Mar 22 11:58

US Support for Brutal Saudi Campaign in Yemen Serves Desire to Oppose Iran

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is in Washington this week to visit the White House and will undoubtedly be pleased to learn that the US Senate just killed a bill to terminate Washington’s military support for Saudi warplanes conducting bombing and missile raids in Yemen.

A bipartisan group of senators recently sought to limit the president's power to deploy military forces in unauthorized places, effectively allowing Congress to withdraw troops from a conflict like the Yemeni Civil War, which the United Nations has said has created the world's most severe humanitarian crisis in 50 years.

Mar 22 11:55

US arms sales to Saudi serve 'aggressive' rather than defensive purposes: Analyst

Dean said the United States arms sales to Saudi Arabia are for “aggressive purposes” rather than defensive ones, adding that no country in the Middle East poses a “credible threat” to the kingdom.

He went on to say the United States seeks to use the “massive stockpiles” it has in Saudi Arabia if it engages in a “big war” in the Persian Gulf.

Mar 22 10:47

Senate Fails to Stop US Support for Saudi Attacks on People of Yemen

A bipartisan effort to end US involvement in a bloody, three-year war in Yemen failed in a close Senate vote on Tuesday afternoon.

The vote demonstrated growing pushback on President Donald Trump’s coziness with Riyadh, which is leading the war effort in Yemen. That same day, the president met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who was visiting Washington during a country-wide tour.

A disparate group of senators — Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) — drafted and introduced the resolution to stop America’s support for the bloodshed. “This is one of the great humanitarian disasters of our time,” Sanders told Vox in an interview last week.

Mar 22 09:29

Trump, King Salman To “Make Russia Pay”

President of the United States Donald Trump intends to propose the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, to offer “joint ways to make Russia pay.”

This was stated in regard to Russia’s policy in Syria.

Mar 22 05:56

The Debate – US-Saudi ties

In this edition of The Debate, Press TV has conducted an interview with Jim W. Dean, the managing editor of Veterans Today from Atlanta, and Brent Budowsky, a columnist of The Hill from Washington, to discuss the consequences of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince’s recent visit to the US.


Mar 21 11:57

Death from above

Every Saudi coalition air raid on Yemen

Mar 21 09:02

Senate Votes to Kill Bill Challenging Legality of Yemen War

SJ Res 54, the Senate’s War Powers Act challenge to the US military involvement in the Yemen War, was killed Tuesday by the Senate, meaning it will not get a direct floor vote. The bill noted that Congress never authorized the Yemen War, and would’ve compelled the US to withdraw its participation. The vote was 55-44.

Mar 21 07:51

Trump, Saudi leader discuss Houthi "threat" in Yemen

US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the situation in war-torn Yemen during a meeting on Tuesday, including Houthi rebel and Iranian activity and the humanitarian crisis, the White House said.

Mar 20 21:49

'They'll give some of their wealth' - Trump promotes US arm to Saudis

A meeting between the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Donald Trump is currently underway in Washington. The American leader got straight down to business - giving a small presentation on U.S. weapons to his guest.

Mar 19 09:32

Report: Trump asked Saudi king $4bn for Syria goals

US President Donald Trump asked Saudi King Salman for $4 billion to spend on advancing Washington’s objectives in Syria, which Riyadh also shares, a report says.

US military newspaper Stars and Stripes carried the report on Friday, saying the demand was made by the US chief executive during a phone call with the Saudi monarch last December.

The money, it said, would be spent towards preventing the empowerment of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Syria’s allies, Iran and Russia. Washington would further the goal as far as bringing about “a political settlement of the war that ultimately includes the exit of both Assad and Iran,” it added.

It cited hawkish US Senator Lindsey Graham as reminding Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command earlier in the week of “the negative long-term impact that a win for Iran, Russia and Assad would have on US allies such as Israel and Jordan.”

Mar 17 10:48

Saudi Prince Bandar bin Khalid Commits Suicide

Saudi Prince,Bandar bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, committed suicide on Monday, March 12, London International Airport, confirms the Royal Court in a statement.

The prince’s motive for suicide has been British officials’ harsh efforts to deport him from UK, as reported by the Saudi media sources.

A traumatic footage of the incident has been circulating on social media showing the Saudi Prince jumping off the airport balcony:

Mar 16 11:47

Neocon Specter of John Bolton Looms Over Trump White House

John Bolton as National Security Adviser, with Nikki Haley in Bolton’s old job at the U.N. and fundamentalist Christian dominionist Mike Pompeo moving from CIA director to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, means that the neocons — never happy with the prospects of a Trump administration – will, once again, be in the driver’s seat of American foreign policy after a nine-year hiatus. Bolton’s tenure at the U.N. was punctuated by his own undiplomatic outbursts, as well as those of his spokesman, Richard Grenell, Trump’s nominee to be US ambassador to Germany. Bolton strenuously pushed the neocon foreign policy line, as spelled out in the charter for the movement founded in 1997, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

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Should this happen, this will be officially horrible.

Mar 16 11:39

Saudis in Secret Peace Talks With Yemen’s Houthis

Publicly, Saudi Arabia has shown no sign of looking for a negotiated end to the war in Yemen. Behind the scenes, however, they’ve been in secret talks with the Shi’ite Houthis for the past two months.

Three years into the Saudi invasion, signs are that there is some war weariness, and that they’ve been making secretive approaches to the Houthis, by way of neighboring Oman, for the past two months. Diplomats say the Houthis are eager for a diplomatic agreement.

One senior Houthi confirmed that the talks have been underway, with spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam repeatedly traveling to Oman for meetings with Saudi officials, and trying to carve out a “comprehensive political solution.”

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IF, in fact, these reports are true, there may be a reason for hope in Yemen.

Mar 16 11:24

GOP Leaders Want to Delay Yemen War Powers Vote

Expectations are that the Senate War Powers vote on the Yemen War, SJ Res 54, will come up for debate and a vote next week. That may not happen if the Republican leadership gets its way, however, as many are opposed to the bill, and are trying to stall a vote.

Some leaders are arguing the issue is too “divisive,” and that the matter should be sent back to a committee for closer study. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), by contrast, endorsed the Pentagon’s argument, saying the US does so much military engagement around the world that it would be dangerous to think the War Powers Act could apply to all of it.

But of course the whole point of the War Powers Act is that it does apply to any commitment of US forces overseas. It’s just that in recent years, presidents have relied on catch-all authorizations with vague limits to join some wars, and other times simply assumed Congress wouldn’t mind, as they generally have not minded.

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The reality of this situation is, having armed, and provided guidance and mid-air refueling to the Saudi military, the US government has colluded in Saudi war crimes in Yemen:

There is nothing "divisive" about this; it is as real a statement of fact as are all the other horrible facts about this sordid military campaign in Yemen, 3 years on, and with no resolution in sight:

Saudi coalition killed hundreds of children in Yemen, confidential UN report claims

Because Yemen cannot grow its own food, and it has to be imported, the Saudis, with US military assistance, have blockaded the ports, meaning that malnutrition is causing death, and a massive health crisis for the country.

Cholera (perhaps weaponised?!?) and diptheria now haunt Yemen:
Images: Yemen malnutrition has generated a cholera crisis

The skyrocketing increase in massive fetal abnormalites, cancers and stillbirths in Yemen indicate that the Saudis have used depleted uranium, with the predictable results on Yemen's children:

Image: Yemeni child exposed to du in the womb (image courtesy of RUPTLY

In my world, the poisoning of a child in the womb with this atrocious weapon, is criminal and inhuman beyond belief. And what gets me, is that the man who ordered this campaign, is not at all an uneducated man; Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, is very bright, university educated, has a law degree, and wound up 2nd in his class.

But could his hatred of the Iranian Shiias, who are acting as advisors to the Houthi rebels, be so great as to compel him to order the death, by direct military assaults; starvation, and disease, of non-combatants, and Yemen's children?!?

Sadly, the short answer here is "Yes"; and as a Christian pacifist activist, I will have to continue to bear witness to these atrocities on this site as long as I have breath.

When you destroy the children of a country, you destroy that country's future.

History will not be kind to this man; I understand that he is known by many honorifics in Saudi Arabia, because he is Saudi royalty.

History, however, will remember him as the Butcher of Yemen.

Senator Corker, the US government has to stop this madness; as you are perfectly aware, according to our Constitution, only Congress can declare war. It has not done so in Yemen.

I don't know what your portfolio holds in terms of weapons stocks, but I do know approximately, your net worth: Google has scrubbed the articles on this, but there are always other places to go to find such facts:

Senator Corker Undervalued his Wealth by Millions The story, from 2015, stated the following:

And Senator Schatz, whose office I called last week, to encourage you to vote for this bill, you, sir, owe me a return phone call!

Or have your alleged constituents with a point of view on this war different from that of your own, become....expendable and irrelevant in the State of Hawaii?!?

Just checking, sir.

Mar 15 14:23

Saudi Crown Prince Says Will Develop Nuclear Bomb If Iran Gets One; Compares Ayatollah To Hitler

In a "60 Minutes" interview set to air on Sunday, the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said his country would quickly obtain a nuclear bomb - if arch rival Iran successfully develops its own nuclear weapon.

The Saudi crown prince, currently on a whirlwind global PR tour to relieve his western allies of the bitter aftertaste that resulted from last year's unprecedented extortion crackdown on Saudi Royals, which left many of them imprisoned in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton for months until they "agreed" to hand over their loot to the cash-depleted government, said that "Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to own a nuclear bomb. But without a doubt, if Iran develops a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.”

Mar 14 09:22

The Saudi prince’s state visit was a clear example of propaganda

The adverts for Mohammed bin Salman that smeared the papers last week show how the corporate media serves as a mouthpiece for the powerful, writes BEN COWLES

Mar 14 08:58

Tehran ready to resolve differences with Saudi Arabia – Iran’s FM

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said his country is ready to resolve differences with Saudi Arabia as part of Tehran’s desire for stability in the region. Zarif said Tehran had also expressed willingness to improve ties with Saudi Arabia when Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Iran during the Yemen crisis, but the kingdom’s response was not warm, AP reports. Zarif, who is in Islamabad this week for a three-day visit, made his remarks in an interview with Pakistan’s Geo television late Tuesday. Recent regional alignments and Pakistan’s tilt toward Saudi Arabia perturbed Iran, particularly the assignment of a Pakistani former army chief to head a Saudi-led military coalition to combat terrorism.

Mar 13 07:21

Bin Talal not allowed to leave Saudi Arabia after release: Report

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who recently was released after nearly three months in detention as part of a so-called anti-corruption purge, reportedly does not have the permission to travel outside of the kingdom.

Sources told Qatari newspaper al-Sharq on Monday that bin Talal, who had hoped to spend time in the south of France and also travel overseas to meet with his aides and advisers, has not received the necessary license to leave the kingdom, which has left him in “a state of gloom.”

The travel ban has led the prince into deactivating his Twitter account, where he has regularly commented on events in the past, according to the report.

Mar 12 11:40

Saudis said to use coercion and abuse to seize billions

Businessmen once considered giants of the Saudi economy now wear ankle bracelets that track their movements. Princes who led military forces and appeared in glossy magazines are monitored by guards they do not command. Families who flew on private jets cannot gain access to their bank accounts. Even wives and children have been forbidden to travel.

In November, the Saudi government locked up hundreds of influential businessmen — many of them members of the royal family — in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton in what it called an anti-corruption campaign.

Most have since been released but they are hardly free. Instead, this large sector of Saudi Arabia's movers and shakers are living in fear and uncertainty.

Mar 12 08:37

Saudis enlist US lobbyists to fight for their nuclear dream

Saudi Arabia has moved a step closer to its ambition to construct its first nuclear reactors by enlisting US law firms to lobby in its favor in Washington.

Bloomberg said in a report that three blue-chip lobbyists had filed disclosures saying they were advising the kingdom on the issue.

It named one of the companies as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman which it said had announced in a Justice Department filing that it would be billing Saudi Arabia Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources $890 per hour to give advice on a potential bilateral agreement with the US.

The second company was named as King and Spalding which Bloomberg said had announced in a February 21 filing with the Justice Department that it would be paid as much as $450,000 for an initial 30-day contract to lobby on behalf of the Saudis over its nuclear dream.

Mar 12 08:36

Yemeni PM tells Press TV: Saudi war impossible without US support

In an exclusive interview with Press TV, Yemen's prime minister says Saudi Arabia would not have been able to wage a war on the impoverished country without support from the United States.

The Saudi war on Yemen will enter its fourth year on March 26th. Press TV’s Yemen correspondent Mohammad al-Attab has interviewed Yemeni Prime Minister Abdel-Aziz bin Habtour about the invasion, which continues to claim civilian lives.

Mar 12 08:36

Secret talks between Israel, Saudi Arabia

Israel and Saudi Arabia have reportedly held secret talks in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. According to reports, the Cairo talks dealt with several issues, including economic interests. The secret negotiations signal that Israel is no longer the greatest enemy in the region.

Mar 10 08:35

Netanyahu said to ask Trump not to sell Saudis nuclear reactors

And if you do go ahead, at least don't let Riyadh enrich its own uranium, PM reportedly urged US president; Saudis want up to 17 reactors, Iran-style enrichment rights

Mar 10 08:07


Britain is set to sell 48 new Typhoon jets to Saudi Arabia, despite campaigners accusing the country of war crimes. A 'memorandum of intent', which aims to finalise the deal, was signed today between the government and the nation's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as he completed a three-day visit to the UK.

Mar 10 08:00

'Short of engaging in combat': UK has Al Saud's back in Yemen war

London was not a coincidental choice of Saudi Arabia’s new Crown Prince for his first official visit to the Western world. The UK has been deeply involved in the brutal war the Saudis are waging on Yemen.

When it began three years ago this month, the then-foreign minister Philip Hammond explained that Britain’s policy was to support the war “in every practical way short of engaging in combat.”

Mar 10 07:51

GOP Senator Long Critical Of Yemen War Now Helping Trump Block Debate On It

Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) crafted an alternative bill they call pragmatic. Peace groups believe it threatens confrontation with Iran.

Mar 10 07:09

Israeli, Saudi officials hold Egypt-mediated meetings in Cairo: Report

An official with the Palestinian Authority (PA) says top Israeli and Saudi officials held a series of secret Egypt-brokered meetings in Cairo, last week, as more signs emerge of warming relations between the two regimes.

The unnamed official, told Emirati daily Khaleej Times on Friday that the meetings were a “significant development” in the slowly warming ties between Tel Aviv and Riyadh.

The talks between Israeli and Saudi officials took place at a luxury hotel in Cairo, with Egyptian officials present, dealing with the economic interests of Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Red Sea region, the official said.

He also warned that the Israel-Saudi détente is harming the Palestinians.

Mar 10 07:09


MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, met with Theresa May on Thursday at the prime minister’s official government estate outside London. MbS, as he’s known, is the son of the current Saudi king and is widely seen as both the power behind the Saudi throne and its heir apparent.

There’s been significant public outcry, during MbS’s three-day visit to the U.K., over Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, which has been strongly supported by both the U.K. and the U.S. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party, has said the British government is “colluding” in war crimes in Yemen.

Mar 10 07:08

'A national disgrace': fury over £100m aid deal between UK and Saudi Arabia

The controversial aid deal between the UK and Saudi Arabia announced on Friday has been branded a “national disgrace”.

Amid further outcry over Britain’s relationship with the Gulf state, government ministers have signed a £100m aid agreement with Riyadh to coincide with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to London this week.

The government described the deal as a “new long-term partnership” to improve livelihoods and boost economic development in some of the world’s poorest countries.

But the accord has been greeted with fury by opposition MPs and the aid sector, with grave concerns expressed about Saudi Arabia’s role in the Yemen conflict.

Mar 10 07:06

US Pouring Weapons Into War-Torn Yemen

Three years into the 2015 Saudi-led invasion of Yemen, untold thousands are dead. Northern Yemen has been through the worst cholera outbreak in human history, and civilians continue to die in bunches from Saudi airstrikes against the region.

To call Yemen war-torn is really putting it mildly. Yemen is in a disastrous state, with a Saudi-led naval blockade threatening to starve millions. If there’s one thing Yemen has no shortage of, however, it’s weapons, with the US ensuring a massive supply continues to pour into the hands of Saudi and Emirati forces.

US arms sales are themselves at a record high during this war, in no small part because of purchases by the United Arab Emirates, and particularly by the Saudis, who are dropping US bombs on northern Yemen as fast as they can buy them.

Mar 09 07:51

Turkey, Iran part of 'triangle of evil' in region: Saudi crown prince

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman claims Turkey and Iran, along with extremist groups, have formed a “triangle of evil” in the region amid Riyadh’s anger over Tehran-Ankara cooperation in Syria and the Turkish support for Qatar in the standoff with a Riyadh-led quartet of states.

“The contemporary triangle of evil comprises Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups,” Egypt’s Al-Shorouk newspaper quoted bin Salman as saying on Wednesday in an interview with newspaper editors in Cairo.

Bin Salman’s belligerent comments against Iran were not the first of their kind, but those against Turkey mark a sudden escalation.

The heir to the Saudi throne further accused Turkey of seeking to revive the Ottoman Empire.

Mar 09 07:42

Are Yemeni kids, like Palestinian kids, children of a lesser God?

Stuart Littlewood compares the callous disregard shown by Saudi Arabia and its allies towards civilian in Yemen with that shown by Israel towards the Palestinians, and laments the indifference of the UK government, which backs both regimes. >>

Mar 08 11:01

Saudi Strikes Kills Two Civilians, Wounds Several Children in North Yemen

Adding yet more bodies to the soaring number of civilian casualties inflicted by Saudi airstrikes against Yemen, Saudi warplanes carried out four strikes on early Wednesday in northern Yemen, near Saada. Two civilians were killed and a number of others wounded.

Three strikes hit a single family’s home, killing a woman and her daughter, and wounding a number of other children within. A fourth strike hit a relative’s house, next door, wounding those who survived the initial attack.

Saudi Arabia invaded Yemen in early 2015, and has since killed thousands of civilians in airstrikes. Concerns about the war crimes have grown internationally, but particularly in the US and UK, as both nations sell substantial arms to the Saudis, which adds to concerns of culpability in the war crimes. The US has also provided direct aid to the Saudi campaign.

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Many years ago, the comic genius Bob Newhart, doing a monologue as a despondent radio show host, with a terrible shift, and no callers, made the statement, "Dead Burnt Babies; I'm for them!!", as a way to spark at least a call or two, filled with moral outrage at the comment.

But unfortunately, Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed Ben Salman, otherwise characterised by me on this site as the BOY, AKA, the BUTCHER OF YEMEN, is deadly serious about maximizing the genocidal assassination of infants, children, women, and the medically infirm, and other non-combatants, in a war which can only, ultimately, have a political, rather than military, solution.

And the US government and military are helping him do it, meaning that my country, the Unhinged, Surveilled, State of America, the country of my birth and nationality, is colluding in Saudi warcrimes in Yemen.


It's just not on the radar screen, because the corporate presstitutes and whorespondents just won't cover it.

I therefore, sincerely, and respectfully, ask ALL of Rivero's Rangers to call the number indicated above, to voice support for an end to the US government's participation in this slaughter of the Yemeni people.

The BOY is already on his "road show" in the UK.

This mass murderering prince will be negotiating for yet more bombs and bullets to enable him to further decimate the Yemeni people in a war of attrition; next, he will be coming to the US later this month, to do precisely the same thing.

I hope that when he gets to the US, that there will be peaceful, and massive demonstrations against his presence; sadly, I doubt that will happen, because far too few Americans have truly taken the time to educate themselves on what the Saudi government, with American military help, is doing in Yemen.

UPDATE: I have, myself, just called my two senators, Senator Hirono, and Senator Schatz, requesting that they support this bill. I requested a call back from Senator Schatz, as I know that when he is on-island, he lives relatively not far from here; I would not bet that it is going to happen, but I wanted him to know that I was passionate about the US colluding with Saudi Arabia in war crimes in Yemen. I spoke to his aide, and was polite, but strong about what I both know, and feel, on the issue.

Mar 08 08:34

Saudi Crown Prince’s Visit to UK Met with Protests

The visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to the United Kingdom has been met with human rights activists' protests. The demonstrators protested over Saudi-led military operation in Yemen.

Since the beginning of the Saudi military campaign in Yemen in 2015, Britain has sold at least $6.4 billion worth of weaponry to the Kingdom. The public approval of UK weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and is only at 6 percent mark in Britain, according to the Campaign Against Arms Trade.

Mar 08 08:04

Senior British diplomat working at firm behind Saudi PR offensive

A UK diplomat is working for the firm behind a multimillion pound Saudi PR drive while still employed by the Foreign Office, it has been revealed. It comes as Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince prepares for his trip to Britain.

Jolyon Welsh, whose Foreign Office roles have included deputy head of Middle East, was given special unpaid leave in 2014 to become a senior director of Consulum, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The communications firm was founded by former executives from Bell Pottinger, the agency that collapsed last year after a scandal over a campaign for South Africa’s Gupta family.

Mar 08 08:04

Major security gaffe as Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to talk oil over tea

Mohammed bin Salman had a busy – and very public – evening, thanks to an embarrassing leak by a staffer. MBS’ itinerary was put on display for all to see, including a scrum of photographers waiting outside 10 Downing Street.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince touched down in the United Kingdom on Wednesday for his first official visit. Media had already been told that the 32-year-old prince would meet the Queen, other royals and Prime Minister Theresa May – but thanks to a piece of paper flipped the wrong way, the world knows a lot more about what the crown prince is getting up to.

Security was of the utmost concern, with scores of police at the ready in Westminster and helicopters circling overhead. Security was tightened as hundreds of protesters picketed the PM’s official residence, denouncing the prince for his alleged war crimes in Yemen.

Mar 07 07:50

U.S. set to overtake Saudi Arabia as world's biggest oil producer following boom in output

A US oil boom is set to push America past Saudi Arabia to become the world’s top producer.

Driven by high prices and new drilling methods, the US production of crude oil is on track for the biggest single-year gain for more than 60 years.

Analysts claimed yesterday that, if the growth in domestic drilling continues, America will soon overtake Russia and Saudi Arabia – and possibly become ‘the new Middle East’ in another decade. The boom has surprised even the experts.

Mar 06 11:01


On 22 January, the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen unveiled a new plan to deliver "unprecedented relief to the people of Yemen".

The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) is a new "aid" programme with the ostensible aim of "addressing immediate aid shortfalls while simultaneously building capacity for long-term improvement of humanitarian aid and commercial goods imports to Yemen".

This will primarily be done through increasing the "capacities of Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian as well as commercial imports" - and all sealed with a whopping $1.5bn in aid contributions. What could possibly be wrong with that?

The problem here is not only that the funding required to meet the needs created by the Saudi-led coalition is estimated by the UN to be twice that amount. The real problem is that the plan will not, in fact, increase the imports on which Yemen is utterly dependent, but reduce them still further.

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One would expect nothing less from Prince Mohammed bin Salman, AKA MBS, or, in the world of civilized human beings, the Butcher of Yemen, whose 3 year military campaign and ongoing war crimes in Yemen, have included the murder of infants, women, and the medically fragile elderly in civilian areas.

Children who don't get blown into smithereeens by his genocidal assassins wind up dying from malnutrition, and cholera (possibly weaponised) and diptheria rage in Yemen right now, due to the health problems brought on by malnutrition.

Oh, and BTW, the US government is ASSISTING his troops by providing mid-air refueling to his country's bombers, and targeting information.

I don't know about you; but being a citizen of a country participating with Saudi Arabian troops in war crimes in Yemen concerns me greatly about the trajectory of US foreign policy in the region under President Trump

It is unfortunate that Mike and I are too broke, and too old, to immigrate to a truly civilized country which isn't involved in such horrific practices, but that is the reality right now.

The BOY (Butcher of Yemen) is on his 2018 road show right now, first in the UK (most probably to negotiate for more bombs and bullets with which to continue his genocidal military campaign in Yemen), and will be touching down in DC later this month, for most probably the same reason.

I would like to hope that he is greeted by Americans who peacefully protest his visit; and let President Trump understand, clearly, that although the BOY may be one of his BFFs in the Middle East, he is no friend of honest, logical, pragmatic US foreign policy in the region, none of which appears to be in view at the moment.

Mar 05 15:27


The Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO) is a new "aid" programme with the ostensible aim of "addressing immediate aid shortfalls while simultaneously building capacity for long-term improvement of humanitarian aid and commercial goods imports to Yemen". This will primarily be done through increasing the "capacities of Yemeni ports to receive humanitarian as well as commercial imports" - and all sealed with a whopping $1.5bn in aid contributions. What could possibly be wrong with that?

Mar 04 07:59

U.S. Saudi Lobby in Overdrive Ahead of Prince MbS ‘Roadshow’

Formidable network of beltway players were paid for years to whitewash the blemishes and promote the Kingdom's interests.

Mar 04 07:41

Protests planned next week against bin Salman’s visit to UK

High-profile campaign groups plan to hold protests in London next week against a visit to Britain by the powerful Saudi crown prince to raise alarm over Riyadh’s war crimes in Yemen and its human rights record.

The protesters will gather outside Downing Street next Wednesday, when Mohammed bin Salman arrives in the UK to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Among the organizers are the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) and Stop the War Coalition, which counts Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott among their patrons, Sky News reported on Wednesday.

Mar 03 14:37

Who loves ya, Saudi?. Just the UK's Theresa May and her deluded Foreign Office, and the callous death merchants of Washington and Tel Aviv.

Stuart Littlewood highlights the sick ties that bind Britain to Saudi Arabia and are most visibly represented by its multibillion pounds arms exports to the Al Saud family kingdom – arms used to kill and maim innocent civilians in Yemen. >>

Mar 02 08:33

Catherine Shakdam: After Hitler, Saudis Next in History to Have Used Hunger as Weapon of War

Political analyst Catherine Shakdam says Saudi Arabia’s use of hunger as a weapon of war and unprecedented targeting of civilians are indications to the very nature of Saudi Arabia’s intentions in Yemen.

Shakdam, in an exclusive interview with FNA, said that Saudi Arabia wants “to destroy the very idea of Yemen as a sovereign nation” to ensure its own rule being the sole prevailing power in the region.

The analyst believes that the patient and resilient Yemeni people, backed by their own history and civilization, have already won the war against Saudi Arabia who has spent billions of dollars to buy military technology and mercenaries.

Mar 01 09:07

The Pentagon’s “Ides of March”: Best Month to Go to War

Is it a coincidence?

In recent history, from the Vietnam war to the present, the month of March has been chosen by Pentagon and NATO military planners as the “best month” to go to war.

With the exception of the War on Afghanistan (October 2001) and the 1990-91 Gulf War, all major US-NATO and allied led military operations over a period of more than half a century –since the invasion of Vietnam by US ground forces on March 8, 1965– have been initiated in the month of March.

The Ides of March (Idus Martiae) is a day in the Roman calendar which broadly corresponds to March 15. The Ides of March is also known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC.

Lest we forget, the month of March (in the Roman Calendar) is dedicated to Mars (Martius), the Roman God of War.

For the Romans, the month of March (Martius) marked “the time to start new military campaigns.”

Feb 28 15:31

For Yemen’s sake, stop giving Saudis WMDs: Rouhani to West

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has called on the Western countries to stop providing Saudi Arabia with weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) for the sake of Yemeni people, who have been suffering under Riyadh’s bloody attacks and siege.

Rouhani made the remarks in an address to a large crowd of people in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan Province on Wednesday.

“We say to Europe and the world that if you truly care about the people of Yemen; Don’t give Saudi Arabia destructive bombs. If you really think of Yemenis, don’t give Saudi Arabia banned Napalm bombs, don’t give Saudi Arabia cluster bombs,” he said.

The comments came two days after Russia vetoed a British-drafted resolution at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that seemed more to target Iran rather than address the Yemen crisis. The failed document called for “additional measures” against Iran over accusations that it violated the 2015 arms embargo on Yemen.

Feb 28 09:57

Senators Look to End Yemen War With First-Ever War Powers Challenge: US involvement in Saudi invasion never authorized by Congress

A bipartisan effort by four senators is looking to end the US military’s involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, with the introduction of the first ever War Powers Act vote to come out of the Senate.

Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) are forwarding the bill, which notes that Congress has never authorized the use of military force in Yemen. This should allow Congress to oblige the administration to end US involvement in the war.

The US has participated in the Saudi invasion of Yemen since it began in 2015, with US planes performing mid-air refueling missions for Saudi bombers, and US warships at times participating in the Saudi-led naval blockade which is causing mass starvation in Yemen.

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This move is morally correct, as the US government and military have been colluding with Saudi Arabia in war crimes in Yemen, through participation in the blockade and providing aerial refueling of Saudi bombers,supporting the bombing runs which have led to the massive, indescriminate killing of innocents, including women, children, infants, and the medically fragile elderly. And now, we have massive cases of cholera and diptheria ravaging the land.

But as morally correct as it may be, the passage of such legislation may prove quixotic in the extreme, for several reasons.

First, the Butcher of Yemen, AKA the Saudi Prince Salman, hates the fact that the Houthi rebels are Shia, and believes that they are getting extensive assistance from Iran (which, BTW, can hardly be proven at this point, other than for a few Iranian advisors).

Iran is considered by Saudi Arabian royalty and government to be its existential threat in the region.

So, the plan is, pound the Yemeni people down to extinction, through the genocidal campaign Saudi Arabia is currently waging against it, then go after Iran militarily. This was reported at on 13 February of this year:

The Coming War on Lebanon: Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the US Prepare for a long-Planned Middeast War.

The basic plan is to invade and control Lebanon, destroying Iran's ally Hezbullah; destabilizing and regime changing Damascus; then attacking Iran, with US and Israeli military help.

Of course, there is one tiny bit of of the calculus which Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the US haven't quite factored into their plans, and that is the current Russian presence in Syria, and the Russian promise it has consistently made to Iran to defend it if it should ever be invaded.

And THAT... is the thousand pound gorilla, sleeping splayed over the grand piano, which is going going to make such coming wars.... interesting, if not globally devastating.

Feb 28 08:00

Hariri meets King Salman in Riyadh, discusses bilateral ties

Prime Minister Saad Hariri discussed bilateral relations with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Riyadh, after arriving in the kingdom's capital early Wednesday morning on his first visit to the country since he abruptly resigned there in November.

Feb 27 12:15

Yemen's forgotten war: Locals tell their stories

With Yemen's political and humanitarian situation growing increasingly fragile, DW speaks to people inside the country about what life is like in the midst of the war.

The third anniversary of the war in Yemen is approaching, and there are few signs that the conflict, which is being fought between an armed military group called the Houthis and Saudi-backed government forces, is abating.

Last month, the country was pushed into further uncertainty following the killing of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh by the Houthis. Saleh, a former Houthi ally who had switched allegiances to support the Saudi-led coalition, was an important figure in the war and his death has been viewed as cementing Houthi power, in the short term at least.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In terms of blame, and really missing the mark as to just how resilient the Houthi rebels were, we can thank Saudi Prince Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, for this obscene situation here, aided and abbetted in his war crimes, by none other than the Good Old Us Government.

Innocent women and children have been slain, indiscriminately; the medical infrastructure has been gutted by Saudi bombings; and Depleted Uranium, that "gift that keeps on giving", has been used, giving rise to massive rises in stillbirths and horrific fetal deformities in Yemen's children.

Malnutrition is causing Yemeni children to starve to death; disease, in the forms of both cholera and diptheria (pehaps weaponized), have felled hundreds of other, and appear to be expanding their deathly grasp.

Prince Salman could initiate a diplomatic solution by attempting to negotiate with the Houthi Rebels; he will not, because of not wanting to "lose face" in the Arab World, and because he believes that the Shia Houthi are aided by Iran, his existential enemy.

So he is very happy, to continue to allow the death of Yemeni innocents, by any means necessary, to essentially beat Yemen into a pulp, before he goes after Iran with a direct military conflict, supported by the US Government, and specifically President Trump. As reported at financetwitter last November:

With Trump's Support, Saudi Crown Prince is ready for a war with Iran

Feb 27 12:09

Blundering Into Iran

Time to tell Israel and Saudi Arabia to fight their own wars

Feb 25 09:28

Saudi ambassador to Moscow: S-400 missile deal with Saudi Arabia in final stages

The Saudi Ambassador to Moscow Raed bin Khaled Qrimli said that the negotiations to supply Saudi Arabia with Russian missile systems "S-400" is in its final stages, reported Okaz Saudi newspaper via Russian News Agency (TASS) on Tuesday.

There are detailed discussions between the two parties on final arrangements and technical issues, especially with regard to the transfer of technology and information, Qrimli added.

In a related context, TASS pointed out that the Russian President adviser for Technical Cooperation Vladimir Kuzin said in an interview with the Russian Kommersant newspaper, earlier, that the documents for shipments of "S-400" to Saudi Arabia, was signed and approved by all standards.

Feb 23 11:12


Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, who is the de facto ruler of the country, has ambitious plans to diversify the country’s energy source and is in the market to purchase nuclear power reactors. The potential for lucrative deals is too good to be missed and the Trump administration is thought to be mulling over loosening US law to win Saudi contracts, worth billions. The Kingdom has refused to be bound by stringent US regulations that restrict reprocessing and enriching uranium for the production of nuclear weapons.

With competitors like Russia and China waiting in the wings, Trump is keen to strike a deal with the Saudi’s and breathe new life into the American nuclear industry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: you need to look at the long term consequences of such a move.

IF in fact the US wants to sell nuclear reactors here, please make sure that they are the kind which produce no materials which can be reprocessed and create enriched uranium for the production of nuclear weapons. Thorium reactors are clean energy reactors, which won't do this.

And you have to know where the next evolution of such a process will go, if you don't do this; the creation of a nuclear-armed Saudi Arabia.

Please remember: Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, obeying Sharia law, and has no constitution whatsoever. And against whom would they use such weapons?!? Perhaps, against Iran, their existential enemy in the region?!? Perhaps, against Israel?!?

Yes, I know you like Prince Salman, and he has become one of your your BFFs in the Middle East.

But President Trump, I need to ask you; what moves has Prince Salman actually made toward turning the monarchy into a constitutional monarchy?!? The short answer is, zero, nada, zip.

This will probably generate an arms race in the Middle East like nothing you have ever seen before, sprouting MAD capabilities in countries like... wait for it... perhaps Bahrain, whose government's view on human rights is just to the right of those of Attila the Hun, and whose repressive government, monarchy, and supreme court have just formally obliterated all oposition to the ruling party.

Top Bahraini court upholds dissolution of opposition al-Wefaq party

What, sir, will a nuclear-armed to the teeth Middle East mean for the possibilities for peace for the next generations?!?

I respectfully believe that you and your advisors need to think such a decision through to its logical conclusions, and in selling Saudi Arabia nuclear reactors, that we not sell them the ones whose biproducts can create nuclear weapons.

Feb 23 10:54

US May Open Path For Saudi Arabia To Acquire Nuclear Weapons

Saudi Arabia is moving swiftly to become the next country in the Middle East with nuclear power. The Kingdom is on the verge of striking a deal with the US for the purchase of nuclear reactors despite concerns over its refusal to accept stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, who is the de facto ruler of the country, has ambitious plans to diversify the country’s energy source and is in the market to purchase nuclear power reactors. The potential for lucrative deals is too good to be missed and the Trump administration is thought to be mulling over loosening US law to win Saudi contracts, worth billions. The Kingdom has refused to be bound by stringent US regulations that restrict reprocessing and enriching uranium for the production of nuclear weapons.

With competitors like Russia and China waiting in the wings, Trump is keen to strike a deal with the Saudi’s and breathe new life into the American nuclear industry.

Feb 23 07:19

When Will Congress Investigate Israeli and Saudi Meddling in Our Elections?

" ... the Israeli government’s propaganda arm uses ... false internet identities to confuse and deflect critical stories. They do so routinely and do not even try to hide (it). ... Part of their agenda is to smear critics and elect politicians favorable to them."

Feb 20 10:47

BEX ALERT - Saudi Arabia says European businesses are helping Iran finance terrorism

Riyadh has accused European firms doing business in Iran of enriching the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and therefore supporting its military activities in the Middle East.

“We believe that a large percentage of the Iranian economy is controlled by the Revolutionary Guards and companies associated with the guards. And we believe that any dealings with those companies only serve to enrich the Revolutionary Guards and cause them to cause more mischief within the region and the world,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told CNBC.

Feb 19 10:42

ISIS backing Saudi Arabian FM verbally attacks Iran for actions in Middle East and Africa - VIDEO

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir talked about what he wrongly believes is the destabilizing effects of Iran in the Middle East and with countries in Africa, during the Munich Security Conference on Sunday.

Underlining the tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Jubeir said, "We didn't attack Iran, Iran is the one attacking us."

He also emphasized his opinion that for Iran to be treated as a regular state, "It has to change its behavior and comport itself with international law."

The ludicrous claims made despite irrefutable evidence showing Saudi Arabia has provided support for numerous jihadist groups, including ISIS.

Feb 16 10:13

Marwa Osman: Saudis Intentionally Target Civilians to Pressure Yemeni Resistance

Speaking in an exclusive interview with FNA, Osman said that the Saudi-led coalition deliberately targets civilians to pressure the Yemeni resistance to surrender.

According to the analyst, the coalition uses the same tactic that the Israeli regime has been using to justify its war crimes and that is falsely accusing resistance forces, in this case Ansarullah fighters, of using civilians as human shields.

Marwa Osman is a journalist, political analyst and a university lecturer at the Lebanese International University. She has been frequently interviewed by international news outlets such as RT and Press TV to comment on issues related to the Middle East.

FNA has conducted an interview with Marwa Osman about the ongoing Saudi aggression against Yemen and the possible motives behind the war which resulted in the humanitarian catastrophe which is taking place now in the poor Arab country.

Feb 15 08:05

Saudi Arabia boosts investment in Russian economy

Saudi investments in Russian projects has exceeded $2 billion, according to the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev.

“More and more Russian companies are investing in Saudi Arabia, and Saudi Arabia is investing in Russia. Saudi Arabia's investment in Russia has already reached more than $2 billion,” Dmitriev said.

Feb 15 08:03

Saudi Arabia Plans to Double Gas Production in Next 10 Years - Energy Minister

Saudi Arabia is planning to double its production of natural gas during the next 10 years to a target of 23 billion cubic feet per day, Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Falih said on Wednesday.

"When it comes to natural gas, over the next decade we are going to be roughly doubling our production to 23 billion cubic feet per day and substantially increasing percentage of the natural gas in the Kingdom’s fuel mix, displacing liquids and therefore reducing carbon [emissions]," Falih said at the opening of the eighth annual IEA-IEF-OPEC Symposium on Energy Outlooks in Riyadh.

Feb 15 08:02

Russia's Putin, Saudi King Salman discuss Syria, Qatar

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Russian President Vladimir Putin discuss the developments in the Middle East, including the situation in Syria and tensions with Qatar.

According to the Kremlin’s press service, Putin and Salman exchanged views over Syria via a phone conversation on Wednesday, “taking into account the results of the Syrian National Congress in Sochi.”

Russia, Iran, and Turkey have been organizing peace talks for Syria in the Kazakh capital of Astana since January 2017. Together, the three countries have been acting as guarantor states for the peace process in the war-torn Arab country.

Feb 15 08:01

Russia to team up with China in Aramco IPO bid

Russia says it plans to participate in the initial public offering of the shares of Saudi Arabia’s energy giant Aramco in partnership with a joint investment fund China.

Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive officer of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, was quoted as saying by media that several Russian banks would also join the scheme which could proceed later this year.

“Not only this, but we have a Russia-China investment fund, and through that Russia-China investment fund we see a major interest in the Aramco IPO from a number of leading Chinese institutions,” Dmitriev told reporters, Bloomberg reported.

“We see significant interest to invest in the Aramco IPO from Russia, from China, and we believe that this is very good for, once again, thinking jointly about oil.”

Feb 13 13:12

Saudi cluster bombs continue to endanger Yemeni kids’ lives

Thousands of innocent children continue to fall victim to Saudi Arabia’s use of cluster bombs in aerial attacks on residential areas across the Yemen, corroborating assertions of violation of international law in the impoverished Arab country.

Derhim al-Tuheiti was playing in a farming field in an area in Yemen’s western coastal province of Hudaydah, located 150 kilometers southwest of the capital Sana'a, less than a week ago when he found an unexploded cluster bomb.

He took it home, believing it was a toy or a piece of scrap metal. All at once, like deafening firecrackers, explosions ripped through the building, seriously injuring Derhim, his mother and siblings.

Feb 12 08:02

The rock art that rewrites the history of Saudi Arabia: 10,000-year-old engravings of rare aurochs and wild camels reveal the area would have been a haven for prehistoric animals

Ancient rock art discovered in Saudi Arabia shows more than 6,600 depictions of wildlife - proving the area was home to a vast range of creatures in prehistoric times.

The engravings, some of which date back to 8,000BC, include images of rare antelope, aurochs, wild camels and African asses, previously not known to live in this area.

Although the area is now a rocky desert, experts believe it would have been a haven for plant and animal life up until 6,000 years ago.

Feb 07 09:25

How Al-Qaeda Ended Up With Anti-Aircraft Missiles: Here Is The Congressional Authorization

Though US intelligence and defense officials have long denied that so-called "vetted" groups in Syria were recipients of anti-aircraft systems, rumors to the contrary have been persistent for years. The latest denial came immediately on the heels of Saturday's Russian jet shoot down, which resulted in the death of the pilot on the ground as he came under fire by jihadists. Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway told Russia's TASS: "The United States have not provided any of its allied forces in Syria with anti-aircraft weapons."

Feb 03 10:58

US Airstrikes in Yemen Have Increased Sixfold Under Trump

With the Saudi invasion of Yemen turning sour and causing a humanitarian disaster, and the US having withdrawn most of its troops from the country early in that invasion, US officials have largely sought to downplay their military involvement in Yemen.

In reality, however, the number of US airstrikes being carried out has increased precipitously since President Trump took office, with 21 airstrikes on Yemen reported in 2016, and a more than sixfold increase leaving the 2017 figure at 131 strikes. 10 have been reported so far in January of 2018, suggesting that the escalation continues.

The strikes are theoretically targeted at al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS, though in practice with US troops in Yemen only “intermittently,” according to the Pentagon’s own accounting, it’s difficult to see how officials could know with any certainty what is being targeted by US warplanes, beyond being remote areas where such factions are believed to be operating.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Presidents Barak Obama and Donald Trump now have one thing in common, both blood-soaked, and vile, besides having been - and being President; responsibility for colluding in Saudi War Crimes in Yemen.

I remember years ago, as a kid, having swallowed the koolade of "America cannot, and would never do, something morally wrong" to another country.

Now, as an adult, and evaluating the global deteriorization demonstrated by world events and falling standards of living,, I am seeing massive US government military interventions through which to expropiateother country's natural resources to which this country has absolutely no moral right; regime change of governments, to make those governments more western-centric, and to insure that those resourcesm are only sold in US dollars.

The images I am about to present are absolutely "lose your lunch" real, graphic, and absolutely ugly, which it comes to Yemen; but I have absolutely no choice but to continue linking to them until the carnage in Yemen stops.

Images: Yemeni children getting killed and maimed for life, courtesy of US-military enabled Saudi Bombing Runs

Due to Us/ Saudi blockades on Yemeni ports, food cannot get into the county; as a consequence children are starving to death from these blockades.
Images: Yemeni children starving to death, due to US/Saudi blockades of Yemeni ports

And now, Yemenis are dying from diptheria and cholera, because there is scarce little medication to treat them. the kids you see in this video may be the lucky ones, who are getting treatment in time. Video:children being treated for cholera

I would like to remind our readers that this is being done in your names, and with your tax dollars. We need to have a blunt, and honest, national conversation about why the US government is in collusion with Saudi Arabia in this genocide against the Yemeni people.

Feb 02 09:05

Google's parent company in talks to build massive data hubs in Saudi Arabia – report

Alphabet Inc. is reportedly negotiating a major deal with Saudi Arabia. The tech giant recently cracked down on RT in the name of democracy, but seems to be OK with Riyadh’s systematic human rights violations, at home and abroad.

Senior executives of Alphabet, which owns Google, have reportedly been negotiating “for months” with representatives of the Saudi state oil giant Aramco, as well as Saudi government officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. The potential deal envisages Alphabet building major data centers in the Kingdom.

Details of the project remain scarce, including the date when the agreement will be finalized, the purpose of the tech hubs and who would control them. Sources familiar with the developments told the WSJ, however, that the size of the potential joint venture could be big enough to list on Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange.

Feb 01 12:15

Saudis Have Lost Their Gamble in Yemen But Can't Find Honorable Way to Leave

Geopolitical analyst Ulf Sandmark says Saudi Arabia is stuck in the war in Yemen without finding an honorable way to end it and instead continues to gamble by redoubling its input like gambling addicts. Speaking in an exclusive interview with FNA, Ulf Sandmark said that the Saudis, who very much relied on their mercenaries and air power, underestimated the barefoot Yemeni fighters and are now stuck without an honorable way to end the war they started. According to the analyst, the British, who are financially benefiting from the arms sales to Saudi Arabia, are geopolitically looking for destabilization of the South West Asia region with the aim to block the emerging Chinese New Silk Road (NSR) policy, which is a threat to the British geopolitical policy of Divide and Rule. Ulf Sandmark is a Swedish economist and human rights activist as well as a longtime collaborator of American political figure Lyndon H. LaRouche.

Feb 01 12:09

UN Urged to Implement Findings on Qatar Blockade

The National Committee for Human Rights (NHRC) called on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR) to implement the findings of the November 2017 report, which found the actions carried out by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar to be discriminatory, without legal basis, and amounted to "economic warfare," Al-Jazeera reported. According to the OHCHR report, the measures taken by the quartet last June were unilateral, coercive and arbitrary and had a permanent effect on the union of families and the social fabric of the region as a whole. On June 5, the four Arab countries severed diplomatic, trade and travel ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting "terrorism". Doha has repeatedly denied the allegations as "baseless," while the four countries have failed to provide any evidence for their claims.

Feb 01 11:30

War Crimes and Genocide in Yemen: Death, Destruction, Starvation

The Saudi-led coalition unleashed a barrage of air strikes on Yemen, slaughtering as many as 71 civilians (many of them children) within a period of 48 hours, reported the Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera on Christmas Eve. This massacre attained little attention and dissolved into history, forgotten. On the next day, December 26, the coalition targeted more sites, killing at least 68 men, women and children.

Those who are not annihilated by bombs risk dying from starvation. The Yemeni people are under blockade, enforced intentionally, with an aim to starve them into submission.

By definition a vicious war crime, it is not a newsworthy subject across the Western media sphere. Silence is particularly well kept at the U.S. news network MSNBC, found a study conducted by an investigative team of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). The leading liberal channel did not air a “single segment devoted specifically to Yemen in the second half of 2017.”

Jan 31 12:38

11 members of Riyadh opposition group took part in Sochi congress. US, UK, France were represented at Syrian Dialogue Congress in Sochi

A total of 11 members of the Syrian opposition’s Riyadh group took part in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi on special invitations, the Russian president’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev, said on Tuesday. "About 11 members of the Riyadh group, who received individual invitations, were here in Sochi," he told reporters at a news conference to sum up the results of the congress. "They were here not as representatives of the Riyadh group but as individual delegates who arrived on a special invitation." The envoy said that organizers of the Sochi congress had no plans of excluding anyone from the dialogue.

Jan 29 14:10

Saudi billionaire Alwaleed 'released' from detention

Prominent Saudi businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been released after more than two months of detention on allegations of corruption, according to a family source.

Jan 29 10:29

Saudi Intelligence Agency Offers Unsolicited Aide to US against Iran's IRGC

The documents released by the Yemen Cyber Army after it hacked the Saudi Foreign Ministry in May show that Riyadh has persuaded the US to place more Iranian IRGC commanders under its sanctions list.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry was hacked by the Yemen Cyber Army in May, and a copy of its information was sent to FNA and another one to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

According to one of these documents, Mostafa bin Mohammad Habib Kowsar, the director-general of the Saudi foreign ministry for Asian States Affairs, in a letter to the deputy head of the ministry's department for bilateral relations has stated that he has received a telegraph from Khalid al-Tuwaijri, the Chief of the Royal Court of Saudi Arabia under King Abdullah, informing that Riyadh has come to realize changes in the IRGC's chain of command.

to Kowsar's letter, Tuwaijri has proposed in his cable that the names of new IRGC commanders be added to the list of those Iranians who had been sanctioned internationally or unilaterally by the US which would lead to their travel ban and freezing of their assets.

The cable has also warned that Saudi Arabia doesn’t want to play an overt role in this regard and the information should be presented to the US officials secretively.>>>

Jan 28 06:17

BREAKING: Southern separatist groups in Yemen begin battles against Saudi-backed government

As the Yemeni war approaches its third year anniversary, separatists in southern Yemen have launched an insurgency and have take control of areas in Aden city. Aden is the proposed capital city of an independent southern Yemeni country. This comes as the Ansarullah movement control Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, while the mostly internationally recognized Yemeni government are based out of the southern port city of Aden. The Saudi-backed government in Aden has called the separatist actions as a coup. Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen to reinstate their puppets, currently holed up in Aden, to bring them back to power in Sana'a. It remains to be seen how Saudi Arabia will react to the separatist actions that seek to topple the Saudi puppet government.

Jan 28 04:57

Several ISIL Terrorists Captured in Western Iran

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ground forces have captured several ISIL terrorists after clashes in Western Iran, IRGC public relations declared on Saturday. The public relations department of the IRGC Ground Force's 'Najaf Ashraf' base declared in a statement on Saturday that during the clashes with ISIL militants in Western Iran, most members of the terrorist group which consisted of 21 terrorists were arrested. According to the statement, clashes still continue against the terrorists and the intelligence and security forces have also joined the IRGC Ground Force in the battle. Earlier this week, the Iranian security and intelligence forces seized two large caches of explosives and powerful bombs belonging to separatist terrorist groups. According to an Iranian intelligence ministry statement, the explosives and bombs were supposed to be detonated in populated areas as part of two terrorist plots, one of them directly designed and led by Saudi Arabia.

Jan 27 10:23

UAE, S. Arabia Intensify Power Struggle in Southern Yemen

Conflicts between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi will intensify in the next few weeks as the UAE is determined to speed up implementation of its strategy to take control of Southern Yemen with all its islands and ports, media reports said on Saturday. Yemen's state-run news agency reported that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are each trying win a larger share in Yemen and kick the other outside its zone, although the two are partners in the coalition. While Riyadh is seeking to establish control over Northern Yemen to Sana'a, Abu Dhabi supports the militants supported by the coalition in the Southern provinces. Abu Dhabi has also accused Saudi Arabia of shooting down its aircraft in 2016 and Riyadh claims that Abu Dhabi attacks the Saudi fighter jets in Yemen's Southern regions. The UAE is attacking the government of fugitive president Mansour Hadi which is supported by Saudi Arabia and wants to empower Ahmed Ali Saleh, the son of the former Yemeni president.

Jan 27 10:21

Ansarullah Vows to Use New Missile to Change Equations in Yemen War

A senior Ansarullah official announced on Saturday that the movement will unveil a newly-developed missile in the near future to change the scene of the battle in favor of Yemen in the war against the Saudi aggressors. "The missile will most likely change the military trend of the war," Abdolquds al-Shahari, a media official of Ansarullah, was quoted by the Russian Sputnik news agency as saying today. Elsewhere, he blasted the Saudi-led coalition which has launched the devastating war against Yemen for destroying all the existing mechanisms for a negotiated settlement to the crisis. "In our view, the solution to the crisis should be Yemeni-Yemeni talks without any foreign and regional pressures," Abdolquds said. A senior Ansarullah movement leader warned in December that the capital cities of all the Saudi-led coalition member states are within the range of Yemen's missiles...

Jan 27 05:16

Syria: Peace Proposal by US, Saudi Arabia Not Even Worth Ink

The Syrian ambassador to the United Nations and head of the government delegation to intra-Syrian peace talks has strongly rejected a proposal offered by some countries, including the US and Saudi Arabia, for the resolution of the Syrian crisis, saying the so-called peace plan is “not even worth the ink.”
"Every word and sentence of this unofficial paper is rejected. And it is not worth the ink that it is printed on because the people will not and do not accept solutions which come down on parachutes or on the backs of tanks,” Ja’afari said.

Furthermore, he blasted the five countries and told reporters that the proposal was “tantamount to a black comedy.”

“All of them have participated in the bloodshed of the Syrian people,” he said of the five nations, denouncing Washington as the creator, financial supporter and protector of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.


Jan 26 10:33

Graphic: Saudi-led mercenaries suffer another day of utter slaughter in Yemen at the hands of relentless Houthi rebels

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:15 P.M.) – Mercenary forces fighting alongside the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen have endured another, rather typical, day of utter slaughter and destruction at the hands of Houthi rebels with one of their bases being annihilated during a surprise attack.

Jan 24 12:53

Iran seizes bombs, explosives in Saudi terror plot

Iran has captured two large caches of explosives and powerful bombs that were supposed to be detonated in populated areas as part of two terrorist plots, one of them directly designed and led by Saudi Arabia.

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry said in a Wednesday statement that in one operation, security forces discovered no less than 23 remote controlled bombs that terrorists were going to use in order to wreak havoc in the eastern parts of the country.

Terrorists had managed to carry the bombs over Iran's eastern borders and sneak them into the country using help from Saudi intelligence agencies, according to the statement.

Jan 24 08:46

Camels disqualified from Saudi beauty contest for Botox-enhanced pouts

Twelve cheating camels have been disqualified from a Saudi beauty pageant for having Botox injections to enhance their pouts.

The contestants were due to compete in King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival festival, which has combined prize money of $57m (£40m).

A vet had been caught giving camels plastic surgery including Botox injections and ear reductions.

Jan 23 13:44

Turkey offers to form a military coalition with Iraq Syria and Iran to ‘eliminate kurdish dissent’ and confront Saudi axis, Iraqi media reported following visit by Turkish FM Oglu to Baghdad

Jan 22 13:45

Whither Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s “moderate” Islam?

James Dorsey says Prince Muhammad has yet to show that fighting terrorism “involves in practice rather than words the countering of an ultra-conservative ideology that breeds intolerance, fosters anti-pluralism and potentially creates breeding grounds for radicalism”. >>

Jan 22 10:30

Saudi Arabia to built 9 desalination plants on the Red Sea

Saudi Arabia plans to build nine desalination plants for more than 2 billion riyals ($530 million) on the Red Sea coast, its environment minister said on Sunday.

The plants will have capacity of 240,000 cubic meters of water per day and will be completed in less than 18 months, Abdulrahman al-Fadhli wrote in a Twitter post.

Jan 17 14:32

Yemen's Houthi Rebels Claim Successful Ballistic Missile Attack On Saudi Millitary Base

Yemeni Houthi rebels claim to have struck targets inside Saudi Arabia after launching two ballistic missiles on Tuesday, according to Houthi military media. Some pro-Houthi sources also reported the destruction of a Saudi military base in Najran, which lies in southwest Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia disputes that the missiles hit their targets, with Saudi state TV Ekhbariya reporting that Saudi missile defense has intercepted one near Jizan Regional Airport, a busy transport hub in southern Saudi Arabia, though it is unclear what happened to the reported second missile.

Jan 15 09:46

Prince Alwaleed Moved To Highest Security Saudi Prison After Refusing To Pay $6 Billion For Freedom: Report

Goodbye Ritz Carlton. Saudi Arabia's billionaire prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has been carted off to Al Ha'ir prison, south of Riyadh, after refusing to pay a reported $6 billion to Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to secure his freedom, following a massive consolidation of power on November 4, 2017 in which over 300 princes, ministers and other elites were rounded up in an "anti-corruption" purge.

Jan 15 09:42

Saudi, allies used precision-guided arms in raids on Yemeni civilians: UN panel

A UN panel has compiled a detailed report of civilian casualties caused by the Saudi military and its allies during their war against Yemen, saying the Riyadh-led coalition has used precision-guided munitions in its raids on civilian targets.

Jan 15 09:41

Situation in Yemen looks like apocalypse: UN

The United Nations has warned that Yemen could become the world’s worst humanitarian disaster in half a century as the war-torn country is grappling with deadly cholera and diphtheria outbreaks amid a devastating Saudi war.

Jan 14 16:14

Salafi mission calls into question Saudi concept of moderation and policy in Yemen

James Dorsey questions whether Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad’s proclaimed quest to “return” to “moderate islam” includes subscribing to concepts of tolerance and pluralism which at present seems unlikely. >>

Jan 14 08:26

Don’t Expect Trump To Send In The Cavalry If MBS Has To Circle Wagons

In Wolff’s words, this is what the United States president was thinking.

“There are basically four players [or at least we can forget everybody else], Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran,” he writes in his highly controversial book. “The first three can be united against the fourth.

“And Egypt and Saudi Arabia, given what they want with respect to Iran – and anything else that does not interfere with the United States’ interests – will pressure the Palestinians to make a deal,” he goes on to say.

By now, what had been established was that Henry Kissinger, who served as the US Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under President Richard Nixon, was advising Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East envoy Jared Kushner.

Jan 14 08:25

Saudis alarm their friends more than foes in Mideast power plays

Trending on Saudi social media last week was a clip of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman promising to go on the offensive against his country's biggest rival and take the fight "inside Iran."

The eight-month-old TV interview had taken on a new significance: Violent protests were spreading across Iran. It's not clear whether Saudi Arabia helped stir them up, as the Islamic Republic's leaders claimed. What is clear is that the de facto Saudi ruler has made several regional moves against Iran — and has yet to score a win.

Jan 13 09:27

Yemen Is Today's Guernica

On the market day of April 26, 1937, at the bequest of General Francisco Franco, a bombing of the Basque town of Guernica took place. It was carried out by Spain’s nationalistic government allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion and the Fascist Italian Aviazione Legionaria. The attack, under the code name Operation Rügen, in which hundreds of people died, became a rallying cry against the brutal killing of innocent civilians.

80 years later, however, an even more criminal action is carried out against Yemeni civilians by Saudi Arabia, with the complicity of the United States. 2018 has begun with the usual deadly Saudi strikes. Recent ones in the city of Hodeida have killed 23 people and Yemenis live in fear of new strikes that do not show respect for civilians, including children.

Jan 09 16:09

Yemen’s Houthis release video of downing Saudi jet over Sana'a

The Houthis obliterate this aircraft with 2 dead on hits. If they can do this to an F-15,just think of what the Russians or Chinese could do. This is amazing and scary.

Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has released footage of the moment its forces shot down an F-15 fighter jet belonging to the Saudi-led coalition.

The video released by the Houthi-run al-Masirah television network early on Tuesday shows the exact moment when the aircraft is hit by a surface-to-air missile while flying over the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, the previous day.

The fate of the pilot is still unknown.

Jan 08 10:15


The Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung revealed the fact that there exists a “secret alliance” between Saudi Arabia and Israel, intended “to restrain Iran’s expansion in the region, despite the absence of any official relations between the two countries.”

Jan 08 08:33

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Reveals Real Source of Yemeni Missiles

Responding to claims that Yemeni militia missile attacks against the Saudi coalition "prove" that Iran has been supplying the Houthis with advanced weaponry, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, slammed the allegations, and explained why it was impossible for Iran to send weapons to the country.