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Aug 31 11:51

Why's Israel nervous about Iran nuclear deal? - George Galloway

both Israeli and Saudi governments are terrified of internal unrest

Aug 31 09:52

‘Temporary incursion’: Saudi troops cross into Yemen

Saudi military forces have crossed the border into Yemen – for the first time since Riyadh began its intervention in the country’s civil war.

Aug 31 07:50

3 US Military Advisors Killed, 2 Others Wounded in Yemeni Attack on Najran

Several US military advisors of the Riyadh government's army were killed and wounded in heavy clashes with Yemen's revolutionary forces in Saudi Arabia’s Najran region, FNA reports.

"The Yemeni revolutionary committee forces killed three US military advisors and wounded two others in the Southern province of Najran," Abu Hessam, a senior Ansarullah commander, told FNA on Sunday.

He noted that seven Saudi military men were also killed in the clashes with Yemeni forces.

Aug 29 09:36

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsYemen FM Rules Out Talks With Houthis, Demands They Surrender

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassin today denied reports that his “government-in-exile” is engaged in negotiations on ending the Saudi war against the Shi’ite Houthis, saying that not only were there no such meetings, but that they would never negotiate with the Houthis.

Yassin went on to insist that his group still demands that the Houthis and all other rival factions unconditionally submit to a UN Resolution which demands that they unilaterally disarm and surrender all territory to his faction before any discussion of future political participation is possible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yassin, and the military assaults by the US-enabled Saudi military have just made the possibility of a negotiated peace with the Houthis absolutely impossible; of course, that was the goal all along.

One has to wonder, during this time of economic hardship for Riyadh, if this Saudi military misadventure can be extended for much longer, or if the US military will be taking over shortly.

But I would strongly caution the US government that this is going to be one hell of a war to "sell" to a very war weary and war skeptical country, many of whom couldn't even place Yemen on a map.

Aug 26 14:20

Houthis - Scud missiles targeting the No. 3 reactor Jizan, Saudi Arabia - Aug 26, 2015

Aug 26, 2015 - Missile landed in Saudi

Aug 26 10:04

Why is Saudi Arabia Now Supporting the Iran Deal?

Over the past few weeks, the Saudi royal family seems to have warmed up to an agreement it used to strongly oppose

Aug 26 07:45

At Least 40 Killed as Fighting Spreads in Central Yemen

While last week’s fighting in Yemen focused on the city of Taiz, it is now spreading elsewhere in the central portion of the country, with significant fighting in Mukayris, in the Bayda Province, leaving at least 40 people dead today.

After pro-Saudi forces captured the southern port of Aden, both sides were believed to be focusing on Taiz as a key route between Aden and the Houthi-held capital of Sanaa. Mukayris is a backup plan with Taiz turning into such a mess, as it too lies on one of the nation’s few major highways, connecting Sanaa to the southern coast.

Today’s fighting in the area left 19 Houthis, 15 pro-Saudi fighters, and another six civilians slain. Through 150 days the Saudi war against Yemen has left some 4,500 killed, including a massive number of civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government-enabled collective punishment the Saudis are meting out against civilians in Yemen is a moral abomination. It has been engineered to remind the Yemenite people (and the world) that when a US government installs its puppet as that country's president, those citizens of that country should never, ever believe that they can throw the guy out of office, no matter how lousy, corrupt, or awful that president's leadership might be.

Aug 26 07:25

Saudi Arabia Beheads Nearly Twice As Many People As ISIS So Far This Year

In January, a Muslim woman from Myanmar screamed “I did not kill” and pled with her attackers for mercy, but they showed none. In the center of an intersection, she was publicly beheaded in front of spectators, her death caught covertly on video.

It’s the kind of horrifying tableau that has become almost commonplace in Western media, as it plays out each time ISIS claims its latest victims. But this woman, Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim, wasn’t a victim of ISIS, but one of 110 prisoners executed by Saudi Arabia so far this year. In fact, this U.S. ally has beheaded almost twice as many prisoners as ISIS in 2015 and may be on pace to achieve a record-breaking number of executions.

Iran’s PressTV reported on Basim’s death along with several others, both foreigners and Saudi nationals, in July:

“Basim then screamed as a sword-wielding man struck her neck. Second and third blows completed the beheading and authorities swiftly removed her body from the road.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When human rights gets in the way of "doing business", the US government has a very ugly, and consistent, habit of turning a blind eye, as they have with Saudi Arabia.

I would like to politely remind this Administration that to some degree, one is judged... by the company one keeps.

Aug 26 07:24

Saudi Arabia Paying American Lobbyists To Spread Anti-Iran Propaganda

Though the Saudi Arabian government publicly declared its tentative support for the widely-praised Iran nuclear deal last month, new reports reveal it is secretly funding propaganda efforts to undermine it. A new group called the American Security Initiative has spent over $6 million on advertisements criticizing the deal — using money supplied by the Saudi monarchy.

Aug 25 06:53

The Russian army is beginning to engage in Syria

A profound and significant change has just occurred in the Levant – the Russian army has begun to engage against terrorism in Syria. Although Russia has been absent from the international scene since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and although it is moving with care, it has just created a Russo-Syrian Commission, has begun supplying weapons, sharing intelligence, and sending advisors. All of this is more or less coordinated with the White House.

Aug 25 02:23

Western complicity in Yemen genocide met with media silence

In the latest atrocity in Yemen, Saudi warplanes bombed a residential area, killing at least 65 people. Most of the victims are reported to be civilians from the Salah district of Taiz, Yemen’s third largest city.

The apparent war crime committed has tragically become an almost daily occurrence during five months of relentless aerial bombardment of Yemen by a Western-backed coalition of foreign powers.

Aug 24 13:18

Dozens die in Yemen fighting, air strikes

Dozens of people, mostly civilians, have been killed in fighting and air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's third city Taez.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said the Friday violence between Iran-backed rebels and pro-government forces had killed 80 people by late evening, adding that it was unknown if people in the city were "dead or alive under the rubble".

Aug 24 07:48

Religious Eugenics: Saudi Arabia’s Frightening New Movement in the Middle East

Never in its history has Yemen experienced such a degree of pain and utter despair. But while wars are generally ugly affairs since they require their fill of blood before the canons finally fall silent, Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen is far from ordinary.

But not only that, Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy in the Middle East is betraying a disturbing and rather ominous covert agenda, one which resonates with ethnic engineering and religious eugenics.

And if so far few have connected the dots, their hands tied by Riyadh’s overbearing and overarching control on media outlets and the grand political narrative, it is high time we learn to recognize Al Saud’s campaign for what it really is: a concerted effort to cleanse the region of all religious minorities, beginning with Shia Islam, its self-appointed nemesis.

To put it in simple terms – under Saudi Arabia’ suffocating grip, religious minorities are dying a slow and painful death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ah yes; Saudi Arabia, the US's "great friend" in the Middle East!

Aug 23 03:37

Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?

Yemen has been the target of a brutal U.S.-backed war led by Saudi Arabia. While ordinary civilians are suffering horrific violence and starvation, there is deafening silence from the U.S. and others who claim to be defenders of human rights.

The situation is so bad now that nearly every major global human rights organization has issued dire warnings of the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in the Persian Gulf’s poorest nation.

Aug 22 09:14

Saudi Airstrikes Against Yemeni City of Taiz Kill at Least 65 Civilians

Adding to the massive controversy surrounding Saudi Arabia’s war with Yemen, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has confirmed today that a series of Saudi airstrikes against the central Yemeni city of Taiz has killed at least 65 civilians, including 17 from a single family.

Witnesses say the airstrikes began about 9:30 last night and continued into the morning. 17 buildings in the Sala District were destroyed, and civilians spent most of the day digging through the rubble looking for survivors of what would be among the deadliest Saudi attacks since the March war began.

Pro-Saudi forces have been trying to conquer Taiz all week, and MSF reported that 923 people have been wounded in just the last three days from the violence in the area. Only 7 of Taiz’s 21 hospitals are open, and they are all totally overwhelmed by the crisis, not to mention out of a lot of medication after months of naval blockade.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US militarily-enabled Saudis appear to be under orders to inflict as much collective punishment on non-combatants as humanly possible, as payback for having thrown the US-installed puppet, Al-Hadi, out of office.

I would like to politely remind both the US and Saudi governments, and military, that collective punishment of civilians is a war crime, under international law.

What the US and Saudi governments have done here is to make any kind of negotiated settlement between the Houthis and former government of Yemen, completely impossible.

Unfortunately, this prevention of a negotiated settlement may well come back to haunt the US and Saudi governments.

Aug 20 10:23

Saudi raid on Yemen teachers, senseless bloodshed: UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has condemned Saudi Arabia’s latest deadly airstrike on a teachers’ office in the northwestern Yemeni province of Amran, describing the attack as an act of bloodshed.

Aug 20 10:10

U.S. Official: Saudis Have Used Cluster Bombs in Yemen

The U.S. knows the Saudi government has employed cluster bombs in its ongoing war against Shiite Muslim rebels in neighboring Yemen, but has done little if anything to stop the use of the indiscriminate and deadly weapons during what has become a human rights catastrophe in one of the Arab world's poorest countries.

With watchdog groups warning of war crimes and attacks striking civilians in Yemen, the Pentagon declined to comment publicly on whether it has discussed cluster bombs with Saudi Arabia or encouraged its military to cease using them, deferring all such questions to the State Department. But a Pentagon official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells U.S. News "the U.S. is aware that Saudi Arabia has used cluster munitions in Yemen."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Cluster bombs do such a magnificent job of ripping infants and toddlers apart with deadly dispatch.

It is painfully obvious that the Saudi government and military, and the US government, which allowed the Saudis to buy these weapons, collectively, have the morals of a trout, to be deploying this weapon in Yemen.

As reported at motherjones.com in June of this year:

On April 29, three adults and a child came across some fist-sized canisters on the ground outside of Baqim, a Yemeni town controlled by Houthi rebels. To the 10-year-old boy among them, they "looked like toys." Out of curiosity, they picked up the cannisters, which then exploded. All four were injured; a nurse told Human Rights Watch that the child was wounded in the stomach, and one of the adults received injuries to his face, torso, thigh, and crotch. Considering the kind of damage that cluster-bomb submunitions can cause, they're lucky to still be alive. Fighter jets from the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have been carrying out strikes against Houthi rebels since late March, when Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi fled the country. Now, according to two recent Human Rights Watch investigations, they are also using cluster munitions, some supplied by the United States. The first HRW report was published on the heels of mounting concern over the growing toll of civilian casualties from the air campaign—more than 1,800 people have been killed as of late May; at least 135 of them were children. The second report found evidence that US-supplied cluster munitions deployed near populated areas are harming civilians. Here's a look at why American cluster bombs, which have been banned by more than 100 countries, are being used in Yemen. Which US cluster bombs are being using in Yemen? Of the three types of cluster munitions identified recently in Yemen, two were manufactured in the United States and supplied by the US government. The notorious BLU-97, dubbed "Yellow Killers" for their high failure rate, were supplied to Saudi Arabia in the early '90s and have been dropped by Saudi-led forces in Yemen's Saada Province. The other type is the CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapon, manufactured by Textron Systems Corporation. The CBU-105's 10 submunitions each contain four "skeets." "Those are the things that actually go boom," says Goose. In 2013, Textron landed a controversial $641 million contract to produce 1,300 of the cluster bombs for Saudi Arabia. While the CBU-105 is banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions, US law allows its export.

So let me get this straight: these cluster bombs are courtesy .... of the US government's allowing them to be sold for export?!?

Aug 20 09:56

'Yemen After 5 Months Looks Like Syria After 5 Years': Red Cross Chief

The war in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, with both commercial food imports and aid deliveries held up by the fighting and millions of hungry women and children facing possible starvation, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Ertharin Cousin, head of the U.N.'s World Food Program, said that while some food aid is flowing in, fighting around major ports is stalling deliveries, while reaching the country's interior is proving difficult and donor funding is still falling short.

"If we do not receive the additional access that is required to meet the needs of those who are affected by this ongoing conflict, if we cannot support the commercial markets by ensuring that the ports are open and providing food to ensure that those who have resources can buy the food that is necessary, and if we do not see increased donor support, we are facing the perfect storm in Yemen," she told reporters in Cairo.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely the situation the US government wanted to see happen, as collective punishment, meted out by their militarily enabled "friends", the Saudi military, for the people of Yemen.

Does anyone out there happen to remember how many names were on the ballot when Al-Hadi was elected?!? Only one; his.

The Yemenite people got tired of their corrupt, western-centric dictator, and threw him out; the US government wants him back, and are having women, children, and the medically fragile assassinated by Saudi troops.

I would like to politely remind both the US government and the House of Saud that these actions are considered war crimes, by international law.

What the US government and the Saudis have managed to accomplish here, is to make a negotiated settlement between the Houthis and the Yemenite government in exile completely impossible.

Aug 19 10:33

US Sends More Advisers, Munitions for Saudi War on Yemen

A humanitarian catastrophe that has killed thousands and left millions on the brink of starvation, the Saudi war against Yemen, and blockade of the country has been regularly criticized by human rights groups. The US has endorsed the war, but its involvement doesn’t get a lot of publicity.

Still, US involvement is growing, with the number of Pentagon advisers sent to Saudi Arabia more than doubled to 45 now, and regular shipments of munitions and in-air refueling of bombers serving as the main US contributions to the war effort against Yemeni Shi’ites.

Aug 19 10:28

To Fight ISIS, Obama Risks Empowering Iran's Favorite Terror Group

More than $1 billion in U.S. military equipment quietly began flowing to the Lebanese military over the last year.

Saudi Arabia is paying for much of it: powerful missiles, advanced aircraft. But Washington is also making its contribution. Lebanon, a country one-third the size of Maryland that is nestled between Syria and Israel, has today become the fifth-largest recipient of U.S. military aid.

The flood of money indicates how worried the U.S., Saudi Arabia and other power players have become about the extremist threat that Islamic State militants and the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria pose to Lebanon.

Aug 18 10:55

Civilians bear brunt of air strikes in Yemen

Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition killed six civilians in an air raid that targeted the home of a Houthi leader in the southwestern Yemeni town of Jibla on Monday, local officials said.

Eleven people were killed in another air raid on a family house in the northern province of al-Jawf, bordering Saudi Arabia, tribal sources said.

Air strikes also hit the Red Sea port of Hodaida while on the ground, fighters loyal to the exiled government pushed closer to Houthi strongholds.

Tribal militiamen battled Houthi forces throughout the mountainous area of Ibb, which lies between the coast and the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa.

Loyalist forces, back by Gulf Arab planes, weapons and training, have been on the offensive since breaking out off the southern port of Aden last month, claiming a string of gains against the Houthis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does anyone remember just how many candidates were on the ballot when Al-Hadi ran for President of Yemen?!? Just one; his.

When the revolt happened, the US decided to enable the Saudi military machine to kill men, women, and children non-coms, creating an environment which makes any kind of dialogue for reconciliation and a civil, diplomatic solution to the crisis impossible.

I am reminded of the siege at Montsegur, when the Cardinal overseeing the battle was told that the Cathars had women and children among them. The prelate said, "Kill them all: God will find his own."

And I would like to politely remind both the Saudi and US governments that the indiscriminate slaughter of non-combatants is a war crime.

Aug 17 13:17

Yemeni People Vow to Give Harsh Response to Saudi Invaders

Yemeni people gathered in downtown Dhamar city to express support for their revolutionary leader, Abdulmalik al-Huthi, and to stress that Riyadh is to receive their full-fledged response if it continues its aggression against their country.

Aug 14 10:03

The Saudi Royals — Unchained

Saudi Arabia’s relations with the United Nations have hit rock bottom after a series of incidents that has left a humbled Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon furious with Riyadh, two U.N. officials close to the U.N. chief have told me.

Aug 14 09:44

Cheap oil is ruining the Saudis

The budget deficit in Saudi Arabia can reach 20% of GDP. Country for the first time in the last eight years began to borrow money on the financial markets. One of the bond loans has been posted this week. But experts believe that the accumulated reserves of the Kingdom will last for a long time and Riyadh will not renounce its policy of increasing oil exports.
This week Saudi Arabia has placed their bonds for 20 billion reais ($5.3 billion). This is the second loan for this summer — the size of the June 15 billion reais ($4 billion). Bloomberg emphasizes that Saudi Arabia came into the debt markets for the first time since 2007.
Dmitry Postolenko, portfolio Manager of UK Capital, notes that the entire Kingdom could raise $27 billion by the end of this year.

Aug 12 10:38

Yemen 'crumbling' from war, sieges causing starvation: aid groups

Yemen is "crumbling" under a deepening humanitarian crisis after months of civil war, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday, and a U.N. investigator said sieges imposed by combatants were causing starvation.

ICRC President Peter Maurer, ending a three-day visit to the Arabian Peninsula country, called for free access to deliver life-saving food, water and medicines, while urging the warring parties to work toward a negotiated solution.

"The humanitarian situation is nothing short of catastrophic. Every family in Yemen has been affected by this conflict," Maurer said in a statement.

Some 4,345 people have been killed and 22,110 injured since March 19, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, citing figures from Yemeni health care facilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to ICRC President Maurer: this is precisely the situation the US and Saudi Arabia wanted to create; a complete humanitarian catastrophe, which would force the people of Yemen to accept the Al-Hadi government.

I would very politely like to remind the House of Saud and President Obama that collective punishment is considered a WAR CRIME by the UN.

And by the way, where the hell are either the UN or the International Criminal Court on this?!?

Nowhere, and pathologically impotent to stop this carnage, because it is US-enabled carnage, as usual.

Aug 12 10:02

Russian FM Sergei Lavrov caught on mic saying "fucking morons" as Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir speaks about Syria

Aug 11 15:36

Oil Glut Helping Tanker Owners Q2 – But Watch out for the Iranian Flood

Posted By: Morpheus

The steep fall in worldwide oil prices has helped the vessel tanker industry, as more stock piling of oil is taking place and record production by OPEC in their battle against USA shale producers to outlast the downturn drags on. But keep an eye out for the flooding supply of Iranian oil that will free up tanker vessels currently moored in the Persian Gulf holding Iranian crude.

Shipandbunker.com reports from article, “Oil Glut Helps Teekay to Record Quarterly Profit”

Teekay Tankers Ltd. (Teekay) has reported a record adjusted net income of $41.3 million for Q2 2015, crediting "counter-seasonally strong" crude spot tanker rates, low bunker and oil prices, record high crude oil supply from The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and further crude oil stockpiling.

Aug 11 01:14

Complaints laid against Murray McCully over Saudi farm deal

The Labour Party has asked the Auditor-General and Treasury to investigate Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully over a deal made with a Saudi businessman.

Trade spokesman David Parker said it appeared the minister had deliberately misrepresented payments made to the Al Khalaf Group, which was upset with New Zealand's ban on live exports.

The Government released nearly 1000 pages of background documents on the Saudi deal last week.

The documents showed the Auditor General and Treasury both raised concerns about a plan to spend $11.5 million on businessman Hmood Al Khalaf's private farm in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Parker said it appeared the minister also misled officials by refusing to have a $4 million payment described as "compensation" because it would mean that "lawyers and bureaucrats" would become involved.

Aug 10 17:43

The Bravenhearts of Wadi Al Nasera, Syria

by Dr. Franklin Lamb (reporting from Syria)

According to an aide to His Beatitude Youhanna X Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All The East, who briefed this observer on 8/4/2015 at the 6th century monastery of St. George, before the current crisis there were approximately 1.2 million Christians in Syria. Today there are estimated to be fewer than 400,000
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Aug 10 08:10

US’s Saudi Oil Deal from Win-Win to Mega-Lose

Who would’ve thought it would come to this? Certainly not the Obama Administration, and their brilliant geo-political think-tank neo-conservative strategists. John Kerry’s brilliant “win-win” proposal of last September during his September 11 Jeddah meeting with ailing Saudi King Abdullah was simple: Do a rerun of the highly successful State Department-Saudi deal in 1986 when Washington persuaded the Saudis to flood the world market at a time of over-supply in order to collapse oil prices worldwide, a kind of “oil shock in reverse.” In 1986 was successful in helping to break the back of a faltering Soviet Union highly dependent on dollar oil export revenues for maintaining its grip on power.

So, though it was not made public, Kerry and Abdullah agreed on September 11, 2014 that the Saudis would use their oil muscle to bring Putin’s Russia to their knees today.

It seemed brilliant at the time no doubt.

Aug 08 18:23

US’s Saudi Oil Deal from Win-Win to Mega-Lose

By F. William Engdahl

Who would’ve thought it would come to this? Certainly not the Obama Administration, and their brilliant geo-political think-tank neo-conservative strategists. John Kerry’s brilliant “win-win” proposal of last September during his September 11 Jeddah meeting with ailing Saudi King Abdullah was simple: Do a rerun of the highly successful State Department-Saudi deal in 1986 when Washington persuaded the Saudis to flood the world market at a time of over-supply in order to collapse oil prices worldwide, a kind of “oil shock in reverse.” In 1986 was successful in helping to break the back of a faltering Soviet Union highly dependent on dollar oil export revenues for maintaining its grip on power.

So, though it was not made public, Kerry and Abdullah agreed on September 11, 2014 that the Saudis would use their oil muscle to bring Putin’s Russia to their knees today...

Aug 08 15:07

The Liberation of US Foreign Policy

Once we defeat the Israeli-directed attempt to derail the Iran deal in Congress we can safely go out into the streets declaiming: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we’re free at last!

The Iran deal is a turning point in US foreign policy, and its approval by Congress will represent a sea change in American politics: it will mark nothing less than a day of liberation which future generations might dub “VI Day” – victory over Israel day.

The signing of the Iran deal, and its probable approval by Congress – it doesn’t look like the War Party has the votes to overturn it – heralds the victory of the countercoup, i.e. the overthrow of the Lobby’s stranglehold and the eventual restoration of a pro-American foreign policy. This was evident in practically every line of President Obama’s recent speech at American University, and the text deserves closer examination than it has so far gotten.

Aug 08 10:44

Greece – the Refugee Crisis and the Fate of a little Iraqi Boy

May a story like Mohammad Ali’s, of which there are surely countless others not known to the common citizen at large – bring back compassion, solidarity and consideration for our brothers and sisters at large into the mindset of peoples’ values of our western society --

Mohammad Ali’s destiny is not known, but he is on a positive track – and more importantly he is in good and caring hands. May he be testimony and symbol throughout Europe and the rest of the world for Greece’s compassion for refugees and their fate, for Greece’s generosity and thriving sense of solidarity – a sense of kindness that has been gravely devastated in the rest of the western world!

Aug 08 10:38

House Members In Israel for Obama-Bashing

Should Congress prevail in undermining “this strong, principled policy diplomacy”, we would have reached a shameful moment in U.S. foreign policy.

While President Barack Obama was speaking about the people’s business, and his Kennedy-like preference for diplomacy over war, freshman members of the U.S. House of Representatives were either 5,000 plus miles away in Israel, or preparing to go there to be feted and educated by a foreign power which opposes the nuclear agreement the U.S. has reached with Iran and major European powers.

Democratic freshman congress members who may or may not have heard the Obama speech, are traveling in Israel (all expenses paid) courtesy of an educational nonprofit “affiliated with” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the American Israel Education Foundation, AIPAC’s charitable arm.

What “affiliated with” means is that AIPAC runs the trip while its “education foundation” pays the bills.

Aug 06 09:52

ISIS claims responsibility for Saudi suicide bombing

A suicide bomber has blown himself up at a mosque in Saudi Arabia, which was used by members of the security forces, killing at least 17 people. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack in the Asir region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And JUST when Saudi Arabia needed some bloody shirts to convince their people to continue in Yemen!!!!!

Aug 06 09:50

Suicide bombing at Saudi mosque for security forces kills 15

A blast probably triggered by a suicide bomber killed 15 people Thursday at a mosque inside a special forces headquarters in Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen.

Aug 05 11:45

Hundreds of Saudi tanks head to Aden to bolster Hadi loyalists

An armored column of Abraham M1 Abrams provided by Saudi Arabia was spotted heading for Aden on Tuesday, aiming to reinforce forces loyal to exiled president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and to seize full control over Yemeni largest military base al-Anad. The base was re-captured by forces loyal to Hadi with the assistance of Saudi and Emirati troops.

Aug 04 13:29

Saudi king blamed Mossad for 9/11

The former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia said in an interview that current Saudi King Salman told him after 9/11 that the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency was responsible.

“One of my first calls was with then-governor of Riyadh, Prince Salman, who is now the king. His response was very emphatic, this could not have been Saudis. We couldn't possibly have done this,” the former ambassador Robert Jordan said on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS.

“This had to have been an Israeli plot. The Mossad must have done this,” Salman said at the time.

Aug 04 10:26

Saudi DM Threatens to Occupy Kuwait

Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman threatened to launch war on Kuwait after differences between the two Persian Gulf Arab states escalated over Khafji oilfield.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This puts the US Government in a bit of a pickle! The First invasion of Iraq began when Saddam Hussein, encouraged by April Glaspie, invaded Kuwait over allegations that Kuwait was slant-drilling under the border into Iraqi oil fields. The resulting war was sold to the American people with the hoax about stolen incubators.

So, will the US simply abandon Kuwait now, admitting that Kuwait was just an excuse for Desert Storm, or will there be another hoax to sell an invasion of Saudi Arabia?

Aug 04 08:58

Russian Brokered High Level Syria-Saudi Arabia Discussions: Al Assad’s Security Adviser meets Saudi Deputy Crown Prince

“The miracle meeting” has happened. The Syrian chief of the office of home security general Ali Mamlouk has visited Riyadh and met with the Saudi deputy Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman [son of current king] as a result of a Russian-brokered initiative. Differences were discussed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And once again Putin proves to be a global statesman.

Aug 03 12:49

Saudi Pilots Hit Friendly Targets Again, Pro-Hadi Militias Killed in Aden

The Saudi air force fighter jets have once again made a military blunder and hit friendly targets in the city of Aden, Southern Yemen, a pro-Hadi militia commander disclosed on Monday.

Aug 03 07:55

The Secret Saudi Flight on 9-13 Could be the Key to the Bush-Saudi-Al Qaeda Connection

About a month after the September 11th attacks, I read an article in the Tampa Tribune by Kathy Steele entitled "Phantom Flight From Florida." The intriguing report told the tale of a flight out of Florida that allegedly took place on September 13 - a day when ALL civilian air traffic in the United States was grounded. "This was out of a Tom Clancy movie," according to a retired homicide detective who was hired for the flight. Its mission was to spirit the son of a Saudi prince, the son of a Saudi army commander, and another unidentified Saudi from Florida to Kentucky, because "there was a perceived threat, and the family of the person wanted him home right away."

Aug 03 00:54

Power in the service of Power

It’s been a bad month for the angst-ridden US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. Last week, she was “outraged” by Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council of an international criminal court into the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine.

Aug 02 11:27

Egypt extends role in Saudi aggression against Yemen

Egypt has decided to extend its participation in the Saudi aggression against Yemen for another six months.

Aug 01 09:10

US ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA CONTRIBUTING TO CONFLICT IN YEMEN

The United States’ weapons and logistical support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen signals that Washington is backing Riyadh’s goal to crush Houthi rebels despite UN calls for a political solution, experts told Sputnik on Friday.

The United States is providing intelligence and refueling support to enable a four-month-old Saudi-led air campaign against Houthi rebels and allied forces.

On Thursday, Washington decided to provide Riyadh with $500 million in ammunition to replenish stocks used up in the campaign.

“The Saudis want an extended war that leads to a Houthi defeat, and the United States is effectively backing that strategy with the arms deal,” Charles Schmitz, a specialist on Yemen at the Middle East Institute told Sputnik.

“The Saudis don’t want a political settlement; they want a Houthi surrender,” he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With its oil revenues decreasing substantially, and its own economy in decline, sparking some demonstrations, even to the point of riots (previously unheard of in this country), Saudi Arabia may do well to re-think this entire military misadventure.

With the weaponry purchased from the US, the Saudi military has been hitting schools, hospitals, and housing; all illegal under international law.

This is going to be a long, bitter, and protracted military campaign, about which we in the West hear virtually nothing about, and well may last for years, as there is no real hope of a Houthi surrender.

Ultimately, my sympathies here lie with the Yemenite people, who want some degree of control of, and representation by, their government, however that is going to shake out in the future.

Aug 01 04:24

Saudi Arabia demands to be dropped from 9/11 lawsuit brought on by relatives of victims

Lawyers for Saudi Arabia have demanded that the country be dropped as a defendant in a lawsuit brought on by some relatives of 9/11 victims who have accused the Saudi government of aiding the terrorists involved in the September, 2001 attacks.

Jul 31 19:22

Turkey in danger

While the Western Press salutes the authorisation given by Turkey to the United States, allowing the US to use its military bases in order to fight Daesh, Thierry Meyssan looks at the nation’s internal tensions. In his view, maintaining Mr. Erdo?an in power, as well as the lack of a new majority during the next general elections, will rapidly lead to civil war.

Jul 29 11:00

Saudi-led coalition plans ground attacks in Yemen after taking key city

After four months of setbacks, fighters backed by Saudi Arabia have seized the offensive in Yemen’s war, taking control of a major city and pressing to expand ground operations against rebel forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"YOU (bang) WILL (boom) ACCEPT (kapow) YOUR (ratatatat) US (whump) PUPPET (ka-ping) RULER! (barooom) "

Jul 27 13:46

Saudi warplanes hit allied Yemeni militants by mistake, kill 12

At least 12 militants loyal to fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi were killed when Saudi military aircraft mistakenly struck the positions of pro-Riyadh forces in Yemen’s southwestern province of Lahij.

Yemeni military sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saudi fighter jets conducted airstrikes on hills overlooking the al-Anad air base near the city of al-Houta, located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the strategic southern port city of Aden, on Monday, leaving 12 militants killed and at least 30 others wounded.

The development came on the same day as Saudi warplanes carried out three airstrikes against al-Mesaimeer district in the same Yemeni province. There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and the extent of damage inflicted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah, a mistake. And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Jul 27 09:44

US To Sell Saudis 355 Missiles to be Used in the War on Yemen

The US Defense Department has awarded major weapons maker Raytheon to provide the Persian Gulf Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with 355 air-to-ground missiles amid its persisting campaign of aerial strikes against civilian and economic targets in neighboring Yemen.

According to a Pentagon announcement cited Saturday by the Russia-based Sputnik News, in a $180-million contract assigned to the arms manufacturer, Raytheon is to deliver the AGM-154 series missiles to the Saudi regime in a move clearly regarded as a bid to support the aerial strikes against Yemen.

Jul 26 14:10

Turkey’s new “war on terror” mainly targeting Kurd

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead. It is being alleged that the Turkish Air Force launched dozens of strikes against bases of the Kurdistan Workers Party over the border in Iraq on Saturday, and just 4 against Daesh positions in Syria.

Jul 26 10:39

Saudi Arabian Airstrike Kills 120 Civilians as US-Backed War in Yemen Rages

Intense fighting between Houthi factions and Yemeni forces allied with a Saudi-backed military campaign continued on Sunday, just a day after the killing of approximately 120 civilians by a Saudi airstrike spurred an impromptu call for a five-day ceasefire in the war-torn and poverty-stricken country.

Jul 25 02:22

“It’s Raining Missiles. A Nightmare that Refuses to End!” – Testimony from the War in Yemen

War is killing every beautiful thing inside us and inside our country. It is heartbreaking to lose that feeling of safety, to be in constant worry about your loved ones, to live endless terror unable to even have the slightest mean of life. Life has become a bleak vision for us, something we fantasise about. And that is how it’s like to be in a war.The air vanishes and we can listen to our hearts beating heavily as the bombardment begins, and we wonder whether it’s our turn coming up to join the victims under the ruins. The air disappears at the very thought of it. The kids shiver with great fear telling us that they don’t want to die.

Jul 24 18:05

The War on Conspiracy Realists Continues

David Cameron himself inadvertently identified whom some of these wealthy string-pullers are: Jewish Zionists committed to overturning every regime in the Middle East that is not yet subordinated to Tel Aviv.,/STRONG>

Jul 22 10:22

McCain: Saudi Arms Deal With Russia Means Downturn in US-Saudi Relations

On the sidelines of the June 2015 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia and Saudi Arabia discussed plans for future arms deals. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told the press that nothing prevents Saudi Arabia from purchasing Russian defense systems.

“What they [Saudi Arabia] are telling us is that they think they have to go their own way, because they can no longer rely on us,” McCain said in a speech to the Hudson Institute.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"How DARE Saudi arabia buy working Russian weapons for half the cost of buying our worthless junk?!?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 20 09:27

Israelis, Saudis Considering Attack on Iran in Wake of Nuke Deal

By Brandon Turbeville

I have argued from the very beginning of the US-Iran nuclear talks that the diplomacy taking place was nothing more than theatre to be used later in the rush to war as evidence that the US did “everything in its power” to avoid confrontation. Considering the years of propaganda surrounding Iran and its nuclear program, it should be clear that the recent US-Iran nuclear deal was nothing more than a show...

Jul 19 19:03

British Royal Nazi Salute – a Sign of the Times

The British royal family is up in arms – excuse the pun – over old video footage that shows the young Queen Elizabeth giving a Heil Hitler salute. A photograph published on its front page by British tabloid newspaper The Sun has caused a storm of controversy, with the British monarchy denouncing it as an invasion of privacy. But the real significance is that the image shows how Western so-called democracies were – and still are – so close to embracing fascism.

There was a consensus among Britain’s ruling class during the 1930s that quietly but enthusiastically endorsed Hitler and fascism as a bulwark against democracy and socialism in particular.

Jul 19 04:29

More than 2,800 people are dead in Yemen – so why aren’t we outraged?

In the summer of 2014, our screens were inundated with videos of the carnage from the streets of Gaza. The European media was outraged, and the sense of moral urgency was amplified across social media. Similar outrage greeted the destruction of UNESCO heritage sites in both Iraq and Syria with the condemnation of Islamic State’s barbarism reaching a crescendo when it overtook Syria’s majestic city of Palmyra.

Compare this coverage to the almost universal silence on the ongoing war in Yemen, which is largely absent from our TV screens, Facebook and Twitter trending topics sections and the front pages of broadsheet papers.

Jul 18 09:28

Saudi Foreign Minister Threatens Iran with Confrontation after Nuclear Talks Breakthrough

Ostensibly angered by the successful conclusion of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, the Al Saud regime has threatened to “resolutely” confront the Islamic Republic over any alleged “mischief” in the region.

Following a Thursday meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Riyadh is “committed to confront” the Islamic Republic should Iran “try to cause mischief in the region.”

He made the comments only two days after Iran and the P5+1 states reached a conclusion on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.

The success of Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks is viewed by political experts as a major blow to Israel and Saudi Arabia, who have been the two major critical voices seeking to throw a monkey wrench in the diplomatic process.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Saudi foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir: Sir, kindly cool your jets, as we say in our colloquial American English!

As those who read this blog know very well; there are many issues where President Obama and I do not agree. But on this P5+1 breakthrough, I think there is room for cautious optimism.

I hope time and history will prove this to have been a sound move, on the part of the US and Europe.

Unfortunately, there are many in the region who see war against Iran as preferable to this deal, including the Israeli government.

But this time, should Israel just haul off and attack Iran, let it be with their own soldiers and hardware exclusively.

And we in the US will just sit back, eat our popcorn, and watch the fireworks.

Jul 18 08:43

More Than 2,800 People Are Dead in Yemen, So Why Is the Media Silent?

In the summer of 2014, our screens were inundated with videos of the carnage from the streets of Gaza. The European media was outraged, and the sense of moral urgency was amplified across social media. Similar outrage greeted the destruction of UNESCO heritage sites in both Iraq and Syria with the condemnation of Islamic State's barbarism reaching a crescendo when it overtook Syria's majestic city of Palmyra.

Compare this coverage to the almost universal silence on the ongoing war in Yemen, which is largely absent from our TV screens, Facebook and Twitter trending topics sections and the front pages of broadsheet papers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The cause of this can be laid squarely at the feet of abysmal US foreign policy failure in this country.

Pop quiz; in the last election here, how many names were on the ballot?!?

Only one: that of Al-Hadi, a replacement US puppet from the Al-Selah, the US puppet who got run out of town on a rail.

And since al-Hadi has been in office, how have the conditions for the Yemenite people improved?!?

Not one bit. And the late President Kennedy said this best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

This is precisely what we are witnessing in Yemen right now.

and the Saudis are being used by the US as their proxy military here.

Notice that houses, schools, hospitals have been shelled; this collective punishment is a war crime, under international law.

But it appears here that the US, by enabling its Saudi ally, is attempting to use collective punishment against the Yemenite people to force them to take back their former leader, who has provided neither leadership nor hope.

The Yemenite people deserve a chance to chart their own destiny; but of course, the US government will not allow that to happen.

We are in for a very long war here, and Isis, the result of failed US government policy, or perhaps a US asset, is being made to be the "bad guy".

US government's collective punishment appears to include the destruction of those world heritage sites in Yemen which are part of the history of these people.

when you take away a country's history, you also take away its future.

Jul 16 19:32

Britain gives Saudi Arabia bombs for Yemen raids

Britain is providing precision-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia to use in airstrikes against rebel targets in Yemen.

Earl Howe, the defence minister, said that British forces were not participating directly in Saudi-led military operations against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, in a written response to a House of Lords question.

The minister added: “But we are providing technical support, precision-guided weapons and exchanging information with the Saudi Arabian armed forces through pre-existing arrangements.

Jul 16 14:35

Iran’s Long-Game Diplomatic Strategy

Iran has sought negotiations with the U.S. for two decades, but both Democratic and Republican administrations favored hostility demanded by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of Western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the U.S. Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition.

That media lens misses the real significance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is that Iran succeeded in negotiating an agreement with the United States that upheld its national right to a nuclear program despite the obvious vast disparity in power between the two states. That power disparity between the global hegemon and a militarily weak but politically influential regional “middle power” has shaped not just the negotiating strategies of the two sides during the negotiations but, more importantly, how they came about in the first place.

Jul 16 14:31

Who’s Next for Berlin’s Financial Blitzkrieg?

The financial terms dictated to Athens over the latest so-called bailout is nothing less than the subjugation of a sovereign country to the dictate of German banks. The troubling question for several European states is: who’s next?

Jul 16 04:27

A Review of GAZA WRITES BACK — Gary Corseri

I have sometimes thought that if wars could be shown in slow-motion, we could put an end to this barbarism that gives the lie to all claims of “civilization” and “humanity.”

GAZA WRITES BACK is one of those very rare books that depicts war in slow motion.

The 23 stories here, written by 15 young authors (from late teens to early 30s, all but three female) were compiled to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead”—the name Israel gave to its 2008-2009 campaign to once more (but not finally) “mow the lawn” in Occupied Palestine—mostly, in this case, in Gaza.

It is a book that vivifies and personalizes the horrors, but also adumbrates the gnawing losses, the indelible memories.

Jul 15 21:44

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

In Official Washington’s latest detour from the real world, top pundits are depicting Iran as the chief troublemaker in the Mideast and saying the nuclear deal should hinge on Iranian “behavior.” But the real “behavior” problems come from Israel, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

Jul 15 08:45

Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal

Iran's enemies unsettled by its deal with the West, but Bashar al-Assad of Syria says it is 'a great victory'

Jul 10 18:25

US-Israeli Imperialists Plot Downfall of Syria and Iran

Obama’s ascendance to the White House was merely a public relations facelift, serving to make the American-Zionist Empire’s bloodthirsty aims more palatable to a war-weary public.

Jul 10 10:28

Saudi Arabia withdraws $65 billion in first half of this year

Saudi Arabia withdrew 244 billion riyals ($65.1bn) from its general monetary reserve during the first five months of 2015, a Saudi official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently it is not cheap committing war crimes in Yemen!

Jul 09 11:26

Former Saudi FM Saud al-Faisal Reportedly Dead

Faisal's death is markedly important as it comes after a hacking group known as the Yemen Cyber Army launched a successful cyberattack on Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry in May and released hundreds of thousands of top secret documents that disclosed the true identity of Riyadh's spies as well as the autocracy's darkest plots staged or underway in different world nation.

Jul 08 14:44

Yemen forces target Saudi bases in Jizan with 38 rockets

Yemeni forces have fired as many as 38 rockets at several Saudi military bases in the southwestern province of Jizan.

Jul 07 11:02

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 169, Mostly Civilians, Across Yemen

Saudi airstrikes against Yemeni cities have been a daily occurrence over the past several months, but seem to be escalating greatly today, with a series of strikes leaving 169 people, mostly civilians killed nationwide in the attacks.

54 people, many civilians, were reported slain in Amran Province, north of Sanaa, and 40 more civilians were reported killed in a strike that hit a livestock marketplace in al-Foyoush. Saudi officials issued a statement ignoring the toll, but insisting they don’t “intentionally target civilians.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...Don't intentionally target civilians.", MY ASTROLABE!!!

Of course, they are targeting civilians; they have some of the best tracking and GPS images available, courtesy of the US military. And when a civilian target is hit, it is called, in international parlance, collective punishment, which is considered a war crime.

And why are the Yemenite people getting collectively punished?!?

For wanting to throw out another US government puppet, al Hadi, and replace him with someone who may actually address the needs and concerns of the Yemenite people.

And that, of course, is something that neither the US government - or Saudi Arabia - will tolerate.

Look for these numbers of dead and maimed non-combatants to escalate horrifically in the future. And as reported today in firstlook.org/the intercept:

The bombing was carried out by what is typically referred to as a “Saudi-led coalition”; it is rarely mentioned in Western media reports that the U.S. is providing very substantial support to this “Saudi-led” war in Yemen, now in its fifth month, which has repeatedly, recklessly killed Yemeni civilians. Because these deaths of innocents are at the hands of the U.S. government and its despotic allies, it is very predictable how they will be covered in the U.S. None of the victims will be profiled in American media; it’ll be very surprising if any of their names are even mentioned. No major American television outlet will interview their grieving families. Americans will never learn about their extinguished life aspirations, or the children turned into orphans, or the parents who will now bury their infants. There will be no #FayoushStrong Twitter hashtags trending in the U.S. It’ll be like it never happened: blissful ignorance.

We, at WRH, are NOT ignoring this story: it has to get out there, be seen, and the voices of this country honestly heard: that just will not happen with the Whoreporate press.

Folks, the murder of non-combatants is just business as usual for the US government, which has enabled the blood soaked hands of the Saudi regime in creating this disaster.

And please remember: because of the sea embargo, zero food aid is getting in here, you have millions, including infants and children, in danger of death by malnutrition.

Jul 07 10:54

Obama Talks Escalation, But Officials Say ISIS War Strategy Unchanged

In his latest protracted speech about the ISIS war, President Obama insisted that the war is continuing to go well, citing thousands of ISIS fighters killed, and talked up escalating airstrikes against ISIS in Raqqa, insisting that the recent attacks “proved” ISIS would eventually be destroyed.

That “eventually” could be a long time indeed, as Obama described the conflict as a “generational struggle” that would be one at some unspecified point in the future. In the meantime, it’s all airstrikes, and bragging about body counts.

Pentagon officials, however, say that the basic ISIS war strategy are unchanged, beyond an increase in the number of airstrikes in recent days. Officials continue to maintain that, despite mounting losses on the ground, the existing strategy is the right one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I woould like to kindly remind Pentagon spokespersons of one major fact here: you cannot win what is essentially a ground war from the air.

So I have to ask the questions: what is really going on here, and what is really the desired outcome?!?

Jul 07 08:39

Leaks reveal how Ottawa cultivated ties before $15-billion Saudi arms deal

The Canadian government carefully courted Saudi Arabia in the years leading up to an unprecedented $15-billion arms sale to Riyadh brokered by Ottawa that remains shrouded in secrecy, documents show.

Secret Saudi government documents made public last week by Wikileaks offer a glimpse of how the Harper Conservatives sought closer relations with the Saudis – an effort that paid off in 2014 with a massive deal to sell made-in-Canada armoured fighting vehicles to the Arab state.

The transaction, backed by Canadian taxpayers, has come under fire because Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world today.

Jul 06 10:29

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 45 Civilians in Northern Yemen

Yemeni state media reported a flurry of Saudi airstrikes today in the Hajjah Province, slamming the Aahem marketplace and killing at least 45 civilians and wounding an unspecified number of others.

Neither Saudi officials nor their allies in the former Hadi government addressed the attacks in Hajjah, though strikes killing massive numbers of civilians have been common throughout the Saudi war against Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess their US military advisors have told them that the killing of civilians is perfectly OK, considering that the US military is doing precisely the same thing in Syria.

Jul 05 09:08

Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia: my visit to Israel shall mark the new age of peace and fraternity

The Saudi multi-millionaire media tycoon, prince Talal Bin Waleed, has urged all Arab nations to give up their acrimonious stance toward the Jewish nation and instead continue to strive for a more peaceful , prosperous and homogenous Middle-East.

Jul 05 08:35

Saudi fighter jets continue bombing areas in Yemen, scores die

Saudi warplanes have continued pounding areas across Yemen, killing scores of people amid reports of a dire humanitarian situation in the impoverished Arab country.

According to media outlets on Sunday, at least 43 people were killed and 70 others were injured in the Saudi air raids on a market in the northwestern province of Hajjah on Saturday night.

Jul 03 09:41

Yemeni forces hit Saudi military base in Jizan

Yemeni forces have targeted a Saudi military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern region of Jizan in response to Riyadh’s incessant aggression against Yemen.

Jul 03 08:42

Collateral damage: Yemeni man loses 27 family members in 1 Saudi airstrike

A man hosting guests for his daughter’s marriage proposal lost all 27 members of his family, including 17 children, in the deadliest case of Saudi-led airstrikes killing civilians in Yemen, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Walid Al-Ibbi lost his wife, his father, four daughters and 21 other family members, as Saudi Arabia-led strikes hit his house in Yemen’s northern city of Saada, known as a Houthi stronghold. Overall 17 children were killed that night, one of which was just a one-month-old infant.

Jul 01 14:37

US complicit in Saudi crimes against Yemen: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch announced on Tuesday that Washington is potentially liable in the unlawful strikes as the US is involved in refueling warplanes flying over Yemen and also in providing targeting information for the Saudis.

Jul 01 13:27

US, Saudi must be held accountable for war crimes: Peace activist

The international community must hold the United States and Saudi Arabia accountable for their war crimes and violation of human rights, peace activist in Oregon says.

Jul 01 12:49

Human Rights Watch: Saudi stikes in Yemen violated international law

Human Rights Watch has reported that some Saudi-led airstrikes in northern Yemen may constitute war crimes. Airstrikes on Houthi-controlled Saada City killed at least 35 children in early May.

Jul 01 12:49

Millions of children face disease, malnutrition in war-torn Yemen: U.N.

Escalating violence in Yemen has devastated the country's health system and exposed millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases including measles, pneumonia and diarrhea, the United Nations children's agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.

Since fighting intensified in March, many hospitals and health centers have been unable to function properly and vaccination services have been disrupted, according to UNICEF.

Health centers lack the electricity and fuel needed to distribute vaccines and keep them cold, while the fear of conflict is deterring parents from taking their children to receive vaccinations, the U.N. agency said.

Jul 01 08:38

As Iran nuclear deadline passes, narrative battle heats up

The real issue holding things up is whether the Americans have the "political will" to make that leap, to agree in writing to its obligations (without 100 caveats) and the courage to face their sprawling bureaucracy whose bread-and-butter is the 'sanctions industry' and the 'Iranian enemy.' says Sharmine Narwani

It’s D-Day in Vienna, and the parties sitting across the negotiating table still haven’t ironed out terms to settle a 12-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Expect this deadline to be missed. And prepare for a lot of hot air to fill its space.

The “hot air” is calculated narrative-spin from a range of players that seek to 1) scuttle a deal, 2) increase pressure/create leverage at the negotiating table, or 3) frame an upcoming agreement in language favorable to one side.

Jun 30 21:41

Letter to God

Please forgive my cynicism and negative connotations in this letter but I find it is often necessary to infuse the negativity to emit action, anger and resolution.

Why do You allow the criminal, corporate media to continuously and incessantly lie to its citizens and not only misrepresent the facts but often fabricate stories in order to inflate the severity of the fiction?

Jun 30 12:01

Russia: Tit for Tat – Israel Shamir.

Summing it up, President Putin speaks softly. If he carries a big stick, he does not flash it around.

Hail, fire and brimstone, new sanctions or the US tanks on its borders, Russia takes things in stride. President Putin could adopt the motto of William of Orange: saevis tranquillus in undis, calm amidst the tempest.

Jun 30 09:22

Greece’s Downfall and Redemption

What the Greek people can turn to is a realistic and altogether more democratic and humane option – of demanding their country slash its monstrous military spend.

Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy.

Jun 30 08:09

The secret projects of Israël and Saudi Arabia

No-one in the Middle East seems to be aware that the secret agreements which should be signed on the 30th June 2015 by Washington and Teheran – on the fringe of the multilateral agreements concerning nuclear power – will probably set the rules of the game for the next ten years.

These agreements arrive at a moment when the United States have become the world’s first producers of petrol, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia. Consequently they do not need Middle-Eastern petrol for themselves, and are only interested in it as a means of maintaining the world market in dollars.

Jun 29 10:41

15 civilians dead as Saudi warplanes hit Yemen again

At least 15 civilians, including women and children, were killed and several others injured when Saudi fighter jets launched a fresh round of airstrikes against various areas in Yemen as Riyadh pushed ahead with its atrocious onslaught against its impoverished southern neighbor.

Saudi military aircraft conducted attacks against a residential area in Sarwah district of Yemen’s central province of Ma'rib, situated approximately 120 kilometers (74 miles) east of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, on Monday. Nine members of a family lost their lives and three others sustained injuries, the Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

Six civilians, among them two women and three children, were also killed as Saudi warplanes struck Shibam Kawkaban district in the western Yemeni province of al-Mahwit, situated 53 kilometers (29 miles) northwest of of Sana’a.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has anyone bothered to remind the House of Saud, the Saudi Government, and its primary enabler in this carnage, the US government, that the killing of civilians is a war crime, under international law?!?!?

Jun 29 07:38

Kuwait says Friday's mosque bomber was Saudi national

Kuwait's Interior Ministry has confirmed that the suicide bomber who carried out a Friday attack on a Shia mosque in central Kuwait City was a Saudi national, Kuwait's official news agency reported on Sunday.

At least 27 people were killed – and more than 227 injured – when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Al-Imam Al-Sadeq Mosque during Friday prayers.

In a press statement, the ministry identified the bomber as Fahd Sulayman Abdul Mohsen Al-Beqaa, who, it asserted, had arrived in Kuwait by air early Friday.

Jun 28 15:17

Shocking Revelation: Medical Sources Say Saudi King's Aid Cargo to Yemen Was HIV-Infected

"Tens of Yemeni citizens have been infected with deadly HIV and hepatitis viruses after using the drugs aid cargo sent by the king of the enemy state, Saudi Arabia," Yemeni Medical source Dr. Hassan Karim told FNA on Sunday.

Asked if independent international bodies have confirmed the test results, the renowned specialist lamented that the World Health Organization has also confirmed the drugs were infected with AIDS virus.

Dr. Karim said that he and Yemeni physicians have found out all the drugs had come from Saudi Arabia.

Jun 28 12:36

Kuwait says Friday's mosque bomber was Saudi national

Kuwait's Interior Ministry has confirmed that the suicide bomber who carried out a Friday attack on a Shia mosque in central Kuwait City was a Saudi national, Kuwait's official news agency reported on Sunday.

Jun 28 08:35

Saudi Arabia Thwarts UN Emergency Aid for Yemen

The memo indicates that the pledge was a calculated move on the part of the Saudi government to monopolize the aid and control where it goes and when. According to VICE, the letter alarmed many aid workers who say that it was too vaguely worded, thereby giving Riyadh leeway for further delays.

"It’s really unusual for a single donor to have any substantive role once they contribute funds, let alone negotiate individual MoUs with agencies," an anonymous official involved in the Yemen response told VICE.

He also noted the UN’s acquiesce to Riyadh’s stipulations.

Jun 26 11:21

Yemen could starve

Jun 26 10:18

UNSC calls on Saudi Arabia to lift Yemen blockade

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has urged Saudi Arabia to lift its blockade on Yemen.

The UNSC released a unanimous statement on Thursday, stressing that ships carrying food, fuel and other vital supplies must be permitted to enter ports in Yemen which is on the brink of famine.

The 15-member council said in its statement that there is "an urgent need for ongoing commercial supplies to enter Yemen as a humanitarian imperative."

Jun 26 05:32

ISIL: Made in Langley and propped up by Tel Aviv and Riyadh

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or “Daesh” as it is known in Arabic, or ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham — preferred by Israel supporters because of the uncomforting similarity between “Israel” and “ISIL” – is part of another Central Intelligence Agency operation to artificially create a new “strategy of tensions” for the Eurasian and African land masses.

Jun 25 22:04

ISIL: Made in Langley and propped up by Tel Aviv and Riyadh

It is becoming more and more apparent that the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or "Daesh" as it is known in Arabic, or ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham -- preferred by Israel supporters because of the uncomforting similarity between "Israel" and "ISIL" – is part of another Central Intelligence Agency operation to artificially create a new "strategy of tensions" for the Eurasian and African land masses.

Jun 24 15:32

Riyadh insists weapons donation on track

A $3 billion grant to the Lebanese Army for the purchase of French weaponry is still in place, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Wednesday, days after Lebanese media reports suggested the deal had been frozen. “The Saudi-French agreement to provide the Lebanese Army with weapons is still in place,” Adel al-Jubeir said at a joint news conference with French counterpart Laurent Fabius. The deal was announced in December 2013 by late Saudi King Abdullah and former Lebanese President Michel Sleiman. The first shipment, comprising 48 MILAN anti-tank missiles, vehicles, helicopters and truck-mounted cannon, arrived in Beirut in April. Last week, a report in a local newspaper said that the grant had been suspended and that the MILAN anti-tank missiles were “outdated.” It also claimed that humidity had affected some of the rockets prior to delivery, rendering them inoperable. The Lebanese Army has responded by stating that the rockets are fully operational.

Jun 24 12:38

Yemen: Human Cost of Saudi-Led Bombing Campaign

New evidence of the plight of civilians in Yemen, shows how Saudi war has led to thousands of deaths, as it has so far claimed the lives of at least 4,717 civilians, mostly women and children. WARNING: THE VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES THAT SOME VIEWERS MAY FIND DISTURBING.

Jun 23 15:30

Russia overtakes Saudi as top China oil supplier

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another blow to the petro-dollar.

Jun 23 10:55

Yemeni Peace Talks Sabotaged by United States Supported Elements in Geneva

After nearly a week of discussions in Geneva, Switzerland the United Nations peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen have adjourned with no resolution to the months-long war.

These talks broke down after the Saudi Arabian and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) backed politician, the ousted and fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, demanded that he be re-installed as the head-of-state in order for a halt to the bombing of the country which has been taking place daily since March 26.

Anywhere ranging from 2,500-4,000 people has been killed in the bombing and fighting on the ground. Some 500,000 have been reported as dislocated by humanitarian organizations.

Efforts to provide relief assistance by the Islamic Republic of Iran and other popular organizations internationally have been thwarted by the Saudi-GCC alliance backed up by Washington. The Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are assisting the Riyadh alliance through refueling and the sharing of information.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

By the insistence that their puppet dictator Hadi be reinstated, the US government has engineered these talks to fail.

Jun 23 09:56

WikiLeaks 'Saudi Cables': Gulf States were willing to pay $10bn for Mubarak's release

The Gulf States were willing to pay $10 billion for the release of deposed Egyptian President Mubarak, according to the so-called 'Saudi Cables' released by WikiLeaks. The whistleblowing site has published 60,000 top-secret documents from these cables.

An undated cable, labeled “top secret,” quotes an unnamed Egyptian official saying the Muslim Brotherhood would agree to release Mubarak in exchange for $10 billion "since the Egyptian people will not benefit from his imprisonment."

Jun 23 07:12

‘Saudi Cables release is just one tenth of what we have’ – WikiLeaks to RT

Journalists have established the authenticity of the first tranche of the top secret Saudi documents published by WikiLeaks, as Saudi Arabia has warned not to distribute them, spokesperson for the WikiLeaks told RT adding that ‘it’s just the beginning.’

“We are seeing how the oil money is being used to increase influence of Saudi Arabia which is substantial of course - this is ally of the US and the UK. And since this spring it has been waging war in neighboring Yemen,” Icelandic investigative journalist and spokesperson for the WikiLeaks organization Kristinn Hrafnsson told RT.

Jun 22 11:22

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 15, Including Civilians Across Northern Yemen

The end of the Geneva peace talks has given way to another round of Saudi airstrikes against northern Yemen this weekend, in which at least 15 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded. Though exact splits were unavailable, a large number of civilians were among the slain.

Jun 22 11:21

Yemen forces take control of Saudi bases in Jizan

The Yemeni army, backed by popular committees, has seized control of a number of Saudi military bases in the province of Jizan as Riyadh keeps pounding the impoverished Arab nation.

According to media outlets on Sunday, Yemeni forces managed to capture three Saudi military sites in the area of al-Jaberi in the southwestern region.

Jun 21 09:50

Trump for President? — Paul Craig Roberts

This is not my endorsement of Trump for President. It is merely my speculations on how we might think of how large egos might be brought into our service.

Celente put it well. If you look at the sorry collection that aspires to be the CEO of what continues to be described as the “exceptional, indispensable, most important country with the largest economy and military, the world’s only Superpower, the Uni-power,” you see a collection of nobodies. America is like the last days of Rome when contenting factions fought to put their puppet on the throne.

In actual fact, Trump might be our best candidate to date. By all accounts, he is very rich. Thus, he doesn’t need the office in order to become rich by selling out America to interest groups.

Jun 21 09:47

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

With the publication of my book last year, “Against our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel,” the attacks seemed to escalate.

It appeared that some JVP leaders were attempting to thwart my talks and prevent people from learning the facts that my book and my talks contain.

Jun 20 12:48

In the USA – “I Cannot Write!”

The West is finished, its culture dead. What is left is unattractive, even horrifying. There is no heart, no compassion, and no creativity.

It was the first time in many years that I had missed my column, my essays, for several weeks.

I was shocked by the state in which I found the United States.

I couldn’t breath. I lost the ability to write. I felt anger building inside me. The anger was suffocating, strangling me. It was unhealthy anger, mixed with frustration! It was not that sacred anger one feels when going to a battle against great evil. It was also somehow petty, indescribable, and pathetic. It was breaking me, humiliating me.

I hated the fights I had to fight here.

I tried to see the reality that was surrounding me with different eyes but wherever I looked I saw only a dysfunctional, sad, collapsing country and culture.

This visit broke me. It exhausted me. It thoroughly depressed me.

Jun 19 15:11

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

I hope JVP will desist from its attacks on those it dislikes, and will instead focus on the often excellent work it is doing and that its members want.

I feel strongly that we all contribute important things to the movement for justice and peace in Palestine.It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

That’s what I intend to do.

—Alison Weir

Jun 19 12:23

Dengue fever outbreak infects thousands in war-torn Yemen

Thousands of people have been diagnosed with dengue fever in southern Yemen, where fighting has raged for months between Shiite rebels and their opponents, international organizations and health officials said Thursday.

The World Health Organization said last week that at least 3,000 suspected cases have been reported since March in several provinces, including Ade, with three people dying from the disease. Dengue causes fever, headaches and skin rashes. Potentially lethal cases, mainly in children, involve abdominal pain, vomiting and difficulty breathing, according to the WHO.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There needs to be an immediate cease fire, so that the ill, particularly the children, can be treated.

But with the breakdown of peace talks in Geneva, we can expect the polar opposite of help to happen for these ill people.

My bet is that the Saudis will start ratcheting up the bombing, and continue to bomb indiscriminately against civilians, children, women, and the medically fragile elderly. So far, they have not discriminated against civilians, so I do not expect them to start any time soon.

Jun 19 11:34

Yemen peace talks in Geneva collapse

The Yemen peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva have collapsed, with the foreign minister of the government-in-exile blaming the Houthi representatives of refusing to meet with them.
Foreign Minister Riad Yassin told Al Jazeera on Friday that his delegation plans to leave the negotiations and return to Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
"Until this time we have not achieved anything. Unfortunately, still the Houthis have not complied with anything," Yassin told Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra.
"There is no progress for the time being. We did not receive any proposal."
Yassin said that Houthi representatives have even refused to leave their hotel in Geneva.
Following the collapse of talks, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, UN special envoy on Yemen, said a ceasefire should come before any new round of negotiations can start.
He vowed to "redouble effort" to reach a ceasefire, and held hope that an agreement can be achieved "pretty soon."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These talks were engineered to fail.

Watch the Saudi military, enabled by US military expertise, ramp up the pressure tremendously on Yemen in the coming weeks, killing scores of innocent civilians in the process.

And let's call it what it is, shall we?!?

A genocidal, collective punishment of the Yemenite people, for wanting to kick out an oppressive, US-backed dictator. Folks, this is a war crime!!

Jun 19 08:28

Saudis to Offer Putin a Deal He Can’t Refuse?

It is reported that Saudi Arabia has sent a delegation to Moscow for the purpose of once again attempting to lure Russia away from its current interests in the Middle East, and into line behind Riyadh and its underwriters in Washington.

However, vacillating in the past between toothless threats and absurd promises of lavish economic deals, the Saudis have accomplished only one thing in their recent string of diplomatic maneuvering, that is to telegraph immense weakness and desperation ahead of their next visit.

Jun 19 06:49

Saudi mufti decree allows troops on Yemen border to break fast

Amid Saudi Arabia’s continued aggression on Yemen, the kingdom’s Grand Mufti exempts Saudi soldiers, stationed on the border with the southern neighbor, from observing regular fasting.

Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh sanctioned that the soldiers break their fast during their “Jihad” against the “enemy,” Lebanese broadcaster Al-Manar reported on its website on Friday, citing the Saudi daily, Okaz.

“I felicitate you on the blessed month of Ramadan as you are stationed on the battlefield,” the top religious figure said in remarks addressed to the troopers.

The Wahhabi figure has gained notoriety for his various controversial and radical decrees, including his reported decree in 2007 for the demolition of the tomb of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and an edict five later for the destruction of all the churches across the Middle East.

Jun 18 07:37

UK provides precision guided weapons to Saudi Air Force – MoD

UK Defence Ministry admits it is providing precision guided weapons to assist the Saudi Air Force.

Jun 17 12:42

Tens of Israeli, Saudi Officers Killed in Yemen Missile Attacks

"The Ansarullah fighters backed by the Yemeni army hit Amir Khalid airbase in Khamees al-Mushait region in Southern Saudi Arabia with a scud missile and several Najm al-Saqeb (Striking Star) missiles last week, killing over 20 senior Israeli officers and 63 Saudi military men and capturing 35 others," Mehdi Nasser al-Bashi told FNA on Wednesday.

Jun 17 11:26

279 children die in 10 weeks of violence in Yemen

Almost four times as many children have died in the past 10 weeks as a result of the conflict in Yemen as were killed in the whole of 2014, according to UNICEF.

Jun 17 08:41

Ex-Saudi consultant in U.S. reveals a plan to establish ‘Great Kurdistan’

Anwar Eshki, the former consultant of the Saudi Prince and Ambassador in the U.S., Bandar bin Sultan, revealed a plan for the future of the Middle East that depends on establishing Great Kurdistan on Turkish, Iranian and Iraqi lands, and reaching peace with Israel during his speech in a conference of Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington.

Jun 17 07:35

Syriza: Plunder, Pillage and Prostration

How the ‘Hard Left’ embraces the policies of the Hard Right

Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against the “Troika” (International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and European Central Bank).

Early on, the Syriza leadership, headed by Alexis Tsipras, adopted several strategic positions with fatal consequences – in terms of implementing their electoral promises to raise living standards, end vassalage to the ‘Troika’ and pursue an independent foreign policy.

We will proceed by outlining the initial systemic failures of Syriza and the subsequent concessions further eroding Greek living standards and deepening Greece’s role as an active collaborator of US and Israeli imperialism.

Winning Elections and Surrendering Power

Jun 17 07:32

American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg

G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town.

What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington?

We start at the G7 in the Bavarian Alps – rather G1 with an added bunch of “junior partners” – as US President Barack Obama gloated about his neo-con induced feat; regiment the EU to soon extend sanctions on Russia even as the austerity-ravaged EU is arguably hurting even more than Russia.

The “civilized” G1 + junior partners could not possibly argue whether they would collectively risk a nuclear war on European soil over a Kiev-installed ‘Banderastan’, sorry, “Russian aggression.”

Jun 17 07:28

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich Interview with Al Etejah Iraqi TV: U.S. Manufactured Crisis in Iraq

The Iraqi government is calling for more foreign international assistance to help fight the Daesh terror group.

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich says.the United States created ISIL, aka Da esh, so why would they want to fight them. Every effort is being made to divide the Iraqis.

Also see:
Back to Iraq: The First 450 Soldiers Are on Their Way

Jun 15 14:43

Saudi Arabia's Najran Tribes Declare War on Riyadh

The tribal people living in the Saudi border city of Najran in a statement voiced opposition to Riyadh's strikes on Yemen and declared war against the Saudi regime.

Jun 14 21:41

Yemen: The Silent Slaughter

There are shortages of food, cooking gas, fuel and drugs…The health system is collapsing. Patients with chronic diseases cannot get their drugs, bodies are on the streets, and the city is an open dump with trash covering the streets….It is extremely important to lift the blockade on food and medication and to set up unobstructed channels for air, sea and land access, to provide the population with what they need to survive.

Jun 14 20:05

Hawkish Hillary Clinton and Her Israel-First Political Sugar Daddy Haim Saban

Considerable attention has been devoted to the millions of dollars Bill and Hillary Clinton have received from wealthy individuals and corporations for their foundation and for themselves.

Hillary Clinton’s greatest billionaire backer has been Haim Saban, a dual United States-Israel citizen and hardline supporter of Israel, who has openly commented, “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel.”

It would not be beyond the realm of possibility that those who handed over tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation (some of which took place while Hillary was Secretary of State) or to the couple themselves for speaker fees expected favors in return.

Jun 14 09:55

Explosion destroys part of Yemen's UNESCO heritage site; Saudi Arabia denies responsibility

A protected 2,500-year-old cultural heritage site in Yemen’s capital was obliterated in an explosion early Friday, and witnesses and news reports said the cause was a missile or bomb from a Saudi warplane. The Saudi military denied responsibility.

The top antiquities-safeguarding official at the United Nations angrily condemned the destruction of ancient multistory homes, towers and gardens, which also killed an unspecified number of residents in Al Qasimi, a neighborhood in Sanaa’s Old City area.

“I am profoundly distressed by the loss of human lives as well as the damage inflicted on one of the world’s oldest jewels of Islamic urban landscape,” said the official, Irina Bokova, the director general of UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It may have been Israel, which has a political motive to erase archaeological evidence of ancient cultures to counter the fact no archaeological evidence exists supporting the claimed great Kingdoms of David and Solomon.Israel's entire claim to the lands of the Palestinians rests on biblical myths about the Kingdoms of David and Solomon and the First Temple, for which there is no hard archaeological evidence. The two best known claimed artifacts for the First Temple, the Pomegranate Temple Staff ornament and the Jehoash Tablet have been exposed as clever forgeries, and locations in Israel said to be connected with David and Solomon are so named out of tradition and "confirmation bias", with archaeologists admitting there is no actual hard data as to what they really were. Contrast that with other nations such as Egypt, Iraq, Iran, etc. where one cannot take three steps without tripping over the evidence of their ancient histories. Such a plethora of archaeological evidence in other countries has proven to be a severe embarrassment to Israel as it underscores the paucity of such evidence for what Israel declares to be its historical origins. Much of the Torah is now known to have simply been copied from other sources. The story of the Exodus actually happened to the Hyksos, not the Hebrews, and the story of the great flood was copied almost verbatim from the Epic of Gilgamesh. People can be forgiven for asking if the stories of the First Temple are also likewise purloined from other places and peoples. So Israel's governments, which justifies its theft on those stories, has a powerful motive to want the archaeological sites in other countries erased, to "level the playing field" by reducing the obvious contrast in the amount of such remains in other countries versus Israel itself. This may explain why, following the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, armed forces guarded the oil ministry while the Baghdad Museum was left wide open for looting and why American forces defaced the ancient city of UR, including building portions of a runway over the site.

Jun 14 09:24

Congressmen back role of Saudi Arabia in the region

The Congress members appreciated the role of the Kingdom in bringing back legitimacy to Yemen, saying that Saudi Arabia should be extended all possible support on this matter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Legitmacy?!?" Back in 2011, the US covertly overthrew Yemen's government and installed a puppet ruler, Hadi. This is common practice for the US Government as they have done this against fifty other nations since the end of WW2, including Cuba in 1952, Iran in 1953, Guatalama in 1954, Chile in 1973, Iraq in 2003, Afghanistan in 2004, Egypt in 1981 and again in 2013, Libya in 2011, Ukraine in 2014, etc. etc. etc. Back in 2012, Obama proclaimed the installation of the US puppet Hadi as a "successful" US intervention.

But the interventions are not always a success, especially when the people of a nation understand the real hand behind their civil strife. As a result, many of these conquered nations have successfully taken themselves back from US puppet rule such as Cuba in 1959, Iran in 1979, Chile in 1990, Egypt in 2011, and now Yemen, Libya, and eastern Ukraine in play. The US wants to stop this trend of conquered people refusing to stay conquered, but faced with a war-weary American people on the eve of an election year, is using Saudi Arabia as a proxy to do their dirty work of forcing the people of Yemen back under US puppet ruler Hadi.

"Legitimacy" my ASS!

Jun 13 10:42

Photos: “Highly Suspicious” Saudi Civil Defense trucks spotted on Texas highway

With fears over Jade Helm 2015 and possible martial law in America at a fever pitch photos have emerged showing Saudi Arabian forces within the United States.

Jun 12 16:10

Here's the CIA's Just-Released Top Secret File on Saudi Ties to 9/11

True to form, the CIA waited until 4:16 p.m. EDT this afternoon to release a trove of documents related to the September 11 attacks. Deep within one of those documents is a section on everything the agency learned after 9/11 about “Issues Relating to Saudi Arabia.” We can now share it here for the first time.

Jun 12 08:17

Coalition ‘not over’ until UN resolution takes effect: GCC

The Saudi-led coalition bombing Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen for more than two months will continue until a UN resolution calling for a rebel pullback takes effect, Qatar's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the same UN that pussied-out and gave Israel a free pass for all the kids they murder? Why is anyone even listening to them?

What Saudi Arabia is saying is that they are going to go on bombing the Yemen people (including children) until Yemen accepts their US-puppet ruler Hadi back!

Jun 11 13:39

Adelson’s Anti-BDS Event Links Money To Action

The “secret” Vegas weekend focused on planning for, and funding, a campaign to kill BDS in its academic cradle.

With U.S. billionaires both funding and setting up its top down strategy with Israeli-inspired organizations on American campuses, Israel’s successful invasion of U.S. institutions takes another major step toward “occupying” American institutions.

Four days after the Salon posting appeared, The New York Times buried two paragraphs about the Vegas event inside a longer story which featured the success Israel was enjoying in gaining anti-BDS support in state legislatures in South Carolina and Illinois.

This campaign against American supporters of Palestinian freedom, was prompted by the alarmed awareness among Israeli leaders, and their U.S. allies, that the BDS movement is rapidly gaining ground.

Jun 11 13:17

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

Iranian people have no problem with a rapprochement with the United States...…?Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

While Mr. Obama had, realistically speaking, no better alternative in choosing the timing for his administration’s foreign policy reorientation, a meaningful follow-through to implement his vision after his term in office expires would need a new Chief Executive with similar convictions; and, as things appear now, that prospect seems somewhat in doubt.

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Jun 11 11:47

'Western govts give Saudi Arabia pass to violate human rights'

Anger is spreading through the human-rights community, over the latest UN-backed summit on the subject. The reason is that the venue is Saudi Arabia.

Jun 11 08:16

The Saudi Finger-pointing at Iran

Riyadh’s increasingly destructive war in Yemen has sparked overripe discussion in Western capitals about Iran’s use of “proxies” to subvert otherwise “legitimate” Middle Eastern governments. Driving such discussion is a self-serving narrative, promoted by Israel as well as by Saudi Arabia, about Tehran’s purported quest to “destabilize” and, ultimately, “take over” the region.

Jun 10 14:43

A Rapprochement Or Just Wishful Thinking?

The current jockeying by potential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections is a perfect example of how true national interests are sacrificed for the sake of personal gains.

Iran could prove to be a powerful strategic partner to the United States, as long as its independence and regional influence are not threatened.

Jun 10 11:16

The Dark Saudi-Israeli Plot To Tip the Scales in Syria

A quiet meeting this past March in Saudi Arabia, and a recent anonymous leak
from the Israeli military, set the stage for what may be a new and wider war
in the Middle East.

Jun 10 08:14

Iran rules out any premeditation in poisoning Saudi pilgrims

An unintentional carelessness has caused the incident, Zolfaqari said speaking at a press conference, IRNA reported.

He said that the manager of the hotel where the pilgrims had been staying have taken responsibility of the incident.

Four Saudi citizens died from poisoning in a hospital in Mashad, in the northeastern Iranian province of Khorasan Razavi.

Jun 09 08:47

Princes Fleeing Saudi Arabia after Yemen's Scud Missile Attacks

Saudis, including Royal family members, are in a rush to flee the country after Yemen's first Scud missile hit a military airbase in Saudi Arabia's South on Saturday, media reports said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"What do you mean, they are shooting back?!?" -- Saudi King Salesman

Jun 08 20:38

Saudi Ambassador Warns West On Iran Deal: "All Options On Table..." Including Nukes

We previously warned of the risks of escalation in The Middle East to something much more dangerous, but, as the Saudi ambassador to UK confirmed today, the risk of Wahhabis going nuclear is even higher than many expected, "...if [Iran will not offer assurances it will not pursue nuclear weapons], then all options will be on the table for Saudi Arabia... Iran’s nuclear program poses a direct threat to the entire region and constitutes a major source and incentive for nuclear proliferation across the Middle East, including Israel."

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