Washington’s ‘New Managers’ in Latin America: Oligarchs, Bankers and Swindlers

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by James Petras, via 99GetSmart
Introduction: Amid raging corruption, social pathologies and outright political thuggery, a new gang of vassal regimes has taken-over Latin America. The new rulers are strictly recruited as the protégé’s of US financial and banking institutions. Hence the financial press refers to them as the “new managers” – of Wall Street.

The US financial media has once again provided a political cover for the vilest crimes committed by the ‘new managers’ as they launch their offensive against labor and in favor of the foreign and domestic financiers.

To understand the dynamics of the empire’s new vassal managers, we will proceed by identifying (1) the illicit power grab (2) the neoliberal policies they have pursued (3) the impact of their program on the class structure (4) their economic performance and future socio-political perspectives.

Vassals as Managers of Empire

Latin America’s current vassalage elite is of longer…

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Interview on Syria and related, on the Richie Allen Show

In Gaza

*June 8 interview

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-on Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban:
 
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“Israel is treating al-Qaeda terrorists in their hospitals and enabling their transit back and forth into Syria, as well as arming them—even Israeli media have reported that Israel is providing aid to al-Qaeda terrorists; even the UN has reported on Israeli soldiers interacting with Jebhat al-Nusra in the occupied Syrian Golan;”
 
-on *actual* hospitals bombed in Aleppo (by western-backed terrorists):
 
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Four Phases of Operation It’s All Putin’s Fault!

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The Great Big ISIS Movie Extravaganza Part XXX

Porkins Policy Radio ep. 46 The Truth About Syria with Eva Bartlett (interview)

In Gaza

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Feb 21, 2016, Porkins Policy Radio

For this episode we are joined by activist and freelance journalist Eva Bartlett for an in-depth discussion of the  war in Syria.  Fresh from her fourth trip to the embattled nation, Eva lends us her perspective of what it’s actually like on the ground.  Eva recounts the many places she has visited, and the current living conditions of the Syrian people.  Eva and I discuss the numerous terrorist groups and gangs operating  within Syria, and the disappearance of groups such as the FSA and other “moderate rebel” groups.  Eva also offers us an alternative narrative about the Maddaya starvation story that gripped  news headlines and then vanished.  We discuss the propaganda involved in this story and its similarity to the skewed reporting of the terrorist siege of Yarmouk.

We also touch on the recent doxxing…

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Investigating massive corruption at the UN: Independent journalist’s accreditation revoked

In Gaza

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Mar 15, 2016, American Herald Tribune

-Eva Bartlett

“You guys are operating like thugs. Was I causing any disturbance? Maybe you can throw me in the street—that’s what the guy did, he threw me in the street and threw the computer on the ground.”

From a March 10 Soundcloud clip, these were some of the words of journalist Matthew R. Lee, of Inner City Press (ICP), for the second time in a month singled out for eviction from UN premises.

Lee had covered proceedings inside the UN eight years, with Resident Correspondent Accreditation, until his sudden expulsion on February 19, 2016, when he was indeed thrown on the street, laptop thrown on the ground, by UN security.

He/ICP is one of the only media with integrity asking the needed questions at the UN, and his voice is being silenced. This latest incident follows a series of harassments starting in…

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“The Story is Over, The Game is Over”: Syria’s Ambassador al-Ja’afari on turkey, saudi, qatari, ‘israeli’, NATO war on Syria

The Anti-Empire Report #144 – March 11th, 2016 – William Blum

Yemen: Mansour Hadi’s Senior Commander Killed in Ta’iz Province

Yemen: Mansour Hadi's Senior Commander Killed in Ta'iz Province

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and popular forces continued their advances in the Western part of Yemen, killing senior pro-Hadi militia commander in tough battle and cutting the supply line of the Saudi and Emirati forces in Ma’rib.

“Over 20 pro-Hadi militias, including their senior commander Colonel Mohammad Abde, were killed in fierce clashes with the militants over the past 24 hours,” Senior Ansarullah commander Ebrahim al-Shari told FNA on Tuesday.

He noted that the Yemeni forces also cut the supply lines of the Saudi and the UAE forces in Ma’rib province.

“The popular forces have taken full control of villages in Northern Ma’rib province and seized several Saudi military vehicles.

In a relevant development on Monday, the Yemeni army and popular forces inflicted heavy casualties and losses on the Saudi and the Emirati forces in al-Jawf province, killing scores of them in heavy clashes.

Scores of militants were killed and wounded and their armored military vehicles were also destroyed in al-Khalifain front, FNA dispatches said.

Meantime, a group of other Yemeni forces killed a number of Saudi troops in al-Khanjar military base in al-Jawf province.

The Sabrin al-Maraziq region was also the scene of heavy clashes between the Yemeni forces and Saudi soldiers.

Also on Monday, the Yemeni forces seized back a strategic military base in Southern Saudi Arabia in tough battle with the kingdom’s soldiers.

Al-Nahuqa military base in Najran province came under the full control of the Yemeni forces.

The Yemeni popular forces launched rocket attacks on Al-Nahuqa military base and then the Yemeni army entered the base.

The Saudi forces fled the military base as soon as the Yemeni soldiers entered it.

Al-Nahuqa military base’s watchtower and an armored military vehicle were destroyed during the Yemeni forces’ attacks.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 333 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 8,300 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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EXCLUSIVE: Yemeni Forces Continue Advance in Ta’iz Province

EXCLUSIVE: Yemeni Forces Continue Advance in Ta'iz Province

TEHRAN (FNA)– The Yemeni army and popular forces made remarkable advances in the Southern parts of Ta’iz province, Yemeni sources disclosed on Wednesday.

“The Yemeni forces massively targeted and hit the military positions of the Saudi forces in Sharaf al-An mountains in Jabal Habashi city in Ta’iz province,” a Yemeni source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told FNA on Tuesday.

The Yemeni army and popular forces also hit hard al-Akma military positions in al-Masrakh city and Sabi military positions in Hayfan city in Ta’iz province.

Meantime, Yemeni political analyst Hamid Rezq said that the US is endeavoring to change the region’s geopolitical shape even if it costs the lives of tens of thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands more.

In a relevant development earlier today, the Yemeni continued their advances in the Western part of Yemen, killing senior pro-Hadi militia commander in tough battle and cutting the supply line of the Saudi and Emirati forces in Ma’rib.

“Over 20 pro-Hadi militias, including their senior commander Colonel Mohammad Abde, were killed in fierce clashes with the militants over the past 24 hours,” Senior Ansarullah commander Ebrahim al-Shari told FNA.

He noted that the Yemeni forces also cut the supply lines of the Saudi and the UAE forces in Ma’rib province.

“The popular forces have taken full control of villages in Northern Ma’rib province and seized several Saudi military vehicles.”

Also on Monday, the Yemeni army and popular forces inflicted heavy casualties and losses on the Saudi and the Emirati forces in al-Jawf province, killing scores of them in heavy clashes.

Scores of militants were killed and wounded and their armored military vehicles were also destroyed in al-Khalifain front, FNA dispatches said.

Meantime, a group of other Yemeni forces killed a number of Saudi troops in al-Khanjar military base in al-Jawf province.

The Sabrin al-Maraziq region was also the scene of heavy clashes between the Yemeni forces and Saudi soldiers.

Also on Monday, the Yemeni forces seized back a strategic military base in Southern Saudi Arabia in tough battle with the kingdom’s soldiers.

Al-Nahuqa military base in Najran province came under the full control of the Yemeni forces.

The Yemeni popular forces launched rocket attacks on Al-Nahuqa military base and then the Yemeni army entered the base.

The Saudi forces fled the military base as soon as the Yemeni soldiers entered it.

Al-Nahuqa military base’s watchtower and an armored military vehicle were destroyed during the Yemeni forces’ attacks.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 333 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 8,300 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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EXCLUSIVE: Yemen’s Ansarullah Seizes Modern US-Made Missiles from Saudi Military Bases in Najran ~ Viva Yemen!

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The Ansarullah fighters gained access to state-of-the-art missiles after raiding a Saudi military base in Najran province in the Southern part of the kingdom.

“Our fighters have seized advanced surface-to-surface missiles from Akafeh military base in Najran province in Southern Saudi Arabia,” senior Ansarullah commander Ebrahim al-Sa’ada told FNA on Sunday.

Al-Sa’ada declined to disclose the name of the US-made missiles and their launch system due to security concerns.

In a relevant development earlier today, the Yemeni forces destroyed the Saudi military positions in a desert area in Yemen with a ballistic missile, killing scores of the kingdom’s forces.

The Qaher-I ballistic missile hit the Saudi military positions in al-Maraziq desert in Yemen on Sunday, the Arabic-language media outlets reported.

Early reports indicate large casualties on the Saudi forces in the missile attack. The Saudi army and its coalition members have lost, at least, over a hundred troops each time they have come under a ballistic missile attack by Yemen.

The Yemeni forces have fired tens of missiles on the military positions and gathering centers of Saudi-led coalition so far, killing hundreds of Saudi forces and injuring many more.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 331 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 8,300 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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Remembering Ten Year old Najeb, Shot Dead by western-backed Terrorists

In Gaza

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A Syrian friend messaged me, his voice barely coherent in his grief, mourning the murder of his 10 year old cousin in al-Foua, northern Syria.

Eva, I lost my cousin today, in al-Foua. His name was Najeb Ahmad hallak. The terrorists killed him, he was just 10 years old. They shot him through his heart.

I hate this life, Eva.

Green-eyed Najeb was returning from school when sniped by western-backed “moderate” “rebels”. He was the youngest of the family.

There have been other murders of children and adults in al-Foua and Kafarya, a reported 300 since March 2015, and over 1700 since 2011, according to a resident, Dr Ali al-Moustafa, head of the sole hospital in al-Foua. Many were killed by terrorists’ mortars, rockets, missiles, hell-cannons and snipings.  Others, more recently, have succumbed to malnutrition, cold weather, a lack of medicines or medical care due to the prolonged terrorist siege…

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Yemen … Where is the UN????

Hellooo Putin ! Yemen calling … UNSC impotent: US Plotting to Control Bab al-Mandeb ~ UAE to Take Control of Socotra Islands

Sources: US Plotting to Control Bab al-Mandeb, UAE to Take Control of Socotra Islands

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni sources disclosed that the US and its regional allies are plotting to bring the strategic Bab al-Mandeb Strait and its Socotra islands under their control.

The former fugitive Yemeni President Mansour Hadi has signed an agreement with the UAE according to which the UAE can have access to the natural resources of Socotra islands for 100 years, informed sources said.

The newly signed agreement allows the Emirati government to invest in Socotra islands and turn the islands into a tourism hub.

According to the agreement, the Northern part of Yemen will remain under Saudi Arabia’s control while the UAE will take charge of Eastern Yemen.

“Signing the agreement between Mansour Hadi and the UAE has been planned by the US to help that country achieve its increasing objectives in Yemen,” the Yemeni sources added.

Socotra is a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean; the largest island, also called Socotra, is about 95 percent of the landmass of the archipelago. Socotra is located between the continents of Asia and Africa.

In a relevant development in mid-August, media reports said that Saudi Arabia had invaded and occupied Yemen’s strategic Socotra Island and was building up its biggest naval base there.

“Hundreds of workers from Asian countries have been deployed by the Saudi navy to construct the kingdom’s naval base on the island,” Arabic-language Al-Ittihad news website quoted informed sources as saying.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 330 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 8,300 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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Ankara Explosions Masterminded by Turkish Intelligence

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TEHRAN (FNA) A senior political analyst underlined that the recent explosions in the Turkish capital were masterminded and carried out by Turkey’s spy agency.

“Erdogan is the only one who benefits from the recent explosions in Ankara; the Kurdish groups and organization not only do not benefit from such explosion as they are fully aware that political solution is the only way to achieve their rights,” Syrian political analyst Michel Kalaqasi wrote in the Arabic-language al-Manar newspaper.

Kalaqasi’s remarks came while the Turkish authorities blamed Kurdish organizations for Wednesday’s blast in Ankara that killed 28 and left 61 people wounded.

He reiterated that the Turkish intelligence agency has orchestrated the recent terrorist attacks in Ankara.

In relevant remarks on Friday, Chairman of the International Union of Kurdish Public Associations Merab Shamoyev underlined that the Syrian Kurds have nothing to gain from carrying out terrorist attacks on civilians in Turkey.

“Syrian Kurds immediately denied these allegations. Why would Syrian Kurds do this? The Kurds currently have a good reputation,” Shamoyev said during a press conference in Moscow.

The politician added that the terror attack could have been a provocation carried out by Turkey’s Justice and Development Party to justify Ankara’s shelling of Syrian Kurds and to start a ground operation in Syria.

According to Shamoyev, Kurds do not want to secede from Turkey and only desire autonomy.

In recent weeks, Turkish forces have repeatedly attacked Kurdish People’s Defense Units’ positions in northern Syria, claiming the Kurdish militia threatens Turkish security.

The Kurds are a Middle Eastern ethnic group with a population of some 30-35 million, living mainly in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. They do not have their own state, however, the Kurds have made several attempts to gain independence and have already obtained autonomy within the framework of the Iraqi state.

ISIL Terrorists: A Multifunction Tool in Hands of Ankara, Riyadh, NATO

ISIL Terrorists: A Multifunction Tool in Hands of Ankara, Riyadh, NATO

TEHRAN (FNA)- The West and its Mideast partners are playing deceiving Machiavellian games in Syria, F. William Engdahl said, adding that Russia is in a most risky situation if it believes that the other actors involved in the conflict, such as Recep Erdogan or King Salman and his impulsive son Prince Mohammed, are reasonable, as hate knows no reason.

While tensions are simmering over the prospect of a Turkish-Saudi invasion of Syria, six members of the UN Security Council, including the US, UK and France, have voiced their objections to a Russian draft resolution aimed at restoring the sovereignty of the Middle Eastern state, fanning the flames.

The draft resolution, which denounces any actions that undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and condemns any plans for a foreign military invasion, has been dismissed by the US and French UN ambassadors as “having no future.”

It is rather surprising that the proposed resolution, aimed at peace in Syria and the protection of the fundamental values of the UN charter, has immediately come under fire from Washington and the major European powers. However, there is an obvious explanation: the Western powers have repeatedly violated international law, having acted militarily in Syria without official permission from the legitimate government of President Bashar al-Assad.

In light of this, the contours of the Western strategy in Syria are getting clearer. The question then arises whether the Syrian Arab Army, backed by Russia’s Air Force, will help Damascus restore sovereignty and re-unite Syria?

“What I feel is that at present the energy in Syria is, regrettably, one of death and destruction, everywhere. This cannot easily be healed such that Syria becomes a healthy sovereign nation as it was perhaps a century ago, prior to World War I. This is the destructiveness of war. It is not a question of military reconquest of land lost in the past five years of war. Were it so easy, the world would have healed the scars of all wars centuries ago. No one side ‘wins’ in war, only in peace,” American-German researcher, historian and strategic risk consultant F. William Engdahl told Sputnik in an exclusive interview.

By stepping in Syria, Russia has actually entered a geopolitical chess tournament with crafty Western players. Will Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad beat Washington’s geopolitical grandmasters at their own game?

“This is a very difficult question to answer. My honest feeling is that the American Patriarchs as I prefer to call them, not grandmasters, have a deep plan with their many wars in the Middle East. The plan is simple — spread hate, destruction, a killing energy, not only in the Middle East oil countries but also in the EU as well as inside the United States, in China, everywhere, with their wars over oil in the end,” Engdahl pointed out.

If the world is busy with such destruction, those Patriarchs have the misguided feeling they will prevail, the strategic risk consultant underscored, adding that we are in a kind of world war already.

“They ignited the Maidan Square coup in February 2014 to disrupt growing, positive economic and political relations, especially between Germany and Russia, to an extent between the EU and Russia. They have demonized Russia and her President in their media. China will be next in their sights,” Engdahl stressed.

Indeed, a belt of instability has stretched from North Africa and the Balkans to Central Asia and beyond. Five years have passed since the “Day of Rage” in Libya which was aimed against the rule of Muammar Gaddafi. The uprising, enthusiastically supported by the West, has lured the country into constant turmoil. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, the Afghani failed state is still desperately fighting against Islamic extremists.

“I believe that they felt they were losing their control to nations [which were] acting more independently and sovereign in recent years, like Russia, like Germany, like China, like Iran and other states encouraged to assert national autonomy against the wishes of NATO. Of course, in the end they will only lose, but if we are not conscious of who we are, and who they are, as Sun Tzu said, they will manage to create huge destruction before that point. Simply think about the deep scars of the war 75 years ago,” the researcher told Sputnik.

Does that mean the notorious Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) is a kind of “agent of destruction”?

“Daesh, simply said, is Saudi Arabia’s monarchy. In my most recent book, The Lost Hegemon: Whom the gods would destroy, I describe in great detail the perverse ‘unholy alliance,’ brokered by the CIA in the early 1950s to mate the Egyptian death cult known as the Muslim Brotherhood with the primitive Saudi Wahhabist branch of Islam. The consequence of that was Mujahedeen, the Chechen wars, Bosnia’s Mujahedeen war against the Serbs, and now Al Qaeda-Al Nusra and Daesh. Erdogan’s family, supported in a perverse alliance by this Saudi monarchy, is embracing Daesh as a weapon to kill Kurds and create some kind of New Ottoman Sultanate, and to enable Saudi control of the oil and gas of Iraq, of Syria and of Yemen,” Engdahl elaborated.

“But they will fail,” the researcher remarked.

Despite the fact that the international community has repeatedly expressed its deep concerns over Daesh’s “extraordinary levels of funding” and the imminent danger this poses to the Western civilization, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman admitted on February 9 that the terror group continues to sell stolen oil on the global market.

Some experts believe it would be impossible, hadn’t a “tacit agreement” been concluded by European and American decision-makers. Back in June 2014 French intellectual, founder and chairman of Voltaire Network Thierry Meyssan called attention to the fact that Daesh and al-Nusra Front were selling stolen crude on the international market, “so monitored by Washington,” without hindrance. That can only mean one thing, Meyssan suggested: they are either authorized by Washington or linked to storefront oil companies.

So, why do Washington and Western “oil barons” allow Daesh to continue selling stolen oil, replenishing its vaults with more money for war, terror and destruction?

“NATO uses Daesh and allows the oil to flow to that end, luring Erdogan and Salman into a well-planned trap. NATO, of course, is controlled by Washington and those American Patriarchs who steer the military-industrial complex and their oil barons. We need only to look at the statement recently of Hakan Fidan, head of Turkish MIT intelligence, urging the West to see Daesh as legitimate Muslims with a right to be respected and you get the idea,” Engdahl emphasized.

“Everyone in this war is deceiving, playing Machiavellian games — Erdogan, Salman and his son, Prince Salman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, John Kerry, Obama, Cameron, Hollande. Russia is in a most risky situation in Syria if it and its leading people have any illusion that the other actors are reasonable. Hate knows no reason,” the researcher warned.

 

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”

International People's Coalition for Humanity

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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