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Sep 26 12:15

UK accused of blocking UN inquiry into alleged Yemen war atrocities of Saudi allies

Britain has been accused of blocking the UN inquiry into atrocities in Yemen allegedly carried out by its theocratic ally Saudi Arabia.

In an open letter to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), a group of NGOs has alleged that the UK is blocking the progress of the inquiry by failing to give backing to an effort by the Netherlands to set up a full investigation.

Since the conflict began the UK has sold more than £3 billion (US$3.9 billion) in arms to the Saudi regime and provided training on targeting both by warplanes and artillery.

Sep 25 14:07

Muslims Are the VICTIMS of “Between 82 and 97% of Terrorism-Related Fatalities”: US Government

Lest we forget. And Thanks to Alternative media and Vladimir Putin most of the world now knows who is behind the medieval Jihadis.

The Little-Known Secret to Destroying ISIS Propaganda

ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on Westerners is evil.

And as a white American from a Judeo-Christian background, I am repulsed by the fact that ISIS is targeting Christians in Syria and Iraq with brutal murder … including crucifixion. [And these crimes are invariably not reported by the Western media.]

But most victims of ISIS, Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorism are themselves Muslim.

Sep 23 17:53

Britain To Send £100mn In Aid To War-Torn Yemen… While Selling £3bn In Arms To Saudis

Britain is to increase spending on humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen while at the same time signing off multibillion-pound arms deals to Saudi Arabia, which stands accused of war crimes.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced Britain will send an additional £37 million (US$48 million) in aid to Yemen this year, bringing the total package to £100 million.

Sep 23 15:44

Obama Vetoes Bill, Prevents 9/11 Family Members’ Lawsuits

By Derrick Broze

President Obama has vetoed a bill which would allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, President Obama kept his promise to veto legislation that would allow the 9/11 victims’ family members to sue Saudi Arabia, citing threats to U.S. national security. CNN reports that Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress say they’ll override Obama’s veto next week.

Obama’s veto comes two weeks after the House of Representatives passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, which would allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue nations suspected of financing or otherwise sponsoring terrorism...

Sep 23 15:34

Obama Just Vetoed a Bill That Would’ve Allowed 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia

And yet, this is the same president who preaches that we need to embrace globalism… except when it comes to taking responsibility for one’s global crimes, apparently.

Sep 23 15:02

Twitter Suspends Women’s Rights Group After Criticizing Saudi Arabia

Twitter is accused of suspending accounts that engaged in the #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen hashtag, including a self-proclaimed non-profit Saudi female empowerment organization, S.A.F.E Movement.

Sep 23 10:18

Britain increases aid to Yemen while selling arms to Saudis - who are bombing Yemen

BRITAIN is to increase the amount of aid destined for those caught up in the civil war in Yemen - at the same time as it sells arms to the Saudi regime which is carrying out airstrikes in the war-torn Gulf state.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced that Britain will provide an additional £37million in funding for Yemen this year.

A total of £72m has already been committed to the crisis in Yemen by the UK Government.

But the Government has simultaneously approved more than £3billion in arms sales over the past 18 months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War profits uber alles, right, Prime Minister May?!?!?

May I politely remind you that the Saudi Arabian military has been committing war crimes all over Yemen, and that makes the UK a "Proud Partner in War Crimes"?!?

But hey, as long as your defense industry is making profits, nothing else matters, right?!? Because for Members of Parliament, money appears to their only religion.

And they have to get those fat contributions from defense corporations to continue to stand for Parliament, right?!?!?

Sep 22 14:01

Big Pharma Spent $880mn On Keeping Opioids Available – Report

In the midst of one of the worst drug epidemics in the US, a report found that the money spent on keeping painkillers regularly prescribed has overshadowed even anti-gun lobbying efforts and may be behind the opioid epidemic ravaging the nation.

Sep 22 08:33

20 civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes in Yemen – govt official

Twenty civilians have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, according to a government official. Children were among those killed. At least 30 were injured in the raids, which struck the city of Hodeida.

The strikes hit the Suq al-Hunod district of the port city, the official in the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi told AFP. The presidential palace was also hit.

Children were among the fatalities photographed at a city mortuary.

Sep 21 17:00

US Weapons Sales To Saudi Not Just For Profit: Analyst

The United States’ sale of $1.15 billion worth of military equipment to Saudi Arabia is not just aimed at making profit, an analyst says.

Chicago-based author and radio host Stephen Lendman made the comments in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday, while speaking about a bipartisan effort at the US Senate to block the sale.

Sep 21 08:24

30 Israeli, Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed in Russia's Caliber Missile Attack in Aleppo

"The Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers' coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam'an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers," the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted battlefield source in Aleppo as saying on Wednesday.

The operations room was located in the Western part of Aleppo province in the middle of sky-high Sam'an mountain and old caves. The region is deep into a chain of mountains.

Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib.

Sep 20 09:42

US ADMITS TO SUPPLYING SAUDI ARABIA WITH WHITE PHOSPHORUS MUNITIONS

Amid new evidence that Saudi Arabia has begun to use white phosphorus munitions in their war in Yemen, US officials are admitting that the weapons were provided by the United States “in the past.” They declined to say when, or how many weapons were provided.

White phosphorus munitions are heavily restricted in their usage under international law, allowed to be used only for smokescreens and signaling, but their incendiary properties and the risk of inhaling the smoke has made their use as an offensive weapon effectively a war crime.

The State Department said any country given the munitions was excepted to use them only in accordance with international law, and promised to look into the reports of Saudis improperly using the munitions during the Yemen war, saying the US would take “appropriate corrective action” if this is true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a kid growing up, and having had a great deal of affection for this country, I could never, in my wildest dreams, imagine that the United States of America could EVER be characterised as a "proud partner in war crimes"; yet, here we are in the 21st century, raining hot, flaming death (or outsourcing the raining of hot, flaming death, as is happening in Yemen)on people who have the nerve to live over portions of the planet with resources the US government wants to expropriate, and sell only in US dollars.

I cannot tell you precisely when the government of our country stopped representing We the People, and started representing the merchants of death, the warmongerers, and those one percenters who profit brilliantly from wars; all I know is, there will be moral consequences from the kinds of actions the US government is taking against Yemen, and the use of US supplied white phosphorous weapons by the Saudis, which is a war crime.

Sep 19 07:43

RT Going Underground interview wth Larry Wilkerson

Sep 18 14:49

Video: ISIS militants cheer atop Syrian soldiers killed by US air strikes

In the following video, ISIS militants are seen gloating over the corpses of the Syrian Army personnel killed by the USAF as they pronounce that this 'conquest' sets the foundation for cleansing the province from the 'Nusayris', a term both ISIS and the US-backed Islamists used for Allawites who are considered by neither as Muslims.

Sep 17 18:13

Russia Calls For “Emergency” UN Security Council Meeting Regarding US Bombing Of Syrian Military

By Brandon Turbeville

After the United States launched an attack against Syrian forces in Deir al-Zour early on Saturday morning, Russia is now calling for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council and an immediate explanation from the United States.

The Americans claim that the bombing was merely a mistake; however, it is hard to make that claim when the two sides were in battle with one another at the time of the airstrikes...

Sep 17 15:09

MPs Pile Pressure On To Halt To UK Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia Over Yemen Civilian Casualties

A committee of UK lawmakers have called on London to stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia until an inquiry into Riyadh’s human rights violations in Yemen is complete.

Sep 17 13:45

9/11: 15 Years Of A Transparent Lie — Paul Craig Roberts

There are many conspiracy theories about 9/11. The US government’s own expanation of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory in which a few Saudi Arabians outwitted the American national security state. Little doubt that many of the more imaginative conspiracy theories were created for the purpose of stigmatizing any skepticism, no matter how well reasoned and supported, of the official story.

These groups of qualified and experienced people say that the official story of 9/11 is false.

Sep 17 12:02

Commander: Saudi Arabia Begging Bahrain for Reinforcement to Fight Ansarullah in Border Regions

"Saudi Arabia has asked for help from Bahrain to fight along the border regions," Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali al-Hamzani told FNA on Saturday. The Yemeni troops have crossed the border into Saudi Arabia and captured several commander centers and bases in the last few weeks. Al-Hamzani also added that the Saudi army's military positions in al-Tawwal region were badly damaged when they came under the Yemeni missile attacks.

Sep 17 12:00

Saudi Finance Ministry Ex-Advisor: S. Arabia on Verge of Collapse

The Huffington Post did publish an opinion piece last Sunday that said Saudi Arabia was on the brink of “implosion” due to its economic dependence on oil and its failure to implement political reforms. The article, titled “Last Tango in Riyadh,” was written by Hossein Askari, an economist in the US and former special adviser to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance. “When it implodes, will the US and the UK come to the rescue of their Al-Saud clients? We believe not,” wrote Askari. “The US and the others have made thousands of hollow speeches in support of human rights and representative governance, but they have continued to support their client as long as they buy arms and do their bidding.” But Saudi Arabia blocked internet users from accessing the Huffington Post on Friday just days after it published the article about the kingdom.

Sep 17 10:30

1/3 of Saudi strikes hit Yemeni hospitals, schools & other civilian targets – study

In five of the last 18 months of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the coalition hit more non-military than military targets, a Guardian study has revealed. Overall more than one-third of all strikes ended up hitting civilian sites including hospitals, schools and mosques.

Sep 17 09:54

Ravaged by conflict, Yemen's coast faces rising malnutrition

Sitting by her son's hospital bed, Houdaid Masbah looks at her 5-year-old boy's skeletal body and sunken cheeks, helplessness engulfing her like a thick cloud — a desperation she shares with many other mothers in Hodeidah.

Even before the war, Hodeidah was one of the poorest cities in Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished nation. Now, the destruction of the port city's fishing boats and infrastructure by the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes over the past 18 months of war has deprived the townspeople of their prime livelihood.

The U.N. estimates that about 100,000 children under the age of five in the city and the surrounding province, also called Hodeidah, are at risk of severe malnutrition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chronic malnutrition, after a point, leaves a child mentally crushed for life, and physically disabled; there is only some level of restoration possible to physical and mental capabilities, but the kid may never be "normal".

Take a good, hard look at this haunted, hungry face; then imagine, for one second, that this was your kid, and you are powerless to help them.

US government is facilitating this massive epidemic of malnutrition in Yemen, by being a partner in war crimes to the Saudi government

Sep 17 09:45

Study: One-Third of Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen Hit Civilian Targets

A new study conducted by the Yemen Data Project in cooperation with the Guardian has revealed for the first time some shocking metrics related to the massive civilian death toll in Saudi airstrikes. The study found that roughly one-third of all airstrikes targeted explicitly civilian targets.

That’s a best-case scenario, too. 3,158 non-military targets were confirmed out of a little over 8,600 raids. Another 1,882 of the strikes hit “unknown” targets, meaning all told the number of civilian targets could be in excess of half overall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By enabling the Saudi military with their purchase of US weapons, and providing "guidance" to the strikes, the US government is a collaborator in Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Please let that sink in for a moment!!

Sep 16 13:34

Will Obama Block 9/11 Families’ Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia?

By Derrick Broze

President Obama has until Friday September 23 to decide if he will veto a bill which would allow the 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia.

On Friday September 9, the House of Representatives passed a controversial resolution which would allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue nations suspected of financing or otherwise sponsoring terrorism. Currently, this is only legal for countries who are on the U.S. government’s “state sponsors of terror” list, which includes nations like North Korea and Iran. The new change would allow the 9/11 victims’ family members to sue nations like Saudi Arabia...

Sep 16 12:20

Britain Must Stop Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia: MPs

A number of UK lawmakers have called on London to stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia until an inquiry into Riyadh’s human rights violations in Yemen is complete.

The Committee on Arms Export Control (CAEC) has raised serious concern about the UK’s commitment to international law regarding the sale of arms, the British media reported on Thursday.

Sep 15 08:22

Now the Saudis Have Killer Drones, Too

Saudi Arabia is the world’s newest drone power. And that could be a problem, since the Saudis are in the midst of a rather nasty war.
Riyadh has signed a contract with Chinese firm Chengdu for an unspecified number of Pterodactyl drones, Saudi media reported in late August and early September.

The 30-foot-long, propeller-driven Pterodactyl, which Chengdu apparently modeled on America’s iconic Predator and Reaper drones, can fly for hours at a time carrying cameras and missiles. Operators on the ground control the unmanned aerial vehicle via satellite.

As far as killer drones go, the Pterodactyl probably isn’t terribly sophisticated—its sensors are certainly less capable than U.S.-made models—and that can mean the difference between life and death for innocent people caught in the crossfire as flying robots hunt militants on the ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are going to kill hundreds to thousands more innocent Yemenites.

But hey, when it comes to weapons manufacturers,their products, and profits, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, "A deal is a deal is a deal!!"

Sep 15 07:48

UK Government Refuses To Give MPs Vote On Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

The British government refuses to give lawmakers a vote on whether to keep selling arms to Saudi Arabia, engaged in war crimes in Yemen.

In a leaked draft report last week, the Committee on Arms Exports Control echoed both the European Parliament and the Commons International Development Select Committee in calling for arms sales to the monarchy to end.

Sep 13 11:26

Saudi Arabia: Can’t Pay Its Bills, Yet Funds War On Yemen

Almost exactly a year after Salman bin Albdulaziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and head of the House of Saud, hurriedly left his millionaire’s mansion near Cannes with his 1,000 servants to continue his vacation in Morocco, the kingdom’s cash is not flowing so smoothly for the tens of thousands of sub-continental expatriates sweating away on his great building sites.

Sep 13 11:19

Transforming a Country into “Collateral Damage”: US Cluster Bombs Killed Children for Decades in Laos, and Now Yemen

The preposterous ironies of President Obama’s unapologetic visit to Laos on September 6 have not yet generated the attention they deserve, but they provide an excellent measure of the self-righteousness of the monstrous continuity of American violence inflicted on the world from Viet Nam in the 1950s to Yemen more than sixty years later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When it comes to war crimes, the United States Government can certainly claim: "We're number one! We're number one!"

I am an American who cares about the future trajectory of this country in the world; unfortunately, however, in examining this country's sordid history of generating these war crimes, I cannot be terribly hopeful about America's future at this point.

There is a Biblical injunction, "That which you sow, you shall also reap"; and right now, in the Middle East and Asia, the US government is sowing a whirlwind, and we will all reap the consequences of that.

Sep 13 10:56

US Citizens Can’t Sue Saudis for Perpetrating 9/11, but Can Sue Iranians Who Had Nothing to Do With It: Obama

the House and Senate have unanimously passed an act that could make it possible for US 9/11 victims to sue Saudis for their complicity in perpetrating the 9/11 attack.

Bush and Obama censored for more than a decade the evidence of Saudi involvement while they invaded Iraq, killing at least hundreds of thousands of people.

Obama is now reasserting his intention to veto the act, but, as Jason Ditz reports, will still allow “9/11 victims to sue Iran, even though Iran had nothing to do with the attack”.

Ditz continues that this is in keeping with the standard US practice of “protecting its allies [and itself] from lawsuits while setting up suits against international rivals”. (The US has been attempting to reconquer Iran since 1979 when the US’s Iranian proxy-dictator, whom Amnesty International called one of the world’s worst human rights violators, was overthrown.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks: this is American foreign policy ON DRUGS!!

And the reason Obama is going to veto the bill about Americans being able to sue Saudi Arabia is purely economic; as reported at cnn.com on 16 May, 2016:

Revealed: Saudi Arabia owns $117 billion of U.S. debt

Were Saudi Arabia to dump their holdings all at once, it would send the US economy crashing, perhaps irrecoverably, instantaneously.

Sep 13 08:34

BOMBED: A POTATO CHIP FACTORY, A SCHOOL, A DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS FACILITY, AND NOW A WATER WELL

Strikes in northern Yemen on Saturday reportedly killed two children and first responders as US-backed coalition continues ‘disturbing’ strikes.

A United Nations official has condemned airstrikes, including a “double tap” attack, on a water well in Yemen that killed dozens of people including children. The statement comes as the Obama administration’s proposed $1.15 billion arms to Saudi Arabia, who’s leading the U.S.-backed coalition’s bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, faces opposition both on and off Capitol Hill.

In a statement released Monday, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said that 30 people were killed and 17 were wounded, with the casualties including first responders and two children, as a result of the airstrikes in the village of Beit Saadan in northern Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-militarily enabled Saudi military love to commit war crimes with impunity.

The fact that US companies sell them the weapons to do this makes the US government a partner in these war crimes.

Did you ever imagine that a plaque could honestly be placed on the US President's desk, stating: "The United States of America: a Proud Partner in War Crimes?!?"

Dear readers, that day.... has come, in this country.

Sep 12 13:45

Will Transnistria be Russia's Crimea 2.0?

Pre-election passions are generating sensations not only in Russia and America. On September 9th, the small, unrecognized republic of Transnistria was lit up by the news that the acting president had signed a decree on accession to Russia. The document is entitled “On realizing the outcome of the republican referendum held on September 17th, 2006” and was signed with the aim of “realizing the will of the people of Transnistria on freely unifying with the Russian Federation.” In fact, media embellished the event, but later the republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a significant update. Evgeny Shevchuk, it turns out, had merely issued a decree on “harmonizing Transnistrian legislation” so it would comply with the laws of the Russian Federation, as follows from the published decree. Nevertheless, this was enough for the news itself to have a bombshell effect. Should Russia be preparing for a Crimea 2.0?..

Sep 12 10:22

Saudi Airstrikes Kill at Least 21 Civilians in Northern Yemen

A series of Saudi airstrikes against targets in northern Yemen have killed at least 21 civilians and wounded scores of others, with the larger of the two strikes occurring at a water-drilling site in the Arhab District, due north of the capital city of Sanaa.

The first airstrike killed four workers at the site, and attracted local villagers who aimed to carry out a rescue effort. Five more strikes targeted the rescuers, killing at least 11 more civilians and wounding at least another 20, though locals reported that the toll was likely far higher. claiming around 100 casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, looks like Saudi pilots are using the good old, US "Double Tap": strike; assassinate the first set of civilians, then assassinate those trying to protect and rescue them!

American readers of this blog, you ever, honestly, think that your country would ever be a proud partner in war crimes?!?

Yes, me neither; until the ugliness of that reality got rubbed in my face, as it is, every day, 24/7 these days.

Sep 11 12:35

Yemen: In Search of Lost Legitimacy

The situation that has been taking shape in Yemen over the past few months plays into the hands of the authorities in Sana’a rather than in Riyadh. This is primarily due to the fact that the military aggression against Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition revealed the Kingdom’s limitations in its ability to resolve the Yemeni conflict to its own benefit. It is not that the military campaign proved to be a zero-sum game for Riyadh; on the contrary, Saudi Arabia managed to achieve its basic goal: it did limit the Houthi expansion into the country...

Sep 11 10:00

Multiple Parties Colluding to Starve Yemen into Submission to Saudi Objectives

To be sure, as long as American tanks and bombs are involved in the dirty war, more lives will be lost. And it's not just about tanks. It is about the United States fuelling Saudi war crimes without demanding that the Saudis demonstrate a serious commitment to preventing civilian casualties. The United Nations has repeatedly said the Saudis are responsible for approximately two-thirds of civilian casualties. It has documented Saudi attacks on a slew of civilian areas, including hospitals, schools, refugee camps, markets, civilian homes and more. The key argument here is that there is already instability in the region on several levels. The Saudi regime and its partners in crime need stop their indiscriminate bombing campaign and take real steps to prevent civilian casualties and further instability. Ask any Yemeni who is bombing his country and they will all say the US is bombing Yemen - technically not, but Washington is supporting the Saudi-led coalition militarily.

Sep 11 08:31

Yemeni Army Captures 2 Saudi Intelligence Officers, 48 Military Men in Najran Province. Yemeni Forces Advance Further in Ma'rib Province

"The Yemeni forces have captured 50 Saudi military men, including two senior intelligence officers, in a special operation conducted against the kingdom's troops in Najran province," Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali al-Hamzani told FNA on Sunday. Al-Hamzani noted that the Yemeni forces could also take full control over a Saudi military base, including its tanks and armored vehicles...
A senior military commander announced that Yemen's army and popular forces have made considerable advances towards the Central parts of Ma'rib after taking control of strategic positions of the forces loyal to former fugitive President Mansour Hadi in the province as Ansarullah's ballistic missile hit key regions in Saudi Arabia's Jizan. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950621000547

Sep 10 10:33

Yemen ‘war crime’ footage emerges day after Theresa May defends Britain’s Saudi arms deals (VIDEO)

Just a day after Prime Minister Theresa May defended UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, cell phone footage has emerged apparently showing a college in Yemen being bombed by Saudi jets.

The footage, filmed in January 2016 and first published in the UK by independent media outlet The Ferret, appears to show a college hit by an airstrike. Attacks on schools are explicitly outlawed under the Geneva Convention, and thus constitute a war crime.

Filmed by a security guard on a cell phone, the footage was first passed to the Yemeni NGO Mwatana and then submitted to the UK government’s Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC).

A leaked draft of the report claims: “The weight of evidence of violations of international humanitarian law by the Saudi-led coalition is now so great that it is very difficult to continue to support Saudi Arabia.”

The revelation comes just a day after British PM Theresa May was confronted with the issue in the House of Commons.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Britain's Prime Minister May: it's only the money for your arms manufacturers that you allow the continuing Saudi slaughter in Yemen, right?!?

Well, Prime Minister May, I invite you to take a good, hard at the following images, and please explain to the world how the slaughter of Yemeni children is "...keeping Britain safe."

Images of extrajudicial assassinations of Yemeni children by Saudi Forces

We are waiting, Madame Prime Minister; how does the slaughter of these kids "make Britain safer"?!?!?

And how would you characterise these killings of children to their mothers, "retroactive birth control"?!?

Madame Prime Minister, you sicken me, in your absolutely shameful, hypocritical attempt to defend the indefensible.

With these statements, you have just incontrovertibly demonstrated that you have had your conscience surgically removed before you became Prime Minister.

The UK deserves far better, Madame Prime Minister.

Sep 10 10:04

‘UK acting as weapons pimp, reaping rewards of Saudi Arabia’s dirty work’

We know Riyadh has invaded Bahrain to suppress lawful and legal protests that were going on there, and they have also attacked the indigenous of Yemen, the Houthis, Raza Kazim, Islamic Human Rights Commission, told RT.

A cross-party group of British MPs have to decide whether to call for the suspension of UK weapons sales to Saudi Arabia or not. The British Prime Minister Theresa May insists sales should continue, and claims the close ties to the country are necessary to keep British people safe.

Sep 09 09:51

Obama Faces Humiliation After House Unanimously Passes Bill Allowing Sept 11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia

Two days before the 15 year anniversary of the September 11 attack, moments ago the House unanimously passed - to thunderous applause - legislation allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts, The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously in May, now heads to President Obama’s desk. And that's where things get tricky for Obama.

For now, Obama is adamanat: "The Saudis will see this as a hostile act," said Dennis Ross, Obama’s former Middle East policy coordinator. "You’re bound to see the Obama administration do everything they can to sustain a veto."

How Obama will spin such a pro-Saudi, and anti-US decision, which may be overriden anyway, to the US population is unclear.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Saudi selling of American assets could destroy the US economy in one, neat blow, without a shot being fired.

Sep 09 09:13

The Unspoken War on Yemen, Anglo-American Crimes against Humanity, U.N. and Media Silence, Complicity of “The International Community”, Destruction of an Entire Country…

On Tuesday 6th of September, twenty-four hour monitoring by Yemen’s Legal Centre for Rights and Development (LCRD) recorded the bombings by the Saudi led “coalition”, armed by the US and UK and advised by their military specialists, thus collusion and co-operation of both countries render them equally culpable for the carnage.

Yemen has a population of just 24.41 million (2013 figure) and according to the Rural Poverty Portal:

“ … is one of the driest, poorest and least developed countries in the world. It ranks 140 out of 182 countries on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index (2009). An estimated 42 percent of the people are poor, and one Yemeni in five is malnourished. Poverty is endemic, particularly in more remote and less accessible areas.”

In the one day and night period covered here, attacked were the capital Sana’a and Sa’dah, Marib, AlJawf, Hajjah, Hodeidah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Americans, your country, and the UK, are complicit and enablers in the war crimes of the Saudi Government, the House of Saud, and the Saudi Military.

The Yemeni people's crime in all this?!?

Having thrown off a brutal dictator, the US sponsored and anointed Al-Hadi, and replaced his government with that of the Houthi rebels.

The Saudis are killing innocent civilians, including children; they are blowing up hospitals, schools, private residences, and market places in order to cow the Yemeni people into submission.

These acts are war crimes.

But this military campaign was supposed to end quickly; and after 18 months, the Yemeni people show absolutely no signs of backing down from this Saudi military onslaught.

So, I have to wonder what the UK and the US are going to offer the Saudis in terms of new weaponry; perhaps, since the US has blocked the transfer of cluster bombs to the Saudi military, will the UK fill in the gap?!? More air to air missiles?!? Perhaps a tactical nuke or two?!?

I am most certain that the US and UK have many more goodies for their defense industries to offer the Saudi military; it's just a question of the price.

But I would really like for you to see just what these airstrikes are accomplishing; they are accomplishing this, and I warn you, this is an horrifically graphic image:

At least 10 children killed in Saudi airstrike in Yemen

I do hope this image burns in your memory for a very, very long time, because henceforward, you cannot say, "I didn't know the US government was doing in Yemen with it's military partner, Saudi Arabia."

So, this is the bottom line of what the US and UK are doing by enabling this Saudi war against Yemen; the assassinations of innocent civilians, including children, from the sky, with bombing runs.

Please take a good, hard look at these tiny dead bodies for a moment, and yes, I know, if you have any compassion at all, this is very hard; then, imagine, for one brief moment, that they had been your kids.

And, understandably, not a word from the American presstitutes and whoresspondents on these extrajudicial assassinations.

The airwaves, and the net, are filled with mindless distractions, digital heroin, if you will, to keep people from focusing on what is going on the real world; and while you have been distracted, the US and UK continue to be the Merchants of Death to realms which routinely suppress their own populations, and commit war on others.

The United States of Amerika is now a proud sponsor of war crimes: I never, growing up, thought that I would actually see this come true, but it has.

This is terrible, horrific truth with which to have to live; but what I can do is bear peaceful, Christian witness to the crimes of this government, and hopefully, to get the American people to awaken to them.

Sep 09 07:47

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsSaudi Airstrikes Kill Nine Civilians in Yemeni Capital, Including Four Children

This latest strike killed at least nine civilians, including four children, while five other civilians who were within were wounded. It is unclear if this is all of the casualties, as all indications are that the workers are still trying to comb through the wreckage.

Saudi officials didn’t comment directly on the issue but did say they are “checking the report.” This is unusual in itself, as generally Saudi officials offer blanket denials when their airstrikes hit obvious civilian targets. It is unlikely, however, that any official Saudi report will ever be made public.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, the killing of civilians and children is perfectly OK with us, as long as Saudi Arabia gets the Houthis out, and re-instates our old buddy, Al-Hadi" - official White House Souse.

There should be a plaque on Obama's desk right now, reading: "The United States of America; a proud partner in war crimes!!!"

Sep 08 14:53

US Activists Protest Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

A prominent US human rights organization has organized an event in Washington DC to protest the sale of American weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Activists from Code Pink, a peace and social justice movement working to end US-funded wars, condemned the killing of civilians by Saudi Arabia, and expressed solidarity with the Yemeni people.

Sep 08 11:25

Obama Offered Saudis Over $115 Billion in Arms Deals

The new report from the Center for International Policy is revealing that over the course of his term in office, President Obama has offered Saudi Arabia over $115 billion in arms and other military equipment in 42 separate deals, by far the most of any US administration.

The data from the report came from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, a Pentagon body that provides figures on international military sales. Most of the deals were ultimately approved, and large amounts of the weapons are still to be delivered.

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When I was a kid growing up, I could never imagine a plaque on our President's desk, stating "United States of America: A Proud Partner in War Crimes"; yet, this is what we have become, in the 20th and 21st century.

The last administration, and the current one, has made this country the nation of grotesque wars of aggression and extrajudicial assassinations.

All I can think of right now is the Biblical injunction, "That which you sow, you shall also reap."; and right now, we are reaping the whirlwind in Yemen and beyond, with our military misadventures in the Middle East.

The US government has enabled the Saudis through this weaponry, and "guidance", to commit war crimes of the highest magnitude. The Saudi military has gunned down innocent civilians; destroyed schools and hospitals; and they have used US-purchased cluster bombs against civilians.

Yemen: Saudis Using US Cluster Munitions

It was only after this was made public by Human Rights Watch that the US blocked the transfer of such weapons at the end of May of this year.

But I want you to see just what this "enabling" has produced in this Saudi carnage in Yemen. After all, as a responsible American citizen, you have the right to know what American foreign policy is "reaping" in the Middle East, right?!?

Arms trade with Saudi fuels Yemen

At least ten children have been killed and almost thirty injured in north-western Yemen, Doctors Without Borders said after a reported airstrike on a religious school.

Saudi Arabia Killed Nearly 100 people with American bombs

Yemen conflict takes devastating toll on children

And why?!? Because the Yemenite people "had the gall" to get rid of their US-anointed dictator al-Hadi through a revolution by the Houthi rebels; and of course, the American government couldn't tolerate that. Neither could Yemen's neighbor, Saudi Arabia, which is struggling with its own pockets of revolt, coupled with severe economic difficulties, since the oil price drop.

So, a decision was made by the US and Saudi governments that a war against Yemen would be conducted, to swiftly wrest control of the country from the Houthi rebels to the control of the Al-Hadi government.

Remember that phrase, "It sounded like a good idea at the time"?!?

18 months on, the Saudis are still unable to control the country, and the suffering of the Yemenite people has been unspeakably brutal, courtesy of the war crimes committed by the US-enabled Saudi military.

Sep 08 10:23

Obama Offered $115bn Arms Sales To Saudi: Report

The administration of US President Barack Obama has offered Saudi Arabia $115 billion in arms sales, a report seen by Reuters has found.

The offer, including weapons, other military equipment and training, is the highest the United States has offered in its 71-year alliance with the monarchy, the agency reported Wednesday.

Sep 08 08:43

US House To Vote On 9/11 Bill That Would Allow Lawsuits Against Saudi

A vote is coming this week to the US House of Representatives on a bill that would allow family members of the 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, an official says.

The bill is expected to be passed at the House following an approval from the US Senate, an unnamed aide for House leadership told The Hill.

Sep 08 06:22

Saudi: Assad Must Go – Or We Step In

SAUDI ARABIA’s foreign minister has threatened to escalate the war on Syria if President Bashar al-Assad does not step down.

Sep 08 06:18

Obama offered $115bn arms sales to Saudi Arabia: Report

The administration of US President Barack Obama has offered Saudi Arabia $115 billion in arms sales, a report seen by Reuters has found.

The offer, including weapons, other military equipment and training, is the highest the United States has offered in its 71-year alliance with the monarchy, the agency reported Wednesday.

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Much of it is to replace the arms Saudi Arabia has lost in Yemen.

Sep 07 15:05

Saudi FM To Meet British MPs, Make Case For Continued Arms Exports Despite War Crime Claims

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir will meet with British MPs on Wednesday in a bid to convince them not to ban UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia over concerns the Gulf kingdom is committing war crimes in Yemen.

Al-Jubeir’s decision to take the unusual step of briefing MPs in person comes days after Prime Minister Theresa May discussed human rights concerns with Saudi diplomats at the G20 summit in China.

Sep 06 09:14

The Starvation of Yemen

Peter Oborne and Nawal al-Maghafi have produced an extensive report on the appalling conditions in Yemen. Here they discuss some of the effects of the Saudi-led blockade:

We were also told by doctors that the blockade of Yemen, legitimized by the United Nations Security Council, and backed by Britain and the United States to prevent arms supplies reaching the warring sides, has also prevented vital drugs and medical equipment from reaching the country.

‘There are babies dying in incubators because we can’t get supplies to treat them’

At the Republic teaching hospital in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, Dr Ahmed Yahya al-Haifi spelt out what he saw as the consequences of the Saudi blockade: “We are unable to get medical supplies. Anaesthetics. Medicines for kidneys. There are babies dying in incubators because we can’t get supplies to treat them.”

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That the starvation of children is simply brushed off as 'normal collateral damage" by the House of Saud; the Saudi Government, and the Saudi military, telegraphs that these are among the most morally bankrupt people on the face of this earth.

Of course, the US government is no stranger to child starvation as a component of war. Take a look at the video below.

Madeleine Albright says 500,000 dead Iraqi Children was "worth it" wins Medal of Freedom

Sep 06 08:08

Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don't need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

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This weekend is the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 false-flag and corporate media is already saturating the channels with specials to reinforce the official story, along with the latest variation that Saudi Arabia and not Iraq or Afghanistan (or whoever else was being blamed) was the arch villain behind 9-11.

Needless to say, the propagandists are trying to junk up the independent media with stories about nuclear bombs, directed energy weapons, and the traditional favorite disinfo, that there was no plane at the Pentagon!

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Sep 05 09:40

A calamity is unfolding in Yemen and it is time world woke up

The humanitarian calamity in Yemen entered a terrifying new phase of horror this month as air strikes on the capital city of Sanaa started again after a five-month lull.

Planes from the Saudi-led coalition bombarded the city following the collapse of peace talks in Kuwait. The assaults are destroying civilian infrastructure, and threaten to prevent food and desperately needed aid from reaching the capital.

A young girl undergoes hospital treatment in Sadaa (Mohammed Al-Mikhlafi/MEE)
Many of the attacks seem to have been indiscriminate. At least 16 people, all of them said to have been women and children, died when a potato crisp factory was struck.

The nearest military post was more than one kilometre away and a friend of the owner told us that there was no military activity on the site.

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Very simply put, the UK and the US governments have been partners and enablers in Saudi war crimes, period, end of discussion.

The Yemenite people support the Houthi rebels, and do not want the Western-imposed al-Hadi back in power.

And does anyone out there remember, please, how many names were on the ballot for the last election in Yemen?!?

Only one: that of Al-Hadi.

You have to LOVE the "democratic process" in Yemen.

What the sclerotic (and nearly broke) House of Saud is seeing, right on its border, is the kind of revolution from autocratic oppression it fears may well be its own downfall.

And of course, for the US government any rebuff of any US-installed puppet cannot go unanswered; but of course, it had no direct reason it could possibly "sell" a war against Yemen to the the American public; so, enter the House of Saud, fearful of its own downfall, and willing to "show those Houthis and Yemenites who's the boss."

With US/UK government enabling, the Saudi military has bombed hospitals, schools, and areas where large numbers of innocent civilians may be gathering, like market places.

These are war crimes, folks, done with your tax dollars and in your name.

How does that make you feel?!?

The blood of innocents is on the hands of the UK/US and Saudi governments.

But I understand, at least for the moment, that the only thing I can do is continue to bear Christian witness to the fact that these atrocities continue, courtesy of "our" (alleged) government.

Sep 03 06:27

U.S. CLUSTER BOMB USE GOES UNABATED IN YEMEN AND SYRIA

Cluster bombs, which have been used since World War II to kill and maim indiscriminately, were outlawed under an international treaty that was adopted in 2008.

Most of the world’s countries have signed the treaty, but not the United States and Russia, where many of the bombs were made. A report released Thursday in Geneva found that the weapons continued to be used with near impunity in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

In Syria, at least 13 kinds of cluster munitions — dropped from the air or launched from the ground — have been used since 2012, said the report, the seventh annual Cluster Munition Monitor (pdf) , which found “compelling evidence” that Russia had used the weapons since the start of its military intervention last September in support of Syria’s embattled government.

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The US government sells cluster bombs to our "Partner in War Crimes, Saudi Arabia", and then wonder if they will be used with discretion in Yemen?!?

Here's an image of what cluster bombs do to toddlers, this time, courtesy of the US military in Iraq, in 2003:

Iraq: U.S. Cluster Bombs Kill Children in Baghdad

This child had a name; it was Ali. Due to shrapnel in his brain, he was not expected to survive.

This is precisely what is happening to kids and adults in Yemen and Syria, due to cluster bomb attacks.

So please tell me, and yes, I know this image is enough to make you want to throw up; is this the legacy you want for American foreign policy in Yemen and Syria?!?!

Sep 02 13:16

Death In Yemen: UK Arms Sales To Saudi And The “Proper Use” Of Illegal Weapons

… A LANDMARK AGREEMENT THAT WILL SAVE LIVES AND EASE THE IMMENSE HUMAN SUFFERING CAUSED BY ARMED CONFLICT AROUND THE WORLD. IT WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ILLEGAL ARMS …WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THE ROLE BRITAIN HAS PLAYED TO SECURE THIS AMBITIOUS AGREEMENT … THAT WILL MAKE OUR WORLD SAFER FOR ALL.

— DAVID CAMERON ON THE ARMS TRADE TREATY, APRIL 2, 2013.

The death toll in Yemen is now so high that the International Committee of the Red Cross is donating “entire morgue units” to hospitals still standing, having so far escaped the illegal Saudi assault, backed, advised and armed by the US and UK.

Sep 01 18:06

Hillary Clinton, The Podesta Group And The Saudi Regime: A Fatal Ménage À Trois

If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true.

Sep 01 12:21

Houthi Forces In Yemen Capture Territory in Asir, Saudi Arabia, Close In On Najran Provincial Capital

By Brandon Turbeville

Backed by the Yemeni Republican forces and fighters loyal to former Yemeni President Saleh, Houthi fighters have once again struck a major blow to Saudi Arabia inside Saudi territory. After a string of territory and military bases inside Saudi Arabia being seized by the Houthis particularly in the Najran province, the fighters have now seized several Saudi military posts in the Asir Province.

In addition to the capture of these provinces, the Houthis have managed to capture with them a large cache of American and Canadian weapons that belonged to the Saudi military...

Sep 01 10:00

Death in Yemen: British Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia, and the “Proper Use” of Illegal Arms

The death toll in Yemen is now so high that the International Committee of the Red Cross is donating “entire morgue units” (1) to hospitals still standing, having so far escaped the illegal Saudi assault, backed, advised and armed by the US and UK.

“The hospitals were not able to cope,” said Rima Kamal, a Yemen-based spokesperson for the Red Cross. “You could have more than 20 dead people brought into one hospital on one single day. The morgue capacity at a regular hospital is not equipped to handle this influx of dead bodies.”

“It is not that common for the ICRC to donate morgues,” she observed. “The fact that we now do is telling of the size of the human tragedy in Yemen.” The ICRC has donated body bags and refrigerated storage facilities to three hospitals with: “More in the pipeline.”

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The leadership in the UK should be ashamed of this trade in weapons, and the war crimes committed by the Saudi military against the people of Yemen; of course, that "being ashamed" reaction only happens when one has not had one's moral conscience surgically removed.

Sep 01 09:52

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsHillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Ménage à Trois

If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true.

The lobby firm created by both Tony and John Podesta in 1988 receives $140,000 a month from the Saudi government, a government that beheads nonviolent dissidents, uses torture to extract forced confessions, doesn’t allow women to drive, and bombs schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods in neighboring Yemen.

The Podesta Group’s March 2016 filing, required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, shows that Tony Podesta himself oversees the Saudi account. At the same time, Tony Podesta is also a top campaign contributor and bundler for Hillary Clinton. So while one brother runs the campaign, the other brother funds it with earnings that come, in part, from the Saudis.

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If there could be an appropriate tee shirt designed for Hillary Clinton and the Podesta brothers, it should definitely have the following phrase emblazoned on the front and the back, "For Sale To the Highest Bidder: No "Human Rights upsets HERE!"

Sep 01 08:25

Saudi measures to alleviate financial crisis failing

Saudi Arabia’s drastic measures to alleviate its cash crunch through loosening lending rules and direct money injections are reportedly doing little to solve the country's worst financial crisis in years.

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All of this goes back to that hair-brained plan to crush oil prices to try to wreck Russia's economy, which backfired and caused more damage to the US and its allies!

Aug 31 14:50

60 US Lawmakers Want Planned Arms Sale To S Arabia Delayed

A bipartisan group of 60 American lawmakers has penned a letter to President Barack Obama seeking to delay the planned sale of $1.15 billion in arms and other military gear to Saudi Arabia, according to a report.

The letter cites the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen caused by the Saudi military aggression there.

Aug 31 09:30

Putin to meet Turkish, Saudi, UK leaders at G20 summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to hold a series of high-profile meetings with Turkish, British and Saudi leaders, among others, as part of his schedule for attending a summit in China in early September.

Aug 30 14:27

The Muslim Brotherhood's divisive dress code for women

Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us.

Aug 29 11:20

Saudi Officials: Rocket Fire From Yemen Killed Two Children in Najran

While it is rare for cross-border rocket fire from Yemen to hit much of anything, today the Saudi government has reported that one such rocket hit a family home in the southern city of Najran, killing two children and wounding five other civilians.

Since the Saudi invasion of Yemen early last year, it is not uncommon for the two sides to trade fire across the border, and Yemen’s relatively unsophisticated rocket technology means a lot of strikes in a general vicinity, but little previous to hit intended targets.

Today’s incident was reported to have been a Katyusha rocket, a largely obsoleted weapon produced by the Soviet Union through the late 1950s. Yemen had a smaller cache of more substantial missiles, but has largely used them before, to limited effect.

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Having these Saudi kids die is, indeed, tragic: but no less tragic than the consistent assassinations of Yemenite children, women, and medically fragile elderly that Saudi bombers are doing in Yemen every day.

Aug 28 12:34

A Kingdom In Turmoil: Saudi Societal Discontent Grows

Since our interview, Saudi Arabia under its current Islamist King, Salman, has been more mired in political and economic turmoil than at any time in the desert kingdom’s history. Domestically, the country is suffering from royal discord and economic hardships, due to the drastic decline in oil prices, which constitute more than 90% of the state’s revenues. Regionally, Saudi Arabia is stuck in a consuming and costly war in Yemen, the continued occupation of Bahrain and dangerous events which the Saudis cannot control or stop, such as the recent superpowers’ rapprochement with Iran, the destabilizing conflicts in Iraq and Syria and the loss of like-minded dictatorial allies in other Arab and Muslim countries.

Aug 27 10:21

SAUDI PRINCE DEMANDS US GROUND TROOPS REMOVE BASHAR AL-ASSAD

The former ambassador to the United States said “if the need” for US ground troops arises in the effort to depose al-Assad he “hopes the president will change his mind.”

Asked if Saudi Arabia would send ground troops, al-Faisal said no way.

”It would be a mistake for the United States, or Great Britain… to send in ground troops and overthrow the Assad regime,” Obama told the BBC in April.

However, around the time Obama made this remark the United States sent 250 ground troops into Syria—in direct violation of that country’s national sovereignty—under the pretense of fighting the Islamic State.

The Saudis scoffed and said the move was little more than “window dressing.”

Aug 27 08:54

Yemen missiles hit facilities of Saudi oil giant Aramco

Yemeni forces have fired ballistic missiles at the facilities belonging to the Saudi state oil giant Aramco in the kingdom's southwest.

The retaliatory attack took place on Friday, hitting targets in Saudi Arabia's Jizan region and causing considerable damage to the Aramco facilities there, Yemen's al-Masirah television reported.

Aug 26 10:12

The Death Toll in Yemen Is So High the Red Cross Has Started Donating Morgues to Hospitals

ALMOST A YEAR and a half into Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-backed bombing campaign in Yemen, the humanitarian toll has become so extensive that the International Committee of the Red Cross has taken the unusual step of donating entire morgue units to Yemeni hospitals.

Aug 26 09:52

In ‘Peace Initiative,’ Kerry Demands Yemen’s Houthis Surrender and Disarm

Visiting the city of Jeddah, Secretary of State John Kerry announced a deal with Saudi Arabia on a new “peace initiative” related to the ongoing Saudi invasion of Yemen. As with all previous such initiatives, Kerry’s statement laying out the plan demanded that the Shi’ite Houthis, who the Saudis are fighting, must immediately surrender all territory and unilaterally disarm before being allowed to participate in any talks.

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A memo to Secretary Kerry: this proposal has been engineered to fail, and you know it.

The US-enabled Saudi military has been targeting hospitals, schools, and innocent civilians.

These, sir, are war crimes.

And this makes the United States of America complicit in war crimes.

And sir, I hate to be cynical, but it is really difficult for me to keep up these days.

As reported at reuters.com on 9 August of this year:

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticized the coalition's air strikes because of the deaths of civilians. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale.

So, Secretary Kerry, let me get this straight: a private US company, General Dynamics, is selling weaponry to a country which has been proven to be committing war crimes, and the Administration is perfectly fine with this?!?

Many Americans, as they head to the polls in November, are very concerned about these damnable, never-ending pre-emptive wars the US government has either started, or enabled.

And they are asking themselves; do they want another warmonger in chief, which is what a Clinton presidency will guarantee they will have, or a businessman who wants peace through commerce and trade?

The choice for the American voter could not possibly be more stark, Mr. Secretary; and people are paying attention to the potential, horrific, consequences of electing another war-centric candidate.

Aug 26 07:09

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Reportedly Kill 11 Civilians in Yemen

ed 11 civilians, including women and children, Yemen's rebel-run news agency said Friday.

The overnight attack in the city of Saada, a stronghold of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, came as Iran's foreign minister dismissed claims from Saudi Arabia that his country had supplied Yemen's rebels with missiles.

Aug 25 11:23

Oxfam Accuses UK Government Of Complicity In Saudi-War On Yemen

World leading charity Oxfam condemns the UK’s weapons support for Saudi Arabia, engaged in an aggressive war against Yemen.

Oxfam said at a Geneva conference on Tuesday that the UK was violating the International Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the transfer of conventional arms to ensure there are no violations of international humanitarian law.

Aug 25 10:29

Largest Saudi Bank Crashes To Record Low

Despite the exuberant rebound in the price of oil - and the hope that this means something other than an over-financialized commodity being short-squeezed by rumors - all is not well across the oil producers of the world. Having noted the record surge in default protection for Saudi Arabia (ahead of its looming debt deal)...

Aug 23 11:50

War on Yemen, Inhaling Poisonous Gas: Saudi Arabia Launches Chemical Attack on Sana’a, Killing Civilians

A Yemeni military source disclosed that Saudi Arabia has attacked the civilians in Sana’a with chemical weapons, killing and injuring a number of people in the capital city’s Ninth district.

“A number of Yemeni people have been killed as a result of inhaling poisonous gases in the chemical attack,” Military Expert Major General Abdel Sattar al-Sa’deh told FNA on Monday.

He reiterated that Sana’a's Ninth district has been under artillery attacks of the pro-Saudi forces, yet it seems that the Saudi forces have been recently supplied with chemical weapons to exert more pressure on the district.

Al-Sa’deh said that the Yemeni citizens felt weakness, unconsciousness and tiredness after the Saudi forces attacked them with artillery shells containing white-colored substances.

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"...yet it seems that the Saudi forces have been recently supplied with chemical weapons to exert more pressure on the district".

Supplied by whom?!? The good old government of the USA, or the UK, perhaps?!?

It is apparent that this world, at this moment, is run by the war criminals; of the war criminals, and for the war criminals.

That the US government is complicit in these war crimes is enough to make me want to weep.

Aug 23 10:10

U.S. GOVERNMENT REAFFIRMS TOTAL SUPPORT FOR SAUDI WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN

Samuel Oakford just penned a powerful and important Op-Ed in the New York Times titled, Saudi Arabia Kills Civilians, the U.S. Looks the Other Way.

In the span of four days earlier this month, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen bombed a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital, killing 19 people; a school, where 10 children, some as young as 8, died; and a vital bridge over which United Nations food supplies traveled, punishing millions.

In a war that has seen reports of human rights violations committed by every side, these three attacks stand out. But the Obama administration says these strikes, like previous ones that killed thousands of civilians since last March, will have no effect on the American support that is crucial for Saudi Arabia’s air war.

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I never thought, when I was much younger, that the United States of America would be both directly responsible, and complicit, in the committing of war crimes; yet here we are, enabling Saudi Arabia in the bombing of hospitals, schools, shopping centers, and the killings of innocent civilians.

And why?!? First, Because the US-sponsored Al-Hadi was thrown out of power by the Houthi rebels, and no US-sponsored thug should ever have that happen to them without grave repercussions (let's say, militarily enhanced slaughter, courtesy of the Saudi Military?!?)

The second reason has to do with geography, and potential revolution in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis figure if they can undo the Houthi revolution in Yemen, such revolution might not come to Saudi Arabia. But the Saudis need to remember a caveat, stated by the late President John Kennedy: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable."

Map of Yemen

At this point in this miserable war, President Obama should, legitimately, be gifted with banner in the Oval Office which reads:

"The United States of America: a proud partner in war crimes!"


With his enabling of Saudi Arabia against yemen, he has definitely earned this.

Aug 23 09:41

'News blackout prevents Americans from knowing what is happening in Yemen'

Barack Obama was betting that whatever the Saudis did in Yemen would not backfire inside of the US, Said Sadek, political sociologist, told RT.

US personnel assisting the Saudi-led coalition in coordinating air strikes in Yemen have largely pulled out from Riyadh in an apparent effort to distance themselves from the mounting civilian death toll in the 17-month long conflict, Reuters has learned.

In addition to withdrawing air support personnel, Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey, a US Navy spokesman in Bahrain told Reuters that the Pentagon also “sharply reduced” its “Joint Combined Planning Cell” (JCPC) staff to under five people.

Aug 23 08:49

Barack Obama: From Peace Prize to World’s Biggest Arms Dealer in 8 Short Years

Waking Times Media

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department approved the sale of more military equipment, valued at around $1.15 billion USD, to the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This sounds like a lot of money to most of us, but the most frightening aspect of the sale is that it represents a continuation of an arms-dealing relationship between Washington and the Saudi regime, which has been worth over $50 billion USD in arms sales to date.

Aug 21 11:15

Saudi Jets Bomb Peaceful Pro-Houthi Rally of 100,000 in Yemen’s Capital

The move by Saudi Arabia in violation of international human rights law comes at a time when the United States has withdrawn support for the Riyadh-led coalition due to the rising civilian death toll.

Aug 21 10:31

China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars…

China and the United States are moving in polar opposite directions: Beijing is rapidly becoming the center of overseas investments in high tech industries, including robotics, nuclear energy and advanced machinery with collaboration from centers of technological excellence, like Germany.

In contrast, Washington is pursuing a predatory military pivot to the least productive regions with collaboration from its most barbaric allies, like Saudi Arabia.

Aug 21 09:41

SAUDI JETS STRIKE YEMEN’S CAPITAL DURING 100,000 STRONG RALLY IN SUPPORT OF HOUTHIS (VIDEO)

Fighter jets from the Saudi-led coalition hit the Yemeni capital of Sanaa during a massive rally that attracted some 100,000 pro-Houthi rebels and sympathizers of ex-President Abdullah Saleh.

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Sanaa’s central square on Saturday in a powerful display of support for the Shiite Houthi rebels and Saleh. Demonstrators cheered a recently established Supreme Political Council that includes representatives of the Houthi movement, as well as supporters of Saleh.

The huge gathering also denounced Saleh’s successor, Mansur Hadi, who fled the country last year and is seeking reinstatement with military backing from Saudi Arabia.

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The US-enabled Saudi military continues to commit horrific war crimes, and apparently, the US government and military is just fine with it; for them, the end - the reinstatement of the Al-Hadi government - justifies the means, which has generally translated into the slaughter of civilians

I never imagined, in my wildest dreams, as I was growing up, that some day, the United States of America could ultimately be characterised as follows:

"The United States of America: a proud partner in war crimes!"

To the people of Yemen: the people of the United States have utterly no control over the government which allegedly represents them.

And to the Saudi Government, the House of Saud, and the Saudi military, I would like to share the following quote from the Qur'an: Chapter 17, Verse 7":

"If you do good, you do good to yourselves. (likewise)
If you do evil, you do evil to yourselves."

You are NOT on the right side of history with this war, and do NOT have the high moral ground.

Aug 21 09:16

US Support for Saudi Coalition Remains Steadfast, Despite Growing Outcry

By Dierdre Fulton

The U.S. remains defiant in its support for the Saudi campaign in Yemen, even as its backing for the ongoing and indiscriminate assault comes under increasing scrutiny.

Following a week that saw the Saudi-led coalition kill significant numbers of Yemeni civilians, including in an attack on a school and the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders facility—which led the charity to announce it was pulling its staff from the northern part of the country — Reuters reported exclusively on Friday that the Pentagon in June withdrew military personnel who were involved in planning the campaign from Saudi Arabia...

Aug 20 11:44

US Reduces Personnel Partaking In Saudi War On Yemen: Report

The US military has withdrawn its troops from Saudi Arabia who were helping the Kingdom with its aggression against Yemen, a new report shows.

Washington has also dramatically reduced the number of its staff members that are helping the Riyadh regime with the month-long war against its southern neighbor, Reuters reported Friday, citing American officials.

Aug 20 10:54

More than half of Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be barred under new rule

More than half of the Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be prevented from contributing to the charity under the self-imposed ban on corporate and foreign donors the foundation said this week it would adopt if Hillary Clinton won the White House, according to a new Washington Post analysis of foundation donations.

The findings underscore the extent to which the Clintons’ sprawling global charity has come to rely on financial support from industries and overseas interests, a point that has drawn criticism from Republicans and some liberals who have said the donations represent conflicts of interest for a potential president.

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Forgive me, but didn't Clinton vow to do this upon becoming the US's Secretary of State, if I recall correctly?!?

The major corporations love war, and Hillary will deliver them war.

And the country of Saudi Arabia wants military equipment, but still jails, chemically castrates, and executes its LGBTQ citizens, while allowing the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.

Nice company she keeps, through this foundation, doesn't she?!?

Aug 20 10:51

US reduces personnel partaking in Saudi war on Yemen: Report

The US military has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia its troops who were helping the Kingdom with its aggression against Yemen, a new report shows.

Aug 20 10:17

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsUS Withdraws Most of Staff Involved in Saudi War Against Yemen

The Pentagon has withdrawn the vast majority of the military personnel involved in Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen, officials revealed today, saying there are now “fewer than five” troops inside Saudi Arabia participating in the operation, down from nearly 45 at the peak of America’s involvement.

The announcement comes at the end of a week of several high-profile incidents in which Saudi warplanes attacked and killed significant numbers of Yemeni civilians, including an attack on a school and the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders facility.

Pentagon officials, however, insist that the drawdown is unrelated to international concerns about civilian deaths, and that it “does not diminish US commitment to supporting Saudi-led military operations.” They added that a re-escalation was possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a memo for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dunsford: this drawdown in no way excuses US military complicity in these US- government- enabled, horrific war crimes the US been partner to, in these shellings of schools, hospitals, and the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, in which the Saudi military obviously takes so much pride.

I never thought, when I was younger, that one of the true charactarisations of the United States and its Military, by 2016, would be "partners in war crimes", but here we are, are we not, General?!?

When the end justifies the means, and desired outcome, at the end of this slaughter, is the geopolitical goal of removing the Houthi rebels and replacing them with Al-Hadi's government, then collateral damage never really matters, does it, General?!?

Just checking.

Aug 19 08:03

MSF to evacuate staff from Yemen hospitals after Saudi-led air strikes

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it is evacuating its staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen after the deaths of 19 people in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on one of its facilities.

Countless attacks on health facilities in Yemen have endangered patients and staff and displayed a failure by warring parties to control the use of force, the group said.

The Saudi-led coalition expressed deep regret over the decision and said it was trying to set up "urgent meetings" with the medical aid group.

The Saudi-led coalition expressed deep regret over the decision and said it was trying to set up "urgent meetings" with the medical aid group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Deep regret..." on the part of the Saudi Government, MY ASTROLABE!

By bombing these medical facilities, the Saudi government and military got precisely what they wanted; a complete evacuation of the MSF staff, to insure that no Houthi rebels, or civilians who were badly wounded by their strikes, would get care, and would die, horrifically.

But then, Saudi serial genocide against the Yemeni people, enabled by US bombs and "guidance", has been what this war of attrition has been about, hasn't it?!?

To kill enough Houthis, civilians, children, women, and the elderly medically fragile, to insure that enough emotional and physical capitulation would lead
to the reinstatement of the Al Hadi government, which is the sole objective of the American government.

And THAT is to be accomplished, in their minds, by any means necessary.

But I would like to politely suggest to the House of Saud; the Saudi Government; the Saudi Military; and the American Government that this fight to dislodge the Houthis in Yemen has gone on well over a year, and the rebels don't seem to want to surrender any more than they did when they took the country over.

This conflict could well go down in the history books as Saudi Arabia's Vietnam.

Aug 17 13:48

The United States’ favoured autocrats

Lawrence Davidson says the US does not care if its allies are murderers, corrupt thieves or racists as long as they help it spread capitalism, achieve resource reliability, and ensure security for its allies and strategic advantage over old enemies.

Aug 17 12:08

Saudi Airstrikes Destroy Yemen House, Kill 17 Civilians

For the third straight day, Saudi Arabia’s warplanes are caught up in a high-profile incident of civilian deaths in Yemen, this time attacking a house in the Nehm District near the capital of Sanaa. The attacks destroyed a house, and killed 17 civilians.

The large toll for a single home was the result of a “double-tap” incident, with the first strike collapsing the house on top of the family, and relatives from the neighborhood scrambling to try to rescue them, only for the rescuers themselves to be targeted in subsequent strikes.

This comes after a Sunday incident in which Saudi warplanes attacked a school, killing 10 children, and a Monday incident in which they destroyed a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing 15 more civilians. Throughout the war the Saudis have been criticized for the huge civilian toll of their airstrikes, but the number of incidents seems to be growing dramatically in recent weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More US government-enabled Saudi serial genocide against the Yemenite people!!

The country I used to think I knew, and loved, has slowly morphed into a war crimes perpetrator and enabler, wielding destruction around the world to insure that the world's resources are under the control of the corporations which contribute to the campaigns of crooked US politicians, and to guarantee that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

At our ages, Mike and I are way too old - and poor - to immigrate; but if we could, right now, we would.

The US government has completely lost what used to be its moral vision, which included a disciplined view of how, and when, it used its military clout, and has simply devolved into a criminal enterprise of gigantic proportions.

And with its "the ends justifies the means" mentality which the US government has adopted, the slaughter of civilians and children, in this horrific war, to reinstall their favorite thug here, Al-Hadi, is perfectly acceptable.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who abhors violence as the way to resolve geopolitical disputes, I must, peacefully, continue to witness to the atrocities the US government keeps generating, in its battle for dollar hegemony.

In the Hindu faith, there is the concept of "Karma", which means, you will ultimately be spiritually responsible for what you do; in Christianity, we are admonished that "Ye reap what ye shall sow."

Right now, the US government is sowing war and devastation; and for that, there will be consequences, both economic...and spiritual.

Aug 17 11:45

How the West is Complicit in Nurturing Islamic Radicalism?

The pivotal role played by the Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in radicalizing Muslims all over the world is an indisputable fact; this Wahhabi-Salafi creed has been generously sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States since the 1973 oil embargo when the price of oil quadrupled and the contribution of the Arab petro-sheikhs towards the “spiritual well-being” of Muslims all over the world magnified proportionally. However, the Arab autocrats are in turn propped up by the Western powers since the Cold War; thus syllogistically speaking, the root cause of Islamic radicalism has been the neocolonial powers’ manipulation of the socio-political life of the Arabs specifically, and the Muslims generally, in order to exploit their energy resources in the context of an energy-starved industrialized world. This is the principal theme of this essay which I shall discuss in detail in the following paragraphs.

Aug 17 08:09

KSA Responds To Houthi Invasion By Bombing Saudi Citizens

By Brandon Turbeville

In its agitation and panic over the recent Houthi invasion of Saudi territory and overtaking of Saudi military installations on the Yemeni border, KSA is now attempting to take back control of its Jizan region.

Fully engrossed in its illegal war on the Yemeni people, the Saudis responded rather slowly to an invasion of their own territory, demonstrating even further that Saudi military forces are nothing but a paper tiger incapable of even defending their own territory much less invading and defeating another country...

Aug 16 12:50

US DEFENSE FIRMS PROFIT BY SAUDI ARABIA’S SLAUGHTER OF YEMEN

It is not secret that Saudi Arabia has been carrying out ghastly war crimes on the people of Yemen using US weapons and support. Despite the US’ endless (and largely hypocritical) complaining about civilian deaths in Syria, the Saudis have deployed unprecedented violence on civilians in Yemen with no audible opposition from the US. One of the US weapons making an appearance in Yemen are widely banned cluster bombs, specifically the CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon from Textron Systems of Wilmington, Massachusetts. The bombs are not only lethal upon initial use but often the parts of the bomb do not explode as planned and spontaneously detonate later or by accident when scavengers stumble upon them while looking for scrap metal.

Aug 16 09:22

U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs School, Hospital In Yemen

Aug 16 08:37

These US Senators Are Actually Trying to Stop The Government From Doing Something Terrible

U.S. senators are attempting to block the State Department’s deal to sell Saudi Arabia nearly $1.5 billion in weapons, just days after the move was announced by the Obama administration.

Aug 15 12:11

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsSaudi Warplanes Bomb North Yemen School, Killing 10 Children

Saudi warplanes are adding to the ever-growing number of incidents of attacks on civilians fueling international disquiet this weekend, attacking a village in the northern Saada Province and killing 19 civilians, most of them children.

The majority of the casualties in the village came in the attack on a school, which killed 10 children and wounded 21 others, according to Doctors Without Borders. The other attacks hit houses in the surrounding area, including the home of the school’s principal, a strike which killed his wife and four children.

Saudi officials confirmed the attack, but insisted that the school was secretly an Iranian-backed training camp for child soldiers. They insisted there are no schools of any type anywhere in the district, and that the Doctors Without Borders confirmation that they killed mostly small children “confirms the Houthis practice of recruiting and subjecting children to terror."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good hard look at this image of one of the survivors of this horrific attack. I don't know about you, but I wish I could just reach into the computer, and hug this terrified child, and take them somewhere safe in this world, where they are surrounded by love and happiness.


And I have a short memo to the House of Saud, the Saudi government, and Saudi military leadership; you can no longer commit war crimes, and not get those war crimes documented, recorded, and shared around the world at warp speed.

And to the Obama administration: you have enabled this kind of practice by continuing to arm the Saudi military and provide "guidance" for their air strikes; did you provide "guidance" for this air strike, which killed, crippled, and injured these kids?!?

If so, I guess these kids were just "collateral damage", in your "ends justifies the means" approach to re-instating the Al-Hadi government at all costs, including the murder of these kids.

Mr. President, you are, yourself, a father: HOW, IN THE NAME OF HEAVEN, DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT BY ENABLING THE SAUDI MILITARY HERE, YOU ARE COMPLICIT IN THE WAR CRIMES THEY COMMIT, ON AN AMAZINGLY CONSISTENT BASIS?!?

Aug 15 11:05

Deadly airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen

At least seven people were killed and 20 wounded when a Saudi-led and US-backed coalition airstrike blasted a hospital in Yemen’s northern Hajja province on Monday, authorities said.

A witness told Reuters that rescuers could not attend to and evacuate the wounded staffers and patients because jets continued to fly over the Doctors Without Borders hospital and the medics feared there would be more bombings.

Aug 15 08:10

Thousands of Saudi-Backed Terrorists Ready to Enter Syria via Border with Jordan

Saudi intelligence officers have been training at least 7,000 anti-Syria fighters in Jordan’s territories and plan to dispatch them to the war-hit country via its Southern borders to distract the army from the war in Aleppo, Arab media disclosed.

“Over 7,000 men have been trained in a Saudi-established military camp in Jordan near the border with Syria’s Dara’a province, and now they are ready to be dispatched to join other terrorists’ battle against the Syrian government and army,” the Lebanese al-Manar reported.

“There are several British and western military trainers and advisors in the Saudi-established camp. The western officers are to accompany the fighters in their war against the Syrian government,” the paper said.

Aug 15 06:53

Senators Want Legislation To Limit US Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia

US Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he is proposing a bill to limit US munition sales to Saudi Arabia in protest for its conduct of the war in Yemen.

Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he is troubled by civilian deaths in the Saudi-led bombing campaign and would like to see restrictions placed on US sales of air-to-ground bombs. Though he said support for the measure might be slim, he sees "a growing discomfort [in Congress] about the growing level of arms sales to the Mideast, and a lot more people willing to ask questions than there were just a few years ago."

The legislation, which would be focused on future sales of air-to-ground munitions to Saudi Arabia, is co-sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Aug 14 06:29

The Saudi Role on September 11 – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

The Saudis have been known to assert what can only be called economic blackmail against the U.S. government to hide embarrassing facts about themselves, including their dealings with terrorist groups ranging from off-shoots of al-Qaeda to ISIS. They can and do argue that if Saudi agents do at times act against U.S. interests, even to the point of aiding terrorists, they do so as rogue agents and not under the authority the central government. The problem is that, just like America’s “rogue” agents, they never seem to suffer punishment.

Webmaster addition: See Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

Aug 13 07:05

Thousands of Saudi-Backed Terrorists Ready to Enter Syria via Border with Jordan

Saudi intelligence officers have been training at least 7,000 anti-Syria fighters in Jordan's territories and plan to dispatch them to the war-hit country via its Southern borders to distract the army from the war in Aleppo, Arab media disclosed.

Aug 12 09:11

US-BACKED SAUDI FORCES IN YEMEN HAVE CREATED ALMOST 180,000 REFUGEES

The U.N. agency tasked with tracking and protecting displaced people reports that the war in Yemen has created 179,654 refugees since March 2015.

According to the July 31 report from the U.N. Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, the refugees fled their homes in Yemen to take shelter in surrounding countries in the Middle East and North Africa, with 51,000 living in camps in Oman alone. A further 39,880 live in Saudi Arabia, and 36,162 more live in Djibouti, rounding out the three countries with the most Yemeni refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama LOVES big numbers: I am certain, in light of the ugly fact that the US government is still militarily enabling the Saudis in their slaughter of civilians, he is very proud of this!!

Aug 11 11:15

Saudi Losses in Yemen War Exposed by US Tank Deal

The U.S. State Department and Pentagon Tuesday OKed a $1.2 billion sale of 153 Abrams tanks to Saudi Arabia Tuesday. But that’s not the real news.

Turns out: 20 of those tanks, made in America by General Dynamics Land Systems, are “battle damage replacements” for Saudi tanks lost in combat.

Even though the formal announcement of the sales does not say where the tanks were fighting, the Saudi military is believed to have lost some of its 400-plus Abrams tanks in Yemen, where it is fighting Iranian-backed Houthi separatists.

This revelation was tucked inside a benign Pentagon announcement of the deal, one that for the most part reads just like dozens of other arms sales approved each year. The announcement does not even mention the conflict in Yemen, yet it gives a glimpse into this wildly underreported war between Arab states, the U.S., and the Houthis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-enabled, seemingly unending, Saudi war against Yemen may well be Saudi Arabia's Vietnam.

In the current Administration's thinking, this conflict against the Houthis in Yemen, who ultimately overthrew the US-backed thug Al-Hadi, cannot be allowed to stand, because, after all, once the US has "regime changed" your government, it is supposed to stay regime-changed; not overwhelmed by a popular rebel movement!

Therefore, the US government, by aiding and abetting the Saudi government with intelligence, weapons, and guidance systems for its weapons, is complicit in the war crimes the Saudi Arabian military have been carrying out in Yemen, including the bombing of schools, hospitals, and the assassinations of civilians who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, like a marketplace.

In an earlier article I posted today, regarding the US government's blatant and open support of ISIS, with which it hopes to ultimately destroy the Al-Assad government in Syria, I mentioned that this government has fallen into a "the ends justifies the means" mentality, and it is very apparent in its enabling of the Saudi military, that the same mind-set applies here.

It obviously doesn't matter to the US government at all how many innocent Yemenites get killed or maimed for life; the only goal is re-enthroning Al-Hadi, their thug, thus the people of Yemen getting murdered in the process are simply "collateral damage."

This is brilliantly documented by the following article:

500 Days of the Indefensible US-Backed War on Yemen.

Aug 10 09:56

U.S. approves $1.15 billion sale of tanks, equipment to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticized the coalition's air strikes because of the deaths of civilians.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale.

"This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia's security and armed forces modernization," the agency said in a notice to lawmakers posted on its website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In over the last year and counting, the Saudis have committed unspeakable war crimes in their killings of civilians, like shelling hospitals, private residences, and schools, but the US government just keeps enabling these war criminals by sending them more weapons.

The lengths of madness to which the US government will go to demonstrate, internationally, that no US-imposed thug, as was Al-Hadi, can be run out of town on a rail, "without consequences" has been murderously amazing.

Aug 10 09:41

Amid uptick in bombings and civilian deaths, US sells more arms to Saudis

The Saudi-led, U.S.-backed military coalition has resumed bombing in Yemen as an uneasy, five-month-long ceasefire gives way to an escalation in fighting that puts besieged civilians at even greater risk.

Aug 10 08:25

America cosies up with Saudi Arabia by approving sale of nearly £1BILLION of army tanks

THE U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armoured recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about £800m($1.15bn), to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Aug 10 07:52

Rearming Riyadh: US Approves $1.15bn Tank Sale To Saudi Arabia

Washington has approved the sale of 133 tanks and 20 recovery vehicles to Saudi Arabia, citing the kingdom’s role as a “leading contributor of political stability and economic progress” in the Middle East, even as Saudi aircraft resumed bombing Yemen.

The US State Department gave its green light for the sale, estimated at $1.15 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its notice to Congress on Tuesday. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was named as the primary contractor.

Aug 10 07:47

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

A Saudi-Moscow alliance for its part would inevitably lead a Queen of War administration towards – what else — regime change in Riyadh disguised as R2P; “responsibility to protect” the Saudi populace. One should expect Hillary crony Samantha Power to vehemently defend it at the UN.

Yet considering the Queen of War’s instincts, all signs do point towards Iran.
The manual/blueprint/road map for Hillary’s wars is arguably here, in this very dangerous intersection between US neocons and neoliberalcons. The CNAS think tank is led by one-third (Michele Flournoy) of what I have dubbed The Three Harpies; Hillary Clinton, Flournoy and – the most terrifying words in the English language – Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, the possible lethal trio in charge of foreign policy under a Clinton Three administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary's win means endless wars and destruction in the Middle East to benefit Israel..We saw what happened in Iraq because of the war she supported, Libya , the war she created, and Syria the war she's still supporting.

The secret visit of retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki to Israel created an anger inside Saudi Arabia. Saudi government lied to their people by telling them that general went to see Palestinians and the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.in an attempt to pacify them.

If she's elected, Hillary and her army of Neocons will not stop at next war with Iran...but they'll continue plotting to take on Russia and Putin...and that's the tragedy of making her a US president.

Aug 09 16:44

Saudi Economic Collapse Leaves 16,000 Foreign Workers Abandoned In Labor Camps

The accelerating collapse of Sauidi economy has left over 16,000 foreign construction workers abandoned in the middle of the Saudi Desert (where summer temperatures spike to 122 degrees) with no job, no money and no way home.

Aug 08 15:26

Devil Queen Of War

It all starts with a Wahhabi-Zionist lovefest.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry was forced to go on a non-denial denial overdrive about a visit to Israel on July 22 by a delegation led by retired Gen. Anwar Eshki.

Eshki happens to be close to Saudi intel superstar and one-time close Osama bin Laden pal Prince Turki bin Faisal, who recently met in the open with former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) generals Yaakov Amidror and Amos Yadlin.

Aug 08 15:25

Is Saudi Arabia Zion?

As relations between Israel and the Al Saud family warm up, James Dorsey explores the prospects offered by long-forgotten research by Arab historian Kamal Salibi which concluded that “Judaism’s Zion was not located in Israel but in Saudi Arabia”.

Aug 07 10:30

HOUTHIS AND ALLIES ESTABLISH “POLITICAL COALITION” TO GOVERN YEMEN

Even as the Houthis are effectively defeating the forces of the Saudi-led coalition who invaded them in 2015 and even as Houthi forces have actually launched a counter-invasion of Saudi Arabia, the Houthis are now making plans for a political reformation as well.

It has been announced by the Houthi leadership that a coalition forming a new “political council” that will govern Yemen and establish a new Constitution is now in the works. The council will be made up of Houthi figures as well as individuals who are part of the forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Another stated goal of the coalition is to ensure the unity of Yemen.

The council has called upon all “non-terrorist” forces in Yemen to join and assist in the unification of the country.

The Saudis are predictably outraged at the prospect that the Houthis and allied forces are not only rejecting their attempt to control them but are doing so successfully. As al-Arabiya reported,

Aug 06 10:29

Houthis And Allies Establish “Political Coalition” To Govern Yemen

By Brandon Turbeville

Even as the Houthis are effectively defeating the forces of the Saudi-led coalition who invaded them in 2015 and even as Houthi forces have actually launched a counter-invasion of Saudi Arabia, the Houthis are now making plans for a political reformation as well...

Aug 05 08:04

Hillary’s Shariah Law Expert Khizir Khan Folds His Tent

Khizir Khan, the father of the celebrated dead Muslim soldier, has much to hide from the American electorate, judging from the fact that the website of KM Khan, immigration attorney and Shariah law scholar, has been pulled from the Internet. He’s packed his tent to ride off into the sunset on a camel.

Hook, line and sinker, the mainstream news is dangling like a sucker fish chummed by that Shariah-espousing shyster for the Saudi lobby, namely Khizir Khan, Esq. The shameless press corps simply repeated his partisan diatribe at the Democratic party convention at face value without fact-checking or even the slightest pretense of balance. Nor was the circumstances of his soldier son's death put in the context of an illegal war in Iraq and subsequent jihadist upsurge. The televised subversion of American democracy was accomplished flawlessly by a planted agent of the Sunni Salafist regime, who sat next to Hillary Clinton on the night of her nomination.

Aug 03 10:35

Saudis Outraged Again Over List of Children’s Rights Violators

Saudi Arabia’s fury over its inclusion in a United Nations report on armies that kill and maim children resurfaced on Tuesday in a Security Council meeting, two months after the Saudis pressed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon into temporarily removing the designation.

At a council meeting on children and armed conflict, Mr. Ban said a review of Saudi Arabia’s original inclusion in the annual report was still incomplete. He also said that the Saudis had furnished new information “to prevent and end grave violations against children.”

Mr. Ban did not specify the nature of the information or its source. Also left unclear was whether Saudi Arabia’s removal from the list would remain temporary.

The Saudi outrage at Mr. Ban exploded in June when the report was first disclosed; it showed that a Saudi-led military coalition fighting insurgents in Yemen had been included in the report’s annex of armies that kill children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, when money buys Saudi Arabia a "kill Yemenite kids with impunity card" at the UN, of course, it will use it!!

Sec-General Ban Ki-Moon has just demonstrated, for all the world to see, that he has utter no male attributes, and is completely impotent to curb the worst human rights violations of some of the UN's most violent members.

Aug 01 11:26

Yemen Peace Deal Falters on UN Demand for Houthis’ Surrender

Hope for Kuwait-based peace talks between Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthis and the Saudi-backed government seems to be fading, with an agreement to extend the talks an additional week reached over the weekend, but no real chance remaining for a deal.

The UN draft peace proposal is the major issue, with the pro-Saudi forces loudly endorsing it, since it gives them literally everything they wanted from the start, and the Houthis rejecting it, since it demands that they unilaterally surrender and offers nothing in return.

Saudi Arabia attacked Yemen last year in an attempt to install the former Hadi government back in power. Hadi had resigned in January of 2015, but the Saudis insist he remains the rightful ruler of the country, and that there could be no compromise on the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully clear to me that these talks were engineered to fail.

Jul 31 08:31

WASHINGTON LET SAUDI ARABIA COMMIT ATROCITIES IN YEMEN, THEN STRONG-ARM THE UN INTO REMAINING SILENT

The United Nations has long been bullied by its most powerful members, and U.N. secretaries-general have usually been forced to grit their teeth and take it quietly. But few nations have been more publicly brazen in this practice than Saudi Arabia, and earlier this summer, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon managed to get in a dig at the Kingdom over its blackmail-style tactics. Ban openly admitted that it was only after Riyadh threatened to cut off funding to the U.N. that he bowed to its demand to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, where it has launched a harsh military intervention, from a list of violators of children’s rights contained in the annex of his annual Children and Armed Conflict report. “The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” Ban told reporters. “At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many U.N. programs.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but the US has ENABLED Saudi Arabia in these war crimes; there is no denying it, or trying to pussyfoot around it.

The US government has adopted a "the ends justifies the means" approach to its attempt to "pacify" the Houthi rebels, and get them to surrender, as the path to re-instating the Al-Hadi government (translation: our thugs) back to power in Sa'ana.

This war against the Houthi rebels has lasted for well over a year, and there is no definitive conclusion in sight.

During that time, public market places, hospitals, schools and private residences have been viciously bombed, all of these acts being war crimes.

But hey, for President Obama, the ends justify the means, right?!? And he wants to get the Houthis out and Al-Hadi re-instated, so, according to this "logic", the amount of dead and wounded in Yemen are of absolutely no consequence, and irrelevant to his calculus on Yemen here.

As reported in mintpress.com in an article by Claire Bernish in April of this year:

A child has been killed or maimed every four hours in the year since Saudi-led airstrikes began in Yemen — a seven fold increase over the previous year. Though this is likely a tragic underestimation of the true number, nearly one-third of all civilian casualties are children. According to a report from UNICEF, the bombing campaign has taken an extraordinary toll on the civilian population in Yemen: “Attacks on schools and hospitals and the denial of humanitarian assistance to children continue to occur. The UN verified 51 attacks on education facilities, including schools and personnel.” Sixty-three health facilities were attacked, the U.N. verified, and basic“services and infrastructure in Yemen are on the verge of total collapse.” official MintPress sponsor Even before the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition began the now year-long offensive, Yemen had been one of the most impoverished countries in the world. But the intense fighting by all parties to the conflict has created a humanitarian crisis of alarming proportions — and children tend to be most affected. “Children are not safe anywhere in Yemen. Even playing or sleeping has become dangerous,” Julien Harneis, UNICEF representative in Yemen, told AFP in an email. “The scale of suffering in the country is staggering,” UNICEF’s report continues. “The violence has forced the majority of Yemenis into destitution. An estimated 21.2 million people — 82 per cent of the total population — need urgent humanitarian assistance. Almost half of those in need are children.”

Your tax dollars at work, folks; don't these numbers make you feel proud about what this country has done to Yemen?!?

Jul 31 06:24

Yemeni Forces Take Control of Saudi Military Positions, Hilltops in Najran Province

This wasn't in the script the Yemeni forces are now invading Arabia.

The Clown Prince Mohammed bin Stupid has to be one of the biggest catastophes in history. Al Saud sponsors Gulen with Billions and Errdogman knows Mohammed bin Stupid promoted the Coup.

Errdogman sided with the Russians within days, the South Stream gas pipeline is back on track and he now has too many problems in Turkey to worry about Syria.
I expect the Saudi militias will be going home before too long, that could get interesting.

Jul 30 15:19

Washington let Saudi Arabia commit atrocities in Yemen, then strong-arm the UN into remaining silent

The United Nations has long been bullied by its most powerful members, and U.N. secretaries-general have usually been forced to grit their teeth and take it quietly. But few nations have been more publicly brazen in this practice than Saudi Arabia, and earlier this summer, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon managed to get in a dig at the Kingdom over its blackmail-style tactics. Ban openly admitted that it was only after Riyadh threatened to cut off funding to the U.N. that he bowed to its demand to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, where it has launched a harsh military intervention, from a list of violators of children’s rights contained in the annex of his annual Children and Armed Conflict report. “The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” Ban told reporters. “At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many U.N. programs.

Jul 30 11:00

Saudi Arabia is Setting a Trap for Moscow Yet Againhttp://journal-neo.org/2016/07/29/saudi-arabia-is-setting-a-trap-for-moscow-yet-again/

Apparently, Washington has decided to crush Russia along with Iran and Syria, without waiting for the arrival of Hillary Clinton as a newly elected head of state. It looks like behind the scenes, rulers of America are afraid of the possible victory of Donald Trump during the upcoming election. Therefore, they are in a rush to achieve their primary strategic goal – to bring down Vladimir Putin and induce regime change in Russia at any cost. In a bid to achieve this goal they are relying on two strategies – the dropping of oil prices and the undermining of Russia’s and Iran’s positions in Syria. The recent scandal with the Olympics, brilliantly organized by Washington, London, Paris and Berlin, has struck a painful blow to Moscow’s reputation. A possible defeat in Syria could be even more painful, especially if it is accompanied by continuously decreasing oil prices, which would undermine Russia’s economy.

Jul 30 09:23

Clinton to ‘Reset’ Syria War, Focus on Ousting Assad

According to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy adviser, she would order a “full review” of the Syrian war as her first task upon taking office, with an eye toward a “reset” of the conflict to shift focus toward attacking the Assad government and imposing regime change.

Clinton’s aide, former Pentagon chief of staff Jeremy Bash, insisted that Assad’s was a “murderous regime” and that US foreign policy would be to escalate both the war against ISIS and this new war against Assad to get both “out of there” at the same time.

Syria has been the subject of a lot of debate in the Obama Administration, with the Pentagon seeking a focus on ISIS, the CIA wanting to shift entirely to fighting Assad, and Secretary of State John Kerry negotiating a deal with Russia to expand the war to include al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the HRC Campaign and the DNC: post attempted coup, (which Erdogan believes the US government generated), Turkey is moving away from the US and NATO, and toward Russia.

They are refusing to assist the US in Syria, plus the NATO base in Incerlik is in lockdown, including 1500 US troops and 90 nuclear bombs.

The US attempts at unseating al-Assad have just evaporated, and if there is a larger air campaign against Syria, generated either by Obama or yourself, should you steal/win the election, Russia will counter it.

Madame Secretary, is a war with Russia over Syria the outcome you wish to see should you become president?!?

Because, if elected, if you move forward with this plan, that is precisely the outcome you will receive.

This sounds like an outcome the government of Israel would very much like to see; of course, with Americans doing the dying and getting maimed for life, of course.

Jul 29 09:50

Clinton Slams Trump For Praising Dictators, Despite Having Own Ties

After calling on Russia to help release Hillary Clinton’s emails, Trump was quickly accused of quote ‘treason’ and encouraging espionage.

Jul 28 18:53

Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

With terrorist attacks from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia to Baghdad, and of course many other places in the world, the news of the day is all about ISIS. This gets reported in a very isolated way, without much historical context at all. This Wahhabism, extreme, radical Islam, whatever terminology you want to use, the thing that doesn't get said very often is to what extent this was all a tool of US foreign policy and for decades

Jul 28 10:16

Welsh Teen Held Captive, Beaten & Starved In Saudi Arabia, Court Told

A Welsh teenager was kept prisoner in a cage, beaten and starved by her father, who disagreed with her “un-Islamic lifestyle,” a court has been told. The girl is reportedly still being kept against her will.

Jul 26 06:20

THE US-SAUDI PLAN TO PROMPT AN IRANIAN PULLBACK FROM SYRIA

The US and Saudi Arabia have been conspiring with one another to engineer a series of crises that could prompt Iran to pull back its troops in Syria and redeploy them back to the homeland. The modus operandi has been to encourage peripheral insurgencies inside the Islamic Republic’s borderland regions concurrent with a terrorist threat to the interior, all while stirring up Color Revolution commotion. In short, Washington and Riyadh are working hard to wage a multidimensional Hybrid War on Iran, and all indications point to each respective component of this campaign intensifying in the coming months as the US turns up the heat against its decades-long Mideast rival.

Jul 25 15:11

Houthi Rebels Invade Saudi Arabia, Launch Ballistic Missile In Counter-Offensive

By Brandon Turbeville

While the war in Syria continues to rage and the world’s focus oscillates between American elections, terror attacks in Europe, and a failed Turkish coup (which no one really understands), a scrappy band of rebels in Yemen has not only withstood an onslaught from the Saudi-led coalition, they have managed to launch a counteract that amounts to an invasion of Saudi Arabia...

Jul 25 09:46

Saudis warm up to Israelis

Jul 22 19:05

Foreign Office Backtracks On Its Defense Of Alleged Saudi Atrocities In Yemen

The British government has been forced to withdraw a number of statements it made claiming that the Saudi war in Yemen had not breached human rights law.

Jul 22 15:05

UK Makes U-Turn Over Saudi Crimes In Yemen

The UK has now admitted that Saudi Arabia and its allies may have breached humanitarian laws in Yemen, an embarrassing turnaround on the Britain’s position over the war.

Jul 22 14:52

Saudi Arabia has promised Russia mountains of gold in exchange for Assad

Saudi Arabia has declared its readiness to provide Russia with access to the market of the Arab States of the Gulf and investment in excess of the Chinese. This was stated by the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir. According to him, this will enable Russia to become a strength beyond the power of the Soviet Union. Assad's time comes to an end, says al-Jubayr, therefore, Russia should "cut a deal while you can", reports TASS. The Advisor to the Director of the Russian Institute for strategic studies (RISS) Elena Suponina noted that Russia's position in the international arena is not measured in petrodollars, and its interests are not limited to supporting Assad.

Jul 22 10:12

Yemen: 40 Pro-Hadi Militias Killed in Clashes with Yemeni Forces in Hajjah Province

The Saudi fighter jets have ignored the ceasefire and attacked several cities across Yemen, killing several Yemeni civilians, including women and children. In a relevant development on Saturday, Ansarullah forces fired a ballistic missile at an army base held by pro-Hadi militias. According to reports, around 180 troops, including foreign mercenaries, were killed in the attack in the Bab el-Mandeb region in the country’s southwestern province of Ta'iz. Such attacks are carried out in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen which was launched on March 26, 2015 in a bid to reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and defeat the Ansarullah movement. Meanwhile, some two dozen civilians lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in a string of Saudi aerial attacks against several areas across Yemen.

Jul 22 09:49

ISIS TERRORJUL 21 2016, 11:59 AM ETISIS Trying to Topple Saudi King with Attack on Mohammed's Mosque

Current and former U.S. officials say a recent ISIS attack on the tomb of Mohammed in Saudi Arabia -- Islam's second holiest site -- shows the terror group is now directly challenging the kingdom's ruling family and trying to topple the monarchy.

"The Saudi king's tiles include 'Protector of the two Holy Cities," said one senior U.S. counterterrorism official. "The message of the attack is that that protection doesn't exist."

The kingdom's two holy cities, Mecca and Medina, are home Islam's two holiest sites, the Qabba in Mecca, which millions of pilgrims visit every year, and the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, which holds Mohammed's tomb.

Said the counterterrorism official, "If [the royal family] can't protect those places -- and people traveling to those cities from across Islam - it calls in to question the fitness of their ruling power and its legitimacy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, I would want to have an immediate chat with US Ambassador Westphal as to what the hell American trained and supported ISIS was doing in Saudi Arabia.

I would then politely remind him that if this crud does not stop, all Saudi investment, over 20 billion dollars, would be yanked immediately from American business interests, putting the US economy into an absolute tail spin.

Jul 22 08:26

The Houthis Strike Back: US-Saudi War on Yemen Is in Deep You-Know-What

The Houthis have beaten back and counter-invaded Saudi. US and the Gulf Arabs have responded with - listen this - a statement pleading that 'the conflict in Yemen should not threaten Yemen’s neighbours'...

Jul 21 16:51

US Warns Its Citizens Of An ‘Imminent Threat' In Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has warned American citizens in Saudi Arabia of an “imminent” threat,” advising them to practice extra vigilance until further notice.

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