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May 06 11:10

UK General Election: Democracy hits the bottom

On the even of the UK’s legislative elections, Stuart Littlewood reflects on Britain’s bankrupt politics – devoid of talent and beholden to foreign states such as Israel – but detects a glimmer of hope.

May 06 10:38

Australian sports commentator fired for anti-war tweets

Australia’s SBS channel sacked one of its top football commentators, Scott McIntyre, for a series of tweets on Anzac Day doubting the wisdom of glorifying Aussie troops in any theater of war.

McIntyre was one of SBS’s leading football commentators, covering two FIFA World Cups and four Asian Cups. He has over 30,000 followers on Twitter.

May 06 09:02

Dr. Saeb Shaath: Saudis Are Fighting in Yemen Alongside Al-Qaeda against the Revolution

The Saudi war on Yemen, which has so far left over 3,100 civilians dead, seems to have no clear ending, and even the Israeli paper Yediot Ahronot has called it “[a] war for the survival of the Saudi monarchy.”

May 06 08:52

Chaos – not Victory – is Empire’s Name of the Game

“Once again a country “liberated” by the West is sinking deeper and deeper into chaos.”

This could be anyone of the countries in conflict, where Washington and its Western and Middle Eastern stooges sow war – eternal chaos, misery, death – and submission.

This is precisely the point: The Washington / NATO strategy is not to ‘win’ a war or conflict, but to create ongoing – endless chaos. That’s the way (i) to control people, nations and their resources; (ii) to assure the west is in continuous need for military – troops and equipment – remember more than 50% of the US GDP depends on the military industrial complex, related industries and services; and (iii) finally, a country in disarray or chaos, is broke and needs money – money with hardship conditions, ‘austerity’ money from the notorious IMF, World Bank and other associated nefarious ‘development institutions’ and money lenders; money that equals enslavement, especially with corrupt leaders that do not care for their people.

May 06 08:49

UK General Election: Democracy hits the bottom

Neither Cameron nor Miliband look like getting an overall majority...

We are forced to choose between dubious pledges by low-calibre leaders nobody wants

It’s polling day and Britain faces a miserable choice. Whichever way it goes it’ll be disastrous.

The two main parties, Conservatives (Tories) and Labour, are neck and neck with a passel of smaller parties snapping at their heels with increasing support.

The economy is still in a deep hole. The much trumpeted recovery is half-baked and fragile. It is based on an increasingly low-wage economy while the fat cats at the other end of the scale keep getting fatter.

May 05 21:56

The media misses the point on ‘proxy war’

The term “proxy war” has experienced a new popularity in stories on the Middle East. Various news sources began using the term to describe the conflict in Yemen immediately, as if on cue, after Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen on 25 March. “The Yemen Conflict Devolves into Proxy War,” The Wall Street Journal headlined the following day. “Who’s fighting whom in Yemen’s proxy war?” a blogger for Reuters asked on 27 March.

May 05 21:43

Saudi airstrikes kill 21 Yemeni civilians

At least 21 civilians, including women and children, have been killed in Saudi airstrikes targeting a residential area in the capital of Sa’ada province in northwestern Yemen.

May 05 18:48

University drops action against researcher investigating high cancer rates & link to GM crops (thanks to public support)

University dean who called for sanctions against Dr Medardo Avila Vazquez reported to have signed deal with Monsanto

The National University of Cordoba, Argentina has dropped the administrative sanctions it had planned against a doctor who conducted cancer research in the town of Monte Maiz in the face of huge popular and scientific support for his work.

Dr Medardo Avila Vazquez and his team conducted a survey that found that the incidence of cancer in Monte Maiz was three times the provincial and national average, correlating with exposure to pesticides in the area. The main crops grown are GM soy and maize.

The administrative sanctions against Dr Vazquez were requested by Juan Marcelo Conrero, the dean of the Faculty of Agriculture.

May 05 12:43

Witnesses Confirm First Saudi Ground Troops Arrive in Yemen

Weeks of Saudi airstrikes against Yemeni cities have extended into the first deployment of ground troops over the weekend, with witnesses confirming Saudi special forces on the ground in Aden, backed by helicopter gunships.

Saudi officials had denied yesterday that there was any “major” operation ongoing, but had declined to discuss exactly what was happening in Aden, a city seen as extremely important to their war effort.

May 05 12:23

Muslims Defend Pam Geller’s Right to Hate

Anti-Muslim advocate Pam Geller has the absolute right to draw any cartoon she wants of the Prophet Muhammad. That was not just the response from Muslim-American leaders I spoke to after news broke Sunday night of a shooting outside a Garland, Texas, event that Geller had organized—offering $10,000 for people to draw images of Muhammad—but before that event as well.

As of the writing of this article, we know that after the conclusion of Geller’s event, two gunmen drove into the parking lot of the venue and fired shots that wounded one security officer. The two suspects were then reportedly killed by the police officers outside the venue. The identity and motivation of the gunmen is still not known as of press time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am a Christian.

But I have read the poetry or Rabia Al Basri, one of the first Gnostic saints of Islam, whose name is still invoked in prayer by Muslin women wanting children in the Middle East, and it is quite beautiful. The English translations of her "love poetry to God" (Yup, this was a gal) are beautiful, and I am going to share one that particularly touches me, titled:

"In My Soul" (from poemhunter.com)

"In My Soul

There is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.

Pray should bring us to an altar where no walls or names exist.

Is there not a region of love where sovereignty is illumined nothing,

where ecstasy gets poured into itself and becomes lost,
where the wing is fully alive but has no mind or Body?

In my soul, there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church that dissolve,
that dissolve in God"

Eat THAT, Pamela Geller!!!!!

May 05 12:00

Surviving in the “hell called Gaza”

Stuart Littlewood describes, through the words of a Palestinian mother from the Gaza Strip, one family's situation in the aftermath of Israel's genocidal assaults – overwhelmed by death, destruction, grief and chronic deprivation.

May 05 09:25

Robert Fisk: Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Let me try to get this right. The Saudis are bombing Yemen because they fear the Shia Houthis are working for the Iranians. The Saudis are also bombing Isis in Iraq and the Isis in Syria. So are the United Arab Emirates. The Syrian government is bombing its enemies in Syria and the Iraqi government is also bombing its enemies in Iraq.

May 05 08:25

US-Coordinated Saudi Bombers Using Banned, US-Made Cluster Bombs In Yemen

US-coordinated and assisted Wahhabi bombings using cluster and other weapons “have been hitting areas near villages” HRW said, adding that cluster bombs:

…should never be used under any circumstances. Saudi Arabia and other coalition members – and the supplier, the US – are flouting the global standard that rejects cluster munitions because of their long-term threat to civilians.

Violating international norms, Obama shipped the Sharia dictatorship almost 1 billion dollars worth of banned cluster bombs in August, 2013:

May 05 06:24

Greenpeace India Faces Imminent Shutdown: “every Indian civil society group is now on the chopping block”

The Executive Director of Greenpeace India, Samit Aich, today addressed his staff to prepare them for the imminent shutdown of the organization after 14 years in the country.

He said:

“I just made one of the hardest speeches of my life, but my staff deserve to know the truth. We have one month left to save Greenpeace India from complete shutdown, and to fight MHA’s [Ministry of Home Affairs] indefensible decision to block our domestic accounts.”

May 04 22:04

Coalition Dropping US-Made Cluster Bombs on Yemen

The Saudi-led bombing campaign against rebels in Yemen is using U.S.-supplied cluster munitions, endangering civilians and violating an international arms treaty, Human Rights Watch warned on Sunday.

May 04 14:42

US-Saudi Led Blitzkrieg against Yemen is “An Ego Boost”

“Slaughter Yemenis civilians, and win a free Bentley.” That pretty much sums up Saudi Arabia’s frivolous four-week military jamboree in Yemen otherwise known as Op “Decisive Storm”, if not its entire foreign (and now military) policy in the region; it may have been a “slip of the tweet” on the part of Saudi Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, a Forbes top 100 billionaire who offered via his Twitter account to award Saudi fighter-jet pilots a fleet of 100 Bentley luxury cars, a bonus if you will, for their (bombing) services rendered; nonetheless it paints a vivid, albeit repulsive, picture of how politics are conducted in the oil-rich sheikhdoms of the Gulf: at the deviant whims of their Kings and Princes.

May 04 14:14

Techno-Financial Capital and Genocide of the Poorest of the Poor

It is no coincidence that the most violent assaults and invasions by the Euro-American powers have taken place against the poorest countries in each region of the world. In the Western hemisphere, the Euro-US regimes have repeatedly invaded the absolutely poorest country, Haiti, overthrowing the popularly elected Aristide government, decimating the population via a cholera epidemic spread by UN mercenary ‘peace-keepers’, killing tens of thousands of poor Haitians and rounding up thousands of protestors. The occupation continues. Honduras, the second poorest country in the region, experienced a US-backed coup d’état deposed their recently elected president and imposed a terrorist puppet regime, which regularly assassinates dissidents and landless rural workers. Peasants are dispossessed; the economy and society are in shambles with tens of thousands of Hondurans (especially children) fleeing the violence.

May 04 14:14

Eyewitness account: Israeli police violence against Ethiopian anti-violence march

Marianne Azizi gives an eyewitness account of the violence and tear gas used by Israel’s police against Ethiopian Jews peacefully protesting in Tel Aviv on 3 May against police violence and racism.

May 04 13:32

Egypt sends Special Forces to Mandeb Strait, Red Sea, Gulf for more 3 months

Egypt’s National Defense Council (NDC) ordered Sunday evening to continue sending Egyptian Special Task Forces to “secure the Bab al- Mandeb Strait, Red Sea and the Gulf region for more three months,” stated presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef.

The NDC includes President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, the Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and the Ministers of Defense, Interior, and Finance, and other top military generals.

May 04 11:08

Saudi jets target Yemen food trucks

Saudi fighter jets have targeted two trucks of food in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada amid the deepening humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Arab country.

The fresh airstrikes were carried out on Sunday in the Malahidh area near the Saudi border.

Saudi fighter jets also struck Adan’s International Airport after the popular committees, loyal to Ansarullah fighters, took full control of the site.

The Saudi warplanes also bombarded Wadi Lieh district in the province.

There have been no immediate reports about the casualties of the attacks.

Saudi authorities have defied numerous warnings of a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen and blocked relief aid shipments to Yemen.

The UN says key infrastructure including water supplies, health services and telecommunications in Yemen are on the verge of collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is precisely what the Saudi government and military, backed by their US enablers, want to have happen.; slaughter of the highest magnitude, against the innocent; women, children, elderly, and medically fragile.

I remember the mental images I had as a child of this country's government; tolerant, generous, loyal to allies, and deeply observant of the principals of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Unfortunately, at this time in this government's existence, it has become afraid of its own people, and wants to control them through 24/7 surveillance, even if they have done nothing wrong.

This government spies on its own allies.

This government indulges in the unconstitutional practice of extrajudicial assassinations abroad, and may well, in the not too distant future, be doing this at home also.

In both its domestic and foreign policies, it has completely eviscerated the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It has become a purchased organism through which the monied and major corporations work their agenda to become even more profitable. And if you don't believe that can happen, just look at how Monsanto is doing everything possible to control food production, both in this country and beyond.

This government, at every level, is completely untrustworthy, and I can no longer believe anything it says.

May 04 08:47

Yemen's Popular Forces Repulse Saudi Navy Attack in Aden, Seize Vessel

The Saudi navy troops sustained a heavy toll in the port city of Aden on Monday, as they attempted to launch a major offensive on the Southern province.

The Ansarullah popular fighters also took a number of the Saudi soldiers captive after seizing one of the 50 Saudi invading vessels with all its equipment.

The popular forces have also reportedly damaged several other vessels in the clashes.

May 04 08:17

US defiantly defends sale of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia

The United States is defending supplies of cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, which has used the controversial weapon in Yemen, drawing condemnation from campaigners and rights groups.

A Pentagon official told AFP on Sunday that the recipients of US cluster munitions commit that the weapons will only be used against “clearly defined military targets”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Everyone who refuses US puppet rule is a target!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 04 07:52

Saudi Arabia denies deployment of ground troops in Aden

Dozens of Arab special forces soldiers arrived in the Yemeni port city of Aden on Sunday to bolster the anti-Houthi forces amid a fierce offensive by the Shia rebels and their allies, sources have told Al Jazeera.

Saudi Arabia denied that a ground operation was under way by the anti-Houthi coalition it leads, but declined to comment on Sunday on the presence of special forces - a topic Riyadh has consistently refused to address in the more than one-month-old conflict.

May 04 06:38

NEW 2015! Solving 9/11 Christopher Bollyn Live in Dallas TX Feb 12, 2015

In this live presentation in Dallas, Texas, on February 12, 2015, Christopher Bollyn reveals little-known and rarely heard facts about the real perpetrators of one of the biggest crimes of the century...

Watch this with an open mind and you'll come away with a new viewpoint, undeniable evidence, and the ability to easily recognize the next 'false-flag' operation when it comes (and it will!).

Bollyn's presentation in Dallas was sponsored by North Texans for 9/11 Truth.

May 03 15:27

Amnesty International browbeaten by pro-Israel propaganda outfi

Stuart Littlewood examines the professional propaganda effort behind a failed petition to distract the human rights watchdog Amnesty International from the crimes committed by the state of Israel against the Palestinian people.

May 03 11:16

Gaza Crisis “Unsustainable and Intolerable”

Carter and Brandtland are two of The Elders, “independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity”.

In her statement following the visit, Brundtland, who is currently the Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:

We came here to visit Gaza, the West Bank and Israel. "As you know, we were unable to go to Gaza...."

The two of them, a 90 year old former U.S. president, and his much younger colleague from Norway, have become a crusading international dynamic duo determined to end the immediate Gaza suffering that is both “unsustainable and intolerable”.

May 03 09:54

Planning Chaos in the Middle East: Destruction of Societies for Foreign Money Control

If one wonders how a desert-crawling line of Japanese open-back trucks gifted by the US filled with countless irregular fighters in plain view could ever have ever made it overnight to the point where Western military and political leaders are saying “the war against ISIL may be interminable”, one begins to see through the game. ISIL is a construction financed and trained by covert US and oil-king allies that ruins every place it enters, like Syria once the regime began to win the civil war. Al-Nusra/Al Qaeda was not enough. ISIL is a step up in the US-led control of the Middle East by terror, chaos and social devastation. “The Salvador option” was the first name for the post-war death squads in Iraq, but “Islamic State” stirs much more apocalyptic passions pro and con. Best of all, the ruling foreign war machines of the US, Israel, Saudi Arabia and NATO are now far better justified to “fight the barbaric terrorists”. Saudi Arabia with US support is now even projecting the “terrorist” and sectarian “Shiite” labels on the popular uprising of the poor in Yemen against a corrupt US-Saudi puppet government. One object alone is achieved. Peoples and resources of the region can be predated without sovereign social defences or unity of collective life purpose, the ultimate target of every US-led aggression. As long as all evils can be blamed on an ever-shifting Enemy, there is no overcoming recognition.

May 03 07:30

Report: Saudi Ground Troops Enter Neighboring Yemen

A “limited” number of ground troops have deployed in Yemen’s second city Aden to support loyalist militia fighters, according to reports quoting Yemeni sources. Yemeni officials said at least 20 Arab coalition troops landed in the southern port city on Sunday on a “reconnaissance” mission. The coalition has been conducting an air war against Iran-allied Shia Houthi fighters since March 26, but this is the first reported ground deployment inside the Arabian Peninsula country

May 02 10:19

Thousands protest in Yemen against Saudi-led intervention

As the Saudi-led coalition continues its offensive in Yemen, thousands in Sanaa took to the streets in protest against indiscriminate shelling that has claimed civilian lives. Meanwhile the Russia-called UNSC session failed to produce any results.

Frustration, fury and raw anger prompted thousands of Yemenis to flood the streets of the Yemeni capital following another wave of Friday morning Saudi-led airstrikes. People were protesting against Saudi intervention in Yemen and the Saudi-led air campaign that has seen hundreds killed and thousands injured since the offensive began in late March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This US government-enabled Saudi strike on Yemen is not about creating an atmosphere for negotiations between the rebels and the Hadi government; it is about killing, and maiming as many Yemenites as possible, and completely destroying the infrastructure.

The US foreign policy here has resulted in absolute epic fail unmitigated disaster.

May 02 08:28

US armed the Houthis, not Iran

Like most popular myths the dominant narrative of the Houthi movement as Iranian proxy in Yemen is based on a kernel of truth: the Houthis share the Iranians’ dim views of American intentions in the Middle East and have sought to take advantage of the Hezbollah model to enhance their political-military effectiveness.

May 02 08:26

Yemen: Ansarullah Revolutionaries Seize Saudi Spy Drone

The Ansarullah revolutionaries captured the drone, which had parachute landed due to a technical fault, while patrolling the area on Friday.

May 02 08:05

Saudi airstrikes target several locations in northwest Yemen

Saudi fighter jets have launched several airstrikes on the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada, as Riyadh continues aggression against its southern neighbor.

According to reports on Saturday, the Saudi aerial assaults hit several locations in Sahar district of Sa’ada. Separate strikes also targeted arms depots and a gathering of supporters of the Ansarullah fighters in Sa’ada’s Dhahir district.

May 02 07:51

Moroccan activists call for Shimon Peres' arrest

A group of rights lawyers have filed a legal complaint demanding the arrest of former Israeli President Shimon Peres – who will visit Morocco on 5 May – for war crimes.

"An urgent arrest warrant is required ahead of Peres's entry to Morocco on 5 May," four lawyers – Abdel-Rahman Bin Amr, Abdel-Rahim Al-Gamei, Abdel-Rahim Bin Baraka and Khaled Al-Sufiani – said in a complaint lodged with Morocco's prosecution authority yesterday.

"Shimon Peres has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity against [Palestinian] civilians," it added.

Despite having varying degrees of official relations with some Arab countries, Israel is still seen in a negative light by much of the Arab world.

May 02 07:45

Netanyahu signs coalition deals

Netanyahu signs coalition deals with Kulanu, UTJ; Kahlon promises reforms

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a significant step toward forming his next government Wednesday when he signed coalition deals in the Likud faction’s office at the Knesset with the heads of Kulanu and United Torah Judaism.

The deals gave Netanyahu the support of 46 MKs from Kulanu, UTJ and his Likud.

He has until next Wednesday to complete a 67-MK coalition with Bayit Yehudi, Shas and Yisrael Beytenu

May 01 20:29

The Day After Damascus Falls

The Saudi-Israeli alliance has gone on the offensive, ramping up a “regime change” war in Syria and, in effect, promoting a military victory for Al-Qaeda or its spinoff, the Islamic State. But the consequences of that victory could toll the final bell for the American Republic, writes Robert Parry.

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets the same fate as Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, much of Official Washington would rush out to some chic watering hole to celebrate – one more “bad guy” down, one more “regime change” notch on the belt. But the day after Damascus falls could mark the beginning of the end for the American Republic.

May 01 12:26

People of Yemen take to Sana’a streets to slam Saudi aggression

Thousands of Yemenis have once again poured into the streets of the capital, Sana’a, to condemn the deadly aggression of their country by Saudi Arabia.

May 01 12:22

Exclusive: Saudi warplanes trying to intercept Iranian aid aircraft en route to Yemen

May 01 08:13

Saudi Strikes in Yemen Open the Door to Terror

While Western allies would have you believe that the Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen are meant to ‘restore’ order – we’ve had no explanation as to how this unprovoked bombardment will help to bring stability to an already fractured region.

Apr 30 17:37

Changing Alliances and the National Interest in the Middle East - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

By aiding groups like ISIS,the Israelis have forfeited any claim on American sympathy (unless, of course, your a U.S. politician who has been captured by the Zionist lobby).

Apr 30 13:16

America's double standards on the Middle East

The role that the U.S. Congress has assumed for itself as a player in foreign policy exhibits an odd and indefensible pattern these days. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, calls it a “double standard,” although that might be too mild a term.

Apr 30 11:00

Henningsen: ‘If your goal is sectarian division – don’t allow in humanitarian help’

Choking off aid and supplies – will guarantee further instability and sectarian strife in Yemen.

Apr 30 10:02

THE DAY AFTER DAMASCUS FALLS

The Saudi-Israeli alliance has gone on the offensive, ramping up a “regime change” war in Syria and, in effect, promoting a military victory for Al-Qaeda or its spinoff, the Islamic State. But the consequences of that victory could toll the final bell for the American Republic, writes Robert Parry.

BY ROBERT PARRY

If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad meets the same fate as Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, much of Official Washington would rush out to some chic watering hole to celebrate – one more “bad guy” down, one more “regime change” notch on the belt. But the day after Damascus falls could mark the beginning of the end for the American Republic.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can no longer believe anything the government, or their presstitutes, attempt to tell me.

Successive American governments which cannot learn from their mistakes (and we can definitely start with Vietnam on this) is a dangerous, sociopathic actor on the international stage, and one which cannot be trusted at all, either by friend or alleged foe.

Apr 29 14:00

Houthis steal $107m from Central Bank of Yemen

Houthi militants are reported to have "broken into the headquarters of the Central Bank of Yemen in the capital Sanaa and stolen 23 billion Yemeni riyals [$107 million] from the public treasury."

Apr 29 08:29

Aid flights to Yemen blocked after Saudi Arabian jets bomb airport runway

Planned aid flights to Yemen have been blocked after Saudi Arabian jets bombed the runway at Sana’a airport on Tuesday.

Aircraft belonging to the Saudi Arabian-led coalition carried out the bombings on Tuesday afternoon to prevent an Iranian plane from landing in the Yemeni capital, a spokesman for the coalition said.

Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri said the plane had not coordinated with coalition authorities and the pilot had ignored a warning to turn back. The bombing of the runway made it unusable for planned aid flights, he said.

Apr 29 07:44

Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen airport to prevent Iranian plane from landing

Jets of a Saudi Arabian-led coalition bombed Sanaa airport on Tuesday to prevent an Iranian plane from landing in the war-torn country, Yemeni officials and Iranian state media reported.

A runway, a civilian aircraft and part of a terminal building at Sanaa international airport were destroyed after being struck by missiles.

The attack forced two Iranian planes that had flown into Yemen over neighboring Oman to turn back, according to a Yemeni official.

"The planes were carrying medical aid and entered Yemeni airspace this morning," the official told Middle East Eye via Skype.

Apr 28 12:38

Embracing the Saudi War on Yemen

Saudis have been helped by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who has relied on the powerful Israel Lobby and his own rhetoric to divert the U.S. Congress from a focus on Al-Qaeda and its hyper-brutal spinoff, the Islamic State, to Iran, which both Saudi Arabia and Israel have designated their primary regional enemy.

Fearful of further offending the powerful Saudi-Israeli alliance, President Obama is deploying the U.S. Navy to seal off poverty-stricken Yemen so the Saudi air force has free rein to pummel its regional rivals from the air while the population faces a humanitarian crisis on the ground, reports Robert Parry.

Apr 28 12:34

Argentina: A Case Study of Israel’s Zionist-Wall Street Destabilization Campaign

Israel’s widespread practice of recruiting Jewish citizens and officials of other countries to serve as vehicles of Israeli policies has the potential to foment a new and possibly violent backlash, once the greater population has been made aware of such treasonous activities.

Apr 28 10:43

Iranian General Accuses US of Organizing 9/11 Terror Attacks to Justify Middle East Invasion

Nooooo. They wouldn't do that... would they? Kill 3,000 of our own citizens just to create a freedom-less police state and theater of seemingly never ending multiple wars (on terror) for profit and empire?

Apr 28 10:37

Fighting escalates across Yemen, air strikes on capital Sanaa

There were at least five air strikes on military positions and an area near the presidential palace compound in the Houthi-held capital Sanaa at dawn on Sunday, while warships pounded an area near the port of the southern city of Aden, residents said.

"The explosions were so big they shook the house, waking us and our kids up. Life has really become unbearable in this city," a Sanaa resident who gave his name as Jamal told Reuters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shame on Reuters (who have banned me from commenting on their site) for continuing to spin that the conflict in Yemen is somehow Iran's fault. Back in 2012, the US intervened and kicked out President Salah, installing a US puppet ruler Hadi. The people of Yemen tried to kick Hadi out and bring back Salah and that is why the US, using Saudi Arabia as a proxy, is bombing Yemen, to punish them for daring to think Yemen should be run for the benefit of the Yemenite people.

And, while the blood is still wet in Yemen, it looks like the US, using Egypt as a proxy, is about to attack Libya for trying to kick out the US puppet ruler imposed on them following the US invasion and murder of Gaddafi.

Apr 28 08:40

Yemen Crisis: This Exotic War Will Soon Become Europe's Problem

Yemen is short of many things, but weapons is not one of them. Yemenis own between 40 and 60 million guns, according to a report by UN experts published earlier this year. This should be enough for Yemen’s 26 million people, although the experts note that demand for grenades that used to cost $5, handguns ($150) and AK-47s ($150) has increased eightfold. Whatever else happens, the war in Yemen is not going to end because any of the participants are short of weaponry.
Yemeni politics is notoriously complicated and exotic, with shifting alliances in which former enemies embrace and old friends make strenuous efforts to kill each other. But this exoticism does not mean that the war in Yemen, where the Saudis started bombing on 26 March, is irrelevant to the rest of the world. Already the turmoil there is a breeding ground for al-Qaeda type attacks such as that on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Apr 28 07:28

Kerry to raise Yemen conflict directly with Iran FM

US top diplomat John Kerry on Monday said he would urge his Iranian counterpart to help ease the violence in Yemen, warning the country’s future should not be decided by “external parties.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Kerry on drugs?!? Yemen is in the mess it is in because in 2012 the United States, an "external party" intervened to drive President Saleh from power and install the US puppet Hadi. Obama declared it a successful intervention right up to the moment the people of Yemen started to give Hadi the old heave ho and get their own government back, at which point another "external party" Saudi Arabia, launched a US proxy war against the people of Yemen to punish them for refusing to allow their nation to be ruled by a foreign power!

Apr 28 05:08

Censorship at Southampton University - An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson

Actually, as long as Israel insists on being “a Jewish state” instead of a democratic state of all its citizens, it must walk the path of apartheid. And, it can only get away with that through successfully maintaining an exceptional status - a status that puts it above international law.

Apr 28 04:06

German Jewish family recounts ordeal of living in Israel

German Jewish family: We will never return to Israel ever. We are grateful to the German authorities for our salvation. Israel is a cruel and merciless country…..

Apr 27 22:09

Saudis Try Yemen Peace Initiative: For More Than an Hour

US-sponsored war crimes resume as Yemenis fail to give up their country

Apr 27 21:55

Russia 1,700 - America Zero: Number of Foreign Nationals Evacuated from Yemen

What do you call a nation going all-out to help desperate foreign nationals trapped in war zone hell: heroic and honorable by any standard! Led by a president and other officials valuing human life and welfare!

Apr 27 21:50

Syria’s Nightmarish Narrative

With military and political help from Saudi Arabia and Israel, the nightmare scenario of an Al-Qaeda and/or Islamic State victory in Syria may be coming true, as the army of the more secular Syrian government retreats and as President Obama seems frozen by indecision.

Apr 27 13:45

Huge Number of Yemeni Protesters Condemn US-Saudi Aggression

Tens of thousands of the Yemenis took to the streets in the capital on Monday in a demonstration called "All Together against US-Saudi Aggression".

Apr 27 12:41

Israel invests billions in the UAE

Israeli journalist and writer Yossi Melman has revealed the details of massive Israeli economic involvement in the UAE through security firms run by former Mossad, Shebak and other Israeli intelligence officials, Palestinian newspaper Al-Resalah has reported.

Apr 27 12:35

UN: Yemeni groups on verge of peace when Saudi bombed

The outgoing UN envoy on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, has told the UN Security Council that rival Yemeni groups were on the verge of a peace deal before Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes last month and declared that “outside interference” will only worsen the conflict.

Apr 27 12:06

Saudi Warplanes Pound Yemen Capital: War Seen Broadening

While the announcement of the end to Operation Decisive Storm only actually stalled Saudi airstrikes against Yemen for a few hours, it took a few days before the next round of strikes on the capital city of Sanaa, which came today, with a series of strikes around the presidential palace.

Apr 27 09:24

115 children killed in month of Saudi-led operation in Yemen – UN

At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured in Yemen as the Saudi-led operation against Shiite Houthi militia forces enters its fifth week, UN agency said, adding that the total number of the dead and wounded kids may be even higher.

“The number of child casualties shows clearly how devastating this conflict continues to be for the country’s children. Without a speedy end to the violence, children will be unable to lead normal lives,” Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative to Yemen said.

Apr 27 09:21

Yemen – The Mainstream Narrative is Grossly Misleading

A coalition led by Saudi-Arabia and supported by Western leaders has been bombing Yemen for about a month; it’s a clearcut international aggression and an extremely a-symmetric conflict.

But we’ve heard no calls for a ‘humanitarian intervention’ by NATO or a no-fly zone to prevent the now more than 1500 bombing raids from continuing and hitting also civilian targets.

It’s not that international law is blatantly violated; sadly that has been seen before. It is the roaring absence of a clear condemnation by the UN, EU/NATO countries – usually calling themselves ‘the international community’ – and by the Western mainstream media.

Substance plays a minor role. What is right or wrong depends on who is doing what. This war is OK because the Saudi dictatorship and its coalition members are Western allies and armed by NATO countries.

Apr 27 09:17

Yemen rejects peace talks with ex-president amid continuing bombing and fighting

The Foreign Minister of Yemen has rejected peace talks called for by the country’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. This comes as a Saudi-led coalition continues to carry out a military operation against Shia Houthi rebels and Saleh loyalists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"YOU WILL ACCEPT YOUR US PUPPET RULER AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 27 08:01

Thousands of Saudi Forces Flee Bases. Refuse to Participate in Ground Assault on Yemen, Report

Almost 4,000 Saudi forces fled their border bases in anticipation of Riyadh’s order for launching a ground assault on Yemen, European diplomatic sources said on Sunday.

Apr 26 22:01

Washington Choreographing All-Out War with Russia?

The provocation to Russia has to be seen in the wider even more troubling context of American-led NATO build-up of troops, warplanes, warships and missiles across Eastern Europe – and all pointed at Russia.

The reckless American leaders are putting in place incendiary elements that heighten the risk of all-out war with Russia.

With the reported arrival of 300 American paratroopers in Ukraine collaborating with Kiev’s Neo-Nazi National Guard brigades – the worst offenders over the past year’s fighting in eastern Ukraine – that development is an alarming harbinger of imminent conflict.

Of utmost concern is that the US military forces have reportedly moved into the Donetsk region near the conflict zone.

Apr 26 21:56

Declaring Independence from Israel — It’s Way Overdue!

I am convinced that a new Declaration of Independence will be good both for the United States and for Israel.

As a prologue to the injuries suffered by the United States, I cannot put it any better than did America’s Founders:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation:”

Apr 26 15:21

US Aircraft Carrier Heading Away From Yemen

A US aircraft carrier and a guided-missile cruiser are leaving the waters off Yemen and heading back to the Gulf after an Iranian naval convoy also turned back from the area, officials said Friday.

Apr 26 11:45

Stanford professor left barefoot, homeless and trapped in Israel for 15 years

Marianne Azizi describes the ordeal of a Stanford professor and US citizen who visited Israel for a long weekend only to become trapped for 15 years, fleeced and left barefoot and homeless.

Apr 26 08:06

CNN Reporter Stutters Through CIA Script -- ISIS Planning Attack On America

By Bernie Suarez

The latest ISIS report by mainstream media is in. As has been the case since 2014's launching of the ISIS show, CNN once again has taken the lead in being the mouthpiece of Intelligence to spread lies and deceit to the American people to set them up for a future terror event. Now we're told ISIS is supposedly here in the United States.

The way that FBI and other Intelligence agencies know this is because they overheard some "chatter" somewhere...

Apr 26 05:12

Fear mongering, the ISIS gambit and Zionist recruitment

Evidently, in Harper’s pro-Zionist fantasy world ‘terrorist’ is a smear word applied exclusively to the opponents of Israeli imperialism, whereas a state birthed through ethnic cleansing and maintained by way of bribery, blackmail, and state-sponsored mass murder is praised to the heavens merely for allowing its privileged Jewish citizens and disenfranchised Arab subjects to vote for whichever hawkish Zionist politician will continue the policies of terror in the holy land.

Apr 25 14:05

Europe’s feeble efforts to “punish” Israel

Jonathan Cook contrasts the European Union’s feebleness towards the exponential expansion of Jewish squatter colonies with the Israeli political institutions – from the Supreme Court to the far right – uniting behind the colonies.

Apr 25 14:03

Censorship at Britain’s Southampton University

Lawrence Davidson explores why Zionists were so afraid of an academic conference that had been set to take place at Southampton University that they pulled all the strings to get it cancelled.

Apr 25 13:18

Mexico Police – Trained to Kill

This is an outrage!

Sixteen people killed in cold blood by the Mexican Federal Police; unarmed people of an auto-defense movement – in January 2015; just discovered by a team of investigative journalists.

Mexicans well remember the mass killing of 43 Ayotzinapa students of last September, unarmed students of a college that caters to the rural poor, who were protesting the government’s education reform which would make school unaffordable for the poor. Their killing was provoked by the police in connivance with drug cartels.

They train armies and police in their 'client' states to assure oppression whenever there is a chance that people may claim their civil rights. This is what empire does.

Apr 25 13:12

UK election: What the parties say about Palestine

“Law” and “justice” are words that seldom if ever pass the lips of our politicians when discussing the ‘Palestine Question’ — or shouldn’t that be properly called the ‘Israel Question’? In the UK there is still no rush, it seems, to deliver law or justice to the situation after 100 years of betrayal.

Britain’s ferocious warmongering in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and efforts to destabilize Syria, caused havoc in those countries and earned us a reputation for human misery making. This week our misbegotten chickens came home to roost in an unbearably distressing way as desperate refugee-migrants drowned at sea hundreds at a time.

Apr 25 13:05

Galeano Died — Revolution Goes On!

In Latin America, Eduardo Galeano was revered as a giant of letters, as a symbol of rebellion, of revolution, and of the fight for justice.

“Utopia is on the horizon,” Galeano once wrote. “I move two steps closer; it moves two steps further away. I walk another ten steps and the horizon runs ten steps further away. As much as I may walk, I’ll never reach it. So what’s the point of utopia? The point is this: to keep walking.”

Galeano told me that he was in love with two ladies, both splendid, both fragile, both tremendously desirable. One was called Utopia, the other, Reality.

Both are dangerous to the masters of the world, to Empire, because one gathers dreams, including dreams for a better world, while the other one bravely tells the truth.

Apr 25 12:46

Will Washington Kill Us All? — Paul Craig Roberts

The demonization of Russia and its leader by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, and the rest of the American Propaganda Ministry, by almost the entirety of the House and Senate, and by the White House makes reducing the threat of nuclear war impossible.

How much confidence do you have in Washington? How many times has Washington–especially the crazed neocons–been wrong?

Did you know that Washington keeps 450 nuclear ICBMs on “hair-trigger alert”? Washington thinks that this makes us “safe.” The reasoning, if it can be called reason, is that by being able to launch in a few minutes, no one will try to attack the US with nuclear weapons. US missiles are able to get on their way before the enemy’s missiles can reach the US to destroy ours.

If this makes you feel safe, you need to read Eric Schlosser’s book, Command and Control.

Apr 25 08:42

‘We got lucky with Russia’: US citizen’s family to RT after Yemen evacuation

The lack of clarity over the evacuation of US citizens from Yemen continues, as more Americans are lifted from the warzone by Russian planes. A relieved family of 10 spoke to RT amid Washington’s continuing inaction.

While it continues to say it’s too risky to evacuate its own, one American told RT of his disbelief at his government’s lack of effort to get his family to safety. A Russian rescue plane on Friday reunited them at New York’s JFK Airport.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I think the US Government wanted Americans to be killed in Yemen, to build support for a direct US ground invasion!

Apr 25 08:28

Saudi fighter jets intercept Iran airplane carrying aid to Yemen

The Saudi fighter jets prevented the Iranian plane, which was carrying medical aid, from entering Yemeni air space, the Fars news agency reported on Friday, citing Lebanon’s al-Manar TV.

Apr 25 08:26

115 children killed in month of Saudi-led operation in Yemen – UN

At least 115 children have been killed and 172 injured in Yemen as the Saudi-led operation against Shiite Houthi militia forces enters its fifth week, UN agency said, adding that the total number of the dead and wounded kids may be even higher.

Apr 25 05:15

Saudi Arabia Does a Gaza in Yemen

Thanks to Washington, the Wahhabi Saudi regime has pounded Yemen, committing mass murder and destroying the infrastructure while imposing a blockade and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching the desperate Yemenis, a situation which can only be paralleled to that of Gaza.

Apr 25 03:53

Saudi fighter jets intercept Iran airplane carrying aid to Yemen

Saudi fighter jets have intercepted an Iranian airplane taking an airlift of humanitarian aid to Yemen.

Apr 24 13:17

UK's Camden Council unlawfully censors criticism of Israel

Ruth Tenne argues that, by blocking our website, Redress Information & Analysis, London’s Camden Council – which appears to be covertly advancing the interests of the pro-Israel constituency – is breaking the law.

Apr 24 11:20

Al-Qaeda's Air Force: United States And Saudi Arabia

By Brandon Turbeville

It was evident early on that the US bombing of alleged ISIS targets inside Syria was, in reality, an attempt to support the terrorist organization backed by NATO and the US as opposed to an attempt to defeat it. While such a suggestion has been repeatedly labeled as a “conspiracy theory” by the mainstream media and other gatekeepers in the “independent” media, the fruits of America’s labor in terms of the bombing campaign cannot be ignored. Likewise, neither can the world ignore the results of Saudi Arabia’s bombing of Yemen.

The truth is that the United States, NATO, and the GCC/Arab League are bombing in couched support of ISIS, increasing its gains and hold on power with every sortie fired. With this fact recognized, the NATO/GCC network of national governments can now officially be labeled as the Air Force of Al-Qaeda...

Apr 24 09:54

Houthi Arms Bonanza Came From Saleh, Not Iran

And in their eagerness to conform to the general theme of an Iran vs. US-Saudi proxy war in Yemen, the media’s treatment of alleged Iranian arms to the Houthis has ignored the fact that the Houthis had forged an alliance by early 2014 with a far larger source of arms: former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. It was that alliance that propelled the Houthis into power last September, not their ties with Iran.

After Saleh was forced to step down as president in 2012, the government supposedly reorganized the military and Saleh’s son Ahmed Ali Saleh was ousted as commander of the Republican Guard. But in fact Saleh continued to control the military through his allies in most of the command positions. When the Houthi advanced on Sanaa last September, it was all carefully choreographed by Saleh. The Houthis were able to take one Yemeni military facility after another without a fight and enter the capital easily.

Apr 24 09:42

Houthi Weapon Bonanza - a Gift From USA

"Information Clearing House" - "MEE" - As the Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi targets in Yemen continues, notwithstanding a temporary pause, the corporate media narrative about the conflict in Yemen is organised decisively around the idea that it is a proxy war between Iran on one side and the Saudis and United States on the other.

USA Today responded like Pavlov’s dog this week to a leak by Pentagon officials that it was sending the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to the waters off Yemen, supposedly to intercept Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthis. It turned out that the warship was being sent primarily to symbolise US support for the Saudis, and the Pentagon made no mention of Iranian arms when it announced the move. But the story of the US navy intercepting Iranian arms was irresistible, because it fit so neatly into the larger theme of Iran arming and training the Houthis as its proxy military force in Yemen.

Apr 24 09:34

Armenians mark 100 years since Ottoman massacres

Armenians Friday marked the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million of their kin by Ottoman forces as France called on Turkey to recognise the 1915 slaughter as genocide.

At an emotional ceremony in the capital Yerevan, the French leader called on Turkey to use "other words," referring to Ankara's refusal to recognise as genocide the Ottoman Empire's massacre of Armenians.

"Important words have already been said in Turkey, but others are still expected, so that shared grief can become shared destiny," Hollande told an audience that included Russian President Vladimir Putin, the leaders of Cyprus and Serbia and delegations from some 60 countries.

Apr 24 09:25

Why Is Yemen Our War?

The Saudis have hit airfields, armor and arms depots, and caused a humanitarian catastrophe. Nearly 1,000 dead, 3,500 wounded and tens of thousands homeless. The poorest nation in the Arab world is near collapse. Dependent upon imported food, Yemen faces malnutrition and starvation.

And the United States has been an accomplice in the Saudi bombing of Yemen.

Why? Why is Yemen’s civil war America’s war?

What did the Houthis ever do to us?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is really quite simple, Pat. back in 2012, the US "intervened" in Yemen to kick out the legitimate government of Yemen that wanted to rule Yemen for the benefit of Yemen and installed a US puppet that ruled Yemen for the benefit of American corporations. This is something the US has attempted against the governments of more than fifty other nations since the end of WW2, succeeding about half the time. The successes include Cuba in 1952, Iran in 1953, Chile in 1973, and Egypt in 2013. Obama bragged about the Yemen success in 2012! But the old model is starting to fall apart. The US plan of covert overthrow only works when the people of a nation follow the new Junta as they followed the previous leaders. But that has started to break down. The people of Cuba kicked out their US puppet in 1959. Iran kicked out their US puppet, the Shah, in 1979. The people of Eastern Ukraine responded to the US backed coup in Kiev by simply breaking off and trying to go their own way.

so now in Yemen, their people are tired of the US puppet Hadi and want their own President Saleh back. The American Empire, alarmed at how the pesky conquered provinces are refusing to stay conquered, is going to make an example of Yemen, one of the poorest nations in the Middle East, that you accept and love your US puppet rules or bad things will happen to you such as starvation blockades and the bombing of civilians and civilian infrastructure.

That clear it up for you?

Apr 24 08:26

US INTELLIGENCE: HOUTHIS ARE NOT IRAN PROXY

“It remains our assessment that Iran does not exert command and control over the Houthis in Yemen,” Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, told The Huffington Post.

Instead of rescuing US citizens trapped in Yemen, the US has been rescuing Saudi bombers, refueling Saudi bombers, directing Saudi bomb-attacks from within and outside of Saudi Arabia, and re-arming Saudi Arabia with bombs and ammunition – all openly announced by US officials in public statements. Such behavior is standard operating procedure and unsurprising to people who seriously follow US actions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if the Americans have been left stranded to provide more bloody shirts to wave in an attempt to get the American people on board with a US ground invasion of Yemen (as though that has not already most probably begun).

And I have a short memo to President Obama: you're selling us war; but we're just not buying, thank you very much!!

Apr 24 04:52

OBAMA URGES SAUDI DICTATOR ABDULAZIZ TO KEEP ATTACKING YEMEN

Obama expressed his desire for Saudi dictator Abdulaziz to continue his illegal assault on Yemen, “pushing for a continuation of the war” and announcing, mafia-like, that “the job is not done”. The dictator has complied, carrying out further attacks on the impoverished and starved country, with a Saudi Prince announcing that he will reward the terrorists physically carrying out the bombings with Bentleys, a brand of ultra-luxury automobile.

Apr 23 18:06

We Exist (Palestinians) – Johnny Punish [ROCK VIDEO]

GAZA MASSACRE 2014 inspired this dark rock tune about a murdered father speaking to his daughter about her future. Dark yes! But also hoping for a better day in a future where we coexist as brothers, We Exist will make you think. It will make you hurt, get angry and move you to be fired up about changing this world for all of us because we belong no matter what they say!

Apr 23 14:09

EU Allies Pay for America’s Global Conflict and Refugees

Europe’s refugee crisis is just another American bill for the latter’s legacy of global conflict – a bill that is being dumped at the European allies’ door to pay. Years of US-led wars waged in Central Asia, through the Middle East and across North Africa are arguably the major factor in the droves of migrants now straining the European Union, as they seek refuge from raging conflicts and deprivation. The nationalities of the refugees mirror the trail of countries that America has pulverised over the past decade.

Apr 23 11:10

Iranian Warships Arrive Near Yemen

A fleet of Iranian warships arrived near the southern coast of Yemen on Wednesday in a move likely to add greater tension in a developing U.S.-Iranian standoff in the region, according Iranian military leaders.

Just days after the United States announced it would send its own warships to Yemen in order to prevent Iran from smuggling weapons to terror forces fighting there, a flotilla of Iranian destroyers docked in the same area.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yes, I can see the warships featured in the image on the left hand side of the article, and the date of the photo is 7 April.

But are these the same ships which have actually arrived near Yemen, or are they actually cargo ships, bringing humanitarian aid which we are NOT seeing in this image, and were these warships actually going to somewhere else rather than to Yemen?!?

The Iranian military and civilian leadership may be many things, but stupid is definitely not one of them.

I seriously doubt that they are out for a confrontation of either American or Saudi forces; that does not mean, however, that the US and Saudi governments are not salivating at the possibility of ginning up a false flag to be blamed on Iran, and throw the region, and the world, into further turmoil.

Apr 23 10:34

Russian plane evacuating people from Yemen lands in Moscow

Russian plane evacuating Russian and foreign nationals from Yemen landed at the Chkalovsky airport outside Moscow in the small hours on Thursday.
This is the ninth Russia plane that evacuated people from war-torn Yemen. The Ilyushin Il-62 plane has evacuated 160 people, including citizens of Uzbekistan, Cuba, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
Earlier on Thursday, another Il-62 plane evacuated 160 people - citizens of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Yemen and the United States.
After medical, passport and customs procedures, these people will be taken by buses to the Russian foreign ministry’s evacuation centre, where they will meet with diplomats from their countries.

Apr 23 10:09

Despite 'End of War,' Saudi Jets Punish Yemen

Saudi-led coalition jets bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen's third city of Taiz Wednesday, hours after Saudi Arabia announced the end of its military campaign against the Houthis.

A short time earlier, Houthis captured a nearby base where an army brigade loyal to President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi was stationed.

The BBC also reported fighting in the second city of Aden, in Lahj's provincial capital, Huta, and at Daleh.

Apr 23 09:31

Britain Plans to Open First Persian Gulf Naval Base by Late 2016

Britain's Ambassador to Bahrain said that the new British naval base will allow the UK to station next-generation aircraft carriers in the region.

Apr 23 09:25

Top Yemen scholars in the West condemn Saudi Arabia’s war

As the genocide of the defenseless people of Yemen continues by the criminal bombardment of their homes, installations and the infrastructure by Saudi Arabia and the unholy alliance of reactionary Arab states it has assembled with the blessings of the US and the illegal Zionist entity, conscientious people throughout the world have castigated the Wahhabi regime in Riyadh for its state terrorism. Please stay with us to listen to comments of leading scholars.

Apr 23 08:21

Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990

Landmark research proves that the US-led ‘war on terror’ has killed as many as 2 million people, but this is a fraction of Western responsibility for deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last two decades

Apr 23 08:03

No man left behind? US citizens fleeing Yemen tell RT of abandonment (VIDEO)

Some 20 American citizens were among the 200 evacuated on Wednesday night by two Russian planes from Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition continues bombings. They related their ordeal to RT’s correspondent.

Apr 23 06:32

Billionaire prince to give one Bentley to each Saudi pilot for striking Yemen

Billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal has vowed to give a free Bentley to every Saudi pilot that has taken part in bombardment of Yemen.

According to a Wednesday report by the Daily Mail, late Saudi King Abdullah's nephew pledged to reward each of the 100 pilots a free Bentley, a British luxury automobile.

Apr 23 05:57

Ex-CIA chief will be sentenced for leaking military secrets

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was expected to be sentenced Thursday in federal court in Charlotte for giving her classified material while she was working on the book.

Petraeus will appear at the sentencing, which comes two months after he agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The plea agreement carries a possible sentence of up to a year in prison. In court papers, prosecutors recommended two years of probation and a $40,000 fine. But the judge is not bound by that and could still impose a prison sentence.

The agreement was filed in Charlotte, where Paula Broadwell, the general's biographer and former lover, lives with her husband and children.

Apr 22 21:59

Saudi Arabia’s Disastrous War in Yemen

In what has been three decades of ill-advised wars in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen may be the most ill-advised of them all. “Operation Decisive Storm,” the ironic name for Saudi Arabia’s aerial campaign in Yemen, has led to nothing decisive in Yemen beyond ensuring that the country remains a failed state and fertile ground for organizations like al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Long before the commencement of “Operation Decisive Storm,” Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East, was grappling with a host of problems ranging from severe water shortages, food insecurity, and a moribund economy, to a long running multi-front insurgency. Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen has exacerbated all of these problems and could well be the coup de grace for a unified and relatively stable Yemen.

Apr 22 14:19

Obama calls on Iran to help resolve crisis in Yemen

'We've indicated to the Iranians that they need to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem,' Obama said in an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday night.

'What we need to do is bring all the parties together and find a political arrangement. It is not solved by having another proxy war in Yemen,' he stated, according to Press TV.

The US president added 'that we can settle down the situation in Yemen.'

Apr 22 11:59

Time to Wake up to some Realities on the Iran Deal

Too many cooks spoil the broth, and that appears to be precisely what the Senate had in mind.

Evidently Obama has concluded that a veto-proof majority in both Houses stood behind the Foreign Relations Committee bill, and reluctantly conceded. But that wrests control of the process out of the hands of the Administration. The Iran deal may have died this afternoon.

To make sense of the events that have led to the current negotiations over Iran’s so-called nuclear ambitions, certain elemental realities should be highlighted:

Apr 22 10:27

Russian planes evacuating 400 people from Yemen depart to Moscow — embassy

Two Russian planes evacuating 400 Russian and foreign nationals from Yemen's capital Sana'a have departed to Moscow, the Russian embassy in Yemen said on Wednesday.
"Both planes are fully loaded," the embassy spokesman said. "Everything runs to plan."
He said the planes were expected to land in the Russian capital around 11 p.m. Moscow time (8 p.m. GMT).

Apr 22 09:38

Mapping Chaos in Yemen

In late March, Saudi-led forces began an offensive in Yemen against the Houthi rebel group, which has taken over large portions of the country. Though it is the poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen is of outsize importance to crucial players like Saudi Arabia, Iran and the United States.

Apr 22 08:22

Iran: Terrorists in Yemen Organized by Israeli Mossad Agency

"The (Israeli) Mossad has brought ISIL, Boko Haram and al-Shabab terrorists to Yemen," Amir Abdollahian said on Wednesday.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister underlined that the evidence and intel gathered over the past two months shows that certain spy agencies have transferred the ISIL terrorists from Syria and Iraq as well as some (other) regional countries to South Yemen.

"Boko Haram and al-Shabab terrorists have been taken from Nigeria and Somalia to Yemen," Amir Abdollahian added.

He noted that the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists never attack Israel's interests around the world due to their cooperation with Mossad, and said, "Even in the recent Gaza war against Gaza, the ISIL refrained from confronting the Zionist regime."

Apr 22 08:18

White House: 'Job Is Not Done' in Yemen

Yemeni security officials say the Saudi-led coalition has launched fresh airstrikes on Shi'ite rebels in two cities, a day after the kingdom declared an end to its monthlong air campaign targeting the Iran-backed rebels and their allies.

The instability in Yemen requires much more work there and in the entire Middle East region, the White House said on Wednesday.

Apr 22 07:59

Yemen ex-president Saleh 'hopes for return to dialogue'

Yemen's pro-rebel ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh voiced hope Wednesday that a halt to a Saudi-led air campaign in support of his exiled successor would open the way for renewed dialogue.

"While the decision to start the attacks and the aggression was rejected, the decision to stop the attacks and end the aggression is welcome," Saleh said in a Facebook post carried by his party's website al-motamar.net.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the real issue in Yemen. In 2012 the US intervened and kicked Yemen's legitimate leader out and replaced him with a puppet ruler, just as the US has done to Chile, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Kiev, and some twenty other nations since the end of WW2. The people of Yemen, like the people of Iran, Iraq, Libya, etc. do not like having their nation ruled by a government that serves a foreign power. Who does? Here in America this is growing awareness of how the US Government has become a puppet for Israel, and that angers us. Hence the people of Iraq, Libya, Yemen, eastern Ukraine, are trying to take their country back from foreign rule, just as Iran succeeded in doing in 1979. Saleh wants his legitimate job back. The people of Yemen want him back. But the US, using Saudi Arabia as a proxy, are going to starve and bomb the people of Yemen until they realize that once under US puppet rule, they are expected to stay there, just as the US is doing in Iraq, Libya, Eastern Ukraine, and as soon as possible, Iran.

The leaders of nations will gladly kill each other over who gets to rule what region, but can be counted on to unite against any people that dares think they should rule their own country!

Apr 22 07:01

SAUDIS DECLARE END OF ONE YEMEN OPERATION, THEN ANNOUNCE A SECOND

Iranian officials began Tuesday hopeful a ceasefire would bring an end to the relentless air campaign Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have conducted in Yemen for nearly a month now. In the following hours Saudi Arabia announced on television that Operation Decisive Storm was over, that “all the goals had been met” and declared the beginning of a new operation: “Restoring Hope.” In its statement, the kingdom said the new operation would have more of a political focus, would spend time dealing with helping civilians and counter terrorism.

Apr 22 06:48

European Union Court Upholds Sanctions Against Zimbabwe

Ruling says sanctions fairly targeted people and companies linked to government

Apr 22 03:29

Saudi Arabia resumes airstrikes in Yemen

CNN: Saudi Arabia resumed airstrikes in Yemen on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after announcing the end of its "Operation Decisive Storm," a nearly month-long campaign against Houthi positions.

Apr 21 21:51

Escalation or Cease Fire? Saudi Arabia Claims Pause in Attack on Yemen

It was not immediately clear whether announcement will lead to sustained halt to military assault or relief for Yemenis facing humanitarian crisis.

Apr 21 14:54

What the UK parties say about Palestine

Stuart Littlewood looks at where the main British political parties stand on Palestine, and concludes that “there is still no rush… to deliver law or justice… after 100 years of betrayal”.

Apr 21 11:43

Russia sending two more evacuation planes to Yemen — embassy

"If Saudi Arabia opens airspace, two Russian aircraft are expected to arrive in Sana’a to evacuate citizens," the Russian diplomatic mission in the country said on Tuesday.
More than 400 people, both the citizens of Russia, the United States and the former Soviet states, are expected to be evacuated, according to the embassy. "If everything is fine, the Russian aircraft will evacuate everyone," it said.
Since early April, Moscow has evacuated more than 1,000 citizens of Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and other countries. Around 900 people were evacuated from Sana’a and the seaport city of Aden on April 2 and April 4 to an airbase outside Moscow.
On April 12, the Priazovye vessel of Russia’s Navy brought another 320 people, including 18 US citizens, from Aden to Djibouti. All the Russian citizens were flown from Djibouti to Moscow by two Il-62 aircraft on April 12-13.

Apr 21 11:13

Saudi Arabia Orders Its National Guard To Enter Yemen War

Over the better part of the past month, the only entities actively involved in the proxy war in Yemen against the local Houthi rebel force have been air force units, mostly under Saudi command as part of Operation "Decisive Storm." Which probably explains why there has been little if any progress to note in pushing back said rebellion which, armed heavily thanks to the US government, has successfully managed to push the current president into an indefinite exile.

That changed hours ago, when Saudi Arabia's King Salman ordered the Saudi Arabian National Guard, widely regarded as the kingdom's best equipped military ground force, to take part in Riyadh's campaign against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen.

As Reuters notes, "military operations in the campaign have so far been carried out by the Royal Saudi Air Force and the Royal Saudi Land Forces, which answer to the Defense Ministry. The national guard is a separate military structure run by its own ministry."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how soon it will be American military boots on the ground in Yemen; were I a betting person, I wouldn't bet against...soon.

Apr 21 11:08

Pakistan faces dilemma as Saudi bills come due

When the Saudi appeal first came, it seemed that the dispatch of Pakistani soldiers to the Gulf was imminent: "Any threat to the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia will be met with a firm response," read a communique from Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

But soon thereafter, Pakistan's foreign ministry issued a denial that any of the country's military was engaged in Yemen, though the Pakistani flag continued to fly alongside that of Arab nations at the Saudi-based headquarters of Yemen operations.

This "now-you-see-it, now-you-don't" game ended only when Pakistan's Parliament voted against the dispatch of troops. Still, the episode shed light on the murky world of Pakistani-Saudi relations, a link which looks destined to shape the security map of the Middle East for years to come.

Apr 21 11:03

Israeli Fighter Jets Join Saudi Arabia in War on Yemen

Israel’s fighter jets have taken part in the Thursday Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, sources in Sanaa disclosed on Friday.

“This is for the first time that the Zionists are conducting a joint operation in coalition with Arabs,” Secretary General of Yemen’s Al-Haq Political Party Hassan Zayd wrote on his facebook page.

He noted that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had issued direct orders for the Israeli air force to send fighter jets to the Saudi-led air raid on Yemen.

Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Yemen and killed, at least, 25 civilians early Thursday, one day after the US-backed Yemeni president fled the country.

Apr 21 10:38

46 Civilians Killed as Saudi Warplanes Attack Yemen Capital

At least 46 people are dead tonight and several hundred others wounded after Saudi warplanes launched attacks on the outskirts of a missile depot in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa.

No military casualties were reported in the strikes, which set off a string of explosions around residential neighborhoods in Sanaa. Many of the casualties were from explosions blowing out windows in people’s homes.

Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri went on to say that today’s strikes were part of a “new phase” of war against the Houthis, one which he insisted would include “protection of civilians.” So far, the phase seems not to be off to a great start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have two words for Saudi military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asseri, and those are: WAR CRIMES!!!

And, sir, would someone from the Saudi military please inform me about how one wins what is essentially a ground war from the air?!?

The short answer is, you can't!

The indiscriminate killing of civilians here appears to be quite deliberate, from the Saudi military perspective, and with heavy US military enabling.

The only ways here to restore peace and sanity to Yemen is a negotiated settlement,coupled with some VERY brave Sunni and Shiite clerics having a conversation about cooperating with each other, and becoming examples of what it means to treat the other with tolerance and compassion.

Apr 21 10:27

Oxfam Condemns Coalition Airstrike on Humanitarian Aid Warehouse in Yemen

Grace Ommer, Oxfam's country director in Yemen, called on the warring sides of Yemen's conflict to establish peace and allow for humanitarian access.

Oxfam strongly condemned Monday the bombing of one of its warehouses in Saada Governorate in the north of Yemen.

"This is an absolute outrage particularly when one considers that we have shared detailed information with the Coalition on the locations of our offices and storage facilities," Grace Ommer, Oxfam's country director in Yemen, was quoted as saying by the organization on its website.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

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

Is this woman pathologically incapable of understanding that when Oxfam gives the coalition the GPS locations of food storage places within Yemen, these places will be bombed out of existence?!?

Misery is just what the US and Saudi forces want to inflict on the people of Yemen, who had the utter audacity to throw the US-sponsored puppet, Al-Madi, out on his keister.

There have been reports of schools and hospitals being shelled. As reported in the latimes.com 5 days ago:

Pentagon officials, who pride themselves on the care they take to avoid civilian casualties, have watched with growing alarm as Saudi airstrikes have hit what the U.N. this week called "dozens of public buildings," including hospitals, schools, residential areas and mosques. The U.N. said at least 364 civilians have been killed in the campaign. lRelated Al Qaeda seizes Yemen airport, military base; U.N. envoy resigns MIDDLE EAST Al Qaeda seizes Yemen airport, military base; U.N. envoy resigns SEE ALL RELATED 8 Although U.S. personnel don't pick the bombing targets, Americans are working beside Saudi military officials to check the accuracy of target lists in a joint operations center in Riyadh, defense officials said. The Pentagon has expedited delivery of GPS-guided "smart" bomb kits to the Saudi air force to replenish supplies.

And IF, as the article asserts, "Americans are working beside Saudi military officials to check the accuracy of target lists in a joint operations center in Riyadh", only one of two things is possible here: either these civilian targets are being deliberately hit to create as much human carnage and misery possible, or the Saudis, using US gps "smart bombs" cannot shoot straight!!

Apr 21 10:15

New Evidence of Civilian Deaths in US Drone War May Be Used in German Court

A new US intelligence report presents new evidence about official knowledge of civilian deaths during Yemeni UAV strikes. Officials may have known about civilian deaths – which have never been acknowledged – and the report could provide fuel for a German lawsuit over the US drone campaign.

Apr 21 10:07

Flashback 2005 - "Dr. Robert J Aumann Nobel Prize Lecture - 'War and Peace - The Rationality Of War'"

This is the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize lecture given by Israeli War Strategy Game Theorist, hard core World Zionist and Talmudic Scholar Dr. Robert J. Aumann. While many may consider it a bit "dry" and "academic", it gives great insight into the mindset and world view of one of the top "War Strategists" of the "Greater Israel" agenda.

Apr 21 09:44

Sony CEO on Middle East: Let Them All Kill Each Other (Except Israel)

The CEO of Sony called the Middle East a "gigantic mess," and said if it was not for Israel's presence in the region, the United States would "let them all kill each other," according to emails published by WikiLeaks.
The secrets-spilling group last week republished hundreds of thousands of documents and emails from the hack last fall of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The massive collection includes emails CEO Michael Lynton wrote in response to an October 2014 Washington Post article about President Barack Obama's foreign policy in Syria. A relative forwarded Lynton the article with the comment "Brilliant."
"Face it the entire thing is a gigantic mess. And if it were not for Israel, we would let them all kill each other and wait for the dust to settle."

"We don’t need the oil, and I am not sure it is worth the time or effort to try and broker the nations at the edge. It is a dog’s breakfast plain and simple and I am not sure there is any role for America here."

Apr 21 08:51

Iranian support for Yemen's Houthis goes back years

If the U.S. ships intercept the Iranian convoy, they may find it is carrying humanitarian supplies to Yemen to relieve a populace facing massive shortages, Schenker said. Iran for years has provided humanitarian and military assistance to Shiite militias in Iraq and Lebanon, and in the past it has provided similar assistance to Sunni militias fighting Israel in the Gaza Strip.

"There is the possibility of a humanitarian crisis of immense proportions," he said. "Nobody wants to go into Yemen to do this kind of work. But one thing we've learned over the past few years is that the Iranians always stand by their friends."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I did a Google search for the Iranian "warships" on their way to Yemen and all Google showed were photos of the US warships heading for a confrontation. From this I conclude that the Iranian ships are not warships but cargo ships full of humanitarian aid, but Google doesn't think you need to know that.

Apr 21 06:50

US Navy Sends Aircraft Carrier 'Theodore Roosevelt' to Yemen

The two warships will join seven US warships in the area and come as Iran said it had dispatched nine warships toward Yemen.

Smoke billows from the Faj Attan Hill following a reported airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on an army arms depot, now under Huthi rebel control, on April 20, 2015, in Sanaa
© AFP 2015/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS
Saudi Strike Near Embassy in Yemen Unlikely to Worsen Conflict With Iran
The aircraft carrier USS “Theodore Roosevelt and [guided-missile cruiser USS] Normandy have joined other US forces conducting maritime security operations in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb and the Southern Red Sea,” the US Navy said.

“In recent days, the US Navy has increased its presence in this area as a result of the current instability in Yemen,” it added.

Apr 20 22:44

Fourth and Fifth Generation Warfare Arrives on European and Middle Eastern Battlefields

The U.S., British, Canadian and other Western military training of Ukrainian forces that include neo-Nazi gangsters from Ukraine and other parts of Europe and the NATO/CIA training support in Turkey and Jordan being provided to Islamist jihadis tied to the Islamic State, Al Nusra Front, and Al Qaeda represents the application of 4th generation warfare (4GW) and 5th generation warfare (5GW) tactics from the Pentagon’s and Central Intelligence Agency’s think tanks to the battlefield.

Apr 20 16:15

Israeli leaders refuse to meet Carter because of ‘anti-Israel’ views

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have turned down a request from former US President Jimmy Carter to meet during his upcoming visit to the occupied Palestinian territories because of Carter’s 'anti-Israel' stance, a report says.

According to an unnamed Israeli official, both leaders refused to meet Carter following consultations between the Israeli foreign ministry and the national security council of the premier’s office, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Monday.

The foreign ministry urged Rivlin and Netanyahu to refrain from meeting the 90-year-old due to his "anti-Israeli stance" over the last few years, according to the official.

The report said that Israel has allowed Carter to visit the besieged Gaza Strip during his visit.

Apr 20 15:06

Israel’s legal system complicit in child sex abuse

Marianne Azizi relates the case of “Sam”, one of many Israeli children facing what is in effect state-sanctioned abuse, and the struggle of a lawyer who has dedicated himself to save him.

Apr 20 10:59

BEX Alert!!! - "Garth Brooks’ Tribute to Our Troops During the ACM Awards is POWERFUL"

Arguably one of the best moments of this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards came when Taya Kyle, widow of slain Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, took the stage to introduce Garth Brooks, who then came out and gave a powerful tribute to the troops that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.

Apr 20 10:40

Did NBC Cover Up Role of U.S.-Backed Free Syrian Army in 2012 Kidnapping of Richard Engel?

American MSM Faking Stories Again?

In an article published on Wednesday, Engel said the kidnappers had “put on an elaborate ruse to convince us they were Shiite shabiha militiamen.” According to the Times investigation, NBC knew more than it let on about the kidnappers.

Apr 20 09:55

The U.S. Is Helping Commit Atrocities in Yemen—And Pretending It's Iran's Fault

In an April interview with PBS Newshour, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked about Iran’s involvement in the escalating war in Yemen. His response was astounding and revealing.

“Iran needs to recognize that the United States is not going to stand by while the region is destabilized or while people engage in overt warfare across lines — international boundaries — in other countries,” Kerry said.

The quip was astounding because Iran is not bombing Yemen or engaged in “overt warfare” there, though it has given some support to one side. The culprit on the overt warfare front is Saudi Arabia.

Apr 20 09:21

Red Crescent: Tens of Yemeni Children Killed by Saudi Poison Gas

"We will display a video on the death of tens of children who died after inhaling poisonous gases," an official of Yemen's Red Crescent Society, Abdollah Maboud Al-Shokri, told FNA on Sunday.

He noted that the bomb explosions in the Saudi airstrikes not only destroy a large number of homes, but also create a thick cloud of poisonous and fatal gases.

Yemeni officials had already warned that the bombs that the Saudi regime has used in Sana'a were different from those used in other parts of Yemen.

They said that the bombs were of the very rare and dangerous type that resulted in the suffocation of the residents of the affected regions.

On Friday, eyewitnesses said that Saudi Arabia has used internationally banned weapons in its aerial bombardment on an area near Sana'a.

Apr 19 22:31

Iran urges India, China & Russia to counter NATO missile system

Iran has announced its readiness to cooperate with Russia, China and India on the issue of NATO’s missile shield and related threats from the military bloc, the head of its defense ministry said in Moscow.

“I’d like to support the idea of developing multifaceted defense cooperation between China, Iran, India and Russia to counter NATO eastwards expansion and installing a missile shield in Europe,” Hossein Dehghan said on Thursday, at an international security conference in Moscow.

Hours later Dehghan was cited by RIA Novosti as saying that Russia, China and Iran may hold tri-party defense talks.

“We discussed certain aspects of regional security. It was proposed to hold a trilateral meeting of Russia, Iran and China,” Dehghan said after meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu.

Apr 19 22:26

Conference on the Israel Lobby—Press Blackout at the Press Club

So, where were the reporters of the mainstream media? Where was C-SPAN during a week when Congress was on a holiday and their cameras were not preoccupied by Capitol Hill activities—its foremost priority? Apparently, the American people were only to see and hear the extreme views of AIPAC that do not even command the support of a majority of American Jews who do favor a two-state solution, along with a majority of Arab-Americans.

Organized by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, which was launched about thirty years ago by a British Army Officer who served in World War II and two retired U.S. Ambassadors to countries in the Middle East (wrmea.org), the day-long program at the prestigious National Press Club should have been intriguing to reporters. After all, are they not interested in important, taboo-challenging presentations on a critical dimension of U.S. foreign and military policy?

Apr 19 22:13

UK General Elections: Breakaway SNP strikes fear into Westminster parties

… but notions of independence are flawed

The SNP (Scottish National Party), under feisty new leader Nicola Sturgeon, is scaring the daylights out of Labour and Conservatives with the prospect of a strong squad of MPs marching south headed by fearsome former leader and political bruiser Alex Salmond.

Cameron or Miliband for prime minister – warmongering toff or socialist nonentity? And with whose coalition help? That’s the bleak choice for British voters.

Apr 19 22:08

Hezbollah slams Saudi's bid to buy silence on Yemen

An official of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has blasted Saudi Arabia’s bid to silence the group’s vocal opposition to its Yemeni aggression, saying Saudi money could not buy Hezbollah’s silence.

Apr 19 22:04

Saudi air strikes hit medical center in Yemen

It’s the twenty-fifth day of relentless Saudi airstrikes on Yemen. One of the latest attacks has hit a medical center in Sirwah district of the Ma'rib governorate.

Apr 19 14:16

Pakistan agrees to send ships to block arms shipments to Yemen rebels

Yielding to pressure from staunch ally Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has agreed to help an Arab military coalition enforce an arms embargo against Houthi rebels in Yemen and is expected to announce the deployment of navy warships to the busy commercial shipping lanes off Yemen’s coast.

Apr 19 14:04

Why Does The World Wage War Against The People Of Yemen?

Nearly the whole world, seemingly paid off by Saudi money, is waging war against Yemen.

Apr 19 09:15

Rand Paul attacks Clinton and names the enemy of the US – 'radical Islam'

Ron Paul should have his DNA checked against Rands'!

Speaking in Nashua, New Hampshire, at the Republican Leadership Summit – where most of the declared and potential GOP candidates for president were scheduled to speak on Friday and Saturday – the libertarian-tinged candidate largely focused on foreign policy, an area in which he has been vulnerable to attack over his supposedly isolationist stance.

He named radical Islam as the enemy of the US and focused again on the Benghazi attacks of 2012 and Clinton’s role in the US response.

Apr 18 13:37

Israel’s anti-boycott law casts shadow on judicial independence

Uri Avnery explains how political manipulation of the Israeli Supreme Court facilitated the judgement prohibiting calls for the boycott of goods produced in Jewish squatter colonies built on stolen Palestinian land.

Apr 18 08:24

Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials

U.S. military officials are concerned that Iran's support for Houthi rebels in Yemen could spark a confrontation with Saudi Arabia and plunge the region into sectarian war.
Iran is sending an armada of seven to nine ships — some with weapons — toward Yemen in a potential attempt to resupply the Shia Houthi rebels, according to two U.S. defense officials.

What's unusual about the new deployment, which set out this week, is that the Iranians are not trying to conceal it, officials said. Instead, they appear to be trying to "communicate it" to the U.S. and its allies in the Gulf.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Which suggests to me that the convoy is actually food and humanitarian aid.

Apr 18 02:07

Russia will insist on creating nuclear weapon free zone in Middle East at NPT Conference

Russia will insist on establishing a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East at the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference in New York, head of the Department for non-proliferation and weapons control at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said on Friday.

Apr 18 01:54

Fearing Yemen Defeat, US-Saudis Stack the Deck

The United Nations Security Council needs a name-change in the interests of accuracy and truth in language. It should henceforth be called the Insecurity Council. Or better still, the UN Council for Aiding and Abetting Aggression.

Apr 17 14:50

Yemen: Death count grows as Aden sinks in humanitarian crisis

Violent fatalities in the war-wracked port city of Aden have risen again in the last couple of days as the city descends into a humanitarian crisis amid chronic shortage of essential food stuffs, water and fuel, health officials and residents said on Thursday.

Apr 17 12:38

Saudi Terror-Bombing Massacres Dozens of Yemeni Schoolchildren

Saudi warplanes target US intelligence-designated sites. Civilian men, women and children are considered fair game. They suffer most in all wars.

Deliberately targeting them is longstanding US policy – a shocking war crime by any standard.

Tuesday was the latest example. Reports indicate Saudi warplanes struck a populated Ma’rib area. A local source said dozens of defenseless schoolchildren were massacred in cold blood.

The exact number of dead and wounded isn’t known. The source indicated massive Saudi terror-bombing killed dozens.

Yemeni army spokesman Col. Sharif Luqman said:

“Saudi attacks have left over 2,265 housing units totally demolished.”

Apr 17 12:32

Half Yemeni population is going hungry as violence worsens: WFP

Worsening violence in Yemen has made almost half the country's population "food insecure", with flour shortages, closed shops and disrupted supply routes driving up food prices, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.

Apr 17 08:40

Boehner 'represents neocon Zionists': Analyst

US House Speaker John Boehner is “representing neocon faction, these pro-Israeli war hawks, they’re good buddies with the defense contractors and big oil companies,” Dean Henderson said.

America’s foreign policy and military interventions in the Middle East have been a “total disaster,” Henderson told Press TV on Wednesday.

Apr 17 07:45

Al Saud regime on verge of collapse: Iran cleric

A senior Iranian cleric says the rule of Al Saud dynasty is on the brink of collapse as the Riyadh regime continues its brutal military aggression against Yemen.

The logic of Saudi attack on Yemen is not clear. Saudis are doing a “very heinous deed” in the impoverished country, said Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahhedi Kermani in a sermon to worshippers at weekly Friday Prayers in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

“You [Saudis] have triggered a bloodbath in Yemen and have killed more than 2,500 innocent people in the country,” he added.

Apr 17 07:23

'Mowing the lawn' in Iraq by turning it into a jihadist's land

After decades of waging war in Iraq and beyond with disastrous results, now is the time for the US to use a bargain with Iran to bring peace to the region

Apr 17 07:22

Russia will insist on creating nuclear weapon free zone in Middle East at NPT Conference

Russia will insist on establishing a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East at the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) Review Conference in New York, head of the Department for non-proliferation and weapons control at the Russian Foreign Ministry Mikhail Ulyanov said on Friday.
"These are sensible issues for everyone, including Israel, because then Israel’s nuclear potential will be in the center of attention," Ulyanov said.
Ulyanov called the atmosphere ahead of the NPT Review Conference unhealthy, saying there are considerable imbalances.
"The atmosphere there is unhealthy, there are complaints about the implementation of the Treaty [NPT]," he said.

Apr 17 07:21

EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Major General Killed in Yemen

Major General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a senior commander of the General Staff of Saudi Arabia's Armed Forces, was killed during a mission in Northwestern Yemen, sources disclosed on Tuesday.

The Saudi major general was killed, while he was on a mission in Al Majda village in Quatabir district of the Sadah governorate in Northwestern Yemen on Saturday, a member of his entourage during the visit to Majda, who asked to remain unnamed, told an FNA correspondent in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The source added that two other senior officers accompanying General Fahd were also killed during the attack.

According to the source, Saudi princes have been visiting General Turki bin Abdulaziz's palace since Sunday to express their condolences to his bereaved family.

The slain General was the grandson of King bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Apr 17 06:53

Christopher Bollyn on “Solving 9/11 ends the war” on Kevin Barrett’s Truth Jihad Radio (audio)

On this day in history, April 15th, 1912, the Titanic sank. Today’s guest Christopher Bollyn, author of Solving 9/11, says the American ship of state is sailing towards doom – and the only way to turn it around is by facing the truth about 9/11.

Christopher just returned to his home in Europe after a “Solving 9/11 Ends the War” speaking tour in the US. (I will be speaking in some of the same venues during next week’s We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo book tour.) We discuss America’s, and the world’s, gradual awakening to the truth about 9/11 – and the possibility that Netanyahu and the neocons could launch another huge false flag to torpedo the Iran nuclear agreement and cover their 9/11 tracks via a wider war that could go global and nuclear.

http://noliesradio.org/archives/97557

Apr 16 18:07

Bringing the Holy Fire of Easter through a Israeli military checkpoint

The Holy Fire ceremony at Easter is observed every year in Jerusalem, a place holy to the three major monotheistic faiths. But Palestinian Muslims and Christians alike are prevented from freely practicing their long-held traditions there as Israel relentlessly erases their heritage from the city.

Apr 16 18:03

Iraq: ISIS Escapees Describe Systematic Rape

Human Rights Watch today released new findings about IS’ sexual enslavement project that targeted Yazidi women and girls. Their report, entitled “ISIS Escapees Describe Systematic Rape,” contains many new interviews with survivors who escaped IS, some as young as 12 years old

Apr 16 13:55

American Zionists launch Islamophobia campaign

Lawrence Davidson highlights the wilful distortions, prejudice and hypocrisy underlying a Zionist advertisement campaign targeting a historical Palestinian leader and Muslims in general, now underway in the Philadelphia area in the USA.

Apr 16 13:05

Why is Anyone Listening to the Neocons in the 21st Century?

Neocons have turned the Middle East into a quagmire, Afghanistan into a war without end, and disgraced the U.S. in Latin America and Africa. As a result of the Neocons' bellicose rhetoric, and policies of militarily encircling China and Russia, they have set off another arms race and Cold War 2.0.

Apr 16 12:39

Al-Qaeda captures major airport, oil terminal in south Yemen

Al-Qaida seized control of a major airport, a sea port and an oil terminal in southern Yemen on Thursday, consolidating its hold on the country's largest province amid wider chaos pitting Shiite rebels against forces loyal to the exiled president and a Saudi-led air campaign.

Apr 16 12:39

Saudi Coalition Preventing Food Ships From Reaching Yemen

One of the first measures taken by Saudi Arabia, when announcing its war against Yemen, was a full-scale naval blockade. For a nation that imports over 90% of its food, that was a devastating move, and one Saudi officials assured wouldn’t keep the food out of the country.

Apr 16 11:53

US, Israel OK'd Saudi war on Yemen: Iran defense min.

Iran’s defense minister says the Saudi aggression against Yemen has been authorized by the United States and the Israeli regime, calling for an immediate end to the deadly assaults.

Addressing the Fourth Moscow International Security Conference on Thursday, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the Saudi government unleashed deadly air raids against Yemen once it received the green light from the United States and Israel, and was promised military cooperation by some regional states.

He added that not only will the Saudi regime fail to achieve its “illegitimate” purposes in Yemen, but will also suffer a heavy defeat and precipitate its downfall, said Dehqan, adding a fate similar to that of former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, awaits Riyadh’s ruler.

Apr 16 11:50

S-300 missile system serves defense purposes for Iran: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended Moscow’s recent decision to deliver S-300 air defense system to Iran, saying the system is meant for deterrence amid the developments in war-torn Yemen.

He made the remarks during his annual televised question-and-answer session with the nation at Gostiny Dvor (Merchant Yard) exhibition hall in the Russian capital city of Moscow on Thursday.

“This is a defensive weapons system. More than that, considering the situation that is building up in the region, especially regarding the incidents in Yemen, we think that the delivery of this kind of weapon is a preventive factor,” Putin said.

The comments come as Yemen has been the scene of deadly aerial assaults by Saudi Arabia since March 26. The attacks have so far killed some 2,600 people, according to Yemeni sources.

Apr 16 08:36

The Kremlin and the Neocons

While Clark’s public exposé largely escaped attention in the neocon-friendly “mainstream media” (surprise, surprise!), he recounted being told by a senior general at the Pentagon shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 about the Donald Rumsfeld/Paul Wolfowitz-led plan for “regime change” in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran.

This was startling enough, I grant you, since officially the United States presents itself as a nation that respects international law, frowns upon other powerful nations overthrowing the governments of weaker states, and – in the aftermath of World War II – condemned past aggressions by Nazi Germany and decried Soviet “subversion” of pro-U.S. nations.

But what caught my eye this time was the significance of Clark’s depiction of Wolfowitz in 1992 gloating over what he judged to be a major lesson learned from the Desert Storm attack on Iraq in 1991; namely, “the Soviets won’t stop us.”

Apr 16 08:23

Tensions Flare Between Iraq and Saudi Arabia in U.S. Coalition

A remarkable clash between two key American allies in the Middle East burst into the open here on Wednesday as the Iraqi prime minister publicly criticized the Saudi air campaign in Yemen and a top Saudi official retorted that there was “no logic to those remarks.”

Apr 16 07:43

EXCLUSIVE: Tens of Egyptian Soldiers Captured by Yemen

Dozens of Egyptian soldiers were captured and several more were killed in a joint operation of Yemen's army and popular forces on the Southern coasts of the war-ravaged country, a senior Ansarullah movement member announced on Wednesday.

Apr 16 02:31

U.N. Envoy to Yemen Has Quit

The U.N. envoy to Yemen has resigned, citing “an interest in moving on to another assignment.”

(*What could be more serious , on their roster ? They must have to do some 'serious' JACKING OFF !)

Apr 15 22:02

Geopolitical Ramifications of US-Saudi Armed Interventionism in Yemen

The Houthi rebellion in Yemen that was already in existence more than five years ago had recently turned into a full-blown conflict that escalated into an international crisis in the first week of April of 2015 when Houthi rebels in Yemen deposed President Abed Rabou Mansur Hadi, throwing him out of the helm of Yemeni government. Hadi fled to Saudi Arabia while the Houthis effectively captured the capital Sana’a. Thereafter, Saudi Arabia, has initiated massive aerial bombings against the de facto Houthi government in Sana’a and in various strategic areas of Yemen that are now being occupied by the Houthi militia.

Apr 15 17:54

RELIGIOUS FANATICISM IS A HUGE FACTOR IN AMERICANS’ SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL

Almost half of all Americans want to support Israel even if its interests diverge from the interests of their own country. Only a minority of Americans (47 percent) say that their country should pursue their own interests over supporting Israel’s when the two choices collide. It’s the ultimate violation of George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address warning that “nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded. … The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave.”

Apr 15 17:05

Mandarin for the Warlords: The Harvard School of Empire Building

What matters is that the US, while it is a declining world power, is still militarily powerful, dangerous and destructive, even as its empire building is weakening and its forces are in retreat. As Mahatma Gandhi once stated about the declining British Empire, ‘It’s the aging tiger that becomes the man eater’.

Apr 15 11:18

Russia bashers eat crow as Putin wins Time Magazine poll

Vladimir Putin steals the show in TIME 100 reader’s poll

Western media did their best to hide Putin’s stratospheric popularity in their assigned propaganda task of demonizing Russia and Putin over the Ukrainian Western coup , replacing the Iran nuclear weapons threat hoax with the new Russian Bear threat one.

The biggest threat to our national security comes from treasonous cliques within our own ranks and their recent marriage over that last decade into the international corporate crime syndicates.

We are not really biased here at VT. It is just a simple observation to us… it is Putin and Lavrov all the way. No one can touch them and they own this piece of history, something that the spinmeisters cannot lay a glove on.

Apr 15 11:13

TIME Magazine Invaded by Kremlin Troll Army

Western media campaign to demonize Putin has failed to convince its target audience. The Western public are not buying the hysterical political agenda.
The iconic current affairs TIME magazine follows this week’s news that Russian President Vladimir Putin came top of the TIME 100 readers’ poll.

Western publics have now alternative media sources, ranging from foreign-based professional news services to a plethora of Western-based internet sites. The alternative scope is often critical of Western government policies and capable of ably exposing ulterior, hidden political agenda. In other words, the alternative news sources are often doing the proper job of journalism that is neglected by Western mainstream media who seem to be preoccupied with advancing the political objectives of their governments – no matter how unethical those objectives are.

Apr 15 08:40

BEX Alert!!! - "Turkey says never possible to recognize 1915 Armenia killings as genocide"

Turkey says it will never recognize as genocide the 1915 killing of Armenians as the European Parliament considers whether to pass a resolution on the Ottoman-era massacre.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday, “For Turkey, it will never be possible to recognize such a sin, such a blame.”

Erdogan pointed to the European Parliament’s plan and said the resolution “will go in one ear and out the other.”

Apr 15 08:18

Airstrikes ‘not the answer’: Iran proposes peace plan for Yemen

Iran has proposed a peaceful solution to the crisis in Yemen, calling for a ceasefire on the ground and the end of airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels – Tehran’s allies. The plan is expected to be submitted to the UN on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Veto! Oh yes, Veto! Veto, veto, veto, veto, veto, veto, VETO!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 15 07:07

Ya'alon: Iran will Funnel S-300 Missiles to Yemen, Lebanon, Gaza

Moscow lifting a ban on selling Iran S-300 missiles will directly contribute to terror in the Middle East, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon stated Tuesday - as Iran passes on the weapons to its agents in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How? By stuffing them down their shorts?

Apr 14 21:52

UN Security Council Slammed for 'Endorsing Siege and Mass Starvation' of Yemenis

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday passed a resolution, drafted largely by the gulf countries leading the war on Yemen, imposing an arms embargo on Houthis but not the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition pummeling and blockading the impoverished country.

Apr 14 14:16

Israel Lobby Conference: How big is the Lobby ?

Any lawyers willing to do it? Support the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) movement, on American university campuses across the nation.

It is high time to engage the enemy with weaponry with which they are not only familiar, but weaponry which can penetrate their defenses and do damage. ‘Know thy Enemy’, learn from his successes.

Ahmad Saadaldin on Panel 3 (Overcoming obstacles: SJP – Student for Justice in Palestine successes) stood out as an especially inspiring representative of … a younger generation of activists.

The US administration and the US Congress have succumbed to the demands of the Zionists and the Zionist regime. American politicians and media have fallen captive to the Zionist network. This is a lethal ailment that afflicts the US.

Regrettably little is being done to cure this fatal disease.

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