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Dec 18 15:34

London’s Islington Council bans pro-Palestinian musician from performing in response to one Israel flag waver

Islington Council has caved in to Zionist pressure and banned musician and writer Gilad Atzmon – a fierce campaigner for justice for the Palestinians – from performing with the Blockheads at a Christmas concert, in response to pressure from a single pro-Israel campaigner.>>

Dec 18 09:56

How Britain profits from Yemen’s pain

Since 2015, Taiz has been one of the major front lines in a complicated civil war that turned into a proxy war between regional rivals of Iran and Saudi Arabia. Tens of thousands of people have been killed. And it’s not just Taiz, the whole of Yemen has been on the edge of collapse, with food supplies so disrupted that an estimated 14 million people are close to starvation. It is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. Death is everywhere.

Earlier this year, the UK government announced a £170 million aid package to Yemen, to address this growing humanitarian catastrophe. Sounds quite a lot of money, I suppose. But there is something more than a little ridiculous about the UK giving aid to Yemen, when so many of the bombs and weapons that have destroyed it have originated in our country. According to a new Christian Aid report, over the last five years, the UK has sold over two thirds of its major arms exports to Gulf states, 49% of these to Saudi Arabia.

Dec 18 09:50

How Bombs Built by Raytheon in Tucson Killed 31 Civilians in Yemeni Village

From Arizona to Yemen: How Bombs Built by Raytheon in Tucson Killed 31 Civilians in Yemeni Village

(*Can you see it ?
That's Trump creating jobs and improving our economy . this is democracy now , elaborating on a NYTimes piece that hits Trump's America First policy , and victimizes The Presidents yeoman's work in these valiant endeavors .)

Dec 17 15:07

Growing US public support for one state shared equally by Israelis and Palestinians falls on deaf ears

Jonathan Cook says Americans and other Westerners are waking up to Israel’s ugly racist and expansionist reality, and that a growing number understand that it is time for a new, single state model that ends Israel’s treatment of Jews as separate from and superior to Palestinians.>>

Dec 17 11:40

Netanyahu envisions 'three more Israels'?

In a somewhat cryptic remark in an interview hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu raised the imaginary possibility of the establishment of two or three more "Israels" throughout the Middle East and North Africa, which he said would be located in or near present-day Libya, Afghanistan and Yemen.

Dec 17 11:31

Yemen’s Houthis dismiss UN claims about final truce in Hudaydah

The spokesman of Yemen’s ruling Houthi Ansarullah movement has expressed doubts about United Nations' assertions about a recent peace deal on the war-torn city of Hudaydah, saying the agreement for implementing a ceasefire in the northwestern port city is yet to be finalized.

In a detailed interview with the Press TV, Mohammed Abdul Salam, who represented the Houthis in the recent UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, said the agreement on Hudaydah reached on Thursday between the National Unity government in Sana'a, led by the Houthis and the Saudi Arabia-backed exiled government, led by former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, was just a deal on the main issues involved and there was no binding agreement on how to implement the ceasefire in the port city.

Dec 17 11:04

My response to @SecPompeo's notorious 12 delusions - including #Iran's "intervention" in its own region @DohaForum.

Dec 17 10:09

Saudi Arabia Condemns US Senate for ‘Interference’: Says resolutions undermine Saudi international role

Saudi Arabia has issued a statement Monday morning condemning the US Senate for a pair of resolutions calling them out for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, and blaming the Saudi Crown Prince. They called the Senate resolutions “interference” based on “untrue allegations.”

The Thursday resolutions by the Senate included a call to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, as well as the blaming of them for the Khashoggi murder. Saudi officials say they “previously asserted that the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable time.”

Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, by a Saudi kill team. Saudi officials are complaining that the Senate noting this is “blatant interference in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely suggest to the Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman that perhaps "the Kingdom’s regional and international role.” is not a licence to kill; the only reason the world is dealing with you, is the oil, period, end of discussion, and you know it.

Dec 17 09:05

IMAGINE IF SAUDI ARABIA WAS NOT A US ALLY

The US Senate has voted 56 to 41 to sorta-kinda eventually end America’s part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, one step out of a great many that will need to happen in order to end the worst humanitarian crisis on the face of the earth.

The joint resolution still allows US drones to patrol Yemeni airspace and rain death from above in its “war on terror” against Al Qaeda, and it is unable to pass in the House this year due to an unbelievably sleazy rider that House Republicans attached to the unrelated Farm Bill. The resolution isn’t expected to change much in terms of actual US participation in the war besides some intelligence and reconnaissance assistance to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against the Houthi rebels, since the US has already ended its assistance in refueling Saudi jets on their bombing campaigns as of last month. Trump is expected to veto any Yemen resolutions, and the Senate resolution was not passed with a veto-proof supermajority.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is simply sound and fury, signifying nothing to relieve the situation on the ground in Yemen; it is simply cosmetic, and will do no good, unless and until, Congress decides to take the power of war back from a bloated, Orwellian Executive Branch, which believes it has the "divine right" of having a war anywhere on the planet without Congressional oversight and approval.

Dec 17 08:48

SAUDIS CONTINUE KILLING CIVILIANS DURING YEMEN PEACE TALKS IN SWEDEN

A statement from the spokesman of Yemen’s Armed Forces reported that the US-backed Saudi coalition dropped 38 airstrikes just over the course of Saturday. At least 12 of which targeted various areas of Hodeidah which constitutes a direct violation of the peace negotiations calling for a ceasefire.

Airstrikes killed at least 15 civilians since the peace negotiations began last week — including seven women and three children. Meanwhile, 28 sustained injuries, eight of whom were children as well as five women.

Yemen’s Ministry of Health pointed out that this displays the Saudi coalition’s unwillingness to engage in a peace process. “This expresses the unwillingness of these countries to stop the bloodshed and alleviate the suffering of the people of Yemen, which exposes the reality of these countries’ goals in their aggression against Yemen,” a statement from the MoH reads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, DANG, I thing that this will be judged as "one of the shortest documented cease-fire in human history!!"

It is painfully obvious to me that the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, wants victory at any cost, and is very prepared to slaughter as many Yemeni people as humanly possible to achieve that.

I also wish to express how deeply concerned I am that President Trump's two BFFs in the Middle East, are Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the butcher of Gaza, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, Butcher of of Yemen.

Dec 17 08:14

Yemen's true death toll has topped 60,000 but media too ‘lazy’ to update body count – NGO

The body count from the conflict in Yemen surpassed 60,000 last week, according to an independent tally, yet mass media continue to cite old figures that heavily underestimate the devastation, an informed researcher has told RT.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Yemen since January 2016, according to a new report by Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), which estimated that nearly half of those deaths occurred this year.

“From what we can see from the reporting at least, there has been quite a general lazy attitude in using, for instance, the 10,000 figure provided by the UN, the sole official figure since 2016. And still many newspapers and media outlets are using that, which significantly downplays the devastation,” said Andrea Carboni, one of the researchers behind the report, who feels the crisis in Yemen has gone largely under-reported.

Dec 16 16:01

THE 911 GRAND JURY IS A GO!!! SEE THE EVIDENCE...

This is the full list of 57 Grand Jury Petition Exhibits, both PDF and Video types as presented to the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York on April 10, 2018. Click the exhibit number to see the exhibit on the website for the Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry, whom filed the petition with several family members. Link above newer than than video below

Dec 16 09:50

Yemen’s Houthis dismiss UN claims about final truce in Hudaydah

The spokesman of Yemen’s ruling Houthi Ansarullah movement has expressed doubts about United Nations' assertions about a recent peace deal on the war-torn city of Hudaydah, saying the agreement for implementing a ceasefire in the northwestern port city is yet to be finalized.

In a detailed interview with the Press TV, Mohammed Abdul Salam, who represented the Houthis in the recent UN-sponsored peace talks in Sweden, said the agreement on Hudaydah reached on Thursday between the National Unity government in Sana'a, led by the Houthis and the Saudi Arabia-backed exiled government, led by former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, was just a deal on the main issues involved and there was no binding agreement on how to implement the ceasefire in the port city.

Contradictory to the UN statements, Abdul Salam told Press TV’s Robert Carter that no final agreement had been reached on Hudaydah and that the talks were far from over.

Dec 16 08:55

One Doctor’s Desperate Attempt To Save Yemen's Starving Children (HBO)

Dec 15 12:13

IRAQ SUMMONS TURKISH ENVOY OVER AIR STRIKES

Iraq’s foreign ministry on Friday summoned Turkey’s ambassador in Baghdad to protest over what it called repeated airspace violations, after Turkish warplanes earlier carried out strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq, Reuters reports.

Hours earlier, the Turkish military said on Twitter it had killed eight militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting the Zap, Hakurk and Haftanin regions of northern Iraq.

Turkey has regularly carried out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq, as President Tayyip Erdogan pursues his stated aim of ending the militant group’s presence near Turkey’s borders. Ankara has also threatened to launch a ground offensive in northern Iraq.

But Iraq’s foreign ministry said the air strikes were unacceptable “on all levels” and violated its sovereignty and the security of its citizens.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder; at what point is the US military, which is still sovereign in Iraq, because its military is in such lousy shape, post-Saddam Hussein, tell Turkey that it has had enough, and to stop running raids like this.

And after the US military has said "no mas", what is it , the Pentagon, White House, and State Department going to actually do to stop this?!?

This is made all the more complicated by the reality that both the US and Turkey are NATO members.

Dec 15 11:46

The Yemeni Dead: Six Times Higher Than Previously Reported

The number of people killed by the violence in Yemen has for the first time risen above 3,000 dead in a single month, bringing the total number of fatalities to over 60,000 since the start of 2016. The figure is six times greater than the out-of-date figure of 10,000 dead often cited in the media and by politicians.

“We have recorded 3,068 people killed in November, bringing the total number of Yemenis who have died in the violence to 60,223 since January 2016,” says Andrea Carboni, a researcher on Yemen for the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), formerly based at Sussex University, that studies conflicts and seeks to establish the real casualty level.

The figures do not include the Yemenis who have died through starvation or malnutrition – the country is on the brink of famine, according to the UN – or from illnesses caused by the war such as cholera.

Dec 15 11:45

Democrat On Why He Voted to Prolong Yemen War: ‘I Don’t Know a Damn Thing About It’

The government of Saudi Arabia has been bombing and starving the Middle East’s poorest country for about three years, now. One recent estimate suggests that 85,000 children under 5 years old have already died from malnutrition as a result of Riyadh’s intervention in Yemen’s civil war. If the Saudis’ air strikes and blockade continue, Yemen is poised to face the worst famine humanity has seen in 100 years, according to the U.N.

The United States bears much of the responsibility for all of this: Our federal government’s steadfast commitment to an alliance with the Saudis has led America to support Riyadh’s monstrous campaign by supplying it with weapons, logistical support, and midair refueling services for Saudi fighter planes. Without that last form of support, much of the Saudi campaign would be impossible.

Dec 14 12:03

In Sheldon Adelson, Far Right Israel Hits the Jackpot

A bet on Donald Trump for president may have seemed risky two years ago. But for billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, the payout has been spectacular.

The 85-year-old and his wife Miriam gave $82 million to Republicans and candidate Trump in 2016, and within two years watched their man execute two major Adelson asks: moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Must be GREAT, owning a presidency, as Mr. Adelson and Israeli Prime Minister do; so here's what Tel Aviv's "honey, do" list for President Trump looks like from here:

1. Attack Iran and bring regime change to the country.
2. Attack Lebanon, and carve up the bits around its Litani River, which is why the Israelis so desperately want to claim this area as its own.
3. Destabilize Syria, and regime change in Damascus

Mr. President; a small polite word of caution here; Tel Aviv's regime wants all these conflicts to happen, but only at the cost of American blood... and American money.

In fact, I will be very surprised if the draft will not be reinstated, shortly after the turn of the year, because the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing, or the money to engage successfully in these wars for resources; who controls them, and with what currency these resources will be purchased.

Dec 14 11:36

Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah

Both sides agree to withdraw all troops from Hodeidah within 21 days.

The Yemeni peace talks in Sweden have ended on a high note on Thursday, with an agreement for more talks in January, and most importantly, a deal for a ceasefire in the vital aid port of Hodeidah.

Under the deal, both sides have agreed to withdraw all fighters from the area around Hodeidah within the next 21 days. The UN will oversee the withdrawal and is expected to play a role in monitoring the port.

The port deal appears to be broadly what was proposed by the UN and the Houthis in the first place. The Hadi government had previously rejected this plan, and demanding the Houthis disarm and surrender the city to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed, here; color me slightly hopeful, that a true political solution to the issues can manifest, and soon.

Dec 14 11:33

Pompeo at the U.N.: ‘Iran’s Missile Testing and Missile Proliferation Is Growing’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed the United Nations Security Council on the subject of Iranian missile proliferation on Wednesday.
Pompeo criticized the Iran nuclear deal and urged the U.N. to restore a ban on ballistic missile testing by Iran, challenging the Security Council to “get serious about this real risk from proliferation from the Iranian regime.”

Pompeo began by quoting Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) airspace commander Amir Hajizadeh’s boast that Iran is now capable of building missiles with a range of over 2,000 kilometers and can hit “enemy bases” within 800 kilometers using weapons which have already been deployed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nations that seek peace in the Middle East do NOT include the United States!

Dec 14 11:29

Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah

Both sides agree to withdraw all troops from Hodeidah within 21 days.

The Yemeni peace talks in Sweden have ended on a high note on Thursday, with an agreement for more talks in January, and most importantly, a deal for a ceasefire in the vital aid port of Hodeidah.

Under the deal, both sides have agreed to withdraw all fighters from the area around Hodeidah within the next 21 days. The UN will oversee the withdrawal and is expected to play a role in monitoring the port.

The port deal appears to be broadly what was proposed by the UN and the Houthis in the first place. The Hadi government had previously rejected this plan, and demanding the Houthis disarm and surrender the city to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed, here; color me slightly hopeful, that a true political solution to the issues can manifest, and soon.

Dec 14 10:45

Yemeni mothers forced to choose which child starves, says aid group

Mothers are being forced to leave their children to starve as they face a “catastrophic” shortage of food in war-torn Yemen, a humanitarian group said on Thursday, reports Reuters.

As the warring parties pledged a ceasefire over a key entry port for supplies, Action Against Hunger said many civilians were struggling to survive in a conflict often described as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

“We are very much aware that the situation right now is catastrophic,” Valentina Ferrante, the group’s country director for Yemen, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Dec 14 09:40

Mueller to Expand Election Meddling Probe to Mideast Nations in 2019

The Office of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller intends to extend the probe into purported meddling in the 2016 presidential election to the Middle East countries, with the next year likely to see charges against the Donald Trump team over its alleged ties with these nations, The Daily Beast, reported, citing sources.

According to The Daily Beast, the prosecutors will expose Middle Eastern nations’ attempts to sway the US politics in early 2019.

The media outlet reported on Thursday that a number of representatives of the Trump team had already been questioned as part of the new probe, while two sources said that the Mueller office had been mulling issuing relevant charges "for months."

Dec 13 13:26

Senate rebukes Saudis and Trump over death of journalist Khashoggi with vote to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen

BREAKING: The Senate voted, 57-38, to end U.S. military involvement in Yemen as lawmakers continue to express outrage and frustration with the president’s refusal to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite the CIA’s finding that Mohammed likely is responsible.

Thursday’s action is largely symbolic, as the resolution is dead on arrival in the House, where lawmakers blocked such a measure from being voted on this year.

Dec 13 11:26

Yemen’s warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah – UN chief

Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to a ceasefire in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said in Sweden. Guterres said that the agreement included the deployment of neutral forces and the establishment of humanitarian corridors.

Dec 13 10:26

Leader: US aiding and abetting Saudi crimes in Yemen

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States is complicit in the crimes the Saudi regime has been committing in a years-long war against the people of Yemen.

Addressing the families of Iranian martyrs in a meeting in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei pointed out the Saudi regime’s failures in the war it has been waging against Yemen with Washington’s support.

The Leader said the Saudis have extended a hand of friendship to the enemies of Islam.

“They (the Saudis) thought they would gain control [of Yemen] in a matter of days or weeks. [But] the farther they go, the harder they will fall down and the more stinging will be the blow that they will receive,” the Leader noted.

Dec 13 10:25

'US enjoys backing Riyadh to destabilize Middle East'

The deadly Saudi campaign against Yemen has the support of the United States due to Washington's interest in a tense Middle East where it could sell more weapons, says a commentator.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the United States was complicit in the crimes the Saudi regime has been committing in the war against Yemen.

In an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, Mostafa Khoshcheshm, journalist and political commentator, said that “It is no secret to anyone that the US enjoys supporting Saudi Arabia to make it a gendarme, if possible, in this region, if not; then, they can sell more and more guns to the Saudis.”

“So, basically the United States wants this region in tension,” Khoshcheshm said.

Dec 13 10:18

Hundreds of Terrorists Leave Yemen for Northern Syria Battlefields

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik quoted well-informed sources as disclosing that almost 400 non-Syrian terrorists have arrived in Idlib through Turkey's Southern border with Syria in the last two months.

It further said that the terrorists that had arrived in the region from Yemen crossed the Turkish border into Syria's border towns of Sarmada and Atmah in Idlib in 8 and 15-member groups, adding that the terrorists' transfer from Yemen to Idlib was supervised by a regional state.

The report did not mention the name of the regional state that had assisted the move, but said that Horras al-Deen militants have settled the newcomers in one of their bases between Idlib and Northern Hama that had been set up 20 days ago.

The news agency said that Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) has eased transfer of the terrorists to regions under Horras al-Deen's control in Idlib.

Dec 13 09:17

THE US-SUPPORTED HOLOCAUST IN YEMEN - DELIBERATE TARGETING OF CIVILIANS

AT LEAST HALF THE VICTIMS ARE CHILDREN

Dec 12 15:09

What the Marc Lamont Hill affair really tells us about Zionist goals

Lawrence Davidson says the US Zionist lobby’s attack on academic Marc Lamont Hill for advocating justice for the Palestinians is part of an ongoing effort to eliminate aspects of international law that proscribe racism and apartheid – defining characteristics of Israel. >>

Dec 12 09:31

'Yemenis are left so poor they kill themselves before the hunger does'

As peace talks to end war in Yemen continue, three local aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council describe its devastating impact

Dec 11 13:01

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

The US had a great deal going from 1953 to 1979 with the Shah of Iran. For 25 years Iran was a cornerstone of the US usurping the British Empire in the Middle East, following World War Two. Iran was a base for projecting US power in the region, and strategically it bordered the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Dec 11 11:08

Pentagon accounting ‘error’: US taxpayer foots fuel bill for Saudi jets pounding Yemen (VIDEO)

Pentagon accounting errors have led to the US taxpayer footing the bill for years of refueling for Saudi jets bombing Yemen. The oversight makes the US' support for Riyadh's air campaign even more intolerable, an analyst told RT.

The Pentagon has acknowledged that the Department of Defense “failed to charge the Saudi-led coalition adequately for fuel and refueling services” as Gulf state warplanes rained bombs on Yemen. The size of the “error” naturally compounded over the more than three years that the US offered its services, resulting in an unpaid invoice that likely totals tens of millions of dollars.

Dec 10 11:22

U.S. Pullout Of Yemen War Would Send "A Wrong Message": State Department

The White House and State Department have reaffirmed the US commitment to its lead military role in executing the Saudi coalition war on Yemen. This despite mounting civilian deaths numbering tens of thousands, devastating famine and food shortage, a cholera epidemic — all factors behind what the U.N. has dubbed "the world's worst humanitarian crisis."

In comments on Sunday a top State Department official quoted by Reuters said a US pullout from the Saudi coalition would send "a wrong message". But we would ask: what then is the message here?...

Dec 09 10:21

U.S. Super Carrier Arrives In Middle East As A "Message" To Tehran

A carrier strike group led by the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS John C. Stennis has arrived in the Middle East, ending an eight month period without a US carrier based in the region, the US Navy has reported.

The carrier group will be based with the 5th Fleet, whose zone of responsibility includes the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf, and will be stationed in the region for at least two months.

Dec 09 10:15

More than 50% of Yemen’s population facing ‘severe acute food insecurity’: Survey

Some 53 percent of Yemen’s population, 15.9 million people, is now facing “severe acute food insecurity” as the direct result of a Saudi-led invasion of the impoverished country and the ensuing economic collapse, a survey says.

The survey, whose results were published on Saturday, was conducted by Yemeni officials and international experts during the month of October based on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), also known as IPC scale.

According to the IPC’s five-point scale, 3 stands for “crisis”, 4 is for “emergency” and 5 is used to refer to “catastrophe” and possible famine.

Dec 09 10:15

Bye-bye dollar: India & UAE agree to trade in local currencies

New Delhi and Abu Dhabi have inked a currency swap agreement to boost trade and investment without involvement of a third currency like the US dollar.
The swap is for an amount of two billion UAE dirham or 35 billion Indian rupees (US$495 million), according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“The bilateral currency swap agreement between India and UAE is expected to reduce the dependency on hard currencies like the US dollar,” the embassy said.

Dec 09 10:14

White House 'strongly opposes' halting support of bloody Saudi-led campaign in Yemen – US official

The US won't budge to growing pressure to stop supporting the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, a high-ranking State Dept. official said. According to the UN, the conflict led to the largest humanitarian crisis of our time.

“Obviously there are pressures in our system… to either withdraw from the conflict or discontinue our support of the [Saudi-led] coalition, which we are strongly opposed to on the administration side,” the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs Timothy Lenderking said on Sunday, cited by Reuters.

The official added that the support for the coalition “is necessary,” and discontinuing it would be sending “a wrong message.”

Dec 06 12:16

Syria is a launching pad for US perpetual war in the Middle East

In the grand geopolitical framing that informs most Western analysis of the Syrian conflict, the United States has effectively ceded Syria to Russia and Iran. The US military campaign was regularly criticised for its limited scope in only targeting Islamic State group (IS) while not engaging regime military targets, except in a few incidents - so far.

These battlefield strategies paralleled feeble political efforts to shore up the United Nations-led Geneva peace process. This is taken by many, especially hawkish advocates of military intervention, as a serious abdication of US responsibility and a sign of decreasing US power.

But such assumptions that there are geopolitical winners and losers betray the trajectory of both US and Russian policy as well as the compatibility of both countries' strategies toward Syria.

Dec 05 12:14

All you need to know about the Yemen peace talks

Representatives from the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels are due to meet in Sweden this week for UN-sponsored talks aimed at ending more than three years of war that have ravaged the country.

The UN has refused to reveal the exact date and venue, but the talks are expected to take place on December 5 or 6, close to the capital, Stockholm.

While there have been several international initiatives aimed at bringing the brutal war to a close, sources have told Al Jazeera that the latest round of discussions could yield major breakthroughs.

Dec 05 11:40

Qatar's OPEC Exit May Just Be The Beginning

Authored by Tim Daiss via OilPrice.com,

Much has already been written over the last 24 hours by pundits and analysts alike about Qatar’s decision to leave the Organization of the Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) by January next year. Some have chimed in, claiming that it’s an irrational move, while others have, perhaps correctly, attributed it to “toxic politics” in the always volatile Middle East. The latter view has much credibility given Qatar’s ongoing geopolitical rift with many of its Arab neighbors over allegations of financing terrorist groups, which led to a regional economic boycott of the country last year.

Dec 05 11:14

America and Britain Complicit in Saudi Acts of Genocide in Yemen: 85,000 Children Dead, 14 Million at “Risk of Starvation”

The recent death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has helped shed more attention on the Saudi war of aggression in Yemen. According to the UN up to 14 million people are at risk of starvation in Yemen. Yet the American and British governments, who have the ability to stop the Saudi war machine in its tracks, continue the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners.

Corporate politicians try and defend the military actions of the Saudi led coalition in Yemen by sheer unadulterated lies. UK Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt in a debate in the House of Commons blithely stated that the Saudi led coalition had not breached any international law.*

Yet evidence of war crimes in Yemen abound. Save The Children, which is feeding starving people in Yemen, has recently released figures showing that the Saudi instigated war in Yemen has caused the deaths of 85,000 children over the last four years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is a special place in hell, for world leaders who think that the starvation of children, in countries where supplies have been blockaded, means nothing, and that this is simply "collateral damage".

I seriously doubt that history will be kind to either the Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman, also know as the Butcher of Yemen, and his American side-kick, the American Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump.

Dec 04 10:58

Yemen on brink of 'major catastrophe': UN aid chief

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned Saturday that Yemen was "on the brink of a major catastrophe", as the world body pushes for peace talks in the impoverished and war-wracked country.

His comments came after renewed deadly clashes between Huthi rebels and pro-government forces in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, which is vital for the flow of humanitarian aid.

"Yemen is on the brink of a major catastrophe," Lowcock said, as he wrapped up a visit to the country.

Dec 04 10:57

Senate Tumult Reflects Popular Discontent With Yemen War

I’m on a low-budget book tour, sleeping in spare bedrooms and munching granola in the kitchens of progressives all along the East Coast. Many had felt beaten down and pessimistic from two years of Trumpism. But I now sense some optimism and a renewed fighting spirit.

Just look at the surprising battle in the Senate over US participation in the Yemen War. On Nov. 28, Senators Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) co-sponsored a War Powers Resolution calling for an end to U.S. participation in the conflict. Trump tried to quash the effort, but 63 Democratic and Republican senators defied the administration and voted to discharge the bill from committee so it can be voted on as early as the first week of December.

Senators were reacting to Trump’s failure to take decisive action against Saudi leaders responsible for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

Dec 04 10:54

Deadly fighting erupts in Yemen’s Hodeida

Renewed violence in Yemen’s vital port city of Hodeida has left 10 fighters dead, despite a UN push for peace talks, an official and medical sources told AFP on Saturday.

An official with pro-government forces said fighting erupted in the east and south of the Red Sea city on Friday, while Houthi rebels on their television channel referred to an exchange of tank fire.

Intermittent clashes continued on Saturday, Hodeida residents told AFP by phone.

Dec 04 10:39

US Sabotages UN Attempt at Yemen Ceasefire, as Opposition to War Grows in Congress

The Trump administration claimed it would seek a ceasefire in Yemen in 30 days, but the US blocked a UN Security Council resolution submitted by Britain. Colonel Larry Wilkerson discusses Congress’ historic vote on a War Powers Resolution bill to force a military withdrawal

Dec 04 09:34

Iran deploys massive naval force to Persian Gulf after Rouhani threatens to block Strait of Hormuz

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Islamic Republic of Iran has allegedly deployed a massive naval contingent to the Persian Gulf, today, after the nation’s president, Hassan Rouhani, threatened to block the vital Strait of Hormuz.

Dec 03 14:19

Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Jonathan Cook highlights Israel’s “quiet campaign of attrition” that is “designed to wear down Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents” in the hope that they will “eventually despair and relocate to the city’s distant suburbs outside the wall or into the West Bank”.>>

Dec 03 10:23

QATAR QUITS OPEC

Qatar will leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries as of next month, its energy minister told media today, adding that the decision was part of a long-term strategy for growing its international presence on energy markets with a focus on gas.

Qatar is the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, but it has Australia breathing down its neck as well as emerging competition from the United States and other, smaller, producers.

“Qatar has decided to withdraw its membership form OPEC effective January 2019 and this decision was communicated to OPEC this morning,” Saad al-Kaabi said, as quoted by Reuters, at a news conference. He said the decision had been hard to make since Qatar had been a member of the cartel for almost six decades, but it had very little influence on OPEC decisions. Qatar produces about 600,000 bpd, which ranks it among the smaller OPEC producers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what happens when OPEC cracks up, which it looks as though it is on the verge of happening now, and how will this affect oil prices going into 2019?

Dec 02 12:27

A World Declaration of Liberation from Criminal Israel!

The Temporal Court of the World Public is now in session, the more or less honorable, Judge Visible presiding! Be seated.

“Peoples of the world, I have reviewed your petition and I find the following to be righteous and true that a criminal banking and extortion empire was created in a land, formerly known as Palestine and now, illegally known as Israel. I have studied all of the documents and briefs pertaining to the historical record of actions, events and incidents that led to the illegal and immoral founding of this parasite, crime syndicate upon the previously named territory of Palestine. I find all arguments for legitimacy and continuance of the illegal state of Israel to be untenable and declare all of them null and void.

Dec 02 07:03

How to rid the world of anti-Semitism

"If Jews want to rid the world of anti-Semitism, Jewish bodies should carefully self-reflect and take responsibility for their own actions, instead of blaming the goyim (gentiles)." >>

Dec 02 00:03

U.S. Navy admiral Scott Stearney found dead in apparent suicide

Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, who oversaw U.S. Navy forces in the Middle East, was found dead Saturday in his residence in Bahrain, officials said. Defense officials told CBS News they are calling it an "apparent suicide."

Stearney was the commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet. Rear Adm. Paul Schlise, the deputy commander of Fifth Fleet, has assumed command, the Navy said in a statement.

"Scott Stearney was a decorated Naval warrior. He was a devoted husband and father, and he was a good friend to all," the statement said.

Dec 01 19:45

UN calls on Israel to withdraw from occupied Golan Heights, after 51 years of illegal Occupation

UN General Assembly Urges Israel to Completely Withdraw From Syrias Golan Heights after 51 years of illegal Occupation. You heard that correctly, the whole world agrees.

Dec 01 15:44

Guardian escalates its vilification of Julian Assange

Jonathan Cook says the Guardian’s attacks on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are intended to shore up a consensus on the left for attacks on leading threats to the existing, neoliberal order, whether they are a whistle-blowing platform like WikiLeaks or a politician like Jeremy Corbyn. >>

Nov 30 10:43

Saudi Facing OPEC Mutiny As Members Object To "Problematic" US Influence

As US stocks seesaw with every conflicting trade-war related headline, investors are fixating on tomorrow night's dinner meeting between President Trump and President Xi with laser-like focus. But the Trump-Xi summit isn't the only meeting that could have broad repercussions for global markets, and though it has received much less attention in the press, the planned meetings between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (along with the Russian and Saudi energy ministers) could dictate the course of global oil prices for the foreseeable future.

Looming over the Saudi-Russia talks are suspicions that Saudi Arabia has been accelerating production of oil beyond the cuts adopted by OPEC+ in November 2016 to placate President Trump - a conspiracy "theory" first highlighted by Zero Hedge weeks ago, which has finally won acknowledgment in the pages of the Wall Street Journal and other mainstream press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember what I mentioned in my article today, about the meeting of Saudi Prince Bin Salman, and the Russian President Putin?!?

I have a very strong feeling, that I might well have been right!!

And again, there will be utterly nothing President Trump can do to unseal, or scotch the deal, where payment on the oil will most likely be in another denomination than that of the US dollar.

Nov 30 10:13

US Treasury Targeting More Iranian Bitcoin Users

A few days ago the US department of treasury came out with new sanctions against two Iranians who allegedly were involved in hacking of websites. The treasury department accuses these individuals of using ransomware to hold sites hostage and then demanding Bitcoin as payment to release their hold on the sites...

Nov 30 07:29

Saudis, UAE Block UN Call for Yemen Ceasefire

The British government’s UN resolution calling for a Yemen ceasefire has been blocked by heavy lobbying from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, chief participants in the war. The resolution would’ve called for a halt to fighting in the vital aid port of Hodeidah.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was very public in his opposition to the ceasefire, with British officials saying he “threw a fit” about their proposal. The prince complained that it weakened the Saudi position on the war.

Salman’s level of influence is perhaps not what it was after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, though apparently it was still enough to convince several nations, including the US, to block the ceasefire resolution and demanding it be held off for at least a month.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; just what does the House of Saud believe it can win in another 30 days in Yemen, when in 3 years, his soldiers have been totally unable to "pacify" the Rebel Houthis?!?

And when one is an international leader, like Saudi Arabia' s Butcher of Yemen, in a country where the governed have no say over its leadership, we are looking at just what that extra 30 days may buy him and his allies: the short answer is, more killing; more starvation; and more disease on the part of the Yemeni people.

Nov 30 07:17

"MYSTERIOUS HELICOPTERS" RESCUING ISIS AND AL-QAEDA - A BRIEF TIMELINE

Although the United States government routinely denies that it in any way cooperates with ISIS, reports continue to manifest themselves demonstrating exactly the opposite, particularly in Syria. Over the course of the war and ever since the emergence of the terrorist organization on the world scene, there have been a number of “mysterious helicopters” that extract ISIS fighters from battlefields in which they are facing imminent defeat either by the legitimate government of the countries in which they are fighting, pro-government militias, or even ahead of “anti-ISIS” strikes by the alleged “anti-ISIS coalition.”

While not attempting to go in to a detailed explanation or analysis of each incident, below are a number of reports of such “airlifts of evil” that have surfaced over the last two years. The Pentagon, as mentioned above, has repeatedly denied these reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at these events.

Nov 30 06:21

SENATORS SEEKING TO SHOOT DOWN YEMEN BILL WERE PAID BY SAUDI LOBBYISTS

Prior to the Oct. 2 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of a Saudi assassination squad — which the CIA believes was on direct orders of crown prince MbS himself — a tiny segment of the American public had likely ever heard of deep Pentagon role in executing the Saudi war on Yemen, which has raged since 2015.

But after Khashoggi's brutal slaying, the mainstream media suddenly "discovered" what the U.N. has called the "world's worst humanitarian crisis". The handful of Senators who've long fought to end the U.S. role in the war, however, might now be thinking better late than never as on Wednesday in a hugely important 63-37 victory, the Senate agreed to finally move forward with a full floor debate over the legality of America's involvement in the conflict.

Amazing news: The Senate just voted 63-37 in support of a bill to end the US-Saudi war on Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mike and I have not only heard about it, but blogged about it, when President Obama jumped feet-first to a commitment to impress his Saudi hosts, but actually had no bearing on the safety and security of Americans.

I hope, that with a full debate on this issue, the White House will understand that it actually doesn't have the authority to make a commitment like this, and it should never have been made in the first place, without Congress's full and engaged consent to this mission, or others, like Syria and Ukraine.

Nov 29 10:24

When You Want To Sanction States, You Call Them «Terrorists»

For his visit to Moscow on 8 November, ambassador James Jeffrey was tasked with explaining the current US obsession with the expansion of Persian influence in the Arab world (Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen). Washington now wishes to formulate this question in geo-strategic rather than religious terms (Chiites/Sunni), while Teheran is organising its national defence around forward posts composed of Chiite Arabs.

Moscow then considered the possibility of negotiating on Teheran’s behalf for the easing of unilateral US sanctions, in exchange for its military withdrawal from Syria. President Vladimir Putin confirmed his proposition, not only for his US opposite number, but also for the Israëli Prime Minister, during their meeting in Paris on 11 November for the celebrations marking the centenary of the end of the First World War .

Nov 29 07:34

“Mysterious Helicopters” Rescuing ISIS And al-Qaeda – A Brief Timeline

By Brandon Turbeville

Although the United States government routinely denies that it in any way cooperates with ISIS, reports continue to manifest themselves demonstrating exactly the opposite, particularly in Syria. Over the course of the war and ever since the emergence of the terrorist organization on the world scene, there have been a number of “mysterious helicopters” that extract ISIS fighters from battlefields in which they are facing imminent defeat either by the legitimate government of the countries in which they are fighting, pro-government militias, or even ahead of “anti-ISIS” strikes by the alleged “anti-ISIS coalition.”

While not attempting to go in to a detailed explanation or analysis of each incident, below are a number of reports of such “airlifts of evil” that have surfaced over the last two years. The Pentagon, as mentioned above, has repeatedly denied these reports...

Nov 28 21:23

Navy Seal Discovers Truth Behind Clinton/McCain Funding ISIS - Imprisoned Awaiting Sentencing - Life In Prison - This is how the Crime Syndicate Pays Honor, Loyalty, Service To Country and Patriotism

Is it possible that highly trained special forces and navy seals discovered the origins of ISIS while in the field?

His name:
Chief Eddie Gallagher

The Criminals in the Corrupt Crime Syndicate de facto corporation, “United States,” for profit slaver corporation and the Criminals in the Military Industrial Complex Crime Syndicate have chosen Chief Gallagher to take the fall and spend the rest of his life behind bars in prison if found guilty for a bogus crime of murdering someone that he was performing surgery upon, to save, an isis terrorist, who Chief Eddie Gallagher (Leader of his Navy Seal Unit) took charge of, to rescue, bring back to the Navy Seal base, and then proceeded to work on, to save this ISIS terrorist’s life.

https://justiceforeddie.com/

Nov 28 12:25

The War in Yemen is Not a War, It is a Massacre

The numbers are mind-blowing: Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, an estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger and disease, according to the last analysis by Save the Children, the international health and human rights organization. Although children are the most affected by the conflict, 14 million people are at risk of famine, according to data compiled by the United Nations.

For almost four years, Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, has been ravaged by a bloody conflict between Houthi rebels and supporters of Yemen’s internationally recognized government. In 2015, Saudi Arabia formed a coalition of Arab states to fight the Houthis, which included Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, and Senegal. These countries have either sent troops to fight on the ground in Yemen or have carried out air attacks.

Nov 28 12:25

Yemen: up to 85,000 young children dead from starvation

An estimated 85,000 children under the age of five have starved to death over the last three years as a result of Yemen’s civil war, a report from Save the Children has found, as the charity urged an immediate ceasefire to prevent more loss of life.

The figure is a conservative estimate based on UN data on severe acute malnutrition, which the international body says has afflicted more than 1.3 million children since the conflict between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition that seeks to restore Yemen’s exiled government began in 2015.

About 14 million people – half of Yemen’s population – are currently at risk of famine, largely because of Saudi border blockades designed to weaken the Houthis, which have also strangled civilian access to food, fuel, aid and commercial goods.

Nov 28 11:57

Trump Floats Pulling Out Of The Middle East, Says Israel 'One Reason' to Remain

President Trump suggested Tuesday that he'd like to leave the Middle East entirely but Israel is "one reason" for remaining.

Trump also said he's standing by the Saudis because they provide a "counterbalance to Iran" and "without them, Israel would be in a lot more trouble."

Nov 28 10:44

US Military Says It Can’t Take Out Remaining ISIS Fighters Because They’re Hiding In Tunnels

As 2018 draws to a close, it is unclear if U.S. troops and their Arab-Kurdish allies have made a dent in ISIS’ last stronghold in Syria.

A spokesman for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria estimated in December 2017 that fewer than 3,000 ISIS fighters remained in both countries. Since then, defense officials have said consistently that roughly 2,000 ISIS fighters are trapped in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley.

Army Col. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, repeated the 2,000 figure when briefing reporters on Tuesday. However, it is difficult to determine exactly how many ISIS fighters remain in their last enclave in Syria because they are dug in deeply and the terrain is difficult for combat operations, he said.

“The numbers game is difficult to count because ISIS is underground – they’re in tunnels; they’re hiding,” Ryan said. “So it’s not like we watch them walk into to a building and we’re counting as they go in. They’re spread apart.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This response, is Orwellian double-speak, writ large.

IF the US military knows where these tunnels are, why do they not then blow them up?!?

Perhaps because they want to "save and groom" these US-funded and equipped forces to fight another day?!?

Nov 28 10:27

Welcome to the Saudi Arabia First Campaign

The United States must operate in a world filled with ugly, brutal, and authoritarian regimes; but that doesn't mean it needs to cower to their whims.

resident Donald Trump doesn’t understand his chief responsibility as president. It is not to make deals and create jobs. It is to protect the security and liberty of Americans. By that standard, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not a “truly spectacular ally,” as he claimed.

Nov 28 10:19

Trump’s Saudi First Foreign Policy Strikes Again

Originally appeared on The American Conservative.

The Trump administration bows before the Saudis once more over the war on Yemen:

The US has “slammed the brakes on” a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for a limited ceasefire and increased humanitarian aid in Yemen over concerns about angering Saudi Arabia, two sources tell CNN.

One source familiar with the negotiations over the resolution tells CNN the US “has slammed the brakes on,” saying that “we can’t support a resolution at the moment.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This absolutely disgusts me, as it should every thinking American.
And I can tell you, very clearly, why US negotiators "cannot support a resolution at this time."

But in coming up with an answer, I have to ask myself, and our readers, just what has happened to the soul, and spirit, of this country, that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America, since President Obama was in office, choosing to abet and enable Saudi war crimes in Yemen?!?

And at what moral price do we allow this to continue?!?

It is because, once again, the Butcher of Yemen, Crown Prince Bin Salman, and his American Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, are hunkering down, and scurrying away from any meaningful dialogue which could end this genocide.

From the Butcher'standpoint, obviously, not enough Yemeni babies, women, children, and the medically fragile murdered, or maimed for life yet. THIS is what this genocide looks like from

And for our Merchant of Death in Chief, not nearly enough American weapons have bee sold yet, and he would probably love to see this conflict go on for years, adding to the bottom line of the US's military industrial complex.

Now, we do have the following story, datelined yesterday:

Exclusive: 50+ experts and former officials urge the Senate to end US role in Yemen war

But I seriously doubt that this will put a crimp in both President Trump's or the Butcher of Yemen's war-time vision to leave a plague of death,disease, and destruction, and declare "victory" (whatever that means).

Nov 27 03:57

Aid Groups Warn of US Complicity in Yemen

Five prominent international charities, including The International Rescue Committee, Oxfam America, CARE US, Save the Children, and the Norwegian Refugee Council, urged the US government to stop its military support for Saudi Arabia and the coalition it leads in their devastating war on Yemen.

Nov 27 03:54

Speaker: Deal of Century US Plot to Strengthen Israel

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that the "deal of the century" is an American plot to make Israel a dominant force in the Middle East, reassuring that Iran and other Islamic countries will stand against the plot and thwart it. Larijani made the remarks on Monday in Tehran, addressing the closing ceremony of the Islamic Unity Conference. “The so-called ‘deal of the century’ is an Israeli-American plot,” Larijani said, reassuring that Iran is determined to foil it. “We will stand against the Israeli regime and won’t let the deal take place in this region,” he went on to say. “They have called it the ‘deal of the century’ to achieve a number of major goals. Their first goal is to increase the power of Israel in the region. … The other goal is to end the story of Palestine by telling Palestinian refugees to stay in other countries and not to return to their homeland,” Larijani said.

Nov 27 03:50

Senior Foreign Policy Official: Israel Behind Dividing Muslim World

Head of Iran's Strategic Foreign Relations Council Seyed Kamal Kharrazi blasted the Tel Aviv regime for creating rift among the Muslim states, and said that Israel is the main cause for insecurity in the Middle East. "The Zionist regime is the main reason behind division among the Muslims, specially regional states," Kharrazi said on Monday. He, meantime, underlined that the issue of Palestine today is of special significance and Muslim states should pay special attention to it. Kharrazi underlined Iran’s interest in promoting unity among the Muslims, and said, "Israel is main sponsor of terrorism in the region." In relevant remarks in late October, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly blasted the Israeli regime for striving to create rifts among Muslim countries in a bid to cover up its 70-year-long occupation of Palestine and massacre of the Palestinian people.

Nov 26 12:30

Another Iranian Earthquake

Yesterday night a strong earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit near the Iran-Iraq border. A number of buildings were damaged and about 640 people were injured. The injured number is likely to go up over the next few days.....

Nov 26 12:10

Yemeni ballistic missile hits military base in Asir region

Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have hit a military base in Saudi Arabia’s Asir region with a domestically-manufactured high-precision ballistic missile in retaliation for the regime's campaign of military aggression against the impoverished nation, a report says.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing an unnamed military official from the missile unit of the Yemeni army, reported that the military base, located in al-Alab border crossing, had been hit with the short-range and solid-propellant Badr P-1 missile on Sunday.

It added that the projectile had struck the designated target with precision, leaving an unspecified number of soldiers either killed or wounded. The explosion also inflicted damage to the hardware and equipment of the base.

Nov 26 12:04

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Nov 26 11:43

UAE to invest in Israeli plan to pipe gas to Europe  

The media in Tel Aviv have reported that the UAE has invested as much as $100 million in an ambitious Israeli project to pipe natural gas to Europe.

The investment would be made by a company based in Abu Dhabi for a pipeline project which is internationally known to be unique given its record length as well as the extreme depths it would be laid toward Europe, Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen quoted Israeli media as reporting.

The agreement has been described as “historic” by Israeli media, al-Mayadeen added.

Israel has signed a multilateral deal over the scheme – called the East Med Pipeline Project - with Greece, Italy and Cyprus. The European Union also supports the project.

Nov 26 10:28

MBS HIRES GERMAN PR FIRM TO POLISH HIS IMAGE

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

You are welcome, your Lowness!!

Nov 24 10:34

Washington’s Erroneous Notion That the Persian Gulf Is an American Lake

For crying out loud, even the barbaric thugs of ISIS milked every possible drop of petroleum from the tiny, wheezing oilfields scattered around their backwater domain before they were finally driven out. So there is no economic case whatsoever for Imperial Washington’s massive military presence in the middle east.

The truth is, there is no such thing as an OPEC cartel – virtually every member produces all they can and cheats whenever possible. The only thing that resembles production control in the global oil market is the fact that the Saudi princes treat their oil reserves not much differently than Exxon.

That is, they attempt to maximize the present value of their 270 billion barrels of reserves. Yet ultimately they are no more clairvoyant at calibrating the best oil price to accomplish that objective at any given time than are the economists employed by Exxon, the DOE or the International Energy Agency.

Nov 23 11:13

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 22 11:09

Iranian Charity Receiving Bitcoin Donations

Some of us when we think of Bitcoin we think of money, or PayPal. What we rarely think about is how Bitcoin can be used as a way for charities to obtain donations. Over the last several years there has been an increase in charities around the world which accept crypto currency donations...

Nov 22 09:59

Yemen Genocide About Oil Control

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 22 09:25

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Nov 22 09:01

Trump Defends the Indefensible in Yemen

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nov 21 12:33

Almost 85,000 children under five may have starved to death in Yemen, charity warns as fighting flares in Hodeidah

As many as 85,000 children have starved to death in Yemen, according to Save the Children with the charity warning that up to 14 million people are at risk of famine if a ruinous war does not end soon.

Since 2015, when the fighting first broke out the group has estimated that at least 84,700 children under the age of five may have died from malnutrition. That is the equivalent of every child in Birmingham, Britain’s second biggest city, the group added.

The devastating statistic came as fighting flared in the Red Sea city of Hodeidah, the frontline of the latest battle, where food prices had soared by at least 400 per cent, according to local residents.

Only two hospitals are now working in the port town, both of which are dangerously close to the front line.

Nov 20 11:33

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

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

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

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

Nov 20 10:37

OOPS: HOUSE DEMOCRATS MISTAKENLY CAST VOTES BLOCKING RESOLUTION ON ENDING YEMEN WAR

IN A POLITICAL maneuver that was equal parts bizarre and grimly predictable, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill moved yet again on Wednesday to block a vote to wind down U.S. military support for the war in Yemen, this time by tucking a parliamentary procedure into a rule governing legislation that removes gray wolves from the endangered species list.

Nov 20 10:08

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Saudi-led forces resume attacks on Yemeni port of Hodeidah

Nov 20 09:18

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Nov 20 09:15

US AIRSTRIKES KILL AT LEAST 40, MOSTLY CIVILIANS, IN EASTERN SYRIA

Continuing weeks of near-daily civilian death tolls from the US air war in Eastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that Saturday’s US attacks killed 40 more people, overwhelmingly civilians. The victims were described as mostly women and children.

Saturday’s attacks were against the village of Abu al-Hassan, along the Iraq border. It is adjacent to the ISIS-held towns that the US has been mostly attacking in recent weeks, and which Kurdish ground troops are attempting to invade.

The Syrian Observatory said it was unclear if any of the men killed in the attacks were actually militants, but that 17 children and 12 women were confirmed among the slain. In general, these attacks have targeted residential areas, not militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; the collective assassination of innocents is a war crime, sir.

Nov 20 09:00

THE ONLY REGIME CHANGE THAT IS NEEDED IS IN WASHINGTON

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

And why do I say this?

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

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

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

The maps tell the story:

Current map of Israel

Map: Eretz Israel

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please remember the following reality, as stated on Google:

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

Nov 19 14:33

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Jonathan Cook says by bolstering Hamas, Netanyahu hopes to ensure Palestine remains disunited, divided territorially and ideologically, and in no position to exert pressure on Israel via Europe or the UN to begin peace talks or concede Palestinian statehood.>>

Nov 19 14:24

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Jonathan Cook says by bolstering Hamas, Netanyahu hopes to ensure Palestine remains disunited, divided territorially and ideologically, and in no position to exert pressure on Israel via Europe or the UN to begin peace talks or concede Palestinian statehood.>>

Nov 19 13:59

Afghanistan Takes Center Stage in the New Great Game. All-Asian solution. No Western invaders welcome

...What matters most for China is Afghanistan becoming part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). That’s exactly what Chinese envoy Yao Jing told the opening session of the 4th Trilateral Dialogue in Islamabad earlier this week between China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. “Kabul can act as a bridge to help expand connectivity between East, South and Central Asian regions,” Jing said. Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said: “The Greater South Asia has emerged as a geo-economic concept, driven by economy and energy, roads and railways and ports and pipelines, and Pakistan is the hub of this connectivity due to CPEC.” For Beijing, CPEC can only deliver its enormous potential if Pakistan and India relations are normalized. And that road goes right through Afghanistan. China has been aiming for an opening for years. Chinese intel operatives have met the Taliban everywhere from Xinjiang to Karachi and from Peshawar to Doha. The China card is immensely alluring.

Nov 19 12:02

Life in fear: Report says 1 in 3 US drone-strike deaths in Yemen are civilians, including children

Bombings by the Saudi-led coalition may have devastated Yemen, but the country faces another deadly threat in the sky – US drones. A third of those killed by them in 2018 were civilians, including children, according to a report.

"We live in fear. Drones don't leave the sky," said one farmer, describing the day that two of his relatives were killed in a US drone strike. His is one of several testimonies recorded in a new report by Associated Press documenting the rising civilian death toll caused by the US drone war against Al-Qaeda's Yemeni franchise.

Nov 19 11:19

Pro-Saudi Forces Kill Yemen Protesters Demanding End to Occupation

Pro-Saudi Yemeni soldiers have attacked and killed at least three protesters in eastern Yemen, responding to public protests demanding an end to the Saudi occupation with live fire.

Locals reported that there were dozens of protesters present when the troops started firing. Three have been killed, and four others wounded, according to their reports.

The attacks appear to have been the governor’s doing, as he had announced on Tuesday that “anyone threatening stability would be dealt with firmly.” It has subsequently been reported that he ordered security forces to open fire on any protesters.

Nov 19 10:32

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

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

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

Nov 19 06:13

Misremembering Vietnam

Here's a paradox of the last few decades: as American military power has been less and less effective in achieving Washington's goals, the rhetoric surrounding that power has grown more and more boastful. The cliché that our armed forces are the best and mightiest in the world - even if the U.S. military hasn't won any of its significant wars in the last 50 years - resonates in President Trump's promise to make America great again ... The commemoration not only tells us something about the Pentagon's custodians of our Vietnam War memories, it also reveals something much broader and deeper in American political and popular culture: a powerful need to think of ourselves as a righteous, just, and successful country that fights only righteous, just, and successful wars.

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