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Will NATO’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve” Be the Trigger for World War III with Russia?

Jan. 20, 2017       Bryan Turbeville

 

"As concern over the last week of Obama’s tenure as President continues to mount and as tensions with Russia edge upwards more and more by the day, the United States and NATO are doing everything they can to signal that they are ready and willing for World War Three. After months of falsely accusing the Russian government of “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” and empire expansion simply for killing Western-backed terrorists in Syria, the U.S. government and corporate media followed up with months more of claims of “Russian hacking” even insinuating that the Russians “hacked the U.S. elections.” This was, of course, after over a year of claiming Russia shot down civilian air liners, invaded Ukraine, imprisons gays, and has no rights for women.

Over the course of the crisis in Ukraine, the U.S. has repeatedly moved troops into threatening positions close to the Russian border. Now, however, one of the biggest pushes yet has materialized in Eastern Europe, right on Russia’s doorstep in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Dubbed, Operation Atlantic Resolve, the massive NATO troop deployment is an obvious act of troop placement in order to prepare for an actual ground assault on Russia itself. At best, it is an incredibly foolish act of bullying and intimidation. At worst, it is preparation for a nuclear holocaust.

As the International Business Times summarizes

"US tanks and armoured vehicles along with over 3,000 US soldiers begin arriving in Poland on Thursday, (12 January). The deployment, which falls under Operation Atlantic Resolve, is the largest exercise of US troops in Europe in decades.

Hundreds of armoured vehicles and over 80 main battle tanks have already arrived in Germany and are reportedly being moved by road and rail to Eastern Europe.

Operation Atlantic Resolve is a mission to show Moscow that Washington is committed to protecting its allies in Eastern Europe. It was launched in the aftermath of Russia annexing Crimea, which triggered fears that Moscow could move to make a similar land grab in Eastern Europe.

The US Armoured Brigade will also reportedly conduct military exercises in the Baltics. The exercise is a part of President Barack Obama’s plan to ease tensions among Nato allies who are concerned about Russian aggression. According to reports, the forces will rotate every nine months.

Tanks and other materials will eventually be stationed in Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Romania and Hungary.

The Duran also describes the massive troop deployments in the following way:

Self-propelled Howitzers and hundreds of other armored fighting vehicles were landing on the shores of northern Germany. To those who had at least one eye on the news, it was like watching the US invasion at Normandy all over again. Over the last few days, some 2,800 pieces of military hardware and 4,000 troops have arrived at the port in Bremerhaven.

The delivery of US Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery, and Bradley fighting vehicles marks a new phase of America’s continuous presence in Europe, which will now be based on a nine-month rotation.

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Operation Atlantic Resolve – as it is being called – is the newest phase in adding and keeping a US armored brigade on the European NATO front and will operate on a nine-month rotational basis. With its headquarters based in Germany, the brigade will first enter Poland and then disperse throughout seven countries from Estonia to Bulgaria; a military front much closer to the Kremlin in Moscow than was setup during the Cold War with the former USSR.

Since the announcement, Putin has had no choice but to counter the military move along Russia’s borders.

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Great Britain will also be joining the military surge – sending fighter jets to the Black Sea and a battalion of troops, tanks and light armor to Estonia later in the spring. Those troops with be supported by French and Danish troops while Germany will be bolstering troops and sending tanks into Lithuania.

Other counties participating in the “Enhanced Forward Presence” are Canada, Romania, the Netherlands, Albania, Croatia, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia and Luxembourg. The US will also be relocating its Stryker Unit from Germany to Poland to join the vastly expanded military presence."

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https://therealstrategy.com/will-natos-operation-atlantic-resolve-be-the-trigger-for-world-war-iii-with-russia/#

going to get interesting

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Women of Yemen call to arms against Saudi aggression (VIDEO)

19 Jan, 2017

Source:  RT   https://www.rt.com/news/374154-yemen-women-protest-saudi/

 

More than 3,000 Yemeni women held a protest rally in the capital Sanaa against exiled president Mansour Hadi and Saudi Arabia’s ongoing military onslaught to reinstate his rule.

The activists gathered at a football stadium in Sanaa on Wednesday calling on the women of Yemen to “fight for peace.”

The women, mostly dressed in black niqabs and carrying weapons, chanted as they marched to upbeat music.

Missile launchers, machine guns were among the weapons brandished at the event.

Yemen is suffering a humanitarian crisis as the two year conflict continues between a Saudi-led pro-government coalition and the Houthi rebels who forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee the country in 2015.

People of Yemen are at the brink of famine, with food and aid supplies cut off. UN estimates that at 10,000 casualties, mostly civilian, have occurred since March 2015, when Saudi Arabia began bombing the country to prevent the rebels from taking control of the entire country.

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https://youtu.be/bHTSjDDx6TU

https://youtu.be/3UXiWb7wspg

 

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North Korean Defector Says Kim Jong-Un’s Control Is Crumbling

Jan. 25, 2017    Choe Sang-Hun

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Thae Yong Ho, second from left, at a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday. He was North Korea’s No. 2 diplomat in London until he fled to the South last summer with his family. Credit Pool photo by Ed Jones

 

"SEOUL, South Korea — The highest-ranking defector from North Korea in years said on Wednesday that the days of the country’s leadership were “numbered,” and that its attempts to control outside information were not working because of corruption and discontent.

“I am sure that more defections of my colleagues will take place, since North Korea is already on a slippery slope,” the defector, Thae Yong-ho, said during a news conference in Seoul, the capital of South Korea. “The traditional structures of the North Korean system are crumbling.”

Mr. Thae had been the North’s No. 2 diplomat in London until he fled to the South last summer with his family. South Korea has hailed his defection as a sign of growing disillusionment among North Korean elites with the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un. Since December, Mr. Thae has given a series of interviews to share his dire view of today’s North Korea.

Mr. Thae’s diagnosis of Mr. Kim’s rule is hardly new. Defectors from the North, as well as some conservative analysts and policy makers in the South, widely share that view. Still, it signaled a drastic change of roles for Mr. Thae.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/world/asia/north-korea-defector.html

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I listened to the BBC yesterday and heard Mr. Thae talking further about NK and it's notorious leader.  No doubt Kim is a nut and is extremely dangerous.  He has nothing to lose and when people feel that way, nothing will stop them even if it obliterates him and everyone around him.

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Of Kim Jong-un himself, Thae Yong-ho knows little. He said the North Korean leader lives a secretive life. Nobody knows even where he resides.

But he is ruthless, according to the defector, and his ability to wreak harm should not be underestimated. Mr Thae reckons that if his very survival were threatened, he would lash out and destroy whatever he could.

Mr Kim doesn't have the means to attack the United States at the moment but he is developing the ability. The high-ranking defector said that once there was an effective nuclear arsenal, the leader would be prepared to use it.

"Kim Jong-un knows that nuclear weapons are the only guarantee for his rule. And Kim Jong-un, I think, will press the button on these dangerous weapons when he thinks that his rule and his dynasty is threatened."

Here's the interview.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38741078

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Congresswoman Who Says U.S. Funds ISIS Just Got Back from Syria: Here’s What She Found

January 31, 2017   |   Darius Shahtahmasebi

Source:  Anti Media

Link:  http://theantimedia.org/congresswoman-us-funds-isis-syria/

 

 Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the lawmaker who accused the U.S. government of funding and arming ISIS and introduced a bill to prevent it from happening in future, recently disclosed that she met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during her recent trip to Syria. The move has reportedly angered many of her fellow congressmen and women.

Upon returning from the war-stricken nation, Gabbard released the following statement in the form of a press release:

“My visit to Syria has made it abundantly clear: Our counterproductive regime change war does not serve America’s interest, and it certainly isn’t in the interest of the Syrian people.

“As I visited with people from across the country, and heard heartbreaking stories of how this war has devastated their lives, I was asked, ‘Why is the United States and its allies helping al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups try to take over Syria? Syria did not attack the United States. Al-Qaeda did.’ I had no answer.”

According to the press release, Gabbard met with refugees, Syrian opposition leaders who led protesters in 2011, widows and family members who fight alongside al-Qaeda groups, pro-Assad troops, humanitarian workers, and students, to name a few. Gabbard also met with high-ranking officials such as Lebanon’s newly-elected President Aon and Prime Minister Hariri, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard, Syrian President Assad, Grand Mufti Hassoun, and Archbishop Denys Antoine Chahda of the Syrian Catholic Church of Aleppo.

Initially, Gabbard allegedly had no intention of meeting Assad, as she stated in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

 

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“When the opportunity arose to meet with him, I did so because I felt that it’s important that if we profess to truly care about the Syrian people, about their suffering, then we’ve got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there is a possibility that we can achieve peace,” she told Tapper.

The meeting with Assad is incredibly controversial because of numerous allegations by the U.N. that Assad has committed crimes against humanity.

“Whatever you think about President Assad, the fact is that he is the president of Syria,” she added. “In order for any peace agreement, in order for any possibility of a viable peace agreement to occur there has to be a conversation with him.”

Not surprisingly, the media has hyped up this visit as outrageous but has omitted some very glaring hypocrisies that arise as a result of Gabbard’s trip to Syria.

First, the Obama administration and Bush administration both drew serious allegations of war crimes, but if Gabbard had met with either of those former presidents, it’s doubtful anyone would have batted an eyelid.

Second, former Secretary of State John Kerry met with Assad in 2009, even though, after nine years in office, Assad was clearly responsible for all of the things western media has been relentlessly accusing him of doing since 2011.

Third, Gabbard’s meeting symbolizes the ridiculousness of America’s foreign policy decision-making system. A few hundred old men and women who have never been to Syria — nor care to go — sit in a room and deliberate a piece of paper deciding whether or not to drop million dollar tomahawk missiles on a relatively poor country. Even when these decision-makers are well aware of the horror their edicts will unleash, they are never required to visit the country, talk to its people, or understand the situation and better educate themselves. In the case of Syria, Congress wasn’t even required to approve the air campaign that began in 2014, as Obama authorized airstrikes without their approval anyway.

Gabbard’s move should be applauded — not ridiculed. Singling Assad out as some sort of mass-murdering psychopath while foreign leaders routinely meet with alleged war criminals such as Israel’s Binyamin NetanyahuSaudi Arabia’s leadership, and Henry Kissinger, to name a few, is the epitome of U.S.-NATO arrogance.

Gabbard may have met with a mass murderer, but she also met with numerous people on the ground — the people who matter most. After doing so, she concluded:

“I return to Washington, DC with even greater resolve to end our illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government. I call upon Congress and the new Administration to answer the pleas of the Syrian people immediately and support the Stop Arming Terrorists Act. We must stop directly and indirectly supporting terrorists—directly by providing weapons, training and logistical support to rebel groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS; and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Turkey, who, in turn, support these terrorist groups. We must end our war to overthrow the Syrian government and focus our attention on defeating al-Qaeda and ISIS.”

No one can criticize her strategy because, for the last six years, no one has even attempted it.

 

This article (Congresswoman Who Says U.S. Funds ISIS Just Got Back from Syria: Here’s What She Found) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Darius Shahtahmasebi and theAntiMedia.org

 

 

 

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Syria executed up to 13,000 people in one prison: Amnesty

Tuesday 7 February 2017 

Source:  Middle East Eye

Article Link:  http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/syrian-prison-hanged-13000-inmates-amnesty-1355676977

 

Syrian grand mufti 'given power to approve thousands of executions'

Wednesday 8 February 2017

Source:  Middle East Eye

Article Link:  http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/senior-syrian-cleric-approved-execution-thousands-syrian-prison-1552206366

 

 

 

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Now, 84 "witnesses" to 13'000 executions, around 150 per witness didn't they loose count? Or, all 84 witnessed the same 150 executions, which were then added up?.... Wow, one more reason to call that funny organisation Shamenest Swindlenational....they're almost as credible as a humanitarian organisation as "organes médecins sans frontières".

Are they really shedding tears for headchopping mercenaries from Lybia, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Chechnya, Indonesia and the Philippines? 

As for the Grand Mufti approving executions: nice try, I wonder why a person that is closely cooperating with f.i. the Orthodox Patriarch, is baselessly blamed for being part of a judicial process that he is definitely not (why should the mufti be involved but not the Patriarch?). Wait, that grand mufti guy is crucial for the functioning of the multi religious syrian society. Smear him, we don't want a Syria as before the FUKUS/Israel/Saudi/EAE intervention, namely a secular state with peaceful multi religious society).

Oh, and I love the idea of the US creating safe zones in Syria, but I feel obliged to inform that they already exist: all the Syrian territory controlled by the legitimate government is a safe zone for the civilians.

The real reason certain forces don't want Bashar al-Assad to run in the next Syrian election is that he'd win doubtlessly - his approval rate is 70-80%...He could even sell some approval points to, say, François Hollande, who desperately needs to get his approval rate above the teens, and still win8).

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Nine Young Children Killed: The Full Details Of The Botched US Raid In Yemen

February 9, 2017   |   admintam

Source:  Anti Media

Link:  http://theantimedia.org/details-botched-us-raid-yemen/

 

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Relatives of people killed in the raid gather in one of the decimated houses. Photo by Nasser al Sane

 

(BIJPlanned for months, it was decided over dinner.

The raid on a village in rural Yemen reportedly aimed to capture or kill one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists and deliver a stinging blow to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a militant network the US had been trying to dismantle for more than a decade.

The collection of small brick houses in Yemen’s dusty central region was home to civilian families as well as militants and was heavily-guarded, meaning a precise, well-practiced operation was paramount.

Intense surveillance was carried out for weeks, rehearsals took place in Djibouti, and Navy SEALS awaited the go-ahead from their commander-in-chief. It came just five days after President Donald Trump took office.

But as the elite team descended under the cover of darkness, what could have been the first major victory for the new administration in its renewed mission to defeat radical Islam quickly went dreadfully wrong.

As cover was blown, enemy fire returned and contingency plans failed, tragedy unfolded on all sides.

It is already known that 8-year-old Nawar al Awlaki, the daughter of al Qaeda propagandist Anwar al Awlaki was among those who died in the attack. But following a field investigation, the Bureau can today reveal that nine children under the age of 13 were killed and five were wounded in the raid in al Bayda province on January 29.

Details emerged piecemeal last week regarding civilian and military deaths, the disputed value of the targets and deficiencies in planning – some of the information coming from military sources in unprecedented briefings against its own administration. Insiders told CNN and NBC that the ultimate target was AQAP leader Qasim al Raymi. If the soldiers didn’t find him in the village they hoped they would find clues as to his location.

But despite the growing reports of failure – and despite the death of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens and the destruction of a $70 million Osprey aircraft – Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer has continued to insist that the mission was a “successful operation by all standards.”

Evidence gathered by the Bureau must surely challenge that assessment. A fierce gunfight turned into an intense aerial bombardment, and the outcome “turned out to be as bad as one can imagine it being,” said former US ambassador to Yemen Stephen Seche.

Working with a journalist who visited the targeted village of al Yakla five days after the raid and talked to nine of the survivors, we have collected the names and ages of all 25 civilians killed as reported by those who live there. The Bureau also has photos of the families hit and the homes destroyed as helicopter gunship fire rained down.

AQAP say 14 “of its men” were killed in the clash, including six villagers. The youngest was 17, the oldest 80.

The villagers say 25 civilians died alongside a group of militants, including nine children under the age of 13.  They deny that any of the dead villagers were AQAP members. Of the nine young children who died, the smallest was only three months old. Eight women were killed, including one who was heavily pregnant. Seven more women and children were injured.

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There is fury at the US for what the villagers say was yet another example of disregard for civilian life in the pursuit of terror.

“It is true they were targeting al Qaeda but why did they have to kill children and women and elderly people?” said Zabnallah Saif al Ameri, who lost nine members of his extended family, five of whom were children. “If such slaughter happened in their country, there would be a lot of shouting about human rights. When our children are killed, they are quiet.”

Villagers described chaos, with people shot as they attempted to flee the gun battle before helicopters opened fire.

“They killed men, children and women and destroyed houses,” said Mohsina Mabkhout al Ameri, who lost her brother, nephew and three of her nephew’s children. “We are normal people and have nothing to do with al Qaeda or [Yemeni rebel movement] the Houthis or anyone. The men came from America, got off the planes and the planes bombed us.”

Civilian deaths can provide ‘recruitment tool’ for terrorists

This is by no means the first US counter-terror operation in Yemen which has killed civilians. Each one has stoked more resentment among the population. Yemeni foreign minister, Abdul Malik al Mekhlafi, said on his official Twitter account that the deaths amounted to “extrajudicial killings.”

A campaign statement by Donald Trump suggests the new leader of the free world may view such civilian casualties as inevitable, or even necessary. “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families,” he said in December. “When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.”

Trump’s statement led to speculation that women and children might be deliberately targeted by the US. But Stephen Seche, who was US ambassador to Yemen from 2007-10, told the Bureau he did not believe America had changed its attitude towards protecting civilians. However “the enormous cost in human life” from this particular raid would damage the legitimacy of American intervention in Yemen, he told the Bureau. “It’s a horrific calculation to have to make and the outcome in this case turned out to be as bad as one can imagine it being.”

Far from delivering a blow to AQAP, the raid may have strengthened it. “Groups like AQAP will contend [this attack] shows Trump is making good on his campaign pledge,” said Letta Tayler, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Even if Trump wasn’t serious, armed extremists are likely to jump on every photo of a Yemeni child killed in a US strike as a recruitment tool.”

“The use of US soldiers, high civilian casualties and disregard for local tribal and political dynamics… plays into AQAP’s narrative of defending Muslims against the West and could increase anti-US sentiment and with it AQAP’s pool of recruits,” said International Crisis Group in a report released three days after the attack.

The alleged target of the raid certainly appeared to think it had helped AQAP’s cause, releasing a message  on February 5 mocking the US. “The fool of the White House got slapped,” said al Raymi in an audio recording which military sources said was authentic, reported NBC.

A nightmare unfolds

As Abdallah al Ameri and his neighbour Sheikh Abdallah al Taisi prepared for bed on January 28, they could be forgiven for thinking they had suffered enough bad luck for a lifetime. Both men, subsistence farmers now too old to work their land, had already survived a US drone attack which hit Abdallah’s wedding party in December 2013. They both lost their eldest sons in that attack, which killed 12 people but which the US has never formally acknowledged.

Their home region of al Bayda had been battered since late 2014, as the Yemeni government led by President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi began its slow-motion collapse. In its place, a three-way battle erupted between tribes allied to the government, the Houthi rebel movement and al Qaeda militants. An international coalition led by Saudi Arabia would join the fray the following year.

Yemen’s hinterland, Yakla included, faced Houthi shelling, incursions by AQAP and bombing by US drones – all on top of severe food and fuel shortages wreaked by a Saudi-led blockade. Yemen now stands on the brink of famine.

The day leading up to the strike, rebel Houthis encamped in the nearby Qaifa mountains fired Katyusha rockets at tribal militiamen in Yakla. The militiamen were allied to the internationally-recognised government led by President Hadi. It was a familiar exchange in an ongoing battle for control of the region since the start of the rebellion.

But the ominous sign of things to come was subtler. Sadiq al Jawfi, a member of a local cross-party ceasefire committee which monitors violations at the request of the UN Security Council envoy to Yemen, told the Bureau that mobile phone coverage providing Yakla with its only line to the outside world had been cut. Yemen’s National Security Bureau (NSB), historically allied to former President Ali Abdallah Saleh and now his Houthi allies, had a history of restricting coverage prior to military operations.

It was a moonless night and the calm in Yakla was punctured only by the familiar sound of drones buzzing overhead.

In the middle of the night US special forces flew from the aircraft carrier USS Makin Island in Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and landed a few kilometres from the village. Things started to go wrong right from the start. One of the Ospreys crash-landed, injuring three of the troops.

“The operation began when the soldiers landed next to the graveyard which lies about 2km away from our town, north of Yakla”, Sheikh Abdelilah Ahmed al Dahab said. The soldiers then proceeded on foot, flanked by military dogs, in the direction of the village. Villagers say there were about 50 soldiers.

An 11-year-old is the first hit

His son Ahmed was the first casualty. According to al Dahab the 11-year-old was woken by the commotion outside and went to see what was going on. “When my son Ahmed saw them, he couldn’t tell that they were soldiers because it was dark,” he said. “He asked them ‘Who are you?’ but the men shot him. He was the first killed. No one thought that marines would descend on our homes to kill us, kill our children and kill our women.”

Tribal leaders Abdelraouf al Dahab and his brother came out to confront the soldiers and were shot dead, committee member Sadiq al Jawfi said. Local sources say they were AQAP members, and press reports released in the initial aftermath of the raid suggested that Abdelraouf and Sultan were among the primary targets of the operation. 80-year-old Saif al Jawfi, who also had al Qaeda connections according to AQAP, came out to see the commotion. He too was killed.

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Relatives of those who died, including the seven children of Fatim Saleh Mohson al Ameri. Photo by Nasser al Sane

 

SEAL Team 6 attacked the home of 65-year-old Abdallah Mabkhout al Ameri, surrounding it and opened fire indiscriminately, Abdelilah al Dahab and other witnesses claimed. “When people heard the gunshots and missiles, local men rushed out of their homes to find out what was going on,” he said.

Three witnesses said the commandos shot at everyone who left their homes. In these lawless parts of Yemen every home has a Kalashnikov and the residents reached for their guns “to defend their homes and their honour,” Abdelilah al Dahab said.

The villagers say 38-year-old mother of seven, Fatim Saleh al Ameri was fatally shot by special operators while trying to flee with her two-year-old son Mohammed. “We pulled him out from his mother’s lap. He was covered in her blood,” said 11-year-old Basil Ahmed Abad al­ Zouba, whose 17-year-old brother was killed.

The al Ameri family was particularly badly hit. Abdallah, 65, who had survived the attack on his wedding party three years earlier, was killed alongside his 25-year-old daughter Fatima and 38-year-old son Mohammed. Three of Mohammed’s four children also died – Aisha, 4, Khadija, 7, and Hussein, 5. A further nine members of the extended family were killed.

As the firefight ensued, helicopter gunships appeared and “shot at everything”, including at homes and people fleeing, Sadiq al Jawfi and other witnesses said. Fahad Ali al Ameri woke up to the gunfire. “I was woken up after midnight by the bombing of the helicopters. There were soldiers on the ground shooting at us. They started shooting at us with machine gun fire.” He says a missile fired at his home, killing his three-month-old daughter as she lay asleep in her crib.

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Abdallah Mabkhout al Ameri, one of the dead, had previously survived a US strike on his wedding party. (Photo: Reprieve)

At some stage, al Qaeda militants who had encamped in the nearby Masharif and Sharia mountains descended to engage the US commandos in a fight which would last over two hours. AQAP say 14 of its men died in total: six villagers and eight others.

The eight-year-old daughter of the late radical American preacher Anwar al Awlaqi, who was visiting her uncle Abdelilah al Dahab, was hiding in a room when it was attacked by the gunships, her uncle said. “Some of the gunfire went through the windows and Nawar was injured in her neck,” he said.

The girl would not survive. “We tried to save her but we couldn’t do anything for her,” said Abdelilah al Dahab. “She was injured around 2.30am and bled until she died at around dawn prayers.”

US special operatives made an exit from the village at around the same time, say villagers, but some air attacks continued.

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Eight-year-old Nawar Anwar Al-Awlaqi is said to have bled to death over two hours.

 

In the days that followed, conflicting narratives emerged. At first, the Department of Defense’s Central Command (Centcom) was bullish, describing the raid as “one in a series of aggressive moves against terrorist planners in Yemen.”

Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a statement honouring the soldier who died. Chief Petty Officer Owens, 36, “gave his full measure for our nation, and in performing his duty, he upheld the noblest standard of military service,” he said.

As details about civilian casualties emerged – most notably that of eight-year-old Nawar al Awlaqi, whose photograph was circulated – the tone was softened. It was “concluded regrettably that civilian non-combatants were likely killed in the midst of a firefight during a raid in Yemen Jan. 29,” said a statement released on February 1. “Casualties may include children.”

Two days later the Pentagon released a video showing a man building bombs which it said had been discovered in the raid. Within hours it was removed from the Pentagon’s website’s after people pointed out the same video had been published online in 2007.

Yemeni government reassesses US relationship

The raid has caused anger in the Yemeni government as well as among civilians. A senior official told Reuters on Wednesday that concerns had been expressed to the US government and in future “there needs to be more coordination with Yemeni authorities before any operation and that there needs to be consideration for our sovereignty.”

The White House, however, continues to insist that the raid was “highly successful.”

“It achieved the purpose it was going to get – save the loss of life that we suffered and the injuries that occurred,” Spicer said in a press briefing on February 7. “The goal of the raid was intelligence-gathering. And that’s what we received, and that’s what we got.”

Centcom did not respond to a request for comment from the Bureau.

US counterterrorism ops in Yemen

The last time US special forces launched a ground operation like this one was in November 2014. It was a rescue mission, trying to spring an American and a South African taken hostage by al Qaeda. Tragically the mission failed and the hostages were killed.

Though US boots have been on the ground in Yemen off and on since 2002, drones and manned jets lead the hunt for AQAP.

More than 162 strikes have left 815 people dead, including 134 civilians (in the last three years of Obama’s presidency civilian deaths in drone attacks dropped considerably). Hundreds of al Qaeda fighters have been reported killed, including a succession of men chosen as the group’s emir.

In 2011, when the Arab Spring reached Yemen and unseated its dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, al Qaeda took full advantage. It turned from a small terrorist group, focussed on blowing up airliners over the US, to an insurgent group governing a chunk of southern Yemen.

With this transition to insurgency, AQAP became the only group in Yemen to actually profit from the 2011 uprising, according to the recent International Crisis Group report.

In May 2016 US soldiers were deployed to an airbase in the south-western province of Lahj  alongside Yemeni troops, coordinating US air strikes and Yemeni ground forces against AQAP.

Together Yemeni soldiers and US air power unseated AQAP from its stronghold but only succeeded in driving the terrorists into the mountains. It has become embedded in the ongoing civil war in Yemen, setting itself up as a Sunni bulwark against the Shia Houthi militias which have occupied the capital since 2014.

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This article (Nine Young Children Killed: The Full Details Of The Botched US Raid In Yemen) by Namir Shabibi and Nasser al Sane, originally appeared on TheBureauInvestigates.com and is licensed Creative Commons 3.0. 

 

Image credit: Nasser al Sane. Help us fix our typos: edits@theantimedia.org

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Shamnesty International: Fake Report undermines Trump policy

February 8, 2017

Source:  Veterans Today

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

Link:  http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/02/08/439743/

 

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[Editor’s noteIn a country where foreign intelligence agencies – Israel, US, Saudis and others imported 100,000 mercenary terrorists from as far away as Indonesia and the Philippines, who have murdered half a million Syrian citizens, the idea that Syrian has only hanged 13,000 of them simply means they need to get busy and hang the rest. …Gordon Duff ]
 

Editor’s note 2: The Grand Mufti below is an interfaith Muslim, and as such deemed a heretic by the Jihadi Wahabbis and under a death sentence by them. Because his security is so high (we were there and saw it) they were never able to get to him, so they murdered his youngest son in college on the day his engagement was announced. Two street kids were hired to shoot him, for $50 each. They did not even know who he was.

When the Christian Churches began to be attacked the Mufti instructed his Imams to begin holding prayer vigils in the churches as a show of religious solidarity, which Syrian is famous for. Because of acts like this, his being such a solid proponent for the Syrian people, all factions, the U. S. would never give him a visa to come to here for a speaking tour.

It was a given that he would be well received and would get a lot of information out to the U.S. media that the Obama people preferred not to happen. We would never have know this ourselves if we had not had our long meeting with him the last day on our last trip.

The image below is an HD still frame from the video I have of most of the meeting. It’s a treasure as he is a logical philosopher with very well prepared arguments, none of which get the light of day in Western media because they are so pursuasive … Jim W. Dean ]

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The U.S. has no right to sit in judgement on Syria, after running a full blown proxy terrorism campaign against its people

 

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Japan sending largest warship for biggest show of force since WWII in S. China Sea – report

March 13, 2017

"Japan is planning to dispatch its largest warship to the disputed South China Sea for a three-month tour, multiple sources told Reuters. The move would be Tokyo's biggest show of naval force since World War II.
The helicopter carrier ‘Izumo’ will set off in May, making stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint naval exercise with Indian and US naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July, according to three sources.

“The aim is to test the capability of the ‘Izumo’ by sending it out on an extended mission,” one of the sources told Reuters. “It will train with the US Navy in the South China Sea."

Another source said Japan wants to invite Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte – who has pushed ties with China in recent months – to visit the warship when it arrives in Subic Bay, located about 100km (62 miles) west of Manila.

A spokesman for Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force declined to comment on the report.

The ‘Izumo’, which measures 249 meters (816 feet) long, is as large as Japan's World War II-era carriers and can operate up to nine helicopters. Its primary mission is anti-submarine warfare.

Japan has classified the warship as a destroyer, as the pacifist constitution forbids the acquisition of offensive weapons. However, the vessel allows Japan to project military power well beyond its territory.

Any plan to dispatch the ‘Izumo’ to the South China Sea is likely to anger Beijing, which lays claim to almost all of the resource-rich waters – despite competing claims from Vietnam, the Philippines Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei."

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Turkey partially blocks NATO projects, including political events & military drills

16 Mar, 2017

Source:  rt.com

Link:  https://www.rt.com/news/380995-turkey-blocks-cooperation-nato/

 

Ankara has partially blocked its participation in some NATO projects, including political events and military drills, amid a diplomatic row over the cancelation of Turkish rallies in several European countries.

A spokeswoman for Ankara's mission to the military alliance said on Thursday that Turkey's withdrawal is only aimed at Austria. Last year Vienna led calls for the European Union to end Turkey's EU accession talks over Ankara's response to a failed coup. Turkish referendum rallies have been canceled in Austria.

“There have been some tensions with Austria and a resulting blockage. It is, however, only targeted at Austria, the other partners are not targeted at all,” Fatma Pasaoglu, spokeswoman for Turkey's mission to NATO in Brussels, said, as cited by Reuters.

Austria's Defense Ministry on its part has confirmed the Turkish block, which potentially affects all 22 NATO partner states. Ministry spokesman Stefan Hirsch told AFP that the “Turkish blockade of Austria’s partner programs with NATO began several months ago."

He told Reuters that Ankara's move could trigger problems in the near future, such as “the preparation of missions in Kosovo, because there are joint training programs.”

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Russian humanitarian aid arrives in Yemen

16 Mar, 2017

Source:  rt.com

 

A Russian NGO has delivered lifesaving aid to the desperate population of war-torn Yemen, where over 18 million people now urgently require some form of humanitarian assistance.

The first delivery of humanitarian aid from the Russian Humanitarian Mission, which cares for the needy in conflict zones, began arriving at the Darawan refugee camp, in the western Yemeni province of Amran on Thursday.

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Filled with life essential supplies for the internally displaced people who are temporarily residing in the camp, the first batch of aid comprised basic foodstuff, medicines, tents and blankets.

The largely forgotten crisis in Yemen has been raging for nearly two deadly years with no end in sight. Over 18 million people in Yemen now require some form of urgent humanitarian intervention in a conflict classified by the United Nations as a Level 3 emergency or as a most severe, large-scale humanitarian crisis.

To help alleviate the human suffering in Yemen, the Russian Humanitarian Mission initiated an aid drive, where anyone willing to contribute donated anything that they could to help their fellow beings. Little by little, the mission gathered enough supplies to fill the aid convoy.

Yemen, already the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula even before the conflict, has seen the humanitarian situation further aggravated by fighting, forced displacement, and shortages of basic commodities.

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Link:  https://www.rt.com/news/380929-yemen-russian-aid-arrives/

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Israeli minister threatens to destroy Syrian air defenses

19 Mar, 2017

Source:  rt.com

Link:  https://www.rt.com/news/381303-israel-threatens-syria-defense/

 

The Israeli defense minister threatened to destroy Syrian air defenses after they shot at Israeli warplanes, which violated Syrian airspace and bombed targets on Syrian soil.

“Next time, if the Syrian aerial defense apparatus acts against our planes, we will destroy it,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli Public Radio on Sunday. “We won't hesitate. Israel's security is above everything else; there will be no compromise.”

He was referring to the Friday morning raid of the Israeli Air Force, the latest of several reported over the past few years, in which Israel claimed it targeted weapons bound for the Lebanese militant movement Hezbollah. Israel says it has to protect itself from advanced weapons which the militants try to obtain from the Syrian government.

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Entire Ukrainian city being evacuated as munitions depot catches fire, explodes (VIDEOS)

March 23, 2017          

Entire Ukrainian city being evacuated as munitions depot catches fire, explodes (VIDEOS)

"Thousands of people are being evacuated from Balakleya in the Kharkov region of Ukraine, as a massive fire has broken out at a munitions depot, which is said to be the largest in the country. There are reports of explosions and shattered windows.

Chaotic scenes with hundreds of vehicles stuck in traffic jams were reported on social media after the Balakleya city administration ordered an emergency evacuation of most of the city.

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Most of the population of Balakleya have been evacuated, the civil defense department of the city's district administration told RIA Novosti.

"The first wave of the evacuation has come to an end, most of the population have been evacuated by buses. Now the buses are returning to evacuate the rest. Specialists are going from house to house checking who remains," the district administration said.

There have been no immediate reports of any civilian casualty."
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Israel Ignores Putin’s Warning

March 22, 2017 

Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi

Source:  theantimedia.org

Link:  http://theantimedia.org/russia-warning-israeli-not-listening/

 

 According to Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations, Russia has reportedly sent a clear warning to the Israeli government that they will no longer have freedom to act in Syrian skies.

“Putin sent a clear message,” said Bashar Jaafari on Syrian television Sunday night, as reported by Haaretz“The fact is that the Israeli ambassador [to Russia] was summoned for a conversation only a day after he submitted his credentials [to the Russian Foreign Ministry last Thursday], and was told categorically that this game was over.” [emphasis added]

Israel has struck Syria multiple times, including before the so-called Syrian civil war began in 2011, as well as periodically over the last six-year period. Just last week, Israel conducted a number of airstrikes within Syrian territory. On Sunday, an Israeli airstrike also allegedly killed a pro-regime commander in the Golan Heights.

According to Jaafari, Syria’s use of anti-aircraft fire against Israel last Thursday night has changed the rules of the game, as Syria will no longer tolerate Israeli fire on its territory. However, Syria’s missile defense system was unsuccessful in bringing down Israeli jets.

Following the use of Syria’s defense system, Israel warned it would respond in turn by taking out Syria’s defenses if Syria deploys them again in future.

In essence, Israel believes it has the right to defend itself from homemade rockets launched from a blockaded, densely populated area that is protected by no air force and no air defenses. At the same time, Israel also believes its neighbor, Syria, does not have an equal right to defend itself from Israel’s vast military capabilities.

In response to Russia’s alleged warning, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reportedly told Vladimir Putin that Israeli air strikes will continue in Syria to contain threats.

The agreement between Russia and Israel that allows the air force to execute “defensive missions” against targets in Syria still stands, Netanyahu said, as reported by the Jerusalem Post. In such instances, he said, “We attack if we have information and the operational feasibility. This will continue.”

It speaks volumes that Israel conducts airstrikes within Syrian territory without even targeting the terror groups Western media has portrayed as sheer evil, like ISIS. In fact, on multiple occasions, ISIS fighters have left behind Israeli weaponry following a string of defeats.

This shouldn’t be surprising given that in 2013, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, told the Jerusalem Post:

“The initial message about the Syrian issue was that we always wanted [President] Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.”

According to the Post, Oren said this was the case even if the other “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.

What this statement signifies is that contrary to popular belief, Israel does not necessarily consider al-Qaeda an imminent threat. It also shows how intent the Israeli government is on ousting the current Syrian government, given pro-government forces have always been on the receiving end of their air strikes.

If anyone needs proof that the so-called war on terror is not at all about prosecuting terror groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS, this would be it. Iranian and Iraqi militias, with the help of U.S. air power, are in the process of defeating the terror group.

Israel appears to have other plans in mind, and defeating ISIS doesn’t appear to be one of them.

 

 

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UN Warns Worst Is Yet to Come With 400,000 Civilians Trapped in Western Mosul

by Jason Ditz, March 23, 2017

Source:  antiwar.com

Link:  http://news.antiwar.com/2017/03/23/un-warns-worst-is-yet-to-come-with-400000-civilians-trapped-in-western-mosul/

 

Early in the Iraqi government’s invasion of Mosul, a decision was made to tell the civilian population not to flee. At the time, this was meant to allow them to target those fleeing as ISIS fighters, and to make up for the lack of preparation to absorb civilians for the long period of time such a fight was going to take.

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This is brutal and a dangerous situation. I don't know how many around the world are aware of this, but it's disturbing and as real as any human problem anywhere in the world.

 

Genocide in South Africa - What Media Won't Tell You | Mike Cernovichfor  Periscope

 

Talking About Genocide in South Africa With https:\\suidlanders.org | Mike Cernovich Periscope

 

We are not calling for the slaughter of white people...for now.    from Nov. of 2016

 

  https://suidlanders.org/   I believe it was in the first video, that Roche said SA members of ANC are in the states working alongside BLM.  SA, so beautiful and yet so deadly.  Yes, I did see that anger when I was there, and it caught me off guard, but sure gave me reason to pay attention.  In all fairness, on the other hand, I met those who were no part of this extremism, however there are only about 4.5 million whites in SA, compared to 30-40 million others. Very sad situation for all Africans. Reverse discrimination is rampant. 

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Forget Trump’s Twitter Posts, the U.S. Is Using al-Qaeda as a Proxy Army in Syria

March 30, 2017 

Written by Darius Shahtahmasebi

Source Link:  http://theantimedia.org/trump-twitter-al-qaeda-syria/

 

Amid distractions from Trump’s Twitter account and the media’s concerns regarding whether or not he fully understands how NATO works, al-Qaeda has been busy in Syria over the past few weeks. According to the Guardian, fierce clashes broke out in the Syrian capital of Damascus on March 19, as “insurgents” infiltrated government-held parts of the city through tunnels.

Unsurprisingly, the relevant Guardian article was entitled “Clashes in Damascus after rebels tunnel into government-held areas.” However, a closer look at this story presents a very disturbing picture of America’s foreign policy and the corporate media’s complicity in allowing atrocities to go under-reported.

As the Guardian notes further down in its report, the rebels involved included the “ultraconservative Ahrar al-Sham rebel faction”; “[T]he Levant Liberation Committee (LLC), a group linked to al-Qaida”; and the “independent Failaq al-Rahman faction.” All of these groups are al-Qaeda affiliates, and if they were burrowing tunnels overnight in New York, you can bet the media would not be presenting them as insurgents or “rebels.”

Of course, one could argue that some of these groups have allegedly broken ties with certain designated terrorist organizations, but that wouldn’t change the fact that they are almost ideologically identical. In 2015, a think tank founded by Tony Blair concluded in a report that it was pointless to distinguish between the various rebel groups as the majority of them shared ISIS’ core belief system and were intent on establishing sharia law. Further, the report found that the groups are indistinguishable on the ground as they all work together in conducting operations. The various groups may no longer get along with ISIS. They may have different names and leaders. But they pose the same threat to the Syrian state that ISIS does.

Essentially, there are two major issues with this particular narrative the mass media is promulgating. First, the media still insists on referring to these groups as mere rebel groups despite their clear links to al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Second, the corporate media largely ignores the fact that these same al-Qaeda-linked fanatics are attacking the Syrian state using American-made and supplied weaponry. Illustrating both of these points, Alternet’s Ben Norton notes:

“In her coverage of the assault on Damascus, the Washington Post’s Liz Sly provided a prime example of how this media whitewashing works: Sly did not even mention Tahrir al-Sham’s links to al-Qaeda, referring to the group simple as “extreme.” She also described a U.S.-vetted FSA faction that was fighting alongside rebranded al-Qaeda, Faylaq al-Rahman, as ‘moderate.’

“Another disturbing development that has been virtually ignored by U.S. mainstream media are the videos of Tahrir al-Sham and the FSA-affiliated Jaish al-Izza, which is fighting alongside rebranded al-Qaeda in the Hama offensive, attacking the Syrian army with TOW anti-tank missiles, which were manufactured by the American weapons company Raytheon and supplied to CIA-vetted rebels.” [emphasis added]

One cannot realistically talk about the war on terror without taking into account the fact that when it suits Western foreign policy goals, terrorist groups are incredibly useful. In that context, every time world leaders denounce a terror attack, we should be incredibly suspicious of the motives underlying their concerns. Norton brilliantly captures this hypocritical paradigm in his report, stating:

“Western media outlets have consistently treated Jabhat al-Nusra, in its various rebranded forms, differently than other branches of al-Qaeda, as it happens to be attacking Western enemies: the Syrian government and its allies Iran, Hezbollah and Russia.

Most disturbing, however, is the fact that the U.S. not only supports existing terror structures but also actively creates them in the first place. In 2015, the Washington Post reported that the CIA’s budget for training Syrian rebels was at least $1 billion a year. In 2016, the New York Times reported that the CIA provides most of the training to Syrian rebels but relies mostly on Saudi funding for these operations. This majority Saudi funding comes on top of the $1 billion a year the CIA has already been spending on training rebels to fight in Syria.

And what are these rebels being trained to do? According to a report by PBS, the CIA was training these rebels to ambush soldiers, retrieve munitions, and then finish off wounded soldiers who were still alive: an apparent war crime and terrorist tactic. The continued U.S. programs to arm terrorists have led lawmakers Tulsi Gabbard and Rand Paul to introduce legislation calling on the government to cease its practices.

Regardless of one’s thoughts on Syria, Russia, and Iran, if there is a government that could refrain from responding violently to these types of terrorist groups ransacking its territory, we have certainly never seen one. American authorities already respond violently to unarmed homeless people, executing them in broad daylight. Imagine how the U.S. would respond to groups of this kind pursuing an “insurgency” on American soil.

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South African Genocide and BULALA with Cuan Elgin and Brian Ruhe - 1 of 2

 

South African Genocide and BULALA with Cuan Elgin and Brian Ruhe - 2 of 2

 

Just a note, these men speaking out are risking their lives every time they open their mouths.

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Take a look at the massive crowds that marched against Zuma today 

Nic Andersen      from April 12, 2017

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"The National Day of Action or Opposition March has officially come to an end. Supporters from all the opposition parties met up at Church Square and marched together to the Union Buildings, marchers were then addressed by various political leaders. With any mass gathering like this,  crowd numbers always differ, one thing is certain though, the crowds were definitely huge.

Some reports go as far as saying that crowds got as big as 120 000, while that might be an exaggeration, you can see the incredible size of the crowds below.

It’s important to remember that all this is happening on President Zuma’s 75th birthday (Pravin Gordhan’s birthday too)."

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Venezuela on the Verge of Revolution: A Quick Overview

April 22, 2017

Written by James Holbrooks

Source Link:  http://theantimedia.org/venezuela-verge-revolution-overview/

 

(ANTIMEDIA) Caracas — Venezuela, a country with only $10 billion left in reserves to run on, is in trouble. The people are starving. The government has gone full-on authoritarian, and now desperate human beings are dying in the streets.

From an Associated Press report on Friday:

“Authorities in Venezuela say 12 people were killed overnight following looting and violence in the South American nation’s capital amid a spiraling political crisis.”

Continuing, the report further highlighted the gravity of the situation:

“Most of the deaths took place in El Valle, where opposition leaders say 13 people were hit with an electrical current while trying to loot a bakery protected by an electric fence.”

These are people without options, forced to turn to thievery to stay alive. And they died because of it.

On April 6, The Economist reported that over the past year, 74 percent of Venezuelans lost an average of 20 pounds. Venezuela, incidentally, has topped Bloomberg’s Economic Misery Index for the past three years.

The country began its slide downward into chaos with the election of President Nicolas Maduro, who immediately began implementing socialist programs and has since taken extreme measures to secure his position.

At the end of March, for instance, Maduro effectively shut down Venezuela’s congress — his primary political opposition — and gave those legislative duties to his puppet Supreme Court.

The latest news coming out of the South American nation — aside from the deaths of people trying to steal bread to live — is that General Motors, whose Venezuelan production facility was overtaken by local authorities, has now ceased all operations in the country.

To put that in perspective, consider that in 2016, only 3,000 vehicles were sold in Venezuela, a country of 30 million people.

The U.S. Southern Command has floated the idea of using the United States’ military to contain unrest in Venezuela, though historically American intervention in South America is both widely unpopular in the region and wildly unsuccessful.

As we look on at the continuing horrors in the Middle East and what seems, at the moment, to be the makings of World War III in Asia, let’s not lose sight of the fact that right now, the people of Venezuela are in pain.

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