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Feb 08 14:47

Days After Saudi Announcement, UAE Is Also “Prepared” To Send Ground Troops To Syria

By Brandon Turbeville

Only days after Saudi Arabia announced its foolishness to the world in a statement revealing that the feudal Gulf monarchy is prepared to send ground troops to Syria under the guise of fighting a terror group it actually supports, the United Arab Emirates made a similar announcement...

Feb 08 14:21

Threat of wider war looms as Saudi monarchy proposes Syria intervention

The Saudi Arabian monarchy Thursday declared that it is prepared to send ground troops into Syria under the pretext of prosecuting the US-declared war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Feb 08 12:05

Saudi Arabia, NATO to discuss Syria troop deployment: Reports

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Saudi Arabia are reportedly set to discuss Riyadh’s proposal for troop deployment to Syria under the pretext of fighting Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another week and Assad and Putin will have finished kicking ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh/whatever out of Syria!

Feb 08 09:44

AN EXASPERATED JOHN KERRY THROWS IN TOWEL ON SYRIA: “WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO, GO TO WAR WITH THE RUSSIANS?!”

“Russian and Syrian forces intensified their campaign on rebel-held areas around Aleppo that are still home to around 350,000 people and aid workers have said the city – Syria’s largest before the war – could soon fall.”
Can you spot what’s wrong with that quote, from a Reuters piece out today? Here’s the problem: “could soon fall” implies that Aleppo is on the verge of succumbing to enemy forces. It’s not. It’s already in enemy hands and has been for quite some time. What Reuters should have said is this: “…could soon be liberated.”

While we’ll be the first to admit that Bashar al-Assad isn’t exactly the most benevolent leader in the history of statecraft, you can bet most Syrians wish this war had never started and if you were to ask those stranded in Aleppo what their quality of life is like now, versus what it was like in 2009, we’re fairly certain you’ll discover that residents aren’t particularly enamored with life under the mishmash of rebels that now control the city.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF Turkey decides to invade Syria in the short term, and Russia responds militarily, Turkey could invoke Article 5 of the NATO Charter (which states that if one NATO member is attacked, it is as though all are attacked, and all must unite against the attacker). That would definitely force the US's hand, militarily.

I would like to hope and pray that the leadership in Riyadh, Ankara, and Doha understands that when Russian government officials say, if you invade Syria, this will will be an act of war against Russia as well, that they completely understand that in this circumstance, Russia is not bluffing.

Feb 08 09:34

'It Would Be Suicide': Iran Mocks Saudi Offer to Invade Syria

The Saudis are having a hard enough time with barefoot Houthi farmers. Do they really think they can take on Syria, Iran and Russia?

Feb 08 09:25

Proxy wars? Will it be Saudi (U.S.) versus Russia , Assad & Nasrallah (Iran)? Daesh who?

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the so-called US-led coalition that has been conducting air raids against what are claimed to be the Daesh terrorists inside Syria without any authorization from the Syrian government or a UN mandate since September 2014.”

Feb 07 17:23

Saudis provide cover for Turkey to start military operation in Syria

Danger exists that Saudi Arabia and Turkey will provide support to armed groupings fighting against the government troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad if these two countries launch a ground operation against the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria, experts polled by TASS said on Friday.
On Thursday, a day after the Geneva talks on the Syrian settlement were suspended, Saudi Defense Minister, General Ahmed Asiri said that the armed forces of Saudi Arabia were ready for a ground operation in Syria as part of the US-led international coalition. This statement was welcomed by Pentagon Chief Ashton Carter. Saudi sources told The Guardian that thousands of special force fighters could be moved to Syria, possibly in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 07 16:50

Saudi Troops Headed to Syria? Saudi-Turkey Invasion in Support of ISIS?

Russia’s aerial campaign aiding Syrian ground forces continues unrelenting, Putin committed to combating all terrorist groups until defeating or reducing them to a shadow of their peak strength – enabling government troops to contain their remnants.

A previous article cited Russian evidence, indicating possible Turkish ground incursion preparations. Earlier Russian video evidence exposed Turkish shelling of Syria’s Latakia province – whether ahead of plans to invade its territory remains to be seen.

Does Riyadh have the same intention? Weeks earlier, it set up a military coordination body with Ankara. Saudi General Ahmed Asseri said “(t)he kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the (US-led) coalition may agree to carry out in Syria” – on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.

Washington created ISIS, using its fighters as imperial foot soldiers – supported by other NATO nations, Gulf States including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel and Jordan.

Feb 07 09:59

CATO INSTITUTE: TIME FOR AMERICA TO RECONSIDER ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH ...

There's more evidence that the American deep state is reconsidering its long relationship with the (out)house of Saud, this time from the CATO institute, an American policy think tank. And in what is becoming a somewhat familiar pattern, it isn't being reported in the American media, but by Russia's Sputnik, in this article shared by Mr. V.T.:

Feb 06 14:25

Interview with Saudi Princess Janan Harb [MUST SEE]

Very Interesting Interview with my cousin Janan Harb

Janan Harb, wife of the late King Fahd, interviewed on Going Underground with Afshin Rattansi on RT News. She talks about her relationship with the King, the Saudi Regime and her upcoming film.

Feb 06 13:01

Are Saudi Arabia and Turkey about to invade Syria?

As Saudi and Turkish-backed rebels face an impending rout by Russian-backed regime forces, Riyadh and Ankara consider deploying troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Funny how they don't mention the US backed/created "rebels."

Feb 06 11:39

Risking World War III in Syria

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last October said in a little noticed comment that the United States was ready to take “direct action on the ground” in Syria. Vice President Joe Biden said in Istanbul last month that if peace talks in Geneva failed, the United States was prepared for a “military solution” in that country. The peace talks collapsed on Wednesday even before they began. A day later Saudi Arabia said it is ready to invade Syria while Turkey is building up forces at its Syrian border.

Feb 06 11:13

Syria: NATO's Last Desperate Options in Lost Proxy War

As early as 2012, a Department of Intelligence Agency (DIA) document (.pdf) admitted in regards to the Syrian conflict and the rise of ISIS that:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

Feb 06 11:01

Syria warns foreign troops would return home 'in coffins'

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that foreign ground troops entering Syria without its approval would "return home in wooden coffins."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"We're Americans. We demand ALUMINUM coffins!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 06 10:51

Saudi Arabia to send ground troops to Syria

Saudi Arabia said it was ready to send ground troops to Syria to fight ISIS. “The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against ISIS) may agree to carry out in Syria,” said Saudi military spokesman Brigadier General Ahmed al-Asiri during an interview with al-Arabiya TV news. Saudi sources added that thousands of Saudi Special Forces could be deployed, probably in coordination with Turkey.

Feb 06 10:15

Saudi Arabia sentences Palestinian poet to torture instead of death

A Saudi court ruled this week that instead of beheading Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, he will now face flogging and eight years in prison as punishment for what state religious authorities consider to be crimes against Islam.

Feb 06 09:12

Syrian official says foreign troops entering Syria will ‘return in coffins’

Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem warned Saturday that foreign ground troops entering Syria would “return home in wooden coffins.”

His comments came after Saudi Arabia said earlier this week it would be willing to send troops as part of a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State extremists. The group controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

Al-Moallem said conventional wisdom and logic would suggest the idea of Saudi troops in Syria is far-fetched, but that “with the crazy Saudi leadership nothing is far-fetched.”

“Any ground intervention in Syria, without the consent of the Syrian government, will be considered an aggression that should be resisted by every Syrian citizen,” he told a news conference in Damascus. “I regret to say that they will return home in wooden coffins.”

Feb 06 01:05

Why the ‘Sultan of Chaos’ is freaking out

Picture sleepless nights at ‘Sultan’ Erdogan’s palace in Ankara. Imagine him livid when he learns the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Russian air power, started a preemptive Battle of Aleppo – through the Bayirbucak region - cutting off Ankara’s top weaponizing corridor and Jihadi highway.

Feb 05 23:55

Week Sixteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a US Invasion of Syria Next?

This week was marked by major successes for the Syria military the Sheikh Miskeen region of the Daraa Province in the south of the country. In the meantime in the north, the Syrian Army continues its offensive north of the strategic Kuweires air base. But these military successes were eclipsed by rumors that the US was setting up and air base in northern Syria, possibly near Rmeilan, a town in the al-Hasakah Governorate in the northeast of Syria, and that this might be the preparation for a US ground intervention

Feb 05 18:35

Peace Talks “Paused” After Putin’s Triumph in Aleppo

This is the beginning of the end of jihadi presence in Aleppo. After 4 years of war and terror, people can finally see the end in sight.”

Feb 05 18:34

Saudi military intervention in Syria amounts to war: Russian deputy

A Russian deputy has warned Saudi Arabia that any military ground operation in Syria without the Damascus government's consent amounts to a declaration of war.

Feb 05 09:47

As Yemen Bleeds, British Profits from Weapons Sales “Bury Human Rights”

It is more than possible to speculate why Prime Minister David Cameron has declared it his mission to scrap the Human Rights Act – which is incorporated into the European Convention on Human Rights – it appears he simply does not believe in human rights.

For example, the fact that Saudi Arabia executed – including beheadings – forty seven people in one day last month, displaying their bodies from gibbets, failed to deter him from having British military experts to work with their Saudi counterparts, advising on which targets – and which people, it seems – to bomb in Yemen. Parliament has not been consulted, thus, without a chance to debate and vote, democracy too has been suspended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about the money from the arms sales, and Cameron is utterly no less beholden to the military/industrial complex of the UK than is Obama to the military/industrial complex in the US.

And of course, to enter into deals with fanatical tyrants, who so readily kill and maim their own people, one also has to have one's conscience surgically removed; I am sure that this has been the case with both Cameron and Obama.

Feb 05 09:37

Grabbing a Slice: Neighbors Rush In To Get Their Share of the ‘Syrian Pie’

The steady success of the Syrian government forces with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces have forced Syria's neighbors to rush in, in fear of missing their chance to grab a piece of the “Syrian pie”, according to military analyst Andrei Koshkin.

Feb 05 09:36

Saudi Arabia May Deploy Thousands of Troops to Syria

The Guardian said on Thursday citing unnamed Saudi sources that Saudi Arabia could deploy "thousands of special forces," "probably in coordination with Turkey."

Feb 05 08:57

Saudi Arabia Declares Its Ground Forces Ready to Invade Syria

A Saudi military spokesman has confirmed that Riyadh is prepared to join any US-led ground operations to fight Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, in Syria, if such operations are approved by the coalition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The big question is, how will Washington DC convince the American people that Syria needs to be invaded?

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Feb 04 16:02

Saudi Arabia "Ready To Send Ground Troops To Syria"

Last month, when Saudi Arabia announced it would be heading (that's heading, not beheading) a 34-nation "anti-terror coalition", everyone who knows anything at all about the Mid-East and about the sectarian divide laughed hysterically.

Why? Because Saudi Arabia is without question the world's number one state sponsor of terror. Riyadh would vehemently deny that charge but when your state religion is Wahhabism it's a bit difficult to explain how it is that you're not contributing to the rise of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Fortunately for the Saudis, they've got all the oil, which means the world looks the other way while the government racks up an abysmal human rights record and sticks to policies that look like they walked right out of the seventh century.

Feb 04 09:21

MEDIA IGNORES DOZENS OF BLACKWATER MERCENARIES KILLED IN YEMEN

While an abundance of attention has been placed on the alarming growth of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the world has largely overlooked the civil war in Yemen, which has been ongoing for nearly a year. After Houthi rebels took control of the government and forced the president to step down, Saudi Arabia intervened in March of 2015 with airstrikes and a naval blockade.

They have since been joined by a coalition of 9 other Middle Eastern and African countries, who are intent on removing the Houthis from power because it’s believed that the Iranians are backing them. Since the Saudi-led intervention began, 7,000 people have been killed by their airstrikes, many of them women and children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The top executives of Academi are deeply linked in with the US government and military, doing the "dirty work" when the US government doesn't want to directly get their hands dirty.

The rise of the US government's use of private mercenary forces in the 21st century is very troubling, ethically and financially, and it appears as though the practice will continue, unabated.

Feb 04 02:08

Activists speak out against the silent war on Yemen

“After 10 months of a brutal war under the pretext of saving Yemen [that was] hoped would be a quick operation ‘Decisive Storm’, it’s quite obvious it neither is short, likely attainable, nor is decisive. Millions of civilians are now paying dearly for the dangerous illusion of a decisive win and Yemen is in the worst humanitarian catastrophe it has ever witnessed.” These are the words of Hisham Al-Omeisy, a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, who reports bombs being dropped on the city every single day while people flee in terror. Since the beginning of this brutal siege, there has been a reported 5,878 killed and an additional 27,867 wounded according to the United Nations as of July, 2015.

Feb 04 02:02

Yemeni Army, committees keep control over Nahm in Sanaa

The Yemeni army and popular committees managed on Wednesday to keep their control over the Nahm Governorate in Sanaa after clashing with Hadi’s loyalists, according to Al-Manar reporter. The reporter added that the Saudi warplanes raided the area in order to support the militants of the fugitive president Mansour Hadi.

Feb 03 12:29

SAUDI WARPLANES BOMB CHILDREN IN SANAA

Saudi Arabia continues to shock the world with its crimes against civilians in Yemen. On this occasion, Saudi warplanes bombed children’s amusement park in Sanaa. The death toll is still undetermined, as local sources in Sanaa reports. Yemen has been under military attacks by Saudi Arabia since late March last year. This is not the first time the Saudi Air Force has carried out such a raid. Saudi Arabia has committed dozens of war crimes on the territory of Yemen. The strikes have taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories. Last month the Saudi-led coalition attacked the day-care center for blind children in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a. The fact Saudi warplanes bomb children in Sanaa is nothing but an element of psychological warfare in order to push the panic in the city, using tools and methods are subject to a rule of war crime.

Feb 03 10:25

AMERICA’S STRANGE BEDFELLOWS

Saudi Arabia overturns execution, sentences Palestinian poet to prison, 800 lashes

Feb 03 07:42

Destruction in Yemeni Capital after Another Day of Saudi Bombardment [PHOTOS]

The victims of the Saudi bombing in Yemen is still on the rise as the monarchy regime keeps bombing residential areas, children playgrounds and civilian markets in Sanaa and other Yemeni cities.

Feb 03 07:28

Yemeni Missiles Rain Down on Saudi Forces in Jizan, Asir Provinces

The Yemeni army and popular forces rained down a barrage of missiles at the Saudi forces' military tower in Al-Dokhan region in Jizan province in Southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. Al-Dokhan tower was reportedly destroyed in the Yemeni missile attacks in Jizan as eyewitnesses said that they had seen smoke rising from it. The Yemeni army and popular forces regained control of Al-Khurma region in Asir province after they destroyed two arms depots and other military hardware of the Yemeni forces in the region. Meantime, the Yemeni army's artillery units pounded Malhama military base in Jizan province. The Saudi troops started fleeing their base as soon as they came under the missile attack.
Yemeni Forces Destroy More Saudi Tanks, Armored Vehicles in Ma'rib, Ta'iz Provinces http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941114001068

Feb 02 14:39

Saudi war crimes evidence could be fabricated by Houthis – UK minister

Evidence from a UN report that suggests the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen has targeted innocent civilians may have been falsified by Houthi rebels, a British government minister has alleged.

Feb 02 09:44

Saudi war crimes evidence could be fabricated by Houthis – UK minister

Evidence from a UN report that suggests the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen has targeted innocent civilians may have been falsified by Houthi rebels, a British government minister has alleged.

Feb 02 08:38

Russian Publication: Mohammed Bin Salman to Use Miltary Force to Topple Would-Be King Bin Nayef

A Russian publication predicted that Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will use the kingdom's army which is under his control to topple Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef to prevent his ascending to the throne.

Feb 02 00:19

The Rise of ISIS and Other Extremist Groups: the role of the West and Regional Powers

by Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban (Political and Media Advisor at the Syrian Presidency).

This essay examines the role of Western and regional players (i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar) in inflaming the conflict and the growth of terrorism in Syria.

It examines the attempts to break up Syria’s civilian and military institutions, the delegitimization of the Syrian government, the attempts to procure a UN mandate for a military intervention in Syria, the imposition of suffocating economic sanctions on Syria, and most importantly the support that Western and regional powers gave to a plethora of armed groups, including al-Qaeda and ISIS, to fight the Syrian government.

Feb 01 16:15

Saudi Arabia arrests 9 Americans over ‘terrorism charges’

Nine Americans have been detained on terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia over the past week, according to the English-language daily Saudi Gazette.

Feb 01 13:57

Saudi Arabia Bombs Day Care Centre for Blind Children in Yemen, U.S Silent

Saudi Arabia continues to shock the world with its crimes against civilians in Yemen. On this occasion, the Saudi-led coalition attacked the day-care centre for blind children, located in the Yemeni capital city of Sana’a.

Whilst exact information about the victims of the air raid are not confirmed, it has been reported at least 3 are dead. The blow to the Yemeni civilians was inflicted at a time when they were all sleeping. This explains the complete lack of reaction to a war crime by the USA, European countries, as well as the so-called “human rights” organizations who like to talk about non-existent victims of the Russia, Syria and other undesirables to the West countries.

Jan 31 13:19

SAUDI ARMY TO SUFFER DEATH TOLL IN JIZAN

Al-Masdar News reported, to days after losing the strategic Al-Doud Mountains to the Yemeni Army’s Republican Guard and the Houthis, the Saudi Royal Army launched a counter-assault to recapture this site and several military installations surrounding it. However, the Saudi Army and their allies from the Arab Coalition received more than they bargained for when they arrived at the Al-Doud Mountains in the Jizan Province of southern Saudi Arabia. The Houthis and Yemeni Army’s Republican Guard forces confronted this large Coalition unit, killing several of the latter’s military personnel, including a number of soldiers from the Saudi Royal Army. At the same time Saudi allies experience casualties...

Jan 31 09:05

25 pro-Saudi mercenaries killed in Yemen’s Ma'rib

Fighters of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and military units have killed more than two dozen mercenaries fighting for Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Jan 30 06:49

WORLD WAR III - THE NEW AXIS OF EVIL

The alliances and proxies of the Syrian Front explained.
The concept that humanity is teetering on the edge of third world war is no longer the domain of the lunatic fringe.

Those of you who have been paying attention know that in reality, the war is already underway. In this video we're going examine the profiles of the key players and the alliances they've formed, expose their motives, and present evidence of crimes that they've already committed. All of our sources will be linked below.

Clearly it is not in the interest of the anti-Assad axis to eliminate ISIS. The United States and France are keen to make a show of airstrikes and special forces, but what they really want is the ability to operate in Syria militarily. This is the only way they'll have any chance of influencing the outcome.

Jan 28 16:42

UN exposes ‘widespread’ Saudi strikes on civilian targets in Yemen, UK arms exports questioned

Britain’s role in exporting arms and providing military advisers for the Saudi Arabian-led bombing campaign in Yemen is under scrutiny following a UN report revealing widespread attacks on civilian targets.

Jan 28 15:40

EXCLUSIVE: The Secret Behind the Next Global Crash

Selected Persian Gulf traders, and that includes Westerners working in the Gulf confirm that Saudi Arabia is unloading at least $1 trillion in securities and crashing global markets under orders from the Masters of the Universe – those above the lame presidency of Barack Obama.

There has been a huge increase in the Saudi and Abu Dhabi dump since the start of 2016. A Persian Gulf source says the Saudi strategy “will demolish the markets.” Another referred to a case of “maggots eating the carcass in the dark”; one just had to look at the rout in Wall Street, across Europe and in Hong Kong and Tokyo on Wednesday.

So it’s already happening. And a crucial subplot may be, in the short to medium term, no less than the collapse of the eurozone.

The Crash of 2016?

Jan 28 14:43

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and
abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September
2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings “have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians.”

Jan 28 11:29

David Cameron urged to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia over fears weapons used against Yemen civilians

David Cameron has been urged to immediately suspend all arms sales to Saudi Arabia amid growing fears that British-made weapons may have been used to bomb hospitals, schools, markets and other civilian targets in Yemen.

A United Nations report said the Saudi-led bombing campaing in Yemen had involved “widespread and systematic” targeting of civilians “in violation of international humanitarian law”.

Britain is a leading arms supplier to the Saudi regime and has military personnel working with the Saudi forces on the ground, although the Government insists its officials only work in a “liaison” role and do not assist in the selection of targets.

UK selling invasive spying equipment to Saudi Arabia and others
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn have written to the Prime Minister demanding to know whether UK personnel on the ground have seen evidence of strikes that could have breached international humanitarian law.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Hilary Benn and Jeremy Corbyn: Cameron's hands are soaked in blood over this; he knows it, the Saudi Government knows it, you know it, and the world knows it.

That the intelligence resources of MI5 and MI6 are impotent to know how those weapons are being used is an utter impossibility, no matter what Cameron says.

Yes, hospitals, schools, ambulances, residences, and non-combatants are being bombed to hell in Yemen, and those attacks most probably have included British arms.

But I am sure the Cameron is salving his conscience by thinking just how much money British arms dealers are making through these deals, and that, for him is the only thing which matters.

And gentlemen, please remember this: Saudi Arabia was invited to your country's Arms Fair just last fall. As reported at http://www.independent.co.uk/ last September:

The list of countries invited by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) to attend the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition (DSEI) exhibition next includes countries criticised by campaigners for gross infringements of civil liberties, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Egypt and Thailand. The invitation to Azerbaijan has been made despite a rebuke from a Government minister over its draconian imprisonment of a journalist for “questionable allegations”. Foreign Office minister David Lidington said Britain “will take every opportunity to raise concerns over human rights” in the country. Three countries asked to send a high-level delegation to DSEI - Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Colombia - also feature on the Foreign Office’s own list of “countries of concern” in the implementation of human rights for their citizens.

Money has no morals, and particularly money for arms from countries with a human rights record just to the right of that of Attila the Hun, such as Saudi Arabia.

So, the British government invited Saudi Arabia to last Fall's Arms Fair, and expected a different outcome than seeing their weapons used against innocents in Yemen?!?

THAT, gentlemen, is hypocrisy and stupidity, writ large, and the British government collectively, should be ashamed of itself for having allowed this to happen.

Of course, in the real world, before attaining high office, most politicians have had their conscience surgically removed, because it prevents the pain of any moral equation getting in the way of money making, or receiving licit (and illicit) donations from lining their campaign coffers.

Jan 28 11:19

U.S. PLANS TO REPLENISH SAUDI MISSILES USED IN AIR STRIKES ON YEMEN THAT U.N. SAYS MAY CONSTITUTE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

A Saudi-led coalition fighting in neighboring Yemen has targeted civilians with air strikes and some of the attacks could be a crimes against humanity, United Nations sanctions monitors said in an annual report to the Security Council. The report by the U.N. panel that monitors the conflict in Yemen for the Security Council, seen by Reuters on Wednesday, sparked calls by rights groups for the United States and Britain to halt sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia that could be used in such attacks.

Jan 27 19:58

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The airstrikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings “have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians.”

Jan 27 11:44

Yemen: the devastation of a nation, largely ignored

“We are waiting to see when we will die” – the words of a resident of the besieged city of Taiz in Yemen, retold by a British Yemeni at a meeting with cross-party MPs in Westminster last week.

Taiz has been under siege by rebels for months, cut off from humanitarian aid, with no electricity, no schools, and where the vast majority of health facilities have closed.

Britain’s international development committee (IDC) had invited representatives of the Yemeni diaspora to contribute to our inquiry into the crisis in Yemen. We were shocked to hear about the desperate situation in Taiz, which bears a worrying resemblance to Madaya in Syria. But the world is watching Syria while the crisis in Yemen is largely ignored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Congratulations: you have paid for this slaughter with the US-government enabled military and intelligence aid to Saudi Arabia.

Take a good hard look at the faces of these young women in the picture at the top of the article; doesn't it make you proud of what the US government has allowed the Saudis to do here?!?

The killing of civilians?!? War crimes.
The bombing of hospitals, schools, and ambulances?!? War crimes.

But making sure that Yemen cannot choose its own destiny?!?

Priceless, to those who want to see Yemen's oil only sold in US dollars, and Al-Hadi returned to power.

Jan 27 07:22

Saudi Arabia Is Killing Civilians With US Bombs

Saudi Arabia has engaged in war crimes, and the United States is aiding and abetting them by providing the Saudis with military assistance. In September 2015, Saudi aircraft killed 135 wedding celebrants in Yemen. The air strikes have killed 2,800 civilians, including 500 children. Human Rights Watch charges that these bombings “have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians.”

This conflict is part of a regional power struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are bombing Yemen in order to defeat the Houthi rebels, who have been resisting government repression for a long time. Iran has been accused of supporting the Houthis, although Iran denies this. Yemen is strategically located on a narrow waterway that links the Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea. Much of the world’s oil passes through this waterway.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And to Secretary of State Kerry, sir I have a short memo: you cannot feign "concern" for the number of civilians being slain in Yemen, when it is the United States government which is funding, enabling, and providing intelligence for the strikes; your, and your boss's hands are covered in the blood of Yemenite women, children, and the medically fragile elderly.

When the Saudis are bombing hospitals, schools, ambulances, and housing here, the US government is completely complicit in this slaughter.

You know it, Americans know it, and the world knows it.

So please, do not even go there, when you express "concern" about civilians slaughtered in Yemen for domestic consumption; you back this war to the hilt, in order to attempt to get Al-Hadi back as the US-favored dictator, and the war crimes committed by Saudi troops to achieve this end do not really bother you in the slightest; otherwise, you would have it stopped.

Jan 26 10:59

Citing Terrorism Concerns, John Kerry Supports Saudi Bloodbath in Yemen

US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, a conflict that has killed over 2,400 civilians. As justification, the secretary reiterated false claims that Riyadh is battling al-Qaeda.

Jan 26 10:58

New Beijing-Tehran Axis in the Making

The strategic relationship that matters is Beijing-Tehran – from the energy sphere to Eurasia integration via One Belt, One Road. But Beijing also needs Saudi oil

Jan 26 10:45

Killing of Investigating Judge, Destroying Judiciary Buildings Shows Saudi Arabia's Confusion

The Saudi-led forces' intensified attacks against Yemen's judiciary buildings and judges investigating the Arab country's officials who have cooperated with Saudi Arabia shows their fear from exposure of the facts related to the corruption of the pro-Saudi camp. The Saudi fighter jets bombarded the headquarters of Yemen's Criminal and Penal Documents Headquarters in Sana'a just two weeks after they had pounded the Arab country's Security and Intelligence Organization in the Yemeni capital. The Saudi warplanes also killed Yemeni Judge Yahya Rubaid along with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren at his home in Sana'a on Monday.

Jan 26 10:04

8 Saudi Forces Killed, 10 Wounded in Yemeni Attack on Jawf

At least 8 forces of the pro-Saudi camp were killed and 10 others were wounded in the Yemeni forces' attack on their strongholds in Jawf, Yemen's Arabic-language media outlets reported. Meantime, the Saudi fighter jets pounded the military bases in Hajr region in the Eastern part of Jawf after the Yemeni forces took control of four military bases of Saudi Arabia. In a relevant development on Monday, a senior Saudi army officer and five of his forces were killed in an ambush of the Yemeni army and popular forces in Najran province in Southern Saudi Arabia. The Saudi officer and five of his companions were killed in Al-Sharfa region in Najran province when they came under the Yemeni forces' ambush...

Jan 25 18:21

Israel, Saudi Arabia, Defense And Oil Spent Nearly One Trillion Urging DC For More War In 2015

The defense industry spent millions lobbying the federal government last year, but they weren’t the only ones urging the country toward more war. Countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia, and even oil and computer industry representatives, also got in on the act. According to OpenSecrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics, the defense and aerospace industries spent a combined total of $56,272,948 on D.C. lobbying efforts last year. That’s down from the all-time high in 2013, when the industry spent over $78 million on lobbying.

Jan 25 17:03

Why is the Syrian civil war is at a decisive point

Talks in Geneva may produce little of substance, but winners and losers are starting to emerge

Jan 25 16:26

US Abets Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

U.S. officials are quick to decry “human rights violations” in “enemy” states, but different rules apply to “allies” such as Saudi Arabia, which is committing war crimes in Yemen and executing dissidents at home while the Obama administration aids and abets the atrocities, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR.

Jan 25 15:45

Media Silent as US Helps Saudis Starve Half a Million Yemeni Children

While the media was flooded with images of the starving children of Syria, the thousands of children suffering from Saudi Arabia’s U.S.-backed onslaught on Yemen made far fewer headlines.

Jan 25 10:13

US ABETS SAUDI WAR CRIMES IN YEMEN

U.S. officials are quick to decry “human rights violations” in “enemy” states, but different rules apply to “allies” such as Saudi Arabia, which is committing war crimes in Yemen and executing dissidents at home while the Obama administration aids and abets the atrocities, writes Marjorie Cohn for TeleSUR.

Jan 25 08:50

Saudis Bankroll CIA Backing of Syrian Rebels

While it’s no secret that the CIA has had a “covert” program supplying weapons to Syrian rebels for years, and it’s likewise no secret that Saudi Arabia has been throwing large sums of money and arms at rebel factions, it’s only now being understood how closely linked those two schemes were.

Jan 25 07:45

Chinese Furious after Saudi Crown Prince Shuns Meeting with President Xi

Being concerned about operation of the terrorist groups in the region, the Chinese president was interested in holding a meeting with the Saudi crown prince - who is also in charge of the country's domestic security as interior minister - but arrangements for the meeting failed, a source said today.

During the first day of his visit to Riyadh on January 19, President Xi met with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman who is also Saudi Arabia's Defense Minister.

President Xi Jinping also met Saudi King Salman in Riyadh and then inaugurated a joint-venture refinery in Yanbu Industrial City on the Red Sea on Wednesday.

The source said arrangements for the meeting with the crown prince failed due to internal differences and rivalries between Mohammed bin Nayef and his deputy Mohammad bin Salman who is the King's son and has high aspirations to topple the Crown prince to replace him.

Jan 24 13:01

‘Secret wife’ of late Saudi king to reveal monarchy’s mysteries in UK film

Janan Harb, 68, has quite a life story to tell: she says she was the former Saudi king’s secret wife.

Jan 24 11:39

White House 'Deeply Concerned' With Rising Civilian Death Toll in Yemen

The White House expressed deep concern about reports of harm to civilians amid escalating violence in Yemen, and called on all sides to the conflict to resume peace talks.

Jan 24 10:40

Iran, Saudi Arabia "Clash" Over Syria At "Secret", Closed-Door Meeting In Davos

Through it all, Riyadh and Tehran haven’t yet squared off directly. That is, where Saudi Arabia has troops and planes Iran fights by proxy and where Iran has ground troops, the Saudis are fighting through their own proxies.

Saudi Arabia’s move to execute prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr has the potential to change all of that.

Jan 23 22:18

Islamic State Coming to the End of the Road

The Islamic State(also known as Daesh) is the bastard child of the US’s drive to achieve regime change in Syria.To that end the US and its allies instigated an armed insurrection against the Syrian government.

Jan 23 18:39

States Such as Saudi Arabia Bear as Much Responsibility for Islamic Extremism as Jihadists

The Salafi movement, sometimes referred to as Wahhabis, are fundamentalist Sunni Muslims who, in their beliefs, harken back to the time of Muhammad and who would like to see their lands governed by sharia law. Like many religions, they are divided into worshippers and political activists. Unlike most religions, a small minority of them are violent revolutionaries — jihadists, of course.

Jan 23 09:59

Neocons Flack for Unsavory Saudis

Bret Stephens, the deputy editorial page editor who writes The Wall Street Journal’s weekly “Global View” column, is not really a bad prose stylist, and his logic is not always unsound. But his unexamined assumptions lead him astray.

Jan 22 15:56

Ron Paul Says to Watch the Petrodollar

By Nick Giambruno

“The chaos that one day will ensue from our 35-year experiment with worldwide fiat money will require a return to money of real value. We will know that day is approaching when oil-producing countries demand gold, or its equivalent, for their oil rather than dollars or euros. The sooner the better.” – Ron Paul

Ron Paul is calling for the end of the petrodollar system. This system is one of the main reasons the U.S. dollar is the world’s premier reserve currency.

Essentially, Paul is saying that understanding the petrodollar system and the forces affecting it is the best way to predict when the U.S. dollar will collapse...

Jan 22 13:49

Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Announces Chess as a Sin

Chess is contrary to Islam, and therefore considered sinful. This statement was made on television by the Supreme mufti of Saudi Arabia Abdul-Aziz Ibn Abdullah al ash-Sheikh, reports The Guardian. According to him, chess provokes animosity between players. "Chess is included on the list of gambling, it's a waste of time and money, and is the reason for hatred and enmity among the players," said the Mufti. He likened chess to gambling, together with idolatry, spirits and divination forbidden by the Koran. The publication stressed that a complete ban of the game is unlikely. Most likely, chess will be announced as a "minor blemish," like music. According to The Guardian, over a period of time the game has been banned in Iran, but now it is rehabilitated. As a rule, Muslim preachers do not refuse religion in chess, however, stakes are strictly prohibited.

Jan 22 10:36

Pentagon Frantic on How to Counter Successful Russian/Syrian Campaigns Against ISIS

they need to keep their mercenary proxy army from being wiped out in their entirety

Jan 22 08:46

WHY AMERICA ALLOWS SAUDI ARABIA TO GET AWAY WITH BLATANT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES

U.S. dependence on oil prevents Washington from opposing Saudi Arabia’s repeated human rights violations and support for terrorist groups like ISIS or Boko Haram.

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Saudi Arabia also holds a huge chunk of US debt. If pressured, Saudi Arabia can just dump[ treasuries and refuse to rollover investment in the US. They may do it anyway as the pressure from oil prices continues to strain their economy.

Jan 22 07:27

Saudi Arabia's Secret Holdings of U.S. Debt Are Suddenly a Big Deal

It’s a secret of the vast U.S. Treasury market, a holdover from an age of oil shortages and mighty petrodollars: Just how much of America’s debt does Saudi Arabia own?

But now that question -- unanswered since the 1970s, under an unusual blackout by the U.S. Treasury Department -- has come to the fore as Saudi Arabia is pressured by plunging oil prices and costly wars in the Middle East.

Jan 22 07:14

Oil to Recover by July, Saudis Digging Their Own Graves to Please Global Elite

The Masters of the Universe are ready to bring the whole world down in a major recession to strangle Russia

Jan 21 23:26

Yemen: Britain and Saudi Arabia Shoulder to Shoulder in Atrocity

“British military advisers are in control rooms assisting the Saudi-led coalition staging bombing raids across Yemen that have killed thousands of civilians, the Saudi Foreign Minister and the Ministry of Defence have confirmed

Jan 21 20:21

Yemen being pounded by US, British, Israeli jets: Army

Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom have been contributing to Saudi Arabia’s deadly war on Yemen by sending warplanes to bomb the impoverished nation, a Yemeni army official reveals.

Jan 21 13:19

US Vice President Joe Biden Admits That US Allies Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar Finance, Support and Supply ISIS

Video speaks for itself. Speech given at the Kennedy School. The US knows full well its allies Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are the head of the ISIS hydra and are behind the terrorists that have killed innocent EU, Russian and supposedly US citizens. You Tube has tried to block this video. Download and share. Recently the US and UK appointed Saudi Arabia the head of the UN Human Rights Council. This action should speak volumes about US and UK complicity in the crimes of ISIS. The Saudi UN Human Rights Commissioner is now wrongly accusing Russia and the Syrian government for killing civilians in cities held by the Saudis ISIS terrorist army. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Jan 21 09:11

‘Britain taken to Yemen war without approval’ - David Cameron challenged during Prime Minister's Questions

DAVID Cameron was challenged yesterday to admit that Britain is “effectively taking part in a war in Yemen” without any parliamentary approval.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, SNP Westminster group leader Angus Robertson asked what the UK Government was doing “to support peace in Yemen”. Cameron replied to say the Government was doing everything it could to encourage all sides in the conflict to get round the negotiating table.

“We have got to make sure that both Sunni and Shi’a are properly represented in that country,” Cameron said.“That is the only way that we will meet our key national interest, which is to back a government in Yemen who will drive the terrorists, including al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula out of Yemen, because they have been, and are, a direct threat to the citizens of Britain.”

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"Hey, that's the way the Americans wage war in the Middle East and beyond, so if it's good enough for the Yanks, it's good enough for us... and think of all that money the Saudis are spending on our weapons!!"

- Official 9 3/4 Downing Street Souse.

Jan 20 12:50

Squeezed Out of Syria, Daesh's Next Target Could Be the House of Saud

With Daesh's self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate slowly crumbling under the pressure of attacks from all sides in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist group may eventually call it quits in Mesopotamia and the Levant and move on to attack the Saudi monarchy, warns geopolitical analyst Schuyler Moore.

Jan 20 11:07

David Cameron accused of silently taking Britain into Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen

Britain is supplying military equipment, weapons, and advisors to Saudi Arabia

Jan 20 10:51

UK SOLD £1BN OF ARMS TO SAUDI ARABIA DESPITE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN YEMEN

“These figures are deeply worrying, showing that the UK continued to dispatch huge amounts of weaponry to Saudi Arabia despite overwhelming evidence that the Saudi war machine was laying waste to Yemeni homes, schools and hospitals,” the group’s head of policy and government affairs Allan Hogarth said.

“As officials were signing off these sales, hundreds – possibly thousands – of Yemeni civilians were dying in a terrifying barrage of indiscriminate Saudi airstrikes in the country.”

Hogarth said the law is unequivocal in the context of the Saudi-led airstrikes.

“Any Saudi attack, whether deliberate or not, that fails to adequately protect civilians is a violation of international law,” he said.

“And our obligations are equally clear – as a major supplier of Saudi Arabia’s weaponry, the UK is legally obliged to suspend arms exports.”

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A short memo to Allan Hogarth: this will only happen when pigs fly.

When it comes to money for UK arms dealers, coupled with insuring that it is the West's "regime changes" which stick, and not something home-grown, the UK will continue to operate with all the morals of a dead tree stump (and I WILL get emails from dead tree stumps, protesting that comparison.)

Jan 20 08:01

Britain and Saudi Arabia: Partners in High Crimes

British Prime Minister David Cameron defended the indefensible on state-owned, operated and controlled BBC - discussing his regime’s policy of selling Saudi Arabia terror weapons.

They’re used for regional naked aggression, along with brutal internal repression. More on Britain’s deplorable policy below.
An earlier article discussed Cameron’s partnership with Washington and Riyadh.

They’re waging terror war on Yemenis, indiscriminately killing civilians, slaughtering them in cold blood, both countries choosing terror-bombing targets - including residential neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, refugee camps, food storage areas, mosques and other nonmilitary sites, committing slow-motion genocide, largely ignored by major media scoundrels.

Yemen is Obama’s war. Britain has its own imperial aims, both nations indifferent to unspeakable human suffering, wanting information on their complicity with high crimes suppressed.

Jan 20 07:47

THE 21st CENTURY: AN ERA OF FRAUD

In the last years of the 20th century fraud entered US foreign policy in a new way. On false pretenses Washington dismantled Yugoslavia and Serbia in order to advance an undeclared agenda. In the 21st century this fraud multiplied many times. Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya were destroyed, and Iran and Syria would also have been destroyed if the President of Russia had not prevented it.

Jan 19 23:37

Week Fifteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: when no news is good news

The Russians are steadily degrading Daesh on many levels: they are hitting their command posts, their ammo dumps, their logistics and supply routes, their training bases, etc. Since a lot of those targets have now been destroyed, the Russians are also proving more and more close air support, that is to say that they are now flying sorties in direct support of Syrian army operations. There is also mounting evidence that Russian officers are now working closely with the frontline Syrian units.

Jan 19 19:32

Saudis Have Been Buying up Drought Stricken American Farmland

As the Southwest grapples with a devastating multi-year drought, farmers in the region have expressed growing frustration over where their precious water is going. Namely, they’re upset by the fact that countries like Saudi Arabia have been buying up farmland in the US, and sending the food back to the Middle East.

Jan 19 16:01

Storm Clouds Gathering In Iran and Saudi Arabia

In this video Luke Rudkowsi interviews Aaron Hawkins of Storm Clouds Gathering in a remote area south of the border where Aaron is building a secret intelligence hub. The two discuss important developments with the control of oil with two major factions Saudi Arabia/ U.S and Iran and Russia.

Jan 19 14:52

The US Should Not Accompany Saudi Arabia Over the Cliff

Like other totalitarian regimes that have no legitimacy and no base of support, the Saudis are wrapping themselves in religion. Saddam Hussein in the 1990s and currently Bashar al-Assad – the heads of the Baath party in Iraq and Syria – both played the religious card. However, Baathist doctrine in Iraq and Syria is basically irreligious. The Saudis are using religion as their excuse now, labeling the recent mass executions as preserving their religion when they are actually a message to frighten their citizens into submission.

Jan 19 14:01

Gas Plummets to 46 Cents a Gallon in Small Michigan Town

The slump in global oil prices has already pulled prices down across the country, but three gas stations in Houghton Lake, Michigan are involved in price war that has driven prices even lower. The local Citgo Station is selling for 95 cents a gallon. The Beacon and Bridge gas station is selling fuel for 47 cents a gallon, and the Sunrise Marathon is selling for 46 cents a gallon. Not surprisingly, there have been long lines at these stations all weekend, and police officers have been deployed to direct traffic.

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Jan 19 13:47

Saudi Airstrike Destroys Yemen Police Station, Kills 26

Saudi warplanes today attacked and destroyed a police station in the Yemeni capital city of Sanaa, killing at least 26 people and wounding 15 others. The tolls are expected to rise, with locals saying as many as 30 others are unaccounted for and believed trapped under the debris.

Jan 19 11:56

IRGC Commander: Al-Saud Playing as "Defense Shield" for Israel

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari expressed deep regret that the Saudi officials have turned into Israel's regime against the Islamic Revolution. "Today, the enemies have resorted to proxy wars and using other Muslim world capacities, instead of direct confrontation, against the Islamic Revolution and its example can be seen in what Saudi Arabia is doing," Jafari said, addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday. "Today, the al-Saud has turned into a defense shield for the Zionists," he added.

Jan 19 11:53

Crown Prince Meets Tribal Leaders Secretly to Destabilize Saudi Arabia

A prominent Saudi media activist revealed that Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef has held secret talks with the country's tribal leaders to heighten internal conflicts and prevent empowerment of Mohammed bin Salman. "After news reports said that the Saudi king has decided to leave the power to his son, the Saudi crown prince has held some meetings with the tribal leaders to destabilize domestic conditions in Saudi Arabia," the activist who called for anonymity for security reasons told FNA on Tuesday. Noting that the details of these meetings are not known, he said it seems that Mohammed bin Nayef sees himslef entitled to the throne, and he, thus, seeks to spark internal problems and insecurity with the help of certain tribes to stir crisis and prevent the deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman from ascending to the throne.

Jan 19 11:47

Western Media: Saudi Arabia Is in a State of Panic

The great Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — the long-time dictator of crude oil prices for the world — is struggling on all fronts, Business Insider said. The Saudis are losing their proxy wars in both Syria and Yemen; their OPEC leadership is under threat; they are not winning the crude oil price war; and its long-running alliance with the West is in question, Business Insider reported. From Saudi Arabia’s perspective, Iran seems to be gaining ground everywhere. Saudi Arabia has several weaknesses that help explain the current anxiety emanating from Riyadh.
1. Saudi Arabia losing its leadership in the OPEC
2. Burning through reserves — fast
3. Iran has assumed a very significant leadership role among Shia Arabs
4. Saudi Arabia cannot defeat Iran in a direct war
5. Saudi Arabia knows it won't have U.S. support for a direct war with Iran

Jan 19 11:45

US Officers Killed in Yemeni Missile Attack Saudi Coalition

The Yemeni army and popular forces' missile attack on a Saudi-led command center in Ma'rib killed over 120 mercenaries, including the Saudi, UAE and US officers. "The Yemeni army missile unit fired a Tochka missile at the operations room of the Saudi-led forces in Ma'rib (on Sunday) and killed over 120 mercenaries with different nationalities," Ali al-Houthi, an Ansarullah Movement Leader, told FNA on Tuesday. "46 Saudi mercenaries, 11 UAE and 9 Saudi officers and 11 foreign commanders of the US Blackwater company were among those killed in the attack," he added.

Jan 19 08:52

Blackwater Mercenaries Killed as Saudi-Led Invasion of Yemen Spirals Into Disaster

A war that you never read about (with good reason) is the Saudi-led invasion of Yemen. This is mostly because responsible media outlets are too busy reporting on Russia's bloodless "invasion" of Crimea, and also because Saudi Arabia bombs at least one hospital or center for the blind each week. Nobody wants to embarrass a close ally with bad press, right?

Jan 18 14:12

Executed cliric al-Nimr’s son: ‘Saudis didn’t extract bullet to make him suffer’

Hundreds of activists took to New York’s Times Square on Sunday, in an anti-Saudi protest against the execution of a prominent Shia cleric earlier this month.

Jan 18 12:45

Cameron stands by Saudi regime, defends Yemen bombing campaign

Dave thinks we are all stupid. He nearly asks where the money comes from before he realised he didn't want to know the answer

However, the PM expressed concerns about Saudi-funded training programs and schools around the world.

"We do need to look at where the money... it is already illegal for anyone to fund extremist groups in our country. We ban, proscribe, extremist groups,” he said.

"I think there are deeper connections where you see what is being taught in schools - not perhaps always here but around the world - and the money that is funding those educational materials.”

Jan 18 12:29

Hypocrite David Cameron defends selling arms to outrageous Saudi regime

David Cameron has voiced support for the controversial Saudi-led air-strike campaign in Yemen and dismissed concerns that Riyadh is funneling funds to Islamic State.

Jan 17 09:36

SAUDI ARABIA IS BUYING UP AMERICAN FARMLAND TO EXPORT AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS BACK HOME

Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries are scooping up farmland in drought-afflicted regions of the U.S. Southwest, and that has some people in California and Arizona seeing red.

Saudi Arabia grows alfalfa hay in both states for shipment back to its domestic dairy herds. In another real-life example of the world’s interconnected economy, the Saudis increasingly look to produce animal feed overseas in order to save water in their own territory, most of which is desert.

Privately held Fondomonte California on Sunday announced that it bought 1,790 acres of farmland in Blythe, California — an agricultural town along the Colorado River — for nearly $32 million. Two years ago, Fondomont’s parent company, Saudi food giant Almarai, purchased another 10,000 acres of farmland about 50 miles away in Vicksburg, Arizona, for around $48 million.

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And yet there is absolutely no regulation against this, while California and Arizona farmers are desperately hurting for water?!?

Something here is absolutely, completely wrong, because it is California and Arizona aquifers generally providing the water needed to grow the alfalfa Saudi Arabia is shipping back home.

Jan 16 11:49

British military advisers do assist Saudis in Yemen aistrikes – newspaper

UK military experts are “in control rooms” of the Saudi coalition bombing Houthi rebels in Yemen, a campaign that has killed thousands of people including civilians, British media has learnt. The MoD insists that Brits are not choosing airstrike targets.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir has confirmed that British officers are present in operational rooms of Saudi-led coalition and are training the anti-Houthi forces to conduct air warfare in Yemen, The Telegraph reports.

“We asked a number of allied countries to come and be part of the control center,” Adel al-Jubeir told journalists. “I know they are aware of the target lists.”

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Cameron must love the stench of the blood of innocents on his hands.

And despite the weasel wording from the UK's MOD, it is obvious that the US and UK are complicit in the massive deaths of civilians in this horrific war against the people of Yemen.

Jan 16 11:42

Heading for Catastrophe? What May Force Riyadh to Unleash War Against Iran

Will Saudi Arabia seek war with Iran? Growing economic and political pressure may prompt the impulsive royal family to unleash a war against its longstanding Shiite rival, American author Daniel Lazare believes.

Saudi-Iranian tensions continue to escalate; although Riyadh keeps asserting the international community that it has no intention to push Saudi Arabia to the brink of war, there are certain preconditions for a full-scale conflict, according to author Daniel Lazare.

"The ruling family is under unprecedented strain. Its economy is shrinking; it's bogged down in a seemingly endless war in Yemen; and its human-rights policies are an international scandal. If countries could have nervous breakdowns, Saudi Arabia would be well on its way. And when breakdowns occur, nations do crazy things," Lazare writes in his piece for Consortiumnews.com.

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the Iranian leadership has handled itself with calm and class, leading to a successful negotiation of the P5+1 Agreement, and sanctions against the country will end in a matter of days.

My nightmare scenario is that, in its geopolitical and financial distress, Saudi Arabia will create a false flag action to be blamed against Iran, invoking US (and covert Israeli) support for it against Iran, with Russian military supporting Iran, and a full-scale, world war ensues.

I would like to hope that some adults in the room of global politics (Calling President Vladimir Putin, white courtesy telephone please!)will prevent this from happening.

And the hell of it is, the US government is frantically seeking to engage in a war, ANY WAR, to misdirect the coming boiling public outrage about the deteriorating economic situation on to a false villain.

Jan 16 10:50

What Accounts for the Saudi Regime’s Hysterical Belligerence? The Agony of Death

The Saudi rulers find themselves in a losing race against time, or history. Although in denial, they cannot but realize the historical reality that the days of ruling by birthright are long past, and that the House of Saud as the ruler of the kingdom by inheritance is obsolete.

This is the main reason for the Saudi’s frantically belligerent behavior. The hysteria is tantamount to the frenzy of the proverbial agony of a prolonged death. It explains why they react so harshly to any social or geopolitical development at home or in the region that they perceive as a threat to their rule.

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The question has to be asked regarding Saudi Arabia; after the House of Saud no longer governs one of the most oil-rich regions on the earth, what replaces it as a mechanism of government?!?

Jan 15 15:42

Will Reckless Saudis Seek War with Iran?

Now that Saudi Arabia has severed diplomatic ties with Iran and reportedly bombed Iran’s embassy in Yemen, the big question is whether the Saudis are desperate and unhinged enough to launch an attack across the Persian Gulf. While Saudi leaders insist they have no such intent, there are mounting pressures pushing them in that direction.

Jan 15 11:17

US Corporate Media Amplifies the Saudi PR Machine

The Intercept’s Zaid Jilani says the Saudi Arabian government has been able to present its point of view free of any challenge in the western mainstream media.

Jan 15 10:22

UK govt accused of selling weapons to Saudis, admits helping choose targets in Yemen

The British government has admitted that its military is helping choose targets for the Saudi-led coalition’s air strikes in Yemen.

Jan 15 09:59

Military Escalation: Egyptian Soldiers Arrive in Yemen to Join Saudi-led Coalition

About 800 Egyptian soldiers reportedly arrived Yemen to help the Saudi-led coalition’s forces on Jan.12. According to reports, 4 Egyptian units of 150-200 troops with tanks and transport vehicles will likely participate in military operations in the areas of Marib and Taiz.

In Aden, local security forces raided an unused warehouse near the port and found tons of weapons and ammunition apparently smuggled in by AQAP. The Hadi government calls civilians to report the suspected presence of AQAP men in the city.

Meanwhile, unidentified gunmen killed two traffic security officers in the city. The militants, riding motorbikes, shot and killed the two officers and their driver. The recent attacks show that the government security forces and the Saudi-led coalition can’t secure the city successfully.

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The calling in of Egyptian troops is, perhaps, a sign that the Saudis are not doing all that well, militarily.

Jan 15 09:02

Human Rights Groups Criticize Use Of Cluster Bombs In Yemen Conflict

Human rights groups say there has been a marked increase in the number of Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen recently. Many are worried about the use of American-made cluster bombs in civilian areas, which could pull the U.S. further into the conflict.

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Ah, cluster bombs; toddlers finding those unexploded bombs are curious, start playing with them, and wind up getting blown to smithereens, limb by limb, till there... is nothing left of what used to be a whole, living, breathing child.

Saudi Arabia and the US government believes, apparently, that they can get away with this kind of slaughter with impunity; and so far, they have been absolutely correct.

As reported August 19th of last year at www.usnews.com:

The U.S. knows the Saudi government has employed cluster bombs in its ongoing war against Shiite Muslim rebels in neighboring Yemen, but has done little if anything to stop the use of the indiscriminate and deadly weapons during what has become a human rights catastrophe in one of the Arab world's poorest countries. With watchdog groups warning of war crimes and attacks striking civilians in Yemen, the Pentagon declined to comment publicly on whether it has discussed cluster bombs with Saudi Arabia or encouraged its military to cease using them, deferring all such questions to the State Department. But a Pentagon official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tells U.S. News "the U.S. is aware that Saudi Arabia has used cluster munitions in Yemen." Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) chief Nasir al-Wahishi is pictured in the militant stronghold town of Jaar, in the southern Abyan province of Yemen, on April 28, 2012. RELATED Obama, CIA Returning to Controversial Drone 'Signature Strikes' Deferrals by the Pentagon on the topic are nothing new, though the use of the weapons by the Saudis – some of which were reportedly supplied by the U.S. – appears to be only a recent tactic. Former spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters in May the Defense Department was looking into claims the Saudis were using cluster munitions and called on all sides to "comply with international humanitarian law, including the obligation to take all feasible measures to minimize harm to civilians." Warren's successor, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, was asked about similar reports in July and did not at that time have any new information. Multiple groups are fighting in Yemen, but the heart of the conflict lies between forces loyal to U.S.- and Saudi-backed President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled from Yemen to Saudi Arabia earlier this year. They're fighting against Shiite Houthi rebels aligned with, if not directly backed by, chief Saudi rival Iran. Deposed Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has also re-emerged and allied himself with the Houthis.

IF the Saudis are using cluster bombs in Yemen, this tactic has been most probably been signed off on by no less than President Obama, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

The absolute, rampant hypocrisy here, about the utter, complete disregard for civilian life, is just another demonstration of the utter disconnect between Obama's public persona...and his "the end justifies the means" approach to the genocide of the Yemeni people, because the Yemeni did not like the US government-mandated thug the US put into power in the last "election".

And if you remember correctly, during that last election, there was only one name on the ballot; that of Al-Hadi, the US-government mandated thug.

Jan 15 09:00

How Saudi Arabia Wants to Privatize Its Oil But Keep the Profits

Plans regarding Saudi Arabia's oil company privatization suggest that investors would receive no control over the company, while royal family members pillage its finances through state-controlled intermediaries.

Jan 14 16:23

Saudi Arabia v. Iran as Much of a Schism as Arabs v. Israel

On January 3, Saudi Arabia announced that it had executed 47 people. Among them were prominent Shiite cleric and protester Nimr al-Nimr. As Rob Prince wrote at Focal Points, it may have been an attempt at goading Iran, ever growing in arch-enemy-hood in the eyes of Saudi Arabia, into responding and thus somehow torpedo-ing the recent nuclear deal it had signed.

Jan 14 16:19

Saudi Arabia Fueling Sectarianism to Destabilize the Region and Suppress Domestic Dissent

Toby Craig Jones says Saudi Arabia is beholden to sectarian violence and it is not a stabilizing force in the Middle East.

Jan 14 15:50

Arab Spring and Declining Oil Prices Drives Saudi Arabia’s Reactionary Barbarism

Bilal Ahmed of Souciant.com says, accusations of religious degeneracy and charges of heresy at the heart of the executions, such actions advance and protect the national narrative of Wahhabism.

Jan 14 11:56

Towards the Collapse of Saudi Arabia

While the Saud family enjoys the last few moments of its dictatorship, the decapitation of the leader of the opposition, Nimr al-Nimr, deprives half of the Saudi population of all hope. For Thierry Meyssan, the fall of the kingdom has become inevitable. It will probably be accompanied by a long period of extreme violence.

Jan 13 17:44

Saudi king not aware of his surroundings, report says

King Salman and the Clown Prince's 1st year of rule ends 23 Jan.

An unnamed Saudi prince told Independent that eight of the 12 surviving sons of the founder of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, support the measure to remove King Salman and replace him with his 73-year-old brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz.

The prince also said that a majority of the country’s powerful clerics, known as the Ulama, would support a coup to oust the current ruler and install Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a former interior minister, in his place.

Jan 13 16:13

Iraq War facilitated Israeli-Saudi axis of convenience

Geopolitics makes strange bedfellows. Take Israel and Saudi Arabia for instance. The two Middle Eastern powers might be expected to have zero common ground. Israel is the arch-colonizer of Arabs and Muslims, while Saudi Arabia governs the motherland of the Arabs and the two capitals of Islam, Mecca and Medina. The two do not even have formal diplomatic relations.

Jan 13 14:23

The impending fall of Saudi Arabia dictatorship

While the Saud family enjoys the last few moments of its dictatorship, the decapitation of the leader of the opposition, Nimr al-Nimr, deprives half of the Saudi population of all hope. For Thierry Meyssan, the fall of the kingdom has become inevitable. It will probably be accompanied by a long period of extreme violence.

Jan 13 12:59

How Saudi Arabia Wants to Privatize Its Oil But Keep the Profits

Plans regarding Saudi Arabia's oil company privatization suggest that investors would receive no control over the company, while royal family members pillage its finances through state-controlled intermediaries. Saudi Arabia's effort to privatize its national oil company is a careful balance between finding more capital for the troubled sector and keeping it as a windfall for the royal family, Sputnik said in a report.

Jan 13 12:58

Report: Mansour Hadi's Brother Killed in Saudi-Led Airstrike

The brother of Yemen's former fugitive President Mansour Hadi was killed in the Saudi-led forces' airstrike in Sana'a on Wednesday, media reports said. "Nasser Hadi was killed in the Saudi-led fighter jets' strike on a place where he was incarcerated in the Yemeni capital," the Arabic-language El-Nashra website quoted member of the Yemeni Popular Congress Party Yasser al-Yamani as saying. Nasser Hadi was in charge of the intelligence service in Aden province and he was arrested by the Yemeni popular forces last year before he could flee to Saudi Arabia.

Jan 13 09:56

Recent Beheadings Show Saudi Arabia Is the One Really Running Around Like a Chicken Without Its Head

When Israel – Netanyahu in particular, but past Israeli prime ministers as well – wants to “stick it” to Washington, knowing that it could complicate Obama’s agenda some, it announces it is going to build more settlements in the Occupied Territories at a sensitive moment for Washington, the goal being, repeatedly, to sabotage any genuine progress towards a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

Jan 12 14:58

UK military experts allegedly aiding Saudi military campaign in Yemen

The UK stands accused of joining Saudi Arabia’s military campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Six British experts are helping their Saudi colleagues target areas for attacks, according to Sky News. The Ministry of Defence has denied the allegations.

Jan 12 14:05

Did Saudis Get Duped Into Executing Cleric Nimr, or Do They Want Intifada?

Pondering Riyadh's decision to execute prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, which resulted in a political and diplomatic firestorm threatening to burn out of control, Syrian journalist Abbas Juma wonders whether the Saudis could have been duped into such a reckless move, whose consequences could include the collapse of the kingdom...
Iran's Judiciary Chief Sadeq Amoli Larijani blasted Riyadh for its hostile policies against Tehran, and said the Saudi rulers are serving the US and Israel's interests as a laborer. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941021001381
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the threat of terrorism posed to the region derives from the Takfiri and extremist thoughts promoted and financed by Saudi Arabia. http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13941021001471

Jan 12 13:58

Hezbollah Legislator: Saudi Arabia Behind Syria's Madaya Food Crisis

A senior representative of Hezbollah resistance movement at the Lebanese parliament blasted Saudi Arabia for supporting the terrorist groups in the region, and underlined that the Riyadh government has planned the food shortage crisis in the town of Madaya by ordering the militants to block the UN humanitarian aid. 1,000 terrorists have taken hostage 20,000 people in three towns and villages in Syria and prevent them from receiving foodstuff but the Saudi-American media cry for the terrorists and take Hezbollah responsible.
The Syrian Red Crescent, WFP and their partner agencies ICRC, UNICEF, and WHO sent aid convoys and foodstuff for the people in Madaya in Damascus province and 4,000 family rations enough for 20,000 people for a month to Fuaa and Kefraya in Homs province. http://en.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13941021001076

Jan 12 13:53

Several Blasts Rock Aramco Oil Facilities

A number of blasts hit Baqiq industrial city in the Southern Saudi province of Jizan where the kingdom's giant Aramco oil facilities is located. The local residents of Al-Sharqiya region where the Baqiq industrial city and the Aramco oil facilities are located confirmed huge explosions near the huge oil facilities, the Arabic-language media outlets reported on Tuesday. The Yemeni forces targeted the oil company in Jizan with Qaher-I ballistic missiles twice from mid to late December. "The missile precisely hit Aramco oil company on Monday night," the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed Yemeni army official as saying after the second December attack. He reiterated that the missile attack came in retaliation for the Saudi-led aggressors' violation of the UN-sponsored ceasefire.

Jan 12 09:50

Prince Mohammed Bin Salman: Naive, Arrogant Saudi Prince Is Playing with Fire

At the end of last year the BND, the German intelligence agency, published a remarkable one-and-a-half-page memo saying that Saudi Arabia had adopted “an impulsive policy of intervention”. It portrayed Saudi defence minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the powerful 29-year-old favourite son of the ageing King Salman, who is suffering from dementia – as a political gambler who is destabilising the Arab world through proxy wars in Yemen and Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to whoever might be advising Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, both geopolitically and militarily: a war against Iran would be a lousy choice at this time.

And I will explain, very simply, and succinctly why; a war with Iran will mean a war with Russia, whose politicians and military officials have said, time after time, that should Iran be attacked, Russia will come to its aid.

You have seen what the Russian military has been able to do in Syria.

And yes, the US government would most probably come to your aid against Iran (in spite of your country's human rights record, which can only be described as abominable); however, the US military doesn't have the money, the troop strength, or the manufacturing at this point to insure a positive outcome in a conventional war against Russia.

The Saudi economy is in a mess, from the diminution of oil revenues; austerity is around the corner, and you have a number of young men, capable of working, but very much unemployed.

Even your selling off shares in Aramco is looked up with cynicism, because with no transparency in the company's record keeping, it is very hard to get a clear valuation of what the company is worth.

It is the recipe for absolute disaster, and a potential coup against the Royal House of Saud may well be in the cards, if the patronage you have provided, in terms of food and energy subsidies get yanked from the people who most need them.

So what would I suggest you counsel Prince bin-Salman to do?!?

First, exit from Yemen, and tell the US government that if it wants to go to war with Yemen, be your guest, and go in alone. The cost of this military operation is staggering, and the country of Saudi Arabia needs to put it to the good use of its citizens.

Second, get completely out of training, aiding, and abetting jihadis in Syria; if you have operatives there right now, there is every good chance that they will be pummeled by Russian military aircraft. Again, war against Russia is a lousy idea.

And lastly, please remind Prince bin-Salman that his people depend on him for true, disciplined leadership, which moves the country forward into the future, and does not leave it shackled to the past.

Please inspire him to be the education Prince; the ecology prince; the "building geopolitical bridges" prince; because the last thing this 21st century needs is yet one more "warrior prince", who hubristically believes he can demonstrate that might makes right.

Jan 12 09:24

IN YEMEN, CIVILIANS SUFFER RELENTLESS BOMBING BY SAUDI-LED COALITION

AFTER NEARLY 10 MONTHS of war, the destruction of Yemen continues with little respite for civilians.

On Sunday, a hospital in northern Yemen supported by Doctors Without Borders (known by its French acronym, MSF) was bombed, killing at least five people and destroying several buildings that were part of the facility. Ten people were injured in the attack, including three of the group’s staff.

The humanitarian group said it cannot confirm the origin of the attack but that planes were seen flying over the facility at the time. The only air power currently operating in Yemen is a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states that have waged a relentless bombing campaign since March.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully ironic that our Nobel Peace-Prize winning President seems so desirous of wanting to top his predecessor's record for sheer carnage.

The amount of blood this man has on his hands, from more mishandling of Afghanistan, to Iraq, to Libya, to Syria, to Yemen, is utterly...astonishing.

IF, as this article states, "The United States has backed the Saudi-led coalition with logistical and intelligence support.", I want to know the following: has the US government and military given the Saudi military the green light to bomb civilian infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, and private homes?!?

Because THAT, folks, is a war crime, period, end of discussion.

Jan 12 07:41

‘Regrettable’ is as far as our criticism of Saudi Arabia is allowed to go

Only six of our British military chaps, it seems, are helping the Sunni Saudis kill Shia Yemenis. And they’re not actually in Yemen, merely helping to choose the targets – which have so far included hospitals, markets, a wedding party and a site opposite the Iranian embassy. Not that our boys and girls selected those particular “terrorist” nests for destruction, you understand. They’re just helping their Saudi mates – in the words of our Ministry of Defence – “comply to the rules of war”.

Jan 11 15:56

Saudi Arabians Started The Slave Trade

Jan 11 12:35

IN YEMEN, CIVILIANS SUFFER RELENTLESS BOMBING BY SAUDI-LED COALITION

More than 6,000 people have been killed in the war, including over 2,800 civilians, the majority of them from airstrikes,according to the United Nations. The United States has backed the Saudi-led coalition with logistical and intelligence support, including crucial aerial refueling and targeting assistance, as well as billions of dollars worth of arms sales.

Jan 11 11:19

Britain’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia violates international law – lawyers

The British government has been accused of violating international law by enabling the export of British-made arms to Saudi Arabia, which may have been used to kill civilians.

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