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Sep 16 06:54

Over 80 Houthis Killed in Yemen’s Maarib in 48 Hours

Yemeni military officials are claiming that they’ve killed more than 80 Houthis in the Maarib Province over the past two days, as the Houthis tried to step up their offensive and the pro-Saudi forces stepped up their own attacks on them.

Intense fighting, artillery fire, and 43 airstrikes were reported, with official statements that 81 dead Houthis were counted. They also reported destroying a lot of equipment.

The Saudis had reported 43 Houthis killed Tuesday, with no casualties on the pro-Saudi side. There is no word on casualties from today’s intense fighting, beyond the overall body count of Houthis.

The pro-Saudi side controls Maarib, mostly, but the Houthis have contested it since February. Fighting often spills over to Bayda Province, neighboring to the south. The Houthis control Bayda, but whichever side has an advantage in Maarib often tries to extend the fighting down there to try to expand momentum

Sep 15 06:34

Former US intelligence officials admit to hacking for UAE at hearing in Virginia

Three former US intelligence agents admitted in a Virginia court on Tuesday to taking part in a United Arab Emirates (UAE) hacking operation aimed at enemies and rivals of the Gulf nation.

Marc Baier, 49, Ryan Adams, 34, and Daniel Gericke, 40, agreed to pay a cumulative $1.7m in penalties, the amount they earned while working for the UAE, to resolve charges of violating US export controls, computer fraud and illegal use of other people's computer access.

The federal district court in Alexandria, Virginia agreed to defer prosecution for three years in the complex case, which highlighted the global market of government's seeking highly trained computer security experts to spy on perceived enemies and threats.

Sep 15 04:58

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 43 Houthis in Yemen’s Maarib

24 hours of Saudi airstrikes in the Sirwah District of Maarib Province have killed at least 43 Houthis, according to officials. Nine vehicles were also reported destroyed in the airstrikes.

The attack took place on the front line, where the Houthis and pro-Saudi fighters are contesting Maarib. The pro-Saudi reports say that all the slain were Houthis, with no other casualties at all.

This is common in claims on strikes, though the recent reports have suggested the Houthis are making a lot of gains around the periphery of Maarib, leaving open the question of why the pro-Saudi reports are always so upbeat and are claiming victories that never show up on the ground outside of body counts.

Sep 14 06:24

Biden Doctrine Appears in Persian Gulf

The incipient signs of a US retrenchment from Saudi Arabia have appeared in a series of moves in the past 2-3 weeks. On a parallel track, the Biden Administration is factoring in that new Iranian government is returning to the negotiating table at Vienna on nuclear issues.

The interconnected maneuverings are predicated, indirectly at least at this point, on an expected easing of the US-Iran tensions in a conceivable future.

Without doubt, the Biden Administration has just made a big statement in its regional strategies in West Asia by the removal of the most advanced US missile defence system and Patriot batteries deployed to Saudi Arabia to counter Iran and face down air attacks from Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

Riyadh showed its displeasure already by abruptly cancelling a scheduled visit to the kingdom by US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin.

Sep 13 08:19

America's forever foreign policy debate: Groupthink recipe for perpetual disasters

Lawrence Davidson argues that the confinement of debate over the course of Washington's foreign policy to insiders dooms the US to repeat its foreign fiascos and renders such policy "the product of the desires of dominant lobbies pursuing parochial interests".

Sep 13 07:33

New UN Envoy: Yemen Is Stuck in `Indefinite State of War'

The new U.N. special envoy for Yemen said Friday that the Arab world’s poorest nation is “stuck in an indefinite state of war” and resuming negotiations to end the more than six-year conflict won’t be easy.

Hans Grundberg, a Swedish diplomat who took up the post four days ago after serving as the European Union’s ambassador to Yemen since 2019, told the U.N. Security Council that “there are no quick wins” in Yemen's civil war.

To chart the best way forward, he said, he plans to review what has worked and what hasn’t, and "listen to as many Yemeni men and women as possible.”

“The conflict parties have not discussed a comprehensive settlement since 2016,” Grundberg said. “It is therefore long overdue for the conflict parties to engage in peaceful dialogue with one another under U.N. facilitation on the terms of an overarching settlement, in good faith and without preconditions.”

Sep 10 06:34

How 9/11 and the ‘war on terror’ tore the Arab world apart

The 9/11 attacks and subsequent U.S.-led “Global War on Terror” have massively degraded life conditions for most people across the Arab region, in almost every dimension of life, society, and governance.

The attacks and GWOT did not emerge from a vacuum, however, or mark a new stage in regional or world history. The destructive cycle of human suffering and state fragility they spurred should be seen more accurately as peak moments in a much longer historical trajectory — one defined by rickety Arab states and increasingly suffering citizens, within a world of endless militaristic imperialism and colonialism.

Sep 09 05:37

HAS BIDEN NOW LOST SAUDI ARABIA?

The ignominious US withdrawal from Afghanistan has blown a global hole in the post-1945 American Century system of elaborate world domination, a power vacuum that likely will lead to irreversible consequences. The immediate case in point is whether Biden’s Washington strategists—as he clearly makes no policy—have already managed to lose the support of its largest arms buyer and regional strategic ally, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since the first days of Biden’s inauguration in late January, US policies are driving the Saudi monarchy to pursue a dramatic shift in foreign policy. The longer-term consequences could be enormous.

Sep 06 07:14

BBC ADMITS PROPAGANDA REPORT SMEARING OPCW SYRIA 'GAS ATTACK' WHISTLEBLOWER WAS FILLED WITH LIES

A BBC propaganda report from journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou that smeared an OPCW whistleblower, Wikileaks and columnist Peter Hitchens for questioning the alleged April 2018 "gas attack" in Douma was loaded with lies and disinformation, the BBC has admitted.

Sep 03 08:27

Shia Crescent and the Rise of Taliban

On September 20, 2001, as he fired the ‘War on Terror’ salvo, President George W Bush, in his address to the US Congress, said: “Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.”

Twenty years on, not only has the so-called war on terror wreaked havoc in the Middle-East, but has also led to an uncertain security situation in South Asia and its neighbourhood, as the US has all but completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

As we see it today, the ‘War on Terror’ has given Iran, America’s arch enemy in the Middle-East, an extensive leverage in the region, especially across what has come to be known as the ‘Shia Crescent’. This is something that the Ayatollahs couldn’t even have dreamt of with Saddam Hussein in power.

Sep 03 05:00

65 Killed in Fighting Around Yemen’s Maarib

Scores of fighters have been killed in the last 48 hours, as Yemen’s Houthis have made a push against Maarib from the south. Reports are that they made progress early in this offensive, but now it seems to have ended up with a high death toll and little territory changing hands.

Over the last 48 hours, 65 fighters were killed, including 43 Houthis and 22 government troops. This is in addition to at least 30 other government fighters reported killed earlier in the week.

The Houthis have been contesting Maarib since February. Maarib is the last government-held stronghold in northern Yemen, and both sides want to shore up definitive control to enhance their bargaining position in future peace talks.

Aug 31 05:27

British lawyers mount bid for war crimes inquiry into Saudi-led coalition 'massacres' in Yemen

British lawyers are leading moves for a war crimes inquiry into the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on behalf of hundreds of victims killed in atrocities in the country.

Guernica 37, a London-based human rights chambers, is today submitting evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) of three alleged war crimes where more than 140 Yemenis including children were killed and in some cases tortured.

The lawyers are urging the ICC to launch an investigation into the alleged crimes and are exploring the possibility of issuing international arrest warrants against the military leaders of the six year war as well as bringing class actions against them in Britain and the US.

The evidence has been drawn from survivors, their relatives, and families of those murdered in three incidents which have already been investigated by international NGOs.

Aug 25 09:07

Osama Bin Laden Planned To Make Biden President in 2012 So ‘He Would Collapse the USA’ Because He Was ‘Totally Unprepared’

Because Bin Laden believed Joe Biden would be a useful instrument in assisting the terrorist regime destroy the United States, he prohibited Al-Qaeda from assassinating him and, instead, devised a plan to make him President instead.

Last year, declassified documents revealed that Osama Bin Laden plotted to assassinate then-President Barack Obama and plunge the United States into chaos by forcing Joe Biden in to the presidency.

Aug 23 05:31

Retired colonel warns Jihadists around the world are celebrating

Chairman of the Cobra Intelligence Group Richard Kemp warns that terrorists are going to flock to Afghanistan to train.

Aug 21 06:56

UK after restaging its occupation of Yemen: Expert

A Yemeni expert says the United Kingdom’s recent decision to move troops to Yemen under a false pretext actually seeks to return the British occupation to the impoverished country.

Yousef al-Hadheri made the remarks to Press TV in an interview on Wednesday, addressing the British troops’ deployment to the southern Yemeni province of al-Mahrah.

London has sent over the forces under the pretext of trying to find the alleged perpetrators behind a reported attack on an Israeli tanker off the Omani coast on July 29, which the West alleges originated from Yemen.

Aug 20 12:51

UK's Manchester University humiliated by pro-Israel bullies: Art show criticising the Israeli regime's crimes against Palestinians is shut down, but re-opens by popular demand (and common sense)

Stuart Littlewood says UK Lawyers for Israel's (UKLFI) attempt to bully Manchester University into shutting down an art exhibition must be reported to the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority given UKLFI's links with Israeli bodies involved in war crimes against the Palestinians.

Aug 18 05:40

Muharram rituals organizers threatened by Bahraini authorities

In 680 AD, on Ashoura- the tenth day of the holy month of Muharram- Husain Ibn Ali, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and the third Imam of Shia Muslims, was martyred in the desert of Karbala, located in contemporary Iraq.

Since then, Shia Muslims commemorate his martyrdom every year.

This year, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, governments and health authorities everywhere are cautioning people to commemorate the event with strict health guidelines in mind.

In Bahrain, however, Shia Muslims have not been cautioned but banned from holding Muharram mourning rituals, ostensibly, to battle the pandemic but critics say the truth is far beneath the surface.

Aug 17 08:59

Thousands of Yemenis victims of cluster bombs last year

The remnants of Saudi cluster bombs are another threat to the lives of millions of Yemenis, which will remain even after the Saudi war.

According to Yemen's Mine Action Center, the number of victims of the remnants of Saudi cluster bombs has reached 10 thousand in the period between July 2020 and July 2021.

The head of Yemen's Mine Action center said most of the victims were children as the remnants of cluster bombs could be found in farms or streets and children could think they are toys.

In a report, the Cluster Munition Monitor accused the Saudi-led coalition of using cluster bombs in Yemen. Over the past years, Saudi Arabia has used internationally prohibited weapons including American bombs to target residential areas across the war-ravaged country.

Aug 15 06:16

The saga of Dubai’s Princess Latifa, who tried and failed to win her freedom from her ‘evil’ father, is set to hit the US courts

At the heart of the planned legal action is the daring – and probably illegal – high seas mission by Sheikh Mohammed to snatch his daughter back from a yacht in the Indian Ocean in 2018, one of Latifa’s confidantes tells RT.

Nothing is ever quite what it seems to be when it comes to Dubai, a very sunny place full of very shady characters in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This shiny modern metropolis, built at fabulous expense, is a magnet for the world’s intelligence agents, dodgy businessmen and rich people who enjoy eating the $14 oysters flown in from France at Atmosphere, the highest restaurant in the world, a quarter of a mile up the stupendous 828-meter-high Burj Khalifa tower.

In this Arabian Gotham-on-sand, ruled over with an iron fist by the staggeringly wealthy Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, there are enough dramas, and plots within plots, to keep the most demanding Hollywood producer busy for years.

Aug 14 10:13

Israeli racism towards “non-white” Jews

Gilad Atzmon highlights the systematic racism practised by Israel and white (Ashkenazi) Jews in general towards oriental (Sephardic) Jews, including tests conducted by the Israeli state to determine whether the oriental Jews had "Negro blood".>>

Aug 11 08:22

Putin Pledges Russia Will Ensure Security in Persian Gulf, Atlantic Amid Growing Piracy

The statement follows at least two people dying after the MV Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged tanker, was attacked by unknown assailants off the coast of Oman on 30 July.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed that Moscow will ensure security in the Persian Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean amid a surge in piracy-related incidents across the globe.

Speaking at a UN Security Council maritime security conference on Monday, the Russian president stressed the necessity of tackling transnational crime.

"Unfortunately, there are also many threats along sea routes. And that is why it is so important that today we are considering substantive, practical issues related to the fight against piracy of the 21st century, meaning to establish a more effective counteraction to transnational crime and prevent the use of seas and oceans for criminal purposes", Putin said.

Aug 11 07:42

UAE to make drinking water out of thin air

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) plans to install water generators that can turn moisture in the air into water for public consumption. Powered by solar energy, these “hyper-dehumidifiers” can provide plenty of water to people, thanks to the humid UAE air.

The technology is going to be tested in October. About 20 of these dehumidifiers can produce 6,700 liters of fresh water every day if local conditions are at 78 degrees Fahrenheit and 60 percent humidity. If successful, the hyper-dehumidifiers will be rolled out in UAE’s futuristic “sustainable city” in Masdar, which is being built next to the Abu Dhabi airport.

Aug 09 05:30

Conflicts of Interest: Biden’s Endless War Games and Sanctions Set the US on a Path to War

On COI #145 Connor Freeman, writer at The Libertarian Institute, returns to the show to discuss recent attacks on ships near the Persian Gulf. The first attack saw two drones hit a cargo ship, killing two. The US, UK, and Israel have pointed the finger at Iran, claiming to have evidence. However, the governments have yet to present any, and Iran is denying the charges.

The second attack was alleged to be an attempted hijacking. Again, Iran was blamed with no evidence yet presented. The attack was thwarted after the crew disabled the ship. The timing of the incident raises suspicions of a possible false flag to fuel tensions between Washington and Tehran. Kyle and Connor break down the motives of the possible actors, including Israel and Iran.

Aug 09 05:21

Congress Tried To Force Trump to End the Yemen War. Now They’ll Have To Do the Same With Biden.

“Yemen is in a catastrophic state,” says Kawthar Abdullah, an organizer with the Yemeni Alliance Committee. ?“I have family there. Every day when I call and talk to them, the reality on the ground is far worse than it is ever portrayed.”

Abdullah, who is based in New York, is part of a network of grassroots organizers across the country calling on Congress to force an end to U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war, using the same War Powers Resolution vetoed by former President Trump in 2019. These organizers are asking lawmakers to go head to head with the Biden administration, which announced in February it was halting U.S. support for ?“offensive operations” but, nearly six months later, has failed to fully extricate itself from the military intervention.

Aug 06 14:18

A Tonkin Gulf Incident in the Gulf of Oman?

Lest we forget. It was in an August, 57 years ago, that the Tonkin Gulf incident occurred, which led America to plunge into an eight-year war in Vietnam. -- Whoever launched the drone strike sought to ensure that no new U.S.-Iran deal is consummated, that U.S. sanctions remain in place, and that a U.S. war with Iran remain a possibility. -- But, again, why would Tehran carry out such a drone attack and kill crewmen on an Israeli-owned vessel — then loudly deny it?

Aug 06 13:21

The Stage Is Being Set For A War Between Israel And Iran To Potentially Begin Before The End Of 2021

The clock has been ticking for a long time, and now Israel is telling us that Iran is “only around 10 weeks away from acquiring weapons-grade materials necessary for a nuclear weapon”.  The Israelis have always been very clear about the fact that they will never, ever allow the Iranians to get to that point, and so that would appear to leave only 10 weeks remaining to avert a major war in the Middle East.  And let us certainly hope that war can be averted, because a major war in the Middle East could easily spark a full-blown global war.  U.S. relations with both Russia and China continue to deteriorate very rapidly, and the Biden administration is being very aggressive with both of them.

Aug 03 11:08

Panamanian-Flagged Tanker Reported "Hijacked" By Iranian Forces Off UAE Coast

(update-12:50PM eastern): A flurry of bizarre and unconfirmed reports are coming out of the Gulf waters where one or more foreign vessels are believed seized by the Iranians, however, which Tehran is denying, calling the reports "suspicious". Britain's Sky News reports:

A group of eight or nine armed individuals are believed to have boarded the vessel, named Asphalt Princess, the security source told Sky News.

"It was an unauthorised boarding in the Gulf of Oman," the security source said. There is no British link to the tanker.

It comes as the Associated Press reported that at least four vessels sent out warnings saying they had lost control of their steering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With the negotiations for JCPOA still underway, why would Iran decide to act this way at this particular time?

Answer: They wouldn't! This is a false-slag setup.


Aug 03 10:15

National Guard Still Fighting in Middle East Despite Domestic Deployments

Since early 2020, the National Guard has been subject to frequent domestic deployments between the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide protests, and the military occupation of Washington DC in the wake of the January 6th incident at the Capitol building. Despite how busy the reserve force is in the homeland, the National Guard is still being deployed to fight wars in the Middle East.

The Associated Press spoke with members of the Louisiana National Guard who were sent to Syria after being on domestic deployments. The US keeps a small occupation force of about 900 troops in northeast Syria.

Jul 30 08:03

Two Crew Members Killed Off Oman in Attack on Ship Operated by Israeli Businessman

A Japanese-owned vessel managed by a company run by an Israeli businessman was targeted in an attack off Oman in the Arabian Sea, resulting in the death of two crew members, Zodiac Maritime, the U.K.-based company operating the ship said on Friday.

The two people killed were from Romania and the U.K., Zodiac Maritime said, adding that it wasn't aware of harm to any other personnel.

Jul 30 05:51

THE HOUTHIS BOAST GAINS AS THEY RESUME DRONE AND MISSILE ATTACKS

Jul 29 04:28

Is This Country Heading for the Exit?

The real question may be this: Three decades after the Soviet empire headed for the exit, is it possible that the far more powerful American one is ever so chaotically heading in the same direction? And if so, what does that mean for the rest of us?

Jul 28 11:41

Yemen retakes last base held by Saudi-led forces in southern Ma’rib

Yemen’s defense forces score several military gains against Saudi-led militants across the country, including by recapturing the last base held by them in the south of the west-central Ma’rib Province.

According to a report published by Yemen Press Agency on Wednesday, the country’s army and their allied Popular Committees regained control of the strategic al-Fuqara’ Mountains, the last front controlled by the militants in the area.

The achievement, the report said, came about following stiff confrontations between the two sides.

The forces also made significant progress in other areas lying among Ma’rib and the Sana’a Province that neighbors it to the west and the Shabwa Province that lies to its south.

Ma’rib that is wedged right in the middle of a whole host of other Yemeni provinces, has turned into a focus of the forces’ liberation operations for many months now.

Jul 27 11:24

How to undermine a diplomatic triumph: Biden and the Iran nuclear deal

Lawrence Davidson highlights the US Biden administration's misinformation that seeks to blame Iran for the failure to reinstate the nuclear deal, a failure he attributes to "American ideologues tied hand and foot" to the Israel lobby.>>

Jul 27 09:03

Houthis Seize Key Districts in Central Yemen

Heavy fighting in central Yemen looks to be picking up, with the pro-Saudi government rushing reinforcements into Bayda, and the Houthis having made substantial gains in the area.

On Sunday, the Houthis captured the Nateh and Naman Districts in Bayda, making quick gains over security forces and sending the civilian population fleeing in anticipation of major battles. The Houthis moved on to contest Bayhan, which would put them closer to the contested city of Maarib.

Bayhan District looks like it will be the next battleground, with both sides massing fighters there. In between contested Bayda (mostly Houthi-controlled) and Maarib (mostly government-controlled) both sides are hoping a win there will shift momentum in their favor.

Jul 27 08:51

Saudi-led coalition receiving heavy blow in Yemen’s al-Bayda: Ansarullah

A spokesman for Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement says the Saudi-led coalition is receiving a heavy blow in al-Bayda amid territorial gains made by the Yemeni army and allied Popular Committees in the central province.

“Once again and thanks to God, the enemy is receiving a painful blow in al-Bayda,” Mohammed Abdulsalam said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Abdulsalam, who is also the chief negotiator of Ansarullah, noted that the United States had sent Takfiri militants to the province, but it was “shocked by their rapid defeat” and raised its voice in demand for peace.

“In this round, the American [the United States] will wake up to the impact of a greater disappointment and therefore a greater scream as a result of the collapse of his mercenaries in al-Bayda.”

Jul 26 09:57

Yemen’s War Escalates As Claims Emerge Of US Troops Moving In

The war in Yemen has been gradually escalating in the past months, with major battles taking place between Ansarallah forces and Saudi-backed forces. This coupled with claims that US troops have occupied a military base, redeploying there from Afghanistan.

According to Maj. Gen. Abdu Abdullah Majili, of the Saudi-backed “government” forces, his militants, along with tribal fighters, have seized partial control of the Rahabah district of the Marib Province. The “Yemeni government” forces loyal to the Western/Saudi-backed President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, have recently launched a large-scale counter attack against the Houthis/Ansarallah, a campaign which has had some success, largely due to the airstrikes launched by the Saudi coalition.

Jul 26 05:47

Scores Killed in Saudi Airstrikes in Northern, Central Yemen

Saudi warplanes were reported to have carried out a flurry of airstrikes against Houthi targets over the weekend, killing scores of Houthis in attacks near Maarib and Bayda.

17 airstrikes were reported against Surwah District, west of Maarib. The exact number killed in those strikes is still not certain. Five airstrikes hit near Bayda, killing 21 Houthis and wounding a number of others.

Maarib is the last government-held city in northern Yemen, while Bayda is south of it. Both cities have been contested, with the Houthis trying to take Maarib, and the Saudi-backed forces trying to chase them out of Bayda to make Maarib more defensible.

Territory seldom changes hands in Yemen’s War, and fighting tends to involve heavy casualties. The Saudis have been increasingly reliant on airstrikes in these fights, as ground operations are seldom decisive.

Jul 25 06:29

Yemen’s War Escalates As Claims Emerge Of US Troops Moving In

The war in Yemen has been gradually escalating in the past months, with major battles taking place between Ansarallah forces and Saudi-backed forces. This coupled with claims that US troops have occupied a military base, redeploying there from Afghanistan.

According to Maj. Gen. Abdu Abdullah Majili, of the Saudi-backed “government” forces, his militants, along with tribal fighters, have seized partial control of the Rahabah district of the Marib Province. The “Yemeni government” forces loyal to the Western/Saudi-backed President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, have recently launched a large-scale counter attack against the Houthis/Ansarallah, a campaign which has had some success, largely due to the airstrikes launched by the Saudi coalition.

Jul 22 05:21

Phones of Two Dubai Princesses Reportedly Hacked by Pegasus Spyware

Last Sunday, several prominent media outlets and rights groups released a report that revealed how an Israeli cyber company's spyware programme had been used to hack the phone numbers of journalists, rights activists, and even political leaders across the world.

Two Dubai princesses – Latifa and Haya - have been named as targets of the Pegasus malware attack in a report released by Amnesty International, The Washington Post, and a number of other rights groups and media outlets.

According to investigators, Princess Latifa, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, and Princess Haya, his former wife, were among 50,000 "people of interest" who may have been targeted by the Israeli cyber security firm NSO Group's Pegasus programme.

Jul 19 06:06

Oman’s foreign minister: We won’t be 3rd Gulf country to normalize Israel ties

Oman’s Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi said in an interview published Saturday that his country will not be the third Gulf nation to normalize ties with Israel when asked about a recent call with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

In the interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, a London-based Arabic-language daily, Busaidi also affirmed his country’s support for “achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace on the basis of the two-state solution” adding that “this is the only option.”

“We support the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and we respect the sovereign decisions of states, just as we expect others to respect our sovereign decisions,” he said.

Jul 16 05:14

US forces occupy southwestern Yemeni airbase after leaving Afghanistan

A group of the military forces that the US has taken out of Afghanistan have been sent over to Yemen, where they have occupied a strategic southwestern airbase.

Yemen Press Agency carried the report on Tuesday, saying the forces first arrived at the Aden International Airport in the Aden Province, and were then taken northwards to the neighboring province of Lahij.

The troops were stationed in the al-Anad Airbase in Lahij afterward.

The development came after the Pentagon said 95 percent of the process of US forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan had already been completed.

The US has been providing strong political and material support for a 2015-present Saudi-led invasion of Yemen, the Arab world’s already poorest country.

The invasion has been seeking to return power to Yemen’s former Saudi Arabia-friendly officials. The war has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis and forced the entire country close to the brink of outright famine.

Jul 15 06:20

Documents reveal US pressure on ex-Yemeni regime to agree on normalizing ties with Israel

The interior ministry of Yemen’s National Salvation Government has released a series of confidential documents detailing the United States pressure on the administration of former Yemeni dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to normalize relations with Israel and lift the blockade on products made in the Israeli occupied territories.

According to the documents, the US embassy in Sana’a had asked then-Yemeni authorities to end the economic embargo on Israeli goods, and not to participate in any activities deemed harmful to the Tel Aviv regime, the official Yemeni news agency Saba reported.

The papers expose the level of Washington’s and Tel Aviv’s discontent and frustration with the blockade, and how US officials left no stone unturned to force former Yemeni officials into opening the Arab country’s market to Israeli businesses and their products.

Jul 14 07:53

320 Killed in New Fighting in Central Yemen

Fighting in Yemen’s central Bayda Province began at the start of the month, with the government claiming to have captured several villages amid heavy fighting, before ultimately losing many of them in counteroffensives.

Government forces are pouring reinforcements into the area this week,. The last 48 hours have seen a new round of heavy fighting, and reports from officials that 320 fighters were killed.

That is a huge death toll, covering fighters on both sides in just two days of fighting. It is impossible to confirm, as is often the case, with no figures offered by the Houthis and an unclear split between the two sides.

Heavy fighting over towns and villages in Yemen has been consistent throughout the war, and often these high death tolls don’t lead to resolutions, but rather just to endless reinforcements on both sides being thrown at towns of limited value.

Jul 08 07:49

Massive Blast Rips Through Dubai's Main Port - Container Ship On Fire

Naturally, anytime there's a major blast at a central Persian Gulf port, the immediate questions raised include accident or sabotage? This also given the past 'tanker wars' between Iran and the US-Saudi-Israel nexus.

Very quickly in the aftermath, speculation and various theories including that it could have been an Iran tanker angle abounded; however, the source of the blaze does appear to be a container ship docked at the port...

Jul 07 12:41

Rumsfeld Remembered as ‘Complex,’ ‘Energetic’—Not as Killer of Multitudes

HE SEEMED LIKE AN ALL-AMERICAN WHO HAD STEPPED OFF THE WHEATIES BOX—A STRIKINGLY HANDSOME MIDWESTERNER RADIATING CONFIDENCE, TAKING ON BIG TASKS AND DOING EVERYTHING WELL.-- Could any war criminal ask to be remembered more fondly?

Jul 05 08:37

Strike Hits South Yemen Base, Killing Five; Houthis Blamed

Over the weekend, an explosion hit a Yemeni military base in Mudiyah, in Abyan Province. The attack killed at least five soldiers and wounded some 40 others.

Govt reports are that the attack was carried out by the Houthis, though the Houthis have not yet commented on the matter. It is highly unusual for the Houthis to target anything this far south.

Fighting this far south usually involves the southern separatist STC, though the Saudis are rejecting any suggestion that might be the case, saying the government and STC agreed to stop trading attacks for now.

Recently, the Houthis have mostly focused on the northern city of Maarib, the last government-held city in the north. The fighting over Maarib has been bloody, but so far indecisive.

Jul 04 10:25

US “Airstrike Diplomacy” Continues in Syria-Iraq

By Brian Berletic

On June 27, 2021 the US carried out additional strikes against targets along the Syrian-Iraqi border. The attacks were condemned by both the Syrian and Iraqi governments and represent not only a dangerous escalation by American military aggression in the region, but the continuation of US aggression in the Middle East spanning two decades regardless of who occupies the White House or Congress.

A US Department of Defense statement dated June 27, 2021 regarding the US strikes would claim...

Jul 04 08:36

The Palestinian Nakba and the Polish law

“During the 1948 war and shortly after, young Israel wiped out Palestinian cities and villages. It then used legislation to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes and applied all possible means to plunder their properties, dispossessing those few Palestinians who clung to their land…

“The Israeli and Zionist institutions that were responsible for the 1948 crimes have never ceased to exist. They have never owned up to their crimes, let alone repented...” >>

Jun 29 13:07

Naughty boy Hancock had to go. But is replacement Javid an even bigger threat to UK’s health service?

Stuart Littlewood warns of what the UK's new health secretary, Sajid Javid – a self-proclaimed "proud, British-born Muslim", arch-Zionist and Israel flag waver – might do to the National Health Service given his "strange set of moral values" and "defective eyesight".>>

Jun 29 10:30

US Statements on Peace in Yemen just Rhetoric: Ansarullah

A member of the Yemeni Supreme Political Council said that the statements of US officials about peace in Yemen are nothing but media propaganda.

Mohammad Ali al-Houthi, a member of the Yemeni High Political Council affiliated with Ansarullah was quoted as saying today, Monday, by Al-Manar that, "US officials' statements about peace in Yemen are for media use only, and we have not seen any real action on the ground to show their real intention."

Al-Houthi added, "It is the United States that is attacking the Yemeni people and continuing to attack with warplanes and has imposed a blockade and occupied parts of Yemen with its means in the region."

The Ansarullah official explained more that the US government can prove its seriousness about peace by stopping attacks, lifting the blockade, importing food, medicine and fuel to the Yemeni people.

Jun 28 19:11

Biden Bombs Syria, Iraq And Threatens Iran

By Robert Inlakesh

The US Biden administration has launched its second round of airstrikes on Syria this year, also bombarding Iraq, in a move which it defends as forwarding the aims of peace and stability. Yet it only seems like the strikes have worked to escalate tensions with the two countries and Iran.

This Monday morning the US military used F-15 and F-16 fighter jets to strike targets in both Iraq and Syria, belonging to the Hashd al-Shaabi (PMU, PMF). US President Joe Biden signed off on the strikes, without an approval from congress, sparking backlash at what many critics have called an undemocratic move.

Jun 28 11:58

Russia Approves Agreement on Russian Naval Facility in Sudan

Russia’s government has approved an agreement with Sudan on establishing a Russian navy logistics center in Sudan, the agreement will be submitted to the president, according to a government resolution posted on the official website of legal information on Friday.

“To approve and refer to the Russian president for submitting to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly for ratification the agreement between Russia and Sudan on the establishment of a logistics center of the Russian Navy in Sudan that was signed in Khartoum on July 23, 2019, and in Moscow on December 1, 2020,” the document reads.

Under the agreement, Sudan hands over the territory and real estate, including the coastline and a water zone with berthing facilities to Russia for free use. The upper limit of the center’s military and civil personnel shall not exceed 300, with any increase possible upon Sudan’s consent.

Jun 25 09:22

Saudi Coalition Fighter Jets Heavily Bombard Yemen's Marib

Yemen's Al-Masirah network reported on Thursday night that Saudi fighter jets had carried out large-scale attacks in the central Yemeni province of Marib.

Al-Masirah reported that the Saudi coalition fighter jets had bombed the Sirwah at least 12 times and the Raghwan region in Marib province six times.

No casualties or damage have been reported so far.

The Saudi aggression coalition is targeting the Yemeni province of Marib more than ever these days, following the field defeat of its forces in the Yemeni province of Marib.

Jun 24 08:09

‘They Want Help’: Saudi Arabia Afraid of Iran, Houthis if US Pulls Troops Out, US General Claims

When the Houthis claimed responsibility for suicide drone attacks on two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in September 2019 that paralyzed the country’s economy for several days, the US quickly rushed to blame Iran, while they have also accused Tehran of exacerbating the war in Yemen by supporting the Houthis’ fight against Riyadh.

The head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) told reporters on Sunday that Riyadh is still asking for US military assistance in deterring Iran. Washington backed out of supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen earlier this year, but the Biden administration has committed to providing for Saudi Arabia's defense, including increasing the efficiency of its air defenses in shooting down Houthi missiles.

Jun 23 06:18

Watch: US Patrol In Syria Blocked By Line Of Russian Commandos


Over the weekend, a US military patrol in northeastern Syria was blocked by the Russian military and forced to turn back to where they came from. The US reportedly violated existing security deals with Russia.

Video of the brief encounter published by the Russian side shows the tense moment that Russian troops physically blocked the road while clutching their rifles:

The US and Russia both have troops in reasonably close proximity in Syria, and the US tends to hype confrontations heavily. To try to reduce the number of issues, they’ve made several deals to coordinate their patrols and avoid running into one another.

That works well, as far as it goes, but in this case the US didn’t inform Russia ahead of time, so when the Russian forces ran into them, they complained about the US ignoring protocol on prior notice.

Jun 23 05:14

US decision to block pro-resistance media outlets proves their influence: Yemen

A senior member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council has denounced a decision by the United States to seize the websites of a series of Iranian and regional television networks, stressing that the measure attests to the fact that the channels have been successful in “getting their messages across.”

“The seizure of the media sites by [the United States of] America proves they have managed to get their messages across. Independent channels have worried the regimes which deceitfully claim to be advocating and fighting for freedom of expression,” Mohammed Ali al-Houthi wrote in a post published on his Twitter page on Tuesday night.

He added, “The move unmasked the true nature of the so-called advocates of democracy, and exposed their [false] mottoes. America is hell-bent on outright confrontation” even when it comes to media outlets.

Jun 22 14:30

AG Merrick Garland Declares War On The Open Internet: Seizes Domains Of Press TV And MidEast News Sites

Biden-appointed Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday seized the domains of Iranian state media outlet Press TV as well as a bunch of other media outlets from throughout the Middle East.

The mass seizure of Middle East news websites comes just weeks after Israel decidedly lost the propaganda war in their latest bombing campaign in Gaza.

Jun 22 13:44

US Govt Seizes News Websites Across MidEast, Including Iran's PressTV

The US Department of Justice has just seized a number of websites of Iranian, Palestinian, Yemeni, Iraqi news channels.

Jun 22 06:15

Change in the Middle East?

The media focus on the Summit meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin has to a certain extent crowded out news about the new government in Israel, headed by hardline nationalist Naftali Bennett. In those media outlets that are actually discussing the change there is an odd sort of perception that Israel’s new government will have to adjust to the new regime in Washington. That would imply that the Israelis will have to mitigate some of their more outrageous behavior to accommodate themselves to Biden’s intention to take actions that will be disapproved of in Jerusalem, to include a possible rapprochement with Iran over its nuclear program and a White House reengagement with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of 2015.

Jun 22 05:44

LARGE-SCALE HOUTHI OFFENSIVE IN YEMEN AND THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM

Jun 21 12:47

Sanctions against Israel, anyone? Hell no. UK Parliament prefers rewarding evil and dismisses the only likely solution to the Holy Land crisis

Stuart Littlewood highlights the ignorance, hypocrisy and thinly-veiled racism voiced by Israel stooges – members of the Zionist lobbies within the ruling Conservative and "opposition" Labour parties – during a recent parliamentary debate about Palestine and Israel.>>

Jun 21 06:05

Major Drone Attack On Saudi Arabia Just After US Missile Battery Drawdown Revealed

On Saturday a major attack was reportedly launched out of Yemen on two cities in Saud Arabia's south, Khamis Mushait and Najran, which utilized explosive-laden drones.

The swarm of drones entering the kingdom's airspace reportedly spanned multiple hours, according to regional reports, which cited up to 17 drones intercepted by Saudi anti-air defenses. "The interception operations were successful," the Saudi military said, noting that many were destroyed prior to entering Saudi airspace while still over Yemen.

Jun 20 06:26

Official: Yemen's Ansarullah to be 'part of equation' in defense of al-Quds

A senior member of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement says his group will be an integral part of the equation to defend sacred sites in the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds against any Israeli act of aggression.

Abdul-Wahhab al-Mahbashi told Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television on Thursday evening that his movement “will be part of the equation in defense of Jerusalem al-Quds" in the event of a new confrontation with Israel.

On June 3, Ansarullah leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said Yemenis are part of the al-Quds equation and will be effectively present in the battle against the Israeli regime.

Jun 16 11:28

Houthis Lay Sea Mines In Red Sea; Coalition Boasts Few Minesweepers

The Houthi rebels in Yemen have planted sea mines in the southern part of the Red Sea where US Navy and other allied ships are sailing, posing a possibly grave threat to shipping.

The Saudi-led coalition tried to tackle the problem but they have few useful tools. The Arab coalition said Friday that it had discovered and destroyed a marine mine planted by the Houthi militia in the southern Red Sea, Saudi state TV reported. The coalition said it was an Iranian-made Sadaf mine. That makes 171 sea mines found and destroyed, the coalition said.

According to some estimates the Houthis have scattered “some hundreds of sea mines ” in the Red and Arabian seas. Experts say that most of the mines are of the floating type and were detected by naval or cargo ships that have spotted them and reported.

Jun 15 07:29

US, Saudi forces hold anti-drone drill amid fear of resistance power

The US Central Command (?CENTCOM) says it has held a joint exercise with Saudi forces on countering small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

In a post on its Twitter account, CENTCOM said Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) and Marine Air Defense Integrated System (MADIS) conducted the drill in Saudi Arabia last week in order to achieve specific objectives during crises.

Jun 14 13:01

The curious case of the United States

Internationally, the United States has punished sovereign governments that have attempted to liberate themselves from the yoke of the petro/nuclear-backed dollar, by committing some of the most heinous war crimes the world has ever seen. From commandeering the U.S. military to murder at least a million Iraqi civilians following an effort led by Suddam Hussein to ditch the dollar for the Euro, to brutally murdering the head of state of Libya following his promises to help create an African currency (with the U.S. Secretary of State openly cackling about it on national television), to playing a pivotal role in an effort led by Saudi Arabia to starve millions of Yemenis in order to advance Saudi Arabian interests in the region, the U.S. government has enforced an empire abroad, maintaining more than a thousand (known) military bases in dozens, if not hundreds of countries.

Jun 14 08:59

Ousted Israel PM plotted with Saudi's MBS to undermine Jordan king

New details have emerged about the alleged plot to overthrow Jordan's King Abdullah, indicating that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played a starring role along with senior officials within the Trump administration, prominent Jordanians, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Details of the role played by Netanyahu, who was ousted yesterday after the Israeli parliament voted in a new coalition government led by the far-right nationalist Naftali Bennett, was reported in a Washington Post article by David Ignatius titled "Inside the palace intrigue in Jordan and a thwarted 'deal of the century'".

Ignatius shed light on one of the biggest stories of April when Jordan's former crown prince Hamzah Bin Hussein was accused of plotting to oust King Abdullah II. The alleged plot is said to have been backed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also known as MBS.

Jun 13 21:56

Netanyahu Officially Ousted as Israel’s Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu has been ousted as Israel’s prime minister and Naftali Bennett is now the country’s new leader following Knesset’s vote Sunday.

The vote was close: 60 in favor, 59 against (including one of Bennett’s own party members).

Under the coalition deal, right-wing Yamina party leader Bennett becomes Israel’s next prime minister for the next two years. In August 2023 Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid takes over for the following two years.

Jun 11 12:08

USS Liberty Survivor Interviewed About Attack and Cover Up

American Journal host Harrison Smith conducted a powerful interview with survivor Phil Tourney about the deliberate and unprovoked attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967 and subsequent coverup by President Lyndon Johnson. Tourney was onboard the intelligence ship, witnessed the attack by the Israeli military, watched the murder of 34 and maiming of 174 of his fellow Navy men, and was threatened to keep quiet or else he and his fellow shipmates would be imprisoned or even killed.-- Anyone trying to get the truth out about this shameful tragedy has typically been smeared as an anti-Semite.

Jun 11 03:37

This Close US Ally Is Selling China Billions In Military-Related Equipment

Authored by Mark Curtis via Consortium News,

The UK government has authorized the sale of £2.6-billion worth of military and civilian equipment with potential military use to China in the past three years, government figures show. Last year saw a tripling in exports to China of "dual use" items defined as "civilian goods with a military purpose."” Some £1.6-billion worth were authorized in 2020, compared to £526-million in 2019.

The increase coincided with the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. The exports have been approved while China is identified by the British government as “an increasing risk to U.K. interests” and "the biggest state-based threat to the U.K.’s economic security."

Jun 10 10:37

Sanctions against Israel, anyone? Response from UK government has Foreign Office still playing childish game of charades

Stuart Littlewood debunks, point by point, the UK government's deceitful explanation for its unconditional backing of Israel and its equally deceitful words about Palestinian statehood.>>

Jun 10 07:22

Israel Defense Forces Strike Syria, As Netanyahu Struggles To Remain

By South Front,

Israel’s political situation is proving quite precarious for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As a result, he’s struggling to prove that he’s required at the lead, since Tel Aviv’s enemies will allegedly flourish if Netanyahu is not there.

ate on June 8th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck various targets in southern and central Syria. According to Syrian media, air defense systems managed to shoot down some Israeli missiles which were fired from the direction of Lebanon.

Not all missiles were shot down and some caused damage. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights claimed that violent explosions were felt in Damascus and around the city, followed by Israeli strikes on military positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). It also claimed that 10 pro-government fighters were killed in the strikes.

Air strikes also took place in the south of Homs province and in the border zone between Homs and Tartus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This continued Israeli shelling of Syria, is an attempt at distracting the Israeli people from the very precarious state in which Netanyahu has left the country of Israel.

I hope and pray that he is officially out of office before he can do greater damage (like a massive strike against Iran, for which he will probably give utterly no warning to the US.)but this remains to be seen.

Without the power of the Prime Minister position behind him, he will not be able to excape those corruption charges which have been dogging him for years, so he will fight tooth and nail to prevent this from happening, even though he may well not be able to prevail.

Jun 08 11:09

Yemen deputy minister says illegal Saudi-imposed blockade major obstacle to peace

A Yemeni deputy minister has strongly lambasted the years-long Saudi inclusive siege imposed on Yemen, saying the crippling and inhumane blockade is a major obstacle to any possible move made to forge peace among the warring parties.

Hossein al-Ezi, deputy foreign minister of the Yemeni Salvation Government, made the remarks on Saturday, saying the Saudi-led coalition is using the tight blockade against tens of millions of Yemenis as a “weapon to extract political and military gains.”

He condemned such an illegal act by the invading enemy and denounced it as a “major obstacle to peace”, Yemen's al-Masirah television network reported.

“Every talk about peace will remain dull. All doubts about our intentions toward negotiations will remain unfair and incomprehensible as long as the siege continues,” the Yemeni deputy minister wrote in a post on his official Twitter account.

Jun 05 08:07

This Land is Mine

Jun 05 06:14

Thousands of Yemenis rally in Sa’ada to slam US, Israeli crimes against Muslim nations

Thousands of protesters have staged a mass rally in Yemen’s northwestern province of Sa’ada to express their outrage over the United States and the Israeli regime's fiendish policies and criminal acts against Muslims.

Massive crowds of people marched along streets in the provincial capital city of Sa’ada on Friday, waving Palestinian flags alongside Yemeni ones and chanting slogans in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

They rejected Washington’s policies and those of its allies in the Middle East region, as they held up pictures of late leader of Yemeni Ansarullah movement Sayyed Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi and chanted “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

“We will continue to shout the slogan of freedom to confront the criminal policies of the United States and Israel against nations of the Muslim world. We call on all Muslims to launch a campaign to boycott American and Israeli goods and products,” a final communiqué read.

Jun 05 04:58

US Blames Houthis for Yemen’s Woes

State Dept falsely claims Houthis are refusing ceasefire.

ack from a visit to the Gulf area, State Department special envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking returned to the US to push the narrative that the Shi’ite Houthi movement is mostly to blame for the ongoing problems in Yemen.

Yemen’s problems include large civilian casualties from the Saudi-led war and the borderline famine conditions as Saudi-enforced naval blockade has kept food imports far below pre-war levels. That lack of food and medicine, also because of the blockade, is an ongoing crisis.

It’s hard not to notice that the common denominator in all of these major humanitarian problems for Yemen is Saudi Arabia. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reiterated earlier this week that the US remains committed to Saudi Arabia when it comes to regional security, and that clearly is the intent as Lenderking pointed the finger at the Houthis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More absolute total bovine excrement regarding this crisis, courtesy of Team Biden; lying with impunity, coupled with not being able to see a situation to its logical conclusion, seems to be the prerequiste for government work these days.

Jun 03 10:00

After the slaughter UK Foreign Secretary Raab tells Netanyahu: “You can always count on us”

Stuart Littlewood highlights UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab's latest pledge of undying support for Israel, just after it had murdered some 250 Palestinians, including 66 children and 39 women, in Gaza, noting his failure to commit to the Palestinians' right to self defence.>>

Jun 02 05:03

Pentagon Warns Middle East Countries Against Security Cooperation With Russia, China

A senior Pentagon official on Tuesday warned that Middle Eastern countries that test waters of deeper security cooperation with China or Russia put at risk their partnerships with the United States.

“It’s... clear that certain countries and partners would want to hedge and test what more they might be able to get from the United States by testing the waters of deeper cooperation with the Chinese or the Russians, particularly in the security and military space,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Dana Stroul said during a webinar at the Middle East Institute. “And I would just caution them again that there is a point that it will tip into the strategies that will not only threaten your partnership with the United States but will actually threaten your national sovereignty in countries like Lebanon.”

Stroul claimed that the potential benefits of cooperation with Russia and China pale in comparison with what the United States can offer in terms of security cooperation.

Jun 01 09:33

Lost in (Hebrew) translation: peace, coexistence, harmony

"It would be unreasonable to expect a culture that lacks a lucid notion of peace and reconciliation to lead the region towards harmony and human brotherhood."

May 31 13:35

Rare Iranian Oil Cargo Reaches U.S. Shores

The first Iranian oil shipment in years reached the U.S. shores in March, Reuters has reported, citing data from the Energy Information Administration.

The data showed that more than 1 million barrels of Iranian crude reached the United States two months ago, which, Reuters notes, took place a month after United States authorities seized a tanker carrying Iranian crude.

The agency also notes in its report that the previous time the EIA reported Iranian crude in the country’s import mix was last October, again after the U.S. seized an Iranian oil cargo.

The shipment that the U.S. detained earlier this year was carried by a Liberian-flagged tanker and was believed to be some 2 million barrels. The grounds for the detainment, as laid out in a forfeiture complaint at a U.S. District Court, were that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has created a scheme to covertly ship Iranian oil to a customer outside Iran.

May 31 06:31

Houthi Rebels Destroy M1 Abrams Tanks With Basic Iranian Guided Missiles

The video below shows what are said to be Houthi rebels in Yemen using anti-tank guided missiles to destroy American-made, Saudi Arabian-owned and operated Abrams M1 main battle tanks. The M1 is world renowned as one of, if not the finest main battle tanks in service, yet this video is clear reminder of how vulnerable even they can be to rudimentary anti-tank guided missiles.

This video is graphic in nature and shows a real-world battlefield engagement that could have resulted in loss of life. Viewer discretion is advised.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And not surprisingly, YouTube has pulled the video.

May 28 09:58

We can defeat the corporate media’s war to snuff out independent journalism

Jonathan Cook highlights "mainstream" media's efforts "to shape the values and worldview of its readers, over time limiting the range of possible thoughts they are likely to entertain", and how new technology "has offered us new tools in our struggle and… redrawn the battleground".>>

May 28 07:16

Israel strips healthcare access for Palestinian activists in East Jerusalem: report

At least 11 Palestinians, including campaigners, their relatives and ex-detainees, were affected by the move.

Several Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem have lost access to healthcare after Israeli authorities "suspended" their healthcare and state welfare provisions, Haaretz reported on Thursday.

At least 11 Palestinians, including campaigners, their relatives and ex-detainees, were affected by the move.

A wife of one of the Palestinians was informed she would not be able to see the outcome of a pregnancy-related blood test.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Blocking health care, is definitely part of Issrael's multi-faceted "Final Solution" for the Palestinians, and is a vicious, and vile move, which only goes to emphasize the utter, ruthless apartheid under which Palestinians live 24/7.

May 28 07:06

Israel arrested at least 250 Palestinian citizens in the last two days

At least 250 Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested in the last two days as justice for one who was the victim of an attempted lynching is still pending.

Israeli police have arrested at least 250 Palestinian citizens of Israel within the last two days, while activists say attacks by Jewish Israelis against the community go unpunished.

According to the Palestinian Authority's news agency Wafa, Israeli forces arrested 250 Palestinian citizens of Israel on Monday and Tuesday, in a campaign of detentions that is still ongoing.

Hassan Jabreen, the head of Adalah, a legal centre for the protection of Palestinian citizens of Israel, told local news outlet Arab 48 that the Israeli police have been "terrorising" citizens via the campaign that comes from "purely political" motivations with no legal basis.

In Wadi Ara and Kafr Manda, Israeli police arrested dozens of youths and raided homes. Arrests also took place in Negev and Umm Al-Fahm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please understand; for jailed Palestinians, the Israeli "normal" is:

Indefinite detention without charge, partcularly with children, to get the to sign confessions about something crazy someone in their family was alleged to have done.
Torture to make you confess to something you, or someone you know, absolutely did not do.
Signing your confession in a language you cannot read, write, or understand (Hebrew)
Yet more jail time, for somethng you absolutely did not do.

May 28 05:38

Kuwait parliament passes legislations on boycott of Israel, banning normalization of ties

Kuwait’s National Assembly has strongly condemned the latest Israeli military’s acts of aggression against Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds besides its bloody military onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip, and unanimously approved legislations that outlaw any deals or normalization of ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

During a special parliamentary session held on Thursday to discuss the latest Israeli attacks in Palestinian territories, Kuwaiti legislators expressed their country’s strong position towards the Palestinian cause, as well as its unswerving support and solidarity with the Palestinian nation until they establish an independent sovereign state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

May 27 05:44

Oman: Police disperse protests with tear gas and arrests

Omani riot police fired tear gas canisters as protesters took to the streets of major cities in the sultanate on Monday, in the most serious unrest to face Sultan Haitham bin Tariq since he came to power in January 2020.

The protests over job layoffs and poor economic conditions have drawn a major police presence in Sohar since Sunday, with protesters throwing stones at one point and police firing tear gas, Associated Press reported.

In videos shared online, Omani protesters in the north of the country can be seen fleeing as tear gas canisters fall around them on the streets near the labour ministry on Monday.

May 26 07:18

‘Mysterious’ airbase being built on island off Yemen linked to UAE

A “mysterious” airbase being built on a volcanic island in the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb, off Yemen’s southwestern coast and at the cusp of a key global maritime energy trade route, has been traced to the United Arab Emirates, even though the country has claimed to have disengaged from Yemen militarily.

No country has come forward to claim the airbase, which is situated at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on Mayun Island, but shipping traffic associated with a previous attempt to build a massive runway across the 5.6-km island points to the involvement of the neighboring United Arab Emirates (UAE).

An investigation carried out by The Associated Press (AP), using satellite images, has blown the lid off the airbase, revealing that the United Arab Emirates is most likely building the base.

May 24 09:27

EXCLUSIVE: Kidnapped daughter of billionaire ruler of Dubai is FREED from her 'villa prison' and is no longer under armed guard

  • A close friend of Princess Latifa al Maktoum told MailOnline she has been freed
  • The 35-year-old is now staying with friends and is no longer under armed guard
  • News comes after two photos showing the royal out in public were posted online
  • Latifa in videos last year alleged she was being held hostage by her family
  • She said her family were holding her in a villa after an attempted escape in 2018
  • Campaigners have urged UAE officials to provide proof of life for the princess
  • The UAE royal family claim Latifa is suffering from mental health problems

May 24 04:54

US Seeks ‘Equal Security’ for Israelis and Palestinians Amid Gaza's 'Grave' Humanitarian Situation

US President Joe Biden hailed the Egypt-mediated ceasefire reached between Israel and Hamas on Thursday after 11 days of violence, underscoring that Palestinians and Israelis “equally deserve" to live safely and securely, enjoying "equal measures of freedom", while assuring Tel Aviv of "full support" to help it "replenish" its Iron Dome system.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken credited the “relentless, determined, but quiet diplomacy” of Joe Biden’s administration with brokering the unconditional ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, which came into force on 21 May.

The truce, coming after 11 days that witnessed the most deadly spiral of violence the region had seen in years, was “critical” to allow the US “to make a pivot to building something more positive”, stated Blinken, appearing on ABC News on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a look at the images accompanying this story; this was a total, deliberate, devastation of Gaza.

Children sleeping on the streets; residences massively turned to rubble. No clean water. No medicine; no food; only chaos and destruction.

And BTW, Secretary Blinken; Egypt facilitied and negotiated the cease-fire, NOT the bloody USA, which, under Biden's watch, has become the United States... of Amnesia!!!!

And Mr. Secretary, my last comment here is, that those who do not understand the lessons of history.... are doomed to repeat them.

May 24 03:45

NATO to Train Afghan Military Outside Country After Withdrawal

As the US and NATO are withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the Western powers are still hoping to maintain influence in the country. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that the military alliance will train Afghan forces outside of Afghanistan after NATO troops leave.

“We are planning to provide military education and training outside Afghanistan, focusing on Special Operations Forces,” Stoltenberg told reporters in Paris. He said the alliance will provide “advice and capacity-building support” as well as “continued financial support” to the Afghan military.

The US military is currently working out what its post-withdrawal plans in Afghanistan will look like. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has said that training Afghan forces in another country is an option under consideration.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is an utter pipedream, on the part of NATO, and I use that term advisedly.

Once the occupation is over, the Taliban will reconquer the entire country, and not one self-described "metric of success" from the invasion and occupation of this country will ever be realized, period, end of discussion.
Biden is not "ending" the occupation; he is merely rebranding it, and Americans need to be paying attention to why this is happening.

As reported by globalresearch.ca on 8 May, 2021, and incorporating info from a June 2007, article, we have the following, titled:
The Spoils of War in Afghanistan: Multimillion dollar heroin trade
and this article makes why this is happening crystal clear.

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