Photos from Yemen, just a few. Take a look. Saudi Arabia very effectively prevents foreign reporters from entering Yemen, excluding any aircraft with a reporter in it. We are not supposed to see any of these images. The New York times has provided a few for us. (I guess the NYT no longer tacitly supports the Saudi/US genocide. What's that mean?)
The war in Syria was always Israel's war.
The Golan Heights is part of Syria. Israel has militarily occupied it since the 1967 war. There is a lot of oil and gas, and it is the source of 30% of the water for Israeli farming. The rest of the world does not recognize Israeli "annexation" of the Golan. It's still Syria. Very awkward now. Thanks Eleni.
Trump stated, “We have been paying Pakistan billions of dollars, at the same time, they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting…that must change immediately.”
Pakistani Parliament passes unanimous resolution for the government to consider shutting down US military supply lines to Afghanistan. That's ok. Last time they closed the Khyber Pass, we just used the Russian railways to supply our occupation forces... Thanks Eleni.
Afghan President wants good and peaceful relations with Pakistan.
"The Peanut" (Ain't she cute?) is the endearing term for North Korea's hydrogen bomb. It is obviously of a size to deliver with Korean rocketry, to South Korea, Japan, Guam, Hawaii, Alaska, California, a growing list. China and Russia are on that list, too. This really does change things. The US has to admit it some time.
Three Dangerous Delusions about North Korea (Thanks Eleni)
Military option exists. (It doesn't, unless immediately sacrificing 10 million South Koreans is on your political agenda, too.)
North Korea "MUST" be denuclearized. (Try "can't".)
If the US puts enough pressure on China, China will fix this. (see below)
South Korea proposes a full oil and currency blockade of North Korea. China politely explains position again and declines. Sanctions are at maximum. Only negotiation goes forward from here. AS long as China gets no nuclear fallout from tests, China sits still. America's move...
China prepares Yuan priced, gold backed, crude oil benchmark, for those who are drifting away from the $US, or have had sanctions imposed on them, or other such inconveniences. (I don't think there will be much action in this market. Who would use it, anyway? :-)
“It’s ridiculous to put us on the same (sanctions) list as North Korea and then ask for our help in imposing sanctions on North Korea,” said Putin. “This is being done by people who mix up Australia with Austria.” Putin has hinted that Russia may - and most likely will - use its Security Council veto power to stop any further sanctions from being implemented. ( Negotiating an end to the Korean War yet?)
Saturday, September 9 is North Korea's National Founding Day, often a day of demonstration of the ability to resist American military devastation, which was the founding principle of North Korea. An ICBM, the mate to the cute peanut, is apparently being moved into position for demonstration. What if this one works? What if it works really well?
American Ambassador to the UN, Niki Haley, says "North Korea is Begging for War" or violent-rape, or whatever... "War is never something the United States wants. We don't want it now, but our people's patience is not unlimited", she went on to nobly assert, while pulling out handcuffs, ball-gag and rubber hose.
Chinese icebreaker, "Snow Dragon" is traversing the Northwest Passage, the Arctic shipping channel, which is at it's yearly minimum of sea ice (another effect of warming oceans, besides hurricanes.)
“Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said. (Some non-artificial-intelligence would be useful in allowing a "future".)
Here are a couple of essays speculating about what is going on with Emperor Trump, the Washington Swamp, and the violently convulsing empire. Thanks Eleni.
Hurricane Irma has intensified into an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 hurricane, with maximum winds of 175 mph (280 km/h) with higher gusts. There is time to evacuate Florida. Individuals can decide this on their own. I hear motels are cheap in West Virginia.
As if the city of Houston hasn’t seen enough tragedy due to catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey, things took a turn for the worse today after a U.S. Navy ship collided with a building in the downtown area... It was unclear why the destroyer was not able to see the building and take evasive action, or why it was over 20 miles inland and trying to navigate through a major metropolitan area. (yes, humor)
"Blind children should be allowed to learn to echolocate, like me", says blind man who is quite adept at this batlike super-power.
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