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It was not the first time that the mother of Faisel Ahmed al-Jaser heard the small radio perched in the corner of her kitchen report that Saudi aircraft were once again dropping bombs in the area. This time, though, was different. She sensed something was amiss when she heard the aircraft buzzing overhead and would later come to find that one of the bombs had struck 14-year old Faisel, killing him instantly. The death of Faisel came as the United Nations announced a new decision this week to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a blacklist of parties that violate the human rights of children. This, despite the fact UN investigators have themselves reported that the Saudi forces have killed hundreds of children in Yemen in the past year alone.
In fact, even as Virginia Gamba, the United Nations Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, was busy telling reporters at a news conference that her boss had made the decision to remove Saudi Arabia from the blacklist, the bodies of children were burning inside of a car that was targeted by Saudi warplanes in Yemen’s northwestern province of Saada.
Latest decision by the United Nations puts the reality of what is happening on the ground in Yemen in the public interest. The aftermath of the Saudi attack on a family car filled with children is not easy to watch but it lays bare the nature of the total war that the Saudi coalition is waging on Yemeni civilians.
“Unbelievable, dirty Saudi Riyals have dropped the Kingdom from the blacklist, shame on the UN,” Abdullah Jaber Ali al-Bojani said. Al-Bojani was among the family members gathered to recover the body parts of 12-year-old Abdullah, who was killed on Monday when a Saudi airstrike hit the car he was traveling in on a highway in (Sheda) district in Saada province. In addition to Faisel and Abdullah, at least 14 people, among them four children and a woman, were killed and others were injured in the attack.
Two mine-clearance personnel and a medic also lost their lives on Monday when Saudi warplanes pounded (Ketaf) district in the same province just one after a similar attack last Wednesday that killed three civilians and injured another.
The recent United Nations decision has not only completely shaken up Yemen’s broken-heart families who lost children to coalition attacks, but it has also sparked concern that the United Nations is taking steps that will leave their-loved ones vulnerable to further Saudi attacks.
Yemeni activists and human rights groups accuse Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, of bias, saying that the move shows a blatant disregard for Saudi crimes that have documented by the UN itself. They say that the decision places a moral responsibility on Guterres and the United Nations for future Saudi crimes against children.
Yemen’s National Committee for Women views the UN decision as an attempt to provide official cover for all Saudi human rights violations and crimes against children and women in Yemen. The group pointed out that removing Saudi Arabia from the blacklist does not negate the crimes it has committed in Yemen.
For their part, Ansarullah (Houthis) sharply censured the United Nations over the decision. Mohammed AbdulSalam, the spokesman and chief negotiator for Ansar Allah, condemned the UN decision and said that it cannot erase Saudi crimes from the record. He also stated that the move affirms that the UN is colluding with Saudi Arabia is no longer capable of acting as a broker for any political solution in Yemen or anywhere else.
Hisham Sharaf, Ansar Allah’s Foreign Minister in Sana’a, warned that removing the Saudi-led coalition from the list will only encourage the Saudi regime and its air force to continue their crimes against Yemen’s children. He described the decision as a setback for UN efforts to protect and promote children’s rights all over the world.
In retaliation for the latest Saudi attacks, the Yemeni army loyal to Houthis launched a massive operation on Thursday against coalition aircraft, armories, and other sensitive targets at the Saudi military base in Khamis Masheit.
International human rights groups have also spoken out against the UN decision. Human Rights Watch accused Guterres of ignoring evidence of grave human rights violations.
“The secretary-general is adding a new level of shame to his ‘list of shame’ by removing the Saudi-led coalition and ignoring the UN’s own evidence of continued grave violations against children,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.
Adrianne Lapar, director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, said that the delisting “sends the message that powerful actors can get away with killing children,” and called for “an independent, objective, transparent assessment of the process leading to the decision.”
The coalition has been on the blacklist for three years. It was added in 2016 but subsequently removed following protests from the Saudi government. Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused the kingdom of exerting unacceptable pressure on the UN with allied countries, allegedly threatening to cut vital funding for aid programs.
Guterres returned the Saudi-led coalition to the list in 2017 in the wake of Saudi attacks on Yemeni schools and hospitals but placed it in a newly created category. In 2018, Guterres removed the coalition from a list of parties that attack schools and hospitals, despite 19 UN-documented attacks on schools in the previous year.
In his annual report on children and armed conflict, released on June 15, 2020, Guterres reported that the Saudi-led coalition was responsible for 222 child casualties and four attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen in 2019, but he removed the Kingdom from a list of parties responsible for grave human rights violations against children.
Guterres’s removal of Saudi Arabia from the list is also at odds with his “Call to Action on Human Rights” announced earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said. In that appeal, he said, “International humanitarian law and human rights law must be respected.” Yet his decision to delist or omit the Saudi Kingdom for grave violations of the rights of children raises questions about that commitment.
In memory of the June 2nd, 2014 attack on Lugansk, that killed 8 peaceful civilians, including Inna Kukuruza.
As Reaper attack drones circle the skies of Washington D.C. today, the US military prowls streets across the nation, ready to defend the goddamned US government and its owners and masters from the citizens of the USA, it is a good day to look back in history, in order to see what lies ahead. Because what’s past is prologue…
Six years ago today, on June 2nd, 2014, US-backed Ukrainian nazis made a rocket attack on the administration building in Lugansk, an area formerly in Eastern Ukraine that had risen up and refused to recognize or submit to the neo-nazi puppet regime illegally installed in a murderous coup by the Obama/Biden regime and the Clinton State Department. In act of abject terrorism that exactly fit the definition of a war crime, a Ukrainian SU-25 attacked a group of civilians gathered peacefully on the street in front. Five women and three men were murdered, with 20 more severely injured by the attack. All were civilians, none were involved in defensive military actions. Unprovoked mass murder by the military against peaceful unarmed civilians. on orders from the USA. What the US government has been doing here for more than half a decade, they are now preparing to do there, inside the United States. What they have done to us, they will soon be doing to you. Come and see…
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Directives to open all public and private hospitals to receive cases with coronavirus and to add at least twenty beds to isolation rooms and five beds for intensive care. This came at a meeting of the Yemeni Minister of Health with directors of medical centers and health offices as part of fighting the coronavirus with the available capabilities according to a vision appropriate to the conditions in the country.
“The secret of our strength, the great power that we have and possess is a single force in the face of this aggression or this virus is the medical sector and the medical staff, the angels of mercy, the medical sector and the human cadre, is the most important element in facing this danger that almost invades everyone,” the Yemeni Minister of Health, Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakkil said.
In light of the collapse of the health sector in the country and the complete inability to provide medical equipment and medicines due to the blockade imposed by the Saudi-led aggression and the failure of international organizations to provide the necessary assistance and support with the inaccuracy and efficiencies of solutions and swabs sent by the World Health Organization recently, cases of infection and the spread of the corona virus increased in more than one area in Yemen, according to a statement of the Yemeni Ministry of Health.
In his part, the Director General of Kuwait University Hospital, Dr. Amin Al-Junaid said that the epidemic came while the country is under siege. “The World Health Organization and the international organization sponsoring health should support us with materials, supplies and medicines, instead, unfortunately they have no role to mention. We need respirators, we need anesthetics, we need many drugs. “
The Supreme Committee for Combating Epidemics condemned the countries of aggression for allowing the stranded people to return to Yemen without taking precautionary measures, indicating the deliberate spread of the epidemic on a wider scale, which puts Yemenis in front of more complex challenges.
An alert from the official authorities in the health sector to combat the infection and receive patients with corona disease, with an emphasis on raising prevention to the highest levels in hospitals and medical centers, amid the complications the country is witnessing as a result of the continued aggression and siege for nearly six years.
#Yemen #US_Saudi_Aggression #Coronavirus
The War Nerd dissects reporting on Saudi Arabia to show how the corporate media cares more about a dead Washington Post columnist than a quarter of a million Yemenis killed in a Western-backed war.
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Muslims around the world makes the International Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan.
The International Quds Day is an annual event during which demonstrators express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Zionist enemy regime of Israel.
The day is seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day back in 1979.
The auspicious day is not merely meant for the declaration of support for an oppressed nation who have been driven out of their motherland and homes but has become the symbol of fighting Arrogance and global hegemons.
Every year people around the world pour into the streets to cast their support to the people of Palestine and express their indignation at the apartheid regime of Israel, which has occupied Palestinian territories since 1967.
However, this year, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, rallies will have a different shape and style. The rallies in the Iranian capital, Tehran, are set to be held by marching cars to show the resolve to prove that the anti-Zionism path is always full of people who never put the Palestinian cause aside.
The day is not limited to Muslims, as all freedom-seekers of the world join the rallies every year. Iranian religious minorities, including Jews and Christians, also join the demonstrations to live up to Imam Khomeini’s true purpose on declaring the Quds Day, and show unity and solidarity with their oppressed brothers and sisters in Palestine.
Head of Tehran Jewish Association Homayoun Sameyeh said Imam Khomeini formed the International Quds Day with the aim of unifying all the freedom-seekers in the world against the global Arrogance and their hegemon.
“This unity, which is shown in all world countries, increases the pressure on the occupying regime and will finally force them to stop their crimes against the Palestinians,” Sameyah told Mehr News Agency on the occasion of International Quds Day.
“The declaration of disgust by the Jewish community in Iran, as well as other countries, of the Israeli regime’s brutal actions, is a testament to this fact,” he added.
Significance of Quds Day 2020
The Israeli enemy regime has been exploiting the deteriorating regional and international developments in the past seven decades to press ahead with its crimes; however, this year’s Quds Day is very important especially with the ongoing conflict with the Zionist entity and US President Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century,’ which recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the ‘capital’ of the Israeli Israel and the Zionists’ decision for the annexation of the occupied West Bank.
Now, 72 years into the occupation, the regime has stepped up its belligerent moves against the oppressed people of Palestine, as Tel Aviv’s is expected to impose the Zionists’ “sovereignty” over their settlements and the strategic Jordan Valley in the West Bank.
Israeli enemy Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he would start plans for annexing more areas in the occupied West Bank on July 1, in accordance with US President Donald Trump’s self-proclaimed “deal of the century.
The Palestinians, along with other Muslim nations and supporters of the Palestinian cause, are gearing up to mark this year’s International Quds Day to reiterate their call for the liberation of their homeland.
Several countries, as well as international organizations and figures, have lambasted the new annexation scheme, calling for a global stance against the decision.
The resistance leaders have called on true believers to mark the International Quds Day to assert that Jerusalem al-Quds was and will remain the undivided capital of the Palestinian people and that the occupation will one day come to an end.
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An armed attack took place the other day on a 100-bed hospital in Dashti Barchi area of Kabul city which resulted in a number of our innocent compatriots – women and children deliberately and ruthlessly martyred in a horrendous crime.
Another blast took place at a funeral in Nangarhar on the same day which also resulted in death and injuries to a number of our fellow civilian countrymen.
The Islamic Emirate strongly condemned both attacks and clarified that these attacks were the work of criminal and malicious elements who are seeking to attain their malicious objectives by killing defenseless human beings.
But the Kabul administration officials at the highest levels immediately attributed these crimes to the Islamic Emirate and made use of a host of fabrications, photoshop and deceptions to mislead common perception.
The Islamic Emirate once again clarifies that it had no hand in the Dashti Barchi incident, considers it a vile, inhumane and an un-Islamic act and shares the grief of the families of martyrs and wounded of this tragedy.
The Islamic Emirate considers the Kabul incident the work of malicious elements directly affiliated with the Kabul administration for the following reasons:
– The 100-bed hospital in Dashti Barchi was founded and established for women and children in 2014 due to the efforts and upon the continuous requests by the Islamic Emirate to International and Doctors Without Borders NGOs hence it would make no sense for Mujahideen of the Emirate to attack the same hospital or clinic.
– How could a Mujahid who understands Islam and considers the killing innocent human beings a grave crime open fire upon women and even newborn innocent infants at a hospital which had absolutely no military target inside it?
– In the initial phase of the attack the Kabul administration spokespersons and their media partners and at the end of the day Ashraf Ghani himself launched extensive and systematic propaganda in an effort to pin the attacks on the Islamic Emirate without any expert investigation!!? This itself showcases that malicious circles were behind this crime and they planned and executed it following joint consultations to defame the Islamic Emirate.
– Exploiting the Dashti Barchi incident and blast at a funeral in Nangarhar to declare the launch of offensive operations against the Islamic Emirate also indicates that the Kabul administration sought to implement its warmongering policy by muddying water and catching fish in order to find an excuse for such an irrational declaration.
– The creation of fake whatsapp and messenger messages by various Kabul administration organs at the same time as the attack, the broadcasting of fake audio clips and dissemination of photoshopped images also demonstrate that the Dashti Barchi attack was a pre-planed conspiracy aimed at defaming the Islamic Emirate and misusing this great crime for nefarious goals.
The agents of war and misery in Afghanistan are known. Those who have ruthlessly murdered civilians for the past nineteen years now seek to provoke public and international anger against the believing Mujahid Afghan nation with crimes akin to the communist era KHAD and to use it as an excuse for revealing their anti-peace stance.
The Islamic Emirate once again explicitly clarifies that the attacks in Kabul and Nangarhar have no relation with the Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate. We consider both incidents crimes and unspeakable savagery. Attacks on clinics, funerals and public infrastructure have no place in our policy.
At the same time, we firmly call for the transparent and impartial investigation of these attacks in order to expose the dark faces of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes and bring them to justice.
Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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Following the signing of the historical agreement in Qatar on 29th of February 2020, the enemies of peace have also begun working overtime to wreck havoc and cause confusions in an effort to obstruct the successful implementation of the agreement aimed at bringing lasting peace to Afghanistan. We have seen that the past few months and this week in particular have proven deadly for innocent Afghan civilians. In this Holy month of Ramadan, the criminal Kabul administration has targeted protests, clinics and gatherings in provinces of Wardak, Ghor and Balkh.
Today the enemies of peace again carried out heinous assaults on a funeral in Nangarhar and a hospital in Kabul. There is now an emerging pattern that whenever a step is taken forward towards peace, the enemies of peace simultaneously begin committing crimes and the shameless Kabul regime — the beneficiary of war in Afghanistan — immediately pins the blame on the Mujahideen even though it is the criminal anti-peace Kabul based administration that sheltered and continues to shelter terrorists like the so called Daesh in Kabul guesthouses after evacuating them to safety from the forces of the Islamic Emirate who destroyed their bases and liberated the poor common Afghans from their brutalities and cruelties. Such elements are used by anti-peace elements to strike soft targets and cause casualties among the civilians.
The sole purpose of Islamic Emirate is to liberate the people from oppression and bring peace and prosperity to the people of Afghanistan. Safeguarding the lives and properties of common Afghans is duty of every soldier of the Islamic Emirate and each is deeply saddened by such incidents thus causing them to strive that much harder to bring stability to their homeland and eliminate all enemies of peace.
The Kabul based administration’s so called security sector made up of CIA deaths squads and mercenaries of foreign intelligence agencies are the ones responsible for these recent crimes against humanity in Kabul and Nangarhar, just like the ones which took place over the past 24 hours in other provinces. These Kabul administration security heads are known and documented criminals, a fact widely reported by international organizations.
The International community should know that it is this very regime that is using every despicable tactic in the playbook to try and sabotage peace efforts however these Kabul-based elitists and war profiteers heading the double-headed criminal enterprise will not succeed because there now exists a regional and international consensus for bringing peace to Afghanistan.
Lobbying firms like the McKeon Group, headed by lobbyist Buck McKeon (who was the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in the US Congress), represent both US defense contractors and countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE, who are ruthlessly bombing Yemen with US made weapons. Through lobbying firms like the McKeon Group and American Defense International, defense contractors such as Raytheon and Lockheed Martin spent millions to effectively pressure Congress members. Lobbying efforts focus on key members of committees, such as the aforementioned Armed Services Committee. This incentivizes Congress to approve legislation to sell arms to countries like Saudi Arabia and block any legislation that challenges the unethical arms sales.
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As the world’s focus turns to the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic, Yemenis are reeling from their own brewing tragedy, contending with the thousands of cluster bombs, landmines and other exploded munitions that now litter their homeland. Just yesterday, a young child was killed and another was injured in the al-Ghail district of al-Jawf when a landmine left by the Saudi military exploded, witnesses told MintPress. Outraged and terrified by the presence of these unexploded ordnances, Ahmed Sharif, a father of 9 who owns a farm in the district called the unexploded ordnances “a significant threat to our children.”
Earlier this week, thousands of cluster bombs containing between dozens and hundreds of smaller submunitions were dropped by air and scattered indiscriminately over large areas near Ahmed’s farm. A large number of those munitions failed to explode on impact, creating a new threat to residents already reeling from 5 years of war, famine and an economic blockade. The use, production, sale, and transfer of cluster munitions is prohibited under the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international agreement recognized by over 100 countries, but rejected by Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Saudi Arabia is estimated to have dropped thousands of tons of U.S.-made weapons in al-Jawf over the past 100 days alone. Al-Jawf is an oil-rich province that lies in Yemen’s north-central reaches along the Saudi border. The aerial campaign is likely a last-ditch effort to stem the tide of battlefield success by local volunteer fighters who teamed with Houthi forces to recapture large swaths of al-Jawf and Marib provinces. That campaign, for all intents and purposes, has failed.
On Wednesday, the Houthis announced that their military operation – dubbed “God Overpowered Them” – was complete and that al-Jawf was free of Saudi occupation. According to Houthi sources, more than 1,200 Saudi-led coalition fighters were killed or injured during the operation and dozens of Saudi troops, including officers, were captured. The Houthis also struck deep into Saudi territory in retaliation for the more than 250 Saudi airstrikes that were carried out during the campaign. In multiple operations, ballistic missiles and drones were used to target facilities inside Saudi Arabia, according to officials.
Saudi losses haven’t been limited to al-Jawf either. Last week, Marib province, which lies adjacent to Yemen’s capital of Sana’a, was recaptured following heavy battles with Saudi forces. Local tribal fighters were able to clear strategic areas in the Sirwah District with the assistance of Houthi forces and take control of the town of Tabab Al-Bara and the strategic Tala Hamra hills that overlook Marib city. Both the Saudi-led coalition and its allied militants initially admitted defeat but later described their loss as a tactic withdrawal.
Marib is now the second Yemeni governorate adjacent to Saudi Arabia to fall under the control by Yemen’s resistance forces in the last month, al-Jawf being the first. Both provinces have strategic importance to Saudi Arabia and could serve as a potential launch point for operations into Saudi Arabia’s Najran province.
“Saudi [Arabia] and America have planted our land with death”
The highly populated urban areas of Sana’a, Sadaa, Hodeida, Hajjah, Marib, and al-Jawf have been subjected to incomprehensible bombing campaigns during the Saudi-led war on Yemen, which turns five on March 26. The sheer scale of that campaign, which often sees hundreds of separate airstrikes carried out every day, coupled with its indiscriminate nature, has left Yemen one of the most heavily contaminated countries in the world.
Since 2015, when the war began, coalition warplanes have conducted more than 250,000 airstrikes in Yemen, according to the Yemeni Army. 70 percent of those airstrikes have hit civilian targets. Thousands of tons of weapons, most often supplied by the United States, have been dropped on hospitals, schools, markets, mosques, farms, factories, bridges, and power and water treatment plants and have left unexploded ordnances scattered across densely populated areas.
A significant proportion of those ordnances are still embedded in the ground or amid the rubble of bombed-out buildings, posing a threat to both civilians and the environment. As Man’e Abu Rasein, a father who lost two sons to an unexploded cluster bomb in August of 2018 puts it: “Saudi [Arabia] and America have planted our land with death.” Abu Rasein’s sons, Rashid, ten, and Hussein, eight, were grazing their family’s herd of sheep in the village of al-Ghol north of Sadaa, far from any battlefield. They spotted an unusual looking object and like most curious young boys, picked it up to investigate. But the object they found was no toy, it was an unexploded cluster munition dropped by a Saudi jet. After hearing an explosion, the boys’ family went to investigate and found them lying dead, covered in blood.
Since March of 2015, Human Rights Watch has recorded more than 15 incidents involving six different types of cluster munitions in at least five of Yemen’s 21 governorates. According to the United Nations Development Program’s Emergency Mine Action Project, some of the heaviest mine and ERW (explosive remnants of war) contamination is reported in northern governorates bordering Saudi Arabia, southern coastal governorates and west-central governorates, all areas surrounding Houthi-dominated regions of Yemen. Since 2018 alone, the UNDP has cleared nearly 9,000 landmines and over 116,000 explosive remnants in Yemen.
From the Yemeni war of 1994 to the six wars in Sadaa, Yemenis have suffered several wars over the last three decades. Yet thanks to saturation of U.S. weapons, the ongoing war has brought death on a toll not seen in Yemen for hundreds of years. In Sadaa, the Saudi coalition has a significant legacy of unexploded ordinances, up to one million according to figures provided to MintPress by the Yemeni Executive Mine Action Center (YEMAC), an organization backed by the United Nations.
The Project Manager of YEMAC identified heavy cluster munition contamination in Saada, al-Jawf, Amran, Hodeida, Mawit, and Sanaa governorates, including in Sanaa city. Contamination was also reported in Marib. For the time being, YEMAC is the only organization working throughout the country during the ongoing war. Their teams are confronted with a very complex situation, disposing of both conventional munitions and bombs dropped from airplanes, including explosive remnants of war rockets, artillery shells, mortars, bombs, hand grenades, landmines, cluster bombs, and other sub-munitions and similar explosives.
Saudi Arabia’s toxic legacy
In addition to killing and injuring hundreds of civilians, American-made weapons have exposed Yemen’s people to highly toxic substances on a level not seen since the now-infamous use of radioactive depleted uranium by the United States in Fallujah, Iraq, which to this day is causing abnormally high rates of cancer and birth defects.
The hazardous chemicals from Saudi Coalition military waste, including radioactive materials, fuel hydrocarbons, and heavy metals, has already led to outbreaks of disease. Vehicles abandoned on battlefields, usually in various states of destruction, contain toxic substances including PCBs, CFCs, DU residue, heavy metals, unexploded ordnances, asbestos and mineral oils. Hundreds of these military scraps remain publicly accessible in Nihm, al-Jawf, Serwah, Marib and throughout Yemen.
Aside from the threat they pose to life and limb, unexploded ordnances contain toxic substances like RDX, TNT, and heavy metals which release significant levels of toxic substances into the air, soil and water. According to both the Ministry of Water and Environment and the Ministry of Health, which have undertaken environmental assessments on the impact of urban bombing, high levels of hazardous waste and air pollutants are already present in a populated areas
Alongside the still unknown quantities of more conventional weapons remnants in Yemen, the waste from the cleanup of bombed-out buildings has been found to be especially contaminated with hazardous materials, including asbestos which is used in military applications for sound insulation, fireproofing and wiring among other things. Fires and heavy smoke billowing over heavily populated civilian areas following Saudi bombing runs also pose an imminent threat to human health. A common sight in many Yemeni cities since the war began, these thick clouds of toxic smoke sometimes linger for days and coat both surfaces and people’s lungs with hazardous toxins like PAHs, dioxins and furans, materials which have been shown to cause cancer, liver problems and birth defects.
Before the war began, most hazardous materials were trucked to Sanaa where they were separated and disposed of properly at the sprawling al-Azragein treatment plant south of the capital. But that plant was among the first targets destroyed by Saudi airstrikes after the war began. After it was bombed, puddles and heaps of toxic material were left to mix with rainwater and seep into surrounding areas. Yemeni researchers are still trying to grasp the scale of pollution from biohazardous chemicals at the site.
Although a comprehensive nationwide environmental assessment of the impact of urban bombing in Yemen has yet to be completed, high levels of hazardous waste and air pollutants have been recorded by many hospitals and environmental agencies. Some idea of the long-term effects can also be gleaned from studies carried out in areas where similar toxins have been used, particularly by the United States in Fallujah, Iraq and in Vietnam, where scientific assessments have shown increased cases of birth defects, cancer and other diseases, including in U.S. veterans.
In southern Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates operate largely unchallenged, the coalition has been disposing of military waste in large trenches devoid of any measures to mitigate potential toxic fallout. Waste is dumped into large holes and either detonated or simply buried, inevitably contaminating soil and groundwater according to data from the UN Environment Program.
Yemen’s coastline hasn’t been immune either. The country’s General Authority for Environmental Protection said Wednesday that the Saudi-led coalition is dumping toxic and polluted waste on the shores of Yemen and in Yemeni regional waters, causing great damage to the marine environment, the deaths of fish and marine organisms, and in some cases, actually changing the color of the sea to a toxic green. The agency stated that in addition to dumping toxic waste, the coalition was allowing unsafe fishing practices such as marine dredging and the use of explosives by foreign ships, destroying the marine environment and coral reefs.
One hundred years to safety
Thousands of displaced Yemenis cannot fathom returning home due to the large number of explosives potentially hidden in and around their houses. Removing them all would require an end to the U.S.-backed war and economic blockade. Special equipment and armored machines such as armored excavators would need to be brought in, a slim prospect in a country unable to secure even the basic stapes of life.
Explosive remnants do not just impact lives and limbs, they prevent the use of potentially productive agricultural land and the rebuilding of important infrastructure. Like many border areas in Saada and Hajjah, fertile soil in al-Jawf and Marib has become so environmentally polluted since the war began that it could take decades to recover. Explosive remnants also prevent access to vital resources like water and firewood, cripples the movement of residents, including children traveling to school, and prevents aid from reaching those in need.
Even if the Saudi-led coalition were to stop the war immediately and lift the blockade, its legacy of indiscriminate bombing on such a massive scale will be felt for years to come. Due to the intensity of the bombing, experts at the United Nations Development Program’s Yemeni Executive Mine Action Center estimate that clearance could take at least 100 years in larger cities. Despite these dangers, desperate families with nowhere to go do not waste a lull in the barrage of Saudi airstrikes or a short-lived ceasefire to attempt to return home.
Source: MintPress News
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
Hasaka, SANA– A civilian was martyred and other was injured when American Occupation forces opened fire on locals of the villages of Khirbet Ammo and Hamou in eastern Qamishli after they gathered near a Syrian Arab Army post while the Army was preventing American occupation vehicles from crossing.
Meanwhile, locals of Bweir al-Bouassi village threw stones at the U.S. occupation’s vehicles and they took down the US flag from above them.
SANA reporter in Hasaka said that “A Syrian Arab Army post in the area on Wednesday morning stopped four American occupation vehicles while they were crossing al-Suwais – Alaia- Khirbet Ammo road east of Qamishli city, then hundreds of locals of Khirbet Ammo and Hamou villages gathered near the post to prevent the American occupation vehicles from crossing and to force them to return from where they came”.
The reporter stated that “The American occupation soldiers fired live bullets and smoke bombs on the locals as a civilian from the village of Khirbet Ammo was martyred while another civilian from Hamou village was injured.”
In response to the attack by the American occupation forces, the locals damaged four of the occupation’s armored vehicles, while the occupation forces rushed to bring reinforcements to the area that include 5 armored vehicles, to withdraw their damaged vehicles and evacuate their personnel.
In the same context, and during the passage of a number of American occupation armored vehicles through Bweir al-Bouassi village, in the countryside of al-Qamishli city, locals of the village intercepted them and attacked the armored vehicles with stones and forced them to stop while a number of young men got on the top of one of the vehicles and took down the U.S flag from it.
Later, SANA reporter said that there is news on air assault by US occupation on Khirbet Ammo village, Qamishli countryside
The reporter added that direct clashes with light weapons erupted between the locals of the village and the U.S. occupation.
The reporter indicated that the occupation forces withdrew from the village under a cover by the U.S. warplanes.
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TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Arabia and the UAE are using al-Qaeda in Yemen again despite claims that the terrorist group has ended its presence in the Arab country, a Yemeni news website disclosed on Monday.
The Arabic-language al-Khabar al-Yamani news website reported on Monday that the UAE is making use of the al-Qaeda again in al-Shabwah province in Southern Yemen to restore its influence which was almost gone last year.
Meantime, Saudi Arabia is correcting the structure of the resigned government’s forces which allows the al-Qaeda leaders to remain at the top of the rank.
According to the report, the Saudi-led coalition is attempting to deploy new forces, commanded by Zaki al-Haji who is linked with al-Qaeda in Lahij, to act as a wall stretching from Lahij to the West, from Yafe and Zale’ to the Central parts of the country and from Baiza and Ma’arib to the East to prevent advance of the Yemeni army and Ansarullah forces.
In a relevant development last September, Yemen’s Transportation Minister in the fugitive president Mansour Hadi’s cabinet Salih al-Jabwani accused the UAE of close ties and cooperation with the al-Qaeda and ISIL terrorists.
“We have evidence to prove that the UAE has relations with al-Qaeda and ISIL terrorist groups in Yemen,” al-Jabwani wrote in his twitter page.
He added that the UAE uses these terrorists to attack the Yemeni army forces and equipment on Shabwah-Abyan road in Southern Yemen.
Al-Jabwani underlined the need for the residents of Shabwah and Abyan provinces to take stance against the UAE and its affiliated terrorists.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia have been supporting the Takfiri terrorist groups in Southern Yemen against the Yemeni popular forces for a long time.
The Yemeni intelligence sources disclosed in 2016 that the country’s security forces had gained access to a series of documents and correspondence which prove the UAE’s role in supporting Al-Qaeda and other radical terrorists groups in Southern Yemen.
US-Saudi aggression’s remnants cluster bombs continue to kill civilians in various governorates of Yemen in general and in Sa’adah governorate in particular under the American-British-Israeli support for nearly five years of war on Yemen.
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On Sunday, the Ministry of Public Health and Population called on the United Nations to fulfill its obligations and the speedy conduct of the Medical Air Bridge, starting the flights without any delay, in accordance with the approved standards. In a statement, the Ministry expressed its shock at the lately received UN letter, in which the UN is changing the arrangements of the long awaited Medical Air Bridge. The UN is changing the start date of the planned trips and the mechanisms for transporting patients, two days before the flights are planned to start, as agreed.
The US has been hostile to Iran since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist tyranny, the nation regaining its sovereignty that was destroyed by the CIA’s 1953 coup, its first ahead of decades of high crimes to follow.
Trump regime hostility toward Iran exceeds the worst of his predecessors, waging all-out economic terrorism on the nation and its people — its aim all about regime change, wanting pro-Western rule replacing Iranian sovereign independence, along with gaining control over its vast hydrocarbon resources.
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Despite the attempts by the international organization to cover its corruption by pointing the finger of blame at Sana’a, corruption affecting humanitarian and relief work in Yemen continues to unfold. According to data recently revealed by the Salvation government, and multiple documents obtained by Al-Akhbar news website, the United Nations agents in this poor country do not refrain from wasting aid on fake projects, for personal interests, or even for those who raise their dogs, while 10 million Yemenis suffer from 28 million are extremely hungry, and receive only corrupt aid from the World Food Program.
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The US targeted assassination, via drone strike, of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, apart from a torrent of crucial geopolitical ramifications, once again propels to center stage a quite inconvenient truth: the congenital incapacity of so-called US elites to even attempt to understand Shi’ism – thus 24/7 demonization, demeaning not only Shi’as by also Shi’a-led governments.
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The Trump administration sees the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani as a form of deterrence not only with regards to Iran but also towards Russia, China and others. That view is wrong.
The claim that the murder of Soleimani was necessary because of an ‘imminent threat’ has been debunked by Trump himself when he tweeted that ‘it doesn’t really matter’ if there was such a threat or not.
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Now that U.S. Regime has been asked to leave Iraq by the Iraqi government the U.S. comes up with rerun of old plot. Barzani Zionist traitor …
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TEHRAN, Jan. 18 (MNA) – The US is due to set up four military bases in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, said the report.
The US military and political delegations met and held talks with Head of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani and Prime Minister of Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masrour Barzani on building four US military bases in this region, according to Baghdad Today.
Two sides discussed the ongoing process of Erbil support for US troops, the rejection of their withdrawal from Iraq and the cancellation of a security agreement, as well as cooperation on the construction of four military bases, including al-Harir base in the Kurdistan Region.
Strengthening diplomatic relations, cooperation in the political and economic spheres, and accelerating the opening of the largest US consulate in Erbil were other issues discussed at the meetings.
After assassination of Lt. General Qasem Soleimani by the US terrorist forces in Iraq, the Iraqi Parliament voted for the expulsion of the US forces from the country. It seems that the US in another illegal suspicious act is trying to move its forces to the northern part of Iraq which will be another violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.
It is necessary for the Iraqi central government to make it clear that the US forces must leave all parts of the country and expulsion from Iraq doesn’t mean to station their forces in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
Sayyed Nasrallah to Massoud Barzani: You should show gratitude for Haj Qassem, when the whole world refused to help you, Hajj Qassem came to help you along with his companions while you where shivering from fear
Washington’s criminal class is bipartisan.
Both right wings of the US war party pose an unparalleled threat to world peace, stability, security, and humanity’s survival.
The rhetoric of each wing differs, the agenda the same, notably since the neoliberal 90s, especially post-9/11.
Not a dime’s worth of difference separates each wing on war and peace, corporate favoritism, neoliberal harshness, and police state crackdowns on nonbelievers.
Democracy in America is for the privileged few alone, the real thing serving everyone equitably nonexistent from inception.
US exceptionalism, the indispensable state, and moral superiority don’t exist, never did.
Permanent war on humanity is undeclared official US policy. Deterrence is code language for waging it, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing sovereign independent governments everywhere.
That’s what the scourge of imperialism is all about, promoted by Big Lies and deception, supported by establishment media, most Americans none the wiser about the threat to their lives, welfare, and futures.
On Monday at the right wing Hoover Institute, Pompeo said Trump and his regime’s national security team prioritize “deterrence” — code language for endless hot wars and by other means on humanity, notably against nations on the US target list for regime change, especially Russia, China and Iran.
Separately, US war secretary Esper falsely claimed the US has legal authority to attack Iran under the Constitution’s Article 2. No such authority exists.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11, the so-called War Powers Clause, vests in Congress alone the power to declare war, stating:
“The Congress shall have power…To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water…To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years…”
The Constitution affords the president no power to wage war without congressional approval.
Since establishment of the UN Charter, warmaking by one nation on others is unlawful without Security Council authorization, permitted only in self-defense, never preemptively.
Under the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, international laws to which the US is a signatory are automatically constitutional law.
No presidential directive in any form or congressional legislation may legally circumvent international law.
The Security Council has exclusive authority on issues of war and peace.
On Monday, Esper falsely claimed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Resolution (AUMF – Sept. 2001) permits the US to attack its enemies — invented not real, he failed to explain.
So-called Iranian “proxies” he cited are self-defense forces in Iraq and elsewhere in the region, not aggressors like the US and its “proxies.”
Throughout the post-WW II era, especially post-9/11, the US attacked one country after another preemptively, never in self-defense, what naked aggression is all about, the highest of high crimes.
No nations or elements therein today threaten US national security. Claims otherwise reflect willful deception, a way to justify what’s unjustifiable, to defend the indefensible.
Esper falsely claimed Iranian General Soleimani was killed because he had “the blood of hundreds of American soldiers and Marines on his hands (sic).”
Pompeo called his assassination an act of “deterrence (sic),” earlier saying he posed an “imminent threat (sic),” citing other reasons, then changing the narrative.
Soleimani may have been killed on January 3 because of his success in combatting the scourge of ISIS it appears the Trump regime intends resurrecting in Iraq as a pretext for continued occupation of the country.
Nations on the US target list for regime change wage peace, not war — notably Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Syria, its forces combatting the scourge of US supported terrorists. Pentagon troops illegally occupying its territory assure endless war.
The US and its imperial allies threaten humanity, waging hot war and by other means worldwide to control other nations, their resources and populations.
One day the US will go the way of all other empires in history, self-destroyed by its endless wars, arrogance, and unwillingness to change.
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Two of Donald Trump’s right-hand men have been on the MEK’s payroll: National Security Adviser John Bolton and the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have both charged hefty fees to speak at MEK rallies in the past few years.
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It’s not every day that groups supporting a State Department-listed foreign terrorist organization hold a party in the U.S. Congress, but that’s exactly what happened today when the friends of the Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK) threw their Nowruz party in the hearing room of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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Breed, Women, Breed
Breed, little mothers,
With tired backs and tired hands,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines,
Breed a race of danger-haunted men,
A race of toiling, sweating, miserable men,
Breed, little mothers,
Breed for the owners of mills and the owners of mines,
Breed, breed, breed!
Breed, little mothers,
With the sunken eyes and the sagging cheeks,
Breed for the bankers, the crafty and terrible masters of men,
Breed a race of machines,
A race of aenemic, round-shouldered, subway-herded machines!
Breed, little mothers,
With a faith patient and stupid as cattle.
Breed for the war lords,
Offer your woman flesh for incredible torment,
Wrack your frail bodies with the pangs of birth
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Have you ever heard about a righteous nation that have been defeated by its enemies? Never!!
The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has hailed the recent assassination of Iran’s top military commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, by its “allied” US forces in Iraq, describing the criminal act as a “divine intervention” made by direct order of American President Donald Trump.
In the early hours of January 3, a US drone strike assassinated Gen. Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy chief of the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), near Baghdad International Airport.
Four other Iranians and four more Iraqis in their company were also martyred.
The Pentagon said in a statement that President Trump directly ordered the US military to assassinate the top Iranian commander.
The assassination prompted Iran to take revenge by pouring more than a dozen ballistic missiles on two military bases housing US troops in Iraq early on Wednesday.
Both commanders were admired by Muslim nations for eliminating the US-sponsored Daesh terrorists in the region. General Soleimani, in particular, was an international figure who played a leading role in promoting peace and security in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
In an editorial of the terror group’s weekly propaganda al-Naba publication on Thursday, Daesh praised the assassination of Gen. Soleimani and al-Muhandis, saying they “died” at the hands of its “allies” – a clear reference to the US.
Many believe that Washington created the Daesh terrorist group and helped it rise and commence its reign of terror and destruction in Syria and Iraq in 2014.
Back in January 3, 2016, Trump, then a US presidential candidate, said during a campaign stop in Biloxi, Mississippi, that Democratic presidential candidate “Hillary Clinton created” the Daesh Takfiri group “with [then president Barack] Obama”, stressing that “they created” the terror group.
Later, on August 10 of the same year, Trump reiterated what he had said several months ago, stressing that Obama was “the founder” of Daesh, whose co-founder “would be ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton.”
Furthermore, there are multiple reports of American aircraft airlifting Daesh commanders from various parts of Syria to safe places.
In November 2017, Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency cited several eyewitnesses as saying that US aircraft had recently picked up Daesh commanders from the town of Mayadin, which was later liberated.
A month earlier, reports from a group affiliated with the Syrian opposition also alleged that the US military had several times airlifted Daesh Takfiri terrorists amid the Syrian army’s advances on Dayr al-Zawr province.
The US has long been accused of colluding with Daesh to provide safe passage and logistical support to its members in conflict zones.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is following Iraq’s Parliament decision to remove all foreign forces from Iraq. But his request for talks with the U.S. about the U.S. withdrawal process was answered with a big “F*** You”:
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The United States and Iran entered into a direct military exchange for the first time ever with the drone assassination of General Qassem Soleimani last week and a retaliatory strike from Iran via surface-to-surface missiles upon two US military bases on Wednesday.
As usual it was the less powerful nation who exercised restraint, with Iran skillfully targeting the bases’ military capabilities but taking measures to successfully avoid any casualties. The two nations de-escalated back down to their previous high level of dangerous hostilities with an understanding between them that neither side wants a full-scale war. Both sides played “chicken” and both sides swerved, and they know that about each other now.
So that was a relief. We were all forced to hold our breath and hope against hope that cooler heads would prevail after the senseless assassination of a sovereign nation’s top military official, and they did. A full-scale war that would have dwarfed Iraq and Vietnam in terms of death, destruction and destabilization was averted.
And then Trump immediately went right back to warmongering.
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Eric Zuesse for the Saker Blog
Even some mainstream U.S. ‘news’-media (but none that are Republican) acknowledge the fact that Qasem Soleimani was among the most effective of all nations’ generals who fought against ISIS. Other mainstream U.S. ‘news’-media seem very reluctant to do so, because the entirety of America’s mainstream ‘journalism’ has spewed hatred against Iran’s Government after Iranians in 1979 succeeded at overthrowing the dictator Shah whom America’s CIA had installed in 1953 to end Iran’s democracy and to control the country, and he privatized the National Iranian Oil company and cut America’s aristocrats in on the profits from sales of Iranian oil. (Under George W. Bush, the U.S. Government did basically the same thing to Iraq’s oil industry.) So, America’s mainstream ‘news’-media, which are owned by the same aristocracy that imposed Iran’s dictatorship in 1953, have portrayed Iran’s #2 leader, General Qasem Soleimani, as a ‘terrorist’, instead of as the leading fighter against ISIS, which he actually was.
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Last night Iran fired 22 Qiam missiles towards two U.S. bases in Iraq. Between 1:45 and 2:15 local time (~22:00 UTC) seventeen missiles hit the Ain al Asad airbase west of Ramadi. Five missiles were aimed at Erbil airport in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq. There were no casualties.
The Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents the U.S., was warned at least one hour before the attack happened. Around 0:00 UTC the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) which prohibited civil U.S. flights over Iraq, Iran, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
This attack was the “open” and “proportional” response for the U.S. assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani which Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had promised. It will certainly not be the only response but represents the opening shot of a long and much more silent campaign to kick the U.S. out of the Middle East.
U.S. President Donald Trump, who had threatened to destroy 52 targets in Iran including cultural sites if Iran would take any revenge, seems to have understood that this attack was intentionally limited to avoid a larger war:
Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump – 2:45 UTC · Jan 8, 2020
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
The Qiam missiles Iran launched are a derivative of the Soviet Scud type. They are liquid fueled with a warhead of about 700 kilogram. They have a range of some 800 kilometer. Iran has more capable and precise solid fueled missiles it could have used.
The Ain al Asad airbase which was hit is where the drones that killed Soleimani and the Iraqi leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were launched from. Erbil airport is the logistic center for the U.S. forces in Syria.
No U.S. air or missile defense against the incoming projectiles was observed.
The message from Iran is thus: “We can attack all your bases and you can do nothing to prevent that.”
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The blowback from Trump’s assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani and PMU leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is increasing. A scandal is developing as one consequence of Trump’s evil deed after Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi revealed the gangster methods U.S. President Trump used in his attempts to steal Iraq’s oil. Below we follow today’s development.
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As a new school year begins in Yemen, we look at the impact American weapons have had on Yemeni children.
All wars and related hostile actions are unjustifiably justified by Big Lies and deception.
Iranian IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Soleimani was a redoubtable figure.
Widely respected in Iran and abroad, he was a key strategist in pursuing regional peace and stability — free from the scourge of US-supported terrorists and the curse of its imperial occupation.
His Trump regime assassination last Friday was an act of war on Iraq where he was killed and on Iran where he served for decades with courage, dedication, and distinction — from US-orchestrated Iraqi aggression on Iran in the 1980s until his US state-sponsored murder.
Trump falsely claimed he “killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more (sic),” adding:
“He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people (sic)” — an astonishing Big Lie even by his dissembling standards.
He turned truth on its head, calling Soleimani “the number-one terrorist anywhere in the world (sic).”
As US commander-in-chief, the dubious distinction applies to him. His regime and congressional accomplices share blame for endless preemptive wars on nonthreatening nations — a flagrant UN Charter violation.
Iran hasn’t attacked another country in centuries! The Islamic Republic seeks regional peace and cooperation with other nations.
Trump falsely accused Soleimani of “plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel (sic), but we caught him in the act (sic) and terminated him.”
No evidence was cited because none exists, no “imminent…sinister attacks” on US civilian and military personnel planned. Trump lied claiming otherwise.
He falsely accused Soleimani of “target(ing), injur(ing), and murder(ing) hundreds of American civilians and servicemen.”
Evangelical Christian fascist Mike Pence falsely accused Soleimani of “assist(ing) in the clandestine travel of 10 of 12 terrorists who carried out the September 11 terrorist attacks.”
Allegedly 19, not 12, individuals were involved in the US state-sponsored 9/11 mother of all false flag attacks — wrongfully blamed on Osama bin Laden and “crazed Arabs.”
No Islamic Republic officials have been involved in terrorist attacks anywhere — a US, NATO, Israeli specialty, not how Iran operates.
Trump’s ordered killing of Soleimani was a strategic blunder, dark forces in Washington convincing him to act unlawfully and imprudently.
Lebanese Al Mayadeen television director Ghassan bin Jiddo called Soleimani a “brave leader.”
Millions of Iranians, countless others in regional countries and elsewhere mourn his loss, enraged over US state-sponsored murder — a CIA/Pentagon specialty.
Assassination elevated Soleimani to martyrdom status, larger than life in death than while alive.
He rose to prominence from humble roots, becoming one of Iran’s most revered figures.
Former CIA officer John Maguire called him “the single most powerful operative in the Middle East” — on the side of the angels against the scourge of imperial wars, he omitted.
Following Iran’s 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed tyranny, he joined the newly founded Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC).
As a battlefield commander during US-sponsored Iraqi aggression on Iran in the 1980s, he led the 41st Sarallah Division.
In 1997, he was appointed to lead Iran’s elite Quds Force, an Iranian intelligence analyst, explaining that it was largely unknown until Bush/Cheney’s 2003 aggression against Iraq.
Dangers to Iran posed by what happened “compelled (Tehran) to intervene for strategic reasons,” he said, giving Soleimani a chance “to exhibit his asymmetric war leadership capabilities.”
In 2019, he became the first Islamic Republic military commander to be awarded the “Order of Zolfaghar,” named after Imam Ali, one of Shia Islam’s most revered figures.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called “Hajj Qassem” a “living martyr” of the revolution, in death saying:
He came “close to martyrdom repeatedly, but in performing his duty and fighting for the cause of God, he had no fear of anyone or anything.”
He served the Islamic Republic with courage, honor, and devotion to his homeland as a “sincere and exalted fighter” — perishing at the hands of “the world’s most villainous individuals.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif expressed “special respect” for Soleimani, adding:
For over “20 years (they) closely collaborated to advance the objectives of the Islamic Republic in finding political and peaceful solutions.”
Soleimani was a warrior for peace, for protecting Iran and its people, aiding Syria’s Bashar al-Assad combat the scourge of US-supported terrorism — in an advisory role.
Iranian forces in the country aren’t involved in combat, operating from Syrian facilities, not their own, their same role in Iraq when Iran has no bases of its own.
Iran supports regional peace, stability, and mutual cooperation with other countries.
It’s against the scourge of US imperialism, an enemy of its jihadist foot soldiers.
It stands tall for preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of nations on the US target list for regime change.
IRGC General Jafar Assadi said Soleimani convinced Vladimir Putin to intervene in Syria against the US-supported terrorist threat to its sovereign independence.
He played a lead strategic role in smashing the scourge of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Mourned by countless millions in Iran and abroad, he’s sorely missed.
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TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) – I wrote the true words of the Iranian people in your own language so that you can read in your own language, not in the language of your fake media.
According to Morgan Ortagus Spokesperson for the United States Department of State “Do not confuse President Trump’s patience with weakness” Apparently, your president could not bear with that situation and confused, then as always weakened!
How sad it is to be a hero who is known for supporting the oppressed as well as striving for peace in the world, in addition, has been fighting all his life for bringing justice in the world and then suddenly martyred by the brutal command of someone who is known to be crazy and stupid. Commander Soleimani, even now, who is not with us, is our symbol of national pride in Iran, how does your national pride allow you that others get to know your country with that person?
Sacrifice and martyrdom for God, Truth, People, and Peace despite are painful, we proud of these factors. Martyrdom is a sacrifice for the survival of the social system, religion, and ethics, which is why we congratulate martyrdom first, and then condolences. If this is not comprehensive for many of you, you can refer to the history of your religion and belief that all of these beliefs were brought to us from divine prophets who were the savior of humanity and the messenger of peace and kindness for you and us.
Qasem Soleimani was a commander who is not only known to the 82 million population of Iran but also eminent to the whole world, I know it’s not simply understandable for you because you have not had a general to be known even for 82 million Americans let alone to be famous in an international field. Have you had a general who all the people cry for the loss of him? You do not understand our feelings that will come after Qasem Soleimani martyrdom, thousands of other commanders, who will defend us, let alone the child who was bombed in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen by the command of your generals, they become helpless and defenseless.
According to Iranian poet Hafiz Shirazi: “The dark midnight, fearful waves, and the tempestuous whirlpool / How can he know of our state, while ports house his unladen ships”
To all the people who believe in God or are freedman, if you think twice you must also mourn this great heavenly man who fought not only for the exaltation of Iran and Islam but also for the right of the oppressed of the world. If you are looking for human rights, open your eyes and see vividly the violation of international human rights law and condemn this crime.
Don’t you wonder why on your president’s desk has always been an option for war and on our desk has always been a peace option? Your officials have always been bragging, and our brave men have always walked the path of peace? We have repeatedly stated in various languages and in different situations that we will never start a war, but we will certainly, unquestionably and undoubtedly foresee the end of the war.
What strategic mistake is it that all of your senators have immediately accepted their mistake and change their positions due to the fear of Iran’s response to this cowardly act? Why and how do you let the stupidity of one or more people catch everyone? How could such a person in a free country like America role the country and make the entire world irritated by their behavior and to be a shame for every citizen? Why you allow in your beautiful White House to have a person with the value of a black background and ugly life plus having a relationship with his friend’s wife! (Quoted by Michael Wolff in Fire and Fury). With what reason does the great nation of America become dominated by small Israel? How do you let your country make the most important decisions in a madhouse (quoted by John Kelly, Former White House Chief of Staff in the Book of Fear, written by Bob Woodward)? This president is the one who called unhinged by his oldest and closest assistant Menigalat Newman. Due to his latest decision, the whole world has taken this stupid act on account of the United States and expressed its concern and called for the avoidance of violence and peace!
Know and be aware that Commander Qasem Soleimani was the commander of our hearts with his presence, fewer mothers experienced a loss of children and fewer children experienced the loss of parents in every corner of the world, it is not going to be finished with his martyrdom, criminals would never feel safety ever.
To be honest, it is better to define terrorism in your own thought, may you know better.
An Iranian citizen
AHVAZ, Jan. 05 (MNA) – Millions of Iranians have poured into the streets of Ahvaz, holding massive funeral processions for the Iranian anti-terror commander, Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani, who was martyred by US terrorists in Baghdad on Friday.
The bodies of the martyred commander and his companions have arrived in the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz, the main city in Iran’s eight-year battle against the forces of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, which was the scene of braveries of General Soleimani and thousands of other Iranians.
From Ahvaz, the cortege will be heading to the holy city of Mashhad in Iran’s northeast later in the day and from there to Tehran on Monday and finally to his hometown Kerman in the southeast for burial on Tuesday.
The United States terrorist forces assassinated Lt. General Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the second-in-command of Iraq’s pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) — better known as Hashd al-Sha’abi — in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport early on Friday.
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said in a statement that a harsh vengeance “in due time and right place” awaits criminals behind Soleimani’s assassination.
Saker comment: the man is so totally out of touch with reality that I really have nothing to add other than the USA is waltzing into a nightmare while being too delusional and narcissistic to understand how such threats are perceived outside the US. See for yourself:
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Mike Pompeo admits on live TV there was no threat to the American homeland from Suleimani
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I don’t think anyone American understands USA via Trump has just declared war on two countries at once without provocation. It’s another false flag. He just murdered two military leaders of two countries. Now I know Saudi Barbarians are allowed to get away with this in USA but the rest of the world is a little more logical.
We need to begin by quickly summarizing what just happened:
The Iranians simply had no other choice than to declare that there will be a retaliation. There are a few core problems with what happens next. Let’s look at them one by one:
If we look at these four factors together we would have to come to the conclusion that Iran HAS to retaliate and HAS to do so publicly.
Because whether the Iranian do retaliate or not, they are almost guaranteed another US attack in retaliation for anything looking like a retaliation, whether Iran is involved or not.
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Today the U.S. declared war on Iran and Iraq.
War is what it will get.
Earlier today a U.S. drone or helicopter killed Major General Qassim Soleimani, the famous commander of the Iranian Quds (‘Jerusalem’) force, while he left the airport of Baghdad where he had just arrived. He had planned to attend the funeral of the 31 Iraqi soldiers the U.S. had killed on December 29 at the Syrian-Iraqi border near Al-Qaim.
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July 07, 2012 “Foreign Policy” — Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said this week that the United States should bring back the draft if it ever goes to war again.
“I think we ought to have a draft. I think if a nation goes to war, it shouldn’t be solely be represented by a professional force, because it gets to be unrepresentative of the population,” McChrystal said at a late-night event June 29 at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. “I think if a nation goes to war, every town, every city needs to be at risk. You make that decision and everybody has skin in the game.”
He argued that the burdens of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan haven’t been properly shared across the U.S. population…
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IRGC Quds Brigades Commander Qasem Soleimani killed by Donald Trump, along with the deputy head of Iraqi PMU Muhandis near Baghdad Airport.The post BREAKING: The USA Killed Iranian IRGC Commander Qasem Soleimani appeared first on Syria News.
Trump’s “weapons of mass destruction” moment . .. again
When US politicians comment about the country’s adversaries, a an official narrative harangue of disinformation and Big Lies follows so often these figures likely no longer can distinguish between truth and fiction.
Washington’s hostility toward Iran has gone on with nary a letup since its 1979 revolution ended a generation of US-installed tyranny, the country regaining its sovereignty, free from vassal state status.
On Monday, White House envoy for regime change in Iran Brian Hook stuck to the fabricated official narrative in discussing Iran at the State Department.
He falsely called Sunday’s Pentagon terror-bombing strikes on Iraqi and Syrian sites “defensive.”
They had nothing to do with “protect(ing) American forces and American citizens in Iraq” or Syria, nothing to do with “deterr(ing) Iranian aggression” that doesn’t exist and never did throughout Islamic State history — how the US and its imperial allies operate, not Iran, the region’s leading proponent of peace and stability.
Hook lied saying Iraqi Kata’ib Hezbollah paramilitaries (connected to the country’s Popular Mobilization Forces) don’t serve “the interests of the Iraqi people.”
That’s precisely what they do, including their earlier involvement in combatting US-supported ISIS.
Hook turned truth on its head, accusing Iran of “run(ning) an expansionist foreign policy” — what US aggression is all about, not how Tehran operates.
Like other Trump regime officials, he threatened Iran, a nation able to hit back hard against the US and its regional imperial partners if attacked — why cool-headed Pentagon commanders want no part of war with the country.
Kata’ib Hezbollah, other Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, and the vast majority of Iraqi civilians want US occupation of their country ended.
For decades, US direct and proxy aggression, including sanctions war, ravaged the country, killing millions of its people, causing appalling human suffering.
Hook: “(T)he last thing the (US) is looking for is (war) in the Middle East…”
Fact: It’s raging in multiple theaters, notably Syria and Yemen, once again in Iraq after last Sunday’s US aggression, more of the same virtually certain ahead.
State Department official David Schenker participated in Monday’s anti-Iran propaganda exercise with Hook.
Claiming the US wants regional de-escalation, not escalation, is polar opposite reality on the ground in all its war theaters and in other countries where it conducts subversion against their governments and people.
The best way the US could protect its citizens worldwide is by ending aggressive wars, bringing home its troops, closing its empire of bases used as platforms for hostilities against other nations, and declaring a new era of peace and cooperative relations with other countries.
Based on its belligerent history throughout the 19th and 20th centuries to the present day, this change of policy, if adopted, would be un-American.
Hook: “Iran has been threatening the region…for the last 40 years” — what’s true about US aggression, not how Tehran operates anywhere.
Hook: Iran “is facing its worst financial crisis and its worst political crisis in its 40-year history.”
Fact: US war on the country by other means, economic terrorism, bears full responsibility for its economic hardships, intended to harm its people, including Trump regime efforts to block exports of food, drugs and medical equipment to Iran.
Fact: Hostile US actions toward Iran and countless other nations are flagrant international law breaches — the world community doing nothing to counter its hot wars and by other means.
Fact: The Iranian “model” prioritizes peace and stability. Endless war on humanity is how the US operates globally — at home and abroad.
Fact: Iran isn’t an “outlaw regime,” the description applying to the US, its key NATO allies, Israel, the Saudis, and their rogue partners in high crimes.
Hostile US actions are all about offense, unrelated to defense at a time when Washington’s only enemies are invented as a pretext for endless wars of aggression.
The US under both right wings of its war party poses an unparalleled threat to everyone everywhere.
As long as its aggression goes unchallenged, the threat of humanity-destroying nuclear war exists.
It could start anywhere — in the Middle East, the Indo-Pacific, or against Russia by accident or design.
On New Year’s day 2020, I’d love to be optimistic about what lies ahead.
As long as Republican and Dem hardliners pursue dominance over other nations by brute force and other hostile means, hugely dangerous tinderbox conditions could ignite an uncontrollable firestorm anywhere.
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Here, yet again, is an article you can read in an Israeli newspaper that you will never see in the New York Times.
The Haaretz headline tells it all: “Netanyahu should not be allowed to start a war with Iran to save himself.” The two authors note that Israel’s prime minister goes into his third election campaign in a year facing three criminal indictments, and
The concern is that he could initiate a major armed conflict with Iran in the hope of convincing the Israeli electorate that there is no substitute for his leadership in spite of the costs to Israel of such a war.
What makes the article even more compelling is that its authors are hardly left-wing extremists. Shlomo Brom is a retired Brigadier General in Israel’s army, and Shimon Stein is a retired ambassador who is a senior fellow at the Institute for Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Meanwhile, what does today’s report in the New York Times say about the risk that Benjamin Netanyahu might start a war? Nothing. The long article by Isabel Kershner notes that Netanyahu just won a convincing victory in the primary within his Likud party, smashing challenger Gideon Saar by nearly three to one. The article’s tone is respectful, even admiring, as Kershner notes that the prime minister, “like a political phoenix, rose to fight another day.” Kershner devotes most of her report to handicapping Netanyahu’s chances in the electoral horse race (although she nowhere says that a central element of his strategy once again is sure to be stoking racism against the 20 percent of Israelis who are Palestinian).
And here’s another article that appeared in the Israeli press that the Times will never touch; the online +972 Magazine reports on the inspiring campaign within Israel to “expose Israel’s arms sales to the world’s most repressive regimes.” A brave human rights attorney named Eitay Mack and others have carried out a campaign over the past decade with the result that:
Israel’s arms industry has become a topic of public debate. Government officials and politicians, for the first time in a long time, are required to give answers.
The Times reporters in Israel, Isabel Kershner and the paper’s bureau chief, David Halbfinger, don’t even have to read Hebrew to follow these stories. Both Haaretz and +972 Magazine publish in English.
Are we talking about the soldiers of that state that launched bombs causing death and misery in half the world?
The same state, the USA, which through coup coupled destabilization caused mourning and misery across the world just to oust governments not ready for the imperial agenda?
The soldiers of that army that daily stains itself with unspeakable crimes?
The army that practiced – and in all probability continues to do so – torture against its enemies?
Are we talking about the United States that still keep that real concentration camp open in that of Guantanamo in Cuba, where they continue to occupy a part of the island illegally?
The same country that brutally represses its citizens who took to the streets to protest the infamous racism with which US society is still permeated?
Can such an army, the expression of an imperialist and neo-colonial country, make a contribution to develop a greater civic sense?
The answer is, no thanks. They do not even possess a human sense, have never shown humanity, how can they contribute “to the spread of the civic sense”?
In 1904 war began between the Tsarist Empire and Japan over who got to colonise and bully China. The Russians had a naval base at Port Arthur (now a Chinese city, Lushun). The Japanese launched a pre emptive naval attack on it, without a declaration of war, which trapped most of the far eastern Russian navy in the port (this was exactly what the Japanese again did in 1941 at Pearl Harbour, but in 1904 Brutain and Amerikastan praised it as a masterstroke). The corrupt and incompetent Tsarist regime sent court favourite generals and admirals to fight the war. Its troops were mostly illiterate, low on morale, and they saw that they were fighting a war for colonial aggression and not to defend Russia. The Russian naval ships hardly even put out of harbour, and their only competent Admiral was killed when his ship hit a mine. Soon the Japanese had surrounded Port Arthur and were shelling it.
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London: Coronavirus may have lain dormant across the world and emerged when environmental conditions were right for it to thrive – rather than starting in China, an Oxford University expert believes.
Dr Tom Jefferson, senior associate tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, and visiting professor at Britain’s Newcastle University, says there is growing evidence the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia.
Last week, Spanish virologists announced they had found traces of COVID-19 in samples of waste water collected in March 2019, nine months before the disease was seen in China. Italian scientists have also found evidence of the virus in sewage samples in Milan and Turin, from mid-December, many weeks before the first case was detected, while experts have found traces in Brazil from November.
Dr Jefferson believes that many viruses lie dormant throughout the globe and emerge when conditions are favourable. It also means they can vanish as quickly as they arrive.
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As the threat of a locust attack looms, and as climate change threatens to increase the frequency of such attacks, Indian agriculture needs a more durable and long-term strategy to fight the menace.
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Missing anywhere in this article: any reference to the fact that under the conditions of its decolonisation in 1997, Hong Kong was supposed to set up its own national security law, but did not do so to date, 23 years afterwards. If it had, the PRC would not have had any reason to do so. It still held off until the so called demonstrations directly threatened the accession of the city.
Also no reference to the fact that even the National Review, a conservative anti China website, has admitted that the “pro democracy protestors” were paid by American agencies and were from the start American puppets and colour revolution tools. That’s why America is so “outraged”; it just lost all hope of destabilising China through this particular route.
The United States has built a new military base, including an airport for military aircraft, for its occupying forces in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.
Local sources told Syria’s state news agency SANA on Wednesday that the new base and its airport had been established in Jazira Region, located between Um Kahif Village and Tal Alu silos.
The sources said the American forces, along with the US-sponsored so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), brought in equipment and logistic materials and set up buildings there. Furthermore, they constructed an asphalt road leading to the silos.
According to the report, the SDF, which is mainly composed of Kurdish militants, is tightly guarding the area surrounding the silos.
Since late October 2019, the US has been redeploying troops to the oil fields controlled by Kurdish forces in eastern Syria, in a reversal of American President Donald Trump’s earlier order to withdraw all troops from the Arab country.
The Pentagon claims the move aims to “protect” the fields and facilities from possible attacks by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group. But Trump himself has said Washington pursues economic interests in controlling the oil fields.
A military coalition, led by the US, has been conducting purported airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a United Nations (UN) mandate.
If anyone is wondering what this is about: one of the Imperialist States of Amerikastan’s worst warmonger propaganda rags, the New York Times, now claims that Russia is paying the Taliban for every Amerikastani invader exterminated in Afghanistan. Because, you know, the Taliban wouldn’t already do that.
And, yes, the last panel contains a reference to a joke from Dr Strangelove. Probably the greatest Hollywood flick ever made, it would be called “Russian propaganda” today.
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Summer solstice blessings to all in the northern hemisphere.
Summer solstice just happened, but I was too busy to appreciate it and use it for my personal spiritual healing.
This is a time of change and a time to adapt and learn. Everything changes of course all the time and we have to change our routines and rites accordingly, but things are speeding up this year and the movie of my life feels now like a silent era film shot with 16 fps and played back with 24.
This solstice was different as we are going through a major shift in our lives and are suddenly facing a different world. There have been big challenges to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and a lot of people have been devastated by what has happened within their families and to their friends.
For many varied reasons people were not happy even before the pandemic, but now injustices, absurdities, and reckless…
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This is the kind of moronic idiocy Amerikastan is reduced to. Stage an “arms control conference” where China is not involved, put Chinese flags on the table, and then pretend that China refused to attend. And there are people who think or pretend to think or are paid to pretend to think that Amerikastan is a “dependable ally”!
I do not think that the author has factored in two extremely important things in his article, which would end the boom bust cycle after the current bust.
The first is resource depletion. After every bust, a boom needs consumption of resources, from minerals to wood to fossil fuels, and, yes, food as people find themselves able to afford to eat more and better. (Even George W Bush bemoaned the fact that Indians and Chinese want to eat meat, as I recall.) But resources aren’t renewable in the length of time available to human civilisation. Fossil fuels aren’t renewable. Groundwater levels are tanking and in many areas are gone for good. Global warming and havoc it plays on the environment is devastating agriculture across the tropics, both directly and indirectly (for example, the flood-drought cycle caused by runaway global warming directly promotes locust plagues). Deforestation and forest die off from runaway climate change means wood and charcoal will soon no longer be easily accessible. Minerals are absolutely not renewable and those that have not yet been ripped out of the earth will get progressively more uneconomic to exploit by a profit-dependent capitalist economy. We have already seen this in the case of shale oil, which now requires more debt-dependent money to extract than it brings at sale. Therefore every future boom will be more and more constrained by these factors, and will be less boomy and collapse faster, while the bust period will grow longer and longer.
Secondly, the effects of runaway population explosion in the Global South. It may seem odd to Europeans, but uncontrolled population explosion is still very much a thing in India and Pakistan, Indonesia and Mali and Sub Saharan Africa. While China, for instance, successfully controlled its population growth by a one child policy (only applied to Han Chinese, not minorities), in India the government long ago gave up even the pretence of population control, preferring instead to push the propaganda that more people meant a “demographic dividend” of more working hands. Nobody asked whether there was work for those hands, and of course there was not. Nobody asked whether there was food to feed the owners of those hands, and there is not; nutrition levels in India are lower than they were 30 years ago when economic “liberalisation” began. The contrast even within India are stark; South Indian states, which have stable or negative population growth, are far more economically and socially advanced than hyperpopulated North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, both of which basically survive on the earnings of migrant labour. Pakistan has even worse population control, while countries like Mali still have an astonishing eight children per woman on average.
It is obvious under these circumstances that there can be no growth. There can be no development if the demands of an exploding population outstrip production, no matter how much the production can be ramped up, and with the implosion of resources it cannot be ramped up very far no matter what the economic system.
All this is compounded by the effects of global warming and rising sea levels. I keep reading articles about how Jakarta and Lagos and Mumbai will be “megacities” of ____ million people in twenty, thirty or fifty years. No, they won’t, they’ll be under water. So where do the people who live there now go? Where do people who live where the sea water won’t reach, but where it will get too hot to survive – and more importantly for crops to survive – go? We are looking at mass famine, mass migration, and desperate people with nothing to lose who are more than willing to fight. How are the places that they inundate planning to stop them? Mass bombing? Nuclear war?
As for the United States, its biggest scam is the Empire of bases, which are allegedly to keep the countries they’re hosted in safe from “threats”. This is laughable, of course; they’re there to keep those countries occupied and colonised. And this is why withdrawal from NATO won’t happen; not even Turkey has made the slightest move to leave the organisation. It will only happen when NATO economies collapse en masse, and then it will all end.