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Sep 20 06:52

Israel and Saudi Arabia Loved Trump’s Nuke-Happy U.N. Speech

Trump's controversial United Nations speech—in which he threatened to "destroy" North Korea—was condemned by European allies and cheered by hardliners in the Mideast.

Sep 19 14:13

Dangerous Words of Escalation: Trump Threatens to Abandon Iran’s Nuclear Deal as Israeli Officials Call for Action Against Iran

Once again, the annual United Nations General Assembly is taking place in New York City with U.S. President Donald Trump set to take center stage as he is expected to focus on the North Korean Crisis and the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

As the Western media’s attention has been focused on the North Korea crisis (which is also another very serious matter), another development has been taking place in Tel Aviv, as calls for action by Israeli officials against Iran’s Nuclear Program although it’s not a new development (it’s been going on for many years). Channel 2 on Israeli TV reported that Mossad chief Yossi Cohen is calling on the Israeli government to take action against the Iranian government. The Times of Israel reported that

“Channel 2 on Sunday paraphrased Cohen as asserting that “Today’s Iran is the North Korea of yesterday, and so we need to act now so that we don’t wake up to [an Iranian] bomb.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to politely point out that Israel was not a signatory to the P5+1, therefore has utterly no business in attempting to get the US from walking away from this treaty.

I would also like to politely point out that Iran has signed the NNPT: Israel has not.

I would also like to politely point out that Iran hasn't started a war in over 200 years.

IF President Trump has any horse-sense left, he will not allow Netanyahu to "charm" him into another Middle Eastern war, where the outcomes of US military intervention have not quite been stellar; think Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and Syria, and you will catch my drift.

IF both Israel and Saudi Arabia believe that a war against Iran is in their best interests, as both consider Iran their "existential enemy", let them fight it; such a war is definitely NOT in the interests of We the People, and I do hope President Trump understands this.

Sep 18 12:06

Signs of hope in the Middle East? Don’t hold your breath

James Dorsey explains why there should be no reason for optimism that violence and instability in the Middle East, whether in Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen or the Gulf states, will come to an end anytime soon.>>

Sep 17 09:06

SENATE CAMPAIGN FACES SCRUTINY OF STRATEGIST’S WORK FOR SAUDIS

A U.S. Senate campaign faces controversy after the Boston Herald published a story on a key strategist’s participation in a Saudi lobbying campaign against the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA).

Massachusetts state representative Geoffrey Diehl, who is running for the 2018 Republican nomination to oppose incumbent senator Elizabeth Warren, hired Holly Robichaud to serve as a campaign strategist. 28Pages.org previously reported that Robichaud, a political consultant and columnist for the Boston Herald, registered in October 2016 as an agent of the Saudi government.

JASTA cleared the way for 9/11 victims and insurers to sue the kingdom for its alleged support of the September 11 attacks. Robichaud was among some 70 political influencers across the nation pressed into service by Qorvis MSLGroup as the firm scrambled to unleash a broad attack on JASTA on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

During this campaign, Geoffrey Diehl needs to be asked hard questions regarding the joint commision of war crimes by Saudi and US troops in Yemen.

And please do mention that:

1. Saudi troops have methodically killed, and maimed for life, innocent Yemeni children, women, and the medically fragile elderly with their bombing runs.

Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs in Yemen

2. Saudi troops have closed all Yemeni ports, so no food can get in. Now, Yemeni children are starving to death from malnutrition.

Images: children dead and dying from the consequences of malnutrition

3. With starvation comes disease, so cholera has swept up hundreds of thousands in an epidemic of huge proportions.

Images: Yemeni children dying from cholera

You may want to ask Diehl if the cholera was weaponised, courtesy of the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of America (The OUSSA, which is the only way I can refer to this country at this point in its history.)

4. The Saudi troops have used depleted uranium weapons, causing massive cancers, still births, and horrific birth defects in Yemeni children.

Images: massive premature births and horrific birth defects, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

You might also want to ask Holly Robichard (politely, NO PROFANITY< NO THREATS, PLEASE!!) faxing the above images to her office) why she is morally comforable, doing work for a country which commits these atrocities. Her contact info can be found here:
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Sep 16 21:34

Syria’s Victory in Deir Ezzor

The Tide is Turning against the Deep State NWO.

The Syrian Arab Army have achieved yet another dramatic victory this time lifting the ISIS siege of the heroic city of Deir Ezzor. For years Deir Ezzor has been surrounded by enemies and under siege first by the FSA and Al Nusra and then by ISIS. They have withstood repeated attacks by the US-NATO air force most infamously last fall when the Americans bombed Deir Ezzor right after agreeing to a ceasefire, a treacherous move that paved the way for a nearly successful ISIS offensive to capture the city. The brave defenders of Deir Ezzor withstood these endless attacks becoming a symbol of the heroic resistance of all of Syria. For years Syrians and their friends around the world have dreamed that one day this siege would be lifted. Our dreams have finally come true and faster then anyone could have imagined.

Sep 15 10:14

Yemen's Houthi leader says could target Saudi oil tankers if Hodeida attacked

Yemen's Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said on Thursday his group could target Saudi oil tankers should Saudi Arabia attack Yemen's main port at Hodeida.

"We could target Saudi oil tankers and we could do anything, we have not done this before," he said.

In a televised speech, the leader also said his group's ballistic missiles were capable of reaching the United Arab Emirates' capital of Abu Dhabi and anywhere inside Saudi Arabia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A couple of years ago, Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman must have thought that a military attack against Yemen, to eradicate the Shia Houthi rebels there, would be a "walk in the park" for the Saudi military.

However, thousands of deaths of innocents, and immesurable joint Saudi-US warcrimes later, coupled with successful attacks against Saudi Arabia proper, if he is in any way sane, he may just be thinking differently.

I have no way in which to estimate the Houthis' weapons capabilities; but this rhetoric demonstrates that they are in this battle for the long haul.

Sep 15 09:25

SAUDI ARABIA CRACKS DOWN ON DISSENTING CLERICS AMID RUMORS OF CROWN PRINCE’S RISE TO THRONE

SAUDI ARABIA ARRESTED A trio of prominent clerics last weekend, a sign that the kingdom may be preparing for the formal ascendance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, who is a key decision-maker on the country’s domestic and international affairs but is technically subservient to his father, King Salman.

Salman al-Odah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omary were arrested with little explanation over the weekend, but activists suspect that their failure to follow MBS’s hawkish line on Qatar played a role in their imprisonment.

Human rights activists told the Wall Street Journal that al-Odah’s arrest came after he declined to come out in support of the Saudi government’s actions against Qatar.

On September 8, al-Odah tweeted a fairly banal message hoping for reconciliation between the kingdom and Qatar. “May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of their people,” he wrote:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the bloodlust of The Saudi Warlord, and Butcher of Yemen, Prince Salman is pushing him, yet again, over the edge, and will soon declare war against Qatar.

What he has accomplished in Yemen, I am quite certain he wants to accomplish in Qatar:

Images: Yemeni children assassinated or maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bomgings

Images: Yemeni children dying from complications of malnutrtion, due to Saudi military blockading the ports

Images: starving Yemeni children now dying of cholera

To all Qatari parents; however you can manage it, get your kids out of that country and into a safe haven; what awaits Qatar, in this madness, will be precisely the same fate as you have seen for the Yemeni children, in the images above.

Sep 15 08:45

"Unprecedented" Saudi Crackdown Targets Regime Loyalists As King Prepares To Abdicate

Are we seeing early signs of an "Arab Spring" coming to Saudi Arabia, or will the next king emerge stronger than ever? The kingdom is now in the midst of an unprecedented crackdown of both dissidents and even loyalists perceived as less than enthusiastic about Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's consolidation of power as he prepares to ascend the throne of his aging and increasingly senile father. It was only last June that King Salman shocked the world by suddenly and unexpectedly removing next in line for the crown Muhammad bin Nayef, which made Mohammed bin Salman heir apparent to the throne.

Sep 15 07:17

King of Saudi Arabia to Visit Russia in October

Despite differences over Syria and the Iranian nuclear deal, current Russia-Saudi Arabia relations are arguably at an apex, both in terms of shared interests and mutual understanding. It has just been announced that King of Saudi Arabia Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud will visit Russia in late October. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on September 5 that the exact date will be announced later. Only some details are left to be discussed.

Sep 14 10:41

United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia Threaten U.S. Interests And Mideast Peace With Attack On Qatar

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia wants to rule the Persian Gulf and the United Arab Emirates wants to rule Riyadh, indirectly, at least. Both states desire to impose their will on neighboring Qatar, whose independent foreign policy irritates entitled elites not used to criticism let alone opposition. But so far the two nations’ efforts have done little more than strengthen Qatar’s independence and expose their own hypocrisy. Washington should continue to mediate, while making clear that the fault mostly lies with the aggressive and repressive Saudi-Emirati axis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question has to be asked; what precisely is Saudia Arabia and UAE actually prepared to do, in this move against Qatar, and what is their timetable?!?

IF the US and Kuwait are incapable of mediating this mess, then it is only a question of when the bombs start dropping on Qatar.

And I have to wonder; what are the orders given to US military commanders at
the 21 billion dollar Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, should such a scenario unfold?!?

Sep 14 10:31

China Backs UN Call for Justice in Yemen; US, Saudis Object to Move

Calls by the UN human rights chief to set up an international inquiry into war crimes committed in the Saudi War in Yemen are nothing new. A sudden endorsement of the move by China may give this effort a new lease on life, however, after being quietly killed in recent years.

This is the third straight year right chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein had made such a call, and the last two times, the US and Saudi Arabia buried the idea, agreeing the Saudis could investigate themselves in the war. The civilian deaths have continued to mount.

The latest draft, from Canada and the Netherlands, was seen as likely heading to the same fate, but China’s endorsement, and declaration that they believe the resolution might help push end the war, gives it yet more credibility.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed that Chinese involvement on this issue, at the UN level, will give it more street cred, and at least slow down the slaughter/genocide in which the US and Saudi Arabia have been indulging in Yemen.

I get very frustrated that I am a citizen of a country for which, at the highest level, the commission of war crimes is morally just fine.

Sep 13 10:19

The Case Against the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is One Big Lie

The latest round in their campaign was U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s disingenuous and falsehood-filled speech at the American Enterprise Institute last week. The speech is useful in one sense: it provides a handy summary of just about every creative and mendacious argument that die-hard opponents of the JCPOA have been cooking up since the agreement was signed. Unfortunately, it is neither an accurate guide to the agreement, to its current status, nor more importantly, to U.S. interests.

Among other things, Haley claimed — falsely — that the deal “gave Iran what it wanted up-front, in exchange for temporary promises to deliver what we want.” The truth is about 180 degrees from this claim: Iran gave up enriched uranium, destroyed 13,000 centrifuges, dismantled the Arak reactor, let the U.N. install monitoring devices, implemented the NPT Additional Protocol, and a host of other measures — all before the United States or anyone else began lifting sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am deeply concerned that the Unhinged Surveilled States of America, Under President Trump's watch, are stumbling into a war against Iran after successfully pushing it out of the P5+1 Treaty.

This ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid move on the part of the USSA, may result not only in a war against Iran, in the name of "regime change", but also a war against Russia, which has consistently pledged to come to Iran's rescue, should it be attacked militarily.

And the greatest cheerleaders for such a war are none other than President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman.

So President Trump, let me please strongly caution you about the horrific, and dark, consequences for such initiating such a war, where the US will absolutely NOT be on the right side of history: both Netanyahu and Prince Salman are hounding you for regime change in Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money, and the costs will outweigh the benefits by too wide a margin to even be conceived as a rational plan.

Time to think this one through carefully, appreciate what the US DOES have as a signatory to the P5+1, and come up with a Plan B.

Sep 13 07:28

Saudi forces arrest 20 opponents amid report of King Salman abdicating

According to multiple unidentified sources and tweets by rights organizations, journalists and others, Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd al Saud, a son of former King Fahd, is among those arrested.

The arrests come amid reports that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud plans to renounce power in favor of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed.

Sep 13 07:06

ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN, SAUDI ARABIA SETS UP PANEL AND CLEARS ITSELF OF WRONGDOING

A panel set up by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to investigate civilian casualties found a series of deadly air strikes largely justified, citing the presence of armed militiamen at the homes, schools and clinics that were targeted.

Sep 12 10:07

Breaking News of Saudi Crown Prince's "Secret" Visit To Israel Brings Embassy Scramble

Clearly the war in Syria and the international push for regime change against Assad has created strange alliances in the Middle East over the past few years. Among the strangest bedfellows are the Israelis and Saudis. It's no secret that common cause in Syria of late has led the historic bitter enemies down a pragmatic path of unspoken cooperation as both seem to have placed the break up of the so-called "Shia crescent" as their primary policy goal in the region. But that's perhaps why few pundits seemed overly shocked when Israeli media late last week began reporting that a Saudi prince made a secret visit to Israel, in spite of the fact that the kingdom does not recognize the Jewish state, and the two sides do not have diplomatic relations.

Sep 12 08:03

Saudi War Crimes are ignored

Sep 07 09:20

9 THINGS THE MSM DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT THE WAR IN YEMEN

About two and a half years ago, Saudi Arabia started bombing Yemen and began an occupation to prop-up the puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi. The Saudi’s air strikes deliberately target homes. Tens of thousands have died. Millions are at risk of famine. The siege has triggered a globally-unprecedented cholera epidemic. And people can’t even flee the country because the airport is closed at the behest of Saudi Arabia.

Corporate media barely covers Yemen at all. Not only do they leave many key pieces of information out, they blatantly lie to reinforce their imperialist narrative. Here, Geopolitics Alert will attempt to debunk many of the most common myths and explain the truth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The other things that MSM doesn't want you to know are as follows; and warning: the images used are highly graphic, but I have deliberately chosen them to bear Christian witness to what is happening here.

1. The US enables the Saudi genocide in Yemen by selling them the weapons, and providing "guidance" to their airstrikes. They strike homes, markets, hospitals, with absolute impunity. And here is the devastation those airstrikes create:

Images: Yemeni children murdered and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi Airstrikes

Please remember; this genocide is created, in part, through your tax dollars and in your name.

2. Because Yemeni ports are being blockaded, through US/Saudi troops, no food can get in, so children are not dying from complications of malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

And of course, with malnutrition comes disease: Yemen is now facing one of the most severe epidemics of cholera (and perhaps, a weaponised strain) with grownups and children dying in staggering numbers every day:

Images: Yemeni adults and children, stricken with cholera

And not content with that, the Saudi military has used depleted uranium weapons in Yemen. This poisons babies in the womb, and leads to massive birth defects; stillbirths; and massive cancers.

Images: Yemeni infants deformed through exposure to depleted uranium in the womb

And not content with THAT, Saudi soldiers have been using white phosphorous weapons in Yemen. These weapons burn flesh right though to the bone:

Images: Saudi soldiers using white phosphorous weapons in Yemen

The stark, hard reality here, is that the government of the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America have been colluding with the Saudis by partnering in war crimes with them; there is just no other way to say this, than to blurt it out.

I am profoundly, morally uncomfortable being a citizen of a country, and government, which indulges in war crimes, as though it is "no big deal"; unfortunately, Mike and I are too old, and too broke, to be able to immigrate to a civilised country which does not engage in war crimes.

But having colluded in the creation of war crimes in Yemen, both President Trump and Saudia Arabia's Prince Salman, the principal architect of these atrocities, now deserve new titles; for President Trump, it is Merchant-of- Death-in-Chief, and for Prince Salman, the principal architect of these atrocities, it is the Butcher of Yemen.

Sep 05 11:59

#ISpeakforButhaina: Picture of girl in Yemen goes viral

Buthaina Mansour was the sole survivor of a bombing in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, that killed her entire family. An image of her trying to open her eyes despite her injuries has gone viral on social media as a symbol of solidarity with the people in the war-torn country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations to his Royal Highness, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, for whom the world can now add yet another honorific to his name: that of the Butcher of Yemen.

An image of one more innocent toddler, maimed for life, and bereft of any family whatsoever; one has to wonder as to the horrific extent of this man's bloodlust, in light of the fact that his Saudi military are killing innocent babies and toddlers; women; and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen, in addition to the Houthi Rebels.

Because the Yemeni ports are closed, so no food can get it, Yemeni children are starving, and dying from complications of malnutrition; and now, is experiencing one of the worst epidemics of cholera the world has seen.

You have allowed your troops in Yemen to use both depleted uranium weapons, causing massive spikes in birth defects, stillbirths, and cancers here, as well as white phosphorous, which burns to the bone, and for which there is utterly no remedy.

And President Trump, you, sir, have enabled this genocide as the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America has authorized billions of dollars in arms sales to this country;

US approves a $1.4 billion sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia

And by doing so, you have distinguished yourself as the Merchant-of-Death-In-Chief of your country: congratulations to you also, Mr. President!!

What we have in Yemen, with US government enabling, is the massive, full-blown, in-your-face commission of Saudi war crimes, with utter impunity, and zero morality, Mr. President: there is no other way to say this.

And every single respected expert on the Middle East consistently say that the resolution of the hostilities in Yemen must, ultimately, political, rather than military.

History will not judge either of you you kindly on this, Prince Salmon, and President Trump.

Prince Salman, you will be remembered as Saudi Arabia's War Crimes Prince"

And President Trump, you will not be remembered as a "War President", but as a "War Crimes President" for these atrocities, visited upon the people of Yemen.

Please understand: I am a Christian pacifist activist, who constantly exhorts her government to resolve its geopolitical differences through hard-won, moral negotiations rather than through war, and cannot, ethically, ever endorse violence.

But when my government refuses to listen to logic, I have a responsibility to witness, peacefully, to the horrors it is inflicting around the world, and shall do so until I draw my last breath.

Sep 05 06:31

‘Stop war in Yemen, fund 100% of humanitarian aid,’ top UN official tells Saudis

Forsaking the UN’s customary diplomatic stance, a leading official has directly blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Yemen’s devastating humanitarian crisis, urging Riyadh to fund aid and stop the conflict, which has raged since 2015.

“Saudi Arabia should fund 100 percent of the needs of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen,” David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme told Reuters, during a visit to Ethiopia. “Either stop the war or fund the crisis. Option three is, do both of them.”

Sep 05 06:27

Saudi Arabia & Israel Need to Airlift 300 Stranded ISIS Terrorists from Syria

After approving the sendoff of hundreds of Toyota pickups into Syria for the exclusive use of its trained and funded “moderate rebels” to oust the Assad government back in 2013, the US chickenhawks are now ignoring the plea of the defeated terrorists, who are stranded in 17 buses, because Iraq refuses to accept them on its borders.

The leaderless band of terrorists and their families have nowhere else to go since Abu Bkr Al Baghdadi supposedly died in one of the Russian air raids on the terrorist headquarter South of Raqqa City , more than 2 months ago.

Sep 01 11:23

How Media Obscure US/Saudi Responsibility for Killing Yemeni Civilians

A coalition of Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, with minor support from several other Middle Eastern nations, has relentlessly bombed Yemen since March 2015. This August, the coalition ramped up the ferocity of its airstrikes, killing dozens of civilians.

On August 23, the US/Saudi coalition bombed a hotel near Yemen’s capital Sanaa, killing 41 people, 33 of whom—80 percent—were civilians, according to the United Nations.

Then on August 25, the coalition bombed homes in Sanaa, massacring a dozen civilians, including eight members of the same family.

Major Western media outlets have, however, obscured the responsibility Saudi Arabia, and its US and European supporters, bear for launching these airstrikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This horrific war is something the presstitutes and whorespondents don't want you to see.

Enabled by the US military, the Saudi military are killing Yemeni infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

Images: Yemeni children murdered and maimed for life, from Saudi bombing runs.

The Saudis, working in concert with US troops, are blockading the ports, to prevent any food from getting in, leading to massive malnutrition, and deaths of Yemeni children.

Images: Yemeni children starving to death from malnutrition

And now, Yemen is experiencing one of the worst plagues of cholera (possibly weaponised) in the world's history:

Images: Yemeni children suffering and dying from cholera

And if this not enough insult to injury being poured on the Yemeni people, the Saudis are using DU weapons in Yemen, which poisons children in the womb, and creates massive physical defects:

Images: Yemeni children suffering from intense birth defects, due to exposure to depleted uranium.

I would like to politely suggest to those who read this blog, that these actions are being done in your name, and with your tax dollars.

I believe that Americans need to come together, and have a national dialogue as to whether there is a moral and just cause for this wanton genocide of the Yemeni people, courtesy of Saudi Arabia, which the US government is enabling militarily.

I, for one, say, absolutely not!!

Aug 29 11:27

The Saudi-Led Coalition’s ‘Weaponization of Disease’. Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic

The vast majority of deaths from Yemen’s cholera epidemic occur in rebel-held areas on account of the attacks by the Saudi-led coalition on health centers and infrastructure and because of the coalition blockade:

Dr Homer Venters, director of programmes for the research group Physicians for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera that coalition hits on clinics and sewage works were a Saudi “tactic of war” that amounted to the “weaponisation of disease”. [bold mine-DL]

Coalition attacks and a blockade on fuel and other supplies have left civilians in Houthi areas more vulnerable to cholera, and less able to get antibiotics and other life-saving help than those in other parts of the Arab world’s poorest nation, he said.

“Aside from the devastation from air strikes on hospitals and clinics, the health emergency in Yemen has been made significantly worse by Saudi restrictions on petrol imports, leaving the remaining health centres without power,” Venters said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All the war crimes in which the US government is complicit with the Saudis in Yemen, does't make me " proud to be an American citizen" it angers and disgusts me, and makes me think seriously about getting out of this country while it is still possible. Unfortunately, Mike and I are too old- and broke - to see this happen.

And yet, both the US command there; the Saudi government, and the House of Saud all seem perfectly morally comfortable with the assassination of children, women, and the medically infirm; using starvation as a tool to cow the people of Yemen into total surrender; the use of DU weapons; and the use of white phosphorous against non-combatants.

Aug 29 08:33

THE ARAMCO IPO: A GEOPOLITICAL GAME OF THRONES

Saudi Arabia has, in recent years, shown a willingness to form more in-depth relationships with its main Asian customers, China, India and Japan. The Chinese energy demand, which is still the main driver of the global oil and gas market growth, is considered to be vital for Saudi Arabia’s future. The Kingdom is currently in a heavy battle with Russia and arguably Iran for the title of China’s biggest oil supplier, a title that Russia took from Saudi Arabia at the start of this year. Several analysts have been very worried about this development as it could weaken the IPO of Saudi Aramco. However, Aramco’s prominent position in the Chinese market, and the ongoing investments that the Saudi oil giant is making in downstream production and capabilities in China, will contain any negative repercussions from loss of market share. In the long-run, Aramco’s position in China will only strengthen, which will allow the Kingdom to lock in a hefty portion of its export volumes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note that the only things Saudi Arabia was keen on buying from the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America... were its weapons.

US-Saudi Arabia seal weapons deal worth nearly $110 billion immediately, $350 billion over 10 years

Aug 28 07:56

Arab Media: Dissident Saudi Officers, Princes Kept in Secret Prison

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is keeping the dissident officers and princes in a secret jail in the Southwestern parts of the country's capital city, Arab media outlets reported. According to the twitter page of al-Ahd al-Jadid news website, sources close to the Saudi royal family reported that bin Salman is using a secret prison in al-Qadia region in Southwestern Riyadh to imprison the officers and princes who support the former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef and a number of Air Force officers. The source said that over 70 officers, including the high-ranking officers and two brigadier generals, are imprisoned in the jail. This is while the fate of bin Nayef is not yet clear and he was last seen during the ceremony to express allegiance to the new crown prince in June.

Aug 28 05:31

Yemenis swear revenge on Saudi Arabia after dozens are killed in airstrikes on civilians

The relatives of Yemeni civilians killed in recent Saudi-led airstrikes have sworn to seek revenge on the coalition that has led aggression against the war-ravaged country since early 2015. 22 of the 60 civilians killed by the deadly Saudi-led airstrikes were buried on Sunday at a funeral attended by a large number of people. The civilians were killed when the Saudi-led coalition struck a hotel in the Arhab district to the north of the capital Sana’a on Wednesday. “We buried them today. All these people coming here proves how angry the Yemeni people are at this crime committed against them,” said Abdullah al-Mosheki, a relative of one of the victims. “Two of my sons were martyred in the Arhab massacre by the Saudi aggression, they were civilians though and they used to work in agriculture,” said another individual, Ahmad al-Jehizei.

Aug 28 05:29

Sudan deploys more soldiers to back Saudi-led coalition in Yemen

A fresh group of Sudanese soldiers have been deployed to southern Yemen after disembarking a cargo plane in Aden Province in a big to further assist the Saudi-led aggression on the country. Local sources revealed that the Sudanese soldiers were then transferred by military vehicles to the Khor Maksar district to an army camp. In total, Sudan has around 1,000 soldiers fighting the Houthi-led Ansarullah Movement who currently occupy most of northern Yemen, including the capital city Sana'a, and are resisting Saudi aggression. A total of 21 Sudanese soldiers have been killed since the start of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen in March 2015.

Aug 27 09:04

Saudi Arabia and Israel Might 'Directly Intervene' in Syrian Conflict

The civil war in Syria is 'de-facto over'. This is what Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart at the ongoing ARMY-2017 forum in Kubinka on Wednesday. Israel Shamir, a Russian-Israeli journalist and Middle East expert however told Sputnik Radio that some powers might not agree with this statement.

Aug 25 12:30

Children among dead in latest attack on Yemen civilians

At least five children were among 14 people killed in an air raid in a residential neighbourhood of Yemen's capital Sanaa, the second day of mass civilian deaths in the war-torn country.

The attack destroyed two buildings on Friday in the southern district of Faj Attan, leaving people buried under debris.

Mohammed Ahmad, who lived in one of the buildings, said he was among residents who had taken nine bodies to a hospital.

"We extracted them one by one from under the rubble," he said. "Some of them were children from a single family."

READ MORE: Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen 'a strategic failure'

"When the rocket hit, one of the buildings was immediately destroyed which caused the building next door to collapse too. Some residents got out, but others were trapped."

The death toll was feared to rise further as rescuers pull more victims from the rubble.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How completely sanitised is that last statement; as though the horrific carnage achieved by this strike never happened, as though children weren't blown apart from their mothers' arms; as though the medically fragile elderly were not blown to smithereens.

The blood lust of the Saudi Government and Royal House of Saud against Yemen knows no boundaries.

And yet, President Trump, his Cabinet, and the Pentagon feel perfectly at home in colluding with these people, enabling these strikes which assassinate the innocent.

Aug 25 11:49

Iran Ready to Support Saudi Arabia in Improving Bilateral Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister claimed that his country is willing to support Saudi Arabia's move to improve bilateral relations.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Iran is ready to improve bilateral relation with Saudi Arabia whenever the latter expresses a similar interest, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday.

“If the Saudi authorities take steps to improve their relations with us, Iran will certainly respond in a positive manner,” Zarif was quoted as saying by the Anadolu news agency.

Iranian security protect Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran, Iran, while a group of demonstrators gathered to protest execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi
Can’t We Get Along? Saudis Ask Iraq to Help Resolve Rivalry with Iran
The two states are expected to begin a series of diplomatic contacts next month, the news outlet reported. T

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: IF these reports are true, and I am reading the tea-leaves correctly, should Saudi Arabia deepen its relations with Tehran, the US will not have its proxy army in Saudi Arabia to fight a war against Iran.

The only country in the region with a leadership which will be collectively excreting bricks with be that of Israel; I am almost willing to bet Netenyahu is at this moment in time, developing several false flag scenarios to blame on Iran and/or Saudi Arabia, with the intentionally of destroying the fledgling trust and rapprochment between these countries.

Aug 24 21:31

Saudi teen released with warning after arrest for dancing 'Macarena'

The 14-year-old Saudi teen, who was arrested after doing the 'Macarena' this week, has been released by police with a warning.

Although many in the kingdom were amused by the boy's quirky rendition of the popular 1990's dance in the middle of a busy Jeddah traffic stop, Saudi authorities and many others in the kingdom weren't laughing.

Aug 23 11:47

Moqtada Al-Sadr and Saudi Arabia— The New Allies

After the meeting with Mohamed Bin Salman and other Saudi officials, Al-Sadr’s office stated that there would be a Saudi consulate in Najaf. Although looking at the suggestion superficially the intention seems to be to strengthen the Saudi relations with Iraqi government, there is more to that. It’s not a coincidence that Najaf was chosen. This would give Saudi Arabia the opportunity to crackdown on Shia opposition in the gulf countries while using religious authorities like Al-Sadr on their side. Al-Sadr left to Iraq, and Saudi bulldozers flattened Awamiya, terrorizing people and forcing hundreds to flee.

Aug 23 06:38

Qatar 'Looking for a Defense Cooperation' With Russia Amid Gulf Row

Doha is looking to cooperate with Russia in the military sphere amid the ongoing row with a group of Arab states that hit the tiny Gulf nation hardly.

Aug 22 16:38

Soil, Monsanto And The Agribusiness Giants: Conning The World With Snake Oil And Doughnuts

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful and wholly corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity.

Aug 22 11:16

Yemeni Airport Catastrophe: Dying Victims Unable to Access Medical Treatment

The closure of Sanaa International Airport in Yemen is an unfortunate element of the multilateral war between Saudi Arabia and Yemen, which has resulted in civilians suffering, according to the director of the Yemeni Democracy Monitoring Center, Abdel Wahab Al Sharfi.

Al Sharfi told Sputnik that the most affected people in this situation are civilians who cannot leave in order to receive medical treatment and basic health necessities.

According to him for over a year the politicians have been solving their political tasks to the detriment of ordinary Yemenis.

Al Sharfi further spoke about how Saudi Arabia is waging a multilateral war against Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudi military has been doing an incredible job of turning Yemen, already the poorest, and most corrupted failed state in the Middle East, into an actual living hell for the Yemeni people.

As the Architect of this genocide, Prince Salman has to be very pleased with himself.

Aug 22 09:40

Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World Result Of KSA’s War In Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s war of aggression in Yemen has brought yet a new weapon to bear against the Yemeni people: cholera. With the relentless bombing, the targeting of civilians and civilian areas, the destruction of infrastructure and an embargo on...

Aug 21 08:18

31 PICTURES THAT PROVE YEMEN HAS TURNED INTO HELL ON EARTH

(Anti Media) Societies pick and choose their outrage. What is one day considered barbaric is met with a collective yawn the next.

Unfortunately, for the innocent people of Yemen, the masses are completely uninterested in their current state of suffering. Maybe it’s because Western propaganda hasn’t sufficiently signaled in the direction of the misery and destruction facing the Yemeni people. Maybe it’s that the havoc is being carried out by Saudi Arabia and their cohorts, who are not only allies of the United States and the United Kingdom but also have the financial means to silence dissent in the West. Possibly, it’s that the U.S. and the U.K. are both backing the carnage on the ground in Yemen, not only via the providing of arms to the Saudi coalition but also providing military ground support.

Whatever the reason may be, the time has come for the world to wake up and realize there is more on planet earth than Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Warning: these images are very raw, graphic, and painfully disturbing.

But I am posting this article this morning, because Americans need to see what is being done with their tax dollars, and in their name.

We need to have a national dialogue about the reality that the US military is assisting the Saudis in the following war crimes:

1. The assassination of non-combatants, including infants, children, women, and the medially fragile elderly.

2. The starving of Yemeni children, by assisting Saudi troops in closing the ports so no food aid can get in whatsoever, meaning that infants and children are dying of complications of malnutrition.

3. Aiding and abetting the spread of the scourge of cholera, which has now affected over half a million people in Yemen.

4. Using white phosphorous weapons in Yemen, which burn human skin to the bone, and for which there is no antidote.

5. Using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen, which are known to cause a spike in cancers, still births, and massive upticks in horrific birth defects.

In short, the US is guilty of colluding with Saudi Arabia in the commission or war crimes.

I do not know about you, but I am singularly unhappy at being the citizen of a country which so blatantly commits war crimes in Yemen, and thinks its actions will continue to happen under cover of a total press blackout, with impunity; so I would politely say to this government, "not any more!!"

Aug 19 11:28

UN Aid Chief Slams Saudis for Blocking Yemen Aid

UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien issued statements Friday slamming the Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen, along with the Saudi-backed government in south Yemen, saying they are “unilaterally denying and excessively delaying” entry of humanitarian aid into northern Yemen.

This has been a recurring problem throughout the war, as the Saudi coalition’s first act was to impose a naval blockade. Since then, they’ve tried to funnel aid shipments overwhelmingly to Aden, the de facto capital of their allies, while attacking and blockading Hodeidah, the last northern port.

O’Brien insisted that it was “simply wrong” for the coalition to insist that cargo go through Aden instead of Hodeidah, urging the countries to endorse a UN mechanism for allowing shipments into Hodeidah.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to happen when pigs fly.

Prince Salman's attitude toward Yemeni non-combatants seems to include all the following elements; kill combatants and non-combatants alike; starve the Yemeni people into death and submission by malnutrition, and then, with water infrastructure destroyed through Saudi bombings, let's have cholera (possibly weaponised) kill the rest!

And I have a question; where did the 66 million Prince Salmon donated to the UN for treating the cholera epidemic actually go?!?

Prince Salmon donates 66 million to the UN to treat cholera in Yemen, June 2017

Did Prince Salmon cynically give them the aid, understanding that by the time they got around to organising and distributing it with boots on the ground in Yemen, it would be too little too late, if they were able to get it into Yemen at all?!?

Well, here's the answer, and what we have heard about the "cholera vaccination program" for Yemen to date: take a look at this headline from the New York Slimes, dated 11 July, 2017:

U.N. Suspending Plan for Cholera Vaccination in Yemen

The article went on to say:

"The United Nations said on Tuesday that it was suspending plans for a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen — reversing a decision made a month ago — because the disease’s rampant spread and the ravages of war there would make such an effort ineffective.

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations aid coordinator in Yemen, said plans for preventive vaccination were being “set aside.” He attributed the change to obstacles in delivering vaccines in the middle of a conflict that has crippled the country’s health system and hampered access to some areas threatened by the contagious disease."

So the bottom line here is, Prince Salmon makes the donation to the UN, understanding that the UN wouldn't be able to deliver cholera relief because of the instability the Saudi forces have created in the country, and he looks good, because it's now the UN's fault that this aid could not be delivered, not his fault because of the atrocities his troops have committed in Yemen.

It's a classic magic trick, and it has a name: that is "misdirection".

But Saudi Prince Salman, a word please; this is absolutely not working. Thinking Americans, and people around the world, know the "game" you are playing in this genocide against the Yemeni people, and want it to stop.

Aug 18 13:43

9/11 Survivors Blast May For Rejecting Request To Release Saudi Report

Survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have lambasted UK Prime Minister Theresa May for “shamefully” rejecting their request to publish a high-profile government report on Saudi Arabia’s funding of terror groups, which they say might hold some clues into the 9/11 as well.

Aug 17 07:07

SAUDI GOVERNMENT SECRETLY ABDUCTING ITS CRITICS FROM ABROAD, SAY DISSIDENTS

At least three prominent Saudi dissidents living in Europe, who openly criticized Saudi Arabia’s system of government, have been illegally abducted by the country’s monarchy in the past two years, according to a report by the BBC. All three, who are members of the Saudi royal family, are missing, believed to be dead or held against their will in Saudi Arabia. But the country’s government will not comment on their fate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely like to remind both the British and American governments that this is the same Saudi government to which they feel perfectly comfortable selling weapons, with which to assassinate women, children, and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen.

Images: dead and maimed Yemeni children, courtesy of US-enabled Saudi bombings.

Aug 16 09:06

Saudi Arabia, Iraq to Reopen Border Crossing That’s Been Closed for 27 Years

Iraq and Saudi Arabia are reportedly planning to open the Arar border for trade for the first time in nearly 30 years. The border has been shuttered since the two nations severed their relationship in 1990 after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.

Aug 16 08:00

Yemeni Army Reported to Have Destroyed Arms Depot in Southern Saudi Arabia

The Yemeni army has used artillery to destroy an ammunition and arms depot belonging to Saudi Arabian forces in the southern Saudi province of Najran, Iranian media reported Tuesday.

The army, supported by militias, continued their operations against Saudi-led forces, shelling their positions in the province, the FARS news agency reported.

The media outlet added that the destruction of the facility in Najran's Taleh district was also confirmed by a military source close to the Yemeni army.
Yemen has been mired in a civil war since 2015. The war is waged between the internationally recognized government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi movement backed by army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For all of the Saudi's US-militarily enabled firepower and massive military superiority; for all the assassinations of innocent non-combatants; for all the starvation of Yemenis due to the Saudi closing of ports, so no food can get in, and Yemenis are dying of malnutrition; for all the cholera, which may well have been weaponised, the Saudis do not seem to be winning this fight.
two years on.

It is high time that Prince Salmon cuts his losses, and moves on.

Aug 15 10:56

LEAKED EMAILS: SAUDI POWER BEHIND THE THRONE “WANTS OUT OF YEMEN”

THE KEY SAUDI official in charge of the catastrophic ongoing war in Yemen wants it to stop, he told two influential foreign policy figures in Washington this spring.

Mohammed bin Salman, a member of the Saudi royal family who effectively rules the country, made the comments to Martin Indyk and Stephen Hadley. Indyk was a high-level diplomat during both the Clinton and Obama administrations and Hadley a top adviser to former President George W. Bush.

Indyk relayed the conversation to Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, and the man most responsible for aiding bin Salman’s rise in Washington.

“I think MBS is far more pragmatic than what we hear in saudi public positions,” Otaiba wrote to Indyk on the morning of April 20.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was in April; if Prince Salman wants Saudi troops out of Yemen, why has he not given the order to draw down?!?

And why, in the same blog, do we have this accompanying story?!?

Airstrikes against Yemen soaring, far surpassing 2016 figure

Aug 15 10:55

Saudi crown prince "wants out" of Yemen war

Saudi crown prince "wants out" of Yemen war

A few facts about the war on Yemen:

Yemen IS rich in natural resources, but they are not yet "developed".

The guy the US wants to run Yemen, named "Hadi" was appointed to a 3 year term, that expired 2 years ago, and tasked with drawing up a new Constitution and holding real elections. Subsequently, Hadi, not having completed either of his tasks, resigned from the Presidency when his term was over.

Hadi, while called "President", is no more President of Yemen than President Herbert Walker Bush is President of the US.

The Saudis have gone to war against Yemen twice before in their short reign, and were soundly defeated each time.

Maps of the Arabian peninsula older than 200 years have the word "Yemen" printed over much of what we call "Saudi Arabia" today. It is also known as "Happy Arabia" or "Felix" meaning fertile Arabia.

Aug 15 09:58

WIKILEAKS: RIYADH FLIRTS WITH TEL AVIV THROUGH NORMALIZATION

A “highly classified” press release by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was published by WikiLeaks, reveals the level of rapprochement between Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Saudi Arabia initiated discussions on the issue of normalization with Israel and the 2002 Saudi peace initiative that was adopted by the Arab League at the Beirut Summit in the same year.

This was followed by a media propaganda in 2006, the year in which influential people in Saudi Arabia started speaking out that Israel was no longer among the enemies of the United States, but was the closest to an unofficial ally.

This discourse has developed and turned into Saudi initiatives to establish ties between the two countries in 2008. Since that date, the effectiveness of the ties between Tel Aviv and Riyadh and the support of the rapprochement between the two are clearly noticed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No where, in bilateral relations in the Middle East, can one see a better personification of the Arabic phrase: "The enemy of my enemy (in this case, Iran) is my friend!"

Aug 14 11:22

FOR NETANYAHU AND THE SAUDIS, OPPOSING DIPLOMACY WITH IRAN WAS NEVER ABOUT ENRICHMENT

“THIS WAS NEVER about enrichment.” The academics and officials in the room were taken aback. For a former senior Israeli official to deny the importance of the nuclear issue was unusual, to say the least. The conversations, attended by American civilian and military officials and other Western representatives, as well as Iranian diplomats and Tehran’s then-nuclear negotiators, were shockingly honest.

It was April 2012. Tensions between Israel and the Obama administration were rising.

The closed meeting, organized by a prominent U.S. university and held in a small Western European country, revealed dynamics driving the conflict that are rarely discussed in public: The Israeli fear that Iran’s rise in the region would be accepted by the U.S., and that it would regard Tehran as a legitimate player in the new regional order without Tehran accepting Israel’s existence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As those who read this blog regularly appreciate, I have been a very vocal critic of many of President Obama's policies; the P5+1, regarding Iran, was not one of them, and I consider it one of the prudent, and effective, international deals of his entire presidency.

Unfortunately, President Trump wants to tear up the agreement, and right now, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is in Vienna, attempting to find a way to claim that Iran is not complying with the agreement, even as the IAEA states, emphatically, that they are.

As Israeli Prime Minister goes down to abject defeat in his coming trial for corruption, it will be interesting to see if Israel's next Prime Minister will still call for "regime change" in Iran, (only at the costs of American blood and American money), or find some other way to recharacterize Iran as essentially non-threatening, and find ways to engage, both economically and politically.

Aug 11 10:00

Why the Saudi War on Yemen Is Seen as US State Terrorism

The US/Saudi war on Yemen is now in its third year, and the indiscriminate Saudi bombing campaign has destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure, left thousands dead and millions starving in a man-made famine, and triggered a cholera epidemic that has infected almost half a million people.

On July 23, the International Committee of the Red Cross warned that more than 600,000 people were expected to contract cholera in Yemen this year.

Most Americans are not aware of their country’s role in this war on the Middle East’s poorest country, but the Yemenis know very well that Washington supplies the weapons and sponsors the Saudi bombing campaign responsible for their suffering. In the capital Sanaa, anti-American graffiti are plastered on walls throughout the city screaming “USA kills Yemeni people,” and they see the war as not just as a Saudi war, but as a US war on their country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In Yemen, in its enabling the Saudis, the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America is colluding in Saudi war crimes, and state-sponsored terrorism against the Yemeni people. The following images are very graphic, but I believe, critically in need of being seen, in order to start some level of dialogue with the American people, as to whether these actions should be funded with their tax dollars, and performed in their names.

The Saudis are assassinating, and maiming non-combatants for life.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombings

Because the Saudis, aided by the US military, have closed the ports, so no food can get in, children are dying from the complications of malnutrition:

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition.

And then, there's the cholera epidemic, potentially brought on by a weaponised form of the disease:

Yemeni children art trapped in the worst humanitarian disaster in modern history.

I am morally ashamed of my country's war crimes in Yemen; I wish Mike and I could emigrate to a country which doesn't indulge in this kind of behaviour, but we are far too old - and too broke - to do so.

Aug 10 12:47

Saudi Regime Continues Brutal Siege Against Shia Minority

At least 12 people are feared dead in the escalating government offensive against Awamiya, the Shia city in Saudi Arabia’s governorate of Qatif in the Eastern Province, amid the destruction of whole districts of the city. It brings the total killed in the months-long siege to 24.

Aug 08 13:18

Saudi Arabia enters most dramatic period of its modern history

Recent news about attempted assassination of the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, may indicate growing instability in the largest Arab oil monarchy, which already faces a number of very complicated problems. The kingdom may experience the most dramatic period of its modern history in the coming months. There are no special details about the attempt on the life of Crown Prince Muhammad. It was reported that the attempt was made in the city of Jeddah - the economic capital of the kingdom. It was also said that the attempt was organized by one of the princes, who was subsequently arrested. No official confirmation or rebuttal was made from the authorities of Saudi Arabia. There is no doubt that there are many people in the huge Saudi royal family who wish to get rid of the young crown prince.

Aug 07 11:31

Saudi Arabia defends decision to execute 14 Saudi Shiites

Saudi Arabia is defending its decision to execute 14 minority Shiites — whose verdicts sparked criticism in the United States and Europe — declaring in a rare public statement that their trials were conducted fairly.

The men were arrested for their involvement in demonstrations in 2011 and 2012 during the Arab Spring revolts and were later sentenced to death in a secretive counterterrorism court, according to human rights activists and the men’s relatives, who also say that some of the men were tortured and forced into making false confessions.

The group included a teenager who was arrested at the airport before boarding a flight to visit a university in Michigan, and a youth who is half-deaf and nearly blind, activists said.

Shiites in the Sunni-majority kingdom have long complained of discrimination and harassment by authorities.

Last month, the kingdom’s highest court upheld the death sentences, clearing the way for the executions to take place any day now.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is essentially mass religious genocide, premised on a differing interpretation, and leadership, of Islamic factions, coupled with the brutality of torture obviously used through which to gain the desired false confessions.

And Prince Salman, really; how completely, primitively medieval do you want Saudi Arabia to look to the rest of the world?!?

Because you could do no worse, in that regard, than allowing these executions to move forward, rather than commuting them on humanitarian grounds, which is absolutely within your power to arrange.

Aug 07 09:58

SAUDI BULLDOZERS FLATTEN POPULATED TOWN AS RESIDENTS FLEE CARNAGE

HUNDREDS OF SHIA MUSLIMS IN AWAMIYA ARE FORCED FROM THEIR HOMES AMID FIGHTING AND COMPULSORY EVICTIONS.

The Saudi government has been forcibly relocating residents of the restive city of Awamiya as clashes continue between soldiers and militant groups in the old city.

Hundreds of people have fled or been evacuated from Awamiya since the beginning of the current troubles which have killed at least seven people, including two police officers. According to al-Hayat newspaper, the government received requests from residents and farmers around Awamiya to help them flee the violence.

However, activists say that residents have been driven out of their homes and their properties seized by private development companies, primarily in and around the historic Almosara district.

An image sent to Middle East Eye by an Awamiya activist showed a requisition order pinned to a house in the district of al-Shweikah, about 6 km south of Almosara.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How Israeli of Prince Salman and the Saudi government!!

But will you hear a PEEP out of the presstitutes and whorespondents on this issue ?!?

Were I a betting woman, I would bet, absolutely not!!

Aug 07 09:34

U.S. TROOPS FLOW INTO YEMEN AND MORE ARE PROBABLY ON THE WAY

Emirate officials greeted U.S. forces at an airport in Hadramaut province on Friday as they entered Yemen. Mainstream media is wishy-washy describing the role that the troops will play which indicates that their activity is likely much more involved than officials would like to admit. BBC even whitewashed over the presence, using the term “US-backed troops” instead. Yemeni media, on the other hand, has been crystal clear in their reporting, insisting that the fields are directly under control of U.A.E. and U.S. troops.

According to Yemen’s Saba News Agency, U.S. and Emirate forces swiftly expelled AQAP from oil and gas fields in Shabwah province. This operation led many Yemeni’s to worry about the U.S. and their allies intentions and possible looting of Yemen’s resources; especially so considering that the United Arab Emirates relies heavily on Qatar for gas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the people of Yemen; what US forces, combined with Saudi forces, are attempting to do here quite simple: to regime change the country to a Western-centric government; to expropriate physical resources to which it has utterly no moral right ( like Yemen's oil); and insure that the oil, and other resources, are only sold in US dollars.

And those Yemenis who oppose this are simply assassinated, then labeled as "collateral damage", and "neutralized with extreme prejudice"- even their infant children, as the following images will attest:

Images: Yemeni children murdered and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombing raids

I am singularly distressed about being a citizen of a country which colludes with Saudi war crimes in Yemen; this announcement of the deployment of more US troops signals a ratcheting up of the slo-mo Saudi genocide of the Yemeni people, until the Saudi/US-desired results are accomplished.

Aug 07 08:54

TURKEY & QATAR STAGE MILITARY DRILLS AMID GULF DIPLOMATIC CRISIS

Turkey and Qatar have staged joint military drills showcasing their strategic alliance, according to Qatari media. It comes after Turkish troops moved into Qatar following a diplomatic and transport blockade imposed against Doha by several Arab countries.

The drills were aimed at preparing Qatar's military to defend "vital economic, strategic and infrastructure facilities," Al-Sharq newspaper reported, as quoted by Reuters.

The exercises come after Turkish media reported that joint drills would be taking place August 6-7, with officials saying they would be aimed at "strengthening the defense capabilities of both countries" and "boosting efforts to combat armed groups and maintaining stability in the region."

According to Anadolu agency, Qatari Emiri Navy Commander Rear Admiral Mohammed Nasser al-Mohannadi visited the Turkish frigate ‘TCG Gökova’ last week, which is docked at Hamad Port in Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation could ignite at any moment, as Saudi Arabia has gone back to its original position that its 13 requirements must be met by Doha, and Doha has stated that it will not respond of any of the items with which Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries want done.

Turkey's military already being in Qatar, and doing military exercises, means that Doha hopes the Turkish military presence will preclude any Saudi Arabian military moves against it.

And as a further complication, Qatar is home to the largest military base in the Middle East, Al Udeid Air Base, housing 11,000 US military.

IF Saudi Arabia decides to go in militarily, if Qatar is recalcitrant, how is the US going to respond, and what will be the standing orders to the CO's at Al Udeid?!?

This is rapidly devolving into one hot mess.

Aug 07 08:15

Iraq Races To Fill The Gap Left By The Saudis

Iraqi oil exports topped 100 million barrels in July, but that’s still lower than the 3.93 million barrels per day rate Baghdad boasted back in May.

The latest figures from the Iraqi Oil Ministry do not include exports from Kurdistan, which reach international markets via the controversial Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline. SOMO, the national oil distribution company, said all the exported oil had originated from central and southern oilfields.

June data shows Kirkuk exporting 677,413 barrels, or 22,000 bpd. It remains unclear whether shipments from the area, formally under the control of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), have been affected in July.

Aug 05 09:54

Saudi Airstrike Kills Nine Civilians, Mostly Children, in Northern Yemen

A pre-dawn Saudi airstrike against the predominantly Shi’ite city of Saada, in northern Yemen, has destroyed a home and killed nine civilians, six of them children. Saudi officials have yet to comment on why the house was attacked.

This has been a problem throughout the Saudi war in Yemen, however, with airstrikes killing a massive number of civilians, particularly in Shi’ite parts of the country, and despite repeated promises to improve their targeting, it keeps happening.

Residents in the area took quite some time to even start picking through the ruins of the house to recover the bodies, noting that the Saudi warplanes which attacked continued to circle overhead long after, raising fears they’d attack anyone trying to rescue survivors, which has also been common practice in the Saudi air war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, killing innocent women and children, do not follow the denomination of Islam we follow; its what we do!!" - Official Saudi Souse.

And those Yemenis had good reason to fear a "double tap" strike on the house; this is something the Saudi military has been trained to do, courtesy of their US military trainers.

Folks, I have to tell you; I am getting very tired of being a citizen of a country which is enabling the Saudi military in the commission of war crimes in Yemen.

Mike and I would love to emigrate to another, more civilised country, which doesn't stoop to this kind of behaviour; unfortunately, we are both too old... and way too broke... to make that happen.

Aug 05 09:45

US Troops Are on the Ground in Yemen for al-Qaeda Offensive: Pentagon Won't Rule Out More Troops Being Sent in Coming Weeks

A day after the US was reported to have participated in an anti al-Qaeda offensive in southern Shabwa Province of Yemen, the Pentagon is confirming that a “small number” of US ground troops have been deployed into Yemen for an ongoing operation against the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) force.

Details are still scant, but the operation is said to be taking place across central Yemen in a major al-Qaeda stronghold. The Pentagon said the main purposes of their presence is “intelligence sharing,” at least for now.

That’s because the Pentagon said they are not ruling out sending even more troops into Yemen in the coming weeks, as they appear to intend to continue escalating the fight against AQAP, in an offensive which apparently is being coordinated with the United Arab Emirates.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Raining more WMDs and death on the Yemeni people is not something the US military should be doing, no matter what the alleged "good reason" is for it.

Aug 05 08:08

Saudi bulldozers reduce Awamiyah to rubble as residents flee violence

Saudi military bulldozers have almost razed Awamiyah to the ground amid the deadly crackdown on the besieged Shia town, forcing hundreds of its residents to flee their homes.

Aug 04 13:26

Shocking Footage Of Saudi Siege Against Own Citizens

The Saudi regime is in the midst of an extreme and brutal crackdown against its own citizenry in the country's Eastern province - a situation now spiraling out of control with rising civilian deaths, entire neighborhoods turned to rubble, and new reports that water and electricity have been cut to the now completely besieged town of Al-Awamiya. Though local activists continue to upload shocking ground level videos to social media revealing that entire districts have been leveled, international and US media have remained largely silent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And THIS is President Trump's new BFF in the Middle East, Prince Salman?!?

President Trump, you really need to think this decision through; this horrific torture, not only against the people of Yemen, but also against Salman's own Shia brother and sister Saudi Arabians, is completely unacceptable, sir, and absolutely completely at odds with true American values.

Aug 03 10:34

The Mask Is Off: Trump Is Seeking War with Iran

Something extraordinary has happened in Washington. President Donald Trump has made it clear, in no uncertain terms and with no effort to disguise his duplicity, that he will claim that Tehran is cheating on the nuclear deal by October—the facts be damned. In short, the fix is in. Trump will refuse to accept that Iran is in compliance and thereby set the stage for a military confrontation. His advisors have even been kind enough to explain how they will go about this. Rarely has a sinister plan to destroy an arms control agreement and pave the way for war been so openly telegraphed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America can do, is absolutely no guarantee that it won't do it.

The Trump Administration, has succumbed to a very dangerous syndrome of blaming countries (like Russia and Iran) for things they did not do, toward establishing a geopolitical narrative against them, then punishing them with sanctions, or...potentially worse, like a military confrontation with either country.

And I would like to politely remind President Trump that if he goes to war against Iran, that may well mean war with Russia.

Russian military and civilian leadership has publicly stated that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid militarily.

At this point in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome in a war with Russia in Iran.

Additionally, I would like to politely suggest to President Trump that such a confrontation will make the Unhinged, Surveilled States of America's leadership look as though it has collectively gone foaming at the mouth, barking dog mad.

The IAEA has a long history of thoroughness, getting the job done, and has commanded a great deal of respect throughout its history.

Are you going to label the members of the IAEA doing these inspections idiots, by your making the claim that Iran is not in compliance?!?

How do you expect to suppress what their inspections conclusions about their inspections of Iran's nuclear sites?!?

Mr. President, if you continue in this dark direction, you will be dragging the American people into a completely unnecessary war, with a horrific cost in American blood and money.

Of course, that's what your BFFs, Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman urgently wants to see happen; the "neutralisation of their alleged existential threat in the Middle East".

And BTW, Mr. President: have either of them committed troops or arms for such a military misadventure?!?

Thought not.

Aug 02 09:30

"We're Back To Square One" - Saudi Bloc Reinstates Demands As Qatar Economy Collapses

The four countries leading the boycott against Qatar are going back to their list of 13 demands for Doha to meet before talks can start, essentially reverting the Arab Gulf spat back to square one.

At the same time, economic data for June shows that Qatar’s imports plummeted due to the blockade imposed by most of its neighbors, and foreign deposits at Qatari banks dropped to their lowest in nearly two years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get ugly, and very quickly.

There are Turkish troops already in exercises on Qatar soil, and the US has the largest base in the Middle East in Qatar.

One of Saudi Arabia biggest allies, however, is the United States, which also happens to maintain its biggest concentration of military personnel in the Middle East at Qatar's Al Udeid Air Base.
The sprawling base 20 miles southwest of the Qatari capital of Doha is home to some 11,000 US military personnel.

So if Saudi Arabia and the other countries blockading Qatar decide to invade militarily, what will the orders be for the CO at Al Udeid Air Base there?!?

Aug 02 07:51

Saudis Block Fuel for UN Aid Flights in Yemen

The humanitarian situation has been growing ever worse in northern Yemen for months, with a Saudi blockade keeping aid out of the only port still controlled by the Shi’ite Houthis. The UN has been trying to get emergency aid into the capital city of Sanaa through the airport, but that seems to be no easier.

That’s because UN officials revealed today that Saudi Arabia is preventing, as part of the blockade, any shipments of jet fuel into Sanaa, meaning there’s no way for the UN planes to fly in, deliver aid, and still have enough fuel to fly out again.

UN officials warn the situation is increasingly bleak, with no real ability to get vital aid into parts of the country that are afflicted with a huge cholera epidemic, and are now on top of that facing an outbreak on meningitis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, the architect of this horrific war against the Yemeni people, is proving himself to be an absolute monster; unfortunately, he is a monster whose actions in Yemen have the the absolute blessing, support, and enabling by the government of the Unhinged Surveilled States of America.

I am profoundly disgusted to be a citizen of a country which is colluding with Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen. Both Mike and I are too old, and too broke to immigrate right now.

But the one thing I can do, is to bear Christian witness to these atrocities, and attempt to shine a light on the moral insanity of what this government is doing, in enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

Aug 01 13:00

Biological Warfare: US & Saudis Use Cholera to Kill Yemenis

Chemical/biological warfare is the term used to describe the use of chemical or biological agents as weapons to injure or kill humans, livestock, or plants. Chemical weapons are devices that use chemicals to inflict death or injury; biological weapons use pathogens or organisms that cause disease. Pathogens include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins (poisons produced by animals or plants). – Library of Congress, Science Reference Services

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This morally sickens and angers me no end.

I wish Mike and I could move to a civilized country where the government doesn't do such things; but we are both too broke, and too old to make that happen.

At 68, I am a citizen of a country colluding in war crimes in the Middle East and beyond, and collaborating with a country (Saudi Arabia) with a human rights record which would make Attila the Hun seem downright compassionate!

IF I can do nothing else, I will continue to be a Christian Witness to this genocide, and hopefully, get people talking about it, until the noise of that conversation becomes a (peaceful, logical) crescendo which can be heard all the way to the White House, State Department, and Pentagon.

Aug 01 12:05

Analyst: Saudi Crown Prince Marginalizing Opponents by Intensified Crackdown in Qatif

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who will reportedly replace his father, King Salman, in the near future has increased pressure on people in Qatif province to marginalize his opponents and reinvigorate his power, a prominent Saudi analyst said on Monday.

Aug 01 08:31

With an eye on Iran, US welcomes Moqtada Al Sadr visit to Saudi Arabia

Iraqi cleric's meeting with crown prince boosts his standing and helps kingdom in countering Iran’s expansionism, former US ambassador to Baghdad says

Jul 31 10:56

As Saudi King's Health Wanes, War Architect Bin Salman Set To Become King

Bin Nayef’s ouster was initially reported by international media as having gone “smoothly.” However, it soon emerged that bin Salman had planned the entire affair and that the former Crown Prince, following his acquiescence of the title, was essentially under house arrest. Since then, rumblings have emerged that many in the Saudi royal family, which has long been guided by deference to elders and group consensus, are none too happy with the sudden turn of events in the normally stable kingdom.

A warhawk ascends to the throne

While speculation is rife over how bin Salman is set to manage domestic affairs, there seems to be little disagreement over bin Salman’s likely handling of key foreign policy issues, considering his tenure as Defense Minister has shown his penchant for war, as well as his hotheadedness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if Saudi Arabia is being given the greenlight from DC to engage in a proxy war with Iran; that could wind up being very horrific military engagement, with Russia taking Iran's side in such a conflict.

Jul 31 09:33

Over 40 Killed in Fighting Over Southwest Yemen Port of Mocha

Pro-Saudi forces may have seized the Khalid ibn al-Walid military base near the key port of Mocha last week in Yemen, but that hasn’t done much to slow the fighting in the surrounding area, as the Shi’ite Houthis continue to resist the advance of the Saudi-backed forces and try to push them out of the strategic area.

Heavy fighting has continued over the past several days both around the base and in towns around the area, with over 40 fighters killed, split between 16 Houthis and 27 Saudi-backed fighters. Neither side appears to be seriously gaining or losing ground.

The fighting has even extended off the coast of Mocha, with the Houthi rebels attacking a UAE warship with a boat full of explosives just off the coast. Saudi coalition officials say there were no casualties, not significant damage.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This US-enabled, Saudi genocide in Yemen is barely getting a word of coverage from the Western Press;and yet, there should be a national conversation on this moral outrage in which the US government and military collude with the Saudi government and military to kill non-combatants; block Yemeni ports, so children are starving of malnutrition; and where cholera (which may have been weaponised) is now killing Yemenis to the point of 300,000 having been infected.

These are war crimes, pure and simple, folks; and they are being done in your name, with your tax dollars.

Jul 31 09:26

Centcom: Qatar Blockade Hinders Long-Term Planning at Udeid Airbase

Central Command (Centcom) has expressed concern in new statement about the impact of a long-term blockade on the nation of Qatar on the United States’ ability to carry out wars in the long-term operating out of the al-Udeid Airbase.

Al-Udeid is the forward operating headquarters for Central Command, hosting some 10,000 US troops, and is basically the site from which America’s constant wars across the Middle East are conducted. Officials say that so far, the wars haven’t been impacted by the blockade on Qatar.

They’re not at all clear how that’s going to work in the long run, however, as hopes that the diplomatic crisis would be resolved in a few weeks haven’t exactly panned out. Admission it could last months also comes with comments from some of the blockading states that it could basically be permanent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perhaps President Trump might have considered this before he tweeted that Qatar is a sponsor of terrorism, a statement from which the Defense Department had to distance itself, very quickly thereafter.

Pentagon Distancing Itself From Donald Trump On Qatar

Jul 31 08:01

Influential Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr makes rare trip to Saudi Arabia

Prominent Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has met with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and a few other Saudi officials during a rare trip to the kingdom.

According to the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday, Sadr met Mohammed bin Salman at the Red Sea port city of Jeddah where they discussed common topics.

“His Eminence Sayyed Muqtada al-Sadr, may God have mercy on him, goes to visit Saudi Arabia at an official invitation," said a statement released by the influential cleric's office.

Jul 30 10:01

As Saudi King’s Health Wanes, War Architect Bin Salman Set To Become King

While his health and even sanity have been in doubt for years, fresh rumors are spreading that King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s physical condition has further deteriorated. According to Saudi sources cited by Oil Price, Salman’s health will likely forced him to abdicate the throne in the next few months. Though it was long believed that Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s nephew and the country’s Minister of the Interior, would assume the throne, bin Nayef’s sudden ouster as Saudi Crown Prince during Ramadan definitively changed that, with King Salman’s son and the current Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, now positioned to take control.

Jul 30 09:28

Yemeni General: Army Shot Down Coalition Plane Over Saudi Soil for 1st Time

A representative of the Yemeni Army, brigadier general Aziz Rashid, told Sputnik about an incident involving a reconnaissance aircraft of the Saudi-led coalition that took place on July 25.

The general claimed that the army had shot down a plane on the territory of Saudi Arabia in the administrative district of Najran near the border with Yemen.

According to Rashid, the Yemeni Army managed "to restore its radar warning station" and can now efficiently detect the Arab coalition's aircrafts.

Jul 30 08:53

Yemeni Forces Capture Saudi Bases in Jizan, Najran

The forces of the Yemeni army and Popular Committees, in retaliatory attacks against a coalition led by the Saudi regime, managed to capture several military bases in the Kingdom’s southwestern provinces of Jizan and Najran.

Jul 30 08:28

SAUDI INVESTOR POURS MILLIONS INTO BRITISH NEWS SITE, THE INDEPENDENT

A mysterious Saudi-based investor has plowed millions of dollars into a British news organization renowned for championing liberal causes, in a move that will enrage human rights and media freedom campaigners.

Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel, 42, listed in company records as a Saudi-based Saudi Arabian national, has acquired up to 50 percent of the Independent website, whose newspaper shook Britain’s journalism establishment in the 1980s before struggling financially and ditching the printed word in 2016.

According to registers updated on Companies House on Friday, Abuljadayel controls up to 50 percent of voting rights within Independent Digital News and Media, the company that controls the Independent brand.

An informed Saudi source described Abuljadayel to Middle East Eye as coming from an “established business family based in Medina”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The ultimate reasons for the "investment" into The Independent are rather straightforward; to buy favorable coverage for Saudi Arabia, and ignore things like politically-driven, publicly viewed decapitations, and the genocide the Saudis are accomplishing in Yemen, with US military assistance.

Jul 29 09:00

Saudi Shias told to leave Awamiyah or die: Sources

Local sources in the al-Awamiyah town in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-populated Eastern Province say the locals have been told to either leave their homes or face death at the hands of security forces.

Since the early hours of Saturday, the Saudi forces have started taking the town under heavy shellfire, virtually barricading the public in their homes.

Jul 29 08:26

Saudi Investor Pours Millions Into British News Site, The Independent

A mysterious Saudi-based investor has plowed millions of dollars into a British news organization renowned for championing liberal causes, in a move that will enrage human rights and media freedom campaigners. Sultan Mohamed Abuljadayel, 42, listed in company records as a Saudi-based Saudi Arabian national, has acquired up to 50 percent of the Independent website, whose newspaper shook Britain’s journalism establishment in the 1980s before struggling financially and ditching the printed word in 2016.

Jul 28 09:23

The Saudi Power Balance Is On A Knife-Edge

The sweltering heat of Saudi Arabian summer will feel like a cool breeze compared to the geopolitical fire that could soon take over the country if ongoing internal power struggles destabilize the Kingdom’s Royal Family and national security in the coming weeks.

Jul 26 10:01

The World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis Is Basically Being Blacked Out by Western Media

The Arab world’s richest country, Saudi Arabia, went to war against the Arab world’s poorest country in 2015. In this period, Yemen – with a population of 25 million – has been substantially destroyed. The United Nations has been tracking the scale of the atrocity. The numbers are bewildering. Close to 20,000 people have died in this war, at least half of them civilians. The numbers of those injured could not be tabulated as half of Yemen’s hospitals and medical centers do not work. This means there is no accurate measure of those who come in to be treated.

Jul 25 10:54

Red Cross: Yemen Cholera Deaths Expected to Double by Year’s End

The forecast for Yemen’s cholera epidemic looks grim, as the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warns that by the end of 2017 the number of cholera cases will double, reaching 600,000.

President of ICRC Peter Maurer called the massive outbreak "alarming and growing" on Sunday while on a five-day visit to the country. Zee News quoted him saying, "The great tragedy is that this cholera outbreak is a preventable man-made humanitarian catastrophe."

He explained that devastation of Yemen’s health system and infrastructure by the ongoing civil war is directly responsible for the health crisis. Maurer said, "I find this needless suffering absolutely infuriating. The world is sleep-walking into yet more tragedy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ICRC President Maurer, there is a correction to your perception of how this epidemic got started that you need to understand; it has been the indiscriminate Saudi bombing, enabled by the US military, which has destroyed Yemeni infrastructure; Yemeni ports have been blocked, courtesy of US military-enabled Saudi troops, so no food can get in, leading to malnutrition; and sir, there is, of course, the question of has this cholera epidemic been weaponised, courtesy of a joint Saudi-US scientific collaboration?!?

It gives me no joy, whatsoever, to be a citizen of a country whose government colludes in Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen, and yet to be utterly powerless to do anything about it, except to bear Christian witness, and expose, as best I can, what is going on here.

Jul 24 13:18

US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

James Dorsey argues that President Trump’s manoeuvres to withhold certification that Iran has complied with its nuclear agreement could encourage Saudi Arabia to step up its long-standing battle with Iran and set the Middle East and Gulf ablaze.>>

Jul 24 09:39

UK Government approved Saudi arms deals worth £238m six months after deadly Yemen funeral air strike

The British government licensed £283m worth of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the six months after an air strike by the Riyadh-led coalition killed 140 mourners at a funeral in Yemen.

Jul 24 07:38

– IN RETALIATION FOR THE SAUDI’S ONGOING AGGRESSION AGAINST YEMEN, YEMENI FORCES HAVE TARGETED AN ARAMCO SAUDI OIL REFINERY IN YANBU PROVINCE WITH A LONG-RANGE BALLISTIC MISSILE.

The Saudi-led coalition tend to order anywhere from 20 to 70 airstrikes against various Yemeni provinces on any given day. Any province under control of Yemen’s Popular Forces is fair game. Hot spots currently include Taiz, Marib, the vital Hodeidah port town, and the densely populated capital city of Sana’a. So in retaliation, Yemeni forces have struck a Saudi oil refinery.

Just yesterday, Saudi airstrikes attacked a fishing boat killing 8 workers on board and wounding at least one more. Other targets frequently include civilian homes, crowded markets, funerals, schools, and all other civilian infrastructure. Despite this terrorism, arms from the west– especially the United States and United Kingdom– continue flowing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the US government chooses to partner with Saudi Arabia in its war crimes against Yemen is very troubling to me. I wish Mike and I were a lot younger and a lot less broke; then, maybe, we could apply for citizenship in a country which, on moral grounds, would never commit such crimes.

Here's the reality of what is going on in Yemen: the Saudis have been killing and maiming innocent civilians; with US military assistance, they have blocked Yemeni ports so no food can get in, leading to massive deaths by malnutrition; and then, of course, is the horrific outbreak of cholera in Yemen (possibly weaponised), which has seen a toll of over 300,000 people sickened by it.

It appears that our US government has morphed into something far more sinister than the Unhinged Surveilled States of America; it has morphed into the Unhinged, Surveilled States of War Crimes, where profits for the American merchants of death, is all that matters to this government.

Ultimately, there will be costs, financially, physically, and morally, to this country, and its leadership, and those costs may well be devastating.

Please understand that everyone who does not, peacefully, logically, and morally speak out against these practices, on the part of this country, are also complicit in these crimes.

Now is hardly the time to be complacent, or think, for a moment, that they will ultimately not affect you, because, down the road, they will.

Jul 23 09:01

Saudi source gives more detail on crown prince's dismissal

A source close to Saudi Arabia's rulers has given further details of how Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince, was summarily removed from his post last month.

MbN, as he is known, was dismissed by the royal family "in the higher interests of the state" because he was incapacitated by morphine and cocaine addiction, often falling asleep at public events after he became crown prince in 2015, the source told Reuters in an interview.

His addiction was a legacy of an Al Qaeda assassination attempt in 2009 that left shrapnel in his body.

Jul 23 08:05

Yemeni Forces Strike Saudi Oil Refinery with Long-Range Ballistic Missile

In retaliation for the Saudi’s ongoing aggression against Yemen, Yemeni forces have targeted an Aramco Saudi oil refinery in Yanbu province with a long-range ballistic missile. The Saudi-led coalition tend to order anywhere from 20 to 70 airstrikes against various Yemeni provinces on any given day. Any province under control of Yemen’s Popular Forces is fair game. Hot spots currently include Taiz, Marib, the vital Hodeidah port town, and the densely populated capital city of Sana’a. So in retaliation, Yemeni forces have struck a Saudi oil refinery.

Jul 23 05:31

US dishes dirt on Saudis to flush Gulf blockade on Qatar

It’s been a bad week for the Saudi rulers in the US media. A slew of embarrassing stories got wide coverage, with the seeming intention of undermining Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies. Not coincidentally, the Saudi-led bloc then capitulated in its standoff with Qatar.

The row between Qatar and the other Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain has been the worst flare up in relations among the US-backed oil and gas monarchies going back many years.

All of the energy-rich sheikhdoms are American allies, or more accurately, American intelligence came out to effectively back Qatar’s side in the row with the other Gulf states. The US assessed that the official Qatar News Agency website was hacked by “the government of United Arab Emirates” on May 24, which sparked the whole stand-off in the first place.

Jul 22 16:29

May urged to intervene in Saudi executions as figures show arms sale bonanza

Prime Minister Theresa May has been urged to talk to the UK’s Saudi allies about forthcoming executions as new figures show £3.3 billion worth of arms sales to the Gulf regime have been licensed in the past three years alone.

The human rights charity Reprieve has warned that 14 men, including one arrested as a minor, are set to be executed by the Saudi authorities for cybercrime offenses.

Executed for cybercrime? I say we leave well enough alone!

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 10:09

Our Relationship with Saudi Arabia Is an Embarrassment

When he was 17, five years ago, Mujtaba al-Sweikat committed the “crime” of participating in a pro-democracy rally in Saudi Arabia.

Instead of attending Western Michigan University, as he had planned to do that fall, he was put in prison. Reports are now leaking out of Saudi Arabia that al-Sweikat will soon be beheaded for his transgression.

It’s just the latest reminder that Saudi Arabia is America’s worst best friend. The U.S. does get something out of its relationship with Saudi Arabia; there is real intelligence sharing, and the Kingdom has used its power over OPEC to drive oil prices down when we want to humiliate Russia or accomplish some other goal. That’s not nothing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a citizen of a country colluding with Saudi Arabia in its commission of war crimes in Yemen, I am deeply troubled by the US's (and the President's) BFF relationship to the Saudi monarchy, and the Saudi government.

And I will warn you: all these images are very graphic, but as a Christian witness to the evil being visited upon Yemen by Saudi Arabia, I think it is very important for the readers of this site to understand what is being done with their tax dollars, and in their name, in Yemen.

The Saudi bombings are killing and maiming Yemeni children for life.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life.

By blockading the Yemeni ports with US military assistance, the Saudis are insuring the Yemeni children are now dying from malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from complications of malnutrition

And when you have a starved, bomb-ravaged population, is you do now in Yemen, disease is sure to follow; cholera is now well-established in Yemen, and the diagnosed cases are right around 300,00 as I type this.

Cholera cases in Yemen pass the 300,000 mark, and climbing.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman did pledge 66 million dollars to deal with the cholera epidemic, to appear "humanitarian", even as his government slaughters Yemen's people with bombs and bullets.

Saudis, at War in Yemen, Give Country $66.7 Million in Cholera Relief

But did he actually give it to an aid organisation which actually understand how to get the job done, like the Red Crescent, or Doctors Without Borders?!?

With an intense cynicism that almost boggles the mind, Prince Salman donated this money to the UN, which is dysfunctional, dystopic, and disorganised beyond belief. He clearly understood that by the time that aid ever reached its target, the relief effort would be way too little, and way too late.

Oh, and did I mention that the Saudis are using DU weapons in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudis using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

And of course, these weapons are having the absolutely same effect on the people and children in Yemen as they did in Falluja Iraq; massive spikes in cancers, birth defects, and still births are being experienced now by the Yemeni people.

Images, courtesy of Ruptly, of infants with severe birth defects, due to Saudi use of depleted uranium in Yemen.

It is profoundly disturbing for me to understand just how completely morally comfortable our government, the Saudi government, and our and their military are with this genocide in Yemen.

As both a Christian and an American citizen, I very logically must ask about the moral cost of this relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia, and the dark, bitter fruit it may well bear in the future, where the US government may use Saudi Arabia as a proxy antagonist to Iran, in a potential war against that country.

Jul 21 09:08

Saudi ‘Entities’ Channeling Money To Terrorist Organizations: US State Dept.

The United States has praised Qatar’s “strong partnership” in the fight against “terrorism,” but accused individuals and “entities” in Saudi Arabia of channeling money out of the country to “terrorist” organizations.

Jul 21 07:49

‘Coup’ at midnight in the Arabian Desert

Mohammed bin Salman, a prince who rose from obscurity when his father became Saudi Arabia’s king in 2015 and who ultimately ousted an elder to become crown prince, gained that status in a secretive push that had been “planned out” in advance, a report has revealed.

Bin Salman, a brash 32-year-old son of King Salman, was on June 21 named the new crown prince of Saudi Arabia in what seemed like an abrupt decision upending the rules of succession in an ultraconservative society.

Saudi media said at the time that the so-called Allegiance Council, a body of princes who oversee succession changes, had voted 31 to 3 to approve bin Salman’s replacement of prince Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, a nephew of Salman who would have ascended to the throne after the ailing king, had he not been suddenly removed.

Jul 17 10:32

House NDAA Amendments Would Limit US Participation in Yemen War

The House version of the nearly $700 billion 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes multiple amendments aimed at limiting US involvement in the Saudi War in Yemen, explicitly forbidding the deployment of ground troops there, or spending any money on military operations outside the scope of the 2001 AUMF.

The Nolan Amendment prohibits the deployment of troops to participate in any way in the war, which is seen not only as restricting ground troops being sent to Yemen to fight on the side of the Saudis, but also appears aimed at limiting mid-air refueling operations for Saudi warplanes.

The Lieu Amendment requires a report from the State Department and the Pentagon on whether or not the Saudis are complying with the US-provided “No Strike List” for Yemen, as well as their improvement of targeting capabilities to avoid hitting civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting person, I would not bet that these amendments will survive the compromise process in the Senate, and that... is a damned shame.

The US government and military are colluding with Saudi Arabia in their war crimes against the Yemeni people.

Innocent children and non-combatants are getting killed and maimed for life every day; the Saudi military, with US assistance, has blocked the Yemeni ports, meaning no food is getting in, hence massive deaths from malnutrition in Yemeni's children; depleted uranium has been documented to have been used in civilian areas, insuring a massive uptick in cancers; still births, and horrific birth deformities; and now, cholera has taken hold, infecting over 300,000 people as I type this.

As a Christian witness, who believes in telling the truth as I see it, I am profoundly morally uncomfortable, being a citizen of a country committing war crimes against some of the most poverty-stricken people on this planet.

Jul 16 07:39

LEAKED DOCUMENTS 'REVEAL SAUDI AND EMIRATI CROWN PRINCES' SUPPORT FOR AL-QAEDA AND IS IN YEMEN'

The nine-page document was published by Egyptian newspaper al-Badil in April - before the outlet was banned by Cairo - accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi's Mohammed bin Zayed of providing aid to the two extremists.

The communique - sent to Qatar's foreign minister on October 26, 2016 - outlines the minutes of communications between Qatar's ambassador to Washington and the US Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

The New Arab could not independently verify the authenticity of the documents.

"The Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence reported that the information available to them indicated that Prince Mohammad bin Salman has been in constant communication with the figures listed in the report," the leaked notes read.

"The prince has managed, according to the Under Secretary, to assemble out of some groups loyal to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] a force against the Houthis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, I find myself...totally unsurprised; this is absolutely typical behaviour for both Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi.

Jul 15 09:55

Trump’s Yemen Policy Is Immoral and Counterproductive

Slaughter of the Houthis, indiscriminate bombing, famine, cholera — as recompense to the Saudis for the Iran deal? In his final year in office, President Obama’s foreign policy featured the bombing of seven Islamic countries by the U.S. military. Despite fears (and hopes) that President Trump would withdraw America from the world stage and institute a fortress-America foreign policy, the new guard has put Obama’s foreign policy on autopilot. The most significant adjustment Trump made was to give more discretion to his generals. The rate of bombing has increased in all seven nations.

Nowhere is this policy more craven and disastrous than in Yemen, where the U.S. has backed Saudi Arabia’s crusade to re-install Sunni general Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in power.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian witness to this US-enabled carnage and genocide, I am profoundly unhappy at being a citizen of a country which is absolutely, and unquestionably, colluding with the Saudi Government and Military in war crimes in Yemen.

If both Mike and I were much younger, and had anything approximating some tangible assets, we would migrate to somewhere relatively civilized, where collusion in war crimes just wasn't something the government of that country did; unfortunately, we are too old - and broke - to be able to accomplish that at this point in our lives.

The Saudis are assassinating and maiming Yemeni infants and children with wild abandon.

Images: children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombings

Because the Saudis, enabled by the US military, have blockaded Yemen's ports, so no food can get in, Yemeni children are dying by the scores from complications of malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition, due to Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

Oh, and did I mention that the Saudi military is using depleted uranium munitions in Yemen?!?

Images: Saudi military using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

This, of course, is creating precisely the same kind of cancers, stillbirths, and massive birth defects, as it did in Fallujah, Iraq.

Image: severe birth defects in Yemeni infant, because of Saudi Arabia using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen. Image courtesy of Ruptly

And now, as one might imagine would take place, cholera has firmly taken hold in Yemen, with over 300,000 cases, and the disease spreading almost exponentially through the population.

Images: Yemenis suffering one of the worst cholera outbreaks in history

We cannot know the degree to which the Saudis may have weaponised this disease; but it is pretty easy to introduce it into water resources where local people gather water, and then will get deathly ill from contamination.

And Trump's new BFF is Saudi Prince Salman?!? A man who kills and maims Yemeni children with indiscriminate attacks?!? A man who orders Yemeni ports blocked, so the children of Yemen are dying of malnutrition?!?

Mr. President, I understand the the arms sales to Saudi Arabia are good for the American military complex; but sir, this move was at a steep cost to your and this country's soul and integrity, when you know, with an absolute certainty, that these munitions will be used to assassinate more Yemeni infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly?!?

Oh, yes; he did give a 66 million dollar donation to the UN to fight the cholera epidemic, to "appear to have done something the slightest bit humanitarian" in a country where his military are slaughtering Yemeni people by the hundreds as I type this:

Saudi Prince Salman donates 66 million dollars to the UN to fight the cholera epidemic

But the Prince is cynically aware that the UN, and its agencies, move more slowly than do frozen molasses in January; by the time UN aid actually gets to Yemen (if it can get there at all) it will be far too little, and far too late to curtail the outbreak.

If he had really wanted aid to get there more quickly, he would have approached either Doctors without Borders, or the International Committee of the Red Crescent (the Middle East's equivalent the American Red Cross), and guaranteed them safe passage into Yemen.

And President Trump, a final work here; your hated and loathing of Iran is completely misplaced, and has no basis in reality. Iran does not pose a threat to the United States; they just want to continue living their lives, unimpeded by the dictates of other countries.

For Rex Tillerson to make public statements to the effect that the goal of the US foreign policy in Iran is to create "regime change" in Tehran, is utterly morally irresponsible.

Iran has, and continues, to live up to its responsibilities as a signator to the P5+1 treaty.

And Mr. President, if you have not seen the following documentary, this has to be on your "must see" list, and soon, please:

Don't Tell Mother I'm In Iran

Jul 15 08:49

Trump Hints at Abandoning Key Qatar Military Base in Talks With Saudi King

The latest in a series of moves by President Trump that appeared to throw a wrench into State Department efforts to calm the Qatar blockade situation saw him telling the Saudi King today that the US could well just abandon their largest military base in the Middle East, the al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar.

This is a hugely important base for the US, and that’s a big part of why State Department officials have been so desperate to try to resolve the dispute. President Trump, however, has treated this base with relative ambivalence, and in his talk with King Salman today said he was confident other countries in the region would “gladly” build the US a replacement base if they abandoned Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, please: a word here; countries with which the US has carefully cultivated relationships are not, please, to be thrown around lightly, like some assets with absolutely no meaning or value; we are talking about thinking before making a move, which apparently, did not happen, prior to your conversation with Prince Salman yesterday.

And if the US government suddenly morphs from friend to frenemy to enemy with Qatar, how is this potentially going to influence other critical relationships in the Middle East we are working on developing, in terms of the US government having, proverbially, thrown Qatar under a bus?!?

Jul 14 12:57

Saudi Arabia: What’s Really Behind Trump’s Hypocrisy?

It is curious then that President Trump’s first trip abroad was to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the sociocultural source code of the very extremism infecting both the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as the wider, global extremism it inspires and fuels everywhere from Southeast Asia, western China and even in the streets of North America and Europe.

While the US postures to the world as engaged in a global war on terrorism, it is clear that those nations in the Middle East cooperating closest with Washington are in fact those also perpetuating this seemingly endless war. Why?

It turns out that perpetual war is a lucrative affair in both terms of acquiring wealth and power. It is this equation of wealth and power that takes precedence, even at the expense of narrative continuity and political legitimacy.

Dollars, Oil and Arms

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Perpetual wars are great for business, if you are part of the military industrial complex, but very lousy for the troops risking their very lives to fight them.

Patriotism cannot just be killing on command; it has to be more than this, by getting the Federal government to become infinitely more accountable for their actions and decisions than they are now to We the People.

And we know precisely where a lot of these munitions are headed; they will be part of the US government-enabled Saudi genocide in Yemen.

When I was a kid in school, even in college, I never imagined that I would be a citizen of a country participating in war crimes, which is precisely what the Saudis are doing in Yemen.

Infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly are being slaughtered and maimed for life; the Saudi military have been using DU weapons, which are causing massive cancers, still births, and horrific physical and mental deformities in Yemen's children; with US help, all Yemeni ports are blockaded, so infants and children are dying of complications of malnutrition; and now, cholera has taken a firm hold in Yemen, with over 300,000 stricken with the disease.

I love my country; but as a Christian pacifist activist, I must peacefully, calmly,and logically protest, and witness to, these activities on the part of my government.

We urgently need a national discussion on this, and demand from our Congressional representatives why in the name of Heaven is Yemen considered any kind of a "threat" to the US and/or Saudi Arabia?!? There is an article on this from last year, indicating that the real reason Yemen became a threat to Saudi Arabia was that, with rebel Houthi leaders there, there might be a huge Shia "awakening", with some assistance from Shia Iran, which would have negative implications for the Sunni, Wahabbi Saudi state. Why Saudi Arabia is hammering Yemen

Jul 14 09:03

U.S. DOUBLED FUEL SUPPORT FOR SAUDI BOMBING CAMPAIGN IN YEMEN AFTER DEADLY STRIKE ON FUNERAL

Last October, an airstrike in Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition hit a funeral, killing more than 130 people and drawing global condemnation. Yet in the months following that strike, the United States doubled the amount of fuel it provided to coalition jets, according to figures obtained from the U.S. military. The numbers underline the fact that U.S. support for the campaign has continued and even increased despite growing attention to civilian casualties and alleged war crimes by the coalition.

But the House of Representatives just passed over the chance to vote on legislation that would have tracked the fuel the Pentagon gives to the Saudi coalition and prohibited refueling of coalition aircraft unless the Pentagon could assure Congress that subsequent missions wouldn’t hit civilians or targets contained on no-strike lists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To be a citizen of a country which enables Saudi war crimes in Yemen is just repulsive to me.

And here is what these bombings accomplish; the assassination of infants; children; and the elderly physically infirm. Warning: the following image is very graphic; but as a Christian witness to this genocide, I feel compelled to share this with our readers:

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombings

This, folks, is what is being done in Yemen, with your tax dollars and in your name.

We urgently need to be having a national dialogue on how enabling this Saudi genocide in Yemen is "protecting" us, and our quality of life here in the US.
And the short answer is, it isn't; not one bit.

Jul 13 12:03

Message from UK High Court: Carry on arming the Saudis (and never mind the slaughter in Yemen)

Stuart Littlewood examines Britain’s complicity in the war crimes committed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and the role of notorious Israeli stooge Liam Fox, the UK’s secretary of state for international trade, in this.>>

Jul 12 09:46

UN: Yemen unlikely to get cholera vaccine as first planned

U.N. officials said Tuesday that plans to ship as many as 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen are likely to be shelved over security, access and logistical challenges, even as the deadly caseload continues to balloon in parts of the war-torn country.

The U.N. aid coordination agency said Yemen's suspected cholera caseload has surged past 313,000 and caused over 1,700 deaths, making it the world's largest outbreak. War has crippled Yemen's health system, depleted access to safe drinking water and put millions on the brink of famine.

Citing such complexities, spokesman Christian Lindmeier of the World Health Organization said that shipping vaccines "has to make sense," and that they could be re-routed to places that "might need them more urgently," such as some African countries.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How "convenient" for the Saudis, that no cholera vaccine will get to Yemen, in spite of over 300,000 cases!

I have to wonder if this was what Saudi's Prince Salman "bought" with his 66 million dollar contribution last month to UN agencies, understanding, very clearly, that there was no way for this vaccine to get delivered, due to the fighting here.

Saudi Prince Salman contributes $66 million for anti-cholera campaign in Yemen

Jul 12 09:12

Government refuses to release report into Saudi Arabia’s funding of Islamist extremism in UK

Home Secretary accused of ‘putting our so-called friendship with Saudi Arabia above our values’ as she cites national security for keeping investigation secret

Jul 12 08:35

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 as outbreak spirals - ICRC

A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is thought to have infected 300,000 people in the past 10 weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

The situation has continued to "spiral out of control", with about 7,000 new cases every day, the ICRC warned.

More than 1,700 associated deaths have been reported, according to the UN.
Yemen's health, water and sanitation systems are collapsing after two years of conflict between pro-government forces and the rebel Houthi movement.
Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera.

Most of those infected will have no or mild symptoms but, in severe cases, the disease can kill within hours if left untreated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudi and US leadership and military must be DELIGHTED with this current turn of events; fewer people to have to kill outright with bombs and bullets; just a couple of bulldozers for mass graves will be needed, as the epidemic continues to take hold here in Yemen.

And what really happened to that 66 million dollar donation last month to the UN from Saudi Prince Salman, allegedly, to ease the plight of this epidemic in a country with which Saudi Arabia is at war?!?

Prince Salman donates $66 million dollars to aid anti-cholera campaign in Yemen

Prince Salman very cynically understands that the UN, and its agencies move more slowly than do molasses in a cold January. IF he had really wanted something done quickly enough to stay the spread of this disease, this contribution should have gone to the ICRC (The International Committee of the Red Crescent, the Middle Eastern equivalent to America's Red Cross), or Doctors without Borders; both these organisations understand how to get medical boots on the ground, and quickly.

By the time the money is watered down at the UN, and bureaucratically disbursed, it will have been far too little, and far too late, but he will appear to have "done something" while the situation on the ground in Yemen simply translates into more bombings of innocent civilians; more malnutrition leading to death of Yemen's kids, due to the port blockades in Yemen; and more birth defects, stillbirths, and cancers from the Saudi use of DU in Yemen.

And one last question; I have to wonder if cholera has been deliberately placed in Yemen's drinking water, to hasten the rapidity of the spread of the epidemic?!?

Jul 11 14:37

Ken O'Keefe - US Military Fighting For Israel - Israel, not Iran, is the Threat!

Ken O'Keefe is re-releasing his epic expose of the Israeli/Jewish lies about Iran that are being employed just as the "WMD's in Iraq" lie was used to send American sons and daughters off to die for Israel in the invasion/occupation of Iraq. With Syria not all going to plan, the ultimate target of Iran and the World War III agenda looks to be in overdrive with President Trump continuing the sickening and sychonpantic role of Jewish US Presidents as Jewish whipping boys. How many more American sons and daughters will be sacrificed for Israel before genuine American patriots stand up and refuse orders and arrest the traitors in Congress? These questions and points and more are made in this, part 1 of a 2 part program that tells the truth about the what and why regarding Iran. If people want more such videos/commentary from Ken O'Keefe then visit https://www.patreon.com/kok and invest in Ken O'Keefe's work.

Jul 11 11:30

UK High Court Refuses to Block Saudi Arms Sales

The British High Court today handed down a pair of judgement on the lawsuit by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), which was seeking to stop continued British arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The open judgement was that the sales can continue without restrictions.

The lawsuit was based on UK and EU law both forbidding arms exports when there is a “clear risk” the arms would be used to break international humanitarian law, and the widespread war crimes the Saudis are committing in the course of the Yemen War.

The judge in the ruling claimed the UK government necessarily has better information on the Saudi war crimes than CAAT would, though specifics are only in a secret “closed judgement” offered for “national security reasons.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most morally horrific, yet perfectly predictable, rulings to come from the British High Court in decades; I am quite certain that executives in Britain's defence industry are heaving a collective sigh of relief that the ruling went this way, and that these merchants of death can continue selling their wares to Saudi Arabia with no legal constraints.

The US and UK are now deep partners in Saudi war crimes in Yemen; and forgive me, but being a citizen of a country deliberately involved in the commission of war crimes makes me grieve over the complete and utter absence of any kind of moral compass by the US government.

The images I am about to share with you are very graphic, but this is precisely what Saudi Arabia is doing with those bombs which have been sold to them by the US and the UK.

The Saudi bombing is killing and maiming Yemeni children for life:

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

Because of US-enabled port closures in Yemen, Yemeni children are dying of complications of malnutrition:

Images: Yemeni children dying from complications of malnutrition

And when you have malnutrition, you are almost certain to see disease take hold, as it has been with epidemic of cholera in Yemen:

1,310 Yemeni dead from cholera: UN's World Health Organization also warns that as many as 300,000 people could be infected by the end of August.

The Saudi military is using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen, which have caused a massive spike in cancers; still births; and massive birth defects in Yemeni children. Courtesy of Ruptly, we have the following horrific image:

Massive deformations in a Yemeni infant exposed to depleted uranium

There may worse forms of child abuse than poisoning a child in the womb, but I am having a very hard time thinking what they are right now.

All of these horrific outcomes in Yemen are totally predictable; and yet, the Royal House of Saud, the Saudi Government, and the US government and its military are perfectly morally comfortable with what they are doing here.

I, for one, as an American citizens, am absolutely not at all morally comfortable with the tragedy which Yemen has become, and will continue to be a Christian witness to this behaviour for as long as I have breath.

Jul 10 18:06

Jeremy Corbyn Says UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia 'Unethical'

Britain’s opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticized a UK High Court ruling that allows London to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Jul 10 09:30

MEDIA SILENT AS US ALLY SAUDI ARABIA MASSACRES ITS OWN PEOPLE

For the past 60 days, Saudi Arabia imposed a devastating siege on the Shiite town of Awamiya. And of course, mainstream western media remains silent.

These photos aren’t from Yemen, they’re from the Saudi Arabian eastern town of Awamiya. Where Saudi forces are waging war against an oppressed shia minority. Saudi Arabia adheres to the extreme fundamentalist and intolerant sect of Wahhabism. Making it the country’s religious majority. This ideology is also enforced through state tactics. Which make it illegal to publicly carry out any religious practice or teaching that conflicts with Wahhabism. Even other Muslims (especially Shiites) are considered infidels by the Saudi government. And thus, all religious minorities in Saudi Arabia remain an extremely oppressed group; often lacking the same health care, public services, and wages granted to their Wahhabi counterparts; if not facing death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the Saudi monarchy has just become President Trump's "newest best friends"?!?

Folks, looking at the way the House of Saud and its government treats its citizens for religious differences, this is more than a little scary here!!

Jul 10 08:26

THE SAUDI-ISRAELI ALLIANCE

The evolving relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia is set to become a key feature of regional politics in the forthcoming phase. This goes beyond the creeping normalization of relations between the two sides and the holding of discreet contacts, to the formation of an undeclared but far-reaching alliance.

Retired Saudi general Anwar al-Eshki shed some light on this in an interview last week on the German TV channel Deutsche Welle, in which he provided insights into a number of unexplained issues: most importantly, why Saudi Arabia has been so adamant about getting the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir transferred from Egypt’s sovereignty to its own as quickly a possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These agreements give Israel time to create a mass extinction of a large number of Palestinians, along with the usual indefinite jailings with no due process; direct and indirect assassinations (withholding clean food and water, and not allowing desperately ill people to seek proper medical treatment); and massive annexation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Jul 08 09:02

AFTER TRUMP BOWS TO SAUDIS, DECISION TO RELEASE EVIDENCE OF SAUDIS FUNDING 9/11 GETS REVERSED

President Trump’s change in attitude towards Saudi Arabia has apparently had a trickle-down effect, as a federal judge in Miami has reversed her decision to push for the release of crucial documents revealing information on the funding of the 9/11 attacks.

Judge Cecilia Altonaga is now ruling in favor of the FBI, granting the agency’s request to keep large portions of a slide show titled “Overview of the 9/11 Investigation” secret from the public.

The presentation Altonaga is now helping to keep private, includes sections on “Funding of the 9/11 Attacks,” “Early to Mid-2001 Additional Funding,” “Early to Mid-2000: Pilots/Intended Pilots Arrive U.S.,” “Investigative Findings” regarding hijacker “Identification,” and “Financial: Ample Financing was provided.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have just two words with which to describe Judge Altonaga’s flip flop on this: it stinks!!

Jul 06 09:17

Whistle-Blower: Saudi Crown Prince Absent in G20 Summit for Fear of Internal Coup

Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, revealed that the country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will not participate in the G20 summit after recent concerns grew about an imminent coup against him and his father in Riyadh.

Jul 05 08:45

SAUDI ARABIA ‘TOP OF THE LIST’ OF FOREIGN FUNDING FOR BRITISH TERRORISTS – THINK TANK 

Britain’s major trade and security partner in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, is the main source of funding for Islamist extremism in the UK, a damning new report by the neo-conservative Henry Jackson Society (HJS) claims.

According to the HJS, money donated to terrorist organizations operating in Britain can be traced back to the Gulf states.

It says the Saudis’ 60-year commitment to the diffusion of Wahhabism, a hardline version of Islam, has led to the funding of British mosques and institutions linked to the wave of attacks in Europe over the last few years.

“There is a clear and growing link between foreign funding of Islamist extremism and the violent terrorism we have witnessed across the UK and Europe,” said the report’s author, Tom Wilson.

“The key now is to get ahead of the issue and find out the full extent of what has been going on. A public inquiry would go some way to informing the debate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And one of the biggest areas of trade between the UK and Saudi Arabia has been in weapons.

Does UK’s lucrative arms trade come at the cost of political repression?

The UK has made 10 times more in arms sales to Saudi Arabia than it's given in aid to Yemen

UK activists demand end to Saudi Arabia, UAE arms sales

As long as the money is made, the UK's government, and the UK merchants of death, do not give a rat's anus as to how, or against whom, those weapons are used. Let's look at the genocide Saudi Arabia is inflicting in Yemen, shall we?!?

Saudi campaign has killed 1,400 Yemeni kids, UNICEF says (It is now July, 2017; we can be reasonably certain that the figure is considerably higher at this point).

And the domestic cost of violence and death is simply a small price to pay, according to the UK government, courtesy of radicalised youth who suddenly act out against their neighbors, or the general population as a whole.

Jul 05 08:24

SAUDI ARABIA ‘TOP OF THE LIST’ OF FOREIGN FUNDING FOR BRITISH TERRORISTS – THINK TANK 

Britain’s major trade and security partner in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, is the main source of funding for Islamist extremism in the UK, a damning new report by the neo-conservative Henry Jackson Society (HJS) claims.

According to the HJS, money donated to terrorist organizations operating in Britain can be traced back to the Gulf states.

It says the Saudis’ 60-year commitment to the diffusion of Wahhabism, a hardline version of Islam, has led to the funding of British mosques and institutions linked to the wave of attacks in Europe over the last few years.

“There is a clear and growing link between foreign funding of Islamist extremism and the violent terrorism we have witnessed across the UK and Europe,” said the report’s author, Tom Wilson.

“The key now is to get ahead of the issue and find out the full extent of what has been going on. A public inquiry would go some way to informing the debate.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I not surprised here?!?

It's all about the money to be gained from arms sales to the Saudis (and we know that they have been using DU weapons in Yemen).

And Prime Minister May, if it comes out that it was the UK who sold Saudi Arabia this horrific weapon, I will hold the government of the UK reprehensibly responsible for this horrific choice.

Image: Yemeni child born deformed due to exposure to DU in the womb

The poisoning of a baby in the womb, by exposing it to DU, is one of the most cruel forms of child abuse I can imagine.

Jul 04 16:04

May To Burry Report On Saudi Terror Links In UK

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is not likely to release the findings of an investigation into Saudi Arabia’s funding of extremist groups across Britain, out of fear that the move would hurt relations with the Middle Eastern ally.

Jul 04 12:49

Qatar Delivers Response to Saudi Demands

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani has formally delivered the hand-written letter of response to Saudi Arabia’s list of 13 demands. The response was sent by way of Kuwait, which is trying to mediate the dispute, to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt.

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani
Though the exact text of the response has not been made public, it’s safe to say it’s a broad rejection of both the allegations contained within the demands, and the specific demands themselves, with Qatari officials saying they believe it was intended to be rejected all alone.

The response to the response is the big question now, as the four blockading countries are expected to get together to make some sort of new formal statement related to the ongoing defiance of the Qatari emirate. If history is any judge, this will be more accusations and even more demands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the Qatari response is not to Saudi Arabia's liking, one has to wonder if things will get out of control, and if Saudi Arabia is actually planning a military strike against Qatar.

And if that happens, what are the standing orders for US commanders at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, which is home to over 10,000 US service members?!?

Jul 04 09:45

Saudi Arabia’s March Towards Civil War

Saudi Arabia has experienced a number of issues which contribute to internal destabilization. In April 2017, Bloomberg reported that King Salman was forced to restore bonuses and allowances for state employees, reversing attempts to reform Saudi Arabia's generous austerity programs. The Saudi government insisted that the move was due to "higher than expected revenue" despite the fact that observers were noting in March that Saudi Arabia's foreign reserves were plunging as one third of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) of United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait have seen their credit ratings slashed and have increasingly disagreed on common foreign policy towards Iran.

Jul 04 09:22

THERESA MAY ‘SITTING’ ON UK TERRORISM FUNDING REPORT TO PROTECT SAUDI ALLIES

Prime Minister Theresa May is withholding a Home Office report on foreign funding of British terrorist organizations because exposing the truth could sour relations with the UK’s major trading and security partner, Saudi Arabia.
The report, commissioned to investigate foreign states funding extremist groups in the UK, has yet to be made public despite being completed six months ago. The government’s reluctance to share it has left many concerned about how ethical Britain’s ongoing diplomatic relationship with the Gulf kingdom is.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas branded the delay “astonishing.”

“The government is sitting on this report but refusing to publish it or give any reason for their continued secrecy,” the Brighton Pavilion MP said in a statement.

“To defeat terror it’s vital that politicians have full view of the facts, even if they are inconvenient for the government.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The British people deserve to know what is going on here; withholding this report is simply going to damage the Prime Minister's credibility greatly, and particularly if there are (and this will probably be the case) any more acts of violence by radicalised Middle Eastern immigrants.

Jul 03 09:37

Saudi king cancels visit to G20 summit: Germany

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has cancelled attendance at this week's G20 summit in Hamburg, the German government said Monday, as Riyadh is engaged in a diplomatic standoff with Qatar.

"The government has received official notification that King Salman will not travel to the G20 summit," a spokesman told AFP.

The 81-year-old monarch will send Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan in his place, the German news agency DPA said separately.

Jul 03 08:37

The Qatar Crisis, Shockwaves Throughout The Middle East

In the wake of the Arab uprisings, we are now seeing an assertion of both of these tendencies. Specifically, the current blockade is a play by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to fully assert their hegemony over the region and to put Qatar back in its place.

But this is not just about Saudi Arabia and the UAE; it fundamentally expresses a general counterrevolutionary process that has been present since the beginning of the uprisings – restoring the status quo of authoritarian neoliberal states that has served the interests of the GCC as a whole (including Qatar) for several decades. All of this must also be seen through the lens of the Gulf’s continued and ever-strengthening alliance with the U.S. and other Western powers.

Jul 03 07:20

Saudi Arabia’s Ruthless Crown Prince Threatens Neighbors, Unsettles Middle East

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is horrific here, is how completely "taken in" President Trump appeared to be by the Saudi royal presence, after his trip to Riyadh earlier this year.

This could well translate as a Saudi US-supported war against Iran, which would probably spiral into a war against Russia, which would be a terrible mistake.

Jul 03 06:48

Qatar given 48 more hours to accept demands

Saudi Arabia and three allies boycotting Qatar have agreed to a request by Kuwait to extend by 48 hours Sunday's deadline for Doha to comply with a set of demands, according to a joint statement on Saudi state news agency SPA.

Kuwait had received a response by Qatar to a list of 13 demands presented to it by a Saudi-led bloc of Arab countries, Kuwait's state news agency KUNA said on Monday.

Without stating whether Qatar had rejected the ultimatum as was widely expected, KUNA said Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah asked Saudi Arabia and three other countries that have boycotted Qatar to grant it a 48-hour extension. Kuwait is mediating in the crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ironically, the extended deadline puts Saudi's "drop dead date" of their ultimatum to Qatar right on the American 4th of July celebration.

But the big question has to be, if Qatar doesn't accede to their demands, what then?!? A full - on invasion and regime change in Doha?!?

And what are the standing orders to commanders of those 10,000 plus American troops in Qatar right now, should such an invasion happen?!?

And what about the acceleration of the presence of Turkish troops in the country?!?
More Turkish troops arrive in Qatar, as Gulf tensions continue to escalate

Jul 02 08:48

HACKED EMAIL SHOWS UAE AMBASSADOR LOBBYING THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE ON YEMEN WAR

PART OF KEEPING close relationships with serial human rights violators, as the U.S. does, is the constant pressure from those governments to ignore their reported abuses. That dynamic was on full display in a hacked email exchange between the United Arab Emirates’ influential ambassador to the U.S. and a top Obama national security official. The sometimes testy back-and-forth between allies, which was obtained by The Intercept, shows how friendly foreign governments lobby the White House on human rights, and how the White House sometimes pushes back.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the US government frequently colludes with human rights violators, and massive perpetrators of war crimes, does NOT make me happy to be an American citizen right now.

And two of the worst offenders in these areas are Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Jul 02 08:42

More Turkish Troops Arrive in Qatar in Show of Support

When Turkish troops were deployed to a military base in Qatar, it was huge news across the region, primarily because it was a show of support by the Erdogan government for the emirate at a time when many of Qatar’s neighbors are blocking them.

The number of troops sent last week was not publicly reported, and that’s because it was not a lot, with the latest Turkish media report suggesting that 23 soldiers were sent back then, and the new deployments announced today brought the number to “at least 88.”

Turkish media suggested this number could rapidly grow, reaching 1,000 as Turkey looks to back its regional ally, and as Saudi Arabia and others demand Qatar expel the Turks outright. The deadline for that demand, and many others, is Sunday night, and Turkey’s deployment likely underscores that they don’t intend to leave.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this point, the Turkish troop numbers appear to be highly symbolic, but that could change in a heartbeat, if Saudi Arabia actually does invade Qatar, with the objective of regime change in mind.

Jul 02 08:01

HOW ISRAELI/SAUDI ‘ALLIANCE’ PLAYS TRUMP

“The Saudi king’s decision to elevate his son Mohammed bin Salman … is not merely the internal affair of the royal hierarchy, but a game-changing international event. The king’s son is ready to step into his allotted place in a new US-Arab-Israeli alliance established by President Trump in May, along with the UAE, Egyptian and Israeli leaders that will seek to dominate Middle East affairs. Israel will be accepted in a regional lineup for the first time alongside the strongest Sunni Arab nations who all share similar objectives, especially the aim to stop Iran” [emphasis added].

“A game-changing international event”? Why exactly are these Israelis so excited; why should the elevation of bin Salman, known by the initials MbS, be such a game-changer? Is there here something new? And how come the dismissal of Prince Nayef, whom MbS replaced as crown prince and who was a Western favorite, barely ruffled a leaf in protest?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, this is the "quid pro quo" for Bin Salman's ascent, things seem to make sense here; but if, in fact, that is the case, the question of when Israel will be recognised looms large.

Jun 30 09:06

After US-Backed Bombing Sparks Famine in Yemen, US Media Insists ‘US Not the Problem’

Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl took a massive, human rights-violating catastrophe—the US-assisted Saudi bombing of Yemen for the past two-and-a-half years, and the massive famine it’s caused—and somehow turned it into a write-up on how good and noble the United States is. The Washington Post whitewashed the US’s role in the crisis and turned Saudi Arabia’s primary defender in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, into an unsung hero—a true masterwork in public relations reality inversion.

Diehl framed the topic as something both public and media have ignored, insisting, “No One Is Paying Attention to the Worst Humanitarian Crisis Since World War II” (6/25/17). This is a bold rhetorical gambit, not least because Diehl himself hasn’t made Yemen a topic of an article since the bombing first began in February 2015. “No one’s noticing this thing I just noticed” is a great way to frame oneself as a moral visionary, without the arduous work of ideological coherence.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The United States is not the problem here"?!?

Jackson Diehl, whatever your handlers are paying you to regurgitate their codswallop about the US's "high moral ground" in Yemen, it cannot possibly be enough to continue wading into the filthy depth of hypocrisy and deceit as deeply as you have gone, to create such an article.

Fact: The US-enabled Saudi war on Yemen is causing the deaths and maimings for life of Yemen's children.

Images: Yemeni children killed and maimed for life from Saudi bombing raids

Fact: Because the Saudis have blockaded Yemeni ports, so no food can get in, Yemeni children are dying from complications of malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

Fact: the malnutrition in Yemen has brought cholera in its wake, and one of the most severe epidemics the world has seen in the 21st century.

The images Saudi Arabia doesn't want you to see: Death of Yemeni children through cholera

Fact: The Saudis are using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen.

Images: Saudi Arabia using depleted uranium in Yemen

Fact: the usage of depleted uranium weapons in Yemen is having the precisely same effect on children here as it did in Falujah, Iraq, with birth deformities, stillbirths, and cancers soaring.

Images: Yemeni child suffering horrific birth defects from exposure to DU weapons

So in summation, Mr. Diehl, what you have done with this piece, is very much akin to a doctor's touching up a patient's ex ray, to assure them that their cancer isn't really all that bad.

And that cancer, sir, is participating in an immoral, illegal war, where the US government and its Saudi counterparts are committing war crimes, in the name of bringing back a US-sponsored puppet the Yemeni people do not want to rule them.

Jun 30 07:35

Saudi demolition of Shiite homes stokes violence

Saudi Arabia is demolishing centuries-old homes in a Shiite town, leveling a historic district that officials say has become a hideout for local militants. The destruction has sparked shootouts in the streets between Saudi security forces and Shiite gunmen and stoked sectarian tensions that resonate around the region.

The violence in the Shiite town of al-Awamiya, which is centered in the Sunni kingdom's oil-rich east coast, adds a new source of instability at a time of increasing confrontation in the Gulf. Tensions between Saudi Arabia and its Shiite-led rival Iran have spiked in recent weeks. Also, Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with neighboring Qatar, demanding among other things that it cut off ties with Iran.

Jun 30 07:16

Qatar Working With US, Kuwait on Response to Saudi Demands

US and Kuwaiti officials are working with the government of Qatar on a formal response to the 13 demands issued last week by Saudi Arabia and its allies against the tiny Gulf nation. The deadline for a response is believed to be Sunday.

And while all the signs are that the response is going to be some variation on “no,” Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani appeared to want something a bit more nuanced than that, saying that his country is open to pursuing negotiations in earnest.

It’s not at all clear that’s an option, however, as the Saudi government has insisted that the demands are all “non-negotiable” and both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have insisted they’ll accept nothing less than an absolute acceptance by Qatar.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There are a couple of serious questions to be explored here. The first is, what, precisely, is Saudi Prince Bin Salman prepared to actually do of the Qatari government tells him to "pound sand"; is he actually going ahead with a physical invasion of Qatar?!?

And secondly, if such an invasion takes place, what orders have been given to the 10,000 US military troops working in Qatar?!? To join the Saudis in the invasion against Qatar, or stand down, until the dust is settled?!?

Qatar has been a staunch ally of the US to date; so what would a US-enabled Saudi invasion of that country look like, to both the government of Qatar, and to the larger Middle East?!? I have one word on that: betrayal.

Jun 29 12:31

Trump’s Chaos is Covering for Stealth Escalation Overseas

The escalation directly contradicts Trump’s stances during the election campaign. Back then, he indicated his skepticism of regime change, claiming — falsely — that he had opposed the Iraq invasion and denouncing the intervention in Libya. He indicated that he saw no reason to take sides in the Syrian civil war, suggesting that perhaps the United States could join with Syria and its ally Russia to take out the Islamic State. He promised he would “bomb the s--- out of ISIS” but would not get bogged down in the Middle East. This stance appealed strongly to voters weary of war and looking for a leader who would focus on our challenges here at home. That promise has now clearly been trashed.

Jun 29 09:30

Saudi Arabia’s March Towards Civil War

Has Saudi Arabia’s brinkmanship and heavy-handed policies of intervention in the Middle East come back to haunt the desert kingdom?

Jun 29 08:16

Trump’s Chaos is Covering for Stealth Escalation Overseas by

Been trying to tell you folks. Opposition to Trump and the resulting chaos and confusion is being used to set the stage for WW3!

While Washington is fixated on President Trump’s tweets, antics, lies and Russiagate, the administration is ramping up a stealth escalation of our military involvement across the Middle East. As Naomi Klein warns, Trump’s “rolling shock of the chaos and spectacle” distracts from radical actions both at home and abroad. Across the Middle East, the administration drives the United States ever further into wars without end, increasing the dangers of direct military confrontation with Russia and Iran, with little awareness and no mandate from the American people. This is a recipe for calamity.

Jun 28 09:49

18 Israeli Fighter Jets Landed in Saudi Arabia to Prevent Coup

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz announced on Wednesday his decision to replace Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz with his own son, Mohammed bin Salman.

After the decision was announced, the Israeli air force sent 18 of its fighter jets, including F16I, F15CD and F16CD, along with two Gulfstream aircraft, two tanker airplanes and two C130 planes, special for electronic warfare, to Saudi Arabia at the demand of the new crown prince bin Salman to block his cousin (bin Nayef)’s possible measures.

Jun 28 09:35

Middle East At Point Of No Return As Saudi-Qatar Rift Deepens

At present, the Young Prince of Riyadh, Mohammed Bin Salman, has been given the key to power. This has happened at a very difficult time for not only the Kingdom, but also for the whole Gulf region and its neighbors. The choice made by King Salman to promote his son is a remarkable one but could, from a Saudi perspective, be the only viable choice. The need for a 180 degree change in the economic and social policy which keeps Saudi Arabia a strategic regional player is essential. Without radical changes, such as those presented in Vision 2030 or the Aramco IPO project, the Kingdom’s future could be bleak, as the era for “Rentier States” is over.

Jun 28 08:39

Tillerson and Mattis Cleaning Up Kushner’s Middle East Mess

But the single most important reason for the Qatar tilt is obvious to anyone who knows how to read a map. The U.S. leases the al-Udeid Air Base, southwest of Doha, which is home to the Air Force’s 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The U.S. (and the Qataris), not only mount fighter-bombers from al-Udeid against ISIS units in Iraq and Syria, the base serves as the first line of defense against Iranian encroachments in the region. Even more crucially, al-Udeid not only protects America’s Persian Gulf allies, it protects Israel – and would be a launching point for U.S. aircraft against Iran were Israel to be attacked by the Islamic Republic.

Jun 28 08:33

Saudi Arabia Insists Qatar Demands Are ‘Non-Negotiable’

Suggestions from US officials that they’d like to see Qatar and Saudi Arabia negotiate over the list of demands the later has issued don’t appear to be going anywhere, with Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair insisting that the terms of the demands are non-negotiable.

“We made our point,” Jubeir insisted adding that the Qataris “know what they have to do” to placate the kingdom. Saudi Arabia have Qatar 13 demands and 10 days to accept them. The demands include shutting all Qatari media, closing diplomatic facilities in Iran, expelling Turkey from its Qatari base, and agreeing to pay unspecified “reparations” for past disagreements.

Qatari FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani suggested that didn’t matter at any rate, because Qatar considers the demands “baseless and unacceptable,” saying that any demands that would be taken seriously would need to be “realistic and enforceable.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: apparently emboldened by your visit there, the Saudis feel as though they can get away with this, and no international repercussions (particularly from the United States) will happen if they move, militarily, against Qatar.

Once the deadline for the Saudi's "or else" is over (and I believe that will happen this Sunday, 2 July), all hell could break loose here, with Saudi Arabia moving against Qatar, which now has about 3,000 Turkish troops on their soil to defend it.

And sir, I have to ask; just what, please, are the standing orders to the commanders for the over 10,000 US troops stationed inside Qatar should such a scenario take place over this weekend, or next week?!?

Jun 27 10:48

DRAIN THE SWAMP? NEW TRUMP APPOINTEE IS A SAUDI LOBBYIST

The Center For Public Integrity reported late last week that new Trump appointee, Richard Hohlt, is a current registered agent of the government of Saudi Arabia. According to Department of Justice documents uncovered in the Center’s report, the Saudi Arabian Embassy paid Holt over $430,000 between January and April of 2017. (Further payments to Hohlt will be documented in his next quarterly DOJ filing). Thanks to the Trump appointment Hohlt now serves on the prestigious and influential President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Jun 27 10:06

Top Senator Blocks Gulf Arms Sales Over Qatar Crisis

While previous Senate efforts to limit US arms sales to Saudi Arabia over human rights concerns narrowly failed, Senate Foreign Affairs Committee chair Bob Corker (R – TN) has now withheld all consent for US arms sales to not just Saudi Arabia, but to the other Gulf Arab states, citing the ongoing Qatar crisis.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt have all imposed a blockade on Qatar over the past several weeks, and have issued a long list of demands for Qatar to comply with as a condition for lifting it. Sen. Corker warned that this is undermining the ISIS war.

That’s been a concern from the beginning of the crisis, since the largest US military base in the Middle East is in Qatar, and much of the air war in Syria is based out of Qatar. So far,the Pentagon has insisted that hasn’t been impacted, but the longer the situation goes unresolved, the more likely it’s going to be a problem.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I sense that this is just a small hiccup in President Trump's plans to sell billions in weapons to Saudi Arabia, as well as to other Middle Eastern "bastions of democracy" and will be overcome quickly.

Jun 27 08:12

Saudi Channel Shut Down after Releasing Subtitles of Non-Allegiance to New Crown Prince

The Saudi information ministry shut down a TV channel for rolling subtitles that said some Saudi tribes have defied expressing allegiance to new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Jun 27 07:36

Saudi Airline Denies Pic of Plane Purportedly at Israel’s Airport

The Jerusalem Post reports: Saudi Arabian Airlines has denied the authenticity of a picture circulating on social media of one of its planes parked at Ben Gurion Airport.

Jun 26 10:20

Saudi Arabia Conducts Over 50 Air Raids on Yemen in Just 24 Hours

Saudi Arabia decided to honor the final day of Ramadan in typical Saudi fashion by conducting over 50 airstrikes on various Yemeni provinces in just 24 hours.
35 airstrikes were carried out in the province of Marib, slightly east of Sana’a. 14 airstrikes hit various districts of Hajjah province including Midi and Herad. They also carried out three raids in both Taiz and Sa’ada provinces.
Saudi warplanes dropping bombs over various areas of Yemen is certainly nothing new. In fact Yemenis have been living under airstrikes for over 800 days now. But for the past month, Saudi Arabia has drastically increased airstrikes in both numbers and locations.
Yemeni resistance forces have steadily fought back on the ground. Troops in Taiz have been fending off Saudi-backed mercenaries in various parts of Taiz. In northern provinces of Jizan, Najran, and Asir, Yemeni forces have managed to take-out many Saudi-backed troops, weapons facilities, and vehicles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These US-militarily-enabled bombings, against innocent civilians, are war crimes, pure and simple.

Images: Yemeni children dead and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombings

The US collusion with Saudi Arabia in the commission of these war crimes is morally abhorrent, and reeks of failed US foreign policy, when most respected experts, writing on the issues of Yemen, insist that the only possible solution here is political, rather than military.

Jun 26 10:08

Yemen faces world's worst cholera outbreak - UN

Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world, the United Nations has warned.
A statement by UNICEF and the World Health Organization says the number of suspected cholera cases in the war-torn country has exceeded 200,000.
So far more than 1,300 people have died - one quarter of them children - with the death toll expected to rise.
The two UN agencies say they are doing everything they can to stop the outbreak from accelerating.
"We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," the statement says.
"In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country," it says, with an estimated 5,000 new cases every day.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis, enabled by US troops, have blocked Yemeni ports, so no food can get in. Consequently, Yemeni children are dying from complications of malnutrition and disease.

Images: Yemeni children dying of malnutrition.

Malnutrition creates a marvelous breeding ground for disease:

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera

And even though yesterday, Saudi Arabia pledged $67 million to address cholera in Yemen Saudi Arabia pledges 67 million to tackle cholera in Yemen, being the sanguine soul I am, I have to wonder if this aid is going to wind up treating only families supporting the ousted Al Hadi regime, as a way to "change loyalty" from the those supporting Houthi rebels.

Although cholera has been not yet been weaponised per say, it has been used as a weapon of war before. So one has to wonder: did Saudi Arabia deliberately contaminate Yemen's water resources, making sure that the cholera and other water-borne diseases would take hold, in order to "appear as Yemen's saviour", after inflicting horrific deaths from two plus years of bombing innocent civilians?!?

Jun 26 09:23

Saudi Arabia won’t “go soft” on Putin anymore, vows to destroy “Russian forces in Syria in 3 days”

Newly appointed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a war criminal of highest magnitude.

The new future king, is also suffering from delusions of grandeur, stating yesterday that he “won’t ‘go soft’ on Russia anymore,” noting that Saudi Arabia’s “military capabilities will be enough to destroy Russian forces in Syria in 3 days.”

Jun 26 09:00

Saudi Prince Reveals ‘US Conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be King

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan al-Saud, who lives in Germany, has revealed what he claims are the US conditions for helping Mohamed Bin Salman to become King of Saudi Arabia before his father’s death, thenewkhalij.org reported on Friday.

Writing on Twitter, Khalid said that he had received the information from an informed source within Saudi Arabia’s ruling family.

The alleged conditions include

“absolute obedience to the US and Israel and carrying out whatever they ask him to do.”

Three other conditions, claimed Khalid, are stated in return for helping Bin Salman take the throne before the death of his father:

“Working to settle all Gaza residents in north Sinai as an alternative homeland and Saudi Arabia along with the UAE will afford the needed funds; getting rid of Hamas and whoever supports it; and getting Sanafir Island from Egypt.”

Jun 25 06:53

House of Saudi Cards: The Inside Story

Just when geopolitical practitioners were betting on regime change in Qatar – orchestrated by a desperate House of Saud – regime change ended up happening in Riyadh, orchestrated by Warrior Prince, Destroyer of Yemen and Blockader of Qatar, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS).

Considering the impenetrability of that desert petrodollar family oligarchy impersonating a nation it’s up to a few foreigners granted access to make sense of the latest Arabian Game of Thrones. It also does not help that the “largesse” of Saudi – and Emirati – lobbies in Washington reduces virtually every think tank and hack in sight to abject sycophancy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It sounds as though the royal House of Saud is about to implode, but not before it does a great deal more regional damage than it has already done in Yemen, which has been viciously savage, and was very much the brain-child of Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

The Saudi/UAE "conditions" to which Qatar is supposed to accede by 2 July (one week from today" are untenable to both Qatar and Turkey, which has about 3,000 troops on the ground here, and a military base.

Week after next week is the 4th of July Independence Day holiday in the United States; if Prince Salman moves against Qatar militarily, my guess would be that it would be on or around that date, when Americans are distracted with 4th of July festivities.

And I have to wonder; should that happen, what are the standing orders which have been given to the commanders of nearly 10,000 US military personnel working in Qatar?!?

Jun 25 06:25

Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Seized by violence and teetering on the edge of famine, Yemen is grappling with another danger that threatens to outpace them both: cholera.

"We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," international health authorities said in a statement Saturday.

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise."

They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing quickly — by a rate of roughly 5,000 cases a day.

"And geographically, it is expanding," Mohamed El Montassir Hussein, Yemen director for the International Rescue Committee, told NPR's Jason Beaubien earlier this month. "It's not a small area. It's almost the whole country."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What is interesting is what this article doesn't say; which is, that as a result of US-enabled, Saudi blockade of Yemen's ports, which means food cannot get it, Yemeni children are dying from complications of malnutrition.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

The Saudis and their American backers are not idiots; they knew that by creating this massive state of malnutrition in Yemen's kids, they were deliberately creating a condition where diseases would thrive, and cholera took up their invitation.

Another possible answer to the question of how this epidemic got so out of control so quickly, is the deliberate poisoning of Yemeni water systems with this disease; it would not have been the first time, historically, this has happened:

During the closing stages of the Rhodesian Bush War, the Rhodesian government resorted to use chemical and biological warfare agents. Watercourses at several sites inside the Mozambique border were deliberately contaminated with cholera. These biological attacks had little impact on the fighting capability of ZANLA, but caused considerable distress to the local population. The Rhodesians also experimented with several other pathogens and toxins for use in their counterinsurgency. [67]

Collective punishment is a war crime, period, end of discussion; and yet, the Saudi, US-enabled genocide in Yemen, including the assassination of innocent civilians; the blockade of ports creating malnutrition deaths in Yemen's kids, the subsequent diseases, like cholera, and the used of depleted uranium weapons, and the subsequent birth defects; cancers; and still births, continues here, unabated.

Jun 25 05:54

Trump’s Policy Is Clear: Civilian Casualties Don’t Matter in the War on Terror

? ecent news reports describe a massive increase in civilian casualties at the hands of the US military or US allies. In Mosul, Iraq, hundreds of residents have been killed as US forces join Iraqi troops in the last stage of their assault on the ISIS-held city. In Yemen, the United States is increasing its direct involvement in the Saudi-led air war being waged against the poorest country in the Arab world, as the UN and other aid workers struggle against mass famine and a looming cholera epidemic on top of the thousands already killed and millions displaced. And in Raqqa, Syria, US air strikes and white-phosphorus munitions have led to what the UN calls “a staggering loss of life,” as Washington provides backup to Kurdish and Arab forces now besieging the ISIS stronghold.

“Rarely a day goes by now when we don’t see three or four civilian casualty incidents…around Raqqa....” —AirWars

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is what "collateral damage" looks like in Yemen, courtesy of US military-enabled Saudi genocide against Yemeni children, killed outright, or maimed for life:

Images: Yemeni children killed or maimed from life, courtesy of Saudi bombings.

And the reason I keep posting images like this is, that in Yemen and Iraq, the US government and military are partners in war crimes.

As a Christian pacifist activist, it does not make me morally comfortable to be a citizen of a country which participates in war crimes.

Jun 25 05:42

US-Led Airstrikes Killed 472 Civilians in Syria in the Past Month

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has issued a report today covering the civilian death toll of US-led coalition airstrikes in Syria over the past month, from May 23 to June 23, reporting at least 472 civilians, the largest in any 30-day period since the US started bombing Syria in 2014.

The attacks covered two provinces in Syria, with 222 civilians killed in Deir Ezzor, and the other 250 civilians killed in the Raqqa Province. Strikes against the area immediately surrounding Raqqa were nominally done in support of the Kurdish YPG’s advance on ISIS’ capital, the city of Raqqa.

In Deir Ezzor, much of the death toll was in airstrikes against buildings in the city of Mayadin, where huge numbers of civilian relatives of ISIS fighters were said to be killed, many of them young children. Over the two provinces, the Syrian Observatory counted 137 children killed in the US-led attacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a propaganda front, funded by the EU.

Document:The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is a Propaganda Front funded by the EU

That being said, I would suspect that these numbers are very conservative, relative to the actual number of deaths created by US assaults in Syria.

Jun 24 09:11

Nasrallah: Saudis too weak to wage war on Iran

“The goal of the recent incidents is to forget the cause of Palestine,” Nasrallah said while addressing a ceremony held in southern suburbs of Beirut.

The ceremony was held to mark the International Quds Day which is held worldwide annually on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan to demonstrate support for the cause of Palestine and express hatred towards atrocities of the Zionist occupiers against the defenseless Palestinians.

As the Saudi rulers have acknowledged, they are trying to take war into Iran with the help of the Takfiri groups., Nasrallah added.

Jun 24 09:11

Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia: British daily

Writing in the Guardian, Ali Akbar Salehi said “lavish arms purchases” by regional actors – a reference to the Saudi purchase of $100bn of US arms during Donald Trump’s recent visit to Riyadh – would be seen as provocative in Tehran and that it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to remain “indifferent”.

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