GOD cursed the Jews out of Jerusalem for life, for practising Satanism. Jesus Christ tried to preach the word of God, but they crucified him for it.

ST. JUSTIN, martyr stated in 116 A. D. “The Jews were behind all the persecutions of the Christians. They wandered through the country everywhere hating and undermining the Christian faith.”

ONCE WE UNITE We can stand up against those that keep seeking to divide us, with false news, and staged terrorist attacks. Together we can stop working for them, stop paying taxes, bills, fees, fraudulent debt etc. The end of the fiat currency that is used to enslave us begins. No more slavery, debt poverty terrorism illness evil and control e.t.c.

REAL MUSLIMS are never ever shown on TV News networks.  The Muslims you see on TV are the Jews dressed as Muslims, defaming them, to spread racism and hate among us. Wake up and stop hating false enemies that the Jews invent for us to focus on.

OUR NATURE IS SOVEREIGN (we are born free) and so, obviously, God wants us to be liberated from earthly rulers.

Jews were behind the Crucades, Ku Klux Klan, Spanish Inquisition, killing millions of real Christians, in the name of God, hiding behind the Roman Catholic Church (Vatican) spreading Terror... just like they are now doing to the Islamic religion.

JUDAISM = ZIONISM today, started way back in 740bc when the Amalek Edomite Khazarian Turks (now called JEWS), converted to Judaism for political reasons. A stolen identity and history, now needs a name to become complete, so the term "Jew" was invented in 1770. All history and so called "holy books" were re-written to accomodate the lies, to create the Satanic Jew... which has nothing to do with Israelite Hebrews.

HATE CRIMES. Today, the whole world already knows that U.S.A, England and Israel (Rothschild & Co.) plans attacks and wars, using proxy regimes in every country, (so no one blames the Jews) tying them to the dates of Jewish holidays. It’s been noticed that not only terrorist attacks and military operations are planned on Jewish holidays, but also carrying out those terrorist attacks is planned so that the funerals from the attacks would fall on the feasts of the Jews

THE AGENDA: To destroy Christianity, just as they have destroyed empires, nations, heterosexual identities and nuclear families. The agenda is to strip people of power, control, unity, identity and health, leaving us defenceless in the face of a Jewish One-World Tyranny.

JUDAISM = SATANISM is the only religion that have sex (thrusting their pelvis) when they pray to Sex Goddess Shekinah. Jews today continue to murder Christian and non-Jewish children to use their blood in Jewish rituals and holidays

The invention of the Muslim Terrorist is the latest invention by the Jews, to spread fear and dismantle governments that are not yet puppets of the Jews...or have decided to stop serving the Jews.. justifying raping the World, and slaughtering billions of innocent genuine semite and gentile families in every country for power and control annually... under the illusion of Freedom, Democracy, War on Terror, or anything else that can justify their invasions and mass murders for their 2 horned God.

Jewish Rabbi claims Islam is Israel's broom
"We control Islam, and we'll use it to destroy the west."


The Elite Jews create the illness, then sell the Cure. They create Chaos & Terrorism, then sell the solution.

Problem, Reaction, Solution, is a Jew conjuring trick within their forever wandering diaspora in order to play the victim, and influence global changes in laws to protect all their historic and contemporary lies ……Who still falls for this old Yiddish trick manipulating policy changes to hide and protect Jewish crimes, acting out Trotsky’s theory of permanent revolution against the gentile, changes which gives (((them))) immunity when hiding the truth.

Jews killing Christian Arabs again for their 2 horned God

Everyone was talking about Jesus! But when it came time to speak up for him in public, no one said a word. All were afraid of the Jews. Fear can stifle our witness. Although many people talk about Christ in church, when it comes to making a public statement about their faith, they are often embarrassed. Jesus says that he will acknowledge us before God if we acknowledge Him before others.

All 'Jews' today are the Khazars (converts) and Edomites, some call them the Khazarian Mafia (KM) hellbent on a World Government, as was the ruling Jewish class in the times of Jesus. Herod was an Edomite, after Esau ( Malachi 1: 3 ; Romans 9:13 ), not Jacob Israel. These Jew Fraudsters believe themelves to be Israelites (Hebrews) or from the royal tribe of Judah, claim the Bible Consignor gives themselves mandate to rule the whole world ( Psalm 2: 6-9 , Psalm 2: 10-11 , Deuteronomy 20: 10-14 , Deuteronomy 20 : 12-17 , Isaiah 60: 5 , 60: 10-11 , 60:12 , 60: 14-16 ,Psalm 2: 8 ; ), and a Judahite or descendent of the Tribe of Judah, most of the apostles were Israelites, only one of them was Jewish; Judas. The first time Jews are Mentioned in the Bible, is in II Kings 16: 6105: 44 ; 111: 6 ). Jesus was a Galilean or resident of Galilee ( Matthew 26:69 ; John 7:41 (and then only in translations revised in the eighteenth century) where we find Israel was at war with the Jews and drave the Jews from elathane. The 'Jews' in 'Jesus' time were Edomites/Turkic Mongols/Khazars/Amalak/Gog/Magog. Edom or Edomite had BEEN translated by Greek and Latin into Ioudaios and Iudaeus meaning a Judean or person living in Judea. The original King James version of the Bible, 1611, translated IDUMAEANS-Judean into Iewes. The first "Jews" were Canaanite-Edomite-Hittite.Source

US ‘Downs’ Legitimacy After Claims of Downing Iranian Drone

Tony Cartalucci
21st Century Wire

The US boasted of downing an Iranian drone over the Strait of Hormuz, admittedly in international waters, just miles off Iran’s coast, and thousands of miles from Washington.

It claims the drone was “threatening” a US amphibious assault ship, the USS Boxer.

The Washington Post in its article, “Trump says the U.S. Navy downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz,” would claim:

A U.S. naval ship downed an Iranian drone that flew too close and ignored multiple calls to turn away, President Trump said Thursday, as tensions between the United States and Iran appeared to be rising once again in the Persian Gulf region. 

Speaking at the White House, Trump said the drone came within 1,000 yards of the USS Boxer in the Strait of Hormuz before the crew “took defensive action” and “immediately destroyed” it.

An AP article titled, “US warship downs Iranian drone in Hormuz Strait,” noted that (emphasis added):

The Pentagon said the incident happened at 10 am local time on Thursday in international waters while the Boxer was transiting the waterway to enter the Persian Gulf. The Boxer is one of several US naval ships in the area, including the USS Abraham Lincoln, an aircraft carrier that has been operating in the nearby North Arabian Sea for weeks.

The claims come nearly a month after Iran shot down a US drone – an RQ-4A Global Hawk – operating near Iranian shores, also in the Strait of Hormuz.

At the time, the US condemned Iran’s move claiming it had downed the drone over international waters. Now – the US openly claims it has shot down an Iranian drone over international waters. The overt hypocrisy is intentional. The US has been attempting to goad Tehran into an armed conflict for years with US policy papers openly admitting as much.

A 2009 Brookings Institution paper titled, “Which Path to Persia? Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran,” would openly admit (emphasis added):

…it would be far more preferable if the United States could cite an Iranian provocation as justification for the airstrikes before launching them. Clearly, the more outrageous, the more deadly, and the more unprovoked the Iranian action, the better off the United States would be. Of course, it would be very difficult for the United States to goad Iran into such a provocation without the rest of the world recognizing this game, which would then undermine it.  

Apparently, the US is no longer concerned about whether or not the world recognizes this game and is doing everything in its power to goad Iran into miscalculating and granting the US justification for a long-desired and much larger conflict with Tehran.

Did the Iranian Drone Really Threaten the USS Boxer? Was it Even an Iranian Drone? 

As with most deliberate provocations – the recent US claims of downing an Iranian drone came with minimum details and no evidence at all. Not even the type of drone was mentioned by the Washington Post or AP.

Claims that the drone came within 1,000 yards of the ship and was disabled through electronic jamming indicates it was most likely an off-the-shelf drone used for photography and in no way posed a threat to the USS Boxer.

Iranian media – for its part – claims the US most likely shot down their own drone, and denies Iran was operating any of its own drones in the area at the time. Iran’s PressTV in an article titled, “US may have shot down own drone in Persian Gulf, Iran says of Trump’s claim,” would claim:

Iran has rejected US President Donald Trump’s claim that a US warship had shot down an Iranian Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in the Strait of Hormuz. 

“We have not lost any drone in the Strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said in a tweet on Friday. 

“I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS by mistake!”

What is certain is that even if it were an Iranian drone, it couldn’t have posed more of a threat to the USS Boxer than America’s military presence in the Middle East poses to its inhabitants – a region where the US has repeatedly bombed, invaded, currently occupies or is waging war by proxy against multiple nations including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and indeed – Iran itself.

Beyond the Middle East the US has left Libya desolate and is currently occupying the Central Asian nation of Afghanistan – a military campaign that has lasted now nearly 2 decades and is unfolding along Iran’s eastern border while the US continues to maintain a military presence in Iraq on Iran’s western border.

The US currently maintains crippling sanctions against Iran, admittedly sponsors terrorist groups operating within Iran, and has repeatedly threatened to overthrow the Iranian government through open military intervention, US-sponsored “color revolutions,” as well as economic and covert military means.

The UK – equally committed to Washington’s desire to overthrow the Iranian government – has even recently hijacked an Iranian tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar.

Under ordinary circumstances, a military drone approaching a ship of any kind from any nation in international waters – allegedly as close as 1,000 yards – would be considered a provocation. But Iranian drones – if this was indeed the case – approaching a US warship plying the waters of a region utterly ravaged by US military aggression can at best be considered scrutiny the US has earned itself through its own destructive foreign policy – a foreign policy that fully intends to visit the same destruction brought upon nations like Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Afghanistan – upon Iran as well.

Iran surely has the right to defend itself – to track US warships as they pass just miles from its own shores – whether in “international waters” or not. And if Iran is not allowed to fire on US drones over these same “international waters,” what gave the US the right to do so?

There is a much easier solution for the US if its goal really is to ensure the safety of its vessels travelling the globe – stop provoking conflict, thus eliminating the chances of its vessels becoming targets during such conflict.

Of course, the US will not do this. It will continue pursuing hegemonic foreign policy until it is economically and militarily no longer able to do so. For Iran – the trick will be avoiding provocations designed to trigger a war the US still believes it can win until global dynamics change enough to ensure whatever war the US triggers it will have no chance of winning.

Author Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer and special contributor to 21st Century Wire, and whose work can be found at a number of popular news and analysis outlets the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.

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Boycotting Israel: A Constitutional Right and Personal Obligation

By Stephen Lendman

In NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co. (1982), a landmark civil rights case, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld the organization’s right to boycott white-owned businesses in Mississippi – protesting against segregation and racial injustice, its constitutional right.

The ruling stressed that states may not prohibit peaceful advocacy of a politically-motivated boycott, what First Amendment rights are all about.

Yet 28 states enacted legislation, restricting or banning individuals or entities doing business with the state if advocate boycotting Israel. 

Their measures defy the Supreme Court’s ruling and fundamental First Amendment right of free expression — wanting the constitutionally protected right to boycott or otherwise publicly criticize Israel delegitimized, falsely equating it to anti-Semitism. 

Only eight US states so far haven’t introduced or considered a measure in some form against boycotting the Jewish state.

Last May, the ACLU stressed the unconstitutionality of these laws, judicially struck down in Kansas, Arizona, and Texas by federal courts, the ACLU saying:

The rulings affirm “that the right to boycott is protected under the First Amendment…(They’re) stinging rebuke(s)  of state legislators and members of Congress who have repeatedly attempted to strip the American people of that very right.”

Hardliners at the federal and state levels want anti-boycott laws enforced, no matter their unconstitutionality. 

In January, on behalf of 13 constitutional scholars, Colombia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute filed am amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — “explaining that BDS boycotts are protected by the First Amendment in Jordahl v. Brnovich (Arizona).”

The constitutional scholars include:

William D. Araiza (Brooklyn Law School); Jack Balkin (Yale Law School); Erwin Chemerinsky (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law); Owen Fiss (Yale Law School); Katherine Franke (Columbia Law School); Jeremy Kessler (Columbia Law School); Seth F. Kreimer (University of Pennsylvania Law School); Genevieve Lakier (University of Chicago Law School); Burt Neuborne (New York University School of Law); Robert Post (Yale Law School); Amanda Shanor (University of Pennsylvania); Geoffrey R. Stone (University of Chicago Law School); Nadine Strossen (New York Law School).

Knight Institute staff attorney Ramya Krishnan said “(t)his is an easy First Amendment case.”

“Politically motivated consumer boycotts are a form of protected speech, as the Supreme Court held almost four decades ago.” 

“The First Amendment forecloses a state (or federal government) from suppressing or burdening a political boycott simply because it disagrees with the boycott’s message.”

The Arizona law was struck down by a federal state district court.

In April, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Palestine Legal, and the Law Office of Matthew Strugar filed an amicus brief in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of striking down an anti-BDS Arkansas law — calling it “part of a broader effort to suppress speech in support of Palestinian human rights.”

Days earlier, Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced HR 496: “Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”

The measure was referred to the House Judiciary Committee for further action. It’s co-sponsored by Rep. John Lewis and Palestinian-American Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Omar said the following: “We are introducing a resolution…to really speak about the American values that support and believe in our ability to exercise our first amendment rights in regard to boycotting.”

The measure “affirms that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”

It “opposes unconstitutional legislative efforts to limit the use of boycotts to further civil rights at home and abroad.”

It “urges Congress, states, and civil rights leaders from all communities to endeavor to preserve the freedom of advocacy for all by opposing anti-boycott resolutions and legislation.”

The measure counters HR 246 (March 2019) — “Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel” — co-sponsored by Rep. John Lewis, making it unclear what he supports.

It’s impossible to be for and against the same thing. Throughout his tenure in Congress since 1987, Lewis expressed strong support for Israel, ignoring its appalling human and civil rights abuses against Palestinians, along with its high crimes of war and against humanity.

On July 17, the Arab American Institute endorsed HR 496, urging its members and supporters to write or email their congressional representatives to support the measure, suggesting the following text:

“Subject: Affirm the 1st Amendment- Co-sponsor H.Res.496

I urge you to support H.Res.496, which affirms the First Amendment-protected right of all Americans to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad.

The right to boycott is central to the political expression envisioned by the Founders when the First Amendment was added to the Constitution. 

Americans have a long and proud history of boycotts, from the Boston Tea Party to opposing apartheid in South Africa, and that history includes the instrumental Civil Rights Era boycotts which were planned in part by original cosponsor Representative Lewis himself.”

The Global BDS Movement issued a statement, saying it “warmly welcomes the resolution introduced by Congress members Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and…John Lewis “Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights.”

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) member Hind Awway issued a statement, saying “(t)his groundbreaking resolution will inspire human rights defenders everywhere including BDS activists for Palestinian rights.” 

“It affirms the right of all activists and people of conscience to advocate for human rights through boycotts against systems of oppression.” 

“It reassures us that progressives, including in Congress, are defending freedom of expression and the rights of oppressed communities, including Palestinians to peacefully fight for their rights. The defense of those rights is more vital in light of the rise of far-right racism and white supremacy, including Israel’s decades-old apartheid regime.”

The measure is an important statement even though most congressional members strongly support Israel, while disdaining Palestinian rights.

It’s why HR 496 has virtually no chance of becoming the law of the land.

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A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Trump’s Middle East Policy Could Push Yemen’s Houthis into Iran’s Hands

SANA’A, YEMEN — Leaders of Yemen’s Houthi (Ansar Allah) movement traded barbs with U.S. President Donald Trump this week after the president made remarks renewing his support for the Saudi-led coalition war and expressed a desire for Iran to “get out of Yemen.” 

On Tuesday, the U.S. president said during a White House cabinet meeting that “a lot of progress” had been made toward ending the volatile stand-off with Iran, adding that he wants Iran out of Yemen: 

And we want them to get out of Yemen.  I asked Secretary Kerry, through people, “Why didn’t you get them out of Yemen when you gave them $150 billion?”  He said it was too complicated. Oh, great. So we want them to get out of Yemen. Syria is a different kind of a situation, but it’s all working out.”

Trump provided no evidence to back his assertion that Iranian personnel are operating in Yemen and so far no evidence has been provided by the U.S. to back the claim.

Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, a member of the Supreme Political Council and the Houthi’s second-in-command, responded to the U.S. president in a tweet on Tuesday, saying:  

Trump should milk [referring to the United States’ lucrative financial deals with Saudi Arabia] the Gulf in his dirty game away from Yemen, his statements do not legitimize the illegal aggression, and his continuation of the aggression confirms the deliberateness of his criminality and violation of international law.”

Al-Houthi accused Trump of being a war criminal, a killer of Yemeni children and of supporting terrorist regimes. He wrote on Twitter that “Trump has failed in his battle with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, and has returned to the Gulf through Yemen.”

Mohamed Abdulsalam, the spokesman for the Houthis, wrote on Twitter following Trump’s comments that what the U.S. president said contradicts reality and facts and does not deserve a response. Abdulsalam reminded Trump of the U.S.’ own involvement in Yemen, writing:

 The war on the country [Yemen] was announced from Washington, massacres were committed with U.S. weapons and Congressional senators are demanding their country stop supporting the countries of the Coalition.” 


Facts on the ground

Saudi Arabia launched its war on Yemen in March of 2015 under the leadership of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman. Salman claimed his objective in launching the war was to roll back the Houthis and reinstate ousted former Yemeni president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who fled the country to Saudi Arabia following popular protests during the Arab Spring. From the moment the highly unpopular war began, Saudi officials have worked hard to frame it as a necessary step in liberating the Arab country from Iran, repeating the still unfounded claim that the Houthis are an Iranian proxy.

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Houthi fighters search for survivors under the rubble of homes destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sana’a, Yemen, 2015. Hani Mohammed | AP

For their part, the Houthis have never denied their political alliance with Iran, one of the few countries to consistently and openly challenge the legitimacy of the now more than four-year-old Saudi-led war on Yemen. Yet, the Houthis and the Iranian government both insist that Iran has never sent troops, military advisors or weapons to the Houthis and the Saudi-led Coalition – despite its control over large swaths of Yemen and the presence of its U.S-backed intelligence apparatus in the country – has never been able to provide hard evidence of an Iranian presence on the ground.

As with any political alliance, a level of cooperation between Iran and the Houthis does exist. After the Houthis were successful in leading the movement to oust the Saudi-backed Hadi government from Yemen, Iran and the Houthis brokered a deal to begin weekly passenger flights between the two countries. The flights, which only lasted for one week, drew the ire of Saudi Arabia who subsequently used military force put an end to flights between Tehran and Sana’a and ultimately blockaded the Sana’a Airport completely, leading to a crippling humanitarian crisis. Houthi government figures still occasionally fly to Iran to attend talks, and some are thought to own property in the county.

A 2018 report by the United Nations Security Council accused Iran of illegally shipping fuel to the Houthi government in Yemen. The report claims that the fuel was then sold and the proceeds used to purchase weapons that the Houthis used in their fight against the Saudi-led coalition. UN experts say that by providing fuel to the Houthis, Iran is “violating a UN arms embargo” and “directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to the Houthis.” If Iran indeed did supply fuel to the Houthis, the move would be unlikely to change the balance of power in the Yemen war as Saudi Arabia spent over $80 billion on advanced weapons purchases from the United States in 2018 alone. They also enjoy U.S logistical and intelligence support in its war on the country. 

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A Houthi man inspects an unexploded US-made cluster bomb in Sanaa, Yemen, 2016. Hani Mohammed | AP

Houthi reliance on Tehran for weapons is also unnecessary as the country is so awash in weapons that the risk of attempting to smuggle them in from Iran would not only be a foolhardy venture for the Houthis, it would provide little benefit as the movement already has a sizable arsenal that it inherited from the government of former Houthi ally, the late Ali Abdullah Saleh.

There is, undoubtedly, a convergence of interests between the Houthis and Iran, including opposition to Israel’s internationally-recognized theft of Palestinian land and Saudi funding for extremist groups in Yemen and across the Middle East. However, Tehran’s support for the Houthis is limited to political, diplomatic and media support and the country’s influence in Yemen is marginal at best. There has been no evidence to show that Iran has any significant measure of influence over the Houthis’ decision-making. In fact, at the onset of its conflict with the Saudi-led coalition, the Houthis quickly deported the less than one hundred Iranian advisors that were present on the ground in Yemen, claiming their presence could hinder potential future negotiations with the Saudi coalition.


Fiercely independent: the Houthis’ grass roots

The Houthis, who refer to themselves as Ansar Allah, have always been proud and fiercely independent. Many take offense at the notion that their success in the struggle against the Saudi regime is rooted in foreign assistance rather than homegrown determination and grit. A look at the movement’s inception and subsequent growth seems to confirm that the latter is the case.

The group was first formed in the 1990s as a theological movement rooted in the Zaydi faith. While both U.S. and Gulf-sponsored media often paint the Houthi alliance with Iran as anchored by their shared Shia Muslim faith, Zaydis, who comprise forty percent of Yemen’s total population, are politically and theologically distinct from the Twelver branch of Shia Islam that is widely practiced in Iran. The Houthis passionately preserve both their faith and their political heritage, which has been a staple of Yemen’s identity for over a thousand years and has drawn inspiration from its ability to repel Yemen’s many would-be invaders.

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Zaydi tribesman keep lookout during a war with the Egyptian backed forces of the Yemeni-government in 1963. Photo | AP

The group’s transition from religious sect to political party, which today includes Yemenis from a variety of religious backgrounds, came in the form of opposition to U.S. and Saudi support for the woefully corrupt regime of former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the 1990s.  It was not only the corruption of the Saleh regime that spurred the growth of Houthis but fears that his heavy reliance on foreign governments would undermine Yemen’s sovereignty.

Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, the founder of the movement, laid the groundwork for the single most important operating principle of the Houthis. Badreddin said the following in the Malzem, the official doctrinal document on which the Houthi constitution is based:  

Residents should support themselves by themselves for independence because any other party offers nothing but its price.”

Badreddin would later be assassinated by the Saudi-backed government of Saleh, sparking a years-long civil war.

According to the articles of the Houthi constitution which is heavily-based on the Malzem, external support to the Houthis is prohibited and criminalized if it is at all conditional. Support must be free of charge and not demand any influence over the movement or any member of the movement.

In fact, when the Houthis unveiled their National Vision to rebuild Yemen into a modern, stable and democratic state by 2030, many of the 175 goals set out in manifesto outlining the vision focused on independence, freedom and non-submission to guardianship or foreign influence. Iran was no exception.

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A Houthi man wears a poster of the Hussein Badreddin at a protest against the U.S. intervention in Yemen. Khaled Abdullah | Reuters

According to the Houthis, direct Iranian intervention in their country would raise the risk of division within their Zaydi sect and would further inflame the current wave of Arab nationalism against them, an outcome they want to avoid.   

Historically, Iran has had little bearing on Yemeni affairs. While it has long maintained a diplomatic presence in Sana’a, its influence in the two decades leading up to the Saudi-led war was marginal at best. Those two decades were rife with opportunity to peddle influence should a nation have desired to do so, with dozens of wars occurring sometimes simultaneously and often involving myriad foreign governments. Iran does not even recognize the current political council formed by Houthis and has no representatives in Sana’a or ambassadors to the Houthi government there.


A self-fulfilling prophecy

Thanks in large part to their resistance to the socio-economic and political oppression faced by Yemenis at the hands of former governments and to the influx of divisive Saudi-sponsored Salafist propaganda in the country, the Houthis have been able to transform their opposition to the Saleh government into a successful movement with broad local support capable of denying one of the world’s most well-funded militaries a decisive victory in Yemen.

It is the Houthis rejection of Saudi and U.S. interference in their country, participation in government and social services and support for Palestinian rights that have allowed the Houthis to thrive in Yemen, not Iranian support.

That being said, as both the United States and Saudi Arabia continue to wage war and economic blockades on both Yemen and Iran, it is likely that the Houthi’s political alliance with Iran will grow, turning the fears of both the Saudi Arabia and the United States into a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Feature photo | A Houthi man inspects his home damaged by Saudi airstrikes in Sana’a, Yemen, Jan. 4, 2016. Hani Mohammed | AP

Ahmed AbdulKareem is a Yemeni journalist. He covers the war in Yemen for MintPress News as well as local Yemeni media.



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How Will Selfie-mad Sports Elite Survive Without Instagram ‘Likes’?

Latest on the list to offend the PC generation? Liking pictures. Pure aesthetic pleasure has been canceled by Instagram to tackle ‘social pressure’ — but will they isolate their vainest in an attempt to protect the vulnerable?

Instagram recently introduced measures to hide the number of likes on a post, introduced preliminarily in Canada, and correspondingly launched on Wednesday in Ireland, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.

The move is apparently a bid to promote ‘digital well being’, instead of obsessing over like counts which apparently inflates feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem in young people — which translates as throwing a tantrum if no one likes your photo.

One only imagines the company believes it is cutting off oxygen to the sycophantic sector of social media centered solely on skin-deep solutions and lessening teenage social pressures that include looking good or simply being liked.

But alas, while running on the ever-inclining treadmill in pursuit of the ultimate safe space, Instagram have isolated those who use actual treadmills to sculpt their bodies and then flaunt their flesh to millions of adoring fans.

The world of the elite sports star, so reliant on the approval of their followers to inspire, celebrate, and most importantly advertise, could be in grave danger.

Without verification and acceptance from their partisan pockets of support, sports stars could become broken beings bereft of acceptance and love, and exposed to only nasty headlines. Here is a rundown of top sports stars most likely to be affected.

Italy – Mauro Icardi & Wanda Nara

Instagram followers – 10.6 million (combined)

Argentine power couple Mauro Icardi and Wanda Nara thrive on thrusting themselves into the spotlight – and onto one another on Instagram. One is a leading striker for Inter Milan, the other, his wife, is a former showgirl, presenter and model – who also doubles as his agent.

It’s a long time since Icardi has been flavor of the month at the San Siro, being stripped of the captaincy last season following a series of purported rows with teammates stemming from problems with his wife, bemoaned as a “chronicle of a death” by the player’s sister.

Nara, is reportedly so disliked by fans that one hurled a rock at her car while leaving a game and one Italian journalist remarked “even Hitler would be scared of her”.

The 32-year-old Argentine also held a series of calamitous contract talks with Inter head honchos on her husband’s bhealf, displaying extremely poor business acumen and behaving like a loose-lipped lover to the press on the subject of a new deal, leading to Icardi being further reviled by the club.

Without likes, their safe space on Instagram has now been elevated to super-sheltered, and as a side effect has killed their only refuge from mean things outside. Where will they run from name calling, the newspaper headlines, and shield themselves from rocks in the real world?

The removal of likes on raunchy semi-naked photo shoots could entirely eliminate good feedback, highlight the numerous ugly comments by enraged fans and pressure the multi-millionaire twosome into thinking no one likes them at all. How would they cope?

Canada – Eugenie Bouchard

Instagram followers – 2 million

Quebecois blonde Bouchard was the first and will perhaps be the hardest hit by Instagram’s banishment of the like system. Bouchard has seen her tennis ranking plummet due to a five year gap between winning any title at all in her sport, and has drummed up more interest in her courting, rather than on-court life.

It has contributed to the 2014 Wimbledon finalist becoming known more as a model, rather than an athlete, fueled by countless photo shoots being uploaded on her page, far outnumbering snaps from training or tournaments, which seem to have been taken a back seat.

Without her daily dose of likes, how will Bouchard be reassured she hasn’t entirely slipped from public relevance? In the absence of her two million followers showing an interest in her modeling career, it looks as though Bouchard’s self-esteem will shrink to such levels that she will search for a different outlet on a different social media platform.

That actually might not be a bad idea; should complete strangers online seemingly not show any interest in Bouchard’s photographs, she can always accept a date from a complete stranger online to boost her confidence, as she did in 2017 when losing a bet on the NFL Super Bowl over Twitter.

Italy – Cristiano Ronaldo

Instagram followers – 176 million

The Godfather of the photogenic elite, Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, is not only perhaps the best footballer on the planet, but the most followed human being on Instagram itself.

From advertising each and every one of his leviathan sponsors, to posting about family vacation time, Ronaldo uses his Instagram to the full.

His most-liked pictures are unsurprisingly those that show some flesh; these range from sensual snaps posing in his latest line of underwear to sullen, shirtless selfies.

Although it’s unlikely the biggest ego in world sports will be shaken by the loss of a few million likes, removing the feature altogether from Ronaldo’s account could be calamitous for his followers.

Any dedicated Ronaldo Instagram follower would ask ‘without the affirmation of people I’ve never met, how do we know if Ronaldo’s range of pants are any good?’ Followed by ‘do people think they’re fashionable? And ‘will I really look like Cristiano if I buy them?’

Without counting likes on Ronaldo’s photos, how will I know if 176 million people like a chiseled, tanned midriff and pumped arms, or do I construct my exercise routine and diet around the reinforced messages of ‘body positivity’ in mainstream media?

Do we go for the stylish pants but ignore the toned body? Or go for the body and ignore the need for pants?

By removing likes, Instagram could open a pandora’s box of problems: on the one hand alleviating stress on today’s youth by eliminating the pressure to gather social approval from virtual friends, and on the other, an entire generation would lose being told what to think and do by multi-millionaire celebrities.

In turn, our nipped and tucked and retouched heroes online who have built their life on gathering a few little red hearts, could be exposed to the real world we all live in. So spare a thought for those poor souls seemingly too beautiful to give a damn who will have to do without you to feed their self-importance — your real online worth.

By Danny Armstrong, RT News

Source Article from http://humansarefree.com/2019/07/how-will-selfie-mad-sports-elite.html

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Journalist Travels to Ilhan Omar’s Homeland to Prove Somalia is Beautiful — Gets Killed by Terrorists

A journalist traveled to Ilhan Omar’s homeland of Somalia to challenge stereotypes and prove the country was “beautiful,” only to end up being killed by terrorists.

Before President Trump’s tweetstorm in which he encouraged Omar to go back and fix her own country, Somali-Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh was trying to do precisely that.

Nalayeh returned to the country of her birth to tell “uplifting” stories about Somalia, according to the Washington Post.

The journalist became well known for her relentlessly positive tweets about Somalia. Just one week ago, she lauded the “beauty” of the place.

One respondent praised her for “countering the doom narrative propagated by many about Somalia”.

Another Somali writer praised her portraying an image of the country radically different from the stereotype of “victims trapped in a vicious circle of conflicts”.

During a video tour on her YouTube channel of the town of Kismayo, Nalayeh said she was hopeful the area could be rebuilt and revived, “Because this place is beautiful!”

On Friday last week, Nalayeh was killed in that very same town when al-Shabab militants stormed the Asasey Hotel in Kismayo.

The total death toll claimed 26 lives and it took around 14 hours for Somali security forces to regain control of the hotel.

“While Nalayeh’s death would seem to underline the harshness of Trump’s remarks, it was also a visceral argument for what many understood to be his central point: that perhaps immigrants should be especially grateful to live in the United States,” reports the Pluralist.

Sources: Summit.news; YouTube.com; YouTube.com

Source Article from http://humansarefree.com/2019/07/journalist-travels-to-ilhan-omars.html

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Muslim Child Rapists Awarded £500,000 in Legal Aid – Victims Get Nothing

Three brothers have received up to £500,000 in legal aid after raping children in Rotherham – while dozens of their victims have yet to receive any compensation.

Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras Hussain – known as Mad Ash, Bash and Bono – pleaded poverty despite running a petrol station, takeaways and an egg farm that supplies supermarkets, alongside owning a number of properties.

And were awarded £370,000 in legal aid for their costs in the 2016 crown court trial. This does not include other magistrates hearings and family court battles which experts say could tot up to £100,000 more.

Survivors have called the payout “outrageous” and “immoral”.

Sammy Woodhouse, 34, one of their 50 victims, said: “This is completely outrageous and immoral.”

“Something needs to be put in place to stop these people just laughing at the system and milking the taxpayer dry.”

Former youth worker Jayne Senior MBE, who helped expose the scandal, said: “I’m totally shocked and horrified.This is terrible.”

“These rapists and abusers are pure evil but they’ve had almost half a million pounds spent on them, yet these poor girls get nothing.

“It feels like the judicial system is not set up to protect victims of some of the most horrendous crimes of abuse, torture and trafficking this country has ever seen.”

Sammy added: “Perhaps if they had been forced to pay for their own defence it might have made them question even taking it to trial.

She said the Hussain family had “loads of businesses”. “Surely they could have afforded their own lawyers?” she added. “But I guess they probably put everything in other people’s names. It’s a disgrace.”

Sammy also slammed “public servants at the police and council” who “failed” to do their jobs.

She said: “Because they didn’t do what they were paid to do and ignored what was going on they have now landed the public with paying all these legal fees for these men. It’s completely outrageous.

“The only people laughing in all this are the lawyers.”

Jayne Senior agreed, adding: “If we’d have listened to these girls all those years ago, the court cases would not have cost this much. All the evidence was there decades ago. They have also had to relive the abuse time and again because of the brothers’ not-guilty pleas.

“You can be the biggest criminal in the world and still get legal aid while these girls are fighting to get compensation.

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Solicitor David Greenwood revealed that of the 86 victims he represents, 70 have not yet received any compensation payout. Dozens of others have received sums as low as £2,000.

“Everyone is entitled to representation but the way in which they conducted their defence – and I blame the perpetrators – was an insult to the girls. There was so much evidence it was overwhelming and I fail to understand how they could get away with it.”

“They wasted a lot of money trying to defend themselves.”

Some girls were just 11 years old when they were raped, tied up and tortured and passed between abusers.

Ringleader Arshid, 42, was jailed for 35 years, Basharat 25 years, and Bannaras was given 19 years.

Reference: Voiceofeurope.com

Source Article from http://humansarefree.com/2019/07/muslim-child-rapists-awarded-500000-in.html

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The Infiltration of the Truth Movement

by Justin Deschamps

Has the truth movement been infiltrated? That is the question explored in the following. In general, the question drew us toward the truth, in all respects, not the rigid answers that have been accepted and pushed blindly by the masses.

Likely, if you are reading these words, you are a truth rebel, you dare to question the status quo.  Shining our light into all the darkness, even within ourselves, is the hardest task, but one with the greatest potential for making ourselves and the world a better place. Shall we begin?

How important is the truth? What power does it have to make our lives better? Can it make us happier, more fulfilled?

For most, the answer is yes — and no.

The truth is both the source of future happiness and bliss as well as the destroyer of falsehood and incompleteness. As such, when you encounter a new truth, it tends to shake us up.

It tends to activate us. How well we let that truth transform us depends on our willingness to grow and change, guided by discernment and wisdom.

The truth — once received in the mind, lived by action in the body, felt in the heart through observation — is arguably the most powerful force in the universe, below the love, which gives truth life in our personal lives.

If you love the truth with a whole heart, you will be raised, step by step, experience through experience, to the heights of spiritual glory. But this is easier said than done.

Questioning your truths doesn’t always feel good, and often it can be painful, but only when we fight the rising tide.

In such cases, experience itself often humbles us when our incomplete knowledge creates chaos in our lives. Therefore, taking the opportunity to question ourselves before calamity strikes, saves us unnecessary pain and suffering.

The truth movement is a loose term referring to those who’ve felt the desire to make sense of a world that seems chaotic, cruel, and indifferent.

Generally speaking, it encompasses conspiracies, spirituality, government corruption, and anything that society, for one reason or another, has deemed untrue or unreal. But more than this, the truth movement is a personal call to claim the treasures of wisdom that all are welcome to take hold of.

Psychologically, the pain, suffering, and uncertainty of life push us to seek knowledge so we can improve our lives. Whole systems of neurology exist for the purpose of rewarding us for seeking knowledge and building skill. And these same systems make us feel negative emotions when we don’t grow.

Without honest reflection, discussion, and a willingness to refine knowledge gained form truth-seeking, the sure result is dogma, stagnation, and devolution.

The truth is an infinite reality. But our minds are limited, by nescience, trauma, pain, egoism, and of course, time and space. Even though the truth is all around us, seeking for it requires an act of will.

“Knowledge must grow or the knowledge keeper will die, smashed against the rocks of willful ignorance.”

The following video asks the question: Has the truth movement been infiltrated?

Some will say that merely asking this question proves you are a shill — an agent of the Deep State or the forces of darkness on this world.

Others will say that to avoid asking this question is a recipe for disaster — for a truism that can’t be expanded and grown is only a dead fact, the foundation of dogma and social division.

If we were to ask the powers that be, the so-called Cabal or NWO, if we should ask this question about the truth movement they would say that you should never question authority, (what is known or accepted) because you are a slave, not a free being.

The fact is, an honest question is more important than a rigid answer because the question has the power to grow into the future. An answer, that should not be questioned, is a dead thing. It can’t grow. It can’t expand. It can’t enlighten the mind, only enslave it with rigid belief.

This is why an active mind and an open heart is the key to unlocking your full potential. This is why bravery and intellectual honesty are values that give life and impart fulfillment.

In this regard, to bravely question what many believe to be true is arguably one of the greatest acts of self-growth, self-love, and altruistic service.

How can you, and the world improve, if we never dare to question the truisms of the past, no matter how seemingly perfect they are?

The result of honest questioning isn’t the destruction of established truths — instead, it pours life-giving waters into whatever truth has already been discovered. This newly awakened truth, if followed wherever it leads, has the power to consume half-truths and falsehoods that limit human evolution.

The opportunity for growth is always there, whether we reach for it and ask honest questions is up to us.

What do you think? Has the truth movement been infiltrated?

In closing, the point of this question isn’t to frantically search for spies and “Deep State agents” in our midst — it isn’t the call for a witch hunt. It’s a call to go within, to question your truths to see where you have room to grow, while at the same time, questioning the ways we relate to truth in social circles.

To be sure, there are shills, scam artists, liars, frauds, cheats, and well-intentioned dupes out there.

And at times, we’ve all been guilty of close-mindedness and the spreading of half-truths for various reasons. But even the most misguided among us can turn things around if they follow the truth wherever it leads.

If you discover some truth-sharer, researcher, spokesman, whistleblower, journalist or content producer has been less than truthful, take care not to let your rage overwhelm your compassion. Often, people are doing the best they can with what they have to work with.

Ultimately, we’re all united in the quest for truth, we all have to contend with the unknown in our desire to pursue happiness.

Thus, the enemy isn’t a person who believes something you do not. The enemy is the stagnation that comes from not seeking the truth with a whole heart.

When those around us dig in their heels, we should compassionately encourage them to loosen their grip, while being patient so they can do the often difficult inner-work of opening their minds and hearts to the possibility they could be wrong or learn something new.

Source Article from http://humansarefree.com/2019/07/the-infiltration-of-truth-movement.html

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Mueller’s ‘Key Witness’ George Nader Charged with New Child Sex Crimes

Mueller's witness George Nadler charged with additional child sex crimes

George Nader, a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, faces new child sex charges.

The 60-year-old now faces a new federal indictment with transporting a 14-year-old boy for sex two decades ago, child pornography and carrying obscene materials into America.

Nader was already being held in jail after his arrest early June on the federal charge of transporting child pornography.

Cnbc.com reports: The charge used to arrest Nader at that time was based on an allegation his iPhone contained images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct when he flew into Washington Dulles International Airport in January 2018.

That same allegation is contained in the new indictment charging him with transportation of visual depictions of minors, as well as another count accusing him of importation or transportation of obscene materials.

The third count accuses Nader of knowingly transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe to Washington Dulles Airport in February 2000 and then allegedly engaging in sexual acts with that child after taking him to Nader’s home in Washington.

The boy was from the Czech Republic, a prosecutor reportedly said at Nader’s arraignment on Friday.

The Washington Post reported Friday that in 2003 “Nader was convicted in the Czech Republic of what his attorney Christopher Clark described in court as ‘contributing to the moral corruption of society’ after ‘having a relationship with two young men two years under the age of consent.’ ”

The Associated Press said he was sentenced to one year in prison in that earlier case.

Nader pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignement in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where a judge refused to grant him bail, noting, “the nature of the charges and [his] extensive overseas connections,” The Post reported.

A dual citizen of Lebanon and the United States, Nader is scheduled to go on trial on Sept. 30

He was convicted of a child pornography charge in Virginia in 1991 and sentenced to six months in prison.

Nader faced a similar charge in Washington, D.C., in 1985, but that case was dismissed as a result of an invalid search warrant.

Defense lawyers for Nader did not immediately return requests for comment from CNBC.

Nader helped arrange a January 2017 meeting in the Seychelles between Erik Prince and Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, who reported directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Prince — founder of the private security company Academi, formerly Blackwater — is the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

“Nader traveled to New York in early January 2017 and had lunchtime and dinner meetings with Erik Prince on January 3, 2017,” Mueller’s report says.

“Nader and Prince discussed Dmitriev.Nader informed Prince that the Russians were looking to build a link with the incoming Trump Administration …. he told Prince that Dmitriev had been pushing Nader to introduce him to someone from the incoming Administration, ” the report says.

The meeting in the Seychelles was set up after Dmitriev asked Nader “to request a meeting with the ‘key people’ in the incoming administration [of President Donald Trump] as soon as possible in light of the [g]reat results ” of Trump’s election victory, according to the report.

Nader has played a role in the diplomatic efforts of some U.S. presidents.

He worked on President George H.W. Bush’s efforts to release hostages held in Lebanon and later was involved in President Bill Clinton’s attempt at reaching a peace deal between Israel and Syria, according to CNN.

Source Article from https://newspunch.com/muellers-key-witness-george-nader-charged-new-child-sex-crimes/

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Trump Vows to Free Rapper A$AP Rocky from Swedish Prison

Trump vows to free rapper ASAP Rocky from Swedish jail

President Trump has vowed to free detained American rapper A$AP Rocky from Swedish prison.

Trump made the announcement in a tweet, saying he had spoken with Kanye West about Rocky’s imprisonment, after he and his team got into a street brawl earlier this month.

The President said he would speak with the Swedish Prime Minister to see what could be done about helping the rapper.

“Just spoke to ‪@KanyeWest‬ about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!” Trump tweeted on Friday.

On Saturday the president said he had “a very good call” with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on the subject.

Trump added: “Our teams will be talking further, and we agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours!”

Infowars.com reports: A$AP Rocky and his crew were arrested by Swedish authorities after they confronted two migrants in Stockholm, Sweden, in early July.

The pair of migrants, who appeared in videos uploaded to social media by A$AP Rocky, continued to accost the crew after assaulting their security guard with a pair of headphones.



One of the migrants was reportedly left “battered and bloodied in the street,” according to TMZ.

A$AP and his crew were subsequently imprisoned in a detention center in Kronoberg, which his manager claimed subjected the rapper to “inhumane conditions.”

Over the past few weeks several celebrities and musicians have called on Sweden to release the rapper, including musician Rod Stewart, and Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West, who thanked Trump, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for helping with the matter.

Source Article from https://newspunch.com/trump-free-rapper-asap-rocky-swedish-prison/

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Kamala Harris Under Fire over Agreement She Negotiated for Sexual Harasser

Kamala Harris under fire for lenient agreement she gave to Democrat sex offender

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris is facing questions over a plea deal her office negotiated that allowed a former San Diego mayor avoid registering as a sex offender and dodge prison.

During Harris’s time as California’s attorney general, her office was in charge of negotiating a plea deal stemming from allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner brought by 20 women in 2013.

According to reports, Harris’s office allowed Filner to plead guilty to state charges of false imprisonment and battery against three women in exchange for a lenient sentence.

Foxnews.com reports: So rather than spend five years behind bars, Filner got three months of house arrest, three years’ probation, and some loss of his mayoral pension.

It’s a deal that probably wouldn’t be considered acceptable today, critics said.

“The cultural change since #MeToo is having an impact of how prosecutors listen to victims now. I think it all comes down to whether we believe women and how seriously we take these allegations. In serious instances, you need serious consequences,” Maya Raghu, director of workplace equality and senior counsel at the National Women’s Law Center, told the Washington Examiner.

“Powerful people can afford high-profile legal counsel that others don’t have access to. People [such as Filner] know how to leverage the system in their favor.”

The plea deal is particularly awkward for Harris, one of the leading presidential candidates, who stressed on the campaign trail the importance of #MeToo movement.

She also slammed departing Labor Secretary Alex Acosta for taking part in the now-infamous Jeffery Epstein 2008 sweetheart plea deal that left the wealthy financier largely unscathed despite the severity of the crimes, saying the plea deal a “simple, very light pat on the hand.”

Harris’ campaign remained defiant and said in a statement that the Filner plea deal actually further boosts the California Democrat’s records as a prosecutor.

“She prosecuted a politician from her own party for sexual harassment, and he pled guilty to a felony,” the campaign’s spokesperson told the outlet.

“She was broadly praised for taking action, including by the Republican San Diego County district attorney who said it sent ‘a strong message that nobody is above the law, abuse of women won’t be tolerated and victims will be treated with respect.’”

Source Article from https://newspunch.com/kamala-harris-under-fire-agreement-negotiated-sexual-harasser/

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Voltairenet.org is in danger

Dear friends,

We are currently going weathering a serious financial crisis which might force us to close the site before the end of August.

We have not called on you for eight years. We are asking for your financial support, even though we know that the period is not particularly convenient for this sort of request.

We have opened a support donation box in the hope that you will be generous.

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MPs call for charging foreign ships a toll to cross Strait of Hormuz

MNA – Members of the Iranian Parliament hailed the swiftness of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in seizing a violating British tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, calling for putting a toll to ships passing through the narrow waterway.

In a statement signed on Sunday, 160 Iranian lawmakers cast support to IRGC’s move and appreciated the elite force for impounding the violating vessel, urging the government to approve a motion to charge a toll to ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps impounded the British tanker, Stena Impero, on Friday while it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz en route to Saudi Arabia. It was seized “for failing to respect international maritime rules.”

The oil tanker was then transferred to the coast to undergo the required legal proceedings.

Source Article from https://theiranproject.com/blog/2019/07/21/mps-call-for-charging-foreign-ships-a-toll-to-cross-strait-of-hormuz/

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No country can replace Iran’s oil, says min. Zanganeh

MNA – Iranian Minister of Petroleum, Bijan Zanganeh, stressed that neither Saudi Arabia nor the UAE nor any other country can ever replace Iran’s oil in the global market.

The oil market is under strain from an escalation of US’ pressure policy on Iran, which is a key OPEC producer with more than 2 million bpd.

After pledging to drive Iran’s oil revenues to zero, the US decided not to extend its sanctions waivers to eight importers of Iranian crude after the exemptions expired at the beginning of May.

Asked whether Saudi Arabia, the UAE, or Iraq could fill the gap in supplies, Zangeneh stressed that no country can ever replace Iranian oil.

“They have their own production, but they can’t replace our oil,” the minister said.

He was speaking to reporters on Sunday after a meeting with former Iranian oil ministers on the status and mechanisms of oil exports.

Asked whether the recent tension between Iran and UK regarding the oil tankers have affected the oil price in the market, Zangeneh said “the tension has not yet affected the oil price in the market, but we must consider the development carefully, because one of our tankers is involved and we have restrictions in this regard. The US and allies are creating restrictions for us with this thought in mind, and we have to be careful.”

He was referring to the illegal seizure of an Iran-operated oil tanker, Grace 1, in Gibraltar by British Royal Marines on July 4, and Iran’s seizure of a trespassing British tanker ‘Stena Impero’ on Friday as it was passing through a prohibited maritime passage in the Strait of Hormuz, in breach of international regulations.

About the EU’s trade mechanism for Iran, formally known as INSTEX, Zangeneh said the mechanism will only be useful to Iran if it covers the country’s oil revenues. “Otherwise, INSTEX is of no use to us,” he said.

Source Article from https://theiranproject.com/blog/2019/07/21/no-country-can-replace-irans-oil-says-min-zanganeh/

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Zarif calls on UK to be prudent to thwart US ploy

MNA – In a tweet on Sunday, Iranian foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on UK to exercise prudence and have foresight to be able to thwart US ploys seeking to pull the European country into a quagmire.

“Make no mistake: Having failed to lure Donald Trump into War of the Century, and fearing collapse of his B_Team, John Bolton is turning his venom against the UK in hopes of dragging it into a quagmire,” Zarif wrote.

“Only prudence and foresight can thwart such ploys,” he underlined.

The Iranian minister was referring to the detention of a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, which had violated international regulations, and even it was a threat to the environment in the event of a collision with other vessels in the region with its transponder switched off.

Iranian ambassador to London, Hamid Baeidinejad, has also called on the UK government to contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the UK over the tanker incident.

“UK government should contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the UK well beyond the issue of ships,” wrote Iranian ambassador to London, Hamid Baeidinejad, in a tweet on Sunday.

His tweet was also in reaction to certain speculations that the UK was reportedly considering imposing sanctions on Iran in response to the tanker seizure.

“This is quite dangerous and unwise at a sensitive time in the region,” said Baeidinjad, adding, “Iran however is firm and ready for different scenarios.”

Meanwhile, during a phone conversation between Iranian and British foreign ministers on Saturday, Iran’s Zarif reiterated that unlike the UK’s unlawful seizure of the vessel carrying Iran’s oil, the Islamic Republic’s move was carried out upon the request of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran given the vessel’s violation of regulations.

Zarif noted that the case must be pursued through judicial and legal channels.

Zarif and Hunt also highlighted the importance of finding lawful solutions and avoiding heightened tensions.

Source Article from https://theiranproject.com/blog/2019/07/21/zarif-calls-on-uk-to-be-prudent-to-thwart-us-ploy/

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Senior MP calls on UK to free ‘illegally-seized’ Iranian tanker in Gibraltar

MNA – A senior reformist lawmaker asked the UK to immediately free the Iranian oil tanker which was illegally seized in Gibraltar on July 4.

“I, as the head of Iran-England parliamentary friendship group, tell the UK foreign secretary that you illegally seized the Iranian vessel upon US order. But we seized the English vessel due to its failure to abide by regulations,” said Mostafa Kavakebian, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security Committee, on Sunday at the Parliament’s open session.

“It is required that the Iranian ship would be released as soon as possible so that we would not have to impose tolls on UK and US ships crossing the Strait of Hormuz,” he added.

He also appreciated both diplomatic efforts of Iranian Foreign Ministry to free the oil tanker ‘Grace 1’ and also the IRGC for impounding the British tanker ‘Stena Impero’.

IRGC confiscated British-flagged oil tanker ‘Stena Impero’ on Friday over violation of international maritime rules.

The IRGC spokesman, Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said on Saturday that the British oil tanker was being escorted by the British Royal Navy and it was seized after ignoring international maritime regulations by sailing into the Strait of Hormuz in the wrong direction, increasing the risk of collision with other vessels.

British tanker was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of the southern province of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organization, he said, adding that the tanker had switched off its transponder in violations of international maritime regulations, using the exit lane to enter into the Strait of Hormuz instead of moving towards the entrance of the Persian Gulf, increasing the risk of accident.

This seizure came as British Royal Marines in Gibraltar stormed the Iran-operated 300,000-tonne Grace 1 and detained it on July 4, accusing it of carrying oil to Syria in possible violation of the European Union’s sanctions on the Arab country. Iran condemned the move as “piracy” and summoned Britain’s ambassador in protest over it, highlighting that neither the tanker was headed to Syria, nor Iran is a member an EU member and subject to any European oil embargo.

“Unlike the piracy in the Strait of Gibraltar, our action in the Persian Gulf is to uphold international maritime rules,” wrote Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted on Saturday.

Source Article from https://theiranproject.com/blog/2019/07/21/senior-mp-calls-on-uk-to-free-illegally-seized-iranian-tanker-in-gibraltar/

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Massive wildfire in Portugal

Nine injured as 1,000 firefighters battle wildfires in Portugal


A massive fire stretching 25 km has been raging through the night between the central Portuguese boroughs of Vila de Rei and Mação.

At least eight people have been injured, one seriously, a civilian apparently suffering 1st and 2nd-degree burns. The civilian has been airlifted to hospital in Lisbon.

Today, Sunday, the situation was still “far from under control”, said early reports.

Strong winds have been fanning flames, increasing difficulties.

Last night, the word coming out of Vila de Rei – where the first blaze started – was that this fire was ‘uncontrollable’.

Over 800 firefighters are on the ground, backed by 250 appliances and 8 planes and helicopters.

For now, no homes appear to be ‘at risk’, though inhabitants of numerous villages have been battling through the night to keep their communities safe.

The other two fires in Sertã, have already been mastered

As to the causes of these fires which now straddle two districts, they were almost certainly ‘manmade’, in that they started within 20 minutes of each other.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/417095-Massive-wildfire-in-Portugal

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Europe faces ‘looming syphilis epidemic’ thanks to dating apps and reduced fear of HIV

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Syphilis stopped being “a disease of the past” after its worrying resurgence in Europe, health experts told RT. Less fear of contracting HIV and the rise of dating apps are among the factors behind the problem.

The spread of syphilis in Europe is intensifying due to worrying trends in human behavior, the head of the HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis program at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Andrew Amato-Gauci, told RT.

Various factors play into the outbreak, such as “people having sex without condoms, multiple sexual partners and a reduced fear of acquiring HIV from condomless sex,” he said.

A new report by the ECDC shows that between 2010 and 2017, the number of confirmed cases of syphilis across the EU soared by 70 percent.

Certain countries have seen a surge of the sexually-transmitted disease, with Iceland ultimately becoming the ‘leader’, as the number of cases has grown by 876 percent there. Ireland follows with 224 percent growth, while Britain and Germany have both seen their syphilis rates more than double.

According to the ECDC, “men having sex with men” (MSM) made up around two-third of the cases reported between 2007 and 2017, where sexual orientation was known. Heterosexual men constitute 23 percent of the cases, and women, 15 percent.

Amato-Gauci said that the growing disregard for the use of condoms is not the only factor fueling the surge.

“These include: more testing for syphilis in some groups, such as men who have sex with men, lack of or insufficient sex education, poor access to condoms for teenagers and young adults, sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including the use of psychoactive ‘party drugs.”

There are reports that dating apps like Tinder and Grindr also contribute to the spread of the disease. Amato-Gauci pointed out that these services “may facilitate more sexual encounters, and with that transmission of STI [sexually-transmitted infections] like syphilis.” At the same time, different apps can be used for promoting disease prevention among users, he noted.

To reverse the spread of syphilis, the countries need to encourage people to use condoms “consistently,” as well as developing better screening and education programs, Amato-Gauci said.

Lorenzo Giacani, associate professor in the Departments of Medicine and Global Health at the University of Washington, told RT that the resurgence of syphilis in developed countries requires a robust response.

“It is definitely safe and necessary to speak of a looming epidemic of syphilis in Europe, disproportionally affecting men that have sex with men (MSM), but not only.”

“The ECDC data clearly shows that syphilis is not a disease of the past but very present among us,” Giacani said.

Among the most troubling trends in developed nations, he noted a “significant rise” in congenital syphilis rates, which means a greater number of cases in which the disease is transmitted to the fetus during gestation.

There is currently no vaccine for syphilis, but several research groups are working on developing one, including Giacani’s. He believes that “more could be done” by various European countries to develop it and study the problem.

“For example, the MSM population, which is more heavily affected by this disease, should team up with scientists to amplify their collective voices and request more government-sponsored efforts to promote research on a syphilis vaccine,”he said.

“Government involvement at this stage is mandatory, as [the medical] industry might not see such effort as a cost-effective one.”

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/417094-Europe-faces-looming-syphilis-epidemic-thanks-to-dating-apps-and-reduced-fear-of-HIV

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Floods wreak havoc on croplands in Bangladesh

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The ongoing flood has submerged 60,000 hectares of paddy and vegetable fields, mainly in the northern districts, affecting both farmers and consumers, as crop loss has sent the vegetable prices soaring for reduced supply in the market.

The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) estimated that floods affected farmlands in 26 districts until Friday, including 39,000 hectares of aush fields, 11,000 hectares of aman seedbeds, and 10,000 hectares of vegetable farms.

The flooded aush fields constitute 3.39 percent of the total acreage of aush this year.

A senior official of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) said 20 percent of the submerged aush crop might get damaged fully. This would mean the loss of 20,000 tonnes of paddy if the average aush output of last year is considered.

“The plants that are in the tillering stage is unlikely to be damaged, but those in the flowering stage will be lost,” the official said.

Matiur Rahman, a farmer of Ghogadaha union in Kurigram, which is one of the worst-hit districts, said, “All of my aush paddy has been ruined by water.”

Having only three bighas of farmland, he has to rent land and farm it to make a living.

Matiur planted paddy on five bighas during this aush season with the hope to augment his income after suffering for the low prices of boro, harvested in May-June.

The flood has started receding from his locality but Matiur said nothing would be left. “I was planning to harvest aush in three weeks’ time.”

His peril does not end here. “All the aman seedlings and standing vegetables were damaged,” he said. “The same befell other farmers in my locality. Many of them lost their stored paddy, too.”

Cultivation of aman, the second biggest rice crop after boro, faces setback with 11,000 hectares of its seedbeds having been inundated, said Md Abdul Muyeed, director of field services wing of DAE.

Floods came as a successive shock after growers were trying to recover from low boro prices this year, caused by a good harvest and higher public and private stocks.

“Nothing we had in the field will remain after the flood,” said Matiur, who grew vegetables on four decimals of land to meet his family needs.

“This is the worst-ever flood after 1988. There is water everywhere. We are suffering badly.” Matiur has taken shelter on an embankment near his residence.

According to DAE, the flood submerged summer vegetables on 10,000 hectares of land until Friday, and none of them may survive after the flood.

A trip to village two unions of Kurigram sadar revealed that all the farmland was flooded, with no crops standing above the water level. Only the remains of dead vegetable plants were visible.

DAE official Muyeed said all aman seedlings might get destroyed, but there is time to prepare seedbeds newly for aman plantation. “Farmers may have the seeds.”

The official said a portion of aush paddy could be saved if water recedes within one or two days. “We will be able to calculate the total financial loss after the flood.”

DAE estimates that farmers have planted aush on 11.49 lakh hectares, while it aimed to bring 58.79 lakh hectares under aman cultivation this season.

Aman is harvested in winter.

Farmers have planted summer vegetables on 3.32 lakh hectares this year.

Chhakmal Hossain, a farmer in Pachgachhi Union of Kurigram upazila, who grew painted gourd on two bighas, said all his crop is gone.

The same happened to his neighbour Moazzen Hossain. “I was hoping to make a good a good profit from the harvest,” he said.


With farmers and people of affected areas suffering, residents in urban areas, particularly Dhaka, are seeing a sharp rise in the prices of greens.

Green chilli sold at Tk 80 a week ago per kilogram, but the price soared to as high as Tk 200 in the capital, said Imon Mia, a vegetable retailer at Sankar in Dhanmondi area.

Prices of other vegetables including brinjal, okra, wax gourd, and bitter gourd rose by Tk 10-15 per kilogram, he said. “This is because of flood.”

Delwar Hossain Kusum, joint secretary of wholesalers association Karwan Bazar Aratdar Samity, echoed Imon.

According to the Department of Agricultural Marketing, the average prices of green chili soared by 54 percent to Tk 140 per kg in Dhaka on Thursday from a week ago.

Prices of eggplant, pointed gourd, okra and snake gourd also shot up by 13 to 32 percent during the same period, it says.

DAE Director Muyeed said flood situation has improved in some areas such as Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari, but new areas are getting affected.

To support farmers, DAE has taken an initiative to prepare aman seedbeds on government-owned land for plantation after the flood, he said.

“We are also planning to make 2,500 floating seedbeds in flood-hit areas,” he said, adding that seeds of a variety of pulses would be provided to growers.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/417093-Floods-wreak-havoc-on-croplands-in-Bangladesh

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New EU commissioner warns of "over reliance" on Russian energy as Nord Stream II nears completion



It’s a screaming headline in BILD, with “PUTIN” installed in the banner headline for better tabloid* effect, but the story is paywalled, so your translator resorted to Ria.Novosti for the text. After the translation, I will add several comments on this news from Facebook friends in Germany.

The new head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, believes that the Nord Stream II gas pipeline project entails a too-strong risk of the EU being dependent on Russian energy resources.

Nord Stream II has “an economic and of course a political dimension,” said the former head of the Federal Ministry of Defense. “There is a risk of over-reliance on Russian energy resources, other forms of energy are important for diversifying energy supplies. We need competition, and we need to take into account the interests of our eastern neighbors,” von der Leyen said in an interview with the tabloid Bild.

After a difficult discussion on the candidacy, the European Parliament approved the appointment of von der Leyen as the new President of the European Commission for the next five years. 374 votes were required for approval, 383 MPs supported her. The Nord Stream II project involves the construction of two pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, from the Russian coast via the Baltic Sea to Germany.

Completion is scheduled for 2019.

Ukraine, which fears losing revenue from the transit of Russian gas, and a number of European countries, including Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania, and the United States, which is shipping liquefied natural gas to the EU, are actively opposed to the project.

The Russian side has repeatedly stated that the Nord Stream II project is fully commercial and competitive.

First German comment:

“Well look at this … Ursula von der Leyen emphasizes the risks and dangers of Nord Stream II. Luckily, there is American fracking gas. The US is an absolutely reliable partner and would never get the idea of breaking treaties for political and economic reasons, or even using their economic power as a lever. “


“The next day after her “election” as President of the Commission, von der Leyen proves a lack of far-sightedness, but presumably fulfills exactly the interests of those who, with their backroom exchange, have catapulted her to the post.

And another:

“That’s why they put her there.”


  • Tabloid: go to Bild.de and it is plain to see that this paper would disgrace the racks of a grocery store newsstand.

Source Article from https://www.sott.net/article/417091-New-EU-commissioner-warns-of-over-reliance-on-Russian-energy-as-Nord-Stream-II-nears-completion

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