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          U.S. Stands By Saudi Arabia, Despite Criticism Over Civilian Casualties In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
The Saudi-led coalition has bombed markets, weddings and even a bus carrying kids during its three year campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels. The U.S. supports the coalition.
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ABD Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo, Kongreye yaptığı bildirimde, Suudi Arabistan ve BAE'nin Yemen'deki askeri operasyonlarından kaynaklanan sivil kayıplarını azaltmak için bu ülkelerin girişimlerde bulunacaklarını bildirdi.
          'We're doing this in order to prevent World War III': I read Bob Woodward's explosive new Trump book cover-to-cover, and there's one big takeaway      Cache   Translate Page      

Donald Trump

  • Journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book about President Donald Trump and his administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House," highlights one overriding theme in the president's worldview.
  • The most important thing is the bottom line.
  • The book portrays top military, foreign policy, and national security advisers fighting him on that point.

President Donald Trump's foreign policy is driven by one thing: the bottom line.

It's a different approach than perhaps any other in the nation's history — one that fits a president who made his experience in the business world. It runs counter to the advice of his top military and national security advisers, who time and time again try to make the case to him that the existing world order is worth paying for to "prevent World War III," as Defense Secretary James Mattis pointedly told him.

Amid all the eye-popping details from journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book about President Donald Trump and his administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House," this theme stands out.

No argument from career officials — like Mattis, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford — seems to convince Trump that the system is worth upholding and footing much of the bill for.

"I'm tired of hearing that we have to do this or that to protect our homeland or to ensure our national security," Trump said during a discussion on what the game-plan moving forward on Afghanistan, according to the book.

Repeatedly, he denigrated the advice of those advisers because, as Trump said, they had no business experience and had no concept of money:

  • "These military guys, they don't get business," Trump said. "They know how to be soldiers and they know how to fight. They don't understand how much it's costing."
  • "All they want to do is protect everybody — that we pay for," he said of his group of military, foreign policy, and national security advisers.
  • Pointing to McMaster, who Woodward reported was never able to mesh well with the president, Trump said he didn't know how the Iraqi government "managed to fool McMaster, but he's not a businessman."
  • Trump said American military generals "don't understand the cost/benefit analysis."

Whether on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the post-World War II European alliance headed up by the US, US defense commitments in South Korea, or the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Trump insisted that money alone should be the main driver of any policy outlook.

NATO? The countries must pay their fair share. Afghanistan? "I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals," Trump said. South Korea? Renegotiate a trade deal immediately, or remove all US soldiers from the peninsula.

This is especially obvious in debates over existing US trade deals, which nearly all of his advisers try to convince him are actually good for the country.

"We're upside down" on trade deals, Trump said. "We're underwater on every one of these."

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017.He insisted the other nations were "making money" off the US.

"Just look at all this stuff up there," Trump said, pointing at some graphics. "We're paying for it all."

Cohn at multiple junctures tried to explain the deals were good for the economy and allowed US consumers to buy high-quality goods. One example he gave was TVs from South Korea, which US consumers could buy for a much lower cost than a TV manufactured in the US. Those lower costs allowed consumers to spend more money on other American products.

"I don't want to hear that," Trump said, according to the book. "It's all bulls---."

'We're doing this in order to prevent World War III'

In a heated debate over South Korea, during which advisers were seeking to convince him to stay in the KORUS trade agreements, maintain troop levels, and keep the THAAD missile defense system in place, Cohn asked the president what he would "need in the region to sleep well at night?"

"I wouldn't need a f---ing thing," the president said. "And I'd sleep like a baby."

Sometimes, the advisers lost their cool. Tillerson, who Woodward seconded earlier reporting as calling Trump a "f---ing moron," was a prime example. After one meeting, Woodward wrote that Tillerson "could not abide Trump's attack on the generals" and that he was "speaking as if the US military was a mercenary for hire."

"If a country wouldn't pay us to be there, then we didn't want to be there," Woodward wrote of Tillerson's assessment of Trump's foreign policy views. "As if there were no American interests in forging and keeping a peaceful world order, as if the American organizing principle was money."

Soon, one of the most tense meetings between Trump and these advisers took place. Trump revisited his distaste for keeping troops on the Korean Peninsula. But this time, he began asking why the US protected other countries, such as Taiwan.

"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III," Mattis replied. Woodward wrote that the response was "breathtaking" for those in the room, calling it "a challenge to the president, suggesting he was risking nuclear war."

"But we're losing so much money in trade with South Korea, China and others," Trump responded. "I'd rather be spending money on our own country."

SEE ALSO: Trump reportedly exploded at his ex-lawyer after he heard Mueller was looking into his relationship with Deutsche Bank: 'This is bulls---!'

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          Thank You Sayyed Hadi - updated      Cache   Translate Page      

Leaders preach about the need to join military campaigns to the youth of the country and do it in a most charismatic fashion. They bang one fist on the speech podium and raise the other over their head while explaining how much of a duty it is to give the ultimate sacrifice. In most cases, those drafted, end up committing massacres – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Bosnia, Vietnam, and the list goes on. In many cases, they return home in a body bag. Never the leader or his kin though; draft dodging is a big thing for the men who send other people’s children to spiritual and physical doom.
[Hezbollah Secretary General His eminence] Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is a man who knew, and still does, every single aspect of the field. He is aware of the complexity of the military situation where every Lebanese grain of sand exists. This is because of the Resistance’s strategic nature; although the honor of martyrdom is a highly sought-after goal, the leadership never places members in losing situations. Tactical intelligence rules resistance operations beginning with preparation stages up until execution and return to base.
The word “Dispensable” does not exist in Hezbollah’s dictionary.
Still, the liberation of a country can be hardly achieved by throwing roses and rice on occupying forces. Maybe try negotiations but that is impossible with an occupier who boasts a mile-long rap sheet written with the blood of endless civilians. Armed resistance is the answer and that does not come without risk.
The man who knows all the risks, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, did not object to his firstborn’s request to join the ranks of the Resistance; specific orders were given to treat the young man like any other son of loving parents who chose to defend Lebanon.
The son of the Secretary-General who leads the only Arab force that brought “Israel” to its knees was martyred. Sayyed Hassan’s reaction was giving gratitude to God for allowing him to join the league of other parents of martyred heroes. He gave the most precious gift of life to Lebanon.
Any father or mother would understand the emotional value of a child and how devastating it is to lose that child. Sayyed Hassan taught the world that it was not a loss, that the martyrdom of his beloved gentle natured son was a gain for the cause of all the oppressed of the world, for the resistance, and for Lebanon. Most importantly, a gain for young Hadi himself who has joined the honored few who are fortunate enough to walk behind the lord of the martyrs, Imam Hussein (AS).
Hadi Nasrallah’s martyrdom was a message to the people of the world. The content was simple and yet strong: The children of those sending your own to war are not more precious than yours.
Sayyed Nasrallah’s reaction was also a message. It conveyed that the country and its independence are more precious than any of us; including himself and his family. It also told people that a true leader looks at everyone equally. “Israel” kept Hadi’s body and refused to hand it over to the Red Cross to deliver to his family for proper burial. There is no doubt that they tried to negotiate over it but the Secretary-General refused to set his son apart from other people’s children after martyrdom just like he did when his son was still in active duty. Sayyed Nasrallah insisted that if there were to be a swapping deal, it should include the hijacked bodies of all the martyrs and not only his son’s.
This is just an example of why Sayyed Nasrallah is loved and revered so much by his followers and respected by others. As opposed to other leaders, he does not engage in theatrics and never asks for what he would not accept on himself. The way he analyzes current affairs and shares the honest outlook with the public is a trait almost exclusive to him. In the year 2000, when the “Israelis” pulled out of South Lebanon in a rush and without prior warning, they left the Lahed militia they had created behind. Although so many atrocities were committed by that militia, Sayyed Nasrallah had ordered the men of the resistance to quickly fill the void created by the Zionist army so as no one would engage in reprisals against the abandoned agents who tortured and killed so many of the people of the South. The Secretary-General of Hezbollah dedicated the liberation victory to all the Lebanese regardless of political affiliations and religion; he prohibited manhunts and left the issue of the local “Israeli” collaborators to the government.
In a way, the Sayyed prevented further blood being spilled on the land that was irrigated with the immaculate one of so many martyrs, including his son’s. Patriotism is always the basis of Sayyed Nasrallah’s decisions.
Hadi and his colleagues, those who preceded him and those who followed, have given their lives to keep our children safe. Without them, “Israel” would have annexed South Lebanon by now and would have claimed the riches recently found in the sea. Without them, “ISIS” would have probably spread its cancerous existence much further inwards like they did in regional countries.
Endless gratitude goes to all the parents of the martyrs because of whom our children live with dignity today. Endless gratitude to Sayyed Hadi whose martyrdom has set much needed standards.
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          U.S. Stands By Saudi Arabia, Despite Criticism Over Civilian Casualties In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains firmly behind the coalition: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he endorsed and fully supports that position. Pompeo's certification allows the U.S. to continue fueling coalition jets. As Reuters reported, "U.S. lawmakers, concerned about a growing humanitarian crisis, included a measure in this year's defense spending bill that required Pompeo to certify by Wednesday whether Saudis and UAE were taking meaningful
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          Carta abierta al gobierno español sobre la suspensión de la venta de armas a Arabia Saudí      Cache   Translate Page      
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جاءات رسالة بومبيو في أعقاب مشروع قانون في الكونغرس، ينتظر المشرعون المصادقة عليه. أعلن ويزر الخارجية الأمريكي مايك بومبيو أن كل من السعودية والإمارات وقواتهما المشاركة بالقتال في اليمن ضد قوات جماعة - أنصار الله - الحوثيين وحلفائهم "تعملان على منح المس بالمدنيين في اليمن". وقال بومبيو أمام الكونغرس الأمريكي أن الدولتان "حكومتي السعودية والإمارات تتخذان خطوات ملموسة للحد من خطر الإضرار بالمدنيين والبنية التحتية المدنية جراء عملياتهما العسكرية". وجاءات رسالة بومبيو في أعقاب مشروع قانون في الكونغرس ...
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Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains firmly behind the coalition: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he endorsed and fully supports that position. Pompeo's certification allows the U.S. to continue fueling coalition jets. As Reuters reported, "U.S. lawmakers, concerned about a growing humanitarian crisis, included a measure in this year's defense spending bill that required Pompeo to certify by Wednesday whether Saudis and UAE were taking meaningful
          John Kerry Accused Of Violating Logan Act After He Admits To Secret Iran Talks      Cache   Translate Page      

Though he previously denied it when allegations first surfaced last Spring, former Secretary of State John Kerry has now disclosed he's personally had semi-frequent face to face contact with top Iranian officials to discuss US-Iran relations since Trump entered office.

Kerry confirmed and explained in detail his recent meetings with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra.

During the interview Kerry disclosed that he met with Zarif "three or four times" and discussed political issues and challenges between the United States and Iran in what could constitute a significant and clear violation of the Logan Act

Back when Kerry was actually authorized to do this sort of thing as Secretary of State under Obama in 2015. Via the Iran Project

Though it's almost never been enforced, the 1799 Logan Act states that unauthorized diplomacy with foreign powers by private American citizens is a crime. Notably, two Trump-connected individuals that prominent Liberals and editorials demanded be prosecuted under the Logan Act include former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

When asked point blank during the radio show about his rumored meetings with top Iran officials, Kerry admitted, "I think I've seen him three or four times," but attempted to claim he was not trying to "coach" Iran on how to navigate President Trump's pullout of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry is of course now a private citizen out of government but holds significant clout and influence with the Iran FM as the two hammered out the details of the JCPOA brokered under President Obama in the first place. 

However, by Kerry's own explanation it looks precisely like he was doing this: "What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better," Kerry said. He also shared his belief that American policy in the Middle East would be much better off if the White House had stayed in the agreement, and that the global community would be more stable and secure. 

It sure sounds like unauthorized diplomacy behind Trump's back by a high ranking member of the former administration to us...

Soon after the interview, some Iran hawks in Congress took to Twitter to decry the hypocrisy of the whole thing. 

Here's a key part of the transcript via the Hugh Hewitt Show:

Hugh Hewitt: Okay, it’s been reported you’ve met with him a couple of times at least since leaving office as well. So you still…

John Kerry: Yes, I have. That’s accurate.

HH: And is it a half dozen times, a dozen times?

JK: No. No, no, no. I met with him at a conference in Norway. I think I saw him in a conference in Munich at the World Economic Forum. So I’ve probably seen him three or four times.

HH: Are you trying to coach him through the Trump administration’s rejection of the JCPOA?

JK: No, that’s not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that’s not how it works. What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different. I mean, and I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif, and told him look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting you know, an ongoing struggle there They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues. But the administration’s taken a very different tack. I don’t know as I talk to you today if there’s been any dialogue or sit down. I don’t think there has, which would open up any kind of diplomatic channel. And it appears right now as if the administration is hell bent for leather determined to pursue a regime change strategy to bring the economy down and try to isolate further. And I would simply caution that the United States historically has not had a great record in regime change strategies, number one. And number two, that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for any Iranian leader to sit down and negotiate anything, because they’re not going to do it in a capitulatory, you know, situation. It’s just not going to happen.

It certainly appears that Kerry by his own admission is indeed trying to "coach" the Iranian FM on how to deal with the current White House. And the discussions clearly included chiding the Trump administration over its Iran policy while in Kerry's own words the "open[ing] of diplomatic channels" was on his mind. 

Meanwhile some Republican lawmakers have already, hours after the interview, unleashed charges that Kerry is engaged in rogue diplomacy and is undermining the active, elected administration.  

It was only a matter of time before he put his foot in his mouth, and promoting his new book means we're likely about to hear a lot more self implicating details spilled. 


          U.S. Stands By Saudi Arabia, Despite Criticism Over Civilian Casualties In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains firmly behind the coalition: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he endorsed and fully supports that position. Pompeo's certification allows the U.S. to continue fueling coalition jets. As Reuters reported, "U.S. lawmakers, concerned about a growing humanitarian crisis, included a measure in this year's defense spending bill that required Pompeo to certify by Wednesday whether Saudis and UAE were taking meaningful
          Conflicts in Saudi royal family      Cache   Translate Page      
This 24 August 2018 video says about itself: War in Yemen: Dozens of civilians killed in Saudi-UAE bombing Houthi rebels say at least 30 people were killed in an air raid near Hodeidah, at least 20 of them children. The … Continue reading
          Statement by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on Actions of Saudi Arabia and UAE in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
"I endorse and fully support Secretary Pompeo's certification to the Congress that the governments

          OIC chief receives Yemeni FM      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) JEDDAH, Sept 12 (KUNA) -- Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen discussed the la...
          Yemen Civilians Keep Dying, but U.S. Says Saudis Are Doing Enough      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States can continue aiding a military campaign in Yemen after the State Department said a Saudi-led coalition is doing enough to minimize deaths.
          'Outrageous': Fury as Pompeo Puts US 'Rubber Stamp' of Approval on Saudi Slaughter of Civilians in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Julia Conley, staff writer
As local journalists in Yemen reported that at least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi airstrikes in the port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties.

          U.S. Stands By Saudi Arabia, Despite Criticism Over Civilian Casualties In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains...

          Pompeo says Saudi, UAE trying to avoid civilian harm in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that he certified to Congress that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were working to reduce civilian casualties in Yemen, avoiding a limitation on U.S. help for its ally Saudi Arabia.

          John Kerry Accused Of Violating Logan Act After He Admits To Secret Iran Talks      Cache   Translate Page      

Though he previously denied it when allegations first surfaced last Spring, former Secretary of State John Kerry has now disclosed he's personally had semi-frequent face to face contact with top Iranian officials to discuss US-Iran relations since Trump entered office.

Kerry confirmed and explained in detail his recent meetings with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new memoir, Every Day Is Extra.

During the interview Kerry disclosed that he met with Zarif "three or four times" and discussed political issues and challenges between the United States and Iran in what could constitute a significant and clear violation of the Logan Act

Back when Kerry was actually authorized to do this sort of thing as Secretary of State under Obama in 2015. Via the Iran Project

Though it's almost never been enforced, the 1799 Logan Act states that unauthorized diplomacy with foreign powers by private American citizens is a crime. Notably, two Trump-connected individuals that prominent Liberals and editorials demanded be prosecuted under the Logan Act include former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

When asked point blank during the radio show about his rumored meetings with top Iran officials, Kerry admitted, "I think I've seen him three or four times," but attempted to claim he was not trying to "coach" Iran on how to navigate President Trump's pullout of the Iran nuclear deal.

Kerry is of course now a private citizen out of government but holds significant clout and influence with the Iran FM as the two hammered out the details of the JCPOA brokered under President Obama in the first place. 

However, by Kerry's own explanation it looks precisely like he was doing this: "What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better," Kerry said. He also shared his belief that American policy in the Middle East would be much better off if the White House had stayed in the agreement, and that the global community would be more stable and secure. 

It sure sounds like unauthorized diplomacy behind Trump's back by a high ranking member of the former administration to us...

Soon after the interview, some Iran hawks in Congress took to Twitter to decry the hypocrisy of the whole thing. 

Here's a key part of the transcript via the Hugh Hewitt Show:

Hugh Hewitt: Okay, it’s been reported you’ve met with him a couple of times at least since leaving office as well. So you still…

John Kerry: Yes, I have. That’s accurate.

HH: And is it a half dozen times, a dozen times?

JK: No. No, no, no. I met with him at a conference in Norway. I think I saw him in a conference in Munich at the World Economic Forum. So I’ve probably seen him three or four times.

HH: Are you trying to coach him through the Trump administration’s rejection of the JCPOA?

JK: No, that’s not my job, and my coaching him would not, you know, that’s not how it works. What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better. You know, how does one resolve Yemen? What do you do to try to get peace in Syria? I mean, those are the things that really are preoccupying, because those are the impediments to people, to Iran’s ability to convince people that it’s ready to embrace something different. I mean, and I’ve been very blunt to Foreign Minister Zarif, and told him look, you guys need to recognize that the world does not appreciate what’s happening with missiles, what’s happening with Hezbollah, what’s happening with Yemen. You’re supporting you know, an ongoing struggle there They say they’re prepared to negotiate and to resolve these issues. But the administration’s taken a very different tack. I don’t know as I talk to you today if there’s been any dialogue or sit down. I don’t think there has, which would open up any kind of diplomatic channel. And it appears right now as if the administration is hell bent for leather determined to pursue a regime change strategy to bring the economy down and try to isolate further. And I would simply caution that the United States historically has not had a great record in regime change strategies, number one. And number two, that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, for any Iranian leader to sit down and negotiate anything, because they’re not going to do it in a capitulatory, you know, situation. It’s just not going to happen.

It certainly appears that Kerry by his own admission is indeed trying to "coach" the Iranian FM on how to deal with the current White House. And the discussions clearly included chiding the Trump administration over its Iran policy while in Kerry's own words the "open[ing] of diplomatic channels" was on his mind. 

Meanwhile some Republican lawmakers have already, hours after the interview, unleashed charges that Kerry is engaged in rogue diplomacy and is undermining the active, elected administration.  

It was only a matter of time before he put his foot in his mouth, and promoting his new book means we're likely about to hear a lot more self implicating details spilled. 


          Trump Doubles Down on War in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Despite mounting violence, the United States will continue supporting airstrikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
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Birleşmiş Milletler (BM) gözetiminde Suudi Arabistan öncülüğündeki koalisyon birliklerince desteklenen Yemen hükümeti ve Husiler arasında düzenlenmesi öngörülen ancak başlayamadan çöken barış görüşmelerinin ardından, iki aydır duran çatışmalar yeniden başladı.
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          Saudi-led airstrikes kill 15 civilians in Yemen’s Hudaydah      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemeni truck targeted by a Saudi fighter jet on the outskirts of the port city of Hudaydah on September 12, 2018. (Photo by al-Masirah) Press TV – September 12, 2018 At least 15 civilians, including one child, have been killed as the Saudi-led coalition resumed its airstrikes on the outskirts of Yemen’s port city of […]
          9/13/2018: Al Houthi supply route to Sana’a cut off      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen’s pro-government forces yesterday said they have seized control of a strategically important area near Hodeida from Al Houthis and cut off a major rebel supply route linking the coastal city to the militant-held capital Sana’a. The Giants...
          Congress Must Vote to End U.S. Support for the Disgraceful War on Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
The idea that the coalition is making any effort to minimize harm to Yemeni civilians is risible, and all of the evidence shows that it is false.
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The Trump administration is lying to Congress in order to continue support for the war on Yemen, and Congress has to hold them accountable for that
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Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains firmly behind the coalition: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he endorsed and fully supports that position. Pompeo's certification allows the U.S. to continue fueling coalition jets. As Reuters reported, "U.S. lawmakers, concerned about a growing humanitarian crisis, included a measure in this year's defense spending bill that required Pompeo to certify by Wednesday whether Saudis and UAE were taking meaningful
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One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have enough to worry about) is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

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Earlier today by me: Trump Regime Redirects FEMA Funding to ICE and Trump Regime Will Triple Size of Child Detention Camp and Hurricane Florence, Part 2.

Here are some more things in the news today...

Andy Towle at Towleroad: Trump Attacks 'Incompetent' San Juan Mayor, Again Praises Himself for Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico, Where 2,975 Died. "Donald Trump praised himself again for the 'unappreciated great job' he did on hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, where 2,975 people died, and also attacked the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulin Cruz, who has said that many of the deaths were the result of Trump's 'inability to get the job done.' Tweeted Trump: 'We got A Pluses for our recent hurricane work in Texas and Florida (and did an unappreciated great job in Puerto Rico, even though an inaccessible island with very poor electricity and a totally incompetent Mayor of San Juan). We are ready for the big one that is coming!'"

Thus does Trump continue his reprehensible habit of very visibly attacking, in particular, women of color who criticize him.

[Content Note: Extreme weather; displacement; death. Covers whole section.]

Kyla Mandel at ThinkProgress: Government Shutdown Looms as Trump Claims We Are 'Totally Prepared' for Hurricane Florence. "Only one day after the official death toll was published last month, Trump said that the government had done a 'fantastic job' with recovery in Puerto Rico. ...And yet many news reports and studies have shown the government was anything but prepared to deal with Hurricane Maria last year. ...And all of these risks rise to the forefront as a government shutdown looms — a shutdown the president has said he'll follow through on if Congress doesn't provide more money for his proposed border wall."

This is a really great point. Trump is saying we're totally prepared out one side of his mouth while threatening out the other to shut down the government. Ain't no federal aid getting to hurricane survivors if the federal government is shut down.

Ashley Parker at the Washington Post: 'Tremendously Big': Trump Reaches for Superlatives in the Face of Calamity.
Flanked in the Oval Office by charts showing the path of Hurricane Florence, [Donald] Trump on Tuesday issued a warning about the potentially catastrophic storm that at times felt strangely exuberant.

"Tremendously big and tremendously wet — tremendous amounts of water," Trump said, expressing something close to admiration at the expected precipitation.

Then the president turned to bragging about the federal response to past storms during his tenure, including Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico — though the estimate of nearly 3,000 excess deaths attributed to that storm ranks it among the deadliest in U.S. history.

"I think that Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success," he asserted.

Trump has long struggled with public displays of empathy and with rising to the role of consoler in chief. In a range of situations — from deadly shootings and natural disasters to Tuesday's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks — Trump has responded in ways that, at best, seem ill-suited to the somberness of the events.
This is something about which I've been writing for over two years, yet another character flaw that was glaringly apparent about Donald Trump even when he was a candidate, long before Election Day.

And it's important because it is part and parcel of what I wrote about yesterday: "There are many things that make Donald Trump unfit to be president. Chief among them is this: He does not care about other people. A man who does not care about other people, or what happens to them, isn't fit to lead them."

He can't express sincere concern because he doesn't feel it.

And I am very, very concerned about that as another hurricane barrels toward the U.S. coast. His apathy is deadly. We know that. We need look no further than Puerto Rico.

(Aside: "Tremendously Big and Tremendously Wet" — With everything else this grifter has stolen, you'd think he could have left me the title of my sex memoir.) (Sorry.) (Not sorry.)

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Relatedly, Hillary Clinton published a terrific and terrifying thread on Twitter this morning, outlining the threat posed by Brett Kavanaugh if he is confirmed to the Supreme Court:
I want to be sure we're all clear about something that Brett Kavanaugh said in his confirmation hearings last week. He referred to birth-control pills as "abortion-inducing drugs." That set off a lot of alarm bells for me, and it should for you, too.

Kavanaugh didn't use that term because he misunderstands the basic science of birth control — the fact that birth control prevents fertilization of eggs in the first place. He used that term because it's a dog whistle to the extreme right.

When Kavanaugh called birth control "abortion-inducing drugs," he made it clear that safe and legal abortion isn't the only fundamental reproductive right at grave risk if he is confirmed. Access to birth control is, too.

Imagine an America in which women are barred from getting IUDs or birth control pills, and doctors are criminalized for prescribing them. It's an America in which women would be punished for insisting on being full and equal partners in society.

Sen. Kamala Harris asked Brett Kavanaugh last week: "Can you think of any laws that give the government the power to make decisions about the male body?" He said he was not. Because there are none.

Let's be clear: Women have just as much right as men to make the most personal health decisions without government interference. We are equal citizens and we will insist on nothing less in this country.

Please call your senators and relay the message: (202) 224-3121

MAKE YOUR CALLS.

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[CN: Anti-semitism; fascism] Anne Applebaum at the Atlantic: A Warning from Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come. "In a famous journal he kept from 1935 to 1944, the Romanian writer Mihail Sebastian chronicled an even more extreme shift in his own country. Like me, Sebastian was Jewish; like me, most of his friends were on the political right. In his journal, he described how, one by one, they were drawn to fascist ideology, like a flock of moths to an inescapable flame. He recounted the arrogance and confidence they acquired as they moved away from identifying themselves as Europeans — admirers of Proust, travelers to Paris — and instead began to call themselves blood-and-soil Romanians. ...This is not 1937. Nevertheless, a parallel transformation is taking place in my own time, in the Europe that I inhabit and in Poland, a country whose citizenship I have acquired. And it is taking place without the excuse of an economic crisis of the kind Europe suffered in the 1930s. ...Given the right conditions, any society can turn against democracy. Indeed, if history is anything to go by, all societies eventually will."

Applebaum is the best conservative writing on this subject today. Maybe tied with Jennifer Rubin. Out of a very small field that includes David Frum, who gets a disproportionate share of the plaudits. (It's certainly no coincidence that all three of them are Jewish.) Applebaum and I hardly agree on anything, and I've disagreements with her even in reading this piece, but we agree at least that our democracy is in grave danger, for reasons well beyond the tired narratives of "economic insecurity."

Eli Rosenberg at the Washington Post: Activists Raised $1 million to Defeat Susan Collins If She Votes for Kavanaugh; She Says It's Bribery. "[A] group of liberal activists in Maine created an unusual crowdfunding campaign that...raised money in the form of pledges that they said they would give to whoever decided to challenge Collins in 2020 if she voted for Kavanaugh's confirmation. If she votes no, the money will never be withdrawn from donors. ...'It seems kind of icky but it doesn't rise to the level of bribery because there's no agreement,' Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for the Citizens for Ethics and Responsibilities. 'It's just the way money and politics tend to work these days.'"

Which is exactly how the Republicans wanted it, and now they're complaining that their own lax rules on campaign financing and fundraising are being used against them. I mean, trust that it wasn't progressives who angled for the ability to use enormous sums of money to influence candidates!

Fredreka Schouten at USA Today: Three-Quarters of the Secret Money in Recent Elections Came from 15 Groups. "Just 15 groups account for three-quarters of the anonymous cash flowing into federal elections since the Supreme Court paved the way for corporate and union money in candidate races eight years ago... Outside money in elections has exploded since the high court's blockbuster Citizens United ruling in 2010, allowing corporations and unions to spend in candidate elections. Groups that don't disclose their donors spent more than $800 million between January 1, 2010 and December 2016, with $600 million coming from 15 organizations, Issue One's analysis found." Welp!

Speaking of fundraising...


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[CN: Nativism; abuse] Andrew Gumbel at the Guardian: 'They Were Laughing at Us': Immigrants Tell of Cruelty, Illness, and Filth in U.S. Detention. "'The conditions were horrible, everything was filthy, and there was no air circulating,' Kimberly Martinez told the Guardian of the five days the family spent cooped up in one facility they — like tens of thousands before them – referred to as 'la hielera': The icebox. Her husband added: 'It's as though they wanted to drain every positive feeling out of us.' They knew, from following the news, that their ordeal of escaping gang violence back home and trekking across desert terrain at the height of summer would not end when they reached the United States. What they did not expect, though, were days of hunger, separation, and verbal abuse that they said they endured at the hands of federal immigration officials."

Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold at BuzzFeed: A Series of Suspicious Money Transfers Followed the Trump Tower Meeting. "The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has become one of the most famous gatherings in American political history — a flashpoint for allegations of collusion, the subject of shifting explanations by the president and his son, countless hair-on-fire tweets, and boundless speculation by the press. But secret documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News reveal a previously undisclosed aspect of the meeting: A complex web of financial transactions among some of the planners and participants who moved money from Russia and Switzerland to the British Virgin Islands, Bangkok, and a small office park in New Jersey. The documents show Aras Agalarov, a billionaire real estate developer close to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at the center of this vast network and how he used accounts overseas to filter money to himself, his son, and at least two people who attended the Trump Tower meeting."

[CN: War; violence; death] Spencer Ackerman at the Daily Beast: Pompeo, Mattis Bless Saudi and UAE's Brutal War in Yemen. "Batting down congressional disquiet on U.S. aid to a war that has become one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, two top Trump Cabinet members vouched for humanitarian progress on the part of their allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis attested Wednesday morning that both U.S.-supported nations 'are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.' Their endorsement, called 'farcical' by Human Rights Watch's Sarah Leah Whitson, attempts to dodge a bipartisan congressional effort to block U.S. tanker aircraft from refueling Saudi and Emirati warplanes for the Yemen conflict."

[CN: Gun violence] Lois Beckett at the Guardian: 'A Human Rights Crisis': Amnesty Urges U.S. to Get Tough on Gun Violence. "American gun violence is 'a human rights crisis' and the U.S. government's refusal to pass gun control laws represents a violation of its citizens' right to life, according to a new report by Amnesty International. 'The USA is failing to protect individuals and communities most at risk of gun violence, in violation of international human rights law,' Amnesty argues. 'The right to live free from violence, discrimination, and fear has been superseded by a sense of entitlement to own a practically unlimited array of deadly weapons.'"

[CN: Disablism] Erin Heger at Rewire.News: People Are Losing Medicaid Coverage Because They Don't Understand the GOP's Work Requirements. "Thousands of Medicaid recipients in Arkansas have lost health coverage for the rest of the year after failing to meet the state's new Republican-backed work requirement. Some don't have health care today because they never knew about the stringent rules. Jessica Greene, a health policy professor at the City University of New York's Baruch College, interviewed 18 Medicaid recipients in northeast Arkansas in mid-August and reported a lack of awareness about the policy. Twelve of the 18 people Greene interviewed did not know about the new work requirement. Many of the Medicaid recipients didn't know how to report their satisfying of the work requirement online."

[CN: Anti-semitism; Holocaust denialism] Sam Levin at the Guardian: California Transit Agency Allows Ad from Holocaust Denial Group. "A San Francisco public transit agency has approved adverts from a group that promotes Holocaust denial and antisemitic views, claiming the organization has a 'free speech' right to buy train station billboards. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officials defended their decision to allow ads for the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has classified as a hate group that aims to 'defend Nazism' and spread Holocaust denial propaganda. ...They come at a time when antisemitic incidents have accelerated at alarming rates in the U.S. and across the world, and as far-right groups and neo-Nazis have increasingly pushed racist and fascist views under the guise of advocating for free speech."

[CN: Racism] Sameer Rao at Colorlines: MENA Actors Still Overwhelmingly Cast as 'Terrorists & Tyrants'. "Years of discussion about representation and narrative shift in Hollywood have yet to change the overwhelming representation of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) people as oppressors and extremists who pervert Islam to justify violent subjugation. The MENA Arts Advocacy Coalition, an industry advocacy group pushing for stronger and more nuanced MENA representation, highlights this premise in a new collaborative study released [September 10]. ...MENA Americans constitute an estimated 3.2 percent of the U.S. population, but barely 1 percent of all on-screen roles. ...Seventy-eight percent of MENA characters are portrayed as terrorists or tyrants."

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?
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İslam İşbirliği Teşkilatının (İİT), Birleşmiş Milletler'in (BM) Yemen'le ilgili toplantılarına katılmaya hazır olduğu belirtildi.
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ABD Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo, Suudi Arabistan ve Birleşik Arap Emirliklerinin (BAE) Yemen'deki askeri operasyonlarından kaynaklanan sivillere zarar verme riskini azaltmak için girişimlerde bulunacakları konusunda Kongreye güvence verdi.
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Chris Law: The hon. Gentleman is making an eloquent speech, and is already presenting a very balanced argument about who is to blame. For me, however, the biggest cause for concern is the support for a Saudi-led coalition that has imposed an embargo—basically a siege—on the port of Hodeidah. Millions of civilians will be affected in respect of food and resources, which could lead to the...
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The United States can continue aiding a military campaign in Yemen after the State Department said a Saudi-led coalition is doing enough to minimize deaths. Reported by NYTimes.com 4 hours ago.
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The Saudi-led coalition has bombed markets, weddings and even a bus carrying kids during its three year campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels. The U.S. supports the coalition. Reported by NPR 5 hours ago.
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WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday he has told Congress that the governments of Saudi Arabia and the UAE are doing enough to protect civilians amid their military operations to end the civil war in Yemen.

Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday he certified that the Saudi and Emirati governments “are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure.” 

He said ending the conflict has been “a national security priority” for President Donald Trump.

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Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains firmly behind the coalition: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he endorsed and fully supports that position. Pompeo's certification allows the U.S. to continue fueling coalition jets. As Reuters reported, "U.S. lawmakers, concerned about a growing humanitarian crisis, included a measure in this year's defense spending bill that required Pompeo to certify by Wednesday whether Saudis and UAE were taking meaningful
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O terrorismo se apropriou para sempre desta data atroz do calendário, escreve Álvaro Vargas Llosa no site do Instituto Independiente:


Todos recordamos dónde estábamos y qué hacíamos ese día, como nuestros mayores recuerdan dónde estaban y qué hacían cuando mataron a John Kennedy en 1963 o cuando Neil Armstrong puso un pie en la luna seis años más tarde. El mundo en que vivimos está parcialmente moleado por lo que sucedió hace exactamente 10 años y aunque otra inseguridad, la económica, ha desplazado a la física como primera preocupación en las naciones occidentales y algunas otras, no hay día en que una noticia, una exasperante incomodidad, una foto o una asociación de ideas no nos traiga de golpe a la memoria aquel "11 de septiembre". Hasta hace 10 años, "11 de septiembre" quería decir, para los enterados, Pinochet. Después de los atentados de los que se cumple este fin de semana una década, "11 de septiembre" quiere decir para todos, incluidos los chilenos, al Qaeda. La organización terrorista se apropió para siempre de esa fecha atroz en el calendario.

Quizá nada simbolice mejor el efecto duradero de los atentados contra las Torres Gemelas, el Pentágono y el avión que se estrelló en Pennsylvania, responsables de la muerte de 2.985 personas, que el hecho de que el World Trade Center todavía no esté reconstruido y las dos guerras de Irak y Afganistán no estén del todo concluidas.

El World Trade Center era un complejo de siete edificios, dos de los cuales eran conocidos como las Torres Gemelas. Ahora, en ese lugar, habrá cinco rascacielos, el principal de los cuales, 1 World Trade Center, de más de 500 metros de altura, diseñado por Daniel Childs y Daniel Libeskind, no estará terminado hasta 2013. El museo del "11/9", que se ubicará allí mismo, no se inaugurará hasta dentro de algunos días. Mañana, exactamente 10 años después, sólo las dos piscinas conmemorativas con los nombres de las víctimas serán abiertas por primera vez al público.

Lo otro es mucho más complejo, pero igualmente duradero: las tropas estadounidenses y de la OTAN siguen en Afganistán y la retirada no tendrá lugar, en principio, hasta 2014. En Irak, aunque la invasión no sucedió el mismo 2001, sino dos años más tarde, la duración del conflicto también es impresionante: las tropas estadounidenses no abandonarán ese país oficialmente hasta finales de este año, aun cuando en la práctica un remanente permanecerá allí después.

Una tercera guerra, algo menos directa pero también hija de los atentados, es la que se libra en Pakistán. Estados Unidos usa en ese caso dirigibles no tripulados y fuerzas camufladas en lugar de soldados regulares, como se vio con la operación de los Navy Seals que acabó con Osama bin Laden nueve años y ochos meses después de los atentados. Pero en esfuerzo, dinero y tiempo, se trata de una guerra como las otras dos. Para no hablar de los muchos otros lugares, principalmente Yemen, donde Estados Unidos derrocha medios humanos y materiales para combatir a la organización terrorista que Bin Laden dirigía.

Cuando George W. Bush lanzó la "guerra contra el terror" a partir de la doctrina que lleva su nombre -según la cual Estados Unidos se embarcaría en una lucha preventiva internacional para impedir un nuevo ataque dentro de su territorio-, se habló de cifras que hoy suenan ridículas en comparación con las que acabaron siendo necesarias. El cálculo más ambicioso para la ocupación de Irak fijaba en 100 mil millones de dólares el costo de esa aventura. Al día de hoy se llevan gastados, según las cifras más conservadoras, bastante más de un billón de dólares (trillón en inglés). Y no se diga nada si sumamos los diversos conflictos. La Universidad de Brown calcula el costo de toda la "guerra contra el terror", que incluye el empleado dentro del territorio estadounidense y las ayudas con fines específicamente vinculados a la lucha antiterrorista a terceros países, en más de cuatro billones de dólares (más que todo el tamaño anual de la economía de América Latina).

El costo financiero real, claro, es difícil de medir con exactitud, porque no sabemos cuánto del problema del déficit y la deuda que hoy lastra al gobierno de Obama tiene conexión directa o indirecta con la guerra contra el terrorismo provocada por Bin Laden hace una década.

El costo político en lo inmediato fue enorme -la impopularidad de la reacción estadounidense borró de un plumazo la solidaridad de la primera hora en medio mundo- y dejó a Estados Unidos resentido. Mientras que en los países árabes el prestigio norteamericano no ha revertido su caída -según el Arab American Institute, es hoy aún menor que en tiempos de Bush-, en Europa los aliados de Washington , del Partido Popular de José María Aznar al Partido Laborista de Tony Blair, fueron arrojados del poder en buena parte por efecto de una política exterior vinculada a los atentados. En Estados Unidos, Obama llegó al poder en gran parte por su oposición a la Doctrina Bush, pero tuvo que continuar con ella. Eso, mezclado a la crisis económica interminable, erosionó su respaldo a niveles que no permiten augurar con certeza su reelección.

Desde el punto de vista de la seguridad y la exportación de la democracia -los dos grandes objetivos que la respuesta a los atentados- es innegable que ha habido avances. No se ha producido ningún atentado perpetrado por extranjeros en territorio estadounidense en esta década. Diez intentos fueron abortados en Nueva York, de los cuales el más potencialmente grave fue el de un inmigrante pakistaní que quiso detonar un explosivo en Times Square en 2010. El único incidente violento registrado en este período, el de la base de Fort Hood, donde un militar musulmán de nacionalidad estadounidense mató a 13 soldados e hirió a 29 hace dos años, no fue obra de al Qaeda, aunque puede decirse que sí lo fue, en parte, de la guerra contra el terrorismo. El precio de esta seguridad, sin embargo, ha sido alto en cuanto a la erosión de ciertas libertades civiles, con el consiguiente y polarizante debate constitucional, jurídico y político. La burocracia relacionada con la política antiterrorista abarca a 1.200 agencias del Estado y a unas dos mil empresas, e incluye desde una intromisión abierta del gobierno en la vida privada de millones de personas hasta el controvertido uso de la base naval de Guantánamo para detener indefinidamente a sospechosos de terrorismo sin necesidad de un juicio. Obama hizo del cierre de esta prisión uno de sus caballitos de batalla electoral y hasta el día de hoy no ha podido cumplir su promesa por la extraordinaria complejidad jurídica y política que rodea todo lo que se relaciona con la base. No hay países dispuestos a aceptar a los presos que quedan, no hay cómo lograr que una ciudad estadounidense acepte que se enjuicie a los sospechosos en sus tribunales y el riesgo de que en un proceso abierto se revelen detalles sensibles que afecten a la seguridad nacional del país es muy elevado. Por tanto, allí sigue Guantánamo y el "estatus" de "combatientes enemigos" que se les aplica a los poco menos de 200 detenidos que quedan para justificar jurídicamente su encierro indefinido.

El avance de la democracia en el mundo islámico, una década después de los atentados que llevaron a Bush a querer democratizar el mundo con una activa participación norteamericana en el exterior, es lento y sorprendente. Lo más sorprendente es que no guarda relación aparente con la política exterior norteamericana sino con un movimiento de raíces profundamente locales cuya primera manifestación se dio en Túnez en diciembre del año pasado y que hasta ahora ha derrocado a los dictadores Ben Ali, Mubarak y Gaddafi, acotado el poder de un par más y puesto en jaque a otros, en especial a Bachar al-Assad. La "primavera árabe" es el sueño de Bush tras los atentados por razones aparentemente muy ajenas a la lucha contra el terror.

Mientras tanto, en Irak y Afganistán también hay un progreso con respecto a lo que había antes, pero con muchos matices. En Irak, el gobierno de al-Maliki, emblema del surgimiento de los shiítas largamente reprimidos por Hussein, es hoy un aliado, en cierta forma, de Irán y mantiene una relación confrontacional con los sunitas. Está por verse si al-Maliki dejará el poder cuando venza su segundo período como Primer Ministro. En Afganistán, el gobierno de Hamid Karzai, que lleva cerca de una década, no controla propiamente sino Kabul, y con gran precariedad. Su reelección fue denunciada por existir un fraude electoral y su gobierno está penetrado por la corrupción. Cuesta trabajo pensar en nada que se asemeje a una democracia funcional allí, en un contexto en el que el Talibán tiene en jaque a las instituciones a pesar de la incesante presión estadounidense y de la OTAN.

En Pakistán hay un gobierno elegido, pero no es exagerado decir que la lucha contra el terror retrasó el regreso de la democracia al fortalecer la posición de Pervez Musharraf, el general que gobernaba cuando se produjeron los atentados y al que Washington respaldó y financió después de ellos. Hoy esa democracia está penetrada por el fundamentalismo: es altamente probable que sus servicios secretos (ISI) hayan tenido pleno conocimiento de que Bin Laden se escondía en Abbottabad. El futuro de la democracia pakistaní es de muy incierto pronóstico a estas alturas.

Aunque en estos días hay una proliferación de homenajes a las víctimas, especiales conmemorativos y actos de recordación, la constatación más chocante en Estados Unidos es hasta qué punto el terrorismo, que era el asunto número uno hasta hace tres años, ha pasado a un segundo plano. La economía lo ha desplazado de las preocupaciones de la gente y del debate político. De no ser por el décimo aniversario, el país no habría centrado su atención en el terrorismo ni mucho menos. El jueves por la noche los precandidatos del Partido Republicano a la Presidencia debatieron en la sede de la biblioteca Ronald Reagan y el terrorismo brilló por su ausencia durante casi todo el debate. Muy lejos se sienten los días en que Barack Obama y John McCain hacían de sus diferencias en torno a la lucha contra el terror eje central de su disputa electoral.

Pasados los días conmemorativos, los atentados del 11 de septiembre de 2001 serán relegados nuevamente a algún lugar de la memoria y su secuela, las medidas adoptadas para prevenir nuevos atentados, que afectan la vida de millones de personas, pero se han vuelto parte de la rutina, suscitarán poca controversia a escala nacional.

Pero en un aspecto quizá los atentados todavía tienen una vigencia importante. Tiene que ver con el endurecimiento de la actitud de cierto sector del Partido Republicano y del ala derechista y sureña del Partido Demócrata hacia el mundo exterior. En temas como la inmigración, el presupuesto de Defensa, las relaciones con Europa o la manera de abordar la "primavera árabe" se nota en este sector una tendencia aislacionista y proteccionista. Sus exponentes principales han pasado de la ofensiva universal contra el terror y la búsqueda mundial de aliados a despreciar todo lo que tenga que ver con el mundo exterior y amurallarse mentalmente dentro del país. Es muy probable que en las elecciones primarias del Partido Republicano esta actitud sea un componente fundamental de la lid. También, que una vez definida la candidatura republicana, se inviertan los papeles con respecto a las elecciones presidenciales anteriores, cuando era el candidato demócrata el que pedía menos activismo internacional y más énfasis local, y el republicano el que decía lo contrario.

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Tehran, Sept 12, IRNA - Ten Yemeni civilians were killed and 20 other wounded in an airstrike by Saudi-led coalition on the western Yemeni province of Al-Hudaydah Wednesday, Almasirah news network reported.
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The Arab Coalition yesterday resumed air strikes on the Houthi-controlled port city of Hodeidah in Yemen after the postponement of UN-led peace talks in Geneva. The air campaign resumed after a two-month ceasefire. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State...
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After the failure of peace talks in Geneva last week, when Iran-backed Houthi rebels refused to show up, UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths is trying another political push to bring Yemen’s warring parties to the table. Mr Griffiths told the...
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Some Democrats in Congress propose to remove Yemen from the authorization for US use of military force.

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Samuel Oakford / The Intercept:
Here's Mike Pompeo's Memo Justifying U.S. Assistance to Saudi Arabia and the UAE's War in Yemen  —  On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified that the coalition of Persian Gulf monarchies waging a war in Yemen was taking sufficient steps to protect civilians.


          U.S. Stands By Saudi Arabia, Despite Criticism Over Civilian Casualties In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
Human rights groups have repeatedly accused a Saudi-led coalition of causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp. On Tuesday, the Trump administration signaled that it remains firmly behind the coalition: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress that "the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he endorsed and fully supports that position. Pompeo's certification allows the U.S. to continue fueling coalition jets. As Reuters reported, "U.S. lawmakers, concerned about a growing humanitarian crisis, included a measure in this year's defense spending bill that required Pompeo to certify by Wednesday whether Saudis and UAE were taking meaningful
          World Suicide Prevention Day : Something to worry about in Egypt       Cache   Translate Page      
The tenth of September has become a World day to raise awareness worldwide against suicide since 2003. It is the World Suicide Prevention Day “WSPD” and I think this year we feel its importance in Egypt, at least in Cairo.

The World Health Organization “WHO” and the International Association For Suicide Prevention “IASP” aim from that day would provide worldwide an action to prevent suicide.
Recently we were hit by a wave of suicide cases in Cairo and Giza. In the past month and a half , Egypt has recorded 7 cases of people’s suicide at Metro station.

Young people throwing themselves in front of Metro trains to end their lives shockingly. Six of the cases was for young men while only one case was for a young girl who was only 20 years old.
There is no official number of people who commit suicide in Egypt.
It is another taboo like the number of Christians in the country I suppose.

I found in WHO data that the suicide mortality rate in Egypt is 4 cases per 100,000 people in 2016.
Yemen and Sudan had got the highest suicide mortality rate in the Eastern Mediterranean region according to the WHO with 8.5 and 8.1 per 100,000 people respectively.
Suicide Mortality rate by WHO in 2016
Suicide Mortality rate by WHO in 2016
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I think you know why Yemen has had a very high suicide rate.
That war does not only kill people but it also forces them to kill themselves !!

According to the Egyptian Coordination for Human Rights NGO that from January to August 2018, 150 cases of suicide for young adults between 20-35 years old have been recorded.
I found that number in a report about recent metro suicide cases in DW.
I can’t find that study on the NGO’s FB as its website is down but it did publish annually about suicide cases in Egypt.
The only official reaction we got from the government we got from the minister of transportation and not the minister of health interestingly.


Minister Hisham Arafat said in an interview with Pro-regime TV host Ahmed Moussa that the social problems were the reason behind those suicide incidents and that the suicide cases in Metro lines.
He added that those incidents were not that unique because “people around the globe commit suicide at the Metro stations”.
He asked the people not to commit suicide regardless of the pressure they face.

The only news related to the World Suicide Prevention Day that caught the people attention on social media, how belly dancer and attention seeker Sama El-Masry was filmed while presenting to the Metro authority a request to have those “happiness kiosks” in the metro stations in order to stop people from committing suicide.
Those kiosks would provide psychiatric help to the people in trouble.
It seems to me that El-Masry was the only celeb “even as D-List celeb” who remembered that day and despite it is just a media stunt but it is interesting and should be discussed as an attempt to stop this sad suicide race.

Some say that we are 100 millions and we should not be worried but personally I think we should be worried.
Policemen trying to remove the dead body of a person who
committed suicide earlier this month in Egypt "Akhbar Al-Youm" 

Using social media and hashtags, both WHO and IASP hope to drew more attention to suicide and to prevent it but preventing suicide will need more than that.

According to the WHO’s first-ever report released about suicide, more than 800,000 people commit suicide every year around one person every 40 seconds.
Yes, it is extremely alarming.
Most of the suicide cases “75%” occur in the low and middle-income countries aka developing and third countries. In those countries, young adult and elderly women have higher suicide rates than their counterparts in richer countries.
I guess we do not need to discuss why in today’s world a person would his or her own life in these countries.

The WHO said that it wanted the governments around the globe to be committed to fighting suicide according to coordinated plans.
Only only 28 countries are known to have national suicide prevention strategies, I quote the press release of the WHO.

Please if you have any suicide thoughts, seek help for real.
If you fear that your friend or relative is going to commit suicide then help her or him but do not preach to him or her. They do not need preaching, they need someone to give them a hand in order to make them come out of that dark pit.
Depression can kill easily and by the way, people who commit suicide sometimes hide their dark thoughts beneath a smiling mask.

          Open thread for night owls: Pompeo rubber-stamps U.S.-armed Saudi slaughter in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

Julia Conley at Common Dreams writes—'Outrageous': Fury as Pompeo Puts US 'Rubber Stamp' of Approval on Saudi Slaughter of Civilians in Yemen:

As local journalists in Yemen reported that at least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi airstrikes in the port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose three-year assault on the country has been made possible by U.S. support, are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties.

"The governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure resulting from military operations of these governments," Pompeo said.

The certification was met with anger by lawmakers and others who have demanded for months that the U.S. stop providing the Saudis and UAE with fuel, weapons, and tactical support in the war—with Sen. Bernie Sanders declaring Pompeo's statement "outrageous."

"The Saudi-led war on Yemen is killing thousands of people, including a school bus full of children last month," tweeted Sanders. "America's role should not simply be to help our Saudi clients manage the slaughter more responsibly; we need to stop supporting it altogether."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called the certification a "rubber stamp" for a coalition whose attacks the U.S. has steadfastedly backed even as it targeted a school bus in a strike that killed 40 children last month.

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—Dem Leaders Yield Still More on Drilling:

Hoping to keep moderate members of their party from defecting to Republicans, leaders of the House Democrats have surrendered all but the last slices of cake when it comes to off-shore drilling for oil and gas. Republicans are so gleeful they’re practically dancing in the aisle.

Which seems odd since the GOP will probably shoot down the legislation that includes the relaxed moratorium anyway.

Many Republicans still seek more Democratic cave-ins on the bill. They oppose the inclusion of "use or lose it" provisions that seek to put pressure on oil and gas companies to drill on the 68 million acres of federal land they already have released but not developed. They also have their own version of tax credits and subsidies. In the unlikely event the Democratic bill made it through the House, chances are it wouldn’t become law because of the Senate, which is looking at three major energy proposals of its own.

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AUDIO + 미국 역사상 처음 선거철에 경제가 좋아도 대통령 인기는 나쁠 수 있다는 게 증명되고 있다고 블룸버그 뉴스가 전했습니다. 공화당이 상원에서도 다수당을 뺏길 수 있다는 가능성이 나오면서 최근 선거전에 뛰어든 오바마 전 대통령에 대한 보수의 비난도 거칠어집니다. 잡지 페더럴리스트 편집인은 악정을 펼친 오바마의 등장은 훌륭한 대통령 트럼프를 빛낼 것이라는 칼럼을 썼습니다. Sarah Grillo/Axios 트럼프 대통령은 중간선거 이후 민주당이 다수당이 되고 탄핵절차가 시작되면 자신의 재선가능성이 높아질 것으로 본다고 엑시오스가 보도했습니다. 현재 트럼프 대통령 지지층은 앏아지는 게 여론조사 결과입니다. 관세부과정책 이후 시골농부와 공장근로자 사이에서 트럼프 지지율이 크게 내려갔다고 퀴니피악 여론조사팀이 분석했습니다. 폴 메나포트 전 트럼프 선거대책본부장이 돈세탁 혐의 등의 2차 재판에서는 검찰에 협조할 가능성이 높은 것으로 알려졌습니다. 올해 연방적자는 지난해보다 32%가 늘어날 것이라고 초당적 의회기구가 발표했습니다. 예상보다 빨리 커져버린 적자는 세금감면정책 때문입니다. 허리케인 후로런스로 수천만명이 영향을 받을 것으로 예상됩니다. 허리케인 시즌에 연방재해청 기금 약 천 만 달러가 이민단속을 하는 관세국으로 옮겨졌다고 MSNBC가 보도했습니다. Sarah Sanders said: ‘The president will travel to Paris in November as previously announced. We are still finalizing whether Ireland will be a stop on that trip.’ Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA 아일랜드 정부는 예정됐던 트럼프 대통령의 11월 방문의 취소통고를 받았다고 발표했습니다. 그런데 백악관은 아직 조율중이라고 말합니다. 아일랜드 야당 대표는 '미국의 조석변화 결정'은 아일랜드 가치와 안맞는다고 비난합니다. Hesham al-Omaisi, a Yemeni asylum seeker, preparing dinner at a guesthouse in northeast Jeju, where he is staying temporarily.CreditJun Michael Park for The New York Times 한국 제주도 예멘 난민신청자에 대한 한국인의 반응에 대해 뉴욕타임즈 특파원이 아주 예리한 지적을 했습니다.
          9/13/2018: Gulf / Region: Yemeni troops take strategic Kilo 10 area; cuts off Sana’a      Cache   Translate Page      

Yemen’s pro-government forces yesterday said they have seized control of a strategically important area near Hodeida from Al Houthis and cut off a major militia supply route linking the coastal city to the militant-held capital Sana’a. The Al Amalaqah...
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday he had certified to Congress that Saudi Arabia and the UAE were working to avoid harming civilians in Yemen, clearing the way for continued US help for its ally Saudi Arabia. Pompeo said in a statement...
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Yemeni children killed and injured in Al Houthi attacks
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WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday he has “certified” that coalition partners Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are acting to reduce risks to civilians from their military operations in Yemen. Pompeo said he delivered the certification on Tuesday to Congress, as required by US law to continue American […]
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          Comment on Solving Italy’s Immigration Crisis by backwardsevolution      Cache   Translate Page      
If the economic migrants from Africa (yes, economic) were actually trying to flee their own country because of war, wouldn't you think they'd just go to the country next door, or maybe two countries over? Instead, they are travelling hundreds and thousands of miles to get to Libya. Now having arrived in Libya, the narrative quickly became that they were being enslaved, the women were being raped (kind of like the babies being thrown out of the incubators story). According to U.N. refugee law, they're supposed to take refuge in the next safe country, which would be Tunisia. Yes, still in Africa. We've all seen the boatloads of people coming from Africa. They are almost exclusively young males. Now, what's the difference between going to Tunisia and going to Europe? Could the benefits they receive have anything to do with it? Although the West has been unfair to Africa (stripping their resources, causing wars) not every country in Africa is or has been involved in a Western-backed war, and not every country can blame their abysmal living conditions on the West. With all the bad the West has done, they have done a lot of good too, like provide medical technology, which has gone a long way to decrease infant mortality, immunizations, clean drinking water, financial aid, and continual food aid. A good deal of the problem has to do with over-population. "54 countries make up the continent of Africa, and while population growth is relatively low in some areas, countries such as Nigeria and Uganda are increasing at an advanced rate. In most countries in the continent, the population growth is in excess of 2% every year. In addition, there is a high proportion of younger people within the Africa population as a whole, with reports that 41% of the African population is under the age of 15." By the turn of the century, Nigeria is predicted to have over a BILLION people. Nigeria! Africa's population is predicted to exceed FOUR BILLION by the turn of the century. And a good deal of the problems in Africa are caused by corruption by their own leaders, as well as tribal wars. And look at what happened in Zimbabwe. They kicked out the white farmers, starved, then went through hyperinflation where their money was worth nothing. South Africa is headed in the same direction. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, isn't it? Now, why would the E.U. have sent out their ships to rescue these migrants? They could have just sent troops into Libya. After all, they did just invade and destroy Libya, didn't they? What, it's all of a sudden taboo to enter someone else's country? It never stopped them before. The U.N.H.C.R. has a brand new program called I believe (don't quote me) the "Migration Compact". The program explicitly WANTS migration from Third World countries into First World countries. It's good for "economics", or so it says in their literature. Read up on it because it's the new thing, although you won't find it mentioned in the New York Times. Migrants come in, the existing citizens pay for their benefits and welfare, the corporations and farmers get cheap labor, wages are held down for the host residents, the migrants then send money home (called remittances) to their home countries, the home countries buy new TV's, for example, from the multinational corporations. See? Isn't this fun? You get to lose your culture because the flavor of the day is "good for economics". Mexico currently gets more money from remittances sent home than from the sale of Mexican oil! I believe $30 billion/year is sent home from the U.S. to Mexico in the form of remittances. Meanwhile, the American citizens, some of whom are having a hard time, are paying for this. Imagine if those tax dollars remained in the U.S.!!! No, something else is going on beyond just people fleeing oppression. And now the Left doesn't know what to do? Perhaps if they did the "right" thing to begin with, they wouldn't have the problem? Do they never see long-term? Help people where they are, in their own country, with their own customs and traditions. And, yes, I agree that none of the wars in the Middle East should be occurring. The West needs to get out of Syria and help rebuild the country, along with Iraq and Yemen. Get out!
          US Senator Slams Govt Over Refuting Saudis Alleged Civilian Bombings in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump administration is denying the self-evident truth that the Saudi-led coalition is killing women, children and other civilians in repeated air strikes in Yemen by approving the attacks, US Senator Chris Murphy said in a press release.
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Religious persecution continues in too many places: ongoing repression of and atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Burma, the brutal Chinese crackdown on Uighurs and other Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, and Christians, attacks by terrorists on Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Pakistan, authoritarian repression of Baha’is in Iran and now Yemen, and all faiths in North Korea.
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The Saudi-led coalition has bombed markets, weddings and even a bus carrying kids during its three year campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels. The U.S. supports the coalition.
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Trump administration criticized for vouching for allies' record in Yemen warWashington Post
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          'We're doing this in order to prevent World War III': I read Bob Woodward's explosive new Trump book cover-to-cover, and there's one big takeaway      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book about President Donald Trump and his administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House," highlights one overriding theme in the president's worldview.
  • The most important thing is the bottom line.
  • The book portrays top military, foreign policy, and national security advisers fighting him on that point.

President Donald Trump's foreign policy is driven by one thing: the bottom line.

It's a different approach than perhaps any other in the nation's history — one that fits a president who made his experience in the business world. It runs counter to the advice of his top military and national security advisers, who time and time again try to make the case to him that the existing world order is worth paying for to "prevent World War III," as Defense Secretary James Mattis pointedly told him.

Amid all the eye-popping details from journalist Bob Woodward's explosive new book about President Donald Trump and his administration, "Fear: Trump in the White House," this theme stands out.

No argument from career officials — like Mattis, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, former National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford — seems to convince Trump that the system is worth upholding and footing much of the bill for.

"I'm tired of hearing that we have to do this or that to protect our homeland or to ensure our national security," Trump said during a discussion on what the game-plan moving forward on Afghanistan, according to the book.

Repeatedly, he denigrated the advice of those advisers because, as Trump said, they had no business experience and had no concept of money:

  • "These military guys, they don't get business," Trump said. "They know how to be soldiers and they know how to fight. They don't understand how much it's costing."
  • "All they want to do is protect everybody — that we pay for," he said of his group of military, foreign policy, and national security advisers.
  • Pointing to McMaster, who Woodward reported was never able to mesh well with the president, Trump said he didn't know how the Iraqi government "managed to fool McMaster, but he's not a businessman."
  • Trump said American military generals "don't understand the cost/benefit analysis."

Whether on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the post-World War II European alliance headed up by the US, US defense commitments in South Korea, or the ongoing war in Afghanistan, Trump insisted that money alone should be the main driver of any policy outlook.

NATO? The countries must pay their fair share. Afghanistan? "I'm not making a deal on anything until we get minerals," Trump said. South Korea? Renegotiate a trade deal immediately, or remove all US soldiers from the peninsula.

This is especially obvious in debates over existing US trade deals, which nearly all of his advisers try to convince him are actually good for the country.

"We're upside down" on trade deals, Trump said. "We're underwater on every one of these."

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis gestures during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., May 19, 2017.He insisted the other nations were "making money" off the US.

"Just look at all this stuff up there," Trump said, pointing at some graphics. "We're paying for it all."

Cohn at multiple junctures tried to explain the deals were good for the economy and allowed US consumers to buy high-quality goods. One example he gave was TVs from South Korea, which US consumers could buy for a much lower cost than a TV manufactured in the US. Those lower costs allowed consumers to spend more money on other American products.

"I don't want to hear that," Trump said, according to the book. "It's all bulls---."

'We're doing this in order to prevent World War III'

In a heated debate over South Korea, during which advisers were seeking to convince him to stay in the KORUS trade agreements, maintain troop levels, and keep the THAAD missile defense system in place, Cohn asked the president what he would "need in the region to sleep well at night?"

"I wouldn't need a f---ing thing," the president said. "And I'd sleep like a baby."

Sometimes, the advisers lost their cool. Tillerson, who Woodward seconded earlier reporting as calling Trump a "f---ing moron," was a prime example. After one meeting, Woodward wrote that Tillerson "could not abide Trump's attack on the generals" and that he was "speaking as if the US military was a mercenary for hire."

"If a country wouldn't pay us to be there, then we didn't want to be there," Woodward wrote of Tillerson's assessment of Trump's foreign policy views. "As if there were no American interests in forging and keeping a peaceful world order, as if the American organizing principle was money."

Soon, one of the most tense meetings between Trump and these advisers took place. Trump revisited his distaste for keeping troops on the Korean Peninsula. But this time, he began asking why the US protected other countries, such as Taiwan.

"We're doing this in order to prevent World War III," Mattis replied. Woodward wrote that the response was "breathtaking" for those in the room, calling it "a challenge to the president, suggesting he was risking nuclear war."

"But we're losing so much money in trade with South Korea, China and others," Trump responded. "I'd rather be spending money on our own country."

SEE ALSO: Trump reportedly exploded at his ex-lawyer after he heard Mueller was looking into his relationship with Deutsche Bank: 'This is bulls---!'

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Đó là câu hỏi không dễ trả lời. Và không rõ có thể có trả lời nào thỏa đáng không!

Một ly nước nửa đầy hay một ly nước nửa vơi? Tùy theo cái nhìn lạc/bi quan, tích/tiêu cực cũng như não trạng của mỗi người. Trong cùng một người mà có khi mỗi vấn đề và mỗi thời điểm cũng có thể khác nhau.

Người lạc quan, như cựu tổng thống Hoa Kỳ Barack Obama, vào năm 2016 cho rằng nếu có cơ hội được chọn thời điểm sinh ra làm người, ông sẽ chọn thời điểm này. Không phải 50 năm trước, không phải 50 năm nữa, mà ngay thời điểm này. Tuy ghi nhận có lắm thử thách lớn lao của thời đại, ông khẳng định chưa có thời đại nào trong lịch sử nhân loại được hòa bình, thịnh vượng và tiến bộ nhất như bây giờ [1].

Trái ngược với Obama, ứng viên Cộng Hòa Donald Trump cũng ngay vào lúc đó chỉ nhìn thấy một Hoa Kỳ hoàn toàn thua và thiệt, vì các vấn đề về di dân, thương mại, thuế, đạo Hồi, ngoại giao v.v… Trump đổ lỗi cho những chính sách thất bại của chính quyền Obama và trước đây, làm cho nước Mỹ trở nên bi đát như vậy, do đó khẩu hiệu “Làm cho Hoa Kỳ vĩ đại trở lại” nghe lọt lỗ tai không ít người.

Chủ đề của tạp chí Foreign Affairs số tháng 7/8 vừa qua có trình bày sáu bài, với bao quan điểm khác nhau, khi nhìn về thế giới chúng ta đang sống [2]. Thế giới hiện thực, cấp tiến, bộ lạc, Mác xít, kỹ thuật và hâm nóng nhìn vấn đề gần khác nhau hoàn toàn đưa đến cách kết luận vấn đề cũng hoàn toàn khác nhau.

Thế giới hiện thực (realist world)

Thế giới hiện thực nhìn nhận quyền lực và nhà nước quyết định tất cả.

Giáo sư lịch sử và bang giao quốc tế Stephen Kotkin cho rằng mỗi bá chủ thiên hạ (hegemon) cứ cho mình là cuối cùng, không còn ai khác nữa; nhưng thực tế thì mọi quốc gia đều trổi lên, chìm xuống, và cạnh tranh nhau mãi, và tiến trình đó đã quyết định số phận của thế giới [3]. Thời bây giờ cũng thế, chính trị cạnh tranh quyền lực ở tầm lớn sẽ tác động lên các sự kiện lớn, và kết quả cạnh tranh sẽ được quyết định bởi sức mạnh của các bên: từ nhân lực và tài lực cho đến khả năng quản trị quốc gia và hiệu quả của chính sách đối ngoại.

Theo Kotkin thì thế kỷ này phần lớn sẽ được quyết định bởi Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc trong việc quản lý nguồn lực và quan hệ của họ. Nhiều người tự thuyết phục rằng sự hội nhập toàn cầu chủ yếu là về kinh tế và các quan điểm tương đồng, và là tiến trình không thể tránh được. Chỉ có vài người, chẳng hạn như Samuel Huntington, chỉ ra rằng văn hóa là quan trọng hơn, và sự hội nhập chỉ làm nổi bật thêm sự khác biệt hơn là hòa tan nó, trong hay ngoài nước. Năm 2004, Huntington nhận xét giới tinh hoa Hoa Kỳ và công chúng có một khoảng cách khác biệt lớn về bản sắc dân tộc và vai trò của Hoa Kỳ trên thế giới; phần lớn giới tinh hoa ngày càng tách xa đất nước của họ, trong khi công chúng Hoa Kỳ thì lại vỡ mộng về chính quyền của mình. Ngược giòng lịch sử, từ cuối thế kỷ 19 đến thế kỷ 20, không giống như các nước Âu châu và Nhật Bản, Hoa Kỳ dành rất ít thời gian để áp đặt nền cai trị thuộc địa trực tiếp đối với các nước khác. Hoa Kỳ, thay vào đó, chọn phát huy quyền lợi của mình với các đồng minh tự nguyện, các định chế đa phương và tự do thương mại. Sự chọn lựa đó đến từ ý thức tư lợi (enlightened self-interest) hơn là lòng vị tha, và được yểm trợ bởi sức mạnh quân sự áp đảo. Khác với trường phái chủ nghĩa cấp tiến, Kotkin không nhìn nhận những định chế đa phương và các tiến trình của hệ thống hậu chiến là “trật tự quốc tế cấp tiến”, cái mà ông cho là cái nhìn ảo huyền của một số người, chứ thật ra nó là cơ chế để Hoa Kỳ tổ chức và phát triển vòng ảnh hưởng lớn lao của mình.

Kotkin nhận định độc tài thì hùng mạnh nhưng lại dễ bể, trong khi dân chủ thì dễ động lòng nhưng bền vững. Trung Quốc đang vươn lên trên nhiều mặt, với nền kinh tế khổng lồ và phóng chiếu sức mạnh của mình, cứng cũng như mềm, ở mọi hướng. Vấn đề chính hiện nay là liệu sự mở rộng vòng ảnh hưởng của Trung Quốc có đưa đến sự thay đổi trật tự quốc tế mà Hoa Kỳ đang lãnh đạo không? Và câu hỏi thực tế cần đặt ra là trên con đường như thế, liệu Trung Quốc sẽ dẫm nát một số quốc gia trên chặng đường đó vì nó có thể, và Hoa Kỳ phải chia sẻ lãnh đạo toàn cầu với Trung Quốc vì nó không có sự chọn lựa nào khác? Trong vị thế Hoa Kỳ, nếu chọn chiến lược chuyển tiếp từ hoạt động mạnh mẽ toàn cầu trên mọi mặt (như các chính sách trước đây) sang một số hoạt động chọn lọc chỉ để phục vụ quyền lợi quốc gia, thì sẽ được hoan nghênh trong nước, mặc dầu các chính trị gia và chuyên gia sẽ phản kháng.

Theo Kotkin, để các đấu sĩ ngày nay không bị mất đầu như các thế hệ trước của họ, bốn điều cần xảy ra trước sự biến đổi khôn lường của cuộc cách mạng công nghệ bốn. Một, các nhà làm chính sách Tây phương phải tìm ra những phương thức để đại đa số người dân của họ được hưởng lợi và ủng hộ cho một thế giới mở rộng và hội nhập. Hai, các nhà làm chính sách Trung Quốc phải bảo đảm sự trổi dậy của họ là hòa bình, bằng thỏa hiệp, hơn là cưỡng ép các quốc gia bên ngoài. Ba, Hoa Kỳ cần phải duy trì vị thế cân bằng chính xác giữa răn đe và đảm bảo mạnh mẽ đối với Trung Quốc, và tìm cách ổn định các vấn đề nội địa. Bốn, sau cùng, phép màu nhiệm cần đến đối với Đài Loan (vì theo Kotkin thì dù muốn hay không Đài Loan vẫn mang giá trị chiến lược trong mối quan hệ giữa Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc).

Thế giới cấp tiến (liberal world)

Thế giới cấp tiến nhìn nhận quy luật, tương thuộc và hợp tác quyết định tất cả.

Theo giáo sư G. John Ikenberry và Daniel Deudney thì hệ thống và trật tự quốc tế tự do sẽ tiếp tục tồn tại, mặc dầu sức mạnh tương xứng của Hoa Kỳ đã gia giảm [4]. Các thế lực đen tối, từ chủ nghĩa phi tự do, độc tài, dân tộc, bảo hộ, vòng ảnh hưởng, chủ nghĩa xét lại lãnh thổ đã không những biến mất mà còn trở lại gây ảnh hưởng. Trung Quốc và Nga đã làm tiêu tan mọi hy vọng chuyển hóa sang dân chủ, trong khi Hoa Kỳ và Anh, hai bảo hộ của trật tự quốc tế cấp tiến lại tự chọn thái độ tự huỷ. Tuy nhiên hai ông tin rằng chủ nghĩa cấp tiến trong đó nền dân chủ cấp tiến như là một hệ thống chính quyền, và nền trật tự cấp tiến như là một khung sườn định hình chính trị quốc tế, sẽ tiếp tục ngự trị. Lý do, theo hai ông, vì tính cách tương thuộc (interdependence). Khi sự tương thuộc về kinh tế, an ninh và môi trường càng gia tăng thì người dân và chính phủ khắp nơi sẽ phải làm việc với nhau để giải quyết vấn đề, nếu không tất cả sẽ bị tổn hại nghiêm trọng.

Hai giáo sư biện luận không có gì chắc chắn để bảo đảm rằng lịch sử sẽ kết thúc với sự chiến thắng của chủ nghĩa cấp tiến, nhưng điều chắc chắn là một trật tự thế giới lương thiện sẽ mang tính cấp tiến. Một thế giới mà có nhiều quốc gia tư bản có nền dân chủ cấp tiến sẽ hòa bình, thịnh vượng và tôn trọng nhân quyền. Những người cấp tiến hay bị phê bình là có những giả định quá lạc quan, lý tưởng, ngay cả không tưởng, về tiến trình lịch sử nhân loại. Trên thực tế tinh thần lạc quan của họ có điều kiện, họ công nhận có những thỏa hiệp bi thảm (không tránh được), và họ cũng để ý đến những khả năng có thể dẫn đến thảm họa ở tầng lớn. Giống như người hiện thực, người cấp tiến cũng ghi nhận rằng bản chất con người thường muốn có quyền lực, và do đó người cấp tiến vận động cho sự ràng buộc của hiến pháp và pháp luật. Nhưng khác với người hiện thực nhìn lịch sử như là sự lập đi lập lại, người cấp tiến là kẻ kế thừa gia sản của thời đại Khai sáng, của sự sáng tạo khoa học kỹ thuật, cái mà đưa đến bao nhiêu khả năng tiến bộ cũng như thảm hoạ cho nhân loại.

Chủ nghĩa cấp tiến chủ yếu là thực dụng. Người cấp tiến hiện đại ủng hộ các chính quyền dân chủ, hệ thống kinh tế dựa trên thị trường, và các định chế quốc tế không phải vì lý tưởng mà vì sự sắp xếp như thế sẽ phục vụ tốt hơn cho nhân loại, hơn tất cả những giải pháp khác. Chủ nghĩa cấp tiến cũng có khả năng thích ứng thực dụng và có thiên hướng đưa đến những sáng tạo định chế (institutional innovations) mang tính sống còn đối với các thử thách đang hiện ra, bao gồm trí tuệ nhân tạo, chiến tranh mạng và kỹ thuật di truyền.

Trên hết, chủ nghĩa cấp tiến có sức quyến rủ toàn cầu và vĩnh viễn bởi vì nó cam kết đối với nhân phẩm và tự do cá nhân. Nó soi sáng ý tưởng khoan dung, điều mà chắc chắn cần thiết trong một thế giới càng tương tác và đa dạng. Mặc dầu chủ thuyết này đến từ Tây phương, các giá trị của nó đã trở thành phổ quát, và những nhà vô địch ủng hộ nó bao gồm Mahatma Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev và Nelson Mandela. Mặu dầu chủ nghĩa đế quốc, nô lệ và kỳ thị chủng tộc đã làm xấu đi lịch sử Tây phương, chủ nghĩa cấp tiến đi đầu các nỗ lực, vừa hòa bình vừa chiến đấu, để cải tổ và chấm dứt các hành xử trên. Đến mức độ mà vòng cung lịch sử đã hướng đến công lý, đó là do những hoạt động và cam kết đạo đức của người cấp tiến và những liên minh của họ.

Hai giáo sư phân tích nguyên nhân đưa đến sự suy thoái của dân chủ và sự trồi dậy của chủ nghĩa dân túy trong thời gian qua. Lý do phần lớn là do sự bất bình đẳng kinh tế quá lớn, nhưng giải pháp cho các vấn đề này là sự cần thiết quay trở lại nền dân chủ cấp tiến. Chẳng hạn như áp dụng các chính sách dân chủ xã hội thể hiện trong New Deal, thông qua các luật thuế tiến bộ, và đầu tư nhiều hơn vào giáo dục và cơ sở hạ tầng. Nói cách khác, giải pháp cho các vấn đề của dân chủ cấp tiến là dân chủ cấp tiến nhiều hơn. Tóm lại, hai giáo sư kết luận chủ nghĩa cấp tiến, tự bản chất, có những hạt giống để cứu lấy chính nó.

Hai giáo sư cho rằng sau Thế Chiến II, các nền dân chủ cấp tiến đã hợp tác để tạo ra một trật tự mà phản ảnh quyền lợi chung của họ. Sau hơn bảy thập niên, mặt dầu có những điểm bất toàn của nó, nó đã bám rễ quá sâu, trong đó hàng trăm triệu người, nếu không phải là tỷ người, đã có những hoạt động và mong đợi nhắm vào các định chế và khuyến khích của trật tự này, cho nên không dễ gì thay đổi nó. Nếu nghĩ rằng một vài năm theo xu hướng mị dân thì quốc gia sẽ đột ngột thay đổi chủ nghĩa cấp tiến là điều không tưởng. Các xã hội tư bản dân chủ cấp tiến đã phát đạt và mở mang vì nó rất giỏi trong việc kích thích và vận dụng sáng tạo nhưng đồng thời giải quyết các ảnh hưởng quá đà của chính nó hay các yếu tố tiêu cực ngoại cuộc.

Hai giáo sư đã đi sâu phân tích các yếu tố lịch sử và hiện tại để biện minh chủ nghĩa cấp tiến sẽ trường tồn. Tính năng động của sự thay đổi liên tục và tính tương thuộc gia tăng đang ngày càng tăng tốc độ, từ vấn đề môi trường, vũ khí sinh học, chiến tranh mạng, đã làm cho mọi quốc gia phải dựa vào các quy định quốc tế để duy trì nền an ninh của mình, và chủ nghĩa tư bản toàn cầu phải dựa vào khả năng quản trị tài chánh và thương mại quốc tế. Ngay cả Trump mặc dầu có những lời nói và hành động trái ngược với xu hướng cấp tiến, trên thực tế vẫn tiếp tục nhiều chính sách của các vị tiền nhiệm; còn trong các vấn đề khác thì các quốc gia trong trật tự cấp tiến này đã nhận lãnh vai trò này, không cần đến Trump hay lãnh đạo từ Oval Office. Trong thời đại thương thuộc toàn cầu, ngay cả người hiện thực cũng phải là một người quốc tế (internationalist).

Tóm lại, nền dân chủ cấp tiến đã tồn tại và phát triển khi phải đối diện với bao thử thách lớn lao hơn, từ Đại Khủng khoảng đến Trục Quyền (Đức Ý Nhật) đến phong trào cộng sản quốc tế. Do đó có mọi lý do để tin là nó sẽ vượt qua thử thách kỳ này. Nhưng trên hết, sự lạc quan về chủ nghĩa cấp tiến dựa trên một sự thật đơn giản: các giải pháp của những vấn đề hôm nay là càng dân chủ và càng trật tự cấp tiến. Tương thuộc và hợp tác là đặc tính của nền chính trị thế giới. Qua tiến trình lịch sử, tiến hóa, khủng hoảng và thay đổi huyên náo là điều bình thường, và chủ nghĩa cấp tiến rất giỏi về mặt cưỡi trên các bão táp xáo trộn của chuyển động lịch sử. Theo hai giáo sư nhận định thì các chế độ phi tự do sẽ bị chôn vùi trong thời nguy biến trong khi chủ nghĩa cấp tiến sẽ chậm rãi tiến về phía trước.

Thế giới bộ lạc (tribal world)

Thế giới bộ lạc nhìn nhận bản sắc và chủng tộc quyết định tất cả.

Giáo sư luật Amy Chua cho rằng người Mỹ, giới phân tích cũng như các nhà làm chính sách của họ, không quan tâm hoặc không ghi nhận tầm trong trọng của chủ nghĩa bộ lạc trong chính trị quốc tế [5]. Họ chỉ chú tâm đến vai trò của ý thức hệ và kinh tế và có khuynh hướng nhìn nhà nước-quốc gia (nation-states) như là thành phần tổ chức quan trọng nhất. Làm như thế họ đánh giá không đúng về vai trò mà đặc tính của nhóm (group) đã ảnh hưởng đến cách hành xử của con người như thế nào. Họ bỏ qua dữ kiện quan trọng rằng tại nhiều nơi, bản sắc vẫn mang tầm quan trọng nhất - nơi mà người ta sẽ sẵn sàng sống chết vì nó - không phải là vấn đề quốc gia mà là chủng tộc, vùng, tôn giáo, giáo phái hoặc gia tộc, bộ lạc. Không nhìn thấy sức mạnh của bộ lạc sẽ ảnh hưởng không chỉ đến cách người Mỹ nhìn thế giới mà còn cách họ hiểu về chính xã hội của họ.

Chua trích dẫn cuộc nghiên cứu gần đây của đội nghiên cứu tâm lý đối với các em bé 4 tới 6 tuổi, chia thành hai đội đỏ và xanh. Các em bé nam và nữ này thể hiện một trí nhớ lệch lạc có hệ thống, chỉ nhớ những điều tích cực về nhóm của mình nhưng tiêu cực đối với nhóm khác. Các nhà nghiên cứu kết luận rằng sự nhận thức của trẻ em đối với các bạn khác là méo mó sâu rộng chỉ vì là thành viên của một nhóm xã hội. Các cuộc nghiên cứu khác đối với trẻ em - thành phần được cho là ngây thơ, không bị nhiều thành kiến cũng như thành thật hơn - đưa đến những kết luận rằng khi thấy nhóm của mình thành tựu thì nó làm cho trung tâm tưởng thưởng (reward centres) của bộ não con người được kích thích; ngay cả khi nhóm khác bị thất bại hay đau đớn thì cũng phản ứng như thế; và sự đồng cảm với người cùng nhóm, hay sự ác cảm đối với người khác nhóm, nhất là khi các nhóm đó đã từng thù nghịch hay không thích nhau từ lâu, đã tác động lên trẻ em ngay từ nhỏ.

Chua biện luận rằng bản sắc nhiều khi mang tính quyết định hơn ý thức hệ. Trường hợp điển hình là Chiến tranh Việt Nam. Lãnh đạo Hoa Kỳ đã đánh giá quá thấp về việc người Việt trong cả hai miền Nam và Bắc muốn được độc lập dân tộc, so với sự cam kết đối với ý thức hệ Mác. Trong khi đó, Hà Nội chấp nhận sự ủng hộ về kinh tế và quân sự từ Trung Quốc, là đồng minh tiện lợi lúc đó, nhưng mỗi đứa bé Việt Nam từ nhỏ đã học lịch sử rằng cha ông của họ đã chiến đấu và đã chết để giải phóng đất nước của họ từ sự đô hộ ngàn năm của Trung Quốc, bắt đầu từ năm 111 trước Công nguyên. Cuộc chiến biên giới giữa Việt Nam và Trung Quốc năm 1979 càng chứng tỏ bản sắc quyết định hơn ý thức hệ cộng sản. Tuy nhiên lãnh đạo Hoa Kỳ trong cuộc chiến Việt Nam không cân nhắc yếu tố này trong chính sách của mình.

Chua cũng đưa trường hợp của Afghanistan ra làm thí dụ cho thấy Hoa Kỳ cũng quên tầm quan trọng của bản sắc chủng tộc. Sau sự kiện 11 tháng 9, Hoa Kỳ đưa quân vào Afghanistan để tiêu diệt al Qaeda và lật để chế độ Taliban. Afghanistan là quốc gia có mối quan hệ phức tạp giữa các sắc tộc và bộ lạc. Hơn 200 năm, Pashtuns là sắc tộc lớn nhất chiếm vị thế áp đảo tại đây. Taliban không chỉ là một phong trào Hồi Giáo mà còn là phong trào chủng tộc. Pashtuns thành lập và chiếm đa số Taliban. Sau khi lật đổ Taliban năm 2001 chỉ trong vòng 75 ngày, Hoa Kỳ thành lập chính phủ đứng đầu là Hamid Karzai, người gốc Pashtuns, nhưng phần lớn các bộ chính trong chính phủ này đều là người gốc Tajiks. Người Pashtuns nghĩ họ bị gạt ra ngoài lề, cho nên mặc dầu nhiều người Pashtuns cũng thù ghét Taliban, ít ai trong họ sẵn sàng ủng hộ một chính phủ mà đặt quyền lợi của kẻ thù truyền kiếp của họ lên trên chính họ. 17 năm sau khi Hoa Kỳ xâm chiếm nước này, một cuộc chiến dài nhất của Hoa Kỳ, Taliban vẫn chiếm một phần lớn lãnh thổ của Afghanistan. Bây giờ tuy các giới khoa bảng và các nhà làm chính sách hiểu những phức tạp về chủng tộc tại Afghanistan, sự nhận thức này hơi trễ và cũng chưa mang lại ý nghĩa nhiều đối với chính sách tại đây.

Một trường hợp khác nữa là chiến tranh Iraq. Các kiến trúc gia và những người ủng hộ cuộc chiến Iraq không cân nhắc các yếu tố đã chia rẽ sâu sắc giữa các hệ phái theo Shiites, Sunnis và Kurds tại Iraq, tầm quan trọng chính yếu về sự trung thành đối với bộ lạc và gia tộc trong xã hội Iraq. Bởi vì họ quên một điều cụ thể “sự hiện hữu của một thiểu số áp đảo thị trường (market – dominant minority)”. Sunnis đã áp đảo nền chính trị của Iraq nhiều thế kỷ, đầu tiên dưới sự cai trị của Ottoman, và đặc biệt dưới thời Saddam Hussain. Trước khi Hoa Kỳ xâm chiếm Iraq, khoảng 15 phần trăm dân số Iraq là người Ả Rập Sunni thống trị nền kinh tế, chính trị và quân sự của nước này, trong khi phái Shiites chiếm đa số ở thành thị và nông thôn. Thay vì mang lại hòa bình và thịnh vượng cho Iraq, nền dân chủ non trẻ đã dẫn đến chiến tranh giáo phái, đưa đến sự hình thành nên cái gọi là Nhà nước Hồi Giáo IS/ISIS, một phong trào cực đoan phái Sunni nhằm tiêu diệt phái Shiite, những người bỏ đạo và cả người Tây phương vô đạo. Nhờ chính sách thay đổi 180 độ về sự quan tâm của quân lực Hoa Kỳ kể từ năm 2007 để họ được giáo dục hơn về các động lực phức tạp về giáo phái và sắc tộc tại quốc gia này nên đã mang lại những thành công đáng kể, kể cả sự gia giảm về bạo lực giữa các giáo phái và nạn nhân của quân đội Hoa Kỳ và Iraq.

Trong những năm gần đây, Hoa Kỳ, một quốc gia được xem là dân chủ cấp tiến và phần lớn không hiểu các suy nghĩ và hành xử kiểu hậu bộ lạc (post tribalism), nay cũng không còn miễn nhiễm nữa. Lần đầu tiên trong lịch sử Hoa Kỳ, người Mỹ da trắng đã gần như bị mất vị thế chiếm đa số tại quốc gia này. Cuộc nghiên cứu năm 2011 cho thấy hơn một nửa người Mỹ da trắng tin rằng “người da trắng thay thế người da đen thành nạn nhân chính của sự kỳ thị”. Khi các nhóm cảm thấy bị đe doạ, họ dễ trở thành phòng thủ hơn, hẹp hòi hơn và khoác áo chủ nghĩa bộ lạc hơn (ta với địch). Nó cũng đưa đến sự căng thẳng giữa da trắng với da đen, Thiên Chúa Giáo, Da Thái và Hồi Giáo, cấp tiến và bảo thủ v.v…

Nhưng có một nguyên nhân khác dẫn đến căn bệnh chủ nghĩa bộ lạc tại Hoa Kỳ ngày nay. Lịch sử Hoa Kỳ trước đến nay không có chuyện “một thiểu số áp đảo thị trường”. Phần lớn đất nước này do đa số người da trắng tương đối thống nhất nhau ảnh hưởng một cách áp đảo về kinh tế, chính trị và văn hóa. Nhưng giờ đây, sự thịnh vượng của Hoa Kỳ tập trung vào một thiểu số nhỏ sống dọc các bờ biển, và họ chiếm phần lớn Wall Street, truyền thông và Thung lũng Silicon (Valley). Tuy họ không phụ thuộc vào bất kỳ một chủng tộc nào, họ có những nét văn hóa riêng biệt, họ chia sẻ các giá trị phổ quát như chủ nghĩa thế tục, đa văn hóa, chấp nhận đa nguyên giới tính, ủng hộ di dân và nền chính trị cấp tiến. Họ được xem là không quan tâm hay ngay cả đối nghịch với quyền lợi đất nước. Chua biện luận Trump biết sử dụng các yếu tố này, sự bất mãn của người dân nói chung và người Mỹ da trắng nói riêng, tuyên bố “phải lấy lại nước mình” hoặc “làm cho nước Mỹ vĩ đại trở lại”.

Chua kết luận rằng một cách để thoát khỏi hoàn cảnh chia rẽ này là phải giải quyết cả hai vấn đề kinh tế lẫn văn hóa. Hàng trăm năm qua, cơ hội kinh tế đã nâng cao nấc thang xã hội giúp cho Hoa Kỳ hội nhập thành công mọi người khác thuộc mọi sắc tộc nhau hơn tất cả các quốc gia khác. Cho nên sự sụp đổ của cơ hội thăng tiến đó nên được xem là một vấn đề cấp bách của quốc gia. Trên bình diện thế giới cũng như tại Hoa Kỳ, sự đoàn kết sẽ không tự nhiên đến mà phải bằng sự chăm chỉ, lãnh đạo gan đạ và ý chí tập thể.

Thế giới Mác (Marxist world)

Thế giới Mác xít nhìn nhận phân chia đồng đều và bình đẳng vật chất quyết định tất cả.

Kể từ năm 1967, thu nhập trung bình của 60 phần trăm dân số Hoa Kỳ đã trì trệ mặc dầu sự thu nhập và giàu có của những người giàu nhất đã gia tăng. Robin Varghese nhận xét rằng Mác tin tưởng cách mạng sẽ đến đối với các nền kinh tế tư bản phát triển nhất, nhưng không, nó lại đến với các quốc gia chậm phát triển hơn như Nga và Trung Quốc [6]. Giữa thế kỷ 20, các nước Tây Âu và Hoa Kỳ đã học cách quản lý sự bất ổn và bất công, đặc trưng của nền tư bản thời Mác. Tuy nhiên, hơn ai hết, Mác hiểu rõ cơ chế đã làm suy thoái chủ nghĩa tư bản, và các vấn đề đã mọc ra khi chính quyền không tích cực giải quyết nó, như đã thấy trong 40 năm qua. Do đó Varghese cho rằng chủ nghĩa Mác không quá cố mà vẫn còn cắt nghĩa được các vấn đề ngày hôm nay.

Varghese phân tích áp lực của giới thương gia là cần tích luỹ vốn liếng trong điều kiện cạnh tranh của thị trường, như sau. Một, những người công nhân luôn nhận lấy phần ít hơn về mình so với những gì họ đóng góp để tạo ra kết quả, đưa đến sự bất công và bần cùng. Hai, sự cạnh tranh giữa các nhà tư bản để giảm chi, như lương công nhân, bắt buộc họ phải nghĩ đến khoa học kỹ thuật để có thể giảm bớt sức lao động. Các kỹ thuật này sẽ loại trừ một số việc, làm cho một thành phần xã hội vĩnh viễn bị mất hoàn toàn hay một phần việc làm. Ba, Mác cho rằng sự cạnh tranh gây gắt sẽ dẫn đến sự tập trung và sự lớn mạnh của một số doanh nghiệp, và các doanh nghiệp có nhiều lợi nhuận hơn sẽ loại trừ các doanh nghiệp nhỏ hơn, và càng như thế càng cạnh tranh và càng hiện đại về kỹ thuật, đưa đến nhiều thặng dư hơn. Tuy nhiên các thặng dư này cũng không được chia đồng đều, làm cho hai điều một và hai nói trên gia tăng.

Nhưng Mác đã đánh giá thấp sức mạnh của nỗ lực chung (của chế độ tư bản) để cải tổ chính trị. Và Mác cũng sai lầm về khả năng của nền kinh tế tư bản trong việc thỏa mãn nhu cầu của con người, ít nhất là về mặt vật chất.

Đối với các nước phát triển, từ năm 1948 đến 1973, lương bổng gia tăng song song với năng suất, nhưng kể từ năm 1973, năng suất gia tăng gần 75 phần trăm, trong khi mức lương thật sự chỉ tăng dưới 10 phần trăm. Đối với 60 phần trăm gia đình, lương bổng không thay đổi gì đáng kể. Và đây chính là lý do làm cho Mác hiện hữu trở lại, như đã tiên đoán được diễn tiến của chủ nghĩa tư bản. Nói cách khác, tuy chủ nghĩa tư bản mang lại sự giàu có và sự phát triển khoa học kỹ thuật chưa từng thấy trước đây, nó không thể đáp ứng được nhu cầu của toàn xã hội.

Theo Varghese thì Mác biện luận rằng vấn đề không phải là giới hạn về vật chất mà là chính trị và xã hội: sự sản xuất được sắp xếp theo quyền lợi của giai cấp tư bản hơn là cho toàn xã hội; ngay cả khi cá nhân các nhà tư bản và công nhân suy nghĩ và hành động hợp lý, cả hệ thống lại phi lý. Khi nhu cầu sản xuất gia tăng, giới tư bản muốn đầu tư nhiều hơn vào khoa học kỹ thuật để gia tăng năng xuất, gia giảm tiền lương cho công nhân. Trong vài thập niên qua, những người dưới bằng cấp trung học chiếm tỷ lệ dưới 50 phần trăm lao động. Với kỹ nghệ tự động hóa và trí tuệ nhân tạo, tất cả các việc này đều có thể bị xóa sạch trong vài thập niên tới. Theo tổ chức OECD thì có đến 14 phần trăm, tức 60 triệu, công việc trong các quốc gia này có thể được tự động hóa. Theo công ty tư vấn McKinsey thì 30 phần trăm của mọi thời gian làm việc toàn cầu có thể được tự động hóa. Những công nhân này sẽ làm gì, sẽ được phân phối trong xã hội như thế nào, thì chưa ai biết được. Theo tiến trình của 50 năm qua gợi ý thì các công nhân này sẽ không được thu nhận vào lực lượng lao động nếu số phận của họ được quyết định bởi thị trường. Thêm vào đó, tiến trình thay đổi do khoa học kỹ thuật mang lại sẽ đưa đến sự tập trung thị trường (market concentration), với những thương nghiệp ngày càng lớn mạnh sẽ áp đảo sản xuất. Mác tiên đoán một thế giới không phải độc quyền mà là độc quyền cạnh tranh, trong đó những kẻ mạnh đang hiện hữu sẽ thụ hưởng lợi nhuận, những kẻ yếu hơn sẽ vất vả để tồn tại, và những kẻ mới vào sẽ phải nỗ lực sáng tạo để chiếm dần thị trường. Các thương nghiệp lớn có lợi thế hơn, về sáng chế cũng như mạng lưới sẵn có, mua và sát nhập các thương nghiệp nhỏ, hay sa thải công nhân khi cần để gia tăng cạnh tranh v.v… Từ năm 1982 đến nay, sáu lĩnh vực chiếm 80 phần trăm nhân công tại Hoa Kỳ (tài chánh, sản xuất, dịch vụ, bán lẻ, bán sỉ, và tiện ích và giao thông) ngày càng tập trung cạnh tranh. Khi các đại thương nghiệp như Amazon, Apple, FedEx chiếm áp đảo địa hạt của mình tại các nền kinh tế Tây phương, công nhân bị thiệt thòi nhiều nhất.

Sự thách thức lớn nhất đối với quan điểm của Mác là sự hình thành và phát triển của nhà nước phúc lợi (welfare states) ở Tây phương vào giữa thế kỷ 20, phần lớn là do các đảng dân chủ xã hội đại diện giới công nhân. Kiến trúc sư trí tuệ John Maynard Keynes là nhân vật chính của các phát động này. Ông biện luận rằng hoạt động kinh tế không phải được điều khiển bởi quyết định đầu tư của giới tư bản mà chủ yếu là sự tiêu thụ của người dân thường. Ảnh hưởng của Keynes lên nền kinh tế và chính trị rất lớn, giúp cho các đảng chính trị tả lẫn hữu điều chỉnh chính sách, đạt được hiệu năng, công bằng và mọi người đều có việc (full employment), điều mà Mác không thể tưởng tượng có thể xảy ra. Tuy nhiên từ thập niên 1970 trở đi, các chính phủ này gặp nhiều khó khăn trong việc vượt qua các giới hạn của chủ nghĩa tư bản, một bên là công việc đầy đủ cho mọi người, nhưng lực lượng lao động đến từ nó đã dẫn đến sự giảm sút lợi nhuận. Varghese cho rằng về lâu dài, quyền lợi kinh tế của tư bản đã thắng cung cách tổ chức chính trị của người dân.

Giải pháp cho các vấn đề phức tạp và đầy thử thách trên là đầu tiên ghi nhận sự giới hạn của chính trị trong thời đại vàng son của chủ nghĩa tư bản, bao gồm sự kết hợp của các công đoàn mạnh, sự quản trị cung cầu theo chủ thuyết của Keynes, chính sách tiền tệ lỏng lẻo, và sự quản lý vốn, sẽ không thể nào dẫn đến xã hội công bằng trong chủ nghĩa tư bản mãi được. Thử thách của ngày hôm nay là tìm ra những đường nét chính của nền kinh tế hỗn hợp mà đã đem lại những kết quả đáng kể trong thời đại vàng son của chủ nghĩa tư bản như nói trên, và thêm vào đó khởi động cho sự bình đẳng về phái tính và sắc tộc. Nói cách khác, nó cần sự sắp xếp định chế mới được hỗ trợ bởi các hình thức chính trị mới.

Thế giới kỹ thuật (Tech world)

Thế giới kỹ thuật nhìn nhận cách mạng công nghệ, nhất là trí tuệ nhân tạo, quyết định tất cả.

Theo Drum thì tiên đoán tương lai ra sao rất khó, thôi thì nhìn về quá khứ để tìm giải thích [7]. Thế kỷ 19 là bình minh của nền dân chủ cấp tiến. Nhưng nó cũng là thế kỷ của đế quốc và thực dân Tây phương. Nó cũng bắt đầu cuộc chiến tranh toàn diện. Thế lực tôn giáo đi xuống trong khi chủ nghĩa dân tộc đi lên. Và nó cũng bất đầu thời đại của bình đẳng. Phụ nữ đòi bình quyền tại Seneca Falls, New York, và Tân Tây Lan là quốc gia đầu tiên cấp quyền sử dụng lá phiếu bầu cử. Anh cấm buôn nô lệ, Hoa Kỳ giải phóng nô lệ và Nga trả tự do cho nông nô.

Dân chủ, chủ nghĩa tư bản, chủ nghĩa thực dân, chiến tranh hiện đại, chủ nghĩa dân tộc, và quyền bình đẳng đã đưa đến bao hệ quả, và lý do ra đời của hàng ngàn cuốn sách về các vấn đề này. Nhưng theo Kevin Drum thì tất cả những điều nêu trên không quan trọng. Điều quan trọng nhất của địa chính trị trong thế kỷ 19 là cuộc Cách mạng Công nghệ. Không có nó thì sẽ không có giai cấp trung lưu, như thế không có áp lực để dân chủ hóa. Sẽ không có cuộc cách mạng tư bản vì các nhà nước nông nghiệp không cần đến nó. Sẽ không có thực dân hóa ở tầm lớn bởi vì giới hạn của sự thèm muốn nguyên liệu thô đối với các quốc gia phi kỹ nghệ. Sẽ không có chiến tranh toàn diện nếu không có kỹ nghệ sản xuất thép và độ chính xác rẻ. Và nếu thế giới phần lớn vẫn ở trong trạng thái văn hóa và kinh tế chủ yếu dựa trên nền nông nghiệp sinh tồn truyền thống, rất có thể là nền nô lệ sẽ không chấm dứt và nữ quyền sẽ không bắt đầu.

Các yếu tố chính tác động ở thời đại này là động cơ hơi nước, lý thuyết vi trùng, điện và xe lửa. Vào năm 1800, không ai biết tương lai địa chính trị của thế kỷ 19 sẽ như thế nào, nhưng nó đã được chuyển động trước đó chín thập niên khi Thomas Newcomen đã chế tạo thành công động cơ sử dụng hơi nước đầu tiên. Drum cũng tin rằng các thế hệ người máy tiếp theo sẽ tác động lên tiến trình lịch sử nhân loại trong thế kỷ 21. Kết quả cuộc cạnh tranh và đối đầu giữa hai cường quốc Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc sẽ được định đoạt khi một bên thắng được trí tuệ nhân tạo. Để đạt đến đó, Drum cho rằng máy vi tính cần phần cứng mạnh như bộ não con người (hardware) và phần mềm có khả năng suy nghĩ (software). Hiện tại bộ óc con người có thể tính từ 10 đến 100 petaflops (bằng một triệu tỷ, tức 10 luỹ thừa 15, tính toán một giây), và sức mạnh của máy vi tính hiện nay cũng tương đương như thế. Nhưng một cái máy siêu vi tính như thế chiếm bằng một căn phòng, tốn hơn 200 triệu, và tiền điện mỗi năm tốn 5 triệu đô la. Vấn đề là làm sao máy nhỏ hơn và rẻ hơn. Nghiên cứu về máy tính lượng tử hiện nay nằm trong mục tiêu đó. Các nhà chuyên về trí tuệ nhân tạo AI cho rằng có 50 phần trăm cơ hội là AI sẽ thực hiện được tất cả các hoạt động của con người vào 2060, trong khi giới AI Á Đông thì cho rằng có thể hiện thực khoảng năm 2045.

Các nhà nghiên cứu này không nghĩ rằng các máy móc này chỉ làm được các việc thường ngày thôi, mà nó còn có thể nấu burger, viết tiểu thuyết và thực hiện giải phẫu. Nó sẽ làm nhanh hơn, không bao giờ biết mệt, sẽ cập nhật kiến thức thế giới mới nhất trong vòng tích tắc, và có sức mạnh phân tích hơn bất cứ một cá nhân nào. Hiện nay thì chưa có vẻ gì sẽ đạt được kết quả như thế, nhưng trng vòng vài thập niên tới, máy robot sẽ làm cho hàng triệu người mất việc.

Drum cho rằng mấu chốt vấn đề là liệu Trung Quốc, trong vòng 20 năm tới, đạt được kỹ nghệ AI tốt nhất không? Nếu được, họ có thể trở thành bá quyền, nếu họ muốn. Nếu không thể thì họ sẽ không được.

Còn vấn đề khủng bố thánh chiến? Nó sẽ trở thành nạn nhân của AI. Những máy bay không người lái hiện tại (drone) đã đẩy lùi các nhóm khủng bố này, nói gì đến các máy được điều khiển bởi AI trong tương lai. Không có tổ chức nào với kỹ thuật kém có thể tồn tại được. Chiến tranh trong tương lai chủ yếu là do giữa máy móc với nhau. Nhiều công việc sẽ mất vì tự động hóa, kể cả lái xe truck. Phân tích của công ty PwC vào năm 2017 cho hay có đến 38 phần trăm công việc tại Hoa Kỳ có nguy cơ bị tự động hóa vào đầu thập niên 2030. Vào thập niên 2040, các nhà nghiên cứu phỏng đoán các máy vi tính sẽ có thể tự thực hiện nghiên cứu công trình toán học mới, giải phẫu, viết tiểu thuyết bán chạy nhất và có thể làm bất cứ công việc nào đòi hỏi khả năng nhận thức như trên. Không như cuộc Cách mạng Công nghệ đầu tốn gần 100 năm để chuyển động, lần này nó chỉ mất một hai thập niên, và AI sẽ là kỹ nghệ mang lại lợi nhuận nhiều nhất so với tất cả các thứ khác.

Điều này có hệ quả gì đối với chính trị? Theo Drum thì vai trò của các chính quyền hiện tại là quản lý và kiểm soát nền kinh tế cho quyền lợi chung của toàn thể người dân. Cho nên nền chính trị trong tương lai là chính quyền có khả năng sử dụng sức mạnh của AI cho đa số dân chúng. Những người theo chủ nghĩa Mác thì đã có lời giải: để robot kiểm soát phương tiện sản xuất, rồi phân chia chiến lợi phẩm cho cho mọi người hưởng theo nhu cầu của họ. Nền dân chủ cấp tiến cũng sẽ có cơ hội nếu lãnh đạo của họ nhìn nhận vấn đề một cách nghiêm túc, tìm cách làm cho chủ nghĩa tư bản thích ứng với một thế giới mà trong đó việc sản xuất hàng hóa tách biệt với công việc (lao động). Điều đó có nghĩa kìm chế sức mạnh của tài phiệt, tái suy nghĩ khái niệm thế nào là một tập đoàn, và chấp nhận một mức độ bình đẳng nào đó về phân phối hàng hóa và dịch vụ.

Drum ghi nhận hai thử thách lớn nhất của thế kỷ 21 là nạn thất nghiệp lớn do AI mang lại, và thay đổi khí hậu do nhu cầu năng lượng. Với kỹ thuật tân tiến hiện nay, gió và năng lượng mặt trời là lời giải cho năng lượng sạch. Nhưng cần phải sản xuất ở tầm lớn. Robot rẻ và khôn, tức có AI, sẽ là lời giải. Chủ nghĩa bộ lạc không còn quan trọng nữa. Ai quan tâm đến bản sắc nếu công việc đều do máy móc làm ra? Dân chủ cấp tiến sẽ còn hiện hữu nếu nó biết cách giải quyết nạn thất nghiệp lớn so với các hình thức chính quyền khác. Tôn giáo cũng sẽ gặp nhiều khó khăn với thế giới đầy máy móc như thế. Lịch sử chứng minh sự đói kém về kinh tế ở tầm lớn đem lại ít hơn những cải tổ tiến bộ sâu sắc so với các cuộc cách mạng và chiến tranh bạo động. Drum cho rằng điều quan trọng là phải hiểu và nghĩ đến cách đối phó tốt nhất đối với những gì sẽ xảy ra trong thời gian tới.

Thế giới hâm nóng (warming world)

Thế giới hâm nóng nhìn nhận thay đổi khí hậu và hợp tác toàn cầu quyết định tất cả.

Nền dân chủ toàn cầu đang xuống dốc, sự phục hồi kinh tế không làm cho lương bổng người dân Tây phương tăng lên đáng kể, và sự trổi dậy của Trung Quốc đe doạ quyền lực của Hoa Kỳ, có nguy cơ đưa đến cuộc chiến tranh khủng khiếp. Tuy thế, đối với Joshua Busby, không có đe doạ nào trong thế kỷ 21 có thể so sánh bằng hâm nóng địa đầu [8]. Tác động của khí hậu trái đất đòi hỏi sự chú tâm và nguồn lực, và sẽ có ảnh hưởng lớn lao lên nền kinh tế toàn cầu và quan hệ quốc tế hơn bất cứ một trọng lực nào khác trên thế giới hiện nay.

Hiện tại độ nóng bề mặt trái đất là trên 1.2 độ Celsius so với trước thời Cách mạng Công nghệ. Giới khoa học gia đồng thuận với nhau rằng nhiệt độ gia tăng cao nhất để tránh thay đổi khí hậu là 2 độ C. Sẽ không có khác biệt bao nhiêu giữa gia tăng 2 độ C so với 3 hay 4 độ. Khi khí hậu gia tăng, sự phân tán hiện tượng khí hậu sẽ chuyển đổi. Các trận lụt mà trước đây 100 năm xảy ra bây giờ sẽ xảy ra 50 hay 20 năm. Các trận mưa vũ bão như tại Hawaii đầu năm nay với 50 inches trong vòng 24 tiếng đồng hồ có thể diễn ra thường xuyên hơn. Các kiểu thời tiết mới này sẽ gây ra các xáo trộn xã hội và chính trị, đưa đến các ảnh hưởng lên địa chính trị. Mực nước biển dâng, các vùng đất trồng trột chết, các trận bão và lụt khổng lồ sẽ làm cho một số quốc gia không thể sống được nữa. Những thay đổi này sẽ thử nghiệm hệ thống quốc tế hiện nay những cách thức mới và khó tiên đoán.

Theo Busby, các đe doạ mang tính lịch sử toàn cầu đòi hỏi mức độ hợp tác mang tính lịch sử toàn cầu. Nếu nhân loại đối diện thành công với vấn đề này, đó là vì lãnh đạo biết pha trộn trật tự toàn cầu với ý thức về mục đích chung và ghi nhận sự thay đổi sâu sắc về vấn đề phân chia quyền lực. Trung Quốc và Hoa Kỳ phải làm việc chặt chẽ với nhau và với các tác nhân khác, các chính quyền trực thuộc các quốc gia, cũng như các công ty và các tổ chức phi chính phủ.

Trong 17 năm được ghi nhận có bằng chứng nóng nhất thì 16 năm là từ năm 2001 đến nay. Nhiều kiểu mẫu khí hậu rất lạ diễn ra khắp nơi, các khoa học gia nhận định có cái liên quan đến thay đổi khí hậu, có cái không rõ lắm. Mùa thay đổi. Hạn hán xảy ra khi các nhà khí tượng học trông đợi mưa. Thiếu mưa đưa đến nguy cơ cháy rừng, như đã thấy tại tiểu bang California năm ngoái (lẫn năm nay). Khi mưa, nó mưa ào ạt cùng lúc, như đã thấy ở Houston qua trận cuồng phong Harvey. Khi mực nước biển gia tăng và bão gia tăng mạnh mẽ hơn, các biến cố mà từng được xem là mực nước cao bình thường sẽ gây lụt cho các hạ tầng cơ sở ven biển, như đã xảy ra ở Miami trong những năm gần đây. Điều đó đưa đến nhu cầu gắn các hệ thống thiết bị bơm nước mưa với trị giá hàng trăm triệu đô la.

Đến giữa thế kỷ này, mực nước biển gia tăng cao đến độ nó có thể phá hoại vùng đất nông nghiệp và nước uống ở nhiều quốc gia hải đảo thấp so với mặt nước biển, làm cho những nơi đó không thể sống được lâu nữa trước khi nó bị ngập dưới nước. Các biến chuyển này sẽ thay đổi nền chính trị toàn cầu một cách sâu sắc. Các quốc gia như Trung Quốc và Hoa Kỳ có dân số lớn và hạ tầng cơ sở giá trị nhưng dễ bị nguy hại đối với thay đổi khí hậu. Các chính quyền này sẽ phải sử dụng đến các phương tiện quân sự để cứu người và tái xây dựng các thị trấn và thành phố bị tàn phá. Trong năm 2017, ba trận bão lớn đánh phá Hoa Kỳ liên tiếp, và các cơ quan dân vệ phòng chống thiên tai phải cần được hậu thuẫn của quân đội để ngăn ngừa tổn thất nhân mạng tầm lớn. Hàng chục ngàn vệ binh quốc gia đã được điều động để cứu người, cung cấp về tiếp tế, tái thiết các dịch vụ căn bản và pháp luật. Tổng phí đối với các cơn bão này và các trường hợp cấp cứu khác liên quan đến thiên tai trong năm 2017 thôi đã lên đến 300 tỷ đô la.

Trung Quốc cũng có các vấn đề riêng của nó. Dọc ven biển phía nam, những thành phố như Quảng Châu và Thượng Hải, dễ bị lụt lội. Ở phía bắc, trung tâm công nghiệp của quốc gia, các vùng này thường bị thiếu nước, ảnh hưởng đến 500 triệu người. Trong 25 năm qua, 28 ngàn con sông tại Trung Quốc đã biến mất. Giải quyết vấn nạn lớn như thế không rẻ. Một dự án chuyển nước từ nam lên bắc tốn ít nhất 48 tỷ đô la, và mặc dầu chưa hoàn tất, Trung Quốc cho rằng họ đã cải thiện được an ninh nước và 50 triệu người được hưởng lợi. Đối với những nơi bị lũ lụt, Trung Quốc đang nghiên cứu các thành phố hút nước nơi có thể gia tăng thoát nước tự nhiên.

Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc là hai quốc gia giàu có nên có thể chịu đựng tốn kém đối với các thiên tai này. Những quốc gia khác thì vất vả hơn, tổn thất về nhân mạng và vật chất nhiều hơn so với khả năng họ có thể gánh chịu. Từng cơn bão tuy gây thiệt hại đáng kể nhưng người ta có thể vực lại được. Còn thay đổi khí hậu thì nó gây thiệt hại lâu dài hơn. Trong khi một số quốc gia thì tràn đầy nước, những nước khác thì lại thiếu nước trầm trọng. Năm 2011 Somalia sau bao nhiêu thập niên chiến tranh lại hứng chịu hạn hán và tiếp theo nạn đói đưa đến 260 ngàn tử vong. Thay đổi khí hậu, qua gia tăng nhiệt độ và chuyển đổi kiểu mưa, làm cho nhiều vùng không đủ mưa hoặc mưa bất thường, ảnh hưởng đến mùa màn và lượng nước cần thiết cho nhu cầu con người. Đối với một số quốc gia, khi hiệu năng nông nghiệp bị giảm sút và các nguy cơ khí hậu khác sẽ làm cho người dân từ nông thôn chuyển đến thành thị hay sang qua biên giới quốc gia khác. Điều này sẽ ảnh hưởng sâu sắc lên nền chính trị khắp nơi. Thay đổi khí hậu sẽ trắc nghiệm các hệ thống phản ứng hiện nay về nhân đạo và thiên tai, cái đang gặp nhiều thách thức quá sức đối với các xung đột hình như không chấm dứt tại Somalia, South Sudan, Syria và Yemen.

Thay đổi khí hậu sẽ làm cho quan hệ quốc tế càng thêm căng thẳng. Sông Mekong là một thí dụ. Trong sáu quốc gia sử dụng chung con sông này, Ủy hội Sông Mekong được thành lập để giải quyết các tranh chấp nhưng Trung Quốc không muốn trở thành một thành viên dù là quốc gia lớn nhất và xây các đập ảnh hưởng nặng nề nhất ở thượng nguồn đối với các quốc gia ở hạ nguồn. Sự tranh chấp về lượng chảy của con sông này trở nên tệ hơn khi mà hạn hán trong vùng trở nên thường xuyên hơn. Khi hạn hán xảy ra ảnh hưởng đến mùa màng, giá cả lúa mì hay ẩm thực có nguy cơ gia tăng toàn cầu. Tại Ai Cập, khi nạn lạm phát giá cả ẩm thực hàng năm tăng lên 19 phần trăm năm 2011, nó giúp gia tăng các cuộc biểu tình lật đổ tổng thống Hosni Mubarak.

Để đáp ứng với các điều kiện khí hậu thay đổi, chính phủ có thể ban hành vô số các chính sách có khả năng gây tranh cãi. Cấm không cho xuất cảng các nguyên liệu qúy, mua đất ở nước ngoài, bắt sử dụng nhiên liệu sinh học, làm luật bảo vệ rừng, và hàng ngàn sự chọn lựa khác sẽ tạo ra kẻ thắng người thua và gia tăng sự căng thẳng trong nội địa và quốc tế. Thay đổi khí hậu sẽ bao gồm chuỗi vấn đề khác nhau, từ vận chuyển, năng lượng, xây cất, nông nghiệp, và bao địa hạt khác, và các ảnh hưởng tổng hợp của nó lên thành phố, sản xuất ẩm thực, và cung cấp nước uống sẽ là những thử thách khủng khiếp cho địa cầu này. Busby cho rằng với vấn đề ở tầm lớn như thế này, nó cần sự phối hợp và hợp tác giữa Hoa Kỳ và Trung Quốc để cùng nhau giải quyết. Còn nếu cạnh tranh chống đối nhau toàn diện thì tất cả đều bị thiệt hại. Sự hợp tác giữa các thỏa thuận quốc tế, mạng lưới tổ chức và những người dốc tâm tìm ra các giải pháp cụ thể là một cơ hội tốt nhất để tránh một thiên tai thay đổi khí hậu khủng khiếp đối với nhân loại.

Vài kết luận

Sáu quan điểm nêu trên chỉ là tiêu biểu, không phải là tất cả. Bên trong mỗi trường phái của các nhãn quan này đều có những nhận định và kết luận khác nhau, một cách sâu sắc. Ngoài sáu quan điểm này còn bao nhiêu lý thuyết và ý thức hệ khác nhau, làm cho thế giới chúng ta đang sống vừa thật sự đa nguyên vừa vô cùng phức tạp.

Càng phức tạp hơn cho những ai muốn đi tìm sự thật. Sự thật nằm ở đâu? Trong sự tổng hợp các quan sát trình bày trên hay, đơn giản và rốt cuộc vẫn là, trong cặp mắt người nhìn?

Francis Fukuyama nhận xét khá tinh tế và sâu sắc về ảnh hưởng của chủ nghĩa bộ lạc đối với nền chính trị thế giới trong bài mới nhất của ông trên Foreign Affairs [9]. Bài này tóm lược các ý chính trong cuốn sách mới nhất của ông sắp được phát hành. Fukuyama kết luận: con người sẽ không bao giờ ngừng suy nghĩ về chính họ và xã hội của họ về mặt bản sắc; nhưng bản sắc của con người không phải là cứng ngắt mà cũng không phải được cấu tạo lúc sinh thành; bản sắc có thể được sử dụng để chia rẽ mà cũng có thể để đoàn kết; sau cùng nó có thể là phương thuốc cho nền chính trị dân túy của thời hiện tại.

Khi chủ nghĩa bộ lạc vẫn còn hiện hữu, thể hiện qua chính trị về bản sắc, như Chua và Fukuyama phân tích, thì chính trị quyền lực cũng sẽ còn đó, không đi đâu cả. Như thế, về mặt chính trị và bang giao quốc tế, quyền lực và quyền lợi sẽ luôn đóng vai trò quan trọng, như Kotkin và những nhà hiện thực nhận định. Chỉ khi nào con người trở nên thánh thiện, tôn trọng và đối xử nhau một cách nhân ái, tương kính và không phân biệt, và không sử dụng bạo lực với nhau, thì quan hệ giữa con người và trên bình diện quốc tế mới thay đổi sâu sắc. Những tranh chấp về chủng tộc, tôn giáo, văn minh, phái tính, hay ý thức hệ v.v… sẽ còn với con người một thời gian dài. Do đó trong hiện tại, có lẽ chỉ có chủ nghĩa cấp tiến và nền dân chủ cấp tiến mới có khả năng giải quyết được các bài toán nhức nhối của con người, như Deudney and Ikenberry biện luận. Nền tảng tư tưởng/lý thuyết của chủ nghĩa cấp tiến là mọi người phải được đối xử bình đẳng, phải có quyền tự do cá nhân, nhân phẩm/quyền không bị chà đạp vì phái tính hay vì thuộc một nhóm xã hội nào đó (particular social group) v.v… Nhưng chủ nghĩa cấp tiến chỉ có thể là giải pháp lâu dài và vững ổn nếu các nhà lãnh đạo chính trị trong các thập niên tới có thể hoạch định những chính sách vừa phát huy tối đa hiệu năng của cuộc cách mạng công nghệ tới, vừa tái phân phối hàng hóa và dịch vụ một cách tối ưu (optimal) cho toàn xã hội, đồng thời cũng phải quan tâm đúng mức đến chính sách nhân dụng, như Drum đã biện luận. Còn không thì Mác sẽ “hiện hồn” về, chờn vờn ám ảnh và báo động những xung đột lúc ngấm ngầm lúc bùng nổ trong nền kinh tế tư bản cực đoan khi một thiểu số nắm mọi quyền lực vật chất trong tay, và đa số thì vất vả không ngừng, như Varghese trình bày. Sau cùng, khi thế giới bị hâm nóng một cách vô trách nhiệm thì môi trường sống sẽ bị ảnh hưởng sâu sắc, như Busby đã nhắc nhở. Khi di dân/tị nạn - là nạn nhân của tranh chấp chính trị qua chủ nghĩa bộ lạc, hay là nạn nhân của thiên tai/môi trường sống - phải tìm cách lánh nạn ở tầm lớn, nhưng thế giới, nhất là các quốc gia dân chủ và phát triển, lại quảnh mặt làm ngơ, thì tuyên ngôn quốc tế nhân quyền chẳng còn giá trị gì cả ngoại trừ trên giấy tờ. Đó có thể là mốc điểm của sự suy thoái toàn diện của nền văn minh toàn cầu.

Những vấn đề này có liên hệ gì đến mỗi chúng ta? Có nhiều lắm chứ! Mỗi chúng ta, không phân biệt, bằng suy nghĩ và hành động thực tiễn, có thể góp phần làm cho chính mình, gia đình, xã hội, đất nước và thế giới, tốt hơn. Không cần làm những gì quá lớn, ngoài tầm tay. Nền văn minh nhân loại sẽ bị huỷ hoại nếu chúng ta chỉ biết sống cho chính mình và chỉ biết quan tâm trong cuộc đời mình mà không nghĩ đến người khác và các thế hệ về sau. Cho nên chỉ cần bắt đầu bằng sự tử tế, liêm chính và tinh thần trách nhiệm, thì một ngày nào đó những tinh thần và giá trị này sẽ loan tỏa sâu rộng và truyền lại cho các thế hệ mai sau. Cuối cùng chúng ta có quyền lạc quan nhưng không thể tự mãn khi các thách thức của nhân loại vô cùng lớn lao trong khi số người quan tâm và đóng góp vẫn còn là thiểu số.

(Úc châu, 07/09/2018)

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Tài liệu tham khảo:

1. TT Barrack Obama, “Remarks by the President at the White House Summit on Global Development”, The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 20/07/2016.

2. Foreign Affairs, “Which world are we living in?”, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 10-55. Vì các bài viết này rất hay và sâu sắc, thay vì tóm lược vài ý chính để toàn bài ngắn gọn hơn, tôi quyết định viết ngắn gọn nhưng vẫn cố duy trì lập luận chính của tác giả này. Mục đích là để cho độc giả không chỉ biết họ biện luận gì mà còn biện luận ra sao khi họ tìm cách thuyết phục hay bảo vệ quan điểm của mình. Độc giả cũng có thể tìm đọc các nguyên tác này nếu có điều kiện.

3. Stephen Kotkin, “Realist World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 10-15.

4. Daniel Deudney and G. John Ikenberry, “Liberal World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 16-24.

5. Amy Chua, “Tribal World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 25-33.

6. Robin Varghese, “Marxist World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 34-42.

7. Kevin Drum, “Tech World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 43-48.

8. Joshua Busby, “Warming World”, Foreign Affairs, Volume 97, Number 4, July/August 2018; pages 49-55.


9. Francis Fukuyama, “Against Identity Politics”, Volume 97, Number 5, September/October 2018; pages 90-114. Hoặc tìm mua sách “Bản sắc: Nhu cầu về Phẩm giá và Chính trị của Oán giận” (Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment), Profile Books, October 2018.

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واشنگٹن (جیوڈیسک) امریکی وزیر خارجہ مائیک پومپیو نے کانگریس کو بتایا ہے کہ سعودی عرب اور متحدہ عرب امارات کی حکومتیں یمن میں تنازع کے خاتمے کی غرض سے جاری فوجی آپریشن کے دوران میں شہریوں کے جانی تحفظ کے لیے ہر ممکن اقدام کررہے ہیں۔ پومپیو نے ایک بیان میں کہا ہے کہ انھوں […]

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          Trump administration: Saudi coalition in Yemen acted 'in good faith'      Cache   Translate Page      
The determination that active steps are being taken to protect civilians and alleviate the humanitarian crisis will allow the U.S. to continue to refuel aircraft used by the Saudi coalition.
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The award-winning stage production of the smash hit film THE FULL MONTY is on its way to Storyhouse in Chester in less than two weeks boasting an all-star cast.

But catch it while you can as this is the final ever tour of THE FULL MONTY, which won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production.

THE FULL MONTY comes to Storyhouse in Chester from Monday 24 September to Saturday 29 September 2018. There are matinee performances on the Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.

The cast will be led by Gary Lucy as Gaz (Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks, Danny Pennant in EastEnders, DS Will Fletcher in The Bill, Kyle Pascoe in Footballer's Wives, runner-up of Dancing on Ice 2010); along with Andrew Dunn as Gerald (best known as Tony in Dinnerladies and for his regular appearances playing Alastair Campbell on Bremner, Bird and Fortune); Louis Emerick as Horse (Norman the Doorman in Benidorm, Mick Johnson in Brookside, PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine, Mike in Coronation Street); Joe Gill as Lomper (Finn Barton in Emmerdale); Kai Owen as Dave (Rhys in Torchwood and Pete in Hollyoaks); and James Redmond (Finn in Hollyoaks and Abs Denham in Casualty).

The 2018/19 tour will be directed by previous THE FULL MONTY cast member and Coronation Street actor Rupert Hill.

The Full Monty is one of the most acclaimed British films ever and THE FULL MONTY stage play has become one of the most phenomenal theatrical productions ever.

This brilliant production about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose took the world by storm and has become one of Britain's most successful shows.

Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), this hilarious and heartfelt production has received standing ovations every night and features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

THE FULL MONTY is Simon Beaufoy's first work for the theatre. His screen credits include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, Battle of the Sexes and Slumdog Millionaire, as well as The Full Monty.

The UK and Ireland Tour of THE FULL MONTY has design by Robert Jones and choreography by Ian West, with casting by Marc Frankum.

The 2018/19 UK and Ireland Tour of Simon Beaufoy's THE FULL MONTY, based on the Fox Searchlight Pictures motion picture, is presented by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers and is a Sheffield Theatres production.

Storyhouse has a dynamic pricing policy on the majority of shows, ensuring the earlier you book your tickets, guarantees the best seats at the lowest price. Tickets range from £20.50 to £39.50.

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          France seeks release of citizen held by Yemeni Houthis      Cache   Translate Page      

PARIS France is in talks with Houthi forces in Yemen to secure the release of one its citizens held since June after his boat ran into difficulty near the country’s main port of Hodeidah, a French diplomatic source said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.Alain Goma, 54, has been in prison in the capital Sanaa, which is …

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          HOW AMERICA COULD GET PULLED INTO A WAR IN YEMEN      Cache   Translate Page      

By: Mohammed Ayoob ow that the struggle for Syria is all but over, Yemen has become the focal point for the tussle for power and influence between Saudi Arabia and Iran—the two major powers competing for primacy in the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East. The Saudis, having lost in Syria, are doubling their …

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FIRST YEMENI DRONE ATTACK ON SAUDI-LED FORCES IN HUDAYDAH !!!

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          Roma, il calendario 2019 della polizia disegnato da dodici famosi fumettisti      Cache   Translate Page      
L’incasso di quest’anno sarà devoluto al progetto “Yemen” dell’Unicef per aiutare 9,9 milioni di bambini che necessitano di accesso sicuro all’acqua, prevenzione e cura alle malattie e supporto psicosociale per i più giovani
          World: Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2019

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( p), Similar ( u), or Lower ( q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season. Additional information is provided for countries with large food insecure populations, an expectation of high severity, or where other key issues warrant additional discussion. Analytical confidence is lower in remote monitoring countries, denoted by “RM.” Visit www.fews.net for detailed country reports.


          World: Global Weather Hazards Summary: September 14 - 20, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, World, Yemen

Flood risk remains high over parts of Nigeria, as heavy rainfall is expected to continue

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Heavy rainfall caused flooding in western and southern Nigeria. The forecast rain during the next week increases the risks for flooding over the region.

  2. Torrential rain has increased the level of the Atbara and Dindir Rivers. Additional rainfall over the region is likely to further raise water levels, including the Nile River and its tributaries.

  3. Irregular rainfall since June has resulted in deteriorated ground conditions across parts of western Uganda, northeastern DRC, and southern South Sudan.

  4. Despite an overall improvement in rainfall over the past four weeks, deficits remain over portions of southwestern Ethiopia and eastern South Sudan.


          Woke Goyims! What is This, an Epidemic of Truth Breaking Out?      Cache   Translate Page      
Don't know when this was printed, but the Afghan deaths number is woefully low. Then one would have to add the 100,000 or so Libyans and the 500,000 Syrians butchered while bringing the peculiar American style of liberty to their nation. And yes, the Yemeni slaughter is also part of this murder on an industrial scale.
Copied these comments from an article by Phillip Giraldi at UNZ.com, "Target Syria: Will a new war be the October Surprise?"
Tom Welsh says: September 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm GMT

The founders of the state of Israel took the land which it now claims from its real owners by unlimited violence, simply killing everyone who resisted. If, for 70 years, the Palestinians have “refused to come to a deal”, it is for the same reasons that the victims of murder and robbery do not agree to “a deal” with the criminals who murdered their families and robbed them of their ancestral possessions.

Remind me, what is the statute of limitations on murder, robbery and genocide? Are Israelis to be forgiven sooner than Nazis who committed identical crimes?
"How do you like your new-found freedom kids? What's that, speak up, I can't hear you?"
steinbergfeldwitzcohen says: September 11, 2018 at 8:05 pm GMT

Pretty clear: nutty Haley is a whore who will say anything she’s told. So Mr Trump, is anyone ever fired in your admin?
I am seeing clear signs Trump is a puppet or incompetent

Anonymous[299] • Disclaimer says: September 11, 2018 at 9:36 pm GMT

The biggest tragedy here is that the (((people))) in control of the US/UK/France want a war against Iran/Russia/China. Their speciality is goyim-on-goyim slaughter and the WW3 is actually necessary for their messianic ambitions. Their plan is to watch it from underground bunkers and rule over whatever is left afterwards.

That’s why I said “it’s only a matter of time”. They will never stop on their own.
My favorite!
jacques sheete says: September 11, 2018 at 11:58 pm GMT • 100 Words

Are Israelis to be forgiven sooner than Nazis who committed identical crimes?

Apparently they are. Just like the crimes of the Commies have long ago gone down the memory sewer.

PS: Any crimes of the Nazis likely paled in comparison to what the Reds had been up to for decades prior. And compared to what Churchill and FDR did. Maybe it’s time to ditch corny, goofy old war propaganda; huh?
You protest, and with justice, every time Hitler jails an opponent; but you forget that Stalin and company have jailed and murdered a thousand times as many. It seems to me, and indeed the evidence is plain, that compared to the Moscow brigands and assassins, Hitler is hardly more than a common Ku Kluxer and Mussolini almost a philanthropist. If you will denounce the orgy of sadistic fury that has gone on in Russia in terms at least as violent as those you have applied to your political opponents for years past, then I’ll be glad to print your denunciation, and to hail you with joy as a convert to fair play.
- H. L. MENCKEN Baltimore, letter to Sinclair Lewis, 1936
The American Mercury, Vol 38, No. 150, June 1936, THE OPEN FORUM, pp vi- vii.
(Another quote from the intransigent Mr. Mencken regarding patriotism)
"Patriotism: A variety of hallucination which, if it seized a bacteriologist in his laboratory, would cause him to report the streptococus purogenes to be as large as a Newfoundland dog, as intelligent as Socrates, as beautiful as Mont Blanc, and as respectable as a Yale professor."--A Book of Burlesques, 1920
This Syrian baby saw American patriotism up close, too close.
The most WOKE Goyim in the 'Comments' section:
DESERT FOX says: September 11, 2018 at 12:51 pm GMT

The Zionist and Zionist controlled deep state attack on 911 was used as a fraudulent excuse to attack Iraq and Afghanistan and the attack was the result of the plan of the Zionists to benefit Israel and the Zionist goal of a NWO.

Then this plan for the destruction of the Mideast was used to include Libya and Syria in their diabolical scheme and so Libya was destroyed and Syria was next on the Zionist chopping block and so AL CIADA aka ISIS and all the branches of this demonic cabal were armed and funded by the U.S./ISRAEL/BRITAIN and NATO and unleashed on Syria.

Then Syria on the brink of defeat requested the help of Russia and with the help of Russia the tide was turned and the whole scheme of the unholy trinity of the U.S./ISRAEL/BRITAIN was exposed and shown to the world to be entirely a Zionist plan for destruction of not only Syria but the Mideast.

Thank God for Putin and Russia and Assad and Syria for standing up against the Zionist NWO and defending Christians in Syria.
Another very astute Goyim!
JoaoAlfaiate says: September 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm GMT

American concern for the folks in Idlib would be a bit more convincing if Uncle Sam hadn’t bombed Mosul and Raqqa to powder while killing thousands of civilians. And what about the Saudi bombing of the Yemen using US weapons and US refueling a/c in which just recently 40 school kids were killed? Looking a bit further back, there were the 500,000 kids the US starved in Iraq which Madeline Albright stated was “worth in” to keep Saddam in his box? Yeah, we really have a great concern for Arab civilians; what a bunch of lies!

What this is all about is trying to reverse Assad’s victory in the civil war in his own country in which the terrorists were funded and armed by the US and its allies. It’s all about bring chaos and disaster to another Arab country for Israel’s benefit. Regime change is a joke; the Israel Firsters dominating our foreign policy didn’t care a wit what American intervention brought to Iraq and Libya; creating failed states was quite enough.

The danger here, of course, is that the Russians have a formal alliance with Syria and an attack on Syria is bound to kill Russians and could lead to WW3. Only Israel’s friends here care enough about who runs Syria to risk WW3. Most of the rest of us couldn’t care less who governs Syria and would prefer to let the Syrians sort things out. But Israel’s supporters here have a different agenda which puts us all at risk. And it sure looks like once again we are going to attack one of Israel’s enemies for Israel’s benefit.
American freedom, the taste of lead with a side of hot shrapnel..

Whether it's Syria or Occupied Palestine or Lebanon or Iraq or Libya or Yemen, wherever Israel's bitches get told to attack and destroy, they do it almost gleefully, with children being one of their favorite targets:
And then there is this bit of 20-20 foresight:


Why are the biggest blood-thirsty war mongers chicken shits when it comes time for THEM to get shot at? Like these pieces of human slime, who must need to watch Muslims getting murdered by the thousands to become sexually aroused.
A lie about Mike Pompeo’s Gulf War service started with an anonymous Wikipedia edit

US Central Intelligence Agency director and Army veteran Mike Pompeo never served in the Gulf War.

But that’s not what prominent members of the US Congress and major media outlets have said in articles and in public statements in recent months. Pompeo was never deployed there, the CIA says.

The fake claim seems to have first appeared in public in a Wikipedia biography of Pompeo, which was changed anonymously in December 2016. Pompeo has never repeated it himself, but he and the CIA have never corrected the prominent error.
My money is on that fat turd Pompeo or he ordered a flunky to post the LIE.

Just think of the possibilities if the spineless bitch had served! The SOB could of gotten a lead taste of his own medicine and comfortably resting in some National Cemetery, or be plagued with the Gulf War illness, which has disabled tens of thousands of American cannon fodder. Or realize that war isn't fun and not always be agitating to send more of our troops to fight and die for the glory of Apartheid Israel and the bottom line of those TBTF Wall Street banks casinos.

Now we know why Israeli CRIME MINISTER Netenyahu told his tool Trump to hire Nutty Nikki Haley as US rep to the UN. She's a true Shabbos Goy, always ready to serve Israel's interests, not the USA's. Her arrogance, lies and tantrums she throws at the UNGA should be an embarrassment for all Americans. But I bet the phony Christian Evan-genitals just love the crazy bitch, since they know she can help bring about Armageddon, so Jesus can come back and Rapture them to Heaven. Except the stupid, clueless morons don't know--or won't admit--that the word Rapture doesn't appear in the Bible.
Nutty Nikki is 'making her bones' at the UN, showing the Zionist Jews that she's more than qualified to be the next Israeli ass-kissing war monger to install in the WH.

Wonder how long it took Nutty's lip muscles to stop getting sore from all that Israeli ass-kissing she's done?
NEVER FORGET that Israel masterminded the 9/11 False Flag and for damn sure, NEVER FORGIVE those loathsome SOBs for that day.

These former living beings never forgot the horrible crimes they were ordered to commit by the Pentagon. Their conscience finally overwhelmed their desire to live with those scenes, so they took the FINAL way out. An actual FINAL SOLUTION.
Suicide among U.S. military veterans higher in certain states

2017: “… 20 veterans a day commit suicide. The numbers come from the largest study undertaken of veterans’ records by the VA…”
P.S. One more quote from Mr. Mencken. Seems like some of our current malaise has been going on for quite some time:
(4) H. L. Mencken, review of The Goslings by Upton Sinclair (Baltimore Sun, 23rd February, 1924)

Upton Sinclair's assumption that it is the aim of the public school to fan the intelligence and to produce large numbers of alert and curious youths of both sexes is foolish. The state maintains its control of elementary education, not primarily to reduce illiteracy and turn the eyes of the plain people toward the stars, but to make sure that they are not taught anything that is subversive. Public education is thus a police measure. The goal it moves toward is perfect standardization, perfect discipline, perfect imbecility. Mr. Sinclair denounces it bitterly because it is succeeding. He is a romantic fellow, and life is constantly shocking him. But he has written instructive and amusing book.

          Lélekemelő torna szépkorúaknak a győri Széchenyi egyetemen - fotók      Cache   Translate Page      
Lélekemelő torna szépkorúaknak a győri Széchenyi egyetemen - fotókTizenötéves története van már a szépkorúak tornájának a Széchenyi István Egyemen. A foglalkozások jóhíre bejárta az egész várost. Az egyik szomszédasszony kérdi a másiktól, mitől lett ilyen friss, fitt, fiatalos, és jókedélyű. "Juditka tornájától" - kapja a választ, és alig várja, hogy ő is csatlakozhasson. Példaértékű és szívmelengető ez a kezdeményezés.
          Bloody siege of Yemeni port resumes as US certifies Saudi concern for civilians      Cache   Translate Page      
Aid groups have warned that the renewed assault on Hodeidah threatens not only to kill tens of thousands of civilians, but to push millions more into starvation.
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          10 Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi air raids      Cache   Translate Page      

SANA’A (Web Desk) The jet fighters of the coalition forces targeted motorcars and ordinary people in their airstrikes on Kilo 16 neighborhood in Al-Hudaydah.Given the intensity of the airstrikes, relief workers have yet to recover the bodies of the victims and wounded people from under the debris, Almasirah said.Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some …

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Hi. I need you to write a website content. The site is about nonprofit coding Bootcamp organization in Yemen. We teach youth coding. A similar Organization to us is recoded (Re-coded.com). The organization called GoCodes.I need the content to be inspiring motivating and convincing to the reader... (Budget: $30 - $250 USD, Jobs: Content Writing)
          Iran, Europe hold talks on Yemen, Syria crises in Brussels      Cache   Translate Page      
IFP – A senior Iranian official has discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the ongoing crises in Yemen and Syria, with top European diplomats. Hossein Jaberi Ansari,...
          Keith Vaz May Want to End His Life in Yemen, But Is He Serious About Stopping the Saudi War That is Destroying Yemen?      Cache   Translate Page      
You can rely on the Tories to be fully supportive of Saudi Arabia — the world’s leading anti-S
          Yemeni forces backed by Saudi-led coalition cut off road between Hodeidah, Sanaa      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition cut off the main road between the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah and the capital Sanaa, dealing a setback to the Houthi group who control both cities, military sources said on Thursday.

          Ex-Army Officer Reveals Attempts by US Gov'ts to Hide Saudi Links to 9/11      Cache   Translate Page      

A former US army officer and freelance writer disclosed that the US administrations have always attempted to conceal links between Saudi Arabia with the hijackers who caused the 9/11 tragedy, regretting that many American citizens are not aware of Riyadh's role in spreading extremism, support for terrorism and crimes in Syria and Yemen.

"Since 9/11, there has been a sustained effort, across both Republican and Democratic administrations, to conceal from the public any indication of Saudi government links to the attacks," Brian McGlinchey told FNA on Saturday.

McGlinchey launched 28Pages.org in July 2014 as an information and activism hub for the nonpartisan movement to declassify 28 pages on Saudi links to 9/11.


          “Çok daha ileriye…”      Cache   Translate Page      
Akçakoca Belediye Başkanı Cüneyt Yemenici, İŞKUR üzerinden belediyede görev yapan personeliyle bir araya geldi ve kahvaltı yaparak sohbet etti.
          Fighting resumes in Yemen's Hodeidah as peace talks stall      Cache   Translate Page      
A Saudi-led coalition launched air strikes on the outskirts of Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah as heavy fighting resumed days after U.N.-sponsored talks between the warring parties collapsed, military sources and residents said on Wednesday.

          Setback for Houthis as Yemeni government forces seize key road      Cache   Translate Page      
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          İslam İşbirliği Teşkilatı, BM'deki Yemen görüşmelerine katılmaya hazır      Cache   Translate Page      
İslam İşbirliği Teşkilatının İİT, Birleşmiş Milletler'in BM Yemen'le ilgili toplantılarına katılmaya hazır olduğu belirtildi.
          Spain walks back on decision to halt bomb sales to Saudis      Cache   Translate Page      

Spain says it will go ahead with a shipment of precision bombs to Saudi Arabia after consultations with Riyadh, reversion a previous decision and angering rights organizations who claim the weapons could harm civilians in Yemen

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          dal Mondo - In Yemen c'è la guerra da anni ma non se ne parla: perchè è interessata anche l'Italia (LucaScialo)      Cache   Translate Page      
LucaScialo scrive nella categoria dal Mondo che: Con l’avvento della televisione, ci sono guerre e guerre. Morti di serie A e morti di serie B, se non di serie C. Vittime di guerre più importanti che hanno il diritto di essere raccontate e rovinare pranzo e cena agli occidentali e vittime di guerre che possono passare in secondo piano. Se non ter
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          US Puts ‘Rubber Stamp’ of Approval on Saudi Slaughter of Yemeni Civilians      Cache   Translate Page      
Pompeo Saudi Slaughter Yemeni Civilians(CD) — As local journalists in Yemen reported that at least 15 civilians were killed in Saudi airstrikes in the port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially certified that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose three-year assault on the country has been made possible by U.S. support, are […]
          Saudi-led coalition seizes main road linking Yemen's Hodeidah to Sanaa      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized the main road linking the port city of Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa, blocking a key supply route for the Houthi group that controls both cities, military sources and residents said on Thursday.

          "Mamá, encontré un juguete": las bombas 'olvidadas' que matan a más niños que adultos en varios países del mundo      Cache   Translate Page      
Diez años después de un histórico acuerdo internacional sobre bombas de racimo, siguen muriendo decenas de civiles en países como Siria, Yemen y Laos por la explosión de estos artefactos. Dos tercios de las víctimas son niños.
           Jeremy Corbyn surrounded by diverse MPs at PMQs in Parliament       Cache   Translate Page      
Of the 14 Labour MPs sitting closest to Jeremy Corbyn at the despatch box yesterday, 12 were women and many had family roots in other countries - including Yemen, Nigeria and India.
           In U-turn, Spain to deliver laser-guided bombs to Saudis       Cache   Translate Page      
Spain will go ahead with the controversial delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, engaged in a bloody conflict in Yemen, Foreign Minister Josep...
           Saudi-led coalition seizes main road linking Yemen's...       Cache   Translate Page      
ADEN, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized the main road linking the port city of Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa,...
          Iran, Europe Hold Talks on Yemen, Syria Crises in Brussels      Cache   Translate Page      

A senior Iranian official has discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, particularly the ongoing crises in Yemen and Syria, with top European diplomats.

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          Yemeni forces, Saudi-led coalition seize main road linking Hodeidah port to Sanaa      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Do the American People Have the Stomach for Another War for israel (apartheid state) in Syria?      Cache   Translate Page      
Patrick J. McShay — Sept 12, 2018
“The US links itself to an Israeli government identifiable as a rogue regime by international standards, engaging as it does in torture, arbitrary imprisonment, and continued occupation of territories seized by its military. America’s own torture program was modelled after Israel’s.”
— *Philip Giraldi- Longtime Counter-Intelligence and Military Intelligence Officer with the CIA
“I’ve never seen a president- I don’t care who he is- stand up to them. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israeli’s know what is going on all the time. If the American people understood the grip the Israeli’s have on our government they would rise up in arms. Our citizens certainly don’t have any idea what goes on.”
— *Thomas Moore – Admiral US Navy and former head of the Joint Chief of Staff
Dees SyriaWe hear American politicians talk warmly and affectionately about our military and how they are fighting around the world to preserve our freedom and democracy. George Bush “The Dumber” liked to say “We have to fight them over there or we’ll have to fight them over here”.
The ugly truth that many Americans are getting wise to is that none of these wars has anything to do with American freedom and democracy, and instead, they have a lot to do with Israel’s control over our President, the Congress, the Senate, the Pentagon, and the State Department.
Last year I wrote in “Syrian War Lies and The Greater Israel Project” that this war was about regime change for the benefit of Israel, period.
The US, Israel, and other western countries sold out to Israel, like Germany, England, France along with Trump’s new pal’s, the head choppers in Saudi Arabia have all been arming, funding and protecting the terrorists in Syria for years. The despicable John “Traitor” McCain spent his final years in the Senate arming and funding terrorists.
Wikileaks published a leaked e-mail to Hillary Clinton from Israeli Intelligence saying that the “fall of the Assad regime would result in a regional sectarian war between the Sunni’s and the Shia, drawing in Iran, which, in the view of Israeli commanders would not be a bad thing for Israel and it’s western allies.”
*Virginia Senator Dick Black is on record accusing Hillary Clinton of ordering the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, to cover up her illegal transfer of arms and terrorists to Syria through Turkey.
*The US and Israel wanted a regional war to break out in Syria. Let that sink in.
*The Jerusalem Post recently reported that Israel has been arming and funding 12 terrorist groups in Syria for years. Is this how Israel spends the billions of dollars that we send them each year? Do you wonder why FOX News or the other networks didn’t report this news?
Trump said not long ago that he was pulling troops out of Syria but he has apparently changed his mind. The US Navy is currently conducting maneuvers in the region and the reason now given for staying in Syria was addressed by Naval Commander Scott Stearney who stated, They are concerned that “Iran’s activities in the region are promoting instability.” Really?
The US has been arming terrorists in Syria, Libya, and Iraq for years and is arming and sponsoring the Saudi slaughter that continues against the people of Yemen. The Turks, NATO members, have been active in Idlib for some time and have colluded with several terrorist groups including ISIS in Syria for years.
Israel bombs targets in Syria with impunity, claiming 200 bombing missions in Syria this year alone. They claim to be bombing Iranian targets, in much the same way that they blame Hamas every time they shoot another unarmed Palestinian.
The Trump administration, however, is concerned about Iran destabilizing the region? You really have to leave your brain at the door to follow this insane Neo-Con logic.
Trump needs to take control of America’s foreign policy that currently appears to be in the hands of Bibi Netanyahu, the Zionists at the Pentagon and the President’s National Security Adviser, and longtime  Israeli puppet, John Bolton who was no doubt behind cruelly cutting off aid to the prisoners in Palestine.
If he doesn’t, he will likely end up on the Mt. Rushmore of American war criminals alongside the Kenyon, Barack Obama, the head of the Bush Crime Family George H.W. Bush, and of course the scourge of Iraq, George Bush “The Dumber”.
In recent days Israeli puppet Nikki Haley oddly warned Syria’s Bashar al-Assad not to use chemical weapons against terrorists in Idlib, the last refuge of ISIS, Al Queda and other groups, and just yesterday the Wall Street Journal published an article citing unnamed US officials who claim Syrian’s President Assad is planning a chemical attack. I remember when intelligence from unnamed sources lied us into the war in Iraq.
This should serve as a false flag alert to everyone. What purpose would a chemical attack serve Syria or Russia in a war they are winning? John Bolton’s recent trip to Israel was no doubt to firm up their plans to intervene and another false flag gas attack has certainly worked in the past to get the base on board to fight another war for Israel, why not another?
Just yesterday afternoon Bolton said in a televised speech that the US, France, and Great Britain have agreed that any future gas attacks would be taken ”very seriously” and would require a much “stronger and harsher response”. Sounds like we will hear about a gas attack in Syria sooner than later.
The harsher response is what Bibi and the rest of Israels zealot’s want. the plan for “the Greater Israel Project”, which calls for the theft of much more land, won’t allow a retreat, and if the Syrians won’t gas their people the US/Israeli backed terrorists and associated White Helmets no doubt have their orders.
Also, Bibi has an interest in Genie Oil Company which is pumping billions in stolen Syrian oil from the Golan Heights and Assad has made some noise recently about retaking the Golan Heights.
Regime change would likely result in the Golan Heights, Stolen by Israel from Syria over 50 years ago, remaining with Israel. At least Bibi Netanyahu certainly believes it would.
Netanyahu has already been pressuring Trump to give America’s blessing to the theft of the Golan Heights, but even if Trump went along with it the rest of the world never would. Israel hasn’t many friends at the UN.
Russia’s Putin, Iran’s Rouhani, and Turkey’s Erdogan met recently to try to avoid more conflict as Turkey has been overrun with 3 million Syrian refugees. Putin and Rouhani deciding the time was right to move on Idlib, dismissed talks of ceasefire or further delays.
Fars News Agency reported that Russian and Syrian Fighters carried out strikes on terrorists in the Hama and Idlib area inflicting heavy losses. The question many are asking is what is the US goal in Syria? What exactly is the mission? Why should World War 3 start over this nonsense?
After years of sending terrorists into Syria to destroy the country and murder, it’s citizens, It would be a stretch for the US to now claim we are there on a humanitarian mission, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they try.
That might be a tough sell now since the Russian military just accused the US Air Force of using F-15 Fighters armed with banned White Phosphorus munitions while bombing the town of Hajin in Syria. The US and Israel have been accused of this before, the US famously in Fallujah, Iraq. No wonder the US is breaking with the International Criminal Court (ICC)
According to the State Department, with no UN mandate and no invitation from the Syrian government to stay, the new mission in Syria signed by Trump removes timelines on withdrawal. According to US special envoy James Jeffrey, they are committed to an “indefinitely extended stay.” The goal he said was “Containing Iran.”
That, no doubt, must seem reasonable to most FOX News watchers except what they didn’t address is the fact that there are no Iranian troops in Syria, nor are there any Iranian military bases in Syria.
*In a new warning at the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “If Assad, Russia and Iran continue down the path they are on the consequences will be dire”.
This would be hilarious if it weren’t so deadly serious. Haley must be aware that the rest of the world isn’t getting their news from FOX. The US has no moral superiority in Syria and dopey Nikki Haley couldn’t see the moral high ground from where she sits with binoculars.
What do you suppose Israel was really targeting on those 200 bombing raids inside Syria. Just who are US Fighters targeting in Hajin with white phosphorus? Why isn’t anyone asking these questions in the criminally negligent media?
The US and Russian fleets sit off the coast of Syria waiting for orders. What Trump does in Syria will make or break his presidency. If he doesn’t want to have the same “war criminal” tag that Bush and Obama carry around, Trump had better either keep Bibi on a shorter leash or break the chains Bibi has on him.
Either way at $20 trillion in debt we don’t have the resources, and I don’t think most American’s have the stomach for another war for Israel. The Syrian story is the next big story. The next great theft.

Related Articles By Patrick J. McShay:
*Syrian War Lies And The Greater Israel Project http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=97468


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          Suudi hava saldırılarında 10 sivil yaşamını yitirdi      Cache   Translate Page      

Suudi Arabistan liderliğindeki koalisyonun dün Yemen'in Hudeyde kenti yakınlarına düzenlediği hava saldırısında 10 sivil yaşamını yitirdi, 20 sivil yaralandı.

Suudi Arabistan liderliğindeki koalisyona ait savaş uçakları, dün Yemen'in Hudeyde kenti yakınındaki Kilo 16 bölgesini vurdu.

El Mesire haber sitesi, saldırıda 10 sivilin yaşamını yitirdiğini, 20 sivilin yaralandığını bildirdi.

Suudi koalisyonuna ait savaş jetlerinin bölgedeki motorlu araçları ve yayaları vurduğu belirtilirken, hâlâ enkaz altında kalan yaralıların kurtarılmasına çalışıldığı ifade edildi.

2015 yılından beri süren Suudi saldırılarında bugüne kadar 14 bin Yemenlinin öldüğü belirtiliyor.


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MADRID (AP) — Spain says it will go ahead with a shipment of precision bombs to Saudi Arabia after consultations with Riyadh, reversing a previous decision and angering rights groups who claim the weapons could harm civilians in Yemen. Foreign Minister Josep Borrell told Onda Cero radio Thursday that the government has found no irregularities […]
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Spain says it will go ahead with a shipment of precision bombs to Saudi Arabia after consultations with Riyadh, reversing a previous decision and angering rights groups who claim the weapons could harm civilians in Yemen.
          Borrell confirma que España mantiene el contrato de venta de 400 bombas a Arabia Saudí      Cache   Translate Page      
El ministro de Exteriores, Josep Borrell, durante la presentación de un libro en Madrid, en septiembre de 2017.

El ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Josep Borrell, ha confirmado hoy que España mantendrá el contrato de venta de 400 bombas de precisión láser a Arabia Saudí porque "no ha encontrado ninguna razón" para incumplirlo.

Borrell ha confirmado el mantenimiento del contrato en una entrevista en Onda Cero en la que ha explicado que esa decisión se ha adoptado tras una semana de trabajo intenso por parte de varios ministerios, entre ellos el suyo, sin que se haya detectado irregularidad alguna para cancelarlo.

El Ministerio de Defensa había avanzado que se cancelaría y que se devolverían los 9,2 millones de euros abonados por este material dejando así sin efecto el contrato firmado entre España y Arabia Saudí en enero de 2015.

Sin embargo, el Gobierno precisó después que ese contrato de venta de armas estaba en estudio, que no se había adoptado una decisión en firme y que su cancelación era una mera declaración de intenciones por parte de Defensa.

La cancelación de la venta de las bombas podía haber puesto en peligro a su vez el contrato de Arabia Saudí para la compra de cinco corbetas a la empresa Navantia, una posibilidad ante la que en las últimas semanas se han sucedido las protestas de los trabajadores de los astilleros de esta empresa en San Fernando.

¿Robles, desautorizada?

Al plantearle si cree que la ministra de Defensa, Margarita Robles, ha sido desautorizada con esta decisión, Borrell se ha limitado a señalar que lo último que iba a hacer era polemizar en público con una compañera de Gabinete.

Sí ha insistido en que no se han encontrado motivos para rescindir el contrato firmado por el Gobierno de Mariano Rajoy, y ante el argumento de que Arabia Saudí podría utilizar las bombas contra la población civil de Yemen, ha explicado que ese armamento es de precisión y, por tanto, no provoca efectos colaterales.

"Con este tipo de armas no puede haber esos bombardeos producidos con armas menos sofisticadas un poco lanzadas al azar y que provocan esa clase de tragedias que todos hemos condenado", ha añadido.

Con este tipo de armas no puede haber esos bombardeos producidos con armas menos sofisticadas un poco lanzadas al azar y que provocan esa clase de tragedias que todos hemos condenado

En ese contexto, ha recordado que su Ministerio anunció en agosto que a partir de ahora se van a revisar los criterios por los que se autoriza la exportación de armas.

"Este contrato está firmado hace tres años, ha pasado tres veces por la comisión interministerial que autoriza la venta de armas y no hemos encontrado ninguna razón para no cumplirlo", ha reiterado.

Borrell ha justificado en una "lógica inquietud" ante algunos escenarios bélicos, no sólo en Yemen, el que el Ministerio de Defensa haya revisado también todos los contratos pendientes de venta de armas.

Este contrato está firmado hace tres años, ha pasado tres veces por la comisión interministerial que autoriza la venta de armas y no hemos encontrado ninguna razón para no cumplirlo

"Creyó detectar en ese (el firmado con Arabia Saudí) alguna circunstancia que le llamaría la atención, como el hecho de que no era una venta de armas por parte de una empresa que las fabrica, sino que era parte del stock de munición del propio Ejército", ha añadido.

Ante la pregunta de si Arabia Saudí había trasladado al Gobierno que si ese contrato no se mantenía rescindiría el de la compra de cinco corbetas, el ministro ha señalado que ese país "considera las relaciones en materia de armamento como un todo" pero no se explicita con esa "crudeza".

QUERRÁS VER ESTO

Informe: España ha vendido €270 millones en armas a Arabia Saudí.

TAMBIÉN TE PUEDE INTERESAR

- ¿Se venderán las bombas a Arabia sí o no? ¿Mantendrá Navantia su contrato?

- Defensa dice ahora que el contrato con Arabia Saudí está en "fase de estudio"

- El Gobierno rebaja a declaración de intenciones el anuncio de no vender bombas a Arabia Saudí


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The United States has given Riyadh a "rubber stamp" for the Saudi-led war effort, critics say.
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Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday, after the deal was halted amid concerns over the Saudi role in the war in Yemen.

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Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday, after the deal was halted amid concerns over the Saudi role in the war in Yemen. Reported by Reuters 13 minutes ago.
          #15 ¿Saben qué es lo más grave en el asunto de venta de armas a Arabia Saudí?      Cache   Translate Page      

Así, si estamos en guerra con Yemen y no se sabe cuantos estados más no nos extrañe que luego pasen cosas desagradables en España.

» autor: portera


          ABD, Suudi Arabistan ve BAE'nin Yemen'deki kayıplarını azaltmaya çalışacak      Cache   Translate Page      
ABD, Suudi Arabistan ve BAE'nin Yemen'deki kayıplarını azaltmaya çalışacakABD, Suudi Arabistan ve BAE'nin Yemen'deki kayıplarını azaltmaya çalışacak
ABD Dışişleri Bakanı Mike Pompeo, Kongreye yaptığı bildirimde, Suudi Arabistan ve BAE'nin Yemen'deki askeri operasyonlarından kaynaklanan sivil kayıplarını azaltmak için bu ülkelerin girişimlerde bulunacaklarını bildirdi.

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The Trump administration on Wednesday said it was sticking with Saudi Arabia and its allies, telling Congress that they are doing all they can to avoid civilian casualties in Yemen's bloody civil war — a controversial conclusion that will permit continued U.S. support in the campaign and allow American military ...

          Democratic Republic of the Congo: MSF Switzerland is recruiting an Emergency Coordinator (medical or para-medical)      Cache   Translate Page      
Organization: Médecins Sans Frontières
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Yemen
Closing date: 30 Sep 2018

Context

To fulfill its mission of assistance to victims of conflicts, epidemics or natural disasters, MSF-Switzerland has created an emergency pool, of which members are experienced individuals capable of evaluating a situation, opening and coordinating projects. The post of emergency coordinator (medical or para-medical) reports to the Operations
Department at headquarters in Geneva, and in particular to the Emergency cell. (If a coordination team is already present in the mission however, the E-Coordinator is responsible to that team first).
The candidate is expected to 1) work in all contexts set by the emergency desk and 2) have the flexibility to work in different positions including MEDCO, Ecoordo, FieldCo, Medical Referent 3) work in emergency contexts with regular cells and fill gaps in regular projects if need be.

Duty Station

All countries where the emergency desk opens activities, which require an urgent response. On call, the emergency coordinator should be available within 48 hours for rapid and short interventions. He/she is part of a core group of medicals, para-medicals and support staff responsible for responding to:

· exploratory missions
· epidemic outbreaks
· nutritional crises
· displaced populations and/or refugees’ camps
· surgical emergencies
· natural disasters

Job Description

· Implementation of and participation in exploratory missions and evaluations, on the request of Emergency Desk.
· Definition, implementation (or modification) of the operational strategy of an emergency intervention.
· Identification and management of the means necessary for the implementation of an emergency intervention.
· Coordination and supervision of volunteers (emergency) in the field.
· Specific Reports on the interventions.
· According to the decision taken by headquarters, the Emergency Coordinator (medical profile) can be asked to coordinate an activity, which is under the responsibility of a Head of Mission in the country where the section is already active.
· The Emergency Coordinator (medical profile) commits himself/herself to be available at any time, less than 48 hours maximum; he/she must be reachable in all circumstances.
· The Emergency Coordinator (medical profile) can be asked to intervene within the framework of certain MSF trainings and to take part in international meetings.

Necessary Profile

· The post is open to a person with a medical or para-medical profile
· Capacity to bring patient and public health at the chore of the operation strategy.
· Specific knowledge desired:

  • Emergency public health
  • Response to epidemics
  • Emergency vaccinations
  • Response to severely malnourished populations
  • Method of investigation, epidemiological monitoring
  • Significant experience in general coordination (profile Head of Mission, Medical Coordinator, Project
    Coordinator…)
  • Expertise in analyses of unstable contexts / crises situations
  • Capacity to quickly evaluate an emergency situation on ground and to propose an appropriate strategy of
    intervention
  • General knowledge of MSF in emergency management
    · Fluency in French and English is essential; knowledge of another language is an asset (Arabic, Spanish and/or
    Portuguese in particular).
    · Knowledge of information and communication equipment used by MSF.
    · Leadership & capacity to make priorities
    · Capacity of analysis of Context & program
    · Capacity for coordination and organization.
    · Diplomacy, broadminded spirit.
    · Availability, flexibility and mobility.
    · Capacity to negotiate and make decisions
    · PSP training.

Required Conditions

· Expatriates with 24 months of field experience with MSF in a coordination role, who have had at least one mission in an emergency context with MSF Switzerland. Or expatriates from other humanitarian organisations, with 24 months of field experience in emergency contexts in a coordination role, who have carried out at least one mission in an emergency context with MSF Switzerland.
· Field-based contract for one year, renewable.
· Per-diem on the field at the time of interventions
· Salary according to MSF experience
· Duration of the direct interventions on the field: from 4 weeks to 3 months (certain flexibility is asked in the event of needs).
· The compensating rest in between 2 missions (in addition to 25 days of legal holidays) will be negotiated each time of return with the emergency desk in Geneva.


How to apply:

Applications (CV and a cover letter) to be sent to:
HR Emergency Cell - Médecins Sans Frontières Suisse
78 rue de Lausanne - Case postale 116 CH-1211 Geneva 21 - Switzerland
or by e-mail: Ecell.gva@geneva.msf.org with the subject line – E POOL APPLICATION – ECOORDO MED
DEADLINE: 5PM 30th September 2018


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Spain will go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday, after the deal was halted amid concerns over the Saudi role in the war in Yemen.

          Solidarietà. Il calendario a fumetti della Polizia per aiutare l’Unicef in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

ROMA – Dodici tavole composte da altrettanti famosi fumettisti per il calendario 2019 della Polizia di Stato che tradizionalmente accosta l’attività degli agenti ad affermati artisti con l’obbiettivo di raccogliere fondi per l’Unicef. Dal 2001 infatti il […]

L'articolo Solidarietà. Il calendario a fumetti della Polizia per aiutare l’Unicef in Yemen sembra essere il primo su Lario News.


          Yemen'de halk felaketlerle boğuşuyor      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen'de devam eden iç savaş nedeniyle ülkedeki yaşam koşulları giderek kötüleşiyor. Halk, yoksulluğa, açlığa ve bulaşıcı hastalıklara karşı mücadele veriyor.
          Il Giornaletto di Saul del 13 settembre 2018       Cache   Translate Page      

Il Giornaletto di Saul del 13 settembre 2018 – I Palestinesi dicono no alla marcia Perugia Assisi, evoluzionismo e creazionismo, crimini degli spargitori di democrazia, empatia e transfert, Pisa: Salute e Ambiente, approfondimenti sull’attentato dell’11.9, Yemen: un’altra strage di bambini per mani saudite…

Care, cari, Patrizia Cecconi su Pressenza spiega la critica dei palestinese del Lazio alla marcia della pace Perugia Assisi. Il titolo dell’articolo è “Si fa presto a dire pace” e non spiega il contenuto dell’articolo, diminuendo in questo modo la sua diffusione e il suo impatto…. (Marco Palombo in riferimento all’articolo: http://www.circolovegetarianocalcata.it/2018/09/11/comunita-palestinese-roma-no-alladesione-alla-marcia-della-pace-perugia-assisi/)

Risposta di Patrizia Cecconi a Marco Palombo: “Mi chiedo se è proprio necessario esser sempre critici sul lavoro degli altri o se invece qualche volta si può essere propositivi: https://www.pressenza.com/it/2018/09/si-fa-presto-a-dire-pace/ - Forse ti sfugge che il pubblico di Pressenza è “variegato” e un titolo “militante” riduce le letture ai soli “addetti ai lavori”e a me invece interessa uscire dal recinto. Noi lo sappiamo chi è Pacifici, cosa significa la Comunità ebraica ecc ecc, ma a me interessa che lo sappiano anche quelli che rappresentano, anche in buonafede, il sostegno alla narrazione sionista. Comunque ogni opinione resta un’opinione…”

Evoluzionismo, creazionismo… e la costante presenza della memoria – La coscienza individuale è in costante movimento ed evoluzione, seguendo i diversi modi di sviluppo della società od i periodi storici nei quali si manifestano le vicende umane. Ogni transizione assomiglia al superamento di un livello d’apprendimento, un po’ come succede nella spirale del DNA. La coscienza, in questo caso meglio definirla mente, si muove dalle espressioni più semplici a quelle più complesse. Una sorta di testimonianza-memoria dei vari processi sofisticati della vita… – Continua: http://bioregionalismo-treia.blogspot.com/2018/09/evoluzionismo-creazionismo-e-la.html

Foggia. Incontro sul bracciantato – Scrive Stefano Gianandrea: “’Unione Sindacale di Base sta promuovendo per il 22 settembre a Foggia un convegno -incontro sulle tematiche del bracciantato agricolo. Abbiamo invitato il Ministro Centinaio, il Presidente della Regione Puglia, Emiliano ed il Presidente della Regione Calabria, Oliviero. Nel corso del convegno l’USB presenterà le proprie proposte sul sistema agroalimentare italiano. Info: stefano.gianandrea@gmail.com”

I crimini degli “spargitori di democrazia” dal 1991 a oggi – Scrive Marinella Correggia: “Il documentario “Tutto sarà dimenticato?” tratta in modo tematico e cronologico i crimini e le menzogne dell’Asse delle Guerre (e complici volontari e involontari) dal 1991 sino a Libia, Siria e Yemen, un progetto per diffondere un po’ di verità contro le guerre. Ovviamente moltissimo materiale è rimasto fuori…” – Continua: http://www.circolovegetarianocalcata.it/2018/09/12/tutto-sara-dimenticato-documentario-crimini-e-menzogne-dellasse-delle-guerre-dal-1991-ad-oggi/

Commento di Giuseppe Sannino: “Sarà così fintanto che la FED ha la sovranità monetaria e il Governo USA per pagare i debiti ad essa è costretto a fare continue guerre spacciandole per atti umanitari. Seguo Saba e lui in una intervista spiega questo concetto che ai più, compreso me, non lo pensa neanche nell’anticamera del cervello. È assurdo come la pedagogia del potere ci abbia reciso tante sinapsi dei neuroni che abbiamo in testa che non ci permettono di notare cose così elementari…”

Mia rispostina: “Scrive Nino Galloni, collega di Saba ed ex dirigente del Tesoro Italiano, nel suo libro “Bank – il futuro della banca” a pag. 71: Storicamente i banchieri (e chi per loro) hanno sempre evitato più della peste che si capisse come funziona una banca, meglio come funzionano le banche…”

San Severino Marche. Reminder concertino – Scrive Giovanni: “Vi invito per il 14 Settembre ad un concertino di Caramé. Inizio concerto ore 19. A seguire cenetta ognuno porta qualcosa. In caso di pioggia il concerto si svolgerà comunque in casa… staremo vicini vicini. Soprattutto in questo caso è gradita la conferma della vostra venuta un giorno prima. Casa di Giovanni: San Severino Marche, tel. 339.1031521”

Empatia e transfert… – L’empatia ed il transfert sono necessari per la comprensione dei giochi della mente, la compartecipazione ed il riconoscimento di condividere tutti gli aspetti esaminati, questo è il solo modo -secondo me- per trovare soluzioni agli squilibri ed alle disfunzioni della psiche. Perciò lo psicoterapeuta svolge anche una funzione sacerdotale, sciamanica, e questo non è un atteggiamento eretico, anzi proprio questo consente di apportare elementi di guarigione… – Continua:https://circolovegetarianotreia.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/empatia-transfert-e-guarigione-psichica/

Siria. Iniziate le riprese del falso attacco chimico a Idlib – Scrive Stop Nazisionismo: “I MERCENARI DELLA NATO GIRANO L’ ENNESIMO FILM DI UN FALSO ATTACCO CHIMICO  PER SDOGANARE AGLI OCCHI DEL MONDO LA “BONTA’” DELL’ INVASIONE NATO IN SIRIA IL FILM E’ L’ ENNESIMO FALSO, MA GLI ASSASSINI CI SONO DAVVERO SOLO CHE IN REALTA’ SONO I MERCENARI DELLA NATO E NON L’ ESERCITO SIRIANO COME RACCONTERA’ LA STAMPA ALL’ UNISONO APPENA IL FILM SARA’ PRONTO. ANCHE LE VITTIME SARANNO VERE : SONO I BAMBINI SIRIANI RAPITI APPOSITAMENTE DAI MERCENARI DELLA NATO…”

Commento de l’Antidiplomatico: “Squadre di diverse reti televisive del Medio Oriente e degli Stati Uniti sono arrivate nella città siriana di Jisr al-Shugur per riprendere un attacco chimico, ha riferito il ministero della Difesa russo…”

Pisa. Convegno su Salute e Ambiente – Scrive Arpat: “Al centro dei due giorni del convegno su Salute e Ambiente, che si tiene a Pisa il 21 e 22 settembre 2018, promosso dalla Società Italiana di Igiene e dall’Associazione Italiana di Epidemiologia, ci sono i fattori che legano l’ambiente alla salute umana, nonché gli attori coinvolti per tendere ad un’azione unitaria, coordinata e sinergica…” – Continua: http://paolodarpini.blogspot.com/2018/09/pisa-21-e-22-settembre-2018-convegno-su.html

Il maligno ha i giorni contati, ma si da da fare sino all’ultimo – Scrive Marco Bracci: “…la Terra è l’ultimo luogo, in tutto l’Universo, in cui l’avversario di Dio può esercitare il suo potere, che sta per scadere. Oltretutto, a livello energetico, è iniziata una “marcia” dei veri profeti e figli fedeli di Dio contro l’avversario, che porterà alla sua sconfitta definitiva (per 1000 anni). Ne consegue che l’avversario sta sfoderando tutte le armi possibili per cercare di mantenere il suo potere (tramite l’energia negativa generata da noi umani) ed ecco perché di questi tempi, e nel futuro a breve ancora di più, stanno avvenendo soprusi e cose inaudite a tutti i livelli, soprattutto da parte di chi ha il potere, che, sapendo che gli rimane poco tempo, non si cura nemmeno più di nascondere le sue malefatte e di venir scoperto e smascherato…”

Approfondimenti sull’attentato dell11.9 – Scrive Claudio Martinotti Doria: “Le Torri Gemelle di New York, secondo la versione ufficiale, sarebbero state colpite l’11 settembre 2001 da due aerei di linea guidati da piloti arabi improvvisati, privi di qualsiasi esperienza di volo ma in grado di compiere vere e proprie acrobazie, violando le leggi della fisica e le capacità di resistenza degli stessi aerei…” – Continua: http://altracalcata-altromondo.blogspot.com/2018/09/quiz-premi-approfondimenti.html

“Grandi opere” scolastiche – Scrive Lino Balza: “Gli ambientalisti rivendicano come “grande opera” un piano straordinario di interventi nell’edilizia scolastica. Infatti, metà dei 38.847 istituti scolastici è sprovvista del certificato di agibilità, 7 milioni di studenti dai 3 ai 18 anni dovranno studiare in strutture vecchie che fanno schifo solo a guardarle e soprattutto fuori legge, i crolli negli ultimi 4 anni sono stati 156 con 24 feriti, a tacere della prevenzione e della sicurezza (antincendio, elettrica, antisismica, collaudo statico, ecc.)…”

Yemen. Altra strage – Scrive F.M.C.: “Il 10 settembre 2018 sono morti 39 bambini e altre 50 persone sono rimaste ferite a seguito dell’ennesimo attacco aereo a guida saudita nello Yemen. E’ stato colpito uno scuolabus e l’affollato mercato di Dahyan nella provincia di Saada settentrionale e roccaforte degli Houthi, ribelli sciiti. Un altro bombardamento. Uno dei tanti. Solo più sanguinoso di altri…” – Continua:
http://www.circolovegetarianocalcata.it/2018/09/12/yemen-ancora-strage-di-bambini-per-mano-dei-terroristi-di-stato-dellarabia-saudita/

Ciao, Paolo/Saul

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Pensiero poetico del dopo Giornaletto:

“La gente finge di sapere qualsiasi cosa su Dio, sulla vita futura, l’universo, le origini dell’uomo, l’evoluzione; ma, in realtà, non sa nulla, neppure su se stessa. E ogni volta che uno parla di qualcosa che non sa come se la sapesse, mente…” (G. I. Gurdjieff)


          U.N. says Yemen situation worsening fast amid risk to hundreds of thousands      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen's humanitarian situation has worsened rapidly since U.N. peace talks collapsed and fighting resumed in the port city of Hodeidah, where hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance, the top U.N. aid official in Yemen said on Thursday.

          Spain walks back on decision to halt bomb sales to Saudis      Cache   Translate Page      

MADRID (AP) - Spain will go ahead with a shipment of precision bombs to Saudi Arabia, officials said Thursday, reversing on a previous decision and angering activists who claim the weapons could harm civilians in Yemen.

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          حمله ائتلاف عربی به جاده حدیده ـ صنعا در یمن      Cache   Translate Page      
در پی شکست مذاکرات صلح یمن در ژنو، نیروهای دولت یمن و ائتلاف عربی به‌رهبری عربستان سعودی حملات خود به بندر حدیده را تشدید کرده‌اند. آن‌ها جاده حدیده به صنعا را مسدود کردند.

          Another Coalition Strike On Yemen Civilian Bus Occurs The Same Day US Affirms It Stands By Saudis      Cache   Translate Page      

Just as the U.S. in typical fashion continues lecturing countries like Syria, Russia, and Iran over severe human rights violations, including allegations of everything from launching barrel bomb strikes on civilian areas in Idlib to chemical weapons attacks to sensational spy poisoning ops in the U.K., the Saudi-US coalition in Yemen has attacked another bus full of children and civilians in Yemen

On Wednesday multiple Yemeni journalists reporting from on the ground confirmed a new airstrike resulting in mass civilian casualties, this time a Saudi-US coalition strike scored a direct hit on a bus station in beseiged Hodeidah City.

The strike occurred the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced they've certified the legality of US assistance to the coalition in Yemen before Congress.

Aftermath of the reported Wednesday airstrike in Hodeidah, via Hussain Albukhaiti

And this further comes, as NPR reports, after a long litany of instances of the coalition "causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp." The Red Cross identified 40 children dead from that first major bus attack in Yemen's north on August 9th. 

Sanaa-based journalist Ahmad Algohbary reports of the new Wednesday attack:

Civilians were Killed & injured by Saudi led coalition airstrikes on bus station in Hodeidah City, Yemen. The warplanes are preventing the paramedics from getting into the attack scene.

Mainstream media has been slow to pick up the new report, however the graphic video of the aftermath of the horrific airstrike spread quickly on social media, and was quickly picked up by various journalists (warning: graphic content).

The video shows what appears to be a burning bus or large vehicle in the aftermath of an alleged airstrike, with casualties lying on the ground, some of them lifeless and beginning to be evacuated by first responders. 

Early unconfirmed reports counted upwards of 15 men, women, and children among the dead, with many more wounded. 

Beirut-based Al Masdar News reports, citing a local human rights group:

According to their report, at least 15 civilians were killed in the Kilo area of the Hodeidah Governorate after the Saudi Coalition heavily bombarded this part of the province.

This latest bombing the Saudi Coalition comes as the Gulf-backed forces resume their large-scale offensive inside the Hodeidah Governorate.

Also on Wednesday Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified the legality of US assistance to the coalition in Yemen.

Mattis, subsequent to Pompeo's announcement of Congressional approval, published a statement reaffirming the United States' commitment to partnering with the Saudis and UAE in their war on Yemen's Houthi rebels, seen by Washington as Iran's proxy.

Secretary Mattis' statement begins, "I endorse and fully support Secretary Pompeo's certification to the Congress that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are making every effort to reduce the risk of civilian casualties and collateral damage to civilian infrastructure resulting from their military operations to end the civil war in Yemen".

A handful of Congressional leaders have sought to shut down US military action in Yemen.

Pompeo's certification allows the Pentagon to continue fueling coalition jets, and other areas of partnership such as intelligence sharing. 

The statements also come as the United Nations has declared the Yemen war the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.


          Spain to go ahead with bomb sales to Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      

Madrid, Sep 13 (IANS) Spain's Socialist government on Thursday said it would go ahead with the sale of 400 laser-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia, backtracking on an earlier announcement that the deal could be nixed following the fatal bombing of a school bus in Yemen.

Foreign Minister Josep Borrell told Spanish radio the government saw no reason not to go ahead with the planned sale of the projectiles, Efe news reported.

The Spanish Ministry of Defence had announced on August 16 that it would review the arms sale to the Sunni kingdom after Saudi-led Arab forces struck a school bus in Yemen, killing 15 children.

It said it was prepared to refund the 9.2 million euros ($10.7 million) that Riyadh had already put towards the deal.

The decision alarmed Spanish arms manufacturer Navantia, which feared its contract to build five warships for Saudi Arabia would be cancelled as a retaliatory measure.

The Spanish government said the decision was never officially adopted.

Saudi Arabia and its military allies in the Gulf intervened in the Yemeni civil war against Houthi rebels in 2015.

--IANS

soni/nir


          Ortalığı daha da karıştıracak iddia: Suudi Arabistan...      Cache   Translate Page      
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Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri'nin (BAE) web sitesi El Haliç'te yer alan haberde Suudi Arabistan'ın Yemen'deki Husi milislerin attığı füzeleri durdurmak için ABD'nin aracılığıyla İsrail'den demir kubbe denilen füze savunma sistemini aldığı iddia edildi.

          Fighting rages in Yemen around Red Sea port city of Hodeida      Cache   Translate Page      

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say heavy fighting has been raging around Hodeida as government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition try to retake the Red Sea port city from Shiite rebels. They say 10 civilians have been killed and 19 wounded as a result of the latest bout of fighting. Speaking on Thursday, […]
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          La ONU alerta de que hay "miles de vidas pendiendo de un hilo" en Hodeida ante la ofensiva      Cache   Translate Page      
La coordinadora humanitaria de la ONU en Yemen, Lise Grande, ha llamado la atención sobre la dramática situación en la que se encuentra la población civil en la provincia yemení de Hodeida, sobre la que está en marcha una operación de las fuerzas yemeníes y la coalición que lidera Arabia Saudí para recuperar el puerto del mismo nombre, y ha alertado de que hay miles de vidas en juego.
          Saudi-Led Coalition Resumes Assault on Yemeni Port City      Cache   Translate Page      
A Saudi-led coalition resumed its assault on a Yemeni port city controlled by Iran-backed forces as United Nations-brokered peace talks stalled and the Trump administration rebuffed U.S. lawmakers’ efforts to cut American support for the three-year-old war.
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          EGYPT´S REDLINE IN THE RED SEA / GEOPOLITICAL FUTURES      Cache   Translate Page      

Egypt’s Red Line in the Red Sea

Cairo can’t afford to compromise the Suez Canal, even at a distance.

Xander Snyder

With all the reports of Saudi Arabia using American weapons to kill people in Yemen, it’s easy to overlook Egypt, a quieter if not quite silent Saudi partner fighting in Yemen’s civil war. Its reluctance to get any more involved than it currently is comes from experience. It lost some 25,000 soldiers when it sent troops to Yemen during the North Yemeni Civil War of the 1960s – a campaign that led only to economic calamity at home. This round, it made sure to limit its involvement to naval operations and air support despite Saudi pleads to commit ground troops.

And it makes sense that this would be the case. Egypt has a vested interest in Yemen (otherwise it wouldn’t have sent troops back in the 1960s), but unlike Saudi Arabia, which shares a border with Yemen, its interests are not on the ground. Instead, its interests are in the water. It needs to maintain freedom of navigation throughout the Red Sea, which runs from Egypt’s Suez Canal in the north to the Bab el-Mandeb in the south, a strait that at its narrowest is just 12 miles (20 kilometers) wide.

Yet recent events could compel Cairo to deploy the troops it once refused to. In July, two Saudi ships were attacked by Houthi rebels, the Yemeni insurgents who took control of the government in Sanaa. The Houthis said they were warships; Saudi Arabia said they were oil tankers. Whatever they were, Riyadh responded by temporarily suspending oil exports from the Red Sea.

Then on Aug. 6, a retired officer from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps told Fars news agency, a government mouthpiece with close ties to the IRGC, that Iran had instructed the Houthis to conduct the attack. The accusation hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s well within the realm of possibility. Iran supports the Houthis, though the government in Tehran denies it. The Houthis have a habit of attacking Saudi targets. And as U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil draw closer, Tehran has said it would to go to more extreme measures to protect its interests, including by blockading the Strait of Hormuz. Even as recently as July, the head of the IRGC issued a veiled threat suggesting Iran might do what the Houthis did to the Saudi ships.

 

This is a threat Egypt takes seriously. A week after the Fars report was published, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi condemned Iran’s involvement in the attack, even if he refrained from referring to it explicitly: “We categorically reject that Yemen would become a foothold for the influence of non-Arab forces, or a platform for security and stability threats against the brotherly Arab countries or freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait.” It’s no coincidence that he issued the statement during a state visit by Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the president of what Saudi Arabia claims is the legitimate government in Yemen.

Statements such as these are often as meaningless as they are perfunctory. But in this case, el-Sissi has sent a clear message by drawing a red line through the Red Sea, which is vitally important to the Egyptian economy. Right now, tolls from the Suez Canal generate about $5 billion in annual revenue, accounting for just about 2 percent of Egypt’s gross domestic product. But Cairo has grand plans for its future. In 2015, it completed an $8 billion expansion of the canal that opened a second passageway, allowing for two-way traffic and representing the first step toward Cairo’s eventual goal of making Egypt a regional industrial and logistics hub. Egypt hopes that canal revenue will more than double by 2023. Its investment minister even expressed the hope that the canal and its associated economic activities – specifically, a special economic zone featuring industrial parks and ports on the Mediterranean and Red seas – will eventually comprise as much as 30 percent of the Egyptian economy.

The canal, moreover, is the source of a consistent and substantial inflow of foreign currency. For a country that has recently had to float its currency per the terms of a loan from the International Monetary Fund, more foreign currency reserves mean more protection in the event the Egyptian pound weakens. Given the ongoing currency crises in Turkey and Iran, this is no small consideration. Egypt itself avoided a foreign currency crisis four years ago only by taking the aforementioned IMF loan.

Keeping the Red Sea free of an aggressive Iranian presence, and keeping the Suez Canal full of traffic, is therefore in Egypt’s interest. Saudi Arabia’s suspension of oil exports spooked Egypt, which was worried that shipping companies might take it as a sign that the Red Sea was no longer safe to use. An anonymous official from the Suez Canal Authority went so far as to claim that Egypt strongly but privately encouraged Saudi Arabia to resume exports accordingly.

It’s too early to say whether anyone has yet crossed Egypt’s red line. But if American actions force Iran to adopt a more hostile posture in the Red Sea, Egypt may have no choice but to intervene more heavily in Yemen. It can’t afford to let Iran block these vital waterways. But, importantly, neither can the world’s trading powers. It’s in their interest to keep global trade humming too, so if worse comes to worst, the burden wouldn’t fall on Egypt alone.

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          Why the United States Will Not Leave Afghanistan Voluntarily      Cache   Translate Page      
In 2013 Tom Engelhardt wrote, referring to the United States presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen, where at eight United States air strikes had killed almost 300 wedding guests: “we have become a nation of wedding crashers, the uninvited guests who arrived under false pretenses, tore up the place, offered nary and apology, and refused to go home.” That was never truer than in Afghanistan.
          Mercenaries: A "Privatized" Army Is Still an Army      Cache   Translate Page      

Erik Prince, the owner of a series of mercenary firms originally known as Blackwater, wants to "privatize" the war in Afghanistan. And he wants you to pay him to do it.

According to to the Military times, "Prince ... believes a small footprint of private military contractors and even smaller footprint of U.S. special operators may be able to accomplish what hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops and NATO forces over the last 17 years could not....Prince also thinks that, ultimately, cost savings might convince the president to try something new. Prince said his plan would cost $5 billion a year, a fraction of what it currently costs the U.S. to operate in Afghanistan."

Ultimately, of course, whether or not Prince's plan accomplishes the government's objectives in Afghanistan — objectives that remain murky and ever-changing to this day — it's a win-win for Prince. He'll get billions in revenue out of the deal no matter what.

From an economic perspective, is this a good idea? If the plan really did reduce spending in Afghanistan to 5 billion dollars, that would certainly be a good thing. This would require, however, that the Prince plan replace the current plan, which costs taxpayers 45 billion per year. 780 million of that goes to economic aid, and 13 billion is spent on US forces in Afghanistan.

But, even if the US only cut back the 13 billion spent on military forces, the Prince plan would still be a savings.

"Privatization" Rarely Means Market Prices or Market Exchanges

Of course, when we use the word "privatize" in this context, we don't really mean anything of the sort. Prince's plan would be "privatization" in the same way that a city government might privatize road building. The government hires a private firm to perform the services — but it's all paid for with taxpayer money.

Privatization may have some advantages. In the case of road building, privatization means the government no longer has to maintain and store its own equipment. Of course, whatever fees a government pays for the roads will have to cover the firm's costs of storing and maintaining its own equipment.

Whether or not this actually saves the taxpayer any money is never a given. It might, or it might not, depending on the situation.

At least in the case of road building it's fairly easy to see if services have been performed. even then, it's hard to know how long, or how well, the road will last. Determining whether or not services have been competently rendered in Afghanistan is something far harder to evaluate.

This brings us to the second way in which "privatization" has nothing to do with a truly private sector.

[RELATED: "Taxpayer-Funded Mercenaries Are Not the 'Private Sector'" by Ryan McMaken]

With Erik prince and his "private" military, there are no market prices and no way of determining if the firm is operating "efficiently."

In a truly private market transaction, purchases are paid for voluntary by the customer at market prices.

A "privatized" war by the US government is still paid by taxpayers under pain of fine or imprisonment. This is no market transaction. Firm efficiency then just becomes a matter of delivering services in a way that will please elected officials while convincing them to approve yet another budget line item for "services rendered."

All else being euqal, it's potentially the case, that the plan could decrease government spending. Unfortunately, there are numerous complicating factors that must also be considered.

A Trend of Decreasing Troop Numbers — And Increasing Mercenary Numbers

In the United States, overall troop totals have gone into steep decline since the end of conscription and the Cold War.

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Source: US Department of Defense, US Census Bureau1

As of 2013, there were 43 active-duty personnel per 10,000 US residents. That was down considerably from the 82 per 10,000 that existed in the direct wake of the Cold War. Numbers had been much higher during the Cold War, when, in the midst of the Vietnam War in 1970, there were 150 active duty personnel per 10,000 US residents.2

Even with these steep drops, of course, the US still has a much larger permanent federal military than would ever have been tolerated prior to the Civil War. Given the tiny troop totals funded by the US government in that period, historian Marcus Cunliffe concludes that, as late as the 1840s, "Americans in many areas had no idea what a regular officer looked like." By "regular" Cunliffe means a professional soldier employed by the federal government. Many Americans were familiar with the militias at the time.3 But federal soldiers were a rare oddity.

This changed significantly in the twentieth century as conscription became commonplace, and as the US remained in a state of near-constant military buildup after the Second World War.

Once the US switched to an all-volunteer military after 1973, though, troop numbers began to decline. They continued to decline with the end of the Cold War.

Military, spending, however, did not decline. When adjusted for inflation, military spending since 2004 has been above or near Cold-War-Reagan-Era levels . If spending on veterans and "Homeland Security" is included — as it should be — then spending levels are now well above what they were during the Cold War.

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But if troop levels are falling, where is all that money going?

Replacing Troops with Machinery and Military Contractors

Part of the money, of course, is used to fund what might be called "labor-saving devices" in a military context. That is, capital and cash can be used to design, purchase, and deploy vehicles, weapons, and devices that can deliver the same amount of destructive power equal to what once required a sizable number of soldiers. In other words — as with many other endeavors — machinery can be substituted for personnel.

But this can't always be done, and that's where the paid mercenary "contractors" come in.

As Micah Zenko reported in Foreign Policy in 2016, military contractors have become a growing part of US military operations:

As noted previously, there are roughly three contractors (28,626) for every U.S. troops [sic] (9,800) in Afghanistan, far above the contractor per uniformed military personnel average of America’s previous wars. In Iraq today, 7,773 contractors support U.S. government operations — and 4,087 U.S. troops. These numbers do not include contractors supporting CIA or other intelligence community activities, either abroad or in the United States. On April 5, Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, declared during a Senate hearing that contractors made up 25 percent of his workforce.

Numbers like these, however, are not easy come come by. Zenko continues:

The first thing you learn when studying the role contractors play in U.S. military operations is there’s no easy way to do so. The U.S. government offers no practical overview, especially for the decade after 9/11. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) began to release data on contractors only in the second half of 2007 — no other geographic combatant command provides such data for their area of operations. ... DOD still does not have a system that reliably tracks killed and wounded contractor personnel.” Just last month [April 2016], an especially exasperated John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told acting Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, “We look forward to the day you can tell us how many contractors are employed by [the Department of Defense].”

This lack of transparency in mercenary troop levels serves a political purpose.

In The Atlantic, Sean McFate wrote in 2016:

Contractors also encourage mission creep, because contractors don't count as "boots on the ground." Congress does not consider them to be troops, and therefore contractors do not count again troop-level caps in places like Iraq. The U.S. government does not track contractor numbers in war zones. As a result, the government can put more people on the ground than it reports to the American people, encouraging mission creep and rendering contractors virtually invisible.

For decades now, the centrality of contracting in American warfare—both on the battlefield and in support of those on the battlefield—has been growing. During World War II, about 10 percent of America’s armed forces were contracted. During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that proportion leapt to 50 percent. ... Today, 75 percent of U.S. forces in Afghanistan are contracted. Only about 10 percent of these contractors are armed, but this matters not. The greater point is that America is waging a war largely via contractors, and U.S. combat forces would be impotent without them. If this trend continues, we might see 80 or 90 percent of the force contracted in future wars.

McFate is right. The fact that only ten percent of contractors are armed does preclude them from being counted as part of combat operations. After all, only 17 percent of US military personnel are trained in combat specialties. Moreover, more contractors have died in combat in recent years, than have US military personnel. Zenko notes:

Between Jan. 1, 2009, and March 31, 2016, 1,540 contractors were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan (176 in Iraq and 1,364 in Afghanistan). During that period, 1,301 U.S. troops were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq (289 in Iraq and 1,012 in Afghanistan). Last year [2015] was even more skewed toward contractors than the preceding six years; 58 contractors died in Afghanistan or Iraq, while less than half as many U.S. troops did ( 27) fighting in either country, including Syria.

It's easy to see how all this makes things easier for American politicians. With a military strategy so reliant on people other than US soldiers, politicians can reward their friends and donors with ever increasing levels of military spending. They can keep any number of splendid little wars going, and the voters will rarely hear about any troop casualties or "boots on the ground." The lack of American troops on the in Syria, or Yemen, or Afghanistan allows politicians to claim that the military operations are being "phased out," or "wound down." In reality, the money keeps flowing, and the bombs keep flying.

The lack of American personnel is further highlighted by the fact that American citizens may make up as little as one-third of those employed by contractors. Contractors are often foreigners hired locally in the conflict zone, or are professionals recruited globally.

The political effect has been to make it easier to avoid attracting the attention of voters when military operations are ratcheted up. After all, when contractors do die in combat, their names are rarely mentioned in the news, as is often the case of US soldiers. And many of the dead are foreigners, anyway.

Thus, in determining whether it's a good idea to double down on the use of military contractors, as Erik Prince would have us do, it needs to be more than a decision about spending levels. Relying more and more on contractors is essentially a political strategy designed to make it easier to hide information about Americans foreign policy from voters.

Another consideration is one of American civil liberties. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American political ideology inveighed heavily against the existence of a federally-controlled standing army. The fear was that a sizable force of ground troops could be used to violently impose government policy on the US population. This fear of standing armies was the primary motivation behind the Second Amendment and general political opposition to a well-funded military establishment. In two essays here at mises.org devoted to this issue, I pointed out that calling for a large and powerful military was in conflict with the Second Amendment as imagined by the people who wrote it. In response, many commenters in social media and here at the site claimed that the military will never be threat to US citizens because "they take an oath to uphold the constitution." This in itself is an extremely naïve statement, of course. But even if it weren't naïve, would the same claims about a devotion to an oath about the US Constitution apply to combat-experienced soldiers employed as contractors? It seems unlikely. Naturally, it would be illegal for the US government to use such personnel against US residents in the US. But in times of crisis and strife, the fact something is illegal has never been much of a hindrance to the US government. It doesn't require the world's most active imagination to imagine an American future in which military contractors are employed to "restore law and order" to a turbulent political situation.

  • 1. Active duty totals are compared as a ratio with population totals. Data on troop totals from 1790 to 1990 are found in: "Selected Manpower Statistics, Fiscal Year 1997" (http://www.alternatewars.com/BBOW/Stats/DOD_SelectedStats_FY97.pdf) 2013 actice duty totals: http://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Reports/2013-Demographics-Report.pdf
    Population totals are from the Census Bureau.
  • 2. I have excluded the World War II numbers here which are off the charts compared to every other period. In 1945, for example, there were more than 12 million active duty personnel for a total US population of 139 million. That means there were 867 active duty personnel per 10,000 US residents.
  • 3. See Soldiers and Civilians: The Martial Spirit in America 1775-1965. Little Brown Publishers, 1968. p 103.

          Sen. Chris Murphy: U.S. 'turning a blind eye to likely war crimes' in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Congress late Tuesday that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
          9 gün dayanabildiler! Suudi Arabistan kararı      Cache   Translate Page      

İspanya hükümeti, Yemen'de kullanılacağı gerekçesiyle satışını durduğunu açıkladığı 400 lazer güdümlü bombayı Suudi Arabistan'a yeniden gönderme kararı alırken, İspanya basını geri adımın sebebinin Riyad'ın 1,8 milyar avroluk savaş gemisi anlaşmasını iptal edeceği endişesi olduğunu yazdı.


           Another Coalition Strike On Yemen Civilian Bus Occurs The Same Day US Affirms It Stands By Saudis       Cache   Translate Page      

Just as the U.S. in typical fashion continues lecturing countries like Syria, Russia, and Iran over severe human rights violations, including allegations of everything from launching barrel bomb strikes on civilian areas in Idlib to chemical weapons attacks to sensational spy poisoning ops in the U.K., the Saudi-US coalition in Yemen has attacked another bus full of children and civilians in Yemen.


          Civilians Flee to Yemen’s Harsh Desert as Us-Backed Coalition Steps up Attacks on Hodeida      Cache   Translate Page      

The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition, including the UAE, has been waging a scorched-earth campaign to advance to the city center of Hodeida, leaving civilians fleeing to the harsh desert to seek reprieve.

The post Civilians Flee to Yemen’s Harsh Desert as Us-Backed Coalition Steps up Attacks on Hodeida appeared first on MintPress News.


          Hipocresía y contradicciones. “El camionero ácrata”. Opinión      Cache   Translate Page      

  Llama la atención las reacciones de algunos de nuestros políticos a raíz del problema con el contrato de la construcción de cuatro corbetas para Arabia Saudí. Parece ser que el gobierno central se negaba a venderle a los árabes 400 bombas inteligentes, alegando que estás podrían usarse para bombardear Yemen y esto ponía en peligro el contrato con Navantia Cádiz para la construcción de cuatro corbetas. No entiendo por qué las bombas no se pueden vender y las corbetas si, a no ser que las corbetas se usen como yatesLeer más

La entrada Hipocresía y contradicciones. “El camionero ácrata”. Opinión se publicó primero en Diario de Transporte.


          Yemen: 300,000 lives hang in the balance, says UN      Cache   Translate Page      

Families ‘absolutely terrified’ as Saudi-led offensive resumes on port city of Hodeida

Yemen’s humanitarian situation has worsened rapidly since UN peace talks collapsed and fighting resumed in the port city of Hodeida, where hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance, the top UN aid official in the country has said.

“The situation has deteriorated dramatically in the past few days. Families are absolutely terrified by the bombardment, shelling and airstrikes,” the UN humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande said in a statement.

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          Spain to proceed with Saudi bomb deal days after halting it      Cache   Translate Page      

Ministers had said €9m sale would be called off over concerns about use in Yemen

The Spanish government has confirmed it will proceed with the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, days after saying the €9.2m (£8.2m) deal had been halted amid apparent concerns over the use of such weapons in the war in Yemen.

Josep Borrell, the foreign minister, announced the U-turn on Thursday, saying the government had reviewed the contract and felt it had to be honoured.

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          İspanya, bomba satışını durdurmaktan vazgeçti      Cache   Translate Page      
İspanya hükümeti, Yemen'de kullanılacağı gerekçesiyle satışını durduğunu açıkladığı 400 lazer güdümlü bombayı Suudi Arabistan'a yeniden gönderme kararı aldı. İspanya basını geri adımın sebebinin Riyad'ın 1.8 milyar euroluk savaş gemisi anlaşmasını iptal edeceği endişesi olduğunu yazdı.
           Comment on Ron Unz by pyrrhus       Cache   Translate Page      
Many of the details have been debunked by Jews like David Cole, who was almost murdered as a result. But if you have read a lot of history, as I have, you are aware that genocide is a rather commonplace occurrence, even in modern times, with some ongoing, like Yemen. And if you don't think it's an industry, with dozens of Holocaust museums, books,Hollywood movies, lectures, etc. then I guess we have different definitions for the word.
          Fighting rages in Yemen around Red Sea port city of Hodeida      Cache   Translate Page      
Fighting rages as Yemeni government forces try to retake Red Sea port city from Shiite Houthi rebels
          Trump administration criticized for vouching for allies’ record in Yemen war      Cache   Translate Page      
The decision to formally back the actions of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates allows the United States to continue aerial refueling of coalition jets as they conduct air raids against rebels.

          Yemen war a 'living hell' for children: UNICEF      Cache   Translate Page      
In the malnutrition ward of a hospital in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, doctors weigh toddlers with protruding rib cages and skeletal limbs.

          Saudi Airstrikes Kill 15 as Fighting Resumes Around Yemen Port City      Cache   Translate Page      

Saudi Airstrikes Kill 15 as Fighting Resumes Around Yemen Port City | Slain include displaced civilians trying to flee from Hodeidah

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          Pro-Saudi Troops Seize Main Roads Into Yemen’s Port City of Hodeidah      Cache   Translate Page      

Pro-Saudi Troops Seize Main Roads Into Yemen's Port City of Hodeidah | Offensive cuts off Houthi supplies into the city

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          Pompeo Approves Continued Military Aid to Saudi Coalition for Yemen War      Cache   Translate Page      

Pompeo Approves Continued Military Aid to Saudi Coalition for Yemen War | Says Saudis are taking steps to reduce harm to Yemeni civilians

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          Ortalığı Daha Da Karıştıracak İddia: Suudi Arabistan...      Cache   Translate Page      
Ortalığı Daha Da Karıştıracak İddia: Suudi Arabistan...Ortalığı Daha Da Karıştıracak İddia: Suudi Arabistan...
Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri'nin (BAE) web sitesi El Haliç'te yer alan haberde Suudi Arabistan'ın Yemen'deki Husi milislerin attığı füzeleri durdurmak için...

          Yémen: le sort de centaines de milliers de civils en jeu à Hodeida selon l'ONU      Cache   Translate Page      
Le sort de centaines de milliers de civils est en jeu dans la province yemenite de Hodeida, ou les familles sont "terrifiees par les bombardements",...
          " Suud Ulemasının Amacı Ümmeti Yoldan Saptırmak"      Cache   Translate Page      
" Suud Ulemasının Amacı Ümmeti Yoldan Saptırmak"
Yemen Ensarullah lideri, Peygamber Efendimiz (sav)'in hicret yıldönümü münasebetiyle, Ümmetin Doğu'dan Batı'ya kadar her ne kadar dolaşsalar da, İslam gibi doğru bir mektebe ulaşamayacaklarını söyledi.

          Saudi-led coalition seizes main road linking Yemen's Hodeidah to Sanaa      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized the main road linking the port city of Hodeidah to the capital Sanaa, blocking a supply route for the Houthi group that controls both cities, military sources and residents said on Thursday.

          İspanya Suudi Arabistan'a bomba satmaya devam edecek      Cache   Translate Page      
İspanya, Yemen'de kullanılacağı gerekçesiyle satışını durduğunu açıkladığı 400 lazer güdümlü bombayı, Suudi Arabistan'a yeniden gönderme kararı aldı.
          Yemen war a 'living hell' for children - UNICEF      Cache   Translate Page      
In the malnutrition ward of a hospital in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, doctors weigh toddlers with protruding rib cages and skeletal limbs.

          Shleter NFI CCCM Cluster Yemen - Al Hudaydah Displacement Response Update 07 - 13 Sep      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Yemeni forces backed by Arab coalition cut off Hudaida-Sanaa road      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemeni forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized the main road linking the port city of Hudaida to the capital Sanaa, blocking a key supply route for the Houthi group that controls both cities, military sources and residents said Thursday.
          In U-turn, Spain to deliver laser-guided bombs to Saudis      Cache   Translate Page      
Spain will go ahead with the controversial delivery of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, engaged in a bloody conflict in Yemen, Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said Thursday.
          Suudi Arabistan ın İsrail den Füze Savunma Sistemi ...      Cache   Translate Page      
Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri’nin (BAE) web sitesi El Haliç’te yer alan haberde Suudi Arabistan’ın Yemen’deki Husi milislerin attığı füzeleri durdurmak için ABD’nin aracılığıyla İsrail’den demir kubbe denilen füze savunma sistemini aldığı iddia edildi.
          #20 El chantaje del trabajo, el Carnaval de Cádiz y la banalidad del mal      Cache   Translate Page      

Este artículo es un soplo de aire fresco. Era aterrdor ver el discurso de los puestos de trabajo justificando armar a un régimen teocrático medieval que está cometiendo un genocidio en Yemen. Y todo el mundo asintiendo como putas, vendidos de mierda todos.

Esos "trabajadores" son cómplices, por mucho que se quieran lavar las manos.

Aunque el artículo afina el tiro, el problema es sistémico. Y de falta de ética en la sociedad contemporánea.

» autor: ailian


          BM: Yemen'de yüz binlerce sivil dehşet içinde      Cache   Translate Page      
Birleşmiş Milletler (BM), Yemen'in Hudeyde kentinde devam eden şiddetli çatışmaların içinde kalan yüz binlerce sivilin ...
          La coalición saudí en Yemen toma el control de una carretera estratégica      Cache   Translate Page      
La ruta conecta la ciudad portuaria de Hodeida con la capital Saná y es clave tanto para los suministros hutis como para las ayudas humanitarias
           La Directrice générale de l’UNESCO condamne le meurtre du journaliste Ahmed al-Hamzi au YémenDirector-General condemns killing of journalist Ahmed al-Hamzi in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
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          İspanya, Suudi Arabistan’a lazer güdümlü bomba satacak      Cache   Translate Page      
İspanya, Suudi Arabistan'a bomba satışını askıya almadı. Yemen’deki savaşta sivil ölümlerine neden olabileceği gerekçesiyle tartışma konusu olan 400 hassas lazer güdümlü bombanın Suudi Arabistan'a dağıtımının yapılacağı bildirildi
          Saudi-Led Coalition Resumes Assault on Yemeni Port City      Cache   Translate Page      
A Saudi-led coalition resumed its assault on a Yemeni port city controlled by Iran-backed forces as United Nations-brokered peace talks stalled and the Trump administration rebuffed U.S. lawmakers’ efforts to cut American support for the three-year-old war.
          Pompeo: Saudis Are Definitely Trying to Commit Fewer Mass Murders in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 29, 2018.
Pompeo’s certification clears the way for the U.S. to continue abetting a Saudi-led intervention, which has already killed thousands of civilians.
          La guerra en Yemen se ha convertido en un verdadero infierno para lo más pequeños      Cache   Translate Page      
Este es el cruel resultado del conflicto en Yemen. Niños desnutridos a los que ya no les quedan...
          İspanya Suudi Arabistan’a lazer güdümlü 400 bomba satıyor      Cache   Translate Page      
İspanya Dışişleri Bakanı Josep Borrell, Suudi Arabistan’ın Yemen Savaşı’ndaki rolü ile ilgili endişeler sebebiyle satışı durdurulan lazer güdümlü 400 bombanın satışına devam edileceğini açıkladı.
          Arabia Saudí "mata y mutila a niños" con bombas como las que le ha vendido España      Cache   Translate Page      
El Gobierno se defiende y asegura que Riad ha prometido no utilizar el armamento contra civiles. Amnistía Internacional critica las justificaciones del Ejecutivo y recuerda las matanzas que el régimen saudí ha cometido en Yemen.
          Yemen tries gun control      Cache   Translate Page      

Dressed for a wedding, shotguns optional

AS YOU would expect in a country at war, Yemen bristles with guns. The forces of the internationally recognised government carry Kalashnikovs. So do the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who toppled it in 2015. But it is not just the combatants who pack heat. The country has more privately owned guns per person than any except America, where prosperous gun-lovers can afford far more. Many Yemenis sling rifles over their shoulders or tuck handguns into their trousers before going out. Markets sell everything from pistols to bazookas. You cannot go far in most cities without seeing someone with a gun.

That is what makes Mukalla, the capital of Hadramawt province on the southern coast, so unusual. The only people carrying guns are in uniform. Banners warn civilians not to bear arms in public. Those wishing to enter Mukalla must hand over their weapons at one of several checkpoints. As if manning a cloakroom, soldiers hand out...


          Yemen war a ‘living hell’ for children- UNICEF      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Borrell no aclara si el Gobierno tiene el compromiso saudí de que no usará las 400 bombas contra Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Another Coalition Strike On Yemen Civilian Bus Occurs The Same Day US Affirms It Stands By Saudis      Cache   Translate Page      

Zero Hedge – by Tyler Durden Just as the U.S. in typical fashion continues lecturing countries like Syria, Russia, and Iran over severe human rights violations, including allegations of everything from launching barrel bomb strikes on civilian areas in Idlib to … Continue reading

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In Instapundit, Austin Bay links to this Strategy Page photo of
A U.S. Navy amphibious ship fires on a swerving –and small– target boat. The live fire exercise simulates an attack by a small boat. In the Persian Gulf Iran has threatened U.S. warships with “swarming” small boat attacks. In the Red Sea, Iranian proxies based in Yemen have used “robot” (unmanned) small boats to attack U.S. and coalition ships.

          Breaking barriers for Rohingya refugee women      Cache   Translate Page      
At Oxfam, we are supporting women and girls to proactively overcoming these barriers and contributing to creating an environment where they are listened to and valued. These are some examples of how our gender-based humanitarian programs are making a difference to Rohingya women and girls both in the camps and in hosting communities.

Breaking barriers for Rohingya refugee women

Rohingya refugee Ayesha with her daughters in her shelter in the camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Credit: Maruf Hasan/Oxfam

          Why is America Helping to Kill Kids in Yemen?      Cache   Translate Page      
Since a Saudi-led coalition began bombarding Yemen in March 2015, more than 10,000 people have been killed and over 2 million displaced. While most U.S. politicians would prefer to pretend otherwise, all of this is happening with the cooperation and direct support of the United States. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is one of the few lawmakers who has taken a loud and consistent stand against the war. He joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the ongoing conflict — and whether it can be ended.
          A hónap alkotója: Jackson Pollock      Cache   Translate Page      
Augusztusban indítottam útjára művészettörténeti érdekességekről szóló blogposzt sorozatomat, minden hónapban kiválasztok egy számomra kedves alkotót, bemutatom és vele kapcsolatos alkotós feladatot adok Nektek.

Előző hónapban Picassóról olvashattatok 10 érdekes tényt, ha esetleg még nem olvastad, akkor IDE kattintva pótolhatod 😊

Idén napra pontosan érkezett meg az ősz hozzánk. Kicsit lehűlt a levegő, nekem sajnos, de lehet Te épp örülsz neki :) Reggel megfagyunk, délután megsülünk. A természet is elkezdte magára ölteni az őszi ruháját.
Mai blogposztomban egy számomra igazán inspiráló festőt és az ő speciális festési technikáját szeretném bemutatni nektek. Ő Jackson Pollock, az absztrakt expresszionizmus kiemelkedő alakja.

„Jack, a csöpögtető” néven is ismert Pollock, arról volt híres, hogy csurgatásos-csöpögtető technikával festette képeit. Ezt a technikát ő honosította meg a festészetben. A képek elkészítéséhez folyadékot használt, melyet a vászonra csurgatta. Gyakran kevert más anyagokat is a festékhez: homokot, üvegtörmeléket.

Jackson Pollock: Composition in pouring 1 Forrás:Pinterest

Jackson Pollock:Male and female Forrás:Pinterest
Ez a technika eszembe juttatja slime art alkotásomat, ha nem hallottatok róla, akkor itt megnézhetitek:

Pollock teljesen szakított a hagyományos festészeti módszerekkel, az ecsettel és festővászonnal, sokszor a műterme padlójára terítette a vásznait. Így elérte a vásznat minden irányból. Kemény ecseteket, pálcákat, vakolókanalat, orvosi fecskendőt használt az alkotásai elkészítéséhez.

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Nem csak az eszközökben szakított a hagyományokkal, hanem a méretek tekintetében is. Általában óriási vásznakra alkotott.

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Az 50’-es évektől a színekről is lemondott, kizárólag fekete-fehérben alkotott. Már címet sem adott műveinek, csak számozta képeit.

Jackson Pollock: After painting No.22 Forrás:Pinterest
2000-ben filmet is készítettek az életéről, Ed Harris rendezésében és főszereplésével.

Kicsit visszakanyarodok a bevezetőhöz, hogy miért is Jackson Pollockot választottam a hónap alkotójának?
Azért, mert szeretném megmutatni nektek egy igazán különleges festményét, ami éppen az „Őszi ritmus” (Autumn Rhytm (Number 30))címet kapta.

Jackson Pollock: Autumn Rhythm (Number30) Forrás:Pinterest

Pollock ezt a festményt 1950-ben készítette, lakkfesték vászonra. Szokás szerint a földre helyezte a vásznat és saját technikáját alkalmazva, öntötte, csurgatta, csepegtette, fröcskölte a festéket. Csupa olyan dolgot csinált, ami eltért a megszokottól.
A festménynek nincs középpontja, minden pontja egyenlő jelentőséggel bír.
Érdekessége, hogy ha a képből kivágnánk egy kis részletet, az önmagában is kifejezné a teljességet.

Az Őszi ritmus a hatalmas mérete és színei miatt a nézőben teljesen képes őszi hangulatot előidézni.

Jackson Pollock művészete inspirálóan hatott rám is. Már említettem a slime art alkotásomat, amikor is slime-mal „festettem” és belekevertem mindenféle anyagot. Hát nem különleges a végeredmény?:

Slime art
Illetve a legutóbbi alkotóműhelyemen aki részt vett, kipróbálhatta velem a vizipisztollyal festést. Az ott készült videómat itt láthatjátok:



Mindenkit arra bíztatok, hogy alkossatok! Nincsenek szabályok! A fantáziátokra, képzelőerőtökre van bízva minden! Elrontani nem lehet! Biztassátok gyerkőcötöket is, és alkossatok együtt is!

A Pinteresten találtam pár technikát, amivel úgy alkothattok, mint Pollock. Próbáljátok ki, élvezni fogjátok!
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E havi blogbejegyzésemhez is készítettem egy, a webshopomból ide kattintva INGYEN letölthető színezőt. Nem csak gyerekeknek!
Kíváncsi vagyok, ti hogyan színeznétek ki! Alkotásaitokat töltsétek fel #merjalkotni hashtaggel Instagram oldalamra.

Alkossatok bátran!

Csatlakozz Facebook közösségünkhöz, ha nem szeretnél lemaradni az izgalmas új videókról és cikkekről :) IDE kattintva teheted meg.


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          Yemeni gov't forces block strategic highway between Hodeidah and Sanaa      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemeni government forces have blocked a strategic highway located between the western port city of Al Hodeidah and the capital of Sanaa, a source in the local administration told Sputnik on Wednesday. The source said that the government forces had taken up a position 12 kilometers (7 miles) east of Al Hodeidah and "blocked the strategic Al Hodeidah-Sanaa highway after fighting against Houthi militants with the support of intensive [Saudi-led] coalition airstrikes." On June 13, the Yemeni government forces, backed by the Saudi-led coalition, launched an offensive to seize the port of Hodeidah from the Shia Houthi rebels. The operation continued despite the UN warnings of a possible humanitarian catastrophe. UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths held talks with the Houthis in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, but failed to persuade the rebels to withdraw from al Hodeidah.
          Yemen war a 'living hell' for children - UNICEF      Cache   Translate Page      
In the malnutrition ward of a hospital in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, doctors weigh toddlers with protruding rib cages and skeletal limbs.
          SWARM BOAT TARGET: A U.S. Navy amphibious ship fires on a swerving –and small– target boat. The li…      Cache   Translate Page      
SWARM BOAT TARGET: A U.S. Navy amphibious ship fires on a swerving –and small– target boat. The live fire exercise simulates an attack by a small boat. In the Persian Gulf Iran has threatened U.S. warships with “swarming” small boat attacks. In the Red Sea, Iranian proxies based in Yemen have used “robot” (unmanned) small […]
          VHS videokazetta visszacsévélő - AutoWinder - Jelenlegi ára: 1 000 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
A visszacsévélő szépen működik, használatból eredő karcok vannak, fotóztam, nem igazán zavaró. A karcoktól eltekintve szép állapotban van, nem törött, nem repedt.
Személyesen a lakhelyemen, egyeztetés után el tudom küldeni.
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          Türk insanı olumlu duygular endeksinde sondan dördüncü oldu      Cache   Translate Page      
145 ülkede 154 bin kişiyle yapılan bir çalışmaya göre 2017 yılı insanlar için duygusal ve fiziksel olarak son 20 yıldaki en olumsuz sene oldu. Türkiye ise olumlu duygular/tecrübeler endeksinde yer aldı ancak Afganistan, Yemen ve Tunus'un önünde sondan dördüncü oldu.
          Yemen tries gun control      Cache   Translate Page      

Dressed for a wedding, shotguns optional

AS YOU would expect in a country at war, Yemen bristles with guns. The forces of the internationally recognised government carry Kalashnikovs. So do the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who toppled it in 2015. But it is not just the combatants who pack heat. The country has more privately owned guns per person than any except America, where prosperous gun-lovers can afford far more. Many Yemenis sling rifles over their shoulders or tuck handguns into their trousers before going out. Markets sell everything from pistols to bazookas. You cannot go far in most cities without seeing someone with a gun.

That is what makes Mukalla, the capital of Hadramawt province on the southern coast, so unusual. The only people carrying guns are in uniform. Banners warn civilians not to bear arms in public. Those wishing to enter Mukalla must hand over their weapons at one of several checkpoints. As if manning a cloakroom, soldiers hand out...


          "Yemen'de yüz binlerce sivil dehşet içinde"      Cache   Translate Page      
- BM Yemen Koordinatörü Lise Grande: - "Son birkaç günde (ülkedeki) durum dramatik şekilde bozuldu. Aileler, bombardıman, topçu ateşi ve hava saldırılarından dolayı tamamen dehşete düşmüş durumda"
          Saudi Arabia, UAE ‘lead way in fighting terror ideology’      Cache   Translate Page      
Thu, 2018-09-13 00:18

DUBAI: Governments around the world need a coherent, global strategy to uproot the ideology of violent extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair says. In Saudi Arabia and the UAE, they already knew that — and have been acting on it for years.

Organizations such as the Saudi-based Ideological Warfare Center and Muslim World League, and Hedayah and the Sawab Center in the UAE, are classic examples of the “prevention is better than cure” methods that Blair calls for on Thursday in a report by his Institute for Global Change.

“Extremism is a global challenge prevalent now in both developing and developed states, so the discourse has to be beyond fragile states only,” said Hassan Abbas, professor of international security studies at the National Defense University in Washington. “Enabling civil society workers to promote coexistence is a much-needed agenda item as it will lead to local capacity-building as well as acknowledgement of good work already being done — rather than misguided attempts to reinvent the wheel.”

The Ideological Warfare Center, founded by the Saudi Ministry of Defense, “has been concentrating on educating people and raising awareness about extremism and fundamentalism through cutting-edge visual tools,” said Dr Majid Rafizadeh, Iranian-American pol- itical scientist, president of the International American Council and board member of the Harvard International Review. “The UAE and Saudi Arabia have been leading states in using soft power, security, setting up public and private institutions that raise awareness about extremist ideologies, initiating dialogues between different societies, as well as taking regional and global initiatives to uproot terrorism and extremist ideologies.” 

Such a complex approach is challenging because of the difficulty of coordination between various inter-governmental and intra-governmental organizations, he said. “Nevertheless, in the long term, this is the most effective strategy to uproot extremist ideology and terrorism.”

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Dr. Anne Speckhard, director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, said such efforts are crucial to prevent violent extremism. “Saudi Arabia has for years been counter-messaging and working on ways to disengage and deradicalize imprisoned violent extremists,” said Dr Speckhard, who has more than 20 years’ experience interviewing 600 terrorists, their family members, hostages and close associates. “When countries work together on these points, we can all win. If governments fail, terrorists win.”

However, criticism of the Blair approach came from Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, chairman of the Arab Council for Social Sciences. “It puts the blame on Arab Muslim countries for extremist ideologies in our region,” he said. “What it neglects is the important historical facts that Al-Qaeda was born from the reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and Daesh is a result of a US invasion of Iraq.” 

Terrorism was rooted in foreign invasions of Muslim countries, he said. “The reasons are political, not ideological or religious. The argument from the West is apologetic on one hand, but also shifting the blame where it shouldn’t be.”

He said the Gulf had already done more than Blair recommended. “Saudi Arabia and the UAE are strict when it comes to financing, and regulation is tight. There is zero tolerance for extremism, we have done the most we can do.”

For Dr. Richard Burchill, director of research and engagement at Trends Research and Advisory in Abu Dhabi, overcoming extremist ideologies requires a focus on education at all levels of individual development, to build and support critical thinking skills, tolerance and empathy. “As acts of violent extremism decline, we should not assume the situation is improving,” he said. “It is imperative to address the ideologies that support extremist positions, both violent and non-violent. Extremist ideologies damage societies by creating differences and discrimination, fostering feelings of distrust and grievance. Security policies are important for addressing extremism, but also important is addressing the ideas behind the extremists.”

Critics say that the Blair approach contains little new thinking. “Since 9/11, scholars and policy wonks have been thinking along the lines of prevention before cure,” said Dr Albadr Al-Shateri, politics professor at the National Defence College in Abu Dhabi. 

“There is a greater chance with the Arab Gulf states, who have a genuine interest in combating extremism and terrorism. The UAE spearheads the region in this field as it plays host to organizations such as Hedayah and the Sawab Center. It is also the sponsor of the Muslim Council of Elders and the Forum for Promoting peace in Muslim Society.”

Encouraging civic society movements that are intent on promoting co-existence would be key, and a new strategy could lend support to such organizations and reinvigorate them to prevent counter-extremism fatigue, he said.

“How to generate financial and political resources in hard economic times will remain a challenge. The lack of political progress on the Palestinian problem will be another challenge, especially since Western powers are inept at restraining Israeli excesses.”

 

 

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          Saudi leadership is a source of pride for Muslims, says Tahir Ashrafi      Cache   Translate Page      
Thu, 2018-09-13 00:21

ISLAMABAD: Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, the president of the All Pakistan Ulema Council, has congratulated King Salman for the excellent services provided to pilgrims every year, which allow them to perform Hajj rituals with as much ease and comfort as possible. His comments came during a meeting with Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki at the Kingdom’s embassy in Islamabad on Wednesday.

After performing holy pilgrimage in the Kingdom recently as part of King Salman’s Hajj and Umrah Program, Ashrafi told Arab News that on behalf of the PUC he expressed solidarity with the Kingdom in the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm. The Ulema also issued a fatwa against the Houthi militia and Daesh terrorists in the region.

“The Saudi leadership and its security institutions are a source of pride for us, as they are protecting this holy land,” he said.

Ashrafi studied at Lahore’s Jamia Qasmia and Jamia Zia Ul Uloom, before completing the Dars-e-Nizami at Jamia Ashrafia. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Punjab University, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic studies from the same institution.

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          Saudi Arabia’s Interior minister officiates ceremony for prisons plan      Cache   Translate Page      
Wed, 2018-09-12 22:24

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif announced a strategic plan for the General Directorate of Prisons, during a ceremony held at the Jeddah correctional prison.
The minister was received by the deputy governor of Makkah, Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, and the general director of prisons, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Asmari.
Al-Asmari, in an address to the gathering, thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their unlimited support toward the directorate and all other security sectors, adding that the prisons’ plan was to promote security and build a strong rehabilitation system for inmates.
After watching a documentary that showcased the prisons’ strategic plan and its components, Prince Abdul Aziz launched several initiatives, including the “Thiqa” (Trust) program — for rehabilitating inmates who still have to serve six months in prison — and the business centers’ initiative to facilitate procedures for inmates charged with defaulting on financial claims. AN Jeddah
Additionally, he oversaw the signing of an agreement between the General Directorate of Prisons and the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) to support the establishment of three research seats at three specialized universities, for crime prevention.
A memorandum of understanding was also signed between the General Directorate of Prisons and Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University, based on which inmates will be allowed to study at the university and training programs will be organized for the prisons’ staff.

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          King Salman praised for supporting Disabled Children’s Association      Cache   Translate Page      
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JEDDAH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Disabled Children’s Association, has thanked King Salman for his support since the association’s inception 30 years ago.

Prince Sultan said that the Disabled Children’s Association has enjoyed the benefits of King Salman’s support, which largely contributed to its excellence and commitment to high standards of professional, financial and administrative performance, in addition to its success in building trust with the government, shareholders and partners.

Prince Sultan said: “History creates the future and may even predict it. What we see today at the association and its branches, which are scattered across 11 regions and cities, is a leap of civilization adopted by King Salman and the late Dr. Ghazi Al-Gosaibi 30 years ago.

“The association has been supported by many good people and years of partnerships with all sectors as they believe it is a unique association that can be trusted with people’s money and the futures of their children.”

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          DiplomaticQuarter: Sri Lankan envoy meets governor during visit to KSA’s Eastern Province      Cache   Translate Page      
Wed, 2018-09-12 21:56

RIYADH: Azmi Thassim, the Sri Lankan ambassador in Riyadh, visited Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif on Tuesday to discuss the work of the Sri Lankan Embassy in the region.

“Paid a visit to the region and met with the governor of the Eastern Province and several senior officials,” the ambassador said.

He also updated the governor on the current situation in Sri Lanka, he said.

The ambassador also visited the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Eastern Province, where he met officials and highlighted the importance of a monthly mobile consular service to the Sri Lankans working and living in the region.

In addition, he met the deputy mayor and education officials from the region and senior officials from the Dammam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also spent time with the director general of prison affairs in the province and visited prisons in Dammam to meet male and female inmates.

The envoy also visited a number of private-sector companies in Dammam to discuss trends in the Saudi economy and how they could be utilized to benefit of Sri Lanka. He also visited the monthly mobile consular service the embassy provides in the Dammam area, and traveled to Al-Ahsa and Jubail Industrial City where he met Sri Lankan workers.

The ambassador also held a meeting with officials from the Eastern Province Sri Lanka Culture Club to discuss ways of enhancing embassy services in the province.

Madhuka Wickramarachchi, the minister counselor, and A L M Jabeer, protocol officer at the Sri Lankan Embassy, accompanied the ambassador during the visit.

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          Major increase in Yemeni refugees to South Korea sparks organised anti-asylum movement      Cache   Translate Page      
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Port city of Hodeidah is a lifeline for millions of ordinary Yeminis
          Ethiopia: Ethiopia: Refugees and Asylum-seekers as of 31 August 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen


          Ethiopia: UNHCR Ethiopia Factsheet - August 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen

Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 905,831 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2018.

So far in 2018, 36,185 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, including 1,626 in August. They are mostly from South Sudan and Eritrea.

UNHCR is actively participating in the humanitarian response to the IDP situation in Ethiopia and has deployed two Emergency Response Teams to Gedeo and West Guji. The teams are supporting the authorities with site management and the co-ordination of responses to protection needs. UNHCR is also providing emergency kits to the displaced people.

Working with Partners

UNHCR's main government counterpart to ensure the protection of refugees in Ethiopia is the Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA). In addition, UNHCR works in close coordination with some 50 humanitarian partners and is part of the Humanitarian Country Team in Ethiopia, where refugee programmes are discussed strategically to ensure that the needs of refugees are adequately presented and addressed across the UN System. UNHCR is also building on a well-established coordination fora, including the inter-sector Refugee Coordination Group, together with national and regional sector working groups. As part of the CRR approach, UNHCR is furthering partnerships with line ministries, regional and local authorities, as well as development partners.


          World: The Aid in Danger Monthly News Brief - August 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Insecurity Insight
Country: Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Lebanon, Mali, Myanmar, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Uganda, Viet Nam, World, Yemen, Zimbabwe

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

01 August 2018: In Alindao town, Basse-Kotto prefecture, unspecified assailants killed an aid worker from a local NGO. His motorcycle was found heavily burned nearby. No further details available. Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and AWSD

06 August 2018: In Bria town, Haute-Kotto prefecture, the international non-governmental organisation (INGO) Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) reopened its Bria base and has begun to gradually reintroduce its medical support for the city. Source: aBangui

08 August 2018: In Kaga-Bandoro region, Nana-Grébizi prefecture, an unspecified humanitarian team was robbed three times by unidentified perpetrators while traveling between Dekoa and KagaBandoro villages. Source: ACLED

09 August 2018: In Kaga-Bandoro region, Nana-Grébizi prefecture, another team of humanitarian workers from an unspecified organisation were robbed by armed men while driving on the road between Dekoa and Kaga-Bandoro. No further details specified.
Source: ACLED

11 August 2018: In Kaga-Bandoro region, Nana-Grébizi prefecture, a Red Cross team was robbed by unidentified armed men while traveling between Kaga-Bandoro city and Grevai town. Source:
ACLED

25 August 2018: In Bria town, Haute-Kotou prefecture, two national staff members of an unspecified aid organisation were killed during clashes between anti-Balaka militants and members of the Rassemblement Patriotique pour le Renouveau de Centrafique (RPRC), and eleven other people were injured. It is unknown whether the injuries included aid workers. Source: AWSD

Democratic Republic of the Congo

02 August 2018: In North Kivu province, seven local UN workers were kidnapped when their convoy of vehicles was stopped by armed men just east of Masisi centre. Only the Congolese nationals were kidnapped, while their drivers and vehicles were let go. On August 03, two of the seven kidnapping victims were released, having been seriously assaulted, and a ransom was put out for the remaining staff members.
Source: AWSD

08 August 2018 (Date of article): In North Kivu province, militia violence poses a major challenge for aid workers who have been attempting to vaccinate any and all individuals who may come into contact with someone who has the Ebola virus. Sources: Al Jazeera, Devex and The Guardian

09 August 2018: In Rutshuru town, North Kivu province, militants from the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) attacked a group from the Norwegian NGO Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), kidnapping six of the aid workers before releasing them again later the same day. Source: ACLED

19 August 2018: In Tanganyika province, Katanga state, four members of the Red Cross were kidnapped by a group of Hapa Na Pale Mayi Mayi militants. Source: ACLED


          İspanya Suudi Arabistan'a bomba satışını durdurmaktan vazgeçti      Cache   Translate Page      
İspanya, Yemen'de kullanılacağı gerekçesiyle satışını durduğunu açıkladığı 400 lazer güdümlü bombayı, Suudi Arabistan'a yeniden gönderme kararı aldı.
          U.S. Support for the Bombing of Yemen to Continue, for Now      Cache   Translate Page      
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The United States is the number one weapons dealer in the world, and Saudi Arabia is our biggest customer, having purchased over $100 billion in armaments since 2010. (Image: MoveOn.org)
The United States is the number one weapons dealer in the world, and Saudi Arabia is our biggest customer, having purchased over $100 billion in armaments since 2010. (Image: MoveOn.org)

          Bombing Yemeni School Children for Profit      Cache   Translate Page      
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies
The companies see only the revenues on their balance sheets, which are always in the black, never in the red like the blood that flows from the real-world results of the weapons they produce. (Photo: Screenshot)
The companies see only the revenues on their balance sheets, which are always in the black, never in the red like the blood that flows from the real-world results of the weapons they produce. (Photo: Screenshot)

          Food - UN warns of 'incalculable human cost' in Yemen's Hodeidah      Cache   Translate Page      
Hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance as fighting in port city threatens food supply, says UN official.
          Rebelles Houthis : la France complice de crimes de guerre au Yémen -- DRISS V      Cache   Translate Page      

Des armes françaises sont utilisées par l'Arabie Saoudite et les Emirats Arabes Unis dans leur guerre contre les rebelles Houthis au Yémen. Les affrontements ont déjà fait plus de 10'000 morts, en majorité des civils : un massacre rendu en partie possible par le matériel militaire vendu par la France à ses alliés arabes.
Depuis le lancement de l'intervention saoudienne et émiratie au Yémen en mars 2015, les ventes d'armes françaises vers ces deux pays ont explosé selon un rapport d'Amnesty (...)

Nos lecteurs proposent / Emirats , Arabie Saoudite , Yemen

          Fighting rages in Yemen around Red Sea port city of Hodeida      Cache   Translate Page      
Heavy fighting has been raging around Hodeida as Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition are trying once again to retake the Red Sea port city from the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, security officials said on Thursday.
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          Spain makes U-turn, will now sell 400 missiles to Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      

FM Josep Borrell says deal will go ahead a week after it was stopped amid concerns over civilian deaths in Yemen.

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          SWARM BOAT TARGET: A U.S. Navy amphibious ship fires on a swerving –and small– target boat. The li…      Cache   Translate Page      
SWARM BOAT TARGET: A U.S. Navy amphibious ship fires on a swerving –and small– target boat. The live fire exercise simulates an attack by a small boat. In the Persian Gulf Iran has threatened U.S. warships with “swarming” small boat attacks. In the Red Sea, Iranian proxies based in Yemen have used “robot” (unmanned) small […]
          09/13 Links Pt1: Haley: All the Palestinians Have Ever Done Is Ask for Money and Badmouth the U.S.; UNRWA perpetuates the refugee problem; Oslo Accords: 25 years of naivete      Cache   Translate Page      
From Ian:

Haley: All the Palestinians Have Ever Done Is Ask for Money and Badmouth the U.S.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday justified the US State Department’s closure of the Washington mission of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, saying all the Palestinians have ever done is ask for money and badmouth the US.

She also said that Washington is still waiting for them to come to the negotiating table.

“All they’ve done is have their hand out asking for money, badmouth the United States, not come to the table on the peace deal — why would we have a PLO office?” she in an interview with Fox News. “Why would we continue to fund the Palestinians?”

Asked if she thought President Donald Trump’s strong-arm tactics would change the policies of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who has shunned American officials since Washington recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December, she said it was “totally up to the Palestinians.”

Haley said that the US was ready to negotiate a peace deal as soon as Abbas was prepared to join the discussions.

“If the leadership of the Palestinians came to the table, automatically you’re going to have a peace plan. Negotiations are going to happen. Neither side is going to like it,” she said. “But the Palestinians have more to gain than Israel ever will.”

Haley said that the Trump administration was continuing to work on its long-awaited peace plan, even though Abbas has washed his hands of it.

CAMERA Op-Ed The Inconvenient Truth About Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Terrorism
Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the entity that rules the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) has been appointed to lead a terrorist organization. Although the press has frequently called Abbas, who also leads the Fatah movement and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a “moderate” and the PA a “peace partner,” not a single major U.S. news outlet has reported the PA chief’s new job.

According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a non-profit organization that monitors Arab media in the West Bank, eastern Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, on Aug. 2, 2018 the official newspaper of the PA reported that Abbas was now “the one responsible for the Palestinian National Fund.”

Israel’s defense ministry designated the PNF a terrorist organization in March 2017, noting: “The fund has a crucial role in the financial support for Palestinian terrorist operatives imprisoned in Israel, and it is used as the most significant route for transferring money.”

Times of Israel reporters Judah Ari Gross and Eric Cortellessa have noted that although the PNF “is said to contain billions of dollars from wealthy Arab donors and profits from various investments,” nonetheless “there is little transparency or oversight in the management and use of funds.”

Abbas’s appointment should be newsworthy. As PMW pointed out, the PA president is now in violation of Israel’s Counter Terrorism Law 2016-5776, which stipulates that “one who heads a terrorist organization or manages it or takes part in directing the terror organization in general, directly or indirectly” faces “25 years imprisonment.” In other words, a nominal U.S. ally is now leading a terrorist organization.
IsraellyCool: Re Boot
Columnist Max Boot argues in the Washington Post that the Trump administration’s pro-Israel moves (like closing of the PLO mission in Washington and defunding UNRWA) are big mistakes, opening the door to radicals. One part of his argument is thus:

They also don’t understand that the Palestinian Authority, for all its problems, is vastly preferable to any conceivable alternative. Yes, it is corrupt and undemocratic and, yes, it engages in anti-Israel propaganda. But, far from sponsoring terrorism against Israel, the Palestinian Authority is working closely with Israel to squelch terror. In May, after the U.S. Embassy relocation, thousands of Gaza residents tried to storm the Israeli border fence, resulting in 62 fatalities. There were no such attacks in the West Bank, because the Palestinian Authority worked there to prevent them. By gratuitously insulting and defunding the most moderate Palestinian faction, Trump is opening the door to the radicals. That’s a Rosh Hashanah present Israel could do without

Yet the very same Max Boot had this to say only a couple of years ago, in a post now flushed down the memory hole (thank you Google cache!):

Predictably, Obama is even more scathing when it comes to Israel, which, unlike Saudi Arabia, is a democratic country that respects human rights. It will surprise no one who has followed closely this administration’s foreign policy that Obama blames Prime Minister Netanyahu for the failure to achieve a peace treaty, giving a pass to the leaders of Hamas and the Palestinian Authority who refuse to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state or even to condemn terrorism against Israel. According to Goldberg: “Obama has long believed that Netanyahu could bring about a two-state solution that would protect Israel’s status as a Jewish-majority democracy, but is too fearful and politically paralyzed to do so.” If Obama has stern words for Mahmoud Abbas and the leaders of Hamas — who are the actual obstacles to peace — Goldberg does not record them.

Does Mr Boot really think the PA has changed its tune in just two years?



UNRWA perpetuates the refugee problem
No longer can it be considered purely a relief organisation. It has become highly politicised agency seeking to preserve the status of second and third-generation Palestinians as refugees. The original number of refugees supported by UNRWA is, according to its website, some 700,000. As refugee status tumbled down the generations it now extends to five million people through the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and other countries. These Palestinians do not live in the vast tent cities to be seen on Syria’s borders with Jordan and Turkey. They inhabit well-maintained apartment blocks and the children are educated in well-appointed schools.

The biggest funder of UNRWA has been the United States, with Britain not far behind. In a gesture designed to demonstrate the anachronistic nature of the organisation, the Trump White House as suspended some £232m of annual funds.

The administration is the first to recognise that an organisation with the main purpose of preserving refugee status is out of keeping with the rest of the world, where permanent settlement and integration is the goal. It makes peace in the region more difficult by encouraging the multiplication of numbers. That makes the promises of ‘return’ in any peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians infinitely more complicated.

Britain has dipped into its big overseas aid budget and increased its contribution to UNRWA by £90m to help make up the shortfall, along with the Germany. Palestinian peace envoy Saeb Erekat says the decision to reduce or even close down funding ‘aims at closing schools, clinics, hospitals and starving people.’ No one wants to see any of that happen and there is no reason why, if UNRWA was to uprooted, other UN and global agencies could not take up the baton.

That would end the current position where Palestinians are the only group in the region and across the world which has a specific agency which aims to preserve refugee status which is unnecessary and inequitable.

The real hope for the Palestinians are programmes such as those run by the World Bank which seek to unleash enterprise and economic development not to preserve a dependence culture. The US has struck a blow in this direction.

That should be regarded as a positive approach for the New Year.
IDF says it detonated large bomb placed on Gaza fence, foiling attack
The Israeli military on Thursday detonated a large bomb that had been placed along the Gaza security fence by Palestinians during a recent riot, the army said.

The Israel Defense Forces said the placement of the improvised explosive device showed that the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group was trying to keep up the clashes along the border, despite the reported ongoing ceasefire talks with Israel.

The large IED, which was placed inside a blue jerrycan, was found earlier this week by the IDF next to the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip.

On Thursday morning, the military destroyed the bomb in a controlled explosion, the army said.

“The cell of terrorists that planted the explosive device planned to injure IDF soldiers and interrupt the operations of forces working in the area,” the army said.

“IDF soldiers foiled the attempted terror attack. There were no injuries, and no damage was caused,” the military said in a statement.

According to the IDF, the bomb was placed along the fence during a riot earlier in the week.

“The planting of the explosive device by the terrorist cell under the cover of a violent demonstration is further evidence that the Hamas terror group is working to maintain the conflict in the fence area and to injure IDF soldiers, while using residents of the Gaza Strip as human shields and as cover for terrorist activities,” the army said.


JPost Editorial: 25 Years Later
It was a day 25 years ago filled with such enormous hope, so much potential, so many dreams, as the world witnessed the signing of what came to be known as the Oslo Accords.

On the front page of the next day’s Jerusalem Post was a box of comments by various public figures, commenting about the historic signing on the White House lawn. Some of the quotes made sense then, reflecting the hope, potential and dreams we wanted so badly to be fulfilled:

“I feel like it’s November 29, 1947. We didn’t know then where we were heading, but we knew we were heading for great things.”
– communications minister Shulamit Aloni

“The signing of the accord is a courageous and necessary act. The Holy See is aware of the present and future difficulties, but it is convinced the signing of the accord signifies the opening of a path to peace.”
– Vatican chief spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls

Some were less starry eyed and more cautious:

“All the substantive issues still have to be resolved. Only the psychological barrier has been passed.”
– Henry Kissinger

“It’s a day of great exhilaration for us, but at the same time great apprehension… I’ve got a lot of questions in my mind about the ability of the Palestinians to implement the accord.”
– US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Lee Hamilton

And then there were those who said then that it was all just a dream, with no hope and no potential:

“The signing ceremony in Washington is a day of mourning for the Jewish people, and one must tear one’s clothes for the destruction of Eretz Yisrael.”
– former chief rabbi Shlomo Goren

“The impetuous rush to embrace an enemy who uses the language of peace for the purpose of war, in the long term will be seen as an historic blunder.”
– Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu

For 25 years, the world has placed all its chips on the gamble that Oslo would succeed. It has not. The outlines of the agreement that day called for dual recognition, two states, and a modus operandi to move forward toward a true lasting peace. It hasn’t happened.

For 25 years, every American president – following in the footsteps of Bill Clinton, who convened that signing ceremony – has attempted to build an infrastructure of peace on top of that signing and handshake. Despite the best of intentions, all those efforts failed to resolve the conflict.

Nevertheless, it has not been a complete failure. While Oslo may not have succeeded as we had hoped and dreamed, there are successes upon which to build.


25 years after Oslo, HBO shows behind scenes account, with final Peres interview
Twenty five years have passed since the historic handshake between the now dead Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat on the south lawn of the White House, under the watchful eye of former United States president Bill Clinton.

Many remember September 13, 1993, as a day of hope, when for a while, peace seemed closer than ever. The series of negotiations that followed, the tensions and eventually the collapse of the peace process with Palestinian terrorism and Rabin’s assassination, have been documented and analyzed by many over the years. But Israeli documentary filmmakers Mor Loushy and Daniel Sivan are now offering an unprecedented look at what went on behind closed doors of the Norwegian castle where the first talks secretly took place.

The Oslo Diaries, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, will debut Thursday, exclusively on HBO. The documentary chronicles the journey of the select group of Israelis and Palestinians who gathered for clandestine meetings, through their own eyes, using their private diary entries and never-before-seen archival footage shot from 1992 to 1995.

“In Israel, and I think all over, people have just had enough of talking about the peace process,” Daniel Sivan told The Times of Israel on Tuesday. “It just brings so much sorrow and agony and frustration.”

“As filmmakers we’ve done all these films about the wars of Israel and suddenly we realized that there is actually no film done to date about the peace process,” Sivan said. “We really wanted to know not only why it failed, but how it worked backstage.”
The lesson of the Oslo Accords
Over the course of the past 70 years, Israel has com- mitted its fair share of grave miscalculations, many of which continue to haunt the country and harm our national security. From the failure to annex Judea, Samaria and Gaza in the immediate aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, to the refusal to believe that Egypt would dare attack in 1973, and on to the inconclusive 2006 Second Lebanon War, the Jewish state’s indecision has often proven to be costly in both blood and tears.

And yet, as we mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords with the PLO this week, it is clear that even these blunders pale in comparison with the capricious capitulation that took place on the White House Lawn on September 13, 1993.

Simply put, Oslo was the worst strategic disaster in Israel’s history and we have yet to fully extricate ourselves from the damage it continues to wreak.

The tragedy began when, with reckless disregard for logic, morality or even common sense, then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and foreign minister Shimon Peres tossed a lifeline to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and magnanimously agreed to give him control over parts of the Land of Israel in exchange for an empty promise of peace.

Overnight, the reviled revolutionary, whose resumé included ordering plane hijackings, school massacres and the slaughter of civilians, was granted international legitimacy.
25 years on, Oslo Accords peace hopes a fading memory
As Palestinians prepare to lower the flag over their shuttered mission in Washington, no one can predict when they will return to the city where just a quarter of a century ago a diplomatic triumph was celebrated on a sunlit White House lawn.

Hosted by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton, Palestinian and Israeli leaders came together on Sept. 13, 1993 to sign the first of the Oslo Accords, designed to be the foundation of a permanent peace deal within five years that would create two states, side-by-side.

The three men who would win the Nobel Peace Prize the next year – Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres of Israel and Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat – did not live to see peace in their time.

Now, with relations between U.S. President Donald Trump and the Palestinians, who see him as an unquestioning ally of right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, at a breaking point, the Oslo deal seems like a relic from a bygone age.

As if to drive home the flaws inherent in Oslo's original Declaration of Principles, 25 years later it is the very issues that were postponed for later resolution that are now dominating the headlines once again.
Oslo Accords: 25 years of naivete
Peres even wrote to Norwegian Foreign Minister Johan Jorgen Holst vowing not to shut down Palestinian institutions in east Jerusalem. Above all, the Israeli leadership (especially the national security apparatus) showed that it was not overly concerned by the PLO's ideology.

Rabin saw the peace process as a means of establishing nothing more than Palestinian autonomy. But his very willingness to sign a deal with the PLO unleashed all the demons: the Palestinian "right of return," refugees, Jerusalem, and the armed struggle against Israel.

The modern Palestinian identity formed following the Six-Day War and coalesced around terrorism and armed struggle. Did anyone really expect the Palestinian Authority, formed by the PLO, to turn its back on the roots of the Palestinian nationalist revolution?

Even today, some Israeli security officials, especially on the Left, refuse to accept that the Palestinians are playing the long game against Israel. Some have referred to this as a phased plan that combines diplomacy with terrorism, but that is no longer a suitable term. It would be more appropriate to describe the PA's approach as a consistent policy that combines terrorism, diplomatic warfare, psychological propaganda and no less important, legal warfare.

Israel, and especially the Left, gave the PLO international legitimacy.

Just as no one in 1993 thought the Gaza Strip would become a hub for missiles and suicide bombers, no one thought the PLO would be in a position of being able to deny Israel its international legitimacy.

A quarter of a century later, it has become apparent that a coalition of terrorist groups has managed to create a major internal schism within Israeli society.
25 years on, how do ‘Oslo babies’ see peace accords?
Precisely a quarter of a century ago, on September 13, 1993, the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat stood on either side of US President Bill Clinton in front of the White House and shook hands, marking a historic moment after the signing of the Oslo I Accord. For many, that moment was one that brimmed with hope that a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians could be within reach.

Crucial aspects of the accords included Palestinian recognition of Israel’s right to exist, and Israel’s recognition of the PLO as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people.

The partition of the West Bank into areas A, B and C, each with a different level of autonomy, and the declaration of Israel’s intention to eventually withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza Strip were other unprecedented developments.

Palestinians and Israelis born that year can only relive that moment through the euphoria or skepticism that had been felt by their parents at the time. They were just two years old when Rabin was assassinated by one of his own people, seven when the peace process broke down at Camp David, and they transitioned from elementary school to middle school as the over-four-years-long Second Intifada - named by some as the Oslo War or Arafat’s War - raged.

The Jerusalem Post spoke with several “Oslo babies,” who today are young adults aged 25 years, to learn how they view the Oslo Accords and the reality they paved as they joined the world.
Palestinian youths disrupt joint Palestine-Israel Conference on 25th anniversary of Oslo Accords
A group of 20 Palestinian protesters disrupted a joint Palestinian-Israeli conference Wednesday at east Jerusalem’s American Colony Hotel marking the 25th anniversary of the Oslo accords just as former member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ziad AbuZayyad began to speak.

The conference marked the launch of a special issue of the Palestine-Israel Journal, which is co-edited by AbuZayyad and Hillel Schenker.

Shouting slogans in Arabic, the demonstrators – all of university age – initially congregated in the hotels’ courtyard beneath the conference room. Their combined voices drowned out AbuZayyad. Still shouting, the demonstrators stormed the second floor conference room, where foreign journalists, diplomats and left-wing Israeli activists were sitting with representatives of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, which co-sponsored the conference together with the Palestine-Israel Journal.

The leader of the group ordered everyone out, saying no one present was authorized to speak in the name of Palestinians.

Saying he could understand their anger and frustration, AbuZayyad tried to explain to the demonstrators the conference was being held to protest the failure to implement principles laid down in the Oslo Accords. But the activists wouldn’t listen, and insisted the audience disperse.

Almost everyone, including Norwegian Ambassador Jon Hanssen-Bauer, left immediately, presumably out of concern that the protest escalate into violence.

Only minutes earlier, Schenker in a welcome address singled out Bauer as the representative of the country which had facilitated the Oslo Accords.
Poll: Most Palestinians oppose renewed dialogue with US
A majority of Palestinians oppose renewed dialogue between the Ramallah-based Palestinian leadership and US President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a public opinion poll published on Wednesday.

Sixty-two percent of Palestinians are against a resumption of dialogue, while 27% are in favor, the survey found.

Since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and initiated the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel to the city last December, PA President Mahmoud Abbas and several top Palestinian officials have refused to meet White House officials, including US Vice President Mike Pence, and other American government personnel.

However, senior Palestinian security officials including Ziad Hab a-Rih, the head of PA Preventative Security, and Majid Faraj, the chief of the PA General Intelligence Services, have recently held meetings with CIA officials, according to two Palestinian sources who spoke to The Times of Israel.
UN bemoans 'unsustainable' Palestinian economy
Palestinian citizens are trapped in an economy of jobless growth with no prospects, especially in Gaza, which is undergoing "de-development," the United Nations trade and development agency said in an annual report published on Wednesday.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development report said unemployment in the Palestinian territories was the highest in the world in 2017, at 27.4%, while agricultural production fell by 11%. Half of Palestinians under 30 were unemployed. The economy grew 3.1% but was flat on a per capita basis.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva, Mahmoud Elkhafif, coordinator of the report, said the major reason for this situation from an economic development point of view was a set of Israeli restrictions such as permit systems for Palestinians to work in Israel.

UNCTAD Deputy Secretary General Isabelle Durant described the economic situation in Gaza as "absolutely unsustainable."

A customs union between Israel and the Palestinian territories has isolated the Palestinian economy from the rest of the world and left it dependent on Israel, the report said.

In Gaza, where real incomes have fallen 30% since 1999 and production capacity has been hit by successive military operations, households got an average of two hours of electricity daily, and only about 10% had drinking water.
U.N.: Donor funding for Palestinians dropped by a third in last decade
Donor funding to the Palestinian Authority has dropped by one-third in the last decade, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

It spoke out on the matter as the UN and the PA are scrambling to make up for the Trump Administration’s decision to halt funding to the Palestinians, both in direct bilateral assistance and through UN contributions.

“In 2017, budget support from donors dropped by 10.5 per cent from the 2016 level,” the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) stated in a 16-page report it published on the Palestinian economy.

“Total international support was $720 million, only one-third of the $2 billion in 2008.

“For the same period, budget support shrank from $1.8 billion to $544 million, a 70 per cent decrease,” the UNCTAD said.
It did not break the data down by donor country. But according to a Congressional report, the US in 2012 set aside $396 million in bilateral assistance to the PA through its Economic Support Fund.

That number dropped to $290 million in 2015, $370 million in 2015 and $230 million in 2017, before the US said it would not pay out $200 million of that sum.

The UNCTAD stated that in addition the Palestinian Authority lost about $300 million a year because of its shared custom envelop with Israel, which collects taxes on behalf of the PA.
US Congress votes $38 billion defense aid to Israel into law
A bipartisan bill that would cement the U.S. military aid to Israel into law has passed a major hurdle on Wednesday night.

The U.S. House of Representative approved the measure, known as the Ileana Ros-Lehtinen U.S.-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018, several weeks after it passed the Senate. It will now head toward the president's desk.

Under the proposed legislation, the $38 billion in military aid over 10 years spelled out under the 2016 Memorandum of Understanding, would be funded through a special mechanism that would be separate from the annual budget.

The bill would also give Israel increased access to sophisticated U.S. technology to ensure it maintains its qualitative edge in the region through the U.S. war reserve stockpile in Israel, which Israeli forces can use under certain conditions.

It also authorizes the president to bolster the stockpile with $1 billion worth of weaponry, as well as with precision-guided munitions to use against Hezbollah. The bill further allows the president to establish a collaborative U.S.-Israel counterdrone program.

The law ensures that U.S. aid would not be cut so long as the memorandum comes into effect starting in 2019, ensuring that the funds would not be influenced by the budget wars Congress and the White House have. It also means that presidents would not be able to suspend U.S. aid as a means of pressuring Israel.
EU: Israel must compensate for demolition of Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar
The European Parliament called for compensation from Israel should it demolish the illegally built West Bank Bedouin herding village of Khan al-Ahmar, and warned that it set a dangerous precedent for 46 such communities in Area C.

In a 320 to 277 vote, the Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday approved a harsh resolution against Israel.

It stated that “the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and the forcible transfer of its residents would constitute a grave breach of international humanitarian law.”

“Ten EU Member States are supporting humanitarian programs in Khan al-Ahmar, including the construction of a primary school, and an estimated 315,000 euros worth of EU-funded humanitarian assistance is now at risk,” the resolution stated.

Parliamentarians called on the EU to more strenuously object to the demolition, including insisting on compensation of the loss of EU-funded structures in Khan al-Ahmar and other such herding villages.

The resolution stated that “should the demolition and eviction of Khan al-Ahmar take place – the EU’s response must be commensurate with the seriousness of this development and consistent with its long-standing support to the community of Khan al-Ahmar.”
IDF razes five protest shacks near Khan al-Ahmar
In a pre-dawn West Bank raid the Civil Administration demolished five white shacks that activists had placed in the area Khan al-Ahmar Monday to protest the pending demolition of the illegal Bedouin herding village.

Civil Administration official took apart the shacks, loaded the pieces onto trucks and carried them away.

Their activity brought awakened activists and Khan al-Ahmar residents who are expected the IDF to arrive at any moment to evacuate their village of 180 people, located just off of Route 1, near the Kfar Adumim settlement. The security forces left as the sun rose.

The Office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said, “This morning (Thursday), the Civil Administration's Supervisory Unit carried out enforcement against five movable structures that were illegally transported to, and erected in the vicinity of Kfar Adumim over the past few days. This enforcement activity was carried out in accordance with regulations and according to the law.”

“The erection of these structures was advanced by representatives of the Palestinian Authority in protest and defiance of the decision of the High Court of Justice, and in opposition to the enforcement of Israeli law in Area C.”
Czech leaders endorse Israeli embassy move to Jerusalem
Czech leaders on Wednesday endorsed moving the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a similar move by the US administration earlier this year.

In a joint statement, the Czech president, prime minister, parliament speaker and the foreign and defense ministers said the opening of a “Czech House” there in November would be “the first step in the plan to move the Czech embassy to Jerusalem.”

Jiri Ovcacek, spokesman for President Milos Zeman, told AFP that the Czech House would shelter government institutions including the foreign ministry’s Czech Center, the trade agency CzechTrade and tourism agency CzechTourism.

“The Czech House in Jerusalem will be ceremonially opened by Mr. President during his visit to Israel in November,” he said.

Zeman, a 73-year-old veteran left-winger known for his staunch pro-Israel stance, promoted the embassy move even before US President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem on May 14.
Israel denies report that Saudi Arabia purchased Iron Dome
The Defense Ministry denied on Thursday an Arabic media report that Saudi Arabia had purchased the Iron Dome missile defense system.

“We deny the existence of a deal to sell Iron Dome to Saudi Arabia,” the Defense Ministry said in an emailed statement.

Al-Khaleej Online, an Arabic news site with offices in the UK and the Persian Gulf, had reported earlier in the day that Saudi Arabia bought Iron Dome from Israel, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.

The report did not specify how many Iron Dome batteries Saudi Arabia had allegedly purchased. However, it asserted that the first battery will arrive in Saudi Arabia in December and be placed near its border with Yemen.

For more than the past three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting a war against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The report also claimed that Saudi Arabia had “convinced Israel to sell [Iron Dome]” through American interlocutors in “secret tripartite meetings that took place in Washington.”
PM’s spokesman Keyes taking ‘time off’ after sexual misconduct claims
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson to the international media, David Keyes, said Thursday that he was taking time off from his job to fend off various allegations of sexual misconduct.

“In light of the false and misleading accusations against me and in order not to distract from the important work of the Prime Minister, I have asked to take time off to clear my name,” he said in a statement sent to reporters. “I am fully confident that the truth will come out.”

Minutes later, the Prime Minister Office issued a separate statement saying that it had “accepted David Keyes’ request to take time off.”

It was not immediately clear how long his absence would last, or whether it was open-ended.

Keyes’s decision came after four Knesset members called on Netanyahu to suspend Keyes until the reports about his alleged sexual misconduct had been clarified.

It also came shortly after The Times of Israel asked him to comment on a fresh allegation — that he made an “aggressive, sexual” advance at a woman in Israel weeks after he became Netanyahu’s spokesperson in 2016. The woman involved, an immigrant from North America, spoke with The Times of Israel earlier Thursday.

On Wednesday, The Times of Israel published an investigation citing 12 women who described a pattern of inappropriate behavior by Keyes toward themselves and other women.
IsraellyCool: Latest Palestinian Blood Libel: The Case of the Murdered “Attacker”
Those propagandists over at the Palestinian Information Center have posted the following claim:

Extrimist Jewish settlers on Wednesday night attacked a Palestinian child with pepper spray near his home in al-Khalil city.

A local source told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that 10-year-old Ahmed Jaber was rushed to hospital after settlers from the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba attacked him with pepper spray in his face.


The lack of consistency is usually one sign the story is probably not true. But in this case, there is another reason to doubt it.

Let’s look at the above photo again.

The man in the white shirt, near the center, was this man..Rabbi Raziel Shevach [who] was murdered earlier this year by one of those the Palestinian Information Center idolizes.
Hevron Jew who retaliated against rock-throwers convicted
The Magistrate's Court on Thursday convicted Hevron resident Noam Federman and his son of deliberately sabotaging a vehicle, after the two were documented throwing rocks at PA vehicles in Hevron and damaging their windows in response to Arabs who threw rocks at their car.

The judge ruled in his decision that there was no justification for the throwing of the rocks and that the response of the Jews was illegal.

Federman told Arutz Sheva upon leaving the courthouse, "I entered with a smile before the verdict was handed down and I left with a smile afterward. There is a contradictory message from the judge, who on the one hand said I did something heroic and on the other convicts me. I am satisfied with my actions and if a similar event happens tomorrow, I will act again in the same way."

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who represented Federman's son, added, "There is a contradictory message in the verdict. On the one hand it praises the heroism of the Federman family and on the other hand the judge decided on a conviction. We believe that throwing the rocks was right and will appeal the verdict."
MEMRI: On Visit To North Korea, Palestinian Foreign Minister Conveys Greetings, Messages Of Solidarity From Palestinian President Mahmoud 'Abbas To NK Leader Kim Jong-un; NK Official To Al-Maliki: The U.S. Is The Enemy Of Peace
Riyad Al-Maliki, the Palestinian Authority's minister of foreign and diaspora affairs, visited North Korea recently to attend its 70th anniversary celebrations and met with North Korean officials, including Leader Kim Jong-un, Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho and Kim Yong-dae, Vice President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly. According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, during his visit Al-Maliki delivered a letter and a gift from Palestinian President Mahmoud 'Abbas to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.[1]

During their meeting, Al-Maliki and Kim Yong-dae both stressed that the Palestinian and North Korean people are in a similar situation, withstanding pressure by the U.S. Kim Yong-dae stated that the U.S. is the enemy of peace and cannot serve as mediator in the peace process.

It should be noted that PA and North Korean officials exchange letters and greetings occasionally. In the recent years, 'Abbas has sent Kim Jong-un greetings on North Korea's Liberation Day, and the latter recently conveyed a letter to 'Abbas via the Palestinian embassy in Egypt in which he commended him and the Palestinian people for "their just struggle to restore all their legitimate rights to establish an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital."[2] The President of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium, Kim Yong-nam, sent 'Abbas a letter congratulating him on the anniversary of the Palestinian declaration of independence.[3]

It should be noted that, in June 2018, MEMRI published a translation of an article penned by 'Atef Abu Saif, a Fatah spokesman living in Gaza, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's June 12 summit with Kim Jong-un. In the article, Abu Saif praised North Korea and Iran as two countries that have retained their honor in the face of American and international pressures and stuck to their goals despite sanctions and boycotts, forcing the world to heed their position. He lamented that the Arabs do not learn the lesson of history and follow the example of Iran and North Korea.[4]
Haley Warns Syria, Russia, Iran About Using Chemical Weapons: ‘Don’t Test Us Again’
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday warned the regime of Syrian President Bashar al- Assad, along with its allies Russia and Iran, not to use chemical weapons against the last rebel stronghold in Syria, suggesting the Trump administration will respond with military action if they do use such weapons.

Haley issued the warning on Fox News' "Special Report," where she discussed a range of issues with host Bret Baier, including the possibility of the Assad regime using chemical weapons against the Syrian people in an offensive to retake Idlib province in northwestern Syria.

"Twice we have warned you not to use chemical weapons, twice you have used them, and twice President Trump has acted," Haley said. "Don't test us again, because I think the odds are very much against them."

Haley was referring to two different times when the Trump administration launched military strikes against the Syrian government in response to it using chemical weapons on civilians—first in April 2017, then in April 2018.
Kerry: ‘We Knew That Assad Had Kept Some’ Chemical Weapons
Former Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the Obama administration knew that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad kept some of his chemical weapons despite an international agreement brokered to remove the entire stockpile by mid-2014.

"We said we got a hundred percent of the declared weapons out, which is what the Organization for the [Prohibition] of Chemical Weapons was able to track," Kerry said on Fox News. "We knew that Assad had kept some, and we tried to go to the [United Nations] Security Council, and, unfortunately, Russia played games and we didn't get there."

In 2013, the United States and Russia struck a deal to remove Syria's entire arsenal of chemical weapons from the country by the middle of 2014. Kerry and other Obama administration officials publicly touted the deal as a major success.

"We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out," Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press" in 2014.

In 2015, however, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) told the Obama administration that it had found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at the Syrian government's Scientific Studies and Research Center in the district of Barzeh, near Damascus.
UN Amb. Nikki Haley: Iran Is "Feeling the Pain" from Revived Sanctions
Iran is "feeling the pain" from the sweeping sanctions revived by President Trump in August, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told Fox News exclusively in a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday.

"They feel weak and we are suffocating them to the point that they have to address ballistic missiles; they have to address their support on terrorism," Haley told "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier.

The Trump administration this summer restored major sanctions against Iran in the areas of automobiles, gold and other key metals. The sanctions had been suspended under former President Barack Obama's 2015 nuclear deal, pummelling the value of currency there and threatening to further unravel the Islamic country's already-struggling economy.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal in May, saying its enforcement and monitoring mechanisms were too lenient and calling for Iran to return to the negotiating table.

Even more severe U.S. sanctions against Iran's banking and energy sectors are slated to go into effect in November, including restrictions on Iran's oil industry that could cut off a crucial source of hard currency.
Kerry Meeting With Iran to Salvage Nuke Deal With Rogue Diplomacy
Former Secretary of State John Kerry disclosed that he has been conducting rogue diplomacy with top Iranian officials to salvage the landmark nuclear deal and push the Islamic Republic to negotiate its contested missile program, according to recent remarks.

Kerry, in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt to promote his new book, said that he has met with Iranian Former Minister Javad Zarif—the former secretary's onetime negotiating partner—three or four times in recent months behind the Trump administration's back.

"I think I've seen him three or four times," Kerry said, adding that he has been conducting sensitive diplomacy without the current administration's authorization. Kerry said he has criticized the current administration in these discussions, chiding it for not pursuing negotiations from Iran, despite the country's fevered rhetoric about the U.S. president.

Kerry's comments are in line with previous reporting on his behind-the-scenes attempts to save the nuclear deal and ensure that Iran continues receiving billions in cash windfalls. These payments were brought to a halt by the Trump administration when it abandoned the nuclear agreement and reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran that have nearly toppled its economy and sparked a popular revolution.

Kerry said he met Zarif in Norway, Munich, and other international forums.

As Iran continues to plot terror attacks across the globe and transport weapons to regional hotspots in Syria and Yemen, Kerry has tried to help Zarif preserve the nuclear agreement with European nations.
Fox News’ Dana Perino Presses John Kerry on if He Told Iran to Wait Out Trump Presidency
Former secretary of state John Kerry gave an interview to Fox News’ Dana Perino today, where he was asked about reports that he has been speaking with Iranian officials in an attempt to salvage the nuclear deal.

The Fox host asked Kerry about the reports, which hold Kerry is reassuring Iranian officials that President Donald Trump will be out of office in 2020.

Kerry didn’t exactly deny it, saying “everybody in the world is sitting around talking about waiting out President Trump.”

Perino tried to press Kerry further, though he maintained the idea applies to other diplomatic policies beyond the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
MEMRI: Egyptian Daily: According To The Egyptian Interior Ministry, Muhammad 'Atta, One Of The Perpetrators Of The September 11, 2001 Attacks, Died In 2008
On September 11, 2018, the Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Yawm, which is affiliated with the Al-Sisi regime, published an investigative article titled "On the Occasion of 17th Anniversary of 9/11: Documents from the 9/11 File Reveal that the Commander of the Operation, Muhammad 'Atta, Died in 2008." The article states that the Egyptian interior ministry refused to record September 11, 2001 as the date of the death of Muhammad 'Atta, an Egyptian national who was one of the planners of the attacks and one of the hijackers of the plane that hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Instead, the ministry issued a death certificate noting October 29, 2008 as the date of his death, and even this was done only after the family appealed to the courts to demand the issuance of a death certificate so they could arrange matters of inheritance, and following an investigation by the State Security Investigations Service.

The article is accompanied by photos of official documents, including the aforementioned death certificate, which are implied to cast doubt on 'Atta's involvement in the 9/11 attacks. The article also states that the attacks are still shrouded in "secrets," and mentions speculations about the possible involvement of the Mossad or the FBI in them.

The following are translated excerpts from the article:

"Although 17 years have passed since the 9/11 attacks, or 'Black September', as America called them, secrets [regarding them] continue to emerge. This incident in 2001 served as an excuse for destroying countries in the Arab world. The flag of terror passed from one organization to another. During the subsequent years, some people believed – while others denied – that the Israeli Mossad had been behind the events [of 9/11] and had planned them in order to stoke conflict between the U.S. and the Middle East and Arab world. A former interior minister, Habib Al-'Adly, in his court testimony, accused the U.S. even of involvement in the destruction that befell Egypt in January 2011.[1] He [also] claimed that the FBI had received warning from an FBI source within Al-Qaeda that a large terror operation in the U.S. was being planned, but did not heed this warning, and that [the source] warned them again in August 2001, but to no avail.



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          "Israel did 9/11, not Muslims. Anyone thinking otherwise 17 years on, is an idiot"      Cache   Translate Page      
It's been 17 years. 17 long, hard and savagely bloody years that have left tens of millions murdered, maimed and displaced in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen, occupied Palestine, Lebanon, Mali, Nigeria and occupied Kashmir. GWOT, the Global War on Terror, has raped the world. And it's all because of what happened at the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on this day, September 11th, in 2001. -T.H.E.Y. - The Hebrews Enslaving You told you, the Goyim, i.e. the 99% majority here on this beautiful little sphere of blue and green called Earth, that Muslims did it. That's right. Those damn Muslamics. Hating 'Murica for its freedom. Being all towel-headed and terroristy! Moozlemicals bypassed the half-trillion dollar air defense system of the US in the most closely-guarded, maximum-security airspace in the world all to trigger an unending war on the Islamicate. Makes perfect sense. Right? I mean... Seriously? Like... for real, for real? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. At this stage, 17 years in, with all the evidence from engineers, architects, professors, intelligence whistleblowers, military analysts, heads of state and more, if you don't know that the official 9/11 story is the biggest pile of bullshit this side of Wagyu farms in Japan, you're an idiot. Simple and plain. A total moron. We're talking planetary stupidity here. Because two planes can't pulverize three buildings - we call that the STMT... Shlomo's Talmudic Mathematical Theorem. Jet fuel doesn't burn hot enough to melt steel. The "hijackers" weren't capable of flying a single-engine Cesna, let alone 757s and 767s. On this point, let's also note that some of the "hijackers" are actually still alive. Boxcutters? A laptop and some cell phones? Run from Afghanistan's caves around 7,000 miles away from NYC? Were you dropped on your head as a kid or did you just get this imbecilic recently? Passports ain't flame-retardant. NORAD doesn't stand down on its own. F-16 interceptors don't stand down on their own either. Osama Bin Laden was a longstanding agent of the CIA who denied having anything to do with 9/11 in his last actual interview and pointed the finger at the very people we'll be discussing herein. He also died from health-related issues, not a Seal Team 6 raid. And more. So much more. You get the gist of it. Those of you who know this though and have seen the light - and there are more of you than the mainstream media cares to admit - and who are just looking for that missing piece; that... WHO... Then we're going to call a dradle a dradle, a menorah a menorah and a six-pointed star a six-pointed star and drill it into your head the way that the Sanhedrin drills Christ-hatred into the heads of yeshiva students. You picking up what I'm putting down? Here. These are just SOME - you read that right, SOME - of the names that the Monsters don't want you to call out when you're discussing 9/11:
          Pompeo insists Saudi coalition exercises caution in Yemen but facts show that's a lie      Cache   Translate Page      
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Congress that the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are doing enough to protect civilians in their campaign in Yemen. The facts however, tell a different story. Pompeo said in a certification statement Wednesday that ending the three-year conflict is a national security priority for President Donald Trump, and that the US will "continue to work closely with the Saudi-led coalition," to end the war. The certification is a requirement of the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that sets out the US military's vast budget and policies for the coming year. President Trump signed the 2019 NDAA into law in August.
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BM Yemen Koordinatörü Grande: Dehşete düşmüş durumdalar
Birleşmiş Milletler (BM), Yemen'in Hudeyde kentinde devam eden şiddetli çatışmaların içinde kalan yüz binlerce sivilin ‘dehşet içinde‘ olduğunu bildirdi.
          İspanya Suudi Arabistan'a bomba satışını durdurmaktan vazgeçti      Cache   Translate Page      
Rest pahalıya patlayacaktı: İspanya'dan 9 günde geri adım
İspanya hükümeti, Yemen'de kullanılacağı gerekçesiyle satışını durduğunu açıkladığı 400 lazer güdümlü bombayı Suudi Arabistan'a yeniden gönderme kararı alırken, İspanya basını geri adımın sebebinin Riyad'ın 1,8 milyar avroluk savaş gemisi anlaşmasını iptal edeceği endişesi olduğunu yazdı.
          U.S. Stands By Saudi Arabia, Despite Criticism Over Civilian Casualties In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
The Saudi-led coalition has bombed markets, weddings and even a bus carrying kids during its three year campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels. The U.S. supports the coalition.
          Millions of Yemen’s children are starving as Pompeo vouches for Saudi actions      Cache   Translate Page      
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday certified to Congress that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure” in Yemen. His certification of the Saudi and U.A.E. efforts allows the U.S. to continue supporting the airstrikes, although Pompeo’s statement has […]
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Michael Page is a deputy director in the Middle East and North Africa division at Human Rights Watch. A graduate of the American University of Beirut and the Harvard Kennedy School, he previously worked closely with civil society organizations in the Middle East, including on the documentation of human rights abuses during the Syrian conflict. He supervises Human Rights Watch’s work on several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, and Egypt.


          Офицеры-Генералы Йемена (южане и северяне). Биографии      Cache   Translate Page      
Кирилл: Бригадный генерал Мансур Абдалла Наджи Таваб.
Родился в 1970 году в провинции Джоуф в Северном Йемене. Окончил военное училище в 1993 году.
Участвовал в гражданской войне 1994 года.
Должности:
1. Командир батареи 39-й бронетанковой бригады;
2. Командир "сектора Хараз";
3. Командир пехотного батальона 105-й бригады на пятом году хуситской войны (вероятно в 2009 году);
4. В штабе 105-й бригады.
16.01.2016 назначен командиром 82-й бригады 5-го военного округа.
https://yemen-press.com/news65796.html
13.08.2017 назначен начальником штаба 6-го военного округа.
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http://www.26sepnews.net/2017/08/13/ق...كا/
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          الأن : الخارجية الأمريكية: واشنطن تدعم جهود السعودية والإمارات في منظومة التحالف في صنعـاء - عاجل من الحدث - صحيفة النصر      Cache   Translate Page      

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الأن : الخارجية الأمريكية: واشنطن تدعم جهود السعودية والإمارات في منظومة التحالف في صنعـاء - عاجل من الحدث
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الخارجية الأمريكية: واشنطن تدعم جهود السعودية والإمارات في منظومة التحالف في صنعـاء صحيفة النصر، متابعينا الكرام في الوطن العربي وفي العالم نحرص دائماً أن نقدم محتوي اخباري ريادي ورائع ووميز ، نود أن ننال أستحسان جميع متابعينا الكرام, وأخلاصاً منا ايضآ علي تقديم الاخبار من المصادر الخاصة بها بكامل الشفافية والمصداقيىة العالية عبر موقعنا "صحيفة النصر - الريادي الأول في منطقة الشرق الأوسط والعالم نعرض لكم خبر اليوم وهو خبر "الخارجية الأمريكية: واشنطن تدعم جهود السعودية والإمارات في منظومة ...
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          غرفة عمليات للحوثيين تحت الأرض في صعدة - المستقبل - لبنان      Cache   Translate Page      

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غرفة عمليات للحوثيين تحت الأرض في صعدة
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أفاد مراسل "العربية" أن الجيش اليمني بدعم من تحالف دعم الشرعية ضبط غرفة اتصالات وعمليات للحوثيين تحت الأرض في محافظة #صعدة ، في ظل التقدمات العسكرية التي يحققها الجيش اليمني في المحافظات. من داخل غرفة عمليات تابعة للحوثيين تم العثور عليها في صعدة وأفاد مصدر ميداني لـ"العربية" أن غرفة الاتصالات والعمليات التي اتخذتها الميلشيات لتنفيذ عملياتها العسكرية والتواصل مع عناصرها في الجبهات، وكمقر لاجتماع قياداتها، كانت تحت الأرض ومتصلة بأحد الكهوف الجبلية، وهي مكونة من 5 غرف، كل غرفة كانت تنفذ فيها ...
الجيش اليمني يعثر على غرفة اتصالات تابعة للمليشيا الانقلابيةموقع رادار (بيان صحفي) (مدوّنة)
الجيش اليمني يعثر على غرف عمليات تابعة لـ”الحوثيين” تحت الأرض في صعدة (فيديو)إرم نيوز
الجيش اليمني يكشف غرفة عمليات سرية تابعة لميليشيا الحوثي في صعدةالخليج 365
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          Target Yemen: Spain, US Confirm Support for Riyadh After Civilian Massacres      Cache   Translate Page      
The Spanish government walked back its cancellation on Thursday of the sale of 400 laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, which has been devastating Yemen’s infrastructure and killing civilians in an effort to oust the Houthi government.
          Spain to ‘honor’ sale of 400 bombs to Saudi Arabia despite halting it over rights groups outcry      Cache   Translate Page      
Preview Just about a week after halting a bombs’ sale to Riyadh following a widespread indignation over Saudi Arabia’s indiscriminate bombing in Yemen, the Spanish government said it would still go ahead with the deal.
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          UN sees risk to hundreds of thousands as Yemen humanitarian situation worsening       Cache   Translate Page      

Read Full Article at RT.com
          Saudi-led coalition working to reduce civilian deaths in Yemen: U.S. State Department      Cache   Translate Page      
The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen is taking steps to reduce civilian casualties, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday as it defended a certification to Congress by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to avoid limits on U.S. aid to the kingdom.
          Trump Doubles Down on War in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      
The Trump administration has issued a memo certifying that the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s civil war is “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure,” although also affirming that current civilian casualty numbers are “far too high.” The memo will permit continued U.S. military
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          İspanya, Suudi Arabistan'a bomba satışını durdurmaktan vazgeçti      Cache   Translate Page      
İspanya, Suudi Arabistan'a bomba satışını durdurmaktan vazgeçtiİspanya, Suudi Arabistan'a bomba satışını durdurmaktan vazgeçti
Para tatlı geldi, İspanya hükümeti, Yemen'de kullanılacağı gerekçesiyle satışını durduğunu açıkladığı 400 lazer güdümlü bombayı Suudi Arabistan'a yeniden gönderme kararı aldı.

          John Kerry slammed for 'shameful' shadow diplomacy after admitting to meetings with Iran...the establishment will not give up power.      Cache   Translate Page      

John Kerry slammed for 'shameful' shadow diplomacy after admitting to meetings with Iran

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is being slammed for conducting shadow diplomacy with Iran after admitting to multiple meetings with Iranian officials behind the backs of the Trump administration -- including over the scrapped nuclear deal.
An administration official on Thursday told Fox News Kerry’s meetings are "shameful," pointing out what Iranian-backed militias are doing to kill and injure people in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Other Republicans suggested it may not even be legal.
“John Kerry is out giving advice to Iran about how to maneuver around what Donald Trump is doing, it's insidious,” Ari Fleischer, the former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, said Wednesday on Fox News's "Special Report." “I don't know if it's legal or illegal, I don't care about that side of it. It's wrong.”

Kerry, the former Massachusetts senator who worked as the nation’s top diplomat in the Obama administration, made the comments about his interactions with Iran as he promotes his new book, “Every Day Is Extra.”
During an appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Wednesday, Kerry acknowledged meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “three or four times” since leaving office, admitting to discussing the scrapped nuclear deal and other issues.
“What I have done is tried to elicit from him what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better,” Kerry said.
Later Wednesday, during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino,” Kerry did not deny the suggestion he’s telling the Iranians to wait out Trump until there is a Democratic president again.
“I think everybody in the world is talking about waiting out President Trump,” said Kerry, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004 and who has not ruled out a 2020 bid.
Former secretary of state talks about meeting with Iranian officials and says the diplomatic initiative is missing in Syria. On 'The Daily Briefing,' Kerry opens up about his new book 'Every Day Is Extra.'
It was first reported in May that Kerry met Zarif as he worked to preserve the deal, as part of what the Boston Globe called an “aggressive yet stealthy” mission to put pressure on the Trump administration to keep the deal in some form. Kerry was part of the team that negotiated the deal for the Obama administration.
Trump in May, though, announced plans to leave the Iran nuclear deal, declaring the pact has failed to halt the country’s nuclear ambitions. Last month, the Treasury Department restored sanctions against Iran.
It has been suggested before that Kerry’s meetings with high-profile foreign leaders could violate the Logan Act—which prohibits private citizens from negotiating on behalf of the U.S. government without authorization. No one has ever been successfully prosecuted under the law, however.
“This is the question: what was John Kerry doing?” Fleischer asked Wednesday on “Special Report.” “What was he saying, what were the specifics? I don't think it was general, I think he was giving Iran advice about how to wait out President Trump.”
Others suggested hypocrisy was at play, given the suggestions then-Trump national security adviser Mike Flynn violated the Logan Act for his meetings with the ambassador to Russia during the transition. Flynn was not charged with violating the act.
Fox News security analyst Walid Phares referred to Flynn’s situation, pointing out the media considered it a “scandal” when Flynn met with “a diplomat of a country that has an embassy in DC.” But, he said, they consider it “normal” when Kerry conducts “parallel diplomacy” with “a regime on the US terror list.”
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton also knocked Democrats and the media for their “hypocrisy” over not raising the alarm about Kerry’s comments, though he called the Logan Act “a stupid, dead-letter law.”
When the reports of Kerry’s contacts first surfaced this year, Trump blasted Kerry for what he called “possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy.”
“The United States does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal Shadow Diplomacy on the very badly negotiated Iran Deal. He was the one that created this MESS in the first place!” Trump tweeted Monday.
Kerry, though, speaking to Perino on Wednesday denied his conversations were inappropriate.
“Every secretary of state, former secretary of state continues to meet with foreign leaders, goes to security conferences, goes around the world,” Kerry said. “We all do that. And we all have conversations (about) the state of affairs with the world in order to understand them.”
Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexPappas.

          Israel Did 9/11, Not Muslims, And Anyone Who Thinks Otherwise 17 Years On Is An Idiot      Cache   Translate Page      
Its been 17 years. 17 long, hard and savagely bloody years that have left tens of millions murdered, maimed and displaced in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen, occupied Palestine, Lebanon, Mali, Nigeria and occupied Kashmir. GWOT,
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          UN warns of 'incalculable human cost' in Yemen's Hodeidah      Cache   Translate Page      
Hundreds of thousands of lives hang in the balance as fighting in port city threatens food supply, says UN official.
          Spain makes U-turn, will now sell 400 missiles to Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page      
FM Josep Borrell says deal will go ahead a week after it was stopped amid concerns over civilian deaths in Yemen.
          #10 El genocidio es una amenaza y una realidad en el siglo XXI      Cache   Translate Page      

Supongo que los 20 millones de yemenitas que va a matar Arabia poco a poco no cuentan.

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          Suudi Arabistan'a füze saldırısı      Cache   Translate Page      
Yemen topraklarından, Suudi Arabistan'ın sınır kenti Necran'a atılan balistik füze havada imha edildi.
          Saudi-led coalition working to reduce civilian deaths in Yemen: U.S. State Department      Cache   Translate Page      
The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen is taking steps to reduce civilian casualties, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday as it defended a certification to Congress by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to avoid limits on U.S. aid to the kingdom.



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