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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 29 09:34

Pathways and Pitfalls of Islamic Struggles

By Richard Wilcox, PhD

Book Review of "Islamic Resistance to Imperialism" by Eric Walberg

Eric Walberg has now written three books on the topic of Islamic culture in relation to Western geo-politics and world events. He is a prolific journalist and scholar who has lived in Central Asia and the Middle East.

In Walberg’s third book, "Islamic Resistance to Imperialism" (2015, Clarity Press, 304 pages), he presents a view of the world most people in the West, especially those exposed to a diet of mainstream media may not be familiar with or sympathetic to. Issues that deal with religion, culture and geo-politics are inherently complex. Even worse, disinformation is intentionally promulgated by Western governments and their lapdogs in the media to mislead the public into supporting the West’s “war on terror.”...

Aug 28 13:59

The Israeli generals who allegedly spoilt Netanyahu's plan to attack Iran

Uri Avnery explains how, according to former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, two Israeli generals, hitherto thought to be characterless cronies of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, aborted their master’s plan to attack Iran.

Aug 28 10:53

India and Pakistan talks abruptly cancelled

The resumption of the long-stalled Indo-Pakistani peace process went off the rails without ever even leaving the station. On Sunday, August 23 and Monday, August 24 the national security advisers of South Asia’s nuclear-armed states were to have met in New Delhi in what would have been the first substantive high-level bilateral talks in almost two years. But late on Saturday evening, Pakistan announced it was withdrawing from the talks.

Aug 27 11:08

Kuwait summons Iran envoy over disputed gas field

Kuwait has summoned an Iranian envoy to protest Tehran's apparent offer of investment opportunities in the disputed Dorra gas field, state media reported Wednesday.

Aug 27 07:41

Responsibility to Destroy” (R2D): Total War in Yemen, Humanitarian Catastrophe, Ignored by Western Media

After NATO’s attempt to invoke the “responsibility to protect” (R2P) as justification for the destruction of Libya, it became clear that NATO was merely hiding behind the principles of humanitarian concern, not upholding them. And while it may be difficult to believe, there are still those across the Western media and policy think-tanks attempting to use R2P to justify further military aggression against nations like Syria.

However, R2P is conveniently absent amid what little talk of Yemen that does take place in the Western media. US-backed blockades and months of aerial bombardments have tipped Yemen toward a humanitarian catastrophe. Not only does both the UN and the West fail to demand an end to the bombings and blockades, the West has continued to underwrite Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s military adventure in Yemen.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All I can think of, upon reading this article, is the old Pogo cartoon, with the caption: "I have met the enemy and he...is us!"

It is high time the American people collectively awoke up from their slumber, to understand, and realize the significance of the reality, that in global geopolitics, the US government is no longer "the good guy" anymore.

The pain the leadership of this country has inflicted for decades upon the rest of the world, for private profit, has been, and continues to be, monumental, and so morally wrong that I don't know where to begin.

But there's an interesting Biblical saying; "That which you sew, you shall also reap". This country's leadership has been sewing wars, repression, and the deaths of hapless thousands of innocents who never did a thing to hurt this country.

One doesn't have to be Fellini to figure out what the ultimate repercussions may well be of these policies, and how they may affect each and everyone of us in this country.

Aug 27 07:04

Centcom Defends Skewing ISIS War Intel

While most of the Pentagon is going out of its way to avoid comment on yesterday’s revelation of an ongoing inspectors general investigation into deliberate “skewing” of intelligence assessments on the ISIS war by Centcom, the Central Command itself is defiant, insisting that it acted entirely appropriately in its reports.

In their new statement, Centcom insisted that just because they sought “feedback” from sources like the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) didn’t mean they had to include their comments in the final assessment sent on to policy makers, and that they, as the “primary agency” in the war, get to decide what does or doesn’t get sent on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Lying to both one's peers and the American public, is now the "new normal" for the Federal Government, which is why thinking Americans don't believe anything the Federal Government says anymore.

ISIS appears to have been concocted and protected by the very US government which condemns its acts today, and appears to be yet another "manufactured excuse" for again putting US troops in harm's way on the ground in Iraq, Libya, and ultimately Syria.

And this is the same US government, claiming that yet another incursion into these countries will be "successful this time"?!?

I am looking at the epic fail which was the invasion and occupation of Iraq; I am looking at the epic, on-going fail which is Afghanistan; and the epic fail of the invasion of Libya, and the extrajudicial assassination of its President, Ghadaffi, which has left the country in chaos; I am looking at the on-going epic fail of the US government-enabled Saudi invasion of Yemen. I am looking at a potential US ground invasion of Syria to oust Al-Assad, which may well invite war with Russia.

And the only logical explanation for the collective war madness which has engulfed the US Federal Government is that they want some war - any war - upon which to blame a coming national economic catastrophe of unimaginable proportions.

As to US government appears to be comprised of people who, collectively, can never take responsibility for anything they have done, this seems an absolutely reasonable scenario, no matter how much hurt they cause to the people of this country, and beyond, in their war lust.

Aug 27 01:01

Sanders’ Screwy Mideast Strategy

Out of fear of offending the power centers of Official Washington, Democrats won’t or can’t formulate a coherent foreign policy. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders says the solution to Mideast chaos is more Saudi intervention when Saudi intervention in support of Sunni extremists is the heart of the problem.

Aug 26 16:44

Russia, Egypt support forming anti-ISIS coalition with Syria - Putin

Russia and Egypt support the creation of a broad anti-terrorist coalition, which would include Syria, to fight Islamic State militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a joint media conference with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel el-Sisi.

“We underline the fundamental importance of the formation of a broad anti-terrorist front involving key international players and regional countries, including Syria,” Putin said on Wednesday.

He also announced plans to increase grain deliveries to Egypt. Plans for Russia to participate in the developing of Egypt’s grain infrastructure were also discussed by the heads of state.

Grain deliveries from Russia to Egypt amounted to 4 million tons in 2014, which is 40% of Egypt’s total demand, Putin noted. In 2014, there was an 86% increase in bilateral trade compared to 2013, reaching $5.5 billion.

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 07:50

Jordanian MPs: Send Soldiers to Guard Al Aqsa

Over 1/3 of Jordan's parliamentarians sign militant petition. Jordan will enlarge number of Waqf guards by 200.

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 07:38

Centcom Skewed ISIS War Intel To Be More Upbeat

The perennial positivity of all public Pentagon assessments on the war against ISIS, despite major, glaring losses on the ground, has been a matter of no small controversy for awhile, and has also successfully kept the elected officials who are on the receiving end of those assessments maintaining the war strategy as-is.

Even the Pentagon is less confident in how this is happening these days, and the matter is now the subject of an internal investigation being carried out by the Inspectors General, focusing on Central Command (Centcom) deliberately “reworking” the conclusions of several assessments produced by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to seem more upbeat on the war.

According to one of the DIA analysts, the agency was providing “draft” versions of their analyses to Centcom, and Centcom was editing the conclusions wholesale to make the war sound like it was going better, then passing along the edited versions to policymakers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of behaviour, on the part of Centcom, is like touching up an x-ray to assure a patient they don't have cancer.

Of course, at the heart of this deception is the reality the ISIS is a US-made monster, and the "raison d'etre" for continued incursions into the Middle East, for their resources, and to insure those resources are only purchasable with US Dollars.

Aug 26 07:29

Among the four American destroyers and coastal Syria hitch the Russian armada Mediterranean

Twentieth of August it became known that a group of three missile destroyers RM USA, which is based at the naval military base "Rota" in the Spanish province of Cadiz soon amend the fourth ship.

All of these destroyers are equipped with modern PRO sea basing "Idžis" ( Aegis ), which is one of the most important parts of the global PRO, which is distributed around the world, despite existing agreements with Russia. The official reason for reinforcing the Mediterranean grouping is - withdrawal from combat duty PRO missiles "Patriot" ( Patriot ), which are deployed on the territory of Turkey.

Aug 25 13:24

Israel unleashes its diplomatic thug on the UN

Jonathan Cook argues that Binyamin Netanyahu’s appointment of Danny Danon as ambassador to the UN is indicative of Israel's disdain for the international community and shows it has no place for negotiations or compromise.

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 18:21

Western Propaganda Method: Claim Dead Terrorists As Dead Civilians

By Brandon Turbeville

By now, the propaganda coming from the US State Department and the United Nations as well as their media mouthpieces should be familiar. According to these institutions, the Assad government is evil, illegitimate, and it intentionally massacres civilians. These claims are easily proven false and have been proven false in the past. Indeed, I have discussed these types of claims at length in my own articles and exposed them for being nothing more than weak attempts to convince Western peoples that Assad is a butcher and the terrorists are democracy-loving freedom fighters.

Such can be seen in the recent attempt to portray the Syrian Air Force as wantonly murdering civilians with “barrel bombs” in places like Douma...

Aug 24 15:00

US Shows its Real Face in Choosing Turkey over the Kurds

In its choice of allies in the battle against IS, the U.S. is showing that defeating the jihadists might in fact not be its number one priority.

When waging war, picking the right allies is a careful business. You must make concessions, without giving in too much. You need to rely on someone else, without becoming too dependent. You need to stand firm, and be flexible at the same time. War-time allies can turn into bitter enemies after victory has been declared, and your worst enemy might in fact prove to be your best friend after all.

Aug 24 13:30

The Iran agreement and Israel’s claim to speak for the Jews 

Lawrence Davidson says the fact that Jews in the United States are divided over the Iran nuclear deal undermines the myth that all Jews are united behind and synonymous with Zionist Israel

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 24 07:09

Hundreds of migrants cross border unhindered from Greece into Macedonia - video

Hundreds of migrants cross from Greece into Macedonia on Sunday after Macedonian security forces appeared to abandon a bid to seal the border, following days of confrontation. Large groups of migrants can be seen walking across the border to Gevgelija train stations where they wait to board trains northwards to Serbia. Macedonia had declared a state of emergency on Thursday and sealed its southern frontier, using riot police and tear gas in an attempt to drive back crowds, but the police lines were overwhelmed on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Guardian gives absolutely zero context is to why this is happening.

I watched some clips of what what going on in Macedonia on Al-Jazeera television on Saturday.

Most of these people are war-displaced Syrians, desperately trying to get into Europe to achieve some kind of refugee status.

The Macedonian police were beating men with clubs, and throwing flash-bang grenades at the feet of mothers with toddlers in their arms.

The US government, redoubling its efforts to oust Bashir Al-Assad, is specifically responsible for this massive human tidal wave of misery, but will, of course, do absolutely nothing to help these people.

They are, to this government, simply "collateral damage",because they did not have the collective good taste to die outright in their country of origin.

Just looking at the faces of those parents, kids and toddlers, with all the trauma they have had to endure, nearly made me cry, and I think it would have done the same for all decent people of conscience.

This is a pogrom against people of the Middle East and Africa, because they have the nerve to be living on resources - or near potential pipeline routes - the US government wants for itself, and to insure that payments for those resources are only doe with US dollars.

Aug 23 08:56

Will Jordan agree to set up a 'safe zone' on Syrian border?

Jordan is weighing the risks and benefits of setting up a safe zone along its borders with Syria and is watching Turkey’s attempts to create a buffer or safe corridor in the north of the war-torn country, according to a source close to the Jordanian government who recently met with a senior government official. The source, who requested anonymity, told Al-Monitor that officials in Amman expressed interest in establishing a “safe zone and not a buffer zone with a depth of 60 kilometers [37 miles] into southern Syria,” but for this to happen, Jordan would need an international mandate. The source said that legal, logistical and political problems have put such plans on hold, and it is unlikely that a decision will be made unilaterally over this anytime soon.

Aug 23 04:05

The Age of Imperial Wars - From Regional War, "Regime Change" to Global Warfare

2015 has become a year of living dangerously.

Wars are spreading across the globe.

Wars are escalating as new countries are bombed and the old are ravaged with ever greater intensity.

Countries, where relatively peaceful changes had taken place through recent elections, are now on the verge of civil wars.

These are wars without victors, but plenty of losers; wars that don’t end; wars where imperial occupations are faced with prolonged resistance.

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 15:12

Palestine: a global rethink

Ruth Tenne spells out what the Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, as well as the worldwide Palestine solidarity movements, must do in order to achieve a secure, viable and contiguous Palestinian state.

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 22 07:03

Ron Paul Discusses 'Rabbis For Iran Deal'

"Maybe Chuck Schumer doesn't speak for the Jewish community here in the United States," Ron Paul says.

Aug 21 15:57

Israel launches 2nd round of air strikes in Syria, killing 6

DAMASCUS, Syria — Israeli air strikes in southern Syria killed six people and wounded seven, Syrian state TV reported Friday, in retaliation for a rocket attack on Israel that Jerusalem blamed on militants backed by Iran.

Aug 21 12:36

Binyamin Netanyahu, the magician's apprentice

Uri Avnery examines Binyamin Netanyahu’s blunders – his fumbling with Iran’s non-existent nuclear bomb, his attempts to play off Hamas against the Palestinian mainstream – and concludes that the man is a fool.

Aug 21 06:43

Israel Bombs Syria

By Stephen Lendman

On Friday, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported Israeli warplanes bombed a military post near Quneitra in Syrian controlled Golan killing one soldier, wounding eight others.

The pro-Western London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported two deaths – possible military officials close to Assad. It indicated raids struck other targets outside Damascus, including a weapons depot.

Israel said the IDF “targeted 14 Syrian military posts in the Syrian Golan Heights” – without further explanation. Israeli media reported artillery batteries, army outposts and communications antennae struck.

The attack was perhaps the largest one since the 1967 Six Day War. Is it possible prelude to US/Israeli/Turkish full-scale war on Assad?...

Aug 20 13:44

America’s Greatest Hits—So to Speak

Here we are, falling for the scam again. Iran, ISIS, al-Qaida Reloaded, and Yemen, and al-Shabab, and al-Everyone Else on Ye Olde List of Ye Witches, er, terrorists. America’s Greatest Hits.

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

Morocco condemns Israel’s Judaisation of Jerusalem

The Moroccan government has condemned what it describes as Israel’s attempts to Judaise Jerusalem and encourage illegal Jewish settlements across the occupied territories.

Speaking to reporters after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting in Rabat, government spokesman and Minister of Communications Mustapha Al-Khalfi said that Morocco regards such attempts as the “fragmentation” of Arab and Islamic identity in the city.

“Work is underway within the Arab League,” he explained, “and in coordination with the Islamic countries to crystallise positions to stand up to these exercises and put in place a process that ensures support for the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and enables them to regain their legitimate rights.”

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 19:34

Insouciance Rules The West — Paul Craig Roberts

snip: Just as the idiot Europeans produce their own refugee problems, the idiot Americans produce their own terrorist problems. It is mindless. And there is no end to it.

Aug 19 19:29

Two Reports on Yemen Ignore Obama's Aggression

snip: UNICEF reports 900 hospitals and health facilities closed since March along with 3,600 schools. US supported Saudi blockade created a humanitarian crisis. Small amounts of aid only are allowed in - way too little to matter, a deliberate attempt to starve people to death or kill them for lack of medical treatment for wounds or diseases.

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 09:31

The Labour Party Turns on the Israel Lobby

It would be fair to say the massacre of around 100 Palestinian villagers by Jewish Stern Gang and Irgun terrorists in the village of Deir Yassin nearly 70 years ago is not well remembered today.
Like many of the horrific events surrounding the creation of the state of Israel, the massacre on April 9, 1948 has been quietly dropped down the memory hole. It was a horrific tale of British betrayal and Jewish ruthlessness, and is still too embarrassing for both Jewish elites and the British government.

Aug 19 07:25

Paid Hasbara Brigade Busted On Reddit

Lenora Avraham is a ‘Casbara’ – that’s a captain of a hasbarat brigade. Casbara is Lenora’s rank. ‘Casbara’ has just been coined by yours truly so as to distinguish between the ziobot zombies: hasbarats, and their deranged cell leaders ‘Casbarats’. Well, we often talk about the vile hasbarats – and here now is our chance to look into the viler Casbarats.

Here below, folks, is the story behind Lenora Avraham getting busted for insidious Casbara activities on reddit- I encourage you to read through ALL THREE links to get the fuller picture and nuance:

Aug 18 14:58

Full Alex Jones Show – Alex Debates David Duke on Jewish/Zionist Power!

Breakthrough interview, highly entertaining to watch Alex Jones squirm when David Duke talks about Zionists controlling banks, media, and government and killing innocent Palestinians.

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 18 08:15

What the Latest Currency ‘War’ is All About

When the US embarks on perennial quantitative easing, that’s OK. When the EU does QE as well, that’s OK. But when the Bank of China decides it’s in the best interest of the nation to let the yuan go down a bit instead of infinitely up, that’s Armageddon.

An internationalized yuan established as a global reserve currency implies a "market-determined" exchange rate policy.

It took the Bank of China to devaluate the yuan on two consecutive days — moving within the 2 percent band that it’s allowed to — for the proverbial global financial banshees to go completely bonkers.

Forget the hysteria. The heart of the matter is that Beijing has stepped on the gas in a quite complex long game; to liberalize the yuan exchange rate; allow it to free float against the US dollar; and establish the yuan as a global reserve currency.

Aug 18 08:11

The Social Costs of Capitalism

The public subsidies provided to miners, loggers, and ranchers are as extravagant and as harmful to the public interest as the subsidies that the Federal Reserve and Treasury provide to the "banks too big to fail."

Few, if any, corporations absorb the full cost of their operations. Corporations shove many of their costs onto the environment, the public sector, and distant third parties.

Economists call these costs “external costs” or “social costs.” The mine made its profits by creating pollutants, the cost of which is borne by those who had no share in the profits.

Aug 18 08:07

British petition calls for Netanyahu to be arrested for war crimes

The petition, filed on the U.K. parliament petition website, was apparently inspired by an upcoming visit to London by Netanyahu for meetings with the government.

Thousands of U.K. residents have signed a petitiondemanding the arrest of Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu for his war crimes against Gaza during last summer’s brutal offensive.

Given the large scale of support and attention, the U.K. government may be forced to publicly respond in the near future.

Aug 18 08:02

Israel “Drills” Ground Incursion In Syria; Pretext Fighting Terror Israel Helped Create

By Brandon Turbeville

According to reports coming from both Israel and Europe, the Israeli Defense Forces appear to be preparing for a ground incursion of Syrian territory in the Golan Heights area.

Whatever the plans of the IDF, the Israeli military clearly engaged in wide-scale maneuvers on the border with Syria on Sunday which simulated an incursion into Syrian territory and the evacuation of Israelis currently residing in border towns...

Aug 17 21:21

ISIS 'Mein Kampf' Blames Israel for Global Terrorism

Intelligence officials are comparing a newly discovered secret Islamic State document to Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” as it blames Israel for the rise of the Islamic State and crowns U.S. President Barack Obama as the “Mule of the Jews.”

“It reads like the caliphate’s own Mein Kampf,” said a U.S. intelligence official, who reviewed the document. “While the world is watching videos of beheadings and crucifixions in Iraq and Syria the Islamic State is moving into North Africa the Middle East, and now we see it has a strategy in South Asia. It’s a magician’s trick, watch this hand and you’ll never see what the other is doing.”

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 17 11:14

The US / Israeli Conflict is Finally Visible for All to See

snip: Israel is the nuclear monopolist in the Middle East and has been since the 1960s, thanks to the connivance of its American supporters inside and outside of government. In the context of Iran’s potential for obtaining a nuclear weapon, wouldn’t you think that fact is relevant? Why do establishment politicians and the mainstream news media hardly ever mention it? Moreover, the rockets that threaten Israelis come from people whom Zionist militias drove off their land in 1948 in a far-reaching ethnic-cleansing campaign and who are now routinely threatened and oppressed: the Palestinians in the open-air prison known as the Gaza Strip, target of savage air wars and a years-long blockade, and the people of southern Lebanon, whom Israel has attacked repeatedly and occupied over the years.

Aug 17 09:56

Donald Trumps Advocates Sending Ground Troops to Fight the Islamic State

Candidate says U.S. needs to take Iraq’s oil.

Trump said Iraq’s oil fields should be seized to prevent ISIS from profiting.

It is estimated ISIS controls around 10% of the country’s oil rigs and sells the stolen oil at lower than market prices on an international black market.

Trump said the Iraqis should be given “something” from their oil fields and added “we should definitely take back money for our soldiers” wounded in the invasion of Iraq.

Aug 17 09:48

Hundreds of US rabbis voice support for Iran nuclear deal

Agence France Presse

WASHINGTON: More than 300 American rabbis wrote members of Congress Monday urging them to support the international nuclear deal with Iran, signaling the U.S. Jewish community is split over the historic but controversial accord.

The religious leaders come from across the spectrum, but hail overwhelmingly from Judaism's Conservative and Reform streams as well as other progressive Jewish movements, a spokesperson said.
I bet somebody has their shorts in a knot over this!

Aug 17 09:32

Trouble in Asia Minor - Middle East quagmire

easy to start wars and hard to create peace

Aug 17 09:20

Breaking: Trump Picks Netanyahu as Running Mate for 2016

The Israeli Daily got wind of this dramatic political development after Trump’s limo driver leaked the information while fooling around with Israeli tourists outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Sources close to the Prime Minister revealed he was given the unexpected nod through third party ‘back-channel negotiators’. He remarked to inner, inner-circle staff member, Sarah Netanyahu, “What chutzpah! Choosing a running mate before being nominated. What is he? Israeli?”

Opposition leaders in the Israeli government believe Bibi accepted The Donald’s invitation purely as a plan B strategy. Backup insurance in case his hawkish coalition government turns to shit.

Just kidding!

Aug 17 07:28

Iraqi Officials Take On ISIS “Fall of Mosul” False Flag – Patsies Lining Up

By Bernie Suarez

Ever since the illegal planned invasion and destruction of Iraq admitted by General Wesley Clark in his “7 countries in 5 years” debriefing to the American people in 2007 and outlined in the globalist Project for a New American Century (PNAC) plans from BEFORE 9/11, Iraq has been at the center of the new world order. How could they not be? It was Iraq’s Saddam Hussein who was a master patsy FOR the United States who armed Hussein to the tune of billions of dollars only to pull the carpet from underneath his feet when they saw that he wasn’t going to play (petro dollar) ball with them any more. Iraq is also the birth place of ISIS (al Qaeda in Iraq at the time). But ISIS only really took a stronghold in Iraq after the planned and engineered fall of Iraq at the hands of the U.S...

Aug 16 09:06

The “New Thirty Years War” in the Middle East – A Western Policy of Chaos?

By Steven MacMillan

The Middle East has been in a state of chaos for years now, with each passing year bringing a new wave of instability, carnage and human suffering to the people of the region. From Afghanistan to Iraq, Libya to Syria, Western foreign policy has directly caused or exacerbated much of the chaos we see in the region today and has contributed to a growing trend of instability.

A pertinent question of our time, however, is whether this instability and destabilization is a result of inept strategy by Western nations, or a calculated strategy by the West to intentionally create chaos, balkanize nations and increase sectarian tensions in the region?...

Aug 16 07:52

Thousands Demand Netanyahu’s Arrest for War Crimes

Snip: Deir Yassin and dozens of other massacres removed Palestinians for Jews. Israeli “War of Independence” forces committed massive ethnic cleansing and genocidal slaughter. Palestinians commemorate the Nakba. Words can't explain the horror.

Israel’s entire history is blood-drenched - responsible for virtually every kind of criminal atrocity imaginable. Netanyahu is the latest in a long line of rogue leaders, the worst of the bunch - fascist, racist, exceeding Sharonian evil.

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Sign the petition if you’re a UK citizen or resident. (Others aren’t eligible). Demand Netanyahu’s arrest, detention and prosecution. Repeat the process for Obama, Bush and top officials in their administrations.

Aug 16 06:40

The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS

Brandon Martinez of Non-Aligned Media revisits a March 2015 scandal which exposed the direct connection between the pro-Zionist Harper regime in Ottawa and ISIS, and how the mainstream media refused to follow up on it.

Aug 15 11:34

The Buried Canadian State Connection to ISIS

Brandon Martinez of Non-Aligned Media revisits a March 2015 scandal which exposed the direct connection between the pro-Zionist Harper regime in Ottawa and ISIS, and how the mainstream media refused to follow up on it.

He shines the spotlight on a curious incident which happened in Turkey and Canadian Government & Intelligence collaboration with ISIS.

Aug 15 10:47

‘Deal or war’: Is doomed dollar really behind Obama’s Iran warning?

This is not just about Iran. It is about other major world economies moving away from holding the US dollar as a means of doing business.

In his drastic prediction of war, one might assume that Obama is referring to Israel launching a preemptive military strike on Iran with the backing of US Republicans. Or that he is insinuating that Iran will walk from self-imposed restraints on its nuclear program to build a bomb, thus triggering a war.

But what could really be behind Obama’s dire warning of “deal or war” is another scenario – the collapse of the US dollar, and with that the implosion of the US economy.

That scenario was hinted at this week by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Speaking in New York on August 11, Kerry made the candid admission that failure to seal the nuclear deal could result in the US dollar losing its status as the top international reserve currency.

Aug 14 15:50

AIPAC: Headed for Defeat (But That’s Not Why It’s Bad for the Jews)

snip: The willfully blind don’t yet see it and those who shamelessly do what Israel orders don’t care, but the conventional wisdom is fast becoming that Obama has had it with Netanyahu and that he is finally growing a pair.

True enough: the old Obama would have represented Israeli interests in the Vienna negotiations as unabashedly as all Republican and some Democratic Senators and Representatives still do; and he would have shied away from the chances of reaching a successful conclusion just as soon as it became clear that the Iranians were not about to surrender unconditionally to Israeli demands.

Aug 14 15:42

Israel, Congress and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

snip: ‘The Iran deal threatens the very existence of Israel.’ Ho-hum. We keep hearing this, anytime anyone dares do or say anything in opposition to Israel. When someone suggests that perhaps United States aid to Israel, greater than that given to all other countries combined, could fantinapossibly go to better use serving the taxpayers whose pockets it is being extracted from, Israel interprets such ideas as anti-Semitic, clear evidence that another Holocaust is around the corner, and needing the support of the U.S. Congress to quash such destructive thoughts. If one mentions the suffering of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, suffering caused by the illegal Israeli blockade, Israeli spokespeople accuse the speaker of denying Israel its right to defend itself. Yet when Israeli government officials call Palestinians ‘beasts’, and advocate their complete annihilation, well, what does that really matter?

Aug 14 15:36

Is Putin Planning to Sell-Out Assad?

snip: Washington wants war. Washington cannot achieve its goal of breaking up Syria and redrawing the map of the Middle East if peacemaker Putin prevails. Let’s put it this way: If Putin gets Saudi Arabia on board, then a good portion of the funding for jihadi groups will dry up, the Syrian Army, assisted by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, will have greater success on the battlefield, and ISIS will be annihilated.

Aug 14 11:41

Jewish terrorists and the dilemma of administrative detention

Uri Avnery explains the dilemma of whether administrative detention, which Israel has used extensively and until recently exclusively against Arabs – should be supported, even if it saves the lives of Arabs and Jews.

Aug 14 09:55

Michele Bachmann’s creepy End Times fantasies: Why the religious right yearns for World War III

One of the creepiest aspects of contemporary American politics is the unholy alliance between the Christian right and Israel. It’s uncomfortable because the religious right’s affinity for Israel is tied to a rather disturbing fever dream: Israel’s destruction. Many evangelicals are utterly convinced that every addition to the sum of suffering in the Middle East is but a sign of the end times, of Christ’s return.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What chills me to the bone about this is the mixing of religion and politics in this way.

As a Centrist Christian (God is, Christ is, Love is), I understand that our faith came from a Jewish background all those thousands of years ago; however, this blind love of Israel, no matter how inhumanely the government and people of this country treat the Palestinians, is just not sane, theologically or practically.

I don't know what the Hebrew word is for "Useful idiots", but that is surely what many Israelis may well think of the fundamentalists who support the country unconditionally, no matter what it might do.

Aug 14 09:47

Pro-Israeli group urges Congress to vote ‘no’ on Iran agreement

A pro-Israeli organization in the United States has urged Congress to reject the nuclear agreement reached with Iran last month.

Aug 14 09:03

Report: Israeli fuel tankers escorted Jordanian fighter jets en route to US

Israeli air force fuel tankers escorted Jordanian fighter jets across the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week to take part in exercises in the western United States, according to an American web site devoted to military aviation news.

Aug 14 06:29

Brushing Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?

The truth they don’t want you to see, while Little Hamza slept, Israel bombed Gaza with White Phosphorus. But it’s okay, Israel was only defending itself.

Aug 14 05:25

Jimmy Carter Has Cancer

“In ‘A Full Life,’ Jimmy Carter at 90 remains a wise truth teller”.

His announcement was candid and truthful.

The cancer first identified in his liver, has “spread to other parts of his body”. He expects to hang around for a while; his travel schedule is only cut back, not canceled. How long will a “while” last? We will just have to wait and see.

The pending freedom of both Israelis and Palestinians from the bondage of conflict, owes a great deal to this man.

Aug 13 18:05

UN Says “Too Soon For Syria Peace Conference” So Long As ISIS Gains Ground

By Brandon Turbeville

In late July, as ISIS’ gains across Syria were televised all over Western media, the United Nations publicly announced that it was too soon for another Syrian peace conference.

The UN position was no doubt confusing to many half-cognizant observers since the United Nations is typically the loudest voice calling for peace talks (oftentimes half-heartedly) in any given confrontation. This time, however, the UN has thrown up its hands and essentially declared “it’s no use!”...

Aug 13 12:51

US Holds Secret Talks With Russia on Middle East Behind EU’s Back

High-ranking Russian and US military officials are holding “secret negotiations” to reduce tensions between Russia and NATO, Spanish news website Mil21.es reported, citing anonymous European intelligence sources.

Aug 13 01:14

Aucklander on 'Islamic State hit list'

The family of an Auckland man whose name is on a "hit list" apparently released by Islamic State is at a loss to understand why he appears, they say.
Authored by the "Islamic State hacking division", the document claims the group has accessed United States military and government emails and goes on to publish passwords, names, phone numbers and locations.

There are nearly 40 pages of details, covering more than 1400 individuals, which have been shared on social media.

A message accompanying the list, which is in the form of a spreadsheet, warns its enemies: "Know that we are in your emails and computer systems, watching and recording your every move, we have your names and addresses, we are in your emails and social media accounts, we are extracting confidential data."

The division said it was passing the personal information onto the soldiers of the khilafah, who would strike with the permission of Allah.

Aug 12 14:07

Israel's impending final solution for the Palestinians

Alan Hart assesses the chances of Israel’s final solution of the Palestinian “problem” being implemented, i.e. ethnically cleansing them from the holy land and blackmailing the world with its nuclear weapons.

Aug 12 12:54

Iran Launches Hectic Diplomacy to Build Regional Coalition against ISIL

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said that his tour of the regional states after the nuclear agreement with the world powers is aimed at forming a regional front for war on ISIL and other extremist groups.

Aug 12 10:52

From Currency Wars To Oil Wars - OPEC Ups Production To 3 Year Highs As Iran Output Surges

As China takes the currency wars to the next level, so OPEC, not to be outdone, rotates the oil war volume to 11. As Bloomberg reports, OPEC pumped the most crude last month in more than three years as Iran restored output to the highest level since international sanctions were strengthened in 2012. The response - as one would expect - is a plunge in crude prices, erasing all the ridiculous algo-driven gains of yesterday, pushing WTI back on the verge of a $42 handle.

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 07:25

52 Presidents, US-Iran Nuclear Agreement, and the Centerpiece of US Foreign Policy Struggle

Israeli power over the making and implementing of US Middle East policy has led to the US invasions of Iraq, Syria and Libya; the current economic boycott and blockade of Iran; the breakup of Sudan; and the bombing of Somalia.

Aug 12 06:28

Greece: Raped, Humiliated, Frightened But Standing!

Greece is now obviously on the same hit list of the Empire, as are countless other nations, from Ecuador and Venezuela, to Russia, China and Iran.

Has it been a warning or an act of desperation? A reaction to recent humiliation, to a rape that Greece once again suffered at the hands of Germany, its politicians and banks, and in the paws of the rest of the European Union?

In Greece, it all feels like a calm before a huge storm.

Aug 12 06:13

The Centerpiece of US Foreign Policy Struggle

The basic question for all Americans is whether we will act as an independent, sovereign country pursuing peace through diplomacy, as we currently see unfolding with Iran and Cuba, or a submissive military instrument, directed by Israel’s proxies hell-bent on destroying America for Israel.

While many US intellectuals, liberals, progressives and leftists support the US-Iran agreement (see the Scientists’ Letter to Obama on Iran Nuclear Deal, Aug. 8, 2015 with 29 top scholars and Nobel laureates support diplomacy), few would dare to identify and attack Israel’s US proxies as they promote Tel Aviv’s agenda pushing the US to war with Iran. A brief glance through the sectarian left press, for example, The Socialist Register, New Politics, New Left Review, finds no discussion of the powerful, well-financed, highly organized, elite-driven Israeli proxies and their role in determining US wars in the Middle East, and more specifically the war agenda toward Iran.

Aug 11 23:49

Repression in Jordan to Protect Israel - The Trial and Sentencing of Amer Jubran

On July 29, 2015, the trial of Palestinian activist Amer Jubran in Jordan reached its predictable conclusion: 10 years with hard labor for phony “terrorism” offenses, based at least in part on laws manufactured after his arrest.

In August of 2014, he was finally given a list of charges against him. These included the charge of threatening to “harm relations with a foreign government,” part of a new set of “anti-terrorism” laws enacted in Jordan in June of 2014 (a month after Amer’s arrest in May).

Aug 11 15:46

A Far Flung Fight for Justice in Palestine - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

There is a sense that the Zionist representatives of a people who suffered horribly during World War II have betrayed the moral lessons of that experience by adopting the practice of colonial conquest. At the same time the Zionists impose on the West a skewed picture of the Middle East.

Aug 11 11:25

Netanyahu and His Marionettes

Benjamin Netanyahu is laying siege to the Congress of the United States, not for the first time. He has thrown his voice and channeled his influence into the arena of American legislative politics, to abort the P5+1 nuclear settlement with Iran, which was signed on July 14 by the US, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia. The Israeli strong man’s latest intervention is in keeping with the rest of his political career. Netanyahu owes all his importance and his success to actions that have been purely destructive.

Aug 11 11:20

Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal

President Obama's singular achievement is the effort he has pursued to break the stranglehold the Zionist and NeoCons have exerted over American policy.

“Top diplomats from Russia and China joined a rare meeting of world powers’ envoys on Capitol Hill this week with roughly 30 Senate Democrats to tamp down concerns over the nuclear agreement.

“The prospect of the rejection of a deal makes us nervous,” Philipp Ackermann, the acting German ambassador to the United States, said Thursday. “It would be a nightmare for every European country if this is rejected.”

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 10:22

Greece – A Dramatic Appeal by Mikis Theodorakis

The signatories are calling “all the peoples of the world, to realize that the struggle of the Greek people is also their struggle”.

Friends of Greece,

On 3 August 2015, MikisTheodorakis, the Greek world famous music composer and Resistance figure, called upon the Greek people – and the peoples of the world – to respect Democracy – the very Democracy, born in Greece some 2500 years ago and given to the world as a set of values for respect for each other, for humanity – for equal rights and for free expression.

The following text summarizes MikisTheodorakis’ appeal to stop the Syriza Government from selling out the Greek people’s country and stop the currently – almost in secret – ongoing negotiations with the troika on the modalities of the € 86 billion loan and the details of the new austerity measures – “negotiations” to be concluded by about 20 August 2015.

Aug 10 10:17

Trump trumps them all in Republican debates — Pepe Escobar

"Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t win anymore..." Donald Trump

Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz has said that the US, on the financial front, is “on the wrong side of history.” As for the Republican candidates chasing the nomination for the 2016 US presidential race, well, they may qualify only for the ‘wrong’ side of the bargain, as they hardly know what ‘history’ means.
And that brings us to a mammoth specimen of entertainment/reality TV; the first Republican debate, no less than a seemingly-eternal 15 months before the actual US presidential election.

It definitely started with a – what else? – celebrity TV bang. Would anybody raise their hands if they were mulling running as a third-party candidate, and ignore the eventual Republican nominee?

Aug 10 08:16

The Origins of ISIS

more palatable explanation you can use for people who are still asleep

Aug 10 08:09

Judge Nap: Hillary Clinton Approved Arms for Terrorist Enemies of U.S.

Judge Andrew Napolitano revealed this morning what he has concluded after reviewing hundreds of pages of documents and emails related to Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

The judge wrote today in a Washington Times column that the documents "persuaded me beyond a reasonable doubt and to a moral certainty that Mrs. Clinton provided material assistance to terrorists and lied to Congress."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Aug 10 06:16

Hijacking the Rhetoric

Holocaust could be countered, neutralized and nullified with 100 million African slave victims of Jewish slave traders, 60 million Christian Russian victims of Jewish Communism, 8 million Holodomor, 1.5 million Armenian genocide, 15 million burnt German victims, and the still on-going Palestinian and Middle Eastern genocide.

Aug 09 13:02

A far flung fight for justice in Palestine

Lawrence Davidson explains, using the example of Australia, how the scattering of Palestinian refugees throughout the Western world has challenged the image Israel presents of itself as a modern, civilised nation, exposing Zionism’s barbarity.

Aug 09 12:51

Greece – A Dramatic Appeal by Mikis Theodorakis

MikisTheodorakis, the Greek world famous music composer and Resistance figure, called upon the Greek people – and the peoples of the world – to respect Democracy – the very Democracy, born in Greece some 2500 years ago and given to the world as a set of values for respect for each other, for humanity – for equal rights and for free expression.

He referred in particular to the Greek referendum in which the Greek people on 5 July 2015 voted with an overwhelming 61% against the continuation of the economic and financial strangulation of Greece by the infamous troika – the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Aug 09 12:46

A Cold Summer for Europe

In the whole modern history of Europe, there was not such a shameful surrender, or even treason. ‘Alexis Tsipras’ is a Greek translation of ‘Vidkun Quisling’ or of ‘Maréchal Pétain’.

After the Syriza debacle of Greece, there is a very little trust for left-wing rhetoric. In the whole modern history of Europe, there was not such a shameful surrender, or even treason. ‘Alexis Tsipras’ is a Greek translation of ‘Vidkun Quisling’ or of ‘Maréchal Pétain’. The man received the full support of his people, and chickened out. (The first step of Syriza after the fiasco was to enter into military cooperation with Israel.) Now only the far-right Golden Dawn speaks loudly against surrender to the bankers, but this is a party in opposition, and it risks nothing by speaking out.

Aug 09 12:18

Erdogan’s 1st year marred by violations of Constitution, intrusion in gov’t

The legacy of President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s first year in office has come under immense criticism. He stands accused of violating the Constitution, intervening in the government’s affairs and engaging in obvious favoritism for the ruling party, a preference that is reflected in his push for an early general election.

Looks like things are getting interesting in Turkey.
http://www.voltairenet.org/article188307.html
http://www.voltairenet.org/article188337.html

Aug 09 07:57

Anarchists vs ISIS in Syria

No wonder the US is OK with Turkey bombing the Kurds in Iraq, Syria, and Turkey to protect the paid mercenaries

Aug 09 07:01

U.S. approves $150 million deal for Bahrain F-16 support

The U.S. government on Friday said it approved a possible sale of $150 million worth of equipment to Bahrain to maintain its fleet of Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter jets, even as two U.S. senators introduced legislation to reinstate an arms sales ban that was lifted by the Obama administration in June.

The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, told lawmakers that the Bahraini government had requested equipment for support and communications, ammunition and spare parts valued at $150 million.

Lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale, which the DSCA said was needed to maintain the operational readiness of the aging F-16 fleet of the Royal Bahrain Air Force, which has been used in recent strikes against Islamic State.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am having a palm to forehead moment, at velocity, upon reading this.

Bahrain's Sunni al-Khalifa monarchy has one of the most rotten human rights records in the Middle East. The monarchy is, if you will, our thug in the region, and the US government is loathe to take its business elsewhere, because Bahrain is home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Peaceful protests in support of a constitutional monarchy have been met with violent suppression, torture, and even arrests, and jail time, for first responders treating the wounded protesters.

So far, the protests have been peaceful; but US policy makers are completely tone-deaf, and blind, if they expect, with all the turmoil in the region, that this will remain the case. The late President Kennedy said it best; "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

And at the point where such upheaval may come to Bahrain, look for its government to become one of the most vitriolically anti-American countries in the region, if not the world, for all the evil the US government has enabled in Bahrain.

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 12:26

The Liberation of US Foreign Policy

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 11:18

Obama Heads for Full-Scale War on Syria

snip: All signs point to Obama intending to use US warplanes extrajudicially (with no Security Council or congressional authorization) against Syria’s military, strategic sites, as well as perhaps Damascus and other cities - putting civilians more in harm’s way than already.

Libya 2.0 may be imminent - maybe launched while Congress is on summer break, political focus is on the 2016 presidential race, and many Americans are enjoying summer activities.

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 08 08:19

"We Have A Civil War": Inside Turkey's Descent Into Political, Social, And Economic Chaos

Deflecting criticism surrounding Ankara’s anti-terror air campaign, Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu last week told state television that strikes against ISIS targets would pick up once the US had its resources in place at Incirlik which will supposedly serve as a hub for a new "comprehensive battle." Turkey has had a difficult time explaining why, after obtaining NATO support for a new offensive campaign to root out "terrorists", its efforts have concentrated almost solely on the PKK and not on ISIS. As we’ve discussed in great detail (here, here, and here), and as the entire world is now acutely aware, Ankara’s newfound zeal for eradicating ISIS is nothing more than a cover for its efforts to undermine support for the PKK ahead of snap elections where President Tayyip Erdogan hopes to win back AKP’s absolute majority in parliament which it lost last month for the first time in 12 years.

Aug 08 04:16

America: 'The leading terrorist state and proud of it'

Go ahead. Conduct your own poll the next time you’re chatting with Americans. Ask how many civilians were killed in Vietnam, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Iraq, Syria, Panama, Cuba, Nicaragua, Korea, etc. I bet they either don’t know or care. And that’s what - as Chomsky wrote in a 2014 op-ed - makes America the “leading terrorist state and proud of it”.

Aug 08 04:09

US Invasion of Syria: The Deep Breath Before the Plunge

When Foreign Policy magazine recently claimed, “Turkey Goes to War,” in their article of the same title, what they really meant was “the US goes to war.” That is because the lengthy plan they described in their article is not of the Turks’ creation, but a long-standing US plan committed to policy papers since at least as early as 2012.

Aug 07 12:48

Hamas and Fatah complicity in the Israeli occupation

Uri Avnery argues that through their divisions and mutual hatreds, Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank are complicit in the Israeli occupation's strategy of divide and rule.

Aug 07 12:46

Hamas and Fatah complicity in the Israeli occupation

Uri Avnery argues that through their divisions and mutual hatreds, Hamas in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank are complicit in the Israeli occupation's strategy of divide and rule.

Aug 07 09:39

‘Root of all evil? US intervention, not Assad’ – Ron Paul University director to RT

does anyone still believe the Assad (the overwhelmingly re-elected leader) is the villain?

Aug 07 09:00

Pentagon prepares for century of climate emergencies and oil wars

US Army research reveals the military’s latest strategies to safeguard the global fossil fuel system from threat of scarcity and climate disruption The US Army is preparing for a new era of war for oil. While energy has always played a role in military conflicts, US military experts believe the geopolitics of energy, land and water is increasingly central to who rules, or ruins, the world.

Aug 06 09:36

Qatari foreign minister: Iran nuclear deal is ‘best option’

Speaking at a press conference with Kerry Monday, Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah commented, "This was the best option among other options. We are confident that what they undertook makes this region safer and more stable. He let us know that there is going to be live oversight over Iran not to gain or to get any nuclear weapons. This is reassuring to the region."

He added Kerry had made it clear the United States would prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons in the agreement, in which Iran will proceed with peaceful nuclear development in exchange for a lifting of economic sanctions.

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 05 10:59

Seccession

the un-thinkable sane option

Aug 05 08:27

The Iran deal is good for Middle East peace

As the pros and cons of the P5+1 (UN Security Council members plus Germany) deal with Iran are being debated in the US Congress and elsewhere, it is important to look at the larger picture of this historic agreement.

It is true that there are some concerns that a sanctions-free Iran will flex its regional muscle even more after the deal. But the benefits of such a deal outweigh the fear-based perceived risks.

After years of failure on so many fronts, this is the first major breakthrough for international diplomacy.

For the first time in many years, all major world powers worked together for an agreement that pushes nuclear proliferation away.

Aug 05 06:10

The Hilltop: A ‘Comic’ Zionist Lie

“To be honest, you know all Israelis are settlers, you know all of Israel is occupied Palestine and every single Israeli city is a settlement.” Israeli dissident.... Miko Peled

Aug 04 21:49

Taking sides in Syrian civil war? Obama authorizes airstrikes ‘to defend’ US-trained rebels

The US president has reportedly authorized the Air Force to protect Syrian rebels trained by Washington to fight against Islamic State by bombing any force attacking them, including Syrian regular troops.

Aug 04 09:07

Erdogan and Netanyahu Declare War

The rulers of the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are launching major wars to reconfigure the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, announcing full-scale military mobilization within Israel (July 27 -29) and organizing the biggest political campaign of ultra Zionist Jews in Washington. The purpose of this two-pronged propaganda blitz is to defeat the recently signed US-Iranian agreement and start another major Middle East war. Ultimately, Netanyahu intends to take care of his ‘Palestinian Problem’ for good: complete the conquest and occupation of Palestine and expelling the Palestinian people from their homeland – the single most important foreign policy and domestic goal of the Jewish state. In order to do this, Israeli leaders have had to systematically campaign for the destruction of the Palestinians regional supporters and sympathizers – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Aug 04 09:05

CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OVER G4S PROFITEERING FROM ISRAELI APARTHEID

G4S, the controversial British-Danish private security firm, has come under fire for its long-term contracts with the Israeli government, which allows the company to profiteer from the Israeli apartheid, occupation and imprisonment of Palestinian political prisoners.Many of these prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture at interrogation centres. G4S also provides equipment and services for illegal Israeli settlements, including screening equipment at military checkpoints.

Aug 04 08:30

HOW US ALLIES AID AL QAEDA IN SYRIA

The dirty secret about the Obama administration’s “regime change” strategy in Syria is that it amounts to a de facto alliance with Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front which is driving toward a possible victory with direct and indirect aid from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel, as Daniel Lazare explains.

Aug 04 08:28

BRITISH SPECIAL FORCES DISGUISED AS ISIS FIGHTERS OPERATING IN SYRIA – MILITARY SOURCES

Special Forces soldiers from Britain’s most shadowy military unit are dressing as Islamic State militants and traveling deep into the badlands of Syria to track and destroy enemy assets, according to military sources. It is reported that up to two SAS squadrons of men, around 120 personnel in all, are operating inside the borders of Syria as part of Operation Shader, which aims to destroy equipment and munitions used by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Aug 03 13:26

U.S. Agrees To Act As Terrorist Bodyguard; Open To Attacking Assad Forces

By Brandon Turbeville

Fresh on the heels of the establishment of an "ISIL-Free Zone" (aka "No-Fly Zone") in northern Syria along the Turkish border, the United States has quietly announced that it will also extend its airstrike operations to act as the traveling bodyguard of the jihadists it has trained and “vetted.”...

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 12:44

"Israel has not changed for the worse, it’s always been bad”

Alan Hart explains why only external pressure – as opposed to reason – can bring about a change in Israeli attitudes and policy, and pave the way for a just peace with the Palestinians.

Aug 03 11:49

Obama authorizes airstrikes on Syrian military, to protect US backed ‘rebels’ (ISIS)

Perhaps Russia and China should go head and order some airstrikes in the U.S. to protect citizens around the world from this madness.

Aug 02 22:10

Corbyn: the antidote to the Blairite ‘virus’ and Zionist snake-bite

Towards a more sensible foreign policy…

Many certainly can see Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister - a very different and totally new style of PM. He's astute and has a track record of honesty and openness, laced with a burning sense of justice.

Some polls are showing Jeremy Corbyn forging ahead in the Labour Party leadership race by as much as 20 points. The political Establishment is shaken and quite definitely stirred.

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