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Jun 11 07:15

Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates

The latest news after Arab Gulf countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and suspended Doha-bound flights.

Jun 10 16:31

Robert Fisk: This is the real story behind the economic crisis unfolding in Qatar

After promising to fight to the death against Shia Iranian “terror,” Saudi Arabia and its closest chums have now ganged up on one of the wealthiest of their neighbours, Qatar, for being a fountainhead of “terror”. Only Shakespeare’s plays could come close to describing such treachery. Shakespeare’s comedies, of course.

Jun 10 13:34

UK and terrorism: Jeremy Corbyn tries the truth

Lawrence Davidson examines the relationship between Britain’s misguided neoconservative foreign policy, the recent terrorist attacks in the country and the outcome of the parliamentary election, which resulted in the ruling Conservatives losing many of their parliamentary seats.>>

Jun 10 09:19

Turkish President: Ankara to Continue to Support Doha

“We will not abandon our Qatari brothers,” Erdogan said at the Turkish parliament on Friday, Anadolu news agency reported.

Erdogan also dismissed a blacklist drawn up by the Arab countries opposed to Qatar and targeting certain Qatari-backed organizations as sponsors of terrorism.

“There is no such thing. I know those foundations,” Turkish President said, adding that Ankara “will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar."

Jun 10 09:09

WHY HAS THE GCC AND EGYPT TURNED ON QATAR?

It is important to note which countries in the anti-Syria coalition are not part of the anti-Qatar coalition, specifically Turkey. The one thing Turkey and Qatar have in common besides funding and facilitating terrorists for the purpose of overthrowing the Syrian government, is support for the Muslim Brotherhood. After all, Turkey’s Erdogan has long supported the MB and has maintained close ties with them for years. Turkey is also currently debating the possibility of deploying Turkish troops to a base in Qatar.

So what we are seeing is, in part, an anti-Muslim Brotherhood coalition with the focus being placed on Qatar, the country which is seen as being perhaps the biggest patron of the organization.

The Iranian Element

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All of these elements, taken together, appear to be leading toward an ultimate Saudi proxy war against Iran, supported by the US and Israel, which will, almost inevitably, lead to a war against Russia, whose military and political class have, very publicly, stated that any attack on Iran will have Russia come to defend it, militarily.

And I very frankly think that we are looking at a question of "when", rather than "if".

The current regimes in DC, Tel Aviv, and Riyadh want to see the current regime in Tehran crushed, and by any means necessary, in order to install a western-centric puppet, as the US military and intelligence agencies did in 1953, and renew the curse of private central banking in this country.

President Rouhani, the Iranian Parliament, and the Iranian military, have every reason to be concerned about this demonisation of Qatar, and where it might be leading, geopolitically and militarily.

Jun 10 08:06

UAE in dire need of Qatar gas to keep Dubai lit up: Report

The United Arab Emirates depends on imported gas to generate half of its electricity, and the recent diplomatic row with neighboring Qatar risks glittering skyscrapers in the sheikhdom’s largest and most populous city of Dubai to go dark for lack of power.

Jun 10 08:06

Is Qatar paying the price for its pro-Palestine stance?

Qatar's support for Palestinians seems to be one of the key causes of the Saudi-led blockade on Doha, amid increasing convergence between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, and the administration of US President Donald Trump - the president most supportive of Israel in recent decades.

Jun 10 08:05

Iran offers Qatar use of key southern ports, sends cargo plane with food supplies

Iran has offered to allow Qatar use its southern ports to carry on its vital import activities after the emirate's Arab neighbors united to isolate it. The announcement was made by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani. He was quoted by the Financial Times in a report as saying that Iran had offered Doha to use three of its ports in the Persian Gulf. He said this would enable Qatar to import all the goods it needed.

Jun 09 16:19

President Trump Demands Qatar Stop Funding Terrorists

"Stop funding, stop teaching hate, and stop the killing," US President Donald Trump said Friday during a news conference with the Romanian president after alleging that Doha has propped up Islamist extremists.

"No more funding," Trump emphasized. His comments come following the diplomatic row that erupted last week between Qatar and major Middle East powers like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Mattis Aware of Steps Planned to Isolate Qatar - Pentagon
The "high level" of support — whether it be financial, logistical or moral — for terror groups originating in Doha must stop, the president said.

"I want to call on all of the nations to stop immediately supporting terrorism," Trump reiterated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully obvious that Tillerson's remarks earlier today were simply for American public consumption, as though the US government had absolutely nothing to do with greenlighting this coming war.

We are in a place now, where there can be no speculation about "if" a war against Qatar, and ultimately Iran, is going to happen; we are in a place of "when" such a war will happen.

My gut is telling me, sooner rather than later.

I have to wonder what the orders are for those 11,000 US service members in Qatar are going to be, once the fertilizer hits the ventilation shaft.

Jun 09 15:49

Barcelona football fans could face 15yrs in prison, $135K fine in UAE over Qatar sponsorship

In 2011, Barcelona FC signed a historic deal with Qatar Sports Investment to put a sponsor's logo on their shirts for the first time in 111 years. Now, however, the club’s Emirati fans could face jail time and large fines for wearing Barca jerseys.

While the football club’s sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways ends June 30 – with Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten occupying the coveted spot during the 2017-18 season – the increasing tensions in the Gulf region have inflicted substantial collateral damage.

So for those of you in the UAE wearing a Barcelona shirt with "Qatar Airways" you're gonna face a fine ???????? #petty

— Haya Abdulrahman ? (@l_Haya_l) June 7, 2017

Earlier this week, UAE authorities announced that social media posts sympathetic to Qatar are punishable by three to 15 years in jail, or a fine of at least 500,000 AED (US$135,000).

Jun 09 13:55

Tillerson Tells Arab States To Lift Qatar Blockade: "It's Hindering The Campaign Against ISIS"

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, which includes UAE, Bahrain and Egypt and others, to lift its blockade of Qatar, saying that the cutoff is hindering the fight against the (Qatar-funded) Islamic State. Tillerson also said the blockade had led to food shortages and forced families to uproot themselves and pull their children from school.

“We believe there are unintended consequences, especially during this holy month of Ramadan but they can be addressed immediately,” Tillerson said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I applaud President Trump's Tillerson's approach to attempting to resolve this issue; and yes, it is horrifically awkward, because the US government has alliances on both sides of the issue, and Qatar hosts about 11,000 US service members.

But that being said, I am concerned that Tillerson doesn't know with whom he is dealing, between the Royal House of Saud, the Saudi government, and Saudi military. The concept of "face" is critically important in the Middle East, and unless he and President Trump can figure out a way to get the Saudis to back down without appearing to have "lost face" on this issue.

And after his visit to Saudi Arabia, Trump may have just given the Saudis the indication that they had a "green light" to go ahead with this blockade; if so, that has got to be undone, and quickly.

Jun 09 13:33

Pakistan to send soldiers to Qatar

Following Turkey’s decision to deploy troops in Qatar, Pakistan took a similar step, by deciding to send twenty thousand soldiers to the region

Jun 09 12:16

RUSSIA’S FOOD SHIPMENTS TO QATAR ARE A SOFT POWER MASTERSTROKE

The Qatari-Saudi Cold War is a geopolitical scheme cooked up by the US and the UAE, as I explained in my 21st Century Wire article about “The Machiavellian Plot to Provoke Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a “Blood Border” War”, but it’s not exactly a surprise that it happened. My September 2016 forward-looking analysis about “The GCC: The Tripartite’s Big Barter In The ‘Eurasian Balkans’” presciently forecast that a second round of Gulf tensions was bound to occur, and that the Great Power Tripartite of Russia, Iran, and Turkey could cooperate with Qatar in helping to break Riyadh’s stranglehold on the GCC. Moreover, my Geopolitica.Ru analysis from earlier this week about “Russia’s Energy Diplomacy In The Mideast: Boom Or Bust?” accurately predicted that Russia will play a role in mediating tensions between the two feuding GCC countries, which has now officially come to pass with the Qatari Foreign Minister’s visit to Moscow this weekend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As always, Putin is a million chess moves ahead of everyone else in this geopolitical "realignment" in the Middle East.

Jun 09 11:30

Saudi Arabia issues 10,000 Riyal fine for watching al-Jazeera

Saudi Arabia issued an outright ban against watching the al-Jazeera TV channel on Thursday, in the latest bizarre twist in its on-going diplomatic spat with Qatar.

The Saudi commission for tourism and national heritage issued a warning of a 10,000 riyal ($2700) fine if any tourist outlet failed to censor the Qatari news channel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Al Jazeera's website has also been hit with a major DDOS attack.

Jun 09 10:35

Trump faces growing Senate resistance on Saudi arms deal

As President Donald Trump aligns with Saudi Arabia amid a fresh dispute among Gulf nations, senators in both parties as soon as Thursday will try to block him from selling more than $500 million in offensive weapons to Riyadh.

The Senate bid to stop the Saudi arms sales — a small portion of what the White House claims will be a $110 billion package — is likely to fail. But the push to tie Trump's hands will probably find more support than a similar brushback pitch directed at President Barack Obama last year, as Democrats are far more united behind the proposal. Not only do Democrats have little reason to give Trump a win on any front, they're also stepping up their outcry over Saudi involvement in Yemen’s worsening civil war.

Jun 09 09:02

Cholera Outbreak in Yemen Takes Major Turn for the Worse

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Thursday that Yemen’s cholera outbreak has intensified. The Yemeni government, unable to keep pace with the spread of the disease, has declared a state of emergency in Sanaa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Biological warfare????

Jun 09 09:01

With Trump on Board, the Saudis Move Against Iran

Saudi Arabia accusing Qatar of sponsoring terrorism is like the McDonald's fast food chain accusing its Burger King rival of sponsoring obesity. However the schism that has opened up between the Gulf States carries with it a dangerous portent of a regional conflict with ramifications for the entire world.

Jun 09 08:39

WEEKS’ END TOON ~~ WHO’S BEHIND THE ISIS ATTACK ON IRAN

The revelation comes a day after Reuters reported that the US risks being branded a war criminal for its support of the Saudi war in Yemen, which has led to thousands of innocent civilian casualties.

Jun 09 08:37

FLASHBACK - Qatar Petroleum to merge LNG giants Qatargas, RasGas

Qatar Petroleum (QP) plans to integrate Qatargas and RasGas Co. Ltd., forming a combined company will retain the name Qatargas and operate all of Qatar’s LNG ventures.

Qatargas operates seven LNG trains with production capacity of 42 million tonnes/year, expansion of which came through projects in partnership with ExxonMobil Corp., Total SA, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, and Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

RasGas operates seven LNG trains with production capacity of 37 million tpy with a fleet of 27 LNG carriers under long-term charter agreements with ship owners. It also has developed offshore and onshore facilities for the extraction, processing, liquefaction, and storage of gas from Qatar’s North field, a primary gas source for both firms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if this threatened formation of a rival oil corporation had anything to do with Qatar going from US friend to US enemy...

Jun 09 08:30

The UAEs foreign minister hints at support for 'regime-change' coup in Qatar

The UAE's foreign minister appeared on CNN on Tuesday, in which he discussed the ongoing spat with Qatar.

"The best solution is for cooler heads to take charge in Doha," Anwar Gargash said, when asked about scenarios in which Doha could end its alleged support for Iran.

Gargash's proposed solution strongly implied Abu Dhabi is not content with the current Qatari ruler and would want to see, or maybe even implement, change in the country's leadership.

Jun 09 08:27

Jordan moves to repeal law allowing rapists to escape punishment by marrying victim

“Actual rape cases are rare in our society. Sometimes, girls under 18 lose their virginity to force their families to accept marriage to their boyfriends,” she told al Arabiya. “Accepting marriage under Article 308 is better than leaving girls to be killed by their parents or relatives. … It protects the girls by forcing attackers to marry them.”

Jun 08 15:59

In "Clear Escalation", Arab Countries Release List Of Terrorists Supported By Qatar

In what commentators have dubbed a "clear escalation", moments ago Arab states including Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, have released a list that designates 59 individuals and 12 entities in Qatar as terrorist. The complete list of those named includes Qataris, Jordanians, Egyptians, Kuwaitis, Libyans.

The four countries released the names in “light of their commitment to fighting terrorism, drying up their sources of funding, combating extremist ideology and its dissemination and working together to eradicate it and immunize communities,” according to a statement made available to Al Arabiya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Folks, I am very concerned that, seeing how these countries are lining up to demonize Qatar (this includes the UAE; Saudi Arabia; Egypt, and Bahrain), will probably be working in concert (along with the US military) to attack it.

Right now, it doesn't feel that we are in an "if" moment, that it can, with negotiations, be remedied; it feels like we are in a "when" moment, and that moment could happen at any time.

On the Qatari side, we see Turkey and Iran siding with Qatar.

And while some of the people enumerated on this list may well be terrorists, Qatar is really getting punished for its dominance in natural gas, where it shares underground reservoirs with Iran in the North Field; the Saudis want this for themselves, as their oil reserves are beginning to tap out, which means that their economy may ultimately tank, unless they can control Qatar's natural gas.

So ultimately, this is about regime change in Doha, which will most probably mean at least an attempted regime change in Tehran.

Backing up to really see the "big picture" here, I am very much reminded of the Moriarty speech at the end of the 2nd Sherlock Homes movie, "A Game of Shadows". He makes the observation that a war is coming, and he wants a lock on both the bullets and the bandages.

We are seeing an escalating situation in Syria; a war approaching against Qatar,and potentially, against Iran (which most probably means, war with Russia).

Jun 08 13:21

Iran enters the Qatar-Saudi conflict as war draws near

Iran has taken the position that 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'. On top of this, Iranian-Qatari cooperation over gas looms large.

Jun 08 12:59

Trucks of Fruits, Vegetables and Livestock on the Road to Qatar Return to Jordan

Thirty-three refrigerated trucks of fruits and vegetables destined for Qatar on Wednesday returned to Jordan, as Saudi Arabia closed its land borders with the Gulf state, according to officials.

Jun 08 12:11

Turkey scrambles for regional footing as Qatar debacle expands

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan broke his silence over the crisis engulfing his country’s closest Arab ally Qatar today, condemning the actions of the group of Gulf countries that cut off ties with the emirate over its alleged support for extremist groups and Iran. In a related move, Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has decided to fast-track bills to deploy Turkish forces in Qatar and train Qatari troops in its legislative agenda. Turkey is building a base in Qatar that will eventually host up to 10,000 troops under an accord in which Turkey pledged to defend the Gulf state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, let me get my head around this; in one corner, we have Turkey; Iran (and with it, most probably, Russia); and Qatar; in the other corner, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

In looking at the facts and developments on the ground, what I am seeing is a prelude to pitting Iran against Saudi Arabia in a war, then attempting to regime-change Tehran, as the US government did in 1953, and insure that the country becomes balkanised, just as is happening in Iraq, to prevent it from having its current power and weight in the Middle East any longer.

This will, of course, make Israel very happy, because it doesn't like competing economically with Iran, and has declared it an "existential threat" to Israel's existence (which is is not: Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years).

However, there are a couple of caveats to be considered in any such action.

First, the Iran of 2017 is not the Iran of 1953; Iranians are a very geopolitically sophisticated, tech-embracing people, who remember their history, and are determined to not allow it to be repeated.

Secondly, the large, militarily-capable gorilla, snoozing on Bosendorfer Grand in the living room...is Russia. Russian political and military leaders have a very excellent relationship with Iran, and have been very vocal about coming to its aid, militarily, should it get attacked.

Russia and Iran's growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East, March, 2017

So, a war against Iran is most probably going to mean war against Russia.

I cannot think of a more ham-fisted, pig-headed move the US/Saudi consortium could make at this time, than a war against Russia over Iran.

However, unfortunately, just because a military attack against Russia is the most ham-fisted, pig-headed move the US/Saudi consortium could make, is utterly no guarantee that they won't do it.

Jun 08 11:44

America is no longer a force for stability in the Gulf

The blacklisting of Qatar is a sign of President Trump’s new world disorder

Jun 08 11:40

PURPORTED ‘US AID WORKER’ KIDNAPPED IN YEMEN WAS COORDINATING WEAPONS SHIPMENTS

In 2015, US logistics coordinator Scott Darden was captured by Houthi forces in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, and held for six months before his release. During that time, he was presented purely as participating in helping the delivery of humanitarian aid into the country.

He did that, as part of his employment for New Orleans-based Transoceanic Development was overseeing the transportation of humanitarian aid to the nation, which in the midst of a Saudi invasion is struggling with a nascent famine. Today, however, the New York Times is reporting that his job also had him delivering shipments of war materiel to US special forces operating in Yemen.

Some officials were willing to confirm the broad details of this, but they and Darden himself were unwilling to provide specifics, citing its “highly classified” nature. This is fueling new calls within the House Armed Services Committee to exercise at least some oversight over what was being done.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not completely surprised at the US Military's "business as usual" in Yemen, hiding behind the facade of "humanitarian aid" to distribute weapons to Al-Hadi loyalists?!?

Jun 08 11:02

QATAR'S CREDIT RATING CUT OVER GULF BLOCKADE CRISIS

International rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded Qatar’s credit rating as outflows from portfolio investments have dragged the emirate’s national currency to 11-year lows.

The Arab Gulf state's long-term rating was cut one notch to AA- from AA. The agency put the rating on CreditWatch with negative implications, expecting further lowering.

Earlier this week, some Muslim countries led by neighboring Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic, trade and transport ties with Qatar due to alleged support of terrorism, a charge that Doha denies.

S&P said the blockade could exacerbate Qatar's external vulnerabilities and put pressure on economic growth and fiscal stability.

“We expect that economic growth will slow, not just through reduced regional trade, but as corporate profitability is damaged because regional demand is cut off, investment is hampered, and investment confidence wanes,” said the US-based agency.

Jun 08 10:58

DECLASSIFIED DOCS PROVE US GOV’T KNOWINGLY ARMED ISIS, CLAIMED WEAPONS WERE ‘LOST’

After an audit from the Department of Defense revealed that the Pentagon couldn’t account for over $1 billion in weapons and equipment that was meant for fighters in Iraq, the question remains: Did ISIS gain $1 BILLION in weapons and equipment as a result?

The September 2016 audit was declassified after the human rights organization Amnesty International filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It revealed that the Pentagon “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of the majority of the equipment that was meant for the Iraqi Train & Equip Program.

The missing equipment came from the $1.6 billion budget Congress allocated for the program in 2015. The budget was approved in the name of fighting the Islamic State of Iraq & Syria—a group of militants that didn’t exist until nearly a decade after the United States invaded Iraq in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a Jean-luc Picard, double-face-palm moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

Jean-Luc Picard double face-palm moment

Since when, please, did American military in Iraq become simply "collateral damage" to the DOD?!?

As much as I hate the economic reasons for this war, and all the other wars in which the US military has become enmeshed, those in government who signed off on this should be charged with, and tried, for treason.

Jun 08 10:20

FLASHBACK: New revelations in attack on American spy ship

By John Crewdson
Tribune senior correspondent

OCTOBER 2, 2007

Bryce Lockwood, Marine staff sergeant, Russian-language expert, recipient of the Silver Star for heroism, ordained Baptist minister, is shouting into the phone.

"I'm angry! I'm seething with anger! Forty years, and I'm seething with anger!"

Jun 08 09:50

Qatar Puts Military On Highest State Of Alert Over Fears Of Imminent Incursion

Yesterday's news that Saudi Arabia has issued an ultimatum to Qatar, listing ten demands among which that Qatar end all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, has prompted a dramatic response by the small Gulf nation, and according to a just released report by Arabic CNN (and confirmed locally) US officials have said they have observed increased Qatari military activity as the country placed its forces "on the highest state of alert" over fears of an imminent military incursion.

Jun 08 09:49

Pence's Anti-Russian Rhetoric Was 'Aimed at Distracting Attention From Qatar'

Vice President Mike Pence's statement regarding Russia and Iran's threat appears to be a continuation of the outdated policy of Barack Obama, Russian political analyst Kirill Koktysh told Radio Sputnik, suggesting that there are certain divisions within the Trump administration.

Jun 08 09:43

Turkey parliament approves troop deployment to Qatar

Turkey's parliament approves a measure to deploy troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar amid a widening rift between the Arab country and neighbors in the Persian Gulf region.

Jun 08 09:43

Saudi-Qatar Spat Spilling Over to Terrorist-Held Regions in Northwestern Syria

Intensified tensions between Qatar and Saudi Aribia are leading to serious infighting between their proxy forces in Syria's Idlib province, local sources said Wednesday.

Jun 08 09:23

Syria's Cauldron: One Step Away from Major Showdown

Syrian rebels from Eastern Lions and Ahmad al-Abdo Army formations – the elements of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) - state that they are «intensely» attacking Iranian-backed pro-government militias in the eastern Syrian desert in an operation dubbed «The Land is Ours». The forces’ strength is around four thousand. The main enemies are the Islamic State (IS), Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian government-allied forces. The operation is conducted near Syria’s borders with Iraq and Jordan. This time, the mission is to squeeze the SAA and its allies out from the desert areas.

Evidently, one of the goals pursued by the escalation of hostilities is to demonstrate that the armed opposition is a force to reckon with at a time the crisis management talks are held in Astana and Geneva. Obviously, this is an attempt to subvert the ongoing international peace efforts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The unanswered question here is, just how long will it be, before US and Russian forces engage in direct combat in Syria?!?

I don't know what the Vegas odds on such an event taking place, but were I a betting woman, I would bet that the odds, unfortunately, are quite good, that this will happen, and my hunch would be, sooner rather than later.

Jun 08 09:17

USS Liberty White House-sanctioned attack on June 8, 1967 - TERRORSTORM Documentary Excerpt

"Rear Admiral (Lawrence) Geis, then commanding the carriers in the Sixth Fleet, called Washington personally to confirm the recall order. Secretary of Defence (Robert) McNamara came on the line, and then President Johnson himself told Geis, 'I want that goddamn ship going to the bottom. No help -- recall the wings.'"

Jun 08 09:08

The Pivot? Qatar Foreign Minister To Visit Moscow On Saturday

With Gulf tensions still rising, and culminating with last night's report on Arabia CNN that Qatar has put its armed forces on the highest military preparedness level, the small nation may be preparing to unveil its "Eastern pivot": moments ago Russia's RIA news agency reported that the Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani will Visit Moscow on Saturday where he will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"Negotiations will be held on Saturday," a Russian foreign ministry official said. However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin does not yet plan to meet with al-Thani.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lavrov is a realist, par excellence. I am very convinced that if asked, Russia will come to Qatar's aid in a very reasonable, and responsible way.

That having been said, I would like to urge Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, and the Qatari government, to take every practical precaution to insure that your plane does get to Moscow; this port blockade could well escalate into an air/sea blockade in a heartbeat.

You may well need to "get out of Dodge" (leave before this happens) sooner than your Saturday meeting, by a route that neither Saudi Arabia and its US government partner in war crimes, can detect.

Jun 08 08:43

Qatar Says "We Will Never Surrender", Welcomes Turkish Troops As Iran Offers Food, Ports

Even as the world's attention turns to the Comey testimony for the next few hours, the Qatar diplomatic crisis (where CNN's "report" of Russian hacking now appears long forgotten) continues, and moments ago a barrage of headlines from Qatar suggests that the small nation, which may or may not be preparing for military action, is happy to welcome the Turkish troops that will be arriving soon as reported yesterday, with its foreign minister stating that "we are not ready to surrender and will never compromise the independence of our foreign policy." Also, and perhaps even more critically, Qatar - whose foreign minister is set to fly to Moscow on Saturday - also announced that Iran is ready to help with food and that three of Iran's ports will be designated for use for Qatar.

From the wires:

QATAR FM SAYS IRAN SAID THEY ARE READY TO HELP QATAR WITH FOOD & 3 OF THEIR PORTS WILL BE DESIGNATED FOR QATAR: RTRS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This wouldn't have happened at all, if Saudi Arabia didn't believe it did not have the full backing of the US, to pull this stunt.

Trump's offer to assist in a "resolution" of the conflict is pure, Trumpian theatre; full of sound and fury, but signifying .... absolutely nothing. This geopolitical kerfuffle is largely of his own making.

Folks, keep your eyes on the ball here; the real target, in all of this, is Iran, and conjuring some kind of "justification" for a war against it; please do not let that reality out of your sight for a moment, because it ultimately will be your kids, getting drafted, and on the front lines of such a war.

Jun 08 08:37

The Plan Is In Action To Dismantle The Middle East, The Big Rotation Has Begun

Comey statement to the Senate reveals absolutely nothing, Comey skirt around the issue and reveals that Trump never told him to stop investigating. Trump is looking for options to pull out of Afghanistan while the deep state is forcing him to bring in more troops.

Jun 08 08:31

Germany brands Qatar and Arab states row 'Trumpification' in huge swipe against President

Mr Gabriel urged all sides to avoid further escalating the crisis gripping the Gulf, warning that disagreements among Gulf states could weaken the US-led coalition's fight against the Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain on Monday said they would sever all ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

The German vice chancellor criticised the policies set out by American President Donald Trump as ushering in an era of protectionism and warned that "Qatar could become completely isolated and be existentially affected".

Jun 08 07:49

The Jared Kushner Trump Administration Confronts Qatar

Usually, something is said or done after a Bilderberg meeting. The 2017 post-Bilderberg headlines are somewhat terrifying. A dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar has flared up. Both nations have US troops on their soil. The Saudis have accused Qatar of funding ISIS. Actually, the Saudis, the US, the UK and Israel have been doing a much better job at that than Qatar. Qatar did ransom 26 men from a hunting party in Iraq. The money was paid to Iraq’s popular militias which were organized by Iran and outnumber the Iraqi regular Army. At present these soldiers are on the border with Syria and could link up with the Syrian Army within 2 months. This disturbs the Israelis and their client states, the US, the UK and the Saudis.

Jun 08 07:47

How Britain aided Israel’s 1967 war

The Centurion was the main British battle tank for around two decades following the Second World War and Israel had already placed orders for it before Eshkol’s trip.

By July 1965, Britain supplied Israel with more than 180 such tanks. Another 150 were transported between that month and May 1967.

They were not the only weapons that Britain gave Israel. Just one week before Eshkol’s government made a surprise attack against Egypt on 5 June 1967, a ship brimming with machine guns, tank shells and armored vehicles sailed to present-day Israel from the English port of Felixstowe. It was among a series of secret weapons deliveries.

Jun 08 07:32

The Machiavellian Plot to Provoke Saudi Arabia and Qatar into a “Blood Border” War

Experts all across the world are trying to figure out what’s really fueling the Qatari-Saudi Cold War, but the answer is simple – the US. As it’s always prone to do, Washington is masterfully playing a game of divide and conquer in the Mideast, doing the same thing to its Gulf allies as it did to its North African ones during the theater-wide “Arab Spring” Color Revolutions, except this time pitting them against one another on a state-to-state level as opposed to an intra-state one between the government and some of its citizenry.

Jun 08 05:44

WHO ARE THE GREEN, YELLOW AND RED MILITANTS IN SYRIA?

In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: that are, the Syrian government-controlled areas, the regions administered by the Syrian Kurds and the areas that have been occupied by the Syrian opposition. Excluding Idlib Governorate which has been occupied by the Syrian opposition, all the major population centers along the western Mediterranean coast are controlled by the Syrian government: that include, Damascus, Homs, Hamah, Latakia and Aleppo, while the oil-rich Deir al-Zor has been contested between the regime and the Islamic State.

Jun 07 19:26

Declassified Docs Prove US Gov’t Knowingly Armed ISIS, Claimed Weapons Were ‘Lost’

After an audit from the Department of Defense revealed that the Pentagon couldn’t account for over $1 billion in weapons and equipment that was meant for fighters in Iraq, the question remains: Did ISIS gain $1 BILLION in weapons and equipment as a result?

The September 2016 audit was declassified after the human rights organization Amnesty International filed a Freedom of Information Act request. It revealed that the Pentagon “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of the majority of the equipment that was meant for the Iraqi Train & Equip Program.

Jun 07 15:33

Turkey Throws Support Behind Qatar in Rift Among Arab Nations

Turkey signaled support for Qatar on Wednesday after the tiny Gulf country was isolated by several of its neighbors in a major rift among Arab nations.

Meeting in a special night session of Parliament, Turkish lawmakers rushed through new laws that will allow the Turkish Army to conduct joint military exercises with Qatar and members of the Turkish gendarmerie to train their Qatari counterparts.

The new legislation also allows Turkey to send more troops to Qatar, where it has an army base and about 150 soldiers.

Jun 07 12:39

Why Has The GCC And Egypt Turned On Qatar?

By Brandon Turbeville

In a shocking move, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain led banded together to cut ties with Qatar at the same time, leaving much of the world stunned. Even more unexpected was the reason given by Saudi Arabia; i.e. that Qatar is supporting terrorism. The demands made by the anti-Qatar coalition were that Qatar cease funding “terrorist organizations” (Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas) before ties are restored.

The recent isolation of Qatar by Saudi Arabia and several other Gulf State countries as well as Egypt caught many in the geopolitical world by surprise and has left many people scratching their heads as to why such a willing and active player in worldwide destabilization would suddenly be abandoned by several of the states that have colluded with it in the past. The answer is anything but simple but it is actually more logical than how it might appear on the surface...

Jun 07 12:15

THE SAUDIS DEMAND TOTAL SURRENDER BUT QATAR MAY NOT FOLD

Many people believe that Qatar will soon give in to recent Saudi demands and threats. I first though so too but have changed my opinion. Qatar will likely hold out way longer than anyone assumes and fight more intensive and much longer than foreseen. The Saudi "young leader" has now given Qatar 24 hours to submit to 10 demands. These include (unconfirmed) the dismantling of Al Jazeera, breaking off of all diplomatic relations with Iran and (the Israeli demand of) ending all support for the Muslim Brotherhood and especially Hamas. The Saudis threaten with a military invasion.

Jun 07 11:25

ISIS RECRUITER WHO RADICALISED LONDON BRIDGE ATTACKERS WAS PROTECTED BY MI5

The terrorists who rampaged across London on the night of 3 June were part of a wider extremist network closely monitored by MI5 for decades. The same network was heavily involved in recruiting Britons to fight with jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Police have confirmed that Khuram Shazad Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba were the three terrorists shot dead after participating in a brutal van and knife attack in the London Bridge area.

According to press reports, both Butt and Redouane were longstanding members of the proscribed extremist network formerly known as al-Muhajiroun. After 9/11, the group operated under different names such as Shariah4UK, Muslims4Crusades and Islam4UK. Originally founded by Lebanese firebrand, Omar Bakri Mohammed, who was banned from returning the UK after the 7/7 attacks, the network was later run by Bakri’s deputy, Anjem Choudary.

RED FLAGS, MISSED

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Then why were British intelligence and police unable to stop this from happening?!?

The biggest question now, is, cui bono?!? Who benefits from allowing terrorists to strike at random in the UK?!?

Let's just say that those in the bowels of power in the UK, fronted by Prime Minister May, have benefited greatly, and see their wish of putting the internet under total government control coming nearer;
THERESA MAY TO CREATE NEW INTERNET THAT WOULD BE CONTROLLED AND REGULATED BY GOVERNMENT; The British Deep State has passed a bill to abolish cryptography; Cryptography killed by back-door legislation; and wants to toss human rights laws that hurt terror suppression. Theresa May rip up human rights laws which impede new terror legislation.

And how does one accomplish creating fertile ground in the minds of the British voters to accept such draconian laws which may be shaping up here?!?

It is very simple; by allowing terror to happen, then using the dead and wounded bodies as a "bloody shirt" to wave at the crowds, while you are demanding these changes in the law.

And Prime Minister May, a word here, please; the kinds of legislation you have both passed, and are proposing, will not alleviate
the kinds of terror attacks under which the UK, and Europe, have been suffering.

When the countries from which many of these refugees come have been regime changed, generally through war, and those wars have left them with absolutely no power over their own personal and national destiny; when people have been broken, by the sheer depth and breadth of their dispossession, courtesy of countries like the US and UK, which have a pretty dismal track record of accusing a country of doing something it didn't; invading and regime changing that country in order to expropriate resources to which they have utterly no moral right, such individuals are ripe for radicalisation and violence.

You, and the rest of the British government, must understand that to expect otherwise is both disingenuous, and very dangerous for your people, as recent events have proven.

The biggest resource that your country, and the US, want to control, are energy resources in the Middle East and Africa.

And here is my proposal, which is guaranteed to ratchet down your, and my, country's eternal lust for controlling fossil fuels.

Both countries have some of the best scientists and engineers in the world; I suggest that the US and UK develop an energy consortium, and challenge scientists and engineers from both countries to develop workable, alternative energy solutions, then patent the result and sell it, dividing the resources equitably, and making sure that the universities which were the brain trust on this get handsomely compensated for their efforts.

Both your and my countries can do this; if there is a will, there is a way, Madam Prime Minister.

But if there is no push toward such a solution, the world will know that random terror attacks in the UK and beyond are, in your perspective, "just the cost of doing business" in your country's militant resource-scrambling and extraction around the world.

Jun 07 10:59

ISIS Was Allegedly Behind the London Bridge Attacks, Who Is Behind ISIS?

The Islamic State (ISIS) was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity created by US intelligence with the support of Britain's MI6, Israel's Mossad, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Presidency (GIP).

The origins of Al Qaeda date back to the Soviet-Afghan war. The Koranic schools in Afghanistan used to train Al Qaeda recruits were financed by the CIA, using textbooks published by the University of Nebraska. That's where the evil ideology of Islamist extremism referred to by PM May originated: The Global War on Terrorism is a lie, Islamic terrorism is a product of US foreign policy which claims to be spreading Western civilization.

Jun 07 09:47

US Investigators Blame ‘Russian Hackers’ for Qatar Split With Saudis

While President Trump has personally claimed credit for the split between Qatar and the other Gulf Arab states, some US investigators are engaged in particularly wild speculation today, aiming to make the whole situation a plot carried out by Russian hackers.

A little over a week into the latest row, tensions between Qatar and other Gulf states is a hugely complicating factor for US foreign policy in the region, particularly since Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the Middle East. Qatar’s split is something that’s been an ongoing issue for years, based around differing views on the Arab Spring.

Fake news helped though, too, as while that row between Qatar and the Saudis has been a thing for years, this latest escalation centered around a report in the Qatar state media, right after President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia to make hawkish speeches about Iran, quoted the Qatari Emir warning against seeking military confrontation toward Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump cannot have this situation both ways.

Either he was responsible for the blockade, and the Saudi ultimatum against Qatar, or he was not; it's sort of like being pregnant; one either is, or is not, period, end of discussion.

But in the collusion of events within the last 24 hours, one can see the opening salvos of a war against Iran coming, and coming quickly. Fast forward to this morning:

Turkey approves a bill to send troops to Qatar

Assad's military alliance threatens strike against US forces in Syria.

Qatari riyal crashes after Saudi Arabia orders their banks to cut exposure to it

Iran blames Saudi Arabia for terrorist attack,
Vows revenge.

UAE threatens 15 years jail time for publishing statements sympathetic to Qatar

Tehran Stock Exchange down 76% after terror attack

All of these situations, evaluated together, most probably mean a coming war against Iran, which possibly means war with Russia, and sooner rather than later.

Jun 07 09:33

Saudis 'Shocked, Shocked!' to Discover Qatar Funds Islamists Just as They Do

The diplomatic conflict between Qatar and a number of other Arab states over the support for terrorist groups shows the hypocrisy of Riyadh, which has been repeatedly spotted funding extremists, analysts told Sputnik.

Jun 07 09:27

ISRAEL BACKS SAUDI’S LATEST CONFRONTATION WITH QUATAR

Israeli officials have gleefully endorsed the position of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a growing confrontation with Qatar, the most public acknowledgment yet of the deepening alliance between certain Gulf states and Tel Aviv over their common enmity towards Iran.

Jun 07 09:23

Jordan willing to home German airbase

Jordan yesterday expressed readiness to study the transfer of German troops from the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey to an airbase in Zarqa in the east of the kingdom.

Jun 07 08:45

Trump Takes Credit for Saudi Move Against Qatar, a U.S. Military Partner

President Trump thrust himself into a bitter Persian Gulf dispute on Tuesday, taking credit for Saudi Arabia’s move to isolate its smaller neighbor, Qatar, and rattling his national security staff by upending a critical American strategic relationship.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said his call for an end to the financing of radical groups had prompted Saudi Arabia and four other countries to act this week against Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich emirate that is arguably America’s most important military outpost in the Middle East.

“During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology,” he wrote in a midmorning post. “Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you are looking at with the coordination of the following events together:

The naval blockade of Qatar:

Saudi Arabia and UAE impose a naval blockade on Qatar

The 24 hour ultimatum from Saudi Arabia that Qatar abide by its decrees, or else, face a military attack:

Saudi Arabia gives Qatar a 24 hour Window to Meet its Ultimatum

The US Siege of Raqqa, Syria:
US Apaches provide Kurdish troops the psychological edge to their siege in Raqqa

And the attack against the Iranian Parliament today:

TERRORISTS RAID IRAN PARLIAMENT, MAUSOLEUM; GUNMEN, SUICIDE BOMBERS LEAVE AT LEAST SEVEN DEAD

When you put all these events in context, you are looking at the opening salvos of a war against Iran.

If Qatar does not respond to Saudi Arabia's demands, after being somewhat defensive toward Iran, it will be regime changed.

Regime change in Damascus is on, to isolate Iran even further.

What really concerns me, in all of this, is how soon the US and Russia will be locked in combat, either over Syria and/or Iran. And right now, the US military does not have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war with Russia (and/or China).

Jun 07 08:22

Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar

Max Blumenthal of Alternet's Grayzone Project says President Donald Trump's backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the "pilot program" for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi hegemony

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one small problem, and that is Yemen, which is showing that for all their advanced weapons, the Saudis are not motivated fighters.

Jun 07 08:19

Iran’s parliament, Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum come under attack

They are blaming Saudi and Trump for this terrorist act.

The attack on the parliament happened when at least four gunmen, disguised as women, entered the visitors' hall of the building, opening fire on the security guards there. According to an Interior Ministry statement, the terrorists were all killed before they could make it to the administrative building of the parliament.

The assault has forced a lockdown on the legislature.

Jun 07 08:16

Saudi Arabia Behind Deadly Attacks in Tehran - Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the twin terrorist attacks in Tehran.

"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists. The fact that Daesh has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack," a statement read as quoted by Reuters.

Earlier in the day, a group of four people in women's clothes opened fire in the building of the Iranian Parliament, with a subsequent explosion. Another attack involving an explosion took place near the Imam Khomeini shrine.

Jun 07 08:05

Claims of 'Russian Hackers' in Qatar Seen as Attempt to Pit US, Russia

Vladimir Dzhabarov, the first deputy chairman of the Russian upper house International Affairs Committee said that he considers eports of alleged Russian hackers behind a planted pro-Iranian story on Qatar's news agency website as an attempt to push the US and Russia as the leading players in the Middle East.

Jun 07 08:02

US officials scramble to limit Donald Trump's diplomatic damage over Qatar tweets

Government agencies sought to mitigate the impact of president’s lambasting, restating existing policy and playing down the significance of the tweets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jun 07 07:59

America’s Reign of Terror: A Nation Reaps What It Sows

The shadow government’s tyranny has made the U.S. the biggest purveyor of terrorism on the planet. And it’s the American people suffering the consequences.

By John Whitehead

“The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.” ? James Madison

Who designed the malware worm that is now wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers internationally by hackers demanding a king’s ransom? The U.S. government.

Who is the biggest black market buyer and stockpiler of cyberweapons (weaponized malware that can be used to hack into computer systems, spy on citizens, and destabilize vast computer networks)? The U.S. government.

What country has one the deadliest arsenals of weapons of mass destruction? The U.S. government.

Who is the largest weapons manufacturer and exporter in the world, such that they are literally arming the world? The U.S. government.

Jun 07 07:50

BEX ALERT - Russian hackers may have put out fake info that helped spark Gulf crisis

Russian hackers are suspected of interfering with a news site in Qatar and may have put out fake information that helped spark a diplomatic crisis in the Gulf, CBS News has learned.

Jun 07 07:40

Israel backs Saudi Arabia in confrontation with Qatar

Israeli officials have gleefully endorsed the position of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in a growing confrontation with Qatar, the most public acknowledgment yet of the deepening alliance between certain Gulf states and Tel Aviv over their common enmity towards Iran.

Meanwhile, evidence has emerged of close cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and a key Israel lobby group to pressure Qatar over its support for the Palestinian resistance organization Hamas.

Jun 07 07:28

Turkey Fast-Tracks Bill Approving Troop Deployment To Qatar

Turkey's parliament will fast-track a bill on Wednesday allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, officials from the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition said, according to Reuters.

Jun 06 15:32

Saudi Arabia Gives Qatar 24 Hour Ultimatum As Analysts Warn Of "Military Confrontation"

Shortly after imposing a naval blockade in the immediate aftermath of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, one which left the small Gulf nation not only politically isolated and with severed ties to its neighbors but potentially locked out of maritime trade and crippling its oil and LNG exports, on Tuesday SkyNews Arabia reported that Saudi Arabia has given Qatar a 24 hours ultimatum, starting tonight, to fulfill 10 conditions that have been conveyed to Kuwait, which is currently involved in the role of a mediator between Saudi and Qatar.

Jun 06 14:58

Qatar's unifying World Cup vision erodes as nations cut ties

Qatar launched its bid for the 2022 World Cup with a powerful vision that soccer could unite the Middle East.

"Just think together of what we can achieve together," Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the wife of the Qatar's then-ruler, told FIFA voters in 2010. She ambitiously forecast a "culture of peace across our region through football,"

With five years until kickoff, that optimism is rapidly disintegrating after Arab neighbors severed ties on Monday with the tiny nation that turned to sports to buttress its global status.

FIFA is hoping the regional rifts are healed long before world soccer's governing body might have to contemplate any change of host, a move that would deal a heavy blow to Qatar's reputation and economy as it is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup.

Jun 06 13:22

Gulf States Launch Naval Blockade Of Qatar

In what has emerged as the most significant escalation to result from the Qatar diplomatic crisis - which pits two of OPEC’s largest oil producers, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, against the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas and further disrupts stability in the region - the biggest Middle East oil and container ports banned all vessels sailing to and from Qatar from using their facilities.

According to a notice posted on the website of Inchcape Shipping, Saudi Arabian and Bahraini authorities closed off all of their ports to Qatari-flagged vessels or ships traveling to or coming from the Persian Gulf state, in what has been described as a naval blockade.

Jun 06 12:14

Oden Yinon Plan A Zionist Master Master Plan for the Middle East

IF there was ever a time to comprehend the Greater Zionist Israel Master Plan for the Middle East it would be right now!

Here is a before and after map that is already starting to take shape.
This is a pre-planned series of events.

Jun 06 11:41

3 QUESTIONS YOU’RE NEVER SUPPOSED TO ASK AFTER A TERRORIST ATTACK

In a world where defense budgets are astronomical and wars of occupation and destabilization never end, political leaders in the UK and in Europe want you to accept street-level terror as the new everyday normal. The attacks are unstoppable, they say, and the world must embrace this hopelessness with faith that the government is doing all it can to create a better, safer world. Run, hide, and call the authorities, for you are helpless in this reality, so they say. But who creates and sustains this reality?

Jun 06 11:18

FIFA BEING USED TO PRESSURE QATAR, AS WORLD CUP 2022 IS NOW UNDER SCRUTINY

It is very clear that the recent tension and blockade between Gulf States (lead by Saudi Arabia) and Qatar have absolutely nothing to do with terrorism, and everything to do with natural gas and energy dominance.

Zerohedge notes…

–as often happens, the official narrative is traditionally a convenient smokescreen from the real underlying tensions.

The real reason behind the diplomatic fallout may be far simpler, and once again has to do with a long-running and controversial topic, namely Qatar’s regional natural gas dominance.

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As a result of the tiny nation’s growing financial and political “independence”, its neighbors grew increasingly frustrated and concerned: “Qatar used to be a kind of Saudi vassal state, but it used the autonomy that its gas wealth created to carve out an independent role for itself,” said Jim Krane, energy research fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute, quoted by Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origin, one cannot think of a better example that this kerfuffle over Qatar.

So what are the US and Saudi Arabia going to do now, invade Qatar as the prelude for invading Iran?!?

Because right now, were I a betting woman, I would not bet against it; those in the bowels of power in the Unhinged, Surveilled States of American know an economic crash is coming, and desperately want to get a war going as a distraction from that crash.

And the following, very disturbing article appears in sputniknews.com, with a dateline of today:

Next Step - Invasion? Why Saudi Arabia Moved to Cut Ties With Qatar

Jun 06 10:33

Pentagon contradicts Trump tweets and praises Qatar for its ‘enduring commitment to regional security’

After Saudi Arabia and several other Middle East countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over its alleged support of terrorism early on Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter to praise the Saudis’ commitment to fighting extremist ideology.

“So good to see the Saudi Arabia visit with the King and 50 countries already paying off,” the president tweeted. “They said they would take a hard line on funding extremism, and all reference was pointing to Qatar. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!”

The problem is that Qatar is also home to Al-Udeid Airbase, a key base that houses 11,000 American troops and that the U.S. military regularly uses to launch airstrikes against ISIS and other militant groups in the region.

Jun 06 10:05

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East – A greater Israel

When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East.

Jun 06 09:41

"FORGET TERRORISM": THE REAL REASON BEHIND THE QATAR CRISIS IS NATURAL GAS

The real reason behind the diplomatic fallout may be far simpler, and once again has to do with a long-running and controversial topic, namely Qatar's regional natural gas dominance.

Recall that many have speculated (with evidence going back as far back as 2012) that one of the reasons for the long-running Syria proxy war was nothing more complex than competing gas pipelines, with Qatar eager to pass its own pipeline, connecting Europe to its vast natural gas deposits, however as that would put Gazprom's monopoly of European LNG supply in jeopardy, Russia had been firmly, and violently, against this strategy from the beginning and explains Putin's firm support of the Assad regime and the Kremlin's desire to prevent the replacement of the Syrian government with a puppet regime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Now, the pieces are falling into place,and making sense, for this geopolitical kerfuffle.

As Deep Throat was fond of saying to Woodward and Bernstein, "Follow the money!!"

and I have to wonder; is this going to be the "justification" used by the American Deep State, in concert with the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, to go to war against both Qatar and ultimately, Iran?!?

To gain control of this natural gas resource for Saudi Arabia?!?

Also, please consider the following:

Qatar hosts the largest military base in the Middle East

Are the American forces now going to be fighting its host country, and what signals does that send to all the other countries around the world where American bases have been strategically located?!?

The short answer here, is not great signals at all; any US military strike against Qatar will be viewed as a complete violation of US Military/host country protocol, and make government overseas very nervous about how quickly the US government is ready and willing to turn from friend to enemy.

Jun 06 08:37

Gulf crisis: 550 Pakistani pilgrims stranded in Qatar flown to Muscat

At least 550 Pakistani pilgrims stranded at Doha Airport after a diplomatic rift between Qatar and six other countries were evacuated and flown to Muscat on Tuesday, said Pakistani embassy officials.

The pilgrims, who were travelling to Saudi Arabia for Umrah via Qatar, were stranded in Doha after several countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Egypt, Maldives, Yemen and the eastern Libyan government and The Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Dawn News quoted Sadia Khurram, an official of the Pakistani embassy in Qatar, as saying that that initial arrangements to transport Pakistanis stranded at Doha airport to Saudi Arabia were made by Qatar Airways, and that Oman Air was used for the operation.

Jun 06 08:18

HACKED EMAILS EXPOSE US WORKING WITH UAE AGAINST IRAN AND QATAR

The email account of one of Washington’s most influential foreign operatives, Yousef Al-Otaiba, has been hacked. A number of those emails were sent to the Intercept, as well as the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast, the Intercept reports. The hacker has allegedly promised to release a trove of these emails publicly.
Otaiba is the United Arab Emirate’s ambassador to the United States, and the Intercept confirms that the Hotmail account in question is the one he used for his business in Washington. The Huffington Post further confirmed that at least one of the emails is authentic, and a UAE spokesperson confirmed Otaiba account had been hacked. None of the eight individuals whose names were involved in the email exchanges – and who were contacted by the Huffington Post for comment – denied that the exchanges took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is that phrase so common in the Middle East, the enemy of my enemy is my friend?!?

Jun 06 08:13

Qatar is in trouble with Saudi Arabia. But the west can’t afford to pick a side

This week Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt announced that they were again cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar. In a sharp escalation, they have also closed their borders to Qatari aircraft and ships, and the Gulf states have said that Qatari citizens in their countries must leave within two weeks. It is unclear how the standoff will be resolved, but the Saudis and their neighbours are making a clear play for western support, accusing Doha, Qatar’s capital, of backing terror groups including al-Qaida and Islamic State.

Jun 06 08:12

Donald Trump appears to back Saudi Arabia in Qatar stand off with Gulf states

Donald Trump has appeared to side with Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic stand-off with Qatar, referencing his recent trip to the Saudi capital of Riyadh in which he vowed to end support for Islamic extremism.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology. Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" the US president tweeted on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia, along with Gulf neighbours the UAE and Bahrain as well as Egypt, moved to isolate the tiny kingdom on Monday in a coordinated severing of diplomatic ties. The row could have manifold economic and political effects for the Middle East, as well as alter the course of the region's many conflicts.

Jun 06 08:06

Donald Trump Praises Middle East Countries for Cutting Ties with Qatar

President Donald Trump reacted to the news that several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, cut ties with Qatar.

“Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!” Trump wrote enthusiastically on Twitter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Every time the US wants to attack another country, we are promised terror will end. It is the attacking of countries that leads to real terrorism. The rest are all actors supporting the war agenda.

Jun 05 17:35

Manchester atrocity: UK government must come clean about its relationship with Libyan Islamists

Mohamed El-Doufani argues that British governments provided a safe haven for Libyan Islamists whom it used as tools to destabilise Muammar Gaddafi's regime, and says that following the Manchester atrocity it must come clean about its links with them.

Jun 05 15:45

UK Police Release All Detained Over London Terror Act Without Charges

The UK Police have released without charges all those detained over the deadly terrorist attack in London that claimed lives of five people and injured dozens more on Saturday.

Jun 05 12:21

The Shocking Trigger Behind Today's Gulf Scandal: Qatar Paid Al-Qaeda, Iran $1BN In Hostage Deal

The FT has unveiled what its believes is the key trigger behind the shocking overnight collapse in diplomatic relations between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors. According to the FT, the catalyst that forced the Saudis and their allies to unveil the cut in diplomatic and economic ties, is that Qatar allegedly paid up to $1 billion to Iran and al-Qaeda affiliates "to release members of the Gulf state’s royal family who were kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip, according to people involved in the hostage deal"; the secret deal was allegedly one of the triggers behind Gulf states’ dramatic decision to cut ties with Doha.

The details of the payoff: "around $700m was paid both to Iranian figures and the regional Shia militias they support, according to regional government officials. They added that $200m to $300m went to Islamist groups in Syria, most of that to Tahrir al-Sham, a group with links to al-Qaeda."

Jun 05 11:36

SALMAN ABEDI PARTICIPATED IN BRINGING DOWN MUAMMAR GADDAFI

According to the BBC’s evening programme, Newsnight, Salman Abedi (author of the Manchester attack) and his father, (Ramadan Abedi, an MI6 agent), took part in bringing down the state of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

Jun 05 08:08

‘Terrorism, meddling in affairs’: Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of backing terrorist groups. Qatar has called the move a "campaign of incitement" which is "based on lies."

Jun 05 07:57

Arab nations cut ties to Qatar, deepening rift in Persian Gulf

Four key Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar on Monday over its relations with Iran and support of Islamist groups, isolating the tiny energy-rich country by cutting off its land, sea and air routes to the outside world.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing their diplomatic staff from Qatar as regional airlines quickly announced they'd suspend service to its capital, Doha.

Qatar, which is to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup and is home to approximately 10,000 American troops at a major U.S. military base, criticized the move as a "violation of its sovereignty." It long has denied supporting militant groups and described the crisis as being fueled by "absolute fabrications" stemming from the recent hack of its state-run news agency.

Jun 05 07:49

Arab powers sever Qatar ties, widening rift among US allies

The Arab world's strongest powers cut ties with Qatar on Monday over alleged support for Islamists and Iran, re-opening a festering wound two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump's demand for Muslim states to fight terrorism.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cut relations with Qatar in a coordinated move. Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government and the Maldives joined in later.

Qatar denounced the move as based on lies about it supporting militants. It has often been accused of being a funding source for Islamists, as has Saudi Arabia.

Jun 05 07:10

Saudi-Qatar rift first fallout of Trump visit: Iran

A senior Iranian official says Saudi-led severing of diplomatic ties with Qatar is the the first fallout from US President Donald Trump's visit to the region last month.

Jun 05 07:09

Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt cut ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have cut diplomatic ties and all land sea and air contacts with Qatar, accusing the Persian Gulf country of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs.

Jun 05 07:09

Tillerson calls on Saudi, others to solve differences with Qatar

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called on Saudi Arabia and Qatar to stay united and solve their differences, after Riyadh severed ties with Doha and asked its Persian Gulf allies to follow suit.

Jun 05 07:07

A 50-Year Occupation: Israel’s Six Day War Started With a Lie

“The existence of the Israeli state hung by a thread,” the country’s prime minister, Levi Eshkol, claimed two days after the war was over, “but the hopes of the Arab leaders to annihilate Israel were dashed.” Genocide, went the argument, had been prevented; another Holocaust of the Jews averted.

There is, however, a problem with this argument: it is complete fiction, a self-serving fantasy constructed after the event to justify a war of aggression and conquest. Don’t take my word for it: “The thesis according to which the danger of genocide hung over us in June 1967, and according to which Israel was fighting for her very physical survival, was nothing but a bluff which was born and bred after the war,” declared General Matituahu Peled, Chief of Logistical Command during the war and one of 12 members of Israel’s General Staff, in March 1972.

Jun 05 04:40

EUROPE’S TERROR BLOWBACK: FROM CHARLIE HEBDO TO LONDON ATTACKS

In less than three months, three horrific terror attacks have taken place in the United Kingdom: the Westminster plowing and stabbing incident on March 22by Khalid Masood, the Manchester Arena suicide bombing two months later by Salman Abedi who was known to be a member of Al-Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and was also suspected of having ties with the Islamic State, and now another vehicle-ramming and stabbing atrocity has taken place last night at the London Bridge in which seven people have lost their lives and 48 have been injured.

Jun 04 10:47

Reality and its enemies: The rehabilitation of war criminal George W. Bush

Lawrence Davidson examines attempts in the US to rehabilitate former President George W. Bush against just two of the consequences of his war policies in the Middle East: cancer-causing munition material and drug-resistant bacteria. >>

Jun 04 09:03

UAE, Saudi campaign to end Qatar’s independence

As soon as the Arab show of unity with US President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia had ended, a row broke out between US oil-producing allies that Trump had met and praised during his visit to the kingdom.

Three days after Trump and King Salman declared Iran to be the main sponsor of terrorism, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates accused Qatar of trying to undermine efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic. Saudi newspapers, clerics and even some celebrities attacked the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, accusing him of “stabbing his neighbours with Iran’s dagger”, as they put it.

Analysts pointed out that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are striving to crush any opposition that seeks to weaken the united front against Iranian influence in the Middle East. Both countries are also exerting pressure on Qatar to end its support for Islamic movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

Jun 04 09:02

Sanctions, leaving military base ‘possible options against Qatar’

Qatar was under increasing pressure in Washington this week as Congressman Ed Royce and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates raised possible sanctions and the moving of the US military base out of the country if Doha does not change its ways.

The news comes after a recent diplomatic spat between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, as well as signs of lukewarm relations between Doha and the Donald Trump administration.

Jun 04 09:01

Veteran diplomat Dennis Ross warns US may leave Qatar base

The Trump administration may be prepared to leave Al-Udeid air base in Qatar if Doha does not change certain policies, US diplomat Dennis Ross told Sky News Arabia on Wednesday.

“I wouldn’t be surprised at all if there’s some discussion internally in the Trump administration to make it clear to Qatar that if need be, we’re prepared even to move (from) the base,” said Ross, who served under former presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Al-Udeid serves as a logistics, command and basing hub for US operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Qatar spent more than $1 billion to construct the air base in the 1990s.

Jun 03 17:57

Zbigniew Brzezinski — Paul Craig Roberts

June 2, 2017 ~ ...Brzezinsky understood how easy it was for mistakes to launch a nuclear holocaust. He wanted to end the Cold War for the same reason that Ronald Reagan wanted to end the Cold War. To make Brzezinsky and Reagan the villians, as the left-wing does, when the real villians are the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes that have convinced Russia that Washington is preparing a nuclear first strike on Russia, is a form of ideological idiocy.

But idiocy in the West is what we live with. The question is: how much longer can we survive our idiocy?

Jun 03 11:15

Escalated US War on Syria Likely

In March 2011, Obama launched war on Syria, using ISIS, al-Nusra and other terrorists as imperial foot soldiers.

The aim then and now is destroying Syrian sovereignty, ousting Assad, replacing him with a pro-Western puppet, eliminating an Israeli rival, isolating Iran ahead of a similar scheme against its government, and claiming another US imperial trophy.

That’s what the war is all about, orchestrated by Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. There’s nothing civil about it – one of many Big Lies about what’s going on.

Russia’s good faith efforts to resolve things diplomatically are consistently undermined by Washington and its rogue allies – NATO, Turkey, the Saudis, Israel and others.

NATO’s announced escalated “fight against terrorism” beyond its current involvement in Syria and elsewhere, along with the enormous arms deal Trump arranged with Riyadh is bad news for hoped for Middle East peace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what the Vegas odds are concerning US/Russian military starting to trade fire in Syria, but were I a betting person, I would bet that those odds are pretty good for something like this happening, and soon, unfortunately.

I have a really hard time believing that the senior NATO Command really wants a war with Russia over Syria, but apparently, and most unfortunately, this is where things appear to be headed right now.

Jun 03 10:50

The Atrocious U.S.-Backed War on Yemen Continues

Horrific conditions in Yemen continue to grow worse:

Cholera deaths in war-torn Yemen have surged into the hundreds, more than a quarter of Yemenis face famine, and parents are selling girls into marriage to buy food, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-enabled, Saudi-led occupation of Yemen has produced human tragedy, death, and disease in monumental proportions.

Mr. President, I am singularly, morally uncomfortable with my country being complicit in war crimes, as it is in Yemen.

And sir, do you happen to remember how many names were on the ballot when Al-Hadi, the corrupt, former President was "elected" ?!?

Only one; that of Al-Hadi.

Jun 03 07:57

The Manchester Bombing as Blowback: The latest evidence

The evidence suggests that the barbaric Manchester bombing, which killed 22 innocent people on May 22nd, is a case of blowback on British citizens arising at least partly from the overt and covert actions of British governments. The British state therefore has a serious case to answer. We focus primarily here on UK policies towards Libya but also touch on some of those related to Iraq and Syria.

Jun 02 11:11

SALMAN ABEDI’S SUITCASE, AND THE FAR MORE INTERESTING (BUT HIDDEN) LIBYAN DIMENSION

There have been developments in the Salman Abedi story – and they are mostly preposterous. The serious news is all in Libya, and we’ll get to that after the farce.

Jun 02 10:23

Qatar 'Extends Olive Branch to Iran to Deal With Saudi Pressure'

Qatar appears to have decided to improve its relationship with Iran in a bid to gain leverage in its relations with Saudi Arabia, political analyst Ahmet Kasim Han told Sputnik Turkey, commenting on the recent spat between Riyadh and Doha.

Jun 02 08:37

Saudi lobbyist 'threatens' Qatari emir with same fate as Egypt's Morsi

The president of a US-based Saudi lobbyist group stated on Twitter that the emir of Qatar's alleged support of Iran and "insults" against Riyadh could see him suffer the same fate as Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Morsi.

Jun 02 08:37

Clash Between Qatar And The Saudis Could Threaten OPEC Deal

The cohesion of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which includes all Arab Gulf countries, seems to be cracking. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, openly stated that the GCC was facing a major crisis, as Qatar seems to be opening up to Iran.

Jun 01 12:39

UAE-Backed Forces Seize Aden Airport From Saudi-Backed Troops

Further complicating the Saudi War in Yemen, allies backed by two of the GCC nations involved in the invasion, Saudi Araba and the United Arab Emirates,, are now engaging in open fighting in the “interim” capital city of Aden, with UAE-backed forces seizing the Aden airport, killing one soldier.

Jun 01 10:09

NATO LAUNCHES ITS OWN OPERATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The recent NATO summit took a decision to formally become a member of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS), in addition to its training mission in Iraq.

Despite all the speeches ringing alarm bells about the deadly threat coming from the IS – the mortal enemy of the West that vowed to fight it till it exists – the bloc’s combat ready forces are deploying…against Russia in the Eastern Europe! As a result, the alliance has seen no need to counter the IS plans to create a caliphate. It stubbornly turns a blind eye on the peril coming from the South.

Migrant flows are flooding the territories of European alliance members, terrorist acts are committed to kill citizens of the NATO member states, US and Turkish military are fighting the extremists on the ground but the bloc largely limits itself to words of condemnation while demonizing Russia – the country which says it does not want to provoke confrontation and calls for a dialogue!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has become painfully clear, that the obvious intent of this military intervention, is regime change in Syria.

And the question must be asked; how long before NATO and US forces are in direct conflict with Russia over Syria?!?

And the way I see it, the short answer is, not long.

May 31 12:50

Saudi Arabia to Behead 23-year-Old Deaf, Blind Man Who Took Part In A Protest

Saudi Arabia is to behead a deaf and visually impaired man to death for taking part in a protest, it has emerged.

Disabled Munir Adam, 23, was arrested in the wake of political demonstrations in the Shia dominated east of the Kingdom in 2012.

A court in Saudi Arabia has upheld his death sentence and Adam has just one appeal left before the King signs an execution warrant.

Adam was arrested for violent acts at a protest and accused of 'sending texts', according to Reprieve.

May 31 08:05

Daesh and the West's Solid Stench of Death

Whenever the West's formidable military machine adds to its tragic litany of "collateral damage" – in Libya, Yemen, Somalia, the tribal areas in Pakistan – silence reigns. No Muslim full names on front pages.

Whenever NATO-GCC proxies add to their own tragic litany of premeditated massacres – across Syria, across Iraq – the perpetrators are excused because they're "our," "moderate" rebels and freedom fighters.

This inexorable, perverse, logic won't be altered. Now with a twist, because President Trump has explained to a startled world, via his Islamophobe speechwriter Stephen Miller, it's all Iran's fault.

Trump professed his faith while swearing over a glowing orb nestled in Riyadh, the alma mater of all forms of Wahhabi or Salafi-jihadi terror.

May 30 16:06

How the Gulf’s Petrodollars Fuel the Rise of Radical Islam?

The phenomena of Islamic radicalism all over the world is directly linked to the Islamic madrassahs (religious seminaries) that are generously funded by the Gulf’s petro-dollars. These madrassahs attract children from the most impoverished backgrounds in the Third World Islamic countries, because they offer the kind of incentives and facilities which even the government-funded public schools cannot provide: such as, free boarding and lodging, no tuition fee at all and free of cost books and stationery; some generously funded madrassahs even pay monthly stipends to their students.

May 30 14:41

How Israeli moves in Jerusalem are scotching Trump’s “ultimate deal”

Jonathan Cook argues that 1 June will be decision day for Donald Trump regarding his election campaign promise to move the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem and thereby kill any prospect of a two-state solution.>>

May 30 10:21

FBI KNEW SALMAN ABEDI WAS PLOTTING ATTACK & WARNED UK WHO TOOK NO ACTION TO STOP IT

The massive Western police state, that is seemingly expanding at an exponential rate, is there to protect us — or so we are told. However, all the spying, phone call intercepts, spied on emails, facial scanners, CCTV cameras, and loss of freedoms did not stop Salman Abedi from murdering innocent people by detonating a bomb inside the Manchester Arena. What’s more, as we are now finding out, British intelligence was warned ahead of time that Abedi was plotting a terror attack in the UK — and they did absolutely nothing to stop it.

Several months before this terrorist blew himself up at the Ariana Grande concert, FBI agents are said to have to have informed British officials that the 22-year-old was part of a North African Islamic State cell based in the north west of England that was plotting an attack in the UK, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that the deep British state wanted something like this to happen, in order to enforce Prime Minister May's draconian desire to control the net; ban cryptography; and support British sympathies for further British military interventions in Africa and the Middle East.

May 29 09:06

Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

In a string of royal decrees and an overarching new piece of legislation to deal with terrorism generally, the Saudi King Abdullah has clamped down on all forms of political dissent and protests that could "harm public order". The new laws have largely been brought in to combat the growing number of Saudis travelling to take part in the civil war in Syria, who have previously returned with newfound training and ideas about overthrowing the monarchy.

May 28 22:56

Trump: Dancing with Wolves on the Titanic

Robert Fisk put it best: “Trump Is About To Really Mess Up In The Middle East”. Following his fantastically stupid decision to attack the Syrian military with cruise missiles, Trump or, should I say, the people who make decisions for him, probably realized that it was “game over” for any US policy in the Middle-East so they did the only thing that they could do: they ran towards those few who were actually happy with this aggression against Syria: the Saudis and the Israelis. Needless to say, with these two “allies,” what currently passes for some type of “US foreign policy” in the Middle-East will only go from bad to worse.

May 28 08:14

Trump-Salman Alliance: All Eyes on Yemen

The recently rejuvenated military alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia could have enormous – and immediate – implications for the War on Yemen.

May 28 08:11

Well-Calculated Negligence? Why Pentagon Continues to 'Lose' Arms in War Zones

It still remains unclear whether it's the Pentagon's negligence or a well-calculated scheme that facilitates the "uncontrolled" spread of US weapons across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, RIA Novosti contributor Alexander Khrolenko writes.

May 27 09:01

JOHN PILGER: THE WHITE HELMETS ARE A “COMPLETE PROPAGANDA CONSTRUCT”

This was my email to John Pilger on the 27/9/2016. I have no idea if it had any influence upon the comments that Pilger made during his interview but the fact that such a respected and admired analyst has finally, publically exposed the White Helmets – as a primarily British-funded, propaganda, shadow state construct, engineered to facilitate intervention in Syria, should be a powerful ally for independent media in their efforts to reveal the pivotal aspects of the dirty war being waged against Syria.

“I am writing to you as a journalist who believes in all the values you have represented to them for the years they have followed you.

I have, for some time, been working to expose, alongside many others, the “Dirty War on Syria“. I have recently returned from a 4-week journey around Syria, visiting Aleppo and meeting with President Assad, as part of the US Peace Council Delegation. Three weeks of my trip were, however, as an independent journalist.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Nobel Peace Prize lost any and all legitimacy when it got awarded to the completely morally vile Henry Kissinger.

May 27 09:00

Portland suspect in 2 slayings on train is known for hate speech

This is a rather fishy incident.

Jeremy Joseph Christian, the man accused of aggravated murder in the brutal knife slayings of two good Samaritans on the MAX, "holds some racist and other extremist beliefs," the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Saturday.

His criminal record includes felony robbery, kidnapping and weapon convictions, records show.

Christian was a participant in the April 29 "March for Free Speech" on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla. He posted an OregonLive video of the event to his Facebook page, referencing himself as "the Lizard King" as he walked among fellow protesters holding American flags and "Trump Make America Great Again" flags.

May 26 16:18

It Is All Unraveling And This Is Why Everyone Should Be Nervous

Another insurer is leaving Obamacare. Comey is blaming the Clinton investigation on a Russian document . Trumps slams intel leaks and Jeff Sessions is going to begin an investigation.

May 26 13:42

Bahrainis hold more anti-regime rallies nationwide

People in Bahrain hold more rallies nationwide in protest at the Manama regime’s recent bloodshed in the besieged village of Diraz, which is home to the spiritual leader of the country’s Shia majority, Sheikh Isa Qassim.

On May 23, Bahraini forces raided Diraz, which has been under a military siege for almost a year, and stormed into the home of Sheikh Qassim.

During the raid, regime forces killed at least five demonstrators, wounded dozens and arrested over 280 people during the crackdown on Diraz, which took place shortly after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question of why President Trump is so excellent at making such horrifically bad choices in foreign policy in the Middle East just gives me nightmares.

He's cosied up to one of the worst suppressors of human rights in the region,AKA Saudi Arabia; selling them bombs with which to continue their genocide in Yemen, and ultimately start a war against Iran, which has done absolutely nothing wrong, except develop a truly moderate, Constitutional Muslim democracy, and be the alleged "existential threat" claimed by both Israel and Saudi Arabia.

And the Al Khalifa monarchy in Bahrain?!? Please, don't get me started!!

The Sunni monarchy has been mercilessly persecuting peaceful Shiia protestors who are advocating for a Constitutional Monarchy; they have been jailed, tortured into confessions for crimes they have not committed; convicted by kangaroo courts and given long prison sentences.

Even the first responders who treated these protestors from their injuries and wounds by the Bahraini police have been jailed, tortured, convicted of crimes they did not commit, and committing them to long prison sentences as well.

I have warned the Bahraini government over the years on this blog, that if there was no attempt to achieve a political compromise with their Shiite citizens, there would be a tipping point, and we may well be looking at that tipping point right now.

And it may come at such a price that there will be a violent revolution against the monarchy, and whoever will be in control will be virulently anti-American, because of this country's wholehearted support of this wretched, tone-deaf monarchy, and its government.

At that point, the US 5th Fleet, which is hosted by Bahrain, may well have to find a new home.

May 26 12:19

Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal with the Saudi Arabian government this week that will be worth up to $350 billion over the next ten years. News of the deal came as Trump visited Riyadh and paid fealty to one of the United States’ most enduring allies in the Middle East.

The vast majority of the reports on the topic, however, omitted a rather key piece of context—namely, whom the weapons will be used to kill.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These weapons will be used to complete the Saudi genocide in Yemen, and ultimately, the US and Israel are planning to use Saudi Arabia as a proxy force for a war against the Iranians.

Of course, the gorilla, napping, splayed out all over the Bosendorfer Grand Piano, is Russia; Russian civilian and military leadership has consistently promised Iran that it will come to its aid if it is attacked militarily.

A war against Russia over Iran?!?!?

Folks, this potential scenario is just about as serious as is a heart attack, and my assessment is that it is coming, sooner, rather than later.

That President Trump has thrown the US's lot in with a country with so vile a human rights record, that it makes Attila the Hun look downright compassionate in comparison, just boggles the mind.

But of course, both Israel and the Saudi government want regime change in Tehran, so, that is precisely what President Trump is going to attempt to get them, even though a war against Iran will most likely mean war with Russia.

And such a war is a war that the US military might not be able to win, because at this time in its history, the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

May 26 10:06

US Senators Say $110Bln Arms Sale to Riyadh Will Drag Washington Into Yemen War

Three US lawmakers want to block a proposed $110 billion sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, as those weapons could be used in the Yemeni war, making Washington a party to the bloody conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Like they aren't, already?

May 26 09:41

SYRIA - TRUTH SLIPS THROUGH IN THE NEW YORK TIMES - NATO PREPS TO FIGHT IRAN AND RUSSIA

The Islamic proxy forces of the "west", al-Qaeda under its various disguises, Ahar al-Sham and even ISIS are mostly done. The latest especially is no longer a capable military force but is reverting to guerilla levels of operation. Its final defeat will take a long time but it must and will be achieved by local forces.

Despite that the U.S. pressed on NATO members to let the NATO organization join its "fight against ISIS". The single NATO members were already part of the U.S. coalition. But NATO as an organization brings large scale command and control capabilities as well as additional resources. (All under U.S. control.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A larger, regional, if not world war, is coming; we have been in the opening phases of that war for some time now, even though few will acknowledge it.

I am reminded of the second Sherlock Holmes movie, "A Game of Shadows", where the evil Moriarty makes the observation that war is coming, and he has the "lock" on both the bullets and the bandages: so it is with the West's military/industrial complex, which has metaphorically punctured President Trump's throat; swallowed whatever morality President Donald Trump ever had before he took his Oath of Office, and replaced it with the pure, immoral venom of war.

That President Trump has thrown America's lot in with Saudi Arabia, coupled with the huge arms deal he just signed off on, is appalling to me, on every possible level.

This, for a country where its human rights record makes Attila the Hun look downright compassionate in comparison?!?

There is utterly no doubt in my mind that some of those arms will be used to finish the Saudi's on-going genocide in Yemen, then be used against Iran, which is both Saudi Arabia's and Israel's "alleged existential threat" in the region.

And why?!? Because, since the revolution in 79, it has become a moderate, flourishing constitutional Islamic republic, where the rights of religious minorities are protected, and its people are succeeding.

Oh, and don't forget; Israel's government got a little "antsy" over the Saudi deal, so President Trump has just OK'd another $75 million dollars more for "Israeli defense", over and above the $38 billion dollar, 10 year deal deal, signed in December of last year.

PM says US agreed to boost Israel military aid amid concern over Saudi deal

So I give you President Donald "Moriarty" Trump, who firmly believes war is good for business, because our weapons are the only things people from other countries want to buy; and so, war is what he shall have.

Never mind that the US and its allies may well not win this war, particularly against Russia, because this country doesn't have the weaponry; the money, the troop strength; or the manufacturing to insure a victory in a conventional war against Russia.

May 26 09:25

Saudis show angry response to pro-Iran remarks by Qatari emir

The Qatari state TV's nighttime newscast on Tuesday showed clips of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the ceremony with the anchor not mentioning the comments, though a scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen had the remarks. They included calling Hamas 'the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,' as well as saying Qatar had 'strong relations' with Iran and the United States, dispatches reported.

'Iran represents a regional and Islamic power that cannot be ignored and it is unwise to face up against it,' the ticker read at one point. 'It is a big power in the stabilization of the region.'

Saudis security officials filtered several Qatari news outlets, including al-Jazeera website, and the Saudi media wrote several articles against Qatar and its rulers.

May 26 08:23

Tony Blair was 'go-between' for Chinese tycoon sought by Interpol as bribe suspect

Tony Blair acted as go-between between a controversial Chinese businessmen now being sought by Interpol and the Abu Dhabi royal family, helping the entrepreneur raise billions of dollars, a report in China has alleged.

May 25 10:59

'Confusing U-Turn': Trump Breaks Vow to Avoid Middle East Entanglements

US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia that ended up in signing of a colossal arms deal with Riyadh has shown that the American leader is making a "spectacular and confusing U-turn" in the Middle East policy, violating his campaign vows to avoid the entanglements in the region, according to political observers.

May 25 10:48

WHO reports 50% rise in Yemen cholera cases

On Tuesday, WHO announced that 35,217 cases have been recorded since April 27 when the outbreak started. The number shows a 50-percent leap in cases compared to figures given by the organization last week.

On Friday, Nevio Zagaria, the WHO country representative for Yemen, reported that 242 people have been killed due to the outbreak, with about 23,500 other confirmed cases of the disease reported across the country in the past three weeks alone.

May 25 09:46

HOW THE BRITISH DEEP STATE TURNED MANCHESTER INTO AL-QAEDA TOWN UK

Anti-Gaddafi Libyans living in Manchester had been trained, armed and aided by Britain to wage jihad against the leadership of Muammar Gaddafi.

More and more information is emerging on how the savage terrorist atrocity recently committed in Manchester was a classic case of terrorist blow-back, a phenomenon describing how when western governments fund, arm and aid terrorists, they often come back to commit horrific crimes against the citizens of the countries which funded and aided them.
It has been confirmed that the father of the Manchester ISIS bomber was a member of the al-Qaeda affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was initially comprised of battle hardened fighters who traveled to Afghanistan in the 1980s to fight the Soviet Union and the secular government in Kabul.

May 25 08:48

CIVILIANS KILLED BY US LARGELY IGNORED AS ENDLESS GLOBAL WAR CONTINUES FROM

Contradicting a version of events presented by the U.S. military and reported widely by the corporate press, a human rights group and a journalist in Yemen are citing witnesses who said a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs on Monday night killed multiple innocent civilians and not just "Al Qaeda militants" as the Pentagon claimed.

"This new flawed raid by President Trump shows the US is not capable of distinguishing a terrorist from an innocent civilian."
—Kate Higham, Reprieve. Reprieve, a UK-based human rights group, cited witnesses from the village of Al-Jubah in Marib province, where the raid took place, and offered the names of five civilians killed as Nasser Ali Mahdi Al-Adhal; Al-Ghader Saleh Salem Al-Adhal; Saleh Al-Taffaf; Yasser Al-Taffaf Al-Adhel; and Shebreen Saeed Salem Al-Adhal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The medically fragile elderly, and infants, are ALWAYS Al Qaeda militants!" - Official US government souse.

But seriously, assassinating medically fragile elderly people, who are someone's grandpa, uncle, or dad, can be a wonderful recruiting tool to get more young men radicalised to the point of wanting to become jihadists in their own right.

It is a tool for creating perpetual war, and our military understand that; and yet, they keep doing it. And the most horrific thing about the US-enabled Saudi war against Yemen is, that the only possible answers have to be political rather than more warfare.

May 25 07:22

SORDID SAUDI SIGNALS

The USMilitary-industrial complex has come to the rescue of USEconomy with the massive arms sale to the world's biggest purchaser of weapons, namely Saudi Arabia. Beyond the glitz and royal pageantry, President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia in all likelihood had a main purpose to sell weapons, and to complete a gigantic $350 billion over the next decade. It will have weapon orders filled over time.

May 25 05:46

The Moral Myopia of Trump’s Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia outlaws Christianity as a public practice. There are no Christian churches in Saudi Arabia, and it is against the law to build them. The Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice actually prohibits the practice of any religion other than Islam. Freedom House, a US government- funded NGO, has designated Saudi Arabia as the "worst of the worst." And lest anyone forget, 15 of the 19 hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing over 3,000 people, were Wahhabi Sunnis from Saudi Arabia. I wonder if Secretary of State Tillerson understands that the Saudi Kingdom openly violates religious freedom, freedom of the press, and basic inalienable human rights, especially for women.

May 24 15:24

Salman Abedi Was Direct Result Of US-UK Overthrow Of Gaddafi

Here’s what the media and politicians don’t want you to know about the Manchester, UK, suicide attack: Salman Abedi, the 22 year old who killed nearly two dozen concert-goers in Manchester, UK, was the product of the US and UK overthrow of Gaddafi in Libya and “regime change” policy in Syria. He was a radicalized Libyan whose family fled Gaddafi’s secular Libya, and later he trained to be an armed “rebel” in Syria, fighting for the US and UK “regime change” policy toward the secular Assad government.

May 24 10:43

Donald of Arabia: A Disgusting Spectacle

by Justin Raimondo, May 22, 2017

Has there been a more disgusting spectacle during the four months of this presidency than the sight of Donald Trump slobbering all over the barbarous Saudi monarch and his murderous family of petty princelings? It’s enough to make any normal American retch, especially when one remembers what Trump said about them during the election:

“Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays. Hillary must return all money from such countries!”

And then there was this tweet:

“Tell Saudi Arabia and others that we want (demand!) free oil for the next ten years or we will not protect their private Boeing 747s. Pay up!”

Now Trump’s son in law, Jared Kushner, is calling up Lockheed-Martin to get a discount for the Saudis, personally brokering the biggest arms deal in US history. What a difference a presidency makes!

May 24 10:35

Trump’s Astonishing Lies & Duplicity In Saudi Arabia His ‘Muslim World Address’ Is Overflowing With BS

In Saudi Arabia Sunday night, Trump addressed the Muslim world – after sealing a $110 billion arms deal, signing a memorandum of intent to supply Riyadh with weapons worth around $350 billion over the next decade.

He exuded deplorable gratitude to his despotic host, falsely claiming he chose “the heart of the Muslim world” for his first foreign trip “to deliver a message of friendship and hope.”

Hardly by agreeing to supply Riyadh with hundreds of billions of dollars of powerful weapons for regional wars and domestic repression.

Claiming is “vision is one of peace, security and prosperity” in the Middle East and worldwide belies America’s destructive agenda, endless imperial wars, escalating on his watch.

Trump: “Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future…”

Fact: Reality is polar opposite – in America, EU countries, and most others.

May 24 10:34

Saudi Arabia, not Iran, is the ‘fountainhead’ of terrorism: Fisk

Saudi Arabia, not the Islamic Republic of Iran, is the “fountainhead” of terrorism in the Middle East, according to Robert Fisk, a celebrated English writer and journalist.?

Fisk made the remarks in an article, titled “Donald Trump’s speech to the Muslim world was filled with hypocrisy and condescension,” published by The Independent on Monday, a day after the US president spoke to a gathering of Muslim and Arab leaders in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

In his speech, Trump said the United States seeks “a coalition of nations” to stamp out extremism in the Middle East and urged Muslim countries to ensure “terrorists find no sanctuary on their soil.”

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