May 4, 2017, Late Day News

UPDATE: Nigel Farage pledges full support to Le Pen

House Republicans narrowly pass Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill

 * * * “Someone Is Blowing Up”: RBC Warns China-Induced Unwinds Are Escalating

Trump to visit Saudi Arabia and Israel in first foreign trip

Paul Craig Roberts – Washington creates shield against nuclear strike from Russia and China

Could North Korea be the diversion for US-Jordan invasion of Syria? by Mike Whitney

The United States is not going to launch a preemptive attack on North Korea. The risks far outweigh the rewards and, besides, the US has no intention of getting bogged down in a conflict that doesn’t advance its geopolitical objectives. The saber-rattling is just an attempt to divert attention from the Syria-Jordan border where the US and Jordan are massing troops and equipment for an invasion of Syria.That’s what’s really going on. The Korean fiasco is a smokescreen.

Seeing the light: Belgian MP slams sanctions after seeing ‘Russia feeding the hungry’ in Aleppo

US contingency of 200 soldiers and military advisors arrive at Syria-Iraq borders

Iran’s UN Ambassador Gholam-Ali Khoshrou has urged the global community to take action against Saudi Arabia’s support for terrorism and extremism.

“It is imperative for the international community to take necessary action to compel Saudi Arabia to stop its reckless sponsorship of terrorism and extremism in the region and across the globe,” Khoshroo wrote in a Thursday letter to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council.

[…]

On Tuesday, Salman, who is also Saudi Arabia’s defense minister, ruled out ties with Iran after Tehran announced the possibility of de-escalation of tensions if Riyadh halted its war against Yemen. 

Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Islamic Republic was ready to normalize ties with Riyadh if the Kingdom halted its bombardment of Yemen and stopped supporting extremist groups.

Astana talks: Russia calls the bluff of Turkey and so-called Syrian opposition and wins 

Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to form safety zones. The militants who would supposedly benefit from them storm out of the peace talks.

Russia, Iran, and Turkey sign agreement on creation of Syria de-escalation zones – UPDATES

Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the capital Kabul eight months after signing a peace deal with the administration of President Ashraf Ghani.

After more than 20 years, Hekmatyar, who leads the country’s second largest militant group after Taliban, returned to Kabul on Thursday amid tight security.

His convoy was joined by several hundred vehicles of supporters.

The convoy, comprising of mainly pickup trucks equipped with machine guns, was greeted by a large number of onlookers as well.

Afghan militant leader Hekmatyar urges Taliban ‘brothers’ to end war and offers to mediate talks . . . this is something I think the US is unlikely to permit.

US troops could remain in Iraq after ISIS is defeated

Yemen is one of the many countries where US and Al-Qaeda are on the same side

The Saudis have tried to spin their war as a fight against Iran, which has both greatly exaggerated Iran’s role in the conflict and distracted Washington from the gains that AQAP has been able to make under the coalition’s noses.

The only enemy the U.S. plausibly has in Yemen is the one that our government’s policy has been helping to strengthen for over two years.

The coalition hasn’t been embarrassed by previous evidence that AQAP is on their side in this war, and it won’t be embarrassed by more evidence showing the same thing.

They evidently don’t care if they are found to be cahoots with jihadists, and they probably assume that Washington won’t ever hold them accountable for this behavior.

This should embarrass politicians from both parties that have backed the Saudis’ atrocious intervention, and it should make the Trump administration halt its support for the war, but neither of those things is likely to happen.

Copy of ‘Dr. Strangelove’? US General says NATO is ready to fight ‘adversary’ Russia in Europe

Rare moment of sanity: US House prohibits funding to Ukraine’s Nazi battalion ‘Azov’

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