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Sep 23 12:58

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality.

Sep 23 12:33

Trump’s chaos produces results: Gulf states upgrade ties to Israel

James Dorsey examines moves by Arab Gulf states to seduce Israel, with Bahrain even denouncing the boycott of the Zionist state, possibly in the hope that they can benefit from the Jewish community’s influence in the US.>>

Sep 23 10:38

Trump, Ghani agree U.S. can help develop Afghanistan's rare earth minerals

Hate to agree with Karl,but wars are economic,actually criminal. Somebody wants what someone else has and they figure the best way to get it is to steal it,using various nebulous reasons to motivate the cannon fodder. Like religion,nationalism,race or my favorite from Gullivers Travels;"They open their eggs from the wrong end!"

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday backed having companies from the United States develop Afghanistan’s reserves of rare earth minerals, despite formidable obstacles to industrial mining in the country.

The comments, at a meeting in New York, were the latest in a series in which both U.S. officials and the Afghan government have emphasized the potential strategic value of Afghanistan’s vast and largely untapped mineral reserves.

Sep 23 05:39

The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate

If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.

The core absurdity of the Russia-gate frenzy is its complete lack of proportionality.

Sep 22 17:19

The Bombast of Nikki Haley

She’s a lightweight, and a warmongering globalist.

As Governor of South Carolina, and a member of that state’s House of Representatives, Haley’s foreign policy experience is absolutely nil. Nor does her degree in accounting from Clemson University inspire confidence. Her record thus far has consisted of giving voice to the neoconservative tendency in the GOP – the very people Trump defeated in the GOP primaries. The conventional Republican foreign policy clichés we’ve heard for years pour forth from her mouth like vomit from a drunk. Her recent speech before the American Enterprise Institute on the nuclear deal with Iran is a perfect case in point.

Sep 22 17:15

America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars

We don’t need a war with Iran because Israel wants one and some rich and powerful American Jews are happy to deliver. Seriously, we don’t need it.

They have been very successful at faking the Iranian threat, so much so that nearly all Republican and most Democratic congressmen as well as much of the media seem to be convinced that Iran needs to be dealt with firmly, most definitely by using the U.S. military, and the sooner the better.

And while they are doing it, the issue that nearly all the Iran haters are Jewish has somehow fallen out of sight, as if it does not matter. But it should matter.

Sep 22 10:59

Trump is conflating Pyongyang with Tehran. The results could be catastrophic

President Donald Trump took a page out of the George W Bush playbook at his UN address on Tuesday. To justify confrontation with Iran, conflate it with Pyongyang. To justify confrontation with North Korea, conflate it with Tehran.

This is the latest gimmick in Trump’s desperate efforts to kill the nuclear deal with Iran: by focusing on Tehran’s objectionable non-nuclear policies and false claims of the unevenness of the Iran deal, Trump is arguing that sustaining the international accord can no longer be justified since it doesn’t address the totality of America’s concerns with Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am seeing, in Trump's conflating Iran with North Korea and Russia, is an arc of desperate geopolitical insanity from this administration, stretching from Asia all the way through the Middle East, and over to Russia.

And why?!?

Because the US economy is about to tank, and the US government wants to have something to blame for that happening, and attempt to misdirect Americans from it with a world war.

A very "serious as a heart attack" political analyst, Paul Craig Roberts, has recently claimed that the US government is looking to nuke both Russia and China.

Washington Plans to Nuke Russia and China

This isn't some raving lunatic, screaming that the sky is falling; he is an accomplished author, politician, and lecturer. As his wikipedia bio states:

"Paul Craig Roberts (born April 3, 1939, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an economist and a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate. He served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan Administration earning fame as the "Father of Reaganomics". He is a former editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and Scripps Howard News Service. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He was a post-graduate at the University of California, Berkeley, and Oxford University where he was a member of Merton College.

In 1992 he received the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. In 1993 the Forbes Media Guide ranked him as one of the top seven journalists in the United States.[1] His writings frequently appear on OpEdNews.com, Antiwar.com, VDARE.com. Lew Rockwell's web site, CounterPunch, and the American Free Press."

This guy has "street cred", and is no intellectual slouch by any standard. So when he told us, as he did back in April, that the US government is getting ready to militarily knock the heck out of Russia and China, to prevent the rise of the ruble and yuan in international business trade, I would suggest that you take him at his word.

Mike and I have been looking at this coming, for about the last 20 years; it's like the architypal dream of seeing a slow-motion train wreck about to happen, but being powerless to prevent it.

And unfortunately, unless we on planet earth wind up on the receiving end of a miracle, such a train wreck appears imminent.

I hope to heck I am absolutely, completely wrong; but I cannot but help seeing that the momentum toward such a war is growing exponentially for those in the Bowels of Power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika.

Sep 22 09:27

UK weapons companies earned over £6bn from Yemen war: Charity

British weapons manufacturers have earned more than £6 billion from their deals with Saudi Arabia ever since the beginning of the kingdom’s ruthless war on its southern neighbor Yemen, a campaign group says.

Sep 22 08:38

Iran in 'technical compliance' with nuclear deal: US secretary of state

The head of the US Strategic Command agrees.

www.talkmedianews.com/pentagon-news-as-it-break-from-the-pentagon/2017...

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has admitted that Tehran is in "technical compliance" with the 2015 nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six other countries, including the United States.

Tillerson made the remarks on Wednesday after he and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met as parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) at an EU-organized event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York where EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that all parties to the nuclear deal agree that Iran is in compliance with the plan.

Sep 21 14:30

Listening to the Donald at the UN – The Saker

No matter how bad things look now, Hillary President would have been infinitely worse!

In conclusion, what I take away from Trump's UN speech is a sense of relief for the rest of the planet and a sense of real worry for the US. Ever since the Neocons overthrew Trump and made him what is colloquially referred to as their “bitch” the US foreign policy has come to a virtual standstill.

Sure, the Americans talk a lot, but at least they are doing nothing. That paralysis, which is a direct consequence of the internal infighting, is a blessing for the rest of the planet

Sep 20 21:50

US Strategic Command Chief: Iran Fully Adhering to Nuclear Deal

Amid expectations that President Trump is going to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, refusing the admit to Congress that Iran is complying, US Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten has affirmed that Iran is fully complying with the terms of the deal.

Sep 20 12:17

How the UN Covers for US Aggression

UN is not out to get the U.S. Rather, it has largely been America’s tool since its inception, it has repeatedly covered Uncle Sam’s overly-exposed butt as he (a.k.a. “the royal we”) has gone around the world on a three decade-long military bender since the end of the Cold War.

And therein lies the truly pernicious part of the Trumped-up case against the U.N. … because, like so much of America’s growing cult of grievance, it reflects an ever-widening gap between America’s stated ideals and its self-serving behavior around the world.

Sep 20 12:10

Trump’s Embarrassing UN Speech

The arrogance conveyed by Trump’s speech is unprecedented.

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and inadvertently embarrassed America as well, or whether the speechwriter(s) is so imbued with the neoconservative arrogance and hubris of our time that the speechwriter was simply blind to the extraordinary contradictions that stood out like sore thumbs all through the speech.

Sep 20 11:45

850 jihadists killed as Russian warplanes help Syrian Army repel Idlib offensive – Moscow

Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces killed some 850 militants and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russia’s General Staff reported.

Sep 20 08:17

Trump Prevented War Between Saudi Arabia And Qatar In Last Minute: Report

In what may be the most bizarre news of the day, Bloomberg reports that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were "close to taking military action in the early stages of their ongoing dispute with Qatar", until Donald Trump called the leaders of both countries and warned them to back off; in other words, Trump's intervention prevented yet another gulf war, which if true will make the U.S. Millitary-Industrial complex very unhappy as Trump's peace effort likely cost US offense defense companies tens of billions in lost profits.

Sep 20 08:05

Iraq breakup will lead to global conflict: Turkish minister

Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli has reiterated Ankara’s opposition to a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq, warning that disintegration of Iraq will lead to a global conflict.

Sep 19 14:11

How Netanyahu’s son became the poster boy for white supremacists

Jonathan Cook says racists in Israel and American and European white supremacists are counting on a revival of anti-Semitism in the United States and elsewhere in the Western world that will benefit them both.>>

Sep 19 14:09

Israel’s chief stooge at Westminster shames us again

Stuart Littlewood looks at how UK Prime Minister Theresa May and other Zionist stooges in her government are fawning over Israel ahead of the Balfour Declaration centenary instead of apologising for was in fact a criminal conspiracy.>>

Sep 19 09:25

Families of disappeared Yemenite children demand reparations

Several families affected by Yemenite Children Affair demand reparations from government for unresolved disappearances and alleged kidnappings of their children, in addition to the hardship is has caused them.

Sep 18 17:55

The Kurdish Question: Why Federalization In Syria And The Creation Of A Kurdistan Is A Very Bad Idea

By Brandon Turbeville

Shortly after the Russian entrance to the Syrian theatre, American media became full of stories praising the heroism of the Kurdish fighters battling against ISIS in areas such as Ayn al-Arab (Kobane) and others. From stories promoting the fighting prowess of the Kurdish brigades to cleverly created propaganda campaigns regarding female Kurdish fighters, the Western press, including the alternative media, was full of stories telling Americans that the Kurds were the real victims and the real heroes of the crisis. This propaganda campaign came about the same time that the Syrian military began making serious gains against Western-backed terrorists with the help of Russia. Thus, as America’s terrorists began losing the war, America produced another “freedom fighter” poster child – the YPG.

Sep 18 16:53

UK weapons companies have made £6bn from Saudi Arabia since it started bombing Yemen

New report estimates firms have made £600m profit during ongoing conflict

Sep 18 12:37

Removing Offensive Monuments

The eyesore presidential libraries

The social justice warrior charge to purge the United States of all monuments relating in any way to the Confederacy has been rapidly expanding to include the scourge represented by all white people all through history.

Now, I would suggest that turnabout is fair play so if we are all agreeing that monuments must be destroyed to right historic wrongs, I am interested in making up my own little list based on the things that I disapprove of. As readers of this site are aware, I am a critic of illegal behavior by the United States government, to include torture, targeted assassinations by drone and starting wars without any reason to do so, so that would be a good place to start.

Sep 18 12:33

Russia Emerges As Victor in Syrian War

The war is almost over; reconstruction and nation-building are coming to the fore.

A new UN-brokered round of negotiations on Syria will kick off in October. The participants will have to live with new reality – the West has lost in Syria, Russia and its allies have won

Sep 18 12:30

Trump’s Bonfire of Washington Politics

So, is it inside-out politics that is taking place here?

President Trump shocked the political world and his own “base” when he struck a budget deal with Democrats to get emergency funding for Hurricane Harvey victims, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Last week, President Trump threw a grenade into the U.S. political structure.

Sep 18 12:27

A Letter to My American Friends

What would it take for you to switch sides and join the rest of mankind in what is a struggle for the survival of our species?

I asked you to name me a single successful US military intervention since WWII and you could name none. Good!

Did you notice that there was no Islamic State in Iraq before the US invasion?

I don’t think that millions of murdered people, including hundreds of thousands of children, are “mistakes” (how would you react it somebody conceded to you that Hitler and Stalin made “mistakes”?). But there is something even more insidious in this notion of “mistake”.

Sep 18 12:06

Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath

James Dorsey explains why there should be no reason for optimism that violence and instability in the Middle East, whether in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or the Gulf states, will come to an end anytime soon.>>

Sep 18 08:41

Bahrain’s king denounces boycott of Israel, says citizens free to visit Israel

Bahrain’s king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah has called for an end to the Arab boycott of Israel, days after the Israeli premier said relations with the Arab world were better than any other time.

According to Israeli media, King Hamad’s made the remarks at an event hosted by pro-Israeli group Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, calling for diplomatic ties to be established with the Israeli regime.

King Hamad also told Simon Wiesenthal Center director Rabbi Abraham Cooper that Bahraini citizens are free to visit Israel as they please. His stance on Israel was welcomed by the Israeli center's director who hailed the monarch as "ahead of the pack and smart."

Sep 18 07:27

Kuwait downgrades relations, expels N.Korea ambassador

Kuwait has ordered North Korea's ambassador to leave within a month as the Gulf country downgraded diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, a North Korean diplomat in the Gulf region said on Sunday.

The measures follow a visit to Washington less than two weeks ago by Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

The source said Kuwait will not renew permits given to North Korean workers to re-enter the country after projects they are currently working on are completed "within one or two years".

Sep 17 09:26

UK to supply Qatar with Eurofighter jets in billion-dollar arms deal

The British government and defence giant BAE Systems have agreed a major new deal to supply Qatar with Eurofighter Typhoon jets, despite fears of regional instability. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon signed a letter of intent with Qatar on Sunday that will see BAE Systems provide 24 Typhoon jets and support capabilities worth billions of dollars.

Sep 17 09:06

SENATE CAMPAIGN FACES SCRUTINY OF STRATEGIST’S WORK FOR SAUDIS

A U.S. Senate campaign faces controversy after the Boston Herald published a story on a key strategist’s participation in a Saudi lobbying campaign against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Massachusetts state representative Geoffrey Diehl, who is running for the 2018 Republican nomination to oppose incumbent senator Elizabeth Warren, hired Holly Robichaud to serve as a campaign strategist. 28Pages.org previously reported that Robichaud, a political consultant and columnist for the Boston Herald, registered in October 2016 as an agent of the Saudi government.

JASTA cleared the way for 9/11 victims and insurers to sue the kingdom for its alleged support of the September 11 attacks. Robichaud was among some 70 political influencers across the nation pressed into service by Qorvis MSLGroup as the firm scrambled to unleash a broad attack on JASTA on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During this campaign, Geoffrey Diehl needs to be asked hard questions regarding the joint commision of war crimes by Saudi and US troops in Yemen.

And please do mention that:

1. Saudi troops have methodically killed, and maimed for life, innocent Yemeni children, women, and the medically fragile elderly with their bombing runs.

Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs in Yemen

2. Saudi troops have closed all Yemeni ports, so no food can get in. Now, Yemeni children are starving to death from malnutrition.

Images: children dead and dying from the consequences of malnutrition

3. With starvation comes disease, so cholera has swept up hundreds of thousands in an epidemic of huge proportions.

Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera

You may want to ask Diehl if the cholera was weaponised, courtesy of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America (The OUSSA, which is the only way I can refer to this country at this point in its history.)

4. The Saudi troops have used depleted uranium weapons, causing massive cancers, still births, and horrific birth defects in Yemeni children.

Images: massive premature births and horrific birth defects, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

You might also want to ask Holly Robichard (politely, NO PROFANITY< NO THREATS, PLEASE!!) faxing the above images to her office) why she is morally comforable, doing work for a country which commits these atrocities. Her contact info can be found here:
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60 New Driftway, Ste 18
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Sep 16 21:34

Syria’s Victory in Deir Ezzor

The Tide is Turning against the Deep State NWO.

The Syrian Arab Army have achieved yet another dramatic victory this time lifting the ISIS siege of the heroic city of Deir Ezzor. For years Deir Ezzor has been surrounded by enemies and under siege first by the FSA and Al Nusra and then by ISIS. They have withstood repeated attacks by the US-NATO air force most infamously last fall when the Americans bombed Deir Ezzor right after agreeing to a ceasefire, a treacherous move that paved the way for a nearly successful ISIS offensive to capture the city. The brave defenders of Deir Ezzor withstood these endless attacks becoming a symbol of the heroic resistance of all of Syria. For years Syrians and their friends around the world have dreamed that one day this siege would be lifted. Our dreams have finally come true and faster then anyone could have imagined.

Sep 16 10:11

Government Won on 9/11… The rest of us lost…

16 years later, the War on Terror™ has yielded hundreds of thousands of dead and injured Americans, Iraqis, and Afghans, ongoing and intractable wars disguised as nation building, the Patriot Act, illegal executive actions, trillions in new federal debt, vastly increased federal surveillance powers, rubber stamped FISA court warrants, TSA at the airports, a useless Department of Homeland Security, overflowing VA hospitals, and increasingly militarized police here at home. More importantly, it has yielded a distressing complacency toward grotesque federal power. -- It has not yielded peace, or liberty, or security. But liberty vs. security was never the choice.

Sep 16 07:33

Ansarullah missiles can reach anywhere in UAE: Houthi

The leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, says the neighboring United Arab Emirates (UAE) is no more a safe country as missiles manufactured by the Yemeni group can now hit anywhere in the Arab country.

Sep 15 12:57

Iraqi parliament votes to remove kirkuk governor from office: lawmakers

Iraq’s parliament voted on Thursday to remove the governor of Kirkuk from office following a request from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, according to several lawmakers who attended the vote.

The decision to remove the governor, Najmaddin Kareem, comes after Kirkuk - an oil-rich province claimed by both the central government in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq - decided to take part in a referendum set for Sept. 25 on Kurdish independence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And, following this story, comes the next troubling headline, regarding the fractious state of Iraq:

Iraqi Kurd President says ties with Baghdad are Cut over Sacking of Kirkuk Governer

So, when this comes to a military dustup between the Kurds and the Iraqis, over what has been traditionally Iraqi soil since 1923, where does the US government come in?!? How do they back the Kurds without causing a civil war between the Kurds and Iraqis over this?!?

The short answer is, the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America cannot possibly back them without alienating the Iraqi leadership, big time.

Perhaps someone should have mentioned this possibility before the concept of an Independent Kurdistan, created to balkanize Iraq, was signed off on by the Pentagon, State Department, and White House.

Iraq could well have a new civil war on its hands, insuring a more permanent, and muscular, US troop strenth here.

But hey; this is all about Kirkuk's oil; who controls it is of no real interest to the Deep State in America, as long as the US gets to insure that all the oil in Kirkuk is controlled by US-centric corporations, and is only sold for the US dollar.

Sep 15 10:14

Yemen's Houthi leader says could target Saudi oil tankers if Hodeida attacked

Yemen's Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on Thursday his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen's main port at Hodeida.

"We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything, we have not done this before," he said.

In a televised speech, the leader also said his group's ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A couple of years ago, Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman must have thought that a military attack against Yemen, to eradicate the Shia Houthi rebels there, would be a "walk in the park" for the Saudi military.

However, thousands of deaths of innocents, and immesurable joint Saudi-US warcrimes later, coupled with successful attacks against Saudi Arabia proper, if he is in any way sane, he may just be thinking differently.

I have no way in which to estimate the Houthis' weapons capabilities; but this rhetoric demonstrates that they are in this battle for the long haul.

Sep 15 09:25

SAUDI ARABIA CRACKS DOWN ON DISSENTING CLERICS AMID RUMORS OF CROWN PRINCE’S RISE TO THRONE

SAUDI ARABIA ARRESTED A trio of prominent clerics last weekend, a sign that the kingdom may be preparing for the formal ascendance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, who is a key decision-maker on the country’s domestic and international affairs but is technically subservient to his father, King Salman.

Salman al-Odah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omary were arrested with little explanation over the weekend, but activists suspect that their failure to follow MBS’s hawkish line on Qatar played a role in their imprisonment.

Human rights activists told the Wall Street Journal that al-Odah’s arrest came after he declined to come out in support of the Saudi government’s actions against Qatar.

On September 8, al-Odah tweeted a fairly banal message hoping for reconciliation between the kingdom and Qatar. “May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of their people,” he wrote:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the bloodlust of The Saudi Warlord, and Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman is pushing him, yet again, over the edge, and will soon declare war against Qatar.

What he has accomplished in Yemen, I am quite certain he wants to accomplish in Qatar:

Images: Yemeni children assassinated or maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bomgings

Images: Yemeni children dying from complications of malnutrtion, due to Saudi military blockading the ports

Images: starving Yemeni children now dying of cholera

To all Qatari parents; however you can manage it, get your kids out of that country and into a safe haven; what awaits Qatar, in this madness, will be precisely the same fate as you have seen for the Yemeni children, in the images above.

Sep 14 10:41

United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia Threaten U.S. Interests And Mideast Peace With Attack On Qatar

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia wants to rule the Persian Gulf and the United Arab Emirates wants to rule Riyadh, indirectly, at least. Both states desire to impose their will on neighboring Qatar, whose independent foreign policy irritates entitled elites not used to criticism let alone opposition. But so far the two nations’ efforts have done little more than strengthen Qatar’s independence and expose their own hypocrisy. Washington should continue to mediate, while making clear that the fault mostly lies with the aggressive and repressive Saudi-Emirati axis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question has to be asked; what precisely is Saudia Arabia and UAE actually prepared to do, in this move against Qatar, and what is their timetable?!?

IF the US and Kuwait are incapable of mediating this mess, then it is only a question of when the bombs start dropping on Qatar.

And I have to wonder; what are the orders given to US military commanders at
the 21 billion dollar Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, should such a scenario unfold?!?

Sep 14 10:31

China Backs UN Call for Justice in Yemen; US, Saudis Object to Move

Calls by the UN human rights chief to set up an international inquiry into war crimes committed in the Saudi War in Yemen are nothing new. A sudden endorsement of the move by China may give this effort a new lease on life, however, after being quietly killed in recent years.

This is the third straight year right chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein had made such a call, and the last two times, the US and Saudi Arabia buried the idea, agreeing the Saudis could investigate themselves in the war. The civilian deaths have continued to mount.

The latest draft, from Canada and the Netherlands, was seen as likely heading to the same fate, but China’s endorsement, and declaration that they believe the resolution might help push end the war, gives it yet more credibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that Chinese involvement on this issue, at the UN level, will give it more street cred, and at least slow down the slaughter/genocide in which the US and Saudi Arabia have been indulging in Yemen.

I get very frustrated that I am a citizen of a country for which, at the highest level, the commission of war crimes is morally just fine.

Sep 13 09:40

Turkey Signs Russian Missile Deal, Pivoting From NATO

ISTANBUL — In the clearest sign of his pivot toward Russia and away from NATO and the West, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that Turkey had signed a deal to purchase a Russian surface-to-air missile system.

The deal cements a recent rapprochement with Russia, despite differences over the war in Syria, and comes as Turkey’s ties with the United States and European Union have become strained.

It is certain to stir unease in Washington and Brussels, where officials are trying to keep Turkey — a longtime NATO member, and an increasingly unlikely candidate for European Union membership — from entering Russia’s sphere of influence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Too late on that last one; Turkey is now definitely "Under the influence" of Russia, as witnessed by this deal.

Sep 13 07:08

The Pentagon’s 2.2 Billion Arms Pipeline Flooding Syria- German & Czech concerns?

As aside, related in a different way- The US has been hit by two hurricanes and they are crying the blues and begging for money all over the place- But, clearly, priorities are very very skewed since the US obviously has multiple billions of dollars, accessible and ready to spend, to destroy other nations.

Sep 12 11:17

Syria Summary – A New Clash Looms in Syria’s East

When the Islamic State siege on Deir Ezzor was broken by the Syrian Arab Army we asked:

Will the SAA cross the Euphrates at Deir Ezzor to retake the valuable oilfields east of it? Or will it stay south of the river and leave those oil fields to the Kurdish U.S. proxies in the north?

To cross the river is clearly desirable but also potentially contentious.

Since then several convoys of military bridging equipment have been seen on the road to Deir Ezzor. It is now obvious that the SAA will bridge the river (all regular bridges have been destroyed by U.S. bombing) and send significant forces across. New questions now are: When, where and with what aim?

The hatched areas of the map show possible next aims for the U.S. proxy campaign (yellow) and the Syrian government forces (red) in their fight against ISIS (grey) and against each other.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question in my mind is not a question of if, but when US forces connect (unpleasantly) with Russian and Syrian forces over these oil fields.

War with Russia could be triggered on many fronts, like Ukraine, Iran, or Syria; it appears that those in the Bowels of Power in the Unhinged Surveilled States of America, are thinking seriously about the best scenario to "sell' to the American people as the justification for doing this.

Unfortunately for them, however, the citizens of this country have become very war-skeptical and war-weary, and are beginning to demand of those power brokers in the USSA, that they resolve their geopolitical differences with true diplomacy, and rational, moral hard-won negotiations, rather than through bombs and bullets.

The cost, in American blood and American money, has just been far too great to continue upon this path to national economic self-destruction;and remember that no 16 year-old teenager alive today has ever lived on a planet where the USSA wasn't at war, declared or undeclared, with some other country.

Sep 11 08:50

Another 9/11 - anyone remember that one?

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

This Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the Benghazi attack and, as Hillary Clinton would say, "What difference at this point does it make?" Which is why, presumably, she's chosen the occasion for the release of her latest leaden tome. But it makes enough of a difference to us that we'll be observing the date at SteynOnline. So I thought we'd start, for our Saturday movie date, with the major motion picture based on the events of that hellish night.

(although Hellary would ask: What difference does it make at this point?)

Sep 09 11:58

Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya: Islamist extremists’ next rallying call?

A version of this article first appeared in South China Morning Post. The version here is published by permission of James Dorsey.>>

Sep 09 10:30

State Dept Approves $3.8 Billion Arms Sales to Bahrain

The US State Department has approved $3.8 billion in weapons sales to the tiny island nation of Bahrain. The Pentagon confirmed the approval and the State Department has notified Congress, who held up a similar sale last year over Bahrain’s many, many human rights problems.

The $3.8 billion sale is almost entirely going to Lockheed Martin, who will be providing 19 F-16V fighter jets, along with substantial upgrades to the nation’s existing fleet of F-16s. Raytheon will be selling 221 anti-tank missiles to go with it.

Sales to Bahrain were supposed to be suspended, as Sen. Bob Corker (R – TN) had threatened to hold them all up until they resolved tensions with Qatar. In the end, however, Congress is said to have signed off through normal channels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a "double Picard face-palm moment", at velocity, upon reading this.

It's truly ironic: the issue of "human rights", which the US government bandies about as "problems' for countries where it wants regime change, never seems to be an obstacle, when the State Department signs off on huge purchases of US weapons by some of the most revoltingly dictatorial regimes on the planet, such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, due to what the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America get out of those relationships.

The Al-Khalifa monarchy, and its corrupt, violent crackdown on peaceful, democracy-centric protestors is well documented.

These people are thrown into prison, tortured into confessing to crimes they did not commit, then sentenced by kangaroo courts to huge amounts of prison time in the worst imaginable prisons on this planet.

But hey, because Bahrain is the home to the Navy's 5th Fleet, that makes the torture, and the vile suppression of human rights coupled with assassinations of the Country's Shia majority JUST PEACHY, in the eyes of my government.

So by the US government's obscuring Bahrain's in-your-face human rights crisis, it has now paved the way for huge defense corporations to be able to sell them weapons, isn't that just wonderful!

No, this is not "wonderful"; this transaction is a bloody stain upon the collective moral conscience of this country, if this country still even has something like this left, which I have to question.

Sep 07 12:00

'Horrific' accusations of torture, sex abuse in Bahrain

Bahrain has brutally cracked down on opponents over the past year with security forces jailing, torturing, and sexually assaulting more than 160 government critics, rights groups said on Thursday.

Between June 2016 and June 2017, at least 169 Bahrainis have also been threatened, harassed, and banned from leaving the Gulf island nation, Amnesty International said in its report, 'No one can protect you': Bahrain's year of crushing dissent.

"We have heard horrific allegations of torture in Bahrain. They must be promptly and effectively investigated and those responsible brought to justice," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa.

"The government of Bahrain has managed to crush a formerly thriving civil society and reduced it to a few lone voices who still dare to speak out."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, a word, please.

Today you held a press conference with Emir Al-Sabah from Kuwait.

You also mentioned Bahrain by name, as being one of America's BFFs in the region.

So here is what must be the quid pro quo for you: you have bonded our country, geopolitically, to a barbaric dictatorship which rapes, beats, hangs, and tortures peaceful demonstrators, in return for the continued use of its housing the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Historically, those in the bowels of power in the Deep State of the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of Amerika, have had absolutely no qualms about getting in bed with dictators, if those country's dictators suit Amerika's needs. Look at Pinochet's Argentina, and the Shah's Iran, for unequivocal proof of this.

But Mr. President, at what moral cost to your Presidency, have you done this?!?

The realities of the brutality of the Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy toward their Shiite minority have been thoroughly documented; there is no room for saying that this is not happening.

When this country gets cozy with dictatorships, for various geopolitical gain, it broadcasts that those alleged American ideals of democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech are simply a charade, to be well and truly flushed, when a "deal" can be made with a foreign dictator; the US relationship with Bahrain, given its appalling human rights record, is one of those moments when the hypocrisy of such actions is laid absolutely bare, for all the world to see, Mr. President.

Sep 07 09:20

9 THINGS THE MSM DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE WAR IN YEMEN

About two and a half years ago, Saudi Arabia started bombing Yemen and began an occupation to prop-up the puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. The Saudi’s air strikes deliberately target homes. Tens of thousands have died. Millions are at risk of famine. The siege has triggered a globally-unprecedented cholera epidemic. And people can’t even flee the country because the airport is closed at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

Corporate media barely covers Yemen at all. Not only do they leave many key pieces of information out, they blatantly lie to reinforce their imperialist narrative. Here, Geopolitics Alert will attempt to debunk many of the most common myths and explain the truth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The other things that MSM doesn't want you to know are as follows; and warning: the images used are highly graphic, but I have deliberately chosen them to bear Christian witness to what is happening here.

1. The US enables the Saudi genocide in Yemen by selling them the weapons, and providing "guidance" to their airstrikes. They strike homes, markets, hospitals, with absolute impunity. And here is the devastation those airstrikes create:

Images: Yemeni children murdered and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi Airstrikes

Please remember; this genocide is created, in part, through your tax dollars and in your name.

2. Because Yemeni ports are being blockaded, through US/Saudi troops, no food can get in, so children are not dying from complications of malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

And of course, with malnutrition comes disease: Yemen is now facing one of the most severe epidemics of cholera (and perhaps, a weaponised strain) with grownups and children dying in staggering numbers every day:

Images: Yemeni adults and children, stricken with cholera

And not content with that, the Saudi military has used depleted uranium weapons in Yemen. This poisons babies in the womb, and leads to massive birth defects; stillbirths; and massive cancers.

Images: Yemeni infants deformed through exposure to depleted uranium in the womb

And not content with THAT, Saudi soldiers have been using white phosphorous weapons in Yemen. These weapons burn flesh right though to the bone:

Images: Saudi soldiers using white phosphorous weapons in Yemen

The stark, hard reality here, is that the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America have been colluding with the Saudis by partnering in war crimes with them; there is just no other way to say this, than to blurt it out.

I am profoundly, morally uncomfortable being a citizen of a country, and government, which indulges in war crimes, as though it is "no big deal"; unfortunately, Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to be able to immigrate to a civilised country which does not engage in war crimes.

But having colluded in the creation of war crimes in Yemen, both President Trump and Saudia Arabia's Prince Salman, the principal architect of these atrocities, now deserve new titles; for President Trump, it is Merchant-of- Death-in-Chief, and for Prince Salman, the principal architect of these atrocities, it is the Butcher of Yemen.

Sep 06 09:08

Russia Emerging as Strategic Economic Partner to Post-Daesh Iraqi Kurdistan

Daesh's blitz offensive in 2014, which involved the capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, put the high levels of economic growth the autonomous Kurdish region in Iraq was enjoying to an abrupt end. The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), headed by Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, is now looking to return the economy to its former glory.

Sep 06 07:59

Activists disrupt entry of Israeli weapons to London arms fair

Protesters attempted to stop Israeli weapons entering a massive arms fair in London on Monday.

Activists are this week protesting the event as it sets up shop. The conference showcases the arms industries of countries all over the world, including notorious human rights abusers like Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition, or DSEI – which advertises itself as “the world leading” arms industry fair – opens for business next week.

Amnesty International and London Mayor Sadiq Khan have both called for the event to be scrapped.

Sep 06 07:43

Israeli leader says relations with Arab world are best ever

Israel's prime minister says the country is enjoying its greatest relations ever with the Arab world, even without a peace accord with the Palestinians.

Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Foreign Ministry personnel Wednesday ahead of the Jewish new year, saying the extent of relations has yet to fully be made public. He said their scope was greater than "any other period in Israeli history."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I may have to rethink my position on the legalization of recreational drugs.

Sep 05 13:35

Neocons Are About to Run Amok

What happens next, unfortunately, is not good. We will have to suffer another couple of years of insane foreign policy from Washington. Russia will be treated like the world’s biggest leper colony while Putin, Xi and the rest of the opposition make strategic moves to divest themselves of Washington.

Sep 05 11:59

#ISpeakforButhaina: Picture of girl in Yemen goes viral

Buthaina Mansour was the sole survivor of a bombing in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, that killed her entire family. An image of her trying to open her eyes despite her injuries has gone viral on social media as a symbol of solidarity with the people in the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations to his Royal Highness, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for whom the world can now add yet another honorific to his name: that of the Butcher of Yemen.

An image of one more innocent toddler, maimed for life, and bereft of any family whatsoever; one has to wonder as to the horrific extent of this man's bloodlust, in light of the fact that his Saudi military are killing innocent babies and toddlers; women; and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen, in addition to the Houthi Rebels.

Because the Yemeni ports are closed, so no food can get it, Yemeni children are starving, and dying from complications of malnutrition; and now, is experiencing one of the worst epidemics of cholera the world has seen.

You have allowed your troops in Yemen to use both depleted uranium weapons, causing massive spikes in birth defects, stillbirths, and cancers here, as well as white phosphorous, which burns to the bone, and for which there is utterly no remedy.

And President Trump, you, sir, have enabled this genocide as the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America has authorized billions of dollars in arms sales to this country;

US approves a $1.4 billion sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia

And by doing so, you have distinguished yourself as the Merchant-of-Death-In-Chief of your country: congratulations to you also, Mr. President!!

What we have in Yemen, with US government enabling, is the massive, full-blown, in-your-face commission of Saudi war crimes, with utter impunity, and zero morality, Mr. President: there is no other way to say this.

And every single respected expert on the Middle East consistently say that the resolution of the hostilities in Yemen must, ultimately, political, rather than military.

History will not judge either of you you kindly on this, Prince Salmon, and President Trump.

Prince Salman, you will be remembered as Saudi Arabia's War Crimes Prince"

And President Trump, you will not be remembered as a "War President", but as a "War Crimes President" for these atrocities, visited upon the people of Yemen.

Please understand: I am a Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her government to resolve its geopolitical differences through hard-won, moral negotiations rather than through war, and cannot, ethically, ever endorse violence.

But when my government refuses to listen to logic, I have a responsibility to witness, peacefully, to the horrors it is inflicting around the world, and shall do so until I draw my last breath.

Sep 05 09:21

Reporter Who Exposed Diplomatic Flights Weapons Transfers Speaks: Azerbaijan Confirms Documents

By Brandon Turbeville

Last week, I wrote an article entitled, “Leaked Documents Purport To Show How The U.S., Gulf Countries Ship Weapons To Terrorists Using Diplomatic Flight Cover,” in which I covered the story broken by Bulgarian reporter Dilyana Gaytandzhieva regarding the use of Azeri diplomatic flights by the United States and Gulf countries to ship weapons to various conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East, including to terrorists organizations. Gaytandzhieva originally came upon the documents as a result of a leak sent to her by Anonymous Bulgaria.

Her report blew the lid on a secret program to provide weapons to terrorists in Iraq and Syria as well as anti-Houthi militants in Yemen...

Sep 05 06:31

‘Stop war in Yemen, fund 100% of humanitarian aid,’ top UN official tells Saudis

Forsaking the UN’s customary diplomatic stance, a leading official has directly blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Yemen’s devastating humanitarian crisis, urging Riyadh to fund aid and stop the conflict, which has raged since 2015.

“Saudi Arabia should fund 100 percent of the needs of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme told Reuters, during a visit to Ethiopia. “Either stop the war or fund the crisis. Option three is, do both of them.”

Sep 03 13:11

Report from the West Bank


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Sep 01 15:43

Israel seeks “Jewish” non-Jews in numbers battle with Palestinians

Jonathan Cook argues that to make up for its demographic shortfalls and ensure that Israel remains Jewish, Israel is considering broadening the definition of “Jew” to include “crypto-Jews”, “emerging Jewish” communities and descended from Jewish “lost tribes”.>>

Sep 01 11:23

How Media Obscure US/Saudi Responsibility for Killing Yemeni Civilians

A coalition of Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, with minor support from several other Middle Eastern nations, has relentlessly bombed Yemen since March 2015. This August, the coalition ramped up the ferocity of its airstrikes, killing dozens of civilians.

On August 23, the US/Saudi coalition bombed a hotel near Yemen’s capital Sanaa, killing 41 people, 33 of whom—80 percent—were civilians, according to the United Nations.

Then on August 25, the coalition bombed homes in Sanaa, massacring a dozen civilians, including eight members of the same family.

Major Western media outlets have, however, obscured the responsibility Saudi Arabia, and its US and European supporters, bear for launching these airstrikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This horrific war is something the presstitutes and whorespondents don't want you to see.

Enabled by the US military, the Saudi military are killing Yemeni infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

Images: Yemeni children murdered and maimed for life, from Saudi bombing runs.

The Saudis, working in concert with US troops, are blockading the ports, to prevent any food from getting in, leading to massive malnutrition, and deaths of Yemeni children.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition

And now, Yemen is experiencing one of the worst plagues of cholera (possibly weaponised) in the world's history:

Images: Yemeni children suffering and dying from cholera

And if this not enough insult to injury being poured on the Yemeni people, the Saudis are using DU weapons in Yemen, which poisons children in the womb, and creates massive physical defects:

Images: Yemeni children suffering from intense birth defects, due to exposure to depleted uranium.

I would like to politely suggest to those who read this blog, that these actions are being done in your name, and with your tax dollars.

I believe that Americans need to come together, and have a national dialogue as to whether there is a moral and just cause for this wanton genocide of the Yemeni people, courtesy of Saudi Arabia, which the US government is enabling militarily.

I, for one, say, absolutely not!!

Aug 31 16:25

Leaked Documents Purport To Show How The U.S., Gulf Countries Ship Weapons To Terrorists Using Diplomatic Flight Cover

By Brandon Turbeville

A recent report by Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva entitled, “350 Diplomatic Flights Carry Weapons For Terrorists,” may very well have blown the lid on a secret program to provide weapons to terrorists in Iraq and Syria as well as anti-Houthi militants in Yemen. Gaytandzhieva’s report claims that the documents leaked to her by anonymous sources show that the Azberbaijani airline Silk Way Airlines was contracted by companies in the United States, Israel, and the Balkans to the militaries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates as well as U.S. Special Ops. Gaytandzhieva’s own on-the-ground reporting also uncovered many weapons related to this secret trade in Aleppo after she had traveled there to investigate the story.

She has subsequently been fired...

Aug 30 10:34

US admits using military base in UAE to strike Syria, Iraq

The United States military is using an air base in the United Arab Emirates to target sites in Iraq and Syria, military website DoD Buzz reported.

The Al Dhafra Air Base, approximately 20 miles south of the capital Abu Dhabi, is being used to counter the threat from Daesh in Syria and Iraq. The US and UAE forces have created a special Air Combat Command unit at the base, known as the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing.

Aug 30 02:17

PAUL DAVIS: PENTAGON AND STATE DEPARTMENT DISAGREE ON KURDISH INDEPENDENCE

On Tuesday, Paul Davis, a former Pentagon analyst dealing with Kurdish affairs, stopped by Kurdistan 24’s Washington DC bureau to share his thoughts on the September 25 independence referendum and Kurdish independence in general. Davis believes that the US should support an independent Kurdish state. That is “extremely important,” because the Kurdistan Region would be a stable state, friendly to the US, and only the second real democracy in the Middle East. There is a big difference, however, between how the two US bureaucracies that are most involved—the State Department and the Defense Department—view this issue, Davis explained. “The State Department, historically, has been opposed to any new nation, and this goes back quite a ways,” he said. “The difference now,” Davis observed, “is that the Defense Department has more of a desire to see an independent Kurdistan.

Aug 29 14:04

Qatar to Officially Launch Blockade-Busting Port

Qatar announced the official launch of the Hamad Port in the first week of September, which is already being used to circumvent a blockade enforced on the country. The $7.1 billion megaport has been operational for ten months, and played a vital role in opening up new sea links to the emirate after a Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries enforced a blockade on Qatar, New Arab reported. Days after Eid al-Fitr celebrations come to an end, Qatar will cheer the official launch of the port, which recently opened new routes to India, Oman, Turkey and Pakistan. Vital supplies have been shipped to Qatar via the port, including dairy produce from Turkish manufacturers that have helped cut up the slack after Saudi farmers were subject to Riyadh's embargo. Also welcomed to the emirate this week are 207 racing camels that were shipped to Doha's Hamad Port from Sohar, in northern Oman. The port holds vital importance to Qatar, which goes beyond the immediate blockade.

Aug 29 11:27

The Saudi-Led Coalition’s ‘Weaponization of Disease’. Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic

The vast majority of deaths from Yemen’s cholera epidemic occur in rebel-held areas on account of the attacks by the Saudi-led coalition on health centers and infrastructure and because of the coalition blockade:

Dr Homer Venters, director of programmes for the research group Physicians for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera that coalition hits on clinics and sewage works were a Saudi “tactic of war” that amounted to the “weaponisation of disease”. [bold mine-DL]

Coalition attacks and a blockade on fuel and other supplies have left civilians in Houthi areas more vulnerable to cholera, and less able to get antibiotics and other life-saving help than those in other parts of the Arab world’s poorest nation, he said.

“Aside from the devastation from air strikes on hospitals and clinics, the health emergency in Yemen has been made significantly worse by Saudi restrictions on petrol imports, leaving the remaining health centres without power,” Venters said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the war crimes in which the US government is complicit with the Saudis in Yemen, does't make me " proud to be an American citizen" it angers and disgusts me, and makes me think seriously about getting out of this country while it is still possible. Unfortunately, Mike and I are too old- and broke - to see this happen.

And yet, both the US command there; the Saudi government, and the House of Saud all seem perfectly morally comfortable with the assassination of children, women, and the medically infirm; using starvation as a tool to cow the people of Yemen into total surrender; the use of DU weapons; and the use of white phosphorous against non-combatants.

Aug 29 07:03

UAE hails Russian efforts on uniting Syrian opposition

The United Arab Emirates welcomes efforts of Russia and Egypt on establishing dialogue between Syrian opposition’s major groups, the country’s Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan said on Tuesday after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. "The meeting in Riyadh was important as the opposition’s delegations were invited there," the foreign minister said. "We highly appreciate the efforts of Russia and Egypt on convincing the delegations that it is important to be present there in a positive way. But coordination between the opposition groups will take certain time." Al Nahyan also noted the importance of efforts made by UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura to achieve the opposition’s unity. "We believe this should be part of ensuring success at talks in Geneva and Astana," he said.

Aug 28 15:15

Israelis defy authorities and fight against corruption and for right to protest

"For 40 weeks now, Israelis have been demonstrating in the city of Petach Tikvah to demand a thorough investigation into corruption, especially concerning the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.

"The protests started in earnest in July 2016 outside the home of the attorney-general, Avichai Mandelblit. At that time, they consisted of a handful of protesters demanding that he does a better job than his predecessor, Yehuda Weinstein, especially in regard to attorney Ruth David, who has been accused of a number of crimes...">>

Aug 26 07:56

Korea, Afghanistan, And The Never-Ending War Trap

While the US-backed 'Hunger Games' in South Korea plow on, a 'new strategy' for Afghanistan is really all about business. But China is already there... There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central and South Asia than meet the eye.

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