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May 12 22:12

BEX ALERT - Have Iran and Israël declared a new war?

This fellow jumped the shark a couple of years ago.
This piece seems to follow the Israeli line pretty closely in framing Iran for the Syrian missile strikes.

This morning of 10 May 2018, at approximately 0h30, the al-Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – the Iranian military elite – attacked Israël from its bases in Syria. Israël is the Pentagon’s arsenal in the region (sites 51, 53, 55 and 56). The Hebrew state, choosing to escalate, riposted disproportionally, firing close to 70 missiles on Iranian targets in Syria and attempting to destroy the Syrian anti-aircraft defence system.

May 12 11:17

U.S. MOVES FORWARD WITH MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR “SMART BOMB” SALE TO SAUDI ARABIA AND UAE DESPITE CIVILIAN DEATHS IN YEMEN

Last month, warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen repeatedly bombed a wedding party in the northern part of the country, killing more than 20 people, including the bride, and injuring dozens of others. In the days that followed, local media published a photograph of a bomb fragment with a serial number tying it to the U.S.-based weapons manufacturer Raytheon.
Now the State Department is taking preliminary steps toward a massive, multibillion-dollar sale of similar weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, three congressional aides, a State Department official, and two other people familiar with the sales told The Intercept.

The State Department has yet to announce the exact details and dollar value of the package, but it is said to include tens of thousands of precision-guided munitions from Raytheon, the same company that was involved in producing the weapons used in last month’s strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

PLEASE, LORD, NO!!!

It feels like the entire American public has been at a "slow frog boil", a situation where the frog doesn't know it is in danger of dying, until it is too late; so it is with the normalization of weapons sales to absolute despots, to create a genocide which the B.O.Y. ( the Butcher of Yemen, AKA the Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman) is doing in Yemen.

I have rarely felt more completely out of control of my government than I do right now, as our alleged government continues to hurtle, at breakneck speed, toward more wars in the Middle East, most probably culminating in a war against Iran, which probably means a war against Russia.

May 12 10:20

Is The Trap Being Set In The Middle East? Breaking Down The Plan

McCain admits he passed along the dossier to get Trump.US/NK summit will take place on June 12 in Singapore. Macron and Merkel are scrambling now, Merkel says the US cannot protect us.

May 12 08:28

Russia Bows to US and Israel, No S-300s for Syria

It’s not forthcoming, not now at least. According to Putin’s military technical cooperation aide Vladimir Kozhin, Russia will not supply S-300s to Syria’s military – nor are talks about possible delivery being held.

Kozhin falsely claimed Syrian armed forces have “all” the air defense systems “they need” – a shameful remark, clearly untrue.

Failure to supply with what Syria vitally needs constitutes betrayal – yielding to US/Israeli interests at the expense of its own security.

If Russia fails to confront US-led aggression in Syria more forcefully, Assad could fall, his government replaced, isolating Iran ahead of similar action to replace the Islamic Republic with pro-Western puppet rule.

It’s no match against US/Israeli aggression if events unfold this way. If they achieve regional hegemony, Russia and China are next on Washington’s target list.

May 12 06:19

Days Ahead Of Moving Embassy To ‘Capital’ Jerusalem, US Has ‘No Position’ On Israeli Border There

Washington has “no position” on what part of Jerusalem should be controlled by Israel or Palestine, the US State Department said, while still calling the city Israel’s “capital” just days before the relocation of the US embassy.

“We are not taking a position on final status [of Jerusalem] issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders,” the State Department said in a statement on Friday. At the same time, in a seemingly contradictory statement, it added that the relocation of the US diplomatic mission “recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of its government.”
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The dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 14, the statement confirmed. The event will be attended by US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and adviser Ivanka Trump.

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May 11 13:59

FLASHBACK - The Unfolding of Yinon’s “Zionist Plan for the Middle East”: The Crisis in Iraq and the Centrality of the National Interest of Israel

America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars

May 11 13:48

U.S. MOVES FORWARD WITH MULTIBILLION-DOLLAR “SMART BOMB” SALE TO SAUDI ARABIA AND UAE DESPITE CIVILIAN DEATHS IN YEMEN

Last month, warplanes belonging to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen repeatedly bombed a wedding party in the northern part of the country, killing more than 20 people, including the bride, and injuring dozens of others. In the days that followed, local media published a photograph of a bomb fragment with a serial number tying it to the U.S.-based weapons manufacturer Raytheon.

May 11 10:27

US: Iran Must Continue to Comply With Nuclear Inspections

No longer party to treaty, US still insists Iran fulfill requirements
Jason Ditz

On Tuesday, President Trump formally disavowed the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran. Officials have indicated the US intends to violate the deal with new sanctions against Iran.

May 10 06:47

Russia says Syria shot down half of Israeli missiles

Netanyahu attacks Syria a few hours after getting back to Israel from Russia where he walked in the VE Day Parade with Putin.
This looks really bad for Putin. He either gave permission for the strike or Netanyahu has no respect for Vladimir Putin and has him wrapped around his nutty little finger.

It was reported that 28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 aircraft took part in the attack on the territory of Syria. They fired about 60 missiles, whereas more than ten tactical missiles were launched from the ground.

It was also said that the official representative of Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), Jonathan Conricus, said that Israel had informed Russia before striking Syria in response to missile attacks on the territory of Israel.

May 09 19:23

Explosions Heard on Israeli-Syria Border, Israeli Emergency Sirens Activated

Replying to @QalaatAlMudiq
#Pt. Video showing #Syria|n Regime MRLS bombing #Golan. First time ever direct retaliation for previous #Israel|i strikes.

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May 09 19:18

SYRIAN STATE MEDIA: REPEATED ROUNDS OF ISRAELI ROCKETS HIT SYRIA

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, May 10 - Israel launched repeated rounds of rocket fire into Syria early on Thursday, Syrian state media reported, after Israel's military said Iranian forces in Syria had shelled one of its outposts near the border.

The scale of Israeli rocket fire appeared to be far higher than in previous incidents and Damascus residents described seeing explosions above the city from air defense systems.

May 09 19:09

Breaking: Israeli missiles pound southern Damascus, massive explosions heard throughout capital city

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 A.M.) – The Israeli forces have launched another large wave of missiles towards the southern countryside of Damascus, causing massive explosions that could be heard throughout the capital.

The Israeli missiles repeatedly struck the town of Al-Kisweh, which reportedly has a small presence of Iranian soldiers deployed there.

May 09 19:07

Breaking: Syrian military launches new wave of missiles into occupied Golan Heights

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 A.M.) – At approximately 4:05 A.M. (Damascus Time), the Syrian military launched a fresh wave of missiles towards the occupied Golan Heights.

May 09 15:54

Breaking: Boris Johnson announces readiness for Syrian peace talks with no preconditions

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 P.M.) – The Secretary-General of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, Nasser Al-Hariri, told British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, that his group is ready to commit to peace talks with the Syrian government under no preconditions.

May 09 15:53

BREAKING: Israel SHELLING Syrian positions in response to Iranian missile STRIKE

ISRAEL is firing on Syrian positions with reports of explosions in Damascus after a barrage of Iranian missiles was fired from Syria on Israeli-held Golan Heights, according to local reports.

Several shells have reportedly hit the Syrian Governorate of Quneitra, launched from the Israeli-occupied portion of the Golan Heights.

The shells were fired from the Israeli-controlled area towards the city of Baath in northern Queneitra, according to Syria’s state SANA news agency.

May 09 15:52

Breaking: Massive confrontation breaks out between Israeli and Syrian forces near occupied Golan Heights

BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 A.M.) – At approximately 1:00 A.M. (Damascus Time), the Israeli military fired several artillery shells towards the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Al-Quneitra Governorate city of Al-Ba’ath.

The Syrian Army responded by firing missiles towards an IDF base in the occupied Golan Heights – no confirmation on whether or not anything hit its target.

May 09 09:34

America's Only Choices: Jewish Communism or Jewish Zionism

The article below is a reminder that George Soros pushed through the Iran nuclear deal much to the consternation of Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump came to his rescue. Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, just as Iran was being finalized. The only reason Americans got an alternative to Clinton was due to this schism in World Jewry between Communists and Zionists. The Communists, led by George Soros, and fronted by Obama and Clinton, represent the disintegration of the nation-state, including Israel. The nationalists led by Netanyahu and fronted by Trump represents a handful of powerful nation-states dominated by Israel. This is a disagreement between Masonic lodges. In Trump, Americans are getting the crumbs from Israel's table.

May 09 09:30

Risking World War For Israel:Series of articles.

Those who cry wolf over the deal and want to attack Iran are only following the diktats of the Israeli terrorist-in-chief Benjamin Netanyahu. After all, he’s their god and whatever he says goes – that’s the only explanation for their idiotic stand. Watch this video of Netanyahu lambasting Iran in the US Congress, or not – after all, who can stand to watch that demonic and arrogant cad ordering the US around.

Consequently, when the Middle East is set ablaze and millions of people lose their lives, the world will know who to haul at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

https://biblicisminstitute.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/trump-and-netan...

May 09 08:09

Houthis claim missile attack on Riyadh

Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi movement said it fired a salvo of ballistic missiles at the Saudi capital Wednesday - an attack Saudi authorities said they intercepted in the skies over the city.

The assault comes a day after Saudi Arabia's top ally the United States pulled out of an international deal with Iran over its disputed nuclear program and could signal an uptick in tensions between regional rivals Riyadh and Tehran.

The Houthis said the missiles were launched at economic targets in Riyadh, the group's al-Masirah TV reported. At least four blasts were heard in the city center, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

May 09 08:07

Syrian state media says Israel attacked just after U.S. quit Iran deal

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state media accused Israel of launching missiles at a target near Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal, a move that had prompted Israel to go on high alert.

The Israeli military said that, upon identifying “irregular activity” by Iranian forces in Syria, it instructed civic authorities on the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defenses and mobilized some reservist forces.

Israel’s top general, Gadi Eizenkott, canceled a scheduled appearance at an annual security conference and was conferring with Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other national security chiefs, officials said.

Trump’s hard tack against the nuclear deal, while welcomed by Israel, has stirred fears of a possible regional flare-up.

May 09 07:31

Netanyahu Claims 'Iran Lied' About Its Nuclear Program, but Israel Has Been Lying for Decades

When Benjamin Netanyahu proved with file folders that Iran lied about its nuclear program, not one person thought Israel was the last country on earth that should have had the nerve to complain about this. After all, how has Israel acted on this very same issue for decades? ... Israel doesn't sign conventions, it doesn't allow inspections and it lies. It mocks and winks - 60 years of continuous nuclear lies. In fact, it has never said a single true word about its nuclear program ... Netanyahu tried to shock the world by proving that Iran lied. But if the world had been shocked by Tehran's lies, it would have had to be shocked by Jerusalem's lies as well. For when it comes to nuclear lies, there's no difference between them. In fact, Israel's lie is bigger.

May 09 07:28

Wake Up to Trump, Distraction and War with Iran

Both Trump and Netanyahu paint Iran as the most dangerous terrorist state in the world. Really? It wasn't the Iranian regime that illegally cost over one million Iraqi civilian lives and blew that country apart ... So who is the aggressor here? Unlike Israel's many invasions and military incursions, Iran, a poor country, has not invaded any country for over 250 years. Iraq's dictator invaded Iran in 1980, with U.S. backing, costing Iran an estimated 500,000 lives. No country, save the U.S. Empire, has the chutzpah that Netanyahu possesses because he knows the U.S. government and the mass media will embrace his expanding push for U.S. militarism in the Middle East.

May 09 07:15

FORMER DEFENSE MINISTERS: ISRAEL MUST PREPARE FOR ‘WAR BETWEEN WARS’

Former Israeli defense ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Moshe Arens emphasized on Tuesday the importance of conducting “war between wars,” in order to maintain Israel’s readiness for future military conflicts against its enemies.

Ya’alon, speaking alongside three-time defense minister Arens at the IDC Herzliya Conference, said that the Israeli security establishment had progressed from its “conceptual limitation of always preparing for the previous war” and is no longer resting on its laurels, and is instead looking towards evolving, future threats.

May 09 07:05

MIDDLE EAST CRISIS: Saudi Arabia ATTACKED as country's air defence intercepts TWO missiles

SAUDI Arabia's air defence forces have intercepted two missiles flying above the country's capital Riyadh on Wednesday just weeks after the last attack launched against the Saudis by Yemenite rebels, state media reported.

May 08 19:13

Nikki Haley: Zionist Neocon Heartthrob

what is 12 inches long and dangles between Netanyahu's knees?

The tie off all US presidents since 2009! (and 1996-1999)

https://www.newsbud.com/2018/05/07/nikki-haley-for-president/

May 08 15:59

BREAKING: 'SHOTS in Syria' as pro-Assad forces launch flares amid fear of second STRIKE

There are also unconfirmed reports of Israeli fighter jets flying over Jordan airspace amid fears there could be further strikes.

Syrian analyst Danny Makki said: “Still an expectancy that Israel may carry out further strikes on Syria this evening, strong air activity still in the area.”

It comes after an airstrike against Iranian targets following Donald Trump’s announcement he would withdraw from the Obama Iranian deal.

Sources in the area have said the Iranian-backed Hezbollah has called up reserves in south Lebanon following Israeli strikes.

It is at least the third attack since April 8 from Israel against Iranian assets in Syria.

Heavy Israeli overflights have also been reported.

May 08 15:35

Saudi export of ultra-conservatism in the era of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman

James Dorsey examines the extent to which the self-styled reformist de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, is disengaging from extremist Sunni Islamist groups, or whether the Saudis’ anti-Shia obsession is making the extremists too useful a tool to drop.

May 08 11:09

SAUDI AIRSTRIKES TARGET YEMEN’S PRESIDENTIAL COMPOUND IN BUSY RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT

The death toll following Saudi coalition airstrikes targeting the presidential in the densely populated neighborhood of Al-Tahrir in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, has risen to more than 90 people, including schoolchildren, according to a statement to MintPress by an official from Yemen’s Ministry of Health. Local hospitals received 86 injuries, but rescuers are still struggling to retrieve bodies from the rubble, so the number of victims could rise.
The destruction in Tahrir, the second largest residential and commercial area in Sana`a, was extensive. Two airstrikes hit the building, located near a hotel, a bank and several shops, and not far from the central bank, which was bustling with employees at that time.

The principal of the Gamal Abdel Nasser School, close to the presidential compound, told MintPress that a number of students sustained injuries, adding that the huge blasts threw students into a sudden panic, prompting school authorities to suspend ongoing exams.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The genocidal maniac, The B.O.Y.(Butcher of Yemen, aka the Saudi Prince Bin Salman), loves big numbers; he must be particularly pleased with the number of children his military have killed or crippled for life with these stikes. After all, killing the children of a country means that you are also killing the future of that country.

As long as I am breathing, I must continue to peacefully witness to Saudi war crimes in Yemen, aided and abetted by the US tgovernment and its military.

I don't know about our readers and listeners, but I am very morally uncomfortable, being the citizen of a country which participates in war crimes. Unfortunately, Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to imigrate to a more civilised country which does not indulge in this behaviour.

May 07 23:55

Do Americans Want To Die For Israel? -- Paul Craig Roberts

That is what it all the lies told about Iran are about. By creating a bogyman out of Iran, Israel can build up the American public’s support for US military action against Iran. --- The Saker says that “Americans should ask themselves—Do I want to die for Israel?”

May 07 12:38

Yemen: Saudi-led attack hits Houthi-held presidential palace

Air raids have targeted the presidential office in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa, killing at least six people and wounding 30 others, according to medical sources.

Witnesses said fighter jets bombed Sanaa several times at midday on Monday, with rebel-controlled Al-Masirah television blaming the Saudi-led coalition for the raid.

May 07 08:49

Pompeo Rocks the Middle East: Lessons from a Former CIA Officer for the Secretary of State

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo has recently completed his first trip to the Middle East as U.S. Secretary of State. Perhaps not surprisingly as President Donald Trump appears prepared to decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) limiting Iran’s nuclear program creating a possible casus belli, much of what Pompeo said was focused on what was alleged to be the growing regional threat posed by Iran both in conventional terms and due to its claimed desire to develop a nuclear weapon.

The Secretary of State met with heads of state or government as well as foreign ministers in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan during his trip. He did not meet with the Palestinians, who have cut off contact with the Trump Administration because they have “nothing to discuss” with it in the wake of the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

May 05 14:19

Britain in the grip of the Zionist lobby: Living in an Orwellian dystopia

It is puzzling to witness the speed and ferocity with which Britain is deteriorating into an Orwellian nightmare.

The Evening Standard reported last month that “a London council worker has been suspended after being caught claiming Zionists ‘collaborated’ with the Nazis”.

Stan Keable was removed from his duties as an environmental enforcement officer for Hammersmith and Fulham Council after saying, “The Nazis were anti-Semitic. The problem I’ve got is the Zionist government at the time collaborated with them. They accepted the ideas that Jews are not acceptable here.”...>>

May 05 10:10

YEMENI REBELS BEGIN ATTACKING SAUDI OIL INFRASTRUCTURE: YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS

The Houthi rebels in Yemen, officially known as Ansurallah, have vowed to intensify rocket attacks on Saudi Arabia’s critical oil infrastructure, warning that they are now manufacturing their own ballistic missiles to achieve those aims, the Financial Times reports.

The threat comes at a time when Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia have begun to increase. Just this Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s air defense system intercepted four ballistic missiles over the southwestern region of Jizan. The debris of those missiles reportedly killed one person. Just a week prior, two other missiles were launched at the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) facilities on the Red Sea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government and military is going to double down in this illegal and immoral war, and Yemen may soon be getting carpet bombed for its insistence that the Saudis get out.

And then, we had the following, ominous headline from zerohedge, dateline yesterday:

GREEN BERETS ARE NOW ON THE GROUND ASSISTING THE SAUDI WAR ON YEMEN IN "A MARKED ESCALATION"

May 05 09:36

Hoisting the false flag

BRAVE GUATEMALAN air force pilots rebelled against a leftist regime in 1954 and used their planes to bomb the regime’s bases. Army commanders also rebelled; Guatemalans could hear them directing troop movements over the radio. Finally these patriots won their revolution. The United States trumpeted their victory around the world.

This was a “false flag” operation — staged by one force but made to look as if someone else did it. Planes that bombed targets in Guatemala were painted with Guatemalan air force insignia, but the pilots were CIA contractors. Radio messages about troop movements had been pre-recorded at a CIA base in Florida. A revolution that seemed to be emerging from one country, Guatemala, was actually the project of another, the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why I am very concerned about a potential false flag to be blamed on Iran, as the justification to attack it, in light of current movements by the Israeli government and its mouthpiece, the Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika, which make me think that an attack against Iran may well be imminent.

May 04 14:31

Al-Qaeda claims it is ‘fighting alongside’ US-backed coalition forces in Yemen

Qasim al-Rimi, who has led the branch of the global jihadist movement known as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap) since his predecessor was killed in 2015, told the group’s media arm al-Malahem on Sunday that his followers were de facto aligned with an array of forces in the complex conflict.

“We fight alongside all Muslims in Yemen, together with different Islamic groups,” he said, including “the Muslim Brotherhood and also our brothers among the sons of (Sunni) tribes.”

May 04 08:42

US forces deployed to ‘assist’ Saudi in Yemen

A batch of US special elite forces is militarily supporting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, according to the Independent newspaper. The new finding contradicts the Pentagon’s previously clarified role in Yemen limited to “refuelling and logistics” against the Iranian-aligned Houthi group.

Twelve Green Beret soldiers were deployed in December last year, the paper reported, following Houthi rocket fire towards Riyadh. Mohammad Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and principle architect of the Yemen war, called on the US to support the fight.

According to the New York Times, US forces are helping to destroy Houthi training camps and missiles to avert the risk of attack within Saudi Arabia. The Berets are also training Saudi forces to defend the Kingdom’s southern border with Yemen more effectively.

May 04 08:37

Yemen conflict: Secret documents suggest 7,000 UK personnel may be complicit in Saudi slaughter

To what extent is the UK aiding the Saudi intervention in Yemen? A new report suggests help is more hands-on than just defense deals.

Never seen before documents published as part of a new paper titled 'UK Personnel Supporting the Saudi Armed Forces – Risk, Knowledge and Accountability', suggest that some of the functions carried out by British personnel and arms companies in the Gulf kingdom may be more than what the Government is willing to admit.

According to the report, British arms deals to Saudi Arabia dating back to to 1985 have contained secret support clauses for British-made aircraft which tie British contractor and government personnel to Saudi military action, even if the UK is not itself involved directly.

May 04 04:56

YEMEN - MASSACRES AND ASSASSINATIONS TRIGGER A NEW PHASE OF WAR

In mid April some 20+ of Sudanese soldiers were killed in an ambush in northern Yemen. Sudan, which sent up to 10,000 soldiers to Yemen in hope of Saudi money, is reconsidering its engagement. The Gulf states had promised investments in Sudan and the lifting of U.S. sanction in exchange for sending cannon fodder. Neither happened.

May 03 12:34

Army Green Berets have been helping Saudi Arabian-led coalition fight Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen

U.S. military involvement in Yemen's civil war appears to be larger than originally thought.

A team of about a dozen Army Green Berets was sent to the country's border with Saudi Arabia in December, to aid the Saudi-led forces in their fight against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, according to the New York Times.

Yemen has been in political disarray since 2015, when the Iranian-backed Houthis overthrew the president and took control of most of the western part of the country, including the capital, Sana'a.

Since then, a Saudi-led coalition has been locked in conflict with the rebels, as they work to reinstate President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

According to U.S. officials and European diplomats interviewed by the Times, Army Green Berets have been aiding the Saudis in locating and destroying caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that the Houthis have been using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the US government and military are neck deep in the war crimes Saudi Arabia is perpetuating in Yemen.

This is a genocide, complete with the wanton killing of infants, children, women, and the elderly medically fragile, and it gets worse; now cholera (possibly weaponised) is spreading in Yemen, and the medical infrastructure desperately needed has, of course, been destroyed by the Saudis and their American counterparts.

The Saudis, again with American military assistance, have also blocked major Yemeni ports, meaning no food can get in, meaning horrendous deaths through starvation/ malnutrition are occuring in Yemen.

I frankly am profoundly uncomfortable being a citizen of a country whose leadership has absolutely zero moral issues with assisting other countries in the commmission of war crimes; unfortunately, Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to become citizens of more civilized countries which do not engage in these practices.

May 03 12:24

ISRAEL COMPLAINS SYRIA IS DEFENDING ITSELF

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman is concerned Syria may finally be able to defend itself against Israel’s attacks.

May 02 08:09

‘Whole world turned red’: Groom recalls deadly Saudi airstrike on Yemeni wedding

Yahya Jaafar said that he was with young guests at his wedding when “the missile came and targeted the room and the rest of the house.” He recalled that he “got thrown out of the building by the power of the explosion,” while “the whole world turned red.”

The man survived the blast, saying: “Thank God, I’m alright. But I don’t hear well because of that.” But most of his guests weren’t that lucky, as “many young people got killed and many wounded,” becoming crippled for life.

“There were some victims who were torn in half,” while splinters injured many others “in belly, head, neck, hands or legs,” the groom recalled. The airstrike caused a complete destruction of the building where the wedding took place, he added.

May 01 12:18

The US White House's mercenary connection

Lawrence Davidson examines the Trump administration’s latest folly: colluding with the Saudis and other Gulf Arabs to fund and man what amounts to a mercenary army led by Christian fundamentalist Erik Prince to replace the US troops in Syria. >>

May 01 11:15

Bibi baby – Netanyahu: a clown sitting on a huge pile of weapons of mass destruction

"On 30 April Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu provided a fascinating glimpse into a psychotic tribal mind. A clown who sits on a huge pile of weapons of mass destruction, an arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons designed to kill millions, is crying foul, complaining that another state in the region may attempt to equip itself with similar weapons as a means of deterrence. Netanyahu’s performance looked like a raging toddler pointing to another toddler’s nappy while his own pampers dripped from every direction. " >>

May 01 09:57

Yemeni Journalist: I Was Afraid US-Saudi Coalition Would Bomb My Wedding Party too

After the US-backed Saudi coalition massacred dozens of civilians at a wedding party, journalist Ahmad Algohbary says he and other Yemenis cannot live a normal life without fear

May 01 09:21

Building For Sale, All Bids Considered: the UN and the Middle East

Founded in San Francisco on October 24, 1945, the United Nations opened with endless promise. As proclaimed in its lofty preamble, the original 51 member states committed themselves to saving

succeeding generations from the scourge of war… [reaffirmed]… faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights… of nation’s large and small… to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from… international law [could] be maintained… to ensure… that armed force [would] not be used, save in the common interest.

With all too comfortable ease, 73 years later, these passionate words of humanity have once again proven themselves to be little more than idle gossip in which the powerful not only craft the tone of the debate but set about to ensure its content reflects their unique and predatory vision of the rule of law.

May 01 09:18

SOUTH CAROLINA’S NEW HATE SPEECH LAW OUTLAWS CRITICISM OF THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION

The state of South Carolina will become the first state in the nation to legislate a definition of anti-Semitism that considers certain criticisms of the Israeli government to be hate speech. The language, which was inserted into the state’s recently passed $8 billion budget, offers a much more vague definition of anti-Semitism that some suggest specifically targets the presence of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS, movement on state college campuses. The law requires that all state institutions, including state universities, apply the revised definition when deciding whether an act violates anti-discrimination policies.

May 01 08:17

America's Jews Are Driving America's Wars

UPDATE: On the morning of September 21st Phil Giraldi was fired over the phone by The American Conservative, where he had been a regular contributor for fourteen years. He was told that “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars” was unacceptable. The TAC management and board appear to have forgotten that the magazine was launched with an article by founder Pat Buchanan entitled “Whose War?” which largely made the same claims that Giraldi made about the Jewish push for another war, in that case with Iraq. Buchanan was vilified and denounced as an anti-Semite by many of the same people who are now similarly attacking Giraldi.

May 01 06:47

Israel's Netanyahu Can Now Declare War on Iran With Single Vote

The Israeli parliament voted in favor Monday of granting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the ability to declare war with the sole approval of his defense chief under certain conditions.Following a 20-minute presentation in which Netanyahu accused Iran of covertly pursuing nuclear weapons, reports emerged that the Israeli Knesset approved 62 to 41 the amendment to Israeli law regarding the authorization for the declaration of war. The new regime included a clause suggested by Netanyahu himself, one that requires only Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's approval to initiate a war "in extreme situations,"

Apr 30 13:19

Trump Proclaims Netanyahu Announcement on Iran Shows ‘I’ve Been 100% Right’

Wrong! You folks who still support this Israeli lovin bum are nothing but neocon traitors!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kFUNZ_8dKA

From a White House Rose Garden podium this afternoon, President Donald Trump declared that he has been “100 percent right” on continued Iran nuclear development and brand new evidence from the Israeli Prime Minister proves that.

Apr 30 12:10

The real war for Syria is taking place in its skies

Jonathan Cook argues that Israel’s strategy of playing both the Americans and Russians in Syria “is now beginning to unravel as Israel and the US seek to prevent Moscow and Iran from helping consolidate President Assad’s hold on power”. >>

Apr 30 11:56

European Parliament human rights delegation barred from Bahrain

Bahraini authorities have barred members of a delegation from the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights from entering the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown against pro-democracy activists and opposition figures.

“I regret to inform you that the Kingdom of Bahrain has refused to allow a delegation from the European Parliament to visit Manama for technical reasons, which we did not expect,” Pier Antonio Panzeri, the Chairman of the European Parliament human rights delegation, said on Sunday.

On April 4, Bahraini officials did not allow a Danish parliamentarian and an Irish human rights activist, who were scheduled to meet Bahraini activists, to enter the country.

Apr 30 11:56

8 civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes across Yemen in past 24 hours

At least eight civilians, including women and children, have been killed in Saudi Arabia’s multiple airstrikes across war-torn Yemen during the past 24 hours.

Yemen's official Saba news agency, citing a military source, reported on Sunday that seven of the victims were women and children. The airstrikes targeted various areas across Sana’a, Hajjah and Sa’ada provinces. The report added that at least 10 other civilians sustained injuries.

In one of the deadliest air raids against Yemeni people, Saudi warplanes last Sunday hit a wedding ceremony in Hajjah several times, killing almost 50 people and wounding 55 more. Saudi jets also carried out raids on ambulances transporting the casualties to local hospitals.

Apr 30 10:47

Richard Branson unveils new Dubai hyperloop venture to move freight at 760mph

Sir Richard Branson is teaming up with Dubai port operator DP world to enter the hyperloop business and move cargo at a top speed of 760mph.

The cargo system, which is being designed alongside a possible passenger service by Virgin Hyperloop One, will be called the DP World Cargospeed.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the port operator's CEO and chairman revealed the at a glitzy announcement alongside billionaire Mr Branson today on the floating hotel Queen Elizabeth 2 in Dubai.

A hyperloop involves levitating pods, powered by electricity and magnetism, hurtling through low-friction pipes at a top speed of 1,220 kph (760 mph). Tesla co-founder Elon Musk first proposed the idea in 2013.

Apr 30 10:33

Pompeo’s thumbs up for Israel to counter Russian-backed Iranian drive in Syria

Pompeo said the US is committed to “rolling back to the full range of Iranian malign influence in Syria,” specifically mentioning “Iran’s missile systems, its support for Hezbollah, its importation of thousands of Shiite fighters into Syria.” Pompeo added, “We strongly support Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself.”

DEBKAfile: This was taken as a US green light for Israel to take on the elements threatening its security from Syria. The secretary also stressed that the US would continue to fight ISIS and not tolerate the Assad regime using chemical weapons.

Apr 29 09:29

Israel’s seven decades of plunder

"Israel has in fact celebrated seven decades of plunder, oppression and impunity. The voices of peace in Israel, from people like David Grossman, Uri Avnery and Gideon Levi, are fading. Israel, as Rosner attests, is a Jewish State. Israelis choose to bond with their “Jewish identity”. Peace and reconciliation are not something we should expect to see any time soon.">>

Apr 29 08:57

NATO inconsistencies on chemical weapons & US bombs killing civilians in Yemen (E602)

In this episode, award-winning author and foreign correspondent Charles Glass tells us whether it was right for Theresa May – with NATO's blessing – to fire missiles at Damascus in the past 14 days. We speak to a journalist on the ground in Yemen, who claims he has proof that American-made bombs were used in a double-tap strike on a wedding that killed or injured nearly 100 men, women and children.

Apr 29 08:56

Stench of hypocrisy: British 'war on terror' & strategic ties with radical Islam

Britain's strategic relationship with radical Islam goes back decades and continues to this day.

There is no more foul a stench than the stench of hypocrisy, and there is no more foul a hypocrisy than the British government painting Bashar al-Assad as a monster when in truth he and the Syrian people have been grappling with a twin-headed monster in the shape of Salafi-jihadi terror and Western imperialism. Both are committed to destroying Syria as an independent, non-sectarian state, and both are inextricably linked.

Author and journalist Mark Curtis charts in detail the contours of this history in his book 'Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam':

Apr 29 08:54

Arabs won’t fall for Saudi ‘brainwashing’ – Qatari FM rejects call to send troops to Syria

The Qatari foreign minister dismissed a Saudi ultimatum that Qatar must send troops to Syria or face the loss of US support and have its government fall, stating that it “was not worthy of a response.”
The official commented on the remarks of Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir in an interview with France 24 TV on Thursday.

“This statement [by the Saudi Foreign Ministry] is not worthy of an answer. Qatar refutes the brainwashing of the public opinion in the Arab world in such a way,” Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani said. Riyadh would not be able to manipulate public opinion with such statements since “Arab consciousness is much greater than what they imagine,” he added.

Apr 28 16:33

Diary of an 11 year old: Playing with bombs

How do kids play in a war-zone? Here are the answers. This is the first episode of our new series that follows Janna, a young journalist living in in Nabi Saleh, a small village in Palestine.

Apr 28 07:05

What are Israel’s borders? Does it have any?

And thus, it continued, year after year, resolution after resolution. Israel keeps expanding, the UN condemns and Israel either gets shielded by USA veto, ignores, or fights back with sanctions against those who hold it to task for its violations, as we have recently seen with the UNSC resolution condemning all settlements as a ‘flagrant violation’ of international law. This resolution (UN 2334), is effectively calling it a war crime, and saying that Israel has no legal right to any of the territories conquered in 1967. The whole world effectively supports this, except Israel. Israel tries to portray this as an inherent hostility of the UN, but the UN is made of state representatives. So, Israel is basically saying that the whole world is against it. It is ostensibly against it, because it seeks to halt Israel in its quest to take over the whole of historical Palestine.

Apr 27 21:34

The fiasco of the bombing raid on Syria

The Inhibitor!
However, the Russian army observed the shots and transmitted the coordinates of the Allied missiles to the Syrian Arab Army in real time, in order to allow the Syrians to destroy them. Besides this, when the Syrians became swamped by the number of allied missiles, the Russian army deployed its system for inhibiting the commands and controls of NATO, which paralysed most of their launchers.

The most that we know for certain is that a French plane was unable to fire one of its missiles, and was obliged to jettison it out to sea without triggering it [9], and that two French multi-mission frigates suffered a computer failure and were unable to fire their naval Cruise missiles [10] — these are symptoms that are well known by anyone who has had to face up to the Russian inhibitor weapon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvDAHmQ1_tw

Apr 27 14:12

Gold Leaving US Vaults: Signs of Upcoming Currency War and Armed Conflict

An armed conflict with Iran might be much closer than generally believed. The nuclear deal has been honored, to everyone’s satisfaction but to Washington’s chagrin. Iran undoubtedly has no military capability that would be a threat to the US. It has never been responsible for any terrorist acts committed abroad or things like that. But it has done something unforgivable in the eyes of the US. It has threatened the USD. That’s what Washington cannot accept, because if it does not support the dollar, there will be problems financing the US government’s huge federal debt. A war with Iran would eliminate the largest non-USD oil exporter. One thing leads to another. The gold repatriations are a precursor to a currency war and armed conflict. That’s what drives US foreign policy.

Apr 27 09:55

Syria, Iran and ‘Chaos in International Relations’

Even in the context of a post-truth geopolitical environment run amok, Russian President Vladimir Putin telling his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over the phone that any further Western strikes against Syria may “lead to chaos in international relations” should at least be seen for what it is; a massive understatement.

Apr 27 07:45

BEXALERT!: Israel: Iran Has More Than 80,000 Fighters in Syria

I posted this one as science fiction. They get caught passing off an airport in Tehran as an Iranian airbase in Syria and now this.

The Times of Israel reports: Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday presented an aerial photograph of an alleged Iranian base outside Damascus that he said Tehran was using to bring in and train tens of thousands of fighters for the militias it backs in Syria.

observers.france24.com/en/20180419-idf-israel-syria-iran-airport-photo-debunked

Apr 26 09:57

Russia and China Militaries Reach ‘New Heights’ Together, Agree to Challenge U.S. in Middle East

Russia and China have pledged to strengthen their bilateral military and political ties as part of a strategic cooperation that challenges U.S. interests, especially to Washington's stance on Middle East allies Syria and Iran.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met Tuesday with Air Force General Xu Qiliang, deputy vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission, and other regional military officials as part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the eastern city of Qingdao. As increasingly powerful Russia and China build up their clout on the world stage, they sought a more united front against the U.S., which frequently challenged their rise.

Apr 26 05:09

NEVER LET ANYONE CALL YOU CRAZY FOR DOUBTING ESTABLISHMENT WAR NARRATIVES

There has still been no retraction or correction of The Guardian‘s demonstrably false and completely indefensible claim that two normal antiwar Twitter accounts were controlled not by real people but by bot programs based in Russia. This is the sort of environment that has been created by the ongoing Russia panic that is plaguing the western world: one wherein mainstream news outlets can openly lie about dissenting voices and antiwar activists, refuse to retract or apologize for those lies, and suffer no consequences.

Apr 25 09:54

Yemen vows ‘crushing response’ to top Houthi official murder

Yemen’s Defense Ministry has vowed a “crushing response” to the assassination of a senior official from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, saying Saudi Arabia and the US will regret their “criminal adventurism.”

In a statement carried by the official Saba news agency on Monday, the ministry stressed that the Yemeni armed forces reserve the right to deal severe blows to “the aggressors and their evil coalition,” who will not be safe from ballistic missiles.

Saleh al-Samad, the chairman of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, lost his life in Saudi airstrikes that targeted his residence in the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah on Thursday.

The council was formed by the Houthi movement and the General People’s Congress Party to run state affairs in the absence of an effective government in 2016, a year after the Saudi regime and a coalition of its allies began their US-backed war against the country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I either a Saudi or US military commander on the ground in Yemen, I would tend to take these people at their word.

Apr 25 08:59

At Least 45 Innocent Yemenis Murdered By Saudis In Only Four Days

Forty five civilians including women and children were killed in airstrikes in Yemen over the last four days, the spokesperson of the Office at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell confirmed at the press conference in Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.

He said according to eyewitnesses “there were no military objects in the vicinity of the targeted area” at the time of the airstrike.

She noted that the coalition-led airstrike “destroyed a wedding tent in the grounds of a house in Al-Raqah village, while the victims were celebrating the marriage of their relatives”.

Apr 25 08:48

Qatar govt. must send troops to Syria or lose US support and be toppled – Saudi FM

Riyadh appears to be trying to bully regional rival and fellow US ally Qatar into going to war in Syria, with the Saudi foreign minister citing the US leader's call for "wealthy" nations to stump up and send boots to the ground.
In his interpretation of US President Donald Trump's appeal to the affluent states in the region, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir issued a thinly veiled threat to Doha, arguing the Qatari government will not last a week after the US cuts off its military support.

Qatar must "send its military forces (to Syria), before the US president cancels US protection of Qatar, which consists of the presence of a US military base on its territory," Jubeir said on Wednesday, as cited by the ministry's media center.

Should the US withdraw some 10,000 servicemen currently stationed at Al-Udeid air base near Doha, the government "would fall there in less than a week," Jubeir argued.

Apr 25 07:08

At Least 45 Innocent Yemenis Murdered By Saudis In Only Four Days

Forty five civilians including women and children were killed in airstrikes in Yemen over the last four days, the spokesperson of the Office at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell confirmed at the press conference in Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday. He said according to eyewitnesses “there were no military objects in the vicinity of the targeted area” at the time of the airstrike. She noted that the coalition-led airstrike “destroyed a wedding tent in the grounds of a house in Al-Raqah village, while the victims were celebrating the marriage of their relatives”. According to the locals, there was no trace of the military vehicles in this area either. Throssel called the US-led coalition “to investigate all these latest deadly attacks independently, thoroughly and transparently to see if they involve violations of international humanitarian law” as well as “to ensure that all their forces observe the principles of distinction, necessity and proportionality”.

Apr 24 13:53

Hybrid War In Reverse: Why The SDF Can’t Hold The Euphrates

With regard to this Middle East war which was waged for 7 years, we are finally near the end of it all. The border with Lebanon is sealed, the border with Iraq is established and Damascus-Tehran communication is up and running across Abu Kamal, just like small trade is too. ISIS, the last big obstacle for the New Middle East is practically crushed and exists only in small parts in the Syrian desert like a mobile force, and across the Euphrates river east from the SDF-American forces. This hybrid war, with multiple and difficult to distinguish sides against the Syrian state, is practically over and isolated now only to Idlib and part of Dara province with no perspective for the future. NATO’s humiliation with its failed cruise missiles strikes proved that NATO is incapable to win any war without full air supremacy. So what is left? The only option is prolonging the war, forcing Damascus to liberate all the territory at a cost and not in a quick manner.

Apr 24 11:52

Saudi Warplanes Attack Wedding Party in NW Yemen, Killing Dozens

Saudi warplanes carried out an overnight attack against a wedding party in the Yemeni town of Hajjah. Two missiles struck the site, and killed many civilians. Medics initially reported 33 were killed and scores wounded. Other officials put the figure as high as 50 slain.

The civilians were mostly women and children, who were in a tent set up for the wedding party. The bride was also killed in the strike, and the groom was among the wounded. Initial reports called the strike a US-Saudi action, but it was later confirmed to be of Saudi origin.

Saudi coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki was quoted by CNN as saying that there is an investigation into the attack. They refused to comment further until the investigation has been completed. No other officials offered any indication why the wedding was attacked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis, guided by their B.O.Y. (AKA, the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman), are magnificently adept at genocide, and slaughter of the innocent in Yemen.

And of course, under our current, and very uniquely American "Dear Leader", with his very own Personality Cult, President Trump, we are aiding and abbetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

I don't know about the rest of those who read this blog, but I am sick, tired, and profoundly morally uncomfortable, being a citizen of a country which indulges in war crimes around the world, as we are.

But there are very few more glaring examples of such war crimes, than the US/Saudi genocide of Yemen.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I will continue to witness to what is going on here, until my last breath.

Apr 24 11:07

Jewish guilt is the discourse of the goyim

For quite some time the British have accepted that British-Jewish organisations have hijacked the political discourse. As has happened in other Western countries, the British political establishment has engaged is a relentless rant against anti-Semitsm. Sometime the focus drifts for a day or two. An alleged “Russian nerve agent attack” provided a 48-hour pause. Occasionally we bomb Arabs in the name of “humanitarian intervention” only to realise a day or two later that we have, once again, followed a premeditated foreign agenda. But, somehow, we always return to the anti-Semitsm debate, as if our media and politicians are a herd of flies gravitating to a pile of poop...>>

Apr 24 10:51

19 OIL TANKERS HELD HOSTAGE OFF YEMENI COAST

The Yemeni Houthis have captured 19 oil tankers and are keeping them from entering the Hodeidah port, according to reports from Saudi media quoting the Kingdom’s ambassador in Yemen.

The ambassador suggested three possible reasons for the detention, including an attempt to extract money from the owners of the vessels, “the continued starvation of the Yemeni people”, and a plan to destroy the tankers, causing major environmental damage to the Red Sea.

However, the only media sources reporting the tanker seizure are Saudi sources and there has been no confirmation from an external source that the Houthis have indeed seized any tankers yet. No details have been disclosed as to the origin of the vessels, either.

Yemen lies along one of the main global oil chokepoints in the Red Sea. Millions of barrels of crude oil pass Yemeni shores from the Suez Canal en route to Europe every day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the government of Saudi Arabia, and the B.O.Y. (AKA, the butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman); the only way to resolve this is with a political solution.

There has been a hubristical arrogance in this military operation in Yemen, aided and abetted by the United States Military, the foundation of which was the belief that you could, through intense genocide, grind the Yemeni people into submission; it has not worked at all.

I would like to politely suggest another way to tackle the problem through diplomacy, if such a thing possibly exists in your country.

You have gassed, starved, and in discriminately slaughtered infants; children; women; and the medically fragile elderly. You have destroyed schools and hospitals with impunity, all to no avail on the ground in Yemen.

Perhaps some other modality might work better now; because all you have accomplished is getting the Houthi rebels so angry at this genocide, that they are willing to do anything...to get the Saudi presence out of their country.

Apr 24 10:30

SAUDI ARABIA PAYS $40M TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

The Saudi Development Fund has paid $40m to the Palestinian Authority (PA) ministry of finance in support of the PA budget, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported yesterday.

The permanent Saudi representative at the Arab League said that this payment covered the dues of the Kingdom reserved for February and March 2018 – $20m for each month.

Saudi Arabia pays $20m monthly to the PA budget.

The Kingdom’s representative to the Arab League reiterated that his country would continuously support the Palestinian cause on a political, economic and humanitarian basis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Foreign Policies of Saudi Arabia appear to be schizophrenic in the extreme; on the one hand, they are propping up the PA, and on the other, they are creating a genocide in Yemen, in a situation where most experts I read indicate that the only solution in Yemen has to be a political reconciliation.

Apr 24 10:14

Saudi Media Claims Houthis Are Holding 19 Oil Tankers Hostage Off Yemeni Coast

The Yemeni Houthis have captured 19 oil tankers and are keeping them from entering the Hodeidah port, according to reports from Saudi media quoting the Kingdom’s ambassador in Yemen.

The ambassador suggested three possible reasons for the detention, including an attempt to extract money from the owners of the vessels, “the continued starvation of the Yemeni people”, and a plan to destroy the tankers, causing major environmental damage to the Red Sea.

However, the only media sources reporting the tanker seizure are Saudi sources and there has been no confirmation from an external source that the Houthis have indeed seized any tankers yet. No details have been disclosed as to the origin of the vessels, either.

Apr 24 09:09

This boy clinging to dead body won't become face of Yemen war for millions in the West

Apr 24 07:28

Washington Using Currency War To Destabilize Iran

The neoconservative hawks around the US President, notably new National Security head John Bolton and designated Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, are on record that Iran is in Washington’s sights for regime change or at a minimum, economic sanctions and chaos. The rhetoric is not empty. The ground is being laid by US threats to not renew the Iran nuclear agreement in May, a move opposed by the other signatories and a move that would plunge Iran into a deep economic crisis at a time it can ill afford.
The orchestration of the US-led bombing of Syria, regardless of what targets were or were not hit, now sets the propaganda stage for a dramatic escalation of new sanctions against Iran, and for a major destabilization, something not possible in 2009.

What is taking shape now from the side of Washington is preparation to unleash a new wave of economic and financial sanctions on Iran, regardless.

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