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Aug 18 10:39

ISIS GIVEN ‘BREATHING SPACE’ IN PARTS OF SYRIA UNDER US-BACKED FORCES' CONTROL

Islamic State managed to regain access to Syrian oil fields and make profits from selling oil, a new UN report reveals. While the UN did not point fingers, the IS reemergence seems to occur in areas held by the US-backed forces.
“Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant [IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS], having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018. This was the result of a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the recent report from the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Monitoring Team reads. The document is dated July 27, but was only released to the public this week.

The slow-down gave IS “breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network.” As of June 2018, the terrorist group has been controlling “small pockets of territory in the Syrian Arab Republic on the Iraqi border,” effectively carrying on with its quasi-state ways.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why am I singularly unsurprised at this development?!?

Aug 18 07:47

Nice-guy Jeremy Corbyn needs to get mean: UK's prime-minister-in-waiting must zap the circling sharks

Stuart Littlewood argues that UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn “clearly has a problem with his spin doctors and media team” who should by now have deflected the orchestrated ‘anti Semitism’ slurs and turned the tables on his detractors.>>

Aug 17 14:24

Corbyn’s UK Labour Party is being made to fail – by design

Jonathan Cook says by adopting the full Zionist definition of ‘anti-Semitism’, the UK Labour Party “will jettison the principle of free speech and curtail critical debate about… Israel’, and with it betray its grassroots supporters and Palestinian victims of Israeli crimes. >>

Aug 17 11:00

Houthis: New child killing in Yemen ‘disgrace to Saudi, US’

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says a recent deadly strike by the Saudi-led coalition on the northwestern Sa’ada Province, which massacred dozens of children, is a disgrace to the Riyadh regime and the US, the main arms supplier to the kingdom.

In an interview on Wednesday with Yemen’s al-Masirah, Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam criticized the United Nations for its inaction on the Saudi regime’s new instance of child killing.

Yemen, he said, does not pin its hopes on the world body for any effort towards ending the Saudi-led war, but rather relies on its own nation and other freedom-seeking people to that end.

The August 9 Saudi air raid on Sa’ada hit a school bus as it drove through a market in the town of Dhahyan, sparking outrage from international human rights groups and UN officials.

Aug 17 08:27

SYRIA - PENTAGON PLANTS HIGH ISIS NUMBERS TO JUSTIFY OCCUPATION

The U.S. aim in Syria is still 'regime change'. The Pentagon has made it clear that it wants to stay in the country even after the Islamic State vanished. A little propaganda trick is now used to create a justification for its continuing occupation. The report by the UN Security Council's Sanctions Monitoring Team on ISIS, in parts discussed here, includes a number that smells of bullshit and manipulation

Aug 16 14:04

US Military Spending Bill Could Target al-Jazeera as ‘Foreign Agent’

Foreign-owned media outlets that don’t always tow the line in the US could find themselves under dramatically increased scrutiny under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with analysts predicting that al-Jazeera will be the first news media outlet to fall victim.

The NDAA provisions were designed by groups openly hostile to al-Jazeera, and are aimed at forcing the news outlet, and others, to register as “foreign agents” because of their ties to overseas governments, and especially because of their content.

Al-Jazeera is already facing hostility across the Middle East, because they’re based in Qatar, and Saudi Arabia really doesn’t like Qatar. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others called on the Justice Department to investigate al-Jazeera in particular for being “anti-semitic and anti-Israel,” saying they believe that makes it a ‘state-controlled propaganda arm.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, but perfectly predictable from this government.

I would very much suggest to our readers and listeners that they read the foreign press in English is much as they can; it will give you some kind of clue about what the US government is doing that domestic outlets won't dare to mention (like the current US-enabled Saudi genocide in Yemen.)

Aug 16 13:58

Saudis Spinning the Optics of Dead Schoolchildren

Why do Americans help manage their PR? This week in particular, our role has been shameful.

It has been a trying couple of weeks for Saudi Arabia. First, a tweet from an account associated with the Saudi government appeared to threaten Canada with a 9/11-style attack if they continued to “stick their nose where it doesn’t belong.” The infographic within the tweet featured an Air Canada jet flying towards the Toronto skyline.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, the Saudis, with US "guidance" and mid-air refueling, bomb hospitals, schools, and school buses all the time in Yemen; in their minds, the assassination of innocent school children is utterly no big deal.

To paraphrase the American poet Gertrude Stein, "A genocide... is a genocide.. is a genocide.", pure and simple.

And with a genocide, you kill everyone you possibly can kill, right?!? Schoolkids, women, and the medically fragile elderly; all grist for the US-enabled Saudi death machine, right?!?

I don't know about you, but the cold, hard reality that the US government and military are enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, troubles me very deeply.

Unfortunately, Mike and I are too broke, and too old, to take up residence in a country with the kind of moral compass which would never allow such a thing to happen.

And given that the Yemeni Houthi rebels have proven so resilient over the last 3 years, I have to wonder just why the B.O.Y. (AKA the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Prince bin Salman) has not ordered a complete carpet bombing of the country; I am quite sure that his BFF, Amerika's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, would authorize Raytheon's selling him thousands more bombs in a heartbeat if he wanted them... with which to kill more school children; women, and the medically fragile elderly.

And we have a companion piece to this, also courtesy of antiwar.com:

Slain bus full of children raises questions about the US role in Yemen war

Looks for those questions to go completely unanswered by this administration, which very much believes in killing for profit, and by the mantra "War is good for business!!"

Aug 16 11:10

Qatari emir vows $15bn Turkey investment after Erdogan meeting

Qatar pledges to make direct investment in Turkey, currently hit by currency crisis amid a diplomatic standoff with US.

Aug 16 09:40

Riding on Qatari wings, multipolarity arrives in the Middle East

Trust Turkey’s Recep Erdogan to have had a game plan when he challenged the Trump administration and promised that the latter will regret its “unilateralist” policies.

Some pundits thought Russia and China have been inciting him and are lurking in the shadows to escort Erdogan to a brave new world.

Others fancied that the Eurasian integration processes would now take a great leap forward as Turkey embraced Russia, while a few forecast that Turkey would now sell itself cheap for Chinese money.

And then, there is the ubiquitous prediction in such situations that whoever defied the lone super power would come a cropper and Turkey’s fate is going to be miserable.

All these apocalyptic predictions overlooked the fact that Turkey may have a ‘third way’ forward – by strengthening even further its strategic autonomy and optimally exploiting its foreign policy options.

Aug 14 11:58

Yemen war: Mass funeral held for children killed in bus attack

Thousands of people have gathered in Yemen for the funerals of dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus last week.

The mass burial took place in Saada, a northern stronghold of Houthi rebels.

Crowds chanted in protest at Saudi Arabia, which backs the Yemeni government's fight against the group.

The coalition initially said its actions were "legitimate", but later said it would probe "collateral damage".

Aug 14 11:49

The US Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen

On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Sa'ada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Sa'ada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at least twenty-nine of those killed were children under the age of fifteen, and forty-eight people were wounded, including thirty children.

CNN aired horrifying, heartbreaking footage of children who survived the attack being treated in an emergency room. One of the children, carrying his UNICEF issued blue backpack, is covered with blood and badly burned.

Aug 14 09:20

US Bomb Pieces Found at Yemen Bus Strike Site as Pentagon Says ‘We May Never Know’ Who Supplied It

A Raytheon Mark 82 general-purpose free-fall bomb was likely used by the Saudi-led coalition to strike a bus full of children in Yemen on Thursday, a local journalist claims, after bomb fragments from the scene were recovered.

The Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in the Dahyan area of the Houthi-controlled Saada province last Thursday, leaving 51 dead, most of them children, and injuring at least 79 others. Just as the dust was settling at the scene of the strike with charred bodies being recovered, locals found fragments of the bomb used.

Harrowing images from the site, shared by journalist Nasser Arrabyee, show fragments that appear to be from the 500-pound MK-82 bomb, which the US continues to sell to Saudi Arabia.

Aug 13 13:40

Guided Bomb Fragments At Site Of Yemen Bus Airstrike Trace Back To Lockheed Martin

A prominent Yemeni journalist who throughout the war has been instrumental in getting images and information out of the country ahead of Western journalists has photographed and examined fragments from one of the exploded missiles found at the site of the US-Saudi coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 injured — the vast majority of which were children.

The image of the missile fragment, believed to be among those that scored a direct hit on the bus full of children traveling through Dahyan market in Saada province last Thursday, was uploaded by Sanaa-based Hussain Albukhaiti and quickly spread online over the weekend. It appears to be a US-made MK-82 guided bomb produced by Lockheed Martin.

Aug 13 10:28

AFTER THE SCHOOL BUS MASSACRE IN YEMEN’S SAADA, IT’S TIME THE WORLD SAYS “DEATH TO AL-SAUD!” WITH ONE VOICE

In what will register as one of the sickest, most twisted and most gruesome atrocities in the 3.5 years of its genocidal aggression against Yemen — which is saying quite a bit because there have been SO many ungodly massacres — the Wahhabi tyrants occupying the Hijaz bombed a school bus full of children in Saada’s Dahyan as it made its way through a market towards summer camp. Saudi Arabia murdered at least 51 kids in the air raid — the vast majority of them under 10 years old — and badly wounded over 79 other civilians — the vast majority of them kids under 10 years old too.

Aug 13 07:50

UAE: UP TO 25 YEARS IN JAIL FOR CYBER CRIMINALS

The UAE has made an amendment to a 2012 Cyber Crime law, increasing financial penalties and extending jail terms to up to 25 years for terrorism related activity, WAM Agency reported today.

Those engaging in cybercrimes in the UAE can be sent to jail for a period not exceeding 25 years in addition to a fine up to some $1 million.

The terrorism related activity includes: “whoever establishes, manages or runs a website or publishes information on the computer network or information technology means for the interest of a terrorist group or any unauthorised group, association, organisation”, the WAM Agency statement read.

‘HATE CRIMES’

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why does it not surprise me, that this same country, terrified of what its own people may think about its government, is torturing in Yemen?!?

That has to be part of the three-legged stool, is it not, of surveillance, threatening those who do not believe the government, posting alternative viewpoints, and then using torture to reinforce the consequences of the first two acts.

This is all as logical as it is deplorable.

Aug 13 07:45

SECRET REPORT REVEALS TORTURE USED IN SAUDI-LED COALITION PRISONS IN YEMEN

Al Jazeera received a secret report prepared by former military officials who worked with the Saudi-UAE alliance in Yemen on the conditions of prisons and secret detention centres and forced disappearances.

The information in the report matched the testimonies of prisoners and abductees given to human rights activists. Such details also reinforced what had been revealed by the Associated Press in previous investigations.

The report revealed some of the atrocities taking place in these secret UAE-controlled prisons situated in southern Yemen. The violations range from murdering detainees and abductees to torture and deprivation. Moreover, the report listed sites and names of secret graves, detainees tortured to death and missing persons, as well as identities of the torturers and the details of interrogations

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when Gina Haspel, now head of the CIA, assured Congressional Representatives, that torture would never happen again on her watch, no matter where in the world?!?

Who is arming, funding, and advising the Saudis on their genocide in Yemen?!?

Were I the same Congressional Representatives who interviewed her, and heard those promises in English she made about never having this happen again, and understanding what was now going on in Yemen, Courtesy of the UAE, and I would put her back side right back into the investigative chair, and ask her why she is allowing the UAE to do this.

Or, perhaps, given the proclivities of some members of the US Deep State to "get off" on this kind of torture, psychologically, one might say that, perhaps, she has already been given a "get out of jail, fee" card, with her defense as being given that "she is not in control" of UAE torture in Yemen.

While this may be technically true, that Haspel, apparently, is making absolutely zero moves to stop this, while the best intellects in intelligence work, claim, irrefutably, that torture does not work, and only gets the tortured person to say what the torturers to say to get the torture to stop, means that she is, personally, ethically and morally, cheering the torturers on.

The leadership of this country had a choice with her nomination; they could have chosen a Hanns Scharrf-like character, a German-born American and British world War II hero, who never used torture to get intelligence from his prisoners, but was unfailingly kind, and used to get them day passes for cultural events, or someone with the human rights sensitivities just to the right of those of Attila the Hun.

You have seen the direction this Government has chosen to go, with Haspel's confirmation, and that makes me very much fear for the future of my country.

Aug 13 05:48

US bomb pieces found at Yemen bus strike site as Pentagon says ‘we may never know’ who supplied it

A Raytheon Mark 82 general-purpose free-fall bomb was likely used by the Saudi-led coalition to strike a bus full of children in Yemen on Thursday, a local journalist claims, after bomb fragments from the scene were recovered.

Aug 11 09:10

May, Hunt silent as UK's best arms customer kills dozens of children in Yemen bus attack

After a Saudi-led attack in Yemen killed and injured dozens of children, the public is again questioning London's arms sales to Riyadh. Officials have kept silent, helped by the MSM which fails to question the UK's involvement.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the body count from Thursday's attack sits at 51, including 40 children. Seventy-nine others were also injured in the attack, 56 of whom were children. It is understood that the bus was bringing children home from a picnic when it was attacked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, these kids were just "collateral damage", not real people, and fully deserved to have the crap bombed out of them with British munitions!!" - Official #12 Downing Street spokes-slush.

Aug 11 08:32

Saudi Coalition Promises Investigation Into Strike on Yemen Schoolbus

The Saudi-led coalition attacking Yemen has promised that they will carry out an investigation following Thursday’s attack in the Saada Province. In the strike, Saudi warplanes attacked a schoolbus outside of a crowded marketplace, killing at least 50, mostly children.

The coalition says they are “firmly committed to investigating all claims regarding mistakes or violations of international law.” This statement was made through the Saudi press despite officials insisting on Thursday that the killings were a “legitimate military action” and perfectly legal.

Gory photos of dead children that followed, however, fueled a lot of calls from the international community to investigate the matter. UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres condemned the strike and urged an “independent and prompt investigation.” The Houthis, who control northern Yemen, backed the call.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This just makes me sick to my stomach.

IF the Saudis are the only ones allegedly "investigating" this massacre, the conclusion will be that all the alleged "children" who were murdered, or maimed, for life, were actually, genetically, very small Houthi rebels, disguised as children, who they had the absolute right to murder on this school bus.

Just wait for it: I am betting that what I have just stated, won't be very far from the Saudi conclusions on this slaughter.

Aug 10 10:13

UN chief condemns Saudi attack on Yemeni children, calls for independent probe

UN Secretary General António Guterres has condemned a recent deadly airstrike by Saudi warplanes on a bus carrying Yemeni school children, calling for an independent investigation into the case.

"The secretary general condemns the airstrike today by the coalition forces in Sa’ada, which hit a busy market area in Majz district and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp," Farhan Haq, the UN chief's deputy spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday.

He added that Guterres has urged an “independent and prompt” probe into the attack that killed at least 50 civilians, mainly children, and wounded 77 others at a market in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada.

Aug 10 10:11

The underreported war on Yemen

Over three years have passed since Saudi Arabia and its allies started an all-out military aggression against Yemen. The poor Arab country is now on the brink of total collapse. There are warnings of a new wave of cholera outbreak.

Aug 10 09:15

The Pathetic US Response to the Latest Saudi Massacre

The U.S. response to the massacre of dozens of children and other civilians earlier today was predictably feeble:

The U.S. State Department called on Thursday for the Saudi-led coalition to investigate reported air strikes in Yemen that killed dozens of people, including children.

“We are certainly concerned about the reports that there was an attack that resulted in the deaths of civilians. We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a press briefing.

Aug 10 08:22

U.S. 'FINE TUNING' OF SAUDI AIRSTRIKE TARGET LIST CREATES RESULTS

U.S. Deepens Role in Yemen Fight, Offers Gulf Allies Airstrike-Target Assistance

Aug 10 08:17

Who will be held responsible for Saudi strike that killed dozens of children?

Aug 09 15:24

Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike on bus kills 29 children

At least 29 children have been killed and 30 wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.

The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada.

The health ministry run by the rebel Houthi movement put the death toll at 43, and said 61 people were wounded.

The coalition, which is backing Yemen's government in a war with the Houthis, said its actions were "legitimate".

Aug 09 14:12

Saudi Coalition Attacks School Bus A Day After State Department Justifies Airstrikes On Yemeni Towns

Though we are no longer shocked at the callous and indiscriminate nature of Saudi coalition attacks on Yemeni towns, we are surprised that major US networks like CNN have actually decided to cover coalition war crimes for a change.

Early on Thursday a coalition air attack scored a direct hit on a school bus packed with children as it drove through a crowded market place.

CNN provides the following disturbing details:

The bus was struck as it was driving through a market in the rebel-held province of Saada, according to the Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV.

At least 43 people were killed and 63 injured in the strike, according to the Houthi-held health ministry.

The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) said that a hospital it supports in Saada had received 29 dead bodies of "mainly children" under 15 years of age, and 40 injured, including 30 children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No, these are precisely the images Americans need to see to understand how the US military is enabling Saudi war crimes in Yemen, and I have a couple of oldies but goodies I want our readers to see (very graphic and disturbing):

Images: Yemeni children being assassinated by Saudi bombings

Images; Yemeni children starving courtesy of US/Saudi blockades of Yemen ports.

This is precisely why the independent media is needed, now more than ever, to peacefully, and honestly witness to this kind of Saudi/US activity here, and bringing attention to those issues which those who want to algorithm the independent news out of existence, don't want us you to see.

Don't these images make you proud to be an American, to understand what the Saudi and US are doing there?!? Don't these war crimes in Yemen make you just burst with pride?!?

Because if they don't, we need to start having a peaceful conversation, both among each other, and with the Federal Government, as to why the US is colluding with the Butcher of Yemen (AKA the Saudi Prince Bin Salman) in creating war crimes in this country.

This is a genocide, pure and simple, and the US is deeply complicit in creating this genocide, and it must be made to stop.

And here... is a companion story, from sputnik.com:

USA Urges Saudis Probe on Bus Strike

And wasn't this right just after the following headline: "Saudi Coalition Attacks School Bus A Day After State Department Justifies Airstrikes On Yemeni Towns"?!?

I guess the Saudis, after evaluating that statement from our State Department, figured innocent little Yemeni kids, just trying to get to school for something passing for an education, were simply "fair game", so they bombed the crap out of the bus.

The assassination of Yemeni children is thoroughly normal for the Saudi military: and they do it absolutely brilliantly, as the above images prove.

And one has to wonder: did the US military provide "guidance" for the strike here?!?

Aug 09 09:14

Destruction of Yemen

After three years of conflict, it has been estimated that 22.2 million people out of a population of 27.4 million in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance. Some 4.5 million children and women are suffering from malnutrition, while 2.9 million people are internally displaced. This is a humanitarian catastrophe by any measure. Why are the US and the UK so committed to the Saudi-UAE war on Yemen?

Aug 08 15:12

"I was the Terrorist" - Israeli Army Vet [Youtube]

In a rare, candid conversation, Abby Martin interviews a former Israeli Army combat soldier who served as an occupier in Palestine’s Hebron City.

[if video is censored {ostensibly by google} click the link above]

Aug 08 12:07

Israeli food theft as a form of genocide of Palestinian culture

Lawrence Davidson says Israel’s appropriation of Palestinian cuisine is part of a process of systematically erasing indigenous Palestinian culture so that Palestine will no longer be identified with Palestinian culture and traditions, which will be replaced by those of the Israeli colonisers.>>

Aug 08 04:17

US-BACKED ALLIANCE IN YEMEN WAR BRIBES, RECRUITS AL-QAEDA WARLORDS, REPORT FINDS

Yemeni militias backed by Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are actively paying off al-Qaeda-allied factions to abstain from the fighting, and are recruiting al-Qaeda members to fight against Shiite rebels, according to a new investigative report. Ever since 2015, when the civil war in Yemen broke out, the US, along with its Arab allies UAE and Saudi Arabia, has supported Sunni troops in their war against Shiite Houthi rebels. The latter are believed to be supported by Iran, and the US-backed coalition is engaged in an effort to curtail what it sees as Iranian expansionism in the Middle East.

Aug 07 10:44

Yemen War’s Death Toll Largely Goes Uncounted

Since the Saudi invasion of Yemen in 2015 a lot of people have died. Saudi airstrikes have killed thousands of civilians. Huge numbers of combatants have died. Starvation and lack of medicine has taken many, many more. Yemen even saw the worst cholera epidemic in human history.

There hasn’t been an official estimate since, and while that reflects the reality that we just don’t know how many people are dying in Yemen, it also reflects what appears to be limited interest, at least among official agencies, in pinning that figure down.

Saudi Arabia is likely a big part of that, as many of the regular airstrikes where the Saudis kill scores of civilians are denied by the Saudis to have happened. Since the Saudis have managed to keep the UN from investigating their war crimes, it would follow that they prefer not to have gaudy official figures being thrown around to answer for.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Saudis and the US government are excellent at buying silence, however that works out: money, threats, infulenc

I, however, as a Christian pacifist activist, refuse to remain silent, and am compelled to bear witness to the war crimes in which the US is enabling Saudi Arabia. So, folks, this is what the US and Saudi Arabia are doing, in your names, and with your tax dollars in Yemen: (warning: graphic images)

Images: Yemeni children murdered by Saudi bombing runs

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, due to Saudi/US port blockades

All of the above is being done in your name, and with your tax dollars: doesn't it make you proud to be an American?!?

Doesn't it?!?

Unfortunately, Mike and I are both too old - and too broke - to emigrate to a country which does not indulge in war crimes; but right now, I truly wish we could.

Aug 06 15:18

The holocaust and its deniers

"In the aftermath of the holocaust some Jewish intellectuals and humanists expressed the thought that “after Auschwitz Jews have to locate themselves at the forefront of the battle for humanity and against all forms of oppression”.

"This is a principled and heroic ideal, but the reality on the ground has been somewhat different. Just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the Jewish state ethnically cleansed the vast majority of indigenous Palestinians. Two years later, in 1950, Israel’s Knesset passed the Law of Return, a racist law that distinguishes between Jews who have the right to ‘return’ to someone else’s land and the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees that were expelled by force from their villages and cities.

Aug 06 12:45

SAUDI ARABIA PLANNED TO INVADE QATAR LAST SUMMER. REX TILLERSON’S EFFORTS TO STOP IT MAY HAVE COST HIM HIS JOB.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders had called the attack “reckless, indiscriminate, and irresponsible,” but stopped short of blaming Russia, leading numerous media outlets to speculate that Tillerson was fired for criticizing Russia.

But in the months that followed his departure, press reports strongly suggested that the countries lobbying hardest for Tillerson’s removal were Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, both of which were frustrated by Tillerson’s attempts to mediate and end their blockade of Qatar. One report in the New York Times even suggested that the UAE ambassador to Washington knew that Tillerson would be forced out three months before he was fired in March.

Aug 06 09:54

Heavy Fighting in Yemen Port City: Over 80 Killed in Last Two Days

Having resumed their offensive last week, Saudi-led forces pushed into the Yemeni port city oh Hodeidah over the weekend. They faced heavy resistance, and the whole weekend saw fighting raging across the area.

At least 80 people were killed, with heavy casualties reported on both sides. Among the killed, 30 fighters who were part of a UAE-led force pushing into the city from the south. They were ambushed just south of the Hodeidah airport.

Hodeidah is the last rebel-held port in Yemen, and subsequently the lone source of aid for the entire northern half of the country. It is estimated the port imports food for 8.4 million people, and this has led to repeated warnings that the conquest of the city could lead to a more or less immediate, major famine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More famine; more disease; and fewer bombs and bullets needed to kill what is left of the Yemeni people; this is what America's Merchant of Death in Chief (AKA, President Trump) and Saudi Arabia's B.O.Y. (AKA the Butcher of Yemen) want to see happen here, and quickly.

And if it does not happen quickly enough to suit their liking, look for a massive carpet bombing campaign to start; after all, the US and Saudi Arabian leadership have utterly no qualms about killing innocent civilians.

They do it all the time here.

Aug 06 09:17

WHEN FAKE NEWS IS A WAR CRIME: MSM DENIES SAUDI ATTACK ON HOSPITAL

Death to the House of Saud and death to the Zionist media promoting its filthy lies. It’s remarkable that this is even being written: Saudi Arabia is denying that it bombed Al-Thawra Hospital in besieged Hudaydah and is actually saying the warplanes of its coalition weren’t even in the area.

This is despite the fact that in a separate press conference, another lackey of Riyadh said jets were in fact in the area, conducting bombing raids on Wednesday and Thursday but were about a mile out from the site of the newest massacre. Cool story, ain’t it? Well. It gets even cooler. Because the Wahhabi-Takfiri tyrants are blaming Ansarullah for it and have officially declared it was some kind of an IED that went off!

Aug 06 09:13

SIXTY DEAD, OVER 100 WOUNDED IN SAUDI AIR STRIKES ON YEMENI PORT CITY

The toll from US-backed Saudi coalition air strikes on a fish market and hospital in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah Thursday has risen to at least 60 people dead and 130 others wounded. The bombardment, which has been all but ignored by the establishment press, comes amid a weeks-long siege of the western city and coalition efforts to destroy vital civilian infrastructure, threatening to sharply escalate the world’s most dire humanitarian crisis.

Saudi coalition warplanes struck a crowded Hodeidah fish market as throngs of residents packed in to purchase one of Yemen’s only abundant domestic sources of food. Witnesses report a chaotic scene as a warplane overhead fired upon the packed market, then continued to linger above the city. As people rushed the dead and injured to the al-Thawra hospital just 20 meters (60 feet) away, the warplane began bombing the entrance to the hospital, apparently to prevent the injured from receiving treatment.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With these attacks doing nothing to forward Saudi Arabia's and the US's military posture soon here, look for a complete carpet bombing of the country to commence shortly, and the phrase "body count" to come back into the corporate presstitutes' lexicon shortly, if they cover this at all.

Aug 06 08:24

U.S.–Saudi Coalition Paid Al Qaeda Militants to Scram, Let Them Keep Weapons, Then Declared Wins Against Extremism in Yemen: Reason Roundup

Apparently, we do negotiate with terrorists. A U.S.-backed military coalition in Yemen has "cut secret deals with al-Qaeda fighters," according to an Associated Press (AP) investigation.

Throughout the past two years, the coalition—led by Saudi Arabia—"has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaeda militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West," the AP reports. "Here's what the victors did not disclose: many of their conquests came without firing a shot."

Aug 04 13:37

This will sicken you: Eyewitness describes hateful act of piracy by Israel against Norwegian boat on mercy mission

Malaysian-born Swee Ang is the first female Orthopaedic Consultant appointed to St Bartholomew (‘Barts’) and the Royal London Hospitals.

In the 1980s and 1990s she worked as trauma and orthopaedics consultant in the refugee camps of Lebanon and later for the United Nations in Gaza, and the World Health Organisation in the West Bank and Gaza. She is Founder and Patron of the British charity Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP).

She also treated the victims of the Pakistan (Kashmir) earthquake, and as consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon operated on and looked after the victims of the 7 July 2005 suicide bombs in the Royal London Hospital.

Dr Ang is the co-author of War Surgery and Acute Care of the War Wounded, and also wrote From Beirut to Jerusalem documenting her experience in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon and Gaza.

Aug 04 09:55

The Saudi-US Agenda Behind Destroying Yemen (Pt 1/2)

Aug 03 15:22

Israel wreaks terror on another harmless mercy ship. And the list of monstrous crimes against human decency just got even longer

Stuart Littlewood views Britain’s complicity through silence in Israel’s hijacking of a vessel carrying medical supplies for the blockaded Gaza Strip, against the background of the UN’s phony Palmer inquiry into a previous Israeli hijacking of an aid ship. >>

Aug 02 14:35

YEMEN OFFERS PEACE TO SAUDI ARABIA, HOUTHI LEADER ANNOUNCES CEASEFIRE

Yemen’s Houthis (Ansar Allah) have submitted an initiative they hope will bring an end to conflict in Yemen and have unilaterally suspended retaliatory attacks against Saudi-led coalition forces in the Red Sea in order to support this effort.

A source in the Supreme Political Council, the highest political authority in Sana’a, told MintPress that the halt in retaliatory attacks in the Red Sea is aimed at preserving the Yemeni people and comes in response to regional and international efforts to bring peace to Yemen.

The initiative comes less than one week after Saudi Arabia temporarily suspended all oil shipments through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. The coalition has thus far not commented on the initiative.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed: the Yemeni people have suffered enough, 3 years on.

Aug 02 09:50

Dozens of victims in reported Saudi-led coalition bombing of Yemen hospital

An airstrike launched by the Saudi-led coalition has reportedly killed and injured dozens of civilians in the vicinity of a general hospital in Hodeidah, Yemen.

Footage from the scene of the alleged bombing shown by Yemen’s Almasirah television station, which is linked to the Houthi rebels, showed what appeared to be bodies of multiple people covered by blankets.

The bombing destroyed an ambulance as it was entering the gates of the hospital, local freelance journalist Ahmad Algohbary reported.

Aug 01 13:55

UNITED NATIONS PLANS TO DRAFT A NEW CONSTITUTION FOR SYRIA

The United Nations envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, plans to hold a meeting with Russia, Iran and Turkey regarding the formation of a constitutional committee to draft a new constitution for Syria.

Webmaster addition: Shouldn't that be up to the Syrian people?

Aug 01 11:50

FBI TOLD FORMER AGENT NOT TO HELP 9/11 VICTIMS BUILD CASE AGAINST SAUDI ARABIA

A retired FBI counterterrorism agent with a notable role in the story of 9/11 says the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel told him not to cooperate with attorneys representing 9/11 victims in their suit against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, because it could harm U.S.-Saudi relations.

Jul 31 15:48

Freedom of Navigation Doctrine Challenged: The de facto threat to shipping through the Bab al-Mandab must not be allowed to stand

With all the media focus on President Trump’s recent meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, a major event took place last week in the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, which received little notice. The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have acknowledged that they fired a missile supplied by Iran from the vicinity of the port city of Hodeida that hit a Saudi Aramco tanker. In response, even though there was little damage, Saudi Arabia has suspended all its shipping from transiting the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Clearly, the Houthi rebels have seriously challenged the internationally-recognized “Freedom of Navigation” doctrine. The concept is that the internationally-recognized open waters of the world, including all strategic straits, should remain open and free for all commercial shipping. By extension, this includes the peaceful transit of naval forces as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Admiral Lyons, a word, please: just in case you have missed this development, Saudi Arabia has been at war against Yemen for the last 3 years, sir.

It is a war where Saudi war crimes are enabled by the US government, and the US military. These targets include innocent women, children, the medically fragile elderly, hospitals, schools and residences. Children are starving, and dying of (potentially weaponised) cholera, courtesy of Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports.

These images of Yemen are what people should be seeing in their nightly news, but are not: (warning: horrifically graphic)

Images: Yemeni children assassinated in Saudi bombing runs

Horrifying images of starving children reveal the ongoing toll of Yemen's forgotten war.

As I am a Christian pacifist activist, I have a moral responsibility to witness to these war crimes, and will never fail to do so, as information comes available from independent resources.

Admiral, I understand your concern about oil traffic not getting affected by this war, in light that the Yemeni Houthi saw this Saudi tanker a reasonable target for retribution against Saudi Arabia.

This kind of attack could potentially continue to go for years, as a retaliation for the Saudi bombing creating a genocide in Yemen.

But Admiral, I do have a modest proposal with which I believe that even you might concur.

International Leaders need to get Saudi Arabia to stop dropping bombs on Yemen, and create an environment where a political resolution between the Houthi rebels, the Yemeni people, and the Saudi government here is possible.

THAT, sir, would cure the problem.

And BTW, concerning your accusation that an Iranian missile was used: where, please, is your incontrovertible proof that this was the case?!? Where is the forensic evidence your claim is actually true?!?

Because unless the world can see the forensics, there is no way to know who manufactured the missile, is there, sir?!?

Jul 31 13:11

Don’t mention Western aggression! The Economist blames polygamy for wars

According to The Economist, polygamy is a key factor in civil wars and conflict. How convenient to blame it all on ‘the natives’ and their ‘backward’ customs, obscuring the role of the US and its allies in destabilizing regions.
In the 1930 Marx Brothers comedy ‘Animal Crackers’ Groucho Marx proposes to two women at the same time. One protests: “But that's bigamy!” Groucho replies: “Yes and that's big-a-me, too. It's big of all of us. Let's be big for a change. I'm sick of these conventional marriages!”

We know the Economist isn’t a great fan of Karl Marx, and it’s doubtful it would approve of Groucho much either – or at least the idea of him taking two wives. You see, it would probably lead to armed conflict.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?

Jul 31 11:08

Heavy Fighting Kills Dozens South of Yemen’s Key Port City

While the first airstrikes against Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah show that fighting is likely to quickly return to focusing on the port itself, in recent days, witnesses say heavy fighting has raged just south of the city.

A lot of the fighting on the ground is in and around Zabid, one of the oldest towns in Yemen and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dozens of fighters were reported to have been killed on both sides of the fight.

The Hodeidah Province was mostly under the control of the Houthi rebels, and the Saudi-led forces are pushing into the area, trying to take over the vital aid port. This is the last aid port under rebel control, and the source of food imports for about 70% of Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The B.O.Y. (The Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Prince Bin Salman) and the US's Merchant of Death in Chief, President Trump, both want to see disease and starvation, and untargeted assassinations coming from the destruction of this Yemeni port to continue, unabated.

And THIS is what that looks like to Yemeni kids on the ground: (warning: graphic images follow)

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing runs

Images:
Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of Saudi port blockades

And your government is enabling these Saudi war crimes by providing guidance and refueling to the fighter jets causing this genocide.

How does it feel to be a citizen of a country enabling war crimes in Yemen?!? Not very good, is it, living in this (alleged and former) bastion of "democracy", the Unhinged Surveilled State of Amerika?!?

It takes all the energy and discipline I have sometimes, to look at events like this, and not just fall apart at the seams. But when I look at the faces of the kids in these photos, dead, and dying, I understand that giving up on being a peaceful, Christian witness to these crimes is something I cannot, morally, afford to do right now.

Jul 31 09:44

Ahed Tamimi, Renowned 17-Year-Old Palestinian Resister, Freed From Israeli Prison After Eight Months

“This is a day of relief, which we hope will blossom into happiness once this brutal military occupation is out of our lives. … I call on members of the international community to uphold their responsibility towards our people and take concrete steps to end this perpetual injustice.”
— Bassem Tamimi on Daughter Ahed’s Release from Prison

Jul 30 16:52

FIFA WORLD CUP HOST QATAR ‘USED EX-CIA AGENTS TO SABOTAGE RIVAL BIDS’

The government of Qatar, which won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, hired a high-profile public relations group and a team of former officers of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in order to undermine rival bids to host the tournament, according to a British newspaper. In December 2010, Qatar was named as the host of the lucrative tournament, which is held every four years under the auspices of the International Federation of Association Football.

Jul 30 16:37

SAUDI BEGINS SECRET TRIALS OF OPPOSITION FIGURES WHICH IS A MAJOR HUMAN RIGHTS CRIME

Saudi authorities have begun secret trials for a number of detainees including clerics, media figures and academic, social media advocacy group Prisoners of Conscience has reported, warning that the detainees may not be given fair hearings.

Jul 30 11:58

Saudi-Led Forces Resume Strikes on Yemen’s Main Port City

The July 1 ceasefire declared over the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah appears over, with Saudi-led forces carrying out a series of strikes across the city, including major airstrikes in the center of the city, doing major damage.

Warplanes hit a plastic factory, an outdoor market, and a fishing pier in the city’s center. Another strike targeted a Houthi military police camp in the city. There was substantial damage to buildings reported, but as yet no report on casualties.

During the ceasefire, Saudi-led forces attacked a series of towns further south of the port city, through which about 70% of all food and humanitarian aid enters Yemen. The ceasefire was intended to give the UN time to negotiate a deal to prevent the city’s invasion.

Jul 30 10:50

ISLAMIC STATE DRONE PROGRAM STUDY REVEALS NATO RATLINES

Despite attempts by the US and European media to depict the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in cartoon villain terms, it was always clear to serious analysis that the terrorist organization’s fighters, weapons, supplies and money were entering Syria and the result of extensive outside support.

A look at any map of the Syrian conflict, regardless of its source over the past 7 years shows IS and other militant groups maintaining territory with corridors leading directly to the borders of Syria’s neighbors, particularly NATO-member Turkey and US allies Israel and Jordan.

There have been direct admissions from the US itself that it played a role in IS’ creation. A 2013 leaked US Defense Intelligence Agency memo (.pdf) would explicitly note that the US and its allies sought the creation of what it then called a “Salafist principality” in eastern Syria, precisely where IS would later establish itself.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable: ISIS was a created "frenemy", against which the US government could rail when it wanted to as being the "ultimate villain in the Middle East, while the US government was supporting it with weapons and money.

Jul 30 10:45

Rhetoric of collective Arab force returns as Trump reportedly calls for establishment of ‘Arab NATO’

The rhetoric of a collective Arab force have returned to the scene, after Reuters news agency quoted on Friday American and Arab officials saying that the Trump administration is quietly pushing ahead “to create a new security and political alliance with six Gulf Arab states, Egypt, and Jordan, in part to counter Iran’s expansion in the region.”

The report said that the administration of President Donald Trump “wants to see deeper cooperation between the countries on missile defence, military training, counter-terrorism, and other issues such as strengthening regional economic and diplomatic ties.”

Reuters quoted the sources saying that the administration hopes for this alliance, which is suggested to carry the name of the Middle East Strategic Alliance, to hold a summit in Washington this October. According to the news agency, the White House confirmed it was working on the concept for several months.

Jul 30 09:37

Why We Know So Little About the U.S.-Backed War in Yemen

Yemen is a catastrophe on a scale similar to Syria, but coverage in the United States has been sporadic at best. PBS News Hour did a thorough three-part series, but MSNBC, for instance, has barely mentioned the crisis in a year, during a period when it has done 455 segments on Stormy Daniels (this according to media reporter Adam Johnson).

The reason for inattention is obvious: The United States bears real responsibility for the crisis. A quote from a Yemeni doctor found in PBS reporter Jane Ferguson’s piece sums it up:

“The missiles that kill us, American-made. The planes that kill us, American-made. The tanks … American-made. You are saying to me, where is America? America is the whole thing.”

Jul 29 15:03

Israeli authorities attempt to steal the children of a lawyer who saved others’ lives

"The State of Israel was founded on the theft of children. The Old Testament relates how children have been sacrificed: Joseph was sold, Abraham was asked to sacrifice his son. Stories go as far back as history books began. Seventy years ago Yemenite children were taken to Israel for adoption or experimentation – this is still headline news as protesters demand apologies and answers..." >>

Jul 29 08:41

The Madness Gripping Washington

The United States and Israel have been threatening Iran for something like twenty years, using the pretext that it was developing a nuclear weapon initially, but also more recently declaring that Tehran has become a threat to the entire Middle East. Both contentions are essentially lies, concocted by an Israel and Saudi Arabia that would prefer to have Iran removed as a possible impediment to their own ambitions. And they would like the United States to do the removing. Iran is the hottest of all hot spots in the American view, but the tendency of the White House to threaten first before engaging in negotiations has meant that most nations have come to see the United States as the greatest threat to peace worldwide.

Jul 27 10:58

Yemen 'on brink of new cholera epidemic', charity warns

Thousands of people in Yemen could be affected by a new wave of deadly cholera in the coming weeks, an international charity says.

In a press release on Thursday, UK-based Save the Children warned the hot summer months are ideal conditions for cholera to spread rapidly.

It added that almost 3,000 suspected cholera cases were reported in the first week of July across the country - the highest number since the start of the year.

"Cholera could spread like wildfire in Yemen, potentially infecting thousands of children and completely overwhelming an already-crippled health system," the charity's CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt said.

"Many hospitals have been reduced to rubble, and those that are still standing are barely functioning. Doctors have not been paid, pharmacies are understocked, and power cuts happen constantly."

More than one million people were infected with cholera last year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But you have to understand; this is the precise outcome the Butcher of Yemen (A.K.A. Saudi Arabia's Prince Ben Salman) wants to see happen here.

More illness, more starvation, more polluted water, means more deaths, without having to use more American bombs and bullets; that's the math, people!!

And has the cholera infecting and killing Yemenis been weaponised here by the US and Saudis?!?

I can tell you that it has in the past, and that may be what is going on now. Here is an article from 2017, which may shed some light on the history of its use as a weapon.

US and Saudi Arabia using cholera to kill Yemenis

The article goes on to state:

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

William M. Boardman via Readers support news reports:

Since March 2015, the US has supported Saudi Arabia and its allies in their criminal war of aggression against Yemen, committing daily war crimes, especially against civilians, who are now suffering a cholera epidemic with more than 400,000 victims. Cholera is caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholera and has been weaponized by the US, Japan (in World War II), South Africa (under apartheid), Iraq (under Saddam), and other states. To be most effective, cholera must be spread through water supplies. That’s what’s happening in Yemen now. More than two years of bombing has largely destroyed Yemen’s infrastructure, water and sewage systems are destroyed, hospitals and clinics are destroyed, and the population of about 25 million has almost no protection against the spread of cholera. The UN says Yemen’s cholera epidemic is “the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began.”

When any country succeeds in weaponizing an illness, and uses it successfully as the US did with cholera, please understand, and with an absolute, and dreadful certainty, that they will use it again.

And the question you have to ask, going back to an earlier post I created this morning, is why, if this is the worst humanitarian crisis the world is facing right now, are you not being told about it by the presstitutes and warmongers at FOX; CBS; ABC: MSNBC?!?

It is very simple; you are not supposed to know about it, because the military industrial complex, now making billions from its sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia, and the US Deep State don't want you to know, because you might somehow think that this genocide against the Yemeni people, is at all on the right side of history.

Jul 27 07:41

Israel’s ‘Jewish nation-state’ law a prelude to annexation

When the Netanyahu government passed a Basic Law this week enshrining a superior set of rights for Israel's Jewish citizens, it ushered in a new era of open apartheid. To appreciate the significance of the new nation-state law, one must understand why the bill split Israel's nationalist camp, and why demographic factors forced it to the fore. After the final vote, ruling Likud lawmaker Avi Dichter, who sponsored the bill's first iteration, explained its true purpose. "We are enshrining this important bill into a law today to prevent even the slightest thought, let alone attempt, to transform Israel to a country of all its citizens," Dichter gloated after the law passed this week ... Of course, ever since the state was founded in 1948, Israel has discriminated against its non-Jewish Palestinian citizens in a myriad of ways.

Jul 26 09:46

Saudi Arabia WAR THREAT: Oil tankers BOMBED – Saudis BAN exports through Red Sea straits

IRAN-BACKED Yemeni rebels aligned have launched an attack on two oil tankers passing through the strategically important Red Sea shipping lane of Bab al-Mandeb – prompting Saudi Arabia to announce that was “temporarily halting” all oil shipments along the route.

Jul 25 19:22

SAUDI ENERGY MINISTER SAYS SAUDI ARABIA IS TEMPORARILY HALTING ALL OIL SHIPMENTS THROUGH BAB EL-MANDEB STRAIT

The immediate halting of Saudi oil being transported through the strait comes following an attempted attack on a Saudi oil tanker in the strait earlier today. As of 2016, 4.8% of all oil traveled through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait

Jul 25 13:35

The faulty logic behind the Zionist attack on BDS

Lawrence Davidson analyses the faulty 'logic' used by Israel and its Zionist supporters against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), the worldwide non-violent campaign to force Israel to conform to international law and cease its oppression of the Palestinians. >>

Jul 25 09:48

Water Facility Attack Cuts Off 10,500 People From Safe Drinking Water in Yemen

An attack, carried out this week on the Nushour water facility in Yemen’s northwestern city of Sa’dah, cut off 10,500 people, including over 5,000 children, from safe drinking water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

According to the fund, this has been the third attack on the facility since this March.

"UNICEF deplores in the strongest terms yet another attack on vital and lifesaving water systems in Yemen. A large water facility in Sa’ada, northwest of the country, came under attack this week. This is the third such attack on the same facility. More than half of the project is now damaged, cutting off 10,500 people from safe drinking water," a UNICEF report quoted Geert Cappelaere, the UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah, but you see, this is precisely the consequence the Butcher of Yemen, AKA Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Bin Salman, wants to see happen here: and the US military is enabling his war crimes in Yemen.

I would strongly suggest tht upon his demise, that there is a very special place in hell, waiting for him.

With more cholera and other water-borne diseases infesting Yemen's water, leading to more starvations and deaths, the fewer bombs and bullets will be needed to kill off more Yemeni children and innocent civilians : that is absolutely the math here.

And here is what this war looks like from the Yemeni side, and what is being done to the Yemeni people in your names, and with your tax dollars, please look at the following images: (warning: very graphic)

Images: Yemeni children killed or maimed for life, Courtesy of Saudi boming runs

Images: Yemeni children starving to death, courtesy of Saudi port blockade

Doesn't this just make you proud to be an American, whose government participates in war crimes in Yemen?!?

WELL, DOESN'T IT?!?

Jul 24 14:35

Britain’s Zionist Inquisition in full cry

Stuart Littlewood shows how, in their endavour to oust UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and replace him with a compliant pro-Israel stooge, Israel’s pimps are trying to bully Labour into adopting an unlawful definition of ‘anti-Semitism’. >>

Jul 24 12:42

The Might of Petro Dollar: Why Saudi Arabia Can Continue Its Atrocities in Yemen?

It is clear that there is a significant humanitarian disaster occurring in Yemen that is mostly being ignored internationally as the world keeps its eyes on Syria, Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. So why then is Yemen being ignored?

But with Yemen having a food shortage crisis with ports blockaded, a cholera crisis, and civilians targeted by double-tap airstrikes, including attacks against schools, hospitals, weddings, funerals and any other social event possibly imaginable, why is there little international condemnation against the main perpetrator, Saudi Arabia?

Turkish energy analyst and the Chairman of Ankara-based Institute for Energy Markets and Policies, Dr. Volkan Ozdemir, said in an interview with Sputnik Turkiye in 2017 that:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US-enabled Saudi war in Yemen is NOT forgotten at WRH.

As a Christian pacifist activist, I cannot look away from the genocide which is the Saudi war in Yemen; neither can Mike, although not a "faith guy".

President Trump's decision to further enable these Saudi atrocities in Yemen, by selling the Saudi Government more bombs, bullets, and offering more "guidance", will not be looked upon kindly by history.

Jul 24 12:32

UK Favours Extremism Over Democracy in Syria

By propping up Turkey's Afrin operation, the British government has once again supported Islamist-backed military conquest over more liberal forces.

How does a British government respond when an allied state invades another territory with the backing of jihadists, overthrows a democratic experiment and consolidates an occupation? Judging by what Turkey is doing in the Afrin district of northern Syria, the answer is: by supporting it.

Britain, far from helping to defeat terrorism in Syria, is once again aiding it.

As Britain arms Turkey, there is a real risk that such military equipment can end up in the hands of jihadists. Yet the British government defines Turkey as a priority market for promoting arms sales that have been worth more than £200 million ($265m) since 2016, including aircraft, helicopters, drones, grenades, small arms and ammunition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations to Prime Minister May to have become the UK's own Merchant Death, this time with Turkey as the primary recipient of the UK's military weaponry.

That you even believed, for one second, that Erdogan, whose meglomania and paranoia is growing by the day, is a force with whom you could reason, for economic gain, I would politely suggest that you think again; you do not know where the weapons you have sold the man will actually wind up, and against whom they will be used.

Or maybe, you didn't give a damn when you sold him those weapons.

Jul 24 11:28

Final defense bill would limit US support to Saudi campaign in Yemen

The compromise National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) unveiled by House and Senate Armed Services Committee staffers Monday retained and modified a provision from the Senate-passed version that would require the Saudi-led coalition to meet certain criteria before the U.S. military can refuel its planes.

“Yemen remains an area of intense interest and concern for our members, and we have aggressive oversight in the conference report,” a senior staffer told reporters at a background briefing.

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015. The United States has been supporting the Saudi campaign with billions of dollars in arms sales, intelligence sharing and logistics like air refueling.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have grown increasingly frustrated at the Saudi campaign as the civilian death toll rises, most of which has been blamed on Saudi airstrikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This language will make US enabling Saudi Arabia in their genocide of Yemen more "palatable' to Congress, while civilians continue to get slaughtered indiscrimminately.

Funny: you don't hear a word about this conflict from the mainstream presstitutes.

But as a Christian pacifist activist, I will continue to witness to the US enabling of Saudi war crimes, in Yemen.

Oh, and if you are wandering just what this war is looking like for those Yemenis being killed or maimed for life, here is what your government is doing in your name, and with your tax dollars in Yemen (warning; very graphic visuals):

Images: Yemeni children assassinated by Saudi bombing raids

Now, don't those images just make you prouder than hell to be an American?!?

Don't they?!? Don't they?!?

And trust me, this nicely weasel-worded NDAA will have utterly no effect on the situation on the ground here in Yemen.

Jul 23 13:00

New laws make Israeli apartheid official: For “Friends of Israel” read “Friends of Racism”

Stuart Littlewood says Israel's adoption of the nationality laws exposes its “pretense to democracy and the claim to share Western values… as a sickening hoax” and that ”friends, stooges and pimps of the self-declared apartheid state now have nowhere to hide their shameful faces”. >>

Jul 23 12:55

Ceasefire Allows Thousands of Yemenis to Flee Port City of Hodeidah

While the ceasefire in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah has allowed the UN time to try to negotiate a handover and avoid the bloody invasion of a vital aid port, aid groups are warning that the situation inside the city is worsening, and many are using the ceasefire as an opportunity to flee.

Saudi-led forces were in the process of invading Hodeidah when the ceasefire was agreed to. The Houthi rebels have agreed in principle to hand the port over to the UN, so it can keep being used to import aid into the country. Saudi-backed officials, however, have resisted that, saying they want a full Houthi surrender as a condition for the port handover.

This situation has dragged on for awhile, and aid workers say conditions in the city itself are “pathetic” as locals wait for a deal, or an invasion. Those who have the means have been escaping the city, many of them fleeing to uncertain conditions in the capital of Sanaa.

Jul 23 11:35

Qatar buys range of arms from Russia, discusses purchase of S-400 missiles

Qatar, which has already negotiated the purchase of AK rifles, grenade launchers and anti-tank missiles from Russia, is also in talks to procure state-of-the-art S-400 systems, the Russian ambassador to the Gulf country has said.
Qatar, which is now at odds with its Gulf neighbors, is expected to take a delivery of Russian conventional arms, including time-proven AK rifles, grenade launchers, machine guns and Kornet anti-tank missiles, according to Nurmakhmad Kholov, the Russian ambassador to Doha.

The Arab nation’s interest in buying Russian weapons extends beyond firearms, Kholov told TASS news agency: “Regarding S-400 air-defense systems, some discussions are underway about the issue, although there is no specific outcome so far.” Without going into details, the Russian envoy reiterated that the Qataris “seem to be willing” to acquire S-400s.

Jul 23 11:08

Russia’s re-emergence as a Mideast power is not necessarily good news

Flush with confidence following the successful staging of the FIFA World Cup, the Russian Federation has a renewed confidence about its role in the world. There are plenty of reasons for Russia to feel confident as the country has scored success after success in the past two decades.

Following the chaotic 1990s, marked by a period of steep decline as Russia struggled with the consequences flowing the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the country has steadily rebuilt its infrastructure and prestige in the 21st century.

This Russian revival is almost totally bound up with the charismatic personality of President Vladimir Putin. By tapping into Russia’s Tsarist heritage – and by constantly referencing the successes of the successor state the Soviet Union – Putin has achieved a dramatic transformation in Russia’s fortunes in the world.

Jul 23 07:41

The Peace Deal That is All Israel

ared Kushner has been a regular visitor to Israel since his childhood. As a 16-year-old, he and thousands of other Jewish teenagers were led on a tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Benjamin Netanyahu, himself, waving Israeli flags along the way. At the end, they flew to Israel as part of their "Zionist rebirth." The Kushners consider Netanyahu part of the family ... The United States has, for decades, posed as a neutral interlocutor in the so-called "peace process" ... claiming to broker a just peace for Palestinians even as it armed Israel and abetted its steady expansion into Palestinian lands ... Filled with hollow promise and little more, make no mistake about it Kushner speaks to Palestine not just as a delivery boy for Donald Trump, but as a rubber stamp for Netanyahu and his age old colonial project.

Jul 22 15:38

Israel using Pegasus spyware to eavesdrop on its own citizens

"The Supreme Court of Israel has denied a petition to unseal records under a certificate of state immunity. The petition alleged that the State of Israel uses Pegasus and similar spyware to monitor journalists and human rights activists.

"On 10 June 2018 Judge Neal Hendel said that once a certificate of immunity is issued, it cannot be repealed. Therefore, it is impossible for criminal case defendants in Israel to expose whether they have been targeted for surveillance by Pegasus or its sister spyware, Da Vinci..." >>

Jul 21 14:27

Creeping annexation of the West Bank and wanton cruelty in Gaza: Israel’s March of Folly

Uri Avnery explains Israel’s “cruel… detestable policy” which aims to achieve the “abominable aim” of driving the Palestinians out of the occupied West Bank and replacing them with Jewish settlers, and its mindless cruelty towards Gaza.>>

Jul 20 15:43

Bringing justice to the Holy Land is a basic test of humanity: The UK Foreign Office still fails it

Stuart Littlewood highlights the British government’s continuing support for Israeli crimes, as exemplified by Muslim Conservative peer Tariq Ahmad who seems “to have joined the ranks of those anxious to downplay Israel's crimes and guarantee the rogue state's impunity”. >>

Jul 20 08:55

No Liberal Rallies Yet for the Children of Yemen

We have yet to learn of any large and widespread U.S. demonstrations on behalf of the children and families of Yemen, where the U.S. is deeply complicit in the creation of a situation that “looks,” in the words of the United Nations’ humanitarian chief, “like the Apocalypse.” UNICEF reported last year that a child dies from preventable causes on the average of once every 10 minutes in Yemen.

As the Associated Press (AP) reported last May, roughly 3 million Yemeni women and children are “acutely malnourished; another 400,000 children are fighting for their lives.”

Jul 17 07:19

911: The impossible Cell Phone calls

I chat to Frederick C. Blackburn (also known as blackbird9) who studied engineering and then became an electrical engineer and had a career in IT. He had a Top Secret clearance in the USA. He gave lectures to: Military and Naval Intelligence personnel as well as NSA, CIA and FBI personnel about cell phone and other technology.

We discuss his specialist knowledge with regard to cell phones and why the cell phone technology of 911 did not allow cell phone calls to be received from people in planes. On 911 there were between 15-40 alleged cell phone calls from people on aircraft before the planes crashed into the Twin Towers or elsewhere. Frederick explains why those phone calls were impossible. 911 changed his life because he realised immediately that the collapsing towers as well as the cell phone calls were utterly impossible.

Jul 16 06:25

Tripoli – Capital of militias: Armed groups capture the Libyan state

Since the arrival of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli in March 2016, four large local militias have gradually divided up the capital between themselves. Though nominally loyal to the government, they now exert a degree of influence over state institutions and resources that is unprecedented in post-Qaddafi Libya. This Paper examines the rise of a militia cartel in Tripoli, and concludes that the situation is untenable, as it risks provoking a major new conflict over Tripoli fought by those who have been excluded from access to the state and impedes efforts to establish a meaningful unity government. >>

Jul 13 13:13

The Criminalization of War: Gaza

his review article is prepared in support of the author’s presentation to The Criminalization of War: Gaza, Conference event organized by the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF),

Monday July 16, 2018, 10.30am.

AlBukhary Building, 5th Floor,

No. 88, Jalan Perdana, Taman Tasek Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Tel: +60 3-2092 7248

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“The Criminalization of War: Gaza” will examine:
The ongoing crimes committed against the people of Palestine,

The broader process of Israeli territorial expansion,

Israel and the criminalization of war as defined by the Kuala Lumpur Declaration launched by Tun Mahathir Mohamad in 2005,

The mounting tide of Islamophobia

The role of the “Global War on Terrorism” as a pretext to wage war on the broader Middle East,

The propaganda campaign directed against Palestine,

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sounds like a fascinating conference, and I would love to attend; to those in the region, brother and sister peace activists, I hope you can find a way to do this.

We here at WRH have a great respect for both Global Research, and for Prof Michel Chossudovsky, its webmaster.

Jul 13 12:21

‘If Iran can't export oil no-one in Middle East will,’ Tehran warns

Iran has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a vital artery for oil shipments from the Middle East. The warning comes in response to the US, which is trying to cut off Iranian crude exports.

After pulling out of a landmark international deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear program, Washington has ordered countries to cease buying oil from Iran by November 4 or face secondary US sanctions. Major European energy corporations like France's Total have already pulled out of Iran.

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A helicopter from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln hovers over an Iranian patrol ship during a transit through the Strait of Hormuz © Jumana El HelouehGet ready for $250 oil if Iran blocks key shipment route in Middle East, analysts tell RT.

Iran's supreme leader's senior adviser for international affairs, Ali Akbar Velayati said his country will retaliate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nothing ambiguous here!

But there are moments when I wish our very communicative President wouldn't attempt to threaten allies over not importing Iranian oil, and give that ultimatum a "drop dead" date, which I believe, is 4 November.

Trump presses allies to quit importing Iranian oil by November 4

So what happens on November 5th?!? Is President Trump going to attack every single ally which did not stop importing Iranian oil?!?

Or is that the planned start of a military attack against Iran itself?!?

I think it would make sense to start paying attention to large US troop movements in the Middle East right after Labor Day this year.

And Mr. President, please be aware; Russia has historically pledged to protect Iran should it be militarily attacked.

We have seen just how well Russia's weaponry performs in Syria; are you really serious about going to war against Iran, understanding that it will be supported by Russian troops and Russian hardware?!?

I would like to think not, please, Mr. President: at this time in its history, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war in Iran against Russia.

Jul 13 11:54

How the Islamic State Gets Its Drones

A new report from West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center explained how Islamic State build its drone fleet on the cheap and also the fascinating story of its complicated supply chain. “The program appears to have been shaped by two Bangladeshi brothers who leveraged companies in the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, and Spain,” the report said. The brothers created a number of shell companies to order the drones and ship them to Islamic State’s various affiliates across the world.

At the peak of the drone attacks in the spring of 2017, coalition forces were working to pry Mosul out of the hands of the Islamic State in northern Iraq. At the time, the Islamic State was conducting between 60 and 100 drone powered bombing runs a month. A member of the Syrian Defense Forces told a journalist for France 24 in Raqqa that his supply lines were being attacked 15 to 16 times daily.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As those of you know who read this blog, as a Christian pacifist activist, I absolutely abhor violence as a way of resolving geopolitical differences, and I never advocate for it.

That being said, I can understand why violence like this can seem reasonable to those the US government has disenfranchised, and why people can become radicalized in the way these brothers became.

For over the last 20 years, in its wars of conquest in the Middle East, Like Iraq (and unfortunately soon, I fear, Iran), Afghanistan, and Libya, the US government hasn't at all been "the good guy" here; these wars have been fought to expropriate natural resources, like oil, opium, and Rare Earth minerals; insure that the governments of said countries are US-centric; and that the currency in which these resources are sold, is only in US dollars.

The consistent flow of relatively cheap oil lubricates the economic mechanisms in the Western world.

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

When people see their loved ones getting assassinated, as frequently happens in places like Yemen and Afghanistan; when they have no power to determine the destiny of their homeland; when leadership is corrupt, and the only thing they have to lose are their lives, which aren't worth a heck of a lot to begin with, the turns toward both radical fundamentalism, and a desire for revenge, against what is frequently a faceless enemy, rebounds in hearts, minds, and souls, and with a monstrous appetite.

In the TV series "Westworld", the guests can do what they will with the hosts, no matter how horriific and vile those actions are toward them, including raping and killing, and these actions have no consequences; the hosts can simply be reprogrammed, and their memories are wiped in order to perform another day. But when those hosts become conscious of what has been done to them, the tables get turned, and suddenly the guests, and the masters of this place, become targets, with frequently brutal outcomes.

In the real world, wars for resources always have real consequences, particularly when people get "nominally conquered" because of those resources, but no matter how many are killed or maimed, do not become "pacified", as has not happened, and probably will not happen, with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The combination of angry, smart, sophisticated, and in turn ruthless against their aggressors, kicks into play, just as it did for these brothers.

Consider the film "Avatar", where the Navi outthink, and outsmart, and ultimately, successfully kick the collective backsides of their would-be conquerers, off the planet, because the costs, in blood and money, have become too extreme for the mining consortium to consider staying.

So how does the US government avoid creating terrorism against it, both at home and abroad?!?

And I hope, please, that all of the alphabet soup agencies, monitoring this site, are paying attention here.

First, I would like to politely point out that this country is producing some of the finest engineering, and scientific minds, on this planet.

Secondly, there should be a Federal Government Challenge/Prize on the development of a post-fossil fuel, post-atomic, renewable energy.

The schools and individuals who have partnered to develop this should be handsomely rewarded financially, perhaps in perpetuity, to insure the continued development of the technology.

Third, this can never be allowed to be purchased to be suppressed by any private corporate entity, and any attempts by a private entity to do this should result in both stiff fines, and jail time for those signing off on the attempt.

Forth, the patent for this renewable energy resouce should remain solely as belonging to the United States of America, and all proceeds from the use by other countries or corporate entities would go to continue funding the program, and for the repair of public infrastructure, which is in desperate need of repair, but for which no state or Federal governmental agency has the funds to do.

I would like to assure my readers that in my world, this is neither Quixotic, nor blue-sky thinking; it is possible, doable, and we, as a nation, are imminently capable of doing this. Remember just how soon the notion of flight led to the creation of passenger jets, and how soon that led to space exploration.

The problem here is a US government, which collectively,, at this juncture in the 21st century, does not believe that the costs, in blood and money, of these wars for resources, have become too excessive to continue, when both morally and economically, these wars already... have become just that.

Jul 13 10:13

POLL: 75% OF ARABS SEE ISRAEL, US AS BIGGEST THREAT TO SECURITY

A new poll published by the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies has revealed that 75 per cent of Arabs see Israel and the United States as the biggest threats to national security.

The Arab Opinion Index surveyed over 18,000 individuals in 11 Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania. The poll conducted face-to-face interviews with the respondents, asking them questions on a range of topics including economics, immigration and attitudes towards regional politics and democracy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at the actions of the US and Israel in the Middle East over the last 20 years, can you blame Middle Eastern Arabs for feeling this way?!?!?

Jul 12 14:38

Amnesty International Calls for Investigation Into UAE Torture in Yemen Prisons

Human rights group Amnesty International has accused the United Arab Emirates and Yemeni forces allied with them against the Houthi government of torturing detainees at a number of secret prisons in the south of Yemen, calling for a war crimes investigation.

The UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, the US, supported by allies in Yemen and others, have been engaged in bitter war against the Houthis since they seized control of the government in the capital of Sana'a on September 21, 2014.

The United Nations estimates that more people will have died by the end of 2018 as a result of the conflict than Jews died during the Holocaust, primarily noncombatant deaths due to practices of forced famines, although a cholera outbreak resulting from destruction of infrastructure from bombing campaigns has also taken many lives. In addition, a number of men have been disappeared by Emirati and Yemeni militias "operating outside the command of their own government," AI said in a report Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Such an investigation will happen only... when pigs discover they are aerodynamic.

Jul 12 14:12

The Starving Children of Yemen

Henrietta Fore of UNICEF reports on the appalling conditions in Yemen:

As Fore reminds us, a Yemeni child dies from preventable causes every ten minutes. That adds up to almost 50,000 dead children every year in a war that has dragged on for more than three years. These children are perishing because of starvation created by the Saudi coalition blockade and bombing campaign and from outbreaks of preventable disease that the blockade and bombing campaign have made much harder to combat. The blockade impedes delivery of essential food and medicine and makes them prohibitively expense for most people in a country whose economy has been devastated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember; the US government and military are complicit in the Saudi genocide and war crimes in Yemen.

How does it make you feel to understand that you are a citizen of a country complicit in war crimes?!?

I must tell you; it makes me physically ill to understand this. And as a Christian Pacifist Activist, as long as I have breath in my body, I will continue to peacefully witness to what is going on here.

And here are images of what is happening in Yemen, ultimately supported by your tax dollars, and committed in your name.

Images, 2018: Yemeni children dying of malnutrition

Please take a good hard look at these images; then please send this link to your Congressional Representatives, and tell them (peacefully and politely) that you can no longer support US war crimes in Yemen, or those Congressional Representatives who support this.

They understand that this is going on; but now, they need to learn that we also understand now what is going on, and are peacefully and politely asking your Congressional Representives to stop it.

Jul 12 13:48

ERIK PRINCE, BLACKWATER FOUNDER MAKES NEW PITCH FOR MERCENARIES TO TAKE OVER AFGHAN WAR

Erik Prince, the founder of the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater, is making a new pitch for his proposal to turn U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan over to mercenaries.

Jul 12 13:40

Whither Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabism?

James Dorsey analyses the structural societal and political obstacles to Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s professed desire to reform and modernise Saudi Arabia and place it on the path of an undefined “moderate Islam”.>>

Jul 12 09:47

New $32 Million US Military Logistics Hub in Kuwait Nearly Finished

The US Air Force is on the verge of completing construction of yet another military logistics facility in the Middle East, dubbed appropriately “Cargo City.” The airfield will support the US’ military operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, the goals and end dates of which remain elusive.

Adjacent to Kuwait International Airport, US crews have dug through Kuwaiti soil to install new communications cables and antenna systems that will enable both the US and Kuwaiti air forces to operate out of Cargo City, which will be the main aerial debarkation point in the Middle East, the US Air Force's 386th Expeditionary Wing announced in a July 5 news release.

The construction of the $32 million logistics hub has taken place during a time of "massive expansion" at Kuwait International Airport, the release notes.

Jul 12 09:40

"There Is No End In Sight" Army Major Warns Of "Perpetual War" On Terror

Cutting through the haze of humanitarian bullshit and liberation, West Point graduate and author Major Danny Sjursen told 'Watching The Hawks' that the War on Terror is a “battle for basic hegemony in the Middle East”, warning that it may go on indefinitely.

Jul 12 09:16

Pepe Escobar: China's Silky Charming Of Arabia

President Xi Jinping has promised more than $23 billion in loans and aid to Arab states, as Beijing ramps up ties with the Middle East; this includes aid for Palestine; Beijing foresees importing a whopping $8 trillion from Arab states up to 2025

Jul 12 09:00

Saudi Arabia Issues Royal Pardon for Everything Soldiers Have Done in Yemen

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced that it is issuing a royal pardon for any and all Saudi troops engaged in the war in Yemen, covering all crimes related to violating military rules and discipline. They said this is to show appreciation for the “heroics” of the invading forces.

The Saudi invasion of Yemen has been widely controversial internationally. Saudi airstrikes have killed massive numbers of Yemeni civilians, and the war has also caused a famine, and the largest cholera epidemic in human history.

Faced with UN criticism, Saudi officials heavily resisted allegations of wrongdoing, and ultimately got the UN to agree that Saudi Arabia would be allowed to investigate its own forces, and police themselves. This pardon shows none of that is going to matter.

Jul 11 13:27

America’s reality remake: Creationists and Zionists

Lawrence Davidson highlights the disinformation efforts of Creationists and Zionists in the US, noting in particular the attempts by the Zionist Institute for Curriculum Services in Virginia to distort the school curriculum to whitewash Israel and its crimes. >>

Jul 11 09:00

Qatar funded Zionist Organization of America

Qatar donated $250,000 to some of the most extreme pro-Israel organizations in the United States, including one that funds senior Israeli military officers to go on propaganda tours.

Joseph Allaham, a lobbyist working for the Qatari government, transferred the money through his firm Lexington Strategies in late 2017 and early 2018.

The sums included $100,000 to the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), $100,000 to Our Soldiers Speak and $50,000 for Blue Diamond Horizons, Inc.

Our Soldiers Speak describes itself as the “vehicle through which the IDF [Israeli army] and the Israeli National Police dispatch senior officers to select campuses overseas” and to give “briefings” to members of the US Congress.

Blue Diamond Horizons is a company controlled by Mike Huckabee, the Christian Zionist former governor of Arkansas.

Jul 11 08:05

Contesting America? China pumps reconstruction money into Middle East amid US trade war

China has promised a massive package of loans and aid to Middle Eastern nations, while US influence in the region is seemingly fading. Analysts discussed with RT whether Beijing has more in its sights than just economic interests.

Xi, speaking at a meeting with Arab League nation representatives in Beijing, heralded an "oil and gas plus" plan to pour Chinese money into the Middle East. It will include $20bn in loans for projects in countries with reconstruction needs.

Apart from that, China will give $90 million in humanitarian and reconstruction aid to war-torn Syria, Yemen, Jordan, and Lebanon, and $15 million to Palestine.

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