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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;

Mar 11 14:01

SYRIA READY FOR WAR TO REGAIN OIL-RICH GOLAN HEIGHTS

Resolutions introduced by staunchly pro-Israel advocates in the US Senate follow a pattern. Venezuela, with the largest reserves of oil in the world, and Iran, with oil reserves coming in third behind Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, are now suffering under US-imposed economic sanctions.The Trump administration argues Venezuela is a brutal socialist dictatorship and Iran is secretly building nuclear weapons and testing missiles that will be used against Israel.

Mar 11 12:17

Combat Footage: Houthis Destroy Saudi-Led Coalition Vehicles In Jizan

On March 7, the Houthis media wing released a short video of recent clashes between the Yemeni group and the Saudi-led coalition in the al-Dud mount in the southern part of the Kingdom’s southern province of Jizan.

The video shows Houthi fighters destroying several vehicles of the coalition with field artillery and recoilless rifles. Coalition personnel can be also seen fleeing some of their positions in the area.

In a second video released by the Houthis media wing, Houthi fighters destroyed a bulldozer of the Saudi-led coalition in southern Jizan with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). The bulldozer was reportedly building fortifications in a key area on the Saudi-Yemeni border.

Mar 11 10:54

The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel’s illegal settlements

Jonathan Cook examines the Western hypocrisy behind the decision by the UN to postpone foe the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. >>

Mar 11 10:52

Trump, Corbyn and the tragedy of Western democracies

"... Trump and his administration have been working relentlessly to make Israel great again...

"Since Corbyn was chosen to lead the Labour Party this old political institution has revealed its true tyrannical nature, engaged in a constant purge of the best of its members. Any criticism of Israel or its intrusive lobby leads to immediate suspension and even expulsion...>>

Mar 07 12:39

‘Time For Congress to Step Up': US Lawmakers Seek to End US Involvement in Yemen

A new bipartisan effort in the US Senate is the latest attempt to pass a bill that would end Washington's support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Kevin Zeese, co-coordinator for Popular Resistance, tells Sputnik that it would be "fantastic" to see such a bill pass ? but also to beware of loopholes.

"We've seen Yemen bills pass in the Senate, we've seen Yemen bills pass in the House [of Representatives], but never together. Maybe we'll finally have one pass together, which would be fantastic to see that occur," Zeese told Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear on Wednesday.

"The Yemen war needs to end; it's a disaster. The US should have never gotten involved, and Saudi Arabia needs to be held accountable for the crimes it's commiting in Yemen every day," he stressed.

Mar 06 12:06

Qatar still studying Russian defence system, minister says

Qatar said on Monday it was still studying the purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile air defence system, adding the potential deal — reportedly opposed by Saudi Arabia — was none of Riyadh’s business.

Mar 05 11:42

The five-domains update

The US Navy sent its guided-missile destroyer Stethem and cargo ship Cesar Chavez through the Taiwan Strait last Monday. This move follows the transit of guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell and supply vessel USNS Walter S. Diehl in January. Regular US naval movement in the strait aims to reaffirm Washington’s support for Taipei in the face of increasing antagonism from China.

NATO’s submarine warfare exercise Dynamic Manta began off the coast of Sicily last week. Submarines from Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the UK have joined ships, aircraft and personnel from five other NATO states in training exercises in the Mediterranean. By coordinating efforts with air and surface forces, the exercise aims to enhance interoperability between allied nations and improve their anti-submarine warfare capability.

Mar 05 10:46

Saudis’ Yemeni headache won’t go away if and when the guns fall silent

James Dorsey says once the Saudi war on Yemen ends, the risk is of the emergence of a generation that has nothing to look forward to and nothing to lose – one that is likely to deeply resent what it perceives Saudi Arabia has done to its country. >>

Mar 04 17:11

Girls as young as THREE are being married off in Yemen as starving families try to ensure they have one less mouth to feed - and use dowry payments to buy themselves food

Girls as young as three are being married off in war-stricken Yemen because their families are unable to afford to feed them, according to charity Oxfam.

Starving Yemeni families have revealed how they have had no choice but to force their young daughters to marry much older men, in order to use the dowry for food and shelter to save the rest of the family.

The war in Yemen has triggered what the United Nation has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with more than ten million people at risk of starvation.

Mar 04 12:58

Anti-Semitism versus anti-Zionism in today’s France

Lawrence Davidson examines the illogic – or opportunism – behind French President Macron’s pledge to criminalise criticism of the racist ideology, Zionism, on which Israel as a Jews-only state is based while ignoring the cultural puritanism that breeds real anti-Semitism and racism in France.>>

Mar 04 12:51

Yemen: Saudi Coalition after Scrapping Truce, Resuming War

A high-ranking Yemeni official said that the Saturday attack on the UN motorcade was carried out by Saudi elements to sabotage the UN-brokered peace agreement of Sweden and resume the war against the famine-stricken country.
Chairman of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of Yemen Mohammad Ali al-Houthi blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the Saturday attack on the vehicles carrying UN cease-fire monitoring chief Danish general Michael Lollesgaard and his companions.

According to reports, the UN convoy was moving to the coastal areas of al-Hudaydah port to clear a wheat cargo from the Red Sea and distribute the food among Yemenis, but it was targeted in the Street 50, in the Eastern side of al-Hudaydah.

The UN staff have sustained no casualties, reports confirm, but Mohammad Ali al-Houthi tweeted that the attack was part of a bigger plot of the Saudi-led coalition in al-Hudaydah port intended to sabotage the peace process.

Mar 04 10:02

Yemeni refugees choose baboon-infested tent city over Saudi camp

Markazi refugee camp, Djibouti - Khalid Muhammad and his young family were enjoying their first good night's sleep in days when a troop of baboons attacked their tent last August.

At first, they thought the loud grunts and barks would pass. But when the baboons broke through the thin plastic sheets that make up their home, they knew they had only seconds to escape.

As he grabbed his family and ran for cover, the pots and pans which still had leftovers from the previous night's dinner were flung into the air.

As the smell of food wafted through the tent, every trace of it from their kitchen was taken away by the invading animals.

Mar 03 10:14

Why US Interests Are More Important Than Bahraini Lives

Bahrain's main opposition group, the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has censured the recent jail terms handed down to scores of people over taking part in a sit-in in 2017.
Al-Wefaq has condemned Manama’s judiciary of convicting innocent people after a court handed down prison terms to 167 Bahrainis for holding a sit-in in protest at the regime’s decision to revoke the citizenship of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim almost two years ago.

The movement has called on the international community to wake up and take note of the human rights violation unfolding in Bahrain. The defendants convicted have received sentences ranging from one to 10 years behind bars. They were charged with rioting and taking part in an illegal gathering.

Mar 03 09:52

Bernie 2020: Where does Sanders stand on issues in the Middle East?

From opposing the US-led invasion of Iraq to calling for an end to Israel's occupation of the West Bank, here's where presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stands on issues in the Middle East

Mar 03 09:48

Yemen's farmers forced to eat leaves as war devastates harvests

Khalid Abdullah, a 33-year-old resident of Yemen's Hajjah governorate, used to work on the farms he had inherited from his father.

He would plant tomatoes, onion, potatoes, corns, and other kinds of vegetables and grains, and never thought he would find himself unemployed and reliant on help from others.

But anything is possible when your country is enveloped in conflict, and the outbreak of Yemen's civil war in 2015 turned the lives of farmers in Abdullah's part of the world upside down.

Hajjah is a rural governorate, 127km from the capital Sanaa in Houthi-controlled territory.

Houthi rebels have been mired in a war with government forces, who have been backed since 2015 by a Saudi-led coalition.

Mar 02 13:34

Netanyahu’s possible indictment and Jewish dialectics

"Israelis love to see themselves as a dignified Western civilisation guided by law and order. They avidly sell this image to the world. But in reality the Jewish State is a an abusive tribal ghetto ran by oligarchs and underworld characters. Israel is at least ‘democratic’ enough to bring this contradiction to light. Its parliament is saturated with enough convicted criminals that Wikipedia dedicated a page to them, titled “List of Israeli public officials convicted of crimes or misdemeanors”.>>

Mar 02 13:32

Britain’s witchfinders are ready to burn Jeremy Corbyn

Jonathan Cook analyses the campaign of Blairites and Israel lobbyists to destroy Jeremy Corbyn and create a safe space for hardline Zionists. This, he says, will inevitably require that Labour become a hostile environment for those engaged in all anti-racism battles. >>

Mar 01 09:59

DO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TAKE TOO MANY PRIVATE TRIPS TO ISRAEL WITH AIPAC?

One of every three members of Congress boarding a jetliner on a privately-funded all-expense paid trip overseas has Israel as their final destination. Only one out of a hundred ever visits Palestinian territories as a final destination.

AIPAC differs from many other groups funding private trips because of its foundational foreign ties. AIPAC lobbying began in earnest in the 1950s by a former employee of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Isaiah Kenen – who received ongoing payments from Israel to set up public relations and lobbying in the US. Kenen was paid by the Israeli government to receive congressional delegations in Israel after major aid packages were passed into law.

A typical AIEF itinerary consists of numerous briefings by Israeli government officials, trips to historical sites, and lavish restaurant visits and hotel stays. Absent from the itineraries are any briefings on Israel’s nuclear weapons triad or meaningful visits to Palestinian refugees.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think that every US politician who visits Israel, should be visiting Palestine also; there has to be a political solution possible, but it will not come unless our Congressional representatives see for themselves what is going on in Palestine, and speak to Palestinians.

Mar 01 09:52

DECADE OF ATTEMPTS BY CACI TO BLOCK ABU GHRAIB TORTURE LAWSUIT END AS JUDGE SETS TRIAL DATE

A private contractor has tried to prevent a lawsuit challenging their role in the torture of Iraqis at Abu Ghraib a total of sixteen times.
Now, the lawsuit against CACI Premier Technology, filed 13 years ago, finally has a date for a trial after a federal judge denied another motion to dismiss.

The trial is scheduled for April 23, 2019, in Alexandria, Virginia.

“More than ten years passed for us to reach this point and achieve justice,” plaintiff Salah Al-Ejaili said. “We faced a lot of obstacles along the way that we had to surpass and we stayed patient because we wanted to win our right to equality in the law.”

Al Ejaili, an Iraqi and former reporter for al Jazeera, was detained at Abu Ghraib for about six weeks. When he arrived, he was allegedly forced to strip naked and put a bag on his head as personnel shouted at him to confess.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This judge... has just become my new heroine!

We, as Americans, have to take the values we tell the world we hold dear, and constantly uphold them; violence and torture should never be tolerated, in the questioning of prisoners of war, ever, period, end of discussion, because it doesn't work (except to pry confessions from the tortured), and because it makes the world laugh at our wretched moral hypocrisy, when we do not uphold these values in all circumstances, and at all times, no matter what.

Mar 01 09:44

HEZBOLLAH CONDEMNS UK DECISION TO ADD IT TO TERROR LIST

Lebanon’s Hezbollah today condemned the UK’s decision to add it to its list of “terrorist groups”.

“No country in the world that embraces, finances and supports terrorism has the right to accuse the party [i.e., Hezbollah], or any resistance movement, of terrorism,” Hezbollah said in a statement.

The move, the group added, “reveals how the British government is only a follower in the service of its American master.”

Yesterday, Britain’s parliament voted to officially label Hezbollah as a “terrorist group”.

As of next Monday, membership in – or support for – the group will be considered a criminal offense in the UK, carrying sentences of up to ten years in prison.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As a Christian pacifist activist who staunchly hates violence of ANY kind of used by any group to further its agenda, I would politely suggest this law coming into being in Great Britain, reveals to what degree the UK is held in held sway in the nearly hypnotic, mesmerizing trance... of Israel.

And Israel is a country which officially uses violence against the Palestinians as a form of control 24/7; I strongly reject that as well.

We need to come to the place in our evolution, as the collective family of humankind, where we sense the connection among all people of this earth, understanding that we are all brothers and sisters, no matter race, color, or creed, on this precious journey together, before we manage to blow this planet to kingdom come.

Feb 28 11:02

In Trump’s Marshall Plan For The Middle East Tom Barrack Claims “There is no Middle East”

By Joziah Thayer

In a document entitled Trump’s Middle East Marshall Plan with the subtitle (White Paper by Tom Barrack), dated March 10, 2017, Tom Barrack who was born in Lebanon myopically states:

"A revised economic blueprint and vision is a major component of any Middle East Peace Initiative for Israel, Palestine, and the broader Middle East. In fact, there is no Middle East. There are only tribes, flags and local loyalties which seldom corroborate on religion, geography, language, and political systems."...

Feb 27 09:21

Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What at a Glance

At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread. The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Just four years later, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion. The United Kingdom (1952), France (1960), and China (1964) followed. Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.

Feb 26 15:50

Is Israel’s tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the Palestinian Authority?

Jonathan Cook examines the possible consequences of Israel’s theft of Palestinian taxes: a collapse of the Palestinian Authority and and an end to its security cooperation with Israel, or the harbinger of Trump’s “Deal of the Century” under the auspices of local quislings. >>

Feb 26 08:33

King Salman stresses importance of political solution in Yemen

audi King Salman bin Abdelaziz stressed on the importance of reaching a political solution for the political crisis in Yemen, condemning the Iranian support for the Houthi rebel movement and interfering in the Arab region’s affairs.

During his speech in the opening of the EU-Arab league Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Salman said: “The kingdom [Saudi Arabia] stresses the importance of reaching a political solution for the Yemeni crisis, based on the Gulf initiative and the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue, as well as the resolution 2216 of the UN Security Council.”

It is important to exert more international efforts for supporting “legitimacy” in Yemen and forcing the “terrorist Houthi militia” which is supported by Iran, to follow the international community’s will.

Feb 25 11:09

Yemen’s Houthis Set to Withdraw From Two Ports in Hodeidah on Monday

According to sources familiar with the situation, the “first phase” of the joint withdrawal of combat forces from Yemen’s Hodeidah is to begin Monday. The Shi’ite Houthis are expected to withdraw forces from the grain port at Saleef and the oil terminal at Ras Isa. Troops are expected to end up at least 5 km away.

This is part of the first phase announced last week. Details were not disclosed at the time, and it’s still unclear what, if any, drawdowns are expected of the Saudi-backed forces at this time, as part of this phase.

Houthi troops who retain control of the main aid port in Hodeidah are expected to withdraw as part of a second phase of the withdrawal from the province. As part of the same phase, the pro-Saudi forces are expected to withdraw from the Kilo 7 road, a vital aid route that they’ve cut off.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Fingers crossed, and color me hopeful that this is at least the start of a mediated peace agreement which will have the Saudis out, and a return to a normal life of the Yemeni people.

Feb 25 10:07

West has turned Middle East into powder keg with arms sales: Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the West has turned the Middle East into a “powder keg” with its arms sales to the Arab countries of the region, stressing that the weapons supplies have not contributed to regional security.

“Over the past year alone, they [Western countries] sold 100 billion dollars’ worth of weapons to the [countries] of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council. Did the weapons bring anyone security, though?” Foreign Minister Zarif said in a foreign policy speech at the University of Tehran on Sunday.

The Persian Gulf Cooperation Council groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Feb 25 10:07

Mercenaries fighting for Riyadh killed in Yemeni missile strike near Najran

Dozens of mercenaries fighting for the regime in Riyadh have been killed in a strike by a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile fired by Yemeni army forces on their base in the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada near the border with the southern Saudi region of Najran.

Spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces Brigadier General Yahya Saree said a short-range and solid-propellant Badr P-1 missile hit al-Boqe'e base with great precision on Sunday evening, Yemeni Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

The source added that the missile strike left at least 40 mercenaries dead and tens of others injured.

The Badr P-1 missile was unveiled during a ceremony in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a on October 27 last year. It is said to have a pinpoint accuracy of three meters.

Feb 25 10:05

Dr. al-Shehabi: Bahrain Loses Sovereignty

Journalist and Political Activist Dr. Saeed al-Shehabi says the Bahraini regime would have been fallen in less than a month after the revolution of February 14th, 2011 if it hadn't been for foreign meddling.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with FNA, Dr. al-Shehabi also criticized the West for backing the Bahraini regime, saying “The West is not faithful to its own slogans… They do not give up relations with human rights violators, dictators, torturers, or those who humiliate the people such as the regime in Bahrain.”

Dr. Saeed al-Shehabi is a London-based Journalist and Political Activist. Also, he is a member of Bahrain Freedom Movement. He has been regarded as the Leader of Bahraini opposition group in London.

Feb 25 08:02

UK to ban Hezbollah over attempts to 'destabilise' Middle East

Britain said on Monday it would ban Hezbollah, adding the Lebanese Shia group in its entirety to its list of banned terrorist organisations.

Hezbollah's armed wings, the External Security Organisation and the Jihad Council military wings. were already banned in 2001 and 2008 respectively.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement on Monday that it was no longer tenable, however, to maintain that there was a distinction between the political and military sides of the group.

"Hezbollah is continuing in its attempts to destabilise the fragile situation in the Middle East – and we are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party," Javid said.

"Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety."

Feb 24 08:45

Meet Stuart Jolly, ex-Trump staffer now working as DC lobbyist for Qatar

The Qatari government has hired ex-Trump campaign staffer Stuart Jolly as a lobbyist for the kingdom in Washington, DC.

The former national field director for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was registered as a foreign agent of Qatar late last year, Politico reported Saturday.

Jolly joined the list of allies of former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski that have forged ties to Doha.

Feb 24 08:41

As Yemeni Fishermen Risk Their Lives to Feed Their Nation, Saudis Use Them for Target Practice

With neither its farmers nor fishermen safe from Saudi coalition attacks, famine has become a massive crisis in Yemen, further exacerbated by the coalition’s blockade of the country which largely prevents food from being imported into the troubled nation.

Feb 22 08:55

It's not just radicalised Islamists – what about foreign fighters who flock to the IDF?

Now I think it’s a good idea that the lads in blue are keeping their eyes open at Heathrow for British citizens who’ve been fighting in the Middle East. I hope they are doing a thorough job of it – and I mean thorough. I don’t want to bump into a chap who’s been firing missiles at Christian families in Syria. But on the other hand, I also don’t want to bump into a chap who’s been firing tank shells into the homes of Palestinians in Gaza.

In other words, I trust that the Met is keeping its watch for all potential criminals, whether their foreign military organisations carry the terrorist label or not. I don’t know of any Palestinians who’ve been firing rockets at Israel and hold UK citizenship – Mr Plod should check them out too. But it would be very interesting to know if the British government is taking as close an interest as it should in any UK citizens – even if they have any other passports – who have been fighting in Israeli uniform in Gaza in the past couple of weeks.

Feb 21 08:15

Gulf leaders praise Israel ties in closed-door meeting

Gulf officials showcased their hostility towards Iran and their affection for Israel at the Warsaw conference hosted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office leaked and then deleted a video of a closed-door meeting at the conference showing officials from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates spewing invective against Iran and defending Israel.

Bahrain’s foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa downplayed Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.

“We grew up talking about the Palestine-Israel dispute as the most important issue,” he said in the video. “But then at a later stage, we saw a bigger challenge. We saw a more toxic one, in fact the most toxic in our modern history, which came from the Islamic Republic, from Iran.”

Feb 21 08:07

What If They Started a War and No One Showed Up?

The humiliation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Warsaw last week was a good thing. The ancient Greeks, exercising their demonstrated ability to synthesize defining characteristics, had a word for it: hubris. Hubris is when one develops an extreme and unreasonable feeling of confidence in a certain course of action that inevitably leads to one’s downfall when that conceit proves to be based on false principles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

From "MASH":

Flagg: I've got to nip this rotten apple in the bud! This sort of action's contagious. One man decides he's not gonna fight, it catches on, the next thing, you know what you've got on your hands?

B.J.: Peace?

Feb 21 07:48

Labour: Anti-Semitic or just resisting occupation? The war on Corbyn hots up

Stuart Littlewood highlights that the latest defections from the Labour Party – most recently by Joan Ryan, the MP who fabricated anti-Semitism at the party’s 2016 annual conference, is a desperate attempt by Israel’s stooges to shield it from growing criticism. >>

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