialism: Scholar

The simple fact is that no matter who rules in Washington, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are loyal servants of US imperialism and serve as its surrogates in the Persian Gulf region, according to Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Aug 01 09:08

ALLEGED 9/11 MASTERMIND COULD BLOW SAUDI ROLE WIDE OPEN IN LAWSUIT TESTIMONY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

If anyone knows where the skeletons are buried contradicting the official 9/11 narrative then it's none other than alleged terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Wall Street Journal and others report that he's ready to spill the beans on Saudi Arabia's involvement in the worst terror attack to ever take place on American soil as part of a victims' lawsuit seeking damages from the kingdom as a state sponsor.

A letter filed in the US District Court in Manhattan disclosed an offer to spare Mohammed the death penalty in exchange for his willingness to be deposed by the victims, who are seeking billions of dollars in damage from the kingdom, making it extremely politically sensitive regarding both embarrassing secrets of Riyadh's role in 9/11 and the potential to severely damage US-Saudi economic ties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wouldn't want to bet this will happen; actually, I think Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is going to become very "depressed" and will commit suicide by continually bouncing himself, head first, on the concrete in his cell, until he dies.

What an enormously inventive suicide!!

And let me hasten to add, this is only satire on my part; but I think the US government, which has much to explain about the truth of 9/11, will file suit to keep this from happening, and fast-track this guy toward a lethal injection just as quickly as judicially possible.

Aug 01 08:47

YEMEN: UAE-BACKED OFFICIAL KILLED IN HOUTHI STRIKE 

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
A UAE-backed commander was amongst those killed when an explosion struck a military parade in Yemen’s southern city of Aden today.

Scores were injured and killed in the blast which rocked the seat of Yemen’s Saudi-backed internationally recognised government.

The Houthi movement said it was behind the attack. Their official channel Al Masirah TV said it had launched a medium-range ballistic missile and an armed drone at the military parade.

“The blast occurred behind the stand where the ceremony was taking place at Al Jalaa military camp in Buraiqa district in Aden,” Reuters reported a witness saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the last 3 years, Saudi Arabia, aided and abetted by the US, has been turning Yemen into a bloody genocide.

And I take it, from the expectations of the Butcher of Yemen, aka Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that the Yemenites are forbidden to strike back?!?

Every thinking person I know, who has written on the tragedy which has become Yemen, says that the only way that this can be resolved, is through negotiation; of course, Prince MBS will not negotiate.

In fact, I am rather surprised that he hasn't ordered a complete carpet bombing of the country, coupled with the slaughter of all its male infants, as did (allegedly) Herod during the time Biblical time of Christ.

Of course, being a 21st century assassin (does anyone remember Adnan Khashoggi?!?) he understands that the optics of such attacks, would not be great for his country.

So he is continuing to pursue a war of attrition, which has no way of ending for him, except badly.

If there were any true justice in this world, this man would be in shackles at the Court for International Justice at the Hague; but the concept is no longer "justice"; for those monied, it's about "Just us!!!"

Aug 01 08:30

As Tensions Flare Between US & Iran, More Oil Tankers Are 'Going Dark' In The Strait Of Hormuz

Given the rising tension in the Strait of Hormuz, and the mysterious spate of seemingly random attacks on tankers that some have blamed on Iran, it's no surprise that more captains transporting shipments of crude and LNG through one of the busiest corridors for the global energy trade feel the need to keep a low profile, according to Bloomberg.

Which is apparently why more ships are turning off their transponders - "going dark", in industry jargon - a technique that is typically used by smugglers and those hoping to avoid American sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will only be a matter of time before the US interdicts one of these ships, and claims that it was carrying Iranian oil, and that they went dark to evade the sanctions.

I would like those preciously few "adults in the bowels of DC", to be very careful about what the US does, in such a circumstance, given that Russia has promised that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid.
Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article went on to state: "“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

When asked if Russia was ready to provide material support to Iran if the U.S. attacks it, Kabulov said that “specific actions are a question for the Russian president.”

Folks, the US government is playing with fire, if they have swallowed their own moonshine Koolade, about the superiority of US weapons over those of Russia or China; the capabilities of US weapons is still, unfortunately, very much lagging behind those of their Russian and Chinese counterparts.

The more President Trump presses his sanctions, the more unpredictable the responses from Iran may become.

There are two "toys" not currently in this President's toy arsenal, and those "toys" are "caution" and "restraint."

I would like to hope that someone in this administration is willing mention them to the President.

Aug 01 07:46

Zionist Puppet Trump Gives Israel a Free Hand in Genocide of Palestinian People

With all criticism toward Israel silenced in the West, Israel now enjoys complete impunity to make life a hell on earth for the Palestinians.
The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House two-and-a-half years ago has emboldened Israel as never before, leaving it free to unleash new waves of brutality in the occupied territories.

While engaged in the process of “saving” Israel, Donald Trump is going to destroy the United States.

Israel is a demonic evil entity. It has Amerika by the throat. Israel is in the process of destroying the United States because it is a parasite, a vampire. Trump is their man. Trump’s job is to serve Israel.

All the ‘Q’ talk about Trump playing 4d chess is utter garbage. That is the psyop they are using to fool the goyim into believing that Trump is somehow working for the American voter. He is not, he is working for Israel.

You cannot make Amerika great again by giving Israel everything it wants — and more.

Jul 31 10:35

Military drills between Egypt, US, UAE continue

Egypt, the United States and the United Arab Emirates forces continued their joint military drill Eagle Salute – Eagle Response 2019 on Monday in the territorial waters of the Red Sea, according the Egyptian Armed Forces.

Saudi Arabia is participating in the exercises as an observer. Various naval units from the Egyptian, US, and UAE naval forces are taking part in the exercise that is set to last for several days.

The forces are using frigates, missile-launching boats, and mine hunters in the exercises. Special naval units, the coast guard, and F16 jet fighters are taking part in the drills.

Jul 31 03:09

Video:Israel is Sorry, it's a Mistake :: Operation Cast Lead Dec 2008

This video is current events! The killing, torture, beatings, demolitions, never stopped. Have a good look at what the Jewish nation of Israel is really all about. Write or phone your congressman but don't call or write to Washington D.C. the correct address is in Israel. Israel own you, the congress, The President and you are paying for all this.

Jul 31 02:32

Israel’s Scheme to Bury the Nakba. “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine”

Israel’s 1947-48 Nakba against the Palestinian people was and remains one of history’s great crimes. Establishment of the Jewish state came at the expense of the Palestinian people, their descendants and refugee population.
The final master plan’s goal aimed to create a state with maximum Jews and minimum Arabs — by any means, including mass murder of defenseless people.
Note: Yes the Jewish nation of Israel committed mass murder and continues to murder, beat, torture, destroy with the aid of the United States of America. Yes we must be careful not to be anti-semetic! Don't forget the holocau$t soap made from Jewish bodies, lampshades from Jewish skin.

Jul 30 10:03

Mamet’s “Bitter Wheat”, #MeToo and the role of Jewish parody

"You’ll want to see Mamet’s 'Bitter Wheat' not because it is a great play – because it isn’t – but because it is a true window into the sophisticated and manipulative role of Jewish humour."

Jul 30 09:23

Yemen drones hit Saudi airbase in precision counterattack

The Yemeni army says it has launched several drones against an airbase in southwestern Saudi Arabia after the kingdom and its allies slew more than a dozen people in northern Yemen.

On Monday, army spokesman Yahya Sare'e was quoted by the al-Masirah television network as saying that the aircraft had stricken the King Khalid Airbase in the kingdom’s Asir region. The counter-raid used unmanned aerial vehicles of the Qasef 2K make, he added.

“The attack targeted warplane hangers and important military sites accurately,” Sare’e was cited by the network as saying.

Using ample Western support, the kingdom and its most important regional allies have been hitting Yemen in an indiscriminate invasion since March 2015. The military aggression has been seeking to restore the impoverished country’s former Saudi-allied government, whose officials have fled the country and refused to negotiate power.

Jul 30 08:30

US supporting Riyadh to commit mass murder: Former US diplomat

Former US diplomat Michael Springmann says the United States continues to support Saudi Arabia in its war on Yemen despite the humanitarian catastrophe there.

Jul 29 14:32

UK “Labour Party a political home for Zionists”

Stuart Littlewood highlights the fact the UK Labour Party now officially declares itself a political home for Zionism – a racist, supremacist, ideology – thereby betraying its core values and the Palestinians still struggling for freedom, independence and a share of the modern world's prosperity. >>

Jul 28 13:26

Open letter to British MPs on their witch-hunts of pro-Palestinian figures

Fernando Guevara explains why British MPs must stop giving ground to Zionism instead of defending their constituencies and the conscientious objectors who are now subject to witch-hunts for carrying out their duties in the face of Zionist demands. >>

Jul 24 12:15

Shipping companies prepare to ditch UK-ensign in favour of China-flagged vessels to avoid wrath of Iran

Phil Diacon, head of Dryad Global, a London-based shipping risk management company, said major shipping firms were looking to shift to China-flagged vessels after Friday's dramatic hijacking

He said his global clients - major shipping firms - were starting to look at alternatives to using British-flagged vessels in the Gulf because the Iranians had 'no interest' in disrupting the shipping of other nations.

Jul 24 11:26

Tokyo not considering sending military for US-proposed maritime coalition: Suga

Japan says it is not weighing sending military forces for a US-proposed maritime coalition in a purported mission of protecting maritime shipping lanes in the Middle East.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday that there was no change in the country’s stance previously stated by Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya.

It was “as Minister Iwaya said,” noted the Japanese top government spokesman.

Jul 23 17:17

‘Ticking bomb’: Abandoned tanker in Red Sea could EXPLODE & spill 1m barrels of oil into the ocean

An abandoned tanker off Yemen’s coast threatens to turn the Red Sea black. Experts warn that a build-up of volatile gasses in the ship could cause a “catastrophic” explosion that would dump millions of gallons of oil into the sea.

The tanker, moored near the Yemeni port of Ras Isa, contains around 1.1 million barrels of petroleum, but has been stranded at its present spot since 2015, where locals have used the ship as a make-shift barge. Sitting for years without maintenance, however, the decrepit vessel is now deteriorating rapidly, risking a global environmental calamity of historic dimensions.

Jul 23 17:13

War in Yemen can be stopped, warring parties support peace deal – UN envoy

The four-year war in Yemen can be stopped because the warring sides still support a UN peace deal brokered in Stockholm last December, UN envoy Martin Griffiths said on Tuesday.

The war between the Houthis and a Saudi-backed coalition supporting the Yemeni government has killed many tens of thousands of people and left millions on the brink of famine.

Griffiths said in Geneva he believes that “this war in Yemen is eminently resolvable.” Both parties “continue to insist that they want a political solution and the military solution is not available,” the diplomat added.

Jul 22 12:35

The War on Yemen Just Went from Bad to Worse for Saudi Arabia

Nobody’s won the War on Yemen (except for maybe the Southern Transitional Council), but that doesn’t mean that they lost, either, except for Saudi Arabia. The Ansar Allah (“Houthis”) administer the most demographically and economically important part of the country even though they failed to take control of the state’s entire territory, while the UAE obtained invaluable experience managing mercenary groups and also acquired several regional bases throughout the course of its campaign, to say nothing of the rising South Yemeni proxy state that they’re largely responsible for creating. Saudi Arabia, meanwhile, is less secure than it was at the onset of the conflict now that the Ansar Allah’s military capabilities have evolved to the point of enabling them to regularly bomb the Kingdom’s territory, and it’s dangerously falling into the trap of “mission creep” by seeking to replace some of the withdrawn Emirati units with its own.

Jul 22 12:34

US Pushes Allies to Send Warships to Gulf to Protect Tankers

Britain has been keeping track of US actions with respect to Iran, so when a British oil tanker was seized by Iran last week, one of the first moves Britain made was to ask the US to avoid saber rattling or making inflammatory public statements.

That’s such a default response for the Trump Administration that it’s not clear they’d even recognize the difference. US officials are now pushing for everyone to rush warships to the Strait of Hormuz to protect tankers going forward.

While US officials are presenting this as a new program called Sentinel, the reality is that this is the exact same idea the US has been pushing for weeks, where the US gets other countries to commit warships, but the US gets to command them entirely.

Jul 22 08:36

The U.S. Is Staging Troops At A Key Saudi Military Base That It Used During All Previous Middle East Wars

By Michael Snyder

The U.S. military is following many of the exact same patterns that we witnessed during our previous wars in the Middle East, and that even includes setting up shop at a key military base deep in the heart of the Arabian peninsula.

After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the U.S. military abandoned Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia, but now they are back. Hundreds of U.S. troops are already there working hard to get the base operational, and as you will see, a tremendous amount of new construction is planned...

Jul 21 10:24

US TO LAUNCH PLAN FOR 'FREE PASSAGE' OF SHIPS IN IRAN'S WATERWAY

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM

Aspen, Colorado - The United States is concerned that a "miscalculation" by Iran could cause an "unintended conflict" in the Gulf, as it prepares to launch a new surveillance and intelligence initiative with its allies to ensure "free and open passage" for ships.

"We are starting a concept called Sentinel in which we will have a series of countries engaged to preserve the free and open passage of commerce in the Strait of Hormuz and in the Persian Gulf," US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood said at the Aspen Security Forum on Saturday.

The US has had discussions with NATO allies, some "partners in the Gulf" and others to join the effort to keep the "vital waterway" open, said Rood, adding that the new operation would "come into being over the coming days and weeks".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please excuse me, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood; but which of our "partners" have stepped forward to create "a coalition of the willing" here?!?

Back in May of this year, Europe told the US to "count them out" as tensions between the US and Iran started to simmer.

War With Iran? Count Us Out, Europe Says

Apparently, you "did not get the memo", from a story breaking just this last Friday, about the US's allies not wanting to create a naval force against Iran, because it might well worsen tensions: Allies resist US call for anti-Iran naval force, fearing it would worsen tensions.

And just one day ago, we had the following story break: A War with Iran Would Wreck the American Energy Market.

The Trump administration needs to do some serious soul-searching as it relates to how it thinks about energy as a whole.
by Connor Sutherland

What seems to be happening here, is that the US has become pathologically incapable, in large part due to Israel's continued (false) accusations of Iran being an existential threat, rather than an economic threat, of making credible, sensible long-term commitments to the energy sector of its economy.

And unless, and until that happens, President Trump is very contentedly putting the US on the keening edge of a war against Iran.

I mean, whatever Israel wants, Israel gets, right, Mr. President?!?

Even if this means a war with Russia, right, Mr. President?!?

And I do not know if any of your aides told you this, but back last month, toward the end of June, a top Russian diplomat made the following statement.
Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The guy's name, just in case no one happened to mention it, is Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, and he said this, at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

You're welcome, Mr. President.

And please, for the zillionth time: the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing, or the money, to create a positive outcome to a war against Iran.

You need some people around you, who do not say, "Yes, Mr. President" when you happen, or any of your advisors, like Bolton, or Pompeo, go off half-cocked, in declaring which countries we are going to fight next, or decide that a war against this or that entity, would be "a good thing", because you have been prevailed upon to not think of the costs of war, even if the US does prevail, which, in most cases, would be both difficult and financially costly, to a nation already drowning in $+/- 23 trillion in debt.

Mr. President, you really need some people around you who will tell you the dark, ugly truth about new potential wars in the Middle East and beyond; and I will guarantee you, that two of those people are NOT your "BFFs in the Middle East, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen or Israel's Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, who desperately needs to distract Israel's voters from the corruption charges via a massive US/Saudi invasion of Iran,due to a snap election in September.

I would politely suggest, that you need to contact some Veterans, who have participated in the US wars against Afghanistan, and Iraq; And sir, what I am thinking, is that you will better be able to separate "the grain from the chaff", after these private, one-on- one conversations are held.

And again, you are welcome. Mr. President.

Jul 19 09:53

UN reaches agreement with Yemen rebels to resume food deliveries

The World Food Program has reached an agreement in principle with Yemen's Huthi rebels to resume food aid to areas they control, the agency's chief said on Thursday.

Malnutrition is widespread in Yemen after four years of civil war, but the UN suspended deliveries of food aid to rebel-held areas of the country last month following accusations of "diversion of food."

The new agreement with the Huthis will allow food to be quickly delivered to the rebel-held capital Sanaa, though the two sides haven't formally inked the deal yet, WFP chief David Beasley told the UN Security Council.

"I can say that we have made substantial progress," he said during a meeting to discuss Yemen, in which he joined UN humanitarian officials in underlining the dire situation in the country.

Jul 17 15:42

Wider and wider still: The holocaust alliance’s solicited "anti-Semitism" as a reaction to insufficient supply of "anti-Semitism"

Fernando Guevara says the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s description of all resistance to Zionism as “anti-Semitism” is intended to fulfil the Zionist need for conflict in order to occupy territories, minds and assets.>>

Jul 17 12:14

Yemeni army forces, allies attack drone hangars in Saudi Arabia's Jizan airport

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces says army troopers and allied fighters from Popular Committees have used a squadron of domestically-manufactured Qasef-2K (Striker-2K) combat drones to strike hangars in Saudi Arabia's Jizan airport.

Brigadier General Yahya Saree said on Tuesday evening that the drones struck the designated targets with precision, noting that the structures were used to house unmanned aerial vehicles operated by the Saudi-led military coalition against Yemen.

Jul 17 08:28

Iran says US ending arms sales to Middle East would open ‘hypothetical’ path towards missile talks

Tehran has clarified a remark made by its foreign minister, stating that the US ending weapon sales to the Middle East would be a purely hypothetical scenario in which Iran might consider negotiations over its missile program.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif suggested during an interview with NBC that if the US was interested in discussing the Islamic Republic’s missile program, “they need first to stop selling all these weapons, including missiles, to our region.”

Jul 17 08:13

How the Goliath of the Jerusalem settler movement persuaded the world it’s really David

Jonathan Cook highlights the unequal fight between Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the Elad Jewish settler movement which, with the backing of the Israeli state and the US, has evicted them from their home and plans to do the same with numerous other indigenous Palestinians.>>

Jul 16 14:05

Trump tweets Israel on par with the USA!

"The Jewish state is apparently on a par with the United States in our president’s [Trumo's] tweets, it is just as bad to insult Israel as it is to insult the United States...">>

Jul 15 10:59

Europe and the JCPOA: International Hypocrisy, Will the US Start a Disastrous War in the Middle East?

The special meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, called by the hypocritical United States due to Iran’s announcement that it had ‘breached’ part of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has come and gone. The U.S. hoped, naively, to gain widespread support for additional sanctions against Iran, but found itself the target of criticism for creating the entire issue by abrogating the agreement in May of 2018.

But hypocrisy isn’t limited to the United States, although that is one of the hallmarks of that violent, racist nation. On July 9, France, Germany, the UK and the High Representative issued a most astonishing statement. This writer was astounded by its blatant hypocrisy, which certainly rivals that of the U.S. That statement follows, in its entirety, with this writer’s comments after each sentence.

Jul 14 13:47

Why the BBC acts as a propaganda outlet for Israel: An insider view

Gilad Atzmon tries to find answers to the obscene bias shown on BBC Panorama’s “investigation” of alleged “anti-Semitism” in the UK Labour Party by interviewing a veteran senior editor who describes the BBC as a “cowardly, spineless organisation” that is “institutionally pro-Zionist and institutionally spineless”.>>

Jul 14 10:28

US Naval Coalition In Gulf – A Provocation Too Far

The move is but the latest in a series of efforts by the Trump administration to mobilize Arab allies into a more aggressive military stance towards Iran. It follows recent visits to the region by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, both of whom have been urging a more organized military front led by the US to confront Iran.

The latest naval coalition proposed by General Dunford will be charged with escorting oil tankers as they pass through the Strait of Hormuz exiting the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean, and also through the Bab al Mandab entrance to the Red Sea on the Western side of the Arabian Peninsula. The former conduit serves oil supply to Asia, while the latter position between Yemen and Eritrea leads shipping to the Suez Canal on the way to the Mediterranean and Europe.

Both narrow sea passages are strategic chokepoints in global oil trade, with some 20-30 per cent of all daily shipped crude passing through them.

Jul 14 10:22

Kuwait moves to protect its ports amid Gulf tensions

Kuwait’s navy and ports authority will prepare security plans to protect the key OPEC exporter’s ports, state news agency KUNA said on Saturday, amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West.

Reuters reports that a joint cooperation protocol was signed “at an important period which the region is passing through security-wise,” Kuwait Port Authority manager Sheikh Yousef Abdullah al-Nasser al-Sabah was quoted as saying.

Sheikh Yousef said concerted efforts were needed to maintain the security of the small Gulf state’s ports and “ensure full readiness for any potential emergency,” including training and exchange of experiences, according to the KUNA report.

Jul 13 13:19

BBC’s chronic bias helping to destroy Labour

“It was unbalanced to the point of indecency… But we heard none of the distressing accounts of those who have been falsely accused of anti-Semitism; they weren’t interviewed. So the programme was silent on the gratuitous wrecking of political lives, the public humiliation, the irreparable damage to reputations, the paralysis, and the public disservice caused by the Inquisition’s troublemakers on the prod. Nothing either about whether these false accusers are ever disciplined.”

Jul 13 12:05

House Passes Bill to Halt US Support for Yemen War, UAE Withdraws Troops

The war in Yemen could end, if U.S. and United Arab Emirates' support for Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen is truly over. However, the House NDAA bill still faces a major hurdle in the Senate. If those who want US military involvement to end pressure Congress, it can be done, says CodePink's Medea Benjamin

Jul 11 14:23

‘Comical & tragic’ when US officials say arms sales to Saudis are about ‘exporting human rights’

It was truly baffling to hear a grilled US official claim during a Senate hearing that the sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia are a ‘manifestation’ of exporting human rights and open society, an anti-war activist told RT.
R. Clarke Cooper, the US State Department’s assistant secretary for political-military affairs, was grilled during a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Defending arms sales to Saudi Arabia, he said that the deal itself means more than just selling weapons.

“Our policy is not just limited to arms transfers. It is a manifestation of what else we export: open society, human rights. That is a part of our policy,” he said. The official added that Washington does not cut security ties with partners like Riyadh that carry “so much weight for our interests.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let me translate this for you, as someone who is reasonably literate in State Departmentese: "Because Saudi Arabia, is, of course, such a resolute haven for human rights, the US government cannot reasonably stop selling US weapons to them."

Upon reading this, I don't know whether to laugh or cry; does this man take every American who reads this for a fool?!?

Let's see how that plays out for real in Saudi Arabia, shall we?!?

Saudi Arabia: Events in 2018

Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia laws and punishments.
Featured snippet from the web:

the article goes on to state:

"Criminal law punishments in Saudi Arabia include public beheading, hanging, stoning, amputation and lashing. Serious criminal offences include not only internationally recognized crimes such as murder, rape, theft and robbery, but also apostasy, adultery, witchcraft and sorcery."

Witchcraft?!? Sorcery?!?!

Forgive me, but what century are we in now, please, the 21st?!?

That these laws are still on the Saudi books, is more than a little bit frightening.

For people like R. Clarke Cooper, being able to say such thoroughly stupid things, and not acting as though his hair is on fire,but he cannot smell the smoke, is a real asset in his line of work.

But Clarke, sorry; the "lipstick on a pig analogy" holds very true here, and no matter how much you are trying to spin this as though it were the most moral thing the US could do, this statement reads like codswallop.

Jul 11 13:25

Cholera Rips Through War-Torn Yemen: Nears 500,000 Cases In 2019

As the UAE announced this week it would withdraw its forces from Yemen as a longtime lead country in the Saudi coalition which has fought Houthi rebels since 2015, the United Nations issued a damning report on what it previously dubbed the "world's worst humanitarian crisis" and what many analysts have described as the "forgotten war," due to the little coverage it receives in the mainstream media.

War-ravaged Yemen has seen more than than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year, which is significantly higher that the total number for all of 2018, at 380,000 — the UN stated early this week.

This as the over four-year long war is has reached casualty numbers on par with the opening half of the Syrian war, expected to reach an estimated 233,000 deaths by the end of 2019, according to a previous UN report issued in May.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to ask you to look, very very hard, at the image accompanying this story.

I want to imagine that it was you, attempting to wash clothing in the filthy water you see behind this lady; she has no clean water with which she can do this, and is just praying that no one who is left in her family, gets sick from the horrific state of the water.

Imagine she understands that, the USA, with UAE and Saudi Arabia, have completely destroyed all the water infrastructure in Yemen, and that there also may have been weaponized cholera introduced into the country's water (it happened in World War II, during the war against Japan.)

So I have to ask: how proud are you to be a citizen of a country which routinely commits war crimes in places like Yemen; Iraq; Afghanistan; and Libya, believing that there will never be any consequences to come back and smack smack it in the face?!?

I do love my country, but I weep for the damage it has caused, and continues to cause, both nationally, and internationally.

This is why Mike so consistently reminds people to tell their friends and colleagues, where you think there is some resonance with what we are doing.

So let me ask another question; when was the last time you saw, or heard, a story on Yemen from the Presstitutes and corporate warmongers?!?

My best guess here, would be never.

Jul 11 12:18

SAUDI ARABIA LIFTS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON WOMEN

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

The gradual liberalization of Saudi Arabia's repressive laws and social mores continued on Thursday with WSJ reporting that Crown Prince MBS plans to drop restrictions barring women from traveling out of the country without a male guardian's permission. Though we suspect that this time, there will be no glowing NYT op-ed praising the young crown prince - the kingdom's de facto ruler - for his reformist tendencies and his respect for human rights.

It won't happen right away: WSJ says the kingdom plans to end the ban some time this year. The plan would end guardianship laws relating to travel for men and women over 18 years old. As it stands, women of any age, and men under 21, must have a guardian's permission to travel internationally. Soon, that won't be the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly do not believe that history will be kind to this man, or the British, or US government which have enabled his slaughter of innocent Yemenites.

In fact, I am rather amazed that he hasn't called for a complete carpet bombing of the entire country.

Very possibly, the only reason, and perhaps this is a thank God, he has not done this, is that he understands what the optics will be; so while he still has money to buy the best PR his money can buy, has decided to buy public focus on his, to keep the media as off the Kashoggi assassination as possible.

Jul 11 08:30

Middle East oil tanker insurance rates soar 10-fold since attacks in Strait of Hormuz

Insurance rates for tankers going through the Strait of Hormuz have skyrocketed tenfold in the two months since the first attacks on tankers off the coast of the UAE, CNBC reports, quoting a chief executive of a shipping company.

The news could reinforce anticipation of higher oil prices, not because of fundamental factors but because of insurance rates.

Jul 11 08:16

Yemeni missile strike kills dozens of Saudi mercenaries in kingdom’s Najran

Dozens of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, have been killed and scores of others sustained injuries when Yemeni army forces and their allies fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at their camp in Saudi Arabia’s southern province of Najran.

The spokesman for Yemeni Armed Forces, Brigadier General Yahya Saree, said on Wednesday afternoon that Yemeni missile defense units launched a Badr-F missile at a position of Saudi mercenaries near al-Khazra border crossing.

He added that the missile hit the designated target with great precision, leaving 45 Saudi-paid militiamen killed and tens of others injured. The death toll is expected to further rise as some of the injured are in critical condition.

Jul 09 15:40

How UAE's Yemen Exit Is Preparation To Confront Iran Closer To Home

Authored by James M. Dorsey via Lobe Log

A United Arab Emirates decision to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Yemen shines a spotlight on hard realities underlying Middle Eastern geopolitics.

The pullback suggests that the UAE is preparing for the possibility of a US military confrontation with Iran in which the UAE and Saudi Arabia could emerge as prime battlegrounds.

It also reflects long-standing subtle differences in the approaches of Saudi Arabia and the UAE towards Yemen. It further highlights the UAE’s long-standing concern for its international standing amid mounting criticism of the civilian toll of the war as well as a recognition that the Trump administration’s unquestioning support may not be enough to shield its allies from significant reputational damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that this is absolutely on, and The Butcher of Yemen,is getting ready to collaborate with the Us military for a huge strike against Iran.

As I mentioned before, the Ziohawkonoids need this to happen very quickly, as Netanyahu is facing a snap election mid-September, and has to appear to have "done something constructive" by that point in time.

And what would be much more lovely than to see the US, and Saudi troops, doing a decap strike against Iran?!?

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House Rules Committee to Consider Amendment to Defund Yemen War

The House Rules Committee is planning a Tuesday afternoon session to consider Amendment 339. The amendment is intended to be part of the annual military spending bill, the NDAA, and would forbid all funding for US involvement in the Saudi War in Yemen.

The House already voted to end US involvement in the Yemen War under the War Powers Act, but this was vetoed by President Trump. The Senate has a similar version of the defunding amendment in their version, and the military spending bill would be hard for Trump to veto.

The Yemen War was never authorized by Congress, and Congress’ order to stop the war was vetoed, so this amendment is the next logical step, using the power of the purse to curb the war.

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TURKEY CHARGED WITH RUNNING FOREIGN TERRORIST "RAT LINE" INTO LIBYA

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE
Libya was once a key embarkation point for jihadists headed to foreign battlefields - first in the 1980s Afghan-Soviet War where they supported the CIA-backed mujahideen, and more recently in Syria, where both massive jihadist manpower and heavy weaponry were transferred to the killing fields of Aleppo and Idlib (also, it should be noted, in support of CIA regime change efforts against Assad).

But as we described after a recent New York Times report unveiled that US anti-tank missiles have been found in "unknown" Libyan rebel hands fighting within warlord Khalifa Haftar's ranks, the once stable formerly Gadaffi-ruled Arab North African country which was in 2011 "liberated" at the hands of US-NATO forces has once again become ground zero in a grinding proxy war which has allowed jihadists to run rampant amid the chaos.

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