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Apr 19 11:51

IRAN SWITCHES FROM DOLLAR TO EURO

Iran’s feud with the US is set to get worse after Tehran announced yesterday that it will start reporting foreign currency amounts in euros rather than US dollars, as part of the country’s effort to reduce its reliance on the American currency due to political tension with Washington.

Central bank governor Valiollah Seif said last week that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had welcomed his suggestion of replacing the dollar with the euro in foreign trade, as the “dollar has no place in our transactions today”.

Iran does hardly any trade with the US due to decades of economic sanctions. It’s most important trading partner is the UAE, which accounts for around 24 per cent of all Iranian imports and exports. China is not far behind with 22 per cent, followed by Turkey, India and the EU, all of which account for around six per cent of Iran’s trade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This further delink from the US dollar, is what ultimately got Iraq and Libya invaded; looks like the next target for "regime change", after Syria, will be Iran, something for which the Israeli and Saudi government have been cheerleading for quite some time.

But President Trump needs to understand, clearly, and with zero misconception; both Israel and Saudi Arabia want the costs of such an invasion and occupation to be borne solely in American blood, and American money.

Apr 19 11:30

Yemeni forces target airport on Saudi soil with ballistic missile

Yemeni forces have targeted an airport in Saudi Arabia with a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile.

According to Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network on Wednesday, the missile was launched at Jizan region's airport.

The attack came several hours after Yemeni forces targeted a power plant in the kingdom's Najran region.

According to a Yemeni military source, the missile successfully hit its target.

Earlier in the day, Yemeni forces targeted a Saudi mercenary camp in Najran with rocket and artillery fire, killing and wounding a large number of its occupants.

Apr 18 15:15

George H. W. Bush's Last Tweet Before His Wife Died

Yes, George H. W. Bush actually has a Twitter account. Ten days before Barbara died, he posted the following tweet and photo of himself, his son George W., and Jim Baker with two Saudi Arabian Princes in Texas.

Apr 18 09:42

Saudi Arabia says open to sending troops to Syria under wider coalition

Saudi Arabia would be prepared to send troops into Syria as part of the U.S.-led coalition if a decision was taken to widen it, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday.

Apr 17 10:44

FLASHBACK - Trump strikes arms deal with Saudis worth $350bn, $110bn to take effect immediately

In his first overseas trip as president, Donald Trump sealed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $350 billion over 10 years, with nearly $110 billion to take effect immediately. The agreement is said to bolster security “in the face of Iranian threats.”

"This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of malign Iranian influence and Iranian related threats. Additionally, it bolsters the Kingdom's ability to provide for its own security and continue contributing to counterterrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on US military forces," the US Department of State said in a statement on Saturday.

Apr 17 10:44

FLASHBACK - 3yrs of civilian deaths in Yemen don’t hold US & allies back from selling arms to Saudis – Amnesty

Hundreds of Yemenis have become victims of reckless arms sales by the US and its allies to Saudi Arabia, whose coalition has indiscriminately used Western weapons in its 3-year bombing campaign, Amnesty International has warned.

The rights group has analyzed numerous instances in which Yemeni civilians, including women and children, were killed or injured by the Saudi-led coalition’s aircraft. In all known cases, US-made ammunition has been used against civilian targets, which potentially amounted to war crimes, the NGO advised.

“There is extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians,” said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Director of Research for the Middle East. This, she posited, “has not deterred the USA, the UK and other states, including France, Spain and Italy, from continuing transfers of billions of dollars’ worth of such arms.”

Apr 17 10:39

Activist Explains How French Weapons End up in Saudi Hands Warring in Yemen

Yemeni human rights activists have charged Mohammad bin Salman, accusing him of aiding in “acts of torture” during the campaign in Yemen. Paris is being put under pressure, due to the fact that French weaponry is used in the conflict by the coalition. Tony Fortin, member of the board of the Observatory for Arms told Sputnik how this happened.

Fortin said that one of the most controversial deals is the selling of French arms on the DONAS contract. According to it, Saudi Arabia paid for weapons that must have been delivered to Lebanon.

Apr 17 09:49

Saudi Arabia Claims Iran ‘Is Dangerous’ At Arab League Meeting

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz opened the 29th Arab League Summit in the city of Dhahran on Sunday, where representatives from 22 countries are meeting to discuss political, economic and social developments in the region.

In his opening speech, King Salman criticized Iranian influence on Arab countries, saying that it violates ‘the principles of international law and the values of good neighborliness.’

He also called on the international community to take ‘a firm and a strong position’ against Tehran’s ‘dangerous behavior.’ Saudi Arabia and Iran are engaged in a cold war across the region where they back opposing sides in Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. Iran not only blocks Saudi hegemony over the region, it also says it is engaged in an anti-imperialist struggle in the Middle East and that Saudi Arabia is subservient to the American Empire.

Apr 17 09:38

Syria and the Revolt of the ‘Deplorables’

Surely there has never been a presidential peroration as filled with contradictions – not to mention regrettable rhetoric – as President Donald J. Trump’s speech to the nation explaining why he backtracked on his campaign promise to get us out of Syria. Particularly striking was this bit of doubletalk:

“To Iran and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children?

“The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.”

Apr 17 06:54

The Neocons’ Real Plan for Syria Emerges from the Lack of Rubble

I told you over the weekend that Trump’s presidency was over. As a practical matter it is. His yielding to his ‘advisors’ on every foreign policy issue makes it clear that he can’t or won’t stand up to the relentless pressure to do what his instincts tell him.

This morning’s article at the Deep State Washington Post paints a very clear picture of what the situation is. The advisors whose loyalties are dubious run the show. Their thinking has not evolved one whit from previous administrations.

Remember what Russian President Vladimir Putin always says, “Presidents change. Policies do not.”

Apr 16 09:19

'Double standards: US, UK, France stand by Saudis in Yemen but pose as moral crusaders in Syria'

The Syria attack reveals the hypocrisy of the West – which fuels the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen despite documented abuses – but relies on unverified claims to punish Syria, journalist and broadcaster Neil Clark told RT.

As Riyadh's campaign in Yemen enters its fourth year, it has been repeatedly accused by rights groups of civilian casualties during the bombardment. However, in Syria's case, reports of a chemical weapon attack in Douma that are yet to be independently corroborated became the trigger for a coordinated military action, Clark pointed out.

"On the one hand, they are rolling out the red carpet for Saudi leaders and they are supporting, either directly or indirectly, the Saudi bombing of Yemen, which is causing a great humanitarian catastrophe – and how many children has that conflict killed?

"On the other hand, they pose as moral paragons, as moral crusaders when they claim children have died in Syria's chemical weapons attack without evidence," he said.

Apr 16 08:41

Ammar Assad: US Rockets Fueled With Saudi Money

Damascus. Saudi Arabia funds US coalition operations “The Saudi Crown Prince financed the attack against Syria,” said a Syrian official.

Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Syrian Parliament Ammar Assad said on Sunday (April 15th) that the missile attack launched by the United States, the United Kingdom and France had been paid for by the Crown Prince Saudi Mohammed bin Salman.

“US President Donald Trump has already announced on many occasions that Saudi Arabia should fund the coalition’s military operations. The US side has asked for four billion dollars. It is Saudi Arabia that finances all aggressive operations led by the US-led coalition in Syria, Iraq and Libya. Mohammed bin Salman went to France and the United States and paid all the expenses of a military aggression against Syria. The pleasure that Saudi Arabia has taken in this attack supports this assertion,” said Ammar Assad.*

Apr 15 10:01

WikiLeaks Secret Cable: "Overthrow The Syrian Regime, But Play Nice With Russia"

Hours after the overnight US-led missile strikes on Syria, WikiLeaks republished a crucially important diplomatic cable through its official media accounts confirming that Saudi Arabia's long term strategy in Syria has been to pursue regime change "by all means available." According to the leaked internal Saudi government document, this is the kingdom's proposed end-goal even should the United States at any point show "lack of desire" due to the threat of Russian response and possibility of a 'great power' confrontation.

With American lawmakers and media pundits already urging President Trump to escalate and sustain attacks against Syria, it must be remembered that close US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia have long coordinated to create the conditions that might tip the US administration toward full military action resulting in regime change in Damascus.

Apr 14 13:23

Breaking: Houthi forces release footage of their large-scale missile attack on the Saudi capital

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – The Houthi forces released their official video from their large-scale missile attack on the Saudi capital of Riyadh this week.

Apr 13 13:48

Saudi Explosives Found in Terrorists' Depots in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The Syrian Army troops continued mop-up operation in Zmelka region in Eastern Ghouta, discovering an arms depot of the terrorists with a large volume of Saudi-made explosives and equipment, field sources reported on Friday.

The sources said that the army men found several arms depots in Zmelka region in Eastern Ghouta that were previously under Faylaq al-Rahman's control.

The sources further said that a large number of bombs, missiles and mortar shells were in the depots.

They went on to say that the army men found a large volume of Saudi-made explosives and equipment, including C4, equipment for injecting chlorine to mortar shells and missiles to increase their blast power, in one of the depots.

The army men further found Grad Missiles in terrorists' depots, the sources said, adding that the terrorists had changed one of the neighborhoods of Zmelka into a security zone and were not allowing civilians to enter there.

Apr 13 07:16

Spain to Deliver 5 Warships Worth $2.5Bln to Saudi Arabia - Defense Ministry

Spanish Defense Minister Maria Dolores Cospedal and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Thursday signed an agreement, under which Madrid will deliver five Avante 2200 corvette patrol vessels worth $2.47 billion to the Middle Eastern country, the Spanish Defense Ministry said.

The warships will be build by firm Navantia at its shipyard in San Fernando, Southern Spain, according to the ministry.

Apr 13 07:08

Saudi Prince visits Spain Amid Criticism over Defense Sales

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia was on an official visit Thursday to longtime commercial ally Spain, where activists are criticizing past and possible future sales of military equipment to the kingdom.

Mohammed bin Salman was due to attend a banquet with Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia before meeting with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and with Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal.

The 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne and Rajoy were scheduled to preside over the signing of bilateral agreements, according to the visit’s official agenda, which provided no further details.

Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Oxfam and Spain’s FundiPau have criticized a possible contract to build and sell five Navy corvettes, valued at 2 billion euros ($2.47 billion), that Spain is seeking to sign with Saudi Arabia.

Apr 12 08:20

The Saudi-Israeli Liaison

In a 2 April 2018 interview in the Atlantic, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman publicly declared that the Israelis “have a right to live in their own land just like the Palestinians.” It is a problematic assumption, given that the Israelis’ “own land” is the land they took away from the Palestinians. This, and much else, has been either forgotten or ignored by the Saudi crown prince.

Apr 12 07:19

Something Strange Is Going On In Saudi Arabia

1st speaker: Jakob Musick 2ns speaker: Kevin Barrett 3rd speaker: Sh. Imran Hosein

Apr 12 07:01

Saudi Crown Prince Sued in France for Torture During Visit

A French lawyer has filed a lawsuit in a Paris court against visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, accusing him of complicity in torture in Yemen, an embarrassment for the French government as it rolled out the red carpet for its powerful guest.

Lawyer Joseph Breham, representing a Yemeni human rights group, is suing the crown prince, currently in France on an official visit, for his leading role in the Saudi-led coalition’s airstrikes fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The criminal lawsuit claims that Bin Salman knowingly targeted civilians.

Breham told The Associated Press that French courts have “universal jurisdiction” to investigate the case since the lawsuit was filed Monday while the crown prince was present on French soil. But he acknowledged Bin Salman can’t be arrested by French authorities due to his diplomatic immunity.

The Paris prosecutor’s office didn’t respond to requests for comments from the AP.

Apr 11 12:11

Human Rights Lawsuit in France Against Crown Prince for His Crimes in Yemen

Lawyers on Tuesday sued Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, during his visit to France accusing him of complicity in torture and inhumane treatment in Yemen, saying that they were monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Yemen. The lawsuit alleged that bin Salman was responsible for the attacks on civilians in Yemen, while the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Taha Hussein Mohammad, director of the Legal Center for Rights and Development, Yemen Press reported. The lawsuit was filed in Paris amid mounting pressure on French President Emmanuel Macaron to curb arms sales to Saudi Arabia and UAE, which have been waging military aggression against Yemeni people for more than three years. The lawsuit accuses the coalition of aggression of depriving millions of access to the necessary needs because of the indiscriminate shelling and the sea blockade of the Yemeni ports, asserting that the aggression is pushing Yemen to the brink of famine.

Apr 11 10:32

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Apr 11 09:39

Saudis Prepare For Regime Change In Syria

Speaking shoulder-to-shoulder with French President Emmanuel Macron from Paris, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced his "readiness to work with allies on any military response in Syria if needed," after anti-government groups reported that the Syrian Army dropped a chlorine-filled munition which killed at least 60 people in the eastern Ghouta region last weekend.

“If our alliance with our partners requires it, we will be present,” said the Crown Prince, as he wrapped up a three-day visit to France.

Apr 11 08:12

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

Trump is insane and anybody who still supports this NUT!

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

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

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Apr 11 08:10

Blasts Hit Saudi Capital Riyadh - Reports

Two loud blasts were heard to hit the Saudi Arabia capital, the Reuters news agency reported, citing eyewitnesses. AFP reported sighting three blasts. There has been no official information on casualties or origin of the blasts so far.

Witnesses in Riyadh report hearing from 2 to 3 loud blasts, according to Reuters and AFP. Minutes later al-Arabia TV reported that Saudi air defense forces have intercepted a ballistic missile over the capital. Videos emerging on the Twitter also show clouds of smoke in the sky, where the missile was allegedly intercepted.

Apr 11 08:01

Crown Prince: Saudis May Take Part in US Attack on Syria

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to France has him right in the middle of negotiations of a US-led coalition to attack Syria. The prince confirmed at a news conference that the Saudi military could be involved in this operation.

“If our alliance with our partners requires it, we will be present,” Prince Mohammed confirmed. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir also confirmed that discussions are ongoing with a number of different countries about the operation.

Jubeir said that the Saudi position is that Syria must be “held accountable,” over allegations of chemical weapon use. The Saudis have been backing regime change in Syria for years, so this position is unsurprising.

Apr 11 07:32

Activists Block Alleged UK Missile Plant Producing Projectiles for Saudi Arabia

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

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

Apr 11 07:30

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

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

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

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

Apr 11 05:53

Trump Builds Coalition for War on Syria

President Trump is in the process of building a new coalition of allies to participate in a multi-nation “strike force” attack on the Syrian government. This talk of coalition action reflects the rapid escalation of plans since US officials embraced Saturday’s allegations of a chemical weapons strike.
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Macron, however, suggested he does “not want an escalation,” but rather that the strikes should be against Syrian chemical facilities.>>>
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But Syria disarmed their chemical program before the war really began, and dismantled all of those sites. This means there aren’t really operating facilities to be bombed in the first place.>>>
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The US, France, and Britain will doubtless lead this new coalition, and Australia is expected to join, with Saudi Arabia expected to be drawn into the conflict. Turkey is potentially to be invited too>>>

Apr 09 12:50

Saudi May Turn Qatar Border Into Canal And Nuclear Waste Dumping Zone

Saudi Arabia could consider a proposal to dig a maritime canal along the kingdom’s border with Qatar, turning the peninsula-nation into an island and transforming its only land border into a military zone and nuclear waste site, state-linked Saudi newspapers reported on Monday.

The project has not been given official approval and faces many obstacles. Still, the proposal signals a new low in the 10-month-old feud between Qatar and a quartet of nations that includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain.

The four accuse Qatar of sponsoring terrorism because of its support for Islamist opposition groups in the region and its warm relations with Iran. Qatar denies the allegations and says the moves attempt to undermine its sovereignty.

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Apr 09 09:24

NEW STUDY PROVIDES YET MORE PROOF OF SAUDI STATE SPONSORSHIP OF ISIS

During the same week Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) admitted to the The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg that Saudi nationals have funded terror groups, a prominent Georgetown University counterterrorism expert and field researcher has published his findings based on extensive interviews with former ISIS members which identifies Saudi Arabia as a key source of the now defunct Islamic State's prior rapid growth.

The findings were summarized in the Government and Technology Services Coalition's Homeland Security Today online journal, and authored by Georgetown University professor Ahmet Yayla, who during the past four years has interviewed over 40 ISIS defectors in Turkey while conducting on the ground research along Syria's border.

Yayla's findings entitled, To Truly Fight Terror, Counter Salafist Jihadist Ideology First, confirm that:

Apr 09 08:41

Saudi Crown Prince finishes off US trip with a visit from both Bushes as he is hailed for appearing 'ordinary' during public relations tour that saw him both meeting with stars and getting Starbucks

Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman rounded off his US tour with a visit from both former president Bushes in Houston.

George HW Bush tweeted a photo of him and George W Bush smiling with the heir to the Saudi throne.

'A wonderful chance to celebrate the long-standing friendship between our two nations,' Bush senior wrote in the tweet.

The Saudi embassy in Washington called the meeting a 'reminder of the strength and breadth of the long-standing Saudi-US partnership.'

Apr 07 06:35

Yemeni ballistic missile hits Saudi military base in Najran: Report

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

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

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

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

Apr 07 06:12

UN appeals for $ 3 billion for Yemen

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

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

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

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Hadi being the US puppet installed during the previous intervention.

Apr 07 06:11

Saudi Arabia Plans to Cut Qatar Off ... Literally Amid Diplomatic Standoff

The Saudi investment union plans to dig a 60-kilometer-long maritime channel on the border with Qatar, turning it into an island, and implement a tourism project in the area, the Saudi newspaper Sabq reports.

The channel will make the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia continuous, which will simplify trade and tourism, "refresh the region".

It is noted that construction is not hindered by any natural and social features of the territory. There are no mountain chains, no settlements and villages or agricultural lands.

Apr 07 05:49

US conditions support for Salman’s kingship to Israel normalization: Dissident prince

A dissident Saudi prince has revealed a series of “conditions” set by the US and Israel for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to secure their help in ascending to the throne at home, among them the normalization of Riyadh’s ties with the regime in Tel Aviv.

Apr 07 05:39

THE SAUDI PRINCE HAS ESTABLISHED CONTACT WITH THE ISRAELI LOBBY

As part of his tour in the United States, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held meetings in New York with two rabbis: President of the Reformer Judaism Union Richard Jacobs and the head of the United Conservative Judaic Synagogue, Stephen Wernicke. Fear of Iran pushes Saudi Arabia to an alliance with Israel.

Apr 06 13:33

US will get out of Iran deal and reimpose sanctions: Nikki Haley

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, says the United States will probably get out of the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic republic.

Haley made the remarks on Thursday during her lecture titled, “Confronting Today’s Global Governance Challenges,” at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina.

She accused Iran of supporting terrorism and violating the terms of the 2015 historic nuclear agreement and went on to say that the Europeans are closing their eyes on this but added that the United States would not do that.

Discussing the background of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, Haley said, “Iran was being a destabilizing country that was causing threats and the international community decided that we needed to come together to find a solution.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sometimes ache at the collective, foreign power-pushed (read: Israeli) lies of the US government.

The people at the IAEA are very smart people; if they tell me that Iran is complying with the P5+1 agreement, I seriously doubt that either Ambassador Haley or President Trump can actually come up with evidence to the contrary.
And yes, Nikki Haley does have a college degree; however, that degree is a BS in accounting: not atomic science!!

Or maybe it is just... in BS, to be making these accusations.

And why are they even trying?!?

To create a "justification" for a US/Israeli?Saudi decap strike on Tehran, in order to facilitate regime change.

But I would like to politely suggest that if Iran gets attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

And we have seen, in the war theatre in Syria, that Russians do have weapons which work marvellously well.

Apr 06 12:26

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Apr 06 11:39

WASHINGTON AND RIYADH'S TERROR ENTERPRISE

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 06 07:42

Macron urged to press Saudi crown prince into ending Yemen conflict

Ten human rights groups have urged French President Emmanuel Macron to press Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to end the aerial and naval blockade on Yemen and working out a diplomatic solution to the devastating three-year-old conflict in the impoverished Arab country.

“The bombing of civilians in Yemen must stop and we call on all sides in the conflict to stop them immediately,” Anne Hery of Handicap International said on Wednesday.

She added, “Ahead of the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed, President Macron has a choice: protect civilians or sell weapons.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"I'm going to sell weapons!" -- Macaroni

Apr 06 06:01

US Approves $1.3bln Artillery Sale to Saudi Arabia

The US State Department said Thursday that it has approved to sell about 1.3 billion US dollars in artillery to Saudi Arabia.
The sale package contained about 180 Paladin medium self-propelled howitzer systems, according to a statement released by the State Department, Xinhua reported, adding that the artillery-firing vehicles launch 155mm shells.

The move came as visiting Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was wrapping up his weeks-long trip in the United States.

US President Donald Trump, during his meeting with Salman at the White House on March 20, touted multi-billion-US-dollar defense sale to Saudi Arabia.

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Apr 05 14:46

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE BRAGS JARED KUSHNER HANDED HIM U.S. INTELLIGENCE

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman bragged of receiving classified US intelligence from Jared Kushner and using it as part of a purge of 'corrupt' princes and businessmen, DailyMail.com can disclose. The de facto ruler of the Middle East's largest economy is currently on a US tour which has seen him meet President Donald Trump in the White House, hold talks with a string of the country's richest and most influential people and book the entire Four Seasons in Beverly Hills for himself and his entourage.

Apr 05 09:00

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

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

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

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

Apr 05 08:53

US troops 'pouring into Saudi Arabia'

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

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

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

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

Apr 05 08:53

US Military Bases in Saudi Arabia

Apr 04 10:42

Yemeni forces target Saudi warship off coast of Hudaydah

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

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

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

Apr 04 09:23

FOX: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Slams Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal, Backs Israel's Right To Exist

Saudi Arabia's crown prince affirmed Israel's right to exist and criticized former President Obama's Iran policy in an interview published Monday, pointedly bucking other leaders in the Arab world and signaling support for President Trump's Middle East agenda.

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Apr 03 12:47

Awamiya: Inside Saudi Shia town devastated by demolitions and fighting

When we got to Awamiya, the scale of devastation was shocking. It looked like a war zone - as if we were in Mosul or Aleppo.

The town, which lies in the Qatif region of oil-rich Eastern Province, was home to about 30,000 people, most of them Shia.

Now, there is nothing left of the once vibrant residential area but bullet-riddled houses, and burned-out cars and shops - a testament to the heavy fighting.

Members of Saudi Arabia's Shia minority have for years complained about what they perceive as discrimination and marginalisation at the hands of the Sunni monarchy.

But their protests have always been met by a crackdown.

"The Saudi regime does not accept opposition, whether it comes from a Sunni or a Shia. They are just intolerant," Ali Adubisi, the director of the Berlin-based European-Saudi Organisation for Human Rights, told me.

Apr 03 09:50

Saudi crown prince wants US military to maintain presence in Syria

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says he wants the US military to extend its presence in Syria, despite American President Donald Trump’s declaration that US forces will withdraw from the war-torn Arab country in the near future.

“We believe American troops should stay for at least the mid-term, if not the long-term,” bin Salman said in a wide-ranging interview with the Times on Thursday, a few hours after Trump told a cheering crowd in Richfield, Ohio, that American troops would soon be pulled out from Syria.

The US and its allies have been bombarding what they call positions held by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of fulfilling its declared aim of destroying Daesh.

Apr 03 08:29

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

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

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

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

Apr 03 07:25

Saudi oil tanker hit by Houthi rebels in Red Sea

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

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

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

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

Apr 03 05:43

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

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

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

Apr 02 11:03

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE WARNS OF WAR WITH IRAN WITHIN 10 YEARS

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 02 09:49

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE WARNS OF WAR WITH IRAN WITHIN 10 YEARS

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

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

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

Mar 31 10:38

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

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

Mar 31 10:35

Saudi Arabia's superficial reforms won't mask ugliness of Wahhabism

Yes, soon women in Saudi Arabia will have the right to drive – something they were banned from doing under the strict religious edicts of Wahhabism. While it's certainly a good thing that Saudi Arabia has chosen to enter the 21st century (sort of), the repeal of the driving ban is largely superficial as it does nothing to address Saudi Arabia's discriminatory male guardianship system, which treats women as children. Under this system, women must seek permission from a male relative to travel, apply for a passport, study abroad, get married, and so on.

Even if Saudi Arabia were to give equal rights to women tomorrow, it wouldn't change the destructive impact the Saudis have had in the Middle East, the most important being the intentional spreading of Wahhabism – a toxic and hateful religion practiced in Saudi Arabia.

Mar 31 10:32

An Open Secret: War Criminal Salman Rubs Elbows with Israeli-AIPAC Leaders

Away from public relations blitz, Saudi Arabia and Israel are best friends in the Middle East. The two regimes retain an atrocious human rights record and see Iran as their common enemy, and the situation has only deteriorated since their twin wars against Syria and Yemen.

Mar 31 10:16

Thousands of Iraqis protest against Saudi crown prince's planned visit

Thousands of Iraqis have staged a protest rally in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad to voice their opposition to an upcoming visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.

Protesters gathered in Baghdad after Friday prayers, carrying signs calling bin Salman a war criminal and accusing Saudi Arabia of supporting Daesh and al-Qaeda Takfiri terrorists in their country.

The rally was organized by the Iraqi Hezbollah Brigades, which is one of the groups that fought against Daesh.

According to the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the Saudi crown prince plans to visit Iraq in the near future, but no date has been set yet.

Mar 31 10:03

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

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

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

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

Mar 31 09:23

Patriot Missiles Are Made in America and Fail Everywhere

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

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

Mar 29 15:04

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

I am absolutely not!!

Mar 29 12:19

9/11 Victims Family Members’ Lawsuit Against Saudi Arabia Can Proceed

By Derrick Broze

Despite heavy resistance and threats from the Saudi Kingdom, a U.S. judge has ruled that family members of 9/11 victims can proceed with lawsuits.

The families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks have long sought to hold members of the Saudi royal family accountable for what they say amounts to funding and harboring terrorists. After years of anguish and waiting, the family members’ struggle moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday after a U.S. judge rejected Saudi Arabia’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuits...

Mar 28 09:03

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

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

Mar 27 15:14

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Mar 27 14:49

Saudi Arabia Threatens Iran, Blaming Them for Yemeni Missiles

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Mar 27 09:40

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

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

Mar 27 07:45

It's OVER! SAUDIS admit FUNDED the CAMPAIGN

In an unusual admission that may impact the American presidential elections, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Defense Minister and son of Saudi King, Mohamed bin Salman told Jordanian State Agency, Petra News, his government funds the Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton with millions of dollars.

Mar 26 11:59

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

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

Mar 26 09:27

Video of Saudi Arabia’s not so “patriot” missiles, turning around and hitting Riyadh rather than #Yemen.

Mar 26 07:39

China Invades Saudi Oil Realm: PetroDollar Kill

China is working a strategy with the Saudis. Since the last months of 2017, the Jackass has been firm that the ARAMCO deal for IPO stock introduction might never occur. And if it did, then Hong Kong might be the only location for the IPO launch. It seems that disclosure and transparency is non-existent to this Arab kingdom. Now the stock listing might be in Riyadh and nowhere else. Imagine the risk to brokerage houses if the truth comes out, that the Saudi oil reserves are only 20% to 40% of the disclosed amount, a grand lie and deep fraud. Such will not stop China from investing privately in ARAMCO, since it would serve two purposes. It would enable huge diverse participation in the Saudi Economy, which contains a second treasure trove of minerals. It would enable the Chinese to purchase Saudi oil in RMB terms for payment. In the last month, the Russians confirmed an equally sized investment stake in ARAMCO.>>>

Mar 25 17:44

Missile ATTACK from Yemen KILLS 'at least one' in Saudi Arabia capital, Riyadh

Saudi Arabian authorities say one person has been killed and two other wounded in a ballistic missile attack on the kingdom’s capital by Yemeni Shiite rebels known as Houthis.

The death was reported early Monday by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Saudi Arabia’s military said seven missiles were fired late Sunday.

The ballistic missiles were fired from Yemen, all of them were intercepted, but one intercepter failed and the missile fell in the area

Mar 23 10:52

Trump assailed for phoning Putin, but feting blood-soaked Saudi dictator is OK

Donald Trump sparked outrage this week in the US over his congratulatory phone call to Russian leader Vladimir Putin on his re-election. But his obscene indulgence of a Saudi despot in the White House hardly ruffled any concern.
How disconnected from reality can you get?

Mar 23 10:50

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 23 10:01

Lebanese-Saudi relations back to normal: Aoun

The relationship between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia is back to normal and "nothing will disturb this," President Michel Aoun said Friday.

Mar 23 09:23

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 22 11:58

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

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

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

Mar 22 11:55

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

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

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

Mar 22 10:47

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

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

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

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

Mar 22 09:29

Trump, King Salman To “Make Russia Pay”

President of the United States Donald Trump intends to propose the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, to offer “joint ways to make Russia pay.”

This was stated in regard to Russia’s policy in Syria.

Mar 22 05:56

The Debate – US-Saudi ties

In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Jim W. Dean, the managing editor of Veterans Today from Atlanta, and Brent Budowsky, a columnist of The Hill from Washington, to discuss the consequences of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince’s recent visit to the US.

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Mar 21 11:57

Death from above

Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

Mar 21 09:02

Senate Votes to Kill Bill Challenging Legality of Yemen War

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

Mar 21 07:51

Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi "threat" in Yemen

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

Mar 20 21:49

'They'll give some of their wealth' - Trump promotes US arm to Saudis

A meeting between the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Donald Trump is currently underway in Washington. The American leader got straight down to business - giving a small presentation on U.S. weapons to his guest.

Mar 19 09:32

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 17 10:48

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Khalid Commits Suicide

Saudi Prince,Bandar bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, committed suicide on Monday, March 12, London International Airport, confirms the Royal Court in a statement.

The prince’s motive for suicide has been British officials’ harsh efforts to deport him from UK, as reported by the Saudi media sources.

A traumatic footage of the incident has been circulating on social media showing the Saudi Prince jumping off the airport balcony:

Mar 16 11:47

Neocon Specter of John Bolton Looms Over Trump White House

John Bolton as National Security Adviser, with Nikki Haley in Bolton’s old job at the U.N. and fundamentalist Christian dominionist Mike Pompeo moving from CIA director to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, means that the neocons — never happy with the prospects of a Trump administration – will, once again, be in the driver’s seat of American foreign policy after a nine-year hiatus. Bolton’s tenure at the U.N. was punctuated by his own undiplomatic outbursts, as well as those of his spokesman, Richard Grenell, Trump’s nominee to be US ambassador to Germany. Bolton strenuously pushed the neocon foreign policy line, as spelled out in the charter for the movement founded in 1997, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Should this happen, this will be officially horrible.

Mar 16 11:39

Saudis in Secret Peace Talks With Yemen’s Houthis

Publicly, Saudi Arabia has shown no sign of looking for a negotiated end to the war in Yemen. Behind the scenes, however, they’ve been in secret talks with the Shi’ite Houthis for the past two months.

Three years into the Saudi invasion, signs are that there is some war weariness, and that they’ve been making secretive approaches to the Houthis, by way of neighboring Oman, for the past two months. Diplomats say the Houthis are eager for a diplomatic agreement.

One senior Houthi confirmed that the talks have been underway, with spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam repeatedly traveling to Oman for meetings with Saudi officials, and trying to carve out a “comprehensive political solution.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, there may be a reason for hope in Yemen.

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