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Sep 16 11:35

Jews versus Israelis: Understanding “Jewishness” as the key to resolving the conflict over Palestine

“… an understanding of ‘Jewishness’, a term familiar to every self-identified Jew, may provide answers to most questions related to Israel and its politics. It may also help us grasp the fake dissent that has dominated the so-called Jewish “anti”-Zionist campaign for the last two decades.” >>

Sep 16 10:27

US defense failure… Why Washington has to blame Iran over Saudi attacks

The devastating blitz on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry has led to a flurry of accusations from US officials blaming Iran. The reason for the finger-pointing is simple: Washington’s spectacular failure to protect its Saudi ally.
The Trump administration needs to scapegoat Iran for the latest military assault on Saudi Arabia because to acknowledge that the Houthi rebels mounted such an audacious assault on the oil kingdom’s heartland would be an admission of American inadequacy.

Sep 16 09:43

Formidable Yemeni Houthis Fighters

Things aren’t going well for the US, NATO, Israel, Riyadh, and their jihadist proxies in Yemen.

They’re losing endless war to Ansarullah Houthi rebels, their capabilities much more sophisticated than earlier believed.

Their explosive-laden drones and missiles are able to penetrate Saudi defenses effectively, damaging strategic targets, including kingdom oil fields, its soft underbelly super-wealth producing lifeline.

On Saturday, explosive-laden Houthi drones attacked two Saudi Aramco oil facilities, setting targets struck ablaze — the kingdom’s Abqaiq refinery (the world’s largest) and Khurais oil field.

Both attacks caused huge fires visible from outer space. The facilities are crucial world energy supply chain links.

Sep 16 09:05

3 US Targets in Region Attacked If IRGC Downing of Spy Drone Responded – IRGC Commander By wmw_admin on September 16, 2019

As tensions mount over alleged Iranian involvement in the attack on the Saudi oil facility, the statements from the IRGC commander below are meant as a warning to America. In other words General Amir Ali Hajizadeh is saying to Trump, mess with us and you will pay a heavy price.

US Bases surrounding Iran. All within easy reach of Iran’s surface-to-surface missiles. Click to enlarge

Will Trump heed these warnings? Or will he comply with the demands of the Saudis, the Zionists and U.S. hawks and sacrifice more U.S. lives needlessly?
We write that because things are not unfolding quite as Anglo-American-Zionist elite had planned. So instead of an apocalyptic conflict, which would enable them impose martial law across the West and expand their global dominion, a military clash with Iran might entail a series of limited, lesser engagements.

Sep 16 08:15

Donald Trump's Neocon Conversion was Predictable

During the election, I wrote a little ebook titled “Donald Trump’s War on Islam.” In addition to pointing out Trump’s pandering to Islamophobia, I wrote about his association with a number of neocons, including Frank Gaffney and John Bolton, who is now his national security adviser. “I think John Bolton’s a good man,” Trump told the Hugh Hewitt Show.

“I watched him yesterday, actually, and he was very good in defending me in some of my views, and very, very strong. And I’ve always liked John Bolton. Well, we are thinking about it, Hugh [nominating Bolton as secretary of state]. I will say that. We are thinking about it. I mean, the negative is what I told you. But we are seriously thinking about it.”

Sep 16 07:24

Prematurely assigning blame for attack on Saudi oil facilities is irresponsible, says China

Beijing has warned that it would be irresponsible to guess who is the culprit behind the attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities without conducting a proper investigation. The US had immediately blamed Iran for the operation.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying urged against jumping to conclusions over the attack, which hit the world's biggest oil-processing facility, stressing that a needless escalation in the region should be avoided.

“Pondering who is to blame in the absence of a conclusive investigation, I think, is in itself not very responsible. China’s position is that we oppose any moves that expand or intensify conflict,” Hua said on Monday during a press briefing.

She implored all parties concerned to “restrain themselves” in order to “safeguard peace and stability” in the Middle East.

Sep 16 07:02

Attacks On Major Saudi Oil Installations Show Urgent Need For Peace With Yemen

Saudi Arabia finally lost the war on Yemen. It has no defenses against the new weapons the Houthis in Yemen acquired. These weapons threaten the Saudis' economic lifelines.

Saudi Arabia has nothing that could stop mass attacks by these drones. It would require hundreds of Russian made Pantsyr-S1 and BUK air defense systems to protect Saudi oil installations. There would still be no guarantee that they could not be overwhelmed.

Sep 16 06:33

US Sponsored War: Formidable Yemeni Houthi Fighters Strike Back

Things aren’t going well for the US, NATO, Israel, Riyadh, and their jihadist proxies in Yemen.

They’re losing endless war to Ansarullah Houthi rebels, their capabilities much more sophisticated than earlier believed.

Their explosive-laden drones and missiles are able to penetrate Saudi defenses effectively, damaging strategic targets, including kingdom oil fields, its soft underbelly super-wealth producing lifeline.

On Saturday, explosive-laden Houthi drones attacked two Saudi Aramco oil facilities, setting targets struck ablaze — the kingdom’s Abqaiq refinery (the world’s largest) and Khurais oil field.

Both attacks caused huge fires visible from outer space. The facilities are crucial world energy supply chain links.

Sep 16 05:34

Drone Strikes in Saudi Arabia Shut Down Half of Kingdom’s Oil Production – US Blames Iran — Possible Cruise Missile Attacks

A drone attack this weekend shut down half of Saudi Arabian oil production.

The US blamed Iran for the attack.

And later today the United States released satellite pictures showing th surgical strike on the oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia.

Sep 15 08:39

Attack on Saudi oil field a game-changer in Gulf confrontation Analysis by Tim Lister, CNN Updated 9:29 AM ET, Sun September 15, 2019 Reporter: 'Startlingly dangerous moment' in Middle East condor diverted flight map Spilled coffee diverted transatlanti

It is a game changer all right. A couple more strikes like this and it will be the end of the House of Saud!

(CNN)The attack on the world's largest oil processing plant early Saturday morning is a dramatic escalation in the confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia -- even if the Iranians didn't fire the drones or missiles responsible.

Several projectiles struck the Abiqaiq plant, starting a series of fires that quickly took out nearly half Saudi's oil production -- 5% of the global daily output -- and sparking fears about the security of the world's oil supplies.
It's unclear when Abiqaiq, which is operated by Saudi giant Aramco, will be fully operational again.

Sep 15 08:33

US, Israel negotiating mutual defense treaty: Trump

This is very dangerous. This is how WW1 and WW2 got started.

US President Donald Trump has confirmed on Twitter that he has spoken to his Israeli counterpart Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the prospects of signing a mutual defence treaty.

Saying such a pact would “further anchor the tremendous alliance between our two countries,” Trump said he looked “forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections,” during a meeting at the upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly.
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Sep 15 03:15

US ENERGY HEAD TO DISCUSS NUCLEAR POWER WITH SAUDIS ON MONDAYPublished: September 13, 2019Share | Print This

SOURCE: ALJAZEERA.COM
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said on Friday he will meet the new Saudi energy minister on Monday and likely discuss plans Saudi Arabia has to build nuclear reactors.

Perry did not say where he would meet Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who took over from Khalid al-Falih on Sunday. But a US official said the meeting would likely take place on the sidelines of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting in Vienna next week.

The kingdom has so far resisted agreeing to standards that would block its ability to enrich uranium and reprocessing of plutonium, possible pathways to making an atomic weapon. On Monday, Prince Abdulaziz said the kingdom wanted to enrich uranium for its nuclear power programme, potentially complicating talks with the Trump administration on the atomic pact and the role of US companies.

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Secretary Perry, a word, please; you cannot deny to the world that Saudi Arabia wants nuclear energy for nuclear bombs, particularly vis a vis Iran.

You have to make whatever agreement the Saudis want stick, because if you do not, Saudi Arabia will get whatever it needs from nuclear-armed Pakistan, no questions asked.

Ah yes, this is JUST what the Middle East needs right now; yet another despotic theocracy with nuclear weapons!!

Sep 14 11:25

Why Israel could cease to exist in a couple of generations

Gilad Atzmon agues that Israel is its own existential threat: with its deep and growing schisms between the fast-growing ultra-Orthodox, extreme far right and “secular” Jews, it could cease to exist in a couple of generations. >>

Sep 14 08:03

Drone attacks trigger huge fires at Saudi Aramco oil facilities, Houthis claim responsibility

Get ready for price increases on your gasoline courtesy of Donald Trump and the US Militaries support of Saudi Arabia and their genocide in Yemen!

Houthi rebels in Yemen say they deployed 10 armed drones which hit two large Saudi Aramco oil facilities on Saturday morning, causing massive fires and huge clouds of smoke on the sites.
The attack was carried out by the Houthi Air Force, the spokesperson for the Yemeni rebel group, Brigadier Yahya Serai, said on Al Masirah TV, vowing to “expand the operations against the Saudi regime in the future.”

Sep 14 07:52

DRONE ATTACK ON SAUDI OIL FACILITIES IS MAJOR ESCALATION: The full details of the most recent attack on September 14 were not available on Saturday morning and it was not clear where the drones had come from.BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN SEPTEMBER 14, 2019 12:48

The attacks began around four in the morning; video showed massive fires, billowing smoke and locals reported explosions. Iranian media implied that the attacks were carried out by Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have been backed by Theran. However the facilities that were struck are in northeastern Saudi Arabia, closer to Bahrain and Qatar. A drone would have to fly 1,000 km. to reach the facilities.

But the attack was also a serious escalation. This is the third attack of this kind, a long-range strike on key oil infrastructure. It shows that ability of the drone operator to carry out precision attacks. It also shows they have improve the ordnance carried by the drones, and that the drones can fly long-distances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This coverage, by jpost.com, is a far more sane, and nuanced article than those hitting other blogs on this topic, and one thing was made very clear here; at this moment, no one knows who was to blame. However, the Daily Mail didn't hesitate to run with the following headline:

Iran-backed militants admit drone swarm strike on world's largest oil processing plant in Saudi and at second nearby facility sparking huge fires as tensions reach boiling point following tanker attacks

The article then went on to state the following: 'A military spokesman for Yemen's Houthi rebels, considered an Iranian proxy force in the region, has claimed responsibility for today's attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, two major facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia run by state-owned oil giant Aramco.'

OK, Henry Martin, and FHP, if the guy was stating this information publicly, who, please, was he?!?

Because forgive me; but one thing I learned in my civics class, was that reporting was all about "Who, Where, What, Why, and How." How can people believe this codswallop when you have refused to let your readers know who actually made this statement?!?

PressTV.com gave an interesting touch, by claiming that the attacks didn't come from Iran, but rather by Houthi rebels, and here is the way they covered it: Fires engulf Saudi Arabia's oil facilities after drone attacks

This article (unlike Daily Mail), then states the following: 'The movement's military spokesman General Yahya Sare'e said 10 drones were deployed against the sites in Abqaiq and Khurais, and pledged to widen the range of attacks on Saudi Arabia.

Now, this guy appears to have been around for a long time, as the public face of the movement; Image: General Yahya Sare'eHe looks to be somewhere in his later 30s, and has the face, and demeanor, of someone intimately acquainted with war.

But the questions which need answering, include:

1. Why would Iran want to be blamed for attacking Saudi Arabia right now?!?
This makes utterly zero sense. The Iranian leadership understands that if, somehow, they are being blamed for this attack, and "the crud" of these accusations is somehow made to stick it, will hasten a US/Saudi /(and, probably covert) Israeli attack against it.

2. Where are these sophisticated drones in the the rebels' arsenal, actually being made?!? Are they truly Yemeni created home made weapons, or from other Shiaa supporting enclaves in the Middle East?

But there is one thing I do know; a couple of days ago, Netanyahu was in Moscow, and made the following statement: Meeting Putin after 3-hour wait, Netanyahu vows to stop Iran’s attacks on Israel:

On pre-election trip with an eye on Russian-born voters, PM says Tehran’s presence in Syria is ‘intolerable threat,’ credits his ties with Putin for best Moscow-Jerusalem relations

But the problem is, these attacks have been against Syria; not against Iran proper.

Painting a drone with national colors of an enemy country, or any enemy group, is no big deal; but the big question is, did Netanyahu make this call because he's three days away from the National Election in Israel (and with all Knesset seats up for grabs, I might add), and is looking to have a full-scale war against Syria by the time Monday rolls around?!?

In looking at this, in the most sang-froid way possible; cui bene?!? Who benefits?!?

This doesn't benefit the Houthi rebels, because Saudi Arabia and the US will pound down harder and harder on Yemen.

Iran doesn't benefit, because characterizing these Houthi rebels as being "pro-Iranian" simply brings the date of a serious air/land conflict between Iran, the US and Saudi Arabia ever closer, with Russia most probably taking Iran's side in the conflict.

But Israel, mounting a full-tilt boogie attack by bombing Saudi Arabia's oil structure,, with falsely colored drones, and blaming the alleged strike against Yemen, could definitely benefit Israel, by creating an environment ripe for escalation, in Syria, and quickly.

Please remember that word, "quickly"; if I am correct, we could see the events in the Middle East stumbling out of control as quickly as tomorrow, 15 September. Folks, I am so hoping that I am dead wrong on this, but the degree to which Israel is playing its hand in Syria, so close to the Israeli election, does give me cause for concern here.

Sep 13 08:05

The Madness of James Mattis

The wildly unpopular if not forbidden-to-be-uttered truth is that Mattis, while an admittedly decorated marine and military strategist, was an abject failure. Despite being hailed as a “warrior monk,” he was and remains a conventional interventionist figure – prisoner to the tired old militarist ideas of the necessity for US military forward deployment, counterinsurgency in Afghanistan, and the perpetual need to balance or “contain” Russia and China. His career-long defense of America’s post-9/11 engagements should be the first sentence of his obituary.

Sep 09 11:29

Split Between Saudi, UAE Forces in Yemen Threatens to Start a New War

Some halting attempts at reconciliation talks aside, the split between Saudi-backed and UAE-backed forces in South Yemen seems to be as complete as ever, with both sides continuing to talk as though they view one another irreconcilably as enemies.

This week that hasn’t meant much, as the two sides seem to be stalemated after a previous fight over Aden, which ended with a victory by UAE-backed separatists aided by UAE airstrikes. But what comes next could easily start another war in South Yemen.

Sep 09 10:22

Israeli Students Assaulted By ‘Arabic Speakers’ In Warsaw

Israeli students spending a semester in Warsaw were attacked as they left a nightclub in the city.

Two of the students required hospitalization after the early Saturday morning attack.

The details of the attack were posted on Facebook by Barak Kashpizky, the twin brother of one of the injured Israelis...

Sep 09 07:59

Yemeni Zelzal-1 missiles hit army positions in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan

Saudi Arabia has suffered loss of military personnel and mercenaries in a retaliatory missile strike carried out by Yemen's army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees targeting positions in the southern region of Jizan.

The media bureau of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement announced in a statement that six domestically-developed Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missiles were fired at Saudi strongholds that were also populated by militiamen loyal to former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi east of the mountainous district of Jabal al-Doud on Sunday afternoon.

Sep 09 07:51

US puts Kushner’s ‘coffee boy’ in charge of Mideast peace

US President Donald Trump’s new Middle East envoy is a 30-year-old White House administrative assistant who used to run errands and get coffee for his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a new report states.

Trump announced Thursday that Avi Berkowitz will replace former envoy Jason Greenblatt, who announced his resignation the day before.

A Harvard Law School graduate who finished his studies in 2016, Berkowitz has zero foreign policy experience except for being Kushner’s right-hand-man. He also joined the Trump campaign in 2016.

The Business Insider, in a 2017 article, quoted former White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks as saying that Berkowitz’s main duties had been “daily logistics like getting coffee and coordinating meetings” as Kushner’s close aide.

Sep 09 07:50

US support for Saudi war in Yemen has become political liability: Analyst

The administration of US President Donald Trump is likely to reduce support for Saudi Arabia’s deadly military aggression in Yemen due to the political disadvantages for the US, both domestically and globally, says an American political analyst in Virginia.

“It appears that the Trump administration is trying to rein in the Saudi aggression in Yemen somewhat because it has become an international political liability; it has also become a domestic political liability” said Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.

The shift in policy is also partly due to Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, Preston told Press TV on Friday.

Sep 07 03:56

Israeli Nukes, US Foreign Aid and the Symington Amendment

The following document case file reveals the slow decline of the policy of "strategic ambiguity" whereby US and Israeli officials deny the existence of the Israeli nuclear weapons arsenal in order to continue unfettered US military aid.
Note: Every single penny given to Israel is illegal. Therefor we have 520 members of congress breaking the law every day and the Jewish Nation of Israel controlled congress members belong in jail. Had enough yet!

Sep 07 03:49

Israel Launches Unprovoked Attacks: Uses Its Firepower, Far And Wide

Israel recently has been expanding its military attacks across much of the Middle East, hitting multiple countries. The aggressive campaign far outpaces anything any adversaries of Israel have been doing to it, or even trying unsuccessfully to do to it. Over the past two years Israel has used combat aircraft to conduct scores of attacks in Syria. Israel has stayed silent about most of this campaign of bombardment, but when it speaks it says the targets it hits are associated with Iran. The most recent widening of Israel's assaults have involved Lebanon, including drone attacks on facilities in suburban Beirut associated with Hezbollah ... The most dramatic geographic widening of the Israeli assault came last month with multiple attacks, reportedly conducted with F-35s, in Iraq - which, of course, does not even border Israel.

Sep 07 03:40

US blocks UN Security Council statement on Israel

The United States has blocked a UN Security Council statement on tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, rejecting any criticism of Israel and forcing the text to be scrapped.
Note: It is impossible to overstate the Jewish influence....excuse me the Jewish control of the United States of America. Israel tried to sink an American vessel in international waters and killed 34 and wounded 174. No punishment no condemnation of the Jewish nation of Israel. The FIDF friends of the Israel Defense Forces receive billions in tax deductible donations!
https://www.fidf.org/nygala Had enough yet!

Sep 05 08:32

Iran’s Legitimate Ballistic Missile Program Solely for Defense

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

US, NATO, Israeli missiles and other weapons are used time and again for naked aggression.

Judge them by their actions, warrior states, global menace nations, threatening everyone everywhere.

The Islamic Republic of Iran never attacked another country preemptively. It’s the leading regional proponent of peace and stability.

It’s targeted by the US for regime change because of its sovereign independence, support for Palestinian rights, and its vast hydrocarbon resources Washington seeks control over.

It’s also Israel’s main regional rival, the Jewish state and the US wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing its sovereign independence.

Sep 05 07:47

US offered ship captain money in bid to seize Iranian tanker in Gulf: Report

By MEE staff
Published date: 4 September 2019 17:21 UTC
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Last update: 17 hours 23 min ago
A senior US State Department official offered money to the captain of an Iranian tanker that was seized off the coast of Gibraltar in early July as part of the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign, the Financial Times newspaper reported.

Sep 05 07:41

Israel said again mulling raid on Iran; thinks Trump, unlike Obama, won’t oppose

Israeli officials are currently considering the possibility of conducting a military strike on Iran, with or without the approval of the United States, The New York Times reported Wednesday. They believe US President Donald Trump could decide not to stand in the way of such an attack, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, the paper reported Wednesday in an exposé that detailed the lows and highs of the Israel-US relationship in the face-off against the Islamic Republic over the past decade.

“Once again, more than a decade after they first raised the subject with American officials, Israeli officials have been considering the possibility of a unilateral strike against Iran,” said the report. “Unlike with Bush and Obama, there is greater confidence that Trump wouldn’t stand in the way."

Sep 05 07:20

Erdogan: We'll Flood Europe With Syrian Refugees Unless 'Safe Zone' Established

We will be forced to open the gates. We cannot be forced to handle the burden alone," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Thursday while demanding that European countries give political support to his controversial 'safe zone' plan in northern Syria.

Ankara is currently in tense negotiations with the United States over Erdogan's plan to militarily carve out a large swathe of territory along the Turkish-Syrian border which would serve as a buffer zone of sorts where US-backed Kurdish militias could not operate.

Erdogan said one million refugees could settle in the new buffer territory, thus alleviating the crisis on Turkish soil, and ultimately for Europe as well.
Turkey sees the YPG core of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as a terrorist extension of the outlawed PKK. Turkey has of late vowed to carve out the proposed 'safe' territory on a unilateral basis if it can't make progress with Washington.

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And right now, the US government and military are in overwhelm elsewhere, a reality upon which Edrogan is counting heavily to have tipped his hand with this threat.

Sep 03 16:26

Yemen: Western powers may be held responsible for war crimes - UN

The UK, US, France and Iran may be complicit in possible war crimes in Yemen over their support for parties to the conflict there, UN experts say.

A new report warns the countries they could be held responsible for aiding or assisting the commission of violations.

The Western powers provide weapons and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government, while Iran backs the Houthi rebels.

The experts say both sides continue to commit violations with impunity.

Sep 03 10:16

IRAN UNVEILS ANOTHER NEW DRONE AS PART OF GROWING ARSENAL

Iran publicly unveiled yet another new drone on Sunday, part of its growing arsenal of locally produced drones and munitions. The Islamic Republic has been on a surge recently in terms of showing off new military technology. It showed off a new radar on August 10 and a new missile defense system on August 22.

Sep 03 10:08

Breaking: Israel lied, a General died in Hezbollah ambush attack (updated)

Footage shows Hezbollah rocket attack on Israeli military vehicle in Avivim military headquarters

Introduction:

Hezbollah says they killed an Israeli general. Their unit had been in wait for days, outside Israel’s military headquarters in the north, the command center for military operations against Lebanon. Attack footage begins at 2:20…

Sep 02 08:50

One Last Ceasefire Before Oblivion for Jihadists in Syria

If the battle is won, in essence, and the jihadists on the run, why call a ceasefire now?

Simple. Turkey needs to be able to recall its troops from the area and disengage with the rebels it has been backing there for years. That was what Erdogan bargained for in Moscow, the lives of his troops.

That should tell you how serious Putin is about retaking Idlib and how little patience he has now for Erdogan’s nonsense.

Sep 01 10:10

What a web around Elliot Broidy! Corruption, shady deals and sleaze in the Trump administration

Eve Mykytyn highlights the corruption, shady deals and sleaze embedded in the Trump administration, centred on Elliot Broidy and translated into a proxy war in the Middle East fought on both sides by right-wing Zionists who were paid generously for their support. >>

Aug 29 09:23

Jeffrey Epstein’s heritage: Zwi Migdal, a Jewish global crime syndicate trafficking Jewish women as sex slaves

Gilad Atzmon views the parallels between paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Zwi Migdal, a Jewish global crime syndicate that operated a century ago and trafficked tens of thousands of Jewish women and underage girls as sex slaves, turning Argentina “into a nightmare of prostitution and exploitation”. >>

Aug 28 08:34

Did Defense Secretary James Mattis Commit War Crimes in Iraq?

In the years since, Mattis – called a “warrior monk” by his supporters – repeatedly has protected American service members who killed civilians, using his status as a division commander to wipe away criminal charges against Marines accused of massacring 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005 and granting clemency to some of those convicted in connection with the 2006 murder of a 52-year-old disabled Iraqi, who was taken outside his home and shot in the face four times.

These actions show a different side of Mattis, now 66, than has been featured in most profiles published since his nomination as President-elect Donald Trump’s defense secretary, which have portrayed him as a strong proponent of the Geneva Conventions and an anti-torture advocate.

Although Mattis argued against the siege of Fallujah beforehand, both international and U.S. law are clear: As the commanding general, he should be held accountable for atrocities committed by Marines under his command.

Aug 28 08:31

Mattis swipes at Trump, warns of ‘storm clouds gathering’ amid fractured alliances

This War Criminal should talk! We need a non-intervensionist Foreign Policy and the US Military needs to be reduced to a true defensive force with only about $100 billion a year in spending. Most of the Officer Corps needs to be court martialed and imprisoned for life for their crimes against humanity,The American People and The Constitution of the United States. And they should be forbidden to write books for profit or to serve on the boards of defense contractors or to lobby for same. Disgusting war criminal. Remember Haditha and Falluja!

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took several implicit swipes at President Trump’s leadership in an op-ed published Wednesday, warning about the fallout from fractured alliances and increasing divisiveness under the current administration.

Mattis’ comments were included in a lengthy essay adapted from a forthcoming book and published in The Wall Street Journal.

Aug 28 08:21

How Saudi Arabia And Israel Undermine The War On Terror

Who created ISIS and still supports them logistically speaking?
The Pentagram cries Crocodile tears!

https://www.newsweek.com/america-created-isis-top-iranian-official-cla...
https://www.globalresearch.ca/america-created-al-qaeda-and-the-isis-te...

A recent report from the Pentagon inspector general, warning of the “resurgence” of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), highlights a fact that has become abundantly clear: Washington’s “war on terror” is a failure.

Despite the formation of a “Global Coalition” to fight ISIS back in September 2014, the Pentagon report estimates that there are still between 14,000 and 18,000 ISIS combatants in Iraq and Syria.

Aug 28 08:14

EXCLUSIVE: Israeli strikes in Iraq launched from SDF-held Syria, Baghdad believes

With the permission of Donald Trump and the stooges in the US Military who control those Kurdish groups and bases. Donald loves and supports the Saudis too!

Iraq’s intelligence services believe that five recent drone attacks on Iraqi paramilitaries were launched from bases under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia’s control in north Syria, an official told Middle East Eye.

The Iraqi official, who has knowledge of the latest intelligence briefing from Baghdad’s security services, said the strikes were conducted by Israel, with the understanding of the SDF and backing of Saudi Arabia.

Aug 28 08:09

Pentagon Opposes Israeli Attacks on Iraq

More lies from the degenerate US Military Officer Corps!

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense released on Monday an official statement distancing the American administration from recent airstrikes in Iraq attributed to Israel, highlighting U.S. support for "Iraqi sovereignty" and opposition to "external actors."

U.S. officials have spoken out against the airstrikes over the past week, but so far mostly speaking anonymously to the media. Monday's statement, published by chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman, is the clearest sign yet that the American administration is troubled by the latest developments.

Aug 28 08:05

Russian Su-35 jets allegedly forced Israeli warplanes to abandon 2nd attack

While Israel managed to hit one of its main targets, a Russian publication reported that the Israeli Air Force was forced out of Syrian airspace as it was preparing for a second wave of strikes.

Aug 27 07:43

Lebanon, Iraq, Iran call out Israel's 'declaration of war' after it bombs 3 COUNTRIES in one weekend

Lebanon, Iraq and Iran have declared recent Israeli aggression as an act of war after attacks on Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq over the weekend, promising devastating retaliation if the violence continues.

Aug 26 13:29

Jeffrey Epstein and the Zionist culture of dehumanising the “Other”

Gilad Atzmon views the culture of dismissing the “Other” that lay behind the paedophile scandal of Jeffrey Epstein and his collaborators – the same culture underlining the “institutional disregard for human life that is symptomatic of Israeli policy and is supported by its forceful lobby around the world”.>>

Aug 26 08:17

Iraqi Parliament Group Calls Alleged Israeli Strikes 'Declaration of War', Demands US Troops Exit

The Fatah Coalition, an influential bloc in the Iraqi Parliament, has called recent airstrikes on the country, allegedly conducted by Israel, a “declaration of war” by the Jewish state and stated that it holds the US fully responsible for Tel Aviv's actions. In light of this, the coalition has called for the withdrawal of the about 5,000 remaining American soldiers from Iraq.

Aug 23 10:27

The successes of Russian diplomacy in the Middle East

The political changes which have been transforming the Middle East for the last two months are not the result of the destruction of any of the protagonists, but the evolution of the Iranian, Turkish and Emirati points of view. Where the military might of the United States has failed, the subtlety of Russian diplomacy has succeeded. Refusing to comment on the crimes of one party or the other, Moscow is slowly managing pacify the region.

Aug 23 10:24

Lindsey Graham’s Blank Check. Why a Defense Agreement with Israel Would be a Disaster for Americans

Two world wars began because of unconditional pledges made by one country to come to assistance of another. On July 5, 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany pledged his country’s complete support for whatever response Austria-Hungary would choose to make against Serbia after the June 28th assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by a Serbian nationalist during an official visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia. This fatal error went down in history as Germany’s carte blanche or “blank check,” assurance to Austria that led directly to WW I.

Aug 23 07:42

Israel preparing to bomb Houthis in Yemen to warn them away from Iran – reports

Israel is planning to bomb Houthi and Hezbollah targets in Yemen to keep them from receiving weapons from Iran following several Israeli attacks on Iraqi targets, Kuwaiti media has reported.

Aug 22 09:41

Russia acknowledges its ground troops are fighting in Idlib

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has acknowledged for the first time the presence of Russian military fighting alongside Syrian regime forces in the Idlib assault, confirming numerous earlier reports.

During a press conference he held following a meeting with Ghana’s Foreign Minister Shirley Botchway yesterday, Lavrov confirmed that “There are Russian soldiers on the ground in the Syrian province of Idlib,” stating that Russia would respond to any attack on its soldiers in Syria.

Aug 22 09:21

Yemen: Coalition Warships Attack Fishing Boats

(Beirut) – Saudi-led coalition naval forces have carried out at least five deadly attacks on Yemeni fishing boats since 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. Coalition warships and helicopters have been involved in attacks that killed at least 47 Yemeni fishermen, including 7 children, and the detention of more than 100 others, some of whom were tortured in custody in Saudi Arabia.

The coalition attacks on fishermen and fishing boats appear to be deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects in violation of the laws of war. Coalition officials who ordered or carried out the attacks or tortured detainees are most likely responsible for war crimes.

Aug 22 08:27

Iranian Version of Russia's S-300 Missile Shield Unveiled

Bavar 373 was unveiled in a ceremony participated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami.

"Bavar 373 is the most important indigenized missile defense system whose design and manufacturing started a few years ago and can engage multiple targets in high altitudes," General Hatami said, addressing the ceremony.

Aug 22 08:08

Strategic analysis on the construction of new energy corridor China–Pakistan–Iran–Turkey

Highlights

This paper explores the current situation of cross-border energy pipelines of China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey. Then it analysis strategic objectives of the four countries.


It is proposed to build China-Pakistan-Iran-Turkey energy corridor between China, Pakistan, Iran and Turkey, which is of great significance to realize the energy strategic objectives of the countries.

Aug 22 07:53

Russian Su-35s Intercept Turkish F-16s Over Syria’s Idlib - Reports

Two Russian Air Force Su-35 heavyweight air superiority fighters have reportedly intercepted Turkish F-16 Fighting Falcons over the southern countryside of Syria’s Idlib Governorate. Russia has deployed Su-35 fighters to Khmeimi Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province since January 2016, following the Turkish downing of a Russian Su-24 strike fighter near the Syrian-Turkish border the previous year. While the Su-24 lacked an air to air capability, and jets previously deployed such as the Su-25 and Su-34 were designed primarily for an air to ground role and deployed for airstrikes against Islamist militants, the Su-35 has been equipped from the outset with air to air missiles and is intended to defend Russian and to a lesser extent allied forces in the theatre.

Aug 22 07:39

What’s Russia Up to in the Iranian Port of Chabahar? The North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC)

There have been wild reports over the past few weeks about Russia’s activities in the Iranian port of Chabahar, with some sources even alleging that Moscow plans to open up a naval base there.

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An interesting sequence of events has recently taken place that makes many wonder what Russia’s up to in the Iranian port of Chabahar. It’s widely known that Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, and India are cooperating on the North-South Transport Corridor (NSTC) project to integrate each of their economies more closely together, with Chabahar being this initiative’s terminal port in connecting India to the other three and also Central Asia.

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Aug 21 11:59

Palestinian Nakba II is here

"We are basically dealing here with a systematic forced removal of the indigenous population from a given territory by a powerful settler state. In Yiddish as well as in English such an act is called ethnic cleansing and is considered a crime against humanity under the statutes of the International Criminal Court..." >>

Aug 21 09:40

Syria - Frontline Breach Opens Door To A Deep Battle For Idlib

During the last months the Syrian government made some progress in the norther part of Hama governorate on the border to the jihadi held Idlib governorate. The breach of the jihadi defense lines must now be used to develop a larger campaign.

The maps show the progress between May 15 2019 and today (Red - government control; Green - jihadi control).

The current operation is a pincer movement on the western and eastern side of Khan Shaykhun. It is designed to envelope the jihadi held towns Al Lataminah, Kafr Zayta, Khan Shaykhun and Morek.

The encirclement north of Khan Shaykhun will close within the next several days. The jihadis who stay within the cauldron will have little chance to survive.

Aug 21 09:38

Australia joins US-led anti-Iran flotilla… in the name of national security & economic interests

Australia will send a frigate and a spy plane in support of Washington’s dubious initiative to boost security in the Strait of Hormuz by filling it with foreign warships, increasing the risk of miscalculations and provocations.

Aug 20 09:49

Trump’s Anti-Iran Warrant

Time and again, hard evidence shows the US is a nation run by hawkish right-wing extremists, dismissive of the rule of law and democratic values they abhor and don’t tolerate.

Operating exclusively by their own rules, they maintain that UN Charter principles and other international law applies to other nations, not imperial USA.

All nations the US doesn’t control are on its target list for regime change, part of its longstanding plot to rule the world unchallenged, control its resources, and create ruler-serf societies everywhere — enforced by Pentagon-run NATO, operating as a global police force.

Since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist dictatorship, Iran has been a key target to transform back to US client state status — by brute force it that’s what it takes.

Aug 20 09:43

The Saudis Learn the Term “Asymmetric Response”

The Saudis just learned that some moments in history show their significance as they unfold. Iran shooting down a U.S. Global Hawk stealth drone and President Trump refusing his war-hawk cabinet in retaliating militarily is one of them.

I said then and still maintain that this was a turning point in the history of the world.

Any retaliation by the U.S. would be catastrophic for the world economy. It would unleash a regional conflict on multiple fronts which would not be any kind of controlled theater…

… That for all the might of the U.S. military and financial empire, its weaknesses are deep enough that even a relatively weak military and economy like Iran’s can stop it all dead cold because of basic things like geography, logistics and simple human resolve.

Aug 20 09:27

Images show Iran satellite launch looms despite US criticism

Read the comments. It would appear that many Americans are friendly towards Iran.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite U.S. accusations that the Islamic Republic's program helps it develop ballistic missiles.

Satellite images of the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran's Semnan province this month show increased activity at the site, as heightened tensions persist between Washington and Tehran over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Aug 19 08:55

5 Yemeni missiles hit targets in Saudi Arabia’s Najran, Asir

Yemeni forces have targeted gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in Saudi Arabia’s southern provinces of Najran and Asir with at least five domestically-manufactured missiles.

Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news website, citing a spokesman for the Yemeni army, reported that Yemeni missile defense units targeted the gatherings of the Saudi-led mercenaries in the al-Sadis area in Najran with two Zelzal-1 (Earthquake-1) missiles on Tuesday.

The report added that Yemeni forces also hit similar gatherings of Saudi-led mercenaries in the mountainous al-Majaz area of Asir with three missiles of the same type.

The source also told al-Masirah that all missiles successfully hit their designated targets, leaving an unspecified number of mercenaries either dead or wounded.

Aug 19 08:52

Syrian Army breaks through militant lines to advance on Khan Sheikhoun: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) scored a big advance in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate this past week after cracking the militant lines near the key city of Khan Sheikhoun.

Aug 19 08:50

Syrian, Russian Fighter Jets Pound, Block Turkish Army's Military Convoy to Khan Sheikhoun

Russia's Documents Center quoted special sources as saying that as soon as the Turkish military convoy arrived near Ma'aret al-Numan from Saraqib region to support Tahrir al-Sham's movement towards Khan Sheikhoun city faced warning airstrikes near Khan Sheikhoun and was forced to bring to halt its movement.

The sources, meantime, pointed to a complete disconnection of the International Aleppo-Damascus Highway under Russian and Syrian airstrikes, and said that three Faylaq al-Sham terrorists, backed by the Turkish Army, who were moving through this route were killed.

The Turkish military convoy comprised 28 military vehicles, tanks and trucks carrying different types of weapons, missiles and military equipment as well as several armored personnel carriers.

Aug 19 08:32

A Bedouin Family Gets Evicted by Israel, and Their Baby Gets Killed

Sarah Ka’abneh, 24, doesn’t know yet that her 2-month-old daughter Hana has died. For nearly two weeks the mother has been unconscious in intensive care at Jerusalem’s Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem.

When the accident happened on the morning of August 5, she had the baby in her arms. She was sitting in a cart harnessed to a tractor driven by her father-in-law. Her eldest son Khaled, 2, her mother-in-law and her parents-in-law’s young children sat to each side, among the family’s meager belongings.

Aug 16 23:25

China Prepares Its “Nuclear Option” In Trade War

As the trade war with the U.S. continues to escalate, China has re-engaged with Iran on three key projects and is weighing the use of what both Washington and Beijing term the ‘nuclear option’, a senior oil and gas industry source who works closely with Iran’s Petroleum Ministry told OilPrice.com last week.

For the first of these projects - Phase 11 of the supergiant South Pars non-associated gas field (SP11) - last week saw a statement from the chief executive officer of the Pars Oil and Gas Company (POGC) that talks had resumed with Chinese developers to advance the project. Originally the subject of an extensive contract signed by France’s Total before it pulled out due to re-imposed U.S. sanctions on Iran, talks had been well-advanced with the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) to take up the slack on development.

Aug 13 08:11

Caught between an air blockade and southern suspicion, Yemeni patients are left to die

While the Saudi-led coalition imposes restrictions on Sanaa airport, forces in the south prevent those seeking treatment abroad from leaving through Aden.

Hussein Saeed, 45, has been suffering from liver cancer for the past year and has tried to receive proper treatment in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital currently held by Houthi rebels, without success.

The Saudi-led coalition battling the Houthis imposed restrictions on Sanaa airport on 9 August 2016, and with no commercial flights able to leave or enter, medicines cannot arrive in the city.

Over the past year, Saeed’s health has declined, and although he has been moved between several hospitals in the capital he has failed to receive proper healthcare.

Having heard of dozens of cancer patients dying in Sanaa, Saeed decided his best option would be to leave the country to receive medical treatment in India, where many other patients have received treatment for the disease.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, my dear readers, THIS is what our US alleged "leadership" has done for Yemen; apparently, it was not enough to be killing innocent children, women, and the medically fragile elderly, whose only "mistake" was being in the utterly wrong place, at the utterly wrong time; now, by not letting life-saving cancer drugs to get to its victims, the US is party to killing its cancer victims.

Hey, President Trump WAY TO GO!!

Killing cancer victims by not allowing medicine to get into the country, to kowtow to Saudi Arabia's grand scheme of killing innocent people because they were ill, WOW!! What an incredible choice!!

Mr. President, in this policy, people with even a modicum of intelligence understand, that you have utterly none, nor do you have any possible degree of compassion, to boot. In fact, you may well be a prototype bot, which is programmed to have companies in this country make as much money as they possibly can from war.

And regarding the 2020 campaign, considering the degree to which you allowed those independent voices in the press who stood up for you in 2016, get thrown under the proverbial bus, I do not understand anyone who would support you, other than those who have been making out like bandits, with magnificent profits soaring, courtesy of your being our country's Merchant of Death in Chief.

Aug 12 09:27

Hidden Hands in the Middle East

The Western public has been so poorly served, in recent years, by its supposed world-class media organisations that any semblance of a coherent narrative explaining world events and tying together their deeper, underlying, causes to one another, has almost completely disappeared from the programming of the major networks. More often than not, international affairs are presented to us as a series of apparently unrelated events that simply “occur”, in most cases without any meaningful context or background being provided, or else, with a completely one-sided and deliberately misleading interpretation being force-fed to us by our “impartial” broadcasters.

Aug 12 07:51

Flooding Persian Gulf with weapons turns it into ‘matchbox ready to ignite’ – Zarif

The US and their allies are damaging security in the Persian Gulf by “flooding” the region with arms, and sending a US-led naval force there will make the situation worse, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

US foreign policy undermines the security of the countries around the Persian Gulf, Zarif said on Monday during a trip to Qatar.

Aug 09 16:32

Iran Has Hundreds of Naval Mines. U.S. Navy Minesweepers Find Old Dishwashers and Car Parts.

As tensions heat up in the Persian Gulf, the Navy’s minesweeping fleet may once again be called into action, but its sailors say the ships are too old and broken to do the job. “We are essentially the ships that the Navy forgot.”

Aug 09 09:24

WHY IS SAUDI ARABIA GIVING UP A TRACT OF LAND THE SIZE OF MASSACHUSETTS FOR "THE WORLD'S FIRST INDEPENDENT INTERNATIONAL ZONE"?

It has been reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman originally came up with the idea for the city when he “pulled up a map of his country on Google Earth and saw its northwest quadrant was a blank slate.” He ultimately decided that it would be an ideal location for “the city of the future”, and he enlisted an army of U.S. consultants to help him fulfill his dream.

But will his dream ultimately become a nightmare? There are some extremely alarming things that I want to tell you about, but first let’s talk about some of the cool stuff that is planned for the city…

The in-development Saudi Arabian city-state will have robot maids, flying taxis, and glow-in-the-dark sand, according to confidential planning documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. An artificial moon will light up the sky every night, and a Jurassic Park-style island will let visitors mingle with robot dinosaurs.

Sounds like a fun place to live, right?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Butcher of Yemen; before you start construction here, please stop killing innocent civilians; women, babies, and the medically fragile elderly in Yemen.

IF you think, for one millisecond, that this project will wipe your hands clean of the blood you (and your American compatriots) have caused to be shed in Yemen, you are, unfortunately, very sadly mistaken.

I would like to politely remind you, that the genius novel "1984", by George Orwell, was a cautionary tale; not a how to manual!!

And how many of your citizens will be making enough money, to come and see this wonderland, once it is created?!? The horrendous disparity of wealth in your county, may make this impossibly challenging for most of your financially, and politically, and religiously challenged, citizens.

I, as a confessing Christian, could not even make it through the airport at Riyadh!!
Freedom of Religion nonexistent in Saudi Arabia

I would certainly like to be able to "cheer on" this project, but not unless and until, you are able to leave Yemen, and grant all your people freedom of worship in Saudi Arabia.

Aug 09 09:11

UAE Frees Activist After 5 years in Detention For Tweeting Against Torture

By Afef Abrougui

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have freed activist and political prisoner Osama al-Najjar after detaining him for more than five years.

Al-Najjar, who was arrested in March 2014, served a three-year jail sentence for posting tweets denouncing torture in UAE prisons. Despite completing his sentence, he remained in arbitrary detention for more than two years, before he was released on August 8, rights groups said...

Aug 08 11:10

UN Accuses Yemen Forces of Attacking Northerners

The UN has issued a new statement expressing concern about the Saudi and UAE-backed government in southern Yemen and its recent treatment of people from the northern part of Yemen.

Since the Houthis, who control the north, attacked government military targets last week, there have been growing reports of arbitrary arrests and assaults on northerners in revenge attacks.

The UN report singled out UAE-backed security forces, saying they’d been both carrying out revenge attacks on civilians and enabling attacks by other groups against northerners.

Aug 08 09:34

Israeli FM says working toward 'transparent normalization' with Persian Gulf states

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz says he is working toward “transparent normalization and signed agreements” with a number of Persian Gulf littoral states as the countries do not shy away from disclosing their clandestine relations with the Tel Aviv regime following years of secretive contacts.

Katz told a ministers' meeting in Jerusalem al-Quds on Tuesday that he recently met with a "high ranking persona" from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to improve ties between Israel and Arab states.

The top Israeli diplomat further noted that the two reached “substantial agreements.”

“We do not have a conflict with them (Arab states),” Katz commented.

Aug 07 11:42

QUITTING COLD TURKEY

Until literally a couple of years ago, courtesy of its enviable position in Asia Minor positioned in direct proximity of USSR (during the Cold War), Iran (after the Islamic Revolution), Iraq, and of course Syria in most recent years, Turkey enjoyed remarkably positive press as “NATO’s Number 2 Army” and in general a stalwart and reliable ally. Greece, by contrast, even though a member of the same NATO alliance and the European Union to boot, and a country whose political institutions were more similar to those of the European members of NATO, was a neglected backwater. Whereas Greece currently has only one US military base, namely the Souda naval base on the island of Crete, Turkey boasts Izmir and Incirlik airbases, the latter of which having a nuclear weapons’ storage facility.

Aug 07 10:34

Dubai Customs Makes Massive Seizure of “Jihadist's Drug”

Dubai Customs has foiled a drug smuggling attempt, seizing 274,000 Captagon pills. Captagon has been dubbed the "amphetamine fueling Syria's war" or the "Jihadists' drug."

Drugs.com states that Captagon manufacturing has escalated in Europe and the Middle East over the past few years and that it has been by extremist groups such as Islamic State to enhance their soldiers abilities. The highly addictive, amphetamine-based drug is said to enhance courage.

Aug 07 09:54

Russia, Turkey, Iran: Adversaries Of The West's NATO Alliance

Germany's point-blank refusal to support Washington's proposal for a maritime protection force in the Arabian Gulf to protect shipping from attacks by Iran is yet another example of Berlin's diplomatic and economic sabotage of the Western alliance.

Following the recent upsurge in Iranian aggression in the all-important Strait of Hormuz, the Gulf shipping artery through which flows one-fifth of the world's energy needs, Washington has sought international backing for Operation Sentinel, its naval operation to protect shipping in the region.

This search follows a series of Iranian attacks, including the shooting down of a US Navy drone operating in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz, as well as a number of attacks against merchant shipping, such as last month's seizure of the British-registered oil tanker Stena Impero.

Aug 07 09:49

Israel joins US-led anti-Iran coalition in Strait of Hormuz?

Israel has reportedly volunteered intelligence and assistance in “other unspecified fields” to the US-led coalition against Iran after bonding with the Emirates over a shared opposition to Tehran’s influence in the Persian Gulf.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached “substantial agreements” regarding the “Iranian threat,” foreign minister Yisrael Katz told a closed session of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday, according to Ynet News. Katz also said he has instructed the ministry to include Israel in the US-led “policing” mission, adding that participating in the initiative will improve its relationship with the Gulf Arab states.

Aug 05 09:37

Kushner seeks Arab leaders’ support to Mideast peace plan seemingly going into effect

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, accompanied by a White House team including Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and State Department official Brian Hook, began last week a Mideast tour to rally support from Arab leaders for the White House’s Mideast peace plan aimed, they said, to tackle the Palestinian-Israeli long-standing conflict.

Kushner, the plan’s main architect, made stops at Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, and Morocco reportedly to address roles of each Arab country in the suggested plan and to strengthen the situation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the general elections on 17 September as the latter seeks to be the Israeli leader who oversaw Trump plan came to effect, political analysts said.

However, Kushner’s tour included no Palestinian officials.

Aug 05 06:57

ERDOGAN PUBLICLY ANNOUNCES TURKEY INVASION EAST OF THE EUPHRATES

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has publicly announced the decision to launch a long-awaited military operation in Syria, east of the Euphrates River, and said that the United States (US) and Russia have been warned and provided with the information necessary.

Speaking at an inauguration ceremony in the north-western city of Bursa yesterday, Erdogan stated that “We entered Afrin, Jarabulus, and Al-Bab, and now we’re going to enter east of the Euphrates,” adding that “We shared this with the US and Russia.”

The military operation has been highly speculated on in recent weeks following talks between Turkish military figures such as Minister of Defence Hulusi Akar and US Envoy to Syria James Jeffreys regarding a proposed safe zone in northern Syria. At the start of the talks in July, Turkey warned that it would conduct the operation if an agreement was not reached for the establishment of the zone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

My big question here is, what will Russia do, if this incursion goes ahead, as planned?!?

There had to be some kind of quid pro quo, at least with Russia, for them to allow this Turkish military operation to move forward; I am having a hard time believing that Russia would go along with this, without getting something back for Al Assad, but only time will reveal what that was.

Aug 04 16:30

Washington urges Australia to ‘be partner’ in confronting Iran in Gulf standoff

The US is seeking to pull Australia into its escalating row with Tehran, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting Canberra’s help to secure shipping routes against “unprovoked attacks” in the Strait of Hormuz.

Aug 04 11:17

Japan Won't Send Warships to US-led Mission in Strait of Hormuz Amid Row With Iran - Reports

Last week, the US invited Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, South Korea, the UK, and several other countries to join a maritime protection mission in the Persian Gulf region to counter Iran .

Tokyo won't send ships to join the US-led maritime force to guard tankers in the Strait of Hormuz amid an escalation of tensions between Tehran and Washington, Japan's Mainichi Shimbun has reported. According to the newspaper, however, Japan may send warships independently in order to protect their vessels in the region.

Aug 03 10:32

UAE withdrawing from Yemen because Abu Dhabi believes Saudi-led war is unwinnable: NYT

A report sheds light on the motive behind a surprise decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — a key member of a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia — to pull its troops out of Yemen, saying Abu Dhabi has come to the conclusion that the war being waged on Yemen is “unwinnable.”

“In background briefings last month for Western analysts, the Emiratis said they were pulling back because the war appeared unwinnable,” the New York Times revealed on Thursday.

Abu Dhabi has publicly been saying for more than a month that they have begun a phased withdrawal of forces participating in the Saudi-led campaign against Yemen.

According to earlier reports, Abu Dhabi had previously attributed the troop withdrawal to a handful of different reasons, including domestic security concerns and support for UN-led peace efforts.

Aug 02 11:35

Israel dodges UN blacklist despite rise in Palestinian youth killed and injured in 2018

Israeli forces killed and maimed some 2,800 Palestinian children in 2018, the highest number in years, and yet were not mentioned on an annual United Nations blacklist of armed forces that commit atrocities against youth.

Some 59 Palestinian children were killed last year and 2,756 more were injured — the highest number since 2014, according to a report by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres that will be published this week, an advance copy of which was seen by Mondoweiss.

While Guterres called for a probe into the deaths and blasted Israel for endangering Palestinian youths, the UN chief did not embarrass Israel by naming it on his “list of shame” in the annexes of the survey.

“I am extremely concerned by the significant rise in the maiming of and injuries caused to children across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, including by tear gas inhalation requiring medical treatment,” Guterres said in the report.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

UN Secretary-General Guterres knows that his requests to Israel will be answered... just as soon as pigs discover that they are aerodynamic.

Aug 02 11:08

Houthi Attacks in South Yemen Kill at Least 51, Saudis Blame Iran

Attacks by the Shi’ite Houthi movement against pro-Saudi and pro-UAE targets in southern Yemen have killed at least 51 people, most of them military forces loyal to the UAE, and a high-ranking UAE official.

The largest incident was a missile fired by the Houthis, which hit a military parade in the southern capital of Aden. The casualties included a number of military commanders, and parading fighters.

Despite drone and missile attacks being launched by the Houthis, and the Houthis being very clear about that fact, Saudi Arabia wasn’t going to miss a chance to use anything bad happening to blame Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What are the Saudis going to do, blame their own Butcher of Yemen, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the US government and military for these deaths?!?

The Saudi government may well feel that they are getting very close to some actionable traction on their mantra, "Something needs to be done to Iran to teach it a Lesson!!"

That being said, however, I would very much like the "Adults in the Room", in Riyadh, Tel Aviv, and DC, to consider the following statement, made late June of this year by a top Russian official:

Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article goes on to state:

"“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow."

I would gently, and politely, suggest that the rest of the world take Russia at its word; Russian government officials hardly fart, without Putin's permission, so when a policy commitment like this is stated, Putin means it.

And who, please, was the ignoble, brainless miscreant of a leader, who thought that a military parade in a country that has been occupied, but not completely controlled, was a "swell idea"?!?

Since I don't believe in capital punishment (largely, because of how badly the chain of evidence is handled in the US, leading to unjust convictions), were I high up in the Saudi and/or UAE governments, I would have this guy shoveling camel excrement, for the rest of his miserable life!!

Aug 01 12:04

Veteran justice campaigner Pete Gregson set to be expelled from the UK’s Labour Party for opposing Zionist racism

Peter Gregson, chair of LAZIR – Labour Against Zionist Islamophobic Racism – and veteran campaigner for justice for the Palestinian people, has been given the red card by the party’s Disputes Team, which is riddled with Zionist racists – members of the so-called “Jewish Labour Movement”, a pro-Israeli apartheid body embedded within the Labour Party.>>

Aug 01 10:26

Tyranny won't last: Leader reacts to Bahrain executions

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned Bahraini rulers that their tyrannical regime is not going to last much longer, after the ruling Al Khalifah regime tortured and executed two young protesters.

"Cruelty and tyranny won't last and the determination and the willpower of justice-seeking nations will eventually prevail," the Leader's official Arabic-language Twitter account quoted him as saying on Wednesday.

Aug 01 10:23

Saudi Arabia, UAE are loyal servants of US imperialism: Scholar

The simple fact is that no matter who rules in Washington, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are loyal servants of US imperialism and serve as its surrogates in the Persian Gulf region, according to Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Aug 01 09:08

ALLEGED 9/11 MASTERMIND COULD BLOW SAUDI ROLE WIDE OPEN IN LAWSUIT TESTIMONY

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

If anyone knows where the skeletons are buried contradicting the official 9/11 narrative then it's none other than alleged terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Wall Street Journal and others report that he's ready to spill the beans on Saudi Arabia's involvement in the worst terror attack to ever take place on American soil as part of a victims' lawsuit seeking damages from the kingdom as a state sponsor.

A letter filed in the US District Court in Manhattan disclosed an offer to spare Mohammed the death penalty in exchange for his willingness to be deposed by the victims, who are seeking billions of dollars in damage from the kingdom, making it extremely politically sensitive regarding both embarrassing secrets of Riyadh's role in 9/11 and the potential to severely damage US-Saudi economic ties.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wouldn't want to bet this will happen; actually, I think Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is going to become very "depressed" and will commit suicide by continually bouncing himself, head first, on the concrete in his cell, until he dies.

What an enormously inventive suicide!!

And let me hasten to add, this is only satire on my part; but I think the US government, which has much to explain about the truth of 9/11, will file suit to keep this from happening, and fast-track this guy toward a lethal injection just as quickly as judicially possible.

Aug 01 08:47

YEMEN: UAE-BACKED OFFICIAL KILLED IN HOUTHI STRIKE 

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
A UAE-backed commander was amongst those killed when an explosion struck a military parade in Yemen’s southern city of Aden today.

Scores were injured and killed in the blast which rocked the seat of Yemen’s Saudi-backed internationally recognised government.

The Houthi movement said it was behind the attack. Their official channel Al Masirah TV said it had launched a medium-range ballistic missile and an armed drone at the military parade.

“The blast occurred behind the stand where the ceremony was taking place at Al Jalaa military camp in Buraiqa district in Aden,” Reuters reported a witness saying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For the last 3 years, Saudi Arabia, aided and abetted by the US, has been turning Yemen into a bloody genocide.

And I take it, from the expectations of the Butcher of Yemen, aka Prince Mohammed bin Salman, that the Yemenites are forbidden to strike back?!?

Every thinking person I know, who has written on the tragedy which has become Yemen, says that the only way that this can be resolved, is through negotiation; of course, Prince MBS will not negotiate.

In fact, I am rather surprised that he hasn't ordered a complete carpet bombing of the country, coupled with the slaughter of all its male infants, as did (allegedly) Herod during the time Biblical time of Christ.

Of course, being a 21st century assassin (does anyone remember Adnan Khashoggi?!?) he understands that the optics of such attacks, would not be great for his country.

So he is continuing to pursue a war of attrition, which has no way of ending for him, except badly.

If there were any true justice in this world, this man would be in shackles at the Court for International Justice at the Hague; but the concept is no longer "justice"; for those monied, it's about "Just us!!!"

Aug 01 08:30

As Tensions Flare Between US & Iran, More Oil Tankers Are 'Going Dark' In The Strait Of Hormuz

Given the rising tension in the Strait of Hormuz, and the mysterious spate of seemingly random attacks on tankers that some have blamed on Iran, it's no surprise that more captains transporting shipments of crude and LNG through one of the busiest corridors for the global energy trade feel the need to keep a low profile, according to Bloomberg.

Which is apparently why more ships are turning off their transponders - "going dark", in industry jargon - a technique that is typically used by smugglers and those hoping to avoid American sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It will only be a matter of time before the US interdicts one of these ships, and claims that it was carrying Iranian oil, and that they went dark to evade the sanctions.

I would like those preciously few "adults in the bowels of DC", to be very careful about what the US does, in such a circumstance, given that Russia has promised that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid.
Iran ‘Won’t Be Alone’ If U.S. Attacks, Russian Official Says

The article went on to state: "“Iran will withstand this type of fight and Iran is not alone,” Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

When asked if Russia was ready to provide material support to Iran if the U.S. attacks it, Kabulov said that “specific actions are a question for the Russian president.”

Folks, the US government is playing with fire, if they have swallowed their own moonshine Koolade, about the superiority of US weapons over those of Russia or China; the capabilities of US weapons is still, unfortunately, very much lagging behind those of their Russian and Chinese counterparts.

The more President Trump presses his sanctions, the more unpredictable the responses from Iran may become.

There are two "toys" not currently in this President's toy arsenal, and those "toys" are "caution" and "restraint."

I would like to hope that someone in this administration is willing mention them to the President.

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