Sunday, April 19, 2015

Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons in Yemen

Saudis Using Banned Chemical Weapons in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

Saudis are some of the world's most ruthless figures. They rule with an iron fist. 

They tolerate no opposition. They partner with Washington's regional wars.

They were caught red-handed supplying Syrian takfiris with chemical weapons - used against defenseless civilians.

They're at it again. Overnight reports indicate they attacked Yemen's Saada province with banned chemical agents.

Toxic gas left scores of Yemeni civilians dead or injured. The exact number isn't known so far. 

Witnesses and aid workers said white smoke rose from Saudi terror-bombing. Injured victims experienced suffocation, nausea and diarrhea.

Days earlier, Houthi rebels intercepted Saudi trucks carrying chemical agents. 

Yemeni General Khalid al-Barayemi said they were heading for areas controlled by terrorists.

Substances seized is used for producing lethal sarin gas. Al-Barayemi believes Turkey is complicit in supplying chemical agents under the cover of humanitarian aid.

World leaders able to stop this horror support it - mindless of naked aggression harming defenseless civilians most of all.

Nightmarish conditions exist throughout much of Yemen. ICRC officials said they were denied access to Maareb in central Yemen - where large numbers urgently need medical treatment.

ICRC's Cedric Schweizer said "(w)e very much regret the lack of access to Maareb, where hospitals face shortages of medical equipment."

"The wounded, including civilians and combatants, cannot get the lifesaving treatment they need."

Similar conditions exist throughout much of the country. Overwhelming needs of virtually everything exceed the best humanitarian efforts to help.

Blockading air, land and sea makes it impossible to deliver enough desperately needed food, water, medical and other vital supplies.

Since Saudi-led terror-bombing began in late March, over 150,000 Yemenis have been displaced, according to OCHA. 

Thousands more flee homes for safety daily. There's nowhere to hide. No safe havens exist.

Saudi terror-bombing deliberately targets civilian sites - including with banned weapons. Naked aggression is mass-murdering and injuring thousands.

Saudis, Washington and Israel are the main backers of regional terrorist groups - IS, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and others.

They supply them with funding, weapons, munitions and other aid. Saudis provide lethal chemical agents. Maybe Washington and Israel do the same thing.

Eighteen Western Yemeni scholars published an open letter condemning Saudi-led terror-bombing.

They called it "illegal under international law." They called for a Security Council resolution "demanding an immediate, unconditional ceasefire."

They accused Saudis of deliberately targeting "schools, homes, refugee camps, water systems, grain stores and food industries."

They warned "(t)his has the potential for appalling harm to ordinary Yemenis as almost no food or medicine can enter."

"As specialists we are more than aware of internal divisions within Yemeni society, but we consider that it is for the Yemenis themselves to be allowed to negotiate a political settlement," they said.

Signatories include:

Robert Burrowes, University of Washington

Steve Caton, Harvard University

Sheila Carapico, University of Richmond

Paul Dresch, University of Oxford

Najam Haidar, Barnard College

Helen Lackner

Anne Meneley, Trent University

Brinkley Messick, Columbia University

Flagg Miller, University of California-Davis

Martha Mundy, London School of Economics

Thanos Petouris, SOAS-University of London

Lucine Taminian, The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq

Gabriele vom Bruck, SOAS-University of London

Lisa Wedeen, University of Chicago

Shelagh Weir

John Willis, University of Colorado

Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Sami Zubaida, Birkbeck College, London

Expect their plea to fall on deaf ears in Washington, other Western capitals and Riyadh.

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Saudi Blood Money for Bloodletting in Yemen

Saudi Blood Money for Bloodletting in Yemen

by Stephen Lendman

UN officials appealed for an immediate $274 million in desperately needed emergency humanitarian aid for Yemenis.

Saudi mass murderer/King Salman offered to contribute the entire amount - while he continues daily terror-bombing, targeting civilians and exacerbating a horrific humanitarian crisis. 

Billions of dollars in aid are needed to address it. A small fraction of it barely scratches the surface.

Saudi oil wealth won't restore lost lives. It won't replace lost limbs. It won't soothe traumatized children.

It won't erase the agony of lost loved ones. It won't stop US planned, orchestrated and directed Saudi-led aggression.

Yemen is being raped in plain sight. It's being systematically ravaged and destroyed.

Perhaps 3,000 or more died so far in 25 days of fighting - over 85 alone in the past 24 hours in one Yemeni province alone.

Thousands have been seriously injured - many maimed for life, their limbs blown off by Saudi terror-bombing.

Many Yemenis have no access to healthcare. Untreated serious wounds may lead to death. Human suffering is extreme.

An entire country is under siege. On orders from Washington, land, sea and air blockade was imposed. US warships are involved enforcing it.

Nothing can get in or out without US or Saudi permission. On Saturday, fighting raged in most Yemeni governorates.

Saudi-led terror-bombing targeted Sanaa, Aden, Taiz, Marib, Saada, Shabwa, Lahj and other areas.

Yemen's illegitimate government in exile rejected Iran's four-point peace proposal on orders from Washington. It called for:

  • warring parties agreeing to halt fighting;

  • providing desperately needed humanitarian aid;

  • initiating intra-Yemeni dialogue; and

  • establishing unity governance with all parties participating.

It's a sensible way to end conflict - to resolve differences between both sides diplomatically.

Obama wants war continued. He categorically rejects peace. He has lots more death and destruction in mind for Yemenis. He may not quit until he slaughters them all.

Tehran rejects accusations it's aiding Houthis militarily. It very much wants to provide humanitarian aid. Blockade prevents it.

Yemeni tweets best explain ongoing nightmarish conditions.

"My life in #Yemen, no electricity, no water, no food, no security, no work. We're dying every day," said one.

"They've forgotten all abt us," said another.

"Children are extremely terrified," a victim explained.

"After all of this is done. The Saudis better pay for PTSD treatment of 26 million Yemenis."

"24 nights straight of heavy bombing. More than any human can take."

"12:40AM & can hear neighborhood kids/women scream with each earth shaking bomb jets drop…never this intense since onset 3 W ago…"

"My little girl crying silently. Her tears&shaking body while I hug her tell alot."

Saudis intend to continue daily terror-bombing without letup. Scores of ongoing sorties terrify Yemini civilians.

Saudi military spokesman General Ahmed al-Assiri said "(w)e are not in a hurry…We have the time, and we have the capabilities."

Tehran University Professor Mohammad Marandi said "(a)s long as the Saudis are carrying out this shock-and-awe campaign against ordinary Yemenis, there's really no hope for any sort of peace plan to work."

"So the Iranians are waiting for the Saudis to run out of steam and to recognize the enormous mistake that they have made."

Iran's Security Council head Ali Shamkhani calls Saudi-led aggression a "historic mistake." He warned of dire consequences for Riyadh, saying:

"The Saudi aggression against Yemen is against the UN Charter, against the principles of peaceful coexistence and against the legal tenets ruling the UN and aims to deviate the path of the Muslim world and wear off the internal power and capacities of the world of Islam." 

"Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia has made a big historical mistake, and this heresy will definitely have no end but loss and damage for them."

Iranian General Ahme Reza Pourdastan believes Saudi aggression "will certainly fail."

"The Saudi army is a hired (mercenary) army, and now that no bullets have been fired at it, we see the symptoms of defeat in them already…"

Washington is directly involved in ongoing fighting. It's choosing targets to strike - including civilian ones.

On Saturday, reports indicated one or more US warships fired cruise missiles on Yemeni sites. 

They've done it several times before. Perhaps much more to come. Western media remain silent. They support what demands denunciation. 

Millions of suffering Yemenis don't matter. Imperial aims alone count. Yemen's nightmare continues. 

Obama's latest atrocity threatens an entire nation with mass slaughter, destruction, overwhelming deprivation and unspeakable human suffering.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Deliberately Murdering Gazan Children

Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Deliberately Murdering Gazan Children

by Stephen Lendman

A new Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) report accuses Israel of willfully killing Palestinian children during last summer's Gaza war.

Around 550 children were murdered in cold blood - two-thirds under age 12.

Israel considers all civilians legitimate targets. International law calls killing them a war crime.

Another 3,400 children were injured - over 1,000 maimed for life. They need vital medical care unavailable because of Israel's lawless siege - ongoing aggression by any standard with full US-led Western support.

America and Israel partner in each other's high crimes. They're the world's leading aggressor states - the most egregious human and civil rights abusers. 

They're mindless of core international laws, norms and standards.

Imagine willfully murdering defenseless/nonthreatening young children at home asleep, at play, going to or from school, or running errands for parents.

Imagine considering them enemies of the state. Imagine using illegal terror weapons against them. 

Imagine traumatizing young survivors for life. Imagine Israel outrageously trying to justify the unjustifiable.

Imagine a grieving Palestinian mother explaining her nine-year-old son's "arms and legs were cut off" by an Israeli shell. 

"The upper part of his body was separated from his lower body, which was turned into small pieces. I screamed," she said. 

She and her son were returning to a UN shelter when disaster struck. Israel murdered dozens of entire families in cold blood.

Accountability for its highest of high crimes remains nowhere in sight.

Cold-blooded murder is longstanding Israeli policy. Viciously persecuting Palestinians continues daily.

Israel is a ruthless terror state. It's just a matter of time before it ravages Gaza again.

DCIP's report said "2014 was a year that brought violence, fear and loss (to Gaza)."

"The Israeli military offensive" lasting 51 days from early July to late August killed nearly 550 Palestinian children.

Nearly 3,400 other children were wounded - many from illegal terror weapons.

Over 2,200 Palestinians died - mostly defenseless civilians.

"Investigations undertaken by (DCIP) into Palestinian child fatalities during Operation Protective Edge found overwhelming and repeated evidence of international humanitarian law violations committed by Israeli forces."

"These included direct attacks on children, and indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on civilian homes, schools, and residential neighborhoods."

Witness testimonies and other documented evidence DCIP collected "showed places that should have been provided children with shelter and safety were not immune from attacks from Israeli forces."

"Missiles fired from Israeli drones and warplanes, artillery shelling, and shrapnel scattered by explosions killed children in their homes, on the street as they fled from attacks with their families, and as they sought shelter from the bombardment in schools."

Israel killed scores of children in drone attacks alone. Clear evidence shows "Israeli forces directly targeted children."

One of many examples affected Rawya Joudeh and four of her five children. An Israeli drone attack murdered them in cold blood - "as they played together" in the family's Jabalia refugee camp yard.

Around half the number of children Israel killed came from attacks on residential buildings.

Sunday, July 20, characterized Israeli viciousness most clearly - the deadliest day for children throughout its lawless aggression.

A nighttime and ground assault on the residential Gaza City Shuja’iyya neighborhood killed 27 children. It injured at least 29 others.

Israeli armed forces are "regularly implicated in serious, systematic and institutionalized human rights violations against Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory," said DCIP.

"Children affected by armed conflict are entitled to special respect and protections under international law…"

Israel breaches it repeatedly. It indiscriminately and disproportionately murders and injures defenseless Palestinian civilians in cold blood - including young children and infants, helpless against its onslaught.

Evidence of Israel high crimes is overwhelming. It bears repeating. Accountability is nowhere in sight - nor justice for long-suffering Palestinians.

DCIP stressed "(w)ithout an end to the current regime of collective punishment, targeted assassinations, and regular military offensives, the situation for Gaza's children (and all illegally occupied Palestinians is) guaranteed to further deteriorate."

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Vladimir Putin: Voted Most Important World Figure

Vladimir Putin: Voted Most Important World Figure

by Stephen Lendman

Time magazine readers called him the most influential one. In 2007, its editors chose him person of the year for his "extraordinary feat of leadership in imposing stability on a nation that has rarely known it and bringing Russia back to the table of world power."

In 2013 and 2014, Forbes magazine chose him the world's powerful leader. In 2014, Russians voted him Person of the Year for the 16th time.

His domestic approval rating is an astonishing 86% - double or more what Obama scores. Russians consider him their most trustworthy leader. Obama is polar opposite.

He has no credibility whatever. He's a war criminal multiple times over. His neocon-infested administration threatens world peace.

His war crimes remain unaccountable. They continue daily - especially against defenseless civilian men, women and children. He considers them legitimate targets.

Putin is a leading world proponent for peace and stability. Claims otherwise are Big Lies.

Russia under his leadership fosters cooperative relations with all nations. It poses no threat whatever to any. It deplores war. It champions peace and stability.

Claims of Russian aggression in Ukraine are maliciously fabricated Big Lies. Throughout over a year of conflict, no nation worked harder to end it diplomatically than Russia under his leadership.

He and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov deserve Nobel Peace prize recognition more than any other world figures.

Consistently awarding it to war criminals like Obama shows peace advocates needn't apply.

Interviewed on Vesti v Subbotu (Saturday News) television, Putin called Russia a reliable partner because it "does not dance after somebody else's pipe."

It doesn't shift positions under pressure. It doesn't betray its friends and allies.

"There are many components that allow us to consider ourselves a country, and this is actually happening, that is pursuing independent sovereign policy on the international arena and modeling its internal policy in accordance with the will of our people," Putin explained.

"In this sense, we are a rather reliable partner, because we do not dance after somebody else's pipe. We do not shift positions under the influence of a given situation."

Putin is indifferent to favorable ratings he's gotten because "the influence of a given state leader can be assessed first of all based on the economic power and the defense capability of the country."

At the same time, he thanked people showing him "respect." He considers it support for Russia.

It comes at a time US/Russian relations are more hostile than at any time during the Cold War - when Washington aggressively heads for possible East/West confrontation despite Moscow's best efforts to avoid it.

On April 16, Lavrov addressed the fourth International Security Conference in Moscow.

He discussed important issues affecting everyone. Post-WW II opportunities for global cooperation and partnership among nations never materialized, he explained.

US-led "Euro-Atlantic" nations had other things in mind. "(T)hey refused to listen to us, let alone heed our call," said Lavrov.

"(A) totally different negative path" was followed. Confrontation and conflicts overrode cooperation.

Russian policy is "sober-minded and pragmatic…(Things today reflect) a dangerous deterioration of the international situation," Lavrov explained.

"…Russia has found itself at NATO's gates…(The Alliance) coming right up to Russian borders" menacingly threatens world peace.

"Russia (wants) dialogue and cooperation with all those who are willing to cooperate," Lavrov stressed.

US policy is polar opposite. Yemen is the latest example. On Friday, Obama and Saudi despot/King Salman bin Abulaziz al-Saud discussed their terror-war on Yemen.

A White House statement said Obama "reaffirmed the strong friendship between the United States and Saudi Arabia and underscored our commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security" at a time neither country faces any threats besides ones they invent.

Both leaders affirmed their "collective goal (for) lasting stability in Yemen through a negotiated political solution" -  while willfully and malevolently raping the country, deliberately mass-murdering civilians.

On Saturday, in northwestern Sadaa province alone, reports indicated at least four dozen killed, 100 or more wounded.

US-directed/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues in 18 of Yemen's 22 governorates - besides Obama's endless direct and proxy wars raging regionally and beyond.

Imagine if Vladimir Putin led America. Imagine Sergey Lavrov in charge of foreign policy.

Imagine peace on earth - cooperation prioritized over confrontation. Imagine a world safe to live in.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

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US-Sponsored Yemeni Terror-Bombing Continues

US-Sponsored Yemeni Terror-Bombing Continues

by Stephen Lendman

US-planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues into its 24th day - more intensively than earlier.

Another Obama atrocity is unfolding in plain sight. Civilians are being deliberately murdered in cold blood.

Some estimates put the death toll at over 2,700 - many thousands more injured. An appalling humanitarian crisis worsens daily.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani condemned aggressor crimes - against "children, elderly women and men in Yemen," he said.

"Why do the aggressors not extend a hand of friendship and reconciliation to other nations," he asked? 

"What is the point in sending financial and arms aid to terrorists in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq?" 

"What is the point in the bombardment of the oppressed and innocent people in Yemen?"

Rohani stressed Iran's commitment for regional peace and stability, adding:

"Our doctrine is not a military and war doctrine but (is) a defense doctrine." 

"Our strategy is always an active deterrent strategy - deterrence to establish peace and security in our country and also in regional states."

US and Israeli Big Lies claim otherwise. Both countries and rogue partners threaten world peace.

Ongoing regional wars, related violence and chaos attest to their barbarity. They partner in high crimes of war and against humanity - genocide by any standard.

Yemen is Obama's latest dirty war - complicit with Saudi Arabia and other regional rogue states.

Daily terror-bombing continues. Scores of deaths and injured mount. Saudis lied claiming they're only attacking Houthi positions.

Clear evidence shows they're targeting civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, refugee camps, food storage facilities, power stations, and numerous other non-military related sites - selected by Washington to destroy.

US military personnel are working with Saudis in Riyadh - choosing targets to terror-bomb.

The strategy is longstanding US policy - notably during WW II as well as subsequent multiple acts of direct and proxy naked aggression against nations posing no threat to anyone. 

Witnesses report Saudis are using terror weapons against civilians - maybe toxic chemical agents. 

Washington and Riyadh are recruiting thousands of IS, Al Qaeda and other Takfiri terrorists as shock troops to battle Houthis in ground fighting.

They're relocating others from Syria. According to Lebanon's Al-Akhbar Arabic language newspaper:

"The Jeish al-Islam terrorists landed in the port city of Al-Mokala, provincial capital of Hazar al-Mout province, and joined (Saudi-recruited) Al Qaeda terrorists in that province."

They took control of the city. Yemeni army commander Col. Abdel Sattar al-Boushali said Saudis "sent around 5,000 Takfiri mercenaries to fight against the Yemeni army and revolutionary committees."

Separately, Iranian armed forces commander General Hassan Firouzabadi said:

"We have received reports that the US planes visit the ISIL(-controlled) airports."

They're delivering weapons and munitions to terrorist fighters. Iranian top international affairs advisor Ali Akbar Velayati added:

"Today, we see extremist groups like ISIL which are the proteges of the Americans and do not see any difference between various Muslim sects and group and massacre everyone." 

"They claim to be supporters of Islam but their behavior and actions are against their words."

US direct and proxy aggression rages in multiple theaters. Humanity's survival today more than ever is threatened.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Reign of Terror in Ukraine

Reign of Terror in Ukraine

by Stephen Lendman

Obama's fascist Ukrainian friends are ruthless. They're dangerous/unscrupulous gangster thugs systematically abolishing personal freedoms.

Try finding a single major Western media report explaining Kiev regime lawlessness - and the ominous threat it poses. None exist. What demands denunciation gets scoundrel media support.

On the one hand, Ukrainian officials are actively readying for renewed full-scale aggression on Donbass - with full US support and encouragement, including heavy weapons and munitions supplied.

On the other, they're reigning terror on anyone opposing their ruthless rule - courageous individuals demanding democratic rights.

Obama and Kiev officials partner in high crimes. One rogue state supports another. Both countries are fascist police states - with laws abolishing personal freedoms.

Last May, Right Sector thugs massacred hundreds of Odessans in cold blood unaccountably. They're at it again.

Residents rallying against dire economic conditions, force-fed austerity, unaffordable gas prices, and lost freedoms were harassed, threatened, kidnapped, and taken to an unknown location.

One protester spoke for others saying "(w)e came here to a peaceful rally in support of initiatives to strengthen local self-government, including initiating 'Porto-Franco' " free trade zone status.

Odessan taxes go to Kiev. Local socio-economic needs are largely ignored.

"We wanted to tell (Ukranian) officials that we will not allow lawlessness and require them to fulfill their duty before the people," another protester said.

Fascist thugs challenged peaceful demonstrators - kidnapping over 50. Their whereabouts remains unknown.

Based on notorious Kiev practices, they're likely being brutalized in confinement. Perhaps some were killed.

The Ukrainian web site Khvylya controlled by state authorities openly calls for imprisoning or deporting pro-Russian supporters.

It separately urged killing Russian journalists in Donbass. Nazi-infested fascist regimes operate this way. 

Illegitimate Ukrainian governance is a cancer in Europe's heartland - fully supported by Washington, rogue EU partners, and go-along media scoundrels ignoring Kiev's worst crimes.

They include assassinating political opponents. In recent weeks, seven high-profile "suicides" were reported - state-sponsored murder by any standard.

Zaporozhzhye regional governor/former ruling Party of Regions member Alexander Peklushenko was the most recent victim last month.

The Nazi-infested internal affairs ministry reported his death as follows:

"Alexander Peklushenko committed suicide at his home in the village of Solnechnoye. At the moment the investigative team is working on the scene."

Fact: Cold-blooded state-sponsored murder in Ukraine is called "suicide" to conceal criminality.

Another former ruling Party of Regions/State Property Fund head, Mikhail Chechetov, was reported dead after mysteriously falling from his apartment window - on the same day as Boris Nemtsov's murder.

Other eliminated former Ukrainian officials included:

  • Nicholai Sergienko: former deputy "Ukrzaliznytsia" head;

  • Nikolai Kolesnik: former Kharkov (Ukraine's second largest city) regional council head;

  • Sergey Valter: former Melitopol mayor;

  • Sergey Bordyuga: Melitopol deputy chief of police; and

  • Stanislav Melnik: former MP.

Political assassinations reflect official Kiev policy. Thousands of others are lawlessly imprisoned under horrific gulag conditions. 

Unknown numbers perish during confinement. Some just disappear.

On Thursday, prominent anti-regime journalist Oles Buzina was murdered in Kiev - the latest political assassination.

He supported legitimate/ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. He was shot to death near his apartment building in central Kiev.

Witnesses said two men wearing masks fled the scene in a Ford Focus car with either Latvian or Belarusian license plates.

Buzina was a journalist/writer/TV host/known Poroshenko regime critic.

On April 13, journalist Sergei Sukhobok was murdered. He co-founded the online sites Obkom and ProUA - critical of fascist rule.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova explained ongoing political purges in Ukraine, saying:

"It is scary because none of the leaders in the EU will take notice that, day after day politicians are being killed in Ukraine." 

"Let’s try and find at least 20 tweets of foreign ministers of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, the UK, Canada, USA, and Australia, representatives of the OSCE, EU and NATO expressing concern over the killing of Ukrainian politician and condemning the situation in Ukraine."

On Wednesday, former MP/regime critic Oleh kalashnikov was murdered in Kiev. He was found shot to death near his residence.

Konstantin Kosachev heads the Commonwealth of Independent States Federal Agency.

He urged Western leaders to "pay attention to the political killings in Ukraine instead of the rhetoric of sanctions against Russia."

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov blamed Kiev for political murders.

He denounced Western leaders, saying "because of your support in Ukraine there are political murders, terror taking place against political opponents, and all the people." 

"What else should these Nazis do, for you to finally understand and be aware of your responsibility for what is happening now in Ukraine."

It bears repeating. US-installed/Nazi-infested Kiev thugs threaten their own people and European peace. 

It's more fragile today than at any time since events preceding WW II.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Yemeni Crisis Deepens

Yemeni Crisis Deepens

by Stephen Lendman

US-orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing continues murdering defenseless Yemeni men, women and children daily.

Genocide is occurring in plain sight. Media scoundrels ignore what demands screaming headlines of condemnation.

Obama bears full responsibility. Saudis and other involved despotic regimes share it. So do Western leaders supporting an atrocity they should make every effort to stop.

The World Food Program (WFP) said half of Yemen's 25 million people go hungry for lack of food. Starvation may claim many thousands. 

Untreated wounds for lack of available medicines and treatment may take thousands more. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable.

On Friday, UN authorities launched an urgent appeal. They need to raise $274 million quickly to provide desperately needed aid. A UN statement said:

"The devastating conflict in Yemen takes place against the backdrop of an existing humanitarian crisis that was already one of the largest and most complex in the world."

Saudi-led terror-bombing and ground fighting so far displaced over 150,000 Yemenis - thousands more daily.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Johannes Van Der Klaauw said "(o)rdinary families are struggling to access healthcare, water, food and fuel - basic requirements for their survival."

Millions are affected in 18 of 22 Yemeni governorates - perhaps all of them as conflict deepens.

Virtually no safe havens exist. Civilian neighborhoods, hospitals, schools, mosques and other non-military related sites are being struck.

Some estimates indicate over 2,500 killed - many more thousands wounded.

"I urge donors to act now to support the people of Yemen at this time of greatest need," Van Der Klaauw urged.

After three weeks of devastating Saudi-led terror bombing (naked aggression by any standard), UN Secretary General noticed.

He's a longtime imperial tool. He disgraces the office he holds. Instead of condemning US-orchestrated/Saudi-led mass murder, he pathetically urged all sides to halt hostilities.

"…I am calling for an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by all parties," he said.

Why now? Why not immediately after Saudi-led terror-bombing began? Why hasn't he clearly condemned the conflict's perpetrators?

Why has he largely ignored Yemenis suffering this long? Why does he support US direct and proxy wars while pretending otherwise?

Why is he a reliable US imperial tool instead of fulfilling his UN mandate?

Yemen is being systematically raped. Millions of Yemeni lives are threatened.

During a Friday Solidarity Rally with Yemen, Hezbollah leader Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah condemned Saudi aggression.

"This rally is aimed at voicing our condemnation and rejection of the Saudi-American aggression against Yemen and its people and at expressing our support for this noble people," he said. 

He urged all Yemenis to unite against what's ongoing.

"It is our human, jihadist and religious duty to take this stance and all the sons of this nation must reassess their responsibilities and take the appropriate stance," he urged. 

"Intimidation or threats will not prevent us from continuing to declare our condemnation of the aggression against Yemen." 

"This major historic period is affecting the entire region, not only Yemen…This is a war against an Arab people."

Its "real objective is restoring the Saudi-American hegemony over Yemen" Millions of Yemenis are without food, water and medical aid," he added.

He called on all Yemenis to "defeat the aggression." He urged a political solution and end to fighting.

Iran's Defense Minister General Hossein Dehqan blamed Washington and Israel for waging aggression on Yemen. He believes efforts to defeat Houthi resistance will fail.

Vladimir Putin called for "an immediate cessation of military activities" in Yemen within 24 hours after Saudi terror-bombing began.

Obama wants escalated war. He's supplying Saudis with munitions, intelligence, logistical help and targets to strike - including civilian ones.

He's mindless of human suffering. US imperial objectives alone matter.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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Syria Falsely Accused of Using Chemical Weapons - Again

Syria Falsely Accused of Using Chemical Weapons - Again

by Stephen Lendman

Throughout years of Obama's war on Syria, President Bashar al-Assad was falsely accused of using chemical weapons (CWs) numerous times.

No corroborating evidence whatever indicates Syrian forces used them in any form any time.

Clear evidence shows IS, Nusra Front and other anti-Syrian elements used them them against defenseless civilians - including toxic agents Saudi Arabia supplied.

Anti-Syrian propaganda is relentless. Assad repeatedly faces false accusations.

During a Thursday closed-door Security Council session, members heard testimonies from Syrian doctors.

They alleged use of chemical weapons. A video of unexplained origin was shown with medical workers struggling to help choking and vomiting children.

Washington, Britain and France once again falsely accused Assad of using CWs - despite Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) officials, the UN and Obama himself publicly declaring Syria chemical weapons-free.

Damascus fully cooperated in their destruction. Any CWs remaining are in the hands of extremist elements - with active complicity of Saudi Arabia and perhaps other complicit rogue states.

Russia alone firmly says no evidence whatever indicates Syrian CW use.

US UN envoy Samantha Power lied claiming otherwise - concocting false claims about CWs used from helicopters.

Washington uses radiological, chemical and biological agents in all its wars. So does Israel.

Not a shred of evidence points to Syrian use. In a Friday interview, Assad was asked about being accused of CW use. His response was clear and unequivocal, saying:

"We always said this is propaganda against Syria from the very first day, to demonize the president to demonize the state, in order to bring the hearts and minds of the Syrian people toward their agenda." 

"That didn’t work, and if you want to compare this propaganda to what is happening now in the West regarding Ukraine, it’s nearly the same; demonizing Putin and telling and forging, a lot of videos and things that only tell the public opinion in the West lies." 

"This is reality. Western people should be aware about this." 

"That doesn’t mean we don’t have mistakes, we don’t have something wrong or something bad going on, but at the end, this media propaganda doesn’t reflect the reality in our region." 

"So, talking about the chemical weapons, they didn’t have a single evidence regarding this, and even the numbers that are being published by many European organizations as part of that propaganda were varied from 200 victims to 1,400 victims." 

"It means it’s not objective, it’s not precise, and so far there’s no evidence that those people were killed because of this attack." 

"The only evidence that we have when the committee came from the United Nations, it proved that the sarin gas was used in that area, but they couldn’t tell how and by whom, so they just keep accusing Syria of that." 

"That’s not realistic, because if you want to use WMDs, you don’t kill a few hundreds; you kill tens of thousands of people, and that’s beside the capital, it will affect everyone. So, many stories regarding this issue are not correct." 

Assad added when UN authorities found proof of "terrorists" using CWs, they "didn't try to verify it."

"They didn't mention it. So it's part of the political agenda against Syria."

OPCW representatives are investigating the latest use of CWs in Syria. They'll report on their findings when available.

In March, Security Council members adopted a resolution prohibiting use of chlorine and other toxic chemical agents in Syria.

"(S)tress(ing) that those individuals responsible for any use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical, must be held accountable."

Last month, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Moscow hopes OPCW officials will investigate alleged use of chlorine gas in Syria - as well as coordinate with Damascus with regard to its supervised elimination of all CWs in its stockpile.

"Against this rather calm, reasonable and operational background, a number of member-countries of the OPCW Executive Council unfortunately made another demarche to official Damascus for its alleged non-compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention," Lukashevich explained. 

"In particular, groundless accusations based on some questionable publications were voiced against pro-government forces in using chlorine against civilians, in this case in Syria’s Idlib province."

"We hope that the OPCW mission on establishing instances of possible use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in Syria will check this information in its work, along with information provided by Damascus in December last year on possible involvement in crimes with the use of chlorine of extremist and terrorist organizations operating in Syria." 

"The same member-countries of the OPCW Executive Committee, which make unrestrained attacks on Damascus, fully ignore and deliberately hush up emerging evidence that extremist organizations, first of all the Islamic State, use chlorine in terrorism purposes in Syria and Iraq."

"We again have to note double standards here."

Syria is Obama's war - using recruited, armed, funded and directed imported death squads, IS, Nusra Front, Al Qaeda and others.

War is in its fifth year. It shows no signs of ending. Obama is systematically raping another sovereign state.

He wants US-controlled puppet governance replacing Syrian independence.

He wants what nearly 90% of Syrians oppose. He's committing genocide to get his way. Assad is wrongfully blamed for his high crimes.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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US Combat Troops Prepare Ukraine for Escalated Aggression

US Combat Troops Prepare Ukraine for Escalated Aggression

by Stephen Lendman

Obama wants Donbass democracy crushed. He's preparing his fascist allies (overt Nazis) for escalated naked aggression.

He's arming them with heavy weapons. Claims otherwise are Big Lies. He deployed US combat troops to prepare them for battle.

He's doing it while Kiev systematically breaches Minsk ceasefire terms. Low-level conflict continues daily - heading toward resumed full-scale war at Obama's discretion.

About 300 US paratroopers arrived in Ukraine on top of hundreds of other US special forces and combat troops already there.

They'll train and perhaps directly participate with Ukrainian forces in battle - covertly or openly. Maybe aided by US-led NATO air power. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented, saying:

"The participation of instructors and specialists from third countries in Ukraine, where an unregulated internal Ukrainian conflict remains, where there is a situation with the southeast, where there are problems in fulfilling the points from the action plan of the Minsk agreements, and finally, the existence of instructors, specialists or military personnel from third countries by far will not help in the settlement of the conflict or by far won’t help create an atmosphere for the successful fulfillment of the (Minsk) agreements, but just the opposite, is capable of seriously destabilizing the situation."

At least 900 US combat troops (trained killers) will work directly with Ukrainian National Guard units infested with overt Nazis.

Last month, Britain sent scores of its own special forces to do the same thing. Canada intends sending at least 200 of its own. Australia may do so. Perhaps other countries.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry criticized Ukrainian foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin's comments. He said Kiev won't dialogue responsibly with Donbass officials.

It will only deal with representatives elected according to fascist Ukrainian law - granting no democratic rights whatever.

Russia's Foreign Ministry called his remarks "further evidence of Ukraine’s unconstructive stance, which contradicts the provisions of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements…"  

They stipulate that "questions related to local elections will be discussed and agreed upon with representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk region."

Klimkin said Kiev won't "comply with the provisions on amnesty, which are clearly" established by agreed on Minsk terms.

"Ukraine is again attempting to condition the implementation of the Minsk Agreements on a peacekeeping operation, which is not even mentioned in the Agreements." 

"Kiev’s stubborn attempts to drag out the settlement by burdening it with ever new elements and conditions can only indicate its unwillingness to honour its commitments."

They reject a "lasting solution to the Ukrainian crisis…(It's) impossible without a direct dialogue between Kiev and Donetsk and Lugansk representatives and without a responsible attitude towards the commitments."

Klimkin irresponsibly claims Kiev has "the right to control the activity of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, because (it) suspects its observers of probable delivering intelligence data about the deployment sites of the Ukrainian armed forces to Donetsk and Lugansk representatives." 

"By making these statements, the Ukrainian authorities are not only trying to undermine the SMM’s credibility, but are also creating a direct threat to the lives of observers in the conflict area."

"Kiev’s defiant attitude towards the representatives of a key agency that is fully authorised to monitor the situation in southeast Ukraine, is side-tracking the settlement process."

It's clear. Kiev wants war, not peace. It's just a matter of time before it resumes full-scale.

During his annual marathon Q & A session, Vladimir Putin commented on Ukraine and related issues.

He called Russian war with Ukraine "impossible." He expressed concern about Kiev's responsibility for numerous political assassinations.

"In Ukraine, which aspires to be a democratic country and seeks membership in a democratic Europe (no thorough investigations of these crimes) happen(ed)," he said.

"Where are the killers of all those people? There appear to be none." 

"No killers, no people who hired them. And in Europe and North America they prefer not to notice that."

Despite vicious/irresponsible Western propaganda, Putin stressed Russia has no revanchist aims.

"We do not intend to rebuild an empire, despite what they are accusing us of," he said. 

"We have no imperial ambition. But providing a decent living to people, including Russians living abroad in countries close to us, that we can do by developing cooperation with them…" 

"We don’t really care if a Russian is living in this or that territory behind the border, as long as he can visit his relatives freely, his living standards improve, he feels himself a person of full value, his rights are not violated, and no one forbids him to speak his language."

He called pressuring Russia with sanctions and other measures "useless and senseless."

"I think our partners will soon realize this and will at least try to seek compromise instead of trying to fit us into the stereotypes they consider right."

He criticized Washington saying "(b)ig superpowers pretend to be exceptional and consider themselves the only center of power in the world do not need allies."

"They need vassals. I'm talking about the United States. Russia cannot exist in such a system of relation," he stressed.

America wants "to impose (its will) on virtually the entire world," he explained. It'll fail like all other imperial powers earlier, he said.

Putin is polar opposite Obama.  He makes him look buffoon-like by comparison.

His candor, straightforwardness and credibility contrast with Obama's serial lying.

It shows in his approval rating. An overwhelming 86% of Russians support him. Why anyone puts up with Obama, they'll have to explain.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

Visit his blog site at 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.