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The World Below / 20 women, one child killed in fresh Saudi airstrikes in Yemen
« Last post by Rudi Jan on March 10, 2019, 10:27:14 AM »
20 women, one child killed in fresh Saudi airstrikes in Yemen

Sun Mar 10, 2019 05:46PM [Updated: Sun Mar 10, 2019 06:20PM ]

This photo released on social media shows the aftermath of Saudi airstrikes in Yemen’s Hajjah province, which left
20 women and a child dead, on March 10, 2019. (via Twitter)

Nearly two dozen women and a child have been killed in the latest round of Saudi airstrikes in Yemen as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious campaign against the impoverished southern neighbor.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Saudi warplanes bombarded residential buildings in Talan village of Kushar district in Yemen's northwestern province of Hajjah on Sunday afternoon, leaving
20 women and a child dead, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported.

The sources added that the attacks leveled five houses to the ground. Locals were looking for possible survivors under the rubble.

Saudi warplanes also reportedly targeted ambulances, preventing doctors and paramedics from reaching the area.

The leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement recently said Yemeni women and children are being brutally killed by US and Western-made munitions used in the campaign.

This photo released on social media shows the aftermath of Saudi airstrikes in Yemen’s Hajjah province, which left
20 women and a child dead, on March 10, 2019. (via Twitter)

Delivering a televised speech broadcast live from the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, on February 25, Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said, “The main goal of the enemies of Islam from the ongoing aggression against Yemen is to get full control over us. However, the most important outcome of Islam … is to protect us against slavery and exploitation.”

“The enemy has focused its primary attention on women as they hold an important position both in the family and the society. Islam brought independence to us, and freed us from the grips of reliance and dependence.”

PressTV-Bin Salman threatens to target Yemeni women, kids
The Saudi crown prince has reportedly threatened to target women and children in Yemen irrespective of international criticism of strikes against civilians.

Separately, scores of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi were killed and injured when a powerful bomb explosion struck them as they sought to infiltrate an area in Nihm district of Yemen's central-west province of Sana'a.

Yemeni soldiers and allied fighters from Popular Committees also pounded the positions of Riyadh's mercenaries in Jaribat area of the country’s central province of Bayda.

Elsewhere in Ajasher desert area of Saudi Arabia’s southern region of Najran, Saudi-paid militiamen suffered losses when Yemeni troops and their allies launched a major offensive there.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched the devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing the government of Hadi back to power and crushing Ansarullah.

Displaced Yemenis from the province of Hudaydah pose in a makeshift camp in the northern district of Abs in Yemen's
northwestern province of Hajjah on March 6, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

According to a report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN has already said that a record 22.2 million Yemenis are in dire need of food, including 8.4 million threatened by severe hunger. According to the world body, Yemen is suffering from the most severe famine in more than 100 years.

R ~ Another mad man, british trained and operated at the behest of Israel.
Russia’s newest warship sails near UK coast with ‘HALLUCINATING’ device on board

Published time: 10 Mar, 2019 09:33
Edited time: 10 Mar, 2019 09:48

'Admiral Gorshkov' is the newest ship in Russia's blue-water fleet © RIA Novosti / Alexander Galperin

A Russian frigate sailed through the English Channel after a stop off the Scottish coast, where it was shadowed by a UK warship and closely watched by local media that fanned fears about a “hallucination-inducing device” on board.

‘Admiral Gorshkov’ and three auxiliary vessels has successfully passed through the Channel and made it to the Atlantic Ocean, according to Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet. This is the first long-term deployment of the newest warship, which was commissioned by the Russian Navy back in July last year.

Earlier this week, the four-ship naval task group had been spotted near the coast of Scotland en route to the Mediterranean. The Royal Navy scrambled its HMS ‘Defender’ to shadow the 4,500-ton guided missile frigate.

A navy spokesman told the Times that the ‘Defender,’ a Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer, was “monitoring the Russian task group and keeping track of their activity in areas of national interest.”

The reserved statement didn’t play well with Scottish politicians, however, who said they felt defenseless as a result of Russia’s maritime deployments. “The UK’s Ministry of Defence is failing Scotland, allowing Russian navy vessels sailing through our territorial waters at will to conduct provocative drills like this,” SNP Defence spokesperson Stewart McDonald argued.

All Royal Navy warships vessels are based on the Channel coast, and it takes too long for them to arrive in Scottish waters in the event of an emergency, he complained.

That aside, UK media tried to seize the opportunity to fan the “Russia scare.” The Times, for instance, said that at least one of the ‘Admiral Gorshkov’-class frigates is reported to have been fitted with the Filin 5P-42 weapon, a “visual optical interference” device.

The secretive weapon is believed to cause “dizziness, nausea and feelings of disorientation” among enemy personnel, the paper suggested. The non-lethal device is believed to have been installed on Gorshkov-type frigates, but there are no verifiable reports that it was used in situations other than sea trials.

The Royal Navy tried to calm fears, saying that the Russian ships had stopped off the Scottish coast to seek shelter during a storm. They continued on their journey once conditions cleared, a Navy source said. “They were waiting out the weather. Anyone who says they were trying to agitate is pushing fake news,” he stated.

R ~ The British are quite mad. I guess you need that sort of paranoia considering Britain is run by the crew George Orwell wrote about. Someday  perfiduous Albion will reap the rewards.
‘Cyberattacks & insider sabotage’: Venezuela’s power grid still under attack – Maduro

Published time: 9 Mar, 2019 21:41
Edited time: 9 Mar, 2019 23:44

Power towers in Caracas, Venezuela © Reuters / Carlos Jasso

Electrical systems in Venezuela have been targeted by another cyberattack, President Nicholas Maduro has said. Caracas has accused the US of “sabotage”, while US officials blame local corruption and mismanagement for the blackout.

After a failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant left much of the country without power on Thursday night, Venezuelan authorities managed to restore power to “many parts” of the country. However, the country’s grid took another hammering on Saturday, with many of the restored systems knocked out once again, the country’s embattled president said.

According to Maduro, the systems had been nearly 70 percent restored when “we received another attack, of a cybernetic nature, at midday… that disturbed the reconnection process and knocked out everything that had been achieved until noon.”

We discovered that they were carrying out high-tech… attacks against the power systems.

Additionally, “one of the sources of generation that was working perfectly,” was also sabotaged, he added, accusing domestic “infiltrators of attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Authorities are now trying to restore the systems “manually,” while struggling to “diagnose why the computerized” systems failed on such a massive scale.

Earlier, unconfirmed reports suggested that 95 percent of the crisis-stricken country was again without power, after Sidor Substation in Bolivar state had allegedly exploded, spewing clouds of black smoke into the sky. The substation had reportedly been sustaining the country’s power supply since the Guri plant –which produces 80 percent of the country’s power– failed.

The Venezuelan government blamed Thursday’s blackout on US “sabotage.” President Nicolas Maduro accused Washington of waging an “electricity war” on the socialist state, while communication and information minister Jorge Rodriguez blamed the outage on a US-orchestrated cyberattack.

Meanwhile US officials, including a vocal proponent of regime change in Venezuela, Senator Marco Rubio, blamed the socialist policies of Maduro’s government for letting the country’s infrastructure crumble to breaking point. The Florida Republican claimed that the country’s union of electricity workers had predicted the blackout, accused Maduro of pocketing money that could have been used for repairs, and joked that he “must have pressed the wrong thing on the ‘electronic attack’ app I downloaded from Apple.”

Meanwhile, in the darkened streets of Caracas, a power struggle is still playing out between President Maduro and US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself ‘interim president’ in January. Washington immediately threw its full weight behind Guaido, as did a host of Latin American and EU states. Although the Trump administration admitted this week that it has no particular “timeline” for its desired regime change, the official line from Washington remains “all options are on the table.”
Act 17: Police soak Yellow Vest demonstrators with water cannon, fire teargas

Published time: 9 Mar, 2019 17:27
Edited time: 9 Mar, 2019 17:51

Screenshot from Ruptly video © RT

Police in Paris have deployed water cannon and tear gas against anti-government ‘Yellow Vests’ demonstrators. As the protests enter their 17th straight week, the government has been accused of using excessive force.

Although turnout has decreased since the Yellow Vests movement began in November, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris and other cities throughout the country again on Saturday, voicing their opposition to the  economic policies of President Emmanuel Macron that they say benefit the rich but not the majority.

On the Champs-Elysées, riot police hosed down the demonstrators with jets of water and deployed tear gas.

The fresh round of protests comes days after UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called for a full investigation into reports of excessive use of force by the French police, which left over 2,000 injured and dozens maimed.

Violent clashes between demonstrators and armored riot cops were filmed again on Saturday.

The movement’s organizers have planned a massive demonstration for next Saturday, timed to coincide with the end of President Macron’s three-month ‘Great National Debate,’ a public forum aimed at quelling the tide of dissent in France and forging “a new contract with the nation.”
Back to square one? Washington now says ‘no timeline’ for regime change in Venezuela

Published time: 9 Mar, 2019 09:22

Opposition supporters take part in a rally to commemorate the Day of the Youth and to protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's
government in Caracas, Venezuela February 12, 2019. © Reuters / Carlos Garcia Rawlins

After weeks of insinuating that Nicolas Maduro’s ouster was imminent, Washington now insists that there’s “no timeline” for regime change in Venezuela. RT looks at how the US’ best laid plans haven’t panned out.

When Vice President Mike Pence released a video statement in January pledging full US support for Juan Guaido’s claim to the Venezuelan presidency, many assumed that an operation to install the opposition leader in Caracas was just around the corner. But more than a month later, and with Maduro still firmly in power, Washington seems to be out of ideas: Not only has the US failed to deliver its “humanitarian aid” to Venezuela, but Washington’s allies have unanimously ruled out military action.

The Trump administration now asserts that there’s “no timeline” for regime change in Venezuela – what RT’s Igor Zhdanov described as a “thinly veiled admission of failure.” Washington still contends that “all options are on the table” – but how many options are left?

R ~ gee, no sales of weapons to Turkey and now no oil to be stolen from Venezuela. The 'coalition' hold on Syria and it's oil reserves is rather tenuous. Rough times ahead for the (((deep state))) war chest. In any case, to his credit, Trump was letting his war department rant and rave when all the while he wasn't going to go military on Venezuela, in spite of his rhetoric. This is somewhat similar to how he 'dealt' with N Korea - a great deal of verbiage but no actual hostilities. Frankly, another war would be a really bad idea and Trump knows it. His slim hold on the bureaucracy would simply be swamped by the shrill voices that will be raised from the war party in Congress.

No Patriots, no F-35s: Pentagon to empty Turkish army’s shopping cart if it goes on with S-400 deal

Published time: 9 Mar, 2019 10:04

© Russian Defense Ministry; REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Neither the F-35 fifth-generation fighter jet nor the Patriot air defense system will be available to the Turkish military once they get the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missiles, a Pentagon spokesman threatened.

“I can tell you that if Turkey takes the S-400s there would be grave consequences in terms of our military relationship with them,” Charles Summers, acting chief spokesman for the Pentagon, was quoted by US media. “If they take the S-400s, they would not get the F-35s and Patriots,” he told an informal press briefing.

The stern warning came after Ankara missed a so-called “soft deadline” set by Washington to decide whether to buy the Raytheon-built Patriot missile system. The formal offer expires at the end of this month, and it seems Turkey will not accept it.

Earlier this week, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said his country is buying the S-400s because “we have to protect our 82 million citizens.” The purchase is “not a choice but a necessity,” he argued.

Ankara is planning to purchase 100 F-35s from the US and its pilots are currently going through training at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Turkish companies also contribute to America’s costliest defense program supplying key components, including airframe structures and assemblies, and the center fuselages.

US defense officials have long insisted that using both F-35 and S-400 is impossible without compromising the stealth jet’s classified features. However, Turkish leadership believes the American pressure has more to do with politics than technical issues.

Washington has also been trying to compel India to ditch a similar S-400 deal with Russia. New Delhi has said the deal is not up for discussion.

R ~ The only grave consequence is to the bottom line of the MIC.
German minister reveals why Guaido wasn’t arrested upon returning to Venezuela

By News Desk -2019-03-09

The presence of foreign diplomats, including German Ambassador Daniel Kriener, at Caracas Airport on Monday probably “contributed” to Guaido’s not being arrested by Venezuelan authorities, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said.

“There was information that [Guaido] was meant to be arrested there, and I think the presence of various ambassadors contributed to helping prevent this arrest,” Maas said, speaking to reporters in Berlin on Thursday, according to AP.

The remarks follow Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza’s announcement on Wednesday that Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela had been given 48 hours to leave the country for his “interference in the country’s internal affairs.” In a statement, Arreaza called Kriener’s behaviour “a clear violation of the norms of diplomatic relations.”

Venezuela Declares German Envoy Persona Non-Grata Over ‘Interference in Internal Affairs’

Heiko slammed Caracas’ decision, calling the expulsion an “incomprehensible decision” and adding that Europe’s support for Guaido was “unwavering.”

On Thursday, an EU Foreign Affairs spokesperson voiced the bloc’s “regret” with Caracas’s decision to expel Kriener and urged the authorities to reconsider.

Guaido himself called the Venezuelan government’s move a “threat against Germany,” insisting that the German ambassador should stay in the country illegally and calling on Berlin to tightened sanctions against Caracas.

The opposition leader arrived in Caracas on Monday following a trip abroad to several nations in the region.

Germany endorsed US sanctions against Venezuela last week, with authorities promising to lobby the EU to adopt further restrictions against the country in the near future.

Berlin joined Washington in recognising Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s leader after the opposition figure proclaimed himself the country’s interim president on January 23.

Canada, multiple Latin American nations, and other European powers also offered support for Guiado’s takeover bid. Russia, China, Bolivia, Turkey and Iran, among other countries, voiced their support for the Venezuelan government, urging outside powers not to interfere in the Latin American country’s internal affairs.

R ~ None of these diplomats are present to find the truth. They are there to back up Bolton's play to grab the wealth of venezuala to replenish he (((deep State))) budget and allow the jew carpetbaggers to steal what remains.
The World Below / Israeli Navy Ready To Block Iranian Oil Transit
« Last post by Rudi Jan on March 09, 2019, 05:42:42 AM »
Israeli Navy Ready To Block Iranian Oil Transit, US-backed Forces Starve Refugees In Syria


Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham will continue its attacks on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian forces around Idlib province, a spokesman for the terrorist group said in an official video message released on March 6. Abu Khalid al-Shami threatened that the SAA and Russian forces with “long dark nights” and “black days stained with blood.”

This statement came in response to a recent resumption of SAA strikes on terror infrastructure of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and its allies in the province.

An acute humanitarian crisis is developing in the Rukban refugee camp, which is located near the US military garrison in al-Tanf. On March 5, the Russian Defense Ministry released satellite images showing the real living conditions in the camp.

- A waste deposit is located in close proximity to the living accommodations.
- A notable part of the camp is tents and sheds, which means that no conditions allowing a permanent residence of thousands of people have been created.
- No subsistence warehouses or meal stations are being observed.
- Food and other goods can be get only in pop-up markets controlled by militants.

The Russian military said that US-backed forces are preventing civilians from leaving the site. It stressed that the Rukban area is no more a refugee camp. It is a reservation area with hostages.

The Russian side pointed out that the US military is opposing to the evacuation of civilians and spreading rumors that they will be persecuted by the Damascus government. US-backed militants demand notable sums in USD from people who want to leave the camp.

The statement added that about 35,000 people have declared their readiness to return to the government-controlled part of the country.

Earlier in March, Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department said that Washington is against the Syrian-Russian plan to evacuate people from the area because it does not meet “protection standards”. Nonetheless, he did not point out what standards are being met by the living conditions created for refugees by US-backed forces in Rukban.

On March 6, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to deploy Israeli warships to help tackle suspected Iranian efforts to continue export oil via maritime routes to skirt US sanctions. Netanyahu stressed that Israeli sailors are well-trained and adept at carrying out sea missions against adversaries. However, he failed to explain how a relatively small Israeli naval force is going to block maritime routes used by Iran. Most likely, the Israeli Prime Minister expects that in the event of a naval confrontation with Iran, the Israeli force will be directly supported by the US Navy. This would explain where Israel is going to find resources to achieve a victory in a supposed standoff.

While this kind of statements are a common practice for Israeli politicians exploiting tensions with Iran to score some political points, they also show that Israel may have been planning to expand its military actions against Iranian and Iranian backed forces outside the Syrian battleground.
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