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Apr 11 10:38

Baghdad hospital bombed

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

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

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

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

Apr 11 10:32

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Apr 11 08:12

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

Trump is insane and anybody who still supports this NUT!

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

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

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Apr 11 08:02

Trump Declares Qatar an Ally in the War Against Terror

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

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

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

Apr 11 07:32

Activists Block Alleged UK Missile Plant Producing Projectiles for Saudi Arabia

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

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

Apr 11 07:30

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

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

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

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

Apr 10 22:17

Trump Heads World Peace Into the Abyss Blindfolded

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 10 21:52

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

by Dr. Zoltan Grossman

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

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

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

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

Apr 10 14:59

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

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

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

Apr 10 11:18

Warships With Cruise Missiles To Mediterranean

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 10 11:04

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

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

A Russian Government Press Release:

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 10 10:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 10 10:45

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 10 10:35

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Let's get real here!

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

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

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

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

Apr 10 10:04

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

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Zerohedge…

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

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

Apr 10 08:45

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 10 07:52

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

Apr 09 17:55

On The Threshold of War — Paul Craig Roberts

On The Threshold of War

Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

Apr 09 11:33

ISRAEL TOLD US OFFICIALS ABOUT PLANS TO STRIKE SYRIAN AIR BASE

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 09 10:27

Deir Yassin outrage remembered: 70th anniversary

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

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

Apr 08 09:00

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

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

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

Apr 08 07:55

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

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

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

Apr 08 07:22

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

Trump has already threatened Vladimir Putin personally. Madness!

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

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

Apr 08 07:08

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

You all ready for WW3. Israeli loving neocon stooge!

Last Updated Apr 8, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

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

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

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

Apr 07 06:35

Yemeni ballistic missile hits Saudi military base in Najran: Report

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

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

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

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

Apr 07 06:17

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

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

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

Apr 07 06:12

UN appeals for $ 3 billion for Yemen

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hadi being the US puppet installed during the previous intervention.

Apr 06 12:49

UK opens permanent military base in Bahrain

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 06 12:26

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Apr 06 11:39

WASHINGTON AND RIYADH'S TERROR ENTERPRISE

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 06 08:29

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

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

Apr 06 06:49

Pelosi Leads Congressional Delegation to Israel and Jordan

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

Apr 05 12:37

Bahrain Discovers Largest Oil Field With 80 Billion Barrels In Reserves

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Apr 05 09:32

WATCH: Supersonic Bombers Arrive at US Air Base in Qatar

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

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

Apr 05 09:00

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

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

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

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

Apr 05 08:53

US troops 'pouring into Saudi Arabia'

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

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

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

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

Apr 04 16:32

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

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

Apr 04 10:42

Yemeni forces target Saudi warship off coast of Hudaydah

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

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

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

Apr 03 08:29

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

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

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

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

Apr 03 07:25

Saudi oil tanker hit by Houthi rebels in Red Sea

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

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

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

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

Apr 03 07:22

Gas, pipeline dreams and gunboat diplomacy in Mediterranean

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

Apr 03 05:43

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

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

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

Apr 02 17:08

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

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

Apr 02 11:38

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

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

Apr 02 11:03

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE WARNS OF WAR WITH IRAN WITHIN 10 YEARS

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 31 17:16

2018-2028: The Most Dangerous Decade

By Chris Kanthan

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

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

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

Mar 31 10:38

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

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

Mar 31 10:03

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

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

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

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

Mar 31 09:23

Patriot Missiles Are Made in America and Fail Everywhere

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

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

Mar 30 10:48

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

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

Mar 29 15:04

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

I am absolutely not!!

Mar 28 12:42

Easter question: Is this what Christ died for?

Stuart Littlewood argues that it is time to tackle the Zionist lobby that is currently targeting UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn head on and demand they explain what it is doing about Israeli crimes against the Palestinians.>>

Mar 28 11:10

What is behind the latest Zionist onslaught against UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?

Gilad Atzmon examines the latest Zionist onslaught against British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, arguing that it is due to the fact that Corbyn treats the Jews as ordinary people, does not recognise their “choseness" and ignores their sense of exceptionalism. >>

Mar 28 10:15

“Cold War”! Dangerous Squadrons Of Russian And American Fighters Near Cyprus

ATHENS, Greece – In large parts of eastern and southern Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, air flights of Russia and the United States have expanded over the past few days, with a significant number of two-engined fighter aircraft, always related to developments in the region, especially Syria. Two airplanes, the Russian east of Cyprus and the American south of Cyprus, a Su-33 and MiG -29K, have been hovering around the skies of Cyprus. The flights of the Russian fighters east and southeast of Cyprus have increased considerably lately. At the same time, the number of American fighters F / A-18F is taking off and flying near Nicosia is increasing, from an American aircraft carrier that had been south of Cyprus in recent weeks and has now moved eastward. In some cases, it is in a relatively close area and at the same height; there are also American and Russian fighters, which means that at about the same area and at similar altitudes, at the same time, up to 15-18 fighter planes fly.

Mar 28 09:03

MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN US VISIT: LEAKED ITINERARY SHOWS SAUDI CROWN PRINCE TO MEET OPRAH, POLITICIANS AND MEDIA BOSSES

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince is currently on a two-week-long coast to coast tour of the US - and a leaked copy of his itinerary has shed light on the full extent of the heir to the throne’s American charm offensive.

Mar 27 15:14

Why 55 U.S. Senators Voted for Genocide in Yemen

I use the phrase “end a war,” despite the fact that Saudi Arabia could continue its war without U.S. participation — in part, because it’s easier, and in part because experts have suggested that Saudi Arabia could not do anything like what it is doing without the participation of the U.S. military in identifying targets and refueling planes. It is of course also true that were the United States to go beyond what was under consideration on Tuesday and cease providing Saudi Arabia with planes and bombs, and use its influence as an oil customer and general war partner to pressure Saudi Arabia to end the war and lift the blockade, the war might end entirely. And millions of human lives might be spared.

So, a vote against one war is never just a vote against one war. It’s a vote to challenge, if ever so slightly, the power of the war machine. These Senators are paid not to do that.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US Congress no longer represents the will and concerns of We the People; it only represents those corporations who have bought and paid for their support: that is the big, fat, ugly, hairy open secret of American politics in this day and time.

Mar 27 14:56

U.S. Officials Demand Al Jazeera Register as Propaganda ‘Agent’

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate whether Al Jazeera, the news outlet connected to the Qatari government, should register with the Justice Department as an agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). This will have broad implications for the First Amendment, our access to dissenting opinions, and even how the rest of the world views us.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempt to muzzle Al Jazeera, for having had the "male attributes" to look seriously at AIPAC, and it's strangle hold over US foreign policy, smells to high heaven.

It is bloody well time for Americans to see precisely what Israel and AIPAC has cost this country, in blood and money spent, and how much it intends to cost this country, in terms of future wars it is cheerleading the American government to greenlight.

Mar 27 14:49

Saudi Arabia Threatens Iran, Blaming Them for Yemeni Missiles

With Saudi airstrikes pounding northern Yemen, killing civilians left and right, their options for “retaliating” against Yemen for firing missiles into Saudi territory are limited. Saudi officials aren’t concerned, however, as they’re threatening to attack Iran over he missiles instead.

Saudi officials reported seven Yemeni missiles intercepted overnight, with debris from one of the missiles hitting a house and killing an Egyptian laborer. Saudi officials claim the missiles came from Iran, and that they have a “right” to respond militarily against Iran in the future.

The Shi’ite Houthis, who control northern Yemen, deny close ties to Iran, and have insisted in the past that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia are part of Yemen’s pre-war stockpile, and retaliation for Saudi airstrikes. Though the Saudis targeted some missile caches early in the invasion of Yemen, some missiles are known to have survived, and have been fired during the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is completely insane, as the Saudi military cannot believe for a moment that they could last against Iran militarily, should they decide on a direct hit against it.

And one of the phone calls The BOY (Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Mohammed Bin Salman) needs to make before he decides to attack Iran, is very much to Russia's President Putin, to see if he can get him on the same page here, regarding his need to haul off against Iran.

I would doubt that the response to such a threat against Iran is going to be very warm and fuzzy, on Putin's part.

Without this, Russia may well look at a Saudi attack against Iran to be an attack against Russia, as Russian politicians and military personnel have consistently stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, it will come to Iran's aid.

Mar 27 14:04

ARMS RESEARCH "WATCHDOG GROUP" LOBBIES FOR WAR ON YEMEN AND IRAN

Looking into the AP report we find that the "watchdog group" is actually a for-profit company with an anti-Iran agenda and paid by the United Arab Emirates. The UAE, together with Saudis, the U.S. and Britain, is waging war on Yemen and sees Iran as an enemy

Mar 27 10:54

War Preparations: Leaked Images Allegedly Show US Military Tanks Arriving In Jordan

Sputnik news agency recently uncovered leaked images of U.S. military equipment arriving in Jordan’s Aqaba Industrial Port via the vehicle carrier ship “Liberty pride” for the upcoming participation in the annual war drill “Eager Lion.” During the unloading process, the images reveal the “M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks, the M113’s variation for medical evacuation and the M2A3 Bradley armored personnel carriers” were offloaded from the 199-meter (652 feet) military transport vessel, said Sputnik.

Mar 27 09:40

Two Failures In One Day - Missile Defense Is An Embaressment - It Won't Work

Two incidents last night provide again that missile defense is a waste fo money. It hardly ever works. Strategic missile defense, which the U.S. builds to take down intercontinental missiles, will not protect against the new weapons Russia is now pursuing. The U.S. military acknowledges this. After Putin announced the new weapon systems the Trump administration raised the white flag and suddenly asked for new arms control talks.

Mar 27 09:23

Qatari Foundation, Rosneft to Create Joint Center for Energy Research

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and Russia's energy giant Rosneft will create a joint center for research in the energy sphere, a spokesperson for the Qatari Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Sunday.

Mar 27 06:14

Ironically: Liberals spend too much time 'freaking out about everything Trump does'

(*Right along with The Russians , Syrians , Iranians , Koreans , Afghans , Chinese , Palestinians , Cubans , Venezuelans , Pakistanis and The Filipinos !)

Mar 26 14:45

Whither Palestine? Non-violent resistance!

Uri Avnery argues that with all paths to bring about an end to the Israeli occupation and establish Palestinian independence through diplomacy blocked by Trump and his Zionist-evangelist allies, only one option is left for the Palestinians: non-violent resistance.>>

Mar 26 11:59

Riyadh Just Came Under Ballistic Missile Attack Resulting In These Crazy Videos

Saudi Arabia's capital just came under ballistic missile attack, during which Patriot missile interceptors were launched to intercept. Although it looks like at least one Patriot hit one missile, a missile fragment, or even another missile itself, came careened into the ground, resulting in this amazing video:

Mar 26 07:39

Here’s John Bolton Promising Regime Change in Iran by the End of 2018

“The outcome of the president’s policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution will not last until its 40th birthday,” Bolton said. (The 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution will be on February 11, 2019.) “The declared policy of the United States should be the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime in Tehran,” Bolton added. “The behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change and, therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself.”

Mar 25 10:29

Countering extremism: Jihadist ideology reigns supreme

James Dorsey says although the security approach to Islamic terrorism has enhanced security across the globe, an ideological response is still lacking, as are meaningful policies to tackle its root causes. >>

Mar 25 09:10

War-loving, Muslim-hating John Bolton wants to give ‘pieces’ of Palestine to Jordan and Egypt

The appointment of John Bolton to be Donald Trump’s national security adviser represents the neoconservative restoration, firmly ending the chapter in which Trump claimed to be a non-interventionist. Even Never-Trump neocons are happy today. The intemperate and Islamophobic Bolton is fiercely opposed to the Iran Deal, is militantly opposed to Russian influence in the Middle East, has called for declaring war against Iran and North Korea, and has pronounced the two-state solution dead.

Many today fear that Trump will give us another war. Senator Ed Markey:

John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran and conducting a first strike on North Korea without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people and a clear message from @realDonaldTrump that he is gearing up for military conflict.

Mar 24 11:21

The Mysterious Frank Taylor Report: The 9/11 Document that Launched US-NATO’s “War on Terrorism” in the Middle East

We call them ‘the 9/11 wars’ – the seemingly unending destruction of the Middle East and North Africa which has been going on for the last seventeen years. As revealed by Gen. Wesley Clark,[1] these wars were already anticipated in September 2001.

The legal foundation for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 has been challenged in several countries. The best known is the Chilcot Inquiry in the UK, which began in 2009 and concluded in a report in 2016. The inquiry was not about the legality of military action, but the British government was strongly criticised for not having provided a legal basis for the attack.

Even though the invasion of Iraq was planned[2] prior to 9/11, most observers note that the attack on Afghanistan in 2001 was a required precursor.

However, the legal basis for attacking Afghanistan has attracted almost no attention. One obstacle in addressing this has been the assumption that the key document was still classified.[3][4]

Mar 24 09:53

Neocon Takeover of Washington Completed

Pompeo at State and Bolton as Trump’s national security advisor completed the neocon takeover of Trump’s geopolitical agenda – Wall Street running domestic affairs.

The combination represents a major setback for world peace and stability, greater aggression likely, along with the triumph of neoliberal harshness over social justice – a dismal and frightening state of affairs.

What to expect ahead? War in Syria is more likely to escalate than wind down, an unthinkable US/Russia confrontation ominously possible.

The Iran nuclear deal is either doomed, or likely to be gutted by Washington, accomplishing the same thing – with only tepid, ineffective opposition from P5+1 countries Britain, France and Germany.

The EU most often bends to US will when enough pressure is applied.

A relatively quiet Ukraine period could explode in greater Kiev war on Donbass, US-supplied heavy weapons and training aiding its aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this defining moment in world history, I despair about the current trajectory of both domestic, and foreign policies, creating more income inequality at home, and more wars abroad.

And the worst thing about these coming wars is, that they may not be wars the US military is able to win, or from which it can extricate itself gracefully.

You can nearly bet on a return to the draft, which will be coming for both our young men and young women, but of course, not in an election ior mid-term election year.

Mar 24 09:13

Illegal Wars: The New American Way

The U.S. military stands astride the Greater Mideast region on behalf of an increasingly rogue-like regime in Washington, D.C. Worse still, this isn’t a Donald Trump problem, per se. No, three successive administrations – Democratic and Republican – have widened the scope of a global “war” on a tactic (terror), on the basis of two at best vague, and at worst extralegal, congressional authorizations for the use of force (AUMF). Indeed, the US is veritably addicted to waging undeclared, unwinnable wars with unconvincing legal sanction.

Mar 24 08:50

War-loving, Muslim-hating John Bolton wants to give ‘pieces’ of Palestine to Jordan and Egypt

The appointment of John Bolton to be Donald Trump’s national security adviser represents the neoconservative restoration, firmly ending the chapter in which Trump claimed to be a non-interventionist. Even Never-Trump neocons are happy today. The intemperate and Islamophobic Bolton is fiercely opposed to the Iran Deal, is militantly opposed to Russian influence in the Middle East, has called for declaring war against Iran and North Korea, and has pronounced the two-state solution dead.

Many today fear that Trump will give us another war. Senator Ed Markey:

John Bolton supports proactively bombing Iran and conducting a first strike on North Korea without provocation. Appointing him to be Nat Sec Advisor is a grave danger to the American people and a clear message from @realDonaldTrump that he is gearing up for military conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This appointment of Bolton as President Trump's National Security Advisor, an appointment over which Congress has absolutely zero oversight, is officially horrible, and does not augur well for any kind of peace in the Middle East.

In fact, this appointment almost guarantees a war against Iran, which will almost inevitably mean war with Russia.

President Trump has morphed from the non-interventionist on the campaign trail to an avid supporter of war, as the only way in which the Unhinged Surveilled State of America can ever acheive its geopolitical goals.

The only reason we are looking at potential peace talks between the US and North Korea is that when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visited Washington for AIPAC earlier this month, he gave President Trump his marching orders, which were: "Forget about North Korea; regime change Tehran for me!!"

One has to wonder just what, precisely, Netanyahu has on President Trump, to make him so willing to sacrifice so much potential blood and money toward the achievement of this goal.

But like that architypical dream about a slo-mo train wreck, I can see this war coming, and soon.

I am bitterly disappointed with him for this, and think that, once again, the American people had utterly zero choice in the last election in 2016; it was warmonger vs/warmonger, both completely vetted, and blessed, by the Israeli political establishment, as their supreme candidates of choice, and the US military/industrial complex, as demonstrated by the passage of the omnibus spending bill yesterday.

Mar 23 17:17

HOW MANY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN AMERICA’S POST-9/11 WARS? – PART ONE: IRAQ

The numbers of casualties of U.S. wars since Sept. 11, 2001 have largely gone uncounted, but coming to terms with the true scale of the crimes committed remains an urgent moral, political and legal imperative, argues Nicolas J.S. Davies.

Mar 23 10:50

Yemenis fire missile at Saudi oil giant Aramco's HQ in Najran

Yemeni forces have fired a ballistic missile at the Saudi state oil giant Aramco's headquarters in the Persian Gulf country's southwest in retaliation for Riyadh’s fatal campaign against Yemen.

Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported that the Badr 1 short-range ballistic missile was fired at Aramco's premises in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern province of Najran on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Yemeni air defense forces backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees reportedly intercepted and shot down an F-15 fighter jet belonging to the Royal Saudi Air Force as it was flying in the skies over the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada.

The attacks come in retaliation for the Saudi relentless airstrikes that claimed the lives of thousands of civilians in the impoverished country.

Mar 23 09:23

Trump administration approves $1B arms sale to Saudi Arabia, including more than 6,500 missiles

The White House told Congress Thursday that it plans to approve a $1 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, a package that includes about 6,700 U.S.-built anti-tank missiles.

The sale also includes support, maintenance and spare parts for American tanks, helicopters and other equipment already in Saudi Arabia's arsenal. Lawmakers have 30 days to act if they want to try and stop the deal.

The announcement came two days after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with President Trump as the royal started a three-week tour of the U.S.

Earlier Thursday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the prince that Saudi Arabia was "part of the solution" in Yemen, where the Saudis are leading a U.S.-backed military campaign against Houthi rebels that has been heavily criticized for inflicting civilian casualties.

Mar 22 19:43

Trump Dossier 2018: Double Agent

In light of Trump's continuing betrayal of US patriots who voted for him, stuck with through thick and thing during the contested election, the Russian collusion lie ... we now have a growing list of Trump double-crosses: the retirement of dozens of Republicans in the Senate, Congress; the CIA infiltration in the electorate; Jerusalem to be capital of Israel; US troops in Syria, WWIII against Russia; Pompeo to the State Department, Bolton to the NSC; 2nd Amendment rights eviscerated in the new budget (#omnibus2018); I now think that he was a ringer all along, the Russian collusion story just a distraction from a darker agenda for honest US citizens and Christians.

Mar 22 11:58

US Support for Brutal Saudi Campaign in Yemen Serves Desire to Oppose Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is in Washington this week to visit the White House and will undoubtedly be pleased to learn that the US Senate just killed a bill to terminate Washington’s military support for Saudi warplanes conducting bombing and missile raids in Yemen.

A bipartisan group of senators recently sought to limit the president's power to deploy military forces in unauthorized places, effectively allowing Congress to withdraw troops from a conflict like the Yemeni Civil War, which the United Nations has said has created the world's most severe humanitarian crisis in 50 years.

Mar 22 11:55

US arms sales to Saudi serve 'aggressive' rather than defensive purposes: Analyst

Dean said the United States arms sales to Saudi Arabia are for “aggressive purposes” rather than defensive ones, adding that no country in the Middle East poses a “credible threat” to the kingdom.

He went on to say the United States seeks to use the “massive stockpiles” it has in Saudi Arabia if it engages in a “big war” in the Persian Gulf.

Mar 22 10:47

Senate Fails to Stop US Support for Saudi Attacks on People of Yemen

A bipartisan effort to end US involvement in a bloody, three-year war in Yemen failed in a close Senate vote on Tuesday afternoon.

The vote demonstrated growing pushback on President Donald Trump’s coziness with Riyadh, which is leading the war effort in Yemen. That same day, the president met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who was visiting Washington during a country-wide tour.

A disparate group of senators — Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) — drafted and introduced the resolution to stop America’s support for the bloodshed. “This is one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time,” Sanders told Vox in an interview last week.

Mar 21 11:57

Death from above

Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

Mar 21 09:02

Senate Votes to Kill Bill Challenging Legality of Yemen War

SJ Res 54, the Senate’s War Powers Act challenge to the US military involvement in the Yemen War, was killed Tuesday by the Senate, meaning it will not get a direct floor vote. The bill noted that Congress never authorized the Yemen War, and would’ve compelled the US to withdraw its participation. The vote was 55-44.

Mar 21 09:01

44 Senators Made History by Voting to End Illegal US War in Yemen

FCNL applauds the 44 senators who voted in support of S.J. Res. 54, the Sanders-Lee-Murphy legislation to withdraw U.S. armed forces from the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Mar 21 08:41

The Red Sea 2015 “Secret Yacht Summit” that Realigned the Middle East

George Nader, the Lebanese-American businessman, who is co-operating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign funding, organised a secret summit of Arab leaders on a yacht in the Red Sea in late 2015, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Nader proposed to the leaders gathered on the yacht that they should set up an elite regional group of six countries, which would supplant both the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and the moribund Arab League.

Nader said this group of states could become a force in the region “that the US government could depend on” to counter the influence of Turkey and Iran, according to two sources briefed on the meeting.

Nader brought together Mohammed bin Salman, who was then deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia; Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi; Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, president of Egypt; Prince Salman, crown prince of Bahrain; and King Abdullah of Jordan onto the yacht.

Mar 21 07:51

Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi "threat" in Yemen

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.

Mar 19 17:17

ISRAEL QUIETLY BEGINS PRACTICING FOR POSSIBLE WAR WITH RUSSIA

The Israeli army quietly conducted a military exercise last week that simulated a multi-front war where Russia intervened to prevent Israel from attacking Syria, Haaretz reports. According to Haaretz, the drill involved the top-ranking officers of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF), as well as the headquarters staff of all the commands that would be required to successfully pursue a fight with Hezbollah, an Iranian-aligned militia based in Lebanon. Haaretz noted that Israel prepared for the scenario in which a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon would require the Israeli military to fight on other fronts — most likely Syria — where Hezbollah retains a significant military presence.

Mar 19 12:55

US smooths Israel’s path to annexing West Bank

Jonathan Cook argues that thanks to Trump’s unconditional support, Israel has accelerated its annexation of the occupied West Bank, with the settler-minister Naftali Bennet bragging that after a couple of months world opposition would fade away.>>

Mar 19 09:32

Report: Trump asked Saudi king $4bn for Syria goals

US President Donald Trump asked Saudi King Salman for $4 billion to spend on advancing Washington’s objectives in Syria, which Riyadh also shares, a report says.

US military newspaper Stars and Stripes carried the report on Friday, saying the demand was made by the US chief executive during a phone call with the Saudi monarch last December.

The money, it said, would be spent towards preventing the empowerment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syria’s allies, Iran and Russia. Washington would further the goal as far as bringing about “a political settlement of the war that ultimately includes the exit of both Assad and Iran,” it added.

It cited hawkish US Senator Lindsey Graham as reminding Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command earlier in the week of “the negative long-term impact that a win for Iran, Russia and Assad would have on US allies such as Israel and Jordan.”

Mar 17 09:57

In the USA/NATO Grip. War Games in the Mediterranean together with Israel

The exercise is led by the NATO Command headquartered in Lago Patria (JFC Naples), under the command of US Admiral James Foggo. Appointed by the Pentagon as his predecessors, at the same time he commands the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, whose headquarters are in Naples Capodichino.

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