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Dec 05 11:48

Foreign Secretary: UK Supports Saudi Bombing of Yemen

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson sought to dismiss growing international criticism of British arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid a mounting number of civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes, insisting the UK remains “supportive” of Saudi Arabia and its bombing campaign.

Johnson goes on to insist that he doesn’t think Saudi Arabia has crossed “the threshold” for war crimes in the thousands of civilians killed i n Yemen airstrikes, though human rights groups appear more or less uniform in taking the opposite position, noting the Saudis appear to be deliberately attacking civilians across Yemen.

At the same time, Johnson sought to downplay the Britain’s direct involvement in the war, insisting that British forces are providing “general guidance” to the Saudis, but are not engaged in any involvement in picking specific targets for the Saudis to attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, really, Foreign Secretary Johnson?!?

However much the UK's defense companies are paying you to vomit this codswallop, it cannot possibly be enough.

The US and UK are complicit in Saudi Arabia's war crimes, sir, by selling them the weapons with which civilians are assassinated; schools and hospitals are targeted; and children are slowly and painfully starving to death, courtesy of the Saudi blockade of all Yemeni port cities.

And you don't think think Saudi Arabia has crossed “the threshold” for war crimes in the thousands of civilians killed in Yemen airstrikes?!?!?

Allow me, sir, to disabuse you of that notion, and right the hell now:

Yemeni children killed and wounded in Saudi airstrikes, 2016

140 killed in a Saudi "double tap" strike at Yemeni funeral

Images: Yemeni children starving and dying, due to Saudi Arabia's bombings and naval blockade

If you are in any way a moral human being, you cannot, possibly, look at these images without a sense of disgust and disbelief; unfortunately, however, I have learned, over the years, that most politicians have their consciences surgically removed before holding office, so very possibly, you won't feel a thing, looking at these horrific images.

The numbers, in terms of civilian casualties, are right here:

As of September 2nd of this year, there have been 10,000 civilian casualties

There are also numbers on childhood malnutrition, via Voice of America:

320,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition.

How in the name of sanity can you possibly tell your brother and sister Brits, and the world, for that matter, with a straight face, that these numbers do not cross the "threshold" for war crimes?!?

So, congratulations are in order; you really "sold" this Saudi genocide of the Yemeni people to the British government, and I am sure that the British defense companies who fund you, overtly or covertly, are just delighted with you.

Because after all, in the UK, just as in the US, it's "profits uber alles", right?!? And we can't let a little thing like "war crimes" get in the way of profits, now, can we?!?

And by the way, how does it feel to be a war criminal, Foreign Secretary Johnson?!?

Dec 02 09:56

Saudi Arabia's terrorist rehab actually 'secret radicalisation programme,' Guantanamo prisoner claims

Saudi Arabia's terrorist rehabilitation centre is actually a "hidden radicalisation programme," an accused al-Qaeda bomb-maker detained at Guantanamo Bay has claimed.

Saudi prisoner Ghassan Abdullah al-Sharbi told a Gitmo parole board: “You guys want to send me back to Saudi Arabia because you believe there is a de-radicalisation programme on the surface, true.

"You are 100 per cent right, there is a strong de-radicalisation programme, but make no mistake, underneath there is a hidden radicalisation programme."

The Prince Mohammed Bin Naif Counselling and Care Centre in Riyadh aims to de-radicalise jihadists through a 12-step programme, which is said to help them reintegrate with society.

Activities include art therapy and sports, and detainees have access to psychologists and religious scholars who teach religion with a focus on rejecting violence, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these accusations prove true, it is high time for the US government to cut loose from its geopolitical "frenemy", Saudi Arabia.

The damage this country has done in the Middle East and beyond, by embracing a very violent Wahhabist interpretation of the Koran and Hadith, has been incalculable.

Dec 01 16:13

More War? New U.S. Troops Arrive in Yemen while Saudis Kill 13 more Civilians

A report says more American military forces have arrived in Yemen’s port city of Aden to join the contingent of U.S. troops allegedly fighting al-Qaeda militants in the country’s south. Yemen’s al-Masirah television channel published footage showing American troops arriving in Aden.

Dec 01 14:06

What is behind the conflicts in the Arab world?

James Dorsey examines some of the key fundamental issues behind the conflicts and disintegration that have been wracking the Middle East and North Africa especially since the onset of the Arab Nightmare in 2011.

Dec 01 11:55

In Yemen’s war, trapped families ask: Which child should we save?

The family of Osama Hassan faced a wrenching choice as his tiny body wasted away. Should they use the little money they had, in a time of war, to take the 2-year-old to a hospital? Or should they buy food to feed their other children?

His family chose food.

Outside their hut, Ahmed Sadek grimly observed his frail grandson, who was lying on a wooden cot and staring blankly at the gray sky. His hair was sparse, his teeth decayed, his arms sticklike. He could no longer walk on his spindly legs.

With every raspy breath, Osama’s ribs protruded through his dry skin.

“There’s nothing we can do for him,” Sadek said. “I know he’s going to die.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at that dying kid, held by his grandfather.

And isn't it comforting to know that the US government has been complicit in this kid's death, by militarily enabling the Saudi military, which has blockaded Yemen's ports, and prevents food from getting to desperately poor families like this, in their war against Yemen?!?

In President Obama's world, the death of children through starvation is perfectly acceptable, if the Saudis are ultimately able to grind the Houthi rebels into a pulp, and restore the presidency of Al-Hadi.

They're just "collateral damage"; not human beings, entitled to care, food, the tenderness of a loving family, and the opportunity to grow up to fulfill their destinies.

THIS ... is what President Obama's enabling of the Saudi military has created in Yemen; I am absolutely certain that, as a father himself, he will be absolutely delighted with this images:

Images of starving Yemeni child reduced to bone surfaces on social media

These images are not photoshopped: they are real testaments to the horrific nature of the US-enabled/Saudi fought war on Yemen.

I would like to politely remind both President and the House of Saud that collective punishment is a war crime; and one of the most barbaric collective punishments which can possibly be inflicted upon a people is the death of their infants, through certain and slow starvation because food is just not available.

In both the Bush and Obama administrations, there should have been a plaque behind their desks, boldly proclaiming: The United States of America; a proud partner in war crimes!!"

I am hoping - and praying - that President Elect Trump will be working in both a moral, and trade-friendly way to avoid this happening to our country, under his watch.

Dec 01 11:13

Sens. Graham, McCain Unveil Plan to Weaken Saudi 9/11 Bill

While the Saudis lobbied heavily against the bill, and threatened to collapse the US economy over it, it passed easily earlier this year, though even back then Republican leadership was openly talking about gutting the bill after the November election. The election’s gone, and if the “fix” has its way, so are the lawsuits

That’s because the “fix” requires plaintiffs to prove the Saudis “knew” and were “directly” financing the terrorist organization itself. Since the 9/11 Report’s 28 pages show the funding was all done through a convoluted route, it would effectively end any chance of legal repercussions for the Saudis.

Which of course is the point, though Graham insists that what he’s really concerned about is that the existing bill which allows lawsuits over stuff the Saudis actually did, might also open the US up to lawsuits over the many, many things they’ve done.

Nov 29 11:28

Saudis Brace for Bankruptcy, Bring Dramatic Measures to Public Sector

A two-year drop in oil prices has inflicted a dramatic blow to the economy of one of the world’s richest countries. If no changes are made, Saudi Arabia, according to some Saudi experts, will go bankrupt in three to four years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is what happens when policies are implemented without thinking them all the way through. This attempt at an oil-price war to harm Russia backfired and caused more harm to Europe, the Middle East, and even the US than it did to Russia.

Nov 26 10:01

WikiLeaks’ ‘Yemen Files’ Reveal Scope of US Involvement in Yemen War

WikiLeaks has released a new collection of 500 internal documents today from the US Embassy in Sanaa, the latest in a long series of leaks the group has obtained over the years. The documents detail US involvement in Yemen in the lead up to and during the Saudi invasion.

Dubbed the “Yemen Files,” it covers emails from 2009-2015, covering Secretary of States Hillary Clinton and John Kerry’s terms. The files include considerable details of US arming and training of Yemeni military forces in the build up to the Saudi invasion.

Of course, the US also backed Saudi Arabia in their invasion, leading WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to note that most of the bombs that have fallen on Yemen over the course of the war were American made.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US militarily-enabled Saudi military has bombed schools, hospitals, and open air markets.

They have murdered children.Images of Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi air strikes
and many of those left standing are starving to death, courtesy of the Saudi naval blockade of Yemen.Images of dead and starving children, courtesy of Saudi military bombing and blockade

The US and UK, through their selling of bombs and missiles to Saudi Arabia for this assault on Yemen, coupled with the US military "providing guidance" for Saudi air strikes, makes the US, and the UK, complicit is Saudi war crimes against the people of Yemen.

This serial genocide of the Yemeni people began, 19 months ago, for them having had the temerity to overthrow their sitting President, Al-Hadi. And does anyone else remember how many names were actually on the ballot when al-Hadi was elected?!? Only one; his.

Yemen holds presidential election with one candidate

It was an experiment doomed to ultimate failure.

What the Trump administration needs to do, just as soon as it has practically assumed power, is to very publicly announce that it will no longer support this immoral and illegal war against the Yemeni people, but will only support an immediate cease-fire from all sides, and a peaceful dialogue between the Houthi rebels and the Al-Hadi loyalists so that they can work out a positive future for this country.

The Saudi blockade of Yemeni harbors needs to cease immediately, so that food, and medical aid can be brought in quickly, to prevent more famine, and resulting deaths.

I don't know how the rest of our readers feel about this, but I am not particularly happy about being a citizen of a country which enables and abets war crimes, and I am pretty sure that a good number of my English cousins in the UK feel precisely the same way about the UK government also being complicit in these war crimes in Yemen.

Nov 24 09:03

End the war in Yemen, Mr. Trump

If Trump does want to bring some positive change to U.S. foreign policy, he should seek to end the war in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would not extend a 48-hour cease-fire in its war there. The war doesn't make many headlines in the United States, even though the U.S. is directly involved in helping the Saudi military fire at targets in Yemen and blockade that country.

The humanitarian effect of the war has been disastrous. Over three million Yemeni people have been displaced from their homes. Another 14 million are threatened with what the U.N. calls "food insecurity," because blockading efforts and the war itself have a devastating effect on the import-dependent food supply of the nation.

But the United States does not have to continue exacerbating the situation. It's an immoral and unjust war on a population that does not threaten the United States.

Nov 24 08:55

Saudi Airstrike Kills 12 Civilians in North Yemen

Adding to the growing list of civilians slain in Saudi airstrikes across Yemen since last year’s invasion, 12 more civilians were killed when a Saudi warplane destroyed the truck they were traveling in in the northern Hajjah Province.

The civilians were traveling to a nearby marketplace from a village when they were attacked. There is no hint as to why the vehicle was targeted, and Saudi forces have so far not commented publicly on this latest incident.

It is not unusual, however, for vehicles in general in rural Yemen to be targeted, as the fuel shortage caused by the Saudi naval blockade since last year. The assumption seems to be anyone who still has a functioning vehicle and fuel this far into the war must be up to no good.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, serial genocide against Yemeni civilians; it's the Saudi way!!" - Official spokes slug for the House of Saud.

Nov 23 04:04

Kremlin assures deployment of missiles on Kuril Islands will not harm talks with Japan

The deployment of missile systems in the Kuril Islands is well founded and it should not harm Russia’s talks with Tokyo, including those on concluding a peace treaty, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in the wake of media reports Russia had placed coastal missile systems Bastion and Bal on the Iturup and Kunashir islands...

Nov 21 16:13

Trump: We Are Banning Saudi Oil From America

President-elect Donald Trump has announced plans to create “complete American energy independence” and ban Saudi Arabian oil from the U.S. market – and the Saudis have begun to panic.

Nov 21 09:23

Tensions between moderate muezzin and salafist imam lead to violence in Amsterdam mosque

An 80 year old muezzin (the muezzin performs the call to prayer) was viciously attacked by the brother of the imam of the Al Ummah mosque in Amsterdam. The 40 year old brother, member of an extreme branch of Sunni-Islam, salafism, and an imam himself fled to Morocco after the attack. The Saudi-sponsored salafist movement is trying to take over the more moderate mosques in the Netherlands, by force and by infiltration. Many call for a ban on this movement, as its goal is not just religious but also political, with ISIS as the most extreme example. These radicals will not hesitate to attack and murder muslims they consider apostate. Or anyone else.
[vido:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c-pX7HXObM}

Nov 20 09:44

The U.S. Remains Deeply Complicit in the War on Yemen

The atrocious U.S.-backed war on Yemen hasn’t ended. The New York Times reports on the use of U.S. weapons sold to the Saudi-led coalition to attack critical infrastructure and purely civilian targets:

But instead of defeating the rebels, the campaign has sunk into a grinding stalemate, systematically obliterating Yemen’s already bare-bones economy. The coalition has destroyed a wide variety of civilian targets that critics say have no clear link to the rebels.

It has hit hospitals and schools. It has destroyed bridges, power stations, poultry farms, a key seaport and factories that produce yogurt, tea, tissues, ceramics, Coca-Cola and potato chips. It has bombed weddings and a funeral.

The bombing campaign has exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the Arab world’s poorest country, where cholera is spreading, millions of people are struggling to get enough food, and malnourished babies are overwhelming hospitals, according to the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here, folks, is what your US government has enabled, and endorses in Yemen: massive starvation of Yemeni kids:

Horrifying images of starving children reveal the ongoing toll of Yemen’s forgotten war

No, folks, these images have not been photoshopped; this is the outcome President Obama, a father himself, thinks is a perfectly fine outcome for Yemeni children, death by starvation.

Are you angry yet?!? If not, you should be; enough to call your senators and congressional representatives-elect, and tell them, STOP THIS GENOCIDE!!

Nov 17 11:18

Saudi Voices Worries Over Trump's Oil Import Ban Remarks

Saudi Arabia has voiced its concerns over remarks made by US President-elect Donald Trump that the country has to block oil imports from the Arab kingdom.

While still campaigning, Trump vowed to secure the US energy sector’s independence from “our foes and the oil cartels” and to create “complete American energy independence.”

Nov 16 11:58

‘Profits Prioritized Over Yemeni Lives:’ UK To Continue Arms Sales To Saudis

The UK government has refused to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, rejecting calls by two parliamentary committees and human rights groups to cease its multibillion-dollar military exports, which critics claim are fueling the war in Yemen.

Nov 15 13:32

US ARMY AND CIA MAY BE GUILTY OF WAR CRIMES IN AFGHANISTAN, SAYS ICC

US armed forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan, the international criminal court’s chief prosecutor has said in a report, raising the possibility that American citizens could be indicted even though Washington has not joined the global court. “Members of US armed forces appear to have subjected at least 61 detained persons to torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity on the territory of Afghanistan between 1 May 2003 and 31 December 2014,” according to the report issued by prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office on Monday.

Nov 14 17:04

UK Rejects MPs’ Calls To Stop Arms Sales To Saudis

The UK government has rejected calls by lawmakers to temporarily stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the Kingdom’s war crimes in Yemen.

Nov 14 10:07

Saudis Deliberately Targeting Civilian Infrastructure in Yemen War

Since the March 2015 Saudi invasion of Yemen, Saudi-coalition airstrikes have killed a preposterous number of civilian bystanders, and repeatedly hit places like schools and hospitals across the country. While the Saudis are forever downplaying such incidents, the reality of the Saudi air war is becoming increasingly apparent. It is a war not against the Shi’ite Houthi movement, but against Yemen’s population and economy.

Even sources like the New York Times are starting to take notice that this is less an anti-rebel campaign and instead a war of systematically obliterating Yemen’s already bare-bones economy, targeting anything and everything and claiming “suspicion” if asked about it.

Indeed, as much attention as blowing up a hospital gets, in many cases the more harmful strikes are against places like food processors and basic industries, whose destruction exacerbates chronic food shortages in the nation and ensures that any post-war reconstruction will be arduously slow.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out that what the NYT is just beginning to wrap its collective editorial head around, WRH has been covering, in terms of these war crimes, almost from the inception of this US government enabled Saudi attack against Yemen.

And what has been the ultimate result of the Saudi naval blockade of Yemen?!?

I will show you now, and this stuff has not been photoshopped or altered in any way: Yemen's kids are starving to death, due to this blockade.

Images of Yemeni children, starving due to the Saudi naval blockade

Don't you DARE turn your eyes away from this horrific, US-government enabled war crime of starving children!

And apparently, our President, Barack Obama, a father himself, thinks that this horrific suffering, on the part of Yemen's kids, is a perfectly logical outcome of the Saudi attack against Yemen.

Would someone from the Nobel Prize Nominating Committee in Oslo, who has the "gonadal tissue" to do so, please rescind Obama's Nobel Peace Prize for allowing this to have happened?!?

Thank you very much.

Nov 10 15:25

Reformist Saudi prince bounces up against flawed education system and ingrained social mores

James Dorsey says social changes envisaged in Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Salman's masterplan for the future will most likely flounder on ultra-conservative tribal mores and the lack of critical thinking and analytical skills among youths.

Nov 06 12:30

UK Misled Minster In Frantic Bid To Sell Arms For Saudi’s War On Yemen

British Defense Ministry (MoD) has been accused of “seriously misleading” a cabinet minister in frantic efforts to win export licenses for sale of UK-built missile to Saudi Arabia for its brutal bombing campaign in neighboring Yemen.

Nov 04 15:07

Taking on militants: A fight for the soul of Pakistan

James Dorsey argues that Pakistan’s social fabric is being fundamentally altered for the worse by official acquiescence and open support for Saudi-funded groups that promote intolerance, misogyny and sectarianism.

Nov 04 13:51

Yemen: Thousands protest UN envoy's peace plan

Thousands of Yemenis protested against a new peace proposal to end the conflict submitted by the UN envoy to the war-torn country, saying the plan would legitimise the rebels' power grab.

The demonstrations in the southern city of Aden and other locations took place on Thursday shortly before UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in the capital Sanaa for peace talks with Houthi rebels.

"We reject the plan of Ould Cheikh," read one of the banners carried by protesters in Aden - the government's temporary base - who responded to a call by authorities in the city to rally.

"No to an initiative that legitimises the coup," said another.

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Saturday rejected the envoy's peace plan, saying it would reward the Houthis for seizing the capital and "opens a door towards more suffering and war".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis are praying, at this point, that a way be found to create peace, after a 19 month military fiasco in Yemen, with which to support Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, because this has nearly bankrupted the Saudi.

Stopping the Saudi-led, US enabled bombardments, the killings of women and children, the bombing of hospitals and schools, might do well to nurture the possibility of a peaceful settlement here. But there has to be some accommodation between the Houthis and Al Hadi supporters for peace to have a chance to take hold.

Nov 04 08:40

‘Outstanding Abuser:’ Saudi Arabia Appoints Notorious Lawyer To Probe Its Own Airstrikes In Yemen

Yemen has been devastated by a wave of deadly strikes from the Saudi-led coalition lately.

Nov 04 06:58

Saudis Brace for Bankruptcy, Bring Dramatic Measures to Public Sector

A two-year drop in oil prices has inflicted a dramatic blow to the economy of one of the world’s richest countries. If no changes are made, Saudi Arabia, according to some Saudi experts, will go bankrupt in three to four years.

Nov 02 15:10

Clintons Have Long History Of Selling US To Saudi Agenda: Analyst

An analyst says Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, Bill Clinton, have become rich and influential in US politics through “selling the influence of the American government” to Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Oct 31 12:48

Hacked Podesta Email Reveals Clinton Foundation "Coercing" Saudi Billionaire For Millions Of Dollars

In one of the more prominent early Podesta email revelations, we learned that Sheik Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-'Amoudi, a Saudi Arabian and Ethiopian billionaire businessman, whose net worth was estimated by Forbes at $8.3 billion as of 2016, was one of the very generous donors to the Clinton Foundation... up to a point.

As a November 2011 email from Ira Magaziner, Vice Chairman and CEO of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, sent to John Podesta and Amitabh Desai, Director of Foreign Policy at the Clinton Foundation, revealed, the "CHAI [Clinton Health Access Initiative] would like to request that President Clinton call Sheik Mohammed to thank him for offering his plane to the conference in Ethiopia and expressing regrets that President Clinton's schedule does not permit him to attend the conference."

To this, the response by Desai was a simple one: "Unless Sheikh Mo has sent us a $6 million check, this sounds crazy to do."

Oct 30 15:51

Inside the Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump by JOHN PILGER

This article is about the culpability and criminality as in War Crimes of the US MSM. Pilgers' take on why the establishment hates Donald Trump too!

In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor said of the German media: “Before every major aggression, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack. In the propaganda system, it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.”

Oct 29 11:01

Russia’s non-election to HRC result of political war waged by US — Russian Civic ChamberMore:http://tass.com/politics/909566

Russia has not been included in the new composition of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) due to a confrontation at the diplomatic and informational fronts with the United States and its allies, deputy secretary of the Russian Civic Chamber Sergey Ordzhonikidze told Life Zvuk radio station.
"This is a part of an informational political war against our country led by US, when they worked with a great number of countries in order to prevent us from being elected (to HRC) and show that we are the main violators of human rights," Ordzhonikidze said noting that such actions were in response to Russian military presence in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable!

And Saudi Arabia, which still permits female genital mutilation; whips prisoners to death; does not allow any political opposition; is bombing innocent Yemini people to death, including women, children, and the medically fragile elderly to death, and starving Yemeni children to death with a naval blockade, gets elected to the UN's Human Rights Commission?!?

Sorry, I don't get it; not at all. What a lousy joke to play on the world, and right on the eve of Halloween!

This is no treat; it is a trick, and an insult, of the cruelest, most ironic and hypocritical magnitude to humankind.

The UN has just lost all relevance and credibility, in my judgement, to have made this move.

Oct 29 10:28

“The Terrorists R Us”: Hillary Admits Clinton Foundation Donors Fund ISIS-Daesh

Hillary Clinton is now on record saying Saudi Arabia and Qatar fund and support ISIS. So what did she do about it? She took their money, and sent them arms. Mainstream media won’t touch this with a 10-foot pole.

WikiLeaks have released an email in which Hillary Clinton admits that Qatar and Saudi Arabia – two of her mega-donors – provide financial and logistical support to ISIS.

In the extraordinary email, sent to John Podesta in 2014, Clinton lays out an eight point plan to defeat ISIS in Iraq, and mentions that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are both giving financial and logistical support to the Islamic State and other extremist Sunni groups.
Saudi Arabia Qatar isis

She conveniently fails to mention that these two terror-funding states are both mega-donors to the Clinton Foundation. Qatar has given between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation and Saudi Arabia has donated upwards of $25 million dollars to the Foundation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Clinton is now proven to have accepted money from Saudi Arabia And Qatar, which both support Daesh.

Any questions, voters?!?

Oct 28 14:10

Sweden’s Unethical – And Unlawful ­­– Arms Deals With ‘ISIS-Backing’ Saudis

Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven, and with him the Swedish arms-dealer magnate Jacob Wallenberg, are travelling to Saudi Arabia for an official visit. The meetings with the Saudis, as announced by the Swedish Radio, shall aim to “increase the exchange” between the two countries.

Oct 28 10:25

Yemen’s Suspected Cholera Cases Soar To 1,410 Within Weeks, WHO Says

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has ballooned to 1,410 within three weeks of the outbreak being declared, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as 18 months of war has destroyed most health facilities and clean water supplies.

Yemen’s Health Ministry announced the outbreak on Oct. 6 in Sanaa city, and by Oct. 10 the WHO said there were 24 suspected cases. The following day, a WHO official in Yemen said there was “no spread of the disease”.

But on Friday, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told a Geneva news briefing that as of Thursday there were 1,410 suspected cholera cases in 10 out of Yemen’s 23 governorates - mostly in Taiz, Aden, Lahj, Hodeida and Sanaa.

The conflict between a Saudi Arabia-led coalition and the Iran-aligned Houthi group which controls much of northern Yemen, including Sanaa, has destroyed much of Yemen’s infrastructure, killed more than 10,000 people and displaced millions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The House of Saud, and the Saudi military must be feeling very proud of themselves for destroying the medical infrastructure in Yemen; after all, enabled with US bombs, purchased from General Dynamics, they have shelled hospitals and schools with impunity.

So congrats, House of Saud, the Saudi Military, the enabling US government, and Firat H. Gezen, President of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, for the illness, death, and starvation you have brought about in Yemen, courtesy of the Saudi Naval Blockade of this country, and the destruction of its medical infrastructure. And here are some images of that starvation, courtesy of the Saudi naval blockade, which I am quite certain you don't want the US public to see:

Images of starving Yemeni children, 2016

Images of starving Yemeni children, 2016

Don't you dare turn away: this is what your government supports by supporting the Saudi campaign against the Houthis in Yemen.

Just how does that make you feel, as an American, that your government thinks that the Saudis destroying medical infrastructure, bombing and starving Yemeni kids, are really great ideas?!?

I know precisely how I feel about it: absolutely ashamed of this government, in this instance.

Oct 28 08:50

‘If Britain Doesn’t Arm The Saudis, Others Will’ – Boris Johnson

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson claims if Britain did not sell arms to Saudi Arabia, other countries “would happily” take over the market.

Johnson insisted the government is closely monitoring the situation in Yemen, where Saudi forces have been accused of war crimes over the course of their 19-month military intervention.

Oct 27 10:45

Theresa May Refuses To Withdraw Support For Saudi Arabia

British Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to withdraw her support for UK weapons sales to Saudi Arabia as well as Riyadh’s membership at the UN Human Rights Council despite the regime’s atrocities in Yemen.

During a debate at the House of Commons in Parliament on Wednesday, May shunned answering the call of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to end the country’s weapons sales to Saudi Arabia.

Oct 27 09:01

Clinton adviser wants US to intercept Iranian ships to help Saudi Arabia

Hillary Clinton’s campaign adviser, former CIA director Chris Morell – known for recommending killing Russians in Syria, and opposing the Iran nuclear agreement – has emerged with a new idea: forcibly boarding Iranian ships to help Saudi forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Chris...

Oct 24 10:37

KERRY COLLABORATING WITH SAUDI OFFICIAL TO “FIX” 9/11 LAWSUIT BILL

Following a meeting with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters the two explored how to “fix” a recently-passed law that cleared the way for 9/11 survivors and family members to sue the kingdom for its alleged support of the hijackers.

Kerry and al-Jubeir both claimed JASTA puts at risk the entire concept of sovereign immunity, which limits the rights of individual people to pursue justice for the crimes of governments. “If this issue takes hold, we will have chaos in the international order, and this is something that no country in the world wants,” said al-Jubeir.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sovereign immunity" is what a country hides behind when it knows it has aided and abetted some horrible, immoral crimes against humanity, just as the Saudi military is doing now in Yemen, aided and abetted by the US government.

"Sovereign immunity" is a nasty legal construct, engineered to avoid true justice for those killed or maimed for life in a government military operation,so that rogue governments, like those of Israel, the current US government, or Saudi Arabian government, (the leadership of which collectively sneers at the concept of rule by law), never have to say they're sorry, or admit their guilt, as in the case of the Israeli government's assassination of peace activist Rachel Corrie; the US government's assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King; the indefinite Israeli detention of Palestinians with no charges filed against them; and the Saudi assassination of peace activist Sheikh Nimr in January of this year.

Oct 24 09:54

IN EFFORT TO SAVE SAUDI ARABIA FROM THE HOUTHIS, HAS THE U.S. CREATED ANOTHER GULF OF TONKIN?

“For the United States to employ direct military force against an albeit conflict-embroiled sovereign nation over an incident still under investigation and as-yet unproven indisputable fact, is reminiscent of the vehicle it undertook to embroil itself in the Vietnam War — the Gulf of Tonkin incident,” writes Claire Bernish.

“However, in this case,” she continues, “the move could prove an arrogant flub of enormous proportions. Yemen, itself, is not of imperative importance to the U.S. except outside the waters off its coast — however, as a proxy ally of Russia its regional consequence matters a great deal.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The United States government has become a happily complicit partner in war crimes in Yemen, ever since the Saudi military started bombing it last year.

US companies sell Saudis the bombs, and the US government provides the "guidance"; it is the same "guidance" which has generated the bombings of hospitals; schools; private residences; and open air markets. This is what that "guidance" looks like to everyday Yemenite citizens:

images of children killed by Saudi bombs in Yemen

So I challenge all of our readers: please take one good, hard look at these images, particularly if you are a parent, or someone who loves kids.

Imagine, then, that these dead children were yours, and you understood that it was the US government enabling the selling of these bombs and guidance for these bombing strikes

How would you be feeling about the United States of America right now?!?

How do you feel, as Americans, understanding the depths of evil and moral depravity to which your country has sunk at this point in its history?!?

There have been many moments when I have felt very proud of this country, particularly during its involvement, and successes, in space flight explorations; but this constant state of pre-emptive, proxy wars which the US government has created of its own volition, does not at all make me proud to be an American.

There is a Biblical injunction which states very clearly, that which you sow, you will also reap; right now, with these pre-emptive wars of conquest, the US government is behaving as though it doesn't understand that it is about to reap a bitter whirlwind, as the result of its actions.

Oct 23 09:27

Imminent Bloodbath: Daesh Takes Iraqi Families As Human Shields In Mosul

As the US-led coalition rushes to free the Iraqi city of Mosul from Daesh, the jihadists are said to be preparing to use civilian residents as human shields against advancing forces.

'Thousands of Peshmerga Fighters Involved in Battling Daesh' in Iraq’s Mosul At least 550 Iraqi families from villages around Mosul have been taken to the city and forced to stay in Daesh-controlled areas, according to UN human rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.

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I frankly think that the estimated figure for civilian casualties is low, and may well run over one million civilians dead.

And of course, to the US's military and civilian war planners, "collateral damage", in terms of innocent people killed in an operation like this, means absolutely nothing unless, in fact, those innocents are Americans.

Then, last week at zerohedge.com, comes the following, very disturbing story:

As the Iraqi military with US support closes in on Mosul it is becoming clear that the US plan is to transfer the ISIS troops defending the city to Syria as part of the regime change plan there. The Russian news media RIA Novosti, has revealed that US and Saudi leaders have decided to allow the safe passage of 9000 ISIS terrorists to vacate Mosul in Iraq and, relocate into Syria. The surprising information was leaked by an anonymous diplomatic source. It was also claimed that this decision was conditional on the terrorists agreeing to fight Syrian and Russian troops in Palmyra and Deir Ezzor. In the past two weeks we have witnessed the chaotic musing within the US Political and diplomatic corps once their impotence was exposed in Syria due to the collapse of the ceasefire and, the resumption of hostilities in Aleppo. The bedlam and frustration exhibited by Western leaders has been apparent to all with wild claims of possible shooting down of Russian jets in Syria and, the continued ache and longing for the implementation of their, No Fly Zone. Despite the turbulent political rumblings and threats, Russia and the government of Syria have steadfastly worked to free eastern Aleppo from the remaining terrorists who are now surrounded there. The decision to allow ISIS to flee safely into Syria once again reveals to the world the gloved hand that shepherds and steers these terrorists. The bombing of Syrian Army soldiers in Deir Ezzor by US and coalition Jets now appear purposed and calculated rather than an accident claimed by the US. To add to the controversy, what was generally unreported in the media was a further attack a few days later that destroyed the last two surviving bridges spanning the Euphrates River. Their destruction, will isolate the Syrian forces stationed at Deir Ezzor and, make life more difficult for the Syrian people who are already wearing the burden of six years at war. As the ISIS terrorists leave Mosul and travel into Syria their objectives are the recently freed city of Palmyra, and the brave city of Deir Ezzor. Whether their safe passage from Mosul includes US and Saudi cover into Syria remains a mystery. Regardless their location in eastern Syria allows their masters the tactical advantage of mobilising these proxy forces at the time of their choosing in their ultimate goal of deposing Syrian President Assad.

If, in fact, this report is true, then the US and Saudi Arabia are still moving forward with their plan for a decap strike against Al-Assad, ultimately pitting US, Russian, and Syrian forces against each other.

This is not a question of if; but when.

Oct 20 07:49

UK minister brands Saudi attack on Yemeni funeral ‘deliberate error’

The British minister for the Middle East says the early October attack by Saudi forces on a funeral in Yemen was a “deliberate error.”

More than 140 people were killed and over 525 wounded on October 8, when a Saudi air raid hit a community hall in the south of the capital Sana’a, where a funeral for the father of Interior Minister Jalal al-Roweishan was being held.

Oct 19 13:39

Official U.S. Gov’t. Documentation that Saudi Gov’t. Funds Al Qaeda

As Liz Goodwin and Michael Isikoff noted on 11 October 2016 regarding a recent wikileak:

The Clinton email states: “We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”

Oct 19 12:56

In Effort To Save Saudi Arabia From The Houthis, Has The U.S. Created Another Gulf Of Tonkin?

By Brandon Turbeville

No longer content to lead from behind with the occasional drone bomb, the United States has now resorted to launching missiles from battleships off the Yemeni coast into the embattled nation. Having launched attacks at several Houthi “command and control” centers allegedly housing radar, the U.S. is once again only entrenching its position as a great force for evil and destruction the world over.

Per usual, the U.S. justification for the attack is questionable at best, and, in the end, an example of just how arrogant and aggressive U.S. foreign policy is toward the rest of the world and, in particular, those nations and forces who do not capitulate to U.S. interests...

Oct 19 10:21

19 October 2016 19:04 Erdogan, Putin Agree to Exit of Nusra Terrorists from Aleppo: Saudi Paper

A Saudi newspaper claimed that Turkey agrees with Russia that Fatah al-Sham Front (formerly al-Nusra Front) should be driven out of the Eastern part of Aleppo city.

The Saudi newspaper said that Ankara is now in consensus with Russia on the need for the exit of Fatah al-Sham terrorists from Eastern Aleppo city to pave the way for the dispatch of humanitarian aid to the civilian population from now on.
Some informed sources disclosed that this issue (exit of Fatah al-Sham terrorists) from Aleppo has been raised during the recent visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Turkey and during the coordination meetings held between the two countries' military, intelligence and foreign ministry officials.

Oct 19 09:16

The cost of downgrading

by Thierry Meyssan
Washington is attempting to hold to its positions without having to start a Third World War, but it looks like an impossible task. Moscow is offering the United States a safe exit in Syria and Yemen. But if they should choose this option, they would be obliged to abandon some of their allies.

Oct 17 11:22

Hiding America’s Role in Yemen Slaughter: US Bombing of Civilians Portrayed as “Self-Defense”

To hear US corporate media tell it, the US was dragged into a brand new war on Wednesday.

US destroyers in the Gulf of Aden launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels, a Shia insurgent group currently withstanding a massive bombing campaign from a Saudi-led coalition in a year-and-half conflict between largely Shia rebels and the Saudi-backed Sunni government in Yemen. The Pentagon insisted that cruise missiles had been fired onto the USS Mason on Sunday and Wednesday from Houthi-controlled territory, and called the airstrikes a “limited self-defense” response.

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The US government has signed off on the assassination of innocents, including children, and the starvation of children courtesy of the Saudi naval blockade of the country.

I can almost see the framed note on President Obama's desk right now, stating: "The United States of Amerika: a Proud Partner in War Crimes!!"

I have rarely been more unhappy to be a US citizen than I am right now, folks: the country I thought I knew (and loved) has devolved into a petty dictatorship, indulging in creating carnage around the world; torturing prisoners of war with impunity, and severely limiting rights here at home.

The only thing which will begin to change that is a massive Trump victory at the polls next month; otherwise, we are looking at a massive ramp up to huge wars; the reinstitution of the draft; and more intense economic hardship ahead.

Oct 17 09:58

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsSaudis: Bombing Yemen Funeral Home ‘A Mistake’

This time last week, Saudi Arabia was looking to deal with the aftermath of an airstrike against a funeral home in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, an attack which killed 155 people, by denying that the incident had happened, and claiming that they had nothing to do with it.

Things have changed, and now the Saudi-led coalition is admitting to the “mistake,” saying it was the result of bad intelligence, and trying to shift the bulk of the blame for the attack onto their allies inside Yemen, affiliated with former President Hadi.

The Saudi inquiry said they were falsely told the funeral home was full of Houthi leaders, and accused Yemen’s Air Operation Command of authorizing the strike without first checking with the coalition’s command.

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"Mistake", MY ASTROLABE!!

This is just another, in a long series of war crimes the Saudi military commits with impunity, aided and abetted by US weaponry and guidance, on a daily basis in Yemen.

I call you out, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, for continuing to support this horrific war in Yemen, which slaughters your brother and sister Muslims, and starves and assassinates Yemen's children and infants.

And here are some images of your war against Yemen which have already gone viral, your majesty, just in case none of your courtiers have brought them to your attention:

Images of dead and wounded Yemeni children, courtesy of Saudi air strikes

Image of Yemeni child starving to death, courtesy of the Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports

Horrifying images of starving children reveal the ongoing toll of Yemen’s forgotten war

Media Silent As US-Backed Saudi Forces Starve Half Million Yemeni Children

I can assure your majesty that people in the West ARE paying close attention, and condemn these deaths of Yemeni children.

Even hereditary monarchs look toward having something they can point to with pride as their legacy; right now, your "legacy" is the assassination and starvation of Yemeni children.

As a dad yourself, how does this make you feel?!?

Or, because you characterise Houthis and Yemeni people who support them as terrorists, do you feel nothing at all for the carnage the Saudi military has created, and continues to create in Yemen?!?

I know that you have survived several assassination attempts on your life; but do you really believe this gives you carte blanche to murder...children?!?

In closing, I am going to quote from the Koran (a Muslim religious text with which you may be peripherally acquainted):1. Terrorism is above all murder. Murder is strictly forbidden in the Qur’an. Qur’an 6:151 says, “and do not kill a soul that God has made sacrosanct, save lawfully.” (i.e. murder is forbidden but the death penalty imposed by the state for a crime is permitted). 5:53 says, “… whoso kills a soul, unless it be for murder or for wreaking corruption in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and he who saves a life, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind.”

Oct 16 13:28

Blasphemy case highlights devastating impact of Saudi ultra-conservatism on Pakistani society

James Dorsey examines the corrosive impact of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi ideology on the Pakistani society and state, and argues that for both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia the outcome is a quagmire from which they will struggle to extricate themselves.

Oct 16 08:11

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR BLOWBACK FROM YEMEN

As we have learned, time and time again, there are will be costs arising from the Pentagon’s intervention in Yemen.

First, there are the money costs. Those Tomahawk missiles have to be replaced, just as all those Saudi missiles and bullets that are being fired on Yemenis, have to be replaced. That means more booming business for the military-industrial complex. It also means higher taxes and more government debt for the American people.

Second, there is the likely terrorist blowback. When the Pentagon and CIA are killing people in the Middle East and Afghanistan, there is a high probability of terrorist retaliation. One can scream to the high heavens about how Muslims, terrorists, and communists hate America for its freedom and values, but it won’t change the truth: Anti-American terrorism is rooted in the fact that the Pentagon and CIA continue to kill people over there.

Third, there is the suppression of freedom here at home. That’s where emergency powers come into play.

Oct 15 08:44

US: Saudi Attack on Yemen Funeral Home ‘Egregious’

A week after Saudi Arabia attacked a funeral home in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, killing at least 155 people, including the mayor, US officials are increasingly critical of the attack in comments to media outlets, with one unnamed senior official calling it “egregious.”

“The strike on the funeral was really, really hard to swallow,” one of the officials noted during the briefing, which focused on US policy toward Yemen. Several officials added that US support for the Saudi war in general is “under review.”

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Oh, REALLY?!?

And is this any more "egregious" than the double tap strikes the US has been using forever at weddings and funerals in Afghanistan, in the US government's "extrajudicial assassination" program?!?

No; the only reason this is being characterised as "egregious" is that someone most likely caught the strike, or its aftermath, on camera, so it couldn't be mocked as "something that never happened". In fact, here you go:

Yemen: Saudi-Led Funeral Attack Apparent War Crime

Oh, and one more, for the record (warning: very graphic here):

Video shows moment 'double tap' air strike hits Yemen funeral

The US government is attempting to "cover its assets" by having an unsourced US military person characterising this strike as "egregious".

But these US-enabled, Saudi war crimes are, unfortunately, very likely to continue, particularly since last Wednesday, the US declared itself also at war with Yemen.

When I was a kid growing up in California, I never thought I would ever be characterising my country as a "Proud Partner in War Crimes"; but this is precisely what the US government has become, in the 21st century, and I am in acute despair at this realization.

This US government no longer represents me; it represents only those powerful corporations which lust after, and thrive upon, the carnage of war.

Oct 15 07:55

We finally know what Hillary Clinton knew all along – US allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding Isis

It is fortunate for Saudi Arabia and Qatar that the furore over the sexual antics of Donald Trump is preventing much attention being given to the latest batch of leaked emails to and from Hillary Clinton. Most fascinating of these is what reads like a US State Department memo, dated 17 August 2014, on the appropriate US response to the rapid advance of Isis forces, which were then sweeping through northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

At the time, the US government was not admitting that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies were supporting Isis and al-Qaeda-type movements. But in the leaked memo, which says that it draws on “western intelligence, US intelligence and sources in the region” there is no ambivalence about who is backing Isis, which at the time of writing was butchering and raping Yazidi villagers and slaughtering captured Iraqi and Syrian soldiers.

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It's been pretty obvious who has been funding, supporting, and training ISIS and it's minions all along; this memo simply confirms it.

Oct 14 12:29

U.S. Enters Yemen War Directly for the First Time With Attack on Houthis

THE U.S. MILITARY directly attacked Houthi rebels in Yemen for the first time on Wednesday — firing Tomahawk cruise missiles at three rebel-held radar stations on the Red Sea coast. The attack, which was in retaliation for a failed missile attack on a U.S. Navy destroyer on Sunday, risks drawing the U.S. further into the 18-month war.

In March 2015, a coalition of states led by Saudi Arabia began a U.S.-backed bombing campaign against the Houthi forces, which four months earlier had seized Yemen’s capital and deposed the country’s U.S.- and Saudi-backed dictator. Since then, the U.S. has flown refueling missions for Saudi aircraft, supplied targeting intelligence, and resupplied the Saudi effort with tens of billions of dollars of weapons.

While the U.S. has previously conducted direct attacks in Yemen against al Qaeda — which controls vast territory in central and eastern Yemen — it had not directly engaged Houthi forces before.

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Ah, yes, that WONDERFUL Naval blockade, which is causing Yemeni children to die of malnutrition:

Horrifying images of starving children reveal the ongoing toll of Yemen’s forgotten war

UNICEF: Thousands of Yemeni Children Dying Due to Conflict

The tragic story of a dead baby shows the terrible toll of Yemen’s war

Don't anyone, ever DARE characterise these kids to me as "collateral damage"; they are dying of malnutrition, engineered by the Saudis and the US military.

And I must address both the governments of the US and Saudi Arabia; since when does starving infants through the deliberate engineering of malnutrition constitute being on the right side of either morality, or history?!?

I'm waiting, folks: I'm waiting for your response on this.

Oct 14 09:21

US Congressman to John Kerry: Are We Committing War Crimes in Yemen?

On Tuesday, US Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) wrote a remarkable letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. Citing the “civilian carnage caused by the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition in Yemen,” Rep. Lieu expressed concern to Kerry that the US government might be “liable for war crimes in Yemen,” based on continued US material support for the ongoing Saudi attack on its southern neighbor.

Oct 13 09:56

US-Saudi Plan: Let 9,000 ISIS Fighters Walk Free from Mosul – to Fight in Syria

If this latest leak is indeed true – and time will certainly tell whether or not it is, it would constitute one of the most egregious violations of both US and international law – by the United States government and its theocratic dictator partner in Saudi Arabia.

Washington’s own anti-terror legislation expressly forbids colluding to provide logistical or material support for terrorist groups, and this latest US-Saudi would be the latest in a long list of violations…

Oct 12 21:27

US Navy attacks Houthi positions for the first time in Yemen

In retaliation for a "Random Missile"? Can you say Gulf of Tonkin?
Looks like the USN has entered the Yemen War outright to save the Saudi's butts!

SANAA, YEMEN (6:10 A.M.) - Minutes ago, the U.S. naval destroyer, USS Mason, launched several missiles at the Houthi forces that were positioned along the Yemeni coast.

This attack by the U.S. Navy was conducted in response to a random missile that was fired towards the USS Mason this morning.

Oct 11 04:13

Leaked Email: Hillary Knew Saudi Arabia and Qatar Were Funding ISIS - Yet Took Millions From Both

Hillary Clinton took over 30 million dollars from the nations of Saudi Arabia and Qatar--yet a new leaked email from Wikileaks shows in private she knew they were funding ISIS.

Oct 10 14:33

The Saudis, Hillary, And The Destruction Of Yemen

The Saudi bombing of a funeral in Saana, Yemen, killed about 200 – we don’t yet know the exact number – and wounded over 500.

Oct 10 12:41

THE SAUDIS, HILLARY, AND THE DESTRUCTION OF YEMEN

While the Syrian civil war has been the subject of much debate, the war in Yemen has received almost no attention. Donald Trump has mentioned it only in passing, and Hillary Clinton hasn’t said a single word about it – with good reason.

The reason is because, during her reign at the State Department, she and her staff collaborated with the Saudis to create a military machine that is now mowing down Yemeni civilians by the thousands.

Oct 09 05:51

‘More than 140’ killed in airstrike on Yemen funeral

Airstrikes in the Yemeni capital Sanaa have struck a funeral wake, killing more than 140 people according to the Houthi-run administration.

Oct 08 17:01

Can a World War still be avoided?

by Thierry Meyssan
Events around the Syrian crisis are accelerating, and reveal the depth of the conflict between the Atlantist camp and the Russo-Chinese block. After having observed the growing risk of a generalised war – conventional or even nuclear - Thierry Meyssan analyses the manœuvres of the United States and Russia’s responses to them.

Oct 08 12:42

Fighting for the soul of Islam: A battle of the paymasters

A gathering of prominent Sunni Muslim leaders in the Chechen capital of Grozny that appeared to have effectively excommunicated Saudi-backed ultra-conservatism potentially opens not only a theological but also a geopolitical rift in the Muslim world. The conference, sponsored and attended by some of Saudi Arabia’s closest allies, suggests that Saudi funding of ultra-conservative worldviews may be meeting its match in more liberal interpretations of Islam backed by the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

Oct 07 14:07

London In Arms Talks With Riyadh Despite Saudi War Crimes In Yemen

The UK’s leading arms maker, BAE Systems, says it is in talks with Saudi Arabia to secure a multi-billion-dollar arms contract, amid outrage over the use of British-made weapons by Riyadh in Yemen.

“Discussions between BAE Systems, the UK government and Saudi Arabia are progressing,” the London-based weapons maker said on Thursday.

Oct 07 12:09

Yemen Is Being Starved to Death

A CNN report on Yemen included this incisive quote from Peter Salisbury:

“Basically, policymakers in the West see the world as a giant game of Risk, and they see more value to maintaining their relationship with Saudi Arabia than getting rid of bad PR over Yemen.”

Meanwhile, Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe is about to get even worse:

With food ships finding it hard to get into Yemen’s ports due to a virtual blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that has backed the government during an 18-month civil war, over half the country’s 28 million people already do not have enough to eat [bold mine-DL], according to the United Nations.

Yemen’s exiled president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, last month ordered the central bank’s headquarters to be moved from the capital Sanaa, controlled by Houthi rebels in the north, to the southern port of Aden, which is held by the government. He also appointed a new governor, a member of his government who has said the bank has no money.

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The US and UK, in their enabling of Saudi Arabia to bomb civilians in hospitals and schools with impunity, and starve the country, are complicit in war crimes.

And here at WRH, we are paying attention to this, and bringing these Saudi war crimes into the light of day.

I know that many of you who read this blog, and listen to the radio show, have children. This is what these Saudi bombing raids are doing to Yemen's children, and yes, I have linked to the most extreme photos I can find, because this is absolutely immoral. Warning: horrifically graphic content here, but I think all Americans and Brits need to understand what their governments are allowing to happen in Yemen:

Images: Yemeni children killed by Saudi bombs

Yemeni children killed by Saudi bombs

More Yemeni children killed by Saudi bombs

Oh, and here are some of the kids who have "made it" through the bombings, so far:

Yemini child dying of malnutrition

another Yemeni child, dying from malnutrition

another Yemeni child, dying of malnutrition

Brother and Sister Americans and Brits, if these images are as you as disturbing to you as they are to me, then we have some uncomfortable questions we need to ask our alleged representative governments about why they are enabling the Saudi government to commit these acts of genocide in Yemen.

Oct 07 08:46

Tehran Issues Stern Warning as Saudis Launch Persian Gulf War Games

As Riyadh conducts military drills in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have called the exercises an unnecessary provocation that risks escalating tensions in the region.

Oct 06 12:59

IRGC Warns S. Arabia to Stay Away from Iran's Waters in Military Drills

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy in a statement on Wednesday warned Saudi Arabia against any move under the pretext of military drills which would endanger security and stir tension in the Persian Gulf. "We declare to all the vessels present in Saudi Arabia's stated wargames, including the Saudi navy's vessels and others, that the IRGC Navy believes that principally, these drills are a clear instance of stirring tensions and weakening sustainable security in the Persian Gulf," the statement said. The statement came a week after the Saudi navy said it plans to stage drills in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz in the near future. The IRGC statement cautioned that the military vessels participating in the wargames "will not at all be allowed to sail through Iran's territorial waters", and warned the Saudis to avoid sailing through the international waters that are near Iran's territorial waters.

Oct 06 12:17

Tens of Saudi-Funded Mercenaries Killed in Yemeni Missile Attacks in Ma'rib

At least 120 Saudi-funded mercenaries have been killed or wounded in missile attacks by Yemen's army on several gatherings of the Saudi-led coalition in Central Ma'rib province in the last three days, security sources said. Yemeni army's missile units have been pounding the Saudi-led forces' gatherings in Serwah region in Ma'rib province, the sources said. 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 at least 11,000 Yemeni people, including thousands of women and children. According to several reports, the Saudi-led air campaign against Yemen has driven the impoverished country towards humanitarian disaster. Despite Riyadh's claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi bombers are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Oct 06 07:50

FLASHBACK - Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don't need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

Which is why we know that the claim that Saudi Arabia was behind 9-11 has no more basis in fact than the claim that Saddam had nuclear weapons or that Assad gassed his own people right in front of the UN chemical weapons inspectors.

Read more: Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense! | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/debunksaudis.php#ixzz4MJ...

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Oct 05 16:34

America’s Outdated Special Relationship With Saudi Arabia

The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). This
series will focus instead on five alternative Middle East policy challenges
facing the next president. This fourth part discusses the US-Saudi special relationship.

Oct 05 13:35

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsRocket Strike Hits Yemeni City of Taiz, Killing 10 Civilians

Continued fighting over the central Yemeni city of Yemen continues to take a toll on the civilian population, with medical officials reporting rocket strikes against the Beir al-Basha District hitting a group of civilians, killing 10 of them, including children.

Details are still scant, though pro-Saudi officials were quick to blame the Shi’ite Houthis for the attack, noting that the district has been a target for them in the past. Pictures of slain civilians were widely circulated on social media.

The city of Taiz has been the site of major fighting on both sides, with the pro-Saudi forces trying to gain control of the main highway between their de facto capital of Aden and the capital city of Sanaa. The city is divided, however, and the Houthis have made recent gains.

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Theoretically, the US military is providing targeting coordinates for these strikes; then why, in heaven's name, are they targeting large areas where civilians and children are sure to get blown to kingdom come?!?

Does the US and Saudi military not understand that the slaughter of civilians and children is a war crime?!?

Oct 04 17:01

Iraqi Group Demands Payments For US Invasion After ‘Sue The Saudis For 9/11’ Bill Passes Congress

A US bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for damages has prompted an Iraqi lobby group to push the parliament for a law seeking compensation for the American invasion of the country, citing “violations by US forces.”

Oct 04 07:56

Congress Suddenly Realizes That 9/11 Law Is a Terrible Idea

The JASTA story would have been bad enough if it had ended there, with a foolish override of an equally foolish bill. But there’s more. Congress has apparently just now begun considering JASTA and the results it might create. And get this – Congress is annoyed with the White House for not forcing it to realize that JASTA was a bad idea. Following the veto override, Mitch McConnell actually said that this debacle is “an example of an issue that we should have talked about much earlier,” and that it indicates the White House’s “failure to communicate early about the potential consequences of a piece of legislation was obviously very popular.”

Oct 03 14:21

Saudi Arabia Responds To US 9/11 Bill Veto

With the first 9/11 lawsuit already winging its way to The Kingdom following Congress' decision to un-vet, Saudi officials have broken their silence "stressing their concern" and warning of "consequences."

The Minister of State, Cabinet's Member, and Acting Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Cabinet stressed that the adoption of "JASTA" Law in the United States of America is of great concern to the international community in which international relations are based on the principle of equality and sovereign immunity, the principle governing international relations for hundreds of years.

The weakening of the sovereign immunity affects negatively all countries, including the United States of America, expressing the hope that wisdom prevails and the United States Congress takes the necessary steps to avoid serious and grave consequences that may result from enacting "JASTA" Law.

Oct 03 09:06

Cash-strapped Saudi Arabia switches to Gregorian calendar to pay civil servants less

Saudi Arabian civil servants will lose 11 days of pay after the country switched to the Gregorian calendar, the predominant format for organizing time in the West. The switch is part of austerity measures meant to curb the budget deficit.

Oct 02 08:32

Congress Throws Obama Under Saudi Bus: How Riyadh Will Respond to the 9/11 Bill

This week, Congress overturned President Obama's veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which allows families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government for its alleged involvement in the attacks. Commenting on the decision, Russian analysts lay out the likely consequences the new law will have on US-Saudi relations.

Oct 01 06:00

Spearhead sinks in fight over control of Yemen - Yemeni forces [Houthi] have sunk US [by proxy, United Arab Emirate] theater support vessel warship named "Spearhead".

This is a USA ship, and NOT a UAE ship, but it's being called a UAE ship for political purposes. (See that the ship is NOT listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Emirates_Navy )

This is the ship: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USAV_Spearhead_(TSV-X1)

Not to be confused with: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USNS_Spearhead_(T-EPF-1)

The ship was sunk with a salvo of 6 "Grad" type unguided missiles (These cost as little as $600 to produce, and their characteristics can be seen here: http://tipings.com/en/pages/22994 )

Sep 30 13:31

Whoops! US Lawmakers Scramble, Backtrack on 9/11 Victims Bill After Override

The White House is calling out Congress for having a “classic case of rapid onset buyer's remorse," after House and Senate leaders admitted that there may be unintended consequences of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), as regrets were expressed just 24 hours after the governing bodies overrode President Obama’s veto.

Sep 30 09:27

Panic In The Kingdom: Saudi Currency, Bonds, Banks Extend Collapse Despite OPEC 'Deal'

Following Obama's 9/11 bill veto defeat yesterday, and despite a surge in oil prices after a 'deal' was struck by OPEC, Saudi Arabia's markets are signaling panic in The Kingdom. Currency forwards are collapsing, default risk is jumping, and bank stocks are hitting record lows...

Sep 30 09:03

Yemen Resistance Shatters Saudi Arabia Territorial Integrity

If Saudi Arabia continues to exude control and political confidence from behind the billions of dollars its large coffers have offered its elite by way of immunity, the kingdom never planned for Yemen Resistance to rise a colossus against its theocracy … and yet it did.

Against all odds, and one may add despite all odds, the poorest of all nations, the most downtrodden of people managed by the strength of their arms to not only push against several military super-powers, but also to breach al-Saud’s borders to sing defiant freedom.

Sep 30 07:52

Interior Minister: Saudi Arabia Providing Financial, Intelligence Support for Terrorists in Eastern Iran

"The arrogant powers are looking for unpleasant incidents in Iran and they spend a lot of money in this regard; Saudi Arabia is providing financial, logistic and intelligence support for terrorists in Eastern Iran," Rahmani Fazli said on Thursday.

Over the past several months, the Iranian security forces have engaged in clashes with terrorist groups and while foiling their terrorist plots along the borders and inside the country killed several of them and arrested many others, confiscating large amounts of explosives and bomb-making materials.

In June, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said members of a terrorist group captured in the city of Khash in the country’s Sistan and Balouchestan Province had acknowledged to receiving the US and Saudi support.

Sep 30 07:51

Saudis reject US 9/11 act as threat to sovereignty, Russia says it damages international law

Saudi Arabia has rejected the Congressional approval of the act that would allow the families of victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue Riyadh for damages, claiming it weakens the sovereign immunity of the nation. Russia has slammed the legislation as undermining international law.

According to a Saudi Foreign Ministry source, who spoke with the state-run Saudi Press Agency, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) will contribute to the “erosion” of the principle of sovereign immunity, one of the cornerstones of conduct in international relations. The law, the source claimed, will also have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States.

Sep 30 07:50

Saudi Arabia warns of 'consequences' over US 9/11 law allowing victims to sue kingdom

The Saudi Foreign Ministry condemned its passage in a statement on Thursday.

"The erosion of sovereign immunity will have a negative impact on all nations, including the United States," it said.

A Saudi foreign ministry source called on the US Senate "to take the necessary measures to counter the disastrous and dangerous consequences" of the law.

The unnamed spokesman, cited by the official Saudi Press Agency, said the law was "a source of great worry".

Riyadh is one of Washington's longest-standing and most important allies in the Middle East and part of a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

Sep 30 07:12

US lawmakers may change 9/11 law after rejecting veto

U.S. lawmakers expressed doubts on Thursday about Sept. 11 legislation they forced on President Barack Obama, saying the new law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia could be narrowed to ease concerns about its effect on Americans abroad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congress realized that this law might lead to Saudi Arabia yanking their hundreds of billions out of the US economy, and worse, set a precedent for the US to be sued for war crimes. Now everyone is out to save face.

Sep 29 09:22

FLASHBACK - Debunking the "The Saudis did 9-11" nonsense!

And finally, here is some common sense that totally undermines the attempt to frame Saudi Arabia for 9-11. If Saudi Arabia really wanted to hurt the United States, they don't need to fly airplanes into skyscrapers to do it. All they have to do is ask for their money back, all at once. The resulting damage to the US financial system would make 9-11 look like a minor inconvenience in comparison.

And it would be perfectly legal for Saudi Arabia to ask for their money back.

Which is why we know that the claim that Saudi Arabia was behind 9-11 has no more basis in fact than the claim that Saddam had nuclear weapons or that Assad gassed his own people right in front of the UN chemical weapons inspectors.

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Sep 29 09:21

US, Israel using Saudi Arabia to cover up own role in 9/11: Analyst

The United States and Israel are trying to divert the world’s attention to Saudi Arabia as the perpetrator of the September 11, 2001 attacks, in an attempt to hide their own role as the main plotters of the deadly event that changed the world, says a political analyst in Chicago.

Sep 29 08:01

Saudi prince & Queen Elizabeth handed £900K EU taxpayer-funded subsidies

A Saudi prince and the Queen have been named in a list of wealthy landowners in the UK who receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in taxpayer-funded EU subsidies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yeah; they really need the money!

Sep 29 07:46

How the JASTA Override on Saudi Could Bite Americans in the Ass

President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, but Congress has for the first time in his presidency over-ridden his veto. This is a disastrous law with potentially ruinous effects on the US economy and US policy.

Individual tort suits against other countries had been forestalled by a doctrine of sovereign immunity, from which the United States and other countries also benefit. JASTA removes sovereign immunity for any state found to be practicing terrorism anywhere, apparently as defined by US court judges.

Saudi Arabia is extremely unpopular in the US, more especially on the Left, but also among right wing Islamophobes. But however appealing it is to let the 9/11 victim families sue Riyadh for the attacks, it is wrong-headed every which way from Sunday.

Sep 29 07:44

Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort

Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions.

The kingdom maintains an arsenal of tools to retaliate with, including curtailing official contacts, pulling billions of dollars from the U.S. economy, and persuading its close allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council to scale back counterterrorism cooperation, investments and U.S. access to important regional air bases.

"This should be clear to America and to the rest of the world: When one GCC state is targeted unfairly, the others stand around it," said Abdulkhaleq Abdullah, an Emirati Gulf specialist and professor of political science at United Arab Emirates University.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"But Israel made us do it!" -- The Congress

Sep 28 18:19

FLASHBACK - Saudi Arabia threatens to pull $750B from U.S. economy if Congress allows them to be sued for 9/11 terror attacks

Outraged 9/11 families accused Saudi Arabian officials Saturday of blackmailing the U.S. to hide their alleged role as financiers of the World Trade Center terrorists.

The fierce attacks came after a Saturday report that the Saudis threatened to sell off up to $750 billion in U.S. assets if Congress passes legislation allowing its government to be held liable in 9/11-related lawsuits.

Families who lost loved ones in the terror attacks say President Obama, who is lobbying intensively to derail the bill, according to The New York Times, is on the wrong side of the issue.

“I’m furious. This is a slap in the face to the 9/11 families,” said Jim Riches, the retired FDNY deputy chief whose firefighter son Jimmy died in the Trade Center rubble.

“Let them keep their money. We don’t want their money. It’s not worth 3,000 American lives. Call their bluff.”

Sep 28 13:27

Saudi Arabia Bombing Yemen To Quell Demonstrations For Democracy

The Saudi-led coalition is not just trying to deter Houthi leaders; they want to ensure that pro-democratic Yemeni demonstrations don't touch the rest of the Arabian peninsula, says Bilal Zenab Ahmed.

Sep 27 09:30

Yemen Has Become the Graveyard of the Obama Doctrine

This past Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Though the president advocated for the “hard work of diplomacy” in places like Syria, he also elaborated on one of his recent, common refrains, cautioning that in the Middle East “no external power is going to be able to force different religious communities or ethnic communities to co-exist for long.” Across the region, “we have to insist that all parties recognize a common humanity and that nations end proxy wars that fuel disorder,” Obama said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has been a partner to Saudi war crimes in Yemen for well over a year now.

The Saudi military continues to commit war crimes with impunity, including bombing hospitals; schools; private residences; and open-air markets.

I think Americans deserve to see what these bombings accomplish, particularly with small children: (warning: horrifically graphic images).

Images of dead Yemeni children, killed by Saudi bombings

Images of dead Yemeni children, killed by Saudi bombings

images of a Yemeni child, killed by a Saudi bombing raid in Yemen.

Have I picked some of the most gruesome images I could find of these atrocities?!?

Absolutely.

But I done this to attempt to start a conversation with my Brother and Sister Americans about the absolute evil incarnate this country's leadership is enabling by allowing the Saudis to buy American bombs, and providing "guidance" for their bombings.

And would someone please tell me, what horrific, immoral monster "guides" a bomb to a school, where they know kids will be learning and playing?!?

Do they get some kind of sick, twisted psychological satisfaction from assassinating children, and creating genocide against the Yemeni people?!?

The world cannot pretend, with the kinds of images I have just shared with our readers, that this is not going on.

We have elections coming up in this country in about one month.

I would strongly urge you to forward this article to every Senator and Congressman up for re-election, and ask the question; are you for or against the continued, US enabled Saudi bombing of Yemen?!?

And those who say they are perfectly fine with it, because they have a lot of defense contractors in their district, who are making money, hand over fist, are the ones who need to be soundly trounced in the 2016 election.

A "profits uber alles" mentality, where weapons are sold to criminal regimes which use them in war crimes, cannot be tolerated any more by the citizens of this country.

There is a Biblical injunction: "that which you sow, you shall also reap"; and very soon, in the Middle East, the United States Government is about to be reaping a whirlwind of blowback from decades of these horrific, pre-emptive wars.

Sep 27 07:48

Scholar: US, UK Supporting War Crimes in the Middle East

Stephen Zunes, a California-based international relations scholar, states that London and Washington demonstrate a double standard approach to war crimes.

Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen since 2015. The war has already left 10,000 people dead and over a million malnourished children, according to the UN. The UK is one of the major weapon providers for the Saudis. It approved over £3 billion in arms sales to reinstate former Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a Saudi ally.

Sep 26 12:15

UK accused of blocking UN inquiry into alleged Yemen war atrocities of Saudi allies

Britain has been accused of blocking the UN inquiry into atrocities in Yemen allegedly carried out by its theocratic ally Saudi Arabia.

In an open letter to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), a group of NGOs has alleged that the UK is blocking the progress of the inquiry by failing to give backing to an effort by the Netherlands to set up a full investigation.

Since the conflict began the UK has sold more than £3 billion (US$3.9 billion) in arms to the Saudi regime and provided training on targeting both by warplanes and artillery.

Sep 25 14:07

Muslims Are the VICTIMS of “Between 82 and 97% of Terrorism-Related Fatalities”: US Government

Lest we forget. And Thanks to Alternative media and Vladimir Putin most of the world now knows who is behind the medieval Jihadis.

The Little-Known Secret to Destroying ISIS Propaganda

ISIS and Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on Westerners is evil.

And as a white American from a Judeo-Christian background, I am repulsed by the fact that ISIS is targeting Christians in Syria and Iraq with brutal murder … including crucifixion. [And these crimes are invariably not reported by the Western media.]

But most victims of ISIS, Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorism are themselves Muslim.

Sep 23 17:53

Britain To Send £100mn In Aid To War-Torn Yemen… While Selling £3bn In Arms To Saudis

Britain is to increase spending on humanitarian aid to war-torn Yemen while at the same time signing off multibillion-pound arms deals to Saudi Arabia, which stands accused of war crimes.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced Britain will send an additional £37 million (US$48 million) in aid to Yemen this year, bringing the total package to £100 million.

Sep 23 15:44

Obama Vetoes Bill, Prevents 9/11 Family Members’ Lawsuits

By Derrick Broze

President Obama has vetoed a bill which would allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.

On Friday, President Obama kept his promise to veto legislation that would allow the 9/11 victims’ family members to sue Saudi Arabia, citing threats to U.S. national security. CNN reports that Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress say they’ll override Obama’s veto next week.

Obama’s veto comes two weeks after the House of Representatives passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, which would allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue nations suspected of financing or otherwise sponsoring terrorism...

Sep 23 15:34

Obama Just Vetoed a Bill That Would’ve Allowed 9/11 Victims to Sue Saudi Arabia

And yet, this is the same president who preaches that we need to embrace globalism… except when it comes to taking responsibility for one’s global crimes, apparently.

Sep 23 15:02

Twitter Suspends Women’s Rights Group After Criticizing Saudi Arabia

Twitter is accused of suspending accounts that engaged in the #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen hashtag, including a self-proclaimed non-profit Saudi female empowerment organization, S.A.F.E Movement.

Sep 23 10:18

Britain increases aid to Yemen while selling arms to Saudis - who are bombing Yemen

BRITAIN is to increase the amount of aid destined for those caught up in the civil war in Yemen - at the same time as it sells arms to the Saudi regime which is carrying out airstrikes in the war-torn Gulf state.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced that Britain will provide an additional £37million in funding for Yemen this year.

A total of £72m has already been committed to the crisis in Yemen by the UK Government.

But the Government has simultaneously approved more than £3billion in arms sales over the past 18 months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

War profits uber alles, right, Prime Minister May?!?!?

May I politely remind you that the Saudi Arabian military has been committing war crimes all over Yemen, and that makes the UK a "Proud Partner in War Crimes"?!?

But hey, as long as your defense industry is making profits, nothing else matters, right?!? Because for Members of Parliament, money appears to their only religion.

And they have to get those fat contributions from defense corporations to continue to stand for Parliament, right?!?!?

Sep 22 14:01

Big Pharma Spent $880mn On Keeping Opioids Available – Report

In the midst of one of the worst drug epidemics in the US, a report found that the money spent on keeping painkillers regularly prescribed has overshadowed even anti-gun lobbying efforts and may be behind the opioid epidemic ravaging the nation.

Sep 22 08:33

20 civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes in Yemen – govt official

Twenty civilians have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen, according to a government official. Children were among those killed. At least 30 were injured in the raids, which struck the city of Hodeida.

The strikes hit the Suq al-Hunod district of the port city, the official in the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi told AFP. The presidential palace was also hit.

Children were among the fatalities photographed at a city mortuary.

Sep 21 17:00

US Weapons Sales To Saudi Not Just For Profit: Analyst

The United States’ sale of $1.15 billion worth of military equipment to Saudi Arabia is not just aimed at making profit, an analyst says.

Chicago-based author and radio host Stephen Lendman made the comments in a phone interview with Press TV on Tuesday, while speaking about a bipartisan effort at the US Senate to block the sale.

Sep 21 08:24

30 Israeli, Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed in Russia's Caliber Missile Attack in Aleppo

"The Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers' coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam'an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers," the Arabic-language service of the Russian Sputnik news agency quoted battlefield source in Aleppo as saying on Wednesday.

The operations room was located in the Western part of Aleppo province in the middle of sky-high Sam'an mountain and old caves. The region is deep into a chain of mountains.

Several US, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and British officers were also killed along with the Israeli officers. The foreign officers who were killed in the Aleppo operations room were directing the terrorists' attacks in Aleppo and Idlib.

Sep 20 09:42

US ADMITS TO SUPPLYING SAUDI ARABIA WITH WHITE PHOSPHORUS MUNITIONS

Amid new evidence that Saudi Arabia has begun to use white phosphorus munitions in their war in Yemen, US officials are admitting that the weapons were provided by the United States “in the past.” They declined to say when, or how many weapons were provided.

White phosphorus munitions are heavily restricted in their usage under international law, allowed to be used only for smokescreens and signaling, but their incendiary properties and the risk of inhaling the smoke has made their use as an offensive weapon effectively a war crime.

The State Department said any country given the munitions was excepted to use them only in accordance with international law, and promised to look into the reports of Saudis improperly using the munitions during the Yemen war, saying the US would take “appropriate corrective action” if this is true.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a kid growing up, and having had a great deal of affection for this country, I could never, in my wildest dreams, imagine that the United States of America could EVER be characterised as a "proud partner in war crimes"; yet, here we are in the 21st century, raining hot, flaming death (or outsourcing the raining of hot, flaming death, as is happening in Yemen)on people who have the nerve to live over portions of the planet with resources the US government wants to expropriate, and sell only in US dollars.

I cannot tell you precisely when the government of our country stopped representing We the People, and started representing the merchants of death, the warmongerers, and those one percenters who profit brilliantly from wars; all I know is, there will be moral consequences from the kinds of actions the US government is taking against Yemen, and the use of US supplied white phosphorous weapons by the Saudis, which is a war crime.

Sep 19 07:43

RT Going Underground interview wth Larry Wilkerson

Sep 18 14:49

Video: ISIS militants cheer atop Syrian soldiers killed by US air strikes

In the following video, ISIS militants are seen gloating over the corpses of the Syrian Army personnel killed by the USAF as they pronounce that this 'conquest' sets the foundation for cleansing the province from the 'Nusayris', a term both ISIS and the US-backed Islamists used for Allawites who are considered by neither as Muslims.

Sep 17 18:13

Russia Calls For “Emergency” UN Security Council Meeting Regarding US Bombing Of Syrian Military

By Brandon Turbeville

After the United States launched an attack against Syrian forces in Deir al-Zour early on Saturday morning, Russia is now calling for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council and an immediate explanation from the United States.

The Americans claim that the bombing was merely a mistake; however, it is hard to make that claim when the two sides were in battle with one another at the time of the airstrikes...

Sep 17 15:09

MPs Pile Pressure On To Halt To UK Weapons Sales To Saudi Arabia Over Yemen Civilian Casualties

A committee of UK lawmakers have called on London to stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia until an inquiry into Riyadh’s human rights violations in Yemen is complete.

Sep 17 13:45

9/11: 15 Years Of A Transparent Lie — Paul Craig Roberts

There are many conspiracy theories about 9/11. The US government’s own expanation of 9/11 is a conspiracy theory in which a few Saudi Arabians outwitted the American national security state. Little doubt that many of the more imaginative conspiracy theories were created for the purpose of stigmatizing any skepticism, no matter how well reasoned and supported, of the official story.

These groups of qualified and experienced people say that the official story of 9/11 is false.

Sep 17 12:02

Commander: Saudi Arabia Begging Bahrain for Reinforcement to Fight Ansarullah in Border Regions

"Saudi Arabia has asked for help from Bahrain to fight along the border regions," Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali al-Hamzani told FNA on Saturday. The Yemeni troops have crossed the border into Saudi Arabia and captured several commander centers and bases in the last few weeks. Al-Hamzani also added that the Saudi army's military positions in al-Tawwal region were badly damaged when they came under the Yemeni missile attacks.

Sep 17 12:00

Saudi Finance Ministry Ex-Advisor: S. Arabia on Verge of Collapse

The Huffington Post did publish an opinion piece last Sunday that said Saudi Arabia was on the brink of “implosion” due to its economic dependence on oil and its failure to implement political reforms. The article, titled “Last Tango in Riyadh,” was written by Hossein Askari, an economist in the US and former special adviser to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance. “When it implodes, will the US and the UK come to the rescue of their Al-Saud clients? We believe not,” wrote Askari. “The US and the others have made thousands of hollow speeches in support of human rights and representative governance, but they have continued to support their client as long as they buy arms and do their bidding.” But Saudi Arabia blocked internet users from accessing the Huffington Post on Friday just days after it published the article about the kingdom.

Sep 17 10:30

1/3 of Saudi strikes hit Yemeni hospitals, schools & other civilian targets – study

In five of the last 18 months of the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the coalition hit more non-military than military targets, a Guardian study has revealed. Overall more than one-third of all strikes ended up hitting civilian sites including hospitals, schools and mosques.

Sep 17 09:54

Ravaged by conflict, Yemen's coast faces rising malnutrition

Sitting by her son's hospital bed, Houdaid Masbah looks at her 5-year-old boy's skeletal body and sunken cheeks, helplessness engulfing her like a thick cloud — a desperation she shares with many other mothers in Hodeidah.

Even before the war, Hodeidah was one of the poorest cities in Yemen, the Arab world's most impoverished nation. Now, the destruction of the port city's fishing boats and infrastructure by the Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes over the past 18 months of war has deprived the townspeople of their prime livelihood.

The U.N. estimates that about 100,000 children under the age of five in the city and the surrounding province, also called Hodeidah, are at risk of severe malnutrition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chronic malnutrition, after a point, leaves a child mentally crushed for life, and physically disabled; there is only some level of restoration possible to physical and mental capabilities, but the kid may never be "normal".

Take a good, hard look at this haunted, hungry face; then imagine, for one second, that this was your kid, and you are powerless to help them.

US government is facilitating this massive epidemic of malnutrition in Yemen, by being a partner in war crimes to the Saudi government

Sep 17 09:45

Study: One-Third of Saudi Airstrikes in Yemen Hit Civilian Targets

A new study conducted by the Yemen Data Project in cooperation with the Guardian has revealed for the first time some shocking metrics related to the massive civilian death toll in Saudi airstrikes. The study found that roughly one-third of all airstrikes targeted explicitly civilian targets.

That’s a best-case scenario, too. 3,158 non-military targets were confirmed out of a little over 8,600 raids. Another 1,882 of the strikes hit “unknown” targets, meaning all told the number of civilian targets could be in excess of half overall.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By enabling the Saudi military with their purchase of US weapons, and providing "guidance" to the strikes, the US government is a collaborator in Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Please let that sink in for a moment!!

Sep 16 13:34

Will Obama Block 9/11 Families’ Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia?

By Derrick Broze

President Obama has until Friday September 23 to decide if he will veto a bill which would allow the 9/11 victims’ families to sue Saudi Arabia.

On Friday September 9, the House of Representatives passed a controversial resolution which would allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue nations suspected of financing or otherwise sponsoring terrorism. Currently, this is only legal for countries who are on the U.S. government’s “state sponsors of terror” list, which includes nations like North Korea and Iran. The new change would allow the 9/11 victims’ family members to sue nations like Saudi Arabia...

Sep 16 12:20

Britain Must Stop Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia: MPs

A number of UK lawmakers have called on London to stop the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia until an inquiry into Riyadh’s human rights violations in Yemen is complete.

The Committee on Arms Export Control (CAEC) has raised serious concern about the UK’s commitment to international law regarding the sale of arms, the British media reported on Thursday.

Sep 15 08:22

Now the Saudis Have Killer Drones, Too

Saudi Arabia is the world’s newest drone power. And that could be a problem, since the Saudis are in the midst of a rather nasty war.
Riyadh has signed a contract with Chinese firm Chengdu for an unspecified number of Pterodactyl drones, Saudi media reported in late August and early September.

The 30-foot-long, propeller-driven Pterodactyl, which Chengdu apparently modeled on America’s iconic Predator and Reaper drones, can fly for hours at a time carrying cameras and missiles. Operators on the ground control the unmanned aerial vehicle via satellite.

As far as killer drones go, the Pterodactyl probably isn’t terribly sophisticated—its sensors are certainly less capable than U.S.-made models—and that can mean the difference between life and death for innocent people caught in the crossfire as flying robots hunt militants on the ground.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These are going to kill hundreds to thousands more innocent Yemenites.

But hey, when it comes to weapons manufacturers,their products, and profits, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, "A deal is a deal is a deal!!"

Sep 15 07:48

UK Government Refuses To Give MPs Vote On Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

The British government refuses to give lawmakers a vote on whether to keep selling arms to Saudi Arabia, engaged in war crimes in Yemen.

In a leaked draft report last week, the Committee on Arms Exports Control echoed both the European Parliament and the Commons International Development Select Committee in calling for arms sales to the monarchy to end.

Sep 13 11:26

Saudi Arabia: Can’t Pay Its Bills, Yet Funds War On Yemen

Almost exactly a year after Salman bin Albdulaziz Al Saud, king of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and head of the House of Saud, hurriedly left his millionaire’s mansion near Cannes with his 1,000 servants to continue his vacation in Morocco, the kingdom’s cash is not flowing so smoothly for the tens of thousands of sub-continental expatriates sweating away on his great building sites.

Sep 13 11:19

Transforming a Country into “Collateral Damage”: US Cluster Bombs Killed Children for Decades in Laos, and Now Yemen

The preposterous ironies of President Obama’s unapologetic visit to Laos on September 6 have not yet generated the attention they deserve, but they provide an excellent measure of the self-righteousness of the monstrous continuity of American violence inflicted on the world from Viet Nam in the 1950s to Yemen more than sixty years later.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When it comes to war crimes, the United States Government can certainly claim: "We're number one! We're number one!"

I am an American who cares about the future trajectory of this country in the world; unfortunately, however, in examining this country's sordid history of generating these war crimes, I cannot be terribly hopeful about America's future at this point.

There is a Biblical injunction, "That which you sow, you shall also reap"; and right now, in the Middle East and Asia, the US government is sowing a whirlwind, and we will all reap the consequences of that.

Sep 13 10:56

US Citizens Can’t Sue Saudis for Perpetrating 9/11, but Can Sue Iranians Who Had Nothing to Do With It: Obama

the House and Senate have unanimously passed an act that could make it possible for US 9/11 victims to sue Saudis for their complicity in perpetrating the 9/11 attack.

Bush and Obama censored for more than a decade the evidence of Saudi involvement while they invaded Iraq, killing at least hundreds of thousands of people.

Obama is now reasserting his intention to veto the act, but, as Jason Ditz reports, will still allow “9/11 victims to sue Iran, even though Iran had nothing to do with the attack”.

Ditz continues that this is in keeping with the standard US practice of “protecting its allies [and itself] from lawsuits while setting up suits against international rivals”. (The US has been attempting to reconquer Iran since 1979 when the US’s Iranian proxy-dictator, whom Amnesty International called one of the world’s worst human rights violators, was overthrown.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks: this is American foreign policy ON DRUGS!!

And the reason Obama is going to veto the bill about Americans being able to sue Saudi Arabia is purely economic; as reported at cnn.com on 16 May, 2016:

Revealed: Saudi Arabia owns $117 billion of U.S. debt

Were Saudi Arabia to dump their holdings all at once, it would send the US economy crashing, perhaps irrecoverably, instantaneously.

Sep 13 08:34

BOMBED: A POTATO CHIP FACTORY, A SCHOOL, A DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS FACILITY, AND NOW A WATER WELL

Strikes in northern Yemen on Saturday reportedly killed two children and first responders as US-backed coalition continues ‘disturbing’ strikes.

A United Nations official has condemned airstrikes, including a “double tap” attack, on a water well in Yemen that killed dozens of people including children. The statement comes as the Obama administration’s proposed $1.15 billion arms to Saudi Arabia, who’s leading the U.S.-backed coalition’s bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, faces opposition both on and off Capitol Hill.

In a statement released Monday, U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said that 30 people were killed and 17 were wounded, with the casualties including first responders and two children, as a result of the airstrikes in the village of Beit Saadan in northern Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-militarily enabled Saudi military love to commit war crimes with impunity.

The fact that US companies sell them the weapons to do this makes the US government a partner in these war crimes.

Did you ever imagine that a plaque could honestly be placed on the US President's desk, stating: "The United States of America: a Proud Partner in War Crimes?!?"

Dear readers, that day.... has come, in this country.

Sep 12 13:45

Will Transnistria be Russia's Crimea 2.0?

Pre-election passions are generating sensations not only in Russia and America. On September 9th, the small, unrecognized republic of Transnistria was lit up by the news that the acting president had signed a decree on accession to Russia. The document is entitled “On realizing the outcome of the republican referendum held on September 17th, 2006” and was signed with the aim of “realizing the will of the people of Transnistria on freely unifying with the Russian Federation.” In fact, media embellished the event, but later the republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a significant update. Evgeny Shevchuk, it turns out, had merely issued a decree on “harmonizing Transnistrian legislation” so it would comply with the laws of the Russian Federation, as follows from the published decree. Nevertheless, this was enough for the news itself to have a bombshell effect. Should Russia be preparing for a Crimea 2.0?..

Sep 12 10:22

Saudi Airstrikes Kill at Least 21 Civilians in Northern Yemen

A series of Saudi airstrikes against targets in northern Yemen have killed at least 21 civilians and wounded scores of others, with the larger of the two strikes occurring at a water-drilling site in the Arhab District, due north of the capital city of Sanaa.

The first airstrike killed four workers at the site, and attracted local villagers who aimed to carry out a rescue effort. Five more strikes targeted the rescuers, killing at least 11 more civilians and wounding at least another 20, though locals reported that the toll was likely far higher. claiming around 100 casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, looks like Saudi pilots are using the good old, US "Double Tap": strike; assassinate the first set of civilians, then assassinate those trying to protect and rescue them!

American readers of this blog, you ever, honestly, think that your country would ever be a proud partner in war crimes?!?

Yes, me neither; until the ugliness of that reality got rubbed in my face, as it is, every day, 24/7 these days.

Sep 11 12:35

Yemen: In Search of Lost Legitimacy

The situation that has been taking shape in Yemen over the past few months plays into the hands of the authorities in Sana’a rather than in Riyadh. This is primarily due to the fact that the military aggression against Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition revealed the Kingdom’s limitations in its ability to resolve the Yemeni conflict to its own benefit. It is not that the military campaign proved to be a zero-sum game for Riyadh; on the contrary, Saudi Arabia managed to achieve its basic goal: it did limit the Houthi expansion into the country...

Sep 11 10:00

Multiple Parties Colluding to Starve Yemen into Submission to Saudi Objectives

To be sure, as long as American tanks and bombs are involved in the dirty war, more lives will be lost. And it's not just about tanks. It is about the United States fuelling Saudi war crimes without demanding that the Saudis demonstrate a serious commitment to preventing civilian casualties. The United Nations has repeatedly said the Saudis are responsible for approximately two-thirds of civilian casualties. It has documented Saudi attacks on a slew of civilian areas, including hospitals, schools, refugee camps, markets, civilian homes and more. The key argument here is that there is already instability in the region on several levels. The Saudi regime and its partners in crime need stop their indiscriminate bombing campaign and take real steps to prevent civilian casualties and further instability. Ask any Yemeni who is bombing his country and they will all say the US is bombing Yemen - technically not, but Washington is supporting the Saudi-led coalition militarily.

Sep 11 08:31

Yemeni Army Captures 2 Saudi Intelligence Officers, 48 Military Men in Najran Province. Yemeni Forces Advance Further in Ma'rib Province

"The Yemeni forces have captured 50 Saudi military men, including two senior intelligence officers, in a special operation conducted against the kingdom's troops in Najran province," Senior Ansarullah Commander Ali al-Hamzani told FNA on Sunday. Al-Hamzani noted that the Yemeni forces could also take full control over a Saudi military base, including its tanks and armored vehicles...
A senior military commander announced that Yemen's army and popular forces have made considerable advances towards the Central parts of Ma'rib after taking control of strategic positions of the forces loyal to former fugitive President Mansour Hadi in the province as Ansarullah's ballistic missile hit key regions in Saudi Arabia's Jizan. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950621000547

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