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  • Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

    06/25/2017 5:26:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | 06/24/2017
    Seized by violence and teetering on the edge of famine, Yemen is grappling with another danger that threatens to outpace them both: cholera. "We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world," international health authorities said in a statement Saturday. Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing...
  • They Were ‘Grilled Alive’: US Govt Exposed Running Nazi-Like Torture Program

    06/23/2017 12:32:13 PM PDT · by johnk · 57 replies
    thefreethoughtproject.com ^ | June 22, 2017 | By Claire Bernish
    ... n unprecedented report from the corporate press claims U.S. forces have participated in extreme torture and abuse of detainees accused of affiliation with Al Qaeda in Yemen — including “the ‘grill,’ in which the victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun in a circle of fire,” the Associated Press finds. A network of secretive prisons in southern Yemen provide the backdrop for the alleged barbaric acts allegedly carried out by forces from the U.S. and United Arab Emirates — many of those detention facilities remain hidden in plain sight. That some of the covert prisons...
  • Senate votes to support Trump's weapons sale to Saudi Arabia

    06/13/2017 1:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | June 13, 2017 | Richard Lardner, The Associated Press
    The Senate on Tuesday narrowly turned back a bipartisan bid to rebuke Saudi Arabia and reject President Donald Trump's plan to sell the kingdom more than $500 million in precision-guided munitions, sparing the new Republican administration an embarrassing defeat. The vote Tuesday was 53-47, clearing the way for the sale to be finalized. The precision munitions are part of Trump's proposed $110 billion arms package to Riyadh, which the administration said would create U.S. jobs while also improving a key ally's military capability. But opponents of the deal, led by Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., have been...
  • Aid Coordinator in Yemen Had Secret Job Overseeing U.S. Military Shipments

    06/06/2017 3:15:18 AM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06 June 2017 | By ADAM GOLDMAN and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON — An American kidnapped two years ago in Yemen while helping coordinate aid for Unicef and the Red Cross also had a second, secret role: He was shipping materials for elite military commandos under a clandestine contract his employer had with the Pentagon. The arrangement with Special Operations forces has never been made public. {snip} Mr. Darden’s work offers a rare look into the shadowy world of military contractors that operate in lawless war zones like Yemen, Somalia and Libya. But arrangements like the one Transoceanic had with Special Operations forces can cast suspicion over aid workers, potentially putting...
  • Civil Wars All Around

    06/02/2017 6:40:55 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6-2-2017 | David Archibald
    Venezuela's coming civil war has been a long time coming, and it is still coming. The rot set in early after President Chávez was elected in 1999, as shown by Venezuela's cattle statistics. Chávez's agricultural reforms sent cattle production into a nosedive. But no matter – there was plenty of oil revenue to make good the shortfall with imported beef. Then the oil revenue fell away, too, so ordinary Venezuelans now subsist on starchy root vegetables. Recently, individual troops have been siding with the protesters, a sign that the civil war is not far off. Despite Venezuela's troubles, population growth...
  • Cholera outbreak adds to war-torn Yemen's misery (WHO)

    05/12/2017 8:07:37 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 7 replies
    yahoo news UK ^ | 5/12/17 | Raf Sanchez
    A cholera outbreak in Yemen is gaining momentum, adding to the misery of the Arab world’s poorest country which is already wracked by war and on the brink of famine. Around 51 people have been killed since the outbreak began in late April and the rate of deaths has been increasing in recent days, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Yemen’s healthcare system has been decimated during two years of fighting and medicines are in desperately short supply, partly because of a blockade enforced by the Saudi-led military coalition that supports Yemen’s government. Around 7 million of the country’s...
  • New Video Emerges of Father Tom Uzhunnalil

    05/10/2017 10:38:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Matters India ^ | May 9, 2017
    Father Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian priest who was been abducted and help captive by suspected ISIS terrorists, has appealed for help in a new video. A frail looking Father Tom says his health is deteriorating and needs hospitalisation. His captors had contacted the Indian government and the Bishop several times, but their response had been poor. Father Tom is diabetic and is suffering from blood pressure issues as well. In the nearly 90 second video, recorded in April 15 2017, he says neither Indian government nor Bishop made a serious effort to understand what his captors wanted. He appeals to...
  • Trump’s Saudi visit sends ‘clear and powerful message’

    05/05/2017 3:30:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The National ^ | May 6, 2017 / Shaban 10, 1438 | Reuters
    The US president Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia will enhance cooperation between the United States and Muslim countries in the fight against extremism, the kingdom’s foreign minister said. Describing the visit as historic, Adel Al Jubeir said Mr Trump’s time in Saudi Arabia would include a bilateral summit, a meeting with Arab Gulf leaders and another with leaders of Arab and Muslim countries. "It’s a clear and powerful message that the US harbours no ill will" toward the Arab and Muslim world, he said. "It also lays to rest the notion that America is anti-Muslim. It’s a very...
  • VIDEO: Pelosi breakdown? Garbles words, mispronounces countries in short speech

    04/26/2017 7:25:31 AM PDT · by DFG · 64 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 04/26/2017 | Kyle Olson
    Nancy Pelosi’s mission on Tuesday was to give a brief speech and not renew questions about her health. She couldn’t do it. During Pelosi’s brief 7-minute speech to Refugees International, the House Democratic Leader garbled names, other words and even mispronounced countries.
  • US government 'hacked global bank system'

    04/14/2017 9:57:49 PM PDT · by Fedora · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 04/15/2017 | Dave Lee
    A huge range of security exploits, said to be worth over $2m if sold on the black market, have been leaked online.The tools are said to have been created by the US National Security Agency (NSA), and accompanying documents appear to indicate a possible breach of the Swift global banking system.Such a hack could have enabled the US to covertly monitor financial transactions, researchers said.The files were released by Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that has previously leaked malware.If genuine, it represents perhaps the most significant exposure of NSA files since the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013.On Twitter, Mr Snowden...
  • Intercept Co-Founder Goes Off the Rails, Compares Dick Cheney to ‘Butcher’ Assad

    04/09/2017 6:20:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 9, 2017 | Nicholas Fondaro
    A simple news segment about the media coverage of Syria spun wildly out of control during Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN. It started with Foreign Correspondent Lara Setrakian noting how little coverage the Syrian civil war received in the early years. But it ending with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of The Intercept, going off the rails and declaring that “We need to understand the historical context of how a butcher like Assad actually has more in common with someone like Dick Cheney than he does with the average Syrian…” Scahill’s inane tirade derailed the whole segment from the moment he opened...
  • Why the War on Yemen Is Ignored

    04/08/2017 3:11:20 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 11 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 2016 | by Daniel Larison
    Amanda Taub tries to explain why the war on Yemen is mostly ignored and Syria’s conflict is not: Conflicts gain sustained American attention only when they provide a compelling story line that appeals to both the public and political actors, and for reasons beyond the human toll. That often requires some combination of immediate relevance to American interests, resonance with American political debates or cultural issues, and, perhaps most of all, an emotionally engaging frame of clearly identifiable good guys and bad guys [bold mine-DL]. Most wars — including those in South Sudan, Sri Lanka and, yes, Yemen — do...
  • CENTCOM chief: 'Vital US interests at stake' in Yemen

    03/31/2017 1:09:00 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
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  • Europe takes in refugees by the millions; Saudis blow them out of the water

    03/28/2017 6:51:07 AM PDT · by all the best · 11 replies
    The Duran ^ | March 27, 2017 | Ricky Twisdale
    While Germany, Greece, the Visegrad countries, and Brussels all argue about who should take in the most migrants, the Saudis have evidently found a much simpler solution to the problem. A boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen was allegedly attacked by the Saudi-led coalition which is intervening in Yemen’s civil war, reported Human Rights Watch. “The coalition’s apparent firing on a boat filled with fleeing refugees is only the latest likely war crime in Yemen’s two-year-long war,” HRW’s Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson said. Here’s their account of what transpired: One of the boat’s four Yemeni crew members...
  • Good News: 'Occupy Boston' Holds Rally for Accused Terrorist

    10/10/2011 1:10:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 10, 2011 | Guy Benson
    The 'occupy' mob's organizational incoherence and moral bankruptcy continues apace:   The downtown protest group Occupy Boston threw its proverbial doors open yesterday, and played host to supporters of accused terrorist Terak Mehanna, who are looking to raise awareness of the Sudbury man’s upcoming trial.  The Tarek Mehanna Support Committee came to Occupy Boston’s ever-evolving tent city on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to say Mehanna, a Muslim American pharmacist, is a victim of anti-Muslim sentiment.  Occupy Boston hosted the pro-Mehanna rally, but, officially, the leaderless group doesn’t have a position on the case. Say, who is this innocent "victim of...
  • U.S. Raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen Led to Laptop Ban on Flights, Officials Say

    03/21/2017 8:18:29 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 21, 2017 | JANA WINTER, CLIVE IRVING
    Three intelligence sources told The Daily Beast that the ban on carry-on electronics aboard U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East was the result of information seized during a U.S. raid on Al Qaeda in Yemen in January. The United Kingdom joined the U.S. ban Tuesday. Information from the raid shows al Qaeda's successful development of compact, battery bombs that fit inside laptops or other devices believed to be strong enough to bring down an aircraft, the sources said. The battery bombs would need to be manually triggered, a source explained, which is why the...
  • Leading Net Neutrality Activist Campaigned on Behalf of al-Qaeda Supporter

    12/03/2015 6:21:19 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Dec 2015 | Allum Bokhari
    An influential activist who met with members of the Obama Administration to promote net neutrality campaigned on behalf of a convicted Al Qaeda supporter, Breitbart Tech can reveal. Evan Greer is the campaign director for Fight For The Future, which led grassroots efforts to promote net neutrality to the Obama Administration. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, and she describes herself as a “touring queer riot-folksinger.” For three years, she also campaigned on behalf of Tarek Mehanna, an open admirer of Osama Bin Laden who was convicted of aiding al-Qaeda in 2012.Mehanna was convicted in 2012, after prosecutors proved that in 2004...
  • Saudi deputy crown prince to meet with Trump

    03/12/2017 8:13:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Arab ^ | March 13, 2017
    Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to meet US President Donald Trump later this week, the Saudi Press Agency said in a statement Monday. The agency said the deputy crown prince left to the United States on a business trip that is scheduled to start on Thursday. The young prince is due to meet with Trump and other senior US officials to “discuss strengthening bilateral relations,” according to the agency. The meeting would mark the first between top-level Saudi and US officials since Trump came into office in January. The visit comes as the US expands its...
  • The U.S. is sending 2,500 troops to Kuwait

    03/12/2017 7:15:16 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 48 replies
    Army Times ^ | March 9, 2017 | Charlsy Panzino and Andrew deGrandpre
    The U.S. military is sending an additional 2,500 ground combat troops to a staging base in Kuwait from which they could be called upon to back up coalition forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The deployment will include elements of the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. About 1,700 soldiers from the same unit are overseas now, spread between Iraq and Kuwait.
  • FLASHBACK: Obama Administration Secretly Wiretaps Journalists

    03/04/2017 1:15:51 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 17 replies
    True Pundit ^ | March 4, 2017 | Admin.
    THE DEPARTMENT OF Justice secretly obtained phone records for reporters and editors who work for the Associated Press news agency, including records for the home phones and cell phones of individual journalists, according to the AP, in what the agency characterized as “serious interference with AP’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.” The records, covering all of April and May 2012, were seized by the DoJ earlier this year and covered more than 20 separate phone lines. The records listed outgoing calls for both the work and personal phone numbers of individual reporters, as well as the general...