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Sep 29 07:22

What's The Conflict Between Greece And Turkey All About?

The majority of people tend to think of the concept of history as if it is something relegated only to the past. As if they are not living through what will become history in the future. Doing so allows them to maintain a thought process that convinces them that world wars and European wars, in general, are over.

After all, Europe learned its lesson in the Big One – and the Big One after that. Of course, with any such incident, there’s history, and there’s what actually happened.

If things between Greece and Turkey don’t cool down, a European/Mediterranean war will ensue.

Such a war would not be merely European but Euro-Asian and, at its furthest reach, global.

Sep 29 07:22

Armenian-Azerbaijani War Rages In South Caucasus

On September 27, a new regional war in South Caucasus arose from the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Pro-Armenian forces captured the region in the early 90s triggering an armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Further development of the hostilities and the expected offensive by pro-Azerbajian forces were stopped by a Russian intervention in May of 1994. As of September 2020, the Nagorno-Karabakh region and nearby areas are still under the control of Armenian forces, de-facto making it an unrecognized Armenian state – the Republic of Artsakh (more widely known as the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic).

Sep 29 07:19

Heavy Casualties as Nagorno-Karabakh Fighting Continues

Fighting that erupted on Sunday between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians in the contested mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh continued throughout Monday.

Officials in Nagorno-Karabakh said 26 more of their soldiers were killed on Monday evening, bringing the total of dead Nagorno-Karabakh troops to 84. Eleven civilians have been reported killed in the fighting, nine on the Azerbaijan side, and two on the Armenian side. So far, no Azeri military casualties have been reported.

Armenia and Azerbaijan, both post-Soviet states, have been locked in a territorial dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh for decades.

After heavy fighting killed thousands in the early 1990s, a ceasefire was declared in 1994. While there have been flare-ups since the ceasefire, these latest clashes are the heaviest the region has seen since 1994.

Sep 29 07:19

Azerbaijan Denies That Turkey Is Sending Fighters From Syria

Azerbaijan rejected a statement from Armenia that claimed Turkey had sent Syrian fighters to support Azeri forces after heavy clashes in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. On Sunday, fighting erupted between Azeri and Armenian forces in the disputed area and continued on Monday, leaving dozens dead.

Armenia’s ambassador to Russia claimed that Turkey sent about 4,000 fighters to Nagorno-Karabakh from northern Syria. An aid to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev denied these rumors.

“Rumors of militants from Syria allegedly being redeployed to Azerbaijan is another provocation by the Armenian side and complete nonsense,” the aid said.

Sep 29 07:18

Nagorno-Karabakh: Historical grievances with dangerous potential

The winner in this war seemed so obvious – Azerbaijan, the oil-rich nation whose defence spending is much larger than the government budget of its impoverished adversary.

But for three decades and against all odds, cash-strapped Armenia defended its unrecognised satellite, Nagorno-Karabakh, a South Caucasus territory north of Turkey and Iran. Dominated by ethnic Armenians, it violently broke away from Azerbaijan after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

How?

Sep 29 07:15

Turkey demands Armenia 'ends its occupation of Azerbaijan' amid re-ignited Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday demanded Armenia put an end to its "occupation" of Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, after fresh clashes broke out over the weekend.

"The time has come for crisis in the region that started with the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh to be put to an end. Once Armenia immediately leaves the territory it is occupying, the region will return to peace and harmony," Erdogan said.

His comments came after Turkish foreign minister reiterated his country's full support for Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on Monday.

Sep 29 06:44

Nagorno-Karabakh Live Updates: Armenia Claims to Have Downed Azerbaijani Helicopter

Armenia and the breakaway republic of Nagorno-Karabakh previously declared martial law and general mobilisation, while Azerbaijan declared partial martial law and partial mobilisation, closing its airports to all countries except Turkey.

Both sides report continuing clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh, with numerous photos and videos of the fighting from Monday and Sunday published on social media. Azerbaijan has claimed that Armenian forces lost 550 servicemen, while Armenia reported only several dozen casualties, adding that Baku had lost hundreds of soldiers.

The UN Security Council plans to convene later in the day in order to address the clashes, according to media reports.

Sep 29 06:43

Middle East Chessboard: How Iran, Turkey and Qatar Can Counterbalance Emerging Israeli-Gulf 'Bloc'

Iran, Turkey and Qatar could form a united front to counter-balance possible geostrategic changes on the Middle Eastern grand chessboard emanating from the 15 September Abraham Accords inked by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain with Israel, says Mahan Abedin, a veteran journalist and analyst of Iranian and Middle Eastern politics.

Sep 29 06:42

Armenia tells bitter enemy Azerbaijan to brace for ‘HARSH RESPONSE’ as civilian bus hit & set on fire in new cross-border strikes

Azerbaijani artillery and aircraft have pounded a military base in Armenia, and a civilian bus has been hit in a “drone strike,” the Defense Ministry in Yerevan reported, telling its rival to brace itself for a “harsh response.”

Azeri forces targeted non-combatants in the small Armenian border town of Vardenis on Tuesday, according to Artsrun Hovhannisyan, an Armenian Defense Ministry representative. If the information is true, it would mark a serious escalation in the conflict, as a direct attack on Armenia proper.

The official uploaded to social media what he said was photographic documentation of the aftermath of a strike by an Azerbaijani unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Sep 29 06:40

Russia Appears Indecisive As Turkey Exposed As Backing Azerbaijan War In Karabakh

From the first minutes of the start of new large-scale hostilities in the zone of the Karabakh conflict, officials in Yerevan and Stepanakert (the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) pointed to the direct participation of Turkey in preparing an Azerbaijani offensive along the entire line of contact. Armenian experts also speak about this, citing rather convincing arguments.

Sep 29 00:15

Trump admin mulls new sanctions on Iran’s financial sector

"...The Trump administration is considering fresh sanctions to sever Iran’s economy from the outside world except in limited circumstances, by targeting more than a dozen banks and labeling the entire financial sector off-limits, three people familiar with the matter said.

The move would effectively leave Iran – which has seen its economy crushed by the loss of oil sales and most other trade thanks to existing American restrictions – isolated from the global financial system, slashing the few remaining legal linkages it has and making it more dependent on informal or illicit trade..."

Sep 28 15:32

The moment three Armenian crew are blown up inside their tank by a Turkish-made drone in Azerbaijani battle footage from the Middle East's new proxy war 

Armenia and Azerbaijan released dramatic combat footage today of Cold War tanks being blown to pieces by drone strikes as the two countries fight over a contested region.

One video shows an Azerbaijani TB-2 drone, made in Turkey, tracking a Soviet-era Armenian T-72 tank across the battlefield before blowing it up with a missile - likely killing the three crew members inside.

A new proxy war is brewing in the Middle East as Turkey flexes its muscles by backing Azerbaijan in its war with Armenian separatists, amid heavy fighting which has left at least 39 people dead in the last two days.

Sep 28 15:30

The moment three Armenian crew are blown up inside their tank by a Turkish-made drone in Azerbaijani battle footage from the Middle East's new proxy war 

Armenia and Azerbaijan released dramatic combat footage today of Cold War tanks being blown to pieces by drone strikes as the two countries fight over a contested region.

One video shows an Azerbaijani TB-2 drone, made in Turkey, tracking a Soviet-era Armenian T-72 tank across the battlefield before blowing it up with a missile - likely killing the three crew members inside.

A new proxy war is brewing in the Middle East as Turkey flexes its muscles by backing Azerbaijan in its war with Armenian separatists, amid heavy fighting which has left at least 39 people dead in the last two days.

Sep 28 07:10

Yemen’s al-Masirah TV publishes documents disclosing US interference in Arab country

A Yemeni television network has published a number of classified and top-secret documents from the United States’ diplomatic mission in the Arab country, which reveal Washington's interference in the internal affairs of the Arab country since many years ago.

The US embassy’s documents were publicized by the al-Masirah television network before the September 21 Revolution – the 2014 popular uprising that toppled the Saudi-backed government of former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and included directives from previous American ambassador Gerald M. Feierstein to the Presidency on transfer of the so-called “anti-terrorism units” from the Ministry of Interior to Defense Ministry.

Sep 28 06:06

Yemen: Evidence of potential war crime by Saudi coalition

A Sky News investigation has discovered evidence of a recent potential war crime in northern Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the US and Britain.

There's already growing controversy over why Britain is still supporting a campaign which has led to the country being declared the world's biggest humanitarian disaster.

Sep 28 06:05

UK 'turning a blind eye' to war crimes in Yemen with Saudi arms sales

The British government is facing renewed criticism over ongoing UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and has been accused by opposition MPs of "turning a blind eye" to war crimes in Yemen.

In a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday, Labour MP Claudia Webbe said it was "shameful" the UK was "complicit" in the Yemeni conflict.

"The UK supplies weapons and crucial military support to the Saudi-led coalition, which is responsible for the highest number of reported civilian fatalities," she said. "British companies should not be allowed to profit from the suffering of the people of Yemen."

Sep 28 06:03

Sudan rejects linking removal from US terrorism list with Israel

Sudan does not want to link its removal from a US “terrorism list” that is hindering access to foreign funding for the country’s economy with the normalisation of relations with Israel, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said on Saturday.

Sources said this week that US officials indicated in talks with a Sudanese delegation they wanted Khartoum to follow the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain and open ties with Israel.

Sep 28 05:33

Yemen war: Journos gather ‘war crime’ evidence at scene of Saudi-led airstrike

A group of journalists have looked for evidence of war crime at the scene of a recent massacre of civilians, including children, during a Saudi Arabia-led strike that targeted a civilian home near Yemen’s border with the kingdom.

The Sky News team that identified itself as the first journalists to independently investigate the attack, “discovered evidence of a recent potential war crime in northern Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the US and Britain,” the network reported on its website on Monday.

The attack saw a jet reaching the remote village of Washah before striking the home where only women and children were present at the time, while refusing to even “touch” any other nearby structure.

Sep 27 05:41

US Officials Must Be Prosecuted for Yemen War Crimes

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently announced that it was providing $204 million in aid for the impoverished and war-ravaged country of Yemen. That sounds generous, but it’s the Saudi royals themselves who are responsible for most of the death, destruction, starvation, and disease in Yemen, in which 80 percent of the population, some 24 million, need outside assistance.

Riyadh has spent more than five years conducting a brutal air campaign intended to restore a pliant regime to power. The claim that the Kingdom is generously helping the needy is a bit like a man murdering his parents only to throw himself on the court’s mercy since he is an orphan. If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wanted to help the Yemeni people, he would simply end the war.

Sep 24 06:39

Qatar Eyes Normalisation With Israel in Exchange for Lifting of Gulf Boycott Against It, Source Says

Qatar is poised to seal a deal with Israel as early as next month, says a source involved in the talks, adding that when it happens, it will present a drastic change from the current position of Doha that right now negates the possibility of recognising the Jewish state without reaching a solution on the Palestinian front.

In a confidential talk with Sputnik, an anonymous source in the Gulf that's connected to the highest echelons of government in several countries, said Doha is now mulling over the option of normalising ties with Israel with the mediation of the US.

The revelation comes amid a barrage of criticism that has been directed at the United Arab Emirates for reaching an agreement with Israel; one of the loudest voices was that of Qatar.

Sep 24 06:11

UN Cuts Healthcare Aid in Yemen

The UN said on Wednesday that it has cut vital aid to 300 healthcare facilities across Yemen, and cuts have also been made to the UN’s food distribution services. The cuts come as the US-backed Saudi war on Yemen continues to rage. The war has shattered Yemen’s medical infrastructure, caused the largest modern-day cholera outbreak, and has left the civilian population severely food insecure.

Between April and August, the UN closed or reduced more than one-third of its humanitarian programs in Yemen. If the UN does not receive more funding in the coming weeks, additional cuts are expected. The UN’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen said they have only received $1 billion of the $3.2 billion necessary to fund these programs.

Sep 24 06:06

US War Crimes in Yemen: Stop Looking the Other Way

The longstanding involvement of the United States in the conflict in Yemen is facing renewed scrutiny. On September 16, State Department officials testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about whether the State Department misled Congress – and the American people – by circumventing controls designed to limit arms sales and ensure congressional oversight.

The crimes occurring in Yemen are serious – and the responsible parties demonstrably unwilling or unable to address them. The most recent report by the United Nations Group of Eminent and International Regional Experts on Yemen described “an acute accountability gap” and recommended that the UN Security Council refer the situation in Yemen to the International Criminal Court.

Sep 23 12:06

IRAN SAYS HOUTHIS USE ITS MILITARY KNOW-HOW IN BATTLE AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA

Iran has supplied Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) with technical expertise and know-how, a spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi said on September 22. However, the general claimed that Yemeni forces “have learned how to produce missiles, drones and weapons in Yemen on their own” and Iran has no military presence in the region. Shekarchi described what Iran is doing across the region as “spiritual and advisory presence”.

“Countries of the resistance front have armies and forces themselves. We provide them with advisory help. In order to share our experience with the people of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, our skilled forces go there and assist them, but this is the people and armies of these countries who stand against the enemies in practice,” the general stated.

Sep 22 11:53

US Treasury Department abandoned major money laundering case against Dubai gold company

After three years of digging, investigators in the United States had accumulated a mountain of evidence that they believed sealed the case against Kaloti Jewellery Group, one of the largest gold traders and refiners in the world.

The Dubai-based conglomerate had become a key cog in the dirty gold trade, buying the precious metal from sellers suspected of laundering money for drug traffickers and other criminal groups, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-led task force determined. Kaloti often paid in cash — sometimes so much it had to be hauled in wheelbarrows — and wired money for suspect clients to other businesses, investigators believed.

In 2014, the task force recommended that the Treasury Department designate Kaloti a money laundering threat under the USA Patriot Act, a seldom-used measure known as the financial “death penalty” because it can freeze a firm out of the international banking system.

Sep 22 07:08

New UN report offers grim reminder of US complicity in the brutal war in Yemen

If you want a graphic example of how U.S. intervention can very often make the situation worse, look no further the civil war in Yemen, a conflict that has long since been designated by the United Nations as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster.

A military campaign Saudi Arabia confidently predicted back in 2015 would be over in weeks has instead dragged out into what can only be referred to as one, long, never-ending nightmare. With the war entering its fifth year this coming March, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s first overseas misadventure (there have been too many to count) has produced a tragedy of such great proportions that Yemen — the poorest country in the Arab world — now resembles a house of real-life horrors.

Sep 22 06:54

A Peace Deal Like No Other

It is odd that the White House is gloating over its claimed peace agreement in the Middle East at the same time as one of the signatories is bombing Syria, Lebanon and Gaza. It all suggests that peace in the region will exclude designated enemies and the friends of those enemies, since the ties among the three parties – Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain – is transparently in part an offensive alliance directed against Iran and its friends, to include Syria and Lebanon. A significant amount of the horse trading that preceded the gala signing ceremony in the White House involved who would get what advanced American weapons down the road. The UAE wants F-35 fighter bombers while Israel is already asking for $8 billion for more top-level weapons from the U.S. taxpayer to maintain its “qualitative edge” over its new found friends.

Sep 20 05:47

Yemen: 'Choices have been made to abandon these people', says UN official

The "distressing" situation in Yemen is a result of choices made by "powerful countries and powerful people", according to a UN official.

Sir Mark Lowcock told Sky News "choices have been made to abandon these people".

He added that deciding not to fund the relief operation has been "one of the worst choices" made this year.

The country has been devastated by a conflict between Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi's administration and the Houthi armed movement since 2014 - both claim to form the official government.

Mr Hadi's government is supported by powerful countries, headed by Saudi Arabia, but also backed by the US, Britain and the United Arab Emirates.

The crisis has worsened due to coronavirus, with the UN saying more than 20 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance because of the ongoing conflict - almost half of them children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am waiting for Saudi Arabia to carpet bomb the place, which I believe they ultimately will do, to end the war on their, and the US's terms. I cannot tell you when; but it is a definite possibility, given the current state of the conflict.

Sep 20 05:18

Britain, France, and Germany Spurn US Plan for Iran Sanctions

Trump Administration officials have been saying this for weeks, but on Friday reiterated their intentions to try to enforce a UN Security Council resolution that includes broad sanctions against Iran. Officials say they expect every nation to comply.

The glaring problem with this is that the resolution doesn’t exist, at least not as an active resolution the US wants. The P5+1 nuclear deal gave the US the authority to reimpose sanctions on Iran, but the US had withdrawn from that pact years ago. Though the Trump Administration argued that didn’t matter, the UN has virtually unanimously rejected their interpretation, and rejected the UN Security Council resolution. The US believes the resolution becomes active Sunday, but the reality is it just doesn’t exist legally.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These actions spell desperation on the cusp of madness, and the world is not following suit; so, what is next here, an invasion of Iran?!?

Considering just how "brilliantly" the other US occupations around the world are going, you might imagine it might just be time for a "re-think" on this; but of course, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu will not allow that to happen; he wants the US waging war against Iran, so Israel will not have to.

Sep 19 06:24

Why Arab Leaders Are Suddenly Groveling at the Chance to Normalize Ties with Israel

As these words are being written, the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are in Washington DC to sign agreements to normalize relations between their countries and the state of Israel. While the United States and Israel were represented by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Arab states sent their foreign ministers to represent their countries at the signing ceremony. This may have less to do with protocol and more to do with the fact that both Trump and Netanyahu are fighting for their political lives and for them, this was a much needed public relations stunt.

Sep 18 12:44

YEMENI HOUTHIS VOW TO FIGHT ISRAELI PLOTS AS NETANYAHU SIGNS HISTORIC DEAL WITH UAE, BAHRAIN

The Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) continues pounding Saudi Arabia with drones and missiles.

Late on September 17, the Yemeni Air Force loyal to the Houthi government struck Abha International Airport in the Saudi province of Asir with Samad 3 combat drones, which can be used as loitering munitions. The Houthis claimed that the strike hit a military section of the airport causing material damage and casualties among Saudi forces.

The military infrastructure in the Abha airport area and southern Saudi Arabia itself has regularly become a target of Houthi missile and drone strikes. Just during the past month, Abha International Airport was targeted by at least 4 drone and missile strikes. The Saudi capital of Riyadh and oil infrastructure in the central part of the Kingdom are also not out of danger. The Houthis demonstrated this several times during the past few years. The most recent strike on Riyadh took place just a few days ago.

Sep 17 12:25

Islamic 'Holy-War' Brewing: Iran Threatens Arab States, Says US Did This To World

Iranian President Hassan Rohani threatened the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Wednesday for having signed agreements to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. Specifically, he warned that "they will be responsible for the consequences" of the decision.

How could they have reached out to Israel? And then they want to give them bases in the region? You will be responsible for all the serious consequences, ”Rohani declared in a televised speech.

The president of the Persian regime, who did not directly name the two countries, made these statements in the council of ministers after the signing of the agreements, which took place last Tuesday in Washington, given the role of mediator that the United States played in the negotiations

Sep 17 10:38

Trump Says He Would Sell Other Gulf Countries Same Advanced Weapons Given To Israel

In an interview ahead of the signing ceremony for the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Trump said he would be willing to sell other countries in the Middle East "the same advanced weapons" the US sells to Israel.

“They’re very wealthy countries for the most part,” Trump told Fox News. Trump also mentioned the UAE’s desire for US-made F-35s and said he would “personally not have a problem” with the UAE acquiring the warplanes.

Sep 16 07:27

Iran warns the UAE and Bahrain they will bear 'severe consequences' after they signed an historic peace deal with arch-foe Israel

Iran has warned the UAE and Bahrain they will be responsible for 'severe consequences' caused by the signing of an historic peace deal with Israel.

Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian President, blasted leaders of the two Arab states over the deal and accused them of forgetting 'their debt to the Palestinian people'.

'How could you reach out your hands to Israel? And then you want to give them bases in the region? All the severe consequences that would arise from this are on you,' he said in televised remarks.

Sep 16 07:26

UAE official says U.S. mediation an assurance suspension of annexations will hold

The United Arab Emirates’ foreign minister said on Tuesday that the presence of the United States as a mediator of the country’s deal to normalise relations with Israel assures him that the suspension of further annexation of Palestinian lands will hold.

Minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash also said it was not the time to revise the Arab Peace initiative, and that it remains the cornerstone of the UAE’s commitment to the Palestinian cause.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Good luck on that one!

Sep 16 07:24

Protests and rockets as Gulf states sign deals with Israel

At a White House ceremony on Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain officially established diplomatic relations with Israel.

The signing of the US-brokered Abraham Accords formalizes decades of clandestine relations between Israel and the two Gulf states.

US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Emirati foreign minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Alzayani all spoke before the signing.

Al Nahyan and Alzayani also signed separate treaties with Trump and Netanyahu.

Bahrain’s was termed a “declaration of peace,” while the UAE’s a “treaty of peace.”

The four leaders signed copies of the documents in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

Sep 16 07:23

Peace Plans That Have Nothing To Do With Peace

On September 11, 2020, Bahrain announced that it had agreed to normalize relations with Israel, following a similar agreement by the United Arab Emirate (UAE). Both agreements are being packaged and sold as historic peace plans.

They’re Not Peace Plans

Sep 16 07:16

Arab-Israeli Peace At Last: Watch Historic Signing, Trump's 'Globally Praised' Speech

As Israelis prepare to enter a three-week lockdown to block the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, around 700 people attended Tuesday’s ceremony at the White House where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain established official diplomatic relations.

Before the ceremony, Netanyahu met at the White House with US President Donald Trump, who mediated the relations breakthrough, according to an Israeli official who interviewed reporters staying at the premier in Washington.

The Ministers of the UAE and Bahrain, Abudullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, represented their countries at the signing ceremony.

Sep 16 07:01

War and destruction are what REALLY need to be put on lockdown amid this pandemic. But that lesson has YET to be learnt

Today, according to the Palestinian PM, ‘the Arab Peace Initiative dies’ in Washington with the signing of deals between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel. This comes at a time when peace could not be more critical.

On Monday, Mohammad Shtayyeh condemned the following day’s ceremony at the White House, calling it “a dark day in the history of the Arab nation and of the Arab League.”

Indeed, it is a dark day for the world as it faces one of its greatest challenges in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sep 16 06:12

Peace In Our Time: Nine Additional Arab Countries 'Lined-Up' To Sign Trump's Plan

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that it was a "historic day for peace" as two historic Middle East peace agreements were signed between various Gulf states and Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after the three nations agreed on a plan to normalize relations.

Donald Trump also said on Tuesday that "five more countries" will soon establish diplomatic relations with Israel, shortly before participating in the White House in the signing of the Abrahamic Accords of the Israeli government with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, respectively.

Sep 15 12:23

SAUDI AIR FORCE IS LEVELING YEMENI CAPITAL TO GROUND IN RESPONSE TO HOUTHI STRIKES ON RIYADH

The Saudi-led coalition has been bombing Yemen with a renewed energy following the recent missile and drone strikes on the Kingdom’s capital by the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis).

According to pro-Houthi sources, Saudi warplanes conducted over 60 airstrikes on different targets across the country during the past few days. They insist that the most of the targets that were hit were objects of civilian infrastructure. At the same time, Riyadh claims that it has been precisely bombing Houthi military positions.

Sep 15 05:30

Iran's Resistance Film Festival Key to Undo Hegemony of US Films: Canadian Journalist

"...A Canadian journalist and political analyst described the 16th Resistance International Film Festival underway in Iran as important in the face of the hegemony of American films..."

Sep 15 04:38

US Officials Fear Arrest Over Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

State Department has come under fire for facilitating arms sales to the Saudis and suppressing evidence of legal issues raised by Yemen war.

A report from The New York Times revealed that some US officials are concerned that their role in facilitating arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, while ignoring the harm to civilians each country has caused in Yemen, could lead to their arrest overseas for war crimes. A Congressional hearing over these arms sales is set to take place on Wednesday.

The report said that officials from both the Obama administration and the Trump administration have considered hiring lawyers to discuss the possibility of being arrested while vacationing overseas.

The Times report reads: “No episode in recent American history compares to Yemen, legal scholars say, where the United States has provided material support over five years for actions that have caused the continuous killing of civilians.”

Sep 14 06:05

Saudis Launch Airstrikes Against Yemeni Capital of Sanaa

Saudi warplanes carried out at least 11 airstrikes against the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, according to the Shi’ite Houthi movement. Strikes hit across the city, but the main target appeared to be the Sanaa airport.

There is as of yet no word on how much damage was caused, and no reports from either side mentioned casualties. It would be unusual for there not to be casualties in such a large city, but the airport has been closed by a fuel shortage for weeks anyhow.

The Saudis did not announce any specific goals for the attacks, but media reports attributed them to a recent increase in Houthi strikes on Saudi targets. The Houthis have claimed such strikes, though reports have not backed up many of them, and there seems to have been little hit in Saudi Arabia recently.

Sep 14 06:04

Saudi Arabia and America Are Responsible for the ‘Houthi Threat’ in Yemen

America’s post-9/11 wars have had disastrous consequences. They have been a geopolitical bust, fragmenting rather than eliminating terrorist groups, enhancing Iran’s influence, and destabilizing the Middle East. The humanitarian consequences have been even worse: thousands of Americans killed, tens of thousands wounded, hundreds of thousands of civilians killed, millions of people displaced, al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State loosed, and entire nations ravaged.

Sep 14 06:03

Israel-UAE deal: The two-(police)-state solution

In 2016, award-winning Emirati human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor - who is now serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United Arab Emirates for such unspeakable crimes as insulting the “status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols,” including its leaders - was the victim of a hacking attempt by NSO Group, an Israel-based cyber warfare firm.

According to the University of Toronto-based Citizen Lab, which analysed the attack, the goal of the operation was to convert Mansoor’s iPhone into a "digital spy in his pocket" - taking control of the camera and microphone and recording the activist’s communications and movements.

This, mind you, was four years before the normalisation of UAE-Israeli relations last month - the culmination of a longstanding, secret love affair between the Middle Eastern federation of sheikhdoms and the Zionist state known for habitually massacring Palestinians and otherwise tormenting the Emiratis’ fellow Arabs.

Sep 13 08:00

ISRAEL AND THE UAE HOPE TO TURN YEMEN'S REMOTE ISLANDS INTO AN INTEL GATHERING HUB

In the wake of the recent normalization of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in August, it is becoming increasingly clear that Tel Aviv is set to take on an increasingly active role in the war on Yemen, a war that the UAE – together with Saudi Arabia – launched over six years ago.

Sep 13 07:51

Biden Says Stay in Mideast, Increase Military Spending

Former Vice President Joe Biden gave some of his first foreign policy-related positions in an interview with Stars and Stripes on Thursday, saying the “forever wars have to end” while seemingly ruling out any full-fledged withdrawals, arguing the US still has to worry about terrorism and ISIS.

Biden said the ongoing US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria are so complicated he can’t promise a withdrawal. He also suggested he may increase military spending even beyond its current record levels as he shifts focus to what he believes should be the military’s priorities.

The priorities, as are so often the case for the US, are fighting Russia, who Biden identified as a “near-peer” power. The US spends more than ten times the amount on its military annually that Russia does, and it is unclear in what way they are a “near-peer.”

Sep 13 07:41

Bahrain Normalizes Israel Relations, Signing Ceremony Tuesday

A joint statement between Bahrain and the United States on Friday announced that Bahrain will be normalizing ties with Israel, entering “direct dialogue” and establishing full diplomatic relations.

President Trump made the announcement, and officials say a signing ceremony, involving Bahrain, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates, will be happening on Tuesday. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu presented this as a “new era of peace.”

This started in August with the “Abraham Accord,” a peace deal between Israel and the UAE. This historic announcement got off to a rocky start, however, as the UAE claimed it included a deal to let them buy F-35 warplanes from the US, and Israel has attempted to block that.

Sep 13 07:12

Bahrain Jumps on the UAE-Israeli Deal's Bandwagon While Saudis Still Testing Waters, Observers Say

On 11 September, the Kingdom of Bahrain has reportedly agreed to a peace deal with Israel, becoming the fourth Arab country to formally recognise the Jewish state and the second in the last 30 days. International observers have discussed the new announcement as well as its potential impact on the 2020 presidential race in the US.

Sep 12 14:40

The Jew Who Cried Wolf: Extended, 9-11 2020

A history of Jewish false flags! Busted red handed, and thrown behind bars!

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Sep 12 14:36

The Jew Who Cried Wolf: Extended, 9-11 2020

A history of Jewish false flags! Busted red handed, and thrown behind bars!

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Sep 12 10:41

Bahrainis Decry Betrayal as King Does Deal With Israel

In a move that surprised no one, Bahrain and Israel agreed on Friday to establish full diplomatic ties, formalizing more than two decades of clandestine relations.

President Donald Trump announced the US-brokered agreement in a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s king Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Sep 11 11:32

HOUTHIS STRIKE RIYADH WITH MISSILES AND DRONES. SAUDI COALITION RETREATS IN YEMEN

Late on September 10, the Saudi capital of Riyadh came under a missile and drone attack from the Ansar Allah movement (more widely known as the Houthis).

The Yemeni missile and air forces, loyal to the Houthi government, announced that they struck a “high-value target” in Riyadh with a Zulfiqar ballistic missile and three Samad-3 suicide drones.

“The attacks are a response to the enemy’s permanent escalation and its continuing blockade against our country,” Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Houthi government, said in a statement promising more attacks on Saudi Arabia if the Kingdom “continues its aggression and siege” on Yemen.

Sep 11 07:32

Jordanian Authorities Confirm Explosion at Military Warehouse Near Zarqa, Say No Casualties Recorded

Reports from Sky News Arabia say that at least two people have died and three injured after the explosion, also noting that an investigation into the matter has been launched.

The Jordanian Minister of State for Media Affairs, Amjad Odeh Al-Adaileh, cited by Petra news agency, said that an explosion occurred on early Friday in a warehouse containing unsuitable mortar bombs belonging to the armed forces.

According to Al-Adaileh, the blast was caused by an electrical short circuit in a warehouse, which are located in an isolated and uninhabited area and are subject to constant surveillance.

Sep 10 06:37

Tucker: President Trump wants US troops out of the Middle East

Sep 10 02:57

Mile Markers Of Tyranny: Losing Our Freedoms On The Road From 9/11 To COVID-19

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end.”

- George Orwell

You can map the nearly 20-year journey from the 9/11 attacks to the COVID-19 pandemic by the freedoms we’ve lost along the way.

The road we have been traveling has been littered with the wreckage of our once-vaunted liberties, especially those enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.

The assaults on our freedoms that began with the post-9/11 passage of the USA Patriot Act laid the groundwork for the eradication of every vital constitutional safeguard against government overreach, corruption and abuse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There has been "no US child left behind" since 9/11 who has not witnessed, and experienced the terrors the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika has visited, both upon its citizens, in its being perpetually at war with some third world entity with the temerity of sitting over some natural resource so coveted by this country, that they will go to war to obtain it; control it; insure to whom it can or cannot be sold, and in what monetary currency it can be sold.

And the "active shooters drills" in public schools?!? It would only take ONE for me to pull our kid out of that public school so quickly, that the principal's head would be spinning.

I would also make sure my neighbors understood, that if they sent their child to that public school, the emotional scars from this kind of experience, is precisely the kind of intense trauma with which they can expect their kid to come home.

These drills are not about "safety"; they are about conditioning our kids to accept state-induced trauma, so that they can be controlled more easily.

Sep 09 03:39

Nearly 3,500 Yemeni children killed in Saudi airstrikes since 2015: Rights group

Nearly 3,500 children have been killed in Yemen since 2015, when a Saudi-led military coalition started a devastating war against the impoverished country, a human rights group says.

In a report, carried by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, Yemen’s Human Rights Center said on Monday that some 7,200 Yemeni children were either killed or wounded in the imposed war.

Of these ill-fated children, 3,468 were killed, further said the report, which was titled “Childhood with the Color of Blood and the Smell of Death.”

Citing reports by Yemen’s Health Ministry and the country’s media, the center added that 91 percent of the dead were those who had lost their lives in ceaseless aerial attacks by the invaders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you kill the children, babies, and toddlers of a country, you are also killing that country's future; this is what Saudi political and military leadership have attempted to do in Yemen.

They attempt to buy press silence, or sic their "American attack dogs" against anyone who calls it by its rightful name; this is the murder of innocents, writ large.

Sep 09 02:36

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation and “Normalization”. Towards “Greater Israel”

As the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on with no end in sight, Israel and the US have launched an all-out push to resolve the conflict once and for all, on Israel’s terms. If the manoeuvre is successful, Israel will end up with all of the territories it conquered during the 1967 war, including all of the Golan Heights and Jerusalem and most of the Palestinian Territories, including the best sources of water and agricultural land. The West Bank will find itself in the same situation as the Gaza strip, cut off from the outside world and surrounded by hostile Israeli military forces and Israeli settlements.

Palestine in the regional and international geopolitical context.

Sep 03 06:06

What the UAE-Israel Deal Really Means for the Middle East

A key part of this joint intelligence initiative between the UAE and Israel (and, by extension, the U.S.) has been the dramatic increase in the past two years of the purchase of commercial and adjunct residential properties in Iran’s southern Khuzestan province – a key sector for its oil and gas reserves – by UAE-registered businesses, particularly those based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, said the source.

“Around 500,000 Iranians left Iran around the time of the [1979 Islamic] Revolution and settled in Dubai, in the first instance, and then Abu Dhabi, and they have never been in favour of the IRGC having the key role in Iran, so some of them have been used to front businesses or commercial property developments in Khuzestan that are being funded from business registered in those two states of the UAE,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There you have it, folks!!

Sep 03 05:40

Report: UAE Letting Israel Send Spies Into Yemen

Reports originating in the Turkish state media are claiming that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia are allowing Israel’s intelligence agencies growing access into Yemen, with the UAE in particular giving Israeli agents access to the strategic island of Socotra.

There is still not a lot of evidence of how far-reaching this is. One Socotra tribal elder was quoting in the media saying this is the case. Socotra’s tribes have been trying to build up opposition to the UAE’s assertion of control over the island during the ongoing Yemen War.

Socotra has regional strategic value, which is why the UAE wants a presence there, and presumably why Israel would also want a presence there. Couple this with the Israel-UAE peace, and the allegation practically writes itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly wouldn't be surprised if this story proves true.

Sep 02 11:07

Making a hash of Brexit wasn’t enough: Boris Johnson is now set to hire another Israel stooge as trade envoy

Stuart Littlewood comments on reports that Britain’s Zionist Prime Minister Boris Johnson is about to appoint Australia’s Zionist former Prime Minister Tony Abbott as UK new trade envoy, and notes pledges by Johnson to forge even stronger trade relations with the racist state of Israel.>>

Aug 31 06:38

US charges three over collecting monetary aid for war-torn Yemen

The US Justice Department has charged three people in connection with a campaign to collect monetary assistance for the oppressed Yemenis, who are suffering under the years-long Saudi war and blockade.

It claimed that Muzzamil Zaidi and Asim Naqvi, US citizens living in Iran’s holy city of Qom and the American city of Houston, respectively, and Ali Chawla, a Pakistani national residing in Qom, had violated the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Justice Department officials alleged that the defendants “have considerable operational links” to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and moved US currency from the United States to Iran.

Aug 31 06:32

Blasts hit Dubai, Abu Dhabi ahead of first flight from Israel

One person has been killed and several people injured in two separate explosions in the United Arab Emirates' capital Abu Dhabi and its tourism hub Dubai, police and local media say.

The incidents came as the first direct flight between Israel and the United Arab Emirates entered the Saudi airspace before landing in Abu Dhabi, which was hit by a rare blast shortly before the arrival of US and Israeli officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that not all Emeratis are really happy with the UAE's rapprochement with Israel.

Aug 30 05:30

UAE And Israel Plan To Create Intelligence Bases On Yemen’s Socotra Island

By South Front,

Israel and the United Arab Emirates are going to create a military intelligence-gathering infrastructure on Yemen’s Socotra Island, according to Arab and French sources.

According to reports, a delegation of Israeli and UAE officers recently visited the island and examined several locations for establishing the planned intelligence facilities. Earlier in August, the UAE and Israel with assistance from the United States reached a historical peace agreement relaunching diplomatic, economic and even military cooperation between the states on the highest level. The security and military cooperation in the Bab al-Mandab Strait was among the expected goals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the first item on the cooperation agenda between UAE and Israel is.... surveillance?!?

Aug 29 00:36

The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All: The U.S.-brokered pact makes no pretense of peace for Palestinians. Instead, it sharpens a regional coalition against Iran.

In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries – Egypt and Jordan – had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did.

So, it was a pretty big deal when the announcement was made. Except, actually, not so much.

Despite the UAE’s claimed adherence to a decades-long position that no Arab country should normalize relations with Israel until it ended its occupation of Palestinian land, ties between the UAE and Israel had been quietly underway for years. The same is true of many other Arab states.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wow, this looks more like a cynical "same-old same-old", than a real move for peace in the region.

Aug 28 04:15

FIRST AREA OF UAE-ISRAEL COOPERATION: SPYING ON DISSIDENTS AND JOURNALISTS

OURCE: GEOPOLITICS ALERT
ABU DHABI (AMA) – ONCE AGAIN, MEDIA OUTLETS REVEAL ISRAELI COOPERATION WITH GULF COUNTRIES IN THE FIELD OF ESPIONAGE AND THE SALE OF SPECIAL CAPABILITIES AND EXPERTISE THAT WILL HELP GULF GOVERNMENTS TRACK DOWN DISSIDENTS. THE ISRAELI NSO COMPANY IN QUESTION IS ALSO MENTIONED IN A VERY IMPORTANT AND SENSITIVE TOPIC RELATED TO ITS ADVANCED SPYWARE, “PEGASUS,” WHICH ENABLES PENETRATION OF MOBILE PHONES.
This time, the Hebrew newspaper, Haaretz, discussed the issue of Israeli-Gulf cooperation in terms of espionage, stating that the NSO company recently sold programs to opponents like the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf countries. According to what the newspaper on Sunday, deals, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were carried out through official mediation.

The report came to confirm that the Emirati normalization with Israel was an inevitable result of deep and sensitive cooperation between them.

WHAT IS NSO?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How WONDERFUL!!

Aug 25 07:26

Pompeo seeks to flood West Asia with arms, defies US own laws: Iran FM

Iran’s foreign minister says his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo, is trying to “flood our region” with all kinds of US weapons even when his country’s own laws prohibit such a measure.

Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments came in a Monday tweet after Pompeo said earlier the same day and following his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem al-Quds that the US will find a way to balance helping its military ally, the United Arab Emirates, without weakening Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME).

Pompeo’s remarks came amid controversy over whether the US will sell F-35 stealth jets to Abu Dhabi, after the Emirati officials unveiled their plan to totally normalize their country’s relations with Israel.

“The US has legal requirements with respect to the QME, and we will respect that,” Pompeo said, adding, “We have a 20-plus year security relationship with the UAE as well.”

Aug 24 09:47

Ignore at your peril: Palestine ranks high in Arab public opinion

James Dorsey explains that while domestic issues such as provision of jobs, education and health care, good governance and protection of personal rights are of primary concern to Arab citizens, opinion polls indicate that Palestinian rights remain at the top of citizens’ agendas.>>

Aug 24 09:44

How the Israel-UAE pact undermines international law

Lawrence Davidson says the United Arab Emirates’ "normalisation" of relations with Israel in effect provides a seal of approval for Israel’s illegal creeping annexation of Palestinian lands and gives a green light for other states to acquiesce in undermining International law.

Aug 22 10:30

How the UK government provides cover for Israel’s crimes

Stuart Littlewood highlights the gap between the UK government’s meaningless platitudes and mealy-mouthed declarations in relation to Palestinian rights on the one hand, and its actual deeds on the other, which serve to provide cover for Israeli crimes.>>

Aug 21 10:26

How Israel wages war on Palestinian history

Jonathan Cook highlights Israel’s systematic and comprehensive policy of seeking to eradicate Palestinian history in order to to accomplish its desire to destroy Palestinian society and pressure Palestinians to leave their homeland, to be replaced by Jews.

Aug 20 03:50

ISRAEL LAUNCHES WEEK-LONG BOMBING CAMPAIGN IN GAZA AMID ONGOING WAR CRIMES INVESTIGATION

SOURCE: MINT PRESS
Last Monday night Israeli fighter jets executed airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip for the ninth night in a row in an act that may be another on Israel’s long list of possible war crimes.

Israeli leaders characterized the actions as retaliatory, naming Gazan “incendiary balloons” and “riots” as justification.

This is just the latest in what mainstream media generally depicts as a “protracted conflict” between “the militant group Hamas and Israel,” after “months of calm” (5 Gazans have been killed in 2020; Israel has shot at farmers and fishermen hundreds of times; no Israelis have been killed).

The plight of Palestinians in Gaza, a population of almost two million crammed into a region the size of Detroit, has been hidden from the view of most, even as the US funds its occupier with over $10 million a day in military aid.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has devolved into a cruelly apartheid theocracy with nuclear weapons; what could possibly go wrong in the region henceforward?!?

A great deal, my friends; a very great deal.

Aug 20 03:40

Saudi Arabia Breaks Silence, Tentatively Embraces Israel-UAE Peace Deal

As the steward of the two Muslim holy cities (Mecca & Medina) - cities where no non-Muslims are allowed - Saudi Arabia has an image to maintain as an ally in the regional struggle to support the Palestinians in their struggle against Israel. But in another sign of just how significant Jared Kushner's accomplishment actually was, it appears the desert petro-kingdom is finally ready to make an important step toward publicly accepting Israel as a neighbor and friend.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it quite clear, that his annexation will continue to move forward; just perhaps at a slower pace than the speed at which he originally wanted this accomplished.

I am as of yet unsure that this move will find Palestinians "forced to the table" for other concessions.

Aug 18 10:42

UAE recognition of Israel: Whither the Arab and the Muslim world?

James Dorsey says parochial interests and rivalry between the Arabian peninsula's rulers lie behind the United Arab Emirates’ decision to recognise Israel and Saudi Arabia’s turning its back on Jammu and Kashmir.>>

Aug 17 08:14

The United Arab Emirates and Israel Join Hands: Great for Trump but More Bad News for the Middle East

The deal, reportedly set up by White House Special Assistant to the President and son-in-law Jared Kushner, will in fact have little impact on the UAE, whose Crown Prince and head of state of Abu Dhabi Mohamed bin Zayed was instrumental in coming to an agreement on behalf of all of the Emirates. He issued a statement on the understanding reached, stating that

“During a call with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories. The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship.”

Aug 17 06:41

Iran will change its approach to UAE over deal with ‘child-murdering Israeli regime’ – top commander

The freshly inked peace deal with Israel will change Tehran’s attitude towards the United Arab Emirates, a top Iranian commander has warned, saying that Abu Dhabi will now be the prime suspect for any troubles in the Persian Gulf.
“Unfortunately, the UAE has reached a deal to normalize ties with the child-murdering Israeli regime,” Chief of Staff for the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri said on Sunday.

Tehran’s approach to the UAE will change ... If something happens in the Persian Gulf region and if our national security is damaged, however small, we will hold the UAE responsible for that and we will not tolerate it.

Aug 17 06:22

War-Drums: Iran Lashes Out At USA, UAE & Israel; ‘Brought Upon You A Dangerous Future’

Iran's Revolutionary Guard warned on Saturday that there will be dangerous consequences for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for announcing a historic agreement with Israel to establish diplomatic relations.

The UAE is the first Arab Gulf state to do so and only the third Arab nation to establish normalized relations with Israel, Iran's regional archenemy. The Iranian Guard described the agreement as a "shameful" pact and a "nefarious action" approved by the United States, according to a statement from that group posted on its Sepah News portal.

The Iranian guard warned that the deal with Israel will hamper US influence in the Middle East and bring a "dangerous future" for the UAE government. In a televised speech, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday that the United Arab Emirates committed a "serious error” for reaching an agreement for the normalization of ties with Israel.

Aug 17 06:20

There Is a Historic Change Taking Place in the Middle East

President Donald Trump is cock-a-hoop over the United Arab Emirates becoming the first Arab Gulf state to normalise its relations with Israel. He needs all the good news he can get in the months before the US presidential election.

“HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!” Trump tweeted. Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu claimed a triumph in establishing full diplomatic relations with an Arab state that had once been a vocal supporter of the Palestinians. The UAE, for its part, said it had averted Israeli annexation of parts of the West Bank, while the Palestinians denounced yet one more betrayal by their fellow Arabs.

Aug 16 05:51

Outrage grows over UAE-Israel pact to establish full diplomatic ties

Anger is boiling in the Middle East and elsewhere over a recent agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to normalize diplomatic relations, with Palestinian leaders describing it as a “stab in the back” by an Arab country.

Dozens of people raided the UAE embassy in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli on Saturday to express their outrage over the normalization pact between the Persian Gulf country and Tel Aviv.

Aug 16 05:11

Don’t be Hoodwinked by Trump’s UAE-Israel “Peace Deal”

“HUGE breakthrough today,” crowed Donald Trump on twitter as he announced the new peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The deal makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state and the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to have diplomatic ties with Israel. But the new Israel-UAE partnership should fool no one. Though it will supposedly stave off Israeli annexation of the West Bank and encourage tourism and trade between both countries, in reality, it is nothing more than a scheme to give an Arab stamp of approval to Israel’s status quo of land theft, home demolitions, arbitrary extrajudicial killings, apartheid laws, and other abuses of Palestinian rights.

Aug 16 02:22

Israel Not Giving Up On Annexing West Bank, Netanyahu Says, After Historic UAE Deal

Via AlMasdarNews.com,

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he has not agreed to remove the issue of the extension of Israeli sovereignty over lands in the West Bank and will not relinquish it.

Netanyahu said during a speech on Thursday evening, “The American president asked me to wait on the extension of Israeli sovereignty over more lands.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Feeling more than a little betrayed, Mr. President, when you made the comment that the Israel/UAE deal was going to prevent annexation by Israel of the West Bank?!?

President Donald Trump said in a surprise announcement Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates had agreed to normalize relations and that, as part of the deal, Israel would not annex parts of the West Bank it currently occupies.

Welcome to a much clearer understanding of your greatest "frenemy" yet, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and I am sorry if you are so blind that you cannot see this; the guy just "relieved himself" in your face, geopolitically, and told you "it was raining".

Aug 14 06:42

What's the real aim of the disastrous UAE-Israel deal

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have announced an agreement leading to full diplomatic relations -- with the help of US President Donald Trump (who has a Zionist daughter and son-in-law Jared Kushner). Sealed after a long-running series of negotiations and confirmed in a phone call on August 13 among Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli co-prime minister, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, and Donald Trump, the US president, the participants will formally sign the accord at the White House in coming weeks.

Trump's comment? “HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” he wrote on Twitter.

But is it?

Aug 13 09:11

With Trump’s Help, Israel and UAE Reach Historic Deal to Normalize Relations

Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that President Donald Trump helped broker.

Under the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to areas of Yehudah and Shomron that it has been discussing annexing, senior White House officials told Reuters.

The peace deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said.

The agreement was sealed in a phone call on Thursday between Trump, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

The officials described the agreement, to be known as the Abraham Accords, as the first of its kind since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994. It also gives Trump a foreign policy success as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3.

Aug 12 13:57

US comedian Seth Rogen turns the truth about Israel into a joke

Lawrence Davidson highlights the growing gap between Zionists and young Jewish Americans who question the fake history of Israel they have been taught which blanks out the Palestinian people, and reject the racist, apartheid Zionist state.

Aug 12 07:31

Gordon Duff Says Israel Nuked Beirut

More info available in a one hour Interview between Gordon Duff and Kevin Barret on this topic here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40266269
Youtube video: https://youtu.be/FPiFIT40feA

Aug 11 14:53

Rabbis: Synagogues’ silence on Israel’s annexation a moral failure, [Independent Jewish Voices Canada]

We are two rabbis and other members of the Hamilton, Ontario, Jewish community who call on the religious institutions of our community to take the clear moral stand of opposing Israel’s plan to annex large areas of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Particularly at this time, parts of the Canadian Jewish community strenuously promote themselves as allies of oppressed minorities here and elsewhere. Some Jewish organizations express concern about police violence in the U.S. and in Canada. Their silence as Jews in the face of extreme ongoing Israeli violence and oppression of the people of Palestine is intolerable and inexcusable. Jewish people in Canada must condemn those institutions’ silence and complicity.

Aug 10 15:45

Independent Jewish Voices, Rabbis: Synagogues’ silence on Israel’s annexation a moral failure

We are two rabbis and other members of the Hamilton, Ontario, Jewish community who call on the religious institutions of our community to take the clear moral stand of opposing Israel’s plan to annex large areas of Palestinian land in the West Bank and Jordan Valley.

Aug 06 08:18

Watch: Massive Fire Engulfs Sprawling UAE Market In Flames

As GCC member states pledge to send aid to embattled Lebanon following yesterday's shocking and historic blast, allegedly caused by government negligence in the borderline failed state, a massive explosion just rocked a busy market near Dubai, in the UAE.

The fire has spread rapidly through a market in the emirate of Ajman.

Social media users are speculating without any evidence about a possible connection between this fire and the explosion yesterday in Beirut - though "bad things come in twos and threes" isn't much of a theory to go on.

Aug 06 07:42

War Drums Beat In The Middle East After Thousands Of Casualties In Beirut Explosion

Initial reports suggested that the explosion may have been caused by an incident in the firework storage area. However, later, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, which is typically used as an agricultural fertilizer, had been stored for six years at a port warehouse without proper safety measures, “endangering the safety of citizens.”

This statement was backed by General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim, who said a “highly explosive material” had been confiscated years earlier and stored in the warehouse, just minutes’ walk from Beirut’s shopping and nightlife districts.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF there was ever a time for some "adults in the geopolitical room" (and guys, you KNOW who you are!!) to be working the phones to ratchet down the tensions here, now is bloody well the time for them to get to it.

And folks, regarding a potential de-escalation of tensions, don't look at all to President Trump for help; he is way too enmeshed in his own pre-election issues to care.

Aug 04 11:14

Can Israelis broaden their protests beyond Netanyahu?

Jonathan Cook argues that anti-Netanyahu demonstrations in Israel have yet to draw a connection between Netanyahu’s personal abuses of office and the systemic corruption of Israeli politics, with the occupation its beating heart.>>

Aug 02 13:02

Waffling while Libya burns: Libya’s problem is a security problem that requires a military solution

"Libya’s problem is a security problem that requires a military solution. In the west of the country are the Turkish-sponsored Islamist cutthroats of the Muslim Brotherhood and their crime syndicate allies, now backed by nearly 20,000 Syrian mercenaries and other Turkish-trained jihadists. In the east is the elected parliament and its armed force, the LNA, which succeeded in cleansing that part of the country of the Islamist terrorists. It should be obvious to everyone that there cannot be a political accommodation with the Islamist terrorists — the Muslim Brotherhood and its protégés — not in Libya or any other country. To reach a political accommodation with the Muslim Brotherhood is akin to asking the US White House to share power with the drugs mafia or urge Westminster to enter talks with jihadist Anjem Choudary.

Jul 30 14:12

Israel Moves Advanced Missile Systems To Lebanese Border On Fears Of Hezbollah Attack

Via AlMasdarNews.com

A Hebrew-language channel stated on Wednesday night that the Israeli army expects an attack by Hezbollah during the Islamic Eid Al-Adha holiday.

The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation, Kann, reported that Israel fears a “second attack” by Hezbollah in the next 48 hours, that is, during the celebration of Eid al-Adha.

The news channel reported that, based on this expectation, the Israeli army has strengthened its forces in the north near the Lebanese and Syrian borders, deploying advanced missile systems, special rockets and intelligence-gathering capabilities, for fear of a reaction from Hezbollah, after one of its members was killed in an airstrike on July 20th in Damascus.

The Israel-based news channel quoted a “Lebanese diplomat in Beirut” – whom they did not name – as saying that Hezbollah does not want a comprehensive escalation with Israel, but that it is looking for a real retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is this for real, or is the Israeli government broadcasting it is preparing to try a "false flag" against Hezbollah?!?

False flags are a very common form of Israeli statecraft; I am hoping (and praying) for calm, but I don't know that this will happen, looking at the level of distraction Netanyahu needs to misdirect Israeli citizens away from looking at the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and his own corruption trial problems.

Jul 30 05:25

Tens of Saudi-led coalition defect to Houthis

Another defection from the camp of Saudi led coalition. This time a group of nearly 40 forces from the Republican Guards who were stationed in Yemen's western coastline declared their defection to the Houthi Ansarullah Movement in the capital Sana'a.

The commander of the group Major General Fawaz Aljaali said that real intention of the Saudi-led became clear to them only after serving under the command of what he described as the country's occupiers. This defection has come after major victories achieved by Ansarullah fighters and army forces in the vicinity of Marib city.

Experts say this defection is considered as the biggest one that has followed many defections by senior military officials from the camp of Saudi led coalition. Since the beginning of Saudi led war in Yemen in 2015, thousands of the coalition forces have left the ranks of it.

Jul 30 05:24

Four children killed, two injured as cluster bomb explodes in Yemen’s Ma’rib

At least four children have lost their lives and two others sustained injuries when a cluster bomb dropped earlier by the Saudi-led military aircraft in a residential area of Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib went off.

Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, citing local sources, reported that the explosion took place in the village of al-Hazm, which lies in the Harib al-Qaramish district of the province, on Tuesday.

Back on June 11, Yemen's Ministry of Human Rights, in a statement released by the official SABA news agency, warned that cluster munitions pose a serious danger to the lives of civilians, especially women and children, if they come in close contact with them.

The statement added that the alliance has used thousands of cluster bombs on residential areas, causing the death and injury of many civilians. Unexploded submunitions risk the lives of locals in the targeted areas as well.

Jul 30 02:53

US presence root cause of insecurity in West Asia: Ayatollah Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Americans' presence in the region is the cause of insecurity in West Asia, underlining the need for unity among Muslims in the face of the US and the Zionist regime of Israel.

"We consider the US presence in the West Asian region to be a detriment to the nations of this region and a cause for insecurity, destruction and backwardness of the countries," Ayatollah Khamenei said on Wednesday in his annual Hajj message.

"Today, as always and more than ever, the necessary interests of the Islamic Ummah lie in unity; such unity that creates a single force in the face of threats and hostilities, and yells at the devil incarnate, that is the aggressive and treacherous US, and its mad dog, the Zionist regime, and bravely stands up to their bullying," the Leader added.

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