‘US-Iran tensions could be defused during Putin-Trump meeting’RT, Op-Edge . . . everyone is trying to figure it out . . .
SN: I think Iranians, like Americans, don’t actually know where Donald Trump is going to go with a lot of this. He didn’t seem to prioritize Iran in his campaigning. It was ISIS [Islamic State, formerly ISIL], NATO and rapprochement with Russia. The threats against Iran have come a little bit out of left field and confused a great many players on the international stage. It has yet to be seen. But Iran is on guard; Iranians are on guard as we saw with demonstrations. They are not backing down, though there were some hopeful posters up saying that we don’t have a problem with the American people; it’s just the government threats coming at us now.
Sick joke! CIA honors major terrorist financier [from Saudi Arabia] for ‘counter-terrorism’ work, by Moon of Alabama
US military can no longer plead ‘collateral damage’ when it’s been happening for 17 years’, RT, Op-Edge
The US has portrayed itself as having the most sophisticated drone program in the world. Yet it seems unable to detect when children, women and civilians are in an area where it wants to bomb, Tighe Barry, anti-war activist with Code Pink, told RT.
UPDATE: The pivot to China, by Pepe Escobar – MUST READ
When Will the West Wake Up to the Fact That the World has Changed. . . a nicely upbeat article in today’s crazy world. It all seems so obvious, except to those who most need to comprehend it.
How can one fail to recognize the fact that China’s buying power has already surpassed Washington’s? Is it possible to ignore the fact that Russia’s actions in Syria have tipped the scales in favor of the legitimate government, creating preconditions for a political settlement of the conflict?
Additionally, it would be naive at best to underestimate the importance of demographic trends. Is it even possible not to take into account the rapid growth of India’s population, which has recently hit the mark of 1.2 billion, while this impressive population is making rapid advancements in high-tech industries? So by stating that the world would remain unipolar drives oneself into a cruel trap. This leads to the belief that events are taking place around the world randomly, unrelated to these changes taking really taking place. Then Brexit is an accident, Italians voting against constitutional reform is also an accident, and then, out of the blue, Donald Trump wins the presidential election in the US.
And how many more of such “accidents” are going to happen in the upcoming elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany, and across the rest of Europe? The easiest thing to do in this situation is to dig one’s head in the sand and take the ostrich position, but this will only complicate matters even further.
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Catherine describes the civil-war that is taking place i our country, and I it’s agree with Catherine that is is between two branches of the cabal. . . she defines them beautifully . . . both want Empire to continue, but one will sacrifice America to do so, and the other will not. My belief is that Empire, itself, will collapse — totally.
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PressTV Headlines, everyone of which seems tied to the Proxy War that Niall Bradley says is taking place in Yemen, as are many of the other headlines I’m publishing today.
Saudi air raid kills 10 Yemeni civilians
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UN’s $2 billion Yemen appeal? Send the bill to Washington, London and Riyadh, by Finian Cunningham . . . does anyone think money from the corrupt UN would really go to the people of Yemen? Really? (BTW, Finian doesn’t seem aware as yet of Niall’s insight, but he’s getting close.)
These UN officials are the same shameless people who have been distorting the nature of the conflict in Syria. They are now doing the same in Yemen. Their so-called “humanitarian” appeals are carefully disguised distortion about who the real culprits and causes of the crisis are.
As in Syria, the violence and humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the result of external, criminal aggression against the country. In both cases it is the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia who are largely driving the war, either covertly as in Syria through sponsoring proxy terror groups, or openly in Yemen through the aerial bombardment of that country.
Since March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states have been bombing Yemen relentlessly on a daily basis. Ceasefires have been routinely broken and not even the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan has been spared from the Saudi bombs.
Before the war erupted, Yemen was already one of the poorest countries in the world.
Saudi Arabia is fully supported by the United States and Britain to carry out this aggression on Yemen. Washington and London sell to the Saudi regime the F-16 and Typhoon warplanes and the bombs that they drop. The munitions include internationally banned cluster bombs, as documented by various rights groups.
Just one measure of how much the US and Britain are making a financial killing from the Saudi aggression on Yemen is this: since March 2015, Britain alone has sold $4 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia.
This week, US president Donald Trump is reportedly lifting a temporary freeze on American weapons exports to Saudi Arabia that his predecessor Barack Obama latterly imposed. The Obama administration flogged a total of $115 billion in arms to Saudi over eight years. Due to pressure from humanitarian critics over Yemen, Obama moved to curtail future sales to the Saudis. Now Trump is going ahead to resume the deadly business.
It’s not just military hardware that the Americans and British are supplying. They also provide the logistics and refueling of Saudi air operations over Yemen. In other words, the Saudis would not be able to drop one bomb were it not for their American and British handlers.
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UPDATE: Not to be missed! Trey Gowdy’s stinging takedown of 9th Circuit Court for blocking Trump’s temporary (article with a separate video below)
Oh, the winning… it’s often too funny. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is now independently, on its own impetus, requesting an internal vote on a full panel en banc hearing to review its own decision.
Alex Kozinski is more accustomed to appearing on lists to fill U.S. Supreme Court vacancies than in headlines involving pornographic scandals.
But on Wednesday, the chief judge of the country’s largest federal appeals court was forced to suspend an obscenity trial he was presiding over after sexually explicit images posted to his family’s Web site became public.
Also see Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Kozinski