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Nov 26 12:04

AP Interview: Saudi royal says crown prince is here to stay

A prominent Saudi royal said Saturday that whether or not heads of state gathered in Argentina next week for the Group of 20 summit warmly engage with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he is someone "that they have to deal with."

Prince Turki al-Faisal told The Associated Press the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last month is "an unacceptable incident that tars and mars the long record of Saudi Arabia's own standing in the world."

"We will have to bear that. It's not something that should not be faced. And we do face it," he said.

Intelligence officials and analysts say the operation to kill Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the crown prince for The Washington Post, could not have happened without Prince Mohammed's knowledge. The kingdom, which has offered several conflicting accounts of the killing, denies the crown prince had any involvement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I look at this with extreme skepticism, because even without "L'affaire Khoshoggi", the man has ordered the deaths of thousands of innocent Yemeni people, in order to control Yemen's oil, which amounts to 90% of Yemen's economy The Economy of Yemen

As a Saudi family royal, Crown Prince Bin Salman enjoys many honorifics, honorable titles to his name; but the one by which he will be most probably remembered, is that of "The Butcher of Yemen", aided and abetted in his war crimes by Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Donald Trump.

Nov 26 10:28

MBS HIRES GERMAN PR FIRM TO POLISH HIS IMAGE

A German consultancy firm with access to senior officials in the country has been employed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to improve the kingdom’s image. For years, the Saudi leadership has spent large sums on lobbyists in the West and this weekend a German newspaper revealed that that the Crown Prince, known as MBS, is working with a Berlin based consulting firm to shape Germany’s impression of the 33-year-old.

Details of the agreement between MBS and the PR firm were discovered by German sources and reported in the Arab media. German Sunday newspaper, Welt am Sonntag reported that Saudi Crown Prince “has been working with WMP since 2015 to prevent the spread of negative views in Germany about the royal family.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, Butcher of Yemen, aka Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ;I can help you out here, and not charge you a dime!

HOW ABOUT STOPPING THE SLAUGHTER OF THE YEMENI PEOPLE, AND STOP ASSASSINATING YOUR OWN CITIZENS, WHEN YOU DO NOT LIKE WHAT THEY HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT WHAT DIRECTION YOU HAVE TAKEN IN THIS HORRIFIC WAR?!?!?

You are welcome, your Lowness!!

Nov 23 11:44

Israel's Iron Dome defense of Saudi Arabia aims to avert collapse of Trump and Netanyahu's entire Middle East strategy: But Democrats view it as yet another expression of the prime minister’s overzealous backing for a despised U.S. president

Trump had no hesitation about deploying whatever remains of Israel’s good name as a political Iron Dome. On Thursday night he asserted, “Israel would be in a lot of trouble without Saudi Arabia.” In his written statement, Trump mentioned Israel twice: First to underline Saudi Arabia’s importance in warding off the big Satan Iran and then to justify Washington’s intention of standing by Riyadh in order to “ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.”

Israel, Trump assumes, is the magic word that will ensure the support of Evangelicals, who will in turn mitigate the harsh positions taken by some Republican Senators, especially Lindsey Graham, against the Saudi crown prince.

Democrats, in any case, were apparently less impressed. Widely respected Washington Post columnist Jackson Diehl wrote that “a lot of Republicans as well as Democrats will be repelled… by the spectacle of an Israeli leader lobbying to excuse an Arab dictator for murder.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Assassination...is one of the tools of statecraft; and no country on this planet understands this better than those in the Bowels of Power in Tel Aviv.

Nov 23 11:13

ESCOBAR: ERDOGAN, MBS, ISLAMIC LEADERSHIP, & THE PRICE OF SILENCE

The House of Saud's ties to the Khashoggi slaying are being milked by the Turkish President for maximum benefit amid debate on leadership of the Islamic world and how the crisis may affect US and Saudi strategy in the Middle East...

Call it the Gazprom double down. Nord Stream 1 and 2 supply northern Europe while TurkStream supplies southern Europe. Pipelines are steel umbilical cords. They represent liquid connectivity at its best while conclusively decreasing risks of geopolitical friction.

The Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry are very much aware that the high-stakes game goes way beyond ‘Pulp Fiction’ in Istanbul and the Astana peace process on Syria – carefully micro-managed by both Putin and Erdogan alongside Iran’s Rouhani. The big prize is no less than the leadership of the Islamic world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin, as usual, is no less than one thousand chess moves ahead of President Trump, in understanding how all this is going to be perceived globally, and how it can best benefit Russia and its allies.

Nov 23 07:26

World Knows US Supporting Terrorists

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people in Tehran on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami said, "The recent statements by US President Donald Trump were very cheap as the world is fully aware who supports and nurtures the terrorists; who sent terrorists to Syria."

Ayatollah Khatami's remarks came in reaction to recent anti-Iran statements of President Trump who accused Iran of supporting terrorists.

The senior cleric noted that the Muslim World will give a crushing response to the US by maintaining its unity.

The remarks by the cleric came after hawkish statements by US President Donald Trump against Iran.

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Nov 23 07:00

Trump's Saudi Support Highlights Brutality Of 'America First' Doctrine

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But more than that, by stressing the "billions" of dollars in Saudi investment in the US, Trump made clear that Washington has a price, that principles that generations of Americans have cherished, are for sale.

"The world is a very dangerous place! ... It's called America First!" Trump wrote in a statement, effectively repudiating the concept of American Exceptionalism, the idea that the US is embarked on a unique, moral mission exemplified by support for freedom, democracy and universal values.

He kept up his praise on Wednesday, thanking the Saudis in a tweet for low oil prices, even though the tumble in crude oil owes largely to market fears about a new supply glut and weakening demand.

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Nov 23 06:44

Nothing In Any Conspiracy Theory Is As Bad As What’s Being Done Out In The Open

Yesterday President Trump posted a statement on the White House website saying his administration will be standing with the House of Saud despite the CIA’s assertion that Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman personally ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was living and working in the United States.

The statement reads like a long form version of one of Trump’s tweets, replete with gratuitous exclamation points and slogans like “America First!” and the lie that Iran is “the world’s leading sponsor of terror”, which will never be true no matter how many times this administration deliberately repeats it. The world’s leading sponsor of terrorism is of course Saudi Arabia, along with Israel and the United States.

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(*RELATED:) Too weak to cry: The children of Yemen

Nov 22 09:59

Yemen Genocide About Oil Control

As with virtually every war and destabilization since the British first discovered abundant oil in the Persian Gulf over a century ago, the Yemen war is about oil, more precisely about control of oil, lots of oil.

Yemen is a strategically key geopolitical stretch of land at the critical connecting point of the Red Sea which links to the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean. It’s the site of one of the world’s most strategic shipping choke points, the Bab el Mandab, a narrow passage a mere 18 miles distance from Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, making it one of the US Department of Energy’s Oil Transit Chokepoints. According to the US Department of Energy an estimated 4.7 million barrels of oil passes through Bab el Mandab in both directions daily, including oil bound for China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx observed that all wars are essentially economic in nature, he was entirely correct.

Nov 22 09:25

Gabbard says being Saudi Arabia's 'bitch' is not 'America First'

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) took aim at President Trump on Wednesday over his comments regarding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey.

Gabbard wrote on Twitter that "being Saudi Arabia's bitch" did not align with the president's campaign theme of "America First," a day after Trump indicated that Saudi Arabia would not face severe consequences over Khashoggi's death.

Her comments came after Trump, as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, indicated that the U.S. would not sanction Saudi Arabia or otherwise punish the country over Khashoggi's death. Their stance drew criticism from both sides of the aisle Tuesday as politicians in both parties accused the White House looking the other way when it came to the Saudi government's alleged crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here is the reality of what happened, courtesy of WRH: and to Ms. McCain, and to Representative Gabbard, I hope you read this:

>Why the Claims about Syria's chemical weapons are bullshit!!

Nov 22 09:01

Trump Defends the Indefensible in Yemen

Trump has deservedly elicited widespread criticism for his treatment of the Khashoggi killing in a statement that appeared designed to preempt a U.S. intelligence assessment. He repeats the claim Khashoggi was part of the Muslim Brotherhood without really taking a position one way or the other and seemingly shrugs at the question of whether the crown prince had advance knowledge of the columnist’s torture and dismemberment. (“[M]aybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”)

But the apologia for the Saudi and United Arab Emirates war in Yemen, backed by our own government, should not escape reproach. Trump opens with some whataboutism and saber-rattling against Iran before lavishing praise on Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist, who abhors war as a way to achieve some wanted geopolitical outcome, and never advocates violence, for as long as this wretched war continues, I am compelled to witness, as truthfully as I can, to what the United States and its military, have done here, and are continuing to do in Yemen.

And here is what the US-enabled, Saudi war crimes look like in Yemen: warning; very graphic photos:

Yemeni children, killed or maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi air strikes

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi port blockades

Images: Yemeni children dying of (possibly weaponized) cholera because all clean Yemeni water infrastructure has been destroyed by US-enabled Saudi destruction of these resources

It is painfully obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together, that the US government, with full knowledge and intent, has been assisting Saudi Arabia in committing war crimes in Yemen.

And if either Sec Def Mattis, or Mike Pompeo thought for one millisecond, that they could "control" the actions of Prince bin Salman, after Saudi-aligned forces broke the cease-fire, and started shelling Hodeida mercilessly, they have been proven absolutely, and catastrophically wrong.

It appears that President Trump, our Merchant of Death in Chief believes firmly that these children and their parents must die, and are nothing more than "collateral damage" in the name of keeping sales of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, and the other military industrial complex corporations, humming along to Saudi Arabia.

I would imagine that today, Dennis A. Muilenburg, President of Boeing; Marillyn Hewson, President of Lockheed Martin; and Roy Azevedo, President of Raytheon, are all having a lovely,traditional Thanksgiving dinner, with all the trimmings with family and friends; unfortunately, the children of Yemen, appear to be only worthy of the above-documented death and destruction at the hands of the Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and his BFF and enabler, America's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump.

Nov 21 12:36

Can Mohammed Bin Salman Hold Power While Juggling Trump, Putin And Oil All At Once

According to a Bloomberg Op-Ed, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, President Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin are the three people that will steer the outcome of oil prices in the coming year, whether higher or lower. The problem is, of course, that they all want different things.

While OPEC spins its wheels, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States have control over the vast majority of global oil supply. In fact, when combined, these three countries produce more than the 15 members of OPEC put together. Right now, all are cranking out supply at record rates and it is not unfathomable to think that all three could be pushing out even more supply next year.

Nov 20 11:43

Saudi Arabia's King Salman praises the kingdom's justice system days after the Saudis cleared the crown prince of any involvement in Jamal Khashoggi's murder- despite damning CIA evidence

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has heaped praise on the kingdom's justice system today, in his first public remarks since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month.

The 82-year-old royal said he was 'proud of the efforts of the judiciary and the public prosecution', which as recently as last week exonerated his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of involvement in the murder.

The killing of the regime critical journalist at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul tipped Saudi Arabia into one of its worst international crises, but despite this there was no mention of the murder in the King's speech.

Nov 20 11:33

"Dozens" Of Princes Turn Against MbS As King Salman's Brother Waits In The Wings

For the past month the younger brother of Saudi Arabia's King Salman, 76-year old Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, has reportedly been positioned as the prime candidate to replace the increasingly embattled crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) after Prince Ahmed returned to the kingdom from self-imposed exile weeks ago.

Now just days after the CIA issued its report saying the agency believes MbS ordered the Jamal Khashoggi killing, Reuters has revealed that MbS has even more reason to be nervous about political survival as his brothers are now publicly leaking they're ready for a replacement in the succession. Perhaps it's payback time for last year's Ritz Riyadh imprisonment?

Nov 20 11:21

Trump not taking punitive measures against Saudis over Khashoggi

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States intends to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia even though "it could very well be" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had knowledge of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Nov 20 10:08

Saudis Agree To Yemen Peace Talks - Ceasefire In Effect For First Time Since War's Start

The prospect for peace - or at least a lasting ceasefire - is advancing rapidly following a surprise weekend proposal by Yemen's Houghis to halt all attacks on Saudi coalition forces. On Sunday the head of Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, said "We are willing to freeze and stop military operations" — something which now appears to have taken effect, according to a breaking Reuters report.

In the biggest turning point in the war which has raged since 2015, Reuters confirms:

Houthi rebels in Yemen said on Monday they were halting drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their Yemeni allies, responding to a demand from the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately ,Saudi Arabia has seen fit to break the truce:

Saudi-led forces resume attacks on Yemeni port of Hodeidah

Nov 20 09:18

WITH SAUDIS’ GLOBAL BACKERS BACKING AWAY, YEMENI FACTIONS PREPARE FOR PEACE TALKS

Peace in Yemen could not come at a more crucial time. Yemeni factions are preparing for peace talks in Sweden at the end of November while Saudi Arabia faces intense scrutiny and pressure from its Western allies, as well as possible action from the United Nations Security Council, for leaving nearly 22 million Yemenis requiring urgent humanitarian aid at the mercy of the famine and disease that the Saudi-led coalition has leveraged as weapons of war.

As of July, the coalition’s war against Yemen had killed or injured 37,896 civilians, according to Yemen’s Legal Center for Rights and Development, which tracks civilian casualties. Since then, casualties have skyrocketed by 168 percent as a result primarily of the coalition’s bombardment of the densely populated port city of Hodeida.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here; perhaps Khashoggi did not die in vain, if the eyes of the world are now focused on Saudi Arabia's and the US's war crimes in Yemen.

Nov 20 09:11

SAUDI FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS CIA ASSESSMENT ON KHASHOGGI MURDER IS FALSE

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that claims, including by the CIA, that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave the order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi were false, according to an Arabic-language newspaper interview, Reuters reports.

News outlets, including Reuters, reported the CIA’s finding over the weekend in a case that has sparked an international outcry against the world’s top oil exporter. This was the most definitive U.S. assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler directly to the killing and contradicted Saudi government assertions that he was not involved.

“We in the kingdom know that such allegations about the crown prince have no basis in truth and we categorically reject them, whether through leaks or not,” Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was quoted as saying in Saudi-owned Al Sharq Al Awsat newspaper in the first Saudi official comment on the CIA report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have two potential narratives here; either Prince Salman did order the hit, or he did not.

IF he did not order the hit, who in the Saudi royal family would have done that, to destabilize the Crown Prince's government; thought they could get away with it;, and be in contention for the title of Crown Prince if Bin Salman got sacked by his dad?!?

The House of Saud does not like its "dirty laundry" to be aired in public; Jamal Khashoggi most likely had no shortage of enemies would would have liked to have seen him murdered. But for Prince Bin Salman to have had this done in broad daylight, in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey?!?

There is still a great deal of evidence which has not yet been allowed to come forward from the Turkish authorities; I would like to hope that will change shortly.

Nov 20 09:00

THE ONLY REGIME CHANGE THAT IS NEEDED IS IN WASHINGTON

But my vote for the most magnificent nut in an Administration that is overflowing with such talent would be the esteemed United States Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey. The accolade is in part due to the fact that Jeffrey started out relatively sane as a career diplomat with the State Department, holding ambassadorships in Iraq, Turkey, and Albania. He had to work hard to become as demented as he now is but was helped along the way by signing on as a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), which is a spin-off of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to me, that my brother and sister Americans are back to a status quo ante, a status of feudal vassals, as we were before the American revolution.

And why do I say this?

Although this can be expressed as a grasp of the in-your-face obvious,the cold, hard reality that the government is only responsive to the already monied, to and certain foreign governments, Israel being among the worst offenders, in terms of having very effectively hijacked American foreign policy to their own ends.

What is great for Israel, is not at all necessarily good for We the People.

Yes, there are moments when a common good for both countries align; but in the world of the 21st century, those moments are consistently fewer and farther between, particularly when comes to the Zionist vision of "Eretz Israel", which means carving off hunks of adjacent countries to perfect and achieve that vision.

The maps tell the story:

Current map of Israel

Map: Eretz Israel

Notice the hunks of Iraq, Syria, Saudia Arabia, Jordan,Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq which will have to be conquered by Israel in order for this "vision" of Eretz Israel to be achieved?!?

It is no accident that Israel cheered for the US invasion and occupation of Iraq; it is no accident that they have cheered the illegal and unwanted US military actions against Syria, including funding and arming the jihadists against the government; it is no accident that they have started the "political rapprochement" process with Saudi Arabia, which they are hoping to use as a proxy force against Iran, working with the US military, as they have been doing in Yemen; and it is no accident that Israel fully expects the US to go to war against Iran for it.

But as always with Israel, these "wins" are only to be purchased primarily at the cost of American blood, and American money.

I look at the media buys the military has been doing lately, with a lot of saturation ads, to encourage our young men and women to join; but the US military is in one horrifically awful dilemma right now.

They don't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing (outsourced in the 80s, to make way for the alleged "service economy")or the money to insure a successful outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

With the mid-terms over, before there is a war against Russia, China, and/or Iran, I would not bet against the re-institution of the draft, coupled with continuing demonization of Russia, China, and Iran.

Please remember the following reality, as stated on Google:

"Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, whether documented or undocumented, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service. The law says men must register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday."

Nov 20 08:48

Saudi royals 'have begun plotting against Crown Prince and aim to stop him taking the throne when King Salman dies' following outcry over Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Members of the House of Saud are seeking to find an alternative successor to the throne and prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from becoming king, sources close to the royal court said.

While they say that no change to the line of succession could take place while the 82-year-old King Salman lives, after his death the field may open.

The sources suggest there is a growing conspiracy among members of the House of Saud to ensure the favoured son does not become King.

Nov 19 11:52

Saudi king urges action against Iran, backs Yemen peace

Saudi Arabia's King Salman urged the international community on Monday to halt Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, and reiterated the kingdom's support for U.N. efforts to end the war in Yemen.

The king's annual remarks to the Shura Council, a top governmental advisory body, were his first public comments since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, which sparked a global outcry.

King Salman, who did not mention the Khashoggi affair, condemned the actions of Iran, its arch-rival for influence in the region, including in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Nov 19 11:50

Graham: Saudi crown prince is ‘irrational’ and ‘unhinged’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in an interview on Sunday called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "irrational" and "unhinged," saying he has weakened the ties between Washington and Riyadh.

"I think he's done a lot of damage to the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia," Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press." "And I have no intention of working with him ever again."

Graham said he was certain that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist and U.S. resident.

"I'm going to do whatever I can to place blame where I believe it lies," the senator added. "I'm gonna put it at the feet of the crown prince, who has been a destructive force in the Mideast."

Nov 19 11:18

US Announces Sanctions Supporting Saudi Narrative on Khashoggi

Facing pressure to act against the Saudis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but also clearly not wanting to imperil US-Saudi ties, the Trump Administration has announced sanctions on 17 Saudis over the killing Thursday.

The sanctions were exactly the sort that Saudi Arabia would doubtless counsel as a way to keep everything in line with the oft-changing Saudi narratives, and their consistent theme that the crown prince was wholly blameless.

So naturally, the US didn’t sanction the prince. Indeed, all 17 people they did sanction were people that the Saudis had already singled out as being targets of their own token investigation. The US used almost that entire Saudi investigation list, except for military generals, as their own list of sanctions targets.

Nov 19 11:17

Is CIA Leak of Bin Salman’s Guilt in Khashoggi Murder Aimed at Kushner, or Trump Himself?

The CIA has leaked against Jared Kushner and Trump that Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the Saudi crown prince, ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

President Trump had asked the CIA to do an assessment of the murder. Apparently, from the leak to the US press, part of the evidence came from National Security Agency wiretaps of the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC. They caught Khalid Bin Salman, the crown prince’s brother and Saudi ambassador to the US, telling Khashoggi that it would be fine for him to pick up the paperwork needed for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Either Prince Khalid was in on the plot to murder Khashoggi, or he was duped by his brother to lull the dissident journalist into a false sense of security. He called Khashoggi on instructions from his brother, MBS.

Nov 19 10:55

Hardline Turkish Paper Warns ‘War Will Break Out’ if Saudi Crown Prince Remains in Power

Turkey’s Yeni Safak, a newspaper that supports President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published an editorial on Friday by its most energetic columnist, editor-in-chief Ibrahim Karagul, warning that war will erupt across the Middle East if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) remains in power after allegedly ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

“So, Saudi is going to execute five people and be done with it! That’s not going to happen; it’s going to be very difficult to get the prince out of this. A regional war is going to break out if the two crown princes don’t go! If the secret deals are disclosed, it will cause unrest on Arab streets,” Karagul thundered.

That was not the first paragraph of his op-ed. That was the headline.

Nov 19 10:32

Yemen Houthi Leader Extends Olive Branch; Offers Ceasefire If Saudis Agree

The leader of the Iranian-backed Houthi movement in Yemen said on Sunday that he is ready to institute a ceasefire, as long as the Saudi-backed government coalition is willing to do the same.

"We are willing to freeze and stop military operations on all fronts to reach a just and honorable peace if they really want peace for the Yemeni people," said Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, head of Yemen's Houthi Supreme Revolutionary Committee. According to CNN, al-Houthi said that his forces would stop launching missiles and drone attacks on "US-Saudi aggression countries and their allies in Yemen."

Nov 19 10:23

The Saudis Are Hinting At Another U-Turn In Oil Markets

A month after President Donald Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions on Tehran’s oil, Iran’s archrival and OPEC’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia got in June its Arab Gulf fellow cartel members and OPEC+ deal partner Russia on board to start pumping more oil to offset the expected loss of Iranian supply.

Just five months later, Saudi Arabia and OPEC are hinting at a fresh oil production cut, as rising production and signs of waning demand growth point to oversupply next year.

The oil market and analysts—who were questioning just two months ago the Saudi and Russian ability to offset expected steep Iranian losses—are now thinking that OPEC and its allies reacted too early to come to the rescue of global oil supply.

Nov 19 09:12

Turkish Official: Khashoggi's Head in Riyadh

The Arabic-language Khalij Online newspaper quoted an unnamed Turkish official as saying on Saturday that Khashoggi was beheaded and his head was sent to Riyadh and other parts of his dismembered body are in Turkey.

"After killing and dismembering Khashoggi's body by the Saudi team, it is not yet clear how his head was transferred to Riyadh, either via plane or via road or sea," it added.

The Turkish official referred to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's special bodyguard Mahir Mutrib, saying that he was one of the main culprits behind the crime and his luggage was not checked at Turkey's airport as he has diplomatic passport and his private plane was not inspected due to diplomatic impunity.

Nov 18 13:48

Lest we forget: Bygone lights shining on our dark present

"Nostalgia, a hybrid of nostos, the Greek words for "return", and algos, which means "suffering”, is often based on myths and false memories and, as such, is rarely a helpful illuminator on the present or guide to the future.

"But occasionally one stumbles on hard evidence of days long forgotten in the Arab world, or blurred and distorted by dysfunctional, primitive traditions and/or the venomous ideas of malicious forces among us, which shine a light on the darkness in which we currently live. 

"The photographs below are snippets of the Arab world as it was once upon a time. 

Nov 18 02:17

The Nefarious Reasons Behind the US and UK’s Sudden Concern for Civilians in Yemen

American, British and French military support for the murderous operations in Yemen should have stopped months, even years ago, if official humanitarian concerns were genuine.

At first glance, it may seem like a positive move. The Trump administration and London are both putting pressure on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to implement a ceasefire in Yemen’s atrocious war.

What’s wrong with that, you may ask? Well, as Houthi rebels who took over Yemen at the end of 2014 are saying, the country has been under aggression for the past three years from a Saudi-led coalition supported militarily by the US, Britain and France. The unrelenting war on the poorest country in the Middle East has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades, with over half of the population – some 14 million people – at risk of starvation, according to the UN
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Last week, Washington announced that it was suspending mid-air refueling flights for Saudi and Emirati warplanes that have been pounding Yemen since March 2015, which has resulted in a horrendous death toll among civilians. The indiscriminate killing of the Saudis and Emirati air strikes has been amply documented, albeit downplayed by Western media. The latter keep repeating a figure of 10,000 dead in Yemen – a figure which has bizarrely remained unchanged for at least the past two years. The real death toll from air strikes is unknown but likely to be near 50,000.

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Nov 17 12:33

CIA ‘concludes with high confidence’ Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi murder – reports

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey last month, the CIA has concluded, according to anonymous sources who spoke with the Washington Post and Reuters.

The US foreign espionage agency assessed with "high confidence" that the prince was behind the death of the Post columnist, the newspaper reported on Friday evening, citing "people familiar with the matter." Reuters later cited its own source as saying that the spy agency "had briefed other parts of the US government on its assessment," which contradicts the official position maintained by both Riyadh and Washington thus far.

Nov 16 17:12

CIA ‘concludes with high confidence’ Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi murder – Washington Post

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey last month, the CIA has concluded, according to a Washington Post report which cites anonymous sources.

The US foreign espionage agency assessed with “high confidence” that the prince was behind the death of the Post columnist, the newspaper reported on Friday evening citing “people familiar with the matter.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the Crown Prince is about to get the old heave-ho!

Nov 15 16:22

US senators seek to stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder

A newly proposed bill in the US Senate would suspend the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and block refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen, as punishment for the death of a Washington Post columnist.

A group of senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, led by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced the “Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2018.” It was sponsored by three Democrats and two Republicans.

Menendez, who is the top Democrat on the committee, said that sanctions against 17 Saudi nationals introduced earlier on Thursday by the Trump administration were “not enough” to ensure a credible investigation of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and pressure Riyadh into ending the war in Yemen.

Nov 15 15:50

Tulsi Gabbard : “It is long overdue that we end US complicity in Saudi Arabia’s atrocities. (Nov 14)

We must end all US support for Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen now.”

Nov 15 11:02

In Close Vote, House Blocks Debate on Yemen WarVote was tied to bill cracking down on gray wolves

On Wednesday, in a vote heavily along party lines, the House passed the Manage our Wolves Act 201-187. The vote effectively blocked all debate on the war in Yemen, and precluded that conflict from coming up for a future vote.

This is the second straight year that an attempt to challenge America’s unauthorized involvement in the Yemen War under the War Powers Act has been derailed by House leadership through last minute rule changes. This time, it required tying the rule change to a vote about gray wolves.

This led to a bizarre situation where they were debating the constitutionality of the Yemen War on one side, and the desire to shoot gray wolves on the other side. This was meant to give cover to lawmakers, to say they were voting because of the wolves instead of the unpopular Saudi-led war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How could you expect anything less from "alleged" representatives, when our President is rapidly earning his "merchant of death - in chief" title?!?

You have to wonder; how stupid, or plain crazy, was this move to tie it ton issue resolving the gray wolf problem?!? Perhaps they knew this conflation would be the KOD (Kiss of Death) in the issue of the US-Enabled Saudi War against Yemen?!?

And one has to wonder; just how much did Saudi Arabia "contribute" to the campaigns of those who chose to scotch the deal?!?

In this part of the 21st century's US political cycle, politicians are simply ""assets", to be sold to the highest corporate/state-sponsored bidder; they utterly no longer represent We the People; they represent "Those the Monied"

Forgive my cynicism here, but I am almost to the point of believing that if elections really changed anything in this country, they wouldn't be allowed to happen.

Nov 15 10:52

FIVE SAUDIS FACE DEATH PENALTY OVER KHASHOGGI KILLING; CROWN PRINCE CLEARED

Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to "interrogate" Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had "no knowledge" of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well now, THAT sure didn't take long!!

Nov 15 10:48

White House Weighs Kicking Out Cleric Gulen From US To Appease Erdogan; Lira Surges

In what is the most shocking geopolitical news of the day, NBC reports that the Trump administration is weighing extraditing the nemesis of Turkish President Recep Erdogan, cleric Fethulah Gulen who has been living for years in relative seclusion in rural Pennsylvania, from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to the NBC report, Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing the exiled Turkish cleric in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government. The effort includes directives to the Justice Department and FBI that officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status, four sources told NBC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-Luc Picard double face palm, upon reading this!!

The White House HAS to know that this guy will get tortured to say ANYTHING Erdogan wants him to stay, and "publicly confess", and that he is able to absolutely bend DC to his will on this issue.

Nov 15 10:31

Leaked 2009 Cable Labels Saudi Arabia “Most Significant Source Of Funding To Terrorist Groups Worldwide” – Exposes Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, And Pakistan

By Brandon Turbeville

While the Saudi military continues to besiege Yemen and create the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet today, the United States also continues to arm and abet KSA in their war against the Yemeni people. Yemen, of course, is nothing more than a proxy war against Iran and a geopolitical chess move on the part of both the Saudis and the Americans and, for that reason, no amount of war crimes and intentional targeting of civilians has warranted anything more than a tepid criticism of the Saudis by the current US administration.

The Saudis, because of their oil and money, are untouchables. KSA can kill journalists in an open and brutal fashion, chop off heads in the city square, oppress its female population like no other country in the world, and launch unjustified wars with no consequence. KSA can even fund and direct terrorist organizations across the world with very little restraint...

Nov 15 10:16

6 RECENT US ANTIWAR PROTESTS THE MEDIA DOESN'T WANT YOU TALKING ABOUT

A friend told me yesterday that he hadn’t seen an antiwar protest in America in ten years. It was a sincere comment; he genuinely hadn’t seen any coverage on any peace activism in his country during that time. And of course he hadn’t; it is mainstream media’s job to distort public narratives in favor of the war-hungry plutocratic class which owns the media outlets. But I’ve actually been noticing a lot of antiwar activism lately which, while often far from the spotlight of mass media attention, has given me much hope for the future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Foreign policy in this country is ultimately outsourced to the people/countries who, and which, can pay the most for it.

Right now, the highest bidders, and owners, for US foreign policy are, respectively, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Israel has shared an absolutely, fact-free, poisoned narration of its relationship with Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and all of the rest of the countries which surround it with President Trump, and he has absolutely taken the bait. Of course that "bait" was "sweetened" by the very generous donations of the casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson, and his wife Miriam.

Sheldon and Miriam Adelson gave $55 milion in September to support Trump and the Republicans

That is why The unhinged, surveilled state of Amerika, is in such a loop of endless wars, followed by new wars, with no real justification for why it must be the US who must fight them in the first place. The "Payoffs" to Adelson and Israel were:

1. The US declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
2. The withdrawal of the US from the P5+1 agreement, and the imposition of horrific sanctions against Iran, and putting the US on a "war footing" against Iran, which Israel sees as its "existential threat" in the region
3. Massively more money for Israel's military
4. Keeping US troops in Syria "to answer the "scourge" of Iranian troops staying in that country, coordinating with the Russian and Syrian troops, to wipe out the last of the US-funded jihadists (This, potentially, may lead to a hot war in Russia, but hey, who cares?!?)
5. Cutting off any funds for humanitarian aid for Gaza
6. The awarding of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson
Miriam Adelson Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom
(Wow; I guess that in current circles, that can be bought also)
7. Letting Prime Minister Netanyahu have an absolutely free hand with the Palestinians, including stealing and annexing their land, which has belonged to Palestinian families for generations, and engineering borders encroaching Palestinian residents' land for use by the the illegal Jewish settlers, which means that it is now impossible for the Palestinians to have a contiguous state.
6. President Trump's NOT reading the riot act when Israel passed the controversial nation-state law Israel passes nation State Law. The bill went on to state: "Israel passed early Thursday a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and asserts that "the realization of the right to national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish people," sparking outrage from Israel's Arab community and provoking concern from the international community."

Now, let us turn to President Trump's other BFF,Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman, AKA, the Butcher of Yemen. And what has the "payoff" been here for Saudi Arabia?!?

1. The opportunity to purchase lots of weapons with which to create a genocide in Yemen.

In fact, President Trump and the US's own Mike Pompeo thought this so important that he lied to Congress about what Saudi Arabia was going to do with those weapons. Pompeo lied to Congress about Yemen to protect Arms Sales
2. The US has aided and abetted Saudi war crimes in Yemen, which include:

A - The deliberate killing of infants, women, and the medically fragile elderly. Images; Yemeni children slaughtered or maimed for live, courtesy of Saudi bombing raids

B - The US-enabled blockading of Yemen ports, leading to massive starvation, and a cholera epidemic (possibly weaponized):

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

Images: Yemeni children sicked by cholera

3. The deafening conspiracy of silence on this war from the American Presstitutes.

4. Possible assistance from the US on starting up a nuclear weapons program Congress members want Trump to report on Saudi Arabia's nuclear ambitions

5. A covert, but growing alliance with Israel against their alleged common enemy, Iran.

6. The US giving the Prince "cover" on Saudi Arabia's brutal execution of Adnan Khashoggi, even though this may well have been planned by the Crown Prince himself.

It is sobering to think, that President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are the most ruthless, tyrannical leaders in that part of the world; Israel's Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza, and Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen.

Nov 15 10:06

TRUMP’S PICK FOR SAUDI AMBASSADOR IS EXPERT ON HEZBOLLAH AND IRAN

US President Donald Trump nominated retired general John Abizaid as ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He has opposed the Iranian nuclear program, but also urged Israeli restraint in confronting it. As an observer for the UN in 1985 Abizaid saw some of Hezbollah’s first terror attacks and has spoken about the threat of terrorism in the region. His nomination comes at a crucial juncture for US-Saudi relations and also Riyadh’s role in the region. Abizaid will fill a spot that has been open for several years. A former US Central Command, Abizaid has a long background in the Middle East and its wars.

Nov 15 09:40

Skripal and Khashoggi: West Manufactures Absurd Fantasy to Pin on Russia, Lets Saudi Get Away With Chopping up WaPo Journalist Alive

Two disappearances, and two very different responses from Western governments, which illustrates their rank hypocrisy.

When former Russian spy Sergei Skripal went missing in England earlier this year, there was almost immediate punitive action by the British government and its NATO allies against Moscow. By contrast, Western governments are straining with restraint towards Saudi Arabia over the more shocking and provable case of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Nov 15 09:13

How far will Saudi Arabia go to make sure that Bin Salman survives?

A Saudi campaign to save Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has been gaining momentum since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on 2 October. With each passing day, the likelihood that he will survive the biggest crisis to hit the Kingdom since the 9/11 terrorist attacks — 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi nationals — grows significantly.

Like its Gulf neighbours, Saudi Arabia has developed a reputation for being resilient. It’s a perception that was reinforced by the way in which the oil and gas rich states staved off popular uprisings during the 2011 Arab Spring.

Nov 14 11:20

House Leadership Aims to Stop Debate on US Involvement in Saudi War in Yemen

On Wednesday, a measure is being advanced at the behest of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) aiming to derail House Continuing Resolution 138, a War Powers Act challenge which would force an end to the US military involvement in the Saudi-led War in Yemen.

Under the War Powers Act, any individual lawmaker is intended to be able to raise the matter of an unauthorized war for debate and a vote on the floor. Efforts to do so have failed, however, as the House leadership has used the Rules Committee to sidestep the issue.

This move to derail the debate is part of the first day of lame-duck House business, and Rep. Ryan and the other leaders seem to be hoping to turn the legal challenge of the war into a partisan issue. Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) accused the Republican leadership of shirking Congressional responsibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, this is all about two things; the billions the weaponry companies are making from Saudi Arabia,and about continuing and abetting their war crimes in Yemen, rather than having a national discussion of the moral costs to this country these actions have had. (warning: highly graphic images):

The Saudis are assassinating women, children, or maiming them for life with their bombing raids:

Images: dead and crippled Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi Bombing Raids

The US enabled blockade of Yemeni ports, means that desperately needed food, and medical supplies cannot be distributed, lead to massive death by malnutrition:

Images: Yemeni children dying of malnutrition.

And now, as the Yemeni people become weaker through malnutrition, there is a cholera epidemic here that has turned absolutely vicious.

Images: Yemeni children treated for cholera

I for one want to see this carnage stopped, immediately, and negotiations among all sides leading to a cease fire, and peace talks among all parties to resolve this horrific war.

And President Trump, I would like to strongly caution you that the optics here internationally...couldn't possibly be worse, for this country, and its participation on the genocide of Yemen, courtesy of one of your BFFs in the region, The Butcher of Yemen, AKA Crown Prince bin Salman.

Nov 14 08:37

Iran Has 'Credible' Info on Saudi Plan to Kill Top Officials – Foreign Minister

Over the weekend, The New York Times cited three unnamed sources as saying that top Saudi intelligence officials had discussed the possibility of killing Iranian “enemies” by hiring private operatives. Saudi authorities haven’t commented on the report yet.

In an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, a London-based pan-Arab media outlet, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif claimed that Tehran was aware of Saudi Arabia’s alleged plans to have senior Iranian officials killed.

“Tehran had credible information on this,” Zarif said.

Nov 14 08:36

US Congress Wants to Cut Off Aid to Saudis Over Khashoggi, Yemen War

Earlier, Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the recently released audio recording allegedly depicting the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in no way implicated the top leadership in Riyadh in the crime.

The Senate is working on legislation to cut off all US assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen, and in reaction to Riyadh's response to the killing of a dissident journalist, Republican Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker has said.

According to the senator, the resolution targeting the Saudis could be voted on before the end of the year.

"Senators are looking for some way to show Saudi Arabia the disdain they have for what has happened, with the journalist, but also concerns about the way Yemen has gone," Corker said, speaking to Reuters on Tuesday.

Nov 14 06:12

Saudi Intelligence Met with Trump Admin and Mossad To Discuss Iran Sabotage and Assassinations

A plan to use private intelligence operatives to sabotage Iran was developed by Trump confidant George Nade and Joel Zamel, an Israeli known for his “deep ties” to Israeli intelligence and security agencies.

Nov 14 03:45

Trump appoints John Abizaid as new ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Appointment of former army general John Abizaid comes after nearly two years of US ambassadorial absence in Riyadh.

US President Donald Trump has named a former army general with long experience in the Middle East as ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a post that has been vacant since Joseph Westphal left in January 2017.
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The 67-year-old's appointment, which will have to be approved by the Senate, comes at a time when relations between the longstanding allies are being put to the test following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Nov 13 13:01

Saudi-Led Attacks on Yemen Port Escalate; 150 Killed in 24 Hours

Heavy fighting between invading Saudi-backed forces and the Shi’ite Houthi movement continues to escalate, with medics saying at least 150 people killed on Monday in just a 24 hour span. This is an increase of weeks of deadly fighting in and around the vital port city of Hodeidah.

Hodeidah is the main aid port into Yemen, and the last port under Houthi control. This means it is effectively the source of food for millions of Yemenis in the Houthi-controlled north, and aid groups warn the fall of the port could lead to famine.

The death toll is rising as the fighting moves deeper into the city, and its residential areas. The fall of the city’s main hospital over the weekend led to medical staff fleeing the area, and thousands of civilians remain trapped in the neighborhoods nearby.

Nov 13 12:56

John Bolton Says "No Evidence" Implicating Crown Prince On Khashoggi Kill Tape

Hours after the New York Times reported that Turkey's long-rumored audio recording of Saudi journalist-turned dissident's murder inside the Saudi consulate included "strong evidence" that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing, National Security Advisor John Bolton said Tuesday that no such link existed, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Nov 12 12:11

Turkey Calls French Statements on Khashoggi Tapes 'Unacceptable'

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated Monday that France was in no possession of recordings related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as far as he was aware, with the remarks provoking utmost fury in Ankara.

The Turkish side has branded French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian's statement on the Khashoggi tapes inadmissible.

"We find it unacceptable that he accused President Erdogan of 'playing political games'," communications director at the Turkish presidency Fahrettin Altun told AFP.

"Let us not forget that this case would have been already covered up had it not been for Turkey's determined efforts," Altun stressed adding that the comments do not "reflect the facts."

Nov 12 11:28

Will House Democrats End U.S. Involvement In Yemen War?

Given the anger in Washington over the Jamal Khashoggi murder case, there is a real possibility that the Democrat-controlled House will be able to garner the votes to achieve what scores of lawmakers unsuccessfully sought to accomplish in March. The stakes are high regarding weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Any effort to cancel, delay, or freeze arms deals could undermine the White House’s “special relationships” with Crown Princes Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed, the de facto rulers in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi who are at the helm of Saudi and Emirati foreign policy. At risk are pending Saudi and UAE purchases of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile defense system, the F-35 fifth generation fighter jets, and precision guided munitions.

Nov 12 11:09

At Least 80 Killed as Saudi-Backed Forces Reach Hodeidah Residential Areas

Saudi-backed invasion forces are pushing deeper into the vital Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah, with heavy fighting on Saturday killing at least 80 across the city. Hodeidah’s main hospital has fallen and now the fighting has reached the residential area surrounding it.

Medics reported that among the 80 killed, 61 were Houthi fighters and the other 19 were pro-Saudi soldiers. There were also reports of civilian casualties from several airstrikes in the area, though exact numbers are unclear.

This is the latest of several major military offensives against the port. The most recent push was said to include thousands of additional fighters, including Yemeni factions and the Sudanese military.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The goal of the Saudi military, enabled by the US military, is to starve the residents of Hodeidah into submission.

Just in case the Saudi Government, or US government or military never got the memo, THIS IS A WAR CRIME!!

Nov 12 11:06

Pentagon launched new classified operation to support Saudi coalition in Yemen

Even as the humanitarian crisis precipitated by Saudi Arabia’s more-than-three-year war in Yemen has deepened, the Pentagon earlier this year launched a new classified operation to support the kingdom’s military operations there, according to a Defense Department document that appears to have been posted online inadvertently.

The existence of the new classified operation, code-named Yukon Journey, was partially revealed in a Defense Department inspector general report posted online earlier this month, which noted that “the Secretary of Defense designated three new named contingency operations: Operation Yukon Journey, and operations in Northwest Africa and East Africa.”

The three operations, which focus on al-Qaida and ISIS, are classified, the report notes, and the Pentagon has not publicly disclosed their location beyond saying they are in the Middle East and Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: the Pentagon will continue assassinating all Yemenis still breathing possible, until Yemen is securely occupied by the Saudi military, no matter how many innocents are murdered in the process.

In providing this "cover" for the Butcher of Yemen, (His Royal Highness, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman), the US government has telegraphed its enthusiasm for continuing to aid and abet Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

My brother and sister Americans are now citizens of a country which commits war crimes.

When I was a kid, thoughts like this never entered my head; my country was always the moral, reasonable, democratic holder of the higher ground; it is disgusting to know that this was rarely the case with this country, particularly in the 21st century.

I have to weep for what I see as the final trajectory for US foreign policy.

Nov 10 10:43

US ends Saudi-UAE refuelling support in Yemen war

Saudi Arabia says it requested an end to US refuelling operations in Yemen because it can now handle it by itself.

Nov 10 09:52

Mohammed Bin Salman: Too Big To Fail

A month after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, an international consensus is emerging about how to respond: deplore the crime, demand justice, but don’t cut ties with the kingdom. In particular, don’t cut off Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the man widely believed to have ordered the killing of the dissident journalist.

The ambitious, impetuous crown prince, known as MbS, is probably damaged goods as a person. He’s unlikely to receive another lavish welcome in Silicon Valley any time soon. But he has become the diplomatic equivalent of some big banks: too big to fail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the lack of consequences after the assassination happened, (not to mention the thousands of dead and dying, courtesy of Saudi Arabia's invasion of Yemen), I think Lippman is entirely correct in his assessment.

Nov 10 09:48

Yemen Peace Talks Delayed as Saudi Backed Assault Continues

The US demand for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen never happened, with US-backed factions continuing to attack the port city of Hodeidah. US promises of Yemen peace talks in November are also now being postponed.

Officials are presenting the talks, despite initially being presented as happening some time this month, as being set for early December. Now, they say if the talks happen at all, it will be in late December.

Some diplomats are suggesting the postponement is because of concerns that the Houthis won’t show up. The Houthis did not attend the previous talks, because they could not get assurances from the Saudis that their delegation would be allowed to safely travel, and the US seems no more willing to offer such assurances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With a huge offensive being planned for Hodeida Saudi baked forces announce a vast offensive to to take Hodeidah Port, The Saudis will not be happy with any peace from the Houthis,other than pure capitulation.

Nov 10 09:10

UN FOOD STORAGE FACILITY TARGETED AS SAUDI TROOPS ADVANCE ON HODEIDA

At least 15 civilians were killed on Thursday after Saudi-led coalition aircraft and artillery carried out strikes against a residential area in Yemen’s strategic western province of Hodeida and the border areas of Sadaa.

A local source told MintPress News that Saudi jets conducted airstrikes against the al-Jabaliyah area in the al-Tuheita district in southern Hodeida on Thursday afternoon, killing 45-year-old Hassan al Ameri and his four daughters Sumiah, Hunood, Laila and Hend, who ranged in age from eight months to nine years old. Al Ameri’s twelve-year-old son, Ali, was also killed in the attack.

On Friday, three women were killed when Saudi border guards targeted their village in the Razeh district with artillery fire. The village has been under intensive artillery and missile attack since the Saudi-led coalition, supported by the United States, renewed its large-scale offensive weeks ago.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am frankly waiting for the Butcher of Yemen (AKA, Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman) to order a carpet bombing of all civilians left at Hodeida, but leaving the port infrastructure intact.

Nov 09 19:38

Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen Asks US to Stop Refueling Its Aircraft - Reports

The Trump administration is ending the practice of air refueling Saudi-coalition aircraft and its decision is expected to be made public in the next few days, US media reported.

The decision would end a tangible and controversial aspect of US support for the Saudi coalition’s war in Yemen, the Washington Post newspaper said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This will not stop Saudi slaughter in Yemen, but it is, at least in a minor way, an expression of "discontent' with Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen.

Nov 09 13:21

Millions in Yemen Are Starving and UK, US and France Are ‘Behind This’: Oxfam Representative

he US, UK, and French governments are behind millions of people starving in Yemen because they are “supporting this war,” an Oxfam representative told RT, urging London to stop beefing up Saudi Arabia’s military.

“We have 14 million people starving,” Richard Stanforth, Oxfam UK’s regional policy officer for the Middle East, said.

British, French, American governments are all behind this, they are all supporting this war.

Stanforth blamed the British government in particular, saying that London should stop its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is accused of targeting food supplies and even no-strike locations in Yemen.

“We’ve seen attacks on water infrastructure, on hospitals, warehouses of food. This pattern is continuing. Certainly, it’s the airstrikes that are killing most civilians,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even with all the positive publicity about Oxfam, I sincerely hope and pray that Richard Stanforth is wearing his Kevlar undies; the people signing those arms deals, including the US's Merchant of Death in Chief, aka Donald Trump, doesn't like the world really seeing what happens to the arms they are selling Saudi Arabia.

Nov 09 12:10

Trump Administration Considers Declaring Yemen’s Houthis ‘Terrorists’

Just weeks after promising to back a peace effort in Yemen, the Trump Administration is reportedly considering labeling the Shi’ite Houthi movement in northern Yemen, one of the principal forces, a terrorist organization.

The move appears unrelated to US policy in Yemen itself. Rather, it reflects the Trump Administration’s desire to go after perceived Iranian allies. Saudi Arabia, who is attacking the Houthis, has accused them of being in league with Iran.

In reality, the Houthis have always had limited connections to Iran. But making them a US-labeled terrorist group would not only greatly undermine the Houthis, it would complicate the peace talks to the point of making them nearly impossible.

Perhaps even worse, a terrorist label would make it even harder to deliver humanitarian aid into northern Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is glaringly apparent that neither President Trump, nor one of his BFFs in the Middle East, the Butcher of Yemen, aka Crown Prince Bin Salman, do not want peace, but to continue the horrific war, in which the US is enabling Saudi war crimes.

Such a declaration will also accelerate making aid more impossible to get to starving Yemeni people, and contribute to more children gunned down in Saudi raids, starving to death, and vulnerable to cholera.

This is precisely where the US and the Saudi leadership wants the Yemeni people to be.

Nov 09 10:05

Is the search on for a country to give Bin Salman refuge?

Is the search on for a country to give Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman refuge with international guarantees? That is the gist of a news report circulating in the West, which explains a lot of information in the international arena regarding the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi, an anonymous Western source suggests that there are ongoing efforts to find a country willing to grant Bin Salman asylum and protect him from possible prosecution over the Khashoggi killing and several other crimes, including the detention of Saudi princes and businessmen last year and the war in Yemen. Eastern Europe or Asia appear to be the likely locations of such a country.

Nov 09 08:58

Russia And Saudi Arabia Negotiate S-400 Delivery

Russia and Saudi Arabia are discussing the date of delivery of the Russian air defense systems S-400 to Riyadh, the Saudi ambassador said on Tuesday.

“The negotiations are ongoing, they are not over,” Raed bin Khales Qrimli told reporters after being asked when deliveries will begin.

The sale of defense systems to Riyadh is part of an agreement signed last year between the Saudis and the Kremlin after King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s first visit to Moscow.

The S-400 Triumph are Russia’s new generation of air defense systems. The system can carry three different types of missiles capable of destroying a variety of near and distant aerial targets ranging from reconnaissance aircraft to ballistic missiles.

Nov 08 10:36

US-Backed Troops Take Main Road to Yemen’s Vital Aid Port

US-backed forces loyal to the Saudi and UAE governments continue to attack the main Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah Wednesday. While the city itself remains unbreached, ground troops have seized the main road leading into the city, even more tightly restricting flow to and from it.

The Saudi-led naval blockade has put Yemen, which relies on food imports for over 90% of its food, on the brink of a major famine. Hodeidah is the main import site for food, and the last port under the control of the Houthi movement. If the port falls, there will be no way to get food to almost the entire north of the country.

The Houthis are using snipers to keep ground troops from entering the main port area after weeks of offensives. In recent days, they’ve also started tire fires to try to obscure visibility of the port, in an attempt to make it harder for Saudi warships to target the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears to be only a matter of time before Saudi and US troops have control of Hodeida.

This should fall well within the end of the month that Mattis has set for peace talks to start, as thousands more Yemeni continue to die from malnutrition.

Nov 08 10:05

SAUDI ARABIA TO PAY FINANCIAL COMPENSATION TO SLAIN JOURNALIST’S FAMILY, FIANCÉE

Saudi Arabia had informed Turkey that it would pay financial compensation to the family and Turkish fiancee of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a Saudi hit-squad on October, 2, Al- Jazeera channel reported a Turkish official as saying.

The Turkish official said the Turkish authorities have evidence on the fate of Khashoggi’s body, but the Saudi authorities are putting obstacles to reach it.

According to the source, when the Saudi prosecutor, Saudi al- Mojaab was asked about the fate of Khashoggi’s body, he said he had no information about the matter.

The source added that the suspects’ statement handed by al- Mojaab to the Turkish authorities were useless and did not help achieve any progress in the investigation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what would have happened had the assassination of Khashoggi not gone as public as quickly as it did?!?!?

Nov 08 09:57

SAUDI JOURNALIST TORTURED TO DEATH IN PRISON

Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser has died after being tortured while in detention, the New Khaleej reported yesterday.

Reporting human rights sources, the news site said that Al-Jasser was arrested and tortured to death after Saudi authorities claimed he administered the Twitter account Kashkool, which disclosed rights violations committed by the Saudi authorities and royal family.

The sources said that the authorities identified Al-Jasser as the admin using spies in Twitter’s regional office located in Dubai. He was arrested in March.

???? Authorities believe that the writer Turki bin Abdul Aziz al-Jasser (TurkialjasserJ) is the Twitterati KASHKOOL (coluche_ar), private #Saudi security sources asserted to us. The source confirmed what ALQST tweeted about using personal information in Jasser's PC to blackmail him pic.twitter.com/qkNmZe0e2w

— Prisoners of Conscie (@m3takl_en) March 18, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, just another assassination in Saudi Arabia; nothing to see here, move along folks!!" - official White House Souse.

Nov 07 12:51

‘Grim Irony’: Saudi Strikes Use British Intel to Destroy UK Aid Facilities in Yemen

British-backed Saudi bombing destroyed Oxfam facilities in Yemen, said the United Kingdom charity. The information about the destruction of facilities of the humanitarian organization emerged during last week’s parliamentary debates in the House of Commons where U.K. ministries were evaluating the impact of the country’s arms sale to Riyadh.

A vital cholera treatment center in Abs, in the Hajjah province, was hit in June in airstrikes which are supported by British intelligence, according to British news outlet Independent.

The location of the treatment facility was notified 12 times. In April, coalition air raids damaged an Oxfam supported water supply system that provided water for 6,000 people.

“On the one hand, British aid is a vital lifeline, on the other, British bombs are helping to fuel an ongoing war that is leading to countless lives being lost each week to fighting, disease, and hunger,” said Oxfam’s head of advocacy, Toni Pearce.

Nov 07 12:43

Crown Prince Launches Saudi Arabia's First Nuclear Reactor On Very Day Sanctions Hit Iran

In but the latest after an insane month of news featuring the kingdom since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the AP reports Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid the ceremonial foundation stone for Saudi Arabia's first nuclear research reactor on Monday.

The site is the first of 16 planned reactor sites to be built over the next two decades, and is raising fears that it could mark the start of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, especially given the timing as November 5th was the very day severe U.S. sanctions on Iran targeting the energy industry took effect, precisely over the White House accusation that it is not serious about de-nuclearization.

Nov 07 12:38

Another Journalist Killed During Torture By Saudi Arabia

Saudi journalist and writer Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser (not a US-resident writing for The Washington Post) has died after being tortured while in detention, the New Khaleej reported yesterday.

Reporting human rights sources, the news site said that Al-Jasser was arrested and tortured to death after Saudi authorities claimed he administered the Twitter account Kashkool, which disclosed rights violations committed by the Saudi authorities and royal family.

The sources said that the authorities identified Al-Jasser as the admin using spies in Twitter’s regional office located in Dubai. He was arrested in March.

Nov 06 15:33

Is Israel Helping Saudi Arabia Develop Nukes?

Is the radical Israeli government helping the Saudis build nuclear weapons? According to a new report in the online news and commentary website “Middle East Monitor,” an Israeli writer is blowing the whistle on a secret deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia to sell detailed information on how to build a nuke.

“This information should shock us,” Ami Dor-on wrote in a whistle-blowing column posted online at the “News One” website, “as we see the world is changing for the worse, following the race for the possession of nuclear weapons that pass right over our heads in the Middle East.”

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:31

Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The surgical dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi has sent the military establishments of several countries into a tizz. Arms manufacturers are wondering whether this is an inconvenient blip, a ruffling moral reminder about what they are dealing with. Autocratic regimes indifferent to the lives of journalists are wondering whether the fuss taken about all this is merely the fuss endured, till the next bloody suppression. But importantly, those states notionally constituting the West may have to reconsider the duping strategy that the House of Saud has executed with the deft efficiency of the dedicated axeman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense of this is, that the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will be allowed to stand, and never charged for this crime; this is because the US and the UK do not want to give up all that revenue for their weapons which they have sold to Saudi Arabia for his use in the creating the expanding genocide in Yemen.

Additionally, Israel is siding with Saudi Arabia against Iran, so one can see how this is sorting out, in terms of who will be aligned with whom in the next coming regional war.

Some poor underschmuck will be blamed, and punished, and just like magic, the Butcher of Yemen will have been wiped clean of his deeds, with an extra dose of corporate sales-bleach added to the last spin cycle.

But I would gently suggest that when people in power start to mingle with sociopaths in power with malicious intent, that malicious intent rubs off, and becomes a justification for that person to start materializing, and executing, some malicious intent of their own, which will most probably not be to the benefit of the country over which they are leaders.

It very deeply concerns me that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen,Crown prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Nov 06 13:57

Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The surgical dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi has sent the military establishments of several countries into a tizz. Arms manufacturers are wondering whether this is an inconvenient blip, a ruffling moral reminder about what they are dealing with. Autocratic regimes indifferent to the lives of journalists are wondering whether the fuss taken about all this is merely the fuss endured, till the next bloody suppression. But importantly, those states notionally constituting the West may have to reconsider the duping strategy that the House of Saud has executed with the deft efficiency of the dedicated axeman.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My sense of this is, that the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will be allowed to stand, and never charged for this crime; this is because the US and the UK do not want to give up all that revenue for their weapons which they have sold to Saudi Arabia for his use in the creating the expanding genocide in Yemen.

Additionally, Israel is siding with Saudi Arabia against Iran, so one can see how this is sorting out, in terms of who will be aligned with whom in the next coming regional war.

Some poor underschmuck will be blamed, and punished, and just like magic, the Butcher of Yemen will have been wiped clean of his deeds, with an extra dose of corporate sales-bleach added to the last spin cycle.

But I would gently suggest that when people in power start to mingle with sociopaths in power with malicious intent, that malicious intent rubs off, and becomes a justification for that person to start materializing, and executing, some malicious intent of their own, which will most probably not be to the benefit of the country over which they are leaders.

It very deeply concerns me that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen,Crown prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Nov 06 13:02

The U.S. Ignores Its Vietnamese Victims to This Day

Nguyen Van Tu grasps my hands in thanks as we end the interview. His story is part of a hidden, if not forbidden, history that few in the U.S. know. It’s a story that was written in blood in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during the 1960s and 1970s and now is being rewritten in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s a story to which new episodes are added each day that U.S. forces roll armored vehicles down other people’s streets, kick down other people’s doors, carry out attacks in other people’s neighborhoods and occupy other people’s countries.

It took nearly 40 years for word of Nguyen Van Tu’s hardships at the hands of the United States to filter back to America. Perhaps a few more Americans will feel remorse as a result. But who will come forward to take responsibility for all this suffering? And who will give Pham Van Chap a new leg?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Being one of the world's most war-centric despots on the planet means, never having to say you're sorry; until the loss or losses are so horrific, that the wars ultimately grind to a stop, because the people of the US will not allow it, as they did during the peaceful, massive demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.

So far, that hasn't happened for the US; but coming wars I see, potentially against Russia; China; and Iran, may well be the turning point for the US, creating either total devastation, or a complete economic collapse for this country. Either way, it may not not end well.

Nov 06 12:01

AT UN, SAUDI VOWS TO PROSECUTE KHASHOGGI’S ASSASSINS

A Saudi diplomat yesterday confirmed to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the kingdom is investigating the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, adding that those responsible for his death will be prosecuted.

President of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia Bandar Al Aiban said: “The prosecution initiated the necessary investigations to unveil all the facts, bring all the murderers to justice, and punish those guilty of killing Khashoggi.”

After denying Khashoggi’s death for three weeks, Saudi Arabia confessed he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Saudi Attorney General, Saud Bin Abdullah bin Mubarak, visited Istanbul last month as part of the investigation into Khashoggi’s assassination.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate in early October. Turkey says it has audio recordings which prove he was strangled then dismembered however it has yet to release the evidence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, yes, the Saudi Government and the House of Saud will work tirelessly, to prove who actually iced Khashoggi; folks, this is another great "lipstick on a pig" moment for the world, brought to you, courtesy of the House of Saud and its minions, and an horrific embarrassment to the US and UK, because they will not let anything, even an assassination, get in the way of the money their defense industries make, selling the Saudis just as many bombs, bullets, and fighter jets, as it wants.

This, of course, insures that hundreds, if not thousands more assassinations of Yemeni infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly. But hell, who's counting, as long as those checks for weapons don't bounce, right?!?

Saudi money talks....and apparently, has the stunning ability to completely obliviate any last, possible vestige of morality in the governments of both the US and UK.

Nov 06 11:06

MbS launches nuclear plant project amid Khashoggi drama

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has laid the foundation stone for the kingdom’s first nuclear research reactor as calls grow in the US for a halt to nuclear talks with the Riyadh regime, which has been rattled by a scandal over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The official Saudi Press Agency reported that the project had been launched during bin Salman’s visit to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh on Monday.

The reactor was among seven projects launched by the prince during the visit, said the report.

It did not provide details on when the reactor – which is said to serve research and development purposes – would be constructed

Bin Salman, also known as MbS, has been pushing for an atomic deal with the United States that could pave the way for the Saudi regime to enrich uranium, prompting speculation that the regime might be planning to develop nuclear weapons in the long run.

Nov 06 09:35

When Netanyahu defends Bin Salman…

Benjamin Netanyahu has made no secret of his concern over the fate of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in the wake of the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. According to the Washington Post, the Israeli Prime Minister intervened with the US administration in order to relieve some of the pressure on the prince. Netanyahu also stated publically in Budapest that the US must maintain the stability of Saudi Arabia under the [de facto] leadership of Bin Salman.

Of course, Netanyahu’s defence of Bin Salman is not born out of love, but rather a desire to use him in order to promote Israel’s objectives in the region. The most important of these are to confront Iran, pass the “deal of the century”, normalisation with the Kingdom at a later stage and the elimination of political Islam.

Nov 05 12:47

‘NY Times’ explains why the U.S. is ‘standing by’ the Saudi crown prince — but somehow leaves out the Israel connection

Here’s an astonishing failure by two otherwise excellent New York Times reporters: they wrote a long, valuable analysis about why the U.S. is “standing by” the murderous crown prince of Saudi Arabia — but they only mentioned Israel’s support for him twice.

In a front-page story in today’s paper, David D. Kirkpatrick and Ben Hubbard explain why the kingdom’s de facto leader, 33-year-old Mohammed bin Salman, is in no immediate danger of losing power despite (almost certainly) ordering the murder a month ago of the dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. They report that the U.S. government is continuing to support the crown prince, and that “Major figures in [American] finance signaled that they, too, intended to look past the killing.”

Nov 05 12:46

After Brother's Sudden Release From Detention, Alwaleed Says MbS Will Be "100% Vindicated" In Khashoggi Murder

Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal - who was reportedly strung up and beaten by US mercenaries during the Saudi Arabian "purge" exactly one year ago Sunday - said on Sunday that an official investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will exonerate the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) "100%".

Speaking with Fox News's Maria Bartiromo, Alwaleed said "I ask Saudi Arabia now publicly, through your program, to have the investigation made public as soon as possible," adding "I believe the Saudi crown prince will be 100 percent vindicated and exonerated."

Nov 05 12:06

Saudis Furious With Washington Post Coverage, Call For Amazon Boycott

President Trump's long-running vendetta against Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post and Amazon got an unexpected supporter over the weekend, when Saudis, furious at The Washington Post’s coverage of the kingdom in the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, have called for a boycott of Amazon.com because of its shared ownership by U.S. billionaire Jeff Bezos.

As Bloomberg reports, "Boycott Amazon" was the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Saudi Arabia for several hours on Sunday, as users circulated images showing the deletion of the Amazon smartphone app.

Nov 05 12:04

UK To Introduce U.N. Resolution To End Yemen War; Pompeo Says Iran Responsible For Famine

At the end of the same week that the Trump administration announced a 30-day deadline to reach a ceasefire in Yemen, it was revealed the United Kingdom is planning to introduce a United Nations Security Council resolution that seeks to end of the war.

According to a Friday ABC News report, citing diplomatic sources, the British could introduce the resolution as early as this coming week. ABC reports that "one source said it would call for a humanitarian ceasefire and the safe passage of food and other aid, for support for the cratering Yemeni economy, and on both sides to fully engage with the U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths."

Last week's ceasefire proposal by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been widely seen as the result of heightened media pressure and international outrage over the October 2nd killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi likely upon the direct orders of Saudi crown prince MbS.

Nov 05 10:09

US, Israel ‘concerned’ Bin Salman may be unable to advance normalisation

US and Israeli officials “have expressed concern” that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman “may have less leeway to pursue the gradual warming of relations between Israel and its Arab neighbours”, following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reported the Washington Post.

According to the paper, US President Donald Trump’s chief Mideast envoy, son-in-law Jared Kushner, “has discussed with diplomats and others how the crown prince’s position might affect US plans”.

The Post observed how “Israeli officials have become more vocal about separating the killing from the kingdom’s strategic value.”

“What happened in the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday.

Nov 05 09:56

Watch: Moment Houthi missile strikes Saudi forces near Hodeidah

Houthi rebel fighters have stepped up attacks against the Saudi-led coalition forces as more Yemeni civilians fall victims of indiscriminate deadly airstrikes.

Drone footage captured by the Houthis’ media wing shows the moment a ballistic missile sit a compound for the Saudi-backed militants on the western coast near Hodeidah city.

The missile struck a convoy for the Saudi mercenaries while preparing to move.

No exact information has yet been disclosed about the casualties.

Nov 05 07:01

Saudis ‘don’t know how to use’ US bombs: Trump condemns deadly Yemen school bus strike… kind of

It wasn’t the US-made bomb, but rather the Saudi military’s inability to properly use the munition –despite all the American training– that led to the “horror show” bombing of a Yemeni school bus in August, Donald Trump has said.

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a school bus, that killed 40 children and maimed dozens of others in the busy market town of Dhahyan in northern Yemen on August 9, is not Washington’s fault, Donald Trump stated in an interview with Axios on Sunday.

Despite the fact that pieces of a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin were found at the site of the explosion, Trump shifted the blame for the tragedy to the coalition’s inability to use the US-supplied weapons properly.

Nov 04 08:46

Israel Breaks Silence: Khashoggi Murder "Horrendous" But Iran The Bigger Problem - Netanyahu

One interesting outcome to the Saudis brazenly murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi is that world leaders and the determined allies of Saudi Arabia have dropped all pretense of finesse when discussing the matter, such as when President Trump told Fox News last month that while Khashoggi's death was tragic and should be investigated, the prospect of blocking arms sales to the kingdom is "very tough pill to swallow for our country" because American jobs are on the line.

Another world leader who's been blunt on ensuring his relationship with the Saudis weather the storm of media and international outrage is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who argued in public statements this week that while the killing of the Saudi journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was “horrendous,” stability in Saudi Arabia is vital to global security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump staunchly believes that "war is good for business" here in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika; so he is absolutely fine with Prince Bin Salman having given the order to assassinate Khashoggi,just as is Netanyahu.

But President Trump, what is the moral cost for this country, upon having sold Saudi Arabia, God knows, how many bullets and bombs with which to assassinate innocent Yemeni people?!?

I think your "advisors" are very happy to misdirect your attention very far away from the truth of what the Saudis have been doing with these bombs and bullets; but you can be sure, as a Christian pacifist activist, that I will not. This is what the Saudi war in Yemen is looking like, through the eyes of Yemenite civilians:

Images of Yemeni children, killed and maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled bombing runs

Yemeni children have been dying, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi port blockades, so no food can get it. Famine has become weaponized by the Saudis, as an act of war against them. A haunted look in the eyes of Amal Hussain, an emaciated 7-year-old lying silently on a hospital bed in northern Yemen, seemed to sum up the dire circumstances of her war-torn country.

And because of US/Saudi Arabia destruction of clean water resources in Yemen, cholera has claimed thousands of lives here.
Cholera/Malnutrition in Yemen

Mr. President, the hard truth here, is that we are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and there is just no flipping other way to say this.

I know Sec Def Mattis has been asking for a peace conference in 30 days, but this is only because the world now sees this country as the collective, dystopian killing machine that it has become, trampling foreign countries underfoot to make sure that their resources are only sold in the US dollar.

Mr. President, you have one hell of a lot of soul searching about the US position regarding Yemen, and various other foreign entanglements which have gone "mammary glands up" in the US government's rush to control the world's resources.

Nov 03 11:55

‘Pray for the crown prince’: Michele Bachmann and other end-times evangelicals turn up in Saudi Arabia

A group of U.S. evangelicals, including former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), held a rare meeting Thursday with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at his palace.

The delegation to Riyadh was led by Bachmann and communications strategist Joel Rosenberg, who are each known for pushing an apocalyptic worldview relating to events in the Middle East, and the heads of other Israel-tied evangelical organizations, reported Al Jazeera.

“We’re under no illusions about the challenges that are in Saudi Arabia and that remain,” Rosenberg said. “But I think it’s respectful to go and listen to leaders who have the opportunity to make life better for Christians and Muslims and potentially for Israel as well and who are against the crazies in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

“I’d ask people to pray,” he added. “Pray for the (Jordanian) king, pray for the crown prince, pray for the people of Saudi Arabia — and I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My dear Ms. Bachmann and Mr. Rosenberg; in this most-likely Trump-mandated PR stunt has all the optics...as that of putting lipstick on a pig.

The US government is complicit with Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen, in slaughtering infants, children, and the medically fragile elderly with their air strikes. The US is assisting Saudi Arabia in blockading Yemeni ports, so no food can get in, and the deaths from malnutrition, present and future, will cost Yemen tens of thousands more of their children. Additionally, the US has assisted Saudi Arabia in the destruction of Yemeni water infrastructure, and cholera (possibly weaponised, as the US government did during World War II) runs rampant in Yemen now.

And Mr. Rosenberg, when you made that statement that "I think it’s respectful to go and listen to leaders who have the opportunity to make life better for Christians and Muslims and potentially for Israel as well...", did you not realize that conversion to Christianity in Saudi Arabia can get you executed for apostasy?!?

It scares me, Mr. Rosenberg, that you have the ear of President Trump, and yet you would make a statement like this in public.

Christianity in Saudi Arabia

And please don't even think about having the hubris to lecture the world about the "Crazies" in Iran or the Muslim Brotherhood.

Iran appears to be doing everything it can to prevent war, while Prince Bin Salman does everything to continue this horrific, 3 year-on war in Yemen, which can only be resolved at in a geopolitical, not military, manner.

Nov 03 11:31

Netanyahu: Saudi Arabia deserves a pass for Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia should get a pass for murdering US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi because the kingdom is an ally of the Jewish state against Iran.

“What happened at the Istanbul consulate was horrendous and it should be duly dealt with. But at the same time, it is very important for the stability of the region and the world that Saudi Arabia remain stable,” Netanyahu said in Bulgaria, the Times of Israel reported.

Khashoggi reportedly was strangled and then dismembered on Oct. 2 by a Saudi assassination squad under orders from Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman because the journalist was critical of the Saudi regime.

Netanyahu declared that his killers should somehow be punished, but that his overriding concern was the kingdom’s role in thwarting Iran’s Mideast ambitions, which include the destruction of Israel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, it's just a common courtesy for one geopolitical butcher (of Gaza, Netanyahu) to another geopolitical Butcher ( of Yemen, bin Salman), to "sell" the concept publicly, that he should be given a pass on both the assassination of Khashoggi, and the assassination of tens of thousands of Yemenis, because it is "good for regional stability."

Nov 03 04:21

Khashoggi Family Had Deep Connections to Lockheed Martin, Saudi Power Struggles

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is feared murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was much more than just a Washington Post columnist: he was a figure connected to some of the highest echelons of power in the US and Saudi Arabia.
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“There’s two main issues, in my opinion, that have caused this sudden outrage to appear in the US mainstream. The first is that there are elements in the CIA that want Mohammed bin Salman’s predecessor, Mohammed bin Nayef, who was crown prince before — they want him to be put back in power because they worked with him in the past>>>

But the second issue, and the bigger of the two in my opinion, is that the Saudis recently made a decision that put in danger the entire $110 billion weapons deal that Trump has been promoting since last year, because that deal wasn’t really a deal at all; it was actually a bunch of letters of intent and letters of interest, and now that the deadlines in some of those deals have come and gone, it’s become clear to the US that the Saudis aren’t going to buy all $110 billion in weapons that they had previously expressed interest in.”

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Nov 03 03:17

Yemeni girl, whose image drew attention to famine, dies

(*no where near the banter made over Kathy Griffen's photoshopped image here in Trump's America !)

Nov 02 11:38

Israeli delegation in Riyadh as Netanyahu asks US to back MBS

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has met with a delegation of pro-Israeli advocates in Riyadh amid reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked the US to keep supporting the young prince against international criticism.

In a new sign of growing ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv, bin Salman hosted a group of Evangelical Christians in Riyadh on Thursday, Israeli media reported.

Leading the group was Joel C. Rosenberg, a dual US-Israeli author and activist who runs the Jashua Fund pro-Israeli charity. Mike Evans, founder of the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem al-Quds, was also among the participants of the meeting.

Nov 02 11:18

Starving Yemeni girl from shocking NYT photo dies as bombing & blockade continues

A starving Yemeni girl, whose searing portrait from a hospital bed brought the world’s attention to the ongoing and growing humanitarian disaster in the country, has died. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led blockade of supplies continues.

The photo of an emaciated Amal Hussein was published as part of a story in the New York Times last week, highlighting the growing human tragedies caused by the ongoing fighting and the devastating impact the Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign has had on civilians.

On Thursday, her family told the paper that Amal had died in a refugee camp, several miles from the hospital that had tried to treat her. She was seven years old.

Nov 02 09:44

Saudi Air Force unleashes massive attack on Yemeni capital after US calls for 30 day ceasefire

The Saudi Air Force unleashed a massive attack across the Sana’a Governorate over the last 24 hours, Yemeni activists reported from the Yemeni capital.

According to the reports from Sana’a, the Saudi Air Force heavily bombarded the capital city and its surroundings, hitting a number of sites that allegedly have a Houthi (var. Ansarallah Movement) presence.

In addition to striking civilian neighborhoods, the Saudi Air Force reportedly attacked the area around the Sana’a Airport.

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