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Saudi Arabia Admits it Made “Mistakes” in Targeting Civilians in Yemen

    Saudi Arabia Admits it Made “Mistakes” in Targeting Civilians in Yemen

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it was working hard to correct mistaken targeting by its military coalition in Yemen that has killed civilians including children, but UN rights experts voiced skepticism, Reuters reports. International pressure mounted on the kingdom, including from allies, to do more to limit civilian casualties in a 3-1/2 year civil war that has…

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Wikileaks: To Weaken Iran, US Undermined Democratic Elements of Syrian Opposition to Empower Radical Groups

    Wikileaks: To Weaken Iran, US Undermined Democratic Elements of Syrian Opposition to Empower Radical Groups

WASHINGTON — A recently uncovered U.S. government document published by WikiLeaks has revealed that the U.S. directly advocated for undermining “democratic” elements of the so-called Syrian “revolution” of 2011 in order to ensure the dominance of authoritarian, sectarian Sunni groups within the Syrian opposition. The document, written by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Intelligence…

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Yemeni Forces Strike Saudi Mercenary Positions, Destroy US Military Equipment

    Yemeni Forces Strike Saudi Mercenary Positions, Destroy US Military Equipment

The Yemeni military media has released footage of Yemeni forces in Hodeidah province attacking Saudi mercenary positions and destroying US military equipment. The US-backed Saudi-led coalition launched their offensive to take Hodeidah province and port from indigenous Yemeni forces in June of this year. Dubbed “Golden Victory,” the operation has been anything but victorious for…

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War Powers Act Invoked to End US Support for Saudi-Led Slaughter of Civilians in Yemen

    War Powers Act Invoked to End US Support for Saudi-Led Slaughter of Civilians in Yemen

Amid reports that civilian deaths have “surged dramatically” in Yemen since June, when the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to take control of the port city Hodeidah, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Wednesday officially introduced a highly anticipated resolution invoking the War Powers Act of 1973, in hopes of ending American support for the coalition’s attacks and…

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Global Watchdog Takes Saudi Arabia to Task over Terrorism Financing

  Global Watchdog Takes Saudi Arabia to Task over Terrorism Financing

A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the spot 17 years after the 9/11 attacks and casts a shadow over its diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar on the grounds that the Gulf state supports militants. In a nod to the kingdom, the international…

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Saudi Arabia Denies Entry for More than 600,000 Palestinians, Complicating Hajj Plans

  Saudi Arabia Denies Entry for More than 600,000 Palestinians, Complicating Hajj Plans

AMMAN, JORDAN — Travel agents in Jordan and Palestine have reported that Saudi Arabia is no longer extending entry visas to Palestinian holders of temporary Jordanian passports, effectively banning them from undertaking the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. The new restriction is set to affect at least 634,000 Palestinians living in Jordan and occupied East Jerusalem,…

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US Overlooked Mass Civilian Deaths in Yemen to Preserve Arms Sales

  US Overlooked Mass Civilian Deaths in Yemen to Preserve Arms Sales

On rare occasion a story is unearthed in the mainstream media which demonstrates in stunning clarity how major foreign policy decisions are really made in Washington, especially when it comes to waging perpetual war in the Middle East often under the official rhetorical guise of “protecting civilians”. A bombshell Wall Street Journal report details a leaked classified memo which shows…

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Former MEK Official Exposes Saudi Arabia’s Covert Funding of Iranian Terror Group

  Former MEK Official Exposes Saudi Arabia’s Covert Funding of Iranian Terror Group

AMMAN, JORDAN — Though it had been suspected for years, testimony from a former high-ranking official from the Iranian militant opposition group Mujahedeen Khalq (MEK) has confirmed that the group had been covertly financed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For decades, the Gulf Kingdom — known for its general hostility towards Shi’ite Muslims —…

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Amid Renewed Saudi Offensive, 5.2 Million Children in Yemen Now Face Starvation

  Amid Renewed Saudi Offensive, 5.2 Million Children in Yemen Now Face Starvation

HODEIDA, YEMEN — The “world’s worst humanitarian crisis” is now more dire than ever according to a new report from the U.K.-based charity Save the Children, which warns that 5.2 million children now face starvation in Yemen. The group’s warning comes as the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and supported by the U.K. and the…

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Saudi Inc. The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Power and Profit

  Saudi Inc. The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Power and Profit

Ellen R. Wald’s timely, well-written history of the Saudi national oil company, Saudi Inc. The Arabian Kingdom’s Pursuit of Power and Profit (Pegasus Books, 2018), is as much the story of the Saudi oil industry as it is of the ruling Al Saud family’s reliance on black gold to ensure the survival of its regime. In painting…

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