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Apr 06 11:36

'They're going to kill me next': Yemen family fears drone strikes under Trump

Before Trump took office, the US drones that killed several members of the Tuaiman family used to come about once a week. Now they come every day

Apr 06 10:38

5 POSSIBLE EXPLANATIONS FOR TRUMP’S REMARKS ON SYRIA

Speaking next to Jordan’s King Abdullah, Donald Trump said that the chemical weapons attack changed his position on Syria. He seemed to believe the fake news story that it was the Syrian government that dropped chemical weapons, rather than the forensically realistic explanation provided by Russia which explained that an illegal chemical weapons depot, where terrorists hoarded their explosives, was hit during an airstrike.

When asked about his sudden about face, Trump relied,

“I do change, and I am flexible. I am proud of that flexibility”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ivanka Trump, a word, please, and I am begging you on this: do not allow your dad, our President to "swallow the Koolaid" on this issue.

In a Russian brokered deal in 2013, all of Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed.

Syria's chemical weapons were destroyed

And the big, logical question is, qui bono?!? Who benefits?!?

And it surely as heck is not Bashar Al Assad, when Rex Tillerson said a couple of days ago, that Assad could remain, and our major headache in Syria was ISIS.

So who benefits?!?

1. The jihadists who were armed by the previous administration, who did this as a "false flag" to get your Dad angry enough against the Al-Assad government to start talking regime change.

2. The war hawks in this administration who want to see the US military do a decap strike against Damascus, which will almost inevitably lead to war with Russia.

And Ms. Trump, this would be a very lousy idea, and for the following reasons; in its current state, the US military does not have the troop strength; the weaponry; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia over Syria.

The weapons manufacturing culture in this country has to change; it should not longer be acceptable to deliver weapons so behind the curve that by the time they are field deployed, they are obsolete, and have incredible cost over-runs attached.

Russia and China are getting far better value for their weaponry dollars than does the US military, and I have one big, fat example to share with you on this; the F-35.

The Pentagon's New List of F-35 Bugs Is Predictably Awful

Our American military should no longer have to put up with flying turkeys like this, and if corporate heads need to roll to cure this, so be it!!

Apr 06 10:02

PAKISTAN’S MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND THE GULF STATES

Recently, Pakistan’s former army chief, General Raheel Sharif, has been appointed to lead a 40 member military alliance of Muslim nations dubbed as “the Muslim NATO.” Although the ostensible purpose of the alliance is to combat terrorism but in fact, the alliance of Sunni Muslim nations has been cobbled together by Saudi Arabia as a counterweight to Iran’s meddling in the Arab World.

Moreover, it should be kept in mind that Pakistan’s military and Saudi Arabia have very deep and institutionalized ties: thousands of Pakistani retired and serving army officers work on deputations in the Gulf Arab States. Furthermore, during the ‘80s, when Saudi Arabia lacked an efficient intelligence set-up, Pakistan’s Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) virtually played the role of Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government was instrumental in creating a "deal" to keep Iran from developing their nuclear weapons capabilities; why not a similar deal with Pakistan?!?

This is particularly alarming, in light of the reality that Saudi Arabia has been discovered to have been using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen; if this in fact is true, what is stopping them from using micro-nukes in Yemen?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing!!

Video showing Saudi coalition using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Apr 05 13:52

US-Led Forces Killed More Syrian Civilians Than ISIS Or Russia Last Month

The US-led coalition killed more Syrian civilians than ISIS or Russian forces in March, according to figures by a human rights organisation.

Apr 05 12:32

Deep State In Panic Mode, Creating Events To Distract From Their Activities

Trump and Ryan try to push health care again. Evidence is pouring out that Susan Rice was one of the people behind the unmasking, she has now been called to testify.

Apr 05 10:31

Bahraini Media: Al Khalifah Regime Trying to Buy US Silence by Paying $8 Billion Deals in Just 2 Weeks

In just two weeks, over $8 billion military and industrial deals have been announced, amid a financial crisis that the country has been suffering due to its security and political situations and falling oil prices.

A US congressional source revealed last Wednesday that Donald Trump's administration informed the Congress of its plan to pursue the $5 billion sale to Bahrain of 19 Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft and related equipment.

This deal was pulled back last year because of concerns that Bahrain had not made promised improvements to its human rights record. However, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker sees that "there are more effective ways to seek changes in partner policies than publicly conditioning weapons transfers in this manner."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The late President John Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

Bahrain, lead by the tone-deaf, and cruelly autocratic Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy, is unable to understand that suppression only works to a point.

And yes, I understand that Bahrain is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet, but just as a matter of moral principal, it should be moved, to show the US government's displeasure with the consistent human rights abuses of its government and monarchy.

So far, the protests here have been relatively peaceful; but there will be a time when even calling in Saudi troops, as the Bahraini government did several years ago, to put down demonstrations, will have no effect, and we will find the people of Bahrain as adamantly anti-American as were the Iranian people after the over throw of the American Puppet, the Shah, in 79.

With their enabling of the Bahraini government, the US government and military are taking a calculated risk, which I am concerned, may ultimately blow up in their collective faces like a bad trick cigar.

Apr 05 09:36

US Launched More Airstrikes in Yemen Last Month Than in All of 2016

The US never really stopped launching airstrikes in Yemen, but during the early part of the Saudi invasion, they certain reduced the number of direct US strikes. They seem to be picking up the pace substantially, with the Pentagon saying more than 70 strikes were launched just in March.

The Pentagon described this as nearly double the number of US strikes in Yemen in all of the previous year, saying they will “continue to target al-Qaeda in Yemen,” claiming the group poses a “significant threat to the United States” and needed to be disrupted.

Details on what the US actually targeted in most of those strikes was unclear, with a handful of individual strikes reportedly aimed at targets in the mountains. Two children were reported killed in one of the strikes, and several other civilians were wounded in other strikes

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In enabling Saudi Arabia to commit war crimes in its genocide against the Yemeni people, the US government is complicit in those war crimes.

I am talking about the killing and maiming of Yemeni children.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi air strikes

I am talking about the slow, horrendous deaths from child malnutrition, because Yemeni ports have been closed to any humanitarian aid shipments, which are desperately needed.

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

And I am talking about the massive, skyrocketing rate of birth defects, still births, and cancers, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium weapons.

Images: Yemeni children with severe birth defects, due to exposure to depleted uranium weapons.

And what amazes me is, the Trump administration; the House of Saud; and the Saudi government are all morally comfortable with all of this, including the poisoning of children in the womb through exposure to DU.

What monsters have these people become?!?

And what strikes me as painfully obvious is, every scholarly article on Yemen I have ever read on Yemen's current state, indicates that the solution has to be political, rather than military.

And things are about to go from worse... to thoroughly awful in Yemen.

Saudi-Backed Forces to Attack Key Yemen Aid Port

This is the only place through which a very meagre amount of aid can get into the country.

This US-enabled, Saudi "scorched earth" policy in Yemen reminds me of the remarks of the Papal Legate, at the siege of Montsegur, France, to exterminate the Cathars. Upon being informed that women and children were with the besieged men, he made the comment: "Kill them all; God will find his own."

Apr 05 07:37

Lebanese PM : Israel Wants New War With Lebanon

The Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri has warned that recent actions are an indication that Israel wants a new conflict with Lebanon.

Apr 04 18:48

Flashback: The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On

The first country to allegedly use chemical weapons in the Middle East was Great Britain in 1920, as part of its efforts to put down a rebellion by Iraqi tribesmen when British forces seized the country following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. According to Winston Churchill, who then held the position of Britain’s Secretary of State for War and Air, “I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisonous gas against uncivilised tribes.”

It was the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, that used chemical weapons on a scale far greater than any country had dared since the weapons were banned nearly 90 years ago. The Iraqis inflicted close to 100,000 casualties among Iranian soldiers using banned chemical agents, resulting in 20,000 deaths and tens of thousands of long-term injuries.

Apr 04 14:13

Migrants Crossing the Mediterranean is a Myth, and How NGOs are Working Hand in Hand with Human Traffickers

Between the Libyan and Sicilian coasts, there is a distance of 300 miles and the common story is that poor, belabored migrants make this dangerous crossing in an effort to reach either safety or a better life but tragically fail.

Apr 04 09:34

US to balkanize Syria under Kurdish pretext

As early as 2013, Western powers have been rooting for the balkanization of Syria as the best possible outcome of the war tearing apart the country since 2011.
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Islamic State, Syria unrest
Since the war against Syria is significant in this period of imperialism, watching how it was led by the US, imperialist proxies and their so-called allies, one can fully understand that the war against the Syrian Arab Republic has been decades in the making.

Throughout history, the imperialist powers have been facilitating and empowering the most intolerant, bigoted ideologies and groups in the region starting from the Balfour Declaration, passing through the infamous Sykes-Picot agreement and ending in the invasions of Iraq and Libya before making their way into Syria. The latest group to gain the full support of the US on the ground in Syria is the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces (People's Protection Units).

Apr 04 09:33

Bahraini king grants military courts right to try civilians

Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah has granted the country’s military tribunals the right to try civilians, initiating yet another wave of crackdown against the opposition in the island country.

Apr 04 07:11

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S REVERSAL OF OBAMA ERA POLICY IN SYRIA

The editor-in-chief of Lebanon’s prestigious al-Akhbar newspaper, Ibrahim al-Amin, has revealed in his recent editorial [1] that Tulsi Gabbard, the United States Representative for Hawaii whose trip to Syria in January and meeting with Bashar al-Assad was widely reported in media, had conveyed President Trump’s offer of cooperation to Assad during the meeting.

The English translation of a relevant excerpt from the Arabic editorial reads as follows:

Tulsi Gabbard asked Assad: “If President Trump contacted you, would you answer the call?” Assad replied: “Is this a hypothetical question, or a proposal?” Gabbard: “It’s not hypothetical. This is a question to you coming from President Trump which he asked me to convey to you. So let me repeat the question: If President Trump contacted you, would you answer the call?” Assad replied: “Of course. And I’ll give you a number where I can be reached quickly.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this report is true, it does signal a shift in policy on Syria, and the recent statement by Rex Tillerson that "Bashar Al-Assad can stay" as Syria's president, appears to be supportive to this narrative.

Apr 04 04:55

ERDOGAN PROMISES MORE WAR IN SYRIA

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rhetoric is at times, oddly honest, sometimes blatantly so. At other times, when he attempts to be more analytical, it is as deceptive as his political and geo-political manoeuvring. Last year, Erdogan gave an speech in which he declared his unambiguous intentions to capture former territories of the Ottoman Empire, specifically parts of the legal territory of Syria and Iraq. Now, he has said that his illegal invasion and occupation of Syria is not over; it are merely changing names.

Apr 03 15:48

Trump Dumps US 16-Year Plan to Topple Mideast States

US President Donald Trump’s decision not focus on toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad marks the end of a 16-year-long master plan to effect regime change across the Middle East, former US Army Major Todd Pierce told Sputnik.

Apr 03 12:12

News Alert: Simultaneous Terror Attacks in St Petersburg and against Russian Embassy in Damascus?

15:47 (local time)

The National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) reported on the deaths and injuries of the explosion in the metro of St. Petersburg. “Today around 14:40 Moscow time, an explosion of an unknown explosive device occurred in a train carriage on the runway between the metro stations Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad in St. Petersburg, resulting in deaths and injuries,” the NAC said.

It is worth noting that this attack occurred less than an hour after an attempted terrorist attack against the Russian Embassy in Damascus at 14.00 (contradictory report yet to be confirmed) (Damascus and Moscow are on the same time zone).

According to Fort Russ:

Apr 03 11:13

The Saudi-Led Coalition’s Slaughter of Somali Refugees

Reuters has produced a follow-up report on the slaughter of dozens of Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen:

“According to survivors’ accounts, the vessel carrying the refugees across the Red Sea was hit by shelling from a coalition warship, without any warning, followed by shooting from an Apache helicopter overhead,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said last week.

The coalition, which receives U.S. arms and logistical support, has denied responsibility.

The survivors’ accounts confirm that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for the attack, but then there was no one else that could have carried out the attack. Only one side of the war controls the skies in and around Yemen, and that is the coalition. The Somali government has publicly accused coalition forces of carrying out the attack, and since Somalia is a member of the coalition they are in a better position than most to have reason to believe this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, war crimes are what we DO!!" - Official Saudi spokes-slug.

Apr 03 10:15

UK SENDS TROOPS TO TRAIN JORDANIAN MILITARY AS THERESA MAY BEGINS MIDDLE EAST CHARM OFFENSIVE

British troops will be deployed to Jordan to train local forces in bombing tactics. The announcement comes as UK Prime Minister Theresa May begins a diplomatic tour of the Middle East to shore up alliances ahead of Brexit.
May’s three day tour of the region will be used to discuss ongoing security relationships with the King of Jordan and the House of Saud, as well as bolstering trade ties.

“We must never forget that intelligence we have received in the past from [Saudi Arabia] has saved potentially hundreds of lives in the UK,” May said, ahead of her visit.

She added that it is “clearly in the UK’s security and prosperity interests” to support Saudi and Jordan in order to “keep British people safe.”

“To tackle the threats we face from terrorism and from geopolitical instability, we must meet them at their source,” she said.

It is thought that the military trainers will help Jordan with targeting airstrikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister May, a word please.

Your very comfortable relationship with the sclerotic, and genocidal, House of Saud, raises some very pertinent questions.

As you are specifically aware, the Saudi military have been committing war crimes in Yemen.

They have been killing, and maiming, Yemeni children in their bombing attacks.

Images: children killed outright and maimed for life by Saudi bombing runs

The Saudis have been causing children's death through malnutrition by blocking the ports, meaning food is not available to the Yemeni people:

Yemeni children starving due to Saudi port blockades

And, as we have recently learned at WRH, the Saudi military is using depleted uranium weapons, sold to them either by the US or the UK, in Yemen.

Video showing Saudi military use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

This use of depleted uranium weapons is having precisely the safe effect on Yemeni children as it did on the children of Fallujah in Iraq, and the US soldiers handling those weapons; Yemeni doctors are reporting a massive upsurge in cancers; leukemia; birth defects; and still births.

Images: severe deformities in Yemeni children caused by the use or DU weapons

That you, your government, and the US government are morally comfortable with all of the above, is a damning commentary on these governments.

I frankly cannot imagine a more horrific, barbaric, and cruel form of child abuse than poisoning children in the womb with DU.

Apr 03 09:33

DUBAI POLICE ARREST HACKERS WHO BROKE INTO "HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL" WHITE HOUSE EMAILS

In a development that could have substantial implications to the ongoing "Russia hacked the US elections" narrative, United Arab Emirates media reports that Dubai police have arrested a group of foreign hackers that targeted five White House officials in an email blackmail scheme.

The Arabic-language Al Bayan newspaper and the television channel Dubai One reported the arrests on Monday according to AP. Dubai police did not answer repeated calls for comment.

The Al Bayan quoted Maj. Saud al-Khalidi of Dubai police as saying an "African gang", broke into the emails of the five senior officials and "got highly confidential information." He said the U.S. asked Dubai police for assistance. Al-Khalidi said that investigators tracked down the gang to an apartment in the emirate of Ajman and arrested three suspects. Those arrested are between 24 and 26 years of age and had a list of "5 million bank accounts," as well as hacking software and millions of dollars in assets, he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the world could the emails of these US officials be so compromised that these hackers could get into them?!?!?!?

And what in the world would have have these specific White House officials so blackmailable?!?

Apr 02 10:03

US-Led Coalition to Create Zones of Stability in Syria

A meeting of the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition of 68 countries – the first meeting of the coalition since Donald Trump was elected US President – was held in Washington last week. It was announced that the US policy’s goal is creating «interim zones of stability» – the term used by State Secretary Rex Tillerson. It stops short of «safe zones», which the American military leaders are reluctant to use, despite of the fact that it is used by members of administration. It does not change the gist of the matter, meaning by and large the very same thing.

Apr 02 08:55

Media’s Orwellian Newspeak to Justify Violence

During the Libyan intervention and the Syrian civil war, the Western mainstream media has invented a whole new lingo to serve the agenda of political establishments. Although a voluminous encyclopedia can be written on how the corporate media employs subtle deceptions and diversionary tactics to mislead public opinion but in this short essay, I will only expose the hidden meanings of three phrases that have been used ad nauseam by the news media in the last few years: that are, humanitarian intervention, moderate rebels and terrorism.

Mar 31 14:49

“Official” UK anti-Semitism definition gets two-finger salute from legal experts

Stuart Littlewood explains why legal experts have dismissed the “official” UK definition of anti-Semitism, and hopes this will encourage academic and party leaders to resist Israel lobby bullying.

Mar 31 13:18

TRUMP Is Killing Record Number Of Civilians In Middle East

(*NOTE: I did not take liberties with this particular header . This sentiment can't stay hidden , be attributed to fake news , or blamed on anyone lower then The POTUS , in the White House . This sentiment can't be hidden , because it really is happening . IF FAKE NEWS REPORTED THIS INSTEAD , It'd be rifled off as Fake NEWS. Fake News is a beautiful thing , because Democrats Would Have Validity , if they knew to mistrust the present administration , for this reason .
But relax , Fake NEWS has their people believing that even hard nosed neo con Dick Cheney says Trump is a Russian Stooge , and keeps their viewers chasing their tales , which , I guess is a good thing for those who support Trump , and would write this article off as a snowflake/buttercup fluff piece )

Mar 31 12:17

U.S. To Escalate Its Two Years War On Starving Yemen

The war on Yemen was launched to show the manliness of the Saudi princes. Well, that may not be the proclaimed reason but it is the only one that makes sense. The U.S. takes part in the war because … well – no one knows:

The morning after that NSC news release was posted on the White House webpage two years ago, Gen. Lloyd J. Austin, commander of the U.S. Central Command, was asked about the objectives of the U.S. support. His stunning reply remains the most accurate characterization from a U.S. official: “I don’t currently know the specific goals and objectives of the Saudi campaign, and I would have to know that to be able to assess the likelihood of success.” Other than dropping weapons with an unconscionable lack of discrimination and proportionality, it appears there are no clear goals and objectives to this day.

The U.S. provides planning, intelligence, air-refueling and the ammunition for the Saudi bombing. Without U.S. support this war would not happen at all!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am profoundly morally uncomfortable that my country, the United States of America, has chosen to be actively complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen.

The Saudi military routinely assassinates and maims Yemeni children with their bombing runs:

Images: Yemeni children maimed for life and killed because of Saudi bombing runs

The Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports has left Yemeni children starving to death of malnutrition:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, due to Saudi port blockade

And due to the massive growth of stillbirths, infant deformities, and cancers in Yemen, it is a pretty safe conclusion to draw that the Saudis are using depleted uranium weapons here:

Saudi Coalition shown to be using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Of course, the effects of depleted uranium, particularly on unborn children in the womb, are well-documented, as the US military saw in Fallujah, Iraq;
now, moms and dads of newborns in Yemen are recoiling at this same, monstrous horror being done to their children, courtesy of the Saudi military.

Images: Yemeni children deformed in the womb through exposure to Saudi depleted uranium weapons

And yet, apparently, the Royal House of Saud; the Saudi government; and the US government are perfectly comfortable with poisoning Yemeni children in the womb, and destroying not only their lives, but their families' lives as well.

I am profoundly reminded, in this obscenely callous disregard for human life as reflected in these Saudi military tactics, of the comment made by the Papal Legate at the siege of Montsegur against the Cathars, when he was informed that not only men were in the besieged castle, but women and children were also with them. He said, "Kill them all; God will find his own."

I just have to wonder when the massive air strikes, coupled with US boots on the ground, will accomplish this Saudi genocide in Yemen. And my sense of it is, relatively soon.

Mar 31 11:19

STEINITZ TO JPOST: IRAN’S TRACTION IN SYRIA A GREATER THREAT TO ISRAEL THAN ISIS

As world powers focus on toppling ISIS, Iran is quietly gaining traction in Syria – posing a direct threat to Israel, eastern Mediterranean countries and the entire Arabian Peninsula, according to National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz.

“It’s very easy and convenient to focus on ISIS,” he told The Jerusalem Post. “But we have two challenges in Syria.

One is ISIS and one is Iran.

The greater threat is coming from Iran, and not just from its nuclear program. The most immediate and urgent threat is the Iranian plan to transform Syria, after this horrible, brutal civil war is over, into some kind of extension of Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is both interesting that Yuval makes this fact-free charge, and that the alleged JP journalist recording the interview does not challenge him on this.

While it is true that Russia has used an Iranian base from which to stage bombing raids in Syria last year,

Russia Sends Bombers to Syria Using Base in Iran

However, Iran has no permanent bases in Syria, and in fact, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has been foaming at the mouth recently about an alleged Iranian Naval base in Syria...which does not exist.

Bibi Netanyahu furious over non-existent threat of ‘Iranian naval base’ in Syria

And BTW, if you have not seen this video, please do so. It was done by a very charming, bright Israeli videographer, who decided to travel to Iran, and determine how the Jewish people in Iran are doing; the short answer is, they're thriving.

Video: Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

Mar 31 10:58

U.S. LIFTS HUMAN RIGHTS RESTRICTIONS ON ARMS SALES TO BAHRAIN

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday lifted the government’s human rights restrictions on arms sales to Bahrain, in a move that Amnesty International called “galling” and “a dangerous signal.”

The State Department notified Congress of its intent to proceed with the sale of F-16 fighter jets and other weapons to the Gulf kingdom without the human rights conditions, according to Senate Foreign Relations Committee spokeswoman Micah Johnson. Congress now has two review periods to examine the trade and raise any objections.

Rights groups noted that Bahrain has a history of oppression against dissidents and participation in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition that has bombed thousands of civilians in Yemen—one of the six countries included in President Donald Trump’s now-suspended travel ban. (Notably, the Trump administration is also moving to escalate its role in that conflict.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump's administration is rapidly disappointing me, and President Trump is well on his way to becoming the "AFAB President"; (anything for a buck from his defense corporation buddies).

That the flagrant human rights violations going on in Bahrain did not stop the US government from delivering weapons to its government is absoflippinglutely unbelievable.

So far, protests have been peaceful here, and I know that Bahrain is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

But the message the Trump administration is sending here, is "We don't give a damn about human rights, as long as you'll buy our weaponry."

It is a message calculated to give any despot on this planet, massively suppressing their own people, a moment of pure and outright joy.

Mar 31 08:09

Bitcoin Payment System Can Help Revitalize Iran’s Economy: US Analyst

An American political analyst said the Bitcoin payment network can help the Islamic Republic of Iran develop both its domestic and foreign economy, adding that the system could “create many jobs” across the country...

Mar 30 11:16

CENTCOM Chief Insists ‘Vital’ US Interests at Stake in Yemen War

Defense Secretary James Mattis has been reported recently to be pushing for deeper direct US military involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, and it seems he’s getting backing from top Pentagon brass as well, with the Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel today arguing that the US has “vital interests” in participating in the war.

Officials are falsely presenting the US as basically uninvolved to this point, despite US in-air refueling operations and naval participation in the blockade of ships to Yemen. Votel also focused heavily on the idea of Iran being involved in the war, despite no real evidence that is the case.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the US government and its military are lying about the reasons for the US to expand its role in Yemen with "troops on the ground".

And Sec-Def Mattis, and General Votel a word, please.

The Saudis are killing and maiming Yemeni children in their bombing runs.

Images: children maimed for life and killed by Saudi bombing raids

The Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports, in which the US NAVY is participating is causing death by malnutrition for Yemeni children;

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

And finally, we have recently learned at WRH, the Saudi military is using depleted uranium weapons, most probably purchased from the US and/or the UK, against the Yemeni people.

Video showing that the Saudi troops in Yemen are using depleted uranium weapons.

This is having precisely the same effect on Yemeni children as did the bombing of Fallujah in Iraq: massive spikes in deformities, cancers, and still births are being reported in what hospitals have not been bombed to the ground in Yemen.

Images: severe deformities with Yemeni children whose parents were exposed to depleted uranium weapons (Warning: very graphic)

I will tell you right now, poisoning a child in the womb with depleted uranium weapons, is one of the most hideously cruel and insanely barbaric examples of outright, despicable child abuse I can imagine; and yet, obviously, the House of Saud; the Saudi Military, and the US military are perfectly comfortable doing this in Yemen.

I can understand the geopolitical potential for US/Saudi power projection by conquering Yemen; but gentlemen, please, at what moral cost to the soul of this nation will such a "victory" come, to the point where the US government is willingly "doubling down" in expanding on Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen?!?

And for those you expect to fight, die, and get maimed for life (possibly from the US's use of DU in Yemen), I think they, and we, the American people, need one hell of an honest, completely factual explanation from you both as to whose “vital interests” are at stake here. Because from where I sit, it is NOT the "vital interests" of We the People, to be escalating the US military's involvement in this war, particularly when almost every expert on the issue has stated that the resolution to this issue has to be political, rather than military.

Sec-Def Mattis, and General Votel: I am waiting for your answers!!

Mar 30 10:25

US Wars Escalate Across Middle East, With No End in Sight

Hardly a week goes by lately without the US sending more ground troops to Syria. At the same time, more troops are headed to Iraq, amid record numbers of US airstrikes and soaring civilian deaths that go along with them. Officials are also pushing heavily for the Trump Administration to sign off on an escalation in direct US involvement in Yemen.

President Trump’s promise to “fight to win” is seen as driving a lot of these escalations, or at the very least giving top military officials reason to think they can push military escalations as a matter of course across the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the signs are that this escalation is far from completed.

This has led to more troops, more strikes, less restrictions, and basically more of everything, though some former officials are cautioning that the one thing that seems not to be coming with it is an escalation of planning for what to do after the fighting.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please; unless there is a unified and coherent US military strategy for these troop escalations, just throwing more troops at the situations in these countries will not help.

Mar 30 09:58

Top U.S. Commander: Iran’s Heightened Threat Since Nuclear Deal May Require Military Action

YUP! Trump is a big idiot!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. needs to consider military action to disrupt Iran’s malign activities in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, which have intensified since the Islamic Republic signed a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, a top American commander warned American lawmakers.

Mar 29 09:51

Russia Calls For UNSC Briefing Over Deadly US Airstrike On Mosul

The Russian Foreign Minister has called for a UN Security Council briefing over a recent US airstrike on Mosul which claimed the lives of more than 200 Iraqi civilians.

Mar 28 14:42

US Forces Block Syrian Army Advance To Raqqa

It looks like US forces are blocking the advance of the Syrian army in preparation for the partition of Syria.

Mar 28 13:29

War in This Mideast Country is 'Becoming a PR Disaster for Saudi Arabia, US

The bloody war in Yemen is turning out to be a PR disaster for Saudi Arabia and the US. Furthermore, the Trump administration considers providing more military support for the Saudi-led coalition. Radio Sputnik spoke with Dr. Christopher Davidson, associate professor in Middle East politics at Durham University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes in Yemen which include:

The killing and maiming for life of Yemeni children

Images of wounded and murdered children from Saudi war strikes

The starving of Yemeni children to the point of death by malnutrition by blockading their ports:

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition, courtesy of Saudi Arabia's blocking Yemen's ports

And the massive spike in deformities because children are being poisoned in the womb through the Saudi use of depleted uranium in Yemen:

Video: Saudi soldiers using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

I am disgusted by the actions of my government in this matter, and its partnership with Saudi Arabia in these war crimes.

But the only thing I can do, as a Christian Pacifist Activist and Witness, is to document these horrors until these horrors stop.

Mar 28 07:21

Trump is weighing a major escalation in Yemen's devastating war

The Pentagon is reportedly considering ramping up US support for Saudi Arabia’s bloody war in Yemen, which has already killed at least 10,000, displaced 3 million, and left millions more at risk of famine since it began in March 2015.

That would be a major shift from the current US mission there, which has largely focused on using drones and special operations forces to batter al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. (US Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens was killed during one such raid in January.) Under the potential new plan, the US would be intervening much more heavily in a bloody and so far intractable civil war — potentially leaving Washington ensnared there for years to come.

Mar 28 07:20

More than 1,500 children killed in Yemen's war as it enters third year

As the war in Yemen enters its third year more than 1,500 children have been killed, while a similar number have been recruited in the fighting.

In total more than 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

The latest figures released by UNICEF also reveal that 2,450 children have been injured in the war, while violence has created a food security emergency.

Mar 27 12:33

Despite Campaign Promises, Trump Set To Outdo Obama On Military Adventurism

When asked about Trump attitudes toward war, MIT professor and renowned linguist and political analyst Noam Chomsky told MintPress News that the idea that he was an anti-war candidate “was based on his criticisms of the Iraq and Libya attacks (which, contrary to his lies, he supported) and his ambiguous statements about reducing tensions with Russia – a good thing, if he meant it. But his actual policies are extremely dangerous.”

“[This includes] the sharp increase in the military budget, the weakening of restrictions on drone strikes, and the wild charges about Iran,” Chomsky said, adding that what really worries those who pay attention to these issues “is his megalomania and unpredictability…we know how someone who goes berserk over minor slights might react in a moment of crisis.”

Mar 27 12:00

Breaking: Washington Sponsored State of “Great Kurdistan” To Be Created in Syria And Iraq.

This report is yet to be fully confirmed (GR Editor)

Inside Syria Media Center has obtained proofs of plans to create a state of Great Kurdistan.

According to the documents at our disposal, the U.S. authorities and the Syrian Kurds reached an agreement past week on the boundaries of the Kurdish autonomy in the territory of Syria, which had been guaranteed to Kurds in case of capturing Raqqa and Al-Tabqah (34 miles to the West of Raqqa). This confirms the reports about the U.S. plans to divide Syria.

In addition, Washington has already defined the boundaries of the new state of the Great Kurdistan on the territory of Syria and Iraq. It is to be created after ISIS defeat and the final collapse of Syrian Arab Republic. According to the U.S. military, Kurds remain the only force capable of defeating ISIS.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true, I have to wonder: has the leadership in Baghdad or Damascus been consulted about their involuntarily losing bits of their countries to establish an Independent Kurdistan?!?

Have either of these countries consented to this balkanisation, which is precisely what Israel wanted as an outcome from the US invasion and occupation of Iraq?!?

I have to think that the short answer is, no.

And will this new nation become yet another place from which the US military will be projecting more military power in the Middle East?!?

Mar 27 11:15

Defense Secretary Seeks Deeper US Involvement in Yemen War

Defense Secretary James Mattis is said to be pushing for the White House to remove all restrictions, placed during the waning months of President Obama’s presidency, on US military support for the Saudi invasion of Yemen, seeking deeper direct US involvement in fighting the Yemeni Shi’ites.

Mattis is said to be pushing National Security Adviser HR McMaster to agree that US support would combat the “common threat” the US and Saudi Arabia face in Yemen, which appears to be continued Shi’ite autonomy in the northern half of the country.

The US, of course, has already been directly involved in the Saudi war in Yemen from the beginning, providing in-air refueling for Saudi warplanes and participating in a naval blockade that has caused massive food shortages across northern Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sec-Def Mattis, a word please: by participating in the Saudi genocide in Yemen, which has involved the assassination of wide swathes of civilians, including children; starving Yemeni children to death with malnutrition from the port blockades, and the poisoning of children in the womb through the Saudi's use of depleted uranium weapons, the United States government is complicit in its war crimes.

Mike and I are way too poor, and too old, to be accepted as a citizen of any other country at this stage in our lives; because right now, if Mike and I could, we would!

That being said, I find it morally reprehensible that both you, and President Trump, have absolutely no qualm of conscience about continuing to aid and abet these horrific acts on the part of the Saudi military.

Mar 27 11:07

Syria Threatens Scud Strikes If Israel Attacks Again

Israel had been intermittently attacking Syrian military targets throughout the Syrian Civil War, but that conflict has escalated dramatically in recent weeks, with Syria resisting larger Israeli strikes with anti-aircraft missiles, and Israel continuing to strike, and threatening to wipe out Syria’s air defenses outright.

Syria has a considerable cache of Scud missiles, which it acquired over the years in large part related to their ongoing arms race with Israel. Syrian officials reportedly threatened to hit military bases in northern Israel, and potentially strikes against the Haifa Port if Israel attacks civilian targets in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Syrian President Al-Assad, a word, please; do NOT give the Israeli government the "justification" for Israel and the US to go into Syria militarily, by using these scud weapons.

Right now, your best recourse is appealing to Russia President Putin for the best defensive weapons they can provide you.

Mar 27 10:50

HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS GATHER IN MASSIVE PROTEST TO US SPONSORED SAUDI TERRORISM IN YEMEN

Sana’a, Yemen — Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a to protest the second anniversary of the invasion by Saudi Arabia, as well as the ongoing military offensive by the loosely U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition of nine nations attempting to crush the Shia Houthi rebellion.

“I participated in the protests against the aggression (by the Saudi-led coalition), maybe our voice will be heard by the world over to stop the war,” the Associated Press quoted protester, Ahmed Mohsen, who, along with war-weary throngs of others — participated to try to call attention to the U.S.’ other major conflict.

“Two years of wanton violence and bloodshed, thousands of deaths and millions of people desperate for their basic rights to food, water, health and security,” railed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, “enough is enough.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not only are the Saudi troops murdering and starving children in Yemen:

Images: wounded and killed children by Saudi bombing raids in Yemen

images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi ports blockade

The Saudis are also poisoning the people of Yemen, and causing massive amounts of child deformities and deaths through the use of depleted uranium weapons.

Increase in infant deformities in Yemen suggest that the US/UK supplied Saudi Arabia with depleted uranium weapons

Media coverage of uranium weapons and the spiraling sickness has been meager. Malak Hamden said when she and colleagues published the 2010 Fallujah study, “CNN said something, but no newspapers touched the story.” A BBC reporter told Williams the public doesn’t want to know about uranium weapons. In the meantime, the United States continues to build them. Williams notes that U.S. Patent Office records show Lockheed Martin and Raytheon hold patents for enhanced bombs and cruise missile warheads that include uranium options. Related Stories Putin’s Reckless Nuclear Saber-Rattling Is Just Show Secret Indian Nuke Site Sparks New Arms Race Is Putin’s Half-Baked ‘Secret' Super-Nuke Torpedo For Real? For Soldiers With Gulf War Illness, a Clue to the Mystery in Their Cells Today, with the U.S., Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and Russia bombing Syria, and with the Saudis bombing and the U.S. firing drones into Yemen—with some of the same kinds of weapons unleashed in Iraq—it is likely that the people living there, along with fleeing refugees, will suffer just as the Iraqis and veterans have. As Busby notes, uranium oxide dust is like a bomb that keeps going off. “People’s genes are damaged for generations. Scientists found this in 22 generations of mice, after Chernobyl. The only way mutated genes disappear is when carriers don’t have children.”

Warning: horrifically graphic video of Yemeni children born with severe birth defects, generated by Saudi Arabia's use of depleted uranium in Yemen.

Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

I think there must be a very special place in hell designated for the people who manufacture these weapons, sign off on the use of these weapons, and use weapons like this.

Poisoning children in the womb is one of the most morally vile, and reprehensible forms of child abuse I can imagine; it not only destroys the child and the child's family: it also destroys the future of a country, because it frightens young couples into not having children, because there is no remedy against this toxic substance, and the damage depleted uranium does to human DNA.

And if you look at the children in the video, you will see that the damage is very similar, or nearly identical to, the damage the US military created in the Iraqi town of Fallujah, where depleted uranium was also used.

(warning: very graphic images)

Images: Fallujah children born with massive birth defects resulting from the US military using depleted uranium weapons

Mar 27 10:36

VIDEO SHOWS SAUDI COALITION IS USING DEPLETED URANIUM& CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN YEMEN

VIDEO SHOWS SAUDI COALITION IS USING DEPLETED URANIUM
Where are so-called International Organizations? Where is UN? Where is Human Rights Organizations? Where are those so-called humanist Activists?

Mar 27 10:35

Armor Piercing, Toxic Shocking – the US’s Ongoing Depleted Uranium Manifesto

February 28th, 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the end of Operation Desert Storm, the combat phase of the Gulf War, the first war with Iraq. This conflict was a turning point in US and world history, but the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq turned these war theaters into toxic waste lands. Desert Storm ushered in the widespread use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition, a topic that few official spokespersons want to talk on the record. Now Syria is fast becoming the latest toxic battlefield where the “real weapons” of mass destruction are being deployed. Even though the Pentagon has professed a reversal of decision on the use of DU munitions, the clear cut evidence still does not support any real effort to reduce their indiscriminate use. It should be noted that US and UK forces during Desert Storm, openly acknowledged having fired some 286,000 kilograms of DU shells in between 1990 and 1991.

Mar 27 10:34

Increase in Infant deformities in Yemen suggests USA/UK has supplied Saudi with depleted uranium weapons

Doctors in Yemen have been warning about the rise in stillbirths and deformities as a result of the war for some time.

“Fetal malformations could occur due to several reasons, including mothers’ diseases and subsequent viral infection of the faction and/or poor nutrition,” Wafa al-Mamari, an obstetrician at al-Rahma Hospital in northern Sana’a, told Press TV in July.

Mar 27 10:31

Depleted Uranium: What we know, what we don’t know, and what we must find out

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apes have a habit of flinging their poop on their enemies.

We see this behavior in humans, such as when Israeli settlements intentionally dump their raw sewage onto neighboring Palestinian farmlands.

Depleted Uranium is just the high-tech version of this same behavior.

Mar 27 10:14

Trump Budget Has Some Good Cuts… But it raises spending on the merchants of death…

It’s interesting that Trump & Co. have cut funding for US allies, culture, education, the poor, and just about everything else except the Pentagon and Israel. Not a penny was reduced from Israel’s recent grant of $38 billion in arms spending over ten years. Not a peep about this from Congress or Trump. An honest war tax would show Americans the real cost of their imperial adventures and spare their children from having to pay for such dumb wars as Afghanistan and the Mideast.

Mar 27 10:08

FLASHBACK 2015 - Pentagon announces U-turn on use of depleted uranium in Iraq and Syria

The Pentagon has announced that depleted uranium (DU) munitions have not, and will not, be used by US aircraft in the conflict against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As seen in this article, the US did not keep that promise!

Mar 27 10:06

images yemeni children deformed by exposure to depleted uranium

Mar 27 10:05

Depleted Uranium trans-generational curse

“It’s actually very difficult to decontaminate an area that’s been affected by depleted uranium, because it spreads so uniformly across the area and in the form of these very fine particles.

“So, it’s not a case of going somewhere and finding something that’s radioactive and removing it.

“You can do that, but the thing that are causing the problem is the inhalation of these dusts. And once the dust is created, it goes all over the place.

“The damage that’s been done to the DNA, you can’t clean that up, it’s already there.
“The continuing level of congenital malformations and cancer presumably is an indicator of the fact that the genome of these people has been affected, and that’s like a sort of trans-generational curse that will go on for a very long time, for generations,”

Mar 27 10:04

US Pentagon confirms it used depleted uranium in Syria

Depleted uranium munitions have been criticised for posing health risks to soldiers who fire them and to civilian populations

Mar 27 07:27

Daesh, Creature of the West

According to Saudi intelligence, Daesh was invented by the US government – in Camp Bacca, near the Kuwait border, as many will remember — to essentially finish off the Shiite-majority Nouri al-Maliki government in Baghdad.

It didn’t happen this way, of course. Then, years later, in the summer of 2014, Daesh routed the Iraqi Army on its way to conquer Mosul. The Iraqi Army fled. Daesh operatives then annexed ultra-modern weapons that took US instructors from six to twelve months to train the Iraqis in and…surprise! Daesh incorporated the weapons in their arsenals in 24 hours.

In the end, Shea frankly admitted to the source that Gen David Petraeus, conductor of the much-lauded 2007 surge, had trained these Sunnis now part of Daesh in Anbar province in Iraq.

Mar 27 06:16

‘Few months left before they starve’: Oxfam adviser tells RT famine is ‘the real enemy’ in Yemen

There are currently 7 million people "on the brink of famine" in Yemen, with the alarming situation being the result "of the fighting and of the bombing," the international humanitarian organization Oxfam's adviser in the Middle East, Richard Stanforth, said in an interview with RT this week.

Mar 26 14:39

Defeating the Islamic State group: A war mired in contradictions

James Dorsey says US tolerance of Saudi support for Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Syria and Iraq may allow for short-term gains against the Islamic State group but will only create greater jihadist problems down the road.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 26 08:57

MEGA BEX - Climate Change Caused Brexit Explains Al Gore…

Gore, who was speaking at an event to promote his latest global warming propaganda documentary – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power – said the Brexit vote in Britain last summer was the result of “political instability” created by the “stress” caused by climate-change induced chaos in the Middle East.

It all began in Syria, Gore explained, unchallenged by a fawning interviewer from the film magazine Empire.

He proceeded to outline his lavishly complex climate conspiracy theory involving climate change, Syria, and Wikileaks:

Mar 24 14:44

Infant deformities in Yemen linked to Saudi-led bombardment (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Doctors in Yemen have reported an increase in children born with deformities as a result of the two-year war that has left the country on the brink of famine.
The al-Sabeen Maternity and Child Hospital in the capital, Sana’a, has seen an increase in babies being born prematurely and with deformities, which doctors say is a result of the war and the Saudi-led coalition’s bombs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are these Saudi monsters,enabled by the US military, using DU weapons, like US forces did in Falujah, Iraq?!? The level, and nature of these deformities reminds me very much about what we saw after the American military used depleted uranium weapons in Iraq.

Now, I am going to guarantee you that this image of an Iraqi child, ravaged in the womb, by DU, looks identical to the image of the child you see in the article above:

Image: Iraqi child suffering from DU exposure

Mar 24 10:59

‘What about Yemen?’ Western hypocrisy in wake of Westminster attack called out on Twitter

The outpouring of grief and solidarity in the aftermath of the Westminster terrorist attack has provided westerners with some modicum of hope, but such reactions are not universal, with many pointing to the lack of response to attacks elsewhere.

Mar 24 10:27

US Army Orders Multimillion Contract for Support Services at Kuwait Base

Pentagon reported that Vectrus Systems had received a more than half a billion dollar US Army contract to provide services for Kuwait base operations.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Vectrus Systems has received a more than half a billion dollar US Army contract to provide services for Kuwait base operations and security support, the Department of Defense said in a press release.

"Vectrus Systems Corporation [of] Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded a $521 million modification… contract for services for Kuwait base operations and security support services in the Kuwait area of responsibility," the announcement stated on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's look at a map of Kuwait:

Map of Kuwait and surrounding countries

There are 10 US military bases in Kuwait:

And as reported at globalsecurity.org in 2012:

The Associated Press reported in June 1012 the precise numbers on US forces in Kuwait, a presence that Pentagon officials has only reluctantly acknowledged. There were 15,000 troops stationed at Camp Arifjan, Ali Al Salem Air Base and Camp Buehring, in Kuwait. The U.S. uses Kuwait in its war planning as “staging hubs, training ranges and locations to provide logistical support” and to give it “flexibility” should the White House decide on a “pre-emptive” military strike against Syria or Iran. The U.S. military is maintaining at least 10 bases around the tiny emirate, including a command headquarters, a logistics center and two Air Force bases. During the two decades since U.S. and Coalition forces liberated Kuwait, a robust US presence -- military and civilian -- has become virtually a fixture in Kuwait. This posture has been encouraged by a welcoming host government that has seen its own long-term security linked to a significant USG presence, particularly on the military side. The generally hospitable official Kuwaiti environment, expressed in material terms by over US$1.2 billion annually in such benefits as free access to bases, waived port and air support fees, customs waivers, subsidized fuel and other services, rendered Kuwait an indispensable ally in the conduct of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and the US presence in Kuwait significantly facilitated US operations in the AF/PAK theater. US military operational flexibility here was governed by the favorable terms of a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) with the Government of Kuwait signed in 1991 and extended for ten years in 2001; at the conclusion of the extension, the DCA continued in force indefinitely unless terminated by either side on one years' written notice.

So, if the US government is beefing up these bases now, and Kuwait is a place for power projection into the Persian Gulf, and construction is supposed to be completed in March of next year, what is the US military planning for the spring of 2018?!?

I do not know; but my gut is telling me, something wicked this way comes.

Mar 23 17:04

The Season of Sacrifice

With the attack in London yesterday the season of sacrifice has begun. Take the time to listen to this broadcast about this time period of the year. Pay attention to all of the events that have happened in this time period over the years. It's a pattern that can be clearly seen when one's eyes are open to it. Remember ladies and gentlemen, it does not matter if you believe in this, the powers that shouldn't be do. To have any chance of winning a battle one must fully understand the opponent.

***FROM THE SHOW DESCRIPTION***

On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcomes back to the broadcast close friend, and occulted knowledge specialist Mark Passio. The two of them cover “The Season of Sacrifice” that takes place every year in the beginning of April, it’s origins, and what it means to the powers that shouldn't be. They showcase how many different tragedies have happened during this time period.

Mar 23 13:57

The UN’s moral failure on Israeli apartheid

Lawrence Davidson views the UN’s moral failure, shown by its withdrawal of a report on Israeli apartheid, and examines the false utterances by the New York Times and the Trump administration on this issue.>>

Mar 22 12:25

Saudi Arabia’s Brutal and Futile War in Yemen Turns Two

The Saudi-led—and U.S.-backed—war in Yemen turns two on March 26. The war, initially dubbed “Operation Decisive Storm,” and now more ironically called “Operation Restoring Hope,” has failed to achieve any of its aims. Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who Saudi Arabia erroneously claims are Iranian proxies, have retained control of northwest Yemen and Yemen’s unpopular government remains in exile. In addition, the war has succeeded in impoverishing millions, empowering al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and now threatens the broader region with increased instability.

Yemen, already the Middle East’s poorest country, now faces a catastrophic famine. Sixty percent of Yemenis are at risk of starvation. More than 17 million people out of the population of 24 million are in need of immediate aid. Two years of often indiscriminate bombing by Saudi Arabia and its primary partner, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have laid waste to Yemen’s infrastructure.

Mar 22 11:57

Xi Jinping urges two-state Palestinian solution in talks with Israeli PM

Beijing on Tuesday called for peaceful coexistence between Israel and an independent Palestinian state “as soon as possible”.

In a meeting with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Xi Jinping said a stable Middle East was in the interests of both China and Israel.

“The conflict between Israel and Palestine has had a long lasting impact on the Middle East,” he was quoted by CCTV as saying. “China appreciates that the Israeli side will continue to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the basis of the “two-state solution”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Xi Jinping, a word, please: I have a very strong sense that you said this "for public consumption", but would suggest that this will only happen when pigs discover how to fly.

At some level you need to understand that Israel does not want peace in the Middle East; they want territory, and by any means necessary, as far as the Israeli government is concerned, and regional destabilization is the only way they believe they can achieve it. Please remember what the term "Eretz Israel" means to Israeli hard liners; a country stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates River.

Here's a map of how this larger Israel would look:

Map: Eretz Israel

And notice the bits of other countries which come under Israel's control, if this came about; large hunks if Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia would have to be ceded, before this happened.

The Israeli government bombed the USS Liberty, and attempted to blame Egypt for it, nearly causing a Third World war; they cheer-led the US's catastrophic war against Iraq; they are cheer leading for a US-backed war against Iran; they are attacking Syria, uninvited and unprovoked; they are committing serial genocide against the Palestinians, and doing brisk, illegal annexations of Palestinian territory in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

After evaluating all this, can you rationally, and reasonably believe that the Israeli government wants to create a two-state solution with the Palestinians?

I am afraid, Sir, the short answer is, "absolutely not!"

Mar 22 08:42

New GCHQ Chief Must Clarify UK's Role in Covert US Drone Strikes - Reprieve

International human rights organization Reprieve has said the new GCHQ chief must halt the UK's role in covert US drone strikes.

The British Foreign Office announced on Tuesday, March 21 that Jeremy Fleming will take over GHCQ, the UK's intelligence gathering agency, which has been directly implicated in assisting covert US drone strikes in war zones such as Yemen.

Mar 21 09:38

Trump Expands Special Forces Deployments Around Africa, Mideast

Reports from earlier this month that Pentagon has been increasing deployments of special forces around the Middle East and Africa appears to be continuing apace, with the most recent reports suggesting that President Trump has expanded the deployments into Central Africa, and is continuing the policy across the region.

The use of small-scale special forces as an alternative to larger deployments of regular combat soldiers became popular in the Obama Administration as a way to keep official troop levels comparatively low while getting into more and more military operations around the world.

While President Trump has been deploying larger numbers of regular ground troops into Syria and Iraq, the special force deployments have continued apace, and those familiar with the situation say he is likely to remove current restrictions on the special forces carrying out raids into Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There's a saying in French, and the approximate translation is, "The more things change, the more they remain the same", and I am seeing this as a very honest leitmotif for the Trump administration's early months.

The US government is continuing to flex its military muscle around the world to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; make sure that the rulers in the countries which have those resources are western-centric; and insure that those resources are sold only in US dollars.

I...am not amused.

Mar 21 09:12

First U.S. Carrier Returns To Gulf Since Trump Inauguration

A U.S. aircraft carrier passed through a strategic waterway separating Iran from U.S.-backed Arab states on Tuesday for the first time since President Donald Trump took office two months ago.

Nearly 20 smaller Iranian boats looked on as the USS George H.W. Bush approached the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz. About one-fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait and there are occasional incidents in the area involving U.S. and Iranian military vessels.

Years of mutual animosity eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year after a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear goals. But serious differences remain over Iran’s ballistic missiles as well as conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

While still a presidential candidate in September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harassed the U.S. Navy in the Gulf would be “shot out of the water

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I firmly believe that, given half a chance, Iran could be a tolerable partner to the US; of course, that's not going to happen, because Saudi Arabia and Israel don't want to see it happen.

And BTW, Tehran is on my bucket list, for the incredible, consistent history, art, and culture. Their national orchestra is wonderful

And if you ever get the chance, please see the following video, done by a charming Israeli videographer, when he went to Iran to see how its Jewish community was faring, and the answer is, quite well!.

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

A war against Iran, to mollify Saudi and Israel would be one big, fat, hairy mistake, because most likely the Russians will enter such a war on the side of Iran.

And the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing to guarantee a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.

Mar 20 12:14

THE GLOBAL FAMINE BEGINS: UN ANNOUNCES THAT THE WORST FOOD CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW

We always knew that this would start happening. Earlier this month, I wrote about the severe economic problems that are plaguing South America, but up to this point I have neglected to discuss the horrific famines that are breaking out all over Africa. Right now there is a desperate need for food in South Sudan, Somalia, northeast Nigeria, Eritrea and Kenya. And Yemen, even though it is not technically part of Africa, is being affected by many of the same factors that are crippling nations all over eastern Africa. The United Nations says that more than 20 million people could die from starvation and disease if nothing is done. When I write about economic collapse, this is the kind of thing that I am talking about, and we are starting to see alarming conditions spread across the globe. Many believe that we could never possibly face this kind of food crisis in the western world, but unfortunately wishful thinking will only get you so far.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how much of this famine is from natural causes, and how much is man-made, through these horrific wars affecting not only Yemen, but also many countries in Africa as well.

War is a great method for depopulation, if governmental leaders have the morals of a dead tree stump. (And you KNOW I will get massive complaints from dead tree stumps on that one!!)

Mar 20 09:12

Which "War Torn" Country? - U.S. Slaughter In Somalia, Yemen And Syria

When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which "war torn" country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn't say. Were they fleeing from the "war torn" Somalia? Or were the fleeing from "war torn" Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.

Mar 19 19:22

Politics and Economics, not Religion, Spawned Radical Islam

The phenomena of Islamic radicalism all over the world is directly linked to Wahhabi-Salafi madrassahs (religious seminaries) that are generously funded by Saudi and Persian 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 sponsored 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 students.

Mar 19 15:45

Spreading the Gospel: Asian leaders wary of Saudi religious diplomacy

James Dorsey says leaders of Asian states recently visited by Saudi King Salman are waking up to the detrimental impact of Saudi religious diplomacy which is fostering sectarianism and intolerance in their societies.>>

Mar 18 10:05

Saudi General: Trump Promises Increased Support Against Iran

Saudi Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Asiri today told a group of US reporters that the Trump Administration has made promises to “significantly” increase US intelligence and military support for the kingdom against Iran, with a particular eye of fighting against the “Iran-backed” Shi’ites in Yemen.

Asiri presented the move as a necessary US commitment to “restore” US-Saudi ties after Saudi resentment that built up during President Obama’s time in office. Though he did not elaborate, Saudi Arabia’s main source of anger at Obama was going along with the nuclear deal with Iran.

Saudi Arabia has long presented its invasion of Yemen as being about the Shi’ites there being an “Iranian proxy,” though evidence suggests no real Iranian support for the Houthi movement before the invasion, and very limited support, mostly to spite the Saudis, afterwards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here please.

Iran has not started a war of aggression in over 300 years.

The IAEA says that Iran has been complying will all facets of the P5+1 Agreement.

If the US and Saudi Arabia start a war against Iran, Russia will definitely come to its defense militarily.

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 conventional war against Russia.

And finally, Mr. President, I would like to politely point out to you that it is not Iran which is slaughtering children, women, and non-combatants in Yemen, or starving them to death; it is your good pal, Saudi Arabia, in whose war crimes in Yemen you have decided that the US government will continue to be complicit.

Mar 18 09:57

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsSome in Pentagon Fear ISIS War Surge Is ‘Mission Creep’

Just a couple of months out from inauguration, President Trump has been pushing for some pretty substantial escalations of America’s involvement in the ISIS war. This is true the world over, with special forces being deployed in growing numbers, but nowhere is it more obvious than in Syria, where the US has gone from a few hundred troops to a few thousand.

As those troops increase, so do the military goals being set out for Pentagon commanders, which has many of them concerned that they are facing large-scale mission creep, and are being pushed in the direction of scrapping previous efforts to make sure local forces were doing all the heavy lifting on the ground, and that US troops were just facilitators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the case of Syria, the US military is invading the country in order to attempt regime change here; let us be very clear on the objective, and the alleged "fighting ISIS" is just the cover story, because the Syrian and Russian troops have been quite effective in beating back ISIS here.

Mar 18 09:22

WHICH "WAR TORN" COUNTRY? - U.S. SLAUGHTER IN SOMALIA, YEMEN AND SYRIA

When I saw the above tweet this morning I wondered which "war torn" country those Somalis were fleeing from when they were murdered. The tweet doesn't say. Were they fleeing from the "war torn" Somalia? Or were the fleeing from "war torn" Yemen?

It is a sad world when has to ponder such.

It tuned out these people were fleeing from both wars:

Coast guard Mohammad Al Alay told Reuters the refugees, carrying official UNHCR documents, were on their way from Yemen to Sudan when they were attacked by an Apache helicopter near the Bab Al Mandeb strait.
An Apache attack helicopter shot up the refugees' boat. There are Saudi, United Emirati and U.S. Apache helicopters in or around Yemen. It is unknown which of them ordered and which executed the strike. These helicopters, their ammunition and the service for them are a favored U.S. export to belligerent dictatorships like Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I remember something the brilliant comedian (and near-prophet) George Carlin once said, and I am paraphrasing here, but the concept was that the US government, and military, were very adept at killing brown people; unfortunately, that hasn't changed since Carlin's death.

As a Christian Pacifist Activist and witness, I am constantly exhorting my government to resolve its geopolitical disputes through moral, hard-won diplomatic negotiations, rather than through war.

Unfortunately, there is, apparently, a tumultuous river of blood-lust running through the veins of the American Deep State, and a deeply held conviction that killing is always the preferred way of resolving disputes, rather than negotiating. In the minds of the members of the Deed State, slaughter is potent; it creates death and fear.

And it doesn't seem to matter which party is in power; the US government's enthusiastic participation in war crimes remains the same.

The Saudi war crimes in Yemen are atrocious and unspeakable, yet the US government continues to sell the bombers, and the bombs, for this genocide, and provide guidance for the bombing runs. Additionally, because Saudi forces have closed Yemeni ports, the Yemeni people, particularly the children, are starving to death.

This is what the US complicity in Saudi war crimes has "accomplished" for the Yemeni people:

Images: wounded and dying Yemeni children from Saudi bombing strikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death because of Saudi port blockades

The images you are seeing are real; this is the unspeakably ugly face of this country we are projecting abroad, through these horrific wars, and the US government's complicity in war crimes.

I would like to think my brother and sister Americans have not been so sedated by social media, coupled with drugs and a completely dumbed-down education, that they cannot see what is happening, and in the most peaceful way possible, tell the US government that these wars must stop.

Mar 18 08:54

The 'Birth Pangs' of a New Middle East, Remixed

You all remember former US Secretary of State Condi Rice's notorious 2006 prediction about "birth pangs of a New Middle East." True to the George "Dubya" Bush/Cheney regime, Condi got it all spectacularly wrong, not only about Lebanon and Israel but also Iraq, Syria and the House of Saud.

Mar 18 08:53

Missile fragments found in Jordan after Israeli air raid in Syria

Projectile fragments were found in a village in Jordan’s Irbid governorate near the Syrian border on Friday. The fragments may belong to Syrian anti-aircraft missiles that the IDF says either missed their targets or were intercepted by the Israeli Air Force (IAF) during the latest air raid in Syria.

Mar 16 10:20

2 YEARS AFTER THIS AMERICAN JOURNALIST WAS KILLED, HER ‘CONSPIRACY THEORIES’ ON SYRIA ARE PROVEN AS FACTS

Serena Shim was killed two years ago on October 19, 2014, in Turkey while reporting on the intense battle for the Syrian border city of Kobani which was the focus of international media attention. She was 29 when she died.

The city of Kobani, which has one of Turkey’s major border crossings with Syria, because it was under threat of being completely captured by the Islamic State. The US was forced to respond because Islamic State grew out of control and threatened the border stability of Turkey, and it became the first major area bombed during the US campaign in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truth is always "inconvenient" when war and regime change are at stake, to services the geopolitical aims the American Deep State.

Mar 16 08:08

Russian humanitarian aid arrives in Yemen

A Russian NGO has delivered lifesaving aid to the desperate population of war-torn Yemen, where over 18 million people now urgently require some form of humanitarian assistance.

The first delivery of humanitarian aid from the Russian Humanitarian Mission, which cares for the needy in conflict zones, began arriving at the Darawan refugee camp, in the western Yemeni province of Amran on Thursday.

Filled with life essential supplies for the internally displaced people who are temporarily residing in the camp, the first batch of aid comprised basic foodstuff, medicines, tents and blankets.

Mar 15 14:30

UN's food agency says over 60 percent of Yemenis face famine

The UN food agency has warned that over half of Yemenis are on the brink of famine as the Arab country continues to be hit by relentless Saudi airstrikes.

In a report issued on Wednesday, the World Food Programme (WFP) said that 60 percent of Yemenis, or 17 million people, were in “crisis” or “emergency” food situations.

"If humanitarian actors do not access all the people in need by the coming months, the situation may deteriorate dramatically," the report said.
The WFP warned that the provinces of Ta'izz and Hudaydah risked sinking into famine if they did not receive more aid.

Mar 15 12:59

Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton Spent American Taxpayer Funds To Support TERRORISTS! A Bill Is In Congress To Stop US Taxpayer Funding And Arming Terrorist Groups.

As American taxpayers, we are not foolish enough to think that our money isn't wrongly spent by the Government everyday, but this is another matter entirely.

Mar 14 14:44

One hundred years of the Balfour Declaration

Lawrence Davidson says UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s intention to celebrate the Balfour Declaration is based on an illusion that something awful is really something prideful, and distorts the entire historical episode that led to Israel’s creation. >>

Mar 14 09:26

More than 1,500 children dead in two years of Yemen war: UN

The conflict in Yemen has killed nearly 7,700 people, including at least 1,564 children, since a Saudi-led coalition intervened on the government's side two years ago, UN agencies said Monday.

The UN children's agency UNICEF said that by March 10, at least 1,546 children were killed and 2,450 others maimed in Yemen.

Of those killed, 1,022 were boys and 478 were girls while 46 were of "unknown sex", UNICEF said in a statement.

During that same period 1,801 boys and 649 girls were wounded while 1,572 boys were recruited to serve as child soldiers, said UNICEF.

In March 2015, a Saudi-led Arab coalition mounted an air campaign in support of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi whose authority was being challenged by Shiite Huthi rebels.

The rebels overran the capital Sanaa in September 2014 forcing Hadi to seek first refuge in the southern city of Aden and then exile in Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the last 2 years, the Saudi military have been committing war crimes in Yemen, which the US government has enabled by selling them the bombs, and providing guidance for their targeting; this makes the United States Government complicit in Saudi war crimes.

Additionally, the Saudi military has blockaded Yemen ports which makes it impossible to get desperately needed food aid into the country; consequently, Yemeni children are starving to death.

images: Yemeni children wounded and killed by Saudi bombing strikes

images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi blockade of Yemeni ports

Of course, the US presstitute media will never show you these images, because it breaks the narrative that somehow, these Saudi war crimes, and the Saudi creation of genocide in Yemen, are done for a "good and noble cause", to get the Houthis out of the country.

But the real reasons for the Saudi invasion, and hoped for occupation, are far different, and include the following:

Riyadh's Dirty Secret: Saudi Arabia Thirsty for Yemeni Oil, Gas Reserves

And from the US government's perspective:

Yemen : US Naval Base on Occupied Socotra Island

As stated in the following article from globalresearch.ca:

The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80 kilometres off the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometres South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by (UNESCO), as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra (Suqutra), through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. (see map below). A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in an out of the Gulf of Aden. “The [Indian] Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, Bab-el-Mandeb (bordering Djibouti and Yemen), Straits of Hormuz (bordering Iran and Oman), and Straits of Malacca (bordering Indonesia and Malaysia). These ‘chokepoints’ are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.”

Additionally, Socotra is as close as any military base could be to Diego Garcia, being about 1200 miles away.

This is why the US government doesn't want any talk about a political settlement between divided factions in Yemen; a united Yemen would want its island back, and the US government will simply not allow that to happen, so countless more Yemenis will have to die here.

Mar 14 08:42

More Mideast Madness as Trump Prepares to March

We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast.

Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way.

As if this witch’s brew was not sufficiently toxic, US and Russian aircraft and Special Forces are brushing up against one another in Syria. At the same time, the US Navy in the nearby Persian Gulf is provoking the Iranians to please President Donald Trump who seems determined to have war with Iran.

The US Navy is now threatening to impose a naval blockade on war-torn Yemen, another joint US-Saudi warfare enterprise that has gone terribly wrong.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned about the lousy quality of counsel, and information, President Trump is getting regarding the US military presence in the Middle East, and Afghanistan, and how things in the countries in which we are fighting are getting worse, and not better at all.

IF the leadership of both NATO and and the US government had a shred of sense regarding Afghanistan, they would have their troops exit this country as quickly as was safe, and negotiate with whatever government remained standing in Kabul for the pipeline routes, and the rights to the amazing level of mineral deposits Afghanistan possesses.

Of course... THAT would be logical.

Mar 14 08:02

Saudi-led coalition's port op would cut off Yemen from food & aid supplies, Russia warns

The Saudi-led coalition’s plans to launch an assault on Yemen’s biggest port-city, Al Hudaydah, have caused concern in the Russian Foreign Ministry, which warns the operation would significantly worsen the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"That's the whole point! If we starve all the Yemenis to death, then we get Socotra Island to build our cool new Navy base on!!!!" -- The Pentagram

Mar 13 15:10

‘We may no longer be permitted—nor permit ourselves—to enter Israel,’ 172 scholars write

signed by scholars of Jewish studies deploring Israel’s passage of a law last week barring travel by those who support boycotts against Israel, including BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and boycotts of settlement goods.

Mar 12 13:53

Play it again, Ken. Ken O'Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not

Ken O'Keefe Dares To Say What Others Do Not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESZN_YDE-TU

Listen and then pass it on to others who have not yet woken up to the reality that the Corporate News is NOT telling us.
We have truly been 'had'.

Mar 12 08:37

‘Bomb the Sh*t Out Of Them!’ – Trump Drones Yemen More in One Week Than Obama in a Year

But although the US escalation in Yemen is sold back home as another aggressive front in the war against al-Qaeda, in fact US operations in Yemen are actually helping al-Qaeda as well as its chief sponsor, Saudi Arabia.

The problem is that because his advisors are increasingly drawn from the neocon camp, the advice he is given is filtered through the “noble lie” that the neocons view as the central tenet of their faith. Thus even though the main enemies of al-Qaeda in Yemen are the Houthis, because Trump has been sold the neocon lie that the Houthis are Iranian proxies Trump is droning Yemen back to the stone age to the advantage of al-Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, who are on the same side.

While it is arguable that the President has authority under the authorization for the use of military force against those attacked us on 9/11 to attack al-Qaeda in Yemen, very few would argue that such authorization extends to actually helping al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The only hope of a cessation of hostilities here is political rather than military, and I am appalled at the poor quality of advice President Trump is getting on the issue of Yemen.

President Trump needs to be reminded that, by selling Saudi Arabia the bombs with which to kill and maim non-combatants, plus supporting the Saudi's not allowing food aid to reach children who are, literally, starving to death from malnutrition, he is continuing to put the US government in the position of being complicit in war crimes.

Here's what Yemen looks like right now:

images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, from Saudi bombing raids

images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of Saudi port blockade

And if these images make you uncomfortable, and angry, good! That means you haven't forgotten what it is to be moral and compassionate.

But if there was ever a time to have a national discussion about this war none of the presstitutes in corporate media will touch, because it's geopolitical kryptonite, now, my dear Rivero's Rangers, is the time.

Talk to, and email these images to, your alleged representatives in Congress, and tell them that this war has to stop, and right the hell now. And get on the phones to every presstitute, warmongering media outlet you can and ask them point blank: why do you refuse to cover this story?!?

Mar 11 12:51

The Russian Scare – Israel Shamir

Russia is a Newfoundland dog, not a Rottweiler. It is big, strong, peaceful and not aggressive.

Full disclosure: I’ve met with Russians. I met with a Russian this morning. She brought me coffee. Such crazy and dangerous things can occur in Moscow. I am afraid the CIA and NSA could take notice of this meeting, and then it can be used – even against you. “You have perused an article by Israel Shamir. Were you aware he had Russian contacts?”

Though I am not too young, this is the first time I have witnessed such a witch-hunt. In Russia, there are many foreigners, Europeans and Americans as well, and Russians mingle with them freely, with no fear.

Mar 11 12:00

Will the British royal family celebrate 100 years of shame by endorsing Israel?

Stuart Littlewood says a visit to Israel by any member of the British royal family during the centenary year of the infamous Balfour Declaration would amount to praising the thieves for keeping what they stole. >>

Mar 11 09:29

THOUSANDS OF US TROOPS HEAD TO KUWAIT TO FIGHT IN SYRIA, IRAQ

Instead of directly deploying thousands of additional ground troops into Iraq or Syria, the sort of precipitous escalation that might get Congress voting on the war, the Trump Administration appears to have decided that the solution is to send thousands of US ground troops to Kuwait, and let the commanders in Iraq and Syria just take what they want.

Early reports of this strategy emerged Wednesday, when officials said there were considerations of sending around 1,000 troops into Kuwait for this operation. Just two days later, the figure was up to at least 2,500, with signs that it is continuing to grow all the time.

While President Obama was micromanaging the escalations, particularly in Iraq, where every couple of weeks another hundred or two troops would be sent, the Trump Administration appears to be throwing the troops into a big pile and leaving the deployments up to the commanders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having an industrial-strength, palm to forehead moment, upon reading this; I am profoundly disappointed at this turn of events.

The French have a saying; the more things change, the more they remain the same; I am deeply concerned that this is imminently true of the Trump Administration.

Mar 11 08:37

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MOVES TO APPROVE NEW ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIAN WAR CRIMINALS

First, here’s a little background from The Washington Post:

The State Department has approved a resumption of weapons sales that critics have linked to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of civilians in Yemen, a potential sign of reinvigorated U.S. support for the kingdom’s involvement in its neighbor’s ongoing civil war.

The proposal from the State Department would reverse a decision made late in the Obama administration to suspend the sale of precision guided munitions to Riyadh, which leads a mostly Arab coalition conducting airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

While the U.S. military has provided support to the Saudi-led air campaign since 2015, including aerial refueling for Saudi jets and a U.S. advisory mission in the Saudi operations headquarters, the Obama administration sought to scale back that support last year amid alleged Saudi strikes on civilian targets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word here, please.

Collective punishment is defined as a war crime; by aiding, arming, and abetting the Saudis, the US government has become complicit in war crimes.

That you don't understand this, or do, and it doesn't matter, angers me to the core of my being.

Not only are the Saudi military killing innocent men, women, and children; they have also closed down the Yemeni ports, so no food aid can get in, and because of this, Yemeni children are literally starving to death.

Images: Yemeni children wounded and killed from Saudi airstrikes

Images: Yemeni children starving to death due to Saudi port blockades

But there is a much larger part of the puzzle here which needs to see the light of day.

The US now claims a Yemeni island as its own, and has built a huge naval base on it.

Map: Island of US military-occupied Yemeni Island of Socotra, and surrounding waterways

The reason why is explained in the following articles:

The US geostrategic objectives behind the war in Yemen

The Useful Island of Socotra

This article goes on to state:

"The Yemeni archipelago of Socotra in the Indian Ocean is located some 80km off the Horn of Africa and 380 km South of the Yemeni coastline. The islands of Socotra are a wildlife reserve recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage Site. Socotra is at the crossroads of the strategic naval waterways of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden (See map below). It is of crucial importance to the US military. Among Washington’s strategic objectives is the militarization of major sea ways. This strategic waterway links the Mediterranean to South Asia and the Far East, through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. It is a major transit route for oil tankers. A large share of China’s industrial exports to Western Europe transits through this strategic waterway. Maritime trade from East and Southern Africa to Western Europe also transits within proximity of Socotra, through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. A military base in Socotra could be used to oversee the movement of vessels including war ships in and out of the Gulf of Aden. Amjed Jaaved, in A new hot-spot of rivalry, Pakistan Observer, Jul 1 2009, points out:

"The Indian Ocean is a major sea lane connecting the Middle East, East Asia and Africa with Europe and the Americas. It has four crucial access waterways facilitating international maritime trade, that is the Suez Canal in Egypt, the Bab-el-Mandeb, bordering Djibouti and Yemen, the Straits of Hormuz, bordering Iran and Oman, and the Straits of Malacca, bordering Indonesia and Malaysia. These choke points are critical to world oil trade as huge amounts of oil pass through them.

From a military standpoint, the Socotra archipelago is at a strategic maritime crossroads. Morever, the archipelago extends over a relatively large maritime area at the Eastern exit of the Gulf of Aden, from the island of Abd al Kuri, to the main island of Socotra. This maritime area of international transit lies in Yemeni territorial waters. The objective of the US is to police the entire Gulf of Aden seaway, from the Yemeni to the Somali coastline. Socotra is some 3000 km from the US naval base of Diego Garcia, which is among the US’s largest overseas military facilities."

Images: massive US military buildup on Socotra

So this whole, sordid genocide of the Yemeni people isn't really about the Houthi rebels, and the "danger" they allegedly present to Yemen; it is about US military power projection in Middle Eastern waterways.

Mar 11 07:51

World faces worst humanitarian crisis since 1945, says UN official

Twenty million people face starvation without an immediate injection of funds in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, warns Stephen O’Brien

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The starvation is because all these US-backed wars have cut off the supply chain to these people, in most cases.

Mar 10 15:35

Surge in Afghan Blood: CENTCOM Seeks to Warrant Permanent War and Occupation

This is while the US was supposed to have completed its pullout from Afghanistan by now, though this was repeatedly pushed back during the Obama administration’s waning years, and ultimately halted. All indications from Pentagon figures since are that they envision troop levels growing from this point – for a never-ending war and occupation. It’s a humiliating attempt to save a dying empire in a region increasingly hostile to its colonial policies and plans:

The US-led invasion was a catastrophe from day one. US airstrikes have killed many civilians already - though the Pentagon denies that. The new surge seems to be aiming for these sorts of targets again - as the CENTCOM claims “the Taliban are all hiding in these areas.”

Mar 10 12:11

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Made in Britain, Tested on Yemenis: The Reality of Working for the “Bomb-makers”

Jack sits down with his pint in the Fielden Arms in Mellor, and contemplates his latest shift making Typhoon warplanes for the Saudi air force.

Tucking into steak and chips, the 25-year-old talks of moving in with his girlfriend, his good pay at the nearby BAE factory – £40,000, almost twice the local average - and the security it brings.

And then he thinks of the people those planes will be sent to kill.

“You see the children in Yemen starving on the 10 o’clock news,” he tells Middle East Eye. “But you try to not pay attention and just get on with it.”

His friend, Harry, interjects: “It’s really weird and there is no way to describe it, because you are in essence building a weapon of mass destruction.”

So why don’t they quit? “Good pay and job security,” Jack responds, taking another sip of his beer. “If the military contracts go, 7,000 people go with them.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These factory workers need to do what all the politicians in the UK have done, in signing off on BAE's production of their weapons for Saudi Arabia; have their conscience collectively surgically removed.

I mean, hell, what's all the fuss about being complicit to genocide in Yemen, when it's "money uber alles" that really matters, right?!?

Mar 10 12:06

Syria: Dangerous Fracture in US, Turkey and Russian Interests, as Operation to Oust ISIS from Raqqa Begins

Here’s where the tension lies: the United States may also have sent in ground assets as show of force in support of its allies the YPG (Kurdish People’s Protect Units in Syria). This is a potential spat between the two NATO member states – which is a major problem for Turkey. The Turkish government considers them a terrorist organisation, an appendage to its nemesis the Kurdish PKK. It’s also a problem for Russia too, insofar as Russia is attempting détente with Turkey by coordinating military operations as they pertain to fighting ISIS in northern Syria, and with the eventual joint siege of Raqqa.

Mar 10 11:36

Into the Syrian Quagmire – Trump meets complexity

In order to fulfill his pledge to “quickly” dispatch ISIS, Trump is ramping up the US presence – and we’re well on the way to getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire.

Donald Trump thinks he’s going to get rid of ISIS in Syria “quickly,” and then we’ll be on our way to making America great again – but already he’s finding that the terrain there is a bit crowded, and that he has a bit more than the fast-dissipating “Caliphate” to contend with.

According to reports, the Pentagon has come up with a plan to carry out Trump’s pledge, as ordered, but reality is racing ahead of the generals – and auguring a clash of civilizations in the midst of Syria’s blasted out cities.

Mar 10 11:08

Walking a tightrope: China manoeuvres between Saudi Arabia and Iran

James Dorsey explains why Saudi King Salman's attempt to lure China into his kingdom's sectarian and geopolitical struggles with Iran is likely to fail, given Iran's strategic, economic and cultural advantages over Saudi Arabia. >>

Mar 10 09:55

PROMISE KEPT: JIHADIS FLEE RAQQA AS PRESIDENT TRUMP ORDERS US MARINES TO BEGIN PROCESS OF DESTROYING ISIS

WATCHDOG GROUPS AND U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS SAY THE ISLAMIC STATE’S LEADERSHIP IN ITS CALIPHATE “CAPITAL,” RAQQA, ARE RELOCATING TO DEIR EZZOR AS A COALITION OF SYRIAN REBELS, KURDISH MILITIAS, TURKISH SOLDIERS, AND U.S. TROOPS PREPARE TO BATTLE FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE SOUTHERN SYRIAN CITY.

Mar 10 08:11

Trump Invades Syria

Make no mistake: this is big news. And very bad news!

Although the Syrian army, with its ally Russia, has made significant gains against ISIS over the past week or so, the Washington Post is reporting tonight that President Trump has for the first time sent regular US military personnel into that country in combat positions.

This is an unprecedented escalation of US involvement in the Syrian war and it comes without Congressional authorization, without UN authorization, and without the authorization of the government of Syria. In short it is three ways illegal.

Mar 09 16:51

Al Qaeda appeals for help to repel Houthis in central Yemen

Yemen's local al Qaeda wing appealed for help on Thursday to fend off an offensive by the armed Houthi movement in central Yemen, and accused the United States of coordinating attacks with the Iran-aligned group, according to an online statement.

Residents say tribesmen in Ansar al-Sharia, the local wing of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and other Islamists known as salafists are the main force holding back the Houthis in Qifa in al-Bayda province, where President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's internationally-recognized government has little control.

Mar 09 11:11

Palestinian Women – One for All, All for One

“Palestinian women have always stood side by side with their fathers, brothers, husbands, comrades to resist the Zionist occupation, to fight for freedom and legitimate rights. They are the first to go to the streets to protest the brutality of the Israeli military occupation, the first to organize sit-ins and marches demanding the release of their children, brothers and fathers from Israeli prisons. They are the protectors, the supporters, but most of all they are the comrades in the fight for a free Palestine.” Reham Al Helsi.

Mar 08 10:41

Shameless Coalition Propaganda and the War on Yemen

The Wall Street Journal gives the UAE’s ambassador a platform to recite the Saudi-led coalition’s propaganda:

Checking Iranian aggression will not be easy, but the stability of the region depends upon it. Holding the country to its commitments would be an important first step. Rebuilding America’s ties to its traditional partners in the region would be another. So too would be directly confronting Iranian interference in places like Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The nearly two-year Saudi War against Yemen happened because the Houthi rebels overthrew the "anointed", western-centric President, Monsour Al Hadi.

And BTW, pop quiz; when Al-Hadi was "elected" as President, how many other names were on the Yemeni ballot?!?

None.

Yemen election: one person; one vote; one candidate

The Saudi government and military have opted for a "scorched earth" policy in their fight against the Houthi rebels, which means infrastructure has been destroyed; schools, hospitals, water treatment plants, and open air market places have all been bombed by the Saudis. Children are being maimed and killed by these airstrikes; additionally, Yemeni children are starving to death, because the Saudi military has blocked all the Yemeni ports, to insure that food cannot get in.

The US government is selling the Saudi military the bombs with which to commit this genocide against the Yemeni people, and providing "bombing targeting".

I would like to politely remind President Trump, as a Christian witness, and Christian Pacifist Activist, that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the the Yemeni people, courtesy of the Saudi Military, is a war crime, and US governmental assistance in this matter makes the US government complicit in war crimes.

And Mr. President, the following graphic and horrific images are the results of these Saudi war crimes, and US government's aiding and abetting them:

Images: wounded and killed Yemeni children, resulting from Saudi air strikes

Images: starving Yemeni children, due to Saudi Yemen port blockade

Yes, Mr. President, these images are terrible; but THIS is what Saudi Arabia is doing to the children of Yemen every day. You're a dad, and a grandfather, so I implore you to understand that slaughtering the children of a country....is taking away that country's future.

Mar 08 10:21

Trump’s Pentagon Moves Into Syria’s ManbijUS Troops Deploy With Kurdish Forces to Prevent Turkish Invasion

Turkey’s capture of the ISIS city of al-Bab last week set in motion a race for the city of Manbij, which Kurdish forces captured from ISIS last year, and which Turkish officials had long insisted would be their next target after al-Bab.

Several nations have interests in not seeing Turkey attack the Kurds, but on Monday, US troops were the first to the scene, with a deployment inside the city of Manbij, where they will embed with Kurdish forces as a “sign of deterrence.”

By the end of Monday, Syrian and Russian troops were also in the vicinity, with the Kurds having brokered a deal to give Syrian forces all the villages ringing Manbij, which would mean Turkey can’t advance with attacking Syrian government villages. Russia sent some forces into the area too to back Syria’s new claims.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Turkey's territorial claims against certain areas of Syria are very troubling.

Mar 08 07:52

Were We Wrong To Trust Putin And Assad? The Syrian People Are Being Killed By Horrific Chemical Weapons Again. WHO Is Responsible?

No one in the news media is really talking about this, but it stands out to me. When I heard on the news the Syrian people are again dying the horrible death of chemical weapons assault, I was stunned. I thought it was over, as we have stopped funding the rebels; but even more importantly we are not trying to overthrow Assad. Things should be settling down for the Syrian people.

Nikki Hayley had made a trip to Syria to see for herself what was taking place several months ago. She got to meet with Assad, and he said that he would gladly welcome American troops anytime. She said the Syrian people kept asking her why there were terrorists funded by the United States attacking them? The Syrian people said these people were killing them.

Mar 07 15:12

Israel’s welcome now reserved only for Jews who back Netanyahu

Jonathan Cook looks at how Israel is openly targeting human rights activists and Jews whose politics do not align with the far-right government of Netanyahu by refusing them entry to the country.>>

Mar 07 14:37

A New Era in Politics

Western publics see ballot box to upset and reshape policy agendas.

The West appears to have entered into a new era – the era of the political upsets, growing anger, and increased disillusionment with ruling elites. It is not a question of leftwing – rightwing politics. It is all about a failing status quo.

Mar 07 09:47

WEAPONRY, NOT IDEOLOGY, IS THE STRENGTH OF ISLAMIC STATE:

I think I might have serendipitously discovered the answer to this riddle in an unprecedented December 2013 news report [1] from a website affiliated with the UAE government which supports the Syrian opposition: it is clearly mentioned that along with AK-47s, RPGs and other military gear, the Saudi regime also provides machine gun-mounted Toyota pick-up trucks to every batch of five jihadists who have completed their training in the training camps located at the border regions of Jordan. Once those militants cross over to Daraa and Quneitra in southern Syria from the Jordan-Syria border then those Toyota pick-up trucks can easily travel all the way to Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor and thence to Mosul in Iraq.

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Many, many years ago, I mentioned on this blog that the de-Baathification of the Iraqi military was, perhaps, the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could have done in Iraq. Unfortunately, time has proven this to be a correct assessment on this issue.

And note who is doing the actual training of these jihadis: the CIA in collaboration with the Turkish, Jordanian and Saudi intelligence agencies

Frankly, if this is not a "We have met the enemy, and he is us" moment for you, I don't know what can be.

The US government, in its lust to further destabilize the Middle East, and forcibly bend it to its will (according to Israel's desires), has created a world of hurt enabling it to expropriate resources to which it has no moral right; making sure the governments of those countries wind up western-centric, even if it has to destroy those countries to make that happen; and insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

The degree to which these activities by my government constitute war crimes, at this point in its history, is frightening and morally monstrous; there are moments when I wake up in the morning, and think I've awoken in the wrong country, but no.

I have awakened in what used to be the land of the free and the home of the brave; But in the last two decades, it has morphed into a thorough police state, where one is presumed guilty until proven innocent; surveilled every moment; and its people painfully exploited by the 1% who do not understand how angry the rest of us are.

As a Christian witness and Christian pacifist activist, I will never advocate violence; but I understand how violence can come about.

I am, however, advocating that all of the readers of this blog, and listeners to Mike's radio show,to quietly prepare themselves in terms of food; potable water; medication, and plans to reunite with their families, if they are separated if the excrement hits the ventilation system; 2017, at every level, may be a roller coaster ride of epic proportions.

Mar 06 10:42

Bahrain parliament approves military trials for civilians

Bahrain on Sunday approved a constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians, the kingdom's latest rollback on reforms made after its 2011 Arab Spring protests that likely will stoke an ongoing government crackdown on dissent.

Activists warn the amendment will allow an undeclared state of martial law on the island near Saudi Arabia that's home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. Loyalists of Bahrain's rulers call the change necessary to fight terrorism as the persistent low-level unrest that followed the 2011 demonstrations has escalated recently in tandem with the crackdown.

The island's 40-member Consultative Council, the upper house of the Bahraini parliament appointed by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, voted for the measure Sunday. Their approval came less than two weeks after the 40-seat Council of Representatives, the parliament's elected lower house, passed it with little opposition.

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To the Al-Khalifa monarchy and the Bahraini government; this will not end well.

The government of Saudi Arabia is bleeding money, particularly from its no-win military misadventure in Yemen, and may well not be able to help you if things get dicey again.

And President Trump, please: a word. You just signed off on a huge contingent of military supplies for Bahrain and Saudi Arabia back in February.

Trump set to approve blocked arms sales to S Arabia, Bahrain: Report

I might politely suggest that you should have used that money to find another home for the 5th Fleet; because when Bahrain comes apart at the seams, socially and financially (because anyone with an ounce of sense knows that this is only a matter of time), the newly-formed Shiite government may well be none too happy about having a reminder of the repression of their former monarchy just sitting on their island, and may well ask the American military to leave.

And Mr. President, a last point; how can the US government claim to support freedom and democracy around the world, when it openly supports tyrants who miserably suppress their own people?!?

This is a pattern which has been a consistent problem for the US government for quite a long time in the 20th and 21st centuries, President Trump, and it is a pattern that needs to end.

Mar 06 10:25

US Drone Strikes Wound Several Civilians in Yemen

Beginning an intense campaign of drone strikes against Yemen on Thursday, US forces continued to pound targets in the country throughout the weekend, with little sign that anything high value was hit, but Yemeni officials continuing to label everyone anonymous person on a motorcycle killed as a “suspect,” with two more suspects killed today.

As the attacks stop being restricted to the mountains and start hitting actual towns and villages, however, the anonymity of the victims isn’t always solid, with reports out of Shabwa Province that some of the US strikes hit civilian homes, wounding a number of civilian bystanders.

Pentagon officials have largely not addressed the question of who is being targeted in specific strikes, saying only that broadly the efforts are meant to prevent al-Qaeda forces from being able to organize and carry out attacks overseas from locations within Yemen.

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Mr. President: a word here.

As a Christian witness, and a Christian pacifist activist, it appears that I must politely remind you that collective punishment, as is being visited upon the Yemeni people through US and Saudi bombing raids... is a war crime.

And I would like to politely suggest to you that our complicity in Saudi war crimes will not "Make America Great Again"; it will simply make the government of this country, yet again, complicit in war crimes.

I was fervently hoping that you meant what you said about wars not being the answer to every geopolitical "threat" the US government faces when you were on the campaign trail.

Unfortunately, it appears, through this accelerated bombing campaign against Yemen, that you never meant those statements to actually be taken seriously by the voting public.

Mar 06 09:32

GRAPHIC: MCCAIN INSTITUTE TAX FILE FROM 2014 SHOWING $300,000 GIVEN BY ROTHSCHILD'S AND 1 MILLION BY THE SAUDI'S.

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John Mc Cain's estimated net worth stands at around $21 million dollars.

John Mc Cain's estimated net worth

And of course, a financial empire like that requires constant care and feeding, hence the contribution from Saudi Arabia to the Mc Cain Institute. And the question which must now be asked is, how much of that $1,000,000.00 contribution from Saudi Arabia trickles back to Senator Mc Cain himself?!? And who are the other "contributors" to this institute, potentially from the US's military industrial complex?!?

Pay to play, anyone?!?

This must be the reason why Mc Cain is constantly advocating for war against Iran, and supports the Saudi's carnage in Yemen, where schools and hospitals are getting bombed; children get bombed from the air by Saudi attacks; and children are dying of malnutrition because Saudi military have blocked the ports, so no food can get in. And just to spell it out for you in the most graphic way I can, here is what Senator Mc Cain is supporting in the Saudi war against Yemen:

Images: Yemeni children killed or wounded by Saudi air strikes

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi military closing Yemeni ports to food aid.

It is painfully apparent that, as a Christian witness and Christian Pacifist activist, I need to remind Senator Mc Cain that collective punishment (as is being visited upon the Yemeni people by the Saudi military) is a war crime.

But hey, Senator, all that death and destruction going on in Yemen, courtesy of a foreign government with supports you financially, is just collateral damage, and nothing to be morally concerned about in any way, right sir?!?!?

Mar 05 13:15

U.S. steps up bombing raids on al Qaida in Yemen, citing threat to West

Trump has granted U.S. commanders, through Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the temporary authority to order military strikes without going through the White House for approval.

Feb 28 16:43

U.S. Doubles Down On ISIS Drones Warning; Now Terrorists Could Launch Swarms

By Nicholas West

Yesterday I covered an urgent request that was placed by the United States Air Force to obtain drone killing technology that could be used against ISIS’ newly formed “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen.” The result of this urgency was a $15.6 million no-bid contract with an Israeli company to develop portable systems to combat small drones that are alleged to be in use and under rapid development by ISIS and other terror groups in the region.

Although it’s merely one day later, the “urgency” has become nearly breathless, as today the Pentagon’s counterterrorism chief, Lt. Gen. Michael Nagata, is warning that since terrorists have demonstrated a clear intention to use drones, the next step would be to launch drone swarms...

Feb 28 08:31

Suspect in fatal Kansas shooting thought Indian victims were Iranian – 911 call

The chief suspect in a fatal shooting in Kansas thought his two Indian victims were Iranian, according to a 911 call from a bartender who reportedly witnessed the man’s confession. The crime has renewed concern over the treatment of immigrants in the US.

Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder after shooting at two 32-year-old Indian men at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, last week.

Feb 28 03:35

Iran and U.S. Tension Heats Up; Iranian Navy Holds Massive Drill

Last year, the Obama administration entered into a nuclear deal with Iran, ostensibly opening up a new era of US-Iran relationships. Well, with the latest Trump administration, it looks like things are heating up again and the nuclear deal may be in jeopardy. The Trump administration has stepped up its rhetoric against Iran with President Trump tweeting that “Iran is playing with fire” after the Republic’s ballistic missile test at the end of January.

In the following video, Right Wing News looks at the implications behind Iran’s large-scale military naval drills in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran seems hell bent on testing the ‘red line’ drawn up by the Trump administration and if they push too far, the consequences could be devastating.

Here’s the billion-dollar question: Is there something motivating the tension that the media isn’t telling people? You bet there is!

Feb 27 17:18

Double Life of White Helmets: Volunteers by Day, Terrorists by Night (Photos)

Volunteers of the White Helmets civil defense organization have a double life: they are ‘volunteers’ by day and terrorists by night.

Feb 27 11:34

The Purge of Christians across the Middle East: Where are the Protestors?

In what must surely be one of the most disturbing massacres of people in recent years, the usual suspect protestors have kept their silence.

Feb 27 09:06

Hillary Clinton Sponsored Secretive Arab Spring Program that Destabilized Middle East

The U.S. State Department under the leadership of Secretary Hillary Clinton continued a program to embolden foreign, revolutionary, social media activists to agitate for regime change in various parts of the world. The program arguably had major, detrimental consequences for the trajectory of the Middle East.

Feb 26 15:52

Netanyahu Suggests Bringing International Forces into Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for deployment of international forces in the Gaza Strip, expressing his concern of the International Criminal Court (ICC), in the Hague.

Feb 25 10:53

U.S. Air Force Gives No-Bid Contract to Israeli Company To Destroy ISIS Drones

By Nicholas West

A new narrative has emerged in military circles that indicates an added feature to the never-ending conflict in the Middle East, and one which threatens to become another justification for the wider War on Terror: ISIS drones...

Feb 25 10:02

THE U.S. CARRIED OUT REGIME CHANGE IN SYRIA IN 1949 … AND TRIED AGAIN IN 1957, 1986, 1991 AND 2011-TODAY

The CIA backed a right-wing coup in Syria in 1949. Douglas Little, Professor, Department of Clark University History professor Douglas Little notes:

Recently declassified records… confirm that beginning on November 30, 1948, [CIA operative Stephen] Meade met secretly with Colonel Zaim at least six times to discuss the “possibility [of an] army supported dictatorship.” [“Cold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945-1958,” Middle East Journal, Winter 1990, p. 55]

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As early as 1949, this newly independent Arab republic was an important staging ground for the CIA’s earliest experiments in covert action.

The CIA secretly encouraged a right-wing military coup in 1949.
The reason the U.S. initiated the coup? Little explains:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As the French say, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose"; the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Feb 24 11:22

JOHN MCCAIN ILLEGALLY TRAVELS TO SYRIA, MEETS WITH LEADERS AND FIGHTING GROUPS; NO CRITICISM FROM MSM

Shortly after the mainstream media erupted in hysteria and neo-McCarthyistic attacks against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for having a routine conversation with the Russian Ambassador and for once having dinner with the President of Russia as part of an event, aging warmonger Senator John McCain recently announced that he had traveled illegally into Syria to meet with U.S. troops illegally stationed there as well as to meet with ISIS supporter and President of Turkey, Recep Tayip Erdogan. McCain also met with the Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and crown prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In addition, McCain also met with Kurdish fighters on the ground in Syria.

On February 22, McCain’s spokeswoman, Julie Tarallo, confirmed that McCain had made the trip, saying it was a “valuable opportunity to assess dynamic conditions on the ground in Syria and Iraq.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We're all familiar with the tag line from the commercial about the credit card, asking "What's in YOUR wallet"?!?

And I have to admit that I have been curious as to what is in Senator McCain's financial portfolio; and how many of those companies are a big part of the US's military/industrial complex.

It is very unfortunate for this country that Congressional Representatives, unlike their President, are not obliged to put their financial affairs into a blind trust, upon taking their oath of office. And what, you might logically want to ask, right now about Senator McCain's estimated net worth?!?

Senator McCain's estimated next worth is 21 million dollarsd

NOW, THAT is a financial empire....which, geopolitically needs constant tending, so here's the most probable "back story" for his little, Logan Act- defying "junket" to the Middle East.

His loyalty to his corporate, warmongering masters cannot be disputed at this point; and this little "visit", I am reasonably certain, was not about creating regional peace through hard-won, moral negotiations which might alleviate the need for any further US military intervention in the Middle East, , but the incitement of even more bloody wars, from which his "good friends" in the military/industrial complex and the financial industry, will profit mightily.

Feb 24 10:50

Commander-In-Chief Orders CIA To Halt Support Of ISIS In Syria

President Donald Trump has ordered the CIA to halt all support for ISIS militants in Syria, in a show of solidarity to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Feb 24 09:59

The Deep State Just Made It's Move & You Are Not Going To Believe Their Plan

Mexico prepares to ditch US corn imports. DHS begins deportation but they are not using an army. Infowars and NaturalNews have been hit by Google, the deep state is slowly getting rid of the alternative media.

Feb 23 14:24

Be Prepared, Spring Is Coming & Plans Are In The Works For The Next Event

Sweden is in the midst of a migrant problem and media in Sweden is not reporting on it. 80% of the people oppose sanctuary cities, 52% approve on immigration reforms. Preibus is trying to save face, says Russia and Trump have no connection.

Feb 23 14:23

Trump has reminded Palestinians that it was always about one state

Jonathan Cook says Trump’s claim that he is not fixated on a two-state solution means Israelis and Palestinians must define their objective: a fortress for their tribe, or a shared homeland with rights and dignity for all.

Feb 21 15:03

Why Do “Progressives” Like War? – Philip Giraldi

Ironically, pursuing a reset with Russia is one of the things that Trump actually gets right but the new left won’t give him a break.

Liberals are supposed to be antiwar, right? I went to college in the 1960s, when students nationwide were rising up in opposition to the Vietnam War.

As I look around now, however, I see something quite different.

The lefties I knew in college are now part of the Establishment and generally speaking are retired limousine liberals. And they now call themselves progressives, of course, because it sounds more educated and sends a better message, implying as it does that troglodytic conservatives are anti-progress. But they also have done a flip on the issue of war and peace.

Feb 21 14:50

Against All Odds – Israel Shamir

The battle is not over yet, but meanwhile it seems the Deplorables are winning, and Pussyfaces are losing.

Mike Moore’s flabby mug always looks indecently exposed, the fat slob could lead the old hags’ march without the pink pussyhat. Just his own visage would suffice.

Trump is down, cry the fans and haters alike. He’s been defeated, broken, never to rise again. He is a lame duck soon to be impeached. He will crawl back to his golden lair leaving the White House to his betters, or even better, he will run to his pal Vlad Putin.

No, my friends and readers, Trump is fighting, not running, but things take time. It is not easy to change the paradigm, and the odds were heavily slanted against Trump from step one. Still, he got this far, and he will go on.

Feb 21 11:34

Catholic Bishops 2017 Visit To Gaza: "Crippling Occupation Of West Bank Violates Human Dignity; Egregious Injustices & Random Violence Are A Scandal, Man-Made Catastrophe"

An international contingent of Roman Catholic Bishops took their annual trip to Palestine in January, and Archbishop Oscar Cantu of New Mexico, who serves as Chairman of the Vatican's Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote a strongly-worded letter to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding Israel's occupation of the West Bank. LibertyFight.com has reported extensively on these trips for several years, and this is something which is barely mentioned, if at all, in the corporate Zionist-controlled media.

Feb 21 09:15

White House Leakers In The Process Of Being Exposed

Trump is introducing a new travel ban. The deep state is now pushing to have Trump removed using the 25 Amendment. Leaks from the White House was done on purpose to flush out the leakers.

Feb 21 08:56

Rioters set cars on fire, loot shops in Stockholm suburb (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Golly Gee! Wonder who the rioters are. Trump was right!

Police in Sweden were forced to fire warning shots after a group of unidentified persons ran riots in the Rinkeby district of Stockholm late on Monday, setting cars on fire, throwing stones at police and looting local stores.

A police officer was injured during the clashes, forcing law enforcers to fire several warning shots at the crowd, Swedish public service broadcaster SVT reported, citing a local police spokesperson.

Feb 21 06:38

THE "BLIND SHEIK" AND THE CIA - MEDIA BURY U.S. SUPPORT FOR RADICAL ISLAMISM

Financed by Saudi sources Abdul-Rahman created various groups of radicals in Egypt and gets deeply involved with Al-Qaeda, recruiting fighters for Afghanistan in cooperation with the CIA and the Pakistani secret services. He was the ideological leader of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, an Islamic radical organization in Egypt responsible for several terrorist attacks. He traveled to the U.S. several timed between 1986 and 1990 to further his violent ideology. His visas were issued by CIA agents despite his appearance on a State Department terrorism watch list. In 1990 he moves to the U.S. where he preached his violent Islam and continued to recruit fighters for radical causes.

In December 1990 the New York Times reported:

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I would love to be able to believe that this story of CIA involvement in the history and career of this man to be an absolute, and complete, fraud; however, in looking at the following, I find that to be absolutely impossible.

Profile: Omar Abdul-Rahman

Rather, this is part of a pattern we see with the CIA; nurturing radicals and activists who ultimately do deadly things against Americans, or American or foreign interests, when they believe it services their agendas, and narratives.

The American Deep State doesn't give a damn about the pain and suffering of average Americans, just trying to survive in a very economically hostile environment; they just care that their power is preserved, at any and all costs.

This is why President Trump is such an absolute thorn in their collective sides; he wants to limit foreign covert entanglements and find other ways of getting what this country wants and needs other than perpetual wars, in which the US government has been embroiled - and generated - since 2001.

Feb 20 15:08

President Trump: Diplomacy and Democracy in America

Win or lose, the Trump Administration has opened a debate on the possibilities of peace with a nuclear superpower, a re-examination of the huge trade deficit and the necessity to stand-up for democracy against authoritarian threats from the so-called ‘intelligence community’ against an elected President.

By the end of the first month of President Trump’s Administration we are in a better position to evaluate the policies and direction of the new President. An examination of foreign and domestic policy, particularly from a historical and comparative perspective will provide insights about whether America is heading for a catastrophe as the mass media claim or toward greater realism and rationality.

We will proceed by examining whether Trump pursues diplomacy over warfare.

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