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Apr 18 09:45

Annexation of West Bank may provide key to unlocking Netanyahu’s legal troubles

Jonathan Cook says Netanyahu may be about to give the Israeli far-right and the settlers what they want – annexation of parts or all of the West Bank – and in return, they back immunity legislation, thereby saving him from prosecution on corruption charges. >>

Apr 17 13:46

Trump Vetoes ‘Dangerous’ Resolution to End US Military Involvement in Yemen

US President Donald Trump has vetoed a congressional resolution that sought to end US involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the White House has said.

“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in the veto message.

The resolution, which had passed the House of Representatives and Senate, sought to end US military involvement in the war in Yemen that had not received prior authorisation from Congress.

Apr 17 09:52

Trump is ‘Saudi Arabia’s servant’ as he refused to end US support of Yemen war – Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called President Donald Trump’s decision to veto a bill seeking to end US support for the Yemen war nothing less than proof he serves Saudi Arabia.
By vetoing the bill dubbed the War Powers Act, Trump again “proves he’s the servant of Saudi Arabia – the theocratic dictatorship spending billions spreading the most extreme and intolerant form of Islam around the world, supporting al-Qaeda & other jihadists, and waging genocidal war in Yemen with US help,” Gabbard said in an emotional tweet.

Apr 16 10:34

Despite Yemen Outcry, US Launches New Round Of Attacks, UK Trains Saudis & Saudis Use Child Soldiers

Apr 16 08:46

Arab foreign ministers to meet next week to discuss Palestine

Arab foreign ministers are to meet on Sunday to discuss the latest developments in Palestine at the request of the Palestinian Authority, Al-Wattan Voice reported on Monday.

During his first meeting with his government on Monday, the recently appointed PA Prime Minister Mohammad Ishteya told his colleagues that President Mahmoud Abbas will attend the meeting to lead the discussion.

In the meantime, added Ishteya, Abbas is to discuss the issue of the financial safety network, which was approved at a previous Arab League meeting. The network was established in order to support the Palestinian Authority budget.

Apr 16 08:42

HAFTAR FORCES STALLED SOUTH OF TRIPOLI. GNA FIGHTERS SHOT DOWN LNA WARPLANE

By April 16, the Libyan National Army (LNA) advance on Tripoli has appeared to be dragged into a trench war on the approach to the southern gate of the city. Militias loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) have stopped the LNA advance in the area of Ain Zara and prevented LNA units from cutting off the Tripoli-Misrata highway heading along the coast. These GNA successes predetermined the tactical posture in the area.

Another important success was achieved by the GNA on April 14 when its forces shot down a MiG-21 jet of the LNA Air Force over Ain Zara with a MANPAD. The pilot ejected, but remains missing. The downed MiG-21 jet became a first confirmed and the second claimed downed jet since the start of the LNA advance on Tripoli on April 4. On April 10, the LNA announced that it had downed a L-39 jet of the GNA Air Force. However, there is sill no comprehensive evidence to confirm this.

Apr 16 07:54

Saudis Fly MPs Under House Arrest in Saudi Arabia Back to Yemen to Form New Parliament

Three months ago, MintPress News unveiled Saudi plans to hijack Yemen’s parliament. On Saturday, Saudi Arabia successfully carried out the plan when it forced members of Yemen’s House of Representatives to hold a council session in the eastern city of Sayun in Yemen’s Hadramout governorate.

Yemeni members of parliament who have been under house arrest in Saudi Arabia since 2015 were returned to Yemen on a private Saudi plane and received by Saudi officials at the Al-Rayyan airport in eastern Yemen. Local Yemeni media was barred from covering their arrival and Saudi state-run Al-Arabiya was the sole media outlet allowed to cover the event. It was held under heavy security with Saudi troops on patrol and was attended by ousted former President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and ambassadors from countries backing Saudi plans in Yemen.

Apr 15 10:50

White House ignores Yemen war foes' meeting request as bill nears Trump's desk

White House staff has stonewalled for more than a week a group of lawmakers asking for a meeting with President Trump in a bid to convince him to sign legislation ending the U.S. role in Yemen's civil war.

Despite an official veto recommendation from White House staff, Trump has continued to appear open-minded, saying Wednesday that the matter was "very serious" and that he would have more to say later.

Sponsors of the legislation believe Trump is willing to sign the bill, but is being told by his staff, led by national security adviser John Bolton, that he should not.

"I feel from some of his statements that he's genuinely conflicted," said Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., who signed a bipartisan letter seeking a meeting. "I think his advisers are at odds with where he is ... advisers in the administration have their own interests and may not be giving him the full picture."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, the US enabling of Saudi war crimes in Yemen, is barbaric, and should be stopped in its tracks.

And on this issue, I can assure you, that history is going to judge you very harshly on your having "doubled down" with the Saudis; and I would like to hope that someone you trust, perhaps, has mentioned to you that the only solution possible here... is not military, but political.

Apr 15 09:03

SECRET REPORT REVEALS SAUDI INCOMPETENCE AND WIDESPREAD USE OF U.S. WEAPONS IN YEMEN

SOURCE: THE INTERCEPT
SINCE THE BRUTAL murder of Saudi dissident and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi last October, Congress has increasingly pressured the Trump administration to stop backing the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen and halt U.S. arms sales to Riyadh. In response, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that if the U.S. does not sell weapons to the Saudis, they will turn to U.S. adversaries to supply their arsenals.

“I don’t like the concept of stopping an investment of $110 billion into the United States,” Trump told reporters in October, referring to a collection of intent letters signed with the Saudis in the early months of his presidency. “You know what they are going to do? They’re going to take that money and spend it in Russia or China or someplace else.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This, unfortunately, is what happens when a country elects a Merchant of Death in Chief, who also happens to be the President of the US.

It is also unfortunate, that he has placed every citizen of this country, into the category of being a citizen of a government which commits war crimes, as has happened, and will continue to keep happening, in Afghanistan; Iraq; Libya; Somalia; and Yemen.

Apr 12 10:07

Israel: Are democracy and despotic racism compatible?

Lawrence Davidson argues that rather than being a Western-style democracy, Israel is in fact “an elitist pseudo-democracy with racist despotism – the realisation of an elitist fortress from which Israel maintains distinctly undemocratic control of a hinterland full of conquered people”.>>

Apr 10 09:34

Saudi-Led Coalition Pounds Houthi Targets in Yemen's Capital - Reports

The Saudi-led coalition has been engaged in the civil war in Yemen since March 2015, when it started to carry out airstrikes against the Houthi armed rebels at the request of Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The Ekhbariya TV said early on Wednesday, cited by Reuters, that the Saudi-led coalition struck Houthi targets in Sanna. However, the broadcaster gave no further details. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

On Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes in the Yemeni capital and hit a warehouse near a school, killing at least 13 children and injuring hundreds of others.

Apr 10 04:21

Netanyahu's traditional partners set to join the new coalition

A right wing and religious coalition gives Netanyahu his victory despite Likud tying with The Blue and White party in seats

While the final vote count is not expected before late Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have a clear path to his 5th term as Prime Minister.

With a ten seat lead Netanyahu's coalition will rely on a stronger ultra-orthodox block consisting of 16 seats, divided equally between Shas and the United Torah Judaism Party.

Netanyahu will also rely on his partners to the right: The Union of Right Wing Parties, with six 6 seats so far and Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu which managed to scrape by the minimum votes needed to win 4 seats.

Avigdor Leiberman's Israel Beiteinu Party is also expected to join the new coalition>>>

Netanyahu's policy of divide and rule?

Apr 09 11:27

EUROPE EMBRACES CHINA’S BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE

As a Technocracy, China is driven to create infrastructure and develop the global supply chain, both of which are central to its Belt and Road initiative. Europe is playing both sides of the fence with America on one hand, and China on the other. ? TN Editor

The multipolar transformation that is occurring across the Eurasian continent confirms the industrial and diplomatic cooperation between China and the European continent in spite of strong opposition from the United States.

Xi Jinping’s visit to Europe confirms what many of us have been writing about over the past few months and years, namely, the reality of an ongoing global transformation of a world dominated by the United States to a pluralistic one composed of different powers collectively shaping a multipolar world.

Apr 09 10:47

UN Official Calls for Probe of Deadly ‘Explosion’ in Yemeni Capital

After over four years of Saudi airstrikes killing enormous numbers of citizens across northern Yemen, what appears to have been a relatively straightforward incident in the capital of Sanaa this weekend hardly seemed surprising.

But the UN humanitarian coordinator is calling for an investigation into the attack, in which a warehouse “explosion” killed 11 civilians, including many children. This is because the Saudis are denying it was a Saudi airstrike, the most rational explanation for what happened.

Instead, what happened is being treated as some mysterious explosion out of nowhere, and while it isn’t uncommon for the Saudis to outright deny incidents they wee responsible for, or even suggesting some other faction that doesn’t have an air force was somehow responsible for an airstrike, it is uncommon for an incident of 11 killed to get this sort of attention anyhow.

Apr 08 14:02

This Israeli election is between the right wing and the even more right wing

Jonathan Cook argues that whatever Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his opposition contender Benny Gantz claim now about being bitter enemies, the truth is that, ideologically, they have more in common than either cares to admit – both are right-wing, warmongering racists.>>

Apr 08 13:59

The One Jewish State Solution

"There is obviously a big difference between the one-state call that has been pushed by Palestinian solidarity activists and Netanyahu’s politics of annexation. While Palestinian rights advocates are referring to one democratic state, Netanyahu is not committed to democracy at all. He is solely faithful to the Jewish population and what he offers in practice is a “One Jewish State Solution”. After all, Israel defines itself as “the Jewish State” and it is there to serve one people while denying others their most elementary rights.

"Israel, as we know, is not a state of its citizens; it is a state of its Jewish citizens. By the time Israel comes to term with its sin and transcends into a state of its citizens regardless of their race, ethnicity or religious belief, it will be renamed. It may as well be called Palestine...">>

Apr 08 12:27

Iraqi Sources: Over 10,000 US Forces Deployed in Al-Anbar

The Arabic-language al-Ma'alomeh news website quoted the head of Badr Organization's office in al-Anbar province as saying that the number of US forces deployed in Ein al-Assad and al-Habaniyeh bases has increased to 10,000, adding that they have been supplied with the state-of-the-art weapons and military equipment.

The official said that the two bases also host the US marines who have been transferred recently from Syria to the region, noting that 90% of the US soldiers in Iraq are combat forces and are not considered as military advisors.

Relevant reports said last month that the American forces had established two military bases in al-Anbar province on Iraq's international road close to the borders with Syria and Jordan as political groups and politicians are trying to expel the US military troops from their country.

Apr 08 10:20

Saudi Coalition Airstrikes Kill 11 Yemeni Girls

Saudi coalition planes bombed the area next to a girls’ school in Sanaa earlier today, killing at least 11 and injuring dozens more:

At least eleven schoolgirls have been killed by an explosion at a warehouse in Yemen, medical officials say.

A total of 54 people in Sanaa have been wounded with eleven children in nearby schools pronounced dead after a metal workshop exploded.

Apr 08 09:03

Countries arming Saudi Arabia, partners in crimes against Yemenis: Iran

Iran has strongly condemned the latest deadly airstrikes by Saudi warplanes in Yemen that killed more than a dozen civilians, most of them schoolchildren, saying countries that are arming the aggressors are complicit in the crimes.

"Countries that have caused the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen by providing arms to the aggressors are accomplices in these crimes and must be held accountable for their support," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

He criticized the international community for remaining silent and indifferent to the atrocities committed by the Saudi-led coalition in its military campaign against Yemen and expressed sympathy with the families of victims.

The Iranian spokesperson called on the United Nations and countries involved in the Yemeni crisis to ramp up their efforts in order to put an immediate end to the attacks and adopt necessary measures to protect civilians, particularly women and children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Iranian Foreign Minister Qassemi, I agree entirely with your position on this.

The assassination of children, is tantamount to the destruction of a country's rightful future, bit by bit; because all of today's kids will grow up to take their rightful place in the world in the next couple of decades.

There would be no earthly reason for you to know who I am, but I would like to share this with you; my husband and Mike are both peace activists, very concerned that of late, this country seems to believe that the only way to resolve its geopolitical disputes, is the invocation, and execution, of war.

We never advocate violence, ever.

Wishing all those working collaboratively toward Peace and Justice, a day of Grace and Light,

Claire

Apr 08 07:29

US designates Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization – Trump

The US government is the biggest supporter of and cause of terrorism on Planet Earth. Trump is a dyed in the wool neocon intent on starting WW3!

US President Donald Trump has designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a “terrorist organization,” accusing the elite force of financing and promoting terrorism in the region.

Apr 08 04:49

Trump's Neocons See Erdogan As Their Ticket To A Region-Wide MidEast War

Authored by Mike Whitney via The Unz Review,

Turkish troops and armored units are massed along Turkey’s southern border awaiting orders to invade northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to clear a ten mile-deep swath of land east of the Euphrates River in order to remove terrorist-linked militants (YPG) currently occupying the territory. The proposed offensive would put US Special Forces in the line of fire which significantly increases the likelihood of US casualties. If American troops are killed or wounded by the Turkish operation, Washington will respond in force leading to a potentially catastrophic face-off between the two NATO allies. The possibility of a violent clash between Turkey and the United States has never been greater than it is today.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder, in terms of the neocons, if plans are already in play for a "false flag" here, to be blamed on Turkey, as the US "provocation/justification" for an attack against it.

Dicey in the extreme?? But possible, as a way of distracting American voters who are fed up with Russiagate; stagnating salaries; and the horrific hardening of political lines in this country where, to some people, beating up someone who disagrees with you is a perfectly rational thing to do?!?

You bet your sweet bippy!!

And let us not forget that in tomorrow's Israeli election, Prime Minister Netanyahu is betting on re-election for a 5th term, in spite of corruption charges being laid against him.

He could really use international focus going...elsewhere.

Apr 08 04:13

THE MANAGEMENT OF SAVAGERY: PRO-WAR LOBBYISTS PUSH TO BAN BOOK EXPOSING REGIME CHANGE WARS

Authored by Alexander Rubinstein via MintPress News

The Syrian American Council and a collection of pro-war lobbyists have led an intimidation campaign aimed at bullying a major Washington-based bookstore, Politics and Prose, into canceling award-winning journalist and author Max Blumenthal’s launch event for his new book The Management of Savagery.

And it appears to have worked. Politics and Prose announced that it would “postpone” the event, citing “concerns” over the event’s “format, substance, … [and] security” in a tweet. In a testament to the ferocity of the harassment campaign against the small chain, the company has pinned the statement to the top of its Twitter page so that anyone visiting it sees immediately that they caved.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Max, you will ALWAYS be welcomed at WRH.com!!

Apr 07 06:31

Lawmakers Urge Trump Not to Veto Yemen War Powers Challenge

Letter says Trump has opportunity to restore cooperation with Congress.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the Senate and the House have issued a letter to President Trump urging him not to veto the SJ Res 7 War Powers Act challenge to the Yemen War. The resolution passed the Senate last month, and the House on Thursday.

The War Powers Act requires the president to get the approval of Congress for any overseas military conflicts, and allows Congress to demand a withdrawal form those nations if the operation is unauthorized. The Yemen War was never authorized by Congress.

President Trump has threatened to veto the resolution, and the letter urges him not to, arguing that he has an historic opportunity to set a precedent for cooperation with Congress by complying with the law and ending an unconstitutional war that was launched under President Obama.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I absolutely agree with these bipartisan members of Congress; unfortunately, because there is still so much "bromance and pull" between Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also know in Yemen as "The Butcher of Yemen", and President Trump, I would be amazingly surprised if he did not veto.

But what has happened in Yemen, for the last 3 years, is a level of butchery and genocide against the Yemeni people, that it definitely comes up to the standar of US-abetted Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

I actually never wanted to be a citizen of a country which commits war crimes; and here I am, nearly 70, and watching the madness of the last several administrations, from Bush II to President Trump, operating very overtly; with impunity; and with no question as to whether these actions are morally right, or morally repugnant.

The steps of the pattern emerge very clearly, if you are looking for them.

First, we see demonizations of countries with the resources the US wants; then the regime change of demonized leadership happens; the then, there is an "anointing " of a US-centric leader or leaders; and finally, the assignment of US- centric companies to expropriate those resources; and sell them only for American dollars.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in their origins, the guy was absolutely correct.

And again, I find it very interesting, that President Trump's BBFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Gaza, Israel's Bibi Netanyahu, and Crown Prince bin Salman,the Butcher of Yemen.

Apr 05 08:29

SECRET DOCUMENT REVEALS PLANS FOR CIVIL WAR IN LEBANON, ISRAELI FALSE FLAGS, AND INVASION

During his visit with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Lebanese President Michael Aoun reportedly received a US-Israeli document detailing plans for creating a civil war in Lebanon with covert false flag operations and possible Israeli invasion.

Apr 04 13:42

CONGRESS VOTES TO STOP SUPPORTING SAUDI SLAUGHTER IN YEMEN, PRESIDENT PROMISES VETO

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of ending US involvement in the war in Yemen, but the bill is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump as the White House cites “serious constitutional concerns.”

Apr 04 11:36

NATO Sec Gen Stoltenberg Says Hitler, Stalin and Daesh Were Enemies of Freedom

Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), addressed a joint session of Congress Wednesday morning right after a meeting with US President Trump.

Stoltenberg emphasised NATO's importance in preserving peace during the post-World War II era. Stoltenberg also noted that “questions are being asked on both sides of the Atlantic about the strengthening of our [NATO] partnership” and urged members to increase defence spending.

“In an ideal world, we would not need to spend any money on defence, but we do not live in an ideal world,” he said. “Hitler could not have been stopped with peaceful protest. Stalin could not have been deterred with words. ISIS* could not have been defeated with dialogue.”

Apr 04 11:34

Congress votes to withdraw US support from Saudi-led Yemen war

The US House of Representatives has voted in favor of ending US involvement in the war in Yemen, but the bill is expected to be vetoed by President Donald Trump as the White House cites “serious constitutional concerns.”

The House voted 247-175 in favor of the resolution to direct Trump to end US military involvement in the war within 30 days and to end support for the Saudi-led coalition that it has been backing.

Congress is “no longer going to ignore its constitutional obligations when it comes to foreign policy,” said Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, adding that the war in Yemen, now in its fifth year, “demands moral leadership.”

Apr 04 10:51

House Votes to End US Military Involvement in Yemen War

After voting down a Republican motion to recommit, the House of Representatives voted on Thursday to pass S.J. Res 7, the Senate version of the War Powers Act challenge to US involvement in the war in Yemen. The vote was 247-175-1.

This Senate passed this resolution in March, and sends the resolution to President Trump, who has threatened to veto it. So far it appears unlikely that Congress will be able to override such a veto.

Both House votes on Yemen ran heavily along party lines. The War Powers Act requires any US war to be approved by Congress, and the resolution notes that Congress never authorized any such war in Yemen.

The administration has argued that the four years of war in Yemen technically don’t count under the War Powers Act, sometimes overtly lying about the extent of US involvement in Yemen, and other times arguing that support fo the Saudi-led war is obligated because of arms sales to them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sorry, President Trump, but, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein: "a war is a war is a war", and Congress was left with no choice, until this legislation was passed.

President Trump will, predictably, veto this; after all, he can't let one of his BFFs in the Middle East, The Butcher of Yemen, down, both in terms of providing US military assistance and "guidance" to Saudi mercs and military, and the weapons they are gobbling up, to use to create a genocide in Yemen.

I was wrong about President Trump, in a number of significant ways, as were others who nominally supported his candidacy over that of Hillary Clinton's; but perhaps, one of the most depressing was discovering that his presidency was going to "gift" the world with his presence as "America's Merchant of Death in Chief."

I think history will judge him very harshly on that issue.

Apr 02 12:01

US Conducts a Flurry of Airstrikes Against Southern Yemen

According to US Central Command, at least six airstrikes were carried out by US forces over the past week in Yemen. The strikes were intended to targeted the local al-Qaeda affiliate in al-Bayda Province.

As usual, Centcom offered no casualty data or any details of who was hit, or who was even the intended target. Bayda is known as a major haven for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) but strikes into the province aren’t necessarily productive to that US air war.

The reason Centcom discussed the matter at all seems to have been to clarify that this was part of an anti-al-Qaeda campaign, and not in any way related to the Saudi invasion of Yemen. Despite that, Centcom says that the operation was coordinated with the Saudi-backed government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, I am urging you, please; stop the madness of US militarily-enabled Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

I find it very distressing, sir, that 2 of your BFFs in the Middle East, are the Butcher of Yemen (Prince Mohammed bin Salman) and the Butcher of Gaza (Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu.

This is not something that can EVER be won militarily, but it has to be ended with diplomacy.

And yes, I know that may not be your strong suite; but sir, there have been far too many non-coms, (women, children, infants, and the medically fragile elderly)have been assassinated, or maimed for life.

My ultimate concern here, although the weapons companies have profited immensely from these wars, that history will not remember you as the Merchant of Death in Chief, for your deciding to send more US military assets, and sell more bombs to the Saudis, into Yemen.

Please, think about it, sir.

Apr 02 09:49

Exclusive: Yemeni child soldiers recruited by Saudi-UAE coalition

Al Jazeera has obtained exclusive footage that proves the presence of child soldiers in the recruitment camps of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

The children, desperately poor, are being recruited to fight along the Saudi border to defend it from the Houthis, a rebel group that overran the capital, Sanaa, and large swaths of Yemen's northwest in 2014.

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) formed a coalition to overthrow the Houthis - plunging Yemen into a ruinous war - supported by forces loyal to the country's internationally recognised government.

The conflict has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, pushing Yemen to the brink of famine and leaving about 80 percent of its population - 24 million people - in need of humanitarian assistance.

Apr 02 09:10

FORMER US INTELLIGENCE AGENCY HACKERS HELPED UAE SPY ON AL JAZEERA CHAIRMAN AND OTHER JOURNALISTS

A group of American hackers who once worked for United States intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against Qatar, a Reuters investigation has found.

The American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati intelligence programme that spied on dissidents, fighters and political opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in January revealed Project Raven's existence and inner workings, including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several unnamed US journalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is quite an operation, but again shows the need for common sense agreements on the common issues countries of the Middle East are trying to solve; unfortunately, this wasn't any kind of solution to the inter-country pressures the governments of the Middle East are trying to resolve.

Apr 01 14:20

FORMER US INTELLIGENCE AGENCY HACKERS HELPED UAE SPY ON AL JAZEERA CHAIRMAN AND OTHER JOURNALISTS

A group of American hackers who once worked for United States intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against Qatar, a Reuters investigation has found.

Apr 01 09:28

“Every War Is a War Against Children”

At 9:30 in the morning of March 26, the entrance to a rural hospital in northwest Yemen, supported by Save the Children, was teeming as patients waited to be seen and employees arrived at work. Suddenly, missiles from an airstrike hit the hospital, killing seven people, four of them children.

Jason Lee of Save the Children, told The New York Times that the Saudi-led coalition, now in its fifth year of waging war in Yemen, knew the coordinates of the hospital and should have been able to avoid the strike. He called what happened “a gross violation of humanitarian law.”

The day before, Save the Children reported that air raids carried out by the Saudi-led coalition have killed at least 226 Yemeni children and injured 217 more in just the last twelve months. “Of these children,” the report noted, “210 were inside or close to a house when their lives were torn apart by bombs that had been sold to the coalition by foreign governments.”

Apr 01 09:24

Arab League bands together to reject Trump’s decree on Golan Heights

Leaders taking part in the Arab League Summit in Tunisia have agreed to release a “strong statement” rejecting the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, Arab League Summit spokesperson Mahmoud Al-Khobairi said at a press conference in Tunis on Friday.

“The summit will release a strong statement rejecting this decision,” said Al-Khobairi ahead of the leaders’ summit on Sunday, March 31.

Apr 01 07:37

GIVING ISRAEL THE GOLAN HEIGHTS IS THE PRICE PAID BY ASSAD TO STAY IN POWER

The tweet posted by US President Donald Trump about the Golan Heights was unlike the others he posts for fun every morning. He said what he was going to do, but the Arabs were asleep. They did not know or care about his intentions, which were transformed in less than a week into a presidential decree recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Syrian territory and regarding it as part of Israel.

Mar 31 11:55

God and US foreign policy

Lawrence Davidson shows how the assertion by politicians, such as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who believes that God rigged the 2016 US presidential election to assure Trump’s election and thereby protect Israel from Iran, has led to death and destruction around the world.>>

Mar 31 09:32

Trump’s Stance On The Golan Will Allow Israel To Operate With Impunity Elsewhere

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Referring to a large piece of territory Israel seized from Syria in 1967, Trump wrote: “After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability.”

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(*that's why I politely declined the FREE! 2020 MAGA Cap offer , so when this business of pushing an agenda thats good for another nation starts , I can full on animal~ly ask "Whats in it for US , Mister MAGA?" )

Mar 31 08:40

New Middle East Alliance Shakes World Powers

A new bloc is emerging in the greater Middle East with the declared objectives of dominating the entire Arab world, confronting and containing the US and its allies; and controlling and benefiting from the entire hydro-carbon economy, from production to transportation.

The leading members of the new bloc are Turkey, Iran, and Qatar; with Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan submitting to the new bloc.

Russian experts call the new bloc “the Middle Eastern Entente”.

Mar 30 09:51

Many US Troops Will Stay in Syria, Officials Confirm

nitially announced as a total withdrawal from Syria by President Trump, the administration has backpedaled repeatedly, to the point where a large portion of US forces will be remaining on the ground in Syria, and about 1,000 or the current 2,000 are liable to spend the bulk of 2019 in Syria.

Officials say the current plan, such as it is, would be to draw down to about 1,000 by early May, and then “pause” for about six months. Then, there would be a consideration of withdrawing some more troops, perhaps getting down to 400.

This is why there were reports the US intends to keep 1,000 troops in Syria, because they do, and why the administration’s objections, and arguments that the plan is still 400, is highly misleading, as that’s now a best-case scenario.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But what, please, is supposed to happen after this "pause"?!?

Is something really nasty supposed to happen in November of this year, as this will be the time the "pause" is supposed to end?!?

But there is something upon the wind here, which is neither peaceful, nor of the will of the Syrian people; something wicked this way comes in Syria, and I think that is a pretty reasonable statement at this time.

Mar 29 11:01

US calls airstrike on Yemeni hospital ‘awful’... then asks Saudis to investigate THEMSELVES

The “reports” about the deadly bombing of a Save the Children hospital in Yemen are “awful,” a State Department spokesperson said, urging the Saudi-led coalition to investigate the incident in a “transparent” fashion.

The attack on the hospital occurred earlier this week, leaving at least seven people, including children, dead and injuring eight more. Washington is aware of the “reports” on the matter, yet is still seeking to learn more about the incident.

Mar 29 10:56

Republicans Move Again to Kill Yemen War Powers Bill

Having already derailed one attempt at a War Powers Act challenge to the Yemen War, the House Republican leadership is trying to do so again with a motion of recommit, and using the same trick of semantics that worked the last time.

Progressive groups are warning the House Democrats to watch out for a motion to recommit move on the Yemen vote. Already, one such motion was snuck through including language condemning anti-Semitism.

That may sound familiar, as the first House resolution also had similarly language tacked on in an amendment. This allowed the Senate to strip the vote of privilege, arguing it wasn’t a War Powers Act bill, it was a bill on anti-Semitism.

Mar 28 17:57

US calls airstrike on Yemeni hospital ‘awful’... then asks Saudis to investigate THEMSELVES

The “reports” about the deadly bombing of a Save the Children hospital in Yemen are “awful,” a State Department spokesperson said, urging the Saudi-led coalition to investigate the incident in a “transparent” fashion.

The attack on the hospital occurred earlier this week, leaving at least seven people, including children, dead and injuring eight more. Washington is aware of the “reports” on the matter, yet is still seeking to learn more about the incident.

“I saw those reports, they're awful. The United States takes them seriously and we're seeking more information,” the spokesman, Robert Palladino, told a media briefing on Thursday.

The official urged the Saudi-led coalition, which has waged war on Yemen for four years already, to investigate their own actions well and do it in a “transparent” manner.

Mar 28 07:10

Jordan King: ‘No to resettlement of Palestinians’

Jordanian King Abdullah II said yesterday that “Jerusalem and the future of Palestine are redlines for Jordan” which rejects the idea of finding an alternative homeland for Palestinians, Safa news agency reported.

During a meeting with the Jordanian Head of Joint Chiefs of Staff Major General Mahmoud Freihat and senior security chiefs, the king said he cancelled a planned visit to Romania after it recognised Jerusalem capital of Israel.

“As I said in Zarqa and as I have continued to say over perhaps the past 15 years, Jerusalem and the future of Palestine is a red line for Jordan,” he was reported by the Jordanian news agency Petra as saying. “I do not know what more I can say to make it clear.”

Mar 28 06:45

Drunk with power: How Trump is destroying the Middle East

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has ended in the worst possible way for a large coalition of forces that hoped to see the back, or at least the beginning of the end, of US President Donald Trump.

While low-hanging fruit has fallen, Trump and his family have wriggled out of some of the most searching questions asked of a sitting president.

Questions about obstruction of justice are not over, but the Mueller firecracker has fizzled, Trump has rebounded and his pursuers are once again back on the defensive.

The prospect of a second Trump term now seems more likely.

Mar 27 19:56

‘US decision on Golan Heights is highway to war’: Russian Duma speaker

The US decision to recognize the Golan Heights as Israel's territory was taken bypassing the UN Security Council and ignoring the UN dialogue on the issue, said Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s Lower House.

“All members of the international community should voice their stand on the matter,” he said during the meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Such a development could lead to a situation where “everyone is fighting each other,” he stressed. “The rule of force would dominate. This is a highway to war.”

Mar 27 11:18

Yemen Civil War Doomed to Rage On After Four Years of Conflict - Think Tank

The civil war in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate (UAE) air forces bomb civilian targets, will continue to rage on with no end in sight as it enters its fifth year, Institute for Gulf Affairs Founder and Director, Professor Ali al-Ahmed told Sputnik.

"No it won’t stop", al-Ahmed said on Tuesday. "Both the English-dominated UK [United Kingdom] government and the United States are using this war to sell more bombs. There is no real goal here but to increase the Arab divide".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a civil war. This is the US trying to reimpose the puppet rule the Yemenites threw off.

Mar 27 10:59

Arab League: Countries that move embassies to Jerusalem risk relations with Arab world

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit warned countries against moving their embassies to the occupied city of Jerusalem, saying they risk their relations with the Arab world.

The official’s spokesperson, Ambassador Mahmoud Afifi, said: “Countries that wish to please the United States and Israel by announcing the transfer of their embassies to Jerusalem are involved in a serious violation of international law which considers Jerusalem territory occupied in 1967.”

“The embassies’ transfer is illegal and does not change this situation, and does not earn the occupation any legal status,” he added.

Mar 27 01:39

US expansion of global gag rule will 'punish women' worldwide

(*Get Into That Kitchen and
Rattle Those pots And Pans
Well, roll my breakfast
Cause I'm a hungry man !
Shake Rattle and Roll
Bill Haley & The Comets
)

T*R*U*M*P
2*0*2*0

Mar 26 18:27

Mike Cernovich Documentary: Blood Money

How Qatar bought off the entire D.C. media establishment.

Watch before it gets removed!

Mar 26 12:17

Report: Saudi Airstrikes Kill at Least 50 Houthis in Yemen’s Maarib Province

According to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, a series of Saudi-led airstrikes targeted the Maarib Province on Monday, killing at least 50 members of the Shi’ite Houthi movement.

The attacks centered on Serwah District, the last district in oil-rich Maarib that is under the control of the Houthis. It’s unclear who the targeted Houthis were, and there is no report of substantial fighting in Maarib recently.

This once again reflects the general Saudi military strategy in Yemen, which is to fall back heavily on an air war. Using airstrikes anywhere and everywhere has often meant a substantial increase in civilian casualties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wonder if Saudi citizens are "entertained" with a "body count" in Yemen on their daily news, stating how many Yemenis have been massacred in this bloody genocide; in fact, I am rather amazed that the Butcher of Yemen (aka Prince Bin Salman), has not decided to carpet bomb the place and "get it over with."

But in light of the futility of the last 4 years of fighting (during which the US military has aided and abetted Saudi war crimes in Yemen), it will most probably be his next option.

It is an unhappy realization, but the people, and countries with the money to spend, generally murder who they want, with impunity, and get away with it; Saudi Arabia, the Unhinged, Surveilled state of America, and Israel, all fall into those ranks.

Mar 26 09:04

Oil prices rise as attention turns to tightening global supplies

WTI crude futures trade back above $60 a barrel

(*A God sent Miricle For America's Victimized Billionaires !
Is how it shall be written into new age dogma and it shalt not be POTUS Trump's fault , nor His Devine Sanctions on Iran , the way the satanic oil glut that the heathen Obama created so the tired , poor , huddled masses could get a less costly tank of Gas , to get to work !
Praise the lord!)

Mar 26 09:03

Gulf states reject Washington’s decision on Golan Heights

Four Gulf Arab states – all regional allies of Washington that host American troops – on Tuesday rejected a US decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait criticized the move by President Donald Trump to recognize Israel’s 1981 annexation, and said the territory was occupied Arab land. The decision “will have significant negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East and the security and stability of the region,” a statement released by Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA said.

Mar 26 08:33

Trump’s Golan green light paves way to Israel’s annexation of West Bank

Jonathan Cooke says US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the stolen Syrian Golan Heights “will prove a boon for the Israeli right, which has been clamouring to annex vast areas of the West Bank and thereby drive a final nail into the coffin of the two-state solution”.>>

Mar 26 08:32

Netanyahu is not the disease, he is a symptom

"...there are those who think that after the holocaust, they are permitted to do anything. There are those who believe that Israel is tops in the world in every field, that international law doesn’t apply to it, and that no one can tell it what to do. There are those who think Israelis are victims – always victims, the only victims – and that the whole world is against us. There are those who are convinced that Israel is allowed to do anything, simply because it can." >>

Mar 26 08:12

Oman allows US military to use its airports, ports

Oman has signed an agreement with the United States that would allow American ships and warplanes to take advantage of its ports and airports, according to officials. The “framework agreement” is aimed at bolstering “Omani-American military relations,” Oman news agency said on Sunday. The US forces will take advantage from the facilities offered at some of the sultanate’s ports and airports “during visits of the US military vessels and aircrafts, particularly in the port of Duqm,” the statement said.

Mar 25 11:36

Pentagon fails to deliver US strategy on Yemen

The Donald Trump administration has missed another congressional deadline to lay out the US strategy in Yemen, Al-Monitor has learned.

The US strategy in the four-year conflict has never been publicly articulated even as the Barack Obama and Trump administrations provided refueling and intelligence support. A reporting requirement was set out in last year’s defense authorization bill, which called on the Pentagon to detail specific US diplomatic and national security objectives and the costs of American involvement, including the controversial refueling mission terminated in November.

“The Department of Defense is working with Congress to provide the report," Pentagon spokesperson Rebecca Rebarich told Al-Monitor.

Mar 25 10:58

UK’s secret war: British commandos wounded in Yemen

A number of elite British commandos have sustained injuries in direct gunfights with Yemeni forces as part of what appears to be a secretive UK military campaign in Yemen, a new report says, adding a major twist to London’s involvement in Saudi Arabia’s deadly war against its impoverished southern neighbor.

The Mail on Sunday said it can reveal that at least five members of the UK’s Special Boat Service (SBS) troops had suffered gunshot injuries in fierce clashes with members of the Houthi Ansarullah movement, who have been repelling the Saudi-led military invasion since March 2015.

The SBS personnel received treatment for leg and arm wounds in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada province, where the report said around 30 elite British forces had been based.

The injured soldiers had been taken back to the UK to recover, the report added.

Mar 25 09:26

Al-Sisi, King Abdullah, Abdul-Mahdi agree on economic coordination, fighting terrorism

gypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi held a tripartite summit with Jordanian King Abdullah II and Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Sunday, during which they enacted several agreements that aimed to boost their relations.

Earlier on Sunday, Al-Sisi received King Abdullah at the presidential palace in Cairo, prior to the summit, and attended a military parade held in honour of King Abdullah.

During the Egyptian-Jordanian-Iraqi summit, the leaders highlighted their countries’ deep historical ties and stressed the importance of working together to enhance the level of coordination between the three countries.

Furthermore, the leaders reviewed the latest regional developments, and agreed to coordinate strategically among themselves and with the rest of the Arab countries to restore stability in the region and to find solutions to the crises facing it, especially the Palestinian cause.

Mar 25 08:47

With an eye on Iran, U.S. clinches strategic port deal with Oman

The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.

Mar 24 12:20

16 Years Later, How the Press That Sold the Iraq War Got Away With It

The myths had enormous utility to the working press, whose gargantuan errors have been re-cast as honest mistakes of judgment. A lot of the people who made those mistakes are still occupying prominent positions, their credibility undamaged thanks to a new legend best articulated by New Yorker editor David Remnick, who later scoffed, “Nobody got that story completely right.”

Nobody except the record number of people who marched against the war on February 15, 2003 — conservative estimates placed it between six and ten million worldwide (I marched in D.C.). Every one of those people was way ahead of Remnick.

Mar 24 10:24

Trump koshers Israel’s theft of Syria’s Golan Heights

“Genie Energy’s investments in the Golan are likely the strongest factor pushing the US towards the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied territory.”>>

Mar 24 09:31

With an eye on Iran, US to open yet another military base in the Middle East

The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which US officials say will allow the US military better access the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.

The US embassy in Oman said in a statement that the agreement governed US access to facilities and ports in Duqm as well as in Salalah and “reaffirms the commitment of both countries to promoting mutual security goals.”

The accord is viewed through an economic prism by Oman, which wants to develop Duqm while preserving its Switzerland-like neutral role in Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy.

But it comes as the United States grows increasingly concerned about Iran’s expanding missile programs, which have improved in recent years despite sanctions and diplomatic pressure by the United States.

Mar 23 09:42

New Turkey-Iran-Qatar axis is rising in Middle East, and it has Saudi Arabia furious

A new alliance being formed by Qatar, Turkey, and Iran, with the potential to receive the backing of Russia and China, is a major concern to the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

The aftermath of over eight years of war in Syria has changed the regional dynamics in a way almost certainly never envisioned by the United States and its allies. Through leaked documents, we have known for some time now that Washington’s interim goal was to, at the very least, destabilise the Assad government in the hopes of scaling back Iranian influence. (Its ultimate goal was quite clearly regime change, which was very close to fruition during at least one stage of the war).

Mar 23 09:31

KUSHNER'S PEACE PLAN 'INCLUDES LAND SWAPS WITH SAUDI ARABIA,' BOOK CLAIMS

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan at one point included Jordan giving land to the Palestinian territories and in return getting land from Saudi Arabia, according to a new book on the Kushner family.

The book, Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, was written by Vicky Ward and released by St. Martin’s Press on Tuesday. The book’s 300 pages detail Jared and Ivanka’s path to involvement in every aspect of White House affairs and their alleged designs to use their influence for personal gain.

Mar 22 08:14

Pompeo says Hezbollah, Hamas and Houthis present risks to Middle East stability

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday, described Hezbollah as a risk to Middle East stability and conferred with Israel about the Iranian-backed Lebanese group ahead of a trip to Beirut. Pompeo has been on a regional tour to promote the Trump administration’s policy against Iran.

Mar 22 08:09

World countries blast US on Golan, Syria vows to liberate Israeli occupied territory

The Arab League, Russia, Iran and Turkey have strongly warned the US after President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he will recognize Syria's Golan Heights as Israeli territory.

The strategic highlands have been under the Israeli occupation since 1967, but Trump's abrupt declaration a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Israel brings the dispute to a boiling point.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Trump's statement has brought the region to the edge of a new crisis.

In a speech at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Erdogan said: "We cannot allow the legitimization of the occupation of the Golan Heights."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed shock at Trump's plan.

Mar 21 13:57

Operation Cyclone never ended: The history of the West’s support for Islamist extremists

Iain Davis argues that contrary to official narratives, the Western military-industrial-intelligence complex has been working with, arming, equipping, training and deploying Islamist extremist terrorist organisations for at least half a century.>>

Mar 21 10:48

It’s time for US to fully recognize Israel’s ‘sovereignty’ over disputed Golan Heights – Trump

He is just another Neocon now! Disgusting!

US President Donald Trump has said that the time has come for the United States to "fully recognize" Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, seized from Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967.
In a tweet on Thursday, Trump said the Golan Heights are "of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel" and to "regional security." His decision will be seen as a diplomatic coup for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Mar 21 08:08

Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies

After decades of hostility, a shared hatred of Iran – and a mutual fondness for Trump – is bringing Israel’s secret links with Gulf kingdoms out into the open.

Mar 21 07:49

Pompeo on Middle East tour to bolster ‘united front’ against Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought on Wednesday to bolster a united front against Iran during a Middle East tour, AFP reported. The top US diplomat kicked off his regional tour in Kuwait where he met Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Israel and Lebanon.

Mar 21 07:24

WAPO GIVES CAMPAIGN SPACE TO MAIN SPONSOR OF ISIS WHO ALSO JAILS MORE JOURNALISTS THAN ANYONE ELSE

There is of course a big difference. While the murderer in New Zealand, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, visited fascist groups in many countries including Turkey, he was not part of a larger organization or even a terrorist state. There is no evidence so far that he had any big sponsors.

Mar 19 15:43

Top US General Denies Plans to Leave 1,000 Troops in Syria

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford issued a statement Monday denying weekend media reports that the US plans to leave around 1,000 troops in Syria, saying the reports are “factually incorrect.”

Dunford presented the current planned “residual force” as 200, saying that this hadn’t changed since February. The US announced 200 would stay on February 21, but on February 22 officially increased that number to 400.

It’s not clear from Dunford’s statement where the “incorrect” aspect of the new report, which came out of a Wall Street Journal, exists. That report suggested that the 1,000 figure was not yet finalized, but was being discussed. Dunford’s comments didn’t include any details on what is actually being discussed, but just that nothing was finalized.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the multiple troop numbers being given, are simply a way of creating confusion about how many US troops the US does have in Syria.

Mar 19 12:42

Is Israel Planning to Seize the Middle East?

Mar 18 11:36

Yemen: 4 Years of British Enabled Tragedy

The evidence of just how destructive the UK-backed Saudi war on Yemen has been continues to flood in. Last week, two separate reports outlined the scale of brutality unleashed on the Yemeni people. A United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report concluded that nearly one-hundred civilians were killed or injured in Yemen every week in 2018 whilst the preface of the Days of Judgement report from US-based University Network for Human Rights (UNHR) and Yemeni monitoring group Mwatana spells out just how dire the situation is:

"In a country that was already among the poorest and most fragile in the region, 14 million people are now threatened by famine and even more depend on humanitarian assistance. While precise figures are lacking, an estimated 50,000 people have been killed as a direct effect of the war and 85,000 children may have died of hunger and preventable diseases."

Mar 18 10:56

British RAF servicing Saudi jets bombing civilians in Yemen - UK armed forces minister

Britain is providing “engineering support” for UK-supplied aircraft operated by the Royal Saudi Air Force, responsible for killing innocent people in Yemen, a British government minister has revealed.

Mar 17 14:09

The shame of it! UK’s failure to back UN investigation into Israel’s shoot-to-kill-or-cripple policy in Gaza

Open letter by Stuart Littlewood to his member of parliament in which he notes the UK’s failure to back a UN investigation into Israel's shoot-to-kill-or-cripple policy against Gaza's civilians and asks whether it will also fail to adopt its findings.>>

Mar 16 09:19

If you 'care' about Yemenis, back Saudi war: Pompeo to senators

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has rebuked senators for passing a resolution to end Washington’s support for the Saudi war on Yemen, saying they should back Riyadh if they "truly care about Yemeni lives."

In comments to the media in Washington on Friday, Pompeo claimed the vote showed that American senators do not care about the Yemeni people.

"If you truly care about Yemeni lives, you'd support the Saudi-led effort to prevent Yemen from turning into a puppet state of ... Iran," he said.

On Wednesday, the Republican-led Senate approved the resolution to halt US military assistance for the Saudi offensive against Yemen by a 54 to 46 tally.

Mar 15 16:21

Pompeo Tells Senators They Don't "Truly Care About Yemeni Lives" After Vote

This week the Senate voted to cease and desist US military cooperation with allies Saudi Arabia and UAE in waging the war in Yemen, which according to the United Nations has created one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent history. The Wednesday vote was was 54 to 46, including seven Republicans voting with the Democrats.

The “war powers” legislation has been widely seen as a direct rebuke of Trump's foreign policy amid broader pushback over his defense of Saudi Arabia in the wake of last year's Jamal Khashoggi killing at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. The invocation of the War Powers Act of 1973 expressly prohibits US military action not previously approved by Congress.

A House vote is expected soon, which would require President Trump to immediately withdraw American military support from the Saudi-led coalition. Trump said in December he would veto the Senate resolution if it ever reached his desk, which now appears likely.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Secretary Pompeo, I am sorry, but you just jumped the shark, with these accusations against Congress.

IT is the US government who considers every dead infant, child, woman, or medically fragile person "collateral damage here, and there is utterly no way to describe what is happening, as anything less than genocide, coupled with the US/Saudi commission of war crimes.

Secretary, please understand something here; many of my brother and sister Americans understand what is going on , and condemn it, but feel that they have no real voice in this issue.

And that is something, sir, I would suggest that you think about as the 2020 Presidential race comes into.

There is one aspect to President Trump's administration that concerns me greatly, so there is a question I need to ask; why does he seem at his greatest comfort level, when he is around bullies?

His BFFs in the Middle East are the Butcher of Yemen, Prince Bin Salman, and the Butcher of Gaza,and Bibi Netanyahu; and the people with whom he surrounds himself,, are also bullies, sir, and the hard reality is, John Bolton, apparently never saw a potential war you didn't want the US to fight.

Right now, our military is suffering from very short staffing; the weaponry they get from your "good Buds" in the military/industrial complex, is shoddy, sometimes obsolete upon delivery; and the cost over-estimates are wicked.

What's wrong with this picture, Secretary Pompeo?!?

Everything, sir.

Mar 15 11:16

Yemen: Hundreds Hit Sana'a Streets after Women, Children Killed in Airstrikes

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a to denounce the killing of 22 women and children in the Northern province of Hajjah earlier this week.

Mar 14 11:56

Senate defies Trump, passes historic resolution to end US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war

The Senate delivered a stern rebuke to President Donald Trump and his administration on Wednesday, voting to withdraw US support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

The Senate voted 54-46. The resolution passed with mostly Democratic support, with a handful of Republicans crossing the aisle.

But the bulk of the GOP opposed the measure, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attacked the resolution during a floor speech on Wednesday morning, calling it "unnecessary and counterproductive."

Mar 13 09:44

Senate to Vote Wednesday on Ending US Role in Yemen War Resolution would declare war illegal under War Powers Act

Months of battles in Congress to challenge the US war in Yemen under the War Powers Act is coming to a key moment, a vote in the Senate on Wednesday. The SJ Res 7 resolution is a clean version of the challenge, without any amendments yet attached.

Saudi Arabia attacked Yemen in March of 2015, seeking to reinstall former President Hadi and remove the Shi’ite Houthi movement. The US backed the Saudi invasion, and has participated military, both in refueling Saudi warplanes, and in a naval blockade of Yemen.

Legal challenges in 2018 were repeatedly stalled in the House of Representatives, where the leadership changed rules to prevent a War Powers Act challenge, which would point out that the war was never authorized by Congress. The Senate did ultimately pass such a challenge in late 2018, but without a House version, they both had to start anew with the 2019 Congress.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope and pray that this country's leadership will be "on the right side of history" here; unfortunately, due to President Trump's slavish fealty to the Butcher of Yemen, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed, the bill is very apt to be vetoed.

Mar 13 09:35

Yemeni boys 'raped by Saudi-backed militiamen' inside mosque

Children as young as eight have been raped in a besieged city in war-hit Yemen, Amnesty International said on Monday, with Saudi-backed militiamen among the suspected perpetrators.

Three boys were raped and a fourth was sexually assaulted in the southwestern city of Taiz, Amnesty said, noting it had documented evidence of the sexual attacks that took place in the city controlled by pro-government forces and surrounded by Yemeni rebels.

The families of the four boys, aged eight to 16, told Amnesty their sons had been assaulted over the past eight months, including at a mosque, but authorities in the area had not been responsive.

Mar 13 08:13

MAJOR: Saudi Forces Kill 21 Yemeni Women, Children – Iran Denounces ‘Savage Attack’

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi strongly condemned the Saudi-led coalition for a recent attack that killed at least 21 Yemeni women and children, describing it as a “savage” attack.

In a statement released on Monday, Qassemi deplored the continued silence of international organizations and Western-backed human rights groups on the inhumane crimes of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

“The voice of innocent women and children of Yemen, who after years of suffering from famine and impacts of the human tragedy in the country are victimized each day in the most brutal manner possible with the weapons donated and sold by some Western countries to the invaders, is not heard as long as they are alive,” he said.

Mar 12 13:35

US ‘agreed in draft’ with Taliban on Afghanistan troop withdrawal – envoy

A “marathon” round of talks with the Taliban in Qatar has produced an “agreement in draft” on counter-terrorism assurances and American troop withdrawal, said US envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.
“The conditions for peace have improved,” Khalilzad tweeted after the talks. “Despite ups and downs, we kept things on track and made real strides.”

It’s clear all sides want to end the war.

Troop withdrawal and counter-terrorism assurances are the first two issues that Khalilzad and the Taliban reached an “agreement on principle” during the talks in January.

When the final deal is reached on those two issues, the Taliban will start negotiations on “a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire,” with the government in Kabul and other factions in Afghanistan, Khalilzad said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed here on Oahu, that this is truly happening.

Mar 12 10:09

Arms dealers complicit in Saudi war crimes in Yemen: Iran

Iran has censured the latest Saudi airstrikes in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah, saying the so-called advocates of human rights are complicit in Riyadh's crimes as they sell arms to the regime.

"The so-called advocates of human rights not only remain silent in the face of daily killings of women and children in Yemen, but they are also complicit in these crimes by selling weapons to the aggressors," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.

He criticized human rights organizations and circles for remaining tight-lipped in the face of inhumane war crimes committed by the aggressors against Yemen.

The Iranian spokesperson added that innocent defenseless Yemeni women and children, who have suffered from years of famine and the consequences of the human tragedy in the country, are falling victim in the most brutal manner to the arms donated and sold to the invaders by some Western countries, but their voice is not heard as long as they are alive.

Mar 12 05:28

Video: On Contact: The Lobby - USA

The four-part Al Jazeera documentary about how the government and intelligence agencies of Israel work with US Jewish groups to spy on, smear, and attack critics, was blocked due to heavy Israeli pressure.

It was blocked from Broadcast, not from the web.

The Lobby – USA, episode 1 – The Covert War

The Lobby – USA, episode 2 – Managing Elites

The Lobby - USA, episode 3

The Lobby - USA, episode 4

Mar 12 05:22

video: How the Israel Lobby Controls America

Find out how a lobby acting on behalf of a foreign nation has taken control of the American establishment. Had enough yet! Contact your elected officials or it won't get done.

Mar 12 05:00

Flashback: Video: Pro-Israel Activist Knocks Camera Out of Hands of Alison Weir

A pro Israeli advocate knocked a camera out of the hands of Alison Weir, President of the Council for the National Interest Foundation. The group just finished their press conference on what they call unjustifiable US Aid to Israel.

Mar 12 04:55

Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics

The Israel lobby’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=h7t07EoHWbo
Note: It is our responsibility to see that every elected official receives a copy of this. Act Now!

Mar 11 16:38

Ex Mossad Head Admits Israel-Al-Qaeda Allegiance

Click title above to jump to the time. Ex head of Mossad reveals to the world on international television Israeli allegiance with Al-Qaeda;

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