Foreign Mercenaries Killed by Yemeni Army in Taiz ~ Viva Yemen

Several Foreign Mercenaries Killled by Yemeni Army in Taiz

TEHRAN (FNA)– Yemen’s Army and popular forces, in fierce clashes in Taiz province on Monday, inflicted heavy casualties on foreign-backed terrorists, including several Saudi-hired Black Water mercenaries.

According to sources on the ground, several black water contractors including Colombian, Australian, and Venezuelan nationals, were among the casualties of the clashes that broke out in rugged al-umri region in Yemen’s strategic province of Taiz.

No further details on the development and the number of casualties are available.

Saudi Arabia began its deadly campaign against Yemen in late March 2015. The strikes have been meant to undermine local resistance forces and restore power to fugitive Saudi-backed former President, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.

In another significant development on late Sunday, Yemen’s army carried out two ballistic missile attacks against a military base in Saudi Arabia’s southwestern Asir region.

The missiles hit the King Khalid air base in the Saudi city of Khamis Mushait in Asir region. Over 100 Saudi soldiers were reported dead while dozens more were sent to different hospitals with injuries.

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Saudi Jets Target Yemen Reservoir, Dam

Saudi Jets Target Yemen Reservoir, Dam

TEHRAN (FNA)- Media outlets reported on Monday that Saudi warplanes carried out fresh airstrikes across the war-ravaged Yemen, inflicting damage and destruction on a dam and reservoir in the Arabian Peninsula country.

Saudi Arabia’s fighter jets totally destroyed a reservoir in al-Nahdin district in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Sunday evening, Yemen’s Arabic-language Saba news agency reported.

According to the report, the reservoir, which supplied water to at least 30,000 people in the densely populated area, could store up to 5,000 cubic meters of water and had cost Yemenis $4 million.

Since the beginning of the Saudi aggression on Yemen, the reservoir had been targeted by warplanes some 20 times and sustained partial damage but on Sunday it was completely destroyed.

Saudi jets also bombarded a hospital in the province and seriously wounded a physician and a nurse. The airstrike also inflicted damage to the building and some medical devices.

Meanwhile, Saudi war machine conducted three airstrikes on a dam in the Sirwah district in the central Ma’rib Province and caused heavy damage to its structure. They also carried out attacks on some areas in the western province of Hudaydah.

Yemen has been under airstrikes by Saudi Arabia since March 26 last year. The Saudi strikes have been meant to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and bring fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, back to power.

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As Yemen Bleeds, British Profits from Weapons Sales “Bury Human Rights”

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David Cameron receives the King Abdullah Decoration One from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah. Cameron said: ‘The reason we have the relationship is our own national security. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Featured image: David Cameron receives the King Abdullah Decoration One from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah. (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

“Out of the mirror they stare,

Imperialism’s face 

And the international wrong.”

(W.H. Auden, 1907-1973.)

It is more than possible to speculate why Prime Minister David Cameron has declared it his mission to scrap the Human Rights Act – which is incorporated into the European Convention on Human Rights – it appears he simply does not believe in human rights.

For example, the fact that Saudi Arabia executed – including beheadings – forty seven people in one day last month, displaying their bodies from gibbets, failed to deter him from having British military experts to work with their Saudi counterparts, advising on which targets – and which people, it seems – to bomb in Yemen. Parliament has not been consulted, thus, without a chance…

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The Great Big ISIS Movie Extravaganza Part XXIX

‘ITMAAN LIBERATED; RUTYAAN LIBERATED; SYRIAN ARMY JUGGERNAUT THRASHES OBAMA’S TERRORIST VERMIN

by Ziad Fadel

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ALEPPO:  The Syrian Army blasted Nusra/Alqaeda terrorist positions including those of Jaysh Al-Fath in the town of Rutyaanlast night bring to a halt their preparations for a last stand.  The SAAF and RuAF were very active at night pummeling what was left of rodent fortifications which were pulverized 3 days ago.  Rat chatter was mostly about ways of getting out.  Most of the rodents here are foreign, many being Saudis who know their fate lies under a can of gasoline so that they will be prepared to spend an eternity in Hell.  This town used to be the headquarters of Saudi dwarf monkey, ‘Abdullah Al-Muhaysini, who has been promised to me as a burnt offering.

Saudi monkey excrement could be heard praying before they took a short break to self-medicate with a cool bullet in their simian crania.  That’s right, folks, these flies decided to skip all the fun by taking a long snooze.  According to Wael, this is the first time the SAA and its allies have seen suicides in such large numbers.  It appears they received some Fatwa from a quack Saudi shaman allowing them to avoid the pains of this temporal world by speeding up their descent into the bowels of an incandescent Hades.  Over 16 carcasses have been found in Rutyaan with the tell-tale signs of self-destruction.  In any case, I can assure my readers that anyone who failed to take the quick way out received the peine forte et dure reserved for all the filth of Arabia.  Our army engineers are combing the area for IEDs and mines.  The SAA has declared Rutyaan completely secure.

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This new conquest is completely logical given the fact that the SAA crushed the terrorist trash in Duwwayr Al-Zaytoon and Al-MallaahFarms.  Now the pincer movement is heading to ‘Anadaan which will spell the end of the American-Turk-Saudi-supported vampires who have lived too long already.  With Nibbul and Al-Zahraa`contributing a reported 4,000 new fighters to our militias, the rest of this area is destined for liberation within 7 days.  Get ready for the fun.

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DER’AH:  No sooner had our forces vanquished the Saudi syphilis-carrying serpents in the north than our army was shattering all defensive positions at this opulent town, just 4 kms north of Der’ah City, in the south, the town of ‘Itmaan (var: ‘Atamaan).  You should hear the terrorist chatter on the airwaves as it was being recorded by the SAA-MI.  Accusations of treason, cowardice and, in general, a bemoaning of the fate awaiting the so-called “Southern Front”, the farcical, nay, pathetic pipedream of successive NATO and Zionist child molesters.  It’s over, and it took only 6 hours to move in and kill over 150, mostly foreign rats – the majority from Jordan and many from Palesteezia.  In actuality, the security services are now searching house-to-house for those “oh so clever” rodents who jumped ship and tried to melt into the local scenery.  The foreigners will be executed.  The Syrians, if there are any among them, will face justice at the hands of our militias.  Saudis will be skinned alive.          

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Because the ranks of the terrorists here were heavily infiltrated by Syrian government informants, the process of finding and dismantling IEDs and mines is all that much easier.

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IDLIB/HAMA:  We can confirm, based on admissions recorded on the airwaves by our security services, that over 70 rodents were killed yesterday and today by the SAAF flying over the following towns in Hama: Ma’arrat Hurma, Al-Tahh, Kafr Zaytaa, Sukayk, Al-Habeet, Al-Lataamina, Al-Tamaani’ah.   All these dead rats belonged to Jaysh Al-Fath and Al-Ittihaad Al-Islaami li-Ajnaad Al-Shaam.  Also confirmed was the destruction of a large warehouse filled with weapons and ammunition, 3 armored vehicles and a communications post.

Kafr Zaytaa on February 3, 2016:  The SAA killed a leader ofIttihaad Al-Islaami Li-Ajnaan Al-Shaam, one named Abu ‘Umar Al-Naaseef and 9 others in his group.

Al-Lataamina on February 3, 2016:  The SAA killed 6 hyenas inside a headquarters.  No names.

Ma’arkibba Village:  2 rodents inside a terrorist base operated as a surveillance facility were sent to Hell by the SAAF.  7 were reported wounded.

 

Al-Mawrik (var: Mork):  A rat offensive on SAA positions was declared a flop by the rats themselves.  The used gas canisters in their attack, but, found out they were moving into an ambush which caused them to withdraw anarchically, a condition ideally suited for wiping them out.  According to terrorist sources, 22 were killed with many wounded.

Al-Mansoora Village in the Ghaab:  6 rats killed and their weapons seized by the PDC.

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NOTE TO READERS:  THE OPERATION TO RESTORE SECURITY TO KINSIBBA IN LATAKIA PROVINCE IS IN FULL SWING WITH THE REPUBLICAN GUARD BRIGADE 103 LEADING THE ASSAULT.

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NEWS AND COMMENT:

Arabi Souri sends this insightful article about Saudi incompetence and hatred of Syrians:

http://www.syrianews.cc/saudistan-ask-illegal-permission-illegally-invade-syria/

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK:  YEMENIS DEMONSTRATE FOR DR. ASSAD.  Thanks, Khaled Nawaz Al-Nouri:

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Saudi is BOMBING the Parks

The Ruins of Destroyed House by Saudi Airstrikes

Putin Calls Out Obama on a Big Lie

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by Eric Zuesse

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In 2009, US President Obama said that the missile defense only serves as protection from Iranian nuclear missiles. But now there is an international treaty with Iran that bans Tehran from developing a potential military nuclear project. The International Atomic Energy Agency is controlling this, the sanctions against Iran are lifted – but still the US are working on their missile defense system. Only recently a treaty with Spain was signed, a deployment in Romania is being prepared, the same will happen in Poland in 2018, and in Turkey, a radar unit is being installed.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in an interview with Germany’s Das Bild, published on January 11th, but the press has ignored this very serious charge — an accusation of deception, bad faith, outright lying, on the part of the U.S. President.

So, here is what the record says about that allegation:

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Yemeni Missiles, Mortars Rain Down on Saudi Military Bases in Jizan, Najran, Asir Provinces

Yemeni Missiles, Mortarts Rain Down on Saudi Military Bases in Jizan, Najran, Asir Provinces

TEHRAN (FNA)– The Yemeni army and popular forces targeted the Saudi military bases in the Southern parts of the kingdom with a barrage of rockets and missiles on Saturday.

The Yemeni forces fired 70 missiles and mortar shells at Al-Qawiya and Jbal al-Dokhan military bases in Jizan province, killing over 10 Saudi military troops.

The army and popular forces also hit the Saudi troops’ military centers in Al-Rabou’a in Asir province with mortars and missiles. There is yet no precise report on the number of Saudi army casualties in the attack in Rabou’a.

In Najran province, a military base in Western Al-Shurfa also came under the Yemeni troops’ rocket attacks, where at least four Saudi soldiers lost their lives.

In a relevant development earlier today, the Yemeni army and popular forces destroyed the military equipment of the Saudi-led forces in Ma’rib province in Eastern Yemen, killing Saudi Arabia’s key commander in the region.

Two armored personnel carriers and a military vehicle of the Saudi-led forces were destroyed in Koufel region in Ma’rib province.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces thwarted an attack by the Saudi forces on al-Khaneq region in al-J’adan of Ma’rib province.

“The commander of the Second Battalion of Saudi Arabia’s Division 314, Ahmad al-Doudehi, was killed in the Yemeni forces’ operations in Al-J’adan region,” the Arabic-language Al-Masira news website quoted a Yemeni military source as saying on Saturday.

Also today, the Yemeni army and popular forces inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in the coastal province of al-Hudayda in Western Yemen, killing two Al-Qaeda commanders and destroying a large cache of their weapons and ammunition.

Abdullah al-Monem Bahr and Esmayeel Ebrahim who were two senior Al-Qaeda commander were killed in the Yemeni forces’ military operations in Bajel city in al-Hudayda province.

Al-Monem Bahr was responsible for managing and guiding the Al-Qaeda terrorists while Esmayeel Ebrahim was in charge of the terrorists’ military training.

The Yemeni forces also destroyed the arms depot of the Al-Qaeda terrorists in Bajel city.

Esmayeel Ebrahim had masterminded the explosion of Bajel City’s central library, the city’s security and political building and the assassination of the city’s security and political director.

A large number of other terrorists were also arrested by the Yemeni forces.

Also on Friday, the Yemeni army and popular forces shot down a Saudi fighter jet and a spy drone in Southern and Northern Yemen.

The Yemeni forces targeted a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle as it was flying over a strategic district in Sa’ada, which lies 240 kilometers (150 miles) North of the capital, Sana’a.

No further details were available about the type of the drone and the exact location that it was shot down.

Also on Friday, the Yemeni forces shot down a Saudi-led fighter jet in Southern Yemen before it could strike residential areas there.

The Yemeni army and popular committees took control of three more military bases in Jizan province.

The Yemeni forces captured Jbal al-Doud, al-Modbe and al-Aril military bases in Jizan province.

Tens of Saudi-led forces were killed and dozens more were injured in Yemeni forces’ special operations in Jizan province.

Meantime, the Yemeni army announced that at least a Saudi and three Qatari soldiers were killed in the Yemeni forces’ retaliatory missile attacks on al-Makhrouq’s military base in Najran province in the Southern parts of the Kingdom.

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Senior Saudi Commander Killed in Clashes with Yemeni Forces in Ma’rib

Senior Saudi Commander Killed in Clashes with Yemeni Forces in Ma'rib

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and popular forces destroyed the military equipment of the Saudi-led forces in Ma’rib province in Eastern Yemen on Saturday, killing Saudi Arabia’s key commander in the region.

Two armored personnel carriers and a military vehicle of the Saudi-led forces were destroyed in Koufel region in Ma’rib province.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces thwarted an attack by the Saudi forces on al-Khaneq region in al-J’adan of Ma’rib province.

“The commander of the Second Battalion of Saudi Arabia’s Division 314, Ahmad al-Doudehi, was killed in the Yemeni forces’ operations in Al-J’adan region,” the Arabic-language Al-Masira news website quoted a Yemeni military source as saying on Saturday.

In a relevant development Earlier today, the Yemeni army and popular forces inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists in the coastal province of al-Hudayda in Western Yemen, killing two Al-Qaeda commanders and destroying a large cache of their weapons and ammunition.

Abdullah al-Monem Bahr and Esmayeel Ebrahim who were two senior Al-Qaeda commander were killed in the Yemeni forces’ military operations in Bajel city in al-Hudayda province.

Al-Monem Bahr was responsible for managing and guiding the Al-Qaeda terrorists while Esmayeel Ebrahim was in charge of the terrorists’ military training.

The Yemeni forces also destroyed the arms depot of the Al-Qaeda terrorists in Bajel city.

Esmayeel Ebrahim had masterminded the explosion of Bajel City’s central library, the city’s security and political building and the assassination of the city’s security and political director.

A large number of other terrorists were also arrested by the Yemeni forces.

Also on Friday, the Yemeni army and popular forces shot down a Saudi fighter jet and a spy drone in Southern and Northern Yemen.

The Yemeni forces targeted a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle as it was flying over a strategic district in Sa’ada, which lies 240 kilometers (150 miles) North of the capital, Sana’a.

No further details were available about the type of the drone and the exact location that it was shot down.

Also on Friday, the Yemeni forces shot down a Saudi-led fighter jet in Southern Yemen before it could strike residential areas there.

The Yemeni army and popular committees took control of three more military bases in the Saudi Province of Jizan.

The Yemeni forces captured Jbal al-Doud, al-Modbe and al-Aril military bases in Jizan province.

Tens of Saudi-led forces were killed and dozens more were injured in Yemeni forces’ special operations in Jizan province.

Meantime, the Yemeni army announced that at least a Saudi and three Qatari soldiers were killed in the Yemeni forces’ retaliatory missile attacks on al-Makhrouq’s military base in Najran province in the Southern parts of the Kingdom.

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Alhamdulillah ~ Saudi-Led Coalition Continues Sustaining Large Casualties in Yemen

Saudi-Led Coalition Continues Sustaining Large Casualties in Yemen

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and popular forces continued their retaliatory attacks against the Saudi-led coalition troops, and killed some 25 Saudi soldiers in Ma’rib province on Saturday.

At least 25 Saudi forces were killed in heavy clashes with the Yemeni forces in al-J’adan region in Ma’rib province as they were trying to penetrate into the areas under the Yemeni forces’ control.

The Yemeni forces prevented the Saudi forces from entering the Mafraq al-Jawf district in al-J’adan after a several-hour-long battle.

In a relevant development earlier today, the Yemeni forces destroyed the military equipment of the Saudi-led forces in Ma’rib province, killing Saudi Arabia’s key commander in the region.

Two armored personnel carriers and a military vehicle of the Saudi-led forces were destroyed in Koufel region in Ma’rib province.

Meantime, the Yemeni forces thwarted an attack by the Saudi forces on al-Khaneq region in al-J’adan of Ma’rib province.

“The commander of the Second Battalion of Saudi Arabia’s Division 314, Ahmad al-Doudehi, was killed in the Yemeni forces’ operations in Al-J’adan region,” the Arabic-language Al-Masira news website quoted a Yemeni military source as saying on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 309 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 8,000 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

Over 3,750 schools have been closed and at least 1.2 million Yemeni people have been displaced so far.

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US Officers Killed in Yemeni Missile Attack Saudi Coalition

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The Yemeni army and popular forces’ missile attack on a Saudi-led command center in Ma’rib killed over 120 mercenaries, including the Saudi, UAE and US officers.

“The Yemeni army missile unit fired a Tochka missile at the operations room of the Saudi-led forces in Ma’rib (on Sunday) and killed over 120 mercenaries with different nationalities,” Ali al-Houthi, an Ansarullah Movement Leader, told FNA on Tuesday.

“46 Saudi mercenaries, 11 UAE and 9 Saudi officers and 11 foreign commanders of the US Blackwater company were among those killed in the attack,” he added.

Houthi said that 6 Apache and 4 Black Hawk helicopters and 4 drones armed with missiles were also destroyed in the attack.

The command room of communications with the spying satellites and airplanes was also destroyed completely.

Al-Houthi had also on Sunday said that the missile had hit al-Bairaq military base which hosts the headquarters of the Saudi army’s operations.

“The Tochka missile hit the target with high precision and killed tens of the Saudi-led forces, including a senior Saudi commander, who had arrived at the base just yesterday,” he said on Sunday.

Houthi added that in addition to the heavy toll, a large volume of state-of-the-art weapons and military equipment were destroyed in the attack.

He described the missile attack against the Saudi’s headquarters in Ma’rib as a major intelligence and military achievement for the Yemeni army and popular forces.

Bashar Al-Jaafari in a press conference following a U.N. Security Council session: “Terrorists seized humanitarian aid sent to civilians”

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Syria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari reiterated that the Syrian government is committed to full cooperation with the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to deliver humanitarian aid to affected civilians in all Syrian areas, including those described by the UN as “inaccessible” or “besieged”.

“The Syrian government didn’t and will not practice a starvation policy against its people,”al-Jaafari asserted in a press conference following a UN Security Council session to discuss the humanitarian situation in Syria.

He explained that “it is the terrorist organizations that seized the humanitarian assistance supplies sent to civilians in the areas under their control”, clarifying that “this was what happened in Madaya town, located in northwestern Damascus countryside”.

The terrorists in Madaya, al-Jaafari elaborated, stored the stolen aid in their warehouses and have been selling them to civilians at high prices to achieve certain goals…

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The Great Big ISIS Movie Extravaganza Part XXVIII

Military Dumped Hundreds of Dead Troops in Landfills During Bush Presidency ~ “Our BRAVE Young Men and Women” #USRegime

This story has been out for a few years now, but it’s hardly made a blip in the mainstream media landscape. While Republicans have had a non-stop stream of rants about how President Obama doesn’t care about the troops, a dirty little secret is haunting the era known as the George W. Bush administration.

We’ve known since the start of the two Bush wars that there was a media blackout. Unlike Vietnam before it, the media was not allowed to show the hundreds and thousands of body bags being flown from the Middle East. That blackout could be why it went unnoticed for several years that they were regularly incinerating and throwing the bodies of our troops into a Virginia landfill.

The Washington Post picked up the story in 2011, but odds are that most still aren’t aware that at least 274 troops were treated like last night’s chicken bones. Naturally, the families did not know about the dumping. Instead, they were under the impression that their loved ones would be disposed of in a “respectful and dignified manner.”

This week, after The Post pressed for information contained in the Dover mortuary’s electronic database, the Air Force produced a tally based on those records. It showed that 976 fragments from 274 military personnel were cremated, incinerated and taken to the landfill between 2004 and 2008.

An additional group of 1,762 unidentified remains were collected from the battlefield and disposed of in the same manner, the Air Force said. Those fragments could not undergo DNA testing because they had been badly burned or damaged in explosions. The total number of incinerated fragments dumped in the landfill exceeded 2,700.

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There’s no evidence that the President was aware of the practice, but it was done between 2003 and 2008, right-smack in the middle of Bush’s wars and during the Bush administration.

The travesty was discovered by three whistle blowers who worked for the mortuary at the Dover Air Force Base. One whistle blower was allegedly fired and the other two faced what they said was retaliation.

The Air Force chain of command has taken responsibility, sort of. They were shy of calling the actions “wrongdoing.”

To this day, we don’t know how many troops were involved. The Air Force complained that they would have to comb through the records of more than 6,300 troops, to which one Congressman, Rep. Rush Hold (D-NJ) said:

“What the hell?” he told the Post. “We spent millions, tens of millions, to find any trace of soldiers killed, and they’re concerned about a ‘massive’ effort to go back and pull out the files and find out how many soldiers were disrespected this way?”

“They just don’t want to ask questions or look very hard,” he added, according to the newspaper.

Source: US News

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Source: Military Dumped Hundreds of Dead Troops in Landfills During Bush Presidency

William Hazlitt: Keystone of indestructible war-system: Closing up the avenues to peace, shutting the gates of mercy on mankind

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

William Hazlitt: Harpies of the press. Juggling fiends. Systematic opponents of peace. Ceaseless partisans of interminable hostilities.

William Hazlitt: High-priests of Moloch foam at the mouth at the name of peace

William Hazlitt: Systematic patrons of eternal war

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From Illustrations of Vetus (1813)

We agree with the sentiment with which he commences his last Letter, that it is ”particularly desirable to follow up the question of peace” at the present crisis, but not with the reason which he assigns for his extreme anxiety to enter upon the question, “because this is just the moment to dread the entertainment of a pacific overture.” We can readily believe that at no other moment than when he dreads its approach, would Vetus ever breathe a syllable on the subject of peace, and then only to avert it. Whenever “a spurious and mawkish beneficence”…

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Did Saudis Get Duped Into Executing Cleric Nimr, or Do They Want Intifada?

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Did Saudis Get Duped Into Executing Cleric Nimr, or Do They Want Intifada?TEHRAN (FNA)– Pondering Riyadh’s decision to execute prominent Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, which resulted in a political and diplomatic firestorm threatening to burn out of control, Syrian journalist Abbas Juma wonders whether the Saudis could have been duped into such a reckless move, whose consequences could include the collapse of the kingdom.

On January 2, Saudi Arabia executed prominent Shiite cleric and political activist Nimr al-Nimr, sparking outrage among Shiites around the world, including in Iran, where Shia Islam predominates. The execution resulted in protesters in Tehran storming the Saudi Embassy, Riyadh and its allies breaking off diplomatic relations with Iran, and Saudi warplanes bombing the Iranian Embassy in Yemen.

Commenting on Riyadh’s possible rationale in an op-ed for independent Russian newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa, Syrian journalist Abbas Juma suggested that, first things first, analysts from all sides knew that Nimr’s death would result in a crisis. “Therefore, few could believe that Riyadh would take such a step,” Juma said, according to a

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Several Blasts Rock Aramco Oil Facilities ~ Viva Yemen Resistance

Several Blasts Rock Aramco Oil Facilities

TEHRAN (FNA)– A number of blasts hit Baqiq industrial city in the Southern Saudi province of Jizan where the kingdom’s giant Aramco oil facilities is located.

The local residents of Al-Sharqiya region where the Baqiq industrial city and the Aramco oil facilities are located confirmed huge explosions near the huge oil facilities, the Arabic-language media outlets reported on Tuesday.

Baqiq industrial city belongs to Aramco oil company which itself is Saudi Arabia’s biggest economic enterprise.

The oilfields of Aramco, including Qawareh oilfield, are located in Shiite-populated Eastern Saudi Arabia.

Aramco oil facilities have come under repeated missile attacks by the Yemeni army and popular forces in the last several months.

The Yemeni forces targeted the oil company in Jizan with Qaher-I ballistic missiles twice from mid to late December.

“The missile precisely hit Aramco oil company on Monday night,” the Arabic-language media outlets quoted an unnamed Yemeni army official as saying after the second December attack.

He reiterated that the missile attack came in retaliation for the Saudi-led aggressors’ violation of the UN-sponsored ceasefire.

The two attacks were launched on December 21 and 29, but the multi-trillion-dollar company has come under attack, at least, two times more in the last several months.

Qaher-I is an updated version of a Russian-made surface-to-surface missile.

The Yemeni forces’ attacks on Aramco oil facilities come as the Saudi oil giant has put its stakes for sale.

Saudi Arabia is considering the partial sale of its state-owned oil monopoly, Aramco. It is the most valuable company in the world, with oil reserves estimated to be ten times those of US oil giant Exxon Mobil. Analysts say the whole company could be worth up to $10 trillion, giving even a partial float the potential to be the world’s largest initial public offering.

While Saudi officials contemplate over whether or not to sell off shares of their massive energy company – Aramco, some experts suggest that Riyadh may have underestimated Western investors’ concerns about the company’s secrecy, corruption, and the global oil glut.

The monster Saudi state energy company Saudi Arabian Oil Co. – better known as Aramco, with its 261 billion barrels in reserves and 60,000 staff, has confirmed rumors that it is considering offering investors an initial public offering (IPO) on a small percentage of the company (around 5%), as part of a broader package of economic reforms.

The company’s valuation, according to officials speaking to The Economist, which broke the story, could be in the “trillions of dollars,” with Bloomberg suggesting that Aramco, by far the largest energy company in the world, may be worth up to $2.5 trillion – which would make it the most valuable quoted company in the world. Even a small IPO of 5%, of a valuation of $1.5 trillion, Business Insider pointed out, “is still $75 billion.”

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has indicated that an IPO float could be made immediately following a review of the business, scheduled to be completed within the next several months.

However, not everyone is so blinded by the company’s monster valuation potential to the point of ignoring some potentially important pitfalls. In their analysis of the possible IPO offer, Britain’s The Guardian suggested, citing financial analysts, “that the Saudis could underestimate Western concerns about Aramco’s traditional secrecy and the impact of falling oil prices.”

Fadel Gheit, an oil analyst at the New York-based Oppenheimer & Co. retail brokerage firm, told the newspaper that despite the enormous possibilities for Aramco’s IPO, it could be difficult for Saudi Arabia to reach a significant floatation given the company’s traditional low levels of transparency.

“And he pointed out,” The Guardian noted, “that Prince Mohammed had raised another issue at Aramco that could concern any potential buyers: corruption.”

“If Western investors are to be interested in Aramco they are going to want all sorts of details and reassurances about the way the company will run, its growth prospects and dividend policies. Will the Saudi government be willing to provide these and relinquish control?” Gheit pondered.

Moreover, the financial analyst recalled, “the company may have huge oil reserves but look at what happened when Petrobras (the Brazilian state oil group) was privatized. There was a total lack of understanding of free markets and the stock dived in value.”

For his part, Investor’s Business Daily contributor Bill Peters noted that with the “shares of global oil majors like Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Total and BP” getting thrashed “since crude prices sank in 2014,” the question which should be on investors’ minds is “Would Aramco shares be any better?”

Echoing Gheit, Peters noted that given that “Saudi Aramco provides little information on finances or other measures of performance…any IP would come amid major strains for Saudi Arabia and the oil market overall.”

Meanwhile, Oil Change International, an advocacy group for clean energy which has no love for big oil, nonetheless also suggests that Aramco’s partial privatization, driven by Prince Mohammed’s “reforming zeal,” would be a mistake.

“It’s not a smart economic move to sell off an asset when its value is at the bottom of the cycle. When governments are made desperate by low oil prices, they often make that mistake, giving foreign investors a bargain that well outlasts the commodity downturn.” Given the existence of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, it makes even less sense.

According to OCI, not only would the involvement of multinational investors not serve “as a guarantee against corruption (it is often in fact the opposite),” but “partial privatization of Aramco would require publishing financial and reserves data that is currently secret.”

Moreover, “Saudi Arabia is a signatory to the International Convention on Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), which allows investors to challenge governments in secret tribunals, with any compensation awards enforceable by seizing the state’s assets in any of nearly 160 countries. While Saudi Arabia is still a long way off addressing the role of its oil reserves in climate change, the threat of investor compensation claims would have a chilling effect if and when action is taken.”

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25 Saudi Mercenaries Killed in Bayda Province ~ Viva Yemen Resistance

25 Saudi Mercenaries Killed in Bayda Province

TEHRAN (FNA)– Military sources in Yemen declared killing of 25 Saudi mercenaries loyal to fugitive President Mansour Hadi.

“25 forces loyal to Mansour Hadi who sought to advance in al-Zahra region, al-Bayda province, were killed in clashes against the Yemeni army and popular committees’ forces,” a military source was quoted as saying by al-Mayadeen news channel on Tuesday.

Al-Bayda is a Southern province of Yemen.

Meantime, the Yemeni army and popular forces continued their military gains against the Saudi-led forces in the province of Al-Jawf in Northern Yemen and captured some strategic heights on Monday.

The Yemeni forces seized back several important hilltops near the Northern parts of the city of Al-Hazm, capital of Al-Jawf province.

Tens of Saudi troops were killed and dozens more were injured in heavy clashes with the Yemeni troops.

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The Right To Self Defence

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