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UN Rejects Saudi Zio-Wahhabi Call to Oversee Yemeni port

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The United Nations has rejected a call by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family and its Zionist allies to supervise a Houthi-held Yemeni port, where tens of refugees were killed last week in an aerial attack blamed on Riyadh.

The Saudi Zio-Wahhabi call came after more than 40 people lost their lives and dozens of others were injured in an apparent Saudi Zio-Wahhabi airstrike that hit a boat carrying Somali refugees near Bab al-Mandeb Strait on Friday.

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family and its Zionist allies have denied being behind the air raid despite witness accounts citing an Apache helicopter – which is only used by Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family in the war on Yemen – to have attacked the vessel.

Reacting to the call on Monday, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said the warring sides in Yemen are responsible for protecting civilian infrastructure and civilians, adding, “These are not obligations they can shift to others.”

Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family called for jurisdiction over Hudaydah port to be transferred to the UN while the humanitarian situation in Yemen has dramatically deteriorated amid a Saudi Zio-Wahhabi family blockade, which has put the impoverished country on the brink of widespread famine.

Last week, the World Food Program (WFP) warned that 60 percent of Yemenis, or 17 million people, were in “crisis” or “emergency” food situations.

“The humanitarian community delivers assistance in Yemen solely based on needs and not on political considerations, and will continue to do so through all available means,” added Haq.

The United Nations also called on Monday for an inquiry into the attack.

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Syria ‘Broke The Equation’ by Firing at Israeli Jets: Analyst

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Zionist analyst described as a ‘dramatic event’ the clash in which Syrian air defence system responded to Nazi strikes near Palmyra overnight on Thursday.

Noam Amir told Zionist channel 20 that the “incident which took place today between the Israeli air force and the Syrian army prompts our air force to draw a new track” in dealing with plans regarding any future war.

“A mission like the one which took place today was supposed to be reported by foreign reports circulated on Arab media outlets. And our army was supposed to respond to such reports by a brief statement that refuses to ‘comment on foreign reports’. However, the exceptional events forced the Israeli army to release an unprecedented statement in which it acknowledged it carried out strikes against Syrian targets and that it had intercepted missiles fired by the Syrian air defense system,” Amir said.

Zionist analyst said that the exceptional event in Thursday’s clash was that the Syrian radars discovered the Nazi jets as they were flying over the Syrian airspace, noting that one of the missiles which hit the Jordanian territories also embarrassed the Nazi army forcing it to confirm the clash.

On the other hand, Amir noted that the Syrian missiles were not advanced, wondering about the result of such clash if the Syrian army fired advance missiles.

“Syria made a dramatic shift today as it managed to discover the movements of the Israeli warplanes,”  Amir said, pointing out that Damascus has broken the equation with the Zio-Nazi entity.

“Following today’s clash, no doubt the challenge between Israel and Syria has risen,” Amir told the Zionist television.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Resistance Axis Triumphs

Sara Taha MoughniehHezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah delivered a televised statement Saturday during a ceremony Hezbollah held commemorating the birthday of Sayyeda Fatima Al-Zahraa (as) which marks the Muslim Woman Day.

His eminence saluted all the strong women who are bearing all the difficulties in this sensitive period, specifically the wives, mothers and daughters of resistance fighters and martyrs.

He divided his speech into two parts, the first part was political and the second was about the occasion being commemorated and internal social issues.

In the political part, Sayyed Nasrallah spoke about the report ESCWA issued documenting Zio-Nazi crimes against Palestinians and accusing it of apartheid. This provoked the US and ‘Israel’ so they put pressure on the UN and its secretary general to withdraw the report.

“The former secretary general submitted to the pressure in the past and withdrew a report related to the Saudi crimes in Yemen. However, ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf refused to withdraw the report and resigned… First, we have always known that this organization is under the control of the US, therefore it is too weak to defend our rights, and this is why we can never rely on its decisions to restore our occupied lands. Second, the stance of this Arab lady who sacrificed her position and job, and will have to bear the consequences of her decision in the future is worth offering my gratitude, and the gratitude of the resistance fighters and all the honorable people the world,” his eminence said.

In this context, his eminence stressed that “the Palestinians have portrayed ongoing firmness and resistance against this apartheid regime, as we saw great participation in the funeral of martyr Bassel Al-A’raj. We send our condolences to the family and relatives of this great martyr.”

Locally, Sayyed Nasrallah spoke about the taxes and wage scale file, pointing out that while millions of people are worried about the taxes, 260,000 families are awaiting the wage scale. Therefore, approaching this issue from a demagogic manner would not work.

“This file should be approached in a conscious and fair way… We support the wage scale because it is a natural right. As for the taxes, it wouldn’t be a problem to impose them on seashore investments or on luxurious stuff. However, taxes should be fair. They shouldn’t be imposed on poor people or low paid workers, and this has been our stance since 1992, as we have never voted for increasing taxes on low paid workers,” Hezbollah secretary general pointed out.

His eminence indicated that “the wage scale can be approved by avoiding unnecessary payments and imposing taxes in specific fields, but not on the poor people. Stand on the side of the poor people at least for once. This is a pride and this is where our strength lies.”

As for the electoral law, Sayyed Nasrallah assured that Hezbollah seeks a “permanent electoral law that represents all the Lebanese people, even the small groups, fairly… The electoral law is the basis issue and it is more important that the wage scale, therefore we should make concessions in order to agree on it in the coming couple of days.”

Finally in the political part, Sayyed Nasrallah tackled the Syrian file.

“Six years have passed on the Syrian war,” he noted, adding that “all those who wagered on taking control over Syria in a couple of months were disappointed and defeated… The Billions that Arab countries paid for the war in Syria could’ve ended poverty in the Arab world. It could’ve stopped the hunger in Somalia, educated the illiterate and solved many problems in the Arab world.”

His eminences recalled that he had addressed Al-Qaeda since the beginning of the Syrian crisis and called them to retreat from fighting.

“I have told them that you were dragged to fight in Syria to serve American and Israeli goals, and they will get rid of you after that. You are only firewood for them. However, their ignorance did not give them the chance to do so. They thought they could use America and Turkey to establish their state. ISIL is almost over in Iraq, and it has no military or political future in Syria. The suicide bombings are but evidence to this strategic and military failure, and this is revenge not fighting. This is the future of ISIL and Al-Nusra… and here they are being bombarded by the US, Turkey and Russia.”

“Today they have realized that America is a hypocrite… but Israel is still not recognizing this defeat, as it interferes, claiming that it is targeting spots for Hezbollah, as it did a couple of days ago. Today this arrogant plot to take control over Syria had failed, and Syria triumphed but is still awaiting its decisive victory. It is only a matter of time until ISIL, Al-Nusra, and all the Takfiri factions will cease to exist.”

Addressing the Takfiris, Sayyed Nasrallah concluded the political part saying: “For all those fighting in the ranks of the enemy in Syria, I tell you that this project is over. Netanyahu had visited Putin to beg him because he fears the defeat of ISIL, for its defeat means Israel’s defeat and the victory of the resistance axis in the region. I call you to abandon the American/Israeli front and join the resistance front… since the beginning I have assured that the resistance axis will never be defeated, neither in Syrian nor in Iraq or Yemen”.

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Kagame’s Economic Mirage in Rwanda

An Interview with David Himbara
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The tiny East African nation of Rwanda has played a unique and prominent role in U.S. political ideation since the 1994 massacres known as the Rwandan Genocide. The West’s so-called “failure to intervene in Rwanda” — and the Holocaust — became arguments for violating the national sovereignty of nations in the Global South to protect people from their own governments.

The 1994 bloodbath in Rwanda also became an argument for the suppression or even criminalization of speech. No one makes these arguments more fiercely and absolutely than Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Kagame is now campaigning for his third formal term in office, though he has in fact ruled Rwanda since overthrowing its government with the covert assistance of the U.S. and U.K. in 1994, at the end of a four-year war. That four-year war began when Kagame’s army invaded Rwanda from Uganda.

Kagame claims to have inspired Rwandans to rise from the ashes to build an economic miracle and example for all Africa, and no one reinforces these claims more than Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. In a new book, however, economist David Himbara says that Kagame’s economic miracle is in fact an economic mirage. I spoke to David Himbara.

Ann Garrison: David Himbara, why do you call Kagame’s so-called economic miracle a mirage?

David Himbara: Kagame has grossly exaggerated his social and economic accomplishments of the past 23 years. He says he has built an African economic lion — the Singapore of Africa. In reality Rwanda remains the poorest country in East Africa, except for Burundi. Its per capita income stands at $697.3 versus Kenya’s of $1,376.7; Uganda, $705; and Tanzania at $879. Burundi is poorer than Rwanda with per capita of $277. Rwanda receives $1 billion a year in foreign aid, which is half of its annual budget of $2 billion. This is hardly a spectacular success.

AG: And you held a unique position in Kagame’s administration that enabled you to observe the so-called economic miracle, no?

DH: I was the president’s principal private secretary for two years and head of strategy and policy, Office of the President, for four years. In the latter category, we made some good reforms in the first two years, but the last two years were frustrating.

Kagame was more obsessed with the looks of the capital city of Kigali than building national systems to improve lives. He routinely manipulated statistics to exaggerate social and economic performance.

AG: Rwanda will be staging another election this year on Aug. 4. Since Kagame has in effect ruled since 1994, this will be his fourth term, though he’s calling it his third, after having the Rwandan Constitution changed to make that acceptable.

In 2010, he awarded himself 93 percent of the vote, an improbable number in any real pluralist democracy, but none of the Western donors who provide half of Rwanda’s budget withheld their support, as they have with neighboring Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term with 64 percent in 2015. Kagame will no doubt claim to win another improbable mandate this year, but do you think there’s any chance that the Western donors providing half of Rwanda’s budget will finally turn away?

DH: The U.S. is the largest bilateral aid donor to Rwanda, while Britain is the second largest. American aid supports agriculture and health, while U.K. money goes into education.

A smaller portion of U.S. aid supports Rwandan troops who serve as peacekeepers. I doubt either of these two countries would cease supporting Rwanda. They have invested too much into Kagame to abandon him — unless he does something extraordinarily foolish like invading Congo again.

AG: In your book, you write that you fled Rwanda after Kagame asked you to misreport economic statistics. Could you give us the specifics of that?

DH: A confrontation convinced me to leave Rwanda. I questioned the annual economic growth of 11 percent in 2009 during the global financial crisis. Kagame became aggressive and abusive. I decided to leave Rwanda at the earliest opportunity, which was January 2010.

There are many examples of statistical exaggeration in Kagame’s Rwanda. He says for example that Rwanda has achieved universal healthcare coverage, but there are less than 700 doctors in Rwanda and there are 12 million people.

In any event, when I moved to South Africa in 2010, it soon became apparent that I was not safe there either. That was the year that Kagame’s former army chief of staff was almost assassinated in South Africa, where he was living in exile. Soon after that, the former intelligence chief – also in exile in South Africa – was assassinated. Kagame had turned South Africa into a hunting ground; that is what convinced me to move to Canada.

AG: Why do you think Bill Clinton and Tony Blair seem to be as committed to these misrepresentations as Kagame himself?

DH: These two former leaders support Kagame no matter what. The two have foundations in Rwanda.

The Americans and British also feel guilty because they stopped the U.N. from organizing an intervention in the Rwandan Genocide. Clinton and Blair seem to have overcompensated by becoming Kagame’s ambassadors even when he does nasty things. When Kagame’s proxy militia overran Goma in D.R. Congo in 2012, Blair in particular stood by his man.

AG: The United States and Britain never seem to acknowledge the human catastrophe caused by Kagame’s repeated invasions and plunder of the Democratic Republic of the Congo despite abundant documentation. Why do you think that is?

DH: Kagame has outlasted three American presidents – Clinton, Bush, and Obama – and now we will see if he outlasts Trump. Each of the first three American presidents had his reason for maintaining the status quo. Clinton simply looked the other way when Kagame invaded the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1996 and 1998.

Clinton was driven by guilt for preventing a UN intervention during the genocide. Kagame took advantage of this by his adventure and plunder of Congo.

“Kagame routinely manipulated statistics to exaggerate social and economic performance.”

President George W. Bush supported Kagame for different reasons – peacemaking operations. The American military establishment helped build Rwanda into a peacekeeping force in such places as Darfur, Sudan, South Sudan and Haiti. Meanwhile in Britain, the same pattern held, under both the Labor and Conservative governments.

The Obama presidency was different from previous American and British administrations. When Kagame’s militia invaded the capital town of eastern DR Congo, Goma, Obama cut military aid to Rwanda — an action that other donors soon followed.

Donors either cut or suspended aid to Rwanda. The U.N. sanctioned a robust force comprised of South African and Tanzanian forces that defeated Kagame’s militia. That is how Kagame met his defeat in Congo.

AG: Is there anything else you’d like to say?

DH: Regarding Kagame’s economic performance, we have to give him his dues. Here is a man who mastered the “big lie” philosophy. As the infamous big lie reasoning goes, if you keep repeating a falsehood over and over again, people will sooner or later believe it.

And so Kagame relentlessly went on a global stage and repeatedly lied that he had built an economic powerhouse. He had a motive. He believed that if he convinced his international supporters that he was creating prosperity in Rwanda, they would tolerate his human rights abuses.

In other words, Kagame sold them a trade-off; he told them that Rwandan people are more interested in food and jobs than democracy and human rights. There was one problem though — Kagame delivered neither development nor democracy.

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