CIA Director Mike Pompeo, on a visit to Saudi Arabia, presented Saudi Prince Mohammed bin-Nayef al-Saud on Friday with an award recognizing him for his “counter terrorism” efforts. This comes as Saudi Arabia continues to bomb civilians in Yemen in a war that has brought about famine and starvation.
[ Ed. note – It would appear that all the horrible war crimes US officials and the mainstream media have been alleging against Russia and the Syrian government are in reality being perpetrated by the Saudis–and, from the looks of it, maybe even far worse. Where’s Obama? Where’s John Kerry? Where are all the neocons who have been theatrically voicing their anguish over the people of Aleppo? How come we’re not hearing from them on the horrible situation in this Yemeni town? How come the Saudis are allowed to fire upon Yemeni fishermen when they try to take their boats to sea to catch fish, and Samantha Power has nothing to say about it at the UN? I guess, come to think of it, for the same reason she doesn’t say anything when Israelis fire upon Gaza fishermen. ]
No Food, No Medicine, No money: Yemeni Town Faces Mass Death by Starvation
Nearly 19 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN, but the worst of the civilian impact of the two-year civil war in the country has fallen on the coastal fishing area around the Red Sea coastal district of Tuhayat.
As RT’s Arabic-language crew visited the area, they witnessed scenes of chaos – as locals scrambled to gain food – and quiet desperation, with many residents swollen with hunger, waiting for outside help, or resigned to their fate.
Shades of the Gulf of Tonkin? The USS Mason–purportedly fired upon 3 times in a week now
[ Ed. note – The USS Mason is a US Navy destroyer which has been deployed in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. The ship has reportedly been fired upon three times in the past week–once on Sunday a week ago, again on Wednesday, and most recently, according to an article published today at RT, on Saturday. The presumed missiles launched at the ship are claimed to have been fired from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen. The Houthis have denied it. The Houthis are often referred to as “the Iran-backed Houthis” in mainstream media reports, so naturally the implication is that the Iranians are behind it as well.
In his usual characteristic and “colorful” language, Ken O’Keefe dissects the so-called redacted 28 pages as well as the ingrained corruption and dysfunctionality of the US political system, plus a few other topics. The last time I posted a Ken O’Keefe video we had a complaint from one of our readers about the profanity–and yes it’s true, I normally don’t post anything containing a lot of obscene language. But O’Keefe, in addition to being an ex-US Marine, is also an unabashed truth-teller, so in his case I normally make an exception.
My own personal view is that whatever role Saudi Arabia played in 9/11, it was probably minor compared to Israel’s. And if there is anything incriminating in the redacted 28 pages of the Congressional report, it probably incriminates only the Saudis. That being said, some analysts feel that if the families of 9/11 victims were allowed to proceed with lawsuits against the Saudis, it could open the door to exposing Israel’s role in the attack as well. One such analyst is Kevin Barrett:
[ Ed. note – Iyad Ameen Madani, the secretary general of the so-called Organization of Islamic Cooperation, says “We don’t see a position for President Bashar Assad in any future Syrian solution.” The fact that Madani is a former official of the Saudi monarchy and that the “conference” where he made this statement took place in Turkey, one of the principle backers of ISIS, probably tells us all we need to know. Nonetheless, Mark Glenn, in the video above, offers some additional thoughts on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Syrian people are voting today to elect members to their parliament–which is as it should be. All people should have the right to choose their own leaders–not have them selected for them by foreign governments. ]
A week ago NATO accused Russia of “weaponizing” the refugee crisis in Europe. Specifically the charge was made by Gen. Phil Breedlove. But it seems the general may have been engaging in a bit of psychological “projecting.”