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Aug 26 13:25

The Future of War Looks Like Hollywood: “Terminator-Like Machines to Fight in Battlefields”

The future might be unrecognizable, and the battlefield may soon become a place where humans don’t stand a chance.

The future of war will involve autonomous robots instead of humans, according to Air Force General and Vice Chair of the Joint of Chiefs of Staff Paul Selva, who warned enemies could build “Terminator”-like machines to fight in battlefields.

“I’m talking about a wholly-robotic system that decides whether or not, at the point of decision, it’s going to do lethal ops.”

Read more at SHTF

Aug 26 10:12

The Death Toll in Yemen Is So High the Red Cross Has Started Donating Morgues to Hospitals

ALMOST A YEAR and a half into Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-backed bombing campaign in Yemen, the humanitarian toll has become so extensive that the International Committee of the Red Cross has taken the unusual step of donating entire morgue units to Yemeni hospitals.

Aug 26 09:52

In ‘Peace Initiative,’ Kerry Demands Yemen’s Houthis Surrender and Disarm

Visiting the city of Jeddah, Secretary of State John Kerry announced a deal with Saudi Arabia on a new “peace initiative” related to the ongoing Saudi invasion of Yemen. As with all previous such initiatives, Kerry’s statement laying out the plan demanded that the Shi’ite Houthis, who the Saudis are fighting, must immediately surrender all territory and unilaterally disarm before being allowed to participate in any talks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Secretary Kerry: this proposal has been engineered to fail, and you know it.

The US-enabled Saudi military has been targeting hospitals, schools, and innocent civilians.

These, sir, are war crimes.

And this makes the United States of America complicit in war crimes.

And sir, I hate to be cynical, but it is really difficult for me to keep up these days.

As reported at reuters.com on 9 August of this year:

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticized the coalition's air strikes because of the deaths of civilians. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale.

So, Secretary Kerry, let me get this straight: a private US company, General Dynamics, is selling weaponry to a country which has been proven to be committing war crimes, and the Administration is perfectly fine with this?!?

Many Americans, as they head to the polls in November, are very concerned about these damnable, never-ending pre-emptive wars the US government has either started, or enabled.

And they are asking themselves; do they want another warmonger in chief, which is what a Clinton presidency will guarantee they will have, or a businessman who wants peace through commerce and trade?

The choice for the American voter could not possibly be more stark, Mr. Secretary; and people are paying attention to the potential, horrific, consequences of electing another war-centric candidate.

Aug 26 08:40

PUTIN UNDERCUTS OBAMA: RUSSIA TO HOST MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS

Russian president Vladmir Putin is asserting himself as the next broker for Middle East peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a sign of his continued ambition to supplant the U.S. – and Obama – as the major power broker in the region.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that Putin would be willing to host Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for talks at the Kremlin, reported Egyptian media.

“The Russian president has informed me that he has invited Palestinian President [Abbas] and Prime Minister Netanyahu for a meeting in Moscow,” al-Sisi said. “Egypt supports these efforts and both sides are urged to participate and respond positively to the initiative for the sake of finding light at the end of the tunnel for Palestinians and establishing their state alongside Israel.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Think what you will about this guy, but honestly, at some point, you have to love him; he is always a thousand chess-moves ahead of Obama, with everything he does.

This invitation for Israeli and Palestinian leadership to come together for peace talks, is proof perfect that this is the case.

Aug 26 07:09

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Reportedly Kill 11 Civilians in Yemen

ed 11 civilians, including women and children, Yemen's rebel-run news agency said Friday.

The overnight attack in the city of Saada, a stronghold of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, came as Iran's foreign minister dismissed claims from Saudi Arabia that his country had supplied Yemen's rebels with missiles.

Aug 25 12:54

PENTAGON HAS NO IDEA WHERE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF GUNS WENT IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

The U.S. government has shipped over 1.4 million guns to Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, according a new analysis by the U.K.-based watchdog Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), but the Pentagon is only able to account for fewer than half of them. AOAV released its analysis of publicly available data on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contracts on Wednesday, and added that when requested to provide its own accounting for the small arms provided to the war-torn nations, "the DoD data shows that over 700,000 small arms were sent from the U.S. to Iraq and Afghanistan within these periods. However, this amount only accounts for 48 percent of the total small arms supplied by the U.S. government that can be found in open source government reports."

Aug 25 09:24

US-TURKEY LAUNCH OPERATION "ISIS SHIELD" TO CLEANSE MODERATE ARABS AND KURDS UNDER THE COVER OF FIGHTING ISIS

Sadly, the Kurds of Syria and Iraq have become the pets and toys of the two-faced gangsters in Washington. If Uncle Sam tells them lay down, they lay down, if he tells them fetch, they fetch.

Aug 24 09:38

Turkish tanks cross Syrian border in military op to retake city of Jarablus from ISIS

Turkey has launched a ground incursion into Syria targeting Islamic State and Kurdish fighters near the town of Jarablus. Ankara says it wants to take the town to stop cross-border attacks, while the Kurds warn that Turkish troops will get into a quagmire.

“At 4:00 this morning, operations started in the north of Syria against terror groups which constantly threaten our country, like Daesh [Arabic name for Islamic State] and the PYD [he Democratic Union Party of Syria],” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara, adding that the incursion had been prompted by cross-border attacks originating from Jarablus that should be “stopped.”

Aug 24 04:41

The West’s Favored Autocrats - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

By prioritizing traditional alliances, control of resources and economic ideology, the U.S. turns a blind eye to other aspects of autocratic behavior that contradict its own avowed values, thereby setting up a vivid display of foreign policy hypocrisy. An example is the issue of democracy and the “Other.” Since the 1960s the United States has been struggling with its racist impulses.

Aug 23 22:55

Speaker: Russia Continues Anti-Terrorism Flights from Iran's Western Airbase

Putin fakes left,then he fakes right to Iran and tucks it in and goes up the middle. They are playing mind games with some razzle dazzle.
Make war by Deception.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced that the country's airbase in Hamadan is still being used by the Russian fighter jets to conduct anti-terrorism flights in Syria.

Aug 23 11:50

War on Yemen, Inhaling Poisonous Gas: Saudi Arabia Launches Chemical Attack on Sana’a, Killing Civilians

A Yemeni military source disclosed that Saudi Arabia has attacked the civilians in Sana’a with chemical weapons, killing and injuring a number of people in the capital city’s Ninth district.

“A number of Yemeni people have been killed as a result of inhaling poisonous gases in the chemical attack,” Military Expert Major General Abdel Sattar al-Sa’deh told FNA on Monday.

He reiterated that Sana’a's Ninth district has been under artillery attacks of the pro-Saudi forces, yet it seems that the Saudi forces have been recently supplied with chemical weapons to exert more pressure on the district.

Al-Sa’deh said that the Yemeni citizens felt weakness, unconsciousness and tiredness after the Saudi forces attacked them with artillery shells containing white-colored substances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


"...yet it seems that the Saudi forces have been recently supplied with chemical weapons to exert more pressure on the district".

Supplied by whom?!? The good old government of the USA, or the UK, perhaps?!?

It is apparent that this world, at this moment, is run by the war criminals; of the war criminals, and for the war criminals.

That the US government is complicit in these war crimes is enough to make me want to weep.

Aug 23 10:10

U.S. GOVERNMENT REAFFIRMS TOTAL SUPPORT FOR SAUDI WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN

Samuel Oakford just penned a powerful and important Op-Ed in the New York Times titled, Saudi Arabia Kills Civilians, the U.S. Looks the Other Way.

In the span of four days earlier this month, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen bombed a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital, killing 19 people; a school, where 10 children, some as young as 8, died; and a vital bridge over which United Nations food supplies traveled, punishing millions.

In a war that has seen reports of human rights violations committed by every side, these three attacks stand out. But the Obama administration says these strikes, like previous ones that killed thousands of civilians since last March, will have no effect on the American support that is crucial for Saudi Arabia’s air war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I never thought, when I was much younger, that the United States of America would be both directly responsible, and complicit, in the committing of war crimes; yet here we are, enabling Saudi Arabia in the bombing of hospitals, schools, shopping centers, and the killings of innocent civilians.

And why?!? First, Because the US-sponsored Al-Hadi was thrown out of power by the Houthi rebels, and no US-sponsored thug should ever have that happen to them without grave repercussions (let's say, militarily enhanced slaughter, courtesy of the Saudi Military?!?)

The second reason has to do with geography, and potential revolution in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis figure if they can undo the Houthi revolution in Yemen, such revolution might not come to Saudi Arabia. But the Saudis need to remember a caveat, stated by the late President John Kennedy: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable."

Map of Yemen

At this point in this miserable war, President Obama should, legitimately, be gifted with banner in the Oval Office which reads:

"The United States of America: a proud partner in war crimes!"


With his enabling of Saudi Arabia against yemen, he has definitely earned this.

Aug 23 09:41

'News blackout prevents Americans from knowing what is happening in Yemen'

Barack Obama was betting that whatever the Saudis did in Yemen would not backfire inside of the US, Said Sadek, political sociologist, told RT.

US personnel assisting the Saudi-led coalition in coordinating air strikes in Yemen have largely pulled out from Riyadh in an apparent effort to distance themselves from the mounting civilian death toll in the 17-month long conflict, Reuters has learned.

In addition to withdrawing air support personnel, Lieutenant Ian McConnaughey, a US Navy spokesman in Bahrain told Reuters that the Pentagon also “sharply reduced” its “Joint Combined Planning Cell” (JCPC) staff to under five people.

Aug 23 07:22

Hillary Clinton’s Uncanny Fulfillment of Israel’s Yinon Plan for a Middle East Riven with Conflict

Wikileaks has released what may be the most underreported story of the year in a year full of them, Hillary Clinton’s uncanny fulfillment of Oded Yinon‘s plan for the Middle East according to Israel 30 years ago. This was summed up in Yinon’s “A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen Eighties.” Yinon, an influential right-wing Israeli strategist, envisioned a Middle East riven with conflict between Arab tribes and religious denominations, unable to oppose Israeli ambitions for regional dominance.

Aug 22 12:09

BREAKING - Israel shells Syria after stray mortar crosses into its territory

The IDF says it has attacked a Syrian Army launch site near Israel’s border in the Golan Heights, after a Syrian mortar landed inside Israeli territory. The initial incident produced no casualties or damage, according to Israeli media.

Aug 22 09:16

SHIFTING ALLIANCES: TURKEY, RUSSIA AND THE KURDS

It is an irrefutable fact that the United States sponsors the militants, but only for a limited period of time in order to achieve certain policy objectives. For instance: the United States nurtured the Afghan jihadists during the Cold War against the erstwhile Soviet Union from 1979 to 1988, but after the signing of Geneva Accords and the consequent withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the United States withdrew its support to the Afghan jihadists.

Aug 22 08:48

Yemen Offers Russia Use Of Its Airports And Ports In "Fight Against Terrorism"

While Obama was golfing in the midst of another Louisiana natural disaster, and is set to end his vacation so he can do what is truly important, support Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, Putin has been busy making new friends: first he did the seemingly impossible, having rekindled relations with Turkey to the point where Ankara itself is warning it may quit NATO to seek "military cooperation" with Russia, followed quickly by strengthening relations with Iran so that Moscow can now use an Iranian airbase to strike ISIS, much to the angry dismay of the US and the United Nations, the latest stunning pivot toward Russia comes from yet another civil war-torn nation, Yemen, whose former president, Abdullah Saleh, said its newly-formed governing council could work with Russia to "fight terrorism" by allowing Moscow use of the war-torn country's military bases.

Aug 21 09:41

SAUDI JETS STRIKE YEMEN’S CAPITAL DURING 100,000 STRONG RALLY IN SUPPORT OF HOUTHIS (VIDEO)

Fighter jets from the Saudi-led coalition hit the Yemeni capital of Sanaa during a massive rally that attracted some 100,000 pro-Houthi rebels and sympathizers of ex-President Abdullah Saleh.

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Sanaa’s central square on Saturday in a powerful display of support for the Shiite Houthi rebels and Saleh. Demonstrators cheered a recently established Supreme Political Council that includes representatives of the Houthi movement, as well as supporters of Saleh.

The huge gathering also denounced Saleh’s successor, Mansur Hadi, who fled the country last year and is seeking reinstatement with military backing from Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-enabled Saudi military continues to commit horrific war crimes, and apparently, the US government and military is just fine with it; for them, the end - the reinstatement of the Al-Hadi government - justifies the means, which has generally translated into the slaughter of civilians

I never imagined, in my wildest dreams, as I was growing up, that some day, the United States of America could ultimately be characterised as follows:

"The United States of America: a proud partner in war crimes!"

To the people of Yemen: the people of the United States have utterly no control over the government which allegedly represents them.

And to the Saudi Government, the House of Saud, and the Saudi military, I would like to share the following quote from the Qur'an: Chapter 17, Verse 7":

"If you do good, you do good to yourselves. (likewise)
If you do evil, you do evil to yourselves."

You are NOT on the right side of history with this war, and do NOT have the high moral ground.

Aug 21 08:16

Israel calls on citizens to ‘turn in’ boycott activists for deportation

Israel will soon search for, deport, and prevent the entry of international activists involved in the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement, based on intelligence provided in part by hotline tips to a task force, said Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan Sunday.

The program was announced on the minister’s Facebook page with a see-something-say-something statement.

Aug 21 08:00

Kremlin Presses Turkey for Access to NATO's Incirlik Air Base, Home to US Nukes

ROTFWLMFAO! Sorry! Couldn't help it!

Russian officials have reached out to Ankara to request access to the American-built base as a convenient launch pad for airstrikes in the Syrian theater, but it remains to be seen whether such cooperation will roil NATO’s feathers.

Aug 20 12:28

Turkey Aligns With Russia and Iran; Syria Bombed Kurds, Nearly Hit US Commandos

On the fifth anniversary of the US government declaring that Assad must go, the battle for Aleppo rages and major political and military realignments are in the works. Syria bombed Kurdish security forces (Ayaysh), with US commandos nearby. The US scrambled fighter jets, warned Syria, and now patrol that airspace. Russia has increased airstrikes and is using an air base in Iran. Russia is also deploying a combat ship to the Gulf of Aden. There are unconfirmed reports of US nuclear weapons moving from Turkey to Romania.

Aug 20 10:51

US reduces personnel partaking in Saudi war on Yemen: Report

The US military has withdrawn from Saudi Arabia its troops who were helping the Kingdom with its aggression against Yemen, a new report shows.

Aug 20 10:17

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsUS Withdraws Most of Staff Involved in Saudi War Against Yemen

The Pentagon has withdrawn the vast majority of the military personnel involved in Saudi Arabia’s war against Yemen, officials revealed today, saying there are now “fewer than five” troops inside Saudi Arabia participating in the operation, down from nearly 45 at the peak of America’s involvement.

The announcement comes at the end of a week of several high-profile incidents in which Saudi warplanes attacked and killed significant numbers of Yemeni civilians, including an attack on a school and the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders facility.

Pentagon officials, however, insist that the drawdown is unrelated to international concerns about civilian deaths, and that it “does not diminish US commitment to supporting Saudi-led military operations.” They added that a re-escalation was possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a memo for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dunsford: this drawdown in no way excuses US military complicity in these US- government- enabled, horrific war crimes the US been partner to, in these shellings of schools, hospitals, and the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, in which the Saudi military obviously takes so much pride.

I never thought, when I was younger, that one of the true charactarisations of the United States and its Military, by 2016, would be "partners in war crimes", but here we are, are we not, General?!?

When the end justifies the means, and desired outcome, at the end of this slaughter, is the geopolitical goal of removing the Houthi rebels and replacing them with Al-Hadi's government, then collateral damage never really matters, does it, General?!?

Just checking.

Aug 19 13:45

With mosques under surveillance, Islamic State turns to football for recruitment

James Dorsey looks at how the Islamic State group is using football and sports clubs to recruit, despite targeting football matches and despising the game as an invention of infidels designed to distract the faithful from their religious obligations.

Aug 19 08:03

MSF to evacuate staff from Yemen hospitals after Saudi-led air strikes

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it is evacuating its staff from six hospitals in northern Yemen after the deaths of 19 people in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on one of its facilities.

Countless attacks on health facilities in Yemen have endangered patients and staff and displayed a failure by warring parties to control the use of force, the group said.

The Saudi-led coalition expressed deep regret over the decision and said it was trying to set up "urgent meetings" with the medical aid group.

The Saudi-led coalition expressed deep regret over the decision and said it was trying to set up "urgent meetings" with the medical aid group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Deep regret..." on the part of the Saudi Government, MY ASTROLABE!

By bombing these medical facilities, the Saudi government and military got precisely what they wanted; a complete evacuation of the MSF staff, to insure that no Houthi rebels, or civilians who were badly wounded by their strikes, would get care, and would die, horrifically.

But then, Saudi serial genocide against the Yemeni people, enabled by US bombs and "guidance", has been what this war of attrition has been about, hasn't it?!?

To kill enough Houthis, civilians, children, women, and the elderly medically fragile, to insure that enough emotional and physical capitulation would lead
to the reinstatement of the Al Hadi government, which is the sole objective of the American government.

And THAT is to be accomplished, in their minds, by any means necessary.

But I would like to politely suggest to the House of Saud; the Saudi Government; the Saudi Military; and the American Government that this fight to dislodge the Houthis in Yemen has gone on well over a year, and the rebels don't seem to want to surrender any more than they did when they took the country over.

This conflict could well go down in the history books as Saudi Arabia's Vietnam.

Aug 18 11:14

US Transfers Nukes From Turkey to Romania. Washington Losing Control of some 50 US Tactical Nuclear Weapons at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base

The base was impacted significantly by the events of July 15 and their aftermath. Former base commander Gen. Bekir Ercan Van was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the plot, while the Turkish authorities cut the base’s electricity supply off and prohibited US planes from taking off.

“It’s not easy to move 20+ nukes,” a source told the EurActive news website.

Another source confirmed to the media outlet that arms are being transferred from Turkey’s Incirlik air base to the Deveselu air base in Romania due to Washington’s lack of trust in the Turkish authorities in the wake of the thwarted coup attempt in the country.The Romanian foreign ministry denied the reports in a written answer to the media outlet.

Aug 17 17:31

As our cultural heritage in Syria hemorrhages, villagers work to restore it

Reports continue nearly daily of yet more damage to our archeological treasures Syria. A few examples include the recent ISIS destruction at Tal Ajaja, one of Syria's most important 2nd century AD Assyrian period. "More than 40 percent of Tal Ajaja was destroyed or has been ravaged by IS recently" has revealed Khaled Ahmo, the Director of Antiquities in Hasakeh

Aug 17 16:40

Another of Israel's pimps to become Labour's saviour?

To those who despair of the endless cruelty and slaughter in the Holy Land he will be forever remembered as the shameless British foreign secretary who apologised to Israel’s gangsters for the risk they ran of being arrested if they set foot in London. Back in 2009 the gruesome trio Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni and retired general Doron Almog cancelled engagements in London for fear of ‘having their collar felt’. Israel complained bitterly and Miliband responded by promising the odious Lieberman that UK laws relating to ‘universal jurisdiction’ would be changed. He asked Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Justice Minister Jack Straw for urgent action.

Aug 17 15:20

Sanity in the GOP? Rand Paul wants Hillary in jail…

“It’s a felony to lie to Congress. You can get five years in prison. And we can’t continue to say the Clintons are above the law. I do believe that the CIA annex in Benghazi was procuring weapons, some of them to get them away from the jihadists in Libya. But some of it to ferry those weapons through Turkey, into Syria. There have been many, many first-hand accounts, The New York Times, London Times, Washington Times have all reported upon this,” Paul said during a recent appearance on Fox’s O’Reilly Factor.

Aug 17 13:48

The United States’ favoured autocrats

Lawrence Davidson says the US does not care if its allies are murderers, corrupt thieves or racists as long as they help it spread capitalism, achieve resource reliability, and ensure security for its allies and strategic advantage over old enemies.

Aug 17 12:08

Saudi Airstrikes Destroy Yemen House, Kill 17 Civilians

For the third straight day, Saudi Arabia’s warplanes are caught up in a high-profile incident of civilian deaths in Yemen, this time attacking a house in the Nehm District near the capital of Sanaa. The attacks destroyed a house, and killed 17 civilians.

The large toll for a single home was the result of a “double-tap” incident, with the first strike collapsing the house on top of the family, and relatives from the neighborhood scrambling to try to rescue them, only for the rescuers themselves to be targeted in subsequent strikes.

This comes after a Sunday incident in which Saudi warplanes attacked a school, killing 10 children, and a Monday incident in which they destroyed a Doctors Without Borders hospital, killing 15 more civilians. Throughout the war the Saudis have been criticized for the huge civilian toll of their airstrikes, but the number of incidents seems to be growing dramatically in recent weeks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More US government-enabled Saudi serial genocide against the Yemenite people!!

The country I used to think I knew, and loved, has slowly morphed into a war crimes perpetrator and enabler, wielding destruction around the world to insure that the world's resources are under the control of the corporations which contribute to the campaigns of crooked US politicians, and to guarantee that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

At our ages, Mike and I are way too old - and poor - to immigrate; but if we could, right now, we would.

The US government has completely lost what used to be its moral vision, which included a disciplined view of how, and when, it used its military clout, and has simply devolved into a criminal enterprise of gigantic proportions.

And with its "the ends justifies the means" mentality which the US government has adopted, the slaughter of civilians and children, in this horrific war, to reinstall their favorite thug here, Al-Hadi, is perfectly acceptable.

As a Christian pacifist activist, who abhors violence as the way to resolve geopolitical disputes, I must, peacefully, continue to witness to the atrocities the US government keeps generating, in its battle for dollar hegemony.

In the Hindu faith, there is the concept of "Karma", which means, you will ultimately be spiritually responsible for what you do; in Christianity, we are admonished that "Ye reap what ye shall sow."

Right now, the US government is sowing war and devastation; and for that, there will be consequences, both economic...and spiritual.

Aug 17 11:45

How the West is Complicit in Nurturing Islamic Radicalism?

The pivotal role played by the Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in radicalizing Muslims all over the world is an indisputable fact; this Wahhabi-Salafi creed has been generously sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States since the 1973 oil embargo when the price of oil quadrupled and the contribution of the Arab petro-sheikhs towards the “spiritual well-being” of Muslims all over the world magnified proportionally. However, the Arab autocrats are in turn propped up by the Western powers since the Cold War; thus syllogistically speaking, the root cause of Islamic radicalism has been the neocolonial powers’ manipulation of the socio-political life of the Arabs specifically, and the Muslims generally, in order to exploit their energy resources in the context of an energy-starved industrialized world. This is the principal theme of this essay which I shall discuss in detail in the following paragraphs.

Aug 17 10:29

‘It’s like we’re born with guns in our hands’: Young Israelis face prison as they resist military conscription

Four months ago, Omri requested exemption from military service through an ethics committee. But her request was rejected, and she found herself facing prison time.

Leading up to her first stay in military prison, Omri was introduced to Tair and other members of the Refusers Solidarity Network, who gave her an informal, educational lesson on Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian people.

After discovering the widespread human rights violations occurring just a short drive away, Omri dedicated herself to reading books about Palestine and stumbled upon a very different history of Israel than what she had learned growing up.

“I had never even seen a map that shows the green line,” Omri said incredulously, referring to the pre-1967 borders recognized under international law as the border between Palestine and Israel. “To this day, I have not been able to find a map of Israel in Hebrew that recognizes any Palestinian borders.”

Aug 17 08:09

KSA Responds To Houthi Invasion By Bombing Saudi Citizens

By Brandon Turbeville

In its agitation and panic over the recent Houthi invasion of Saudi territory and overtaking of Saudi military installations on the Yemeni border, KSA is now attempting to take back control of its Jizan region.

Fully engrossed in its illegal war on the Yemeni people, the Saudis responded rather slowly to an invasion of their own territory, demonstrating even further that Saudi military forces are nothing but a paper tiger incapable of even defending their own territory much less invading and defeating another country...

Aug 17 08:08

US-backed forces give hundreds of ISIS fighters safe passage

The district of criminals,giving aid and comfort to terrorists who kill Christians.

Several hundred vehicles containing 100 to 200 Islamic State fighters were given safe passage by US-based forces, out of the northern Syrian city of Manbij, after surrendering their weapons, according to defense officials.

Aug 17 08:06

ISIS Orders Its Franchises to Kill Christians

WARRI, Nigeria — The so-called Islamic State has different strategies in different parts of the world, but in Africa and in Europe, certainly, its core objective is becoming clear: to kill Christians. Its long-term goal: to provoke a new Crusade, reviving the holy wars of many hundreds of years ago in the belief that this time around Islam will win.

Aug 16 22:38

Iraq allows Russia access to their airspace

Iraq has given the Russian Air Force full access to their airspace in order to combat the terrorist forces like the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) that are occupying eastern Syria.

This move by the Iraqi government came just hours after the Russian Air Force landed their first fighter jets at the Hamedan Airbase in Iran.

Aug 16 22:31

'Russia anti-ISIS airstrikes from Iran base show model cooperation lacking in West'

Russia's new partnership with Iran is a model kind of military cooperation which has been lacking so far in the West regarding the Syrian conflict, and is the type of action needed to defeat the menace of Islamic State, says political commentator John Wight.

Aug 16 14:11

Another of Israel's pimps to become Labour's saviour?

Against the background of speculation that Labour Party chiefs are trying to persuade David Miliband to return to London so he can snatch the party leadership from Jeremy Corbyn, Stuart Littlewood recalls the disastrous legacy of Mr Miliband.

Aug 16 09:22

U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs School, Hospital In Yemen

Aug 15 20:59

Russian Warships Attack Terrorists in Aleppo

The Russians have the terrorists between the devil and the deep blue sea!

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian naval force in the Mediterranean Sea targeted the terrorist groups stationed in the military academy region in Aleppo.
Al-Hadath news website quoted military sources as saying that the Russian warships launched cruise missile attacks against the terrorists' positions at the arms college in the military academy region.

Aug 15 20:54

Russia Responds To Loss Of Helicopter - Heavy Tu-22M3 Bombardments Of ISIS Positions In Syria

Published on Jul 14, 2016
Russia Responds To Loss Of Helicopter - Heavy Tu 22M3 Bombardments Of ISIS Positions In Syria

Now that some of these are being based in Iran it's a shorter trip to Syria with a bigger bomb load to kill terrorists.

Aug 15 20:48

Russia deploys jets at Iranian Airbase to combat insurgents in Syria (Pictures)

Game over! Russian Strategic Aviation will be flying out of Iran!

Al-Masdar News has obtained exclusive photos of Russian warplanes being deployed to the Hamedan Air Base in western Iran.

Currently, the strategic TU-22M3 bombers take flight from southern Russia at Modzok airfield; however, this newly signed military agreement with Iran will allow Russia to reduce flight time by 60%, saving the Kremlin both money and improving airstrike effectiveness.

Aug 15 13:24

The dark secret of Israel’s stolen babies

Jonathan Cook says Israel’s theft of thousands of Arab Jewish babies shows that its Arab Jews face the same enemy as the Palestinians: a European Jewish establishment resolutely opposed to living in peace and respect with either Arabs or the region.

Aug 15 12:11

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsSaudi Warplanes Bomb North Yemen School, Killing 10 Children

Saudi warplanes are adding to the ever-growing number of incidents of attacks on civilians fueling international disquiet this weekend, attacking a village in the northern Saada Province and killing 19 civilians, most of them children.

The majority of the casualties in the village came in the attack on a school, which killed 10 children and wounded 21 others, according to Doctors Without Borders. The other attacks hit houses in the surrounding area, including the home of the school’s principal, a strike which killed his wife and four children.

Saudi officials confirmed the attack, but insisted that the school was secretly an Iranian-backed training camp for child soldiers. They insisted there are no schools of any type anywhere in the district, and that the Doctors Without Borders confirmation that they killed mostly small children “confirms the Houthis practice of recruiting and subjecting children to terror."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good hard look at this image of one of the survivors of this horrific attack. I don't know about you, but I wish I could just reach into the computer, and hug this terrified child, and take them somewhere safe in this world, where they are surrounded by love and happiness.


And I have a short memo to the House of Saud, the Saudi government, and Saudi military leadership; you can no longer commit war crimes, and not get those war crimes documented, recorded, and shared around the world at warp speed.

And to the Obama administration: you have enabled this kind of practice by continuing to arm the Saudi military and provide "guidance" for their air strikes; did you provide "guidance" for this air strike, which killed, crippled, and injured these kids?!?

If so, I guess these kids were just "collateral damage", in your "ends justifies the means" approach to re-instating the Al-Hadi government at all costs, including the murder of these kids.

Mr. President, you are, yourself, a father: HOW, IN THE NAME OF HEAVEN, DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THAT BY ENABLING THE SAUDI MILITARY HERE, YOU ARE COMPLICIT IN THE WAR CRIMES THEY COMMIT, ON AN AMAZINGLY CONSISTENT BASIS?!?

Aug 15 06:07

Israel’s stolen babies remains the state’s darkest secret

It is Israel’s darkest secret – or so argues one Israeli journalist – in a country whose short history is replete with dark episodes.

Aug 15 05:41

Team Clinton focuses on the demise of Hezbollah

There is reportedly one aspect of Clinton’s Middle East policy that has been detailed and is ready for implementation following her inauguration once details are coordinated with Israel, NATO and the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It is being advocated by AIPAC on Capitol Hill and among Clinton operatives at the DNC and details how the Clinton administration “must destroy Hezbollah and cut off Tehran’s anti-Arab, anti-Sunni and anti- Christian hegemonic lifeline for its rapidly escalating domination of the Middle East.”

Aug 14 06:29

The Saudi Role on September 11 – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

The Saudis have been known to assert what can only be called economic blackmail against the U.S. government to hide embarrassing facts about themselves, including their dealings with terrorist groups ranging from off-shoots of al-Qaeda to ISIS. They can and do argue that if Saudi agents do at times act against U.S. interests, even to the point of aiding terrorists, they do so as rogue agents and not under the authority the central government. The problem is that, just like America’s “rogue” agents, they never seem to suffer punishment.

Webmaster addition: See Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

Aug 13 03:30

After 300 Weeks of BDS Activism in Adelaide a Letter to 3-D Trolls

We have long been familiar with wannabe friends on Facebook and You Tube who profess to be seeking peace in the Middle East but appear to see the subjugation of the Palestinians as the only way to achieve this outcome. Their aim in contacting us seems patently clear, to waste our time in fruitless discussion or find out as much as possible about our group. This is a similar modus operandi to the Christian Zionists who have plagued our education campaign in Rundle Mall during our 300 weeks of BDS actions

Aug 12 23:06

Yes! The System Is Rigged!

If 2016 taught us anything, it is that if the establishment’s hegemony is imperiled, it will come together in ferocious solidarity — for the preservation of their perks, privileges, and power.All the elements of that establishment — corporate, cultural, political, media — are today issuing an ultimatum to Middle America:Trump is unacceptable.

You want Trump out? How do we get you out?
But if Hillary Clinton takes power, and continues America on her present course, which a majority of Americans rejected in the primaries, there is going to a bad moon rising.

And the new protesters in the streets will not be overprivileged children from Ivy League campuses.

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable,” said John F. Kennedy.

Aug 12 19:33

How much difference is there between Quaran and Talmudic teaching?

Coming across this list, I was astounded.I searched for more information and came across many sites that show what is taught in the Talmud (Jewish teaching. Wow, that stuff is incredible. And I thought the Quaran was teaching holy crap.

WHAT TALMUDICS THINK

Historically, Jews had always thrived in nations and empires with multicultural, pluralistic and tolerant environments, while they fared badly in strong ethnic or nationalistic societies. European Jews have always been the emblematic stranger or ‘other’. Therefore, by definition, a society where the stranger is welcome is good for the Jews, although they have not always appreciated this link. The future of European Jewry is dependent on our ability to shape a multicultural, pluralistic and diverse society. ~ Göran Rosenberg, Jewish author and journalist

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Not very different from muslim teachings

pregnant non-Jew is no better than a pregnant animal." ~ Coschen hamischpat 405
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Aug 12 09:11

US-BACKED SAUDI FORCES IN YEMEN HAVE CREATED ALMOST 180,000 REFUGEES

The U.N. agency tasked with tracking and protecting displaced people reports that the war in Yemen has created 179,654 refugees since March 2015.

According to the July 31 report from the U.N. Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, the refugees fled their homes in Yemen to take shelter in surrounding countries in the Middle East and North Africa, with 51,000 living in camps in Oman alone. A further 39,880 live in Saudi Arabia, and 36,162 more live in Djibouti, rounding out the three countries with the most Yemeni refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Obama LOVES big numbers: I am certain, in light of the ugly fact that the US government is still militarily enabling the Saudis in their slaughter of civilians, he is very proud of this!!

Aug 11 11:15

Saudi Losses in Yemen War Exposed by US Tank Deal

The U.S. State Department and Pentagon Tuesday OKed a $1.2 billion sale of 153 Abrams tanks to Saudi Arabia Tuesday. But that’s not the real news.

Turns out: 20 of those tanks, made in America by General Dynamics Land Systems, are “battle damage replacements” for Saudi tanks lost in combat.

Even though the formal announcement of the sales does not say where the tanks were fighting, the Saudi military is believed to have lost some of its 400-plus Abrams tanks in Yemen, where it is fighting Iranian-backed Houthi separatists.

This revelation was tucked inside a benign Pentagon announcement of the deal, one that for the most part reads just like dozens of other arms sales approved each year. The announcement does not even mention the conflict in Yemen, yet it gives a glimpse into this wildly underreported war between Arab states, the U.S., and the Houthis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-enabled, seemingly unending, Saudi war against Yemen may well be Saudi Arabia's Vietnam.

In the current Administration's thinking, this conflict against the Houthis in Yemen, who ultimately overthrew the US-backed thug Al-Hadi, cannot be allowed to stand, because, after all, once the US has "regime changed" your government, it is supposed to stay regime-changed; not overwhelmed by a popular rebel movement!

Therefore, the US government, by aiding and abetting the Saudi government with intelligence, weapons, and guidance systems for its weapons, is complicit in the war crimes the Saudi Arabian military have been carrying out in Yemen, including the bombing of schools, hospitals, and the assassinations of civilians who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, like a marketplace.

In an earlier article I posted today, regarding the US government's blatant and open support of ISIS, with which it hopes to ultimately destroy the Al-Assad government in Syria, I mentioned that this government has fallen into a "the ends justifies the means" mentality, and it is very apparent in its enabling of the Saudi military, that the same mind-set applies here.

It obviously doesn't matter to the US government at all how many innocent Yemenites get killed or maimed for life; the only goal is re-enthroning Al-Hadi, their thug, thus the people of Yemen getting murdered in the process are simply "collateral damage."

This is brilliantly documented by the following article:

500 Days of the Indefensible US-Backed War on Yemen.

Aug 11 09:57

Flashback - Americans are training Syria rebels in Jordan: Spiegel

Americans are training Syrian anti-government fighters in Jordan, the German weekly Der Spiegel said on Sunday, quoting what it said were participants and organizers.

Spiegel said it was not clear whether the Americans worked for private firms or were from the army but said some wore uniforms. The training focused on use of anti-tank weaponry.

Some 200 men have already received such training over the past three months and there are plans in the future to provide training for a total 1,200 members of the "Free Syrian Army" in two camps in the south and the east of the country.

Britain's Guardian newspaper also reported that U.S. trainers were assisting Syrian rebels in Jordan.

Aug 11 07:54

Pentagon reveals no-bid $10 million contract for mercenaries and spies to fight ISIS in Syria

It’s not just U.S. troops battling ISIS. Now the Army is sinking millions of dollars into private intelligence contractors for the fight. Every day at 5 p.m., the Pentagon releases a list of that day’s contracts worth more than $7 million. On July 27, buried in the daily email was an eye-catching detail: Military contractors would be working inside Syria alongside the roughly 300 U.S. troops already deployed there.

Aug 11 05:18

Israel and the World Vision Crime Scam

Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax, Israel is going all out to divert anti-Israel opinion on its monumental humanitarian disaster to a fictitious crime allegedly perpetrated by the very victims of said humanitarian disaster- Israel’s wars on Gaza -by concocting an elaborate false crime of embezzlement and terrorism by Mohammed el-Halabi, the dedicated zonal manager for World Vision in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.

Aug 10 23:17

The Charade of the Presidential Election

It saddens me to see only a gloomy result of this election. It will not make any difference whether people elect Trump or Killary … oops Hillary (I think I will never get this right). As we had witnessed in previous elections, whether electing a Republican or a Democratic president America will get more or less (probably more) of the same policies; unfair trade agreements, police state, loss of privacy, more taxes, and still perpetual wars and destruction. American people still lose, corporate/Judaic elite wins again.

Aug 10 18:19

Libertarian candidates say US policy has only made Middle East more dangerous

Although Donald Trump made a headline or two this winter saying he’d be a neutral arbiter between Israelis and Palestinians, he soon after backtracked, delivering a well received, if uncreative, speech to standing ovations at AIPAC. Appointees of Hillary Clinton to the Democratic National Committee’s platform drafting committee successfully smacked down a bid to include language even acknowledging the existence Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory.

With that in mind, a voter might wonder what the Libertarian Party has to offer concerning Israel/Palestine.

The Libertarians argue, as they do across the board, for disentangling the U.S. from onerous aid arrangements, but their reasons have less to do with Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and more to do with the party’s promise to make government smaller in general. There isn’t a plank for Israel in the Libertarian platform, but in speaking with a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, Alex Merced, it appears that the party is the most open to new ideas, for better or worse, of all the parties running this year.

Aug 10 09:56

U.S. approves $1.15 billion sale of tanks, equipment to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about $1.15 billion, to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

The approval for land force equipment coincides with Saudi Arabia leading a military coalition in support of Yemeni forces loyal to the exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi who are trying to oust Iran-allied Houthi forces from the capital, Sanaa. Human rights groups have criticized the coalition's air strikes because of the deaths of civilians.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which implements foreign arms sales, said that General Dynamics will be the principal contractor for the sale.

"This sale will increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with U.S. forces and conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia's security and armed forces modernization," the agency said in a notice to lawmakers posted on its website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In over the last year and counting, the Saudis have committed unspeakable war crimes in their killings of civilians, like shelling hospitals, private residences, and schools, but the US government just keeps enabling these war criminals by sending them more weapons.

The lengths of madness to which the US government will go to demonstrate, internationally, that no US-imposed thug, as was Al-Hadi, can be run out of town on a rail, "without consequences" has been murderously amazing.

Aug 10 08:01

Hundreds of Royal Marines to join the SAS to train New Syrian Army and fight ISIS

Britain will deploy hundreds of elite troops to the Middle East to train Syrian rebel forces in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), it has emerged.

In a bid to break the deadlock in the war-torn nation, Royal Marines will join the SAS to provide the New Syrian Army (NSA) with advanced training in neighboring Jordan.

After the training has finished, NSA fighters will return to battle alongside SAS forces in Syria.

Aug 10 07:47

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

A Saudi-Moscow alliance for its part would inevitably lead a Queen of War administration towards – what else — regime change in Riyadh disguised as R2P; “responsibility to protect” the Saudi populace. One should expect Hillary crony Samantha Power to vehemently defend it at the UN.

Yet considering the Queen of War’s instincts, all signs do point towards Iran.
The manual/blueprint/road map for Hillary’s wars is arguably here, in this very dangerous intersection between US neocons and neoliberalcons. The CNAS think tank is led by one-third (Michele Flournoy) of what I have dubbed The Three Harpies; Hillary Clinton, Flournoy and – the most terrifying words in the English language – Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, the possible lethal trio in charge of foreign policy under a Clinton Three administration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hillary's win means endless wars and destruction in the Middle East to benefit Israel..We saw what happened in Iraq because of the war she supported, Libya , the war she created, and Syria the war she's still supporting.

The secret visit of retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki to Israel created an anger inside Saudi Arabia. Saudi government lied to their people by telling them that general went to see Palestinians and the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.in an attempt to pacify them.

If she's elected, Hillary and her army of Neocons will not stop at next war with Iran...but they'll continue plotting to take on Russia and Putin...and that's the tragedy of making her a US president.

Aug 09 16:37

An Updated Version of the “Peak Oil” Story

It is becoming apparent that if oil prices can be raised to a high enough level, a lot more oil is available. Figure 5 shows how I see this as happening. We start at the top of the triangle, where there is a relatively small quantity of inexpensive oil, and we gradually work toward the expensive oil at the bottom.

The amount of oil (or for that matter, any other resource) isn’t a fixed amount. If the price can be made to rise to a very high level, the quantity that can be extracted will also tend to rise–in fact, by a rather large amount. The “catch” is that wages for the vast majority of workers don’t rise at the same time. As a result, goods made with high-priced oil soon become too expensive for workers to afford, and the economy falls into recession. The result is prices that fall below the cost of production. Thus, the limit on oil supply is not the amount of oil in the ground; instead, it is how high oil prices can rise, without causing serious recession. (my emphasis /SR)

While wages don’t rise with spiking oil prices, increasing debt can be used to hide the problem, at least temporarily. For example, cars and homes become less affordable with higher oil prices, since oil is used in making them. If governments can lower interest rates, monthly payments for new homes and cars can be lowered sufficiently that new car and home sales don’t fall too far. Eventually, this cover-up reaches limits. This happens when interest rates start turning negative, as they now are in some parts of the world.

Aug 09 13:37

Ready to restore ties: Putin, Erdogan revive economic plans, agree to Syria talks

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented a united front at their first meeting since Turkey shot down a Russian plane last year, promising to rapidly rebuild a damaged economic relationship and find a new common policy for solving the Syrian conflict.

“We have gone through a very difficult moment in the relationship between our two countries, but now we would all like to overcome it in the interests of both our peoples,” said the Russian president during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart in St. Petersburg.

“We want to restore our relationship not only for pragmatic reasons, but in the long-term interests of our countries, and for the sake of promoting good neighborly relations between Russians and Turks.”

Aug 09 08:11

False Flags, Hoaxes & Puppet Terrorists - The David Icke VideoCast/PodCast Trailer

Icke sticks to an upfront analysis of how under the neocon/PNAC/Zionist influence the US creates and uses terror and uses lies and subterfuge to instigate proxy wars on Muslim countries. He explains why invariably these murderous actions also seem to create the outcomes desired by Israel as described in the document "A Clean Break." He compares the film "Wag the Dog" to the news stories presented in our mainstream media and says we are watching a "Wag the Dog" movie every night on the news.

Aug 08 15:48

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

Tehran has myriad reasons to be on red alert if the Full Spectrum Dominatrix gets her hands on the nuclear codes (how’s that not scarier than Trump?) She will act as a surefire faithful servant of the Saudi/Israeli alliance. The roadmap is ready. And neocons and neoliberalcons alike can hardly contain their excitement at seeing in action “a force that can flex across several different mission sets and prevail.”

Aug 08 09:00

5 EXPLOSIVE SECRET INTELLIGENCE MEMOS ON LIBYA EVERYONE MUST READ [VIDEO]

Libya is a mess following the western military intervention that started in 2011. We were told it was necessary because there’s an evil dictator who had to be taken out as he was massacring his own people. But is that really why we went to war with Libya? Muammar Gaddafi did have much blood on his hands – from the so-called Toyota War (or Chadian-Libyan conflict) to taking responsibility for Lockerbie. Not to mention his handy role in George W. Bush’s extraordinary rendition program.

Aug 08 00:44

10 things you need to know about Syria

Aug 07 16:14

India Could Force Britain To Return Koh-I-Noor Diamond Through Legal Action

Indian legislators say they are exploring alternative channels to force the UK to return the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond after the British government said it would not hand over the Crown Jewel to its country of origin.

Aug 07 15:15

Vladimir Putin to Bloomberg and US general officers: you ain’t seen nothing yet

Because Bershidsky cannot apply reason in the political universe. He is working with a perverse ideology that does not allow him to think clearly and rationally. Therefore, he is morally and intellectually blind. Bershidsky again writes,

“The U.S. appears to be allowing Assad, Putin and Iranian generals to implement their plan. If they succeed in taking Aleppo, they will face Islamic State without U.S. support. They probably would be able to defeat the terror group if they’re not forced to fight on several fronts.”[5]

What’s wrong with that? Don’t we want terrorist groups to be defeated once and for all? Didn’t the US declare “war on terror”? Why is defeating terrorist organizations keeping Bershidsky up at night? Obviously Bershidsky shows that he is working for the Powers That Be when he says, “If the U.S. allows this scenario to unfold, its credibility as an international arbiter will inevitably suffer.”[6]

What Bershidsky is implicitly saying here is that if Russia defeats terrorism in Syria, then the credibility of the United States will be at stake!

Aug 07 12:52

Money talks as Trump does U-turn on Israel

The grubby underside of US electoral politics is on show once again as the Democratic and Republican candidates prepare to fight it out for the presidency. And it doesn’t get seamier than the battle to prove how loyal each candidate is to Israel.

New depths are likely to be plumbed this week at the Republican convention in Cleveland, as Donald Trump is crowned the party’s nominee. His platform breaks with decades of United States policy to effectively deny the Palestinians any hope of statehood.

The question now is whether the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, who positions herself as Israel’s greatest ally, will try to outbid Trump in cravenly submitting to the Israeli right.

Aug 07 10:30

HOUTHIS AND ALLIES ESTABLISH “POLITICAL COALITION” TO GOVERN YEMEN

Even as the Houthis are effectively defeating the forces of the Saudi-led coalition who invaded them in 2015 and even as Houthi forces have actually launched a counter-invasion of Saudi Arabia, the Houthis are now making plans for a political reformation as well.

It has been announced by the Houthi leadership that a coalition forming a new “political council” that will govern Yemen and establish a new Constitution is now in the works. The council will be made up of Houthi figures as well as individuals who are part of the forces loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Another stated goal of the coalition is to ensure the unity of Yemen.

The council has called upon all “non-terrorist” forces in Yemen to join and assist in the unification of the country.

The Saudis are predictably outraged at the prospect that the Houthis and allied forces are not only rejecting their attempt to control them but are doing so successfully. As al-Arabiya reported,

Aug 06 18:00

Israel lobby panics about ‘spoiled’ next generation of American leaders turning against it

This is no casual matter; the loss of the lobby is a “strategic risk,” Herzog said; and this is precisely why Jeffrey Goldberg and Alan Dershowitz and Dennis Ross and Aaron David Miller and Richard Haass and others vehemently denied the allegations in the paper and book The Israel Lobby, published 9 and 10 years ago, because identifying this power openly was a threat to it. To “Jewish enfranchisement,” as Goldberg stated on the stage of the Center for Jewish History.

Now ten years on, the Israel lobbyists face a greater threat than academic critics of the Israel lobby: young Americans, who are awaking to Palestinian conditions on college campuses, thanks to the efforts of Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Black Lives Matter. And, pace Herzog, young Jewish Americans, the very Jews who are supposed to compose the leadership of the lobby– they’re deciding that Zionism with its inherent ethnic discrimination is not an ideology worth living for, yet alone dying for.

Aug 06 10:29

Houthis And Allies Establish “Political Coalition” To Govern Yemen

By Brandon Turbeville

Even as the Houthis are effectively defeating the forces of the Saudi-led coalition who invaded them in 2015 and even as Houthi forces have actually launched a counter-invasion of Saudi Arabia, the Houthis are now making plans for a political reformation as well...

Aug 05 22:38

Washington Post Glorifying Khizr Khan Back In 2005

Professional hatchet bitch McCrummen misleads that Khans came to U.S. from Pakistan for liberty. No mention of their life in UAE where son (who resembles neither) was born.

Aug 05 18:31

Former AIPAC official says Israel should get no US aid without ending ‘oppressive’ settlements

Here is another sign that what had been quiet disagreement between American Jews and Israel is breaking out in the open, thanks to the approaching jubilee year of the occupation. Citing “nearly half a century” of occupation, a former AIPAC official comes out for conditioning US aid to Israel on that country agreeing to freeze its illegal settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem. He says forthrightly that Israel’s “oppressive and discriminatory settlement policies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem continue unabated.”

Greg Slabodkin, of Buffalo, is described as “a former opposition researcher for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee,” or AIPAC, in his piece in the Hill. The article is pegged to the news that the Obama administration is going to sign an aid package with Israel giving it $40 billion over ten years, “the biggest U.S. military aid package ever given to any country.”

Aug 05 15:40

The Danger of Excessive Trump Bashing

The widespread disdain for Donald Trump and the fear of what his presidency might mean have led to an abandonment of any sense of objectivity by many Trump opponents and, most notably, the mainstream U.S. news media. If Trump is for something, it must be bad and must be transformed into one more club to use for hobbling his candidacy.

Amid his incoherence and insults, Trump has raised valid points on several important questions, such as the risks involved in the voracious expansion of NATO up to Russia’s borders and the wisdom of demonizing Russia and its internally popular President Vladimir Putin.

Aug 05 14:01

The Reluctant Enemy

The Enemy according to Trump is unemployment, outsourcing, immigration, wars abroad, neocons and free-wheeling allies, the Clintonites chose, Russia as the enemy.

In words of Jeffrey Sachs, “Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex supporting every war demanded by the US deep security state run by the military and the CIA.” And now she and her party set their sights on Russia.

Aug 05 12:55

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

The Saudi Foreign Ministry was forced to go on a non-denial denial overdrive about a visit to Israel on July 22 by a delegation led by retired Gen. Anwar Eshki.

Eshki happens to be close to Saudi intel superstar and onetime close Osama bin Laden pal Prince Turki bin Faisal, who recently met in the open with former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) generals Yaakov Amidror and Amos Yadlin.

So what did they actually talk about? Predictably, the imminent prospect of the Full Spectrum Dominatrix finally taking over the White House.
Both Bibi Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and de facto House of Saud ruler and Prince of War Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh have been reduced, under the Obama administration, to the status of proverbial, euphemistic “estranged allies”. Between them, they are de facto allies – even as they cannot admit it to the Arab street. Both are dead sure, under the Queen of War, there will be – what else – war. The question is against whom.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such a Turkish/Russian/Iranian alliance would completely trump (pun intended) any of Hillary's plans to attack Iran to please Israel.

Putin has to be one of the smartest people in geopolitics; he's one-thousand chess moves ahead of Obama (and, potentially, Clinton) every moment, and to be developing such ties with Turkey right now, after the aborted Turkish coup (which the Turkish government blames on elements in NATO and the US),one could logically say that the timing couldn't be better here.

Aug 05 10:01

People Are Stupid, A History of the National Security State (from 1941 to the present)

People Are Stupid, A History of the National Security State.
A discussion of 31 events establishing the "national security state", more often called today the "warfare state", beginning 1941 and ending this decade. Also: how to identify good evidence, how to unravel deep fraud, and a list of 22 helpful experts. Not exhaustive or complete, this video is nevertheless a good starting point for anyone who wants to understand the military-industrial-governmental complex and many of our self-induced "problems" today.

Aug 05 08:04

Hillary’s Shariah Law Expert Khizir Khan Folds His Tent

Khizir Khan, the father of the celebrated dead Muslim soldier, has much to hide from the American electorate, judging from the fact that the website of KM Khan, immigration attorney and Shariah law scholar, has been pulled from the Internet. He’s packed his tent to ride off into the sunset on a camel.

Hook, line and sinker, the mainstream news is dangling like a sucker fish chummed by that Shariah-espousing shyster for the Saudi lobby, namely Khizir Khan, Esq. The shameless press corps simply repeated his partisan diatribe at the Democratic party convention at face value without fact-checking or even the slightest pretense of balance. Nor was the circumstances of his soldier son's death put in the context of an illegal war in Iraq and subsequent jihadist upsurge. The televised subversion of American democracy was accomplished flawlessly by a planted agent of the Sunni Salafist regime, who sat next to Hillary Clinton on the night of her nomination.

Aug 05 07:35

Bahrain's internet shutdown marks a 'new form of information control'

On July 23rd, people in the village of Duraz, Bahrain began having serious internet problems — mobile networks ground to a halt and landline connections were unusable. The outages continued for nearly three weeks, occurring from 7PM to 1AM every night, and they began just three days after residents took to the streets of Duraz in peaceful protest against the government. Bahrain's three telecoms offered no explanation for the localized blackout, saying only that they were working to fix it, but a new report suggests that it was ordered by the government, in what researchers call "a new form of information control."

Aug 04 16:24

Eric Trump weighs in on father’s feud with Khan family

“My father’s simple message – it’s not an anti-Muslim message, it’s [an] anti-terror message,” he said. “You know, we have ISIS and they’re running rampant around the world and we have to do something about it and quite frankly, if you look at Hillary.”

Khizr Khan gave a blistering denunciation of Donald Trump at last week’s Democratic National Convention.

Aug 04 16:21

Eric Trump predicts dad will ‘win this crazy thing’

'I think we're going to win this crazy thing,' he said.

As his father’s seemingly quixotic campaign caught fire, Eric Trump, 32, an admitted political neophyte, found himself thrust into the heart of it all. He barnstormed across small towns in Iowa and New Hampshire, gamely doing interviews on local radio stations and Fox News, all while balancing growing responsibilities to the company.

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Aug 04 16:18

Julian Assange: “1,700 emails” proves Hillary Clinton sold weapons to ISIS in Syria

“A vote today for Hillary Clinton is a vote for endless, stupid war,” - Julian Assange

In Obama’s second term, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton authorized the shipment of American-made arms to Qatar, a country beholden to the Muslim Brotherhood, and friendly to the Libyan rebels, in an effort to topple the Libyan/Gaddafi government, and then ship those arms to Syria in order to fund Al Qaeda, and topple Assad in Syria.

Clinton took the lead role in organizing the so-called “Friends of Syria” (aka Al Qaeda/ISIS) to back the CIA-led insurgency for regime change in Syria.

Aug 04 16:14

9NEWS’ Brandon Rittiman interviews Donald Trump

Donald Trump: You look at how horribly are veterans are being taken care of.

BRANDON RITTIMAN: So, I want to start by asking. Hillary Clinton did make history. I know she’s not your favorite person, but she made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major party in American history.

Do you acknowledge that? Is that a positive step for the country?

TRUMP: She’s got bad judgment. Everything she’s touched has turned bad. Whether it’s Syria, or Libya, or the migration, or the beginning of the Iran deal. She’s got horrible judgment. She voted for the war in Iraq. Another mistake. She was in favor of NAFTA. Another mistake. She’s got bad judgment.

We’re going to have a woman president, but it shouldn’t be her. She would be catastrophic for our country.

Aug 03 15:47

The ‘New York Times’ is dead set on marginalizing Jewish anti-Zionism

The New York Times is pointedly ignoring an important ideological trend: the rise of Jewish anti-Zionism. A battle is taking place among Jews over the dead end that Jewish nationalism represents, but the paper of record is doing all it can to pretend that battle isn’t happening, and suffocate an explosive discussion.

Two days ago Haaretz ran two stunning op-eds by American Jewish historians Hasia Diner and Marjorie Feld titled, “We’re American Jewish Historians. This Is Why We’ve Left Zionism Behind,” saying that they cannot go comfortably into Jewish spaces that deny the Nakba any more. Diner related an ordeal that will resonate in the hearts of many other American Jews:

Aug 03 14:14

Monsanto In India: Meet The New Boss – Same As The Old Boss?

In capitalism, the state’s primary role is to secure the interests of private capital. The institutions of globalised capitalism – from the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO right down to the compliant bureaucracies of national states or supranational unions – facilitate private wealth accumulation that results in the forms of structural inequalities and violence (unemployment, poverty, population displacement, bad food, poor health, environmental destruction, etc) that have become ‘accepted’ as necessary (for ‘growth’) and taken for granted within mainstream media and political narratives.

Aug 03 13:18

Israeli racism unmasks Netanyahu goodwill video

Jonathan Cook argues that the ethos of the military government for Israel’s Palestinians is returning, and the “perfume” of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s soothing words about ending “discord and hate” will not cover the stench.

Aug 03 12:07

US Established Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to 'Redraw Middle East' Borders

Turkish politicians and activists based in the Adana province, home to the Incirlik air base, told Sputnik that they want Ankara to close the facility or at least ban the US and other NATO countries from using it because Washington has utilized it to carry out its destabilizing strategy in the Middle East.

Aug 03 10:35

Saudis Outraged Again Over List of Children’s Rights Violators

Saudi Arabia’s fury over its inclusion in a United Nations report on armies that kill and maim children resurfaced on Tuesday in a Security Council meeting, two months after the Saudis pressed Secretary General Ban Ki-moon into temporarily removing the designation.

At a council meeting on children and armed conflict, Mr. Ban said a review of Saudi Arabia’s original inclusion in the annual report was still incomplete. He also said that the Saudis had furnished new information “to prevent and end grave violations against children.”

Mr. Ban did not specify the nature of the information or its source. Also left unclear was whether Saudi Arabia’s removal from the list would remain temporary.

The Saudi outrage at Mr. Ban exploded in June when the report was first disclosed; it showed that a Saudi-led military coalition fighting insurgents in Yemen had been included in the report’s annex of armies that kill children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, when money buys Saudi Arabia a "kill Yemenite kids with impunity card" at the UN, of course, it will use it!!

Sec-General Ban Ki-Moon has just demonstrated, for all the world to see, that he has utter no male attributes, and is completely impotent to curb the worst human rights violations of some of the UN's most violent members.

Aug 03 08:18

Flashback: Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn - Former CIA officer John Stockwell

John R. Stockwell is a former CIA officer who became a critic of United States government policies after serving in the Agency for thirteen years serving seven tours of duty. After managing U.S. involvement in the Angolan Civil War as Chief of the Angola Task Force during its 1975 covert operations, he resigned and wrote In Search of Enemies, a book which remains the only detailed, insider's account of a major CIA "covert action."

Aug 03 07:50

Libya War II: For Interventionists It Is Still Deliberate and Self-Serving

-Military experts and officials at the Pentagon are clear: The US-led War on Terror has failed. Repeat, Team Obama and company cannot bomb ISIL out of the Middle East and North Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Team Obama isn't trying to bomb ISIL out of the Middle East and North Africa. Team Obama is bombing the Middle East and North Africa to force them to accept US puppet regimes!

Aug 03 07:33

Will Erdogan Resort to Regional Nuclear Blackmail?

By Mathew Maavak

The failed “military coup” in Turkey last month is still replete with discrepancies, insinuations and outright lies. Disinformation and recriminations continue to swirl like an impenetrable black hole, blotting out cogent questions over the innumerable bloopers in this poorly-scripted geopolitical drama.

To begin with, an astonishing 99 generals were allegedly involved in the July 15 coup. Most armies in the world cannot claim to have 99 generals, let alone boast of 99 coup-plotters. Just how many generals does Turkey have at any one time?...

Aug 01 12:09

Armenian president says unilateral concessions in Nagorno-Karabakh settlement ruled out

"There will be no unilateral concessions on the path of the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem, it is ruled out," he said. "Nagorno-Karabakh will never be part of Azerbaijan, it is excluded. I have always been ready to sacrifice not only my office but also my life to reach a settlement format that would be acceptable for my people," the Armenian president said at a meeting with public activists and the clergy. The meeting was focused on the situation following the recent seizure of a police precinct in Yerevan by armed men. Supporters of the armed group accuse the Armenian leaders of readiness for concessions to Azerbaijan.

Aug 01 11:26

Yemen Peace Deal Falters on UN Demand for Houthis’ Surrender

Hope for Kuwait-based peace talks between Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthis and the Saudi-backed government seems to be fading, with an agreement to extend the talks an additional week reached over the weekend, but no real chance remaining for a deal.

The UN draft peace proposal is the major issue, with the pro-Saudi forces loudly endorsing it, since it gives them literally everything they wanted from the start, and the Houthis rejecting it, since it demands that they unilaterally surrender and offers nothing in return.

Saudi Arabia attacked Yemen last year in an attempt to install the former Hadi government back in power. Hadi had resigned in January of 2015, but the Saudis insist he remains the rightful ruler of the country, and that there could be no compromise on the matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully clear to me that these talks were engineered to fail.

Aug 01 07:07

America’s Recent Achievements In The Middle East

What’s especially interesting there, is that in all of these missions, except for Iraq, the U.S. was doing it with the key participation of the Saud family, the royals who own Saudi Arabia, and who are the world’s largest buyers of American weaponry. Since Barack Obama came into the White House, the operations — Libya, Yemen, and Syria — have been, to a large extent, joint operations with the Sauds. ‘We’ are now working more closely with ‘our’ ‘friends’, even than ‘we’ were under George W. Bush.

Jul 31 08:31

WASHINGTON LET SAUDI ARABIA COMMIT ATROCITIES IN YEMEN, THEN STRONG-ARM THE UN INTO REMAINING SILENT

The United Nations has long been bullied by its most powerful members, and U.N. secretaries-general have usually been forced to grit their teeth and take it quietly. But few nations have been more publicly brazen in this practice than Saudi Arabia, and earlier this summer, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon managed to get in a dig at the Kingdom over its blackmail-style tactics. Ban openly admitted that it was only after Riyadh threatened to cut off funding to the U.N. that he bowed to its demand to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, where it has launched a harsh military intervention, from a list of violators of children’s rights contained in the annex of his annual Children and Armed Conflict report. “The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” Ban told reporters. “At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many U.N. programs.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sorry, but the US has ENABLED Saudi Arabia in these war crimes; there is no denying it, or trying to pussyfoot around it.

The US government has adopted a "the ends justifies the means" approach to its attempt to "pacify" the Houthi rebels, and get them to surrender, as the path to re-instating the Al-Hadi government (translation: our thugs) back to power in Sa'ana.

This war against the Houthi rebels has lasted for well over a year, and there is no definitive conclusion in sight.

During that time, public market places, hospitals, schools and private residences have been viciously bombed, all of these acts being war crimes.

But hey, for President Obama, the ends justify the means, right?!? And he wants to get the Houthis out and Al-Hadi re-instated, so, according to this "logic", the amount of dead and wounded in Yemen are of absolutely no consequence, and irrelevant to his calculus on Yemen here.

As reported in mintpress.com in an article by Claire Bernish in April of this year:

A child has been killed or maimed every four hours in the year since Saudi-led airstrikes began in Yemen — a seven fold increase over the previous year. Though this is likely a tragic underestimation of the true number, nearly one-third of all civilian casualties are children. According to a report from UNICEF, the bombing campaign has taken an extraordinary toll on the civilian population in Yemen: “Attacks on schools and hospitals and the denial of humanitarian assistance to children continue to occur. The UN verified 51 attacks on education facilities, including schools and personnel.” Sixty-three health facilities were attacked, the U.N. verified, and basic“services and infrastructure in Yemen are on the verge of total collapse.” official MintPress sponsor Even before the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition began the now year-long offensive, Yemen had been one of the most impoverished countries in the world. But the intense fighting by all parties to the conflict has created a humanitarian crisis of alarming proportions — and children tend to be most affected. “Children are not safe anywhere in Yemen. Even playing or sleeping has become dangerous,” Julien Harneis, UNICEF representative in Yemen, told AFP in an email. “The scale of suffering in the country is staggering,” UNICEF’s report continues. “The violence has forced the majority of Yemenis into destitution. An estimated 21.2 million people — 82 per cent of the total population — need urgent humanitarian assistance. Almost half of those in need are children.”

Your tax dollars at work, folks; don't these numbers make you feel proud about what this country has done to Yemen?!?

Jul 30 15:19

Washington let Saudi Arabia commit atrocities in Yemen, then strong-arm the UN into remaining silent

The United Nations has long been bullied by its most powerful members, and U.N. secretaries-general have usually been forced to grit their teeth and take it quietly. But few nations have been more publicly brazen in this practice than Saudi Arabia, and earlier this summer, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon managed to get in a dig at the Kingdom over its blackmail-style tactics. Ban openly admitted that it was only after Riyadh threatened to cut off funding to the U.N. that he bowed to its demand to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, where it has launched a harsh military intervention, from a list of violators of children’s rights contained in the annex of his annual Children and Armed Conflict report. “The report describes horrors no child should have to face,” Ban told reporters. “At the same time, I also had to consider the very real prospect that millions of other children would suffer grievously if, as was suggested to me, countries would defund many U.N. programs.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 30 05:50

Police stabilize situation in Yerevan after dispersing opposition rally. Radicals demand the resignation of the country’s president and government

Police stabilized the situation outside a police station, which was seized by armed opposition attackers on July 18, after dispersing an opposition rally held in the assailants’ support. Police have detained dozens of opposition activists. There is no information about their fate so far. There no casualty reports. Journalists could work freely as police were dispersing the demonstrators. Police banned rallies and assemblies outside the police unit territory as early as last Tuesday for fear of further escalation of tensions and actions threatening the life and health of people. Police suggested relocating the venue for the rally to a different place to prevent the crowd from bursting into the police unit’s territory and seizing weapons. The opposition forces rallied in a pedestrian zone outside the Yerevan opera theatre for two days. After then, they marched to the seized police unit despite the authorities’ ban.

Jul 29 23:05

Palestine and Hillary, 'the lesser evil'

How is it possible that Hillary Clinton supports the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people - yet we're still supposed to consider her a lesser evil? Ask the question and you'll hear plenty of explanations, but the most important reason is rarely made explicit: Lesser evilism is possible only because we're so accustomed to seeing certain people as lesser human beings. READ MORE

Jul 29 12:58

Neocon Schizophrenia

A friend recently observed to me that it is ironic that the neoconservatives, whose bottom line foreign policy issue is the uncritical support of Israel, should be obsessed with constantly confronting and goading Russia even though Tel Aviv and Moscow get along just fine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has traveled to Russia three times in the past year and he and President Vladimir Putin reportedly understand each other very well.

Jul 29 10:03

Bush and Blair will forever elude the punishment they deserve for Iraq war crimes

In the hierarchy of the world's international crimes, the top three are genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It's hardly in question that the Americans and British committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Iraq. So what penalties are their leaders paying?

Why, the same penalty all Western leaders pay for their villainy. As Henry Kissinger did for his many crimes against humanity, from Chile to Indonesia to Bangladesh. He's now a mentor on world affairs to Hillary Clinton – the non-reckless presidential candidate. Or Ronald Reagan, who backed sadistic terrorist groups across Central America and worked closely with the apartheid regime in South Africa. He's now totally mythologized, the revered hero of the Republican Party.

Jul 29 04:37

“Don’t Cry For Us Syria … The Truth is We Shall Never Leave You!”

“Don’t cry for us Syria” has recently become a motto/logo of sorts for many physically and psychologically brutalized youth around this ancient land. They are the youngsters who represent a new generation of Syrians, many of whom were born in this century. It is into their patriotic hands that Syria’s Torch has been passed.

Jul 28 18:53

Chris Hedges: Saudi Wahhabism a Tool of U.S. Foreign Policy

With terrorist attacks from Bangladesh to Saudi Arabia to Baghdad, and of course many other places in the world, the news of the day is all about ISIS. This gets reported in a very isolated way, without much historical context at all. This Wahhabism, extreme, radical Islam, whatever terminology you want to use, the thing that doesn't get said very often is to what extent this was all a tool of US foreign policy and for decades

Jul 28 17:47

FOOLING MOST OF THE PEOPLE MOST OF THE TIME IS WHAT AMERICAN POLITICS ARE ABOUT, EVEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR

Nuclear war, just as with any other kind of war, can happen almost by accident through blunders and careless acts and overly-aggressive postures. Just let the blood of two sides get up enough, and an utter disaster could quickly overtake us. Constantly decreasing the possibilities for accidents and misunderstandings is a prime responsibility of every major world leader

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