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Still Torture After All These Years




Thomas Buergenthal, 81, was a judge for the International Criminal Court (ICC) for 10 years. Last July he said the architects of systematic torture in the G.W. Bush Administration, Dick Cheney in particular, will eventually be prosecuted. Last year, President Obama also stated, “we tortured some folks,” which is an admission to both a federal crime under the Federal Torture Act and a violation of the UN Convention against Torture.

Judge Buergenthal told Newsweek, “Some of us have long thought that Cheney, and a number of CIA agents who did what they did in those so-called black [sites], should appear before the ICC.” As if to taunt the Fates, Cheney has said, “I’d do it again in a minute” when asked about the use of torture.

Additionally, according to two Senate reports, one in 2009 from the Armed Services Committee and one in 2014 from the Intelligence Committee, the America Psychological Association (APA) acted in the Bush/Cheney torture program as enablers. Singled out by name were psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who designed U.S. military and CIA torture methods and “were instrumental in persuading the CIA to adopt stress positions, temperature and dietary manipulation, sleep deprivation and waterboarding in interrogations,” the Guardian reports.

The APA asked U.S. attorney David Hoffman to investigate complaints by some of its members over “collusion with the Bush administration to promote, support or facilitate” torture. The APA’s strict code of conduct forbids its members from aiding in the torture, although the rules permit involvement with military interrogations. In July, Hoffman completed his report and the APA’s ethics chief Stephen Behnke – who stifled internal dissent over the collusion, suppressed ethics complaints, and manipulated membership resolutions and voting – quickly resigned.

The U.S. government knows who committed the crimes – and who destroyed videotape evidence – but Obama refuses to prosecute and his administration stands accused of actively hampering investigations into secret CIA torture sites. In fact, the only CIA officer ever prosecuted in this ongoing scandal was John Kiriakou. In 2007, he was imprisoned for two years for divulging the truth about the CIA torture. The agents breaking the laws remain free.

Both Kiriakou and Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab are owed official pardons by Obama. Diyab is a Syrian who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since 2002. He was cleared for release – without being accused of a crime – in 2009 but remains imprisoned. Diyab is being brutalized by the “force-feeding” because of his long-lasting hunger strike. Steven Miles, a University of Minnesota Professor of Medicine, told the New York Times that being strapped into a restraint chair and having a tube pushed into your nose and down to your stomach is painful to endure. Dr. Miles says the prison has turned force-feeding into “a penal strategy dressed up to look a medical procedure.” A lawyer for Diyab, Eric Lewis, told a federal court last October that the force-feeding constitutes torture because it inflicts “additional and gratuitous suffering” in order to compel prisoners to stop nonviolent protesting.

The UN Human Rights Committee has called for further investigations into the “unlawful killings and the use of torture in overseas operations” used by the U.S. The UN Committee against Torture has raised concerns over current interrogation rules used by the U.S., its failure to fully investigate allegations of torture, and the “draconian system of secrecy” and indefinite detention without charge or trial at Guantanamo Bay.

A full accounting and criminal investigation of the torture regime must be made, including disclosure of videotapes of CIA interrogations under Bush and of force-feeding under Obama. There is no other way to demonstrate that law binds U.S. presidents, to ensure that such crimes are not repeated, to recover the right to condemn torture by other states, and to reduce the chances that captured U.S. soldiers will not be tortured using the same sickening rationale that Cheney still spews on Sunday talk shows.

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Lessons From the Greek Crisis: There Must be Some Way Out of Here!



I first visited Greece in fall, 2010 to give two talks at a major anti-authoritarian festival in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second biggest city. Anti-authoritarians are a significant political current in Greece. They believe in and organize for anti-capitalism, direct democracy, building non hierarchical economic and social institutions, and confronting austerity. They are very suspicious of electoral politics and political parties. The anti-authoritarians are similar to anarchists here but are a larger proportion of the Greek population. I visited Greece in summer, 2103 where I participated in a conference on the commons and on anti-privatization struggles on an island called Ikaria. I just returned from four weeks in Greece, two weeks on the island of Ikaria and two weeks in Thessaloniki and Athens where my partner and I met with many groups challenging the ongoing economic crisis, many of whom I had met previously in my visits to Greece. In addition, we went to a demonstration in Athens on September 12th, 2015 part of a European wide demonstration in solidarity with refugees entering Europe, and to a large popular assembly in Athens organizing direct action in support of the 300,000 refugees who have entered Greece this year, 2/3 of whom are Afghani, and another one quarter are from Afghanistan and Iraq. They arrive mainly on small boats from Turkey to the Greek islands and then go on to Athens before leaving for other countries, mainly Germany and Sweden.

I will summarize the Greek political and economic crisis, how the Greek government including the “leftist” party in charge has acted and reacted, and how social movements are responding. I will conclude with the current situation and a few thoughts on future possibilities.

I was once again reminded how important what is going on in is Greece when a Vietnamese friend who was very involved in the anti-Vietnam war movement called me in July, 2015. He said, “Just like in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, organizing in solidarity with the Vietnamese people was the right and most important thing to do for people around the world interested in liberation and creating an alternative to U.S, capitalism and imperialism; and acting in solidarity with the revolutionary movements in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala was central and right in the 1980’s; today learning about and standing up in solidarity with the struggle against austerity and for an alternative in Greece is equally important.

Greece: Recent Past, Present and Possible Future!

Greece has been part of the European Union (EU) and most important for this article, the Eurozone since 2002. This means it is one of 19 nations who use the Euro as their currency; they cannot print their own money.

Greece is one of the poorer nations in the Eurozone and one of the more unequal ones. While in Greece, I wrote a friend in prison who asked me about Greece. I said its income per person today is similar to African-Americans in the United States although Greece’s average income was significantly higher five years ago.

On December 6th, 2008, 15 year old, Alexis Grigoropolous was killed by police while graffittiing in central Athens. In response, a rebellion erupted all over the country, mainly by youths. The underlying issues included high youth unemployment, increasing temporary and low wage jobs, the low quality of education, police harassment and with not a promising future. This activism and rebellion by youths sparked a larger rebellion which has continued. The December 2008 uprising is a major factor in the growth in Greece of an anti-authoritarian political current.

By 2010, because of the evasion of taxes, especially by higher income people, and a growing government deficit and debt, Greece had increasing problems financing its government deficit and in borrowing to pay its debt even at higher and higher interest rates. The Greek government signed its first austerity agreement in 2010, agreeing to cut wages in public sector jobs, lowering the minimum wage and making it easier to fire people, and raising taxes particularly those that affected poor and working class people. This is what is called austerity: balancing the government budget and lowering wages so that Greek goods would be cheaper to produce which would increase Greek exports and decrease imports and spur foreign firms to invest in Greece. In return for agreeing to these policies, Greece got a loan of 110 billion Euros (about $140 billion) at moderate interest rates. Most of these loans went to pay off private banks in Europe who had lent money to Greek businesses, Greek private banks and the Greek government. The loan was extended by the troika—the European Union (EU), the IMF and the European Central Bank (ECB)–who negotiated the agreement. In 2012, Greece got a second loan of 130 billion Euros ($160 billion dollars) in an economy of only 11 million people.

Austerity doesn’t work at least for the large majority of the population as reduced government spending and raising tax rates leads to less income for consumers who then cut back on spending, and also less spending by businesses on new equipment and on construction. These cutbacks increase unemployment. So income and therefore tax revenues fall further, meaning a continuing or growing government deficit requiring yet further tax increases. It is like a dog chasing its tail.

Note: Austerity policies have been followed in the U.S. although not as extremely as Greece but there are ongoing attempts to cut government spending here, especially for social programs and infrastructure at the Federal, State and local levels.

Austerity policies, similar to what have been called structural adjustment policies in Latin America and Africa since the late 1970’s have also been followed by Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Latvia and others with results almost as devastating as Greece. Greece today has over 25% unemployment and an unemployment rate of 60% for people under 25, rates equal to or worse than the 1930’s depression in the United States. These numbers do not begin to explain the devastation in the quality of life in Greece. Much of the employment is part-time with reduced benefits. Poverty is becoming the norm. There are severe cuts in pensions for older people and people are losing their homes in large numbers as they can’t pay the mortgages and the growing property and utility taxes.

The Rise of SYRIZA

In 2012, a relatively new political party, SYRIZA, the Coalition of the Radical Left, campaigned on raising employment by increasing necessary government spending, ending privatization and government layoffs, and cancelling much of the debt owed by the Greek government to foreign lenders and also cancelling the debt of low income people. They came in a close second in the elections getting 27% of the vote where a few years earlier they had received only 4%. SYRIZA was a merger of various Greek groups including those active in the European and World Social Forum, Euro-communists, independent socialists, smaller Marxist groups, etc. The two major parties which had dominated Greek politics were compromised by their support for austerity. This was demonstrated by the sharp decline of PASOK, which has been the major party in Greece since the ending of the military dictatorship in 1974. A lesson for us in the United States is how quickly political parties that seem dominant like PASOK can rapidly decline. PASOK had claimed to be the major progressive party and an anti-austerity one. The same decline could happen to the   Democratic Party here. Austerity has been promoted in Greece and beyond by the international economic and financial institutions such as the IMF, by major banks and financial institutions, by the majority of mainstream economists in the U.S. and the rest of the world and by the mainstream media in Greece and globally.

What had excited me and gave me hope in Greece since I began studying and visiting it was a left political party, SYRIZA, that was connected to many of the social movements, e.g., the solidarity clubs, who are primarily poor people organizing to meet their needs. Also, SYRIZA has supported immigrant, women’s and labor rights. This combined with anarchists, autonomists and anti-authoritarians who were building alternative institutions such as the non-market production and distribution of needed goods and services, free health clinics social centers to meet and build community, creating book stores and alternate media, who were also involved in militant anti-austerity, anti-fascist and anti-mining actions, and who were putting direct democracy into practice seemed to have the potential to revolutionize Greece. To me, this inside–outside, electoral-social movement from below strategy was very promising and seemed to be growing in the period 2010-2014 even if both perspectives were somewhat critical of each other.

By late 2014, the continued decline in Greek national income, employment and tax revenues caused by the continuing austerity policies meant Greece again needed more loans to finance its deficit and its government debt, which was growing as a per cent of the declining national income. In addition most Greek banks were close to bankruptcy because of businesses and individuals not being to pay back the money they had borrowed. The ruling coalition government collapsed and new elections were called for January 25th, 2015.

In this election, SYRIZA ran on a strong anti-austerity although not an anti-capitalist program. It got a plurality of the vote, 36.3%, and under the leadership of Alexis Tsipras, formed a government in coalition with a small, nationalist and conservative but anti-austerity party. From January until the present, October 20th, 2015 most of the their energy has been put into negotiating with the Troika, the IMF, and the EU, especially the German government and the ECB for some debt relief and delays in repayment of the debt, and permission to increase government spending to stimulate employment. Little was done by the Greek government to improve the lives of Greek people or to deepen democracy. The negotiations were led in the winter and spring, 2015 by the Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who was met by an unbending and neoliberal European Union who demanded even more cutbacks in government spending, especially of pensions for older workers, more privatization and further increases in taxes before they would extend new loans to Greece and help keep the Greek banks from collapsing.

No to Austerity But Then Yes!

In late June of this year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a referendum on whether Greece should accept the terms offered by the European Union and European Central Bank. He called for a No vote, for a no to the further austerity demanded by the European Union. In spite of a near unanimous mass media hysterically promoting a yes vote for austerity; claiming that a no vote and rejecting the European offer would spell economic collapse, over 61% of the Greek people stood up and voted NO on July 5, 2015. This was truly inspiring. Sadly and surprisingly even after this massive rejection of these austerity policies and proposed agreement, Prime Minister Tsipras and most of the SYRIZA leadership said they had no choice but to accept the new austerity package for the promise of a $95 billion bailout that they had campaigned so strongly against.

The European Union than demanded an even worse package than they had originally offered with even more privatization, more control over the Greek government and even larger increases in tax rates and bigger cuts in government pensions saying they would kick Greece out of the Eurozone if they didn’t accept their latest offer. The European Union made an ultimatum of take it or leave the Eurozone. The European Central Bank (ECB) had already stopped sending Euros or making loans to private Greek banks. Greek banks were close to collapsing. Alexis Tsipras then forced this new, even more restrictive deal through the Greek parliament saying Greek had no choice but to accept it even as he called it blackmail. It passed on July 13th, aided by the vote of the more conservative parties. Over 30 SYRIZA members of parliament voted no and formed a new party, Popular Unity, who called for not paying most of the government debt, stimulating the economy, ending the use of the Euro and creating a new Greek currency, the drachma, which was name of the previous currency.

After getting the Greek parliament to pass this new austerity legislation in spite of major protests and the no vote, Tsipras resigned and called for new elections which took place exactly a month ago.

Turnout was reduced from 64% in January, 2015 to 55% on September 20th although SYRIZA got almost the same percentage vote, 35.4% as they had in the January election. Turnout and enthusiasm for SYRIZA were sharply down but SYRIZA is in charge of the government again although the European Union has the real power. Popular Unity, the left split off led by Panagiotis Lafanzis, the former Environmental minister, got only 2.9% of the vote and did not qualify for the recently elected parliament. Hopefully Popular Unity will grow. It needs to connect more with grass roots movements and particularly those involved in building a survival economy such as barter groups and cooperatives.  Fortunately, the fascist party, Golden Dawn, and the recently formed yuppie oriented neoliberal party, POTAMI, the River, did not grow.

The Future of SYRIZA!

I hope I am wrong but think SYRIZA is hopelessly compromised by its accepting of more austerity after campaigning against it in the January 2015 election and again in the July referendum. I had hope for SYRIZA as a part of the solution a year ago. Its youth wing has now left the party, at least temporarily. It will be very hard for SYRIZA to regain people’s trust; even though it still has impressive individuals in it with a history of principled struggle and resistance. SYRIZA has not kept its word and its promises to oppose austerity; it has become another electoral, compromised political party. It is less corrupt than the other main parties in Greece and more concerned about the poor but SYRIZA has lost its way. It was afraid and unprepared to take the anti-austerity leap. Alexis Tsipras and the leadership of SYRIZA feared a collapse of the banks and the Greek economy. SYRIZA will probably go the opportunist way of other social democratic parties. At the very least to regain its legitimacy and progressive role would require strong and honest self-criticism of its turn to the right, the resigning of its leadership, a democratic internal structure, a repudiation of the austerity agreements and a commitment and practice to overturn the accompanying austerity legislation.

I think Greece should have left the Eurozone and ended the use of Euro as its national currency in combination with a program of not paying most of its debt, cancelling the debt of low income people, increasing public production, stimulating domestic production, especially in agriculture and food, taking over the private banks and creating public or community banks to support worker cooperatives and employment creating production. Controls over imports would have been necessary to balance exports as would have and preparing for the use of a new currency. In addition and probably most important, neither SYRIZA nor other groups did the necessary educational work with the Greek population to explain what these alternatives such as leaving the Eurozone would mean and why they are necessary. From my observation and reading several polls, the majority of the Greek people strongly opposes austerity but do not support leaving the Eurozone or the European Union. Without popular education, what is called Grexit, Greece replacing the Euro with its own currency and leaving the Eurozone, becomes another technocratic policy from the top. These alternatives presented in this paragraph will again be relevant in the not too distant future.

Many in SYRIZA and many other Greek activists and left academics outside of Greece believe Grexit would be an economic catastrophe. As an alternative they advocate for a European left united across countries that can challenge the European Union’s right wing economics; that Greece cannot go it alone. Their solution is a more progressive European Union. At the present time, there is not a strong European left capable of effectively challenging the right wing economics of the EU and Eurozone. Greece leaving the Eurozone and having its own money together with the other reforms mentioned could have been a start towards a new participatory socialist politics and economics.

The Future!

There is a lot of fear by the economic and political elites inside and outside of Greece, of Greece demonstrating in practice that there is an alternative to neoliberalism and capitalist globalization. That is why they the leaders of most countries of the European Union were so unwilling to compromise. Greece staying in the Eurozone means continued economic depression, maybe a little more slowly at first than if they had left, but guaranteed to last.

It is easy to take as a lesson from SYRIZA accepting this extreme austerity package without even a promise of large debt relief– that political parties will always sell out. I still believe it is necessary, desirable and possible to develop visionary and radical and democratic (small d) political parties rooted in people’s daily life and in social movements; ones that are feminist and ecological and have an electoral component and are willing to take risks. Rather political parties that are primarily or totally electoral, where winning elections and taking control of the government becomes their be all and end all that are politically and morally bankrupt.

There is a lot of despair right now in Greece but as recently deceased baseball player, Yogi Berra said, “It is not over until it is over”. This cynicism in Greece towards participation in collective social change and political activism has grown for most of the population. Increasing time and focus is being put into individual and family survival but not collective survival, towards increased work in the informal labor market, in struggling individually and together with one’s family to survive on declining incomes and pensions, to trying to keep one’s home or planning to emigrate to other countries such as Germany. The decline of hope is also true from what I observed of activists in SYRIZA who are deeply angered by both the lack of democracy in recent decisions by the SYRIZA leadership and by the decisions they have made. This pessimism is also shared by grass roots movements and activists, many of whom had hoped for more from SYRIZA after their victory in January. Optimism about the future of Greece has markedly decreased as has activism across the left and radical spectrum. One positive sign is that there is a lot of support in action for the hundreds of thousands of refugees entering Greece even if the popular ideology is less welcoming.

Hopefully, it is the temporary lull before the storm. There is no way that the SYRIZA led government can meet the European Union and European Central bank requirements of government surpluses by 2017 and even bigger requirements for a primary surplus in 2018. So there will be likely be new demands in the not too distant economic future by the EU and international economic powers for even further cutbacks in government spending and more selling off of Greece to the highest bidder. There is likely to be mass resistance, it is already beginning to grow as more and more as the austerity package is being voted on piece by piece at the time of this writing. This economic depression in Greece is likely to continue for the foreseeable future unless there are new social movements and political parties of a new type, such as I have described, building the power and the vision and strategy to cause transformative change combined with needed solidarity from people around the world. The latter has been lacking.

Greek working people and students have an inspiring history of resistance to dictatorship and fascism, e.g., in World War II against the Nazi occupation, to the military junta from 1967-1974, and to demonstrating, striking, organizing, rioting and voting against austerity and for a liberatory although unspecified alternative. It can and will happen again. Si Se Puede!

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“Raqqa, Ramadi and Raids”, Pentagon New Plan for ISIS

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing about the Middle East on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 27, 2015. AFP
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee
hearing about the Middle East on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 27, 2015. AFP
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday described new plan for increase pressure on the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ in Iraq and Syria ‘ISIS’ after months of criticism that the Obama administration is not doing enough to defeat the terrorist group.

“The changes we’re pursuing can be described by what I call the ‘three R’s’ — Raqqa, Ramadi and Raids,” Carter testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Carter said “Raqqa” represents the plans of U.S.-led coalition against ISIS to support moderate Syrian forces to go after Raqqa — the terrorist group’s stronghold and administrative capital in Syria.”

The secretary also said he hopes to pursue the new approach of equipping what he called the “Syrian Arab Coalition”, which consists of about a dozen groups, versus the halted Pentagon program to train and equip a force of 15,000 rebels over three years.

“While the old approach was to train and equip completely new forces outside of Syria before sending them into the fight, the new approach is to work with vetted leaders of groups that are already fighting ISIL and provide equipment and some training to them and support their operations with airpower,” he said.

He also said the coalition expects to intensify its air campaign with additional U.S. and coalition aircraft and to target Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ with a higher and heavier rate of strikes.

“”This will include more strikes against ISIL high-value targets as our intelligence improves and also its oil enterprise, which is a critical pillar of ISIL’s financial infrastructure,” Carter said.”

Second, Carter said “Ramadi” represents an example of cooperation with Iraqi forces and Sunni tribes to retake and hold ground from ‘ISIS’.

“As we see more progress toward assembling capable and motivated Iraqi forces under Baghdad’s control and including Sunni elements, we are willing to continue providing more enabling capabilities and fire support to help our Iraqi partners succeed,” Carter said.

Carter said the third “R” — raids — represents a new willingness to conduct more raids to support partners or unilaterally.

“We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” he said.

“Carter also pushed back against the idea that the U.S. and Russia were cooperating in Syria.”

Although the two sides signed a document to avoid mid-air collisions over Syria, it does not represent cooperation and would not affect U.S. air strikes against ‘ISIS’, he said.

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Turkey Transported 500 ISIS Terrorists to Fight Ansarallah in Yemen

Over 500 Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIL’ militants have been transported from Syria to Yemen aboard Turkey’s and 2 Persian Gulf Countries planes to fight against Houthi Revolutionary movement fighters.

Syrian Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Ali Maihub said that more than 500 Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIL’ militants had been transported from Syria to Yemen aboard 4 planes that had arrived from Turkey on October 26.

According to him, two of the planes belong to Turkish airlines, one is a Qatari aircraft and one is a UEA plane.

“According to the intelligence data, 4 planes arrived from Turkey at the airport of Aden in Yemen on October 26. Two of them belonged to Turkish airlines, one to Qatar airlines and another aircraft was owned by an UAE airline. More than 500 militants of ISIL terrorist group were on board, they were transported from Syria to save them from Russian airstrikes,” Maihub said, according to RIA Novosti.

Ansarallah Fighters

“He further said Saudi-led coalition officers met ISIL militants at the airport in Yemen. The Syrian general said that the terrorists were supposed to take part in a ground operation against Houthi fighters.”

“[ISIL] militants were met by officers from the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition, who took them out of the Yemeni airport in three groups. The first group was taken to the town of al-Bab in the Mandeb province, the second — to Maariv, the third — to Saudi provinces Jazan and Asir,” he said.

“The militants are expected to take part in the ongoing ground operation where ground coalition forces have recently suffered serious losses in clashes with Houthi fighters,” the general said, adding that, based on intelligence data, similar transfers of ISIL militants from Syria would continue.

“According to available information, operations aimed to transport ISIL terrorists from Syria will continue in a short time,” he added.


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More than 2,600 Yemeni civilians killed in 7 Month

More than 2,600 Yemeni civilians killed from starts of Saudi’s Airstrike
More than 2,600 Yemeni civilians killed from starts of Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Air strike
At least 2,615 Yemeni civilians have been killed since the escalation of the armed conflict on March 26 in Yemen, United Nations said at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

Yemeni civilians have been caught up in fighting since March 26, when Zio-Wahhabi regime and its C.I.A puppet Arab allies launched an air campaign against Houthi Fighters group in Yemen.

“Between March 26 and Oct. 26, according to information gathered by the UN Human Rights Office, the conflict in Yemen has caused an estimated 2,615 civilian deaths,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN’s human rights agency, said at the press conference.

Today seven civilians, including women and children, were killed in Zio-Wahhabi air strikes in Razih district in Sa’ada. Saudi Zio-Wahhabi  jets also conducted four air strikes on Kuhlan district in Sa’ada province, FNA reports.

Meanwhile, Saudi  Zio-Wahhabi air raids hit Ta’iz province, killing a civilian and injuring 2 others.

The kingdom’s warplanes also conducted three airstrikes on Huth district in Amran province.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi has been striking Yemen for 217 days now to restore power to fugitive C.I.A puppet Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh. The Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led aggression has so far killed at least 6,875 Yemenis, including hundreds of women and children.

Fugitive 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 Zio-Wahhabi war planes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.


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Yemeni Forces Destroy Saudi Military Vehicles in Jizan


Yemeni Forces Destroy Saudi Military Vehicles in Jizan
Yemeni Forces Destroy Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Military Vehicles in Jizan
The Yemeni army conducted retaliatory attacks against the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi forces in the kingdom’s province of Jizan , leaving 2 soldiers dead.

Accoding to Al-Alam News Network, warplanes from Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition bombed Yemen on Wednesday and dropped weapons for its allies battling the Yemeni forces in the southwestern city of Taiz.

The footage show the coalition is determined to use its air power to push back the Yemeni forces a day after medical aid group Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF) said coalition bombing destroyed one of its hospitals late on Monday.

Meanwhile Zio-Wahhabi Mariam bint Mohammed Khalfan Al Roumi, UAE Minister for Social Affairs, has emphasized that the UAE provided unlimited millitary support to Yemen in the light of the current critical conditions in the country.

In addition, Zionist Arab coalition warships guarding Yemeni coasts stepped in and pounded some targets in Taiz while Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led coalition war planes attacked a hospital in Sada’a in a way that UN Secretary-General Ban ki moon has condemned the air strikes by the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi led Coalition on a UNICEF-affiliated hospital in Yemen and calls for a prompt, effective and impartial investigation.

Ban Ki-moon noted that hospitals and medical personnel are explicitly protected under international humanitarian law. He further reminded Zio-Wahhabi and their coalition the utmost necessity to respect obligations under international human rights law and international humanitarian law to prevent attacks against civilians and civilian objects.


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Russia War Against Terrorism and Launch of CIA, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Proxy War

Russia war Against Terrorism and Launch of CIA, Saudis Proxy War
Russia war Against Terrorism and Launch of CIA, Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Proxy War
In a repeat of history, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi have united to launch a proxy war against Russia by supplying extremist groups in Syria with advanced weapons and sophisticated missiles,By Richard Walker in

The strategy has echoes of the secret war the CIA ran with the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s when they trained and armed the “Mujahideen”, which included the likes of Osama bin Laden.

The Soviet War in Afghanistan, 1979

They supplied the Mujahideen with 1,000 Stinger missiles, the most lethal hand-held ground-to-air missiles of the period. Those missiles devastated the Soviet air force and turned the tide of the war.

Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, which are now backed by the CIA and the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi, are demanding supplies of Stingers or similar man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS or MPADS).

Improvised MANPADS batteries employed in Syria

The moment President Vladimir Putin declared Russia’s intention to launch attacks against radical groups in Syria, the CIA and the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime increased their flow of missiles to the Syrian battlefield.

By all accounts, they recently transferred an additional 500 missiles and other weapons. The justification for the CIA move was the one that has been used since the start of the conflict, namely that the weapons were intended for “moderate” Islamic groups opposed to the Syrian government.

This all comes at a time when opinion polls in the West show a majority favor Russia’s Syria intervention.

The most significant aspect of the latest supply of additional missiles was how it crystallized the ongoing plans of the CIA and the Saudis to draw Russia deeper into the Syrian conflict by adding even more firepower to the battlefield, hoping terrorists will ensure Russia gets bogged down.

There are still many within the Saudi royal family and in the halls of power in Washington who believe Russia is the enemy and that the defeat of the Russian forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

However, it is clear from the 1980s Afghan war that United States and Zio-Wahhabi support for the Mujahideen created the Taliban and the even more dangerous radical groups. The outcome was tied to the September 11 attacks, atrocities across the globe, two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that created radicalized people worldwide, and the subsequent emergence of the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi ‘ISIS’ and its affiliates.

There has been no real scrutiny of the latest CIA-Saud Zio-Wahhabi regime axis, but evidence shows it has been in place for years. In 2013, the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime ordered 15,000 anti-tank missiles from the U.S. Their plan was to arm and train extreme militias they supported in Iraq and Syria, believing those groups would weaken Iraq, destroy the Syrian government and in the process degrade Iranian influence across the region.

Contrary to claims that it has backed the current Iraqi government, Washington has nevertheless allowed the CIA and the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi to arm Iraq’s enemies.

The Saudi Zio-Wahhabi regime role in buying weapons and then having the CIA disperse them mirrors the way US.

Intelligence and the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi operated in tandem in the 1980s. In 1984, the Saudi Zio-Wahhabi purchased 400 Stingers on the pretext they were for national defense but then gave many of them to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan.


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Why Gun Control Should Start at the Pentagon



On October 3rd, the United States bombed a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Despite the fact that the hospital provided GPS coordinates to the U.S., despite the nine-foot flag on the roof marking the building as a hospital, and despite repeated pleas by hospital staff to U.S. officials to stop the bombings, the U.S. continued to bomb the site for over an hour. Among the 22 dead following the attack were children, patients, and medical personnel from Doctors Without Borders. Thirty-seven others were also injured.

The Pentagon has issued numerous statements. The international community was assured: “No, we don’t target hospitals,” and “Insurgents were firing on U.S. service members! On Afghan forces!” But of course, this is par for the course.

A better read is that the bombing was celebratory. The U.S. just had its 14th anniversary in Afghanistan! Among the fond memories: 25,000dead civilians; destabilization of nuclear-armed Pakistan; repressive insurgency; CIA paramilitary units, paired with a massive opium/heroin exporting infrastructure. Of course, civilian deaths in Pakistan read similarly, and in Iraq, estimates are as high as 165,000.

With that in mind, where is the international cry for disarmament of the United States and international intervention into U.S. affairs? Estimates put civilian deaths in Syria in the tens of thousands – certainly a crisis deserving pause as for-itself. However, the U.S. has systematically committed mass atrocities around the globe for decades. Why no demands from the United Nations that U.S. comply with international law? Why no sanctions on the U.S.?

Let’s invest in a little introspection and take stock of the strobing ticker of U.S. democracy and justice:

* The U.S. still practices ritual sacrifice – I mean capital punishment – graduating one of the largest classes in the world to the electric chair (or some more “humane” cocktail of (experimental) lethal chemicals) every year. This is despite the 2007 UN moratorium on the practice, and of course, the system is rife with significant class and race biases.

Torture! The U.S. has an estimated 20,000-25,000 individuals in solitary confinement at a time. Many are children under the age of 18. They spend 22 hours or more per day alone in an isolated cell—just like grown-ups. But even non-U.S. citizens get to join in on the fun – the U.S. is indefinitely holding over 100 people without charge at Guantanamo Bay prison, where they have been subjected to some of the most depraved torture techniques imaginable, including waterboarding, beatings, forced nudity, starvation, mock executions, rape, anal rehydration and anal feedings, and threats to rape detainee’s wives and children. But I guess since the U.S. just calls this “enhanced interrogation” it doesn’t count, right?

* Hundreds of people are killed each year by U.S. police forces – over 700 already in 2015. And by people, we really mean Black People, mostly men.

* To the Pentagon’s relief, we aren’t only deep into the ‘Stan’s.’ The U.S. is militarily ‘involved’ in about 150 countriesthroughout the world. Sometimes it’s overt: military occupation. Other times it’s more complicated: covert operations, drone attacks, coups (see Honduras), shadow warfare, proxy wars, and U.S. training of foreign police and military forces (apparently we just aren’t finished in Afghanistan).

* As if Justice hasn’t done enough, the U.S. is extra-judiciously killing its own citizens. Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan, and Jude Kenan Mohammad – all American-born and American-blown. Oh, and 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, son of Anwar al-Awlaki, killed 2011 in Yemen. Just like the grown-ups.

* We’re Number One – at selling weapons to crooks! The U.S. is the number one arms dealer in the world – accounting for one-third of arms exports globally and selling to over 60 countries, many with atrocious human rights records (here’s lookin’ at you, Saudi Arabia). Whose weapons does ISIS use again?

Pretty long for a short list, and it could go on for pages. Dragnet surveillance, black site prisons, extraordinary renditions, the 800+ military bases located outside of U.S. territory, propped up dictators, supporting Saudi Arabia’s massacre in Yemen, and of course, financing Israel’s occupation and genocide of the Palestinian people.

A 2013 survey of 68 different countries voted the U.S. as number one threat to peace in the world. The international community need look no further to find peace. Disarm the Great American Mafia and global peace and security will flourish. Focusing the human rights gaze on “developing” nations with unscrupulous human rights records is a Band-Aid. Better to stop the bleeding at the source.

Why, then, is the UN not pushing for sanctions against the U.S. government? Hmmmm. The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs? Turns out they don’t have a regional branch for North America – only branches for those swarthy folks in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. I guess a branch for the only country to ever use nuclear munitions would be out of the question. Well then, could it be the fault of the Security Council? Nah, that’s just there to keep things secure, right?


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Max Igan Assaulted and Beaten After Delivering Pro Palestinian Speech

Activist, humanitarian, Radio host and outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights Max Igan of was viciously attacked after delivering a Pro Palestine speech at the 2015 Freedom Summits in Byron Bay on October 23rd. “The attack came from nowhere” he said. “I had just left my favorite eating place and was attacked from behind by quite a large individual”
Igan took several blows to the back of the head and 4 or 5 kicks to the torso and suffered some bruising and two cracked ribs. He is now recovering at home and on medication to deal with the pain. He says this attack has only served to reinforce his commitment.
“Now I have a tiny taste of what it feels like to be a Palestinian” he said. “All this attack has done is served to strengthen my resolve. It shows me the Powers that believe they be are running scared because they know the wheels are falling off the slavery system they are running. Due to this assault, from this point forth, my message will be louder and even more direct.”

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