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Dec 30 09:09

Yemen Parties Agree to Reopen Main Road Between Sanaa, Hodeidah, and Taiz: Ongoing talks yield another deal, allowing travel between major cities

While the Sweden-based Yemen talks are over, consultations have continued among the various combatants. These have resulted in another deal, with the warring parties agreeing to reopen Kilo 16, the main road connecting Hodeidah and Taiz to the capital city of Sanaa.

This is a huge move for civilians, allowing them to travel out of combat zones to safer places, and also allowing for humanitarian aid shipments out of the aid port of Hodeidah to those other cities.

Dutch Gen. Patrick Cammaert, the head of the UN monitor group, suggested that Hodeidah should be used as the port of entry for all aid into Yemen. That’s likely going to be a tough sell, with neither side having withdrawn from the surrounding area of the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me just a tiny bit hopeful here.

Dec 30 09:07

Syrian Army Deploys to Manbij in New Alliance With Kurds: Turkey says Kurds have no authority to invite Syrian army into major Syrian city

With Turkey’s imminent invasion of Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria expected to begin any day, the Kurdish YPG has quickly secured a new alliance with the Syrian government. Within short order, the Syrian Army has arrived in the city of Manibj, on the Euphrates River, to help with its defense.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that this first deployment is of over 300 Syrian troops, with military spokesmen saying they are to deploy on the city’s outskirts with the goal of “defeating all invaders and occupiers.” There are US and French troops still within the city of Manbij itself, and Turkish-backed rebels advancing on the city from the north, with the expectation that this will be the first target of the new Turkish invasion.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps this consolidation between Kurds and the Syrian government will work well for both parties.

And I am sorry; the Turkish government has absolutely no right to chastise the Syrian government from doing anything it wants within its sovereign territory; but it will get dicey if Turkey, a NATO country, winds up attacking US, Another NATO country, or Iranian, or Russian troops still working in the area.

Dec 30 09:04

Saudi Arabia recruited Darfur children to fight in Yemen: NYT

Saudi Arabia recruited children from Sudan's conflict-ravaged Darfur region to fight on the front lines in Yemen, the New York Times has reported.

The kingdom offered desperate Sudanese families as much as $10,000 to enlist their children to fight in the nearly four-year-old war against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the NYT said on Friday.

Led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, intervened in Yemen in 2015 in support of the internationally recognised President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Sudan joined the Saudi-led alliance, deploying thousands of ground troops to Yemen.

Five Sudanese fighters who had returned from Yemen told the NYT that children made up 20-40 percent of their units in Yemen.

Dec 30 08:30

TRUMP CRITICS OF SYRIA WITHDRAWAL FUELED RISE OF ISIS

Too many of those protesting the removal of U.S. forces are authors of the catastrophe that tore Syria to pieces, reports Max Blumenthal for Consortium News.

Birthing ISIS From the Womb of Regime Change

During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Clinton, Kerry, and the rest of the Beltway blob lined up reflexively behind George W. Bush.

The insurgency that followed the violent removal of Iraq’s Ba’athist government set the stage for the declaration of the first Islamic State by Abu Musab Zarqawi in 2006. Five years later, with near-total consent from Congress, Hillary enthusiastically presided over NATO’s assault on Libya, cackling with glee when she learned that the country’s longtime leader, Moammar Gaddafi, had been sodomized with a bayonet and shot to death by Islamist insurgents — “We came, we saw, he died!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There is one element regarding the assassination of Qaddafi this article will not touch with a 10 foot pole, and treats it like Kryptonite, something to stay away from at any cost. But here it is, from Hillary's own email, nonetheless:

NATO KILLED QADDAFI TO STOP LIBYAN CREATING OF A GOLD-BACKED CURRENCY

The article goes on to state:

One of the 3,000 Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department on New Year’s Eve (where real news is sent to die quietly) has revealed evidence that NATO’s plot to overthrow Gaddafi was fueled by first their desire to quash the gold-backed African currency, and second the Libyan oil reserves.

The email in question was sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by her unofficial adviser Sydney Blumenthal titled “France’s client and Qaddafi’s gold”.

From Foreign Policy Journal:

The email identifies French President Nicholas Sarkozy as leading the attack on Libya with five specific purposes in mind: to obtain Libyan oil, ensure French influence in the region, increase Sarkozy’s reputation domestically, assert French military power, and to prevent Gaddafi’s influence in what is considered “Francophone Africa.”

"Five years later, with near-total consent from Congress, Hillary enthusiastically presided over NATO’s assault on Libya, cackling with glee when she learned that the country’s longtime leader, Moammar Gaddafi, had been sodomized with a bayonet and shot to death by Islamist insurgents — “We came, we saw, he died!", provides us with a really interesting window on this lady's thought process.

This very much reminds me of a line from the now-cancelled, but brilliant and iconic show, "Elementary", where the Sherlock character is telling the Watson character that his father "had assassins on speed dial."

One has to wonder, given that this is the only couple in American politics with a known "dead bodies list" if that might be true for Arkansas'geopolitical "Gruesome Twosome", Bill and Hillary Clinton.

So, there you have it.

Dec 30 08:04

CHILD SOLDIERS FROM DARFUR FIGHTING AS MERCENARIES FOR SAUDI ARABIA IN YEMEN

At any time for nearly four years as many as 14,000 Sudanese militiamen have been fighting in Yemen in tandem with the local militia aligned with the Saudis, according to several Sudanese fighters who have returned and Sudanese lawmakers who are attempting to track it. Hundreds, at least, have died there.

Almost all the Sudanese fighters appear to come from the battle-scarred and impoverished region of Darfur, where some 300,000 people were killed and 1.2 million displaced during a dozen years of conflict over diminishing arable land and other scarce resources.

Some families are so eager for the money that they bribe militia officers to let their sons go fight. Many are ages 14 to 17. In interviews, five fighters who have returned from Yemen and another about to depart said that children made up at least 20 percent of their units. Two said children were more than 40 percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the Saudi government and military, are completely happy with this arrangement?!?

And the US military chain of command is perfectly morally comfortable, knowing that kids are fighting in this genocide the Saudi Saudi Arabian are creating in Yemen?!?

Of course, perhaps, to both the Saudis and the US forces assisting them, because they are from another country, they are simply considered "collateral damage", and the decision has been made that it is better that Houthis kill these kids, rather than Saudi or US nationals.

This only adds to my disgust, at the reality that the US military is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Dec 29 13:15

Scott Adams: Climate Change, AOC Sexism, Sonic Weapons, Syria and Open Borders

AOC’s sexist tweet to her critic
Sonic weapon used against two of our embassies?
Mass hysteria, no weapon or culprit will ever be found
Challenge: Find me somebody, anybody who wants open borders
I’ve never met anyone who wants open borders, why?
Kurds are concerned about US pullout and attack by Turkey
Turks consider our Kurd allies to be terrorists
Shouldn’t we know why? Nobody seems to report why
Is the world safer today than it has ever been?
Hyper-connectivity benefits the world, makes us safer
Challenge: Provide a link to your BEST article on climate change
I’ll tweet the best arguments for both sides
Climate change arguments are very persuasive viewed alone
“Climate change is a scam” arguments…also persuasive

Dec 29 09:57

Yemen Parties Agree to Reopen Main Road Between Sanaa, Hodeidah, and Taiz

While the Sweden-based Yemen talks are over, consultations have continued among the various combatants. These have resulted in another deal, with the warring parties agreeing to reopen Kilo 16, the main road connecting Hodeidah and Taiz to the capital city of Sanaa.

This is a huge move for civilians, allowing them to travel out of combat zones to safer places, and also allowing for humanitarian aid shipments out of the aid port of Hodeidah to those other cities.

Dutch Gen. Patrick Cammaert, the head of the UN monitor group, suggested that Hodeidah should be used as the port of entry for all aid into Yemen. That’s likely going to be a tough sell, with neither side having withdrawn from the surrounding area of the city.

Dec 28 21:07

CHILD SOLDIERS FROM DARFUR FIGHTING AS MERCENARIES FOR SAUDI ARABIA IN YEMEN

The United Nations has called the war in Yemen the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. An intermittent blockade by the Saudis and their partners in the United Arab Emirates has pushed as many as 12 million people to the brink of starvation, killing some 85,000 children, according to aid groups.

Dec 28 09:04

Hate speech without hate: Britain and the United States

In the wake of London’s Labour-controlled Islington Council’s banning of pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a concert at the behest of Israel’s far-right Likud-Herut, Eve Mykytyn examines the clamp down on free speech in the UK and US.>>

Dec 27 15:48

UK’s Islington Council banned pro-Palestinian musician at behest of Israel’s far-right Likud-Herut

Richard Hugus reveals how austerity-hit, Labour-controlled Islington Council hired a top legal firm that worked for Israel Premier Netanyahu’s financier Sheldon Adelson to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a local concert at the behest of Israeli Likud-Herut’s UK director. >>

Dec 27 13:59

Trump Is Helping the Saudis Starve Yemen

In The Imperial Presidency, the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. warned that the habit of “indiscriminate global intervention, far from strengthening American security, seemed rather to weaken it by involving the United States in remote, costly and mysterious wars, fought in ways that shamed the nation before the world and, even when thus fought, demonstrating only the inability of the most powerful nation on earth to subdue bands of guerrillas in black pajamas. When the grandiose policy did not promote national security and could not succeed in its own terms, would it not be better to pursue policies that did not deform and disable the Constitution?”

These many years later, America is complicit in a mysterious war in Yemen that is waged by Saudi Arabia in ways that shame both of our allied nations. These famine-ravaged youngsters are what that war looks like. As Nicholas Kristof aptly put it, “Your tax dollars help starve children.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am getting just a little sick to my stomach, reading that last paragraph; I did not know (but am not at all surprised) that President Trump had a number of business deals with the Saudis before he came into office.

Mr. President, as long as I am breathing, I am compelled, as a Christian pacifist activist who never commends violence, to call you out on the US military assisting the Saudi Government in war crimes. And I am about to post some images the presstitutes in corporate media don't dare (warning: very graphic), and not a one of them has been photoshopped or altered in any way.

The Saudis are slaughtering innocent children, women, and the medically infirm.

Images:
Yemeni children shot and killed or maimed for life by Saudi air raids

Yemen ports have been successfully blockaded by Saudi and American troops, so no desperately needed food can reach those now dying of malnutrition
Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, because Saudi/US forces have blockaded Yemeni harbors, so food cannot get in.

Cholera (possibly weaponised) rages, unchecked in Yemen, as the water infrastructure has been successfully destroyed by the Saudi military.
Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera (possibly weaponized), as the Saudis have destroyed all the water infrastructure in Yemen.

Mr. President; I must ask this question: I know US weapons manufacturers are selling American bombs to the Saudis, and making incredible profits from this, but at what moral cost to this nation?!?

I was hoping in 2016 that the next President this country elected, would not sign off on more war crimes, as did your predecessors Bush and Obama, starting with Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Yemen; and Syria, did; it very much pains me to say it, but sir, in your haste to make sure American weapons manufacturers could profit brilliantly from wars in places like Yemen, you have placed an indelible, moral crimson stain over this entire country's future which can never be cleansed.

And as you are caterwauling over your "great success" in having American ambassadors push their host countries into "buying American" when it comes to weaponry, I hope you can sleep without seeing those images of the dead, the dying,and the maimed for life, which I have attached above; because Mr. President, I cannot sleep because of this, nor can many of the good moral people who elected you, understanding very clearly, that these weapons are causing the deaths of so many innocents.

And I have a companion piece I would like to share:

Saudis leave American fingerprints on Yemen carnage.

Dec 27 13:17

Bolton’s Hawkish Syria Plan Backfired, Pushing Trump to Get Out

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

The national security adviser expanded U.S. goals in Syria to challenge Iran. But Trump wasn’t on board, senior officials say, and Turkey took an opportunity to push the U.S. out.

Some leading Pentagon officials were uncomfortable with Bolton’s anti-Iran goals in Syria. Days after Bolton’s statement, senior Pentagon officials signaled to Congress that they weren’t on board. “In Syria, our role is to defeat ISIS. That’s it,” Brig. Gen. Scott Benedict, an officer on the Joint Staff, testified to the House Armed Services Committee.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If President Trump has been made to realize what an absolutely ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid Syrian policy Bolton crafted, leaving President Trump with little to zero option in Syria but to withdraw, will someone who has his ear, please, encourage the President to take a look, hard, long look at the Iranian foreign policy Bolton (and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu) want him to pursue?

And also, 2020 being an election year, how, in the name of Heaven, does he believe he can sell yet another Middle East war to the American people, who have become very skeptical about the existing US-generated wars, which continue to go horrendously badly, and war weary,with the uncomfortable sense that if sanctions will not bring the Iranians "to their knees" economically and geopolitically, that he is considering attacking Iran?

And again, I find it interesting that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East; The Butcher of Yemen, Prince bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

And I have to wonder; is it because these people can order singular, or multiple assassinations with impunity, and not be held responsible for what they have done?

Dec 26 12:35

Obama, ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood. The PSD-11 “Secret Blueprint” to Implement Regime Change across the Middle East

In August, 2010, six months before Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution was launched by the Washington NGOs including the NED, the Soros Foundations, Freedom House and others, President Obama signed Presidential Study Directive-11 (PDS-11), ordering Washington government agencies to prepare for “change.” The change was to be a radical policy calling for Washington’s backing for the secret fundamentalist Islamic Muslim Brotherhood sect across the Middle East Muslim world, and with it, the unleashing of a reign of terror that would change the entire world.

According to US Congressional testimony of Peter Hoekstra, former Chairman of the US House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Obama Administration PSD-11 directive–as of March 2017 still classified Top Secret–“ordered a government-wide reassessment of prospects for political reform in the Middle East and of the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in the process. “

A Grandiose Task Force

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If, in fact, this information is true,it looks like here's another alleged "Nobel Peace Prize Winner" who should be forced to have that honor pulled, quickly, and for darn good reason.

Dec 26 09:12

Social Media Activists Launch Campaign to Boycott Saudi Products

Social media activists in a number of Arab states have launched a campaign to persuade the regional people not to purchase Saudi-made goods.
The campaign has been launched with partnership of social media users from Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia, Palestine and Egypt in condemnation of the Saudi-US-led coalition against Yemen.

A number of Saudi-made products are actually American goods just manufactured on Saudi soil.

The starters of the campaign are due to stage a twitterstorm tomorrow night to boycott the Saudi products.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen since March 2015 to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed more than 20,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children. Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Dec 26 08:34

RAND PAUL: ‘ARMCHAIR GENERALS WANT TO KEEP US AT WAR FOREVER’

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday praised President Donald Trump for doing “exactly what he promised” by withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria — and derided the “armchair generals” in Washington who “want to keep us at war forever.”

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Paul said he’s “very proud” of Trump’s determination to get troops out of the Middle East.

Dec 25 14:44

Syrian state media report missile attack near Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes flying over Lebanon fired missiles toward areas near the Syrian capital of Damascus late Tuesday and some of the missiles were shot down by air defense units, Syrian state TV said. There was no immediate word on casualties.

Dec 24 16:46

Open letter from Gilad Atzmon to Britain’s Labour Party: Stop slandering me!

"I note with concern that several media sources this week, including the BBC and the Guardian newspaper, have quoted a “spokesman” from the Labour Party describing me as “a vile anti-Semite.”

"I was profoundly shocked to hear this language used against me by a member of your political party. Let me be clear: I am not an anti Semite, nor have I ever uttered any hate speech, nor have I ever been charged with any matter at all..." >>

Dec 24 16:39

UK Labour Party stuck in the "Dark Ages"

Stuart Littlewood demonstrates how the Labour Party has abandoned all semblance of justice while it persecutes members who have been falsely accused of “anti-Semitism” by Israel lobbyists, pimps and flag wavers. >>

Dec 24 14:01

Saudi Arabia and UAE sending troops to help Kurds in Syria

Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia reach understanding with Russians on handling Hezbollah and Iranian activity, while Saudis plan Afghan peace talks

Dec 24 11:47

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Finance Rebuilding of Syria - Trump

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the reconstruction of Syria rather than the United States financing the reconstruction of that country.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump said via Twitter.

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the reconstruction of Syria rather than the United States financing the reconstruction of that country.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump said via Twitter.

Trump has welcomed Riyadh's decision, adding that it is "nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the US, that is 5000 miles away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All good and well; but when will the Butcher of Yemen get started on rebuilding the country it and the US have bombed and destroyed so completely?!?

Dec 24 08:16

Expedient suffering? Sarah Leah Whitson from the MENA Division at Human Rights Watch

It’s the fourth year of the war in Yemen, and it is finally on the front pages of American newspapers, but it’s not because the suffering there has reached catastrophic proportions – that happened years ago. Instead, it’s because the Saudi question has become part of the political infighting in Washington. Does suffering only matter when it’s politically expedient? To discuss this, Oksana is joined by Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the MENA Division at Human Rights Watch.

Dec 23 15:35

Debunking Zionist dogma

Lawrence Davidson assesses the arguments used by critics of Israel versus Zionist dogma which, he says, boil down to whether our preference is for international law and human rights or ethnocentric nationalism and religious exclusivity. >>

Dec 23 15:32

Gilad Atzmon’s Christmas Message

Following the intense smear campaign against me, my work, my writing and my livelihood, I decided to produce this short Christmas message and address the ludicrous accusations against me, and also to wish you all merry Christmas and Happy New Year. >>

Dec 23 09:37

HOUTHIS SHOOT DOWN SAUDI ARABIA’S CH-4B COMBAT UAV OVER SAADA PROVINCE

On December 23, the Houthis media wing released a video showing the moment when the Houthis shot down a CH-4B unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) of the Saudi Air Force over the northern Yemeni provinceo of Saada.

Saudi Arabia had bought several CH-4B UCAVs from China. The Saudi Air Force has been actively employing these UCAVs in the Yemeni conflict.

Dec 22 17:49

Subverting free speech and free societies: Why it is past time to stand up to Zio-Fascism

Hafsa Kara-Mustapha says ZIonist fascists – one of whom prompted London’s Islington Council to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from performing with the Blockheads at a Christmas concert – now pose a critical risk to free societies and standing up to them is an urgent matter. >>

Dec 22 10:35

Maness: The Foreign Policy Swamp: Why They are Wrong and President Trump Is Right on Syria

The President understands what I understand: The Middle East will never be a liberal democracy and our foreign policy should never be guided by grand ideological goals, but rather by a simple doctrine that asks: What is best for America and its people?

In the case of Syria, it’s clear to me that there is no tangible American interest left in staying. As a 32 year military man, I say President Trump is right, we completed our mission, destroyed the enemy and it’s finally time to bring our troops home and declare victory.

Dec 22 09:30

Scott Adams: The Steel Slat Barrier, Google Images Update, and Syria

Chuck Schumer now stuck in a great trap by President Trump
President wants strong border security…like everyone
Chuck wants to deny a President Trump “win”
Google offending images update
As of this morning, they are all gone, thank you!
Leaving Syria, possibly the greatest example of leadership ever seen
How is it that suddenly everyone became a Syria expert?
Weighing options, managing risk, creative solutions

Read and leave comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1076493801261133824

Dec 21 16:12

MATTIS IS OUT, AND BLACKWATER IS BACK: ‘WE ARE COMING’

Mattis' resignation comes amid news that President Donald Trump has directed the drawdown of 2,000 U.S. forces in Syria, and 7,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a U.S. official confirmed to Military Times, a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal.This month, in the January/February print issue of the gun and hunting magazine “Recoil," the former contractor security firm Blackwater USA published a full-page ad, in all black with a simple message: “We are coming.”

Dec 21 14:14

US aircraft carrier returns to Persian Gulf after long absence

A US aircraft carrier has sailed into the Persian Gulf, becoming the first since America’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The move has also broken the longest carrier absence in the region since at least the September 11 terror attacks, AP reported. The arrival on Friday of the USS John C. Stennis comes as Iranian officials have repeatedly threatened to close off the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a third of all oil traded by sea passes. Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels shadowed the aircraft carrier and its strike group. They launched a drone, as well as test-fired rockets away from the aircraft carrier and its strike group, according to the report.

Dec 21 13:17

Saudi Arabia, UAE send troops to support Kurds in Syria

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent military forces to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group in north-east Syria, Turkey’s Yenisafak newspaper reported.

Scott Adams is right -- a lot of the time. See also:

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1076195738122481664

Dec 20 15:41

US Military Trucks Leaving Syria: Sputnik International

After years surrounded in the swamp, Trump finally figures out who and what got him in there, and how to remain in office.

Dec 20 12:24

BEXALERT!!!: Trump’s Syria surprise is a new attempt to distract from bad news at home

More Sedition.

Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria wasn’t vetted by the Pentagon, the State Department, Congress, or US allies, and his rationale for it is false, foreign policy experts and military veterans say.

Dec 20 08:52

France Says to Stay in Syria after US Troops Ordered Home

France will maintain its participation in the coalition purportedly fighting Daesh terrorists in Syria, government officials said Thursday after US President Donald Trump surprised Washington's allies by ordering American troops home.....

Dec 19 12:26

Calm in Yemeni Port of Hodeidah as Ceasefire Holds

The ceasefire in Yemen’s vital aid port of Hodeidah has taken full effect on Tuesday, and while both sides have accused the other of violations, and locals have reported a bit of gunfire, calm has generally prevailed in and around the city.

The ceasefire was the last agreement reached at last week’s Sweden peace talks, and looks to have at least a bit of momentum, though the UN still isn’t decided on how they’ll go about monitoring the process, something they promised to do. In the meantime, the UN is trying to organize video talks with both sides to bolster support for the truce.

Under this truce, both sides are to withdraw all forces from Hodeidah and the surrounding area within 21 days. There is as yet no sign such redeployment is happening, which is likely a function of neither side trusting the other to honor the truce from the start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would really like to see peace break out here; but unfortunately, I sense that a negotiated truce is not what the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman wants to see happen, but a victory at any human cost.

And please remember; the US is enabling and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen, which have led to the following outcomes happening here: (warning: very graphic images here)

Images: Yemeni children assassinated or maimed for life, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombing runs.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of US military-enabled Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

Images: Yemenis dying from cholera (possibly weaponized), as water infrastructure has been destroyed by US enabled, Saudi bombings

Until the fighting stops, and as long as there is breath in my body, I am compelled, as a Christian pacifist activist, to witness to these US-enabled Saudi atrocities.

I never thought, when I was far younger, that being a citizen of the United States of America, meant that I was a citizen of a country which regularly commits war crimes with impunity; sadly, that is now a fact of American life, which gets utterly no discussion from the presstitutes on the corporate news.

Dec 19 11:15

Sudanese President Arrives in Syria Aboard Russian Plane as Mailman of the Saudis

The Arab world (in the past largely pro-Soviet and staunchly independent, these days subservient to the West and on the payroll of the Saudis) is getting ready to normalize relations with previously ostracized Assad. Russia is facilitating. Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir made a historical visit to Syria, the first for an Arab leader since war was imposed on Syria in 2011. El-Bashir landed onboard a Russian airplane at Damascus airport, an indication of Moscow’s efforts to bring Syria back into the Arab – and international – fold. During seven years of war, Sudan never closed its embassy in Damascus. El-Bashir was not travelling alone. Sudan would not take such a huge step without the support of its allies. The Sudanese president is a close partner of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates in their destructive war on Yemen. The purpose of his visit is to lay down the road to Damascus for more Arab leaders, who are expected to pay tribute to president Bashar al-Assad in 2019.

Dec 19 08:57

AFTER GHADDAFI MURDER, WEAPONS SHIPPED TO SYRIA VIA AL-QAEDA, QATAR, US

While the United States continues to deny providing support to terrorists in Syria in terms of money, training, or weapons without the “rebels” first being “moderate,” the truth is that it has been proven time and time again that the US did indeed arm jihadists in Syria from the very beginning and even before the alleged “protests” began in 2011.

Even taking the admitted 2013 arming of terrorists out of the equation – the infamous initiative that took place after the Obama administration cooked up an accusation that the Syrian government used “chemical weapons” on civilians in Ghouta that year – the evidence is clear that the United States had been arming fighters before that time. This is clearly seen when anyone follows the trail of weapons that found their way into Syria early on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this revelation.

Dec 18 15:34

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

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

Dec 18 09:56

How Britain profits from Yemen’s pain

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

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

Dec 18 09:50

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

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

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

Dec 17 15:07

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

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

Dec 17 11:40

Netanyahu envisions 'three more Israels'?

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

Dec 17 11:31

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

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

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

Dec 17 11:04

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

Dec 17 10:09

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 17 09:05

IMAGINE IF SAUDI ARABIA WAS NOT A US ALLY

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 17 08:48

SAUDIS CONTINUE KILLING CIVILIANS DURING YEMEN PEACE TALKS IN SWEDEN

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Dec 17 08:14

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

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

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

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

Dec 16 16:01

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

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

Dec 16 09:50

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

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

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

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

Dec 16 08:55

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

Dec 15 12:13

IRAQ SUMMONS TURKISH ENVOY OVER AIR STRIKES

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Dec 15 11:46

The Yemeni Dead: Six Times Higher Than Previously Reported

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

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

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

Dec 15 11:45

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

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

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

Dec 14 12:03

In Sheldon Adelson, Far Right Israel Hits the Jackpot

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

Dec 14 11:36

Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 14 11:33

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 14 11:29

Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 14 10:45

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

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

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

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

Dec 14 09:40

Mueller to Expand Election Meddling Probe to Mideast Nations in 2019

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

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

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

Dec 13 13:26

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

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

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

Dec 13 11:26

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

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

Dec 13 10:26

Leader: US aiding and abetting Saudi crimes in Yemen

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

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

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

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

Dec 13 10:25

'US enjoys backing Riyadh to destabilize Middle East'

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

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

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

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

Dec 13 10:18

Hundreds of Terrorists Leave Yemen for Northern Syria Battlefields

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

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

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

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

Dec 13 09:17

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

AT LEAST HALF THE VICTIMS ARE CHILDREN

Dec 12 15:09

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

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

Dec 12 09:31

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

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

Dec 11 13:01

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

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

Dec 11 11:08

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

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

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

Dec 10 11:22

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

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

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

Dec 09 10:21

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

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

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

Dec 09 10:15

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

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

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

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

Dec 09 10:15

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

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

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

Dec 09 10:14

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

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

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

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

Dec 06 12:16

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

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

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

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

Dec 05 12:14

All you need to know about the Yemen peace talks

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

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

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

Dec 05 11:40

Qatar's OPEC Exit May Just Be The Beginning

Authored by Tim Daiss via OilPrice.com,

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

Dec 05 11:14

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Dec 04 10:58

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

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

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

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

Dec 04 10:57

Senate Tumult Reflects Popular Discontent With Yemen War

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

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

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

Dec 04 10:54

Deadly fighting erupts in Yemen’s Hodeida

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

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

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

Dec 04 10:39

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

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

Dec 04 09:34

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

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

Dec 03 14:19

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

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

Dec 03 10:23

QATAR QUITS OPEC

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Dec 02 12:27

A World Declaration of Liberation from Criminal Israel!

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

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

Dec 02 07:03

How to rid the world of anti-Semitism

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

Dec 02 00:03

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

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

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

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

Dec 01 19:45

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

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

Dec 01 15:44

Guardian escalates its vilification of Julian Assange

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

Nov 30 10:43

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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