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Nika Knight – After Profiting from Weapons Sales and Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for Cease-Fire

The United States, Britain, and the U.N. peace envoy to Yemen called Sunday for an unconditional ceasefire in Yemen to take place “within hours.” The two nations are trying “to seize on outrage caused by the killing of 140 people in a Saudi airstrike,” the Guardian reports. Read more

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New famine fears loom in Yemen

Intensive care wards in Yemen’s hospitals are filled with emaciated children hooked up to monitors and drips – victims of food shortages that could get even worse due to a reorganization of the central bank that is worrying importers. With food ships finding it hard to get into Yemen’s ports due to a virtual blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that …

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Russia Finds – Shaming The U.S. Government Into Action Can Work

Russia Finds – Shaming The U.S. Government Into Action Can Work Russia has now managed twice to shame the U.S. into action against Jihadis by publicly demonstrating that the U.S. is not really committed to its promises. During 2014 and 2015 the U.S. did very little to attack the Islamic State. U.S. strikes hit irrelevant targets likean “ISIS excavator” or some …

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Dave Lindorff – 8 years of change, but not much hope: President Obama’s Crappy Legacy

Barack Obama came into the White House on a wave of passionate new voters, many of them black or young and white, becoming the nation’s first black president and promising a new era of “hope and change.” Eight years later, as he is preparing to exit the White House, he leaves behind considerable wreckage, disappointment and a legacy of death …

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Jonathan Marshall – How Arms Sales Distort US Foreign Policy

Forget oil. In the Middle East, the profits and jobs reaped from tens of billions of dollars in arms sales are becoming the key drivers of U.S. and British policy. Oil still matters, of course. So do geopolitical interests, including military bases, and powerful political lobbies funded by Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the other Gulf states. But you can’t explain Washington’s deference to Saudi …

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Ewen MacAskill and Paul Torpey – One in Three Saudi Air Raids on Yemen Hit Civilian Sites, Data Shows

ore than one-third of all Saudi-led air raids on Yemen have hit civilian sites, such as school buildings, hospitals, markets, mosques and economic infrastructure, according to the most comprehensive survey of the conflict. The findings, revealed by the Guardian on Friday, contrast with claims by the Saudi government, backed by its US and British allies, that Riyadh is seeking to minimise civilian …

Juan Cole – “This Parrot is no More”: The 2016 Presidential Election did not Take Place

The French sociologist and philosopher Jean Baudrillard wrote a book in 1991 entitled The Gulf War Did Not Take Place. In the same way, the 2016 presidential election did not take place. Baudrillard did not mean to say, of course, that no war was prosecuted by the US and its allies, positioned in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, against the …

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David Korten – Want National Security? Dismantle the War Machine

The recent 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade towers was a reminder of the terrible consequences when a nation ignores the lessons of history—including its own recent history. The U.S. military budget is a tragic example. We currently spend roughly $598 billion on defense, which is more than the next seven biggest military spenders combined: China, …

Mazrak camp in the tough mountainous scrublands of Yemen's north-west border with Saudi Arabia is now home to more than 10,000 people displaced by the escalating war between the government and rebels from the Huthi clan.

DANIEL LARISON – The Horrifying Starvation of Yemen Continues

Much of the civilian population of Yemen is being starved to death. As I have said many times before, the Saudi-led blockade is primarily responsible for cutting Yemen off from its food supply. These are some of the consequences: A boy lies on a hospital bed in Yemen’s port city of Al-Hudaydah. His eyes are full of life, but his skinny body …

Supporters of Nabeel Rajab stand beneath a banner with the jailed human rights activist's image on it during a rally outside the Rajab family's home in Bani Jamra, Bahrain, on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. A court session is scheduled for Monday in Rajab's appeal of a three-year sentence handed down for calling for and participating in unauthorized demonstrations. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Stephen Lendman – Bahrain: As Contemptuous Of Human Rights As America

The despotic monarchy is a US client state, home to its Fifth Fleet, supplying its regime with weapons of repression – used against anyone freely expressing views authorities want suppressed. It’s a fascist police state by any standard, run by a criminal cabal. Yet John Kerry shamelessly praised its authorities for making “meaningful progress on human rights and reconciliation” despite …