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Setting the Record Straight: Yemen, War Crimes and the Lies Nations Tell

The war in Yemen is quite simply a brutal act of aggression perpetrated by outside powers – first and foremost Saudi Arabia – against a small and poor country.

Catherine Shakdam

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It is often that analysts claim objectivity in their writing to better anchor their statements – whatever they might be, in a truth which they ambition to be factual … I will not!

As far as Yemen is concerned, as far as the truth on Yemen’s war is concerned I will not pretend to own reality as my own. What I will do is stand in the only truth there is to have in this war. I will tell Yemen’s war from the perspective of a people whose land, sky, lives, hope and dreams have been pounded, hijacked and robbed by powers greater than their own.

I will tell you dear readers of the hypocrisy and lies of those nations you most likely call your own. I will tell of a reality so brutal, and disturbing that few ever dared look sit squarely in the face – never mind take responsibility for.

Yemen is no longer the forgotten conflict of our decade, it is the unspoken shame of our generation! Yemen has become a bleeding and starving euphemism for genocide – the land where men, women, and children have been made to die in.

I realise at this stage in the proverbial game that your views of Yemen, and on Yemen are more than a little bias … thank you mainstream media for such a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign. With the help of a few well-placed adjectives Yemen’s War has been portrayed as a war of democratic restoration against the evil of Shia Islam.

Thanks to the bias of reporters, analysts and commentators, Saudi Arabia has held on to such political righteousness that not even the sight of butchered children could dent its exceptional armour.

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Since you most certainly have made up your mind about Yemen, and because it would take a book to deconstruct the web of lies Saudi Arabia, and its stooges build around Yemen’s war, I will limit myself to a few truths.

Those truths I will tell in the knowledge that Yemen will prevail. Those truths I will speak in absolute certainty, for I believe that national sovereignty will always prevail over imperialism. And though victory might still be elusive … popular will remains the only source of real legitimacy. As the old Latin adage goes: Vox populi, vox Dei.

I can already hear Wahhabis rattle in their cages! Apostasy they will scream from their pulpit. But there is no apostasy in attesting to those rights and those freedoms which are our birth-right. There can never be apostasy in recognizing a people, any people for that matter, right to exercise political self-determination. Anything else would land you on the side of tyrants … but then again THIS is the very reality I am trying to convey: that Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen is inherently imperialist, wholeheartedly genocidal, and most definitely illegal.

Now that I laid down the law, allow me to get into the heart of the matter.

First thing first … Let’s talk terminology!

Most media have been singing long drawn out ballades about the Houthis … you know those Shia rebels the world has learnt to hate since they dared threatened Yemen’s true president: Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

But did anyone ever explain to you who those Houthis are, where they come from, and most importantly how the heck they managed to take power, retain it, and then wage war against a coalition of super-powers? Probably not since those pesky details would lay bare some very uncomfortable truths.

The Houthis are tribesmen from North Yemen … as such their numbers are limited … as such their reach is also limited. It so happened that the Houthis understand repression more than most since for several decades they have lived under the brutal sword of Wahhabism, branded heretics for their faith: Zaidism, denies al-Saud’s custodianship over Islam. Zaidism it needs to be said is North Yemen. The Houthis here are not a religious anomaly, they are the norm. Let me put it to you under a different light: Yemen has been Zaidi for over a millennium … Wahhabism has been around since the 18th century – do the maths!

And yes Zaidism belongs to Shia Islam. So what?! So what if Yemen chose to see in Islam’s Imams a legitimacy worth abiding to and by? Are we arguing a people’s religious prerogative here? I hope not because THAT would equate to fascism.

I hate to break it to you but the Houthis never took control of Yemen. They did not exact a coup d’état against twice-resigned President Hadi, and they certainly did not take it upon themselves to turn the country into a replica of Iran.

The Houthis have merely fronted Yemen’s grand resistance movement. They have lent their banner, and their arms to a movement which has seen come together Yemen’s many tribal, and political factions.

What news reports should read is Yemen’s Resistance! That would be the appropriate term to use. But then again such term would imply that Riyadh is waging an unjust war of political and religious retaliation. As for Western powers, it would equate to an admission of guilt, and political hypocrisy, if not grand criminality!

No?!

This July Britain had to – emphasis on “had to”, withdraw its officials’ previous statements that Saudi Arabia had committed no war crimes in Yemen.

Britain’s new report reads: “The growing evidence of indiscriminate bombing by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, in violation of IHL [international humanitarian law], raises serious questions over the government’s continued licensing of arms transfers to Saudi Arabia [which] must be answered.”

This came after David Lidington, a foreign office minister, and other high ranking officials testified that the kingdom had acted in keeping with international law in their bombing campaign against Yemen.

Why such a volte-face? Too much blood has been shed for anyone to dare hide it anymore. Too many horrors have been tolerated already for politicians not to feel shame … notwithstanding fear. History might not be kind to those men and women who stood by as Yemen burnt. History might remember Yemen’s war profiteers as criminals of war still. History will judge harshly when truth is finally made to shine forth.

In a written statement, foreign office minister Tobias Ellwood said previous declarations made by ministers did not fully reflect the fact that the government had made no assessment of whether the Saudis had violated the law … Excuse me, what?! “not fully”?! Try NOT AT ALL! Try Britain was more interested in inflated its bottom line than act a responsible power. Try that for size!

The bottom line is this: YOU have been lied to! Grossly, shamelessly and systematically.

Since former President Hadi resigned his position in early 2015 the Resistance movement has had to step into the institutional void this shadowy excuse of a president created.

Those militants you have seen rise against the brutality of the kingdom are members of Yemen’s Resistance movement. They are Yemen’s sons and daughters … they are the pluralism Saudi Arabia wants to disappear to impose itself a grand Wahhabist theocracy.

Yemen’s Resistance movement is fighting an enemy who has rained death, plunder and famine onto a nation of 26 million people.

Yemen’s Resistance you need to realise does not need world powers’ approval as they are the people’s will.

Are we seriously going to justify Yemen humanitarian blockade in the name of political restoration?

Are we going to argue the murder of civilians in the name of democracy-building?

Are we that disillusioned? I hope not … Actually no, I know so!

Knowing the truth has a way of making you see clearly.

Now that you know, what will you do?

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Putin, Trump meet in Helsinki for first bilateral summit

The Helsinki summit is the first ever full-fledged meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. Their previous encounters were brief talks on the sidelines of the G20 and APEC summits in 2017.

Vladimir Rodzianko

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump are meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki for their first bilateral one-on-one meeting.

Trump arrived in the Finland capital a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation’s hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president’s motorcade whisked him straight to the palace where the two world leaders are meeting.

Trump signed an August 2017 law imposing additional sanctions on Russia. The law bars Trump from easing many sanctions without Congress’ approval, but he can offer some relief without a nod from Congress.

Almost 700 Russian people and companies are under U.S. sanctions. Individuals face limits on their travel and freezes on at least some of their assets, while some top Russian state banks and companies, including oil and gas giants, are effectively barred from getting financing through U.S. banks and markets.

The agenda of the summit hasn’t been officially announced yet, though, the presidents are expected to discuss global crises, such as the Syrian conflict and Ukraine, as well as bilateral relations.

Stay tuned for updates…

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“Foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails (Video)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx): Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails was hacked by foreign actor, and it was not Russia.

Alex Christoforou

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A stunning revelation that hardly anyone in the mainstream media is covering.

Fox News gave Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) the opportunity to explain what was going on during his questioning of Peter Strzok, when the the Texas Congressman stated that a “foreign entity, NOT RUSSIA” hacked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

Aside from this segment on Fox News, this story is not getting any coverage, and we know why. It destroys the entire ‘Russia hacked Hillary’ narrative.

Gohmert states that this evidence is irrefutable and shows that a foreign actor, not connected to Russia in any way, intercepted and distributed Hillary Clinton’s cache of 30,000 emails.

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Via Zerohedge

As we sift through the ashes of Thursday’s dumpster-fire Congressional hearing with still employed FBI agent Peter Strzok, Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller plucked out a key exchange between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx) and Strzok which revealed a yet-unknown bombshell about the Clinton email case.

Nearly all of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her homebrew server went to a foreign entity that isn’t Russia. When this was discovered by the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), IG Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Ruckner and an attorney to notify Strzok along with three other people about the “anomaly.”

Four separate attempts were also made to notify DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz to brief him on the massive security breach, however Horowitz “never returned the call.” Recall that Horowitz concluded last month that despite Strzok’s extreme bias towards Hillary Clinton and against Donald Trump – none of it translated to Strzok’s work at the FBI.

In other words; Strzok, while investigating Clinton’s email server, completely ignored the fact that most of Clinton’s emails were sent to a foreign entity – while IG Horowitz simply didn’t want to know about it.

Daily Caller reports…

The Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) found an “anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list,” Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said during a hearing with FBI official Peter Strzok.

Gohmert continued..

“It was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia.”

Strzok admitted to meeting with Ruckner but said he couldn’t remember the “specific” content of their discussion.

“The forensic examination was done by the ICIG and they can document that,” Gohmert said, “but you were given that information and you did nothing with it.”

According to Zerohedge “Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call,” Gohmert said – and Horowitz wouldn’t return the call.

And while Peter Strzok couldn’t remember the specifics of his meeting with the IG about the giant “foreign entity” bombshell, he texted this to his mistress Lisa Page when the IG discovered the “(C)” classification on several of Clinton’s emails – something the FBI overlooked:

“Holy cow … if the FBI missed this, what else was missed? … Remind me to tell you to flag for Andy [redacted] emails we (actually ICIG) found that have portion marks (C) on a couple of paras. DoJ was Very Concerned about this.”

Via Zerohedge

In November of 2017, IG McCullough – an Obama appointee – revealed to Fox News that he received pushback when he tried to tell former DNI James Clapper about the foreign entity which had Clinton’s emails and other anomalies.

Instead of being embraced for trying to expose an illegal act, seven senators including Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) wrote a letter accusing him of politicizing the issue.

“It’s absolutely irrelevant whether something is marked classified, it is the character of the information,” he said. Fox News reports…

McCullough said that from that point forward, he received only criticism and an “adversarial posture” from Congress when he tried to rectify the situation.

“I expected to be embraced and protected,” he said, adding that a Hill staffer “chided” him for failing to consider the “political consequences” of the information he was blowing the whistle on.

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Donald Trump plays good cop and bad cop with a weak Theresa May (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 55.

Alex Christoforou

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US President Donald Trump’s state visit to the UK was momentous, not for its substance, but rather for its sheer entertainment value.

Trump started his trip to the United Kingdom blasting Theresa May for her inability to negotiate a proper Brexit deal with the EU.  Trump ended his visit holding hands with the UK Prime Minister during a press conference where the most ‘special relationship’ between the two allies was once again reaffirmed.

Protests saw giant Trump “baby balloons” fly over London’s city center, as Trump played was his own good cop and bad cop to the UK PM, outside London at the Chequers…often times leaving May’s head spinning.

Even as Trump has left London, he remains front and center in the mind of Theresa May, who has now stated that Trump advised her to “sue” the European Union to resolve the tense negotiations over Brexit.

Trump had mentioned to reporters on Friday at a joint press conference with Theresa May that he had given the British leader a suggestion that she found too “brutal.”

Asked Sunday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show what that suggestion was, May: “He told me I should sue the EU. Not go into negotiation, sue them.” May added…

“What the president also said at that press conference was `Don’t walk away. Don’t walk away from the negotiations. Then you’re stuck.”‘

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris summarize what was a state visit like no other, as Trump trolled the UK PM from beginning to end, and left London knowing that he got the better of a weakened British Prime Minister, who may not survive in office past next week.

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Via CNBC

It wasn’t exactly clear what Trump meant. The revelation came after explosive and undiplomatic remarks Trump made this week about May’s leadership — especially her handling of the Brexit negotiations — as he made his first official visit to Britain.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper published Thursday — just as May was hosting Trump at a lavish black-tie dinner — Trump said the British leader’s approach likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, “but she didn’t listen to me.”

He also praised May’s rival, Boris Johnson, who quit last week as foreign secretary to protest May’s Brexit plans. Trump claimed Johnson would make a “great prime minister.”

The comments shocked many in Britain — even May’s opponents — and threatened to undermine May’s already fragile hold on power. Her Conservative government is deeply split between supporters of a clean break with the EU and those who want to keep close ties with the bloc, Britain’s biggest trading partner.

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