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Aug 25 11:23

Oxfam Accuses UK Government Of Complicity In Saudi-War On Yemen

World leading charity Oxfam condemns the UK’s weapons support for Saudi Arabia, engaged in an aggressive war against Yemen.

Oxfam said at a Geneva conference on Tuesday that the UK was violating the International Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the transfer of conventional arms to ensure there are no violations of international humanitarian law.

Aug 25 10:29

Largest Saudi Bank Crashes To Record Low

Despite the exuberant rebound in the price of oil - and the hope that this means something other than an over-financialized commodity being short-squeezed by rumors - all is not well across the oil producers of the world. Having noted the record surge in default protection for Saudi Arabia (ahead of its looming debt deal)...

Aug 23 11:50

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 


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

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

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

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

Aug 23 10:10

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Map of Yemen

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

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


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

Aug 23 09:41

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

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

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

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

Aug 23 08:49

Barack Obama: From Peace Prize to World’s Biggest Arms Dealer in 8 Short Years

Waking Times Media

On Thursday, the U.S. State Department approved the sale of more military equipment, valued at around $1.15 billion USD, to the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This sounds like a lot of money to most of us, but the most frightening aspect of the sale is that it represents a continuation of an arms-dealing relationship between Washington and the Saudi regime, which has been worth over $50 billion USD in arms sales to date.

Aug 21 11:15

Saudi Jets Bomb Peaceful Pro-Houthi Rally of 100,000 in Yemen’s Capital

The move by Saudi Arabia in violation of international human rights law comes at a time when the United States has withdrawn support for the Riyadh-led coalition due to the rising civilian death toll.

Aug 21 10:31

China’s Pivot to World Markets, Washington’s Pivot to World Wars…

China and the United States are moving in polar opposite directions: Beijing is rapidly becoming the center of overseas investments in high tech industries, including robotics, nuclear energy and advanced machinery with collaboration from centers of technological excellence, like Germany.

In contrast, Washington is pursuing a predatory military pivot to the least productive regions with collaboration from its most barbaric allies, like Saudi Arabia.

Aug 21 09:41

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 21 09:16

US Support for Saudi Coalition Remains Steadfast, Despite Growing Outcry

By Dierdre Fulton

The U.S. remains defiant in its support for the Saudi campaign in Yemen, even as its backing for the ongoing and indiscriminate assault comes under increasing scrutiny.

Following a week that saw the Saudi-led coalition kill significant numbers of Yemeni civilians, including in an attack on a school and the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders facility—which led the charity to announce it was pulling its staff from the northern part of the country — Reuters reported exclusively on Friday that the Pentagon in June withdrew military personnel who were involved in planning the campaign from Saudi Arabia...

Aug 20 11:44

US Reduces Personnel Partaking In Saudi War On Yemen: Report

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

Washington has also dramatically reduced the number of its staff members that are helping the Riyadh regime with the month-long war against its southern neighbor, Reuters reported Friday, citing American officials.

Aug 20 10:54

More than half of Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be barred under new rule

More than half of the Clinton Foundation’s major donors would be prevented from contributing to the charity under the self-imposed ban on corporate and foreign donors the foundation said this week it would adopt if Hillary Clinton won the White House, according to a new Washington Post analysis of foundation donations.

The findings underscore the extent to which the Clintons’ sprawling global charity has come to rely on financial support from industries and overseas interests, a point that has drawn criticism from Republicans and some liberals who have said the donations represent conflicts of interest for a potential president.

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Forgive me, but didn't Clinton vow to do this upon becoming the US's Secretary of State, if I recall correctly?!?

The major corporations love war, and Hillary will deliver them war.

And the country of Saudi Arabia wants military equipment, but still jails, chemically castrates, and executes its LGBTQ citizens, while allowing the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.

Nice company she keeps, through this foundation, doesn't she?!?

Aug 20 10:51

US reduces personnel partaking in Saudi war on Yemen: Report

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

Aug 20 10:17

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Just checking.

Aug 19 08:03

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 17 13:48

The United States’ favoured autocrats

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

Aug 17 12:08

Saudi Airstrikes Destroy Yemen House, Kill 17 Civilians

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 17 11:45

How the West is Complicit in Nurturing Islamic Radicalism?

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

Aug 17 08:09

KSA Responds To Houthi Invasion By Bombing Saudi Citizens

By Brandon Turbeville

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

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

Aug 16 12:50

US DEFENSE FIRMS PROFIT BY SAUDI ARABIA’S SLAUGHTER OF YEMEN

It is not secret that Saudi Arabia has been carrying out ghastly war crimes on the people of Yemen using US weapons and support. Despite the US’ endless (and largely hypocritical) complaining about civilian deaths in Syria, the Saudis have deployed unprecedented violence on civilians in Yemen with no audible opposition from the US. One of the US weapons making an appearance in Yemen are widely banned cluster bombs, specifically the CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon from Textron Systems of Wilmington, Massachusetts. The bombs are not only lethal upon initial use but often the parts of the bomb do not explode as planned and spontaneously detonate later or by accident when scavengers stumble upon them while looking for scrap metal.

Aug 16 09:22

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

Aug 16 08:37

These US Senators Are Actually Trying to Stop The Government From Doing Something Terrible

U.S. senators are attempting to block the State Department’s deal to sell Saudi Arabia nearly $1.5 billion in weapons, just days after the move was announced by the Obama administration.

Aug 15 12:11

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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


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

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

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

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

Aug 15 11:05

Deadly airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen

At least seven people were killed and 20 wounded when a Saudi-led and US-backed coalition airstrike blasted a hospital in Yemen’s northern Hajja province on Monday, authorities said.

A witness told Reuters that rescuers could not attend to and evacuate the wounded staffers and patients because jets continued to fly over the Doctors Without Borders hospital and the medics feared there would be more bombings.

Aug 15 08:10

Thousands of Saudi-Backed Terrorists Ready to Enter Syria via Border with Jordan

Saudi intelligence officers have been training at least 7,000 anti-Syria fighters in Jordan’s territories and plan to dispatch them to the war-hit country via its Southern borders to distract the army from the war in Aleppo, Arab media disclosed.

“Over 7,000 men have been trained in a Saudi-established military camp in Jordan near the border with Syria’s Dara’a province, and now they are ready to be dispatched to join other terrorists’ battle against the Syrian government and army,” the Lebanese al-Manar reported.

“There are several British and western military trainers and advisors in the Saudi-established camp. The western officers are to accompany the fighters in their war against the Syrian government,” the paper said.

Aug 15 06:53

Senators Want Legislation To Limit US Bomb Sales to Saudi Arabia

US Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he is proposing a bill to limit US munition sales to Saudi Arabia in protest for its conduct of the war in Yemen.

Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he is troubled by civilian deaths in the Saudi-led bombing campaign and would like to see restrictions placed on US sales of air-to-ground bombs. Though he said support for the measure might be slim, he sees "a growing discomfort [in Congress] about the growing level of arms sales to the Mideast, and a lot more people willing to ask questions than there were just a few years ago."

The legislation, which would be focused on future sales of air-to-ground munitions to Saudi Arabia, is co-sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Aug 14 06:29

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

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

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

Aug 13 07:05

Thousands of Saudi-Backed Terrorists Ready to Enter Syria via Border with Jordan

Saudi intelligence officers have been training at least 7,000 anti-Syria fighters in Jordan's territories and plan to dispatch them to the war-hit country via its Southern borders to distract the army from the war in Aleppo, Arab media disclosed.

Aug 12 09:11

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Aug 11 11:15

Saudi Losses in Yemen War Exposed by US Tank Deal

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

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

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

This is brilliantly documented by the following article:

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

Aug 10 09:56

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

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

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

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

Aug 10 09:41

Amid uptick in bombings and civilian deaths, US sells more arms to Saudis

The Saudi-led, U.S.-backed military coalition has resumed bombing in Yemen as an uneasy, five-month-long ceasefire gives way to an escalation in fighting that puts besieged civilians at even greater risk.

Aug 10 08:25

America cosies up with Saudi Arabia by approving sale of nearly £1BILLION of army tanks

THE U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than 130 Abrams battle tanks, 20 armoured recovery vehicles and other equipment, worth about £800m($1.15bn), to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Aug 10 07:52

Rearming Riyadh: US Approves $1.15bn Tank Sale To Saudi Arabia

Washington has approved the sale of 133 tanks and 20 recovery vehicles to Saudi Arabia, citing the kingdom’s role as a “leading contributor of political stability and economic progress” in the Middle East, even as Saudi aircraft resumed bombing Yemen.

The US State Department gave its green light for the sale, estimated at $1.15 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in its notice to Congress on Tuesday. General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), of Sterling Heights, Michigan, was named as the primary contractor.

Aug 10 07:47

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

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

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

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

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

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

Aug 09 16:44

Saudi Economic Collapse Leaves 16,000 Foreign Workers Abandoned In Labor Camps

The accelerating collapse of Sauidi economy has left over 16,000 foreign construction workers abandoned in the middle of the Saudi Desert (where summer temperatures spike to 122 degrees) with no job, no money and no way home.

Aug 08 15:26

Devil Queen Of War

It all starts with a Wahhabi-Zionist lovefest.

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

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

Aug 08 15:25

Is Saudi Arabia Zion?

As relations between Israel and the Al Saud family warm up, James Dorsey explores the prospects offered by long-forgotten research by Arab historian Kamal Salibi which concluded that “Judaism’s Zion was not located in Israel but in Saudi Arabia”.

Aug 07 10:30

HOUTHIS AND ALLIES ESTABLISH “POLITICAL COALITION” TO GOVERN YEMEN

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

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

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

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

Aug 06 10:29

Houthis And Allies Establish “Political Coalition” To Govern Yemen

By Brandon Turbeville

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

Aug 05 08:04

Hillary’s Shariah Law Expert Khizir Khan Folds His Tent

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

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

Aug 03 10:35

Saudis Outraged Again Over List of Children’s Rights Violators

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 01 11:26

Yemen Peace Deal Falters on UN Demand for Houthis’ Surrender

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

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

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

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

Jul 31 08:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 31 06:24

Yemeni Forces Take Control of Saudi Military Positions, Hilltops in Najran Province

This wasn't in the script the Yemeni forces are now invading Arabia.

The Clown Prince Mohammed bin Stupid has to be one of the biggest catastophes in history. Al Saud sponsors Gulen with Billions and Errdogman knows Mohammed bin Stupid promoted the Coup.

Errdogman sided with the Russians within days, the South Stream gas pipeline is back on track and he now has too many problems in Turkey to worry about Syria.
I expect the Saudi militias will be going home before too long, that could get interesting.

Jul 30 15:19

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

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

Jul 30 11:00

Saudi Arabia is Setting a Trap for Moscow Yet Againhttp://journal-neo.org/2016/07/29/saudi-arabia-is-setting-a-trap-for-moscow-yet-again/

Apparently, Washington has decided to crush Russia along with Iran and Syria, without waiting for the arrival of Hillary Clinton as a newly elected head of state. It looks like behind the scenes, rulers of America are afraid of the possible victory of Donald Trump during the upcoming election. Therefore, they are in a rush to achieve their primary strategic goal – to bring down Vladimir Putin and induce regime change in Russia at any cost. In a bid to achieve this goal they are relying on two strategies – the dropping of oil prices and the undermining of Russia’s and Iran’s positions in Syria. The recent scandal with the Olympics, brilliantly organized by Washington, London, Paris and Berlin, has struck a painful blow to Moscow’s reputation. A possible defeat in Syria could be even more painful, especially if it is accompanied by continuously decreasing oil prices, which would undermine Russia’s economy.

Jul 30 09:23

Clinton to ‘Reset’ Syria War, Focus on Ousting Assad

According to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy adviser, she would order a “full review” of the Syrian war as her first task upon taking office, with an eye toward a “reset” of the conflict to shift focus toward attacking the Assad government and imposing regime change.

Clinton’s aide, former Pentagon chief of staff Jeremy Bash, insisted that Assad’s was a “murderous regime” and that US foreign policy would be to escalate both the war against ISIS and this new war against Assad to get both “out of there” at the same time.

Syria has been the subject of a lot of debate in the Obama Administration, with the Pentagon seeking a focus on ISIS, the CIA wanting to shift entirely to fighting Assad, and Secretary of State John Kerry negotiating a deal with Russia to expand the war to include al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front.

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A memo to the HRC Campaign and the DNC: post attempted coup, (which Erdogan believes the US government generated), Turkey is moving away from the US and NATO, and toward Russia.

They are refusing to assist the US in Syria, plus the NATO base in Incerlik is in lockdown, including 1500 US troops and 90 nuclear bombs.

The US attempts at unseating al-Assad have just evaporated, and if there is a larger air campaign against Syria, generated either by Obama or yourself, should you steal/win the election, Russia will counter it.

Madame Secretary, is a war with Russia over Syria the outcome you wish to see should you become president?!?

Because, if elected, if you move forward with this plan, that is precisely the outcome you will receive.

This sounds like an outcome the government of Israel would very much like to see; of course, with Americans doing the dying and getting maimed for life, of course.

Jul 29 09:50

Clinton Slams Trump For Praising Dictators, Despite Having Own Ties

After calling on Russia to help release Hillary Clinton’s emails, Trump was quickly accused of quote ‘treason’ and encouraging espionage.

Jul 28 18:53

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

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

Jul 28 10:16

Welsh Teen Held Captive, Beaten & Starved In Saudi Arabia, Court Told

A Welsh teenager was kept prisoner in a cage, beaten and starved by her father, who disagreed with her “un-Islamic lifestyle,” a court has been told. The girl is reportedly still being kept against her will.

Jul 26 06:20

THE US-SAUDI PLAN TO PROMPT AN IRANIAN PULLBACK FROM SYRIA

The US and Saudi Arabia have been conspiring with one another to engineer a series of crises that could prompt Iran to pull back its troops in Syria and redeploy them back to the homeland. The modus operandi has been to encourage peripheral insurgencies inside the Islamic Republic’s borderland regions concurrent with a terrorist threat to the interior, all while stirring up Color Revolution commotion. In short, Washington and Riyadh are working hard to wage a multidimensional Hybrid War on Iran, and all indications point to each respective component of this campaign intensifying in the coming months as the US turns up the heat against its decades-long Mideast rival.

Jul 25 15:11

Houthi Rebels Invade Saudi Arabia, Launch Ballistic Missile In Counter-Offensive

By Brandon Turbeville

While the war in Syria continues to rage and the world’s focus oscillates between American elections, terror attacks in Europe, and a failed Turkish coup (which no one really understands), a scrappy band of rebels in Yemen has not only withstood an onslaught from the Saudi-led coalition, they have managed to launch a counteract that amounts to an invasion of Saudi Arabia...

Jul 25 09:46

Saudis warm up to Israelis

Jul 22 19:05

Foreign Office Backtracks On Its Defense Of Alleged Saudi Atrocities In Yemen

The British government has been forced to withdraw a number of statements it made claiming that the Saudi war in Yemen had not breached human rights law.

Jul 22 15:05

UK Makes U-Turn Over Saudi Crimes In Yemen

The UK has now admitted that Saudi Arabia and its allies may have breached humanitarian laws in Yemen, an embarrassing turnaround on the Britain’s position over the war.

Jul 22 14:52

Saudi Arabia has promised Russia mountains of gold in exchange for Assad

Saudi Arabia has declared its readiness to provide Russia with access to the market of the Arab States of the Gulf and investment in excess of the Chinese. This was stated by the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubeir. According to him, this will enable Russia to become a strength beyond the power of the Soviet Union. Assad's time comes to an end, says al-Jubayr, therefore, Russia should "cut a deal while you can", reports TASS. The Advisor to the Director of the Russian Institute for strategic studies (RISS) Elena Suponina noted that Russia's position in the international arena is not measured in petrodollars, and its interests are not limited to supporting Assad.

Jul 22 10:12

Yemen: 40 Pro-Hadi Militias Killed in Clashes with Yemeni Forces in Hajjah Province

The Saudi fighter jets have ignored the ceasefire and attacked several cities across Yemen, killing several Yemeni civilians, including women and children. In a relevant development on Saturday, Ansarullah forces fired a ballistic missile at an army base held by pro-Hadi militias. According to reports, around 180 troops, including foreign mercenaries, were killed in the attack in the Bab el-Mandeb region in the country’s southwestern province of Ta'iz. Such attacks are carried out in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen which was launched on March 26, 2015 in a bid to reinstate Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, and defeat the Ansarullah movement. Meanwhile, some two dozen civilians lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in a string of Saudi aerial attacks against several areas across Yemen.

Jul 22 09:49

ISIS TERRORJUL 21 2016, 11:59 AM ETISIS Trying to Topple Saudi King with Attack on Mohammed's Mosque

Current and former U.S. officials say a recent ISIS attack on the tomb of Mohammed in Saudi Arabia -- Islam's second holiest site -- shows the terror group is now directly challenging the kingdom's ruling family and trying to topple the monarchy.

"The Saudi king's tiles include 'Protector of the two Holy Cities," said one senior U.S. counterterrorism official. "The message of the attack is that that protection doesn't exist."

The kingdom's two holy cities, Mecca and Medina, are home Islam's two holiest sites, the Qabba in Mecca, which millions of pilgrims visit every year, and the Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, which holds Mohammed's tomb.

Said the counterterrorism official, "If [the royal family] can't protect those places -- and people traveling to those cities from across Islam - it calls in to question the fitness of their ruling power and its legitimacy."

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Were I King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, I would want to have an immediate chat with US Ambassador Westphal as to what the hell American trained and supported ISIS was doing in Saudi Arabia.

I would then politely remind him that if this crud does not stop, all Saudi investment, over 20 billion dollars, would be yanked immediately from American business interests, putting the US economy into an absolute tail spin.

Jul 22 08:26

The Houthis Strike Back: US-Saudi War on Yemen Is in Deep You-Know-What

The Houthis have beaten back and counter-invaded Saudi. US and the Gulf Arabs have responded with - listen this - a statement pleading that 'the conflict in Yemen should not threaten Yemen’s neighbours'...

Jul 21 16:51

US Warns Its Citizens Of An ‘Imminent Threat' In Saudi Arabia

The US State Department has warned American citizens in Saudi Arabia of an “imminent” threat,” advising them to practice extra vigilance until further notice.

Jul 21 12:30

Americans in Saudi Arabia warned to ‘take extra precautions’ by State Department amid terror threat

Americans in Saudi Arabia were warned about a “potential, imminent threat against U.S. citizens” Wednesday and urged to travel with caution by the State Department.

The agency tweeted out a brief statement with the headline, “Reports of a potential imminent threat” in Jeddah.

The U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia was aware of threats to areas frequented by Westerners, such as “markets, restaurants and shopping malls,” among others, the alert said.

Jul 19 15:52

2003 video shows then-Saudi FM asking to declassify 28 pages of 911 report

For years in the wake of the September 11 attacks, 28 classified pages from a US government inquiry have proven to be a bone of contention.

Many claimed that the unreleased documents contained links between Saudi officials and hijackers colluding to hatch the terror plot, which left over 3,000 people killed. Others believed that the kingdom did not want the documents to see the light of day.

On Friday, the US congress released the 28 pages, after years of wrangling in Washington between Congress and different administrations, Republicans and Democrats, and urging by families of the victims.

After reviewing the 28 pages, US intelligence officials say the documents show no evidence of Saudi complicity, the White House confirmed on the same day.

Jul 19 10:47

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

Saudi Arabia is not going to risk an attack on the US because all that wealth would vanish. The Saudi wealth inside the US would be frozen or seized, and the outstanding loans to the US would never be repaid. The "useful idiots" trying to save Israel by blaming 9-11 on Saudi Arabia have yet to come up with a motive for the Saudis to do something like 9-11 that risks losing all that cash.

Remember that Saudi Arabia was being framed for 9-11 right from the start. One of the accused hijackers, a Saudi Pilot named Saeed Al-Ghamdi, was still alive after 9-11 and sued the US Government for defaming him.

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The corporate media are screaming that the recently released 28 pages "convict" Saudi Arabia of 9-11.

Right.

And Saddam had nuclear weapons.

Apparently they are hoping that nobody has read those actual pages because there is nothing there but rumor and innuendo. It's all "may have", or "might be." There is nothing substantive at all.

And as this article (which I hope you will share on social media) points out, Saudi Arabia had no motive to commit 9-11, and even if they had reason to harm the US, they didn't need airplanes into sky scrapers to do it!

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Jul 15 17:45

US Congress Finally Releases '28 Pages' of 9/11 Report

The U.S. Congress on Friday released the previously classified 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report on potential Saudi government ties to the 2001 terrorist attack.

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Nothing but unfounded rumors and innuendo.

Jul 15 11:25

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

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

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

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

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Jul 15 11:15

Congress releases '28 pages' on alleged Saudi 9/11 ties

Congress released on Friday a long-classified report exploring the alleged ties of the Saudi Arabian government to the 9/11 hijackers.
Known as the "28 pages," the secret document was part of a 2002 congressional investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report's completion.

Webmaster addition: So far, the actual report is not available to the public. We just have scores of people with agendas telling us what is in it!

Jul 15 10:18

Yemen slides closer to famine as frozen bank funds curb food imports

Many areas of Yemen are close to famine partly because importers are unable to buy new food stocks from abroad as over $200 million is stuck in banks due to the civil war disruption, trade and aid sources involved say.

Western banks had already cut credit lines for traders shipping food to Yemen, fearing they would not be repaid due to the security chaos and fragile financial system. Now, they are increasingly unwilling to offer letters of credit, which guarantee sellers will be paid on time.

They are reluctant to offer guarantees because the banking system has seized up.

An international commodities trade source involved in the food trade with Yemen, who has knowledge of the country's financing troubles, said as much as $260 million - held in different foreign currencies in Yemeni banks - cannot be transferred abroad partly because relations with many Western banks had broken down.

An aid official also confirmed the amount of funds frozen was at least $260 million.

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I have to wonder; are these "frozen funds" a part of a US/Saudi plan to starve the people of Yemen into submission, and acceptance of the former US Yemenite thug, Al-Hadi?!?

Starvation and siege are not new tactics, in human history, unfortunately.

Jul 15 08:12

US officials afraid of being charged over 9/11 attacks: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Scott Bennett, a former US Army psychological warfare officer, about the impact of new revelations about the Saudi role in September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Press TV: We have heard certain people privy to its contents say there's nothing in it which implicates the Saudis but we've heard the exact opposite from others high up in the government who have also viewed its pages. Could it be possible that the original document may have been altered to salvage ties with Riyadh?

Jul 14 17:47

CIA supplies ISIS with an airforce with help from Khazarian Mafia, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey and Israel

Saakashvili was made governor of Odessa in order to oversee a massive smuggling operation that is keeping Islamic State well supplied with weapons, munitions and all the other necessary goods to wage war. The route to ISIS is across the Black Sea to the port of Batumi, capital of Georgia which sits just a few miles north of the Georgian-Turkish border. From Batumi, the supplies are trucked into Turkey and then onto IS in the south. This is the fate of that dozen missing MiG-21s – they were crated and shipped from Odessa to Batumi then trucked down to Incirlik air base in southern Turkey.

But why would the CIA and their Saudi allies supply their IS proxy army with refurbished half a century old MiG-21s when they have the money and connections to source just about any state of the art hardware their hearts may desire?

This is where the deception part of the operation comes into play – the Syrian air force is still operating MiG-21s, therefore it is a simple matter to paint those dozen IS MiGs in Syrian colours and have them impersonate the Syrian air force for nefarious purposes.

Jul 12 14:14

UK MPs Urge Saudi To Stop Daesh Funding By Royal Families

A British parliamentary committee says Saudi Arabia and other Arab states must prevent their rich ruling families from funding the Daesh terrorist group.

Jul 08 19:33

Former Yemeni President Claims Saudi Funding of Terrorism; Israel, U.S. Supporting Jihadists

By Brandon Turbeville

In an interview with Lebanese television station Al Mayadeen in late June, 2016, Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, deposed by the Western-engineered Arab Spring color revolution in 2011, spoke out against the Saudi funding of terrorist groups and against Western intervention in Yemen for geopolitical purposes.

In addition to pointing out that the Saudis have supported and financed terrorist groups not only in Yemen but across the Arab world as well, Saleh also stated that the United States and Israel use Wahhabism and jihadist ideology to expand their own influence and to destabilize their enemies...

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 09:17

US Oil Reserves Exceed Saudi Arabia

Jul 06 11:10

Bombings in Saudi Arabia Mark Another ISIS Escalation

While Western officials continue to present ISIS as a shrinking threat, the faction continues to expand worldwide, launching several major attacks across the world over the past week. The least deadly attacks, ironically, might be among the most significant.

Over the weekend, three coordinated bombings were carried out in Saudi Arabia, hitting Qatif, Jeddah, and Medina. The attacks killed a total of four people, tiny compared to attacks in Dhaka, Istanbul, and especially Baghdad in recent days.

This is different though, because this is Saudi Arabia. Though ISIS has recruited and sought funding in the Kingdom, but attacks have been pretty rare. The Medina attack, targeting a hugely important mosque in one of Islam’s holiest cities, represents a major escalation.

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A short memo to the House of Saud: if ISIS is funded and trained courtesy of the US government, what the heck is it doing in Saudi Arabia?!?

You had better have a very long talk with Ambassador Joseph Westphal about this.

More often than not, the countries of the Middle East have found the US government more of a "frenemy" than a true ally, in its pursuit of its own geopolitical goals.

Jul 06 06:58

Saudis: "We pay Hillary's bills"

Jul 05 12:02

Foreign-backed militants committing war crimes in Syria: Amnesty

Amnesty International says militant groups backed by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and the US are involved in "a chilling wave of abductions, torture and summary killings" amounting to "war crimes" in Syria.

In a report on Tuesday, Amnesty named al-Nusra Front, which is the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, as well as the so-called Ahrar al-Sham, Nureddin Zinki, the Levant Front and Division 16 as groups engaged in war crimes in Syria.

The groups have detained and tortured lawyers, journalists, and children among others for criticizing them, the London-based group said.

Some of the groups in question “are believed to have the support of governments such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the US,” it added.

The US has thwarted a Russian bid in the United Nations to put Ahrar al-Sham on the list of terrorist groups.

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Apparently, for the current US Administration, "the ends (regime-changing Syria) justifies the means", even when those means include the torture and assassinations of children.

Way to go, US government; you've made this country the "Assassination Nation" in the eyes of the world!! Congratulations on aligning with such an heroic, human-rights and democracy-centric group of guys!!

Jul 02 18:36

America Should Exit From NATO and the National Security State

snip: What did U.S. and NATO officials think — that people would simply remain where they were so that they could get blown to bits with the bombs that were being dropped on them, by the U.S. assassination program, or by the massive civil-war violence that came as a result of the U.S. and NATO regime-change operations?

People don’t ordinarily behave in that fashion. Most people prefer to live rather than die and will do anything they can to survive. That’s why those refugees fled to Europe— to escape the horrific consequences of interventionism by NATO and the U.S. national security state in the Middle East.

I wonder if deep down, those who are lamenting and groaning about the Brexit vote realize that: If there had been no U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, no regime change in Libya, no U.S. and NATO bombing and interventionism in Syria, there wouldn’t have been a massive refugee crisis in Europe and, almost certainly, a rejection of Brexit by a majority of British voters.

Jul 01 14:31

UK High Court To Review Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia

The high court in Britain has given the green light for a legal review of the country’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid widespread civilian deaths in Yemen.

Jul 01 07:30

Cameron’s controversial £2.8bn Saudi Arabia arms deal investigated

Saudi Arabia has been part of a massive bombing campaign in Yemen in a bid to quash a rebellion. Thousands of civilians are thought to have been killed in the raids, including one using British-made cluster bombs last May.

On Wednesday, High Court judge Mr. Justice Gilbart said there was “abundant evidence of breaches of international humanitarian law” by Saudi Arabia and the arms deal with Britain must be investigated.

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jun 30 16:34

If The UN Won’t Stop Saudi Arabia’s War In Yemen, The U.S. Should

On May 27, Foreign Policy reported that the Obama administration has decided to block the sale of additional cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia.

Jun 29 08:50

80 Killed in Heavy Fighting, Airstrikes in Yemen

Heavy fighting between the pro-Saudi forces and the Shi’ite Houthis in Yemen over the past 24 hours left at least 80 people dead nationwide, one of the single deadliest days of fighting in months, and a sign that the crumbling peace process is no longer restraining fighters on either side.

The largest death toll was in an airstrike by the Saudi military, which killed 34 people in Taiz in a target on a Shi’ite controlled area. 19 civilians were among the slain, according to reports from the area.

The area hit in Taiz was a commercial road between a pair of villages, hitting several shops in the area and killing a number of shoppers and storekeepers in the process. A number of people were also wounded in the airstrikes.

Another Saudi airstrike hit pro-Saudi forces traveling in a vehicle in a contested area, killing four troops in what officials described as an accident. Further south in Shabwa, seven civilians were killed in a pair of drone strikes.

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This US-enabled war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, lead by the Saudis, is so morally repellent, that I do not know where to start.

And, in fact, the war has been going so badly here that the UAE has hired private mercs to take some of the heat off the Saudi forces. As reported at syrianfreepress.wordpress.com in March of this year:

The first batch of mercenaries from the private US military firm DynCorp has arrived in the Yemeni city of Aden to replace paid militants from another American company. Under a USD-3-billion contract between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and DynCorp, mercenaries from the company are to be deployed to Yemen, where UAE forces are fighting against the Yemeni army and Popular Committees on Saudi orders, Khabar News Agency quoted an official with Yemeni Defense Ministry as saying. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the first group of the mercenaries recently arrived in the port city of Aden to replace those of Blackwater, a notorious American group now renamed Academi. He added that the new militants included special naval forces, who entered the port of Ras Omran southwest of Aden. DynCorp is a rival of Blackwater, which hires mercenaries and sends them to fight in foreign countries on paid missions. Blackwater had decided to withdraw from Bab-el-Mandeb region after the Yemeni forces inflicted heavy losses on them. The UAE was forced to bring in the new mercenaries from DynCorp for the same reason.

The US government position is to throw out the Houthi rebels, because they, last year, threw out the US puppet, Al-Hadi, for immense corruption; the US wants Al-Hadi back in again, because he is, after all, their thug.

The Saudis haven't much headway here, well over a year into this conflict.

And one has to wonder, what was the driving force, propelling the Saudi Government, and the House of Saud to initiate, and continue, this US-enabled war?!?

As reported at sputniknews.com, on 4 June, 2017:

Why does Saudi Arabia continue to bomb Yemen back into the Stone Age? The crux of the matter is that Yemen has oil reserves, while Riyadh is steadily running out of the commodity, American political analyst Phil Butler explains. A Saudi banker displays the new one hundred riyal banknote bearing the portrait of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud at a bank in Riyadh, 05 June 2007 © AFP 2016/ HASSAN AMMAR Out of Money: Saudi Arabia Shot Itself in the Foot by Dropping Oil Prices According to American political analyst and researcher Phil Butler, the US-backed Saudi Arabian war against Yemen is neither about the longstanding sectarian strife between Sunnis and Shiites, nor about the much-discussed military campaign aimed against al-Qaeda in the region. While Western media outlets usually refer to Yemen as a "small" energy producer, the truth of the matter is the country is sitting on substantial oil and gas reserves, which Saudi Arabia and its allies want to control, Butler notes. In addition, Yemen lies at the Bab el-Mandab, a key checkpoint for maritime transit of oil, with 3.4 million barrels of oil passing through it each day. In one of his previous analytical reports for New Eastern Outlook, Phil Butler called attention to the fact that Saudi Arabia's oil wealth is doomed to falter: "Given the nature of the country's [Saudi Arabia's] oil reserves, and almost unlimited production for decades, it's possible the Saudis could simply be running out of gas," the American analyst stressed. In this context, it is hardly surprising that Riyadh has recently adopted an assertive and even aggressive foreign policy approach towards its neighbors. "Running out of the last of the nation's only saleable resource, the Saudi royalty have put their country into a mess, the potential for revolution there being acute, should the people discover the real predicament. This is why we see an 'all in' Saudi aggressive stance, on Syria, with Iran, and especially where Yemen is concerned. While Washington think tank evangelists try and play the tensions off as Sunni-Shiite religious friction, new oil reserves are the truth of these matters," Butler writes.

So, in a nutshell, there you have it.

And President Obama, please be aware; thinking Americans are watching this, and morally condemning the US-enabled and brutal slaughter of Yemenite innocents, as the Saudis have absolutely no compunctions against shelling schools, hospitals, and residences.

The US government is, once again, enabling war crimes here, and doesn't see this as a problem.

OF course, everyone who has signed off on this dirty war has had their conscience surgically removed, from the top levels of government on down.

Jun 28 10:57

SAUDIS LOBBY WASHINGTON INSIDERS TO SUPPORT U.S. LED REGIME CHANGE IN SYRIA

That 51 US diplomats reproached President Obama’s Syria policy by calling for greater American military force deployed against the Damascus government was itself a remarkable sign of official dissent within Washington. But the president’s authority was further brazenly undermined when a few days later the Saudi rulers endorsed the dissenting US diplomats – while being received at the White House.

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I would strongly suggest to Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the US, Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud, that there is an elephant in the room, snoozing on the Bosendorfer, which no one in power in the US or Saudi Arabia wants to address, in terms of this kind of action by the US military, and that is the presence of the Russian military, at the invitation of the Syrian government.

A attempted decap strike by the US military may well devolve into a shooting war with Russia; is that what the Saudi Arabian government and House of Saud would like to see happen?!?

Such a war could prove not only a military disaster for the US, because our military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to ensure a successful outcome; but also, it could be a complete train wreck for the US economy as a whole.

As reported at money.cnn.com in May of this year:

Saudi Arabia stockpiled $116.8 billion of U.S. Treasuries as of March, the Treasury Department announced on Monday, ending four decades of keeping the figure secret. That makes Saudi Arabia the 13th largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, though well behind the $1 trillion-plus owned by China and Japan each. The Saudi figure was first reported by Bloomberg News based on a Freedom of Information Act request. Unlike with most other major owners of U.S. debt, the Treasury Department kept Saudi Arabia's precise holdings secret since the 1970s. Saudi's holdings were lumped together with that of other oil exporting nations, including Venezuela and Iraq. But that policy ended on Monday as the Treasury Department disclosed precise holdings by specific countries that were previously grouped together. A Treasury official told CNNMoney the move was made following a review aimed at trying to provide more

Does the Saudi government want to see its investment in US Treasuries be placed in a situation from which that investment cannot recover?!? I would, frankly, have a hard time believing that it would.

So, if this is not the case, I would strongly caution the Saudi government against lobbying for a direct decap strike against Al-Assad; the ultimate outcome of such a strike could backfire, big-time, on Saudi Arabia's already precarious financial position, with the price of oil as low as it is right now.

Jun 27 12:22

Prince Quest To Americanize Saudi Vision 2030

With Brexit and Donald Trump hijacking the mainstream media, you might have missed stories about Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s quest to find someone who can realize his extravagant vision for the kingdom. And where to look better than the United States, an old-time buddy whose help is not still too costly for the opulent regime to disdain.

Jun 24 05:42

U.S. Air Force looking for Arabic and Dari role players

McGuire Air Force Base will be hosting training exercises in which they need Arabic and Dari speaking actors, “role players,” to participate.

Jun 23 10:39

Saudi Arabia Declares Cease-Fire in Oil War

The new Saudi oil minister, Khalid Al-Falih, says the oil glut is over. That means the kingdom's war against U.S. shale producers is coming to an end, too. Who won it is a tough question to answer; on balance, it's probably the Saudis, but they have paid a huge price, and the surviving U.S. frackers have also benefited. In September 2014, Saudi Aramco, the kingdom's state oil company, simultaneously increased output and discounts to Asian customers, making it difficult for producers with higher costs to compete. The U.S. shale industry responded with desperate bravado, cutting costs, perfecting technologies and pumping like crazy to avoid defaulting on its debts. Yet, according to Haynes and Boone's Oil Patch Bankruptcy Monitor, 81 North American oil and gas companies have filed for bankruptcy since the beginning of 2015. In Texas alone, there have been 41 bankruptcies, representing $24.3 billion in debt...

Jun 23 08:40

U.N. Bows To Saudi Financial Threats, Removes KSA From Child Killers List

By Brandon Turbeville

Despite the crowing of Western nations like the United States, Britain, France and other NATO countries, as well as the United Nations, regarding “human rights violations” in countries like Syria (where the main rights violators have been Western-backed terrorists funded by the West itself) and Iran, Saudi Arabia has continued apace with its policy of floggings, imprisonment, torture, and beheadings for offenses such as “insulting Islam,” “establishing liberal websites” and “sorcery” to the tune of little to no criticism by the West...

Jun 20 13:08

US Sends Special, Intelligence Troops to Southern Yemen

"The US special and intelligence forces have arrived in Southern Yemen on the pretext of fighting the Al-Qaeda terrorist group," a Yemeni intelligence source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA on Monday. The source noted that the US troops have been stationed in al-Anad military base in Lahij province to the North of Aden province. "The UAE has asked the US to dispatch its special forces to Southern Yemen to control Bab al-Mandeb Strait," the Yemeni source added. In early May, the United States military deployed more than 200 US Marines in the port city of Mukalla in the Central province of Hadramout...
30 Saudi-Led Forces, Commanders Killed in Yemen Ballistic Missile Attack in Al-Jawf Province - http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13950331001112

Jun 20 13:03

Saudi Pressure on Child Rights Report Undermines UN's Credibility

Riyadh was listed as having violated the rights of children in armed conflict, joining a so-called 'rogues' gallery' of states and armed groups, for its part in the Yemen war. The UN report, released on 3 June, describes the Saudi-led campaign of aerial bombardment in Yemen, ongoing since 26 March 2015, as having caused some 60 per cent of all casualties among children since the conflict began. In total, the report attributes the death of 510 children and 667 more injuries to the Saudis. The kingdom, which is deeply sensitive to criticisms of its rights record at home and abroad, was furious at the report and apparently spent much of the following weekend furiously lobbying the UN to remove its name from the list. According to Foreign Policy's Colum Lynch, Riyadh threatened to pull funds and aid for UN humanitarian work and other projects, and convinced its regional allies to pile further pressure on to the organization.

Jun 20 10:09

US PRAISES SAUDI LEADERSHIP IN SYRIA, BUT DOCS REVEAL COLLABORATION IN CREATION OF ISIS

There’s mounting evidence that the U.S. and Saudi Arabia both played important roles in the creation of Daesh and other extremist groups.

According to a May 24 report from Washington’s Blog, documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative government transparency watchdog, show the U.S. government knew about Daesh’s potential rise to power well before that came to fruition. An Aug. 12, 2012 briefing by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency on Syria warns: “Internally, events are clearly taking a sectarian direction.”

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So, the US and Saudi Arabia colluded to create Isis to challenge the Syrian government; what could possibly have gone wrong with that, except....everything?!?

Jun 20 09:09

US PRAISES SAUDI LEADERSHIP IN SYRIA, BUT DOCS REVEAL COLLABORATION IN CREATION OF ISIS

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the United States and Saudi Arabia are vowing to turn up the heat against terrorists and religious extremism in the Middle East. But these allies have a history of supporting the same tenets of religious extremism that lead to terrorism and repression of human rights. On June 13, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at Kerry’s home in Washington, where the pair shared dinner. The meeting came a day after Omar Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, apparently pledging allegiance to Daesh (an Arabic acronym for the terrorist group known in the West as ISIS or ISIL) during the attack.

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 17 05:29

U.S. Diplomats Rebuke Obama On Syria And Call For Strikes On Assad

More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of U.S. policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its persistent violations of a civil war ceasefire.

The “dissent channel cable” was signed by 51 mid- to high-level State Department officers involved with advising on Syria policy.

The cable calls for “targeted military strikes” against the Syrian government in light of the near-collapse of the ceasefire brokered earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing copies of the cable it had seen.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that the memo was an “important statement” that he would discuss when he returned to Washington.

“It’s an important statement and I respect the process, very, very much. I will...have a chance to meet with people when I get back,” Kerry told Reuters during a visit in Copenhagen.

He said he had not seen the memo.

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OK, let me see if I can get my head around this.

These 51 diplomats are advocating for decap strikes against Al-Assad, and his army, to "punish" them for breaking the fragile truce.

But who, really, has been breaking the truce?!? I think, were the numbers accurate, we would discover in short order, that it has not been the Syrian military which has been breaking the truce,but US funded, supported, and armed jihadists, aided and abetted by the Turkish government, as has been incontrovertibly proven, time and time again.

I would like to politely point out that the Russian military has been invited by the Syrian government to get rid of all the bad guys, no matter whether they are US sponsored jihadists or not. The US military has not been invited into Syria, yet the US military is in Syria, featuring those "boots on the ground", which Obama promised would never happen,and with absolute hubristic impunity.

We are clearly risking war with Russia in Syria, by potentially attacking Syria more aggressively.

And it is a war the US government may well not be in a position to win, because the US military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; the manufacturing; the troop strength to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia.

And I have to wonder; how many of these 51 diplomats have sons or daughters serving in the US military right now?!? I am betting, only a very, very small number. And how many have significant stock holdings in the companies which make weapons of war?!? I am betting, a significant number.

And for people like these, it is most usually "other people's kids" who get killed or maimed for life in a military campaign, ultimately for private corporate profit.

Our military personnel matter to me a great deal, and I do not want to see them "thrown" at any perceived problem, which hard-fought, ethical negotiations could ultimately resolve in the geopolitical arena without bloodshed.

It appears that the US government has rather forgotten how to do this, and believes that it can simply "bully" other countries on this planet into submission with its aggressive military actions.

Ultimately, it is the people of Syria who should be allowed to make their own choices as to who governs them; this is not for any outside country to arbitrarily decide through "regime change".

Jun 16 17:14

Saudi Crown Prince: 'We Fund 20% Of Hillary's Campaign'

Now to cover-up this story they are blaming a hack...

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Jun 16 12:08

UAE Military Campaign “Practically Over” In Yemen After Series Of Crushing Defeats

By Brandon Turbeville

After spending more than 14 months in Yemen as part of the “Saudi-led coalition” to re-impose the rule of corrupt Western-friendly Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and destroy the Houthi revolution, the United Arab Emirates are announcing their plans to withdraw from the country.

While the Saudis and their coalition laughably claim that their campaign is based upon human rights, the reality is that it is based upon the desire to prevent further Iranian influence in the region and the expansion of Shi’ite power...

Jun 16 12:06

Clinton TRIES To Sound Tough On Campaign Donor Saudi Arabia

Hillary thinks she's a badass with her meaningless words. This is not leadership. We need to withhold aid and weapons from all 3 gulf nations.

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Jun 15 14:14

'No Confirmation Of WH Meetings' With Visiting Saudi Prince

The White House has snubbed Saudi Arabia’s powerful Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after Riyadh said he would meet President Barack Obama in Washington.

Prince Mohammad, also the defense minister, arrived in the US on Monday to hold a number of meetings with senior US officials.

Jun 14 13:58

After U.S. Arrival, Saudi Prince Remains Off White House Schedule

It was billed by Riyadh’s state media as a trip for Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince to meet with President Barack Obama and other senior U.S. officials. But now that Prince Mohammed bin Salman has arrived in Washington, it’s still unclear if the president or any White House officials will meet with him, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Payback for the 'Saudi Arabia gave 20% of Hillary's campaign' statement?

Jun 14 11:30

Now The Podesta Group Gets Involved: Claims Story Of Saudi Funding For Hillary Was "A Hack"

As we reported yesterday, while this stunning report was hosted by Petra for a few hours, the report did not remain on the website for long. In the meantime, the Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs later re-published an Arabic version of it, which quoted Prince Mohammed as having said Saudi Arabia had provided with “full enthusiasm” an undisclosed amount of money to Clinton.

The story quickly made the rounds, and prompted Donald Trump to post the following note on his Facebook page: "Crooked Hillary says we must call on Saudi Arabia and other countries to stop funding hate. I am calling on her to immediately return the $25 million plus she got from them for the Clinton Foundation!"

Jun 13 12:26

Saudi Arabia Has Funded 20% Of Hillary's Presidential Campaign, Saudi Crown Prince Claims

In what may be the pinnacle of hypocrisy, moments ago Hillary Clinton, while speaking live on national security and addressing the Orlando shooting took some time from her constant bashing of the Second Amendment and calling for a ban on assault rifles, to say some less than kind words about Saudi Arabia whom it accused of supporting radical organizations. This is what she said:

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Here you go, folks: as reported at mintpresswnews.com this morning:

Saudi Arabia has paid more than 20 percent of the cost of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for presidential elections, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was quoted as saying Sunday in a news report by the Jordanian Petra News Agency. According to the Middle East Eye news website, the report was later deleted from the agency’s website. However, a snapshot of the original Arabic version was later republished by the Washington-based Institute for Gulf Affairs. “Saudi Arabia has always sponsored both Republican and Democratic Parties of America and… the kingdom also provides with full enthusiasm 20 percent of the cost of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the U.S. presidential elections despite the fact that some influential forces within the country don’t have a positive look toward supporting the candidate because she is a woman,” the agency’s report quoted Prince Mohammed as saying. The comments came as the Saudi second-in-command traveled to Washington on an official visit to meet with U.S. officials to discuss ties between the two countries, the Saudi state news agency said Monday. It is illegal in the U.S. for presidential candidates to accept funding from foreign governments, but Saudi Arabia and Clinton are no strangers to exchanging favors. The Clinton Foundation, which is chaired by both Hillary and her husband Bill Clinton, disclosed in 2008 that it had accepted up to US$25 million from the Saudi Kingdom in the same year. Other foreign governments who have donated money to the Clintons include Norway, Kuwait, Qatar, Brunei, Oman, Italy and Jamaica, which together donated around US$20 million. Middle East Eye said it attempted to contact the Saudis and Hillary Clinton but failed to receive a response from either party.

If, in fact, this report is true, Clinton has just committed election fraud by illegally taking money from a foreign government to get her elected, and should be immediately be investigated for this.

Of course, with Loretta (hang the climate skeptics) Lynch as the US's AG, this will only happen when pigs fly.

And BTW, Saudi Arabia is a country which still allows female genital mutilation; and Hillary is accepting money from a country (among several) which still allows this barbaric practice?!?

Clinton as"Pro-women", MY ASTROLABE!!!!!!

Jun 12 10:19

Saudi Arabia set to be absolved of responsibility in 9/11 in secret report, CIA chief says

CIA chief John Brennan said he expects 28 classified pages of a U.S. congressional report into the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States to be published, absolving Saudi Arabia of any responsibility.

'I think the 28 pages will be published and I support their publication and everyone will see the evidence that the Saudi government had nothing to do with it,' Brennan said in an interview with Saudi-owned Arabiya TV.

Jun 12 09:41

US Has No Proof of Saudi Involvement in 9/11 Attacks - CIA Chief

US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan said that the 9/11 Investigative Commission had not found proofs of Saudi Arabia's involvement in the terrorist attacks in New York in 2001.

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Jun 09 15:33

With Bananas For Oil, UK Wouldn’t ‘Even Trade’ With Saudi

A British program to train police officers from a country “known for torture” could mean the UK is playing the same “dirty role” the United States has been playing in Saudi Arabia, says an Ireland-based political commentator.

Jun 09 12:36

UN's Ban Ki-moon admits threats resulted in Saudi-led coalition being removed from blacklist

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has admitted that his decision to remove the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen from the organization's blacklist came after threats from a number of countries. Human rights groups are urging him to backtrack on the decision.

Jun 08 22:24

Houthi forces seize 58 kilos of hashish bound for Saudi Arabia

The Houthis are gettin the Saudis were it really hurts. They ripped off their hash! Must be some really good $h!t cause the Saudis hit em back with airstrikes!

The Houthi forces caught a group of smugglers in the Saada Governorate on Wednesday and confiscated 58 kilos of their hashish that was bound for Saudi Arabia.

In response to the seizure of these drugs, the Saudi Air Force launched several airstrikes over the provincial capital of the Saada Governorate.

Jun 08 14:22

Saudis to Receive Combat Choppers After Removal From UN Child Killing List

Saudi Arabia is set to receive 24 Hellfire-armed AH-6i Little Bird helicopters from US aeronautics contractor Boeing, a sale that would have been banned had the UN not removed the Kingdom from their war crimes against children list.

Jun 08 13:33

British Police Training Saudis Amid Torture Fears: Documents

British police are training Saudi officers to use high-tech detection skills despite concerns that they have led to suspects being tortured.

Senior British MPs called Tuesday for the suspension of the controversial program by the College of Policing.

Jun 08 12:16

Is Saudi Arabia About to Witness a Soft Coup D’etat?

If Saudi Arabia still appears an island of political stability amid raging waters – at least to the naked eye, the kingdom has been plagued by great many turmoil; not least of all Yemen’s war, and the ever growing ambition of its Crown Prince: Mohammed bin Salman, son to King Salman al-Saud... It is likely King Abdullah’s reign will be remembered for the calm it guaranteed, while King Salman’s spell on the throne will rhyme with violence, bloodshed and a shuffling of the kingdom’s once deep state. But is King Salman actually sitting on that throne? If sources close to Riyadh palaces are to be trusted King Salman, one of al-Saud’s last princes of old, suffers from dementia, or Alzheimer – both degenerative mental diseases. And while the court so far at least, has been able to keep a lid on such development – mental lapses do not exactly scream political stability, or confidence, al-Saud Royals could be running out of road to walk on...

Jun 08 10:42

The Latest Attempt to Whitewash the Saudi-Led Coalition’s Crimes in Yemen

The U.N. has made a humiliating, disgraceful reversal in its reporting on the Saudi-led coalition’s crimes in Yemen:

Jun 08 03:00

In meeting with Orthodox, Trump reveals Israel advisers: His Jewish lawyers

NEW YORK (JTA) – There were a few things Donald Trump made clear when he met Thursday with a select group of Jewish reporters, almost all of them Orthodox, at his corporate offices in Manhattan.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was the one who initiated Wednesday’s one-on-one powwow with Trump to mend fences, not him. He’s a great friend of Israel. He has many Orthodox Jewish friends, including his chief lawyer, Jason D. Greenblatt. And he considers himself a very loyal boss.

But in a 20-minute question-and-answer session that touched on religious liberty in the workplace, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and federal education tax credits, Trump offered scant details.

On some substantive policy questions, the Republican front-runner for president didn’t answer at all, instead delegating the question to Greenblatt, a real estate attorney from Teaneck, New Jersey — one of two people he said he’d appoint as his White House Israel policy advisers.

More at:
http://www.jta.org/2016/04/14/news-opinion/politics/in-meeting-with-or...

Jun 07 11:05

UN takes Saudi coalition off Yemen list of child violators

Following a vehement protest from Saudi Arabia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday removed the Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen from a list of government forces that committed grave violations against children last year, pending a joint review of cases.

Jun 06 07:40

Looks Like the Saudis Have Lost the Oil War

Poor Saudi Arabia. They don’t realize it yet but they have lost their oil war. The war in its current phase began in September, 2014, when the dying King Abdullah and his Minister of Petroleum, Ali Al-Naimi, told US Secretary of State John Kerry they would gladly join Washington in plunging world oil prices. It became clear the main Saudi motive was to eliminate the new growing challenge to their control of world oil markets by forcing prices so low that the US shale oil industry would soon go bankrupt. For Kerry and Washington the focus, of course, was to economically cripple Russia in the wake of new US sanctions by damaging their revenues from export of oil. Neither achieved their aim.

Now, however, it’s clear that Saudi Arabia, which along with Russia is the world’s largest oil producer, is going down a dark road to ruin. Washington seems more than happy to cheer them on.

Jun 05 15:38

9/11's Conspiracy Trio Falling Apart

Alarmed by the willingness of its regional ally Saudi Arabia to question the official version of 9/11, Israel weighed in with New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer to place a “poison pill” in the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism (JASTA) bill that cleared the Senate in a unanimous vote. The bill would allow the families of the victims of foreign government-sponsored terrorism to sue the governments involved for damages. The law, which President Obama indicated he would veto, would lift “sovereign immunity” on countries like Saudi Arabia, thus making them liable for civil law suits. Schumer placed an amendment inside the JASTA bill that would allow Saudi Arabia to avoid law suits so long as the U.S. State and Justice Departments certified to the trial judge hearing any JASTA case that the two departments were making good faith efforts with the defendant country to resolve any issues bilaterally. Schumer’s amendment—the Stay of Actions Pending State Negotiations—would also allow the State and Justice Departments to seek from the court continual 180-day stays, thus killing any lawsuits indefinitely.

Israel is also concerned that it, too, could face lawsuits under the provisions of JASTA. WMR has previously reported that some of the footnotes in the classified 28 pages provide links that lead to Israeli involvement in 9/11. It is noteworthy that the Saudis are blaming the George W. Bush administration for carrying out 9/11 and are leaving Israel out of the equation. Schumer’s actions on behalf of the Saudis are a clear indication that the Saudi-Israeli alliance remains intact.

Jun 05 08:21

UN Finally Blacklists Saudi Arabia for the Wholesale Slaughter of Children Using US-Supplied Bombs

By Claire Bernish

A child is killed in Yemen every four hours — but partly because 60 percent of those deaths in 2014, alone, were at the hands of the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led coalition, it has now been blacklisted by the United Nations.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon explained the constant bombardment of the country had taken a “devastating toll” on its civilian population — particularly on children who are maimed and killed by the hundreds, if not thousands.

In a statement after the release of the Annual Report on children in armed conflict, Ban noted a six-fold increase in the number of children killed in Yemen since 2014...

Jun 03 08:49

Saudis rooting for Clinton to win White House: Oil analyst

“It is no secret that the Saudis and other [Persian] Gulf Sunni powers are rooting for Mrs. Clinton,” Bob McNally, president of Washington-based consulting firm Rapidan Group, told CNBC from Vienna on Thursday.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) holds its semiannual meeting Thursday in Vienna, but is unlikely to announce any strategy changes.

McNally said that there is “a lot of concern and anxiety” about what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for the oil market.

Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, has questioned the protective nature of the US relationship with Saudi Arabia.

He has suggested that the United States should consider ditching Riyadh because Washington is increasingly getting less dependent on overseas oil.

Jun 01 13:53

What happens when Arab autocrats are left to fend for themselves?

James M. Dorsey attributes Washington’s disengagement from Saudi Arabia to its refocus on Asia, and argues that Saudi attempts at regional leadership through sectarianism and war are doomed to fail for objective, structural reasons.

May 31 19:16

Ken O’Keefe in Canada - on beating the bankers, Israeli brutality, and the 9/11 ‘gift’

O’Keefe told his audiences that we won’t solve our biggest problems until we understand that we have been subjugated by an international financial system that concentrates power in the hands of an ultra-rich and very shadowy elite. And this elite routinely uses war as a tool to increase its power.

“I’ve travelled all over this world, and we are all basically the same,” he said in his first Toronto talk. “We don’t want war. But we have war – all the time. Why? Because the bankers run the world, and war is the best thing for them. Not only does it provide more profits for them but more importantly it divides people. What can divide people more than killing each other?”

“We’re consenting to the destruction of our world,” he said.

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Embedded videos of O'Keefe's Toronto appearance at link.

May 31 16:35

Why Exactly Does Saudi Arabia Fund The Spread Of Wahhabism?

Many in the West may be unaware of the significance of an event in Saudi Arabian history for the rest of the world. In an article titled Saudia Arabia and Iran: The Cold War of Islam (sic – the “i” in Saudia still stands two weeks after the article was posted), Spiegel International reports that in November of 1979, the same year as the Iranian revolution

…SUNNI TERRORISTS SEIZED THE GRAND MOSQUE IN MECCA AND TOOK THOUSANDS OF PILGRIMS HOSTAGE. THEIR LEADER CAME FROM THE HEART OF SAUDI ARABIA AND CLAIMED TO BE THE MAHDI, OR REDEEMER — AND HE CALLED FOR THE OVERTHROW OF THE KING. THE ROYAL FAMILY SAW LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO CALL FOR ASSISTANCE FROM FRENCH SPECIAL FORCES — INFIDELS — TO LIBERATE THE MOSQUE.

May 28 16:13

The UK is selling record quantities of arms – including missiles, bombs and grenades – to countries listed by the Foreign Office as having dubious human rights records

More than £3bn of British-made weaponry was licensed for export last year to 21 of the Foreign Office’s 30 “human rights priority countries” – those identified by the government as being where “the worst, or greate

May 27 09:20

NEW TURKISH-U.S. QUARRELS ABOUT SYRIA

SOME 300 U.S. SPECIAL FORCES ILLEGALLY INVADED SYRIA TO SUPPORT THE SYRIAN KURDS OF THE YPG ORGANIZATION. THE TURKS SEE THE YPG AS A SISTER ORGANIZATION TO THE KURDISH PKK GUERRILLA IN TURKEY WHICH AREA DESIGNATED TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WHILE THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR AUTONOMY WITHIN TURKEY. ONLY YESTERDAY SIX TURKISH SECURITY PERSONAL DIED DURING FIGHTS WITH THE PKK. TO TURKS THE YPG ARE TERRORISTS.

Yesterday the U.S. special forces screwed up mightily by displaying the insignia of the "terrorists" while combating the Islamic State. Leading U.S. media though try to calm the situation down by misleading their readers.

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I would strongly suspect that the number of US Special Forces in Syria are far larger than the number here suggests.

Also, as reported today at zerohedge.com, the first photos of American troops in Syria have been released.

Following the propagandist double-speak gushing forth from the Obama administration over when a "boot on the ground" in Syria is a "boot on the ground," the following photographs via Agence France-Presse confirm US special operation forces in a rural village 40 miles from Raqqa. As The Guardian reports, the Pentagon press secretary, resisted commenting on the photographs and would only describe the US special operations forces’ mission in generic terms, despite the fact that these troops are at the frontline of fighting when President Obama assured America that forces are consistently behind the forward lines. In April, State Department spokesman John Kirby attempted to change the narrative in a stumbling proposterous way denying President Obama had ever said "no boots on the ground" in Syria...

Sorry, John Kirby: President Obama made that pledge to both the American people and the world that there would be no US military boots on the ground no less than 16 times.
Since 2013, President Obama has repeatedly vowed that there would be no "boots on the ground" in Syria. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president's decision Friday to send up to 50 special forces troops to Syria doesn't change the fundamental strategy: "This is an important thing for the American people to understand. These forces do not have a combat mission." Earnest said the promises of "no boots on the ground" first came in the context of removing Syrian President Bashar Assad because of his use of chemical weapons. Since then, Syria has become a haven for Islamic State fighters. Here's a recap of Obama's no-boots pledge:

It has got to be tough to continue to swallow Obama's "verbal ejaculate", and neither choke nor vomit, but that is the job of a White House press secretary these days.

We know President Obama has lied; we know that you have lied; and if I as an ordinary citizen understand this, so do millions of other thinking Americans.

Sorry, John: this is not working; and the reality is, President Obama wants to regime change Syria, and by any means necessary, as soon as he can.

Right now, I would not bet against out an attempted US Special Ops decap strike against Al-Assad himself.

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