Friday, October 09, 2015

Amnesty International Says The U.S.-Supported Coalition In Yemen Is Committing War Crimes

The uprisings of the Arab Spring which were prompted by an inflammatory speech Obama made in Cairo, in which he promised US support to any rebel group fighting to overthrow a tyrannical regime, hit Yemen in 2011. Then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced out of office and power was handed to Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Under Hadi the country was politically paralyzed and the rebel Houthis, who had successfully opposed Saleh mobilized their supporters in and around the capital San'a and began moving south towards the port city Aden where Hadi had set up his headquarters. He was eventually forced to flee the country.
The Saudis formed a coalition with Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates to support Hadi and counter the Houthis advance. "The U.S. provides logistical and intelligence support for the air campaign — even refueling its jets," NPR reported last week. The bombing has proved effective in countering the advance of the Houthis, who have also committed war crimes according to international rights groups, and allowed Hadi to return to Aden after months of exile.
What a lot of people in the middle east did not understand was that when Obama promised US support for rebels fighting to overthrow tyrannical regimes, what he meant was rebels fighting to overthrow regimes Washington wanted overthrown (such as Assad in Syria, as we reported elsewhere, the USA has been working to oust Assad since 2006. Saudi Arabia, Washington's major ally in the Arab world is a different matter so if the Saudis felt threatened by Houthi rebels in Yemen then The White House felt threatened by them too.
In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition began bombing Yemen in an attempt to support the embattled regime and counter the advance of the Shia Houthi rebels. This coalition, supported by logistics and intelligence provided by the United States, has now been accused of war crimes by the human rights group Amnesty International.
“The coalition airstrikes investigated by Amnesty International in Sa’da governorate have involved serious violations of international humanitarian law, including war crimes,” the report, published this month by Amnesty, reads.


We Know What Inspired The Manchester Attack, We Just Won't Admit It

In the wake of the Manchester arena bombing, politicians, public servants and the media warned against blaming the Muslim community. I had to defriend someone on Facebook [... ] My blogged response to the Manchester Arena bombing was that we should get angry, not at Muslims in general, but at the politicians, and law enforcement officers who time and again have failed to act against suspected (and sometimes known,) terrorists ...

Over 4000 Civilians Have Died In Forgotten War.
As attention has focused on Syria ans then on the efforts of the Obama administration, in its dying months, to avenge the defeat of the anointed successor Hillary Clinton and discredit the election victor and President - elect Donald Trump, and simultaneously demonize Russia and President Putin

Only 5 Percent Of Russian Air Strikes Hitting Islamic, British Defence Secretary Lies
After an amazing outburst from the delusional Barack Obama left the United Nations General Assembly in stunned silence because Obama has accused Russia and China of all the recent breaches of international law of which the USA is demonstably guilty, the propaganda departments of western governments seem to have totally lost their grip on reality.
Have US tactics only helped to make ISIS more powerful
We have questioned the US led efforts to defeat ISIS in the middle east many times, pointing out that every time the western alliance steps up opposition to the establishment of a news Islamic Caliphate, Islamic State seem to get stronger. 'Conspiracy Theorists', our critics yell. So let's look at opinion from around the world that concurs with ours.
Influential Germans Appeal Against Another War In Europe
While the mainstream media has been obsessing about the collapse in oil prices and celebrating the problems of Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia, and fanciful economic pundits have been burbling about all time high stock markets a group of prominent Germans are less concerned about mainstream sensationalism than by something that poses a much bigger threat to the immediate future of Europe: the threat of the Obama administration pushing us into a war with Russia.
Where Are Grandstanding FUKUS Axis Leaders As Libya Descends Into Oblivion
Remembering a time not so long ago when Libya was being held up by the French, UK and US governments as a striking example of benign and successful military 'humanitarian' intervention? The tyrant Gaddafi had been overthrown by a FUKUS Axis bombing campaign in support of a bloody revolution fought by Islamic Fundamentalists, Tribal Warlords and Common gangsters armed with American, British and French weapons paid for by western taxpayers.
Obama and FUKUS Axis Air Strikes On ISIS Will Make Things Worse
The bombing of ISIS, the Islamic State is well under way in Iraq and Syria, and as predicted the American, British and French led campaign is already making things worse for civilians among whom the ISIS fighters are dispersed. And of course, far from making the west safer, it is stirring up more hatred against us in the Islamic world.

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