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Oct 15 17:19

Rogue killers or state murder? Riyadh gets benefit of doubt from Trump where Russia doesn’t

Trump on the other hand has been more circumspect, even suggesting that perhaps “rogue killers” were responsible for the suspected murder — a theory he proffered to journalists at the White House shortly after a phone call with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

But the mostly low-key reaction from the Washington to the disappearance provides a stark contrast to how both Trump and his predecessors have dealt with unproven accusations made against other countries — most notably Russia.

When ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury in March, it took nothing more than a swift declaration (sans evidence) from British intelligence agencies before sanctions had been slapped on Moscow.

Oct 15 13:40

He Has No Clothes

Time to Face Up to Emperor Bin Salman – He Has No Clothes
On Sunday, Saudi stocks endured their biggest fall in nearly four years over journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was murdered last week inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Western governments have threatened the Saudis with consequences and “severe punishment” if Riyadh is found to have been involved in the Washington Post contributor's disappearance. And Riyadh has been quick to reject the threats, saying it would retaliate against possible economic sanctions. But the damage has already been done:
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What the Khashoggi affair cruelly demonstrates is that the Saudi regime’s unaccountable, repressive political control of the public sphere has in fact been expanded, reinforced and emboldened. Bin Salman feels he can do whatever he likes, with impunity, and that the Western world, misled by Trump, will tamely acquiesce, primarily out of economic and strategic self-interest. After all, this is what has been happening for decades.

But this policy is a mistake and boycotting investment conferences is nowhere near enough. Selling weaponry used to kill Yemeni children, and ignoring the jailing of Saudi activists is morally insupportable. So, too, is the gruesome murder of a man whose only offence was to speak his mind.>>>

Oct 15 13:20

US President Says 'Rogue Killers' Might Have Killed Saudi Journalist

US President Donald Trump stated that he believes it is possible that “rogue killers” could be responsible for the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Speaking to journalists outside the White House on Monday about Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump said “it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?”, Middle East News reported.

Offering the rogue killer theory, Trump cited King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s “firm” denial that Riyadh had anything to do with the situation —>>>

Oct 15 13:00

CNN claims Saudi government to admit journalist killed in ‘interrogation gone wrong’

A report being prepared by the Saudi government will say that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died as a result of interrogation gone wrong, in course of his abduction from Turkey, CNN reported citing anonymous sources.

Oct 15 12:49

Saudi Arabia to Admit That Missing Journalist Was Killed in Botched Interrogation and Abduction Operation, CNN Reports

Saudi report will conclude that interrogation, likely carried out without clearance, was intended to lead to Jamal Khashoggi's abduction, CNN says

Oct 15 10:49

Yemen on brink of 'world's worst famine in 100 years' if war continues

UN warns that famine could overwhelm country in next three months, with 13 million people at risk of starvation.

If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agency’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.

She told the BBC: “I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia, that we saw in Bengal, that we saw in parts of the Soviet Union – that was just unacceptable.

“Many of us had the confidence that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ms. Grande is obviously naive enough to believe that the war will stop, just upon the wails and screams of various human rights organisations and NGOs around the world.

What she refuses to understand, is that this is precisely the outcome the Butcher of Yemen (aka, Prince Mohammed bin Salman) wishes to see happen.

I think of another way of putting it is "Victory by Attrition", which means the Butcher doesn't care HOW the people of Yemen die, he just wants them to die, either by starvation; direct bombing runs; destroying the water infrastructure; and poisoning Yemeni people with potentially weaponized cholera.

And the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, lead by its Merchant of Death in Chief, is doing everything it can do, particularly selling him arms with which to massacre as many children, women, and medically fragile elderly as possible.

THIS, friends, is why the "Khasshogi Incident" will be forgotten; anything which gets in the way of selling American weapons will be obliviated, as I believe you will see in the coming days, possibly as soon as the end of the week.

That's why Pompeo is headed Riyadh this week, President Trump says Mike Pompeo going to Saudi Arabia this Week to "stategize conformities" as to how this assassination will be spun, and to not let one scintilla of logic, or real evidence, dare to rear its ugly head, to combat the soon to be well-crafted spinning of this story.

Oct 15 10:29

DID SAUDIS, CIA FEAR KHASHOGGI 9/11 BOMBSHELL?

The macabre case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi raises the question: did Saudi rulers fear him revealing highly damaging information on their secret dealings? In particular, possible involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks on New York in 2001.

Even more intriguing are US media reports now emerging that American intelligence had snooped on and were aware of Saudi officials making plans to capture Khashoggi prior to his apparent disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. If the Americans knew the journalist’s life was in danger, why didn’t they tip him off to avoid his doom?

Jamal Khashoggi (59) had gone rogue, from the Saudi elite’s point of view. Formerly a senior editor in Saudi state media and an advisor to the royal court, he was imminently connected and versed in House of Saud affairs. As one commentator cryptically put it: “He knew where all the bodies were buried.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Watch this "disappearance" be spun down the rabbit hole of dysfunction and menial ordinariness by the collective US "alphabet soup" agencies.

Khashoggi's absence will be relegated to that of a very minor situation, not worthy of the notice of the US corporate presstitutes and warrespondents very soon.

I would almost be willing to bet, as soon as this Friday, stories about him wil vanish, poof! - as though they had never existed at all.

Oct 15 10:24

Saudi Stocks Crash Most Since 2016 As Riyadh Threatens US With "Very Strong" Retaliation

Saudi Arabia warned on Sunday it would respond to any "threats" against it as its stock market crashed the most since 2016 after President Trump's warning of "severe punishment" over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

On Saturday, Trump said the U.S. could take “very, very powerful, very strong, strong measures” against the country if its leaders are found responsible for the Saudi citizen’s fate. The kingdom, which denies its involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance, announced it would retaliate against any punitive measures with an even “stronger” response, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing an official it didn’t identify.

"The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether through economic sanctions, political pressure or repeating false accusations," the kingdom's statement said. "The kingdom also affirms that if it is (targeted by) any action, it will respond with greater action."

Oct 15 10:17

Police Conducting Search Operation in Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

Turkish police are conducting a search operation in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul amid the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Jamal Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Arabia's policies, has been missing since October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a marriage document, as reported by Turkish media. The Saudi authorities said that the journalist left the consulate on the same day that he arrived.

Following the incident, Riyadh let the Turkish authorities conduct a search operation in the consulate, while also sending a security delegation to assist in the investigation.

Oct 15 10:16

Saudi source: Reconciliation with Iran possible if sanctions imposed

As global pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia to hold the kingdom responsible over the fate of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a new report indicates that Riyadh is preparing a list of countermeasures, including reconciliation with Iran, to push back against possible punishments.

Saudi Arabia’s al-Arabiya news network reported Sunday that the kingdom’s officials had thought of “over 30 measures” as part of their preventive plan.

The report, written by the network’s General Manager Turki Aldakhil, stated: “Imposing any type of sanctions on Saudi Arabia by the West will cause the kingdom to resort to other options.”

Oct 15 10:14

Trump's political flip-flop on Khashoggi’s disappearance emboldening Riyadh: Analysts 

As international pressure is mounting on Saudi rulers by various governments and rights group over disappearance of a dissident journalist at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Trump's administration still seems to be following an undetermined policy toward Riyadh on this issue, prompting many analysts to believe that Washington prefers Saudi trade over the value of human life.

Oct 15 10:12

Yemeni missile hits gathering of Saudi-backed forces

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Army and popular Houthi Ansarullah movement has hit a gathering of Saudi-backed militants in Sana'a province, the country's Military Information Center said on Sunday.

The Zelzal-2 missile was fired at a military base in the Harib area of Nihm District early Sunday, "precisely" hitting its target.

"A number of militias were killed or injured and some of their military vehicles were destroyed in the missile attack," the Military Information Center said.

The missile attack came a day after Saudi warplanes targeted two buses in the town of Jabal Rass in Yemen’s al-Hudaidah Province.

Oct 15 10:01

SAUDI MEDIA CASTS KHASHOGGI DISAPPEARANCE AS A CONSPIRACY, CLAIMS QATAR OWNS WASHINGTON POST

IN SAUDI ARABIA, major media outlets have cast the disappearance and apparent murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a foreign conspiracy to denigrate the image of the kingdom. The media accounts, which come from outlets run with the backing of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf monarchies, are spinning the coverage of Khashoggi’s disappearance as a plot by rival governments and political groups to hurt the kingdom — going so far as to make false claims about the Washington Post’s owners.

Oct 15 09:38

Oil Jumps After Saudi Official Floats "Trial Balloon" Op-Ed Envisioning "Oil Weapon" Devastation

WTI Crude prices are up around 2% in the early Sunday trading after Saudi Arabia appears to be now attempting to go on the offensive and is lashing out as it does damage control in the aftermath of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's alleged murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly two weeks ago.

What likely sparked the risk premium was the fact that Turki Al Dakhil, who heads the Saudi state-owned Arabiya news network, wrote in an article that U.S. sanctions against Saudi Arabia could wreak havoc on the global economy by taking oil prices to $200 a barrel and more. Faisal bin Farhan, a senior adviser to the Saudi embassy in Washington, said on Twitter that these comments didn’t represent the Saudi leadership.

Oct 15 09:08

The Saudi Collapse

The Saudis are doubling down on their denial that they had anything to do with the disappearance of Washington Post journalist and sometime Saudi insider Jamal Khashoggi: “enemies of the Kingdom,” they say are responsible. Nowadays that includes an awful lot of people, as the Washington cognoscenti rush to distance themselves from a regime once hailed as an exemplar of “reform.” It’s a stampede for the door, and soon there will be no on left standing: one rarely sees a collapse like this, at least when it comes to entire countries. One minute they’re on top of the world with Donald Trump, playing with swords and getting away with murder: the next minute they’re international pariahs.

Oct 15 08:47

BREAKING NEWS: Trump claims 'rogue' killers could have murdered Jamal Khashoggi after Saudi king 'firmly denies' any part in disappearance of dissident journalist

President Trump said Monday that he has spoken to Saudi's King Salman about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and he 'firmly denied' any involvement in the journalist's disappearance.

Trump said that he would send a top U.S. official, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to Middle East to confront Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in person - but wouldn't say whether he believed the Saudi leader's 'flat' denial of wrongdoing in a 20-minute phone conversation.

The president had a theory of his own as to what may have happened to the Saudi-born writer who Turkey says was lured to his death earlier this month in Istanbul.

He suggested without evidence that 'rogue killers' could have been responsible for the disappearance that Trump also framed as a murder.

Oct 15 08:46

Turkish officials arrive to search Saudi consulate where journalist 'was killed' after cleaners entered the building, amid claims the interior has been REPAINTED since Khashoggi's disappearance

A team of Turkish and Saudi officials tonight entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for a joint inspection two weeks after a Washington Post journalist apparently vanished inside.

They entered the building at 6pm local time, hours after a cleaning team swept the premises amid claims the walls have been repainted since Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly assassinated and dismembered for criticising the Saudi crown prince.

Tonight's inspection was agreed after Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Erdogan spoke yesterday - but the Turks don't trust the Saudis not to obfuscate the investigation, a senior Turkish source today told the Middle Eastern Eye.

Officials have not revealed what the inspection will involve or how long it will last.

Oct 15 08:37

Saudis Lash Out At U.S. In Complete Deterioration Of Relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia

Saudis Lash Out At U.S. In Complete Deterioration Of Relations
Relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia significantly deteriorated this weekend as the Saudis responded to President Trump’s threat of ‘’severe sanctions’’

Oct 15 08:23

Saudi Regime Threatens Retaliation For Any Punishment

Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it will respond to any “threats” against it as its stock market plunged following President Donald Trump’s warning of “severe punishment” over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump made a point of visiting the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted arms sales to Saudi Arabia. But both the White House and the kingdom are under mounting pressure as concern grows over the fate of the veteran journalist, who hasn’t been seen since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Already, international business leaders are pulling out of the kingdom’s upcoming investment forum, a high-profile event known as “Davos in the Desert.”

Oct 15 06:33

Trump to Send Pompeo to Meet Saudi King over Khashoggi Case

US President Donald Trump said Monday he's sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with King Salman of Saudi Arabia after Riyadh denied knowing about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen,'" Trump wrote in a tweet, referring to Khashoggi without using his name, World News reported.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!" Trump added.

In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" on Saturday, the American leader vowed "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is proven to be behind the purported assassination of Khashoggi, who has been missing since October 2, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents needed for his upcoming marriage.

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Oct 14 09:14

US-SAUDI COALITION IN YEMEN ATTACKED ANOTHER 2 BUSES OF REFUGEES AS THEY FLED AIRSTRIKES

The international Saudi-led Coalition against Yemen attacked another two buses full of internally displaced people as they fled the Coalition’s airstrike campaign in Hodeidah. Today’s attack makes it clear the Coalition has a policy of targeting anyone who attempts to flee the U.S.-backed Saudi and Emirati aggression along the west coast.

19 were killed and at least 30 were injured in today’s attack. Even hours later, first responders and reporters ran into trouble entering the scene due to the Saudi planes continuous circling. It’s common for Saudi Arabia to conduct “double-tap” airstrikes which maximize the casualty count in each attack while targeting ambulances and the press.

According to a United Nations team of experts, these double-tap strikes indicate that the Coalition makes conscious decisions to attack civilian targets by quite literally doubling down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war being waged by the Saudi, the US, and Emirate Governments against the people of Yemen, has crossed a line into broad-spectrum assassination and genocide against all Yemeni people whose apparent "crime" was their desire to get their families to safety; and that was what made these murders "legitimate" in the eyes of the US government, the Saudi Government, and the U.A.E. government.

In looking at this, I think I have uncovered the core reason as to why President Trump's two BFFs n the Middle East are Israel's Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Bin Salman.

both do what they do (assassinations, torture), and stand just to the right of Attila the Hun when it comes to potential human rights of those people they consider "collateral damage only": they do this evil with impunity, and never expect any consequences will come back and bite them in a very sensitive portion of the human anatomy.

President Trump would love to do this, both here and abroad, but he is still, in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, bound by certain laws, which constrain him to some degree.

This is why we hear, and see, so little about the 3 year old war against Yemen, will looks to drag on indefinitely, unless Bin Salman gives the order to carpet bomb the place, which may well happen if he remains as head of the royal family.

And to our "alleged" Congressional representatives; take back your Constitutional power to make war; you have, morally, sacrificed its original intent, from Bush Jr, thorough Obama, and now through President Trump, to make these wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and now, God help us, in Yemen happen.

And unless World War III sounds like a great idea to you (because you've got your bunkers, your hard assets, and protective places for your families to stay), the operative word for this is, NOW!!!

This country, collectively, appears to be sleepwalking into wars against China; Russia; and Iran; and heaven knows who else; let's stop this trend before the US finds itself enmeshed in a world war, with no way out, which is precisely where these developments have been leading this country.

Oct 14 08:27

CANADA IS 'CONCERNED' WITH KHASHOGGI'S FATE BUT WILL SELL ARMS TO SAUDIS ANYWAY – TRUDEAU

Ottawa will keep its $15bn arms deal with Riyadh despite concerns over Saudi involvement in the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the diplomatic row over human rights, Prime Minister Trudeau said.
"We respected that contract," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Friday, adding that his cabinet has put forward measures to make the arms sales more transparent.

"We are making sure Canadians' expectations and laws are always being followed," he said.

The contract was signed in 2014 by the previous conservative government, and has since been upheld by Trudeau. The specifics of the sales were originally not disclosed by the parties.

According to documents obtained by CBC News last month, a Canadian company is to ship 742 LAV-6 light armored vehicles to Riyadh. The same outlet revealed in March that hundreds of the LAV-6s will be outfitted as "heavy assault" and "anti-tank" types.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When ever a country wants to put on a great face, smelling mounds of bovine excrement in their excuses to allow arms sales to continue to flow,and wants to keep on taking another unhinged country's money for weapons, this is precisely the word the word that government uses, and that's "concerned".

How it translates, in diplospeak, to the leadership of that unhinged country is: we know you're assassinating non-combatants, killing infants, children, toddlers, and the medically infirm with the weapons you have purchased from us, but we really don't care, as long as the money keeps flowing to our weaponry manufacturers.

Trudeau is just as much a piece of revolting work on this issue as has been President Trump.

Oct 13 11:22

Saudi team arrives in Turkey for Khashoggi investigation: sources

A delegation from Saudi Arabia has arrived in Turkey as part of a joint investigation into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, three Turkish sources said on Friday.

Oct 13 11:10

‘Evidence’ Saudi-led coalition aims to destroy food production in Houthi-controlled Yemen – report

As the war in Yemen rages on, a new report says there is “strong evidence” that the Saudi-led coalition has aimed to destroy food production and distribution in areas of the country controlled by Houthi rebels.

The report, titled ‘Strategies of the Coalition in the Yemen War: Aerial Bombardment and Food War’, is a compilation of data from various sources on the impact of the coalition’s bombing campaign on the production and distribution of food in rural Yemen, and on fishing along the Red Sea coast.

Oct 13 10:42

Trump vows 'severe punishment' if Saudi Arabia is behind disappearance of journalist who went missing after entering its consulate in Turkey

President Donald Trump has vowed 'severe punishment' for Saudi Arabia if the kingdom is found to be responsible for a journalist who went missing at its consulate.

In a forthcoming interview with 60 Minutes, an excerpt of which was published on Saturday, Trump spoke about the October 2 disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and fierce critic of the crown, was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey to deal with a paperwork matter.

'As of this moment, they deny it and they deny it vehemently. Could it be them? Yes,' Trump said of Saudi involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Oct 13 10:41

Global Boycott Of Saudi Investment Summit Accelerates After Journalist's Disappearance

What the mass slaughter of civilians and even bombing a school bus full of children in Yemen couldn't do, the murder of one of their own did: a growing list of major media companies have declared they are pulling out of a high profile investment summit in Riyadh set to start on October 23rd over the alleged Saudi state murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi "insider" critic Jamal Khashoggi.

So far the list of media sponsors declaring their withdrawal from the Saudi-hosted Future Investment Initiative (FII) event include the Financial Times, Bloomberg, CNN and CNBC, as well as president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, who indicated on Friday he would not be attending, according to The Guardian.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, His Majesty, the Butcher of Yemen, has never had to learn that negative actions can have their own negative consequences; he just may learn that, starting from right now.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 13 10:22

Missing Saudi journalist 'recorded his own death on his Apple Watch with moments of his interrogation, torture and killing sent to his phone and the iCloud'

Missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his own death on his Apple Watch, it has been claimed.

He turned on the recording function on the device before walking into the Saudi Arabia embassy in Istanbul on October 2, according to Turkish newspaper Sabah.

Then his 'interrogation, torture and killing were audio recorded and sent to both his phone and to iCloud', the newspaper report.

Oct 13 08:52

JAMAL KHASHOGGI WASN’T THE FIRST — SAUDI ARABIA HAS BEEN GOING AFTER DISSIDENTS ABROAD FOR DECADES

THE STORY OF Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance and possible murder has riveted the world’s attention with its macabre, and mysterious, details. The soft-spoken but sharply critical Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2. Theories about his fate include the horrifying possibility that Khashoggi was murdered — and perhaps even tortured and dismembered — at the hands of the Saudi state. (The Saudi government continues to vehemently deny these charges.) Should these allegations prove true, Khashoggi’s fate could have vast ramifications for the reputation of Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known as MBS, who has until now sought to establish himself as a figure of modernization and reform. Already, Khashoggi’s case has elicited an unusually strong response from Western media and parts of the American government alike, casting Saudi Arabia’s geopolitical future in doubt.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's an old saying about being judged "by the company one keeps"; and one has to wonder; President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are the Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Why this particular set of relationships?!?

What I believe what President Trump's"friends" probably have in common, outside a desire/demand for total control over their citizens, would be that wonderful line from the TV show, "Elementary", in which Sherlock is describing his dad to Watson, as having "...assassins on speed dial."

But for both men, that desire for "total control" is starting to slip.

In Saudi Arabia, we have heard of the possible Saudi execution of a Saudi Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Turkey.

And according to recent reports, Houthi rebels have managed to embed themselves in various strategically significant towns within Saudi Arabia itself Yemen's military adopts a more aggressive strategy, and captures Saudi Military sites, While Bibi Netanyahu's wife is on trial for corruption. Corruption indictment looms for Israel's Netanyahu in lead-up to Israeli Elections

And here is why Netanyahu may hold early snap elections: Israel's Netanyahu appears poised to call early elections This would traditionally be held either in late October, or early November.

It looks to me as though both men are in an urgent state of need for some kind of spectacular distraction for their countries' citizens, a "misdirection", if you will, so that not much will get said said about the three situations I have mentioned in this post.

Please note that at this point in time, 13 October, there are 32 days left for countries around the world to stop buying oil from Iran, courtesy of President Trump's edict against this: this "drop dead" date occurs on Sunday, 4 November.

Tuesday, 6 November, is the US mid-term elections.

I think we may reasonably expect to see an "October/November surprise", by way of some kind of false flag, by the US, perhaps with overt or covert assistance by the leaders of both countries in order to "provide "cover"/distraction for both men.

Where and when, I cannot tell you; but the sense of impending dread I am experiencing, looking at potential places where the geopolitical, dry "tinder" could easily be torched, and the world set to burn in an upcoming global war, is something I just cannot shake.

And to our readers and listeners, I hope - and, yes, pray - to heck that I am utterly dead wrong about this; I never want to see anyone hurt, particularly as a distraction for other operations the US- and other governments - don't want us to see happening.

But in looking at both the logic, and the timing here, this is the way I see current history appearing to be unfolding.

Oct 13 07:59

YEMEN’S MILITARY ADOPTS MORE AGGRESSIVE STRATEGY, CAPTURES SAUDI MILITARY SITES IN JIZAN

JIZAN, SAUDI ARABIA — The media branch of Yemen’s Ansar Allah military released footage on Friday showing the moment that strategic Saudi military locations were captured in the eastern al-Doud mountains and al-Reqa’h military bases deep inside of Saudi Arabia. The bases are located in the southwestern region of Jizan, some 900 kilometers (559 miles) south of the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has not yet commented on the recent attacks.

Yemen’s army launched two ballistic missiles at a gathering of Saudi military forces, including mercenaries, just east of al-Doud. A group of Saudi-allied mercenaries south of al-Khobeh in Jizan was also targeted. Later in the day, Yemen’s army struck a Saudi military base in the kingdom’s Jizan region with two ballistic missiles, killing a number of Saudi soldiers, according to two military sources in Yemen’s army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, I would bet you that you won't see anything from the US corporate presstitutes about how this Yemeni militia, adapting a very different strategy than what they have used before, managed to infiltrate critical pieces of infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

One has to wonder; is the House of Saud (and their American cohorts) losing their grip in their attempted genocide in Yemen?!? Only time will tell.

Oct 12 12:32

YEMEN’S NAVY USES NEW MISSILE TO DESTROY SAUDI MILITARY VESSEL NEAR HAJJAH

Yemen’s navy targeted a military vessel belonging to Saudi Arabia off of the northwestern coast of Hajjah on Wednesday, reportedly killing all aboard the vessel. The boat, which was in the Medi port, was carrying out attacks on the residential districts of Heiran and Medi in Hajjah when it was hit, according to a statement from Yemen’s navy.

A source in Yemen’s navy confirmed to MintPress News that it targeted the Saudi vessel with a new type of domestically-manufactured missile, but did not name the missile.

The Saudi-led coalition has not yet commented on the attack, which occurred during an increase in coalition airstrikes on the residential area of Hajjah and other provinces — strikes that have killed and injured more than 50 civilians over the past 72 hours in the strategic Red Sea port.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note: these Saudi attacks, enabled by the US military, were attacking civilian areas; not military targets. But of course, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Salman and his minions, will argue until they are blue in the face, that killing civilians, particularly infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly, is completely justified, under a tortured logic that is most difficult to understand by us mere mortals.

I would like to politely remind President Trump that collective punishment of a people is a war crime; by enabling the Saudi slaughter in this genocide, the US government has chosen to become a war criminal.

As long as I can breathe, as a Christian pacifist activist, I will continue to peacefully witness to this slaughter in Yemen, and hold my government accountable for its horrific involvement, and enabling, which has caused the fighting to go on long after it should have ended, via a diplomatic solution.

Of course, our Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, doesn't want this to happen, because it would put a huge dent in the profits of those members of the military industrial complex who are selling these weapons to the Saudis like hotcakes, and ... we just cannot do this, can we Mr. President?!?

So the war grinds on... the sales are completed... and we will continue to see thousands more Yemeni deaths that We the People, personally, and morally, have a moral obligation, peacefully, and logically, to attempt to stop.

Oct 12 10:48

US "INVESTIGATES" GENOCIDE IN MYANMAR, COMMITS GENOCIDE IN YEMEN

Rarely is US hypocrisy so cynical and overt as a recent US State Department investigation into ongoing violence in Myanmar, all while the US continues its full spectrum support of Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen.

In addition to Washington's role in Yemen, the US also occupies Afghanistan and Syria while carrying out drone strikes and covert military interventions in territory stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

In Myanmar specifically, the US has openly and for decades funded and supported groups and individuals involved directly on both sides of ongoing ethnic violence. Now, it is leveraging that violence to single out obstacles to US influence in Southeast Asia and in Myanmar specifically.

Reuters in their article titled, "U.S. accuses Myanmar military of 'planned and coordinated' Rohingya atrocities," would claim:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I used to have a great deal of respect for this country,my birthplace, the United States of America.

But when your eyes are open to the horrific atrocities this country has committed, and is still committing against foreign populations, that respect transmogrifies into an horrific awareness, that this country is run by the monied, for the monied, and of the monied.

Elections change nothing; we simply get a glorified Kabuki like performance of people who have been pre-vetted by the monied and the US Deep State, and will only serve their interests, no matter if their interests are in sync with those of We the People, or not.

This is from indexmundi.com, which, for some unfathomable reason, still calls the country Burma:

The Natural Resources of Burma

The article goes on to state:

"Natural resources: petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas, hydropower, arable land

Definition: This entry lists a country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance, such as rare earth elements (REEs). In general, products appear only if they make a significant contribution to the economy, or are likely to do so in the future."

And of course, as with every other country the US has invaded/pacified/conquered, which it wants here, is the following: a US-Centric government, well-kept with a lot of hush money for its top leadership, which does not mind the expropriation of its resources, and with those resources not being allowed benefit to the citizens of those countries, and all to be sold only for the US dollar.

The only thing left is to peacefully witness to the reality that in both Myanmar and Yemen, the mind-set of the US government and
Deep State, is that the people of these countries are only "collateral damage", to be disposed of in the most expeditious way possible, because that... is the US government's and Deep State's "Final Solution" for dispersing whatever wealth these countries do have in resources to US-friendly companies.

Oct 12 10:34

Yemen’s Military Adopts More Aggressive Strategy, Captures Saudi Military Sites in Jizan

The media branch of Yemen’s Ansar Allah military released footages on Friday showing the moment that strategic Saudi military locations were captured in the eastern al-Doud mountains and al-Reqa’h military bases deep inside of Saudi Arabia. The bases are located in the southwestern region of Jizan, some 900 kilometers (559 miles) south of the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has not yet commented on the recent attacks.

Yemen’s army launched two ballistic missiles at a gathering of Saudi military forces, including mercenaries, just east of al-Doud. A group of Saudi-allied mercenaries south of al-Khobeh in Jizan was also targeted. Later in the day, Yemen’s army struck a Saudi military base in the kingdom’s Jizan region with two ballistic missiles, killing a number of Saudi soldiers, according to two military sources in Yemen’s army.

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Oct 12 10:27

Turks Had Saudi Consulate Bugged With Audio: Khashoggi Death Chronology Details Leaked

The Washington Post has provided further details on its prior reporting that US intelligence knew full well that Saudi Arabia was seeking to lure the now disappeared and allegedly murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to its embassy in Istanbul in order detain or kill him.

In an interesting new revelation the Post speculates based on intel sources that the whole October 2nd incident may have been an attempted "rendition" gone wrong. As more damning evidence emerges showing a Saudi "hit team" of 15 military and intelligence individuals murdered Khashoggi and chopped up his body to carry out of the country, there now appears a strong consensus that the order may have come straight from the top, most likely from crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) himself.

Oct 12 10:15

VIRGIN’S BRANSON HALTS TALKS ON $1 BLN SAUDI INVESTMENT IN SPACE VENTURES

British billionaire Richard Branson said on Thursday that his Virgin Group would suspend its discussions with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund over a planned $1 billion investment in the group’s space ventures, in light of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reports.

“What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government,” Branson said in a statement.

Branson also said he would suspend his directorship in two Saudi tourism projects around the Red Sea, citing Khashoggi’s disappearance. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Branson did the right thing, and I applaud his decision.

But I sincerely wish he had done it for the right reason, and that would be to turn the world's attention to the slaughter of innocents in Yemen, in which the US military and government is aiding and abetting the Saudi military in their war crimes. Warning: very graphic images.

Images: Yemeni children dead and maimed for life, due to Saudi bombings.

Images: Yemeni children, dying of starvation, because of US-enabled Saudi port blockades

images: Yemeni children dying of cholera (potentially weaponised, as was used during World War II by the American troops against the Japanese), due to Saudi Arabia destroying water infrastructure

Oct 12 09:45

Journalist Disappearance Row: Companies, Media Pull Out of Saudi-Sponsored Event

Turkey has accused Saudi Arabia of detaining and murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Riyadh has denied the accusations and claimed he left it safe and sound. Saudi Arabia has even provided access to the country’s consulate for investigators to prove its innocence.

Following the news about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the accusations against Riyadh of murdering him in its consulate in Istanbul, several media outlets and companies have announced their withdrawal from a major event to be held by the Saudis on October 23-25 — the Future Investment Initiative (FII).

President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, will not be attending the conference, according to anonymous sources within organization, cited by Reuters. The change of plans was reportedly made due to a scheduling conflict with the event's timing. The sources didn't mention if it was connected to the missing journalist.

Oct 12 09:32

Will the Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Bring Down the US-Saudi Alliance?

Journalist James M. Dorsey says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has suffered significant reputational damage on the eve of a major global trade conference known as Vision 2030 or “Davos in the Desert”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My analysis is that this will have little effect at all on the relations between the US and Saudi Arabia, which are built mostly on oil, money, weapons, and war against Yemen and Iran.

Oct 12 09:17

Turks Had Saudi Consulate Bugged With Audio: Khashoggi Death Chronology Details Leaked

In an interesting new revelation the Post speculates based on intel sources that the whole October 2nd incident may have been an attempted "rendition" gone wrong. As more damning evidence emerges showing a Saudi "hit team" of 15 military and intelligence individuals murdered Khashoggi and chopped up his body to carry out of the country, there now appears a strong consensus that the order may have come straight from the top, most likely from crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) himself.

Middle East Eye, for example, concludes based on WaPo's prior report, "Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler, ordered an operation targeting journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi... citing US intelligence intercepts."

Oct 12 09:11

'He was interrogated, tortured and then murdered': Arabic audio handed to the U.S. 'proves Saudi critic WAS killed at consulate before 15-man assassination squad sneaked his body to consul general's home'

The government in Turkey claims to have evidence that US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi Arabia embassy after the critic of the country went to get a visa for his upcoming wedding.

He was captured on CCTV footage entering the building in Istanbul October 2 and a source has told The Washington Post he was killed and then dismembered by members of security.

'The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,' the insider told the newspaper that Khashoggi, 59, worked for.

'You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic … You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.'

Oct 12 09:09

The dark side of Saudi's Crown Prince: How royal's carefully managed rise to power has failed to overshadow arrests of activists, businessmen and his own family members

In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation.

But behind the carefully calibrated public-relations campaign pushing images of the smiling prince meeting with the world's top leaders and business executives lurks a darker side.

Last year, at age 31, Mohammed became the kingdom's crown prince, next in line to the throne now held by his octogenarian father, King Salman.

Oct 11 11:01

Trump Says Blocking Saudi Arms Sales Would Be "Hurting Us" When Asked About Khashoggi

It's not exactly a shocker, but does still serve to confirm just what interests actually drive American foreign policy - and no it has nothing to do with "sticking up for human rights" or "punishing rogue regimes".

In fact a regime can literally lure a prominent journalist to its embassy, murder him and chop him up into pieces, and then cart the body out of a foreign country — as the fast mounting evidence increasingly confirms in the case of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi — and the US may not so much as bat and eyelash.

President Trump told "Fox News Night" on Wednesday that he wants to know what happened to Khashoggi but expressed reluctance when it comes to blocking arms sales to the kingdom.

"I think that would be hurting us," Trump said.

"We have jobs, we have a lot of things happening in this country. We have a country that's doing probably better economically than it's ever done before."

Oct 11 10:58

Civilian Deaths in Yemen Increased by 164 Percent. Will Congress Act?

Weddings. Funerals. A school bus full of children. The Saudi-led coalition continues to bomb civilians in Yemen’s civil war. In fact, according to a recent report from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, the coalition’s offensive against the port city of Hodeida is largely responsible for a 164 percent increase in civilian deaths in Yemen since June. Thankfully, a group of 24 fed-up House representatives led by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-California) and Adam Smith (D-Washington) are reviving efforts in Congress to end US support for this brutal intervention. Their bipartisan legislation introduced last month, H.Con.Res.138, enjoys a privileged status that should guarantee it a floor vote in the House of Representatives. It deserves unanimous support.

Oct 11 10:57

Saudi Airstrike Kills Five Farmers in Yemen’s Hodeidah

Saudi warplanes continue to point the vital aid port of Hodeidah in northern Yemen, with a Wednesday strike targeting a crowd of civilians near one of the charity drinking water pumps set up in the city.

The strike killed five civilians, identified as farmers by the local hospital. This is the second incident of Saudi strikes in Hodeidah killing civilians this week, as on Monday another strike killed a group of beekeepers.

Saudi-led forces have been attacking Hodeidah for months. The port provides food for an estimated 70% of Yemenis, and is the last aid port controlled by the Shi’ite Houthi movement. As the offensive escalates against the city, so too do Saudi airstrikes.

Oct 11 10:54

Yemen’s Navy Uses New Missile to Destroy Saudi Military Vessel Near Hajjah

Yemen’s navy targeted a military vessel belonging to Saudi Arabia off of the northwestern coast of Hajjah on Wednesday, reportedly killing all aboard the vessel. The boat, which was in the Medi port, was carrying out attacks on the residential districts of Heiran and Medi in Hajjah when it was hit, according to a statement from Yemen’s navy.

A source in Yemen’s navy confirmed to MintPress News that it targeted the Saudi vessel with a new type of domestically-manufactured missile, but did not name the missile.

Oct 11 08:10

US Senators Slam Pompeo's Approval of Military Aid to Saudi Arabia, UAE

US Secretary of State Secretary Mike Pompeo must address concerns regarding his approval of military aid to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, seven senators said in a letter.

"We are skeptical a certification that the two Governments have undertaken demonstrable actions to reduce the harm to civilians is warranted when the Saudi coalition has failed to adopt some US recommendations while civilian deaths and casualties due to coalition airstrikes have increased dramatically in recent months," the letter said on Wednesday. The lawmakers called on Pompeo to hand over data on the increase in civilian casualties, among other requests, by October 31.

Last month, despite a UN report that accused the Saudi-led coalition of being responsible for some 16,000 deaths in Yemen, Pompeo certified to Congress that the coalition was limiting civilian casualties in the conflict, paving the way for more US military aid.

Oct 11 07:56

US Intel Knew Of Saudi Plan To Abduct Missing Journalist; Turkey Releases Footage Of "Hit Team"

Washington knew... and apparently did nothing, reports Bloomberg based on a bombshell Washington Post report:

U.S. intelligence services intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Saudi journalist and government critic Jamal Khashoggi, whose disappearance in Turkey last week threatens to damage the warm ties between the kingdom and Washington.

The Saudis were discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi back to the kingdom, The Washington Post reported, citing a person familiar with the communications, which were intercepted before he vanished. Khashoggi, a columnist for the newspaper, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and is feared to be detained or dead.

For whatever reason, the Post report buried the lede as the story is headlined simply, Saudis are said to have lain in wait for Jamal Khashoggi.

Oct 11 07:35

US ramps up pressure on Saudis over Jamal Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance has prompted US senators to launch a probe into Saudi officials. Turkish authorities have accused the Saudis of killing the Washington Post writer at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.

Oct 11 07:26

How Saudi Arabia manipulates foreign media outlets

Thanks to WikiLeaks, Reporters Without Borders is able to expose how Saudi Arabia’s government, which has suppressed all media freedom domestically, tries to co-opt foreign media outlets in order to project a positive image of the kingdom internationally.

Its methods are revealed in leaked cables between Saudi embassies and the Saudi foreign ministry which WikiLeaks has been publishing as the “Saudi Cables.” Not all of them are dated but the bulk of the documents cover the period from 2010 to 2015.

While it is not always clear from the cables what was actually done, they expose the extraordinary initiatives that were at least considered by the Saudi government in an attempt to improve its image abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like Israel hasn't been doing the same?!?

Oct 11 06:48

U.S. Intelligence Had A 'Duty To Warn' Khashoggi - Why Didn't That Happen?

It is beyond doubt that the Saudi government abducted, or killed, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But what did the Trump administration knew about the threat to Khashoggi? Did U.S. intelligence services warn him as their regulations require? Was such a warning blocked by the White House? And what will Trump do about the case?

The Turkish government published pictures of 15 men who had come from Saudi Arabia and were in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul shortly before Khashoggi visited it to get his divorce papers. They moved Khashoggi to the residence of the consul and later that day flew back on the same two private Saudi jets that had brought them to Istanbul.

Oct 10 11:12

Fake News regarding alleged Khashoggi Death Squad Retracted

Al-Jazeera distances itself from Khashoggi death claims, blames Reuters
Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera has distanced itself from a news item speculating that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered while visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Al-Jazeera Arabic, which had repeated the Reuters story extensively, has acknowledged the claims to be unverified and instead blamed newswire Reuters for the information.

The Reuters story cited only Turkish sources without naming them or providing any substantial evidence to support Khashoggi’s death claims.

Oct 10 10:41

EXCLUSIVE: Missing journalist is ALIVE and being held captive in Saudi Arabia after being spirited out of Turkey in a private jet, claims source close to the kingdom's royal family

A Washington Post columnist who went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was spirited out of Turkey in a private jet and held captive in the kingdom where he may still be alive, a source close to its royal family has claimed to DailyMail.com.

Jamal Khashoggi, a long-standing critic of Saudi Arabia and for the last year a columnist for the Post, has been at the center of international concern that he has been murdered after walking into the consulate in Turkey’s largest city and vanishing.

Turkish police were allowed into the building on Tuesday, a week after Khashoggi vanished, and said that CCTV footage from inside has gone missing and Turkish staff were abruptly told to take a holiday on the day in question, The Guardian reports.

Oct 10 10:07

Iranian-Saudi Detente Could Transform The Region, And US Power Is There To Prevent

The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has for decades roiled the Middle East with sectarian conflict, instability and war. Thinking about how the region would look if these two powerhouses normalized relations is intriguing.

But, sadly, such an outcome is unrealistic.

When President Trump recently spoke contemptuously of the Saudi rulers, saying“they wouldn’t last two weeks without US military protection”, it was a candid moment of truth.

However, US neocolonialism as it currently exists, will endeavor to always prop up the Saudi rulers no matter how despotic.

American power and Saudi rulers are a symbiotic scourge on the region, which, shamefully, will never permit restoration of relations with Iran.

Oct 10 10:06

End the Noxious U.S.-Saudi Relationship

If the latest outrage from Mohammed bin Salman changes anything, it should at the very least put an end to the absurd description of the crown prince and his allies as “reformers” once and for all. Reformer is a label that Western pundits and politicians use to describe foreign leaders when they want to express approval and support. It is often not intended to be an accurate statement about the leader’s record, but rather serves to distract from the worst parts of that record in order to sell the leader to Western audiences. Foreign leaders know that they can win a lot of supporters in the West just by saying the right things about a handful of issues, and as long as they keep up appearances their Western boosters will overlook or even defend the worst excesses.

Oct 10 09:58

Evidence of what happened to Jamal Khashoggi exists. It must be released.

THE DISAPPEARANCE of Jamal Khashoggi remained a mystery on Monday, but unlike many mysteries, it is one that could easily be solved. The Saudi journalist and Post Global Opinions columnist walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul at about 1:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Oct. 2, and has not been seen or heard from since. Turkish government sources are saying he was murdered inside the consulate; Saudi officials are calling that allegation “baseless and ridiculous.” They contend that Mr. Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he arrived.

If either account is correct, there should be tangible evidence — videos, travel logs and other documents — to back it up. Such evidence should be immediately released. Any delay only magnifies the suffering of Mr. Khashoggi’s family, including the fiancee who waited for him in vain outside the consulate. It compounds the crime of those responsible for his disappearance, who will not succeed in deflecting questions through stonewalling.

Oct 09 13:29

Did the Saudis Kidnap and Murder Journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

Last year, Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia over harsh crackdowns on regime critics. Friction between him and its despotic ruling family surfaced after saying the kingdom should be “nervous about a Trump presidency.”

He opposed Saudi aggression in Yemen, its unacceptable policies toward Qatar, and harshness against critics.

Banned from writing and speaking out publicly, he self-exiled himself to America, saying

“I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice,” adding:

“To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison. I can speak when so many cannot.”

Earlier this year, he said Saudi intellectuals and journalists risk imprisonment for criticizing ruling family policies.

The State Department was largely silent on Khashoggi’s disappearance, a statement saying it’s aware of reports and seeks more information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now you understand why I am worried, that one of President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East is Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salam, and the other is Israel's Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu.

They are, at the end of the day, birds of a feather.

Oct 09 11:05

Erdogan Demands Saudis Produce "Proof" That Missing Journalist Left Consulate Alive As 'Murder' Probe Intensifies

It has been nearly a week since renowned Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and never walked back out. In the ensuing days, the Western media has become incensed by reports that the Saudis sent a 15-man "hit squad" to the consulate to carry out the "preplanned" torture and murder of Khashoggi. Afterwards, they reportedly dismembered his body and smuggled his remains out of the building, all while Khashoggi's Turkish fiance waited outside in her car. After sending a "security team" to the consulate to look for the missing dissident, Turkish investigators launched an investigation into Khashoogi's disappearance on Friday - an investigation for which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged his "personal involvement".

Oct 09 10:53

Fugitive Prince Calls for Civil Disobedience to Change Saudi Regime

Saudi prince Khalid bin Farhan al-Saud, who has fled to Germany after the empowerment of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, called on people to overthrow the current rulers in Riyadh after the recent murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Al-e Saud.
"If the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi is proved, I invite all walks of life in Saudi Arabia to cooperate in a legal measure and change the political system through civil disobedience," Farhan al-Saud wrote on his twitter page on Monday.

He proposed the Saudi people pave the ground for transferring power to Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi King Salman’s younger brother who is in exile in Britain, and form a new government based on the constitution.

Turkish officials said they had concrete evidence missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, with a friend of the prominent writer saying they think he might have been dismembered.

Oct 09 10:53

Mainstream Journos Pissed As Saudi Clown Prince Nabs One Of Their Own

The Mustache of Understanding, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, is pissed that the Saudi clown prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the kidnapping of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Every ten minutes a child in Yemen starves because of the famine caused by the Saudi, UAE, U.S. and UK war on the country. The renewed attack on the harbor of Hodeidah and hyperinflation over the recent months have doubled the prices of food and gas Most people in Yemen no longer have the income to pay for the needed food. Tens of thousands were already silently starved, millions will likely follow. By what humanitarian 'principle' would the potential death of one bootlicking columnist be worse than that?

Oct 09 10:27

Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Turkey said Tuesday it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance a week ago of a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post.

The announcement came as a surveillance image surfaced of Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before he disappeared.

Khashoggi, 59, went missing while on a visit to the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. He had been living since last year in the United States, in a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman.

Turkish officials have said they fear the columnist was killed on the premises of the consulate.

Oct 08 09:11

What’s Really Going On Behind the “Secret” Saudi-Russia Oil Deal

The revelation that Russia worked privately with the Saudis “on Trump’s order” to aid the U.S. effort to halt Iranian oil exports without causing a supply shock seems to contradict Russia’s public promise to defend Iran’s economy against aggressive U.S. sanctions.

Oct 08 08:58

Erdogan Believes Saudi Arabia Ordered Brutal Killing Of Missing Dissident At Istanbul Consulate

As we suggested on Saturday, the suspected extrajudicial torture, murder and dismemberment of a Washington Post columnist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is already straining tensions between Riyadh and Ankara. To wit, on Saturday, Turkish prosecutors officially launched an investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, according to Turkey's official Anadolou news agency, after a "Turkish security team" was allowed inside the consulate by Saudis (presumably under the assumption that they would produce a clean bill of health). Meanwhile, a handful of anonymous Turkish officials reportedly tipped off the Washington Post and Reuters about the murder.

Oct 08 08:53

Saudi-Led Coalition Sends Additional Forces to Hodeidah - Yemeni Military

The Yemeni military announced on Sunday the deployment of additional army troops, consisting of Sudanese servicemen and supporting the Saudi-led coalition, in the vicinity of the embattled Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, controlled by the Houthi militants, also known as Ansar Allah movement.

"The aim of the arrived Sudanese servicemen will be to reinforce troops already deployed there in order to fully liberate the territories which remain under the Houthis' control," the military said in a statement.

Oct 08 08:17

Pakistani Poker: Playing Saudi Arabia Against China

Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter feud with Iran at the People’s Republic’s expense.

Oct 08 08:09

Turkey claims Saudi dissident was killed, dismembered inside Saudi consulate

Turkish government sources have said that a former trusted aide of the Saudi royal family, who was shunned by Riyadh after criticizing Saudi policies, was murdered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Jamal Khashoggi, 59, is an American-educated former adviser to Saudi royals. He worked for years as an advisor to Prince Turki al-Faisal, one of Saudi Arabia’s most recognizable public figures who represented the Kingdom as ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom. But in 2015, when Mohammad bin Salman, favorite son of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, began to rise through the ranks of the royal family, Khashoggi became sharply critical of changes in the Kingdom’s style of governance. He moved to the United States, from where he began to criticize Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the civil war in Yemen, its support for the repression of political freedoms in Egypt, and other issues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that none of this comes from identifiable resources which wanted to state anything for the record, and there is utterly no evidence to support the possibility that the story is either true, nor untrue.

But looking at Bin Salman's butchery in Yemen, it is entirely possible this assassination happened, unless and until Khashoggi either presents himself, or the body parts are found, and a decent forensic examination can be done.

There is enough Turkish/Saudi animosity on a number of levels, and has been for many years; but to spin up a story like this with which to tar the Saudi monarchy?!? One has to wonder.

Oct 07 10:28

Saudi Crown Prince: Iran's Supreme Leader 'Makes Hitler Look Good'

This much, at least, can be said for Mohammed bin Salman, the putatively reformist crown prince of Saudi Arabia: He has made all the right enemies. Among those who would celebrate his end are the leaders of ISIS, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas, as well as Yemen’s Houthi rebels, and the entire clerical and military leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran. As a bonus, there are members of his own family, the sprawling, sclerotic, self-dealing House of Saud, who would like to see him gone—or at the very least, warehoused at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, where the 32-year-old prince recently imprisoned many of his enemies and cousins during an anti-corruption sweep of the kingdom.

Oct 07 10:13

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, lionized by U.S. pundits and politicians, is a — suspected murderer

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old de facto leader of Saudi Arabia widely praised as a “reformist” by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and others, turns out to be a suspected murderer.

Here’s what happened: 5 days ago, Jamal Khashoggi, a one-time Saudi insider who became a prominent critic and self-exiled in Washington, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to get a document he needed to re-marry. His fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said he never emerged.

The Washington Post reports that Turkish investigators now believe that a 15-member murder team sent in from Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi inside the consulate. There have been further reports that his body was dismembered before being removed.

Oct 07 03:32

Kerry Reveals Egyptian, Saudi Ex-Leaders Pushed US to Attack Iran

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In an address to the Council on Foreign Relations on Friday, former US Secretary of State John Kerry specifically expressed alarm over a possible war with Iran following the US’s exit from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

By pulling out of the deal, US President Donald Trump has “made it more likely that there will be conflict in the region because there are people there who would love to have the United States of America bomb Iran,” Kerry emphasized.

He also revealed that both Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah and Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak told him that the US should attack Iran.

According to Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also urged then-US President Barack Obama to give the go-ahead for bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities

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(*we can expect a just Kavanaugh ruling on this insubordination)

Oct 07 03:04

Arab Daily: Trump's Remarks Big Slap Across Saudis' Face, Prove Iran's Power

TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Arab newspaper blasted the Saudi officials' silence on the insulting remarks by US President Donald Trump, noting that it was a big slap at Riyadh and showed Iran's power.

Trump told supporters Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and its King would not last "two weeks" in power without American military support and appeared to call on the country to pay more for its own defense, the Arabic-language al-Ray al-Youm reported on Saturday.

"We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they're rich? And I love the King ... King Salman but I said 'King, we're protecting you. You might not be there for two weeks without us. You have to pay for your military," Trump said.

The newspaper wrote that international observers are surprised at Riyadh's continued silence on Trump's insulting comments.

It added that the US president's remarks are considered as a slap across the face of the Saudi army and admission of Iran's hegemony and power.

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Oct 05 11:19

Is Saudi Arabia the Middle East’s Next Failed State?

Reports are growing that Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s hyperactive crown prince, is losing his grip. His economic reform program has stalled since his father, King Salman, nixed plans to privatize 5 percent of Saudi Aramco. The Saudi war in Yemen, which the prince launched in March 2015, is more of a quagmire than ever while the kingdom’s sword rattling with Iran is making the region increasingly jumpy.

Heavy gunfire in Riyadh last April sparked rumors that MBS, as he’s known, had been killed in a palace coup. In May, an exiled Saudi prince urged top members of the royal family to oust him and put an end to his “irrational, erratic, and stupid” rule. Recently, Bruce Riedel, an ex-CIA analyst who heads up the Brookings Institution’s Intelligence Project, reported that the prince is so afraid for his life that he’s taken to spending nights on his yacht in the Red Sea port of Jeddah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the signs point to potential downfall here; and then what happens both to Saudi government, its oil, and the wars of conquest it is waging, overtly and covertly?!?

Oct 05 10:31

As Fighting Escalates in Yemen’s Hodeidah, Risk of Famine GrowsUAE-backed forces escalate all-out offensive

Several months into the invasion of the Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah, the forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates have been escalating dramatically, looking to gain ground faster in an effort to seize the nation’s largest aid port.

Hodeidah is estimated to import food aid for about 70% of Yemen, and fighting has at this point effectively cut off traffic to an from the city. Promises by the Saudis for a humanitarian corridor haven’t been followed through on so far, and that means no one is getting food.

This has happened before in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, with Saudi naval blockades regularly cutting the nation off from food imports for weeks at a time. Fighting could drag on much longer, however, and that could mean mass starvation, particularly in northern Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is precisely the objective of the B.O.Y. (a.k.a. the Butcher of Yemen, also known as Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman), and one of his BFFs in the Middle East, the American Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump.

They want to leave the port as in tact as humanly possible, in order to control it fully, and starve the Yemeni people into submission.

Oct 05 09:08

How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen

It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, the Senate was considering a bipartisan resolution to cut off military aid and halt a big sale of American-made bombs to Saudi Arabia. Fortunately for them, despite mounting evidence that the U.S.-backed, supplied, and fueled air campaign in Yemen was targeting civilians, the Saudi government turned out to have just the weapon needed to keep those bombs and other kinds of aid coming their way: an army of lobbyists.

Oct 04 07:44

Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen sparks stronger retaliatory attacks

Yemenis have intensified their counterattacks against the Saudi-led coalition which has already escalated its offensive on the port city of Hudaydah over the past weeks. Our correspondent Mohamed Al-Atab has made a tour of Hudaydah and filed this report on the growing national resilience of the city’s people against the Saudi-led war and blockade.

Oct 04 06:50

Troops Deploy in Yemen’s Aden as Separatists Call for Uprising: Southern Transitional Council prepares takeover of South Yemen

Long-standing separatist ambitions in South Yemen could be coming to a head soon, with troops loyal to the Saudi-backed government massing in the city of Aden. They are preparing to resist calls by separatists to launch a full-scale uprising.

The Southern Transitional Council (STC), which envisions itself becoming an interim government after this uprising, is said also to be mobilizing, with its own forces preparing to seize government buildings across the south.

The STC is blaming Saudi Arabia for mounting corruption across the south, and has long envisioned ending the Saudi invasion by just splitting the country along the pre-unification borders. Pro-Saudi officials say that the STC must abandon all plans, saying they would benefit Iran.

Yemen was unified militarily in 1990, when North Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh conquered the South. Since then, separatists have remained an active movement in the south, envisioning reclaiming the lost country.

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These movements are headed toward an even more catastrophic outcome than the Yemeni people have suffered through to date in this war.

Oct 04 06:19

SAUDI ECONOMIST WHO CRITICIZED ARAMCO IPO CHARGED WITH TERRORISM

This is how they roll in the Saudi Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor has charged Essam al-Zamil, identified by activists as a prominent economist who once criticized plans to float shares of Saudi Aramco, with joining a terrorist organization and meeting with foreign diplomats, reports Reuters.

Local media, including Arabic-language newspaper Okaz, reported on Monday that the accusations include membership in the banned Muslim Brotherhood as well as communicating with neighboring Qatar and inciting protests inside Saudi Arabia.

Zamil has been detained since Sept. 2017 along with dozens of intellectuals and clerics in a crackdown on potential opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose ambitious economic reform program centered on selling up to five percent of the state-owned Aramco oil company, notes Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know how much this concerns you, but the reality that President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen (aka, the Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman) and the Butcher of Gaza (aka, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, does give me great pause in terms of both the architecture, and trajectory, of current US foreign policy.

Oct 04 06:15

Trump Humiliates, Squeezes Saudi Ally: ‘Pay up–you wouldn’t last 2 Weeks w/out US Army’

Trump, speaking at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, went out of his way to humiliate Saudi King Salman, his close ally in his attempt to corral Iran.

“We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich? And I love the King, King Salman. But I said,

‘King – we’re protecting you – you might not be there for two weeks without us – you have to pay for your military.'”

By “your military” Trump apparently meant the US army, navy and air force, which has often protected Saudi Arabia, as during the Gulf War when the US military spearheaded pushing Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, which he had invaded, and from which he could have menaced Riyadh as well. Some 80% of the cost of the Gulf War was shouldered by US allies, especially Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf states. Saudi Arabia alone pitched in $16.8 billion.

Oct 04 06:00

The US Senate has unanimously passed S. Res. 610, which calls for the declassification and release of tens of thousands of pages of documents relating to Saudi Arabia and the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

The “28 pages” from a 2002 Congressional Joint Inquiry report on the attacks was declassified on July 15, 2016, but large portions of the release remained redacted. This move pushes to finally remove the redactions on these and other documents related to 9/11.

The documents seem to point the finger at the highest level of the government of Saudi Arabia as being responsible for the financial backing for the attackers on 9/11.

S.Res. 610 Resolution Reads as follows:

Urging the release of information regarding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States.

Whereas tens of thousands of pages of documents relating to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks upon the United States remain classified by the Federal Government;

Whereas the Federal Government may properly classify and control access to information in order to protect sources and methods of collecting critical information in defense of the country and the people of the United States;

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Very interesting timing, and one which completely ignores the culpability of Israel in this horrific deed:

9/11 Index: What Really Happened on 9/11

Oct 03 09:38

As Saudis Defend Against War Crimes Allegations, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills Entire Family

The latest attack comes just hours after Saudi Arabia admitted that its forces have committed what it called “certain mistakes” in Yemen, after increasing pressure from international bodies and human-rights groups that accuse the kingdom of carrying out war crimes in the country.

Oct 03 09:25

Yemen on verge of famine as millions cannot access aid

About one million people in northern Yemen are living in makeshift camps on the verge of famine.

They're in a Houthi-controlled area that the Saudi-Emirati coalition has been attacking and that's making it difficult for aid to reach camps. Without a ceasefire and end to the attacks, aid organisations cannot bring in the amount of food necessary for the displaced Yemenis to survive the conflict.

Oct 03 09:11

Israeli spyware used against Saudi Arabian dissident in Canada — report

A Saudi dissident living in Canada was likely spied on by Israeli phone-hacking technology, according to a Monday report.

The Herzliya-based NSO Group uses its controversial Pegasus spyware program to turn smartphones into listening devices. It has been accused of selling the technology to countries, including Saudi Arabia, who use it to spy on dissidents, journalists, and others.

The Citizen Lab, a group of academics from Toronto University, said it has “high confidence” that the Israeli technology was used to spy on 27-year-old Omar Abdulaziz, an outspoken Saudi dissident who sought asylum in Canada.

Oct 03 09:10

Russia will monitor air traffic in Israel, Saudi Arabia, Europe from Syria

The advanced defence and surveillance systems which Russia intends to send to Syria will be able to monitor flight movements in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Europe, media reports said.

“We will know not only that someone has entered the airspace in this region, but also that somewhere a plane is only operating on the runway, be it in Israel or Saudi Arabia or even in Europe,” Vladimir Mikheyev, first deputy director of government-owned Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies, told Russia’s Tass news agency

“Systems capable of combating precision weapons-guided bombs and missiles … will be added to the conventional radar protection systems,” he added.

Mikheyev pointed out that Moscow is planning to strengthen its own defence systems which could include the instalment of aerosol smokescreens which make airplanes invisible to missiles.

Oct 02 13:32

Scores Killed in Heavy Fighting Around Yemen’s Hodeidah Port

Saudi-backed forces are reporting heavy fighting in and around the vital aid port of Hodeidah, in northwestern Yemen. Reports suggest that over 60 were killed in the course of the day’s clashes, with 54 of them Shi’ite Houthis.

Fighting initially focused on some of the rare farms around the province, and some military positions leading into the port city itself. The port is the source of food aid for about 70% of Yemen, and the lone port under the control of the Houthi movement.

Yemen imports the vast, vast majority of its food, so a protracted battle for the last Houthi port could cut off millions in Houthi territory from any food aid at all, leading to mass starvation. The Saudi-backed forces have promised to eventually open “humanitarian routes” out of the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Eventually" when it comes to the Saudi foreign policy, which is engineered to starve the Houthis into submission, as they will through the control of its main port in Hodeidah, will be when pigs make the discovery that they are aerodynamic!!

And we have the following development, datelined yesterday: Hodeidah cholera cases triple after Saudi/UAE offensive.

Oct 02 13:15

Saudi Arabia Admits ‘Mistakes’ in Targeting in Yemen: Investigators ask how many times Saudis can accidentally bomb same civilian targets

Addressing the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Monday with respect to the massive civilian death toll in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, Saudi officials made rare admissions of fault, saying that they had made “mistakes” in targeting and were working hard to rectify the problem.

Saudi officials were clearly trying to use this to get a pass on the ten thousand-plus killed civilians, insisting that the internal investigations note the “mistakes,” and that perpetrators will be “held to account,” despite little evidence that this ever happened.

The UN committee didn’t appear to be sold on this idea either, with members noting the war has been going on since 2015 with no sign of prosecutions for civilian deaths. Panel chairwoman Renate Winter noted that an awfully large number of these “mistakes” had hit the same civilian targets, with several schools and hospitals hit myriad times. She asked how many times the Saudis could possibly keep making that same mistake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis will keep on making the "same mistake", because the B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Crown Prince Bin Salman) and his BFF in the Middle East, Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, want to see as many kids, schools, and hospitals blown up as humanly possible, because they don't want future Yemenis growing up with a memory that Yemen, at one point, had both an independent history, and national trajectory other, than through Saudi control.

And we have a companion piece, again from antiwar.com, with the following headline: US Air Force keeps refueling Saudi warplanes in Yemen

Oct 02 12:46

"HILLARY SAID SO": IRAN QUOTES WIKILEAKS AT U.N. TO PROVE SAUDIS ARE STATE SPONSORS OF TERROR

Those rare moments that WikiLeaks gets invoked at the United Nations are always fun, especially when part of a tense feud between Middle East rivals and involving Hillary Clinton.

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Gholamali Khoshroo gave a fiery speech during the final days of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York wherein he responded to specific charges of Saudi Arabia that Iran sponsors terrorism and is waging proxy wars on Riyadh throughout the Middle East, saying that global terrorism actually originates with the Saudis.

The Iranian ambassador supported his case by appealing to a specific WikiLeaks email: “Everybody knows that Saudi Arabia supports terrorism in a very blatant and widespread manner,” he said. In a shock statement before his UN audience, he added, “in the framework of WikiLeaks in 2009, Hillary Clinton is said to have stated that Saudi Arabia is the greatest donor to terrorist groups around the world.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian UN Ambassador Khoshroo can definitely be characterized as a gentleman with "male attributes" which click, rather loudly, on his way up to the podium at the UN!!!

Unfortunately, his statement about Saudi Arabia is horrifically valid, and the US is now aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Oct 02 08:36

Over 60 Saudi Officers Resign for Feeling Guilty of Yemen War

Tens of Saudi officers fighting in Yemen war have resigned for feeling guilty of committing war crimes and the fear of being listed as war criminals, a prominent Saudi whistle-blower revealed.

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(*PETITION THE WHITEHOUSE: Tell Trump WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK !)

Oct 02 04:36

SAUDI STATE SPIES ON DISSIDENTS IN CANADA USING SOFTWARE BUILT BY ISRAELI FIRM

The government of Saudi Arabia is spying on expatriate dissidents in Canada using commercially available software designed by an Israeli company, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. This is alleged in a new report published on Monday by the Citizen Lab, a research unit of the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, which focuses on information technology, international security and human rights. The report’s authors say they have “high confidence” that intrusive surveillance software is being deployed to target the electronic communications of Saudi dissidents, including Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist who has been living in Canada’s Quebec province for nearly 10 years.

Oct 01 09:51

"Without Us, Who Knows What’s Going to Happen": Trump Warns King Salman to Buy More Weapons

US President Donald Trump called on Riyadh to increase its military spending, with an eye on more weapons sale to the "rich" kingdom.
Speaking at a campaign rally in West Virginia on Saturday, the US president stressed that he had complained that Washington was not getting what it should from Saudi Arabia during a phone conversation with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Middle East News.

Trump said he had told King Salman that Riyadh has "trillions of dollars" and could pay its military bills.

"I love Saudi Arabia. They are great, King Salman, I spoke with him this morning. I said, king, you have got trillions of dollars. Without us, who knows what’s going to happen. .... With us they are totally safe. But we don’t get what we should be getting," he stated.

Trump further threatened to end what he claimed to be subsidies for the Saudi military.

Oct 01 08:21

US Air Force Refueling of Saudi Warplanes in Yemen Continues

New data from the US Air Force shows that the refueling operation for the Saudi-led war in Yemen is continuing apace with no sign of slowing. The US has refueled Saudi warplanes attacking Yemen since April of 2015.

Central Command revealed that the US has conducted 2,919 sorties, offloading 92.3 million pounds of fuel since the war began. The statement confirmed this was “in support of US missions and Saudi and Emirate operations against threats throughout the horn of Africa.”

US involvement in the Yemen War has been extremely controversial, with Congress once again working on a bill aiming to compel the administration to stop participating. The war was never authorized by the US Congress.

Refueling is the primary US operation in Yemen, which is a particularly controversial part of the war, since Saudi airstrikes have been killing massive numbers of Yemeni civilians in the course of the war.

Sep 29 10:21

Yemen doctors despair as babies starve in 'orphaned province'

At Nasr Hospital's emergency room in the Yemeni city of Daleh, a little boy struggles to breathe. He is too tired, or too hungry, to cry.

Born with a degenerative neurological disease, his muscles have atrophied to nothing, his tiny joints visible through his pale skin, his stomach distended.

The child's body cannot retain even water, so nurses have resorted to putting him in diapers.

And doctors say there is nothing they can do.

The boy is one of an estimated five million Yemeni children who may not see their next birthday in a war the UN children's fund has described as a "living hell" for minors.

The UN has warned that international aid agencies are losing the fight against famine in Yemen, where 3.5 million people may soon be added to the eight million Yemenis already facing starvation -- more than half of them children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The collective punishment of a people, through assassinations, the introduction of possibly weaponized diseases, destruction of water infrastructure or malnutrition, because Yemen's ports are blockaded, are all war crimes, which the Saudis, backed by their country's Leader, one of President Trump's BFF in the Middle East, the Butcher of Yemen (sometimes also known as Prince Bin Salman).

Americans, please wake up, and quickly; your country is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

It is time to peacefully, logically call out this government for what it is; the leading global merchant of death, one of whose main spokespersons, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, lied through his teeth to Congress about the ultimate usage of US missiles by the Saudi military, to save the sales deal.Mike Pompeo lied to Congress about Yemen, to protect arms sales

I don't know how upset you are about living in a country which supports war crimes, around the world, with utter impunity... because it can; as a Christian Pacifist Activist, who never advocates violence, I am deeply concerned about the moral price of these actions over time, because there will be a reckoning, brought about by the US government's imperial hubris which characterises these war crimes as "necessary for the greater good."

The "greater good"?!? For whom, please?!? It is not for the good of We the People; it is for the profits of Those the Monied, and the banks and corporations which, essentially, in America, bankroll presidential campaigns, and drive both foreign and domestic policy.

Sep 29 10:04

Saudi Arabia, UAE Fail to Halt UN Yemen Human Rights Inquiry

In a 21-8 vote, the UN Human Rights Council has agreed to extend the inquiry into human rights violations committed during the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia and its allies in the United Arab Emirates both condemned the news.

Such votes happen every year around the UN General Assembly meeting, with the Saudis trying to limit such votes and insisting that any investigations are only going to “deepen divisions” in Yemen.

The council spent several days debating the matter, with those in favor of more investigations, led by the Netherlands and Canada, winning out handily, while many other nations chose to abstain.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And what will the UN do, after this investigation is over?!?

Nothing; diddlysquat; zero; nada!

The UN is just as impotent to cure Saudi Arabia's genocidal attacks on Yemen as is a steer trying to procreate.

Sep 28 12:03

Saudi Arabia Demands Canada Apologize: We're Not 'A Banana Republic'

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister asked Canada to apologise for demanding the release of Saudi women's rights activists and stop treating the kingdom as "a banana republic" if it wanted to resolve a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

In August, Saudi Arabia froze new trade with Canada, blocked grain imports, expelled Canada's ambassador and ordered all Saudi students home after Ottawa called for the release of activists detained for urging more rights for women.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, the more correct description here, would be a that of a "banana theocratic monarchy".

Sep 28 10:42

Ahwaz Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking the War Inside Iran?

Less than a month after Iran’s consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran’s Khuzestan province, killing 25 people and wounding many more. When the Basra consulate incident took place , some commentators in Iran speculated that the attackers also wanted to target Khorramshahr and Abadan. Now it seems that they were not too wrong.

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Sep 28 04:42

US Coordinates Efforts to form Arab Alliance against Iran

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The United States is planning a high-level meeting with Arab leaders in January to speed up forging an alliance that is mainly aimed at confronting Iran, a senior US official has confirmed.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs Tim Lenderking has been touring the region over the past weeks in a bid to muster enough support to form the Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), a concept similar to an Arab NATO.

The idea of forming an alliance that comprised the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council– Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman—along with the US, Egypt and Jordan, and addressed security, economic and political issues was first floated during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia last year, Lenderking said.

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(*As we can see , Trump really knows how to spend our (*albeit; Collected by The Democrats) Tax Dollars )

Sep 27 13:57

HOUSE RESOLUTION DIRECTS TRUMP TO END U.S. SUPPORT FOR YEMEN WAR

IN CONGRESS, FRUSTRATION with the U.S. role in Yemen is nearing a breaking point. Sen. Bob Menendez — the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — is holding up a $2 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over concerns that the two countries routinely bomb civilian targets. Meanwhile, in the House, U.S. assistance to the Saudi- and UAE-led coalition is about to face another major hurdle.

On Wednesday, California Democrat Ro Khanna introduced a resolution invoking the 1973 War Powers Act, declaring that Congress never authorized U.S. support for the coalition in Yemen and directing President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from “hostilities” against the Houthis, the Iranian-backed rebel group at war with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The resolution would not affect U.S. forces who are on the ground in Yemen fighting Al Qaeda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

YOU GO, RO!!!

Sep 27 13:54

The US Isn’t Just Backing the Yemen War – It’s Helping Trap Those Forced To Flee

By now, the images are infamous: stunned, bloodied Yemeni children arriving at the hospital after their summer camp bus was bombed by Saudi aircraft. The United States is deeply implicated in that August 9 attack, which killed 54 people – most of them children

Fragments from the bomb bear the labels of U.S. weapons manufacturers. The indefensible nature of the bombing – there were no combatants anywhere in sight – has garnered headlines and even attention on Capitol Hill, opening a new conversation about US involvement in the years-long siege of Yemen by a coalition headed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am disgusted with my government, many members of which allegedly identify as Christians, but who SO love, LOVE, LOVE the concept of infants getting torn apart, killed and maimed for life with US-made weapons, and making sure that the profits of their warmonger campaign contributors are protected. And folks, this is what this war looks like on ground for Yemeni kids: (warning: graphic images)

Yemeni children, killed and maimed for life from US-enabled Saudi bombings

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, due to US-enabled Saudi port blockades

Yemeni children sick and dying by (possibly weaponized) cholera.

And there is another article to which I would like you to pay attention, again from antiwar.com, as follows:

In Yemen and beyond, US arms manufacturers are abetting crimes against humanity

The US government has been complicit in aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen, which means that WE, as citizens of this country, are also complicit, until we collectively, and peacefully, have a dialogue with our alleged representatives in Congress, and demand that this country stop aiding and abetting these war crimes in Yemen. And if your Congressional Representative is up for re-election this year, tell them that failure on their part to do this, is an election loser for them, and you are looking forward to their progress in making this happen, before the mid-terms.

And one last article on the issue, and let your Congressional representative understand that this exists:

Bi-Partisan House Bill Aims to Stop US Military Involvement in the Yemen War.

Please tell your Representative, calmly and peacefully, that you fully expect them to support this bill.

Sep 27 13:35

Ahwaz Attacks: Is Saudi Arabia Taking The War Inside Iran?

Less than a month after Iran’s consulate in Basra was attacked, a group of terrorists claiming to be members of the Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz attacked a military parade in the capital of Iran’s Khuzestan province, killing 25 people and wounding many more. When the Basra consulate incident took place , some commentators in Iran speculated that the attackers also wanted to target Khorramshahr and Abadan. Now it seems that they were not too wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am thinking here that Saudi Arabia would like to destabilize Iran from the inside, and unfortunately, by not taking care of its people in its outlying areas, the Iranian government is making people "ripe for acquisition" to join a jihad against the current government.

I think that the "trigger" for any attack against Iran, either by Saudi Arabia, the US and/or Israel, may well be President Trump's "drop dead date", 4 November, past which he has decreed that the world can no longer buy Iranian oil, or be economically sanctioned.

There is a companion piece I would like to share here, again from antiwar.com: EU Foreign Policy Chief wants Iran Clearing House Open before November.

Folks, the first of October is next Monday, and I would thoroughly encourage and urge EU Leader, Federica Mogherini, to get such a mechanism in place as quickly as possible, and no later than mid-October.

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