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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.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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.

Mar 16 11:24

GOP Leaders Want to Delay Yemen War Powers Vote

Expectations are that the Senate War Powers vote on the Yemen War, SJ Res 54, will come up for debate and a vote next week. That may not happen if the Republican leadership gets its way, however, as many are opposed to the bill, and are trying to stall a vote.

Some leaders are arguing the issue is too “divisive,” and that the matter should be sent back to a committee for closer study. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), by contrast, endorsed the Pentagon’s argument, saying the US does so much military engagement around the world that it would be dangerous to think the War Powers Act could apply to all of it.

But of course the whole point of the War Powers Act is that it does apply to any commitment of US forces overseas. It’s just that in recent years, presidents have relied on catch-all authorizations with vague limits to join some wars, and other times simply assumed Congress wouldn’t mind, as they generally have not minded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reality of this situation is, having armed, and provided guidance and mid-air refueling to the Saudi military, the US government has colluded in Saudi war crimes in Yemen:

There is nothing "divisive" about this; it is as real a statement of fact as are all the other horrible facts about this sordid military campaign in Yemen, 3 years on, and with no resolution in sight:

Saudi coalition killed hundreds of children in Yemen, confidential UN report claims

Because Yemen cannot grow its own food, and it has to be imported, the Saudis, with US military assistance, have blockaded the ports, meaning that malnutrition is causing death, and a massive health crisis for the country.

Cholera (perhaps weaponised?!?) and diptheria now haunt Yemen:
Images: Yemen malnutrition has generated a cholera crisis

The skyrocketing increase in massive fetal abnormalites, cancers and stillbirths in Yemen indicate that the Saudis have used depleted uranium, with the predictable results on Yemen's children:

Image: Yemeni child exposed to du in the womb (image courtesy of RUPTLY

In my world, the poisoning of a child in the womb with this atrocious weapon, is criminal and inhuman beyond belief. And what gets me, is that the man who ordered this campaign, is not at all an uneducated man; Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, is very bright, university educated, has a law degree, and wound up 2nd in his class.

But could his hatred of the Iranian Shiias, who are acting as advisors to the Houthi rebels, be so great as to compel him to order the death, by direct military assaults; starvation, and disease, of non-combatants, and Yemen's children?!?

Sadly, the short answer here is "Yes"; and as a Christian pacifist activist, I will have to continue to bear witness to these atrocities on this site as long as I have breath.

When you destroy the children of a country, you destroy that country's future.

History will not be kind to this man; I understand that he is known by many honorifics in Saudi Arabia, because he is Saudi royalty.

History, however, will remember him as the Butcher of Yemen.

Senator Corker, the US government has to stop this madness; as you are perfectly aware, according to our Constitution, only Congress can declare war. It has not done so in Yemen.

I don't know what your portfolio holds in terms of weapons stocks, but I do know approximately, your net worth: Google has scrubbed the articles on this, but there are always other places to go to find such facts:

Senator Corker Undervalued his Wealth by Millions The story, from 2015, stated the following:

And Senator Schatz, whose office I called last week, to encourage you to vote for this bill, you, sir, owe me a return phone call!

Or have your alleged constituents with a point of view on this war different from that of your own, become....expendable and irrelevant in the State of Hawaii?!?

Just checking, sir.

Mar 15 14:23

Saudi Crown Prince Says Will Develop Nuclear Bomb If Iran Gets One; Compares Ayatollah To Hitler

In a "60 Minutes" interview set to air on Sunday, the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said his country would quickly obtain a nuclear bomb - if arch rival Iran successfully develops its own nuclear weapon.

The Saudi crown prince, currently on a whirlwind global PR tour to relieve his western allies of the bitter aftertaste that resulted from last year's unprecedented extortion crackdown on Saudi Royals, which left many of them imprisoned in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton for months until they "agreed" to hand over their loot to the cash-depleted government, said that "Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to own a nuclear bomb. But without a doubt, if Iran develops a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”

Mar 14 09:22

The Saudi prince’s state visit was a clear example of propaganda

The adverts for Mohammed bin Salman that smeared the papers last week show how the corporate media serves as a mouthpiece for the powerful, writes BEN COWLES

Mar 14 08:58

Tehran ready to resolve differences with Saudi Arabia – Iran’s FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said his country is ready to resolve differences with Saudi Arabia as part of Tehran’s desire for stability in the region. Zarif said Tehran had also expressed willingness to improve ties with Saudi Arabia when Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Iran during the Yemen crisis, but the kingdom’s response was not warm, AP reports. Zarif, who is in Islamabad this week for a three-day visit, made his remarks in an interview with Pakistan’s Geo television late Tuesday. Recent regional alignments and Pakistan’s tilt toward Saudi Arabia perturbed Iran, particularly the assignment of a Pakistani former army chief to head a Saudi-led military coalition to combat terrorism.

Mar 13 07:21

Bin Talal not allowed to leave Saudi Arabia after release: Report

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who recently was released after nearly three months in detention as part of a so-called anti-corruption purge, reportedly does not have the permission to travel outside of the kingdom.

Sources told Qatari newspaper al-Sharq on Monday that bin Talal, who had hoped to spend time in the south of France and also travel overseas to meet with his aides and advisers, has not received the necessary license to leave the kingdom, which has left him in “a state of gloom.”

The travel ban has led the prince into deactivating his Twitter account, where he has regularly commented on events in the past, according to the report.

Mar 12 11:40

Saudis said to use coercion and abuse to seize billions

Businessmen once considered giants of the Saudi economy now wear ankle bracelets that track their movements. Princes who led military forces and appeared in glossy magazines are monitored by guards they do not command. Families who flew on private jets cannot gain access to their bank accounts. Even wives and children have been forbidden to travel.

In November, the Saudi government locked up hundreds of influential businessmen — many of them members of the royal family — in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton in what it called an anti-corruption campaign.

Most have since been released but they are hardly free. Instead, this large sector of Saudi Arabia's movers and shakers are living in fear and uncertainty.

Mar 12 08:37

Saudis enlist US lobbyists to fight for their nuclear dream

Saudi Arabia has moved a step closer to its ambition to construct its first nuclear reactors by enlisting US law firms to lobby in its favor in Washington.

Bloomberg said in a report that three blue-chip lobbyists had filed disclosures saying they were advising the kingdom on the issue.

It named one of the companies as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman which it said had announced in a Justice Department filing that it would be billing Saudi Arabia Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources $890 per hour to give advice on a potential bilateral agreement with the US.

The second company was named as King and Spalding which Bloomberg said had announced in a February 21 filing with the Justice Department that it would be paid as much as $450,000 for an initial 30-day contract to lobby on behalf of the Saudis over its nuclear dream.

Mar 12 08:36

Yemeni PM tells Press TV: Saudi war impossible without US support

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Yemen's prime minister says Saudi Arabia would not have been able to wage a war on the impoverished country without support from the United States.

The Saudi war on Yemen will enter its fourth year on March 26th. Press TV’s Yemen correspondent Mohammad al-Attab has interviewed Yemeni Prime Minister Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour about the invasion, which continues to claim civilian lives.

Mar 12 08:36

Secret talks between Israel, Saudi Arabia

Israel and Saudi Arabia have reportedly held secret talks in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. According to reports, the Cairo talks dealt with several issues, including economic interests. The secret negotiations signal that Israel is no longer the greatest enemy in the region.

Mar 10 08:35

Netanyahu said to ask Trump not to sell Saudis nuclear reactors

And if you do go ahead, at least don't let Riyadh enrich its own uranium, PM reportedly urged US president; Saudis want up to 17 reactors, Iran-style enrichment rights

Mar 10 08:07

BRITAIN SET TO SELL 48 NEW TYPHOON JETS TO SAUDI ARABIA - DESPITE PROTESTERS ACCUSING THE STATE OF WAR CRIMES

Britain is set to sell 48 new Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia, despite campaigners accusing the country of war crimes. A 'memorandum of intent', which aims to finalise the deal, was signed today between the government and the nation's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he completed a three-day visit to the UK.

Mar 10 08:00

'Short of engaging in combat': UK has Al Saud's back in Yemen war

London was not a coincidental choice of Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince for his first official visit to the Western world. The UK has been deeply involved in the brutal war the Saudis are waging on Yemen.

When it began three years ago this month, the then-foreign minister Philip Hammond explained that Britain’s policy was to support the war “in every practical way short of engaging in combat.”

Mar 10 07:51

GOP Senator Long Critical Of Yemen War Now Helping Trump Block Debate On It

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) crafted an alternative bill they call pragmatic. Peace groups believe it threatens confrontation with Iran.

Mar 10 07:09

Israeli, Saudi officials hold Egypt-mediated meetings in Cairo: Report

An official with the Palestinian Authority (PA) says top Israeli and Saudi officials held a series of secret Egypt-brokered meetings in Cairo, last week, as more signs emerge of warming relations between the two regimes.

The unnamed official, told Emirati daily Khaleej Times on Friday that the meetings were a “significant development” in the slowly warming ties between Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

The talks between Israeli and Saudi officials took place at a luxury hotel in Cairo, with Egyptian officials present, dealing with the economic interests of Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Red Sea region, the official said.

He also warned that the Israel-Saudi détente is harming the Palestinians.

Mar 10 07:09

U.K. ROLLS OUT RED CARPET FOR SAUDI PRINCE ON ANNIVERSARY OF U.S.-SAUDI-U.K. CAR BOMBING THAT KILLED 83 CIVILIANS

MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, met with Theresa May on Thursday at the prime minister’s official government estate outside London. MbS, as he’s known, is the son of the current Saudi king and is widely seen as both the power behind the Saudi throne and its heir apparent.

There’s been significant public outcry, during MbS’s three-day visit to the U.K., over Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, which has been strongly supported by both the U.K. and the U.S. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party, has said the British government is “colluding” in war crimes in Yemen.

Mar 10 07:08

'A national disgrace': fury over £100m aid deal between UK and Saudi Arabia

The controversial aid deal between the UK and Saudi Arabia announced on Friday has been branded a “national disgrace”.

Amid further outcry over Britain’s relationship with the Gulf state, government ministers have signed a £100m aid agreement with Riyadh to coincide with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London this week.

The government described the deal as a “new long-term partnership” to improve livelihoods and boost economic development in some of the world’s poorest countries.

But the accord has been greeted with fury by opposition MPs and the aid sector, with grave concerns expressed about Saudi Arabia’s role in the Yemen conflict.

Mar 10 07:06

US Pouring Weapons Into War-Torn Yemen

Three years into the 2015 Saudi-led invasion of Yemen, untold thousands are dead. Northern Yemen has been through the worst cholera outbreak in human history, and civilians continue to die in bunches from Saudi airstrikes against the region.

To call Yemen war-torn is really putting it mildly. Yemen is in a disastrous state, with a Saudi-led naval blockade threatening to starve millions. If there’s one thing Yemen has no shortage of, however, it’s weapons, with the US ensuring a massive supply continues to pour into the hands of Saudi and Emirati forces.

US arms sales are themselves at a record high during this war, in no small part because of purchases by the United Arab Emirates, and particularly by the Saudis, who are dropping US bombs on northern Yemen as fast as they can buy them.

Mar 09 07:51

Turkey, Iran part of 'triangle of evil' in region: Saudi crown prince

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman claims Turkey and Iran, along with extremist groups, have formed a “triangle of evil” in the region amid Riyadh’s anger over Tehran-Ankara cooperation in Syria and the Turkish support for Qatar in the standoff with a Riyadh-led quartet of states.

“The contemporary triangle of evil comprises Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups,” Egypt’s Al-Shorouk newspaper quoted bin Salman as saying on Wednesday in an interview with newspaper editors in Cairo.

Bin Salman’s belligerent comments against Iran were not the first of their kind, but those against Turkey mark a sudden escalation.

The heir to the Saudi throne further accused Turkey of seeking to revive the Ottoman Empire.

Mar 09 07:42

Are Yemeni kids, like Palestinian kids, children of a lesser God?

Stuart Littlewood compares the callous disregard shown by Saudi Arabia and its allies towards civilian in Yemen with that shown by Israel towards the Palestinians, and laments the indifference of the UK government, which backs both regimes. >>

Mar 08 11:01

Saudi Strikes Kills Two Civilians, Wounds Several Children in North Yemen

Adding yet more bodies to the soaring number of civilian casualties inflicted by Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, Saudi warplanes carried out four strikes on early Wednesday in northern Yemen, near Saada. Two civilians were killed and a number of others wounded.

Three strikes hit a single family’s home, killing a woman and her daughter, and wounding a number of other children within. A fourth strike hit a relative’s house, next door, wounding those who survived the initial attack.

Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in early 2015, and has since killed thousands of civilians in airstrikes. Concerns about the war crimes have grown internationally, but particularly in the US and UK, as both nations sell substantial arms to the Saudis, which adds to concerns of culpability in the war crimes. The US has also provided direct aid to the Saudi campaign.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Many years ago, the comic genius Bob Newhart, doing a monologue as a despondent radio show host, with a terrible shift, and no callers, made the statement, "Dead Burnt Babies; I'm for them!!", as a way to spark at least a call or two, filled with moral outrage at the comment.

But unfortunately, Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed Ben Salman, otherwise characterised by me on this site as the BOY, AKA, the BUTCHER OF YEMEN, is deadly serious about maximizing the genocidal assassination of infants, children, women, and the medically infirm, and other non-combatants, in a war which can only, ultimately, have a political, rather than military, solution.

And the US government and military are helping him do it, meaning that my country, the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of America, the country of my birth and nationality, is colluding in Saudi warcrimes in Yemen.

WHERE THE FLIP, PLEASE, IS THE OUTRAGE FROM MY BROTHER AND SISTER AMERICANS?!?!?

It's just not on the radar screen, because the corporate presstitutes and whorespondents just won't cover it.

I therefore, sincerely, and respectfully, ask ALL of Rivero's Rangers to call the number indicated above, to voice support for an end to the US government's participation in this slaughter of the Yemeni people.

The BOY is already on his "road show" in the UK.

This mass murderering prince will be negotiating for yet more bombs and bullets to enable him to further decimate the Yemeni people in a war of attrition; next, he will be coming to the US later this month, to do precisely the same thing.

I hope that when he gets to the US, that there will be peaceful, and massive demonstrations against his presence; sadly, I doubt that will happen, because far too few Americans have truly taken the time to educate themselves on what the Saudi government, with American military help, is doing in Yemen.

UPDATE: I have, myself, just called my two senators, Senator Hirono, and Senator Schatz, requesting that they support this bill. I requested a call back from Senator Schatz, as I know that when he is on-island, he lives relatively not far from here; I would not bet that it is going to happen, but I wanted him to know that I was passionate about the US colluding with Saudi Arabia in war crimes in Yemen. I spoke to his aide, and was polite, but strong about what I both know, and feel, on the issue.

Mar 08 08:34

Saudi Crown Prince’s Visit to UK Met with Protests

The visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the United Kingdom has been met with human rights activists' protests. The demonstrators protested over Saudi-led military operation in Yemen.

Since the beginning of the Saudi military campaign in Yemen in 2015, Britain has sold at least $6.4 billion worth of weaponry to the Kingdom. The public approval of UK weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and is only at 6 percent mark in Britain, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Mar 08 08:04

Senior British diplomat working at firm behind Saudi PR offensive

A UK diplomat is working for the firm behind a multimillion pound Saudi PR drive while still employed by the Foreign Office, it has been revealed. It comes as Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince prepares for his trip to Britain.

Jolyon Welsh, whose Foreign Office roles have included deputy head of Middle East, was given special unpaid leave in 2014 to become a senior director of Consulum, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The communications firm was founded by former executives from Bell Pottinger, the agency that collapsed last year after a scandal over a campaign for South Africa’s Gupta family.

Mar 08 08:04

Major security gaffe as Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to talk oil over tea

Mohammed bin Salman had a busy – and very public – evening, thanks to an embarrassing leak by a staffer. MBS’ itinerary was put on display for all to see, including a scrum of photographers waiting outside 10 Downing Street.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince touched down in the United Kingdom on Wednesday for his first official visit. Media had already been told that the 32-year-old prince would meet the Queen, other royals and Prime Minister Theresa May – but thanks to a piece of paper flipped the wrong way, the world knows a lot more about what the crown prince is getting up to.

Security was of the utmost concern, with scores of police at the ready in Westminster and helicopters circling overhead. Security was tightened as hundreds of protesters picketed the PM’s official residence, denouncing the prince for his alleged war crimes in Yemen.

Mar 07 07:50

U.S. set to overtake Saudi Arabia as world's biggest oil producer following boom in output

A US oil boom is set to push America past Saudi Arabia to become the world’s top producer.

Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, the US production of crude oil is on track for the biggest single-year gain for more than 60 years.

Analysts claimed yesterday that, if the growth in domestic drilling continues, America will soon overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia – and possibly become ‘the new Middle East’ in another decade. The boom has surprised even the experts.

Mar 06 11:01

THE SPIN MACHINE BEHIND SAUDI ARABIA’S ‘HUMANITARIAN AID PLAN’ FOR YEMEN

On 22 January, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen unveiled a new plan to deliver "unprecedented relief to the people of Yemen".

The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) is a new "aid" programme with the ostensible aim of "addressing immediate aid shortfalls while simultaneously building capacity for long-term improvement of humanitarian aid and commercial goods imports to Yemen".

This will primarily be done through increasing the "capacities of Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian as well as commercial imports" - and all sealed with a whopping $1.5bn in aid contributions. What could possibly be wrong with that?

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The problem here is not only that the funding required to meet the needs created by the Saudi-led coalition is estimated by the UN to be twice that amount. The real problem is that the plan will not, in fact, increase the imports on which Yemen is utterly dependent, but reduce them still further.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One would expect nothing less from Prince Mohammed bin Salman, AKA MBS, or, in the world of civilized human beings, the Butcher of Yemen, whose 3 year military campaign and ongoing war crimes in Yemen, have included the murder of infants, women, and the medically fragile elderly in civilian areas.

Children who don't get blown into smithereeens by his genocidal assassins wind up dying from malnutrition, and cholera (possibly weaponised) and diptheria rage in Yemen right now, due to the health problems brought on by malnutrition.

Oh, and BTW, the US government is ASSISTING his troops by providing mid-air refueling to his country's bombers, and targeting information.

I don't know about you; but being a citizen of a country participating with Saudi Arabian troops in war crimes in Yemen concerns me greatly about the trajectory of US foreign policy in the region under President Trump

It is unfortunate that Mike and I are too broke, and too old, to immigrate to a truly civilized country which isn't involved in such horrific practices, but that is the reality right now.

The BOY (Butcher of Yemen) is on his 2018 road show right now, first in the UK (most probably to negotiate for more bombs and bullets with which to continue his genocidal military campaign in Yemen), and will be touching down in DC later this month, for most probably the same reason.

I would like to hope that he is greeted by Americans who peacefully protest his visit; and let President Trump understand, clearly, that although the BOY may be one of his BFFs in the Middle East, he is no friend of honest, logical, pragmatic US foreign policy in the region, none of which appears to be in view at the moment.

Mar 05 15:27

THE SPIN MACHINE BEHIND SAUDI ARABIA’S ‘HUMANITARIAN AID PLAN’ FOR YEMEN

The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) is a new "aid" programme with the ostensible aim of "addressing immediate aid shortfalls while simultaneously building capacity for long-term improvement of humanitarian aid and commercial goods imports to Yemen". This will primarily be done through increasing the "capacities of Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian as well as commercial imports" - and all sealed with a whopping $1.5bn in aid contributions. What could possibly be wrong with that?

Mar 04 07:59

U.S. Saudi Lobby in Overdrive Ahead of Prince MbS ‘Roadshow’

Formidable network of beltway players were paid for years to whitewash the blemishes and promote the Kingdom's interests.

Mar 04 07:41

Protests planned next week against bin Salman’s visit to UK

High-profile campaign groups plan to hold protests in London next week against a visit to Britain by the powerful Saudi crown prince to raise alarm over Riyadh’s war crimes in Yemen and its human rights record.

The protesters will gather outside Downing Street next Wednesday, when Mohammed bin Salman arrives in the UK to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Among the organizers are the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and Stop the War Coalition, which counts Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott among their patrons, Sky News reported on Wednesday.

Mar 03 14:37

Who loves ya, Saudi?. Just the UK's Theresa May and her deluded Foreign Office, and the callous death merchants of Washington and Tel Aviv.

Stuart Littlewood highlights the sick ties that bind Britain to Saudi Arabia and are most visibly represented by its multibillion pounds arms exports to the Al Saud family kingdom – arms used to kill and maim innocent civilians in Yemen. >>

Mar 02 08:33

Catherine Shakdam: After Hitler, Saudis Next in History to Have Used Hunger as Weapon of War

Political analyst Catherine Shakdam says Saudi Arabia’s use of hunger as a weapon of war and unprecedented targeting of civilians are indications to the very nature of Saudi Arabia’s intentions in Yemen.

Shakdam, in an exclusive interview with FNA, said that Saudi Arabia wants “to destroy the very idea of Yemen as a sovereign nation” to ensure its own rule being the sole prevailing power in the region.

The analyst believes that the patient and resilient Yemeni people, backed by their own history and civilization, have already won the war against Saudi Arabia who has spent billions of dollars to buy military technology and mercenaries.

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