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Jan 16 13:17

Turkey Notifies NATO Of Imminent Massive Invasion Of Syria To Fight Kurds

Turkey is poised for an imminent massive ground invasion of Northern Syria to quash Kurdish militia groups currently holding Afrin near the Turkish border. Multiple regional outlets have reported a build-up of forces that could constitute the largest external intervening force thus far in the entirety of the Syrian war.

According to Middle East based Al-Sura News, Turkey's military build-up currently underway includes special forces troops, Army units, Turkish-backed Syrian Rebels and Turkey's air force. The Kurdish YPG/J (People's Protection Units) has held Afrin since the Syrian government withdrew from the area in 2012, which constitutes the western-most part of the self-declared Rojava autonomous Kurdish zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF I were a bookie in Vegas, I don't know what odds of war breaking out between Turkey and Syria were, but I wouldn't bet against it starting within the next 24- 48 hours.

Jan 15 16:07

U.S. Creates Kurdish/Terrorist “Border Force” In Syria To Define Borders Of Kurdistan

By Brandon Turbeville

For those that hoped Trump would bring a more sensible approach to the Western-induced Syrian crisis, it is almost for certain that those hopes have been officially dashed with the revelation of the Trump administration’s new policy regarding the SDF, Kurds, a new border force, and the logical partitioning plan that is obviously moving forward.

The new plans announced by the United States involve the creation of a “border force” that is expected to contain around 30,000 personnel to be deployed at the borders controlled by the SDF (Syria Democratic Forces). The force will be trained by the United States and will contain members from the SDF and YPG and will see Kurdish members patrolling “Kurdish areas” while Arab members patrol “Arab areas.”...

Jan 15 09:42

Saudi, allies used precision-guided arms in raids on Yemeni civilians: UN panel

A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

Jan 15 09:41

Situation in Yemen looks like apocalypse: UN

The United Nations has warned that Yemen could become the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in half a century as the war-torn country is grappling with deadly cholera and diphtheria outbreaks amid a devastating Saudi war.

Jan 15 09:06

Erdogan vows to ‘drown’ US-backed Syrian Border Force before it’s born, labels unit ‘terrorist army'

The Turks are going after the US supported terrorists in Eastern Syria and Erdogan means to drive the US Terrorist Special Forces advisers out with them.
The drones against the Russian base have really backfired. Can you say Asymetrical Warfare?

The Turkish president has called US-backed Syrian Border Force using Kurdish fighters a “terrorist army,” vowing to “drown” it before it’s complete. He also added that military preparations against Kurdish-held Afrin are ready.

“Our duty is to drown this terrorist force before it is born,” the Turkish leader said on Monday, as cited by AP.

“This is what we have to say to all our allies: don't get between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences,” Erdogan said, as cited by Turkish media. He added that Turkish forces will battle “until not a single terrorist remains along our borders, let alone 30,000 of them.”

Jan 14 16:14

Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen

James Dorsey questions whether Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s proclaimed quest to “return” to “moderate islam” includes subscribing to concepts of tolerance and pluralism which at present seems unlikely. >>

Jan 14 09:11

Russian Journalists Blow Lid Off Alleged US Terrorist Training Network in Syria

The Pentagon was forced to go into full public relations mode late last month amid fresh allegations by the Russian General Staff that US instructors were providing training assistance for some 350 ex-Daesh (ISIS) militants at the US Army's al-Tanf garrison in the southern Syrian province of Homs. Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov accused Washington of intending to use the militants to create a so-called 'New Syrian Army', a military formation aimed at further destabilizing the war-torn country after Daesh had been defeated.

Jan 13 13:27

How Will President Trump Deal With A Rogue California Government Making the State a Third World S-hole?

The state of California government has gone rogue and out of control. What happens in California can have some major ramifications nationwide if something is not done to put the state government in check. The state Legislator has passed laws that go far beyond infringing on people’s personal liberties. What is going on in the state is a major train wreck getting ready to happen that could have been preventable.

Jan 13 11:32

Who or What Is Feeding the Unrest in Iran? Philip Giraldi

Given the history of foreign interventions in the Middle East, is the United States or Israel plausibly involved in the demonstrations?
The answer to that is both yes and no. There is considerable evidence that the United States and possibly Israel, joined by Saudi Arabia, have set up several command centers in Iraq and Afghanistan to support the protests. They have been using social networking as well as radio broadcasts to encourage the people to get out and demonstrate. One such station called AmadNews, broadcasting from outside Iran, called on demonstrators to attack police stations and government buildings. It appears to be a US government front manned by Persian speaking Israelis.

Jan 13 09:27

Yemen Is Today's Guernica

On the market day of April 26, 1937, at the bequest of General Francisco Franco, a bombing of the Basque town of Guernica took place. It was carried out by Spain’s nationalistic government allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion and the Fascist Italian Aviazione Legionaria. The attack, under the code name Operation Rügen, in which hundreds of people died, became a rallying cry against the brutal killing of innocent civilians.

80 years later, however, an even more criminal action is carried out against Yemeni civilians by Saudi Arabia, with the complicity of the United States. 2018 has begun with the usual deadly Saudi strikes. Recent ones in the city of Hodeida have killed 23 people and Yemenis live in fear of new strikes that do not show respect for civilians, including children.

Jan 12 15:37

Syria - Erdogan (Again) Switches Sides - Delivers New Supplies For Terrorist Attacks

Turkey, in line with U.S. services, decided to block the current Syrian advance in south-east Idleb. Yesterday an ad-hoc alliance of jihadi "rebels" launched a counteroffensive to stop the Syrian army from cutting off a big chunk of "rebel" held territory in east-Idleb.

Jan 11 15:20

How Israel allows private US institutions to abuse and drug Israeli children

"Private American institutions are abusing Israeli children for profit, causing irreparable emotional and psychological damage to them

"It is a rare moment to capture on video: this brave young girl agreed to give her testimony. She was on the run from the authorities, escaping back to her family for the 50th time..." >>

Jan 11 10:26

Protecting The Belt And Road Initiative From US-Led Terrorism: Will China Send Troops To Syria?

An interesting theme concerning Syria is the involvement of the People's Republic of China in the conflict. While China’s diplomatic and economic assistance has been constant, its military contribution to Syria is less known. It is important for China and Russia to contain and defeat the terrorist phenomenon in the Middle East, as well as to defang the strategists in the US deep state who are unceasing in their efforts to employ jihadism as a weapon to destabilize Eurasia’s integration projects.

Jan 11 09:28

Houthi Troops Celebrate With Captured Navy Underwater Drone in Video

A new video has surfaced showing members of the Houthi Navy celebrating, fists in the air, with what appears to be a captured U.S. Navy underwater drone.

The video, published by Houthi media Monday and highlighted by USNI News, shows four armed men in dive gear hanging on the bright-yellow unmanned underwater vehicle.

The UUV, which appears to be a Remus 600 made by the Kongsberg subsidiary Hydroid, was captured off the coast of Yemen, according to the men in the video, who speak Arabic.

Al-Masdar Al-'Arabi reported that members of the Houthi Navy claimed the drone belonged to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, a group that has been fighting the Houthi rebels.

However, on the video, the men say the UUV was sent by their "archenemy" American military.

Jan 09 16:09

Yemen’s Houthis release video of downing Saudi jet over Sana'a

The Houthis obliterate this aircraft with 2 dead on hits. If they can do this to an F-15,just think of what the Russians or Chinese could do. This is amazing and scary.

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has released footage of the moment its forces shot down an F-15 fighter jet belonging to the Saudi-led coalition.

The video released by the Houthi-run al-Masirah television network early on Tuesday shows the exact moment when the aircraft is hit by a surface-to-air missile while flying over the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, the previous day.

The fate of the pilot is still unknown.

Jan 09 11:13

Surrounded by Neocons – Philip Giraldi

Neocons appearing in the mainstream media will continue to have their eyes on the ball and seek for more aggressive engagement in places like Iran and Russia. They are all the news that fits.

Both Cohen and Booth were vociferous founding members of the #NeverTrump foreign policy resistance movement.

Boot describes the new regime’s foreign policy as “kowtow[ing] to dictators and undermin[ing] American support for freedom and democracy around the world,” typical neocon leitmotifs.

Jan 09 09:47

Ahed Tamimi offers Israelis a lesson worthy of Gandhi

Jonathan Cook explains the background to Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian teenager who slapped an Israeli solder desecrating her home, and the furious reaction by Israelis, noting that “Ahed has exposed the gun-wielding bully lurking in the soul of too many Israelis”. >>

Jan 08 10:15

SWISS NEWSPAPER REVEALS: SECRET MILITARY COOPERATION BETWEEN SAUDI ARABIA AND ISRAEL

The Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung revealed the fact that there exists a “secret alliance” between Saudi Arabia and Israel, intended “to restrain Iran’s expansion in the region, despite the absence of any official relations between the two countries.”

Jan 08 08:33

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Reveals Real Source of Yemeni Missiles

Responding to claims that Yemeni militia missile attacks against the Saudi coalition "prove" that Iran has been supplying the Houthis with advanced weaponry, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, slammed the allegations, and explained why it was impossible for Iran to send weapons to the country.

Jan 07 14:11

Nothing like a wacky fatwa to begin the New Year

Stuart Littlewood shows with examples how the worlds of Jewish and Christian Zionists, extortionists and the deranged meld into one murky sphere inhabited by sad and deluded individuals with no life, principle or morality. >>

Jan 05 12:14

Why there won’t be a revolution in Iran – Pepe Escobar

Regime change is unlikely but what is in play is setting the scene for a further renewal of economic sanctions

What Rouhani should have explained to Iranians in detail is the direct consequences of hard economic times and United States sanctions, which are affecting the country.

These were coupled with financial threats against western firms now back in business, or at least contemplating opening up operations, in Iran.

Jan 04 15:34

British anti-witch-hunt group expels half of its supporters!

"Just when you thought the British “left” had reached rock bottom, you wake up to learn that its political comedy act has no limits.

"We learned on 3 January that the “anti-witch-hunt” Labour Party group Labour Against the Witch-Hunt (LAW) has expelled half of its members over 'anti-Semitism'." >>

Jan 04 13:29

Houthi Forces Capture U.S. Navy Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Off Yemen

Houthi forces have captured a U.S. Navy research unmanned underwater vehicle off the coast of Yemen, according to a video released on Monday.

In the video posted online by local media on Monday, four men described as members of the “Houthi Navy” in dive gear are surrounding what appears to be a REMUS 600 UUV with the name “Smokey” printed on the body. According to the AMN News web posting, the Houthis discovered the UUV within the past week somewhere off the coast of Yemen.

Jan 03 14:50

What do you call somebody who supports Israel?

Stuart Littlewood reminds us of what it really means to be a “Friend of Israel”, and asks: Why is supporting a racist regime like Israel not only tolerated but actively encouraged in the West's corridors of power and often rewarded with high office? >>

Jan 03 10:59

2018 – War or No War? The Saker

Imbeciles and cowards. I also happen to think that they are traitors to their country and their people. Patriots they are not.

Trump Administration now has released a National Security Strategy which clearly show that the Empire is in “full paranoid” mode. It is plainly obvious that the Neocons are now back in total control of the White House, Congress and the US corporate media. Okay, maybe things are still not quite as bad as if Hillary had been elected, but they are bad enough to ask whether a major war is now inevitable next year.

Jan 02 12:04

Yemeni snipers kill 4 Saudi troops in Jizan

The Saudi forces were killed on Sunday after at least another four Saudi soldiers were killed by Yemeni troops in a series of separate operations in Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran.

Jan 02 12:00

How Much Death and Destruction Awaits Us in 2018? Paul Craig Roberts

The Anglo-Zionist empire is trying to overturn the Iranian agreement and to restart the attempt to overthrow the government of Syria.

The New Year is one full of economic, political, and war threats.

Jan 02 11:34

Saudi Warplanes Attack Crowded Restaurant at Northern Yemen Port

The latest in a series of Saudi airstrikes killing a number of civilian bystanders in Yemen saw warplanes attack a popular restaurant in the port of Hodeidah on Saturday, killing at least 20 and wounding a number of others.

The attacks, in the al-Jarrahi District, targeted the crowded restaurant and destroyed three taxi cabs that were parked outside. Everyone in the cabs was killed, and dozens of other casualties were reported in the restaurant.

Saudi officials offered no indication why the strikes targeted the restaurant, though this isn’t particularly surprising, as the Saudis have rarely offered comments in recent weeks related to their strikes that kill civilians.

Jan 02 11:33

US Touts Battle Against Yemeni al-Qaeda While Financing Saudi Slaughter

Officials say the US has tripled the number of airstrikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the group’s Yemeni affiliate, this year. This is a desperate attempt to weaken AQAP, and has largely failed.

Though officials are trying to present this as proof they need even more efforts against AQAP, the reality is that US and Saudi policy in Yemen has greatly empowered AQAP over the past three years, which is why the airstrikes aren’t putting a dent in them.

Jan 02 09:05

President Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: the End of Hegemony?

Washington’s support for Israel’s perpetual and overt violation of international law and its bombing of humanitarian missions makes Israel a very costly ally.

The US suffered an overwhelming and humiliating defeat, one that kept Ambassador Haley dexterous fingers busy ‘taking notes’: 128 nations demanded that the Trump regime withdraw its declaration that Jerusalem was Israel’s undivided capital for Jews. Only 9 micro-nations (some mere postage stamps and a few death-squad banana-stans) voted with the Trump-Haley decision, 35 mendicant-states put their heads down and abstained while 21 timorous ambassadors chose to hide their shamelessness in the toilet stalls rather than show up for this important vote.

Jan 02 08:37

‘US is watching!’: Trump warns Iran amid crackdown on protests (VIDEO)

The US is instigating this Colored Revolution. This guy loves Israel and hates America!

Donald Trump has issued a strongly worded tweet warning Iran that “the US is watching” following the deaths of 20 people in anti-government protests that are sweeping the country.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry has hit back at the US president, saying that Trump should focus on his own country rather than tweet about civil unrest abroad.

"Instead of wasting his time sending useless and insulting tweets regarding other countries, he would be better off seeing to the domestic issues of his own country such as daily killings of dozens of people... and the existence of millions of homeless and hungry people," Bahram Ghasemi said, according to AFP.

Jan 02 08:31

Iranian Protesters Raise Stakes, Attacking Police Stations

Mr. Law and Order is egging on the Colored Revolution useful idiots to attack police stations and Iranian military bases.
Looks great for Israel and the Neocons. Makes the USA look like a Rogue State with an idiot in charge!

Violent crackdowns overnight on Sunday against protesters have led to a violent backlash in Iran, as some of the protesters look to raise the stakes with attacks of their own against police stations, with reports of some posts and stations being set ablaze.

Jan 02 08:07

‘US is watching!’: Trump warns Iran amid crackdown on protests (VIDEO)

Trump is a neocon idiot,who loves Israel and is in the process of getting our country destroyed. Everyone knows this is another attempt to overthrow the Iranian government using another Colored Revolution!

Donald Trump has issued a strongly worded tweet warning Iran that “the US is watching” following the deaths of 20 people in anti-government protests that are sweeping the country.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry has hit back at the US president, saying that Trump should focus on his own country rather than tweet about civil unrest abroad.

"Instead of wasting his time sending useless and insulting tweets regarding other countries, he would be better off seeing to the domestic issues of his own country such as daily killings of dozens of people... and the existence of millions of homeless and hungry people," Bahram Ghasemi said, according to AFP.

Jan 01 13:46

Who Are the Leading State Sponsors of Terrorism?

The reality is that terrorism, defined by the United Nations as “criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the general public,” is most employed at the state level by the United States and its allies Israel and Saudi Arabia, not by Iran. All have used violence directed against civilians in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon, and all three have supported organizations that fit the definition of terrorists. Iran may indeed be guilty of actions that much of the world disapproves of, but it is not the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism as has been alleged.

Jan 01 10:09

US State Department Hints At Iran Overthrow: Are We Witnessing The Early Stages Of Regime Change?

The US State Department has issued a formal condemnation of the Iranian government following two days of economic protests centering in a handful of cities, calling the regime "a rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos" while announcing support for protesters. It fits a familiar script which seems to roll out when anyone protests for any reason in a country considered an enemy of the United States (whether over economic grievances or full on calling for government overthrow).

Jan 01 10:07

Iran - Early U.S. Support For Rioters Hints At A Larger Plan

In Iran - Regime Change Agents Hijack Economic Protests we looked at the developing U.S.-Israeli operation to instigate a revolt in Iran. What follows are a few more background points and a view on the developments since. A color revolution or revolt in Iran have only little chances of success. But even as the fail they can be used as pretext for additional sanctions and other anti-Iranian measures. The current incidents are thus only one part of a much larger plan.

Jan 01 09:26

How Donald Trump Learned to Love War in 2017

The president promised to deliver peace. But in his first year, he expanded every war he inherited.

President Trump has maintained or expanded the wars that he inherited from his predecessor.

As Jennifer Wilson and I pointed out in an appropriately titled column in August, “Donald Trump Is Dropping Bombs at Unprecedented Levels.” Within eight months of assuming office, Trump — with the announcement of six “precision aistrikes” in Libya — had bombed every country that former President Barack Obama had in eight years. One month after that, the United States surpassed the 26,172 bombs that had been dropped in 2016. Through the end of December 2017, Trump had authorized more airstrikes in Somalia in one year (33), than George W. Bush and Obama had since the United States first began intervening there in early 2007 (30).

Jan 01 09:02

Kuwaiti report: US gives Israel go-ahead to kill powerful Iranian general

The Israelis and the US government are their own worst enemies and seem to be hell bent on earning the title of Planet Earth's 2 Rogue States.

US intelligence agencies have given Israel the green light to assassinate the senior Iranian responsible for coordinating military activity on behalf of the Islamic Republic in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida.

Dec 31 09:59

Iran - Early U.S. Support For Rioters Hints At A Larger Plan

In Iran - Regime Change Agents Hijack Economic Protests we looked at the developing U.S.-Israeli operation to instigate a revolt in Iran. What follows are a few more background points and a view on the developments since. A color revolution or revolt in Iran have only little chances of success. But even as the fail they can be used as pretext for additional sanctions and other anti-Iranian measures. The current incidents are thus only one part of a much larger plan.

Dec 31 06:59

Re-reading the Greats: Jean Paul Sartre, Pepe Escobar, et. al.

For our bi-polar world....

I’ve been reading Pepe Escobar’s articles for over 30 years–since the time I would read re-prints of his “Asia Times” articles in The Japan Times–my daily reading when I lived in Japan. These days, I mostly catch his work at a number of excellent global websites.

Dec 30 20:18

Jordan’s King Arrests Brothers and Cousin in Suspected Saudi-led Coup

King Abdullah spared no time in arresting both his brothers and cousin; Prince Faisal bin Hussein, Prince Ali bin Hussein and Prince Talal bin Muhammad after Jordanian intelligence services alerted the King that there was communication between the brothers and cousin and Saudi and Emirati leaders; Mohammad bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed.

Dec 29 18:39

An Intro To The Rohingya Crisis

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Syrian military gains more and more ground by the day, the United States seems ready to at least partially direct its focus in other areas of the world like North Korea. Indeed, the “Pivot to Asia” is now in full swing and all the horrific consequences that may result from it are on display. While not engendering the media hysterics that North Korea has warranted, Myanmar is clearly on the list of countries that is set to be bullied, destabilized, and possibly destroyed if it does not give in to the agenda of the Western Communo-Fascist establishment.

Unlike in countries such as Libya and Syria, however, where the U.S. funded proxy fighters to destroy the sitting governments, Myanmar is a bit more complicated. Here both the government and the so-called “rebels” are being supported in some manner by the United States and its “allies” such as Saudi Arabia...

Dec 29 16:04

Jerusalem belongs to us all!

Stuart Littlewood explains why Jerusalem does not belong to, and must not be allowed to be usurped by, the Israelis, and argues that it is past time for Palestinians to reframe the argument so that the justice of their cause is understood globally.>>

Dec 29 07:44

India's Oil Gamble With Israel to Upset Ties With Iran, Arab World - Analysts

India is looking forward to exploring some of Israel’s offshore gas fields soon. Analysts suggested that by including oil in its relationship with Israel, India is giving a strong message to Iran that has held up the allocation of two gas fields discovered by oil companies.

Dec 29 07:04

United Arab Emirates vows to 'shun' 'thieving' Turkey in EXPLOSIVE Twitter spat

Relations between the two countries have been at a low in recent years but a contentious Twitter message retweeted by the UAE Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, sparked outrage from Turkey.

The tweet referred to a historical event which took place over 100 years ago but accused the Ottoman Empire, which was controlled by Turkey, of stealing from the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia.

The offending tweet said: “Did you know that in 1916, Turkish Fahreddin Pasha committed a crime against the people of Medina, stole their properties, and put them on a train en route to Damascus and Istanbul?

Dec 28 12:27

Ex-CIA officials helping UAE build spy force: report

Former officials of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are helping the UAE build modern spycraft, the Foreign Policy (FP) media outlet reports.

According to the report, the details of the training are contained in an official course schedule reviewed by Foreign Policy and were described by former US intelligence officials who have been involved in the effort. The facilities and courses are part of the UAE’s nascent efforts to create a professional intelligence cadre modelled after the West’s.

Dec 27 08:39

Christmas Gifts – Good News from Around the World

The world is full of good news, suitable for Yuletide.

Merry Christmas to you, dear readers! It is a beautiful and serene time of hope, when the darkest time of the year is already behind us. Though the light is still not perceptible, but we know and feel that the change is coming.

The recent vote in the United Nations has been such a glimpse of light, a harbinger of Sun.

Dec 26 12:48

WATCH heartbreaking footage of Yemenis scouring through a garbage dump to find food

HUDAIDA, Yemen - Severe food shortages mean some have turned to rummaging through rubbish dumps and eating what they find to survive, as footage filmed on Tuesday from the port city of al-Hudaydah show. With the ongoing civil war and Saudi-led blockade leaving many people unable to receive aid, the UN has reported that more than 8 people in Yemen are on the brink of famine. One citizen, Yahya Hassan, explained, "We are here looking for food, we have no work." Yemen is also suffering a cholera outbreak due to a lack of medical supplies. According to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) the number of cholera cases has reached one million. Last Wednesday, the Saudi-led military coalition announced earlier via its state news agency that the Red Sea port of Hudaydah would be reopened to allow for the arrival of food, aid and commercial fuel.

Dec 26 10:03

Embassy Move ‘Disqualifies’ US as Peace Mediator Says Palestine

The United States cannot ethically act as a peace broker in the Middle East, due to its stated bias and violations of international law, said Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas.

Dec 25 13:36

US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for whither the Middle East?

James Dorsey shows how Saudi Arabia “sold” Jerusalem to Israel in return for US nuclear technology, and how Trump plans to transfer US nuclear technology to the Saudis in return for ensuring bids by US companies to build reactors in Saudi are successful. >>

Dec 25 10:06

Saudi Arabia threatens to 'go nuclear' if Iran gets the bomb.

SAUDI Arabia would launch a military nuclear program immediately if Iran successfully developed atomic weapons.

While Riyadh signed an agreement with the US in 2008 stating that it would only pursue nuclear power for civil purposes, the Saudi government is likely to abandon the deal if Tehran had a nuclear bomb, reported The Times.

"There is no intention currently to pursue a unilateral military nuclear program but the dynamics will change immediately if the Iranians develop their own nuclear capability," a senior Saudi source said.

"Politically, it would be completely unacceptable to have Iran with a nuclear capability and not the kingdom."

Dec 25 10:00

Deadly Deja Vu: Riyadh’s Bloody ‘Vietnam’ in Yemen Not Going as Planned

Propped up with high-tech US weapons, Saudi Arabia’s ongoing attacks on Yemen are not producing the results that Riyadh intended, as a tenacious Houthi armed resistance refuses to submit and international anger at what the UN is calling the world’s worst humanitarian crisis mounts.

Dec 23 10:29

Saudi King urgently calls Putin in the middle of a meeting

Vladimir Putin, in an out of character move, had interrupted his meeting of the Council for Culture and Art because of an urgent phone call.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, he apologized and said that he needed to urgently take a phone call - and that he would be right back.

Later it became known that the call came from the Saudi King Salman, with whom Putin discussed the launch of the ballistic missile in the direction of Riyadh by the Yemeni movement.

The leaders of the two states condemned the act, and Vladimir Putin called for a comprehensive investigation of the incident, noting that the Yemeni crisis must be solved exclusively by peaceful means, through national dialogue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Note that Saudi Arabia is now turning towards Russia to resolve the crisis.

Dec 22 15:33

Trump administration ends 2017 on a sour note

Stuart Littlewood views the humiliation of Trump and his arrogant, Zionist cohorts – “outlaws trying to dictate the law” – at the UN, which overwhelmingly declared their recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital null and void.>>

Dec 22 11:34

The Back Story To The Misleading Report on The Islamic State’s US Arms

During the last week, a report by the Conflict Armament Research (CAR) on the Islamic State’s weapons found in Iraq and Syria has been doing the rounds on the media. Before the story was picked up by the mainstream media, it was first published [1] in the Wired on December 12, which has a history of spreading dubious stories and working in close collaboration with the Pentagon and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) under its erstwhile reporters Noah Shachtman and Spencer Akerman, both of whom are now the national security correspondents for the Daily Beast, though this particular report has been written by Brian Castner, “a former US Air Force explosive ordnance disposal officer and a veteran of the Iraq War.”

Dec 22 07:34

US Plans Slash and Burn of Middle East to “Minimize” Iranian Influence

The US is attempting to sell to the public the next phase of its continued occupation and military operations across the Middle East. Predicated on claims of “rebuilding” Iraq and “fighting terrorists” in Syria, it is in actuality a plan to perpetuate for as long as possible the upheaval currently consuming the region in hopes of overextending and exhausting Iran – and by extension – Russia.

Dec 22 07:32

Pentagon Confirms ‘Multiple’ US Ground Operations in Yemen

While the Pentagon has been very secretive about what they’ve been doing in Yemen all year, on Wednesday officials confirmed that they have carried out “multiple ground operations,” as well as 120 airstrikes in 2017.

US operations haven’t been well-documented at all, In January, almost immediately after the inauguration, the US attacked the village of Yakla, claiming there was an al-Qaeda “collaborator” there. The troops ended up destroying most of the village in the offensive.

Dec 22 03:02

The U.N. General Assembly Rebukes the Trump Administration

Almost all of the world’s most powerful states supported the resolution and voted against the U.S.

When that many allied and friendly governments tell the administration that they are in the wrong, it would be wise to rethink the decision that earned the U.S. this rebuke.

Dec 21 13:48

Animal Brothels Open in Germany as Migrant Population Hits 22 Percent

(Not a Joke)

As the flood of refugees fleeing jihadist-filled war zones in the Middle East and North Africa have poured into Europe over the past few years, Germany has served as the final destination for a substantial number of them.

According to Reuters, Germany witnessed an 8.5 percent increase in their migrant population in 2016, placing the total number of residents in the country with an immigrant background at approximately 18.6 million people.

The Federal Statistics Office noted that roughly one-fifth of the German population — about 22.5 percent — were either first or second generation migrants with one or less parents of Germanic heritage.

To be sure, the majority of those migrants to Germany actually originated in other European nations and are descended from European heritage, but a significant minority of them — particularly those who have come in the past few years — have originated from the Middle East or Africa.

Dec 21 13:37

DID OBAMA ARM ISLAMIC STATE KILLERS?

A new study shows that U.S. government weapons ended up in the hands of Islamic State jihadists, but no one in Washington seems interested in how they got there or what President Obama knew, writes Daniel Lazare.

Dec 21 12:06

Pentagon confirms U.S. ground operations in Yemen

The Defense Department on Wednesday acknowledged for the first time "multiple ground operations" in Yemen, while noting that the Islamic State has doubled in size in the war-torn country, where an insurgency by Houthi rebels has allowed terrorist groups to seek haven.

"U.S. forces have conducted multiple ground operations and more than 120 strikes in 2017," said a statement from the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.

Dec 21 09:56

Trump’s State Dept top legal advisor pick signals shift on Yemen

The Trump administration's pick for top legal advisor at the State Department has acknowledged the US could be violating its own laws and international law by restricting delivery of humanitarian aid in Yemen.

US statutes prohibiting American assistance to countries preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid may be applied in the case of Yemen, State Department legal advisor Jennifer Newstead indicated to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) in April, according to Foreign Policy. That would be a shift in current policy, which is more compromising towards the US Foreign Assistance Act.

Dec 21 06:27

Trump’s New National Security Strategy Should Alarm His Arab Allies

Donald Trump has been giving his Gulf Arab allies a hard time in recent days. His vetoing of the draft UN Security Council resolution that would have compelled him to rescind his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was an act of political thuggery that dealt them a serious blow.>>>

Dec 21 04:57

Muslim leaders call on world to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

Muslim leaders on Wednesday condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and called on the world to respond by recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who hosted the summit of more than 50 Muslim countries in Istanbul, said the U.S. move meant Washington had forfeited its role as broker in efforts to end Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "From now on, it is out of the question for a biased United States to be a mediator between Israel and Palestine, that period is over," Erdogan said at the end of the meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states.

Dec 20 15:54

Trump, Jerusalem and international law

Lawrence Davidson debunks the warped “reasoning” used by Trump to justify his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and warns of the consequences of his disregard of international law and his inability to tell the difference between his own opinion and hard facts. >>

Dec 20 09:00

350+ academics, politicians and celebrities slam west for enabling Saudi war against Yemen

Six Nobel peace prize laureates have joined more than 350 celebrities, public servants and academics in criticizing western leaders for “stoking the flames of war” in Yemen.

In a statement marking the 1,000th day of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, signatories of the #Yemencantwait petition called on the leaders of the US, France and the UK to urgently broker a ceasefire and put an end to the blockades which are preventing food and vital medical supplies from reaching desperate civilians. The statement further warned the West’s inaction will lead to the deaths of thousands of Yemeni children.

Dec 20 08:08

Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

But the propaganda mantra must go on – the lie that declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel was good for the Middle East, was good for peace, was and still is repeated over and over again, like a mantra, tras-mantra, tras-mantra – by Trump and his mannequins, his foreign affair puppets, Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley, who is masquerading as Washington’s UN Ambassador, repeating over and over again, the same lie, the same lie, the same lie, in the hope, as the common saying goes after Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, if repeated enough, the lie becomes the truth. Do these clowns really believe that if a world renown repeat-liar keeps repeat-lying the globes populace believes that the repeat-lie becomes the truth?

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Dec 20 06:27

Trump's Failed and Costly Middle East Policies

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The Saudi war in Yemen remains a humanitarian catastrophe and our relationship with the House of Saud remains corrupt. But the war in Yemen was already an American-abetted disaster under Obama, and the Trump White House has at least called for Riyadh to lift its Yemen embargo and seen the new king promise some mild social and economic reforms.

Douthat’s summary here is mostly wrong or misleading. Trump has outlined a very aggressive Iran policy aimed at “rolling back” Iranian influence throughout the region. U.S. forces in Syria are expected to remain there indefinitely, and administration officials are defining part of their mission as “not allowing” Iran and its proxies to have a presence in Syria. This is “slow-walking” his hawkish instincts? Unlike his predecessor, Trump has ordered military attacks on Syrian government targets, and U.S. forces have repeatedly struck pro-regime forces inside Syria when they came too close to U.S. proxies. If he isn’t interested in fighting “all bad actors” at once, he does seem intent on picking fights with Iran wherever possible regardless of the potential costs. Maybe that hostility to Iran isn’t surprising when his administration is overflowing with Iran hawks, but it shouldn’t be minimized or ignored.

The U.S. is getting bogged down deeper in Syria on his watch>>>

Dec 19 15:17

Team Trump add insult to injury for the Palestinians

After Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, Jonathan Cook says “Palestinians will have to shame Israel, the US and the watching world by adopting the tools of an anti-apartheid struggle – of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience – to gain equal rights in a single state.>>

Dec 18 10:17

Russia-gate’s Litany of Corrections – Robert Parry

It’s especially important for journalists to strive for genuine fairness and not act as if journalism is just another cover for partisan hatchetmen.

The U.S. mainstream media’s year-long hysteria over Russia’s alleged role in the election of Donald Trump has obliterated normal reporting standards leading to a rash of journalistic embarrassments that have both disgraced the profession and energized Trump’s backers over new grievances about the MSM’s “fake news.”

Greenwald noted, “So numerous are the false stories about Russia and Trump over the last year that I literally cannot list them all.”

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