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Apr 13 13:29

Saudi military almost entirely staffed by mercenaries

The Saudi military is almost entirely staffed by mercenaries. The Saudi jets bombing an air defenseless Yemen are piloted by Pakistanis. Its mid and low level officers are mainly from Jordan and most
ominously for its ability to actually launch a ground invasion, its rank and file soldiers are almost entirely from Yemen.

Apr 13 11:58

Saudi Arabia, Turkey Discussing Unlikely Alliance To Oust Syria's Assad

Turkey and Saudi Arabia, two nations with a long history of rivalry, are in high-level talks with the goal of forming a military alliance to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

The talks are being brokered by Qatar. As the partnership is currently envisioned, Turkey would provide ground troops, supported by Saudi Arabian airstrikes, to assist moderate Syrian opposition fighters against Assad's regime, according to one of the sources.

Apr 13 09:55

How the GOP Became the Israel Party

Bill Kristol and John McCain have replaced Robert Novak and Pat Buchanan in Republican foreign policy influence.

When the unexpectedly detailed P5+1 framework agreement with Iran was announced last Thursday, Illinois Republican Mark Kirk made a bizarre comment. “We all know” said the senator, that this is going to end with “a mushroom cloud somewhere near Tehran”—a result of Israel having to go to war to “clean up the mess” made by American and European negotiators. A few days earlier John McCain had expressed the wish that Israel “go rogue” and attack Iran in order to upend the Iran negotiations.

Apr 13 09:26

U.S. Widens Role in Saudi-led Campaign Against Houthi Rebels in Yemen

The U.S. is expanding its role in Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen, vetting military targets and searching vessels for Yemen-bound Iranian arms amid growing concerns about the goals of the Saudi-led mission, according to U.S. and Arab officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It has already come out that the targets are not just the Houthis, but Yemen military still loyal to the former Yemen President Saleh, who was ousted by a US intervention in 2012 and replaced by US puppet Hadi, currently hiding in Saudi Arabia.

Apr 13 08:50

Yemen Plunges 'Into Darkness' Amid Power Cuts, Saudi-Led Attacks

Yemen lost power after attacks on substations and power lines, and the Saudi Arabia-led coalition attacked communications infrastructure.

Apr 12 23:15

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

GC: Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Apr 12 13:51

With Weapons Pouring In and Aid Locked Out, Yemeni Civilians 'Willfully Abandoned'

Two weeks of a Saudi Arabia-led bombardment and siege on the impoverished nation of Yemen has bred a profound humanitarian crisis—marked by hundreds of civilian deaths and worsening food and water shortages.

As the Saudi-led coalition blocks almost all food and medical aid from getting in, while bombing public infrastructure, residents and aid organizations warn that the worst is yet to come.

Apr 12 13:43

U.S. violation of the NPT & its warcrimes in Yemen

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich explains U.S. trickery and why it can't be trusted

Apr 12 13:40

Arabian Game of Thrones: House of Saud Playing Dirty in Yemen

The US-backed House of Saud has long been playing different Yemeni governments, the Houthis, the Muslims Brotherhood, and al-Qaeda all against one another in a real life version of "Game of Thrones," Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya noted.

Apr 12 13:35

Hassan Nasrallah: The war in Yemen announces the end of the House of Saud

Sayed Hassan Nasrallah discusses the US-Saudi operation in Yemen, which to date has been a real military disaster. According to him, Saudi Arabia has embarked on a foolish enterprise, and now its very territorial integrity is threatened. He confidently predicts a resounding victory for the Houthis, and major repercussions for the Saudi ruling dynasty and the entire region, which will be in the best interests of the peoples.

Apr 12 08:58

Saudi warns Iranian warships not to enter Yemeni waters

A Saudi official warned Iranian warships sent to the Strait of Bab El-Mandeb and the Gulf of Aden not to enter Yemeni waters.

"Iranian ships have the right to be present in international waters, but they won't be allowed to enter Yemeni territorial waters," spokesman of the Saudi-led anti-Houthi coalition forces, Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri told reporters in Riyadh on Wednesday.

Iran deployed two warships including a naval destroyer near Yemen on Wednesday saying the move comes to protect the Islamic Republic's interest in international waters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just who gave Saudi Arabia permission to be in Yemen's territorial waters, let alone decide who else can come and go?

Apr 12 08:56

Saudi-led coalition: 1,200 airstrikes launched in Yemen

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition said Saturday that it launched 1,200 airstrikes on the positions of Yemen's Shiite Houthi group since March 25.

"These strikes have weakened the group," coalition spokesman Ahmed al-Asiri said at a press briefing in Saudi capital Riyadh.

He added that the strikes also targeted troops loyal to ex-Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You WILL accept your US puppet ruler!" -- official White Horse Souse

Apr 12 08:56

Yemen war, beginning of ominous plot to divide Saudi Arabia: Iran diplomat

A senior Iranian diplomat has warned against the fallout of Saudi Arabia’s illegal military campaign against Yemen, saying it is a conspiracy that aims to disintegrate Saudi Arabia.

“The enemies of the [Middle East] region are unfortunately trying to disintegrate and weaken Saudi Arabia, and the aggression against Yemen and its consequences are the start point of this ominous plot,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday.

He called on the United States to stop pursuing dual policies in the Middle East and recommended Saudi Arabia to stop counting on Washington’s help in Yemen.

The Iranian diplomat warned that the continuation of Saudi aggression against Yemen would lead to “inevitable consequences," adding that Saudi Arabia is playing with regional security by attacking Yemen.

Apr 12 07:14

The Orwellian Way - War is Peace in Yemen

An autocracy with a deplorable human rights record (Saudi Arabia’s Sharia courts routinely behead criminals and flog victims of gang rape as well as recalcitrant bloggers) and its partners—which includes the US—are endeavoring to reinstall an ineffectual exiled government of questionable legitimacy and ensure security in Yemen by bombing and starving it into submission.

Apr 12 06:47

Saudi Foreign Minister Says His Country ‘Not at War with Iran’

Yemen intervention aimed at protecting ‘the legitimacy of the state’

Apr 12 03:38

France pledges support for Riyadh in Yemen

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Riyadh on Sunday to express support for Saudi Arabia's battle against Houthi militias in neighbouring Yemen.

Apr 11 06:29

Naval Blockade Creating Food Shortages in Yemen

The poorest nation in the Middle East, Yemen doesn’t produce a lot of its own food. Over 90 percent of the food consumed in the country, including virtually all of its wheat and rice, is imported from abroad, generally by ships.

That’s a big problem as the Saudi war picks up pace, as Saudi and coalition warships patrol the waters around the nation, blockading ports controlled by the Houthis. Since the situation is so dangerous and quickly changing, most ships are just skipping Yemen outright.

Apr 11 06:10

Over 1,000 killed in Saudi war on Yemen

A Yemeni army spokesperson says at least 1,000 people, including 200 children, have been killed in Saudi air attacks against its southern neighbor over the past two weeks.

Apr 10 22:53

Poets’ Talk: “Why Is This World So Sad?” And, “The Armor of God”

At any rate, how will that “Ole Time Religion” square with this basically unimaginable world towards which we are racing?

Why is this world so sad? Do you have a religious answer? A faith-based answer?

CO: Life is suffering, and the ancient story of John the Baptist and Herod belongs to modern history…. Our “Herod” (POTUS) stands militarily above all other nations, and only Russia seems to stop the U.S. from cutting off (bombing) any head(s) our Controllers desire.

They intimidate the Vatican, and instead of “putting on the armor of God,” (St. Paul), the Roman Catholic Church often acquiesces, and by the “sin of omission,” helps hasten the making of a Rich Man & Lazarus world, an inevitable War of Civilizations.

GC: I agree. And I’m thinking these are threads we can address in a future “Poets Talk.” I don’t think we’ve dealt with religion at all (?!). Tough subject, but very necessary. Given your qualms, I wonder: how do you remain in the Church?

Apr 10 18:03

It is Not Confusing that US Abandons Own Citizens in Yemen War-Zone but Rescues Saudi Bombers

Most Americans have no idea any of these events are occurring or have only vague, US government/press-created notions of them, but many who are cognizant – principally the abandoned people themselves – express confusion. Why would eight countries, including Russia, China, and India, carry out risky missions to save their own citizens, as well as foreign nationals, stuck in Yemen, but the US would staunchly refuse to do so? All we ever hear from the US government and press is that the US is so incredibly good and altruistic. So, how could this be happening?

Apr 10 13:39

Yemen: Between Iraq and Somalia

The Middle East of today lacks a single leader, and is instead fractured between several centers of power, none of which are able to claim regional hegemony and act to stabilize the situation.
Egypt, the former-leader, is still the most populated Arab country boasting the largest and most efficient army, but due to its domestic troubles and a chronic shortage of finances Cairo can no longer afford an active foreign policy.
Saudi Arabia is rolling in cash, but its army and security services are too weak to take up this region-wide responsibility. Besides, the ruling family is deeply mired in a perennial struggle over succession, which effectively overshadows all other activities.

Apr 10 13:34

Naval Blockade Creating Food Shortages in Yemen

The poorest nation in the Middle East, Yemen doesn’t produce a lot of its own food. Over 90 percent of the food consumed in the country, including virtually all of its wheat and rice, is imported from abroad, generally by ships.

That’s a big problem as the Saudi war picks up pace, as Saudi and coalition warships patrol the waters around the nation, blockading ports controlled by the Houthis. Since the situation is so dangerous and quickly changing, most ships are just skipping Yemen outright.

Food prices are already rising dramatically, and a lot of shops are running short on supplies at any price. Locals are desperately trying to stockpile, fearing a long war and the lack of either commercial or humanitarian shipments from the outside world.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, with the Saudi blockade and no way to get humanitarian aid through, innocent, non-combatants are starving?!?!?

A memo to the Saudi monarchy and the military; guys, please: is not the starvation of a people to get them to submit NOT A WAR CRIME?!?!?!?

Apr 10 13:26

Israel Lobby conference too hot for C-SPAN. So watch it online!

Watch the Israel Lobby conference live from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! Spread the word!
The “Israel Lobby” conference is too hot for C-SPAN! So watch it from your desktop, phone, laptop or tablet! – Begins at 9AM EST – April 10, live from the National Press Club! Tweet in your questions for speakers to @IsraelLobbyUS or email conference@IsraelLobbyUS.org. Be a part of this important event!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1IIrHsO4fw#t=12344

The Israel Lobby conference is unprecedented, with the finest speakers on the subject gathered for a day of panels, Q&A and disscusions.

Israel lobby watchdogs like the ADL were outraged at last year’s National Summit. Today C-SPAN refused to broadcast it, choosing instead to show re-runs of innocuous content.

So forget C-SPAN! Watch the entire conference from your favorite YouTube device! No cable subscription, no gatekeepers! Then watch the archived video and share it with your friends!

Apr 10 10:27

The DONMEH part 2: House of Saud Connections

An Iraqi Mukhabarat (General Military Intelligence Directorate) Top Secret report, “The Emergence of Wahhabism and its Historical Roots,” dated September 2002 and released on March 13, 2008, by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency in translated English form, points to the Dönmeh roots of the founder of the Saudi Wahhabi sect of Islam, Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab.

Apr 10 07:47

UN Accuses Saudi Arabia of Killing Yemeni Civilians

Make no mistake. Yemen is Obama's war. He's using Saudi-led terror-bombing to serve US interests - to regain control of its former client state.

It's high time this naked aggression was universally condemned. Noncombatant men, women and children are being willfully murdered in cold blood.

After two weeks of terror-bombing, the UN finally noticed. Special Rapporteur for Internally Displaced Persons Chaloka Beyani accused Saudi Arabia of deliberately killing Yemeni civilians.

Apr 10 07:04

Arab coalition airstrikes hit telecommunication targets in Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition's airstrikes took down a series of telecommunications targets in Yemen, a source in the crisis-hit nation's Transport Ministry told Sputnik on Thursday.

As the Arab coalition's Decisive Storm campaign entered its third week, its jets destroyed television towers in neighboring cities of Saada and Amran, in addition to the capital Sanaa, the source said.

It is unknown whether the airstrike led to casualties among the local population.

Apr 10 06:53

Saudi Authorities bar Pakistani plane entrance into airspace

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis got pissed off at Pakistan for not siding with them in their war against Yemen. The Saudis think that Pakistan owes them a lot.

Current President Nawaz Sharif was living in Saudi Arabia when he was wanted by Musharraf's government. But Pakistan has a democracy and Saudis do not.

So the Saudis are mad that Nawaz didn't side with them and they don't understand it.

Apr 09 09:16

Iran's Khamenei accuses Saudi Arabia of genocide over Yemen airstrikes

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has attacked the air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen, saying the operation which has caused civilian deaths amounts to genocide.

“The aggression by Saudi Arabia against Yemen and its innocent people was a mistake,” Khamenei said in a speech on Iranian TV. “This is a crime and genocide that can be prosecuted in the international courts.”

Apr 09 08:43

After Oil Dropped: Saudis to Borrow for First Time in More Than Decade

Plummeting oil prices mean that Saudi Arabia - for the first time in 15 years - will have to post a deficit and enter the debt market, according to a leading financial research firm.

Apr 09 07:23

Pakistan parliament opposed to involvement in Yemen war

Since Monday, the legislators have been discussing Riyadh’s request from Islamabad to contribute ships, aircraft, and troops to the warfare. In the face of the two countries’ strong alliance, the Pakistani parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the idea of military intervention in Yemen, with lawmakers saying they do not see the impoverished Arab Peninsula nation as a threat to the integrity of Saudi Arabia.

“The Yemen war is not our war...Our advice to the government is that the army should not go,” said opposition member of parliament Shireen Mazari on Wednesday, adding, “As Muslims, we are duty-bound to counter any threat to holy shrines but there is no such threat today.”

Opposition Senator Tahir Hussain Mashadi said the “aggressors” were the Saudis and the victims were the Yemenis. “Now the aggressors are asking another sovereign state, Pakistan, to come to provide military aid to Saudi Arabia.”

Apr 09 06:38

Iran calls for end to Saudi air campaign, as US warns Tehran over Yemen

Iran's president has called for an end to Saudi-led airstrikes on Houthi rebels in Yemen. This came after the United States warned Tehran against its alleged involvement in the conflict in Yemen.

Apr 08 22:01

Living Beneath Bombs, Yemenis Refuse to be Collateral Damage

Nearly two weeks into a Saudi Arabia-led military assault on Yemen, that has rained down bombs on civilian neighborhoods and infrastructure while locking out food and medical aid, people within the country and across the global diaspora are turning to social media—and to the streets—to send a message to the world: Enough War.

Apr 08 15:00

Red Cross: Saudis Still Blocking Our Aid, Yemen Crisis Worsening; Washington Increases US Bombs, Ammo Going to Saudi Tyrant

Openly US-coordinated-and-assisted terrorist attacks by Saudi dictator Salman Abdulaziz have killed hundreds of civilians in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, over the past two weeks. The Red Cross continues to try to get Abdulaziz to stop blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country, saying the situation for civilians is catastrophic and getting worse. Instead of allowing aid, Abdulaziz increased his attack by firing explosives into Yemeni cities from naval vessels, in addition to his airstrikes.

Apr 08 13:42

Israel’s Unsavory New ‘Allies’

The American people, who still want to stop Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, are only dimly aware that longtime U.S. “allies” – Israel and Saudi Arabia – have shifted into an effective alliance with those Sunni jihadists as part of their regional war against Iran and Shiite Islam.

Apr 08 12:50

Yemeni Citizens Await Ground Operation to Avenge Killed Civilians – Expert

A member of Yemen politburo spoke to Sputnik Arabic telling that all citizens of Yemen are just waiting for the invasion of the enemy soldiers so that they can take blood revenge for killed sisters, mothers and children.

Apr 08 08:30

6 children dead in Yemen as Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits school

Half a dozen children were killed after a rocket hit a school in a Saudi-led coalition air raid in central Yemen, Sputnik reported citing a military source. The Red Cross has warned of a “catastrophic” situation as shelling in Yemen intensified.

“So far we have recovered the bodies of three students, the bodies of the remaining [three students] are still being removed,” the source told the agency.

The targeted school was reportedly in a central province, located between Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, and the port city of Aden.

Apr 08 06:59

Yemen campaign a ‘great mistake’: Iran official in Beirut

The Saudi-led military campaign launched two weeks ago in Yemen is a “great strategic mistake,” an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday during a visit to Beirut.

“We believe that a huge mistake has been committed recently in the issue of Yemen,” Morteza Sarmadi, who is also the country's deputy foreign minister, said after meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

“The airstrikes in Yemen have resulted in numerous atrocities, and has shed the blood of innocent civilians... This should be ended.”

Apr 08 06:49

US to speed up delivery of weapons to Saudi-led forces in Yemen

"We have expedited weapons deliveries, we have increased our intelligence sharing, and we have established a joint coordination and planning cell in the Saudi operations center "

Apr 08 06:48

US stepping up weapons deliveries to Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen rebels

Washington deepened its involvement in the Saudi-led air war in Yemen Wednesday as aid agencies scrambled to deliver help to civilians caught up in the campaign now heading into its third week.

The Red Cross has warned of a “catastrophic” situation in main southern city Aden where militia loyal to fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi have been holding out against Huthi Shiite rebels and their allies within the security forces.

Scores of people have been killed or wounded in the street fighting in the heart of the port city and aid agency Doctors Without Borders said it feared many more had been unable to reach hospitals.

The main Shiite power Iran, which has strongly opposed the Saudi-led intervention, stepped up its efforts for a negotiated settlement with a visit to Saudi ally Pakistan by Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So far, this Saudi-led bombing campaign has been disastrous, from both a tactical and PR perspective.

It has managed to kill and maim a huge number of non-coms, and not really made a dent in the Houthi takeover of Yemen.

This is, of course, why the internet in this country was taken down late last month; to prevent pictures of the dead and wounded going viral.

But Yemen isn't alone. When conflict strikes, Internet access is often an early casualty -- cutting off communications for civilians when they need it the most. "When there's some sort of conflict, communications ends up being damaged or in some cases intentionally disconnected," said Doug Madory, who watches global online routing data from his perch in New Hampshire as the director of Internet analysis for Dyn. The effects can be particularly harmful in the developing world, where infrastructure is less robust than in other nations. Such is the case with Yemen, whose Internet infrastructure is controlled by one state-run provider and relies on a handful of access points to just two submarine fiber cables. Internet stability in Yemen started to get rocky on Monday, Madory said. But the apparent outages of the Djibouti cable, starting Wednesday as fighting intensified in Aden, caused more significant disruptions. "It's safe to say that national Internet connectivity during that time was degraded," he said.

Bombing the Houthis into submission doesn't seem to be working at all, and I have to wonder; does the Saudi and US military leadership have a plan?!?

Because there is one thing I do know: no military on the planet can actually win what is, essentially, a ground war from the air.

Degrade capabilities?!? Perhaps. But win?!? In a single word, no.

Apr 08 06:09

IRAN DEPLOYS WARSHIPS OFF YEMEN'S COAST

(^Reuters) - Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, state media reported, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement.

The Alborz destroyer and Bushehr support vessel sailed from Bandar Abbas on a mission to protect Iranian shipping from piracy

Apr 07 22:00

Yemen – the Big Picture. US Sponsored Civil Wars

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Apr 07 15:32

Al-Qaeda militants attack Yemen-Saudi Arabia border post - reports

Suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists reportedly attacked a remote Yemeni military post near the Saudi border on Tuesday, killing several officers. The attack comes amid turmoil in Yemen which has already claimed over 540 lives, according to the WHO.

A remote border base was stormed by suspected Al-Qaeda militants near Manwakh, about 440 km (270 miles) northeast of Yemen's capital, Sanaa, Reuters reported, citing sources in the country's eastern Hadramawt province.

Apr 07 12:46

Dozens Injured as Saudi Authorities Crack Down on Yemen War Protests

Amid public opposition to the ongoing military campaign in Yemen, the Saudi government has purportedly cracked down on potential protests in the Eastern Province. During a series of security raids, conflicting reports suggest dozens may be injured, and that one police officer has been killed.

Apr 07 12:43

Saudi Arabia has dispatched paratroopers to Yemen + Pics

Reports say Saudi Arabia has dispatched paratroopers to southern Yemen to help the forces loyal to fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Apr 07 12:37

RAP NEWS 24: ISRAEL & PALESTINE

“America’s last taboo” Edward Said.

Decades of failed peace talks have led nowhere; but do not lose hope just yet. Join Robert Foster as he attempts to host the first ever Middle East Peace Raps, using rhyme and reason to bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a representative of Hamas. The picture would not be complete however, without a discussion of “America’s last taboo” (as Edward Said once referred to it): the USA’s role as Israel’s best – and only – buddy in the world (Ok, together with Australia). Featuring special cameos from prominent American Jewish scholar, Dr. Norman Finkelstein, and Palestinian rap legends, DAM, this is an episode for the ages. Join us as we bravely (or perhaps stupidly) take on one of the most bitter, divisive and controversial conflicts of our times: Israel & Palestine.

Apr 07 11:22

Death toll rises quickly as conflict rages in Yemen

Residents of central Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, have learned the hard way that key strategic bombing targets are located in their neighborhoods: Detonating ordnance has been shattering their windows and doors.

And fighting has killed hundreds of people in less than two weeks.

Apr 07 10:52

‘Saudi Arabia saving democracy in Yemen? That’s a cruel joke!’

Saudi Arabia, one the most undemocratic states in the world where people have absolutely no say, is incapable of saving democracy in Yemen, said Eric Draitser, geopolitical analyst. That is an insult to the intelligence of people globally, he added.

Apr 07 10:46

‘They’re afraid we'll protest Yemen operation,’ say Saudi Shiites

Street battles raged for hours on Sunday between Saudi security forces and locals in the town of Awamiyah, a hotbed of Shiite activism in the country’s east. According to one of our Observers, the authorities are cracking down on Shiites, who represent a minority in the area, in an attempt to stop them from organising protests over Saudi Arabia’s military operation against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. The consequences of global tensions between Sunni and Shiite countries, he says, are now exacerbating divisions at home.

Apr 07 01:49

Iran Nuclear Deal Prods Saudi Arabia To Raise Crude Oil Prices In Asia

Saudi Arabia is raising the price of crude oil it ships to Asia. The oil-rich kingdom has been selling oil to Asian nations at a discount for much of the past year to keep competitors from snatching market share amid a global oil glut. Starting in May, it will narrow the discount.

The move comes as demand for oil is declining somewhat -- and supply is already abundant and possibly growing even larger. Economists warn China, with its weakening economy, won’t offer the same annual boost to oil demand that it has in the past. Meanwhile, Iran could soon add more oil to global supply if a comprehensive nuclear deal is finalized in June.

Apr 07 01:48

Crude oil futures surge amid increased Saudi prices, reduced U.S. output

Crude oil futures surged on Monday, experiencing one of its highest daily-gains of the year, amid the rising cost of Saudi Arabian oil for Asian delivery and hopes for reduced output in the U.S.

On Sunday night, Saudi Arabia announced it is raising oil prices for May sales to Asia, marking the second straight month it has instituted a price hike for Asian buyers.

On the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), brent crude for May delivery soared 5.94% or 3.23 to 58.23 a barrel, amid increasing margins for refiners. Prices for oil futures fell below $56 a barrel in U.S. morning trading before increasing steadily throughout the trading session to settle at $58.10.

Apr 06 13:44

Pakistan says Saudi asked for warplanes, warships and soldiers

Saudi Arabia has asked Pakistan for military aircraft, warships and soldiers, Pakistani Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday, at the start of a parliamentary debate on whether Pakistan should get involved in a Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

Apr 06 13:42

Yemen: 'Corpses are lying in the streets'

After more than a week of Saudi-led air strikes, the country is heading towards a major humanitarian crisis.

Apr 06 11:24

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich: Iran Nuclear Deal Differences

U.S and Tehran disagree over Sanctions lift.

Tehran accuses the U.S. of spinning the nuclear deal.

Iran was never in violation of the NPT.

Most importantly, we must think about (upholding) the International treaties.

International treaties are being held hostage by the west.

There has been a lot of interference inside Iran by Washington. The nuclear issue is just an excuse to undermine the Islamic Republic and has very little to do with anything else.

Russia is opposed to snap back inspections and phased out sanctions.

Russia is a UN Security Council member and is present in the negotiations.

Apr 06 11:21

Devil is in Western Interpretation of Iran Nuclear Deal

A closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

After investing so much political capital in achieving a nuclear deal, it is understandable that all sides of the stand-off would claim the Lausanne accord arrived at this week to be an “achievement”.

However, a closer look at the details of the so-called framework accord to emerge from Lausanne shows that Iran falls short on both counts of sanctions removal and nuclear rights.

Apr 06 08:47

THE BODIES PILE UP IN YEMEN'S CIVIL WAR AND SAUDI ARABIA'S BOMBING CAMPAIGN, BUT WHO IS COUNTING THE CASUALTIES?

Between 29 and 45 people were reported killed by an apparent air attack at the al Mazraq camp – some were said to have been burned beyond recognition. Depressingly, the victims also included children. Although the attack came shortly after Saudi Arabia had launched an aerial bombardment of Yemen, Yemen’s foreign minister, speaking from Riyadh, blamed artillery fired by the Houthi militia which stormed the country’s capital Sanaa late last year. A Saudi spokesman meanwhile said that rebels had been firing from a residential area in response to a question about the bombing.

Apr 06 08:42

FLASHBACK 2012 - Of Strategic Interest To NATO: The Militarization of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf

First Published in June 2012, this article confirms the nature of the Saudi-NATO relationship. Saudi Arabia is a NATO proxy force.

Apr 06 08:36

Saudi Invaders Keep Bombing Yemeni Civilians

The Saudi-led coalition continued to carry out intensive airstrikes overnight and during the day targeting civilian areas and villages near Sanaa.

Apr 06 08:35

Saudi Arabia, Egypt show discord over Syria

Egypt and Saudi Arabia are cooperating militarily to thwart a power grab in Yemen by Shiite rebels, but the agreement on how to deal with the region's complex and intertwined conflicts may stop there. The two countries' diverging interests were evident at the Arab summit over the weekend, particularly over the crises in Syria and Libya.

Apr 06 07:20

Saudi air strikes target aid convoy in Yemen, kill 3

Witnesses said the Saudi fighter jets on Sunday fired several missiles on two aid trucks that were heading toward the southeastern city of Taiz to distribute humanitarian supplies among crisis-stricken people, Yemen’s al-Masirah satellite TV network reported.

Three people lost their lives and nine others wounded in the attack, according to the report.

Apr 06 07:09

Pakistan Says Saudis Asked For Troops, Ships, Planes For Yemen Campaign

Pakistan's defense minister says a Saudi-led coalition targeting Shi'ite rebels in Yemen has asked Islamabad for military aircraft, warships, and ground troops.

Khawaja Muhammad Asif made the comments on April 6 as Pakistan's parliament debates whether to contribute militarily to the campaign against the rebels, known as Huthis.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has offered his verbal support for the mission.

Apr 05 14:17

Yemen – the Big Picture

As usual, western media are deliberately confusing in communicating on the latest Mid-East conflict which eventually led to the recent atrocious bombing of Yemen by the US-directed Saudi alliance, including Qatar and other Gulf monarchies. They are proxies, to be sure, for their Washington masters. My heart is bleeding for Yemen, a country of warm and generous people I got to know well, working with them in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Yemen, like Ukraine, is just another square on the geopolitical chess board which the exceptional nation aims to dominate.

It is certainly true, where ever the US and its NATO cronies put their heavy boots, they create lasting misery and chaos

Apr 05 13:32

US-Israel Wage War on Iran in Syria

The ongoing conflict in Syria has always been a proxy conflict aimed at Iran, as well as nearby Russia, and more distant China. As far back as 2007, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh warned in his 9-page New Yorker report “The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?,” that a region-wide sectarian war was being engineered by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel – all of whom were working in concert even in 2007, to build the foundation of a sectarian militant army.

Apr 05 12:58

Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s Vietnam?

Any Arab county that gets involved in Yemen is going to create domestic instability, regional instability and ultimately it will hurt Saudi Arabia. It does not have the military capabilities to invade and occupy Yemen. Hence, they will push to broaden the war and get other actors involved. There are already others involved.

Apr 05 12:53

Saudi Arabia rejects all-inclusive arms embargo on Yemen proposed by Russia

Saudi Arabia has rejected Russia’s amendments to a Security Council draft resolution which would see an all-inclusive arms embargo on all parties in the Yemeni conflict, as it continues to spiral out of control with civilian death toll climbing up.

Apr 05 12:49

Guess Who’s Loving Saudi Bombs in Yemen?

As the US-backed Saudi bombing of Yemen enters its second week, more than 500 people — including many civilians — have been killed, what infrastructure existed in the impoverished country has been destroyed, and the ousted president cheers on the destruction of his country within the protective embrace of the country that is bombing his own.

Apr 05 08:28

Saudi Arabia rejects all-inclusive arms embargo on Yemen proposed by Russia

Saudi Arabia has rejected Russia’s amendments to a Security Council draft resolution which would see an all-inclusive arms embargo on all parties in the Yemeni conflict, as it continues to spiral out of control with civilian death toll climbing up.

Apr 05 08:25

Russia submits draft resolution, calling for pause in Saudi raids on Yemen

Russia has submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council (UNSC) urging a humanitarian halt in the deadly Saudi airstrikes in Yemen to allow the evacuation of foreign nationals in the country.

Moscow on Saturday called an emergency meeting of the 15-member council and distributed the one-page text, which “demands to establish regular and obligatory humanitarian pauses in the airstrikes” in an attempt to “allow all concerned states and international organizations to evacuate their citizens and personnel from Yemen.”

The draft resolution also voiced serious alarm at “the significant and rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen, in particular the dire situation of civilians including diplomatic and consular personnel and other foreigners.”

Apr 05 08:11

In Yemen, Red Cross reports aid blockade by Saudi air campaign as medics say 185 lives lost in Aden battle

Since Saudi Arabia launched its air campaign against the Houthis on March 26, international powers have voiced concern about the escalating humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country. The International Red Cross said Saturday three aid and medical staff shipments have been blocked from entering Yemen because of the Saudi-led coalition, Reuters reported, which is currently in control of the war-torn nation's air space and port access.

Apr 05 08:10

Saudi-led coalition drops arms to pro-government fighters in Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition trying to halt the advance of Yemen’s Shiite rebels airdropped weapons to beleaguered fighters in a southern port city Friday, as the Houthis withdrew from the presidential palace in Aden.

The impoverished country has sunk further into chaos since the coalition headed by Riyadh launched Operation Decisive Storm on March 26 to try to halt the advance by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

Apr 04 13:52

Al-Qaeda Seizes Mukalla Army Base, Securing Foothold in SE Yemen

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), traditionally centered around the southwest of Yemen, has today captured a major army base in Mukalla, along the country’s southeast coast, securing them a large weapons stockpile and a foothold in that region.

AQAP began attacking Mukalla yesterday, with an eye on a major prison break, in which they freed over 300 prisoners. Since then, they’ve apparently decided to take the city and the base as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It definitely looks like Saudi Arabia and its "ally" the US are not doing quite so well in Yemen, and it is only a matter of time before American boots are on the ground there.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are here, but I am expecting this to happen sooner rather than later.

Apr 04 13:24

The Global siege on Israel: a report from the World Social Forum

The closing of this multi-billion-dollar company can be one of the greatest BDS victories yet.

In June, 2010, when Israeli forces attacked unarmed aid ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, killing ten passengers (including one who died this year from injuries), dockworkers around the world refused to unload or load Israeli ships or cargo.

Based on the results in the US, we believe that if ten ports worldwide are closed to Zim, the company’s losses may cause it to close its doors. If Zim and the state of Israel are worried that this movement may become infectious, we can all be proud to spread the virus.

Apr 04 08:49

Russia calls UNSC session on Yemen crisis amid Saudi-led airstrikes

As fighting in Yemen intensifies Russia has called up an emergency UN Security Council session to put on pause Saudi-led coalition airstrikes for humanitarian purposes in an effort to quell the violence that is impacting civilians.

Russia insists it is necessary for the international community to discuss the establishment of regular and mandatory “humanitarian pauses” in the ongoing coalition air strikes on Yemen, Russian UN mission’s spokesman Aleksey Zaytsev told Sputnik.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a clever move. The US is trying to pretend they are not part of this situation in Yemen (even though they are providing targeting data and aerial refueling to the Saudi planes)but if they veto Russia's proposal at the UNSC it puts US complicity on full display to the world!

Apr 04 08:21

Did US CENTCOM Feed Saudis Target Info to Bomb Russian Consulate in Yemen?

Washington war planners are up to their old tricks again, this time in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia’s gallant airstrikes against mostly civilian and infrastructure targets (not rebels, as advertized) have also stuck the Russian Consulate General in the southwestern Yemeni city of Aden.

When Saudi Arabia launched its war against Yemen on the week of March 23th, the US proudly announced that they’re hands were clean because they were only providing ‘satellite’ information, military intelligence which included targeting information to the Saudi Air force – so then it’s fairly obvious that the target information for the Russian embassy was fed to the Saudis by the US CENTCOM. Not surprisingly then, as the Saudis hit and mostly destroyed the Russian consulate yesterday, the US then issued a swift U-turn on that previous statement, suddenly claiming, “We’re not providing them with targeting information.”

Apr 04 08:03

More Saudi soldiers killed on Yemen border

"Two soldiers from the border guards were martyred during an exchange of fire at a border point in Asir region" in Saudi Arabia's south-west, said a government spokesman cited by the official Saudi Press Agency.

"They were subject to heavy fire from a mountainous region inside the Yemeni border, which made it necessary to respond in the same manner. The situation was controlled with support from the ground forces," the spokesman said.

Apr 03 13:37

US to refuel Saudi-led warplanes in Yemen

In another move to support Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen, the United States has vowed to provide aerial refuel for aircraft attacking the country.

Apr 03 12:52

US Increases Involvement in Saudi War Against Yemen

In a move that Pentagon officials are describing as just a “deepening” of their military involvement in the Saudi attack on Yemen, they have announced military aircraft from Centcom will begin aerial refueling operations for Saudi planes currently bombing the nation.

The announcement couldn’t be worse timed, coming after a three day span during which Saudi planes killed scores of civilians in a pair of attacks on a dairy and a refugee camp in northern Yemen.

Though the US has tried to downplay its involvement in the war, officials confirmed that US surveillance planes have been flying over Yemen and providing the Saudis with intelligence for their airstrikes, which isn’t an appealing role considering how bloody and unpopular those strikes have been.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would suggest that it is only a matter of time before we see US - and Saudi- boots on the ground in Yemen; were I a betting person, I would say sooner, rather than later; perhaps by the end of this month, or the beginning of next week.

Apr 03 10:02

Islamic Jew-hatred’ ads with Hitler appear on Philly buses

I wonder if I should tell you about the Zionist/NaZi connections? That they were (are) one and the same? That the "Jewish Holocaust" was really the "Shnorrer Holocaust" (poor Jewish Holocaust): those Jews who were refuseniks against the Zionist cult?

That same occult underpinnings of Zionism, NaZism are the same for Islamofascism, the Muslim Brotherhood (now al Qaeda and ISIS), based in the Cairo Lodge, saved by Allen Dulles and the CIA, removed to Saudi Arabia, after Nasser tried to suppress this heretical Islamic movement?

That Saudi Arabia and Israel are the evil step-brothers in the Rothschild plan to use Israel as the center-piece for the Satanic New World Order centered on the rebuilt Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem atop what is now the Al-Aqsa Mosque?

Apr 03 09:14

The Mysterious Saudi Prince Leading The War In Yemen

He is the architect and very public face behind Saudi Arabia’s boldest military campaign in nearly 100 years. But Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country’s young, newly-minted defense minister, remains a virtually unknown figure at home and abroad.

Apr 03 09:07

SAUDIS PARACHUTE CRATES OF ARMS FROM THE SKY INTO YEMEN

Saudi Arabia has reportedly airdropped crates of weapons into the strategic port city of Aden, where a battle for control of the city is ongoing, according to locals and news websites in Yemen. Houthi rebels have stormed the presidential palace in Aden as a part of their ongoing battle with pro-government forces, who are being backed by Saudi-led airstrikes in an operation Riyadh has dubbed “Decisive Storm.”

Saudi and Yemeni activists linked to the anti-Houthi forces reported via social networks that weapons were airdropped to help government forces fighting in the city. Photos and videos from the area show fighters loading crates onto pick-up trucks. According to the activists, they contained ammunition, guns and communication devices. Pictures show crates on a sidewalk, with a grey parachute canopy & strings draped across the street and over nearby buildings.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Things are about to go from ugly to horrifically ugly in Yemen.

It is just a matter of time before there is a Saudi ground invasion, and so far, there seems to be little to zero concern for the safety of non-combatants, who are getting slaughtered by Saudi forces with absolute impunity.

Apr 03 02:49

Houthis deny reports of foreign troops landing in Aden

Yemen’s Houthi movement has rejected earlier media reports that dozens of foreign troops have disembarked in the country’s southeastern port city of Aden.

Apr 02 14:51

Yemen as Vietnam or Afghanistan

With U.S. intelligence help, Saudi Arabia has launched air strikes into Yemen and wants Egypt and Pakistan to invade, threatening to turn a long-simmering civil war into a regional conflict, a scenario that reminded retired U.S. diplomat William R. Polk of his work for President Kennedy on an earlier Yemeni war.

Apr 02 11:44

Photos of Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen

The Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemen, which started in late March, have so far killed nearly 200 people, including women and children.

Saudi Arabia’s air campaign against Yemen started on March 26 in a bid to restore power to Yemen’s fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Apr 02 09:45

WHY WAGE WAR ON YEMEN?

Despite Saudi or even US assertions to the contrary, Operation Decisive Storm has nothing to do with supporting the legitimacy of a political process in Yemen. Its goal is instead to maintain the continuity of authoritarian governance in the region by actively repressing the forces that threaten to undo the status quo. That this coalition has indiscriminately lumped together ISIS, Iran and the popular democratic movements of the Arab uprisings of 2011 should indicate both its broader strategic goals and, equally, the dangers to positive political and social change it represents.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have two words for what the US and the Saudis are doing in Yemen, particularly with the indiscriminate bombing of civilian infrastructure and civilians:

WAR CRIMES.

Apr 02 09:37

Saudi Scholar: ‘Yemen Has Not Shot a Single Bullet at the Saudi Government’

Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, a human rights advocacy think tank, explains why the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led attack on Yemen is a blatant act of illegal aggression.

Al-Ahmed is interviewed by Stanley Heller on Heller’s Struggle Video News, a project of the Middle East Crisis Committee. As a journalist, al-Ahmed discovered the widely reported video depicting the beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. The Institute for Gulf Affairs is located in Washington, D.C.,
Source: Truth dig

Apr 02 08:26

Saudi Dictator’s US-Coordinated Terror-Bombings in Yemen: Updates

As the Saudi dictator continues his US-coordinated aggression against Yemen:

“Erich Ogoso, a spokesman with the United Nations’ humanitarian agency, reported 182 dead and hundreds more wounded just between last Wednesday and Sunday. Some 75,000 people have been displaced in the past week…

Saudi Arabia’s navy now controls all Yemeni ports” (CNN)

The UN human rights office in Geneva reports that more than half of those killed are civilians, and UNICEF found that at least 62, or about a third, are children.

As he bombs, the Saudi dictator is blocking humanitarian relief from entering Yemen:

“One day after Saudi warplanes killed scores of civilians in an attack on a refugee camp in Yemen, the Red Cross has confirmed that the Saudi military is now preventing the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa.

Apr 02 08:24

Yemen Revolutionary Forces Seize Aden Presidential Palace: Security Official

Huthis forces seized Thursday Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's palace in his former southern refuge Aden, a senior security official told AFP.

"Dozens of Huthi fihters and their allies arrived in armoured troop carriers and entered Al-Maashiq presidential palace," said the official, who witnessed their advance into the complex.

Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia last week as the huthis bore down on Aden.

Apr 01 21:27

Yemen Echoes of 1930s Aggression and Descent into Barbarism

The latest Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, overseen by Washington, has been condemned by Iran, Russia and China.

Both the Arab League and the United Nations have fully transformed themselves into the ill-fated League of Nations that more than 70 years ago disgraced itself into oblivion when it failed to condemn foreign aggressions that eventually led to the cataclysm of World War Two.

As delegates gathered in Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh for the Arab League last weekend, nearly half of its member states were at the same time openly engaged in an aerial blitz on one of the League’s weakest countries – Yemen.

Apr 01 21:24

In Yemen, and Middle East, U.S. Needs to Learn When to Quit

Author’s note: The New York Times’ Room For Debate poses the question “Is Yemen America’s fight?” and asks whether the United States should be involved in regional efforts to fight the Houthis in Yemen.

Here’s my short essay on why the US has no business being there – and why Washington needs to rein in the Saudis before they embroil us all in an even bigger mess.

At the rate the Saudis are escalating, any full-on war in Yemen will cripple the entire Arabian Peninsula, and that would be a disaster for all key U.S. policy interests in the region.

Apr 01 15:45

Russian consulate in Aden damaged by coalition airstrikes – embassy source

The Russian Consulate General in the Yemeni sea port of Aden has been hit Saudi-led coalition airstrikes, a source in the Russia embassy in Yemen told Sputnik.

“There is not a single intact window left,” the source said.A possibility of consulate closure and the evacuation of Russian nationals is currently under review, the source added.

Earlier on Wednesday a Russian plane charted for the evacuation of Russian citizens caught in the conflict had been diverted to Cairo, after the coalition denied it landing in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somehow I don't think that was an accident!

Apr 01 13:44

Will Yemen kick-off the 'War of the two Blocs?'

This is not just a regional fight – it is a global one with ramifications that go well beyond the Middle East. The region is quite simply the theatre where it is coming to a head. And Yemen, Syria and Iraq are merely the tinderboxes that may or may not set off the conflagration.

Apr 01 13:05

US warships join Saudi attack on Yemen

The United States Navy has reportedly joined Saudi Arabia’s airstrikes against Yemen, according to a military source.

Apr 01 12:57

At least 62 children killed in Yemen violence over past week: UNICEF

At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured during fighting in Yemen over the past week, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday.

Apr 01 12:57

USA and Saudi Arabia invade Yemen to defend their oil

Saudi Arabia, answering the call from Yemeni President Hadi, invaded Yemen. Huthis came out to the Gulf of Aden that raised very serious concerns in Saudi Arabia. The Huthis can take control of the Bab-el-Mandeb - the strait, on which tankers transport oil from the Persian Gulf to Europe and America. As soon as the military operation in Yemen started, oil prices soared.

The Saudis, having used the threat from the Huthis, won the support of the United States for the operation against Yemen. Saudi Arabia has thus struck a mediated blow on Iran that supports the Huthis. The United States is unwilling to ruin its ties with Iran for two reasons. Obama has staked his reputation by negotiating the Iranian nuclear program. He also hopes for Iran's help in curbing the Islamic State in Iraq. Nevertheless, the ally (Saudi Arabia) insisted Obama should announce the "logistical support" for the invasion of Yemen.

Apr 01 12:54

Heavy Clashes Reported on Saudi-Yemen Border

Heavy clashes have been reported throughout Tuesday along the ill-defined border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, as the Yemeni Houthi fighters clash with the Saudi invasion force in that region.

Apr 01 12:33

Coalition Denies Landing to Russian Evacuation Plane en Route to Yemen

The Arab Mayadeen news channel reported earlier on Wednesday that an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia prevented a Russian plane from entering Yemen to evacuate its nationals from the crisis-hit country.

Apr 01 12:32

EU warns of Saudi attacks’ alarming impact on civilians

EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has warned about the alarming impact of the ongoing Saudi attacks on the civilian population in Yemen.

“The attacks on hospitals and medical facilities ... as well as the deliberate targeting and destruction of private homes, education facilities and basic infrastructure cannot be tolerated,” Mogherini and EU humanitarian aid commissioner, Christos Stylianides, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Apr 01 09:29

Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen May Not Be So Decisive

The Gulf Cooperation Council, known as the GCC, is continuing its Saudi-led, U.S.-backed air campaign in Yemen to bring Yemeni President Mansur Hadi back to power. He is at this time in exile in Riyadh. Yemeni foreign minister, in the meantime, is calling for ground invasion against the Houthis. According to the UN, so far almost 100 civilians have been killed since the fighting began last week.

Just days after the air campaign began, the Arab League announced the creation of a military force that would intervene in conflicts to protect the national security of Arab states, which probably means to fight against the allies of Iran, and on behalf of the interests of the Saudi-led GCC.

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