MIDDLE EAST | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

MIDDLE EAST

Nov 06 09:13

Iranian Charity Receiving Bitcoin Donations

Some of us when we think of Bitcoin we think of money, or PayPal. What we rarely think about is how Bitcoin can be used as a way for charities to obtain donations. Over the last several years there has been an increase in charities around the world which accept crypto currency donations.

On top of this we’ve also seen political candidates in the United States accepting digital currency donations for their campaigns. One surprising thing I discovered a few days is that there is a charity based in Iran which is receiving Bitcoin donations. I was blindsided to see this because I do follow crypto currency news out of Iran, and I even have a Google News alert for “Iran Bitcoin”...

Nov 06 07:27

Joint US-Kurdish patrols near Syria border unacceptable for Turkey – Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that US-Kurdish joint patrols near the Turkish-Syrian border are unacceptable. Erdogan, set to meet US President Donald Trump in Paris this weekend, told reporters he would discuss the patrols carried out by the US and allied Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He said they would cause “serious negative developments” along the border. The patrols began in northern Syria last week with the aim of averting clashes between Turkey and Washington’s Kurdish allies, but Turkey pressed on with a new threatened offensive nearby to crush the Kurds, Reuters said.

Nov 05 15:27

With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel finds another natural partner on the far-right

Jonathan Cook argues that Israel’s leaders are not simply placating a new wave of white-nationalist and neo-fascist leaders, from Brazil and the US to Central and Eastern Europe, but have a deep-rooted ideological sympathy with them.>>

Nov 05 12:04

UK To Introduce U.N. Resolution To End Yemen War; Pompeo Says Iran Responsible For Famine

At the end of the same week that the Trump administration announced a 30-day deadline to reach a ceasefire in Yemen, it was revealed the United Kingdom is planning to introduce a United Nations Security Council resolution that seeks to end of the war.

According to a Friday ABC News report, citing diplomatic sources, the British could introduce the resolution as early as this coming week. ABC reports that "one source said it would call for a humanitarian ceasefire and the safe passage of food and other aid, for support for the cratering Yemeni economy, and on both sides to fully engage with the U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths."

Last week's ceasefire proposal by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been widely seen as the result of heightened media pressure and international outrage over the October 2nd killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi likely upon the direct orders of Saudi crown prince MbS.

Nov 05 09:56

Watch: Moment Houthi missile strikes Saudi forces near Hodeidah

Houthi rebel fighters have stepped up attacks against the Saudi-led coalition forces as more Yemeni civilians fall victims of indiscriminate deadly airstrikes.

Drone footage captured by the Houthis’ media wing shows the moment a ballistic missile sit a compound for the Saudi-backed militants on the western coast near Hodeidah city.

The missile struck a convoy for the Saudi mercenaries while preparing to move.

No exact information has yet been disclosed about the casualties.

Nov 04 15:11

Israel stooges freak out over Baroness Jenny Tonge's remarks – again

Stuart Littlewood highlights UK Baroness Tonge’s longstanding battles with the Israel lobbies in the Liberal Democratic Party and the UK at large, and comments on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s stab in her back despite her long history of campaigning for Palestinian rights. >>

Nov 03 10:48

US Govt Reimposes All Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran

The end of business on Friday marked the end of the six month period between the US withdrawing from the P5+1 nuclear deal and the withdrawal being finalized. As of Monday, the US will be reimposing all sanctions against Iran that they’d previously been required by treaty to ease.

The US intention is to put all international sanctions back exactly as they were before the nuclear deal was signed. Since Iran is still party to the deal, as is most of the rest of the world, many nations do not intend to comply with US demands.

Still, Iran’s economy has been struggling already, with the anticipation of sanctions gravely damaging the currency. This has many ordinary Iranians fearing that their economic struggles are about to get worse, while Iran’s government, as throughout the sanctions, is in a better position to weather the storm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I have observed many times in my posts at WRH, just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could do, is absolutely no guarantee that the US government won't do it.

Removal of the US from the P5+1 agreement is one of those stupid things, of course demanded by Sheldon Adelson, Trump's major US contributor, and his boss, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu; so Team Trump believes that they have delivered on that, along with designating Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, rather than Tel Aviv.

Everyone inspecting from the IAEA has said, right up to recent times, that Iran is still absolutely in compliance. And when someone as bright as one would have to be to earn a "seat at the table" in the IAEA, tells me Iran is complying, I would very much believe that person's credibility.

But what this completely idiotic move is going to accomplish, is to push Iran, Russia, and China even closer together economically than they already are, so I have to wonder; is a pathological incapability to see any scenario through to is logical conclusion now a mandate for US government work?!? Because folks, that is what it is looking like from here!!

And we have the following headlines, also from antiwar.com:

US Grants Iran Sanction Waivers to Some Countries, but Denies Others

And Germany, UK, France want to protect firms from Sanctions against Iran

So what does Team Trump think will be the ultimate outcome of this insanity?!? Will they go to war with all parts of the world ignoring the US's sanctions?!? I sincerely don't think so, but with this administration, one never can really be certain.

Nov 02 11:18

Starving Yemeni girl from shocking NYT photo dies as bombing & blockade continues

A starving Yemeni girl, whose searing portrait from a hospital bed brought the world’s attention to the ongoing and growing humanitarian disaster in the country, has died. Meanwhile, the Saudi-led blockade of supplies continues.

The photo of an emaciated Amal Hussein was published as part of a story in the New York Times last week, highlighting the growing human tragedies caused by the ongoing fighting and the devastating impact the Saudi Arabia-led bombing campaign has had on civilians.

On Thursday, her family told the paper that Amal had died in a refugee camp, several miles from the hospital that had tried to treat her. She was seven years old.

Nov 02 09:44

Saudi Air Force unleashes massive attack on Yemeni capital after US calls for 30 day ceasefire

The Saudi Air Force unleashed a massive attack across the Sana’a Governorate over the last 24 hours, Yemeni activists reported from the Yemeni capital.

According to the reports from Sana’a, the Saudi Air Force heavily bombarded the capital city and its surroundings, hitting a number of sites that allegedly have a Houthi (var. Ansarallah Movement) presence.

In addition to striking civilian neighborhoods, the Saudi Air Force reportedly attacked the area around the Sana’a Airport.

Nov 02 09:22

Public Meeting Tour: Stop Bombing Yemen, Stop Arming Saudi  November 2018 - January 2019

The Saudi regime is one of the most brutal and authoritarian anywhere in the world. It is the main protagonist of the terrible war on Yemen.

The Saudi led war has already devastated Yemen and killed tens of thousands of people. Aid agencies warn that if it continues it will cause the worst humanitarian catastrophe since World War Two.

Yet the British government continues to back the regime. However, the Guardian reports that "Conservative backing for the war in Yemen has been badly damaged by the Khashoggi murder".

Ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia is now essential and urgent. It could help to avert catastrophe. Come to one of our public meetings near you and join us in our campaign to make it happen.

Nov 01 13:10

Senators urge Trump to suspend nuclear energy talks with Saudi Arabia

Both Republican and Democratic senators asked U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday to suspend civilian nuclear energy talks with Saudi Arabia after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Five Republican U.S. lawmakers, led by Senator Marco Rubio, said in a letter to Trump they would use the Atomic Energy Act to block any U.S.-Saudi nuclear agreements if Trump did not cut off talks.

“The ongoing revelations about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well as certain Saudi actions related to Yemen and Lebanon, have raised further serious concerns about the transparency, accountability, and judgement of current decision makers in Saudi Arabia,” the senators wrote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"....certain Saudi actions related to Yemen..."

Certain Saudi actions, like the bombing of innocent children, the imposition of a port blockade, creating malnutrition, and the outbreak of (possibly weaponised cholera visited upon Yemen?!?

The US government was aiding and abetting Saudi war crimes in Yemen for 3 literally bloody years, and NOW, they are disavowing the US military's involvement and potential nuclear involvement with Saudi Arabia?!?

Saudi Arabia, under the watch of the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Crown Prince Bin Salman, has acted out its genocidal intentions toward the Yemeni people, which the US aided and abetted.

Where were you guys at that point, please?!? No where to be seen, right?!?,

While stopping US/Saudi cooperation in the nuclear realm is a very wise thing to have happen right now (although the Saudis have been making noises about working with Pakistan, militarily, and could probably get started down a nuclear path that way) it is apparent that this country has lost its moral path by colluding with the Saudis in war crimes in Yemen.

And we have a companion piece, from globalresearch.ca, to consider:
Hollow US calls for ending war in Yemen it Launched

Nov 01 12:49

The Fall of the House of Saud?

This is an enormous breakthrough for the anti-interventionist movement, closing off one of the major spigots of murderous conflict left open by the previous administration. It confirms the high hopes of those of us who bet the America First anti-globalist faction would win out against the pro-Saudi group centered around Jared Kushner.

There was a debate within the administration over US support for the Yemen war, with the hardcore nationalists opposed, but they were outvoted by the generals, whose closeness to the Kingdom is traditional. Yet the Khashoggi killing wasn’t the only factor dooming the Saudi lobby to defeat: it was also the slow drip of atrocity stories, disturbing photos of starving children – and a famine deliberately induced by the Saudis.

Nov 01 12:35

Saudi-led Forces Mass Near Yemen’s Hodeidah Despite Calls for Ceasefire

On Tuesday, two major reports on the Yemen War emerged.

One was that Saudi-backed forces are planning a massive offensive against Hodeidah port, with tens of thousands of troops rallying in the area. The other is that the US officials demanded an immediate ceasefire and a halt to all airstrikes in populated areas.

That combination clearly doesn’t work, but while US officials continue to talk up the peace talks they envision happening next month in Sweden, the Saudi-backed forces continue to mass. Yemeni military officials are now claiming around 30,000 troops are south of Hodeidah for the planned push.

There has been no comment from the Saudis on the ceasefire front, and all indications on the ground are that it went in one ear, and out the other. The arrival of thousands of Sudanese troops in Yemen was intended to be a major turning point for the offensive against he Shi’ite north, and it seems that offensive is happening, come hell or high water.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman understands clearly that, perhaps,the only possible way to maintain his hold on his currently tenuous position, is to have a demonstrable victory at Hodeida, the effects of which will dictate the terms of the peace.

And unfortunately, that "victory" will come at the cost of hundreds, if not thousands, more dead Yemeni children, women, and the medically fragile elderly.

Nov 01 12:23

Top US officials tell Yemen's Houthis to stop fighting, but why trust hawks-turned-peacemakers?

wo senior US officials have publicly called for a ceasefire in Yemen. But apparently US allies are not expected to be the first to stop the violence, even if Washington has the clout to make them.
Hours apart, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pentagon chief Jim Mattis rolled out statements supporting a UN-sponsored ceasefire in Yemen. The country is currently devastated and on the brink of famine as the US-backed coalition of Arab nations, led by Saudi Arabia, fight a war with Houthi rebels.

"The time is now for the cessation of hostilities, including missile and UAV strikes from Houthi-controlled areas into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates," Pompeo said. "Subsequently, Coalition air strikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This cannot possibly happen while Crown Prince Mohammed has had his leash yanked by senior members of the House of Saud, and a new Crown Prince is positioned in place.

At that point,there may be a way forward; but I sincerely doubt that this can be made to happen before then.

Nov 01 11:10

Saudi-Led Force Sends Over 10,000 Troops Against Yemen’s Hodeidah Port

The Saudi-led invasion of the vital Yemen aid port of Hodeidah has been slow going, and that’s fueled a lot of complaints from aid groups about the disastrous consequences of them taking the city. This has the coalition planning a major escalation.

Official are now saying that more than 10,000 additional troops will be sent against Hodeidah, both trying to shore up parts of the province already captured, and starting a new offensive against the city itself “within days.”

This new force is going to be heavily built around the Sudanese military, which has just recently dispatched thousands of troops to join the war. Sudan was part of the Saudi-led coalition from the start, but this is their first major involvement in the ground war in Yemen.

Nov 01 11:03

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

Nov 01 10:43

YEMEN - AFTER 200,000 DIED AN EMBARRASED U.S. FINALLY CALLS FOR NEGOTIATIONS

The war on Yemen moved towards the most violent form of war. A siege on a whole country with the obvious intent to cause a genocidal famine of the resisting population.

The attacking nations, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Britain and the UAE, planned to grab Yemen's resources but failed in their war. They are now making first moves to end the war. They finally recognized that they are unable to win while the financial and reputational costs of the stalemate steadily increases.

It is not by chance that this move comes after clown prince Mohammad bin Salman's recent Khashoggi disaster. It was that murder that moved the attention to his leading role in the genocidal war on Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This horrific, brutal, cruel, and insane war, raging for 3 years, with no end in sight, other than through political negotiations (as WRH has been championing over the last 3 years) is, finally, getting some attention in the larger marketplace of ideas.

And yes, the US government should be horrifically embarrassed by the fact that it has enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen through its consistent contention that it was selling its weapons to the "good guys", headed up by the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, President Trump's "great bro" in the Middle East, equal to his other BFF in the Middle East, Israel's Netanyahu, the Butcher of Palestine.

It is interesting to me the degree to which Trump hovers around these men with such wide-eyed admiration, when facts on the ground prove them despotically ruthless, and see the wholesale assassinations of infants, families, the medically infirm, and women, as "just the cost of business as usual."

Nov 01 09:30

UN says over 7mn Yemeni children face ‘serious’ famine threat

Over seven million children in Yemen face a serious threat of famine, according to the UN children’s agency. “Today, 1.8 million children under the age of five are facing acute malnutrition, and 400,000 are affected by severe acute malnutrition,” said Geert Cappelaere, regional director of UNICEF. “More than half” of the 14 million people, at serious risk of famine in the impoverished country, are children, Cappelaere told AFP. “Ending the war is not enough,” he said, referring to a more-than-three-year conflict that pits the government, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, against Houthi rebels. “What we need is to stop the war and [to create] a government mechanism that puts at the center the people and children.”

Nov 01 08:30

Britain ‘complicit’ in Yemen famine, Tory ex-cabinet minister warns amid calls to end arm sales

A former cabinet minister has said Britain is “complicit” in creating a famine in war-torn Yemen because of its support for the Saudi-led coalition, amid growing calls for the UK to halt its sales of arms to the group.

Andrew Mitchell, who was international development secretary in David Cameron’s government, has urged foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to reassess the government’s stance on the issue.

It came as opposition MPs have also criticised the government for maintaining arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Nov 01 08:29

Theresa May fails to back US calls for Saudi Arabia to stop bombing Yemen

Theresa May has failed to back US calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a three-year civil war has led to the “most terrifying humanitarian catastrophe on the planet”.

The prime minister was urged to support a United Nations resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the war-torn country after the US ramped up pressure by calling on both the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthi rebels to end their airstrikes.

Ms May told MPs that the UK supported calls for “de-escalation” in Yemen but the government’s position remained that a ceasefire would only work if there is a political deal between the conflict parties.

Oct 31 10:38

Jamal Khashoggi Died for Nothing

The angst over the Jamal Khashoggi murder in the Saudi Arabian Consulate General building in Istanbul is already somewhat fading as the media has moved on in search of fresh meat, recently focusing on the series of attempted mail bombings, and currently on the mass shooting in Pittsburgh. But the affaire Khashoggi is still important as it potentially brings with it possible political realignments in the Middle East as well as in Europe as countries feel emboldened to redefine their relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Oct 31 09:57

Pentagon Chief Calls For Ceasefire in Yemen

US Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared to set a 30-day deadline for a ceasefire to occur in Yemen during comments at an event in Washington, DC, on Tuesday.

"We have go to move toward a peace effort here, and we can't say we are going to do it some time in the future," Mattis said while speaking at the United States Institute of Peace. "We need to be doing this in the next 30 days."

Yemen's population is suffering under the worst humanitarian crisis on Earth, according to the United Nations. The Saudi-led coalition has been supplied with fresh munitions and mid-air fuel supplies by US and Western backers. Houthi rebels have been fighting against the government in Yemen supported by Saudi Arabia.

Mattis said that all sides need to gather around a table, with a ceasefire in place and with a halt on air strike operations firmly in place, according to the Washington Post's Paul Sonne, reporting from the Institute of Peace.

Oct 31 07:32

Breaking with tradition

Did the events depicted in the Bible really take place, and did the people mentioned really exist? In their popular book The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts, archeologists Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman refuted the biblical portrayal of the exodus from Egypt. In their new [2007] book David and Solomon: In Search of the Bible's Sacred Kings and the Roots of the Western Tradition, they have some surprising things to say about two key biblical figures, David and Solomon ... In their book, Finkelstein and Silberman claim that the kingdoms of David and Solomon did not exist as they were described in the Bible.

Oct 31 07:30

The Rock of our Existence

With the coming of the Zionists to Palestine, a frantic archeological search started. The country was combed for real, scientific proof that the Biblical story was not just a bunch of myths, but real honest-to-God history ... From the beginning of the effort to this very day, not a single piece of evidence of the ancient history was found. Not a single indication that the exodus from Egypt, the basis of Jewish history, ever happened ... Even if one would like to believe that the Bible only exaggerates real events, the fact is that not even a tiny mention of the exodus, the conquest of Canaan or King David has been found. They just did not happen.
Note: 75% of the founders of Israel had never set foot in Palestine nor had any of their ancestors. Fact.

See also The Exodus That Did Not Happen

Oct 30 18:07

US urges Saudi-led coalition to stop airstrikes in ‘populated areas’ of Yemen

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has urged the Saudi-led coalition to stop airstrikes in heavily populated Yemen, shortly after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said a that long-lasting ceasefire is the only possible solution.

"Time is now for the cessation of hostilities, including missile and UAV strikes from Houthi-controlled areas into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Subsequently, Coalition air strikes must cease in all populated areas," Pompeo said in a statement.

“It is time to end this conflict, replace conflict with compromise, and allow the Yemeni people to heal through peace and reconstruction,” declared the top diplomat of the country that supplies the coalition with the bulk of its weapons, as well as intelligence and reconnaissance assistance.

Oct 30 14:47

Canada Welcomes Al-Qaeda [White Helmets] from Syria: What You Need To Know

Canadian officials say the country is preparing to resettle a group of White Helmets, a Western-backed terrorist organization founded by James Le Mesurier, a British ex-mercenary, in 2013. The group has been lauded for its “humanitarian” efforts in Syria, but have functioned more as a logistics, chemical false flag, and propaganda arm of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, complete with Financing from George Soros and the UK/US governments. Share this with your local MP and representatives.

Oct 30 12:56

US Holds Thousands of Syrian Refugees Hostage, Establishes Military Bases in Northern Syria

Syria is Washington’s war, launched by Obama in March 2011, escalated by Trump, no end of it in prospect. It’s all about wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing the Syrian government, isolating Iran, ahead of a similar scheme to topple its government.

Most Americans are mindless about what’s going on.

Syria is in the eye of the storm, war in its eighth year, Washington using ISIS and other terrorists as imperial proxies, supplemented by US-led terror-bombing, is responsible for massacring thousands of Syrian civilians.

US forces operate in Syria illegally, occupying northern and southern territory on “18 bases in the northeastern and eastern provinces of” the country, according to Fars News.

Russian military analyst Vladimir Kozin said

“the US is training terrorists in 19 military bases in Syria.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, no matter which of the Presidential candidates for whom Americans might vote, that perpetual and endless state of war,so loved and adored by the US Deep State, because it keeps the people who comprise it in power, will not allow its end.

Oct 30 12:35

Annotation of Sec. Pompeo’s Certification of Yemen War: Civilian Casualties and Saudi-Led Coalition

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified that the Saudi-led Coalition fighting a war in Yemen is taking sufficient steps to reduce civilian casualties in its military operations. The Secretary’s decision whether to issue a certification is required by a recent statute: section 1290 of the McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Under that provision, a failure to certify (or issue a waiver in its stead) would have automatically triggered suspension of congressional appropriations for the refueling of Coalition aircraft conducting missions in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I doubt that they will get anything at all from Secretary of State Pompeo; and definitely not by tomorrow, which signals the months' end.

The lies will continue on his part, because it supports the incredible amount of money the Saudis are paying for their jets and bombs; it is just that simple.

Oct 30 12:30

America’s Bloody Ally

The U.S. continues to support the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia—as a key ally—even after the horrific murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the horrendous five-year bombing campaign on Yemen, writes Ann Wright.

The latest information leaking from the Turkish government indicates that the dismemberment of Khashoggi was filmed and Skyped to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s senior aide, Saud al-Qahtani, who has since been reportedly sacked from his position. Al-Qahtani was reportedly Mohammad bin Salman’s right-hand adviser/enforcer in the kidnapping and interrogation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and of the detention and shakedown of many wealthy Saudi elite in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some media can certainly be portrayed in this way; but not all. And I hate the issue of ANYONE getting body slammed, for any reason.

But having said that, Ann Wright is one of the most principled, and moral woman, I have ever met, when she did speak here on Oahu, at an event Mike and I attended. I just wish there were more in government and Congress who had her strength of courage and witness; sadly, she is the exception which proves the rule, unfortunately.

Oct 30 12:12

US Says Raising Pressure on Saudi Arabia Over Qatar and Yemen

The White House is still “weighing options” on what to do about Saudi Arabia murdering US permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi. President Trump clearly isn’t inclined to do very much, but that doesn’t mean some pressure won’t come to bear.

Officials are already reporting some minor pressure on the Saudis, centered on 16-months of Saudi isolation of Qatar, a vital US ally. Administration officials are reportedly urging the Saudis to quickly resolve Qatar.

Officials also say they want the Saudis to take certain unspecified “steps” on the wildly unpopular war in Yemen. The US has been getting a lot of flack for backing that Saudi war, and the Saudis are committing a lot of war crimes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government is neck-deep in collusion with Saudi war crimes in Yemen; but the US companies don't want that so-lucrative Saudi money to go away, given all the bombs and fighter jets we keep selling them.

My sense is, once the Khashoggi affair is forgotten, the US/Saudi punishment of Yemen will continue, completely unabated. And here is what it looks like from the Yemeni side of the conflict(warning: graphic, horrific images)

Images: Yemeni children killed or crippled in US-enabled Saudi bombing runs

Image: Yemeni child starving to death, courtesy of US-Enabled Yemeni port blockades

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, possibly weaponised) courtesy of US/Saudi bombing of water infrastructure

And if you darn near lost your lunch over these horrific images, congrats; you haven't completely lost your humanity.

But folks, unless and until we can have a serious conversation with our (alleged) representatives, who work tirelessly for the corporations which own them, and convince them to have a very frank with our Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, about how lousy the optics of this war are for his run in 2020, business in Yemen will continue as usual, with the collateral damage of innocent lives increasing.

Oct 30 09:33

Yemen on brink of catastrophic famine orchestrated by Saudis

In addition to thousands of civilians in Yemen who have already died in a war between a Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Houthi rebels, less documented war tactics may also push the poorest Arab country into a catastrophic famine. Declan Walsh wrote in an interactive essay for The New York Times that the insidious warfare is waging a far greater human toll

Oct 29 11:56

‘Brutally honest’: Public outcry forces Facebook to stop banning pics of starving Yemeni girl

A backlash prompted Facebook to stop removing posts featuring a photo of an emaciated seven-year-old Yemeni girl, which accompanied a harrowing New York Times report from the war-torn country.

The atrocities in Yemen don’t make poignant headlines in Western mainstream media as often as stories about chemical weapons in Syria or ‘Russian meddling,’ as the conflict usually gets sidelined in the press, but there are notable exceptions. ‘The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War’ was the title of a grim report published by the NYT on Friday.

An image of a starved child named Amal Hussain was chosen by the journalists to illustrate the horrible death toll and suffering inflicted on the small Arab nation of Yemen by the armed intervention of its Saudi neighbor.

Oct 29 11:32

The Yemen War Death Toll Is Five Times Higher Than We Think

One reason Saudi Arabia and its allies are able to avoid a public outcry over their intervention in the war in Yemen, is that the number of people killed in the fighting has been vastly understated. The figure is regularly reported as 10,000 dead in three-and-a-half years, a mysteriously low figure given the ferocity of the conflict.

Now a count by a non-partisan group has produced a study demonstrating 56,000 people have been killed in Yemen since early 2016. The number is increasing by more than 2,000 per month as fighting intensifies around the Red Sea port of Hodeidah. It does not include those dying of malnutrition, or diseases such as cholera.

Oct 29 09:22

Flashback: Machinations of the Anti-Defamation League

I was in politics for fifteen years, and I think you should start with the assumption: never trust a politician ... When people finally learn the truth, they turn against those who have been lying to them. And I think that if the movement of which you people are the cutting edge can retain dispassion in the face of outrages, setbacks and humiliations, the truth can ultimately prevail. You are doing something worse than criticizing the government of the United States; you're threatening the security of the state of Israel. And the Jewish community is dedicated to preserve that state, and to destroy those who speak against it. Good luck!
Note: Please read, learn, remember and save.

Oct 28 08:50

Flashback: Truth and Fiction in Elie Wiesel’s “Night”

The trouble here is that in its central, most crucial scene, [Elie Wiesel's book] Night isn't historically true, and at least two other important episodes are almost certainly fiction ... Wiesel made things up, in a way that his many subsequent detractors could identify as not untypical of his modus operandi: grasping with deft assurance what people important to his future would want to hear and, by the same token, would not want to hear ... In Wiesel's eyes, as in the eyes of his disciples, Night assumed a level of sacrosanctity, next in importance to the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai ... Although the Nobel committee extolled him as a "messenger to mankind" it is difficult to find examples of Wiesel sending any message on behalf of those victimized by the policies of the United States, and virtually impossible when it comes to victims of Israel.
Note: Wiesel, the proven liar, was honored with a standing ovation by the United States congress.

Oct 26 11:35

NATION HYPNOTIZED IN HORROR BY TOY BOMBS WHILE KILLING CIVILIANS WITH REAL ONES

And of course it is a good thing that nobody has been hurt by these devices. Obviously targeting anyone with packages containing explosive materials is terrible, even if those devices were not rigged with the intention of detonating and harming anyone, and it is a good thing that not a single one of them has done so. It is a good thing that none of America’s political elites were targeted by the sort of explosive device that America drops on people in other countries every single day.

You know, the kind that actually explode.

Apparently some Acme comedy bombs mailed to a number of extremely rich people, which thankfully did not hurt anybody at all, are infinitely more newsworthy than the real bombs which maim and destroy children in Yemen on an industrial scale.

— Craig Murray (@CraigMurrayOrg) October 24, 2018

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, the disconnect the writer of this post sees, looking at what is happening around this world, with the US complicit in so many deaths, in Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, Niger, Somalia, and Iraq, is utterly and painfully true.

Folks, when people in power in this talk about the "honor", "glory" and "defending the American way of life" as valid descriptions of the wars in which the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika is currently, and about to be, enmeshed, they are lying to you.

Simply put (and this guy was hopelessly wrong about a lot of things),when Karl Marx said that wars are economic in their origin, the man was absolutely, dead-on correct.

The war in Iraq?!? This was done to give the US and Western-centric corporations control over its oil.

The "undeclared war" in Yemen, where the US is enabling Saudi war crimes as I type this?!?

There is an issue that the article misses, in that controlling Yemen means controlling the waterways of Bab El Mandab; The Red Sea, and the Gulf of Aden, all points for moving oil in and out of the region.

The war in Libya?!? This was done to prevent Muammar Gaddafi from issuing a gold-backed currency, the gold dinar, which would have shredded the value of the US dollar in a heartbeat. New Hillary Emails reveal the true motive for Libya intervention.

The war in Afghanistan?!? To control the pipeline rights, rare mineral development, and control of the poppy crops, from which a booming market in illicit heroin is derived.

The coming war against Iran?!? First, this will be done to honor Trump's commitment to both Israel's Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, and his biggest American Supporter, Sheldon Adelson, who has supported the Trump Campaign with millions in overt, and covert funding, and secondly, to force this country to always sell its oil only in US dollars, post-regime change.

Of course, both Netanyahu and Adelson fully expect this war to be fully executed.... only at the costs of only US blood, and US money, not Israeli

Let's take a look at this last issue, shall we?!?

In FY 2018 the federal deficit was $779 billion.

With its desire for more and more wars, with which to enrich the US government financially, we are looking a Federal deficit of almost 780 billion dollars in fiscal 2018; that's a huge number to wrap my head around.

Instead of limiting spending in a reasonable and rational way, the US government appears to be miring the US public in an absolutely unpayable debt structure, from which there is no way out. This falls on the backs of hard-working Americans, who are desperately struggling to keep food on the table, and a roof over their heads. The people creating this unpayable debt have armies of lawyers and accountants on speed-dial, to insure that they get the best break possible with taxes.

Russia and China, which may well come to Iran's aid, should it be invaded, have weaponry the US military can only wet-dream about; sorry for being blunt, but because of their close relationship with both the Pentagon and Congress, and contributing lavishly to the campaigns of politicians on both sides of the aisle, our military industrial complex has been consistently behind the 8 ball, in staying at least two steps ahead of where our international competitors are, in terms of developing lower cost weapons that just... do the job brilliantly.

Please understand; as a Christian pacifist activist, I hate war; but if such a war happens, I want to see our brothers and sisters in uniform equipped with the best, most brilliantly crafted weaponry that actually works as advertised, and beyond.

So, we have a the US government hopelessly indebted to its creditors, and a potential coming world war, where our military doesnt' have the money, the manufacturing, the troop strength, or weaponry to insure a positive outcome in a world war, ultimately against Russia, and China.

This is a potential recipe for a complete, unmitigated disaster for this country, the consequences of which may be both horrific... and irreversible.

And we have a companion piece this morning, from blackistednews.com:

Saudi-led airstrikes hit civilians in Yemen
If We, the People, do nothing, in the most peaceful, logical way possible, to get US involvement in these US-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen to stop, then We the People are also, absolutely and unequivocally, complicit in these war crimes as well.

Oct 25 13:18

Saudi King 'will have Crown Prince REPLACED to restore the credibility of the monarchy' after his disastrous handling of the Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's King could have his Crown Prince son replaced to restore the credibility of the monarchy amid turmoil over the Jamal Khashoggi murder, Britain's former defence attaché to the kingdom has claimed.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has faced claims he may have been behind the death of the journalist who went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia first denied any role in Khashoggi's disappearance before blaming his October 2 death on a botched attempt to return him to the kingdom.

As the Crown Prince battles to contain the fallout from the killing, Saudi prosecutors said today that the murder was pre-planned and suspects were being interrogated.

According to Colonel Brian Lees, once the UK's defence attaché to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the Crown Prince's days as de facto ruler are numbered and his father, King Salman, may now look to replace him following his disastrous handling of the case

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this assessment proves true, at would absolutely corroborate what WRH has been suggesting that this was an "inside job", courtesy of "malice in the palace",because others in the Royal Family did not feel that their right to succession was duly considered, when the King appointed MbS as crown prince.

This will play itself out in private, and the House of Saud never wants other countries (or its own citizens) aware of how it handles such family feuds.

Oct 25 10:45

At Least 19 Killed, 10 Injured in Saudi-Led Coalition Air Raid in Yemen - Report

At least 19 people have been killed and 10 others wounded by the US-Saudi air strikes on Yemen’s western city of Bayt al Faqih located in the vicinity of the port city of Al Hudaydah on Wednesday, local media reported.

The air raid had been held hours after the previous strikes that killed three civilians, including a minor child, and injured six other people, the Masirah TV channel reported.

A recent UN report said Saudi-led coalition airstrikes – which have hit open-air markets, health clinics, schools, funerals and weddings, according to published reports — have been blamed for most of more than 16,000 civilians killed or injured in the Yemen conflict over the past three years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You look at all the opportunistic faux wailing, and gnashing of teeth over the death of Khashoggi, and generally rightly so, but where is the outrage for the innocents who keep getting slain by this US/Saudi death machine in Yemen?!?

Sorry folks, this is nowhere to be found, and according to the corporate Presstitutes in the US, this doesn't even ping the radar for "important news", like a change in a celebrity's hairstyle.

But I will show you, in some very graphic images, what the US/Saudi war machine is doing, right now, in Yemen:

Yemeni children assassinated and maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi air strikes

Image: Yemeni child dying of malnutrition, courtesy of US/Saudi blockade, which is the only way to bring food into the country

Image: Yemeni children dying of cholera, courtesy of Saudi-destroyed water infrastructure, and a brutal (possibly weaponised)breakout of the disease

And as long as we Americans do not say something, in a peaceful, logical manner, and do something as one people, we become complicit in the Saudi-US war crimes in Yemen.

I am asking you to please forward this article to your Congressional Representatives, asking them if they believe the murder of children here is more than just collateral damage, and how they intend, personally, to urge President Trump to put a stop to this.

Make sure, politely, that they understand that if they are up for re-election next month, taking no action on this may well cost them their campaign, particularly in close races this November.

Oct 25 10:08

LAWSUIT: US MILITARY CONTRACTOR DYNCORP ACCUSED OF “ENSLAVING” AMERICAN EMPLOYEES IN KUWAITI TENT CITIES

A recently unsealed lawsuit has accused two U.S. military contractors of treating American citizens working as military translators in the Middle East like “slaves.” The two contractors — DynCorp and its subcontractor, Global Linguist Solutions (GLS) — are alleged to have housed American translators in Kuwait within a poorly maintained tent city and to have threatened the workers with prison time if they tried to escape. The suit is the second lawsuit to be made public this year that accuses a prominent military contractor of treating its employees as slaves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

DynCorp has had an unsavory reputation for doing things like this in the past; let us hope that there will be a penalty severe enough (like the executives who signed off on this treatment of translators doing hard time in jail) may be enough from preventing such actions in the future.

Oct 24 10:23

SAUDI ARABIA IMPOSES A TRAVEL BAN ON KHASHOGGI’S FAMILY

The Geneva Council for Human Rights and Justice yesterday called on the Saudi authorities to immediately lift a travel ban it has imposed on the family of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Geneva Council, an international human rights organisation, expressed in a statement to Al-Khaleej Online its strong condemnation of the Riyadh authorities for banning Khashoggi’s family from travelling.

His son, Salah, was also “forced on Tuesday to receive condolences from Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.”

The rights body said Saudi’s actions are in violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Khashoggi's son was "forced to receive condolences" from the very guy who most likely ordered the hit on Khashoggi?!?

Lord, have mercy; if there were a contest for most dystopian and dysfunctional royal family on the face of this earth, it has to be the House of Saud, hands down.

Does Prince MbS not realize how horrific the optics are on this travel ban for the guy's family, and forcing his son to shake his hand?!?!?

Welcome to crazyville, coming to the world live and direct, right from the House of Saud in Riyadh!!

Oct 23 12:34

UN humanitarian chief: 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent aid

The U.N. humanitarian chief says the conflict in Yemen has left 8.4 million people dependent on emergency food assistance and 75 percent of its 22 million people requiring some form of aid.

Mark Lowcock warns in an analysis obtained Monday night by The Associated Press that humanitarian officials "estimate that 3.5 million to 4 million more people could become severely food insecure in the months ahead."

The analysis, which is to be the subject of a briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday, says 3 million Yemenis are malnourished, including 1.1 million pregnant women "and more than 400,000 severely acutely malnourished children."

In a worst case scenario, Lowcock warns that if current trends continue, food needs could increase "by as much as 62 percent."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Martin Lowcock, a word, please.

Because the Saudis and their US allies have blockaded Yemeni ports, the aid you describe will never be allowed to be delivered; that's just the first hard reality here.

You have to understand; from the Saudi perspective, the more Yemeni children assassinated; malnourished, and water-sickened who die under this siege, the happier the House of Saud is with this death and destruction: that is the second hard reality with which you will have to deal.

And all the above, coupled with your grievances, makes the UN look impotent to do anything to stop the carnage in Yemen. There is no international "muscle" in this organisation which can make the aid delivery happen. And here's what this looks like from the Yemeni perspective:

Images: Yemeni children killed or maimed for life from Saudi bombing runs

Images: starving Yemeni kids, dying of malnutrition, courtesy of US-enabled port blockades

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, courtesy of Saudi-destroyed water infrastructure plus a possibly weaponized version of the pathogen added to Yemeni water system

Folks, I know that there has been a great deal of attention placed on the assassination of Khashoggi recently. But where were the US politicians when these horrific war crimes against the Yemeni people were, and are continuing to be, perpetrated?!?

They have been no where; and why?!? Because our country's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, believes that the bomb sales this country has done, plus other weapons of war we have sold the Saudis are "good for business."

Economically, of course, he is quite right; people don't want to buy GMO-laced food, or products that break down one day after the product warranty expires, which is pretty much all we have to offer; except for the bombs and bullets we make reasonably well (next to those of China and Russia, of course), and supply them to the highest bidders.

I wish I did not live in a country whose government commits war crimes with impunity, and I wish, by making people aware enough of these war crimes, some peaceful, and reasonable change in the status of how this government does business, and with whom, might happen.

But that is going to take a national movement, which represents us all, for real change to invigorate a national dialogue which is way above party skirmishes; I sincerely hope that this can be accomplished.

Oct 23 11:40

Silence on Yemen carnage shows US, Europe hypocrisy: Hezbollah official

A top official of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the awkward silence of the United States and Europe on the ongoing Saudi-led massacres in Yemen definitively proves their hypocrisy, stating that Washington is being paid huge sums of money by the Riyadh regime to cover up its crimes.

“Saudi Arabia can buy US President Donald Trump, the US Congress, the Security Council and major powers with its petrodollars, but cannot win the support of defenseless and honorable Yemeni nation or Hezbollah’s silence. That is why they tend to punish the Lebanese resistance movement through placing it on terrorist lists and adopting economic sanctions against it,” Sheikh Nabil Qaouk, deputy chief of Hezbollah’s executive council, said on Sunday.

Oct 23 11:38

Cholera epidemic in Yemen now affects 1 million people

The war-torn country is experiencing the worst cholera epidemic the world has seen in a decade according to the Red Cross. Yet cholera is not the only problem Yemenis face, they also lack food, water, medicine and fuel.

Oct 23 07:53

USS Liberty Investigation chaired by Admiral Moorer

"There is compelling evidence that Israel's attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew."
Note: There is more, much more, the IDF killed 9 people including an American citizen on the flotilla to Gaza. Had enough yet!

Oct 22 23:04

Video: Iran Charity Obtaining Bitcoin Donations

The following video shows how a group is forwarding donations to a social welfare charity in Iran:

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=Hog4_1540128342

Oct 22 07:45

King says Jordan to reclaim land held by Israel under 1994 deal

King Abdullah II says Amman will terminate parts of peace treaty which allowed Israeli farmers to use Jordanian land.

>>>

(*oh-boy!)

Oct 21 09:55

Germany Suspends Arms Sales To Saudis Weeks After $500 Million Deal

Less than a month after Germany authorized a shipment of arms to Saudi Arabia and several of its allies, in violation of an arms-sales ban approved by lawmakers from the country's ruling coalition earlier this year, Germany has once again decided to "punish" the Saudis by putting future arms shipments on hold pending the results of an investigation into the death of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In late September, Germany violated its promise not to supply Saudi Arabia with arms and instead approved a 416.4 million euros ($477 billion) shipment to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan. Though German economy minister Peter Altmair wrote a letter to parliament members explaining why Germany's government had approved the sales, the decision was still heavily criticized by the country's opposition, per Bloomberg.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Expect for this sound and fury against the Saudi government to dwindle in the coming weeks.

Countries selling them weapons with which they assassinate Houthi rebels, will ultimately feel the need to feed their economic "fix" of the money Saudi Arabia pays for their weapons from the UK, Germany, and the United States.

No matter how ridiculous the concept of a 60 year old guy getting into a "fistfight" with a number of Saudi intel people is, it will ultimately the narrative which the Saudis will "successfully sell",. particularly to those countries selling them weapons, like the US.

Oct 21 09:43

Jordan King to Abandon Part of 1994 Peace Treaty With Israel on Land Lease

In line with the 1994 peace agreement, which stipulated a one-year notice period, Jordan granted Israel private ownership rights in two border territories. However, the Jordan King noted that he wants to reclaim the land, citing national interests.

Jordan's King Abdullah II announced on Sunday that Jordan has chosen to nix two annexes of the 1994 peace treaty with Israel, ending the Israeli lease of Baqura/Naharayim and Al-Ghamr/Zofar territories.

"Baqura and Ghamr are Jordanian territory and will remain Jordanian, and we exercise full sovereignty over our land," the King said, as quoted by the state-owned Jordan News Agency (Petra).

"Our priorities in such difficult regional circumstances are protecting our interests and doing everything necessary for Jordan and the Jordanians," Abdullah II noted, adding that Israel had been made aware of the decision.

Oct 20 12:44

This Is The Worst Case Scenario If Investors Dump Saudi Arabia

So many Wall Street CEOs and other titans of investing and industry have pulled out of next week's "Davos in the Desert" conference that even the Ritz-Carlton, owner of the Riyadh venue hosting the conference (as it did last year), has been slammed by human rights groups over its continued support for Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his brutal regime. In perhaps the biggest blow to the conference's clout, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has opted not to attend, eve as President Trump has insisted that Saudi Arabia's story about the circumstances surrounding the (now confirmed) death of critical journalist (and former government insider) Jamal Khashoggi is "credible". To deflect blame away from MbS, the Saudi leadership has orchestrated a purge of the country's senior intelligence apparatus and arrested 18 other Saudi nationals for their "involvement" in orchestrating and carrying out the killing.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This response reminds me of a line from the Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta, "The Mikado", where the principal states: "I'm very sorry, but it's an unjust world, and virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances."

And in the coming weeks, we will continue to see the "theatrical performances" of countries and corporations kowtowing to the Saudi royal family and their minions, all for the sake of the money they represent; no crime too horrific, no horrors too excessive, that's just fine!!

And Saudi Arabia will be allowed explain every criminal offensive and repulsive thing that they have done, with the most utterly illogical way possible, like the excuse that Khashoggi died in a fistfight, and the Saudi royal family will expect the rest of the world to collectively swallow this codswallop, as though it were the nectar of the gods.

And we swallow; because... that's the cost of doing business with these people.

We will continue to see horrific human rights prosecutions in Saudi Arabia, particularly those of non-Muslims, enthusiastically pursued, with hands and limbs and throats cut. Christian persecution in Saudi Arabia

We will continue to see female genital mutilations performed in Saudi Arabia,
Female Genital Mutilation, Saudi Arabia

And we will continue to see the US-government-enabled Saudi war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen continue as though it is the most normal thing in the world, because for the US Merchants of Death, and their Merchant of Death in Chief, Donald Trump, war is good for business. After all, who do the Saudis buy their weapons from?!?

Well, folks, here is a birdseye view of this war from the Yemeni side (caution: painfully graphic images): and if you loose your lunch upon viewing these images, good; that means that there is some degree of humanity left in you.

Images: Yemeni kids murdered or maimed for life, courtesy of Saudi bombing runs

Yemeni children dying from starvation, courtesy of US/Saudi blockages of Yemeni ports

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera, possibly weaponized

But we are so addicted to Saudi oil and Saudi money, we can turn our heads away from horrors this country inflicts on its own people, and the people of other countries, and just collectively shrug our shoulders and simply say to ourselves, "it's just the cost of doing business with these people".

what's wrong with this picture?!?

Bloody everything!!

Oct 20 08:41

The Insidious Wiles of Foreign Influence: Trump, Bin Salman, and Netanyahu

Even if the Saudi monarchy or Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular did not murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi, that regime is an especially evil one in both its domestic and international conduct. To see that, one need only consider the horrendous Saudi war against the people of Yemen, which has been backed by the U.S. government since Barack Obama was in office. That war, with its merciless killing of defenseless thousands, spread of disease, and inevitable benefits to al-Qaeda, is just the latest in a series Saudi atrocities.

Oct 19 08:45

Saudi Prince calls for military campaign against Kuwait

Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah Al-Saud has called for a military campaign against Kuwait, sparking a wave of criticism and calls not to meddle in others’ internal affairs.

Al-Saud wrote on Twitter: “Kuwait needs [a] new ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ to purge it from the dirt of [the Muslim] Brotherhood and the supporters of Hamads [the Qatari ruling family"

>>>

(*Bush The First initiated The first Gulf War allegedly because Iraq was assumably screwing with Kuwait )

Oct 19 07:57

What's in Trump's 'deal of the century'? The answers are in plain sight

They note that Israel has already started implementing the deal – entrenching “apartheid” rule over Palestinians – while Washington has spent the past six months dragging its heels on publishing the document.

“Netanyahu has simply got on with deepening his hold on the West Bank and East Jerusalem – and he knows the Americans aren’t going to stand in his way,” said Michel Warschawski, an Israeli analyst and head of the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem.

“He will be given free rein to do what he likes...>>>"

Trump Should Trash His "Peace Plan"

Oct 18 14:40

Israel’s “psychological obstacles to peace”

Lawrence Davidson argues that Israelis’ “existentialist” fears are no excuse for the destruction of Palestine, its people, culture and international law, and that if those fears preclude the use of reason to end the conflict, then there is no choice but coercion – administered worldwide.>>

Oct 17 11:47

Saudi War on Yemen: World’s Worst Famine in a Century Could Claim 13 Million

Yemen is a country of some 29 million persons, but over a third of them are at risk of starvation if Saudi and UAE bombing campaigns continue. Lise Grand, the United Nations coordinator for Yemen, has warned that the world has only 3 months to halt the slide toward catastrophe.

She seems to think that an immediate armistice must be called in the war to avoid this dire outcome. The Trump administration provides logistical and other help to the Saudi and UAE belligerents, and so the United States is embroiled in any human rights disaster there.

Oct 17 10:55

Dahlan hired US mercenaries for UAE killings in Yemen

The Palestinian Authority (PA)’s ex-Security Chief Mohammed Dahlan arranged for US mercenaries to carry out targeted assassinations in Yemen on behalf of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The deal emerged yesterday after the founder of the security firm hired by Dahlan – Hungarian-Israeli security contractor Abraham Golan – gave an interview to Buzzfeed News in which he detailed the elaborate details of the arrangement.

Oct 16 17:55

Khashoggi Family Had Deep Connections to Lockheed Martin, Saudi Power Struggles

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is feared murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was much more than just a Washington Post columnist: he was a figure connected to some of the highest echelons of power in the US and Saudi Arabia.

Whitney Webb, staff writer at MintPress News and author of a recent piece on the disappeared Saudi journalist, joined Radio Sputnik's Fault Lines on Tuesday to flesh out Khashoggi's personal and family history and his deep connections to the military-industrial complex in the United States, as well as the highest levels of the Saudi state, in an effort to understand why the US is reacting so strongly to his presumed death at Saudi hands.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this info proves true (and it is going to take a lot of effort, to reconstruct this forensically, if even possible), with no body, then it is possible that Khashoggi was a spook.... for someone, and it is hard for whom at this point.

The evidence is now being managed by the Turkish authorities, and one has to wonder of the hold-up on its release, almost as some kind of blackmail against the Saudi Royal Family, to be "sprung" at the most damaging time.

Or, was his assassination ordered by other members of the House of Saud who felt that Ben Salman had been thrust into power at far too young an age?

But regardless of the motivations driving this abduction/assassination, this has happened at one of the most critical junctures possible for the House of Saud, and the potential for its continued leadership either waxing...or waning, if the outcome was to engineer an unceremonious dumping of Prince Salman under the proverbial bus.

We will see, shortly, where the Saudi military are placing their bets in this poisoned environment of claims, and counterclaims, and this support (or lack thereof) may show us where Saudi Arabia is ultimately headed.

Oct 16 14:53

Saving the Holy Land – a "dead end in the tragedy of the Palestinians”… and now "a land in which human beings kill each other”

Stuart Littlewood highlights the “cry of hope in the absence of all hope” of Palestinian Christians living under the jackboot of the Israeli occupiers to help campaigners and civil society keep focus on some of the essential issues in the big struggle ahead. >>

Oct 16 13:41

American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East

Cradling an AK-47 and sucking a lollipop, the former American Green Beret bumped along in the back of an armored SUV as it wound through the darkened streets of Aden. Two other commandos on the mission were former Navy SEALs. As elite US special operations fighters, they had years of specialized training by the US military to protect America. But now they were working for a different master: a private US company that had been hired by the United Arab Emirates, a tiny desert monarchy on the Persian Gulf.

On that night, December 29, 2015, their job was to carry out an assassination.

When they arrived at 9:57 at night, all seemed quiet. The men crept out of the SUV, guns at the ready. One carried the explosive charge toward the building. But just as he was about to reach the door, another member of the team opened fire, shooting back along the dimly lit street, and their carefully designed plan went haywire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Extrajudicial assassinations are non-Constitutional. I don't care how much the legal eagles around President Obama wanted to spin these as legally justifiable in US law, but these hits are not.

The country of Yemen has not attacked us; they have done nothing to cause any distress to the American people. But because President Obama was so close to the Saudi royal family, which wants to see every man woman and child in Yemen dead, he ordered the hit, and ordered it in precisely this manner.

And having these mercs hired by a private firm, so that "plausible deniability" can be created, covering the US and it's military, does not make this right, either.

Targeted assassinations, ultimately ordered by a foreign government, to be carried out by private mercs, consisting of former US military?!?

That was the way Obama loved to do this things; as covertly as possible, and "discouraging" news outlets from covering them at all.

The "cool factor" in his persona, was purely manufactured; and the damage he did, both to this country's reputation, and his personal reputation, will continue to linger and fester for a long time to come.

That, my friends, was the reality under the "Obama Years" in the White House; extrajudicial assassinations overseas, all wrapped up in a pretty American flag.

Oct 16 12:32

U.S. Responsible for 3,300 Civilian Deaths in Syria, Supporting Genocide in Yemen

A new report finds that the U.S is responsible for more than 3,300 civilian deaths in Syria since 2014. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to back Saudi caused genocide in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And by not standing up against this genocide, and simply accepting it as "the cost of doing business, because of the huge profits US weapons sales the military industrial complex is making from their sales to the Saudis", every single one of our alleged Congressional representatives are telling us that We the People do not matter; it's only the huge corporations, which "purchase" them though contributions to their campaigns, which do.

I have to wonder what a forensic audit of all of our Congressional Representatives would reveal, as to who has pocketed the most from the military industrial complex; if that were allowed to happen, I think we'd all be collectively gobsmacked by the numbers.

Oct 15 10:49

Yemen on brink of 'world's worst famine in 100 years' if war continues

UN warns that famine could overwhelm country in next three months, with 13 million people at risk of starvation.

If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agency’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.

She told the BBC: “I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia, that we saw in Bengal, that we saw in parts of the Soviet Union – that was just unacceptable.

“Many of us had the confidence that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ms. Grande is obviously naive enough to believe that the war will stop, just upon the wails and screams of various human rights organisations and NGOs around the world.

What she refuses to understand, is that this is precisely the outcome the Butcher of Yemen (aka, Prince Mohammed bin Salman) wishes to see happen.

I think of another way of putting it is "Victory by Attrition", which means the Butcher doesn't care HOW the people of Yemen die, he just wants them to die, either by starvation; direct bombing runs; destroying the water infrastructure; and poisoning Yemeni people with potentially weaponized cholera.

And the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, lead by its Merchant of Death in Chief, is doing everything it can do, particularly selling him arms with which to massacre as many children, women, and medically fragile elderly as possible.

THIS, friends, is why the "Khasshogi Incident" will be forgotten; anything which gets in the way of selling American weapons will be obliviated, as I believe you will see in the coming days, possibly as soon as the end of the week.

That's why Pompeo is headed Riyadh this week, President Trump says Mike Pompeo going to Saudi Arabia this Week to "stategize conformities" as to how this assassination will be spun, and to not let one scintilla of logic, or real evidence, dare to rear its ugly head, to combat the soon to be well-crafted spinning of this story.

Oct 15 10:12

Yemeni missile hits gathering of Saudi-backed forces

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Army and popular Houthi Ansarullah movement has hit a gathering of Saudi-backed militants in Sana'a province, the country's Military Information Center said on Sunday.

The Zelzal-2 missile was fired at a military base in the Harib area of Nihm District early Sunday, "precisely" hitting its target.

"A number of militias were killed or injured and some of their military vehicles were destroyed in the missile attack," the Military Information Center said.

The missile attack came a day after Saudi warplanes targeted two buses in the town of Jabal Rass in Yemen’s al-Hudaidah Province.

Oct 15 06:58

Yemen on verge of worst famine in 100 years as civil war rages on

Lise Grande from the United Nations told the BBC: ‘I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that is was unthinkable that we could see a famine like saw in Ethiopia, that we saw in Bengal, that we saw in parts of the Soviet Union, that was just unacceptable.

‘Many of us had the confidence that that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at.

‘We predict that we could be looking at 12 to 13 million innocent civilians who are at risk of dying from the lack of food.’

When asked if the world should be ashamed, she responded: ‘Yes. There’s no question we should be ashamed, and we should, every day that we wake up, renew our commitment to do everything possible to help the people that are suffering and end the conflict.’

Oct 14 09:14

US-SAUDI COALITION IN YEMEN ATTACKED ANOTHER 2 BUSES OF REFUGEES AS THEY FLED AIRSTRIKES

The international Saudi-led Coalition against Yemen attacked another two buses full of internally displaced people as they fled the Coalition’s airstrike campaign in Hodeidah. Today’s attack makes it clear the Coalition has a policy of targeting anyone who attempts to flee the U.S.-backed Saudi and Emirati aggression along the west coast.

19 were killed and at least 30 were injured in today’s attack. Even hours later, first responders and reporters ran into trouble entering the scene due to the Saudi planes continuous circling. It’s common for Saudi Arabia to conduct “double-tap” airstrikes which maximize the casualty count in each attack while targeting ambulances and the press.

According to a United Nations team of experts, these double-tap strikes indicate that the Coalition makes conscious decisions to attack civilian targets by quite literally doubling down.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This war being waged by the Saudi, the US, and Emirate Governments against the people of Yemen, has crossed a line into broad-spectrum assassination and genocide against all Yemeni people whose apparent "crime" was their desire to get their families to safety; and that was what made these murders "legitimate" in the eyes of the US government, the Saudi Government, and the U.A.E. government.

In looking at this, I think I have uncovered the core reason as to why President Trump's two BFFs n the Middle East are Israel's Netanyahu, and Saudi Arabia's Prince Bin Salman.

both do what they do (assassinations, torture), and stand just to the right of Attila the Hun when it comes to potential human rights of those people they consider "collateral damage only": they do this evil with impunity, and never expect any consequences will come back and bite them in a very sensitive portion of the human anatomy.

President Trump would love to do this, both here and abroad, but he is still, in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika, bound by certain laws, which constrain him to some degree.

This is why we hear, and see, so little about the 3 year old war against Yemen, will looks to drag on indefinitely, unless Bin Salman gives the order to carpet bomb the place, which may well happen if he remains as head of the royal family.

And to our "alleged" Congressional representatives; take back your Constitutional power to make war; you have, morally, sacrificed its original intent, from Bush Jr, thorough Obama, and now through President Trump, to make these wars against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and now, God help us, in Yemen happen.

And unless World War III sounds like a great idea to you (because you've got your bunkers, your hard assets, and protective places for your families to stay), the operative word for this is, NOW!!!

This country, collectively, appears to be sleepwalking into wars against China; Russia; and Iran; and heaven knows who else; let's stop this trend before the US finds itself enmeshed in a world war, with no way out, which is precisely where these developments have been leading this country.

Oct 13 11:10

‘Evidence’ Saudi-led coalition aims to destroy food production in Houthi-controlled Yemen – report

As the war in Yemen rages on, a new report says there is “strong evidence” that the Saudi-led coalition has aimed to destroy food production and distribution in areas of the country controlled by Houthi rebels.

The report, titled ‘Strategies of the Coalition in the Yemen War: Aerial Bombardment and Food War’, is a compilation of data from various sources on the impact of the coalition’s bombing campaign on the production and distribution of food in rural Yemen, and on fishing along the Red Sea coast.

Oct 13 10:23

Outside In: The Trump administration’s plan to remake the Middle East

The only promise that is new about the promised peace plan is the way it will be forced on the Palestinians: no one has promised that the plan itself will be new. With Saudi Arabia and Egypt—the outside—brought onside with the promise of continued military aid despite their crimes against humanity and violations of international law and the Palestinians weakened by being silenced, economically crushed and stripped of any friends to help them, the United States and Israel are now free to attempt to impose a peace plan on the Palestinians.

Oct 13 07:59

YEMEN’S MILITARY ADOPTS MORE AGGRESSIVE STRATEGY, CAPTURES SAUDI MILITARY SITES IN JIZAN

JIZAN, SAUDI ARABIA — The media branch of Yemen’s Ansar Allah military released footage on Friday showing the moment that strategic Saudi military locations were captured in the eastern al-Doud mountains and al-Reqa’h military bases deep inside of Saudi Arabia. The bases are located in the southwestern region of Jizan, some 900 kilometers (559 miles) south of the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has not yet commented on the recent attacks.

Yemen’s army launched two ballistic missiles at a gathering of Saudi military forces, including mercenaries, just east of al-Doud. A group of Saudi-allied mercenaries south of al-Khobeh in Jizan was also targeted. Later in the day, Yemen’s army struck a Saudi military base in the kingdom’s Jizan region with two ballistic missiles, killing a number of Saudi soldiers, according to two military sources in Yemen’s army.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true, I would bet you that you won't see anything from the US corporate presstitutes about how this Yemeni militia, adapting a very different strategy than what they have used before, managed to infiltrate critical pieces of infrastructure in Saudi Arabia.

One has to wonder; is the House of Saud (and their American cohorts) losing their grip in their attempted genocide in Yemen?!? Only time will tell.

Oct 12 12:32

YEMEN’S NAVY USES NEW MISSILE TO DESTROY SAUDI MILITARY VESSEL NEAR HAJJAH

Yemen’s navy targeted a military vessel belonging to Saudi Arabia off of the northwestern coast of Hajjah on Wednesday, reportedly killing all aboard the vessel. The boat, which was in the Medi port, was carrying out attacks on the residential districts of Heiran and Medi in Hajjah when it was hit, according to a statement from Yemen’s navy.

A source in Yemen’s navy confirmed to MintPress News that it targeted the Saudi vessel with a new type of domestically-manufactured missile, but did not name the missile.

The Saudi-led coalition has not yet commented on the attack, which occurred during an increase in coalition airstrikes on the residential area of Hajjah and other provinces — strikes that have killed and injured more than 50 civilians over the past 72 hours in the strategic Red Sea port.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please note: these Saudi attacks, enabled by the US military, were attacking civilian areas; not military targets. But of course, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Prince Salman and his minions, will argue until they are blue in the face, that killing civilians, particularly infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly, is completely justified, under a tortured logic that is most difficult to understand by us mere mortals.

I would like to politely remind President Trump that collective punishment of a people is a war crime; by enabling the Saudi slaughter in this genocide, the US government has chosen to become a war criminal.

As long as I can breathe, as a Christian pacifist activist, I will continue to peacefully witness to this slaughter in Yemen, and hold my government accountable for its horrific involvement, and enabling, which has caused the fighting to go on long after it should have ended, via a diplomatic solution.

Of course, our Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, doesn't want this to happen, because it would put a huge dent in the profits of those members of the military industrial complex who are selling these weapons to the Saudis like hotcakes, and ... we just cannot do this, can we Mr. President?!?

So the war grinds on... the sales are completed... and we will continue to see thousands more Yemeni deaths that We the People, personally, and morally, have a moral obligation, peacefully, and logically, to attempt to stop.

Oct 12 10:48

US "INVESTIGATES" GENOCIDE IN MYANMAR, COMMITS GENOCIDE IN YEMEN

Rarely is US hypocrisy so cynical and overt as a recent US State Department investigation into ongoing violence in Myanmar, all while the US continues its full spectrum support of Saudi Arabia's genocidal war on Yemen.

In addition to Washington's role in Yemen, the US also occupies Afghanistan and Syria while carrying out drone strikes and covert military interventions in territory stretching from North Africa to Central Asia.

In Myanmar specifically, the US has openly and for decades funded and supported groups and individuals involved directly on both sides of ongoing ethnic violence. Now, it is leveraging that violence to single out obstacles to US influence in Southeast Asia and in Myanmar specifically.

Reuters in their article titled, "U.S. accuses Myanmar military of 'planned and coordinated' Rohingya atrocities," would claim:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I used to have a great deal of respect for this country,my birthplace, the United States of America.

But when your eyes are open to the horrific atrocities this country has committed, and is still committing against foreign populations, that respect transmogrifies into an horrific awareness, that this country is run by the monied, for the monied, and of the monied.

Elections change nothing; we simply get a glorified Kabuki like performance of people who have been pre-vetted by the monied and the US Deep State, and will only serve their interests, no matter if their interests are in sync with those of We the People, or not.

This is from indexmundi.com, which, for some unfathomable reason, still calls the country Burma:

The Natural Resources of Burma

The article goes on to state:

"Natural resources: petroleum, timber, tin, antimony, zinc, copper, tungsten, lead, coal, marble, limestone, precious stones, natural gas, hydropower, arable land

Definition: This entry lists a country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance, such as rare earth elements (REEs). In general, products appear only if they make a significant contribution to the economy, or are likely to do so in the future."

And of course, as with every other country the US has invaded/pacified/conquered, which it wants here, is the following: a US-Centric government, well-kept with a lot of hush money for its top leadership, which does not mind the expropriation of its resources, and with those resources not being allowed benefit to the citizens of those countries, and all to be sold only for the US dollar.

The only thing left is to peacefully witness to the reality that in both Myanmar and Yemen, the mind-set of the US government and
Deep State, is that the people of these countries are only "collateral damage", to be disposed of in the most expeditious way possible, because that... is the US government's and Deep State's "Final Solution" for dispersing whatever wealth these countries do have in resources to US-friendly companies.

Oct 12 10:15

VIRGIN’S BRANSON HALTS TALKS ON $1 BLN SAUDI INVESTMENT IN SPACE VENTURES

British billionaire Richard Branson said on Thursday that his Virgin Group would suspend its discussions with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund over a planned $1 billion investment in the group’s space ventures, in light of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reports.

“What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government,” Branson said in a statement.

Branson also said he would suspend his directorship in two Saudi tourism projects around the Red Sea, citing Khashoggi’s disappearance. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Branson did the right thing, and I applaud his decision.

But I sincerely wish he had done it for the right reason, and that would be to turn the world's attention to the slaughter of innocents in Yemen, in which the US military and government is aiding and abetting the Saudi military in their war crimes. Warning: very graphic images.

Images: Yemeni children dead and maimed for life, due to Saudi bombings.

Images: Yemeni children, dying of starvation, because of US-enabled Saudi port blockades

images: Yemeni children dying of cholera (potentially weaponised, as was used during World War II by the American troops against the Japanese), due to Saudi Arabia destroying water infrastructure

Oct 11 10:58

Civilian Deaths in Yemen Increased by 164 Percent. Will Congress Act?

Weddings. Funerals. A school bus full of children. The Saudi-led coalition continues to bomb civilians in Yemen’s civil war. In fact, according to a recent report from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, the coalition’s offensive against the port city of Hodeida is largely responsible for a 164 percent increase in civilian deaths in Yemen since June. Thankfully, a group of 24 fed-up House representatives led by Reps. Ro Khanna (D-California) and Adam Smith (D-Washington) are reviving efforts in Congress to end US support for this brutal intervention. Their bipartisan legislation introduced last month, H.Con.Res.138, enjoys a privileged status that should guarantee it a floor vote in the House of Representatives. It deserves unanimous support.

Oct 11 10:57

Saudi Airstrike Kills Five Farmers in Yemen’s Hodeidah

Saudi warplanes continue to point the vital aid port of Hodeidah in northern Yemen, with a Wednesday strike targeting a crowd of civilians near one of the charity drinking water pumps set up in the city.

The strike killed five civilians, identified as farmers by the local hospital. This is the second incident of Saudi strikes in Hodeidah killing civilians this week, as on Monday another strike killed a group of beekeepers.

Saudi-led forces have been attacking Hodeidah for months. The port provides food for an estimated 70% of Yemenis, and is the last aid port controlled by the Shi’ite Houthi movement. As the offensive escalates against the city, so too do Saudi airstrikes.

Oct 11 10:54

Yemen’s Navy Uses New Missile to Destroy Saudi Military Vessel Near Hajjah

Yemen’s navy targeted a military vessel belonging to Saudi Arabia off of the northwestern coast of Hajjah on Wednesday, reportedly killing all aboard the vessel. The boat, which was in the Medi port, was carrying out attacks on the residential districts of Heiran and Medi in Hajjah when it was hit, according to a statement from Yemen’s navy.

A source in Yemen’s navy confirmed to MintPress News that it targeted the Saudi vessel with a new type of domestically-manufactured missile, but did not name the missile.

Oct 11 08:10

US Senators Slam Pompeo's Approval of Military Aid to Saudi Arabia, UAE

US Secretary of State Secretary Mike Pompeo must address concerns regarding his approval of military aid to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, seven senators said in a letter.

"We are skeptical a certification that the two Governments have undertaken demonstrable actions to reduce the harm to civilians is warranted when the Saudi coalition has failed to adopt some US recommendations while civilian deaths and casualties due to coalition airstrikes have increased dramatically in recent months," the letter said on Wednesday. The lawmakers called on Pompeo to hand over data on the increase in civilian casualties, among other requests, by October 31.

Last month, despite a UN report that accused the Saudi-led coalition of being responsible for some 16,000 deaths in Yemen, Pompeo certified to Congress that the coalition was limiting civilian casualties in the conflict, paving the way for more US military aid.

Oct 10 11:30

It's The LAW: Moscow rejects notion of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan

Two days after Netanyahu said Putin understands the territory’s importance for Israel, Russian FM says any change of status would violate UN resolution.

Oct 08 14:49

After 70 years of abuse, a definition of anti-Palestinian racism

Stuart Littlewood highlights a newly-published definition of anti-Palestinian racism, and an authoritative study which shows the extent of the disinformation campaign behind the claims of “anti-Semitism” in the UK Labour Party. >>

Oct 08 09:56

Erdogan Vows Revenge Against Kurds in Iraq, Says He’ll Kill At Least 800: Suggests Turkish forces will move against Sinjar and Qandil

Speaking at a conference of the ruling AK Party in Ankara, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed revenge against the Kurdish PKK after a Wednesday attack that killed eight Turkish soldiers in southeastern Turkey.

Erdogan vowed to avenge the troops by “finishing” Kurdish forces in northern Iraq, saying Turkish forces will “go into their dens” in Sinjar and Qandil, Kurdish areas of Iraq where PKK-aligned fighters are accused of being.

Erdogan has been threatening to go into Iraq after the PKK for awhile, and suggested this may be coming soon with today’s comments. Iraq has repeatedly warned Turkey against incursions into their territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Turkey attacks PKK members inside Iraq, he is going to do it when the country, still reeling from the aftermaths of the US invasion and occupation, massive corruption in the Iraqi government, and a weakened Coalition which has thrust the Iranian cleric, Muktada Al Sad,r into the ascent in Iraqi politics.

He will also have to pick a time when American politicians are too occupied with their political campaigns for high office to really take note of what is happening internationally.

It is for these reasons I have shared above, that I think that such an attack might well happen some time before the mid-term election cycle here in the US (November 6th, 2018), as politicians will be too focused about what is going on with their respective campaigns to give a damn about the slaughter happening soon in Iraq.

Oct 08 08:53

Saudi-Led Coalition Sends Additional Forces to Hodeidah - Yemeni Military

The Yemeni military announced on Sunday the deployment of additional army troops, consisting of Sudanese servicemen and supporting the Saudi-led coalition, in the vicinity of the embattled Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, controlled by the Houthi militants, also known as Ansar Allah movement.

"The aim of the arrived Sudanese servicemen will be to reinforce troops already deployed there in order to fully liberate the territories which remain under the Houthis' control," the military said in a statement.

Oct 07 11:19

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE SAYS WON’T PAY US FOR OWN SECURITY

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said his country will not pay Washington for its own security, saying his oil-rich kingdom was created even before the US itself.

“Saudi Arabia was there before the United States of America. It’s there since 1744, I believe more than 30 years before the United States of America,” bin Salman told Bloomberg in an exclusive interview late Friday.

Last week, US President Donald Trump said the Saudi King would not last for two weeks in power without US military support.

But bin Salman downplayed Trump’s remarks, saying “you have to accept that any friend will say good things and bad things”.

“So you cannot have 100 per cent friends saying good things about you, even in your family. You will have some misunderstandings. So we put that in that category,” he said.

The Crown Prince said Riyadh has paid for all weapons bought from the US.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Money can apparently buy hubris, as it has done for the B.O.Y. (aka the Butcher of Yemen, aka Prince Salman)

Take, for example, his absolute disingenuous statements on the war against Yemen, which he actually gave the order to start, after the Houthis overthrew the al-Hadi government in 2015.

This horrific war, which has cost thousands of Yemeni lives to date, and will probably cost thousands more, could be stopped in a heartbeat, if the Saudi government were actually committed to a negotiated settlement; but the Saudi government wants complete capitulation on the part of both the Houthis, and the Yemeni people. And I will warn you: the images below are very graphic, but honest depictions of what the cost of this war has been to the Yemeni people.

Saudi-backed delegates leave Yemen peace talks The article goes on to state:

"A delegation from Yemen’s former government has left UN-brokered talks in Geneva after representatives of the Houthi movement were prevented by Saudi Arabia from attending the negotiations."

If the Houthis were not present, there was truly no one with whom the Saudis could negotiate.

But what is worse, is knowing that one is a citizen of a government which continues to aid and abet Saudi war crimes in Yemen; that is, of course, the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of Amerika, which continues to provide mid-air refueling to Saudi war jets, and "guidance" for their strikes - like, most probably, the school bus with Yemeni kids going on a field trip, assassinated by a Saudi air strike Saudi-led coalition strikes school bus in Yemen, murdering at least 29 children

Saudi soldiers continue to to murder and maim infants, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly, and bomb schools and hospitals with impunity.

Images: children dead and maimed for life from Saudi bombing raids

With port blockades, accomplished through US help, they are preventing food aid from coming in at all, so much of the population is malnourished to the point of death. With the coming takeover of the Hodeida port, which looks to be happening soon, this will cut off nearly all of the food for famished innocents.

Images: Yemeni children dying from malnutrition

And finally, there has been an epidemic of cholera, courtesy of Saudi military having thoroughly destroyed all the water infrastructure in Yemen ( using a possibly weaponized strain, as was done by the American military during World War II) which has run rampant, and is, as of yet, completely uncontrolled.

Images: Yemeni children dying of cholera

If we do nothing, and say nothing, we, too, are complicit in these war crimes.

And so I ask my brother and sister Americans, in the most peaceful, logical way possible, to advocate for the US government withdrawing all its troops and supplies who, and which, have been supporting Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

The situation in Yemen has been described by human rights officials as one of the worst, ongoing catastrophes of the 21st century; I would politely suggest that the US not continue to enable these war Saudi war crimes here.

I am sure that, because of the circumstances of his birth, into one of the most monied, and aristocratic families on the face of this earth, that Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, has been awarded many honorifics in terms of his titles.

But I would hope that he understands fully, that "the one" which will stick, after he has passed, and at the top of the list after this genocide in Yemen is finally over, is that of "The Butcher of Yemen".

Oct 05 10:31

As Fighting Escalates in Yemen’s Hodeidah, Risk of Famine GrowsUAE-backed forces escalate all-out offensive

Several months into the invasion of the Yemeni aid port of Hodeidah, the forces loyal to the United Arab Emirates have been escalating dramatically, looking to gain ground faster in an effort to seize the nation’s largest aid port.

Hodeidah is estimated to import food aid for about 70% of Yemen, and fighting has at this point effectively cut off traffic to an from the city. Promises by the Saudis for a humanitarian corridor haven’t been followed through on so far, and that means no one is getting food.

This has happened before in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, with Saudi naval blockades regularly cutting the nation off from food imports for weeks at a time. Fighting could drag on much longer, however, and that could mean mass starvation, particularly in northern Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This... is precisely the objective of the B.O.Y. (a.k.a. the Butcher of Yemen, also known as Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman), and one of his BFFs in the Middle East, the American Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump.

They want to leave the port as in tact as humanly possible, in order to control it fully, and starve the Yemeni people into submission.

Oct 05 09:08

How Saudi Money Keeps Washington at War in Yemen

It was May 2017. The Saudis were growing increasingly nervous. For more than two years they had been relying heavily on U.S. military support and bombs to defeat Houthi rebels in Yemen. Now, the Senate was considering a bipartisan resolution to cut off military aid and halt a big sale of American-made bombs to Saudi Arabia. Fortunately for them, despite mounting evidence that the U.S.-backed, supplied, and fueled air campaign in Yemen was targeting civilians, the Saudi government turned out to have just the weapon needed to keep those bombs and other kinds of aid coming their way: an army of lobbyists.

Oct 04 09:34

UAE recruiting Africans for Saudi-led war: Report

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia’s key partner in the ongoing Riyadh-led invasion of Yemen, has reportedly been recruiting tribesmen from northern and central parts of Africa to fight in the war.

The campaign features Emirati envoys “seducing” the tribesmen across a vast area spanning southern Libya as well as entire Chad and Niger, who earn a living by herding as well as human and material smuggling, the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) press monitoring organization reported on Wednesday.

“This campaign is supervised by Emirati officials who gained material profits in collaboration with human traffickers,” the report added.

Oct 04 07:44

Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen sparks stronger retaliatory attacks

Yemenis have intensified their counterattacks against the Saudi-led coalition which has already escalated its offensive on the port city of Hudaydah over the past weeks. Our correspondent Mohamed Al-Atab has made a tour of Hudaydah and filed this report on the growing national resilience of the city’s people against the Saudi-led war and blockade.

Oct 04 07:40

Yemeni Children Suffering from Malnutrition

Yemen’s cholera outbreak - the worst in the world - is accelerating again, with roughly 10,000 suspected cases now reported per week, the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showed on Tuesday.

Oct 04 06:50

Troops Deploy in Yemen’s Aden as Separatists Call for Uprising: Southern Transitional Council prepares takeover of South Yemen

Long-standing separatist ambitions in South Yemen could be coming to a head soon, with troops loyal to the Saudi-backed government massing in the city of Aden. They are preparing to resist calls by separatists to launch a full-scale uprising.

The Southern Transitional Council (STC), which envisions itself becoming an interim government after this uprising, is said also to be mobilizing, with its own forces preparing to seize government buildings across the south.

The STC is blaming Saudi Arabia for mounting corruption across the south, and has long envisioned ending the Saudi invasion by just splitting the country along the pre-unification borders. Pro-Saudi officials say that the STC must abandon all plans, saying they would benefit Iran.

Yemen was unified militarily in 1990, when North Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh conquered the South. Since then, separatists have remained an active movement in the south, envisioning reclaiming the lost country.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These movements are headed toward an even more catastrophic outcome than the Yemeni people have suffered through to date in this war.

Oct 03 13:21

Enemies of our future: Donald Trump and John Bolton

Lawrence Davidson argues that “placing people like Trump and Bolton into leading government positions is the same as inviting fascism back into our national lives”, and that this raises questions about the adequacy of the US political and education systems. >>

Oct 03 09:38

As Saudis Defend Against War Crimes Allegations, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills Entire Family

The latest attack comes just hours after Saudi Arabia admitted that its forces have committed what it called “certain mistakes” in Yemen, after increasing pressure from international bodies and human-rights groups that accuse the kingdom of carrying out war crimes in the country.

Oct 03 09:25

Yemen on verge of famine as millions cannot access aid

About one million people in northern Yemen are living in makeshift camps on the verge of famine.

They're in a Houthi-controlled area that the Saudi-Emirati coalition has been attacking and that's making it difficult for aid to reach camps. Without a ceasefire and end to the attacks, aid organisations cannot bring in the amount of food necessary for the displaced Yemenis to survive the conflict.

Oct 03 08:01

West, GCC, Israel Fear “Shiite Crescent” Turning Into “Full Moon” According To Leaked 2009 Cable

By Brandon Turbeville

On May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States will be pulling out of the “Iran Nuclear Deal” which was struck under the Obama administration, a deal that he has repeatedly called a “bad deal” and even “the single worst deal I’ve ever seen drawn by anybody.”

“The so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime,” the President said. “In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and over time reach the brink of a nuclear breakout.”

He added that “Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie.”

Yet there was absolutely no evidence to back Trump up on his claims...

Oct 02 13:32

Scores Killed in Heavy Fighting Around Yemen’s Hodeidah Port

Saudi-backed forces are reporting heavy fighting in and around the vital aid port of Hodeidah, in northwestern Yemen. Reports suggest that over 60 were killed in the course of the day’s clashes, with 54 of them Shi’ite Houthis.

Fighting initially focused on some of the rare farms around the province, and some military positions leading into the port city itself. The port is the source of food aid for about 70% of Yemen, and the lone port under the control of the Houthi movement.

Yemen imports the vast, vast majority of its food, so a protracted battle for the last Houthi port could cut off millions in Houthi territory from any food aid at all, leading to mass starvation. The Saudi-backed forces have promised to eventually open “humanitarian routes” out of the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Eventually" when it comes to the Saudi foreign policy, which is engineered to starve the Houthis into submission, as they will through the control of its main port in Hodeidah, will be when pigs make the discovery that they are aerodynamic!!

And we have the following development, datelined yesterday: Hodeidah cholera cases triple after Saudi/UAE offensive.

Oct 02 13:15

Saudi Arabia Admits ‘Mistakes’ in Targeting in Yemen: Investigators ask how many times Saudis can accidentally bomb same civilian targets

Addressing the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Monday with respect to the massive civilian death toll in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, Saudi officials made rare admissions of fault, saying that they had made “mistakes” in targeting and were working hard to rectify the problem.

Saudi officials were clearly trying to use this to get a pass on the ten thousand-plus killed civilians, insisting that the internal investigations note the “mistakes,” and that perpetrators will be “held to account,” despite little evidence that this ever happened.

The UN committee didn’t appear to be sold on this idea either, with members noting the war has been going on since 2015 with no sign of prosecutions for civilian deaths. Panel chairwoman Renate Winter noted that an awfully large number of these “mistakes” had hit the same civilian targets, with several schools and hospitals hit myriad times. She asked how many times the Saudis could possibly keep making that same mistake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis will keep on making the "same mistake", because the B.O.Y. (the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Crown Prince Bin Salman) and his BFF in the Middle East, Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, want to see as many kids, schools, and hospitals blown up as humanly possible, because they don't want future Yemenis growing up with a memory that Yemen, at one point, had both an independent history, and national trajectory other, than through Saudi control.

And we have a companion piece, again from antiwar.com, with the following headline: US Air Force keeps refueling Saudi warplanes in Yemen

Oct 02 13:15

Everyone washes their hands as Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Jonathan Cook argues that none of the parties involved with the Gaza Strip is prepared to make a priority of its welfare, and explains why reconciliation between Hamas and Palestinian Authority Chaorman Mahmud Abbas is as far off as ever. >>

Oct 02 09:33

One Click Closer to Annihilation

The nuclear war doomsday clock maintained on the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists website has advanced to two minutes before midnight, the closest point to possible atomic apocalypse since the end of the Cold War. In 1995 the clock was at fourteen minutes to midnight, but the opportunity to set it back even further was lost as the United States and its European allies took advantage of a weakened Russia to advance NATO into Eastern Europe, setting the stage for a new cold war, which is now underway.

It is difficult to imagine how the United States might avoid a new war in the Middle East given the recent statements that have come out of Washington, and, given that the Russians are also active in the region, a rapid and massive escalation of something that starts out as a minor incident should not be ruled out.

Oct 01 10:55

Syria a victim of wars fought in the name of oil – Austrian Foreign Minister

Oil is the real reason behind all conflicts in the Middle East while Syria is just the latest victim of this struggle, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told the UN General Assembly in a speech she started in Arabic.

The very existence of the modern Middle Eastern states have been “shaped by oil business,” Kneissl told the UNGA. A Middle East expert herself went on to explain that the borders of the states that were established following the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire were “based on pipelines.”

All the wars the region witnessed over the recent decades are just a continuation of this fight for the control over the fossil fuels that still “dominate the energy mix” in the world, the foreign minister said, adding that Syria, which has been engulfed in a bloody seven-years conflict, is “a victim of instability created by all these wars.”

Oct 01 10:14

Paul Craig Roberts: Where Does Our Attention Belong - Kavanaugh Or Yemen?

There are reports that the Washington-initiated and militarily-supported Saudi Arabian war against Yemen have a starving Yemeni population eating leaves.

The Saudis, with Washington’s GPS support, continue to target school buses, massacring children as an element of the terror assault against the population, trying to break Yemeni resistance by murdering children on school buses. Washington continues to supply the Saudis with the weapons to target school buses and the diplomatic support to protect the criminal Saudi regime from war crimes charges.

The European cowards turn their heads. Even Russia is silent. Putin’s “partnership” with the criminal state of Saudi Arabia is more important.

Oct 01 10:00

UAE should expect more attacks if aggression on Yemen continues, Ansarullah spokesman

The spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has no option but to expect more operations from Yemeni army forces and their allied fighters from Popular Committees in case the Saudi-led military aggression and blockade against his impoverished homeland continues.

“The Yemeni air force has carried out the second attack of its kind within a month against Dubai International Airport using a domestically-built and long-endurance Sammad-3 (Invincible-3) unmanned aerial vehicle,” Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah television network cited Mohammed Abdul-Salam as writing on his official Twitter page on Sunday.

The Houthi spokesman added, “Even though Emirati authorities are trying to conceal the attack for the time being and deny air traffic disturbances at their airport, they will be forced to expect more operations should aggression and siege on Yemeni people continue.”

Oct 01 08:21

US Air Force Refueling of Saudi Warplanes in Yemen Continues

New data from the US Air Force shows that the refueling operation for the Saudi-led war in Yemen is continuing apace with no sign of slowing. The US has refueled Saudi warplanes attacking Yemen since April of 2015.

Central Command revealed that the US has conducted 2,919 sorties, offloading 92.3 million pounds of fuel since the war began. The statement confirmed this was “in support of US missions and Saudi and Emirate operations against threats throughout the horn of Africa.”

US involvement in the Yemen War has been extremely controversial, with Congress once again working on a bill aiming to compel the administration to stop participating. The war was never authorized by the US Congress.

Refueling is the primary US operation in Yemen, which is a particularly controversial part of the war, since Saudi airstrikes have been killing massive numbers of Yemeni civilians in the course of the war.

Oct 01 08:08

What is behind Qatar’s shift towards Israel?

Over the past year or so, the tiny Gulf state of Qatar has been getting increasingly close to pro-Israel figures from the United States. Things are so bad that Qatar last year donated a quarter of a million dollars to some of America’s mostly rabidly anti-Palestinian, hard-right Zionist organisations, including the Zionist Organisation of America, whose president Morton Klein this month slandered Palestinians in openly racist terms as “filthy Arab[s]”.

A pro-Israel policy is something of a departure for the small, gas-rich emirate. Qatar has enormous amounts of natural gas under its control, which guarantees virtually unlimited economic freedom. According to Qatargas, it has the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves after Russia and Iran.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE WITH YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA