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Jun 14 20:05

Hawkish Hillary Clinton and Her Israel-First Political Sugar Daddy Haim Saban

Considerable attention has been devoted to the millions of dollars Bill and Hillary Clinton have received from wealthy individuals and corporations for their foundation and for themselves.

Hillary Clinton’s greatest billionaire backer has been Haim Saban, a dual United States-Israel citizen and hardline supporter of Israel, who has openly commented, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

It would not be beyond the realm of possibility that those who handed over tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation (some of which took place while Hillary was Secretary of State) or to the couple themselves for speaker fees expected favors in return.

Jun 14 14:01

Ukrainians Dispossessed, Americans are next — Paul Craig Roberts

Americans are already dispossessed of their livelihoods and careers and their pensions are next. Wherever we look, the fate of populations under Western influence are the same. The Ukrainians are exploited, the Greeks, the British, the Americans.

Apologists for exploitation claim that the rich are richer because they are smarter. But the stupidity of the rich is everywhere visible. The greedy fools have destroyed their domestic US market. Really, how stupid can you be? How do Americans buy when they are forced by offshoring out of well paid manufacturing and software engineering jobs into being waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and part-time Walmart workers in order that corporate bottom lines improve? Who buys the stuff that sustains the profits? Not Americans who no longer have the incomes to do so.

Jun 14 09:55

Explosion destroys part of Yemen's UNESCO heritage site; Saudi Arabia denies responsibility

A protected 2,500-year-old cultural heritage site in Yemen’s capital was obliterated in an explosion early Friday, and witnesses and news reports said the cause was a missile or bomb from a Saudi warplane. The Saudi military denied responsibility.

The top antiquities-safeguarding official at the United Nations angrily condemned the destruction of ancient multistory homes, towers and gardens, which also killed an unspecified number of residents in Al Qasimi, a neighborhood in Sanaa’s Old City area.

“I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape,” said the official, Irina Bokova, the director general of UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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It may have been Israel, which has a political motive to erase archaeological evidence of ancient cultures to counter the fact no archaeological evidence exists supporting the claimed great Kingdoms of David and Solomon.Israel's entire claim to the lands of the Palestinians rests on biblical myths about the Kingdoms of David and Solomon and the First Temple, for which there is no hard archaeological evidence. The two best known claimed artifacts for the First Temple, the Pomegranate Temple Staff ornament and the Jehoash Tablet have been exposed as clever forgeries, and locations in Israel said to be connected with David and Solomon are so named out of tradition and "confirmation bias", with archaeologists admitting there is no actual hard data as to what they really were. Contrast that with other nations such as Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. where one cannot take three steps without tripping over the evidence of their ancient histories. Such a plethora of archaeological evidence in other countries has proven to be a severe embarrassment to Israel as it underscores the paucity of such evidence for what Israel declares to be its historical origins. Much of the Torah is now known to have simply been copied from other sources. The story of the Exodus actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Hebrews, and the story of the great flood was copied almost verbatim from the Epic of Gilgamesh. People can be forgiven for asking if the stories of the First Temple are also likewise purloined from other places and peoples. So Israel's governments, which justifies its theft on those stories, has a powerful motive to want the archaeological sites in other countries erased, to "level the playing field" by reducing the obvious contrast in the amount of such remains in other countries versus Israel itself. This may explain why, following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, armed forces guarded the oil ministry while the Baghdad Museum was left wide open for looting and why American forces defaced the ancient city of UR, including building portions of a runway over the site.

Jun 14 09:24

Congressmen back role of Saudi Arabia in the region

The Congress members appreciated the role of the Kingdom in bringing back legitimacy to Yemen, saying that Saudi Arabia should be extended all possible support on this matter.

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"Legitmacy?!?" Back in 2011, the US covertly overthrew Yemen's government and installed a puppet ruler, Hadi. This is common practice for the US Government as they have done this against fifty other nations since the end of WW2, including Cuba in 1952, Iran in 1953, Guatalama in 1954, Chile in 1973, Iraq in 2003, Afghanistan in 2004, Egypt in 1981 and again in 2013, Libya in 2011, Ukraine in 2014, etc. etc. etc. Back in 2012, Obama proclaimed the installation of the US puppet Hadi as a "successful" US intervention.

But the interventions are not always a success, especially when the people of a nation understand the real hand behind their civil strife. As a result, many of these conquered nations have successfully taken themselves back from US puppet rule such as Cuba in 1959, Iran in 1979, Chile in 1990, Egypt in 2011, and now Yemen, Libya, and eastern Ukraine in play. The US wants to stop this trend of conquered people refusing to stay conquered, but faced with a war-weary American people on the eve of an election year, is using Saudi Arabia as a proxy to do their dirty work of forcing the people of Yemen back under US puppet ruler Hadi.

"Legitimacy" my ASS!

Jun 14 08:30

Iraq Body Count: undercounting death with pro-war cash

An official funding document confirms that the Iraq Body Count (IBC), a widely-respected ‘independent’ antiwar group monitoring Iraq War casualties since its inception in 2003, has received core funding from government agencies complicit in the Iraq War, since 2009. A close review of evidence in the public record also reveals that in 2006, the Pentagon used IBC’s data to legitimise US violence under the military occupation of Iraq.

Jun 13 11:40

Jihad and vandalism - Save our stones

As well as killing people, Islamic State is smashing up ancient works of art. Only a little can be done to prevent its acts of barbarism

Jun 12 14:45

Obama’s Stupid Propaganda Stuff

Obama spouts stupid propaganda stuff that is ultimately damaging to the American Republic.

President Barack Obama must know better regarding the crisis in Ukraine, but he insists on reciting the propaganda lines drafted by his neoconservative and “liberal interventionist” advisers blaming everything on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Watching his behavior in the White House over the past six-plus years, I’ve come to suspect that – if he had been a national politician amid the Iraq War fever – he would have gotten in line just like ambitious Sens. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Joe Biden did. Even as President, a position that gives him enormous power to push back against Official Washington’s “group think,” he won’t.

Jun 12 14:42

WPost Plays Ukraine’s Lapdog

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and Finance Minister Jaresko are on a U.S. trip to drum up weapons and money to crush the ethnic Russian resistance in the east – and they are finding a lapdog U.S. press that won’t ask them tough questions.

There once was a time when the U.S. news media investigated U.S. imperial adventures overseas, such as Washington-sponsored coups. Journalists also asked tough questions to officials implicated in corruption even if those queries were inconvenient to the desired propaganda themes. But those days are long gone, as the Washington Post demonstrated again this week.

Jun 12 08:17

Coalition ‘not over’ until UN resolution takes effect: GCC

The Saudi-led coalition bombing Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen for more than two months will continue until a UN resolution calling for a rebel pullback takes effect, Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday.

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That the same UN that pussied-out and gave Israel a free pass for all the kids they murder? Why is anyone even listening to them?

What Saudi Arabia is saying is that they are going to go on bombing the Yemen people (including children) until Yemen accepts their US-puppet ruler Hadi back!

Jun 11 17:48

Criminalizing Criticism: A Zionist Project - An Analysis by Dr. Lawrence Davidson

“the Israeli electorate is still dominated by hyper-nationalist, in some cases proto-fascist, figures. It is no way inclined to make peace. It has given a clear mandate for policies … that will further deepen Israel’s colonial venture.”

Jun 11 13:39

Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

The “secret” Vegas weekend focused on planning for, and funding, a campaign to kill BDS in its academic cradle.

With U.S. billionaires both funding and setting up its top down strategy with Israeli-inspired organizations on American campuses, Israel’s successful invasion of U.S. institutions takes another major step toward “occupying” American institutions.

Four days after the Salon posting appeared, The New York Times buried two paragraphs about the Vegas event inside a longer story which featured the success Israel was enjoying in gaining anti-BDS support in state legislatures in South Carolina and Illinois.

This campaign against American supporters of Palestinian freedom, was prompted by the alarmed awareness among Israeli leaders, and their U.S. allies, that the BDS movement is rapidly gaining ground.

Jun 11 13:17

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

Iranian people have no problem with a rapprochement with the United States...…?Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

While Mr. Obama had, realistically speaking, no better alternative in choosing the timing for his administration’s foreign policy reorientation, a meaningful follow-through to implement his vision after his term in office expires would need a new Chief Executive with similar convictions; and, as things appear now, that prospect seems somewhat in doubt.

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Jun 11 12:51

Israel razes Palestinian land in Wadi Fuqeen to prepare for new Jewish squatters project

The Israeli Wehrmacht on 11 June razed Palestinian-owned agricultural land in the village of Wadi Fuqeen, west of Bethlehem, to pave the way for an expansion of nearby Jewish squatter colonies, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reports.

According to the head of the village council, Ahmad Sokar, Israeli Wehrmacht troops, accompanied by bulldozers, arrived in the early morning of 11 June and razed nearly five acres of land located between the illegal Jewish squatter colonies of Beitar Illit and Tzur Hadassah.>>

Jun 11 09:26

Big Powers Supplying Terrorists with Weapons to Target Iran

"One of the terrorist groups in the region is in possession of $30bln worth of weapons, and we should see where these weapons have come from; they have, surely, not fallen from the sky, rather, they have been provided by the big powers and the countries which have manufactured those weapons have urged the terrorists to aim them at Iran," Larijani said, addressing a forum in the Northern province of Mazandaran on Thursday.

He blasted the big powers' double-standard policy on terrorism, while alleging to be pioneering war on terrorist groups.

In relevant remarks in April, Top commander of the Iranian Armed Forces said the US military planes are making regular flights to and from airports ISIL-controlled cities to supply the terrorist group with weapons, money and foodstuff.

Jun 11 07:43

False Flag Warning: Isis’s dirty bomb – Jihadists have seized ‘enough radioactive material to build their first WMD’

‘The Isis militant group has seized enough radioactive material from government facilities to suggest it has the capacity to build a large and devastating “dirty” bomb, according to Australian intelligence reports.

Report: Israel built and exploded ‘dirty bombs’ in nuclear test

‘Israel built and exploded so-called “dirty bombs,” explosives laced with nuclear material, to examine how such explosions would affect the country if it were to be attacked by the crude radioactive weapons, the Haaretz daily newspaper reported Monday.

Jun 10 14:43

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

Jun 10 13:01

What This World Needs is Some Really Honest Journalists

Writing about and reporting the Middle East is not an easy task, especially during these years of turmoil and upheaval. But I cannot remember another time in recent history we needed journalists to shine, to challenge conventional wisdom, to think in terms of contexts, motives, alliances, not ideological, political or financial interests.

Jun 10 12:03

US stirring chaos in Middle East through ISIL: Analyst

The United States and its allies seek to sustain the growth of the ISIL terrorist group across the Middle East to create chaos in the region and preserve the prosperity of the US military-industrial complex, says a former American intelligence linguist.

Jun 10 10:21

Israel Enraged With US Over Advanced Arms Supplies to Arab States

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon raised concerns that the United States' move to supply various Gulf Arab states with arms as a counterweight to Iran could weaken Israel's own US-backed regional military dominance.

Jun 09 16:43

Logistics 101: Where Does ISIS Get Its Guns?

By Tony Cartalucci

Since ancient times an army required significant logistical support to carry out any kind of sustained military campaign...

The lessons of history, however clear they may be, appear to be entirely lost on an either supremely ignorant or incredibly deceitful troupe of policymakers and news agencies across the West...

Jun 09 08:47

Princes Fleeing Saudi Arabia after Yemen's Scud Missile Attacks

Saudis, including Royal family members, are in a rush to flee the country after Yemen's first Scud missile hit a military airbase in Saudi Arabia's South on Saturday, media reports said.

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"What do you mean, they are shooting back?!?" -- Saudi King Salesman

Jun 08 17:49

“It’s Like a Jail”: Account of Life in Lebanon’s Refugee Camps as Told by a Syrian-Palestinian Refugee

“Compared to Syria, life in Lebanon is disgusting. Life is different in every way: with housing, schools, visas and work—especially work, since Palestinians are not permitted to work, and the majority relies on UNRWA’s meager assistance.

Jun 08 13:43

Only Iran can break ISIS by invading Iraq and Syria

"Turkey was primarily involved in the Syrian project. The Turks wanted to replace Assad with Muslim Brotherhood that is related to the Turkish party Justice and Development. Thus the ideology of neo-Ottomanism, which Mr. Erdogan preaches, would have been a great success."
"Erdogan was coming to power with a motto of "zero problems with neighbors." Today, Turkey does not have a friendly neighbor, as Erdogan managed to ruin relations with all of his neighbors."

Jun 08 11:42

Yemen Becomes Front Line in US Drone War

Ebad al-Shabwani was driving his vehicle late one evening last month along the road between Safir and the ancient ruins of Mahram Bilqis in the remote Wadi Abeeda area of Yemen’s central Marib district. His family claims he was, at 16 years old, the youngest in a ride he was sharing with friends.

Precisely what happened next is unclear. What is known is that, out of the darkness, a United States armed drone appeared in the vicinity. It had most likely taken off hours earlier from the US Expeditionary Naval Base at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, across the Gulf of Aden, and had located its target. The drone fired on the vehicle with between one and three Hellfire missiles, scoring a direct hit. Shabwani and as many as three others were killed.

Jun 08 09:51

Secret Directive 11 codifies Islamists takeover of ME, Muslim Brotherhood Alliance with Obama

Directive 11 brought together activists and operatives at multiple agencies to come up with a “tailored” approach for regime change in each country. The goal was to “manage” the political transitions. It tossed aside American national security interests by insisting that Islamist regimes would be equally committed to fighting terrorism and cooperating with Israel. Its greatest gymnastic feat may have been arguing that the best way to achieve political stability in the region was through regime change.

What little we know about the resulting classified 18-page report is that it used euphemisms to call for aiding Islamist takeovers in parts of the Middle East. Four countries were targeted. Of those four, we only know for certain that Egypt and Yemen were on the list. But we do know for certain the outcome.

Meanwhile, ISIS has been found across the border in Mexico.

Jun 08 09:49

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill At Least 45 In Yemen Capital

Saudi-led airstrikes during the pre-dawn hours on Sunday reportedly killed at least 45 people at the headquarters of Yemen’s armed forces located in the capital city of Sanaa. The attacks came after Saudi Arabia intercepted a Scud missile fired off by Houthi militias on Saturday, escalating a conflict that started in September when the rebels swept in and seized parts of the city.

Jun 08 08:08

Drone victim sues US government over family deaths in Yemen

A Yemeni man, whose innocent nephew and brother-in-law were killed in an August 2012 U.S. drone strike, has today filed a lawsuit in his ongoing quest for an official apology over his relatives’ deaths.

Jun 08 07:52

US Intelligence Responds ''No Comment'' To Questions Of Support for ISIS

By Brandon Turbeville

On May 25, I wrote an article entitled “DOD Admits Supporting ISIS, Buffer Zones In Syria,” where I detailed the importance of documents obtained by Judicial Watch via a lawsuit filed by the watchdog organization against the Defense Intelligence Agency revealing that the US government was not only well aware of the fact that al-Qaeda/AQI/ISIS made up the bulk of the so-called “opposition” in Syria but that the US supported these terrorist organizations in their drive to create an “Islamic State” in Syria and Iraq.

Jun 07 17:25

45 dead in Saudi-led raids on Yemen capital

Twenty civilians were among at least 45 people killed in Saudi-led air strikes on the rebel-held armed forces headquarters in the Yemeni capital early on Sunday, a medic said.

The raids on the army headquarters in central Sanaa came a day after the kingdom’s air defences shot down a Scud missile fired from the war-torn country.

They also followed the UN confirmation of June 14 as the start date for peace talks between warring Yemen factions in Geneva, which both the country’s Shia Houthi rebels and its exiled government said they will attend.

Jun 06 01:39

Peace Negotiations or War Preparations?

The US strategy of war through negotiations has mixed results. Where it confronts a burgeoning world power, such as China, it has failed. With a weak, disarmed state like Libya, it succeeded beyond its wildest dreams (or nightmares). With “middle level powers” like Cuba and Iran, it has secured political concessions but has not yet eroded the security and defense capabilities of the governments. In the case of Colombia, Washington is deeply embedded in the regime and has openly embraced a naked military solution.

Jun 05 14:27

U.S. quietly starts channeling arms from $1.6 billion fund to Iraq

The United States has quietly started delivering promised arms for Iraqi soldiers from a $1.6 billion fund approved by Congress last year, officials said, following mounting Iraqi frustration over the pace of coalition assistance. The Pentagon said long-awaited equipment from the Iraq Train and Equip Fund (ITEF) started being fielded about two weeks ago and was moving as fast as possible. Officials noted extensive, previous arms transfers under different U.S. authorities.

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Jun 05 06:46

Saudi-led naval blockade leaves 20m Yemenis facing humanitarian disaster

Aid agencies say embargo imposed by US and UK-backed Arab coalition has had dramatic effect, with almost 80% of population in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies

Jun 04 16:42

The era of Iran is over; the age of Boycott,Divestment and Sanctions begins

How the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is changing organized American Jewish life.

The news that Sheldon Adelson will this weekend host a secret conference for Jewish groups aimed at countering the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is yet more evidence that “pro-Israel” activism in the United States is entering a new phase. The Iran era is ending. We are entering the age of BDS...READ MORE

Jun 04 14:22

What really happened in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war

Alan Hart demonstrates from his experience while reporting from Israel and with quotes from Israeli generals that the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967 was a war of naked Israeli aggression not self-defence.

Jun 04 13:59

Destabilization, Inc. - Regime change by any means necessary

When the official history of the realm is one day written, it may contain several chapters that establish President Barack Obama as a great flag-bearer of liberty, free trade, and economic recovery. Those chapters will be drenched in distortion, tinged with the blood of true freedom fighters, darkened by the vanished jobs and sickly pall of an economy in permanent decline. But though parlor tricks like fiddling with unemployment numbers and disguising offshoring as free trade are notable for their sheer chutzpa, few deceits are more striking than those that occur in the sordid arena of regime change.

Jun 04 11:10

Scores of Civilians Killed in Saudi Airstrikes on Yemen's Sana'a

Saudi military aircraft severely targeted Yemen's capital city of Sana'a on Wednesday, killing and injuring scores of people. The Saudi-led coalition, which has been conducting an air campaign against the Yemeni people in the past 71 days, has so far claimed the lives of more than 4,207 civilians as it continues bombing the country using banned weapons.

Jun 03 22:35

Some Israeli leaders do sometimes tell the truth

Still today, 48 years on, there are relatively few people who know the whole truth about how Israel set the stage for war in June 1967 to grab more Arab land. The single most decisive event that made war inevitable happened on Thursday 1 June, four days before Israel launched its attacks. What was it?

Jun 03 16:00

Elements of the Coulibaly affair recall the role of the French services in 1999

One thing led to another, and I arrived at three major conclusions :

- The Front National was as creation of the Gaullists, aimed at stabilising the different groups who were excluded from national political life (as the losers of the Second World War, and losers of decolonisation) and re-inserting them into the political arena.

- From its creation, the FN was piloted by the secret services under the vigilant eye of the Elysée.

Jun 03 12:34

Battling ISIS: Iran-Iraq War Redux

Obama’s unofficial strategy to fight ISIS may be that of Reagan’s for Iran and Iraq in the 1980s: a long, drawn-out war to strengthen US-Israeli hegemony in the region.

Jun 03 12:09

Never Mind FIFA, How about a Crackdown on the Banksters?

The belated focus of American and British authorities on the alleged wrongdoings at FIFA can be readily seen as both ludicrous and laughable when we compare that with the absolute dearth of interest by these same authorities in applying law enforcement where it ought to be applied – on the Wall Street and City of London banksters.

Both the timing of the US-launched corruption probe – in the week of FIFA’s annual conference and leadership election – plus the way that senior American and British officials, not to mention the publicity of Western news media, have weighed-in to rebuke FIFA suggests that it is all part of a coordinated political campaign authored at the highest level of government. That, in turn, suggests that there is an ulterior political agenda behind the supposed criminal crackdown on FIFA, and that the ulterior agenda is the Western objective to undermine Russia.

Jun 03 09:44

Middle East Turmoil Is Complete Theatre - War Is On The Horizon

By Brandon Turbeville

Considering the years of propaganda surrounding Iran and its nuclear program, it was clear to any informed observer that the recent US-Iran nuclear deal was nothing more than theatre. After all, the US/NATO imperialist machine has made its desire to wage war on the Persian nation explicit for some time. The only question is just how long this theatre will last before that goal is finally realized...

Jun 02 07:39

German Federal Prosecutor ‘investigating’ US actions on drones base

The German Federal Prosecutor is reported to have begun investigating a US base in Germany that is used as a ‘hub’ for drone strikes, days after a Yemeni man testified in a Cologne court about the 2012 strike that killed his relatives.

According to a report in Der Spiegel, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office – Germany’s highest prosecuting authority – has launched a ‘monitoring process’ to ascertain whether activities at Ramstein, a US base in Germany, violate international law. The officials have reportedly requested documents from German authorities, including the Ministry of Defence, relating to the base – which was recently revealed to be a ‘hub’ for the facilitation of drone strikes in Yemen and elsewhere. US drone strikes in countries such as Yemen, where the US has not declared war, have killed hundreds of civilians, and are widely regarded as a violation of international law.

Jun 01 18:40

One last appeal before a Bedouin village in the Negev is demolished and a Jewish town is built in its place

The Bedouin village of Umm el-Hieran in Israel’s southern Negev desert is running out of time and appeals before it will be razed to the ground and an exclusively Jewish town will be built in its place.

Jun 01 15:52

Jihadists in the service of imperialism

Western governments no longer hide the fact that they’re using jihadists - NATO overthrew Mouamar el-Kadhafi by using al-Qaïda as its its only ground forces; Israël displaced the UN Forces to Golan, and replaced them with al-Nusra; the international anti-Daesh Coalition allowed Palmyra to fall in order to cause more problems for Syria. But while we can understand Western interests, we fail to grasp why and how the jihadists can serve Uncle Sam in the name of the Koran.

Jun 01 14:59

Possible Tactical Nuclear Strike (Neutron Bomb) in Yemen?

A video received from Yemen, believed to be taken May 20, 2015, of an explosion, when analyzed by nuclear weapons experts is, by very high probability, a neutron bomb that could only have been an Israeli attack.

Analysis by Jeff Smith who is a nuclear physicist and former IAEA inspector.

Jun 01 14:30

Qatar sues French politician for terror claim

Qatar is suing a far-right French politician for defaming the country "and all its citizens" after he linked the Gulf emirate to "terrorism" following the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack.

Jun 01 11:54

Russian Foreign Intelligence chief: Russia is a target because it's a cradle of a new world paradigm

There is a community of some virtually unknown to the society people who not only install American presidents, but determine the rules of the "Big game" for everyone. These are, in particular, transnational financial corporations. But not only them..READ MORE

Jun 01 02:58

Yemen-bound UN aid ship targeted by shelling, says port official

A UN-chartered ship loaded with humanitarian supplies bound for Yemen was targeted by shelling as it approached the country's main southern port of Aden on Sunday, an official said.

May 31 16:33

Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-Semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

May 31 15:04

Russia and China mock divide and rule

Divide et impera? It’s not working. And it’s bound to fail miserably.

As it stands, what we do know is that 2015 will be a hair-raising year in myriad aspects... we all still remain under the sign of a fearful, dangerous, rampantly irrational Empire of Chaos.

Russia could outmaneuver Western financial markets by cutting them off from its wealth of oil and natural gas. The markets would inevitably collapse – uncontrolled chaos for the Empire of Chaos (or “controlled chaos”, in Putin’s own words).

In a different vein of the “soft beds of the East” seducing Marcus Aurelius, the silky splendors of chic Beijing offer a glimpse of an extremely self-assured emerging power. After all, Europe is nothing but a catalogue of multiple sclerosis and Japan is under its sixth recession in 20 years.

May 31 15:04

Did Israel Buy Its Way Out of FIFA Suspension?

You’d have to be comatose not to know of the startling revelations of massive corruption in FIFA that amounted to $150-million in the past few years alone. Eight current or former senior officials were suddenly arrested at dawn at their posh Swiss hotel, where they were preparing for today’s international meeting.

May 31 14:59

US preparing for war with China and Russia to save the banks

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” Billington said.

“And the view from London and Washington and New York is we have to go to war, we cannot allow this BRICS alliance between Russia, China, India, South Africa and most of Latin America creating new financial institutions to take away our ability to loot the resources in the developing sector,” Billington noted.

May 31 14:32

International law and crimes against humanity

Lawrence Davidson examines how states that are apt to commit crimes against humanity, such as Israel and its Western protecters, are wilfully eroding international law using spurious excuses, to the detriment of ordinary people.

May 31 14:29

Common interests vs military power, and the quest for peace

Uri Avnery reminds Israel’s politicians of the poignant lessons of European history, which show that the only real and lasting peace is one that is based on common interests, not military power.

May 31 14:27

US rebukes Israel while showering it with arms and favours

Jonathan Cook draw attention to US President Barak Obama’s showering of Israel with arms and diplomatic cover despite it having the most extremist, racist and brazenly annexationist cabinet in its history.

May 31 13:31

Decrepit US Resorts to the Viagra of Militarism

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

US deteriorating relations with China are the latest manifestation of America’s self-declared «manifest destiny» to behave like a global hegemon.

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

China, for its part, says that its own military presence in the region is to protect its voluminous trade routes. Beijing has pointedly refused to cease its maritime development projects, mainly land reclamation in shoals and reefs that it says are strictly within its territorial limits.

May 31 09:42

Saudis still using cluster bombs against Yemen

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says evidence shows Saudi Arabia has been pounding neighboring Yemen with internationally banned cluster bombs, warning that such attacks are “harming civilians.”

May 31 02:36

POETS’ TALK — Where do we fit in in ‘the march of Time’?

The gatekeepers have, I believe, crucified American poetry upon a cross erected by “language poets,” “identity poets,” “politically correct poets,” “apolitical poets” and general nincompoops -- Gary Corseri

The Arts have fallen into an era of petite academicism, crass commercialism and manipulated populism. So, our challenges are many; they are harsh; let us hope they will be invigorating!

Poets who do not see, who do not confront what is out there and around them-- are cowards! Which needn’t mean that that is ALL we must do! But… we must see and confront what surrounds us at some point! Not always…, but when it’s right to do so. To advocate that we always do it is asking us to be propagandists.José M. Tirado

May 30 18:49

Pentagon Report Says West, Persian Gulf States and Turkey Created ISIS

When asked repeatedly by journalist and ex-US marine Brad Hoff to dispel claims that the West aligned itself with IS or ISIS at some point in Syria, the DIA’s official response was telling: “No comment.”

May 30 15:48

Imprisoned Israeli human rights activist vows to fight on

Marianne Azizi describes the ordeal of human rights activist Moti Leybel who was arrested, strip-searched and imprisoned by Israeli police after exercising his right to free speech for only 30 seconds.

May 30 15:46

Hamas, Fatah must start communicating or forget dreams of freedom

Stuart Littlewood challenges Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to get a grip and reach out with news and briefings to those who are likely to use their material, including the alternative media.

May 30 10:22

Bank Head: Islamic banking in Russia may ease effect of sanctions and help attract capital from Arab Countries

Herman Gref, the head of Russia’s largest bank Sberbank, welcomed the introduction of Islamic banking in the country’s traditionally Muslim regions, saying it would help attract capital from Arab countries. "We will actively promote the development of such a tool as Islamic banking, as it opens up a good opportunity to work with international partners amid sanctions," said Gref on Friday at a shareholders meeting.

May 29 14:22

It's Ok, Everyone, Nusra Says Nusra Won't Hurt Us

By Brandon Turbeville

Al-Nusra Front has taken to the airwaves with a message for all Westerners and Americans in particular – they really aren’t that bad. And there are no plans to attack Americans. They are just your friendly neighborhood terrorist organization, funded handsomely by the West and the GCC, raping and beheading their way across the Middle East. There’s nothing to worry about so long as the US allows them to continue to rape little girls, cut off heads, impose savage Sharia law, and eat the hearts and livers of the occasional dissident.

This message was brought to you by the feudal monarchy of Qatar and its mouthpiece organization, Al-Jazeera and conducted with a journalist whose past is checkered with a conviction of supporting al-Qaeda...

May 29 14:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 14:01

A Critique of US “Grand Strategy toward China”

If one were to propose a realistic and reasonable ‘US Grand Strategy toward China’ one would have to start by shedding all the false assumptions and bellicose proposals that have been put forth by the CFR and the authors of the Report under review.

The US should not attempt to block China’s growth and expansion; it should assist and share in its ascendancy, especially in the face of great global climate and energy challenges. Washington is much more likely to strengthen its Asian – Pacific partnership and succeed in its diplomacy if it replaced its military posturing with robust economic growth.

May 29 13:30

Yemen Crisis a 'Humanitarian Catastrophe,' Experts Say

It’s been just more than two months since a Saudi Arabia-led coalition began its airstrike campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, and the country has since become a “humanitarian catastrophe,” experts said Thursday.

“I am shocked about what I have seen,” said Medecins Sans Frontieres’ Middle East Operations Manager Pablo Marco, who spent 50 days inside the country recently. “The biggest problem is the fact both parties in the conflict are not respecting the civilians and, specifically, they are not respecting medical facilities and medical staff.”

Marco was one in a panel of three experts in Washington who took a hard line against attacks by the Houthis as well as the 10-country coalition engaged in a bombing campaign against them for the past 10 weeks. The U.S. provides intelligence and material support to that Arab-led coalition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Yemenite people deserve their own peaceful self determination.

The Saudi attacks have been engineered to destroy the people of the country, and the infrastructure, so that the Yemenite people will beg for their old dictator, al-Saleh, back.

May 29 07:36

In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking “National Security”

The tribunal’s rationale is that “full disclosure of the document would have ‘an adverse effect on relations’ with Bahrain, where the U.K. is keen to build further economic and defence ties.” In other words, disclosing these facts would make the British and/or the Bahrainis look bad, cause them embarrassment, and could make their close friendship more difficult to sustain. Therefore, the British and Bahraini populations must be denied access to the evidence of what their governments did.

May 29 06:41

US Trained Police Commander Defects to ISIS

Colonel Gulmorod Khalimov, the commander of Tajikistan’s special police force, announced on YouTube yesterday that he has now defected to ISIS. He disappeared last month, only to reappear this week in a 10 minute video, where he condemned the United States and Russia, as well as his country’s current regime. (read more)

May 28 13:02

Deadliest Saudi air strikes kill over 100 Yemenis

Almost 105 people, most of them civilians, were killed by the Saudi air strikes on many provinces on Wednesday, the deadliest day of bombing in over two-month aggression on Yemen.

Yesterday air raids started in Hajjah province, when the Saudi-led coalition launched many strikes on Abs camp and Bakil al-Meer area, killing at least 40 people, most of them civilians, and wounding 18 others, a security official said.

The second wave of the Saudi air strikes targeted the capital Sana'a, where 54 people were killed in Saudi bombardment on the Special Security Forces (SSF). The death toll is expected to rise, as 325 injuries were reported in the bombing, the official said.

May 28 10:00

The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War?

In spite of AIPAC, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Saudis and some of its GCC allies having done everything they could to kill the pending nuclear deal with Iran, they have failed. The negotiations are on track. Many opinion polls show that a comfortable majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's diplomacy with Iran.

May 28 09:57

SPOOF ON BLAIR’S ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED’

Former British prime minister Tony Blair will step down as representative of the Quartet of Middle East powerbrokers at the end of June, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday.

Blair wrote to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that he would step down from the role he has held since 2007. “(His) decision …will come into effect at the end of next month,” a source close to the Quartet said.

No comment was immediately available from Blair’s office in London.

May 28 08:55

To beat ISIS, kick out US-led coalition

It is time to cut these losses and bring some heavyweights into this battle against extremism.

Baghdad and Washington are pointing fingers, each accusing the other of being asleep on the job.

An objective look at US interests in the region paint an entirely different picture. The Americans seek to maintain absolute hegemony in the Mideast, even as they exit costly military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their primary interests are 1) access to low cost oil and gas, 2) propping up Israel, and more recently, 3) undermining Russian (and Chinese) influence in the region.

May 28 08:28

The ‘war’ word is being increasingly heard as Europe, Russia, China and the United States adopt provocative postures

IS the world going mad? Military posturing is quietly reaching new extremes in Europe, the Mediterranean and the South China Sea. And the provocative bluster has just reached new heights.

The source was anonymous. But the mouthpiece has a measure of credibility. High profile military analyst and former US Naval War College lecturer John Schindler tweeted last week: “Said a senior NATO (non-US) GOFO to me today: ‘We’ll probably be at war this summer. If we’re lucky it won’t be nuclear.’ Let that sink in.”

May 28 08:25

A Fake Caliphate: Perfect US Strategic Asset

The “civilized” West dispenses with massive crocodile tears as Ancient Silk Road pearl of the desert Palmyra falls to ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.

Yet neither US President Barack Obama nor any of the 22 heavily weaponized nations/vassals theoretically part of his coalition of the willing sent at least a single Hellfire missile-equipped drone against the black-clad fake Caliphate goons.

A case can still be made that the “civilized” West would rather deal with a medieval, intolerant Wahhabi-drenched Caliphate than with a secular Arab “dictator that refuses to prostrate himself in the altar of Western neoliberalism.”

May 28 07:32

Of Course Jeb Bush Would Have Invaded Iraq! He Signed On To PNAC Six Years Before!

By Brandon Turbeville

When Jeb Bush announced that, like his dimwitted and bloodthirsty brother, he too would have invaded Iraq had he been president at the time, ire was drawn in virtually all corners of the American populace with the exception, of course, of the typical warmongering Neo-Con segments...

May 28 07:21

Israeli F16s Bombing Yemen?

Two F16 jets were shot down over Yemen this month. When the wreckage was examined, both were found to be of types never supplied to an Arab nation, not Saudi Arabia, nor anyone. The only “buyer” in the region for that type of plane is Israel, an online US military journal claimed in a report Tuesday.

May 28 07:03

There was no Neutron Bomb on Yemen

May 27 08:09

Wesley Clark to Meghan Kelly: "We use radical Islamists for foreign policy objectives"

May 27 07:33

Henningsen: Saudi Arabia’s ‘Imperial Debut’ in Yemen a Disaster

With the full backing and blessing of Washington and London, the Saudis continue abusing Yemen – while western arms and ‘defense’ contractors enjoy record profits in 2015…

May 27 07:33

Yemeni man to continue case against German government over role in US drone strikes

A German court has granted ‘immediate permission to appeal’ to a Yemeni man in his case seeking to expose and put an end to the German government’s role in the U.S. covert drone programme in Yemen.

May 27 07:31

Is there a link between climate change and terrorism?

Barack Obama has spent considerable time in recent months publicly explaining his positions on both climate change and violent extremism.

But in a Coast Guard commencement address last week, the U.S. president deliberately combined the two, saying that climate change "constitutes a serious threat to global security."

Security analysts say the idea has been percolating in Western military circles for the past few years, but there is still skepticism about a direct link.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are two kinds of terror. Real terror is created by mucking about with other peoples' governments. fake terror is used to scare a population into agreeing to wars of conquest. Neither has any link to global warming.

May 26 10:43

US Shoots Itself in the Foot Escalating Tensions With Russia, China, Iran

The Obama administration has repeatedly sent wrong signals to Russia, China and Iran, slamming the countries for non-existent expansionism and so far showing the disheartening dysfunction in America’s foreign policy, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer Philip Giraldi underscored, according to Sputnik.

US President is shooting himself in the foot, but he should wake up and realize what is going on "before Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush arrives on the scene to make everything worse"the former CIA officer Philip Giraldi concluded.

May 26 08:38

Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

First, we must learn the facts and face the truth that the U.S. is the biggest war maker in the world.

Second, we must commit ourselves and organize others to a true revolution of values and confront the corporations and politicians who continue to push our nation into war and inflate the military budget with the hot air of permanent fear mongering.

Third, we must admit what our country has been doing wrong, and we must make amends for the violence that the U.S. has waged on countries all over our world.

May 26 08:35

Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

Be careful what you wish for

Regime change is full of unintended consequences.

In the case of Syria, our opposition to the Assad government is so obstinate that we are apparently promoting the defeat of a government that is not our enemy in order to replace it with one that is.

May 25 19:34

US and Allies have Created a Transnational “Islamist” Terrorist Network, Head of Russia’s Military Intelligence (GRU)

Posted below is the transcript of the speech of Colonel-General Igor Sergun, Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia.

This speech was delivered at the Moscow Security Conference in May 2015.

As a general rule, the GRU never makes a public statement, nor does the person heading it. It is thus interesting that on one of the very few occasions where General Sergun agreed to speak in public, he chose to focus on the risks of the so-called “Islamic” extremism and that in a relatively short presentation, he made four references to the fact that these “Islamic” terrorists are basically a creature of the West.

May 25 16:20

Blocking a Nuclear-Free Mideast

Last week, the latest quinquennial review conference for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) ended as a failure, without issuing a formal statement or report.

May 25 11:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 25 09:30

Saudi fighter jet shot down in Yemen

Yemeni air defense forces shot down a Saudi fighter jet in the northwestern province of Sana’a in Yemen as it was conducting airstrikes.

May 24 21:32

Israel thanks US for opposing Arab plan for nuke-free Mideast

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his "appreciation" to the United States for opposing an Arab plan for a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, an Israeli official said.

May 23 16:45

Special Ops Armed with Rapid DNA Scanners: “Get Ready for Advanced Biometric Warfare”

Along with formidable future weapons, super soldiers, armed drones of every size and autonomous robots executing lethal missions, the battlefield of tomorrow will also be driven by target identity and biometric data – you know, to stop terrorists.

Gizmodo reports:

The United States’ most elite soldiers have been collecting DNA samples from suspected terrorists for years. But because analysis normally takes three weeks, it’s been a pretty useless chore. Now, however, U.S. Special Operations Command is testing a machine that can do it in 90 minutes. Get ready for advanced biometric warfare.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

May 23 14:53

Israeli MP publicly tears Christian New Testament to pieces

Israeli Minister of Parliament Michael Ben Ari publicy ripped up a copy of the Christian New Testament and threw it in the garbage.

May 23 11:00

Jeb Bush, James Baker, and the Pro-Israel Mega-Donors

What is the issue, that gets little attention in the mainstream, is that the presidential candidates find it necessary to pay obeisance to ultra-powerful individuals who represent the interests of Israel, not the United States.

What exists now is a “passionate attachment” to a foreign country on steroids that undercuts American security.

For while the mainstream media is analyzing in microscopic detail Jeb’s stumbling over his Iraq war response, it naturally ignores that third rail in contemporary American politics, the power of the Israel lobby.

May 23 08:28

Saudi Jets Hit Sa'ada Market, UNICEF Headquarters

The Saudi-led coalition's fighter jets fired over 50 missiles at Sa'ada market and turned it into rubbles. It was the fourth time in the past few weeks that the market came under attack.

Also, the Saudi fighter jets bombed the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) headquarters in Hajjah province's Meidi district.

The Saudi warplanes had earlier this week targeted UNICEF ships engaged in delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.

Saudi fighter jets launched three "aerial attacks" on the ships which were bound for Sa’ada,

May 23 05:10

US rejects nuclear disarmament document over Israel concerns

The United States on Friday blocked a global document aimed at ridding the world of nuclear weapons, saying Egypt and other states tried to "cynically manipulate" the process by setting a deadline for Israel and its neighbors to meet within months on a Middle East zone free of such weapons.

POSTER COMMENT:Israel is not a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has never publicly declared what is widely considered to be an extensive nuclear weapons program. A conference might force Israel to acknowledge it.
Note: U.S. intelligence has acknowledged that Israel has nuclear weapons.

May 22 15:20

Israel’s new government 'partly ridiculous, partly terrifying'

Uri Avnery vividly describes the calamity freely chosen by the Israeli Jewish people: the most ultra-right-wing, openly expansionist, anti-democratic, anti-free speech and bigoted government ever elected in Israel.

May 22 12:19

OBAMA’S STRATEGIC SHIFT

President Obama has belatedly detected the looming catastrophe in Syria and Iraq as Sunni terrorists gain ground. He also grasps the need for Russian and Iranian help. But his administration remains infested with neocons and liberal war hawks who could sabotage the needed deals, reports Robert Parry.

t’s finally dawning on President Barack Obama the grave dangers that have been created for the American Republic by decades of neoconservative dominance of U.S. foreign policy, but his moves in response to this dire threat remain hesitant and indecisive.

The only game-saving play open to Obama now – in response to recent Saudi-backed escalation of Sunni extremism in Syria and Iraq as well the new right-wing racist government in Israel – may be to forge an alliance with Iran and Russia as a counterforce in the Middle East that could save Syria’s relatively secular regime and reverse gains by the Islamic State inside Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to believe that the above is possible. But unfortunately, this President is way too hubristic and narcissistic to make the necessary changes to bring about a possible lasting peace.

I frankly think Obama is trying, by deploying ISIS, to get Americans to go along with a 3rd invasion of Iraq; an overthrow of Al-Assad in Damascus; and a re-invasion of Libya.

A short memo, based on a statement of the character Tony Soprano, to President Obama: FURGETTABOUTIT!!! There will be no support for US troops on the ground, and the equipment you are sending to Iraq is absolutely no good without skilled operators to make them do what they are supposed to do.

May 22 09:29

Israel’s Descent into Barbarism — Norman Finkelstein

“Israeli troops go on a rampage in the West Bank, kill Palestinians, demolish Palestinian homes”

Paul Jay of the Real news Network interviews Norman Finkelstein about his new book: Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza.

May 22 08:29

Hope – versus Neoliberalism – an Ode to Solidarity

The new apparent Hope – is it what my friend Finian Cunningham says – the first ‘eye blinking’ by Washington facing Russia?

We are so thirsty for hope, hope for another, more just, more equitable world, we see hope in the first ‘blinking of an eye’. Hope is good. Hope is the basis for action. And action must be the consequence of hope – hope that not all is lost. Action to break that impasse of neoliberal all-engulfing greed must be simple. We have become strangers to ourselves. We must return to our roots, recognizing where and why we failed to diagnose the beast. Our awakened, re-kindled sense of consciousness may lead us to what we have lost – our inherent sense of solidarity.

Let’s hope together for that to happen – to happen soon, for the suffering is too great to endure much longer. We, the 99.99 % have it in our power to stop this misery and save our planet.

May 21 14:16

The US-Islamic State Dance: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back – By Design

That said, there exists too much overwhelming evidence to prove that the Islamic State is the US Empire’s latest creation of a designated enemy to propagate unending global war and destruction in all resource rich regions on earth. Reagan and Bush senior used Osama’s al Qaeda machine beginning in the early 1980’s as Washington’s proxy war mercenaries on the ground against the Soviet Empire that led eventually to its demise within the decade. Then in the 90’s al Qaeda was used to help “balkanize” Yugoslavia into 13 obliterated, ineffectual little pieces carved up and served as Empire bases against resurrected cold war enemy Russia as well as the Middle East. Then came the pivotal role of Osama’s 19 box-cutters - 15 of whom were Saudi Arabian - used as inside job 9/11 stooges, close to half of whom have since surfaced alive and well on the planet. Only the 3000 Americans murdered and sacrificed that fateful day by the neocons Bush and Cheney et al with Israeli-Saudi help remain dead. The extensively long history of the United States government covertly utilizing al Qaeda/ISIS/Islamic State as America’s oft-repeated actual ally in its fabricated bogus “war on terror” is nothing but a diabolically driven hoax on this planet. The Islamic State is the fake US enemy deployed by the DC crime cabal as its Empire paid-for-hire tool.

May 21 12:34

Iran Agrees to UN Inspection of Yemen Aid Ship

Aiming to stave off a threatened attack by either US or Saudi warships, the Iranian cargo ship full of humanitarian aid for Yemen will stop off at a UN center in Djibouti for inspection by UN personnel.

US and Saudi officials have repeatedly claimed that ships trying to deliver aid to Yemen, currently under Saudi siege, were actually carrying Iranian weapons, though repeated searches of such ships have turned up nothing.

May 21 09:47

What The Media Didn't Report About Houthis

Yemeni civilians are suffering under the Saudi-led airstrikes and the sea and air blockade on Yemen.
Moreover, Saudi-led airstrikes used banned cluster munitions according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). And 25 million Yemenis face risk of starvation.

Morocco participates in the Saudi-led coalition against Houthis. The coalition which formed in relatively short time after Iran-backed Houthi movement captured the Yemeni capital.

“Yemen’s Houthi militants said they had shot down a Moroccan F-16 fighter jet carrying out airstrikes against their northern stronghold, as fighting escalated in the hours leading up to a five-day cease-fire.

The Iran-backed rebels on Monday said the jet was brought down over Saada province. They also provided photos showing what they said was the wreckage of the jet and the remains of its pilot. None of the Houthi claims could be independently confirmed.

May 21 09:14

dream

I was thinking how humanity could descend to such barbarity around the world. How could African migrants risk their lives to leave countries wrecked psychologically and economically by colonial Europeans to seek to arrive in the same continent that subjugated them? How could Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims be slaughtered in the thousands by the majority Buddhists and surviving people end up in boats and sent back to starve and die at sea rejected by nearby countries including countries like Indonesia with Muslim majorities? How could relatives of Jewish holocaust survivors engage in racism and ethnic cleansing for native Palestinians while relatives of Armenian holocaust survivors lead amazingly rich productive caring lives? How could a very wealthy country like “Saudi Arabia” (the quotes are needed because it is an imposed name for a country stolen by the Saud Family) spend billions to support the US/Israeli agenda of destruction and mayhem in countries like Yemen and Syria?

May 21 08:37

SPECIAL OPERATORS ARE USING RAPID DNA READERS, THE POLICE WILL BE TOO SOON

On Wednesday, representatives from the U.S. Special Operations Command revealed that they were testing two rapidDNA readers in forward locations. The operators feed in a DNA sample, and the reader compares it against a database that matches DNA to identities. The machines weigh some 60 pounds, so they aren’t small. And they aren’t cheap: each costs about $250,000. But they can give a result in 90 minutes, a process that used to take weeks.
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May 20 13:58

Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990

Landmark research proves that the US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people, but this is a fraction of Western responsibility for deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades

May 20 12:50

Israel agenda wider war in Mideast: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with James Morris, editor of america-hijacked.com in Los Angeles, to discuss a recent remarks by the Israeli minister of military affairs, Moshe Ya’alon.

May 20 09:16

Deception, Thy Middle Name is Divert

The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau slavishly responds to unfolding Israeli stories as though the computers there are set on robotic control to: “Divert, Divert”.

Pope Francis has presented President Abbas with “a bronze medal that represents an angel of peace”, canonized two Palestinian nuns, and recognized Palestine as a state.

That is the big news out of the Vatican.

Not so for the NYTimes. After its initial report on canonization and recognition, the Times turns quickly to the “importance ” of the difference between “may you be” and “you are an angel of peace”...

May 20 09:13

Saudi bomb on your sofa? Yemen civilians narrowly avoid death as failed shell dropped on house

Dozens of residents of Yemeni’s capital avoided likely injuries or death after a bomb, thought to be dropped by the Saudi-led coalition, fell into a residential block but failed to explode. A witness told RT the strike targeted a civilian-only area.

Only a day after the brief “humanitarian ceasefire” ended in Yemen, residents of a densely populated neighborhood in central Sanaa barely escaped death as a huge 1.5-meter shell came crashing through the ceiling of an apartment, shattering walls and furniture.

May 20 09:11

Time for FIFA to show Israel the red card

The truth must be told from the outset: I hope Israel is suspended from FIFA.

A soccer ban doesn’t kill anyone. A boycott spills no blood. It is a legitimate weapon to establish justice and apply international law. Israel supported and supports boycotts, and encourages them: against Hamas, against Gaza, and, of course, against Iran. It even joined the boycott against South Africa, albeit in spite of itself. Now its turn has come.

May 20 09:07

Song for Yemen

A short video and song by Finian Cunningham - Inspiration by Bente Petersen, dedicated to the children of Yemen.

Song for Yemen (Lyrics)

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When kings and presidents say they’re right
To bomb the poor day and night

And the whole damn world just stays quiet
And the whole damn world bows to might is right

What’s it coming to?
What’s it coming to?
When they’re killing children every day
And the whole world looks away

And the whole world looks away
And the whole world looks away

May 20 08:47

US Threatens ‘Military Option’ as Iran Aid Ship Nears Yemen

Though Iran’s Shahed cargo ship was much to slow to actually get its cargo of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni port of Hodeida during the five-day ceasefire, the ship is still heading in that general direction, riling the Pentagon.

US officials are now openly talking about the possibility of “military options” against the ship, and expressing surprise and alarm that the cargo ship has a naval escort.

This is in spite of Iran being very open, when the ship departed last week, about the fact that it was going to have a naval escort. Since the ship left in the wake of Saudi Arabia destroying the Sanaa airport to prevent aid delivery by cargo plane, it’s unsurprising they didn’t want to leave the aid ship vulnerable. Two Iranian warships are escorting it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Obama: please do NOT go "Netanyahu" on this aid convoy. And do NOT for one second, allow the Saudis to think we support a military intervention on their part.

It is a short step from seizing this ship to a full-on, military confrontation with Russia. Interdiction here is neither warranted nor strategically useful.

Double plus ungood, Mr. President: double plus ungood.

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